Queenslanders named in 2019 AFL Rio Tinto Flying Boomerangs and World Team Squads

Yesterday the AFL announced the 2019 Rio Tinto Flying Boomerangs and World Team squads set to play two exhibition matches in Melbourne next month.

Selected by NGA Managers and AFL Club recruiters, following a state talent program and talent identification camp, the respective squads of 25 young men have been chosen based on school attendance, leadership skills, and football ability.

Queenslander Kaleb Baines has been selected to represent the state in the 2019 Rio Tinto Flying Boomerangs squad, with Jake Rogers and Emmanuel Kanda selected for the 2019 World Team.

Supported by Rio Tinto, the AFL Flying Boomerangs program is a personal development and leadership program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men aged 14-16 years old. Meanwhile the World Team is made up of the best upcoming AFL multicultural players from across the country.

Baines, Rogers and Kanda will fly to Melbourne on July 7 for a week-long camp where they will undergo a number of cultural, education and football training sessions, before going head-to-head in two exhibition matches at Trevor Barker Oval on July 9 and July 12.

AFL General Manager Game Development, Andrew Dillon, said the Rio Tinto AFL Flying Boomerangs and World Team programs play an important role in the development of the next generation of AFL talent.

“The Rio Tinto AFL Flying Boomerangs and World Team programs are vital parts of the AFL talent pathway system and provides a great platform for the next wave of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural talent to develop not only their football skills, but leadership skills which they can take back to their local communities,” Mr Dillon said.

“We’ve seen a number of elite AFL players come through these programs over the years and we look forward to witnessing the next stage of development for these players, coaches, and umpires when they arrive in Melbourne next month,” Mr Dillon said.

AFL Queensland Diversity Talent Coordinator, Peter Yaqmoor, said each player selected has demonstrated strong football and schooling performances.

“Each player has hit the targets set by the AFL Queensland talent department and the AFL,” Mr Yagmoor said.

“I’m sure they will do Queensland proud.

“It will be a fantastic week for all of the participants as they will learn about AFL, culture and life experiences.”

Rio Tinto is the principal partner to all the AFL’s Indigenous Programs. Rio Tinto is one of Australia’s largest employers of Indigenous people, employing some 1500 Aboriginal and Torres Strait men and women across the nation.

See below for a list of this year’s squads: 
2019 Rio Tinto Flying Boomerangs

Kaleb Baines                      (QLD)
­­­Alonzo Nelson                    (NT)
Tyrel Martin                        (NT)
Alwyn Davey                      (NT)
Jayden Davey                    (NT)
Jack Peris                          (NT)
Kobe Knight                       (VIC)
Jai McGough                      (VIC)
Zach Dwyer                        (VIC)
Darrnell Edwards                (VIC)
Tyrese Pomponio               (VIC)
Kydan Atkinson                  (VIC)
Domenic Hay                     (TAS)
Ryley Sanders                   (TAS)
Jaiden Dennie-Richards    (SA)
Isaac Keeler                       (SA)
Callan McKenzie                (SA)
Brandon Jackson-Martin    (SA)
Tarrant Lihou                      (NSW)
Brodi Williams                    (NSW)
Lachlan Fitzpatrick             (NSW)
Luke Mowajuwalai             (WA)
Dallas McAdam                  (WA)
Jackson Callope                (WA)
Lance Collard                    (WA)
2019 World Team

Jake Rogers                       (QLD)
Emmanuel Kanda              (QLD)
Xavier Vallejo                     (NT)
Conall McCormack            (TAS)
Nathan Barkla                    (SA)
Mehdi Ghulami                   (SA)
Ayden Pribanic                   (SA)
Charbel Oueiss                  (SA)
Bililign Robertson              (NSW)
Elijah Brennan                  (NSW)
Cheyyo Robertson            (NSW)
Ahren Stimson Burgess    (NSW)
Ethan Glassborow            (WA)
Jasper Scaife                    (WA)
Chase Bourne                   (WA)
Israel Haliyamutu              (WA)
Prince Pommet                 (WA)
James Apted                     (VIC)
Jordan Nguyen                 (VIC)
Matthew Foley                  (VIC)
Ayui Makieng                    (VIC)
Joshua Bennetts               (VIC)
Malakai Nico                     (VIC)
Noah Saad                        (VIC)

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