Hundreds of country Victoria’s best Under 15 players have been busily preparing for the 2018 V/Line Cup, with regional trials being conducted across the state.
Players are vying for their opportunity to compete at this year’s V/Line Cup carnival which serves as a major stepping stone to AFL Victoria’s mainstream talent pathway, the TAC Cup.
The V/Line Cup also provides an important development pathway for young umpires, with umpire nominations from the V/Line Umpire Academy currently under review for the 2018 carnival.
Eight different regions in Victoria will host teams within the 2018 V/Line Cup, which is set to return to Latrobe City council for the fourth year.
The four-day carnival will kick off on September 24 and include two Under-15 Boys divisions and one Under-16 Girls division.
Over the past month, regions have already commenced their journey to the V/Line Cup carnival, holding a series of regional trials aiming to identify upcoming talent as they work to finalise their V/Line Cup Squads.
AFL Goldfields, AFL Western District and AFL Wimmera Mallee, in conjunction with the Western Bulldogs Next Generation Academy (WB NGA) have recently announced their final V/Line Cup Under 15 boys squad, following a series of trial games in July.
After an extensive selection process and the WB NGA regional trial matches, the initial V/Line squad has been selected, with Team Manager Jason Muldoon excited to provide an opportunity for his region’s best player to showcase their skills.
“The selection process was very thorough, we are bringing together players from across the WB NGA zones, which is a huge area,” he said.
“The selectors and WB NGA coaches have worked hard to ensure the players have the best opportunity to display their skills, so we’re looking forward to another great showing at the V/Line Cup next month.”
Training has also begun for the 2018 Under-16 Western Victoria V/Line Cup squad with the best 24 players across the Goldfields and Western District were selected following the Under-16 Western Victoria carnival at Ararat’s Alexandra Oval.
Similarly, AFL Goulburn Murray, AFL Sunraysia and AFL Central Victoria kicked off their trials on July 3 with the Pioneers Under-15 regional Carnival held in Mildura.
Supported by their aligned Next General Academy Club, Richmond Football Club, the players received fantastic academy sessions including hearing from key members of the Club including Brendon Gale, Neil Balme, Kate Sheahan and Dale Weightman as guest speakers at the program.
All V/Line Cup squads will be finalised in August and published on the AFL Victoria website in the lead up to next month’s 2018 V/Line Cup carnival.