2013-14 AIS-AFL Academy Squads

THE 2013-14 AIS-AFL Academy Level One and Level Two Squads have been announced, with 29 TAC Cup players selected from the 61 squad members named.

The AIS-AFL Academy commenced in 1997. Since that time, 33 graduates have played in a premiership, 25 have been named an All-Australian at least once, 18 have won their club’s best and fairest, 11 have been the number one selection at the NAB AFL Draft, four have won the NAB AFL Rising Star and three have won the Norm Smith Medal.   

In 2013 there are 204 AIS-AFL Academy graudates on AFL lists. These players have played a combined 13,827 AFL games and have kicked 9507 goals. 

National and International Talent Manager Kevin Sheehan said the Academy program prepares players for the rigours of AFL football. 

“The players will experience elite training and mentoring that will help their development both on and off the field. Both squads will also represent their country overseas which is unique in our game.

“We are constantly striving to give the players the best preparation for life as a professional athlete,” he said.  

The Level One squad was selected following the NAB AFL Under-16 Championships. They will be coached by AFL Engagement and Talent Co-ordinator Chris Johnson.  

The Level One Academy features bottom age players, with 15 from the TAC Cup having been selected. The Dandenong Stingrays and Murray Bushrangers each feature three representatives, Geelong Falcons, Gippsland Power and Sandringham Dragons have two players each and Calder Cannons, Eastern Ranges and North Ballarat Rebels all have one player chosen.

Level One:

Darcy Parish - Vic Country/Geelong Falcons/Winchelsea
Nicholas O’Kearney - Vic Metro/ Calder Cannons/Kelior
Darcy Tucker - Vic Country/Nth Ballarat Rebels/Horsham Saints
Dylan McDonald - NSW-ACT/Murray Bushrangers/GWS/Albury
Rhys Mathieson - Vic Country/Geelong Falcons/ Bell Park
Jacob Hopper - NSW-ACT/Murray Bushrangers/GWS/Leeton-Whitton
James Parsons - Vic Metro/Eastern Ranges/Norwood
Josh Dunkley - Vic Country/Gippsland Power/Sale
Tom Wilson - Vic Metro/Sandringham Dragons/East Sandringham
Jacob Weitering­ - Vic Country/Dandenong Stingrays/Mount Martha
Kieran Collins - Vic Country/Dandenong Stingrays/ Langwarrin
Sam Skinner - Vic Country/Gippsland Power/Moe
Joshua Schache - Vic Country/Murray Bushrangers/Seymour
Dylan Atkins - Vic Metro/Sandringham Dragons/Mordialloc-Braeside
Gach Nyoun - Vic Country/Dandenong Stingrays/Narre North Foxes

AIS-AFL High Performance Coach Michael O’Loughlin will coach the Level Two squad. Players in this squad are eligible to be drafted in 2014.  

Ladder leaders Geelong Falcons lead the way with three players chosen, two players each have been selected from Dandenong Stingrays, Western Jets, Calder Cannons and Sandringham Dragons three players from Geelong Falcons Of these top age players, 14 from the TAC Cup have been selected. Bendigo Pioneers, Oakleigh Chargers and Murray Bushrangers all having one player chosen for the academy whilst have been selected and.

Level Two:

Jaden McGrath­ - Vic Country/Bendigo Pioneers/Kerang
Liam Duggan - Vic Metro/Western Jets/ Bacchus Marsh
Jackson Nelson - Vic Country/Geelong Falcons/St Marys’
Angus Brayshaw - Vic Metro/Sandringham Dragons/Hampton Rovers
Patrick McCartin - Vic Country/Geelong Falcons/St Joseph’s
Daniel Capiron
- Vic Country/ Dandenong Stingrays/ Edithvale-Aspendale
Jake Lever - Vic Metro/ Calder Cannons/ Romsey
Tom Lamb - Vic Country/Dandenong Stingrays/Edithvale-Aspendale
Nicholas Coughlan - NSW-ACT/GWS Academy/Murray Bushrangers/Albury
Hugh Goddard - Vic Country/Geelong Falcons/Geelong Amateurs
Darcy Moore - Vic Metro/Oakleigh Chargers/Kew Comets
Peter Wright - Vic Metro/Calder Cannons/Mooney Valley
Sean McLaren -Vic Metro/Sandringham Dragons/Hailebury College
Duom Dawam -Vic Metro/Western Jets/ Point Cook


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