Allies announce 2023 Under 18 squad

THE 2023 Allies squad has been announced ahead of this year’s AFL Under 18 National Championships, with 31 players from the Northern Territory, NSW-ACT, Queensland, Tasmania selected to compete for the amalgamated side.

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Six players who made the cut as bottom-agers in 2022 will return this year, namely Caiden Cleary, Colby McKercher, Ethan Read, Jake Rogers, Ryley Sanders and Jed Walter. All six also help make up the group of 10 National Academy members included in the latest squad.

Other AFL Academy stars to enter the equation include first round prospect Connor O’Sullivan, Tasmania Devils goalsneak Jack Callinan, lively Northern Territory forward Orlando Turner, and Swans Academy talent Lachlan Cabor.

>> Ones to watch: 2023 Allies

Only three bottom-agers have been named – Leonardo Lombard, Sam Marshall, and Clay Shadforth – while five over-agers add to a squad which is otherwise dominated by 2005-born talent, like the 10 AFL Academy players listed above.

Swans Academy coach Mark McVeigh will take the reigns after leading his side to the best record of any Northern Academy in this year’s Coates Talent League stint. Fittingly, NSW-ACT is the best represented state/territory with 12 players. Queensland has nine, while six are from Tasmania and four from the NT.

The group will come together for a training came in Sydney on the weekend as the national carnival draw closer. An away trip to face South Australia will open the championships on June 4 at Thebarton Oval. The Allies will also play a ‘home’ game at the same venue against Western Australia.

Jed Walter in Allies colours last year | Image Credit: Rookie Me Central


vs. South Australia | Sunday June 4 @ Thebarton Oval (SA)
vs. Western Australia | Sunday June 11 @ Thebarton Oval (SA)
vs. Vic Metro | Sunday July 2 @ Brighton Homes Arena (QLD)
vs. Vic Country | Sunday July 9 @ RSEA Park (VIC)


3CaidenCleary05-Mar-05182NSWSydney Swans Academy/Sydney University
4RyleySanders21-Jan-05186TASSandringham Dragons/North Launceston
5ColbyMcKercher12-Apr-05182TASTasmania Devils/Launceston
6HarveyThomas08-Aug-05177NSWGWS Giants Academy/Turvey Park
7LachlanCabor28-Sep-05181NSWSydney Swans Academy/Shellharbour
8StanleyWaistcoat15-Feb-05178NTNT Academy/South Fremantle/Sporties Spitfires
9JakeRogers02-Mar-05172QLDGold Coast Suns Academy/Broadbeach
10LeonardoLombard05-Oct-06178QLDGold Coast Suns Academy/Broadbeach/Burleigh
11PhoenixGothard07-Sep-05179NSWMurray Bushrangers/Albury
12WilliamRowlands19-Jun-05180NTNT Academy/Southern Districts/Norwood
13JackCallinan07-Oct-05179TASTasmania Devils/Clarence
14IndhiKirk31-Aug-04181NSWSydney Swans Academy/UNSW Eastern Suburbs
15JamesLeake02-Oct-05188TASTasmania Devils/Launceston
16OrlandoTurner16-May-05176NTNT Academy/Norwood/South Alice Springs
17ClayShadforth11-Apr-06180NTNT Academy/South Adelaide/Palmerston
18MaxRider28-Aug-05186NSWSydney Swans Academy/UNSW Eastern Suburbs
19JackGlanvill09-May-05186NSWGWS Giants Academy/Turvey Park
24SamuelMarshall19-Jan-06185QLDBrisbane Lions Academy/St Bedes Mentone
25JedWalter08-Jun-05195QLDGold Coast Suns Academy/Palm Beach Currumbin
26WilliamGraham27-Jul-05186QLDGold Coast Suns Academy/Palm Beach Currumbin
27HeathOllington10-Dec-04190TASTasmania Devils/North Launceston
28NickWilliams02-May-04191QLDGold Coast Suns Academy/Surfers Paradise
29TyeGander04-Apr-04193NSWSydney Swans Academy/St George Dragons
30CharlieMcCormack02-Apr-05198NSWGWS Giants Academy/Coolamon
31ThomasBeaumont05-Jan-05186TASTasmania Devils/Launceston
38PatrickSnell18-Jul-05194QLDBrisbane Lions Academy/Wilston Grange
39EthanRead07-Jul-05200QLDGold Coast Suns Academy/Palm Beach Currumbin
40BradleyMcDonald29-Aug-05199QLDBrisbane Lions Academy/Maroochydore
41ConnorO’Sullivan19-May-05198NSWMurray Bushrangers/Albury
42DaynePosthuma17-Mar-04200NSWGWS Giants Academy/Queanbeyan
44CalebMay13-May-05206NSWSydney Swans Academy/South West Sydney Blues

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