Tiger to captain Falcons

The Geelong Falcons’ under-16 playing group has named Colac’s Cooper Stephens, centre, as co-captain ahead of tomorrow’s first game. He is pictured with teammates, Colac’s Will Mulgrew, left, and Alvie’s Jacob Miraglia.

Colac footballer Cooper Stephens will lead the Geelong Falcons’ under-16 team as captain for the first time this weekend.

The Falcons’ under-16 team is gearing up for the first of four AFL Victoria country champ-ionship matches this weekend.

Coach Cameron Loftus said all four Colac district representatives – Stephens, Colac’s Will Mulgrew, Lorne’s Oscar Balderas and Alvie’s Jacob Miraglia – were a chance to play in tomorrow’s clash against Greater Western Victoria Rebels.

“We’ve got 30 in the squad and all of them will get at least one game in the four-game carnival,” he said.

“We’ve got quite a few injuries and a few going on school trips and we name 25 each week so the Colac district guys are all likely to play, but if they don’t then they’re certainly going to play next week and the week after.”

Stephens is set to lead the Falcons after the playing group voted him as co-captain alongside St Marys footballer Keidan Rayner.

“Cooper is obviously a good player and he’s got the respect of the players and the coaches,” Loftus said.

“He’s confident enough in his own ability but he’s a quiet sort of kid, we think him being the captain will help him to continue his leadership skills and allow him to take his game to another level,” he said.

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