After a week in Canberra participating in the National Training Centre (NTC) Challenge at the Australian Institute of Sport, the Northern NSW (NNSW) U15 side produced some good performances at the identification tournament.
The format of the event saw the NNSW U15 side play 6 games during the first 3 days before the players were divided into mixed teams based on their biological maturity status, which gives the players the opportunity to play with and against other boys of a similar physique.
The structure of the tournament is based on there being no winner or ranking order for the participating teams. The NNSW U15 side produced some good performances which saw them come out on top against Victoria, NSW and South Australia and one or two disappointing ones which saw them lose their other three games.
Out of the NNSW U15 squad, Jack Simmons, who is a current member of the Newcastle Jets Academy, has played in the U15 Joeys National Team and who has played in both the U16 and U18 Emerging Jets side last season, was named the Player of the Tournament in the Normal Maturation Category.
From the 160 boys participating in the tournament, Northern NSW Football Technical Director Michael Browne was proud of Simmons’ achievement as well as the performance of the U15 squad across the week.
“The main focus is on the identification of players and to have one of our players selected as the Player of the Tournament in the normal maturation category was exceptionally pleasing,” Browne said.
“Overall the boys produced some good performances across the week, it was a great opportunity for the squad, individual players and coaches to showcase their talent in front of FFA’s Technical Study Group who observed all matches,” Browne concluded.