ELEVEN Colac district footballers remain in the mix to play with the Geelong Falcons in this year’s under-16 country championships.
A list of 55 players will play intraclub practice matches at Colac’s Central Reserve for the next two Sundays, with selectors to reduce the list to 25 by March 1.
Falcons coach Cameron Loftus said Colac Tiger Adam Garner, cousin of 2014 number one AFL draft pick Patrick McCartin, had been a stand-out so far.
“There are 12 guys we rate really highly from training so far and their performances last year in the V-Line Cup and things like that, but there are still a lot of places up for grabs so I’m excited to see how the boys perform in these practice matches.”
Garner is among six Colac Tigers in the Falcons’ youngest squad, along with Leigh Gorwell, Bryce McDonald, Darcy Howard, Cooper Stephens and Jarrod Walters, cousin of former Colac AFL star Luke Hodge.
Colac Imperials duo Fraser O’Gorman and Thomas Cahill are among Colac district players in the Falcons’ mix, along with Apollo Bay’s Tristan Smith, South Colac’s Dylan Slater, who was best-on-ground in last year’s under-14.5 grand final, and reigning under-14.5 league best-and-fairest Keenan Hickey, of Alvie.
“We have six weeks to choose our 25, that includes 12 training sessions and included in that are these two practice games and we choose our 25 on March 1st,” Loftus said.
“We get a fair bit of info from the under-16 coach at Colac and the coaches from the Colac district clubs as well,” he said.
“And we’ve taken them through six weeks of training as if they’re in the team already and looking at their athletic ability, skill level, attitude, and ability to make decisions under pressure.”
The Falcons’ intraclub trial match at Central Reserve will kick off on Sunday at 11am, followed by the club’s under-18s clash at 1pm.