When you get called one of Echuca’s finest junior martial artists, you must be doing something right.
That’s the call on the talent of 11-year-old Jiu Jitsu exponent Seth Blade.
And just in case you missed it – that’s 11-year old.
During May he snared a podium finish at the Australian Federation of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu’s Victorian Championship in Melbourne.
Impressive for any adult, let alone a pint-sized powerhouse of the combat mat.
Seth claimed the gold in the all belts category for his age, winning his bouts in convincing fashion according to local instructor Matt Wickham.
His achievement adds to his earlier gold at the Grappling Industries tournament held earlier in the year.
And on that form, Seth could well be grappling with further success well into the future.
Seagulls usually find a home by the sea and that was the case in May for Moama’s Lachie Schultz.
The aspiring Australian Rules Football star made his senior debut for Williamstown in the Victorian state league against Port Melbourne.
It’s a long way from the Magpies’ home base – where Schultz would still be considered by coach Simon Maddox this Murray league season.
And also a big step up from the state youth competition, where Schultz has spent time with the Bendigo Pioneers under 18s squad under the tutelage of Brett Henderson.
The midfielder-cum-forward has quickly adapted to his new club, new role and new quality standard.
And awaits more game time as this season progresses.
Moama may not see that much of him in 2016, but they will be able to know that they have nurtured a potential AFL draftee.
That’s where the ambitious Schultz hopes to head if he can.
And if that stature eludes him?
He’d be happy just to keep playing footy as best he can.
No wonder Williamstown will pleased with that kind of winning attitude, which has earned him two senior starts to the start of June.
And two goals on the board, too.