EIGHT Colac district junior footballers have begun their journeys through the Geelong Falcons program.
Falcons officials have culled the team’s training list to 30, which they will cut to 25 players ahead of the under-16 Country Carnival at Bendigo on April 13.
Among the contenders are Colac Tigers ruckman Steven Presani and Simpson’s Chester Gardner, who featured in the club’s practice match win against North Ballarat at the weekend.
“We’ve still got 30 in the training group, we’ll finalise the team after the second practice game in two weeks’ time,” coach Cameron Loftus said.
“We want to give the kids as much opportunity to train with us as they can,” he said.
Fellow Tigers Josh Sutherland, Chris Dunne, Alvie’s Tyler Murnane, Apollo Bay’s Josh Cooper, Lorne’s Lochie Donne and Winchelsea’s Campbell Floyd have also impressed selectors.
Loftus said this season’s list boasted plenty of height as compared with last season’s carnival-winning team.
“Last year there was a glut of midfielders, Mick Turner said it was one of the best groups he’d seen and he’s been involved with the Falcons a long time,” he said.
“This year we’re still really happy with the group, there are probably more key position players – it’s a really tall group.
“Steve Presani is one of those players, he played Vic Country last year and we’ll hope to use him in the ruck but he can also go forward or back.
“We’ve also got some really exciting ball carriers, I think we’ve got a good balance this year.”
Loftus said selectors would finalise the team following its second practice match on April 1.