It’s third time lucky for St Paul’s College student Kaine Parkinson.
Kaine had missed selection into the Northern NSW Country Catholic Colleges Rugby League team twice but he did enough to impress selectors last Wednesday.
The Smithtown Tigers junior played fullback for the Under-18s Diocese of Lismore side against the Dicoese of Newcastle and Maitland.
Kaine will head to Sydney on May 24 for the two-day NSW Country Catholic College’s Rugby League Selections.
The rugby league carnival is viewed as a pathway to the Australian Schoolboys Under-18s side and it’s the same tournaments local professionals Aiden Tolman and Albert Kelly progressed through.
Kaine stepped onto the field last Wednesday with a simple game plan.
“I just want to go out there and do my job and hopefully that will be enough to get to the next level,” Kaine told the Argus prior to his match.
“I will provide plenty of talk at the back and keep the defensively line strong on both sides of the ruck.”
Kaine isn’t a stranger to representative football as he has laced up the boots for the East Coast Dolphins Under-16s and Under-18s outfits over the past two seasons.
The versatile speedster has lined up at fullback, centre and five-eighth for the various representative sides.