NOWRA High School student Cooper Lange recently had the honour of captaining his state at the FFA Youth Championships in Coffs Harbour.
Lange was given the opportunity to skipper the NSW Country under 13s at the national tournament, which ran from Monday to Friday last week.
His team had reasonable success in Pool B, where they scored the most goals, with two wins, two losses and a draw throughout the week.
The NSW Country team enjoyed big wins over Northern Territory (5-nil) and Tasmania (6-1) and had a 1-all draw with their Northern NSW Country counterparts.
They had some tougher competition in their two other games, going down 4-1 to Victoria Country and 2-1 to Queensland Country, to finish fourth in their pool.
Cooper, who normally plays as a defensive midfielder, was moved to centre back for the last two days after he became very sick, but still battled on through the aches and pains in his body, as well as a sore throat and coughing.
Despite this setback, Cooper said he was happy with the tournament and was honoured to have the opportunity to captain the side.
“It was very rewarding, but I was surprised because there were lots of other players in that team that could’ve captained and done a great job,” he said.
“But I was pretty happy with my own performance and as a team, I thought we played some great football.”