Locals named for under-18 championships

Jacob Konstanty (Vic Country) and Paul Pascu (Vic Metro) are among the squads named for national championships.

A number of locals from Melbourne’s north-west will compete against the best under-18 football talent in the country at the under-18 boys national championships starting this weekend.

The final squads for Vic Metro and Vic Country were announced on Friday morning, following two trial matches between the teams last weekend.

The teams will both start their national championships next weekend, while other matches will get underway this week.

The Vic Metro side includes players from the Northern Knights, Western Jets and Calder Cannons.

Point Cook’s Cameron Kizan and Keilor’s Jovan Petric are the two Jets players in the squad, while Oak Park’s Paul Pascu is the only Cannons player in the squad.

Knights’ Darcy Edmends, Nate Caddy, Dane Harvey and Sam Grant are also in the squad.

AFL Academy member Aaron Cadman is part of the Vic Country team. The Greater Western Victorian Rebel player plays his local football at Darley in the Ballarat Football League.

Jack O’Sullivan, who is from Kyneton, is also part of the Vic Country team.

The two Victorian sides will each play three matches throughout June and July as part of the championships, before concluding the championships with a Vic Metro versus Vic Country showdown in September.

Additional players may be included to both squads for the match scheduled between the two teams in September.

Oakleigh Chargers head coach Jason Davenport has been appointed coach of Vic Metro, while Geelong Falcons head coach Paul Corrigan will lead Vic Country.