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2021 Torrens University SA U17 Squad

Eagles utility Matteus Phillipou has been selected in the 2021 Torrens University SA U17 Squad. Picture - Peter Argent

By ZAC MILBANK

Height will be a key feature of the initial 2021 Torrens University SA U17 Squad which has been selected in the lead up to this year’s AFL U17 National Championships.

Set to be coached by championship-winning mentor Julian Farkas, the Croweaters will have as many as eight talls measuring in at no less than 195cm in their 49-player squad.

Speaking on SANFL Radio, Farkas noted there were also several players topping 190cm with all having a nice blend of athleticism and versatility.

South trio Will Verrall (200cm), Kyle Marshall (198cm) and Koby Cockshell (195cm) are among the giants selected, together with West pair Harry Barnett (202cm) and Tom Scully (201cm).

Exciting North Adelaide forward Isaac Keeler (197cm) will be one to watch, with Farkas likening the indigenous talent to former Power and current St Kilda ruckman Paddy Ryder.

Familiar surnames in the squad include Sturt’s Luca Slade, son of Central premiership midfielder Matthew, and Eagles pair Matteus Phillipou and Hunter Carter, sons of former Eagles and Magpie Sam Phillipou and Port premiership defender Stephen Carter respectively.

After training begins on June 1, the squad will play an internal trial match at Thebarton Oval on Friday June 11. After this, selectors will trim the squad down to 30 – three of which must be 16-year-olds – for the AFL National Championships.

South Australia will play its first game against Western Australia on Sunday June 20 at Hisense Arena before heading to Queensland to tackle Victoria Metro on Tuesday July 6 and Victoria Country on Friday July 9.

North’s Isaac Keeler will provide plenty of athleticism for the Torrens University SA U17 Squad. Picture – Peter Argent

2021 Torrens University SA U17 Squad

Player Club Height Weight
Jayden Matz Central 195cm 78kg
Trent Tattoli Central 179cm 62kg
Brodie Tuck Central 193cm 90kg
Austin McDonald Central 179cm 75kg
Finn Reed Central 182cm 68kg
Tyson Linke Central 190cm 79kg
Archie Lovelock Glenelg 177cm 69kg
Ben Ridgway Glenelg 186cm 79kg
Jakob Ryan Glenelg 188cm 72kg
Lachlan Scannell Glenelg 184cm 70kg
Ashton Moir Glenelg 185cm 75kg
Hayden Brokensha Glenelg 177cm 71kg
Shaun Bennier North 190cm 87kg
Max Blacker North 169cm 61kg
Luke Harvey North 190cm 76kg
Isaac Keeler North 197cm 83kg
Kane McAuliffe North 181cm 87kg
Kelsey Rypstra North 171cm 64kg
Angus Tully North 178cm 61kg
Max Michalanney Norwood 190cm 73kg
Taj Rahui Norwood 173cm 63kg
Tyson Walls Norwood 171cm 67kg
Damon Pitt Norwood 194cm 82kg
Riley Verrall Norwood 182cm 71kg
Noah Hyde Norwood 175cm 69kg
Jack Delean South 179cm 65kg
Jaiden Magor South 185cm 77kg
Will Verrall South 200cm 92kg
Tom Wheaton South 185cm 83kg
Koby Cockshell South 195cm 90kg
Kyle Marshall South 198cm 77kg
Tom Schirmer South 194cm 99kg
Nick Sadler Sturt 179cm 66kg
Luca Slade Sturt 179cm 64kg
Patty Tidemann Sturt 169cm 55kg
Harry Barnett West 202cm 93kg
Max Downs West 180cm 67kg
Harry Lemmey West 199cm 93kg
Will Patton West 193cm 71kg
Kobe Ryan West 182cm 68kg
Tyson Coe West 181cm 81kg
Tom Scully West 201cm 83kg
Oscar Talbot West 191cm 73kg
Adam D'Aloia Woodville-West Torrens 184cm 84kg
Jedd Thomson Woodville-West Torrens 177cm 63kg
Hunter Carter Woodville-West Torrens 182cm 79kg
Blake Hansen Woodville-West Torrens 178cm 65kg
Matteus Phillipou Woodville-West Torrens 188cm 79kg
Oscar Pearce Woodville-West Torrens 194cm 73kg
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