Promising prospect takes on NQ’s best
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.
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