Out of the Academy and into the AFL

Nov 30, 2021 | Athlete Story, Football, News

A record three South West Academy of Sport football players were drafted into the AFL this year, highlighting the organisation’s growing reputation as a regional sporting talent development powerhouse.

Brady Hough was signed to West Coast, Jye Amiss became a Docker and James Tunstill is now stepping out as a Lion.

“We are rapt for Brady, Jye and Jimmy on their selection at the 2021 NAB AFL Draft,” SWAS football head coach Jamie Douse said.

“Despite enduring an arduous travel load in 2021, all three were standout performers across the 2021 WAFL Colts season and the U19s WA State Academy program.

“Their selection is testament to their dedication, resilience and always striving to be their best.

“We also extend our best wishes to Kade Dittmar who was unfortunately overlooked this time around but we know will bounce back.”

SWAS chief executive officer Bernice Butlion pointed to the strengths of the program and the supported offered by Douse in training up the next generation of footy stars from the region.

“His enthusiasm, support and coaching certainly attests to the great support that Jamie provides in the daily training environment,” Butlion said.

“I strongly believe that the one-on-one sessions offered in the SWAS AFL program assists the athletes to get to the next level in their sport.

“To date, this program now boosts 10 draftees in the AFL – which makes us the leaders in the regional support programs on offer throughout WA.”