Brad Scheer joined an elite group of young talent, awarded the Alan McLean Medal as the U16 Div 2 best and fairest player.
The Palm Beach midfielder, also named as Queensland’s MVP, had an outstanding carnival, finishing off with a best on ground performance against the NT, joining AFL players including Michael Osborne (Hawthorn), Jordon Bourke (Brisbane Lions) and NEAFL player, Daniel Dzufer, as Queenslanders to win the medal.
Scheer took hold in the second half of the Maroons’ last match, finishing off his championships in the best way possible.
Queensland coach, John Rankin, said it was a pleasant surprise to see the medal awarded to oneo of his charges, after NSW/ACT took out the championships.
“I must admit I was a little bit surprised, I thought they’d give it to a NSW player, since they won the championships,” he said.
“But Brad is a very fitting winner.”
The 15 year-old plays with composure that belies his youth and Queensland U16 coach, John Rankin said Scheer has enormous potential.
“Everyone’s working with him to get a bit more urgency but in one of none contests he’s never beaten, he tackles really strongly and he’s just so creative with the ball,” he said.
“He does some stuff that some of the boys aren’t capable of in terms of bringing teammates into the game.
Scheer has worked hard on improving this season, after impressing in the state U15 schoolboys side in 2013 and it’s paying off, Rankin said.
“He’s stripped away weight down, he’s really worked really hard, got his work rate up and his fitness.”
Scheer will likely have the opportunity to play more senior football as the year goes on, with Palm Beach Currumbin in the QAFL, with the hope of cracking the state U18 team next season.
We had a chat to U16 Div 2 Alan McLean Medallist, Brad Scheer, about the honour of being selected, his gratitude to the coaches, and “The Perks of Being a Footballer”.
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