Mildura Weekly : Friday January 24 2014 Vol 8 No 12
Mildura Weekly – 24/01/14 67 www.milduraphonebook.com.au By ADAM LUITJES LOCAL hockey players Alec Carri- gan, 14, and Jessica Mattschoss, 13, have been invited to try out for Vic- toria’s Under 15 National Champi- onship squad. They are the only Sunraysia players up for selection, after im- pressive performances for North West Country Lightning at the re- cent Zone Challenge. For newcomer Alec, his time on the hockey field has been a whirl- wind experience. After playing soccer for Three Colours Soccer Club, Alec decided last season he’d follow in his broth- er Brodie’s footsteps and play hock- ey for Rivaside. Brodie, an experienced goal- keeper, was sidelined this season due to knee soreness. After witnessing Alec’s poten- tial in goals, he made it his mission to teach his brother everything he knows. “I wouldn’t be trying out for State if it wasn’t for Brodie,” Alec said. “I was thrown into goals be- cause of my soccer background, and it just so happened that Brodie is also a goal-keeper. “I have never had any proper coaching. Everything I have learnt has come from him – I am very lucky to have him as a brother.” The St Joseph’s College student will be competing against seven goal-keepers for a spot in the team that will travel to Perth for the April championships. Alec has been travelling regu- larly to Melbourne for training, an opportunity he says has been worth the effort. “Training with Victoria’s best has been awesome for my develop- ment,” he said. “I still have three more training sessions to go in Melbourne before the team is an- nounced in February. “The State trials have been a great experience, and I’m very thankful for the opportunity. “If I don’t make it, I’m going to put all my energy into playing well for Rivaside, and try again next year.” Having missed out on selection twice before, Jessica is determined to represent her State in Hobart. Although training in an older age group, she says playing senior hockey for Koowinda has held her in good stead. “Last season was my first full season playing A Grade,” she said. “It was very enjoyable, and gave me the confidence that I can perform at a high level. “I didn’t expect to be invited to try out for the Under 15’s because I was overlooked in the Under 13’s, but I’m going to give it my best shot. “For the last few months mum has driven me to Melbourne for training, so I’m very thankful for her support.” The Chaffey Secondary Col- lege student enjoyed a successful 2013 season, winning premier- ships with Koowinda’s Under 13, Under 16 and A Grade sides. Adding to her premiership success, Jessica was also named best player in the Sunraysia Hock- ey Association Under 13’s compe- tition. Hockey pair await State call-up • STICKING TOGETHER: Alec Carrigan and Jessica Mattschoss have been invited to try out for Hockey Victoria’s Under 15 National Championship squad. Photo: DARREN SEILER By ADAM LUITJES WORKERS Gol Gol Cricket Club’s talented all-rounder Aidan Calarco has high aspi- rations for his cricket future. Fresh from a strong per- formance for the Mallee Mur- ray Bulls at the Victorian Bushrangers Under 18 State Championships, the 18-year- old believes he’s ready to take the next step in his career. “My goal is to play in ei- ther Melbourne or Adelaide,” he said. “I’ve just finished school, so it depends where I get full-time work. “I want to have a crack while I’m still young, and see how far I can go.” After starting his career with Euston Cricket Club, Aidan ventured to Alcheringa seven years ago and hasn’t looked back. He made his First Divi- sion debut aged 15, and the following year won a pre- miership. “It was the best moment of my life,” he said. “Making my debut was surreal, and then to win a flag the next year... I couldn’t believe my luck. “When I first arrived the club was struggling, so it was a fantastic feeling to win a premiership.” Although living in Rob- invale, Aidan’s happy driving 80km to improve his cricket. “I don’t mind the drive,” he said. “The club has been fantastic for my develop- ment, and I know I made the right decision switching clubs. “I wouldn’t still be play- ing cricket if I hadn’t joined Workers Gol Gol as a 12-year- old.” Now, halfway through his third season playing First Di- vision cricket, Aidan believes he has come of age on the field. “I have a different out- look towards cricket,” he said. “I’m now going into each game with a plan of how I’m going to get wickets and runs. This pre-season I mod- elled my game on David Hogarth (a team mate), who is an absolute jet. “Although I haven’t had the best season, I can see the hard work is paying off. “I have learnt so much stepping up from juniors, butIknowIstillhavealotof work to do.” With Workers Gol Gol currently sitting on top of the ladder, Aidan believes his side is a strong chance to take out this year’s title. “We’ve had a solid start to the season,” he said. “It’s important that we keep the momentum going by stick- ing together as a team. “If everyone plays their role, then we can become a dominant force in the finals. “Mildura Settlers are still the team to beat, because they don’t have any weak- nesses.” Rising cricket star aiming sky high Your red carpet experience Who knows everyone It’s your local Barry Plant agent! With one click of a button they can talk to their network of 1000 real estate professionals who can talk to their network of serious buyers. 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