31 March 2011
Ethan at Perth-Bayswater pre-season training
Young Perth-Bayswater halfback Ethan Carlisle has been making a name for himself this year with ambitions beyond the club's Under 20 side. The son of first grade assistant coach Dean Carlisle, Ethan has impressed at the top level and thanks to a couple of convenient injuries in the ranks of the professionals, seized the chance to turn out as reserve for the Western Force A team in several recent trials, winning a place on the tour to Melbourne.
The Emirates Western Force A team is a development squad that fields the Super Rugby club's professional players who do not travel to South Africa to play the Lions in Johannesburg and the Stormers in Cape Town, and aspiring players from the Bankwest Force academy.
The 18-year-old halfback appeared in the ocean blue against Sydney club side West Harbour in the curtain raiser to the big boys' pre-season scratch match at NIB Stadium -- won by Western Force A 45-7, and again in another pre-season hit out against Wanneroo at Kingsway on Friday March 18 -- won by Western Force A 14-7.
He was then selected to travel to Victoria to play against the Melbourne Rebels A team in the curtain raiser to the Rebels v Hurricanes match at AAMI Park on Friday evening 25 March, won by the Rebels A 30-24.
Ethan's other ambition is to be a Perth-Bayswater first grade regular for the 2011 season, which kicks off at Pat O'Hara Reserve against Rockingham on Saturday 2 April at 2.45pm.