Five young Giants
Thursday, 23rd December, 2010
Five young local footballers are about to start perhaps the biggest phase of their careers so far.
They have been selected in the Under-18 Riverina Giants squad for the upcoming Joss State Zone Trials.
Nicholas Agius, Sean Power, Dylan Stuart, Heath Caldwell and Ayden Pettit were chosen for the Riverina squad - formerly known as the Southern NSW Stingrays - after impressing in the Broken Hill/Wentworth team that played in a recent combined carnival at Narrandera.
They will be joined by Wentworth's Jayden Scadding, Angus Crowley and Sam Clyne at the trials next month as they look win a place in the NSW/ ACT Rams State side.
Players selected for the Rams will take part in training camps and compete at the Under- 18 NAB National Championships next year.
The NAB Nationals has typically been used by club talent scouts to find players for selection in the end of season drafts.
NSW/ACT players on AFL lists have gradually risen in previous years, and State Talent Manager Darren Denneman said he hopes the numbers willcontinue to grow.
"We saw a record 18 NSW/ACT listed by AFL Clubs this year but we truly believe there is the potential for more local players to make it in the AFL," Denneman said.
"The Joss State Zone Trials presents itself as one opportunity for players to improve their games by taking full advantage of the resources available to them.
"For four days, players get access to coaches 24/7 so there are visual and verbal mechanisms available to them, as well as the recovery processes in place to ensure players play at their best each match.
"We aim to make the camp as though the players are part of an AFL club and hopefully they'll come out of the carnival with a heightened level of enthusiasm to take their game to the next level."