Author: Lenny Fogliani

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.

Scouting notes: WAFL Colts Round – Subiaco vs. South Fremantle

IN this week’s scouting nots for the West Australian Football League (WAFL) Colts competition, Subiaco defeated South Fremantle in a low-scoring contest.

Below were the best players from each team.

Subiaco 7.7 (49) defeated South Fremantle 5.7 (37)

SUBIACO

#1 Jacob Peletier
The Esperance product was outstanding for the Lions in the midfield, throwing his big frame around the stoppages to win the contested possession for his team. He finished with 38 possessions, 10 marks, six tackles and three inside 50s.

#6 Chayse Grabe-Paparone
The Kambalda small forward was lively in the forward half for the Lions, finishing with two goals from nine possessions. What would have pleased the Subiaco coaching staff was his defensive pressure, finishing with five tackles.

#8 Ben Golding
The North Beach junior played brilliantly as the rover for the Lions, finishing with 39 possessions, six inside 50s, five tackles, three marks and a goal, to be best afield. After finishing in the top 15 of last year’s Best and Fairest, there are high hopes for Golding to take his game to another level, and against the Bulldogs he showed he is on his way.

#12 Matthew Johnson
Only 16 years old, Johnson showed he has a big future ahead of him with a wonderful performance on the weekend. Against South Fremantle, he collected 15 possessions, laid seven tackles, took three marks and kicked a goal to be one of the most damaging players for the Lions.

#16 Noah Ash
Stationed on the wing, Ash ran riot against the Bulldogs collecting 38 possessions, taking eight marks, recording six inside 50s, and kicking a goal. His run and carry along with his penetrating skills made him a lethal option for the Lions.

#19 Lachlan Henderson
Opposed to Malachi Walley, Henderson more than held his own in the key match-up. He collected 15 possessions and took two marks, while holding Walley goalless and limiting him to just eight possessions.

#37 Abraham Clinch
Put in the midfield, Clinch was sublime in the midfield for the Lions. He collected a season-high 43 possessions, laid six tackles, took five marks and recorded four inside 50s to be one of the best players for Subiaco.

SOUTH FREMANTLE

#1 Jack Musika
The 2017 WA U16s State Academy member showed why he is considered to be a premier midfielder against the Bulldogs with a team-high 26 possessions, six tackles, three marks and two inside 50s. With such performances, Musika could force his way into this year’s WA U18s State squad.

#3 Jarrod Salmeri
The Boddington product was his usual cool and composed self on the half-back line for South Fremantle. Against the Lions, he gathered 17 possessions, grabbed five marks and laid four tackles, to be one of South Fremantle’s best.

#4 Robbie Woods
The Bibra Lakes junior was electrifying on the wing for the Bulldogs, often using his elite speed and penetrating skills to carve up the Subiaco defensive zone. He accumulated 17 possessions, took four marks, recorded four inside 50s and laid three tackles.

#5 Jaxon Bellchambers
The bottom-aged prospect showcased why he is highly regarded for the 2020 AFL Draft with a sublime performance against the Lions. He finished with 21 possessions, seven marks, three tackles, two inside 50s and a goal to be one of South Fremantle’s best players.

#31 Jacob Sax
Stationed at centre half-back, Sax tried his heart out all game to thwart the Lions’ attacking forays. He collected 19 possessions, laid three tackles, took two marks and kicked a goal in a solid performance.

#40 Solomon James
The athletic ruckman produced a performance that highlighted why he is considered to be one of the top ruckmen in this year’s WAFL Colts competition. He collected 12 possessions, won 41 hit-outs, and took three marks to dominate the ruck battle.

Scouting notes: WAFL vs. SANFL State Game

IN the latest instalment of the Hayden Bunton Jnr Cup between Western Australia and South Australia, the Croweaters defeated the Sandgropers by seven points at Optus Stadium. There was a host of potential mature-age draft prospects putting their hands up for AFL selection for both sides.

Below were the best AFL draft prospects in the game:

 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

#4 Haiden Schloithe
The 2017 Sandover Medallist was excellent on the wing for the Sandgropers with 14 possessions, six marks, four tackles, four inside 50s, and two goals. Often the link-up player for Western Australia, Schloithe was the catalyst for many of WA’s attacking forays.

#9 Josh Deluca
The former Fremantle rookie produced another outstanding performance that could see him picked up in the AFL’s Mid-Season draft. Against South Australia, Deluca accumulated 29 possessions, laid seven tackles, took six marks, recorded four inside 50s and kicked a goal to be a deserving winner of the Simpson Medal.

#12 Michael Sinclair
Stationed in defence, Sinclair was superb for the Sandgropers, often intercepting South Australia’s attacking forays. He accumulated 16 possessions, took five marks and laid four tackles to showcase why he is one of the best defensive prospects for this year’s AFL Draft.

#15 Michael Bennell
The Albany product demonstrated why he is considered to be one of the most dangerous forwards in this year’s WAFL competition. He booted three goals (and two behinds) from just eight possessions but also laid a team-high nine tackles.

#16 Jye Bolton
The dual Sandover Medallist put in a dazzling performance that should make recruiters consider drafting him. He accumulated 28 possessions, took five marks, recorded four inside 50s, and laid three tackles to be one of WA’s best.

#23 Ben Sokol
In his first State game, Sokol emphatically confirmed why he is considered to be one of the best big-game performers in this year’s WAFL competition. He booted four goals (three behinds) from 13 possessions and 11 marks.

 

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

#1 John Noble
Stationed on the wing, Noble was excellent for South Australia providing speed and class throughout the match. He finished with 24 possessions, five marks, five rebounding 50s, four inside 50s, and four tackles.

#3 William Snelling
The former Port Adelaide player illustrated why he is deserving of another chance at AFL level, with a classy performance against the Sandgropers. He accumulated 19 possessions, laid eight tackles and kicked a goal.

#7 Aidan Tropiano
The 2015 Sandover Medallist was sensational against his native state. He collected a team-high 28 possessions, laid a game-high 11 tackles and recorded four inside 50s to be an influential figure for the Croweaters’ victory.

#15 Jonathon Beech
Playing at centre half-forward, Beech always offered a presence in the attacking half. He gathered 11 possessions, took three marks (one contested), and booted four goals to be one of the best players for South Australia.

#23 Jordan Foote
The former Sydney Swans Academy product was brilliant for South Australia with 24 possessions, six marks, three inside 50s, three rebounding 50s, two tackles and two goals. With such performances, Foote could be headed for a second chance at AFL level.

#33 Michael Knoll
The former basketballer was a deserving winner of the Foss Williams Medal (South Australia’s Best on Ground medal) in the Croweater’s victory over the Sandgropers. He finished with 15 possessions, 31 hitouts, five marks, four tackles and three inside 50s.

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

IN what was arguably the match of the round, West Perth overcame East Fremantle by five points at New Homes Choice Park. Considered as a finals preview, there was a host of players who stood up.

Below were the best players from each team.

EAST FREMANTLE

#2 Michael Wright
In a powerful display, the Chapman Valley product proved he is one of the premier midfielders in this year’s WAFL Colts competition. He accumulated 23 possessions, took five marks, laid five tackles, recorded two inside 50s and kicked a goal to be one of East Fremantle’s best.

#10 Trent Rivers
The East Fremantle captain tried his heart out to try and drag his team to victory. He gathered 27 possessions (12 contested), took 10 marks, recorded nine inside 50s, laid four tackles and kicked two goals to arguably be East Fremantle’s best player. Playing as an inside midfielder, Rivers threw his body into every stoppage to win the ball for his team and was able to dish it out to his outside runners. His drafts stocks continue to soar every week.

#16 Chad Warner
The Willetton junior showcased why he is one of the best midfielders in this year’s WAFL Colts competition. In a dazzling display, he gathered a game-high 29 possessions (18 contested), won six clearances, took six marks, laid two tackles, recorded two inside 50s. He also kicked a goal from outside 50 in the first quarter.

#18 Chris Walker
The Fremantle Dockers’ Next-Generation Academy member was excellent off the half-back line for East Fremantle. He finished with 16 possessions, eight inside 50s, six marks and five tackles. Like Richmond star Nick Vlastuin, Walker is a medium sized defender who is excellent at intercepting the opposition’s attacking forays.

#23 Luke Jackson
Against the Falcons, Jackson produced a performance that indicated why he is considered a first-round prospect in this year’s AFL draft. Opposed to Zak Patterson, he finished with 17 possessions, 28 hitouts, six inside 50s, five clearances, five marks and two goals.

WEST PERTH

#3 Ben Johnson
The 2016 WA State Schoolboys’ representative was exceptional for the Falcons in their victory over the Sharks. He accumulated 20 possessions (12 contested), laid six tackles, recorded four inside 50s, took three marks and kicked a goal to be one of the Falcons’ best players.

#7 Jaxon Prior
Stationed at centre half-back, Prior was instrumental in the Falcons’ victory. He accumulated 23 possessions, took nine marks, laid six tackles and recorded four inside 50s in an inspiring performance. Like Fremantle’s rising star Luke Ryan, Prior is a medium-sized defender who has a strong aerial ability and an elite understanding of the game , enabling him to effectively intercept many of the opposition’s attacking forays.

#18 Tyron Hindmarsh
The Ocean Ridge product was outstanding in the midfield for the Falcons. Going head-to-head with Chad Warner, Hindmarsh accumulated a team-high 28 possessions, laid 11 tackles, won seven clearances, and took seven marks to arguably be the best player on the ground.

#23 Zak Patterson
The Joondalup-Kinross junior was outstanding in the ruck against East Fremantle. Opposed to Luke Jackson, Patterson finished with 15 possessions, 19 hit-outs, three marks, two tackles and a goal in an entertaining duel. Patterson looms as a draft smoky when his excellent athleticism, elite ruck craft and raw potential are considered.

#25 Heath Chapman
A bottom-age prospect, Chapman did his draft chances for 2020 no harm with a classy performance against the Sharks. Playing on the half-back line, Chapman gathered 21 possessions, took seven marks and laid three tackles to be a pivotal player in the Falcons’ victory.

Scouting notes: WAFL Colts Round 3 – East Perth vs Claremont

IN Round 3 of the West Australian Football League (WAFL) Colts competition, Claremont defeated East Perth by 28 points at Leederville Oval.

Below are the best players from the game.

 

EAST PERTH 6.5 (41) defeated by CLAREMONT 10.8 (68)

 

East Perth:

#3 Harley Sparks
The Deanmill product was arguably the Royals’ best midfielder with a team-high 28 possessions, five tackles, three marks and a goal. Sparks often imposed himself in congestion to win the ball for his team and then dish it to the outside runners.

#9 Sebit Kuek
Last year’s Past Player and Officials Encouragement Award winner was excellent in the forward half for East Perth. He finished with 12 possessions, six hit-outs, four marks, four inside 50s, three tackles and a goal. His leading patterns combined with his strong overhead marking ability make him a damaging forward prospect.

#14 Kane Hughes
The East Perth wingman toiled hard all day for the Royals with 26 possessions, seven marks, two tackles and two inside 50s. His link-up style of play makes him one of the better wingmen in this year’s WAFL Colts competition.

#39 Cody Rodgers
The East Perth key defender showcased why he is considered to be one of the best key defensive options in this year’s draft pool. His positioning in defence was excellent, his knowledge of when to roll off his opponent to intercept the opposition was outstanding and his decision-making was sound. In the third quarter, he snuck forward and took a strong contested mark before booting a goal.

#40 Jed Montgomerie
The South Bunbury Junior was a standout in the ruck for East Perth in a competitive battle with Claremont’s Callum Jamieson. Montgomerie finished with 12 possessions, 22 hit-outs and five marks to be a presence for the Royals in the midfield.

 

Claremont:

#3 Leno Thomas
The Belmont junior was dynamic on the half-back line for Claremont with 19 possessions, four marks, two inside 50s and a goal. His electrifying speed, top agility and penetrating skills make him one of the more highly regarded prospects in this year’s WAFL Colts competition.

#8 Jack Buller
The Christ Church Grammar student was situated at centre half-back, playing on Jaxon East, and more than held his own in the contest. Buller finished with 20 possessions, 10 marks and three tackles, while holding East goalless.

#14 Jack Cooley
Stationed on the half-back line, Cooley offered a calm and composed figure for the Tigers. He finished with 25 possessions, six marks and two inside 50s, often providing excellent rebound from the defensive half. A highlight of his game was in the third quarter, when he grabbed the ball out of a pack and speared it to Jacob Blight, who kicked his second goal.

#15 Liam Henry
The Fremantle Next-Generation Academy prospect was arguably best afield, displaying traits that would endear him to recruiters. He accumulated 24 possessions, grabbed five marks and booted four goals in a sizzling display. His desire to run and carry and ability to use precise skills makes him one of the most damaging wingmen in this year’s draft pool.

#21 Louis Passera
The Scarborough junior continued his excellent start to the 2019 campaign with another superb performance, this time against the Royals. He collected 25 possessions, grabbed five marks, laid two tackles and recorded two inside 50s in a powerful display.

#22 Jye Clark
The younger brother of Geelong’s rising star Jordan, Jye Clark was prolific in the midfield for the Tigers. He finished with a game-high 29 possessions, five marks and four inside 50s in a near best-afield performance. His decision-making and skill execution are elite for someone his age.

#25 Callum Jamieson
The North Beach Junior was outstanding in the ruck for the Tigers. In a highly competitive battle with East Perth’s Jed Montgomerie, Jamieson accumulated 15 possessions, won a game-high 23 hitouts, took six marks, laid six tackles and recorded five inside 50s to be one of the best players for Claremont.

Scouting notes: WAFL Colts – Round 2 – East Fremantle vs Subiaco

EAST Fremantle flexed their muscles as a powerhouse of the 2019 West Australian Football League (WAFL) Colts season, with a 57-point victory over reigning premiers, Subiaco at East Fremantle Oval.

Below were the best players in the game.

EAST FREMANTLE

#2 Michael Wright
The Chapman Valley junior is in outstanding form, and already earning a reputation as one of the premium midfielders in this year’s WAFL Colts Competition. Against the Lions Wright accumulated 24 possessions, laid six tackles, grabbed five marks and kicked two goals. A highlight of his game was in the third quarter when he performed a one-two with Luke Jackson, before snapping through his second goal.

#10 Trent Rivers
The East Fremantle captain led from the front for the Sharks, with an equal game-high 29 possessions, six tackles, five inside 50s, and five marks. His leadership off the half-back is similar to the way Luke Hodge controls his team. Rivers is looming to be one of the key players in this year’s AFL Draft.

#16 Chad Warner
The Willetton junior was his usual tough self for the Sharks, often burying himself in stoppages to win the ball for his team. He finished with 23 possessions, a game-high nine tackles and five inside 50s. Like Wright, Warner is proving to be one of the premium midfield players in the competition.

#20 Brandon Walker
The Fremantle Next-Generation Academy prospect was sizzling off the half-back line for East Fremantle. He finished with 15 possessions and five marks, showcasing the traits that made him an All-Australian last year. He used his speed to burn off opponents, was smart with his decision-making and elite with his foot skills.

#23 Luke Jackson
The highly-touted Jackson put forward a display as to why AFL Draft experts believe he could potentially be a top-five pick. Against the Lions, he was arguably best afield with 17 possessions, 24 hit-outs, six marks, two tackles and two goals.

#24 Trey Ruscoe
The Aquinas College student was phenomenal against the Lions with 23 possessions, six inside 50s, three marks, three tackles and two goals. Playing more as a big-bodied inside midfielder, Ruscoe often crashed his body through stoppages to get the ball to the outside runners. He could be a draft bolter with his current form.

SUBIACO

#8 Ben Golding
The North Beach junior was outstanding for Subiaco on a tough day out, with 25 possessions, eight tackles, four inside 50s and three marks. The energy he provides around the contest is exceptional, so it was a shame it only rubbed off on some of his teammates.

#9 Tristan Hobley
The 2018 Mel Whinnen Medallist worked hard all day for the Lions, racking up an equal game-high 29 possessions, laying an equal team-high eight tackles, recording four inside 50s and taking two marks in a solid individual outing.

#10 Nicholas Martin
Originally known as a medium-sized forward, Martin was pushed into the midfield against East Fremantle. He adapted to the new role with aplomb, finishing with 24 possessions, four inside 50s, three tackles and two marks.

Scouting notes: WAFL Colts Round 1 – Claremont vs. East Fremantle

IN what was a cracking first game of the Simply Energy WAFL Colts Competition of 2019, East Fremantle defeated Claremont by two points at Claremont Oval. The final quarter proved to be a see-sawing contest between both teams, but ultimately the Sharks prevailed by that narrow margin of two points.

Below were the best players from each team.

CLAREMONT

#4 Marc Boyatzis
Stationed in the back pocket Boyatzis held his own, especially when East Fremantle started to dominate stages of the game. He finished the game with 12 possessions, three marks, two tackles and two inside 50s to arguably be the Tigers’ best defender. His intercept ability combined with his smart decision-making makes him a damaging rebounder, and his excellent lock-down mindset marks him as a tough opponent.

#5 Ronin O’Connor
The Marist junior was a bull in the midfield for the Tigers, often throwing himself into stoppages to win the ball for his team. He collected 20 possessions and laid an equal game-high nine tackles as he tried to give Claremont the ascendancy around the stoppages.

#8 Jack Buller
Playing centre half-forward, Buller always presents well for his midfielders to kick it to him. His leading patterns, strong hands, decision-making and skill execution were all on display for recruiters to see. The Cottesloe junior collected 12 possessions, grabbed four marks, laid three tackles and booted a goal in a solid first hit-out.

#11 Thomas Baldwin
The 2018 WA Under 18s representative showcased why Claremont’s coaching staff rate him highly. Playing as a small forward, Baldwin booted two goals from 19 possessions, as well as laying six tackles and taking three marks. His energy and class around the forward half stoppages were pivotal in keeping the Tigers in the contest.

#12 Joel Western
The Subiaco junior was electrifying on the half-forward flank for the Tigers, finishing the game with 19 possessions, four tackles, two inside 50s and a goal. Available to Fremantle as an Next Generation Academy (NGA) prospect in 2020, Western used his speed, evasiveness and skills to carve his way through East Fremantle’s defensive zones. He is already shaping up as a high draft prospect for next year.

#15 Liam Henry
The Derby product demonstrated why he is so highly touted in this year’s draft pool, especially by Fremantle who can select him under their Next-Generation Academy. Henry displayed his offensive flair and defensive soundness in a very well-rounded performance. He gathered 16 possessions, laid eight tackles, grabbed seven marks, recorded three inside 50s and kicked a magnificent goal in the second quarter, when he roved a pack inside 50 and snapped it through.

#22 Jye Clark
The younger brother of Geelong’s rising star Jordan, Jye Clark displayed similar traits to his brother – he was highly skilful, made sound decisions with ball in hand, and was always taking on the game. He collected 19 possessions, laid four tackles and recorded two inside 50s as he rotated between the half-back line and the wing.

EAST FREMANTLE

#2 Michael Wright
The Chapman Valley junior was sensational for the Sharks and was a key player in their victory. He gathered 23 possessions, laid an equal game-high nine tackles, took five marks, and recorded four inside 50s to be one of the best players for East Fremantle. His fierce attack on both the ball and man was superb.

#10 Trent Rivers
The East Fremantle captain led from the front for the Sharks. He amassed a game-high 26 possessions, took five marks, laid five tackles and recorded three inside 50s, playing between half-back and the midfield. He used his big frame to win crucial possessions, and his elite decision-making, vision and skill execution helped his team get the ball forward. He is already cementing himself as one of WA’s best draft prospects for 2019.

#16 Chad Warner
The Willetton junior was prolific in the midfield for East Fremantle with 24 possessions, seven tackles, three marks, three inside 50s and a goal. Warner plays in a similar way to Adelaide star Brad Crouch, as a player who is tough, skilful and prolific. His desire to win the contested ball before dishing it to the outside runners was pivotal for the Sharks’ victory.

#18 Chris Walker
The Fremantle NGA prospect convincingly proved why he is one of the best half-back flankers in this year’s Simply Energy WAFL Colts Competition. Against the Tigers, Walker held his opponents to minimal impact, while he provided damage on the offence. His desire to take the game on with his skill and speed was fantastic to see.

#20 Brandon Walker
The 2018 WA U16s All-Australian was excellent for the Sharks, showing why he is so highly rated for the 2020 AFL Draft. He used his crisp disposal and electrifying speed from the half-back line to torch the Tigers. He finished with 11 possessions, five marks and three tackles.

#23 Luke Jackson
The former Australian Junior National basketballer put together a performance that indicated why many draft experts see him as a potential first round draft pick. He gathered 11 possessions, won a game-high 36 hit-outs and laid three tackles to be the most imposing ruckman on the ground.

#24 Trey Ruscoe
The Booragoon junior was arguably the most important player for the Sharks, especially in the last quarter when he booted two goals to give the Sharks the lead. In the 19th minute of the final quarter he managed to tap the ball to himself, burst away from his direct opponent and then drill the goal that reduced the margin to just four points. Two minutes later, he did an excellent lead pattern and found himself in space to take a pivotal mark inside 50. He then kicked the goal to give the Sharks to lead. His final statistics were 20 possessions, six inside 50s, five marks, four tackles and two goals.

#25 Jai Jackson
The Geraldton product was his combative self in the midfield. He gathered 17 possessions, laid seven tackles, recorded four inside 50s and took two marks to be one of the Sharks’ better midfielders. His ability to win the contested ball within congestion and feed it out to his outside runners was elite.