NIAS: Ed George, Will George, James Vallender and Daisy George make AFL squads

Ed George.

Ed George.

The Northern Inland Academy of Sport AFL trials were recently held in Inverell, with a “great turn up of some very talented athletes”, AFL North West said.

The trials were conducted for three squads: junior boys, senior boys and, for the first time, youth girls.

Inverell-based NIAS head coach Alan Martin was impressed by the athletes’ skills and attitude. 

“To see so many young people out there really putting in and having a go – it’s what it is all about,” he said. 

Daisy George.

Daisy George.

Ben Ellis, a former NIAS AFL athlete and decorated Inverell Saints player, has joined NIAS as a trainee coach. 

Sam Barber, the Inverell Saints’ grand final-winning women’s captain, is a new assistant coach for the youth girls squad. 

Aaron Harvey, a two-time best and fairest recipient for a Victorian AFL club, has joined NIAS’ coaching staff with the youth girls squad. 

Well-known New England AFL figure Jamie Moore has taken on an assist coaching role with the junior boys squad. 

Tamworth athletes reportedly performed extremely well under a new testing format at the trials.  

James Vallender.

James Vallender.

Ed George led the way in the senior boys.