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AFLW Under 18 Championships reviews: Central Allies

ALTHOUGH the Central Allies did not come away with a win, many players certainly showcased their talent and showed what they are made of. The side only met on the Saturday prior to the beginning of the Gold Coast carnival on the following Monday, which was two days later, so to scrape through with some admirable performances is a commendable effort considering the circumstances.

 

Key players:

Montana McKinnon

McKinnon had one of the strongest sets of hands during the carnival, taking plenty of marks in the back half and positioning herself well against opponents. She was great in a one-on-one situation, using her good bodywork to outmuscle opponents. Her kicks and tackling were also a highlight of her game and allowed her to be rewarded with a spot in the All Australian squad and a Most Valuable Player (MVP) award for her state.

Janet Baird

Named the Central Allies MVP, Baird proved how dangerous she can be with the ball in hand. Her run and carry across the ground was excellent and generated plenty of excitement during the carnival. Baird’s closing speed was also fantastic as she laid some bone-crunching tackles to stop opponents in their tracks.

Nikki Gore

A real leader on the field, Gore’s swift ball movement through the midfield allowed her to create many scoring opportunities. Her quick hands and precise kicking exemplified her excellent ball use and she was very deserving of an All Australian spot considering the fantastic efforts she has put in for the Central Allies.  

Esther Boles

The captain of the side and a player who displayed an incredible work ethic, Boles was sensational in the midfield. She went in hard at every contest and was able to display clean hands on the inside. Her kicks were long and penetrating and often helped her side to clear congestion.

Rachelle Martin

Although she only stands at 153cm, Martin was a highly dangerous forward for the Central Allies. She was able to sneak behind the pack many times to get the ball forward and she was able to use outside space well. Martin displayed a high work ethic throughout the carnival, displaying a constant aggression to win the football and create scoring opportunities.

Hannah Munyard

Munyard was an absolute bull through the midfield, winning the hard balls on the inside and displaying constant aggression to get it out to a runner on the outside. Munyard’s clean hands and long kicking were vital for her side and she excelled in both those areas. She was a player that never gave up and was at every contest trying to win the ball.

Katelyn Rosenzweig

A dominant force up forward, Rosenzweig enjoyed getting amongst the goals. She led well to the ball and often positioned herself well in one-on-one contests to take solid marks. She too had a long kick that created many forward thrusts for her side.

Tabitha May

Named Northern Territory’s MVP, May worked hard throughout the tournament to create run and carry in space. Another player who likes to tackle hard and she did so with intent, always trying to win the football.

 

RESULTS:

Monday July 9

EASTERN ALLIES 2.1 | 3.4 | 3.5 | 6.8 (44)
CENTRAL ALLIES 0.2 | 1.3 | 2.3 | 2.4 (16)

GOALS:

Eastern Allies: Lillian Doyle 3, Zoe Hurrell, Brea Quinlivan, Brianna McFarlane.
Central Allies: Arthurina Moreen, Katelyn Rosenzweig.

ADC BEST:
Eastern Allies: Lillian Doyle, Alyce Parker, Chloe Haines, Zoe HurRell, Brianna McFarlane.
Central Allies: Nikki Gore, Katelyn Rosenzweig, Esther Boles, Montana McKinnon, Arthurina Moreen.

 

Wednesday July 11

VIC COUNTRY: 1.1 | 3.2 | 5.4 | 6.6 (42)
CENTRAL ALLIES: 0.0 | 2.0 | 2.0 | 3.1 (19)

GOALS:
Vic Country: Lucy McEvoy 4, Molly McDonald, Nikia Webber.
Central Allies: Danielle Ponter 2, Katelyn Rosenzweig.

ADC BEST:
Vic Country: Lucy McEvoy, Nina Morrison, Jordyn Allen, Olivia Purcell, Nikia Webber, Sophie Van De Heuvel
Central Allies: Danielle Ponter, Amber Ward, Nikki Gore, Rachel Dunstan, Esther Boles, Hannah Munyard

 

Friday July 13

VIC METRO: 3.1 | 5.2 | 9.5 | 10.6 (66)
CENTRAL ALLIES 1.0 | 1.0 | 1.2 | 3.3 (21)

GOALS:
Vic Metro: Gabby Newton 2, Daisy Bateman 2, Britney Gutknecht 2, Cleo Saxon-Jones, Holly Bate, Madison Prespakis, Georgia Patrikios.
Central Allies: Danielle Ponter, Katelyn Rosenzweig, Rachelle Martin.

ADC BEST:
Vic Metro: Madison Prespakis, Georgia Patrikios, Daisy Bateman, Katie Lynch, Sarah Kendall, Eleanor Brown
Central Allies: Hannah Munyard, Montana McKinnon, Madeline Gault, Nikki Gore, Amber Ward, Madison Bennett

AFLW U18 Championships previews: Central Allies

SOUTH Australia and Northern Territory’s top footballers will form the Central Allies in a formidable outfit for the AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships. In the first series, South Australia won both its clashes against Northern Territory, but the top-end talent in both sides is clear. We took a look at the side’s key players and its upcoming fixture ahead of round two of the National Championships on the Gold Coast.

Key players:

Nikki Gore

An unbelievable young talent who took out the SANFL Women’s Rising Star award after a terrific season. The 17 year-old South Adelaide midfielder was named in the best a massive seven times out of a possible nine for her side, five of which she was deemed to be in the best two players in the side. Considering her team won the premiership and had the likes of GWS GIANTS star Courtney Gum in the side, it was a massive achievement for Gore to standout and expect her to be a shining light for the Central Allies in the upcoming national carnival. Not surprisingly, she made the SANFL Statewide Super Women’s League Team of the Year. In what was not a surprise to anyone, Gore was named South Australia’s top player from the first series against Northern Territory. Also joined NT Thunder for the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s competition and made her debut on the weekend, booting a goal against Collingwood.

Danielle Ponter

Already shining in the VFL Women’s competition for Essendon, Ponter has become a reliable mid/forward who predominantly spends time at half-forward while pinching minutes through the middle at times. A member of the AFL Women’s Academy, Ponter is looking to carry over her good form from the Victorian state league to be a crucial key up forward for the Central Allies. She has represented Northern Territory on 11 occasions so far and has won the Sharyn Smith Medal (best and fairest) every year in the Youth Girls. Ponter has famous bloodlines being a niece of Essendon legend Michael Long.

Katelyn Rosenzweig

The dominant goal kicker in the side, Katelyn Rosenzweig is the fifth tallest player in the Central Allies squad, and uses her height to advantage in the forward line. Against Northern Territory, she was the main target, booting three goals in both games to cause all sorts of headaches. Now in an even stronger team, expect her to work well with Ponter in the forward half. At senior level in the SANFL Statewide Women’s League, Rosenzweig booted a massive 15 goals from 11 games, including bags of four (Sturt) and three (Glenelg and South Adelaide). It will take a good defender to stop her and she will be one of the contenders for leading goal kicker in the carnival next week.

Janet Baird

Like Gore, Baird is an NT Thunder player in the VFL Women’s, making her debut earlier in the season against Darebin Falcons where she recorded 11 disposals, two marks and laid six tackles. Her defensive pressure is a highlight of her game and one of the key Northern Territory players to watch. She has great speed and is an exciting youngster who is a December-born player meaning still plenty of development left in her. At 160cm, she will be a pocket rocket around the ground that opposition sides will need to watch.

Esther Boles

A standout for North Adelaide this season, Boles was voted captain of the Croweaters ahead of the two-game series with the Northern Territory. In the SANFL Statewide Super Women’s League, Boles booted eight goals in 11 games, including six goals across four matches, named in the best on a couple of occasions. She has been know in the South Australian youth girls system since booting three goals against Norwood in the Under 16s competition back in 2015.

Abbie Ballard

If there is one South Australian girl to keep an eye on for the 2020 National AFL Women’s draft, it is Abbie Ballard. Before her 16th birthday, Ballard was already standing out in the SANFL Statewide Super Women’s League for West Adelaide, booting two goals in the final game of the season to be named best by her coaches. It was the fourth consecutive game she was named among the bests for West Adelaide, including two majors the week before. She might be the second youngest in the squad – born nine days earlier than fellow Croweater Teah Charlton – but she is expected to make a big contribution at the national carnival.

Rachel Dunstan

The vice-captain of the South Australian team played for Sturt in the SANFL Statewide Super Women’s League given her aligned club of Woodville-West Torrens were yet to have a side. She managed nine games with the Double Blues, named in the best on a couple of occasions and booting a goal. Her leadership will be important, as will her height in a side which is predominantly smaller – Dunstan is 168cm with 19 players below 165cm. In 2017, she played at the National Championships at half-back and is one of the better playmakers in the side, with impressive skills that hurt opposing sides.

 

Fixture:

Game 1: vs. Eastern Allies

Monday July 9 at Metricon Stadium

The first day will see the Central Allies take on fellow combined side Eastern Allies in a game they will go in confident they can win. The Eastern Allies have some serious top-end talent in Alyce Parker, as well as Chloe and Libby Haines, but the likes of Janet Baird and Abbie Ballard will look to counteract the taller side and use pace to run them off their legs. If they can control the ball through the midfield it gives their strong forward line a huge chance to kick a winning score on the big ground at Metricon Stadium.

Game 2: vs. Victoria Country

Wednesday July 11 at Broadbeach

Heading over to Broadbeach, the game against Vic Country will prove to be a challenging one. The likes of Tyla Hanks, Nina Morrison and Olivia Purcell in the middle will always cause headaches for opposition sides, and the good defensive outfit will be touch to kick a score against. Danielle Ponter could find herself lining up against Emily Haeusler – a defender who’s strength is in her one-on-ones and is quick, while Katelyn Rosenzweig might find Lucy McEvoy wears her like a glove. To beat Vic Country, you just have to be smart with the ball and make the most of your opportunities.

Game 3: vs. Victoria Metro

Friday July 13 at Bond University  

The final game of the week does not get any easier, with likely title favourites Vic Metro standing in the Central Allies’ way at Bond University. Madison Prespakis vs. Nikki Gore should be a thrilling midfield battle, while the Metro side is littered with class such as Georgia Patrikios up forward – who could well be a great head-to-head with Rachel Dunstan. The speed of Metro through Mikala Cann and Marnie Jarvis is sure to be a big consideration in team selection for the Central Allies, with perhaps Tabitha May and Janet Baird among those looking to cause havoc with speed the other way.

Mariners, Rams kick-off U16 Championships with victories

TASMANIA and NSW/ACT have started the National Under 16s Division Two Championships off on the right foot, with two wins on the opening weekend. In the three-week series, each of the four sides will play the other three teams, with the first round held at Blacktown.

Tasmania knocked off Queensland by 22 points with North Launceston’s Jackson Callow and Glenorchy’s Jye Bearmanbooting three goals each to be the difference on the scoreboard. North Hobart’s Jye Menzie booted two majors and was named among the best with the other two key goal scorers. But Menzie’s North Hobart teammate Sam Collins was named best on ground in the 11.9 to 7.11 victory, while Launceston pair Toby Upsom and Will Harper – the only two Blues in the team, were also named among the best. For Queensland, Darling Downs’ Jack Briskey and Cairns’ Alex Davies booted two goals each, while the Tweed/Coolangatta’s Sam Clohesy was named Queensland’s best player in the loss. Moreton Bay’s Tahj Abberley, Davies and Wests’ Saxon Crozier were also named among the best for the losers.

In the other game, NSW/ACT were too good for Northern Territory, running away with a 62-point win. Maroubra’s small forward Errol Gulden was the star of the show, booting five goals and was named among the best. Lightly built Manly product Cooper Wilson was the Rams’ best on the day however, booting a goal and always looking busy. Kye PfrenglePierce Roseby and Coopa Steele (two goals) were also named among the best in the victory, while 198cm, 94kg, Jack Cullen was strong up forward booting two goals and also named among the best. For the losers, 14 year-old Andy Moniz-Wakefield was the star, while Brodie LakeJamal Lynch and Clarence Baird were also impressive.

Tasmania 11.9 (75) defeated Queensland 7.11 (53)

GOALS
Tasmania: Callow 3, Bearman 3, Menzie 2, Barwick, Davis|
Queensland: Briskey 2, Davies 2, Gates, Johnson, McGory

BEST
Tasmania: Collins, Upsom, Harper, Menzie, Bearman, Callow
Queensland: Clohesy, Abberley, Davies, Johnson, Crozier, Bulley

NSW/ACT 16.9 (105) defeated NT 6.7 (43)

GOALS
NSW/ACT: Gulden 5, Cullen 2, Steele 2, Eynaud 2, Monaghan, Wilson, Roseby, Dunstan, Dignam
Northern Territory: Tipiloura 2, Ford, Jeffrey, Barlow, Rioli

BEST
NSW/ACT: Wilson, Gulden, Pfrengle, Roseby, Steele, Cullen.
Northern Territory: Moniz-Wakefield, Lake, Lynch, Baird, Brock, Rioli

In the Under 17 Futures match, Josh Rayner was the dominant player up forward for NSW/ACT in the Rams’ win over Tasmania. NSW/ACT won by 49-points with Rayner booting five goals in the victory, while Jackson Barling booted three majors, and over-ager George Kendall finished with the two. For Tasmania, Oliver Burrows-Cheng was named the Mariners best, one of seven individual goal scorers on the day. Others named in the best were Jack McCullochBailey Gordon and Tyler McGinniss in the loss.

U17 Futures:

NSW/ACT 14.11 (95) defeated Tasmania 7.4 (46) 

GOALS
NSW/ACT: Rayner 5, Barling 3, Kendall 2, Pope, Conlan, Edwards, Thorne
Tasmania: Burrows-Cheng, McCulloch, Reeves, Viney, Bailey, Peppin, Stuart

BEST
NSW/ACT: Parks, Rayner, Barling, Edwards, Thorne, Whyte
Tasmania: Burrows-Cheng, McCulloch, Gordon, McGinniss, Peppin, Shaw

Scouting notes: Under 18 Academy Series – Round 2

ROUND TWO of the Under 18 Academy Series saw some of the best talent in the 2018 draft pool standout. Sydney Swans, Brisbane Lions and Tasmania were the winners with our scouts watching two of the games over the weekend. 

BLAKEY & THOMAS STAR IN WEEK TWO OF U18 ACADEMY SERIES

Sydney Swans Academy vs. GWS Academy 

Sydney Swans: 

#3 Nick Blakey – A simply outstanding performance. Blakey was heavily marked during the game, but managed to rack up 20 possessions all around the ground. With nine shots on goal, he finished with a tidy bag of seven goals which consisted of set shots, on the run and a couple of snaps within the goal square. Blakey’s forward pressure was also a strong feature of his game.

#16 Josh Stern – Top-age Stern showed really good run and carry off the half-back flank and through the midfield. He won a lot of football, despite being outnumbered at multiple contests 2:1. He has some really good speed and agility, and showed this when he received a tight handball right on the boundary line, taking off and kicking a beautiful goal from the boundary line. 

#20 Samuel Thorn – Thorn, one of the bottom-age players, had a solid game through the midfield, his huge work rate a feature. Thorn applied pressure to the GWS midfield throughout the game with his chase and tackle getting under the skin of a couple of GWS players.

#38 Michael Carroll – Carroll, another top age player, was solid all day at full-back marking Riley Corbett who was a handful early on the game. Carroll was particularly strong in the second and third quarters when GWS had a run on, he worked hard repelling the GWS attack, spoiling many GWS forward entries and he rebounded the ball well by foot.

GWS Giants:

#2 Edward Perryman – The brother of GWS’ Harry, played a small forward role for the GIANTS academy. Perryman proved to be a hard match up for the Swans, with his speed, agility and small stature helping him inside 50, where he booted three goals for the match. 

#23 Matthew Walker – The AFL Academy member only played the first half after a bump on Blakey resulted in an arm injury which was on ice for the second half of the match. Walker had a nice shot on goal before the incident, but it was pushed wide.

#31 Riley Corbett – Corbett started the game at full forward and was involved immediately, leading into space and taking a few great marks. Corbett also booted the first goal of the game for GWS. He showed good mobility around the ground and when he switched into the ruck, the GIANTS begun to gain momentum in the middle of the ground and get on top. 

#34 Kieren Briggs – Playing centre-half forward, Briggs took some strong pack marks and kicked a great goal in the second quarter. He used his physical pressure around the stoppages and was rewarded with a couple of free kicks. Briggs finished the game with two handy goals.

Tasmania vs. Northern Territory (Ed Pascoe) 

Tasmania

#6 Chayce Jones – It was a typical display from Jones who played well in the midfield, tackling hard and hitting the contests hard. Jones’ attack on the ball led to many scoring opportunities for Tasmania, in the first quarter he attacked the ball hard, spun around and hit a lace out pass to a leading forward and this was what he did for most of the game. Jones was rewarded plenty of times with some hard tackles all over the ground. Jones has a surprisingly good leap which he showed with some good spoils and when he went for a spoil it stayed that way putting everything into it. An overall solid and typical game from Jones.

#9 Mitchell Anderton – There is not much of Anderton but you couldn’t question his competitiveness and ability to win one-on-ones. His defensive work was fantastic often making good spoils and competing hard once the ball hit the deck. Some of his attacks on the ball where just incredible and he was a major reason Tasmania were able to repel NT’s forward entries so well. Because of his size he may get overlooked for the Allies, but I do hope that he gets a run in the National Under 18 Championships so he can impress on the bigger stage. In terms of defending and skill it was one of the better performances from a small defender that I’ve seen this year.

#12 Fraser Turner – Turner was a workhorse in the midfield winning plenty of the ball on the inside while also working hard on the outside to keep involved. Turner was one of the most composed players in the heat of the game early on, often keeping his cool and working out of congestion to find a good option. His kicking at times wasn’t as clean as it should have been and I’ll be keen to see if he can improve this in coming weeks and for the Allies if selected. Turner did kick a nice set shot goal late in the game and kicking more goals could really give him a point of difference for the Mariners midfield. 

#13 Tarryn Thomas – Thomas was the clear standout player on the ground finishing with three goals, with two coming late in the game – with the game on the line. Thomas started the game in the midfield showing clean hands at the stoppages, he had some good roves at clearances and once he was on the move he got through traffic with ease. Thomas did plenty on the outside taking some nice marks and using his long kick to advantage. Thomas was moved to full forward in the last quarter, with one of the goals he kicked a classy banana goal on the boundary which showed why he is rated as one of this years best draft prospects. On the lead he was quick and just attacked the contest in the air, taking some brilliant marks from pure speed and desire for the ball, at times he would often come from behind defenders and work his way to the front to mark with pure desire.

Northern Territory: 

#22 Matthew Green – AFL Academy member Matthew Green showed a lot of his trademark speed and agility throughout the day, Green got plenty of the ball all over the ground and his voice around the ground was also very good always trying to assist his teammates. Green was very clean at the stoppages often picking up the ground ball with ease and giving off a slick handball, Green also worked hard defensively where he laid a great chase down tackle in the last quarter and could hold his head up high after the loss.

#23 Michael Mummery – Mummery spent a lot of his time in the midfield, he had a few good roves from clearances and stoppages. He also got to show some of his great movement in traffic especially late in the game. Mummery didn’t see much of the ball when forward, but he did take a nice mark from the side of the pack and kicked a nice long set shot goal and it would have to be one of the better set shot techniques from a player eligible for the draft this year. It was nice to see Mummery get some time in the midfield, but I feel he will excel for the Allies in a couple of months playing in his natural position up forward.

#36 Stephen Cumming – Stephen Cumming was the dominant big man of the game competing well in the ruck and pushing hard around the ground to be an option. Cumming showed surprisingly good skills for a big 200cm player, he was clean and sharp by hand & he took some great marks, finding teammates by foot. He won plenty of the ball around the ground and at stoppages right after a tap, his follow up work is to be commended and could hold his head high after the loss.

#37 Matthew Cumming – The twin brother of Stephen, Matthew spent all his time down back where he took plenty of intercept marks and used the ball really well down back. Cumming did everything you could ask from a big key defender, he took intercept marks, put on good spoils and he was clean with his hands and ball use. He worked in tandem with his brother in one passage of play in the second quarter which really caught the eye with both executing some slick handballs.

Nick Blakey and Tarryn Thomas star in week two of the Under 18 Academy Series

POSSIBLE Top 10 draft talents Nick Blakey and Tarryn Thomas have stood out in the second weekend of the Under 18 Academy Series (Formerly Division Two), with the Sydney Swans, Brisbane Lions and Tassie Mariners the winners in this weekend’s games.

SYDNEY ACADEMY VS. GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY ACADEMY

Nick Blakey stamped his authority as the best father-son/academy prospect in the 2018 draft pool, with a big bag of seven goals as the Sydney Swans Academy ran out 22-point winners over the GWS Academy on Saturday. With the match being played on the smaller Blacktown Oval No.2, it made for a contest match – but Blakey was able to find space in the attacking half of the ground, with the 195cm player standing out as the clear best on the ground.

The Swans got out to an early lead with three Blakey goals in five minutes, but the GIANTS came out hard after quarter time. However inaccuracy cost them, booting 3.5 for the quarter. The third quarter was a more even contest though GWS took the upper hand at one stage were within three points with a shot on goal that pushed wide. However, Blakey put the foot down in the final quarter, bagging another set of three goals in a superb burst of five minutes, taking the wind out of the GIANTS.

Blakey has the option of joining North Melbourne or Brisbane Lions as a father-son pick, after father John played 135 games with Fitzroy, before moving to North Melbourne, where he played 224 games. Blakey is also part of the Sydney Swans Academy and is eligible to join them as an Academy selection. Overager Sam Wicks (18 disposals), and Josh Stern (18 disposals) were also in the Swans’ best players, making it back-to-back wins for the red and white.

For GWS, Matthew Walker suffered an unfortunate arm incident during the contest, resulting in him being on ice for the second half. Edward Perryman (the brother of GWS’ Harry) played a very good role as a small forward, booting three goals from his 15 disposals. Perryman’s speed and agility were outstanding, while he was duly supported by 200cm tall forward Kieren Briggs who booted two goals, taking some strong pack marks during the day.

SYDNEY SWANS                                 6.4     8.6     9.8     12.13 (85)
GWS GIANTS                                       1.4     4.9     7.11     8.15 (63) 

GOALS
SYDNEY: Blakey 7, Barkley 2, Stern, Bartholomaeus
GWS GIANTS: Perryman 3, Briggs 2, Budd, Corbett, Kelly 

BEST
SYDNEY: Blakey, Stern, Wicks, McKellar, Reinhard
GWS GIANTS:
Perryman, Green, Beaumont, Rowston, Kelly

BRISBANE ACADEMY VS. GOLD COAST ACADEMY

THE BRISBANE Lions’ outstanding opening quarter led them to their first win of the Under 18 Academy Series for 2018, defeating the Gold Coast Suns Academy by 12 points. A seven goals to nil opening quarter really set the tone at South Pine on Sunday, with the Lions midfield brigade winning the crucial one-one-one battles during the day. However, despite the poor opening quarter, the Suns hit back with the wind in the second quarter and worked hard in the final quarter to outscore the Lions, but their slow start meant that the mountain was too high to climb.

Small midfielder Jesse Quint was outstanding on the outside, kicking the ball inside 50 on multiple occasions and hitting the scoreboard. Quint collected 20 disposals, eight marks, seven inside 50s and booted a goal, while inside midfielder Caleb Franks had a match-high 37 disposals, nine clearances, eight tackles and booted two goals. Franks is eligible for the 2018 AFL Draft and has put in two impressive showings in the opening two games, pushing his case for Allies selection. Thomas Griffiths (25 disposals) rebounded the ball well across half-back.

For the Suns, Bailey Scott again was in the best players, collecting 19 disposals, eight marks and booted two goals. Scott is eligible to be drafted by three clubs (as well as having the option of entering the open draft), as the son of former Cat (132 games) and Kangaroos (111 games) player Robert Scott is eligible for father-son both clubs, as well as being part of the Gold Coast Suns academy. Labrador midfielder Cooper Portelli had a team-high 25 disposals and eight marks, while Matthew Smith kicked three goals up forward.

BRISBANE LIONS           7.1       9.5       10.10   12.11 (83)
GOLD COAST SUNS        0.0       5.3       7.4       11.5 (71)

GOALS
BRISBANE: Franks, McFadyen, Tomkinson 2, Pettigrove, Quint, Matthews, Jeffrey, Smith, Ansell
GOLD COAST: Smith 3, Scott 2, Portelli, Katsiris, Haua, Wingrove, Burke, Miles

BEST
BRISBANE: Quint, Tomkinson, Franks, Stackelberg, Matthews, Pettigrove
GOLD COAST: Portelli, Smith, Scott, Gore, Stone

TASMANIA VS. NORTHERN TERRITORY 

NORTH Melbourne Next Generation Academy member Tarryn Thomas inspired his Tasmanian team to a thrilling 15-point victory over Northern Territory at Shepley Oval on Sunday. Thomas booted two goals late in the contest when the match was in the balance, finishing the day with three goals after starting the midfield. Thomas’ clean hands were impressive at the stoppages and he booted a classy banana goal right on the boundary which would’ve caught the recruiters eyes out at Dandenong.

Small defender Mitchell Anderton defended well, spoiling well on multiple occasions and competed hard when the ball was on the ground. AFL Academy member Chayce Jones tackled well and had multiple effective kicks in the attacking half of the ground for the Mariners.

The Northern Territory were led by two players who were out on their home deck, with Victorian duo Matt and Stephen Cumming lining up for the NT side. The pair were among the best players, with Stephen rucking well throughout the match.  Stephen was clean and sharp by hand, spreading well to take some good marks during the match. He found a good amount of possessions, showing good second efforts when he lost possession of the ball. Twin brother Matt played at centre half back, taking some nice marks overhead, including a strong passage of play in the second quarter where he executed some slick handballs alongside brother Stephen.

Michael Mummery roved the ball well in the midfield, while Rodney Baird was good in defensive 50.

TASMANIA                             2.4       5.7       6.9       9.13 (67)
NORTHERN TERRITORY      0.3       2.4       5.7       7.10 (52)

GOALS
TASMANIA: Thomas 3, Mundy 2, Rubock, Turner, Auton, Lane
NORTHERN TERRITORY: Stevens, Ferreira 2, Schwarze, Mummery, S Cumming

BEST
TASMANIA: Thomas, Anderton, Baker, Wright, Norton, Mansell
NORTHERN TERRITORY: S Cumming, M Cumming, Baird, Simon

Scouting notes from the games will be available during the week 

Queensland claims Under 16s Championships Division Two with undefeated carnival

QUEENSLAND has claimed the NAB AFL Under 16 Championships Division Two title, going through undefeated on their home turf.

Bar a close opening round clash against NSW-ACT, Queensland, led by coach Adrian Fletcher, was largely unchallenged throughout the carnival.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA CLAIM UNDER 16s CHAMPIONSHIPS DIVISION ONE TITLE

Kobe Tozer was one of a number of standouts from Queensland. The Brisbane Lions Academy member stands at 194cm, averaging 16 disposals, six marks and three goals per game at the Under 16 Championships. Tozer is very agile, marks well overhead and has some tricks inside 50. He presented well on the lead and was close to winning Queensland’s MVP for the carnival. Tom Wischnat was another star for Queensland with the 188cm forward using his big frame to help him outmuscle his opponents. Wischnat is strong overhead and booted eight goals for the carnival.

Mitch Fitzpatrick was Queensland’s MVP, playing most of the carnival across half-back. Fitzpatrick reads the play well and was able to rebound the ball efficiently out of the defensive half of the ground. A surprise packet was Hewago “Ace” Paul Oea, a Papua New Guinean prospect who kicked nine goals in the last two games. The forward showed off his speed and is a name to keep an eye on.

For NSW/ACT, Liam Delahunty was the clear standout. The 191cm forward won the Alan McLean Medal as the best player in Division Two. Delahunty booted nine goals for the carnival, including a bag of five against Northern Territory. He is a smart player who can mark the ball well in the air. Delahunty could develop into one of the better key forwards in the 2019 draft pool, and is tied to the GWS Giants Academy. Jackson Barling – the son of Tim Barling (who played 27 AFL games for Richmond and Sydney) possesses clean hands and has both midfield and forward craft. Barling has a nice set shot and moves well as a medium sized forward at 181cm. Sam Thorne won NSW/ACT’s MVP as one of their more consistent players right throughout the carnival. Thorne booted seven goals for the Championships and had one of his best games against Northern Territory at Metricon Stadium in round two. The small forward currently stands at 172cm and is linked with the Sydney Swans Academy.

Standing out in the number one guernsey was Tasmania’s MVP Jared Dakin. The 178cm midfielder/small forward showed some promise and has a good footy IQ. Dakin knows where the goals are, booting three goals for the carnival and was one of their best in Tasmania’s big win over Northern Territory. Midfielders Bailey Gordon and Will Peppin impressed in round one, using their smarts around the ground to get to the right positions. Tasmania won just the single game for the carnival and from the outlook it appears to be another bleak draft representation from Tasmania at this early stage.

For Northern Territory, all eyes were on Maurice Rioli jnr – with the 14 year-old Richmond father-son prospect providing good glimpses despite playing far outside his own age group. He found 15 disposals against Tasmania, using it well on his right foot, willing to win the ball in the contest. Rioli is already 176cm and 74kg, so will be interesting to see how he develops over the next few years. Possesses good vision and the signs bode well for the future. Their MVP Dominic Forbes played as a rebounding defender and is a skillful right footer. Forbes uses it effectively by hand and the 186cm player will be one of their possible draftees in 2019. Barrindi Ngurrwuthun playted as a ruckman, and, standing at just 190cm, showed off some very impressive athletic traits and is a player to track.

South Warrnambool teenager Jamarra Ugle-Hagan was the Boomerangs standout, showing off a decent leap and good agility – two traits that have boded him well having played basketball. Manfred Kelly won the World XVIII MVP.

MVP:

NSW/ACT: Sam Thorne
Queensland: Mitch Fitzpatrick
Tasmania: Jared Dakin
Northern Territory: Dominic Forbes
Boomerangs: Jamarra Ugle-Hagan
World XVIII: Manfred Kelly

2017 Alan McLean Medal: Liam Delahunty (NSW/ACT)

2017 NAB AFL Under 16 Championships Division TWO results:

ROUND 1

Queensland 13.13 (91) d NSW/ACT 13.8 (86) 

Goals
Queensland: Wischnat 4, Jefferey 2, Tozer 2, Gore 2, Scroulk, Budarick, Conroy
NSW/ACT: Delahunty 4, Barling 4, Thorne 2, Ellem, Wilks, Russell 

Best
Queensland: Wischnat, Griffiths, Liessi, Fitzpatrick, Budarick, Martyn
NSW/ACT: Barleing, McGrath, Gaden, Thorne, Delahunty, Edwards, Green 

Tasmania 19.13 (127) d Northern Territory 6.4 (40) 

Goals
Tasmania: Rand 4, Peppin 3, Green 2, Dakin 2, Turner 2, Gordan 2, Paprotny, Cooke, Ireland, Chaplin
Northern Territory: Gindikindi 2, Jeffrey, Ngurrwuthun, Rusca, Palmer 

Best
Tasmania: Gordan, Peppin, Reeves, Ireland, Burrow-Cheng, Dakin, Rand
Northern Territory: Brown, Braun, Rioli, Ngurrwuthun, Lampton, Rusca

ROUND 2

NSW/ACT 20.16 (136) d Northern Territory 1.10 (16)

Goals
NSW/ACT: Delahunty 5, Thorne 4, Barling 4, Ellem 2, McGuire 2, Swaney, Russell, Allen
Northern Territory: Gindikindi

Best
NSW/ACT: Grant, Delahunty, Thorne, Martin, Barling, Rannan
Northern Territory: Forbes, Jungfer, Rosas, Cole, Rioli

Queensland 14.10 (94) d Tasmania 8.4 (52)

Goals
Queensland: Hewago 5, Jeffery 2, Tozer 2, Reville, Wischnat, Joyce, Clayton, Maloney
Tasmania: Routledge 2, Burrows-Cheng, Dakin, Paprotny, Cook, Purton, Chaplin

Best
Queensland: Hewago, Conroy, Wingrave, Griffiths, Fitzpatrick, Fraser
Tasmania: Dakin, Turner, O’Neill, Reeves, Jones, Simpson

Boomerangs 16.10 (106) d World XVIII 5.7 (37)

Goals
Boomerangs: Canerdo 4, Gerrand 3, Ugle-Hagan 2, Lake 2, Johnson 2, Holland, Jetta, Bynder
World XVIII: Hawash, Haddow, C. Walker, Uwandu, Haley

Best
Boomerangs: Smith, Jeffrey, Jetta, Mallard, Canerdo, Lui
World XVIII: Western, Kelly, C. Walker, B. Walker, Chan, Haddow

ROUND 3

NSW/ACT 11.13 (79) d Tasmania 7.10 (52)

Goals
NSW/ACT: Barling 2, Russell 2, Delahunty 2, Mack, McGuire, Thorne, Parker, Allen
Tasmania: Chaplin 3, Walsh 2, Routledge, Simpson

Best
NSW/ACT: Kannan, McGuire, Delahunty, Thorne, Brewer, McGrath
Tasmania: O’Neill, Burrows-Cheng, Dakin, Simpson, Turner

Queensland 17.11 (113) d Northern Territory 6.6 (42)

Goals
Queensland: Tozer 5, Hewago 4, Jeffery 3, Wischnat 3, Gore, Marytn
Northern Territory: Ngurrwuthun 3, Brown, Bruce, Rioli

Best
Queensland: Fitzpatrick, Tozer, Moloney, Jeffery, Liessi, Budarick
Northern Territory: Braun, Jungfer, Lampton, Rusca, Rosas, Brown.

Boomerangs 10.12 (72) d World XVIII 9.10 (64)

Goals
Boomerangs: Ugle-Hagan 4, Jetta 2, Lake, Holland, Gallagher, Gerrand
World XVIII: Haddow 3, B. Walker 2, C. Walker 2, Kelly, Murphy

Best
Boomerangs: Ugle-Hagan, Smith, Mifsud, Jetta, George, Dwyer
World XVIII: Kelly, Haddow, Fuatimau, Western, Walker, Haley.

Vic Country and Allies share spoils in AFLW Under 18s Championships

VIC Country and the Allies remained unbeaten throughout the AFL Under 18s Championships which concluded on the Gold Coast last week to be the top teams in the competition. The sides played three matches through the week classed as round two, with both sides defeating Queensland, NSW/ACT and Western Australia.

In a standalone match at Simonds Stadium last month, Vic Country defeated Vic Metro by 27 points in what was expected to be a battle for the title. But while Vic Country went through the carnival undefeated, Vic Metro fell at the hands of Western Australia. Tasmania, Northern Territory and South Australia also competed in round one, with South Australia coming away with two victories and Tasmania knocked off Northern Territory by two goals.

The three sides – Tasmania, Northern Territory and South Australia – then formed the Allies and competed in the second round of competition, surprising rivals and coming away undefeated, having played everyone except the two Victorian teams.

Vic Metro bottom-age star Madison Prespakis was named the carnival’s best player. The Calder Cannons star is a member of the AFLW Academy and was a number of youngsters to stand out both in the TAC Cup Girls’ competition as well as on the national stage.

Prespakis and West Australian Courtney Hodder were among the best in the national carnival, but they still have 18 months until they can play an AFLW match meaning spectators will get to see them run around again next season. While Vic Country’s Eden Zanker earned the leading goal kicker award.

Tyla Hanks won the Vic Country Most Valuable Player (MVP) award while Eloise Jones (Allies), Alyce Parker (NSW/ACT) and Lauren Bella (Queensland) won their teams’ respective awards. It was no surprise that Prespakis and Hodder also won their teams’ MVP awards.

Vic Country’s dominance at the carnival was rewarded with 15 players named in the initial 54-player AFL Women’s Under 18s All-Australian squad. The next highest was Queensland with 10, while Vic Metro (nine), Western Australia (eight), Allies (seven) and NSW/ACT (five) rounded out the represented sides.

The 54 players will be divided into two teams and play a curtain-raise to the AFL Women’s State of Origin match to be played during the AFL ‘Celebration of Football’ between the end of round 23 and the first week of the AFL finals.

NAB AFL WOMEN’S UNDER-18 ALL AUSTRALIAN SQUAD

Defenders: Nikki Gore (Allies/SA), Kitara Farrar (Queensland), Ruby Blair (Queensland), Arianna Clarke (Queensland), Courtney Bromage (Queensland), Sabreena Duffy (WA), Rebecca Webster (VC), Courtney Jones (VC), Iilish Ross (VC), Bridie Kennedy (VC), Lucy McEvoy (VC), Georgia Clarke (VC), Olivia Vesley (VM), Georgia Ricardo (VM), Georgia McPherson (VM), Molly Warburton (VM).

Midfielders: Eloise Jones (Allies/SA), Chloe Scheer (Allies/SA), Mia King (Allies/TAS), Daria Bannister (Allies/TAS), Alyce Parker (NSW/ACT), Georgia Breward (NSW/ACT), Haneen Zreika (NSW/ACT), Gabby Collingwood (Queensland), Tarni White (Queensland), McKenzie Dowrick (WA), Courtney Hodder (WA), Sonia Dorizzi (WA), Darcy Guttridge (VC), Tyla Hanks (VC), Jordyn Allen (VC), Aisling Tupper (VC), Olivia Purcell (VC), Georgia Gee (VC), Madison Prespakis (VM), Maddy Guerin (VM), Olivia Flanagan (VM), Georgia Patrikios (VM).

Rucks: Jess Allen (Allies/SA), Ellie Delgano-Fixture (NSW/ACT), Lauren Bella (Queensland), Tayla McAuliffe (WA), Rene Caris (VC).

Forwards: Danielle Ponter (Allies/NT), Jordyn Jolliffe (NSW/ACT), Sophie Conway (Queensland), Kalinda Howarth (Queensland), Jemma Abott (Queensland), Emily McGuire (WA), Kate Bartlett (WA), Rosie Deegan (WA), Denby Taylor (VC), Eden Zanker (VC), Emerson Woods (VM).

The final AFLW Under 18 All-Australian side will be named at the conclusion of the game.

Full results from the AFLW Under 18 National Championships:

Round 1:

South Australia 9.4 (58) defeated Tasmania 1.3 (9)
South Australia 15.9 (99) defeated Northern Territory 1.3 (9)
Tasmania 6.5 (41) defeated Northern Territory 4.5 (29)

Queensland 3.6 (24) defeated NSW/ACT 3.3 (21)
Western Australia 15.9 (99) defeated NSW/ACT 2.0 (12)
Queensland 6.8 (44) defeated Western Australia 5.4 (34)

Vic Country 8.6 (54) defeated Vic Metro 4.3 (27)

Round 2:

Vic Country 4.8 (32) defeated Queensland 3.4 (22)
Allies 4.2 (26) defeated NSW/ACT 3.5 (23)
Western Australia 6.11 (47) defeated Vic Metro 3.2 (20)

Vic Metro 7.3 (45) defeated Queensland 3.5 (23)
Vic Country 6.6 (42) defeated NSW/ACT 2.3 (15)
Allies 3.7 (25) defeated Western Australia 3.2 (20)

Vic Metro 6.8 (44) defeated NSW/ACT 5.7 (37)
Vic Country 8.8 (56) defeated Western Australia 5.4 (34)
Allies 5.3 (33) defeated Queensland 3.8 (26)

Under 18 Championships Preview: Allies

THE ALLIES are in their second year of a relatively new Under 18 Championship concept bringing together the best players from the Under 18 Academy Series (Previously the division two championships) to play against the division one teams.

2016 saw top ten draftees Will Setterfield (GWS Giants) and Jack Bowes (Gold Coast Suns) run out for the Allies, playing against division one sides South Australia, Western Australia, Vic Country and Vic Metro.

Last year saw the Allies bookmarked as favourites by some for the title – but struggled coming together just before the championships started, finding it hard to play as a team. This year; a camp as a group and two trial games in the lead up to the division one carnival will hopefully allow the players to adjust to their new teammates and gel as a group.

While the squad on the forefront isn’t as strong as last year, the Allies are expected to put up a fight throughout the carnival.

Greater Western Sydney’s academy has the most members of any division two side, with 12 players included, followed by Gold Coast Academy (10) and Sydney Academy (nine). Northern Territory (seven), Tasmania (six) and Brisbane Lions (four) round out the other division two sides.

Among those named are first round prospects Jarrod Brander and Charlie Spargo (GWS), both of whom were ruled ineligible to be drafted by GWS through the academy system and placed on the open market. Connor Ballenden (Brisbane) is another pegged as a first round talent as one of the best key forwards in the draft.

The squad also includes two father-son prospects for the 2018 draft with Bailey Scott (Gold Coast) who is also eligible for father/son at Geelong and North Melbourne, and Nick Blakey (Sydney – also eligible for father/son at North Melbourne and Brisbane).

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Players to watch: 

Zac Bailey – Was one of the standouts for the Allies in their trial game against Vic Country – collecting 18 disposals, laying eight tackles and had five clearances. His work inside the contest is very good despite his small frame. Has enough speed to burst from the stoppages and can hit the scoreboard.

Connor Ballenden – The Brisbane Lions Academy member is a strong contested marking forward who plays well out of the goalsquare. Will likely provide some chop out in the ruck for Brayden Crossley and Nathan Richards throughout the carnival. Has a very fluid set shot routine and kicks more goals than he misses.

Jarrod Brander – Brander is a key position tall that can play at either end. His mobility is very good and he reads the flight of the ball well in the air. Has been kicking goals for Geelong Grammar at school football – but it wouldn’t be surprising to see him play at centre half back in the Under 18 Championships for the Allies.

Jack Powell – The GWS Academy member is a good two-way runner and is a clean ball user on his right foot. Spreads well from the contest and did some good things in the NAB AFL Academy game at the MCG. Had 16 disposals in the midfield for the Allies in their practice game against Vic Metro.

Charlie Spargo – Small bite-sized midfielder who cracks in hard despite standing at 175cm. Wins the contested ball and is willing to tackle hard to get the ball back. Played for the Allies in 2016, with a strong effort manning Vic Metro’s MVP Andrew McGrath at Etihad Stadium – collecting 15 disposals and laying six tackles.

2018 names to keep an eye on:

Bailey Scott – Good decision maker with ball in hand and wins the ball on both the inside and outside. Marks well overhead and was impressive for Gold Coast in the Under 18 Academy Series. Had 12 disposals and took four marks in the Allies’ trial game against Vic Country. Father-Son prospect to Geelong and North Melbourne, as well as being eligible for Gold Coast through their academy.

Nick Blakey – One of the leading players for the 2018 draft. Not only can play as a tall, but has the ability to push up into the midfield. Moves well and kicks it nicely on his left foot. Likely to play up forward for the Allies. Sydney Swans Academy member and father-son prospect to North Melbourne and Brisbane Lions.

Tarryn Thomas – Starred for Tasmania last year in the Under 18 Championships as an Under 16 player. Had some outstanding moments in the trial game against Vic Metro collecting 17 disposals, showing off his speed across half forward. Had very good vision and awareness to switch the ball deep inside 50 to find a free teammate at the top of the goalsquare. Is part of North Melbourne’s Next-Generation Academy.

FIXTURES

Round 1: v VIC COUNTRY – June 11th 12.30pm Blacktown
Round 2: v SOUTH AUSTRALIA – June 17th 10.10am Adelaide Oval (FOX FOOTY)
Round 3: v WESTERN AUSTRALIA – June 25th 12.30pm Leederville Oval
Round 4: BYE
Round 5: v VIC METRO – July 5th 2.10pm Simonds Stadium (FOX FOOTY)

Possible Round One team: 

B: Jake Hinds, Jack Payne, Kwaby Boakye
HB: Tom Highmore, Jarrod Brander, Jack Clayton
C: Brodie Foster, Nicholas Shipley, Sam Davidson
HF: James Bell, Nick Blakey, Tarryn Thomas
F: Hugh Dixon, Connor Ballenden, Jack Hardman

FOLL: Brayden Crossley, Charlie Spargo, Jack Powell
INT: Nathan Richards, Luke Robertson, Brendan Myers, Harry Simmington, Zac Bailey

Predictions: 

Finishing prediction: 4th – The Allies should be able to beat Western Australia and their tall forwards may cause headaches for other teams if they can win enough ball in the midfield.

MVP prediction: Charlie Spargo – The tough inside midfielder was the Under 16 Alan McLean Medalist, dominating division two back in 2015. Expect him to crack in hard and win the plenty of the ball.

2017 ALLIES SQUAD

No.Name
DOB
HT (cm)
WT (kg)
Club
1Charlie SPARGO25/11/199917373Murray Bushrangers/Albury
2Jack HARDMAN31/12/199917367Swans/UNSW
3Brodie FOSTER3/3/199917874Suns/Surfers Paradise
4Laine FITZGERALD16/1/199917978Bendigo Pioneers/Balranald
5Zac BAILEY23/9/199918068Southern Districts
6Jack POWELL15/7/199918075Giants/Ainslie
7Sam DAVIDSON6/5/199918070Suns/Palm Beach Currumbin
8Luke SKRIVANIC8/4/199918274Swans/Pennant Hills
9Jacob DAWSON3/11/199918280Suns/Palm Beach Currumbin
10James BELL10/2/199918375Swans/UNSW
11Brendan MYERS10/2/199918380Giants/Wagga Tigers
12Adam SAMBONO24/4/199718469Darwin Buffalos
13Bailey SCOTT9/7/200018470Suns/Broadbeach Cats
14Jack CLAYTON25/2/199918477Lions/Wests Juniors
15Jake BROWN19/3/199818576Swans/St George
16Thomas MUNDY23/11/199918579Burnie
17Jy LANE21/3/199918578Murray Bushrangers/Corowa
18Jake HINDS7/5/199918678Launceston
19Doulton LANGLANDS29/7/199918780Murray Bushrangers/North Albury
20Nicholas HUTCHINSON21/5/199918780Hobart City
21Damien BURKE21/1/199918883Suns/Cape York Eagles
22Tarryn THOMAS25/3/200018971North Launceston
23Luke ROBERTSON7/5/199818985Swans/North Shore
24Kwaby BOAKYE16/3/199918888Suns/Broadbeach Cats
25Harry SIMINGTON28/3/199918985Suns/Labrador Tigers
26Nicholas SHIPLEY25/6/199919090Giants/St George
27Matthew GREEN5/5/200019067Sporties Spitfires
28Harrison CARR9/2/199819087Swans/North Shore
29Michael CARROLL18/6/199919185Swans/Pennant Hills
30Caleb GRAHAM12/9/200019282Suns/Palm Beach Currumbin
31Tom HIGHMORE24/2/199819282Giants/Marist
32Zac BUECHNER**5/3/199819290Clarence
33Jarrod BRANDER11/2/199919489Bendigo Pioneers/Wentworth
34Nicholas BLAKEY27/2/200019475Swans/UNSW
35Hugh DIXON26/2/199919592Kingborough Tigers
36Jack PAYNE15/10/199919593Lions/Noosa
37Alex PAECH17/6/199919699Murray Bushrangers/North Albury
38Connor BALLENDEN29/3/199919995Lions/Wests Juniors
39Brayden CROSSLEY16/8/1999198105Suns/Labrador Tigers
40Nathan RICHARDS11/2/1999200102Giants/Griffith Swans
42Timakoi BOWIE4/4/199917580Suns/Cape York Eagles
43Jarrod OSBORNE29/12/199818079Swans/Manly
44Ben SLOAN27/8/199918980Lions/Mt Gravatt
45Rodney BAIRD1/3/199919272Palmerston
46Daniel JOHNSTON1/12/199919697Murray Bushrangers/Barooga
47Tony OLANGO2/9/199820080St Mary’s
 ** Zac Buechner was a late inclusion for Tasmania Chayce Jones

Allies announce strong under 18s squad

FOLLOWING the conclusion of the AFL National Under 18s Division Two Championships, the Allies have announced their squad for the upcoming division one championships. Greater Western Sydney’s academy has the most members of any division two side, with 12 players included, followed by Gold Coast Academy (10) and Sydney Academy (nine). Northern Territory (seven), Tasmania (six) and Brisbane Lions (four) round out the other division two sides.

Among those named are first round prospects Jarrod Brander and Charlie Spargo (GWS), both of whom were ruled ineligible to be drafted by GWS through the academy system and placed on the open market, as well as Brayden Crossley and Bailey Scott (Gold Coast) the latter of which is also eligible for father/son at Geelong and North Melbourne, Connor Ballenden (Brisbane) and Nick Blakey (Sydney – also eligible for father/son at North Melbourne and Brisbane).

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From Matt Balmer’s top 25 Power Rankings, the Allies have Brander (#1), Ballenden (#8), Spargo (#11) and Jack Powell (#15) in the squad. A number of the GWS Academy members are on TAC Cup lists including Brander and Laine Fitzgerald (Bendigo Pioneers); and Alex Paech, Daniel Johnston, Doulton Langlands and Spargo (Murray Bushrangers).

The squad will play their final practice games on Sunday 28th May.

2017 National AFL Under 18s Championships Allies Squad:

NSW-ACT (GWS Academy): Nicholas Shipley, Brendan Myers, Jack Powell, Nathan Richards, Jarrod Brander, Alex Paech, Daniel Johnston, Laine Fitzgerald, Doultan Langlands, Jy Lane, Tom Highmore, Charlie Spargo
NSW-ACT (Sydney academy): Luke Skrivanic, Nick Blakey, James Bell, Michael Carroll, Harrison Carr, Luke Robertson, Jarrod Osborne, Jake Brown, Jack Hardman
Northern Territory: Rodney Baird, Zac Bailey, Matthew Green, Jeremiah Scrutton, Tony Olango, Adam Sambono, Dominic Grant
Queensland (Gold Coast academy): Brodie Foster, Brayden Crossley, Harry Simmington, Jacob Dawson, Bailey Scott, Sam Davidson, Damien Burke, Timakoi Bowie, Caleb Graham, Kwaby Boakye
Queensland (Brisbane Lions academy): Connor Ballenden, Jack Payne, Jack Clayton, Ben Sloan
Tasmania: Chayce Jones**, Tarryn Thomas, Hugh Dixon, Thomas Mundy, Jake Hinds, Nicholas Hutchinson
** Jones has been ruled out through injury and has been replaced by Zach Buechner (Tasmania)

Level One NAB AFL Academy to play NZ Hawks

THE Australian Under 17 team as part of the NAB AFL Academy will return to New Zealand shores to take on the senior NZ Hawks national side in a one off game at Westpac Stadium on Monday the 24th of April.

Led by AFL National Talent Manager Kevin “Shifter” Sheehan and AFL Academy coach Luke Power, the team will fly out on Thursday before returning on Tuesday. The trip is the sixth time the Australian Under 17 side has toured New Zealand.

“We certainly look forward returning to New Zealand once again and building on the successful experiences of past NAB AFL Academy tours.” Sheehan said.

After five competitive matches since its inception in 2011, the New Zealand Hawks open age team will be looking to record their first win over the AFL Academy.

The Hawks team last played the Australian Under 17’s in April 2016 at North Harbour Stadium in Auckland where the New Zealanders performed well, but were heavily defeated.

Brisbane Lions three-time premiership player Simon Black will run out in the New Zealand team. Black has a rich history associated with AFL football in New Zealand, after being selected in the inaugural New Zealand Hertiage team in 2013. The past three years has seen his role move to a selector of the team in conjunction with fellow selectors Warren Jones and Wayne Schwass.

Black was considered eligible for New Zealand with New Zealand being his father’s birth place.

The New Zealand team will be selected from the AFL New Zealand Premiership which commenced on February 12, while the Australian Under 17 team will be made up of the members of the Level One AFL Academy.

Sydney Swans Academy member Nick Blakey has performed well in the Under 18 Academy Series so far, using his left foot well up forward, while Vic Metro’s Ben King will be one to watch in defence for the Australians.

Jack Lukosius (South Australia) and Sam Walsh (Vic Country) both performed exceptionally well at the MCG in the AFL Academy’s 20th anniversary match at the MCG earlier this month.

LEVEL ONE NAB AFL ACADEMY SQUAD

Northern Territory: Michael Mummery
NSW-ACT: Nick Blakey, Matthew Walker
Queensland: Bailey Scott
Vic Country: Zane Barzen, Jye Caldwell, Ajak Dang, Sam Fletcher, Hudson Garoni **, Sam Walsh
Vic Metro: Jack Bytel, Buku Khamis, Ben King, Max King **, Rhylee West
South Australia: Ruben Flinn, Jackson Hately, Jack Lukosius, Hugo Munn, Izak Rankine, Connor Rozee, Luke Valente
Tasmania: Chayce Jones, Tarryn Thomas
Western Australia: Jason Carter, Ian Hill, Tom Joyce, Sydney Stack

** – Currently injured

GAME DETAILS:

MON, 24 APR 2017

Start: 11.30am – 1.15pm (Local time, Westpac Stadium Wellington)

MATCH DAY TIMINGS

9.00am – Gates open

9.10am – Curtain raiser

11.30am – Kick off NZ Hawks v NAB AFL Academy

1.15pm – Estimated end of match