Teen AFL players on the road to greatness

MIRACLE MEN: Braydon Preuss, 17, and Stannis Agita, 18, on top of their games after battling adversity | Photo: FIONA HARDING


THEY are the teenage miracles on their way to overcoming incredible hurdles to become Townsville's next AFL super stars.

Stannis Agita, 18, and Braydon Preuss, 17, yesterday flew to Brisbane to join respected AFL Queensland State League club Mount Gravatt as they continue training with the Gold Coast Suns Academy.

That achievement alone is enough to have members of the medical community shaking their heads in disbelief.

About three years ago, Agita was horrifically injured when he was hit by a car. He was told he would never play again.

Preuss, meanwhile, was struck down by potentially life-threatening meningitis mid-way through last year, spending close to two weeks in hospital and shedding 10kg from his impressive 100kg frame.

A week later, though, he helped Hermit Park win their AFL Townsville semi-final on their way to the premiership.

"I just had bad headaches, vomiting and I couldn't move, it wasn't fun," said ruckman or full forward Preuss.

"I don't really remember much of it, I was doped up on morphine the whole time, but when I came out I was pretty skinny."


For the full story...http://www.townsvillebulletin.com.au/article/2013/01/28/374374_sport.html


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