Teens turning heads in the game
AUSSIE RULES: Clancy Biggar and Joe Walsh are still relatively new to the game they love, but are already turning the heads of selectors and coaches from higher grade teams throughout the region.
The two teens have been selected for the under-16 Darling Downs Demons, a prestigious squad based in Toowoomba.
Biggar, 15, has only been playing Aussie rules for three years after being convinced by some of his mates to play for the Swans.
And thank goodness he did, because he has already started turning heads in the game, particularly with his selection into the squad.
The centre halfback said despite the intensity of the training, playing on the squad was an experience he wouldn't trade.
"It's fun, and you get to tackle lots of kids,” Biggar said.
His teammate Joe Walsh, 15, has been playing for five years and found his love of footy through playing in his school team.
"I first got into it by playing a few school comps in Dalby and I found a great interest in the sport,” Walsh said.
"Ever since then I've been striving to make DD teams.”
This squad stands out to the ruck rover because of the camaraderie within the squad and between the teammates.
"I really love the tight-knit community the Darling Downs has supported for us boys,” Walsh said.
"The members, the coaches, the staff - they come here, they train us, they create a real sense of community with us boys.”
The boys' first test on the team will be the U16 South Development Carnival on the Sunshine Coast from March 22-24.
Aside from hitting the beach, the teens are keen to show the Coast what they're made of.
"We're a country squad so we like to go out and impress the city folk,” Walsh said.