TAC cup footy?

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I am currently 15 years old and living in Sydney and I want to play in the afl. Only problem is, players who come from sydney nowadays are pretty much always drafted through the swans and gws giants academies, so if you're not in those academies its really difficult to get noticed. I was thinking that I could move to victoria and play TAC cup footy after high school and potentially making it through there but I'm a bit unsure about whether or not teams would take a chance on me if I haven't played reps or academy or stuff like that.

What do I have to do to impress TAC teams when the time comes?

Bit of a strange question but if anyone from victoria who knows this could answer that'd be great. Cheers
 

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How could you play tac/u18's AFTER high school?

Maybe try and get in to a NEAFL team up there where you'd at least play against those academies and even better kick 6 against them
 

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I think you stand a better chance in NSW than you do in Victoria especially if you can play. I've seen a lot of kids over the years who I thought had it, but are playing local footy. cptkirk is right. Get yourself into a side in the NEAFL, or at least start by aiming to play senior footy in your local league.
 

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If you're good enough you'll get noticed regardless. Play a good game in a reasonably high level underage game and no doubt someone will be there watching and who knows what can happen from there.
 

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Not sure they'd take you as an underage to be honest - they might prefer (they being AFL/VFL)might prefer you to go through the TAC until you're "of age?

What have you done up until now and where are you at right now?
 
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I actually haven't played any representative footy, and I don't think it's because I'm not good enough to it's simply just that I've never tried out. I lived in America from when I was 8 until I was 12 so I wasn't actually in Sydney to trial for Swans Academy or anything, and I missed the rep trials this year. I know it sounds far fetched to say that I wan't a career in the afl but I do think I can get there.
I looked at the squad lists for vfl teams and there were a number of 18 and 19 year olds playing in those teams...
 

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Yeah but they would have been the next drafted last year you know and there's a fair bit of "who you know" going on where afl clubs might suggest to vfl counterparts this bloke is close, develop him this year and we'll take a good look at him

If I was you I'd try as hard as I could to see if i could get "in" somehow with the academy or those who run it...look where the academy kids came from initially...if you don't try out in some from then you're no chance

Do you know anyone in the academy's?
 
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Yeah I do there's a bunch of coaches who come in and out of the school comp system and such and I play with a lot of academy guys for club.
 

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Whatever happens in the next few years, good luck. I've watched kids win 2 Vic Metro Interleague titles who then went on to TAC Cup and VFL sides and only 2 of them got drafted and both rookie listed. Out of that group I seriously thought ten were capable of playing at AFL level, but it's bloody hard and you have to be both a bit lucky and extremely good.
 

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I’d be looking to play seniors in the NEAFL in the next year or two.
If nothing comes of that your best bet will be the VFL, SANFL or WAFL (probably the latter two with the death of the VFL development league).
 

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I suppose you could ask to train with them but I would assume they'd like to see a "resume" of sorts to see where you've come from and what level/s of footy you've played so they're not wasting their time so to speak
 
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