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Draft dream not over for 2018 state combine nominees

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


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

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


Full list of State Combine nominations:

NSW/ACT: [6]

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

Northern Territory: [2]

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

Queensland: [4]

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

South Australia: [24]

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

Tasmania: [1]

Rhyan Mansell (North Launceston)

VFL: [8]

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

Vic Country: [21]

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

Vic Metro: [18]

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

Western Australia: [21]

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

Rookie Me Combine: [21]

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

Scouting notes: Allies vs. South Australia

IN the first of our two-game scouting notes wrap up for the National Championships on the weekend, we took a look at the Allies and South Australia. Scott Dougan, James Goller and Callum Thomson split up to take a look at the Allies, while Damon Mattiazzo, David Chapman and Jamie Morgan noted down the South Australian side.


#1 Connor Budarick

The bottom-ager aligned with the Gold Coast Suns played up forward and was able to hit the scoreboard in the last quarter with a beautiful dribble kick. Throughout stages of the game, he showed aggression in contested situations and composure on the outside. Budarick is not the tallest of players but his speed, agility and footy smarts make up for his height. A classy footballer who will be one to watch out for next year.

#3 Josh Stern

Stern was part of the Allies forward line and also drifted through the midfield when needed. He played on the outside of the contest and his ball use was good. But he was unable to have any sort of impact on the game, failing to lay a tackle and only amassing four disposals.

#6 Rhyan Mansell 

The Tasmanian had an impressive diving smother on the half-back flank in the first quarter, but unfortunately, the ball rebounded back inside South Australia’s forward 50. Mansell was at his best in contested situations, releasing the ball by hand to his teammates on the outside. He worked hard to get from contest to contest and was able to hit the scoreboard in the last quarter after crumbing a Nick Blakey marking contest superbly.

#7 Jesse Quint

Quint played forward and booted the Allies first goal after he crumbed a marking contest inside 50. He lacked intensity and grunt when he lost an important one-on-one contest in the second quarter to a more desperate South Australian player. Quint found it difficult to get involved during the game but popped up in the third quarter with a notable contested mark against Will Gould.

#10 Chayce Jones

The hard-running midfielder was one of the Allies best in their 24-point defeat. Jones had an important spoil in the first term which resulted in Jesse Quint kicking the first goal for the Allies. His aggression on the contest, work-rate, pressure and competitiveness were a highlight throughout the day. He won the ball in contested situations but also found it just as easy to find it on the outside. His defensive running was faultless and clear when he was able to keep up with speedy South Australian, Hayden Sampson after he sprinted 100 metres to make himself an option in the forward 50. Jones’ kicking has been criticised and does need some work, but in the fourth quarter, he was able to hit up the leading Nick Blakey on the chest with a blistering opposite foot bullet. A very solid four-quarter performance from the possible first-round draft pick.

#11 Keidean Coleman

Coleman was responsible for the Allies kick-ins and played as a rebounding defender. His ball use was clean and his composure under pressure was good. He did not find much of the ball but made the correct decisions when he had it. Coleman made a couple of defensive errors in the match, one in the third quarter when he went up for a marking contest with two other teammates and failed to keep his feet, resulting in a goal for South Australia. Another one came in the last quarter when he was walking around without an opponent, unaware of his surroundings, which lead to an opposition player leading to a massive area of space with ease, gifting him a shot at goal.

#12 Mitchell O’Neill

The bottom-age outside midfielder was one of the top contributors for the Allies. He showed poise and composure with ball in hand and his ball use was exceptional when delivering the ball inside 50. He was involved in both of Nick Blakey’s goals in the second quarter, which helped the Allies to regain the confidence and desire they were lacking in the first term. O’Neill played all over the ground and worked hard to get involved in as many passages of play as possible. One of his several high points of the day came in the third term when he positioned himself wonderfully in front of a one-on-one contest deep inside 50, reading the play well and booting an important goal.

#15 Guy Richardson

Richardson was solid in the back half, remaining calm when the Allies defence was under siege in periods throughout the game. His penetrating kick was handy when rebounding out of the defensive 50 and he always used the ball well. He was unable to lay a tackle but showed glimpses of competitiveness.

#17 Thomas Matthews

Matthews a tough backman, laid six strong tackles in his game against South Australia. One of these was a goal-saving tackle in the third quarter. This is where he showed great follow up pressure. He had two rebounds from the defensive fifty, where he lowered his eyes and was composed when making decisions. You really know what your going to get from Matthews , trying all day. He also took a strong intercept mark. Matthews is also hard to tackle and broke through a number of South Australian tackles.

#19 Bailey Scott

A interesting player, Scott, the father-son prospect for North Melbourne and Geelong but is also an Academy player for the Gold Coast Suns. Scott played throughout the midfield and forward line. He showed his forward craft by kicking two goals. He has the ability to generate a high number of possessions as Scott had the most disposals for the Allies with 22 possessions. He also showed his midfield craft gaining three clearances and four inside 50s. Scott at times was able to break away from stoppages by using his speed which was impressive. He showed that he can make solid decisions with the ball in hand. Not only that but Scott’s hands were good in congestion. With Scott’s kicking, he hit Tarryn Thomas on the chest with a 45-50 metre kick which caught the eye and did this again with hitting up teammate Nick Blakey.

#20 Fraser Turner

Turner played mostly on the wing and through the midfield for Allies. He set up a goal early with nice hands from a crumbling situation. He showed his ability to weave out of congestion very well. In congestion, Turner had quick hands and made solid decision making skills. He had 17 possessions for the day, but did not lay a tackle.

#26 Thomas Green

Green played in the midfield for the Allies . A highlight was his six tackles and he looked fairly strong in the contest. An in and under player, he also took a nice intercept mark running off his opponent and reading the ball well in the air. Green ended up collecting 13 possessions. He was another Allies player that showed in congestion good use with his handballing.

#28 Matthew Green

Green did not have a big day at the office however there were certain parts to his game that were solid. Green has break away speed which he used across the half-back line. He rebounded the ball a few times importantly out of defence. Green used his speed to break through the lines by really taking the game on.

#29 Joey Reinhard

Was barely sighted in the first half, but had a much better second half of the game. Playing across the half-back line and wing for the Allies. Reinhard showed solid work rate by when it comes to his running patterns. He showed some leg speed in the contest and managed three inside 50s in the second half.

#31 Connor McFadyen

McFadyen had a outstanding game for the Allies. He was one of the best on for them, collecting 21 possessions. Playing through the midfield and forward line he really put on fantastic pressure on his opponents laying seven tackles. He pinch-hit in the ruck to give Kieren Briggs a chop out. This is where McFadyen kicked a ripping goal on his left from the stoppage. The 190cm McFadyen was really strong in the contest, which allowed him to have six clearances and five inside 50s. The Brisbane Academy player played a great game and is one to keep a watch on especially Brisbane Lions fans.

#37 Jacob Koschitzke

The key back had a solid game against the South Australian team. After coming off a great match against Vic Metro. Koschitzke started well taking two really good marks. He really reads the ball well in flight, as a number of times he ran off his opponent to spoil contests. He showed courage in the game also with a back with a flight spoil which caught the eye.

#40 Kieren Briggs

The GWS Giants academy big man looked dangerous all day, alternating between the forward line and the ruck. When in the ruck, Briggs was able to impose himself around the ground and win the majority of the ruck contests. Up forward Briggs presented well whether as a stay at home forward or a linking target further up the ground. If he could not mark the ball in the contest, he was able to bring it down to ground level and provide the smaller forwards with opportunities. What sets Briggs apart from most other big men is his desire. He had a fantastic chase down in the third term and consistently provided defensive pressure and second efforts. Finishing with 22 hitouts, 12 disposals and seven tackles, Briggs was one of the Allies best.

#41 Mathew Walker

Walker played a solid game without doing anything special, finishing with 10 touches, two marks and two tackles. Spending most of his time as a half-forward, the GWS Academy product also rotated into the midfield but failed to make an impact. When Walker got the ball he was able to use it cleanly, while without the ball, he applied good defensive pressure.

#44 Caleb Graham

Graham played in a variety of positions today, showing off his versatility. The Gold Coast Academy prospect started the game up forward where he could not impact the game. Moving into the ruck, Graham was able to win his fair share of hit outs as well as get the better of his opponent around the ground. Graham looked most comfortable down back, where he was able to read the play well, talking a couple of nice intercept marks. Graham finished the game with 28 hitouts, eight disposals and four marks.

#46 Tarryn Thomas

Thomas was not up to his usual standards, but always looked dangerous when in and around the contest. Up forward, Thomas provided good pressure and was always a threat at ground level. In the midfield, Thomas used the ball well when he had the opportunity, especially by hand. Thomas played his best when he was in and under the contest, getting first use of the ball and using his clean hands to find an open teammate. The Tasmanian finished with 12 disposals and six tackles and continues to show glimpses of something special.

#47 Nicholas Baker

Baker was set the task of defending South Australia’s best forwards. He started on Connor Rozee and moved onto Jack Lukosious in the second quarter to curb his influence. Baker was able to read the play well, leaving his man to get to contests and spoil. One of the Allies best defenders, Baker finished with 11 disposals and five tackles.

#48 Dirk Koenen

Playing as a key pillar in defence, Koenen came off the ground after a contest halfway through second quarter for treatment on a high right hamstring, but came back on later in the quarter. Koenen was good in the aerial contests and used the ball well when in possession, finishing with 10 disposals and three marks.

#49 Nick Blakey

Blakey was quiet in the first quarter but took a strong mark early in the game. Blakey scored his first early in the second snapping it home from a Briggs hand off. Less than a minute later he kicked his second after a strong lead. Blakey looks most dangerous when he can run and jump at the ball. He doesn’t break stride on the lead and marks the ball at the highest point. Blakey was able to play deep or as a linking option. The Sydney academy member was one of the Allies best finishing with 11 possessions, six marks and two goals (three behinds).

South Australia:

#2 Hayden Sampson

The son of Adelaide Crows premiership player Clay Sampson had a solid contribution to South Australia’s with 12 disposals and three marks. He showed his opportunist forward instincts with a great roving goal in the third quarter after the ball raced away from a stoppage in SA’s forward line.

#3 Boyd Woodcock

Serial ball winner Woodcock played his first game of the carnival and provided an extra outlet through the midfield and half-forward. His tackling pressure was great throughout the game, and he also kicked a top goal from outside 50 to cap off a decent game.

#4 Kade Chandler

Unfortunately Chandler struggled to have a great impact on the game, against Vic Country in the previous game his tackling pressure was massive with 12, but only could muster four against the Allies.

#10 Martin Frederick

The Port Adelaide Next Generation Academy player played his best game for the carnival as he was a crucial element to South Australia’s run and carry from defence. His disposal is left to be desired at times but two inside 50s and three rebounds highlighted his influence. Frederick showed off his dashing run and “sold candy” as he kicked a superb goal on the run from a difficult angle.

#11 Finn Betterman

Betterman was one of the best for his side as his performance was significant to the great victory. Betterman found plenty of the ball in the early exchanges of the match and continued to be consistent throughout. His highlight for the game was definitely his pressure around the ball as he claimed 10 tackles for the day. His pressure was most evident when he smothered an Allies kick out of defence and followed on to kick a great snap goal.

#13 Connor Rozee

Rozee had his most influential game of the carnival and was firing from the start as he kicked the first goal of the game. His kicking was a joy to behold throughout the match, later on Rozee was hurt from a pack mark attempt but played out the game with no problems.

#14 Izak Rankine

Rankine kicked three goals as he lit up at the GMHBA Stadium with his daring dash and explosiveness. He started through the midfield and found plenty of the ball in the early stoppages and finished with 20 disposals a carnival high for Rankine. Kicked two outstanding goals to lift his side and provided plenty with score involvements across the game.

#16 Tom Lewis

An unsung leader of the team Lewis was highly influential for his side again across the stoppages. Lewis provided a game high 11 tackles and three clearances as he complimented clearance kings Valente and Hately fantastically.

#18 Oscar Chapman

The medium-tall forward was always presenting, but was not used that much, provided a lot of forward pressure and finished with a nice goal from the boundary.

#22 Jacob Kennerley

The winger was again important with his 17 disposals and the link between the arcs. With five inside 50s he helped set up many scoring opportunities.

#23 Aaron Nietschke

Playing mainly in the defensive half, Nietschke showed real poise on a number of occasions to stem the flow from the Allies with a crucial mark.

#25 Tom Sparrow

The inside bull was everywhere and works hard and fast. Sparrow had nine disposals, but also had nine tackles and continues to play well as a defensive mid.

#27 Jez McLennan

Playing across half-back, McLennan was at his best when taking the game on whilst rebounding. Did also take a nice defensive pack mark as well.

#29 Kai Pudney

The winger had 15 disposals and five marks and provided an outlet on a number of occasions, but probably would have liked to make a bit more of an impact on the game.

#30 Ben Jarvis

Smart play on a number of occasions saw Jarvis on the end of many attacks. The medium/tall forward kicked 2.3 and had five good marks.

#32 Luke Valente

A real leaders’ game and showed the way in the first quarter. Continued to lead all players with game high 28 disposals and worked hard inside the contest. Showed his class and work rate all game despite a quiet second quarter but his six clearances were important. Coming into his own during the National Championships, and his stocks would have risen after this game.

#33 Tyler Martin

Did not win much of the footy, but was still solid in defence all game. Competed well when the ball was in his area and certainly played his role. He is a good size and show some poise coming out of defence.

#34 Jackson Hately

Showed in this game what he can do. Down and dirty inside at the contest, and his decision making in traffic was very good and often released others from the contest with handball. Eight tackles and six clearances was reflective of his work rate, and his height and size looks ready-made for the contest. A very good all-round game

#37 Riley Grundy

The tall defender worked into the game after the first quarter. His intercept marks looked to give him confidence and his athleticism was at show for sure. Allies forward Nick Blakey was on top early, but Grundy dug in and certainly kept the Allies key forward quieter in the second half. Bit of polish to finish his work will come with more games

#42 Jack Lukosius

Came out blazing in the first quarter, and his work rate across the ground stood out along with his elite disposal. He played a higher role up the ground, worked into defence and really did it all at both ends. He was rewarded with a goal, and three inside 50s and rebound 50s was reflective of an all-round game. He drifted out of the game along with teammates in the second quarter, but his disposal continues to impress.

#43 Will Gould

Liked his game across half-back, and had the key match up early on Blakey. Gould was settled in defence and read the ball well with a number of intercepts finishing with 7 marks. Showed his ability to run and work rate up the ground at times as well and he held the SA defence together all game. Looks like he will be right amongst it in next years draft.

#44 James Siviour

Shared the ruck duties with Hugo Munn, and competed well. Did not find a lot of the footy, but broke even at most of the ruck contests.

#47 Hugo Munn

Settled in the first quarter, and looked really dangerous up forward, slotting one goal and could have had three by quarter time. A quiet second quarter, but then his ruck and around the ground work after half time was good. His decision making was excellent hitting up targets and willingness to compete on the ground stood out. Like his athleticism and ability to run out the game in Ruck and up forward.

Scouting notes: Allies vs. Vic Country

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vic Country:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Team Selection: National U18 Championships – Round 1

WHILE there was a standalone game last week which saw South Australia triumph over Western Australia, the official Round 1 clashes of the National Under 18 Championships begin this weekend, with the Allies taking on Vic Country, and Western Australia hosting Vic Metro.

Allies vs. Vic Country

Saturday, June 9, 10.30am
Blacktown International Sportspark, Blacktown

While illness has struck down Allies key forward Nick Blakey, the side heads into the opening round close to full strength. The midfield of Tarryn Thomas, Chayce Jones and Thomas Green, assisted by Fraser Turner and Matthew Green on the wings means the top five midfielders are all in their preferred positions. Bailey Scott is at half-forward with small forward Blair Rubock roving to Jacob Koschitzke – who will play against a number of Murray Bushrangers teammates – and Connor McFadyen who kicked four goals in the Allies trial against Vic Metro. Caleb Graham holds down the fort at full-back with Keidean Coleman to provide speed out of defence, while Ethan Jackson and Michael Mummery have also been named in the 23.

For Vic Country, Sam Walsh, Xavier Duursma, Mitch Riordan, Sam Fletcher, Jye Caldwell and Zac Foot are set to tackle the strong Allies midfield, with Zane Barzen, Ned McHenry and Oscar Brownless rotating through the area. TAC Cup leading goalkicker Hudson Garoni has been named at full-forward, while in-form key defenders Kyle Reid and Dane Hollenkamp have made the team. It is a Gippsland Power and Murray Bushrangers feel in defence, with five of the six players from those two teams. Bailey Williams will start in the ruck and rotate with Stingrays teammate Bailey Schmidt, to tackle Allies big man Kieren Briggs. AFL Academy tall Riley Bowman has been rested and is named as an emergency, along with Stingrays teammate Jai Taylor.


B: 25. Ryan Gilmore – 44. Caleb Graham – 11. Keidean Coleman
HB: 8. Baxter Norton – 48. Dirk Koenen – 18. Lachlan McDonald
C: 20. Fraser Turner – 10. Chayce Jones – 28. Matthew Green
HF: 19. Bailey Scott – 31. Connor McFadyen – 12. Mitchell O’Neill
F: 16. James Peatling – 37. Jacob Koschitzke – 9. Blair Rubock
R: 40. Kieren Briggs – 26. Thomas Green – 46. Tarryn Thomas
INT: 36. Matthew McGuiness – 47. Nicholas Baker – 13. Ethan Jackson – 45. Jack Tomkinson – 23. Michael Mummery
EMG: 35. Joshua Rayner – 7. Jesse Quint

Vic Country:

B: 31. Brock Smith – 37. Dane Hollenkamp – 26. Matthew McGannon
HB: 15. Lachlan Ash – 25. Kyle Reid – 6. Laitham Vandermeer
C: 10. Zac Foot – 19. Sam Fletcher – 27. Zane Barzen
HF: 30. Oscar Brownless – 14. Sam Flanders – 3. Toby Bedford
F: 8. Ned McHenry – 35. Hudson Garoni – 13. Thomas Berry
R: 29. Bailey Williams – 4. Jye Caldwell – 2. Sam Walsh
INT: 39. Connor Idun – 5. Xavier Duursma – 18. Mitch Riordan – 12. Caleb Serong – 28. Bailey Schmidt
EMG: 7. Jai Taylor – 36. Riley Bowman



Sunday June 10, 1.30pm
Optus Stadium, Perth

In the other National Under 18 Championships match, Western Australia will look to bounce back from its disappointing start to the carnival by knocking off Vic Metro. For the visitors, they will be keen to pile on more pain for the Black Swans, who lost to South Australia by 89 points last weekend. Western Australia has thrown around the magnets making a massive eight changes to its final side, including some huge inclusions. The classy Sydney Stack returns to the fold after missing last week, joined in the team by small forward Jarrod Fazioli, and in-form overager Luke Foley who has been a big ball winner at WAFL Colts level. Among the other changes, Ethan Hansen, Riley Garcia, Tyson Powell, Jarrod Cameron and Brad Oldfield come in, with Fremantle Next Generation Academy member Jason Carter the biggest name to be omitted from the side for this match.

For Vic Metro, they bring an Oakleigh-leaning side into the clash with a whopping five of the six defenders coming from the Chargers. Most remarkably, forward Ben Silvagni has been thrown into full-back, with slightly less of a surprise seeing man mountain Ben King at full-forward in the absence of brother max. The spine also has a distinct Sandringham feel about it, with James Rendell at centre half-forward and Bailey Smith in the middle. Metro captain Xavier O’Halloran and inside ball winner Rhylee West join Smith in the guts, while Riley Collier-Dawkins has been named up forward with Curtis Taylor also likely to rotate through the midfield. Northern ruck Thomas Hallebone will have the big job of containing bottom-ager Luke Jackson, who was a star for Western Australia last week.

Western Australia:

B: 4. Graydon Wilson – 31. Tom O’Donnell – 24. Regan Spooner
HB: 22. Damon Greaves – 36. Jack Buller – 15. Jordan Clark
C: 16. Ethan Hansen – 11. Luke English – 12. Jeremy Sharp
HF: 35. Mitchell Georgiades – 29. Dillion O’Reilly – 10. Rylie Morgan
F: 33. Jarrod Cameron – 21. Tyson Powell – 1. Ian Hill
R: 30. Luke Jackson – 20. Luke Foley – 18. Deven Robertson
INT: 5. Riley Garcia – 3. Jarrod Fazioli – 14. Sydney Stack – 34. Brad Oldfield – 6. Wil Hickmott
EMG: 32. Egan Bradbury – 7. James Sturrock

IN: 3. Jarrod Fazioli, 5. Riley Garcia,14. Sydney Stack, 16. Ethan Hansen,  20. Luke Foley, 21. Tyson Powell, 33. Jarrod Cameron, 34. Brad Oldfield
OUT: 7. James Sturrock, 8. Luke Moore, 13. Jason Carter, 17. Thomas Baldwin, 19. Kyle Hamersley, 23. Louis Miller, 28. Trent Rivers, 37. Xavier Peacock

Vic Metro:

B: 2. Joe Ayton-Delaney – 28. Ben Silvagni – 16. Noah Answerth
HB: 14. Isaac Quaynor – 27. Will Kelly – 23. Buku Khamis
C: 13. Lachlan Sholl – 15. Bailey Smith – 3. Zak Butters
HF: 6. Curtis Taylor – 34. James Rendell – 1. Jack Mahony
F: 7. Angus Hanrahan – 36. Ben King – 26. Riley Collier-Dawkins
R: 35. Thomas Hallebone – 18. Xavier O’Halloran – 4. Rhylee West
INT: 8. James Rowbottom – 12. Tom McKenzie – 25. Stefan Radovanovic – 20. Alastair Richards – 24. Noah Anderson – 9. Daly Andrews

National U18 Championships preview: Allies

THE Allies head into the National Under 18 Championships as a side that is often underrated given it is fielded by players from multiple states that may not have regularly played together like some of the representative states. In 2018, the Allies have a couple of elite talents in Tarryn Thomas and Nick Blakey, and then some good midfield depth in Chayce Jones, Matthew Green and Bailey Scott.

Where they stand out is in their key position stocks with plenty of depth across the field. For fans of the northern academies, they will be keen to see how the likes of Caleb Graham (Gold Coast), Connor McFadyen (Brisbane), Kieren Briggs (GIANTS) and of course Blakey (Sydney) all slot into the side. Blakey is currently injured and will miss round one, but has shown enough to suggest he will give the top 10 a shake.

AFL Academy member Matthew Green is Northern Territory’s top prospect, along with the talented X-factor of Michael Mummery. Fraser Turner had the ball on a string in the Allies trial game, while Conor Budarick and Matthew Walker are other players who have been key contributors to the side. It is hard to work out exactly where they will fall in the scheme of things, but will be keen to start the tournament off with a win against Vic Country at home this weekend.

Players to watch:

Tarryn Thomas
Outside Midfielder/Small Forward | 189cm | 73kg | Tasmania

The biggest X-factor on the team, Tarryn Thomas looms as the critical player in the Allies campaign. He can get the job done through the midfield or up forward, and while he has traditionally been an outside midfielder, he showed in the trial game he can win his share of contested possessions. One of a number of players in contention for the Most Valuable Player award in the tournament, but will cop a lot of attention from opposing sides.

Nick Blakey
Key Position Forward | 195cm | 80kg | Sydney Swans Academy

Though he is missing game one through illness, Blakey will be a player to watch not only during the National Carnival, but throughout the year. He is a very athletic forward who can push up the ground and move into the midfield. In the Under 18 Academy Series he dominated, booting goals at will and was a clear top performer for the Swans across the carnival.

Chayce Jones
Balanced Midfielder | 180cm | 74kg | Tasmania

Building up some nice form through the Under 18 Academy Series and trial game, Jones looms as the top full-time midfielder in the Allies side. Along with Green and Bailey Scott, Jones will be on the inside winning clearances, then have the ability to find space and get the job done on the outside before hitting the scoreboard up forward.

Matthew Green
Outside Midfielder | 189cm | 73kg | Northern Territory

Green is a lightly built tall midfielder who is a smooth mover in transition. Not a huge contested ball winner, the Northern Territory product is a member of the AFL Academy and can often pivot on the spot and release a 360 handball to a teammate in space. He is the type of player used to move the ball quickly between half-back and half-forward and has a nice side-step as well.

Bailey Scott
Balanced Midfielder | 186cm | 74kg | Gold Coast Academy

The other father-son and Academy prospect who has been able to fly under the radar somewhat due to Nick Blakey’s influence, is Bailey Scott. He has had a solid start to the Under 18 Academy Series, Gold Coast’s top performer throughout and is a good size at 186cm. Expect him to play through the guts and be strong in there, also rotating forward and hopefully kicking some goals as well.

Caleb Graham
Key Position Utility | 195cm | 80kg | Gold Coast Academy

Graham can play at either end, and it will be exciting to see how he is used. He booted a huge bag in the Under 18 Academy Series, but is just as capable in defence. Gold Coast will monitor him closely as he could be one who continues to rise up the draft boards and draw a bid in the National Draft. Raw key position players take time, but he is one to watch.

Fraser Turner
Outside Midfielder | 186cm | 75kg | Tasmania

Turner played his best game of the season in the trial match where he notched up more than 30 disposals in a big game for the Allies. He is an outside midfielder who provides plenty of run, and also impacts on the scoreboard. He will likely rotate between midfield and forward like a number of players, and be the type who receives the handball and takes off.

Kieren Briggs
Ruck | 200cm | 98kg | GWS GIANTS Academy

The big GWS GIANTS MVP Award winner was impressive in the trial game for the Allies and unlike many talls in the team, he is readymade to tackle any opponent. Not as mobile as some of the others, he adds strength and is a strong contested mark. He spent time down forward in the trial game and while his radar was off, he provided a target and will rest down there in between his ruck duties. Will have a fascinating duel against Bailey Schmidt and Bailey Williams this weekend.

Connor McFadyen
Key Position Forward | 190cm | 88kg | Brisbane Lions Academy

The forward booted four goals and looked lively in the Allies trial game, and while he is that awkward medium height, he plays taller than his 190cm. He is well built at 88kg, so acts like a key position player, and is strong overhead, drawing free kicks at times. Expect him to line-up at full-forward and provide a target for his midfielders and is a good chance to get opportunities with the likes of Thomas and Jones kicking inside 50.

Mathew Walker
Balanced Midfielder | 187cm | 76kg | GWS GIANTS Academy

The Murray Bushrangers midfielder is not to be forgotten in the group, and looms as an underrated player on the team. He is a lovely user of the ball and wins most of his possessions in a contest. At 187cm, he is a taller midfielder and can drift around the field well. Expect him to have an impact at the stoppages and on the outside.


Round 1: vs. Vic Country at Blacktown, Saturday, June 9, 10.30am
Round 2: vs. Vic Metro at Southport, Saturday, June 16, 11am
Round 3: Bye
Round 4: vs. South Australia at GMHBA Stadium, Friday, June 29, 2.10pm
Round 5: vs. Western Australia at Etihad Stadium, Wednesday, July 4, 2.10pm

Scouting notes: Vic Metro vs. Allies

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

Vic Metro:

#6 Joe Ayton-Delaney

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

#7 Noah Answerth

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

#8 Angus Hanrahan

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

#9 Daly Andrews

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

#10 Xavier Fry

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

#11 Ryan Gardner

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

#12 Tom McKenzie

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

#13 Lachlan Sholl

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

#14 James Rowbottom

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

#15 Jack Ross

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

#16 Jack Evans

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

#17 Xavier O’Halloran

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

#18 Dylan Williams

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

#20 Stefan Radovanovic

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

#21 Riley Collier-Dawkins

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

#22 Will Kelly

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

#23 James Blanck

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

#24 Mark Baker

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

#25 Emerson Jeka

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

#27 James Rendell

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

#29 Ethan Casey

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

#30 Joe Griffiths

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



#2 Timakoi Bowie

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

#5 Darcy Marsh

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

#7 Jesse Quint

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

#8 Baxter Norton

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

#15 Guy Richardson

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

#18 Lachlan McDonald

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

#22 Izaak Wyatt

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

#24 Kyle McKellar

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

#25 Ryan Gilmore

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

#26 Thomas Green

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

#27 Emmanuel Baru

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

#28 Matthew Green

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

#29 Joey Reinhard

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

#33 Liam Delahunty

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

#34 Zachary Cameron

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

#35 Joshua Rayner

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

#36 Matthew McGuinness

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

#38 Riley Corbett

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

#40 Kieren Briggs

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

#46 Tarryn Thomas

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

#48 Dirk Koenen

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

Fast finishing Allies topple Country as Metro hold on for victory

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

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

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

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

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



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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


Scouting notes: Northern Territory vs. Sydney Swans Academy

IN the third round of the Under 18 Academy Series, we visited the Top End, where we witnessed the Sydney Swans Academy minus Nick Blakey, defeat the Northern Territory by 29 points. Here are some of the top players from the game in our scouting notes.

NORTHERN TERRITORY       1.4       1.7       5.10     8.13 (61)
SYDNEY SWANS                    6.1       8.4       11.5     14.6 (90)

M.Cumming 3, S.Cumming, Wyatt, Forbes, Mummery, Ferreira
SYDNEY SWANS: Barkley 3, Swaney 2, Reinhard 2, Thorne, Stein, Maguire, Wicks, Van Huisstede, Carroll, Barling 

Mummery, M.Cumming, Simon, Green, S.Cumming, Hutt
SYDNEY SWANS: Reinhard, Parkes, Stern, Kilpatrick, Wicks, Brewer


#36 Joey Reinhard (played in # 34):

Reinhard was one of the Swans standout performers. Playing centre-half forward, Reinhard used his size and height taking strong contested marks all over the ground and used the ball well by hand and foot. Showing his versatility, Reinhard was strong as back up ruckman, and is a contender for mark of the series with a fantastic specky in the third quarter. Reinhard finished with three goals in a great all-round performance.

#23 Cooper Kilpatrick:

Kilpatrick played through the midfield and on the wing, his strong defensive performance saw him cause many turnovers resulting in forward entries for the Swans. When in possession, Kilpatrick broke the game open with his run and carry through the middle of the ground, taking a bounce or two on several occasions and finishing off with long penetrating kicks to the Swans forwards with Barling, Barkley and Reinhard finishing off with Swans goals.

#16 Josh Stern:

Stern continued his good form from the previous two weeks playing through the midfield and off the back flank. He ensured Swans had first use of the football from the ball ups, quickly getting hands to ball and getting clean possession out to the Swans runners. Swans captain for the game, Stern showed great leadership around the ground directing his team mates and led by example by being first to the footy all night.

#34 Rory Barkley (played in #36):

As in previous weeks, Barkley played at full-forward. Making the most of his size and athleticism, Barkley led up the ground taking good strong marks on the lead resulting in numerous shots on goal. He kicked two goals from set shots about 40 metres out and showed his agility and speed by outrunning the NT defence, picking up a bouncing ball and running into an open goal to finish the day with three. Barkley also showed a defensive side to his game late in the last quarter to run down a NT defender. ?


#37 Matthew Cumming:

Cumming played in the ruck changing to full-forward. His presence around the ground was excellent, his endurance around the ground was good as were his contested marks. When Cumming went forward he caused a few headaches for the Swans defence with his height and speed. He finished with three goals for the game, though with more accuracy could have finished with six.

#23 Michael Mummery:

Mummery played through the midfield and forward, showing he is getting back to his best with each game after missing much of last year through illness. He was very good around the stoppages and got NT going in the third quarter with his individual brilliance when NT needed it most. Mummery’s delivery by foot was a standout on the night.

#22 Matthew Green:

Green played midfield and back flank. Green showed good skills by hand and foot throughout the game linking well with Mummery, O’Connell and Holt-Fitz. Green showed good agility in congested play, took numerous intercept marks stopping many Swans forward entries.

#3 Liam Holt-Fitz:

The Swans kept Holt-Fitz quiet in the first half, though after half-time he started getting his hands on the ball and gave NT some spark and momentum. Playing on the forward flank, Holt-Fitz was lively and creative and provided good service to Matthew Cumming whom finished off. Though the wind pushed both wide, Holt-Fitz showed how dangerous he can be around goal with two snap shots which both narrowly missed.

Scouting notes: Under 18 Academy Series – Round 2

ROUND TWO of the Under 18 Academy Series saw some of the best talent in the 2018 draft pool standout. Sydney Swans, Brisbane Lions and Tasmania were the winners with our scouts watching two of the games over the weekend. 


Sydney Swans Academy vs. GWS Academy 

Sydney Swans: 

#3 Nick Blakey – A simply outstanding performance. Blakey was heavily marked during the game, but managed to rack up 20 possessions all around the ground. With nine shots on goal, he finished with a tidy bag of seven goals which consisted of set shots, on the run and a couple of snaps within the goal square. Blakey’s forward pressure was also a strong feature of his game.

#16 Josh Stern – Top-age Stern showed really good run and carry off the half-back flank and through the midfield. He won a lot of football, despite being outnumbered at multiple contests 2:1. He has some really good speed and agility, and showed this when he received a tight handball right on the boundary line, taking off and kicking a beautiful goal from the boundary line. 

#20 Samuel Thorn – Thorn, one of the bottom-age players, had a solid game through the midfield, his huge work rate a feature. Thorn applied pressure to the GWS midfield throughout the game with his chase and tackle getting under the skin of a couple of GWS players.

#38 Michael Carroll – Carroll, another top age player, was solid all day at full-back marking Riley Corbett who was a handful early on the game. Carroll was particularly strong in the second and third quarters when GWS had a run on, he worked hard repelling the GWS attack, spoiling many GWS forward entries and he rebounded the ball well by foot.

GWS Giants:

#2 Edward Perryman – The brother of GWS’ Harry, played a small forward role for the GIANTS academy. Perryman proved to be a hard match up for the Swans, with his speed, agility and small stature helping him inside 50, where he booted three goals for the match. 

#23 Matthew Walker – The AFL Academy member only played the first half after a bump on Blakey resulted in an arm injury which was on ice for the second half of the match. Walker had a nice shot on goal before the incident, but it was pushed wide.

#31 Riley Corbett – Corbett started the game at full forward and was involved immediately, leading into space and taking a few great marks. Corbett also booted the first goal of the game for GWS. He showed good mobility around the ground and when he switched into the ruck, the GIANTS begun to gain momentum in the middle of the ground and get on top. 

#34 Kieren Briggs – Playing centre-half forward, Briggs took some strong pack marks and kicked a great goal in the second quarter. He used his physical pressure around the stoppages and was rewarded with a couple of free kicks. Briggs finished the game with two handy goals.

Tasmania vs. Northern Territory (Ed Pascoe) 


#6 Chayce Jones – It was a typical display from Jones who played well in the midfield, tackling hard and hitting the contests hard. Jones’ attack on the ball led to many scoring opportunities for Tasmania, in the first quarter he attacked the ball hard, spun around and hit a lace out pass to a leading forward and this was what he did for most of the game. Jones was rewarded plenty of times with some hard tackles all over the ground. Jones has a surprisingly good leap which he showed with some good spoils and when he went for a spoil it stayed that way putting everything into it. An overall solid and typical game from Jones.

#9 Mitchell Anderton – There is not much of Anderton but you couldn’t question his competitiveness and ability to win one-on-ones. His defensive work was fantastic often making good spoils and competing hard once the ball hit the deck. Some of his attacks on the ball where just incredible and he was a major reason Tasmania were able to repel NT’s forward entries so well. Because of his size he may get overlooked for the Allies, but I do hope that he gets a run in the National Under 18 Championships so he can impress on the bigger stage. In terms of defending and skill it was one of the better performances from a small defender that I’ve seen this year.

#12 Fraser Turner – Turner was a workhorse in the midfield winning plenty of the ball on the inside while also working hard on the outside to keep involved. Turner was one of the most composed players in the heat of the game early on, often keeping his cool and working out of congestion to find a good option. His kicking at times wasn’t as clean as it should have been and I’ll be keen to see if he can improve this in coming weeks and for the Allies if selected. Turner did kick a nice set shot goal late in the game and kicking more goals could really give him a point of difference for the Mariners midfield. 

#13 Tarryn Thomas – Thomas was the clear standout player on the ground finishing with three goals, with two coming late in the game – with the game on the line. Thomas started the game in the midfield showing clean hands at the stoppages, he had some good roves at clearances and once he was on the move he got through traffic with ease. Thomas did plenty on the outside taking some nice marks and using his long kick to advantage. Thomas was moved to full forward in the last quarter, with one of the goals he kicked a classy banana goal on the boundary which showed why he is rated as one of this years best draft prospects. On the lead he was quick and just attacked the contest in the air, taking some brilliant marks from pure speed and desire for the ball, at times he would often come from behind defenders and work his way to the front to mark with pure desire.

Northern Territory: 

#22 Matthew Green – AFL Academy member Matthew Green showed a lot of his trademark speed and agility throughout the day, Green got plenty of the ball all over the ground and his voice around the ground was also very good always trying to assist his teammates. Green was very clean at the stoppages often picking up the ground ball with ease and giving off a slick handball, Green also worked hard defensively where he laid a great chase down tackle in the last quarter and could hold his head up high after the loss.

#23 Michael Mummery – Mummery spent a lot of his time in the midfield, he had a few good roves from clearances and stoppages. He also got to show some of his great movement in traffic especially late in the game. Mummery didn’t see much of the ball when forward, but he did take a nice mark from the side of the pack and kicked a nice long set shot goal and it would have to be one of the better set shot techniques from a player eligible for the draft this year. It was nice to see Mummery get some time in the midfield, but I feel he will excel for the Allies in a couple of months playing in his natural position up forward.

#36 Stephen Cumming – Stephen Cumming was the dominant big man of the game competing well in the ruck and pushing hard around the ground to be an option. Cumming showed surprisingly good skills for a big 200cm player, he was clean and sharp by hand & he took some great marks, finding teammates by foot. He won plenty of the ball around the ground and at stoppages right after a tap, his follow up work is to be commended and could hold his head high after the loss.

#37 Matthew Cumming – The twin brother of Stephen, Matthew spent all his time down back where he took plenty of intercept marks and used the ball really well down back. Cumming did everything you could ask from a big key defender, he took intercept marks, put on good spoils and he was clean with his hands and ball use. He worked in tandem with his brother in one passage of play in the second quarter which really caught the eye with both executing some slick handballs.

Scouting notes: AFL Academy vs. North Melbourne

THE best players from the 2018 AFL Draft pool combined to run out 43-point winners over North Melbourne’s VFL team on Saturday.

The AFL Academy game was played as a curtain raiser to the AFL clash between Melbourne and North Melbourne at the MCG.

MATCH REPORT: AFL Academy vs. North Melbourne VFL

Read Matt Balmer, Dan Batten and Ed Pascoe’s scouting notes below.

Ed Pascoe: 

#1 Ian Hill – Hill showed a lot of his trademark run and dash, despite not getting a huge amount of touches he was damaging whenever he got his hands on the ball. Hill kicked two nice goals, one a classy finish on the run and the other a nice set shot goal and both goals came in the 2nd quarter. Hill was composed and classy with ball in hand but he also laid some nice tackles.

#2 Ned McHenry – McHenry took some time to get into the game, he started forward but did most of his better work in the midfield where he showed good tackling pressure and attack on the ball. McHenry’s clean and quick hands were his standout trait for the day, he rarely fumbled and often shot a good quick handball out to his teammates.

#3 Chayce Jones – Jones played a great game on the wing and flanks where he showed his toughness and skill. Despite his height he took some impressive overhead marks and against much taller opponents, he laid some of the best tackles of the game and his pressure around the ground was important. Jones managed to make an impact whenever he was around the ball whether that was a tackle, spoil, mark or quick kick to advantage.

#5 Sam Walsh – The AFL Academy captain was the standout midfielder of the game finishing with 22 classy disposals and a goal. Walsh pushed forward early and showed no matter where he is on the ground, he will find a way to get his hands on the ball. His kicking especially inside 50 was first class and his run & composure on the outside was also important. Walsh looked the most confident with ball in hand out of the academy players.

#7 Rhylee West – West was a bulldozer all day for the academy in the midfield, he started strong with nine disposals in the 1st quarter and just willed himself in every contest. West was physical all day laying nine tackles and getting under the skin of his senior opponents, in the 2nd quarter he laid an impressive fend off that Dustin Martin would be proud of. His attack on the ball and good hands at the stoppages once again reminded us of his famous father. Finished the day with 16 disposals.

#8 Connor Rozee – The highly touted South Australian midfielder played most of the game as a forward where he showed off his clean hands and impressive speed & agility. Rozee’s only goal came from a nice set shot finish but what impressed most from his time up forward was his pressure on the ball carrier and his constant leading up the ground to provide a good lead.

#9 Jason Carter – Carter played in defence all day and often as a deep defender which took away a lot of what makes him such a talented player with his run & carry but he did manage to use his speed to good advantage down back coming from nowhere to make some good spoils. Carter did all the defensive things well, one chase down tackle in the last quarter was impressive and he even stood up to take a nice mark under pressure late in the game.

#10 Bailey Scott – Scott played mostly on the wing linking up with some nice passages of play early in the game. His hands were clean and he had a lot of quick handballs that hit their mark under pressure. Scott missed a shot at goal in the 2nd quarter and seemed to be managed for most of the 2nd half despite starting well.

#11 Luke Valente – Valente spent most of his time in the midfield where he showed his clean hands at the stoppages especially later in the game. Valente started slow and missed a few targets by foot but as the game went on he grew in confidence and he really started to have an impact. He missed two shots at goal, so could have had a very good day but despite the missed opportunities by foot, his hands at the stoppages lead to many of the Academies goals in the 2nd half.

Dan Batten:

#12 Jye Caldwell – Got in on the action early winning the footy in tight but was fairly quiet thereon and didn’t return after being crunched in a tackle during the first half of the contest. **

#13 Michael Mummery – Was slow to get into it but showed some good signs in the fourth quarter, hitting the scoreboard with two goals. The Northern Territory livewire took a deft pluck overhead and slotted the set shot from 50m, converting his second major minutes later.

#15 Jack Bytel – Bytel was busy early but faded out until the third quarter, where his contested ball winning ability came to the fore. The Calder Cannons skipper was just as effective defensively, chasing hard and laying tackles. Won a centre clearance in the third quarter and followed up well to receive the handball back, but his flying shot on the run didn’t trouble the scorers.

#16 Matthew Walker – Walker was another who’s game time was affected by the large Academy bench. Did some nice things in the second-half, including a clever rove of a pack inside 50, staying down and getting in the right position to have a shot at goal.

#17 Tarryn Thomas – Thomas gave his future teammates a taste of what they can look forward to in years to come. The North Melbourne Next-Generation Academy prospect was slow out of the blocks but his second half was sensational. Won the ball both on the outside and in tight with his clean disposal and class catching the eye. One memorable moment was his one-on-one win in the goal square, collecting the bouncing ball and finishing truly with a left foot snap. Put on good defensive pressure while forward and worked back regularly in defence while in the midfield.

#18 Buku Khamis – Overall Buku Khamis defended strongly against his North Melbourne opponents. His athleticism as a key position player was impressive, regularly leaping into the air to spoil, although he dropped a couple of marks and was hesitant to mark the ball overhead at times. Showed off some dash out of defence outpacing tacklers which was encouraging.

#19 Jackon Hately – Hately’s performance was emphatic. The 192cm midfielder was arguably best afield to half time, kicking two majors and winning the ball at the coalface to great effect, handballing to teammates in space. His tackling was another feature of his game, following up and getting his hands dirty. Took some strong marks as well, making his game a fairly complete package. A really strong showing and was certainly among the Academy’s best.

#21 Isaac Quaynor – Quaynor was another who worked into the game, with an impressive third quarter in particular. This included a fantastic intercept pack mark, marking the ball at the highest point amongst bigger opponents. His disposal was not as efficient as we know it can be, but his teammates looked to get the ball in his hands as often as possible out of defence.

#22 Nick Blakey – Kicked one of the goals of the day swinging onto his left from 40 metres out after an excellent pickup. Blakey played up forward during the first half and spent the second half in defence for the Academy side, showcasing his versatility as a player. A couple of his kicks were magnificent, but a costly error deep in defence cost them a goal in the third quarter.

Matt Balmer:

#23 Jack Lukosius – Started the game in defence and slowly started getting into the contest after quarter-time. An agile run across half back along the Great Southern Stand side of the ground was impressive in the second quarter, as was his two elite pinpoint passes. Lukosius is one of the better kicks in the draft pool and as a tall – that is a huge tick. At times he was manned up on the dangerous Mason Wood when he played in defence. After half-time, Lukosius went forward and hit the scoreboard, with two goals – including a set shot goal in third quarter.

#24 Hudson Garoni – Spent the entire game up forward and took a few marks. Had a set shot kick on goal in the second quarter, but it went out on the full.

#25 Hugo Munn – Played in defence and showed he was willing to use either side of his body to dispose of the ball. Had a few words to say to Braydon Preuss, which resulted in some push and shove during the second term. He did drop a mark in the fourth quarter which he should’ve taken, but nevertheless it will be good to see how he performs on the big stage in the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships.

#26 Riley Bowman – Had a really good crack in the ruck, despite his slimmer frame than his VFL opposition. His hands in close were very good and his agility & mobility around the ground was very good.

#27 Max King – Started with one goal and two behinds from the opening quarter. He marked well in the goalsquare, converting his chance – but missed another 45m out from a set shot. One of his most impressive involvements was his pick-up & handball to West in the corridor early in the contest. Booted his second goal in the third quarter of the match, finishing with 2.2 and three marks.

#28 Ben King – Got better as the game went early. Early in the match, he didn’t impact a contest allowing an easy North Melbourne mark – but from that incident onwards, he showed his capabilities as the best key defender in the draft pool. He marked well overhead and spoiled on multiple occasions. He’s another good ball user for his size which allowed him to get the ball moving forward.

#29 Bailey Williams – Was the No.1 ruck for the AFL Academy going into the game and it would’ve been a daunting first centre bounce, looking at the big Braydon Preuss standing a few metres away from him. Competed well and showed off his long right boot with a big inside 50 during the contest.

#30 Matthew Green – Green played mostly as a defender for the AFL Academy team. He got involved in the second half, but was mostly quiet for the game. Expect to see him in action for the NT in the Under 18 Academy Series in the coming weeks.

#31 Bailey Smith – Played across half back and had a better second half, after just a few touches in the first half. Early on, he did set up Max King with a great pass in the first quarter. He just gets to the right positions to win the ball and is a reliable ball user.

#32 Curtis Taylor – Impressed in glimpses with some great moments as a half forward. He took multiple marks on the lead and overhead, booting two goals for the game – including a super goal right on the full-time siren. On a few occasions his set shot kicks on goal fell short. A super handball in close set up Jack Lukosius’ second goal.

** – Update on Jye Caldwell injury