Cleve’s talented Taheny best on ground

MOST VALUABLE: Cameron Taheny with his Most Valuable Player medal cheered on by fellow boarders Hank Burton, (Rudall), and Ryan Lymn (Wudinna).
MOST VALUABLE: Cameron Taheny with his Most Valuable Player medal cheered on by fellow boarders Hank Burton, (Rudall), and Ryan Lymn (Wudinna).

AFL hopeful Cameron Taheny delivered a “best on ground” performance in front of national talent scouts at one of the state's largest school football contests of the year on Saturday, August 4.

The 16-year-old from Cleve played a crucial role in a dramatic, one-point victory for Rostrevor College against Sacred Heart College.

Taheny was awarded the medal for Rostrevor’s most valuable player in the 95-year-old intercollegiate event - arguably the largest and most passionate match between two football Colleges in SA.

The Intercol medal builds on an impressive year for Taheny who was selected in the U18 State AFL squad in May and travelled to New Zealand for the national U17 team in April.

“It’s been a pretty amazing year and I couldn’t have done it without the support from back home and from Rostrevor and Norwood Football Club as well,” Taheny said.

He described the weekend’s Intercol match as one of the largest, loudest and most passionate football games he had ever played in.

“We won it as a team and there were probably 21 others who could have been named most valuable player. It was an honour to be chosen for the medal,” he said.

Taheny is in the national AFL Academy and will be draft eligible next year but remains focused on his team mates.

“I don’t think about the recruiters. I just want to get out there and do the best for my team and my school,” he said.

Principal Brian Schumacher said Taheny had been “exciting to watch” all year and had done his college, club and home town proud.

Mr Schumacher, who will attend next week’s Field Days, said Rostrevor took great satisfaction from its role in helping develop and nurture young football talent, particularly from regional SA.

“The boys who board with us from all over the Eyre Peninsula are a vital part of our college fabric and continue to build on the high-achieving traditions of the past.”