8 Queenslanders in Allies Clash with Vic Country

Eight Queenslanders have been named in the Allies side set to take on Vic Country in their first game of the NAB AFL Under 18 National Championships.

Five players from the SUNS Academy, along with three from the Lions Academy, will take part in the game.

For squad members not named, there is still opportunity to be selected for the remaining three rounds.

Both the SUNS and Lions academies recently finished playing in the Academy Series, which replaced the division two carnival for the first time this year.

The Allies will play at Blacktown International Sportspark in New South Wales, on Sunday June 11, at 12.30pm.

Further details: http://www.afl.com.au/news/game-development/nab-afl-rising-star-program/u18s





SUNS Academy:

Sam Davidson

Sam Davidson

Height 182cm, weight 72 kg.

Junior Clubs: Burleigh Bombers, Collegians (Sale) and ‘Sale and District’

Position: Wing, back flank, forward flank and centre

Plays like: Davidson likens some of his attributes to those of Collingwood’s Steele Sidebottom.

Comments: Sam has some genuine speed, which he uses to his advantage when he finds space. Enjoys taking the game on.


Brodie Foster

Brodie Foster

Height 180cm, weight 74 kg.

Junior Clubs: Surfer’s Paradise Demons

Position: Midfield or back flank

Plays like: Foster sees some similarities to David Armitage, in the way he maintains composure around the contest.

Comments: Foster has great game sense and seems to read the ball faster than his opponents; he’s been called a ‘natural footballer.’


Harry Simington

Harry Simington

Height 189cm, weight 85 kg.

Junior Clubs: Tamborine Mountain Hawks, Pacific Pines Power, Beenleigh Buffalos,
Fitzroy Lions, Broadview Tigers and Coomera Magpies.

Position: Midfield

Plays like: Simington can recognize some traits in Marcus Bontempelli, as they’re both taller midfielders.

Comments: Harry is a great kick of the footy, particularly when delivering to the forwards.


Kwaby Boakye

Kwaby Boakye

Height 188cm, weight 88 kg.

Junior Clubs: Brothers Rockhampton

Position: Half back flank

Plays like: Boakye can see some similarities with Adam Saad’s explosive speed and style of play.

Comments: Kwaby is quick over a short distance and provides great run off the half back line, but is also a strong overhead mark.


Brayden Crossley

Brayden Crossley

Height 198cm, weight 100 kg.

Junior Clubs: Burleigh Bombers

Position: Ruckman or forward

Plays like: Crossley likens himself to GWS ruckman Shane Mumford, due to being undersized for a ruckman, but making it up with competitiveness.

Comments: Crossley is tough and makes an impact at the contest. He’s also shown that he can drift forward and kick goals.




Lions Academy:

Jack Clayton

Clayton Jack2

Height 184cm, weight 77kg.

Junior Clubs: West Juniors

Position: Midfield or half back

Plays like: Clayton can see a bit of himself in fellow left footer and running half back Grant Birchall.

Comments: Jack is another one with some good speed and a handy left foot. When playing off half back, Jack reads the play exceptionally well.


Connor Ballenden

Ballenden Connor2

Height 199cm, weight 95kg.

Junior Clubs: Kenmore Bears, West Juniors

Position: Key forward

Plays like: Connor aspires to play like Gold Coast key forward Tom Lynch and admires his strong marking and skill.

Comments: Ballenden has the ability to take a big pack mark, but he’s also effective at ground level as well and is a great field kick. Contested marking is his bread and butter.


Jack Payne

Payne Jack2

Height 196cm, weight 94kg.

Junior Clubs: Noosa

Position: Key defender

Plays like: Payne likens some of his attributes to those of Richmond defender Alex Rance, mostly his strength in the contest and his kicking out of defense.

Comments: Payne has noticeable closing speed and has the body required to play on the gorilla forwards. He also has clean disposal and a nice kick out of the back half.




By Sean Melrose

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