AFL Under-19 Championships
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2022 AFL Under 19 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

The AFL Under-19 Championships (for sponsorship reasons, the NAB AFL Under-19 Championships) is an annual Australian national underage representative championship in Australian rules football tournament. It is seen as one of the main pathways towards being drafted into a team in the fully professional Australian Football League (AFL).

The National Championships grew out of the Teal Cup which began in 1953 as a junior representative competition between the Australian states of Queensland and New South Wales. It was rebranded in 1976 to reflect its expansion to include teams from each Australian state and mainland territory, rotated between host cities. In the absence of a national league, and less regular senior competition, it grew into one of the most important competitions in the country. Early on it was an Under-17 competition, however the age limit has been progressively increased and separate junior championships added for Under-15 level (commencing as the "Shell Cup" now AFL Under-16 National Championships) from the 1970s onwards. It was a major talent pathway for underage players outside of Victoria to the VFL. As part of the AFL Commission's role as national governing body the Victorian TAC Cup competition was restructured in 1992 to become the primary pathway to the AFL. As a result representative development sides from NSW/ACT and Tasmania for a time have played in that competition instead. However in recent years the National Championships has regained its status as a primary AFL recruitment pathway as the growth of the sport outside Victoria has accelerated.

The current competition is contested as a hybrid representative format. The best players from the Academy competitions (AFL club feeder teams) 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.

History

Originally known as the Teal Cup, it began in 1953 as a junior representative competition between the Australian states of Queensland and New South Wales. The Australian Capital Territory was the first other side to enter in 1973. With the addition of teams from each Australian state and mainland territory in 1976 was rebranded as the "National Championships" and split into two divisions with the strongest states including Victoria (later split into two sides: Vic Metro and Vic Country) comprising Division 1. Papua New Guinea was the first other country to field a team in 1979. The division 2 competition was replaced by the Under-19 Academy Series in 2017, with teams from the 4 Queensland and NSW AFL clubs' academies in addition to Northern Territory and Tasmania state teams. The entire competition was changed to under-19s in 2021 (the competition has previously operated under-17s and under-18s competitions).

With the AFL Commission phasing out representative football at senior level since 1994, the National Championships are one of the few opportunities to play for their state or territory. Players typically share the senior team's guernsey (with the exception of Victorian teams which play in variations of the state team guernsey, Vic Metro has a light blue Big V insignia and Vic Country plays in a reverse white with navy Big V).

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 winner of the 2019 division 1 tournament was Western Australia.

Winners and awards

Under 18 All-Australian and WA's Most Valuable Player award winner Anthony Morabito from the 2009 championship.
Under 18 All-Australian and WA's Most Valuable Player award winner Anthony Morabito from the 2009 championship.

Individual Awards

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.[1] Each tournament an underage All-Australian team is named and an MVP is also named for each team.

Past winners

Year Division 1 Premiers Larke Medal Division 2 Premiers Hunter Harrison Medal Host
1953 Queensland Queensland
1963 Queensland Queensland
1969 Brisbane, Queensland
1971 Queensland Queensland
1972 Queensland Queensland
1973 Queensland Queensland Sydney, New South Wales
1974 New South Wales New South Wales Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
1975 New South Wales New South Wales Brisbane, Queensland
1976 Victoria (Australia) Victoria Mick Woods (Vic) Wagga Wagga, New South Wales
1977 Victoria (Australia) Victoria Rodney Watts (Vic) Melbourne, Victoria
1978 South Australia South Australia Mark Weideman (SA) Brisbane, Queensland
1979 South Australia South Australia Grant Campbell (WA) Hobart, Tasmania
1980 South Australia South Australia Darryl Murphy (ACT) Perth, Western Australia
1981 Victoria (Australia) Victoria Paul Salmon (Vic) Melbourne, Victoria
1982 Victoria (Australia) Victoria Michael Phyland (NSW) Brisbane, Queensland
1983 Victoria (Australia) Victoria Greg Anderson (SA) Darwin, Northern Territory
1984 Victoria (Australia) Victoria David Condon (NSW) Sydney, New South Wales
1985 Western Australia Western Australia Jason Kerr (NSW) Perth, Western Australia
1986 Victoria (Australia) Victoria Stephen Lawrence (Qld) Adelaide, South Australia
1987 Victoria (Australia) Victoria Steven Kolyniuk (Vic) Hobart, Tasmania
1988 Victoria (Australia) Victoria Robbie Wright (NSW) Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
1989 Victoria (Australia) Vic Country Ray Windsor (Qld) Melbourne, Victoria
1990 Victoria (Australia) Vic Metro Paul Williams (Tas) Brisbane, Queensland
1991 South Australia South Australia Robert Neill (ACT) Darwin, Northern Territory
1992 Victoria (Australia) Vic Metro Daniel Southern (WA) Victoria (Australia) Vic Country Michael Voss (Qld) Melbourne, Victoria
1993 Victoria (Australia) Vic Metro Shaun McManus (WA) New South Wales New South Wales Mark Ryan (NT) Adelaide, South Australia
1994 Victoria (Australia) Vic Metro Daniel Harford (Vic Metro) Victoria (Australia) Vic Country Michael Martin (Tas)
1995 South Australia South Australia Luke Godden (Vic Metro)
Ben Setchell (Vic Country)
Western Australia Western Australia Steven Koops (NT)
1996 Victoria (Australia) Vic Metro Pat Steinfort (Vic Metro) Tasmania Tasmania Matthew Bernes (Tas)
1997 Victoria (Australia) Vic Metro Tim Finocchiaro (Vic Metro) Queensland Queensland Fred Campbell (NT)
1998 Victoria (Australia) Vic Metro Garth Taylor (WA) New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory NSW/ACT Shane Young (Qld)
Derek Murray (NSW/ACT)
1999 Western Australia Western Australia Paul Hasleby (WA) Queensland Queensland Brad Green (Tas)
2000 Victoria (Australia) Vic Country Kayne Pettifer (Vic Country) New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory NSW/ACT Ian Callinan (Tas)
2001 Victoria (Australia) Vic Metro Sam Power (Vic Metro)
Steven Armstrong (WA)
Tasmania Tasmania Tom Davidson (Tas) Melbourne, Victoria
2002 Victoria (Australia) Vic Metro Byron Schammer (SA) New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory NSW/ACT Anthony Corrie (NT) Melbourne, Victoria
2003 Victoria (Australia) Vic Country Kepler Bradley (WA) New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory NSW/ACT Jake Furfaro (Qld) Melbourne, Victoria
2004 Victoria (Australia) Vic Metro Jesse Smith (Vic Metro) Northern Territory Northern Territory Richard Tambling (NT) Melbourne, Victoria
2005 Victoria (Australia) Vic Metro Marc Murphy (Vic Metro) Tasmania Tasmania Grant Birchall (Tas) Melbourne, Victoria
2006 Victoria (Australia) Vic Metro Tom Hawkins (Vic Metro) Queensland Queensland Ricky Petterd (Qld) Melbourne, Victoria
2007 Western Australia Western Australia Cale Morton (WA) New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory NSW/ACT Craig Bird (NSW/ACT) VIC, WA, SA, NSW
2008 Victoria (Australia) Vic Metro Jack Watts (Vic Metro) Tasmania Tasmania Mitch Robinson (Tas) VIC, WA, SA, TAS
2009 Western Australia Western Australia David Swallow (WA)
Andrew Hooper (Vic Country)
New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory NSW/ACT Dylan McNeil (NSW/ACT) National (excluding ACT)
2010 Victoria (Australia) Vic Country Harley Bennell (WA) Tasmania Tasmania Sam Darley (Tas) National (excluding ACT)
2011 Victoria (Australia) Vic Metro Stephen Coniglio (WA) Tasmania Tasmania John McKenzie (Tas) National (excluding ACT)
2012 Victoria (Australia) Vic Metro Lachie Whitfield (Vic Country) Northern Territory Northern Territory Jake Neade (NT) National (excluding ACT)
2013 South Australia South Australia Dom Sheed (WA) Tasmania Tasmania Liam Dawson (Qld)
Kade Kolodjashnij (Tas)
Toby Nankervis (Tas)
National (excluding ACT)
2014 South Australia South Australia Christian Petracca (Vic Metro) New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory NSW/ACT Isaac Heeney (NSW/ACT) VIC, WA, SA, NSW
2015 Victoria (Australia) Vic Country Josh Schache (Vic Country) Queensland Queensland Ben Keays (Qld) VIC, WA, SA, QLD
2016 Victoria (Australia) Vic Metro Jack Graham (South Australia) New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory NSW/ACT Jack Bowes (Qld) National (excluding ACT)
2017 Victoria (Australia) Vic Metro Oscar Allen (Western Australia) Nick Blakey (Sydney) VIC, WA, SA, NSW
2018 South Australia South Australia Sam Walsh (Vic Country) Tasmania Tasmania Tarryn Thomas (Tasmania) VIC, SA, QLD
2019 Western Australia Western Australia Deven Robertson (WA) Connor Budarick (Qld) VIC, NSW, SA

Participating teams

Current

Division 1

Division 2

Past

Sponsors

The tournament is currently sponsored by the National Australia Bank, having previously been sponsored by Caltex and the Commonwealth Bank.[4]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Barfoot, Michael (December 1995). History of NTFL. p. 107.
  2. ^ "Last chance for bottom teams". The Canberra Times. Vol. 47, no. 13,456. 8 June 1973. p. 19. Retrieved 21 December 2021 – via Trove.
  3. ^ "Qld seeks junior rules game". The Canberra Times. Vol. 44, no. 12,494. 16 December 1969. p. 23. Retrieved 21 December 2021 – via Trove.
  4. ^ 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.

References