EFL: New Scoresby coach keen for teens to advance

NEW Scoresby coach Sean Kavanagh believes his club could debut up to five teenagers in the opening rounds of the Eastern Football League division 1 season.

The long-time Magpies under-19 coach was elevated to the senior role in the off-season replacing Scott Whyte and said he planned to promote the club’s younger players into the senior side, as long as they showed they were physically ready for it.

The Magpies under-19s, formerly the under-18s, have been a consistent contender in the division 1 competition in past seasons winning premierships in 2011 and 2012.

He said successful juniors David Del Papa and Stephen Scott were two midfielders who had shown promise during pre-season training while 10-12 other players could also earn senior debuts this season.

“We have injected those 20 or so under-19 players into the seniors and they have put a spark in the group,” he said.

“Training has been outstanding, with 81 players on the track and we have expanded our junior program to get our under-17s involved in the senior club.”

The Magpies have lost Paul Chadwick to Vermont while Nathan Buxton-Wale and Jake Dunn have transfers pending to Yarra Valley Mountain District Football League club Upwey-Tecoma.

Kavanagh said he wasn’t keen to discuss any departed players, instead looking to the chance to promote younger players into the seniors.

Kavanagh said he was also excited about the form of Rhys Van Rheenan who is expected to get more regular senior appearances alongside his brother Luke.

The Magpies’ list will again feature several sets of brothers with Kavanagh and the club keen to build on the family connections within the club.

The Magpies will play practice matches against Corowa (away) and Avondale Heights with other matches still being organised.

The Magpies are also keen to recruit more under-17 and under-19 players for its development program with more information available at the club website.

Handy player: Scoresby will look to promote younger players this season—Jarrod Hicks is pictured for the Magpies last year. Picture: Gary Sissons