Hopes for higher hon­ours

Myrtleford Times - - Sport - Tspi­teri@ ne­me­dia.com.au

WHOROULY’S Da­mon Har­ring­ton makes no se­cret of his dream to play in the AFL one day.

But while many foot­ballers Har­ring­ton’s age (14) har­bour the same hope, the Myrtle­ford Saints mid­fielder is be­gin­ning to show some gen­uine prom­ise.

Har­ring­ton dom­i­nated the Wan­garatta and District Ju­nior Foot­ball League un­der 14 com­pe­ti­tion this sea­son, ty­ing for the league best and fairest with Cen­trals player Brodie Paul on 32 votes.

The skil­ful mid­fielder also won Myrtle­ford’s best and fairest as the stand­out player in a team that did not lose a game dur­ing the home and away sea­son.

The Saints did how­ever suf­fer a shock grand fi­nal loss, go­ing down to the Kan­ga­roos by seven points.

Har­ring­ton said the best and fairest wins pro­vided some con­so­la­tion for the dis­ap­point­ment of the grand fi­nal de­feat.

“I think they just came out too play and we were maybe a lit­tle bit off our game and they got on top,” he said.

“But I was happy to win the best and fairest be­cause there are a lot of re­ally good play­ers in our league.”

Har­ring­ton’s coach Si­mon Crisp de­scribed the young­ster as very tal­ented and a plea­sure to coach with his skills on both sides of his body stand­ing out.

“Kick­ing both feet just came pretty nat­u­rally too me, I do it when Si­mon gets us to at train­ing but I think it was some­thing I was al­ready do­ing,” Har­ring­ton said.

The young Saint said he looks up to Myrtle­ford’s sen- ior play­ers for in­spi­ra­tion in­clud­ing his older brother Liam, while St Kilda star Jack Steven is some­one he mod­els his game on.

“He (Jack Steven) is a good hard mid­fielder like I try to be, Liam (Har­ring­ton) has also taught me a few things about footy be­ing the one (of his broth­ers) that is al­ways home.”

Har­ring­ton hopes to press on to Mur­ray Bushrangers level when he reaches un­der 16s and he will also trial for the Ovens and Mur­ray school­boys side later this year, the first step­ping stones of his fledg­ling ca­reer.

NAT­U­RAL FOOT­BALLER: Da­mon Har­ring­ton at home on the fam­ily farm in Whorouly and in ac­tion (be­low) against Bright dur­ing this year’s Wan­garatta and District Ju­nior Foot­ball League sea­son.

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