Young Sharks in a frenzy

By David Nagel The Mornington Peninsula Nepean Football League (MPNFL) Under 19s will be focussed on playing a hard-running attacking brand of football when it takes on the Northern Football Netball League (NFNL) at Preston City Oval on Saturday. Coach Josh Moore and captain Koby Villis – announced skipper at the jumper presentation on Wednesday... View Article

By David Nagel

The Mornington Peninsula Nepean Football League (MPNFL) Under 19s will be focussed on playing a hard-running attacking brand of football when it takes on the Northern Football Netball League (NFNL) at Preston City Oval on Saturday.

Coach Josh Moore and captain Koby Villis – announced skipper at the jumper presentation on Wednesday night – are both in agreeance that a free-flowing brand of football, one that highlights the squad’s outstanding skill set, will be the way to go when the first bounce hits the deck at 10am.

Moore, the Rye senior coach (pictured with Villis), said his side had no excuses heading into the big game.

“We’ve had a really good preparation, it’s been very enjoyable and the players have exceeded my expectations in terms of their skill and commitment,” Moore said.

“It’s getting to the pointy end now and getting pretty exciting. We’re going to be fast and skillful and take the game on and really enjoy the experience.”

Moore was appointed the coach in November and immediately sought the help of some of the great players from the MPNFL over the years. His first call was to former Dromana star Adam Hunter, while current-day greats, YCW’s Byron Barry and Pines’ gun Paul Scanlon were soon called into action.

“The kids really look up to this coaching group, they’re stars of the game and have been fantastic with their time and efforts throughout the campaign. They are not only great players, but great people and great leaders to learn off as well.

“We were already mates, but this experience has brought us closer and that’s what interleague does.”

Moore said he was looking forward to an overall team performance but, when pushed, highlighted Karingal’s Jarrod Sullivan, Seaford midfielder Ishak Bashir and Villis as the players to keep an eye on.

Villis, from Frankston Bombers, started football training at the age of five and played his first game on his seventh birthday.

He is delighted to be leading out such a talented list of players.

“I’m very proud, pretty happy with it to be honest,” Villis said.

“These boys are great players, tough to play against, but it’s going to be an honour to run out with them on Saturday in the Sharks jumper. Some of these players are guns and are going to go a long way in their football careers.”

The exciting midfielder-forward said Moore had really stamped an impression on the group.

“We couldn’t have asked for anyone better to coach the side, he’s a really good coach and an even better bloke,” Villis said.

“He wants us to play an attacking and very fast style of play and I think that will suit the group perfectly. Hopefully we get the win, it would be such an honour to lift up the trophy with these boys.”

MPNFL UNDER 19 TEAM
NAME CLUB
Aiden Smith Mt Eliza
Aiden Marchesani Red Hill
Billy Geurts Dromana
Brad Williams Tyabb
Caleb Douglas Frankston YCW
Henry Vine Frankston YCW
Ishak Bashir Seaford
Jackson Allen Rye
Jarrod Sullivan Karingal
Josh Harris Rosebud
Kalani Ryan Rye
Khyal Jacobson Pines
Koby Villis © Frankston Bombers
Kye Whitford Langwarrin
Liam Cox Pines
Luke Webster Mt Eliza
Mick Bezzene Pines
Nathan Allen Langwarrin
Ned Shannon Crib Point
Nick Rowson Rye
Shea Mitchell (VC) Red Hill
Tom Small Mt Eliza
Zac Barrett Edi-Asp
Zane Martin Somerville