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2020 NAB League Boys team preview: GWV Rebels

THE Greater Western Victoria (GWV) Rebels are set to bring a bottom-age heavy list into the 2020 NAB League season, with some fast-developing top-agers and 19-year-olds also in the fold. Talent Manager Phil Partington said his club is “buoyant” about their prospects in the new year despite the current air of uncertainty, with a strong pre-season for all age groups putting the Ballarat-based program in good stead.

“We’ve been really pleased with the way our boys have gone throughout the pre-season,” Partington said. “Certainly our coaches have been really focussing on the fundamentals of the game, the skill development of the game which we’ve seen a marked improvement on in our skillset with the boys. “We’ve performed well over the pre-season trial games and into the practice games so we’re buoyant about how we’ll go this year. “We’ve got a very bottom-age group; we’ve got 50 boys in the squad so basically 18 top-agers this year, four 19-year-olds, and I think it’s 28 bottom-agers, so our bottom-aged boys are really talented across the whole region and we’re looking forward to seeing how they develop throughout the year.”

The Rebels had an impressive nine products turn out at the Under-16 National Championships last year, with a bunch of them injected into the NAB League squad post-carnival to good effect. Among them was Josh Rentsch, a developing tall who, along with Queenslander, Jye Lockett is set to have an impact on the GWV team this season.

“We had eight (16-year-old) players play Vic Country last year and one for Queensland and those boys are ready to go,” Partington said. “Those boys presented themselves really well last year as 16-year-olds in the games they did play so we’re looking forward to seeing how they go. “Young Josh Rentsch is now at boarding school in Ballarat so we’re really pleased to have Josh semi-full-time in our program. “For a young developing tall to be in our backyard and to have a bit more development that we can do with him is good for his development overall.”

“Jye is Tony Lockett‘s nephew and the family have got a really good connection with the North Ballarat Football Club through Tony’s dad and also Jye’s father, Neil. “They’ve sent him down to boarding school to further his studies and have footy opportunities as well so Jye’s been in the program now for the last two years as a 16-year-old with us and now a 17-year-old. “He’s developing quite well over time with us.”

Lockett is a member of the Gold Coast Suns Academy and will represent Queensland or the Allies if selected. He is one of a few familiar names scattered across the Rebels’ list, but Partington insists each prospect merits their own selection.

“We certainly don’t pick players on names, every player in our squad is deserving of their opportunity through their potential and also their development they’ve had through the pre-season, he said. “We want these boys, and the boys want to make their own name in footy going through. “We’ve got Myles McCluggage and young Sam Butler as well – Sam’s the brother of Daniel Butler. “These boys are performing well, we just need them to continue to develop and we don’t want to put too much external pressure on these boys because they are their own player and they’ve got their own traits in how they play.”

Arguably leading the pack of the Rebels’ draft eligible players is their sole 18-year-old Vic Country Hub member, Nick Stevens, who will look to back up a promising 17th year. Partington said the development of returning top-agers and 19-year-olds has been the most pleasing aspect of the program.

“Our talented players are becoming more developed, and our 19-year-olds are developing further through the Geelong VFL program and our alignment with them,” he said. “Nick’s in the AFL Academy, the Vic Country academy. Harry Sharp‘s an elite runner, Harry’s done a lot of things right as a 17-year-old and certainly developed further as an 18-year-old, combining his athletics and football this year. “So we’ve got some nice developing types for our top-age. “The beauty of our program is because we’ve got some boys from all over Western Victoria, (there are) boys who are travelling 3-4 hours to get to training on Thursday night so we see the development for boys that have missed out last year as 17-year-olds that have gone back and played senior football. “I think we’ve had five players that missed our squad as 17-year-olds last year that’ve come into our squad as 18-year-olds this year… so we’re really buoyant that that’s happened.”

Isaac (Wareham), unfortunately we probably wouldn’t be talking about him now if he played the last six games of the year without injury, he missed the last half of the year after the national championships. “He’s born on 24/12 so he’s a very young boy still and only a week from being a NAB League player officially as an 18-year-old this year. “All our 19-year-olds have got special AFL traits about them, but looking to have a bit more consistency in their games. “A lot of those boys have been disadvantaged as well with where they live – one night a week we only see them, compared to some boys in other areas who are two or three nights a week. “Our boys are underdeveloped (in that sense) and being in a Geelong VFL program full-time, we’ve already seen marked improvement in these boys when they’ve come back and played our trial games and we’ll see when the season starts up again they’ll be further developed once they get into it.”

A prime example of what each of the Rebels’ draft hopefuls should be aspiring towards comes from a 2019 graduate who bolted from a long way back in Jay Rantall. As GWV’s sole draftee last year, Partington said one key off-field trait helped him to harness his full potential at the junior level.

“Character and work ethic, that’s the number one driver for boys to make the AFL and Jay had bucketloads of that,” he said. “He’s very determined and he hadn’t been in some of the pathway programs at all because he had his basketball commitments, so he knew he had to improve on parts of his game and his skill assets and he certainly did that in his own time and during training to get himself better.

The Rebels were set to kick off their 2020 NAB League season against Dandenong Stingrays on home turf, but that clash has been pushed back amid competition postponement.

V/Line Cup Boys: Team by Team summary

AFTER taking a look at the V/Line Cup Girls’ competition yesterday, we have reviewed each side in the V/Line Cup Boys, and noted the top goal scorers as well as those who were among the best in the coaches eyes.

Bendigo Pioneers

Division 1

lost to North East Border by 36 points
defeated Geelong Falcons by 34 points

Hugh Hamilton was the star for Bendigo Pioneers Division 1 side in their V/Line Cup loss to North East Border and win over Geelong Falcons. Hamilton booted four goals and was named best on ground for the Pioneers in both matches. Blake Evans was dominant up forward in the important win over the Falcons, booting four goals and finishing the carnival with five majors to lead the team goal kicking. Jordan Hynes was the other multiple goal kicker with two majors, while Lachlan Wright, Lincoln White and Noah Long were also among Bendigo’s most impressive Under 15’s across the V/Line Cup.

Division 2

defeated North East Border by 28 points
defeated Geelong Falcons by nine points

Corbin Anderson was the name to remember from the Bendigo Pioneers Division 2 side, named in the top two for his side in both games, booting two goals for the carnival with both majors coming against North East Border. Jessie Gosman also booted two goals in that 28-point win, while Harvey Gallagher and Angus Mayes both booted two majors in the narrow victory over Geelong Falcons. Gallagher led the team goal kicking for the carnival with three majors, while Kaidan Fuge and Todd Moule were others who impressed in Gippsland.

 

Geelong Falcons

Division 1

lost to Western Bulldogs NGA by 34 points
lost to Bendigo Pioneers by 34 points

Geelong Falcons could not manage a win in the V/Line Cup Division 1 competition, going down in both games by 34 points. Tom Dickinson booted four goals to lead his team up front, while Tom Gillett and William Milsome booted two goals each. Indiana Parish – brother of Essendon’s Darcy and the fourth Falcon to come through the program from the family – was named best on ground against Western Bulldogs, and was impressive again in the loss to Bendigo. Oscar Morrison was the top Falcon across both games, while Luke Bartolo was the best in the defeat to the Pioneers.

Division 2

lost to Western Bulldogs NGA by 68 points
defeated Bendigo Pioneers by nine points

Geelong Falcons Division 2 side had a tough loss to Western Bulldogs, before recording a terrific win over Bendigo Pioneers in the second game. Patrick McBain led the goalkicking with three majors ahead of Noah Bartolo and Tadhg Evans who both nailed two goals. Zeph Lamperd was the standout player in an even tournament for the Falcons; he was the only player to be named in Geelong’s best on both occasions. Alexander Dunn, Brock McDonald and Hugo Williams were other Falcons who impressed in their respective games, while Evans was the sole multiple goalkicker up forward against the Bulldogs.

 

Gippsland Power

Division 1

lost to Southern Stingrays by 26 points
lost to North East Border by 14 points

Gippsland Power’s top side finished the carnival with two losses, but both were close defeats. The Power had seven individual goal kickers in their losses, with Jacob Carnes named best-on for his side in the Power’s defeat to the Stingrays while hitting the scoreboard. Ned Hanily, Lewis Smith and Jobe Somerville all scored goals, while Cooper Whitehill and Cooper Heasley were also impressive on the opening day at Morwell. Against North East Border, Gippsland scored the only two goals of the first term, but conceded five in the second term, while booting 1.10 themselves after quarter time. Tajh Eden, Brodie Mabilia and Cooper Alger all hit the scoreboard, with Eden being the most impressive Power player on the day. Ben Green and Jahmain Harrison were also named in the Power’s best players.

Division 2

lost to Southern Stingrays by 32 points
lost to North East Border by one point

In Division 2, Blake Henderson was the sole multiple goal kicker across the two matches, booting a goal in each match. In the 32-point loss to Southern Stingrays, Caleb Van Oostveen and Ben Fleming were named in the best, with Van Oostveen kicking a goal in the one-point loss against North East Border. Flynn Kennedy and Bayley Coucher were both named in the Power’s best in that narrow defeat. Across both games, the clear standout was William Bromage who stood tall for the Power, and will be one to keep an eye on.

 

Goulburn Murray

Division 1

defeated Southern Stingrays by 41 points
lost to Western Bulldogs NGA by four points

Goulburn Murray’s Division 1 side enjoyed a big win over Southern Stingrays in its first game, before just falling short against the Western Bulldogs NGA team in the second match. Tom Brown‘s four majors in the tight loss was crucial to keeping the side in the game, and he was named best on ground for his efforts. Brown finished the carnival with five majors, ahead of Jayden Dhosi (four) and Matthew Pellegrino (three). Josh Rachele also hit the scoreboard multiple times, booting two in the victory over the Stingrays, earning the title of best on ground on that day. Max Clohesy was named in the best for both matches, while Achaung Agog and Diesel Batey also impressed in the tournament.

(2) lost to Southern Stingrays by 72 points
(2) lost to Western Bulldogs NGA by 81 points

Goulburn Murray’s Division 2 side had a tough V/Line Cup, scoring just the six goals, but Campbell Steigenberger was a standout with three majors against the Western Bulldogs NGA in a 12-goal loss. Jayden Hollands, Kian Roche and Liam Serra all booted goals in the carnival, while Connor Fleming was the clear best, earning best on ground for his side in both games. Will Sheehan and Drew Docking were another couple of players who earned praise from their two matches.

 

North East Border

Division 1

defeated Bendigo Pioneers by 36 points
defeated Gippsland Power by 14 points

Ned Pendergast has burst onto the scene with the Yarrawonga product booting 10 goals in his two games – five in each win over the Bendigo Pioneers and Gippsland Power respectively. The team only booted 15 goals for the carnival, with Joshua Mathey booting two goals. Hunter Gottschling was best on ground against Gippsland Power, and amongst the best in the victory over Bendigo Pioneers. Jett Smith impressed the most against the Pioneers, while Zac Banch was the standout player across both games, named second best on both occasions. Bode Stevens was another who impressed, named among the best twice.

Division 2

lost to Bendigo Pioneers by 28 points
defeated Gippsland Power by one point

North East Border’s Division 2 side split their results, going down to Bendigo Pioneers before toppling Gippsland Power by a point. Alex Dowsley, Charlie St John and Jake Nicholson all booted two goals for North East Border, while Luke Menhenett and Sam McKenzie were deemed best on ground in their respective games. Flynn Butterworth was one of the top players across the carnival, named in the best in both games, while Charlie Young and Isaac McGrath also stood tall.

 

Southern Stingrays

Division 1

defeated Gippsland Power by 26 points
lost to Goulburn Murray by 41 points

Southern Stingrays’ Division 1 side had a mixed bag in the V/Line Cup, defeating Gippsland Power on day one at Morwell, before being held goalless in a 41-point loss to Goulburn Murray. Fergus Anderson and Lachlan Robinson both booted two goals in the victory, while James Cahill and James Egan were named the Stingrays’ best, while also booting a goal. In the loss, Daniel Didomenicantonio was the Stingrays’ standout, along with Mitchell Harvey and Zed Quick.

Division 2

defeated Gippsland Power by 32 points
defeated Goulburn Murray by 72 points

Tall forward, Callum McNair was the standout for the Stingrays in front of goal, booting five goals in his two games. He booted three majors against the Power, before adding two more in the 12-goal win over Goulburn Murray. Thomas Lewis was also prominent inside 50 with four goals, while Jamie White, Kane Timms and Xavier Donazzan all booted two goals. Mac Andrew and Callum Pola were named in the Stingrays’ best in the win over Gippsland, while Lachlan Auhl was named best on ground in the big victory.

 

Western Bulldogs NGA

Division 1

defeated Geelong Falcons by 34 points
defeated Goulburn Murray by four points

Western Bulldogs Next Generation Academy – GWV Rebels zone – was the only side to win all four games across the V/Line Cup. They accounted for Geelong Falcons by 34 points and got across the line against Goulburn Murray in the second game. Charlie Molan led all-comers with five goals, ahead of Archie Stevens (four) with the pair booting seven between them in the side’s narrow victory over Goulburn Murray. Molan was the best on ground that day with four majors, while in the other game, Ben Hobbs was named the top player for the Bulldogs. Sam Breuer, Hamish Sinnott, Sam Butler and Jamieson Ballantyne were also named among the Bulldogs’ top players and will be names to keep in mind for next year.

Division 2

defeated Geelong Falcons by 68 points
defeated Goulburn Murray by 81 points

Western Bulldogs’ NGA Division 2 side never looked like losing a game with a combined 149-point winning margin over its two opponents. Josh Rentsch was the standout player, named best on ground and second best-on in the two big wins, booting four goals, including three against Goulburn Murray. Duncan Rentsch, Geordy Slater and Kai Lohmann booted four goals each, with the latter best on ground in the Bulldogs’ second game. Tex Mitchell was named in the best across both games, as was Austin Reinehr.

Scouting notes: U17s – Vic Country vs Queensland

IN the first game at Ikon Park yesterday, Vic Country defeated Queensland in an exciting contest. We review all the players from both teams.

Vic Country:

By: Peter Williams and Craig Byrnes

#1 Kobe Brown

Had an early shot on goal on the run, but had an unlucky bounce and it went to the wrong side and out of bounds. A highlight-worthy moment came later in the game when he cleanly picked up the ball off the deck and side-stepped an opponent on the forward 50 arc. Fantastic agility.

#2 Jye Chalcraft

One of the more impressive Country players, Chalcraft showed fantastic strength and composure inside the forward 50 arc. We already knew he had top-class agility, but he went out with a real desire to hunt the football and the ball carrier in a contested brand of football. Spent a little bit of time through midfield, but majority inside 50, booting a goal in the final term to ice the game for Country. Laid some fantastic tackles and almost had a goal early in the game but just missed on the run.

#4 Jarryd Barker

Had one of the best clearances out of the middle early on, managing to burst away and hit-up a teammate lace-out in the first term by lowering the eyes. From then on it was a workman-like performance, laying some big tackles and he did well by hand or foot, lowering the eyes going inside 50. He had a shot on goal in the final term, but missed to the right. He still accumulated the footy, but a lot of it was in the contest, and often feeding it out to teammates, playing an important role at the stoppages.

#5 Flynn Perez

An exciting talent who oozes X-factor. His consistency throughout games still needs to improve, but when he has the ball he can do some magical things with it. He lowers his eyes going inside 50 and hit-up Fraser Phillips coming through the midfield when he was coming off half-back. Clean hands at ground level and his closing speed is top-notch. He was used in transition going forward, and was rewarded for hard running by playing deeper, marking 35m out and converting the set shot.

#6 Riley Baldi

An absolutely huge first half, having the ball on a string and seemingly covering the ground with ease. He was strong at the packs, winning clearances, cracking in hard at the contested ball and just extracting the ball to teammates in space. He was moved around in the second half, from half-back to half-forward and did not have as much impact as the first half through the guts, but he was still very solid and got to the right positions when required.

#7 Mitch Martin

Some players seem to step up at the higher level, and Mitch Martin was one of those players today. At the Rebels, Martin is always solid, but with the extra time and space, and plenty of midfield minutes, he thrived on the open spaces of Ikon Park. His kicking was sublime and equally matched by his vision. He is not a huge accumulator, but every time he won it, he seemed to use it well, setting up Flynn Perez for a goal in the third term. He almost kicked one himself after a good mark but missed to the right.

#8 Lachlan Williams

Cracked in hard and while he was another who did not win a lot of it, he had a couple of ‘wow’ moments in the third term. He used great vision to kick inside to Fraser Phillips, then teamed up with Phillips again with a pin-point pass to his teammates’ advantage amongst a pack of Queensland opponents who had zoned off in defence.

#9 Fraser Phillips

Building a rich vein of form of late and that continued on the weekend, with some really good play inside 50. He is a good runner and moved up to half-forward well, kicking inside 50 with good precision. He lowers the eyes when entering the 50 and gave his teammates chances to score. Booted a goal early in the peace by running back with the flight and nailing the short-range set shot, and just missed a couple of chances later on in the game.

#10 Leo Connolly

Provided good pressure on his opponents to force turnovers, and in one instant, took a mark off the next possession from the turnover. Laid a massive tackle early to bring his opponent to ground and keep the ball in the middle.

#12 Isaac Wareham

Not his best game, but was playing a defensive role in the back half. Just kept a close eye on his opponent at all times.

#13 Izaac Grant

Ultra-impressed with what Grant showed at IKON Park. Coming into the game I hoped to see if he could play a role other than the pigeonholed small forward which he has been thus far, and he showed some serious intent, not just in the midfield, but in contested situations as well. He was a lovely kick in space and not only used quick hands, but blocked an opponent while handballing to a teammate to give his teammate an extra couple of seconds. One of the better field kicks out there, and still showed his vertical leap. Did not kick a goal which is his forte, but his game was better than matches where he has kicked multiple goals – another string to his bow.

#14 Tye Hourigan

He plied his trade in defence as he usually does for Gippsland with commitment. While he only stands at 188cm, Hourigan is very capable in a key position role and is difficult to move off the ball. He generally reads the ball before his opponent, as shown during the third term when he took a strong intercept mark. More of a stopper at this stage, but I feel there is another offensive gear in him.

#15 Jake Van der Plight

Was in and out of the game a bit, but generally produced quality moments when he got his hands on the ball. Starting mostly on the wing, he ran up and down the ground, winning an excellent ground ball in the defensive 50 during the third term which was sharply released by hand. He is a lovely size at 188cm and is capable of playing multiple positions. He is another Gippsland bottom ager to keep an eye on next year.

#16 Jesse Clark

Clark looks an interesting type behind the ball. He was particularly calm when he gained possession in the defensive arc, displaying good skills and well thought out decisions. During the second term he was given the ball under pressure deep inside defensive 50, but found a teammate in the corridor by foot with minimal fuss to release the immediate pressure. I’m looking forward to having a closer look over the next 15 months or so.

#17 Riley Ironside

After a relatively quiet first half, Ironside came to life in the third term with a lovely left foot pass inside 50 to Martin. That classy piece of play saw him become more involved and while he shanked a set shot not long after, he started having an influence at the stoppages and spread to offensive positions. He hit another brilliant left foot pass inside 50 to Williams in the final quarter to show he has some forward of centre weapons at his disposal.

#19 Jimmy Boyer

Boyer was another player who was dangerous running out of the back half, moving the ball forward with speed whenever he got the opportunity. Vic Country looked likely of scoring when he had the ball and his kicking was first rate on most occasions. While his offensive football was what immediately stood out, he also laid a heavy tackle in the third term to earn a holding the ball free kick.

#20 James Schischka

The Bendigo Pioneer was one of Vic Country’s better players on the day, controlling things in defence with his ability to read the play quickly and peel off his man when required. He took two strong intercept marks in the first term that appeared to spark his confidence to get to as many aerial contests as he could. While there were times he had to play deep KPD, when the opportunity presented he would look to swap with an opponent and get in the dangerous space. He laid a vital tackle in the final term to finish off a very solid outing.

#21 Darcey Chirgwin

Chirgwin was one of Vic Country’s more impressive performers and arguably produced the most transferrable AFL attributes. He is a tall inside midfielder who stands 190cm and while he looked lanky at times, he presented moments of class and time under pressure that would have excited the club representatives in the stands. In the first half he spun around an opponent with ease to kick inside 50. Later in the game after being disposed, he gathered the ball cleanly, regained balance and brilliantly hit a target near the arc. He looks a likely type.

#22 Sam De Koning

Battled well by manning some of Queensland’s taller forwards. He killed a few long Queensland entrances and took the kick outs on occasions. He perhaps would have liked to use the ball better at times, but is usually a reliable kick.

#23 Zac Skinner

Having lacked opportunities at Gippsland due to so many other tall options, Skinner would have enjoyed the chance to spend more extended periods on the ground. He started the game well, taking a mark on the lead inside 50 early in the first term. He was then rotated in the ruck, showing a soft touch in the air and was especially clean below his knees for a 199cm kid. He has composure with the ball and often makes good decisions by hand.

#24 Bigoa Nyuon

The 195cm Nyuon provided some eye catching athleticism with his minutes forward and in the ruck, especially the latter where his outstanding vertical leap often won him the hit out. He gave his midfielders some excellent taps to advantage without breaking stride and competed defensively when the ball hit the ground. He didn’t win much of the ball, but that will come with further development.

#25 Josh Smith

The big, bullocking forward had a day out inside 50, kicking four goals and had a huge influence on the result. He made his presence known early in the game, taking a strong mark in the pocket and kicking truly with a brilliantly executed banana set shot. He demanded the ball all day and took a huge contested mark inside 50 during the third quarter. His work wasn’t all done in the air either, as he cleanly picked up a ground ball in the fourth term to set up a scoring chain. His fourth goal gave Vic Country the lead to end a great outing in the best possible way.

#26 Aaron Gundry

The 198cm Bendigo tall struggled to get consistently involved, but showed signs throughout the game forward and at times in the ruck. His best moment came deep inside in the pocket where he cleanly collected the ball and handballed to Smith for a goal assist.

Queensland:

By: Michael Alvaro and Ed Pascoe

#1 Danial Davidson

Davidson was slow to come into the game but began to rack up more possessions as the contest wore on. His tackling was good as a smaller midfielder, and he showed a willingness to attack the ball when the game was up for grabs in the second half.

#3 Hawego Paul Oea

The smooth moving forward posed a threat throughout the game with his pace and ability to find space in good areas. With ball in hand, Oea looked to move it on more often than not and was a valuable link between the wing and forward 50. He provided a smart assist to Will Martyn with a cutting ball from near the boundary in the fourth term, putting his smarts on full show.

#5 Corey Joyce

Joyce covers the ground really well and showed a solid work rate from the wing. While he didn’t rack up as much of the ball as in previous Maroons outings, Joyce was clean in possession and showed good agility in traffic. He has the potential to play above his size too, as he gets himself in handy positions to intercept and impact contests around the ground.

#6 Jack Wingrave

Wingrave was entrusted with the kick-out duties early on and spent most of his time in the defensive half. His long kicking out of the back is an asset, and he used it to good effect when clearing his own arc. A highlight of Wingrave’s game was a tough tussle with Country’s Fraser Phillips late in the piece, where the two battled hard for the ball deep in Country’s 50 with little separating the sides, showing his willingness to compete.

#7 Lachlan Barry

Sporting a yellow headband, Barry did not find huge amounts of the ball in his deep forward role but had a decent last quarter. He laid a hard tackle in the final term and hit up big-man Samson Ryan with a pin-point pass into the forward 50, which was his best moment.

#8 Coby Williams

Williams was another who was quiet until later on, but he made his presence felt with a big tackle on Country star Jye Chalcraft in the fourth quarter, as well as a nice intercept mark in the centre square to cap off his day.

#9 Connor Budarick

The skipper was one of the Maroons’ best throughout the day with an all-round performance from midfield. The Allies and Gold Coast Academy star has good speed around the contest and showed tenacity to win much of his own ball from the stoppages. He may be small in stature, but Budarick is solid and stood up in tackles – despite being caught holding the ball once in the third term. He bounced back from that with a nice take-on and run from half-back not long after.

#10 Jack Moseley

Moseley showed glimpses of promise from half-back, looking a natural footballer. Despite starting off with a crude in the back free kick against him, he went on to prove his worth with displays of agility and a cool head in traffic. His highlight was managing to deliver a perfect kick to Hawego Paul Oea after keeping his hands up and evading a tackler, showing off a bit of class.

#14 Will Martyn

Martyn was arguably his side’s best in an industrious midfield shift. While he was fumbly early on, the Brisbane Academy member continued to crash in and win the ball out of the stoppages through brute force. Martyn’s kicking improved alongside his handling as the game progressed, with some good balls inside 50 providing scoring opportunities. His final term was particularly impressive, as he stood courageously under a loopy ball to take a mark and slot his first goal, backing it up shortly after with a second set shot major to put his side in front, with an early celebration to boot.

#15 Bruce Reville

The wingman was another Maroon to really impress with good athletic traits and a knack for finding the footy in dangerous areas. Reville has good handles and can gather the ball at pace, highlighted by a nice gather at speed from a third term centre bounce. Based on the wing for most of the game, Reville had a brief stint at the centre bounces to start the second half, but quickly moved back outside where he continued to assist his forwards with effective inside 50 entries.

#16 Campbell Aston

Aston was quiet but battled hard in the back half, recording nine disposals. His highlight was a solid grab against the highly touted Riley Baldi in the first term where he showed good attack on the footy.

#17 Josh Gore

Gore continued his good form in the Queensland jumper with another effective display up forward. While he only managed the one major this time around, Gore had plenty of opportunities and was able to find the ball inside 50 well. His goal came from a decent mark backing deep towards the goalsquare in the second term, and he converted the set shot. Gore worked to find the ball further up the ground in the second half and proved calm when delivering the ball forward. He also laid a solid holding the ball tackle in the third quarter to cap an all-round game.

#18 Brandon Deslands

Deslands started the game in defence and was trusted with a kick out, you used his solid kicking up the ground more in the third and fourth quarter. Deslands managed to get some time in the midfield in the last quarter getting involved and laying a nice tackle.

#19 Gracen Sproule

Sproule played as a forward and he showed great movement and skill throughout the day. His best quarter came in the second when he kicked a nice long goal from beyond 50. What stood out from Sproule was his clean takes on the run and clean use by hand and his ability to move through traffic.

#21 Matthew Fraser

Had a quiet day but he looked good at ground level with his front and square work really impressing, he read the ball well and was clean at ground level. Fraser was not afraid to tackle and have an impact when the ball was in his area.

#22 Thomas Jeffrey

Jeffrey was impactful with his strong marking ability and long kicking being used to effect all over the ground. He had a lovely kick inside 50 in the 2nd quarter and got involved in a nice passage of play in the last quarter showing both his good marking and kicking ability.

#23 Sam Butler

A good user of the ball throughout the day, his best moment came with a good long kick to the hot spot in the first quarter hitting up teammate Matthew Conroy. Butler was neat with his handballing and his kicking was sound.

#24 Nickolas Haberer

Haberer played well down back taking some nice intercept marks and providing some good spoils and using his body well in one-on-one contests. Haberer did the defensive acts well with good tackling and spoiling while also using the ball well down back.

#26 Matthew Conroy

Conroy made a statement in the first half kicking a nice set shot goal in the first quarter and kicking a long bomb in the second quarter which hyped up his team. He competed well in the ruck and up forward before a quieter second half.

#27 Ashton Crossley

Queensland’s best player on the day, Crossley was industrious through he midfield using his strong body to crash packs and win the contested ball. Early in the game he had a few long kicks which were not accurate, but he improved as the game went on with one of his kicks in the last quarter coming from a nice mark and then unleashing a long penetrating kick out wide. His strong marking and contested ability was important for Queensland around the ground and he was a solid four-quarter player.

#28 Max Newman

Newman did some nice things down back with some timely spoils with one on the last line in the third quarter. Not a huge game but played his role well. 

#30 Joshua Hammond

Hammond was one of the better defenders for Queensland with some fantastic spoiling efforts especially in the first quarter where he was most prominent. Hammond did not get much of the ball but he did not give his opponents an inch and if he was not spoiling he was tackling hard and blocking for teammates. With a bit more confidence it would be good to see how well he could rebound himself to really make him a more complete modern day defender. 

#32 Thomas Wischnat

Wischnat was a permanent forward often giving good leads but wasn’t always rewarded. He kicked a nice snap goal in the first quarter and he took a nice lead up mark in the 2nd although he missed the set shot. Wischnat could have done more at ground level but also could have hit the scoreboard harder with better supply from teammates.

#33 Sampson Ryan

The 203cm Ryan not only use his height to his advantage in the ruck, but also managed to keep involved all over the ground working into defence to intercept and also resting forward, providing a good option despite spraying many of his opportunities at goal. What stood out with Ryan was his smarts around the ground for a ruckman with some nice visions by hand and even a solid opposite foot kick in the last quarter.