2023 Vic Metro talent hubs announced

THE TOP talents for next year’s Under 18 Vic Metro squad have been recognised through initial Talent Hubs, which will come together this weekend for their maiden training camps at The Hangar. The 19-player girls squad will convene on Friday and Saturday, while the 22-player boys squad meets on Saturday and Sunday.

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Newly appointed Northern Knights girls coach Allana Dickie heads one side of the Metro squad, while Oakleigh Chargers mentor Jason Davenport again takes on the boys group. There will be additional camps early in 2023, with the boys to come together again in January, before the girls do so in February. More players are set to be added to each side prior to the National Championships commencing.

Six male prospects who earned AFL Academy honours have been included, with the likes of livewire forward Nick Watson and high-marking talent Nate Caddy among them. Nathan Philactides joined the aforementioned pair in the 2022 Under 18 squad, while rebound defender Archie Roberts, ruckman William Green, and midfielder Will Lorenz round out the list.

On the girls side, the Eastern Ranges are well represented with AFL Academy members in Alyssia Pisano, Laura Stone, and Jess Vukic leading the way, while Western Jets premiership players Kristie-Lee Weston-Turner and Kiera Whiley are joined by Calder Cannons midfielder Amy Gaylor. All of the above players will be profiled on Rookie Me Central later this week.

Jess Vukic rises for a mark | Image Credit: Rookie Me Central



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AnnabelleEmbelton175Sandringham DragonsEast Malvern
KylaForbes167Calder CannonsAberfeldie
AmyGaylor170Calder CannonsStrathmore
JudieGoldman164Sandringham DragonsSouth Melbourne Districts
LaraHausegger172Oakleigh ChargersYarra Old Grammarians
TamaraHenry170Western JetsDarley
JacintaHose184Eastern RangesVermont
AvaJordan150Northern KnightsBanyule
MaggieMahony165Oakleigh ChargersGlen Iris
MollyPaterson171Eastern RangesVermont
AlyssiaPisano160Eastern RangesRowville Knights
LauraStone169Eastern RangesLysterfield
SiennaTallariti175Oakleigh ChargersWhitehorse Colts
CaitlinVoss180Sandringham DragonsSouth Melbourne Districts
JessVukic180Eastern RangesVermont
Kristie-LeeWeston-Turner176Western JetsSpotswood
KieraWhiley172Western JetsCaroline Springs
MiaZielinski174Sandringham DragonsEast Malvern/Ajax


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KynanBrown180Oakleigh ChargersBlackburn
WilliamBrown192Sandringham DragonsEast Brighton Vampires
NateCaddy191Northern KnightsYarrambat
JordanCroft199Calder CannonsMaribyrnong Park
WilliamGreen202Northern KnightsNorthcote
BraydenLaPlanche188Eastern RangesRowville
WilliamLorenz186Oakleigh ChargersBoroondara Hawks
TadhgMcCarthy190Oakleigh ChargersKew Rovers
LoganMorris192Western JetsWerribee Districts
CamNyko178Eastern RangesHealesville
NathanPhilactides180Oakleigh ChargersBlackburn
ArchieRoberts182Sandringham DragonsHampton Rovers
JoshSmillie191Eastern RangesPark Orchards
IliroSmit198Eastern RangesMontrose
JaggaSmith179Oakleigh ChargersRichmond
MahmoudTaha182Calder CannonsPascoe Vale
LukeTrainor185Sandringham Dragons St Kilda City
VigoVisentini199Sandringham DragonsBrighton Beach
NickWatson170Eastern RangesMontrose/East Ringwood
RileyWeatherill195Eastern RangesEast Ringwood
CalebWindsor180Eastern RangesLysterfield

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