Date: May 16 2012
Michael Chee Kam is a bona fide Toyota Cup star, but his dad jokes his younger brother Livingstone is the pick of the family litter.
And the 10-year-old will have the chance to prove he can live up to that hype when he competes in the ACT School Sports under-12 trials at Phillip Oval on Friday.
Second-rower Michael has been outstanding for Canberra in the under-20 competition, and will join Manly next season on a three-year deal. His youngest sibling also plays in the forwards, and became one of the youngest players to ever make ACT's under-12 side last year.
''He doesn't run as many lines [as me] but he's a good defender, he smashes people and has a good palm on him,'' Michael said.
''My dad says he's going to be better than me, but I don't know.''
Michael's other younger brother Esera, 14, plays rugby union but may switch codes next season in a bid to be selected for the Raiders' Harold Mathews squad.
''Esera's the total opposite [to myself and Livingstone], tall, skinny and really fast,'' Michael said.
''He plays centre or fullback and I've told him to play league, but I don't think he wants to play it until next year.''
ACT finished second in last year's national under-12 championships, becoming the first team outside of Queensland and NSW in the event's 30-year history to make the final.
The convenor of the ACT trials John Tucker coached Esera last year, and said he possessed similar attributes to his more established brother.
''I would say he has the traits of his brother, runs the ball hard and doesn't let down his teammates,'' Tucker said.
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