Three young Colac Tigers footballers have helped lift St Marys’ Division One team into finals in the Northern Territory Football League.
Colac teenagers Liam McCarthy, Ged Leersen and Chaise Murray are spending the summer in Darwin, and have all featured in the Saints’ team which sits second on the ladder in the NTFL’s second tier competition behind the Premier League.
The trio followed in the footsteps of Leersen’s older brother Kane, who won two flags with the club’s top-division side in 2013 and ’14.
“Family has kept Kane at home this season but his younger brother and a few of his mates have come up and they’re all really good kids,” St Marys Division One coach Josh Heath said.
“They’ve really added to our depth and that’s part of the reason why we’re on track to play finals this season, we haven’t played finals for about three or four years,” he said.
Ged Leersen and McCarthy have each notched up six games for the Saints since debuting on January 8, while Murray has played just three and could be in doubt for the remainder of the season.
The three players are staying with a family friend of Leersen, while he and McCarthy have picked up work plastering.
“Chaise was living with them but has since gone home because didn’t have work and it made things hard, but we’re hopeful he may return again this season,” Heath said.
He said the trio had all played solid roles for the team which has won 12 of its 16 games this season, with one game remaining before finals.
“Ged has been playing off a half-back flank and giving us run, he’s a tall, rangey defender and he’s been doing well back there,” he said.
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