Byron High AFL players prepare to take on Sydney team
ALL-ACTION Flynn Brown is a friendly lad away from Aussie Rules - but put him on the pitch and it is go, go, go.
The 15-year-old and his Byron Bay High School team-mates are preparing to take on Sydney's The Hills Sports High School in the New South Wales Combined High Schools Swan Shield competition.
Victory in tomorrow's clash would book the school side a first-ever spot in the state knockout finals of the competition, having already qualified for the NSW top six.
Year 9 student Flynn is a recent convert to the sport - but is among the most fired-up players on the team.
"It lets me get my aggression out on the pitch," he said.
"I used to hate the idea of playing Aussie Rules, but I got into it in Year 8 and now I really enjoy it.
"We have lots of strong players and a good team.
"We are ready to go and ready to win."
The school side has already recorded some impressive wins in the tournament, which features talented under-15 players from across the state.
Ruckman Flynn said he had enjoyed being part of his team's exploits.
"It is really fun," he said. "You get to travel around and play against other schools.
"It is a good community here and we all work together."
The school's Personal Development, Health and Physical Education teacher Harley Schmidt, who is team coach, said he was hopeful of further progress.
"It will be tough, especially
as we have to travel and we will be up against a sports high school," he said.
"We have five or six kids who have made the North Coast team (though) and we have some decent quality."
Schmidt said the sport was growing in popularity at the school and his players were enjoying their progress.
"It is great seeing the kids so happy when they get the win," he said. "They have been asking me when they play next and who they are playing.
"It is good for them to see what is required to play at a higher level and how to work together. I hope we go down there, play to the best of our abilities and enjoy the experience."