QUIET and unassuming, Bradley Melville has achieved a lot in his sporting career in a small space of time.
The well spoken 17 year old played his first Ovens and Murray senior game for the Wangaratta Magpies Football Netball Club on July 4 this year against a powerful Albury outfit, the first of many accolades he would accrue in 2015.
Two months later he had played another four senior games and had even polled a best on ground three votes from the umpires for his efforts for his game against the Wangaratta Rovers.
It was during this time that the Under 17 Victoria Country Cricket team for the Under 17 National Championships was announced of which Melville would be participating.
A short time later, he was named captain of the team that was to play eight games in Brisbane between September 28 and October 8.
“The experience of the championships was amazing, as you were up against the best young cricketers in Australia,” Melville said.
“I learned a lot about the responsibilities of being captain and leading by example on and off the field and my own cricketing knowledge.
“Looking after field placings, listening to bowlers, reading the batsmen and organising rotations for my bowlers it was a great challenge.”
His own performances in the championships were something he could be proud of.
In the opening game against ACT/NSW Country he scored 48 runs, and took 2/28 with the ball as he led his Victoria Country team to their first of two wins in the championships.