AIS-AFL Academy Kicks Off
The AIS-AFL Academy Camp has commenced at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra. 25 TAC Cup players have been invited to join the Academy this year across the two levels.
The AFL expanded the elite junior pathway of the AIS/AFL Academy with the introduction of a two-tier model in 2011.
Michael O’Loughlin is the AIS-AFL Academy Head Coach and manages the Level Two program. This squad is made up of 30 players, who are turning 17 through the 2012 year and are therefore eligible for the 2013 NAB AFL Draft. The aim is to prepare these players for the step into senior AFL football.
Chris Johnson is the AIS-AFL Academy Level One coach. The Level One Program, which includes 30 players mainly chosen from the 2012 NAB AFL Under 16 Championships, has a directive to prepare players for the next stage of their junior career.
The 2012-13 AIS-AFL Academy Squads are as follows:
Vic Country - Jaden McGrath (Bendigo Pioneers/Kerang), Bohdi Walker (Gippsland Power/Sale), Daniel Caprion (Dandenong Stingrays/Edithvale-Aspendale), Tom Lamb (Dandenong Stingrays/Edithvale-Aspendale), Hugh Goddard (Geelong Falcons/Geelong Amateurs)
Vic Metro - Liam Duggan (Western Jets/Bacchus Marsh FNC), Angus Brayshaw (Sandringham Dragons/Hampton Rovers), Jake Lever (Calder Cannons/Romsey Juniors), Darcy Moore (Oakleigh Chargers/Kew Comets JFC), Peter Wright (Calder Cannons/Moonee Valley)
Vic Country - Lewis Taylor (Geelong Falcons/Terang-Mortlake), Billy Hartung (Dandenong Stingrays/Mornington), James Tsitas (Geelong Falcons/Grovedale), Matt Crouch (North Ballarat Rebels/Beaufort), Isaiah Miller (Bendigo Pioneers/ Sandhurst), Nicholas Bourke (Geelong Falcons/Kolora-Noorat), Dallas Willsmore (North Ballarat Rebels/Walpeup Underbool), Darcy Gardiner (Geelong Falcons/Queenscliff)
Vic Metro - Christian Salem (Sandringham Dragons/Brighton GS), Joshua Kelly (Sandringham Dragons/Brighton GS), Jack Billings (Oakleigh Chargers/Scotch College), Tom Cutler (Oakleigh Chargers/Trinity Grammar), Ben Lennon (Northern Knights/Ivanhoe Grammar), Cameron Conlon (Northern Knights/St Mary’s FC), Thomas Boyd (Eastern Ranges/Norwood), Marcus Bontempelli (Northern Knights/Marcellin)