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Scouting notes: Under 18 Australian side

IN what has become an annual tradition, Australia’s top Under 18s combined to form a side to face a Victorian Football League (VFL) team in a one-off practice match. After defeating North Melbourne last year, the AFL Academy made it two wins on the trot with a victory over last year’s grand finalists, Casey Demons in a come-from-behind win. Scott Dougan (jumper numbers #1-#9), Peter Williams (#10-#19) and Ed Pascoe (#20-#30) took notes on the players who took part in the game. All notes are the opinion of the individual writer.

Under 18 Australian Team:

#1 Kysaiah Pickett

Pickett showed flashes of brilliance throughout the game. He has plenty of speed and was dangerous inside the forward 50. In the first term, his cleanliness at ground level was a standout, with the exciting forward collecting a loose ground ball on the wing and then bursting away to have a shot on goal from 50 metres out – that just missed. Pickett kicked his first and only goal late in the fourth term which was a terrific dribble goal.

#2 Malcolm Rosas Jnr

Rosas played up forward and was pretty quiet. He had a really good five-minute patch in the third term when he set up teammate Jack Mahony with an easy set-shot on goal after a left foot snap on goal that just fell short. Rosas was able to hit the scoreboard twice in the fourth term, with two classy goals. He was dangerous and unstoppable when “on”.

#3 Matt Rowell

As usual, Rowell was the standout midfielder on the day. He booted his team’s first goal after he was able to use his speed to burn off his opponent through the middle of the ground. Rowell won plenty of the ball on the inside and outside of the contest, which tells us that he can be used in either position when required. His work around stoppages, along with his repeated efforts and high-work rate, were some of his stand-out attributes on the day. Rowell had 22 disposals, four tackles and two goals in a best on ground performance.

#4 Trent Bianco

Bianco was lively early, gathering seven first-quarter disposals. His ball use on both feet was exceptional, and he provided his team with some much-needed run and carry off half-back. He knows where and how to find the pill at all times. Bianco had 15 disposals (10 kicks). A good game from the Oakleigh Charger.

#5 Caleb Serong

Serong played mostly across half-forward and through the midfield. He showed glimpses of his aerial prowess, speed, and cleanliness at ground level throughout the first half. His ball use was below average, which is very uncommon for Serong, who is usually brilliant by foot.

#6 Jackson Mead

Mead was one of his team’s best midfielders for the game. He was clean by foot and hand, rarely turned the ball over. He was able to showcase his strength in the contest with a big stiff-arm to his opponent in the second term before using his acceleration to break away. One of his best passages was when he delivered a bullet pass to a leading Emerson Jeka in the forward 50, resulting in a shot on goal for his team. Mead had nine disposals and two tackles.

#7 Mitch O’Neill

O’Neill was hard at the contest and tackled aggressively. He did not have massive numbers on the stat sheet, but his work rate and repeat efforts definitely caught the eye. O’Neill was not afraid of his bigger-bodied opponents, with the talented midfielder putting his head over the ball at all times. He had a very good second half, finishing with 11 disposals. A positive performance.

#9 / #23 Will Martyn

Martyn coped a big knock late in the first term and had to get his head strapped. He returned to the field wearing #23 shortly after. He had a very quiet first half but came to life in the third term, where he found plenty of the pill and booted one of his team’s five third-quarter majors. Martyn had 11 disposals and took four marks.

#10 Dylan Stephens

Had a few good moments throughout the game, showing off his defensive pressure early with some great tackles through the midfield. Spent time down back and was able to set up a scoring chain with a lovely kick to Tom Green at half-forward who got it in deep. He missed a handball in the middle in the second half but showed his work rate with a great follow-up tackle, albeit with a high call. He gave off quick hands inside 50 to Tom Green whose snap went wide. Stephens finished with 12 disposals, one mark and two tackles.

#11 Jack Mahony

Not a huge ball winner playing predominantly forward with stints in the midfield in the second half, but had some great individual moments. He kicked a couple of set shot goals marking on the lead and then back with the flight on those occasions. He also showed good strength throughout able to give the ball off while being tackled, and bounced off an opponent in the middle to kick deep and set up a scoring opportunity. Mahony had the six tackles and three marks.

#12 Connor Budarick

Budarick was a late call-up to the match, and had a number of great defensive plays predominantly playing in the back half. He won his fair share of the footy and used it well, just showing good composure with ball-in-hand. He did get pushed off by a stronger opponent one-on-one in the final term but the opponent’s shot hit the post. Budarick had the one-two handball off half-back and kicked long to half-forward late for a nice little play at the end. Budarick finished with nine disposals, three marks and two clearances.

#13 Sam Flanders

A quieter game for Flanders after half-time, but managed a smart goal by picking it off the ground and put it straight through the middle off a step. He had a chance earlier but his snap bounced to the left for a behind. Took a few good marks around the ground and kicked inside 50, but looked more dangerous when forward. Flanders finished with just the six disposals and three marks.

#14 Dylan Williams

Spent time in defence in the first half and moved into attack later in the game. Williams had a couple of huge highlights including a big grab over the pack inside 50, and then had a lovely kick in the third term to Kysaiah Pickett at half-forward. He used his skills to good effect and while was often manhandled in attack, continually tried to create a contest, and applied a good block for Pickett to dribble a goal late in the game. Williams had 12 touches, five marks, three inside 50s and four rebounds for the game, indicating how much time he spent covering the ground.

#15 Jeremy Sharp

Very slick with his ball use, he showed nice movement with his hands in midfield, and while he made some errors early, he got accustomed to the speed and pressure of the game and started to become comfortable in his role. In the third term he had a quick handball under pressure to a teammate running past. He capped off a great term with a goal from a tight angle in the dying seconds to cut the deficit to just one-point at three quarter time. Good defensive pressure throughout the match. Not a huge ball winner, but used it well in the second half. Sharp had the 10 disposals, two clearances and two inside 50s for the match.

#16 Hayden Young

Along with Matthew Rowell and Noah Anderson, Young was one of the Australians’ best with terrific composure, intercept marking and ball use off half-back. Regardless of the pressure he was under, Young continued to go for his marks rather than spoiling, and showed great vision to set up teammates running by. He laid a number of big tackles to stop attacking plays, winning free kicks and getting the ball out to the wing. Took an important intercept mark near three quarter time and then a moment later had the composure to compete at ground level after dropping a potential intercept mark, and gave the hands to Jeremy Sharp who kicked the great goal on the edge of three quarter time. He held his own against Jeff Garlett in a marking contest pushing him under the ball fairly and forcing a rushed behind. He was clean overhead and used the ball very well. Young finished with 16 disposals, six marks and four rebounds,

#17 Lachlan Ash

Had a good start before being quieter later in the game. Got a bit excited with one of the first plays of the day from the back pocket running more than 20m before being pulled up having not bounced the pill and handing Casey its first goal of the game from the set shot. His next run was more measure, taking a bounce and kicking long. He laid a good tackle at half-forward and kicked inside 50 but the pressure saw it turned over. After that he was back to his composed self, competing well in marking contests, with an example on the wing seeing Ash being able to impact a contest from the front without giving away a free kick. Ash laid a great tackle in defence to stop a player from goaling late in the second term and read the ball well in flight behind a pack to mark and kick it forward. He showed good composure at times in defence as you would expect, but had to overcome the few errors early in the game you could put down to the increased speed and intensity of the contest. Ash had the seven touches, two marks and two tackles.

#19 Tom Green

Kept involved throughout the four quarters and while he did not win as much of the ball as he can do against his peers, Green still set up a number of important plays. He slid in and mark at half-back in the first term and hit up a target on the wing. He took a good mark in the second term, sold the dummy at speed and kicked perfectly to Nick Bryan inside 50 who capitalised with a goal from the set shot. He had a rushed snap in the second term himself but it went out on the full and missed another chance off a step in the final term. He set up a second goal with terrific hands to Noah Anderson who goaled from 50m out in the last quarter to put the Australian side up. Overall had a really solid game, and while he missed a couple of chances, was crucial in setting up goals for teammates. Green had 11 disposals and three marks in the game.

20 Noah Anderson

Anderson was quiet early but really came into his own in the last quarter kicking 2 impressive goals and using his gut running to have an impact. Anderson showed his athleticism in the 2nd quarter with an impressive leap although not taking the mark from a pack situation on the wing. His first goal was impressive on the run from 50 metres and his second came from some great gut running from a stoppage in the middle where he wouldn’t win the ball but would work hard inside 50 to take the mark and kick the set shot goal from 45. Anderson finished the game with 17 disposals, three clearances, five inside 50s and two goals.

21 Brodie Kemp

Kemp was a hard worker through the midfield for the academy side, he played the role as the tall big bodied midfielder and played it well with clean hands at the stoppages and staying string in the contest. Kemp’s best bit of play came in the last quarter where he burst out of a stoppage with his run and kicked a bullet pass inside 50 which was dropped by his teammate. Kemp finished the game with 12 disposals and four clearances.

22 Josh Worrell

Worell was a solid player down back, he started the game well with a nice mark deep in defence and he provided good run and clean play with his rebound for the rest of the game. Worrell finished with eight disposals and two marks.

25 Will Gould

Gould was named captain for the day and he was a real competitor early on taking a nice intercept mark and made a crunching tackle using his big frame to his advantage. Gould didn’t get a lot of the ball but played a good defensive role finishing the game with five disposals and three tackles, as well as five rebounds.

26 Liam Delahunty

Delahunty provided a good strong target for the academy side, he did not clunk many marks, but he did bring the ball to ground and competed when the ball was there to be won. Delahunty kicked his only goal from a free kick and set shot from 40 metres in the last quarter. Delahunty finished the game with four disposals, four tackles and one goal.

27 Fischer McAsey

McAsey was very solid down back competing well against the big senior key position bodies for Casey. McAsey showed great courage twice within a minute going back with the flight in the third quarter and despite not getting a lot of the ball played his role perfectly. McAsey finished the game with three disposals but plenty of spoils.

28 Emerson Jeka

Provided a good lead up target, didn’t get much of the ball in the first quarter but got more of it in the second. Took a diving mark inside 50 but shot on goal went out on the full. Jeka suffered a bad knee injury in the 3rd quarter and took no further part in the match, Jeka finished the game with three disposals and two marks.

29 Luke Jackson

Competed well in the ruck and worked hard around the ground showing his athleticism, copped a knee to the head in the second quarter and was rewarded with a free kick. Jackson competed well in the ruck finishing the game with 15 hitouts and five disposals.

30 Nick Bryan

Rucked well and showed his nice leap, had the ball under pressure and kept composed to get a long handball out in the second quarter and he also took a mark 15 metres out on a slight angle and converted a set shot goal. Bryan looked composed with ball in hand in general play and finished the game with 13 hitouts, five disposals and one goal.

Scouting notes: WAFL Colts – Round 2 – East Fremantle vs Subiaco

EAST Fremantle flexed their muscles as a powerhouse of the 2019 West Australian Football League (WAFL) Colts season, with a 57-point victory over reigning premiers, Subiaco at East Fremantle Oval.

Below were the best players in the game.

EAST FREMANTLE

#2 Michael Wright
The Chapman Valley junior is in outstanding form, and already earning a reputation as one of the premium midfielders in this year’s WAFL Colts Competition. Against the Lions Wright accumulated 24 possessions, laid six tackles, grabbed five marks and kicked two goals. A highlight of his game was in the third quarter when he performed a one-two with Luke Jackson, before snapping through his second goal.

#10 Trent Rivers
The East Fremantle captain led from the front for the Sharks, with an equal game-high 29 possessions, six tackles, five inside 50s, and five marks. His leadership off the half-back is similar to the way Luke Hodge controls his team. Rivers is looming to be one of the key players in this year’s AFL Draft.

#16 Chad Warner
The Willetton junior was his usual tough self for the Sharks, often burying himself in stoppages to win the ball for his team. He finished with 23 possessions, a game-high nine tackles and five inside 50s. Like Wright, Warner is proving to be one of the premium midfield players in the competition.

#20 Brandon Walker
The Fremantle Next-Generation Academy prospect was sizzling off the half-back line for East Fremantle. He finished with 15 possessions and five marks, showcasing the traits that made him an All-Australian last year. He used his speed to burn off opponents, was smart with his decision-making and elite with his foot skills.

#23 Luke Jackson
The highly-touted Jackson put forward a display as to why AFL Draft experts believe he could potentially be a top-five pick. Against the Lions, he was arguably best afield with 17 possessions, 24 hit-outs, six marks, two tackles and two goals.

#24 Trey Ruscoe
The Aquinas College student was phenomenal against the Lions with 23 possessions, six inside 50s, three marks, three tackles and two goals. Playing more as a big-bodied inside midfielder, Ruscoe often crashed his body through stoppages to get the ball to the outside runners. He could be a draft bolter with his current form.

SUBIACO

#8 Ben Golding
The North Beach junior was outstanding for Subiaco on a tough day out, with 25 possessions, eight tackles, four inside 50s and three marks. The energy he provides around the contest is exceptional, so it was a shame it only rubbed off on some of his teammates.

#9 Tristan Hobley
The 2018 Mel Whinnen Medallist worked hard all day for the Lions, racking up an equal game-high 29 possessions, laying an equal team-high eight tackles, recording four inside 50s and taking two marks in a solid individual outing.

#10 Nicholas Martin
Originally known as a medium-sized forward, Martin was pushed into the midfield against East Fremantle. He adapted to the new role with aplomb, finishing with 24 possessions, four inside 50s, three tackles and two marks.

West Australian Colts weekly wrap: Swans and Sharks setting the early pace

ROUND 2 of the West Australian Football League (WAFL) Colts was split over Saturday and Sunday with two games played at Steel Blue and East Fremantle Oval giving talent scouts terrific opportunity to watch the next generation of stars.

WAFL Colts: Round Two

West Perth 8.7.55 defeated Claremont 5.10.40

West Perth made it two wins out of two defeating Claremont at Steel Blue Oval by 15 points.

The Falcons got the first goal of the day through Callum Johnson and that was increased soon afterwards by a smart snap by Ewan Brazier. Johnson was setting the tone for others to follow with his hard running and a third major soon followed for Lachlan Scurria. West Perth had winners all over the ground and the Tigers needed to find a way to get on the scoreboard before too long.

An opportunity came through via a long kick came into their forward 50 but the exciting prospect Liam Henry could only register a minor score. For all the Tigers toil, the Falcons were making every post a winner in their Forward 50 when Brazier kicked his second of the quarter the Falcons had a impressive 25 point lead. That remained the margin at the first break and it was a tale of effiency with both teams entering their Forward 50 on ten occasions, but the only thing that counted was that West Perth had six scoring shots to Claremont’s one.

The Tigers looked more fluid at the start of the second quarter with several attacking thrusts but were still unable to put the ball between the big sticks. A free kick from the the goalsquare to Michael Mallard added to their woes and then Ben Johnson converted to pile on the pain. Bottom ager Joel Western got the Tigers on the board midway through the quarter and the game switched into a holding pàttern of sorts. However another indiscretion before the siren led to another 50 metre penalty with Zak Patterson goaling from the square. The 37 point-lead was fully deserved by the Falcons who had winners all over the field led by Jaxon Prior with 20 disposals and Ben Johnson with 14.

The Tigers started the third term with real purpose with Callum Jamieson taking a fine mark and covering from the square and that was soon followed by Charlie Malone kicking their second in quick succession and narrowing the lead to four goals.

For the first time in the contest, the Tigers were running at their opponents and puttting the Falcons under constant pressure. West Perth were well off their game compared to the first two quarters but kicked a steadier right before the siren through Tyron Hindmarsh after some fine ball movement further afield which extended their lead to 30 points. The positive for Claremont was that their effort was certainly now matching their opponents and all they needed was a high level of conversion to finish it off. They got what they were after courtesy of Jack Buller to cut the margin to 20 points. A free kick to Max Minear saw him convert from 40 metres to give them a real chance with eight minutes remaining. However some smart possession football by West Perth saw them withstand the fight back and claim a 14 point win, their second to start the season.

Star of the day

A player that offered so much run from half back was Jaxon Prior who amassed 34 disposals, eight marks, three tackles and countless rebounds from defensive 50 and fully deserved that honour.

Other Falcons who were fine players on the day included Tyron Hindmarsh (28 disposals and eight tackles), Koopah Todd (28 disposals and eight marks) and Ben Johnson (27 disposals and seven marks. A real exciting prospect for the Tigers is mobile 200cm ruck/forward Callum Jamieson with 14 disposals,five marks 13 hit-outs and a goal.

Key factors

The slow start was crucial to the outcome. It is not desirable to give a team a 4-5 goal head start in today’s footy otherwise you are playing catchup for the remainder of the game, however it is still early in the season and there is plenty to work on for both teams. The first half and the ability to show poise under pressure in the closing minutes would please Falcons coach Ryan Lascock and his assistants. Meanwhile, it would have been easy for the Tigers to drop their heads, however they hung in there which was a big positive for the Tigers coaching group. The amount of ball that Claremont took into their forward 50 will also be a pleasing factor (49-33), although they need more players to step up and help convert that advantage.

 

Swan Districts 10.8 (68) defeated East Perth 8.4 (52)

The second game of the double header saw Swan Districts erase a 27-point first half deficit to claim a 16-point win and make it two wins from two games to start the season.

The Royals started the better of the two teams with a number of forward entries. Jaxon East crumbed the ball expertly to kick the first of the game. They then increased their lead through Joshua Ladhams with a mark and goal and just like the previous game one team got off to a flyer with Sam Van Diemen kicking his first under very little pressure. Swans finally got onto the board with their best passage of play leading to a soccered goal by Sebastian Bright from the square. Ladhams put a exclamation point on a great quarter when he marked and goaled from 40 metres as the Royals led by 21 points at quarter time.

Swans got off to the perfect start on the second when Jayden Farrant snapped truly from 15 metres, but Van Diemen replied a few minutes later to give East Perth their their four goal lead once again. Some good forward line pressure saw Sebit Kuek earn a shot at goal which he duly converted and the Royals were out to their biggest lead of the day.

Defender Jack Pasini made the most of a infringement by the man on the mark to kick Swans’ third of the day. The two teams then traded goals towards the end of the second term and East Perth went into the long break with a 21 point margin. The Royals strength throughout the first half was their ability to generate inside 50s (25) and though they only scored on 10 occasions, the weight of numbers told the story. In comparison, Swans only had four scoring shots from their 15 entries. Harley Sparks continued his form from his impressive first game of the season against Subiaco compiling 15 disposals for the half. Meanwhile Kade Wallrodt was a tireless worker for Swans with 14 disposals and two marks.

Bottom ager Ayden Cartwright gave Swans’ the perfect start to the third term with a goal within two minutes. The next 15 minutes was a war of attrition with both teams launching attacks but to no avail. The home team finally broke the deadlock when bottom ager Jamieson Ugle got them to within seven points which seemed inconceivable a quarter ago. The Black and Whites had outscored East Perth 2.2 to no score in the term, but in truth it felt a lot more than that and it was certainly all to play for in the last quarter.

Some clever play early in the last quarter by Narkle set up Cartwright for his second of the game and the scores were now level. East Perth were seemingly running on the spot with Swans all over them like a rash. Cartwright soon kicked his second for the term and Swans had the lead for the first time in the game.

With East Perth needing to find a target in their forward line it was Kuet who stepped up to the mark and cut the deficit to one point. The next goal was always going to be pivotal and it was bottom ager Zane Trew with a fine snap from 35 metres for the home side. The icing on the cake came just before the siren when Jermarl Daly won a free kick and kicked his first major to seal a stirring 16 point victory.

 

Star(s) of the day

There were many candidates with Harley and Connor Sparks amassing 54 disposals, seven marks and seven tackles for the Royals.

But in truth, you could pick a handful of Swan Districts players and not go wrong.
Kade Wallrodt was tireless with 33 disposals and five marks, Zane Trew kicked a decisive goal to go along with his 26 disposals and seven tackles, while bottom ager Ayden Cartwright kicked three goals including two in the all important last term.

However it was the double act of Brenton Hilton and Jake Pasini who really stemmed the tide in the first half. In truth, it would have been a eight goal game without them holding the fort. Then in the second half they were imperious, impassable, impeccable or any other complement you want to pay them. The duo are key to Swan Districts premiership hopes this season.

 

Key factor

Momentum is massive in football and you have to make the most of it when you have it. East Perth had it in the first half but didn’t make the most of it. Swans had it in the second half and kicked six goals to one. That is the game in a nutshell.

 

In Sunday’s games:

East Fremantle 12.8 (80) defeated Subiaco 3.5(23)

East Fremantle made it two wins from two to start the season after a 57-point win. In the clash between the last two premiers it was the home team mastered the greasy conditions from the get-go kicking four goals to no score in the first quarter and the reigning premiers could not respond. Subiaco also were unable to kick a goal in the third term as the Sharks kicked six without reply. Exciting talents Luke Jackson and Trey Ruscoe combined for 40 disposals, nine marks and four goals while Trent Rivers was tireless with 29 disposals and six tackles. With a number of changes to playing personnel and a new head coach, it will take a bit of time for Subiaco to gel. The prolific Tristan Hobley never stopped working hard with 29 disposals and eight tackles.

 

Perth 9.12 (66) defeated South Fremantle 6.9 (45)

Perth kicked six goals to three on the second half to break open what was a low scoring scrappy affair and claim a win in their first game of the season by 21 points. The Demons made the most of their advantage when it came to forward 50 entries (46-33) and scoring shots (21-15) leading as much as 35 points in the last term putting together a impressive performance. Bottom-age talents Nathan O’Driscoll and Cain Evans were terrific for the Demons. O’Driscoll had 32 disposals and five marks while Evans compiled 19 disposals, five tackles and two goals. Meanwhile, Jack Musika was a willing worker with 26 disposals and five tackles and bottom ager Shannon Neale kicked three goals which was a fine effort in a team that only scored six for the game.

Scouting notes: WAFL Colts Round 1 – Claremont vs. East Fremantle

IN what was a cracking first game of the Simply Energy WAFL Colts Competition of 2019, East Fremantle defeated Claremont by two points at Claremont Oval. The final quarter proved to be a see-sawing contest between both teams, but ultimately the Sharks prevailed by that narrow margin of two points.

Below were the best players from each team.

CLAREMONT

#4 Marc Boyatzis
Stationed in the back pocket Boyatzis held his own, especially when East Fremantle started to dominate stages of the game. He finished the game with 12 possessions, three marks, two tackles and two inside 50s to arguably be the Tigers’ best defender. His intercept ability combined with his smart decision-making makes him a damaging rebounder, and his excellent lock-down mindset marks him as a tough opponent.

#5 Ronin O’Connor
The Marist junior was a bull in the midfield for the Tigers, often throwing himself into stoppages to win the ball for his team. He collected 20 possessions and laid an equal game-high nine tackles as he tried to give Claremont the ascendancy around the stoppages.

#8 Jack Buller
Playing centre half-forward, Buller always presents well for his midfielders to kick it to him. His leading patterns, strong hands, decision-making and skill execution were all on display for recruiters to see. The Cottesloe junior collected 12 possessions, grabbed four marks, laid three tackles and booted a goal in a solid first hit-out.

#11 Thomas Baldwin
The 2018 WA Under 18s representative showcased why Claremont’s coaching staff rate him highly. Playing as a small forward, Baldwin booted two goals from 19 possessions, as well as laying six tackles and taking three marks. His energy and class around the forward half stoppages were pivotal in keeping the Tigers in the contest.

#12 Joel Western
The Subiaco junior was electrifying on the half-forward flank for the Tigers, finishing the game with 19 possessions, four tackles, two inside 50s and a goal. Available to Fremantle as an Next Generation Academy (NGA) prospect in 2020, Western used his speed, evasiveness and skills to carve his way through East Fremantle’s defensive zones. He is already shaping up as a high draft prospect for next year.

#15 Liam Henry
The Derby product demonstrated why he is so highly touted in this year’s draft pool, especially by Fremantle who can select him under their Next-Generation Academy. Henry displayed his offensive flair and defensive soundness in a very well-rounded performance. He gathered 16 possessions, laid eight tackles, grabbed seven marks, recorded three inside 50s and kicked a magnificent goal in the second quarter, when he roved a pack inside 50 and snapped it through.

#22 Jye Clark
The younger brother of Geelong’s rising star Jordan, Jye Clark displayed similar traits to his brother – he was highly skilful, made sound decisions with ball in hand, and was always taking on the game. He collected 19 possessions, laid four tackles and recorded two inside 50s as he rotated between the half-back line and the wing.

EAST FREMANTLE

#2 Michael Wright
The Chapman Valley junior was sensational for the Sharks and was a key player in their victory. He gathered 23 possessions, laid an equal game-high nine tackles, took five marks, and recorded four inside 50s to be one of the best players for East Fremantle. His fierce attack on both the ball and man was superb.

#10 Trent Rivers
The East Fremantle captain led from the front for the Sharks. He amassed a game-high 26 possessions, took five marks, laid five tackles and recorded three inside 50s, playing between half-back and the midfield. He used his big frame to win crucial possessions, and his elite decision-making, vision and skill execution helped his team get the ball forward. He is already cementing himself as one of WA’s best draft prospects for 2019.

#16 Chad Warner
The Willetton junior was prolific in the midfield for East Fremantle with 24 possessions, seven tackles, three marks, three inside 50s and a goal. Warner plays in a similar way to Adelaide star Brad Crouch, as a player who is tough, skilful and prolific. His desire to win the contested ball before dishing it to the outside runners was pivotal for the Sharks’ victory.

#18 Chris Walker
The Fremantle NGA prospect convincingly proved why he is one of the best half-back flankers in this year’s Simply Energy WAFL Colts Competition. Against the Tigers, Walker held his opponents to minimal impact, while he provided damage on the offence. His desire to take the game on with his skill and speed was fantastic to see.

#20 Brandon Walker
The 2018 WA U16s All-Australian was excellent for the Sharks, showing why he is so highly rated for the 2020 AFL Draft. He used his crisp disposal and electrifying speed from the half-back line to torch the Tigers. He finished with 11 possessions, five marks and three tackles.

#23 Luke Jackson
The former Australian Junior National basketballer put together a performance that indicated why many draft experts see him as a potential first round draft pick. He gathered 11 possessions, won a game-high 36 hit-outs and laid three tackles to be the most imposing ruckman on the ground.

#24 Trey Ruscoe
The Booragoon junior was arguably the most important player for the Sharks, especially in the last quarter when he booted two goals to give the Sharks the lead. In the 19th minute of the final quarter he managed to tap the ball to himself, burst away from his direct opponent and then drill the goal that reduced the margin to just four points. Two minutes later, he did an excellent lead pattern and found himself in space to take a pivotal mark inside 50. He then kicked the goal to give the Sharks to lead. His final statistics were 20 possessions, six inside 50s, five marks, four tackles and two goals.

#25 Jai Jackson
The Geraldton product was his combative self in the midfield. He gathered 17 possessions, laid seven tackles, recorded four inside 50s and took two marks to be one of the Sharks’ better midfielders. His ability to win the contested ball within congestion and feed it out to his outside runners was elite.

West Australian draft prospects set to light up Colts competition

IN 2018, twelve West Australians were selected in the AFL National and Rookie Drafts, with five players taken across the first two rounds. Peter Sumich, Michael Ablett, Glen Jakovich, Ash McGrath, Craig Otto, and Mark Seaby, in different capacities respectively, played significant roles in player development across 2018 and are set to have an even greater impact in 2019.

These are the players in the Simply Energy WAFL Colts competition to keep an eye on for the 2019 AFL Draft.

JACK BULLER
(CLAREMONT/COTTESLOE JFC)

Despite being slightly undersized as a ruckman (196cm), Buller is competitive and aggressive in ruck contests and is exceptional at ground level. In 2018, he was a part of the WA U18s State Academy as a bottom-ager and showed plenty of promise averaging 14 possessions, eight hit-outs, four marks and three tackles with his best performance coming against Vic Country (17 possessions, 18 hit-outs, eight tackles and five marks). He also showed promise playing as a key forward for Claremont’s Colts team with eight goals from five games and averages of 10 possessions, four hit-outs, three marks, three tackles and two inside 50s.

LUKE JACKSON
(EAST FREMANTLE/BULLCREEK-LEEMING JFC)

The former Australian junior basketballer is one of the most exciting prospects for next year’s draft, even being mentioned as a possible top five selection. In just four games for East Fremantle’s Colts team, he kicked four goals and averaged 12 possessions, 20 hit-outs, four tackles and three inside 50s with dominant outings against Subiaco (14 possessions, 11 hit-outs, and two goals) and South Fremantle (17 possessions, 25 hit-outs and a goal). He was also exceptional for the WA U18s State Academy with two exceptional performances against South Australia (25 possessions, seven marks, and a goal and Vic Metro (seven possessions and 25 hit-outs). His athleticism, skills, and ruck craft are elite for someone his age.

TRENT RIVERS
(EAST FREMANTLE/BULLCREEK-LEEMING JFC)

A big-bodied midfielder who thrives at the stoppages, Rivers is an accumulator who gets the ball going forward for his team. He finished equal-second in East Fremantle Colts’ Best and Fairest after averaging 19 possessions, six marks, and two tackles across 15 games. He also polled 10 votes in the Jack Clarke Medal with sensational performances against Perth (20 possessions and six marks), and Claremont (21 possessions and seven marks). He also produced dominant outings in the Elimination Final against South Fremantle (19 possessions and four marks) and in the Semi-Final against Peel (19 possessions and two goals) – highlighting his big-game performing ability.

JEREMY SHARP
(EAST FREMANTLE/ATTADALE JFC)

The 2018 U18s All-Australian is a silky-skilled and smooth-moving midfielder much like former St Kilda and North Melbourne champion Nick Dal Santo. In four games for Western Australia, he averaged 18 possessions, four marks, two inside 50s and two rebounding 50s, with his best performance coming against Vic Metro (26 possessions, four marks, three inside 50s and a goal). In seven games for East Fremantle, he was named in the best on three occasions including a magnificent performance in the Elimination Final against South Fremantle (24 possessions, nine marks and eight inside 50s). At his best, Sharp is a line-breaker who uses his speed, skills and smarts to carve up the opposition. Is shaping up to be a first round selection in 2019 and potentially a top 10 pick.

RHAI-ARN COX
(EAST PERTH/MT HAWTHORN JFC)

Cox made a name for himself in 2017’s AFL U16 Championships when he booted a goal after the siren to win the game against Vic Metro. The 2017 WA U16s Vice-Captain is a crafty small forward with explosive athleticism, dazzling skills, an incredible toughness and a great understanding of the play. In 11 games for East Perth in 2018 he booted 15 goals (winning his Club’s Leading Goalkicker Award) and averaged 13 possessions, four marks and two tackles with some sizzling performances against Claremont (17 possessions and three goals), East Fremantle (10 possessions and three goals), Swan Districts (17 possessions and two goals) and West Perth (13 possessions and two goals). He also starred in the AFL U17s Futures game with 12 possessions and three goals for Team Riewoldt.

DEVEN ROBERTSON
(PERTH/MANNING JFC)

The 2017 WA U16s Captain and MVP winner is a bullocking inside midfielder who thrives on the contested side of the game. In four games for WA’s U18s he averaged 14 possessions, seven tackles, two marks and two inside 50s with his best performances coming against the Allies (17 possessions, four tackles, and three inside 50s) and Vic Country (17 possessions and nine tackles). In just five games for Perth’s Colts team, Robertson averaged 28 possessions, seven tackles and four inside 50s, with best afield performances against East Fremantle (33 possessions, six marks, five tackles and five inside 50s) and Peel Thunder (34 possessions, five tackles and five inside 50s), and a near best-afield performance against Subiaco (36 possessions and a goal). The nephew of former West Coast champion Darren Glass has a very bright future.

ELIJAH TAYLOR
(PERTH/THORNLIE JFC)

The Thornlie junior is an exciting medium half-forward who has plenty of tricks to make opposing defenders extremely nervous. In 17 games for the Perth Demons’ Colts, Taylor averaged 13 possessions, three inside 50s, two marks and kicked nine goals with his best games coming against East Fremantle (14 possessions and a goal, East Perth (16 possessions and two goals) and Swan Districts (16 possessions, seven marks, three inside 50s and a goal). At his best, Taylor is a very hard match-up due to his size, explosive athleticism, damaging skills and elite decision-making – factors that will help him with his development into senior football. He is a raw prospect who has plenty of growth and an x-factor.

MITCHELL GEORGIADES
(SUBIACO/WEMBLEY DOWNS JFC)

The son of former Subiaco and Western Bulldogs sharpshooter John Georgiades, Mitchell is one of the most exciting forwards in WA’s State-Based AFL Academy. Blessed with a great set of hands, excellent skills and an elite reading of the play, Georgiades is a young forward with tremendous upside. In just six games for Subiaco’s Colts’ team, he averaged 13 possessions, six marks, two inside 50s, two tackles and booted eight goals with his best performance coming against South Fremantle (12 possessions, seven marks, three tackles, two inside 50s and two goals). He was also instrumental for Western Australia’s U18s team, where he averaged 10 possessions, four marks, two tackles and kicked three goals across four games, with his most notable against the Allies (13 possessions and two goals). He is already shaping up to be one of the most explosive forward options in next year’s draft pool.

RILEY GARCIA
(SWAN DISTRICTS/CAVERSHAM JFC)

The 2017 WA U16s Leadership group midfielder is a small midfield dynamo who has excellent speed, agility, skills and reading of the play. He made his WAFL Colts debut as a 15-year-old in 2016 and since then has gone on to become one of the premier midfielders for the 2019 AFL Draft. In 24 games for Swan Districts’ Colts team, Garcia has kicked 14 goals and averaged 20 possessions, three tackles and three marks. In 2018 he finished ninth in the Jack Clarke Medal and sixth in Swan Districts’ Colts’ Best and Fairest after some exceptional performances including best afield performance against Perth (32 possessions and a goal) and Claremont (31 possessions). However his performances in the 2018 finals series should have recruiters monitoring him closely after he averaged 22 possessions, three marks, two tackles and kicked four goals across four games.

JAKE PASINI
(SWAN DISTRICTS/CAVERSHAM JFC)

A no-nonsense defender, Pasini has an excellent aerial ability and a powerful kick on him, making him an attractive defensive prospect. In 16 games for Swan Districts’ Colts team, Pasini averaged 11 possessions, three marks and three tackles while more often than not, he held the opposition’s key forward to minimal impact. This was especially evident in the Semi-Final against Subiaco where he held the 2018 WAFL Colts Leading Goalkicker Jack Mayo goalless while he recorded nine possessions and took five marks. He was also excellent for Western Australia with excellent defensive efforts on Sam Flanders (Vic Country) and Matthew Walker (Allies) in his two games. The club that picks up Pasini will have a defender who goes about his business quietly and with no fuss.

OTHERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON:
Liam Henry (Claremont/Cottesloe JFC)
Trey Ruscoe (East Fremantle/Booragoon JFC)
Jack Sears (Peel Thunder/South Mandurah)
Tristan Hobley (Subiaco/Kingsway JFC)
Jaxon Prior (West Perth/Sorrento-Duncraig JFC)

TESTING DAY STANDOUTS:

Jonathon Garlett was one of the best performers at the inaugural WA talent testing and education day, held at Aquinas College. The Geraltdon Towns product was electric in the 20m sprint (2.84 seconds) and agility test (8.17 seconds), while also showcasing the explosiveness that helped him to a national high jump medal – posting 91cm in the running vertical jump and 85cm in the standing. Swan Districts duo Ben Taylor and Kade Wallrodt also caught the eye, with Taylor showing a good mix of speed and enduarance with a 2.98-second 20 metre sprint and 21.1 yoyo test score. Wallrodt also had a sub-three second 20 metre sprint time, as well as a solid agilty score of 8.40 seconds. Of the WA-based AFL Academy members, Perth’s Deven Robertson proved his hard work in the off-season would pay off, with good scores across the board and particular improvement in the 2km time trial. Fremantle Next Generation Academy prospects Liam Henry and Brandon Walker were also impressive, as was 2018 Under 16 standout Logan McDonald – putting in early claims as ones to watch for the 2020 draft.   

Western Australia’s future stars named in state-based AFL Academy

WESTERN Australia looks set to have an excellent pool of possible draftees in 2019 and 2020, after the 28-man Western Australia AFL Academy squad was announced. Swan Districts have the most representatives with six, while East Fremantle and Perth have five apiece. The side will be coached by former West Coast spearhead Peter Sumich, and their first camp will be from December 10 – December 15. Below are the five notable players from Western Australia for the 2019 AFL Draft.

JACK BULLER – CLAREMONT

A competitive and aggressive ruckman who is excellent at ground level, Buller was WA’s main ruckman in 2018 and he handled the responsibility with aplomb. Despite only being 196cm, Buller competed hard in the ruck contests and once the ball hit the ground, he transformed into a big-bodied midfielder. In four games for WA, he averaged 14 possessions eight hitouts, four marks, and three tackles, while in five games for Claremont, he booted eight goals and averaged 10 possessions, four hit-outs, three marks and two tackles.

RHAI-ARN COX – EAST PERTH

A dynamic small forward with plenty of tricks, Cox made a name for himself with a goal after the siren to secure victory for WA over Vic Country in last year’s AFL National Under 16 Championships. He had a decent year with East Perth in 2018, averaging 13 possessions, four marks, three tackles and booted 15 goals from 11 games.

LUKE JACKSON – EAST FREMANTLE

The former Australian junior basketball sensation is an athletic ruckman with excellent follow-up work and has already drawn comparisons to West Coast star Nic Naitanui. In two games for WA, Jackson averaged 16 possessions, 13 hit-outs, four marks, four inside 50s, three clearances and three rebounding 50s. In four games for East Fremantle, he averaged 12 possessions, 20 hit-outs and four tackles.

DEVEN ROBERTSON – PERTH

The nephew of former West Coast captain Darren Glass, Robertson has made a name for himself as a bullocking inside midfielder. In just five games for Perth’s Colts team, the 2017 WA U16s MVP winner averaged 28 possessions, seven tackles and three marks to finish sixth in the Best & Fairest. He was also excellent for WA, averaging 14 possessions and seven tackles.

JEREMY SHARP – EAST FREMANTLE

The 2018 AFL Under 18s All-Australian is a composed and skilled outside midfielder, not too dissimilar to former St Kilda and North Melbourne champion Nick Dal Santo. For Western Australia, he averaged 18 possessions, four marks, two inside 50s and two rebounding 50s across four games, while in seven games for East Fremantle’s Colts team, he averaged 19 possessions and five marks.

WA’S STATE-BASED AFL ACADEMY SQUAD:

Jack Buller – Claremont/Christ Church Grammar School/Cottesloe JFC
Anthony Davis – Claremont/Hale School/Borden FC
Liam Henry – Claremont/Christ Church Grammar School/Cottesloe JFC
Joel Western – Claremont/Western Tigers/Subiaco JFC
Luke Jackson – East Fremantle/Bullcreek-Leeming JFC
Trent Rivers – East Fremantle/Bullcreek-Leeming JFC
Trey Ruscoe – East Fremantle/Aquinas College/Booragoon JFC
Jeremy Sharp – East Fremantle/Aquinas College/Attadale JFC
Brandon Walker – East Fremantle/Kardinya Kats JFC
Rhai-Arn Cox – East Perth/Mt Hawthorn JFC
Jack Sears – Peel Thunder/South Mandurah FC
Tyrone Thorne – Peel Thunder/Rockingham JFC
Deven Robertson – Perth/Aquinas College/Manning JFC
Elijah Taylor – Perth/Thornlie JFC
Bailey Smith – Perth/Thornlie JFC
Mitchell Georgiades- Subiaco/Hale School/Wembley Downs JFC
Nicholas Martin – Subiaco/Trinity College/Noranda JFC
Jermal Daly – Swan Districts/South Hedland
Riley Garcia – Swan Districts/Caversham JFC
Denver Grainger-Barras – Swan Districts/Kalamunda JFC
Jake Pasini – Swan Districts/Caversham JFC
Ty Sears – Swan Districts/South Bunbury FC
Zane Trew – Swan Districts/Hills Rangers FC
Ryan Hudson – West Perth/Scotch College/Kalannie FC
Michael Mallard – West Perth/Wanneroo JFC
Jaxon Prior – West Perth/Sorrento-Duncraig JFC
Logan McDonald – Perth/Aquinas College
Nathan O’Driscoll – Perth/Northam Saints

Scouting notes: Under 17 All Stars

ON AFL Grand Final Day, some of the top prospects for the 2019 National AFL Draft strutted their stuff on the biggest stage. Split in two sides named after AFL champions, Jimmy Bartel and Nick Riewoldt, there were a number of impressive performances throughout the 22-minute quarters.

Team Bartel:

 #2 Caleb Serong

The tough Gippsland Power midfielder was unlucky not to win best on ground honours with his fantastic game through the midfield. Serong was a consistent performer able to win the contested ball through the midfield but also become a factor in transition forward of the ball creating many scoring opportunities with his skill by hand and ability to find space. Serong was everywhere in the second half and he finished as his teams top disposal winner, he also hit the scoreboard to round out his game nicely.  

#3 Matt Rowell

After winning the TAC Grand Final Best on Ground award, the Oakleigh Chargers prospect backed up his award-winning form taking out best on ground honours in the All-Stars game as well. Rowell was huge in the first half with his attack on the ball and explosiveness out of the stoppage really catching the eye. His explosiveness was on show kicking a goal on the run and burning off multiple opponents on the way. Rowell is not the tallest midfielder, but his attack and strong body allowed him to beat the taller and stronger midfielders he went up against and he could not be caught once getting the ball using his speed and power to get separation. 

#16 Lachlan Potter

The Northern Knights speedster showed off his trademark speed and agility on multiple occasions. Despite being run down once, he had a nice run after taking a good mark in front of his opponent, but he would end up making a mistake bouncing the ball and he may never have been caught if not for that mistake. Potter’s run and defending was a standout where he often played in front and used the ball well coming out of defence. 

#17 Elijah Taylor

The Western Australia prospect had a slow start in the first quarter but he would show his fantastic movement through traffic and agility in the second quarter where he really caught the eye. Taylor would continue to impress with his slick movement and composure under pressure and would be rewarded on the scoreboard with a nice finish on his opposite foot showing his class. 

#18 Jeremy Sharp

The All-Australian from Western Australia was a ball magnet on the wing often getting to the right spots and using his run and dash to find space. Sharp looked impressive with his clean hands and quick ball movement on the outside, he often worked hard into defence and would take the risk with long switch kicks that often hit their mark. He kicked a nice running goal in the first quarter where he settled nicely with a drop punt.  

#22 Cooper Stephens

The Geelong Falcons midfielder has a presence at the stoppages winning plenty of the ball at the coal face and opting to use the ball by hand when winning clearances. Stephens favoured using the ball by hand but his ball use by hand was fantastic often quick and putting his teammates in better positions than himself. His team looked at its best through the middle when Stephens was involved at stoppages.

#23 Mitchell Georgiades

After winning an under 18s premiership with Subiaco, Georgiades again played well to give his team success where he was arguably the best forward for the day. Georgiades took plenty of lead up marks and he worked hard up the ground to provide a target, he kicked two goals, one coming with a set shot snap goal in the second quarter and a running goal in the third quarter. He missed a chance in the last quarter only managing to register a behind from the set shot. Georgiades was a hard worker and proved a great target for his team going forward with his impressive marking ability and ball use.

#31 Will Gould

The All-Australian from South Australia, Gould was named captain for his team and he led from the front with his kicking from defence a real feature. Gould was confident coming out of defence, he never wasted time and took the first option and despite the risky kicks they always paid off using his long penetrating kick. Gould set the tone for his fellow defenders who also played with confidence and used the ball well.

 

Team Riewoldt:

 #1 Rhai-Arn Cox 

The WA live-wire did not get a huge amount of the ball but certainly showed his elite talent. Cox was involved early in a nice bit of play winning the ball through the middle with a good long handball before running forward to get on the end of the passage of play he created although he missed the set shot. Cox jumped at every contest showing his natural spring. His two goals were in the third quarter coming from a set shot and an easy goal running into the goal square.  

#6 Trent Bianco

The Oakleigh Chargers ball magnet was his team’s top disposal winner, gathering plenty of the ball at half-back and using it well on both sides coming out of defence. Bianco’s composure and skill was a standout down back where he often chose the right option and did it with little fuss. His ability to weave through traffic and pick the right option was terrific along with his ability to kick well on both sides. 

#8 Mitch O’Neill

The Tasmanian prospect battled an ankle injury heading into the game but it did not stop him from winning plenty of the ball through the midfield. O’Neill showed great composure and agility around the ground and he was one of his team’s better ball winners and more consistent four quarter players. O’Neill’s kicking let him down on a few occasions, but that might have been caused from the discomfort with his ankle. 

#17 Deven Robertson 

The ball magnet from Western Australia, Robertson looked set for another big possession game winning plenty of the ball through the midfield, he won some clearances and worked well in transition. He was moved forward in the second half taking some nice lead up marks and using the ball well especially by hand, Robertson was one of his teams better performers especially with his disposal.

#22 Tom Green

The GWS Academy member was his team’s captain and he led from the front, cracking into contests for the whole four quarters with his impact in the first quarter the most noticeable. Green often won first possession at stoppages leaning towards using a handball. His clean hands and attack on the ball where a standout. Green kicked a fantastic goal in the last quarter with a dribbler in the pocket from a tight angle.

#23 Noah Anderson

The Oakleigh Chargers midfielder was one of his teams most impactful players kicking two goals from the midfield both from snaps on his left and right boot in the fist half. Anderson did not get a huge amount of the ball but he was generally clean with his hands through the midfield and often got to dangerous positions. 

#25 Brodie Kemp

The Bendigo Pioneers utility was used in multiple positions throughout the day starting the game down back and showing good composure. Kemp was moved into the midfield at half-time where he looked at his best showing off his impressive movement for his size and ability to baulk the opposition. Kemp went forward in the last quarter taking a mark and converting a lovely set shot goal in windy condition from outside 50 on a tight angle. 

#35 Luke Jackson

The basketball convert from Western Australia played mostly in the ruck using his impressive leap and strong fame to his advantage, he did not win a lot of the ball but generally hit his targets. Jackson went forward in the second half winning a free kick in the third quarter and converting a goal. He also took an impressive mark in the last quarter which only resulted in a behind. 

Dragons dominate Under 17 All Stars squads

AN eight-player contingent from Sandringham Dragons headlines the Under 17 All Stars match on AFL Grand Final day, which looks at the top young 2019-eligible draftees from across the country. The players are split into two sides – Team Riewoldt and Team Bartel – in an exhibition match on the MCG which will be broadcast from 10am on Grand Final day.

The Dragons have double the amount of players from any other side, with Oakleigh Chargers the next highest with four. Gippsland Power (three) is the most prominent country side, while Bendigo Pioneers, Dandenong Stingrays, Murray Bushrangers, Northern Knights and Western Jets all have two players each. Geelong Falcons had one player selected each, while Calder Cannons, Eastern Ranges and Greater Western Victoria (GWV) Rebels will not have a representative on the day.

For the other states, Western Australia has the most representatives with eight, while South Australia has six. Queensland and New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory (NSW/ACT) have the most of the Division 2 states with three apiece, while Northern Territory and Tasmania have one representative respectively.

AFL Academy coach Luke Power will lead Team Riewoldt, while South Australian National Under 18 Championships title winning coach, Tony Bamford will call the shots for Team Bartel. Among the number one pick contenders are Victorians Noah Anderson and Hayden Young, South Australian Cameron Taheny and Western Australian Luke Jackson.

Under 17 Futures All-Stars match:

Victoria:

Bendigo Pioneers [2]: Brodie Kemp, Flynn Perez
Calder Cannons [0]: Nil.
Dandenong Stingrays [2]: Bigoa Nyuon, Hayden Young
Eastern Ranges [0]: Nil.
Geelong Falcons [1]: Cooper Stephens
Gippsland Power [3]: Sam Flanders, Caleb Serong, Brock Smith
GWV Rebels [0]: Nil.
Murray Bushrangers [2]: Will Chandler, Lachlan Ash
Oakleigh Chargers [4]: Noah Anderson, Trent Bianco, Matthew Rowell, Dylan Williams
Northern Knights [2]: Ryan Gardner, Lachlan Potter
Sandringham Dragons [8]: Jack Bell, Darcey Chirgwin, Andrew Courtney, Charlie Dean, Jack Mahony, Fischer McAsey, Hugo Ralphsmith, Joshua Worrell
Western Jets [2]: Darcy Cassar, Emerson Jeka

INTERSTATE:

Western Australia [8]: Jack Buller, Rhai Arn Cox, Mitchell Georgiades, Luke Jackson, Trent Rivers, Deven Robertson, Jeremy Sharp, Elijah Taylor
South Australia [6]: Karl Finlay, Will Gould, Jackson Mead, Kysaiah Pickett, Dylan Stephens, Cameron Taheny
Queensland [3]: Connor Budarick, Will Martin, Hewago Paul Oea
NSW/ACT [3]: Liam Delahunty, Tom Green, Josh Rayner
NT [1]: Malcolm Rosas
Tasmania [1]: Mitch O’Neill

Team Riewoldt:

#1 Kysaiah Pickett (Woodville West Torrens) 
#2 Rhai Arn Cox (East Perth) 
#3 Malcolm Rosas (Darwin) 
#4 Connor Budarick (Gold Coast Academy) 
#5 Jack Mahony (Sandringham Dragons) 
#6 Trent Bianco (Oakleigh Chargers) 
#7 Dylan Stephens (Norwood) 
#8 Mitch O’Neill (North Hobart) 
#16 Jackson Mead (Woodville-West Torrens) 
#17 Deven Robertson (Perth) 
#18 Sam Flanders (Gippsland Power) 
#19 Dylan Williams (Oakleigh Chargers) 
#20 Lachlan Ash (Murray Bushrangers) 
#21 Brock Smith (Gippsland Power) 
#22 Tom Green (Marist) 
#24 Noah Anderson (Oakleigh Chargers) 
#25 Darcy Chirgwin (Geelong Falcons) 
#26 Brodie Kemp (Bendigo Pioneers) 
#31 Liam Delahunty (Giants Academy) 
#32 Joshua Rayner (Swans Academy) 
#33 Joshua Worrell (Sandringham Dragons) 
#34 Charlie Dean (Sandringham Dragons) 
#35 Luke Jackson (East Fremantle) 
#36 Andrew Courtney (Sandringham Dragons)

Team Bartel:

#1 Hewago Paul Oea (Gold Coast Academy) 
#2 Caleb Serong (Gippsland Power) 
#3 Matt Rowell (Oakleigh Chargers) 
#4 Will Chandler (Murray Bushrangers) 
#5 Flynn Perez (Bendigo Pioneers) 
#6 Will Martyn (Brisbane Academy) 
#7 Ryan Gardner (Northern Knights) 
#8 Cameron Taheny (Norwood) 
#9 Darcy Cassar (Western Jets) 
#16 Lachlan Potter (Northern Knights) 
#17 Elijah Taylor (Perth) 
#18 Jeremy Sharp (East Fremantle) 
#19 Hugo Ralphsmith (Sandringham Dragons) 
#20 Hayden Young (Dandenong Stingrays) 
#21 Trent Rivers (East Fremantle) 
#22 Cooper Stephens (Geelong Falcons) 
#23 Mitchell Georgiades (Subiaco) 
#24 Karl Finlay (North Adelaide) 
#31 Will Gould (Glenelg) 
#32 Fischer McAsey (Sandringham Dragons) 
#33 Bigoa Nyuon (Dandenong Stingrays) 
#34 Jack Buller (Claremont) 
#35 Emerson Jeka (Western Jets) 
#36 Jack Bell (Sandringham Dragons)

Scouting notes: WAFL Colts – Round 21 – Super Sunday

IN round 21 of the WAFL, the Colts had a “Super Round” held at Domain Stadium on Sunday August 26. Up first was East Fremantle v South Fremantle at 10am. Following that was Peel Thunder against East Perth, and Subiaco v Perth was the final game. On Saturday, Swan Districts hosted Claremont at Steel Blue Oval.

The concept was designed to give recruiters an enhanced opportunity to see all of their draft targets. Below were the best players in the three games held at Domain Stadium.

 

East Fremantle vs. South Fremantle

East Fremantle:

#1 MILAN MURDOCK

The East Fremantle Power junior was at his tenacious best for the Sharks through the middle of the ground. Murdock accumulated 28 possessions, laid a game-high 11 tackles, took three marks and recorded three inside 50s in a spirited display. Expect him to play a big role in September.

#9 COREY ROBINSON

The Aquinas College student showcased why he is one of the best midfielders in the competition with another brilliant display. Robinson finished with 30 possessions, five marks and five inside 50s as he tried to will his team to victory. Robinson’s clearance work was a real feature of his game, as were his clean hands, and sharp disposal.

#23 LUKE JACKSON

The AFL Academy member produced a performance that highlighted why he is a potential first-round draft prospect for next year. Impressive against the Bulldogs, he collected 11 possessions, won 25 hit-outs, took three marks, laid three tackles and kicked a goal.

#27 JAI JACKSON

The Chapman Valley junior was again solid in the midfield for the Sharks, with 23 possessions, five tackles, four marks, four inside 50s and two goals. His power to break through tackles is phenomenal for his age and it will not be a surprise to see him dominate in the seniors soon.

#28 NICK WATSON

The 2016 WA State Under 16s Academy player was arguably the best ruckman on the ground. He finished with 14 possessions, 28 hit-outs, six marks and a goal in a true captain’s performance. His ability to cover the ground as a ruckman is superb for someone his age, while his ruck craft is top notch.

 

South Fremantle:

#4 LUKE MOORE

Without doubt the most dynamic forward of the game, Moore was the catalyst for the Bulldogs’ win. Some of his plays throughout the day were breath-taking and were similar to how Alan Didak used to run rings around opposition defenders. In the first quarter, Moore gathered the ball at full pace, drew two defenders and handballed to Jack Musika who goalled. Early in the second quarter, Moore danced his way past a Sharks’ defender and snapped truly, but it was his third quarter which was breath-taking. Within the first five minutes of the quarter, he had kicked two goals and assisted Brodee Knight to score one as well. His finals stats were 10 possessions, five marks and four goals.

#9 KYLE HAMERSLEY

Although this was his first game since round five, Hamersley was arguably the best player on the ground, highlighting his capabilities as a midfielder. He gathered a team-high 23 possessions, laid six tackles, took five marks and kicked a goal as he showcased why he is a highly rated draft prospect.

#11 IRA JETTA

The cousin of Neville and Lewis, Ira Jetta showed why he is a highly rated prospect for the 2020 AFL Draft. Blessed with speed, agility, skill and vision, Jetta used all of his traits to torch the Sharks’ defenders. He finished with 18 possessions, four marks, four tackles, three inside 50s and a goal.

#16 TOM BLECHENDYN

The Brookton-Pingelly product continued his fine season with another accomplished display. Against the Sharks Blechendyn accumulated 19 possessions, recorded five inside 50s, took four marks and laid three tackles in a superb outing.

#26 ROBERT WOODS

The 2017 WA U16s State Academy member was lively in the forward half for the Bulldogs. A real highlight of his game, was when he used his pace to burn off two East Fremantle defenders to drill through a goal from the flank. He also finished with 14 possessions, six marks and six inside 50s.

 

Peel Thunder vs. East Perth:

Peel:

#2 JAKE HOWES

The Peel Skipper was his usual tough self in the midfield, often burying himself into packs to rip the ball out for his team. He accumulated 16 possessions, laid eight tackles, took two marks, recorded two inside 50s and kicked two goals in a magnificent performance.

#9 MICHAEL RANDALL

The South Mandurah product used his big frame to crash and bash his way through congestion to feed the ball to his outside runners. He won an equal team-high 18 possessions, recorded a game-high eight inside 50s, laid three tackles and booted a goal to be a valuable contributor.

#11 JARVIS PINA

The State Combine invitee showcased why he is such a highly touted West Australian draft prospect. Against the Royals, Pina collected 10 possessions, laid six tackles and recorded five inside 50s. His drive off half-back set up a host of the Thunder’s attacking forays.

#28 TYRONE THORNE

The livewire small forward was dynamic for the Thunder, often having the Royals’ defenders extremely nervous. He finished the game with 18 possessions, six tackles, five marks, five inside 50s and three goals (although if he kicked straighter he could have had a bag of six goals). Without doubt the best player on the ground.

#34 BILLY CHAMBERS

The Pinjarra ruckman was his imposing self against the Royals with 11 possessions, 25 hitouts, four marks, two tackles and two inside 50s. He would often give his midfielders first use of the football, but would spread from the contest to make himself a target for his midfielders to kick to.

 

East Perth:

#7 LOUIS MILLER

The Dunsborough junior was yet again solid in defence for the Royals. He finished with 19 possessions and four tackles in an inspiring performance. As well as his exceptional defensive efforts, Miller’s rebounding has improved dramatically and it is little wonder why AFL clubs are rating him highly.

#9 RHAI-ARN COX

The AFL Academy member was dazzling in the forward half for East Perth. He finished with 14 possessions, eight marks, three tackles, three inside 50s and a goal in a performance that highlighted his draft credentials for 2019. The Mount Hawthorn junior has a bright future ahead of him.

#10 TOM BAULCH

The Mackay product was arguably East Perth’s best player with 24 possessions, eight marks, four inside 50s, two tackles and a goal. His attack on the ball is ferocious and his class on the outside makes him a tantalising prospect.

#19 DAMON GREAVES

The Busselton junior showcased why he is one West Australia’s best draft prospects with another scintillating performance. Against the Thunder, he gathered 22 possessions, laid seven tackles and took three marks to be one of the best players on the ground. His dare to take the game on, along with his incredible composure makes him one of the best attacking half-back flankers in this year’s draft pool.

#29 LIAM MARTIN

The Mount Lawley-Inglewood junior went up against Billy Chambers and more than held his own. He finished the game with 17 possessions, 18 hitouts, five marks and a goal in a superb outing. His will to get his midfielders into the game was outstanding.

 

Subiaco vs. Perth

Subiaco:

#3 TRISTAN HOBLEY

The 2016 WA Under 16s State Academy player was phenomenal in the midfield for the Lions with 32 possessions, 10 marks, eight tackles, four inside 50s and a goal. His ability to be a link-up player as well as a metres-gained player is incredible for someone his age.

#10 JACK MAYO

The 2018 WAFL Colts Leading Goalkicker produced a sensational performance that improved his draft credentials. Originally stationed in defence, Mayo showed an elite ability to read the play and intercept the opposition’s attacking forays. After half-time, he was shifted forward and he starred with his forward craft on full display. He finished the game with 20 possessions, 10 marks, five inside 50s and two goals.

#15 WIL HICKMOTT

The son of former Carlton and Geelong player Adrian Hickmott, Wil showcased his classy and silky outside game against the Demons. He racked up 21 possessions, took eight marks, recorded three inside 50s and laid two tackles in a starring performance.

#16 TAJ SCHOFIELD

The Port Adelaide father-son prospect was phenomenal against the hapless Demons. Stationed on the half-forward flank, Schofield accumulated 23 possessions, recorded eight inside 50s, took seven marks, and laid three tackles.

#18 JACOB PELETIER

The Esperance product was yet again outstanding for the Lions. He collected 24 possessions, grabbed 11 marks, recorded four inside 50s and kicked a goal to be one of the most dangerous midfielders on the ground. The Ports junior has bright future ahead of him.

 

Perth:

#15 NYIKA JOHN

The West Coast Next Generation Academy member tried extremely hard on the half-back line for Perth. He finished with 15 possessions and four marks, as he tried to give his team some drive to score.

#45 NATHAN O’DRISCOLL

The Northam product was superb in the midfield for the Demons with 27 possessions, eight tackles and two marks. On a bleak day for Perth fans, O’Driscoll was a beacon of light with his ball-winning ability, composure, and skill execution all on display.

#50 DEVEN ROBERTSON

The nephew of West Coast great Darren Glass produced a timely performance that indicated he is a first round prospect next year. He accumulated a game-high 36 possessions, took six marks, recorded five inside 50s, laid three tackles and kicked a goal to easily be his team’s best player.

Scouting notes: WAFL Colts – East Fremantle vs. Subiaco

IN Round 20 of the Western Australia Football League (WAFL) Colts competition, Subiaco defeated East Fremantle by 13 points at East Fremantle Oval.

The result saw the Lions claim the minor premiership for the first time in the club’s history.

Below are our opinion based summations of the best players from the game.

East Fremantle:

#6 Tom Wright

The Winnacott junior was outstanding in the midfield for the reigning premiers with 16 possessions, eight tackles, four marks and a goal. His tough inside work helped the Sharks almost claw their way to victory.

#8 Dylan Curley

The WAFL Colts excitement machine showed glimpses of why he is such a highly rated prospect. He only finished with nine possessions and seven marks but his impact was enormous. He pulled down several spectacular pack marks and his disposal inside 50 was crisp. The Mullewa junior has an exciting future!

#9 Corey Robinson

The Aquinas College student was his exceptional self in the midfield for the Sharks, with 23 possessions, six inside 50s, three tackles, two marks and a goal. His combination of contested ball-winning ability and his skilful outside game make him an attractive midfield prospect. Currently fourth in the WAFL Colts Coaches Award, expect a late surge from Robinson to potentially snatch the award.

#15 Jake Diggle

Arguably East Fremantle’s most valuable player, Diggle was dynamic on the half-back flank with a team-high 28 possessions, and an equal team-high eight marks. His elite skills, and his smart reading of the play are similar to how Western Bulldogs’ young gun Ed Richards plays.

#22 Trent Rivers

The 17 year-old continued to push his draft stocks for next year with another solid performance against the Lions. Rivers collected 19 possessions, took five marks and laid four tackles in a complete performance.

#23 Luke Jackson 

The AFL Academy member showcased why he is a possible first round selection for next year’s draft. He accumulated 14 possessions, won 11 hitouts and booted two goals in a dazzling display. His ruck craft combined with his endurance make him a leading prospect.

#25 Cameron Davidson

The Collie product continued his fine season with an accomplished performance against Subiaco. He collected 20 possessions and took eight marks in what was another superb performance. His sound decision-making along with his elite skills make him one of the best midfielders in the competition.

#28 Nick Watson

The 2016 WA Under 16s State Academy member showcased why he is one of the premier rucks in the WAFL Colts competition. He finished with 16 possessions, 27 hitouts, five marks, two tackles and two inside 50s to easily be the most valuable ruckman on the ground. His ability to cover he ground is second-to-none and his leadership qualities almost inspired his team to victory.

#30 Cody Smith

One of the best hybrid forwards in the competition, Smith was exceptional in the forward half for the Sharks. He accumulated 19 possessions, laid a team-high nine tackles, recorded three inside 50s, took two marks and kicked a goal in an accomplished performance.

 

Subiaco:

#3 Tristan Hobley

The 2016 WA Under 16s State Academy representative showed why he is the best midfielder in the competition with another polished display. He accumulated 27 possessions, took nine marks, laid two tackles and recorded two inside 50s to be one of the best players on the ground.

#4 Matthew Pannell

The Sorrento-Duncraig junior was back to his best against the Sharks. As an attacking half-back flanker, Pannell caused headaches for East Fremantle’s coaching staff as he willed himself to 26 possessions and nine marks. His explosive run-and-carry, damaging skills, elite vision and sound decision-making make him an exciting prospect.

#10 Jack Mayo

The 2018 WAFL Colts Leading Goalkicker showed glimpses of why he is the best key forward prospect from Western Australia. He finished with nine possessions, four hit-outs, three marks, three tackles, two inside 50s and a goal (and two behinds). His leading patterns, strong marking ability and excellent skills make him one of the most damaging forward prospects in this year’s draft.

#13 Liam Hickmott

The reigning Best and Fairest winner is putting together another fantastic season and he continued his rich vein of form against East Fremantle. He won a game-high 29 possessions, laid nine tackles, recorded four inside 50s and took two marks in another strong outing. He is eligible to Carlton under the father/son rule and he looks an attractive prospect for the Blues as a big-bodied midfielder.

#15 Wil Hickmott

The younger son of former Carlton and Geelong player Adrian Hickmott, Wil is one of the classiest midfielders in the competition. He gathered 18 possessions, took three marks, recorded three inside 50s and kicked a goal in another strong performance. His ability to use the footy exceptionally well should have the Blues recruiters smiling.

#16 Taj Schofield

The son of Port Adelaide premiership player Jarrad Schofield, Taj continues to impress his 2020 draft prospects. Arguably the best player on the ground, Schofield finished with 27 possessions, six marks, five tackles, and four inside 50s. Still only 15-years-old, Schofield’s room for improvement is frightening.

#17 Kyle Stainsby

The reigning Newton Screaigh Medallist was his usual busy self for the Lions. He accumulated 17 possessions, laid a game-high 10 tackles, and took two marks in an outstanding display. His ability to weave and break through tackles is similar to Richmond star Reece Conca.

#18 Jacob Peletier

The Esperance product was exceptional for the Lions. He finished with 19 possessions, six marks, five tackles and four inside 50s to be one of the best midfielders on the ground.

#26 Sam West

The Sorrento-Duncraig junior was inspirational at centre half-back for the Lions, often intercepting the Sharks’ attacking forays before rebounding the ball with precision. He finished with 10 possessions, six marks and five tackles.