Mahaffey given ACA scholarship
GYMPIE cricketer Brendan Mahaffey’s burgeoning career received a massive shot in the arm at the weekend when he was awarded the ACA Masters Scholarship.
Mahaffey, 16, was in competition for the scholarship with fellow Gympie talent Tom White during the ACA Masters Tour stopover in Gympie.
Both were nominated to be in the running for the scholarship in recognition of their talent ahead of the big day of cricket.
The scholarship itself was awarded Sunday by Australian legend Tom Moody at Albert Park following the epic Twenty20 clash between the Gympie All Stars and the ACA Masters.
A stunned Mahaffey, an opening batsman, was still coming to grips with the scholarship yesterday, giving him $1000 in financial assistance along with one-on-one mentoring with a legend of the game for a year. Just who the player will be is to be revealed in a week.
“I honestly didn’t expect it,” he said. “It was such a surprise to have Tom Moody announcing my name during the presentation.”
Mahaffey wasted little time in expressing his gratitude for the opportunity.
“I thanked the whole ACA team for coming to Gympie,” he said.
“It was just a top day and to be out there playing along side the likes of Andy Bichel and Michael Kasprowicz was just awesome because I grew up watching them on television.”
While the financial assistance will ease the burden associated with representative cricket, Mahaffey said he most looked forward to the mentoring.
“Just to be able to have phone contact and bounce ideas off a legend of the game is really special,” he said.
“It’s a rare opportunity and I want to make the most of it.”
Playing since the age of four, Mahaffey’s relentless dedication is paying major dividends.