2014 Draft Profile: Blaine Boekhorst

Blaine Boekhorst (Swan Districts)
Position: Midfielder
Height: 184 cm
Weight: 69 kg
Plays like: Brent Stanton

Speed, speed, and more speed. It’s the hallmark of Boekhorst’s game. The mature-age midfielder had a break-out season at league level for Swan Districts this year, averaging 21 disposals and running amok in the midfield. Boekhorst’s ability to break away from opponents is the feather in his cap. He tucks the ball under his arm, and rates elite for meters gained, and was one of the highest rating WAFL players this year for bounces per game.

He loves to give and get, and is sublime by foot going inside 50 to hit up a target, or go the journey himself. He navigates congestion well with a terrific side step, owing to his solid agility. After he’s broken away, when he’s in space he’s a really handy user of the ball.

He’s got good composure and makes the right decision with his disposal. He likes to move the ball long and direct, but his vision to execute a switch through the middle of the ground, squaring the ball up from a wing is something he does with ease. He’s shown enough to suggest that he has an inside game, and has often been utilised at the stoppages and centre square. Silk on the outside, Boekhorst averaged a solid 73 per cent disposal efficiency from his 19 senior outings, but needs to work on his defensive game.

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