Junior Representative Football

3 Week Trial – Training Information

Central Coast region – training to be held at Bateau Bay – Friday 24 March, 31 March and Wednesday 5 April (as of Jan 2023 bateau bay oval booking still TBC).

Hunter region – training to be held at two venues TBC to invited players.

U13 boys, U13 girls, U15 girls all train from 5:30pm with the U15  boys, U17 Girls and U17 boys all train from 6:30pm

Junior Representative Football Regions 2023

We will be having three regions::

Central Coast: Gosford, Terrigal Avoca, Niagara Park Ourimbah, Saratoga, Wyong Lakes, Northern Giants, Killarney Vale, The Entrance Bateau Bay, Peninsula Swans.

Hunter Country: Warners Bay, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Singleton, Wallsend West Newcastle, Muswellbrook

Hunter Metro: Nelson Bay, Port Stephens, Newcastle City, Cardiff

**Please note in 2023 there may not be enough numbers/interest to fill two Hunter sides per age group, where this is the case, we will be running with the one team only. Where we can split, we will try to split as per the above. we may also need to have some players switch around if numbers are low in certain age groups.

Age Groups in 2023 are:

U13 Boys & Girls
U15 Boys & Girls
U17 Boys and Girls

Players who are 12 or 13 in 2023 will be looked at as a priority for the U13 girls and boys sides, but the League will allow players turning 11 in 2023 to also attend trials.

For the AFL HCC Junior Representative Policy – please CLICK HERE

2023 Representative Football Timeline

January 2023

Coaches EOI go out

February 2023

Clubs and Hunter/CC Academy to nominate players

Coaches EOI’s to come in – coaches selected in early Feb


Late Feb/Early March – Information to be sent to players who have been nominated to attend trials.

Friday 24 March – first trial session

Friday 31 March – second trial training session


Wednesday 5 April – Final trial training session

Wednesday 5 April – 24 players for each age group notified of selection in squads (including information on representative fees and online merchandise shop information). Online shop opens for apparel orders.

Wednesday 19 April – Online shop closes for apparel orders.

Friday 28 April – Squad training commences (4 or 5 weekly training sessions on a Friday) for those successful


Friday May 19 – $60 rep program fee due in (potentially a small cost to attend Coffs Carnival may also be needed – approx $10 per player – last year we didn’t need to do this, hopefully 2023 is the same)


Jumper Presentation dinners are TBC pending each coach/team requirements

June 10 and 11 – Challenge Cup @ Tuggerah – includes HCC sides and North Coast sides. All 24 squad members eligible to play in HCC Carnival.

Your coach may also run some Squad training leading into the Coffs Carnival – Coaches to confirm dates with squad.


July 8 – July 10 – (sat-Mon in 2023) Coffs Carnival to be 3 days again in 2023 – All 24 squad members eligible to play in Northern NSW Carnival. All teams will be participating in the Northern NSW Carnival. Swans to hopefully have Talent ID and coaches development session in 2023.

Player Selection Process

AFL Hunter Central Coast Junior Representative player selection process will follow the below;

  • Local Academies and Clubs are to manage the nomination of players and submit lists to AFL HCC Operations staff
  • Online Nomination forms to be provided to nominated players to indicate they would like to participate.

Minimum requirement for players to be selected into squads;

  • Must be registered at their junior club prior to training commencing (doesn’t have to be financial)
  • Must have played at least 3 junior games prior to the first rep carnival*
  • Must be available for all carnivals
  • Must not be suspended at time of carnivals
  • Must have been nominated by their club within the time frame listed above and via the correct nomination form
  • Must attend at least two of the three trial sessions*
    • Medical certificate or equivalent can be provided to justify absence
  • Agree to the league mandatory fee, payable when selected into training squad

*exemptions can be sought from the League

Coach Selection

AFL Hunter Central Coast Junior Representative coaching selection process will follow the below;

  • Online EOI form provided to all
    • Coach to submit interest online

Minimum requirement for Coaches to be selected;  

  • Submit application via form
  • Commit to attending trials and 80% of squad training dates and all games/carnivals
  • Assistant Coaches to be appointed by league (where possible) via the EOI process listed above.
    • Assistant and coach to be from different clubs where possible
  • Must have coached at least 1 year at club level or for the Hunter/Central Coast Academy with the AFL program
  • Provided at least one coaching reference
  • Be accredited with coach.afl
  • Must hold a valid Working with Children Check (WWCC)
  • Must adhere to code of conduct,
    • AFL Hunter Central Coast reserves the right to remove a coach who does not adhere to the code of conduct

Click here to submit your expression of interest for representative coaching

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