Jarrad Forlonge will again compete for the NSW Development side at the National Youth Championships in September.Having starred for the NSW Development touch football side in last year’s National Youth Championships, it is no surprise Jarrad Forlonge recently earned his place on the team again.
Competing against 40 of the best touch footballers from regional NSW, Forlonge had to prove himself again during a rigorous selection process in Sydney.
“There were a lot of games and different things to test out your ability compared to everyone else’s, it was fairly drawn out it was a long day,” he said.
Forlonge was impressed with the standard shown in Penrith.
“Yeah it was really high because a lot of the guys trialling don’t go to school anymore so they can’t get picked in the school system but are still eligible with their age.”
Last year, the NSW Development side finished 10th overall but Forlonge expects huge improvement when they head up to Caloundra later this year.
“I think we will. Going into that carnival last year, it was like we were going up there as the fourth NSW team we were more focussed on bonding and becoming a group out of it than getting results but then we went half good without thinking we would. So I think this year there’s going to be a bigger emphasis on trying to go well because we actually proved to ourselves last year that we could compete.”
A lot of responsibility will rest on Forlonge as one of the returning players from last year.
“Yeah I think five of us made it through again from last year’s team but yeah I’ll try and take on a leadershiprole in the team,” he said.
“You sort of do it without even realising you’re doing it. You’ve been there before so you know what you’redoing and it just comes naturally.”
As a Yass Roos player, if the Aussie rules team makes the grand final, Forlonge will be flying up to Queenslandthe next morning.
“It could be a rough flight,” he laughed.
“It’s certainly not going to stop me celebrating if we win it.”
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