Higher honours will see gun North Launceston forward Jackson Callow miss Tasmania Devils' first Launceston home game.
As his Devils teammates prepare for Sunday's AFL curtain raiser at UTAS Stadium, the 16-year-old forward will be setting himself to play with the under-17 all-Australian team at Marvel Stadium.
An under-16 all-Australian last year, Callow will be joined in Saturday's clash with New Zealand by two Devils teammates after getting the nod earlier this month.
"I can't wait," the St Patrick's College student said.
"Matthew Armstrong down the coast and Darren Trevena contacted me, and Luke Power the head coach let me know.
"There's a couple of boys from down south as well, Sam Collins and Oliver Davis, the three of us are heading over [Wednesday]."
Callow has been one of the standouts of the Devils' NAB League campaign to date, playing at centre half-forward for all three matches.
One of the Devils' under-agers, the former junior go-kart state champion is averaging more than 14 touches, five marks and three goals a game as part of a side which is just beginning to build chemistry.
"I've enjoyed it - it's a lot different because I'm playing with the older blokes who I haven't played with before from down south.
"We don't really get to train all together too much but we're all getting along and combining well and we've won the last two games in a row so we're playing well."
Having already set foot on a number of elite venues including Metricon Stadium and the Holden Centre, Callow is keen for the chance to run out on Marvel Stadium.
Even if the nature of the opposition remains largely unknown.
"We're under-17s but they're open-aged, so there's going to be some bigger bodies but I don't really know too much about them."