Thursday, August 24, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
A Mackay junior made his National Rugby League debut on the weekend, scoring the opening try for the Parramatta Eels in their round 23 win against the St George Illawarra Dragons.
Taking the field on the wing, Arthur Miller-Stephen scored in the left-hand corner just nine minutes into his first NRL game as the Eels went on to win 26-20 at CommBank Stadium, Sydney.
The 19-year-old, who played for Brothers Bulldogs Junior Rugby League and Mackay Cutters and attended Mackay State High School, has represented Queensland at both Under 16s and Under 18s levels.
Primarily a fullback, Miller-Stephen has been climbing the Parramatta ranks, spending most of last season in the NSW Under 21 competition, the Jersey Flegg Cup.
He made his NSW Cup debut in round 3 of the 2023 season and has appeared in seven NSW Cup games for the Eels, scoring three tries and contributing three try assists, 15 tackle busts and one line break, alongside an average of 134 running metres per game.
His junior club shared their elation on Facebook ahead of the young gun’s debut.
“We are all so very proud of him,” Brothers Bulldogs Junior Rugby League posted on social media.
“He has always been such a great kid, and was always an excellent ambassador for our club.
Arthur Miller-Stephen scored a try nine minutes into his debut for the Parramatta Eels. Photo supplied: Parramatta Eels
Miller-Stephen played his junior footy for Brothers Bulldogs Junior Rugby League. Photo supplied: Brothers Bulldogs Junior Rugby League Mackay QLD