Congratulations to Northern Knights representatives Adam Carafa, Lucas Perry and Ben Major who were selected to play for School Sport Victoria in the Australian Football Under 15s Championships in Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast.
The Championships ran from the 23rd to the 30th of July, which saw the Victoria take home the title.
Both Carafa and Perry currently represent the Knights in the U15 Keith Burns Squad, whilst Ben Major has recently been invited to join the U14 Development Squad, the first introduction to the Northern Knights program.
For Carafa, this is the second time he has worn the Big V, following up from playing U12s three years ago.
“It’s an amazing feeling to represent Victoria” Carafa said.
“It’s a big step up from U12s. You have to understand structures as oppose to just running your own game,” he added.
Both Carafa and Perry attend Marcellin College, a key factor in assisting Victoria to its’ premiership-winning week.
“Really good to have Adam. We both played side by side on the Half Forward Flank, and it definitely helps that we both know how each other play.” Perry said.
The Championships allow for the boys to receive high quality junior coaching at an accelerated pace, to fast track their development as they head towards TAC Cup football.
“I’ve learnt that recovering after games is so crucial, and you have to to learn to train how you want to play.” Carafa noted.
Perry echoed similar beliefs.
“Footy is about living in the moment and just not taking anything for granted, and that’s what I’ll take to Knights’ training” Perry added.
For Major, the week was an incredible experience. The Diamond Creek footballer was one of just two U14 players who made the final U15 squad, a huge achievement, but states that he wasn’t concerned about any expectations.
“I always think there is pressure in football. I always get nervous before games.” Major commented.
“It’s definitely a lot, faster and stronger competition. You have to concentrate all the time.”
In what was a fantastic week for the boys development, they will now look towards local junior football finals.