Deni dozen cho­sen for acad­emy

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - SPORT -

The young footy tal­ent in De­niliquin and dis­trict has been recog­nised with 12 play­ers se­lected for the fourth year of the AFL Goul­burn Mur­ray Youth De­vel­op­ment Acad­emy.

The pro­gram will con­sist of 10 to 12 ses­sions over­all with a fo­cus on skill de­vel­op­ment, game sense and per­sonal growth.

The play­ers were se­lected in three dif­fer­ent age groups, rang­ing from Un­der 13s, Un­der 14s and Un­der 15s.

Se­lected play­ers from the De­niliquin re­gion were as fol­lows:

Un­der 13s - Noah Bradley, Tyson Willis, Mar­cus Moorse (Deni Rams), Cam Wills (Deni Rovers).

Un­der 14s - Char­lie Hil­lier, Miller Fitz­patrick (Deni Rams), Alvin Cooper (Mathoura).

Un­der 15s - Tom Bradley, Darcy Mc­Manus, Tom McCal­lum (Deni Rams), Ray­mond Mur­phy (Deni Rovers), To­mas Banks (Mathoura).

The first ses­sion will be held on Fe­bru­ary 12 in Echuca with the pro­gram set to fin­ish dur­ing the mid-year school hol­i­days with the U15 V-Line pro­gram tak­ing the man­tle from July to Septem­ber.

AFL Goul­burn Mur­ray Foot­ball De­vel­op­ment Man­ager Trevor Melling­ton said he was ex­cited by the tal­ent which would be on dis­play in this year’s pro­gram.

‘‘The 2019 acad­emy coaches have com­bined to spend count­less hours scour­ing the en­tire Goul­burn Mur­ray re­gion iden­ti­fy­ing the best tal­ent to be in­vited to this year’s pro­gram,’’ he said.

‘‘Per­for­mances at all of club, in­ter­league, fi­nals, light­ning pre­mier­ships and other rep­re­sen­ta­tive com­pe­ti­tions were con­sid­ered to fi­nalise the even­tual acad­emy list.

‘‘We all recog­nise that se­lec­tion pro­cesses are never an ex­act sci­ence.

‘‘How­ever, our coaches have done an out­stand­ing job at try­ing to sift through all of the avail­able data and ob­ser­va­tions to put to­gether lists which they be­lieve best re­flect the depth and breadth of tal­ent across the whole of the Goul­burn Mur­ray.’’

The acad­emy wel­comes two new coaches in 2019. Si­mon Grum­ley re­places the re­tir­ing Damien Saxon at the Un­der 13 level, while a shuf­fle of po­si­tions has re­sulted in Paul McIn­neny join­ing the Un­der 14 staff, ef­fec­tively re­plac­ing Daryl Chal­craft.

‘‘AFL Goul­burn Mur­ray ac­knowl­edges the out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion of both Daryl and Damien and we wish both of them all the best in their fu­ture coach­ing en­deav­ours,’’ Melling­ton said.

‘‘The 2018 pro­gram will com­mence the week of 11th Fe­bru­ary with the par­ent in­duc­tion pro­gram and some test­ing pro­ce­dures fa­cil­i­tated by the Mur­ray Bushrangers and Bendigo Pi­o­neers TAC Cup High Per­for­mance staff.’’

RIGHT: Alvin Cooper was one of 12 play­ers se­lected from De­niliquin and sur­rounds.

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