Australia Announces Roster for 2015 IFAF World Championships

In the very first team meeting at the national selection camp, Team Australia head coach John Leijten stood in front of the 83 hopefuls and told them to in this camp they will work to “qualify for the job of their lives”.

When the 2015 IFAF World Championships roster announced back on February 25th, 45 men have.

Australia - Gridiron_Australia_logoFollowing days of speculation and anticipation, the final roster was released early in the morning on the Gridiron Australia Facebook page after the players received personal emails and messages, sparking widespread interest even as far away as potential IFAF World Championship opponents Brazi

Leijten understandably was confident following the week long selection process and the trials it brought. Leijten;

“We have had the hardest time selecting the team. Ever player in camp worked very hard to make the team and as a result we had some really tough decisions to make. We feel very good about our 2015 Outback team.”

Offensive Coordinator Paul Manera was succinct in his comments on the squad; Very happy with the team selected.”

AFI spoke with Leitjen who is Dresden preparing the Monarchs for their 2015 GFL season;

“We have a bunch of kids that are untested and inexperienced at this level but that might be good for us. We do have two guys that are with me on the MNRXs. One is a World Championships veteran and in his second year with me in Dresden (Damien Donaldson) the other is in his first year with me. (Isaac Summerfield) Both will have played a bunch of games in my system. We also have around a quarter of the team with 2011 WC experience back with us.”

Mirroring their recent dominance in last year’s Australian Gridiron League, Queensland had the most players selected (12) with tournament runners-up New South Wales (10) being close behind.

However, the mix between youth and experience may be one of the most important aspects that gels this team together, as 13 players with previous international experience were selected to accompany 32 fresh faces.

Defense

# Name Position State
25 Heamasi Akauola N WA
80 Bradley Bennett SLB WA
52 Zack Bryers SLB ACT
41 Tyson Burgess FS VIC
42 Marcos Delana MLB NSW
22 Damien Donaldson SS WA
76 Viliami Folau DT NSW
92 Carlisle Jones AT SA
2 Jason Leeon AT QLD
19 Paul Mamotte FCB WA
44 Sam Matautia DE QLD
27 Damien Molloy FS QLD
88 Bryn Nightingale BCB WA
24 Ryan Ottens WLB SA
16 James Pritchard N QLD
50 Samuel Reilly DE NSW
91 Alan Steinohrt DT QLD
5 Andrew Stevens MLB SA
21 Isaac Summerfield BCB QLD
47 Scott Wolfe SS VIC
15 Calvin Young FCB QLD

Offense

# Name Position State
63 Jason Aslimoski T NSW
81 Mitchell Besse WR QLD
60 Aaron Carbury G NSW
11 Kiernan  Dorney QB NSW
73 Joshua Faure G VIC
10 Conor Foley RB NSW
36 Tyson Garnham SL VIC
72 James Gifford OT NSW
26 Luke Jackson FB VIC
54 Gavin Jones OT SA
30 Eddie Kocwa K QLD
37 Nathan Lansdell RB WA
93 Blake Marklew WR WA
31 Jack Marton RB NSW
87 Matthew McKie TE VIC
1 Grant Mcnaughton WR NSW
74 Domenik Radman C ACT
82 Matthew Riles WR QLD
69 Michael Solomon G QLD
3 Jared Stegman QB QLD
18 Daniel Strickland SL WA
86 Michael Tedmanson WR SA
71 Jonathon Tostevin G VIC
64 Andrew Wright T WA
John McKeon
John McKeon is a former professional and collegiate American Football player and coach now living and working in New York. His goal is to spread news, information, and opinion on the global growth of the sport he loves.
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