Tatura's Noah Sims is firstly trying to make the Victorian gridiron team and then gaining a scholarship to play college football in the United States.OLIVER CAFFREY August 27, 2014 3:10am
Tatura’s Noah Sims has his sights set on making the Victorian gridiron team and then heading to the United States to play college football.
He’s not Brett Favre or Tom Brady yet, but Noah Sims is carving out an unlikely gridiron career.
The Tatura resident is looking to emulate those legendary quarterbacks as he seeks to gain a scholarship to play college American football.
But first, he has his sights set on gaining selection in the Victorian team.
The Notre Dame College student was invited to try-outs after a standout season for Gridiron Victoria team Bendigo Dragons.
An 80-strong training squad will be cut down to about 50 players after a number of training sessions in Melbourne during October.
Sims, 19, will be one of the younger members at the sessions, but is excited by the opportunity to match it with the best in the state.
‘‘I’ve been lucky enough to get picked in the squad and hopefully I can do well enough to make the final team,’’ Sims said.
Sims had not played gridiron until he went on an International Rotary student exchange program.
He spent 2012 at Cooperstown Central School — about three hours north of New York City.
Sims proved to be a natural American footballer and developed quickly enough to earn the starting quarterback spot on the school’s football team over some students who had played the game all their lives.
His exploits had him appear on American TV and the local paper recently did a follow-up story on his progress since returning to Australia.
But the natural sporting ability was already there; he previously played for Goulburn Valley Football League club Tatura and was involved in the Shepparton Gators’ basketball program.
However, gridiron is his number one focus.
‘‘I played a bit of footy when I got back from America, but it just got a bit too much doing all that and going to Bendigo regularly to play with the Dragons,’’ Sims said.
The Dragons’ season came to an end on Sunday, going down 63-22 to Gridiron Victoria powerhouse Monash Warriors for a place in the competition’s grand final, the VicBowl.
‘‘We’ve had a really good season this year in Bendigo, we’ve got a young, strong team that’s jelled really well,” Sims said.
Street Rider Night Bus signs have been placed in Shepparton’s central business district to encourage people to use the service that has been cruising along for more than five years.
Police are currently at the scene of a double fatal collision involving two cars in at the Cahill Road, Gilmore Street and Woods Road intersection in Yarrawonga.
Tatura Community House held its annual High Tea fundraiser at the facility on Tuesday, with a full-house present to enjoy a sumptuous morning tea, good conversation and relaxing time together.
The Echuca construction team behind Junction Moama has taken out one of the top honours at a regional building awards ceremony.
Rochester Historical and Pioneer Society hosted an afternoon tea to recognise long-standing members Barrie and Flora Griffin and John and Margaret Harley.
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Scone Equine Hospital relaunches local veterinary practice.
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A planning scheme amendment to allow the expansion and redevelopment of the IGA supermarket at Heathcote has been approved by the Victorian Planning Minister Richard Wynne.
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The G-MW Murray gravity irrigation system has received 35 per cent and the Goulburn system 42 per cent of allocation from July 1.
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