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Scouting notes: WAFL vs. SANFL State Game

IN the latest instalment of the Hayden Bunton Jnr Cup between Western Australia and South Australia, the Croweaters defeated the Sandgropers by seven points at Optus Stadium. There was a host of potential mature-age draft prospects putting their hands up for AFL selection for both sides.

Below were the best AFL draft prospects in the game:

 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

#4 Haiden Schloithe
The 2017 Sandover Medallist was excellent on the wing for the Sandgropers with 14 possessions, six marks, four tackles, four inside 50s, and two goals. Often the link-up player for Western Australia, Schloithe was the catalyst for many of WA’s attacking forays.

#9 Josh Deluca
The former Fremantle rookie produced another outstanding performance that could see him picked up in the AFL’s Mid-Season draft. Against South Australia, Deluca accumulated 29 possessions, laid seven tackles, took six marks, recorded four inside 50s and kicked a goal to be a deserving winner of the Simpson Medal.

#12 Michael Sinclair
Stationed in defence, Sinclair was superb for the Sandgropers, often intercepting South Australia’s attacking forays. He accumulated 16 possessions, took five marks and laid four tackles to showcase why he is one of the best defensive prospects for this year’s AFL Draft.

#15 Michael Bennell
The Albany product demonstrated why he is considered to be one of the most dangerous forwards in this year’s WAFL competition. He booted three goals (and two behinds) from just eight possessions but also laid a team-high nine tackles.

#16 Jye Bolton
The dual Sandover Medallist put in a dazzling performance that should make recruiters consider drafting him. He accumulated 28 possessions, took five marks, recorded four inside 50s, and laid three tackles to be one of WA’s best.

#23 Ben Sokol
In his first State game, Sokol emphatically confirmed why he is considered to be one of the best big-game performers in this year’s WAFL competition. He booted four goals (three behinds) from 13 possessions and 11 marks.

 

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

#1 John Noble
Stationed on the wing, Noble was excellent for South Australia providing speed and class throughout the match. He finished with 24 possessions, five marks, five rebounding 50s, four inside 50s, and four tackles.

#3 William Snelling
The former Port Adelaide player illustrated why he is deserving of another chance at AFL level, with a classy performance against the Sandgropers. He accumulated 19 possessions, laid eight tackles and kicked a goal.

#7 Aidan Tropiano
The 2015 Sandover Medallist was sensational against his native state. He collected a team-high 28 possessions, laid a game-high 11 tackles and recorded four inside 50s to be an influential figure for the Croweaters’ victory.

#15 Jonathon Beech
Playing at centre half-forward, Beech always offered a presence in the attacking half. He gathered 11 possessions, took three marks (one contested), and booted four goals to be one of the best players for South Australia.

#23 Jordan Foote
The former Sydney Swans Academy product was brilliant for South Australia with 24 possessions, six marks, three inside 50s, three rebounding 50s, two tackles and two goals. With such performances, Foote could be headed for a second chance at AFL level.

#33 Michael Knoll
The former basketballer was a deserving winner of the Foss Williams Medal (South Australia’s Best on Ground medal) in the Croweater’s victory over the Sandgropers. He finished with 15 possessions, 31 hitouts, five marks, four tackles and three inside 50s.

AFL Draft preview: Fremantle

AFTER finishing fourteenth with just eight wins in 2018, Fremantle went on a recruiting spree, acquiring gun key forwards Jesse Hogan and Rory Lobb, a solid midfielder in Reece Conca and the speedy Travis Colyer. However they did lose star on-baller Lachie Neale to Brisbane, which leaves a significant hole in their midfield. But the Dockers have an array of picks and will look to the draft to further bolster their needs.

LIST NEEDS

  • Small Forward
  • Inside midfielder
  • Ruck
  • Outside midfielder

DRAFT SELECTIONS: 14, 31, 43, 65, 81

Fremantle originally went into the trade period armed with only picks five and 77 but some smart trading saw them acquire more picks to consolidate their rebuild. Their final draft positioning may change, nonetheless we will analyse who the Dockers should look at with each of their picks.

The Dockers do not enter the draft till pick 14, but could potentially snare local gun Ian Hill to fill their needs for a smart and crafty small forward. With Hayden Ballantyne nearing the end of his career, and with Brandon Matera coming off a poor 2018 campaign, Hill could be the spark up forward the Dockers crave. Other possible options include Zak Butters, Xavier Duursma, and Ned McHenry.

If he is available at pick 31, the Dockers could have a steal in Perth’s Sydney Stack who is one of the most exciting and impactful midfielder/forwards in this year’s draft pool. Despite only standing at 177cm, Stack has shown a desire to crash-and-bash his way through packs to win the hard ball before finding a teammate in open space. As well as showing an outstanding ability in the midfield, Stack can drift forward and have a presence inside 50. Other players around the mark may include James Rowbottom and Jack Ross.

Fremantle has been linked to South Australian young gun Tom Lewis and should snare him with pick 43. Lewis has been likened to former Docker Lachie Neale, because of his size, accumulation, contested work and his leadership qualities. It is also worth noting that Lewis is close with Dockers’ young gun Mitch Crowden and this may sway Fremantle in picking him at this selection, while another South Australian, Boyd Woodcock might come into the Dockers’ thinking.

With picks 65 and 81, the Dockers should look at some mature-age talent from the WAFL, SANFL or VFL. By choosing a mature-age midfield option, the Dockers will have a ready-made prospect who can slide into the midfield alongside Fyfe, Mundy and Blakely. Players to look at include Jye Bolton, Mitch Grigg and Michael Gibbons.

It is worth noting though that the Dockers will likely have a late bid on Academy pair Jason Carter and Tom Medhat, but there is a strong possibility that both could go to the club through the Rookie Draft.

WAFL victorious over SANFL in Adelaide

In blustery yet reasonably mild conditions at Adelaide Oval on the weekend, a building Showdown crowd headed to their seats early to witness a seesawing affair between the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) and West Australian Football League (WAFL) representative sides.

With both teams boasting a multitude of former AFL listed talents, the match promised to be a close contest.

In what was a slow, scrappy yet hotly contested start to the game, Western Australia dominated the inside-50 count 11-4 early. However,  the first goal was not kicked until the the 17th minute mark when former Crow-turned-Sturt onballer Aiden Riley converted a regulation set-shot from close range.

As the South Australian side began to get on top, two-time Magarey Medalist and SANFL skipper Zane Kirkwood (Sturt) put the home side nine points clear.

Late goals from Marlon Motlop (Glenelg) and Josh Hone (Sturt), led the Croweaters to a comfortable 22-point buffer at the first break.

The lead was short-lived, with the WAFL’s Blaine Johnson (South Fremantle) finally booting his side’s first major of the game, sparking WA into life.

The West Australian’s completely dominated the second term with big name stars Jye Bolton (Claremont), Sharrod Wellingham (East Perth) and Rhys Palmer (Swan Districts) all becoming heavily involved across the midfield dominating the clearances and getting the ball moving in their advantage.

Goals from Corey Gault (Swan Districts), Wellingham and another from 22-year-old medium forward Johnson capped off a breathtaking 54-point quarter  which included eight unanswered goals to put the Sandgropers ahead at the main interval.

In desperate need of a quick turnaround, the SANFL piled on three quick goals  courtesy of prolific onballer Kaine Stevens (West Adelaide) and forwards Josh Scott (Glenelg) and Justin Hoskin (Central Districts) to trim the margin back to a kick.  

Tough midfielder Matt Panos (Norwood) brought his side to within just one-point from tying things up, before key forward Corey Gault kicked truly from a set-shot.

Former Power defender Sam Colquhoun (Sturt) hit back with a running goal to again close the gap, with Kirkwood showcasing why he is regarded as one of the best state league players in the country.

Down by eight points at the final change, Rhys Waters (Subiaco) added the first six-pointer of the quarter before a goal-for-goal shootout saw Josh Scott, Jack Hayes (Woodville-West Torrens), Rhys Palmer and Andrew Strijk (West Perth) all exchange blows.

Strijk snagged his second and third goals within three minutes and Corey Gault converted his third to put the WAFL comfortably in front late in the game.

It was a game of inconsistencies from quarter-to-quarter, much like the showdown that would follow, but the WAFL’s stars proved too good on the day, leading their side to its first victory in Adelaide in 24 years.

Kirkwood finished with 35 disposals, six marks, eight tackles and a goal to claim the Fos Williams Medal for SA, while Jye Bolton again reminded AFL recruiters of his talents, collecting 34 touches, six marks and three tackles.

Bolton won his second Simpson Medal as best afield for the WAFL. Panos (25 disposals, eight marks and seven tackles). 

Mitch Grigg (Norwood, 27 disposals and seven tackles), Stevens (24 disposals and six tackles) and Jarrod Allmond (North Adelaide, 24 disposals and four marks) were also prolific for the home side with Josh Scott the lone multiple goal kicker booting 2.2 for the afternoon.

For the victorious visitors, Shane Nelson (West Perth30 disposals and 10 tackles) was rugged throughout all four quarters, while Wellingham (27 disposals and a goal) was classy with his ball use all day.

Kane Mitchell (Claremont, 25 disposals) provided spark around the contest, and another former-Magpie, Johnathon Marsh (East Fremantle20 disposals) was also strong down back limiting the dangerous Jack Hayes to just one goal.

Corey Gault and Andrew Strijk snared three apiece with Johnson and Waters chipping in with two each.