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Two Argentines set for World XVIII

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Player agent Peter Jess has conducted the first AFL talent camp in Buenos Aires, as previewed in Search for talent in Argentina. A video from Argentine news site La Nacion appears below.

worldfootynews.com also caught up with Peter Jess (see below) and was keen to ensure that local footy organisers in Argentina and Chile made contact with him. That has happened and hopefully will be the start of a good working relationship that might help push Aussie Rules forward in South America. Jess has confirmed that two exciting young talents have been selected to head to Australia to compete in the World XVIII in the NAB AFL Under 16s.

The link to the above video is Fútbol Australiano : Buscan talentos en Buenos Aires (Australian Football: Looking for talent in Buenos Aires).

The two players to go to Australia are 17 year old Cristopher Daniele, a Boca Juniors youth team soccer player, and 18 year old Rugby player Lucas De Vincenzi who is playing for the Buenos Aires representative team. Both registered excellent results in testing. If they do well the West Coast Eagles will consider rookie listing them, although both will be hard to draw away from their existing codes.

Jess was unaware of the embryonic local leagues until arriving in South America. "I had found out about both Argentine and Chilean leagues once I arrived here". Initially there was no contact but Jonathon Barlow (Argentina) is understood to have attended the camp and soon Jess was in contact with Adrian Barraza (Chile) via email. Jess told WFN that he hopes to "assist in having Chilean players be made part of the next camp, along with the Brazilians". Barlow will assist with training the two young players selected for the World XVIII.

In terms of turn out and future plans, Peter Jess explained that there wasn't a lot of time to organise the first camp but they will return. "With the time constraints for the World Team selections it was ok. We know that the best talent congregates in November/March period, so we will reschedule one trip for that period this year". The initial thought is for a five year plan. Jess is also pushing for the AFL to have a pre-season game in Buenos Aires, and held discussions locally about introducing Auskick-style programs.


Cristopher Daniele (left) and Lucas De Vincenzi (right), pictured with Peter Jess.

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Two Argentines set for World XVIII
Authored by: Brett Northey on Thursday, June 03 2010 @ 10:05 pm ACST

Note story updated with additional comments from Peter Jess regarding their future plans:

In terms of turn out and future plans, Peter Jess explained that there wasn't a lot of time to organise the first camp but they will return. "With the time constraints for the World Team selections it was ok. We know that the best talent congregates in November/March period, so we will reschedule one trip for that period this year". The initial thought is for a five year plan.

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Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN

Two Argentines set for World XVIII
Authored by: Cam Homes on Friday, June 04 2010 @ 10:04 am ACST

If Peter Jess didn't know about the leagues that exist(small, embryonic tho' they may be) in South America it doesn't say much for his knowledge of the International Footy world. Just hope that his ability to find good players is better. I do think that these guys are really only going to be trying out for the World XVIII, not actually playing in it yet. I do wish them well tho.
Cam

Two Argentines set for World XVIII
Authored by: Brett Northey on Friday, June 04 2010 @ 09:06 pm ACST

To be fair, the leagues in Argentina and Chile are very very embryonic - certainly to know about them you would've had to actively go looking or be a regular reader of this site. The basic assumption by many people involved in the higher levels of the game is that there is nothing much outside of Australia - that's changing but slowly.

Regarding whether these two guys will play for the World XVIII, I think it's highly likely they will. You have to remember that for all the improvements in international footy with many more countries now playing, most of that is adults taking up the game. The World XVIII is for Under 18, and excludes the big youth growth areas in PNG and NZ and to a lesser extent the rest of Oceania.

So other than South Africa the pool is relatively small, and in general players have to fund their own way or get assistance from their local league, so not many countries were prepared to send more than 2 or 3 players. And a lot of players in the South Pacific side have been selected as elite athletes without much background in footy, so the Argentines playing is certainly on the cards. And yes, these cards are going to be in for a real battle. Hopefully in future years we'll get both - elite athletes with footy experience.

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Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN