AWSUM Cricket Captain interview – Westville Boys’ High School
Meet Westville Boys’ High School’s U19A Cricket Captain: Ethan Matkovich
Place of birth: Westville
Most memorable cricket moment/highlight thus far?
Personally, my most memorable moment would be when I made my highest score of 199 in U15. That will always be special to me and I will remember that for a long time. As a team, I have been a part of many great performances but the one that stands out the most for me, was when we defended 126 against Michaelhouse and won the game. I still get goose bumps thinking about that game.
Hobbies outside of cricket?
In the very little spare time that I have, I really enjoy playing golf. It’s something that is in my family and I love spending time on the course. I enjoy listening to music as well, my favourite genre is hip-hop/R&B.
How has your season been going thus far?
We have had quite a tough start to the year, being such a young team and having a new group of boys into the first team arena. However, we have been playing some really good cricket and we are a very hard-working group of young men. We haven’t had many results go our way but we have learnt many tough lessons, that we can all take forward in our lives. Each game gets better and better and we are all valuing the experience to play as a group.
What made you choose to attend this school?
It was only natural, Westville was always my number one choice! I love everything about it and it just feels like home. I have loved every second of my time here and have never looked back. The coaching staff are really incredible people and they just make all that we do so much easier, knowing that we have them behind us every step of the way.
Who are your toughest opponents annually?
I would probably have to say Hilton College, our games are always down to the wire.
Are you a bowler, batsman or an all-rounder?
I am a batsman, I bat in the top order at 3 or 4.
What motivates you to always give your best?
I love the process of working hard to achieve something that I have put my mind to, so falling in love with the process is very important to me. If you do not love what you do, then there is no point. I find a lot of my motivation internally and from my music, it puts me in a good frame of mind to keep going. I love the challenge of grinding every single day. Being in a leadership role within my team, also motivates me to keep a high standard and show the younger guys how the job is supposed to be done.
Who was your matric hero when you were Gr 8 and Gr 9?
I would have to say Matt Davies because of his leadership style and the way that he worked so hard all the time. He is an exceptional sportsman and someone I look up to.
Who is your local cricket hero?
Khaya Zondo, he is a Westville old boy and we have very similar roles in our cricket teams.
Watching a T20, ODI or a Test match? I have to say ODI because I believe it is a very strategic form of the game and can change in a matter of a few balls.
Energade, Powerade or red bull? Powerade is my best.
Who is the best modern-day cricketer? AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli, Steve Smith or Ben Stokes? Steve Smith, he is extremely unorthodox, which is an inspiration to everyone because he shows that you can make it work, no matter what and you should always express yourself.