Representative. Following a giant leap into the North West Football League with the Circular Head Giants Under 18s this season, Lachlan Blakemore is kicking goals.
Stepping up from the Under 14s after the withdrawal of Smithton Football Club’s Under 16s from the North West Junior Football League, he has impressed at a regional level and now prepares to blitz the national competition.
Lachlan, alongside fellow locals Austen Perry and Jonty McIvor, represented the north west at the School Sport Australia Intrastate Carnival in Launceston throughout April.
Storming his northern and southern competition, Lachlan earned a place in Tasmania’s Under 15 State Team.
He now prepares for competition at the School Sport Australia National Championships set to be held in Perth, Western Australia from Friday July 22 to 29.
In his first state representation, Lachlan says he is looking forward to soaking in the action.
“The size of the grounds and speed that the footy will be played at will be challenging,” he says.
“But with the Under 15s, we train with the AFL State Academy Under 18s so it’s a pretty big step in the right direction to have those coaches and that opportunity.”
Whilst admitting Circular Head has had a slow start to the NWFL season, Lachlan says he continues to strive for personal development.
“The team has been under performing a bit but we are a young side and it is very different to [juniors],” he says.
“I’m improving each game and learning the different style of play from stepping up from the Under 14s.”
The rotating ruck and centre-halfback began his career with Scotchtown Football Club in the Circular Head Football Association at age 10.
He will continue to support the Tigers throughout the season once his state training schedule permits.
The national championship experience is a self-funded opportunity. On Tuesday, the Circular Head Giants presented Lachlan with a donation towards costs for his upcoming trip.
To help Lachlan achieve his goals, there are donation tins displayed throughout Circular Head.