Northern’s teenage dream

Ethan Penrith

Ethan Penrith was one of nine teenagers for the Northern Blues on the weekend. (PHOTO CREDIT: Eleanor Armstrong)

The ‘baby Blues’ were once again in action for Northern on the weekend, with nine teenagers fronting up in the VFL on Saturday morning.

Five 19-year-olds and four 18-year-olds donned the Northern Blue jumper against Footscray, with Patrick Kerr the oldest at 19 years and 11 months.

Born in October 1999, Ethan Penrith was arguably the best of the young group despite being the side’s youngest player. He was joined by fellow 18-year-olds Alex Federico, Jordan Johnston and Joel Naylor.

The youth has been a constant feature for Northern at VFL level this season, with 19 of their 49 players born in 1998 or 1999. Jordan Lynch, Jack Silvagni and Jacob Weitering (all born December 1997) aren’t far behind them.

The figure extends out to 31 players aged 21-or-under for the Blues so far this year, while the weekend saw the Blues blood a season-high for VFL-listed talent (15, plus one TAC Cup).

Mason Blakey has played every game this season for the Blues, one of only three players: 20-year-old Sam Fisher and ever-present captain Tom Wilson join him.

NORTHERN’S BABY BLUES VS. FOOTSCRAY
– Patrick Kerr (19 years, 11 months) — 13 disposals, two goals
– Jean-Luc Velissaris (19 years, 10 months) — Nine disposals
– Mason Blakey (19 years, nine months) — 12 disposals, four tackles
– Marcus Stavrou (19 years, nine months) — 16 disposals, five tackles
– Brendan Myers (19 years, four months) — 12 disposals, five tackles
– Jordan Johnston (18 years, nine months) — Eight disposals, one goal
– Joel Naylor (18 years, nine months) — Six disposals, one goal
– Alex Federico (18 years, nine months) — 12 disposals, six marks, three clearances
– Ethan Penrith (18 years, eight months) — 12 disposals, three inside 50s, one goal