KYDEN Jarvis’ promising football career is taking him places.
The South Warrnambool teenager played a starring role for Vic Country at the School Sport Australia 15 and under football championships in Darwin last week, booking himself a trip to South Africa.
Kyden’s impressive performances on a wing for the third-placed Vic Country team earned him a spot as an All-Australian emergency.
“They chose 22 and then three emergencies and I was one of those three emergencies so I get to go to South Africa in January,” he said.
“I was really happy and really proud of our achievements.
“We meet up in January, fly to Perth for two days and get to know each other there and then fly to South Africa from there.”
The national championships finished on Saturday, with South Australia winning the crown from Western Australia.
Vic Country won four of its five games, with its only loss coming against Western Australia.
Kyden kicked three goals across five games and was named Vic Country’s best in its 18-point win against Queensland.
The Warrnambool College student said the competition was an eye-opener.
“It was quick and a lot different with the heat, after about three games you start to get used to it,” he said.
“It was about 32 degrees every day and humid. We played a few practice matches against the senior sides of other schools to get used to bigger bodies.”
Kyden, who trained with South Warrnambool’s under 18s in the lead-up to nationals, will swap the Northern Territory heat for the south-west’s wind and rain this weekend.
South Warrnambool plays Cobden in the Hampden league under 16 grand final at Koroit’s Victoria Park on Sunday.
The Roosters and Bombers have met in the past two under 14 grand finals.
“Two years ago we won against Cobden and we played against Cobden last year in the grand final and lost,” Kyden said.
“We have a fair chance. We’ve beaten Cobden twice in the year and when I was away up in Darwin we lost.
“It will be a fair game.”