The 2018 NAB AFL Under-18 All-Australian team has been announced, with the Allies and South Australia dominating selection with six players each.
Tassie Mariners captain Chayce Jones and bottom-age midfielder Mitchell O’Neill have both been selected in the team, with Mariners coach Lance Spaulding named as assistant coach to South Australia’s Tony Bamford, who led his side to victory in the 2018 NAB AFL Under-18 Championships.
Selection for the NAB AFL Under-18 All-Australian team follows the conclusion of the Under-18 Championships yesterday.
The 2018 NAB AFL Under-18 All-Australian team is as follows:
Defenders: Jordan Clark (WA), Buku Khamis (VM), Jacob Koschitzke (NSW/ACT – Allies), Jez McLennan (SA), Isaac Quaynor (VM), Kyle Reid (VC)
Midfield: Kieren Briggs (NSW/ACT – Allies), Luke English (WA), Chayce Jones (Tas – Allies), Bailey Smith (VM), Luke Valente (SA), Samuel Walsh (VC)
Forwards: Jackson Hately (SA), Ben King (VM), Jack Lukosius (SA), Izak Rankine (SA), Bailey Scott (QLD – Allies), Rylee West (VM)
Interchange: Will Gould (SA), Connor McFadyen (QLD – Allies), Mitchell O’Neill (Tas – Allies), Jeremy Sharp (WA), Sydney Stack (WA)
Chayce Jones (Allies, Tasmania, Launceston)
180cm 74kg 14/01/2000
Medium midfielder/forward who is strong in his attack on the ball and the opposition. Strong overhead for his height and extremely versatile. Averaged 21.5 disposals (50 percent contested) and 6.8 tackles to be one of the Allies best performers.
Mitchell O’Neill (Allies, Tasmania, North Hobart)
181cm 69kg 21/02/2001
Medium midfielder/forward with sublime skills and courage. A bottom-age player who averages 20.5 disposals at 76 percent efficiency in an impressive performance after earlier starring for Tasmania in the AFL Academy Series win.
AFL Talent Ambassador Kevin Sheehan headed the selection panel which included:
Luke Power NAB AFL Academy Head Coach
Marcus Ashcroft AFL Talent Competitions and Operations
Dom Milesi Recruiting Manager, Collingwood Football Club
Troy Selwood Recruiting Manager, Geelong Football Club
Luke Williams Recruiting Officer, Richmond Football Club
Chris Liberatore Recruiting Manager, St Kilda Football Club
Mr Sheehan said the talent displayed by South Australia and the Allies throughout the championships was outstanding and he was please too see such depth across this year’s playing group.
“The NAB AFL Under-18 Championships allows players to showcase their talent and the level of skill and football knowledge within both the South Australian and Allies teams was outstanding,” Mr Sheehan said.
“The 2018 NAB AFL Under-18 Champions South Australia and the Allies, comprising of players from NSW/ACT, Queensland, Tasmania and the Northern Territory, dominated the Under-18 All-Australian selection, each having six players honoured with their strong performances across the series.
“Vic Country’s Sam Walsh, who won the Larke Medal as well as Vic Country’s MVP award, was named captain with South Australian Luke Valente as vice-captain in the 23-man team.”