A little over one year ago, Jordan Binns was recovering in bed after shattering his jaw during a soccer tournament. Fast forward to this month and the determined all-rounder is representing WA Country in the WACA Under-15 Talent Carnival, after a year of hard work and dedication. The fast bowler was the only Kimberley competitor selected to take part in the tournament, which has seen the side — comprising the best of the State’s regional talent — take on five metro teams. Jordan, who can bowl up to 110km/h, said missing most of the 2018 cricket season because of his jaw injury fuelled his love for the game and he was honoured to be picked. “It felt good to play cricket again after the soccer accident,” he said. “I broke my jaw in three places playing soccer at Country Week. “I basically ran out into a one-on-one and the opposition was running towards me and after I kicked the ball, his knee smashed into my jaw and I straight away felt something was up. “It put me out of contact sport for six months but I could play cricket again just after a month.” The 15-year-old said he had spent the year getting his fitness up and was well and truly ready to compete at the carnival this weekend. “All year, I just kept training as hard as I could and tried to get down to the nets whenever I had a chance,” he said. Jordan’s mother Kira Fong said it was “soul destroying” for Jordan to be on the sidelines after his injury, but it made him more determined and helped him to get to where he was at. “It was a shock that he got in the team, but at the same time he deserves it because this boy is training and playing six out of seven days a week,” she said. “After he was injured, I had no problems watching cricket because there is no contact, but the day he returned to soccer was one of the most difficult for me. “I’m just glad I wasn’t there the day the accident happened.” Jordan was part of the 2019 Broome Sports Association Talent Development Program. He said it had played a big role in improving his fitness and strength.