Colac student earns spot in state squad

Colac Tigers junior Steven Presani will wear the Big V.

COLAC TIGERS junior footballer Steven Presani will swap the yellow and black for the big V.

The Colac Secondary College Year 10 student gained selection in a 25-man Vic Country squad to contest the School Sport Australia 15-and-under championships in Canberra in July.

At just 15 years old, Presani, the son of Louie and Leanne Presani, stood out in the eyes of selectors with his massive 194cm frame and a whopping size-15 boot.

Hampden regional development manager Alan Thompson put forward the ruckman’s name after an impressive performance representing the Hampden region at the 2011 V-Line Cup.

“A lot of the selection was based on our performance in the Hampden schoolboys,” Presani said.

“After that we had a couple of trial sessions in Melbourne and they gave us a phone call later that night and said I’d got a spot,” he said.

“I was pretty happy.”

Presani, who has aspirations of playing for his favourite AFL team Sydney Swans, hopes to line up as a ruckman in Vic Country’s team, but also has the ability to play forward and kick goals.

He follows in the footsteps of Tigers team-mate and fellow CSC student Kody Spokes, who helped Vic Country to a third-place finish in 2010.

“I know a bit about it from Kody who played in it last year in Perth, it goes to different spots every year,” Presani said.

The Vic Country team will train in Melbourne four more times before the championship in July, including a jumper presentation.

And if Presani’s form with Colac Tigers is anything to go by, the youngster will play a big role in the Vics’ campaign.

He has been influential in their undefeated season, after crossing from Colac District Football League club Otway Districts in the off-season.

“It’s going pretty good, we haven’t lost a game yet,” he said.

“I’m enjoying playing better footy and I’ve got some good mates there too.”

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