Talented young players headed for States
AUSSIE RULES: Six young Dalby Swans players left a lasting impression at representative trials this month to claim their place on the Darling Downs Demons squad.
Blake Jacobson, Matt Wynd, Chris Wynd, Breanna Burrowes, Darcie Seng and Elexis Towers will travel with their teams to the State Academy Championships on the Sunshine Coast in September to take on the best teams from around the state.
The under-14 players made their mark in the three round trials, the first two testing fitness, ball-handling skills and knowledge of the game, followed by a third playing small games to gauge their ability on the field.
Jacobson is among 24 players selected for the Demons U14 boys' side out of about 61 tryouts.
At just 13, he celebrated his 150th game on Saturday after nine years playing for Swans.
This won't be Blake's first time representing the Darling Downs, having played for schoolboys sides three times before, but this will be his first time in a Demons jersey.
Blake splits his attention between Aussie rules and rugby union, but has set his sights to achieving his next goal of 300 games of Aussie uules.
Swans U14 captain Matt Wynd will also play in the Demons U14s side, making his debut Darling Downs rep performance. "It feels pretty good, I wasn't expecting to get in, I just went for the experience so it's a great feeling,” he said.
Playing for Dalby for about three years, Matt is hoping to use the opportunity to advance his skills and meet new players.
"I'm looking forward to training and getting to know other players from around the Downs,” he said,
Darcie Seng is one of three Dalby girls selected and will also be making her Darling Downs debut, playing up an age group in the Demons U14 girls.
"I play under-12s but I played an under-14s game and the people who organise DD asked if I would come and try out... that was pretty cool,” she said.
After getting a taste for Aussie rules at her brother's training sessions, Darcie swapped a netball for a Sherrin two years ago and hasn't looked back.
The Dalby players will travel to Toowoomba for weekly training sessions in the nine weeks leading up to the September 20-23 competition.