A number of the region’s rising stars have been provided with an opportunity to showcase their potential to AFL talent scouts and recruiters tomorrow.
Murray Bushrangers duo Tom Boyd (Nathalia) and Laitham Vandermeer (Mooroopna), along with Bendigo Pioneers Will Hamilton (Rochester) and Mitch Kemp (Echuca), have been selected to line up in the TAC Cup Men’s Young Guns game.
The fixture provides potential draftees with a final chance to impress before the draft and pits 37 TAC Cup players against each other in a clash that is sure to have plenty of class on show.
Hamilton and Kemp will play for Team A at Port Melbourne’s Fortburn Stadium from 11.30am tomorrow, while Boyd and Vandermeer’s Team B will have another local connection with Seymour star Andrew Sturgess named as one of three line coaches.
The Bushrangers crashed out of the finals last weekend with a loss to the Sandringham Dragons, but Boyd (16 games, four goals and once in the best) and Vandermeer (nine games, one goal and five times in the best) have impressed during the season.
Kemp had an outstanding season for the cellar-dwelling Pioneers, playing all 18 games for eight times in the best.
Hamilton managed only five TAC Cup matches this season, but also booted eight goals from seven senior games with the Tigers in the Goulburn Valley League to go with his eight majors in three under-18 appearances.
A recent example of the Young Guns game providing a stepping stone to elite selection is Sydney’s Tom Papley, who dominated in his outing to push his case for higher honours.