SHIN­ING STAR

Kyabram Free Press - - NEWS - By Gus Un­der­wood

MACKEN­ZIE Cow­ley is one of those young sport­ing tal­ents who may have to make a de­ci­sion be­tween foot­ball and cricket in a few years’ time.

At present, the 13-year-old does pretty well at both.

His lat­est ac­co­lade is be­ing se­lected in the North­ern Rivers rep­re­sen­ta­tive cricket side that will con­test the Vic­to­rian Un­der 14 Cham­pi­onships in Mel­bourne in Jan­uary.

A prod­uct of Ton­gala Cricket Club’s ju­nior pro­gram, he is an all­rounder who bowls leg spin and as a bats­man can give the ball a de­cent nudge.

At the mo­ment, Macken­zie is play­ing in Ton­gala’s Un­der 16 cricket side and in Gir­garre’s Goul­burn Mur­ray Cricket B grade se­nior side.

Apart from mak­ing the North­ern Rivers team, Macken­zie has his sights set on try­ing to make the Vic­to­rian In­dige­nous Un­der 15 side next year.

If he achieves this and can do well in the na­tional cham­pi­onships, se­lec­tion in the Aus­tralian Un­der 15s Boomerang side will beckon.

Macken­zie’s sport­ing tal­ents aren’t con­fined to cricket.

A nat­u­ral ath­lete with plenty of pace, Mackenze is also a tal­ented young foot­baller.

Play­ing for Ton­gala in the Mur­ray Foot­ball League’s Un­der 14 com­pe­ti­tion this year he won the league’s best and fairest award medal with a stag­ger­ing 51 votes out of a pos­si­ble 54. In 15 games he was awarded best on ground votes and in the other three games he re­ceived the sec­ond votes.

Mur­ray League gen­eral man­ager Dale Norman has ver­i­fied it’s the most votes ever achieved in the four tiers of com­pe­ti­tion in the his­tory of the league.

‘‘I had a pretty good sea­son but there were a cou­ple of games I felt I might have just got one vote,’’ Macken­zie says mod­estly.

He also took his club award in run­away fash­ion, polling nearly 100 votes more than the run­nerup!

He also fit­ted in some games with the Ton­gala Un­der 17s and al­though giv­ing away three years to a lot of his ri­vals never looked out of place.

Does he like cricket or foot­ball best?

‘‘I en­joy them both at this stage. I just want to have fun and I haven’t thought much about any­thing like that at this stage.’’

Macken­zie Cow­ley has been se­lected for the North­ern Rivers rep­re­sen­ta­tive side that will con­test the Vic­to­rian Un­der 14 Cham­pi­onships in Mel­bourne in Jan­uary.

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