Hinshelwood impresses for the Jacks

Hinshelwood impresses for the Jacks

Posted on May 6, 2017 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup continues to unearth talent in the game in WA, and the rise of striker Ben Hinshelwood has been a huge positive for the club this season.

The 14-year-old started the season in the under 15’s NPL side and showed some excellent qualities, and he has moved up to the under 18’s and came off the bench in the under 20’s last week against Mandurah City.

The striker is enjoying his football back at the Jacks after moving to Perth Glory for a while. “I have just came back to the club this year after two seasons with Perth Glory, but it was good to return home to ECU to play for Willie Herds under 15’s,” the youngster explained.

“Playing and training under Willie has been excellent and I am really enjoying my football this year. I first joined the club when I was 8 years old, training under the great John Higgins in a very good team, which was very successful.

“I was very lucky to be selected to be given the opportunity to go over to the UK to train with Aston villa when I was only 12 and even more so to be asked a second time. Maybe it was scoring against Liverpool (my team) that made them ask me back. I went to Coffs Harbour with the state team when I was with Perth Glory and played for ECU at the Volkswagen tournament in Sydney when I was only ten years old.”

He made his debut for the under 18’s against Joondalup City in the cup and slotted a brace in the 3-1 win. But in the under 15’s he is also starring and scored a sensational eight goals in their big win against Bayswater, and he came off the bench at half time to do it. “We played very well and with the team leading 6-0 at half time I came on for the second half and managed to score 8 goals in 35 minutes,” he said.

“Willie probably thinks I should have scored more. The other lads played very well and the final score was 21-0. I am sure the result was very hard to take for the Bayswater team but well done to them as I thought they kept playing right to the end and didn’t give up.

“The club have been great, and last month I was given the opportunity by Dale McCulloch and Steven McGarry to train with the first team once a week which has been brilliant and I have really learned a lot.

“I have been given a lot of advice on how to improve my game and I am working hard to show them I have been listening. Since then Dean Pickering has asked me to play in the 18’s, and the step up to the18s has been a bit challenging.

“It’s a lot faster and more physical than what I have been used to but I am enjoying it and Dean and the lads in the team have been really helpful to me stepping up a level, and I also made my under 20’s debut in the win against Mandurah which was great for me.”

Under 15’s Coach Jesse Hesford said the youngster is doing really well.   “Ben has been outstanding for us in the 15’s to start the season. Willie and I have always known what he is capable of and it’s a treat to see him in such good form back in an ECU shirt,” he said.

“There is no denying he has superb technical ability but couple that with the fact he is a tireless worker and has a great confidence about him and you have yourself a top player. Ben has already tested himself against the best the academies in the UK have to offer when the club sent him to Aston Villa on two separate occasions after he impressed on his first visit.

“Now however I believe maturity has kicked in and Ben has become a more complete player on and off the pitch. He has been given opportunities in the 18s this year and isn’t shying away from scoring a goal or two up there as well. He was also granted a chance by first team coach Dale McCulloch to train with the first team on a few occasions and things are looking very bright for the lad.

“I would say for Ben to keep a level head but he isn’t a kid to get carried away with the attention. Big things to come for him with the club focused on doing the very best for his development going forward – Well done Ben.”