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    Preferred PartnersAFL Tasmania has adopted a new development focussed selection criteria for the interstate game between Tasmania and the Victorian Football League in 2012. The selection policy is planned to enable Tasmania to develop competitive interstate teams over the balance of the decade also.2012 State Team Selection CriteriaThe overriding strategy will be to select younger players with talent and potential, players who may catch the eye of AFL recruiters if they perform well at this level, with the points below being further detail:1. In the first year of what will be a six year program, prioritise the selection of

    players who are young and who might be able to come on the six year journey (or at least for say four years).

    2. Select players who possess AFL attributes, and who show a desire andwillingness to challenge themselves at a higher level.

    3. Only select experienced (say 24 years +) senior players with great character andcommitment to the cause, who are extremely fit and who can be part of the journey for at least two or three years.

    2013 onwards: Senior state academy members will be prioritised into the initial squad but not

    guaranteed final selection.Assistant Coaches: State team coaching selections will favour coaches with potential and long term

    coaching aspirations, who understand the player development process. 2012 Coaching and Support Squad Coaches: Adam Sanders, Anthony Taylor, Darren Winter, Ben Beams, Zane

    Littlejohn. Chairman: Nick Probert. Rehabilitation and fitness: Sam Yee. Runners: Scott Hawkins, Gavin Cooney. Head Trainer: Leon Cupit. Team Manager: Tim Cocker.


    I have been fortunate to be involved with the past seven National Championships coaching or managing the Under 16 and Under 18 Tasmanian teams. Other than senior state games, these are the only times that the traditional map jumper is worn in its true form on the National stage.It is always moving to see the reaction that the players have when given their jumpers for the first time. Regardless of the age it is something very special for footballers to be given a Tasmanian jumper. I remember being given my first jumper in 1987 for the Tasmanian Under 16 team. The pride that you feel to be given an opportunity to represent your state is immense. The jumper is 25 years old this year, but is still safely kept at my home and only occasionally comes out at Christmas for a quick lap around the table.In recent times Tasmania has won Under 18 National Championships in Division 2 in 2001, 2005, 2008, 2010 and 2011 and at Under 16 level in 2003, 2008 and 2010. On every occasion there is no doubt in my mind that these are moments that the players and staff involved will remember for the rest of their lives.For the players, they are wonderful, character building events where, under the pressure of the biggest stage, often on AFL stadiums and in front of the AFL community by whom they are being judged, the team has been able to stand up and perform, when it matters, to take the title. These are fantastic developmental milestones for the players who achieve them, that stand them in good stead for the rest of their lives, be it in football or elsewhere.At the national championships, Tasmania is treated with respect by all states, who know that, whilst sometimes overpowered against the larger division 1 states, games against Tasmania will always be hard, competitive contests. There are no easy games against Tasmania.It was an honour to wear the map in five games for the Tasmanian senior team through the 1990s and to play a small part in some history making victories, including victories at North Hobart against South Australia in 1995 and Victoria in 1998. Both were very strong teams, with representation from many ex-AFL interstate players who called Tasmania home at that point in time.Today we embark on a new era, with a fresh approach of selecting and developing our own young Tasmanian home grown talent and a new six year game program. One thing will not change and that is the pride in the jumper that every player will have today when they play and the awareness of the responsibility that they carry to uphold the values of those who have worn the jumper before them.

    Nick Probert State Talent Manager AFL Tasmania



    Cover: Tasmanian Captain, Andy Lee, and Victorian Captain, John Baird, with Blundstone Arena in the background.

  • 02 Brody MIHOCEK 03 Tom ALLWRIGHT

    04 Jason LAYCOCK 05 Jay BLACKBERRY

    18 Robbie FOX

    06 Scott STEPHENS

    07 Brayden WEBB

    17 Claye HARDY 19 Andrew LEE

    Tall running defender that has the ability to play forward in a key post position as he is a good mark for his size. Was picked as the All Australian CHB after his very good form in the National U18 Championships of 2011.

    Spent the last three year as a rookie player for the Geelong Cats in the AFL. Has returned home to play a role with the North Hobart FC as a running defender that can spend time rotating in the midfield.

    Genuine big man who has played AFL football and capable of controlling games. Very adept at either ruck or forward.

    A member of the 2010 winning National U18 Championship team, playing mainly as a small forward. Has now developed into a clever running midfielder that continues to kick goals.

    One of Burnies outstanding younger performers through the 2011 TSL finals series, Robbie is a creative outside player with excellent hands.

    Ex co-captain of the Devils and captain of Launceston FC. A capable and hardworking mid fielder.

    Hard at it inside midfielder for the Glenorchy FC, that has developed into one of the best midfielders in the TSL competition. Is a very good kick and good decision maker with ball in hand.

    A fit running player who is able to balance performing a role and winning his own possessions as well. Disciplined and skilful and a good decision maker.

    Spent time with the Essendon Football Club before going to South Australia. Has now returned home and is a big reason why the Burnie Dockers are one of the premiership favourites. Playing mainly as a key forward with some time spent in the Ruck.

    08 Ben REYNOLDSGenuine key position player forward or back and was Lefroy medallist in Tasmanias last representative game against Queensland.

    09 Jordan HARRISA disciplined utility player with excellent speed and endurance who has flown under the radar at Launceston for many seasons.


    11 Clinton FRENCHExciting player who plays with the passion all supporters love to see. Loves to celebrate a goal as much as shutting down an opposition small forward. Team first Player.

    12 Kaine WALLERTough inside player who was the TSL rookie of the year in 2010.

    15 Aaron FRENCHA lock down defender for Clarence who is also capable of doing a turn in the midfield where he is a well balanced and calm decision maker.

    20 Jake COXCreative and explosive left footed half forward who has the ability to turn a game in a small period of time. Is the most consistent player in the state wide league competition this season thus far and is

    21 Brady JONESPlayed mostly at community level due to state cricket commitments. Hard at it inside player that is a very good kick and along with his clean hands at ground level were he bring those around him into the game.

    22 Michael MUSICKAMichael has the x factor about him, when running/working hard both ways he has the ability to be a match winner. Was a winning member of the National U18 team of 2011. Another to keep an eye on.

    25 Bart McCULLOCHTall athletic player who spent 3 years on Brisbanes list and suffered chronic injuries 2012 is a year of consolidation and improvement

    26 Josh WOOLLEYAn underrated player Josh is a calm user of the footy and possesses an excellent left foot. At home in the back six look to him for rebounds from the defensive 50.

    29 Harry WALTERSA clever medium sized player with a strong vertical leap and plenty of tricks. Harry has carved out a role as a defensive back pocket to great effect in recent seasons. Can also kick goals.

    35 Dylan RILEYA hard running defender/wingman that is a very good mark for his size. Has the ability to turn defence into offence very quickly as he can cover the ground quickly.

    43 Nick McKENNATall athletic defender who is back at Burnie after a stint in the SANFL. Committed to the contest and with very good endurance Nick will be a key in defence.

    50 Ben BROWNTall young ruckman who has the ability to play key post in the forward half of the ground. Standing 200cm tall with outstanding hands at ground level for his size along with the ability to take contested marks.

    TASMANIA01 Trent STANDENTrent has the ability to break a game open and win a game off his own boot. Has uncanny crumbing and goal kicking ability. An exciting year for an exciting player.

    COACH - ADAM SANDERSEnjoyed a successful playing career at North Launceston which included Tasmanian State League premierships in 1995 under David Rhys-Jones and 1998 under Mathew Armstrong. Began coaching in Tasmania with Launceston in 2003 and after many years as a cellar dweller helped lift the Blues to regional titles in 2006, 2007 and 2008. Was appointed to the role of State Development Coach in 2010.

    31 Chris TAYLORSignificant change in body shape over the pre season with a high level of training. Has emerged mor


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