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Caught the Eye – U17 Futures

WITH the NAB League sides enjoying a development weekend, we cast out eyes over the Under 17 Futures double-header at Ikon Park on Sunday to see who would catch them – this week selecting three players from each side. For full scouting notes on each player highlighted and more, click here.

Vic Country vs. NSW/ACT

Sam Berry (Vic Country)
Gippsland Power | Midfielder
12/02/2002 | 180cm | 82kg

Stats: 23 disposals, 4 marks, 6 tackles, 6 clearances, 1 goal

Our scouts said: “His clearance work was great but it was also his skill with ball in hand that stood out, and despite looking like the type to just win the hard ball and bomb it, he actually took the time to hit his targets on both feet.” – Ed Pascoe

Verdict: Arguably the best Country player on the day, Berry is well and truly a proven ball winner having continued from the form he showed in the NAB League. Is tenacious at the coalface, but has a good burst and should assume the number one midfield role for Gippsland next year.

Zavier Maher (Vic Country)
Murray Bushrangers | Midfielder
5/05/2002 | 183cm | 82kg

Stats: 20 disposals, 7 marks, 6 tackles, 5 clearances, 7 inside 50s

Our scouts said: “Maher covered plenty of ground and played a good mix to win his own ball but also work hard to get around the ground on the outside” – Ed Pascoe

Verdict: Complimented Berry beautifully in midfield as another with good size. Is another who looks likely to take over the leading midfield mantle at his NAB League club next year and will do well to transfer the numbers he had in this game to that competition.

Deakyn Smith (Vic Country)
Dandenong Stingrays | Small Forward
22/08/2002 | 179cm | 65kg

Stats: 14 disposals, 8 marks, 4 tackles, 3 inside 50s, 2 goals

Our scouts said: “Smith got better and better as the game went on and his combination of speed and aerial ability made him a difficult matchup.” – Ed Pascoe

Verdict: Is such a slippery customer and much of the NSW/ACT side had no answer for his tricks in the forward half. Has played in different roles for Dandenong, but was dangerous inside 50 here and works hard to find space up the field.

Braeden Campbell (NSW/ACT)
Swans Academy | Midfielder/Forward
4/02/2002 | 178cm | 71kg

Stats: 18 disposals, 4 marks, 7 tackles, 5 clearances, 7 inside 50s, 2 goals

Our scouts said: “Another of the diminutive Swans Academy fleet, Campbell has a great mix of inside and outside skills.” – Michael Alvaro

Verdict: Is right behind Errol Gulden in terms of leading the NSW/ACT prospects pack and can play a variety of positions. Already gained U18 representative experience in the Allies squad this year and his added midfield time in this game bodes well for a transition from his usual half-forward role.

Errol Gulden (NSW/ACT)
Swans Academy | Wing
18/07/2002 | 172cm | 68kg

Stats: 19 disposals, 5 marks, 4 clearances, 4 inside 50s, 2 rebound 50s

Our scouts said: “Gulden continually used his innate ability to find space of the outside to send the Rams forward, getting on the move and piercing some classy passes along the line.” – Michael Alvaro

Verdict: Is just so classy by foot and there is hardly a player better to watch at this level that Gulden on the run forward. He looks primed for another big year after impressing for the Allies and Swans Academy in 2019, and should catch the eye with his ability to make low-percentage passes work.

Pierce Roseby (NSW/ACT)
Swans Academy | Inside Midfielder
4/01/2002 | 179cm | 72kg

Stats: 17 disposals, 7 tackles, 7 clearances, 1 goal

Our scouts said: “It was another workmanlike shift from the small midfielder, who proved ferocious around the ball going both ways.” – Michael Alvaro

Verdict: Roseby might be sub-180cm, but is one of the more tenacious players around the ball and just does all of the tough stuff. Is one of many Swans Academy prospects who looked right at home in Rams colours, and will be an interesting one for Sydney to keep an eye on given their ageing midfield.

Vic Metro vs. Queensland

Connor Downie (Vic Metro)
Eastern Ranges | Wing/Midfielder
31/05/2002 | 183cm | 81kg

Stats: 20 disposals, 4 marks, 4 tackles, 4 inside 50s, 2 rebound 50s

Our scouts said: “The Ranges’ gun swapped time between the wing and midfield, having an impact going forward with raking left boot and clunking a strong mark on forward wing under heat.” – Michael Alvaro

Verdict: Was the only player afield to have some U18 championships experience under his belt, which speaks to his quality. Downie has proven his ability to damage teams on the outside with his run and penetrating kick, but his size makes him an interesting midfield proposition. Does a bit of everything and should have no trouble finding the ball.

Finlay Macrae (Vic Metro)
Oakleigh Chargers | Midfielder
13/03/2002 | 183cm | 73kg

Stats: 34 disposals, 6 marks, 5 clearances, eight inside 50s, one goal

Our scouts said: “Best afield for mine… Macrae built into the game nicely, starting with some clean and effective accumulative touches before really having an impact in the second half.” – Michael Alvaro

Verdict: Macrae’s pedigree is obvious to all, accumulating possessions at will through midfield with clean hands and touch of class. Did not always damage with ball in hand but has the ability to turn it on, doing so in the final term with a raft of score involvements. Made the U18 Metro squad this year and is a lock get on the park next year.

Reef McInnes (Vic Metro)
Oakleigh Chargers | Inside Midfielder
12/12/2002 | 192cm | 83kg

Stats: 24 disposals, 9 tackles, 6 clearances, 4 inside 50s, 2 rebound 50s

Our scouts said: “His clean hands, strength in the contest, and tackling made him the dominant inside midfielder, but his spread and props in traffic bode well for a well-balanced game.” – Michael Alvaro

Verdict: Collingwood has found another gem in its NGA ranks, with McInness a fantastic inside midfield prospect. He started the game better than anyone and just finds the ball, working hard to do so around the ground. Has already made an impact with Oakleigh too, and is a great size.

Blake Coleman (Queensland)
Lions Academy | Forward
6/08/2002 | 180cm | 75kg

Stats: 13 disposals, 4 marks, 5 tackles, 3 inside 50s, 2 goals

Our scouts said: “Coleman was one of Queensland’s most dangerous players up forward with his skill and composure a real standout in the wet conditions.” – Ed Pascoe

Verdict: Coleman just does not miss in front of goal, only needing a few chances to have an impact on the game. His class is obvious, constantly finding space in the right areas around the forward 50 and finishing well. Can now work on consistency and having more of the ball.

Saxon Crozier (Queensland)
Lions Academy | Balanced Midfielder
14/11/2002 | 189cm | 75kg

Stats: 17 disposals, 5 tackles, 3 clearances, 6 inside 50s

Our scouts said: “Crozier was often classy with ball in hand, making good decisions and moving well in traffic and he really stood out with his kicking inside 50.” – Ed Pascoe

Verdict: Is constantly one of the more influential players between the arcs, but is developing a greater inside game and does not mind getting stuck in despite his best traits suiting the outside. Crozier is a good forward mover and can rack up the numbers at his best.

Max Pescud (Queensland)
SUNS Academy | Wing/Forward
13/04/2002 | 183cm | 60kg

Stats: 16 disposals, 6 marks, 5 tackles, 2 rebound 50s, 2 goals

Our scouts said: “Pescud despite his light frame had a real impact on the game kicking two goals and showing his class and composure up the field as well.” – Ed Pascoe

Verdict: There’s just something to like about the lightly-built Pescud, who worked hard on the outside all day. Has the ability to win a good amount of ball there, but also makes the most of his chances when slipping forward and contributes across the board.

Scouting notes: U17 Futures

BOTH Victorian teams toppled Queensland and NSW/ACT respectively by over four goals at Ikon Park on Sunday, with a range of conditions testing the talent on show. Our writers cast an eye over each fixture, taking opinion-based notes on the outstanding players from either side.

Vic Country vs. NSW/ACT

Vic Country:
By: Ed Pascoe

#2 Deakyn Smith

Smith was an absolute handful up forward with his speed and overhead marking far too good to stop. Smith got better and better as the game went on and his combination of speed and aerial ability made him a difficult matchup. He kicked two goals with his first coming after a very strong mark and his second spinning and showing his class to kick a nice goal. His marking and ball use were a real highlight and he finished the game with 14 disposals, eight marks and two goals to be his side’s most dangerous player forward of centre.

#6 Seamus Mitchell

Mitchell was a very crafty and nimble small forward showing great speed, skill and agility with ball in hand and he certainly had some eye catching movements. Mitchell showed plenty of run and he had one nice bit of play where he followed up his good run with a nice kick inside 50 and his setups for his teammates made him one of his team’s better creative players going to goal. His only goal came from a mark and set shot and he only gathered the 11 disposals but his impact was more than what the stats show.

#7 Sam Berry

Berry was his team’s standout player wit his grunt work in the middle setting the tone for the day. His work rate with and without the ball was impressive and that carried on for the four quarters. He would also hit the scoreboard with his goal coming from reading the play to mark 40 metres out to slot the nice goal. His clearance work was great but it was also his skill with ball in hand that stood out, and despite looking like the type to just win the hard ball and bomb it, he actually took the time to hit his targets on both feet. His only real blemish was an ambitious kick in the corridor on his opposite foot. Berry finished the game with 23 disposals, six tackles, six clearances and a goal in a complete performance through the midfield.

#8 Zavier Maher

Maher combined well with fellow midfielder Sam Berry to not only win plenty of the ball but also offer something a little different with his ability to get forward and take the game on. Maher covered plenty of ground and played a good mix to win his own ball but also work hard to get around the ground on the outside which showed with his seven marks, three rebound 50s and seven inside 50s. The inside 50s in particular especially late in the game stood out where he often hit his targets and lowered the eyes. Maher had 20 disposals, six tackles and five inside 50s in a well-rounded game through the midfield.

#13 Dominic Bedendo

Bedendo was one of Country’s most dangerous forwards with his ability to get into good spots inside 50 and get himself into scoring situations while also setting up others with good vision. His first and only goal came in the first quarter with a set shot from 50 metres, he showed great movement and marking ability and would take another two marks inside 50 but missed both set shots. Bedendo had a chance early to pass to a teammate but missed a shot, but he would later show better teamwork with an unselfish kick to the hotspot when caught on the boundary. Bedendo has a light frame but is a nice height at 185cm and looks a prospect in the forward half as he finished the game with nine disposals, six marks and kicking 1.3 so he could have been more damaging.

NSW/ACT:
By: Michael Alvaro

#3 Errol Gulden (Sydney Swans Academy/Maroubra)

Came back into the side after missing the annual clash against Queensland on the Gold Coast, shaking off some early cobwebs to showcase his talent. Positioned on his customary wing, Gulden continually used his innate ability to find space of the outside to send the Rams forward, getting on the move and piercing some classy passes along the line. The leading Swans Academy prospect was usually composed with ball in hand, using his agility to prop into space and find a target as he lowered his eyes – a valuable point of difference to many U18 players. While he was almost found out with some kicks across attacking 50 and passes which proved a little too cute, Gulden’s skills were typically fantastic and he makes the play come alive.

#13 Pierce Roseby (Sydney Swans/Willoughby Mosman Swans)

It was another workmanlike shift from the small midfielder, who proved ferocious around the ball going both ways. Roseby was a constant through the Rams’ engine room, winning most of his 17 disposals himself and getting to the ball first to earn six free kicks with some brave contested work. That work culminated in seven clearances to go with seven tackles, showcasing Roseby’s work rate and tenacity at the stoppages. He did well to break forward and find the goals in the second term with a nicely finished snap, but missed a later opportunity on the back of a 50m penalty.

#15 Braeden Campbell (Sydney Swans/Westbrook)

Another of the diminutive Swans Academy fleet, Campbell has a great mix of inside and outside skills. His passing going forward was excellent, hitting targets on the move from midfield in each quarter with some good range. Campbell’s ability to weave or break away from congestion proved handy in a hard-fought midfield battle – especially at centre bounces – with his hard tackling (seven) another feature. The Westbrook product capped off an excellent game with two final quarter goals; the first coming after a clean pick up at pace and clinical finish, while the second was a more straightforward set shot conversion.

#26 Marco Rossmann (Sydney Swans/East Sydney Bulldogs)

Playing mostly forward with some of NSW/ACT’s prime movers back in the side, Rossmann was a reliable target leading up to the arc. He only stands at 181cm, but was great in the air with his springy leap and strong hands overhead helping him to clunk five marks from 12 disposals. Much of Rossmann’s ability to find space up the ground came on the back of clever reading of the play, and he also popped up inside 50 for a couple of chances on goal. The first was a miss from the impossible angle in the second term, with a later set shot failing to find the target.

#39 Marc Sheather (Sydney Swans/Terrigal Avoca JAFL)

A versatile prospect, Sheather assumed his usual role down back to start and proved to be a calming influence. He constantly got in the road of Vic Country’s attacks, snapping the ball up in the air and off the deck while following up with some efficient rebound. He would go on to prove his work rate with some of his acts up the ground, continuing his runs up the field and laying a shrewd holding-the-ball tackle just outside of defensive 50. A move into the midfield proved slightly less fruitful, but Sheather’s solid frame makes him a dangerous figure in there.

Vic Metro vs. Queensland

Vic Metro:
By: Michael Alvaro

#1 Lucas Failli (Western Jets)

A typical small forward, Failli caused headaches inside 50 and created good opportunities for Metro. He started off with some work further afield, pumping a couple of penetrating kicks into the forward arc and finding a teammate with one of them, while going back for repeat efforts at ground level and converting a free kick opportunity in a busy first half. Failli continued to show good desperation at the fall of the ball, proving agile and clean once he had scooped it up and capping his day with a second goal over the back in the final term.

#6 Jackson Cardillo (Calder Cannons)

Having shown his aggression and ball winning ability on the inside in his NAB League outings, Cardillo spent most of his time on the wing in this game. His forward running proved effective, hitting up Reef McInnes inside 50 in the first term and moving up towards attacking 50 with intent. After lacking oomph on a snap attempt in the second term, Cardillo made amends with a nice set shot finish after the half time siren for his only goal of the game. He would go on to miss another chance on the run when he had a touch more time to find the intended target, and attended the centre bounces late on.

#9 Finlay Macrae (Oakleigh Chargers)

Best afield for mine, the brother of Bulldogs star Jack showed off his pedigree with a game-high 34 disposals – 10 more than anyone else – six marks, five clearances, eight inside 50s and a goal. Macrae built into the game nicely, starting with some clean and effective accumulative touches before really having an impact in the second half. He lifted again in the fourth term, hitting the scoreboard with a classy finish from 45m while also assisting goals to Ollie Lord and Jack Diedrich to cap off a fantastic display.

#10 Connor Downie (Eastern Ranges)

Skipper for the day, Downie was the only player afield to have also featured in the U18 carnival. The Ranges gun swapped time between the wing and midfield, having an impact going forward with raking left boot and clunking a strong mark on forward wing under heat. While he didn’t score from his own attempt on goal in the second term, Downie created two opportunities for others with beautiful delivery into forward 50 after moving into the midfield. Is already well built for midfield minutes but looks pretty comfortable on the outside.

#11 Archie Perkins (Sandringham Dragons)

Perkins was another to move through the midfield-forward rotation, catching the eye with some strong and agile bursts through traffic which he finished with smart kicks inside 50. The powerful Sandringham product went on to have an impact around the ball with more midfield time after the main break, slamming forward five clearances and standing up in tackles to dish the ball out from congestion. Sprayed a tough chance on goal on the move, with that area of his game one to work on as he gets in dangerous positions.

#17 Liam McMahon (Northern Knights)

The dynamic tall didn’t find a mountain of the ball but looked lively up forward early on. McMahon put through the first goal of the game with a textbook set shot after plucking the ball at its highest point on the lead. He would go on to add another major in similar fashion during the second term, with strong hands overhead and a lovely kicking action his clear strengths. McMahon was thrown back in the second half where he provided some nice rebound and made some attacking kick-ins work.

#21 Reef McInnes (Oakleigh Chargers)

The Collingwood NGA prospect looks to be another great find for the Magpies, and he had some sort of start to the game. McInnes was strong from the get-go, winning the very first clearance and working hard to impact a number of contests around the ground – he was involved in just about everything. His clean hands, strength in the contest, and tackling made him the dominant inside midfielder, but his spread and props in traffic bode well for a well-balanced game. McInnes was a little quieter as the game wore on, but racked up 24 disposals, nine tackles, six clearances, and four inside 50s.

Queensland:
By: Ed Pascoe

#9 Blake Coleman

Coleman was one of Queensland’s most dangerous players up forward with his skill and composure a real standout in the wet conditions. Coleman although standing at 180cm played more of a half forward lead up role with his marking overhead a real feature with how clean it was, especially in the wet conditions later in the game. Coleman wad classy with ball in hand and rarely wasted a possession. His class around goal was also a feature kicking two goals with his best coming in the last quarter, going for a nice run before steadying himself to kick a classy goal. Coleman finished the game with 13 disposals, four marks, five tackles and two goals.

#12 Max Pescud

Pescud despite his light frame had a real impact on the game kicking two goals and showing his class and composure up the field as well. Pescud was the lightest player on the ground at 60kg and started the game playing more of an outside role using his speed and clean hands on the wings before going forward to kick his two goals and then go into the stoppages in the last quarter to show he could play a range of roles. Pescud finished the game with 16 disposals, six marks, five tackles and two goals to be one of his team’s best players both with and without the ball.

#22 Carter Michael

Michael wasn’t hard to pick out with his bright blonde hair but it was more so his ability to win the football that stood out, playing as a tall midfielder he showed a good mix of inside and outside game being a consistent player over four quarters. Michael would often use his long left foot to his advantage, hitting targets both long and short but it was his long kicks that did the most damage. Michael showed good skill by hand and foot and didn’t waste many possessions as he finished with 21 disposals, six tackles and four clearances.

#24 Saxon Crozier

Queensland had no shortage of tall midfielders and Crozier standing at 189cm showed plenty both inside and outside the contest but mostly did his damage on the outside with his reading of the play and ability to get forward of centre. Crozier was often classy with ball in hand making good decisions and moving well in traffic and he really stood out with his kicking inside 50 in the last quarter with a good run and long kick inside 50 and not long after would show his ability to hot short targets with a nice kick lowering the eyes. Crozier finished the game with 17 disposals, five tackles and six inside 50s.

#26 Alex Davies

The tallest of Queensland’s big midfielders standing at 190cm, he was a strong player around stoppages going in hard to win clearances but also working hard around the ground to be an option. Davies showed good attack on the ball but he also showed his ability to pressure and give multiple efforts through the midfield, and had a good bit of play in the first quarter with a great second effort smother. Davies finished the game with 15 disposals and was his team’s leading clearance player with five.

Vic Country U17s lift in second half to power past NSW/ACT

VIC COUNTRY U17’s class shone through in a seven goal to three second half as they overcame NSW/ACT 11.9 (75) to 7.8 (50) at Ikon Park on Sunday.

Despite the frosty conditions, both sides warmed to the contest well early on in an opening term which ebbed and flowed. The Rams made the better start as Kale Gabila booted the first two goals of the game in style to see his side break to an early lead. The momentum took a 180-degree turn though as goals to Dominic Bedendo and Sam Berry saw Country level proceedings, before Josh Green replied in good time to give NSW/ACT a slim lead at the first break. A repeat of the first term looked on the cards as Swans Academy gun Pierce Roseby put the Rams back in front to start the second stanza, but Country began to get on top on the back of some unrelenting attack to snatch a three-point half time buffer with goals to Will Bravo and Deakyn Smith.

Gabila’s third major was the only glimmer of resistance in a rampant five goals to one third term for the Victorians, who began to get on top in the midfield battle and put the clamps on to lock the ball in their attacking half. It was then a case of the damage already being done as Country hardly looked phased in a more anticlimactic final term which featured two classy Braeden Campbell goals, Max Annandale‘s second, and one to Ryan Angwin. Country also seemed to get the better of a few magnet shuffles, with Oliver Henry faring better up forward and Josh Treacy getting more involved at the centre bounces. The level-pegged term saw the hosts run away with 25-point final margin of victory, with the Rams just unable to take a couple of gilt edge chances to truly get back into the contest.

Gippsland pocket rocket Berry was clearly best afield, racking up 23 disposals, four marks, six clearances and a goal in a complete performance from midfield. His engine room partners Charlie Lazzaro (21 disposals, five tackles) and Zavier Maher (20 disposals, seven marks, five clearances, seven inside 50s) supported him well, while the likes of Smith (14 disposals, eight marks, two goals), Angwin (16 disposals, four marks, one goal) and Seamus Mitchell (11 disposals, one goal) proved handfuls forward of centre. The Rams’ top-end talent led the way despite the loss, with Swans academy trio Errol Gulden (19 disposals, five marks, four clearances), Campbell (18 disposals, seven tackles, seven inside 50s, two goals) and Roseby (17 disposals, seven clearances, one goal) all influential around the ball. Marco Rossmann was threatening up forward alongside major goal kicker Gabila, while Marc Sheather (14 disposals, four rebound 50s) provided a cool head down back in the first half.

VIC COUNTRY 11.9 (75)
NSW/ACT 7.8 (50)

GOALS
Vic Country: D. Smith 2, M. Annandale 2, S. Berry, J. Tillig, R. Angwin, W. Bravo, S. Mitchell, D. Bendendo, O. Henry.
NSW/ACT: K. Gabila 3, B. Campbell 2, P. Roseby, J. Green.

ADC BEST:
Vic Country: S. Berry, D. Smith, Z. Maher, J. Tillig, N. Gadsby, R. Angwin
NSW/ACT: B. Campbell, K. Gabila, E. Gulden, P. Roseby, M. Rossmann, M. Sheather

Scouting notes: U17 Futures – Queensland vs. NSW/ACT

THE NSW/ACT Rams won out against traditional rivals, Queensland in their annual Under-17 Futures fixture in heavy rain at Southport. Michael Alvaro was on hand to take his opinion-based notes of the outstanding players.

Queensland:

#3 Ethan Hunt (Gold Coast Suns)

The diminutive ball winner embraced the conditions and was hard at it all day, starting well with a brave mark against two opponents off a clearance. Hunt went on to win the ball well on the precipice of stoppages around the ground with good intent, digging in and under to accumulate his 17 possessions and move the ball forward. His pressure on the ball carrier was also important in the conditions, laying six tackles.

#5 Tahj Abberley (Brisbane Lions)

There’s not much of Abberley, but the Lions Academy product looked unfazed by having to get stuck in. Playing through the midfield and off half-back, Abberley was clean at ground level and smart with his hands out of congestion. His four clearances bode well for more midfield minutes, but Abberley also worked well around the ground to penetrate both arcs.

#7 James Smith (Gold Coast Suns)

The no-frills defender was terrific with his work off the muddy deck, sweeping up ground balls on the move. Smith racked up 16 disposals across the defensive half, opting to kick more often than not – much like his fellow smaller defenders. His decision making and composure by foot was great, but Smith’s two pick-ups off at pace in the third term caught the eye most.

#9 Blake Coleman (Brisbane Lions)

Coleman’s major point of difference was his cleanliness in the conditions and while others did well to make one-touch plays at ground level, Coleman also did it in the air. He scooped up a number of his possessions on the move and with opponents in tow, while taking a couple of juggled marks hitting up to at the ball at half-forward. Coleman was productive forward of centre, looking like creating something with ball in hand – shown by his crafty assist for Saxon Crozier in the second term and constant wheeling around to go inside 50. Did not find the goals on this occasion, seeing a set shot fall short just before his goal assist.

#13 Darcy Prest (Brisbane Lions)

Another effective mover in the back half, Prest provided a bit of zip out of defence and was constantly looking to get the ball moving. He met the ball at pace when it landed in his area to aid that kind of play, gathering cleanly and rebounding well. His ability to clear his lines saw him penetrate both arcs, having three inside 50s and four rebounds, with his best bit of play a one-on-one win on defensive wing in the third term – made by good body positioning and a nice pick-up to get moving.

#17 Rhys Nicholls (Gold Coast Suns)

Another of the small-medium defensive brigade, Nicholls looked a good mover off half-back. His red boots made him hard to miss, but it was Nicholls’ neat kicking early on that set the tone for his game. He went on to struggle a little in getting the same penetration when it was truly wet under foot, but buzzed around the back half all the same to collect 16 disposals.

#24 Saxon Crozier (Brisbane Lions)

The Lions Academy standout was one of Queensland’s more productive players on the day, winning an equal team-high 20 disposals in all areas on the ground. While he initially produced his usual running game on the outside with long kicks into attacking 50, Crozier swapped that game for greater influence around the contest when the rain came down. Although he was rushed in possession at times, Crozier’s meters-gained attitude with ball in hand cleared congestion and set his side on the attack – going inside 50 on five occasions. He also managed to find his usual space in the second term and slam home an important goal for the Maroons, which is exactly what we are used to seeing from him.

#26 Alex Davies (Gold Coast Suns)

Davies’ game suited the conditions, with the big-bodied midfielder bustling around packs and forcing his way through at stoppages. His approach was pretty simple, slamming the ball on the boot in traffic and gaining territory for his team – often kicking off one or two steps. He did the hard stuff as well with six tackles and a spoil to kill the ball from a front-half kick-in.

NSW/ACT:

#1 Jackson Tikkeros (Sydney Swans)

The diminutive forward had a purple patch in the third term, coming alive and helping to lift the Rams when it mattered. He took a nice sliding mark on the forward 50 arc but fellow short with his kick, only to charge on to the drop of the ball and snap a goal through heavy congestion in the goalsquare. Only had the eight touches, but his forward pressure was also of note with four tackles.

#8 Oscar Davis (Sydney Swans)

Davis was able to find the ball in all areas of the ground, clearing the ball three times and breaching both arcs (three inside 50s, two rebounds) in his 14-disposal effort. He first caught the eye with a terrific overhead intercept mark going back with the flight in the second term, and went on to rack up the ball well across the day with particular influence in clearing his lines down back in the second half.

#9 Taine Wright (Sydney Swans)

The Swans Academy product was relevant both with the ball and without it, winning 13 disposals and laying seven tackles. His first good bit of play was a flashy gather and spin in the first term, and he continued to stay calm around would-be tacklers by keeping his hands up. Wright had the chance to hit the scoreboard in the third term after intercepting a kick-in, but missed the resultant shot.

#10 Matthew Hamblin (GWS Giants)

Hamlin was an influential contributor in the forward half, having an impact around goal despite not finding them. He looked a neat player when wheeling around and delivering short kicks early on, and found a couple of goal opportunities by being in the right place at the right time. Hamblin marked a quick Marco Rossman snap inside 50 but missed the set shot, he missed another in the third term, before unluckily having an on-target shot stopped in the goalsquare during the final term. Could have been a big day otherwise.

#13 Pierce Roseby (Sydney Swans)

The sub-180cm midfielder was a constant at the centre bounces, digging in for an equal game-high 21 disposals to go with his 13 tackles, four clearances and sole goal. He went about his business with no-fuss accumulation early on, before enjoying a good patch of form in the third term which would result in his goal. Roseby initially had a snap on goal touched, but followed it up with a cool set shot conversion and loved the celebration. A solid outing, and played an important role in the conditions.

#26 Marco Rossman (Sydney Swans)

Arguably best afield with his influence from midfield, Rossman moved forward particularly well with seven inside 50s from his 21 disposals. Not only did he have a lot of touches, but Rossman also had important ones including two shots on goal in the opening term – of which, one sailed through the big sticks. It set the tone for his game, winning the ball at will and proving one of the few who could win it in the air as well with five marks. His positioning was great, and he almost capped off his day with another goal, but saw his soccered attempt touched over.

#27 Coopa Steele (GWS Giants)

Was a bit of a sporadic influence on the game with his 12 disposals, and almost made an ideal start as he read the ball well front and centre inside 50 but missed the snap. He would go on to correct that shot with an important goal in the first minute of the final term, banging the ball home from long range as he positioned in front to win the cleared ball and put the game beyond doubt.

#34 Sebastian Quirk (GWS Giants)

One of the better ball winners on the day, Quirk had an influence you had to watch closely – with seven clearances from his 18 disposals and a lot of inside work. The GWS Academy member was the beneficiary of a 50-metre penalty in the second term when putting through a goal, but had more say around the congestion. Quirk also took a nice overhead mark on defensive wing to show some strength, and did well to push the ball in and out of either arc.

#35 Fraser Kelly (GWS Giants)

Kelly played the conditions well with his approach, tackling aggressively and pushing his side forward. He caught the eye with a really clean pick up amid the worst of the downpour in the second term, and would go on to win 12 disposals, three clearances, and three inside 50s in a solid outing.

#39 Marc Sheather (Sydney Swans)

Has played in all sorts of positions for the Rams and looked comfortable down back as an intercepting type. Sheather plays above his 185cm height given his strong frame, and has really clean hands overhead. While he didn’t always get to show that, he was an efficient figure in the back 50 and hardly made a mistake. Was the main repellant for NSW/ACT, rebounding seven times from his 17 disposals and doing most of his work by foot.

Rams make a splash in Queensland

THE Under-17 NSW/ACT Rams claimed a win in enemy territory over traditional rivals Queensland, riding the bumps for a 6.9 (45) to 3.10 (28) win in trying conditions.

The game started with an arm-wrestle in the first term on a heavy track, with both sides enjoying time in their forward half but unable to convert their territory to scoreboard influence. Queensland’s Connor Bulley was the first to put a major on the board, coolly converting a fairly straightforward set shot chance. His goal was answered by Marco Rossman, who made good on an earlier miss with a set shot goal of his own, before later missing another to see the Maroons hold onto a slender quarter-time lead.

The second term produced much of the same as a damp deck turned muddy with the rain beginning to pour down. Both sides looked up for the slog, sliding in for ground ball gets and embracing the conditions. Amid the weather, the Rams snatched the lead via a Jack Driscoll goal after he clunked a terrific mark overhead deep in the forward 50. They looked to be getting on a roll as Sebastian Quirk put through another to take full advantage of a 50-metre penalty, but the home side replied through Saxon Crozier – who slammed one home on the run to cut the half time margin to four points.

NSW/ACT broke away in the third term as the rain halted but remained under foot. Jackson Tikkeros was beginning to look dangerous inside 50 and capitalised on the Rams’ purple patch to snare a goal from only a couple of metres out – just moments after his set shot from 40 metres had fallen short. Pierce Roseby’s goal ensured it would be tough for the home side to make up the difference, but Will O’Dwyer’s clutch conversion after the three-quarter time siren gave them a sniff at 13 points adrift heading into the final change.

That sniff was snuffed out pretty quickly as Coopa Steele buried a snap from long range within the first minute of the final term to all but put the game to bed. It was an ugly quarter from there-on, with the Rams coasting to victory while Queensland scrapped hard to find a fourth goal and pretty up the scoreboard.

Rossman led all-comers with his 21 disposals for the Rams alongside Roseby, with the latter also laying 13 tackles and both hitting the scoreboard. Crozier was Queensland’s best, collecting an equal team-high 20 touches, five inside 50s and a goal. Blake Coleman was also sensational in the wet, collecting 20 disposals of his own and laying nine tackles.

GOALS:

Queensland: S. Crozier, W. O’Dwyer, C. Bulley.
NSW/ACT: M. Rossman, P. Roseby, C. Steele, S. Quirk, J. Tikkeros, J. Driscoll.

ADC BEST:
Queensland: S. Crozier, B. Coleman, R. Nicholls, J. Smith, E. Hunt
NSW/ACT: M. Rossman, P. Roseby, S. Quirk, M. Hamblin, O. Davis

Weekend preview: NAB League Boys – Round 3

WITH a landmark Round 2 come and gone, Round 3’s set of fixtures delivers another nine games and another nine opportunities to observe the best talent from across the nation as the Northern Academies and Tasmania settle into NAB League proceedings. With a Sandringham double-header on Saturday and Bendigo triple-header on Sunday, settle in for some non-stop Under 18 action.

Northern Knights v Eastern Ranges
Saturday April 6, 9:45
Trevor Barker Beach Oval

Northern Knights host Eastern Ranges on neutral ground to open the round and Saturday’s double-header at Trevor Barker Beach Oval. The Knights are still without a win in 2019 after going down narrowly to Western and more comfortably to Sandringham, while Eastern come in 1-1 after toppling the Jets last week. Lachie Potter returns to the side after missing through injury, and will look to provide run on the outside of in-form Northern ball winners Adam Carafa and Sam Philp. While Potter gives the Knights’ defence more dynamism, the Ranges have brought in 19-year old Vic Metro representative James Blanck to sure up the back six – not that it has been particularly leaky. Further afield, Eastern’s Mitch Mellis will hope to build on his Round 2 Draft Central player of the week performance, with the midfield combination of Lachlan Stapleton and Cody Hirst effective so far. Both sides will see this clash as a good opportunity to pick up a win, with the Knights especially keen to get on the board as quickly as possible.

GWS GIANTS Academy v Sydney Swans Academy
Saturday April 6, 11:00
Manuka Oval

The battle of the bridge comes to the NAB League as the GWS GIANTS and Sydney Swans academies prepare to do battle in Canberra. While the Swans had a winning start to NAB League life, GWS will look towards this opportunity to get on the board having gone down to academy counterparts, Brisbane in Round 2. The Swans have been dealt a major blow as star of their opening game, Errol Gulden has been named as an out, with fellow bottom-ager Pierce Roseby set to slot right into his place. Samuel Thorne is one who can also pick up the slack alongside the likes of Jackson Barling and Kyle McKellar after good performances last week, and the midfield battle will be a cracker. Leading Giants prospect Tom Green showed his class last week and will hope to overwhelm the Swans mids, while the dynamic forward combination of Liam Delahunty and James Peatling should cause some headaches for the Swans. This is certainly one to watch with some high-end academy prospects running around, and should be a good contest to boot.

Brisbane Lions Academy v Gold Coast Suns Academy
Saturday April 6, 12:00
Yerong Football Ground

The academy state derbies continue as the Brisbane Lions and Gold Coast SUNS academies play off in an Under 18 Q-clash up in the sunshine state. Both Round 2 winners, the sides will be playing off for bragging rights before testing themselves against established NAB League opponents. A potential midfield match-up between Gold Coast’s Connor Budarick Brisbane’s Will Martyn should be a belter, as would a shootout between Suns goalsneak Josh Gore and Lions forward ace Tom Wischnat – who bagged seven collective goals last week. With plenty of forward runners in either lineup and sunny conditions an forecasted, this fixture should well and truly attract some eyes, and will be as good an opportunity as ever for each side’s top-end talent to showcase their skills – or even use as preparation for future AFL Q-clashes.

Sandringham Dragons v Oakleigh Chargers
Saturday April 6, 12:15
Trevor Barker Beach Oval

The game of the round hits Trevor Barker Beach Oval as Metro premiership fancies, Sandringham and Oakleigh play off in what could well be an early season finals dress rehearsal. Both sides come into the game at 2-0 as the top two on the ladder, but the Dragons should come in as favourites given they hold home ground advantage and have won more comfortably thus far. The home side backed up a Round 1 shellacking of Calder with a solid win over Northern, while Oakleigh was tested last week against a fighting Calder side in tough conditions. With stars studded across each line for both teams, there will be no shortage of mouth-watering match-ups to grab the attention of recruiters. Sandringham’s forward line has been lethal so far, with Charlie Dean leading the competition for goals (nine), and fellow talls Riley Bowman and Jack Bell also pitching in. While they will no doubt trouble the visitors’ defence, Oakleigh’s midfield is set to feature three genuine top 10 draft pick contenders – with returning co-captain Trent Bianco joining Round 1 Draft Central Player of the Week, Noah Anderson, and the unflappable Matt Rowell. Over-ager Joe Ayton-Delaney also features in that midfield rotation, with he and Bianco able to join the back six or play on the outside. Recent AFL Vic Metro Academy squad inclusion, Nick Bryan will hope to continue his early-season run and provide his fleet with first use in the ruck, with Dylan Williams showing signs of clicking into full gear up forward. While Oakleigh’s midfield is arguably the competition’s best on paper, Sandringham’s engine room is proving to be right up there – as the likes of Jack Mahony, Ryan Byrnes, and Finn Maginness have formed a consistent ball-winning trio. Sandringham’s defence features a combination of aerial prowess and calm ball users, with Josh Worrell, Corey Watts, and Fischer McAsey versatile enough to tackle all sorts of forwards. With potential draftees littered across this game, it is simply a must watch – and the chance to watch this much elite talent most likely will not come until the National Championships.

Calder Cannons v Western Jets
Saturday April 6, 3:30
RAMS Arena

The winless Calder Cannons will have a point to prove when they meet Western Jets in another home fixture at RAMS Arena to close out Sunday’s games. Having been dealt a tough hand with their first two games being against premiership fancies Sandringham and Oakleigh, the Cannons showed marked improvement in Round 2 as they matched it with the Chargers for three quarters. On the other hand, Western suffered a comprehensive loss to Eastern after a promising Round 1 victory, so will be looking to pave a more consistent path as the season progresses. Calder’s tall defensive duo of Brodie Newman and Mason Fletcher will have their hands full with probably match-ups against Emerson Jeka and Aaron Clarke, while both sets of midfielders will hope to improve on last week’s outings – namely Western’s Josh Honey and Calder’s Daniel Mott, who have outstanding potential. Enigmatic Calder forward Josh Kemp is also set to be a factor, coming off three goals last week and hoping to build a case for the next level as a 19-year-old. The Cannons may surprise a few, but Western will hope it can get back on the winners list with an stronger output here.

Bendigo Pioneers v Gippsland Power
Sunday April 7, 10:00
Queen Elizabeth Oval

The season’s surprise packet to date, Bendigo Pioneers, will hope to keep its perfect record in tact when it faces Gippsland to open Sunday’s all-Country triple-header. The hosts have taken full advantage of retaining their top-end talent for the early-season proceedings, with Thomson Dow and Brodie Kemp leading the way well from midfield to provide an eye-catching mix of grunt and creativity. A thrilling win last week against Murray puts them in good stead at 2-0, with Gippsland on the wrong end of a tight loss last time out and coming in with a 1-1 record. Much like the Pioneers, Gippsland will hope to take advantage of having Caleb Serong free from school football and Vic Country commitments, but have a wealth of talent to see them through in any case. Ryan Sparkes has started the season well on the outside, with the powerful Sam Flanders mixing time in the midfield and forward line seamlessly, and over-ager Kyle Dunkley looking a much-improved prospect. With one side playing in a rare vein of form and the other looking to click into gear as most expect them to, this clash could well be right up there with the Sandringham and Oakleigh game for pure entertainment.

Dandenong Stingrays v Geelong Falcons
Sunday April 7, 12:30
Queen Elizabeth Oval

Dandenong Stingrays and Geelong Falcons take centre stage in the second QEO all-Country clash, with either side coming in on the back of polar opposite form-lines. While the reigning premiers have managed to scrape in for two six-point wins, the Falcons are one of four established NAB League teams still searching for their first win. Usual suspects are already appearing in the Geelong side, with co-captains Cooper Stephens and Jesse Clark continually standing up, while 19-year-old Charlie Sprague has also been lively thus far. The Falcons will unfortunately be without Jay Dahlhaus for what looks like being most of the season though, with the speedster partially tearing his ACL last week. On Dandenong’s end, Hayden Young is coming into form, with over-ager Mitch Riordan following suit in the midfield, while talls Bigoa Nyuon and Bailey Schmidt are also making a mark. With plenty of experience remaining from last year’s premiership side, the Stingrays will prove a tough test for Geelong as they look to bounce back by collecting a set of four points.

Northern Territory Thunder Academy v Tasmania Devils
Sunday April 7, 1:00
Holden Centre

Someone’s winless start will end when Northern Territory Thunder and Tasmania Devils take their talent to neutral ground in Melbourne, with both sides hoping to bounce back from defeats in their respective NAB League debuts. The Thunder is set to take an unchanged line-up to the Holden Centre, while Tasmania will have at least two fresh faces in the team this week with an extended squad named. The Devils fell respectably short of the Sydney Swans Academy last time out, with leading prospect Mitch O’Neill the standout alongside Matt McGuiness. They will be important once again alongside the running power of Sam Collins, while the versatile forward duo of Will Harper and Jye Menzie will hope to again combine effectively to help the Taswegians get on the board. Ben Jungfer was the NT’s clear best ball winner last week, and will play a key role against the Devils’ best, while twin tall pair Stephen and Matthew Cumming should again prove a handful wherever they are required. With plenty of speed set to come to the fore, expect some fireworks between two sides battling for their first win.

Murray Bushrangers v Greater Western Victoria Rebels
Sunday April 7, 3:00
Queen Elizabeth Oval

Murray Bushrangers and Greater Western Victoria Rebels are set to see out the round of action and Sunday’s QEO fixtures as they clash for regional bragging rights. While Murray have been unlucky not to snatch the win thus far – going down by a collective seven points in the first two rounds – GWV managed to get up by the narrowest of margins last week as they snatched a win from under the Falcons’ beaks. The Rebels have a number of triers who contribute well, with Jay Rantall and James Cleaver among the best so far, but they are set to lose key contributors Cooper Craig-Peters and Matty Lloyd for this week’s clash. On the other hand, Murray has named a handy inclusion, with over-ager Zane Barzen slotting straight into the forward line. With Will Chandler set to join him up there and Jye Chalcraft able to rest inside 50 from midfield duties, the Bushrangers’ look a dangerous prospect. Lachlan Ash and former-Knight Cam Wild have also gone about their business well as ball-winners, so should collectively provide some headaches for the Rebels midfield. With wins imperative as sides are at relative full strength, Murray will be keen to pick up four points here.

Tasmania doubles up with Under 16s triumph

THE gripping Under 16 Division Two National Championships came to an end last Saturday in Yeronga, with Tasmania coming out on top by percentage alone. The Mariners, NSW/ACT and Queensland each picked up two wins, while Northern Territory were the only side to remain winless. 

NSW/ACT’s Errol Gulden was named the Alan McLean Medallist as Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the tournament, claiming the same honour for his state side. Meanwhile, Saxon Crozier was adjudged Queensland’s MVP, with Deacon Braun and Sam Collins named best for Northern Territory and Tasmania respectively. 

There were many players outside of the MVPs to put their hands up and have their names noted for the future. NSW/ACT’s Braeden Campbell joined Gulden in the Under-16 All Australian squad as NSW/ACT’s sole contributors after impressing off half-back, while the likes of Marc Sheather and Pierce Roseby were also standouts. For the home side, Queensland, Tahj Abberley proved a smooth mover with damaging traits, with Riley Johnson providing a more than capable option up forward.

Champions Tasmania had a wealth of contributors; key forward Jackson Callow booted 10 goals and averaged almost nine marks per game, Oliver Davis won the ball prolifically through midfield to average 20 disposals and be named alongside Collins and Callow in the All Australian side. Jye Menzie was another Mariner to hit the scoreboard with his six goals from the wing/half-forward.

Despite going winless, Northern Territory also uncovered some eye-catching talent in the form of Jeffrey Simon, who contributed well through midfield, and Malcolm Rosas, who was their only All Australian representative. Richmond fans are already hyped about the potential of Maurice Rioli, who pitched in with a couple of goals and looks to have all the traits his pedigree would suggest.    

Results:

Round 1:
Tasmania 11.9 (75) defeated Queensland 7.11 (53)

GOALS
Tasmania: Callow 3, Bearman 3, Menzie 2, Barwick, Davis.
Queensland: Briskey 2, Davies 2, Gates, Johnson, McGory.

BEST
Tasmania: Collins, Upton, Harper, Menzie, Bearman, Callow
Queensland: Clohesy, Abberley, Davies, Johnson, Crozier, Bulley

NSW/ACT 16.9 (105) defeated NT 6.7 (43)

GOALS
NSW/ACT: Gulden 5, Cullen 2, Steele 2, Eynaud 2, Monaghan, Wilson, Roseby, Dunstan, Dignam.
Northern Territory: Tipiloura 2, Ford, Jeffrey, Barlow, Rioli.

BEST
NSW/ACT: Wilson, Gulden, Pfrengle, Roseby, Steele, Cullen.
Northern Territory: Moniz-Wakefield, Lake, Lynch, Baird, Brock, Rioli 

Round 2:
Queensland 13.5.83 defeated NSW/ACT 10.8.68

GOALS
Queensland: Johnson 3, Crozier 2, Abberley, Cashen-Harris, Coleman, Fidler, Langan, O’Brien, Pickering, Sheriff.
NSW/ACT: Rossman 2, Sheather 2, Okerenyang, Dunstan, Parnell, Cullen, Monaghan, Steele.

BEST
Queensland: Crozier, Abberley, R.Johnson, Coleman, O’Brien, J.Johnson
NSW/ACT: Roseby, Gulden, Campbell, Sheather, Steele, Pfrengle

Tasmania 19.10.124 defeated Northern Territory 7.7.49

GOALS
Tasmania: Callow 4, Harper 4, Menzie 3, Borsboom 2, Barwick 2, Sanders, Norton, Walker, Bearman.
Northern Territory: Lake 2, M.Rioli, A. Moniz-Wakefield, B. Rioli. Rosas, Long.

BEST
Tasmania: Davis, Harper, Steele, Banks, Collins, Sanders, Menzie
Northern Territory: Braun, Forbes, A.Moniz-Wakefield, Lui, Rosas, Patrick

Round 3:
Tasmania 10.8 (68) defeated by NSW/ACT 12.7 (79)

GOALS
Tasmania: Callow 3, Harper 2, Bearman, Butterworth, Menzie, Norton, Sanders.
NSW/ACT: Rossman 3, Campbell 2, Gabila 2, Byrne, Wilson, Gulden, Roseby, Parnell.

BEST
Tasmania: Davis, Steele, Butterworth, Banks, Collins, Callow
NSW/ACT: Campbell, Dunstan, Roseby, Gulden, Eynaud, Byrne

Northern Territory 8.11 (59) defeated by Queensland 10.7 (67)

GOALS
Queensland: Coleman 2, Johnson 2, Langan 2, Abberley, Logi, O’Brien, Rowles.
Northern Territory: Ford 4, Brock, Jeffrey, Long, G. Moniz-Wakefield.

BEST
Queensland: Davies, Nicholls, Johnson, Coleman, O’Brien, Fidler
Northern Territory: Braun, Lui, Simon, Jeffrey, M. Rioli, Rosas

Scouting Notes: U16 National Championships – Division Two

WE headed down to Metricon Stadium on Tuesday to watch Tasmania take on Northern Territory and Queensland face off against NSW/ACT in the Under 16 National Championships. Michael Alvaro was on hand to take notes at the games.

Tasmania vs. Northern Territory

Tasmania:

#12 Will Harper

Harper was arguably the best afield with a dominant performance in the forward half. Starting from a deeper position, the solidly built Launceston product slotted home a set shot in the first term to get his game going. His contested marking came to the fore in the second term as he pushed further up the field, bullying his smaller NT opponents and adding another goal to his tally. Blessed with a booming left foot kick, Harper continued the trend and claimed majors in each quarter with a snap in the third and a long-range set shot in the fourth to cap off an outstanding day.

#14 Samuel Collins

A rock down back, Collins started the game well with hard attacks on the ball and clean use coming out of defence. The North Hobart boy showed an impressive work rate to make and effect a heap of contests, intercepting most that came his way and calmly rebounding. While Harper was quieter in the second half, he rarely put a foot wrong all day.

#15 Oliver Davis

A constant in the midfield, Davis dug in well to allow the Mariners first use while also showing some outside class. He tended to stay a kick behind the ball in the early stages, and used his wits to hit up Lachlan Borsboom and Harper inside 50. Davis’ harder edge came out in the third term as he took an impressive overhead mark, which he followed up by again finding Borsboom inside 50 for his second goal. He continued that form with some handy clearance work and deft hands in-close in a solid outing.

#16 Patrick Walker

Walker pushed up hard from a half-back/wing position to provide a real threat going forward. Like Collins, he was both clever and calm with ball in hand and accumulated well throughout the game. One of Walker’s highlights was a darting pass to Jye Menzie in the last quarter, which resulted in a goal to Jacques Berwick, showing impressive vision. Walker’s defensive work was good too, with some hard tackling and aerial work seeing him play a complete game.

#22 Samuel Banks

Playing deep in defence, Banks quelled a number of dangerous NT attacks and was solid with his intercept marking. His point of difference was the run he created out of the back half, taking the game on at each opportunity. Most of Banks’ best work was done in the second half as the game opened up and he could easily snap up the quick kicks sent his way.

#26 Jye Menzie

Menzie was a lively attacking presence in the first half, booting three goals as he found space pushing forward from the wing. His first was a straight-forward set shot from 20 meters, and his two in the second quarter came amongst some impressive tackling and pressure. Menzie was quieter in the second half, but popped up with an assist for one of Berwick’s two final quarter goals.

#33 Jackson Callow

Callow had an extraordinary purple patch in the second half, marking almost everything that came forward of centre, and kicking three of his four goals. The hulking full forward has strong hands and is a beautiful kick for goal, giving him a good base to work on as he develops. Those skills were on show as he sunk a multiple set shots and demanded the ball on the lead, providing a real and dangerous presence from the goal-square to centre-wing.

 

Northern Territory:

#5 Malcolm Rosas

Rosas was a constant feature in the NT midfield and added some real zip out of the congestion. Standing at 175cm, his hands overhead were surprisingly strong and he managed to win a couple of impressive one-on-one marks. His left foot was effective when given the chance to use it, and he provided some nice inside-50 entries.  

#15 Jeffrey Simon

Another to spend most of his time through the midfield, Simon competed well in a range of areas. He managed to burst away from the stoppages early with good pace, and spent the rest of the game accumulating possessions around the ground. He also showed off a decent leap and willing attack on the ball.

#16 Jamal Lynch

Lynch started the game in brilliant form off half-back, providing good run and carry while showing a more physical side with a solid one-on-one bump to win the ball. With the ball very much locked in the Tasmanian forward 50 in the first half, Lynch had a decent amount of it and tried to be creative going forward. One of his party tricks was attempting to run on to a handball around his opponent, and his diving trap shortly after made it clear that he is very much a natural footballer.

#17 Maurice Rioli

The latest of the Rioli clan, Maurice has all of the traits you’d expect given his pedigree. While he didn’t find a heap of the ball in the forward half, he looked dangerous in possession and started the game off perfectly with a snap after slipping his opponent. While he is still very raw, Rioli has plenty of talent to work with and isn’t afraid to pull off a party trick at full pace. At 171cm, he is not quite yet ready for a spot in the midfield by was given a run at a centre bounce in the third quarter.

 

Queensland vs. NSW/ACT

Queensland:

#8 Tahj Abberley

Abberley was a clever user throughout the game, nipping around with good pace and agility form the midfield, forward. He started well with a goal from a free kick after sharking the ball cleanly but being taken high. His left foot was damaging too with some handy forward 50 entries helping the Maroons to push the pace.

#11 Liam O’Brien

The bite-sized winger had an immediate impact with the first goal of the match, coming from a long range set shot. Gathering a good amount of the ball throughout the game, O’Brien’s best moments came in the third quarter when he pulled down a couple of strong marks.

#17 Blake Coleman 

Coleman was superb forward all day, marking well leading up to the arc and kicking well inside 50. He supplied two assists in the second term to Crozier and Johnson in that manner and looked dangeous when the ball passed centre-wing. While he didn’t manage to hit the scoreboard himself, he was a reliable avenue forward and caused a good amount of damage.

#22 Saxon Crozier

Crozier was another who pushed hard forward from the wing and found space around the arc, allowing him to impact the scoreboard. His two second-quarter goals were Queensland’s only majors for the term, with one impressively coming on the run. Crozier proved to be a solid ball winner with his high work rate allowing him to get to a number of contests. His strength contested situation was also notable as he showed good hands overhead and won a key shoulder-to-shoulder duel down the wing against Braeden Campbell.

#28 Riley Johnson 

Like Crozier, Johnson started up the ground but timed his forward runs to a tee early on to get on the end of easy passes in a paddock of space inside 50. His two first quarter goals came that way, with the tall Southport prospect slotting both set shot opportunities that came his way. His other goal came in the third quarter with a smart snap finish to make him Queensland’s most influencial player scoreboard-wise.

#29 Alex Davies 

Davies was impressive at the stoppages with a number of clearance opportunities falling his way. Attending a good number of contests, Davies was able to either flick out handballs with composure or scramble a clearing kick forward to set Queensland on the front foot. He racked up plenty of the ball and looked at home in the middle, with the bench even asking him to stay on at a crucial time instead of coming off for his rotation.

 

NSW/ACT:

#2 Errol Gulden 

Gulden is one of a number of hard at it Rams smalls who can contribute in multiple areas of the ground. Zipping in and out of traffic, the Marouba Saints man likes to take it on and has the ability to burst past opponents. He showed a good amount of grunt, but mixed it with class as he speared in a nice ball inside 50 in the second term. He may have enjoyed that effort a little too much however, as he turned it over trying the same thing shortly after.

#4 Pierce Roseby 

Roseby was one who racked up plenty of the ball in a consistent effort, doing all of the hard stuff in the midfield. His work rate was solid, and he tackled hard to set the tone for many of the other Rams mids.

#5 Cooper Wilson 

Working in a similar way to Gulden, Wilson spent a lot of his time on half-back and the wing bursting his way forward aggressively. At 172cm, his tackle on Queensland giant Mitchell Langan to catch him holding the ball was impressive, and he is deceptively strong. His hands overhead were just as good, and he wasn’t to be fazed by bigger bodies in one-on-one contests. Wilson was amongst the best based on pure tenacity and work rate, I like his game.

#7 Braeden Campbell 

Campbell caught the eye with a willing second half performance that nearly dragged the Rams back to level pegging. The industrious midfielder was aggressive and did all of the one-percenters early on while showing good composure with ball in hand. Campbell went on to put in a shift at the stoppages with some fighting clearances and drive out of the contest, accumilating well. His courageous contested mark going back with the flight in the third term epitomised his effort.

#12 Marc Sheather 

The versatile Sheather was on track for a best on ground performance after a blistering first half where he was in everything. His hard edge and combativeness was matched with poise and class on the ball as he gave repeat efforts and skipped through opponents with ease. While his work rate and ball winning ability from the wing was effective, Sheather was thrown deep forward for most of the second quarter, onwards in hopes of utilising his marking prowess. He turned his opponent to snap a handy goal in the second term and was a presence in the 50 for the remainder of the game.

Mariners, Rams kick-off U16 Championships with victories

TASMANIA and NSW/ACT have started the National Under 16s Division Two Championships off on the right foot, with two wins on the opening weekend. In the three-week series, each of the four sides will play the other three teams, with the first round held at Blacktown.

Tasmania knocked off Queensland by 22 points with North Launceston’s Jackson Callow and Glenorchy’s Jye Bearmanbooting three goals each to be the difference on the scoreboard. North Hobart’s Jye Menzie booted two majors and was named among the best with the other two key goal scorers. But Menzie’s North Hobart teammate Sam Collins was named best on ground in the 11.9 to 7.11 victory, while Launceston pair Toby Upsom and Will Harper – the only two Blues in the team, were also named among the best. For Queensland, Darling Downs’ Jack Briskey and Cairns’ Alex Davies booted two goals each, while the Tweed/Coolangatta’s Sam Clohesy was named Queensland’s best player in the loss. Moreton Bay’s Tahj Abberley, Davies and Wests’ Saxon Crozier were also named among the best for the losers.

In the other game, NSW/ACT were too good for Northern Territory, running away with a 62-point win. Maroubra’s small forward Errol Gulden was the star of the show, booting five goals and was named among the best. Lightly built Manly product Cooper Wilson was the Rams’ best on the day however, booting a goal and always looking busy. Kye PfrenglePierce Roseby and Coopa Steele (two goals) were also named among the best in the victory, while 198cm, 94kg, Jack Cullen was strong up forward booting two goals and also named among the best. For the losers, 14 year-old Andy Moniz-Wakefield was the star, while Brodie LakeJamal Lynch and Clarence Baird were also impressive.

Tasmania 11.9 (75) defeated Queensland 7.11 (53)

GOALS
Tasmania: Callow 3, Bearman 3, Menzie 2, Barwick, Davis|
Queensland: Briskey 2, Davies 2, Gates, Johnson, McGory

BEST
Tasmania: Collins, Upsom, Harper, Menzie, Bearman, Callow
Queensland: Clohesy, Abberley, Davies, Johnson, Crozier, Bulley

NSW/ACT 16.9 (105) defeated NT 6.7 (43)

GOALS
NSW/ACT: Gulden 5, Cullen 2, Steele 2, Eynaud 2, Monaghan, Wilson, Roseby, Dunstan, Dignam
Northern Territory: Tipiloura 2, Ford, Jeffrey, Barlow, Rioli

BEST
NSW/ACT: Wilson, Gulden, Pfrengle, Roseby, Steele, Cullen.
Northern Territory: Moniz-Wakefield, Lake, Lynch, Baird, Brock, Rioli

In the Under 17 Futures match, Josh Rayner was the dominant player up forward for NSW/ACT in the Rams’ win over Tasmania. NSW/ACT won by 49-points with Rayner booting five goals in the victory, while Jackson Barling booted three majors, and over-ager George Kendall finished with the two. For Tasmania, Oliver Burrows-Cheng was named the Mariners best, one of seven individual goal scorers on the day. Others named in the best were Jack McCullochBailey Gordon and Tyler McGinniss in the loss.

U17 Futures:

NSW/ACT 14.11 (95) defeated Tasmania 7.4 (46) 

GOALS
NSW/ACT: Rayner 5, Barling 3, Kendall 2, Pope, Conlan, Edwards, Thorne
Tasmania: Burrows-Cheng, McCulloch, Reeves, Viney, Bailey, Peppin, Stuart

BEST
NSW/ACT: Parks, Rayner, Barling, Edwards, Thorne, Whyte
Tasmania: Burrows-Cheng, McCulloch, Gordon, McGinniss, Peppin, Shaw