South Clare Demons export Luke Dunstan, who iscurrently in his third year with the St Kilda Football Club, was recently honoured for his junior career in state colours.

When SANFL talent manager and state under 18coach Brenton Phillips selected his best 22 fromhis 10 years in charge of the junior programs, Dunstan won a position on the interchange bench.

Dunstan had a stellar junior representative career, playing at SAPSASA (under 12), under 16and under 18level.

“First and foremost Luke was a strong willed competitor,” Phillips explained.

“We brought him in for a game in Melbourne when he was still a bottom age player in 2012.

“It was a match at Etihad Stadium and he played well.

“He had a strong and positive presence around the group on the field.

“There was leadership off the ground as well.

“Being captain of both an under 16state title winning side and then our first under 18championship winning captain, Luke has a special place in this state’s junior football history.”

Dunstan captained the SA state under 16to a title in 2011and wasskipper of the breakthrough under 18triumph in 2013.

Other North Eastern talents in the 2013 winning side included Dunstan’s South Clare team-mateRiley Knight and Blyth-Snowtown’s Cameron Giles.

At the AFL national draft at the end of that year all three made it onto AFL lists.

Dunstan was collected at the 18th pick overall by the Saints and debuted in round one, 2014, beingawarded the AFL Rising Star nomination for his performance in this initial clash.

Luke Dunstan

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