NTC Challenge Updates

December 2nd, 2015



Monday 30th November 2015

NNSW O Queensland 2

Perth Glory 2 NNSW 1


Tuesday 1st December 2015


NNSW 1 Tasmania 2


Wednesday 2nd December 2015


NNSW 1 Victoria 2


On Sunday 29th November the players selected from the Emerging Jets to represent Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) at the National Training Centre (NTC) Challenge will travel to Canberra.

The tournament will take place at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) from Monday 30th November to Friday 4th December.

The format for the 2015 NTC has been changed to shift the focus from the team’s performance to the individual 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 also it provides the staff with the chance to compare our players with the best in their age group from around the country,” Michael Browne, Technical Director at Northern NSW Football 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. Lachlan Watson
2. Zac Lloyd
3. Thomas Stewart
4. Zac Bailey
5. Joseph O’Connor
6. Kaleb Cox
7. Zaell Ford
8. Angus Thurgate
9. Kent Harrison
10. James Bayliss
11. Riley Smith
12. Matthew Cahill
13. Josemari Atayde
14. Luke Callen
15. Thomas Curran
16. Noah James

Staff attending:

Head Coach – Ryan Campbell
Assistant Coach – Scott Oliver
Team Manager – Lisa O’Brien
Sports Trainer – Michael Nolan (Advanced Physio)

“I am very much looking forward to the week ahead with this squad of players. The squad have 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,” Ryan Campbell, Head Coach 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” Campbell concluded.


Related Topics:
Emerging Jets

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