Under 16 Championships Begin

Victoria will have vast representation at the 2012 NAB AFL Under 16 Championships this week, highlighting the diverse talent that the state has the opportunity to develop. 

The Championships will take place from the July 7 to 14 in Sydney’s Blacktown, home to the 18th AFL club, the GWS Giants. AFL Victoria will have a heightened interest with four different sides including Victorian representation. 

After more than a decade of the Championships, Vic Metro and Vic Country will continue to be the teams other states aim to defeat.

However, following the successful inclusion of the World XVIII and South Pacific teams in 2010, another exciting expansion will occur in 2012 with the introduction of two more teams, the Western Australia North West Academy and the Flying Boomerangs.

Victoria will subsequently have representatives in the World XVIII Team and the Flying Boomerangs side that will compete in an expanded Division 3 competition.

The World XVIII is a squad of players that have been selected to represent such diverse nations as South Africa, United States, Sudan and Denmark to name just a few. The squad of 25 consists of 12 Victorians. 

The Flying Boomerangs are made up of the best 25 indigenous players aged 14 to 15 years from all across the nation. Five Victorian boys made the side this year, the second largest amount from any state only behind Under 15 KickStart Champions, WA. 

AFL Victoria’s Community Engagement Manager, Xavier Moloney believes the inclusion of new teams will be beneficial for all levels of the game. 

“It is great to see the opportunity given to Indigenous and Multicultural participants who were involved in our local Victorian camps in April this year. 

“The Under 16 Championships provide an opportunity for all the boys to showcase their skills on a National level,” Moloney said.  

The 2012 NAB AFL Under 16 Championships will feature a three-match, round robin series in each of three divisions at Blacktown International Sportspark and Bruce Purser Reserve.

Vic Metro and Vic Country will face potentially their toughest competitors in the first round, taking on one another on Saturday at 2:30pm.

The World XVIII and Flying Boomerangs teams will also be going head to head in the first round on Sunday at 5:30pm.

AFL Victoria’s High Performance Manager, Anton Grbac believes the competition is the best initiation into the AFL Talent system.

“The Under 16’s program offers athletes with an avenue of formal entry into the AFL State Academy programs.

“It provides an opportunity to identify prospective talent and gives athletes a perspective of what is required at an elite level of the game,” Grbac said.

The U16 Championships are the beginning of the NAB Rising Stars Program and provides almost 200 players with their first opportunity to test their abilities against our country’s best emerging young footballers. 

2012 NAB AFL Under-16 Championships fixture 

Round One

Saturday July 7

12pm               Western Australia v South Australia Blacktown International Sportspark 

2.30pm            Vic Country v Vic Metro                    Blacktown International Sportspark

 

Sunday July 8

9.30am            WA North-West v South Pacific        Blacktown International Sportspark 

12.15pm          Tasmania v Queensland                      Blacktown International Sportspark 

2.40pm            NSW/ACT v Northern Territory         Blacktown International Sportspark 

5.30pm            World XVIII v Flying Boomerangs   Blacktown International Sportspark 

Round Two

Tuesday July 10

11am               Vic Country v South Australia           Blacktown International Sportspark

1.10pm            Western Australia v Vic Metro           Blacktown International Sportspark 

Wednesday July 11

10am               Tasmania v NSW/ACT                       Bruce Purser Reserve

12pm               Queensland v Northern Territory        Bruce Purser Reserve

4pm                 Flying Boomerangs v South Pacific   Blacktown International Sportspark

6pm                 World XVIII v WA North-West        Blacktown International Sportspark 

Round Three

Friday July 13 

10am               Western Australia v Vic Country       Blacktown International Sportspark 

12.10pm          Vic Metro v South Australia               Blacktown International Sportspark

 

Saturday July 14 

9.30am            Northern Territory v Tasmania            Blacktown International Sportspark 

9.30am            WA North-West v Flying Boomerangs          Blacktown International Sportspark 

11.30am          Queensland v NSW/ACT                   Blacktown International Sportspark 

2pm                 South Pacific v World XVIII             Blacktown International Sportspark

 

 

VIC METRO

 

Matt

Goodyear

Calder Cannons

Jack

James

Calder Cannons

Artur

Petryshyn

Calder Cannons

Paul

Ahern

Calder Cannons

Touk

Miller

Calder Cannons

Jake

Lever

Calder Cannons

Victor

Carboni

Calder Cannons

Peter

Wright

Calder Cannons

Rory

Sheridan-Ferrie

Eastern Ranges

Daniel

Nielson

Eastern Ranges

Jacob

Smith

Northern Knights

Zachary

Ballard

Northern Knights

Bailey

Jordan

Northern Knights

Lewis

Beers

Northern Knights

James

Lowe

Northern Knights

Daniel

McKenzie

Oakleigh Chargers

Bill

Gowers

Oakleigh Chargers

Alexander

Urban

Oakleigh Chargers

Darcy

Moore

Oakleigh Chargers

Marc

Pittonet

Oakleigh Chargers

Edward

Langdon

Sandringham Dragons

Angus

Brayshaw

Sandringham Dragons

Edward

Vickers-Willis

Sandringham Dragons

Sean

Mclaren

Sandringham Dragons

Liam

Duggan

Western Jets

Joseph

Blake

Western Jets

Billy

Myers

Western Jets

Jayden

Laverde

Western Jets

Caleb

Sullivan

Western Jets

Dillon

Viojo-Rainbow

Western Jets

 

VIC COUNTRY

 

Danny

Jones

Bendigo Pioneers

Jake

Maher

Bendigo Pioneers

Jaden

McGrath

Bendigo Pioneers

Daniel

Capiron

Dandenong Stingrays

Alex

Harnett

Dandenong Stingrays

Daylan

Kempster

Dandenong Stingrays

Tom

Lamb

Dandenong Stingrays

Nick

Dixon

Geelong Falcons

Hugh

Goddard

Geelong Falcons

Patrick

McCartin

Geelong Falcons

Blake

McPhee

Geelong Falcons

Jackson

Nelson

Geelong Falcons

Steven

Presani

Geelong Falcons

Christian

Buykx-Smith

Gippsland Power

Jordan

Cunico

Gippsland Power

Ashley

DiCiero

Gippsland Power

Bohdi

Walker

Gippsland Power

Lukas

Webb

Gippsland Power

David

Mennen

Murray Bushrangers

Brody

Webster

Murray Bushrangers

Caleb

Marchbank

Murray Bushrangers

Brady

Pritchard

Murray Bushrangers

Nick

Mellington

Murray Bushrangers

James

Richards

North Ballarat Rebels

Thomas

Templeton

North Ballarat Rebels

 




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