2008 – The (Finally) All-Australian SSA Team: The United Nation

ssa aa team 2008

For the first time in many years, South Australia was represented at U15 level in the 2008 carnival held in Melbourne, so, apart from Tasmania, all states and territories took part at last.

Full results (winners Vic Metro) can be found here.

Yes, that’s right, those urchins in the front row were all 15-ish at the time.

Last Saturday (6/6/2015), Dylan Buckley (shown above, before he trimmed down) and Rory Laird (yay SA) were on the field when Chris Judd sadly played his final game. Judd himself appeared in the 1998 AA team here.

GWS knew what they were doing when they snared the trio of Shiel, Bugg and Bruce, although Bruce has since left and is putting in some top-knot performances for the Saints. Ugle also donned the orange and charcoal briefly. Others with AFL experience include O’Brien, Talia & Yagmoor, while a few are getting a kick in the SANFL or WAFL.

If you’ve got anything to add, let us know in the comments below.

About Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt

Saw my first SANFL game in 1967 - Dogs v Peckers. Have only ever seen the Dogs win 1 final in the flesh (1972 1st Semi) Mediocre forward pocket for the AUFC Blacks (1982-89) Life member - Ormond Netball Club -That's me on the right


  1. Skip of Skipton says

    Nick O’Brien (Essendon) stopped growing in 2008 it seems. From Carngham-Linton FC up the road. Fierce and foremost rivals of Skipton.

    A mate’s son’s claim to fame is ‘cleaning him up’ in the U/15s. Whether on the field or when in a queue for chips at the canteen afterwards, I’m not sure.

  2. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    Thanks Skip, he hadn’t really come under my notice until I tried to find out more about each kid.

    He looks a big unit in the photo.

  3. Skip of Skipton says

    He’s playing well in the Bombers VFL team, so I hear, but isn’t getting a look at the big time. Will soon if they don’t pull their fingers out. Isn’t one of the 34.

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