Allies squad named for 2023 U18 Boys Championships

The Allies squad for the 2023 AFL National Championships – U18 Boys has been announced.

A total of 31 players (12 NSW/ACT players) have been selected in the Allies squad, comprising players from the Northern Territory, NSW/ACT, Queensland and Tasmania.

The 12 players from NSW/ACT include AFL Academy members Caiden Cleary, Lachlan Cabor and Connor O’Sullivan.

Caiden Cleary also represented the Allies as a bottom-aged player at last year’s Championships.

The Allies will be coached by Mark McVeigh, who is currently serving as head coach of the Sydney Swans Academy’s U18 Boys program.

McVeigh played 232 AFL games for Essendon from 1999 to 2012, before spending eight years in an assistant coach role at GWS Giants, serving as caretaker senior coach in 2022.

Dale Eames (Gold Coast Suns Academy), Michael Horne (GWS Giants Academy), Drew Mitchell (Brisbane Lions Academy) and Brent Renouf (Northern Territory Academy) also feature in the Allies’ coaching panel.

The Allies squad will come together for a training camp in Sydney this weekend in preparation for the commencement of the Championships.

The 2023 AFL National Championships – U18 Boys will be played across Australia throughout June and July, featuring the Allies, South Australia, Victoria Country, Victoria Metro and Western Australia.

The Championships commence with a clash between the Allies and South Australia at Adelaide’s Thebarton Oval on Sunday, June 4.

The AFL National Championships are the highest level of state and territory representative football, as part of the AFL’s Talent Pathway Program.

All games will be broadcast live and free on

Below is the Allies squad for the 2023 AFL National Championships – U18 Boys:

3CaidenCleary05-Mar-05182NSW/ACTSydney Swans Academy/Sydney University
4RyleySanders21-Jan-05186TASSandringham Dragons/North Launceston
5ColbyMcKercher12-Apr-05182TASTasmania Devils/Launceston
6HarveyThomas08-Aug-05177NSW/ACTGWS Giants Academy/Turvey Park
7LachlanCabor28-Sep-05181NSW/ACTSydney Swans Academy/Shellharbour
8StanleyWaistcoat15-Feb-05178NTNT Academy/South Fremantle/Sporties Spitfires
9JakeRogers02-Mar-05172QLDGold Coast Suns Academy/Broadbeach
10LeonardoLombard05-Oct-06178QLDGold Coast Suns Academy/Broadbeach/Burleigh
11PhoenixGothard07-Sep-05179NSW/ACTMurray Bushrangers/Albury
12WilliamRowlands19-Jun-05180NTNT Academy/Southern Districts/Norwood
13JackCallinan07-Oct-05179TASTasmania Devils/Clarence
14IndhiKirk31-Aug-04181NSW/ACTSydney Swans Academy/UNSW Eastern Suburbs
15JamesLeake02-Oct-05188TASTasmania Devils/Launceston
16OrlandoTurner16-May-05176NTNT Academy/Norwood/South Alice Springs
17ClayShadforth11-Apr-06180NTNT Academy/South Adelaide/Palmerston
18MaxRider28-Aug-05186NSW/ACTSydney Swans Academy/UNSW Eastern Suburbs
19JackGlanvill09-May-05186NSW/ACTGWS Giants Academy/Turvey Park
24SamuelMarshall19-Jan-06185QLDBrisbane Lions Academy/St Bedes Mentone
25JedWalter08-Jun-05195QLDGold Coast Suns Academy/Palm Beach Currumbin
26WilliamGraham27-Jul-05186QLDGold Coast Suns Academy/Palm Beach Currumbin
27HeathOllington10-Dec-04190TASTasmania Devils/North Launceston
28NickWilliams02-May-04191QLDGold Coast Suns Academy/Surfers Paradise
29TyeGander04-Apr-04193NSW/ACTSydney Swans Academy/St George Dragons
30CharlieMcCormack02-Apr-05198NSW/ACTGWS Giants Academy/Coolamon 
31ThomasBeaumont05-Jan-05186TASTasmania Devils/Launceston
38PatrickSnell18-Jul-05194QLDBrisbane Lions Academy/Wilston Grange
39EthanRead07-Jul-05200QLDGold Coast Suns Academy/Palm Beach Currumbin
40BradleyMcDonald29-Aug-05199QLDBrisbane Lions Academy/Maroochydore
41ConnorO’Sullivan19-May-05198NSW/ACTMurray Bushrangers/Albury
42DaynePosthuma17-Mar-04200NSW/ACTGWS Giants Academy/Queanbeyan
44CalebMay13-May-05206NSW/ACTSydney Swans Academy/South West Sydney Blues