Victoria’s best Under 15 male Indigenous and Multicultural players have been selected for the AFL’s 2018 Rio Tinto Flying Boomerangs and World Team representative squads.
Selected by AFL Club recruiters following the 2018 AFL National Male Diversity Championships held in NSW, the two squads of 25 young men have been chosen based on school attendance, leadership skills, and football ability.
Ten players from Victoria’s All Nations squad have been selected in the final World Team for Multicultural players, following a premiership winning performance at the National Diversity Championships last week.
Trailing Tasmania in the Grand Final by 13 points in the second half, Victoria dug deep to kick three goals to secure a one-point victory after the final siren.
Victoria leads the way with the most representatives in the 2018 World Team, followed by Western Australia (five), NSW/ACT and South Australia (three each).
Of the 25-player Flying Boomerangs Indigenous squad, two regional Victorians have been selected after producing impressive performances for Victoria’s Kickstart team in the Championships.
The Kickstart team finished fifth overall in the Championships, with two wins and four losses, behind undefeated champions, Western Australia. AFL Central Victoria's Football Development Manager, Jamie Macri, was the team manager for the Victorian team.
AFL Victoria Diversity Talent Manager Chris Johnson said the future for Indigenous and Multicultural talent in Victoria is bright.
“To have 12 players selected in the national squads is a great result for Victoria and is a credit to the players’ enthusiasm and hard work displayed at the Championships,” he said.
“The Rio Tinto AFL Flying Boomerangs and World Team programs are a great opportunity for our rising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural talent in Victoria to develop on and off the field, so we’re looking forward to seeing them progress up the football ranks in the near future.”
The AFL Flying Boomerangs program is a personal development and leadership program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young men aged 14-16 years old, while the World Team is made up of the best upcoming AFL multicultural players from across the nation.
The 2018 Rio Tinto Flying Boomerangs and World Team squads will play two exhibition matches at the 2018 NAB AFL Under-16 Championships held on the Gold Coast in July.
SEE BELOW FOR VICTORIA’S REPRESENTATIVES:
2018 Flying Boomerangs Squad
2018 World Team