Alex Dunnachie at Hawaii
Prokick Australia’s own, Nathan Chapman spoke with Peter Hanlon from The Age in this article about Alex Dunnachie’s progress in the US College System!
“CHAPMAN can barely believe it either, especially as the paperwork is being finalised on full scholarships for two other Melbourne teenagers who have also been up early on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday mornings, refining their techniques and hoofing ball after ball high into the sky. “This is huge,” Chapman said of the prospect of 18-year-old Jordan Berry (Eastern Kentucky) and 19-year-old Tom Duyndam (Portland State) being college-bound too. “Even in America, it’s not often that you’ll get a punter walk straight into a full scholarship. For us to get three guys across the line, it’s unheard of.” Dunnachie is rapt that Berry and Duyndam have been picked up too, as he says they’ve “all been in this together, being led blindly without really knowing what was going on”. For Chapman it’s validation of his own dream, that of taking kids who can kick but don’t quite cut it in the native code (Dunnachie tried out in the TAC Cup with Northern Knights, Berry and Duyndam the Calder Cannons) and turning them into punters. The goal is to produce an NFL-ready Sav Rocca at 24 instead of 34, and he’s off to a flying start. “These three are the exact target we’re trying to hit — kids just out of high school, who missed the AFL draft. We’re giving them another option.”