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2021 West Australian Under 19 squad announced

THE 2021 West Australian Under 19 squad was announced on Wednesday, with 33 players making the cut to represent their state at the upcoming National Championships. Selected to compete in games against South Australia (July 31) and the Allies (August 7), the squad features players ranging from their 19th year, to a gun 16-year-old who is also among the state’s Under 17 set-up.

The Black Ducks promise to be competitive at this year’s carnival, boasting a strong core of versatile key position prospects and dynamic midfield mix. AFL Academy members Rhett Bazzo (Swan Districts), Jacob van Rooyen (Claremont), and Jack Williams (East Fremantle) are among the best talls available in this year’s draft crop, while Subiaco pair Matthew Johnson and Neil Erasmus are set to wax in midfield having also represented the national Under 19 Academy.

Fans of AFL clubs will also have specific players to keep an eye on, with father-son and Next Generation Academy (NGA) prospects littered through the side. Exciting small forward/midfielder Jesse Motlop (son of Daniel) comes under Fremantle’s academy umbrella, while explosive East Perth mover Ethan Regan is one for Eagles. Melbourne also has a father-son in the mix, with Taj Woewodin (son of Shane) a promising midfield option.

East Fremantle produced the most members (eight) this time around, as the WAFL club continues to prove a strong breeding ground for draft eligible talent. East Perth is the next best with six players involved, including Regan and leading Colts goalkicker Jye Amiss (25 goals). There is plenty of competition for spots up forward, with swingman Bazzo likely to revert to a defensive post along with versatile 19-year-old Jaiden Hunter (Perth).

Hunter is one of a few top-agers to have earned League berths in 2021 after being overlooked at last year’s draft, with Perth teammate Jack Avery in that same boat, alongside midfielder-turned-defender Finn Gorringe (East Fremantle) and ruckman Jake South (Subiaco). Meanwhile, 18th-year talents van Rooyen and Johnson also broke through for their senior debuts before returning to the Colts grade.

After hitouts against South Australia and the Allies, WA is scheduled to take on Vic Country and Vic Metro in Victoria on September 24 and 29, to round out the National Championships.

Below is a preview of how the West Australian team may look, in a line-up put together by Draft Central analyst Ed Pascoe. Scroll further to see the full squad.

FB: Jack Avery (P) – Rhett Bazzo (SD) – Finn Gorringe (EF)
HB: Jed Hagan (EF) – Jaiden Hunter (P) – Judd McVee (EF)
C: Corey Warner (EF) – Matthew Johnson (S) – Max Chipper (SD)
HF: Ethan Regan (EP) – Jacob van Rooyen (C) – Neil Erasmus (S)
FF: Jye Amiss (EP) – Jack Williams (EF) – Jesse Motlop (SF)
FOL: Jake South (S) – Josh Browne (EF) – Kade Dittmar (EP)

INT: Zac Fleiner (WP), Kaden Harbour (EP), Brady Hough (PT), Lochlan Paton (WP), Luke Polson (PT), James Tunstill (EP)

EMG: Oscar Armstrong (EP), Eric Benning (C), Ed Curley (EF), Richard Farmer (S), Jarrod McIlvinney (PT), Angus Sheldrick (C), Jahmal Stretch (C), Bryce Watson (SD), Taj Woewodin (EF)

FULL SQUAD:

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2021 WAFL Colts MOTR: Round 3 – Claremont vs. Perth

THE 2021 WAFL Colts competition rolled on into Round 3 over the weekend, with the four fixtures providing some fairly competitive action. The West Australian Under 19s talent continues to build into the new campaign, with Claremont and Perth both enjoying spurts of momentum in our featured match of the round, on Saturday morning.

After being blown out of the water by Swan Districts in Round 2, the Demons came out with hellish intentions and dominated the opening exchanges. The Tigers fought back valiantly though and got back to within striking distance at half time, before mounting a heap of pressure thereafter and eventually running out comfortable 43-point winners, 12.13 (85) to 6.6 (42).

We take you through some of the top performers from either side in our Scouting Notes. Please note, they are purely the opinion of the individual scout.


SCOUTING NOTES

CLAREMONT vs. PERTH

By: Michael Alvaro

Claremont:

#1 Arthur Jones

The speedy small is only light, but electric at full flight. He was initially a little fumbly at ground level and could not quite find clear passage out of traffic, but looked ominous once he worked onto the outer and was able to break the lines in a more linear manner. Having been sighted a lot in the back half during the opening half, Jones worked well at half-forward thereafter with good attacking run through the corridor. He finished nicely for his only goal of the game during term three after composing himself inside 50, capping off a promising 16-disposal display.

#2 Max Mumme

Mumme was Claremont’s second-most prolific ball winner on the day with 19 touches, and his drive from midfield was important as the Tigers took over after quarter time. His burst with the ball and repeat efforts in congestion made for some exciting passages forward, allowing his side to quickly gain momentum. He booted a goal late in the second term and proved a factor at ground level with hard tackles, despite showing raw disposal at times.

#5 Kendyll Blurton

One who has enjoyed a move into the midfield, Blurton was super classy on the ball and showcased great speed away from congestion. The Fremantle NGA prospect popped up in eye-catching bursts, often zipping away having sharked the ball cleanly, and dashing towards Claremont’s attacking 50. He did well to stay on the move and generate some energy in the engine room, with his spread to the attacking half also quite aggressive at times. Blurton also got on the board with Claremont’s first goal, finishing nicely from a snap in the second quarter.

#27 Gus Sheldrick

A necessary point of difference in Claremont’s midfield mix, Sheldrick was the contested bull for his side on Saturday. He finished well clear as the Tigers’ top ball winner with 28 disposals, contributing plenty of hard work at the stoppages while also accumulating touches around the ground. Sheldrick also showed good courage with a mark going back with the flight and proved the kind of player Claremont needed to set the tone after being well down at quarter time.

#31 Edward Allan 

A tall and rangy wingman who likes to attack with his forward run, Allan became more productive as the contest wore on. He showed good spacial awareness in the second term to mop up a loose ball and handball over his shoulder, before applying a shepherd to send his teammate away safely. Allan’s most impactful plays came after half time though, as he began to provide run-and-carry in the attacking half and put the ball into dangerous areas by foot. One transitional passage saw him incite a handball chain on the outer, before delivering well to Joshua Ledger inside 50. The son of former Hawthorn and Fremantle player, Ben, capped off his game with a set shot goal in the final quarter. He is not father-son eligible for either AFL club.

#35 Luke Brown

Arguably the standout forward afield, Brown was able to gain good confidence having been gifted two of his total four goals. The Under 17 state squad member first got on the board in term two after a Perth defender tapped straight to him, allowing for a straightforward snap conversion on the run. He was most dangerous during the following period though, making good on the quality service which came his way for two set shot majors, before snapping up a second gift as Perth again turned the ball straight over inside defensive 50. Having impacted the scoreboard, Brown went on to showcase more of his marking prowess leading up the ground in the latter stages, but at 200cm, has plenty of filling out to do as he develops. To his credit, he took his chances well and grew throughout the game.

Others:

Ben Ramshaw was one a reliable figure down back for the Tigers, notching 18 disposals and four marks. Tall defender Hugh Davies fared well in a tough job and even took on some of the kick-in duties. Another defensive standout was Samuel Gilbey, who provided daring dash and nice aerial plays from his post. In the ruck, Fremantle NGA Eric Benning highlighted his athleticism and ability to follow up at ground level, finishing with 14 disposals, 18 hitouts, and five marks. The Tigers were also serviced well by some exciting smalls and wrestled back momentum brilliantly.

Perth:

#11 Harry Quartermaine

The focal point of Perth’s attack, Quartermaine started brightly as the Demons got on top and finished with quite respectable numbers of 18 disposals, nine marks, and three goals. While not the tallest key forward in the competition, Quartermaine is able to compete aerially with his combination of strength and general forward nous. Time and time again, he gained massive separation from his direct opponent to mark on the lead, which was the method of attack for all three of his goals. If not for some inaccurate kicking and shots falling short, the Demons forward could well have finished with a bag, but that was not to be.

#14 Jack Avery

Undoubtedly the best player afield, Avery was also the most prolific by far as he gathered a whopping 39 disposals (29 kicks) and seven marks. The former Claremont defender swept up almost everything which came his way, reading the play better than anyone else to hit ground balls first and also inflict his usual intercept marking play. He pressed up aggressively in the first half to form a formidable wall at halfway, before later reverting to more work deep inside his own 50-metre arc. As the designated kicker from defence, Avery distributed mostly by foot and was usually reliable in that space, though saw plenty of balls come straight back his way as Claremont piled on late pressure. Still, Avery showed plenty in an under-siege position and looked primed to step up for a senior berth in quick time.

#19 Menno Inverarity 

One of Perth’s best midfielders on the day, Inverarity racked up 24 touches and worked hard for eight marks, while also laying nine tackles. He boosted his numbers well by doing some solid contributions on the inside, while also getting involved in handball chains and consistently working to provide an outlet option. His work rate got him a goal in the first term, the first of the day as he was left unattended inside 50. Inverarity accumulated up and down the ground, cleanly moving the ball on to his teammates with many touches which would often go unnoticed. He was also able to bring teammates into the play and proved productive overall.

Others:

Deklyn Grocott finished with 21 disposals and six inside 50s as one of Perth’s key drivers of the ball, while Angus Luers showed plenty of promise with his 17 touches and six marks, capped by a goal. Jarrod Sturch worked for 27 hitouts in the ruck, as Jack Evans showed good signs in midfield and Daniel Hill was lively up forward.

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Draft Central All-Star Team matchup: Oakleigh Chargers vs. Perth Demons

OUR next All-Star Team battle is the final one of the first round, which features a Victorian club and West Australian club in Oakleigh Chargers and Perth Demons. The two captains voted in by the public as the All-Star Players of the AFL Draft era were Luke Shuey (Oakleigh Chargers) and Alex Rance and Lance Franklin (Perth Demons).

TEAMS:

Oakleigh Chargers are the 13th seeds in our draw, with Perth Demons not far behind, ranked 20th overall in the mid-table logjam where not much separates the sides.

STRENGTHS:

The Chargers have an elite midfield that bats really deep, from the inside talents of Jack Macrae and Dan Hannebery with Marc Murphy, to the outside run of Shuey and Andrew Gaff. The forward line is damaging with the likes of Robbie Gray, Toby Greene, Jordan De Goey and Jack Billings joining Luke Power. With Darcy Moore as centre half-back and Josh Gibson coming across as the third tall, the defence should have great intercepting ability, whilst Todd Goldstein will control the ruck.

The Demons have a very impressive spin. Led by Franklin at centre half-forward who teams up with Earl Spalding inside 50, and Darren Glass and Michael Johnson down back, the tall stocks are quite good. They have a really hardened midfield with Jaeger O’Meara, Troy Cook and Mark Coughlan running around.

WEAKNESSES:

The Chargers lack a little in defence, with Bret Thornton the second best key position player, and the depth for small defenders being a little weaker than other sides. Their forward line is undersized, though still provides X-factor, but would need to use the ball well with a lack of height in there.

The Demons just do not have the same depth as the Chargers and whilst their midfield is very good and they have some unbelievable key position players, the bottom half of their team drops away.

SUMMARY

Oakleigh Chargers are predicted to be heavy favourites in this one due to the abundance of recent players. Whilst they might struggle against top ranked sides in defence, their midfield is elite and their forward line damaging, so expect them to advance.

WAFL League Player Focus: Logan McDonald (Perth) vs. Denver Grainger-Barras (Swan Districts)

IT was a highly anticipated matchup that did not disappoint. Both Logan McDonald and Denver Grainger-Barras are not only considered the best young players out of Western Australia, but loom as possible top five picks who have been mainstays in their respective League sides. They have both had some impressive performances, with McDonald second in the League for goals and Grainger-Barras closing in on the top 10 for marks in the competition.

In our latest Player Focus edition, we take a look at how the leading West Australian prospects fared as McDonald’s Perth took on Grainger-Barras’ Swan Districts in Round 8 of the WAFL League. The pair did not start on each other, as Nathan Ireland was tasked with manning McDonald early, but Swan Districts would give scouts what they wanted in the second half.

Logan McDonald
Perth/Western Australia

DOB: April 4, 2002
Height: 196cm
Weight: 85kg

Position: Key Position Forward

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Denver Grainger-Barras
Swan Districts/Western Australia

DOB: April 14, 2002
Height: 195cm
Weight: 78kg

Position: Key Position Defender

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PLAYER FOCUS

STATS:
McDonald: 4 kicks | 2 handballs | 6 disposals | 3 marks | 1 tackle | 1 inside 50 | 3 goals
Grainger-Barras: 12 kicks | 4 handballs | 16 disposals | 8 marks | 3 tackles | 1 inside 50

Q1:

Even when McDonald and Grainger-Barras did not start on each other, a lot of their possessions in the first half where linked in some form. The first player to get involved was McDonald, who would almost take a strong grab on the wing. He dropped the mark at the last possible moment but quickly recovered, receiving a handball from good mate Nathan O’Driscoll and in-turn handballing to a teammate running past. Not too long after that, Grainger-Barras almost took an impressive mark in defence, which he began to stick eventually as he snapped up a nice intercept mark before kicking long to the wing. The ball would come back though, and making the most of it was that man McDonald. After taking a strong contested mark at the 50-metre arc, he would go back and slot a long bomb for his first goal of the game.

A few minutes later, McDonald almost took a strong contested mark inside 50, but again it spilled out on the way down. Grainger-Barras was the one to capitalise, sweeping on the loose ball, jumping over McDonald in the process, and handballing to a teammate. Grainger-Barras would have some more good moments soon after on the wing; first doing well in a one-on-one marking contest to nullify it, and a few moments later attacking the ball hard at ground level to gather and release a good handball. About a minute later, McDonald returned to the fray, using good bodywork to work his opponent under the ball. He would run onto the loose ball inside 50 but was well pressured from behind, and sent the dribble shot on a tight angle through for a behind.

A few minutes later both players would be linked again. Grainger-Barras gathered nicely in the middle but his kick out wide was poor, leading to a turnover. Not long after, he went to spoil the next aerial ball but did not kill the contest, which lead to McDonald kicking his second goal further down the ground from 15 metres out directly in front. Grainger-Barras wouldn’t make the same mistake twice, spoiling a marking contest well late in the quarter.

Q2:

The links between the two players continued into the second quarter, with Grainger-Barras attacking the loose ball hard from a defensive stoppage, but being met with a strong tackle. The ball would later be kicked to the leading McDonald, with Grainger-Barras working hard to come from the side to spoil but to no avail. It was a very strong lead and mark from McDonald, who would convert from the set shot nicely for his third and final goal.

At around the 17-minute mark it seemed the move had been made with Grainger-Barras going to McDonald. Grainger-Barras would earn a simple possession, being closest to an out-on-the-full kick deep in defence and booting the free kick long down the line. Late in the quarter, McDonald was very unlucky not to be paid a fantastic contested mark, contesting both Grainger-Barras and impressive ruckman Corey Gault on the wing.

Q3:

Everything form here on out was purely McDonald vs. Grainger-Barras, with Grainger-Barras hot on the heels of McDonald wherever he went. McDonald played centre half-forward which may have been a mistake in hindsight, for as hard as McDonald worked to give strong leads and provide a good outlet, the delivery to him was very poor and very rarely to his advantage. The first notable contest was on the wing where Grainger-Barras used good bodywork to work McDonald under the ball, gather nicely, and get a a scrappy left-foot kick forward. Not long after, Grainger-Barras took a nice intercept mark and this was the point where that side of his game would really start to shine, as he does it better than anyone else in his draft class.

Grainger-Barras is a competitor and despite his light frame, he is not afraid to go in hard not just to win his own ball, but to also tackle hard. He laid a strong tackle and a few minutes later he applied a great spoil on McDonald at half-forward – letting his opponent know about it and further adding to McDonalds growing frustration. Grainger-Barras is not afraid to stir the pot and get under his opponents’ skin, and at the earlier half time scuffle he made sure to get involved in some capacity.

The frustration wouldn’t go away for McDonald because not long after the aforementioned spoil, he again found himself outdone by Grainger-Barras, who took a very nice intercept mark going back with flight and following with a nice kick inboard. You couldn’t blame McDonald for the frustration, with plenty of kicks certainly not to his advantage, but credit also had to be given to Grainger-Barras to still show his strength as an interceptor while also manning up the most dangerous forward on the opposition.

Q4:

It did not take long for Grainger-Barras to get involved with a strong tackle on the wing that should have been rewarded, but he would get a free kick later on at McDonald’s expense. He would have to be considered lucky as their was not much in it, only further adding to McDonald’s frustrating second half. Not long after, Grainger-Barras again took a strong intercept mark on the wing and would kick long inside 50 to a one-on-one. McDonald did not drop his head and still competed hard, crashing one pack hard on the wing. A couple of minutes later, he would again compete hard in a marking contest inside 50 which would allow his smaller teammates to gather the crumbs. It won’t show on the stat sheet, but McDonald certainly worked hard to not only give an option on the lead, but also compete in the contest.

Grainger-Barras was in fine intercepting form for this quarter and he would take a brilliant intercept mark close to goal, before using the ball well with a long switch kick. Apart from his error early in the game, his kicking had been sensational, especially his longer kicks as he can really get under them. About a minute afterwards, McDonald would have another nice moment inside 50. Despite not getting a stat for it, he competed well inside 50 and a timely intercept from a handball would lead to his team gathering the loose ball and kicking a goal. McDonald really proved in the the last quarter that it’s his work inside 50 that’s most generous and advantageous for Perth and his final involvement, he would make a clean gather at ground level and handpass to a teammate close to goal. McDonald has proven this year that he is not only strong in the air but also nimble and clean at ground level for a taller player, and I expect he will hold more of his marks once he puts on some more size in the future. He was beaten by Grainger-Barras in the second half but you couldn’t have asked for more from him, and kicking three goals is certainly not a bad return.

Grainger-Barras wasn’t done yet though, as he had a really good two-minute patch not long after McDonald’s last involvement. He would take a lovely contested intercept mark flying in from the side in defensive 50, and again would release a long kick out from defensive 50 down the line. He competed really well on the wing where he took on a tackler and got a handball out in what was a great act of desperation, despite the game already being won. Not long after that he would put the exclamation point on his great game, taking an awesome intercept mark going back with flight and hurting himself in the process. That was certainly enough to give him a well earned rest anyway.

There was a fear going into the game that these two young guns wouldn’t line up on each other but not only did they line up on each other, they both managed to have very good games with Grainger-Barras perhaps having his best ever game at League level. He finished with 17 disposals and eight marks while McDonald again hit the scoreboard, kicking 3.1 as he firmly looks to finish among the top three in the WAFL goalkicking charts. Fellow draft fancy, O’Driscoll also had a great game backing up his brilliant outing last week, but this game was all about two young talents going head-to-head in McDonald and Grainger-Barras. They did not disappoint.

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Featured Image: Leading WA draft prospects Denver Grainger-Barras, Logan McDonald, and Nathan O’Driscoll | Source: Michael Willson/AFL Media

WAFL League Player Focus: Nathan O’Driscoll (Perth)

IN continuing our extended Player Focus series, we take a look at a prospect who stood out recently in the West Australian Football League (WAFL). This week, in Round 7 of the League competition, we put Perth prospect Nathan O’Driscoll under the microscope, as he made his second top flight appearance for the Demons in their 26-point loss to reigning premier, Subiaco on Saturday.

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Nathan O’Driscoll
Perth/Western Australia

DOB: May 17, 2002
Height: 187cm
Weight: 76kg

Position: Midfielder/Utility

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PLAYER FOCUS

Stats: 6 kicks, 14 handballs, 20 disposals, 2 marks, 6 tackles, 3 inside 50s

O’Driscoll had to wait a little longer to earn his spot in Perth’s League side, but despite an interrupted pre-season, he made is League debut last week and kicked the sealer in the Demons’ impressive win over Claremont. Able to play in numerous positions, it was forward and through the midfield that he was used against Subiaco. It was promising to see the 18-year-old get an opportunity to play midfield at League level and while he may lack the strength of more mature bodies, he didn’t lack the endeavour to compete, which would have pleased his coaches.

Q1:

O’Driscoll started the game forward and didn’t take long to get involved, winning the ball at half-back, having a nice run, and handballing to a teammate inboard. His next bit of play came less than a minute later, gathering nicely at half-forward and then balking an opponent to kick inside 50. Although the kick was scrappy, it was nice to seem him back himself to get around the opponent. He would show great attack on the ball for the rest of the quarter and despite not getting many opportunities across that period, O’Driscoll would later win the ball at a centre stoppage with a nice gather and quick clean handball. That kind of play later proved to be a key feature of his game.

Q2:

He was far more involved in the second quarter, starting with another run through the middle and finishing with a nice long kick inside 50. A few minutes later, he would attack the loose ball with a great pick-up at the forward 50 arc, but lost his footing on the move. His ground balls were again a feature later in the term, as he made a great gather at half-back in a stoppage situation and fired out a quick little handball to a teammate. Soon after, O’Driscoll nailed a great tackle in defensive 50, saving a scoring opportunity and winning the free kick. He received a 50-metre penalty and then quickly kicked long inside 50. A few minutes later, he won another holding the ball free kick with a nice chase and tackle at half-forward, but saw his team take on the advantage rule. Very late in the quarter, he would keep the ball in play with a kick off the ground very close to the boundary to gain some more meterage.

Q3:

O’Driscoll continued his good form and efforts in the third quarter working, into the backline and forward line. I hadn’t touched on it before, but his work-rate around the ground was outstanding the whole day, running hard both ways. He showed great attack on the footy deep in the forward line, winning the ball with a second effort and flicking a little handball out to his teammate. The hard running I touched on was influential in the same passage of play which lead to his good mate Logan McDonald kicking a goal. As Perth moved the ball along the wing, O’Driscoll was right there, streaming forward to become an option and continuing to work down the ground. Eventually, he got to the fall of the ball 20-metres out from goal, sweeping on the ball and then quickly firing out a handball to McDonald. This bit of play really highlighted everything about his game that stood out with his work-rate and clean hands.

Later in the quarter, he would gather the ball on the wing from a stoppage, going for a little run and handpassing over the top to a teammate. The ball spilled but he quickly mopped up with a strong second effort. He had a few more possession late in the quarter with his trademark clean gathers at ground level and quick, clean handballs – with one showing good vision from a stoppage.

Q4:

O’Driscoll’s last quarter was also superb, again getting to start in the midfield were he had fully deserved to be at that point in the game. He started the quarter well with a strong tackle, leaping straight at the hips showing good technique. His tackling had been strong all day and has also been a staple of his game for years. His attack on the ball was again superb in the last quarter and his endeavour again great. He contributed some desperate efforts in defence during the middle parts of the quarter, winning the ball through sheer desperation. Perhaps his biggest highlight of the game came with a strong contested mark at the defensive 50 arc. With pressure coming from behind, O’Driscoll stuck the mark outstretched, a grab which many young players wouldn’t be able to hold.

His purple patch continued, attacking the ball hard at a stoppage. Despite fumbling once, he would still gather the ball and handpass it off. Soon after, he again swooped on the loose ball and fired a nice long handball to a teammate. The game was lost, but he still put in some great efforts, especially in the forward zone – working hard to cut off the ball and cause a spoil. He almost took a great mark inside 50 coming from the side, and it was great seeing him still trying to win the ball. One of the last contests of the day was a stoppage on the wing where he just hunted the ball in flight and nailed the opponent from the hit-out with a strong tackle. I cant wait to see what he can do with that endeavour when he puts on some muscle.

Closing thoughts…

It was an outstanding game from O’Driscoll, who was instrumental in ensuring the game wasn’t a complete blowout. His efforts over the four quarters and enthusiasm really lifted his side. O’Driscoll finished the game with an equal team-high 20 disposals and also laid six strong tackles in a well balanced midfield display. Named second-best on ground by the coaches, I cant see him coming out of this Perth side any time soon, and look forward to seeing him continue to build on this game, showcasing his attributes. The youngster has grown 5cm since last year and could still grow even more. He should become a genuine tall midfielder, which is in vogue throughout the AFL right now.

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All-Star Team of the AFL Draft Era: Which club is the best of the best?

EVERY year, a new crop of AFL Draft talents rise up and make waves at AFL level. Some clubs such as Calder Cannons and Geelong Falcons are referred to as ‘footy factories’. Others are less well known, but nonetheless vital in providing players with their start to the AFL.

Over the past couple of months, Draft Central has gone through all of the NAB League, SANFL and WAFL clubs and tried to determine the best 24-player squad for their respective clubs. The captains and vice-captains were determined by the public through Instagram voting. Now, it is up to the public to decide which All-Star Team is the greatest of the lot. That’s right, the 30 teams from Victoria, Western Australia and South Australia are going head to head in a knockout draw.

Which teams are competing?

NAB League [12]: Bendigo Pioneers, Calder Cannons, Dandenong Stingrays, Eastern Ranges, Geelong Falcons, Gippsland Power, GWV Rebels, Murray Bushrangers, Northern Knights, Oakleigh Chargers, Sandringham Dragons, Western Jets
SANFL [9]: Central District, Glenelg, North Adelaide, Norwood, Port Adelaide, South Adelaide, Sturt, West Adelaide, Woodville-West Torrens
WAFL [9]: Claremont, East Fremantle, East Perth, South Fremantle, Peel Thunder, Perth, Subiaco, Swan Districts, West Perth

How will it work?

Each day at 10am, we will publish the two All-Star Teams of the AFL Draft era, and the public will be able to vote through the article, Facebook and Twitter, with the overall winner moving through to the next round.

Given there are 30 teams, two sides who we have picked out as the top two seeds – East Fremantle and Geelong Falcons – will have the bye in the opening round, with the other 28 teams seeded appropriately similar to the All-Star Player voting (3rd against 28th, 4th against 27th etc.).

Who is up first?

The first All-Star Team battle is between a couple of metropolitan sides who we have seeded 16th and 17th in the draw. They both have some absolute elite stars, but Calder Cannons and Western Jets will begin the voting on Monday. They will be followed by the Greater Western Victoria (GWV) Rebels and Eastern Ranges on Tuesday, before a cross-state clash sees third seed Port Adelaide Magpies tackle Peel Thunder.

WAFL Colts Round 6 MOTR: Claremont vs. Perth

THIS week’s WAFL Colts match of the round was played between Claremont and Perth, with the Tigers continuing their unblemished premiership defence. Draft Central’s West Australian correspondent Lenny Fogliani was on hand to deliver a match report, and scouting notes on the most outstanding players throughout the clash.

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MATCH REPORT:

Claremont remains undefeated in the 2020 Simply Energy WAFL Colts competition, after defeating the Perth Demons by 40 points at Revo Fitness Stadium.

Fremantle Dockers Next Generation Academy members Joel Western (24 possessions, three goals) and Samuel Alvarez (21 possessions, goal goal) starred for Claremont. They were well aided by Logan Young (27 possessions, 12 tackles), Zac Mainwaring (24 possessions, one goal), Jake Willson (21 possessions), Jacob Van Rooyen (15 possessions, two goals) and Kalin Lane (16 possessions, 22 hit-outs).

Perth’s Conor McPartland continued his magnificent season with another strong performance that saw him finish with 31 possessions, 14 tackles, five marks and four inside 50s. Zak Meloncelli (23 possessions, seven marks, seven tackles, four inside 50s), Deklyn Grocott (21 possessions, seven tackles), Zac Sanderson (19 possessions, six tackles) and Jaiden Hunter (18 possessions, 28 hit-outs) also competed strongly for the Demons.

In the early stages of the opening quarter, Mainwaring was able to break a tackle, before he spotted up Western inside attacking 50. Western then converted his set shot from 50 metres out on a difficult angle. Mainwaring then read the play well to get out the back and take an uncontested mark inside 50, before duly converting his set shot. Seconds before the quarter time siren, Oscar Morcombe took a great diving mark inside the Demons’ forward 50. He nailed the goal after the quarter-time siren to reduce the margin to four points.

Claremont’s Kieran Gowdie drilled through his first goal of the game early in the second quarter, after he took a strong contested mark inside 50. Western then kicked his second goal, when he collected the ball at about 55 metres out, before running to 45 metres and drilling through the goal. Moments later, Morcombe snapped through his second major. Just before half-time, Western added a third of his own, after he launched the ball from a set shot from just outside 50 metres.

After the main break, Daniel Hill was able to waltz into an open goal after taking an uncontested mark inside 50, reducing the margin to just seven points. Soon after, Dylan Mulligan spotted up Van Rooyen, who kicked his first goal from 40 metres out. Moments later, Van Rooyen cleanly collected the ball on the half-forward line, turned his opponent inside out, and then nailed his second goal. Gowdie then booted his second goal to give the Tigers a 25-point lead at three-quarter time.

Gowdie got proceedings underway in the fourth quarter, when he sent home a long-range set shot. Harry Quartermaine was able to take a contested mark inside Perth’s forward 50, before he duly converted for his first goal of the game. Jacquin Ciminata and Alvarez both kicked goals to put the cherry on top of the Tigers’ 40-point victory.

Next week, Claremont travels to New Choice Homes Park where the Tigers will take on a spirited East Fremantle outfit. On the other hand, Perth will be hosting a rampant Subiaco at Mineral Resources Park.

SCOUTING NOTES:

CLAREMONT

#2 Logan Young

The son of AFL Player Manager Colin Young, Logan was powerful in the midfield for Claremont, often using his big frame to bully his way around the stoppages. He finished with a team-high 27 possessions, a team-high 12 tackles, and four inside 50s.

#3 Zac Mainwaring

The son of the late Chris Mainwaring, Zac was dynamic for the Tigers, playing primarily as a forward pocket. He collected 24 possessions, took eight marks, recorded six inside 50s, laid four tackles and kicked a goal. One of the highlights of his game came early in the opening quarter, when he was able to break through a tackle before setting up Western for the opening goal of the game.

#4 Jake Willson

The Wembley Downs Junior was outstanding in the midfield for Claremont. Playing as the rover, Willson finished with 21 possessions, three tackles, two marks and two inside 50s.

#10 Joel Western

Returning from a hamstring injury, the Fremantle Dockers Next Generation Academy member was best afield for Claremont. He finished with 24 possessions, eight marks, five inside 50s, and three goals in a dazzling display as he looks to push back into top 30 AFL Draft contention.

#13 Samuel Alvarez

Another Fremantle Dockers Next Generation Academy member, Alvarez was dynamic on the wing for the Tigers, collecting 21 possessions, laying seven tackles, and kicking a goal in a brilliant performance.

#20 Logan Guelfi

The younger brother of current Essendon player Matt Guelfi, Logan was sensational on the half-forward flank for Claremont. He finished with 16 possessions, a game-high eight inside 50s and seven tackles.

#23 Jacob Van Rooyen

The 17-year-old continued his good form with another solid performance. Against Perth, Van Rooyen finished with 15 possessions, five tackles, three marks, three inside 50s and two goals. One of the highlights of his game came in the third quarter, when he turned his opponent inside out, before drilling through his second goal of the game.

#28 Kalin Lane

The Denmark-Walpole product showed why he is one of the most promising ruckmen in this year’s draft pool with a strong showing against Perth. Lane finished with 16 possessions, 22 hit-outs and seven tackles.


PERTH DEMONS

#4 Zak Meloncelli

The Perth captain was at his inspiring best, playing primarily across the half-back line. His ability to intercept Claremont’s attacking entries, before providing attacking drive was crucial for Perth. His final statistics were 23 possessions, seven marks, seven tackles and four inside 50s.

#7 Conor McPartland

The 2016 WA U15s State Schoolboys’ representative continued his stunning season with another sensational performance. He finished with a game-high 31 possessions, a game-high 14 tackles, five marks and four inside 50s.

#12 Oscar Morcombe

In just his sixth game of WAFL Colts football, Morcombe played an invaluable role for the Demons. Playing as a link-up forward, Morcombe finished with 16 possessions, three marks, three inside 50s, two tackles and two goals. The highlight of his game came late in the first quarter, when he took a great diving mark just before the quarter-time siren. He went back and duly converted his set shot, after the siren, to get the Demons within four points of Claremont.

#15 Zac Sanderson

Playing primarily across the half-back line, Sanderson continued his good form with another strong performance. He accumulated 19 possessions, laid six tackles, took four marks and recorded two inside 50s against the Tigers.

#24 Deklyn Grocott

The Bassendean junior was lively on the half forward flank for the Demons, finishing with 21 possessions, seven tackles, and five marks.

#48 Jaiden Hunter

The Applecross junior showed why he is the in-form ruckman of the Simply Energy WAFL Colts competition with another powerful performance. Hunter accumulated 18 possessions, won a game-high 28 hit-outs, took five marks and recorded four inside 50s. His prominence comes despite boasting a smaller frame than many of his opposing rucks.

WAFL Colts Round 4 MOTR: East Fremantle vs. Perth

THIS week’s WAFL Colts match of the round was played between East Fremantle and Perth on Saturday, with the Demons overcoming the Sharks at Choice Homes Park. West Australian correspondent Lenny Fogliani was on hand to deliver a match report, and scouting notes on the most outstanding players.

MATCH REPORT:

In Round 4 of the 2020 Simply Energy WAFL Colts competition, Perth overcame East Fremantle by 11 points at New Choice Homes Park on Saturday morning.

The Demons now find themselves in fourth position, while East Fremantle are just one game outside of the top four.

Perth’s Conor McPartland was best afield against his former Club with 33 possessions, six marks, six tackles, five inside 50s and a goal in a powerful performance.

He was well supported by captain Zak Meloncelli (30 possessions, 12 marks, six tackles, three inside 50s), top draft hopeful Nathan O’Driscoll (22 possessions, three tackles, two inside 50s) and ruckman Jaiden Hunter (20 possessions, 44 hit-outs, seven marks, four inside 50s).

Mullewa product Edward Curley was the Sharks’ best player with 19 possessions, 10 tackles, three inside 50s and three goals.

Jack Carroll (20 possessions, five tackles, four marks, four inside 50s), Brandon Walker (19 possessions, two goals), Finn Gorringe (18 possessions, nine tackles) and Keanu Haddow (17 possessions, four marks) all contributed strongly for the Sharks.

It was a stalemate for the majority of the first quarter, taking until the 21st minute before a goal was kicked. It was Perth’s Daniel Hill who snapped the ball out of a pack to register the first goal of the game. Moments later, McPartland danced his way around an opponent, before he kicked a goal to give the Demons a 14-point lead at quarter-time.

Within the first minute of the second quarter, McPartland won a crucial clearance to kick the ball long inside attacking 50. Harry Quartermaine was able to take a strong contested mark, before he drilled through his first goal of the morning. At half-time the Demons held East Fremantle goalless and went into the main break with an 18-point lead.

The Demons started the third quarter with a bang, after Jack Evans and Quartermaine kicked goals. Curley scored the Sharks’ first goal after he sidestepped an opponent before popping through his first major for the day. Jayden Narrier then took an uncontested mark inside 50, before converting his set shot. In the 24th minute, Walker burst clear from a contest, before he checksided the ball through for a great goal, and reduced the margin to 23 points.

Curley got the Sharks off to a good start in the last quarter when he snapped through his second goal of the morning. However, soon after, Hill took an uncontested mark in the goalsquare before scoring his second goal. Blake Hughes converted a set shot from a tight angle to keep the Sharks in it.

Despite this, Harrison Hyde dribbled through another goal for the Demons. After winning a holding-the-ball free kick, Curley popped through his third goal from an extremely difficult angle. In the latter stages of the quarter, Walker smothered an attempted rebounding 50 by the Demons, before he snapped through his second goal, which was unfortunately a consolation.

Next week, the Demons host ladder-leaders West Perth at Mineral Resources Park, while East Fremantle has the bye.

SCOUTING NOTES:

East Fremantle:

#5 Edward Curley

The Mullewa product was extremely dynamic in the forward half for the Sharks. He accumulated 19 possessions, laid a game-high 10 tackles, recorded three inside 50s and kicked a game-high three goals. The highlight of his game came in the third quarter when he danced his way around an opponent before kicking his first goal of the morning.

#8 Finn Gorringe

The former Aquinas student was busy in the midfield for East Fremantle. Playing as the centreman, Gorringe finished with 18 possessions, nine tackles and two inside 50s in a workman-like performance.

#9 Brandon Walker

The Fremantle Dockers’ Next Generation Academy player was dynamic on the half-back line, often using his creative kicking skills to help propel plenty of the Sharks’ attacking opportunities. He finished with 19 possessions, five marks, three inside 50s, two tackles and two goals. His two goals were real highlights of the game – late in the third quarter, he burst from a stoppage before he checksided the ball through for his first goal. In the final stages of the last quarter, he smothered a Perth player’s kick, before he snapped through his second goal.

#13 Keanu Haddow

Another Fremantle Dockers’ Next Generation Academy member, Haddow was excellent in defence for the Sharks. The East Fremantle captain led from the front beautifully with 17 possessions, four marks and two tackles. In the final quarter, he was crunched in a Harry Quartermaine tackle and was forced to go off with what seemed to be a shoulder injury. However, he came back on the ground to try and inspire his team to victory – highlighting his toughness and leadership credentials.

#16 Jack Carroll

The Chapman Valley product was his busy self through midfield for the Sharks. Playing as the ruck-rover, Carroll collected 20 possessions, laid five tackles, took four marks, and recorded four inside 50s in a polished display. His decision-making combined with his beautiful kicking skills make him an attractive midfield prospect.

Perth:

#3 Daniel Hill

The 16-year-old was livewire for the Demons in the forward half. Originally from the Thornlie Junior Football Club, Hill finished with eight possessions, three tackles, two inside 50s and two goals in his WAFL Colts debut. The highlight of his game came late in the first quarter when he snapped the ball out of a pack for the opening goal of the game, and his first career goal.

#4 Zak Meloncelli

The Perth captain was inspirational for the Demons, often intercepting East Fremantle’s attacking entries, before setting his team into attack. He accumulated 30 possessions, took a game-high 12 marks, laid an equal team-high six tackles and recorded three inside 50s in a true captain’s performance.

#7 Conor McPartland

Playing against his former club, McPartland continued his blistering start to the season with another sublime performance. He finished with a game-high 33 possessions, an equal team-high six tackles, six marks, a game-high five inside 50s and a goal. The highlight of his game came in the first quarter, when he sidestepped an opponent before kicking a goal.

#10 Nathan O’Driscoll

The Northam product showed why he is one of WA’s leading AFL draft prospects this year with a brilliant performance. He gathered 22 possessions, laid three tackles and recorded two inside 50s in a strong display. His aggressive attack on the ball and man was inspiring. His decision-making and skill execution were also real features of his game.

#11 Harry Quartermaine

The Bullcreek-Leeming junior showed why he is the in-form key forward of the competition with another strong performance. He finished with nine possessions, three marks, three tackles, two hit-outs, one inside 50 and two goals. A highlight of his game came in the second quarter, when he took a strong contested mark, before kicking his first goal.

Picture: The West Australian

Scouting Notes: 2020 WAFL Colts Round 2 – Claremont vs Swan Districts

IN Round 2 of the Simply Energy WAFL Colts Competition, Claremont continued its premiership defence with a convincing 87-point victory over Swan Districts at Revo Fitness Stadium. Below were the most notable players. There were also plenty of standout performers around the grounds, SCROLL to read about how the remaining talent fared.

FEATURED GAME:
Claremont vs. Swan Districts

By: Lenny Fogliani

Claremont:

#2 Logan Young

The son of AFL player manager Colin Young, Logan was exceptional in the midfield for the Tigers. He finished with an equal game-high 31 possessions, six inside 50s, four marks and four tackles in a powerful display.

#3 Zac Mainwaring

The son of the late Chris Mainwaring, Zac was lively in the forward half for the Tigers, creating plenty of goal scoring opportunities for his team. He finished with 12 possessions, five marks, four inside 50s, three tackles and two goals. The highlight of his game came late in the third quarter, when he took a sensational one-handed mark.

#4 Jake Willson

The Wembley Downs Junior was powerful in the midfield, winning 17 possessions, laying six tackles, taking two marks and recording two inside 50s.

#10 Joel Western

The Fremantle Dockers’ Next Generation Academy (NGA) member went off with what looked like a hamstring injury. Before departing the field, Western racked up 14 possessions, recorded four inside 50s and laid two tackles in a dazzling display. His desire to take the game on was a real feature of his shortened outing.

#11 Jacquin Ciminata

The Marist junior was electrifying in the forward half for Claremont. He finished with 19 possessions, eight tackles, five marks and four goals. The highlight of his game came in the first quarter, when he took a strong mark inside 50, before duly converting his set shot.

#13 Sam Alvarez

The Fremantle Dockers’ NGA member was excellent on the wing for Claremont with 19 possessions and two goals. The highlight of his game came in the third quarter, when he snapped through his first goal.

#20 Logan Guelfi

The younger brother of Essendon’s Matt Guelfi, Logan was always dangerous for the Tigers. He accumulated 16 possessions, recorded seven inside 50s, laid five tackles, took three marks and kicked a goal. He kicked the opening goal of the game. Another highlight of his game came in the third quarter, when he produced a spear kick across his body to Mainwaring inside 50.

#28 Kalin Lane

The Denmark-Walpole product showed why he is considered to be one of the leading ruck prospects from Western Australia this season with a strong performance against Swan Districts. He finished with 16 possessions, 29 hit-outs, four marks and three inside 50s. For a ruckman, he covered the ground well, often positioning himself just behind the play to halt any attacking momentum the Swans had.

Swan Districts:

#2 Ayden Cartwright

The 2018 WA U16s State Academy member battled manfully in the midfield for the Swans, finishing with 31 possessions, eight marks, five tackles and a goal. In the final quarter, he was able to take a solid mark inside 50, before duly converting his set shot.

#8 Zane Trew

The Hills Rangers junior showed why he is one of the leading inside midfield prospects in this year’s AFL draft pool. He accumulated 31 possessions, laid five tackles, grabbed three marks and recorded three inside 50s in a powerful display. His composure, and decision-making around the stoppages was impressive for someone his age. When he got the ball on the outside, he constantly hit his intended target.

#10 Ty Sears

Playing off the half-back line, the South Bunbury product battled valiantly in defence for Swan Districts. He gathered 15 possessions, took three marks and laid two tackles as he tried to kickstart the Swans’ attacking drives.

Around the grounds:

By: Michael Alvaro

For the second week running, all eyes were on Perth key forward Logan McDonald, as he soared to the top of the WAFL League goalkicking charts with a bag of four goals. The 196cm prospect was dominant in the air and strong close to goal, but it was his accuracy which helped the Demons most in their 21-point win over East Perth. Denver Grainger-Barras also turned out at League level, taking four marks in his 10-disposal effort against Claremont.

Back in the Colts grade, Callum Johnson was again a prolific ball winner for West Perth as the Falcons downed South Fremantle, collecting an equal game-high 28 touches, while also booting three behinds. Brady Alvaro (23 disposals) and Lochlan Paton (21) both continued their strong starts to the season, while leading draft prospect Heath Chapman also had it 21 times and reeled in six marks. Michael Mallard sent another reminded of his talents with 18 disposals, 10 marks, and 30 hitouts from the ruck.

Oscar Armstrong and Toby Dodds both had 28 disposals for the Bulldogs, and also combined for a total of 13 marks. Jaxon Bellchambers worked hard to rack up 12 of his own among 27 touches, with Adam Correia pitching in for 25 disposals. None of the South Freo players were able to bag multiple goals in the 28-point loss.

Peel Thunder doubled East Fremantle’s score to take out a 36-point victory, with exciting prospect Isiah Winder continuing his push for senior selection. He gathered a game-high 26 disposals, including five marks, three inside 50s, and two goals in a brilliant display of his skills. Zach Rankin also snared two majors from his 24 touches, while David Yaccob was again solid with 22 disposals and seven marks, and Jonathon Ietto found both the goals and a solid amount of ball.

There is always some prolific, top-end talent among the Sharks’ lineup, and Finn Gorringe was again among the best as he and Joshua Browne collected a team-high 24 disposals each. Bailey Hodge was good for a goal from his 18 uses of the ball, while Jack Carroll laid six tackles and pumped the ball inside 50 four times amid his 17-disposal effort. Fremantle NGA prospect Brandon Walker had 16 disposals (14 kicks) in the defeat.

The round’s final Colts fixture saw East Perth come away with a 22-point win over Perth, beating out some outstanding individual performers on the Demons’ side. Among them, Connor McPartland again led all comers with 29 disposals and seven inside 50s, while AFL Academy jet Nathan O’Driscoll looks back near his best with 25 touches, six marks, and five tackles. Harry Quartermaine added three goals to his seven from last week, while Jaiden Hunter palmed down 33 hitouts.

For the Royals, Joshua Clements booted a game-high four goals from eight disposals, as three other teammates managed two majors apiece – most notably, Jayden Peak and Sokaa Soka, who also notched 15 disposals. Adam Boules led the ball winning stakes with 28 disposals, followed closely by Luke Lombardi‘s 24.

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