Moree left an impression in the recent Northern Inland Academy of Sport (NIAS) AFL trials, with young talent Brayden Macey named as a stand out for the coaches.
Held in Inverell on Sunday, November 5, there was a strong turn up of some very talented athletes from across the district. This year trials were conducted for three squads; Junior Boys, Senior Boys and for the first time very Youth Girls.
Head coach Alan Martin was impressed by the athlete’s skills and their great attitude.
“To see so many young people out there, really putting in and having go – it’s what it is all about,” he said.
Junior Boys AFL Squad coach Jamie Moore said Moree players were of a high calibre.
“There’s some great football talent in Moree, don’t get me wrong. They made the grand final in the north west AFL last year and the year before,” he said.
He said it was a pleasure to get to know the local talent, and felt Macey’s sportsmanship reflected well on Moree.
“Brayden is a little boy that plays with integrity. He shows a lot of commitment and (is) definitely an important player, not just for the NIAS, but for the north west AFL and Moree even more so,” he said.
AFL development officer/program leader Sonia Martin said Macey was a focused young player “with loads of potential and tons of determination”.
“He is only 13-years-old, but has been playing in an under 16s age group for two years. He will excel with the opportunity to train with his own age group.”
The NIAS Squad program will allow Brayden to sharpen his skills and take part in the Sydney Swans Academy–tailored strength and conditioning program.
Moore was proud to see his own son, Dylan Moore, topping the junior boys combine skills testing with a score of 38/50.
Athletes who haven’t trialed yet can contact the NIAS office and trial on Sunday, November 19 from 10am at the sporting complex, Eucalypt Drive, Inverell.