AFL Under 18 Championships

The NAB AFL Under 18 Championships are the annual national Australian rules football championships for players aged 18 years or younger. The competition is seen as one of the main pathways towards being drafted into a team in the fully professional Australian Football League (AFL). Originally known as the Teal Cup, the competition began in 1953 between Queensland and New South Wales, but now features teams from each Australian state and mainland territory. Since 2017, the division 2 competition has been replaced by the Under 18 Academy Series, with teams from the 4 Queensland and NSW AFL clubs' academies in addition to Northern Territory and Tasmania state teams. The best players from the academy competition then combine to form an 'Allies' team in conjunction with South Australia, Western Australia and two Victoria teams, Metro (Melbourne Metropolitan Area) and Country to contest the division 1 tournament. The tournament is currently sponsored by the National Australia Bank, having previously been sponsored by Caltex and the Commonwealth Bank.[1] The winner of the 2019 division 1 tournament was Western Australia.

NAB AFL Under 18 Championships
Most recent season or competition:
2019 AFL Under 18 Championships
FormerlyTeal Cup (1953–1995)
SportAustralian rules football
Inaugural season1953
AdministratorAustralian Football League
No. of teams8
Most recent
champion(s)
(D1) Western Australia
(2019)
Most titles(D1) Vic Metro (17)
(D2) Tasmania (8)
TV partner(s)Fox Footy (Div. 1 games)
Sponsor(s)National Australia Bank
Related
competitions
AFL Women's Under 18 Championships

Winners and awardsEdit

The Larke Medal is awarded to the best player in Division 1 of the competition. It is named in honour of a junior footballer, Michael Larke, who was killed in a bus crash while attending a trial match for New South Wales. The Hunter Harrison Medal is awarded to the best player in Division 2 and is named in honour of the former president and life member of the Northern Territory Football League, Hunter Harrison, who played a major role in the development of the AFL youth championships.[2]

Past winnersEdit

Year Division 1 Premiers Larke Medal Division 2 Premiers Hunter Harrison Medal
1953   Queensland
1963   Queensland
1971   Queensland
1972   Queensland
1973   Queensland
1974   New South Wales
1975   New South Wales
1976   Victoria Mick Woods (Vic)
1977   Victoria Rodney Watts (Vic)
1978   South Australia Mark Weideman (SA)
1979   South Australia Grant Campbell (WA)
1980   South Australia Darryl Murphy (ACT)
1981   Victoria Paul Salmon (Vic)
1982   Victoria Michael Phyland (NSW)
1983   Victoria Greg Anderson (SA)
1984   Victoria David Condon (NSW)
1985   Western Australia Jason Kerr (NSW)
1986   Victoria Stephen Lawrence (Qld)
1987   Victoria Steven Kolyniuk (Vic)
1988   Victoria Robbie Wright (NSW)
1989   Vic Country Ray Windsor (Qld)
1990   Vic Metro Paul Williams (Tas)
1991   South Australia Robert Neill (ACT)
1992   Vic Metro Daniel Southern (WA)   Vic Country Michael Voss (Qld)
1993   Vic Metro Shaun McManus (WA)   New South Wales Mark Ryan (NT)
1994   Vic Metro Daniel Harford (Vic Metro)   Vic Country Michael Martin (Tas)
1995   South Australia Luke Godden (Vic Metro)
Ben Setchell (Vic Country)
  Western Australia Steven Koops (NT)
1996   Vic Metro Pat Steinfort (Vic Metro)   Tasmania Matthew Bernes (Tas)
1997   Vic Metro Tim Finocchiaro (Vic Metro)   Queensland Fred Campbell (NT)
1998   Vic Metro Garth Taylor (WA)  /  NSW/ACT Shane Young (Qld)
Derek Murray (NSW/ACT)
1999   Western Australia Paul Hasleby (WA)   Queensland Brad Green (Tas)
2000   Vic Country Kayne Pettifer (Vic Country)  /  NSW/ACT Ian Callinan (Tas)
2001   Vic Metro Sam Power (Vic Metro)
Steven Armstrong (WA)
  Tasmania Tom Davidson (Tas)
2002   Vic Metro Byron Schammer (SA)  /  NSW/ACT Anthony Corrie (NT)
2003   Vic Country Kepler Bradley (WA)  /  NSW/ACT Jake Furfaro (Qld)
2004   Vic Metro Jesse Smith (Vic Metro)   Northern Territory Richard Tambling (NT)
2005   Vic Metro Marc Murphy (Vic Metro)   Tasmania Grant Birchall (Tas)
2006   Vic Metro Tom Hawkins (Vic Metro)   Queensland Ricky Petterd (Qld)
2007   Western Australia Cale Morton (WA)  /  NSW/ACT Craig Bird (NSW/ACT)
2008   Vic Metro Jack Watts (Vic Metro)   Tasmania Mitch Robinson (Tas)
2009   Western Australia David Swallow (WA)
Andrew Hooper (Vic Country)
 /  NSW/ACT Dylan McNeil (NSW/ACT)
2010   Vic Country Harley Bennell (WA)   Tasmania Sam Darley (Tas)
2011   Vic Metro Stephen Coniglio (WA)   Tasmania John McKenzie (Tas)
2012   Vic Metro Lachie Whitfield (Vic Country)   Northern Territory Jake Neade (NT)
2013   South Australia Dom Sheed (WA)   Tasmania Liam Dawson (Qld)
Kade Kolodjashnij (Tas)
Toby Nankervis (Tas)
2014   South Australia Christian Petracca (Vic Metro)  /  NSW/ACT Isaac Heeney (NSW/ACT)
2015   Vic Country Josh Schache (Vic Country)   Queensland Ben Keays (Qld)
2016   Vic Metro Jack Graham (South Australia)  /  NSW/ACT Jack Bowes (Qld)
2017   Vic Metro Oscar Allen (Western Australia) Nick Blakey (Sydney)
2018   South Australia Sam Walsh (Vic Country)   Tasmania Tarryn Thomas (Tasmania)
2019   Western Australia Deven Robertson (WA) Connor Budarick (Qld)

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Taylor, Kevin. The Story of the Teal Cup and AFL National Under 18 Championships – Full Points Footy. Retrieved 4 July 2013, from the Pandora Archive.
  2. ^ Barfoot, Michael (December 1995). History of NTFL. p. 107.

ReferencesEdit

  • Lovett, Michael, ed. (2005). AFL Record Guide to Season 2005. p. 764. ISBN 0-9580300-6-5.