The annual Under 16 State Academy Championships commence this Sunday, April 23 at the Moreton Bay Central Sports Complex, Burpengary.
Representative teams from Brisbane South, Brisbane North, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, North Queensland and South Pacific will compete in the four day carnival.
AFL Manager Talent and Academies NSW/QLD, Mark Browning, said the Under 16 State Academy Championships are a key component of the AFL Academy Program, which aims to identify and develop the skills of talented young players.
“These championships provide the boys with a high-level and enjoyable football environment that gives them an opportunity to hone their skills,” said Browning.
“They are fresh from their local AFL club Academy or Summer Training program and now have the opportunity to represent their region, which is a great experience.
“AFL players such as Dayne Zorko (Brisbane Lions), David Armitage (St Kilda), Jarrod Harbrow (Godl Coast SUNS) and Brendan Whitecross (Hawthorn) are products of the Under 16 State Academy Championships and we are looking forward to seeing the next crop of potential AFL stars in action.”
The Queensland Under 16 State Academy Squad will be chosen at the completion of the carnival and will go on to play in the NAB AFL Under 16 Championships in June.
2017 Under 16 State Academy Championships Schedule:
For online fixtures and rolling results: