Matt puts the Country on the line
LISMORE hockey sensation Matthew Harmon is set to make his mark on the international stage when he travels to Fiji to represent Australian Country Under-21s in the Oceania Pacific Cup in December.
The Southern Cross University Sport and Exercise Science/Education student was selected after some stellar performances for the NSW Country open men’s team in Canberra at the Australian Country championship.
“We had a good training camp before we went into the tournament,” Harmon said.
“We played over a two-week period, making the final before getting beaten by Queensland 2-1.”
Despite the defeat the enthusiastic striker found himself selected to train on with the Australian Country Under-21 side soon after.
Harmon is fresh off a starring role in a dominant Far North Coast A-grade men’s grand final display, scoring a goal and steering his Northern Star side to a brilliant 4-0 victory over Coraki.
He has kept to a strict training regime where he does two skills sessions and two fitness sessions a week to prepare for his trip to Fiji.
“It’s going to be a definite challenge,” he said.
“We’re going up against seven other national teams including Fiji and Samoa, who are going to be difficult opposition.”
Harmon isn’t all about playing either – he spends a fair portion of his week coaching younger hockey players.
“I am an assistant coach to the North Coast Academy of Sport and do development work with younger kids,” he said.
Kookaburras captain Brent Livermore ran a training camp in Lismore and Coffs Harbour recently and I worked in an assistant role to him both times.”
Harmon finds himself in the box seat being 19 years old – he has the chance to be selected for the NSW Country and Australian Country Under-21 teams for a further two years after the Oceania Pacific Cup.
Harmon and the rest of the team go into camp in late November.