EXTRA throw downs with his father and long sessions bowling at division one players helped Tyler Mungean to a standout season with Brierly-Christ Church.
The all-rounder polled 23 votes to take out the under 17 cricketer of the year award.
Tyler paid tribute to his father Jason, a Melbourne Country Week regular and former Nirranda coach for getting him started in cricket.
While the 17-year-old played division one with his native Nirranda, with the club not having an under 17 side he found himself at Brierly-Christ Church under the guidance of Nathan Murphy.
“Dad’s had a lot to do with me and Nathan Murphy. They have helped me a lot,” he said.
“I would train at Nirranda and get extra time in the nets, with dad giving me throw downs and I would bowl non-stop to the seniors.”
The year 11 Mercy Regional College student said he was limited to few training sessions with Brierly because of the 45-minute commute between his family’s Nirranda home and Camperdown school.
“When I did go there, Murph gave me a lot of good tips and advice,” Tyler said.
He said he was well aware of some of the difficulties sons could have growing up in the shadow of talented fathers but he and his dad enjoyed the same passion.
“You don’t really want to listen to dad all the time but he’s helped a lot.”
Tyler’s season with Brierly yielded 254 runs at an average of 28.2 opening the batting and took 17 wickets at an average of 11.9.