Benalla Sportstar: Sammon rises through the ranks of junior sport

By Meg Saultry

After accumulating a long list of sporting achievements in his junior years, what Rory Sammon, 12, is aiming to achieve in his teen years is a scary proposition for his rivals.

Taking out Benalla White’s under-12 best and fairest as a bottom-age player in 2018, Sammon continued to dominate on the football field with Benalla Red last year as the team made a run in to finals.

“I reckon we played pretty well, we worked as a team and played the game fairly,” Sammon said.

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As well as gaining selection in last year’s interleague game against Mansfield, Sammon also took his talents to School Sport Victoria’s Australian Rules Championships, where he made it to the third of four trials, while also training with Richmond’s Next Generation Academy.

But it’s not just the oval ball that Sammon has complete control over, with the youngster transferring his talents to the basketball court with the Benalla Breakers.

A member of the Breakers’ under-14 division one squad, Sammon will compete in the Under-14 Junior Championships in Ballarat later this year, while also targeting a spot in the Regional Skills Academy.

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It’s a busy schedule for the Year 7 FCJ College student, who also juggles training commitments four nights a week as well as attending games on weekends.

But it’s evident Sammon has a clear vision of where he could go with his sport in the next few years, identifying several goals moving forward.

With football the more favoured of his two sports, selection with the Murray Bushrangers is a logical step for Sammon.

But on an output level, there are areas of his game he continues to persevere in mastering.

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“Mainly it’s kicking with my left foot,” he said.

“I’m also working on being able to keep running and kick the ball smoothly. I want to get it as good as my right foot.

“And in basketball, I want to be able to post up and get more of my scores in.”

With Sammon set to the step up to under-14s football this season, he is yet to find out if he will don an orange jumper with the Giants or adorn the blue and red of the Bulldogs.

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Either way, he is looking forward to tackling his new competition.

“I reckon it’s going to be more challenging and harder, but that’s a good thing,” he said.

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