Midfielder among carnival’s best

Colac junior footballer Cooper Stephens, pictured, earned selection in the V-Line Cup team of the carnival yesterday.

Colac junior footballer Cooper Stephens, pictured, earned selection in the V-Line Cup team of the carnival yesterday.

Geelong Falcons coach Brendan Forssman says Colac footballer Cooper Stephens should have his sights on next year’s under-16 national carnival after a successful V-Line Cup campaign.

Stephens earned selection in the Division One Team of the Carnival yesterday after a starring role for the Falcons’ under-15 side at last month’s state-wide carnival at Gippsland.

Forssman said Stephens, who skippered Geelong’s top team, put behind a below-par outing in the first game to deliver an eye-catching performance to end the tournament on a high.

“Unfortunately we lost both games, the first one by 10 points and the second by a goal,” he said.

“Cooper was quiet by his standards, and still had a good first game, but you could probably tell that before the second game started he was going to have a big impact.

“He was outstanding in the second game and had a best-on-ground performance and won the medal.”
Forssman said Stephens was an emerging talent through the midfield and across half-back.

He said the Colac Tiger should aim for Vic Country selection in 2017 if he can earn a spot in the Falcons’ under-16 squad as a bottom-age player.

“I would’ve thought Vic Country certainly should be on his radar having made the state schoolboy’s team this year,” Forssman said.

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