AFLNT will host two NAAFLS Future Stars games between the best 16 and 17-year-olds in the NT when a team from Alice Springs (Redtails) travels to Darwin this weekend.
The games will take place at 7pm on TIO Oval 2 on Friday and Saturday night, in what AFLNT High Performance Manager Wally Gallio said is an exciting opportunity for aspiring footballers to put their case forward for under 18 academy selection.
“The Redtails team is made up of players from all around Central Australia, including some of the remote Indigenous communities.
“And the Northern NT/Darwin team also consists of players from outside our immediate reach of Darwin and Palmerston. We are pleased to have players from Katherine.
Thanks to NAAFLS (North Australia Aboriginal Family Violence Legal Service), it is the first time selection for the AFLNT State Academy U18 squad has been run this way.
Friday night’s game will be between Redtails vs Northern NT and Saturday night’s game will be between the best players from both squads.
Gallio said adding the Futures games to the calendar was the culmination of hard work performed by talent staff and AFLNT remote development managers (RDMs) in the different regions.
“The RDMs are out there every day kicking footies around so they have become a reliable source of knowledge to feed back into the talent program.
“Running selection this way allows us to see players we may otherwise not be exposed to.”
Central Australia’s AFLNT Pathways Academy Coach Andy Hood said his players were eager for the opportunity.
“It’s an exciting challenge that we really respect and we have selected a squad of players who like to excite and run with the ball.
“The Redtails Academy has been training since early February and have been looking forward to this game for a long time. The Academy is made up of the CAFL junior teams and also the Remote Community Junior competition,” Hood said.
Patrons wishing to spectate are welcome to come down and watch the future stars in action.
The sqauds are listed below:
1 Jacon Lampton - Palmerston FC
2 James Quinn - Nightcliff FC
3 Dillen Brown - Wanderers FC
4 Ryan Althouse - Cooper - Nightcliff FC
5 Brandon Rusca - Southern Districts FC
6 Bruce Oxtoby (Jnr) - Kununurra
8 Will Gilmour - Southern Districts FC
10 James Box - Wanderers FC
11 William Bruce - Big River Hawks FC
12 Warren Rankine - Darwin Buffaloes FC
13 Marly McGregor - Nightcliff FC
14 Matthew Baker - Big River Hawks FC
15 Steven Rory (Jnr) - Big River Hawks FC
16 Kevin Turner - Big River Hawks FC
17 Malcolm Rosas - Darwin Buffaloes FC
18 Jarryd Gardner - Big River Hawks FC
19 Nelson Sonntag - Nightcliff FC
20 Jack Palmer - Southern Districts FC
21 Mitch Musgrove - St Mary’s FC
22 Brodie Lake - Southern Districts FC
23 Joel Stevens - Nightcliff FC
24 Lachlan McFarlane - Big River Hawks FC
25 Timothy Smith - Waratah FC
27 Joel Jeffrey - Wanderers FC
28 Coen Hutt - Waratah FC
29 Cody Taylor - Southern Districts FC
36 Barrindi Ngurrwuthun - Gove
37 Marcus Valastro - Waratah FC
1. Shannon Club - Pioneer
2. Darius Kenny - Pioneer
3. Byron Cole - South
4. Shawn Foster - Pioneer
5. Isiah Stuart - South
6. Kane Sellvallos - Pioneer
7. Francis Bruce - Pioneer
8. Lachy Keeble - Federal
9. Waylon Dixon - South
10. Adian Hookey - Federal
11. Lazurus Ryder - Rovers
12. Beau Lord - West
13. Jackson Cole - Pioneer
14. Jed Edmonds - Rovers
15. Joshia Butter - Rovers
16. Tory Muller - Rovers
17. Matt Cotterill - Rovers
18. Jamal Lynch - South
19. Dom Forbes - Federal
20. Ishmael Nandy - South
21. Reggie Gallagher - Pioneer
22. Sabian Liddle - Pioneer
23. Caleb Gerrard - Pioneer
24. Michael Braedon - South
25. Mumpy Conway - South
26. Liam McDonald - Pioneer
27. Kendrick Hayes - South
28. Stanley Kenny - Pioneer
29. Dylan McCormack - South