Next Origin seed grows as Floyd Aubrey beats NSW Blues
AT JUST 12 years old, former Murgon Mustang player Floyd "Cookie" Aubrey has had his first State of Origin experience.
The utility proudly donned the maroons as he stepped on the rugby league field to take on the New South Wales Blues in the under-12 National Schoolboys rugby league competition in Darwin.
Under the 36-degree heat, the Queensland boys came under fire from their nemesis in the first game of the week-long competition.
"It was pretty hot," Floyd said.
But famed for their resilience, the Queenslanders, helped by Floyd, forced a way back into competition to win their next five games to make the grand final.
As a rematch the grand final of the competition had Queensland against NSW again.
Only this time it was a different result after the maroons emerged victors with a very narrow 4-0 win.
"In the first game NSW won the first game in the last minute, then in the final we won in the final second," Floyd said.
With just a week to train together Floyd felt it was the perfect amount of time to gel as a team and land success.
Over in Ipswich he has started to play rugby league for the Ipswich North Tigers, who incidentally share the same name as his NRL team, the Wests Tigers.
But not too happy about the Wests Tigers' performance, who finished just above wooden spoon winners the Knights, the witty sportsman offered some invaluable advice.
"Get better players," Floyd said.
Unlike the Wests Tigers the U12 Ipswich North Tigers have worked up to the preliminary finals to play Redbank at the weekend.
Should the Tigers win it will line up a grand final with Springfield Black, one of the few teams to have beaten Floyd's team this season.
Since his time in Ipswich, Floyd has continued to showcase his versatility on the rugby pitch and picked up union for his school to add to his sport resume.
Still new to the game of union, Floyd has confused his disciplines but has since adapted to the rules.
"You have to put the ball back (in union), you don't play the ball," he said.
Floyd has continued to show his versatility to play as fullback or outside centre and has crossed over some of his league success.
In his first season of rugby union for Ipswich Grammar School Floyd has locked eyes on a second or third place finish in the school competition.
But if he was to take rugby union to a similar level to his league, and had to decide between the two he said he would pick league to stay true to his heritage.