Futures exposure for young Great Southern Storm

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Coen Jackman is one of the Great Southern Storm players taking part in the WAFL futures fixture.
Camera IconCoen Jackman is one of the Great Southern Storm players taking part in the WAFL futures fixture. Credit: Cameron Newbold

The Great Southern Storm will represent the Claremont Football Club, when a squad full of local talent plays in round three of the WAFL futures competition on Saturday afternoon.

The WAFL futures league is a similar competition to the WAFL colts, but for younger footballers, and involves all nine WAFL clubs and the South West Talent Academy.

Claremont have given the Storm the opportunity to play in the third round of futures league, where they will face the South West Talent Academy at the Imperials Football Oval.

The game will be fantastic exposure for the Storm, head coach Glynn Verbruggen said.

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The Storm squad consists of 20 Great Southern teenagers and will be topped up with four metro-based Great Southern players.

Regular league players Rhori Williams-Jolley (North Albany) and Coen Jackman (Railways) head up the squad, while Max Baker, Jackson Cosh, Luke Mowaljarlai Jr and Jye Williss also have a taste of senior football and will pull on the Storm jumper.

Verbruggen said this was a huge opportunity for the Storm players to show their skills.

“This is a great opportunity for Great Southern kids to test themselves against the best kids in the State,” Verbruggen said.

“It’s a huge feather in the cap for the Storm to have a game in this competition.

“It shows how good the relationship we have with Clare-mont is to have a fixture in the futures.

“Our players are really excited for the opportunity.”

The WAFL futures fixture will start at 10am in Manjimup, with the Storm travelling by bus from Albany.

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