Talented Merriwa youngster Darcy Moore named in NSW Combined Independent Schools touch team

DARCY Moore is a Scone Grammar School (SGS) student you may see on the streets of his home town in Merriwa. 

But, then again you may not see him, as his speed and agility have earned him a place in a NSW Combined Independent Schools (CIS) touch football team destined to compete in Sydney next month.

Touch football, or “touch”, is generally played with two opposing teams of six players and is a variation of rugby league with limited contact. 

There is no tackling.

It’s been a fairly challenging sporting journey for Moore. 

In March this year, he and some other SGS students played at the Hunter Region Independent Schools (HRIS) trials that involved a total of 10 teams.

Twelve pupils, including five from SGS, were then selected to form a 15-years age group (15s) side, destined to compete at the Association of Independent Co-educational Schools (AICES) tournament.

The AICES touch competition was held in May at Penrith, with Moore being selected as part of a 12-player Combined Independent Schools (CIS) 15’s squad.

The CIS 15s will now compete in the All Schools Championship this August where teams drawn from independent, catholic and state schools will compete at Narrabeen. 

Moore’s sporting achievements have been phenomenal considering that he’s only been playing touch for about four years.

“It’s a quick and energetic game that requires a lot of speed,” he explained, before adding: “It’s a lot quicker than any other football code”.

However Moore’s sporting success has not been achieved solely through his own athleticism.

His parents have also been on the sporting sidelines encouraging and supporting their son.

As Moore’s mum Megan explained: “Living in the country, you have to travel long distances if you want to give your children the most opportunities – we’re very proud of him.”