Author: Lenny Fogliani

Scouting notes: WAFL Colts – East Fremantle vs. East Perth

IN Round 18 of the West Australian Football League (WAFL) Colts competition, East Fremantle defeated East Perth by 28 points at New Choice Homes Park.

Despite talented prospects Rhai-Arn Cox (East Perth), Trey Ruscoe (East Fremantle), and Jeremy Sharp (East Fremantle) missing, a host of other players were prominent.

Below were the best players in the game.

EAST FREMANTLE:

#10 Trent Rivers

The East Fremantle captain led from the front for the Sharks, using his big frame to win the contested possession for his team. He also showed his class on the outside, using his damaging skills to penetrate East Perth’s defensive zone. He finished with 25 possessions, six inside 50s, four marks and a goal in another powerful display.

#11 Lachlan Taylor

The Melville Junior was excellent for the Sharks, providing them with plenty of run on the wing. Playing as the team’s link-up player, Johnston accumulated 19 possessions, recorded four inside 50s, and took four marks to be named in the best for the Sharks.

#14 Finn Gorringe

The 17-year-old was exceptional in the midfield for the Sharks, never shirking a contest despite being one of the smaller midfielders on the ground. He finished with 25 possessions, five inside 50s, four tackles, two marks and a goal in a dazzling performance. He is shaping up to be an interesting prospect from East Fremantle in next year’s competition.

#16 Chad Warner

The Willetton Junior was arguably best afield, controlling the stoppages and using his strong frame to crash-and-bash his way through congestion to win clearances. He accumulated a team-high 30 possessions, laid a game-high six tackles, grabbed six marks, recorded three inside 50s and kicked a goal in a wonderful performance. Like West Coast’s Jack Redden, Warner is a midfielder who thrives on the contested side of the game and is an excellent two-way player.

#23 Luke Jackson

The former Australian basketballer continues to demonstrate why he is the best ruck prospect in this year’s AFL Draft pool. He finished with 24 possessions, 27 hit-outs, three inside 50s and a goal in a complete performance. In the ruck, he gave his midfielders first use, always followed up and positioned himself well around the ground. He also spent time as a forward, where his leading patterns and overhead marking were features of his game.

#25 Jai Jackson

The Chapman Valley product was again excellent for the Sharks rotating between the forward line and the midfield. He finished with 23 possessions, six inside 50s, five marks and a goal in a dazzling display. Jackson shares similar traits to Richmond premiership player Josh Caddy – both hit the ball at pace, use the ball effectively, never shirk a contest and can be extremely damaging forward of centre.

EAST PERTH:

#2 Adam Boules

The Mount Hawthorn Junior continued his excellent campaign with another polished performance. Against East Fremantle, Boules accumulated a game-high 31 possessions, laid a game-high six tackles and grabbed six marks to arguably be East Perth’s best player. He is shaping up to be a leading prospect from Western Australia in next year’s AFL Draft pool.

#3 Harley Sparks

The Deanmill product produced a performance that showed why he scored an invitation to this year’s AFL State Combine. Against the Sharks, Sparks finished with 22 possessions, eight marks and four tackles in a classy performance. He provided a heap of energy and zip around the contest and his decision-making was sound.

#15 Luke Lombardi

The Morley Junior continued to show why he is a lively prospect with another solid performance. Against East Fremantle, Lombardi accumulated 17 possessions, took three marks, and laid two tackles, while stationed on the half-back flank.

#19 Josh Hubbard

Playing on the wing, the 17-year-old showed a dare to always take the game on whether it be through his sheer speed or his penetrating skills. Despite East Perth being outplayed for most of the match, Hubbard never stopped competing for the Royals. The highlight of his game came in the second quarter when he nailed a goal from outside 50. He finished with 16 possessions, three tackles, three inside 50s and a goal.

#21 Jamie Marinoni

Playing in defence, the Kojonup product tried his best to repel many of East Fremantle’s attacking forays. He accumulated 14 possessions, laid six tackles and won three free kicks to be one of the Royals’ best and consistent players across the entire match.

#24 Liam Dellamarta

An overager, the Joondalup-Kinross Junior showed he has a big future for East Perth with another outstanding display. The highlight of his game came in the fourth quarter when he gathered the ball on the wing, before going for a run, taking multiple bounces and then composed himself to convert a great running goal. Against East Fremantle, the Trinity College student finished with 21 possessions, six marks, five inside 50s, two marks and a goal as a wingman.

#37 Joshua Ladhams

The 2017 WA U16s State Academy representative never stopped competing for the Royals, trying his absolute best to give his midfielders first use of the ball from the ruck contest. He accumulated 13 possessions, won nine hit-outs, grabbed seven marks, laid four tackles and won two inside 50s to be one of East Perth’s best players.

Scouting notes: WAFL Colts Round 17 – Perth vs. Subiaco

IN Round 17 of the West Australian Football League (WAFL) Colts competition, Subiaco defeated Perth by 58 points at Mineral Resources Park.

Highly rated prospects Mitchell Georgiades (Subiaco), Tristan Hobley (Subiaco), Nick Martin (Subiaco), Logan McDonald (Perth), Deven Robertson (Perth) and Elijah Taylor (Perth) did not play in the game, but there was still plenty of talent on show.

Below were the most notable players in the game.

Perth:

#3 Regan Clarke

On a tough morning for the Demons, Clarke was a shining light for them. Against the Lions, Clarke accumulated 26 possessions, recorded eight inside 50s, laid six tackles and grabbed four marks in a performance that should see his draft stocks rise. His power and strength in the contest to win clearances was excellent.

#13 Mitchell Mcllheney

The 2016 WA U15s State Schoolboys representative tried hard in defence for the Demons, often trying to thwart the Lions’ attacking forays. He finished with 14 possessions, seven hitouts, six marks, and three tackles in a solid performance.

#16 Nathan O’Driscoll

The 2018 AFL Under 16s All-Australian defender showed off his versatility by playing as a midfielder for the Demons. Against Subiaco, O’Driscoll collected a team-high 29 possessions, laid an equal-game high 10 tackles, grabbed five marks and recorded three inside 50s to be Perth’s best on a tough morning.

#31 Hamish MacFarlane

The York product showed encouraging signs as a hybrid forward. He finished with five possessions, two marks and three goals from limited supply. The highlight of his game came late in the second quarter when he was able to side-step an opponent before drilling through a goal.

#32 Zak Meloncelli

The 16-year-old tried hard for the Demons playing across the half-back line. The Redcliffe junior racked up 22 possessions, grabbed three marks and took two marks as he tried valiantly to thwart Subiaco’s frequent forward entries, while also trying to provide serviceable rebound.

#38 Jaylen Garlett

Stationed in the back pocket, Garlett tried hard all day for the Demons, often trying to halt Subiaco’s attacking momentum. He finished with 13 possessions and four marks on a difficult morning for the Perth defenders.

Subiaco:

#1 Jacob Peletier

The Subiaco captain led his side exceptionally well, often throwing his body on the line to inspire his team to victory. He finished with 17 possessions, four marks, two inside 50s and two goals, playing across the half-forward line.

#2 Jed Kemp

The Kalgoorlie product was lively for the Lions across the half-forward line. Against the Demons, he accumulated 15 possessions, recorded five inside 50s and laid three tackles, playing an excellent link-up role.

#3 Devin Pullybank

In just his third game of WAFL Colts, Pullybank showed promising signs as a dangerous and crafty small forward. Against the Demons, the Claremont junior accumulated 12 possessions, grabbed four marks, recorded three inside 50s and kicked two goals.

#5 Blake Morris

The 2019 AFL U16s All-Australian defender showed why he is considered to be a leading West Australian prospect for the 2021 AFL Draft. Playing as a third-tall defender, Morris racked up 11 possessions and grabbed seven marks, often intercepting Perth’s attacking forays.

#8 Ben Golding

The North Beach junior continued his excellent 2019 campaign with another sensational performance. He collected 28 possessions, laid 10 tackles, grabbed five marks and recorded three inside 50s to be one of the best players on the ground. He has firmly cemented himself as one of the best midfielders in the competition.

#19 Lachlan Henderson

Stationed at centre half-forward, Henderson always carried a presence for the Lions. He finished with 10 possessions, 11 hit-outs, three marks and two goals in a powerful performance. The highlight of his game came in the third quarter when he was able to take a contested mark inside attacking 50, before coolly slotting a goal.

#21 Connor Patterson

In arguably the best game of his short six-game WAFL Colts career thus far, Patterson was excellent in the midfield for the Lions. The 17-year-old collected 14 possessions, laid 10 tackles, grabbed three marks, and recorded two inside 50s in a solid performance.

#25 Kane Foley

Playing as the third tall forward, Foley showed plenty of positive signs. His final stats were eight possessions, four marks, three inside 50s, two tackles and three goals. His desire to throw himself into every contest would have pleased the coaching staff, and his goal nous is excellent for someone his age.

#28 Levi Duyckers

Having been forced to play as an undersized ruckman, Duyckers showed plenty of promise despite only standing at 190 centimetres. He always competed in every hit-out contest, covered the ground well and he made competent decisions with ball in hand. He finished with 14 possessions, 26 hit-outs, five tackles and four inside 50s.

#37 Abraham Clinch

Arguably the best player on the ground, Clinch showed why he is one of the most consistent and prolific midfielders in the WAFL Colts competition this year. He finished with 32 possessions, seven tackles, six inside 50s, four marks and two goals (and three behinds). The highlight of his game came in the last quarter when he was able to burst from a stoppage and drill through a goal.

Scouting notes: WAFL Colts – South Fremantle vs. Swan Districts

IN Round 16 of the Simply Energy WAFL Colts competition, Swan Districts defeated South Fremantle by 31 points at Fremantle Community Bank Oval on Saturday.

Below were some of the best players as noted by Lenny Fogliani.

South Fremantle:

#5 Jaxon Bellchambers

The Bibra Lakes junior keeps on improving his draft prospects for next year with yet another polished performance. He collected 13 possessions, laid five tackles, grabbed four marks and recorded three inside 50s to be one of South Fremantle’s best.

#6 Manfred Kelly

The Fremantle Next-Generation Academy member toiled hard in the midfield for the Bulldogs, often trying to provide a spark to get his team in the game. He finished with 24 possessions, five tackles and two inside 50s.

#23 Nash Miller

The South Coogee product tried hard for the Bulldogs, giving his all in the ruck. He accumulated 13 possessions, won 25 hit-outs, took four marks and kicked a goal to be one of South Fremantle’s better players. His desire to cover the ground was outstanding.

#26 Tyson Headland

The Kwinana product tried his heart out for the Bulldogs but to no avail. Stationed on the half-forward line, Headland tried his absolute best to create attacking forays for the Bulldogs. He finished with 13 possessions, three marks, three tackles and two inside 50s.

#34 Aiden Hall

The 17-year-old showed glimpses of why he could be a lively prospect for next year’s AFL Draft with a polished WAFL Colts debut. Against the Swans he accumulated 13 possessions, recorded five inside 50s, laid three tackles and kicked a goal. The highlight of his game came in the fourth quarter, when he ripped the ball out congestion before nailing his first goal for the Dogs.

#49 Ira Jetta

The 17-year-old was electrifying in the middle for the Bulldogs. Like Kelly, Jetta often tried to provide a spark for the Bulldogs through the middle of the ground, using his speed and skills to penetrate his way through the Swan Districts’ defensive zone. He gathered a game-high 33 possessions, recorded a game-high eight inside 50s, laid a team-high six tackles and grabbed a team-high five marks.

Swan Districts:

#1 Rhett Bazzo

The son of former Swan Districts’ champion Stephen Bazzo, Rhett showed off all the traits that helped him win All-Australian selection at the AFL U16 Championships. Stationed at full-back and opposed to Lachlan Johnson, Bazzo finished with 14 possessions and three marks, while limiting Johnson to one goal from eight possessions.

#2 Max Chipper

The 15-year-old showed why he was considered to be one of Western Australia’s best players at the AFL U16s Championships. In his debut for Swans, Chipper accumulated 21 possessions, laid five tackles and took three marks, playing off a wing.

#7 Ben Taylor

The younger brother of GWS’ rising star Sam Taylor, Ben was prominent for the Swans, playing through the midfield. He gathered 21 possessions, grabbed seven marks, laid four tackles, recorded four inside 50s and booted a goal.

#11 Ashley Brockbernd

The 2017 WA U16s State Academy member was excellent for the Swans, finishing with 22 possessions, eight tackles, five marks and five inside 50s. His skills and decision-making were a real feature of his game.

#12 Brenton Hilton

Stationed on a wing, the Ellenbrook junior produced a dazzling performance with his smarts, skill execution and turn of speed all on display. Against the Bulldogs, Hilton accumulated 31 possessions, and took eight marks, playing the link-up role to perfection.

#28 Jack Allen

The 2018 WA U16s State Academy member showed why he is one of the best key position players in the WAFL Colts competition. His overhead marking, power in the contest and skill execution were all features of his game. Against South Fremantle, Allen collected 14 possessions, won 14 hit-outs, took three marks, recorded three inside 50s and kicked a goal.

#31 Ethan Nordahl

Playing as a midfielder, Nordahl was arguably the best player on the ground. Against South Fremantle he accumulated 30 possessions, took six marks, laid four tackles, recorded four inside 50s and kicked a goal. His grunt work in the stoppages, combined with his ability to spread from the contest made him a potent offensive weapon for the Swans.

#35 Thomas Edwards

In his WAFL Colts debut, Edwards looked every bit a future star for either Swan Districts or for an AFL club that may take a punt on him. The Albany product gathered 10 possessions, took four marks, laid three tackles, recorded two inside 50s and kicked two telling goals to be one of Swans’ best players. His leading patterns, overhead marking, skills and decision-making were all outstanding.

#52 Atem Deng

The West Coast Eagles’ Next Generation Academy member showed why he is a highly rated forward using his speed, flair, skills and evasiveness to carve up the South Fremantle defensive system. He bagged four goals from 20 possessions to arguably be the most electrifying forward on the ground. A highlight of his game came in the second quarter when he roved a marking contest expertly before dribbling through a goal from the boundary line.

#59 Ty Sears

The 2018 WA U16s State Academy member was solid off the half-back line for the Swans, accumulating 12 possessions, taking five marks, and laying four tackles, while also intercepting a lot of the Bulldogs’ attacking forays.

Scouting notes: WAFL Colts – East Fremantle vs. Peel Thunder

IN Round 15 of the Simply Energy West Australian Football League (WAFL) Colts competition, East Fremantle defeated Peel Thunder by 13 points at New Choice Homes Park on Saturday morning.

Below were the best players in the game.

EAST FREMANTLE

#8 Owen Dann
The Geraldton product was playing as a half-back flanker and showed promising signs, using his speed, and flair to set up attacking forays from the defensive half. He gathered 11 possessions, took seven marks and laid three tackles to be a pivotal defender for the Sharks.

#9 Dylan Curley
The Mullewa junior showed why he is such an exciting player, showing off plenty of flair in the forward half for East Fremantle. He led the Sharks’ revival in the second quarter, when he took a strong contested mark early before drilling his first goal. His final statistics were eight possessions, four marks, three inside 50s, two tackles and two goals.

#10 Trent Rivers
The East Fremantle captain was inspiring for the Sharks, often throwing his body into stoppages to win the contested possession for his team. He collected 25 possessions, laid seven tackles, grabbed six marks and recorded five inside 50s to be one of the best players on the ground.

#13 Keanu Haddow
A Fremantle Next-Generation Academy member, Haddow showed promising signs of his potential against the Thunder. Stationed on the half-back line, Haddow accumulated 17 possessions and took two marks, providing a heap of rebound out of the defensive half to set up attacking forays for his team.

#16 Chad Warner
The WA U18s State Academy member was his usual bullocking self in the contest against Peel Thunder. Warner accumulated 26 possessions, laid eight tackles, recorded three inside 50s and grabbed two marks to be one of the best midfielders on the ground. His thirst for the contest was especially evident, often barging his way into stoppages to win the ball for his team.

#20 Brandon Walker
The 2018 AFL U16s All-Australian defender showed why he is so highly touted for the 2020 AFL Draft with another polished performance. He accumulated 11 possessions, grabbed three marks and laid two tackles, while he also provided a heap of run from the defensive half.

#23 Luke Jackson
The All-Australian ruckman showed why he is arguably the best ruck prospect in this year’s AFL Draft pool with another dominant display. Against Peel, Jackson accumulated 22 possessions, won 41 hit-outs, laid three tackles and grabbed two marks to be the most dominant ruckman on the ground. His aerobic ability is outstanding for someone his age.

#25 Jai Jackson
The Chapman Valley product was his usual explosive self, rotating between the midfield and the forward line. He finished with 16 possessions, four marks and four tackles, playing an excellent role for the Sharks.

#29 Reuben McGuire
The Willetton junior produced a powerful performance to remind recruiters of his potential at the next level. He gathered 12 possessions, won 12 hit-outs, v\grabbed three marks, recorded three inside 50s and kicked a goal to be a key component of East Fremantle’s victory. His best moment came in the last quarter when he intercepted a Peel kick-out, before he snapped through a goal.

PEEL THUNDER

#1 Tyrone Thorne
The Rockingham junior showed why he is considered to be one of the better small pressure forwards in this year’s AFL Draft Pool. He accumulated 12 possessions, laid six tackles and recorded three inside 50s as he tried to create plenty of attacking opportunities for the Thunder.

#2 Jackson Knight
Currently third in the WAFL Colts Coaches Award, Knight continued his fine season with another great performance, this time against East Fremantle. He finished with 25 possessions, 12 tackles, eight inside 50s and seven marks to arguably be Peel’s best player. His best passage of play came in the last quarter, when he won an important clearance before he laced out Roy George inside attacking 50.

#5 Andrew Butler
Playing as the rover, Butler provided a heap of energy around the stoppages, trying to will his team on to victory. His clearance work was outstanding and his desire to win the contested possession was superb for someone his age. He finished with 15 possessions, eight tackles, and three marks to be one of Peel’s best players.

#11 Jarvis Pina
The Peel Thunder captain tried hard to will his team to victory with another accomplished performance. Against the Sharks, Pina collected 16 possessions, grabbed four marks, laid four tackles and recorded two inside 50s rotating between the wing and the half-back flank. His skills in the wet conditions were outstanding.

#18 Ben Middleton
The Halls Head product continued to show why he is the best key forward in this year’s WAFL Colts competition with another powerful performance. He finished with 14 possessions, four inside 50s, three marks and two goals to be Peel’s most dangerous forward target. He now has 20 goals from 10 games for the season.

#19 Isaiah Winder
The Eaton Boomer put together some moments that showed why he is considered a highly-rated prospect for the 2020 AFL Draft. His final statistics were eight possessions, four marks, two tackles and two goals, but it was what he did with ball-hand that would have impressed recruiters. An example of this was in the first quarter, when he was stuck on the boundary but had to poise and composure under duress, to square the ball to Jonathon Ietto.

#27 Jack Sears
Having already made a name for himself as a gun key forward, Sears has shown a versatility to be a damaging wingman for the Thunder in recent weeks. Against the Sharks, Sears gathered 14 possessions, recorded five inside 50s, laid four tackles and grabbed three marks to be a key link to many of Peel’s attacking forays.

#29 Connor Heuer
A bottom-age talent, Heuer showed why he is considered to be a talented prospect for next year’s draft with a dazzling performance against East Fremantle. He accumulated 16 possessions, laid four tackles, and recorded three inside 50s stationed on the half-forward flank.

Scouting notes: WAFL Colts – Round 14

A mixed bag of results did not take away from some outstanding performances in Round 14 of the West Australian Football League (WAFL) Colts, with many from the title-winning Western Australia Under 18s squad returning to action. Lenny Fogliani was on hand to provide his opinion-based notes on outstanding players from three of the four fixtures.

East Fremantle vs. Swan Districts

East Fremantle:

#2 Michael Wright

Playing as a defensive small forward, the Chapman Valley Junior was outstanding for the Sharks, performing his role to perfection. He accumulated 16 possessions, recorded six inside 50s, grabbed four marks, laid three tackles and kicked a goal to be one of his team’s best.

#7 Jeremy Sharp

The dual All-Australian was at his best for the Sharks providing a heap of offence from the wing. His penetrating skills, elite speed and endurance, skilful evasive moves and line-breaking capabilities were all on display against the Swans. He finished with a game-high 35 possessions, eight inside 50s, four marks and a goal.

#10 Trent Rivers

The East Fremantle captain led from the front for the Sharks, often throwing his body into stoppages to win the contested possession for his team. His ability to shrug off opponents is elite for someone his age, and at his size (191cm) this makes him a very attractive prospect. His decision-making, vision and skill execution were all on display for the home team. He finished with 26 possessions, five tackles and three goals.

#15 Jack Carroll

The 2017 WA U15s State Schoolboys representative continued his fine season for the Sharks with another sensational performance. Against the Swans, Carroll collected 21 possessions, laid four tackles and took two marks to be one of the Sharks’ best midfielders on the day.

#16 Chad Warner

The clearance machine was again brilliant for the home team, often winning the ball for his team and getting it forward. He accumulated 31 possessions, laid 13 tackles, recorded five inside 50s and kicked a goal in a telling performance. The Willetton junior shares similarities to West Coast’s Jack Redden in that both are tough, thrive on the contest, can win their own ball and apply serious pressure to the opposition.

#18 Chris Walker

The Fremantle Next Generation Academy (NGA) member was excellent on the half-back line, providing a heap of rebound as well as intercepting a host of Swans’ attacking forays. He collected 15 possessions, grabbed six marks, and laid two tackles to be a pivotal player for East Fremantle’s victory.

#20 Brandon Walker

The 2018 AFL Under 16s All-Australian member increased his draft stocks for 2020 with another superb performance. Against Swan Districts, Walker accumulated 16 possessions, took four marks and laid two tackles, playing primarily across the half-back line. His line-breaking capabilities, decision-making and disposal efficiency are all at a fantastic level for someone his age. He is a part of Fremantle’s Next Generation Academy.

#23 Luke Jackson

The Larke Medal runner-up showed why he is arguably the best ruck prospect in this year’s AFL Draft pool with another brilliant performance. He gathered 17 possessions, won a game-high 38 hit-outs, laid seven tackles and kicked a goal to be one of the most influential players in East Fremantle’s victory. His raw athleticism, ruck craft and endurance make him a tantalising prospect.

#25 Jai Jackson

Pushing through injury, Jackson played a great game playing as a hybrid forward. Against Swan Districts, Jackson collected 11 possessions, laid seven tackles, took three marks and kicked a goal to be one of the more dangerous forwards on the ground. As well as playing as a forward, Jackson has demonstrated an ability to push into the midfield where he uses his big frame to crash and bash his way through stoppages to get the ball going forward for his team.

#29 Reuben McGuire

The Wesley College student always provided a target inside 50 for his team-mates to kick to. He finished with 11 possessions, 12 hit-outs, four marks, two tackles and two inside 50s. His raw athleticism, power and aggression make him an attractive key forward prospect.

Swan Districts:

#11 Ashley Brockbernd

The 2017 WA U16s State Academy member tried hard all day for the Swans, playing off the half-back line. Against East Fremantle, Brockbernd accumulated 11 possessions, laid six tackles, took two marks and recorded two inside 50s to try and keep his team within touching distance of the rampant Sharks.

#12 Brenton Hilton

The Ellenbrook junior was prolific for the Swans playing in defence. He was trying to thwart plenty of East Fremantle’s attacking forays, while also trying to provide plenty of rebound from the defensive zone. He finished with 22 possessions, five tackles, four inside 50s and three marks.

#18 Jake Pasini

Having made a name for himself as a strong key defender, Pasini showed off his versatility playing as a big-bodied inside midfielder against East Fremantle. He bullocked his way to 17 possessions, three marks, two tackles and two inside 50s.

#21 Jackson Ryan

The 17-year-old showed why he could be one of the rising key forward prospects out of Western Australia for next year’s AFL Draft with a powerful performance. Despite a lack of attacking forays, Ryan always provided an option for his team-mates and clunked four marks. He finished with two goals from seven possessions.

#25 Jermarl Daly

The South Hedland product showed flashes of his brilliance against the Sharks. One moment of his brilliance came in the second quarter, when he took a fantastic pack mark and then nailed the goal to bring the Swans within a goal of the Sharks. He finished with seven possessions, three tackles and a goal.

#34 Jak Watson

Arguably Swan Districts’ best player, Watson never stopped trying for the visitors but to no avail. He accumulated 27 possessions, laid eight tackles, grabbed three marks and recorded two inside 50s in a dazzling performance.

#52 Atem Deng

The West Coast Eagles Next-Generation Academy member was sublime for the Swans, playing on the half-forward line. He gathered 15 possessions, laid four tackles and recorded three inside 50s as he tried to create attacking opportunities for the visitors. Last year Deng finished seventh in Swans’ Best & Fairest, and another strong year would increase his draft chances.

#59 Ty Sears

The bottom-age star was brilliant for Swan Districts off the half-back line. Against East Fremantle, Sears collected 19 possessions, recorded three inside 50s and took two marks as he tried to create attacking drive from the defensive half.

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East Perth vs. Peel Thunder

East Perth:

#2 Adam Boules

Stationed on the wing, the Mount Hawthorn junior was prolific for the Royals, as he always provided a link for their attacking forays and displayed a desire to run defensively as well. He gathered 22 possessions, laid 11 tackles, took five marks and recorded four inside 50s to be one of the best for the Royals.

#8 Cooper Sparks

The Deanmill product continues to amass an excellent season for East Perth with another polished performance against the Thunder. He accumulated a team-high 25 possessions, recorded five inside 50s, laid four tackles, took two marks and kicked a goal to be the Royals’ best player on the night.

#9 Sebit Kuek

The West Coast Eagles’ NGA member was dangerous in the forward line for the Royals, always providing an option for his team-mates. He gathered 11 possessions, won 18 hitouts, took three marks, laid two tackles, recorded two inside 50s and kicked a goal in a dazzling performance.

#15 Luke Lombardi

Playing on the half-back line, Lombardi showed why he could be a bolter for next year’s AFL Draft. He finished with 14 possessions, three marks and two tackles, showing off poise, composure and sound-decision-making with ball in hand.

#19 Joshua Hubbard

The Ellenbrook junior was outstanding for the Royals, rotating between the half-back line and the wing. His run and carry, link-up play, decision-making and skill execution were all pivotal in the Royals’ effort to defeat the Thunder. He finished with 17 possessions, six inside 50s, and four tackles.

#37 Joshua Ladhams

The Southerners product was instrumental in the ruck for East Perth. He finished with 10 possessions, 33 hit-outs, five marks and four tackles, while being in an entertaining duel against Brendan Cooke (nine possessions and 30 hit-outs).

#39 Cody Rodgers

Playing in defence and up forward, Rodgers competed hard all night for the home team. He only gathered five possessions, but took three marks and kicked three goals to be a potent option up forward. His contested marking was a real feature of his game against the Thunder.

#49 Rhai-Arn Cox

The 2017 WA U16s State Academy member showed off his flair and offensive tricks in the forward half for the Royals. He collected 14 possessions, recorded two inside 50s and kicked a goal in a solid performance. As a small forward, Cox boasts excellent goal sense and the ability to take strong contested marks – similar to how West Coast star Liam Ryan plays.

Peel Thunder:

#1 Tyrone Thorne

The WA U18s State Academy member was dangerous in the forward half for the Thunder, always on the move and ready to pounce on any scoring opportunities that came his way. Thorne also showed why he is considered to be one of the better small forwards in this year’s AFL Draft pool with six tackles to his name. He finished with 11 possessions and two goals.

#2 Jackson Knight

Currently fourth in the WAFL Colts Coaches Award, Knight continued his excellent campaign with another solid performance for the Thunder. Against East Perth, Knight accumulated 22 possessions, laid eight tackles, and recorded seven inside 50s to be one of the more damaging midfielders on the night.

#3 Roy George

Stationed in defence, George showed why he is such a prodigious talent with his intercepting and rebounding a real feature of his game. He gathered 10 possessions, took two marks, and even drifted forward to kick a goal.

#8 Zachary Rankin

Stationed on the wing, Rankin played an excellent two-way game for the Thunder, being defensively accountable but also showing off some offensive flair. Against the Royals, Rankin gathered 18 possessions, grabbed five marks, laid five tackles and recorded three inside 50s to be one of the more instrumental players in Peel’s victory.

#11 Jarvis Pina

The Peel Thunder captain was pivotal in his team’s victory over the Royals with a game-high 33 possessions, five marks, five tackles and two inside 50s. His reading of the play, decision-making and penetrating skills were all on display for the recruiters to see.

#13 Cameron Gavin

The Halls Head junior was outstanding for the Thunder, finishing with 15 possessions, five inside 50s, four marks and two goals in a sizzling performance. His forward half presence was outstanding for the Thunder and he played a big role in the victory with his decision-making and skill execution a real feature of his game.

#18 Ben Middleton

The leader in this year’s WAFL Colts Leading Goalkicker Award, Middleton showed why he is arguably the best forward in the competition. In nine games for the Thunder, Middleton has kicked 18 goals – three ahead of East Perth’s Sebit Kuek and West Perth’s Ewan Brazier. Against the Royals, Middleton kicked two goals from eight possessions and four marks.

#27 Jack Sears

Playing on the wing, Sears sent a timely reminder to recruiters on why he should be considered one of the best players in this year’s WAFL Colts competition. He collected 23 possessions, took eight marks and recorded six inside 50s in a powerful display.

Subiaco vs. Claremont

Claremont:

#3 Leno Thomas

The Fremantle NGA player was lively in the forward half for the Tigers. As well as being gifted with offensive tricks, Thomas showed off a defensive side of his game against the Lions, recording five tackles. He finished with 10 possessions, four marks, two inside 50s and a goal.

#5 Ronin O’Connor

Stationed in defence, O’Connor was solid for the Tigers, often repelling Subiaco’s attacking forays. He gathered 12 possessions, laid six tackles and took three marks, but it was his leadership down back that caught the eye. His ability to communicate with his team-mates about where they should position themselves was outstanding for someone his age.

#8 Jack Buller

Arguably best afield for the Tigers, Buller was instrumental playing as either a key position player or when he pinch-hit in the ruck. His strength in the contest was outstanding, often barging his way through the opposition to get the ball going forward for his team. His final statistics were 16 possessions, 26 hit-outs and three tackles.

#12 Joel Western

A bottom-age prospect, Western showed why he is such a promising prospect for the 2020 AFL Draft. Against Subiaco, Western accumulated 18 possessions, took three marks, recorded three inside 50s and laid two tackles, from the wing. His speed, agility, vision, decision-making and skill execution were all on display.

#14 Jack Cooley

The 2016 WA U15s State Schoolboy was outstanding in the midfield for the Tigers, accumulating 33 possessions, taking five marks, laying five tackles and recording five inside 50s as he willed his team to victory. His power to burst away from stoppages and to win the clearance was simply phenomenal

#15 Liam Henry

The U18 All-Australian was electrifying around the ground for the Tigers, using his speed, agility and evasive tricks to weave his way in and out of congestion. Once in space, Henry was balanced and had the poise to execute his skills to a high level. His decision-making was also elite against the Lions. He finished with 26 possessions, six marks, three tackles and two goals.

#16 Anthony Davis

Stationed on the half-back line, Davis showed why he is considered to be a draft smokey this year. Against the Lions, Davis gathered 13 possessions, laid six tackles and took three marks as he tried to repel plenty of Subiaco’s attacking forays.

#22 Jye Clark

The younger brother of Geelong’s rising star Jordan Clark, Jye showcased why he is considered a top-five midfielder in the competition. Like his older brother, Jye is physical in the contest, prepared to throw his body on the line, is a sound-decision maker and is an excellent distributor whether by hand or foot. Against Subiaco, Clark finished with 35 possessions, five inside 50s, three marks and three tackles.

#25 Callum Jamieson

The North Beach junior was terrific for the Tigers, rotating between the forward line and the ruck. He gathered 10 possessions, won 20 hitouts, laid four tackles, took two marks and kicked two goals in a powerful display.

#35 Isaiah Butters

In just his second game of WAFL Colts, Butters showed he belongs at the level with a lively performance against Subiaco. He collected 18 possessions, took six marks, laid three tackles, recorded three inside 50s and kicked two goals in a dazzling display.

Subiaco:

#1 Jacob Peletier

The Esperance product was superb in the midfield for the Lions, racking up 24 possessions, recording three inside 50s, taking two marks and laying two tackles. His leadership throughout the game was exemplary, often throwing his body on the line to try and win the contested ball for his team.

#8 Ben Golding

Against the Tigers, Golding produced a performance that highlighted why he is currently third in the WAFL Colts Coaches Award. He gathered 29 possessions, laid 10 tackles, took eight marks, recorded five inside 50s and kicked a goal as he tried to will his team to victory. The only blemish on his performance was two behinds.

#19 Lachlan Henderson

Stationed at centre half-back, Henderson was outstanding for the home team, often repelling Claremont’s attacking forays. The 17-year-old finished with 10 possessions, four hit-outs and two marks in a solid performance.

#21 Connor Patterson

In just his fifth game of WAFL Colts, Patterson showed signs of being a gun player for the Lions. He gathered nine possessions, took three marks, laid two tackles, recorded two inside 50s and kicked two goals in a lively performance.

#27 Trey Kennedy

The Warwick-Greenwood junior was superb off the half-back line for the Lions, amassing 18 possessions, four marks, four tackles, two inside 50s and a goal. His defensive accountability, combined with his decision-making and skill execution make him an elite half-back flanker.

#37 Abraham Clinch

The Warwick-Greenwood product was prolific in the midfield for the Lions, gathering a team-high 32 possessions, recording five inside 50s, taking four marks, laying two tackles and kicking a goal. His desire to throw his body into congestion to win the ball for his team is outstanding for someone his age.

#41 Tyler Broughton

The 2018 WA U16s State Academy member was excellent in the forward line for the Lions, using his speed, agility and flair to create scoring opportunities for his team. He accumulated 12 possessions, laid five tackles, took four marks, recorded three inside 50s and kicked a goal to be one of the most dangerous forwards on the ground.

#50 Xavier Peacock

The 2018 WA U18s State Academy player showed why he is one of the best ruckmen in this year’s WAFL Colts competition. His work around the ground, ruck craft and strength in the contest were all on display. He finished with 12 possessions, 17 hit-outs, three marks, three inside 50s and two tackles.

Scouting notes: AFL U18 Championships – Western Australia vs. South Australia

IN round two of the NAB AFL U18 Championships, South Australia defeated Western Australia by 11 points at Optus Stadium. The Croweaters’ accuracy in front of goal proved to be the difference in the result, with WA butchering many attacking opportunities.

Below were the best players in the game.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

#4 Riley Garcia
The Caversham Junior produced a performance that showed why he is one of the leading prospects from Western Australia in this year’s AFL Draft. Against the Croweaters, Garcia racked up 28 possessions (including a game-high 15 contested possessions), won eight clearances, recorded six inside 50s and kicked a goal in a dazzling performance. The highlight of his game was in the last quarter when he was able to sneak through a goal to reduce the margin to just nine points.

#5 Liam Henry
The Fremantle Next-Generation Academy member was lively in the forward half for the Sandgropers often using his speed, skill and flair to try and create attacking opportunities. He gathered 19 possessions, took eight marks, recorded four inside 50s, and had three score assists. When stationed in the forward line, Henry emulates a similar skill set to that of Fremantle star Michael Walters with his evasiveness and goal sense.

#10 Deven Robertson
The captain tried hard all day to try and inspire his team to another famous victory, but unfortunately to no avail. He finished with a game-high 32 possessions (13 contested), eight tackles, five inside 50s, five marks, four rebounds, and three clearances in another powerful display. His contested possession and clearance work is similar to how Melbourne champion Nathan Jones controls stoppages.

#14 Chad Warner
The East Fremantle product tried hard all day in the midfield for the Sandgropers, often throwing himself into stoppages to win the ball for his team. He accumulated 20 possessions (12 contested), laid six tackles, won five clearances, recorded five inside 50s and had two score assists.

#17 Jeremy Sharp
The 2018 AFL U18s All-Australian was solid on the wing for the Sandgropers with 19 possessions, five marks, three rebound 50s, three clearances and a goal. His link-up play out of defence was outstanding, and his penetrating skills were on display throughout the whole game. The highlight of his game happened in the first quarter, when he was able to dance his way around an opponent before slotting a goal from 50 metres out.

#26 Trey Ruscoe
Stationed at centre half-back, Ruscoe did all he could to try and repel South Australia’s attacking forays. Opposed to Damon Freitag, Ruscoe accumulated 12 possessions (six contested), took four marks and laid four tackles, while holding Freitag goalless and limiting him to five possessions. In the final quarter he was moved into an attacking position, where he consistently provided a contest and brought the ball to ground for the small forwards to crumb.

#27 Jack Buller
In his first game for Western Australia this year, Buller showed why he is such a highly-rated prospect. He gathered 13 possessions (nine contested), won eight hit-outs, took six marks, recorded three rebounds and won two clearances in an strong display. His ability to play either end of the ground, as well as pinch-hitting in the ruck, makes him a tantalising prospect.

#32 Luke Jackson
The former Australian basketballer tried manfully to guide his team to victory, often giving his midfielders first use of the ball due to his elite ruck work. He finished with 14 possessions (12 contested), 35 hit-outs, five clearances, and three tackles in an excellent performance. His follow-up work was a real highlight of his game.

#35 Trent Rivers
The WA leadership group member was solid down back for the Sandgropers with 22 possessions, six marks, and three rebounds. His positioning, accumulation, and reading of the play were outstanding.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

#1 Kysaiah Pickett
The nephew of Norm Smith Medallist Byron Pickett, Kysaiah showed flashes of brilliance throughout the game against Western Australia. He finished with just six possessions and a goal, but always looked dangerous when he was in the forward half. His goal in the third quarter was sublime – gathering the ball in a pack, weaving his way through traffic and snapping truly from an impossible angle on the boundary line.

#7 Dylan Stephens
Arguably best afield, Stephens showed why he is considered a potential top 10-15 prospect for this year’s AFL Draft. In a powerful performance, the Norwood product accumulated 23 possessions (nine contested), laid six tackles, recorded five inside 50s and won two clearances, while displaying a ton of class in the slippery conditions.

#9 Cameron Taheny
Another prospect that has the potential to go top 10-15 in this year’s AFL Draft, Taheny showed why he is so highly touted with another excellent performance, this time against Western Australia. Stationed in the forward line, Taheny finished with 10 possessions, two marks, two tackles and two goals to be South Australia’s most damaging option forward of centre. In the slippery conditions, his classy and penetrating kicking skills really stood out.

#15 Harry Schoenberg
Playing in the midfield with occasional stints on the half-forward flank, Schoenberg was outstanding for South Australia with 20 possessions (13 contested), five tackles, four clearances, two marks and two inside 50s. His brutal contested possession work on the inside, allowed him to get the ball to the outside runners.

#18 Jackson Mead
The son of Port Adelaide’s inaugural Best and Fairest winner Darren Mead, Jackson was outstanding in the midfield for the Croweaters with 16 possessions (10 contested), six tackles, three clearances, two marks and a goal. His composure, decision-making and skills were all on display.

#19 Luke Edwards
The son of dual Adelaide premiership star Tyson Edwards, Luke showed why he is so highly touted for next year’s AFL Draft with a sizzling performance. Against the Sandgropers, he gathered 20 possessions, took five marks, laid four tackles and recorded three rebounding 50s, while stationed on the half-back line.

#20 Lachlan McNeil
The Woodville-West Torrens product was excellent in the midfield for South Australia, often throwing himself into congestion to win the ball for his team. He finished the game with 18 possessions (10 contested), 13 tackles, six inside 50s, four clearances, two marks and two rebounding 50s.

#33 Dyson Hilder
Stationed at centre half-back and opposed to Western Australia’s livewire Elijah Taylor, Hilder was instrumental in negating Western Australia’s attacking forays. He finished with 15 possessions (five contested), seven marks, and four rebounding 50s.

#35 Karl Finlay
The North Adelaide product was excellent for the Croweaters, playing as the full back he was influential in halting WA’s scoring opportunities. He gathered 16 possessions (seven contested), took six marks, laid five tackles and recorded three rebounding 50s.

South Australia U18s topple Western Australia on the road for opening championships win

SOUTH Australia has started its National Under 18 Championships title defence with a hard-fought win over Western Australia by 11 points at Optus Stadium. In what was not the most skilful game given the challenging conditions, the Croweaters made the most of their opportunities, having four less scoring shots but booting seven goals to the Sandgropers’ four in the 7.4 (46) to 4.11 (35) victory.

South Australia got off to a great start when Jackson Mead took a strong contested juggling mark inside 50. He then duly converted for the first goal of the game. Jeremy Sharp scored the instant reply for Western Australia when he was able to dance his way around an opponent before drilling a goal from 50 metres out.

At the start of the second quarter, Kysaiah Pickett weaved his way around opponents before finding Callum Park inside 50. Park went back and slotted the opening goal of the quarter to give the Croweaters a five-point lead. WA then had a host of attacking chances, but South Australia’s defence stood up tall. However, in the fourteenth minute, Elijah Taylor produced a moment of magic, when he got the ball out of a pack and snapped through his first goal of the game.

After the main break, Darnell Tucker got the visitors off to a good start when he snapped through a goal. Pickett produced a moment of magic when he snapped through a miraculous goal from right on the boundary line. Cameron Taheny followed up for the visitors with two goals to push the margin out to 21 points. Tyrone Thorne roved a pack expertly and dribbled through a goal to keep WA within touching distance of South Australia.

The final quarter proved to be a stalemate early, until Riley Garcia snuck through a goal in the tenth minute to reduce the margin to just nine points. However, in the 22nd minute, Corey Durdin dribbled through the goal to seal victory for the visitors.

South Australia’s Dylan Stephens was best afield after finishing with 23 possessions (nine contested possessions), six tackles, five inside 50s and two clearances in a powerful display. He was well-supported by bottom-ager Luke Edwards (20 possessions, five marks and four tackles), 2018 All-Australian Will Gould (21 possessions, nine rebounds, four marks and three tackles) and Harry Schoenberg (20 possessions – 13 contested – five tackles and four clearances).

Luke Jackson tried hard for Western Australia with 14 possessions, 35 hit-outs, five clearances, three tackles, and two marks, while midfielders Deven Robertson (32 possessions – 13 contested – eight tackles, five inside 50s, four rebounds, five marks and three clearances), and Riley Garcia (28 possessions – 15 contested – eight clearances, six inside 50s and a goal) tried to make use of Jackson’s dominance with their excellent midfield craft.

Next week, both teams will be playing at Alberton Oval, with WA taking on the Allies and South Australia hosting Vic Metro.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA 1.2 | 2.4 | 3.6 | 4.11 (35)
SOUTH AUSTRALIA 1.1 | 2.2 | 6.3 | 7.4 (46)

GOALS:

Western Australia: Garcia, Sharp, Taylor, Thorne.
South Australia: Taheny 2, Durdin, Mead, Park, Pickett, Tucker.

BEST:

Western Australia: L. Jackson, D. Robertson, R. Garcia, T. Ruscoe, Johnson, McDonald
South Australia: D. Stephens, L. Edwards, W. Gould, K. Finlay, D. Hilder, J. Mead

Western Australia dashes Vic Metro’s title hopes with 17-point win

WESTERN Australia (WA) got its AFL Under 18 Championships off to the perfect start with a 17-point victory over Vic Metro at Lathlain Park.

WA 2.6 | 4.9 | 9.12 | 12.14 (86)
VIC METRO 2.2 | 4.5 | 5.7 | 10.9 (69)

GOALS
WA:
Henry 3, Johnson 2, Taylor 2, Thorne 2, Bennell, Rivers.
VM: Worrell 4, Jones 2, Rowell, Bianco, Honey, Dean.

BEST
WA:
Robertson, L. Jackson, Garcia, Rivers, Ruscoe, Pasini, Henry, Sharp, Taylor, Warner
VM: Rowell, Worrell, Mott, Butler, Sturgess, McAsey, Bianco

WA got off to a blistering start when Elijah Taylor took a strong contested mark inside 50 on the end of a Riley Garcia pass. Taylor went back and coolly slotted the first goal of the game, but Josh Worrell scored the reply for the visitors. WA then missed a host of chances, and Harrison Jones made them pay when he slotted Vic Metro’s second goal of the game. Late in the quarter, Jarvis Pina won himself a free kick, played on immediately and speared a pass to Callum Jamieson. Jamieson in turn, then found Jai Jackson inside 50. Jackson duly converted his set shot to give the Sandgropers a four-point lead at quarter time.

At the start of the second quarter, Liam Henry out-marked his opponent before playing on and drilling through his first goal of the game. Under siege for a period, Vic Metro tried to rebound the ball out of their defensive 50 via a number of handballs, but came unstuck when Ryan Bennell stole the ball off them, weaved his way past a couple of defenders and nailed another goal for WA. Matt Rowell and Worrell both kicked late goals to keep Vic Metro within touching distance of the home team.

After the main break, the Sandgropers came out firing with Trent Rivers kicking a long-range bomb in the second minute of the third term. Defender Ben Johnson then nailed two goals from outside 50 after receiving handballs from players who had just taken marks. Liam Henry and Tyrone Thorne both kicked goals soon after to give the home team a five goal lead at three quarter time.

Taylor produced a moment of magic early in the last quarter, when he gathered the ball, evaded an opponent, shrugged off another opponent and kicked brilliant snap from 50 metres. Worrell (twice) and Josh Honey kicked goals for the visitors, but Thorne and Henry both scored instant replies to push the margin back out to 23 points. In the dying stages of the game, Trent Bianco kicked a consolation goal for the visitors.

Captain Deven Robertson led the way for the Sandgropers with 31 possessions, seven clearances, five rebound 50s, five marks and four inside 50s. He was well supported by Garcia (21 possessions and seven clearances), Luke Jackson (12 possessions, 35 hit-outs and six clearances) and Rivers (22 possessions and a goal).

For Vic Metro, Rowell showed why he is considered a top three prospect, trying his heart out in the middle to will his team over the line. He finished with 24 possessions, eight clearances, six inside 50s and a goal. Other notable performers for the Big V included Worrell (18 possessions, six marks and four goals), Daniel Mott (24 possessions and eight clearances) and Louis Butler (23 possessions and seven rebounding 50s).

Next week WA host South Australia at Optus Stadium, while Vic Metro will use the bye to try and freshen up for their encounter with the Croweaters at Alberton Oval in Round 3 of the AFL Under 18 National Championships.

Scouting notes: AFL U18s – Western Australia vs. Vic Metro

WESTERN Australia started its AFL U18 Championships campaign with a stirring 17-point victory over the highly-fancied Vic Metro at Lathlain Park. It is the first time since 2015 that the Sandgropers have secured victory over their Victorian counterparts.

Below were the best players from either side.

Western Australia:

#4 Riley Garcia

The WA Leadership group member produced a performance that highlighted his credentials as one of the best prospects from WA this year. Against the Big V, Garcia collected 21 possessions, won an equal team-high seven clearances, laid four tackles, recorded four inside 50s and took three marks to be one of the best players on the ground. His kicking skills in the wet conditions were elite for someone his age.

#10 Deven Robertson

The WA Captain was inspirational for the Sandgropers, crashing his way through stoppages to win the ball for his team. He finished with a game-high 31 possessions, an equal team-high seven clearances, a team-high five rebound 50s, five marks, four inside 50s, and three tackles to be best afield. A highlight of his game was when he went back with the flight of the ball and took a courageous mark, before crashing into an opponent and team-mate.

#15 Liam Henry

The Fremantle Dockers NGA member was electrifying in the forward half for the Sandgropers, using his noted speed, dazzling agility and precise skills to provide an x-factor inside 50. He finished with 14 possessions, six tackles, four marks, four inside 50s and three goals in a dominant display. A highlight of his performance came in the second quarter, when he out-marked an opponent before playing on and drilling a goal from outside 50.

#17 Jeremy Sharp

The 2018 AFL U18s All-Australian was dynamic on the wing for the Sandgropers, often using his pace and skill to carve up the defence of Vic Metro. He collected 20 possessions, took three marks and recorded two inside 50s to be one of the best players on the ground.

#19 Elijah Taylor

The electrifying forward showed why he is being labelled as a possible draft bolter, showing flashes of brilliance in the forward half. He finished with 13 possessions, three inside 50s, two marks, two tackles and two goals. The highlight of his game came in the fourth quarter, when he cleanly picked up the ball, darted around an opponent, shrugged off another opponent and snapped through a goal from about 50m out.

#21 Jake Pasini

The key defender was exceptional in defence for the Sandgropers, winning many one-on-one contests, intercepting Vic Metro’s attacking forays and rebounding with class. The Swan Districts product finished with 10 possessions and six marks, while restricting Charlie Dean to just four possessions and a goal.

#26 Trey Ruscoe

Stationed at centre half-back, Ruscoe proved why WA officials rate him highly, with a stunning performance playing primarily on Harrison Jones. Ruscoe finished with 18 possessions, seven marks, three tackles and three rebounding 50s in a pivotal performance for the Sandgropers.

#32 Luke Jackson

The highly-touted ruckman produced a performance that indicated why he is considered to be a potential first-round pick. Up against Nick Bryan, Jackson gathered 12 possessions, won 35 hit-outs, won six clearances, laid three tackles, took two marks and recorded two inside 50s to stamp his authority on the game. His follow-up work around the ground has dramatically improved, making him an even more dangerous player.

#34 Ryan Bennell

A late addition to the WA U18s team, Bennell produced a performance that indicated he could be another bolter. The South Bunbury product finished with 11 possessions, five tackles, five inside 50s and a magnificent goal. Late in the second quarter, Vic Metro looked to rebound the ball out of defensive 50 via a number of handballs, but Bennell was able to steal it from them, weave his way past a couple of defenders and then drill through the goal from just inside 50.

#35 Trent Rivers

The East Fremantle product was outstanding off the half-back line and through the midfield for the Sandgropers. Rivers gathered 22 possessions, took four marks, laid three tackles, recorded three rebound 50s and two inside 50s, and kicked a telling goal in the third quarter. His composure and skill-level when under duress is outstanding for someone his age.

 

Vic Metro:

#5 Trent Bianco

The Oakleigh Chargers product showed why he is considered to be one of the best small rebounding defenders in this year’s draft pool. He finished with 17 possessions, six rebound 50s, four marks, four tackles, two inside 50s and a goal to be one of Vic Metro’s best. His run and carry, combined with his precise skills, make him a damaging player from the back half.

#11 Matthew Rowell

The much-fancied Rowell showed everyone why he is so highly touted. He gathered 24 possessions, won an equal game-high eight clearances, recorded six inside 50s, took four marks, laid four tackles and kicked a goal to be Victoria Metro’s best. His contested work around the stoppages was elite.

#13 Daniel Mott

The Maribynong Park junior was outstanding in the midfield for the Big V, often putting his head over the ball to get it going forward. He accumulated an equal team-high 24 possessions, won an equal game-high eight clearances, took seven marks, recorded three inside 50s and three rebound 50s, and laid two tackles in a powerful performance.

#15 Louis Butler

Stationed on the half-back line, Butler was prominent for the visitors with 23 possessions, seven rebound 50s, and four marks in a classy and polished performance. In a tough outing for the Victorian defenders, Butler showed excellent composure under duress, intercepted a host of WA’s attacking forays and displayed his penetrating kicking skills.

#24 Noah Anderson

The Victorian Captain tried to will his team through the middle with 16 possessions and seven clearances. His spread from the contest, work-rate, vision, decision-making and skill execution were all on display.

#26 Ryan Sturgess

The Northern Knights player tried his heart out for Victoria with a solid performance in defence. He finished the game with 17 possessions, seven marks, five rebound 50s and two tackles. His defensive marking and spoiling were a feature of his game, as was his reading of the play.

#29 Fischer McAsey

Stationed a centre half-back, McAsey was rock solid in defence for the Vics, intercepting a host of WA’s attacking forays. He finished with 11 possessions, six tackles, four marks, and two rebound 50s to arguably be Victoria’s best defender.

#31 Joshua Worrell

The Haileybury College student was Vic Metro’s most potent forward with 18 possessions, six marks, three inside 50s and four goals. Usually a defender for the Sandringham Dragons, Worrell showed excellent signs further afield with his leading patterns, set shot routine, and overhead marking all strong.

Scouting notes: WAFL Colts – East Fremantle vs. South Fremantle

IN the annual WA Foundation Day fixture, South Fremantle won bragging rights over arch-rivals East Fremantle with a 17-point victory in the West Australian Football League (WAFL) Colts competition.

Below were the stand-out players.

East Fremantle:

#2 Michael Wright

The Chapman Valley product was again sensational in the midfield for the Sharks. Against the Bulldogs, Wright accumulated a team-high 27 possessions, recorded six inside 50s, took four marks and laid two tackles.

#5 Edward Curley

The 2018 WA U16 State Academy member showcased why he is so highly touted for next year’s AFL Draft. Against the Bulldogs, Curley put forward his best game with 26 possessions, five tackles, four marks and three inside 50s.

#8 Owen Dann

Another bottom-aged prospect, Dann demonstrated why he is one of the best small forwards for next year’s AFL Draft. In the forward half for the Sharks, Dann collected 18 possessions, laid 10 tackles, took six marks, and recorded three inside 50s. The only blemish on his performance was two behinds.

#9 Dylan Curley

Last year’s club leading goalkicker, Curley was dazzling in his first performance of the season for the Sharks. He booted three goals from eight possessions and also took three strong contested marks. With such performances, expect Curley’s stocks to rise.

#18 Chris Walker

The Fremantle Next-Generation Academy member was sublime on the half-back line for the Sharks, often creating attacking forays from the defensive half. He collected 13 possessions, took three marks, laid three tackles and recorded three inside 50s.

#20 Brandon Walker

The 2018 AFL U16 All-Australian showed why he is already being touted as a possible first round draft pick in next year’s AFL Draft. Against the Bulldogs, Walker gathered 21 possessions, recorded five inside 50s, took four marks and laid four tackles to be one of the best players.

#25 Jai Jackson

The stand-in captain for East Fremantle tried his heart out to inspire his team to victory, but to no avail. He finished with 24 possessions, a game-high 11 tackles, three marks and two inside 50s in a true captain’s performance.

#28 Kody Eaton

Stationed at full-back, Eaton was simply outstanding for the Sharks, trying his best to counter South Fremantle’s attacking forays. He finished with 14 possessions and three marks to be one of the most valuable players for East Fremantle.

 

South Fremantle:

#1 Jack Musika

The 2017 WA U16 State Academy member was influential in the forward half for the Bulldogs, highlighting his credentials as one of the best players in the competition. He accumulated 13 possessions, laid seven tackles and kicked the goal to seal victory for South Fremantle.

#4 Robbie Woods

The Bibra Lake product was electrifying in the forward half for South Fremantle, often using his pace, agility and skills to carve his way through the defensive zone. He finished with 13 possessions, five marks, four tackles, four inside 50s and a goal in a dazzling performance.

#5 Jaxon Bellchambers

An underage prospect, Bellchambers continues to produce performances to show he will be one of WA’s best prospects for next year’s AFL Draft. Against the Sharks, he gathered 25 possessions, took six marks, laid six tackles and recorded two inside 50s.

#6 Manfred Kelly

The Armadale product was prolific for the Bulldogs, finishing with a game-high 32 possessions, seven tackles, five marks and two inside 50s. His dare to take the game on, combined with his smart decision-making, make him an elite midfielder for the Bulldogs.

#7 George Wessels

The Aquinas College student continued his great start to the year for South Fremantle with another polished performance. Against the Sharks, Wessels collected 23 possessions, laid seven tackles, recorded five inside 50s and took three marks.

#27 Eric Botha

The Booragoon junior was excellent in the midfield for South Fremantle with 26 possessions, eight marks, seven inside 50s and two tackles. His stoppage work was pivotal in South Fremantle gaining ascendancy through the middle of the ground.

#31 Jacob Sax

Stationed at centre half-back, Sax was rock solid for the Bulldogs, thwarting many of East Fremantle’s attacking forays. He finished with 19 possessions and four marks to be one of South Fremantle’s most valuable players.

#35 Darryl Anderson

The 2016 WA U15s State Schoolboys’ representative was dynamic in the forward line for the Bulldogs. He finished with 13 possessions and two goals to be one of the most dangerous forwards on the ground.