WHEN Willetton teen Aaron Hardie (16) steps out on to the cricket pitch in Queensland next week it will be with the confidence of a seasoned player.
Prepping for the National under 17 Championships, the towering Aquinas all-rounder will lead the side as captain.
He said his love of the game and can-do attitude earned him the title.
“I just enjoy playing cricket and I think that I am a natural leader,” he said.
“I’m excited to go away; it will be a good way to spend my school holidays.”
No stranger to national competition, Aaron started his career as a 10-year-old playing district cricket.
The championships in Brisbane start on September 28 and will be a chance for Aaron to make up for last year’s fifth-place finish.
He said he was confident in his and the side’s abilities.
“I train three to four times a week,” he said.
“Hopefully it means I can bat three or four and bowl a few overs too.”
The ultimate honour for Aaron would be playing for Australia, and preparations to get there are under way.
“I want to be professional, get a contract for WA then play for Australia,” he said.