Promis­ing prospect takes on NQ’s best

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -


A YOUNG Sea Ea­gle took an­other step to­ward his draft dream on the week­end, tak­ing part in an in­tra academy game in Townsville.

Eli Gun­ders played his first game for 2015 on Satur­day, tak­ing to Tony Ire­land Sta­dium for a hit-out be­tween the Gold Coast Suns’ Academy’s re­gional par­tic­i­pants – rang­ing from Rock­hamp­ton, Mackay, Cairns and Townsville.

The six­teen-year-old said it was tough go­ing ini­tially, as the com­bi­na­tion of sear­ing heat and lack of match fit­ness took its toll.

“I haven’t played high level footy for a while so it took me a quar­ter just to get into it,” he said.

“It was a close game and per­son­ally I didn’t do too bad. I played cen­tre half back and cen­tre half for­ward and kicked two goals.”

More than any­thing, Satur­day’s prac­tice game was an ed­u­ca­tional ex­pe­ri­ence, with AFL Queens­land Academy High Per­for­mance Head Coach Adrian Fletch- er out­lin­ing what was re­quired this sea­son.

“He said that we needed to work on the lit­tle things to make it and to dream big,” Eli ex­plained.

The young key po­si­tion player will take an­other step in his devel­op­ment this week­end when he trav­els to the Gold Coast to play a trial match for the Gold Coast Suns’ Academy un­der-18s.

The team will play South­port as scouts look for play­ers to put their hands up for this year’s Queens­land team.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Isaac Richard­son has ar­rived from the New­cas­tle Knights' youth pro­gram with big wraps.

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