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2021 NAB League Boys Player of the Week: Round 2

DANDENONG Stingrays’ Connor Macdonald has earned the Draft Central NAB League Boys Player of the Week for Round 2 following a standout performance in Dandenong’s gallant loss to the Greater Western Victoria (GWV) Rebels. The versatile talent drove the ball forward on many occasions, standing up against a strong Rebels side at Queen Elizabeth Oval, and winning the fan vote for the nomination against Oakleigh Chargers’ Nick Daicos.

Macdonald racked up a round-high 33 touches, as well as 10 marks, 10 inside 50s, 12 tackles and three rebound 50s in what could almost be described as an Australian rules football version of a quadruple-double. The 18-year-old stands at 184cm and backed up an impressive first round effort – where he kicked two goals – to influence the contest with his run and work rate around the ground.

In the 2021 season, Macdonald is averaging 28.5 disposals, 7.0 marks, 6.5 inside 50s, 7.5 tackles and has booted 2.4, beginning the year in great form. He has grown at least five centimetres from his Under 16s year, where he managed to play three games, averaging 7.3 disposals, 1.0 marks, 1.7 inside 50s and 1.3 tackles per game in 2019.

Dandenong Stingrays take on Sandringham Dragons on Saturday, April 17 at Trevor Barker Oval from 2:15pm, before the month off begins for the NAB League Boys, and the Stingrays hosting the Gold Coast Suns Academy at 2:15pm on Saturday, May 22.


Round 1: Tyler Sonsie (Eastern Ranges)
Round 2: Connor Macdonald (Dandenong Stingrays)

2021 NAB League Boys Player of the Week: Round 1

EASTERN Ranges’ Tyler Sonsie has earned the Draft Central Round 1 NAB League Boys Player of the Week nomination after winning the vote against fellow Top 10 talent, Oakleigh Chargers’ Josh Daicos in the AFL Draft Central Facebook group. Sonsie is one of the few draft-eligible talents in his 18th year who did get to debut at NAB League level a couple of years ago, playing six games in 2019.

Being integral in Eastern Ranges’ push to the 2019 NAB League Boys Grand Final Sonsie averaged 11 disposals, 2.0 marks, 1.7 clearances, 2.3 inside 50s, 2.3 tackles and booted three goals from his bottom-age season. After missing out on playing last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sonsie made up for lost time with a huge effort in Eastern’s big win over Calder Canons on the weekend.

Sonsie had a round-high 34 disposals to go with six marks, six inside 50s, two tackles, two rebounds and two goals in a complete performance. The 18-year-old talent is one of the smoothest movers with nice skills and composure, and will be one of a number of Vic Metro midfielders looking to bring the AFL Under 18 Championships title back to Victoria.

Scouting notes:

By: Ed Pascoe

“Sonsie reminded everyone why he is considered one of the top five prospects in the 2021 draft with a dominant display in the midfield, showing his trademark attacking nature and class in a strong four-quarter performance. Sonsie was a clearance specialist in the first quarter, winning plenty of the ball in-close and dishing off cleanly by hand. It wasn’t his usual style of winning the ball and attacking by foot, but he was effective nonetheless…. [ READ FULL SCOUTING NOTES ]

Eastern Ranges have a tough ask in Round 2, going up against a hungry Oakleigh Chargers side that fell short against Sandringham Dragons in Round 1. The match will take place from 1:30pm at Preston City Oval, before the Ranges cross the Bass Strait to take on Tasmania Devils on the Apple Isle in Round 3.


Round 1: Tyler Sonsie (Eastern Ranges)

Draft Central Player of the Week: NAB League Boys – Round 16

OAKLEIGH Chargers’ midfielder Lochlan Jenkins is the Round 16 Draft Central Player of the Week for NAB League Boys, taking out the Facebook vote against Greater Western Victoria (GWV) Rebels’ Jay Rantall. Jenkins picked up a round-high 35 disposals for the Chargers in their win over Western Jets, and becomes a remarkable fourth Charger to be nominated as Player of the Week for 2019. He joins the likes of Noah Anderson, Matt Rowell and Trent Bianco – all of whom were unavailable in the weekend’s match due to a mixture of school football and injury, which allowed Jenkins to step up and play a pivotal role in the midfield.

The 177cm bottom-ager amassed 35 disposals, two marks, five tackles, 10 inside 50s and booted a goal in his clear best performance for the year. His previous highest disposal and inside 50s tallies were 27 and six respectively. In season 2019, Jenkins is averaging 18.8 disposals, 2.1 marks, 2.1 tackles, 3.1 inside 50s and 1.0 rebounds, whilst booting 3.3. He has played every game this year as a bottom-ager and looms as an important player in the Chargers’ line-up for next season, as well as the looming finals series. Jenkins also becomes only the second bottom-ager to be nominated for Player of the Week after Sam Conforti in Round 7.


ROUND 1: Noah Anderson (Oakleigh Chargers)
ROUND 2: Mitch Mellis (Eastern Ranges)
ROUND 3: Matt Rowell (Oakleigh Chargers)
ROUND 4: Tom Green (GWS GIANTS Academy)
ROUND 5: Zakery Pretty (Eastern Ranges)
ROUND 6: Trent Bianco (Oakleigh Chargers)
ROUND 7: Sam Conforti (Bendigo Pioneers)
ROUND 8: Darcy Cassar (Western Jets)
ROUND 9: Lucas Rocci (Western Jets)
ROUND 10: Jordan Jaworski (Eastern Ranges)
ROUND 11: Darcy Chirgwin (Sandringham Dragons)
ROUND 12: Jye Chalcraft (Murray Bushrangers)
ROUND 13: Matt McGuinness (Tasmania Devils)
ROUND 14: Josh D’Intinosante (Northern Knights)
ROUND 15: Angus Hanrahan (Sandringham Dragons)