JULY JOY: Brian Kelly is celebrating a memorable month on the footy field.
JULY JOY: Brian Kelly is celebrating a memorable month on the footy field. Doug Eaton

Seagulls star's dream run may get even better

BRIAN Kelly has had a month most footy players can only dream of - and things might get even better yet.

The Ballina Seagulls star helped his New South Wales Combined High Schools side to victory over Queensland in the Australian Secondary Schools rugby league national championships in Cairns.

He then returned to the region to help the Seagulls impressively defeat Grafton Ghosts and reinforce their charge for this season's Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League minor prem-iership.

The 17-year-old, who is now preparing for Ballina's important trip to Lismore to play Marist Brothers on Sunday, said he had enjoyed sending the Maroons packing.

Competition ladder

"I couldn't believe it," he said.

"Most of my family go for Queensland. It was great to beat them and give them a bit of stick.

"I never thought I would be playing Queensland in a final. I was stoked."

Top young schoolboy players from across the country took part in the event, which was held earlier this month.

After battling through earlier rounds, NSW took the 18 years title with a 26-22 victory in the final.

Winger Kelly was selected after impressing at earlier trials,

"We were playing one day on, one day off," he said.

"It was the first time I've played tough football like that. I'm hoping we I can bring the experience of it all back to my club."

Kelly maintained his impressive form with a two-try effort for his Seagulls side against Grafton on Wednesday night.

Clarence Kelly also chipped in with two tries - including a stunning long-distance effort - to help his side claim the 20-12 victory.

The win at a chilly Kingsford Smith Park has left the fast-rising Seagulls two points behind ladder leader Murwillumbah ahead of the game against Marist Brothers on Sunday.

Brian, one of a handful of the Kelly clan playing for the Seagulls, said he was delighted with his progress.

"It's been great," he said.

"I've had lots of support from the coaches and my brothers and cousins.

"This could be a perfect season."

NRRRL Ladder

After 13 games:

  • Murwillumbah 23,
  • Ballina 21,
  • Grafton Ghosts 18,
  • Marist Brothers 16,
  • Northern United 16,
  • Byron Bay 15,
  • Kyogle 14,
  • Mullumbimby 12,
  • Evans Head 11,
  • Casino 6,
  • Lower Clarence 2,
  • South Grafton 2.

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