The two Future Stars teams set to do battle ahead of the 2023 AFL Grand Final have been revealed.
Players in the game were all born in 2006 and will be eligible for the 2024 AFL National Draft. The game will showcase the talents of future AFL players and all of those playing will be striving for a spot in the 2024 AFL Academy Boys Program.
AFL National Academy Manager Tarkyn Lockyer addressed his delight with the game in a statement from the AFL.
“We are delighted to be able to play the game ahead of the 2023 Toyota AFL Grand Final and provide the opportunity for our young stars from across the country to experience the excitement of being part of the biggest day of the AFL season.”
A total of 46 players will take part in the game with teams split into Team Selwood and Team Naitanui. The players will arrive in Melbourne on the Friday before the game. They will train at The Hangar in Tullamarine before being addressed by both Joel Selwood and Nic Naitanui at a team dinner.
Sandringham Dragons teammates Levi Ashcroft and Murphy Reid will be in red-hot form heading into the game following their Coates Talent League premiership win last Saturday. Ashcroft featured in the AFL National Championships U18 Boys All-Australian side alongside Finn O'Sullivan and Sid Draper. Levi, the son of Marcus and brother to Will, is a clear highlight among the names listed.
Alongside those four are a plethora of famous surnames. Brothers Ben and Lucas Camporeale, sons of Blues man Scott, will take part. The Burgoyne name will feature in footy once again with Rome, son of Power legend Peter, also named.
Louie Montgomery and Tyler Welsh, the sons of former Power and Crows players respectively, will also feature.
The game will take place at the MCG at 9:35am and will be streamed free on the AFL website and app.
Full teams are listed below.
STATE LEAGUE CLUB
|6||Isaac||Kako||VIC M||Calder Cannons|
|8||Christian||Moraes||VIC M||Eastern Ranges|
|13||Austin||van der Struyf||WA||Claremont|
|14||Sam||Lalor||VIC C||GWV Rebels|
|20||Jonty||Faull||VIC C||GWV Rebels|
|28||Flynn||Penry||VIC C||GWV Rebels|
STATE LEAGUE CLUB
|8||Lucca||Grego||VIC M||Western Jets|
|17||Harry||O'Farrell||VIC M||Calder Cannons|
|19||Josh||Smillie||VIC M||Eastern Ranges|