Three Wagga teenagers have a bright future to look forward to after being named in under 15 All Australian teams.
Wagga High School’s Ally Morphett and Kai Watts along with Kildare Catholic College’s Patrick Voss were all named in under 15 All Australian teams on Saturday.
The trio took all before them at the under 15 All Schools National Championships in Adelaide last week.
Morphett, along with Leeton student Mikayla Jones, were two of four NSW girls to make All Australian team.
Watts and Voss were the only two from NSW to make the boys All Australian team.
For Morphett, her selection comes little more than 12 months after she first tasted the sport. After trying it at school and then with East Wagga-Kooringal, Morphett, 14, was the number one ruck at the carnival.
“It was fun. A good experience,” Morphett said.
“I might look at going to try-outs for the Murray Bushrangers now.
“The ruck was good fun, a bit of running but good.”
It continues a big year for Morphett, who won the 11-14 years barrel racing title at the ABCRA National Finals in January.
The NSW under 15 girls team, coached by Wagga High School teacher Heath Russell, made the final in Adelaide only to go down to Victoria by nine points.
The boys under 15 team won two of their five games at the carnival, which was won by Victoria.
Watts impressed through the midfield for NSW, while Voss starred on a half-forward flank.
For Watts, it continued a big month after playing for Flying Boomerangs at the under 16 national championships.
The 15-year-old North Wagga junior was stoked to be selected in the All Australian team.
“It was a lot tougher compared to our Wagga tournaments and club footy but it was good fun playing with all the boys over there, it was great footy,” Watts said.
“I was pretty shocked, pretty excited when I got named.”
Voss, a Turvey Park junior, has represented NSW on a couple of occasions and was thrilled to become a first-time All Australian.
“I didn’t really expect it but it was good,” Voss said.
“I hoped to get drafted one day but if not, go as far as I can.”
Voss, a year nine student, said he learnt a lot about what it will take to make it at the highest level.
“I played alright in the ACT and Tassie games but I reckon I’ve got to work on my games against WA and Vic because I didn’t play that good in those,” he said.
“So I probably need to work on that. Everything was just way quicker, every defender I was on, there’s no easy players.”
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