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.
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.
Ed George led the way in the senior boys.