FROM Mount Clear to Coffs Harbour, two Mounties teammates will join forces to represent Victoria next week.
Young Mt Clear Football Club stars Aiden Domic and Nathan Hucker have both been selected in the Victorian Kickstart Squad for the Under-15 AFL Indigenous and Multicultural National Championships.
Having progressed through a rigorous tryout process at Richmond’s Punt Road last month, the duo will head to northern New South Wales for the week-long carnival as part of the 25-strong indigenous squad.
Both boys gave up the opportunity to play in the Victorian schoolboys under-15 championships to compete in the carnival, but say it was an easy decision.
For Domic, 14, it will be his second-straight selection for the carnival, in what promises to be a bright footballing future.
“Last year at Townsville was one of the best experiences of my life.
“You learn so much about footy and cultural things as well,” he said.
“You get so many more opportunities playing in the carnival down the track.”
Hucker, 15, came agonisingly close to making the final cut last year, but went one step further this time.
The towering ruckman/centre half forward said he would bounce off his fellow Mounties teammate, learning as he went along.
“We know each other’s games because we play together all the time so that should help out a lot,” he said.
Victoria reached the grand final last year, going through undefeated, before losing to Western Australia in the decider.
Former North Ballarat Roosters player Aaron Clark is leading the Victorian side as program manager. The carnival runs from April 10-16.