Five Macleay Valley Eagles juniors were picked into the AFL North Coast Force representative team to compete at the Northern NSW representative carnival in Coffs Harbour on July 17 and 18.
The Macleay Valley Eagles players selected into the representative teams are Robert Inglis (Under 13), Lamarh Kelly (Under 13), Mekhi Kelly (Under 13), Kirri-Lee Cutmore (Youth Girls) and April Devine (Youth Girls).
The North Coast Force brand was created last season to reflect the entire region covered by the League and to strengthen the quality of the representative program. Players responded to the new program with record numbers attending trials and the 2018 program has already built upon last season’s successes.
AFL North Coast Community Football Manager, Paul Taylor said that the program continues to grow in both popularity and opportunity.
“This season we had an outstanding turn-out to the rep trials, both in numbers attending and in the depth of quality. We’re really excited by the standard of each of the teams and can’t wait to see them performing on home soil within our region,” Taylor said.
“We learnt from last season that we needed to create extra opportunities for the teams to play and have just been to Tamworth to take on AFL North West in all four age groups which was the final step in the selection process.”
The carnival on 17 and 18 July will see the North Coast Force teams battle it out against Central Coast, Hunter Coast, Northern Rivers, and North West to determine the dominant League in Northern NSW.
Mr Taylor said that the representative carnival will feature the best underage players living between the Hawkesbury and Tweed Rivers.
“The talent on display will be outstanding, and the matches will be quality affairs. This is a great chance for players from our region to test themselves against the best players in Northern NSW and to press their claims for higher representative honours,” he said.
Selectors will be at the Northern Coast carnival and will be looking for players with the skills, attributes, and discipline to be part of both the Talented Player Program, which is the forerunner to the state team, and the Sydney Swans Academy.