THREE young footballers who play in the WRFL under 12A competition were recently named among the most talented young footballers in the country.
Bailey Siwek, Harry Jennings and Lachlan Fogarty represented Victoria at the School Sport Australia National Football Championships last month, and were named in the All-Australian side.
District’s Under 12A side, Bailey Siwek first joined Werribee Districts in 2008, and has earned both club and league best and fairest honours.
Siwek, a speedy on-baller, was prolific for Victoria’s schoolboys team, kicking six consistently being named among the best players. “Wearing the Big V was a huge honour, and the standard was very high,” Siwek said. “I was confident that when I passed or received the ball, it would always be used effectively.”
The highlight for Siwek was playing against championship winners SA in the final game. Both sides were undefeated to this point, and while Victoria lost, Siwek was named best afield.
“Although it was disappointing that we lost, it was an honour to be named best on ground for this final game, especially among a group of such talented footballers selected from the whole of Victoria.”
Fellow WRFL representative Harry Jennings was also in the best against SA, the Williamstown Junior boasting the rare combination of both height and speed. Like most gifted footballers he has also achieved significant success at a state level in other sports, namely the Victorian Junior Life Saving Championships, where he won the Under 12 Beach Sprint title.
Fogarty matched his league counterparts with a best on ground performance against Western Australia. Making an instant impact on the Championships, the Spotswood footballer also slotted one goal in the side’s big win and had spectators abuzz with his pace and skill.
Used to playing up an age-group, Fogarty, 12, has dropped back down to his correct age group this year. Similar to the other boys, he is achieving success away from the football field, having won MVP honours for his local basketball side the Altona Gators for the past two seasons and will play in his second Australian Championships of 2011, when he competes in Brisbane in late September.