Nelson College and Tasman United youth midfielder David Maisey in action on Saturday. David is one of 22 players selected. Photo: Barry Whitnall/Shuttersport.

Tasman youth get chance to shine

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The region’s top young footballing talent has been selected for this summer’s ISPS Handa National Youth League.

LVL Nelson Pine Tasman United announced the squad today which features plenty of faces familiar to local football followers, including a bulk from Richmond Athletic and the Nelson College 1st XI that finished third at this month’s national tournament.

Head coach Rob Anderson and assistant coach Gary Calderbank say they’re excited about the players they’ve recruited.

“We are really excited by the 2017 squad that has come together this season,” says Rob.

“This is a great opportunity to give these players top level training and game experience over the coming three months, and to introduce them to the Tasman United football philosophy.”

Tasman United is preparing for its second season at senior level of the national league, but the region’s youth team, formally called the Falcons, has had previous success, winning the competition in 2014.

Rob says it’s the goal of the coaching staff to develop more local players who will go on to make the senior team.

“This is a primary directive we have been given from Nelson Bays Football and something we are fully supportive of.”

Training commences this coming Tuesday at Neale Park.

The Tasman Youth play in The ISPS Handa National Youth League,e commencing October 15 away to Hamilton Wanderers.

The team is: Goalkeepers: Scott Morris, 16, Joe Robertson, 16.

Defenders: Sam Faulkner, 18, Alec Fox, 16, Gavin Peattie, 19, Joe Parker, 17, Liam Sluiter, 18, Simon Wilson, 16, PJ Stephens, 16,

Midfielders: David Maisey, 18, Vann CenHrang, 18, Rick Muir, 16, Chester Gashin, 19, Van Rolan Hlawn, 19, Ben Stanley, 17, Christian Benitez, 18, Thang Vanuk, 18, Josh Creswell, 15.

Forwards: Tullimore McFadden, 17, Alec Connor McLean, 17, Keegan Mortimer, 18, Lachlan Brooks, 16.