Congratulations to bottom age player Tom McKenzie who has been selected in the annual U17 All Stars Match at Simmonds Stadium on Friday September 29th.
50 of the best junior footballers in the country will be on display in the AFL’s showcase of the country’s top young talent over the Grand Final weekend.
Talent Manager Rhy Gieschen says it’s a great reward for an outstanding bottom age season.
“It’s great recognition for Tom’s extremely consistent season. Tom is a really well rounded player. He is very clean, an extremely efficient kick on both sides and a really smooth mover. He’s a fantastic size and shape, a great learner of the game and picks up new concepts particularly quickly.”
McKenzie, who played ten games for the Knights this season, averaging 15.6 disposals and 5 marks a game. McKenzie also played in Ivanhoe Grammar’s Grand Final loss to Marcellin College.
“The pleasing thing is that for someone who is fairly talented and mainly plays outside roles when it is his turn to win a contested ball, stick tackles, put his head over the football or put his body on the line he always does. For me that is what has brought him to the next level and probably why he has attracted the attention he has.”
McKenzie missed a large part of the pre-season, which meant the start to his season was delayed but did not put a foot wrong when he was able to get back into football activities.
“Tom missed the large majority of pre-season training with a pretty significant finger injury and wasn’t overly sure of where he stood in the group early on in the year. He adapted quickly upon return from injury and caught Justin’s eye from his first involvement.”
“It’s not only a credit to Tom, however Justin and the coaching stuff for all the time and effort put into Tom’s development. We just want him to go out and enjoy the experience and learn as much as he can.”
Congratulations also to Patrick Naish and Nick Coffield who will participate in the U18 All Stars match on Grand Final Day at the MCG.