Michael Alvaro

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Preview | 2023 Coates Talent League – Round 8

THE Coates Talent League rolls on into Round 8 over the weekend, with the fixture stripped back to its usual six games. For some players, it serves as one final audition before the mid-season draft and representative season, while teams like Dandenong and Geelong will be hunting ladder leader, Tasmania.

Full list: 2023 AFL Mid-Season Draft nominees

THE FULL list of AFL Mid-Season Draft nominees has been finalised, with 321 players entering the pool for the May 31 intake. Broadcast live via the AFL, the draft is likely to see some former top level players get second chances, and many others reach the big leagues for the first time. Players can either […]

PODCAST | Game Sense – Episode 26

EPISODE 26 of the Game Sense has dropped, with the team reconvening to discuss all the latest news and fallout in the women’s footballing world. In the latest instalment, host Michael Alvaro is joined by Rookie Me Central Chief Editor Peter Williams to discuss the return of the Coates Talent League, and the the end of the SANFLW regular season. […]

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. >> SCROLL to see the full squad Six players who made the cut as bottom-agers in 2022 will return this year, namely […]

Contenders emerge in RMC Medal race

GEELONG Falcons defender Angus Hastie has broken into the top five of the 2023 Rookie Me Central Medal count, after being awarded four votes in Round 7. The rebounder racked up a game-high 33 disposals in his side’s win over Bendigo, but teammate Tobyn Murray collected the full five votes. >> SCROLL to see the […]

Coates Talent League TOTW: Round 7

GOLD Coast Suns Academy leads the way with four nominees in our Coates Talent League Team of the Week for Round 7. The Suns nabbed their second win of the season on Sunday as the Northern Academies bowed out, while fellow victors Eastern and Geelong are also well represented this week. Check out who made […]

PODCAST | Final Siren – Episode 157

THE FINAL Siren Podcast is back for another instalment, with Episode 157 covering the latest AFL Draft news. Host Peter Williams and Rookie Me Central’s Michael Alvaro reconvene to discuss the return of the Coates Talent League, mid-season draft hopefuls, and the last week’s representative action. Tune in! EPISODE 157 RUNDOWN >> Listen to the full […]

Talent League wrap: Northern Academies

THE END of Round 7 means all five Northern Academies have completed their Coates Talent League stints for 2023. Four AFL-aligned programs – Brisbane, Gold Coast, GWS, and Sydney – participated alongside the Northern Territory Academy, making for an 18-team competition ladder. With each five-game spell (three for the NT) now over, it is time […]

VFL Player Focus: Nate Caddy (Carlton)

NORTHERN Knights forward Nate Caddy became the latest Coates Talent League gun to make his VFL debut this year, linking with Carlton’s reserves on Sunday. In an ironic turn of fate, the spring-heeled marking phenom turned out for the side he last played against, while representing the AFL Academy. Caddy will be familiar with the […]

2023 Coates Talent League Player of the Week: Round 7

TASMANIA Devils star Colby McKercher is our Coates Talent League Player of the Week for Round 7, after another dominant performance in his side’s 34-point win over the Swans Academy. The midfielder racked up 32 disposals, nine tackles, nine inside 50s and two goals as Tasmania went clear atop the table. It was merely another […]

Scouting Notes: 2023 South Australia U18 vs. U20

A SOUTH Australian showdown saw the state’s Under 18s beaten by an Under 20 squad at Thebarton Oval on Friday night. Last year’s Under 18 captain and MVP Adam D’Aloia was named best afield for the victors, while current skipper Will Patton earned the same honour for his side. In a dour sign for their […]

Snapshot: 2023 Coates Talent League: Round 7

THREE northern academies bowed out of the competition as the Coates Talent League returned for Round 7 over the weekend. It all started with Dandenong’s thrilling comeback under Friday night lights – relive the action from each of the seven games in a snapshot.

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