Desi’s a little dazzler on court

August 03, 2017

DESI Morgan doesn’t let anything get in the way of his netball.

The eight-year-old Echuca Primary School student has played his first season for Picola United Netball Club in the under 11s alongside his step sister Melody, 11.

And he’s already shown insurmountable talent having collected four awards to date — with another two rounds left — and has taken the court in every position.

He first showed an interest in the sport at the age of three when his mother Gemma Hawks was playing at Rumbalara Netball Club.

The family moved to Picola in 2012 where like most young boys he started out in the Auskick program.

At the end of each session would head across to the netball courts with his mother, who was assistant coach of the under 15s, and take part in training drills.

It was from there his passion truly began and in 2017 he became the only male netballer across nine clubs in the Picola and District Netball League North West division.

In that time, he also found a desire for umpiring and has been mentored by Sonia Cooper for two years.

His father Desmond Morgan is a two-time football premiership player, currently playing at Picola, and has passed on his ability to Desi, who also plays for Moama Junior Football Club in the under 10s.

Outside of football and netball, Desi also plays basketball and hits the track with Little Athletics in the summer months.

But his number one passion has always been netball.

Not only does he play every position, he plays them well, and is enthusiastic for each training session and game day.

His mother is an advocate of any child, regardless of gender, playing whatever sport they desire.

Although there has been some backlash from kids at school and other teammates, Desi has shrugged them off and continued to progress in the sport.

Hawks said the club has been supportive and his family was incredibly proud of his attitude in continuing to play regardless of what other kids might say.

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