LEAGUE IN VEINS: Yaralla Sports Star nominee Hayden Caughey has had a cracking year for the Calliope Roosters and under-16s CQ Comets.
LEAGUE IN VEINS: Yaralla Sports Star nominee Hayden Caughey has had a cracking year for the Calliope Roosters and under-16s CQ Comets. Chrissy Harris

Caughey's not short on talent

HE’S short, a tad cheeky, and he’s the last Yaralla Sports Star nominee for 2010.

Calliope Roosters pocket rocket Hayden Caughey has had a huge year on the paddock, his stellar season capped off with a best-on-ground effort in the under-16s grand final.

The captain led by example in the match, where they launched at Brothers in the second half and got over the line by one point after trailing by a fair margin at half-time.

“We were down 20-7 and everyone’s heads dropped, then we scored a try early on,” Caughey said.

“Then we got two tries in the last five minutes to put us ahead by one."

Caughey’s other achievements this year include being voted the best back for the under-16s Comets in his first season.

“It was a good step because I always wanted to make it,” he said.

“I started off second halfback, then came in as first then won the best back.”

Playing for the Comets was a great experience and a small taste of what it’s like in the NRL.

“There’s a lot of pressure on you, but it’s good to play in front of a big crowd,” he said.

Caughey put his improvement down to playing against quality opposition and the coaching he received at the Comets.

“It made it easier to play when I came back to Gladstone to play,” he said.

On his return to his local side, Caughey would share what he’d learnt with teammates to improve the side’s performance.

Next year Caughey rises to the under-18s competition and now having had played CQ footy wants more.

“I hope to make the under-18s Comets team and just take in what everyone has to say,” he said.

His love of rugby league saw him playing under-6s, and as the seasons passed, Caughey went on to be club player of the year in under-12s, under-13s and under-15s.

And he’s no stranger to representative footy, having played in Gladstone sides in under-13s, under-14s and under-15s, as well as pulling on the CQ jersey as well.

But the goal has always been the big time, lining up for an NRL team.

Of any player in the NRL Caughey keeps an eye on, Scott Prince is the playmaker he likes to watch and glean any plays he can to bring to his own game.

“It’s good when they come off,” he said.

This is the final Yaralla Sports Star nomination for 2010.

The winner will be announced on November 12 at the Entertainment Centre.



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