There was a distinct air of tension at McGillivray Oval on Thursday as Glory's entire group of players born in 2002/03 participated in a Member Federation camp under the watchful eyes of the Joeys [Australia Under-17s] coaching team.
The camp, the first of its kind, provided new Joeys Head Coach Trevor Morgan with an opportunity to run his eye over the cream of WA's young talent, including a number of players invited from other NPL WA clubs in addition to the Glory contingent.
Those that impressed during a series of intense games and training drills will earn selection to the Joeys squad which is set to take part in the Under-17 Asian Cup later this year before beginning its campaign to qualify for the 2019 FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Peru.
"It speaks volumes that our entire 02/03 group were invited to take part in the camp," said Glory Football Director Jacob Burns who was on hand along with the rest of the club's Academy and Hyundai A-League coaching staff to watch the youngsters in action.
"Our lads acquitted themselves really well and we're hopeful that a significant percentage of them will succeed and earn selection for the Joeys ahead of what is a very exciting period for that age group at international level.
"We'll continue to work closely with Trevor [Morgan] and his staff as we always have and make sure that we give our elite players the very best opportunity to represent their country."
You can see our PGFC Academy Under-18s in NPL WA action on Saturday when they take on Stirling Lions.
Their game at Macedonia Park gets underway at 11am.
Photos courtesy of Bryce Conway