Michael Alvaro

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PREVIEW | 2022 AFL U18 Academy vs. Collingwood VFL

THE 2022 AFL Under 18 Academy is set to mark the 25th annual intake in its showcase game against Collingwood VFL on Saturday. The 25-man squad includes all top-age (2004-born) invitees, as well as four squad additions which were made on the back on early-season form. With the nation’s best draft eligible youngsters stacked into […]

The only exemptions – AFL hopefuls pushing for mid-season call-up

THE number of exemptions granted for AFL Mid-Season Rookie Draft qualification has reached double digits, after league headquarters reconsidered the applications of another eight hopefuls. With the list now sitting at 11 players, covering a range of ages and leagues, the pool of potential draftees is now building ahead of the June 1 intake. We […]

Speakman hoping to be heard after promising season

IT is often tough playing junior footy in the country. From the expansive travel, to making up numbers week to week, and facing extremely stiff opposition, coming away atop the tree is no mean feat. Just ask Jamie-Lee Speakman. Although, sh I’s one who likely fit the bill of being tough opposition for most. “I […]

Bowler’s name?! Fleming charges into footy off the long run

“I was mainly just a fast bowler, bowled some outswingers kind of like Dad.” SHE’S handy with the ball, no matter the code. Oakleigh Chargers gun Jasmine Fleming has a name recognisable to most Australian sports lovers, and her elite pedigree is something which has proven a great support across her diverse sporting journey thus […]

Scouting Notes: 2022 NAB League Round 6

A STANDALONE fixture made up Round 6 of the 2022 NAB League season, and it saw Tasmania down the Western Jets by 29 points at Windsor Park. On a day where the wind, and eventually rain, wreaked havoc, 17 of the 18 combined goals were kicked at one end of the ground as either side […]

Mentors help Wakfer ruck up a storm

RUCKING requires some of the more specific skills on the Aussie Rules football field, and West Australian tall Lauren Wakfer is learning them from some of the best. The South Fremantle product, and Fremantle Dockers fan, is gunning for this year’s AFLW Draft, hoping to walk in the footsteps of a couple key mentors. She’s […]

Scouting Notes: Young Guns vs. Vic Country U18s

IN their second outing for 2022, the Young Guns defeated Vic Country’s by 30 points at Princes Park on Sunday. It was a scrappy affair, but the Under 23 side made it two from two against their makeshift Under 18 opponents, after downing Metro last week. We noted some of the top performers from either […]

2022 State Game Player Focus: Josh Carmichael (SANFL)

SOUTH Australia took home the Haydn Bunton Cup on Sunday afternoon, raiding Optus Stadium to defeat Western Australia by four points in a tense edition of the annual state game. With the AFL mid-season draft fast approaching, there were plenty of mature-age prospects who boosted their chances of a top flight call-up. Among them was […]

Gee whizz! Queensland MVP loves all aspects of footy

QUEENSLAND’S 2022 Under 18 Most Valuable Player (MVP) Alana Gee has had many an onlooker remark ‘Gee, she can play’ over the years. It likely only made her name easier to remember as those in the know jotted it down. With her junior career completed, the Gold Coast Suns Academy talent now has her sights […]

Young Guns step out once more in Country challenge

THERE is not a large volume of junior pathways action around the country this weekend, though Victoria’s second Young Guns showcase headlines the upcoming fixtures. After dispatching of a makeshift Metro Under 18s side by 58 points last week, the over-age squad is now set to lock horns with a strong looking Country outfit at […]

Cross-coding Kimber makes footy a family affair

QUEENSLANDER Kaylee Kimber took the term ‘football family’ literally when she decided to take up the sport. Having previously played netball, the 18-year-old Gold Coast Suns Academy member got into football after seeing her brother play, and joined up locally with her mother. A couple of years later, and she has represented her state at […]

Mullins relishes opportunities against the best

CONSECUTIVE seasons of representative experience and learning with the Brisbane Lions Academy means Charlotte Mullins has mixed it with the best. With the 2022 AFLW Under 18 National Championships recently concluded, draft hopefuls like Mullins have effectively completed the on-field portion of their junior talent pathway. Though there is a great deal of unknown surrounding […]

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