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Diversity wins in multicultural exhibition match

THE Laguntas and Jim Stynes Program sides battled it out at Punt Road Oval on Friday, with the Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander side coming out 10.13 (73) to 8.2 (50) victors.

Donning Richmond’s traditional yellow and black colours, it was only fitting that the Indigenous side won the day on the Tigers’ home turf, but the match was about more than just footballing results. The fixture’s second instalment is a product of the Laguntas and Jim Stynes program, which aims to support talent pathways through the NAB League and AFL by targeting talented Aboriginal, Torres Straight Islander, and multicultural footballers between the ages of 16 and 19. Embracing cultural identity and providing education to these young men about opportunities within the AFL outside of the realms of team crests, the program allows a total of 50 participants to take part in the showpiece match. The game is also used as part of the selection process for the Diversity All Stars team set to face Victoria Country Under 16 in another exhibition match later this year, with the best talent well and truly putting their hands up.

Despite trailing for most of the match on the back of inaccuracy in front of goal, the Laguntas stormed home in the last quarter to snatch victory, with multiple final-quarter goals from Tyson Neal-Edwards and Desmond Tipuamantamurri crucial to the cause. Throughout the game, the likes of Jordan Proctor and Taj Proctor were lively for the winners, with Josiah Kyle showing off his vertical leap both in the ruck and in aerial contests. Alexander Bennett was solid down back, while Alick Nai hit the ball hard all day at speed to provide forward drive alongside skipper, Brock Perichon.

For the Jim Stynes Program team, Emiliano Aleixo, Ryan Koo, and Luke Vella were industrious through the midfield, providing run and good service forward to the likes of Amuor Amuor, who booted two first-quarter goals. Zach Cileceken played a monster role down back in the first half, with some outstanding intercept marks, and was thrown forward late on to no avail. Smalls Kai Suparta and Mohammed Yassine were zippy around the forward arc, with Akash Singh also amongst it in a solid team display.

With eyes forward on Diversity All Stars selection, these 50 juniors have now wrapped up camp with valuable experience and learnings gained for whatever future endeavours they may pursue within football – both on and off the field.

U16s and Futures Scouting Notes

PUNT Road Oval played host to two games on Saturday afternoon, with both Victorian Under 16 teams having a final hit out in the lead up to the NAB AFL Under 16 Championships which begin in a fortnight.

The Vic Country Under 16 team took on the ‘Diversity All Stars’, with players made up from the Laguntas and Jim Stynes programs – while Vic Metro Under 16 played the Vic Metro Under 17 Futures team.

Matt Balmer’s scouting notes:

Vic Country 9.13 (67) defeated Diversity All Stars 5.4 (34)

Vic Country:

#5 Isaac Grant – One of the better Vic Country players playing inside 50. Has speed and good agility making him a tough opponent. The right footer booted the first goal of the game – but at times he did rush his disposal which decreased his efficiency by foot. Overall looked a decent prospect to track over the next two years.

#8 Thomson Dow – Another Dow looks likely to come into the Vic Country program – with the athletic wingman showing promise. In the last quarter, he showed good dash and burst from the stoppage. The right footer was ok by foot – but early in the game did double grab a few of his disposals.

#11 Sam De Koning – Played as a tall defender and was impressive. Took three marks in the opening half, always marking then playing on straight away by hand to the runner next to him. Got to the right positions and was good overhead.

#16 Tom Richardson – Booted a few goals as a lead up forward. Ball drop was a bit wonky but he was able to be effective more times than not. Has a good burst over 5m which allows him to get distance between himself and the defender.

#18 Hayden Young – By far the best player on the ground playing as a centre half back. He used his long left foot to effectiveness and was superb overhead. He provided multiple rebound 50s and possess good hands in close. One of the better 16 year olds I’ve seen running around eligible for 2019.

#23 Cooper Stephens – Not to be confused with the Under 18 player Cooper Stephens – Stephens was a good mark overhead and kicked it well on either foot. Runs very well and had multiple inside 50s for the game.

Diversity All Stars:

#4 Cody Harrison – Played as a inside midfielder and laid multiple tackles. His pressure was also good and had quick hands in the contest. Took a good mark inside 50 and booted the goal.

#6 Dale Cox – Played mostly on the wing and early in the game tried to use his pace but was tackled when he attempted to take on one too many players at speed. He has a laid back kicking technique but majority of the kicks were effective. One passage coming out of defensive 50 late in the game was impressive.

#10 David Smith – Lined up at the centre bounce – but he is definitely more of an outside player than inside and was moved very quickly after that. His decision making does need some work and he often went to ground rather than keeping his feet. Won the ball at speed and was willing to throw out a fend off to get the Country players out of his way.

#16 Cassius White – The Under 16 was definitely the player that caught the eye and looked to be someone worth tracking. Had three dashes on the wing and down the middle of the ground that saw no Country player able to get near him. Took the game on and was solid off his right foot – but it was his elite speed that made him really stand out.

#17 Phillip Soloman – The bottom ager showed plenty of promise and will be someone Richmond will be hoping to develop (and get him approve and onto their list of Next Generation Academy players). Had his knee strapped but it didn’t slow him down on the outside. His agility was very good and at one stage got around five country players with ease, weaving through them all. Hands were good at the contest and was solid off his right foot.

Vic Metro Under 17 Futures defeated Vic Metro Under 16s (by approximately 60 points)

Vic Metro U17:

#1 Cody Hirst – One of the better players on the ground (especially in the opening half), using his speed as an outside midfielder/small forward. The small Eastern Ranges product has a nice left foot and hit the scoreboard on multiple occasions. One to keep an eye on.

#2 Shane Skidmore – The right footer played up forward and through the midfield, showing a good burst of speed to get distance between himself and the opposition defender. Took a good mark inside 50 and convert the chance. Kicking was just ok.

#3 Zak Butters – The Western Jet played a good game but was often brought down by his kicking – which was poor due to his ball drop. Took some good marks inside 50 and had multiple chances on goal missing a few. Laid a very strong tackle in the first half and his pressure was good. A nice intercept mark inside 50 was great in the third quarter.

#6 Xavier Fry – Has some speed and booted a goal from the goalsquare in the opening quarter. Was a good mark overhead, but another let down by his kicking – was very right foot dominant and didn’t appear to have a left foot. One that I’ve heard big wraps about, so looking forward to tracking him into next year.

#10 Brayden Gillard – Has impressed with the Northern Knights early this season. Shanked a kick on goal in the third quarter – but did manage to boot one for the game. Was composed with ball in hand.

#12 Liam Stocker – The Haileybury College student was great against Scotch College last week and did some nice things across half back for the Futures team. Willing to go in at the contest and is a hard handballer.

#23 Stefan Radovanovic – Best player in the second half of the game. Has an exceptional burst of speed and a huge third quarter really saw him lift his game. Made a great pass to Mason Fletcher late in the game using his vision to spot him up forward. Played on the inside in the final quarter and continued to pressure through the midfield. One to watch.

#26 Mason Fletcher – Played as a tall defender in the first half, before switching forward. Finished the day with four marks and was willing to block to help his teammates at either end. Kicked a brilliant goal in the third quarter in front of the crowd but was caught behind on a few occasions up forward. Looks a better defender – but at times I question his mobility as he does have an awkward running style.

Vic Metro U16:

#8 Daniel Mott – Was willing to take the game on on the outside and possessed clean hands. The right footer used his speed and agility throughout the game and flashed in and out.

#10 Lachlan Potter – Has serious ‘wheels’ on the outside. The right footer was decent by foot – but occassionally let down by a high ball drop. In traffic he showed his smarts.

#11 Finn Maginness – Missed last weeks school game for Scotch but return and played a decent game for the Under 16s. Started on the wing and used the ball ok off either foot. His hands inclose were good and has good vision right around the ground.

#15 James Ross – Was excellent in traffic and provided good follow up for the Metro team. With ball in hand he showed good composure.

#17 Liam Witts – Played as a defender and intercepted on a few times. Provided good rebound on his left foot.

Laguntas and Jim Stynes squad face off at Punt Road

The next generation of Victoria Indigenous and Multicultural talent will go head-to-head at Punt Road on Saturday.

The exhibition match will be held as a curtain raiser to the VFL match between Richmond and Essendon at Punt Road End. The match will form part of the 2017 Sir Doug Nicholls Indigenous Round celebrations.

The Laguntas program aims to further develop the pathway to the AFL competition for Indigenous players, as well as provide training and education to support the off field development of young up and coming Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders.

The Jim Stynes program provides Multicultural boys between 16 and 19 the opportunity to further their development on and off the field and enter AFL Victoria’s talent pathways.

Saturday’s match is the first of three games to be played between the two teams, with a combined All Stars squad to be selected to face the Vic Country Under 16 team later this year.


  • Date: Saturday May 27
  • Time: 11am
  • Venue: Punt Road Oval, Richmond.



First Name Last Name TAC Club Region
Cori Corrigan Ballarat Rebels
Kobe Brown Bendigo Pioneers
Phillip Soloman Bushrangers
Anthony Walker Bushrangers
Raman Winmar Bushrangers
Thomas Bradshaw Gippsland Power
Lachlan McDonald Gippsland Power
Harold Hood Gippsland Power
Dale Cox GWV
Reagan Nutting GWV
Dylan Starkie GWV
Terrell Wellington Knights
Cameron Wild Knights
Coen Cooper Pioneers
Kailen Walker Pioneers
Justin  Hill Western Jets
Jy Lambley Western Jets
Mitch Wild Northern Knights
Corey Potter Northern Knights
Beau Anthony Stingrays
Jamaica Ilsley Knights
Brock Perichon Knights
Cody Harrison Gippsland Power
David Smith Bushrangers
Hakeem Johnson Eastern Ranges


First Name Last Name TAC Club Region
Mutaz EL Nour Western Jets
Amar El Nour Western Jets
Adam Kaddour Northern Knights
Ako Warakea Geelong
Matthew Mundos Eastern
Emmanuel Ajang GWV Rebels
Siaki (Phillip) MoiMoi Pioneers
Biggie Nyuon Dandenong
Paul Sidhu Northern
Maithaing Chak Western
Tama Tauali’i Dandenong
Karan Bharathi Western
Deng Maguang Western
Tyrell Lafituanai Dandenong
Kareem Nassar Northern
Vian Swinapoel Northern
Daniel Bolkas Jets
Cassius White Jets
Kevin Vo Jets
Hugo Ingham Bushrangers
Matt Chak
Mel Maguang Jets
Titit Nyak Geelong
Jacob Dheiu Northern
Yuel Fessenhaye