DRAFT Central has announced its 2019 NAB League Boys Team of the Year squad today, with the final team and Second Team of the Year to be announced on Friday. The Draft Central NAB League Boys Team of the Year takes into account the top performers across the NAB League season, not incorporating any performances at school football or National Under-18 Championships, which is why some top-end stars that have missed most of the season through school football such as Matt Rowell, Noah Anderson, Finn Maginness and Fischer McAsey are not included in the side.
We also placed a five-game minimum on any player to qualify for our Team of the Year, and based our selections off the Draft Central NAB League Boys Team of the Week nominations. Of the nominations, five players received a massive seven Team of the Week nominations, with four players named six times throughout the season. These nine players automatically qualify for the side. From the remaining 39 players, every one had at least three nominations, with players requiring at least FOUR nominations to make the first side. Each player who does not make the first side is named in the second side.
In terms of club-by-club nominations, Western Jets had the most with five players making the squad, with Bendigo Pioneers, Calder Cannons, Eastern Ranges, Geelong Falcons, Gippsland Power, Greater Western Victoria (GWV) Rebels, Murray Bushrangers and Northern Knights all recording four players. Due to school football, Oakleigh Chargers (three), Sandringham Dragons (two) and a lesser extent Dandenong Stingrays (three) had more of a shared contribution across the season, while Tasmania Devils had three players named in their debut season.
Of the 48 players, Mitch Mellis, Lachlan Ash, Jye Chalcraft, Josh D’Intinosante, Trent Bianco and Ryan Byrnes made the Team of the Year squad last year, with Ash, D’Intinosante and Bianco all making the first side with the others slotting into the second team.
DRAFT CENTRAL NAB LEAGUE BOYS TEAM OF THE YEAR FULL SQUAD:
Bendigo : Jack Ginnivan, Aaron Gundry, Josh Treacy, Riley Wilson.
Calder : Ned Gentile, Daniel Mott, Brodie Newman, Sam Ramsay.
Dandenong : Ned Cahill, Lachlan Williams, Hayden Young.
Eastern : Ben Hickleton, Mitch Mellis, Zakery Pretty, Lachlan Stapleton.
Geelong : Jesse Clark, Oliver Henry, Charlie Sprague, Henry Walsh.
Gippsland : Riley Baldi, Tye Hourigan, Fraser Phillips, Brock Smith.
GWV : Cooper Craig-Peters, Mitch Martin, Riley Polkinghorne, Jay Rantall.
Murray : Lachlan Ash, Jimmy Boyer, Jye Chalcraft, Cam Wild.
Northern : Jackson Davies, Josh D’Intinosante, Sam Philp, Ryan Sturgess.
Oakleigh : Trent Bianco, Lochlan Jenkins, Jamarra Ugle-Hagan.
Sandringham : Ryan Byrnes, Angus Hanrahan.
Tasmania : Jackson Callow, Oliver Davis, Matt McGuinness.
Western : Darcy Cassar, Josh Honey, Josh Kellett, Will Kennedy, Lucas Rocci.