Northwind announces initial squad

Northwind coach Cody Royle has selected an initial squad of 61 men from across Canada – each vying for a coveted position on the final squad to play in Melbourne in 2020.

The Northwind – the Canadian men’s Australian rules football team – will contest its seventh consecutive International Cup where it will look to rattle the big teams.

“Games at this level aren't won by the top tier of players, they're won by the second tier,” Royle said.

“We have the depth and the potential to keep up with Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Ireland and the US, so my singular goal for us at the International Cup is to realize that potential.”

From the 61 selected, the team will be whittled down to 44 after a training camp in Edmonton in May. The final squad of 30 will then be announced after a selection camp in Toronto.

Royle said the majority of players were selected from their performances at the National Championships played in July.

“I looked for two things this time around,” he said.

“Number one, how regularly can you win your own possessions, and two, how much impact can you have once you've got it?
“We play in the summer here, but on small grounds, in the mud, in the middle of Melbourne's winter, it's important that you can go and get your own footy, and then do something valuable with it once you've got it.

Most players can receive the ball and boot it forward, but what the elite players can do is win their own ball, and then change the course of the game with how they dispose of it.”

The Northwind will host at least three training camps in the lead up to the International Cup with the aim to spend as much time together as possible.

“Having all 60 players be able to spend three camps together, and receive more direct coaching from me and the rest of the staff, that's been missing in the past,” Royle said.

“AFL Canada has also invested heavily in technology to allow us to coach the players remotely.

“We'll be having frequent webinars to educate our guys on everything from diet and preparation to meditation and recovery. Anything that can help us.”

 

 

 


First name

Last name

Team

Connor

Adair

Burnaby Eagles

Matt

Adams

Burnaby Eagles

Myles

Amirault

Halifax Dockers

Logan

Anderson

Burnaby Eagles

Brandon

Bentley

Etobicoke Kangaroos

Michael

Berk

Edmonton Wombats

Kenneth

Boudreau

West Island Wooders

Chris

Bourque

Sydney Giants

Giancarlo

Brancati

Burnaby Eagles

CJ

Brassington

Burnaby Eagles

Alex

Breese

Montreal Demons

Greg

Bridges

Ottawa Swans

Russel

Calvert

Edmonton Wombats

James

Clock

Ottawa Swans

Brian

Correia

Grand River Gargoyles

James

Duggan

Toronto Dingos

Eric

Escaravage

Burnaby Eagles

Aaron

Falcioni

Toronto Eagles

Mike

Fischer

Grand River Gargoyles

Scott

Glover

Edmonton Wombats

Kyle

Graham

Montreal Demons

Jordan

Harcombe

Ottawa Swans

Quinn

Hobbs

Burnaby Eagles

Alex

Huard

Ottawa Swans

Riyad

Karacic

Etobicoke Kangaroos

Kerim

Karacic

Etobicoke Kangaroos

Anthony

Kennedy

Edmonton Wombats

Eric

Klein

Burnaby Eagles

Myles

Knight

Halifax Dockers

Greg

Layman

Ottawa Swans

Nick

Liang

Hamilton Wildcats

Evan

Lloyd

West Coast Saints

Trent

Loosemore

Burnaby Eagles

Clay

Lund

Whistler Hawks

Erik

Lund

Whistler Hawks

Robin

Macdonald

Burnaby Eagles

Jacob

Martin

Grand River Gargoyles

Ryan

McNabb

Toronto Eagles

Filip

Mierzejewski

Edmonton Wombats

Nate

Millar

Grand River Gargoyles

Chris

Moning

Hamilton Wildcats

Kyle

Mundell

Grand River Gargoyles

Adam

Nash

Ottawa Swans

Jim

Oertel

Burnaby Eagles

Patrick

Radvanyi

Edmonton Wombats

Garrett

Reynolds

Toronto Eagles

Matt

Ryan

Burnaby Eagles

Tyler

Schwartzentruber

Grand River Gargoyles

Jeremy

Schwartzentruber

Grand River Gargoyles

Steve

Setka

Winnipeg Bears

Justin

Settle

Hamilton Wildcats

Nicholas

Shalagan

Toronto Rebels

Ronan

Shaughnessy

Old Montreal Dockers

Anthony

Shostal

Edmonton Wombats

Matthia

Singh

Burnaby Eagles

Rob

Tersigni

Toronto Rebels

Riley

Turpin

Ottawa Swans

Morgan

Whyte

Montreal Demons

Mike

Wilkinson

Ottawa Swans

 




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