TWT Club Six/Ryde Sports Foundation Sports Star of the Year Award.
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NSW league rep Alex Seyfarth
NSW Junior State of Origin representative forward Alex Seyfarth is a monthly winner in the 2017-18 TWT Club Six/Ryde Sports Foundation Sports Star of the Year Award.
Emerging Balmain cub Seyfarth helped the Junior Blues defeat Queensland in this year’s U/18 interstate rugby league challenge at ANZ Stadium will receive the $300 Sports Star of the Month awards at a special presentation this Friday night at North Ryde RSL Community Club at 6pm.
Young gun ALEX SEYFARTH has developed into one of the most promising forwards in the Wests Tigers’ junior nursery.
The Tigers may have been in the doldrums for much of 2017 but there was no shortage of talent in their thriving junior ranks with 18 year old Alex turning in powerhouse displays.
Seyfarth graduated from the Balmain S.G Ball side and burst onto the scene with strong performances in the Holden Cup U/20 National Youth competition.
A product of the Dundas Shamrocks Juniors, Seyfarth realised a dream when he ran out with the NSW U/18s in a junior interstate challenge against Queensland at ANZ Stadium.
The strong running forward made an impact in the Junior Blues’ thrilling 35-28 victory over the Maroons, impressing keen judges with his high work rate on the left edge in elite company.
Under the tutelage of league greats Brad Fittler (coach) and manager Paul Sironen, the Junior Blues showed courage and skill to sink their Queensland rivals in a crackerjack contest in front of a sellout crowd of 83,000.
The selection of Alex in the Blues’ squad was a just reward for his powerful performances for the Tigers in this year’s NSWRL U/18 S.G Ball Cup series.
Seyfarth, 18, turned in non-stop performances as the cubs roared into the finals series before linking with the Ryde Eastwood U/19s in the Combined Sydney U/19 Div 1 competition.
One of the first to congratulate young Alex on earning a NSW jumper was his life time mentor – Balmain S.G Ball and Ryde Eastwood head coach Michael Frain.
“Alex has been a consistent player for the Tigers’ junior representative sides over the past few years and handled the step up in class,” said Frain, who has guided the rangy back rower throughout much of his career.
“He proved the mainstay of our forward pack, quickly developing his game in the Harold Matthews and S.G Ball Cup ranks against the State’s best juniors.”
“Alex deserved his NSW spot and has a bright future ahead of him,” predicted Frain.
Seyfarth served eleven seasons with the Shamrocks, joining the club in U/7s and playing a key role in the yellow and greens’ U/16 Div 2 premiership victory over Greenacre in the Combined Sydney Grand Final in 2015.
With its Holden Cup squad crippled by injuries and defections, Wests Tigers officials blooded the young forward in the Under 20 ranks.
It proved a good learning curve for Alex, who held his own against some of the best young forwards in the country.
Alex is earmarked for bigger things in 2018 and will spend the off -season building up his stamina and strength in preparation for a full season in the Tigers’ U/20s squad.
Promising Balmain cub Alex Seyfarth (pictured) in action for the NSW U/18 Junior Blue