Four Lions selected for Flying Boomerangs
- Tuesday, 01 July 2014
Kalgoorlie's Brendan Collard is delighted to represent the Flying Boomerangs Photo: Kalgoorlie Miner
Four Subiaco youngsters have been selected to represent the Australian Flying Boomerangs for an upcoming international tour of China.
Billy Johns, Brandon Collard, Kyron Hayden and Tyrees Miller were all selected to travel overseas for the Flying Boomerangs tour, which is thriving in its ninth year.
The program was originally created to provide opportunities for young Indigenous players who show interest in developing their game and experiencing different cultures.
A National Indigenous side of 14 and 15 year olds is generated from a National Carnival. The chosen squad then trains and flies to a foreign nation to develop the game and experience another country’s traditions.
Mentor and South Fremantle great Paul Mugambwe is involved in the program to help guide these youngsters through a unique experience.
“It’s an amazing experience for these young guys as we’ve found a majority havn’t left the country or even Perth so to be apart of an international program and be completely immersed in another culture is a huge opportunity, “ said Mugambwe
“Last year the Flying Boomerangs went over to South Africa to show a poorer side of the country which opened up some eyes amongst the young indigenous kids who often come from troubled backgrounds.”
The players selected have previously received specialized training from ex-Brisbane AFL captain Chris Johnson and play a game against a representative side from the host country.
“They run a really tight ship on the football side through the program with Chris Johnson mentoring the players last year in South Africa through leadership, game skills and a lot of the football stuff,” added Mugambwe
AFL Indigenous Program Coordinator Narelle Long is in charge of overseeing the program and believes the preparation and strength of the program continues to grow.
“Last year was only the second year the Boomerangs were involved in the U16’s Nationals and they won their first game. Compared to the year before where they comprehensively lost all of their games they showed a great improvement. This year we hope to increase that and beat another side at the carnival,” Said Long
“All the players selected for the Boomerangs trip are also invited to trial with their native State squads. Every year we have about five or six players that end up representing their state and it’s really important to integrate into the mainstream program. In the future we’re hoping to expand that number.”
In 2013, six Flying Boomerangs representatives were selected in the AFL National Draft and Narelle Long believes the results will only get better.
“We had six Flying Boomerangs taken in the 2013 draft and this year we hope to get the number up to 50 percent.” added Long
Subiaco’s young hopefuls will be hoping to join the likes of Steven Motlop (Geelong), Jake Neade (Port Adelaide) and Jack Martin (Gold Coast) as success stories of the Flying Boomerangs program with training set to commence in the near future.
2014 Flying Boomerangs squad:
Tyrell Hocking (Sailsbury, SA), Xavier Cubillo (Darwin, NT), Cameron Wild (Ceduna, SA), Nathan Kruger (Victor Harbour, SA), Adam Nichaloff (Alice Springs, NT), Jeffrey McDonald (Burunga, NT), Rodney Baird (Palmerston, NT), Dominic Grant (Darwin, NT), Leslie Maroney (Darwin, NT), Tyrone Hayes (Lakes Entrance, VIC), Aiden Domic (Mt Clear, VIC), Joel Garner (Gruyere, VIC), Jamaine Morgan (Croyden, VIC), Tyran Mansell (Launceston, TAS), Liam Lupton (Canberra, ACT), Tere Yarran (Huntingdale, WA), Harley Stack (Ballajura, WA), Billy Johns (Koondoola, WA), Kris Ryder (Beldon, WA), Tyrees Miller (Quinns Rock, WA), Brendon Collard (Kalgoorlie, WA), Gregory Humphries (Bunbury, WA), Kyron Hayden (Koondoola, WA), Bowe Roads (South Perth, WA), Sachem Parkin-Owens (Stradbroke Island, QLD)
NAB AFL Under 16 Championships Flying Boomerangs schedule:
Sunday July 6
WA NW v Boomerangs at Broadbeach, 3.40pm
Wednesday July 9
World Team v Boomerangs at Broadbeach, 11am
Saturday July 12
Boomerangs v South Pacific at Metricon 2, 11.30am