Mildura Weekly : Friday January 17 2014 Vol 8 No11
www.milduraweekly.com.au 68 Mildura Weekly – 17/01/14 SUNRAYSIA’S elite junior football- ers returned to pre-season train- ing at Mildura Senior College on Monday, in the hope of making this year’s Bendigo Pioneers Un- der 18 and Under 16 squads. Enduring scorching 40 degree heat, players were put through their paces with a 45-minute skills session. Sunraysia’s AFL Victoria Foot- ball Development Manager Trevor Ryan, said the sessions were de- signed to prepare players for the TAC Cup competition. “Fitness and conditioning has been the main focus,” he said. “Pre-season has included beep tests, 3km time trials, specialist coaching and game sense drills. “We want to develop so they are ready for a higher standard of football.” Ryan said both Bendigo Pio- neers squads will be announced by the end of February. The Sunraysia Under 15 V/Line Cup squad also started training on Monday. Sunraysia Bendigo Pioneers Under 18 squad members are Mat- thew Rix (Merbein), Henry Kerr and Mitchell Rogerson (Mildura), Jayden Cogan, Mathew Chisari and Jesse Muscatello (South Mildura), Liam McGlashan, Ethan Ban and Jonty Marciano (Red Cliffs), Nick Cottrell (Wentworth) and Jayden Fox (Imperials). Sunraysia Bendigo Pioneers Under 16 squad members are Dar- cy Hogarth, Mackenzie Mayne and Henry Vandenberg (Imperials), Todd Griffiths (Mildura) and Jack- son Richman (Irymple). Pioneer hopefuls will continue to train over the coming weeks ahead of the February cut-off. Pre-season heats up for Pioneers • RUNNING THE GAUNTLET: Bendigo Pioneer hopefuls Matthew Rix and Mathew Chisari fight for front position, ABOVE, before the squad defies this week’s heatwave during a running drill. Photos: ADAM LUITJES Mildura cricketers join Australian heroes on the MCG YOUNG Mildura cricketers have experienced the highlight of their short cricketing careers, participat- ing in a Milo in2cricket demon- stration at the MCG. Held during the recent Ashes Test series, local cricketers repre- sented ‘Kiewa’ at the demonstra- tion, joining MILO in2cricket par- ticipants from across Victoria for the skills session. The MILO in2cricket program aims to help children aged be- tween five and 10 develop social skills, physical fitness, sportsman- ship and basic cricket knowledge. The six to 12 week program is designed to be inclusive and action-packed, with all MILO co- ordinators trained and devoted to ensuring kids have a fun and safe experience. Each MILO in2cricket partici- pant receives a starter pack, which includes a bat, ball, t-shirt, bucket hat, backpack, MILO products and more. Last season saw more than 1400 MILO in2cricket clubs and centres across the state attract 160,000 participants. Australian Test Captain and MILO Ambassador, Michael Clarke, said there is no better way to spend a day than with new friends learning how to play cricket. “The MILO in2cricket program is a great initiative, and the young boys and girls love it,” he said. “It’s an amazing opportunity for these kids to further practice their skills in front of huge crowds on Australia’s premier grounds.” Clarke was the first MILO cricket program graduate to be se- lected for the Australian team, and harbours fond memories of his own time in the program. “I remember the first time that IgottoplayontheSCGwithmy mates as a MILO kid, and it was an incredible experience,” he said. “Cricket Australia and MILO have been fantastic in providing this amazing experience for kids, and it is something that they will remember for the rest of their lives – just like I do.” MILO is in its 21st year of sup- porting junior cricket develop- ment, and in conjunction with Cricket Australia is introducing more than six million Aussie kids to cricket and encouraging them to lead active, healthy lifestyles. More information – or to find your local MILO in2cricket cen- tre – is available by visiting in- 2CRICKET.com.au .
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