Lions trio in WA fold
Monday, 27 June 2016
Subiaco’s Tristan Hobley, Xavier Peacock and Will Hickmott will be looking to develop their game at the AFL NAB U16s National Championships.
The Lions trio represented WA in a narrow seven-point loss to South Australia at AAMI Stadium last Saturday and will be hoping to add further experience under the guidance of WAFC State Coaching Staff.
“The players are looking forward to showcasing the skillful, hard-running football that WA is renowned for and which they have been working so hard on for the past eight months,” said Talent Manager Adam Jones.
“We are also looking to ensure that players get the opportunity to play in multiple roles, giving them the chance to showcase their skills in all phases of the game. Selectors are confident that they have put together a talented group of young footballers who are more than capable of matching it with their peers from the other states.” said Jones
The trio performed well against the South Australians despite the narrow loss at AAMI Stadium. WA Head Coach John Hancock had nothing but positive words regarding the Subiaco trio.
"Xavier Peacock was rotated through the ruck and forward line and showed a lot of promise. He controlled his aggression well and kicked a great goal from the pocket late in the game. Although he gave up a bit on height against his opponents his athleticism more than kept him in the contest. Even more impressive due to the fact he’s only been playing football for a year,
"Hickmott also impressed, he’s the youngest player on our list by date of birth but he demonstrated maturity in the back-line. His ability to remain calm under pressure was important against South Australia and the composure he displayed opens up the possibility of him transitioning into other positions,
"Hobley came under our radar pretty late due to his requirements with cricket but he has grown tenfold as a player. He was one of the last to be selected in the 45 man squad but has quickly risen the ranks due to his work ethic and professionalism. He worked well in a rotation on the wing and was very lively early. Drifted off as the game went on but demonstrated the required the skill and work ethic." said Hancock
The State 16s are now preparing for Round Two of the Championships as they head to the Gold Coast for the next two games.
"The focus for the kids should be on preparation. They know they can compete at this level it’s just about getting themselves right for the challenge. If they continue to physically and mentally prepare for the task and have a clear focus they will achieve everything they need out of this program." added Hancock
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FIXTURES
Monday, July 4, 3.15pm – WA v VIC Country at Metricon Stadium
Friday, July 8, 10am – WA v VIC M at Southport
*all times are local