Cowichan Valley Football Association

Seven on Selection List

by  Don Bodger – Cowichan News Leader Pictorial
posted May 22, 2014 at 12:00 PM— updated May 22, 2014 at 2:36 PM

Kain Melchior in action for the Cowichan Bulldogs. — image credit: Don Bodger/file

Kain Melchior in action for the Cowichan Bulldogs.
— image credit: Don Bodger/file

Seven Cowichan football players were singled out for provincial selection camps last weekend in Richmond.

From the thousands of eligible players around the province, the field was narrowed to 130 before further cuts are made for the B.C. Under 18 team going to Texas and the U16s heading for Manitoba.

The seven who put their skills on the line included:

Tyler Hudson — At six-foot-five and 235 pounds, the 16-year-old is an imposing force on the offensive line. He hides a competitive edge with a calm demeanour, bringing strength and smarts to his position.

Ryan Hennig — Another offensive line player, the six-foot-three 17-year-old guard has worked very hard to become a top player at his position, helped along by playing rugby.

Justin Hennig — On the defensive line, the 16-year-old is very strong and hard to move off the line that makes him strong against the run.

Kain Melchior — An all-around athlete who recently did very well at the Island high school track and field championships, the 17-year-old wide receiver is fast and explosive with great hands and fearless in coverage. He’s one of the best kick returners in the province, sometimes leaping defenders with a single bound.

Travis McDonald — The quickness of the six-foot-six, 220-pound defensive lineman has improved considerably, evidenced by his 1.8 second 10-yard split. His long reach and determination makes things difficult for opponents on offense.

Bailey Lamont — The 15-year-old linebacker is a great natural talent and very strong for his age. His amazing attitude and ability to adapt to what coaches tell him are important attributes.

Logan Swanson — Another 15-year-old, the offensive lineman can also play on defence. He possesses great quickness and strength.

The selection process to represent B.C. and Canada in football is very rigorous.

It begins with tests of speed, strength, football ability and attitude with sessions held throughout the province for various age groups before selections for provincial camps are determined.