National honours for Sherwood’s Jaspa Fletcher

Sherwood / Brisbane Lions Academy player Jaspa Fletcher will fly the flag for Queensland this weekend today named in the NAB AFL Academy team that will represent Australia against Collingwood VFL on Saturday May 21 at Frankston’s Skybus Stadium.

Thirty players were originally announced in the 2022 NAB AFL Academy last December, with a further four players since added to the squad.

This is the 25th annual intake of the NAB AFL Academy, with this year’s squad including a selection of the best 18-year-olds across the country who will be eligible for the 2022 NAB AFL Draft, and nine 17-year-olds eligible for the 2023 NAB AFL Draft.

The players selected in the NAB AFL Academy have participated in an accelerated Australian Football and personal development program, established to best prepare them for elite competitions.

That included a high-performance training camp that was held in April.

The NAB AFL Academy match against Collingwood VFL will be held at Frankston’s Skybus Stadium at 3.00pm on Saturday. Only the 25 top-age players in the 2022 NAB AFL Academy will play in the match.

The squad will have a training session at The Hanger, the home of Essendon Football Club, at 2pm on Friday May 20, with a jumper presentation event to be held that night.

National Academy Manager and Coach Tarkyn Lockyer said Saturday’s match would showcase the elite talent within the NAB AFL Academy.

“The players selected in the 2022 NAB AFL Academy represent the future of the AFL and have been selected as recognition for their football potential,” Lockyer said.
“Selection into the squad is great recognition for all the players and continues to highlight the AFL as the first-choice sport for our most talented athletes. It is extremely pleasing to have all states and territories represented within the squad.

“Saturday’s game against Collingwood VFL will provide our most talented young footballers the opportunity to compete against a senior team and display their talent ahead of the 2022 NAB AFL Draft.

“I congratulate all players who have been named in the NAB AFL Academy and I cannot wait to see them in action on Saturday.”

Lockyer will be assisted by South Australia Under-18 Head Coach and Academy Manager Tony Bamford, GWS Giants Development Coach and AFLW Player Alicia Eva and Vic Metro and Oakleigh Chargers Head Coach Jason Davenport.

HOW TO WATCH: A live stream of the match between the NAB AFL Academy and Collingwood VFL will be available on the AFL website.


2 Jed HAGAN 15-10-2004 WA East Fremantle Brigades
3 Will ASHCROFT 06-04-2004 VIC M Sandringham Dragons Old Brighton Grammarians
4 Jhye CLARK 23-07-2004 VIC C Geelong Falcons Queenscliff
7 George WARDLAW 18-07-2004 VIC M Oakleigh Chargers St Peters
8 Oliver HOLLANDS 16-01-2004 VIC C Murray Bushrangers Wodonga
9 Harry SHEEZEL 13-10-2004 VIC M Sandringham Dragons Ajax
10 Jaspa FLETCHER 24-02-2004 QLD Brisbane Lions Sherwood Districts
12 Elijah HEWETT 27-05-2004 WA Swan Districts Caversham
14 Alwyn DAVEY 26-02-2004 NT Oakleigh Chargers Palmerston Magpies
17 Mitch SZYBKOWSKI 09-01-2004 VIC C Dandenong Stingrays Beaconsfield
18 Anthony MUNKARA 03-10-2004 NT NT Thunder /
West Adelaide
Tiwi Bombers
19 Elijah TSATAS 18-10-2004 VIC M Oakleigh Chargers Surrey Park
20 Adam D’ALOIA 9-04-2004 SA Woodville-West Torrens Henley
21 Lachlan COWAN 01-12-2004 TAS Tasmania Devils North Launceston
22 Sam GILBEY 14-05-2004 WA Claremont West Coast
24 Luke TEAL 20-05-2004 VIC M Oakleigh Chargers Glen Iris
25 Jason GILLBEE 15-05-2004 NSW/ACT Bendigo Pioneers Balranald
27 Max MICHALANNEY 26-02-2004 SA Norwood Glenunga
29 Matthew JEFFERSON 08-03-2004 VIC M Oakleigh Chargers Ashburton
30 Jedd BUSSLINGER 11-03-2004 WA East Perth Coolbinia
33 Harry LEMMEY 30-01-2004 SA West Adelaide Blackwood
34 Aaron CADMAN 03-03-2004 VIC C GWV Rebels Darley
38 Henry HUSTWAITE 20-07-2004 VIC C Dandenong Stingrays Rosebud
39 Tom SCULLY 02-11-2004 SA West Adelaide Lockleys
40 Jackson BROADBENT 02-12-2004 WA Peel Thunder Collie Eagles

The NAB AFL Draft is part of the NAB AFL Rising Stars Program, which supports grassroots players and football communities and helps young Australians fulfil their dream of playing in the AFL. 

The NAB AFL Rising Stars Program comprises the following elements:
• NAB AFL/W Rising Star
• NAB AFL/W Draft
• NAB AFL/W Draft Combine
• NAB AFL/W Academy
• NAB AFL/W Under-18 Championships
• NAB AFL/W Under-16 Championships
NAB has proudly supported footy for over a decade, providing boys and girls with a clear pathway from NAB AFL Auskick to the big time.


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