Clarendon Students in the AIS AFL Academy
Two boys, Darcy Tucker and Jarrod Berry, both boarders from Horsham, are current members of the elite Australian Institute of Sport AFL Academy. Darcy is one of 35 players Australia wide to be promoted to the top age Level One cohort. Jarrod is one of 25 underage players in the Level Two squad. The aim of the academy is to enhance the sporting, personal, educational and vocational opportunities of the best young players.
Darcy, currently in Year 12, was selected following outstanding performances in the Under 18 TAC and the recent national Under 18 carnival. He will attend three camps that include a game on Grand Final day at the MCG, two five day sessions of pre-season training with an AFL club and a two week trip to the high quality sports facility, IMG Academy in Florida, USA. Unfortunately Darcy has been sidelined for the last nine weeks after suffering ankle ligament damage that required surgery. He has the screws removed in two weeks and hopes to be running again in a month. He hopes to defer tertiary studies next year and work in Ballarat to concentrate on fulfilling his football dream.
Jarrod joined the Clarendon mid-year in Year 10. His selected followed the National Under 16 carnival. The Level 2 program also involves three camps, one culminating in attending the AFL Grand Final, another in Melbourne around draft screening time and finally a trip to New Zealand on ANZAC Day next year to play in a curtain raiser to the annual St. Kilda match in Wellington. Jarrod has also been sidelined in recent weeks with a stress fracture of the navicular in the top of his foot. After rest and limited weight bearing he hopes to be back in full training soon.
Their performances and selection for the academy are a credit to the boys, while it is rewarding for the College to assist them in achieving “their hearts desire”.