Jack Tamblyn's passion for hockey is infectious.
The 12-year-old has a passion for the game that few youngsters his age can match.
"I just love the game itself, it's a great game to play,'' Tamblyn said.
The Bendigo South East College student is one of the most promising juniors in the state and he was recently rewarded with selection in the School Sport Victoria 12-and-under boys team.
Tamblyn was picked on the back of good form at a three-step trial process in Melbourne last month.
School Sport Australia cancelled the national under-12 carnival because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but talks are underway between Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and New South Wales about holding their own mini carnival later this year.
"I'd love it if it still went ahead,'' Tamblyn said.
"I'd love to play with the team."
Tamblyn started hitting hockey balls at an early age and his love for the game developed quickly.
"I was about two when I started playing hockey,'' he said.
"Dad's family was a bunch of hockey players and Mum played as well, so that led me into playing.
"I'd always go and watch Mum and Dad play for (local club) Senjuns and then I was about five when I played my first proper junior game."
Tamblyn continued the family tradition by playing for Senjuns and his talent was identified by Melbourne club Footscray.
Tamblyn makes the trip down the Calder every Friday to play for Footscray in the under-14 competition.
"It's wonderful playing for Footscray, I love it,'' he said.
"I'd love to keep playing for Footscray as I get older, but as Dad always says to me 'you have to work for it because nothing in life comes for free'."
Tamblyn's biggest individual haul is six goals for Footscray in round one last year.
"I like to play striker the most and try to score goals."
Tamblyn tries to model his game on two of Australia's premier goal scorers.
"Jake Whetton is probably my idol and before him I really liked Jamie Dwyer,'' he said.
Even though community sport has been severely hampered by the COVID-19 pandemic over the past 18 months, Tamblyn hasn't let it hinder his development.
"I spend an hour or two outside at home everyday working on my skills,'' he said.
"I've got plenty of things to work on."
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