Ea­gles scout out coun­try tal­ent

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Sport -

WEST Coast play­ers be­came prospec­tive AFL scouts last week as they took a look at po­ten­tial fu­ture stars in ac­tion at UWA Sports Park.

Se­nior Schools Coun­try Week, which brings to­gether ath­letes from a wide range of sports, was in full swing as stu­dents from re­gional WA con­verged on the city, with the Ea­gles keep­ing a keen eye on the coun­try re­gions’ football tal­ent.

Coun­try schools par­tic­i­pate in bas­ket­ball, dance, boys and girls football, hockey, net­ball, soc­cer, speech and de­bat­ing, touch and vol­ley­ball.

Ea­gles skip­per Shan­non Hurn, who hails from ru­ral South Aus­tralia, said it was a great op­por­tu­nity for coun­try teenagers to show their tal­ents.

“Be­ing a coun­try boy, I al­ways like com­ing to these events and show­ing a bit of sup­port,” he said.

“When I was in pri­mary school, I played in a few Coun­try Weeks.

“Be­ing here at the Ea­gles, I’ve been to 10 of them now, so it’s great to come along and see the kids – they’ve come from all over the State.

“It’s great for ev­ery­one to come and spend some time to­gether, play some games and en­joy each other’s com­pany.”

WA Football Com­mis­sion schools com­pe­ti­tions man­ager Clay­ton An­der­son said Coun­try Week could turn out to be more than a bit of fun for par­tic­i­pants.

“It is a breed­ing ground for the fu­ture stars of to­mor­row,” he said.

“WAFL clubs and their tal­ent de­part­ments are cer­tainly down look­ing at these par­tic­u­lar events and hop­ing to find their stars of to­mor­row.”

While the fo­cus last week was on coun­try sports stars, the Ea­gles will next week em­brace metropoli­tan fans with a spe­cial school hol­i­day op­por­tu­nity.

The Rick’s Rook­ies train­ing day is sched­uled for next Wed­nes­day, July 15, and will fea­ture ac­tiv­i­ties through­out the sta­dium, a chance to watch the main squad train and au­to­graph op­por­tu­ni­ties with the play­ers.

Com­mu­nity News­pa­per Group is an af­fil­i­ated part­ner of the West Coast Ea­gles.

Ea­gles Dom Sheed, Tom Bar­rass, Brant Colledge and Luke Shuey meet a group of Esper­ance hockey play­ers.

Shan­non Hurn poses for a pic­ture with young fan dur­ing Coun­try Week.

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