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Far West young guns join Greater Western

Friday, 4th March, 2016

Jake Trengove, Ethan Slater, Tom Ragenovich and Isaac Cumming will line up for their GWS Giants Academy teams this weekend in Sydney. Jake Trengove, Ethan Slater, Tom Ragenovich and Isaac Cumming will line up for their GWS Giants Academy teams this weekend in Sydney.

By Patrick Reincke

Four of Broken Hill’s best and brightest football talents have been selected for the Greater Western Sydney Giants’ Academy teams.

 North’s Isaac Cumming, Tom Ragenovich, Ethan Slater and West’s Jake Trengove were picked to play in the first game of a three game series against the Sydney Swans Academy in Sydney this weekend.

Isaac, Tom and Ethan will play in the Under 18s match while young Jake lines up in the Under 16s.

The boys will also attend camps at the Giants Headquarters over the next month.

“All the boys have been in the program for a number of years,” GWS Academy Coach Brent Fennessey said.

“We have been training since November and fitness was a huge reason for all these boys being picked.

“This is a huge achievement as we are in a really strong zone that involves Wagga, Albury and Canberra boys trained as part of the squad.”

The boys’ training has been extensive with Mr Fennessey saying their fitness is at an elite level.

“They are a pleasure to train and to work with,” he said.

“They’re motivated and keen and well up to it.

“They will handle the step up well and are aware that the pressure is on to perform.”

For the group’s youngest footballer, Jake Trengove, who will be playing in the Under 16s game Sunday morning, it’s a great opportunity to further develop his skills of the game.

“It’s a good experience to be able to go away and play with a bunch of skilled blokes,” Jake said.

“You see a lot of these guys that you’ve played against before and now you’re playing with them, it’s good to see that you’re able to get up to that level with them.

“I’m feeling a bit nervous, come Sunday morning I’ll probably be a bit more nervous but I’m just going to do what I usually do, run through my routine and try and do my best.”

For Isaac, Tom and Ethan, nerves have been trumped by eagerness to hit the field.

“We’ve had no trial games, this is going to be our first match of the year,” Isaac said.

“We’re all excited to play; we’re keen to get out there.

“We’re very grateful for the opportunity to play and we’re just happy to see Broken Hill boys getting selected.

“All of us are extremely grateful for what Fenno (Fennessey) and Coxy (Linden Cox) have done, if not for them, and also Dale Tonkin, I’m sure none of us would’ve got picked.”

The boys play on Sunday morning.

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