FOSTER’S Xavier Duursma has been chosen to represent Victoria in the School Sport Australia 15 years and under Australian Football Championships.
The talented South Gippsland Secondary College student will pull on the Big V at the championships from July 18 to 25 in Geelong.
The midfielder is part of the Gippsland Power under 15 squad and was nominated for the Victorian team, where he progressed through the country Victoria trial and a combined metro and country trial.
From there, he played three trial matches and was selected in the final squad of 24.
The 14 year-old plays for Foster in the under 15s and under 18s, predominantly as a midfielder.
He is a relentless runner who wins a lot of the ball in the midfield and doesn’t panic under pressure.
Much of Xavier’s success can be put down to his father , Dean, who spent time on Sydney and Melbourne’s lists during the late 80s before eventually coaching Yarram and the 2010 Foster premiership side.
Dean showed the initiative to take his son to East Ringwood as an eight-year-old to play under nines and under 10s.
He saw a gap in junior football in the Foster area and decided to start the Corner Inlet Stingrays, which play in the Alberton Junior Football League.
As a proud father, Dean said his son has always had a love for footy.
“He’s worked hard; in the middle of winter in the pouring rain he’d be outside in the yard running around chasing the footy on his own from the age of five,” he said.
“We’re very excited for him, because its reward for all of his hard work and you know he loves it so much – it’s great for him.
“Foster hasn’t had anyone get to the AFL for a long time, so that’s where he hopes to go.
“It’s been fantastic; the footy club and town have got behind him and a lot of people have bought raffle tickets and supported him. Quite of few people have said they’ll come down and watch him because it’s at Geelong.”
Xavier previously represented Victoria in the under 12s team in 2012, in a role off half back.
It’s a role he’s played this time around in the trial matches and he looks likely to line up there at Geelong.