Murray Bushrangers Named in Victorian Country Under 16 Squad
The Murray Bushrangers provided 70 players from across the region with a five month training and playing program that that culminated in the Victorian Country Under 16 Championships.
Talent Manager Lee Fraser was pleased with this year Under 16 program “We increased our program significantly this year with increased high performance testing, more games and a camp which gave all players great insight into what is required at the next level”.
“As a region we blessed with a number of talent junior coaches, this year we were lucky enough to have outstanding mentors led by our coach Justin McMahon (Wangaratta). Justin has great support from assistants Matt Moylan (Wodonga), Mario-Desanta-Ana (Shepparton) Craig Patrick (Wangaratta), Andrew Mann (Albury) & Daniel Preston (Benalla). The High Performance program was led superbly by Brenton Whale (Wangaratta).
“The games were very competitive with a number of players showing signs that they can compete at the next level, the leadership of Co-captain Jesse Trower (Waaia) & Harry Jones (Wodonga) was exemplary throughout the carnival”.
Three Murray Bushrangers have been included in the initial Victorian Country Under 16 squad that will participate in the 2015 Under 16 National Championships. They include
Jordan Butts (Shepparton Football Club) – Jordan is a developing key position player who has the ability to read the play either across half back or half forward. Jordan is a nice kick of the football, strong over-head and is a strong decision maker with ball in hand.
Jett Trotter (Euroa) – Jett worked really hard throughout the carnival through the midfield, half forward and in the backline. A beautiful left foot kick, Jett has great pace with the ability to break lines and set up play further afield.
Wil Donaghey (Wodonga Raiders) – Wil is a tall athletic utility player who possesses a great work rate both across half back and through the forward line. Wil developed superbly throughout the carnival playing at times playing his role for the team and other time setting up play with gut running and good ball use.
The Victorian Country squad will head to Melbourne this weekend for a series of fitness test before playing a trial game this Sunday at 26 April at IKON Park in Melbourne.
The Victorian Country team is coached by Leon Higgins (Albury) with Justin McMahon (Wangaratta) the midfield assistant. Rutherglen’s Matt Glossop is the team High Performance Manager.