Returning to the No 2 field last term was Old Collegian and Melbourne Storm winger, Matt Duffie when he and his fellow rugby league players paid a training visit to the College. The Storm were the second Australian side to train at our sports facilities that week after Sydney based Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs visited a day earlier. Both teams were in New Zealand to compete in the NRL Auckland Nines at Eden Park that weekend.
Matt, 23, attended the College from 2006 to 2008 and was, unusually, named Dux Ludorum in both 2007 and 2008, the fifth student to ever receive the prize twice (A G Sissons 75-76, M R J Salmond 81-82, G A Billington 82-83 and C G Whiteman 87-88) We welcomed Matt back to the College in 2011 to present the prizes at the Sports Dinner. He was a hit with the students and was as humble about his achievements then as he was during his time at the College. An all-round athlete with plenty of natural ability, he played fullback for the College 1st XV and also excelled at athletics, making the national finals of the 200m, 400m and high jump. He is remembered as a fine young man, modest and unassuming, who stood apart from his peers for the quietly determined way he set about pursuing his long-term goal of becoming a professional player.
After being discovered by a Melbourne Storm scout in 2008, Matt was offered a scholarship and moved across the Tasman after graduating College to complete in a Storm training camp. The rest is history. His determination to succeed brought him success in a sport he loves and he continues to make his mark on the field. On returning to the College, Matt said he has some great memories of the rugby fields, teachers and friends, and he was proud to be able to show his team mates his old school grounds.