SOUTH Australia’s next batch of talent has been identified after 30 of the brightest future stars were named in the 30-player South Australian AFL Academy squad. Glenelg and Woodville-West Torrens have the most representatives with five players named in the academy, while North Adelaide and Sturt had four representatives each. West Adelaide, South Adelaide and Central District have three players each in the academy, while Norwood had two players named. Western Australia club, Subiaco even had a player named, with 2020 draft eligible talent, Taj Schofield relocating to South Australia – following his father, Port Adelaide assistant coach Jarrad Schofield – and making the squad.
Among those included in the squad are bottom-age stars, Will Gould, Cameron Tahey, Dylan Stephens and Daniel Sladojevic, as well as father-son prospects, Trent Burgoyne and Jackson Mead, and 2020 father-son prospect, Luke Edwards. 2018 Kevin Sheehan Medallist, Corey Durdin has also made the academy.
The South Australian AFL Academy will come together for its first camp on November 30-December 4, with players having access to high performance programs, with South Australian Under-18 title-winning coach, Tony Bamford to lead the Academy.
AFL Head of Talent Tristan Salter said it is an exciting time for the country’s best young talent.
“The new approach to the national Academy will ensure more of our most talented players have access to AFL facilities, while receiving the best quality coaching, high performance and wellbeing services in the country,” he said.
“Importantly these players will spend more time in their home state, with year-round first-class support that will enhance their opportunity to perform at an elite level through the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships.
“I congratulate all who have been named in squads today and I look forward to watching their development over the next 12-24 months.”
Kaine Baldwin Glenelg/Westminster College
Trent Burgoyne Woodville West Torrens/Henley High School
Jamie Coff Woodville West Torrens/Salisbury High
Will Day West Adelaide/Sacred Heart College
Zachary Dumesny South Adelaide/Sacred Heart College
Corey Durdin Central District/Tyndale Christian School
Luke Edwards Glenelg/Henley High School
Karl Finlay North Adelaide/Prince Alfred College
Damon Freitag South Adelaide/KICE Kingscote Campus
Oliver Grivell Sturt/Concordia
Will Gould Glenelg/Prince Alfred College
Joshua Hart North Adelaide/University of South Australia
Dyson Hilder North Adelaide/Blackfriars Primary School
Cooper Horsnell Glenelg/Henley High School
Jed McEntee Sturt/Mercedes College
Anzac Lochowiak Sturt/Rostrevor College
Lachlan McNeil Woodville West Torrens/Henley High School
Harrison Magor North Adelaide/St Mark’s College
Jackson Mead Woodville West Torrens/Henley High School
Jordan O’Brien Central District/Salisbury High
Kysaiah Pickett Woodville West Torrens/Prince Alfred College
Taj Schofield Subiaco/Sorrento Duncraig
Oliver Shaw Central District/Pedare Christian College
Brady Searle Glenelg/Brighton High School
Joshua Shute Sturt/Rostrevor
Jye Sinderberry West Adelaide/Unley High School
Daniel Sladojevic South Adelaide /Scotch College
Dylan Stephens Norwood/St Peter’s College
Cameron Taheny Norwood/Rostrevor College
Riley Thilthorpe West Adelaide/Adelaide High School