Plenty of Perth tal­ent in State ju­nior squads

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - LOOKLOCAL -

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.”

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