Dylan no small Fry when it comes to goalkeeper pressure
A YEAR ago, Dylan Fry was sitting watching Germany win the FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
One player caught his attention.
It wasn't the leading goal scorer for the team, Thomas Muller, or flashy mid-fielder Toni Kroos, but goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.
Dylan immediately wanted to play football.
But differently to what most 13 year olds want, he pulled the gloves on and headed straight for the goals.
And the position is as exciting as Dylan imagined.
"I like the action and the pressure that you are required to take on," he said.
Dylan has stood up to the pressure so far, making a mark on the Gladstone competition for two teams.
He started at Clinton, but was soon recruited to play for the Central Queensland Mariners because of his strong play.
It is a big positive for him, playing more games and learning different styles of play so he is comfortable with anything.
The time on the field is making up for the years his teammates and competitors hold in extra experience.
As part of making up the gap, Dylan still watches Neuer play for Bayern Munich (who the 13-year-old now supports) when he can.
But Dylan realises Gladstone is not the world stage and is keeping a level head.
"This costs my parents a lot of money so I want to say thanks to them, it takes a fair chunk out of their weekend," he said.
This weekend is another big one, local fixtures for Clinton and two matches on Sunday for the Mariners.
The InterCity Challenge will see the Mariners host Rockhampton, Fraser Coast and Bundaberg at Brian Niven Park.
Sunday - Brian Niven Park
9am- U12 play Fraser Coast
9am- U14 play Fraser Coast
11.30am- U13 play Fraser Coast
11.30am- U15/16 play Fraser Coast
2.15pm- U14 play Bundaberg
3.30pm- U12 play Bundaberg
4.45pm- U13 play Bundaberg
4.45pm- U15/16 play Bundaberg