By Sam Watson
PHILLIP Island footballing sensation Tierlin Hamley was recently selected in the School Sport Victoria under 12 girls squad.
Unfortunately, she won’t get to represent the Big V on a national stage this year.
However, if COVID-19 cases can significantly decrease, she’ll may to Melbourne for a showcase game later in the year.
Since moving to Cowes Primary School from Melbourne at the start of 2020, Hamley has impressed staff and fellow students with her footballing prowess.
And it didn’t take long for PE teacher Diddy Cuthbertson to realise she had a special talent on her hands.
“She’s a clear stand out,” Cuthbertson said.
“Her skills are awesome.”
Unfortunately, COVID-19 restrictions have denied Hamley the opportunity to showcase her skills for Cowes Primary, but Cuthbertson is hoping that moment will come soon.
“She’s definitely going to be playing for us when we actually get a day to play,” Cuthbertson said.
On Sundays, the midfielder is currently playing back at Montrose in girls footy, but Cuthbertson is hoping when she moves to high school, she’ll make the move to the Phillip Island Bulldogs youth girls side, who Cuthbertson coaches.
But Cuthbertston also believes Hamley would have no troubles playing with the boys in the under 12s on Phillip Island.
And she also has no troubles on the basketball court.
“She’s very good at basketball,” Cuthbertson said.
“She’s got great hand-eye skills.”
Hamley also made it through the first round of the state basketball team tryouts, but she ultimately chose to follow her main passion – footy.
And she’s certainly aspiring to become an AFLW footballer.
According to Cuthbertson, despite her fondness of Geelong and Joel Selwood, Hamley doesn’t watch a lot of football, she just loves playing it.
Although she’s a rare sporting talent, Cuthbertson said her best trait is her personality.
“She’s just an awesome kid, she has a go at everything.”
If Hamley misses out on playing for Victoria this year, she’ll certainly get her chance in the same team next year, as she’s only in grade five.
“We’re super proud of her, it’s a really good achievement,” Cuthbertson said.