AFL six given chance to shine

SIX Coffs Harbour AFL players have been selected in the Northern Coast squad to compete at the under-16 Joss State Zone Trials in Sydney later this month.

Damien Attwood, Fraser Tankel, Jarrod Hoskins-McInally, Tristan Pennant, Jeb Freeman and Jake Saunders have all made the Northern Coast squad and will get the opportunity to learn from some of the biggest names in AFL.

While playing against the best players in their age group from across the state, the Coffs Harbour players will also get to speak to Sydney Swans coach John Longmire and club best and fairest winner Kieren Jack, as well as GWS Giants coach Kevin Sheedy.

Geelong’s former dual premiership winning captain Tom Harley will also be at the Zone Trials in his new role as coach of the under-16 NSW/ACT Rams.

At the end of the carnival Harley and his selection panel will name a squad to compete in the under-16 National Championships in Sydney in July.

Harley said that the Coffs Coast contingent have been given an opportunity to improve their football.

“There’s never been a better time to be playing AFL in NSW and the ACT with the Sydney Swans and GWS Giants looking for players to be part of their academies,” Harley said.

“On top of this, the chance to be selected in the NSW/ACT Rams squad will provide players with exposure to all 18 club recruiters and talent scouts at the National Championships being held in Blacktown.

“For five days at the Joss State Zone Trials all players will get unlimited access to their coaches and we encourage them to seek feedback and to make the most of their time in Sydney.”

For the first time, the Zone Trials will include Sydney Swans and GWS Giants Academy teams as well as an Oceania team comprised of players from Fiji, Tonga, New Zealand, Solomon Islands, Nauru and Vanuatu.

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