Darren Broome shows off his fancy footwork.
Darren Broome shows off his fancy footwork. Mike Knott

Star junior makes code switch

The Karmichael Hunt step is just a taste of what Darren Broome has in the kit bag.

Like Hunt, the Kepnock High year 11 student decided a brief stint in rugby union, away from his number-one sport rugby league, would be a bit of fun.

But Broome's selection in the under-16 South Queensland team to compete in the National Indigenous Rugby Union Championships in Sydney has made him think more seriously about his preferred sport.

It is still rugby league, says the under-16 Across The Waves pivot, but not by much.

“I really enjoyed the carnival and I'm definitely going to trial for the team again next year,” he said.

“I learned a lot about the game, because at the start I was always trying to think about what to do next.

“But I scored a try and we were undefeated; I was a much better player by the end.”

He travelled to Brisbane to train with the side after his selection, and played against fellow Bundaberg player Kyle Laybutt, who lined up for Combined States, in the second game of the tournament.

“He played really well too. We are good mates and we always play each other in league as well,” Broome said.

The pair have had their fair share of footy this year; facing off in last week's Bundaberg High School open final.

The game ended in a 16-16 draw, but went to Bundaberg High on a count back.

Broome's under-16 Waves team also lost their Sugar Cities final to Wallaroos last Sunday.

Broome and Laybutt will square off in Bundaberg Junior Rugby League finals, with Laybutt playing for Wests.

“It was good to win in Sydney after having a loss for Kepnock and also in the Sugar Cities final,” Broome said, before slotting a field goal from 35m out on his school oval.

“Hopefully we can go all the way in the BJRL finals,” he said.



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