Locals get a lot out of trials

Tuesday, 4th May, 2010

(From left) Local Stingrays players Liam King, Lauchie Jewkers, Sean Power and Zac Wauchope. (From left) Local Stingrays players Liam King, Lauchie Jewkers, Sean Power and Zac Wauchope.

The Rebels and
Stingrays spent last
week at St Ignatius
College, Riverview
playing in the Under-15
and Under-16 Joss State
Zone Trials.
Both teams played
gallantly throughout
the course of the week
with a number of players
impressing on the field
and others getting a taste
of AFL at another level.
AFL (NSW/ACT) State
Talent Manager said all
players came to the trials
determined to get the most
out of the week.
“The week was
everything we expected
plus more. The standard of
play matched the standard
of player preparation,
recovery and behavior. It
all sits well for where the
program is heading,” he
said.
Fourteen teams came to
Riverview and played in 42
games. The week offered
kids the perfect platform
to show their talents in
front of AFL scouts and
experienced coaches.
With former Carlton
player Nick Stevens joining
the Under-16 RAMS
as an assistant coach,
and dual All-Australia
Rohan Smith coaching
the Under-18 RAMS, the
Talented Player Program
is providing players with
a system to make it on to
AFL lists.
Throughout the week
they were given a rare
insight into the life of an
AFL player and attended
sessions on nutrition,
conditioning, stretching,
stability, umpiring and
what’s expected at the
state level.
Doug Freeman, NSW
talent scout with the
Essendon Bombers, said
there were many benefits
to being a part of the
Talented Player Program.
“To give kids in NSW
a bigger opportunity, the
program is the right way
to go. It’s the right track to
go down to encourage kids
to play the game and to get
top of the line coaching
for 30 to 40 weeks of the
year, which is going to be
a benefit.
“It also means the kids
might not have to travel
out of the state hopefully
and they can now get on
Swans and Team GWS
lists, not that we wouldn’t
mind a few kids. If they
don’t want some, we
will definitely be around
looking to snaffle them
somewhere.”