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Draft Central All-Star Teams: Claremont

CLAREMONT has had some absolute stars roll through its program prior to being drafted, making the top-end talent of the Tigers’ AFL All-Stars team undeniable. With Nat Fyfe voted the Best Player of the AFL Era, he leads a team full of talent across the park. The onball brigade and defence in particular is impressive, with a lot of talented forwards coming up in recent years.

THE TEAM:

The Tigers have had a lot of 100-plus gamers – 26 according to Draft Guru – so naturally not all can make the 24-player squad. In three cases, players with less than 100 games have been chosen based on what they had shown in their limited games. The lowest games tally in the side is Steve Malaxos who was a gun forward for the Tigers in the WAFL before trying his hand at the elite level. He only played the 75 games, but won two All-Australian nods and a best and fairest – not too shabby for just 75 games. Also in there are Jesse Hogan and Mitch Morton (both 83 games), having booted 165 and 116 goals respectively in their time. As a whole, the bench was difficult to pick, splitting hairs when it came to who made it and who just missed out.

DEFENCE:

The defence is ridiculously strong, with talls that most of these All-Star teams would be envious of. He has only played 126 games, but Jeremy McGovern has already won four All-Australian nods in his time to lock down full back, with one-time All-Australian and best and fairest winner, 242-gamer Ashley McIntosh holding down the other key role. Behind Fyfe as Claremont’s second best player to step up to the elite level, Guy McKenna won three All-Australians and two best and fairests with the Eagles on his way to 267 games as a half-back. Around the trio are three players who had some very good seasons, with Heritier Lumumba (223 games) winning a best and fairest, and Alan Toovey (159 and a premiership) and Eric Mackenzie (147 and a best and fairest) both forging out strong careers to make the starting squad. With Ryan Turnbull and Jason Norrish on the bench, the defence is a huge strength.

MIDFIELD:

In terms of sheer ball-winning ability, the duo of Fyfe and Tom Mitchell in today’s era would be near-unstoppable. It is no surprise to see Fyfe voted the best player of All-Time from the Tigers following two Brownlows, three All-Australians, three best and fairests and a couple of MVPs alongside many other awards. Mitchell by comparison is tracking a similar route, having played 62 less games (111) but won two All-Australians, a Brownlow, two best and fairests and an MVP himself. Joining them in the midfield is one of the best taggers in the game in Matt De Boer, who this hypothetical side can afford to have given the freedom it would hand the top duo. Don Pyke might be better known as Adelaide’s most recent coach, but he managed to play 132 games at the top level, winning a best and fairest with Eagles, while on the other wing, Ben Allan won a couple of All-Australians and a best and fairest in 145 games for the Hawks and Dockers. The midfield depth is not as great as some other areas, but Rowan Jones played 158 games and would be in the starting side if not already for a defensive midfielder in De Boer, while John Annear played 166 games in the early AFL era across three clubs. Michael Gardiner is the standout ruck across the AFL era after teaming up with Dean Cox at West Coast before heading to St Kilda.

FORWARD:

The forward line might not have the same elite talls that the defence has, but that is taking nothing away from Peter Mann (116 games) who won the Dockers’ inaugural best and fairest and leading goal kicker award as a key position player. Joining him in that forward line is Hogan and Malaxos, while the three players likely to cause all sorts of headaches – Chris Lewis, Dale Kickett and Paul Medhurst – roam around in there too. Of the trio, Lewis was the most damaging, booting 259 goals in 215 games and no doubt would have won more than his 1990 best and fairest had he not been in such a talent-stacked outfit. Kickett won a best and fairest in 181 games, while Medhurst earned All-Australian honours for the Magpies after a strong 2008 season. Morton is on the bench ready for his chance to come on and impact, while Kingsley Hunter (100 games, 115 goals) is a key position forward who came close to making the starting squad.

DEPTH:

There are some terribly unlucky players missing out from the Claremont squad, with Marley Williams (120 games) playing the most games to miss out. Other 100-games include Alistair Nicholson (110), Darren Kowal (105), Danny Southern (103) and Brett Jones (102). Among others just under 100 games and could have made the squad depending on your preference are Brad Wira (96 games) and Scott Chisholm (88). No doubt very soon Jack Martin will squeeze into the outfit, with Morton just having more runs on the board at this point in time. Travis Colyer is in a similar boat, nearing his 100th game, while Joel Hamling, Sam Petrevski-Seton and Mitch McGovern are others in line for a call-up in future years. Most recently, Jordan Clark could be one to watch right down the track after an impressive first year with Geelong.

 

2019 AFL Draft club review: Carlton Blues

AFTER an improved second half of the season under new coach David Teague, Carlton headed into the AFL Draft confident of finding a quality player at Pick 9. Instead, the Blues made a couple of clubs earn their Academy stars in Stephen Silvagni‘s last year at the desk, and then opted to trade down their selection to grab a slider and a bolter, as well as a much-improved midfielder. In the Pre-Season and Rookie drafts, the Blues grabbed their man from the Gold Coast SUNS, as well as two players with immense upside and X-factor.

CARLTON:

National Draft:
17. Brodie Kemp (Bendigo Pioneers/Vic Country) | 192cm | 89kg | Tall Utility
20. Sam Philp (Northern Knights/Vic Metro) | 186cm | 79kg | Inside Midfielder
47. Sam Ramsay (Calder Cannons/Vic Metro) | 180cm | 72kg | Balanced Midfielder

Rookie Draft:
3. Josh Honey (Western Jets/Vic Metro) | 185cm | 82kg | Midfielder/Forward
18. Fraser Phillips (Gippsland Power/Vic Country | 187cm | 72kg | Medium Forward
PSD. Jack Martin (Gold Coast Suns)

If you are a Carlton fan you have to be happy with the haul achieved at the 2019 National AFL Draft. With Eddie Betts coming into the side – joined by Jack Martin in the Pre-Season Draft – the Blues somewhat moved past missing out on Tom Papley. It was clear they wanted to grab some more inside depth to assist Patrick Cripps in the midfield, as well as some firepower up forward to roam around the feet of Charlie Curnow and Harry McKay, as well as roam up the ground and open up the space for those forwards.

If that was the goal, then Carlton ticked that box with the five 18-year-olds walking into the club. Brodie Kemp was touted as a top 10 pick before going down with an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury, and the fact he was there for the picking at selection 17 was madness. While he will not be able to run around in the navy blue next year, if he can get a couple of games in the reserves late in the season, it will give Blues fans a taste of what they can expect in 2021. Sam Philp was the other player taken on night one and he provides not only inside ball-winning ability, but also elite speed. With a 2.87-second 20m sprint, Philp is lightning around the stoppages and adds a different element to the midfield. He might have been seen as a bolter for a player who did not play Under-18 Championships, but his second half of the season, and indeed after the first month of NAB League was deserving of the first round selection. All-in-all, Carlton fans might have been annoyed to miss out on potentially picking up Sam Flanders, but landed terrific value with their picks and two players who offer that point of difference in the midfield.

With the Blues’ only other National Draft selection, Carlton picked up another late bloomer with Calder Cannons’ Sam Ramsay a hard working runner on the inside. He started the season with indifferent form as a winger, but once he went into the guts, excelled averaging 31 touches per game over a seven-game purple patch. His form earned him a share in the Calder Cannons’ best and fairest award, as well as a spot on an AFL list.

But the bargains did not stop there. While Martin was always predicted to land at the Blues on a heavily front-ended contract, the former SUNS long wait to land at Ikon Park was finally over to add extra class in the front half of the ground. Also joining him there in the forward half were rookies, Josh Honey and Fraser Phillips. Both have tremendous upside, with Phillips in particular touted as having a lot of development left in him. Honey can spend time in the midfield and is super athletic with an eye for goals, while Phillips predominantly players inside 50 as a medium forward who can do magical things, but could eventually develop into a midfielder.

Overall, Carlton fans should be really pleased with what their club has been able to do at the drafts, picking up genuine bargains and players with upside and high ceilings that while they do not always work out, if they do then this draft haul could be lauded in the future.

Queensland weekly wrap: Lions win Youth Girls Academy Series

BRISBANE Lions Youth Girls Academy were the top performers at the weekend’s Northern Academy Series, while their AFL counterparts pushed Port Adelaide all the way in Adelaide, but the Gold Coast Suns went down to Fremantle in a “home” game at Optus Stadium.

Lions and Suns compete in Youth Girls Northern Academy Series

Brisbane Lions have triumphed in the Youth Girls Northern Academy Series with three victories over the GIANTS, Gold Coast Suns and Sydney Swans. The Lions defeated the GIANTS by one point in the opening game, before a 46-point victory over the Suns and 20-point victory over the Sydney Swans followed. The Suns won their two other matches with a 23-point victory over Sydney and a 42-point victory over the GIANTS, restricting both sides to a combined two behinds in their matches. A total of 60 players took part in the series from Queensland, with 28 representing Brisbane Lions and 32 representing the Gold Coast SUNS.

For more information on how the series went down, head to the AFL Queensland website.

AFL Round 3 

Brisbane Lions vs Port Adelaide Power

Port Adelaide survived a goalless last quarter to beat the incredibly brave and luckless Brisbane Lions by five points at Adelaide Oval on Saturday. Inspired by Stefan Martin, who had an amazing 30 disposals and 48 hit-outs, the Lions came back from 18 points down at three-quarter time and battled hard. The Power looked completely drained after a six-day break from a tough away encounter against the Sydney Swans. Port was expected to win – they have been touted by many to finish in the top four – but the Lions seemed to believe they were always a chance.

The Lions turned up in hot conditions ready to produce a highly respectful performance, going down fighting to the bitter end. Charlie Cameron started at full-forward and kicked three telling early goals on his old hunting ground, and for Brisbane to lead by 11 points at half-time was a huge wake-up call for the Power. When they did, they were back to their controlling best, but again not without needing to work hard for each possession. Port regrouped after half-time and found their cleaner flow, definitely with more vigour. They tested the resilience of the Lions, switching the play and forcing them into growing errors amidst the extended pressure.

For 43 of the first 75 minutes of match play the Lions led and looked like deserving winners. Of course, ultimately Port clawed their way back through tenacity and a rise in intensity, but for the Lions to hang in there for so long speaks volumes for the path coach Chris Fagan is taking them on. There were Brisbane’s hardy perennials like Luke Hodge who masterminded the defence, Dayne Zorko who was brilliant in the midfield, and Mitch Robinson who was inspirational with his attack on the ball, but it was Stefan Martin with some magnificent ruck work that really gave the Lions a big chance. Port kicked seven goals to the Lions’ five in the second half to escape with the game which went right down to the wire. Next Saturday afternoon the Lions face reigning premiers Richmond at the MCG.

Final Scores: Port Adelaide 14.13 (97) defeated Brisbane 14.8 (92)  

Gold Coast Suns vs. Fremantle Dockers

Gold Coast Suns’ undefeated run came to an end on the weekend at the hands of a Nat Fyfe-inspired Fremantle Dockers outfit at Optus Stadium. With the Commonwealth Games in full swing on the coast, the Suns sold their home game to the Dockers and it proved to be a winning factor in the game. While the crowd wasn’t nearly as strong as the previous numbers Perth’s new stadium has yielded, the Freo fans surely helped to will their side over the line. It took special performances from Michael Walters (23 disposals, six tackles, two goals) and Ed Langdon (27 disposals, five marks, five tackles), alongside their skipper, for Fremantle to break the half-time deadlock and come away with the four points.

While it was a fairly even contest for most of the game, the Dockers ended up dominating the key stats – winning the disposal count 387-324, clearances 37-29 and contested possessions 154-135 – and the margin could have been more had they kicked more accurately in front of goal with 31 scoring shots to 18. For the Suns, Jarryd Lyons continued his admirable early season form with a complete performance of 30 disposals, ten tackles, seven clearances and two goals. Jack Martin pitched in with 21 disposals, six marks and a goal alongside Kade Kolodjashnij (22 disposals, seven marks) and Touk Miller (19 disposals, six tackles, five clearances).

One of the more pleasing performances came from the injury riddled Sam Day, who booted three goals from his ten disposals and five marks with Tom Lynch kept quiet. Besides the loss, coach Stewart Dew will also face the concern of potentially losing star wingman Pearce Hanley to another shoulder injury after he suffered a dislocation in the first half. Overall, the result came from a mix of Fremantle’s brilliance and a somewhat disappointing Gold Coast effort. The Suns will again head to Optus Stadium to face West Coast in round four. Final Scores: Fremantle 13.18 (96) defeated Gold Coast 10.8 (68)