Seven young players from Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) were selected for the Australian Under-17 Joeys Camp, which was conducted at Valentine Sports Park this week.
The three-day camp, run by head coach and former Socceroo Tony Vidmar provided players with an opportunity to stake their claim for selection in the squad which will contest the AFC U-16 Championship 2018 Qualifiers.
The seven boys from NNSWF were identified from the NNSWF Metro and NNSWF Country squads, which participated at the FFA National Youth Championships for Boys in October last year.
“The selection of seven boys from Northern NSW to attend the National Camp is reflective of the effectiveness of NNSWF’s Talented Player Pathway, which provides boys from throughout NNSW with the opportunity to be identified for National representation through their participation at the National Youth Championships for Boys,” NNSWF Chief Executive Officer David Eland said.
“Adam Sherratt’s invitation to attend the U-16 Camp is particularly encouraging. Adam, who is from Football Mid North Coast was identified by the Academy Director and invited to join the Emerging Jets on a full-time basis in 2016. He recently joined the Homestay Program which provides the most talented players from throughout Northern NSW with an opportunity to train and play with their peers in the Emerging Jets on a full-time basis.”
Keegan Hughes and Samuel Modderno’s selection highlights the increasing importance of the of PS4 NPL NNSW Youth Competition. Keegan and Samuel were identified through their strong performances for Football Mid North Coast and were selected for NNSWF Country squads in the FFA National Youth Championships. Keegan started in the Emerging Jets program this year.
The final selection will be announced at the end of this month and their first test as a squad will be in July as the squad travel to Thailand to compete in the U15 AFF Friendly Tournament.
The official AFC U-16 World Cup Qualifiers will kick off in September in Mongolia where Australia have been placed in Group I and will take on the likes of Vietnam, Mongolia, and Cambodia.
Selected Players from Northern NSW
Lachlan Bayliss, Emerging Jets FC – Terrigal
Keegan Hughes, Emerging Jets – Wingham
Samuel Modderno, Football Mid North Coast NPL – Taree
Tinotenda Mureverwi, Emerging Jets FC – Waratah
Jackson Pereira, Emerging Jets FC – Valentine
Adam Sherratt, Emerging Jets FC – Port Macquarie
Jack Simmons, Emerging Jets FC – Warners Bay