By Sam Watson
WILLEM Duursma has been selected for the School Sport Victoria (SSV) under 15s football team.
The dynamo from Foster has been dominating for Inverloch Kongwak in the under 14s, while also tearing up opposition in the under 18s for Foster/Toora.
The selection in the side comes as no surprise, after he was selected to represent Victoria in the 12 and under Australian football national championships in 2018.
Except for Xavier’s knee injury, 2021 has been a successful year for the Duursmas, with Yasmin coming runner-up in the Gippsland Power Girls best and fairest and Zane making an exceptional debut for Gippsland Power’s under 19s at just 15.
It looks like Willem and the rest of the side won’t get the chance to compete in the national championships this year, as restrictions in each state has made it near impossible to schedule.
But Willem, 14, is a bottom age player in the School Sport Victoria, so it’s highly likely he’ll be in the side again next year.
And he will get the chance to play in the finals for Inverloch Kongwak, where they’ll be looking to knock off flag favourites Phillip Island Blue.
You could be forgiven for mistaking Willem for Xavier on the football field.
Although Willem’s taller than Xavier was at 14, the youngster moves elegantly and can run from end to end just like his eldest brother.
And like the rest of his family, he certainly knows where the goals are.
If things keep tracking the way they are in the Duursma family, Susie and Dean will be racking up a few frequent flyer points following their children on the national stage.
But it’s only early days yet, and Susie and Dean will be making sure they all keep a cool head in pursuit of their brother Xavier.