RISING STAR: Former Maryborough Bears junior Bruce Reville in action for the Lions Academy and, inset, as a 15-year-old at the Maryborough Bears when he was awarded the Troy Clarke Scholarship.
RISING STAR: Former Maryborough Bears junior Bruce Reville in action for the Lions Academy and, inset, as a 15-year-old at the Maryborough Bears when he was awarded the Troy Clarke Scholarship. Contributed

The former Bears product in line for 2020 AFL Draft

AUSSIE RULES: Bruce Reville could become a top AFL Draft prospect in the next two years.

The 17-year-old was one of five Brisbane Lions Academy prospects named in the AFL National Academy - Allies Hub program for 2019.

Consistently strong performances in the Allies program could lead to a place in the 2020 AFL Draft, which will cap an extraordinary journey that started in Papua New Guinea.

Reville lived at Port Moresby and Lae for four years before his family moved to Cairns, where he spent the next three years.

When he moved to Burrum Heads as a seven-year-old, he came as a budding rugby league player. It was not long before he, under the advice of primary caregiver Julie and Laurie Sharman, picked up a Sherrin for the first time.

He started his Aussie rules career at the now-defunct Burrum Joeys and played most of his footy for Maryborough Bears. He spent his last footy season at the Fraser Coast with Bay Power in 2017 to earn experience in a senior competition.

"People were telling me I had to play A-grade footy and I know it hurt some of the Bears players,” Reville said. "It was a necessary move.

"I would've liked to stay and play for the Bears and I would've if they had a senior team (at the time).”

The former Bear moved to Brisbane this year to further his footballing career. He played for Western Magpies, who won the QAFL Colts flag.

Reville, a recipient of AFLQ's Troy Clarke Scholarship in 2016 and the Jim Stynes Scholarship, was also part of the Lions Academy, and dreams of the chance to play for any club in the AFL.

He represented Queensland at under-17s level, and has played at Metricon Stadium, Ikon Park and Blacktown International Sports Park, the homes of the Gold Coast Suns, Carlton Blues and Greater Western Sydney respectively.

He travelled across the country playing Aussie rules, all the while maintaining his eye on a career goal - or back-up plan should his AFL dreams come true - of becoming a marine biologist.

"I played in the academy series against Sydney, GWs, Northern Territory and Tasmania,” he said. "They picked an Allies team from that but I wasn't able to make it (due to his age), but because I played well I earned a spot next year.

"(At under-17s level) we played against Victoria Country where I was in the top five performers. It might've been that game that sealed my place.”



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