2016 Boys National Training Centre Challenge

December 2nd, 2016

Selected players to represent the Emerging Jets at the 2016 National Training Centre (NTC) will be travelling to Canberra on Sunday, Dember 4.

The tournament will take place at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) from Monday 5th December to Friday 9th December.

The format for the 2016 NTC again will focus on the individual performance rather than the team’s performance.

On days one to three, the players will compete in their Member Federation teams. Each team will play 6 games. This provides players with the opportunity to play with players that they are familiar with.

At the completion of day three, players will be split into new teams based on their biological maturity. This allocation will be done by the FFA medical team and an expert from Victoria University.

These new teams will each play 3 games over days four and five. The coaching staff will also be allocated to new teams, providing them with an opportunity to coach players from other Member Federations.

The new format will add an extra challenge for all players involved and will provide a similar feel to a National Team Camp, where players will need to adjust to new coaching direction and other playing styles.

“The event gives our players the opportunity to show their ability from an individual standpoint and it also provides the staff with the chance to compare our players with the best in their age group from around the country,” Michael Browne, Northern NSW Football Technical Director said.

“In recent years there has been a distinct lack of representation in male National Youth Squads from NNSW and this is an area we need to improve,” Browne said.

Team Selected:

  1. Tristan Esquilant
  2. Brendan Knowles
  3. Callum Eardley
  4. Narveen Richardson
  5. Liam McDonald
  6. Blake Archbold
  7. Ryan Goodhew
  8. Samuel Donnellan
  9. Jack Simmons
  10. Anthony Wood
  11. Ethan Eames
  12. Kai Bradley
  13. Adam Sherratt
  14. Jai Majdandzic
  15. Mark Aranmala
  16. Matthew Burton
  17. Tinotenda Mureverwi

Team Staff:

Head Coach – Daniel McBreen
Assistant / Goal Keeper Coach – Christopher Bowling
Academy Director – Gary van Egmond
Team Manager – Lisa O’Brien
Sports Trainer – Daniel Lovegrove

Head Coach, Daniel McBreen, is looking forward to the week ahead with the selected squad.

“The squad has been working hard over the last 12 months to ensure that they are prepared as well as possible to perform, both from an individual level as well as a collective group,” McBreen said.

“The tournament shows diversity in playing in mixed games as well as in mixed squads, which gives the players a good opportunity to showcase what they can do on the national level with some of the high profile talent identification staff to watch the games.”

“I am sure that the players will represent the Emerging Jets Program very well and there will be some great football played over the week in Canberra” McBreen concluded.

2016 Boys NTC Challenge – Fixtures

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