Both Lachlan and Doulton are extremely talented football players.
Lachlan will play his 10th game for GWS in the NEAFL against Canberra Demond’s this weekend and has been fortunate enough through a lot of hard work and overcoming a tear in his ACL to travel each week with the 2nd grade AFL side.
Doulton has had a massive year with football and playing his second year with the Murray Bushrangers in the TAC Cup, which is the premier under 18 football competition in Australia. Doulton’s good form for the Bushrangers, which included being named best bottom age player in his first year, led to him being selected in the Giants Academy side in the Division 2 National Championships. These games included travel to Sydney and Tasmania.
Doulton was then selected in the Allies team to play in the Division 1 National Championships. The Allies team was a selection of the best players from NSW, the ACT, Queensland, the Northern Territory and Tasmania. He played the final 2 games of this series, in Perth and Geelong and has also played for the GWS Giants reserves side against the Sydney Swans reserves.
From Sydney to Darwin, Gold Coast and many more, Lachlan and Doulton have managed to juggle studying on flights to sitting trial exams for the HSC this week, Lachlan, with a black eye.
Lachlan and Doulton have been very fortunate to play along side many great AFL role models such as Bret Deledio, and great ex Xavier students Lachie Tisiani and Zac Sproul.
The dedication from both students to their studies and their dreams of football is one to be applauded. The selection process to make certain squads in football alone is exhaustive.
Both Doulton and Lachlan have had make many sacrifices on a weekly basis to be able be involved in all this. Xavier High School is very proud of both these students dedication and efforts and will support their sporting dreams along side their academic education.
We wish them both the very best.