BROULEE Dolphins junior player James Bundy became a state champion on the June long weekend when he was part of the all-conquering ACT Brumbies under 13s side.
The Brumbies went undefeated over five matches to claim the NSW championship at a waterlogged Pittwater Rugby Park in Sydney.
Bundy and his Brumbies teammates beat Central West 38-nil, traditional heavyweights Parramatta 38-5 and Easts 63-nil in the preliminary rounds before overcoming Northern Suburbs 19-7 in the semi-final and Randwick 32-5 in the final.
“It was pretty good, but it still hasn’t sunk in,” Bundy, 13, said.
“I thought the Parramatta game would be really tough, but we played really hard.”
Bundy rotated between prop and hooker throughout the tournament and he said the level of play was an eye-opener.
“It was a lot harder than what I’m used to,” he said.
“But I enjoyed it – it was very fun.”
Bundy scored one try in the win over Parramatta and also starred in the final victory – a match that was played in torrential rain.
“It was a mud pit, it was like a pool,” he said.
“It was pouring in both the semi and the final, but I enjoyed those conditions.”
Meanwhile, Dolphins under 18s player Daniel Hogg will be following the footsteps of George Gregan, Matt Giteau, Ricky Stuart and Mark Gerrard after he was picked in the ACT Schoolboys squad this week.
Hogg is the first South Coast player to have been named in the prestigious team.