Lindsay Smith used home ground advantage to full effect when he helped the NSW Combined High Schools team win the national championships at St Marys recently.
The Westfields Sports High School student also completed a rare double – under-15 and under-18 Australian selection at the same ground where he has played 13 years of junior footy.
“I have played many games at St Marys, so I guess you can call an advantage,” the 17-year-old said.
“To be named in the Australian schoolboys team is a proud moment, especially when you see all the players who have made the team over the years.
“It’s reward for all the hard work.”
Smith, who was a key man in Westfields’ drought breaking Schoolboys Cup win last year, will represent the Australian Schoolboys team to play New Zealand in a two test series across the ditch in September.
Smith completed a green and gold trifecta for the Fairfield West school with Caleb Tohi and Trey Mooney making the under-15 Australian merit team.
The pair helped NSW CHS win the under-15 national championship final against Queensland White 16-14.
Fairfield’s Tohi played for the Parramatta Harold Matthews team after playing his junior footy with Canley Vale. Cabramatta junior Mooney is also a talented backrower who is in the Eels system.
Westfields quest for consecutive Schoolboys Cup titles continues on Wednesday against Victorian school Hallam Senior College.