By ZAC MILBANK
Football’s gain is cricket’s loss when it comes to North Adelaide’s Jamison Murphy.
The Torrens University Draft Target has opted to concentrate on playing the winter game despite captaining Australia’s Under-16 cricket team in a one-day tour of Dubai last year.
A talented all-rounder with bat and ball, Murphy hasn’t spent much time with the Roosters due to his cricket commitments.
The 17-year-old featured in nine U18 Torrens University Cup games for North last year and was named in the best players on seven occasions.
“Jamison is a tough and smart ball-winning midfielder with an elite kick who also possess quality leadership skills,” Torrens University SA U18 coach Tony Bamford said.
“He can also play at half-back. He models his game a bit on Hawthorn premiership player Luke Hodge in that role but I see him playing a lot of midfield in the future.’’
Originally from Port Pirie where he played juniors for both Ports FC and Broughton-Mundoora, Murphy moved down to the city so he could board at Prince Alfred College.
Described by Roosters Talent Manager Neil Sanders as having a ”beautiful long kick”, Murphy – who measures in at 181cm and 82kg – was also a member of the championship-winning Torrens University SA U16 team in 2018.
Torrens University SA U18 coach Tony Bamford
''Jamison is a tough and smart ball-winning midfielder with an elite kick who also possess quality leadership skills.''