Goondiwindi State High School student Trae Bennetto is playing Broncos Cup in the run up to his Queensland debut later this month.
Goondiwindi State High School student Trae Bennetto is playing Broncos Cup in the run up to his Queensland debut later this month. Gerard Walsh

Broncos scholarship holder stars in Broncos cup

RUGBY LEAGUE: Despite living the first 11 years of his life in New South Wales, Goondiwindi State High School student Trae Bennetto is a Queenslander through and through.

All day Wednesday, he is playing rugby league at Riddles Oval in Goondiwindi in the Broncos Cup competition.

He was born at Penrith in Sydney and at the age of four, his family moved to Bathurst in country New South Wales.

At the age of 11, they moved to Goondiwindi.

He started aiming for a state team in the under-12 age group but has missed out until this year when he was selected in the under-15 Queensland White team to play in the nationals in Redcliffe in a fortnight.

Bennetto is on a four-year junior development scholarship with the Brisbane Broncos and is aiming to play NRL one day.

Next year, he will be going to Marist Brothers Ashgrove on a full scholarship where there will be plenty of footy.

"I would play with any NRL team that wanted me, I love the Kiwis due to my Maori heritage.

He isn't leaving a possible NRL contract to chance.

"I do weights at the gym two nights a week, train with the Goondiwindi Boars each Monday and Wednesday, runs two days a week and then practice goalkicking each Friday.

He plays Broncos Cup with the Goondiwindi High team which is eyeing off a finals spot late Wednesday afternoon.

Action in A and B Broncos Cup at Goondiwindi on Wednesday will finish at 4.15pm when the last rugby league game is played.

Bennetto is halfback for the Goondiwindi High team, a position which fits in well with his keenness to kick goals.