PORTLAND’S Tom Templeton is set to represent Vic Country in the NAB AFL Under-16 Championships in Sydney next week.
The team will take a bus to Canberra on Wednesday to spend three days at the Australian Institute of Sport.
“I think we get to meet a few of the Olympic people and I’m pretty sure we train up there; just do ball work and recovery pools, and just get to feel what it’s like to be in the AIS I guess,” Templeton said.
The team will then move on to Sydney for its first game of the championships against Vic Metro.
The sides are actually set to preview the game in a practice match tomorrow.
“It’s a practice match but all the coaches are saying that it’s game one of the carnival, so I think we’re going to take it pretty seriously,” Templeton said.
“It’ll pretty much tell us how we’re going to be through the carnival I guess.”
The budding footballer has been training with Vic Country for around two months, and recently made the final cut of 25.
“I was very nervous; I didn’t think I was going to make it because one of the trainings I missed was a really important one; a practice match, because I had tonsillitis,” Templeton said.
“I was hoping to get emergency, I though that would be alright, but making the final team is great.”
Templeton’s skills as a midfielder impressed selectors.
Read more in Friday’s edition of the Portland Observer.