Werribee talent to appear in multicultural showcase

13 May 2022

Seven Werribee players will feature in a 23-man multicultural team to play Carlton VFL this weekend.

The Fitzroy Cubs program has been introduced this year with the purpose of showcasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and culturally diverse talent prior to the AFL Mid-Season Rookie Draft and as pre-cursor to the AFL’s upcoming Sir Doug Nicholls Round.

It's hoped the program will provide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and culturally diverse young people a new pathway into elite football competitions.

Emmanuel Ajang, Akol Deng, Saad El-Hawli, Ariek Lual, Bior Malual, Sam Paea and Reuben William have all been selected to appear in the match at IKON Park on Sunday.

A talent identification day was held at Brunswick Oval on Sunday 24 April which assisted in the selection process.

The Fitzroy Cubs will be coached by Northern Bullants assistant coach Jason Williams - who has recently been appointed head coach of the AFL’s Indigenous talent programs.

Three-time Brisbane Lions premiership player Chris Johnson is serving as the team's manager.

The Fitzroy Cubs v Carlton’s VFL game will be from 10:50am at IKON Park on Sunday 15 May. It will be followed by the second Colgate Young Guns Series game, with the Colgate Young Guns taking on Victoria Country U18 from 1:30pm.


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