Kevin Gordon playing a weighting game for his tour preparation. Photo: TREVOR VEALE
Kevin Gordon playing a weighting game for his tour preparation. Photo: TREVOR VEALE

Gordon thrilled with Country selection



FLYING down the wings at Rex Hardaker Oval for his beloved Panthers and the North Coast under 18 team has paid off handsomely for 16 year-old Kevin Gordon.

Gordon is packing his bags in preparation for an upcoming tour of New Zealand after being selected in the NSW Country under 18s team.

Gordon's selection in the Country team is part of a massive pat on the back for the North Coast under 18 team which narrowly lost the final of the Country Divisional Championships to Western Division.

Other Group 2 players to have been selected in the Country team are Macksville's Nathan Smith, Aiden Tolman from Macleay Valley, Nambucca Heads' Sean Fensom and Michael Spence from Coffs Harbour.

When his selection in the team was announced after the championships final, Gordon admitted to being absolutely thrilled.

"It means heaps because I've been travelling everywhere lately to play," the Jetty High student said.

"Mark (Morrison) had been saying before every game that I could get in and that there was a spot for me,"

"The incentive through the division games was that if we were good enough then we would get into the country side. I was hoping that most us would get in."

The incentive did more than fire the speed demon up, it lit a fuse within him that burned all the way through the championships.

The winger scored seven tries in four matches and North Coast coach Mark Morrison said that he did a lot more tackling than most wingers.

Gordon has been enjoying his first foray into first grade competition this season with Sawtell, scoring a double on debut at Port Macquarie and impressing many since then.

The year 11 student can expect to play a lot of football while in the land of the 'Long White Cloud' but that's something Gordon is fast becoming accustomed.

Playing in various representative teams as well as both the under 18s and first grade team at Sawtell, Gordon had been playing as much as six games a week prior to the divisional final.



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