2018 AFL Under 18 Championships

The 2018 NAB AFL Under 18 Championships was the 23rd edition of the AFL Under 18 Championships.

2018 AFL Under 18 Championships
Division 1
ChampionsSouth Australia
Larke MedalSam Walsh (Vic Metro)
Academy series
Hunter Harrison MedalTarryn Thomas

The tournament was played in two divisions, with the best players from across the entire Division 2 Academy series, combined into an Allies team which would then compete in the later five team Division 1 tournament. Thus, division one was made up of 5 teams - Allies, South Australia, Vic Country, Vic Metro and Western Australia - playing each other across 5 rounds.[1]

South Australia won the division one title for the first time since 2014, Victorian Metro midfielder Sam Walsh won the Larke Medal as the division one best player while Tasmanian Tarryn Thomas won the Hunter Harrison Medal for the best player in the Under 18 Academy Series.[2]


Division 1

Round 1
Saturday, 9 June Allies 10.11 (71) def. Vic Country 6.12 (48) Spotless Stadium
Sunday, 10 June Western Australia 12.4 (76) def. by Vic Metro 14.10 (94) Optus Stadium Report
Bye: South Australia
Round 2
Saturday, 16 June Allies 6.14 (50) def. by Vic Metro 7.10 (52) Southport Oval Report
Sunday, 17 June South Australia 11.7 (73) def. Vic Country 6.10 (46) Adelaide Oval Report
Bye: Western Australia
Round 3
Sunday, 3 June South Australia 19.10 (124) def. Western Australia 5.5 (35) Alberton Oval Report
Sunday, 24 June Vic Country 8.10 (58) def. by Vic Metro 13.6 (84) MCG Report
Bye: Allies
Round 4
Friday, 29 June Allies 9.12 (66) def. by South Australia 13.12 (90) GMHBA Stadium Report
Friday, 29 June Vic Country 6.8 (44) def. by Western Australia 11.10 (76) GMHBA Stadium Report
Bye: Vic Metro
Round 5
Wednesday, 4 July Allies 10.11 (71) def. by Western Australia 12.6 (78) Etihad Stadium Report
Wednesday, 4 July Vic Metro 9.7 (61) def. by South Australia 17.14 (116) Etihad Stadium Report
Bye: Vic Country

All-Australian team

The 2018 All-Australian team [3]

2018 Under 18 All-Australian team
B: Jez McLennan (SA) Jacob Koschitzke (All) Isaac Quaynor (VM)
HB: Buku Khamis (VM) Kyle Reid (VC) Jordan Clark (WA)
C: Luke English (WA) Bailey Smith (VM) Luke Valente (SA) (vc)
HF: Bailey Scott (All) Jack Lukosius (SA) Jackson Hately (SA)
F: Izak Rankine (SA) Ben King (VM) Rylee West (VM)
Foll: Kieren Briggs (All) Sam Walsh (VC) (c) Chayce Jones (All)
Int: Sydney Stack (WA) Connor McFayden (All) Mitch O'Neill (All)
Will Gould (SA) Jeremy Sharp (WA)  
Coach: Tony Bamford (SA)


  1. Twomey, Callum (6 February 2017). "New format for U18 carnival". AFL.com.au. Bigpond. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  2. Twomey, Callum (4 July 2018). "Five key questions from the U18 championships". AFL Media. Telstra Media. Retrieved 7 April 2019.
  3. Twome, Callum (5 June 2018). "SA stars dominate U18 All Australian side". AFL Media. Telstra Media. Retrieved 7 April 2019.
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