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McKenzie takes his chances

Wednesday, 7th August, 2019

South Broken Hill footballer Tyler McKenzie, pictured here playing for the SA Roosters, has moved to Adelaide to further his football career. PICTURE: Peter Argent South Broken Hill footballer Tyler McKenzie, pictured here playing for the SA Roosters, has moved to Adelaide to further his football career. PICTURE: Peter Argent

By Peter Argent

A member the GWS Academy, South Broken Hill footballer Tyler McKenzie is endeavouring to make every post a winner in his journey in the code.

Last Sunday, in the 9am SANFL Under 18s match against Glenelg at Prospect Oval, as a part of a triple header for the day, he played for the North Adelaide Football Club.

His Roosters’ Under 18s coach Craig Brooks has a lot of time for this Silver City export. 

“Tyler played in our trial games this year and we were pretty impressed with a couple of things he did,” Brooks said.

“Sunday was Tyler’s fifth game so far with us this year. He has come down a couple of times during the year, as he had full-time work in Broken Hill.

“Actually, he has transferred his apprenticeship as a plumber to Adelaide this week. This is to further his footy.

“His strengths as a player include a solid work ethic, along with a strong attack at the ball, and he’s clean with his hands.

“Tyler has strong physical attributes as a player.

He’s a player with tremendous upside.

“He’s an on-ball/midfield - half back type in the longer term, we believe. 

“Tyler has been playing both senior and underage football back at home.” 

Brooks said McKenzie will play the remainder of the season at Under 18s level this year and can play as an over-ager at this level next year or in the senior football program.

In his 10 games for the South BH Under 18s, he has been in the best players on nine occasions.

McKenzie has also played six A Grade games for South this year and he first played A Grade Broken Hill footy in 2017.

He participated in round one of the 2019 SANFL U18s match against the Eagles.

In his second game against Glenelg in round eight, he picked up 21 disposals, laid five tackles and was credited with a couple of clearances.

He then was involved in consecutive wins, both against Sturt, in round 10 and 11, secured 19 possessions and laid an impressive 12 tackles in the second victory against the Double Blues, a thrilling four-point triumph.

He had 11 touches against the Bays on Sunday. 

The North Adelaide Under 18s are sitting fourth with nine wins, and just percentage ahead of Glenelg in fifth spot. 

To play major round football, they need to win in at least one of their final two games, the round 17 clash against the third-placed South Adelaide or in the final game against the top of the table, Woodville West Torrens. 

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