MACKENZIE Cowley is one of those young sporting talents who may have to make a decision between football and cricket in a few years’ time.
At present, the 13-year-old does pretty well at both.
His latest accolade is being selected in the Northern Rivers representative cricket side that will contest the Victorian Under 14 Championships in Melbourne in January.
A product of Tongala Cricket Club’s junior program, he is an allrounder who bowls leg spin and as a batsman can give the ball a decent nudge.
At the moment, Mackenzie is playing in Tongala’s Under 16 cricket side and in Girgarre’s Goulburn Murray Cricket B grade senior side.
Apart from making the Northern Rivers team, Mackenzie has his sights set on trying to make the Victorian Indigenous Under 15 side next year.
If he achieves this and can do well in the national championships, selection in the Australian Under 15s Boomerang side will beckon.
Mackenzie’s sporting talents aren’t confined to cricket.
A natural athlete with plenty of pace, Mackenze is also a talented young footballer.
Playing for Tongala in the Murray Football League’s Under 14 competition this year he won the league’s best and fairest award medal with a staggering 51 votes out of a possible 54. In 15 games he was awarded best on ground votes and in the other three games he received the second votes.
Murray League general manager Dale Norman has verified it’s the most votes ever achieved in the four tiers of competition in the history of the league.
‘‘I had a pretty good season but there were a couple of games I felt I might have just got one vote,’’ Mackenzie says modestly.
He also took his club award in runaway fashion, polling nearly 100 votes more than the runner-up!
He also fitted in some games with the Tongala Under 17s and although giving away three years to a lot of his rivals never looked out of place.
Does he like cricket or football best?
‘‘I enjoy them both at this stage. I just want to have fun and I haven’t thought much about anything like that at this stage.’’