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Four Barossa lads in elite country talent program

 

FOUR BAROSSA LADS IN ELITE COUNTRY TALENT PROGRAM 
By Peter Argent 
An important part of the SANFL junior talent pathway, the under 16s Country Talent Program was held over last weekend at the Immanuel College facility this weekend. 
Four Central District talents from the BLG, Tanunda’s Jonah Whitelum, the Nuriootpa pair of Daniel Roennfeldt and Rhys Canizzaro, along with big Jack Carpenter from Barossa District were the local contingent involved. 
All are expected to play significant roles in the Central District under 16 side over the course of 2017 
The playing group went through similar testing as the draft prospect endure at the national draft combine – including the Kicking & Clean Hands Test – along with an Injury Prehab session, the Dynamic Stretching,  Acceleration and Recovery seminars by the highly credentialed Tony Checker.
"Initially there was a country and a metro academy, but we felt we saw enough to the metro lads over the course of the season," SANFL Talent Manager Brenton Phillips explained. 
"We have found some notable talent out of this program including current Crow Riley Knight, St Kilda midfielder and SA Under 18s title winning captain Luke Dunstan, along with aboriginal star at Port Adelaide, Chad Wingard.  
"This gives us a chance to look at the country talent across the length and breadth of the state. 
"A number of lads performed well in the match today. 
"Generally if we pick up six to eight players from this program in our state Under 16s side, we'll have a strong competitive side for the national championships." 
The Red side 14.10 (94) was defeated by the Blue team 18.9 (117). 
Of the Bulldogs players strongly built 194 cm, 88kgs Jack Carpenter kicked four goals and also impressive in the athletic testing. He ran a 3.00 second 20 metre sprint and 
Whitleum and Roennfeldt both made it onto the goal kicking lists and Canizzaro was strong over the contest. 

 

By Peter Argent 

An important part of the SANFL junior talent pathway, the under 16s Country Talent Program was held over last weekend at the Immanuel College facility. 

Four Central District talents from the BLG, Tanunda’s Jonah Whitelum, the Nuriootpa pair of Daniel Roennfeldt and Rhys Canizzaro, along with big Jack Carpenter from Barossa District were the local contingent involved. 

All are expected to play significant roles in the Central District under 16 side over the course of 2017 

The playing group went through similar testing as the draft prospect endure at the national draft combine – including the Kicking & Clean Hands Test – along with an Injury Prehab session, the Dynamic Stretching,  Acceleration and Recovery seminars by the highly credentialed Tony Checker.

"Initially there was a country and a metro academy, but we felt we saw enough to the metro lads over the course of the season," SANFL Talent Manager Brenton Phillips explained. 

"We have found some notable talent out of this program including current Crow Riley Knight, St Kilda midfielder and SA Under 18s title winning captain Luke Dunstan, along with aboriginal star at Port Adelaide, Chad Wingard.  

"This gives us a chance to look at the country talent across the length and breadth of the state. 

"A number of lads performed well in the match today. 

"Generally if we pick up six to eight players from this program in our state Under 16s side, we'll have a strong competitive side for the national championships." 

The Red side 14.10 (94) was defeated by the Blue team 18.9 (117). 

Of the Bulldogs players strongly built 194 cm, 88kgs Jack Carpenter kicked four goals and also impressive in the athletic testing. He ran a 3.00 second 20 metre sprint and 

Whitelum and Roennfeldt both made it onto the goal kicking lists and Canizzaro was strong over the contest. 

 
From left, Roennfeldt, Carpenter, Canizzaro and Whitelum.
 
Carpenter
 
Roennfeldt
 
Whitelum
 
Canizzaro

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