AFL wins tug of war for Manunda Hawk Alex Davies

AFL wins tug of war for Manunda Hawk Alex Davies

MANUNDA Hawk Alex Davies is poised to give up a promising basketball career to chase his dream of playing in the AFL.

The Gold Coast academy member has helped the Suns celebrate another win in the battle of the codes, with the club luring him to Australian rules.

In the past year Davies has represented Queensland at the under-16 and under-18 national basketball championships, leading the former to an Australian title as captain.

The 16-year-old is also an academy member of the Cairns Taipans NBL franchise but has made it clear to the club his future lies in footy.

“I have almost given up my basketball stuff,” Davies said.

“Footy is the way I’m going. I still play basketball for school but it’s nothing ­serious.

“I’m focusing on footy and enjoying it more.”

Davies stands at 190cm and already weighs 80kg but you won’t find him in one of the key positions when he represents the Queensland under-16 side at the AFL’s ­national championships, ­beginning on the Gold Coast this week.

The basketball point guard plays as a tall midfielder, drawing ­comparisons to Collingwood’s Jordan De Goey due to his skills and strength.

He will play alongside Southport Sharks junior Riley Johnson this week, while Gold Coasters Serene Watson and Dee Heslop will also be among those to represent Queensland at the under-18 national championships.

The Suns have had ­multiple former basketballers make it on to their list, ­including current swingman Sam Day as well as ex-Suns ­forward and current Port Adelaide player Charlie Dixon.