IN the midst of football’s long-awaited return, Draft Central takes a look at some of this year’s brightest names who have already represented their state in some capacity leading into 2020. While plenty has changed between now and then, we will provide a bit of an insight into players, how they performed at pre-season testing, and some of our scouting notes on them from last year.
Next under the microscope in our AFL Draft watch is Swan Districts prospect Zane Trew, one of the premier inside midfielders among this year’s crop. While the 186cm West Australian has dealt with his fair share of injury setbacks, he made a triumphant start to this year’s WAFL Colts competition. Barring his Round 3 outing which was cut short by concussion, Trew has averaged 28 disposals as the top ball winner in a struggling side. Such consistency has him poised to climb the grades at Swan Districts, where onlookers can look forward to enjoying his terrific use by hand and tough work in the clinches.
Swan Districts/Western Australia
DOB: April 26, 2002
Position: Inside Midfielder
Strengths: Contested ball/extraction, releasing handballs, strength, tackling, poise
Improvements: Breakaway speed, utilising more kicks
2020 WAFL Colts averages: 4 games | 22.3 disposals | 2.0 marks | 4.0 tackles | 2.3 inside 50s | 0.5 goals (2)
2019 WAFL Colts averages: 3 games | 29 disposals | 2.3 marks | 7 tackles | 2.3 inside 50s | 0.3 goals (1)
PRESEASON TESTING RESULTS:
Standing vertical leap: 60cm
Running vertical leap (R/L): 76cm/73cm
Speed (20m): 3.11 seconds
Agility: 8.66 seconds
Endurance (Yo-yo): 20.8
By: Lenny Fogliani
The Hills Rangers junior showed why he is one of the leading inside midfield prospects in this year’s AFL draft pool. He accumulated 31 possessions, laid five tackles, grabbed three marks and recorded three inside 50s in a powerful display. His composure, and decision-making around the stoppages was impressive for someone his age. When he got the ball on the outside, he constantly hit his intended target.
By: Michael Alvaro
There’s a lot to like about the Swan Districts product as a solidly built midfielder. Starting at the opening centre bounce, Trew’s first big play was a releasing handball forward which opened up play, followed by a composed kick across the 50 that highlighted his rare vision. Later in the game, his overhead marking came into play as he floated between the 50 arcs, contesting hard in the air. Trew’s aggression also came to the fore as he was not afraid to get stuck in and lay some hard tackles.
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