Nationals for young AFL player
HIGH-FLYING 11-year-old Jack Hardman has been selected in the New South Wales’ Australian Rules school team to compete in the National Titles later this year.
His selection came after a three-day school competition held in Western Sydney last week.
“I am really excited about going to the nationals, and the trials were a lot of fun,” Jack said.
Normally a forward, Jack played the trials “on the ball,” he said.
“That is where I played pretty much the whole time,” he said.
“He is the only one from up this way to make the state team,” his mother Leisa Hardman said.
Earlier in the year Jack was the first Clarence Valley junior to be accepted into the newly opened Sydney Swans Academy in Coffs Harbour.
The coach of that team and AFL regional manager Mark Heaney reckons that Jack’s great asset as a player was his speed.
He is also developing his kicking game off both feet.
“He is also starting to read the game really well, so he is laying in a lot more tackles because he is always near the action,” Heaney said.
The selection adds to young Hardman’s already busy schedule.
Besides two trips a week down to Coffs Harbour so the James Creek-based player can attend the Swans Academy, he also has to attend a training camp with the State team in July near the Victorian border.
The national titles are two weeks later in the Australian Capital Territory.
To help with travel costs and the $1000 needed “just for his state uniform” a fundraising raffle has been organised, Mrs Hardman said.
Tickets are available in Yamba at Retrovision, Eagle Boys, Spur Express, Yamba Fair bakery and the Cahbu hair dressers.