TONGALA’S talented young sportsman Mackenzie Cowley was named in the All-Australian team after the 2018 Kickstart National Indigenous Under 15 Football Championships in Sydney last week.
In the carnival, the 14-year-old Mackenzie skippered the Victorian side which won two of its six games and was competitive in another two.
The team suffered heavy losses to Western Australia and South Australia.
Mackenzie’s parents Wayne and Bernie Cowley and his grandparents Kelvin and Sue Walsh attended the championships to support the Victorian side and their son and grandson.
Games were played at the original home of Greater Western Sydney’s AFL side at Blacktown.
Mackenzie personally had a good carnival and was one of Victoria’s best and most consistent players in midfield and onball roles which led to his inclusion in the All-Australian side.
Indigenous football legends in Chris Johnson and Courtenay Dempsey and also David Rodan, the first Fijian to play 100 AFL games, assisted Victorian coach Brad Copeland and his assistant Jamie Mackri during the carnival.
A year nine student at the Kyabram Secondary College who is currently playing with Tongala’s Under 17 side Mackenzie was just one of two Victorians to make the 25 player All-Australian side announced after the carnival.
Selection in this team has earned him a trip to the Gold Coast in September for a week-long specialised training camp as well as a possible overseas trip.
Mackenzie also shows a lot of promise as a cricketer and is currently in the Victorian Country Under 15 squad.
At this stage he is doing his best to keep up both his football and cricket commitments although the day will come when he will probably have to make the hard decision to devote to just one of these sports.