Alice Springs to host talent weekend


Over 25 promising players across the Central Australian Football League junior and senior competition have been invited to attend the testing weekend.


The testing will be similar to the AFL Combine Testing as well as providing AFL education and wellbeing sessions.


The weekend will give NT Thunder Senior Coach Andrew Hodges and Thunder Academy Development Coach Jimmy Driscoll a perfect opportunity to look at the emerging talent in Central Australia.


2017 has seen some fantastic achievements by the Redtails and Pinktails Academy, including the recent performance of the Under 14 boys in the Outback Stores Michael Long Cup.


Hodges is keen to add some Alice Springs players to fellow NT Thunder Centralians Matt Rosier, Abe Ankers and Jarred Erlandson.


He said that growing up in Alice Springs gave him a good understanding of the vast amount of talent in the region.


“We want to ensure we give talented Territorians, both male and female, the opportunity to play at the highest level whilst still living at home.


“Abe Ankers was joint runner-up in the NT Thunder Club Champion this year, and Rosier and Erlandson are permanent fixtures in our senior team, and we’d love to develop more talent out of Central Australia,” Hodges said.


While this weekend is for boys/men’s testing, off the back of the recent announcement of the NT Thunder women’s team, there will be future opportunities for female players in the region.