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2019 AFL Draft club review: West Coast Eagles

A PREMIERSHIP 12 months ago, another finals series and a huge inclusion over the off-season with Tim Kelly crossing from Geelong, West Coast was always going to be a quiet achiever in the AFL Draft period. The Eagles picked up two players – both West Australian as predicted by Draft Central prior to the draft – as well as a second Claremont player in the Rookie Draft, and a massive slider who could be the steal of the draft. West Coast also redrafted a couple of their delistees to put them back on the rookie list.

WEST COAST:

National Draft:
49. Callum Jamieson (Claremont/Western Australia) | 199cm | 84kg | Ruck/Forward
58. Ben Johnson (West Perth/Western Australia) | 178cm | 68kg | Small Defender

Rookie Draft:
11. Anthony Treacy (Claremont/Western Australia) | 182cm | 69kg | Medium Forward
25. Mitch O’Neill (Tasmania/Allies) | 176cm | 72kg | Balanced Midfielder
33. Brendon Ah Chee (West Coast Eagles)
39. Hamish Brayshaw (West Coast Eagles)

Entering the AFL National Draft at Pick 49, West Coast opted to go tall by plucking out local ruck, Callum Jamieson. Considered the fourth best ruck in the draft crop and the clear best available by the selection, Jamieson is an overager who is a year further advanced compared to his peers. At 199cm and 84kg he could still add more size to his frame but is more readymade than some other big men in the draft crop. He works hard around the ground and is more mobile than many might think, able to not only roam around the ground as a ruck, but go forward and rest to provide a leading target inside 50. He is strong overhead and whilst being a long-term prospect the Eagles fans might not see for a little bit, he will get plenty of experience working under Nic Naitanui.

With the second selection, the Eagles chose running defender Ben Johnson who might be small at 178cm, but he has a penetrating kick that is eye-catching as much as it is damaging to the opposition. At Pick 58, Johnson looms as good value and hailing from West Perth does not need to relocate for his senior football, staying in Western Australia. Like Jamieson, Johnson is lightly built and at 68kg and will need to spend a year in the gym adding size to his frame to compete against the stronger small forwards. He is most damaging with his offensive output through rebounding and running, though can play accountable football in the back half as a defensive player.

Looking to the Rookie Draft, the Eagles picked up late bloomer, Anthony Treacy and draft slider, Mitch O’Neill. Treacy, who rose all the way from the amateurs to have a good season with Claremont in the WAFL showing off his skills and decision making in the forward half. O’Neill similarly has terrific skills and decision making and might have been overlooked due to his 176cm and 72kg size, as well as his on-and-off ankle injuries. But without a doubt if O’Neill lives up to his potential, the dual All-Australian could make a lot of clubs look silly and be the value pick of this draft with his versatility and clean hands among his standout traits. Given that he was considered a first rounder by some prior to the season, Eagles fans should be over the moon to snaffle the Tasmanian at Pick 25 in the Rookie Draft. The Eagles concluded their draft period by redrafting Brendon Ah Chee and Hamish Brayshaw.

Overall, the Eagles were able to stay local for three of their four picks, then grabbed O’Neill to add class and massive value at that selection, making the most of a draft where their picks were not ideal.

2019 National AFL Draft: Round 2-5 selections

WITH Round 1 selections done and dusted on Wednesday night, Thursday hosted the remainder of the 2019 AFL National Draft, as we look a the top Australian rules talent being picked up across Australia. Below is every pick from the beginning of Round 2 with plenty of analysis to come on Draft Central over the next week.

For picks 1-21, check out the Round 1 Selections.

ROUND 2

Pick 22 – Brisbane Lions – Deven Robertson (Perth/Western Australia) | 184cm | 81kg | Inside Midfielder
Pick 23 – Port Adelaide – Dylan Williams (Oakleigh Chargers/Vic Metro) | 186cm | 81kg | Medium Forward
Pick 24 – Adelaide Crows – Harry Schoenberg (Woodville-West Torrens/South Australia) | 182cm | 83kg | Inside Midfielder
Pick 25 – Port Adelaide – Jackson Mead (Woodville-West Torrens/South Australia) | 183cm | 83kg | Balanced Midfielder
Pick 26 – Sydney Swans – Will Gould (Glenelg/South Australia) | 192cm | 106kg | Tall Defender
Pick 27 – Gold Coast SUNS – Jeremy Sharp (East Fremantle/Western Australia) | 189cm | 81kg | Midfielder/Defender
Pick 28 – Adelaide Crows – Josh Worrell (Sandringham Dragons/Vic Metro) | 195cm | 83kg | Key Position Utility
Pick 29 – Hawthorn – Finn Maginness (Sandringham Dragons/Vic Metro) | 189cm | 82kg | Inside Midfielder
Pick 30 – Essendon- Harrison Jones (Calder Cannons/Vic Metro) | 196cm | 78kg | Key Position Utility
Pick 31 – North Melbourne – Charlie Comben (Gippsland Power/Vic Country) | 199cm | 84kg | Ruck
Pick 32 – Melbourne – Trent Rivers (East Fremantle/Western Australia) | 188cm | 83kg | Defender/Midfielder
Pick 33 – Brisbane Lions – Brock Smith (Gippsland Power/Vic Country) | 189cm | 82kg | Tall Defender
Pick 34 – North Melbourne – Jack Mahony (Sandringham Dragons/Vic Metro) | 178cm | 72kg | Midfielder/Forward
Pick 35 – North Melbourne – Flynn Perez (Bendigo Pioneers/Vic Country) | 188cm | 81kg | Outside Midfielder
Pick 36 – Sydney Swans – Elijah Taylor (Perth/Western Australia) | 188cm | 77kg | Medium Forward
Pick 37 – Brisbane Lions – Keidean Coleman (Brisbane Lions Academy/Allies) | 183cm | 75kg | Medium Defender
Pick 38 – Essendon – Nick Bryan (Oakleigh Chargers/Vic Metro) | 202cm | 87kg | Ruck
Pick 39 – Sydney Swans – Chad Warner (East Fremantle/Western Australia) | 183cm | 83kg | Inside Midfielder
Pick 40 – Collingwood – Jay Rantall (GWV Rebels/Vic Country) | 185cm | 83kg | Balanced Midfielder
Pick 41 – Geelong – Francis Evans (Calder Cannons/Vic Metro) | 182cm | 78kg | Medium Forward
Pick 42 – Adelaide Crows –  Ronin O’Connor (Claremont/Western Australia) | 192cm | 83kg | Inside Midfielder
Pick 43 – Richmond – Noah Cumberland (Brisbane Lions Academy/Queensland) | 183cm | 79kg | Medium Utility
Pick 44 – Richmond – Will Martyn (Brisbane Lions Academy/Queensland) | 185cm | 83kg | Outside Midfielder

ROUND 3

Pick 45 – Collingwood – Trent Bianco (Oakleigh Chargers/Vic Metro) | 178cm | 73kg | Midfielder/Defender
Pick 46 – Richmond – Hugo Ralphsmith (Sandringham Dragons/Vic Metro) | 188cm | 75kg | Forward/Midfielder
Pick 47 – Carlton – Sam Ramsay (Calder Cannons/Vic Metro) | 180cm | 72kg | Balanced Midfielder
Pick 48 – Adelaide Crows – Lachlan Gollant (Calder Cannons/Vic Metro | 191cm | 72kg | Outside Midfielder
Pick 49 – West Coast Eagles – Callum Jamieson (Claremont/Western Australia) | 199cm | 84kg | Ruck
Pick 50 – Geelong – Cameron Taheny (Norwood/South Australia) | 185cm | 80kg | Medium Forward
Pick 51 – GWS GIANTS – Jake Riccardi (Werribee/VFL) | 194cm | 96kg | Key Forward
Pick 52 – St Kilda – Ryan Byrnes (Sandringham Dragons/Vic Metro) | 182cm | 84kg | Balanced Midfielder
Pick 53 – Western Bulldogs – Louis Butler (Sandringham Dragons/Vic Metro) | 185cm | 75kg | Medium Defender
Pick 54 – Richmond – Bigoa Nyuon (Dandenong Stingrays/Vic Country) | 195cm | 87kg | Key Position Utility

ROUND 4

Pick 55 – Collingwood – Trey Ruscoe (East Fremantle/Western Australia) | 192cm | 75kg | Defender/Midfielder
Pick 56 – Essendon – Ned Cahill (Dandenong Stingrays/Vic Country) | 179cm | 78kg | Small Forward
Pick 57 – Hawthorn – Josh Morris (Woodville-West Torrens/South Australia) | 186cm | 76kg | Medium Forward
Pick 58 – West Coast Eagles – Ben Johnson (West Perth/Western Australia) | 178cm | 68kg | Small Defender
Pick 59 – Brisbane Lions – Jaxon Prior (West Perth/Western Australia) | 189cm | 82kg | Tall Defender
Pick 60 – Gold Coast SUNS – Jy Farrar (Adelaide SANFL/South Australia) | 191cm | 79kg | Tall Utility
Pick 61 – Fremantle – Minairo Frederick (Woodville-West Torrens/South Australia) | 183cm | 71kg | Outside Midfielder
Pick 62 – Western Bulldogs – Riley Garcia (Swan Districts) | 177cm | 70kg | Balanced Midfielder

ROUND 5

Pick 63 – Essendon – Lachlan Johnson (Oakleigh Chargers) | 176cm | 74kg | Small Utility
Pick 64 – St Kilda – Leo Connolly (Gippsland Power) | 181cm | 74kg | Outside Midfielder
Pick 65 – GWS GIANTS – Tom Hutchesson (Adelaide SANFL/South Australia) | 177cm | 75kg | Outside Midfielder

2019 AFL Draft Preview: Fremantle Dockers

HOLDING one of the strongest draft hands heading into the 2019 AFL Draft, Fremantle is in a terrific position to continue its build up the ladder to try and break back into the top eight. The Dockers were strong players in trade week, bringing in Blake Acres and James Aish, while Ed Langdon and Bradley Hill departed the club, all up leaving six spots open on the club’s list. With two top 10 picks and Pick 22 sure to name three quality stars – one of which will be Liam Henry – the Dockers are primed to add some quality talent back on its list. After a host of retirements and delistings as well as the departures, the Dockers could use the draft to pick up some speed and skill around the ground particularly through the middle. A ruck would not go astray with Aaron Sandilands and Scott Jones both departing, while some extra firepower up forward at the feet of the key position players would also be handy.

CURRENT PICKS: 7, 10, 22, 58, 69, 79, 83

NEXT GEN ACADEMY/FATHER-SONS PROSPECTS – COMBINE INVITES: Liam Henry, Isaiah Butters and Leno Thomas (all NGA)

LIST NEEDS:

Outside midfielder with speed and skills
Small/medium forward
Ruck

FIRST PICK OPTIONS:

It is an interesting scenario for Fremantle coming into the draft at Pick 7. It is expected the Dockers should be safe from having to match a bid on Henry at this selection, so they can pick safe in the knowledge he fills a need by himself when he heads there not too long after the selection. Western Australia (WA) Under-18 Championships winning captain and Larke Medallist Deven Robertson might come into the thinking, possessing the speed required but still being predominantly inside. Dylan Stephens fits a perfect need and would be a perfect choice for the Dockers to team up with Henry over a decade on either wing, while one would think Luke Jackson would at least be a fleeting glance with the speed and skill important, but the lack of ruck options in the draft might see the Dockers grab the WA ruck. With Pick 10 so close, it would be ideal if Fremantle can survive to that pick without a bid on Henry which is certainly possible, just not guaranteed.

LIVE TRADE OPTIONS:

Fremantle is one of the favourites to get down and trade on draft night with the Henry bid certainly a talking point. With Tom Green the only likely player to be taken ahead of Henry in terms of Academy selections, and Finn Maginness not far behind, the Dockers might look to trade down from Pick to be able to match Henry while gaining an extra selection. If they know say Carlton at Pick 9 will bid on Henry, they could look to do a deal with the Blues, or potential leapfrog them and talk to Melbourne at Pick 8. Given the Demons’ next pick is 97, it will need to likely involve a selection from next year coming back the other way with the Dockers not going to give up Pick 22 and 10 for 8, while the Demons will not want to drop two places in the top 10 for the bonus of Pick 58. They could also look to package up 10 and 22 for for a couple of picks in the teens, such as Geelong’s 14 and 17, enabling them to match Henry, while upgrading their third selection.

REMAINING CROP:

After Fremantle has decided what to do with Pick 10, and likely have picked up a couple of top-end prospects as well as the incredibly talented Henry, the Dockers have a couple of selections to play with later in the draft. They might eye off local ruck, Callum Jamieson to fill the ruck void if Jackson was off the board by their selection early, or Charlie Comben or Nick Bryan if they have slipped to their Pick 58. Some outside speed and skill that might be available late is the likes of Ben Johnson, Josh Shute or even Isaac Wareham, while to fill roles up forward, Jai Jackson, Callum Park or Josh Morris might fancy them at those selections. Lachlan Williams is another interesting pick that could land somewhere in the back-end of the draft and he fills roles up both ends. They have some decisions to make, but it will be fascinating to watch them.

Top athletes star at National Draft Combine

AFTER a huge year of football, the nation’s top footballers battled it out for athletic honours last week at the National Draft Combine. A number of top-end talents took out individual tests, while others put their name forward to recruiters because of improvement in certain areas.

Gut-running Greater Western Victoria (GWV) Rebels’ athlete Jay Rantall took out both the 2km time trial and the yo-yo test, sharing the latter with Geelong Falcons’ co-captain Cooper Stephens. In the speed tests, it was Northern Knights’ Sam Philp who clocked a speed of 2.867 seconds in the 20-metre sprint to take it out, with West Australian Ben Johnson the only other player to record under 2.9 seconds. Top five hopeful, Hayden Young took out the agility test, bettering his pre-season effort to record a lightning quick 7.940 seconds to be the sole player under eight seconds. For the jumps, it was Miles Bergman and Brady Rowles who impressed the most. Bergman took out the standing vertical jump with a 77cm effort, four more than Rowles. But with a run-up it was Rowles taking the honours with a massive 98cm jump, eight more than Bergman who was second.

Vertical jump (cm)

Miles Bergman 77
Brady Rowles 73
Ben Johnson 70
Daniel Mott 70
Cody Weightman 69
Sam Flanders 69
Lachlan Williams 69
Sam Philp 69
Nick Bryan 69

Agility (seconds)

Hayden Young 7.940
Elijah Taylor 8.005
Thomson Dow 8.061
Trent Rivers 8.100
Oisin Gallen 8.197
Chad Warner 8.203
Sam Flanders 8.206
Noah Cumberland 8.208
Connor Budarick 8.242
Dylan Stephens 8.245

20m sprint (seconds)

Sam Philp 2.867
Ben Johnson 2.885
Malcolm Rosas 2.924
Mitch Georgiades 2.925
Noah Cumberland 2.931
Finn Maginness 2.957
Harrison Jones 2.963
Jeremy Sharp 2.966
Brady Rowles 2.968
Dylan Stephens 2.972

Running vertical jump (cm)

Brady Rowles 98
Miles Bergman 90
Sam Flanders 88
Cian McBride 87
Lachlan Williams 86
Hugo Ralphsmith 86
Jaxon Prior 85
Nick Bryan 85
Oscar Lewis 83
Kysaiah Pickett 83
Cody Weightman 83
Will Day 83
Brady Rowles 83
Cooper Stephens 83
Harrison Jones 83

Yo-Yo test (level)

Jay Rantall 21.8
Cooper Stephens 21.8
Connor Budarick 21.6
Chad Warner 21.6
Oscar Lewis 21.5
Sam Philp 21.5
Lachlan Ash 21.4
Harrison Jones 21.4
Finn Maginness 21.4
Trey Ruscoe 21.4
Riley Baldi 21.3
Sam Flanders 21.3
Matt Rowell 21.3
Jeremy Sharp 21.3

2km time trial results (min:sec)

Jay Rantall 5:50 minutes
Finn Maginness 5:51
Dylan Stephens 6:01
Louis Butler 6:09
Hugo Ralphsmith 6:12
Jeremy Sharp 6:12
Connor Budarick 6:15
Jai Jackson 6:15
Will Martyn 6:16
Ned Cahill 6:17
Matt Rowell 6:17
Noah Anderson 6:17
Cooper Stephens 6:17
Cian McBride 6:17

Scouting notes: WAFL Colts – Preliminary Final

The Claremont Football Club will take on Peel Thunder in the 2019 Simply Energy WAFL Colts Grand Final after they defeated West Perth by 21 points in the Preliminary Final at Fremantle Community Bank Oval.

Below were the best players in the game.

CLAREMONT:

#3 Leno Thomas

The Fremantle Next-Generation Academy was at his sublime best in the back line for the Tigers. He read the play exceptionally well and intercepted many of the attacking entries by West Perth. When rebounding out of the defensive area, Thomas was aggressive with ball in hand, often penetrating the opposition’s defensive mechanisms with his speed and skill.

#5 Ronin O’Connor

The Marist Junior was his brutal self in the midfield, often throwing his big frame around to win the contested possession for his team. He finished with 17 possessions, six tackles and three marks in a powerful performance.

#6 Cameron Anderson

The Wesley College student was dynamic off the half-back line for the Tigers, providing a heap of attacking drive from the defensive half. He accumulated 11 possessions, laid three tackles, recorded three inside 50s, took two marks and kicked a goal in a dazzling performance.

#8 Jack Buller

The Christ Church Grammar student was solid for the Tigers, playing in a variety of roles. At centre half-back, Buller was powerful in one-on-one contests, was strong in the aerial contest and rebounded the ball with class. When pinch-hitting in the ruck, he was aggressive around the stoppages and he even drifted forward to kick a goal.

#14 Jack Cooley

The 2016 WA U15s State Schoolboy representative was at his powerful best in the stoppages for the Tigers. He collected a team-high 21 possessions, recorded five inside 50s, took four marks and laid three tackles to be one of the better midfielders on the ground.

#16 Anthony Davis

The former Level 1 AFL Academy member was excellent off the half-back line for Claremont, intercepting many of West Perth’s attacking forays. He finished with 17 possessions, six marks, three inside 50s and two goals to arguably be Claremont’s best player.

#22 Jye Clark

The Albany product showed why he is considered to be one of the best midfielders in this year’s WAFL Colts competition. Despite playing with an injured wrist, Clark accumulated 17 possessions, recorded five inside 50s, took two marks and laid two tackles, in a resolute performance.

#25 Callum Jamieson

The North Beach Junior played a solid game for the Tigers. Against the Falcons, Jamieson collected 11 possessions, won 18 hit-outs, laid four tackles and recorded three inside 50s to show why he was a deserving recipient of a National Combine invite.

WEST PERTH:

#3 Ben Johnson

The Whitford Junior produced that a performance that highlighted why he deserves to be attending the National Combine. Against the Tigers, Johnson accumulated 21 possessions, took four marks and laid four tackles to be amongst his team’s best. He set up many attacking opportunities for the Falcons, due to his penetrating kicks.

#6 Callum Johnson

The 17-year-old continued to enhance his reputation as a big-game player with yet another outstanding finals performance. Against the Tigers, Johnson collected 27 possessions, laid nine tackles, took five marks, recorded five inside 50s and kicked a goal. In this year’s final series, Johnson averaged 28 possessions, nine tackles, three marks and three inside 50s.

#18 Tyron Hindmarsh

The Ocean Ridge Junior continued his excellent season with another dominant outing. Against the Tigers, Hindmarsh gathered a game-high 31 possessions, laid three tackles, recorded three inside 50s, and took two marks to be amongst the best players. His clearance work as well as his contested possession winning ability were real features of his game.

#19 Kellen Johnson

The 2018 WA U16s State Academy member showed why he is considered to be one of the better medium-defenders for next year’s crop with another superb performance. He gathered 12 possessions, took three marks and laid three tackles to be one of his team’s best.

#20 Koopah Todd

The 2018 WAFL Colts Encouragement Award winner showed why he is considered to be one of the premier wingmen in this year’s WAFL Colts competition and deserving of the 2019 Jack Clarke Medal as the best and fairest player in the competition. Against the Tigers, Todd finished with 25 possessions, eight marks, seven inside 50s, three tackles and a goal to arguably be his team’s best player. His aerobic capacity combined with his kicking make him a damaging player.

#23 Zak Patterson

The 2019 WA U18s State Academy member showed why he is considered to be amongst the premier ruckmen in this year’s WAFL Colts competition. Against Claremont, Patterson collected just nine possessions, but won 36 hit-outs, laid six tackles and recorded three inside 50s to arguably be the best ruckman on the ground. He could be shaping up to be a smoky for the draft.

#25 Heath Chapman

After being announced as one of the eight WA players to play in the AFL U17s All Stars game, Chapman showed why he is such a highly rated prospect for next year. He collected 13 possessions, took two marks and laid two tackles, often mopping up in defence. When under significant duress, Chapman was always composed and made sound decisions with ball in hand.

Victoria leads way with National Combine invitees

VICTORIA has dominated this year’s NAB AFL Draft Combine List, with 44 of the 79 invites hailing from the state, including a remarkable 11 players from Sandringham Dragons. Vic Metro led the way despite finishing on the bottom of the table at the National Under-18 Championships, with 23 players making the list, followed by title runners-up Vic Country (21), while overall winners Western Australia (16), and South Australia (13) both reached double-figure invites. Of the Allied states, Queensland had three nominees, followed by New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory (NSW/ACT) with two, as Northern Territory and Tasmania both had the sole nomination each. Players must have been invited by at least four clubs to receive an invite to the national combine, which will be held from Tuesday, October 1-Friday October 4. The state combine lists are usually released over the next few months.

Among the list are five Northern Academy-aligned players with GWS Academy’s Tom Green and Liam Delahunty, Brisbane Lions’ Noah Cumberland and Will Martyn, and Gold Coast’s Connor Budarick. Also receiving invites are father-son prospects Jackson Mead (Port Adelaide) and Finn Maginness (Hawthorn), and the Fremantle Next Generation Academy (NGA) member Liam Henry.

Sandringham’s haul of 11 players includes Darcy Chirgwin (Vic Country) as well as double-digit Vic Metro representatives, Jack Bell, Miles Bergman, Louis Butler, Ryan Byrnes, Oscar Lewis, Maginness, Jack Mahony, Fischer McAsey, Hugo Ralphsmith and Josh Worrell. Oakleigh Chargers and Gippsland Power was the next most with six apiece, Dandenong Stingrays with five and Bendigo Pioneers with four.

In Western Australia, East Fremantle dominated the 16 nominees, picking up six as Jai Jackson, Luke Jackson, Trent Rivers, Trey Ruscoe, Jeremy Sharp and Chad Warner all named. In South Australia, Woodville-West Torrens had four representatives with Mead, Josh Morris, Kysaiah Pickett and Harry Schoenberg all receiving an invite. Just seven players came from the Allies squad, with Green and Tasmania’s Mitch O’Neill the top prospects.

A couple of players proving that missing out on representative selection is not the end of the AFL Draft dream are Northern Knights’ Sam Philp and Oakleigh Chargers’ Cooper Sharman. Philp has been in great form in the NAB League Boys competition, whilst Sharman has been plucked from under former AFL coach Rodney Eade’s nose to bolt up into draft calculations.

2019 NAB AFL Draft Combine list
NSW/ACT

Liam Delahunty (GWS Academy)
Tom Green (GWS Academy)

NORTHERN TERRITORY

Malcolm Rosas (NT Thunder)

QUEENSLAND

Connor Budarick (Gold Coast Academy)
Noah Cumberland (Brisbane Lions Academy)
Will Martyn (Brisbane Lions Academy)

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Will Day (West Adelaide)
Karl Finlay (North Adelaide)
Will Gould (Glenelg)
Dyson Hilder (North Adelaide)
Jackson Mead (Woodville-West Torrens)
Josh Morris (Woodville-West Torrens)
Callum Park (Glenelg)
Kysaiah Pickett (Woodville-West Torrens)
Harry Schoenberg (Woodville-West Torrens)
Josh Shute (Sturt)
Dylan Stephens (Norwood)
Cameron Taheny (Norwood)

TASMANIA

Mitch O’Neill (Tasmania Devils)

VIC COUNTRY

Lachlan Ash (Murray Bushrangers)
Riley Baldi (Gippsland Power)
Ned Cahill (Dandenong Stingrays)
Darcy Chirgwin (Sandringham Dragons)
Jesse Clark (Geelong Falcons)
Charlie Comben (Gippsland Power)
Sam De Koning (Dandenong Stingrays)
Thomson Dow (Bendigo Pioneers)
Sam Flanders (Gippsland Power)
Brodie Kemp (Bendigo Pioneers)
Flynn Perez (Bendigo Pioneers)
Fraser Phillips (Gippsland Power)
Jay Rantall (GWV Rebels)
Brady Rowles (Bendigo Pioneers)
Caleb Serong (Gippsland Power)
Brock Smith (Gippsland Power)
Cooper Stephens (Geelong Falcons)
Isaac Wareham (GWV Rebels)
Cody Weightman (Dandenong Stingrays)
Lachlan Williams (Dandenong Stingrays)
Hayden Young (Dandenong Stingrays)

VIC METRO

Noah Anderson (Oakleigh Chargers)
Jack Bell (Sandringham Dragons)
Miles Bergman (Sandringham Dragons)
Trent Bianco (Oakleigh Chargers)
Nick Bryan (Oakleigh Chargers)
Louis Butler (Sandringham Dragons)
Ryan Byrnes (Sandringham Dragons)
Darcy Cassar (Western Jets)
Josh Honey (Western Jets)
Emerson Jeka (Western Jets)
Harrison Jones (Calder Cannons)
Oscar Lewis (Sandringham Dragons)
Finn Maginness (Sandringham Dragons)
Jack Mahony (Sandringham Dragons)
Fischer McAsey (Sandringham Dragons)
Daniel Mott (Calder Cannons)
Sam Philp (Northern Knights)
Hugo Ralphsmith (Sandringham Dragons)
Matt Rowell (Oakleigh Chargers)
Cooper Sharman (Oakleigh Chargers)
Ryan Sturgess (Northern Knights)
Dylan Williams (Oakleigh Chargers)
Josh Worrell (Sandringham Dragons)

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Riley Garcia (Swan Districts)
Mitch Georgiades (Subiaco)
Liam Henry (Claremont)
Jai Jackson (East Fremantle)
Luke Jackson (East Fremantle)
Callum Jamieson (Claremont)
Ben Johnson (West Perth)
Ronin O’Connor (Claremont)
Jake Pasini (Swan Districts)
Jaxon Prior (West Perth)
Trent Rivers (East Fremantle)
Deven Robertson (Perth)
Trey Ruscoe (East Fremantle)
Jeremy Sharp (East Fremantle)
Elijah Taylor (Perth)
Chad Warner (East Fremantle)

Western Australia dashes Vic Metro’s title hopes with 17-point win

WESTERN Australia (WA) got its AFL Under 18 Championships off to the perfect start with a 17-point victory over Vic Metro at Lathlain Park.

WA 2.6 | 4.9 | 9.12 | 12.14 (86)
VIC METRO 2.2 | 4.5 | 5.7 | 10.9 (69)

GOALS
WA:
Henry 3, Johnson 2, Taylor 2, Thorne 2, Bennell, Rivers.
VM: Worrell 4, Jones 2, Rowell, Bianco, Honey, Dean.

BEST
WA:
Robertson, L. Jackson, Garcia, Rivers, Ruscoe, Pasini, Henry, Sharp, Taylor, Warner
VM: Rowell, Worrell, Mott, Butler, Sturgess, McAsey, Bianco

WA got off to a blistering start when Elijah Taylor took a strong contested mark inside 50 on the end of a Riley Garcia pass. Taylor went back and coolly slotted the first goal of the game, but Josh Worrell scored the reply for the visitors. WA then missed a host of chances, and Harrison Jones made them pay when he slotted Vic Metro’s second goal of the game. Late in the quarter, Jarvis Pina won himself a free kick, played on immediately and speared a pass to Callum Jamieson. Jamieson in turn, then found Jai Jackson inside 50. Jackson duly converted his set shot to give the Sandgropers a four-point lead at quarter time.

At the start of the second quarter, Liam Henry out-marked his opponent before playing on and drilling through his first goal of the game. Under siege for a period, Vic Metro tried to rebound the ball out of their defensive 50 via a number of handballs, but came unstuck when Ryan Bennell stole the ball off them, weaved his way past a couple of defenders and nailed another goal for WA. Matt Rowell and Worrell both kicked late goals to keep Vic Metro within touching distance of the home team.

After the main break, the Sandgropers came out firing with Trent Rivers kicking a long-range bomb in the second minute of the third term. Defender Ben Johnson then nailed two goals from outside 50 after receiving handballs from players who had just taken marks. Liam Henry and Tyrone Thorne both kicked goals soon after to give the home team a five goal lead at three quarter time.

Taylor produced a moment of magic early in the last quarter, when he gathered the ball, evaded an opponent, shrugged off another opponent and kicked brilliant snap from 50 metres. Worrell (twice) and Josh Honey kicked goals for the visitors, but Thorne and Henry both scored instant replies to push the margin back out to 23 points. In the dying stages of the game, Trent Bianco kicked a consolation goal for the visitors.

Captain Deven Robertson led the way for the Sandgropers with 31 possessions, seven clearances, five rebound 50s, five marks and four inside 50s. He was well supported by Garcia (21 possessions and seven clearances), Luke Jackson (12 possessions, 35 hit-outs and six clearances) and Rivers (22 possessions and a goal).

For Vic Metro, Rowell showed why he is considered a top three prospect, trying his heart out in the middle to will his team over the line. He finished with 24 possessions, eight clearances, six inside 50s and a goal. Other notable performers for the Big V included Worrell (18 possessions, six marks and four goals), Daniel Mott (24 possessions and eight clearances) and Louis Butler (23 possessions and seven rebounding 50s).

Next week WA host South Australia at Optus Stadium, while Vic Metro will use the bye to try and freshen up for their encounter with the Croweaters at Alberton Oval in Round 3 of the AFL Under 18 National Championships.

Scouting notes: WAFL Colts – East Fremantle vs. West Perth

IN what was arguably the match of the round, West Perth overcame East Fremantle by five points at New Homes Choice Park. Considered as a finals preview, there was a host of players who stood up.

Below were the best players from each team.

EAST FREMANTLE

#2 Michael Wright
In a powerful display, the Chapman Valley product proved he is one of the premier midfielders in this year’s WAFL Colts competition. He accumulated 23 possessions, took five marks, laid five tackles, recorded two inside 50s and kicked a goal to be one of East Fremantle’s best.

#10 Trent Rivers
The East Fremantle captain tried his heart out to try and drag his team to victory. He gathered 27 possessions (12 contested), took 10 marks, recorded nine inside 50s, laid four tackles and kicked two goals to arguably be East Fremantle’s best player. Playing as an inside midfielder, Rivers threw his body into every stoppage to win the ball for his team and was able to dish it out to his outside runners. His drafts stocks continue to soar every week.

#16 Chad Warner
The Willetton junior showcased why he is one of the best midfielders in this year’s WAFL Colts competition. In a dazzling display, he gathered a game-high 29 possessions (18 contested), won six clearances, took six marks, laid two tackles, recorded two inside 50s. He also kicked a goal from outside 50 in the first quarter.

#18 Chris Walker
The Fremantle Dockers’ Next-Generation Academy member was excellent off the half-back line for East Fremantle. He finished with 16 possessions, eight inside 50s, six marks and five tackles. Like Richmond star Nick Vlastuin, Walker is a medium sized defender who is excellent at intercepting the opposition’s attacking forays.

#23 Luke Jackson
Against the Falcons, Jackson produced a performance that indicated why he is considered a first-round prospect in this year’s AFL draft. Opposed to Zak Patterson, he finished with 17 possessions, 28 hitouts, six inside 50s, five clearances, five marks and two goals.

WEST PERTH

#3 Ben Johnson
The 2016 WA State Schoolboys’ representative was exceptional for the Falcons in their victory over the Sharks. He accumulated 20 possessions (12 contested), laid six tackles, recorded four inside 50s, took three marks and kicked a goal to be one of the Falcons’ best players.

#7 Jaxon Prior
Stationed at centre half-back, Prior was instrumental in the Falcons’ victory. He accumulated 23 possessions, took nine marks, laid six tackles and recorded four inside 50s in an inspiring performance. Like Fremantle’s rising star Luke Ryan, Prior is a medium-sized defender who has a strong aerial ability and an elite understanding of the game , enabling him to effectively intercept many of the opposition’s attacking forays.

#18 Tyron Hindmarsh
The Ocean Ridge product was outstanding in the midfield for the Falcons. Going head-to-head with Chad Warner, Hindmarsh accumulated a team-high 28 possessions, laid 11 tackles, won seven clearances, and took seven marks to arguably be the best player on the ground.

#23 Zak Patterson
The Joondalup-Kinross junior was outstanding in the ruck against East Fremantle. Opposed to Luke Jackson, Patterson finished with 15 possessions, 19 hit-outs, three marks, two tackles and a goal in an entertaining duel. Patterson looms as a draft smoky when his excellent athleticism, elite ruck craft and raw potential are considered.

#25 Heath Chapman
A bottom-age prospect, Chapman did his draft chances for 2020 no harm with a classy performance against the Sharks. Playing on the half-back line, Chapman gathered 21 possessions, took seven marks and laid three tackles to be a pivotal player in the Falcons’ victory.

Western Australia announces 40-player squad for National Under 18 Championships

EAST Fremantle has dominated the National Under 18 Championships list for Western Australia, with nine players included in the main squad, and a further two train-one players making it 11 from a 40-player squad. The next highest representation comes from Swan Districts with six main squad players and one train-on player, one more than Claremont and West Perth. Perth has five players, while Subiaco has three and Peel Thunder two.

The Western Australia side includes nine bottom-agers in the team, as well as seven over-agers. Among the top players to keep an eye on this season, East Fremantle has a couple of potential top 10 selections in ruckman, Luke Jackson and running winger, Jeremy Sharp, while Jack Buller (Claremont), Deven Robertson (Perth), and Riley Garcia and Jake Pasini (Swan Districts) are others to watch. With a consistent team across the board, expect Western Australia to be very competitive at the championships as they have been the last few years.

Claremont [6]: Cameron Anderson, Jack Buller, Liam Henry, Callum Jamieson+, Ronan O’Connor, Joel Western*
East Fremantle [9+2]: Owen Dann* (TO), John Garlett+ (TO), Jai Jackson, Luke Jackson, Reuben McGuire, Max Murphy+, Trent Rivers, Trey Ruscoe, Jeremy Sharp, Brandon Walker*, Chad Warner
East Perth [0]: Nil.
Peel Thunder [2]: Jarvis Pina+, Tyrone Thorne
Perth [5]: Regan Clarke, Logan McDonald*, Nathan O’Driscoll*, Deven Robertson, Elijah Taylor
Swan Districts [6+1]: Jermari Daly (TO), Riley Garcia, Denver Grainger-Barras*, Nathan Ireland+, Jake Pasini, Ty Sears*, Zane Trew*
Subiaco [2+1]: Mitchell Georgiades (TO), Tristan Hobley+, Nicholas Martin
West Perth [4+2]: Heath Chapman (TO), Ryan Hudson, Ben Johnson, Michael Mallard* (TO), Zak Patterson+, Jaxon Prior.

* Bottom-age (2002 birth)
+ Over-age (2000 birth)
TO = Train-on, can be elevated to main squad over the championships

Western Australia’s National Under 18 Championships fixture:

vs. Vic Metro at Lathlain Park, June 8.
vs. South Australia at Optus Stadium, June 15.
vs. Allies at Alberton Oval, June 22.
vs. Vic Country at Marvel Stadium, July 3.

Western Australia weekly wrap: Swan Districts survive Claremont scare to retain lead on WAFL Colts

SWAN Districts has overcome a plucky Claremont side, while Subiaco had to fight hard to knock off East Fremantle in a round of mix results for the West Australian Football League (WAFL) Colts competition.

Claremont 8.8 (56) defeated by Swan Districts 9.7 (61)

A fadeout in the second half has seen Claremont just miss out on causing one of the upsets of the season, going down to Swan Districts by five points. The Tigers led at the main break, having booted five goals to three in the opening half, but a goalless third term which saw the Black Swans pile on four goals ultimately turned the momentum. While Claremont booted three of the final five goals, the damage was done, just missing out on a memorable win.

Mitchell Bain was the highest disposal winner, notching up 25 touches, one mark, three inside 50s and laying seven tackles for the winners, while Sebastian Bright had 19 disposals, five tackles and booted a goal. Jarrod Brockbend was their only multiple goal kicker with two goals from 10 disposals, three marks and eight tackles, while Kade Wallrodt was frenetic with his tackling, laying nine to go with his 15 disposals, eight marks and a goal.

For the Tigers, Corey Hitchcock found the ball 26 times, took three marks and laid seven tackles as well as booting a goal, while also being in the umpires good books with four free kicks. Thomas Baldwin was prolific with 25 disposals, five marks and seven tackles, while Isaac Barton was one of the best going inside 50, pumping the ball into the forward line six times to go with his 22 disposals, three marks and nine tackles. Jordon Reid was good around the ground in the ruck, amassing 15 disposals and 22 hitouts, while Benjamin Schuhkraft booted three goals to be the key goal scorer on the day.

 

Subiaco 14.11 (95) defeated East Fremantle 12.10 (82)

After losing a string of games following a strong start to the season, Subiaco has held off a brave East Fremantle outfit to record a 13-point win. Trailing at quarter time by four points, the Lions booted five goals to three in the second term to take a nine-point advantage into the main break. The Sharks hit back with three goals to one after the long break to lead by 10 points with a quarter to go. Fearing an upset, Subiaco stormed home with an impressive six goals to three final term, also kicking five behinds in what could have been a larger margin.

With his brother impressing for Western Australia, Liam Hickmott went to work for the Lions, notching up 32 disposals, two marks, six tackles and two inside 50s, while Tristan Hobley recorded 28 disposals, five marks, two tackles and three inside 50s. Subiaco’s best through the midfield was arguably Taj Schofield, who had 24 disposals, three marks, four tackles, six inside 50s and booted 2.2 in a good day out. Up forward it was another day out for Jack Mayo who slammed home six goals from 13 disposals and seven marks in a big game, while Zane Shellabear Healey had 24 disposals, four marks and two inside 50s.

For the Sharks, Trent Rivers was the top disposal winner with 22 disposals, six marks, five tackles, two inside 50s and a goal, while Corey Robinson had 20 disposals, two marks, four tackles, six inside 50s and also booted a goal. Nicholas Watson was prolific in the ruck with 20 hitouts from 14 disposals, while Dane Jenzen had a game-high seven inside 50s, and Ethan Brown was the only multiple goal kicker for East Fremantle.

 

Perth 4.5 (29) defeated by South Fremantle 13.18 (96)

With their top-end talent away on state representative duty, Perth succumbed to bottom four side South Fremantle in a one-sided affair. The Demons failed to score in the opening term and by half-time, the Bulldogs had opened up a 35-point lead. Never looking back, South Fremantle put the foot down in the second half, piling on 6.12 to 2.4 to run away with the match by 67 points. The match was best summarised by the lopsided inside-50 count of 55-21.

Not a huge individual possessions side, Tom Blechynden topped the winners’ disposal list with 20 touches, six marks and four inside 50s. But it was hard to look past Luke Moore for the best on ground, booting a mammoth seven goals from 13 disposals, seven marks and two tackles, while Thomas Weston also had multiple shots on goal, but kicked four behinds from 15 disposals and 15 hitouts. Enrique Aiken-Featherstone had 19 disposals, four marks and laid a match-equal-high tackles with nine, while Jack Fenton was the prolific ruck on the ground with 31 hitouts and six inside 50s.

For Perth, Zac Casey was the clear stand out with 29 disposals, five marks, eight tackles and three inside 50s, while Connor Sing kicked a goal to go with his 19 disposals, three marks and three tackles. Simon Hayward and Austin Davis both had 19 disposals and laid five tackles, while Zak Tanner worked hard in the ruck for 26 hitouts and eight disposals.

 

Peel Thunder 12.16 (88) defeated West Perth 8.6 (54)

Peel Thunder has claimed a comfortable win over West Perth on the back of a solid four-quarter performance. Dominating the inside-50 count, Peel always looked in control and booted six goals to four in each of the halves, including six goals to two in the second and fourth quarters.

James Sturrock had a day out with a round-high 36 disposals, nine marks, eight tackles and six inside 50s for the winners, while Jackson Perry was also prolific with 27 disposals, seven marks, two tackles, two inside 50s and 1.3. Jacob Hewett notched up 20 disposals, six marks, four inside 50s and booted a goal, while Lachlan Cullen was the key man up forward with four goals from nine disposals and six marks. Billy Chambers had 24 hitouts and 13 disposals in the ruck, while Jarvis Pina had five inside 50s and six tackles to go with his 17 disposals.

For the losers, Nathan Murray had the highest disposal tally to go with eight marks and five tackles, while Ben Johnson (23 disposals, four marks) and Brayden Templeton (22 disposals, three marks and eight tackles) were the other big ball winners. Callum Johnson booted three goals from 11 disposals and four inside 50s, while Lachlan Rewell also had multiple goals to go with his eight touches and three marks.