YOUNG Darcy Berryman of Fish Creek is showing his football pedigree with selection in the U12 State Schools Victoria team to compete in next week’s Australian football carnival in Queensland.
Darcy, who attends Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College in Leongatha, is the son of Geoff and Kym Berryman. He is also the grandson of Peter Weidemann and nephew of Wayne Weidemann, who both played VFL/AFL football with Collingwood and Adelaide. Darcy hopes to emulate their feats by playing AFL himself one day.
Darcy went through a rigorous series of trials to gain the honour selection. He was one of 1000 boys to try out initially. He got through to Gippsland selection, then country Victoria selection, then country Victoria versus metro Victoria selection, and was finally one of the 23 players selected to represent Victoria. Foster boy Zane Duursma, a teammate of Darcy’s in the Corner Inlet Stingrays, was also selected (see Mirror, 15/6/16).
Darcy plays football with the Corner Inlet Stingrays and with Fish Creek Football Netball Club.
The Australian U12 Football Carnival will be held in Maroochydore, Queensland, from July 23 to July 30, starting with a game against NSW.
Part of the responsibility of representing Victoria is an expectation that all players will sell raffle tickets provided by State Schools Victoria. The money raised will go towards helping with costs associated with the trip to Queensland. Darcy would like to thank everyone who has purchased raffle tickets. He is also very appreciative of the kind and generous donations from Fish Creek Football Netball Club, The Creekers and the Corner Inlet Stingrays Football Club.
The very best wishes of the communities of Fish Creek, Foster and district go with Darcy and with Zane as they proudly represent South Gippsland and compete in Queensland next week.