Canberra and Sydney ready to roll in rep match 

The most talented women and men from AFL Canberra and AFL Sydney will go head-to-head on Saturday, 18 May in two hotly anticipated contests. 

The leagues will meet for the first time since 2016, and with only a handful of players involved in that match on the 2024 roster, bragging rights are ripe for the taking as a new generation rivalry is born. 

The matches take place on Manuka Oval which, along with AFL Canberra, celebrates 100 years in 2024.  

AFL Sydney and AFL Canberra have each scheduled a competition pause in senior competition so players can be released to play rep footy without detracting from their teams’ performance and, importantly, so community players from both leagues can support their leagues’ representative squads. 

AFL Canberra vs AFL Sydney 

Date: Saturday, 18 May 
Venue: Manuka Oval, Canberra | Ngunnawal 
Smoking ceremony and Welcome to Country: 1:45pm 
Match times: Women’s 12:00pm, Men’s at 2:00pm 
Streaming: Live on Streamer  
Entry: $14.50 for adults (including provider fees), $10 for concession, Under 16s free. Sales via Ticketek from 4pm Monday, 13 May or at the gate.

Community Football Manager, AFL NSW/ACT, John Boulous, said of the AFL Sydney versus AFL Canberra representative match: “Australian football has a long history of rep matches so it’s great to see AFL Canberra and AFL Sydney renew a decades-old rivalry. Both leagues have talented and aspirational players, coaches and umpires across both men’s and women’s competitions and I’m looking forward to seeing how they’ll perform on this elevated stage. With the added incentive of selection in the combined AFL Canberra and AFL Sydney squad to take on Tasmania, all participants should be excited.  

“Canberra has a great tradition of turning up to matches and we expect a huge crowd to see some of the leagues best in action. Congratulations to all players and officials selected in the team and good luck.” 

Coach of AFL Canberra’s men’s team, Kade Klemke, said: “Representative football has been one of the highlights of my playing career and I have fond memories of playing against WAFL and Tasmania on their home soil. One of the best things about representative footy is that players get to play with and against some of the best. It’s a great opportunity to compare and develop your own game while making new friends in the process.  

Coach of AFL Sydney’s women’s team, Kristie Whittard, is looking forward to her players standing out on Saturday: “AFL Sydney has a significant amount of talent and this weekend is a great opportunity for players to test their skill and showcase Sydney footy against Canberra. These players with leave their club rivalries on the boundary line as they take the field together and represent AFL Sydney on Saturday.” 

Stars from both cities will be motivated to play well as this match beyond bragging rights as it will be keenly watched by selectors for the AFL Canberra/AFL Sydney combined team slated to take on Tasmania in Launceston on 20 July. These men’s and women’s teams will be entering unchartered territory when they cross the Bass Strait and will need to be at their best to challenge the Apple Isle. 

Canberra Squads

Head Coach: Britt Tully 

Assistant: Leo Lahey

Assistant: Stafford Cooper

Assistant: Kasie Nugent

Assistant: Julian Clarkson

Team Manager: Joan Vosnakes

Danielle Peel Ainslie 
Katie Williams Ainslie 
Maddie Kelly Eastlake 
Amber Allen Belconnen 
Shae Krushka Belconnen 
Maddie Dwyer Belconnen 
Montana Dove Queanbeyan 
Claire Martin Gungahlin 
Emily Vosnakes Queanbeyan 
Kathleen Johnson Eastlake 
Neve James Eastlake 
Mia Jones Queanbeyan 
Mikki Garrett Tuggeranong 
Nikki Harvey Tuggeranong 
Maddie lustri Queanbeyan 
Zoe Skyrianos Ainslie 
Greta Larkey Ainslie 
Kate thornton Eastlake 
Amy Frost Queanbeyan 
Anita Manning Queanbeyan 
Sammy Rubino Gungahlin 
Kate greenacre Eastlake 
Ashley Patton Tuggeranong 
Shannon Brown Ainslie 
Adol Abuoi Belconnen 
Jayda Barnett Queanbeyan 
Maggie Robinson Queanbeyan 
Chloe Hinde Tuggeranong 
Lily Buchanan Belconnen 
Laura Kearney Eastlake 
Ryeli Flemming Eastlake 
Liv Fogarty Ainslie 
Chantel Jones Ainslie 
Charli Canavan Ainslie 
Sophia de Castella Ainslie 
Karina demant Ainslie 
Maddie Bailey Belconnen 
Jorja Simpson Belconnen 
Ellen Squire Queanbeyan 
Emma Dunn Queanbeyan 
Kiarna Woolley- Blain Tuggeranong 
Lucy McKelvie Hill Tuggeranong 

Head Coach: Kade Klemke

Assistant: Dave Evans

Assistant: Mark Armstrong

Assistant: Jordan Doering

Assistant: Peter McGrath

Team Manager: Steve Wightman

Josh Maynard  Ainslie 
Matthew Teasdale Ainslie 
Matthew McGrory Ainslie 
Thomas Muir Ainslie 
Thomas Tyquin Ainslie 
Luke Crocker Ainslie 
Callum Klep Ainslie 
Thomas Faul  Ainslie 
Thomas Simpson Belconnen 
Luke Wharton Belconnen 
Sam Cooper Belconnen 
Ryan Turnbull Belconnen 
Billy Clark Eastlake 
Angus Baker Eastlake 
Alex Smout Eastlake 
Nick Kelly Eastlake 
Will McTaggart Eastlake 
Thomas Robertson Eastlake 
Angus Jones Eastlake 
Luke Morfoot Gungahlin 
Andrew Swan Queanbeyan 
Anthony Lo Pilato Queanbeyan 
Alex Page Queanbeyan 
Alessandro Sergi Queanbeyan 
Rhys Pollock Queanbeyan 
Isaac Edgar Queanbeyan 
Aidan Bowyer Queanbeyan 
Jack Nunn Queanbeyan 
Tyler Collins Queanbeyan 
Joe Carroll Tuggeranong 
Sydney Squads

Head Coach: Kristy Whittard 

Assistant Coach: Kellie Nolan (UTS AFC Bats)

Assistant Coach: Eleanor Rugg (Parramatta Goannas)

Program Mentors: Katherine Smith (AFLW Player – GIANTS) and Lloyd Peris (Ex-AFLW Assistant Coach – GIANTS)

Program Support: Chloe Davis (Parramatta Goannas) and Bronte Mannering (AFL Sydney)

Team Manager: Dani Paszkiewicz (Sydney University)

Selection Committee: Coaches, Mentors and David Redden (AFL Sydney)

Name AFL Sydney Club 
Abbey Martin East Coast Eagles 
Summer Hall East Coast Eagles 
Shiarna Tarasenko East Coast Eagles 
Renee Tomkins East Coast Eagles 
Teagan Germech East Coast Eagles 
Brooke Bailey East Coast Eagles 
Michelle Foscarini East Coast Eagles 
Caitlin Davidson East Coast Eagles 
Bryany Parker East Coast Eagles 
Jess Whelan East Coast Eagles 
Caitlin Reid East Coast Eagles 
Chloe Arndt East Coast Eagles 
Tamaryn McGregor East Coast Eagles 
Zara Hamilton Manly Warringah Wolves 
Ashleigh Carter Manly Warringah Wolves 
Kaitlyn Manning Manly Warringah Wolves 
Zoe Hurrell North Shore Bombers 
Matilda Eder North Shore Bombers 
Caitlin Fletcher Parramatta Goannas 
Sophie Kavanagh Parramatta Goannas 
Brianna-Lee Wade Parramatta Goannas 
Sera Kaukiono Parramatta Goannas 
Kaitlin Quinlan Pennant Hills Demons 
Rachel Simpson St. George Dragons 
Lucy Gilfedder Sydney University 
Hayley Stanford UNSW-ES Bulldogs 
Chloe Anderson UNSW-ES Bulldogs 
Jessica Quade UTS AFC Bats 
Hannah Cerezo UTS AFC Bats 

Head Coach: Ben Roberts (Pennant Hills Demons)

Assistant Coach: Kevin Dyson (UTS AFC Bats)

Program Mentors: Mark McVeigh (Sydney Swans AFL – Assistant Coach) and Ryan O’Keefe (AFL NSW/ACT)

Program Support: Sam Zikman (AFL Sydney)

Team Manager: Dean Lee (UTS AFC Bats)

Selection Committee: Coaches, Mentors and David Redden (AFL Sydney)

Angus Edwards East Coast Eagles 
Ben Zoppo Inner West Magpies 
Kyle Veerhuis Inner West Magpies 
Kale Gabila Manly Warringah Wolves 
Zac Youlten Manly Warringah Wolves 
James Creighton Manly Warringah Wolves 
James Lugsdin Manly Warringah Wolves 
Willem Smit Manly Warringah Wolves 
Byron Laws Manly Warringah Wolves 
Tom Mccaffrey Manly Warringah Wolves 
Sam Barkley North Shore Bombers 
James Tidemann North Shore Bombers 
Ethan Grace North Shore Bombers 
Sean Netting North Shore Bombers 
Jake Veale North Shore Bombers 
Christian Loone North Shore Bombers 
Stephen Wray Pennant Hills Demons 
Michael Carroll Pennant Hills Demons 
Mitchell Blow Pennant Hills Demons 
Nick Hey Pennant Hills Demons 
Harrison Pitt Pennant Hills Demons 
Josh Boag Pennant Hills Demons 
Tye Gander St. George Dragons 
Finbar Delbridge South West Sydney Blues 
Harry Morrison Sydney University 
Jack Dimery Sydney University 
William Gibbs Sydney University 
Monty Velthuis Sydney University 
Thomas Longmire UNSW-ES Bulldogs 
Sam Thorne UNSW-ES Bulldogs 
Hamish Morrison UNSW-ES Bulldogs 
Jordan Endemann UNSW-ES Bulldogs 
Max Geddes UNSW-ES Bulldogs 
Josh Lee UTS AFC Bats 
Ash Backlund UTS AFC Bats 
Koby Grass UTS AFC Bats 

Talented umpires from AFL Canberra and AFL Sydney were appointed by a selection panel. 

Women’s match

Field: Fergus Grave, Andy Campfield, Cypress Hart 

Boundary: Sam Dworkin, Charles Thompson-Owen, Owen Toyne, Liam Groenewegen 

Goal: Grace Lowe, Chris Vassilopoulos 

Men’s match 

Field: Ben Curdie, Josh Hollands, Joel Kelly 

Boundary: Jonah Finlay, Tim Goulden, Damian Rutledge, Kodi Clarkson 

Goal: Rhys Daddow, Tim Cook