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The Central Otago Under 13 rep squad was selected on Sunday after a strongly contested trial at the Alpha St club grounds.

Coach Jarred Andrew says that “Cromwell and Alexandra have been given a unique opportunity to select a combined U13 team to represent the two clubs at the Football South U13 boys tournament in October.”

“The challenge now is to mould them into a cohesive team unit capable of competing with, challenging and ultimately winning against sides from the bigger Dunedin, Southland and Central Otago clubs.

“There appears to be a great level of skill, ability, positive attitude and the willingness to put the effort in to succeed. I am excited to see how this group of young men develop over the next two months and come together as a team.”

A number of players featured prominently at Sunday’s trial – perhaps none more so than 1.8m (5ft 11in) Alexandra goalie Archie Bruce – who turned striker in the second half and scored two fine goals. Reece Turnbull and Theo Laws (3) also scored goals while Ben Griffiths was strong in defence.

The Under-13 Central Otago rep squad selected is:

Callum Redgrave, Cooper Lerew, Archie Bruce, Nic Pieterse, Hamish Attfield, William Miller (all Alexandra), Ben Griffiths, Harlym Wilson, Luca Wilson, Sam Fluksa, James White, Kadin Greaves, Reece Turnbull and Theo Laws (all Cromwell).

Non-travelling reserves: Tayven Coudret, Blake Wallis.