MEET MACCA HARMAN. ONE OF HULL'S BRIGHTEST RISING STARS
I’ve lost count of how many rugby teams and rugby players I have filmed and featured on GRM SPORT. To be frank, many of these players and teams are easy to forget, but some exceptional talents live long in your memory.
Mackenzie “Macca” Harman, 14, is one of those exceptional talents. A ranging, skilful half-back who reminds me of a young Leon Pryce. Tall, strong and has the ability to run, step and dance through defensive lines or create gaps for others with intelligent passing and kicking plays.
I have covered Macca on two occasions: Playing for Skirlaugh U15s and more recently playing in the East v West Hull Schools rep game. You can watch Macca in action on GRM SPORT and Hull Active Schools by following the links at the end of this article.
I was very impressed with the potential shown by Macca following his performance for East of Hull Schools and was keen to catch up with him to find out a little bit more! Here’s what Macca Harman had to say to GRM SPORT:
On his rugby background
“ I started playing rugby when I was around 5 years old. My Dad and my brother got me into rugby. I joined Holderness Vikings shortly after that.
On his rugby heroes
“ I have supported Hull FC my entire life, since I was introuced to rugby when I was 5. But my rugby heroes are Jonathon Thurston because of his kicking ability and skill level and Greg Inglis for his running ability.
On why he plays for the age above at Skirlaugh
“I should be playing for Skirlaugh under 14s but back when I was at Holderness Vikings there wasn’t an Under 8s team, instead I had to play for the under 9s who were a year older than me. The Under 9s were coached by Matty Faulkner who now works for City of Hull Academy as Talent ID. So since joining the under 9s I have always played for the age above really. I now play for Skirlaugh under 15s and I prefer playing for the age above, playing against people older than me and in some cases bigger than me is more of a challenge.
“ Sometimes I find it too easy to play against people my own age. Going forward I think the English game should adopt a similar approach to Australia where kids are put into groups based on size and ability rather than age group.
“ I have friends who play in the under 14s at Skirlaugh and they say they wish they chose to play for the year above because they find it easy in their age group too.
On his rugby influence
“ My Dad is my biggest influence, I play rugby near enough every day and he is the one taking me to training and to games, it’s always been that way. My dad is keeping me focused, he sees my potential. Believe it or not, rugby has only recently become my number one priority, it used to be cricket, I was playing cricket for Yorkshire, but now I am solely focused on developing my rugby career.
On his impressive performance playing for East of Hull Schools
“ There was plenty of scouts at the rep game so having the opportunity to play boosted my confidence because I was able to show off the range of skills I have. I scored a try and I set up two more, one with a kick and one with a pass. Personally I don’t think it was my best performance, I think I may have kicked it too much, but I am happy we played well as a team and got a comfortable win.
Where he sees himself in 5 years time
“ In 5 years time I hope I am either playing first team for Hull FC or Hull KR, or perhaps a team from out of town. I just hope I am still playing rugby!
What he gets up to in his spare time outside of rugby
“ Outside of rugby I spend a lot of time with my friends and go to the gym. I try to use my spare time wisely if I am not training or playing.