Murphy moving on up

September 28, 2016

Moama's Todd Murphy will pull on the blue Victorian shirt during the coming week for the state under 15 country side at the national age titles in Brisbane. PHOTO: Ben Carter

And he’s only 15.

Todd ended the 2015-16 summer as a top age player in the state under 15 side.

Now he will add to that with training sessions in June and two games in August in the hope of reaching the starting XI for the national championship, to be held in Brisbane between September 26 and October 6.

Murphy was taking the whole thing in his stride when discussing the announcement during the week.

‘‘It’s going to be a great opportunity to train with the best players from around the state,’’ he said.

Murphy has been through this kind of process before — an email from Cricket Victoria advised him he had made the initial squad of 40.

Did he think he’d go from the under 15s to a potential place in the Victoria Country 17s within the space of barely six months?

‘‘It came as a bit of a surprise,’’ Todd said.

‘‘But making the under 17 side is a long way away and I’m going to need to improve if I’m a chance to make it.’’

Realistic about his chances, Todd was also nevertheless pleased to be part of the process.

No nerves, then.

‘‘Not really,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s a great opportunity — and no matter what happens, it’ll improve my cricket.’’

Cricket Victoria’s Northern Rivers regional manager Ben De Araugo acknowledged Murphy’s selection as a sign of his continued progress in the sport.

‘‘Todd’s a terrific player with a fantastic attitude,’’ De Araugo said.

‘‘And he comes from a great family. He performed strongly for Northern Rivers teams at state championship level and carried that form into the national championship with Victoria Country.’’

De Araugo said Murphy’s ability to read a match was ‘‘extremely good for a player of his age’’ as well as his adaptability.

‘‘He’s got an incredibly bright future and selection in the Victoria Country under 17 trial squad should hold him in good stead.’’

The fact Murphy remained a bottom-age player at under 17 level confirmed the high regard in which he has been held by state selectors, De Araugo said.

‘‘It’s a great opportunity to perform in front of Victoria and state academy selectors who are heavily involved in the Australian under 17 and under 19 squads,’’ he said.

And from there, those who impress can find themselves in the national under 19 side.

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