Solid squad to take on top play­ers

Great Southern Herald - - Sport - Michael Traill

Up­per Great South­ern Foot­ball League will take a strong team to Land­mark Coun­try Foot­ball Cham­pi­onships.

The side will face off against Avon and Great North­ern on Fri­day at Fre­man­tle Oval and South West on Sat­ur­day at Joon­dalup Oval in di­vi­sion 1.

Three mod­i­fied matches will be played by each team in the di­vi­sion, which also in­clude Peel, to qual­ify for the grand fi­nal on Sun­day at Clare­mont oval.

The team coached by Blair For­rest will face off against some WA’s best coun­try foot­ballers in the com­pe­ti­tion’s first di­vi­sion.

Club cap­tain Jor­dan Heil, a sea­soned UGSFL rep­re­sen­ta­tive, said se­lec­tion was a spe­cial mo­ment for lo­cal foot­ballers. “It means a lot to them, es­pe­cially when you look at past play­ers who use to be there, they’re play­ers you want to play with, who you watch as a young kid and want to play at the stan­dard they play,” he said. “When you go up there, you’re play­ing at a higher level and makes you a bet­ter player, es­pe­cially when you come back.

“Jack Walsh and Nay­nay (Nathan Ugle) who’ll come back play­ing lo­cal footy af­ter that, (they’ll) be bet­ter foot­ballers for it.”

For­rest said the club was ex­cited for Ugle to make his Land­mark de­but.

“Mas­sive mo­ment for him to go up there and play at a re­ally high level of foot­ball,” he said.

“As Jor­dan said, he’ll come back and be a bet­ter foot­baller for it.”

Pic­ture: Michael Traill

Nathan Ugle, Blair For­rest, Jack Walsh and Jor­dan Heil.

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