AFL test awaits young footballers

SIX Colac and district footballers will attend an AFL testing day on Saturday after gaining selection on the Geelong Falcons’ list for 2011.

The players will go through tests similar to an AFL draft camp, alongside all the other TAC Cup teams.

Colac and district junior footballers face AFL testing this weekend.

Falcons coaches and selectors put players through trainings three nights a week at Camperdown’s Leura Oval, as well as playing two practice matches before releasing the final squad on Sunday.

A further four Colac district players will play in the under-16s.

Colac Tiger Ryan Monaghan is the only district player in his second year with the 18s after playing seven games in 2010, and will join fellow top-age players Jakob Ryan, Cobden, and Geelong Grammar’s Meyrick Buchanan of Colac, younger brother of Brisbane footballer Amon.

Bottom-agers Dylan McCarthy, South Colac, Brody Mahoney, Colac Tigers, and Jake Cooper, Apollo Bay, have also earned selection.

Coach Aaron Greaves said he was confident with the finalised squad, and hoped the team’s depth could lift it from its fifth-place finish in 2010.

When asked about pre-season draft chances, Greaves said the players had plenty of time to show their abilities.

After Saturday’s testing day, the squad will play practice matches against Gippsland on March 20, and North Ballarat on March 27.

Colac Tigers midfielders Kody Spokes, Darcy Lang, ruckman-forward David O’Sullivan and Irrewarra-Beeac ruckman Jack Berry made the under-16 squad.

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