By AFLQ Media
The AFL has today announced the extended squad of 50 players for the 2019 NAB AFL National Academy Allies that will compete at the NAB Under-18 National Championships later this year.
Eight players from the Gold Coast SUNS Academy along with another eight from the Brisbane Lions Academy have made the Allies team comprising of footballers from New South Wales, the ACT, Northern Territory, Queensland and Tasmania.
Following the departure of coach Adrian Fletcher, the Allies team in 2019 will be coached by premiership player and current AFL Academy Manager Luke Power.
AFL Queensland Talent and Academies Manager, Mark Browning, was pleased by the 2019 squad announcement.
“A fantastic result for all boys selected,” Mr Browning said.
“The next challenge will be to play well in the trial games against VIC Country and Metro at the Allies Camp in Melbourne later this month.
“Based on performance hopefully a number of the 16 selected will get to represent the Allies in one of four games in Division One of the NAB National Championships.”
The squad of 50 players combines 30 players from the initial squad named in October last year with an additional 20 players selected based on recent form and fitness. The combined squad will play in practice matches against Victoria Country and Victoria Metro.
From there, the squad will represent the Allies at the NAB Under 18 National Championships later in the year.
2019 NAB AFL Under-18 Championships
Queensland players in 50-man Allies squad
Gold Coast SUNS Academy
Paul-Oea Hewago (PNG/Broadbeach)
Connor Buderick (Labrador)
Ashton Crossley (Burleigh/Palm Beach Currumbin)
Alex Davies (Cairns Hawks)
Jack Johnston (Palm Beach Currumbin)
Matt Conroy (Hermit Park Townsville/Broadbeach)
Joshua Gore (Southport/Broadbeach)
Dirk Koenan (Palm Beach Currumbin)
Brisbane Lions Academy
Tom Griffiths (Maroochydore)
Will Martyn (Aspley)
Bruce Reville (Western Magpies/Maryborough)
Saxon Crozier (Wests)
Samson Ryan (Toowoomba)
Kobe Tozer (Aspley/Bribie Island)
Noah Cumberland (Maroochydore)
Nikolas Haberer (Sandgate/Caloundra)
2019 NAB AFL Under-18 Championships Draw
Western Australia v VIC Metro
Saturday 8 June, 10.00am
Allies v VIC Country
Sunday 9 June, 1.30pm
BYE- South Australia
West Australia v South Australia
Saturday 15 June, 11.00am
VIC Metro v VIC Country
Saturday 1 June, 11.20am
Allies v South Australia
Saturday 22 June, 10.45am
South Australia v VIC Metro
Saturday 22 June, 1.10pm
BYE- VIC Country
VIC Metro v Allies
Friday 28 June, 2.10pm
VIC Country v South Australia
Friday 28 June, 4.40pm
BYE- Western Australia
VIC Country v Western Australia
Wednesday 3 July, 2.10pm
South Australia v Allies
Wednesday 3 July, 4.40pm
BYE- VIC Metro