Towering Deniliquin footballer John Allitt has been picked in the Riverina Murray side to play at the NSW All School Football Championships.SHAUN CONNOR May 16, 2014 3:45am
Deniliquin High School student John Allitt says he will make the most of the opportunity when he comes up against the best under-15s footballers in NSW next month.
The towering 15 year-old will line up in the ruck and forward line for Riverina Murray at the NSW All Schools Football Championships in Wagga from June 3 to 5.
Allitt’s selection in the side is another notch in his representative belt, which is just now starting to get worn-in after starting with the Deni Rovers fourths four years ago.
‘‘I was pretty happy to get selected in the team and I’m looking forward to playing in Wagga,’’ Allitt said.
‘‘(Deni High) took 10 players over to the trials in Albury where we played a few games and a few of us made the possibles versus probables section.
‘‘I was the only one that ended up in the team and we have a practice match coming up soon against the other Riverina side (Riverina South West).’’
The NSW All Schools carnival features representative sides from all around the state and includes players from Catholic and independent schools.
Riverina Murray has dominated the competition in recent years and is a side where a long list of AFL players started their journey to the top.
And the future is bright for young Allitt, who already stands 195cm tall. His most recent representative campaign was with the highly-regarded Goulburn Murray Schoolboys earlier this year.
The schoolboys side, which contested the under-15 V/Line Cup carnival in Melbourne, harnesses talent generally from four competitions - the Murray, Goulburn Valley, Picola and Kyabram football leagues - and is a pathway to the Murray Bushrangers’ under-18 side.
The Deni Rovers were the beneficiary of a standout year from Allitt in 2013, with the gun ruckman’s season culminating in a best-on-ground performance in the Roos first fourths flag in 28 years.
Since moving up to the thirds this year Allitt continues to play good footy, even though he comes up against ruckman two years his senior.
‘‘We’ve been going alright. Only Mathoura has beaten us and we won our first four games in a row,’’ he said.
‘‘At the moment we are sitting third on the ladder and we play (ladder-leader) Jerilderie this weekend.’’
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