Curly Kane catches the eye of selectors

By TANIA PHILLIPS

HIS team-mates call him Fuzzy but young Aussie Rules player Kane Fuzzard's football skills are pretty clear.

The Banora Point Year Six student, who celebrated his 12th birthday yesterday, will represent NSW in the Australian AFL Championships in Sydney at the end of this week.

The talented young rover has been battling a cold but expects to be ready to go when the titles start. And while this is first NSW team, Kane, a Brisbane Lions fan, is no stranger to the sport.

"My dad followed AFL and he brought me up to support it too," he said."I get some teasing from my mates who love league but I have managed to convert a couple.

"I play for the Coolangatta Blues under-12s my dad Neil used to play for the Coolangatta seniors I think he was a rover too."

Kane made the NSW team after an impressive performance for North Coast at the State PSSA AFL Championships. HE was an integral member of the team which won three out of their five games and finished seventh out of the 12 districts.

*North Coast team manager Barry Spry said Kane's natural ability and determination saw him selected in the NSW team. "It was Kane's second year at NSW level," Spry said.

"Kane's improvement between last year and this year have been outstanding. We always knew that Kane had a chance of making the state side.

"He always listened to what the coach was saying and always followed the instructions that were given to him.

"It was a very proud moment for Kane's school, his parents, his team mates, his coach and myself when his name was read out."

Kane, who had his state guernsey presented to him by members of the Sydney Swans said it would be a tough competition with teams coming from Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Northern Territory and ACT.

"We start with a game against Queensland they will be tough," he said.

"I actually know three of the players in the Queensland team I play against them on the weekends.

"Victoria and South Australia usually finish at the top of this tournament and then Queensland and we usually get fourth."



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