The GWV Rebels administration and coaching staff has been very pleased with the quality of the work produced by the regions most talented and promising footballers over the past five months during the Rebels 2017 TAC Cup squad pre-season.
Initially over 140 players across the Ballarat, Wimmera, South West, Warrnambool and Hampden Talent Regions took up the invitation to be a part of the preseason and all players worked extremely hard 2-3 nights per week to improve their skills and fitness levels.
All players have been under the watchful eye of experienced Rebels Head Coach, Gerard Fitzgerald and the experienced Coaching and Development staff across the Rebels Talent Region.
The selection process for Rebels TAC Cup Playing Squad is always a very difficult task and one which all Rebels staff members take very seriously. The hardest job for any coach or administrator is to tell a player that unfortunately they have missed out on making a particular team or squad. This year was even a more difficult task as we had many players similar in ability and size across the entire region.
Whilst each player is considered to be one of the best or most promising players within their league or club, at the TAC Cup level they need to take the next step with their skills, fitness, commitment and attitude.
Many players find their feet at a higher level and some struggle with the intensity and pace of the game. The players that do settle in and are able step up in their intensity are the one’s which excel in the Talented Player Pathway Programs.
No doubt the many hours of hard work will pay off for every player involved in the GWV Rebels preseason during the 2017 season whether they are playing TAC Cup football with the Rebels or playing football back at their local club or town.
Congratulations to the following players that have been successful in gaining selection into the initial 2017 GWV Rebels TAC Cup Playing Squad, which is announced in the attachment at the bottom of this page. Like any squad, players that are excelling outside this squad in local league football have the opportunity to be included throughout the season, as well as the players that have already been selected that don’t meet expectations may be released back to local football.
Greater Western Victoria Rebels U16 Development and TAC CUP Girls Squads will be released on Thursday 9th March.
The Greater Western Victoria Rebels start their TAC Cup season against the Geelong Falcons at Simonds Stadium on Saturday 25th March.