Storm 15s im­pres­sive at car­ni­val

Albany Advertiser - - FOOTBALL - Cameron New­bold

The Storm 15s de­vel­op­ment squad have fin­ished their an­nual trip to Perth on a high after win­ning both their matches on Sun­day against Gold­fields and Wheat­belt, with the next wave of Great South­ern tal­ent ex­posed to play­ing at a higher level.

A ju­nior squad that is part of the Great South­ern Storm out­fit, the 15s de­vel­op­ment squad went down nar­rowly to Mid­lands on Fri­day, 7.8 (50) to 9.4 (58) and then were out­played by Mid­west on Satur­day to lose 3.5 (23) to 8.5 (53).

How­ever, the Storm bounced back strongly in their dou­ble­header on Sun­day to de­feat Gold­fields by nine points, 6.5 (41) to 5.2 (32) and then pre­vail over Wheat­belt, 8.4 (52) to 4.5 (29).

Car­son Flower (Roy­als), Talon Delacey (North Al­bany), Dane Pau­nich (Roy­als) and Darcy Wallinger ( Mt Barker) were named Storm’s best play­ers for the car­ni­val, re­ceiv­ing Clare­mont jumpers as recog­ni­tion of their ef­forts.

Storm coach Kurt McKain, who has taken the reins this sea­son, said the side’s im­prove­ment from a re­cent hit-out in Katan­ning was no­table.

“Con­tested pos­ses­sion was our fo­cus at this car­ni­val,” McKain said.

“In the Katan­ning car­ni­val a few weeks ago we got smashed against Wheat­belt and in the last game we beat them by a cou­ple of goals.

“The boys im­prove­ment in de­fen­sive pres­sure and con­tested pos­ses­sion was huge, even from the first day to the last day. It was real- ly good ex­po­sure for the boys, the first time a lot of them have gone away like that.”

The Storm squad got the chance to sit in on a Clare­mont colts team meet­ing on Fri­day night as part of the ex­pe­ri­ence.

Flower, Delacey, Pau­nich and Wallinger will now all get the chance to play in an upcoming met­ro­pol­i­tan car­ni­val for Clare­mont.

Full­back Jack O’Far­rell was su­perb across the four games, tak­ing the op­po­si­tion’s best for­ward, and had just two goals kicked on him.

Flower kicked five of the Storm’s seven goals in game one and Pau­nich booted four of the six ma­jors against Gold­fields.

The Storm 15s de­vel­op­ment squad. IN­SET: Darcy Wallinger, Car­son Flower, Dane Pau­nich and Talon Delacey with Clare­mont tal­ent man­ager War­ren Parker.

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