Noth­ing keeps Jaice from foot­ball

North Coast Times - - SPORT -

JAICE McGib­bon takes a fear­less ap­proach to his foot­ball and it earns him ad­mi­ra­tion from coaches and um­pires alike.

The 15-year-old Clark­son res­i­dent is reg­u­larly among the best play­ers on the ground, hav­ing a big in­flu­ence for Quinns Bulls in the Year 10 com­pe­ti­tion of lo­cal ju­nior foot­ball.

Coach Mick Ro­bis la­belled the young­ster “a very tough player”.

“Jaice is a great kid and I really enjoy coach­ing and help­ing him de­velop his foot­ball skills,” he said.

“I love the way he goes about his footy… he never backs out of a con­test and is always hard at the ball.”

Jaice’s pre­ferred po­si­tion is as a ruck­man, but Ro­bis said his ver­sa­til­ity and height al­lowed him to play most key po­si­tions on the ground.

The teenager has as­pi­ra­tions to progress to elite foot­ball af­ter high school and Ro­bis backed him to take the next step.

“With a bit of com­mit­ment and ded­i­ca­tion I be­lieve he has the po­ten­tial to have a great ca­reer at a high level of foot­ball,” he said.

Jaice lives with his grand­mother Sylvia McGib­bon, who was proud of her grand­son’s at­ti­tude to­wards his sport­ing pas­sion.

“Jaice is very ded­i­cated, his dream is to play pro­fes­sional AFL,” she said. “He walks to train­ing at An­thony War­ing Park twice a week - we don't have a car. He will play on with in­juries against my wishes, but his want for the game is in­cred­i­bly strong.”

Jaice is a nom­i­nee in the Com­mu­nity News­pa­per Group’s Lo­cal Sports Star awards.

Jaice McGib­bon.

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