Two local Maryborough Castlemaine District Football Netball League (MCDFNL) footballers pulled on representative colours and headed north last week.
Jackson Lanfranchi of Royal Park and Natte Bealiba’s Zac Mortlock both experienced their first representative football stint as part of AFL Goldfields squad.
Facing AFL Central Australia in Alice Springs last week, the 23-man AFL Goldfields squad was victorious in back-to-back games.
Goldfields players were picked from around the Ballarat FNL, Riddell District FNL, MCDFNL and Central Highlands FL.
The games were flanked by a trip to Uluru, national parks and lending a hand at a local school.
Eighteen-year-old Lanfranchi is bound for senior football this season and said the trip was “good for footy development” but was also an “eye opener”.
“It felt really good to get picked,” he said.
“I usually play midfield or up forward, but we played a bit of everywhere. We got mixed around so it was good for our development.
“The experience was pretty good, there was a lot of cultural meaning behind the trip.”
Mortlock said he enjoyed the trip and credited the quality of players in the Goldfields squad with the two wins at Albrecht Oval.
“The first game was a bit one sided, but the second game they brought in a few of their better players. That was a lot tougher, but I think we still won pretty comfortably,” he said.
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