2018 Jack Collins-Alan Schwab AFL Life Members Scholarship

on 19 September 2018
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Hayden Young from the NAB AFL Academy has been awarded the 2018 Jack Collins-Alan Schwab AFL Life Members Scholarship.

The scholarship assists in the off-field development and education of elite young footballers and was first awarded in 1989.

Young, who attends Mornington Secondary College hails from Somerville and plays for the Dandenong Stingrays in the TAC Cup.

The defender received MVP honours for Vic Country after playing in the NAB AFL Under-16 Championships in 2017.

Young represented Vic Country at this year’s NAB AFL Under-18 Championships as a bottom age player.

The 17-year-old was the vice-captain for the NAB AFL Academy team when they travelled to New Zealand in April where he was awarded the Cameron Ling Medal for his leadership qualities.

It was during the AFL Academy tour to New Zealand when academy coach Luke Power witnessed how ‘well-balanced’ Young was.

“As our vice-captain he was really influential at connecting the group through his leadership,” Power said. 

“I remember when we were in New Zealand we had a day off from footy and he was being very diligent with his studies.

“He is really balanced in terms of his footy and life outside of football, his parents are school teachers, so education is important to him.

“He is a pretty unassuming kid but when he crosses the line he has the ability to lift to the occasion.”

Young is eligible for the 2019 NAB AFL Draft and Power said his intercept marking and ball use really sets him apart.

“Hayden knows how to read the ball when it comes into the backline and has the ability to intercept the ball,” Power said.

“Other features of his game are his recovery in contests, left-footed kicking and decision making off the half-back line.”

Young was be awarded the 2018 Jack Collins-Alan Schwab AFL Life Members Scholarship at the 2018 AFL Life Members Lunch today, Thursday, 13 September at Etihad Stadium.

Previous scholarship winners include Sam Walsh, Jaidyn Stephenson, Darcy Parish, Andrew Gaff, Lachie Whitfield, Nic Naitanui and Joel Selwood.