As many as 30 South Australians have been included in the expanded 2018-2019 NAB AFL Academy under the revamped program for elite footballers.
Headlined by local father-son prospects Trent Burgoyne, Jackson Mead (Port Adelaide) and Luke Edwards (Adelaide), the SA Hub of the NAB AFL Academy will begin with a testing session in Adelaide on November 27.
The NAB AFL Academy will now consist of five Hubs across Australia, with WA, the Allies (Queensland/NSW), Victoria Country and Victoria Metro also each hosting a Hub.
Speaking on SANFL Radio, SANFL State Talent Manager Brenton Phillips said SA U18 coach Tony Bamford would coach the SA Hub, which will include 22 17-year-olds and eight 16-year-olds.
Woodville-West Torrens pair Burgoyne (son of Peter Burgoyne) and Mead (son of Darren Mead) loom as father-son selections in the 2019 AFL Draft while Glenelg midfielder Edwards (son of Tyson Edwards) is eligible for the Crows at the 2020 AFL Draft.
The Eagles and Tigers have the most players included in the SA Hub with five each, exciting forward Kysaiah Pickett – nephew of Norm Smith Medallist Byron Pickett who is picture above – and tall key position utilities Will Gould and Kaine Baldwin also ones to watch.
Central’s Kevin Sheehan Medallist at this year’s AFL Under-16 National Championships – Corey Durdin – is among a strong contingent of midfielders which also includes fellow ball magnets Jed McEntee (Sturt) and Harrison Magor (North).
The SA Hub is also brimming with tall talent including Kangaroo Island giant Damon Freitag (South) and 18-year-old North beanpole Josh Hart who already measures in at an astonishing 205cm.
Taj Schofield, the son of new Power assistant coach Jarrad Schofield, has also been included after their family relocated from Western Australia.
After completing their initial testing in late November, the SA Hub will head to Alice Springs for a five-day training camp in the first week of December.
The talented teenagers will train at both the Crows and Power headquarters throughout December and January before undertaking further Adelaide-based training camps in late January and mid April.
2018-2019 NAB AFL ACADEMY SA HUB
Corey Durdin (Central) 14/4/02 173cm 69kg
Oliver Shaw (Central) 13/5/01 187cm 84kg
Jordan O’Brien (Central) 9/3/01 175cm 71kg
Cooper Horsnell (Glenelg) 19/4/02 173cm 63kg
Brady Searle (Glenelg) 20/11/01 185cm 84kg
Luke Edwards (Glenelg) 12/1/02 187cm 78kg
Will Gould (Glenelg) 14/1/01 191cm 98kg
Kaine Baldwin (Glenelg) 13/5/02 193cm 89kg
Harrison Magor (North) 9/5/01 183cm 82kg
Karl Finlay (North) 14/7/01 192cm 88kg
Dyson Hilder (North) 31/3/01 196cm 93kg
Josh Hart (North) 21/3/00 205cm 97kg
Dylan Stephens (Norwood) 8/1/01 182cm 70kg
Cameron Taheny (Norwood) 3/8/01 185cm 78kg
Zachary Dumesny (South) 26/4/02 185cm 77kg
Daniel Sladojevic (South) 12/6/01 192cm 88kg
Damon Freitag (South) 28/3/01 198cm 102kg
Jed McEntee (Sturt) 15/2/01 177cm 75kg
Anzac Lochowiak (Sturt) 4/6/01 182cm 84kg
Josh Shute (Sturt) 28/3/01 186cm 75kg
Oliver Grivell (Sturt) 18/1/01 192cm 86cm
Will Day (West) 5/6/01 187cm 71kg
Jye Sinderberry (West) 24/1/02 187cm 82kg
Riley Thilthorpe (West) 7/7/02 197cm 94kg
Kysaiah Pickett (WWT) 2/6/01 170cm 68kg
Trent Burgoyne (WWT) 2/10/01 177cm 70kg
Lachlan McNeil (WWT) 2/9/01 181cm 78kg
Jackson Mead (WWT) 30/9/01 181cm 82kg
Jamie Coff (WWT) 23/2/01 195cm 89kg
Taj Schofield (Subiaco) 7/9/02
CHIEF SANFL WRITER