De­ter­mined David

Coulthard eyes fu­ture hon­ours af­ter rep­re­sent­ing Aus­tralia in green and gold

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

MIALLO crick­eter David Coulthard has re­turned from his first trip over­seas wear­ing the Aus­tralian colours even more de­ter­mined to make a name for him­self in the sport.

The tal­ented 15-year- old has just re­turned from a tour of the United Arab Eme­ri­ates as part of the Aus­tralian School­boys Un­der-15 team where he played nine games against the UAE’s best teams.

Coulthard starred with the ball for the Aus­tralian out­fit, earn­ing one man- of-the­match award and a bag of wick­ets in the one 50- over match and eight Twenty20 fix­tures played on tour.

The Aus­tralian team lost only one match and Coulthard is keen to continue his progress in the sport.

It was an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for the Moss­man State High School Year 10 stu­dent, who had never been over­seas be­fore.

“It felt strange step­ping off the plane, it was hot and I couldn’t be­lieve how many build­ings there were,” he said.

“But the hos­pi­tal­ity we were shown was over­whelm­ing, ev­ery­one was so nice and help­ful.”

Coulthard played on a va­ri­ety of fields, from a con­crete pitch to a field with a dirt out­field to a beau­ti­fully man­i­cured oval, and man­aged to mas­ter them all as open­ing or first change bowler.

“The best part of it was meet­ing all my new team­mates, af­ter 15 days tour­ing to­gether we were all re­ally close and it was hard to say good­bye to them,” he said.

“It was dif­fer­ent play­ing over there, the wick­ets turn a lot more.

“But it made me want to take my cricket a lot fur­ther and re­ally work hard to­wards mak­ing an­other tour.”

Coulthard is play­ing for United in the Cairns com­pe­ti­tion this sea­son which is help­ing him de­velop his game.

“The stan­dard is a lot higher in the top grade but I’m re­ally en­joy­ing it,” he said.

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