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AFL Draft preview: Brisbane

BRISBANE is one of the most exciting teams in the competition and Lions fans would be excited about what the future holds for their side. They will likely look at the AFL Draft as a way of adding to that depth, picking up best available along with Academy prospect, Connor McFadyen.

List needs:

  • Inside midfielders
  • Outside midfielders
  • General defenders

 

DRAFT SELECTIONS: 18, 30, 35, 56

Brisbane can safely head into the AFL Draft without desperately needing to fill too many positions. They will favour midfielders due to the departure of Dayne Beams, and a general defender to slot into what they might have hoped would become Sam Mayes’ role, but as a whole, they are fairly well stocked across the ground. They have plenty of youth so they do not need to panic about sudden retirements coming up.

After trading out their first round pick for Lachie Neale and receiving the Pies’ first rounder back, Brisbane enter the draft at Pick 18, which will likely become early 20s with Academy and father-son bids. At Pick 18, the Lions are perfectly placed for a slider, and while it is unlikely, they would love to bring in a Riley Collier-Dawkins or Chayce Jones who fill both the inside speed, and outside class that would add to their side. In a more likely scenario, Liam Stocker or Zak Butters could well be available in that region depending on if they went inside or outside. They might look to top up their defence early with Jez McLennan at #18, or maybe they look to the leadership of Luke Valente or Xavier Duursma.

A bid for Connor McFadyen will certainly come after their first round selection, and likely cost them either their second or third pick in the 30s. They will not think twice about matching a bid for the powerful midfielder/forward, and he will provide some added value in the forward half of the ground. If still on the board, Brisbane might eye off inside midfielders, Luke Foley or Ely Smith, or perhaps Xavier O’Halloran if he slides. If they want to add to their outside ability, they might target Jacob Kennerley, Will Hamill or Fraser Turner who will all fall into that region.

Depending on what happens with the McFadyen bid, the Lions might end up with a pick in the 60s, or their final pick might be used up on McFadyen. In the scenario that they keep it, Brisbane are reportedly very keen on Tom Berry, brother of Lion Jarrod, if he is still on the board. Otherwise they might take a glimpse at Tom Sparrow or James Rowbottom if either are there. If they think they need another tall, perhaps Riley Bowman could provide great value.

Other Brisbane Lions Academy prospects who have received interest from multiple clubs include National Draft Combine defender Keidean Coleman, as well as Darcy Marsh (State Combine), Tom Matthews (State Combine) and Jack Tomkinson (Rookie Me Combine).

Draft dream not over for 2018 state combine nominees

MORE than one hundred draft hopefuls will test themselves under the watchful eye of AFL club recruiters at the various State Combine’s around the country. After the list of National Combine invitations was released last week – indicating those players with the most draft interest – last night the full list of State Combine, and Rookie Me Combine lists were released.

EIGHTY INVITED TO NATIONAL DRAFT COMBINE

A total of 126 players were nominated for the combines, with Vic Country having 26 players nominated, ahead of South Australia with 24, and Western Australia and Vic Metro with 21 each. It has also proved a bumper year for the Victorian Football League (VFL) with 13 players nominated to test, behind the four Division One states. New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory (NSW/ACT) has eight players nominated, the highest of the Division Two states, while Queensland has seven, and Northern Territory three and Tasmania three.

In terms of individual clubs, Dandenong Stingrays trumps all others, having 12 nominees, making it 17 players heading to testing in 2018. Murray Bushrangers is next with seven, followed by Calder Cannons and Oakleigh Chargers (six), as well as South Australian club Norwood. Fellow South Australian club South Adelaide, West Australian clubs Peel Thunder and Swan Districts, and Sandringham Dragons, all have four nominees. Greater Western Victoria (GWV) Rebels, Glenelg, North Adelaide, Sturt, South Fremantle and Claremont have three apiece. In terms of Academies, the GWS Academy had six players nominated, Gold Coast and Brisbane Lions Academies both had three, and Sydney Swans Academy had one.

 

Full list of State Combine nominations:

NSW/ACT: [6]

Riley Bice (Murray Bushrangers/GWS Academy)
Jeromy Lucas (GWS Giants Academy)
Nick Murray (Murray Bushrangers/GWS Academy)
James Peatling (GWS Giants Academy)
Guy Richardson (GWS Giants Academy)
Mathew Walker (Murray Bushrangers/GWS Academy)

Northern Territory: [2]

Michael Mummery (NT Thunder)
Izaak Wyatt (Southern Districts)

Queensland: [4]

Caleb Graham (GC Suns Academy) 
Darcy Marsh (Brisbane Lions Academy)
Tom Matthews (Brisbane Lions Academy)
Lachlan McDonald (GC Suns Academy)

South Australia: [24]

Finn Betterman (Glenelg)
Connor Bristow (Norwood)
Chris Burgess (West Adelaide)
Declan Carmody (Glenelg)
Kade Chandler (Norwood)
Oscar Chapman (North Adelaide)
Tate Coleman (South Adelaide)
Jacob Collins (Norwood)
Job Colwell (South Adelaide)
Tobin Cox (Glenelg)
Darcy Fort (Central District)
Martin Frederick (Woodville-West Torrens)
Nathan Kreuger (South Adelaide)
Tom Lewis (Sturt)
Mihail Lochowiak (Sturt)
Tyler Martin (Norwood)
Aaron Nietschke (Central District)
Matthew Nunn (Norwood)
Kai Pudney (Woodville West Torrens)
Isaac Saywell (Norwood)
Jake Tarca (South Adelaide)
Casey Voss (Sturt)
Callum Wilkie (North Adelaide)
Boyd Woodcock (North Adelaide)

Tasmania: [1]

Rhyan Mansell (North Launceston)

VFL: [8]

Jake Aarts (Richmond VFL)
Brett Bewley (Williamstown)
Sam Collins (Werribee)
Will Hayes (Footscray VFL)
Nick Hind (Essendon VFL)
Marty Hore (Collingwood VFL)
Ethan Phillips (Port Melbourne)
Corey Rich (Frankston)

Vic Country: [21]

Jacob Atley (Bendigo Pioneers)
Stephen Cumming (Dandenong Stingrays)
Sam Fletcher (Dandenong Stingrays)
Matthew Gahan (Dandenong Stingrays)
Hudson Garoni (Murray Bushrangers)
Noah Gown (Gippsland Power)
Brayden Ham (Geelong Falcons)
Jed Hill (GWV Rebels)
Austin Hodge (Gippsland Power)
Zane Keighran (Bendigo Pioneers)
Matty Lloyd (GWV Rebels)
Lachlan McDonnell (Dandenong Stingrays)
Jai Nanscawen (Dandenong Stingrays)
Finbar O’Dwyer (Murray Bushrangers)
Jamie Plumridge (Dandenong Stingrays)
Mitch Riordan (Dandenong Stingrays)
Bailey Schmidt (Dandenong Stingrays)
Sam Sturt (Dandenong Stingrays)
Jai Taylor (Dandenong Stingrays)
Charlie Wilson (GWV Rebels)
Lachlan Young (Dandenong Stingrays)

Vic Metro: [18]

Frank Anderson (South Croydon)
Joseph Ayton-Delaney (Oakleigh Chargers)
Atu Bosenavulagi (Oakleigh Chargers)
Kyle Dunkley (Oakleigh Chargers)
Mason Fletcher (Calder Cannons)
Xavier Fry (Eastern Ranges)
Jake Gaspar (Oakleigh Chargers)
Sam Graham (Calder Cannons)
Harry Houlahan (Sandringham Dragons)
James Jordan (Oakleigh Chargers)
Josh Kemp (Calder Cannons)
Justin McInerney (Northern Knights)
Mitchell Podhajski (Calder Cannons)
Stefan Radovanovic (Western Jets)
James Rendell (Sandringham Dragons)
Harry Reynolds (Sandringham Dragons)
Alistair Richards (Sandringham Dragons)
Jack Ross (Oakleigh Chargers)

Western Australia: [21]

Jason Carter (Peel Thunder)
Dylan Curley (East Fremantle)
Oliver Eastland (Claremont)
Kody Eaton (East Fremantle) 
Harry Edwards (Swan Districts) 
Patrick Farrant (Swan Districts) 
Ethan Hansen (Perth) 
Wil Hickmott (Subiaco) 
Corey Hitchcock (Claremont)
Jack Mayo (Subiaco) 
Tom Medhat (West Perth)
Louis Miller (East Perth) 
Luke Moore (South Fremantle) 
Rylie Morgan (Claremont)
Matthew Parker (South Fremantle) 
Jarvis Pina (Peel Thunder)
Tyson Powell (Peel Thunder)
Regan Spooner (South Fremantle)
James Sturrock (Peel Thunder)
Tobe Watson (Swan Districts)
Graydon Wilson (Swan Districts)

Rookie Me Combine: [21]

Ryan Hebron (Sydney University)
Joey Reinhard (Sydney Swans Academy)
Adam Tipungwuti (Western Magpies)
Matthew Green (NT Thunder)
Ryan Gilmore (GC Suns Academy)
Jack Tomkinson (Brisbane Lions Academy)
Lachlan Gadomski (Kingborough Tigers) 
Matthew McGuinness (Lauderdale)
Ben Cavarra (Williamstown) 
Jay Lockhart (Casey Scorpions) 
Hayden McLean (Sandringham VFL) 
Kieran Strachan (Port Melbourne) 
Charlie Thompson (Richmond VFL)
Jordon Butts (Murray Bushrangers)
Kyle Clarke (Murray Bushrangers)
Sam Conway (Geelong Falcons)
Jake Frawley (Dandenong Stingrays)
Matt Neagle (Wodonga Raiders)
Tye Browning (Calder Cannons)
Daniel Hanna (Calder Cannons)
Cody Hirst (Eastern Ranges)

Scouting notes: Allies vs. Vic Country

THE National Under 18s Championships first round got underway yesterday, with Allies taking on Vic Country. We watched the game with Peter Williams and Michael Alvaro noting down the Allies players, while Ed Pascoe looked at the Vic Country players.

Allies:

#8 Baxter Norton – He plays as that pressure player who can slot into any position. He laid a number of strong tackles on opponents, including one in the second term on the much bigger Bailey Williams. He forced a miskick from Oscar Brownless in the third quarter, and his follow-up pressure locked the ball up at a stoppage at half-forward. He laid a good tackle in the fourth term to lock the ball up 30m from the Allies goal. He also took the game on a couple of times, including a good run out of defence.

#9 Blair Rudock – Fantastic closing speed and good pressure, Rubock always gave the ball carrier something to think about. He played through the midfield but also covered areas around the ground, laying a good mark in defence, and later on showing off a good vertical leap to mark over the top of a Country opponent.

#10 Chayce Jones – One of the Allies best across four quarters, putting in another consistent performance. He was clean at ground level or in the air – a one-grab player, and seemed to be everywhere from defence to attack and of course through the midfield. He racked up a number of clearances and has a nice kicking technique. He intercepted a kick-out and nailed the set shot from 35m and then kicked a second goal from long range. He has a quick first few steps and is able to kick well under pressure, winning the ball on the inside or outside.

#11 Keidean Coleman – The most noticeable trait for Coleman is his cleanliness at ground level. He is a long kick of the football and has good vision on the run. He puts pressure on the opposition ball carrier, and can pinpoint bullets to teammates, such as a perfect pass to Michael Mummery at half-back in the third term, and a weighted kick to Chayce Jones in the last quarter. He had the second last kick of the day with a pass in the road of Kieren Briggs who dribbled home a goal in the dying seconds. The main blemish was taking a step out of the goal square when kicking out, causing a ball-up.

#12 Mitchell O’Neill – Laid a number of fierce tackles on opponents and showed quick hands under pressure. He took a strong mark at half-back under immense pressure in the third term, and was brave not long after to do the same thing, but was spoiled. He had a quick shot on goal but missed.

#13 Ethan Jackson – Strong at the contest and is able to stand up in a tackle. He generally picks the right option under pressure and handballed well to Fraser Turner in the third quarter but the shot from Turner missed. Had his own shot on the run in the final term but it went to the right and missed.

#16 James Peatling – Grabbed the ball on the wing and nullified a contest in the opening term by sliding across the boundary line. He took a good mark in space in the second term, but his set shot from 30m missed to the left. He handballed to a teammate early in the fourth quarter, pinpointing him through a couple of Vic Country opponents.

#18 Lachlan McDonald – Seemed to fin the ball at half-forward and half-back. A long kick, he put it to dangerous areas deep, and also provided a target leading out of the forward 50. McDonald took a good mark running back with the flight in the third term with the backline under pressure.

#19 Bailey Scott – Probably the Allies best in the first term, seemingly everywhere with a snap on goal which bounced through. He was clean at ground level, showed quick hands and put pressure on the opposition ball carrier. He was a little quieter later in the match, but laid some good tackles. Scott took a strong mark at half-forward but made a poor decision to handball to a teammate under pressure. He made up for it not long after, reading the ball drop off hands up forward and snapping a great goal.

#20 Fraser Turner – Another Allies midfielder who was busy throughout the game. He showed plenty of hard running and put good pressure on the ball carrier. He had a nice shot on goal while being tackled in the second term, capitalising through the big sticks. Turner had another shot on goal in the third term but it went out on the full. Throughout the match he found space through his gut running.

#23 Michael Mummery – Did a few nice things throughout the match, showing good speed and spun out of trouble early in the game. Was not a huge possession winner, but popped up at times.

#25 Ryan Gilmore – Not a bad performance from the defender who attacks the contest hard. He produced a good spoil in the opening term, then smothered a shot on goal. He fended off an opponent not long after but his own kick was smothered. Gilmore is quick and is strong overhead. He is clean winning it at full speed and showed plenty of courage throughout the match.

#26 Thomas Green – Bottom-ager Green started well with a couple of nice front and centre snares at the stoppages, keeping his arms free above his head in order to dish the ball out. Despite his good clearance work, his output around the contest slowed a bit in the approach to half time and he was thrown forward to good effect in the third term. He managed to back a handy goal from a long-range set shot and put on some hard tackles to keep the ball locked in the Allies 50.

#28 Matthew Green – Despite standing at 189cm, there is not much of Matthew Green. He has the perfect rangy figure for a running outside player, and he assumed his position on the wing for most of the game. Like his namesake Thomas, Green started well with some good follow up efforts around the ball and a nice chase in the first quarter to set the tone for his side.

#31 Connor McFadyen – McFadyen began the game inside the forward 50 but after a very quiet first half, was thrown into the centre bounce to find more of the ball. He made an immediate impact with the first clearance of the third quarter, followed up by a Kouta-esque pick up which led to a goal assist, and additional clearances around the ground. At 190cm, he is not quite tall enough to hold down a key forward role, but looked comfortable as a prototypical modern day midfielder. He showed surprising agility and moved well in traffic, dishing out some deft handballs in the clinches.

#36 Matthew McGuiness – Another of the Allies’ big-bodied utilities, McGuiness found it hard to break into the game at times. He did not accumulate possessions at his usual rate, but had some good moments in the second half to make his presence felt. His run down effort in the third term was admirable, and his diving smother to stop a snap on goal in the last quarter was one of his highlights.

#37 Jacob Koschitzke – Koschitzke was used in various roles throughout the day as part of a major rotation of the Allies big-men. Starting forward, the GWS Academy product also took up a good amount of the ruck duties forward of centre and did not look entirely out of place. With the Allies magnet-board shuffled heavily in the second half, Koschitzke was thrown into defence to quell the influence of his Murray Bushrangers teammate Hudson Garoni. While Garoni proved dangerous and continued to dominate on the lead, Koschitzke took a couple of handy intercept marks and made some good decisions in the back half.

#40 Kieren Briggs – Briggs played a key hand in bringing the Allies home with three last quarter goals. The highlight was easily his third goal – a smart dribbler from deep in the 50 with an opponent closing in. The versatile tall was able to find space well and looked dangerous one-out when forward. He spent most of the first half rucking, leaping well and most notably showing off his clean hands overhead in tough conditions. As an over-ager, Briggs certainly put his name down as one to watch further with his performance.

#44 Caleb Graham – Graham started the game at full-back and looked comfortable in defiance of the ball flooding into the Allies defence early. Despite direct opponent Hudson Garoni finding space on the lead on a couple of occasions, the Gold Coast Suns Academy member was rarely beaten one-on-one or at ground level. He showed good desperation in the wet conditions and save the Allies’ blushes early on with spoils, tackles, and dives for the ball. With Garoni getting on top, Graham was moved to centre half forward in the third quarter and provided a reliable first option coming out of the midfield.

#45 Jack Tomkinson – The bullocking Queenslander spent his day taking on the bulk of the ruck duties against two very worthy Vic Country adversaries, and held his own with 32 hit-outs. At 200cm and 100kg, Tomkinson has the physical edge over most rucks at this level, but certainly had his work cut out for him with the leap of Bailey Williams in particular. He used his body well at the stoppages, but could work on getting off the ground more often in the ruck contests.

#46 Tarryn Thomas – It was a quiet day by Thomas’ now highly lofty standards, but he still managed to look dangerous wherever he was played. After attending the first centre bounce, Thomas was shifted to a deep forward position during most of the second and third terms, applying some decent pressure and tackling well. He continues to show great ability below his knees and his trademark twists and turns, always looking to make something happen with ball in hand. He also has the tendency to use his hips well when winning the ball off the deck, protecting the ball and eliminating his opponent in one motion. With the game up for grabs, he was thrown back into the middle in the last quarter and behind the ball late on where he took a nice pack mark.

#47 Nicholas Baker – Donning a helmet, Baker was not all that hard to spot as he went about his business in the back half. He is another prospect who is forced to play both tall and small, and he played a good sweeping role for the Allies. Baker’s defensive pressure stood out early on with a couple of acts sparing his side a further deficit, and he was able to impact the contest through his work rate and smart positioning.

#48 Dirk Koenen – Playing largely in tandem with Baker, Koenen made his way to a good number of aerial contests down back, while doing his best to sweep the ball out of there. He had a few fumbly moments and slipped up a bit in the wet, but made good decisions by foot which proved important.

Vic Country:

#2 Sam Walsh – Walsh was the standout midfielder on the day for Vic Country with his run and skill a feature for all four quarters. Walsh in the wet conditions was clean with his hands all day at ground level and overhead, he took a nice contested intercept mark in the third quarter and he quickly played on with a kick inboard and then quickly following up with the receive handball where he would continue to run and hit a long switch kick. Walsh showed impressive movement and composure with ball in hand where he would spin one way and then the other way keeping the opposition on their toes while also helping him take the best option which he often did. One passage of play stood out in the second quarter where he ran into the incoming Tarryn Thomas and he just turned on a dime and managed to get away. The kick was ineffective, but the way he was able to avoid trouble was eye-catching. Walsh was impressive at winning the ball at stoppages after half-time which he had to do with the injuries to key inside midfielders Jye Caldwell and Mitch Riordan. Walsh’s kicking this year has not been as good as he would like but his kicking on this day was first class with one such kick inside 50 in the last quarter where he lowered his eyes and found a target.

#3 Toby Bedford – Bedford was energetic as a small forward for all four quarters often putting on great pressure and tackling with intent. He had one excellent chase down tackle in the first quarter and he would continue to buzz around the forward 50 and be a threat. What really impressed was his multiple efforts to tackle and get involved in the play, he was also very clean with his hands and often made good decisions with the ball. He got to play around the ball more in the last quarter often getting involved in defence, he showed nice vision under pressure in one bit of play although his handball was a but too long the vision he showed in that situation was impressive.

#4 Jye Caldwell – Caldwell unfortunately had his game cut short with a hamstring injury early in the second quarter. Caldwell managed to make an impact in the first quarter however, where he kicked a goal on the run on his opposite foot. He would continue to work hard at stoppages and lay some solid tackles and work deep in defence to help his defenders. Caldwell had some shaky kicks on his left foot but it was good to see him at least try and use it instead of trying to go back on his right and be corralled with the kick.

#5 Xavier Duurmsa – Duursma had a quiet game starting in defence, he used the ball well early with his hands at ground level and handballs good in the wet conditions. He did some nice things later on before going forward in the last quarter where he had a nice front and square rove although the kick was nicely smothered by the Allies defender. Not long after that he laid a hard tackle and he should have been rewarded with a shot on goal.

#6 Laitham Vandermeer – The over-ager showed nice run and carry from half-back especially in the first quarter. One such play early in the game stood out where he marked on the wing with a kick down the line that he would end up following up and receiving then kicking nicely inside 50 which would lead to a shot at goal for Garoni. Late in the quarter he showed great attack at the contest, he would then lay a nice tackle then follow up with a run and fake finally handballing out wide to a teammate. Some of his handballs in the second quarter were very slick, with one handball done in the blink of an eye which was put perfectly to the advantage of Bedford who was running at full pace. In the last quarter he showed good evasion getting around multiple opponents in the forward half.

#8 Ned McHenry – McHenry played an excellent game working hard to win the ball while also working hard defensively with some great chases and hard tackles. McHenry’s quick clean hands were a feature in the first quarter along with his nice movement at stoppages. He would keep up his pressure and attack on the ball in the second quarter with a great bit of play in the forward half where he attacked the ball at speed evading an opponent and running into open goal, he would miss the shot but what he did to get into that position caught the eye. In the third quarter he would continue to lay plenty of hard tackles while also getting around his teammates at stoppages and gave plenty of encouragement around the ball.

#10 Zac Foot – Foot had a mixed game, it was not ideal conditions for a running wingman, but he worked hard to impact contests. His hands in the wet were mostly clean, especially in the second quarter with a few nice pickups on the run. Foot made a number of mistakes, but what impressed was his efforts to win the ball back and make up for his mistakes and in the wet conditions that’s all you could ask for.

#12 Caleb Serong – Despite a quiet first half Serong would finish the game strongly, usually a midfielder for Gippsland he played most of the game as a forward and he showed plenty of his midfield traits with some nice ground level gathers and clean hands. His attack on the ball and second efforts up forward where important in the second half and he just continued to get involved as the game went on, he missed a snap goal in the last quarter but he did well to even get a boot to it so quickly with pressure coming. What really stood out with his game was how he was able to improve as the game went on and how effective he was when going for the ball and distributing the ball by hand.

#13 Tom Berry – Usually a midfielder for the Rebels, Berry played mostly as a forward in the first half. He had a nice rove from a pack although fumbling he quickly regathered the ball and snapped at goal which was only just touched. His attack on the ball and pressure was his standout feature in the second quarter he would later be sent into defence in the second half. Berry did some very gutsy things in defence, one bit of play he went back with the flight with no thought for his body, he would continue to put his body on the line and impact the contests at ground level and overhead with some nice spoils. Berry used the ball quickly in defence he had both a great kick and a poor kick in the last quarter trying to take the game on.

#14 Sam Flanders – Flanders was arguably the most dangerous small forward in the game constantly getting to dangerous spots, he would also put on a lot of pressure and would attack the contests up forward. His first goal came from a kick of the ground in the goal square and his second goal came with a classy snap in the third quarter where he had worked hard beforehand to lock the ball inside 50. He had a nice bit of play in the midfield in the last quarter where he just whacked into Allies gun Tarryn Thomas and then followed up the loose ball from a stoppage having a run and delivering a nice pass to the 50m arc.

#15 Lachlan Ash – Bottom ager Ash had quiet second half, but his first half was full of eye catching moments with his quick ball movement and agility impressing. One such play stood out in the first quarter where he would sidestep an opponent in defence stay composed and hit a nice switch kick under pressure. He had some really good efforts competing hard in a 2-on-1 at half-forward attacking the contest hard and won the ball.  He had some good efforts deep in defence where he just worked the ball to the boundary to kill the ball.

#18 Mitchell Riordan – Riordan had his day cut short getting injured late in the second quarter, he had a quiet first quarter but he worked hard in the second quarter putting on some good pressure around the stoppages while also cracking in hard with his attack on the ball which got him rewarded with a free kick in the middle of the ground.

#19 Sam Fletcher – Fletcher was a hard worker in the midfield laying plenty of tackles and getting to plenty of stoppages where he would use his clean hands at the clearances. He was rewarded for a good tackle in the second quarter and he would continue winning multiple tackles over every quarter. Fletcher’s clean hands at the stoppages stood out where he rarely fumbled and was able to release the outside running players. Fletcher would use his clean hands late in the game to take a lovely contested mark, his kicking throughout the day was not a feature and his speed hindered him at times but his constant effort over four quarters couldn’t be faulted.

#25 Kyle Reid – Reid had a mixed bag in defence, his kicking was shaky early on with a few poor kicks but one of his pickups on the run in the wet was impressive for a player his size. Reid continued to do some great defensive efforts with a good intercept mark deep in defence where he quickly played on, his quick ball movement was a positive with a bit of play in the last quarter standing out where he took a nice intercept mark, he would quickly play on with a kick and follow up his kick with some dash and a nice rebound kick. He laid a good tackle late in the last quarter and was rewarded with a free kick and he would then deliver a nice kick inside 50.

#26 Matt McGannon – The over-ager showed some nice movement and kicking from half-back and he would often take kick-outs and deliver nicely. McGannon hit the target often by foot and would often follow up his kicks with good run and carry. Decision making under pressure would be something he can work on because he is damaging with time and space.

#27 Zane Barzen – Barzen spent most of his time on a wing despite playing as a forward for the Murray Bushrangers. Barzen took multiple lead up marks in the first quarter he also took an intercept mark but his kick inside 50 was a bit too wide. Barzen has a presence in the air which he showed later in the last quarter taking a nice mark floating from the side, eh would miss the set shot at goal however. Barzen had some promising moments but if he is to play more time on the wing he needs to be stronger over the ball and not be so easily pushed off as he was on a few occasions during the day.

#28 Bailey Schmidt – Schmidt had a solid game in the ruck, what impressed most was his follow up work and attack on the contest. He had a good spoil in the third quarter where he followed up nicely with a hard tackle. Other than a poor kick over the head of his teammate in the third quarter, his ball use was otherwise solid and he showed some promising signs when following up his ruck work.

#29 Bailey Williams – Williams won plenty of taps especially early in the game with his superior leap, he would often run hard to follow up his ruck work throughout the day. Williams showed some nice movement for his size with a nice side step and long kick inside 50 in the first quarter and a lovely piece of play late in the second quarter where he would tap the ball on along the wing, gather the ball then handball and would end up following that up kicking a nice running shot at goal.  He would have a quiet second half but he would take a fantastic contested mark on the lead in the third quarter; his tap work and leap would prove an asset for all four quarters.

#30 Oscar Brownless – Brownless toiled hard for a lot of the day playing forward and through the midfield. He started the game well with some good attack and desperation around the ball and used the ball well by hand, he would have a quiet second quarter before getting more involved in the third with some nice pressure in the forward half with his efforts leading to Flanders goal in the third quarter and he showed good courage going back with the flight in one contest. Brownless impressed with some good tackles and he competed well in the air in the last quarter.

#31 Brock Smith – The Gippsland defender had a quiet game but his hardness at the contest was still a feature. He was tasked with the job on dangerous Allies player Tarryn Thomas when he was resting forward and Smith more than held his own with that match up often letting him know where he was and putting on constant body contact and pressure.

#35 Hudson Garoni – Garoni worked hard in the first quarter, he took a nice contested mark only to kick a behind but he would later capitalise with a chest mark then go back and slot the set shot goal. He was good with his hands with one good handball to McHenry while Garoni was on the ground, he kicked his second goal from a free kick and almost had his third with the next centre clearance where he lead out and took a nice mark only to miss the set shot from 50. He would add another point in the last quarter coming from an impressive contested mark on the lead.

#37 Dane Hollenkamp – Hollenkamp did not do a lot wrong playing as a key defender, he often used the ball well and his defensive work was top notch with some solid spoils. He had one good bit of play in the second quarter where he showed desperation to work the ball towards the boundary. His best bit of play came in the last quarter where he attacked the ball hard, had a run and then kicked truly out of defence.

#39 Connor Idun – Toiled hard in defence and often used the ball well and quickly by hand. Idun took some nice intercept marks throughout the day including some timely spoils and good tackles. Idun did well to win the ball and take some marks but his ball movement was often slow not taking the first option and would end up just kicking long down the line and if Idun is going to make that next step it would be promising to see him use the ball quicker after a mark like he does in general play because his quick hands in general play were fantastic.

Scouting notes: Vic Country vs. Allies

WE headed down to Ikon Park for the trial matches between the Allies and the two Victorian sides. In the first game, Vic Country took to the field and led most of the game until an inspired-Allies outfit overran them in the final term to claim the victory. Here are the notes taken by Peter Williams and Ed Pascoe from that game with the Vic Metro/Allies notes to come tomorrow.

Vic Country:

#2 Sam Walsh

Gun. Just looked a class above out there and you can see why clubs will be lining up for his services come years-end. He has good speed, acceleration and is composed under pressure and has an ability to kicks goals as well. He had two in the first half and won the footy at will. Walsh was strong overhead and a quick thinker. Danced around the opposition on the wing, had a few ‘Pendlebury’ moments. Was rested midway through the third quarter and earned it too after a superb performance.

#5 Xavier Duursma

Strong overhead for a lighter bodied player and took a good intercept mark on the wing in the second quarter. Playing more in the defensive half of the ground, Duursma used his slick skills to effect off half-back. He is able to weigh his kicks and take power off them when required. Took a couple of good defensive intercept marks including an absolute hanger in the dying seconds of the third quarter. In the final term Duursma laid a fantastic tackle, showing great technique to turn the body at full speed rather than land in his opponents’ back. Set up a Riley Bowman goal with a great kick inside 50. Stocks are rising, a potential first round pick.

#6 Laitham Vandermeer

Was good in the first half, often involved in a chain of handballs off half-back. Kicked a great goal from 50m after he looked to pass it off but knew he was the best option to have a shot. Then playing in defence in the second term, laid a great spoil on an opponent down low without giving away a free. Just buzzed around through the match creating run off half-back.

#7 Jai Taylor

After an early miskick out of defence saw Chayce Jones capitalise with a goal, Taylor had a better second quarter, winning a bit of the ball in midfield and in defence. Kicked out of defence but did throw it on the boot a little. Continued to work hard and still had some good moments winning contested possessions.

#10 Zac Foot

Really good early stages, had a shot on goal in the opening minute after a handball from Sam Walsh but his shot just missed. Had a couple of blistering runs to break up the contested play. Took a good mark leading up on the wing and delivered a piercing kick in-board. Could be a real X-Factor at the National Under 18 Championships.

#11 Zane Keighran

Copped a knock late in the first quarter and looked sore, but came back on and showed good hands through traffic. Not afraid to get involved.

#14 Sam Flanders

Played further up the ground than his usual forward pocket. Won a bit at half-back and was involved in some handball chains then went deep forward and took a good mark late in the second term. His shot from 30m out went out on the full, then pounced on an Allies error out of full-back moments later to dribble home a goal. Good mark on defensive 50 and strong one-on-one but kicking was a bit off in the third term. Long inside 50 in the final term was thrown on the boot but next entry was a great pass to Hudson Garoni who goaled.

#15 Lachlan Ash

Sensational start to the game, played in an unfamiliar position up forward and kicked the opening goal of the game from a snap. He rushed a couple of possessions along the wing, but seemed to settle as the game went on and showed good composure at both ends. He won the ball on the forward side of the wing and took a few bounces but then elected to handball to a teammate under pressure 25m out rather than take the snap. Good composure when going back to half-back.

#16 Jake Frawley

Good pressure at ground level, laid a few good tackles and showed quick hands under pressure and through traffic. Took a good mark inside 50 but his set shot from 35m just missed. Good diving mark in the final term to intercept the ball on the wing.

#19 Sam Fletcher

Fletcher played mostly through the midfield showing his clean hands on multiple occasions, there where countless times he would spin into a tackle and fire out a nice handball. A busy day through the middle.

#20 Cooper Stephens

Good hands under pressure at half-back and along the wing in the first term. Strong hands leading out to half-back in the second term, but kick went straight to the opposition who was in front of his Vic Country opponent.

#24 Matty Lloyd

Played on the wing where he showed his clean hands. Lloyd was solid with ball in hand and kicked well on both sides with one kick inside 50 in the second quarter showing off his foot skills.

#25 Kyle Reid

Good defensive pressure in the back-half, kicked long out of defence and looks for that piercing kick for a leading target. Had a few fumbles in the second term but mopped up his own mistakes and showed good second efforts.

#26 Matthew McGannon

Stood up well in a marking contest and kicked well to the wing in front of a teammate’s running path. Had a courageous moment in the third term, going back with the flight and copped a knee in his back for his troubles, but impacted the marking contest.

#27 Zane Barzen

He was used on the wing despite his goal kicking form at TAC Cup level. Barzen took plenty of lead up marks on the wing and his kicking inside 50 was a good feature of his game.

#28 Bailey Schmidt

Played a solid game playing in the ruck and up forward. He took a fantastic mark on the lead in 2nd quarter and showed some good composure in the last quarter with a quality handball under pressure.

#29 Bailey Williams

Got involved at ground level on the wing and laid a fantastic tackle on Mitchell O’Neill when he was trying to run off half-back. Not bad straight-line running from the tall. Absolutely HUGE third term where he showed off twice the kind of agility he has, grabbing it cleanly with one hand then burning off his opponent to run towards goal. Kicked a goal running goal side of the stoppage, kicking it off the ground straight through the middle. Also took a huge intercept grab on the wing with a big vertical leap. Spent some time in the ruck too. Kicked a goal from a set shot after a chest mark leading out, 15m out. 

#30 Oscar Brownless

Brownless started the game well with his clean hands on show around the stoppages, he kicked a nice set shot goal in the first quarter. The Geelong Falcons co-captain was clean on transition throughout the day and rarely made a mistake.

#31 Brock Smith

The Gippsland bottom-ager started the game well down back, he took a nice mark back with the flight in the first quarter and quickly played on with a long switch kick, Smith was moved forward after the first quarter showing good attack on the ball.

#34 Scott Carlin

Carlin was rock solid down back with his ball use by foot really impressing. The slick half-back did not do a lot wrong he often made good decisions and was a consistent four-quarter player. He also took a nice intercept mark in the last quarter. Overall a really impressive performance with the opportunities he had.

#35 Hudson Garoni

The key forward took a while to get into the game he was playing forward for most of the day and was moved into the midfield late in the game where he got more of the ball. He had a nice shot for goal in the last quarter where he worked hard to lead into space and finished off with a good goal from a set shot.

#36 Riley Bowman

Bowman did a lot of work around the ground often rucking, resting forward and even pushing down to help the defenders at times, one instance in the second quarter he did some nice defensive work. Kicked an easy goal late in the game to reward his efforts for the day.

#37 Dane Hollenkamp

The key defender was solid down back with some nice defensive efforts with some timely spoils. Hollenkamp was often composed an efficient whenever he got the ball.

#38 Blake Schlensog

The forward had a quiet game, with his best bit of play coming in the second quarter where he spun out of trouble and kicked a nice snap goal. He got more involved in the ruck later in the game.

#39 Connor Idun

Idun had a solid game down back and he was often undersized but still competed well. His defensive efforts continued for all FOUR quarters. Did well to compete with the taller Caleb Graham in the third quarter, nullifying him on many occasions.

Allies:

#1 Connor Budarick

One of the Allies’ best in the first half, showed quick hands under pressure and buzzed around the stoppages. He showed good vision and was able to execute into space and change direction with his kick to hit a dart inside 50 to a leading teammate. Played in defence in the third term, once he threw it on the boot, the other time was a good long kick out of the back half.

#3 Josh Stern

Opposed to Sam Walsh at the stoppages and laid some important tackles and showed good defensive pressure. Ran hard in the final term and earned a goal for his hard work, kicking a goal from the goal square without breaking stride.

#4 Mitchell Anderton

Won a free kick for in the back in defence and kicked long to the wing. Unfortunately was injured late in the first quarter and was on crutches after that.

#9 Blair Rubock

Showed good disposal in all thirds of the ground, and had a powerful handball in the second term to a teammate. A running shot on goal from 40m just missed.

#10 Chayce Jones

Quieter first half, but laid a fierce tackle at half-back to lock up the ball. Kicked a goal off a step from about 35m out which bounced through for a goal and got more involved as the game went on. Had a good kick inside 50 after winning a free for holding – certainly put some extra mayo on it to alert the umpires. Stepped up in the final term with a quick snap just missing before snapping a great goal. Kicked long to space inside 50 out of traffic.

#11 Keidean Coleman

Played a mixture of defence and midfield and looked a bit surer in the midfield. When kicking out of full-back he made a few errors by foot, but was better on the run with time and space. He looked more composed when through the middle and was good one-on-one in marking contests. Put in a piercing kick going inside 50 lowering the eyes to McFayden for the latter’s fourth goal. His best was good, just needed more consistency in his disposal.

#12 Mitchell O’Neill

Good hands in close and composed under pressure. Quick hands to release Fraser Turner in the opening term who kicked to Michael Mummery for the first goal. O’Neill is strong one-on-one in the marking contest, took a good mark and showed strength in the air. Produced a kick under pressure off half-back in the second term. One of the better players across the game for the Allies.

#13 Ethan Jackson

Tried hard throughout the four quarters and won some good ball on the inside. Spun out of traffic and showed good agility throughout, finishing his game off with a goal in the final term off a step. Had a second shot but it went wide before McFayden marked in a pack and finished the job off.

#14 Jeromy Lucas

Laid a strong tackle on Sam Walsh in the second term, but came alive in the second half making the most of his chances with three goals from three kicks when inside 50. Kicked one from a set shot and two for snaps off a step.

#16 James Peatling

Won a free kick 20m out from goal in the third term but just missed.

#17 Thomas Matthews

Powerful kick inside 50 found Michael Mummery in the goal square for the first goal of the game, then kicked out of full-back in the second term, putting a teammate under pressure but mopped up with a good second effort.

#20 Fraser Turner

Won a couple of possessions in a chain and had a shot from inside 50 but it bounced wide for a behind. Long kick inside 50 in the third term was effective, and kicked deep moments later after a clean pick-up.

#23 Michael Mummery

Mummery had a solid game for the Allies, he took a nice contested mark against two opponents in the first quarter which was his only goal for the game but he set up others with some lovely kicks inside 50. His best pass came in the third quarter after a classy side step and then a great kick inside 50.

#30 Ben Sloan

Sloan got better as the game went on, he took a nice contested mark in the third quarter and finished it off with a goal. He did some good work in the midfield in the last quarter with some good clearances.

#31 Connor McFayden

McFayden was the standout player for the Allies kicking four goals which could have been more. His first goal was a nice long goal on the run in the second quarter, his second was when he showed great attack and snapped truly. His final two goals came in the last quarter, one after a nice one-handed mark and the other was a set shot goal from 50 metres. McFayden also played through the midfield winning some handy clearances, his attack on the ball a feature of his game all day.

#32 Toara Marango

Marango toiled hard down back often playing on much taller opponents and handled himself well. He took a nice intercept mark in the last quarter.

#37 Jacob Koschitzke

Playing at both ends, Koschitzke was one of the Allies better players on the day, he started down back taking a nice contested mark in the in the first quarter and then quickly switched the ball with a nice kick. Koschitzke was moved forward in the second half and he looked good on the lead and he competed well. He laid a nice chase down tackle in the last quarter showing another element to his game for a taller player.

#42 Rodney Baird

The over-ager was clean with his ball use down back and often used the ball quickly. Baird was a solid defender throughout the day.

#43 Nick Murray

The key defender was strong in defence one-on-one, but went into the umpire’s book after he landed a massive shirtfront on Brock Smith in the second quarter.

#44 Caleb Graham

Playing down key forward early, he showed some promising signs as a taller player. In the first quarter he showed a nice passage of play attacking the ball cleanly then spinning out of trouble finishing with a nice handball. He moved well throughout the day often using the ball well and being a good target up forward, he was later moved down back.

#45 Jack Tomkinson

Tomkinson battled hard in the ruck using his solid frame to win hit outs and impose himself at the contest. He took a nice intercept mark in the third quarter.

#47 Nicholas Baker

Baker had a nice passage of play early in the game showing good balance then a clean handball and solid block straight afterwards.

#50 Ben Kelly

Kelly did well to follow up his ruck work throughout the day. He kicked a nice set shot goal in the last quarter and attacked the ball hard and with a nice handball set up another goal.

Tasmania and GWS Academy dominate Allies squad for National Under 18 Championships

TASMANIA and GWS GIANTS Academy comprise almost 50 per cent of the extended Allies National Under 18 Championships squad that was announced today. Among the Tasmanians are top 10 fancy and North Melbourne Next Generation Academy member Tarryn Thomas, as well as midfielder Chayce Jones and small forward Blair Rubock. For the GIANTS, Murray Bushrangers’ Matt Walker, Ben Kelly, Nick Murray and Jacob Koschitzke have made the side, as has GIANTS MVP Award winner ruck Kieran Briggs.

Brisbane Lions Academy has eight members have made the cut, including Connor McFadyen – who booted five goals in the final game – and Keidan Coleman. Gold Coast Suns Academy also had eight nominees including father-son prospect Bailey Scott, talented key position swingman Caleb Graham, and tackling machine Timakoi Bowie. Despite winning four of the five Under 18 Academy games, Sydney Swans Academy only had six representatives in the Allies squad, with first round prospect Nick Blakey, as well as consistent performers across the series, Josh Stern and Joey Reinhard also in the squad. Northern Territory had just the four nominees including AFL Academy member Matthew Green, and the talented Michael Mummery.

The National Under 18 Championships begin on June 3, with the Allies set to battle against strong competition from South Australia, Western Australia, Vic Metro and Vic Country for the Division One title.

ALLIES NAB AFL UNDER 18 National CHAMPIONSHIPS SQUAD

Gold Coast Academy (8)

Emmanuel Baru
Ryan Gilmore
Caleb Graham
Dirk Koenan
Bailey Scott
Lachlan McDonald
Connor Budarick
Timakoi Bowie

Brisbane Lions Academy (8)

Ben Sloan
Jack Tomkinson
Keidan Coleman
Jesse Quint
Connor McFadyen
Toara Marango
Tom Matthews
Darcy Marsh

GWS GIANTS Academy (11)

Kieran Briggs
Riley Corbett
Jacob Koschitzke
Jeromy Lucas
Guy Richardson
Nick Murray
Matt Walker
James Peatling
Ben Kelly
Thomas Green
Liam Delahunty

Sydney Academy (6)

Joey Reinhard
Josh Stern
Zak Cameron
Kyle McKellar
Nick Blakey
Josh Rayner

Tasmania (13)

Baxter Norton
Chayce Jones
Nick Baker
Tarryn Thomas
Fraser Turner
Blair Rubock
Lachlan Gadomski
Mitch Anderton
Rhyan Mansell
Matt McGuiness
Tim Auckland
Ethan Jackson
Mitch O’Neill

Northern Territory (4)

Matt Green
Michael Mummery
Izaak Wyatt
Rodney Baird

Lion cubs ready to roar in 2018

QUEENSLAND’S top young talent is continuing to grow, with 2018 promising to be another busy year for the Brisbane Lions Academy. The Lions have a number of talented prospects they will develop and showcase across the season.

Lions Academy manager Luke Curran was kind enough to give AFL Draft Central his time in discussing what lies ahead for the academy this season.

The Academy already had its first hit outs across last weekend, featuring three games played by the academies Under 18 girls and male Under 16 and Under 18 squads. The Brisbane Lions Under 18 Female Academy played against the Gold Coast Suns Under 18 Female Academy in a curtain raiser to the AFLW, between Brisbane and Collingwood at the Moreton Bay Sports Complex recently.

Curran was pleased with the performances of the Academies’ male and female teams over the weekend in wet conditions.

“The three academy games were really good. The girls had a win (37 points) over the Gold Coast Suns in their first practice game,” Curran said. “We also had the U16s and 18s boys in difficult conditions. The boys and girls’ teams both played well considering the conditions.”

The Lions Academy also had eight players play in the Lions’ North Eastern Australian Football League (NEAFL) squad in their practice match against Aspley last weekend. By all reports the academy players acquitted themselves well in the match.

“Feedback from the NEAFL match from the coaches was really good,” Curran said. “The boys slotted into that team well and all performed their roles as required. We’ll be using players from our U19 NEAFL development program and U18s regularly throughout the year to make up numbers in the NEAFL main squad.”

The under 18s and 19s in the Lions Academy all aspire to get drafted later in the year. Curran identified some of the top prospects with high potential to be drafted onto an AFL list.

Ben Sloan had a reasonable season last year, going through again this year as a 19 year-old with the hope of good performances to put him in contention,” Curran said. Jack Tomkinson is a tall ruckman and key position player that’s stepped up over summer playing good footy. “From the 18 year-old’s you’re looking at guys like Tom Matthews who played in the Under 17 all star game last year. Connor McFadyen, Kiedean Coleman and Jesse Quint. There’s a fair few in the 18s we are happy with now.”

Fans will have the opportunity to see these young stars in action throughout the year. Academy players will be committing to play both academy/representative games, alongside matches for their local clubs depending on their week-to-week schedule. Fans can find the clubs of academy players on the Brisbane Lions website.

The key competitions for the Lions academy prospects this season include the AFL Under 18 Academy Series in April, followed by the Division 1 National Under 18 Championships.  Academy players will be looking to put a good foot forward in the Academy Series to stamp their spot in the Allies side at the national championships. Curran stressed that the players should not rely on the Academy series to perform their best but rather do so on a week-to-week basis in club and NEAFL games.

“We find the NEAFL games are important as well playing with and against AFL listed players on a regular basis,” Curran said. “Every game is important, the boys will fluctuate week to week but hopefully they can put consistent performances together. From our point of view, we are more worried about performance and development rather than outcomes of the games.”

The Lions Academy will have two more practice games over the next fortnight against the Gold Coast Suns Academy and the Wilston Grange QAFL side in preparation for the Academy Series. To keep updated and learn more about the Lions Academy just check out the Brisbane Lions website.