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World's young footy stars converge on Melbourne

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The youth World XVIII and South Pacific players have arrived in Australia for the NAB AFL Under 16 Championships, with both squads competing in Division Two against Tasmania, NT, Queensland and NSW/ACT.

The players were scheduled to touch down in Melbourne last weekend and are now undergoing an intensive week of skills training and general football education, before they head up to Sydney for their opening clash (which is against each other) next Sunday, July 4th.

A dispensation for the international sides, which are competing in this elite competition for the first time, is that they can field players up to 18 years old. The World side also includes a significant contingent of young multicultural Australian talent.

The AFL's program includes scratch matches last Sunday, an official welcome dinner, skills training at Melbourne University, a tour of the MCG, instruction on game sense and positioning, a movie night and a replay of the 2009 AFL Grand Final. The teams are staying at Ormond College, and will also attend the Brisbane versus Carlton clash at Etihad on Thursday, before heading to Sydney (New South Wales) on Friday.

The match schedule for the international sides is:

Sunday July 4th 2010

10.15am World XVIII v South Pacific (at Blacktown)

Wednesday July 7th 2010

1.30pm World XVIII v Tasmania (at Bruce Perser)
6.00pm South Pacific v QLD (at Blacktown)

Saturday July 10th 2010

12.15pm South Pacific v NT (at Blacktown)
2.30pm World XVIII v NSW/ACT (at Blacktown)

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World's young footy stars converge on Melbourne
Authored by: Ash Nugent on Wednesday, June 30 2010 @ 04:40 pm ACST

I don't suppose any matches will be televised?

World's young footy stars converge on Melbourne
Authored by: peterc on Wednesday, June 30 2010 @ 05:21 pm ACST

Sorry Ash we'll be lucky for it to even get a mention, just keep watching this space. But 1 can dream.

World's young footy stars converge on Melbourne
Authored by: krabby_me on Wednesday, June 30 2010 @ 10:12 pm ACST

The AFL has introduced a very visible section for the U18 National Champs, perhaps we will see the same for U16's.
I wouldnt be suprised if the World Team was shown in the media several times including several stories on the cross-country friendships made.

World's young footy stars converge on Melbourne
Authored by: Michael Christiansen on Thursday, July 01 2010 @ 05:48 am ACST

on a partially related topic - I was surprised to flick onto the 7.30 report last night only for Kerry O'Brien to start an introduction spiel for a story on Majak Daw.

Story link : Majak makes history

World's young footy stars converge on Melbourne
Authored by: Cam Homes on Thursday, July 01 2010 @ 12:35 pm ACST

Yeah I saw the ABC's Mazak Daw article and it was quite good. Much of the focus was about his backgound as well as his football. Maybe if a "human interest" story or 2 could be found about some of the foreign players then the "big" media might jump on board with stories about the Championships. That is if there's any time left after the hype about the "Bulldogs new Full Forward" :-)

World's young footy stars converge on Melbourne
Authored by: Michael Christiansen on Friday, July 02 2010 @ 07:46 am ACST

Didn't have to wait long - - the Age carrying this today AFL gets funky in talent search.

O'Loughlin described the task of playing Tasmania as ''enormous''.

''The 'funky bunch', we're calling them,'' he laughed. ''They're a great bunch of kids. Everyone who has worked with them has loved them, but they have a big task ahead of them to be ready for that game.''

World's young footy stars converge on Melbourne
Authored by: Cam Homes on Friday, July 02 2010 @ 11:45 am ACST

Even SBS, the "round ball' channel had a story about the World XVlll and South Pacific teams on last night's newscast (Les Murray must still be in South Africa) :-) Part of the segment focussed on the Indonesian youngster Komang Sujuya and the Bali Bombing/Jason McCartney connection. A 'human interest' angle as well as footy. Has any of the major media channels had a story about these teams and the Championships yet. I've not seen anything so far.

World's young footy stars converge on Melbourne
Authored by: Troy Thompson on Friday, July 02 2010 @ 12:35 pm ACST

I did also hear that they were going to do something with Fitzy from Channel 10 - probably on Before the Game on Saturday evening I guess?

World's young footy stars converge on Melbourne
Authored by: bernfried on Thursday, July 01 2010 @ 10:08 pm ACST

I would love to see a picture of the boys!
- a proud father -
bernfried

World's young footy stars converge on Melbourne
Authored by: Brett Northey on Thursday, July 01 2010 @ 10:54 pm ACST


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