Jag is Darwin-bound with town’s help

The State representative team at the Barooga State Camp earlier this year. Narrandera Junior Eagle Jag Daniel-Alchin is fourth from the left in the back row.

The Narrandera community has gone above and beyond expectations, raising enough money for Jag Daniel-Alchin to go on the trip of a lifetime to Darwin.

Jag has been chosen from over 200 kids to represent the state at the School Sport 12 Years and Under Australian Football Championship, which will be held in Darwin.

Jag will fly up to Darwin on the 12th, but the team will begin their journey in Sydney.

This Friday the state team will gather in Sydney and get their uniforms at the SCG.

“He’s so excited about meeting his team in Sydney. They’re going to have their guernseys presented to them by the Sydney Swans,” Jag’s mum Carmel Alchin said.

The state team will play in Darwin for a full week until August 19.

As Jag is only 12 he was hoping to have his family with him in Darwin, and the Narrandera community has dug deep to make sure he isn’t alone on his trip.

“He gets to have his dad with him,” Mrs Alchin said.

“It’s nice and the family is really grateful. The community really got behind us, which is good. He sold all his tickets and then some people in the community made donations to that bank account. We’re just really excited and grateful that he can go.”

While Jag will have his father Andrew and another family member with him in Darwin, his grandparents and little sister will be in Sydney to see him off.

Jag was chosen to be part of the state team after playing for MacKillop at a four day carnival in Parkes.  The team made it to the final, and 24 kids out of 200 were chosen to represent the state. Jag has since attended the Barooga State Camp to train for the big week of football.

His family wish to thank the Narrandera community for their invaluable support, and for ensuring Jag doesn’t have to make the long journey by himself.

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