All Asian Squad Returns at AFL Asia 2019 Asian Championships
After a long absence the very popular and well received All-Asian Team guernseys were reintroduced as an innovative way of rewarding the AFL Asia 2019 All-Asian Team.
The wonderful initiative was firstly introduced by Singapore Swans Legend ‘Rooster’ during the mid-2000’s and was an opportune to bring them back into vogue as we celebrated our 20th Asian Champs.
Local Development Continues to Rise
It’s exciting to see our club’s/league’s Local Development programs and initiatives paying off in spades with 11 of the 30 playing squad made up of locals, which is an outstanding result and speaks volumes of how far Local Development as come in recent years!
The 30 players within All-Asian Team is comprised of 3 x both Division 1 Grand Finalists, 2 x each other Division 1 Teams, 2 x both Division 2 Grand Finalists, 1 x each other Division 2 & 3 Teams.
All Asian Leaders Bringing Great Experience
Although the All-Asian will never set foot on a football oval together it would’ve been well led by seasoned veterans Gary Wines (Captain, Hong Kong Dragons Division 3, who was chaired off at his last Asian Champs and more importantly coached Hong Kong to success in 07, 12, 13, 15), Dave Shields (Vice Captain, Thailand Tigers) and Eric Kerrison (Deputy Vice Captain, Macau Lightning), who all gallantly led from the front throughout the tournament.
All Asian Coaches Named
Infinity Division 1 Asian Champions PNG Muruks Coach Kevin Ball, was unofficially selected to lead the lightning quick side as Head Coach, while Hong Kong Dragons Division 1 Grand Finalist Coach Chris Barr and Australia Finance Advocates Division 2 Asian Champions Vietnam Swans Coach Rod White (Assistant Coach), were selected as his off-siders.
AFL Asia would like to officially congratulate the AFL Asia 2019 All-Asian Team on their selection and are very appreciative of our AFL Asia Preferred Apparel Provider – Tribal Sport for designing and producing the fantastic looking guernseys!
AFL Asia 2019 All-Asian Team
Jake Broad – Cambodian Eagles
Gui Ling – China Reds*
Sam Agars – Hong Kong Dragons (Div. 1) ***
Benny Liu – Hong Kong Dragons (Div. 1)*
Tom Butlin – Hong Kong Dragons (Div. 1)
Gary Wines Captain – Hong Kong Dragons (Div. 3)
Jack O’Hearn – Indonesian Volcanoes (Div. 1)
Kalen Iselt – Indonesian Volcanoes (Div. 1)
Michael Alexander – Indonesian Volcanoes (Div. 2)*
Hiroo Kuroda – Japan Warriors (Div. 2)*
Ruairi O’Driscall – Japan Goannas (Div. 3)
Vilayluck Onphanmany – Laos Elephants* + *** (Div.3)
Eric Kerrison – Deputy Vice Captain – Macau Lightning**
Ben Simpson – Malaysian Warriors
Luke Rylands – Malaysian Warriors
Han Tun Aung – Myanmar Shwe Chinthes*
Shaun Boag – Philippine Eagles
Kris Laws – Philippine Eagles
Jeffery Namette – PNG Muruks*
Kelly Kaugla – PNG Muruks*
Archie Mai – PNG Muruks*
Gab Irons – Singapore Wombats (Div. 1)
Nick Selff – Singapore Wombats (Div. 1)
Wayne Love – Singapore Wombats (Div. 3)
Dave Shields Vice Captain – Thailand Tigers *** (Div. 2)
Tyler York – Thailand Tigers*
Oscar Silk – Vietnam Swans
Micka Matthews – Vietnam Swans
All Asian Coaches
Kevin Bull Head Coach – PNG Muruks
Chris Barr Assistant Coach – Hong Kong Dragons
Rod White Assistant Coach – Vietnam Swans
* Local Player
** Eric Kerrison donated his All-Asian guernsey to Yusef who played 11 games for 3 Teams in 3 Divisions (China Reds, Myanmar Shwe Chinthes, Philippine Eagles)
*** Division Best Player