- Wednesday, 22 April 2015
There’s no denying the strong connection Subi have with country town Kalgoorlie
Lions captain Kyal Horsley came from there, league players Scott Worthington and Hayden Kennedy hail from the mining hub and Subi played a WAFL fixture in the Goldfields last year.
Signs of the strong connection are also showing at development level with five Kalgoorlie sourced players featured in the side that played South Fremantle on the weekend.
Ryan Borchet, Thomas Breeze, Callum Bramley, Jacob Miller and Jorden Hooks were selected in the colts side to compete against the ‘Dogs and Player Development Officer Neil Arnold is confident the club’s relationship with Kalgoorlie will continue to grow.
“The Kalgoorlie zone’s been really successful in providing talent and there’s more to come. We had five representatives on the weekend but there are also guys like Brandon Dowrick, Jarrod Turner, Jack Trottman and Darcy Stevens who are working hard,
“It’s great to see the lads and parents believing in the football club and following their passion to play here. We’ve got a really good bunch of kids in the colts squad and they really support each other.” Said Arnold
Kalgoorlie was been represented at the Subiaco Football Club since Fred Hailwood in 1906 and continues to provide talented footballers. Arnold is adamant on strengthening the relationship held with the mining town and growing into the future.
“Part of my role is to maintain the ongoing relationships with our country zones like Kalgoorlie. We stay in constant communication with the clubs and the people who run the talent programs to make sure we’re all working together.” Said Arnold
“We try and make the transition as easy possible for the country kids looking at re-locating and playing here. It’s not just an invitation to come for a kick and figuring out the rest yourself.
“We work with the kids like Ryan Borchet and Thomas Breeze on moving to Perth, finding a place to live and getting work so they feel a part of the club and community as well,
“I think coming from a country background myself has given me a good understanding of how hard it is to move into a new environment and our club is focused on making that as easy as possible for the kids.” Said Arnold
Borchet has had an impressive season after being named colts vice-captain. The utility is averaging 15 disposals a game and looks settled in his new Perth home.
“Borch was selected by the coaches and his peers vice-captain this year and he’s been fantastic in the role. The impact and leadership he’s shown despite a delayed pre-season is a testament to his character and the positive impact he can have on a football side.” Added Arnold
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