WESTERN Australia and South Australia have dominated the 2018 AFL Under-16 All Australian side, with almost half of the representatives from those states. The two states accounted for both the Victorian teams at the recent National Under 16 Championships, and played out a thriller last month which saw South Australia win by just three points.
Western Australia has the most with six players, including defensive duo Brandon Walker and Denver Granger-Barras, while forwards Logan McDonald and Taj Schofield have made the team. Zane Trew will control the midfield, while Nathan O’Driscoll has been named on the five-man interchange. South Australia has the five members in the team, including midfielders, potential father-son prospect Luke Edwards, and Kevin Sheehan Medallist and South Australian Most Valuable Player (MVP) award winner Corey Durdin. Jye Sinderberry has been named at half-back, while Kaine Baldwin (centre half-forward) and Riley Thilthorpe (ruck) hold up key positions.
Vic Country has three players in the team with centre half-back Ethan Baxter, half-forward Elijah Hollands, and MVP winning midfielder Tanner Bruhn named in the final 23. Their Victorian Metro counterparts have just two players in the team – MVP winner Will Phillips, and Campbell Edwardes. Remarkably, Tasmania has recorded more members than Vic Metro in the final 22, as Sam Collins, Jackson Callow and Oliver Davis have been named in the side.
The final four spots belong to other Division Two states, with NSW/ACT pair Braedyn Campbell (half-back) and Errol Gulden (half-forward) representing the Rams. Queensland’s Alex Davies and Northern Territory’s Malcolm Rosas were named on the interchange.
Division One title-winning coach Julian Farkas from South Australia was named as head coach of the side, with Tasmania’s triumphant Division Two title-winning coach Nathan Warren named as assistant coach.