The ultimate test

FARRER Memorial Agricultural High School’s Marty Lewis has achieved one of schoolboy rugby league’s highest honours.

The Farrer captain will line up for the Australian Schoolboys in two Tests against the Junior Kiwis later this month, joining an illustrious list of players to have donned the green and gold schoolboys’ jersey.

“It was on the wanting list, it was a goal,” the Parramatta-bound Lewis said about his selection.

The front-rower spent last year out of the representative limelight and admitted he almost didn’t play any football, but with his schoolboy career nearing an end he returned, culminating in an Australian cap.

That came after impressing for NSW CHS at the Australian Secondary Schools Championships at Wagga last week.

“At the start I thought I was in with a shot but I didn’t play my best game in the final. But I must have done okay,” Lewis said.

The NSW CHS side boasted two wins for the tournament, one of which was against rivals Queensland.

“We played Queensland in a Test and got beaten 32-12.

“That was on the Wednesday and then we played them on Sunday and won 18-10 and we had two players sinbinned at one stage.”

“It was good to get one over Queensland at least.”

They also accounted for ACT 16-14 after trailing 14-6 at one stage, and struggled through to the final, but were no match for NSW Combined Catholic Colleges, well-beaten 36-nil.

“We didn’t play that well,” Lewis said.

“We didn’t complete. We just dropped the ball.”

Lewis was one of four NSWCHS players named in the Australian side and will start from the bench against the Kiwis in the opening Test, where they are being billed as the underdogs.

“Apparently they’re pretty big by all accounts,” Lewis said.

“It definitely won’t be a walkover.”

He follows in the footsteps of former Farrer players Cameron Lewis, Alan Tongue and Tom Learoyd-Lahrs in representing the Australian Schoolboys, and will head into camp on Monday with the Australian side.

The Aussie schoolboys play the touring Kiwis side at Melbourne on July 24 and at Wynnum on July 30 – the Melbourne Test a curtainraiser to the Storm v Sydney Roosters NRL clash.

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