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Team Selection: TAC Cup – Round 13

ALL twelve teams return to TAC Cup action this round after a split round 12 saw teams divided up over two weekends.


Round 13 – Saturday, July 28, 12pm
Box Hill City Oval, Box Hill

In the first game of the round, the Eastern Ranges host Greater Western Victoria (GWV) Rebels with both sides having named extended benches. Mihaele Zalac, Thomas Lockman, Xavier Fry and Harvey Chinn are among eight inclusions, while ruck Steven Kapahnke, Chayce Black and Lachlan Kruger are named among the five omissions. GWV have made just two confirmed changes with Connor Giddings and Ben Dodd out, while five players have come in, including forwards Tylar Watts and Josh Chatfield to provide height up front.

Eastern Ranges

B: 38. M. Briggs, 47. T. Hallett-Tauali’i, 20. B. Cardamone
HB: 23. X. Fry, 31. J. Blanck, 57. C. Leon
C: 8. J.  Burleigh, 7. L.  Stapleton, 11. M.  Mellis
HF: 25. L. Vassis, 45. M. Zalac, 46. B. White
F: 59. J. Nathan, 18. B. McCormack, 32. F. Smith
R: 58. R. Smith, 24. K. Quirk, 26. C. Norris
Int: 3. H. Chinn, 30. T. Edwards, 5. R. Einsporn, 12. J. Gilbee, 2. A. Kalcovski, 42. T. Lockman, 22. C. Quirk
23P: 64. Z. Pretty

In: M. Zalac, J. Nathan, H. Chinn, F. Smith, C. Leon, T. Lockman, X. Fry, Z. Pretty
Out: C. Tilyard,  L. Munro,  S. Kapahnke,  L. Kruger,  C. Black

Greater Western Victoria Rebels

B: 10. J. Lohmann, 48. J. Cleaver, 44. R. Polkinghorne
HB: 3. S. Carlin, 18. B. Helyar, 24. M. Lloyd
C: 5. H.  Jennings, 27. E.  Lamb, 30. I.  Wareham
HF: 21. I. Grant, 11. J. Chatfield, 6. C. Wilson
F: 14. J. Hill, 20. T. Watts, 2. M. Schnerring
R: 29. P. Glanford, 9. L. Dawson, 1. C. Craig-Peters
Int: 4. B. Annett, 12. A. Gove, 16. E. Harvey, 47. T. Mahony, 7. M. Martin, 26. R. Ranieri, 40. I. Thomas
23P: 42. E. Ajang

In: T. Watts, J. Chatfield, R. Ranieri, A. Gove, B. Annett
Out: C. Giddings, B. Dodd



Round 13 – Saturday, July 28, 1pm
Norm Minns Oval, Wangaratta

Up the highway, Murray Bushrangers take on Western Jets in the match of the day. The Bushrangers have brought in creative forward, Mathew Walker, as well as midfielder, Dylan Clarke, but Jake Bradshaw and James Butts are among four outs in the team. For the Jets, Jaden Rice and Malwal Maguang are the only two confirmed outs, while David Pantalleresco and Tristan Rudic are two of five ins to an extended bench.

Murray Bushrangers

B: 34. T. Boyd, 59. L. Fiore, 19. J. Boyer
HB: 12. L. Ash, 8. J. Koschitzke, 16. N. Murray
C: 26. R.  Bice, 5. E.  Smith, 13. B.  Frauenfelder
HF: 2. J. Butts, 18. H. Garoni, 10. P. Warner
F: 14. J. Chalcraft, 7. Z. Barzen, 9. M. Walker
R: 35. F. Bollinghaus, 28. K. Clarke, 38. D. Clarke
Int: 6. W. Chandler, 23. M. Marriott, 55. R. Paradzayi, 53. C. Wilson
23P: 51. T. Matthes

In: R. Paradzayi, T. Matthes, M. Walker, D. Clarke
Out: J. Butts,  J. Bradshaw,  L. Whyte,  J. Sanford

Western Jets

B: 48. A. Britten, 37. H. Murphy, 15. M. Hearne
HB: 25. S. Johnson, 38. B. Khamis, 39. S. Radovanovic
C: 17. D.  Andrews , 7. J.  Watkins, 24. J.  Honey
HF: 20. D. Cassar, 31. E. Jeka, 2. T. Rudic
F: 1. J. Hazik, 45. A. Clarke, 49. D. Pantalleresco
R: 47. D. Walters, 12. C. Thar, 33. X. O’Halloran
Int: 18. B. Colley, 8. J. Kellett, 10. S. Kyriazis, 22. O. Manton, 6. L. Rocci, 41. L. Rzanovski, 26. W. Smyth
23P: 44. N. Shaw

In: B. Colley, N. Shaw, D. Pantalleresco, T. Rudic, W. Smyth
Out: M. Maguang, J. Rice



Round 13 – Saturday, July 28, 2pm
Preston City Oval, Preston

Both Northern Knights and Gippsland Power have welcomed back some important players for their clash at Preston City Oval. The Knights have lost a number of players to school football, with the outs made up of Vic Metro ruck Tom Hallebone, as well as Justin McInerney, Patrik Della Rocca, Adam Carafa and Kye Yodgee. Ryan Sturgess, Harrison Grace, Ryan Gardner and Joel Naylor are among eight inclusions on an extended bench. For the Power, ruck Ryan Henkel comes into the team, as does Tyrone Hayes, while Marcus Toussaint is the only confirmed out at this stage.

Northern Knights

B: 11. R. Sturgess, 33. J. Randall, 22. M. Wild
HB: 4. T. McKenzie, 28. S. Uzelac, 5. L. Potter
C: 25. J.  Davies, 10. B.  Bell, 1. R.  Gardner
HF: 7. H. Grace, 18. S. Brazier, 40. N. Mayne
F: 24. R. Bowkett, 9. C. Simonsen, 27. J. Lucente
R: 19. N. Howard, 13. S. Philp, 17. J. D’Intinosante
Int: 35. K. Agosta, 37. K. Brandt, 51. J. Collins, 12. J. Naylor, 32. I. Rossi, 15. O. White, 44. C. Wild
23P: 52. J. Trudgeon

In: R. Sturgess, H. Grace, R. Gardner, N. Mayne, K. Agosta, J. Collins, J. Naylor, K. Brandt
Out: K. Yodgee,  T. Hallebone,  P. Della Rocca,  J. McInerney,  A. Carafa

Gippsland Power

B: 7. B. Patterson, 25. K. Reid, 15. R. Sparkes
HB: 1. T. Hayes, 14. T. Hourigan, 12. B. Smith
C: 18. M.  McGannon, 28. H.  Hood, 29. B.  Motton
HF: 36. M. Bentvelzen , 33. B. Thorson, 20. H. Neocleous
F: 8. B. Beck, 23. N. Gown, 9. I. Mosquito
R: 16. J. Smith, 11. A. Hodge, 5. X. Duursma
Int: 4. S. Flanders, 22. R. Henkel, 40. Z. Hurley, 19. F. Phillips, 35. J. van der Pligt, 32. L. Williams, 45. A. Young
23P: 34. J. Hume

In: R. Henkel, T. Hayes, F. Phillips, J. Hume
Out: M. Toussaint



Round 13 – Sunday, July 29, 11.30am
RAMS Arena, Craigieburn

Moving onto the Sunday games, both Calder Cannons and Dandenong Stingrays have named extended benches for their clash. Calder has brought in AFL Academy member, Curtis Taylor and the likes of Ben Rigoni, Anthony Righele and Mohammed Abou-Eid among 12 inclusions. Fellow AFL Academy member Jack Bytel is out with injury, with forward Josh Kemp, Sam Graham and Harrison Minton-Connell among nine outs. For the ladder-leading Stingrays, Bailey Schmidt and Daniel Frampton replace Matthew Cumming and Corey Ellison up either end in the side, while Finlay Bayne and Hayden Young are big inclusions for the visitors.

Calder Cannons

B: 9. C. Barton, 38. B. Newman, 43. L. Cavallaro
HB: 48. S. Ramsay, 23. D. Hanna, 8. L. Sholl
C: 27. T.  Browning, 30. M.  Podhajski, 3. I.  Moussa
HF: 44. N. Gentile, 12. J. O’Sullivan, 19. B. Rigoni
F: 42. N. Croft, 5. C. Taylor, 32. M. Simpson
R: 59. J. Middleton, 1. D. Mott, 53. M. Abou-Eid
Int: 51. W. Jury, 52. B. Reddick, 29. J. Riccardi, 55. A. Righele, 39. L. Sultana, 37. D. Torcia, 13. N. Walsh
23P: 18. S. Shorten

In: M. Simpson, D. Torcia, J. Middleton, B. Reddick, S. Shorten, M. Abou-Eid, N. Walsh, N. Gentile, L. Sultana, C. Taylor, B. Rigoni, A. Righele
Out: P. Mahoney,  J. Taylor,  H. Jones,  H. Minton-Connell,  L. Johnson,  J. Bytel,  J. Martin,  J. Kemp,  S. Graham

Dandenong Stingrays

B: 12. M. Gahan, 32. D. Frampton, 41. L. Stenning
HB: 2. H. Young, 5. A. Paterson, 10. L. Young
C: 9. Z.  Foot, 23. C.  Hustwaite, 7. J.  Taylor
HF: 49. M. Cottrell, 29. B. Williams, 3. J. Plumridge
F: 17. F. Bayne, 28. B. Schmidt, 16. J. Frawley
R: 13. R. Bowman, 1. S. Fletcher, 58. W. Hamill
Int: 6. J. Barker, 36. S. Cumming, 45. L. Goonan, 27. L. McDonnell, 57. R. Nanscawen, 25. J. Triep
23P: 48. J. Stuart

In: L. Goonan, B. Schmidt, H. Young, D. Frampton, L. Young, J. Stuart, F. Bayne
Out: E. Cahill, B. Angwin, M. Cumming, L. Williams, C. Ellison



Round 13 – Sunday, July 29, 1pm
Central Reserve, Colac

Geelong Falcons return to Colac this weekend and are hosting Oakleigh Chargers, with both sides taking a very different approach to team selection. AFL Academy member, Ed McHenry is the only out for the Falcons, while Jack Grigsby and Keidan Rayner are the two confirmed ins. Oakleigh have unsurprisingly been hit hard by the return of school football with Vic Metro players James Rowbottom, Will Kelly and Joe Ayton-Delaney among a whopping 11 confirmed outs. There is some good news for the Chargers, with AFL Academy defender, Isaac Quaynor returning to the team and has been named on a wing. The likes of Bailey Wraith and Daniel Scala are also among the 14 inclusions.

Geelong Falcons

B: 31. C. Cartledge, 49. D. Hollenkamp, 21. L. Smith
HB: 40. J. Clark, 39. C. Idun, 20. B. Ham
C: 7. C.  Harris, 6. D.  Madigan, 2. S.  Torpy
HF: 10. B. Mensch, 42. H. Spiller, 22. S. Walsh
F: 1. J. Dahlhaus, 48. B. Schlensog, 13. H. Whyte
R: 44. S. Conway, 30. O. Brownless, 41. C. Stephens
Int: 9. B. Morton, 32. F. Parish, 3. K. Rayner, 25. L. Taylor
23P: 29. B. Miller

In: J. Grigsby, K. Rayner
Out: E. McHenry

Oakleigh Chargers

B: 56. M. Fewings, 30. B. Wraith, 76. H. Leonard
HB: 35. X. Fry, 80. T. Graham, 27. J. May
C: 23. I.  Quaynor, 1. R.  Collier-Dawkins, 11. M.  Rowell
HF: 13. A. Bosenavulagi, 7. J. Robertson, 26. J. Gasper
F: 8. N. Anderson, 22. D. Williams, 6 . M. Day
R: 65. L. Harry, 5. X. O’Neill, 12. N. Answerth
Int: 43. P. Bohan, 2. L. Bugeja, 66. N. Dempsey, 20. F. Elliot, 25. D. Scala, 28. O. Simpson, 42. K. Viccars
23P: 40. B. Jepson

In: T. Graham, N. Dempsey, L. Harry, I. Quaynor, P. Bohan, B. Wraith, M. Day, M. Fewings, D. Scala, B. Jepson, H. Leonard, J. May, K. Viccars, F. Elliot
Out: J. Rowbottom, N. Bryan, K. Dunkley, W. Golds, T. Bianco, W. Kelly, C. Whitehead, J. Ross, H. Mastras, C. Beasley, J. Ayton-Delaney



Round 13 – Sunday, July 29, 2.30pm
Trevor Barker Beach Oval, Sandringham

In the final game of the round, Sandringham Dragons have just made the casual 17 changes for the Dragons’ clash with Bendigo Pioneers. A massive 20 players have been included in a side which is almost a completely different side to the one that fronted up against Geelong Falcons in Round 12. With school football returning, the likes of Alastair Richards, Angus Hanrahan, Will Kennedy, Joe Griffiths, Harry Houlahan and Anthony Seaton will be missing from the side. In their place, George Grey, Ryan O’Meara, Andrew Courtney, Jai Florent, Tyson Milne and Corey Watts are among the long list of inclusions. For the Pioneers, James Schischka headlines five inclusions, while Braydon Vaz and Jeremy Rodi are among four confirmed outs for the Pioneers.

Sandringham Dragons

B: 14. R. O’Meara, 56. J. Hannah, 16. J. Paul
HB: 55. J. Cowden, 22. C. Millar, 69. C. Watts
C: 50. T.  Deane-Johns, 10. S. Sofronidis, 25. O. McMaster
HF: 3. T. Fogarty, 58. K. Yorke, 11. N. Stamatis
F: 39. J. Florent, 28. J. Rendell, 1. T. Long
R: 59. A. Courtney, 7. L. Stocker, 13. T. Brimble
Int: 36. M. Bergman, 67. J. Brazionis, 66. R. Byrnes, 24. H. Ferdinand, 47. T. Milne, 42. T. Murray, 40. M. Scott
23P: 35. G. Grey

In: M. Scott, T. Long, J. Cowden, H. Ferdinand, G. Grey, J. Paul, R. O’Meara, C. Millar, J. Hannah, A. Courtney, J. Florent, T. Milne, T. Deane-Johns, O. McMaster, M. Bergman, T. Murray, J. Brazionis, K. Yorke, C. Watts, T. Fogarty
Out: H. Ralphsmith,  F. McAsey,  J. Griffiths,  J. Mahony,  W. Kennedy,  L. Witts,  J. Bell,  A. Seaton,  A. Richards,  J. Denborough,  S. Forbes,  N. Burke,  J. Worrell,  C. Dean,  H. Houlahan,  A. Hanrahan,  J. Le Grice 

Bendigo Pioneers

B: 26. C. O’Shea, 24. N. McHugh, 2. J. Williams
HB: 16. J. Atley, 32. W. Wallace, 20. J. Schischka
C: 3. L.  Marciano, 43. H.  Lawrence, 51. B.  Waasdorp
HF: 17. R. Ironside, 46. L. Tenace, 49. O. Perez
F: 15. L. Caccaviello, 34. R. Clarke, 27. M. Lias
R: 54. M. Christensen, 5. N. Wheeler, 25. F. Perez
Int: 53. W. Allen, 39. D. Clohesy, 37. C. McCarty, 33. J. McHale, 28. C. Vick
23P: 50. N. Kay

In: D. Clohesy, C. McCarty, N. Kay, W. Wallace, J. Schischka
Out: E. Roberts, K. Brown, J. Rodi, B. Vaz

National U18 Championships previews: Round 5

IN the final stanza of the National Under 18 Championships, all roads lead to Etihad Stadium where the Allies take on Western Australia, and Vic Metro hosts South Australia in an enticing double header. Vic Metro and South Australia become the headline act with the winner-takes-all mentality given the title is on the line for both sides.


Wednesday, July 4, 2.10pm
Etihad Stadium

The opening game of the final round pits the Allies against Western Australia. The winner takes third spot on the final table of the National Under 18 Championships, with both teams having sole wins over Vic Country, and losses against South Australia and Vic Metro. The Allies come into the game with a strong squad, omitting bottom-ager Thomas Green who had been solid so far, and rotating Dirk Koenen for Matthew McGuiness. Overager Michael Mummery gets his chance to shine on Etihad, while the Western Australian side has three fresh faces to add to it’s victorious team over Vic Country. Ian Hill is a huge loss for the Black Swans, with the West Australian captain banned for a sling tackle on Laitham Vandermeer last Friday. With injuries to Damon Greaves and Thomas Baldwin, Western Australia flew over Wil Hickmott to join the squad, and he will run out tomorrow with Luke Moore and Ethan Hansen as the other changes.

The midfield battle will be intriguing with Hickmott joining Sydney StackLuke FoleyDeven Robertson and Luke English in the middle. Jack Buller will have his work cut out for him against man mountain Kieren Briggs who is in super form for the Allies. He has been giving his midfield of Tarryn ThomasConnor McFadyenChayce Jones and Fraser Turner first chance at the stoppages. Jacob Koschitzke is in fine form and could be the man for Dillon O’Reilly who has been showing promising signs as a key forward, while Jason Carter and Jordan Clark provide plenty of dash off half-back. Bailey Scott and Connor Budarick will look to keep them honest, while Nick Blakey looms as the danger man for the Allies and one that Western Australia – and perhaps Regan Spooner in particular – will look to contain. Overall, the Allies will head in as favourites, but the West Australians move the ball quick and cleanly to the forward line and it is hoped Jarrod Cameron can provide the spark again after he booted five goals in Geelong.


Wednesday, July 4, 4.40pm
Etihad Stadium

In the game that everyone will tune in for, the National Under 18 Championships title will be on the line for the undefeated Vic Metro and South Australian sides. In what ended up being a perfect fixture for the AFL, the two best sides are going head-to-head in the final match of the series with the winner to be handed the trophy and celebrate afterwards without any interruptions to other fixturing. South Australia has made its expected two changes, with Mihail Lochowiak and Jacob Collins replacing Kai Pudney and Boyd Woodcock in the team. Vic Metro has rotated rucks for the final game, with Tom Hallebone recalled to ruck against James Siviour after injury struck down Joe GriffithsJack Bytel has been named in the side despite suffering what looked to be an injury in the last round which would keep him out of the final match. Isaac Quaynor and Ben Silvagni return from injury and will strengthen both ends for Metro.

The match-up on everyone’s lips – Jack Lukosius pitted against Ben King – is unlikely to happen despite recruiters hopes, with both players named forward. As we saw in Geelong, Lukosius also played on the wing and down back, standing side-by-side with Tarryn Thomas and Nick Blakey at different times showing his versatility. If things start to head south for Vic Metro, King can also play in defence, while Will Kelly is a capable forward if required. It is predicted Kelly will get first chance on Lukosius, while James Blanck will line-up on Hugo Munn. The midfield battle of Izak RankineLuke ValenteTom Lewis and Jackson Hately up against Bailey SmithRiley Collier-DawkinsJames Rowbottom and Zak Butters is mouthwatering and likely to decide the contest. With both teams having plenty of firepower up front, the midfield is where the game will be won or lost. Curtis Taylor showed he is a danger up forward for Metro, while Xavier O’Halloran and Noah Anderson have already shown through the championships they can boot multiple goals. Will Gould and Riley Grundy are in great form – the latter is the man predicted to head to King. Jez McLennan and Martin Frederick provide great run out of defence and will be keen to break the lines, while Quaynor and Tom McKenzie will be keen to do the same up the other end. It is hard to pick a winner in this game, with both sides filled to the brim with quality.

Team Selection: National U18 Championships – Round 5

AFTER four rounds of National Championships, the 2018 title comes down to final game with Vic Metro taking on South Australia in a battle of the two undefeated sides. Earlier tomorrow, the Allies will face Western Australia for third spot on the table. The interstate sides have made two changes each, with Western Australia forced to make three and in the process, flew Wil Hickmott to Victoria for the game. Vic Metro has named an extended bench for it’s clash with the Croweaters.


Wednesday, July 4, 2.10pm
Etihad Stadium

The Allies and Western Australia head into this match with a win over Vic Country each, and looking to cement third spot for the carnival. Overall, the Allies have been in better form, going down to Vic Metro by just two points, and leading South Australia at half-time before being overrun in the second half. Western Australia was smashed by South Australia and had a competitive effort against Vic Metro, but will go into the clash as underdogs, especially considering star player Ian Hill is out through suspension. Joining him as the outs are Damon Greaves and Thomas Baldwin – both of whom are injured. The two carry-over players in the 25-man squad, Luke Moore and Ethan Hansen come into the side, as well as Wil Hickmott who performed strongly in the WAFL on the weekend and has been flown in as Hill’s replacement. For the Allies, Thomas Green and Dirk Koenen have been named as the two emergencies with Mathew McGuiness replacing Koenen in a key defensive post, while overager Michael Mummery comes into the forward line.


B: 6. Rhyan Mansell – 37. Jacob Koschitzke – 11. Keidean Coleman
HB: 47. Nicholas Baker – 36. Matthew McGuiness – 15. Guy Richardson
C: 20. Fraser Turner – 10. Chayce Jones – 12. Mitchell O’Neill
HF: 19. Bailey Scott – 49. Nick Blakey – 1. Connor Budarick
F: 23. Michael Mummery – 41. Mathew Walker – 7. Jesse Quint
R: 40. Kieren Briggs – 31. Connor McFadyen – 46. Tarryn Thomas
INT: 17. Thomas Matthews – 3. Joshua Stern . 28. Matthew Green – 29. Joey Reinhard – 44. Caleb Graham
EMG: 48. Dirk Koenen – 26. Thomas Green

IN: M. McGuiness, M. Mummery
OUT: D. Koenen, T. Green

Western Australia:

B: 4. Graydon Wilson – 26. Jake Pasini – 23. Louis Miller
HB: 13. Jason Carter – 24. Regan Spooner – 15. Jordan Clark
C: 6. Wil Hickmott – 11. Luke English – 12. Jeremy Sharp
HF: 35. Mitchell Georgiades – 29. Dillon O’Reilly – 10. Rylie Morgan
F: 2. Jarrod Cameron – 21. Tyson Powell – 8. Luke Moore
R: 36. Jack Buller – 20. Luke Foley – 18. Deven Robertson
INT: 16. Ethan Hansen – 9. Tyron Smallwood – 14. Sydney Stack – 34. Brad Oldfield – 27. Tom Medhat

IN: W. Hickmott, L. Moore, E. Hansen
OUT: I. Hill (susp), T. Baldwin (inj), D. Greaves (inj)



Wednesday, July 4, 4.40pm
Etihad Stadium

In the game everyone has been waiting a month for, Vic Metro hosts South Australia in the title decider. Both sides head into the clash relatively fresh, with Isaac Quaynor and Ben Silvagni both returning from injury, while Joe Griffiths is the only forced change. Xavier Fry and Alastair Richards both played on the weekend as a sign they were omissions from the Metro side, while bottom-ager Ryan Gardner is also out of the team. Despite sustaining an injury in the last match at the MCG, Jack Bytel has been named on an extended bench, with bottom-agers Noah AndersonJack Mahony and Matt Rowell all named in the team with two to be cut. For South Australia, Jacob Collins and Mihail Lochowiak come in for their taste of action after sitting out the game last Friday, with Boyd Woodcock and Kai Pudney making way and named as emergencies.

Vic Metro:

B: 16. Noah Answerth – 29. James Blanck – 14. Isaac Quaynor
HB: 23. Buku Khamis – 27. Will Kelly – 12. Tom McKenzie
C: 3. Zak Butters – 15. Bailey Smith – 24. Noah Anderson
HF: 6. Curtis Taylor – 36. Ben King – 7. Angus Hanrahan
F: 18. Xavier O’Halloran – 28. Ben Silvagni – 1. Jack Mahony
R: 35. Thomas Hallebone – 26. Riley Collier-Dawkins – 8. James Rowbottom
INT: 4. Rhylee West – 2. Joe Ayton-Delaney – 19. Jack Bytel – 34. James Rendell – 5. Matthew Rowell – 25. Stefan Radovanovic – 13. Lachlan Sholl

IN: I. Quaynor, N. Anderson, J. Mahony, B. Silvagni, T. Hallebone, M. Rowell
OUT: J. Griffiths (inj), X. Fry, A. Richards, R. Gardner

South Australia:

B: 27. Jez McLennan – 33. Tyler Martin – 10. Martin Frederick
HB: 31. Mihail Lochowiak – 37. Riley Grundy – 43. Will Gould
C: 22. Jacob Kennerley – 32. Luke Valente – 35. Jacob Collins
HF: 34. Jackson Hately – 47. Hugo Munn – 2. Hayden Sampson
F: 13. Connor Rozee – 42. Jack Lukosius – 18. Oscar Chapman
R: 44. James Siviour – 14. Izak Rankine – 16. Tom Lewis
INT: 11. Finn Betterman – 30. Ben Jarvis – 25. Tom Sparrow – 23. Aaron Nietschke – 4. Kade Chander
EMG: 9. Kai Pudney – 3. Boyd Woodcock

IN: J. Collins, M. Lochowiak
OUT: K. Pudney, B. Woodcock

Scouting notes: Vic Country vs. Vic Metro

VIC Metro triumphed over Vic Country in their third round clash of the National Under 18 Championships. We had six people taking notes on the game, with Craig Byrnes, Scott Dougan and Peter Williams covering Vic Country, and Cameron Ross, Ed Pascoe and Michael Alvaro taking a look at Vic Metro. Here are their opinion-based scouting notes.

Vic Country:

#1 Will Hamill (Dandenong Stingrays)

Hamill started the game in defence and was unfortunate to give away a one-on-one free kick to Smith in the goal square early. He provided a couple of efficient releases from traffic, but was relatively quiet in the first half. Took a nice intercept mark in the third quarter and got it out to Duursma with a stylish left foot. He played further up the ground as the game went on and won an outstanding ground ball on the half forward flank, diving to the contest and gaining possession.

#2 Sam Walsh (Geelong Falcons)

The number one pick contender continued his outstanding championships to arguably be best on field in a losing side. He started the game on fire, winning 10 first quarter possessions which were highlighted by a classy goal from 45 metres. He really is a true all-round midfielder, winning the ball inside before spreading and creating an option in space. In traffic he finds gaps that others don’t, often wrong footing opponents and creating room for his teammates. He is good overhead too, taking a strong intercept mark in the third term before hitting Flanders lace out inside 50. He fought to the end and lead by example all day, finishing with 29 disposals and five clearances. He is a star.

#3 Toby Bedford (Dandenong Stingrays)

Starting the game inside 50 as a small forward, Bedford showed some fancy footwork on occasions but struggled to get into the game in the first half. Although late in the third quarter he was moved up the ground to the stoppages and created a real spark. He won a couple of hard balls in traffic and released each to advantage, before his defensive efforts were rewarded with a holding the ball free kick. He broke from a centre bounce in the final term and almost set up a goal with a long kick inside 50.

#5 Xavier Duursma (Gippsland Power)

The Gippsland Power skipper played an excellent game behind the ball against South Australia last week, but was given an opportunity in the midfield against Vic Metro and flourished. He started in the centre, won the first clearance and did not look back for the rest of the day. He creates offensive space from the stoppage and often kicks long inside 50 to the hot spot with speed. While he missed two corridor kicks in the second term, Duursma takes the game on with educated risks. He could have kicked one of the goals of the day after winning the ball in the centre, kicking it on his non-preferred left boot inside 50 to Williams and followed it up to get the ball back, but couldn’t finish off his good work. Duursma finished with 19 disposals in an eye catching display.

#6 Laitham Vandermeer (Murray Bushrangers)

Started the game on the wing and was involved in stoppage rotations throughout the game. Had an uncharacteristic turnover early on, but was lively throughout the day and ran hard in both directions. He showed great acceleration by burning off Sholl on the wing and broke away from a centre clearance too. While his offensive traits standout, he is desperate defensively and will throw his small frame into any situation. Unlucky not to end up on a list last year.

#8 Ned McHenry (Geelong Falcons)

Starting the game as a high half-forward, it took McHenry 15-20 minutes to get into the contest, but by quarter time was one of the most influential players on the ground. An opportunistic snap goal got him going, before running down Radovanovic inside 50 to set up his second goal of the quarter. His defensive pressure was elite and tackling genuinely vicious at times, it was a role you could see him mastering at the next level. He created opportunities for his teammates too, being the provider for Brownless’ freak banana goal. Unfortunately he did miss a crucial set shot in the fourth quarter, which could have kept the Vic Country pulse beating.

#10 Zac Foot (Dandenong Stingrays)

Foot did not quite begin the match as he would have liked, missing a target inside 50 and grasping a difficult mark that ended up being a running goal to Smith. He got better as the game went on, getting in ball winning positions, but struggled to find the space to utilise his outside strengths. A disappointing set shot in the third term and a missed dribbled goal late finished a day for the talented Stingray that could have been more fruitful if not for missed opportunities.

#11 Zane Keighran (Bendigo Pioneers)

The talented cricketer was part of the midfield rotations and had to do some heavy work when at the stoppages. He pushed forward in the second quarter to take a strong overhead mark, but could not convert the gettable chance. He made up for that miss to nail a critical set shot when the game was heating up in the third term. He was in and out of the contest, but made his defensive presence known when required.

#12 Caleb Serong (Gippsland Power)

Serong spent the majority of the game playing on the half-forward flank and occasionally drifted through the midfield. He imposed himself on the contest and was not afraid to put his head over the ball. He always found a way to get involved, even though he was not having the biggest influence. Serong was kept quiet in the second and third quarters and spent some time on Ayton-Delaney, who limited Serong’s impact. He found more of the ball in the last quarter, putting his kicking skills to good use by hitting multiple targets with both feet. Serong is not eligible for the draft until next year. 

#13 Thomas Berry (GWV Rebels)

Berry started in the defensive 50, where he matched up on the creative Curtis Taylor. Taylor ended up with three goals for Metro, but two of them came when Berry was not his direct opponent. Berry’s repeated efforts and competitiveness were one of the highlights for Country. He never gave up on the contest and worked tirelessly to lay several solid tackles. His defensive work was superb, constantly spoiling the ball away in one-on-one contests, where he was rarely beaten. But Taylor’s footy smarts and continuous leads in the forward half proved difficult for Berry to stop.

#14 Sam Flanders (Gippsland Power)

The 16 year-old from Gippsland Power provided some real X-Factor for Country inside the forward 50, booting two goals. Flanders was Country’s most dangerous forward and proved to be a difficult matchup for Metro defenders. His leading patterns were unstoppable, beating his opponent on multiple occasions. When the ball hit the deck, he showcased his clean skills, agility and speed. Flanders also spent some time throughout the midfield, winning the ball on the inside and outside. He is an extremely powerful player who works just as hard defensively as he does offensively. Something good always seems to happen when Flanders gets the ball.

#16 Jake Frawley (Dandenong Stingrays)

Frawley played predominately as an inside midfielder and was not able to have much impact on the game. He spent time on Smith and Bytel at stoppages and displayed the potential to win his own ball in tight situations. Just like most inside midfielders, Frawley will need to work on his foot skills. He had the chance to kick a running goal late in the last quarter, but was unable to capitalise, shanking the kick out of bounds.

#17 Hayden Young (Dandenong Stingrays)

The bottom-ager from the Dandenong Stingrays impressed me with his composure, sticky hands and outside run. He got off to a ripping start, accumulating plenty of disposals and taking some noticeable intercept marks. His accurate left foot was one of his best assets, and he rarely turned the ball over. The most eye-catching passage of play came when Young competed in a one-on-one contest on the wing during the second quarter. He lost the battle, but quickly won the ball back with a huge diving smother. Young was much quieter in the second half after plenty of positive signs early on. 

#18 Mitch Riordan (Dandenong Stingrays)

Riordan began the match on the half-back flank, where he gathered some early disposals and rebounded effectively. He took a quality intercept mark in the second quarter but turned it over with a poor kick moments later. He was involved in a marking contest with Curtis Taylor inside 50 where his lack of defensive positioning was exposed. Unfortunately, Riordan suffered a hamstring injury during the third quarter and did not return to the ground.

#19 Sam Fletcher (Dandenong Stingrays)

The inside midfielder went head to head with Collier-Dawkins at times and battled hard all day. He continually threw himself at the contest, winning the ball in tight situations, and releasing it by hand to his teammates. His impact on the game was limited however.

#20 Cooper Stephens (Geelong Falcons)

Stephens started in the defensive 50 where he made a couple of nice spoils. He was unable to amass many possessions, which resulted in Stephens being moved up forward and through the midfield in the second half. His third and fourth quarters were his best of the day and he became more involved and influential as the game progressed. Stephens is another player who is not eligible until next year’s draft.

#25 Kyle Reid (Gippsland Power)

Opposed to Rendell early and a multitude of smaller options throughout the game, Reid was strong throughout the four quarters. He showed a good penetrating kick out of the back 50 and applied shepherds both in the defensive half and on the wing. He laid a strong tackle on Collier-Dawkins in the second term tight against the boundary to force a throw-in, and then had a great run down the wing in the third quarter, taking a couple of bounces, drawing an opponent and releasing the handball well. He won plenty of the ball off half-back while keeping a close eye on his opposition. The smaller but quicker opponents such as Collier-Dawkins and O’Halloran got him on the lead, but he was solid otherwise, and provided equal offensive and defensive pressure.

#29 Bailey Williams (Dandenong Stingrays)

A very quiet game by his lofty standards. Williams rotated between the ruck and up forward and continually contested in the air. He did not manage to bring down a mark, which is rare for Williams, but he brought the ball to ground for crumbers. He had a number of clean hitouts on the wing, but his marking and the delivery inside 50 to him was not working as well as it could.

#30 Oscar Brownless (Geelong Falcons)

Had the highlight of the day with a fantastic banana in the pocket late in the third term. Brownless gathered the ball, and instinctively snapped it off a step and it sailed home, keeping Vic Country in the contest. Otherwise most of his work was done in close up the forward end, providing good body work around the stoppages and was able to use his strength to stand up in a tackle and handball clear in the middle of the ground.

#34 Scott Carlin (GWV Rebels)

Just the eight touches for Carlin who had a quiet outing, but is another player who can hurt you with very few touches. Two possessions in particular were superb, pin-point passes in between opponents to hit-up a teammate over a short distance in the middle. Had a couple of inside 50s as well, roaming through the middle.

#36 Riley Bowman (Dandenong Stingrays)

One of the most impressive Country players, and probably the standout tall on the ground. He started at full-forward and rotated with Williams in the ruck. He dropped back into defence in the second term and put good body pressure on King and Rendell to cause a spill, and not long after ran hard to mark inside 50 and slot the goal from long range. He got better as the game went on, offering up good second efforts and laying a great tackle. His disposal over short distances was good too, with a great pass to Foot inside 50, as well as quick hands through congestion in the middle.

#38 Blake Schlensog (Geelong Falcons)

Had some good glimpses, but overall had a quiet game. Just the five touches for the big man who played forward and showed good hands. He went for a number of marks, but did get pushed off a bit by the stronger bodies. Schlensog also drifted into defence and took a strong mark deep in the square.

#39 Connor Idun (Geelong Falcons)

Played a really strong role on King in defence, often not giving him an inch. He was good one-on-one and matched him in athleticism, keeping him to just the two goals – both of which were marks on the lead. He had no trouble thumping a high ball clear in a pack situation in the second term, and wore King like a glove. He spread well in the final term to mark at full-back and switch play, pushing up the ground and creating drive where possible, working well with Reid in defence.


Vic Metro:

#2 Joe Ayton-Delaney (Oakleigh Chargers)

Had a good second half where he clearly lifted. His aggression and willingness to take the game on stood out. Ayton-Delaney won more of the football and spread well taking good marks and covering the ground from defence to attack.

#3 Zak Butters (Western Jets)

Outstanding game from Butters who had a huge impact from the start to finish. Had a great first quarter. One standout piece of play was when he “crumbed” the pack and had an opportunity to score himself, yet he didn’t blaze away, instead hand-balling it to a teammate for an easy goal. Other pieces of play that stood out was a terrific decision to look inside and hit Collier-Dawkins with a perfect kick, a desperate attempt to win the footy where he crashed the contest head first; and an outstanding decision to turn on a dime and look inside, then switched the ball across the wing, and “opened up” the Country side that ended up in a shot on goal for Taylor. Butters brought fantastic energy to his side, especially when Country were making their run.

#4 Rhylee West (Calder Cannons)

One of the best players on the ground. The game didn’t start well for West, giving away a 50 metre penalty in the first 5 minutes, but from that moment on, he was fantastic. West had a brilliant piece of play at a centre bounce, where he read and roved the tap, and broke free from the contest, taking a bounce before kicking it long into the forward line. He shrugged off a couple of tackles, which assisted him in winning two clearances, before he got caught holding the ball attempting it a third time. Made an interesting decision not to attempt a set shot from 45 metres out. Attempted the fake set shot give off (made famous by Jack Riewoldt) to Bytel, that didn’t pay off and ended up out of bounds. He made up for this by using his peripheral vision to hit Gardner with a handball and shot on goal while being slung to the ground. West’s ability to absorb the tackle and still distribute with his hands was terrific. West would have Western Bulldogs fans extremely excited and for good reason. He looks as though he will fit in well into the AFL.

#6 Curtis Taylor (Calder Cannons)

A really mixed bag for Curtis Taylor today. After pulling a kick poorly in the first quarter, he kicked his first in the second quarter. This kick was quite lucky to go through after a poor ball drop, but luckily for Taylor, the ball swung favourably through the goals. A moment in the second quarter he would have liked to have taken back was when he took his eyes off the ball when he should have marked it easily. However, on his very next opportunity, Taylor made up for it, taking a strong mark going backing back into a pack knowing that he was going to be hit. Taylor was one of the most dangerous forwards all day, and his three goals were important on a day when King was relatively quiet.

#7 Angus Hanrahan (Sandringham Dragons)

Had a quiet first three quarters but was arguably the best player on the field in the final term. The Sandy Dragons forward played higher up the ground and was able to show off his superb foot skills.  Hanrahan delivered a beautiful low pass to hit Rowbottom at half-forward, and the decision resulted in a Taylor goal. His amazing last quarter was capped off when his perfect kick resulted in King’s set shot goal from 55 metres out.

#8 James Rowbottom (Oakleigh Chargers)

Had a typical performance expected of the big ball-winning midfielder. Worked really hard on the inside and complemented the work of Smith, Answerth and West, recording four clearances and also pumping the ball inside 50 on four occasions. Importantly he laid countless tackles and ensured the opposition always knew he was there, creating a presence at the coal face.

#10 Xavier Fry (Eastern Ranges)

A quiet game, Fry had the six touches and limited impact. He still has the speed and ability to do damage, and does not need many touches to hurt the opposiion.

#11 Ryan Gardner (Northern Knights)

Gardner’s manic attack on the footy was fantastic. In the second quarter he went in head-first in heavy traffic to win a ball in dispute for his team. Showed guts to stand under the footy before getting crunched and clung onto the mark. Gardner knew it was coming and knew it would hurt but did not back down. Tough player who proved to be clean and calm under pressure.

#12 Tom McKenzie (Northern Knights)

McKenzie was instrumental in Metro’s win where he topped their disposal count (23) playing a sweeping role at half-back. McKenzie was a constant feature over the four quarters taking intercept marks and breaking through the Country defence with some nice long kicking and his quick hands under pressure were also a feature. McKenzie also did well to push up the ground where he hit multiple kicks inside 50, rarely making a mistake with his disposal and he really showed good football smarts on several occasions.

#13 Lachlan Sholl (Calder Cannons)

Sholl spent most of his time on the wing where he provided a good link-up especially forward of centre where he was able to kick inside 50 several times with his best kick inside 50 coming in the second quarter. His disposal was sloppy at times in the last quarter, but he worked hard on the wing to take some nice marks and he tried to move the ball forward and he worked hard for his 13 disposals.

#15 Bailey Smith (Sandringham Dragons)

Smith was instrumental in the first quarter kicking two goals. His first came from attacking the contest and having a run to the 50m arc and kicking a lovely long running goal. The second came from a free kick close to goal where he kicked truly. Smith did not have big numbers in the first half but he certainly lifted after the main break to finish with 20 disposals. His last quarter was exceptional where he attacked the ball hard at stoppages and released well by hand. His third goal came from a ripping tackle where he would earn a free kick and then a handy 50m penalty to put him within scoring range. His second efforts were also impressive, especially in one passage of play in the last quarter which showed his tenacity at the contest.

#16 Noah Answerth (Oakleigh Chargers)

The 19-year-old has mostly played as a defender for Metro over the championships, but he found himself up forward a few times, kicking two goals. His first goal came in the first quarter with a nice lead and set shot goal and his second came from a holding the ball free kick where he would kick a nice long set shot goal from 50m. Answerth would continue to work hard in the second half, finishing the game with 21 disposals which was the second most for Metro. He had a good mix of winning the contested ball while also working hard to link up with handballs.

#18 Xavier O’Halloran (Western Jets)

The Metro captain O’Halloran made the most of his opportunities playing as a forward, kicking two nice goals. The first goal was also the team’s first which was a classy running shot at goal. His second came from a fantastic contested mark in the last quarter which was his best quarter where he was able to work into the midfield and show his tenacity and attack on the ball which he is mostly known for this season.  It was not just his attack at the contest, but also his smarts around the ground that were telling, including a smart tap at half-forward leading to a forward entry for Metro.

#19 Jack Bytel (Calder Cannons)

Bytel worked hard in the midfield laying seven tackles and winning 11 disposals, it may seem like a low number but he injured his elbow very early in the last quarter. Bytel had some nice moments winning some good clearances in the third quarter where he also earned himself a shot at goal with a nice tackle, although he would miss the set shot. His handballs at stoppages were good as usual, but with his kicking often a criticism of his game, he hit a nice left foot pass in the first quarter.

#20 Alastair Richards (Sandringham Dragons)

Richards did not get a lot of the ball (7 disposals) but he still showed plenty of exciting signs in defence with his run and carry. In his first game for Metro he was looking to impress early with a nice run and dash at half-back although he would not hit the target he wanted with the kick. Richards showed a willingness to work hard with a nice kick-in from defence where he would quickly run hard to try and receive the ball. His run and carry again stood out in the third quarter with a nice running bounce and long kick from defensive 50.

#23 Buku Khamis (Western Jets)

Khamis backed up last weeks solid game with another good performance showing the same standout traits as last week. His first quarter was sensational with his clean hands and slick disposal catching everyones eye. He did everything you want from a defender with a good mix of defensive efforts and effective rebounding, he made a great chase on the wing in the first quarter and he laid a great tackle in the second quarter. His second half was not as prolific, but he still used the ball well and played his role to finish with 18 disposals.

#25 Stefan Radovanovic (Western Jets)

The Western Jets skipper assumed his usual role down back and looked comfortable alongside TAC Cup teammate Khamis in a well oiled Metro defence. While he was caught holding the ball by McHenry to gift the Country gun his first goal, Radovanovic started well with a couple of good defensive marks deep in the 50. He found himself as the last man in defence on occasions and used his solid frame well in one on one situations, while also looking to take the game on when he could. Radovanovic accumulated at a slower rate than usual on the day, but was a reliable contributor to Metro’s solid back six when called upon.

#26 Riley Collier-Dawkins (Oakleigh Chargers)

Collier-Dawkins started in the centre bounce and played a good amount of the game in the midfield, but by no means dominated the clearance stakes as the Metro coaches would have intended. A prototype modern day midfielder, the Oakleigh Chargers prospect also spent long periods playing deep forward, but it was his drive from the midfield that provided the more effective scoring threat. While he did not trouble the scorers in the first quarter, Collier-Dawkins proved the catalyst for a couple of early goals with some good run and a clever kick inboard to set Metro on the right path. He took an impressive contested grab in the second term and slotted his only goal for the game from the resultant set shot. While he was quiet in the third term, ‘Dawk’ bounced back in the last with some good work below his knees and a centre clearance we’re sure to see more of.

#27 Will Kelly (Oakleigh Chargers)

The Collingwood father-son prospect provided a cool head in defence for Metro, chiming in with some vital intercept marks, spoils, and rebounds. Somewhat unlike his father Craig, Kelly is quite athletic for his size and looked sharp both below his knees and in the air. The Charger also has a good tank, which allowed him to add counter attacking to his game and he looked smooth in transition, using the ball well moving forward. He looks to be more comfortable with each passing week, which will no doubt excite Collingwood fans leading up to the draft.

#29 James Blanck (Eastern Ranges)

Blanck was rock solid on debut at full-back, doing all the right things as Metro’s last line of defence. He had a few shakey moments early on with some clangers by foot but recovered well to finish as arguably Metro’s most effective defender. Blanck did not necessarily have one or two clear highlights, but more so a package of important plays with an array of composed overhead marks and last ditch spoils saving the day for his side. The epitome of his day was a desperate tackle on Zac Foot in the final term to cap off a solid National Championships introduction.

#34 James Rendell (Sandringham Dragons)

It was not the biggest day for Metro’s key forwards, and Rendell had his work cut out for him as he acted as a foil for both Ben King up forward and Joe Griffiths in the ruck. While his Country opponents ultimately had decent games, Rendell played his role for the winning team and showed an impressive work rate to both find the ball and get to contests over many parts of the ground.

#36 Ben King (Sandringham Dragons)

Coming off an excellent outing in Metro’s Championship opener, King was a little more quiet this time around by way of a shutdown role from Country’s Connor Idun. Operating deep forward for most of the game, King looked at his best when leading up the ground and finding space from the Geelong Falcons skipper. His two goals came from beautiful looking long set shots in the first half, and he also managed to create an assist for Noah Answerth along the way. Known for his overhead marking, King took until the third quarter to land his first real clunck of the day in tough, swirly MCG conditions.

#37 Joe Griffiths (Sandringham Dragons)

Griffiths was forced to put his full athletic ability to use against the formidable Country ruck duo of Bailey Williams and Riley Bowman, and he held his own in an honest display. The overager was good at ground level and showed impressive hands when flicking the ball out in-close. While the leap of Williams gives most ruckman trouble, Griffiths used his body well around the ground to effect the ruck contest. His only real blunder for the day was a comical throw in an uncontested ruck contest, which lead to a shot on goal for Country.   

Weekend previews: National Under 18 Championships – Round 2

FOLLOWING the first round of matches, we have three sides undefeated, and a Vic Country side keen to bounce back. The Allies could put themselves in a good position with a win over Vic Metro, while South Australia will be keen to make it two from two in front of their home fans.



Saturday, June 16, 11am
Southport, Queensland

Both teams head into the clash undefeated after winning their first round encounters. Vic Metro saw off a much-improved Western Australia, and the Allies came from behind to run over the top of Vic Country courtesy of a three-goal final quarter from GIANTS big man Kieren Briggs. Chayce Jones was the Allies’ best with 28 touches, five marks, five clearances, five inside 50s, four rebounds, six tackles and two goals in a top all-round performance and pushed his top 30 credentials, while the Allies got the victory despite a more subdued performance from Tarryn Thomas – who still had 17 disposals and laid six tackles. Returning to the team is key position forward Nick Blakey who will cause headaches for Vic Metro, and could be one of the keys to victory, while Mitch O’Neill, Fraser Turner and Thomas Green loom as key cogs for the Allies from defence to attack. For Metro, Bailey Smith will look to have another strong game on the inside after his 28 disposals, three marks, 10 tackles, five clearances and four inside 50s last week, while Rhylee West (25 disposals, nine clearances) will spend more time in attack up at Southport. Captain Xavier O’Halloran and Tom McKenzie will aid Smith in the middle, presenting a fantastic set of match-ups with Thomas, Jones and Green. Jack Bytel and Mathew Walker are key inclusions for their respective sides with the AFL Academy members likely to play forward while rotating through the midfield. Key position forward Ben King will look to back up his form of five goals from the week before, joined in attack by Sandringham Dragons teammate, Joe Griffiths. Buku Khamis and Isaac Quaynor will look to provide plenty of rebound for the visitors, while Bailey Scott and Blair Rubock will look to lock the ball in the forward half. Vic Metro will head into the game as favourites, but the Allies have shown good cohesion despite coming from all parts of the country and will be keen to cause an upset here and make it two from two.



Sunday, June 17, 11am
Adelaide Oval, South Australia

In the second game of the weekend, the red-hot South Australian side host its second game of the year, this time at Adelaide Oval against a Vic Country side scathing that it missed out on victory against the Allies in round one. The teams have made a combined 11 changes to try and get the winning edge, with the likes of Oscar Chapman, Ben Jarvis, Aaron Nietschke and Mihail Lochowiak among the rotations out of the side. Into the team come plenty of fresh faces including Kai Pudney, James Siviour and Kade Chandler to mix up the on-field structure. With Jack Lukosius and Izak Rankine up forward and Jackson Hateley and Luke Valente in the midfield, the Croweaters are still very strong across the full side. Vic Country’s defenders will have their work cut out for them with Connor Idun and Kyle Reid to rotate on Lukosius and Hugo Munn, while Country have opted for speed rather than height, omitting Dane Hollenkamp in favour of an extra small. Riley Bowman switches places with Stingrays’ teammate Bailey Schmidt and is likely to be the key player for Country along with Bailey Williams and cause some serious headaches for the South Australian ruck division. Up forward, bottom-agers Caleb Serong and Sam Flanders were impressive last week, while Zane Barzen will play deeper forward more so than a wing, and Oscar Brownless will be out to impress at half-forward. Jake Frawley and Jai Taylor will come in to try and nullify the loss of inside midfielders Jye Caldwell and Mitch Riordan to injury. South Australia will head into the clash as strong favourites and rightfully so. They have plenty of talent across the field, with potentially three top 10 picks in Lukosius, Rankine and Hately, while the classy Connor Rozee will go close too. Sam Walsh and Ned McHenry will lead the Country midfield, but it will be a big ask against one of the title contenders.

Team Selection: National Under 18 Championships – Round 2

THREE undefeated teams take to the field in Round 2 of the National Under 18 Championships, with South Australia facing Round 1 losers Vic Country, and the Allies hosting Vic Metro. A number of teams have been bolstered with the return of big names such as Nick Blakey, Riley Bowman and Jack Bytel set to play in round 2. Vic Metro and South Australia head in as favourites, but the Allies are as close to full strength as available and will be keen to cause an upset, as will Vic Country against a strong South Australian side.  


Saturday, June 16, 11am

Southport, Queensland

The Allies have retained a relatively stable squad for their clash with Vic Metro, making just the three changes, with Nick Blakey headlining the ins. The key forward heads straight to full-forward with Caleb Graham the unlucky omission from the first game. Murray Bushrangers’ Mathew Walker has also come into the side at the expense of Michael Mummery, while Thomas Matthews lines up at half-back in a straight swap for Ryan Gilmore. For Vic Metro, they have shuffled the magnets with seven changes, including a forced change with Riley Collier-Dawkins out through injury. Potential 2019 number one draft pick and round one hero, slotting four goals, Noah Anderson is amongst the omissions, along with top 30 hopeful Joe Ayton Delaney. Other outs include Sandringham quartet Angus Hanrahan, Jack Mahony, Alastair Richards and James Rendell. Replacing them is AFL Academy member Jack Bytel, bottom-age talents Matthew Rowell and Dylan Williams, half-back Xavier Fry, Western’s Daly Andrews, tall Joe Griffiths and defender-turned-forward Jack Evans.


B: 36. Matthew McGuiness – 37. Jacob Koschitzke – 11. Keidean Coleman
HB: 47. Nicholas Baker – 48. Dirk Koenen – 17. Thomas Matthews
C: 20. Fraser Turner – 10. Chayce Jones – 28. Matthew Green
HF: 19. Bailey Scott – 41. Mathew Walker – 8. Baxter Norton
F: 31. Connor McFadyen – 49. Nick Blakey – 9. Blair Rubock
R: 40. Kieren Briggs – 26. Thomas Green – 46. Tarryn Thomas
INT: 18. Lachlan McDonald – 13. Ethan Jackson – 12. Mitchell O’Neill – 45. Jack Tomkinson – 16. James Peatling

IN: Thomas Matthews, Mathew Waker, Nick Blakey
OUT: Ryan Gilmore, Caleb Graham, Michael Mummery

Vic Metro:

B: 16. Noah Answerth – 27. Will Kelly – 25. Stefan Radovanovic
HB: 14. Isaac Quaynor – 28. Ben Silvagni – 23. Buku Khamis
C: 9. Daly Andrews – 15. Bailey Smith – 13. Lachlan Sholl
HF: 3. Zac Butters – 36. Ben King – 6. Curtis Taylor
F: 4. Rhylee West – 37. Joe Griffiths – 17. Jack Evans
R: 35. Thomas Hallebone – 18. Xavier O’Halloran – 12. Tom McKenzie
INT: 8. James Rowbottom – 19. Jack Bytel – 21. Dylan Williams – 5. Matthew Rowell – 10. Xavier Fry

IN: Daly Andrews, Joe Griffiths, Jack Evans, Jack Bytel, Dylan Williams, Matthew Rowell, Xavier Fry
OUT: Noah Anderson, Angus Hanrahan, Jack Mahony, Riley Collier-Dawkins, Joe Ayton-Delaney, Alastair Richards, James Rendell  



Sunday, June 17, 11am

Adelaide Oval, South Australia

South Australia returns to the field after a week off to face the winless Vic Country. The Croweaters have made six changes to the team that belted Western Australia by 89 points in the standalone Round 3 clash. Port Adelaide Next Generation Academy member Kai Pudney comes in to the team, along with James Siviour who returns from injury. Also into the team is Tate Coleman at half-back, Kade Chandler at half-forward, Job Colwell in a pocket and Finn Betterman on the bench. For Vic Country, Riley Bowman is the key tall inclusion, swapping with Bailey Schmidt, while Country have also omitted Dane Hollenkamp in favour of some speed, bringing in Matty Lloyd and Cooper Stephens. Injuries to Jye Caldwell and Mitch Riordan have forced Country’s hand, with Jake Frawley and Jai Taylor coming into the team. Gippsland bottom-ager Brock Smith is the fifth omission.

South Australia:

B: 27. Jez McLennan – 33. Tyler Martin – 10. Martin Frederick
HB: 7. Tate Coleman – 37. Riley Grundy – 13. Connor Rozee
C: 22. Jacob Kennerley – 16. Tom Lewis – 9. Jake Tarca
HF: 4. Kade Chandler – 47. Hugo Munn – 14. Izak Rankine
F: 24. Job Colwell – 42. Jack Lukosius – 2. Hayden Sampson
R: 40. James Braidwood – 34. Jackson Hately – 22. Luke Valente
INT: 29. Kai Pudney – 44. James Siviour – 25. Tom Sparrow – 43. Will Gould – 11. Finn Betterman

IN: Tate Coleman, Kade Chandler, Job Colwell, Kai Pudney, James Siviour, Finn Betterman
OUT: Oscar Chapman, Ben Jarvis, Aaron Nietschke, Mihail Lochowiak, Robert Irra, Tobin Cox

Vic Country:

B: 5. Xavier Duursma – 39. Connor Idun – 13. Thomas Berry
HB: 15. Lachlan Ash – 25. Kyle Reid – 6. Laitham Vandermeer
C: 10. Zac Foot – 19. Sam Fletcher – 24. Matty Lloyd
HF: 30. Oscar Brownless – 29. Bailey Williams – 27. Zane Barzen
F: 12. Caleb Serong – 35. Hudson Garoni – 3. Toby Bedford
R: 36. Riley Bowman – 8. Ned McHenry – 2. Sam Walsh
INT: 26. Matt McGannon – 14. Sam Flanders – 7. Jai Taylor – 20. Cooper Stephens – 16. Jake Frawley

IN: Matty Lloyd, Riley Bowman, Jai Taylor, Cooper Stephens, Jake Frawley
OUT: Mitch Riordan, Jye Caldwell, Bailey Schmidt, Dane Hollenkamp, Brock Smith



Vic Metro finalises squad for National U18 Championships

OAKLEIGH Chargers and Sandringham Dragons make up more than half of the finalised Vic Metro side heading to the National Under 18 Championships next month. The Chargers had 10 players included in the squad, with the Dragons just one shy with a total of nine members to don the ‘Big V’. Western Jets managed six players in the squad, ahead of Calder Cannons (five), Northern Knights (four) and Eastern Ranges (three).

The 37-man squad includes eight bottom-agers as well as three over-agers in Oakleigh’s Noah Answerth, Northern’s Mark Baker and Sandringham’s Joe Griffiths. Among the top prospects in the Victorian squad are AFL Academy top-age members Rhylee West, Curtis Taylor, Isaac Quaynor, Jack Bytel, Buku Khamis, Ben King and Bailey Smith.

With potential top five pick Max King out for the year with an ACL, the Metro side will look to brother Ben as a key target who can play at either end, as can bottom-age AFL Academy member Emerson Jeka. A midfield containing Western Jets’ skipper Xavier O’Halloran, Oakleigh duo James Rowbottom and Riley Collier-Dawkins, and Northern’s Tom McKenzie along with West, Bytel and Smith.


WT (kg)
Local Club/School
1 Jack  Mahony  12/11/2001 176 68 Sandringham Dragons  St Kevins FC / St Kevins College
2 Joseph Ayton-Delaney 25/03/2000 180 68 Oakleigh Chargers  Camberwell Sharks FC / Xavier College
3 Zak Butters 8/09/2000 181 70 Western Jets  Darley FC / Maribyrnong College
4 Rhylee West 12/07/2000 180 80 Calder Cannons  Strathmore FC / St Kevins College
5 Matthew Rowell 1/07/2001 180 73 Oakleigh Chargers  Booroondara Hawks FC / Carey Grammar
6 Curtis Taylor 6/04/2000 186 79 Calder Cannons FC Keilor FC
7 Angus Hanrahan 9/08/2000 182 68 Sandringham Dragons  St Kilda FC / St Kevins College
8 James Rowbottom 19/09/2000 185 78 Oakleigh Chargers Camberwell Sharks FC / St Kevins College
9 Daly Andrews 22/02/2000 183 76 Western Jets Werribee Districts FC / MacKillop College
10 Xavier Fry 8/08/2000 183 68 Eastern Ranges Vermont FC / Yarra Valley Grammar
11 Ryan Gardner 22/03/2001 184 72 Northern Knights  Montmorency JFC / Montmorency SC
12 Tom McKenzie 23/06/2000 184 76 Northern Knights Fitzroy FC / Ivanhoe Grammar
13 Lachlan  Sholl 7/03/2000 185 77 Calder Cannons  St Bernards FC / St Bernards College
14 Isaac Quaynor 15/01/2000 182 82 Oakleigh Chargers  Doncast East FC / East Doncaster SC
15 Bailey Smith  7/12/2000 185 82 Sandringham Dragons Old Xaverians FC / Xavier College
16 Noah Answerth 6/08/1999 182 82 Oakleigh Chargers Caulfield Bears FC
17 Jack Evans 21/03/2000 186 83 Calder Cannons Aberfeldie FC
18 Xavier O’Halloran 11/07/2000 187 83 Western Jets St Bernards FC / St Bernards College
19 Jack Bytel 14/03/2000 187 81 Calder Cannons Aberfeldie FC
20 Alastair Richards 9/05/2000 187 78 Sandringham Dragons St Kevins FC / St Kevins College
21 Dylan Williams 1/07/2001 188 82 Oakleigh Chargers Whitefriars Old Boys FC / Whitefriars College
22 Jamieson Rossiter 17/11/2001 189 77 Eastern Ranges Rowville FC / Rowville Sports Academy
23 Buku Khamis 24/03/2000 190 81 Western Jets FC St Albans FC / Maribyrnong College
24 Noah Anderson 17/02/2001 190 83 Oakleigh Chargers Booroondara Hawks FC / Carey Grammar
25 Stefan Radovanovic 7/09/2000 192 85 Western Jets Keilor FC / Maribyrnong College
26 Riley Collier-Dawkins 3/02/2000 193 88 Oakleigh Chargers Waverley Blues FC / Salesian College
27 Will Kelly 16/08/2000 193 83 Oakleigh Chargers Glen Iris JFC / Scotch College
28 Ben Silvagni 7/05/2000 194 84 Oakleigh Chargers Greythorn Falcons FC / Xavier College
29 James Blanck 20/11/2000 195 80 Eastern Ranges Park Orchards JFC / Whitefriars College
31 Mark Baker 22/02/1999 196 83 Northern Knights Whitefriards Old Collegians FC
32 Emerson Jeka 18/09/2001 198 88 Western Jets Altona FC / Maribyrnong College
33 Will Kennedy 18/06/2000 198 86 Sandringham Dragons Caulfield Grammarians FC / Caulfield Grammar 
34 James Rendell 9/05/2000 198 90 Sandringham Dragons Parkdale FC / Parkdale SC
35 Thomas Hallebone 19/07/2000 201 83 Northern Knights Preston Bullants FC / Parade College
36 Ben King 7/7/2000 202 85 Sandringham Dragons Old Haileybury FC / Haileybury College
37 Joe  Griffiths  28/5/1999 203 90 Sandringham Dragons Old Geelong FC
38 Fischer McAsey  8/3/2001 195 86 Sandringham Dragons East Brighton FC / Caulfield Grammar 

Scouting notes: Vic Metro vs. Allies

ON the weekend, Vic Metro had a strong victory over a gallant Allies outfit. Yesterday we posted the notes from the Allies’ win over Vic Country, and here are Peter Williams and Ed Pascoe‘s notes from the second game.

Vic Metro:

#6 Joe Ayton-Delaney

A classy mover all day playing on the wing and pinch hitting in defence, he was composed and his skills were a real asset. Ayton-Delaney did not make many mistakes, often having a quick few steps to avoid trouble to give himself time to use the ball well by foot. He had a nice opposite foot kick inside 50 in the first quarter showing his ability on both sides.

#7 Noah Answerth

Answerth worked his way into the game nicely taking some good intercept marks later in the game while also using the ball well and linking up with teammates from defence.

#8 Angus Hanrahan

The Sandringham Dragons’ forward showed a lot of class and skill up forward and had a good four-quarter performance doing something notable in each term. He was very clean with his hands and ball use and he was rewarded with a major late in the game which was a classy goal on the run.

#9 Daly Andrews

Andrews was a solid player throughout the day, he laid a nice tackle in the first quarter and showed some quick and slick ball movement in the second quarter. His speed was telling around the ground.

#10 Xavier Fry

Fry was the designated player for kick-outs for Metro and he did that role well with some nice kicks and good follow up work. He was moved to the wing in the last quarter and he worked hard, showing some of his dash and long kicking ability.

#11 Ryan Gardner

Gardner did some nice things throughout the game and he showcased his clean hands under pressure. One of his kicks in the third quarter was a fantastic bullet pass.

#12 Tom McKenzie

The Northern Knights ball winner showed a lot of class during the game and was a consistent four-quarter performer. McKenzie kicked a nice running goal in the third quarter and he finished the game well in the final term with one passage of play showing his good vision and composure under pressure. 

#13 Lachlan Sholl

Sholl had a quiet start to the game, he took a nice mark and kicked a goal in the second quarter. He started to show his trademark gut-running in the last quarter working hard from defence to the wing.

#14 James Rowbottom

Rowbottom had an outstanding game through the midfield where he won plenty of clearances, with a large amount of them effective. What impressed most was his spread from stoppages working hard both defensively and offensively, he had a quieter patch when moved to defence in the second quarter but he still performed well in that role showing his commitment to whatever role he is given.

#15 Jack Ross

He started the game well in the midfield using the ball well and cleanly. Ross had a number of crucial one percenters during the game with a crunching tackle in the second quarter and a nice smother in the third quarter. Ross was a busy player at the stoppages and on transition often making good decisions.

#16 Jack Evans

Despite a slow start Evans finished off the game in impressive fashion. He almost took a great mark in the third quarter getting some good hang-time. He kicked a goal late in the game and could have easily gotten more, one shot at goal came from a nice intercept from a kick-out.

#17 Xavier O’Halloran

O’Halloran was dynamic through the midfield often trying to barge through congestion. O’Halloran took some nice strong marks around the ground and his kicking was also very solid showing he also has a nice outside game.

#18 Dylan Williams

Played in the back half and laid a number of strong tackles, showing good defensive pressure. He did not win as much of the ball as we have seen at TAC Cup level, but when he did, it was all class, producing a number of good kicks coming out of defence.

#20 Stefan Radovanovic

Certainly one of the best Metro players on the day. He played primarily off half-back and looked sure above his head. He took a couple of really strong intercept marks and put his body on the line a number of times. In one instant he did really well not to give away a free kick, when in the opening term he tackled an opponent at full speed, but turned the body to avoid going into his back. Radovanovic also put the jets on when he drifted forward, pouncing on a loose ball and sprinting away to run into an open goal for a nice easy one early. Throughout the match he showed clean hands under pressure and a booming kick from defence.

#21 Riley Collier-Dawkins

One of, if not the best Metro players on the day for his influence. He does not win a truckload of the ball like some of his teammates, but he has such an impact with each possession. He booted two goals from outside 50 when the home side needed it, and was fantastic around the stoppages. He picks the right exit out of the congestion and has those first few steps which can burn off an opponent. Collier-Dawkins was one of the better players in transition and very clean on the inside.

#22 Will Kelly

Started at half-back and was strong overhead with a long, piercing kick. He generally makes good decisions and showed quick hands under pressure. He is composed with the ball in hand and while he has spent a fair bit of time forward for the Chargers, he looks suited to defence where he has played at school footy and in stints in the TAC Cup. He moved to full-forward in the second half, booting a goal, then back to full-back where he lined up on Tarryn Thomas, managing to stop him from hurting them in the final term – albeit with Metro mostly controlling the play.

#23 James Blanck

Played his role, did not win a heap of the footy as a nullifying defender. He is good in the air or at ground level and does not lose too many one-on-ones. Did well in the final term not to give away a free kick during a spoil, turning his body in mid air to roll to the side of his opponent.

#24 Mark Baker

Rotated through the ruck and up forward, and led up the ground to provide a target. Worked tirelessly around the ground and was rewarded by dropping into a hole late in the game, marking uncontestedly and nailing the set shot from 35m out.

#25 Emerson Jeka

The only AFL Academy member in the side, Jeka started in defence and was often matched up against a much bigger Briggs. However one pass in particular out of defence was a laser, low bullet which is not common in players of his size. He moved forward in the second half and looked a lot more comfortable, taking a nice mark and kicking a set shot goal from just inside 50. He had a chance for a second after receiving a free kick but his set shot from 40m out just missed to the right.

#27 James Rendell

Played up forward and while he did not kick a goal, showed good hands and recovery for a taller player. He had an early shot on goal from outside 50 which bounced towards the goal face before just hitting the woodwork. Rendell took a number of good marks leading outside 50 and was generally a good decision maker by foot. He stands strong in the marking contest when under pressure and his ability to cleanly pick up at ground level and kick inside 50 was good.

#29 Ethan Casey

Played through the ruck and provided a strong body around the ground. Spent time up forward and always provided a contest. It was a little heartbreaking at the end when he had to be helped from the ground, punching the ground after going down late in the final term with all the best wishes it is not as serious as thought (he has come off an ACL injury).

#30 Joe Griffiths

Was really busy early rotating between forward and ruck, with his set shots just missing the target, including a tight shot close to goal in the pocket. He was smart by dropping into the hole up forward and took some good marks.



#2 Timakoi Bowie

Bowie competed well all day going in hard despite his small frame. He laid a good spoil in the 2nd quarter and his recovery afterwards was also impressive. He showed in the 3rd quarter he could do plenty on the outside with a nice long kick inside 50.

#5 Darcy Marsh

He was a hard worker through the midfield, handling the ball very cleanly and often hit a target by hand.

#7 Jesse Quint

Quint was nippy around the ground, he linked up well over the ground throughout the day. He had a nice pickup and shot at goal in the second quarter, he missed the goal but his pickup and run looked good.

#8 Baxter Norton

A good user from the backline with his left foot hitting many targets. His run out of defence and ability to work up and kicking inside 50 were features of his game.

#15 Guy Richardson

Richardson played with a lot of confidence playing at half-back using his penetrating kick to his advantage. Richardson started to have an impact in the last quarter through the midfield winning a nice clearance and one of his kicks inside 50 was sublime.

#18 Lachlan McDonald

McDonald did some really nice things in the last quarter, several times he moved well in traffic. He was able to push forward and kick a nice set shot goal and also took a good intercept mark in defence.

#22 Izaak Wyatt

Wyatt was the forward spark in the first quarter kicking two goals with one a sneaky goal out the back and the other was a nice running goal. He showed clean hands up forward throughout the day and his handballs where effective and quick.

#24 Kyle McKellar

McKellar was a workhorse through the midfield using his strong body to win clearances but he also showed some nice work on the outside with a number of penetrating kicks inside 50. He showed great intent all day and his follow-up work was also good.

#25 Ryan Gilmore

Gilmore had a solid game down back taking some nice intercept marks and hitting the contests hard, he did so several times in the 3rd quarter attacking the football at pace then having a run and using the ball cleanly.

#26 Thomas Green

Green was a clean player throughout the day playing forward and through the midfield, he was composed and clean in the 3rd quarter especially with some very nice plays.

#27 Emmanuel Baru

Baru played on the wing and despite not getting a lot of the ball he made his possessions count. His kicking was his main feature with plenty of nice long kicks inside 50.

#28 Matthew Green

The most impressive game for Green for the year, just working really hard on the outside and spreading well. As we have come to know with Green, there is not much of the tall midfielder, but his ability to sidestep opponents and think his way through situations is good. He showed good hands under pressure and can release a long handball into the path of a running teammate showing great composure whilst under pressure. He is poised with ball in hand and is good in the air. Green also works his way out of contested situations, whether it’s through a clever side-step or a spin out of trouble. One of the best Allies on the day.

#29 Joey Reinhard

The first time seeing Reinhard live and he seems like a bit of an unpredictable player. He has a piercing low bullet kick, which can either hit targets or be too strong for the leading players. He took a kick after Kieren Briggs was unable to, following a big mark, and his dart was so powerful it missed the leading target and went out on the full. But he also showed he has that X-factor with his ability to burn off an opponent and kick long inside 50. Reinhard showed good vision late in the game when he weighted a handball to Matthew Green on the outside.

#33 Liam Delahunty

Definetely a player to watch next year, playing forward and pushing up the ground to have an impact. A good size and while his first set shot went out on the full and second shot hit the post, he managed to get on the goal scorers list with a great running goal following a handball receive. He is smart in contested situations and looks composed at stoppages, thinking his way through and being able to pick the right exit out of the congestion. Delahunty is also strong above his head taking some good marks.

#34 Zachary Cameron

Took a good defensive mark on the last line running back towards goal and produced a long kick to the wing. He showed a good turn of pace and is able to kick at full speed which was good for a taller player.

#35 Joshua Rayner

First time I have seen Rayner live and he was solid with his disposal across the ground, having a number of inside 50s most of which were able to hit targets. He set up a goal for Lachlan McDonald with a great piercing kick inside 50, and can take weight off his kicks to accurately find a teammate going forward.

#36 Matthew McGuinness

Took a strong mark in front leading out in the second quarter and showed good agility to turn around quickly and kick long inside 50.

#38 Riley Corbett

Rotated between the ruck and forward 50 and was able to effectively impact in the ruck contest to tap to dangerous areas. Up forward he had two shots on goal, but missed both attempts.

#40 Kieren Briggs

The GWS GIANTS big man put in a really impressive performance across the ground, which while not the most polished, had a work rate higher than most others out there. He covered ground incredibly well and had a good recovery rate after he was spoiled in a marking contest. Briggs caused headaches for his opposition, winning a number of free kicks due to holding or pushing because of his ability to position himself well in one-on-ones. He was strong overhead and also laid a number of fierce tackles to go with his defensive pressure. Just needed to finish a bit better, missing a few set shots. Overall one of the best Allies for sure.

#46 Tarryn Thomas

Another game, another best on performance for Thomas who starred, winning the ball in each of the thirds – defence, midfield and attack. He started on the defensive side of the centre and moved through the midfield before finishing at full-forward. He booted just the one goal later in the match after getting goal side, but was able to impact the contest in multiple ways. In one instant he stopped Will Kelly in his tracks with a fantastic tackle, put pressure on Xavier O’Halloran as he tried to take him on, and showed great vision to bring his teammates into the game on multiple occasions. The best example of his class is his cleanliness which he showed in one instance where he spoiled an opponent with one hand, picked it up cleanly with the other all in one-grab and then hand-balled to space as if he had all the time in the world. Unbelievable piece of play.

#48 Dirk Koenen

Played in defence and was strong one-on-one matching up against James Rendell early. He showed quick hands for a big man and laid a good tackle in the second half later in the game.

Fast finishing Allies topple Country as Metro hold on for victory

IN what is seen as an annual scratch match for the Allies and two Victorian sides, the double header at Ikon Park treated spectators to two close contests. The Allies came from the behind in game one to run over the top of Vic Country, while in the second game, Metro did enough to hold off the Allies to get the job done.

Allies 15.12 (102) defeated Vic Country 11.9 (75)

In a game where it was the Sam Walsh show early, the Geelong Falcons midfielder and potential top five pick did everything he could to help Country to an early lead. Walsh missed the last TAC Cup game so was named to only play half the match, which he did with style. He controlled the midfield against the likes of Chayce Jones, Mitchell O’Neill, Ethan Jackson and Josh Stern, leading the way for his side.

Along with Walsh, Gippsland Power captain Xavier Duursma was huge off half-back, combining with Laitham Vandermeer to provide some run and carry from defence. Duursma won plenty of the football in the back half and along the wing, as did Murray Bushrangers’ Lachlan Ash who started forward and booted the opening goal of the game. Dandenong Stingrays’ tall Bailey Williams had a quiet first half before exploding in the third term, taking some clean one-handed pick-ups off the deck and finishing the game with two goals. Scott Carlin also had some laser passes throughout the match, while Zac Foot continually used his speed to worry the Allies side.

For the Allies, Connor McFayden was arguably their best by the end, providing a target up forward and finishing with four goals – and could have had a couple more. He was the go-to target up there with Murray Bushrangers’ Jacob Koschitzke who just had the one goal, but also had multiple attempts. Through the midfield, it was O’Neill, Jones and Jackson that got the Allies on top late in the game, while Jeromy Lucas bobbed up every 15 minutes for a goal. Jones finished the game with two classy goals and a strong effort. Connor Budarick and Keidean Coleman were others who showed some classy moments at times.



Allies: McFayden 4, Lucas 3, Jones 2, Mummery, Sloan, Koschitzke, Kelly, Jackson, Stern.
Vic Country: Walsh 2, Williams 2, Ash, Brownless, Vandermeer, Flanders, Schlensog, Bowman, Garoni.

Allies: McFayden, O’Neill, Jackson, Jones, Koschitzke
Vic Country: Walsh, Duursma, Ash, Williams, Vandermeer


Vic Metro 10.10 (70) defeated Allies 6.11 (47)

In the second match, an understrength Vic Metro side got the job done against a Tarryn Thomas and Matthew Green inspired Allies team. Metro chose to rest all of its top-age AFL Academy members, with the Metro squad still yet to be reduced – the trial acts as the catalyst for cutting down the numbers. Metro always seemed to be a step ahead of the Allies, but both teams put in a contested effort.

On the day, Oakleigh Chargers’ Riley Collier-Dawkins (two goals) and Western Jets’ Xavier O’Halloran were huge through the middle, combining well with Chargers’ big ball winner James Rowbottom. In defence, Stefan Radovanovic provided plenty of run in tandem with potential Collingwood father-son Will Kelly, who also spent the early quarters forward. Jack Evans was one of the better players in the second half playing forward, while talls Mark Baker and Joe Griffiths provided some aerial strength around the ground. Sandringham Dragons’ forward James Rendell popped up to be a target throughout, while Joe Ayton-Delaney and Tom McKenzie were others who showed class.

For the Allies, it was no surprise to see Under 18 Academy Series Most Valuable Player (MVP) Tarryn Thomas at the top of the best for the Allies. While he found the going tougher than at the division two level, he still stood out, combining with fellow AFL Academy member Matthew Green who, sporting a new hairstyle, was prominent on the outside.  Along with key targets Thomas Green and Liam Delahunty, and the work of GWS GIANTS MVP winner Kieren Briggs, the Allies put up a good fight against the Metro side. Izaak Wyatt booted the first two goals of he game and was the only multiple goal kicker in the end for the Allies, while Guy Richardson, Kyle McKellar and Ryan Gilmore were others who impressed.

Vic Metro: Collier-Dawkins 2, Griffiths, Sholl, Radovanovic, Baker, McKenzie, Evans, Jeka, Hanrahan
Allies: Wyatt 2, Thomas, Auckland, Delahunty, McDonald.

Vic Metro: Collier-Dawkins, Rowbottom, O’Halloran, Radovanovic, Kelly
Allies: Thomas, M Green, Richardson, Briggs, Delahunty


Scouting notes: TAC Cup – Round 7

In a big round of TAC Cup footy there was plenty of action to soak up with key players starring across the ground for all the teams. However, it proved to be a big round for the forwards with the likes of Eastern Ranges forward, Jamieson Rossiter impressing with a bag of six and Bushrangers forward, Hudson Garoni slotting seven goals.


Calder Cannons v. Northern Knights

By: Michael Alvaro

Calder Cannons:

#5 Curtis Taylor

Taylor was undoubtedly the Cannons’ best throughout the day, spending most of his minutes in the midfield despite starting forward. He almost dragged his side back to level pegging with a sensational second half, and his second goal which came from a sharp shark at an inside-50 stoppage had the Cannons up and about. That goal, and much of his good work in congestion came about on account of his vice-like grip and lightning hands, which he used to full effect. Taylor pin-balled around the stoppages all day and ran hard through the ball, showing a good work rate to follow up his clearances by moving forward with them. With his constant threat and influence in key areas, it was a really good showing from the Cannons’ number five.

#8 Lachlan Sholl

While he was subdued well in the first half by Northern’s Braedyn Gillard, Sholl forced his way into the game late when it was in the balance. Assuming his usual position at half-back, he continued to use the ball well by foot when given time in a hotly contested match. With the ball lodged in the Cannons’ attacking half for long periods of time during the second and third quarters, Sholl did not have many opportunities to show off his trademark dash and damaging kick, but found a bit of the ball higher up the ground late on and had an impact.

#27 Tye Browning

Starting deep forward, Browning looked dangerous as Calder’s primary target early in the first term. He showed off his good lateral movement and clean hands with some smart crumbing, as well as some solid lead-up marking. He was moved higher up the ground during the second quarter to have more of an impact around the ball, and it worked, with Browning tackling hard and winning plenty of possession. While he did not often have much room to move, Browning was composed with ball in hand and delivered some deft short passes by foot.

#33 Jack Evans

It was a quiet day for Evans, who battled it out in the midfield for most of the game. Attending a high number of centre bounces, Evans had good support around him and used his frame to advantage in creating space for them at the drop of the ball. He was often the link in the chain as the Cannons went forward, but could not quite get himself in the position to use his disposal in more damaging ways. Still, he was efficient when given the chance.


Northern Knights:

#3 Braedyn Gillard

Arguably the best afield, the Knights skipper contributed in more ways than one to his side’s win. Playing most of the game as a half-forward, Gillard took on the responsibility of keeping Calder livewire Lachlan Sholl accountable, and kept him relatively quiet for three quarters while managing to snare two goals. His impressive work rate allowed him to play the position effectively, working high up the ground to win the ball and running back hard to create goal opportunities. With the Cannons coming back hard, Gillard was thrown into the centre bounce at the start of the last quarter, lining up next to the dangerous Curtis Taylor. He made an immediate impact – collecting the ball momentarily from the tap and laying a crunching tackle moments later to set the tone for the quarter. He was busy throughout, and continues to be a pillar of consistency for the Knights.

 #7 Harrison Grace

Like his skipper, Grace spent most of the game forward and provided a good presence as Northern tried to lock the ball in their half. He had a couple of highlights in the second quarter while working up the ground – contesting the ball where he was outnumbered at least two-to-one on two separate occasions, bringing it to ground and giving his teammates a chance to mop it up. Not only is he a pest with his constant niggle, but he looked dangerous with the ball in close around the forward 50, which was highlighted as he flicked out an assist to Braedyn Gillard in the third term. He also took a good contested overhead mark in the final quarter to cap off his day. 

 #16 Tom Hallebone

The rangy Knights ruckman has been in a good vein of form lately, improving as the weeks go by. While he had a slight size and reach advantage over the two Calder ruckmen, Hallebone showed he was no one-trick pony and used his body well at the stoppages. His taps to advantage always impress when they come off, and he had the chance to really get on top in the fourth quarter as Daniel Hanna and Mitch Podhajski were forced to cover for the injured Cannons rucks. Still, he played well within his limits throughout the game – especially with ball in hand as he often handed it off to Northern’s runners instead of kicking the ball himself.


Murray Bushrangers v. Dandenong Stingrays

By: Brandon Hutchinson


#3 Jamie Plumridge

Plumridge kept himself busy throughout the midfield, getting plenty of the hard ball and involving himself in a good deal of the linkups. He had a handful of successful second efforts that caused important stoppages and brought quick hands to earn interceptions. Composed but aggressive, Plumridge puts his head over the play and rips the pill from congestion, assisting in driving the attack. An outstanding work rate and competitive spirit were all on display Saturday afternoon.

#29 Bailey Williams

Easily the most dynamic tall in the competition, Williams put on a clinic for spectators at RAMS Arena. His work rate in the one on ones was outmatched, taking big, contested grabs as a forward, crumbing the spills and providing immense pressure to the Murray backline when trying to rebound. He was involved in most of the link plays, assisted through a great footy sense, and was dangerous up high and on the loose ball. He dominated in the ruck contest against Ben Kelly and bagged himself a few centre clearances. Williams’ work was summed up well when he won a centre tap, smothered a kick and then proceeded to pin the ball carrier. Besides bagging one himself, the high pressure tall was involved in much of the scoring, assisting a few directly. Williams’ display was not only best on ground but one of the best individual performances I have witnessed in the TAC Cup to date.



#4 Laitham Vandermeer

The Bushrangers played much of their transition football through Vandermeer. He was smooth out of congestion with the ball tucked under his arm and had no trouble finding space and picking the right pass. He showed off clean skills and explosive runs, adding class to the Murray link ups. A dangerous presence along the wings, he picked hit spots well to break Dandenong lines, and in the final term, he scooped and booted from 40 out and put home a well-deserved goal.

#18 Hudson Garoni

With a significant difference in scoring shots going Dandenong’s way, it was Garoni’s efficiency in front of the sticks which kept his team from a shutout first half. In the beginning of the second he kicked two off the back of careful leads, and a third on the run to bring back his side. He had four at the main break and went onto kick three more before full-time. Despite a larger opponent, Garoni’s footy sense, explosive leads and strong hands made it impossible to rip the ball from him. His style of footy is clean and solid, showcasing a key forward in the purest form.

 #28 Kyle Clarke

The biggest point from Clarke’s game is that he is an exciting footballer to watch. On the wing, Clarke was crafty and slick, breaking lines and throwing off his opponents with stutters, fakes, spins and quick passes. His agility is great in close and his skill work polished, but his highlights don’t appear as much as we’d like. A unique talent, Clarke showed off his prowess by somehow caressing an around the body goal off a step, under pressure, while falling forward. There might have been a sprinkle of luck in there, but it all looked quite natural.


Greater Western Victoria Rebels v. Gippsland Power

By: Brandon Hutchinson


#9 Lochie Dawson

Dawson was easily one of Rebels’ hardest workers across the four terms. His efforts across the ground contributed to a good deal of link ups, exhibiting a smart read on the flow of play. The hard ball was no stranger to Dawson, fighting hard against the grain and causing some serious transition through outstanding clearance work. Clean and effective, Dawson was a sure standout for the struggling Rebels.

 #14 Jed Hill

Hill’s workrate was standout and consistent for the Rebels on Saturday. With intense pressure around stoppages and attack on the ball carrier, Hill forced a number of turnovers. Good off hands, he ran with great pace along the wings, cleverly linking up the ball to break defensive lines. His transition work was smooth and quick around congestion, and his second and third efforts resulted in a few wins for the Rebels. Quieter in the second half, Hill’s first half highlighted his potential and work rate when the ball gets within his grasp.



#4 Sam Flanders

Flanders kicked four goals for the game, often resulting in the final stop in a midfield link. Leading his team to a comfortable victory in the fourth, Flanders put away two goals, to consolidate their win. His efforts in gaining the loose ball shone bright in a contest against two GWV players that ended in a stalemate. Positioning well, Flanders performed under the incoming ball and kicked true from set shots, finishing the game with 4.2.

#5 Xavier Duursma

A hard worker from start to finish, Duursma left nothing behind on the field. Fierce on the ground and confident in the air, he positioned well around the ground to provide a clear passage forward. In the third, Duursma kicked his two goals, one on the run and the second from a set shot. He worked hard to earn the football and ran hard with ball in hand, burning his man. Poised and dominant, Duursma’s presence was clear in the Power’s transition.

#23 Noah Gown

Gown’s read under the ball put GWV backman on the wrong foot in the contest. With sharp vision and strong form, Gown was too hard to beat in a contest. His overhead marks plucked the pill out of the air and gave him opportunities to capitalise in front of goal. Unfortunately, Gown’s kicking was subpar, hitting one of his three shots. Despite this, he earned his opportunities and assisted his fellow forwards in hitting the scoreboard proving his worth all the same.

#25 Kyle Reid

Reid was an eligible pick for best on ground, as his work in the backline was important in keeping the Rebels at bay. Putting pressure on the forwards and cutting off the opposition ball, Reid boomeranged much of the incoming transition into a Power counter attack. He cleared the ball plenty of times and guided much of the movement from the back half of the ground. The last line of defence and a pillar for his team, it was Reid’s footy IQ most on display, presenting keen decision-making under pressure and an accurate read on the crumb.


Oakleigh Chargers vs. Western Jets

By: James Goller


#1 Riley Collier-Dawkins

Collier- Dawkins when given the opportunity is not afraid to take the game on. When in congestion he showed the ability to have clean hands. The midfielder ran back well defensively in one passage where he spoilt the Jets play and rebounded strongly from it.

#5 Xavier O’Neill

O’Neill played in the midfield for majority of the day in tough wet conditions. He used his speed to break the game open at times and won plenty of the footy in and around at stoppages. In the last quarter, he moved down to the back flank and rebounded strongly taking a intercept mark as well to cap off a solid performance.

#23 Isaac Quaynor

He started the game well showcasing his ability to run off the back flank strongly. Quaynor is renowned for his run and carry type of play and usually makes solid decisions. His impact was limited in the second half but still ended up with 13 touches and five tackles for the game.

#79 Bailey Griffiths

Griffiths was in the ruck for majority of the day and used his height advantage well to win the footy. He competed hard all day for the Chargers but in difficult conditions dropped a simple mark in the defensive 50.



#11 Zak Butters

Butters had a really good game showcasing his elite use of the footy and good awareness with ball in hand. He was able to put on a fair amount of pressure to his opponents laying five tackles for the match. When in congestion he was able and willing to compete hard to win the ball and used his clean hands to open up opportunities for his teammates.

#31 Emerson Jeka

Jeka was one of the best on ground for the Jets and was especially good early in the match. He took a heap of great contested marks and slotted a couple of clutch goals. He could have kicked more today if he had his kicking his kicking boots on but still impressed up forward for Western.

#33 Xavier O’Halloran

O’Halloran was in the midfield for majority of the day and contested hard for the footy. He Imposed himself around the ground laying some strong tackles and applied plenty of pressure throughout the game. O’Halloran gained a number of clearances during the four quarters and also showcased his footy smarts a number of times. He kicked a great goal from 50-55 meters out after the siren in the third quarter which lifted the Jets. He was not afraid to break through packs and take the game on.

#38 Buku Khamis

Khamis was the intercept marking king for the match with at least five of his 12 grabs intercepts for the Jets. His ability to read the play allowed him to leave his player and take strong marks. Not only that but Khamis used the ball effectively and efficiently. Sometimes his decision making can be questioned however today he was outstanding and racked up plenty of the footy.

#45 Aaron Clarke

Clarke was another Western Jet that had a good day at the office. He showed some real promise up forward kicking two goals. The 194cm player also pinched hit in the ruck and showed great agility across the ground.


Eastern Ranges vs. Bendigo Pioneers

By: Liam Connop


#13 Jamieson Rossiter

Rossiter played as a key forward and kicked an impressive six goals given the wet conditions. Though he is only a medium-size for a key position player, he demonstrated a great ability to kick a long-range goal, with his lovely left-foot kicking style allowing him to kick a few of his majors from 40 meters or more out on a set shot. Rossiter was also great in one-on-one contests, using his strength to push off his opponent and take contested marks. He was arguably the difference in this game.

#17 Cody Hirst

Hirst was a welcome addition back into the side after a month layoff. Playing at half-forward, Hirst was lively early setting up a scoring opportunity and almost kicking one himself. However, his day was cut short early into the second quarter, where he appeared to hurt his knee on the wing and was helped off the ground by trainers.

#24 Kye Quirk

Quirk played as an onballer for the duration of the game, and was able to utilise the domination of his ruckman to win the ball at the stoppages and help to propel the Ranges forward. Quirk covered the ground well and, whilst not being as prolific as he can be, was a prominent factor in his side’s comfortable win.



#9 Zane Keighran

Keighran started slowly in the first quarter. However, an incident in the second quarter seemed to spark him into the match, where he was pushed into the fence before quickly retaliating in a healthy show of aggression. Shortly after, Keighran booted two goals in a row to keep his side in the contest in the first half, and continued to demonstrate pressure around the packs, with some strong tackling and good defensive efforts.

#20 James Schischka

Schischka is a medium-sized midfielder who moves well and reads the play well in the stoppages. He was not as prolific in winning the ball as in previous weeks, but showed his class at times in a tough day for the Pioneers. Schischka showed signs he could develop into a nice-moving midfielder.


Sandringham Dragons vs. Geelong Falcons

By: Owen Leonard:


#28 James Rendell

Predominantly locked into an intriguing battle with Geelong’s Dane Hollenkamp, Rendell consistently created contests providing opportunity for the Dragons’ small forwards, albeit went goalless for the day. In addition, though, the key position prospect spent time in the ruck where he was more than serviceable, winning 18 hit-outs.

#32 Joe Griffiths

The ruckman was impressive at Trevor Barker Oval on Sunday, winning the majority of hit-outs. However, the mobility of Griffiths was more notable, who seemed to almost turn into another midfielder at ground level. A complete ruck performance, with 20 hit-outs well complemented by two goals.


#30 Oscar Brownless

It was a relatively quiet first half for the Geelong Cats father-son prospect, and frustration showed giving away a downfield free kick early in the third term – one of five frees against. However, the midfielder managed to get himself into the game as it progressed and finished with a respectable 20 disposals along with an equal game-high 12 tackles in a losing side.

#39 Connor Idun

Playing a traditional centre half-forward role, Idun was a constant target up the ground. Contributed with six marks, 13 disposals and three tackles.

#41 Cooper Stephens

 In a healthy return, the versatile Geelong player went forward and was effective in his ball use, with 11 efficient disposals for the day. Consistently presenting as a strong forward option, Stephens concluded the match with five marks and a goal.

#48 Blake Schlensog

The Falcon exhibited notable intercept marking ability in the first half, and set-up play from defence. Schlensog also went forward and kicked an impressive goal to put the Falcons 29 points clear in the second quarter. He finished with two goals for the day.

#49 Dane Hollenkamp

Hollenkamp was assigned the task of matching-up on James Rendell which he passed with flying colours, ultimately restricting the Dragon to just one behind. He seemed to be the general down in defence and was one of the Falcons’ best.