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Rayner and Constable power Metro home in Vic derby

POSSIBLE no.1 pick Cameron Rayner has powered Vic Metro to victory over arch rivals Vic Country at Punt Road Oval on Saturday.

The Vic Metro midfielder was strong from the opening bounce finishing with 21 disposals in Vic Metro’s 22-point victory.

Rayner bagged three first half goals helping Metro out to a 11-point lead before Country fought back and were able to level the scores in the third term.

Led by captain Joel Garner (24 disposals) in the second half, Vic Metro were far too strong for Country – able to execute their skills on the outside.

Rayner was prominent in the AFL Academy’s 20th year celebration game at the MCG and has carried his form into the Under 18 Championships, winning the ball in the midfield and pushing forward using his strength – often throwing out a ‘don’t argue’ to his opponents.

Richmond father-son Patrick Naish (24 disposal & nine marks) showed his dash across half back in one of his better games for the season. Naish was also able to push forward and booted two goals.

After being left out of Metro’s opening game, Charlie Constable was superb with a match-high 31 disposals and six inside 50s, in a role across half forward and through the midfield.

In what was a game filled with fumbles, Constable was clean with ball in hand in the hot contest.


Lachlan Fogarty returned from injury, booting two goals across half forward, laying 12 tackles at the contest, to finish with 24 disposals.

It was the battle of inside midfielders at the contest, with Vic Country’s Luke Davies-Uniacke, James Worpel and Paddy Dow battling hard against Metro’s Dylan Moore, Jack Higgins and Adam Cerra.

Geelong Falcons small forward Gryan Miers was also promising for Vic Country, with 24 disposals and two goals.

Worpel’s ferocious tackling was on show, laying a team high 10 tackles – making it 21 tackles for the Under 18 Championships so far. Worpel had 25 disposals and was Country’s most consistent for the day.

Davies-Uniacke showed why he is a candidate for the no.1 pick, with his strength at the stoppages enabling him to dispose of the ball whilst being tackled.

His goal at the start of the second quarter saw him burst from the centre bounce, running forward and slotting to goal from outside 50.

Paddy Dow started multiple scoring chains, with his good work in at the stoppages – showing his burst of speed to get the ball moving forward.

Dylan Moore again found plenty of the ball in the Metro midfield, spreading well pushing his name into the eyes of recruiters.

Jack Higgins‘ ball winning continued, racking up 30 disposals in the midfield. Higgins booted a fantastic goal close to the pocket and celebrated truly infront of the large crowd that congregated in front of the food stalls at Punt Road.

Adam Cerra’s pinpoint pass in the opening quarter was a highlight and his work around the ground was very good.

Scotch’s Will Sutherland showed why he will be a high selection should football come first over cricket, with multiple marks in the forward half and was willing to crash the packs. Sutherland marked truly close to goal in the opening quarter and converted the chance.

Country midfielder Lochie O’Brien was lifted his output after half time, with 18 disposals running hard on the wing in the second half. His dash on the outside was a reason that Country were able to remain in the contest – but they were outclassed by the better skilled team on the day.

Both teams will converge at Etihad Stadium on Friday, with Vic Country playing Western Australia at 2.10pm, while the undefeated Vic Metro team plays South Australia at 4.40pm.
VIC METRO                  4.1      9.2      12.5           15.7 (97)
VIC COUNTRY              4.1     7.3      10.7           11.9 (75)                   

VIC METRO: Rayner 3, Moore 2, Higgins 2, Fogarty 2, Naish 2, Cerra, Stephenson, Sutherland, M.King
VIC COUNTRY: Miers 2, Handley 2, Worpel 2, Davies-Uniacke, Daniels, De Koning, Williams, Johnston

Constable, Rayner, Garner, Higgins, Naish
VIC COUNTRY: Worpel, Dow, Miers, Davies-Uniacke, Daniels

Sons prepare to follow in their fathers footsteps

AFTER a thin year for father-son selections last year with just five players selected in 2016, the next two seasons will provide plenty of interest as to whether a number of household names can follow in their father’s footsteps and play AFL football.

Josh Daicos and Callum Brown made their way to Collingwood last year, while Jake Waterman was picked up with the final pick of the AFL National Draft. Adelaide won the heart of Ben Jarman in the rookie draft, while Sam Simpson headed to Geelong.

2018 will be particularly of interest with as many as 15 eligible father-son selections, including a number of which are tied to various northern academies, making the nomination process that bit more interesting. In 2017 however, there are a number of familiar names, led by Patrick Naish and Jackson Edwards.

Naish is the son of Richmond forward Chris who represented the yellow and black on 143 occasions, booting 212 goals from 1990-1997. Chris also played 18 games for Port Adelaide over the next two seasons. His son has already impressed as a bottom-ager, patrolling the half-back line and showing signs he could become a quality player. He reads the ball well and positions himself accordingly. He is good overhead and is able to move well through traffic, which is what we hope to see more of in 2017. Naish played predominatly across half back for the Northern Knights, but it was at school football for Ivanhoe Grammar where Naish impressed in 2016 – showing his smarts inside 50 kicking goals and working through the inside of the midfield.

Edwards is the son of Adelaide stalwart Tyson, who nutted out a whopping 321 games, playing in the Crows’ two premierships in 1997-98. His son looks destined to pull on his dad’s former jumper at West Lakes. Edwards is a left footer with clean ball skills who has played most of his football for Glenelg on the outside or across half back. Edwards collected 19 disposals and kicked a goal in the Under 17 All-Stars game at Punt Road Oval on Grand Final day last year as one of Team O’Loughlin’s better players. In last weekend’s South Australian Under 18 trial, Edwards played more of a role on the inside of the midfield and pushing forward to take marks.

South Australian U18 Internal trial scouting notes

Lachlan Harris is another likely type, tied to Brisbane through father-son with dad Leon moving to the club as a part time scout following his time as Vic Country under 18s talent manager. Harris is on the Sandringham Dragons’ list and the small has the ability to play as either a small defender or a small forward. For his school Caulfield Grammar in 2016, Harris was mostly tasked with the role of kicking the ball out of defence. Harris has elite speed and was timed at 2.83s for the 20 metre sprint, coming in second place overall at TAC Cup testing in 2016. Harris has also spent time with the Lions over the summer.

Other eligible father-sons in 2017 include Josh Broderick who could join Naish at the Tigers and follow in dad Paul’s footsteps; Devlin Brereton is eligible to join Hawthorn with the Hawks the only one of three clubs father Dermott played enough games for during his famed career; Tyler Brown could join brother Callum at the Pies; and Liam Hickmott could forge a career in navy Blue should Carlton select the son of Adrian.

For Cats fans, 2018 could be a bumper draft with a record number of father-sons potentially available to the club. Oscar Brownless (Billy), Lochlan Hocking (Garry), Baxter Mensch (David) and Bailey Scott (Robert) could all don the dark blue and white hoops in 2019. However Scott might be more of a challenge to win over, with North Melbourne able to select him under father-son as well, while Scott is a member of the Gold Coast Academy too.

Speaking of North Melbourne, the Kangaroos could also be bolstered by a number of father-sons in 2018, with Nick Blakey (John) and Joel Crocker (Darren) both already looking like top-end prospects. Crocker will be only available to the Roos, but Blakey, like Scott has more than one potential home. Father John played enough games for Fitzroy and North to qualify for both the Kangaroos and the Lions while Blakey is a member of Sydney’s Academy.

If Brisbane can win over Blakey, then the Lions can match the Cats with four father-sons in 2018 given Jake Bradshaw (Daniel), James Rendell (Matt) and Casey Voss (Michael) are all eligible to head to Brisbane. Other father-sons include Mason Fletcher (Dustin, Essendon), Zac Hart (Adelaide, Ben), Will Hickmott (Adrian, Carlton), Will Kelly (Craig, Collingwood), Ben Silvagni (Stephen, Carlton) and possibly the top pick of the group along with Crocker, Rhylee West (Western Bulldogs, Scott).

2017 eligible:

Devlin Brereton (son of Dermott) Hawthorn

Josh Broderick (Paul) Richmond

Tyler Brown (Gavin) Collingwood

Jackson Edwards (Tyson) Adelaide

Lachlan Harris (Leon) Brisbane

Liam Hickmott (Adrian) Carlton

Connor McLeod (Andrew) Adelaide

Patrick Naish (Chris) Richmond

2018 eligible:

Nick Blakey (son of John) Brisbane/North/Sydney [2018]

Jake Bradshaw (Daniel) Brisbane [2018]

Oscar Brownless (Billy) Geelong [2018]

Joel Crocker (Darren) North [2018]

Mason Fletcher (Dustin) Essendon [2018]

Zac Hart (Ben) Adelaide [2018]

Will Hickmott (Adrian) Carlton [2018]

Lochlan Hocking (Garry) Geelong [2018]

Will Kelly (Craig) Collingwood [2018]

Oskar Manton (Glenn Carlton [2018]

Baxter Mensch (David) Geelong [2018]

James Rendell (Matt) Brisbane [2018]

Bailey Scott (Robert) North/Geelong/GC [2018]

Ben Silvagni (Stephen) Carlton [2018]

Casey Voss (Michael) Brisbane [2018]

Rhylee West (Scott) Western Bulldogs [2018]

Have we missed anyone? If we have – let us know @AFLDraftCentral

2014 Draft Profile: Jayden Foster


Jayden Foster (Calder Cannons)
Height: 194 cm
91 kg
Position: Key forward
Player comparison: Jack Gunston

Foster is a 19-year-old prospect who led the TAC Cup goal kicking in 2014, with 49 goals in 16 games. With an average of just over three goals per game for the Cannons, who finished second, most would assume that Foster is a dominant key forward. On the contrary, Foster is a role player, who capitalises on the opportunities he is given.

Foster of course shared a forward line with Peter Wright. Working alongside Wright allowed Foster to understand the value of spacing within a forward line. This was crucial, as you can see Foster understands where to lead and when he should double back. His reading of the play is immaculate, and combined with his separation off the lead, Foster can often find himself taking easy chest marks 30 metres out from goal.

Foster is great at ground level too. He often kicks opportunistic goals, so even when he isn’t getting much delivery, his output is still solid.

One of the best aspects of Foster’s game is his contested marking. His 25 contested marks in 16 games is very solid. Considering he plays out of the goal square, his forward 50 contested marking all of a sudden become extremely dangerous, as his set shots come from less than 40 metres out.

The most impressive aspect of Foster’s game is his goal kicking. His 49 goals came with just eight behinds. He is a sharp shooter, although those stats are skewed because he kicked many from close range.

At AFL level, Foster should be groomed into the secondary or third tall option, as he isn’t the type to build a forward line around. This is in fact a good thing, as his game works well around many different game plans. His skill set is adaptable to all different situations, which should see him as a very solid pick. The Bulldogs will be kicking themselves that they couldn’t take him as a rookie.

AFL Bloodlines: Moore unfazed by expectations


Photo: Michael Klein

A deep, distinctive bellowing voice echoed through the stands as the Oakleigh Chargers ran out at Visy Park on a muggy, overcast Sunday morning for the first game of the TAC Cup season. The deep war cry of “c’mon boys, here we go!” forced onlookers to immediately turn to discover a towering 204 centimetre, 94 kilogram giant who cut an imposing figure. That man was none other than Oakleigh’s captain Darcy Moore.

It is no secret that Moore is the son of 172-game Collingwood legend, Peter Moore, whose feats included a Brownlow Medal in 1979, back-to-back Copeland Trophies and led the clubs’ goal kicking twice. He earned All Australian selection in his Brownlow year and also captained the club from 1981-1982, before being inducted into the AFL Hall of Fame in 2005. Moore also played a total of 77 games and won a second Brownlow Medal in his time at Melbourne, but Moore Snr. who has always been a passionate Collingwood man, has passed those traits onto his son, who is equally as passionate about the club his father was considered to be an icon.

Speaking to TAC Cup Radio post-game last Sunday, Moore said the weight of being the son of one of Collingwood’s most decorated players, has been something he has taken in his stride throughout his life. “Yeah look, I’ve had it since I was bloody 10 years old, so I’m pretty used to it,” Moore grinned. “It’s not a weight on my shoulders anymore, it’s a part of life really. We’ve all got two arms and two legs, I’ve just got some handy football pedigree in my blood which helps out a little bit.”

Expectation is something the Moore has carried with ease. The high-profile father-son prospect is the most prodigious talent linked to Collingwood since Travis Cloke’s arrival in 2004. Vic Metro high performance manager Anton Grbac was bullish about Moore’s talents when he spoke with the Herald Sun last month. “On the ground he is fiercely competitive. He can mark the ball, read the play, his skills are very sound and he can play at both ends. Clubs look for those prototypical mobile forwards and he really is that” Grbac said.

For some time, Moore has largely remained an enigma – a player whose talents match his imposing figure – but hasn’t quite established, nor delivered on the hype that has surrounded him. Injury ruined his 2013 season as a bottom-aged player for the Chargers, which resulted in hip surgery and Moore opting to take time out to focus on his year 12 studies at Carey Grammar. Although he returned late in the year, he never really clicked into gear with a lack of conditioning and by his own admission, not 100 per cent fit.

Moore also broke his toe and had surgery on his finger in separate and unrelated injuries, but after a full preseason and an overseas holiday in November; the key position prodigy attacked the preseason with vigour. Moore said he was already feeling refreshed and healthy after a faultless summer campaign that had seen him grow four centimetres and put on an extra nine kilograms, filling out his already massive frame. “It’s the first time I’ve time I’ve really put the work in (over preseason), and it’s just been great.”

“I’m really feeling it (the benefits), especially the last six-to-eight weeks of really full-on training, and I’m feeling really well conditioned and I’ve just proved it then,” after his best on ground effort against the Northern Knights, where he kicked three third quarter goals which kick-started a memorable come-from-behind victory.

“I’m really proud of the boys”, Moore said. “We spoke before the game that we’ve put in four-and-a-half months of hard work, and that’s what you do it for – to come away 1-0 and feeling really fresh heading into round two, so it’s a good start.”

In a team that was blown out of the water in the first quarter, Moore’s leadership and courage were what kept the Chargers in the game. Starting at centre half back, Moore flew for marks, crashed packs, threw his weight around and offered aggression and mongrel, always playing the percentages and directing play. However in the second half, Moore was thrust forward into his natural, centre half forward position and it came with immediate affect. Two contested marks – one of which one was a pack-mark -resulted in two goals in as many minutes that not only changed the momentum of the game, but also gave the Chargers the lead for the first time that afternoon.

From then on, Moore spent much of the second half moving between both key posts, putting on a master class and was a formidable force in the air, setting up goals at one end, then continuing to stop them at the other. In a best afield effort, Moore finished with 14 disposals, eight marks (five contested) and three goals, but it was his desperation in the air and at ground level that goes unnoticed on the stats sheet, but summed up the selfless leader that he is.

His leadership both vocally and physically spurred on his teammates to record a stunning come-from-behind win after an ordinary start to the game, which left the Chargers with a four goal deficient at quarter time, before a 10-goal to five second half onslaught.

Darcy Moore is the prototype of the modern day player who can play at both ends of the ground. He is an elite contested mark and has a faultless set-shot technique which rarely lets him down. He has shown an appetite to compete in the ruck, whilst further enhancing his draft stocks. His strong bubbly character combined with his leadership both on and off his field make him a suitable role model for aspiring footballers.

Regarded as a top five talent ahead of this year’s National Draft, you get the feeling that with the number 30 currently vacant at the Westpac Centre, it might just be sitting in the Pie-warmer, expecting Moore’s arrival as an almost certain father/son selection; to fulfil the fairy-tale his family as well as Collingwood supporters have long dreamt of.