South Coaster Matt Merrilees has had a brilliant off-season, performing well at both his school house athletics carnival and the SIS (Southern Independent Schools) Athletics Carnival and also mixing it with the Melbourne Football Club.
He jumped 1.70m at the house carnival, equalling his PB. Then at the SIS carnival early in September Matt came home with 1st place in high jump, 1st in discus, 2nd in shot put, 3rd in 400m and 3rd in the 4 x 100m relay.
Throughout both carnivals he broke 4 Berwick Grammar School records for his age group.
Over the winter, Matt's passion for AFL saw him selected to try out with the Melbourne Football Club's Next Generation Academy. His athletics training has been complementing his football skills. We wish Matt all the best in his sporting endeavours.