Mildura Weekly : Friday June 17 Vol 10 No 32
24 sport MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, JUNE 17, 2016 • RISING STAR: Mildura Football Club youngster Kobe Brown has been selected in the Flying Boomerangs squad for next month’s Under 16 National Championships. Photo: PAUL MENSCH By ADAM LUITJES MILDURA Football Club rising star Kobe Brown will compete for the Flying Boomerangs at next month’s Under 16 National Championships on the Gold Coast. The 15-year-old was selected in the Flying Boomerangs’ 25-man team following an impressive perfor- mance for Victoria/Tasmania at the Under 15 Kickstart Championships in April. Featuring some of the best un- derage indigenous footballers in the country, the Flying Boomerangs will be coached by Western Australian Jermaine Davies, while Red Cliffs premiership coach Shannon Motlop is one of the assistants. Through the Flying Boomerangs program, Kobe will also get a chance to spend a week with an AFL club in December. One of five Victorians chosen for the program, Kobe – who has Gunai Gippsland indigenous cultural heri- tage – was selected not just on his football ability, but also his school attendance and leadership skills. “I was very surprised, and it’s a big step to where I want to get to,” Kobe said. Rewarded for an outstanding Kickstart campaign, the Year 10 Chaffey Secondary College student enjoyed the chance to represent Vic- toria/Tasmania. “It was a very good experience,” he said. “It just shows the level of players out there.” Having been coached by Motlop previously, Kobe is looking forward to again playing under the former AFL star. “Shannon’s coached me a few times,” he said. “He’s a good coach and he really understands the way I play, so that should help.” Thrilled to have made the team, Kobe said it hasn’t sunk in that he’s considered one of the best junior in- digenous footballers in the country. “It’s a pretty big achievement,” he said. “It’s the biggest achievement of my footy career so far.” Growing up following Hawthorn superstar Cyril Rioli, Kobe is hoping to use his Flying Boomerangs selec- tion as a springboard towards achiev- ing his AFL dream. Having witnessed first-hand Ko- be’s rapid rise, Sunraysia AFL Victo- ria Football Development manager, Trevor Ryan, believes the dashing Demon has all the right attributes to make the big time. “He has the ability to play the game, so he ticks that box,” Trevor said. “He’s also passionate about be- ing the best he can be, now it’s just about having that luck going for- ward.” Trevor, whose role includes over- seeing the development of the re- gion’s budding juniors, said making the Flying Boomerangs squad is a great accomplishment. “The Flying Boomerangs are Aus- tralia-wide,” he said. “To make the final team is a big feather in Kobe’s cap, and he should be proud of that achievement.” Kobe is also a member of Sunray- sia’s Under 15 squad that will com- pete in the Bendigo Pioneers regional academy championships in Mildura. Dashing Demon enjoys big boomerang break 1/50 Madden Avenue, Mildura Phone (03) 5021 3883 Mildura Solar are now proudly installing Sapphire Solar 100% Australian Owned solar panels. Talk to us today about the huge benefits of installing Sapphire Solar panels. • 100% locally owned • Australian supported products and warranties • Customized design • Finest after sales care • Lower your power bills • $0 Upfront finance available • Paybackin3–6years • Extensive experience. UNBEATABLE SERVICE UNBEATABLE PRICES Mildura solar have completed over 800 installations in excess of 2.9Mw of power.
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