Back on track
Monday, 15th October, 2018
By Tyler Hannigan
While the 2019 AFL season is months away and football is the last thing on most people’s minds, some of the best young talent in Broken Hill are already back in training.
The GWS Giants Broken Hill Academy held its first session on Sunday as some new and returning faces hit the track under the watchful eyes of coaches Anthony Tidball, Ayden Pettitt, Jayden Kelly and Mat Garrick.
“They’ll focus on skills and fitness,” Tidball said about these sessions.
“It will be two skills and two gym sessions per week until Christmas. It’s a program modelled on that of a first-year AFL player.
“Next month they’ll be tested in a 2km time trial as well as sprints and gameplay.
“In December the squad across NSW will be cut to 50 for the Under 16s and 18s. Then they’ll go into camps and play against Murray, Eastern, and the (Sydney) Swans academy.”
In addition to the junior boys, there is also talk of a girl’s squad although nothing is official as of yet.
South pair Eliza Cumming and Macey Edgecumbe, as well as West’s Lillie Bornholdt, are three who could come into that squad.
Under 16 - Nick Schofield (West), Rogan Turner (North), Dan Kennedy (North), Adam Slattery (South)
Under 17 - Logan Berryman (North), Bailey Beattie (West), Clancy Payne (South)
Under 18 - Tyler McKenzie (South), Jayden Sutton (West), Josh Hanford (Central), Harry Campbell (Central)