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Weekend wash-up: SANFL Women’s Preliminary Final

NORTH Adelaide has exorcised any lingering demons that haunted the playing group in its previous two finals series, after holding on in a titanic struggle against minor premiers Norwood. The Redlegs have been a source of pain for the Roosters over the past two years, defeating them in the 2017 South Australian National Football League (SANFL) Women’s decider, before sending them packing in the Preliminary Final last year. Twelve months on and the Roosters had to do it tough, but survived in a 2.6 (18) to 1.10 (16) armwrestle. While the Roosters are used to using their firepower to overwhelm teams, they had to do it with a low-scoring struggle, but did it well to move through into the 2019 decider. It was more than remarkable considering the Redlegs won the hitouts (32-17), clearances (29-18) and inside 50s (35-18) but struggled with accuracy which ultimately cost them.

Neither team could score in the opening term as the minor premiers applied plenty of forward pressure, booting four behinds to just one behind in the opening term. The game opened up immediately in the second term with Matilda Zander putting one through the big sticks just 43 seconds into the quarter, before three minutes later Paige Allan responded for the Roosters. A couple of behinds each later and the Redlegs still held a narrow three-point advantage. Norwood continued to pepper the goals after the main break, booting three behinds, but it was competition leading goalkicker Kelly Barltrop who found the opening and slammed it home after two behinds, to give the underdogs the first – and what would be only goal of the second half. Leading by only a point at the final break, Allen and Erica Greet both missed chances in the opening seven minutes to add to the Roosters’ lead, but Norwood could not apply any scoreboard pressure, and when Rhiannon Busch missed the only scoring shot in the final term for Norwood, the Roosters had held on by two points in a low-scoring nail-biter.

Amber Ward stood up gallantly in defence for North Adelaide, starring with 23 disposals and eight rebounds, while Olivia Gallio was also good with 14 disposals, three rebounds and two clearances. Kathryn Reynolds laid six tackles to go with her 14 disposals, while Erica Greet was the other main ball winner with 13 touches, four marks, two tackles, two inside 50s and two rebounds. The usual ball winners were kept quiet, but the Roosters found a way to win against a Norwood side that was missing its biggest ball winner, Najwa Allen. In her absence, Hannah Dunn put out her usual performance with 26 disposals, nine clearances, six tackles and four marks, while Sally Riley was also busy around the stoppages with 22 disposals, five clearances and four tackles, as was Michele Reid (18 disposals, five clearances, four inside 50s and three rebounds. Now Norwood are left ruing what might have been for the second year running, while North Adelaide must find a way to topple reigning premiers South Adelaide and make it a remarkable nine wins on the trot.

NORTH ADELAIDE 0.1 1.3 2.4 2.6 (18)
NORWOOD 0.4 1.6 1.9 1.10 (16)

GOALS:

North: Kelly Barltrop, Paige Allan
Norwood: Matilda Zander

DISPOSALS:

North: Amber Ward 23
Norwood: Hannah Dunn 26, Sally Riley 22, Tahlia Meyer 19, Michele Reid 18, Monique Hollick 17, Sophie Armitstead 16, Leah Cutting 15

Weekend wash-up: SANFL Women’s – Semi-finals

THE reigning premiers are back in the decider after a 13-point win over minor premiers, Norwood – South Adelaide’s second win over the Redlegs in three rounds – while North Adelaide breathed a sigh of relief, coming back from a four-point final break deficit against Glenelg to ensure their premiership dream remains alive.

NORTH ADELAIDE 2.0 | 2.1 | 2.1 | 4.1 (25)
GLENELG 0.3 | 2.5 | 2.5 | 3.5 (23)

GOALS:

North: Kelly Barltrop 2, Brittany Perry, Leah Tynan.
Glenelg: Ellen Fauser, Melinda Speechley, Tasja Batzavalis.

DISPOSALS:

North: Lauren Daniel 17
Glenelg: Ebony Marinoff 38, Cass Hartley 17, Samantha Franson 16, Caitlin Gould, Ellie Kellock, Chelsea Packer 15.

A herculean effort from Ebony Marinoff and Glenelg was not enough for the Tigers to cause an upset win over North Adelaide in the do-or-die semi-final on Friday. The underdogs conceded the first two goals of the game with Leah Tynan and Kelly Barltrop getting the Roosters on top in the first term, before majors to Ellen Fauser and Melinda Speechley saw the Tigers hit the front at half-time by four points. The third quarter was a titanic struggle with neither side able to score such was the intensity and defensive pressure, and the Rooster fans were feeling nervous still down at the final break having scored one behind since quarter time. Luckily their fears were put to bed early in the fourth with Brittany Perry putting her side in front, before Barltrop booted her second a couple of minutes later to five them an eight-point lead. Tasja Batzavalis picked a good time for her first league goal in the tenth minute and the margin was back to two points. Unfortunately for the Tigers despite their best efforts they were not able to breakthrough and the Roosters breathed a sigh of relief knowing the next two weeks were going to be tough. North Adelaide shared the ball around in the win, with Lauren Daniel amassing a team-high 17 disposals, as well as two marks, two clearances, two inside 50s and four tackles. Amber Ward won 14 touches, laid five tackles and had two rebounds, while Perry worked hard between the arcs with four clearances, four rebounds and three inside 50s, while laying six tackles and having 13 disposals. Barltrop made the most of her opportunities with two goals from six disposals. The clear standout player on the ground to no-one’s surprise was Marinoff, who broke her own league disposal record for a third consecutive week, amassing 38 disposals, taking nine marks (two contested), eight clearances, five inside 50s, four rebounds and laying nine tackles. Cassie Hartley also had 17 touches, while Samantha Franson was fierce around the stoppages with 16 touches, four clearances, three inside 50s and a game-high 12 tackles. Caitlin Gould was busy in the ruck with 24 hitouts, three clearances, seven inside 50s and five tackles as well as 15 disposals. It was a promising season for Glenelg but the Tigers now bow out, while the Roosters face Norwood next week for a spot in the decider.

SOUTH ADELAIDE 2.1 | 4.2 | 4.2 | 5.4 (34)
NORWOOD 0.2 | 1.2 | 3.3 | 3.3 (21)

GOALS:

South: Teah Charlton 2, Tamara Page, Jessica Kirk, Tiffany Copley.
Norwood: Kate Fenton 2, Matilda Zander.

DISPOSALS:

South: Nicole Campbell 16, Nikki Gore
Norwood: Najwa Allen 20, Hannah Dunn 18, Hannah Priest 17, Sally Riley 15

It was the game talked up as the biggest of the weekend, but South Adelaide almost put the result to bed in the first half, piling on four unanswered goals – including two to Teah Charlton – to lead by as much as 24 points late in the second term. Matilda Zander gave the minor premiers a glimpse of hope in the dying minutes of the second term with the Redlegs’ first goal, before Norwood looked to have found its groove in the third, with Kate Fenton slotting two majors. The Redlegs had drawn within five points at the final break and looked to have the momentum running into the last quarter, but it was only South Adelaide who managed to get on the board, with Tiffany Copley booting the winning goal midway through the quarter as the Panthers ended up winning by 13 points in a more comfortable fashion than predicted. Nicole Campbell and Nikki Gore both had 15 disposals in the win, while combining for eight clearances, 14 tackles, four inside 50s and four rebounds, while Sarah Wright was busy in defence with four rebounds to go with her 14 disposals and three tackles. Hannah Munyard had 13 disposals, while Czenya Cavouras was down on her usual numbers like most of her teammates, but still laid eight tackles. For Norwood, Najwa Allen still managed 20 disposals in the loss, while taking three marks, having three inside 50s and laying three tackles. The usual suspects were all at the top of the disposal tallies with Hannah Dunn (18 touches, five marks, six tackles, three clearances, three rebounds), Hannah Priest (17 disposals, four marks, six tackles and two rebounds) and Sally Riley (15 disposals, two marks, three clearances and three tackles) all important. Leah Cutting was once again strong in the ruck with a game-high 19 hitouts as well as 14 disposals, two marks, four clearances and four tackles. It was a disappointing result for the minor premiers who have had a terrific season but dropped two of their past three games, both to the same opponent. Now the Redlegs must prepare for a preliminary final against North Adelaide who escaped Glenelg’s clutches in order to book a rematch with the Panthers in the 2019 decider and try and reverse the result of last year’s grand final.

South Australia weekly wrap: Draft prospects shine in SANFL openers

WITH the opening round of the South Australian Football League (SANFL) starting, we review the performances of the potential draft prospects for 2018.

League:

Central Districts tall mid Jackson Hately turned in a great debut for the League team with 22 disposals, including six inside 50s and one goal in his teams’ 61-point victory over North Adelaide. AFL Academy member, Hately was composed and looked completely at home exerting his influence around the ground, particularly up forward. Key forward Hugo Munn played in Sturt’s 12-point win over Norwood and impacted with inside 50s and forward pressure tackles. Top prospect Jack Lukosius was again dominant up forward for the Eagles, taking six marks booting three goals, as well as giving off another two. Izak Rankine from Westies did not play due to suspension from the last trial game.

Reserves:

In Sturt’s four point win over Norwood, strongly built mid Tom Lewis had 16 possessions, 11 of which were contested, along with six tackles. Smooth mover Mihail Lochowiak ended up with 11 possessions. For North Adelaide, Frankie Szekely impacted the game with some speed and a four-bounce run through the midfield to obtain 12 possessions including four inside 50’s and two rebound 50’s on top of a nice goal in his teams four point victory over Centrals. Centrals’ Jez McLennan had 15 possessions including four tackles to show some real poise across half-back. Glenelg defeated South Adelaide by 35 points with 2017 National combine attendee Alex Martini collecting 23 disposals working both ways through the midfield as well as eight tackles. Souths’ Nathan Kreuger, also a Combine invitee in 2017, had 12 possessions and kicked two goals.

U18s:

The Eagles demolished Westies by 77 points, with Kai Pudney racking up 35 disposals, 11 marks and eight inside/rebound 50s. Elusive underager Kysaiah Picket had 29 possessions to be in the bests as well. For West, ruckman Angus Rana was best with 27 hit outs and four inside 50’s. South defeated Glenelg by 22 points with Tate Coleman best with 28 possessions, eight marks and a goal. Bottom-ager Daniel Sladojevic clunked nine marks and kicked six goals. For Glenelg underager Will Gould was best with 22 disposals including seven marks and an incredible 12 rebound 50s playing in the back half and South Australian Academy member Finn Betterman was strong and effective all game.

Centrals defeated North by 10 points led by mid Aaron Nietschke with 38 disposals (20 of which were contested), six tackles and nine clearances. Underager Jordan O’Brien was also in the bests with 22 disposals and nine clearances, and was good on both sides. For the Roosters, Boyd Woodcock had 30 disposals, six clearances and six inside/rebound 50s to be his side’s best. Underage ruck/forward Dyson Hilder was also effective with 16 hitouts, 11 possessions and one goal. Norwood defeated last years premiers Sturt by 46 points with AFL Academy member Luke Valente dominant with 39 possessions including eight marks, 11 clearances and five inside 50s to go with his one goal. Hard running Kade Chandler was also good with 25 disposals, 10 marks, eight clearances and a goal. Sturt’s Hamish Wallace was named his teams best leading with seven tackles.

South Australian Under 18s preview

THE 2018 Season for South Australian National Football League (SANFL) Under 18 sides looks set to shape up as one full of local talent destined for the national stage. It will be a challenge for some clubs to balance how their talented youngsters are managed with SANFL League teams wanting to play their top end talent yet balancing club and player needs for the Under 18 competition. In addition to the School/College football commitments, Under 18 football is a tipsters nightmare as player movement is high.

Under 18s football in South Australia (SA) will certainly draw greater national attention this year, with recruiters and media outlets alike looking at the progress of elite SA youngsters who look set to shape the competition. Along with a new SA Under 18 coach in Tony Bamford, all the pieces look like they are ready for SA to make a charge in 2018.

Looking at each SANFL club in turn we focus on the key talent as well as some players who may be a late bolter and come into 2018 draft consideration.

 

Central Districts

AFL Academy standout Jackson Hately headlines the Bulldogs talent. Having already made his SANFL League debut, it will be interesting to watch his progress. Hately is certainly on the draft radar for 2018, but he may struggle to play much U18 footy with League football demands. Centrals season should be solid as other talent to watch include Malachai Ahmatt-Lovett and Aaron Nietschke who will provide good depth. Other players on watch are Llwellyn Milera and midfielder Jordan O’Brien.

Prediction – mid to high table, finals

 

Eagles

The great thing for the Eagles this year is their potential number one draft pick Jack Lukosius, but it will be hard to keep him out of the Eagles League side all year. His impact and resume is building very quickly, but the Under 18 side at Woodville is blessed with depth. Other key players Kai Pudney, Martin Frederick, along with great family talent of Jackson Mead, Kysaiah Pickett and Trent Burgoyne the signs are strong for another U18 Grand Final appearance.  

Prediction – top end of table – potential Grand Finalist

 

 Glenelg

The Under 18 squad for Glenelg will be solid as always, but once again in 2018 the impact of school and college football may determine their position this season. Key player and leader Finn Betterman is showing early signs of a exciting year, while other SA Academy members Oscar Lovelock, Brad Potter will be key parts of the midfield. At the younger end Glenelg has some real talent for 2019 with father-son Luke Edwards and Prince Alfred College (PAC) student Will Gould adding strength.

Prediction – mid table – will sneak into make finals

 

Norwood

The Redlegs are always around the mark, and early wins will be key for them. AFL Academy player Luke Valente is pivotal for the Redlegs as is 2019 prospect Cameron Taheny. Taheny is developing nicely along with fellow youngster Dylan Stephens who may both find themselves in SA’s Under 18 final side. PAC’s Kade Chandler is another midfield runner but the impact of college players may affect their season

Prediction – mid table, may sneak into finals

 

North Adelaide

North’s challenge in 2018 will be getting their best side on the park. Top-end draft potential Conor Rozee will most likely play some League footy in 2018 which will affect his side. Exciting talent Frank Szekely is also in the seniors mix. Strong midfielder Boyd Woodcock will be integral along with key forward James Langley and under-age prospect Dyson Hilder. It is very hard to predict where the Roosters will finish.

Prediction – mid to low table, likely to miss finals

 

South Adelaide

South must be really excited for season 2018. Across all levels they look strong. At Under 18  their squad has some quality. PAC lad Tom Sparrow will be key, along with impressive forwards and State squad members Job Colwell and Darnell Tucker. Father-son Hayden Sampson and Sam Whitbread have both shown their class in past years.  The Panthers will be around the mark again, but their best side may just be off the mark at the pointy end of the year

Prediction – mid-high end of table, finals

 

Sturt

A clean sweep in all grades in 2017 will be difficult for the Double Blues to repeat in 2018, but they may just be off the mark with their Under 18s this year. Whilst at the top end AFL prospect Hugo Munn has made his League debut already he may float between the u18 side but he will be crucial. St Peter’s standout Tom Lewis is crucial as well but once again he along with talented Mihail Lochowiak may be pushed to Reserves and college impact will affect their chances too. Some family names in the mix as well are young Casey Voss (son of Michael) and Riley Grundy (brother of Brody) who will both get opportunities.

Prediction – mid- bottom table, unlikely to make finals

 

West Adelaide

West Adelaide, like other clubs will struggle for access to their best players, with top-end draft standout Izak Rankine most likely to play 2018 in the League side.  The Bloods have an even side and Angus Rana and William Gutschke will be pivotal along with midfielders Ethan Moore, Sam May and Beau Nunan.  Underage talent Jye Sinderberry will get opportunities, and country lad Conor Blackwell may sneak a game. 

Prediction – mid-bottom table – unlikely to make finals

 

It would be fantastic to see all clubs play their true Under 18 talent all year, but League and Reserves football will beckon for the talented players as AFL recruiters suggest clubs showcase potential draftees at the highest level.  All clubs will have a high turnover of players throughout their teams, and the predictions are based on the most settled lineups.

 

Ladder Prediction 2018

1 South Adelaide

2 Eagles

3 Centrals

4 Glenelg

5 Norwood

6 West Adelaide

7 Sturt

8 North Adelaide

South Australia weekly wrap: Prospects shine and Panthers prevail in SANFL Fast Footy

LAST weekend saw the inaugural SANFL Fast Footy competition played at Norwood Oval. Fast Footy is a modified version of the game, played with 12 per-side across 3 zones and Supergoals able to be scored from outside 50m. Introduced a week before AFLX, this footy format is geared towards fast paced high scoring games.

It was a new concept for players and coaches and most clubs opted for a focus on youth in selecting their sides, giving young players opportunities at a high level with unlimited player rotations. All SANFL clubs, apart from Central Districts, participated in the competition which was held over 2 days with each team playing 2 games, and the top 4 teams playing finals games.

Only two top-age players eligible for the 2018 National AFL Draft took the field over the tournament – those being potential top 10 pick Izak Rankine and his fellow Level 2 AFL Academy member Luke Valente.

Rankine continued to add to his highlight reel, bagging two goals and celebrating one of the with a backflip. Players from all teams were encouraged to celebrate their goals in style. It finishes off a big few weeks for Rankine who recently took first place in the local 100m sprint meet, Camden Classic. 

South Adelaide prevailed as the winner of the 10-game tournament with a victory over Woodville-West Torrens by five points in the final and taking the $10,000 prize-money. For the Panthers, former AFL listed player Keegan Brooksby lead the way with solid performances in all games. Other players from Panthers to shine were Matt Raitt, booting 10 goals across the games and youngster Liam Fitt impressing.

Eagles youngsters Cooper Gaffney and James Rowe showed class and a nose for goal respectively in all games, along with former-Magpie Tom Gray, who was their most consistent player.

Port Magpies fielded a young side, seeing Chinese Recruit Chen Shaoliang take to the field for the first time.  

Glenelg, under new coach former AFL assistant Mark Stone, showed promising signs for 2018 with Ian Milera and Darcy Bailey being most dangerous around goal.

Sturt lost both their matches, but continued blooding youngsters across their games, with Blake Kennedy hitting the score board.

West Adelaide players Tom Keough (ex-Gold Coast) was a standout, and new recruit Nick Jaensch impressed around goal.

At North, players of interest Keenan Ramsay along with Matt McDonough were solid.

Adelaide fielded a mixture of players currently training with their Academy squad, and Josh Vandermeer was the most consistent.

From Norwood, youngsters like Luke Valente got opportunities, with the under-18 prospect looking like he is in for a good year. Others to contribute were ex-AFL listed players Luke Surman and Declan Hamilton.

Luke Partington: Resilience through adversity

Ordinarily, for a young, aspiring league footballer, a year in which you have been selected as one of the best underage players in the country would be one to celebrate.

January saw Luke Partington travel to the US as part of the NAB AFL Academy, for a 10-day training camp, alongside other draft hopefuls and it seemed that his year would be one that would change his life for the better, in his quest to reach AFL level.

But for the 18-year-old, the year 2015 has been all about resilience in the face of adversity.

Back in February, Luke’s father, Brian was tragically killed in a rockfall accident at the Olympic Dam mine in central South Australia. Brian, a well-loved member of the local community, was a life member of the Olympic Dam football club, where he played 109 games, including four premierships.

Naturally, it took a few weeks for Luke to grieve with his family and get himself motivated again, after the loss of his father, but refusing to give up on his dream, he set about pursuing the AFL career that his parents had sacrificed so much for.

For Partington, his footballing journey began with Tumby Bay, and as his talent emerged, he was initially tied to the Port Adelaide Magpies through their junior academy, playing for their under 16 side in 2013, while progressing to the under 18s last year. However, a change to the SANFL zoning rules meant that his football would be played at Norwood in 2015.

Beginning the 2015 season in the Redlegs’ reserves side, Partington, who likens his game to that of Luke Ball and Lachie Neale, played three games early in the season, appearing among the best players against Port Adelaide in round four. However, his next challenge would be the under 18 championships held across seven weeks from late May until early July.

Partington, named as vice-captain, and donning the number 12 guernsey for South Australia, played in all six matches, and was arguably the Croweaters’ best performer, averaging 24 disposals per game, with a best performance of 30 disposals, six tackles, and six inside 50s coming against Vic Country on June 14.

Across the championships, the 182 centimetre Partington won the majority of his disposals as an outside midfielder, with 70% as uncontested, which made his disposal efficiency of 67% a little below par. He also averaged four clearances and three tackles per game, and kicked three goals, which was enough to see him selected as a starting midfielder in the under 18 All-Australian team.

Upon returning to Norwood, Partington finally got his chance in the senior side with the Redlegs, making his league debut in round 13 against his former junior side in the Port Adelaide Magpies. He impressed on debut, collecting 16 disposals, 12 of which were effective, with five clearances.

Impressively for the youngster, Partington maintained his place in the seniors for the remainder of the season, bar round 19 where he was selected in the Norwood reserves side against the Eagles. He handled his demotion terrifically, booting two goals, while being named in Norwood’s best, ensuring a swift recall to the seniors for the do-or-die elimination final against Central District.

Despite Norwood’s 44-point defeat at the hands of the Bulldogs’, ending hopes of a fourth-successive premiership for the Redlegs, Partington was far from disgraced, collecting 16 touches and three clearances, with 62% of his disposals hitting the target.

Across his six senior matches with the Redlegs this year, Partington averaged a tick under 17 disposals at 66% efficiency, three clearances and two tackles per game, with a best of 20 disposals, six clearances, four tackles and a goal against South Adelaide in round 15.

For good measure, he made his first appearance for the Norwood under 18s side in its preliminary final against North Adelaide on Saturday, and the Redlegs 36-point win will mean that he should play in the grand final decider against the Eagles this Sunday.

There is no doubt that 2015 has been the most challenging year in Luke Partington’s life so far, but his father would be undoubtedly proud of his sons achievements as he endeavours to achieve his goal in reaching the AFL. Come November 24 and national draft day, there will be many people in Tumby Bay and the Olympic Dam community that will be hoping that young Luke gets his chance to continue his father’s legacy and becomes a drafted AFL player.

2014 Draft Profile: Peter Bampton

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Peter Bampton (Norwood)

Height: 182 cm
Weight: 83 kg
Position: Midfielder
Strengths: Ball winning ability, distribution by hand
Areas of improvement: Outside game, footskills
Player comparison: Luke Dunstan

From the Adelaide Hills, Peter Bampton is Norwood’s answer to Luke Dunstan. A powerful inside midfielder, Bampton arguably has more runs on the board than any other draft prospect, having made his SANFL league debut in 2013 and quickly establishing himself as a regular. His 2014 has been marred by injury which caused him to miss the championships, however the natural ability he showed in 2013 and early 2014 has him high on many draft boards.

The inside of a contest is where Bampton excels. His ability to extract and distribute is a real highlight. Despite being a junior, Bampton has a big and powerful frame and some real weight behind him. This allows him to go in hard and really bullock his way through congestion to a level few others can. Bampton looks at the ball, picks his line and just crashes through anything in his path. With ball in hand he’s able to fire off quick and accurate handballs to outside runners. He’s also deceptively quick on the burst with his ability to breakaway and create some separation out of the contest a highlight along with his surprisingly good evasive skills. He’s a volume tackler whose tackles not only stick but hurt. He’s also an incredibly hard worker with a high level of endurance which allows him to be at and impact every contest.

The limitation on Bampton is his outside game. It doesn’t really exist. When in traffic or under pressure Bampton is prone to blindly kicking long bombs and hospital balls and when in uncontested possessions his kicking rarely breaks open games. It gets where it needs to go but there’s just nothing more to it. His kicking technique too is rather awkward and unbalanced and without repair, may put a ceiling on the levels he can reach by foot. Bampton’s tough and courageous style of football also puts him at a higher risk of injury.

At SANFL league level Bampton has excelled, both in 2013 and early 2014. Upon his return from injury his reserves performances were excellent. The knock on Bampton is his upside. Already a fairly matured body and in possession of an accomplished inside game – what could he improve? He’s not a natural reader of the tap with his clearance work done through strength not smarts. He’s also shown no signs of a potent outside game thus far. In Bampton many believe he’s already a ‘what you see is what you get’ prospect – one that will impact early but whose growth might not be as rapid as others. At the end of the day though, if you’re offered a certain mid to low range best 22 player for 10 years with a pick around 25, you take it. Luke Dunstan is a similar type of player to Bampton and one who’s impact Bampton should replicate. Bampton’s footskills aren’t as strong is he as smooth a mover but Bampton is more powerful on the inside with a better burst. The ceiling for Bampton would be a Ben Cunnington ability level.

 

2013 Draft Profile: Trent Dumont

Trent Dumont (Norwood)

Height: 185 cm
Weight: 87 kg
Position: Inside Midfielder
Player Comparison: Ollie Wines
Strengths: Contested ball winner, ready-made, endurance
Weaknesses: lacks the hurt factor, no outside capabilities

Trent Dumont is a ready-made AIS academy inside midfielder who has slid somewhat over the past few months. The slide isn’t his fault- his form has been solid and consistent, yet it seems there’s more versatile and well rounded players who have bobbed up.

Dumont is the second best pure inside midfielder in the draft, behind Matt Crouch. He’s very strong in the clearances and applies plenty of defensive pressure around the ball. His tackle numbers are encouraging for teams who want to implement a defensive game style.

Winning possession is easy for Dumont, even though he is constantly up against big bodies in the SANFL. He is consistently playing in the seniors which is a credit to him- but the question is how much more improvement does he have left in him?

The answer- well, not much. His skills can definitely be improved over time. If he wants to become a top flight footballer, he will need to develop his kicking and also his offensive awareness. He has good vision when it comes to in tight situations, but he lacks the lateral vision and flair to break the game open. Having said that, Dumont is a decent kick- but it lacks the hurt factor. He’s the kind of guy who will average mid 70’s for disposal efficiency, but at the end of the day, not many of those will be rebound 50’s or silky passes inside 50.

One thing that is really impressive is his handballing in tight spaces. He has quick, clean hands which more often than not will find an outside player. Dumont has the tank to cover the ground for long periods, but he’s not exactly gifted athletically. Even the elite slow inside midfielders like Brad Sewell are getting found out in the modern game, so for Dumont to take his game to the next level, he’ll need to add a new string to his bow.

That string could be pushing forward. He’s not a great overhead mark, but his weight should allow him to bully smaller midfielders. With his defensive capabilities, he could become a tagging inside midfielder who can drift forward and hurt his opponent on the scoreboard.

Whilst he may be flawed, Dumont is a physical beast who should make an immediate AFL impact. Dumont would be suited to either clubs contending for a premiership, or younger sides with light frames. This is why in the Bound For Glory News Phantom Draft, he was selected by Richmond to take over the likes of Shane Tuck and Daniel Jackson and assist the younger bodies in Trent Cotchin and Nick Vlastuin. He would be considered a steal here and with his natural characteristics, Dumont could well become a very impressive AFL player.