Australian Football scholarships awarded

THE South East Regional Academy of Sport (SERAS) has announced its scholarship holders for the 2005 Australian Rules Football Program.

The 20 members of the scholarship squad are Tim Crawley, Jared Daniel, Shaun Ebert, Daniel McGavin, Simon McNally, and Stephen O'Neill (Queanbeyan); Tyler Stevens (Jerrabomberra); Stephen Foden (Burra); Jared Priestly (Bungendore); Mathew Cupitt (Goulburn); Andrew Ellis (Bomaderry); Luke Favetta and Jeremy McDonogh (Batemans Bay); Jackson Brooker and Paul Franchi (Merimbula); Travis Jones (Kalaru); James Manie (Tura Beach); Leigh Prior and Michael Thompson (Eden); and Kai Allison (Mallacoota).

The five development athletes are Jeremy Fitzgerald, Nathan Reid, and Troy Winbank (Queanbeyan); Brad Armstrong and Sam Halder (Goulburn).

The program is run in partnership with the AFL (NSW/ACT) Commission and the Queanbeyan Tigers Football Club again added its support as sponsor.

This is the second year for this program and it has been expanded from the original concept to include 20 scholarship holders and 5 development athletes in 2005.

They were selected from a group of 42 following a trial in October 2004 followed by selection camp at Jindabyne in November 2004.

The 2005 program activities will commence with a training camp to be held at the Australian Institute of Sport on the weekend of January 29-30.

Follow-up fitness testing and education will be the focus of this camp along with game preparation and running techniques.

The squad will participate in a curtain raiser to the Wizard Cup match at Manuka in February and an AFL match in AprilFor further information contact Garry Lane - Executive Director (SERAS) Telephone: 6297 7210; Fax: 6297 7168; Mobile: 0411 443 333; Email: seras@qcc.nsw.gov.au or check Website www.seras.org.au

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