Blake gets kick out of AFL
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
STRONG performances at the recent PSSA state titles for AFL has placed Blake Kelly in an enviable position.
The Mary Help of Christians student has been selected to attended a junior development camp made up of 25 of the best performed grade five students at the titles.
Kelly was representing the Polding Catholic Schools team which covers Northern NSW and North Sydney.
The camp will be held over three days in the July school holidays and is the first stage towards selection of next year's primary schools State team.
Part of the camp will include a trip to the Sydney Cricket Ground to watch the Sydney Swans train as well as meet some of the players.
"I'm looking forward to finding out what their normal training life is like," the excited 11 year-old said.
"I also can't wait to talk to them and watch them."
The fact that young Kelly has made it to this stage is no surprise for his parents when they recall how their boy spends hours glued to the television watching AFL, particularly if his beloved Essendon are playing.
Years of trying to emulate the deeds of James Hird and Matthew Lloyd in the backyard are looking like paying off.
He normally plays as a key forward in his North Coffs under 12s team which allows him to kick a few goals but Blake admits that he'd rather a different role at times.
"My favourite position is playing in the ruck," he said.
"I get to run all over the ground and go everywhere without staying in the goalsquare."