Young Falcons impress football officials in championship

Geelong Falcons officials named Colac’s Cooper Stephens and Campbell Tanis among the top-five footballers at this week’s V-Line Cup. The players were among seven Colac district footballers at the event, from left, Carl Daffy, Campbell Tanis, Clay Mulgrew, coach Dan Casey, Zach Davis, Alex Lockhart and Cooper Stephens. Absent, Brett Robbins. PHOTO: Megan Tanis

Geelong Falcons officials named Colac’s Cooper Stephens and Campbell Tanis among the top-five footballers at this week’s V-Line Cup. The players were among seven Colac district footballers at the event, from left, Carl Daffy, Campbell Tanis, Clay Mulgrew, coach Dan Casey, Zach Davis, Alex Lockhart and Cooper Stephens. Absent, Brett Robbins. PHOTO: Megan Tanis

COLAC TIGERS’ Cooper Stephens and Campbell Tanis have put up their hand for Geelong Falcons’ under-16 selection after impressing in this week’s V-Line Cup.

Falcons officials will later this year release a training squad for the under-16 team for next year’s country championships.

Falcons official Russell Lucas said Stephens and Tanis would be well and truly in the mix after impressive performances with the Falcons’ under-15 team at this week’s V-Line Cup.

Officials voted Stephens as the second best player for the Falcons’ first team during the competition, behind the son of Geelong AFL legend Billy Brownless, Oscar.

“Cooper and Campbell both played really well, Cooper ended up being our second best player for the two games we played,” Lucas said.

“Campbell was our fifth-best player,” he said.

“This leads into the Falcons’ under-16s for these boys, they’ll announce those training squads before Christmas.

“Most of the top-age boys will be looked at for that, even Cooper could be a chance even though he’s a bottom-age player.”

Lucas said the other Colac district footballers had impressed in the Falcons’ first team’s final game of the tournament on Wednesday – a 2.5 (17) to 9.18 (72) loss to Bendigo Pioneers.

Colac’s Carl Daffy played on the wing and defence, Western Eagles tall Alex Lockhart played in defence, while Colac’s Clay Mulgrew and Irrewarra-Beeac’s Zach Davis swapped between the midfield and half-backline.

Meanwhile, Simpson’s Brett Robbins copped an injury in the unbeaten Falcons’ second win against Bendigo, a come-from-behind thriller, 8.10 (58) to 7.9 (51).

“Brett got a corky in the second quarter and didn’t come back on, which is a shame because he was playing well again,” Lucas said.

“All the boys took their footy to the next level during the week and they’ll be better for it,” he said.

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