Lots of young talent at their Dee-sposal

February 08, 2018

Shepparton United is just beginning to reap the rewards of a strong junior program. The Demons had 29 players take part in preseason training as part of the Murray Bushrangers’ program this summer.

Sheldon Bogdan (right) as well as sibling duo Kate and Ed Adams have all taken part in Murray Bushrangers programs over the summer.

Shepparton United has some of the most talented teenagers running around in its junior and senior sides.

The Demons had a huge 29 players take part in preseason training with the Murray Bushrangers across all levels of their program.

Kate Adams, Charli Boschetti, Ella Hibble and Ellie Mifka last week made the cut for the Bushies’ youth girls team, while further squads are yet to be announced.

United’s junior president Jason Ritchie said those at the club had showed plenty of foresight about the future.

‘‘I only came on last year, so fortunately I’ve turned up and these class acts are all playing here,’’ he said.

‘‘But it’s all starting off what Dean Walton did with Chris Barzen and the guys previously, and there’s more (young talented players) coming through.’’

Those at United are hoping the junior success will translate to the senior Goulburn Valley League team.

‘‘It’s a good group of parents (at the club) and we’ve had good support from our senior club,’’ Ritchie said.

‘‘We haven’t had very much success with the seniors, but they’re putting all this faith in the new points system with the kids.’’

Ed Adams, Liam Fiore, Adam Pigatto, Kyle Clarke and Fraser Hicks were among the teenage senior regulars last season.

Often it was the teenagers who stepped up to star in those matches and new senior coach Stephen Scott will again rely on them to improve on last year’s four wins.

The youth is only continuing to develop, with United well represented in the Bushies’ under-16 and under-15 preseason squads.

Having also brought in a youth girls team for the first time last year, Ritchie was thrilled with how quickly the players had developed.

As only three players in the 30-strong Demons squad had played football before, nine talents took part in furthering their skills with the Bushrangers during the summer.

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