The AFL has announced that 28 West Australian players will be part of the 2018-19 NAB AFL Academy squads.
The expanded NAB AFL Academy Program will now see 150 players engaged in high performance camps conducted across five talent regions; Vic Country, Vic Metro, South Australia, Western Australia and Allies (New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory, Tasmania, Queensland and the Northern Territory).
The Academies will come together for their first camps in the coming weeks, with Western Australia's to be held from December 10 to 15.
WAFC State 18s Coach Coordinator Peter Sumich has been appointed as WA's Academy squad coach.
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.”
The best Under-17 and Under-18 players from the state academies will also have the opportunity to attend national camps. This will be overseen by Marcus Ashcroft and Luke Power. These activities include:
December 2018 - Under-17 Futures Game players to spend a week at an AFL club
April 2019 - Best 25 Under-18 players to represent Australia against VFL opposition
April 2019 - Best 25 Under-17 players to represent Australia against New Zealand
September 2019 - Under-17 Futures Game – played on Toyota AFL Grand Final Day
This is the twenty-second NAB AFL Academy intake. Since 1997 490 Academy players (81 per cent of NAB AFL Academy players) have been drafted to AFL clubs. Other highlights include:
WA Players - 2018-19 NAB AFL Academy
Jack Buller - Claremont/Christ Church Grammar School
Anthony Davis - Claremont/Hale School
Rhai Arn Cox - East Perth/Mt Lawley
Jermal Daly - Swan Districts/South Hedland
Riley Garcia - Swan Districts/Caversham
Mitchell Georgiades - Subiaco/Hale School
Denver Grainger-Barras - Swan Districts/Kalamunda
Liam Henry - Claremont/Christ Church Grammar School
Ryan Hudson - West Perth/Scotch College/
Luke Jackson - East Fremantle/Bullcreek Leeming
Michael Mallard - West Perth/Wanneroo
Nicholas Martin - Subiaco/Trinity College
Logan McDonald - Perth/Aquinas College
Nathan O'Driscoll - Perth/Northam Saints
Jake Pasini - Swan Districts/Caversham
Jaxon Prior - West Perth/Sorrento Duncraig
Trent Rivers - East Fremantle/Bullcreek Leeming
Deven Robertson - Perth/Aquinas College
Trey Ruscoe - East Fremantle/Aquinas College
Ty Sears - Swan Districts/South Bunbury
Elijah Taylor - Perth/Thornlie
Jack Sears - Peel Thunder/South Mandurah
Jeremy Sharp - East Fremantle/Aquinas College
Bailey Smith - Perth/Thornlie
Tyrone Thorne - Peel Thunder/Rockingham
Zane Trew - Swan Districts/Hills Rangers
Brandon Walker - East Fremantle/Kardinya Kats
Joel Western - Claremont/Western Tigers
Photo: Luke Jackson by AFL Photos