Author: Peter Williams

Draft Central’s 2019 NAB League predictions

THREE sides appear to be the standout teams in the 2019 NAB League competition, with eight members of the Draft Central team making predictions for the season ahead. In the predictions, we have a guess at Premiers, Runner-up, Top 4, which team will be the biggest improver, as well as Morrish Medal and Leading Goalkicker predictions.

Oakleigh Chargers (five), Sandringham Dragons (two) and Gippsland Power (one) are the three sides who can take out the premiership this year according to the eight writers, with Oakleigh and Sandringham voted by all eight to make the top four, with Gippsland nominated by seven of the eight writers. It is an even spread to predict the fourth placed team, with Murray Bushrangers (three) ahead of fellow country sides and regular finalists, Geelong Falcons and Dandenong Stingrays (two), followed by metro counterparts, Northern Knights and Western Jets (one). The big improver from the competition is expected to be Northern Knights (three votes), while Calder Cannons and Geelong Falcons (two) are another contender to rise above their 2018 performance, with Western Jets also earning a vote.

In terms of the individual awards, it is an even spread, with Murray Bushrangers’ Lachlan Ash earning two votes, ahead of six different players. The Leading Goalkicker award has two candidates out front, with Oakleigh Chargers’ Dylan Williams (three votes) and Gippsland Power’s Josh Smith (two votes).

Peter Williams

Premiers: Oakleigh Chargers
Runner-Up: Gippsland Power
Top 4: Oakleigh, Gippsland, Sandringham, Murray
Big Improver: Northern Knights

Morrish Medal: Lachlan Ash (Murray Bushrangers)
Leading Goalkicker: Josh Smith (Gippsland Power)

 

Taylah Melki

Premiers: Oakleigh Chargers
Runner-Up: Sandringham Dragons
Top 4: Oakleigh, Sandringham, Gippsland, Dandenong
Big Improver: Geelong Falcons

Morrish Medal: Hayden Young (Dandenong Stingrays)
Leading Goalkicker: Charlie Sprague (Geelong Falcons)

 

Michael Alvaro

Premiers: Oakleigh Chargers
Runner-Up: Gippsland Power
Top 4: Gippsland, Oakleigh, Sandringham, Dandenong
Big Improver: Geelong Falcons

Morrish Medal: Cooper Stephens (Geelong Falcons)
Leading Goalkicker: Dylan Williams (Oakleigh Chargers)

 

Sophie Taylor

Premiers: Sandringham Dragons
Runner-Up: Oakleigh Chargers
Top 4: Sandringham, Oakleigh, Gippsland, Western
Big Improver: Western Jets

Morrish Medal: Daniel Mott (Calder Cannons)
Leading Goalkicker: Emerson Jeka (Western Jets)

 

Ed Pascoe

Premiers: Sandringham Dragons
Runner-Up: Gippsland Power
Top 4: Sandringham, Gippsland, Oakleigh, Northern
Big Improver: Northern Knights

Morrish Medal: Ryan Byrnes (Sandringham Dragons)
Leading Goalkicker: Riley Bowman (Sandringham Dragons)

 

Alex Gibson

Premiers: Oakleigh Chargers
Runner-Up: Sandringham Dragons
Top 4: Oakleigh, Sandringham, Geelong, Murray
Big Improver: Calder Cannons

Morrish Medal: Trent Bianco (Oakleigh Chargers)
Leading Goalkicker: Dylan Williams (Oakleigh Chargers)

 

Scott Dougan

Premiers: Oakleigh Chargers
Runner-Up: Gippsland Power
Top 4: Oakleigh, Gippsland, Sandringham, Murray
Big Improver: Northern Knights

Morrish Medal: Lachlan Ash (Murray Bushrangers)
Leading Goalkicker: Dylan Williams (Oakleigh Chargers)

 

Craig Byrnes

Premiers: Gippsland Power
Runner-Up: Oakleigh Chargers
Top 4: Gippsland, Oakleigh, Sandringham, Geelong
Big Improver: Calder Cannons

Morrish Medal: Cody Hirst (Eastern Ranges)
Leading Goalkicker: Josh Smith (Gippsland Power)

 

TOTAL:

Premiers:

Oakleigh Chargers 5
Sandringham Dragons 2
Gippsland Power 1

Top 4:

Oakleigh Chargers, Sandringham Dragons – 8
Gippsland Power – 7
Murray Bushrangers – 3
Dandenong Stingrays, Geelong Falcons – 2
Northern Knights, Western Jets – 1

Most Improved:

Northern Knights – 3
Calder Cannons – 2
Geelong Falcons – 2
Western Jets – 1

Morrish Medal:

Lachlan Ash (Murray Bushrangers) – 2
Hayden Young (DS), Cooper Stephens (GF), Ryan Byrnes (SD), Daniel Mott (CC), Trent Bianco (OC), Cody Hirst (ER)

Leading Goalkicker:

Dylan Williams (Oakleigh Chargers) – 3
Josh Smith (Gippsland Power) – 2
Riley Bowman (SD), Charlie Sprague (GF), Emerson Jeka (WJ) – 1

Weekend preview: NAB League Boys – Round 1

TOMORROW marks the start of a new era in Victorian Under 18 Boys football, with the brand new NAB League Boys competition kicking off. A standalone game at MARS Stadium begins the first round, before a spread of matches across Victoria on Sunday will provide plenty of highlights for the 2019 draft crop.

 

GREATER WESTERN VICTORIA REBELS v. DANDENONG STINGRAYS

Round 1 – 23/03/2019
3:00pm
Mars Stadium – Ballarat

The standalone game on Saturday afternoon pits the Greater Western Victoria (GWV) Rebels against reigning premiers, Dandenong Stingrays. The game marks the second consecutive match the Rebels have played against the Stingrays, having been on the receiving end of a belting in last year’s elimination final. The Stingrays have made some changes with a new coach and talent manager coming into the fold, while also losing a fair chunk of their premiership side. They will now rely on a lot of bottom-agers as well as some talented top-agers who featured in parts throughout the 2018 season. Led by top prospect, Hayden Young, the Stingrays have a solid team across the board with last year’s co-catain Mitch Riordan slotting into the centre for this match, and the likes of overager Jai Nanscawen and Luca Goonan also named there, while Sam Merrick – who tested well at the NAB League Fitness Testing Day on a wing. It will largely be a new-look side both on an off the field for the Stingrays, while for the Rebels, they have a large among of players who tasted plenty of football last year. The midfield contains overager, Matty Lloyd who is looking at a new inside role, as well as some silky top-agers in Mitch Martin and Isaac Wareham, the inside ability of Cooper Craig-Peters and bottom-age talent, Nick Stevens. Fellow overagers, James Cleaver and Jed Hill provide some good run up either end, while the ruck duel between Patrick Glanford and Bailey Schmidt will be one to watch. The Stingrays deserve to be favourites, having the wood over the Rebels the past few years, but with so much change, it is as good a time as any for the home team to grab much needed points in the opening round.

 

SANDRINGHAM DRAGONS v. CALDER CANNONS

Round 1 – 24/03/2019
10:00am
RSEA Park – Moorabbin

The next day at RSEA Park, Sandringham Dragons face Calder Cannons in the first of a Metro double header at the ground. The Dragons are stacked with talent across the board and will be one of the teams to beat this season. The Dragons’ spine of Corey Watts, Fischer McAsey, Jack Mahony, Charlie Dean and Riley Bowman looks ominous, while a midfield containing Ryan Byrnes, Finn Magginness and Josh Worrell will match it with the best. For the Cannons, captain Brodie Newman holds down half-back with overager Tye Browning, while the athletic Thomas Cartwright has been named at full-back. The Cannons midfield is a strength with Daniel Mott, Sam Graham and Harrison Minton-Connell named in the middle. Josh Kemp is an exciting prospect who while overage, is still only in his second year in the system. There is no doubt the Cannons have a massive challenge on their hands here against a full-strength Dragons outfit. Winning the midfield battle is crucial and backing themselves to match Sandringham’s run is the challenge, while the Dragons will be keen to win in the first game at their new home in Moorabbin.

 

EASTERN RANGES v. OAKLEIGH CHARGERS

Round 1 – 24/03/2019
12:30pm
RSEA Park – Moorabbin

In the second match of the double header, Eastern Ranges take on a full-strength Oakleigh Chargers which is a huge challenge for the Ranges. A year more experienced with the likes of Mitch Mellis, Lachlan Stapleton and Chayce Black in the middle, captain James Ross, Todd Garner and Jarrod Gilbee in defence, and Billy McCormack and Jamieson Rossiter in attack, Eastern has a solid side on paper. Overagers, Cody Hirst and James Blanck will play key roles in the side, but they will all need to be at their best to topple the might of the Chargers. Nick Bryan heads up the ruck and will look to get first hands to Noah Anderson, Matt Rowell and Joe Ayton-Delaney who moves into a more contested role this year. Dylan Williams and former Rebel, Jamarra Ugle-Hagan provide excitement up forward, while Trent Bianco and Will Phillips use the ball well coming down the ground. The top-end talent and depth is clearly there for the Chargers and is a key reason why they are arguably the team to beat this season along with Sandringham and Gippsland, of whom all three are well represented in the AFL Academy.

 

MURRAY BUSHRANGERS v. GIPPSLAND POWER

Round 1 – 24/03/2019
1:00pm
Rams Arena – Craigieburn

The second all-country clash of the weekend occurs at RAMS Arena in Craigieburn where Murray Bushrangers meet Gippsland Power. The Power are one of the contenders this season and look to be the top country team for season 2019. Coming off a preliminary final, albeit with a disappointing exit in the end, the large proportion of bottom-agers who steered the team to such a successful season are now top-agers and have the extra year of experience. For the Bushrangers, they also have their fair share of talented bottom-agers and should be the country side most likely to give Gippsland a run for its money. For Muray, its dynamic forward line will cause headaches, which in the past has been dominated by talls, but is more likely to be the hybrid-medium-smalls who create some issues for opposition defenders. Jye ChalcraftCam Wilson and Elijah Hollands can be damaging at ground level while Will Chandler provides some height up forward, and the match-ups with Jake van der Pligt, Brock Smith, Ryan Sparkes and Tye Hourigan will be the ones to watch. Leo Connolly, Fraser Phillips and Sam Flanders going head-to-head with the likes of Jimmy Boyer, Dylan Clarke and Cam Wild will be another interesting battle, while Josh Smith and Ben Kelly could go head-to-head in the Power forwad line. While Gippsland are missing key midfielder Caleb Serong, expect them to get the job done in what could be a thrilling contest to open the season.

 

GEELONG FALCONS v. BENDIGO PIONEERS

Round 1 – 24/03/2019
2:00pm
Colac Football Ground – Colac

A couple of teams with unknowns about them face-off in Colac, as Geelong Falcons host Bendigo Pioneers. The Falcons have a lot of new players in their side, while the Pioneers are always a young team. With many of the names getting games last year, the Pioneers should feel some line-up consistency for round 1. High-flyers, Braydon Vaz and Will Wallace hold down the key defensive posts for the Pioneers, while Brodie Kemp, Thomson Dow and Riley Ironside all fill out the midfield. They will have to battle top talent, Cooper Stephens, as well as overage forward-turned-midfielder, Charlie Sprague and Charlie Harris. Jesse Clark will look to provide some run and carry out of a new-look defence in 2019, while the likes of Jay Dahlhaus and Charlie Lazzaro are ever-dangerous inside 50. The Falcons given their record and form late last year, including from some of their bottom-agers in 2018, will have them heading in as favourites, but Bendigo could well take home the points given the majority of their line-up – minus Flynn Perez who is out with an ACL and a couple of others like Matt Hird – is able to play.

 

NORTHERN KNIGHTS v. WESTERN JETS

Round 1 – 24/03/2019
3:40pm
Ikon Park – Carlton

The final game of the round heads to Ikon Park where the Knights and Jets go head-to-head in what could be a battle of the two most improved sides heading into this year. Last year the Jets made the finals but were bundled out in the elimination final, while the Knights had a disapponting loss to GWV Rebels the week before in the Wild Card round. Both teams are capable of creating scoring opportunities, as Josh D’Intinosante and Darcy Cassar were a couple of the more dangerous half-forwards last season. Emerson Jeka will start at centre half-forward and no doubt be the main target inside 50, while Eddie Ford and Josh Honey know where the goals are. Daly Andrews is a handy overager to return to the side, while Spencer Johnson and Josh Kellett will come out of defence. The Knights’ bottom-agers were among the top players last season, and Nathan Howard will take up the ruck duties, while Adam Crafa, Sam Philp and Sunny Brazier will use their bigger bodies to try and outmuscle the Jets midfield. Ryan Gardner, Lachlan Potter and Ryan Sturgess will move the ball in transition, while former Sandringham Dragon, Will Kennedy and Aaron Clarke are two Jets who will look to stretch the Knights when forward.

Weekend preview: SANFL Women’s – Round 5

FOUR rounds down and the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) Women’s competition ladder is starting to take shape. Norwood remains the only undefeated team and takes on West Adelaide in what should be a terrific clash, while Central District and North Adelaide looms as another tight encounter.

STURT vs. GLENELG
Saturday, March 23, 12pm
Coopers Stadium

In the first game of a triple header at Coopers Stadium, the winless Sturt takes on Glenelg, a side seething from its first loss of the season last week. The Tigers will be keen to bounce back from the defeat at the hands of West Adelaide and regain ascendancy in the mid-table logjam. The Tigers have brought in four players to the side with ruck, Lauren Bungey and key defender, Olivia Walker-Obushak among those returning to the fold. The Double Blues have been forced to make some changes with Izzy Kuiper out due to injury, Jessie Keech out to play softball and Alexandra Ballard also omitted from the side. Into the team comes full-forward, Caroline Burgess in a bid to try and create more scoring power, and defender Brooke-Lee Chaplin. Glenelg will be the favourites in this game to bounce back from a rare los and hand Sturt its fifth consecutive defeat, however the Double Blues have been competitive across the board this season and would be edging towards a victory sooner rather than later.

NORWOOD vs. WEST ADELAIDE
Saturday, March 23, 1.45pm
Coopers Stadium

In the Game of the Week, top-of-the-table Norwood takes on fourth placed West Adelaide in a vital game for shaping the top four early in the season. The Bloods are one of three teams with a 3-1 win-loss record and victory would be crucial in getting an upperhand on their rivals. The undefeated Redlegs have made three confirmed changes, with Elisha Gallagher and Rhiannon Busch key outs as they have army duties, while Zoe Greer will miss through injury. Into the side comes forward, Tara Robertson, GWS GIANTS defender, Ebony O’Dea and Crows’ onballer Sally Riley. For the Bloods, They have brought in four players to an extended team, including full-back Jacalyn Pickering and defender Emma Smith. Norwood deservedly head in as favourites and are expected to continue their undefeated run, but the Bloods knocked off Glenelg last week in a low-scoring contest, so could have the defensive ability to restrict the Redlegs. Riley, Monique Hollick and Najwa Allen is a formidable midfield, while O’Dea and Sophie Armitstead provide good rebound out of attack. For the Westies, Abbie Ballard has been a shining light in the midfield, while Maddie Newman and Chelsea Biddell have been others to watch this season.

CENTRAL DISTRICT vs. NORTH ADELAIDE
Saturday, March 23, 3.30pm
Coopers Stadium

In the final game of the double header at Coopers Stadium, the in-form Central District faces North Adelaide. The Bulldogs have won back-to-back games against the Eagles and Double Blues and will look to make it three on the trot against North Adelaide. The Roosters have had a tough draw to start the season and are unlucky to have just one win from four games. Victory would see North Adelaide have a chance of overtaking the Bulldogs, while also keeping the bottom two at arms-length. With more of a favourable draw coming up in the future, the Roosters could get on a roll. For the Round 5 match, just the combined two changes have been made with Alex Fittridge and Elysha Willis coming into the Roosters’ line-up, while four players have been added to an extended bench for Central District. This could be the game of the round if both teams play at their best, with firepower and consistent players across the field. Katelyn Rosenzweig has been a lively point at full-forward this season, while Jessica Sedunary has serious abiloty. Abbey Scheer and Demi Sonneman have been consistent so far this season, while Jayme-Lee Sonneman has stood tall in the ruck. For North Adelaide, Amber Ward has been a rebounding machine in defence, Kelly Barltrop has been a target up forward, while Leah Tynan, Nadia Von Bertouch and Rheanne Lugg have made a formidable midfield trio. North Adelaide could be considered favourites given their experience, but the Bulldogs have the confidence after stringing two wins together and the scoring power to make it three.

SOUTH ADELAIDE vs. WOODVILLE-WEST TORRENS
Saturday, March 23, 4.15pm
Flinders University Stadium

The final game of the round has reigning premiers South Adelaide coming up against a Woodville-West Torrens side that has been forced into making changes. The Panthers head into the game with a loss to Norwood the only blemish this season, having not put a foot wrong since then. The Eagles are still searching for their first win this season and team selection has not helped them. Sarah Perkins and key midfielder, Jaimi Tabb are unavailable, while Chloe Forby was suspended and Natalie Subelli forced out due to concussion. Add in the omissions of Taylor Hand and Amie Blanden and the Eagles head into the match with at least six different players to last round. Cassandra Glover will look to replace Perkins up forward, Georgia Taylor returns to the side to help out the defence as will Colbie Frankland. South Adelaide also lose a crucial player with Nikki Gore out due to AFL Women’s duties with Adelaide’s preliminary final against Geelong, while Alana Browne will miss due to a hamstring. The Panthers have brought four players into the mix, with Tonia Fielke slotting on a wing to replace Gore. The Panthers midfield might be missing Gore, but with Hannah Munyard, Czenya Cavouras, Elyse Haussen and Nicole Campbell in the team, it will make life difficult for the Eagles. Rachel Dunstan and Natasha Farrier are potential match-winners, while Kiana Lee will shoulder the load up forward and has plenty of talent. Stephanie Walker‘s work in defence is also important in this game as they look to cause an upset. Woodville-West Torrens will need to bring the heat for four quarters as the Panthers are an impressive outfit, but anything can happen on the right day.

NAB League season preview: Sandringham Dragons

FRESH off a premiership with Dandenong Stingrays, new Sandringham Dragons Talent Manager Mark Wheeler has hit the ground running at his new club. While his Stingrays ended the premiership dream of the Dragons last year, Wheeler is now engrossed in the Dragons program and the numbers training with the club when he arrived was a stark contrast.

“Preseason has gone really well, having bigger numbers was probably the main (difference) – having over 100 boys on the track when I rocked up in November was such a difference to deal with. “(The list is) very very deep and I know there’s some names that have been thrown around as potential players for 2019 and 2020 and I reckon there’s a lot more that will pop up during the year and throughout the year so I’m really happy with the program. “For myself, it’s business as usual, you get to learn everyone’s names, you get to learn your staff and then you just roll over and start doing what you were doing previously.”

Wheeler said the Dragons would use their speed and skill to be very dangerous when in transition, describing the style of play as “a little bit like Madball”. Like with change at any organisation, Wheeler said it was important to be clear with communication and make sure everyone at the club is on the same page.

“You always want to get your hands on some very talented programs and very talented young men,” he said. “Everyone knows the hype about this group so there’s some really good top-end talent so you love that, you love that you can have some influence on that, the difference that I’ve found with it is just purely the boys, learning their names first to start to get hold of it. I have my own reputation so I’ve got to really deal with these boys here that they’ve gotta learn to hear what I’m saying, that they’ve got to trust me, and the same with the coach so we’re both coming through, and I think the players – what you’ll see is a very fast brand of football where it’s a little bit like Madball, we’re gonna take the game on.”

Sandringham Dragons have a massive nine top-age players in the AFL Academy for 2019 – Jack Bell, Miles Bergman, Darcy Chirgwin, Andrew Courtney, Charlie Dean, Jack Mahony, Fischer McAsey, Hugo Ralphsmith and Josh Worrell. Wheeler said those players, along with a handful of others would lead an enviable draft crop for 2019. He anticipated as many as 20 players could put their names on the draft radar by year’s end, form permitting.

“The nine draftable boys that are in the Academy program wouldn’t be in that program if they didn’t think they were draftable prospects, but outside that Ryan Byrnes and (Louis) Butler, they’ve been standouts as well,” he said. “Byrnes has been given our captaincy and that’s player voted so he’s highly regarded. “Finn Magginness has probably been our standout poster boy and there’s been a little bit written about that; he’s just done everything right, he took the knocks, he was really disappointed he wasn’t in the Academy program, and then we keep going down the list, you go to Corey Watts, and he was our best and fairest winner as a 17-year-old and locked down on some big key position players last year, played a little bit undersize. “I think those three are some standouts along with some 19-year-olds, we have three. and I believe all three of them are draftable prospects, so we’re expecting the year they need to have as well, we’ll be up to 20 players.”

Despite the hype and expectation, Wheeler said it was important to keep all the players level headed with plenty that can change between season’s start and end. He said regardless of past form, those players had to have good years to ensure they remained front and centre for AFL clubs.

“I just say to the boys, you’re only as good as your next game, it’s your reputation from your last game … so just managing that with this group is probably going to be difficult,” Wheeler said. “There’s a lot of boys out there who have got a lot of expectations within themselves, they all want to get to the next level so we’re pretty happy with the group we’ve got, we think we’re pretty grounded, but yeah there’s really good standout individual talent that next season we’re going to see a lot of boys get their opportunities and all of a sudden we might be talking about their names as well.”

While Wheeler is in a unique position crossing from the premiers to another side over the off-season, he would have seen a familiar face at training, with Stingrays’ ruck Riley Bowman also making the move to Sandringham after missing out on being drafted last year. The Dragons lose a large chunk of players to school football and eventually, representative football, so when asked if Bowman would provide some security as a consistent tall around the ground, Wheeler said it was one of a number of reasons for approaching the former AFL Academy prospect.

“That was one of the factors, its all about the new system as well, the NAB League is really about getting these boys drafted if we possibly can or get them ready for their next level at VFL or potentially a draft in a few years time like we saw last year with that seven to 10 VFL players get picked up,” Wheeler said. “Bowman as nearly a 200cm bloke getting all the game time – we’ve got three of those, we’ve got (Jack) Bell and (Andrew) Courtney as well; both of those boys were gonna get most of the year. “Bell’s finished from year 12 at Haileybury last year, so definitely, it should make a difference for us.”

After a long off-season, Wheeler said he and the club were ready to play for premiership points against Calder Cannons on Sunday at RSEA Safety Park, Moorabbin.

“(We’re) definitely (excited),” he said. “We’re at RSEA Safety Park so our number one spot is RSEA. Running out on our own deck, it suits our game style, we’ve had four months of training on that ground, so super excited probably just as much as the players, we just want round 1 to start so we can get into the real season.”

Team Selection: NAB League Boys – Round 1

AFTER a long off-season, the Victorian Under 18s Boys competition is back under a new name with the NAB League Boys kicking off from 3pm Saturday afternoon at Mars Stadium. In the standalone game on Saturday, the Greater Western Victoria (GWV) Rebels will be looking to exact revenge on reigning premiers, Dandenong Stingrays with the Stingrays bundling them out of last year’s finals series. In an all-Metro double header to start Sunday, Sandringham Dragons host Calder Cannons, before Eastern Ranges tackle Oakleigh Chargers, both at RSEA Park in Moorabbin.

Up north, Murray Bushrangers and Gippsland Power meet in the middle at Craigieburn’s RAMS Arena from 1pm, with Northern Knights and Western Jets going head-to-head in the other Metro clash at Ikon Park. The final game is out in the state’s west with Geelong Falcons and Bendigo Pioneers beginning their NAB League seasons at Central Reserve in Colac.

GREATER WESTERN VICTORIA REBELS v. DANDENONG STINGRAYS

Round 1 – 23/03/2019
3:00pm
Mars Stadium – Ballarat

GREATER WESTERN VICTORIA REBELS

B: 26. N. Nash, 28. I. Ewing, 6. J. Tillig
HB: 8. J. Cleaver, 20. C. Giddings, 11. J. Dwyer
C: 21. N. Stevens, 7. M. Martin, 9. I. Wareham
HF: 14. L. Herbert, 43. J. Wright, 4. J. Hill
F: 47. T. Mahony, 5. M. Jorgensen, 30. I. Thomas
R: 29. P. Glanford, 10. M. Lloyd, 1. C. Craig-Peters
Int: 22. M. Burgess, 19. N. Caris, 35. C. Hinkley, 23. D. McEldrew, 12. R. Polkinghorne, 24. J. Quick, 13. J. Rantall, 32. H. Sharp

DANDENONG STINGRAYS

B: 10. C. Gay, 46. D. Popa, 50. L. Williams
HB: 38. M. Gregory, 20. S. De Koning, 2. H. Young
C: 13. N. Heath, 18. M. Riordan, 40. S. Merrick
HF: 39. J. Toner, 1. H. Berenger, 44. C. Weightman
F: 27. K. George, 24. B. Nyuon, 37. B. Welsh
R: 28. B. Schmidt, 45. L. Goonan, 42. J. Nanscawen
Int: 47. W. Bravo, 11. E. Cahill, 52. C. Ellison, 14. D. Smith, 25. J. Stuart, 33. H. Sullivan, 30. J. Thomas
Emg: 12. M. Haywood, 23. J. Neal

 

SANDRINGHAM DRAGONS v. CALDER CANNONS

Round 1 – 24/03/2019
10:00am
RSEA Park – Moorabbin

SANDRINGHAM DRAGONS

B: 10. J. Le Grice , 33. C. Watts, 37. W. Mackay
HB: 13. L. Butler, 29. F. McAsey, 7. J. Voss
C: 36. O. Lewis, 1. J. Mahony, 31. J. Worrell
HF: 9. N. Burke, 12. C. Dean, 11. H. Ralphsmith
F: 15. A. Hanrahan, 28. R. Bowman, 39. B. O’Leary
R: 32. J. Bell, 5. R. Byrnes, 4. F. Maginness
Int: 6. M. Bergman, 43. J. Bowey, 42. L. Cleary, 30. A. Courtney, 19. J. Goddard, 47. N. Grech, 51. D. Hipwell, 16. J. Mifsud, 44. L. Riley

CALDER CANNONS

B: 23. C. Brand, 24. T. Cartwright, 16. J. Keeping
HB: 5. C. Brown, 38. B. Newman, 33. T. Browning
C: 8. S. Ramsay, 10. H. Minton-Connell, 32. M. Simpson
HF: 27. N. Gentile, 21. H. Jones, 30. J. Kemp
F: 3. J. Cardillo, 46. S. Callander, 2. J. Sutton
R: 12. J. O’Sullivan, 35. S. Graham, 1. D. Mott
Int: 49. M. Allison, 14. S. Bell-Bartels, 13. J. Flanigan, 36. P. Luckins, 25. J. Martin, 20. B. Morgan, 39. B. Overman, 55. A. Righele, 19. B. Rigoni

 

EASTERN RANGES v. OAKLEIGH CHARGERS

Round 1 – 24/03/2019
12:30pm
RSEA Park – Moorabbin

EASTERN RANGES

B: 12. J. Gilbee, 31. J. Blanck, 40. J. Hourihan
HB: 20. C. Downie, 21. J. Ross, 16. T. Garner
C: 11. M. Mellis, 7. L. Stapleton, 45. M. Zalac
HF: 17. C. Hirst, 18. B. McCormack, 13. J. Rossiter
F: 9. J. Duffy, 36. B. Hickleton, 14. L. Gawel
R: 49. R. Smith, 15. S. Feagaimalii, 10. C. Black
Int: 6. M. Brown, 4. J. Clarke, 1. K. Hubber, 23. Z. Pretty, 2. M. Silvaggi, 53. J. Tilly, 61. C. Tilyard, 25. L. Vassis, 48. S. Woodward

OAKLEIGH CHARGERS

B: 49. H. Mastras, 52. N. Guiney, 14. C. Oglethorpe
HB: 5. T. Bianco, 7. J. Robertson, 39. R. McInnes
C: 27. J. May, 3. J. Ayton-Delaney, 9. W. Phillips
HF: 28. L. Johnson, 30. S. Tucker, 23. D. Williams
F: 67. H. Mundy, 22. T. Graham, 25. J. Ugle-Hagan
R: 4. N. Bryan, 8. N. Anderson, 11. M. Rowell
Int: 33. N. Dempsey, 18. F. Elliot, 12. L. Jenkins, 29. F. Macrae, 19. D. Romero, 15. K. Schreiber, 63. J. Woodfull, 34. V. Zagari, 10. Z. Hart

 

MURRAY BUSHRANGERS v. GIPPSLAND POWER

Round 1 – 24/03/2019
1:00pm
Rams Arena – Craigieburn

MURRAY BUSHRANGERS

B: 28. J. O’Dwyer, 35. T. Matthes, 29. K. Williamson
HB: 12. L. Ash, 3. B. Kelly, 42. H. Beasley
C: 17. B. Ashley-Cooper, 19. J. Boyer, 26. S. Durham
HF: 9. J. Chalcraft, 23. E. Keogh, 20. E. Hollands
F: 6. W. Chandler, 1. W. Christie, 53. C. Wilson
R: 25. L. Fiore, 38. D. Clarke, 5. C. Wild
Int: 2. C. Byrne, 14. K. Chalcraft, 34. K. Davies, 44. J. Hillary, 27. A. Martin, 10. W. Quirk
Emg: 22. E. Baxter, 15. P. Parnell, 4. A. Shepherd

GIPPSLAND POWER

B: 14. T. Hourigan, 22. Z. Reid, 35. J. van der Pligt
HB: 29. T. Rees, 12. B. Smith, 15. R. Sparkes
C: 10. L. Connolly, 7. S. Berry, 19. F. Phillips
HF: 30. T. Baldi, 17. C. Comben, 37. H. Pepper
F: 11. K. Dunkley, 16. J. Smith, 13. T. Fitzpatrick
R: 43. Z. Skinner, 4. S. Flanders, 32. L. Williams
Int: 31. B. Macfarlane, 24. B. Maslen, 3. M. McGannon, 21. M. McGarrity, 25. J. McGrath, 20. H. Neocleous, 9. W. Papley, 5. F. Shields, 23. Z. Soutar

GEELONG FALCONS v. BENDIGO PIONEERS

Round 1 – 24/03/2019
2:00pm
Colac Football Ground – Colac

GEELONG FALCONS

B: 40. J. Clark, 52. S. Christensen, 20. W. Kilpatrick
HB: 3. K. Rayner, 47. L. Peck, 21. L. Smith
C: 5. W. Batson, 41. C. Stephens, 42. O. Lewis
HF: 1. J. Dahlhaus, 51. N. Conway, 30. H. Stubbings
F: 8. C. Lazzaro, 49. M. Annandale, 29. B. Miller
R: 54. O. Balderas, 36. C. Sprague, 7. C. Harris
Int: 38. S. Bourke, 12. N. Gribble, 17. S. Ham, 37. O. Henry, 6. A. Hildebrandt, 11. C. Karpala, 43. J. Paatsch, 34. C. Page, 46. H. Walsh

BENDIGO PIONEERS

B: 14. M. Lias, 34. W. Wallace, 41. Z. Shelton
HB: 1. S. Conforti, 10. B. Vaz, 20. J. Schischka
C: 38. B. Rowles, 8. B. Kemp, 25. W. Shaw
HF: 9. E. Roberts, 22. J. Treacy, 49. C. Vick
F: 35. C. Fisher, 24. M. Johnson, 11. A. Gundry
R: 12. A. Cole, 31. R. Ironside, 4. T. Dow
Int: 52. J. Atley, 59. R. Clarke, 30. J. Dick-O’Flaherty, 17. L. Fitzgerald, 6. J. Rodi, 21. R. Wilson, 19. B. Worme

 

NORTHERN KNIGHTS v. WESTERN JETS

Round 1 – 24/03/2019
3:40pm
Ikon Park – Carlton

NORTHERN KNIGHTS

B: 29. J. Collins, 51. R. Uwandu, 11. R. Sturgess
HB: 4. J. Davies, 23. N. Cox, 1. L. Potter
C: 7. R. Gardner, 18. S. Brazier, 41. N. Kitchell
HF: 9. C. Simonsen, 40. L. Mcmahon, 16. O. Simpson
F: 5. J. D’Intinosante, 34. Z. Costello, 3. B. Nikolovski
R: 15. N. Howard, 8. A. Carafa, 13. S. Philp
Int: 26. D. Akuei, 28. K. Brandt, 30. B. Leonard, 10. J. Lucente, 27. E. Macpherson, 52. J. Mazzarella, 6. X. Naish, 2. L. Perry, 19. J. Trudgeon

WESTERN JETS

B: 34. E. Bentley, 42. E. Acevski, 8. J. Kellett
HB: 37. L. Conway, 28. K. Crimmins, 25. S. Johnson
C: 17. N. Reynolds, 29. B. Ryan, 2. H. White
HF: 20. D. Cassar, 18. E. Jeka, 3. E. Ford
F: 5. K. Borg, 44. A. Manton, 31. S. Clifford
R: 47. W. Kennedy, 24. J. Honey, 7. D. Andrews
Int: 13. D. Bolkas, 45. A. Clarke, 33. S. El-Hawli, 1. L. Failli, 38. L. Heaney, 19. J. Horo, 36. C. Mackenzie-George, 41. L. Rzanovski

Team Selection: NAB League Girls – Round 3

TWO rounds down and for some teams wins are becoming important in a nine-game season, with the ladder already starting to take some shape. Just Geelong Falcons and Calder Cannons remain undefeated in season 2019, while Northern Knights and Oakleigh Chargers have collected six of a possible eight points so far this year. For Sandringham Dragons, Gippsland Power and Western Jets, it is an opportunity to grab their first points of the year. Some teams have made multiple changes with Futures Games occuring either side of their respective Under 18s games, meaning those future stars are able to play in either team, with some only eligible for the Futures sides.

Among the big inclusions for the NAB League Girls Under 18s are Western Jets’ key defender Isabelle Pritchard who returns to centre-half back, GWV Rebels’ Nyakoat Dojiok and Isabella Simmons who impressed up either end and running through the midfield in Round 1. The round kicks off bright and early with Sandringham Dragons and Calder Cannons going head-to-head at Trevor Barker Beach Oval.

SANDRINGHAM DRAGONS v. CALDER CANNONS

Round 3 – 23/03/2019
9:30am
Wilson Storage Trevor Barker Beach Oval – Sandringham

SANDRINGHAM DRAGONS

B: 38. G. Strangio, 24. N. Borg, 44. D. Walker
HB: 30. W. Laing, 25. S. Hartwig, 2. S. Rothfield
C: 42. M. Purcell, 28. A. Burke, 26. C. Saultry
HF: 65. E. Angelopoulos, 15. C. Cody, 40. A. Moloney
F: 39. C. Ryan, 3. C. Murphy, 29. I. Stutt
R: 13. T. Grasso, 22. E. McNamara, 17. B. Arnold
Int: 57. C. Bowen, 47. K. Lynch, 45. E. Stuber, 7. R. Woods
Emg: 55. L. Enders, 23. S. Peacock, 8. S. Trim

In: C. Ryan
Out: T. Tysoe, P. Staltari, E. Turner

CALDER CANNONS

B: 32. T. Fry, 6. K. Reid, 4. K. Lennox
HB: 31. K. Petrevski, 35. I. Young, 41. G. Prespakis
C: 8. Z. Friswell, 24. K. Delia, 21. G. Patrikios
HF: 46. G. Elarmaly, 43. C. Leahy, 3. E. Yassir
F: 22. M. Muller, 42. T. Crook, 2. F. Theodore
R: 17. G. Sampson, 11. A. Barba, 38. L. Cocomello
Int: 1. H. Cooke, 5. N. Crowley, 34. Z. Hardiman, 25. A. Magri, 15. M. McLeod, 44. I. McNeill-Wren, 36. Z. Penno

In: G. Sampson, K. Lennox, N. Crowley, M. McLeod
Out: T. Gillard

 

GREATER WESTERN VICTORIA REBELS v. DANDENONG STINGRAYS

Round 3 – 23/03/2019
11:15am
Mars Stadium – Ballarat

GREATER WESTERN VICTORIA REBELS

B: 16. L. Sykes, 27. G. Pidgeon, 4. K. Tomkins
HB: 5. N. Butler, 30. N. Dojiok, 2. Z. Denahy
C: 32. I. Simmons, 24. S. Molan, 13. B. Thompson
HF: 20. E. Friend, 29. P. Metcalfe, 15. C. Leonard
F: 28. I. Robson, 34. K. Harris, 9. R. Saulitis
R: 23. I. Rustman, 12. V. Jewell, 10. E. Wood
Int: 6. M. Ciavarella, 18. K. Hawker, 19. C. Summers, 7. C. Willis
Emg: 17. L. Fitzgibbon, 26. L. Pfitzner

In: K. Hawker, N. Dojiok, C. Willis, L. Fitzgibbon, I. Simmons, C. Summers
Out: A. Stevens, L. Condon, G. Henderson, L. Donegan, M. Caris

DANDENONG STINGRAYS

B: 14. L. Grocock, 51. Z. Hill, 17. M. Layfield
HB: 32. J. Radford, 50. A. Nagtzaam, 31. B. Vernon
C: 21. G. Hodder, 28. T. Smith, 10. A. Jordan
HF: 48. A. Carroll, 55. H. Thomas, 20. P. Wilson-Macdonald
F: 9. C. Bell, 24. A. Liddle, 2. S. Stratton
R: 58. G. Howes, 12. M. McDonald, 26. I. Shannon
Int: 23. D. Fennell, 4. J. Guy-Toogood, 16. S. Hosking, 53. O. Mauerhofer, 46. K. McKenzie, 34. A. Richards

In: C. Bell, S. Hosking
Out: R. Clancy-Dillon

 

NORTHERN KNIGHTS v. WESTERN JETS

Round 3 – 23/03/2019
12:00pm
Rams Arena – Craigieburn

NORTHERN KNIGHTS

B: 8. G. Ceravolo, 2. S. Fell, 34. M. Uwland
HB: 14. J. Fitzgerald, 21. E. McKenzie, 32. A. Snow
C: 17. C. Fitzgerald, 23. G. Newton, 16. Z. Flanigan
HF: 6. A. Bannan, 3. N. Morris-Dalton, 7. A. Bennett
F: 11. M. Appleby, 18. S. Sansonetti, 29. T. Pulcino
R: 1. J. Nelson, 10. P. Chisholm, 22. B. Gutknecht
Int: 9. M. Chaplin, 30. M. Plunkett, 31. M. Ramsay, 36. T. Smart
Emg: 26. M. Papachristos, 38. L. Picioane, 35. J. Simpson

In: M. Ramsay, M. Chaplin, M. Papachristos, L. Picioane
Out: C. Linssen

WESTERN JETS

B: 16. H. Herring, 19. A. Anthony, 11. K. O’Keefe
HB: 17. E. Georgostathis, 23. I. Pritchard, 22. C. Singleton
C: 1. M. Huta, 13. I. Grant, 8. O. Millar
HF: 47. C. Sargent, 25. C. Saxon-Jones, 15. N. Wright
F: 40. T. Hooper, 29. J. Goodman, 14. L. Wright
R: 20. T. Kolevski, 12. E. Quinn, 9. R. Tripodi
Int: 6. E. Kiely, 30. T. Kotoski, 48. T. Skenderis
Emg: 32. S. Asciak, 36. K. Bays, 45. T. Meiers

In: T. Hooper, I. Pritchard, K. Bays, J. Goodman, C. Sargent, T. Skenderis, S. Asciak
Out: I. Cavka, J. Mwaka, T. Evans, C. Weston-Sirett, E. Robinson

 

MURRAY BUSHRANGERS v. GIPPSLAND POWER

Round 3 – 24/03/2019
11:15am
Rams Arena – Craigieburn

MURRAY BUSHRANGERS

B: 14. C. Boschetti, 43. A. Williams, 24. H. Doohan
HB: 6. C. Hargreaves, 44. M. Quade, 10. S. Locke
C: 7. K. Adams, 19. M. Brown, 8. A. Favell
HF: 2. O. Antonello, 21. C. Styan , 37. T. Verhoeven
F: 45. O. Barber, 34. E. McPherson, 26. E. Nicholson
R: 39. A. Morphett, 31. M. Trethowan, 11. T. Brett
Int: 33. E. Mifka, 22. A. Richardson, 41. L. Sharp, 18. Z. Spencer
Emg: 28. C. Dorrity, 27. J. Ward

In: L. Sharp, E. Nicholson
Out: K. Whitehead

GIPPSLAND POWER

B: 2. S. Beaton, 47. E. Williams, 16. A. Hardwick
HB: 9. M. Shaw, 45. M. Van Berkel, 17. S. Trewin
C: 19. H. Booth, 8. C. Abrahams , 30. A. Rippon
HF: 13. H. Andrews, 40. C. Robinson, 11. S. Walker
F: 22. T. Angwin, 27. N. Webber, 3. M. Gilmour
R: 49. G. Radford, 26. G. McRae, 12. M. Fitzsimon
Int: 15. C. Bailey, 1. S. Brisbane, 20. J. Chila, 50. G. Matser
Emg: 21. C. Prestidge, 24. N. Williams

In: S. Brisbane, T. Angwin
Out: L. Raymond

EASTERN RANGES v. OAKLEIGH CHARGERS

Round 3 – 24/03/2019
12:00pm
Healesville Football Ground – Healesville

EASTERN RANGES

B: 43. B. Deed, 51. S. Zappia, 17. M. Kendall
HB: 11. M. Edwards, 41. T. Merrett, 1. C. Smith
C: 29. M. Di Cosmo, 21. O. Meagher, 35. L. Hilton
HF: 48. I. Khoury, 49. C. Wilsmore, 39. L. McClelland
F: 8. R. Hall, 25. J. Grace, 16. E. Horne
R: 46. S. Gibbs, 26. T. Brown, 33. T. Flintoff
Int: 23. M. Church, 36. R. O’Dwyer, 54. E. Odria, 20. J. Richardson

In: R. Hall, R. O’Dwyer, B. Deed
Out: S. Collard, M. Taverna, S. Bowden

OAKLEIGH CHARGERS

B: 2. M. Hill, 26. A. Micallef, 21. S. Reid
HB: 33. E. Chamberlain, 29. C. Rowbottom, 9. E. Jackson
C: 34. G. Larkey, 17. N. Xenos, 22. J. Lin
HF: 7. J. D’Amato, 10. T. Cowan, 5. A. van Oosterwijck
F: 11. M. Bertuna, 3. K. Kearns, 4. E. Harley
R: 12. A. Peck, 1. G. Lagioia, 8. A. Porter
Int: 20. B. Fox, 38. D. Lloyd, 23. A. Mayne, 31. S. Morley, 13. T. Morton, 18. C. O’Malley, 15. C. Russell

In: B. Fox, S. Reid, D. Lloyd, J. D’Amato, A. Mayne
Out: E. James, G. Byrne

 

GEELONG FALCONS v. BENDIGO PIONEERS

Round 3 – 24/03/2019
1:00pm
Deakin University – Geelong

GEELONG FALCONS

B: 35. G. Featherston , 21. A. Chapman, 7. M. Holdsworth
HB: 49. E. Dowling, 32. K. Haustorfer , 11. D. Smith
C: 12. L. Gardiner, 23. L. Lesosky-Hay, 16. E. Mahoney
HF: 18. D. Moloney, 46. A. McKee, 1. E. Vella
F: 14. Z. Garth, 39. R. Tierney, 24. M. Skinner
R: 20. S. Hovey, 38. L. McEvoy, 8. P. Sheppard
Int: 6. T. Hassett, 34. S. Milsome, 25. L. Ryan, 4. P. Schaap
Emg: 5. J. Dover, 17. I. Long, 31. B. O’Brien

In: I. Long, E. Dowling, G. Featherston , T. Hassett, J. Dover, B. O’Brien
Out: J. Robinson, A. Lee, A. Sanderson

BENDIGO PIONEERS

B: 22. G. Barton, 36. K. Douglass, 24. S. Oliver
HB: 25. K. Hazlett, 40. T. Slender, 46. K. Mitchell
C: 3. E. Snell, 28. E. Gretgrix, 1. M. Tupper
HF: 44. J. Jolliffe, 30. H. Stewart, 14. A. Strahan
F: 12. E. Bell, 50. M. Barton, 26. C. Mitchell
R: 37. G. Sladden, 20. D. Villiva, 4. B. Hards
Int: 8. T. Coad, 34. E. Cooper, 38. M. Marks , 7. M. Ward

In: E. Bell, T. Coad, G. Barton, M. Ward, M. Marks
Out: E. Peacock, B. Heiden, T. Miaoudis, D. Kelly-Guthrie, J. Finning

NAB League season preview: Western Jets

HAVING arrived in the past few weeks, it has been a busy time for Western Jets Talent Manager Luke Williams. The new Talent Manager has taken over from Ryan O’Connor who stepped down over the off-season, and while the prospect of arriving at a club so close to the season start might be daunting, Williams said the staff had been terrific in welcoming him. Williams said the club was keen to keep as consistent on and off the field as possible with so much change this year, including a new coach in former Sydney Swans star, Ryan O’Keefe at the helm.

“I think we’d like to be known for consistency,” Williams said. “Whether that be consistency with the performances on the field, and also the way in which our players conduct themselves at the club and away from the club, that’s the same with our staff, we have some great staff who have been working at the club for quite some time and know what it’s all about, so consistency of performance is something we want to be known for.”

While Williams had not witnessed the full pre-season, speaking to others at the club, he was pleased with the feedback regarding how the players had trained since returning to the club ahead of the 2019 season.

“The players have trained really hard,” Williams said. “We’ve got our squad down to our final 49 now and there’s a really strong cohesion in the group, so the preseason has gone through unscathed. “We’ve managed to play one preseason game against Gippsland last week which we got a lot of positives out of and the players are ready to go.”

Last year three players were drafted into the AFL, with Zak Butters (Port Adelaide) and Xavier O’Halloran (GWS GIANTS) drafted in the first round, and Buku Khamis heading to the Kennel under the Next Generation Academy (NGA). This year there are another handful of prospects already standing out, which he hoped would increase as the year went on with development the key aim rather than onfield success, although the latter would be an added bonus.

“The program focus is developing all the players, so we want to see significant improvement in the players on field and off field, you play football to try one another, the camaraderie, and ultimately share wins together so, we’re hopeful of having enough wins this year to play in the finals, that would be a worthy objective,” he said. “Three standout players for us, to watch this year are Josh Honey – Josh is an explosive midfielder. “Another player to watch is Darcy Cassar, Darcy played most of last season as a bottom-ager across half-forward but hopefully he can move through the midfield, and the last player is Emerson Jeka. “Emerson is a key position player with great skill and balance. “All three of those players are in the Metro program, they’ve had great preseasons and they’ve been in the program for a few years so they’re ready to go.”

Williams said while the above trio had stood out, the depth across the entire squad was healthy and he looked forward to seeing how many players could take another step forward in their development in 2019.

“We’ve got a pretty even group to be honest, in that respect, I can’t say there’s been too many standouts,” he said. “Having said that, there’s been a lot of improvement from a lot of players, so the games will have a lot to do with those players stepping up. “We’ve nominated co-captains in Lucas Rocci and Spencer Johnson, so we’re expecting good performances from them, they continued to improve on their form last year so they could be players to watch throughout the season.”

In readiness for Round 1 and the season ahead, Williams was keen to uphold the pride at the Jets and see the entire playing group and staff work together. Williams said he hoped more consistency could come this season and could not wait for Sunday’s game.

“We’re a proud region,” he said. “We do pride ourselves on getting the best out of one another and working together so hopefully that comes through in our consistency and performance this year.”

Western Jets open their season against Northern Knights at Ikon Park on Sunday.

Draft hopefuls impress at South Australian pre-season testing

AFTER taking a look at Victoria’s top athletic prospects heading into season 2019, we look back at how South Australia’s draft hopefuls tested in the pre-season. Among the top performers were Central District’s Rhys Cannizzaro and Sturt’s Dailan How in the vertical jumps, with the duo featuring in all three top 10s – Cannizzaro taking out both the running events. Woodville-West Torrens’ Deakan Jackson won the 20-metre sprint in 2.90 seconds, while South Adelaide’s Phoenix Spicer took out the agility test in 7.80 seconds. Norwood’s Dylan Stephens is likely to be a name that continually pops up this year, and he was the winner of the Yo-yo test, reaching level 21.5.

In terms of other impressive performers, West Adelaide’s Will Day and Sturt’s Joel Parker-Boers featured in three top 10s, with Day’s great efforts in the running vertical jump (left), 20-metre sprint and Yo-yo test, while Parker-Boers featured in the 20-metre sprint, agility and yo-yo tests. Central District’s Lachlan Grubb and Leek Alleer, Eagles’ Lachlan Hoile and Kysaiah Pickett, West Adelaide’s Noah Hannagan and Norwood’s Dan Fairbrother were also among the top performers with two top-10 performances across the board.

 

TOP 10 RESULTS:

 

Standing Vertical Jump:

1 Dailan How (Sturt) 73cm
1 Cooper Hough (Sturt) 73cm
3 Sam Duke (Norwood) 71cm
4 Harvey Bock (West Adelaide) 69cm
4 Daniel Carbone (Norwood) 69cm
4 Max Simpson (South Adelaide) 69cm
7 Rhys Cannizzaro (Central District) 68cm
7 Brydon Osborne (North Adelaide) 68cm
9 Lachlan Borg (North Adelaide) 67cm
9 Dan Fairbrother (Norwood) 67cm

Running Vertical Jump (right):

1 Rhys Cannizzaro (Central District) 95cm
2 Zac Graham (Central District) 94cm
3 Leek Alleer (Central District) 93cm
4 Lachlan Grubb (Central District) 87cm
5 Jordan Kasianowicz (WWT Eagles) 86cm
6 Oliver Dosljak (WWT Eagles) 84cm
6 Lachlan Jones (WWT Eagles) 84cm
6 Lachlan Paddick (Sturt) 84cm
9 Dailan How (Sturt) 82cm
9 Zaine Norman-Brown (South Adelaide) 82cm

Running Vertical Jump (left):

1 Rhys Cannizzaro (Central District) 96cm
2 Lachlan Hoile (WWT Eagles) 90cm
3 Will Day (West Adelaide) 88cm
4 Ned Walter (Sturt) 87cm
5 Kane Viska (Glenelg) 86cm
5 Lachlan Pope (South Adelaide) 86cm
7 Dailan How (Sturt) 85cm
7 Kysaiah Pickett (WWT Eagles) 85cm
7 Noah Hannagan (West Adelaide) 85cm
10 Lachlan Williams (South Adelaide) 84cm

20-metre sprint:

1 Deakan Jackson (WWT Eagles) 2.90 seconds
2 Dan Fairbrother (Norwood) 2.91 seconds
3 Ricky O’Loughlin-Johncock (Glenelg) 2.93 seconds
4 Joel Parker-Boers (Sturt) 2.94 seconds
5 Ryan Williams (WWT Eagles) 2.96 seconds
5 Will Day (West Adelaide) 2.96 seconds
5 Noah Hannagan (West Adelaide) 2.96 seconds
5 Mitch Riddle (South Adelaide) 2.96 seconds
5 Beau McCreery (South Adelaide) 2.96 seconds
5 Leek Alleer (Central District) 2.97 seconds

Agility test:

1 Phoenix Spicer (South Adelaide) 7.80 seconds
2 Joel Parker-Boers (Sturt) 7.82 seconds
3 Hugh Desira (West Adelaide) 7.84 seconds
4 Kysaiah Pickett (WWT Eagles) 7.88 seconds
5 Jed McEntee (Sturt) 7.89 seconds
6 Lachlan Grubb (Central District) 8.01 seconds
7 Harry Spade (South Adelaide) 8.05 seconds
8 Lachlan Hoile (WWT Eagles) 8.08 seconds
9 Tyler Billing (Central District) 8.10 seconds
10 Ned Grieve (Sturt) 8.11 seconds

Yo-yo test:

1 Dylan Stephens (Norwood) 21.5 level
2 Dailan How (Sturt) 21.4 level
2 Luke Beecken (WWT Eagles) 21.4 level
4 Reid Kuller (Glenelg) 21.3 level
4 Marcus Lippett (South Adelaide) 21.3 level
4 Jackson Mead (WWT Eagles) 21.3 level
4 Samuel Morris (Norwood) 21.3 level
8 Joel Parker-Boes (Sturt) 21.2 level
8 Brodie Arriola (WWT Eagles) 21.2 level
8 Will Day (West Adelaide) 21.2 level

Number Crunching: NAB League Girls – Round 2

AFTER two rounds of competition, some impressive performers are already starting to emerge, from top-agers to middle-agers and even bottom-agers are impressing. From players in their debut NAB League Girls season, to those earmarked as potential top players over the past few years, we look at some of the interesting statistics across the first couple of weeks.

Find full statistics from NAB League competition here

Greater Western Victoria (GWV) Rebels captain, Sophie Molan leads all-comers with 50 disposals in two weeks, while also covering the ground with ease, averaging two marks, five tackles, four inside 50s and three rebounds per game. Molan’s Geelong Falcons counterpart, Lucy McEvoy is second, averaging 24 disposals, four marks, seven tackles, 5.5 inside 50s and 2.5 rebounds. After a Round 2 competition high of 28 disposals, Elisabeth Georgostathis ranks in the top five with 20 disposals, two marks, 3.5 tackles and 3.5 inside 50s. She also has the highest kick-to-handball ratio of 0.8. In third place and the other player over 40 disposals is Calder Cannons’ Georgie Prespakis who averages 20.5 disposals thus far this season, and after seven goals last round, has booted eight for the season so far to be ranked at the top of the goalkicking chart. Teammate and Calder captain, Georgia Patrikios had 21 disposals on the weekend in her first game back this season, also recording seven inside 50s which is a stat she is likely to have plenty of playing on a wing and high half-forward.

When discussing bottom-agers, one player who has held up in defence so far is Bendigo Pioneers’ Tara Slender, recording seven rebounds in both her games thus far, while still averaging 16.5 disposals, 3.5 marks, 2.5 hitouts and 2.5 tackles. Gippsland Power’s Matilda Van Berkel and Geelong Falcons’ Abbey Chapman have registered 11 rebounds thus far in season 2019, while Slender’s key defensive partner, Kate Douglass has 10 rebounds to go with her 20 disposals.

Another player coming off a top performance from Round 2 is Tess Flintoff who heads into Round 3 averaging 18.5 disposals and 7.5 marks – the leading marker in the competition thus far. Oakleigh Chargers’ Emily Harley is averaging five marks per game to go with her 12.5 disposals and 3.5 goals – ranked second on the leading goalkicker charts. Flintoff also averages the most inside 50s of any player with seven per game, three more than McEvoy and Northern Knights bottom-ager, Ellie McKenzie.

Looking at the defensive side of the game, Dandenong Stingrays’ Isabella Shannon has laid a league-high 18 tackles following her six-tackle performance in the Stingrays’ win over Sandringham Dragons. An opponent in that game was Alice Burke, who ranks second with 17 tackles from her two games. Bendigo Pioneers’ Brooke Hards is third, averaging eight tackles per game, as well as 15 disposals and three inside 50s.

The final statistic to look at is the hitouts which is dominated by bottom-ager, Maggie Caris. The younger sister of Geelong AFL Women’s ruck, Rene Caris has already recorded 59 hitouts – a massive 30 more than any other player. She averages 29.5 per game, ahead of Oakleigh Chargers’ Kalarni Kearns (14.5) and Northern Knights’ Jaime Nelson (14).

NAB League season preview: Murray Bushrangers

SIX drafted into the AFL last season and a further four plying their trade at the top state levels around the country, and Murray Bushrangers’ Talent Manager Mick Wilson gave season 2018 a big tick. He said while the year ended at the hands of Sandringham Dragons in the finals series, there was plenty to like about the side, and it showed at draft time.

“We had a pretty good season last year, we made the finals and were knocked out by Sandringham Dragons who finished third,” Wilson said. “Like some other regional teams, we have a lot of travel to contend with, so the players get a bit tired towards the back end of the year, but overall we had six players drafted, we have another four players playing interstate league this season, so 10 from that group will be playing at an elite level this season.”

Wilson said the program was “a pretty rewarding program all-round” because of the close-knit bond between all those at the club from players to staff to volunteers and families. While some might end up interstate for the the next part of their journey, Wilson is pleased to have been involved in the football careers of each of the Bushrangers along the way. He said success on-field and off-field was an added bonus for everyone involved.

“It’s (on-field and off-field success) a really nice byproduct of the program, where you can see kids really go on and make careers out of football, the alternative is also to have good young players who go and hopefully use some of their learnings from the football program in all areas of life, help them with their studies or vocations or premierships or whatever they do, those kids go on to successful and happy careers as well,” Wilson said.

Wilson said he was excited what the year was set to bring after a big preseason and the naming of their 2019 leaders.

“We’ve had a really strong preseason, Lachie Ash and Cam Wilson are going to be our co-captains this year, they’ve both been terrific with their training, and they’re professional, really good leaders, they lead by example on and off the field,” he said. “We’ve got quite a lot of our 19-year-old players this year, they’ve had a solid preseason – Ben Kelly from Albury, who looks like he’s going to be doing a little bit of work for us defensively this year, and Will Christie is another tall player who will play up forward. “Will’s only played five games in the last two years, so we’re looking forward to his development and continued improvement. “Jimmy Boyer is another player from Congupna, who has had a strong preseason working with the forwards so we’ve had a really good start to the year.”

Wilson said the Bushrangers were pleased to escape the practice matches against Calder Cannons and Bendigo Pioneers unscathed. After three season-long injuries put a damper on the 2017/18 pre-season, the Murray Talent Manager was relieved to report there was no significant long-term injuries to come out of the games. One injury last year that worried some was that of Jye Chalcraft who went down late in the year, but Wilson said he was right to go for the 2019 season.

“Jye’s been terrific, he’s resumed full training without any restrictions post-Christmas, so he’s played in all of our practice matches and has shown some really, really strong form,” Wilson said. “He’ll spend a fair bit of time in the midfield early in the season for us, but he’s recovered well, he’s a really good kid, he’s in our leadership group as vice-captain and just fingers crossed that he’ll have an injury uninterrupted season.”

The Bushrangers’ top prospect in season 2019 is Ash, a defender who spent time up the ground for Vic Country, coming on leaps and bounds as the season progressed. Now in his top-age year and sharing the co-captaincy, the athletic talent is ready to shine.

“Lachie is super competitive, his athletic traits are elite, his running off half-back is one of his real strengths,” Wilson said. “But like lots of players there’s lots of things to continue to work on, we’ll be looking to Lachie to play on some of the better players from opposition teams throughout the season, and work on his decision making and his kicking on the run. “He’s been named co-captain this year, he really does lead by example on the field, he’s a team player on and off the field.”

Among other players Wilson is keen to see their development is Boyer and Will Quirk who returns to the team having sat out TAC Cup last season.

“There’s probably two players – Jimmy Boyer, I mentioned him briefly before, he’s had a solid preseason, he played off half-back for us last year so he’ll be playing off midfield this year,” Wilson said. “Another player, Will Quirk, has come into the squad from Myrtleford, and he didn’t play as a bottom-age player so he’s come in as a top-age player. “He played Vic Country Under 16s, but he chose to play local football last season, so we’re hoping by the end of the year Will will be catching attention playing off half-back and maybe through the midfield.”

Off the field, the Bushrangers have welcomed a new coach to take over the reigns from Leon Higgins, with Mark Brown slotting into the role of the regional club. Wilson said the side went into the season without any expectations other than to compete each and every week, while helping player development and growth.

“Mark Brown’s our new coach, taken over from Leon Higgins – Leon has been involved in the system for more than 10 years and obviously has an elite AFL background,” Wilson said. “He was fantastic with the kids; he has coached Vic Country Level in nationals in both U16 and U18s, so Leon is still involved this year, he’ll work with some of who we would consider the draftable players, but Mark has stepped into that role seamlessly, and our expectations are with both Leon and Mark that they just help the team to be competitive. “You won’t see too much changing from that, as long as the boys are competitive and they learn I expect they’ll work on with their IDPs (Individual Development Plans) and they’ll have a good year.”

Murray Bushrangers begin their season on Sunday at RAMS Arena against Gippsland Power following the venue change from Swinburne Centre of the day before.