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Aaron Spry (L) and Jacob Carre took on the country’s best U/18 footballers in Sydney last month. Photo supplied

Ballina Coast High School student Jacob Carre has been selected to tour with the Australian School Boys side after a successful run at the All Schools National U/18 competition.

Jacob was joined by Byron Bay High School’s Aaron Spry when they competed at the All Schools Nationals in Sydney during August. Both players are members of Byron Bay Football Club.

In Sydney they represented the NSW Combined High School team that played games against Queensland, South Australia and the ACT.

‘The boys agreed, the skill level and intensity of playing against the best 18-year-olds in the country was something they will never forget,’ Aaron’s mum Michelle Spry said. ‘They learnt a lot about what it takes to compete at the highest level of schoolboy football’.

‘Jacob is a striker and after scoring four goals over the tournament, was rewarded by being selected in the National School Boys U/18 Team to tour England and Ireland in 2024’.

The journey started at the grass roots level with both players being selected to represent public schools, and then eventually in to the NSW Combined High School team that included the best players from Catholic and independent schools as well.

‘Many of the players that competed at the Nationals are already tied to major clubs and have huge training schedules. Aaron and Jacob brought raw talent,’ Michelle said.

‘Jacob is obviously delighted and very excited,’ she said.

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