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Our crack juniors on the up

Wednesday, 7th September, 2011

HOPEFULS: Junior footballers Kobe Mutch, Jackson Ruddock, Lachlan Tiziani and Isaac Cumming are part of a group headed for the Zone Trials this weekend. HOPEFULS: Junior footballers Kobe Mutch, Jackson Ruddock, Lachlan Tiziani and Isaac Cumming are part of a group headed for the Zone Trials this weekend.

Footballers in the local AFL/NSW Talented Player Program will begin their journey toward State honours this weekend at the Zone Trials carnival.

The trials will be held in Wagga and will see combined Broken Hill/Wentworth Under 13 and Under 14 sides battling teams from other regions around southern NSW.

The players have been in training for eight weeks under coach Dale Tonkin and talented youngster Sean Power, who will act as assistant coach.

Power has had significant experience in representative football, and Tonkin said he had made a valuable contribution to the young players’ development.

“It’s great to have Sean get around the boys, he’s been through it all and knows what to expect,” said Tonkin.

“He’s been able to educate the players on all the experiences he has had coming through the Talented Player Program system.”

Tonkin said he hoped to see a number of local boys impress at the carnival and win a place at the Zone Championships, which will be played in Albury in October.

Players who excel at the championships will come under consideration for a place in the NSW State team.

“With the talent we have in the 13’s and 14’s group we’d expect a fair amount from our area to get through to the next level,” he said.

“We’ll rotate the players through all the zones on the ground - forward, midfield, defence and also the interchange - so all players get an equal opportunity to showcase their potential.

“All in all it should be a really good experience for them to play against other boys from around NSW, and put their best foot forward for their development over the next four to five years.”

In addition to striving for State honours, players who perform well at the carnivals will also have their development fast tracked in the local GWS Academy program.

 

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