FUTURE STARS: AFL scouts to target Birregurra forward

New Falcons, from left, Bryce McDonald, Ben McCarthy, Frazer O’Gorman, Adam Garner, Liam McCarthy, Tom Cahill, Cooper Stephens, Zach Zdybel and Ethan Floyd.

New Falcons, from left, Bryce McDonald, Ben McCarthy, Frazer O’Gorman, Adam Garner, Liam McCarthy, Tom Cahill, Cooper Stephens, Zach Zdybel and Ethan Floyd.

RENOWNED football talent scout Michael Turner has touted Birregurra key-position player Zach Zdybel as Colac district’s top AFL draft prospect this season.

Zdybel was among 11 Colac district footballers who Geelong Falcons selectors named in their final team of 55 this week.

Zdybel and 200-centimetre Cobden ruckman Sean Darcy will return to the TAC Cup team after breakout seasons last year, while Colac utility Ben McCarthy is back for a third season after AFL

recruiters overlooked him last year.

“We probably don’t have as many high-profile draft prospects this season, last year we had Charlie Curnow, Darcy Parish and Rhys Mathieson in the AFL Academy who all got drafted, this year we’ve only got Alex Witherden in the academy,” Turner said.

“But Zach Zdybel would be in draft contention this season, last year he worked himself into the side and was playing centre half-forward as a bottom-age player,” he said.

ColacWednesday09Mar024“He won’t get drafted to an AFL club as a centre half-forward, but clubs might look at him as a third tall option because he’s got great endurance and he’s a good prospect,” he said.

“Sean’s going well too, he’s lost a lot of weight and he played extremely well in our practice match in Colac on Sunday.

“200-centimetre kids don’t come around too often.”

Six Colac district footballers will get their first taste of TAC Cup football this season.

Colac Tiger Liam McCarthy has earned selection as a top-age player after missing out last season, while former Vic Country representative Adam Garner, Colac 2015 under-16 premiership players Frazer O’Gorman and Cooper Stephens, Winchelsea’s Cassidy Parish and Colac recruit Ethan Floyd have earned selection as bottom-aged players.

“I think Liam, Adam and Cassidy Parish are all good chances to get games early in the season,” Turner said.

“It all depends on injuries and things like that, but our bottom-age players are very, very good,” he said.

Fellow Colac juniors and bottom-age players Tom Cahill and Bryce McDonald have also earned selection in the Falcons’ development squad.

“The guys in the development squad, we think they need a little bit more time,” Turner said.

“If there are injuries then they might get games, they’ll come in one night a week to train with us and as the season goes on we’ll reassess,” he said.

Colac Tigers’ reigning under-16 league best-and-fairest winner Leigh Gorwell and fellow Tiger Jarrod Walters missed selection at the final cut.

The Falcons have a final practice match against North Ballarat Rebels on Sunday, March 20, before their TAC Cup season opener against the Rebels on March 26.

Meanwhile, Cobden footballer Trent Reed was the sole Colac district representative in the Rebels’ squad, which selectors finalised this week.

  • See today’s Colac Herald to find out which Colac footballers earned selection in the Falcons’ under-16 team.

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