Boomerangs come back covered in glory
Three young South West footballers have starred on the national stage for an indigenous representative team.
Bunbury's Eli Hill, Eaton's Heath Ryder and Australind's Durak Tucker have all drawn praise from Flying Boomerangs coach Shannon Rusca for their performance in a match at Richmond's Punt Road Oval on Saturday.
The three were part of a leadership and development program for Aboriginal boys aged 14 and 15 and the match against Victorian Diversity All Stars was the culmination of a second week-long camp.
The Boomerangs won the match 12.11 (83) to 3.3 (21) and both Ryder and Hill kicked goals.
"Heath was fantastic, he's a very smart and genuine reader of play, a good kick and he had a mountain of possessions," Rusca said.
"Eli was magnificent in the first half and got a lot of the ball, and he also has great running ability.
"All three of the boys were in our top five on the day."
The camp included time with the Australian Navy and visits to AFL clubs Collingwood and St Kilda.
"It gave them a look at what's required to be an AFL player," Rusca said. "To play on an AFL club's home ground was fantastic and they relished it.
"The camp was about taking them outside their comfort zone and testing them mentally and physically."
Bunbury's Ryan Bennell did not take part in this camp but was involved in other Flying Boomerangs activities earlier this year.
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