Young talent rises
Monday, 31st December, 2018
By Tyler Hannigan
A number of promising local junior footballers have made the cut after the GWS Giants released their 2019 Academy squads.
The under 16, under 18 and under 17 training squads were named with 10 Broken Hill footballers selected.
The squads are made up of players from the GWS academies all over NSW including Albury/Tocumwal, Wagga Wagga, ACT/South Coast, Western Sydney and Broken Hill.
South pair Harry Butcher and Adam Slattery, West’s Nick Schofield and North’s Rogan Turner have been included in the Under 16s while North’s Logan Berryman, West’s Bailey Beattie and Central’s Josh Hanford are in the 18s squad.
“The under 16 boys will play games against Murray Bushrangers and Bendigo,” local GWS Academy head Anthony Tidball said.
“Then they’ll play three matches against the Sydney Swans academy as a trial for the NSW/ACT Rams that will play in the Under 16 national champs.”
“Logan, Bailey and Josh are off to a camp in Canberra in January and will then play in a revamped division two championship,” Tidball added.
While Hanford would normally be too old for the Under 18 academy squad, his inclusion is made possible after he nominated for the 2018 AFL Draft but went unselected.
Hanford is one of 11 over-age players in the squad.
On top of the 16s and 18s squads, an Under 17s training group has also been picked with South’s Clancy Payne and Tyler McKenzie, as well as West’s Jayden Sutton included. That squad will play games against the Swans academy for a chance to make the NSW/ACT Rams team.
As well as those selected by GWS, Central’s Harry Campbell has been selected by North Adelaide to train with their Under 19 squad in February. Campbell was a member of the GWS Academy but unfortunately missed most of 2018 with a broken leg.
Tidball said that the selections are a terrific result for AFL in Broken Hill.
“It’s the largest amount of players selected for these squads in a number of years,” he explained.
“You can also see this development filtering down to club level with many of the players playing League football, winning club trophies and even AFL Broken Hill awards.”
Broken Hill’s selected players will take part in an upcoming practice match against Imperials in Mildura.