Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

AFL Is the Target for Young John

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

AFL Is the Target for Young John

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Byline: STUART TURNER Sports Editor

JOHN Pupangamirri does not have to look far for inspiration as he chases his Aussie Rules dream.

The Byron Bay High School student is hoping to follow in the footsteps of distant relatives Cyril Rioli and Allen Christensen, who play for AFL clubs Hawthorn and Geelong respectively.

John, 15, has made a good start, playing the recent NAB Under-16 Junior Championships and also starring for his high-flying Byron Bay High School side.

The Mullumbimby-based junior said the achievements of Rioli and Christensen were spurring him to greater achievements.

"I really enjoy watching them play," he said.

"I always cheer for them.

"I hope I could play alongside them.

"Playing in the AFL would mean everything to me. I love playing Aussie Rules and my family would be so happy to see me.

"Hopefully I can do it."

The versatile Year 9 student was a member of the Flying Boomerangs squad for the recent tournament in Sydney. …

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