2008 AFL Under-18 Championships

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The 2008 AFL National Under 18 Championships is the 2008 series of the AFL National Under 18 Championships, a state and territory based Australian rules football competition which showcase the best junior footballers in Australia, primarily with the aim for them to be drafted into the Australian Football League.

The competition is split into two divisions. The major football states of Victoria (split into separate Country and Metropolitan teams), South Australia and Western Australia are in Division 1, with the smaller football states of Northern Territory, NSW/ACT, Tasmania and Queensland are in Division 2. Unlike previous years, in 2008 the top two teams from the Division 2 competition advanced to be part of Division 1.

Division 2 games were played as a qualifying series over a week in May in Melbourne, whereas Division 1 will be played mainly as curtain-raisers before AFL matches in late May and early June.

Division 2 qualifying series[edit]

DATE HOME TEAM SCORE AWAY TEAM SCORE VENUE TIME
Wed 7/5 Northern Territory 7-4(46) NSW/ACT 11-8(74) Casey Fields 11:15am
Wed 7/5 Tasmania 12-5(77) Queensland 7-11(53) Casey Fields 1:30pm
Sat 10/5 Tasmania 11-11(77) Northern Territory 10-4(64) Melbourne Cricket Ground 2:20pm
Sat 10/5 NSW/ACT 9-13(67) Queensland 5-6(36) Melbourne Cricket Ground 4:20pm
Tue 13/5 NSW/ACT 8-7(55) Tasmania 13-6(84) Casey Fields 10:15am
Tue 13/5 Northern Territory 14-7(91) Queensland 5-7(37) Casey Fields 12:30pm

Division 2 Table

TEAM WON LOST FOR AGAINST PERCENTAGE
Tasmania 3 0 238 172 138.37%
NSW/ACT 2 1 196 166 118.07%
Northern Territory 1 2 201 188 106.91%
Queensland 0 3 126 235 53.62%

Tasmania is the No.1 Qualifier and NSW/ACT is the No.2 Qualifier into Division 1.[1]

Mitch Robinson from Tasmainia won the Hunter-Harrison Medal as best player in Division 2.[2]

Division 1[edit]

In 2008 Division One was extended from 3 rounds to 5 rounds with the addition of the top 2 teams from Division Two.

Fox Sports 1 telecast the final round of games live from the Telstra Dome on Wednesday 9 July from 10am EST.

Melbourne Radio Station 3XX 1611AM broadcast games played in Melbourne on Wednesday 9 July

DATE HOME TEAM SCORE AWAY TEAM SCORE VENUE TIME
Sun 25/5 Victoria Country 11-7(73) Victoria Metro 12-4(76) Melbourne Cricket Ground 11:10am
Sat 31/5 South Australia 17-6(108) Tasmania 9-9(63) Adelaide Oval 10:55am
Sun 1/6 Western Australia 15-7(97) NSW/ACT 4-3(27) Subiaco Oval 11:30am
Sat 7/6 NSW/ACT 11-6(72) Victoria Country 10-7(67) Henson Park 12:30pm
Sun 8/6 South Australia 4-13(37) Western Australia 15-12(102) AAMI Stadium 1:25pm
Mon 9/6 Tasmania 1-7(13) Victoria Metro 12-8(80) Bellerive Oval 12:35pm
Sat 14/6 Tasmania 9-8(62) NSW/ACT 11-8(74) Aurora Stadium 12:30pm
Sat 21/6 Western Australia 6-7(43) Victoria Country 11-4(70) Subiaco Oval 2:30pm
Sun 22/6 South Australia 8-6(54) Victoria Metro 17-5(107) Adelaide Oval 1pm
Sat 5/7 Tasmania 6-4(40) Western Australia 14-16(100) Casey Fields 10am
Sat 5/7 Victoria Country 9-10(64) South Australia 14-14(98) Casey Fields 12:15pm
Sat 5/7 Victoria Metro 11-14(80) NSW/ACT 4-5(29) Casey Fields 2:30pm
Wed 9/7 South Australia 20-12(132) NSW/ACT 8-4(52) Telstra Dome 10:05am
Wed 9/7 Tasmania 6-4(40) Victoria Country 22-6(138) Telstra Dome 12:15pm
Wed 9/7 Victoria Metro 14-9(93) Western Australia 9-10(64) Telstra Dome 2:30pm

Division 1 Table

TEAM WON LOST FOR AGAINST PERCENTAGE
Victoria Metro 5 0 436 233 187.12%
Western Australia 3 2 406 267 152.06%
South Australia 3 2 429 388 110.57%
Victoria Country 2 3 412 329 125.23%
NSW/ACT 2 3 254 438 57.99%
Tasmania 0 5 218 500 43.60%

The Larke Medal (Best Player in Div 1) was awarded to Jack Watts (Victoria Metro).[3]

2008 AFL Under-18 All-Australian team[edit]

The 2008 Under-18 All-Australian team was announced following the conclusion of the 2008 AFL National Under 18 Championships.

2008 AFL Under-18 All-Australian team
B: Nick Suban (Victoria Country) Michael Hurley (Victoria Metro) Clancee Pearce (Western Australia)
HB: Stephen Hill (Western Australia) Jordan Lisle (Victoria Metro) Rhys O'Keefe (South Australia)
C: Mitch Robinson (Tasmania) Matt De Boer (Western Australia) David Zaharakis (Victoria Metro)
HF: Hamish Hartlett (South Australia) Lewis Johnston (South Australia) Tom Scully (Victoria Metro)
F: Tyrone Vickery (Victoria Metro) Jack Watts (Victoria Metro) Michael Walters (Western Australia)
Foll: Nicholas Naitanui (Western Australia) Jack Ziebell (Victoria Country) Ranga Ediriwickrama (NSW/ACT)
Int: Daniel Rich (Western Australia) Shaun McKernan (Victoria Metro) Kade Klemke (NSW/ACT)
Steele Sidebottom (Victoria Country)
Coach: David Dickson (Victoria Metro) — Assistant coach: Danny Stevens (NSW/ACT)


References[edit]

  1. ^ Hanlon, Peter; Young talent time; Realfooty.com.au; 2008-05-14
  2. ^ Sheehan, Kevin; A winner on all fronts; AFL.com.au; 2008-05-14
  3. ^ Harris, Amelia (10 July 2008); Talent manager predicts bumper 2009 AFL draft

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