- Wednesday, 23 July 2014
Subiaco's international talent Dom Sabri, Ben Evans and Abraham Kennedy Photo: SFC
Ben Evans, Abraham Kennedy and now Dom Sabri have represented Subiaco on the big stage for the World XVIII in the NAB AFL National 16s Championships.
The three youngsters are linked to foreign countries making them eligible to play for the World XVIII at the National U16's carnival.
Dom Sabri was detected playing for community club Noranda and becomes the third Subiaco player in three years to achieve the honour following current Colts Ben Evans (2012) and Abraham Kennedy (2013) who were selected in previous years.
With an ever-growing landscape for the AFL producing players such as the West Coast Eagle’s Nic Natanui, Sydney’s Tadgh Kennelly and Richmond’s Bachar Houli the expansion and acknowledgment of foreign nations is becoming increasingly important.
“International player recognition has become important because we have such a multi-cultural country now. Especially in regards to schools like Balga which is a part of our zone; although we have the indigenous program there are also a lot of international students attending the school; which is where current Subiaco senior player and Sudanese born Dave Madut was detected. said Subiaco Player Development Officer Jeff Lind.
The challenge for Jeff Lind and the Subiaco Football Club lies within translating the international players raw talent into technique.
“Any of the kids who have natural ball skills stand out in any arena and these kids will come to the forefront fairly quickly. You find that they initially have great motor skills in regards to hand eye coordination but translating their raw talent into solid kicking is where the work needs to be done.”
Dom Sabri is only a recent addition to our Colts Program after coming to the attention of the football club with his selection in the World XVIII. Despite only participating in one Subiaco training session so far, Lind has acknowledged his talent.
“Sabri is lightning quick and very hard at the football. He’s also a sure ball-handler but like most international players there’s room for improvement in regards to disposals by foot.”
Sabri travelled to the Gold Coast in early July as a part of the World XVIII team to play the South Pacific, Flying Boomerangs and West Australia North West side in Division Three.
Despite the World XVIII side going winless at the Nationals the experience gained by Sabri could prove invaluable as he continues to develop his game in the Subiaco’s Colts Program.