Broden Spencer, a young player for the Swans, took out the top spot for the All School's state AFL team, but was tragically denied the opportunity to play at a national level due to COVID-19.
Mr Spencer was playing for the Swans and his high school when he first tried out for the Riverina U15's team, before heading off to play in Coffs Harbour for the NSW Combined High School Sports Association Championship in April.
After absolutely blitzing five games and taking out the final, he made Captain of the state team while barely breaking a sweat. He was also commended for his game and named best player of the carnival.
His mother Joel Spencer said that she was impressed with how he took control of the game.
"He actually led the team extremely well, I was impressed with his leadership," she said.
Pressure was on for the young man, whose brother had made it to the same point a few years ago. He was determined to make it on his own merits however, and was disappointed that he and the team are now unable to travel to Darwin for the National competition.
The Nationals competition was canceled entirely not long ago, leaving competitors around the country disappointed. While it was briefly thought that the games might be simply postponed, those hopes were quickly dashed as the COVID-19 outbreak worsens.
"I was a bit disappointed, it would have been a good trip away and even better footy," he said. Looking forward though, he said he was keen to get more training in before joining the seniors league.
He added that he felt the team got on really well despite having little time to practice together before the games.
"It was real good at Coffs Harbour, it felt like we'd been playing together forever. It was pretty easy."
The young Spencer has one more game to play for the junior Swans before the finals and the end of the season, and will then progress onto the seniors grade.
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