All-rounder on a roll
TALENTED Coffs Harbour cricketer Trent Dierick is on a career upswing.
Adding to a string of achievements in the opening weeks of the season, Dierick has gained selection in the North Coast Combined High Schools regional team.
The top-order batsman and off-spinner will travel to Sydney with his team in February to contest the New South Wales Combined High Schools Championships.
"The standard of play at state level is very high," Dierick said.
"In past years there have been current Australian players such as Michael Clarke, Dave Warner and Usman Khawaja competing at this carnival.
"It's a great opportunity for country players to test themselves against the best from the city."
His selection caps a stellar month for the Diggers Ex-Services all-rounder.
A few weeks ago he competed at the NSW Country under-17 carnival in Dubbo and then represented Coffs Harbour in the Australian Cricketers Association Masters Twenty20 match.
In more evidence of his potential, he top-scored for the Coffs Harbour XI with 54 not out and snared the wicket of former Zimbabwe Test player Murray Goodwin.
His performance earned him a $1000 youth scholarship from the ACA, plus mentoring from former Australian player Brad Hogg.
"It was a fantastic experience playing against those guys and I really appreciated winning the scholarship to help with cricketing expenses," Dierick said.
"All the ACA players were supportive and it's great to have Hoggy there to provide advice and encouragement over the next 12 months."
Recent good club form also earned Dierick a spot in the Coffs Harbour representative team for the SCG Country Cup competition.
The team came home from Tuncurry recently with a third-round victory.
If Coffs Harbour can travel away from home to defeat Tweed on December 4, it is into the finals.
However, it is not all good news for the talented teenager.
In a recent club match against Park Beach Bowling Club Colts, Dierick fractured a finger while attempting a catch off his own bowling.
"I took the catch but unfortunately broke my finger and will be out of action for a couple of weeks," he said.
"You've have got to take the good with the bad."