Young Mathoura footballer Djaidha ‘DJ’ Miller had massive success at the AFL National Diversity Championships in Blacktown, Sydney last week winning the NSW/ACT Kickstart team’s MVP award.
DJ played in all seven games over five days from Sunday April 9 to Thursday April 13 impressing AFL club recruiters and gaining selection for the Rio Tinto Flying Boomerangs squad.
The Flying Boomerangs is a personal development and leadership program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young men aged 14-16 years.
While the NSW/ACT team could only manage one win for the tournament, the 14 year-old’s mother Carren Bux was over the moon with how DJ played at the carnival.
‘‘It was a proud mother moment when he won the MVP,’’ she said.
‘‘He was one of the youngest, if not the youngest, in the side so I just couldn’t believe it.
‘‘He was also sick one night while we were up in Sydney, but refused to sit out.’’
The Flying Boomerangs will compete at the 2017 NAB AFL Under-16 Championships on the Gold Coast in July.
DJ will play against the country’s best U-16 footballers at the competition, with the championships a stepping stone towards becoming a potential AFL draft pick.
‘‘He does dream of becoming an AFL player one day,’’ Carren said.
‘‘He loves his footy so much that even a whole week of footy couldn’t stop him from playing for Mathoura at the weekend.
‘‘After all that DJ managed to get best on ground for the thirds and then he made his senior debut for the club later that day.’’
DJ kicked three goals in the thirds’ loss to Blighty with the seniors also falling to the Redeyes.
‘‘We’d like to thank Yarkuwa Indigenous Knowledge Centre because without its sporting program we wouldn’t be able to give these opportunities to DJ,’’ Carren said.