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OUR COUNTRY TALENTED PLAYER SQUAD PARTICIPANTS

 

By Peter Argent 
Four of the elite young footballing talents to come out of Barossa, Light and Gawler competition are continuing on their journey to, hopefully, the very top of the game. 
A member of the 2012 under 15s South Australian state team Brendan Dew, Barossa District lad Connor Robinson, Blake Homes from Angaston and Nuriootpa talent Brad Hoepner were the Central District player selected in this year’s SANFL Country Talented Player Squad program, which is a part of junior talent management structure in the SA state footy. 
“Connor (Robinson) is also a talented cricketer and has a good work ethic in games,” Bulldogs talent manager Scott Stevens said. 
“He works both ends of the ground, offensively and defensively. 
“While Brendan (Dew) played for Tea Tree Gully last year, he lives in Williamstown. 
“A slightly built on-baller or half back, his skills are strong and he never loses his feet. 
“Blake (Homes) is an Angaston lad who is an outside player, with excellent skills and good engine. 
“He is a wing - half forward type. 
“From Nuriootpa Brad (Hoepner) has real leg speed, the ability to take and break. 
“He has been really dedication over this pre season. 
“After his under 16s campaign his coach at the Tigers, Nat Salter has suggested he will be in line to play A grade football in the BLG.” 
This quartet were involved in a two-day camp at Immanuel College to introduce the prospective stars of tomorrow to the commitments and requirements of them at these elite levels, last Saturday, January 12 and Sunday, January 13. 
The camp started with the country talented player induction for all the players and parents, coaches and officials, SANFL Club talent managers and the SA state Under 16 Head Coaches.
On Saturday afternoon the participants went through a vigorous fitness testing program similar to that, players endure prior to the AFL national draft at the national combines and various state screenings. 
This is follow by recovery session, the participants each starting a ‘football journal’ and then enjoyed a DVD evening. 
The program was to culminate with a trial match on Sunday morning at 10.30am on the College’s main oval, but due to the unseasonal torrential rain the coaching staff decided a game wouldn’t help. 
Instead, the players went through training drills and played a modified ‘handball’ game. 
These players will return to the Bulldogs and play in the SANFL under 16s competition, endeavouring to make the state under 16s side for the national championships in JulBy Peter Argent 

By Peter Argent

Four of the elite young footballing talents to come out of Barossa, Light and Gawler competition are continuing on their journey to, hopefully, the very top of the game. 

A member of the 2012 under 15s South Australian state team Brendan Dew, Barossa District lad Connor Robinson, Blake Homes from Angaston and Nuriootpa talent Brad Hoepner were the Central District player selected in this year’s SANFL Country Talented Player Squad program, which is a part of junior talent management structure in the SA state footy. 

“Connor (Robinson) is also a talented cricketer and has a good work ethic in games,” Bulldogs talent manager Scott Stevens said. 

“He works both ends of the ground, offensively and defensively. 

“While Brendan (Dew) played for Tea Tree Gully last year, he lives in Williamstown. 

“A slightly built on-baller or half back, his skills are strong and he never loses his feet. 

“Blake (Homes) is an Angaston lad who is an outside player, with excellent skills and good engine. 

“He is a wing - half forward type. 

“From Nuriootpa Brad (Hoepner) has real leg speed, the ability to take and break. 

“He has been really dedication over this pre season. 

“After his under 16s campaign his coach at the Tigers, Nat Salter has suggested he will be in line to play A grade football in the BLG.” 

This quartet were involved in a two-day camp at Immanuel College to introduce the prospective stars of tomorrow to the commitments and requirements of them at these elite levels, last Saturday, January 12 and Sunday, January 13. 

The camp started with the country talented player induction for all the players and parents, coaches and officials, SANFL Club talent managers and the SA state Under 16 Head Coaches.

On Saturday afternoon the participants went through a vigorous fitness testing program similar to that, players endure prior to the AFL national draft at the national combines and various state screenings. 

This is follow by recovery session, the participants each starting a ‘football journal’ and then enjoyed a DVD evening. 

The program was to culminate with a trial match on Sunday morning at 10.30am on the College’s main oval, but due to the unseasonal torrential rain the coaching staff decided a game wouldn’t help. 

Instead, the players went through training drills and played a modified ‘handball’ game. 

These players will return to the Bulldogs and play in the SANFL under 16s competition, endeavouring to make the state under 16s side for the national championships in July.

Brendan Dew 
Blake Holmes
Connor Robinson
 
Photos by Peter Argent Photojournalist

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