Lachlan Potter has been selected for the final U16 Vic Metro Squad of 25 to take part in the National U16 Championships over the next month.
The South Morang junior admits he was pretty shocked when he was told he had made the final cut.
“I was just so surprised. It’s pretty overwhelming” Potter said.
Potter was invited to U16 Vic Metro training following a successful stint in U16 Vic Metro Carnival Games in which the Knights played against Oakleigh and Eastern at U16 level.
It was there when the selectors chose five Northern Knights players to join an extended squad of 55 at Vic Metro U16 Training at IKON Park.
“Training at Vic Metro has been very intense all the time. There’s a lot more structural information that you have to be across to play at this level.” He added.
Northern Knights Talent Manager Rhy Gieschen said he was impressed with the level of play that Potter had shown throughout the carnival.
“Lachie is a 182cm, explosive line breaking player who loves to take the game on and hurt opposition with his pace. When he gets the ball in hand he’s hard to catch. He showed some really exciting traits in the U16s Carnival and Metro Trial matches and has worked really hard to earn this opportunity.” Gieschen said.
Potter showcased his speed in testing 2.88 seconds for the 20m sprint, which would place him only second to Jack Petruccelle amongst all members of all of the Knights squads.
“The exciting thing about Lachie is that he is still learning how to use his pace and is still developing physically. He will get bigger and stronger and we expect him to develop into a really quality player over the next few years.”
He finalised his position in the U16 Vic Metro Squad gathering 17 disposals in a final Trial Game against Vic Country in which three other Northern Knights took part.
“The three other players (Lucas Perry, Charlie Simonsen and Xavier Naish) represented themselves really strongly in the trial game period and we’ve got some other players in that age group around the mark that missed out on the opportunity due to injury or unavailability (Adam Carafa, Ryan Gardner, Sam Philp). Some of these boys will continue training with the TAC Cup Squad and hopefully push for selection in the TAC Cup as some of our U16 players did last year (Braedyn Gillard, Patrik Della Rocca, Brody Bell.)”
The first National Championships game will be against Vic Country at Punt Road Oval on Saturday the 24th of June, before the side jets off to Queensland to play South Australia and Western Australia at the National Carnival including a game at Metricon Stadium, and Potter cannot wait.
“It’s going to be a great opportunity to learn from other great players in the state, and I just want to have a real crack and get the wins for the boys”