The GIANTS Academy will play five games in the new elite under-18 competition, the NAB League in 2019. 

Formerly known as the TAC Cup, the NAB League has expanded and brings together the country’s best under-18’s players for a 17 round season beginning in March. 

The GIANTS Academy team joins the Swans, Suns and Lions Academies as invitational teams in the new-look competition.

The GIANTS Academy’s five matches replace the Academy Series and will be played in the lead up to the 2019 NAB AFL Under 18 Championships.

GIANTS Academy 2019 NAB League Fixture




Start Time

Lions Academy

Blacktown International Sportspark

Saturday, March 30


Swans Academy

UNSW Canberra Oval

Saturday, April 6


Northern Knights

Trevor Barker Beach Oval, Sandringham

Saturday, April 13


Gippsland Power

Blacktown International Sportspark

Saturday, April 27


Murray Bushrangers

Albury Sports Ground

Saturday, May 4


GIANTS Academy coach Jason Saddington said: “We’re excited about the revamped competition and the format it has taken.” 

“The code has gone from strength to strength in recent years and this competition will give our players more exposure playing against the best talent from around the country. 

“The Academy system in NSW and Queensland has created a clear pathway from juniors to the elite level and I’m confident this revamped system will continue to help grow the talent pool from these states.” 

The revamped competition will also have a dedicated app which will provide fans with live information, stats and access to game vision and highlights.