Gridiron: Perth Blitz trio picked in Australian under-19 World Championships squad


Thomas Paskov, Harrison Hobson and Munya Matema will represent Australia at the under-19 gridiron World Championship.
Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au   d479510
Thomas Paskov, Harrison Hobson and Munya Matema will represent Australia at the under-19 gridiron World Championship. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d479510

FRESH off their Westbowl success, three Perth Blitz junior players are gearing up for the World Championship this year.

Wide receivers Thomas Paskov (18), Munyaradzi “Munya” Matema (17) and defensive lineman Harrison Hobson (17) are in the under-19 Australian Outback Squad for the championship in Mexico in July.

The three players travelled to the Sunshine Coast during the Australia Day weekend to try out for the side and were chosen in the 45-person squad.

Paskov, of Spearwood, said the athletes took part in training drills and scrimmages.

“It was very hot and humid; there were a few people who had to sit out with heatstroke,” he said.

“They push you pretty hard but the coaches make you into a better player and it definitely helped when we came back to the Blitz.

“I’m excited to go over to Mexico; it’s going to be hot over there but a great experience.”

Former Blitz player Ben Metcalfe is also in the squad after receiving a scholarship to play in the United States.

The nine WA players selected in the squad will train once a week at James Miller Oval.