Selectors are impressed with local players
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
THERE mightn't be any Coffs Harbour footballers that were named in the NSW team to compete in the prestigious national championships in July but that doesn't mean that this town has been left bereft of honours by the AFL NSW/ACT selectors.
Both Woolgoolga's Fraser Duryea and the Coffs Swans' Matt Johnson have been selected in a 24-man NSW Development Squad after impressing the selection panel with their performances for the Northern Heat in the recent zone trials held in Coffs Harbour.
The pair of 17-year-olds will now be heading off to Narrandera on March 10 for a match against the Murray Bushrangers who are one of the best performing teams in the TAC Cup, the best under-18 football competition in the country and a breeding ground for potential draftees.
As both Duryea and Johnson will still be able to play under-18s football in 2008, selection in this squad can hopefully be used as a springboard towards state selection next year.
Other Northern Heat players to be selected in the Development Squad were Port Macquarie's Matt Hensley and Kyogle's Fred Sleeth.