THE Under 18 Championships have come and gone, with Vic Metro claiming back-to-back titles after winning three of their four games.
In no surprise, Metro dominate the 23-man squad, headlined by possible no.1 pick Cameron Rayner who is one of nine Metro players included.
West Australia key forward Oscar Allen, the winner of the Larke Medal for the best player in Division 1, was named up forward.
Sydney Swans academy member Nick Blakey won the Hunter Harrison Medal for the best player in the Under 18 Academy Series (Formerly Division 2), but didn’t feature in the 23-man squad.
Vic Metro coach Martin Allison was named as the All-Australia coach, with Western Australia coach Peter Sumich named as his assistant.
Back pocket (Murray Bushrangers/Vic Country)
19/10/1998 | 185cm | 78kg
Averaged 18 disposals, four marks and four rebound 50s per game playing as a small defender. Uses the ball well by foot and was often tasked with the kick out duties.
Full back (Dandenong Stingrays/Vic Country)
22/05/1999 | 190cm | 83kg
Has a solid carnival in defence for Vic Country averaging 11 disposals and six marks. Clavarino took the opposition best forward in most games and has had two good seasons in the Under 18 Championships.
Back pocket (Swan Districts/Western Australia)
05/05/1999 | 196cm | 85kg
The AFL Academy member played as a lock-down defender who was an unsung hero for WA. Averaged just 11 disposals, but had three rebounds per game pushing his name into draft contention.
Half back flank (Sandringham Dragons/Vic Metro)
18/05/1999 | 190cm | 83kg
Constable was one of Vic Metro’s best in the carnival and despite missing out on selection in their first game, managed to average 26 disposals, five marks and three tackles. He announced himself as a genuine top 10 with 31 disposals, six marks and six inside 50s in the ‘Vic derby’ playing in the midfield and across half forward.
Centre half back (Peel Thunder/Western Australia)
30/11/1999 | 194cm | 84kg
Rebounding tall defender who was a good user on his left foot. Naughton took 21 marks for the carnival and was the rock in defence alongside Sam Taylor. Was WAs co-captain alongside Oscar Allen.
Half back flank (Northern Knights/Vic Metro)
23/10/1999 | 190cm | 83kg
A player who has pushed into top 10 calculations after a strong carnival. Coffield averaged 22 disposals and four marks, rarely looking rushed with ball in hand in the defensive half. One of the better users in the draft by hand and foot.
Ruckman (Gold Coast Suns Academy/Allies)
16/08/1999 | 198cm | 105kg
The big Gold Coast Suns Academy ruckman was the MVP for the Allies, averaging 16 disposals and 27 hitouts from his three games. Crossley’s strength in the ruck is obvious and he hasn’t looked out of place in the NEAFL team for the Suns.
Ruck rover (Western Jets/Vic Metro)
21/10/1999 | 187cm | 88kg
One of the players who were stiff not to win the Larke Medal. Rayner averaged 18 disposals (11 contested), four clearances and booted 12 goals in an impressive carnival. Rayner wasn’t afraid to throw out a ‘don’t argue’ to his opponents and had some impressive moments during the carnival.
Rover (Bendigo Pioneers/Vic Country)
16/10/1999 | 184cm | 78kg
Showed off his elite speed bursting from the stoppages on multiple occasions, averaging 19 disposals (12 contested) and five clearances in an impressive showing in the midfield. Did his top 10 chances no harm.
Wing (Northern Knights/Vic Metro)
15/01/1999 | 180cm | 69kg
The Richmond father-son averaged 21 disposals, five marks and four inside 50s for the carnival and provided run & dash out of defence on multiple occasions for Metro. One of the better players in the ‘Vic derby’ with 24 disposals, nine marks and two goals at Punt Road.
Centre (Subiaco/Western Australia)
27/11/1998 | 183cm | 75kg
The inside midfielder won 49% of his possessions in contested situations, averaging 24 disposals and six clearances throughout the carnival. Started the carnival off with a bang, collecting 26 disposals and eight clearances against South Australia in their golden-point victory.
Wing (West Adelaide/South Australia)
23/04/2000 | 178cm | 74kg
The small forward caught the eye of the recruiters using his speed and elite side-step to good use. Rankine averaged 19 disposals, four marks and four inside 50s – kicking six goals for the carnival. The bottom-ager is one to watch for the 2018 draft.
Half forward flank (Southern Districts/Allies)
23/09/1999 | 180cm | 68kg
Bailey has a great burst of speed and the Northern Territory midfielder averaged 17 disposals, four tackles and three clearances per game. Bailey’s burst from the centre bounce to win the final clearance in the last few minutes against Vic Metro was a key reason for their unexpected victory.
Centre half forward (Bendigo Pioneers/Allies)
11/02/1999 | 195cm | 90kg
Spent time at either end throughout the carnival but finished with a breakout 16 disposal, nine marks and three goals game up forward against title winning Vic Metro.
Half forward flank (Oakleigh Chargers/Vic Metro)
19/03/1999 | 178cm | 76kg
Higgins was the only player to break the 100 disposal barrier, finishing with 109 disposals (53 contested) in the carnival. Higgins was a deserving MVP for Vic Metro, going close to the Larke Medal. Higgins also averaged six tackles, five clearances and booted six goals for the tournament showing his skill as a player likely to be taken in the backend of the first round.
Forward pocket (Sturt/South Australia)
13/06/1999 | 201cm | 98kg
Coleman-Jones averaged 19 hitouts per game, with a breakout 28 disposal, 15 hitouts and five marks game against the Allies in Round 2. Coleman-Jones is one of the stronger marks in the draft pool.
Full forward (West Perth/Western Australia)
19/03/1999 | 191cm | 83kg
The key forward looms as the likely first West Australian prospect drafted. Allen won the Larke Medal as the best player in Division One, booting 11 goals for the carnival. Allen also averaged 15 disposals and six marks, as an overall deserving Larke Medalist.
Forward pocket (Eastern Ranges/Vic Metro)
04/08/1999 | 175cm | 66kg
The small midfielder cracked in hard, winning plenty of contested ball, rolling through the Vic Metro centre bounces. Moore had 92 disposals (45 contested) for the carnival and booted three goals.
Interchange (Eastern Ranges/Vic Metro)
09/06/1999 | 203cm | 93kg
The Vic Metro ruckman becomes a dual U18 All-Australian. Hayes averaged 17 hitouts per game and booted four goals up forward. Also took 14 marks for the carnival and showed his versatility up forward.
Interchange (Western Jets/Vic Metro)
01/04/1999 | 179cm | 75kg
The half forward/midfielder missed the opening game of the carnival recovering from a groin injury. Fogarty averaged 19 disposals and a goal throughout the championships, using his smarts around the ground.
Interchange (Norwood/South Australia)
12/11/1999 | 194cm | 81kg
One of the more impressive players in the carnival, winning the South Australian MVP. Petty averaged 12 disposals and four marks, with his best performance coming against Vic Metro lining up on Will Sutherland with Petty having 18 disposals, seven marks and six inside 50s.
Interchange (Geelong Falcons/Vic Country)
24/01/1999 | 185cm | 84kg
Was the Vic Country MVP averaging 20 disposals (10 contested), four clearances and four inside 50s for the carnival. Was the leading tackler for the carnival with 33 tackles in his four games.
Interchange (Eastern Ranges/Vic Metro)
21/05/1999 | 183cm | 81kg
The Vic Metro captain had a superb carnival despite battling an ankle injury in their third game. Garner averaged 16 disposals with 48 per cent of these in contested situations. Garner controlled the play in the defensive half, with a standout performance in the ‘Vic derby’ with 24 disposals, nine marks and six rebound 50s.