Kal-Esperance kids to contribute
- Tuesday, 19 February 2013
Following the path of past country stars such as Dean Kemp, Luke Toia and Kyal Horsley, the new wave of Kal-Esperance footballers are looking to etch their name in the halls of Medibank Stadium, but the first step is; 2013.
With one of the youngest Colts squads to date, our nine country footballers will all have a chance at making an impact this year and Player Development Officer Jeff Lind, who is responsible for developing these talented footballers, expects them to add their country qualities to the squad.
“When these kids come down to Perth, they have a sense of hardness and maturity which they develop from playing country football. Some of them already have a season of senior footy under their belt with their country clubs, so they quickly become natural leaders of the group.”
SUBIACO COLTS COUNTRY FOOTBALLERS
Has been playing senior football at the Mines Rovers football club, Champion (17) is an exciting talent who is expected to make an impact on the 2013 season. Works extremely hard and can play in the midfield or up forward
Lind says: “Midfielder Anthony Champion has shown exciting form in pre-season and performed well in the first intra club scratch match. He’s currently recovering from an ankle injury but we except to have him back early and the talented midfielder should make an impact. “
Cody Grace is the most capped of the country contingent with ten games in 2012 where he kicked 24 goals in a roving forward role. Has great athletic ability and an excellent set shot kick. Represented Western Austalia in State 16’s and was selected in the Australian Schoolboys side last year.
Lind says: “Grace is expected to play a key role in the forward line this year and will be looking to add State 18’s selection to his already impressive record.”
Another product of the Mines Rovers Football Club, where his development has been carefully monitored. He had an outstanding 2012 season where he led the Goldfields Football Colts Competition with 62 goals. Is a solid utility forward and could slot nicely in the top half beside Cody Grace and Michael Wood.
Lind says: Ellis is a utility forward who had a shining season last year where he led the Goldfields Colts Competition. A good size and a good kick and is benefiting from the intensity of Colts training.”
Hayden Kennedy looks ready for a big 2013 with a solid pre-season under his belt. The hardworking midfielder is a natural leader and will play an in-and-under role in Subiaco’s midfield this year.
Lind says: “Hayden is a hardworking, tough midfielder who has the credentials to play a leadership role in the midfield.”
Joe Scaffidi is a new addition to the Subiaco Football Club after relocating from the Mines Rovers Football Club last week. Is a versatile midfielder with sure hands and an accurate kick under pressure.
Lind says: “Joe Scaffidi is a utility player new to the club, just re-located and is getting used to the rigors of Colts footy. Will hopefully develop into a midfield option.”
Turner played four games for the Colts last year but impressed more in his duties captaining his Hale School Side to a victory in the ALCOK Cup. Is a smallish midfielder with good speed and will look to progress further in the Colts ranks this season.
Lind says: “Mitch Turner played predominantly in the midfield last year captaining his Hale school side. He had off season ankle surgery in 2012 and had the screws removed last week so has just begun his pre-season preparation. Expected to return to full duties in about eight week’s time.”
Holdman is a developing midfielder from the Newtown Condingup Football Club in Esperance. Impressed through his development in junior football and re-located to Perth in 2012.
Lind says: “Rhys Holdman has just undergone a shoulder re-construction and his rehab has commenced. We’re hoping Rhys will return to the Colts side for the latter half of the season where he’ll push for a role in the Lions midfield.”
Ietto hails from a town called Grasspatch located North of Esperance. Played his junior football at Gibson and has the stature to be a valuable ruck prospect for the Lions. Got a berth last year with two Colts games and will hopefully play a more prominent role amongst senior ruckmen Jordan Bestry and Bryce Denysiuk.
Lind says: “Aidan is an athletic ruckman who’s been working hard at perfecting his trade with ruck coach Tim Gross.”
Ryan Vermeesch will look to burst onto the scene in 2013 after a successful season with Aquinas last year and will be pushing for a key forward role for the Lions in 2013.
Lind says: Ryan Vermeesch is a highly rated key position player amongst the club. We expect him to have a solid impact on the team this year and looks good in pre-season.