Valuable Experience For Creeper

 

 

Subiaco’s WA 18’s State Academy players got their first taste of representative football last week with Adam Creeper and Greg Clark lining up against South Australia.

Western Australia were overwhelmed in the encounter conceding an early start to the Crow-Eaters before going down by 31 points at the final siren.

Creeper was used as a full-back in the match-up with the WA coaching staff utilising his height and athleticism.

The 18 year old says he has learnt from the experience and hopes to build over the rest of the competition.

“It was pretty good experience to fly in and out for a football game. We didn’t play as well as we wanted to but playing against the best from another state was a great challenge,” said Creeper

Western Australia were outplayed by an impressive South Australian outfit who exposed the Black Swans lack of team-work.

“We were playing a bit selfishly and not really adhering to the team game. Everyone was trying their best but we weren’t up to scratch as a team against South Australia. The competition will only get better and we will need to have greater focus on the team aspects. Hopefully run harder and play harder against the rest of the State sides.”

Creeper was a prominent ruckman in the Subiaco Lions Colts system before making a change to a defender in 2014.

The change has completely opened up Adam Creeper’s game who is thriving as a key defender.

“I wasn’t sure about the move at the start but I’m always up for a challenge. I’ve had the support of my coaches and teammates to play various roles and now I’m enjoying my football in different positions.”

Being part of the State 18’s Academy is an honour, which only a handful of Subiaco footballers get to enjoy and Adam Creeper plans on getting the most out of the experience.

“On a personal level I’m hoping to improve myself as a player and expand on my versatility. I’m learning a lot from the state coaches and backline coach Antoni Grover so hopefully I can keep improving.”

“I’m pretty open to playing anywhere I’m needed but I’m definitely enjoying my role at full-back at the moment. The forwards I’m lining up against are pretty big so it’s a fantastic challenge to shut down goal-kickers.”

Western Australia are set to face Victoria Metro on the May 31st at Medibank Stadium with an important stretch of fixtures ahead.

Remaining Fixtures

Saturday May 31

WA v Vic Metro at Medibank Stadium, 11am

Saturday June 7

WA v SA at Medibank Stadium, 11am

Sunday June 15

WA v Vic Country at Fremantle Oval, 11am

Friday June 27

Vic Metro v WA at Simonds Stadium, 12.35pm (LIVE on Foxtel)

Wednesday July 2

Vic Country v WA at Etihad Stadium, 5.35pm (LIVE on Foxtel)

Follow the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships online at www.afl.com.au/u18sfeaturing live updates from the games, with an insider’s perspective on the best players, interviews with coaches and recruiters, and extensive video highlights packages. On Twitter: @AFLDraft

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