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WITH SHANE SKEEN sport Grant pivotal in Sydney FC triumph Sydney FC were crowned Hyundai A-League Champions after defeating Melbourne Victory 4-2 on penalties in front of a boisterous home crowd last month. In what was a tense first half, it was the visitors who drew first blood after Besart Berisha capped off a brilliant move from Marco Rojas with an even better finish from the edge of the box. But while Kevin Muscat’s men sat back in a bid to preserve their slim advantage, the Premiers pressed and found their breakthrough midway through the second half with former Hills High School student Rhyan Grant proving the difference. Grant pounced to tap the ball home after David Carney’s initial shot was saved, levelling the scores 1-1 before the dramatic penalty shootout victory. Rhyan’s football journey began in 2008 when he received an invitation to take up a scholarship at the AIS in Canberra. After impressing during his three months in the nation’s capital, he was signed as a member of Sydney FC's inaugural National Youth League squad which finished as champions that season. He was selected for the training squad for Australia's 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup team and went on to play in several competitions with the Qantas Young Socceroos in the Netherlands. Grant scored his first senior goal for Sydney FC against the Central Coast Mariners in a 1-1 draw during the 2010-11 season. This season, Rhyan was a genuine ironman, playing every minute of Rhyan at the Sydney FC awards night with (L-R George Blackwood, every match across all Seb Ryall and Michael Zullo). Grant celebrates after equalising in the A-League Grand Final. Photo: Jaime Castaneda. competitions, scoring two and assisting five while mainly playing at right back. Grant then got to fulfill a childhood dream as a lifelong fan by playing against English Premier League giants Liverpool at a packed ANZ Stadium on May 24. May was a great month for the defender when he was one of six uncapped players selected in the preliminary Australian squad for the June 2017 Confederations Cup, a friendly against Brazil and the upcoming World Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia.  The 30-man preliminary squad was trimmed to 23 players before the first of the minimum five games in June, including Australia's World Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia on June 8 in Adelaide Australia play Brazil in a friendly in Melbourne on June 13 before travelling to Russia for the Confederations Cup. Their group contains world champions Germany, South American champions Chile and African champions Cameroon.  Blake Archer aims for the stars I’d love to start this article by reliving the glory days of my junior athletics career but unfortunately, I didn’t have any. When it came to track and field, I was born with two left feet. Therefore, I’ve always admired anyone who excels at athletics and one of those exceptional young athletes is 13-year-old Blake Archer from the Rouse Hill Rams Little Athletics Club. Blake started Little A’s as a Tiny Tot at Rouse Hill at the tender age of four. He was inspired by his dad who used to be a Nationals runner in the 800m and 1500m Barrier Rise with Tony Brassel ANTELOPE went like a gazelle leading most of the way in her Rosehill heat. She’s a Not A Single Doubt juvenile operating out of Gerald Ryan’s yard and had almost three lengths up her sleeve. CHAMPAGNE CUDDLES may not have won her trial at Rosehill but she ranks as one of the stars of the session. Bjorn Baker’s youngster breezed down the outer for second and she’s a real up-and-comer. COMPLACENCY skated home to win his juvenile heat. He’s by Charge Forward and hails from Gary Moore’s stable. A short-course assignment should be earmarked for this one. GORESBRIDGE also belongs to Gerald Ryan’s formidable team and he easily cast aside a challenge from one of Chris Waller’s stable to win a 900m trial. His sire New Approach currently has some smart offspring in the UK, too. 42 ISSUE 24 // JUNE 2017 MACKINTOSH has been off the scene since last summer when he campaigned in Perth. Now two trials into his 2017 preparation, he was very cruisy finishing seventh at the Rosehill trial session. PRINCEFAMOUS doesn’t take long to come to hand after a break and his Rosehill barrier trial victory suggests Peter and Paul Snowden have him ready for a near future race win. SHIRAZ powered home to lead throughout at the Wyong trial session earlier this week. Kim Waugh should have this handsome sprinter ready to pounce whenever he’s produced. SIEGE OF QUEBEC is a youngster from the Bott-Waterhouse stable. 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