St John’s College centre Isaah Yeo and five-eighth Marshall Sing have been named in the Southern Country teams to play in the New South Wales Combined Catholic Colleges State selection trials at St Mary’s on May 26-27.
Three games in each division will be played - two on the Friday and another on the Saturday before the NSW teams are named for the Australian Championships.
The Southern 15s and 18s teams were selected in Wagga after high quality trials between Western and Wollongong Diocesan teams.
Isaah is the only Dubbo player in the 18s team which is dominated by eight from that wonderful rugby league nursery at Red Bend Catholic College at Forbes.
A ninth Red Bend player, Chris Kirby is in the under-15s, along with Marshall Sing.
Despite his youth, Isaah played a number of games for CYMS under-18s last year and made a big impression. He has worked hard during the off season and his versatility saw him play in the back row for CYMS 18s at Wellington yesterday.
Both the Dubbo boys are from strong rugby league families.
Isaah’s father, Justin, started his rugby league career with St John’s and then went on to play at North Sydney and Balmain in the late 1990s before returning to Dubbo and CYMS where he won a number of premierships as a player and also had a good coaching record.
He is currently coach of Isaah’s CYMS under-18s team in the Group 11 premiership.
Marshall Sing’s father is Wayne Sing and he is a grandson of Noel Sing. Wayne played 64 NRL games with Balmain, Easts and North Queensland Cowboys from 1988 to 1996; while Noel’s career with Penrith spanned from 1971-73 and 55 first grade games.
Marshall is also a naturally talented player and is following in the footsteps of his older brother Billy who last year made the Southern team and then went to the next level with a place in the State CCC Under-15s team.
Two of Isaah’s Southern selection teammates have already made their mark in representative football.
Half-back Toby Evans and Sam Coster (lock) are members of the Western Rams under-18s this season and have already put up their hands for first grade selection. Evans scored a try for Parkes first grade in a competition game in Dubbo last season against CYMS.
Other Red Bend selections are Jake Dooley, Ethan Williams, Branden Plunkett, Jake Goodwin, Jackson Brown and Kyle Baxter.
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