Jake aims for the top
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
"THE GEELONG Cats select Jake Mostert, Queensland and BITS Saints.''
Even though these nine words do not mean much to many, they are a dream for Mostert, who is one of the most promising juniors to play in the AFL Capricornia competition over the past decade.
The level-headed 16-year-old made his senior debut with the Saints as a wingman/half-forward during 2005 and made an immediate impact.
Short in stature, but big in courage, Mostert earned the respect of all with a number of courageous displays that placed him third in the club best and fairest and a top 10 finish in the league medal.
"This year was one I was pleased with,'' Mostert said. "(Coach) Rod (Spice) threw me straight into the ones which I really enjoyed, I am glad he gave me the opportunity.
"I was a bit hesitant at first and spent a bit of time in the forward pocket, but as the season went on I felt more comfortable and played on the wing a bit more.''
Even though he was born in western Victoria, Mostert was a relative late starter to football, playing his first game at the age of 11.
After just one year which gleaned a junior premiership with Portland South, Mostert moved with his family to Tannum Sands.
Shortly after he joined the Saints and immediately made an impact.
"To have a footy club just down the road like the Saints was great, their junior program was very good and I enjoyed being part of the club as soon as I joined,'' he said.
Over the next four seasons at junior level, Mostert added two premierships, two league best and fairests and a number of representative honours, most notably with Queensland Country, to his honour roll.
"We have been fortunate to have regular success at the Saints and there is nothing better than playing in premierships,'' he said.
Well that and maybe a possible AFL career thrown in. Mostert took his first steps to a possible AFL career late last year, spending four weeks training with top AFL Queensland club Southport."I went down there to get a taste of what it is like at a state level club and enjoyed the experience.
"I was actually surprised the standard of their training wasn't a little bit better, but they did have about 15 players who were not at training.
"Even so, I did benefit from the experience and it did open my eyes,'' he said.
When asked which club he would like most to play for, not surprisingly Mostert, without hesitation, says Geelong.
"I have always gone for Geelong, obviously I would play for anybody if I was drafted in the future, but if I had a choice it would be Geelong,'' he said.
And Mostert will leave no stone unturned in his pursuit of that dream.
He can regularly be seen pounding the roads around Tannum Sands over summer in a bid to build up his endurance.
"For me there are two seasons, footy season and the offseason. Once footy finishes I am out and about running, because my fitness is probably my best asset as a footballer.
"My goal for this year is to make the Queensland under-18 team for the national championships and help BITS win the AFL Capricornia premiership,'' he said.
But if his AFL dream does not materialise in the next two years, this well-rounded young man who will complete year 12 at Tannum Sands High School has his sights on a promising career off the field.
"I am hoping to go to uni next year, I have not made my mind up yet on what I am going to study, but hopefully something like a Human Movement or Physio degree is an option,'' he said.
No matter what happens, the name Jake Mostert is sure to become a household one wherever he plays.