The Brisbane Lions strong start to the Under 18 Academy season this year has seen six players selected in the Allies Squad to compete in the 2024 Marsh AFL National Championships.

Daniel Annable, Ty Gallop, Ryan Gilder, Fergus McFayden, Billy Richardson and Sam Marshall were all named in the squad.

Annable, a hard-working midfielder known for his high work rate and contested ball winning abilities has continued his good form from 2023.

As an under 16 last season, Annable averaged 30 disposals in 2023 AFL National Championships, Under 16, to be awarded the Brisbane Lions Academy MVP, while also earning Al-Australian honours.

A clean and tough player at the contest, who is able to get the ball from the inside out through quick and creative hands.

Gallop, a big, bodied forward who loves the contest is known for his great hands and body work and a great shot on goal.

Gallop is known for his strong leadership qualities and his appetite to pressure as a key forward.

Gilder is a medium defender who can play tall or small and is a real competitive type with genuine closing speed.

He played three games for the Lions Academy last year averaging 10.7 disposals in the Coates Talent League as well as being strong for Queensland at under 17s level against Victoria Country having 11 disposals, taking 4 marks and laying 8 tackles.

A tough player who is reliable, Gallop is lauded by the coaching staff as someone who will compete till the end.

McFadyen, a strong third tall or midfielder who has elite hands and possess a strong work rate.

A strong contested player with X-Factor and a good work ethic McFayden selflessness caught the eye of the coaching staff.

An under 16 All-Australian as an over ager in 2022, Billy Richardson is a key position forward of back who can also pinch hit in the ruck.

A beautiful kick of the ball, Richardson is known for his ability to attack the footy.

A midfielder from the Sunshine Coast, Sam Marshall relocated to Victoria for schooling and had some eye-catching performances last year.

Starring for the Lions Academy in the Coates Talent League early in the year averaging 30 disposals and impressed with the Allies in two matches averaging 18.5 disposals using his elite running capacity and footy smarts to win the ball.

Marshall grabbed his chance in one VFL appearance for the Lions last year, collecting 19 disposals against the Northern Bullants.

The Allies 2024 Marsh AFL National Championship campaign kicks off on May 26 against South Australia at Thebarton Oval in Adelaide.

Brighton Homes Arena will play host to the Allies and Victoria Country who do battle on July 7 from 10:35am.







Sunday 26 May

11.00am ACST

Thebarton Oval, Adelaide


Sunday 2 June

12.00pm AEST

Blacktown International Sports Park, Sydney


Sunday 9 June

10.05am AEST

IKON Park, Melbourne


Sunday 7 July

10.35am AEST

Brighton Homes Arena, Brisbane