The NAB AFL Academy will give supporters a chance to see the top end talent of the 2016 draft in action, when they face Werribee’s VFL team on Friday night.
The match begins at 4.35pm at the MCG before the Collingwood and Richmond clash.
The academy travelled to America in January and spent time at the IMG Academy in Florida. The level two squad is made up of the best 35 Under 18 players in the country and they will be keen to put on a good showing in front of recruiters at the MCG.
Early names who have been thrown about as possible No.1 pick at the 2016 draft include West Australian midfielder Sam Petrveski-Seton, Victorian small forward Ben Ainsworth and NSW/ACT defender Harrison Macreadie.
The NAB AFL academy also includes eight players who are eligible to be selected as academy players for the eastern states. Highly touted prospect Harrison Macreadie, Tall midfielder Will Setterfield, Bendigo Pioneers captain Kobe Mutch and tall Zac Sproule headline the prospects available for GWS Giants to draft in 2016. Gold Coast are also set to have their first top 20 academy pick in their history with Brad Scheer and Jack Bowes both included in the squad. Brisbane Lions won’t miss out with athletic utility Jacob Allison as well as Jack Rolls in the academy system.
Victorians Jy Simpkin (four goals), Myles Poholke (28 disposals) and Will Brodie (27 disposals) impressed on the weekend and they will be keen on continuing their strong showing from the first TAC Cup game into the Academy matches.
Victoria is the most represented state with just over one third of the AFL Academy members.
A live stream can be viewed on the AFL website, while we will be tweeting updates via twitter @AFLDraftCentral .
Full match details can be found here on the AFL Academy vs Werribee Match page
NAB AFL ACADEMY SQUAD:
Vic Country: Ben Ainsworth, Josh Battle, Jarrod Berry, Will Brodie, Jarrod Korewha, Hugh McCluggage, Myles Poholke, Jy Simpkin, Alex Witherden
Vic Metro: Jordan Gallucci, Jack Scrimshaw
South Australia: Jack Graham, Peter Ladhams, Jonty Scharenberg, Steven Slimming, Jordan Sweet
Western Australia: Jeremy Goddard, Noah Hura, Sam Petrevski-Seton, Sam Powell-Pepper, Josh Rotham, Luke Strnadica, Jake Waterman
Queensland: Jacob Allison, Jack Bowes, Jack Rolls, Brad Scheer
NSW/ACT: Harrison Macreadie, Kobe Mutch, Will Setterfield, Zac Sproule
Northern Territory: Brandan Parfitt