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Australia Post Multicultural Team of Champions

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The AFL today announced the Australian multicultural Team of Champions initial squad list of 50 (see table below). To be eligible to be selected the players must either have been born overseas or had at least one parent born overseas.

Jock McHale has already been named coach and Alex Jesaulenko has been named as captain. AFL General Manager National and International Development Andrew Dillon stressed those selected were based on available information and will accept other nominations should other eligible players come to light.  "The AFL will also ask the WAFL and SANFL to put forward its nominations for players who should be considered for selection.  Many records pre-dating 1930 are incomplete and we will welcome any further nominations from the public who can confirm any player heritage from the early years of our game that we may not have been able to confirm."


 The nominations will cover the length of the VFL/AFL history 1896-2012.  The final team of 22 will be announced in late August.

Name Born Father Mother Heritage
Jason Akermanis Australia Canada   Canada
Peter Bell Korea Korea   Korean
Simon Black Australia New Zealand Australia New Zealand
Percy Bowyer England     English
Barry Breen Australia Ireland Ireland Irish
Dermott Brereton Australia Ireland   Irish
Roy Cazaly Australia England Scotland English
Trent Croad New Zealand     New Zealand
Peter Daicos Australia Macedonia   Macedonian
Alan Didak Australia Croatia Croatia Croatian
Robert DiPierdomenico Australia Italy Italy Italian
Andrew Embley Australia Anglo-Burmese/Spanish   Spanish
George Heinz Australia Germany   Germany
Glen Jakovich Australia Croatian   Croatian
Alex Jesaulenko (Capt.) Austria Ukraine Russian Ukraine
Sam Kekovich Australia Serbia Serbia Serbian
Tadhg Kennelly Ireland Ireland Ireland Irish
Daniel Kerr Australia India   Indian
Anthony Koutoufidies Australia Egypt Italy Greek
Allan La Fontaine Australia France   French
Justin Leppitsch Australia Austria   Austrian
Tony Liberatore Australia Italy Italy Italian
Stewart Loewe Australia Germany   German
Gary Malarkey Australia   Italy Italian
Alan Martello Australia Italy   Italian
Peter Matera Australia Italy Indigenous Italian
Jarrad McVeigh Australia England Australia English
Mark Mercuri Australia Italy Italy Italian
Mal Michael Papua New Guinea     Papua New Guinea
Joe Misiti Australia Italy Italy Italian
Sam Mitchell Australia   New Zealand New Zealand
Nic Naitanui Australia Fiji Fiji Fiji
Harry O'Brien Australia     Brazilian
Simon Prestigiacomo Australia Italy   Italian
Peter Riccardi Australia Italy   Italian
Nick Riewoldt Australia Germany Australia German
Anthony Rocca Australia Italy   Italian
Saverio Rocca Australia Italy   Italian
Ben Rutten Australia Holland New Zealand Holland
Matthew Scarlett Australia England   English
Wayne Schwass New Zealand     New Zealand
Michael Sexton Papua New Guinea     Papua New Guinea
Sergio Silvagni Australia Italy Italy Italian
Stephen Silvagni Australia Australia Italy Italian
Ian Stewart Australia Italy   Italian
Jim Stynes Ireland     Irish
Andrew Swallow Australia England   English
Nathan van Berlo Australia New Zealand New Zealand New Zealand
Paul Vander Haar Australia Dutch Dutch Dutch
John Worsfold Australia Australia England English
Jock McHale (Coach) Australia Ireland   Irish
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Australia Post Multicultural Team of Champions
Authored by: Troy Thompson on Monday, June 25 2012 @ 12:28 am ACST

At least a few I can think of might be a bit stiff to not be in that squad (compared to some that are) :- Mil Hanna, Jose Romero and Jim Edmond come to mind.  David Rodan and Alipate Carlile could possibly be in that list too.  Will chase up to see if  they have a list of eligible but not selected.

Australia Post Multicultural Team of Champions
Authored by: Mister Football on Monday, June 25 2012 @ 08:49 am ACST

What about Kouta?

Mister Football
Australia Post Multicultural Team of Champions
Authored by: CNFA on Saturday, July 14 2012 @ 08:56 am ACST

 Alan La fontaine father was not french but from Quebec (Canada). It is his grand-father who was french. I was in contact with his son and grand-son.