WHIRLWIND: Young Mildura Demon Kobe Brown will be attending today’s AFL National Draft as part of the Flying Boomerangs.
MILDURA Football Netball Club rising star Kobe Brown’s whirlwind year continues today as he gets the opportunity to attend the 2016 AFL National Draft as part of the Flying Boomerangs program.
Departing for Sydney this morning, the 15-year-old will get to experience the AFL Draft, before departing for China with the Flying Boomerangs on Monday.
While in China, Kobe’s busy schedule will see him train with Port Adelaide, visit the Great Wall of China and Bruce Lee Martial Arts Centre, while also playing against the AFL China team.
“I can’t wait to meet some of the (Port Adelaide) players and coaches,” Kobe said. “If I get a chance to show off my skills, I’ll definitely do it.”
The promising midfielder – who starred for the Demons this season – recently returned home from a Richmond Academy screening day, which featured some of the country’s best indigenous and multicultural junior footballers.
Held at the Tigers’ Punt Road headquarters, the screening day included a tour of the club’s facilities, a nutrition session, and fitness and skills testing.
“I’d say it was one of the best experiences I have had so far in my footy career,” Kobe said.
“They really explained how the system works, and what Richmond can do for me.”
As part of the visit, Richmond’s General Manager, Dan Richardson, addressed the contingent of aspiring footballers, and according to Kobe, the speech was a highlight.
“Dan is just a really good person and he knows a lot,” he said. “He knows a lot about footy, and he passed on some great advice.”
Aspiring to play at the elite level, the Year 10 Chaffey Secondary College student said he took a lot away from the experience.
“I learnt a lot of stuff like self-organisation,” he said. “If I want to make it, I’ll have to do stuff on my own, I can’t rely on coaches.
“Especially during the pre-season, because there won’t be many coaches who can train me.”
Aiming to play TAC Cup football next season, Kobe is hoping to relocate to either Melbourne or Bendigo.
“That’s one of my objectives, because Mildura is a pretty small town, and you get better chances in the big city.”