Student set for nationals

Colac Tigers footballer Steven Presani will represent Vic Country next week.

COLAC Tigers footballer Steven Presani will leave for Canberra tomorrow ready to take on a national championship.

Presani will visit the ACT with his Vic Country team-mates to contest the School Sports Australia 15-and-under Championship.

Officials expect the 194cm Colac Secondary School student to swap between the ruck and key position defender during the week-long tournament.

Team manager Bill Bond said Presani had impressed during practice matches with Melbourne Grammar and intra-state rival Vic Metro.

“Just with his height, he dominated in the ruck when we went to the V-Line Cup – he moves quite well and he’s a strong mark, a good kick and he’s got a good football brain for a 14 to 15-year-old,” Bond said.

As well as playing football, Presani, the son of Louie and Leanne Presani, and his team-mates will enjoy rest time to sight-see and tour the Australian Institute of Sport.

Bond, who has ten years’ experience with Vic Country, said this year’s squad was as well-positioned to mirror its 2009 efforts when the team, featuring Colac’s Brody Mahoney, won the title.

“It looks as good as past years, it’s always a bit hard until you get there but historically it’s Vic Country, Metro and Western Australia so you’d expect them to be up there again,” he said.

“After the week, the two winners play off and we’re hoping to be in that gold medal game or at least playing off for bronze.”

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