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Weekend wash-up: SANFL Women’s – Semi-finals

THE reigning premiers are back in the decider after a 13-point win over minor premiers, Norwood – South Adelaide’s second win over the Redlegs in three rounds – while North Adelaide breathed a sigh of relief, coming back from a four-point final break deficit against Glenelg to ensure their premiership dream remains alive.

NORTH ADELAIDE 2.0 | 2.1 | 2.1 | 4.1 (25)
GLENELG 0.3 | 2.5 | 2.5 | 3.5 (23)

GOALS:

North: Kelly Barltrop 2, Brittany Perry, Leah Tynan.
Glenelg: Ellen Fauser, Melinda Speechley, Tasja Batzavalis.

DISPOSALS:

North: Lauren Daniel 17
Glenelg: Ebony Marinoff 38, Cass Hartley 17, Samantha Franson 16, Caitlin Gould, Ellie Kellock, Chelsea Packer 15.

A herculean effort from Ebony Marinoff and Glenelg was not enough for the Tigers to cause an upset win over North Adelaide in the do-or-die semi-final on Friday. The underdogs conceded the first two goals of the game with Leah Tynan and Kelly Barltrop getting the Roosters on top in the first term, before majors to Ellen Fauser and Melinda Speechley saw the Tigers hit the front at half-time by four points. The third quarter was a titanic struggle with neither side able to score such was the intensity and defensive pressure, and the Rooster fans were feeling nervous still down at the final break having scored one behind since quarter time. Luckily their fears were put to bed early in the fourth with Brittany Perry putting her side in front, before Barltrop booted her second a couple of minutes later to five them an eight-point lead. Tasja Batzavalis picked a good time for her first league goal in the tenth minute and the margin was back to two points. Unfortunately for the Tigers despite their best efforts they were not able to breakthrough and the Roosters breathed a sigh of relief knowing the next two weeks were going to be tough. North Adelaide shared the ball around in the win, with Lauren Daniel amassing a team-high 17 disposals, as well as two marks, two clearances, two inside 50s and four tackles. Amber Ward won 14 touches, laid five tackles and had two rebounds, while Perry worked hard between the arcs with four clearances, four rebounds and three inside 50s, while laying six tackles and having 13 disposals. Barltrop made the most of her opportunities with two goals from six disposals. The clear standout player on the ground to no-one’s surprise was Marinoff, who broke her own league disposal record for a third consecutive week, amassing 38 disposals, taking nine marks (two contested), eight clearances, five inside 50s, four rebounds and laying nine tackles. Cassie Hartley also had 17 touches, while Samantha Franson was fierce around the stoppages with 16 touches, four clearances, three inside 50s and a game-high 12 tackles. Caitlin Gould was busy in the ruck with 24 hitouts, three clearances, seven inside 50s and five tackles as well as 15 disposals. It was a promising season for Glenelg but the Tigers now bow out, while the Roosters face Norwood next week for a spot in the decider.

SOUTH ADELAIDE 2.1 | 4.2 | 4.2 | 5.4 (34)
NORWOOD 0.2 | 1.2 | 3.3 | 3.3 (21)

GOALS:

South: Teah Charlton 2, Tamara Page, Jessica Kirk, Tiffany Copley.
Norwood: Kate Fenton 2, Matilda Zander.

DISPOSALS:

South: Nicole Campbell 16, Nikki Gore
Norwood: Najwa Allen 20, Hannah Dunn 18, Hannah Priest 17, Sally Riley 15

It was the game talked up as the biggest of the weekend, but South Adelaide almost put the result to bed in the first half, piling on four unanswered goals – including two to Teah Charlton – to lead by as much as 24 points late in the second term. Matilda Zander gave the minor premiers a glimpse of hope in the dying minutes of the second term with the Redlegs’ first goal, before Norwood looked to have found its groove in the third, with Kate Fenton slotting two majors. The Redlegs had drawn within five points at the final break and looked to have the momentum running into the last quarter, but it was only South Adelaide who managed to get on the board, with Tiffany Copley booting the winning goal midway through the quarter as the Panthers ended up winning by 13 points in a more comfortable fashion than predicted. Nicole Campbell and Nikki Gore both had 15 disposals in the win, while combining for eight clearances, 14 tackles, four inside 50s and four rebounds, while Sarah Wright was busy in defence with four rebounds to go with her 14 disposals and three tackles. Hannah Munyard had 13 disposals, while Czenya Cavouras was down on her usual numbers like most of her teammates, but still laid eight tackles. For Norwood, Najwa Allen still managed 20 disposals in the loss, while taking three marks, having three inside 50s and laying three tackles. The usual suspects were all at the top of the disposal tallies with Hannah Dunn (18 touches, five marks, six tackles, three clearances, three rebounds), Hannah Priest (17 disposals, four marks, six tackles and two rebounds) and Sally Riley (15 disposals, two marks, three clearances and three tackles) all important. Leah Cutting was once again strong in the ruck with a game-high 19 hitouts as well as 14 disposals, two marks, four clearances and four tackles. It was a disappointing result for the minor premiers who have had a terrific season but dropped two of their past three games, both to the same opponent. Now the Redlegs must prepare for a preliminary final against North Adelaide who escaped Glenelg’s clutches in order to book a rematch with the Panthers in the 2019 decider and try and reverse the result of last year’s grand final.

South Australia weekly wrap: Draft prospects shine in SANFL openers

WITH the opening round of the South Australian Football League (SANFL) starting, we review the performances of the potential draft prospects for 2018.

League:

Central Districts tall mid Jackson Hately turned in a great debut for the League team with 22 disposals, including six inside 50s and one goal in his teams’ 61-point victory over North Adelaide. AFL Academy member, Hately was composed and looked completely at home exerting his influence around the ground, particularly up forward. Key forward Hugo Munn played in Sturt’s 12-point win over Norwood and impacted with inside 50s and forward pressure tackles. Top prospect Jack Lukosius was again dominant up forward for the Eagles, taking six marks booting three goals, as well as giving off another two. Izak Rankine from Westies did not play due to suspension from the last trial game.

Reserves:

In Sturt’s four point win over Norwood, strongly built mid Tom Lewis had 16 possessions, 11 of which were contested, along with six tackles. Smooth mover Mihail Lochowiak ended up with 11 possessions. For North Adelaide, Frankie Szekely impacted the game with some speed and a four-bounce run through the midfield to obtain 12 possessions including four inside 50’s and two rebound 50’s on top of a nice goal in his teams four point victory over Centrals. Centrals’ Jez McLennan had 15 possessions including four tackles to show some real poise across half-back. Glenelg defeated South Adelaide by 35 points with 2017 National combine attendee Alex Martini collecting 23 disposals working both ways through the midfield as well as eight tackles. Souths’ Nathan Kreuger, also a Combine invitee in 2017, had 12 possessions and kicked two goals.

U18s:

The Eagles demolished Westies by 77 points, with Kai Pudney racking up 35 disposals, 11 marks and eight inside/rebound 50s. Elusive underager Kysaiah Picket had 29 possessions to be in the bests as well. For West, ruckman Angus Rana was best with 27 hit outs and four inside 50’s. South defeated Glenelg by 22 points with Tate Coleman best with 28 possessions, eight marks and a goal. Bottom-ager Daniel Sladojevic clunked nine marks and kicked six goals. For Glenelg underager Will Gould was best with 22 disposals including seven marks and an incredible 12 rebound 50s playing in the back half and South Australian Academy member Finn Betterman was strong and effective all game.

Centrals defeated North by 10 points led by mid Aaron Nietschke with 38 disposals (20 of which were contested), six tackles and nine clearances. Underager Jordan O’Brien was also in the bests with 22 disposals and nine clearances, and was good on both sides. For the Roosters, Boyd Woodcock had 30 disposals, six clearances and six inside/rebound 50s to be his side’s best. Underage ruck/forward Dyson Hilder was also effective with 16 hitouts, 11 possessions and one goal. Norwood defeated last years premiers Sturt by 46 points with AFL Academy member Luke Valente dominant with 39 possessions including eight marks, 11 clearances and five inside 50s to go with his one goal. Hard running Kade Chandler was also good with 25 disposals, 10 marks, eight clearances and a goal. Sturt’s Hamish Wallace was named his teams best leading with seven tackles.

South Australian Under 18s preview

THE 2018 Season for South Australian National Football League (SANFL) Under 18 sides looks set to shape up as one full of local talent destined for the national stage. It will be a challenge for some clubs to balance how their talented youngsters are managed with SANFL League teams wanting to play their top end talent yet balancing club and player needs for the Under 18 competition. In addition to the School/College football commitments, Under 18 football is a tipsters nightmare as player movement is high.

Under 18s football in South Australia (SA) will certainly draw greater national attention this year, with recruiters and media outlets alike looking at the progress of elite SA youngsters who look set to shape the competition. Along with a new SA Under 18 coach in Tony Bamford, all the pieces look like they are ready for SA to make a charge in 2018.

Looking at each SANFL club in turn we focus on the key talent as well as some players who may be a late bolter and come into 2018 draft consideration.

 

Central Districts

AFL Academy standout Jackson Hately headlines the Bulldogs talent. Having already made his SANFL League debut, it will be interesting to watch his progress. Hately is certainly on the draft radar for 2018, but he may struggle to play much U18 footy with League football demands. Centrals season should be solid as other talent to watch include Malachai Ahmatt-Lovett and Aaron Nietschke who will provide good depth. Other players on watch are Llwellyn Milera and midfielder Jordan O’Brien.

Prediction – mid to high table, finals

 

Eagles

The great thing for the Eagles this year is their potential number one draft pick Jack Lukosius, but it will be hard to keep him out of the Eagles League side all year. His impact and resume is building very quickly, but the Under 18 side at Woodville is blessed with depth. Other key players Kai Pudney, Martin Frederick, along with great family talent of Jackson Mead, Kysaiah Pickett and Trent Burgoyne the signs are strong for another U18 Grand Final appearance.  

Prediction – top end of table – potential Grand Finalist

 

 Glenelg

The Under 18 squad for Glenelg will be solid as always, but once again in 2018 the impact of school and college football may determine their position this season. Key player and leader Finn Betterman is showing early signs of a exciting year, while other SA Academy members Oscar Lovelock, Brad Potter will be key parts of the midfield. At the younger end Glenelg has some real talent for 2019 with father-son Luke Edwards and Prince Alfred College (PAC) student Will Gould adding strength.

Prediction – mid table – will sneak into make finals

 

Norwood

The Redlegs are always around the mark, and early wins will be key for them. AFL Academy player Luke Valente is pivotal for the Redlegs as is 2019 prospect Cameron Taheny. Taheny is developing nicely along with fellow youngster Dylan Stephens who may both find themselves in SA’s Under 18 final side. PAC’s Kade Chandler is another midfield runner but the impact of college players may affect their season

Prediction – mid table, may sneak into finals

 

North Adelaide

North’s challenge in 2018 will be getting their best side on the park. Top-end draft potential Conor Rozee will most likely play some League footy in 2018 which will affect his side. Exciting talent Frank Szekely is also in the seniors mix. Strong midfielder Boyd Woodcock will be integral along with key forward James Langley and under-age prospect Dyson Hilder. It is very hard to predict where the Roosters will finish.

Prediction – mid to low table, likely to miss finals

 

South Adelaide

South must be really excited for season 2018. Across all levels they look strong. At Under 18  their squad has some quality. PAC lad Tom Sparrow will be key, along with impressive forwards and State squad members Job Colwell and Darnell Tucker. Father-son Hayden Sampson and Sam Whitbread have both shown their class in past years.  The Panthers will be around the mark again, but their best side may just be off the mark at the pointy end of the year

Prediction – mid-high end of table, finals

 

Sturt

A clean sweep in all grades in 2017 will be difficult for the Double Blues to repeat in 2018, but they may just be off the mark with their Under 18s this year. Whilst at the top end AFL prospect Hugo Munn has made his League debut already he may float between the u18 side but he will be crucial. St Peter’s standout Tom Lewis is crucial as well but once again he along with talented Mihail Lochowiak may be pushed to Reserves and college impact will affect their chances too. Some family names in the mix as well are young Casey Voss (son of Michael) and Riley Grundy (brother of Brody) who will both get opportunities.

Prediction – mid- bottom table, unlikely to make finals

 

West Adelaide

West Adelaide, like other clubs will struggle for access to their best players, with top-end draft standout Izak Rankine most likely to play 2018 in the League side.  The Bloods have an even side and Angus Rana and William Gutschke will be pivotal along with midfielders Ethan Moore, Sam May and Beau Nunan.  Underage talent Jye Sinderberry will get opportunities, and country lad Conor Blackwell may sneak a game. 

Prediction – mid-bottom table – unlikely to make finals

 

It would be fantastic to see all clubs play their true Under 18 talent all year, but League and Reserves football will beckon for the talented players as AFL recruiters suggest clubs showcase potential draftees at the highest level.  All clubs will have a high turnover of players throughout their teams, and the predictions are based on the most settled lineups.

 

Ladder Prediction 2018

1 South Adelaide

2 Eagles

3 Centrals

4 Glenelg

5 Norwood

6 West Adelaide

7 Sturt

8 North Adelaide

South Australia weekly wrap: Prospects shine and Panthers prevail in SANFL Fast Footy

LAST weekend saw the inaugural SANFL Fast Footy competition played at Norwood Oval. Fast Footy is a modified version of the game, played with 12 per-side across 3 zones and Supergoals able to be scored from outside 50m. Introduced a week before AFLX, this footy format is geared towards fast paced high scoring games.

It was a new concept for players and coaches and most clubs opted for a focus on youth in selecting their sides, giving young players opportunities at a high level with unlimited player rotations. All SANFL clubs, apart from Central Districts, participated in the competition which was held over 2 days with each team playing 2 games, and the top 4 teams playing finals games.

Only two top-age players eligible for the 2018 National AFL Draft took the field over the tournament – those being potential top 10 pick Izak Rankine and his fellow Level 2 AFL Academy member Luke Valente.

Rankine continued to add to his highlight reel, bagging two goals and celebrating one of the with a backflip. Players from all teams were encouraged to celebrate their goals in style. It finishes off a big few weeks for Rankine who recently took first place in the local 100m sprint meet, Camden Classic. 

South Adelaide prevailed as the winner of the 10-game tournament with a victory over Woodville-West Torrens by five points in the final and taking the $10,000 prize-money. For the Panthers, former AFL listed player Keegan Brooksby lead the way with solid performances in all games. Other players from Panthers to shine were Matt Raitt, booting 10 goals across the games and youngster Liam Fitt impressing.

Eagles youngsters Cooper Gaffney and James Rowe showed class and a nose for goal respectively in all games, along with former-Magpie Tom Gray, who was their most consistent player.

Port Magpies fielded a young side, seeing Chinese Recruit Chen Shaoliang take to the field for the first time.  

Glenelg, under new coach former AFL assistant Mark Stone, showed promising signs for 2018 with Ian Milera and Darcy Bailey being most dangerous around goal.

Sturt lost both their matches, but continued blooding youngsters across their games, with Blake Kennedy hitting the score board.

West Adelaide players Tom Keough (ex-Gold Coast) was a standout, and new recruit Nick Jaensch impressed around goal.

At North, players of interest Keenan Ramsay along with Matt McDonough were solid.

Adelaide fielded a mixture of players currently training with their Academy squad, and Josh Vandermeer was the most consistent.

From Norwood, youngsters like Luke Valente got opportunities, with the under-18 prospect looking like he is in for a good year. Others to contribute were ex-AFL listed players Luke Surman and Declan Hamilton.

Scouting notes: 2016 SANFL U18 Grand Final

Glenelg claim the 2016 Maccas U18 Cup. (Photo: SANFL)
Glenelg claim the 2016 Maccas U18 Cup. (Photo: SANFL)

In dramatic circumstances Glenelg tall Toby Pink scored from 60m out to win the Grand Final for the Bays over North Adelaide. With the scores tied when the siren sounded, the ball managed to ‘clean bowl’ the North Adelaide defenders and sneak in for a behind.

Matt Balmer’s scouting notes:

Glenelg:

#8 Jonty Scharenberg– Was judged the best player on the ground, finishing the game with 34 disposals, 12 tackles and five clearances. His ability to get his arms free and handball the ball off to a teammate is outstanding. His kicking at times was rushed (55% kicking efficiency) but overall was a significant reason in the contested situations that Glenelg won. Likely sits as a second rounder at this stage.

#18 Darcy Fogarty– Played mostly deep forward in the Under 18 championships for South Australia but it was more of an on-ball game from Fogarty on Sunday. A strong frame helped him at the stoppages and he’s one that I was really impressed with after his Under 18 carnival. 20 disposals (11 contested) and five clearances was a strong day. I’m hoping he plays more up the ground once again in 2017.

#19 Sam Walker– A really nice mover who has a superb left foot to rebound the ball out of the back half. Was quiet on his form that he showed in the Under 18 championships, but was willing to mark above his head in the wet.

#21 Mitchell Hinge-After a quiet game in his school match for Sacret Heart a few weeks back, Hinge was a good contributor for Glenelg with 16 disposals. Hinge has the ability to play at all parts of the ground and I still haven’t decided where I like him the best. Has a combine invite so I’d expect clubs to be interested to how he goes athletically.

#29 Liam Mackie– One that caught my eye a few weeks ago in a school match for Sacret Heart. Is the cousin of Geelong’s Andrew and he had 18 disposals in the final. He was composed in the wet that night, but I felt he struggled a bit yesterday in the wet conditions. His kicking was below 50% and he also recorded the most clangers for the day. Might warrant a late pick come November.

North Adelaide:

#10 Will Hayward– Was outstanding last weekend with nine goals and the panic button would’ve been going off in the Glenelg coaches box when Hayward had three goals to quarter-time. Hayward finished with 4.1 from 13 disposals and six marks and seems to be bolting up the draft order and could well feature in the second round.

#14 Connor Rozee– I was really impressed with Rozee in the Under 16 championships, where he was awarded the Kevin Sheehan Medalist for the best player in the Under 16 championships. Often tasked with the kick outs, Rozee used the ball well bringing the ball out of the backline and is a name to scribble down for the future with his 17 disposals and five tackles performance very good.

#20 Brayden Kirk– Kirk provided plenty of run on the outside for North Adelaide, but his kicking (46% efficiency) often let him down with a lot of them not finding the target. His did use both feet at times throughout the day but I felt he was more influential in the game last weekend.

#26 Kym Lebois– Exciting is probably the best word to describe Lebois. His electric speed and agile sees him weave through the packs and then put the ball onto his left boot forward of centre. At times he did just bang it on the boot and he made some bad errors with ball in hand. There is plenty to like when he’s inside 50 and he’s willing to lay tackles at the contest.

#29 Ben Jarman– A very quiet first half saw him just collect six disposals, but he was a crucial player in the second half where he finished the contest with 20 disposals and six tackles. Jarman played on the inside and worked hard when the game was there to be won. I think at this stage he probably is a late pick and he is still yet to nominate which club to nominate as Father/Son.

#47 Dakota Nixon– Had one of the worst kicking efficiency in the Under 18 championships with 31.8%. I felt at times he just threw the ball onto his boot rather than looking for an option. His contested work is very good and he can win his own football- but I do question his decision making and use. Had 26 disposals (16 contested) and eight clearances for the day.

#48 Brandan Parfitt– Was consistent right throughout the day with 27 disposals, eight tackles and six clearances. His last quarter was very good and I think he is going to provide some good value in the mid to late section of the draft. Was willing to take the ball forward and look for Hayward inside 50.

 

2014 Draft Profile: Alex Neal-Bullen

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Alex Neal-Bullen (Glenelg)

Height: 182 cm
Weight: 77 kg
Position: Midfielder
Strengths: Contested ball winning ability, handskills in traffic, work rate
Areas of improvement: Decision making by foot, top speed, size
Player comparison: Toby Greene

Alex Neal-Bullen is the typical hard nosed inside midfielder who relishes the contested side of the game. Though his footskills aren’t great, he’s a hard working and versatile inside midfielder who’s sure to get the best out of himself at AFL level.

Having played as a small forward and midfielder in the SANFL reserves last year, Neal-Bullen made the step up to the seniors this year and hasn’t looked at all out of place off half back and through the middle, averaging 15 disposals per game before the championships and 21 per game since. At the championships he averaged 19 touches, 10 contested possessions, four tackles, four inside 50s and five clearances per game to be one of South Australia’s best and very unlucky to miss out on All Australian honours. At every level Neal-Bullen has played at he’s stood up and performed and is arguably the second best performing under 18 in the SANFL this year behind Caleb Daniel.

Neal-Bullen’s best work is on the inside. His ability to win the contested ball is elite as is both his distribution by hand and ability to burst away from the contest. He also possesses great footy smarts on the inside; his ability to read the tap is excellent, his positioning and ability to find space where there shouldn’t be any is brilliant and his ability to put others into space is fantastic.

While his inside work is excellent, Neal-Bullen also excels in other areas. He’s versatile, having played off half back and through the middle in the SANFL and also rested forward in the championships. When forward he doesn’t look out of place, because of his positioning and ability to read the game. Though he only scored four goals in the championships, it can also be said his teammates didn’t take advantage of the fact he constantly appeared in dangerous places.

Neal-Bullen is also very fit and someone who should test highly in the 3 km time trial and beep test at the combine. He uses his fitness really well, making sure he’s at every contest to give his all. He’s also able to run his opponent into the ground when not in the play.

Unfortunately though, Neal-Bullen isn’t the complete player. With the direction today’s game is going he’s undersized for an inside midfielder and he doesn’t excel enough on the outside to make up for that which is why he isn’t considered a top 20 prospect by many. His first thought is to kick the ball and as a result he averages over two kicks for every handball, a very high number for an inside midfielder. Compounding that, kicking is not a strength in his game. His kicks often miss targets, result in turnovers or put the receiver under unnecessary pressure. Technically his kicking is sound but too often he just makes the wrong decision or tries to do something far too creative for someone of his ability. His first instinct both on the outside and inside is to bomb it long. While he may get away with that at a lower level, it’s something that needs to be rectified if he is to be a successful AFL player.

If Neal-Bullen is to really make it at the next level he needs begin to have more presence on the outside and utilise his exceptional handball more often as well as improving his kicking efficiency and decision making. If those parts can all come together, with his already exceptional inside work and track record of success against the big bodies of the SANFL, there’s no reason why Alex Neal-Bullen can’t become a high level AFL player.

2013 Draft Profile: Matt Scharenberg

Matt Scharenberg (Glenelg)
Height: 190 cm
Weight: 89 kg
Position: Utility
Player comparison: Brendon Goddard/Ben Reid
Strengths: Decision making, overhead marking, positioning, versatility
Weaknesses: Unknown in terms of tagging, not elite in any one category

Matt Scharenberg is one of the most interesting prospects in a number of years. If players were selected by ability and not needs, Scharenberg probably wouldn’t be number one. He’s not got the elite foot skills of a James Aish or Josh Kelly, the huge frame of a Tom Boyd or the elite athleticism of a Billy Hartung. What Scharenberg does offer is a unique skill set that has seen him shoot up the rankings.

In a draft year where most players are under six foot, Scharenberg, along with Marcus Bontempelli, are the exceptions to the rule. Before the Under 18s Championships, Scharenberg was rated as a first round pick, potentially as high as five. An impressive Championships saw him rally into contention for the number one selection by Greater Western Sydney.

With GWS announcing the number one pick is on the table, one can only assume that a club trading for it will select Eastern Ranges Tom Boyd rather than Scharenberg. If this occurs I can see Scharenberg slipping as low as fifth potentially due to the teams following the Giants’ selection electing to go for other players. Likewise, if GWS could get a top five pick with a player in exchange for their first pick, they could very well still end up with Scharenberg.

Matt Scharenberg’s greatest assest is his versatility in the Brendon Goddard mould where he can play back, forward or across the midfield. During the Under 18s Championships, Scharenberg primarily played off half back while spending time in the middle. His 190cm frame gives him an advantage over what otherwise is a much smaller draft crop this year.

Scharenberg is strong overhead, reads the play well and positions himself accordingly. He plays that loose man or offensive half back role very well. Unfortunately like Sam Colquhoun last year, clubs weren’t able to see how Scharenberg deals with a tag and if he potentially becomes like a Grant Birchall or Heath Shaw who have struggled in the past while having a defensive forward on them. One would imagine that if he was struggling to find the ball, he would be pushed into the midfield or down forward, showcasing his fantastic versatility.

In terms of style while down back, Matt Scharenberg reminds me of Ben Reid because he has a reasonably long, penetrating kick compared to other draftees and while his kicking isn’t elite, it is more than sound. Scharenberg also has good athleticism and strength without being elite which is why he is such as interesting selection. Scharenberg is considered a player that doesn’t have that ‘elite’ feature of his game like everyone else, however he would score well across the board. It’s hard to judge whether positioning or reading the play can be called ‘elite’ but those characteristics would be his greatest assets.

GWS coach Kevin Sheedy said last month that the Giants should target a midfielder in the mould of a Josh Kennedy – a tall, strong player that can become quite versatile. Of those players competing for the number one selection, one can only come to the conclusion that Scharenberg is that player. It wouldn’t be a shock given GWS already have an array of silky midfielders and gut runners so the other players in contention for the pick are not ahead of Scharenberg on the needs chart.

If Scharenberg lands himself at GWS, he will probably see a fair amount of game time in 2014 given his size and is more ready than most youngsters coming through the system. With Leon Cameron coaching next season, it would be expected that Scharenberg could start as that half back creator who rebounds the opposition attack and then moves up into the midfield to find plenty of the ball.

While the likes of James Aish and Tom Boyd will be considered at the first pick, the Giants should go for Scharenberg if they are keen to gain a unique skill set and someone who can provide something different as well as much needed versatility.