The Northern Inland Academy of Sport AFL trials were held at Inverell on Sunday with a great turn up of some very talented athletes from across the district. This year trials were conducted for three squads; junior boys, senior boys and for the first time very youth girls.
Head coach Alan Martin was impressed by the athletes skills and their great attitude
“To see so many young people out there, really putting in and having go – it’s what it is all about,” he said.
NIAS have welcomed Jamie Moore of New England Nomads fame to the coaching line up for 2017-2018 as assistant coach for the junior boys.
Armidale’s Dylan Moore topped the junior boys combine skills testing with a score of 38/50. Dylan is a previous winner of the North West ‘Most Consistent Performer’ award.
The NIAS Squad program will allow Dylan to sharpen his skills and take part in the Sydney Swans Academy tailored strength and conditioning program.
Josh Mirron was also successful for his quest to be a part of the AFL Squad. He was a participant in 2016-2017 and performed exceptionally well. Josh played some under 17s footy last season and will relish the opportunity to play in his own age group this year.
Reigning NIAS AFL athlete of the year, Morgan Dunn from Walcha has been awarded direct entry to the Squad due to his outstanding performances. Morgan was Best and Fairest for the AFL North West juniors competition in 2016 and 2017, and leading goal kicker in 2017.
The next trial is on November 19 at the Sporting Complex in Inverell. More information is available at www.nias.org.au