Australian representation

Izach has played in every game and has had only 45 minutes on the bench, a testimony to Izach’s years of dedication, training and commitment to football IZACH CLEMENTS dream has always been to wear the NSW sky and dark blue colours and represent our state; he has recently achieved this and more.
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His talent for and dedication to his chosen sport of football (soccer) caught the selector’s eye at the State Championships in mid-2011 and Izach was selected to play in the Combined High School NSW team which travelled to Adelaide in August 2011.

At this tournament, the Australian Schools National Soccer Championships, the NSW team finished undefeated with five wins and one draw.

After the tournament the Australia School Boys team of twenty five players was selected from all of Australia’s state and territory teams, among those named was Izach Clements from Crookwell High School, NSW.

The players then continued to show their skills and determination to be culled to eighteen players – nine from NSW (including Izach), one from SA, five from Queensland, one from ACT and two from WA.

The 2012 Australian School Boys Tour of the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland took place from January 16 to February 5.

This was the tenth time that the tournament was hosted by the UK, Wales and Ireland.

Australia was scheduled to play against nine teams for international fixtures as well as club fixtures. The Australian’s day match strip was gold shirt with green shorts and the night match strip was dark blue with white trim.

Izach who played in fullback/defender position was named vice captain of the team and actually led the team out on three occasions.

He played in every game and had only 45 minutes on the bench, a testimony to Izach’s years of dedication, training and commitment to football.

Many of the games were played in below 10 degrees temperature with one game played in 2 degrees – very different and difficult conditions.

The players found it challenging to perform to their ability in this climate as well as play against different cultures, techniques and different formations but they all excelled to achieve the following results.

These young men did Australia proud by being undefeated throughout the tour.

Game 1 on January 18 – Australia 5 def St Columbas 1 at Clarence Park, St Albans Town FC

Game 2 on January 20 – Australia 3 def Welsh Schools 1 at Pontllanfraith Leisure Centre

Game 3 on January 23 – Australia 3 def Welsh Colleges 2 at Port Talbot Town FC

Game 4 on January 25 – Australia 1 drew Northern Ireland Schools 1 at Crusaders FC, Belfast

Game 5 on January 27 – Australia 3 def Republic of Ireland U18 2 at Oscar Traynor Centre, Dublin

Game 6 on January 29 – Australia 0 drew England Schoolboys 0 at AFC Wulfrunians, Wolverhampton

Game 7 on January 30 – Australia 3 def England Independent Schools 2 at Holmes Park, Leicestershire FA, Leicester

Game 8 on January 31 – Australia 2 def British Colleges 0 at Solihull Moors FC, Birmingham

Game 9 on February 2 – Australia vs Forest Green Rovers FC – Cancelled due to frozen pitch (now that’s cold).

School Sports Australia tour manager, Greg Best, stated that this result had never been achieved before.

The National Football Secretary of School Sports Australia quoted “there are few greater rewards and honours than representing your country in your chosen sport, these memories and experiences will be carried with you for the rest of your life.”

Izach’s current Club is Canberra FC and he is undertaking courses at Canberra Institute of Technology.

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