Taylor made for hard work
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
SAWTELL/TOORMINA junior Simon Taylor has only young shoulders but judging by his recipe for sporting success, he has an old head on them.
"I like to train heaps, I do a lot of running to help me out ? the extra kilometres help me when I'm playing in the middle," the Toormina High student said.
It's a simple recipe, but one that has worked for generations before him and the proven method will continue to work even when he's long gone.
What the hard work has helped Taylor do is win selection in the NSW/ACT Rams squad for Under-15 players.
Only 37 youngsters made this final squad, a selection process that culminated in a week-long camp and series of representative matches held at Riverview's St Ignatius College.
"We also did some fitness tests as well down there like a three-kilometre time trial where my training helped," he said.
One thing that made Taylor's task in Sydney a little easier during the trial period was the fact that three of his Sawtell/Toormina teammates were standing alongside him as part of the Northern Heat squad.
With Dylan Burkitt, Jack Gillingham and Connor O'Brien next to him, Taylor admitted that he was a lot more comfortable in the unusual surroundings.
Representing the Northern Heat, the classy midfielder impressed selectors from the word go to make his name known as one of those worthy of wearing the sky blue.
"I had a pretty good first game which helped and the next two games I played all right," the young gun said of his trial form.
"I thought I was a pretty good chance of getting in but I was still surprised when my name was announced."
The squad won't be playing in any national championship matches this year ? the boys will have to wait until 2008 to take part in the under-16 carnival but Taylor is already looking forward to the one match the squad will be playing later this year.
The match will be against the Murray Bushrangers, the team covering the region of North-East Victoria that is Taylor's former home area.
Moving from the small town of Whorouly, near Wangaratta, four years ago, the 14-year-old has taken to the local AFL scene like a duck to water, and those in the know have been impressed by what they've seen.
In the near future though, this talented player's achievements aren't going to his head, as that gets in the way of the hard training.
Instead all of his efforts right now are being focused on the CHS State championships that will be played in Wollongong in a fortnight's time.