STRENGTHS: Efficiency, inside/outside mix, clean hands, leadership
IMPROVEMENTS: Accumulation, consistency
SUMMARY: Harry Houlahan is one of many Sandringham products to have benefitted from the side’s heavy rotation throughout the year, earning the opportunity to spend a good amount of time through the midfield in this year’s TAC Cup. The Mentone Grammar captain possesses a good mix of inside grit and outside class, working well at stoppages to extract and dish cleanly handballs out, while also remaining composed on the outside by foot at over 65 per cent efficiency. His clean hands help him to stand out, and Houlahan’s ability to be a one-touch player under pressure is something that could prove invaluable at the next level. Should he play predominantly as a midfielder, Houlahan would hope to improve on his disposal average of 16.6 in the TAC Cup, while breaking clear on his own more often to deliver the ball inside 50. That will also bring a greater level of consistency, which is often an area of improvement for developing ball winners.