By Shelby Brooks
DESPITE only playing two games this year, Foster AFL hopeful Ryan Angwin is in top shape for draft night, set to be held on Wednesday, December 9.
The 17-year-old has been training three nights a week, either running at the Foster Showgrounds, swimming at the local pool or working out in his home gym.
When the AFL season shut down at the beginning of the year, Xavier Duursma, the Foster boy turned Port Adelaide player, returned home and joined Angwin’s training sessions.
Angwin was a consistent performer for Gippsland Power, playing 11 games in his bottom-age year last year and hasn’t let the cancellation of the 2020 season get him down.
“I’ve just been taking it day by day and not really trying to worry about it a whole heap,” he said.
“If it happens, it happens and if it doesn’t, just move on and go to next year.”
Angwin has had 12 AFL clubs interview him this year via the internet, with several conducting a second or third chat.
“They try to keep it away from football,” he said.
“They try to get to know you personally, who you are as a person, and if you’d suit their club and what you would be like as a friend and family member there.”
He said the clubs also want to know a player’s strengths and weaknesses from their own mouth, rather than just watching highlight tapes.
“A strength is probably handballing, as simple as it is,” Angwin said.
“Another strength would be my endurance capacity and being able to run out the whole game.
“A weakness is probably kicking a bit… punch kicks – I really need to improve on that instead of letting it sit in the air and wait for it to land on the target’s head.”
With only two year 12 exams left to sit, Angwin has his full focus on his AFL career.
“It’s been a dream since I was young, ever since you played Auskick and you get that feeling, getting a game on the MCG at half-time,” he said.
“It stays with you the whole time and makes it something you want to do forever.”