Leader beyond his years
TOBYN Burvill may be young in years but he is already a leader on the cricket pitch.
The 15-year-old is part of the Lismore Trinity Catholic College team bidding for success at the 40th annual Australasian Marist Cricket Carnival, which gets under way on Tuesday.
Trinity will enjoy home advantage for the tournament, which will feature sides from across the country.
Tournament convenor and college head of sport Selwyn Gilmore said promising batsman Burvill, who was recently named captain of the North Coast side for the forthcoming Bradman Cup competition, would be key to the hosts' chances of success.
"Tobyn adds stability to the team," Gilmore said.
"He engenders a sense of confidence in the other players.
"He has a good cricket brain (and) is the rock of the team.
"He is a vital ingredient for what he brings in terms of leadership.
"I am sure he has the ability to enjoy a good tournament."
Despite his tender years, Burvill has impressed in Far North Coast LJ Hooker League action for his Byron Bay side this season.
He opened the season with 97 against Murwillumbah and cracked a half-century against Lennox Head.
Impressive performances at recent trials earned him a spot at in the Bradman Cup next month.
Some of the most promising young players in the state will take part in the Nowra tournament.
Fellow Byron Bay players Isaac Fisher and Lewin Maladay, together with Kingscliff's Alex Melville, were also named in the Bradman Cup squad.
Success would cap a memorable cricketing year for Burvill, who started 2012 as member of the Ballina District side that won the Ynder-15 Walter Taylor Shield at Armidale.
Gilmore said he was particularly impressed at Burvill's maturity and concentration levels.
"He has a great mental attitude," he said.
"With kids at his age, you find they can score a nice 30 but then often get out.
"Tobyn has the ability to compose himself, which is a really crucial ability for batsmen as they improve."
Six teams from Marist schools across the country will take part in the tournament.
Matches will be played at ovals across Lismore.
Trinity, which is coached by Patrick Martin, will get its campaign under way against Newman College of Perth on Wednesday.