Three Port Pirie boys, involved in the State Identification Program for the SA Junior Soccer Association, are in the top 80 junior soccer players in South Australia.
Mitchell Boehm, Darcy Greig and goalkeeper Noah Mathews took part in an gruelling play-off that began in June. At that time they were involved in the state carnival at West beach.
As a result, they were chosen among 120 players in six nine-a-side teams and helped to form a country team competing against the other Metropolitan teams.
Next step was play-offs at Angle Park and selection among 80 players in four teams which competed in recent weeks.
Noah was chosen to qualify for specialised goal-keeping training while the others were content to have achieved their elite ranking.
The boys are good friends and play for the under 12 Northern Demons development team.
Mitchell was late on the scene having been originally earmarked while in the Whyalla competition.
His father Ian Boehm said he was proud as a Dad as well as impressed with his son'S team-mates.
Northern Demons' director of juniors Dominic Sciancalepore said the boys were obviously talented and had the drive to succeed.
Mitchell, a striker, said it was good to be involved at the elite level while Noah said he was "excited for what is to come".
Darcy said his involvement was "fantastic".
All boys said they would try hard for Port Pirie.