In action: AFL action was hot at the stadium.
In action: AFL action was hot at the stadium. Leigh Jensen

Team shows promise in AFL trials

THE Joss AFL NSW/ACT Under-18 State Zone Trials burst into action last night at the BCU International Stadium.

The opening match of the championships, which is held to help State selectors pick the team for this year’s national titles, saw the ‘home’ team Northern Coast take on the might of the best young talent from the Riverina.

The Riverina boys proved too slick in the second half to run away victors 8.5 (53) to 2.2 (14).

Despite the loss, Northern Coast coach Mark Heaney still saw plenty of positives.

“I was really happy with how the boys competed and we were probably only beaten in five or six minutes,” Heaney said.

“We played 22 or 23 minutes of good footy and we able to really match them in the first half and probably created more scoring opportunities but we weren’t able to convert them.”

Heaney added the main difference between the teams in the pivotal second half was the willingness to work hard.

“When Riverina had some hard, gut-running our blokes probably didn’t turn around to a defensive mindset quick enough to help turn the game our way,” he said.

Tonight will see another seven matches played at the Stadium starting at 4.30pm.

The clash between the highly fancied Murray and Riverina teams is predicted to be the highlight of tonight’s proceedings.

The first bounce for this match is at 6.45pm.



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