By ZAC MILBANK
An initial 51-player Torrens University SA U16 squad has been selected ahead of the NAB AFL Under-16 National Championships starting next month.
Featuring a host of father-son prospects, the squad – selected from the eight SANFL clubs – will be trimmed to 30 after an internal trial match on Saturday June 11.
Coached by Julian Farkas, the Torrens University SA U16 team will play three Championship matches, two in Adelaide and one on the Gold Coast.
South Australia will begin its campaign against Western Australia at Thebarton Oval on Sunday June 26 before tackling Victoria Metro at the home of the Suns, Metricon Stadium, on Tuesday July 5.
A final contest will be played at Thebarton Oval against Victoria Country on Saturday July 9.
Among the familiar surnames in the squad are the sons of Central District premiership pair Luke McCabe and Stuart Cochrane, with Will McCabe and Thomas Cochrane joining six other Bulldogs in the squad.
Glenelg’s Camporeale twins – Lucas and Ben – are the sons of Woodville-West Torrens wingman Scott Camproeale while North’s Tom Tasker is aiming to follow the same path as his dad Sean at Prospect.
Sturt midfielders Ned Atkinson, son of Magarey Medallist Brodie Atkinson, and Connor Mills, son of South Adelaide’s Trent Mills, North’s Louie Montgomery, son of Power premiership defender Brett Montgomery and Woodville-West Torrens’ Tyler Welsh, son of former Crow Scott Welsh, are also in the mix to play in the national tournament.
Training begins on Tuesday May 31 at Thebarton Oval, with Farkas to be assisted in the coaches box by Clay Sampson, Dave Reynolds, Brett Hudson and SANFL’s Tony Bamford as Coaches assistant.
|Tom Luck||Woodville-West Torrens|
|Harry Dodd||Woodville-West Torrens|
|Charlie West||Woodville-West Torrens|
|Isaac Edwards||Woodville-West Torrens|
|Jett Hasting||Woodville-West Torrens|
|Tyler Welsh||Woodville-West Torrens|
|Kade Herbert||Woodville-West Torrens|
|Lachlan Sands||Woodville-West Torrens|