TWO OF COLAC’S newest under-16 Geelong Falcons are on track to follow their cousins into careers in the AFL.
The Falcons finalised a list of 30 this week, with five Colac district footballers making the squad for this year’s country championships.
Key-position player Adam Garner, cousin of St Kilda footballer Paddy McCartin, and midfielder Jarrod Walters, cousin of Hawthorn premiership captain Luke Hodge, head the list of Colac representatives.
“We look like playing Adam at centre half-back, but he could also play up forward and in the ruck,” he said.
“We hadn’t seen much of Jarrod because he’s at school at Geelong Grammar now, but from what we’ve seen he’s a quality player – he’s hard at it, good skills and had good understanding.”
Fellow Colac Tigers Cooper Stephens and Leigh Gorwell have also made the team, as has South Colac under-14.5 premiership captain Dylan Slater.
“We’re seeing a lot of upside to Dylan, he’s getting better and better each week, he’s likely to play off the half-back for us,” Loftus said.
“Cooper is really athletic, he’s got a big vertical leap and he’ll play a small defender role, and Leigh could play as a small forward and have a run on the ball,” he said.
Falcons selectors finalised the list following two intraclub practice matches at Colac’s Central Reserve over the past two weekends.
Meanwhile, the North Ballarat Rebels officials have finalised their under-18 team for the 2015 TAC Cup season.
Cobden’s Christian Koroneous and Jack Hutt made the list of 48.