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Analysis | The importance of fitness testing in modern football recruiting

THERE has been plenty of debate when talking about potential AFL prospects pertaining to the differences between judging ‘athletes’ against ‘pure footballers’. There is an argument that fitness testing should be taken with a grain of salt and that the eye test is most important, but when it comes to players being drafted – especially in the first round – prospects are often at the pointy end in at least one fitness test.

For anyone still unfamiliar with the main fitness tests conducted during preseason and at the AFL Draft Combine, they are as follows:

  • Agility Test
  • 20m Sprint
  • Standing and Running Vertical Leap
  • Yo-Yo Test
  • 2km Time Trial

Last year’s number one pick Jamarra Ugle-Hagan excelled in the 20m sprint and vertical leap tests, with his on-field speed off the mark and jump at the ball highlighting just why he excelled at those tests. The combine, if anything, gives reassurance that those traits are indeed elite and will help try and separate talents like Ugle-Hagan from any other key forwards in that year’s crop. Athleticism is very important in modern football, with players quicker and bigger than what most talented youngsters are used to at the development levels. One club which has seemingly identified this in modern times is the fast-rising Essendon Football Club.

Since 2014, Essendon seems to have had a clear strategy with the types of players they have looked at with their high picks. Below is a list of the Bombers’ top 40 selections since 2014 and which tests those players excelled at. In a lot of cases, they were top 10 in those tests at the end-of-year combine.

2014:

Pick 17 – Jayden Laverde
(Didn’t test but athleticism was a highlight of his game)

Pick 20 – Kyle Langford
Agility

2015:

Pick 5 – Darcy Parish
Average in most tests

Pick 6 – Aaron Francis
(Didn’t test but like Laverde, athleticism was a highlight in games)

Pick 29 – Alex Morgan (Since delisted)
20m Sprint, Vertical Leap, Agility

Pick 30 – Mason Redman
3km time trial

2016:

Pick 1 – Andrew McGrath
Vertical Leap, Agility

Pick 20 – Jordan Ridley
20m Sprint

2017:

Nil

2018:

Pick 38 – Irving Mosquito
Vertical Leap

2019:

Pick 30 – Harrison Jones
Vertical Leap, Yo-Yo, 20m Sprint

Pick 38 – Nick Bryan
Vertical Leap, 20m Sprint

2020:

Pick 8 – Nik Cox
20m Sprint, 2km TT

Pick 9 – Archie Perkins
20m Sprint, Vertical Leap

Pick 10 – Zach Reid
Vertical Leap

Pick 39 – Josh Eyre
20m Sprint, Vertical Leap

There is one big outlier here and that’s one of this year’s Brownlow contenders in Darcy Parish, who was only average in test results during his draft year. This could be seen as the biggest clue as to why athletic testing shouldn’t be so important, but it can also be argued that one of the main reasons for Parish’s form is due to improving his running capacity to an elite level.

Even their most recent mid-season selection, Sam Durham tested well for vertical leap and endurance, so its no surprise at least in Essendon’s case that athletic traits are a huge influence in whether the player gets taken. The current favourite for the Rising Star, Nik Cox has taken the competition by storm with his mix of athleticism and height, with that height another factor in the early Essendon selections. It was a matter of time before Cox got his nomination for the Rising Star award and in retrospect, we should have all seen his selection by Essendon coming considering all the traits he possesses are key indicators in the Bombers’ recent draft strategy.

Using this history, we can even try to narrow down the possible field of players that Essendon will look at with its first round pick in 2021. A trio of Sandringham Dragons instantly come to mind with Campbell Chesser, Josh Sinn and Finn Callaghan. All three players tested well for the 20m sprint and vertical leap during preseason, highlighting their power and athleticism. With all measuring at over 185cm, they even fill a midfield need for the Bombers. They have another prospect right under their noses in Josh Goater who made his Essendon VFL debut not long ago and is an athletic beast. His speed and leap tests were all elite and at 190cm, he would be another Essendon style selection.

The modern footballer is taller, faster and can run all day, and it is getting harder and harder for pure footballers to make it at the top level. If young, pure footballers can start to develop athleticism in their game, even if it’s an elite endurance base, that’s at least a start in the right direction.

Height used to be a detractor for clubs but now with the likes of Caleb Daniel, Kysaiah Pickett, Brent Daniels and Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti, that is no longer the same obstacle for potential draftees as it used to be – though you also need to have that speed and class. If you are small and have the athletic traits and determination to make it as an AFL player, then you will be on the right track. If you are tall and have those traits, your chances of making an AFL list are even higher.

Fitness testing is an important tool, not just for clubs and recruiters, but also for up and coming players – especially those at the very early level. I’m hopeful coaches of junior football are able to set up some of these tests to help young players find their best traits, enhance them and embrace them. Understandably, it takes time, money and effort on their part and not every junior club or parent has that available. Programs such as Rookie Me, the official fitness testing partner of the AFL, allow junior athletes to experience professional environments at an early age, proving another handy head-start for budding footballers.

Image Credit: Graham Denholm/AFL Photos

2019 VFL season preview: Werribee ready to roar

IT is a new season and reigning premiers Box Hill Hawks are the team with a target on their back. We take a look at each of the 15 Victorian Football League (VFL) teams with plenty of new inclusions to excite fans ahead of the season, with Werribee and Port Melbourne tipped to be some of the top sides in the competition.

Box Hill Hawks

Last season: Premiers

The Hawks have brought in a number of big ball winners to their side with tall winger, Mason De Wit and strong mid/forward Jake Frawley heading to the brown and gold with outside runner, Boadie Motton from Gippsland Power. The Hawks have also picked up Nathan Mullenger-McHugh from the Western Bulldogs, and some experience out west in West Perth’s Luke Meadows. Add in Port Melbourne’s Damian Mascitti and the talented but relatively unknown Paddy Anderson from the Hampden League, and the Hawks have brought in some page and power up forward, as well as great midfield depth. Will Hams will be a loss with a number of other players out to play local footy, while former Sandringham Dragon, Georgie Nagle has headed to Port Melbourne. The reigning premiers have built on the list that took them to the cup last season and they are a team to watch in season 2019.

Casey Demons

Last season: Grand Finalists

The Demons have traded around Stingrays, with Riley D’Arcy, Goy Lok and Ali Zijai all heading to Frankston over the summer, but have brought in premiership Stingrays, Jai Taylor and Matthew Gahan for the 2019 season. Gahan offers good movement out of defence, while the lightning quick Taylor will no doubt make it easy for Casey’s social media team to regularly draw out highlights. Heath Briggs joins his brother at the Demons, while Nick Lowden has progressed from Gippsland among a couple of Port Melbourne recruits in Luke Tynan and Anthony Vella. With a few local league players also joining the side including a familiar name with Darcy Fritsch – brother of Melbourne’s Bailey – pulling on the red and blue. It was a heartbreaking loss in the Grand Final last season and the Demons will be keen to go one better this year with the additions.

Coburg Lions

Last season: 15th (Wooden spoon)

Change was afoot at Coburg over the summer with a match day team full of players coming in, and going out of the Lions’ doors. From a VFL perspective, Matthew Harman has crossed from the Northern Blues with Alex Federico to join former Northern Knights teammates, Braedyn Gillard and Mark Baker at the club, while fellow draft prospects last year, Mitch Podhajski – who returns on a full-time basis to the club – Jack Evans and Lucas Cavallaro all switch from Calder to Coburg. Evans and Cavallaro will provide good drive out of defence, while Podhajski will be a dominant force in multiple areas around the ground. Add in former Eastern Ranges outside midfielder Xavier Fry, a couple of Gold Coast NEAFL players in Brodie Foster and Harry Simington and Canberra Demons’ Jack Baker who was close to being drafted last season, and the Lions have really built some serious depth this year. Of the departures, Hisham Kerbatieh, Nick Mellington and Sean Gregory have crossed to the Seagulls, while Tom Condon will try his hand in the SANFL With Sturt.

Collingwood Magpies

Last season: 5th (Elimination final exit)

A relatively settled line-up, the Magpies will have a bitter taste in their mouth after coming close to a double chance, only to be knocked out in the elimination final by Essendon. Adam Oxley has hung around at the club after being delisted by Collingwood’s AFL side, while Dandenong Stingrays’ co-captain Campbell Hustwaite looms as a massive inclusion who could put his name up in lights with a big season, while Alex Spencer is the other addition coming from Port Melbourne. Marty Hore and Tom Jok were drafted by Melbourne and Essendon respectively, while Gus Borthwick also departs. The Magpies will hope for a better run of injuries this season with the VFL side stretched at times last year given the amount of AFL players required at AFL level.

Essendon Bombers

Last season: 8th (Preliminary final exit)

Essendon have strategically brought in a number of over-age prospects who did have draft interest over the past two years, with key defender Daniel Hanna and Oakleigh Chargers versatile tall, Matthew Day having plenty of draftable attributes but needing to iron out a few things. Jacob Atley will also share time between Essendon and Bendigo Pioneers in his bid to get drafted with Essendon considering him for an AFL list spot last year. Nick Hind was a whirlwind last season but he will now cross to Sandringham to play with St Kilda’s affiliate, while Alex Boyse also departed the club over the off-season after some draft interest. The Bombers have also picked up former Saint, Ray Connellan, as well as Werribee’s Kurt Aylett and Port Melbourne’s Josh Tynan who should all make important contributions to the club.

Footscray Bulldogs

Last season: 9th

Footscray has bolstered its side ahead of the 2019 season, only losing Jamison Shea to Southport, while Will Hayes got his chance for the Bulldogs’ senior side. Richmond’s Nathan Drummond and Geelong’s Ryan Gardner cross to the club after being delisted last season, while former Carlton AFL player, Dillon Viojo-Rainbow has made the move further west after a stint with Port Melbourne. Interestingly, the Bulldogs have raided St Kevin’s to top up their list, with Sam Barnett, Lachlan Farrugia, Gerard Gleeson and Billy Kanakis all signing onto the club this year. Footscray would hope that the inclusions will be enough to reach the finals after narrowly missing out last year.

Frankston Dolphins

Last season: 14th

The Dolphins had moments returning to the competition for the 2018 season, but ultimately just managed the two wins from 18 games in 2018. Unsuprisingly, Frankston has looked to Sandringham Dragons and Dandenong Stingrays for young talent coming through, while also picking up some former Dragons who were delisted by their respective AFL clubs. Nathan Freeman was a feel-good story last year for the Saints, but his AFL time came to an end, as did Sydney’s Angus Styles who was delisted after one year on the rookie list. Former Stingrays, Riley D’Arcy and Ali Zijai, and former Dragon, Goy Lok all return to Frankston, along with potential Brisbane father-son James Rendell, former Mentone Grammar captain, Harry Houlahan, and Stingrays duo, Aaron Darling – who has had two consecutive knee reconstructions – and Lachlan McDonnell who was unlucky to miss out on being drafted last season. The Dolphins will also help develop St Kilda ruck, Sam Alabakis who was allowed to play for Frankston given St Kilda’s ruck depth who will play at Sandringham.

Geelong Cats

Last season: 3rd (Semi-final exit)

Geelong has made minimal changes to its line-up for the 2019 season, with captain Tom Atkins pulling on the senior blue and white hoops so likely to roll through the VFL team this season, while former Greater Western Victoria (GWV) Rebels midfielder Aiden Domic, has crossed to Werribee. His Rebels teammate, Charlie Wilson joins the club and will provide some firepower in attack. Gippsland Power key defender Kyle Reid comes into the Cats line-up and with a good season could be a chance to be drafted as a 19-year-old given the Cats’ tendency to draft their own state league players and ageing key defenders, while Aaron Black stays at the club after being delisted. The Cats have also headed to the Goulburn Valley to recruit Nik Rokahr and Luke Smith from the Shepparton Bears. The Cats had a terrific season last year, but fell short in finals, exiting in straight sets at the hands of eventual premiers, Box Hill Hawks.

Northern Blues

Last season: 12th

The Northern Blues have bolstered their line-up with some AFL experience, bringing in key defensive duo, Kieran Collins and Alex Johnson. Collins was close to getting a reprieve with the Blues in the AFL, but will bide his time for Carlton’s VFL affiliate, while Johnson was the feel-good story then the heartbreak story of 2018. After multiple knee reconstructions, the former Sydney defender has not given up hope of reaching the highest level again and it will be interesting to see how he fairs in the state league. Hawthorn’s Jonathan O’Rouke also joins the club with some unfulfilled potential, while South Croyden’s Frank Anderson was the name that had a few eyebrows raised when State Combine invites went out last year, but the talented former Eastern Football League star will now get the chance to step up at the higher level.

North Melbourne Kangaroos

Last season: 10th

Not a great deal of change out at North Melbourne, with Alex Morgan staying at the club despite being delisted by the AFL affiliate. Brendan Whitecross will provide invaluable experience after his time at Hawthorn, while former Sydney player, Daniel Robinson also joins the Roos for season 2019. Sam Parson crosses to the club from Box Hill Hawks, while key forward Michael Close, Liam Whelan and Steve Stroobants all depart. The Kangaroos were solid in their debut year last year, finishing 10th and pushing towards a finals birth at times. They did get smashed by the AFL Academy side early in the year, but once North Melbourne gelled, they showed what they were capable of in the competition.

Port Melbourne Borough

Last season: 7th (Elimination final exit)

The 2017 premiers bowed out in the first week of finals last year to eventual premiers, Box Hill Hawks. Like most standalone clubs, the Borough have made plenty of changes to their list, with Kieran Strachan the headline departure after being picked up by Adelaide Crows. Robin Nahas has retired and Dillon Viojo-Rainbow heads to Footscray, while Lucas Cook and Luke Tynan have also left. Into the side comes former Collingwood premiership player, Jarryd Blair, as well as a host of Oakleigh Chargers including Charlie Beasley, Jake Gasper and Xavier Fry. Gasper will replace Nahas as the danger inside 50, while Blair and experienced VFL campaigner, Ben Jolley will be the hard men in the middle with the latter the biggest transfer of the summer. Matthew Signorello has returned to Victoria after being delisted by Adelaide, while former Melbourne player, Dion Johnston has also joined the club. Patrick Veszpremi will try his luck at state level again, returning from Pascoe Vale, while Tom Goodwin (Coburg) and Geordie Nagle (Box Hill Hawks) are some of the VFL talent that have changed clubs to Port Melbourne.

Richmond Tigers

Last season: 1st (Semi-final exit)

It was not a good September for Richmond fans at any level considering two minor premiership led to a straight sets exit and a preliminary final exit. After finishing on top of the table in season 2019, the Tigers looked like going all the way, but as they found out, finals is a different ball game, even for the light technicians and despite some controversy over the finals losses – one they were left in the dark and the second was a brilliance passage of play from Nick Hind in the dying seconds being the difference – they will look to rebound in season 2019.

Sandringham Zebras

Last season: 13th

The Zebras had a disappointing season in 2018, recording a bottom four finish and have subsequently overhauled plenty of their list ahead of the 2019 season. They have made Kai Owens a more full-time member of the side, while Sam Sofronidis, Anthony Seaton, Ryan O’Meara and Nick Stamatis all go through the pathway from Dragons to Zebras. Nathan Wright provides some AFL experience, as does Sam Gilbert who has experienced the atmosphere of AFL Grand Final Day, while Port Melbourne’s Dylan Atkins is another with state league experience invaluable to the Zebras cause. A host of local players round out a long list of additions for season 2019.

Werribee Tigers

Last season: 11th

The Tigers might not have had the best season, finishing in eleventh last year, but they had two players head north to ply their trade with the Gold Coast SUNS. Both Sam Collins and Josh Corbett were pre-listed by the SUNS and will forge AFL careers, while Andrew Hooper and Kurt Aylett both head to the Bombers’ VFL side. While they have lost some experience, the Tigers are arguably the team to watch in season 2019, with AFL experience galore, as well as some seriously talented state league and former TAC Cup stars. Michael Barlow and Max Spencer (Gold Coast), Oscar Junker and Daniel Nielson (North Melbourne), Timm House (Geelong) and Jackson Edwards (Adelaide) return after stints on AFL lists, Barlow the most recognisable name of the lot. Jake Riccardi and Scott Carlin join the club on a full-time basis after playing as 19 year-olds last season, while Ryan Hebron and Josh Clayton are NEAFL players who were in the draft conversation. Key position players, Tom Boyd and Hudson Garoni will straighten the Tigers up, while Western Jets have provided four players to the club, with ball winners, Connor Thar and Jack Watkins, key position utility Hamish Murphy and Nick Stuhldreier all coming to the club. The biggest recruit might be off the field, with 2004 AFL Premiership coach, Mark Williams taking the reigns at Werribee.

Williamstown Seagulls

Last season: 4th (Preliminary final exit)

The narrowest of defeats in the Preliminary Final to eventual premiers Box Hill Hawks might have stung over the summer had the National AFL Draft not rolled around.By the end of November, Williamstown’s Ben Cavarra – a player with a well-documented pathways journey – finally found an AFL home at the Western Bulldogs, while Lachlan Schulz and Brett Bewley remained teammates over in the west with Fremantle. By the AFL season start, Michael Gibbons would become a Blue, making it a mammoth four players drafted by the one club over the off-season, then club legend Ben Jolley departed for rivals Port Melbourne. The Seagulls will undoubtedly drop back a bit with the serious talent that has left the club, but will be proud of the development pathway provided. In saying that, they have brought in North Melbourne’s Mitch Hibberd and Collingwood’s Sam McLarty for some AFL experience, while Joel Ottavi, Nick Mellington, Hisham Kerbatieh and Nick Sing cross from other VFL clubs. From the TAC Cup, Stefan Radovanovic will provide speed and power for the Seagulls, while former Collingwood small Ben Kennedy also joins the club, A team to watch with interest to see how they go given the amount of experience out the door, but always a team to keep an eye on.

Predictions:

Premiers: Werribee
Runner-Up: Port Melbourne
Michael Barlow (Werribee)

Who will the Eagles draft?

The Eagles are in an awkward spot draft wise. They’re a tad too low on the draft board to snare Callum Ah Chee or Ryan Burton, but there’s a chance they may find that a gem does slip through.

Pick 27 (originally 24)

The big fish: Ryan Clarke

Clarke is an exceptional runner, who finds the ball up to 40 times a game purely due to his extreme work rate. He is an excellent clearance player, and he breaks lines with his pace. He can hit the scoreboard, but he is usually unselfish and looking to set up team mates.

Plan B: Luke Partington

Partington is a similar player to former Eagle Matt Rosa, in that he can do most things on the inside or outside to a high standard, but he’s not overly dominant in any one area. Partington is a neat kick, with a bit of speed and he can find the footy.

Pick 36 (originally 31)

The big fish: Mason Redman

Redman is a taller half forward who can do a little bit of everything. He’s a very good mark overhead or on the lead and he adds a bit of class with his kicking. Redman has the versatility to play all over the ground, but he looks most comfortable as a lead up forward.

Plan B: Alex Morgan

While most see Morgan as a defender, he showed some signs that he could potentially be a very damaging small forward. He’s got elite speed, he takes the game on and he can take a strong mark overhead. Morgan has serious upside, and he could replace Josh Hill in the long run.

Pick 55 (originally 61)

The big fish: Gach Nyuon

The Eagles could do with an extra developing ruckman, and Nyuon is the best of the lot at this stage. He’s got an unbelievable vertical leap, and his rate of development has been very encouraging. Nyuon is a reliable user of the football and his athleticism could work very well in tandem with Nic Naitanui.

Plan B: Tom Phillips

Phillips is a 19-year old who can impact a game in just about any position. He wins enough of the football as a midfielder, can plug the hole in defence and he’s a spark when he heads up forward. The issue with Phillips is his ball use, but at this stage of the draft, he offers real value.

Who will Port Adelaide draft?

Brayden Fiorini gets caught in a tackle.
Brayden Fiorini gets caught in a tackle.

The Power again come into the draft in a weaker spot than they would have liked, but they added some nice pieces during the trade period. They will be looking at the best available players at each selection, with a focus on speed and quality ball users a focus.

Pick 37 (originally 32)

The big fish: Brayden Fiorini

Fiorini is a really classy ball user who has become an accumulator over the course of the year. He can play as a defender of outside midfielder to a high level, as his foot skills and endurance stand out. There’s a strong chance he may be picked up a bit earlier than pick 37.

Plan B: Alex Morgan

Morgan is a very quick defender who takes the game on and adds a point of difference to a very structured Power backline. Morgan uses his pace and agility to break out of the back half, and he’s not afraid to try pull off the high risk/high reward kick to open the game up. Morgan has also shown some flair as a small forward.

Pick 45 (originally 49)

The big fish: Nash Holmes

Holmes is a hard working inside midfielder who constantly finds the ball and applies defensive pressure too. He’s a clean user of the football without being a great kick. He plays in a similar fashion to Toby Greene and the Power could do with an extra inside midfielder to bolster their depth.

Plan B: Cameron Hewett

If the Power are interested in a local boy, Hewett adds some intrigue as a tallish inside midfielder with a great grasp of the intangibles. He can win his own ball on the inside, but he has a light frame, so he may take quite some time to develop at the next level. He’s a clean user of the football and he can play in defence too.

Pick 86: Sam Gray (rookie upgrade)

Winners from the AFL Combine

Charlie Curnow. Credit: Brian Bartlett
Charlie Curnow. Credit: Brian Bartlett

The AFL Draft Combine is done and dusted for another year. While many of the top prospects did not test with minor injury issues, there were a few guys who elevated their draft stocks. All the top ten results are listed at the bottom of the article.

Winners
Daniel Rioli
Rioli had the most to gain of anyone in this year’s draft pool. He’d shown a few signs, but recruiters needed to see if his athleticism matched his flare. Rioli tested well in just about everything; with a high relative vertical leap, the second quickest 20 metre sprint (2.89 seconds) as well as winning the repeat sprints, arguably a better test of speed than the 20 metre sprints. Rioli also had the equal sixth quickest three kilometre time trial and he had the third highest score in the clean hands test.

Josh Schoenfeld
He wasn’t a standout in the National Championships in the weak WA side, but Schoenfeld showed enough back then to look like a possible late National Draft prospect. He won both the beep test with an outstanding 16.2 (second highest of all-time) and he broke the three kilometre record, doing it in nine minutes and 15 seconds.

Jacob Weitering
Weitering had nothing to lose or gain from the testing, but everything we knew was confirmed. He ran a 15.1 beep test, good for fifth best. He also came third behind Mabior Chol and Gach Nyoun in the absolute standing and running jump tests.

Jade Gresham
Gresham is a fairly solid athlete, but his best work came in all three of the skills tests. He scored 5/5 in the goal kicking test, as well as hitting 26 out of 30 targets via hand. Gresham came sixth in the kicking test, hitting 21 of 30 targets.

Gach Nyuon
Arguably the best ruckman in the draft, Nyuon performed well in the leaping tests, equalling Nic Naitanui’s record in the absolute running vertical jump and coming second in the absolute standing vertical jump. What was even more impressive was his 2.95 20 metre sprint. We know he’s a good decision maker, but it was great to see his explosive power.

Alex Morgan
The 19 year-old missed plenty of football this year with injuries, but his terrific work across a range of tests at the combine would have helped tick a few boxes for recruiters. He had the second highest relative vertical leap, the quickest 20 metre sprint and the second best agility time.

Darcy MacPherson
The Bulldogs father-son prospect also missed plenty of football this year, but he performed well in a range of areas. His relative running vertical jump was seventh best, while his agility testing and beep test score both were in the top ten. He also came second in the clean hands test and third in the kicking test.

Mitch Hibberd
The Tasmanian blitzed the running tests, coming second in the beep test with a 15.4 and a 10.02 three kilometre time trial. He then got the highest score in the kicking test, with 24/30 and he also nail four out of his five shots on goal.

Charlie Curnow
It was a mixed bag for Charlie Curnow. He disappointed in the 20 metre sprint, with a time of 3.15. Speed was never his strong suit, but he would have hoped for a better time than that. Curnow came tenth in the kicking test, with 21 of 30, which was encouraging as his kicking has been question. He excelled in the endurance testing though, getting a score above 14 in the beep test as well as performing strongly in the three kilometre time trial.

TOP TENS
Absolute standing vertical jump (cm)
Mabior Chol – 334cm
Gach Nyuon – 330
Jacob Weitering – 327
Andre Parrella – 325
Mitch King – 324
Jesse Glass-McCasker – 323
Jack Firns – 322
Matthew Flynn – 321
Callum Moore – 319
Eric Hipwood – 318

Absolute running vertical jump (cm)
Gach Nyuon – 362cm
Mabior Chol – 357
Jacob Weitering – 344
Andre Parrella – 342
Jesse Glass-McCasker – 340
Callum Moore – 340
Matthew Flynn – 339
Eric Hipwood – 338
Liam Jeffs – 338
Harry McKay – 337
Lachlan Tiziani – 337

Relative vertical jump (cm)
Jordan Snadden – 75cm
Alex Morgan – 71
Mitch King – 70
David Cuningham – 70
Lachlan Tiziani – 69
Oleg Markov – 69
Stephen Tahana – 69
Daniel Rioli – 69
Tom Doedee – 68
Jack Firns – 68
Matthew Kennedy – 68
Darcy Tucker – 68

Relative running vertical jump (cm)
Lachlan Tiziani – 97cm
Gach Nyuon – 94
Matthew Kennedy – 91
Mabior Chol – 90
Liam Jeffs – 90
Jordan Snadden – 90
Darcy MacPherson – 89
Blake Hardwick – 86
Hisham Kerbatieh – 86
Callum Moore – 86
Stephen Tahana – 86

20m sprint
Alex Morgan – 2.88 seconds
Kurt Mutimer – 2.88
Liam Jeffs – 2.89
Daniel Rioli – 2.89
Thomas Glen – 2.90
Declan Moutford – 2.90
Callum Moore – 2.91
David Cuningham – 2.91
Hisham Kerbatieh – 2.94
Jordan Snadden – 2.94

30m repeat sprints
Daniel Rioli – 24.15 seconds
Mabior Chol – 24.30
Oleg Markov – 24.32
Thomas Glen – 24.46
David Cuningham – 24.51
Jordan Snadden – 24.54
Wayne Milera – 24.61
Will Snelling – 24.64
Liam Jeffs – 24.74
Luke Partington – 24.76

Agility
Kieran Lovell – 7.90 seconds
Alex Morgan – 8.07
Clayton Oliver – 8.11
Aidyn Johnson – 8.15
Tom Doedee – 8.19
Jesse Glass-McCasker – 8.22
Oleg Markov – 8.23
Will Snelling – 8.24
Darcy MacPherson – 8.24
Ben Crocker – 8.25

Shuttle run (beep test level)
Joshua Schoenfeld -16.2 level
Mitchell Hibberd – 15.4
Darcy Tucker – 15.3
Declan Mountford -15.2
Jacob Weitering – 15.1
Matthew Kennedy – 14.12
Kieran Lovell – 14.10
Will Snelling – 14.10
Tom Cole – 14.10
Oleg Markov – 14.8
Darcy MacPherson – 14.8

Three-kilometre time trial
Joshua Schoenfeld – 9:15 minutes
Thomas Jok – 9:47
Mitchell Hibberd – 10:02
Declan Mountford – 10:04
Brayden Hackett – 10:06
Ben Keays – 10:09
Daniel Rioli – 10:09
Will Snelling – 10:10
Mason Redman – 10:12
Nash Holmes – 10:16

Clean hands test
Kieran Collins – 29 (out of a possible 30)
Darcy MacPherson – 28
Tyrone Leonardis – 28
Daniel Rioli – 27
Rhys Mathieson – 27
Mitch King – 27
Jade Gresham – 26
Bailey Rice – 26
Darcy Tucker – 26
Declan Mountford – 26
Kurt Mutimer – 26
Jordan Snadden – 26

Goalkicking test
Jade Gresham – 30 (out of a possible 30)
Nick O’Kearney – 30
Oleg Markov – 30
Clayton Oliver – 30
Kieran Lovell – 25
Tyrone Leonardis – 25
Matthew Kennedy – 25
Mitchell Hibberd – 25
Liam Jeffs – 25
Eric Hipwood – 25
Matthew Allen – 25
Nick Coughlan – 25
Mitch King – 25

Kicking test
Mitchell Hibberd – 24 (out of a possible 30)
Nick Coughlan – 23
Darcy MacPherson – 22
Thomas Glen – 22
Matthew Allen – 22
Jade Gresham – 21
Nick O’Kearney – 21
Rhys Mathieson – 21
Declan Mountford – 21
Jordan Snadden – 21
Ben McKay – 21
Charlie Curnow – 21

*Thanks to AFL.com.au for the statistics*

2015 TAC Cup GF Player Ratings

Eastern vs. Calder-1

The Oakleigh Chargers went back to back yesterday, but there were only a few standout players. We’ve rated every single player’s performance. 

Oakleigh
2. Jack Whitehead (3)
He didn’t have much of an influence and ended up with eight disposals.

3. Kade Answerth (9)
Answerth had 21 disposals and nine clearances to half-time, but cooled down and finished with 30 disposals and 10 clearances to end the game. His work on the inside was phenomenal, and he clearly beat Ryan Clarke in the middle.

4. Patrick Phillips (8)
Patty Phillips could have been the clear best on ground, but he finished with 2.6. He had 21 disposals and looked extremely dangerous around the goals. Even his misses were exciting, as he did his draft chances no harm.

5. Fraser Pearce (6)
It was not his most dominant display, but he used the ball well between the arcs. Pearce finished with 16 disposals, six inside 50’s and five tackles in a solid effort.

6. Campbell Lane (4)
Lane took six marks and scored two behinds. Despite having 12 disposals, he was relatively anonymous for most of the day.

8. Alex Morgan (6)
Morgan had a very quiet start to the day and couldn’t find the ball in the backline. When the game was in the balance, he headed forward and looked really dangerous in the last quarter. He took a couple of great marks and kicked a goal in the last quarter.

9. Ben Crocker (5)
Crocker was really well held for the first half by Jordan Gallucci and Dylan Clarke. Crocker kicked a goal on the half-time siren and really started to present well in the last quarter. He finished with 11 disposals, six marks and four tackles.

10. Tom Phillips (7)
Started off like a house on fire, kicking two terrific first quarter goals. He showed a lot of X-factor and stood up really well while the captain Crocker was nullified. Ended up with 18 disposals and did a bit of everything.

12. David Cunningham (7)
20 disposals, seven marks, six inside 50’s and three clearances for the speedster. He wasn’t dominant, but he was clean with ball and seemed to be pretty solid across all four quarters.

14. Michael Wenn (7)
The ruckman finished with 35 hitouts and nine disposals. He didn’t have much of an impact around the ground, but he gave Answerth first use early on which was very important.

15. Sam McLarty (4)
A very quiet day for the big man, with just the 10 disposals. Eastern went with a small line up, so he ended up heading forward in the third quarter but couldn’t really make an impact. He took a very strong mark in a pack in the opening minutes but was barely sighted after that.

16. Harvey Hooper (6)
Hooper was okay, with 13 disposals and four tackles. He generally used the ball well in between the arcs, and kept presenting as a link up target all day.

21. Lachlan Walker (8)
A great display from one of Oakleigh’s unsung heroes. He finished with 20 disposals, a goal and four inside 50’s. His best work was in tight, with his five clearances being very effective, as well as five tackles.

24. Jack Firns (4)
Firns didn’t have an obvious match up, like McLarty and Whitehead. Firns was generally solid, with nine disposals and three tackles.

25. Daniel Beddison (3)
A pretty poor day from Beddison. The medium sized Eastern forwards in Blake Hardwick and Jayden Stephenson had the better of the Beddison when he played on them.

27. Jack Roughsedge (6)
He didn’t win a heap of the football, with 12 disposals, but he made up for it with six tackles and four clearances.

28. Patrick Kerr (2)
Despite kicking a goal and a behind early on, Kerr was very quiet. He finished with four disposals.

31. Taylin Duman (6)
A promising day for the 17 year-old, finishing with 17 disposals, four inside 50’s and three rebound 50’s. He worked really well in tandem with Fraser Pearce as link up players.

40 – Lachlan Sullivan (7)
A good day for Sullivan, with 20 disposals, five tackles and four clearances. He was excellent early on when Oakleigh got on top.

48 – Harry Thompson (6)
He was fairly quiet around the ground, but he had a good purple patch where he kicked two goals in a few minutes. He gave Wenn a decent chop out in the ruck and applied pressure, finishing with four tackles.

57. Dion Johnstone (4)
Johnstone did a little bit almost everywhere, but couldn’t find it as much as he would have liked, finishing with nine disposals.

66. Lachlan Bryne-Jones (7)
The little guy continued his excellent finals form, with 15 disposals, six marks and a handful of rebounds. He was really good with the ball in hand.

Eastern
1. Jayden Cyster (6)
His running was excellent, as he burst through the middle to overlap on several plays. His kicking wasn’t as good as he would have liked, but he was the one player to create some movement when the play became stagnant.

6. Tom Jacotine (3)
Was a non-factor for most of the game. He did a bit of rebounding off half back, but he didn’t have a lot of hurt factor from seven disposals.

7. Jordan Gallucci (6)
Gallucci tried to do a bit too much with it and got caught out a few times. He only had the eight touches, but he was excellent in nullifying Ben Crocker, and his defensive game was excellent.

11. Bryce Batty (5)
Batty missed most of the second half with a dislocated wrist, but before that he was very productive. He finished with 11 disposals and was excellent on the inside as usual.

12. Dylan Clarke (7)
Clarke rotated with Gallucci on Ben Crocker, and for the most part, Clarke won the battle. He had a few nice spoils, and found enough of it himself, finishing with 14 disposals and a few tackles too.

14. Anthony Brolic (7)
I thought he was one of the best for the Ranges, finishing with 18 disposals and six rebounds.

15. Liam Jeffs (4)
A very quiet game from Jeffs, finishing with 11 disposals. He got smashed on the inside and couldn’t hurt Oakleigh when he did find the football.

18. Aaron Cotte (8)
Cotte was probably Eastern’s best, as he played a big role in their third-quarter come back. He finished with 20 disposals and a nice goal, and his work on the inside and outside was excellent. He’s just a really hard worker.

19. Josh Hannon (2)
Really looked out of sorts today. He looked unsure where to lead, and was a non-factor up forward. He looked a bit better in the ruck, but he fumbled quite a bit. A dark day for a promising player.

20. Ryan Clarke (5)
Despite having 18 disposals and six tackles, Clarke was convincingly beaten in the middle. His run was taken away, he was bumped every time he had the ball and in the end he had to head forward.

21. Darcy Crocker (8)
Crocker worked tirelessly all day, with his eight tackles being a game high. He finished with 19 disposals and five clearances.

22. Ryan Harvey (4)
It was not a great day for the skipper, finishing with just nine disposals. He tried hard, winning a few clearances and he pushed hard between the arcs, but he went missing.

24. Jack Maibaum (4)
The full back didn’t have his best day, but he battled hard. Maibaum provided a bit of a chop out in the ruck, and applied plenty of pressure against a quicker and smaller forward line.

26. Blake Hardwick (7)
It was a pretty good day for Hardwick, as he worked hard around the clearances. His best work was in the third quarter where he kicked some really important goals. He finished the day with 3.2 and 16 disposals.

27. Beau Mitchener (7)
Mitchener actually played quite well after being beaten in the first quarter. Ended up with 33 hitouts, but he was also pretty good around the ground, with 14 disposals and four inside 50’s.

33. Kane Keppel (3)
It was not a great day for the usually solid Keppel. He didn’t keep his feet twice when he needed to, and that ended up in scoring opportunities.

37. Callum Brown (4)
Gavin’s son was lively in bursts, kicking an excellent goal and helping out on the inside. But he was quiet for most of the day with just seven disposals.

51. Haydn Stanley (5)
Stanley did a solid job off half back with six rebounds and 13 disposals, but his ball use was pretty average.

54. Joel Garner (3)
Garner had just seven disposals and no real influence on the game.

56. Jayden Stephenson (7) was the best forward target for the Ranges, as he took contested marks and provided a real goal scoring threat. Finished the day with three goals and six marks from eight disposals. Another terrific game from the 16 year-old.