Hopes for higher honours
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.