Koroit teenager Paddy O'Sullivan ready to play for Warrnambool Blue at Horsham under 15 country week

MULTI-TALENTED: Emmanuel College student Paddy O'Sullivan plays football, cricket and basketball. Picture: Morgan Hancock
MULTI-TALENTED: Emmanuel College student Paddy O'Sullivan plays football, cricket and basketball. Picture: Morgan Hancock

PADDY O’Sullivan’s calendar is chock-full of sporting events.

Like many teenagers his age, the Emmanuel College student is busy juggling football, basketball and cricket.

The latter will take priority next week when O’Sullivan lines up for Warrnambool Blue at Horsham under 15 country week.

O’Sullivan, 14, hopes he can stand up behind the stumps and chime in with the bat at the four-day tournament.

“It depends where they need me (to come in the batting order),” he said.

“I open for my home club (Koroit) but I might bat a bit down the order because we have some really solid batsmen. 

“Theo Opperman and Matthew Sinnott are pretty strong.”

O’Sullivan believes Warrnambool Blue, which will play under coach Mark Bowles, has assembled a capable side.

But he is wary of their opponents.

“We won last year when I was playing for Warrnambool Gold and we played Colac in the grand final so they’d be fairly tough I’d imagine,” O’Sullivan said.

“Warrnambool Gold might give us a run.”

O’Sullivan, who enjoys country week because “you play cricket with your mates and have fun down the street”, hopes the winning form his Warrnambool and District team Koroit is in will follow him to Horsham.

“We are undefeated this season. We just knocked off Merrivale, who are pretty tough, before Christmas,” he said.

Sport plays a major role in O’Sullivan’s life.

The dynamic Koroit midfielder was named best on ground in the Hampden league under 14.5 grand final in August, helping the Saints knock off junior powerhouse South Warrnambool.

Representative basketball with Warrnambool Seahawks’ under 14 side also keeps him active, with a tournament in Bendigo next on his agenda.