South Australia announces 2023 Talent Hub
SOUTH Australia’s most promising AFL Draft prospects for the next two years have been named in the state’s 2023 Talent Hub announced today. A total of 45 players were named in the squad, which was headlined by 13 under-agers who are not eligible until the 2024 AFL National Draft.
Among those under-agers are potential father-son prospects Tyler Welsh (Adelaide), Lucas Camporeale (Carlton), Rome Burgoyne and Louie Montgomery (Port Adelaide). They were not the only father-son eligible players named, with top-age draft hopeful Will McCabe (Hawthorn) among the top South Australian prospects for next year.
Looking at the 2023 AFL Draft crop, a few names to remember include South Australian excitement machine Jack Delean, Glenelg ball-winner Ben Ridgway, Eagles’ forward Patrick Weckert, Sturt duo Alex Holt and Luca Slade and West Adelaide’s Will Patton. However the top South Australian prospect at this stage is Glenelg high-flyer, Ashton Moir. Among the pick one contenders, Moir has proven himself at the Under 18 Championships with his remarkable athleticism – in particular his leap – and X-factor when inside 50.
In terms of club representation, Woodville-West Torrens have a league-high 10 representatives in the 45-player squad, with Sturt (eight) and Glenelg (seven) also impressive. South Adelaide (five), Central District, North Adelaide and Norwood (all four) and West Adelaide (three) round out the sides.
The 2023 South Australian Talent Hub will take place in two separate camps, the first of which will run from December 5-9, and the second from January 16-20. There, the athletes will complete a balance of on-field tests and off-field education to prepare them for a huge 2023 and for some, 2024. The squad for the AFL Under 18 Championships is often chosen from the Talent Hub, though early season performances from eligible players can change selectors minds.
2023 South Australian Under 18 State Talent Hub:
|PLAYER||DATE OF BIRTH||SANFL CLUB|
|Liam Fawcett||22/4/2005||Central District|
|Jayden Matz||23/4/2005||Central District|
|Will McCabe||29/9/2005||Central District|
|Trent Tattoli||14/4/2005||Central District|
|Jed Dignan||3/2/2005||North Adelaide|
|Luke Harvey||22/2/2005||North Adelaide|
|Kane McAullife||1/3/2005||North Adelaide|
|Louie Montgomery||24/4/2006||North Adelaide|
|Benny Barrett *||1/5/2006||South Adelaide|
|Jack Delean||15/4/2005||South Adelaide|
|Sid Draper||5/7/2006||South Adelaide|
|Phoenix Hargrave||15/9/2006||South Adelaide|
|Tom Wheaton||14/11/2005||South Adelaide|
|Max Downs||13/10/2005||West Adelaide|
|Jack Oates||19/6/2005||West Adelaide|
|Will Patton||4/1/2005||West Adelaide|
|Rome Burgoyne||29/8/2006||Woodville-West Torrens|
|Riley Davey||18/2/2005||Woodville-West Torrens|
|Harry Dodd||5/2/2006||Woodville-West Torrens|
|Callum Fairall||27/8/2005||Woodville-West Torrens|
|Jett Hasting||22/5/2006||Woodville-West Torrens|
|Tom Luck||6/4/2006||Woodville-West Torrens|
|Oscar Pearce||11/6/2005||Woodville-West Torrens|
|Patrick Weckert||23/1/2005||Woodville-West Torrens|
|Tyler Welsh||15/8/2006||Woodville-West Torrens|
|Charlie West||1/2/2006||Woodville-West Torrens|