CENTRAL West AFL has rarely seen such a large portion of its playing group make the Polding side to contest the NSW PSSA Boys AFL carnival, and Bathurst's Harry Knight can count himself among those ranks.
Bathurst Bushranger Knight, 12, is one of four Central West players named in the squad of 22 to play in next week's carnival at Peakhurst.
It's a brilliant strike rate for Central West AFL who sent five players to trial for the side, and Knight's selection should come as little surprise to those who have seen him lead the way for his Bushrangers under 12s.
However, Knight surprised himself when he learned he had made the representative cut.
"I was a bit surprised but really happy," he said.
"At the trials we did skills first for an hour, then we did three games. They had one more game after lunch and then they read the names out and mine was called."
Knight had previously made the cut for Central West AFL's representative side but this marks his first selection at PSSA level.
Many people at the Bushrangers club have helped Knight realise his potential.
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"I'd like to thank Brett Archer, Casey White, Alex Sparks, Tom Regan, Matt Griffin, Brian Matheson and lucky last is Andrew Grinter," the talented midfielder added.
After seeing his son miss out on selection last year Paul Knight was thrilled to see Harry's efforts pay off.
"He went great at the trials. He really turned up for the games, put his head over the ball, tackled hard and that's what they're looking for at those trials," he said.
What makes Knight's selection all the more special is that he's currently excelling across two different sports.
The Cathedral Primary School student took up rugby league last year and was named Bathurst Panthers Rookie of the Year, going on this season to be named in the Group 10 east division under 12s for July's cluster carnival in Wagga.
The other Central West members in the Polding side are Cooper Smith and James Armour from the dominant Dubbo Demons squad while Orange Tigers' Harvey Shephard completes the quartet.
The carnival runs from Tuesday to Thursday.
Polding have games against South Coast, Sydney West (Tuesday), Western and Hunter (Wednesday) in their bid to earn a place in Thursday's finals.
Knight's selection adds to Cathedral Primary's recent success in AFL.
The school's girls side reached the finals of the Paul Kelly Cup in 2016 and in two weeks the team will contest this year's regional finals in Blacktown.