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Q&A: Jase Burgoyne (WWT Eagles/South Australia)

PORT Adelaide fans will again have their eyes on a budding father-son prospect, with Woodville-West Torrens talent Jase Burgoyne (son of Peter) gunning for the big leagues in 2021. The versatile defender-midfielder enjoyed an exceptional bottom-age SANFL Under 18s season last year; proving a consistent, clean, and creative ball winner. He was included in this year’s AFL Academy intake and while his preseason has been interrupted by injury, Burgoyne is poised to climb the grades once fully fit.

Draft Central correspondent Tom Wyman chatted to Burgoyne at the recent South Australia preseason testing event for a question and answer (Q&A) special.


Q: You didn’t test today, what kind of niggle are you carrying?

A: “Last year in preseason I tore my meniscus. I trained with it for about two weeks but it was just nagging me and was pretty sore so I told the physios and they sent me in for an MRI. Turns out it was torn so I got surgery on the 23rd (of December) two days before Christmas, then I’ve been doing rehab ever since – just bike and upper body work.”


Can you tell us a bit about your footballing journey so far?

“I started off at Port Districts from about Under 8s and played there all the way up until I think Under 15s or 16s, then I moved over to SMOSH West Lakes for a year. In Under 13s I was in the Port Adelaide development squad for a year before they cancelled that stuff and then I went to Eagles from there and have been here ever since.”


What are your goals for the upcoming season?

“For my individual goals, I just want to be consistent, build on my draft stock and hopefully go as high as I can in the draft. Also, to play League, that’s my biggest goal so far and obviously to play Ressies too. But my biggest goal is League, I want to play with the big boys and see how I go there.”


How would you describe yourself as a player?

“I see myself as an attacking half-backman; rebounding, attacking, I like to set up the play like a playmaker. Just make good ball use off the backline to set play up and then also go into the midfield, get clearances and find the ball.”


Are your skills your greatest asset?

“Yeah, I think my ball use is pretty good. Clean hands too.”


Is there anyone you can compare yourself to in the AFL?

Lachie Whitfield. He can play off the backline, or the wing, up forward, and maybe a little bit in the midfield. He’s definitely my biggest person I look up to, just with the similarities in body type and gamestyle.”


How have your father Peter and brother Trent helped you along your journey?

“Ever since I was pretty young, dad’s always been there with my footy journey. Before every game I’d talk to him on the phone, after every game giving me feedback which can be constructive too – it’s not always good, it’s not always bad. They want to help me get better so before a game, he sits me down and tells me what I need to do to hopefully have a good game, get the team the win and after the game he’s always talking to me about what I did good, what I did bad, and what I can improve on, all that stuff.”


Does the link add some pressure in your draft year?

“I guess so, obviously I’ve got the last name Burgoyne and I can’t really help that. But I don’t try and think of that too much, I just go out there and try to do the best I can. I’m happy with how I’m going at the moment, I guess there is pressure there because Trent is also at Port at the moment but I try to just play my best footy.”


How do you balance your commitments between school and footy?

“When I do have some spare time on my hands, I just go hang out with my mates and chill a bit. With schoolwork, I just try to stay up to date and make sure that I’m at training on time and don’t fall behind or anything.”


How would you describe yourself as a person off the field?

“Pretty chilled and relaxed. I don’t really like to go out, I like to stay home instead – I’m a bit of an introvert but like to make my mates laugh too.”

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Draft Central All-Star Team matchup: Port Adelaide Magpies vs. Dandenong Stingrays

OUR next All-Star Team battle makes for another intriguing quarter final clash, set to play out between powerhouse South Australian and Victorian clubs, in the Port Adelaide Magpies and Dandenong Stingrays respectively. The two captains voted in by the public as the All-Star Players of the AFL Draft era were Collingwood champion and current coach Nathan Buckley (Port Adelaide), and fan favourite goalkicker Brendan Fevola (Dandenong).

These clubs are seeded third (Port Adelaide) and sixth (Dandenong) respectively, with the competition getting as tight as ever. Our proposed Stingrays squad outvoted Central District and West Adelaide, while Port’s path to this stage came through Peel Thunder and the Gippsland Power. The winner will qualify for the semi finals, set to face either South Fremantle or the Geelong Falcons.




You’ll be hard-pressed to not only find a pair of defences with more talent, but also two sets of six with a better balance than what Port and Dandenong have to offer. They match up so well in size, skill, and versatility, with not one player out of place.

A big tick for the Magpies’ selections is the amount of class apparent, with the flankers and pocketmen all sublime users of the ball. Brownlow medalists Gavin Wanganeen and Andrew McLeod are both just as capable further afield, but fit in nicely alongside Geelong great Corey Enright and Crows cult figure Graham Johncock. Aside from the Wakelin brothers up the spine, the only real knock on Port’s defence is its lack of height, though the defensive combativeness of Enright and Johncock makes up for it.

Dandenong’s back six ticks a lot of boxes too; with a couple of true key position players who can also swing up the other end, a small lockdown option, a runner, a sharp user by foot, and an enforcer. Trent Croad and Justin Leppitsch are the tall options, with Adam McPhee providing added physical presence, while Austinn Jones and Chris Newman are club favourites who can both break the lines and mop up at ground level. Add Michael Hibberd‘s classy ball use on the rebound, and you have a pretty complete defence.

While Port Adelaide’s troops may just take our vote on a pure player-to-player comparison basis, Dandenong’s mix makes them difficult to look past. This is a tough one.


There are many effective ways to quickly gain meterage, whether it be through efficient disposal, pure running power, or a combination of the two. In reviewing some of the outside movers on either side, it seems they may differ slightly in their attacking methods. For Dandenong, the likes of Lachie Whitfield, Adam Treloar, Dylan Shiel, Tom Scully, and Travis Johnstone all provide a great mix of speed and endurance, able to transfer the ball forward or provide outlets in transition through sheer gut running. Treloar, Shiel, and Johnstone in particular are known to carry the ball, while Scully is your outside endurance machine, and Whitfield boasts arguably the best balance of the lot.

For Port, it’s the silk that shines through. The near-untouchable pairing of McLeod and Wanganeen can carve up the opposition and set up attacks from the back half, combining their speed with phenomenal skill. Enright, too, has a good balance in his game to provide a similar rebounding quality. The quality remains further afield, as both Burgoyne brothers are prolific decision makers with ball in hand, and Byron Pickett a damaging momentum generator. If that kind of class can’t get them through, the Magpies can match Dandenong’s run through midfield too, with Buckley and Craig Bradley able to accumulate and break lines all day long.


The ledger may be quite even in an array of areas, but finding small flaws is key to separating such well-matched sides. When viewing the Dandenong forwardline, it may seem like a high-level bunch on paper, but to us it’s only half-perfect. The twin talls in Fevola and Tom Lynch make for an elite combination, especially with Stephen Milne at their feet. But the remaining forwards – Treloar, Shiel, and Shane Savage – just don’t fit the bill in their given positions, despite being great players elsewhere.

This is especially evident when compared to Port Adelaide’s balance, which boasts two true key position targets, but a more complete array of ground level players. Alan Didak and Lindsay Thomas are very crafty in front of goal, while Peter Burgoyne and Brett Ebert are much more true half-forwards. It makes for a better structure up forward, and gives the Magpies a big tick in that department despite Dandenong’s weight of talent on paper.


There is plenty to like about both sides, which is exactly why they both feature among our top six seeds. A superior ruck department and serious running power steals some points for Dandenong, but we feel the greater balance and overall class of Port Adelaide’s team is enough to nab our vote in this matchup.

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Draft Central All-Star Team: Port Adelaide Magpies

PORT Adelaide Magpies’ All-Star side is one of the most stacked we’ve compiled to date, boasting some of the AFL’s most decorated players, and a host of prodigious indigenous talent. Nathan Buckley earned the nod as the team’s captain thanks to your voting via our Instagram page, with Adelaide great Andrew McLeod second-in-charge. Please note, this side only takes into account those who featured in the modern, AFL era, and would look much different if it were to include the Magpies’ SANFL greats.


Not only is the side blessed with some of the all-time greats, but it’s also relatively well balanced. The spine is filled with genuine and strong key position players, with our skipper, Buckley at the heart of it, while a good two-way balance can be observed on the defensive lines, and some serious goalkicking power can be lies up forward. The midfielders all had no trouble finding the ball in their time, and there are some solid depth players named on the bench alongside the impact types.


The Wakelin brothers form the heart of the back six, with Shane and Darryl two of the more uncompromising key position defenders of their era. There are game-winners among the backmen too, with two-time premiership players McLeod and Gavin Wanganeen absolute locks for their spots, while fellow 300-gamer and premiership player Corey Enright slots in at half-back after his remarkably consistent career with Geelong. Rounding out the defence is Adelaide fan favourite Graham ‘Stiffy’ Johncock, who adds even more pace to the line along with versatility.


While a Burgoyne brother on either wing would have been great for the side’s footy energies, Shaun Burgoyne is joined by Port Adelaide 2004 premiership teammate, Byron Pickett on the outer. With Pickett providing the grunt and some torpedo punts from range, Burgoyne adds some silk to the mix as one of the few players to be named while still going around at the elite level. Scott Lycett is another in that category, taking up the ruck reigns amid his 93-game career.

At the heart of midfield is Buckley, a hard-nosed leader from the engine room who could rack up the ball like few others and hit the scoreboard to double his damage. He is joined by a man who lays claim to a similarly chiseled physique in Scott Thompson – of Melbourne and Adelaide fame. Durable Carlton champion Craig Bradley rounds out the midfield mix, adding class and accumulative power to go with the grunt of his proposed centre bounce partners.


There are some enigmatic characters among our forward mix, but above all, plenty of goals. Let’s start with Clive Waterhouse, the number one pick in the 1995 AFL Draft. He was a forward who proved impossible to stop at full flight, but never really capitalised on his potential as injuries soured the back-end of his career. Warren Tredrea joins him to fill out the key position posts, having led the Power to its maiden AFL premiership. His career tally of 549 goals is the highest in the squad. Take a bow, Tredders.

A couple of dangerous medium-smalls fill out the pockets, with Alan Didak and Lindsay Thomas entering the fold. Both were electric at their best and although opposition fans may have maligned them, they were brilliant goalsneaks. Peter Burgoyne joins his brother, Shaun in the side off half-forward, while a famous name in Port Adelaide’s history appears on the opposite flank in the form of Brett Ebert.


Inaugural Power best and fairest, Darren Mead is one of the best names among a solid bench, with his son Jackson also set to blaze a trail at AFL level having been drafted in 2019. The ever-reliable Michael Wilson slots in for some defensive cover, while Che Cockatoo-Collins looms as an impact player, and Brad Ebert can always play a role. Scott Hodges and Greg Anderson round out our interchange, with the likes of Levi Greenwood, and the Bond‘s – Troy and Shane unlucky to miss out. Aaron Fiora is one not to be forgotten, although that may not necessarily be the opinion of Richmond fans.

Get to know: SANFL U18s – WWT Eagles

WOODVILLE-WEST TORRENS lays claim to a couple of exciting potential Port Adelaide father-son prospects eligible over the next two seasons, with Taj Schofield (Jarrad, 131 games) and Jase Burgoyne (Peter, 240) tied to the Alberton-based club. Both of their fathers were part of Port’s 2004 premiership side, making the link even more profound for either player and fans alike.

A top-ager this year, Schofield represented Western Australia – where he had lived for most of his life – at Under 16s level before transitioning to the South Australian state system as his father, Jarrad moved into a coaching role at Port Adelaide. The zippy small was part of the Croweaters’ State 18s squad last year and despite not yet running out in the tri-colours, is one of five Eagles to be part of the 2020 hub system. Schofield was part of the Eagles’ Under 18 premiership side last season, while also running out in the Under 17 All Star grand final curtain raiser, and playing part in Henley High’s losing tilt at the Open Schools Cup title.

Burgoyne, a smooth-moving outside midfielder, was also a member of the Eagles’ 2019 Under 18 premiership team and is looking to crack a Reserves debut in this, his bottom-age year. Having represented South Australia at last year’s Under 16 national carnival, there is plenty to like about Burgoyne – who currently sports a look similar to his old man. With all the experience of his champion father, uncle (Shaun, Hawthorn), and recently-rookied brother (Trent, Port Adelaide) to lean on, the latest Burgoyne on the scene has shown plenty of promise despite still being a raw prospect.

The pair spoke to Draft Central at this year’s South Australian pre-season testing day hosted by Rookie Me, on a bunch of topics ranging from their on-field roles, to goals, the importance of family in their journeys, and more. Get to know two of Woodville-West Torrens’ brightest draft prospects.



“It’s been pretty hard but I feel like I’m getting fit and all the boys are getting fit so hopefully it leads into a big year, it should be good.”

“I feel like I went alright in the agility (test) and hopefully I do good in the Yo-yo test, but we’ll see how we go… I’m a small player so those sort of tests (20m sprint and agility) do show my sort of game so it’s good.”


“It’s been good. Obviously Dad got the role at Port Adelaide so we had to move over but all the boys have been really welcoming and it’s really helped my footy. Obviously the SA game-style is a little bit different to WA but it’s really developed my footy as well.”


“He definitely is (an important mentor). He knows what he’s talking about and really helps me out when he can, but he tries to stay out of it a little bit now. But he’s really helped me and is really useful to me as well.”

2020 ROLE:

“I think I’ll still roll through the midfield but also play that half-forward and wing position as well, so just changing it up a bit.”

2020 GOALS:

“Probably just small things like making state teams and playing (well) week by week and hopefully the end-goal is to get drafted.”


“Yeah, I’m a Port fan… we’ll see what happens, we’ll make that decision during the year.”



“I started off a little slack like everyone else because we got here at 8:45am, but once we got into it, it started off pretty good for everyone and I think it’s gone well… I feel like I showed (my pace) in the 20m sprint (3.03 seconds) and the vertical jump (86cm running). I had a few shots so hopefully I got a good time.”


“I’d say my run-and-carry (are my strengths). I showcased that a little bit in the 16s, but in the 18s last year when I played up it wasn’t there. But hopefully I can come out and show a little bit of flair and x-factor.”


“Obviously my body-size, I’m a pretty skinny kid. And my contact and inside work, that’s the stuff I’m looking forward to.”


“Obviously it’s great, they give me insight into what it’s like to make the AFL and how hard it’s going to be. They pushed me hard to get where I am right now, so if I get there I can fit in perfectly and won’t have to do anything extra to try and fit in. So hopefully if I get there I’ll fit in fine.”


“This year I’m looking to maybe try and get a Reserves game, that’s the goal for me that I’ve set for myself so hopefully it’s the one that I can go ahead and accomplish.”