State 18's grow with experience
- Tuesday, 17 June 2014
Subiaco State Academy representatives Aaron Summers, Greg Clark and Max Walters gained valuable football experience on the weekend in WA’s clash with Vic Country.
Despite the match resulting in a loss for the West Australian campaign the young representatives from Subiaco are learning to play against the best in the country and 18 year old Aaron Summers believes there’s plenty of room to grow.
“We’ve been taught a lot of structural things and you have to be accountable for your game and your opponent. I have mainly been playing on the wing whilst rotating into half forward. “ said Summers
“The game against Vic Country was pretty tough, I didn’t have as much of an input as I would like. The coaches even put me into half –back to try and get into the game and I haven’t played defence since under 14’s development squad.”
In regards to WA’s lackluster performances in the first four games, Summers believes it starts with gelling together.
“I’m not too sure what’s going wrong with our performances. We haven’t been playing all four-quarters and the players are all pretty new to each other. The more we train and play together the tighter we become, we’ve got a good squad and good coaching we just need to gel more.”
Although Summers hopes to hold a spot in the next two Western Australian match-ups later this month the pacey winger has kept an eye on his Lions Colts side who are amidst a four game losing streak.
"I’m hoping to learn more about the game and my position from the State Academy and I’ll hopefully be able to implement it into my Colts football. It would be great to play finals again in 2014 for the Lions."
Western Australia have historically been competitive at the State 18’s Championships and the Black Swan coaching staff will be hoping to extract the most they can from their young talented squad over the rest of the carnival.
Subiaco utility Adam Creeper could be a chance to return to the side after missing the Vic Country clash and performing impressively against the Perth Demons on the weekend.
The WA State squad will continue training to prepare for their next clash against Victoria Metro on the 27th of June at Simonds Stadium.