- January 13, 2000
STRENGTHS: Tackling, defensive pressure, vertical leap, endurance
IMPROVEMENTS: Size, speed
SUMMARY: Kade Chandler is a small forward who pieced together some strong performances for Norwood in his top-aged year and was also an integral inside midfielder for the club. After missing out on the first game (against Western Australia), Chandler played the remaining three for South Australia at the National Championships, averaging 5.6 disposals (3.3 kicks and 2.3 handballs), one mark, 6.3 tackles and 0.3 goals. Chandler was a member of a whole host of role-players who proved a big reason behind South Australia taking out the division one title. His defensive pressure and tackling intensity during the carnival may have gone relatively unnoticed but was crucial, as he helped lock the ball inside-50 for others to thrive upon. His 12-tackle performance in poor conditions against Victoria Country at Adelaide Oval being a particular standout. The Norwood product recorded a super impressive running vertical leap (93cm) and finished strongly in the yo-yo test (level 20.8) at the state combine. Chandler’s performances in the SANFL Under 18s were promising, booting nine goals from 14 matches and finishing runner-up behind Kai Pudney for the leagues best player award. However his speed (3.06 second 20m sprint) and size will naturally be of concern to AFL talent scouts, whilst his overall accumulation during the championships was also below par. However he is sure to be in consideration for the rookie draft, as a small pressure forward who can rotate through the midfield.
Under 18s Championships