Vic Metro finalises squad for National U18 Championships

OAKLEIGH Chargers and Sandringham Dragons make up more than half of the finalised Vic Metro side heading to the National Under 18 Championships next month. The Chargers had 10 players included in the squad, with the Dragons just one shy with a total of nine members to don the ‘Big V’. Western Jets managed six players in the squad, ahead of Calder Cannons (five), Northern Knights (four) and Eastern Ranges (three).

The 37-man squad includes eight bottom-agers as well as three over-agers in Oakleigh’s Noah Answerth, Northern’s Mark Baker and Sandringham’s Joe Griffiths. Among the top prospects in the Victorian squad are AFL Academy top-age members Rhylee West, Curtis Taylor, Isaac Quaynor, Jack Bytel, Buku Khamis, Ben King and Bailey Smith.

With potential top five pick Max King out for the year with an ACL, the Metro side will look to brother Ben as a key target who can play at either end, as can bottom-age AFL Academy member Emerson Jeka. A midfield containing Western Jets’ skipper Xavier O’Halloran, Oakleigh duo James Rowbottom and Riley Collier-Dawkins, and Northern’s Tom McKenzie along with West, Bytel and Smith.

2018 VIC METRO SQUAD

No.
Name
Surname
DOB
HT(cm)
WT (kg)
Region
Local Club/School
1Jack Mahony 12/11/200117668Sandringham Dragons St Kevins FC / St Kevins College
2JosephAyton-Delaney25/03/200018068Oakleigh Chargers Camberwell Sharks FC / Xavier College
3ZakButters8/09/200018170Western Jets Darley FC / Maribyrnong College
4RhyleeWest12/07/200018080Calder Cannons Strathmore FC / St Kevins College
5MatthewRowell1/07/200118073Oakleigh Chargers Booroondara Hawks FC / Carey Grammar
6CurtisTaylor6/04/200018679Calder Cannons FCKeilor FC
7AngusHanrahan9/08/200018268Sandringham Dragons St Kilda FC / St Kevins College
8JamesRowbottom19/09/200018578Oakleigh ChargersCamberwell Sharks FC / St Kevins College
9DalyAndrews22/02/200018376Western JetsWerribee Districts FC / MacKillop College
10XavierFry8/08/200018368Eastern RangesVermont FC / Yarra Valley Grammar
11RyanGardner22/03/200118472Northern Knights Montmorency JFC / Montmorency SC
12TomMcKenzie23/06/200018476Northern KnightsFitzroy FC / Ivanhoe Grammar
13Lachlan Sholl7/03/200018577Calder Cannons St Bernards FC / St Bernards College
14IsaacQuaynor15/01/200018282Oakleigh Chargers Doncast East FC / East Doncaster SC
15BaileySmith 7/12/200018582Sandringham DragonsOld Xaverians FC / Xavier College
16NoahAnswerth6/08/199918282Oakleigh ChargersCaulfield Bears FC
17JackEvans21/03/200018683Calder CannonsAberfeldie FC
18XavierO’Halloran11/07/200018783Western JetsSt Bernards FC / St Bernards College
19JackBytel14/03/200018781Calder CannonsAberfeldie FC
20AlastairRichards9/05/200018778Sandringham DragonsSt Kevins FC / St Kevins College
21DylanWilliams1/07/200118882Oakleigh ChargersWhitefriars Old Boys FC / Whitefriars College
22JamiesonRossiter17/11/200118977Eastern RangesRowville FC / Rowville Sports Academy
23BukuKhamis24/03/200019081Western Jets FCSt Albans FC / Maribyrnong College
24NoahAnderson17/02/200119083Oakleigh ChargersBooroondara Hawks FC / Carey Grammar
25StefanRadovanovic7/09/200019285Western JetsKeilor FC / Maribyrnong College
26RileyCollier-Dawkins3/02/200019388Oakleigh ChargersWaverley Blues FC / Salesian College
27WillKelly16/08/200019383Oakleigh ChargersGlen Iris JFC / Scotch College
28BenSilvagni7/05/200019484Oakleigh ChargersGreythorn Falcons FC / Xavier College
29JamesBlanck20/11/200019580Eastern RangesPark Orchards JFC / Whitefriars College
31MarkBaker22/02/199919683Northern KnightsWhitefriards Old Collegians FC
32EmersonJeka18/09/200119888Western JetsAltona FC / Maribyrnong College
33WillKennedy18/06/200019886Sandringham DragonsCaulfield Grammarians FC / Caulfield Grammar 
34JamesRendell9/05/200019890Sandringham DragonsParkdale FC / Parkdale SC
35ThomasHallebone19/07/200020183Northern KnightsPreston Bullants FC / Parade College
36BenKing7/7/200020285Sandringham DragonsOld Haileybury FC / Haileybury College
37Joe Griffiths 28/5/199920390Sandringham DragonsOld Geelong FC
38FischerMcAsey 8/3/200119586Sandringham DragonsEast Brighton FC / Caulfield Grammar 

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