FOURTEEN young footballers from the region have moved a step closer to a potential AFL career by being selected as part of the North Ballarat Rebels squads for the season.
AFL South West Regional Manager, Jock Whiting, was ecstatic that so many locals made their way into the squads and has predicted that all will play prominent roles for the Rebels.
“Rowan Marshall from Portland is in his second year with the Rebels program after playing eight games in 2013, and will play as one of three 19 year olds on the Rebels list,” Whiting said.
“Rowan is a late developing tall and will play predominately as the Rebels No one ruckman.
“Eric Guthrie is from Coleraine and is a top age player, playing in his first year with the Rebels after playing some excellent football in the South West District Football Netball League with Coleraine.
“Eric has an enormous aerobic capacity along with his hard and tenacious, no fuss football and is expected to be a regular with the Rebels this year, playing on ball.
Dartmoor’s Korrey Smith is in his second year with the Rebels and now schooling in Ballarat.
“Korrey has worked really hard over the pre-season and has shown in the practice matches he will be a regular player with the Rebels, playing in key positions, and given his height and ability to mark the football will play a potent role up forward.
Full story in the Spectator on Saturday, March 8, 2014