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September 23, 2016

Despite his involvement with the Moama football club, Todd Murphy’s sporting career as a cricketer looks to have the brightest future.

The left-handed batsman was named in the under 17 Victoria Country cricket squad to play in this year’s National Championships.

The national titles will be held in Brisbane from September 26 until October 6.

Murphy was named in the squad following a trial match and winter training program which focused on skill and game sense.

He currently bats for Moama’s under 16s and A grade and has been involved as a batsman for Goulburn Murray in both regional age and Junior Country Week championships.

He’ll most likely play in the Victoria Country squad as a batting all-rounder.

The Australian age tournament will also feature sides from Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory — with Victoria and NSW contributing two teams each, representing country and metro players.

If footy doesn’t work out for Murphy he has a good chance to star in the cricket world.

There are not many achievements greater than being named as captain for a national side.

Echuca’s Jayden Gulson was announced as captain of the under 21 Australian Country Squad that will compete in a series of international tests later this year.

At only 19 years of age Gulson is one of the youngest in the squad and has outshone the rest to be given the honour.

The position was announced along with the squad inclusions at the medal presentation ceremony that concluded the Australian Country Championships in Darwin in July.

Gulson was shocked to be named captain but is relishing the new role.

“Going into it I didn’t think I had a shot at captain at all,” he said.

The family are well-known in the area for their involvement with the Echuca-Moama Hockey Club and Gulson will be playing for the A grade men’s side in the final of the Goulburn Valley Hockey Association this Saturday.

The team will come up against Shepparton’s Strikers.

But an even greater rivalry exists on the international stage when Australia takes on New Zealand in the Oceania Pacific Cup with Gulson leading the team onto the field.

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