STEPPING up to the national level has been no problem for talented rugby league player Luke Mott.
Mott represented the state with aplomb at the national carnival in Perth earlier this month, helping his team make the final.
In the tournament, played at a frenetic pace, NSW fell just short losing to Queensland 28-6 in the final after recording earlier wins against the ACT, Northern Territory, Western Australia and Victoria to earn its place in the decider.
Twelve-year-old Mott is the second Griffith youngster to earn a PSSA jersey after former Waratah Tigers junior and current Wests Tigers player Matt Groat did in 2003.
In a twist of fate, Mott wore the same number 15 sky blue jumper as the late Len Bortoldo did when he played for NSW in 1975, something that just dawned on Mott’s father Stephen.
It was a proud moment for Stephen and wife Kerrie to watch their son play in a sky blue jersey with Stephen amazed at the talent on display and how well the team was able to gel after coming together from across the state.
“It was a very successful carnival with NSW the smallest team. What they didn’t have in size they had to make up with ability and talent,” he said. “The kids were from all over the place, but they played very good football and did everyone proud.”
Coached by Justin Devlin, Luke was able to learn more about the structure of rugby league and the important role each player has in the team.
“He had an intensive training session –spending a week in Narrabeen and four days in Wollongong before heading over to Perth and his coach was very professional,” Stephen said.
“It was a massive experience and just the standard of football was a big jump, coming from Saturday morning football to that level was mind-blowing but he absolutely loved it.”