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Five Great Southern representatives play in NGA curtain-raiser at Optus Stadium

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Jai Roberts, Elijah Williams, Nate Corlett, Robert Farmer and Malcolm Roberts.
Camera IconJai Roberts, Elijah Williams, Nate Corlett, Robert Farmer and Malcolm Roberts. Credit: West Coast Eagles

Five Great Southern teenagers pulled on the boots for the Next Generation Academy curtain-raiser at Optus Stadium earlier this month.

Robert Farmer flies for a mark.
Camera IconRobert Farmer flies for a mark. Credit: West Coast Eagles

The clash featured a regional team consisting of players from the Great Southern, South West, Goldfields, Newman and Wheatbelt pitted against a Metro NGA squad.

Nate Corlett, Robert Farmer, Jai Roberts, Malcolm Roberts and Elijah Williams were the five representative players from the Great Southern.

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Jai Roberts gets his side forward.
Camera IconJai Roberts gets his side forward. Credit: West Coast Eagles

The age of players competing ranged between 14 and 15 with the two sides facing off prior to the AFL match between St Kilda and West Coast.

West Coast Eagles Great Southern community coordinator Brad Nisbett has been running the NGA program at Centennial Park since May.

The combined NGA teams before the match.
Camera IconThe combined NGA teams before the match. Credit: West Coast Eagles

The incentive targets juniors ranged from 11-16 years of age from all backgrounds, however, the NGA emphasises a focus on Indigenous and multicultural players.

The next training sessions take place on July 24, August 8 and September 4.

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