Eagles scout out country talent
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.
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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.