Joshua shows he has the touch
JOSHUA Gollan took up touch football only two years ago, after his electric pace and silky skills were noticed in casual school games by Summerland Christian College touch convenor Michael Capilli.
"Michael saw me play in PE lessons and during lunch and told me I should get into the sport," Gollan said.
In the following two years he has made great progress.
In his first year he got picked as a shadow player for NSW Christian Schools after excelling for the North Coast representative side.
And yesterday he stood out for Summerland in the North Coast Christian Schools tournament held on his school grounds. His team might have finished third out of five in his pool but the 15-year-old walked off the paddock with his head held high.
This was because Gollan played up a couple of years in the open division.
"Josh was on fire," Capilli said.
"He's very quick and reads the game well. He was a step ahead of the other kids."
Gollan credits the fact he plays open men's level in Lismore's Monday night competition for his success.
"I've played against the men for a couple of years and that makes open school level a lot easier," he said.
Gollan is also a handy football player - he will play in Richmond Rovers' top under-16/17 team this winter.
Yesterday, Pacific Coast Christian School (Tweed Heads) won the open boys, while Coffs Harbour Christian Community School finished runner-up.
Coffs won the open girls and Summerland was runner-up.
Summerland won the under-15 boys' title and Casino Christian School was second.
Casino took the under-15 girls, with Summerland second.
Summerland's Chloe Hamilton suffered concussion when she dived for a ball and her head hit an opposing player's knee.
She was taken to Lismore Base Hospital and was cleared of serious injury.
Capilli said this year's tournament was the best yet, with a total of 250 kids spread across 25 teams.
The championships doubled as North Coast selections.
Four teams will be picked and they will travel to Tamworth at the end of the month for the NSW Christian Schools Sports Association Championships.