AS the postponement of all seasons commenced over the last few weeks, we head back to the pre-season where we sat down with a number of athletes across the country. In a special Question and Answer (Q&A) feature, Draft Central‘s Michael Alvaro chatted with Greater Western Victoria (GWV) Rebels’ Jye Lockett at the NAB League Fitness Testing Day hosted by Rookie Me.
It would only seem fitting that the nephew of Tony Lockett would ply his trade as a budding centre half-forward, and furthermore make the move down to Ballarat as he looks pursue footballing and schooling opportunities. The Queenslander is also part of the Gold Coast SUNS Academy and represented Queensland at last year’s Under 16 National Championships, booting multiple goals in two of the three games.
MA: Jye, how’s the day been so far?
JL: “It’s been good to see all the other teams here. Everyone goes out there and competes hard and I guess it gives a good indication of your athletic ability.”
Which of the tests are you excelling in or looking to improve on at the moment?
“I didn’t do too bad at the agility (test) but I’d probably like to work on my 20-metre sprint.”
How has the transition been coming from Queensland?
“It was good, I moved down just before last year and was in the Under 16s Rebels program. I moved into the 18s this year and it’s going really well.”
You enjoyed a pretty successful Under 16 carnival as well playing forward alongside Noah McFadyen, how was that?
“Yes, I love playing with ‘Nug’. He’s a great bloke and I think we work really well together, so that 16s Queensland side was real fun.”
Will you continue to represent Queensland and the Allies or transition to Vic Country?
“The plan was this year to play with the Queensland Futures 17s and go through the Allies program in my 18th year, but I’m not too sure about that just yet. I’m focused on this year.”
And you’ve come down for school as well?
“Yes, I got a scholarship at St Patrick’s College in Ballarat and have done Year 11 and 12 there.”
Who are some of the boys from there and the Rebels you’re looking forward to playing alongside?
“Ben Hobbs and Charlie Molan, Josh Rentsch – a few of the Academy boys. It’ll be good to play alongside them and learn off all their different skills.”
In terms of position, are you looking to move further afield in future?
“Yes. Centre half-forward is obviously the main position but anywhere from half-forward or deep forward, even pushing up the ground into the midfield or up on the wing is probably the next goal.”
Do you have any other goals for the year?
“Obviously if I can play really well in those Queensland Under 17 games then get into the Under 18 Academy and Allies (squad) and set myself up really well.”