Alice Springs Thunder Trials

On the back of the Central Australian Football League (CAFL), 23 up and coming footballers were put through their paces taking part in testing at St Phillip’s College on the weekend (November 18-19, 2017).

This testing in Alice Spring marked the official launch of the Redtails and Pinktails Academy. The selection process also finalised potential players for the 2018 NT Thunder Academy squads.

NT Thunder Academy Development Coach, Jimmy Driscoll said he was really impressed with the effort shown over the course of the weekend.

“We had 23 young men that are serious about taking their footy to the next level and this talent weekend was the first step. With the new regional academy structure, the Central Australia region through the Redtails Academy has some serious talent and a massive role to play in the formation of the NT Thunder Academy,” he said.

The top performers in each of the tests were:

  • 20m sprint - Kane Savalios – 2.99 secs

  • Agility test - Shawn Foster – 8.225 secs

  • Yo-yo test - Francis bruce – 13.56 level

  • Standing vertical jump - Shawn Foster – 62cm

  • Running vertical jump (right) - Shawn Foster – 81cm

  • Running vertical jump (left) - Jackson Cole – 81cm