Do talented NSW/ACT/QLD/NT/Tas youngsters need to move to Vic?

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Despite being a premiership player with the Lions, Taylah Harris was still desperate to move to Victoria in order to improve her game.
Nathan Buckley spent one year with the Lions under Robert Walls (which he said he enjoyed). Of course, he left as soon as he could... because he wanted 'to play finals football'.

In order to boost their skills, endurance and fitness do talented NSW/ACT/QLD/NT/Tas teenagers with AFL aspirations also need to move to Vic?

My son is playing for QLD U16... three games against NSW/ACT, Tas and the NT.

Is this 'mickey mouse' compared to the Vic-metro/Vic country/SA/WA stuff?

Just how big a difference is there?

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I don't know the answer, although with the academies now in play id doubt it. Yes more get drafted from Victoria but it's likely most Qld state footballers wouldn't get a look in to either Vic state side either

But the two examples you've posted could not be more irrelevant. One 25 years ago with a player who'd already made it wanting to leave a then basketcase - and the other is a women specific issue where most of the year they play in a comp other than the AFLW and in Queensland this has no link to their AFLW club where in Victoria it does
 

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I don't know the answer, although with the academies now in play id doubt it. Yes more get drafted from Victoria but it's likely most Qld state footballers wouldn't get a look in to either Vic state side either

But the two examples you've posted could not be more irrelevant. One 25 years ago with a player who'd already made it wanting to leave a then basketcase - and the other is a women specific issue where most of the year they play in a comp other than the AFLW and in Queensland this has no link to their AFLW club where in Victoria it does
I think the Taylah Harris example is relevant... She's going to be playing regular footy at a much higher standard than what we have here in the QAFLW.

Similarly for an U16 player in Brisbane... He may be playing QAFL... but is that really anywhere near the week-in week-out quality in Melbourne?
 
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Isaac Cumming stayed home in Broken Hill until he was drafted. He was assisted by the academy and accessed rep footy and NEAFL as well as coaching that way. I believe he's the first not to take a scholarship from a SANFL club and play underage footy there or a Victorian school and access TAC cup. Nick Shipley and Kieran Briggs are Sydney lads who've come through the academy and not left NSW.

So my answer is from Metrop areas in NSW at least definitely not, and from remote areas not really.

Some driven kids with the opportunity may well still attend boarding schools interstate with a strong Aussie rules culture and tradition though.
 
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I think the Taylah Harris example is relevant... She's going to be playing regular footy at a much higher standard than what we have here in the QAFLW.

Similarly for an U16 player in Brisbane... He may be playing QAFL... but is that really anywhere near the week-in week-out quality in Melbourne?
Possible that it makes a difference, but to date there hasn't been Victorian domination of the AFLW. Far from it, only 2 of the 6 grand finalists have been Victorian teams, with 1 of them arguably only there due to the flawed conference system. Time will tell though.

If you're a bloke, i'd guess that if you're good enough you find a level higher. eg. 16 and 17 year olds playing state league level, which would be a significantly higher standard than underage footy in Victoria. As I understand it the 4 NSW and Queensland AFL reserves teams top up with players from their academy. TBH, i'd be surprised if you didn't get a better level of coaching at an AFL club academy than you would at a TAC Cup team.
 
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Some driven kids with the opportunity may well still attend boarding schools interstate with a strong Aussie rules culture and tradition though.
Not sure how often kids move interstate, but here is an example of how it can play out in WA
https://thewest.com.au/sport/wafl/s...fl-draft-prospect-jeremy-sharp-ng-b881186014z
Likely first-round AFL draft prospect Jeremy Sharp will play school football rather than for the East Fremantle league team as he prepares for the national under 18s championship.

The school in question has had the Cameron brothers boarding over recent years & both were drafted.
 

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Not sure how often kids move interstate, but here is an example of how it can play out in WA
https://thewest.com.au/sport/wafl/s...fl-draft-prospect-jeremy-sharp-ng-b881186014z
Likely first-round AFL draft prospect Jeremy Sharp will play school football rather than for the East Fremantle league team as he prepares for the national under 18s championship.

The school in question has had the Cameron brothers boarding over recent years & both were drafted.
Patrick Cripps younger brother has made the firsts in year 11:
PATRICK Cripps' younger brother, Joshua, has emerged as the latest ... The 198cm ruckman is a developing big man at Aquinas College in ...
Another Northampton boy, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northampton,_Western_Australia
 

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If you are over 18 and haven't been drafted yet in Tasmania, then you have to move to another state if you wish to play AFL.

Jay Lockhart is another Tasmanian who moved to the VFL to keep his AFL dream alive. Ben Brown is the biggest example.
 

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If you are over 18 and haven't been drafted yet in Tasmania, then you have to move to another state if you wish to play AFL.

Jay Lockhart is another Tasmanian who moved to the VFL to keep his AFL dream alive. Ben Brown is the biggest example.
Guess that reflects on the recruiting process, are clubs well served by their recruiters??
 
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