Dedication pays for West junior
Friday, 14th May, 2010
West footballer Nathan Kickett has inched closer
to State representation after being selected in the
NSW/ACT Rams Under 16 State squad.
The 16-year-old earned his place after a strong
performance for the Southern NSW Stingrays team at the
recent Zone Trials in Sydney.
“I was a bit surprised, but I was really happy I made it
- and excited as well,” he said.
Kickett played a number of positions at the Trials,
impressing selectors with his versatility and strong
“I think I had a pretty good carnival, I felt pretty good
about myself afterward.
“It was harder, faster and more intense than the local
footy. It was really good.”
Local AFL NSW/ACT Development Officer Dale
Tonkin said Kickett’s recent dedication to training had
paid dividends, and would remain a key factor as he
strives to forge a career in football.
“Nathan has elevated himself to a higher standard
through his increased work ethic and fitness levels -
along with his natural footballing ability and smarts.
“His overhead marking, awareness and ability to bring
other players into the make him a potent and versatile
“With his continued effort it should see him playing
football at a higher level.”
Kickett will again travel to Sydney this weekend for
the Rams Camp, where the squad of 40 will be further
Should he make the cut, he will compete at the 2010
NAB Rising Stars National Championships in July.
The National Championships are a pivotal fixture for
the country’s best junior footballers. The carnival will
provide players with vital exposure to the many AFL
scouts who attend