How Origin player is inspiring an Ipswich student
THEY'VE never met but Treymain Spry has plenty in common with Queensland superstar Dane Gagai.
Dual signed to the Sydney Roosters NYC team and the Ipswich Jets, Spry became related to the Newcastle Knight fullback when his mother married into the Gagai family.
Now he'll get the chance to meet his NRL idol as a fellow Maroon, as Treymain prepares to represent Queensland in the under 18 Origin squad on Wednesday night.
"I was pretty happy (to be selected),” Treymain said.
"Mum was excited. She's coming down to watch me play.
"Dane is my cousin and I watch him play all the time. We are training with them later in the week but I'm not sure what I'll say when I get to meet him.”
Queensland will take on an under 18 side from NSW in the curtain-raiser ahead of State of Origin Game II at ANZ Stadium.
For Treymain and the young Maroons it is an opportunity of a lifetime to experience Origin.
The 17-year-old joined his new teammates in camp on the Gold Coast on Friday before flying down to Parramatta.
Currently in year 12 at Ipswich State High School, Treymain was joined by former graduates Ronaldo Mulitalo and Kea Pere who were also selected to play for Queensland.
With all three selected in the Queensland backline, the Ipswich trio were excited about the opportunity to combine on the football field.
"(The camp) hasn't been too bad so far,” Treymain said. "It's good because we know each other pretty well.
"I just want to have a good experience. I know a few of the guys here so that helps.”
Former house-mates while students in Ipswich, Mulitalo and Pere will play alongside each other as centre and winger on the Maroons left edge.
Standouts in the Brisbane Broncos Schoolboys Challenge last year, Mulitalo has since signed with the Cronulla Sharks and Pere plays for the Melbourne Storm feeder team, Easts Tigers.
Another former graduate of the Ipswich State High School rugby league program, Phillip Sami made his debut for the Gold Coast Titans on Friday night.
The former Springfield Panthers junior featured in the Queensland Under 20s Origin squad this year and has the ability to play at fullback or on the wing.
The 19-year-old replaced injured Gold Coast player Anthony Don against South Sydney.