Queensland Schoolboys call for Ipswich Cats' Jake
RISING Ipswich footballer Jake Farrell has been impressing people with his talents, family support and club loyalty.
So it's hardly surprising the Ipswich Cats and St Edmund's College teenager has been selected in the Queensland Schoolboys side for the national titles in Darwin from August 10-18.
Jake, 15, made his first state team after representing Met West at the state titles in Dalby.
His under-16 club coach Scott Salter was thrilled to see him recognised in the school system which has strong competition for representative spots.
Jake was one of 25 players chosen from more than 230 students who trialled.
"He's a fantastic kid," Salter said of the year 10 student who lives at Yamanto.
"He's got a great family. He's got a great attitude. His work rate is enormous. He's a future leader."
Jake turns 16 in February next year.
"I've coached him for about four years and seen his development come through," Salter said.
"He's always making rep teams and he's always getting trying to get poached by all the division 1 clubs.
"This is another example of being able to keep that talent locally."
Jake's parents Dave and Nikki have been providing plenty of support as the centre half forward/ruckman reaches a higher level in the sport.
"He's been told he wouldn't go anywhere if he didn't play in a division 1 side or division 1 club which the Cats really isn't just yet," Dave said.
"But his mother and I have always been of the belief if you are good enough, you'll make it anyway regardless of what side or where you play for."
Former Victorian Dave said Queensland-born Jake's booting ability was one of his strengths.
"The best thing with Jake has been the fact that he can get distance out from goals," Dave said. "He can kick 52 metres on the field. He kicks a lot of goals and sets a lot of them up."
Salter agreed, having worked with Jake for three years.
"He's a strong mark. He's a goal kicker and he's a very, very strong physical tackler," Salter said.