The Vic Metro boys squad for the upcoming NAB AFL U18 Championships has been finalised.
The 39-player Metro squad – to be coached by Martin Allison – contains nine representatives from both the Eastern Ranges and Northern Knights, followed by six each from the Calder Cannons and Sandringham Dragons, and four each from the Oakleigh Chargers and Western Jets.
There are 14 members of the NAB AFL Academy Level One and Two groups in the Metro squad: Noah Balta, Jack Bytel and Rhylee West (Calder), Joel Garner, Sam Hayes and Jaidyn Stephenson (Eastern), Patrick Naish (Northern), Jack Higgins (Oakleigh), Ben King, Max King and Hayden McLean (Sandringham), and Lachlan Fogarty, Buku Khamis and Cameron Rayner (Western).
The Metro squad features two over-age players in Matthew Harman (Northern) and Callum Searle (Oakleigh), as well as six bottom-agers – Bytel, Khamis, B.King, M.King, Curtis Taylor (Calder) and West – and five players who represented Metro during its 2016 U18 Championships triumph as bottom-agers – Garner, Hayes, Higgins, Harrison Nolan (Eastern) and Stephenson.
Will Sutherland has also been named in the squad, having begun training with Vic Metro over the last month. The product of East Malvern JFC and Scotch College will be available for selection after being identified by the coaching staff and recruiters as a draftable talent, impressing in his private school football matches so far this year.
Metro will play its first match against Western Australia at Domain Stadium, Perth on Sunday June 18 before facing Country (Saturday June 24, Punt Road Oval), South Australia (Friday June 30, Etihad Stadium) and the Allies (Wednesday July 5, Simonds Stadium).
|1||Dylan Moore||4/8/1999||175||66||Eastern Ranges/Rowville/Caulfield Grammar|
|2||Jack Higgins||19/3/1999||178||76||Oakleigh Chargers/ East Malvern|
|3||Ethan Penrith||24/10/1999||179||76||Northern Knights/West Preston|
|4||Lachlan Fogarty||1/4/1999||179||75||Western Jets/Spotswood/St Kevins|
|5||Patrick Naish||15/1/1999||180||69||Northern Knights/ Ivanhoe Grammar|
|6||Dylan Landt||18/11/1999||180||74||Calder Cannons/Sunbury|
|7||Rhylee West||12/7/2000||180||80||Calder Cannons/Strathmore/St Kevins|
|8||Joel Garner||21/5/1999||183||81||Eastern Ranges/Wandin/ Scotch College|
|9||Andrew Brayshaw||8/11/1999||183||80||Sandringham Dragons/ Haileybury College|
|10||Max Dreher||12/4/1999||183||75||Northern Knights/Ivanhoe Grammar|
|11||Ryley Stoddart||15/10/1999||183||73||Eastern Ranges/Blackburn/Yarra Valley|
|12||Callum Searle||12/10/1998||185||81||Oakleigh Chargers/Waverley Blues|
|13||Trent Mynott||4/10/1999||185||73||Eastern Ranges/Caulfield Grammar|
|14||Jack Petruccelle||12/4/1999||184||73||Northern Knights/Epping|
|15||Angus Styles||3/5/1999||185||76||Sandringham Dragons/Caulfield Grammar|
|16||Thomas North||14/2/1999||186||87||Eastern Ranges/Heathmont FC|
|17||Adam Cerra||7/10/1999||186||85||Eastern Ranges/Wesley Grammar|
|18||Curtis Taylor||6/4/2000||186||74||Calder Cannons/Keilor FC/ PEGS|
|19||Cameron Rayner||21/10/1999||187||88||Western Jets/Essendon Doutta Stars/ PEGS|
|20||Jack Bytel||14/3/2000||188||79||Calder Cannons/Aberfeldie FC|
|21||Buku Khamis||24/3/2000||188||81||Western Jets/St Albans|
|22||Riley Jones||5/4/1999||191||79||Oakleigh Chargers/Beverley Hills FC|
|23||Jaidyn Stephenson||15/1/1999||189||76||Eastern Ranges/Ferntree Gully FC|
|24||Charlie Constable||18/5/1999||190||83||Sandringham Dragons/ Haileybury College|
|25||Nicholas Coffield||23/10/1999||190||83||Northern Knights/Eltham FC|
|26||Mitchell Podhajski||4/1/1999||190||82||Calder Cannons/Aberfeldie FC|
|27||Toby Wooller||16/3/1999||193||90||Oakleigh Chargers/Old Scotch|
|28||Noah Balta||23/10/1999||194||92||Calder Cannons/Essendon/Doutta Stars/ St Bernards|
|29||Harrison Nolan||11/6/1999||195||93||Eastern Ranges/Mt Evelyn FC|
|30||Hayden McLean||20/1/1999||197||93||Sandringham Dragons/Beaumaris/St Bedes|
|31||Will Sutherland||27/10/1999||195||90||Scotch College / East Malvern|
|32||Joel Grace||23/6/1999||199||90||Northern Knights/Sth Morang|
|33||Ben King||7/7/2000||201||79||Sandringham Dragons/ Haileybury College|
|34||Max King||7/7/2000||201||82||Sandringham Dragons/Hailebury College|
|35||Matthew Harman||2/6/1998||200||87||Northern Knights/Marcellin O.C.|
|36||Tristan Xerri||15/3/1999||201||93||Western Jets/ Caroline Springs FC|
|37||Sam Hayes||9/6/1999||203||93||Eastern Ranges/Ferntree Gully FC|
|38||Alex Federico||26/9/1999||184||77||Northern Knights/Marcellin College|
|39||Marcus Lentini||5/6/1999||183||74||Northern Knights|