Future footy stars

Noel Mancuveni and Hunter Montgomery were named in the State�s under-15 indigenous team, competing in the Kickstart Championships in Cairns recently. The team claimed the top prize for the fifth consecutive year.

Belmont-based Mancuveni said he was chuffed to make the team, especially after only getting into the sport at the end of last year.

�Without the kids in my year, I wouldn�t have made it into footy so I want to thank them,� the midfielder said.

�It was good to play in the championships and get united and playing the other teams got us closer together.�

The 13-year-old Eagles supporter, who plays for Queens Park Bulldogs Football Club, looks up to ruckman Nic Naitanui. Beckenham athlete Montgomery (14) is also inspired by the Eagles player and wants to some day play on the same field.

�Naitanui, he�s so explosive; the way he can get into a game so quickly. I reckon he could be a really good mentor,� he said.

First picking up a ball when he was four, and coached by his dad, the centre-half forward said he was honoured to play in the championships. He wants a career in football, but if that does not play out he is already working on a back-up.

�If I can�t get to the highest level of football, I�m hoping to become a lawyer,� Montgomery said.