A Port Pirie teenager is adding dash to the Under 16 state team.
Running off a half-back flank, Harrison Magor, 16, is living up to his family’s high-achieving football reputation.
He is the son of former Port and Solomontown player Adam Magor and nephew of former Recorder Medallist, Bulldogs coach and Cats player Stephen Magor.
Stephen said his nephew was a “good, level-headed lad” and father Adam, who has been watching his son play in Queensland, said Harrison had performed well.
Harrison played against Western Australia in Perth last month, picking up 20 possessions, and then took the field on the Gold Coast against Victorian Metro on Monday to gather 15 disposals.
Adam said that whenever his son got the ball in the Gold Coast match, he seemed to use it well. “He had a pretty solid game,” he said.
The Recorder tried to contact Harrison in Queensland, but he was unavailable because players had to hand in their mobile phones during the football carnival.
He was due to play against Victorian Country at the Gabba in Brisbane on Friday.
Adam said Harrison would be available to talk to the newspaper after that match so watch out for our special report.
Harrison has played for Port thirds and the North Adelaide Under 16 team.
He is expected to be back at the Bulldogs later this season.
The state team lost to the Western Australian outfit on June 25 by one goal with a couple of minutes remaining in the match and were considered unlucky. The powerful Victorian Metro team defeated our South Australians by about 10 goals at Metricon Stadium on Monday.
Also in the state team is Harrison’s friend Karl Finlay, of Quorn, who plays for Central Augusta and North Adelaide.
Karl said he and Harrison “look for each other” on the field.
Development co-ordinator with North Adelaide Neil Sanders said both players “have big futures if they are prepared to have a crack at it”.
He said the 180-centimetre tall Harrison played mostly off a wing, but could perform on-ball and as a forward or defender.
“He is a very versatile player. Where there is a gap, he will fit in,” he said.
When it comes to helping the Quorn community, Karl Finlay is kicking goals.
Just as he plays a key role in the state team, he is a crucial game-maker in helping to fund the local hospital.
He was chief organiser of a local “Slowdown” town versus country match that raised $3000 for the cause.
The money was handed to the hospital auxiliary’s Mary Francis by Karl and a fellow Quorn Area School student in Quorn on Friday.
Karl, who holds down centre-half-back, will turn 16 on Friday.
He can take a strong mark and is mobile for his size.
Karl is expected to resume with Central Augusta later this season.
His father Mick played for the Quorn Wolves.