Back in the day, Kyle Wood could not have imagined where he would be in 2021.
As a seven-year-old tearaway, he started out in football aiming to destroy goalkeepers as a striker or winger.
But after a couple of years in the North Coast Football representative program, he came over to the bright side.
Now his mission is to foil the up-front attacking field players.
As this came to that, Kyle found a home with his now beloved Bombers when he joined the U13s team to play with a group of mates.
He hasn’t looked back – because, as they say, he’s not going that way.
Last year Kyle was playing ‘up’ an age group and part of the successful Boambee U17s who were minor premiers and went on to win the Big One.
In 2020, Kyle doubled as the stopper for Boambee’s Coastal Premier League (CPL) reserve grade outfit.
With the Boambee 1st grade team winning the CPL North grand final last year and the talented keeper Darcy Newell not returning in 2021 – things took another twist.
Despite thinking he’d not be in the reckoning as the club’s top keeper this season – the gloves were thrown his way.
The chance came early, and not surprisingly, it wasn’t spilled.
Kyle – aged just 16 – got first dibs for the Bombers in their opening FFA Cup match and has been a mainstay between the holy ghosts ever since.
“It’s been a great competition this year and I’ve been tested each week. I think I’ve been playing pretty well but I still have a lot to learn and things to improve in my game,” Kyle said.
“All the boys have been great and made me feel welcome.
“I’ve also been really lucky to have the help and support of Jake Stitt who has coached and mentored me throughout the season and has shared his skills and knowledge with me which I really appreciate.
“It’s a shame that COVID is yet again disrupting the competition and not knowing if we’ll be able to complete the season is a bit hard, but I have still really enjoyed my year in 1st grade and look forward to what 2022 has to offer.”