Bungendore boy to play in National Schoolboy's AFL Championships

Dayne Posthuma is set to don NSW blue at the National Schoolboy's AFL Championships in July. Photo: Gemma Varcoe.
Dayne Posthuma is set to don NSW blue at the National Schoolboy's AFL Championships in July. Photo: Gemma Varcoe.

Soccer may have been Dayne Posthuma's lifelong love, but it is his talent with a Sherrin that has scored the year 6 Bungendore Public School student state honours.

As a member of the South Coast Marlins AFL squad, Posthuma impressed selectors at the NSW School Sport AFL Carnival in Nelson Bay earlier this year.

He secured his place in a 'Blue Pups' squad that has previously seen the likes of Wayne Carey, Shane Crawford, and Jared McVeigh pass through its ranks.

Posthuma was the only member of the South Coast team to be selected in the NSW side, despite a strong showing from the Marlins who won three of their six games, improving on their 2015 placing by moving up the ranks once to 9th from a pool of 13.

Fellow Bungendore local Tobey Clifton was also a member of the South Coast team that competed against more than 280 of the best junior footballers in the state.

"It's pretty exciting [being selected for NSW]," Posthuma said.

"I play a mixture of positions, ruckman or wing, sort of all over."

Posthuma will spend some time with the Sydney Swans before flying to Queensland to compete in the National Schoolboys Football Championship at Maroochydore between Saturday, July 23 and Saturday, July 30.

The Bungendore community, alongside Posthuma's friends and family, are engaging in fundraising for the trip and its expenses.

To throw in your support, raffle tickets are available for purchase from the Bungendore Public School front office.

For more information, phone 6238 1317.

Posthuma in action for the South Coast Marlins at the NSW School Sport AFL Carnival in Nelson Bay. Photo: Supplied.

Posthuma in action for the South Coast Marlins at the NSW School Sport AFL Carnival in Nelson Bay. Photo: Supplied.

This story Bungendore’s Blue Pup first appeared on The Queanbeyan Age.