Plenty of Perth talent in State junior squads
EIGHT of Perth Football Club’s most talented young players were selected to take part in the State 16s and 18s academies.
The State 18s will have six Demons eligible to represent WA at the AFL State 18 championships in June and the State 16s academy will feature two Demons players for the AFL State 16s championships in June and July.
Ian Hill and Sydney Stack will train in a 10-week schedule, play in two camps and four trial matches before the final team is selected for the State 16s.
Hill, a midfielder and small forward, was involved in the WA schoolboys team at 15 years old and was named All-Australian when on tour in South Africa.
Stack, a midfielder, competed in the under-16s championships last year.
Both players competed in the WAFL’s 16s carnival this year.
Perth player development officer Peter Brear said their inclusion into the academy came down to their hard work in the club’s junior programs.
“They’ve come through our development squads over the last two to three years,” Brear said. “They’re very impressive with their skills, particularly their ball-winning ability, and they’re fairly more advanced than players of their age.”
The 18s academy will have six Demons among a squad of 40 competing for spots in the WA team. Zac Fisher, Kristian Morisey, Anton Scotney, Quinton Narkle, Gordon Narrier and John Levien are the players set to participate.
Football operations manager Tyson Beattie said the selection of the young Demons was reflective of the talent pathways the football club had in place, and that players had the 100 per cent support of the club.
“It’s a good sign on the whole structure of it (talent pathways),” Beattie said.
“The key part of it has been the new set-up with Andrew Ruck coaching, Trevor Williams as coaching co-ordinator, so that’s provided a lot more support and feedback to those players.
“We just tell our guys to focus on their really good qualities and not worry or stress out too much about the long-term picture.”