Representative cap the prize for junior cricketer
THERE must have been some illustrious cricketers who've played in the Australian schoolboys team over the years and Lismore High student Jordan Smith could soon join their ranks.
The humble 15-year-old all-rounder has been selected for the NSW State team and hopes that a strong performance at the upcoming national titles will give him a shot at joining some of his famous predecessors.
He's jumped through all the selection hoops so far - and there have been plenty.
“I had to attend a trial at Bathurst and that was for the NSW combined high schools team versus the NSW combined independent schools and the NSW combined Catholic schools team and I went alright in that,” Jordan explained.
“They asked me to the final 24, which was the next trial in Newington, and I got a bit lucky in that and got asked to play for the NSW All Schools team.
“At this stage it is a pretty big achievement to get picked in the NSW team so far, but if I get picked for the schoolboys, it would be a pretty big honour.
“We have the Australian titles on February 28 until March 6, with all the other states, and then they pick a team from there.”
Jordan is playing both junior and senior cricket in Lismore and scored a century in an under-16 inter-district one-day match last weekend.
The top-order batsman and opening bowler seems to have a bright future ahead of him.
“At Bathurst, I scored 43 against NSW combined independent schools, which was pretty good for my confidence,” he said.
“I bowled alright but I didn't pick up any wickets.”
The year 10 student will keep going with his studies towards the HSC but hopes to forge a full-time career in cricket.
“I'd like to make a career out of cricket, but I'll just see how it goes.
“I'll keep studying so that I have something to fall back on if it doesn't work out.”
In his four years as the physical education teacher at Lismore High, Mark Thompson hasn't seen too many players of Smith's calibre.
“It is an outstanding result for Jordan. He's just got such a great temperament when he plays sport and it is just good to see a kid with such a good nature and attitude achieve such a fantastic result,” he said.
“To be given the chance of making the Australian schoolboys side, you can't get better than that. There are a lot of kids that try out Australia-wide, and for NSW, he's come down to the last 13.
“Cricket is very competitive and it is a great result for Lismore to get someone to achieve something like this.”
Lismore High is also the home of Southern Districts player Jake Nind, showing the school has performed strongly in school competitions over the past few years.