Young Cleve football talent Cameron Taheny will be playing on the Melbourne Cricket Ground on the day of this year’s AFL grand final.
The 16-year-old is one of six South Australians selected to play in the under 17s ‘Futures’ curtain raiser.
The game will feature players who are eligible for next year’s AFL national draft.
This achievement is the latest in a long list for Cameron this year, who has featured in the state U18 and national U17 sides.
His national selection earned him a trip to New Zealand in April.
He is considered one of South Australia’s top prospects going into the 2019 draft, and is currently in the national AFL Academy.
He has played in the Under 18s league for Norwood in the past two seasons, scoring 29 goals from 11 matches this year.
At the same time, he has taken on an important role in school football, winning the best and fairest for Rostrevor College First XVIII.
A highlight of his school football season was his best on ground performance against Sacred Heart in one of the state’s biggest intercollegiate matches, which ended in a one point victory for his school.
Cameron already has another busy year ahead of him, going into year 12 next year.
He has been selected as head boarder at his school, Rostrevor College.
Rostrevor principal Brian Schumacher praised Taheny ahead of the game for his humility.
“He is very much a quiet achiever and epitomises the ‘men for others’ ethos that Rostrevor College prides itself on,” he said.
Cameron said he was grateful for his support network this year.
“It’s been a pretty amazing year and I couldn’t have done it without the support from back home and from Rostrevor College as well.”
It’s been a pretty amazing year and I couldn’t have done it without the support from back home and from Rostrevor College as wellCameron Taheny