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AFL Draft review: Sydney

THE Swans came into the draft knowing they would have to match a very early bid for Academy product Nick Blakey, and did so with the forward taken at number 10. With somewhat of a gift under its belt, Sydney opted for some inside grunt and a couple of outside runners given the likes of Gary Rohan and Dan Hannebery departed during trade period. The Swans then rounded out their draft haul with three high-upside selections in their rookie and category-b slots.

National Draft:

 

Nick Blakey – Key Forward/Utility

The bid for Blakey was rumoured to have possibly come as early as pick five, but was eventually lodged at number 10 through GWS. Nonetheless, there was no way the Swans weren’t going to match whatever bid came for the promising key forward, who turned down father-son eligibility with both Brisbane and North Melbourne. In Blakey, the Swans get a readymade future replacement for Buddy Franklin in the key forward mould, with the potential for him to be unleashed further up the ground in any position. With clean hands both overhead and on the ground, Blakey is a prototypical forward with phenomenal pace for his size and enormous scope once he can build on his frame and gain even greater consistency.

James Rowbottom – Inside Midfielder

Rowbottom is a safe bet at pick 25 as one of the best inside midfielders in the draft pool. The Oakleigh Chargers product is a hard tackler, and his average of 5.8 clearances per TAC Cup game was bettered only by seventh pick, Bailey Smith. As competitive as he is consistent, Rowbottom enjoyed a stellar season in Oakleigh and Vic Metro colours, and Sydney were pretty keen on snapping him up just outside of the first round – trading its future second round selection in order to do so. Readymade and solid as they come, Rowbottom could provide midfield depth from the get-go, while also being an apt future replacement for some of their ageing stars. As the nephew of Collingwood and Richmond champion Brian Taylor, he will undoubtedly be a commentator’s favourite.

Justin McInerney – Outside Midfielder/Defender

Versatile Northern runner Justin McInerney was somewhat of a surprise selection as the first and only Knight off the board in the National Draft, but fits a clear need for the Swans on the outside. With the ability to provide damaging fold on the wing with his running power and penetrating kick, or cover off half-back with his strong overhead marking, McInerney is a high-upside improver at a good height who could come on strong in the future. While he is still raw and has room to improve in terms of consistency, McInerney has shown a competitive edge, apt work-rate and attitude for both the Knights and school side, Marcellin. He may well slot in nicely alongside the likes of Ryley Stoddart across half-back given his kicking efficiency, with Callum Mills set to spend more time in the midfield.

Zac Foot – Outside Midfielder

Dandenong premiership player Zac Foot is another prolific outside runner who has come on rapidly over the past year to storm into National Draft selection. Having been overlooked by the Stingrays in 2017 and playing locally with Langwarrin for the entirety of his bottom-age year, Foot fought his way back into the fold and eventually earned Vic Country representative honours. Foot’s strengths are clear to see, as he uses his elite coverage of the ground to both break the lines going forward and provide damaging pressure going the other way. Clean at ground level and with his kicking, Foot is an elite carrier of the football who can become a notable 100 meter player if he continues on his upward trend. Like McInerney, Foot also possesses the work-rate and attitude that the Swans always seem to be after, so will fit a need for his new side, twofold.

 

Rookie Draft:

 

Durak Tucker – Medium Defender

Having missed most of this year after rupturing his ACL, West Australian Durak Tucker is one who the Swans would have been glad to see slide under the radar. At pick 12 in the rookie draft, the Swans made another high-value, high-upside selection and will have been keen to hedge their bets on Tucker’s potential. A versatile intercepting defender, Tucker is strong overhead and covers the ground quickly – meaning he has the capability to cover both small and tall opponents. Given the steep rise of the likes of Luke Ryan as intercept mark machines down back, Sydney will hope that Tucker can quickly fit that mould and provide good fold for their best six defenders. Tucker has also by all accounts approached his rehab with vigour, so could be one who comes on quickly in his growth from a quite light-on prospect, and will inevitably have to prove his durability and match fitness over his first pre-season.

Harry Reynolds – General Defender/Midfielder

Sandringham’s Harry Reynolds is yet another prospect with high potential who came on quite quickly, quite late on. While he is raw and slight at this stage, Reynolds has a high ceiling on account of both his versatility and athletic base. Reynolds impressed towards the back end of the year after overcoming a range of injuries previously, providing plenty of run off half back at good pace and showcasing his potential for a move into the middle with impressive clearance work. His hands in-close are clean and efficient, but given his current status as more of a driving half-back, Reynolds will look to improve on his kicking efficiency (53 per cent in the TAC Cup) in order to become more damaging. With the Swans’ midfield stars heading towards the back-end of their careers, Reynolds is certainly one for the future who can build on his frame and hone his craft in the NEAFL before breaking through.

Kurt Tippett 

Having retired at the end of 2017, Tippett has been rookie listed in order to fulfil a financial settlement.

Cat B Rookie:

 

Sam Wicks – Utility/General Forward

The Swans had a free shot here at an academy member, with Sam Wicks a product who impressed in the Academy Series but missed out on Allies selection. Wicks didn’t fret following the snub, putting in good showings for the Swans in the NEAFL and showing enough to warrant a Category B Rookie spot. A big-bodied utility, Wicks spent a good amount of time in the forward half, booting 12 goals across the season and earning a NEAFL rising star nomination. A low-risk pick, the Swans would not have hesitated in providing an opportunity to an academy product who has been there from the start.

Summary:

The Swans approached the draft with an eye firmly focussed towards the future, building stocks in positions that need depth with high-upside selections late on that could provide huge value, but won’t hurt too much if they don’t work out. With ageing stars in the midfield and one particular prodigy looking a straight-swap up forward, Sydney look to be in a good position to challenge once again for finals in years to come.

NSW/ACT weekly wrap: U16 Youth Girls announced, strong Allies U18 representation

IN a promising week for the state’s brightest prospects, NSW/ACT’s most talented Under 16s girls were selected in the state side, while the Under 18 Academy Series wrapped up with 17 players making the Allies squad for the National Under 18 Championships.

Seventeen make Allies squad

Players from the GWS GIANTS and Sydney Swans academies make up more than one third of the entire Allies side, after 17 players were named in the squad yesterday for the upcoming National Under 18 Championships. Among them is first round talent Nick Blakey and AFL Academy member Mathew Walker, as well as GIANTS Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the Under 18 Academy Series Kieren Briggs. The final selection came after the Under 18 Academy Series concluded, with Tasmania having the most nominees in the team with 11. Despite notching up four out of five wins, the Swans had six nominees to the GIANTS’ 11.

GWS GIANTS Academy (11) 

Kieren Briggs
Riley Corbett
Jacob Koschitzke
Jeromy Lucas
Guy Richardson
Nick Murray
Mathew Walker
James Peatling
Ben Kelly
Thomas Green
Liam Delahunty

Sydney Academy (6) 

Joey Reinhard
Josh Stern
Zak Cameron
Kyle McKellar
Nick Blakey
Josh Rayner

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Under 16s Youth Girls squad announced

NSW/ACT’s Under 16 Youth Girls squad was announced earlier this week, with 22 girls selected from across the region. Last month the Regional Academies of Sport held a weekend competition which saw all 13 regions converge on Lake Macquarie, and assisted in the AFL NSW/ACT Talent Department’s tough decision to finalise the squad. All the players in the Regional Academies of Sport will have the opportunity to go through 20 skill development sessions throughout 2018, to aid in the girls’ development.

Female Football Talent Pathway Manager, Ash Moeller said he is excited by the groups’ progression in 2018, naming a number of players names that might become more familiar over the coming years

“Tathra’s Tarni Evans is a very athletic and tall player who kicks the ball well on both feet,” Moeller said. “Look out for Tarni who is set to roam the ground as our centre half-forward. “Abby Favell is an agile midfielder who will provide plenty of run and carry off half-back, and through the middle. “She possesses good pace and luckily for us, has a penetrating kick.”

Moeller said state level 800-metre athlete and member of the AFL NSW/ACT Diversity pathway, Emily Pease, was a player with a top athletic background with “strong leadership qualities” and is one to watch as well.

The Under 16s side will have a camp in Albury over the long weekend where they will compete against the Vic Country Under 16s.

For more information on the Under 16s Youth Girls, head to the AFL NSW/ACT website or Facebook page.

The full squad is listed below:

Swans claim another win, GIANTS go down against title winners

Tasmania                                            2.2       6.5       9.6       14.10 (94)
Greater Western Sydney Academy   3.4       4.5       5.9       7.10 (52)

GOALS
Tasmania: Thomas 5, Rubock 3, Dakin, McGuinness, Mundy, Jackson, O’Neill, Peppin
Greater Western Sydney Academy: Peatling 3, Delahunty 2, Corbett, Driscoll

BEST
Tasmania: Thomas, Auckland, Jackson, Anderton, Jones, Dakin
Greater Western Sydney Academy: Briggs, Richardson, Peatling, Foley, Walker, Evans

Ultimately in the game that was just going to be icing on the cake, a five-goal performance to Tarryn Thomas helped Tasmania to a seven-goal victory over GWS GIANTS Academy. For the GIANTS, Kieren Briggs was named their best, also taking out the carnival MVP Award. Forward James Peatling booted three goals and was named among the best in a losing side, as was Ainslie product Guy Richardson, and Murray Bushrangers talent Mathew Walker.

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Sydney Academy                    2.1       5.2       6.3       8.8 (56)
Gold Coast Academy              3.1       4.3       6.3       8.6 (54)

GOALS
Sydney Academy: Blakey 3, Reinhard, Ellem, Stern, Loone, Barling
Gold Coast Academy: Scott 2, Lowah 2, Crossley, Gore, Portelli, Graham

BEST
Sydney Academy: Wicks, Blakey, Stern, Kilpatrick
Gold Coast Academy: Scott, Greenwool, Portelli, Bowie

Sydney Swans Academy bounced back from its only loss of the carnival to record a narrow two-point victory over Gold Coast Academy. Top 10 prospect Nick Blakey was again sensational, booting three goals for the Swans and ultimately being the difference between the sides in the end as the only multiple goal kicker. But through the midfield it was Sam Wicks who was crucial in extracting the ball into space, while Josh Stern and Cooper Kilpatrick were other impressive players for the Swans.

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NEAFL Round 6

UWS GIANTS 5.12 (42) defeated by Sydney Swans 10.13 (73)

Sydney Swans have taken the bragging rights in the Reserves version of ‘Battle of the Bridge’ with a 31-point win over UWS Giants. Nic Newman continued to push his case for a recall to the AFL with a massive 40 disposals, 10 marks, seven tackles, seven inside 50s and seven rebounds, with only his accuracy on goal – three behinds – stopping him from having a complete game. Harry Marsh also had a stunning performance with 35 disposals, nine marks, seven tackles, six inside 50s, 11 rebounds and two goals, while Darcy Cameron was good once again with 14 disposals, five marks, six tackles, 20 hitouts and two goals. For the GIANTS, Matt Buntine had the ball on a string with 39 disposals, nine marks, five inside 50s, five rebounds and five tackles, while Tim Mohr (31 disposals, eight marks and eight rebounds) and Aiden Bonar (25 disposals, five marks, six inside 50s and seven tackles) were others who impressed for the losers.

Sydney University 12.10 (82) defeated Canberra Demons 9.8 (62)

The unbeaten Sydney University side continued it’s great form with a 20-point win over a plucky Canberra Demons outfit. For the winners, Sam Fong (four goals) and Jacob Derickx (three) were prominent up forward, while Adam Gulden (28 disposals, five marks, three inside 50s and five rebounds) and Ryan Hebron (25 disposals, eight marks, three tackles, five inside 50s and three rebounds) were named among the best. The Demons’ Mitch Hardie was again strong with 25 disposals, four marks, six tackles and a goal, while Mitch Maguire had 27 disposals, four marks, four tackles and seven inside 50s. Andrew Swan and Jack Powell both booted two goals in the loss.

NSW/ACT weekly wrap: Swans Academy rolls on, three debut in AFL

SYDNEY Swans Academy remains unbeaten in the Under 18 Academy Series, three debutants shine on the AFL stage, while Sydney University’s unbeaten streak continued for another week in the North East Australian Football League (NEAFL).

Under 18 Academy Series: Round 3

NORTHERN TERRITORY       1.4       1.7       5.10     8.13 (61)
SYDNEY SWANS                    6.1       8.4       11.5     14.6 (90)

GOALS
NORTHERN TERRITORY: 
M.Cumming 3, S.Cumming, Wyatt, Forbes, Mummery, Ferreira
SYDNEY SWANS: Barkley 3, Swaney 2, Reinhard 2, Thorne, Stein, Maguire, Wicks, Van Huisstede, Carroll, Barling 

BEST
NORTHERN TERRITORY: 
Mummery, M.Cumming, Simon, Green, S.Cumming, Hutt
SYDNEY SWANS: Reinhard, Parkes, Stern, Kilpatrick, Wicks, Brewer

A FAST start from the Sydney Swans Academy ensured they would run out 29-point winners over the Northern Territory team in Alice Springs on Saturday. The Swans kept NT to just a sole goal going into half time, with eight to their name and never looked back in claiming their third win of the tournament. 

Despite missing likely top 10 draft pick Nick BlakeyRory Barkley continued his good form of the carnival, bagging three goals, while Lachlan Swaney and Joey Reinhard both kicked two each. The 190cm Reinhard was named the Swans best for the match, with overager Sam Wicks and midfielder Cooper Kilpatrick also in the best. Reinhard played at centre half-forward, using his size to his advantage – taking multiple strong marks around the ground. He also pinched hit in the ruck at times and pulled off a stunning specky in the third quarter, as a contender for the best mark of the series. 

GOLD COAST SUNS    3.3     7.4       8.4       11.8 (74)
GWS GIANTS               0.5     2.8       5.10     7.12 (54)  

GOALS
GOLD COAST SUNS:  Bowie 3, Buckland 2, Graham 2, Greenwool 2, Scott, Gore
GWS GIANTS: Perryman 2, Delahunty 2, Lucas, Driscoll, Corbett 

BEST
GOLD COAST SUNS: 
Gilmore, Bowie, Scott, Koenen, Budarick, Greenwool
GWS GIANTS: Briggs, Peatling, Richardson, Lucas

The GIANTS went goalless in the opening term, but Ed Perryman (brother of GWS’ Harry) booted two goals, as did highly touted AFL Academy Level One member Liam Delahunty – who dominated in the Under 16 championships last year. After performing well at centre half-forward last week, Kieren Briggs played a bigger role in the ruck, recording 28 hitouts – while his pressure around the ground was important, where he laid nine tackles. Xavier College student Jeremy Lucas had a match-high 29 disposals in the midfield, performing exceptionally well in the contest for the Giants. 

 

Three debut at elite level

It was a huge week for NSW/ACT debutants in the AFL, with Melbourne’s Charlie Spargo, GIANTS’ Nick Shipley and Essendon’s Kobe Mutch all playing their first games at the elite level on the weekend. Former Murray Bushrangers small forward Spargo, was injured in his top-age year and slipped down the draft order. He defied his draft selection to boot two goals from 18 disposals (nine contested), four marks, two inside 50s and three tackles in a top performance for the Demons in their win over Essendon.

Former Bendigo Pioneer Mutch might not have sung the song, but he was equally as impressive in the red and black, notching up 20 disposals, six marks, two inside 50s and laying a tackle. Mutch also had three clearances to go with his 10 contested possessions. The most talked about debut of the trio was Shipley – a soccer convert from Western Sydney. Shipley embodies what the GIANTS hope to achieve in the region, getting more players involved in Australian Rules Football at the grassroots level. Shipley was the first player from Western Sydney to debut for the GIANTS, and picked up seven disposals, two marks, three tackles and had an inside 50 and a goal assist to go with one behind.

 

NEAFL Round 4:

Canberra Demons 10.13 (73) defeated by Aspley 12.16 (88)

Canberra Demons suffered their third loss in four games, losing to Queensland side Aspley by 15 points on the weekend. The home team was in it for the first half, but a disappointing five goals to one third term saw the visitors blow out to a 24-point final break lead. Canberra hit back in the fourth quarter, booting four goals to two, but it was too little, too late as they went down despite the best efforts of Mitch Maguire. Maguire had 30 disposals, four marks, six tackles and booted a goal to be Canberra’s best again, while Isaac Taylor had 19 disposals, five marks and eight tackles and Kade Klemke finished with 17 disposals, five marks and six tackles in the defeat. Others among the bests were Cameron Milne who had 15 disposals, four marks, one tackle, 24 hitouts and booted a goal, while Lucas Meline had 17 disposals, five marks and two tackles, but misfired in front of goal with three behinds.

Sydney University 13.10 (88) defeated Southport 6.19 (55)

Sydney University has remained undefeated in the NEAFL after a 33-point victory over an inaccurate Southport. The home side were on top early, and aside from being held goalless in the second term, booted nine goals to three in the second half to run away with the match. Former Sydney and Essendon midfielder Craig Bird notched up 28 disposals, eight marks and four tackles, while Mitchell Thompson collected 27 disposals, nine marks and two tackles. Timothy Barton was named the winners’ best for his role, picking up 13 disposals and four marks, while Adam Gulden was also impressive with 18 disposals (15 kicks) and four marks.

Sydney Swans Reserves 6.13 (49) defeated Gold Coast Suns Reserves 8.10 (58)

Sydney went down to Gold Coast in their NEAFL clash, conceding two goals to zero in the third term to lose by nine points. Darcy Cameron has a huge game with 24 disposals, 11 marks, nine tackles, 32 hitouts and two goals, while Jake Brown had 23 disposals, six marks and booted a goal. Tom McCartin‘s form up forward continued, taking eight marks and booting 1.3 from 15 disposals, while Aliir Aliir pushed his case for a return assisting in the ruck with eight hitouts, going with his 17 disposals. three marks and two tackles.

UWS Giants 6.4 (40) defeated by Brisbane Lions Reserves 19.19 (133)

The UWS Giants were no match for Brisbane Lions, with the reigning premiers touching up the home side in a 93-point belting. It was not looking good early with Brisbane leading by 30 points at half-time, but it got ugly in the second half as Brisbane piled on 10.10 to 1.1 in a complete rout to run out comfortable winners. Dylan Addison stood tall with 25 disposals, two marks and a goal, while first round draft pick Aiden Bonar collected 23 disposals, two marks, six tackles and booted a goal upon return from injury. Dawson Simpson had 36 hitouts from seven disposals, while Isaac Cumming was good with 15 disposals and five tackles.

Possible father-son Bailey Scott stars in week three of the Under 18 Academy Series

TASMANIA Mariners were the big winners in the third round of the 2018 Under 18 Academy Series, while the Sydney Swans and Gold Coast Suns Academy teams both collected the points. 

NORTHERN TERRITORY VS. SYDNEY SWANS ACADEMY

A FAST start from the Sydney Swans Academy have ensured they would run out 29-point winners over the Northern Territory team in Alice Springs on Saturday.  The Swans kept NT to just a sole goal going into half time, with eight to their name and never looked back claiming their third win of the tournament. 

Despite likely top 10 draft pick Nick Blakey missing, Rory Barkley continued his good form of the carnival, bagging three goals, while Lachlan Swaney and Joey Reinhard both kicked two goals.  The 190cm Reinhard was named the Swans best for the match, with overager Sam Wicks and midfielder Cooper Kilpatrick also in the best. Reinhard played at centre half-forward, using his size to his advantage – taking multiple strong marks around the ground. He also pinched hit in the ruck at times and pulled off a stunning specky in the third quarter, as a contender for the best mark of the series. 

For the home side, Dandenong Stingrays twins Matthew and Stephen Cumming were again in the best. Speedy forward Matthew booted three goals, while Stephen also kicked a goal. AFL Academy member Michael Mummery had his best game of the carnival, named the NT’s best player for the match – using the ball effectively by foot in the midfield. 

NORTHERN TERRITORY       1.4       1.7       5.10     8.13 (61)
SYDNEY SWANS                    6.1       8.4       11.5     14.6 (90)

GOALS
NORTHERN TERRITORY:
M.Cumming 3, S.Cumming, Wyatt, Forbes, Mummery, Ferreira
SYDNEY SWANS: Barkley 3, Swaney 2, Reinhard 2, Thorne, Stein, Maguire, Wicks, Van Huisstede, Carroll, Barling 

BEST
NORTHERN TERRITORY:
Mummery, M.Cumming, Simon, Green, S.Cumming, Hutt
SYDNEY SWANS: Reinhard, Parkes, Stern, Kilpatrick, Wicks, Brewer

GOLD COAST ACADEMY VS. GWS GIANTS ACADEMY 

POSSIBLE father-son and academy prospect Bailey Scott shone in the sun at Broadbeach on Saturday helping the Suns to a win over the GIANTS. Scott collected a team-high 22 disposals, four clearances and booted a goal in another strong showing in his third game of the Under 18 Academy Series. He is eligible to be drafted by three clubs (as well as having the option of entering the open draft), as the son of former Cat (132 games) and Kangaroos (111 games) player Robert Scott is eligible for father-son both clubs, as well as being part of the Gold Coast Suns academy.

Medium 187cm defender Ryan Gilmore (19 disposals and eight marks) intercepted well in the air, playing his best match of the carnival, while Kirk Koenen (14 disposals and six marks) continued his strong form. Having only recently returned from the AFL Academy Level One trip to New Zealand, Hewago Paul-Oea put in an eye-catching performance, while small forward Timakoi Bowie booted a match-high three goals. Defender turned forward Caleb Graham also kicked two goals for the match for the Suns. 

The GIANTS went goalless in the opening term, but Ed Perryman (brother of GWS’ Harry) booted two goals, as did highly touted AFL Academy Level One member Liam Delahunty – who dominated in the Under 16 championships last year.  After performing well at centre half-forward last week, Kieren Briggs played a bigger role in the ruck, recorded 28 hitouts – while his pressure around the ground was important, where he laid nine tackles. Xavier College student Jeremy Lucas had a match-high 29 disposals in the midfield, performing exceptionally well in the contest for the Giants. 

GOLD COAST SUNS    3.3     7.4       8.4       11.8 (74)
GWS GIANTS               0.5     2.8       5.10     7.12 (54)  

GOALS
GOLD COAST SUNS:  Bowie 3, Buckland 2, Graham 2, Greenwool 2, Scott, Gore
GWS GIANTS: Perryman 2, Delahunty 2, Lucas, Driscoll, Corbett 

BEST
GOLD COAST SUNS: 
Gilmore, Bowie, Scott, Koenen, Budarick, Greenwool
GWS GIANTS: Briggs, Peatling, Richardson, Lucas

BRISBANE LIONS ACADEMY VS. TASMANIA 

SMALL Forward Blair Rubock was the star as the Tassie Mariners smashed the Brisbane Lions Academy by 106-points on Saturday. The 179cm forward was helped by the sheer number of the Mariners’ inside 50 count and got the travelling team off to a flyer, booting three of their first four goals. Outside Midfielder Fraser Turner again found more than 15 disposals, while small Mitch Anderton was again in the best players for Tasmania. Tarryn Thomas (18 disposals and two goals), Matthew McGuiness (18 disposals and three goals) were also important in the win, while Ryan Banks-Smith had 19 disposals. 

For Brisbane, tall forward Kobe Tozer played his first match of the Under 18 Academy Series, booting one of the Lions’ two goals. Darcy Marsh again featured in the best, but it was a day to forget for the Lions who face GIANTS next weekend. 

BRISBANE LIONS       1.0       1.0       2.1       2.2 (14)
TASMANIA                    4.2       8.6       13.7     17.8 (110)

GOALS
BRISBANE LIONS: McFadyen, Tozer
TASMANIA: Rubock 6, McGuinness 3, Thomas 2, Mundy 2, Banks-Smith 2, Jackson, Chaplin 

BEST
BRISBANE LIONS: Marango, Currie, Cowan, McFadyen, Marsh
TASMANIA: Anderton, O’Neill, Mansell, Rubock, McGuinness, Norton

Nick Blakey and Tarryn Thomas star in week two of the Under 18 Academy Series

POSSIBLE Top 10 draft talents Nick Blakey and Tarryn Thomas have stood out in the second weekend of the Under 18 Academy Series (Formerly Division Two), with the Sydney Swans, Brisbane Lions and Tassie Mariners the winners in this weekend’s games.

SYDNEY ACADEMY VS. GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY ACADEMY

Nick Blakey stamped his authority as the best father-son/academy prospect in the 2018 draft pool, with a big bag of seven goals as the Sydney Swans Academy ran out 22-point winners over the GWS Academy on Saturday. With the match being played on the smaller Blacktown Oval No.2, it made for a contest match – but Blakey was able to find space in the attacking half of the ground, with the 195cm player standing out as the clear best on the ground.

The Swans got out to an early lead with three Blakey goals in five minutes, but the GIANTS came out hard after quarter time. However inaccuracy cost them, booting 3.5 for the quarter. The third quarter was a more even contest though GWS took the upper hand at one stage were within three points with a shot on goal that pushed wide. However, Blakey put the foot down in the final quarter, bagging another set of three goals in a superb burst of five minutes, taking the wind out of the GIANTS.

Blakey has the option of joining North Melbourne or Brisbane Lions as a father-son pick, after father John played 135 games with Fitzroy, before moving to North Melbourne, where he played 224 games. Blakey is also part of the Sydney Swans Academy and is eligible to join them as an Academy selection. Overager Sam Wicks (18 disposals), and Josh Stern (18 disposals) were also in the Swans’ best players, making it back-to-back wins for the red and white.

For GWS, Matthew Walker suffered an unfortunate arm incident during the contest, resulting in him being on ice for the second half. Edward Perryman (the brother of GWS’ Harry) played a very good role as a small forward, booting three goals from his 15 disposals. Perryman’s speed and agility were outstanding, while he was duly supported by 200cm tall forward Kieren Briggs who booted two goals, taking some strong pack marks during the day.

SYDNEY SWANS                                 6.4     8.6     9.8     12.13 (85)
GWS GIANTS                                       1.4     4.9     7.11     8.15 (63) 

GOALS
SYDNEY: Blakey 7, Barkley 2, Stern, Bartholomaeus
GWS GIANTS: Perryman 3, Briggs 2, Budd, Corbett, Kelly 

BEST
SYDNEY: Blakey, Stern, Wicks, McKellar, Reinhard
GWS GIANTS:
Perryman, Green, Beaumont, Rowston, Kelly

BRISBANE ACADEMY VS. GOLD COAST ACADEMY

THE BRISBANE Lions’ outstanding opening quarter led them to their first win of the Under 18 Academy Series for 2018, defeating the Gold Coast Suns Academy by 12 points. A seven goals to nil opening quarter really set the tone at South Pine on Sunday, with the Lions midfield brigade winning the crucial one-one-one battles during the day. However, despite the poor opening quarter, the Suns hit back with the wind in the second quarter and worked hard in the final quarter to outscore the Lions, but their slow start meant that the mountain was too high to climb.

Small midfielder Jesse Quint was outstanding on the outside, kicking the ball inside 50 on multiple occasions and hitting the scoreboard. Quint collected 20 disposals, eight marks, seven inside 50s and booted a goal, while inside midfielder Caleb Franks had a match-high 37 disposals, nine clearances, eight tackles and booted two goals. Franks is eligible for the 2018 AFL Draft and has put in two impressive showings in the opening two games, pushing his case for Allies selection. Thomas Griffiths (25 disposals) rebounded the ball well across half-back.

For the Suns, Bailey Scott again was in the best players, collecting 19 disposals, eight marks and booted two goals. Scott is eligible to be drafted by three clubs (as well as having the option of entering the open draft), as the son of former Cat (132 games) and Kangaroos (111 games) player Robert Scott is eligible for father-son both clubs, as well as being part of the Gold Coast Suns academy. Labrador midfielder Cooper Portelli had a team-high 25 disposals and eight marks, while Matthew Smith kicked three goals up forward.

BRISBANE LIONS           7.1       9.5       10.10   12.11 (83)
GOLD COAST SUNS        0.0       5.3       7.4       11.5 (71)

GOALS
BRISBANE: Franks, McFadyen, Tomkinson 2, Pettigrove, Quint, Matthews, Jeffrey, Smith, Ansell
GOLD COAST: Smith 3, Scott 2, Portelli, Katsiris, Haua, Wingrove, Burke, Miles

BEST
BRISBANE: Quint, Tomkinson, Franks, Stackelberg, Matthews, Pettigrove
GOLD COAST: Portelli, Smith, Scott, Gore, Stone

TASMANIA VS. NORTHERN TERRITORY 

NORTH Melbourne Next Generation Academy member Tarryn Thomas inspired his Tasmanian team to a thrilling 15-point victory over Northern Territory at Shepley Oval on Sunday. Thomas booted two goals late in the contest when the match was in the balance, finishing the day with three goals after starting the midfield. Thomas’ clean hands were impressive at the stoppages and he booted a classy banana goal right on the boundary which would’ve caught the recruiters eyes out at Dandenong.

Small defender Mitchell Anderton defended well, spoiling well on multiple occasions and competed hard when the ball was on the ground. AFL Academy member Chayce Jones tackled well and had multiple effective kicks in the attacking half of the ground for the Mariners.

The Northern Territory were led by two players who were out on their home deck, with Victorian duo Matt and Stephen Cumming lining up for the NT side. The pair were among the best players, with Stephen rucking well throughout the match.  Stephen was clean and sharp by hand, spreading well to take some good marks during the match. He found a good amount of possessions, showing good second efforts when he lost possession of the ball. Twin brother Matt played at centre half back, taking some nice marks overhead, including a strong passage of play in the second quarter where he executed some slick handballs alongside brother Stephen.

Michael Mummery roved the ball well in the midfield, while Rodney Baird was good in defensive 50.

TASMANIA                             2.4       5.7       6.9       9.13 (67)
NORTHERN TERRITORY      0.3       2.4       5.7       7.10 (52)

GOALS
TASMANIA: Thomas 3, Mundy 2, Rubock, Turner, Auton, Lane
NORTHERN TERRITORY: Stevens, Ferreira 2, Schwarze, Mummery, S Cumming

BEST
TASMANIA: Thomas, Anderton, Baker, Wright, Norton, Mansell
NORTHERN TERRITORY: S Cumming, M Cumming, Baird, Simon

Scouting notes from the games will be available during the week