Coast product makes NRL debut with Sharks
Sunshine Coast product Braydon Trindall has labelled his breakthrough debut in the NRL as an “unreal” and emotional” experience.
Trindall, a Caboolture Snake junior and U16 and U18 Sunshine Coast Falcons player, hit the field for the Sharks during their come-from-behind victory over Broncos on Friday night.
He didn’t just debut but started at halfback and played a full 80 minutes.
Adding to the occasion, not only did Sharks win but Trindall, a proud Aboriginal man, was able to make his debut during the NRL’s Indigenous Round celebrations.
“It was really special a good round to do it,” Trindall told Sharks talent Chad Townsend in a post-match interview.
“I had all the family there to watch so it was unreal.”
“Seeing the family out there and mum’s there crying and it gets me a bit emotional.”
He made his debut along with Jackson Ferris.
“It was a bit crazy, I’m still pinching myself that we both debuted at the same time,” he said.
The Sharks won the match at Suncorp Stadium 36-26.
Trindall made six runs for 35m, had eight post-contact metres, one hit up, 37 passes and 81.8 per cent tackle efficiency in 18 tackles.
Along with playing junior footy with Caboolture and in the Falcons U16-U18 sides, Trindall also played a season in the Holden Cup under-20s for the Melbourne Storm in 2017.
Storm’s U20 side was also based on the Coast at the time.
After his stint with Storm, he was part of the champion Sharks Jersey Flegg team of 2018.
He was thrown into senior rugby league with Newtown in the Canterbury Cup last year.
Trindall also played in the Queensland under-20s side last year.