Tatura's Noah Sims is making a big impression on the gridiron field after taking up the sport last year.By Marc McGowan
He was a record-breaking rookie in a foreign country last year, but Noah Sims’ gridiron exploits are occurring much closer to his Tatura home these days.
Sims, 18, had not played the sport until he successfully applied for an international student exchange program a few years ago.
He spent last year at Cooperstown Central School — about 3 hours north of New York City — and showed enough talent to earn the starting quarterback spot on the school’s football team, the Redskins.
Sims made an immediate impression: throwing for 156 yards and two touchdowns and running another one in.
That performance even earned him an interview on local TV.
Sims later broke a single-game school record in passing for 315 yards, including four touchdowns.
‘‘The whole thing was really good and it was definitely an eye-opener to be immersed in that different culture,’’ he said.
‘‘It was a great learning experience for me. I was injured for half the season, but I was the starting quarterback for the first week of the season.
‘‘I was playing on defence as well. We didn’t have the biggest team.’’
Sims returned to Australia keen to develop his new passion further — and with the goal of going back to the United States to play college football.
The Notre Dame College student joined Bendigo Dragons for their inaugural Gridiron Victoria season this year and helped them finish a creditable fourth and make finals.
The Dragons were also the only division two club to score against a division one opponent, which Sims can take credit for as the quarterback.
He again played multiple roles, often also filling the strong safety and free safety positions.
Sims’ versatile efforts even earned him a third placing in the division two competition’s most-valuable player award behind winner Manny Roman, of Northern Raiders.
‘‘I was really happy with it,’’ Sims said.
‘‘It’s pretty good for an 18-year-old in my first year in this competition and second year playing.’’
Sporting success is not new in the Sims family, with his 16-year-old brother Bellamey representing Victoria Country at junior level in basketball.
Their other two siblings are also active. Cahn, 13, plays hockey for Mooroopna and Tanaya, 9, swims and dances.
‘‘It’s my main sport now and I definitely enjoy playing it and I’m pretty good at it,’’ Sims said.
‘‘The main reason for playing here is to get scouted to play in college over there, so I’ll finish Year 12 (next year) and see if I can get into college.’’
That means continuing with the Dragons next year and travelling to the likes of Melbourne, Geelong, Gippsland and Ballarat to chase his dreams.
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