Val­ley footballers up with the best

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - FRONT PAGE - PA­TRICK GEE

LO­CAL foot­ball duo Ty­ron Bai­ley and Bray­don Gold­ing are pack­ing their boots and guernseys ahead of the Un­der 15 boys’ cham­pi­onships in Ade­laide.

The boys, both from New Nor­folk, will fly to the South Aus­tralian capital next Fri­day to take on the other state rep­re­sen­ta­tive teams in the nine-day tour­na­ment.

The young guns have been train­ing with Tas­ma­nia’s state side since Novem­ber but were only told they made the cut for the trav­el­ling team in at the end of June.

Bray­don, who plays club foot­ball for North Ho­bart’s Un­der 16 side, said he had never played foot­ball out­side of Tas­ma­nia.

“It’s go­ing to be an eye opener for sure,” he said. “I never made it into the Un­der 12 [state] team so it will be some­thing dif­fer­ent for me.”

Ty­ron said the tour­na­ment in Ade­laide would pro­vide valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence as he hopes to play pro­fes­sional foot­ball in the fu­ture.

“There are a lot of good play­ers out there and you’ve got to try to be bet­ter than them,” he said.

Ty­ron also rep­re­sented the state in the Un­der 12 side.

The boys will fly to Ade­laide on July 20.

Ty­ron’s mother Ali­son Bai­ley is run­ning a raf­fle to help cover the costs of travel ex­penses. Any­one want­ing to buy a ticket can con­tact her di­rectly through her Face­book page.

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