Under 12. From the North West Junior Football League to the national stage, Circular Head Giants Jacob Furphy and Bronsen Sutton-Collins are making an impact on the footy field.
Jacob, 12, will travel to Canberra, ACT to compete in the School Sport Australia National Carnival from Saturday August 11 to 18 while Bronsen, 11, has been named as an emergency player.
Jacob and Bronsen, alongside teammate Lucas Lardner, were selected to represent the north west against northern and southern sides at a state carnival earlier this year.
From there, Jacob and Bronsen progressed to be selected in the state squad.
Travelling fortnightly to trainings at Campbell Town and weekly trainings at Ulverstone as well as North West Junior Football League commitments in Smithton, the pair have gone the extra mile to ensure they compete at the highest standard.
Juggling these commitments has been a learning experience for the young representatives – one which has provided the pair with a greater skillset, both on and off the field.
The Circular Head Giants’ Under 12 coach Peter Brown will accompany the state side to the national carnival as assistant coach.
“Through playing with the Giants, Jacob and Bronsen have had the opportunity to play with the best of the best from along the coast and now the opportunity to represent the state,” said Brown.
“They’ve shown great improvement . . . this raises their standard further.”
Brown commended the commitment of the junior Giants in preparation for the national carnival.
“They’ve put in a lot of hard work, a lot of early mornings and a lot of travelling.”
After completing his second season with the Giants, Bronsen says he plans to work on his endurance during the off-season.
“I’ve learned you always have to try your best,” he says, something he will put into practice as he aims for the state side again next year.
In his third season with the Giants, Jacob has grown in confidence and will demonstrate his leadership skills as co-captain during his national debut.
“When we’re out there, I just want to give it my best go and encourage the boys,” he says.
Growth mindset, effort and respect are values the Giants have instilled in the junior group and the morals Jacob will carry with him onto the national field.