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2019 Draft Central Academy Team of the Series

SYDNEY Swans Academy has dominated our 2019 Draft Central Academy Team of the Series, with eight players inside the 24-man squad – one third of the side. While the Swans did not win the overall Division 2 Under 18 Championships, they did show off their depth, and had eight players who made our Team of the Week three or more times. The squad is comprised of 22 players who made our Team of the Week’s at least three times, with two players – Samson Ryan and Corey Joyce – making it twice, but were the top performers of those players with two nominations. Those who also had two nominations and narrowly missed out were Northern Territory’s Beau O’Connell, GWS GIANTS’ Hamish Grant, Brisbane Lions Academy’s Tom Wischnat and Gold Coast SUNS’ Jack Johnston and Hewago Paul Oea, while overage twins Matthew and Stephen Cumming also received two nominations.

Sydney’s representation sees the Swans have three players in defence, with Max Geddes, Jacob Dol and Luke Parks making up the back six, while Sam Thorne slots into midfield, forwards Hamish Ellem and Braeden Campbell sit inside 50, and Errol Gulden – who missed a couple of games – and Aidan Watling – are also in the team. Thorne and Dol were the top representatives for the Swans with four of a possible five nominations.

Gold Coast SUNS Academy won the title, and had four players make the side, with the even spread of players making it difficult to select just a few. Connor Budarick, Ashton Crossley and Josh Gore all easily qualify for the side with four nominations, while Joyce was one of three Suns to receive two, and was named on the bench.

Brisbane Lions Academy had the equal second most nominations of all sides with five, as Tom Griffiths and Will Martyn receiving four nominations, and Noah Cumberland and Bruce Reville having the three. Ryan’s work in the ruck throughout the series, along with his two nominations, was enough to see him fill the starting ruck position. He got the nod ahead of the two Cumming’s whose teammates, Ben Jungfer and Joel Jeffrey both made the side, while O’Connell was the unluckiest not to squeeze into the team.

Jungfer was one of just two players to be nominated every single week, joining GWS GIANTS’ Jeromy Lucas as five-time nominees and thus the pair are co-captains in the hypothetical team. Also in the team are GIANTS’ Thomas Green and Nick Murray who received four nominations apiece, while Liam Delahunty and James Peatling made it in for their three nominations each.

Scouting notes: NAB League Boys – Round 3

ANOTHER blockbuster weekend of NAB League footy saw the best of the best stake their claims as the next big things, with one particular game showcasing some enormous talent to come. With scouts eyeing all nine games across the round, these are our individual, opinion-based thoughts on the players identified as standouts by respective talent managers.

Northern Knights 3.3 (21) defeated by Eastern Ranges 13.18 (96)
By: Shyam Bali

Northern:

#1 Lachie Potter

In his first game back, Potter showed good run and dash. He took several kick ins and played on for about four of them, often taking on the man on the mark and showing a bit of flair. He showed a great passage in the second half where he broke away inside the defensive 50, and ran 30 metres before delivering the ball long inside 50 in an attacking 80-metre plus play. Potter also tackled well throughout the day laying lots of hard tackles showing his competitiveness. Ended the day with 15 disposals and five tackles.

#5 Josh D’Intinosante

‘JD’ started forward and had a quiet first term with a highlight coming in the second quarter being a strong mark and goal. He was moved onto ball in the second half and was much more prolific there. He had several touches through the middle trying to will the Knights back in to the game, and had a magnificent solo effort on the half forward flank where he took on a few players and got the ball forward but unfortunately his kick let him down. He also had several big tackles in the second half resulting in a couple of holding the ball frees. D’Intinosante finished with 21 touches, five marks, nine tackles and a goal – with an extremely productive second half.

#7 Ryan Gardner

Gardner played predominantly across half back, gathering lots of the ball in the second quarter when the ball was stuck down there. His decision making at times was sometimes questionable and he would turn it over in close proximity, needing a few follow up possessions to fix the mistake. In the second half he continued to rack up the ball and seemed to use it more effectively. He set up a few shots on goal in the second half, but unfortunately his team mates could not capitalise. He ended with over 23 touches, nine marks and six tackles, patrolling the back half and along the wing.

#8 Adam Carafa

Carafa was good all day and tried hard in a tough day out for his team. He fumbled a little early in the game but his touch got better as the match wore on. He had a few passages of play that showed his class including a spearing kick to a teammate inside 50, a centring kick under pressure that hit his team mate in full stride and a few good clearances in the second half. His decision making let him down on occasion seeming in two minds, this was evident when he played on, ran himself into trouble and handballed straight into the man on the mark at the end of the first half. Overall he was a good contributor on the day and one of the best for the Knights.

#11 Ryan Sturgess

A quieter day for the reliable defender who did not get a lot of the ball in the first half whilst playing down back. This prompted a move to the wing where he found a few possessions but struggled to get involved as the Ranges ran over the top of the Knights from the second quarter onward. Showed off his versatility by spending time in attack as well. Took a few kick outs and showed good penetration in his kicks earlier in the day.

#13 Sam Philp

Philp was big all day, gathering lots of the ball across half-back and often reading the play well and being the first to the ball. He also peeled off his opponent and laid a lot of tackles to hold up the Ranges in the first half. Philp had many highlights including a free kick and 50m penalty, resulting in a goal. In the second half, Philp rebounded and took the ball down the wing well often finding team mates. Philp showed great work rate running out the game strongly and giving strong repeat efforts late into the game and making lots of stoppages all over the ground. Philp finished the game with a team high 26 disposals to go along with nine tackles, five marks and a goal.

#23 Nikolas Cox

Cox started in the backline but was moved all over the ground. He took a great mark in the first quarter but did not see much of the ball before half-time. In the second half he played a mixture of half-back/half-forawrd and got a bit more involved, laying a strong tackle and taking a good mark. Ended up being a pretty quiet day for Cox with seven touches, three marks and two tackles.

Eastern:

#11 Mitch Mellis

Mellis picked up where he left off last week, showing great zip, energy and attack on the ball in the first half. Had a great centre clearance where he pumped the ball deep inside 50 resulting in a score for his team. He also cut off a kick reading the play well before going back and goaling in the second quarter. His hard chasing and tackling was evident and he showed great two-way running ability. In the second half he seemed to elevate his game further, involved in several scoring plays and setting up his team mates. He showed a great solo effort wrapping up a player 45 metres out and getting a holding the ball decision before going back and slotting the goal which was his second in a row in the last quarter. Mellis was the standout performer on the day with 29 disposals, six marks, six tackles and three goals to cap off a great day.

#13 Jamieson Rossiter

Rossiter started the day in a lot of contests, but let himself down with a few fumbles. He showed great competitiveness and intent though, following up his mistakes and laying some big tackles. He worked forward in the second half and kicked a good goal. Rossiter’s tackling was his standout for the day laying lots of big tackles and wrapping up Knights opponents. His stats finished with 14 disposals (four kicks), 10 tackles, three marks and a goal in a serviceable outing.

#17 Cody Hirst

Hirst started the game with two great defensive efforts, one locking up the ball and the second chasing an opponent down from 30 metres behind him to force a turnover. He was always on the move and showed great energy whenever the ball was around him, promising to excite. In the second half he brought it all together roving the ball and using great vision to set up team mates on a few occasions. His pace and run lit up the team in the second half as he had multiple passages where he took on opponents – or chased them down when he wasn’t close to the contest. Hirst was rewarded for his hard running with a great snap goal in the last quarter. He finished the day with 19 disposals and a goal but the standout was his defensive pressure, laying nine quality tackles.

#18 Billy McCormack

McCormack started forward and had a few shots on goal but was not accurate in the first quarter, booting a couple of behinds. He also had stints in the ruck, amassing 14 hitouts. Ended up doing a few good things around the ground, but his inaccuracy (three behinds) in front of goal stopped it from being a really strong game.

 

GWS GIANTS Academy 7.9 (51) defeated by Sydney Swans Academy 16.14 (110)
By: Scott Dougan

GWS:

#10 James Peatling

Peatling had a very dominant second term, with the midfielder/forward hitting the scoreboard after winning a free-kick for a strong tackle on his opponent. His ball use when entering the forward 50 was reliable and consistent. Peatling was one of the best players on the day, finishing with two goals and over twenty possessions.

#17 Jeromy Lucas

Lucas started in the midfield and played predominately on the outside where he received the ball from his teammates. He found plenty of it early on in the first term and even though his possessions weren’t extremely damaging, he was one of the reasons for the Giants’ fantastic opening quarter, where he repeatedly drove the ball into the Giants’ forward half. Lucas’ work rate also stood out, with the midfielder making plenty of contests throughout the day.

#25 Thomas Green

Green was involved early on, winning the second centre clearance of the game for his team, along with booting a first-quarter goal fifteen minutes later. He accumulated plenty of the footy and was prolific in contested situations. For his size, Green is exceptionally clean at ground level, which makes him a very damaging player around stoppages. His ball use and composure also caught the eye on the day.

#26 Liam Delahunty

Delahunty’s forward craft was a standout. He was able to take a few marks inside the forward 50 just because he was playing in front of his opponent, rather than from behind. He took a very nice mark on the lead in the second term but was unable to convert his set-shot attempt.

#28 Matt McGrory

McGrory won a 50-metre penalty in the defensive half that resulted in him delivering the ball deep inside the forward line for the Giants’ first major of the day. His athleticism stood out in the second term when he took an impressive intercept mark just outside his team’s forward half. McGrory also demonstrated his ball-winning capabilities and his clean ball use by foot during the match.

Sydney:

#7 Braeden Campbell

Campbell won plenty of the ball on the inside and he tackled strongly. One of his best passages of play came early on in the second term when he kicked an important, thumping goal from 50 metres out, keeping his team in the game. Campbell finished with a game-high three goals.

#9 Sam Thorne

Thorne was clean by hand and made smart decisions. He competed hard all day and continued to drive the ball forward on all occasions. His inside work was evident, along with his defensive pressure around the contest. Thorne had a game-high six tackles.

#10 Jackson Barling

Barling was good in both contested and uncontested situations. He continually put his head over the ball and always did his best to make himself an option around the ground for his teammates. He won many one-on-one contests around the ground, signifying his strength and smart body use. He was the Swans’ top ball-winner for the match.

 

Brisbane Lions Academy 5.12 (42) defeated by Gold Coast SUNS Academy 10.10 (70)
By: Michael Alvaro

Brisbane:

#11 Will Martyn

Martyn is a really nice mover in the midfield, and showed his impressive agility around the stoppages here. He looks to be on the move for the majority of time, zipping in and out of tight situations to send his side forward. While his numbers were down (12 disposals) and his kicking left a little to be desired on occasion, Martyn worked hard and seems to always find the ball in good areas. Can become a damaging midfielder with surer kicking, but has enormous potential.

#12 Saxon Crozier

Typically a damaging forward runner, Crozier’s output looked to be limited to action between the arc in this game, and he missed an opportunity to hit the scoreboard as he so often does. Still put in a good shift with 19 disposals and was a good link on the wing, working hard for nine marks to help Brisbane play the short build-up game.

#18 Bruce Reville

Reville really catches the eye and was on form early, playing most of the game through the midfield. He is such a smooth mover and looks a natural footballer, often receiving from the extractors at stoppages and bursting forward seamlessly. His decision making and effective use were features in the first half, with Reville showing great awareness to know when to lower his eyes going forward, or prop and deliver the ball laterally. While he did not quite go at 100 per cent efficiency, Reville’s clever delivery by foot made him stand out and ensured he was a damaging forward mover. Reville faded out slightly as the Suns got on top late, but ended with a team-high 25 disposals to go with a clever soccered goal in the second term.

#19 Tom Griffiths

Equalled Reville’s output in terms of possessions with 25, but played a more selfless role as the extractor in midfield. Winning a good amount of contested ball, Griffiths was effective by hand and released his outside runners, while also spreading well to win the ball in all areas of the ground. A hard worker, and one you may miss if you do not watch closely.

Gold Coast:

#1 Hewago Paul Oea

Oea is an excitement machine, lurking dangerously in and around the forward 50 arc all day. He is a smart user by foot and created opportunities for his teammates with good use going forward. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of that is his ability to use the ball well at speed, and his gather, turn and kick to Ethan Dawson in the goalsquare was an example of that. Oea looked like doing something great whenever he was goalside of his opponent, and his eye-catching goal on the run in the third term showcased that to a t. Definitely one to watch, and is hard to miss when at full flight.

#5 Connor Budarick

The zippy midfielder-forward was a mainstay at the centre bounces, but I thought his possessions in the forward half showed where his best football will be played at the next level. He sweeps up the loose ball at ground level and hits it at speed, using smart hands to extract when he opts not to break away from stoppages. Would have had a pretty complete game had he put away two goal opportunities he created with impressive gathers at pace, but was damaging nonetheless. A pleasing part of his game was his direction of play after disposing of the ball, and he seems a clever type. 26 disposals for the Allies representative marked a solid day.

#13 Josh Gore

Gore looks a polished player, and was nothing short of clinical up forward. He certainly knows where the goals are, but did not get the chance to show off his outstanding awareness inside 50 as he instead booted his three goals from set shots at varying angles. Gore does not need much of the ball to have an impact, and definitely caught the eye with his evasiveness with ball in hand. Worked hard to find space with seven marks, and has a nice left-foot kick.

#28 Ashton Crossley

A contested ball machine, Crossley continued his good start to the Sun’s NAB League cameo with 28 disposals. I was not surprised to find that 20 of them were handballs, but that is simply his game and he was hardly beaten as the number one stoppage player on the ground. While his releasing handballs were effective for the most part, Crossley often hacked the ball out by foot, so still has some areas to work on as most inside midfielders do. Worked tirelessly in tandem with Budarick in a team-oriented role and won an impressive 10 clearances.

 

Sandringham Dragons 9.11 (65) defeated Oakleigh Chargers 8.7 (55)
By: Ed Pascoe

Sandringham:

#1 Jack Mahony

Mahony was very busy through the midfield wining plenty of the ball and using it well by hand and foot and he was one of his teams better performers in the first half. He was everywhere in the third quarter and he had a nice bit of play taking a nice mark inside 50 and a quick wide kick to teammate Angus Hanrahan lead to a goal. Mahony showed he was one of the most skilled players on the ground and he finished the game with 25 disposals and five tackles.

#4 Finn Maginess

Maginess showed a lot of class through the midfield with his clean hands and strength at stoppages, he had a strong start to the game and was even better in the second quarter taking a nice contested mark and did some nice repeat efforts at the contest with clean ball use at the same time. Maginess would hit the scoreboard in the third quarter cutting off an opposition player and ran in to kick the goal. Maginess was a strong player around the contest and he finished the game with 24 disposals, six inside 50s and a goal.

#5 Ryan Byrnes

Byrnes was very busy through the midfield early in the game but his disposal seemed rushed and he was not as damaging early as he was in recent weeks and it was more of the same during the whole game. His third quarter was quiet but his best bit of play came in the last quarter with a nice kick inside 50 to teammate Charlie Dean, he would finish the game with 21 disposals and six inside 50s.

#11 Hugo Ralphsmith

Ralphsmith had another good game mostly as a link up player on the wing using his dash and clean disposal. His first goal came in the 2nd quarter running into open goal, he would have a good movement in this quarter burning off an opponent with pure speed and then turning on a dime and hitting a nice short pass under pressure. He would continue to show of his dash in the third quarter with a nice run from the wing into the forward half and he would have another solid quarter, he would kick his second goal from a strong mark in the last quarter and converting the set shot. He would finish the game with 15 disposals, four marks and two goals.

#12 Charlie Dean

Dean continues to lead the NAB League for goals and that has came from his great leading patterns which he again showed early, taking a strong contested mark and kick a set shot goal 15 minutes into the first quarter. The second goal came in the second quarter from a nice mark and set shot finish, he would continue to provide a good target taking a nice lead up mark in the third quarter and delivering a nice short kick inside 50. Dean was a great target all day and he finished the game with 16 disposals, six marks and two goals.

#29 Fischer McAsey

McAsey had a similar game to last week starting slowly before becoming more involved as the game went on, he started the second quarter well with a good chase down tackle and was solid overall for that quarter down back and would improve again in the third showing his neat skills by hand and foot. McAsey had a neat game down back finishing with 12 disposals and three rebound 50s.

#31 Josh Worrell

Worrell was physical early hitting contests hard and tackling with intent, his skills by hand and foot early where very solid, he was very important repelling a lot of the oppositions attacks in the first half. His disposal dropped in the second half but his positioning in defence was fantastic and he was still having an influence. Worrell was his teams standout defender with 23 disposals, four marks and five rebounds.

Oakleigh:

#4 Nick Bryan

Another solid game for Bryan who competed well in the ruck especially early on working in tandem with gun midfielder Matthew Rowell. His second quarter was the most impressive with some lovely tap work in the ruck and even showing his skill with ball in hand with a nice kick inside 50. His tap work was the standout but he showed even more tricks with a great tackle on Sandringham speedster Hugo Ralphsmith in the last quarter. Bryan finished the game with 11 disposals, three tackles and 33 hitouts.

#5 Trent Bianco

Bianco was all class for four quarters and was a big reason for his side coming close to knocking off premiership favourites Sandringham. His first half was strong using the ball well down back and in the third quarter he showed why he is considered one of the better skilled players at Oakleigh with a fantastic opposite foot switch kick to teammate Matthew Rowell. Bianco was huge in the last quarter starting to be an influence up the ground, some standout moments came with a lovely kick to the advantage of teammate Dylan Williams inside 50 and he would latter look after Williams again with a fantastic pickup and quick clean and long handball over the top for Williams to run into open goal. Bianco finished the game with 26 disposals, four inside 50s and five rebound 50s.

#8 Noah Anderson

The in-form player in the Nab League so far again had a solid outing he was his usual impactful self working hard through the middle early and linking up well in transition. Anderson was quieter in the second and third quarter but would kick his first goal from straight in front close to goal in the third quarter. Anderson’s second goal came in the last quarter through a free kick and he was also a solid contributor through the midfield in the last quarter and would finish the game with 26 disposals, six tackles and two goals.

#11 Matthew Rowell

Rowell was the standout player on the day especially early having a big say on the game through the midfield, not only was he tackling with intent but he also went in hard to win the ball and was classy with his ball use. He didn’t let up in the second quarter either, continuing to be a force through the midfield and in the third quarter he showed his skill with a classy opposite foot kick inside 50. Rowell excelled at stoppages but he also had an impact in general play especially in the last quarter taking a strong intercept mark and quickly kicking inboard to teammate Trent Bianco which started a great chain for Oakleigh. Rowell finished the game strong with 31 disposals, seven marks and eleven tackles.

#23 Dylan Williams

Williams had a rough start to the game he struggled to get involved in the play early but he started to have an influence in the second quarter taking a nice lead up mark and delivering a nice kick inside 50 which was unfortunately dropped by is teammate but later in the quarter he would kick his first goal which was a nice goal on the run. Williams got a chance through the midfield where he showed some good signs with his movement in traffic, he had one nice bit of play showing clean hands under pressure standing up in a tackle and finding a difficult handpass. Williams looked set to take the game by the scruff of the neck in the last quarter taking a strong mark early and converting a set shot goal he would almost kick another goal from a similar situation that was touched on the line. His final goal came running into open goal to finish his game on a high despite the loss. He finished the game with nine disposals, four marks and three goals.

 

Calder Cannons 10.14 (74) defeated Western Jets 9.8 (62)
By: Ed Pascoe

Calder:
#1 Daniel Mott

Mott had an impact early kicking the first goal of the game which was a lovely opposite foot goal in general play 40 metres out and the second goal also in the same quarter which was an easy goal running into open goal. Most was one of his teams more classy players with ball in hand especially by foot which he had some good movements in the last quarter with a lovely opposite foot kick to teammate Josh Kemp and another long kick inside 50 to the advantage of his teammate which was impossible for a defender to stop. In the last quarter he even showed a good burst of speed to get away from his opponent to get a kick away inside 50. Mott finished the game with 32 disposals, seven marks and two goals in a good four-quarter performance through the midfield.

#8 Sam Ramsay

Ramsay was fantastic in the first quarter showing his class and work ethic laying a strong tackle and showing great composure and movement with ball in hand and he would latter kick a fantastic running goal from 50 metres. Ramsay left the game early and was a big loss for his side as he had started the game extremely well showing his speed and class. He finished the game with eight disposals and one goal.

#30 Josh Kemp

Kemp looked dangerous early he would set up a goal with a nice bit of play in the pocket working hard to win the ball and then a creative handball to set it up, and he would again have a similar bit of play although not leading to a goal but he would almost kick a goal showing lovely hands and movement and then snapping only to be touched on the line and again would come close with a great lead and diving mark but the set shot was changed to a kick to the hot spot. He looked good again in the second quarter showing his leap with a great contested overhead mark but the set shot dropped short and another chance from a nice lead up mark but again not kicking the goal. Kemp would have a quieter second half but showed his kicking skills with a nice pass inboard with a bit of composure in the last quarter, Kemp finished the game with nine disposals and four marks.

#38 Brodie Newman

Newman had a very quiet game, especially for his standards, he defended first and he still showed his game awareness with a nice bit of play in the second quarter positioning himself well having a run and clearing a long kick outside defensive 50. Newman did not have many standout moments in the second half and he finished the game with four disposals and three tackles.

Western:

#18 Emerson Jeka

Jeka showed good presence early taking some nice lead up marks and proving a difficult matchup for the Calder side but he could not quite put it on the scoreboard with a set shot behind and one not making the distance from long range. He would show his class with ball in hand taking a nice mark on the wing and quickly kicking inboard twice one on his preferred and one on his non preferred. He had a good highlight in the third quarter taking a mini specky getting the knee in the middle of his opponents back but again failing to kick the set shot, he would finish the game with nine disposals, six tackles and two behinds.

#20 Darcy Cassar

Cassar started the game well hitting a lovely pass under pressure and showing good movement and speed from a stoppage deep in defence, he was classy down back in the first half showing his speed on many occasions and cool head under pressure. Cassar was a good four-quarter performer and a major reason for the Jets staying in the game and he finished with 24 disposals and eight rebound 50s.

#24 Josh Honey

Honey has had a tough start to the year and again didn’t start the game well although showing good movement trying to take the game on early, he was taken down in a good tackle. Honey would show his class in the second quarter with a great contested mark on the last line and converting the easy set shot he also had a strong tackle in the third quarter and should have been rewarded with a free kick. Honey tried hard but he will be looking to have bigger impacts on the game which he is more than capable of, he finished the game with 14 disposals, six tackles and a goal.

 

Bendigo Pioneers 8.10 (58) defeated by Gippsland Power 12.10 (82)
By: Peter Williams

Bendigo:

#1 Sam Conforti

I was impressed with the way he went about it and was one of Bendigo’s most consistent across the four quarters. The bottom-age midfield has a neat left foot kick and is not afraid to take the game on. He had a terrific spearing pass into Brodie Kemp early in the game and showed great core strength throughout to stand up in tackles and get his hands free. Conforti has high football smarts and can find space whilst in traffic, it is just sharpening up the kicking when at top speed. Gets around the ground comfortably.

#4 Thomson Dow

Not as prolific as past games, finishing with just the nine touches and one effective kick but still managed to hit the scoreboard courtesy of a free kick inside 50 in the second term. He showed good vision to give off a long handball to a teammate in space in the same quarter, and had a chance for another goal from a set shot in the third quarter but missed to the left.

#8 Brodie Kemp

Impressive across the four quarters, he kicked the Pioneers’ opening goal of the game with a ripping shot to bend the ball back through the big sticks in the right forward pocket. He took a great mark at half-forward then kicked low in favour of Caleb Fisher in the pocket. With time and space he can be real damaging, and it is just tightening up the kicking when under pressure at speed. Kept winning it and has a knack of spinning out of trouble. Good hands in traffic too.

#20 James Schischka

Had a solid game throughout playing his usual role in the defensive half and pushing up the ground to take a number of intercept marks. He has a long, direct kick which he uses effectively to put into dangerous positions, but will often size up his options and pick a shorter option. Has strength, applying a fend-off to an opponent and still being able to dispose of the ball.

Gippsland:

#2 Caleb Serong

Does not play a bad game and on this occasion, Serong was one of Gippsland’s best across the four quarters, rotating between midfield and forward. He has great skills and is able to weight kicks well, while also having terrific strength for a small player. Serong just has the ability to get his hands free whilst being tackled, and force opponents to commit to the tackle before giving the ball off to a teammate in space. He had a mind blank in the third term where he gave away a downfield free for a slightly late bump on an opponent, but got forward and booted two goals using strong hands.

#4 Sam Flanders

The forward-turned-midfielder had another impressive game throughout the four quarters, tending to win the ball at the stoppage and get the hands free to find a teammate running past. He would then spread to the outside and win the footy in space and have an impact on the outside.

#11 Kyle Dunkley

Providing strong support on the inside for Gippsland and laid a number of big tackles on opponents throughout the match. His kicking can be hit or miss at times, with his long, penetrating kick more effective than trying to find targets at short range. Dunkley unloaded a long-bomb from well outside 50m and put it straight through the middle, and when inside 50 provides leads and is good in the air or ground level.

#12 Brock Smith

A solid game from the AFL Academy defender who played well one-on-one and is composed with ball-in-hand in the back half. He had a great punch in the second term to put it across the line at half-back and took a good intercept mark on the wing not long after. Continued to apply great defensive pressure and played his role.

#15 Ryan Sparkes

The defender-midfielder just finds the ball wherever he goes and had a nice clearance straight out of the middle to start the game and his ability to win the ball in transition and get it forward was a feature of his match. Has a neat kick, often opting for shorter options, then pushing forward to offer as a target in space. A valuable, underrated midfielder in the side.

#16 Josh Smith

Not a huge game by any means, but played his role inside 50 with his bodywork and finished off with a goal and a couple of score assists. Had a great kick inside 50 to Harrison Pepper leading out, and laid a great tackle in the first term to cause a spillage in defence.

#19 Fraser Phillips

The best game of the season so far for Phillips who has an impact despite not having high disposal numbers. Finishing with just the 12 touches, Phillips roamed around the forward 50 and up to the wing, booting 3.2 in the game and showed high footy IQ and a great goal sense to kick a couple of goals out of nothing. He also showed good defensive pressure, laying a number of tackles inside 50. Effectively nailed the coffin shut in the final term with back-to-back goals including a snap off a few steps and converting a set shot.

#22 Zac Reid

The key defender was another who played his role with little fuss, taking a few marks and just using the ball well across the ground. Reid did not miss a target and played well one-on-one, but his moment of the match was a massive goal-saving tackle in the final term as an opponent ran into an open goal, stopping him in his tracks.

 

Dandenong Stingrays 12.11 (83) drew to Geelong Falcons 12.11 (83)
By: Peter Williams

Dandenong:

#2 Hayden Young

The potential top five selection showed a good aerial ability and strong penetration kick throughout the four quarters as he played his best game for the season. Often winning the ball at half-back or along the wing, Young was ably to double back into the defensive 50, then get up the ground to send the ball into his team’s own attacking 50. Mopped up well throughout the game, though did make one clanger in the third term when kicking out of the back half which was intercepted and led to an opposition goal. Could not fault Young too much throughout, almost kicking a massive goal from the wing in the final term.

#11 Ned Cahill

After a delayed start to the season due to injury, Cahill was really impressive through the midfield, winning both contested and uncontested possessions and most importantly, getting the ball forward to provide scoring possibilities. He has such clean hands and does not fumble much, able to use his footy smarts to keep moving without being caught. Used the ball well more often than not and certainly had a big hand in Dandenong’s drawing the match.

#18 Mitch Riordan

The premiership co-captain provides the stronger body on the inside and experience to the young Stingrays’ midfielders with another solid game. He finds space and is able to kick long to dangerous areas. Riordan is clever at reading ruck taps, and provides good defensive pressure with a number of fierce tackles to stop opponents in their tracks.

#20 Sam De Koning

Started in defence and went forward in the final term, booting two goals and missing a couple which were also gettable. He had to judge the wind which was swirling around, but managed to lift for the Stingrays in that charge home. Would like his time again when trying to kick in the goal square under pressure, but his strong marking and leading looked good, and he was very settled in attack.

#44 Cody Weightman

An exciting prospect who continues to turn heads because of his ability to look dangerous whenever he goes near it. He has a nice kicking technique and great acceleration, which makes him a damaging prospect in the forward half of the ground. Weightman has clean hands and despite copping a head knock in the final term, was fine and a key player in Dandenong’s win.

Geelong:

#4 Gennaro Bove

Showed some nice signs as a bottom-ager and while he did not win a lot of the ball, used it really well and had a touch of class about him. He took a strong mark opposed to Hayden Young on the wing and showed no fear, and has a penetrating kick that he put in the path of Charlie Sprague during the third term. Courageous with good vision and composure, he is one to watch over the next 18 months.

#8 Charlie Lazzaro

Another bottom-ager who stood out in the draw was Lazzaro who stepped up in the absence of the injured Cooper Stephens. Continually cracking in and laying some big tackles, shovelling out the contested ball and winning the clearance, Lazzaro was quite impressive with his kicking action and getting it forawrd.

#17 Sheldon Ham

Just showed a few nice signs on the weekend in the forward half as a creative type who can win the footy. Kicked a great goal in the third term and just seems to move well and get himself out of trouble. Won a lot of his possessions under pressure and held himself up well, sharing the ball around to teammates in the forward 50.

#36 Charlie Sprague

A serviceable game for the overager who would have liked to have made more of his forward chances. Had some nice passes of play such as a good leading mark diving forward, but then kicked it out on the full. Set up a couple of teammates going forward and pushing up to the wing, won the ball and used his body well to fire a quick handball to a teammate running past in the opposite direction.

#40 Jesse Clark

Stationed at half-back, Clark showed good body pressure on his opponents at ground level or in the air and repelled a lot of Dandenong attacks. He was outsized late in the game against Sam De Koning, but aside from that, had a really promising game with strong kicking and a couple of good intercept marks in defence under immense pressure. Just consistent throughout the match.

 

Northern Territory Thunder Academy 6.8 (44) defeated by Tasmania Devils 13.14 (92)
By: Alex Gibson

Northern Territory:

#17 Maurice Rioli

The way this bottom-ager plays it is no surprise he is a Rioli. His presence of silky skill was complimented beautifully by his dashing speed. Although he did not have huge numbers his possessions were damaging thanks to his precise vision and ability to lower his eyes. A run-down tackle at the start of the third quarter got the crowd up on their feet.

#19 Ben Jungfer

In what was a frustrating day for the Thunder star, Jungfer’s efforts can not be questioned. The Devils seemed to have put a lot of time into the midfielder following last weeks performance and he wasn’t given much space throughout the game. Finding it hard to get his hands on the ball in the first half, Jungfer’s second half showed promising signs and he worked hard to finish with 17 disposals and five tackles.

#24 Joel Jeffery

The 17-year-old swingman was immense for the NT boys. Playing as the key forward at only 189cm, his athleticism contributed to him being a serious aerial threat and the devils defenders were cautious of his raw talent. When the Devils began to get on top, a smart coaching move saw Jeffery go back, where his marking ability alongside a deadly long kick saw him gather 20 disposals including seven rebounds out of the defensive 50 to go with his earlier goal.

#27 Beau O’Connell

O’Connell was the Thunder’s best by far. He had a big first term where his gut running and damaging kick gave him the opportunity to kick back-to-back goals and allowed his team to get on top early. Rotating through half forward and the midfield, when O’Connell had the ball the Thunder looked at their most dangerous. He gathered 16 touches and finished with three goals.

#35 Stephen Cumming

In what was a disappointing day for the Thunder, the 199cm monster dominated in the ruck. Finishing with 40 hitouts, the next best hit out count on the day between both teams was six. The big man also exploited the new ruck rule where he on numerous occasions took the ball straight out of the stoppage giving first use to his midfielders. His football smarts largely contributed to his 17 handball and 22 disposal day.

Tasmania:

#1 Mitch O’Neill

The Thunder had no response to O’Neill’s dominance throughout the whole day, he was unstoppable. The dashing on baller amassed a massive 35 disposal performance including 21 kicks and nine inside 50’s. Not only did he hurt the Thunder by foot going inside 50, but his quick hands in and under the stoppage allowed the Devils to have a huge second quarter and control the game from there on. Was clearly the best on ground.

#2 Oliver Burrows-Cheng

The big bodied midfielder showed a display of pure strength. Despite having a clear defensive role in which he got on top of his opponent, Burrows-Cheng was still the first player to get his hands on the football at the stoppage and was impressive all day. Working tirelessly all game he laid seven tackles and defensively was brilliant.

#7 Matt McGuiness

The game seemed to slow down when McGuiness had the ball. The half back had elite composure out the the defensive 50 which stood out along with him hitting targets using both sides of his body. McGuiness also was very solid defensively where his ability to read the ball allowed him to get the upper hand on his opponents.

#25 Jackson Callow

Callow could have had a really, really big day. He dominated the Thunder’s defence all game and finished with five goals however if he kicked straight could’ve easily had seven or eight to his name. Callow did not once get out-marked and either took the grab himself or brought the ball to ground to which his small forwards appreciated. Callow was the go-to man for the Devils and the well built key forward’s work rate was impressive – often providing a target well up the ground.

 

Murray Bushrangers 9.15 (69) defeated Greater Western Victoria Rebels 9.8 (62)
By: Peter Williams

Murray:
#3 Ben Kelly

The 19-year-old ruck/defender has made a strong start to his overage year and while he had less impact on the weekend, still showed enough signs to suggest this year could be a big one for him. He moves well for a taller player and does not panic when potentially quicker players are in pursuit. He has a nice sidestep and even attempted to go for a run in the first term, taking a bounce before opting for a handball. He patrolled the backline and switches the play when required, taking a good intercept mark in the final term and backed himself to move around a player and take off down the field.

#5 Cam Wild

An accumulator who plays his role for the team with minimal fuss and just wins the ball every week. Wild is a player who does his best work around stoppages, often firing out handballs or kicking clear of danger. Found a fair bit of it in space on the wing and pumped it long inside 50.

#7 Zane Barzen

Another overage player at the Bushrangers, Barzen had some nice moments inside 50, kicking a couple of goals and assisting in some others. Still looking to find consistency across four quarters, Barzen had a quieter second half, but still acquitted himself in the forward arc. Had a late chance for a third goal with a snap under immense pressure but missed.

#12 Lachlan Ash

If there is a player in the NAB League competition that catches the eye, then it is most certainly Lachlan Ash. Hardly putting a foot wrong, Ash’s ball use is elite and some of the kicks he produces are bordering on perfection. Ash will almost always pick the right option and does not just play safe, going for the deeper, penetrating kicks forawrd to set up attacking plays, even if the kick comes attached with risk. He set up a number of goals, including one in the first term to Will Chandler, and the winning goal to Jay Hillary in the final quarter. The amazing thing about Ash is the fact that he firstly takes the game on, but secondly brings teammates into play by drawing opponents and giving the ball off, or providing shepherds to allow teammates to kick cleanly up the ground like he did in the final term. Ash is terrific overhead and really does it all.

#14 Jye Chalcraft

Had an influential first term in the midfield, and played a solid game throughout the four quarters as one of the Bushrangers’ best. Still finding consistency throughout the match, Chalcraft’s ability to sidestep opponents with ease and just pump the ball forward makes him a damaging player wherever he is playing. Chalcraft has good core strength and stands up in tackles, also having a nice kick under pressure in the opening term to hit a target at half-forward. He spreads around the ground and a good work rate, and finds the ball when in midfield. Does not make a heap of errors with his disposal, and more often than not is able to put the ball to a teammates’ advantage.

#19 Jimmy Boyer

Floated around the ground providing an option in space, taking a number of marks and keeping the ball moving in transition. Boyer’s worked hard to spread to the wings and flanks and is able to use the ball well under pressure. A nice kick of the football, his lateral movement and good vision make him a handy prospect. One of the better Bushrangers on the day and just keeps winning the football and providing an option to his teammates.

#20 Elijah Hollands

A classy forward who just has that knack of finding the goals, he was disappointed in himself missing a few early chances, before kicking two for the game, including a natural instinct shot off the left to win the game for the Bushrangers. Hollands also shows good second efforts, giving off a quick handball before following up with a tackle immediately after.

GWV:

#4 Jed Hill

Worked hard throughout the match and played a solid game to continually find space rotating through the midfield and half-forward. Still needs to fine tune some consistency having a quiet second half, but was prominent early in the game with 10 touches and five marks to half-time. Finished with the 13 disposals, but did a lot of things that were outside the stat sheet. Hill ran hard and kicked a goal into the breeze in the second term after a “typical” Hill goal from a tight angle in the pocket in the first term.

#7 Mitch Martin

A classy performance and as clean as they come at ground level. Used the ball well throughout and showed neat kicking across the ground. In the third term, Martin showed his composure by nullifying a ball in the forward pocket despite being chased by two opponents. Kept getting busy around the ground and offered himself as an option with 10 marks, rotating between midfield and half-forward. Also laid a number of good tackles, but the standout feature was his one-touch ability at ground level.

#9 Isaac Wareham

Made some uncharacteristic errors by foot in the game, kicking at just 50 per cent, but his pressure was still high. While the normally classy Wareham had some nice disposals at times, it was his hunting of the ball and ball carrier which stood out. He is not a huge disposal winner, but always goes for a smother or tackle whenever possible and plays a great team role.

#13 Jay Rantall

Shot onto my draft board after the match on the weekend and will be one to watch. The former basketballer is still very raw, and does make mistakes by foot at times, but some of the natural things he does are very eye-catching. Rantall has an eye for the goals and was able to kick a couple of majors, one off a step from long range, timing the kick perfectly, then had another snap around the body from a stoppage in the third term. His energy levels and second efforts are very impressive and his overall athletic capabilities are off the charts. By far the moment that caught everyone’s eye was the final centre stoppage where he read the tap to perfection, burst away and hit a pass onto the chest of a leading forward.

#14 Liam Herbert

Had a few nice plays around the ground and weight his kicks, but also made some errors by foot. He worked hard to push back into defence at times and also got forward, moving around the ground well. Had an important fist under pressure in the defensive 50 in the final term.

Team of the Week: Academy sides – Round 2

IN a special edition of Draft Central’s Team of the Week, we have devised a team featuring the five academies that joined the NAB League Boys competition on the weekend, and will continue with Teams of the Week for the remaining four weeks while they are in the competition. Tasmania while also joining the competition, will be included in the regular NAB League Boys Team of the Week as the Devils will continue for the rest of the season as a full-time team.

In the Round 2 clashes, Brisbane Lions and Sydney Swans Academy both impressed with good wins and have six players in the squad of 24, while Gold Coast had a nice win over Northern Territory to record five players in the Draft Central Academy Team of the Week. The GWS GIANTS Academy had four and the Thunder registered the three.

Among the top performers in Round 2 of the NAB League Boys were the impressive midfield of Gold Coast duo, Connor Budarick and Ashton Crossley, Sydney bottom-age gun, Errol Gulden, first round GIANTS prospect Thomas Green, and Brisbane ball magnet Will Martyn. In attack, Liam Delahunty was best for the GIANTS, named at centre half-forward alongside teammate Jeromy Lucas, and flanked by Swans’ captain Sam Thorne on the other side. While both Thorne and Lucas predominantly play on the wing, the strength in midfield saw them push forward. SUNS’ goalsneak Josh Gore and Brisbane forward Tom Wischnat are either side of Lions key, Noah Cumberland.

Northern Territory’s Stephen Cumming can provide a target down forward and was the standout ruck on the weekend, while in defence, Ben Jungfer slots onto the half-back flank after six rebounds to go with his leather poisoning in the midfield. Brisbane’s Tom Griffiths and GWS’ Nick Murray also make the starting back six, while Luke Parks stands at centre half-back for the Swans. SUNS’ duo, Jack Johnston and Corey Joyce round out the defence.

On the bench, Sydney have three players with Kyle McKellar, Jacob Dol and Braedon Campbell, while Brisbane have two in Bruce Reville and Thomas Jeffrey who were also impressive. The final player is Matthew Cumming who joins brother Stephen as the third Thunder player in the side.

NAB League season previews: Northern Academies

IN a first as part of the new NAB League Boys competition, the four Northern Academy sides take their place over the next five rounds competing against each other and some Victorian teams, as does Northern Territory. The five teams and Tasmania will look to put their best foot forward ahead of the National Under 18 Championships where the top stars from the sides will combine to form the Allies. We take a look at each of the teams and their fixtures below.

 

BRISBANE LIONS:

Brisbane Lions Academy have some familiar names in their squad who showed promising signs last year. Will Martyn is a crucial member of the Lions squad, showing off his versatility as an inside midfielder and forward. The Lions midfield is quite strong, with fellow AFL Academy members, Saxon Crozier and Bruce Reville able to create some run off the wings, while Tom Griffiths is another AFL Academy member who will play off half-back at times. Key position forward Kobe Tozer is a huge talent but has been unlucky due to injury over the past couple of years since starring at the National Under 16 Championships. In the five rounds, the Lions begin their campaign against the GWS GIANTS Academy before tackling cross-state rivals, Gold Coast SUNS Academy. They then meet Eastern Ranges, Sandringham Dragons and Dandenong Stingrays in which should be a huge test for the Lions against some strong Victorian talent.

Fixture:

R2 = vs. GIANTS Academy
R3 = vs. SUNS Academy
R4 = vs. Eastern Ranges
R5 = vs. Sandringham Dragons
R6 = vs. Dandenong Stingrays

 

GOLD COAST SUNS:

The Gold Coast SUNS Academy have a number of bright prospects who will no doubt shine on the big stage for the Allies once the NAB League Boys five-round series is done. The SUNS will face Northern Territory up first in a game that they should be favourites in, before tackling cross-state rivals, Brisbane Lions Academy. They finish with three sides from Victoria, as the Suns test themselves against the highly-fancied Oakleigh Chargers – albeit without their schoolboys, Eastern Ranges and GWV Rebels. Connor Budarick is a name who many became familiar with last year at the National Under 18 Championships, playing predominantly forward and averaging 10 disposals, 5.5 tackles and 1.5 goals in a pressure forward role. Expect him to spend more time in the midfield this year, and along with Ashton Crossley and Alex Davies will cause some headaches for the opposition midifield. Other AFL Academy members who will be ones to watch include the exciting Hewago Paul-Oea and key defender Jack Johnston.

Fixture:

R2 = vs. Northern Territory
R3 = vs. Lions Academy
R4 = vs. Oakleigh Chargers
R5 = vs. Eastern Ranges
R6 = vs. GWV Rebels

 

GWS GIANTS:

The GWS GIANTS Academy have just the three AFL Academy members, with midfielders Matt McGrory and Thomas Green, and versatile tall, Liam Delahunty. However Green is considered among the top prospects in the draft crop, and will likely cost the GIANTS a high draft pick given his 73 per cent contested possession rate from almost 20 disposals at the National Under 18 Championships. The inside bull does not take a backwards step, and along with Delahunty who will likely predominantly play forward, but can play in defence, will create a couple of playmakers for the GIANTS. Jeromy Lucas, Nick Murray and James Peatling are among the overagers returning to the squad. Over the next five rounds, the GIANTS will take on the Brisbane Lions Academy before looking to win the ‘Battle of the Bridge’ against Sydney Swans’ Academy. They face the Northern Knights, Gippsland Power and Murray Bushrangers in what will be likely the hardest draw of any of the Academies with those sides close to full strength if all available.

Fixture:

R2 = vs. Lions Academy
R3 = vs. Swans Academy
R4 = vs. Northern Knights
R5 = vs. Gippsland Power
R6 = vs. Murray Bushrangers

 

 

SYDNEY SWANS:

Sydney Swans Academy are the only Academy side to face just one fellow Academy team, taking on cross-state rivals, GWS GIANTS Academy in Round 3. First up they play Tasmania Devils who will be fresh into the competition after a bye in Round 1. They then tackle Sandringham Dragons, Murray Bushrangers and Geelong Falcons in what will be a huge test for the Swans. Josh Rayner will be a crucial player in midfield and when he goes forward, while captain Sam Thorne will lead from the front in the midfield. Jackson Barling is another key onballer to watch out for, while Braedon Campbell and Errol Gulden are a couple of talents to keep an eye out for next year’s crop. Luke Parks at centre half-back will straighten the Swans up and hopefully repel attacks going forward.

Fixture:

R2 = vs. Tasmania Devils
R3 = vs. GIANTS Academy
R4 = vs. Sandringham Dragons
R5 = vs. Murray Bushrangers
R6 = vs. Geelong Falcons

 

 

NORTHERN TERRITORY:

The Northern Territory are always an exciting team to watch, and will have a great opportunity to showcase some lively types. With only one Academy clash in place against the SUNS and a bout with Tasmania to start off their five-week campaign, the Thunder will also face tough NAB League opposition in Sandringham, Murray, and Northern. A trio of forward maestroes headlines the top Territory talent, with Malcolm Rosas Jr, Joel Jeffrey, and Maurice Rioli Jr all winning rising star nominations in the recent NTFL season. Richmond fans are already excited at the possibility of adding another Rioli to their ranks, and will get a good chance see how the bottom-ager competes against the nation’s best. Over-aged brothers Matthew and Stephen Cumming are also set to bolster the side’s key position stocks, with plenty of zip buzzing at their feet.   

Fixture:

R2 = vs. SUNS Academy
R3 = vs. Tasmania Devils
R4 = vs. Sandringham Dragons
R5 = vs. Murray Bushrangers
R6 = vs. Northern Knights

Team Selection: NAB League Boys – Round 2

THE first round of five consecutive rounds featuing the four Northern Academies and Northern Territory kicks off Saturday morning, with a record nine games played over the next month and a half. Tasmania Devils also play their first game in the NAB League Boys competition, pitted against Sydney Swans Academy in the opening game of the round. While the Victorian sides play against each other in Round 2, the six sides playing their first competitive game take part in a Triple Header at Blacktown International Sports Park. Potential first round picks, Mitch O’Neill, Thomas Green and Caleb Serong are set to run out for their first games in the competition, with the latter missing last week. Oakleigh has lost co-captain, Trent Bianco after copping a knock last week, while potential Essendon father-son prospect Mason Fletcher has been named by Calder Cannons.

 

SYDNEY SWANS ACADEMY v. TASMANIA DEVILS

Round 2 – 30/03/2019
9:30am
Blacktown International Sports Park

SYDNEY SWANS ACADEMY

B: 22. M. Geddes, 4. R. van Huisstede, 33. K. Martin
HB: 12. N. Brewer, 3. L. Parks, 38. J. Dol
C: 7. B. Campbell, 9. S. Thorne, 23. E. Gulden
HF: 16. L. Swaney, 5. H. Maguire, 11. A. Watling
F: 15. H. Parker, 39. J. Rayner, 21. Z. Youlten
R: 40. S. Gaden, 37. K. McKellar, 10. J. Barling
Int: 20. J. Adams, 14. T. Baxter, 28. N. Casalini, 6. C. Nash, 17. P. Roseby, 29. T. Tyson, 27. M. Sheather

TASMANIA DEVILS

B: 35. L. Viney, 8. J. Steele, 17. P. Walker
HB: 13. S. Collins, 38. O. Shaw, 7. M. McGuinness
C: 21. L. Gadomski, 1. M. O’Neill, 41. C. Stephenson
HF: 51. J. Clifford, 40. T. McGinniss, 31. J. Menzie
F: 20. W. Harper, 25. J. Callow, 19. S. Lewis-Johnson
R: 9. J. Chaplin, 22. N. Baker, 3. O. Davis
Int: 45. R. Ashlin, 16. R. Banks-Smith, 2. O. Burrows-Cheng, 39. S. Green, 48. J. Hennessy, 23. H. Ireland, 4. W. Peppin, 50. C. Riethoff

 

GWS GIANTS ACADEMY v. BRISBANE LIONS ACADEMY

Round 2 – 30/03/2019
11:55am
Blacktown International Sports Park

GWS GIANTS ACADEMY

B: 5. K. Flack, 24. N. Murray, 23. A. Whyte
HB: 43. S. Frost, 27. J. Green, 20. J. Reed
C: 1. H. Grant, 25. T. Green, 10. J. Peatling
HF: 22. L. Conlan, 26. L. Delahunty, 19. R. Mooney
F: 4. C. Edwards, 35. J. Cullen, 2. M. Hamblin
R: 34. O. Hicks, 17. J. Lucas, 28. M. McGrory
Int: 3. J. Moen, 6. T. Organ, 12. L. Squire, 16. C. Steele, 37. D. Beavan

BRISBANE LIONS ACADEMY

B: 44. C. Bulley, 36. J. Ward, 8. T. Townson
HB: 19. T. Griffiths, 40. N. Haberer, 28. E. Hunt
C: 12. S. Crozier, 11. W. Martyn, 18. B. Reville
HF: 13. B. Coleman, 21. N. Cumberland, 23. T. Jeffrey
F: 45. G. Sproule, 43. J. Briskey, 38. T. Wischnat
R: 60. S. Ryan, 15. T. Abberley, 20. J. Quint
Int: 26. J. Apted, 25. C. Aston, 17. J. Hammond, 14. C. Michael, 16. W. O’Dwyer
Emg: 9. W. Tasker

 

GIPPSLAND POWER v. DANDENONG STINGRAYS

Round 2 – 30/03/2019
1:00pm
Morwell Recreation Reserve

GIPPSLAND POWER

B: 14. T. Hourigan, 22. Z. Reid, 32. L. Williams
HB: 29. T. Rees, 12. B. Smith, 15. R. Sparkes
C: 10. L. Connolly, 4. S. Flanders, 37. H. Pepper
HF: 20. H. Neocleous, 17. C. Comben, 9. W. Papley
F: 19. F. Phillips, 16. J. Smith, 2. C. Serong
R: 43. Z. Skinner, 11. K. Dunkley, 7. S. Berry
Int: 30. T. Baldi, 34. J. Hume, 31. B. Macfarlane, 24. B. Maslen, 3. M. McGannon, 21. M. McGarrity, 25. J. McGrath, 23. Z. Soutar, 35. J. van der Pligt

In: C. Serong, M. McGarrity, B. Macfarlane, J. Hume
Out: T. Fitzpatrick

DANDENONG STINGRAYS

B: 38. M. Gregory, 46. D. Popa, 50. L. Williams
HB: 10. C. Gay, 20. S. De Koning, 42. J. Nanscawen
C: 40. S. Merrick, 18. M. Riordan, 39. J. Toner
HF: 11. E. Cahill, 24. B. Nyuon, 44. C. Weightman
F: 14. D. Smith, 28. B. Schmidt, 25. J. Stuart
R: 53. A. Bradtke, 45. L. Goonan, 2. H. Young
Int: 1. H. Berenger, 47. W. Bravo, 52. C. Ellison, 27. K. George, 13. N. Heath, 23. J. Neal, 34. R. Orchard, 33. H. Sullivan, 30. J. Thomas

In: J. Neal, A. Bradtke, R. Orchard, C. Ellison
Out: B. Milford

 

MURRAY BUSHRANGERS v. BENDIGO PIONEERS

Round 2 – 30/03/2019
2:00pm
Deakin Reserve – Shepparton

MURRAY BUSHRANGERS

B: 28. J. O’Dwyer, 22. E. Baxter, 29. K. Williamson
HB: 12. L. Ash, 3. B. Kelly, 10. W. Quirk
C: 19. J. Boyer, 38. D. Clarke, 26. S. Durham
HF: 6. W. Chandler, 23. E. Keogh, 20. E. Hollands
F: 44. J. Hillary, 1. W. Christie, 53. C. Wilson
R: 25. L. Fiore, 5. C. Wild, 9. J. Chalcraft
Int: 17. B. Ashley-Cooper, 42. H. Beasley, 2. C. Byrne, 14. K. Chalcraft, 34. K. Davies, 27. A. Martin
Emg: 7. Z. Barzen, 32. W. Bowden, 15. P. Parnell

In: E. Baxter, P. Parnell, Z. Barzen
Out: T. Matthes

BENDIGO PIONEERS

B: 17. L. Fitzgerald, 34. W. Wallace, 14. M. Lias
HB: 1. S. Conforti, 10. B. Vaz, 20. J. Schischka
C: 38. B. Rowles, 8. B. Kemp, 25. W. Shaw
HF: 30. J. Dick-O’Flaherty, 22. J. Treacy, 9. E. Roberts
F: 35. C. Fisher, 24. M. Johnson, 49. C. Vick
R: 11. A. Gundry, 31. R. Ironside, 4. T. Dow
Int: 52. J. Atley, 59. R. Clarke, 12. A. Cole, 6. J. Rodi, 41. Z. Shelton, 21. R. Wilson, 19. B. Worme

In: R. Clarke

 

GOLD COAST SUNS ACADEMY v. NORTHERN TERRITORY

Round 2 – 30/03/2019
2:20pm
Blacktown International Sports Park

GOLD COAST SUNS ACADEMY

B: 15. C. Joyce, 35. M. Newman, 7. J. Smith
HB: 11. J. Wingrave, 31. J. Johnston, 17. B. Delandes
C: 18. A. Fyfe, 28. A. Crossley, 10. M. Pescud
HF: 13. J. Gore, 29. H. Rowles, 1. H. Oea
F: 14. M. Fraser, 27. B. Birch, 3. M. Selsby
R: 32. M. Conroy, 22. A. Davies, 5. C. Budarick
Int: 19. Z. Briggs, 57. J. Brumley, 6. R. Buckland, 12. E. Dawson, 8. R. Nicholls, 9. B. Reeves, 20. E. Semaan

NORTHERN TERRITORY

B: 25. D. Forbes, 31. J. Budarick, 20. B. Hodges
HB: 13. K. Kenny, 30. S. Foster, 32. M. McGregor
C: 5. L. Ferreira, 19. B. Jungfer, 7. B. Rusca
HF: 12. J. Box, 24. J. Jeffrey, 29. W. Derksen
F: 23. M. Cooper, 36. M. Cumming, 17. M. Rioli Jnr
R: 28. J. Stevens, 27. B. O’Connell, 35. S. Cumming
Int: 4. R. Fejo, 22. B. Lake, 9. J. Patrick, 37. S. Richardson, 2. T. Woods
Emg: 34. L. MacDonald, 33. D. Thompson

 

SANDRINGHAM DRAGONS v. NORTHERN KNIGHTS

Round 2 – 31/03/2019
10:00am
Wilson Storage Trevor Barker Beach Oval – Sandringham

SANDRINGHAM DRAGONS

B: 10. J. Le Grice , 33. C. Watts, 37. W. Mackay
HB: 13. L. Butler, 29. F. McAsey, 7. J. Voss
C: 9. N. Burke, 1. J. Mahony, 31. J. Worrell
HF: 36. O. Lewis, 12. C. Dean, 11. H. Ralphsmith
F: 15. A. Hanrahan, 28. R. Bowman, 39. B. O’Leary
R: 32. J. Bell, 5. R. Byrnes, 4. F. Maginness
Int: 6. M. Bergman, 43. J. Bowey, 42. L. Cleary, 30. A. Courtney, 19. J. Goddard, 47. N. Grech, 51. D. Hipwell, 16. J. Mifsud, 44. L. Riley

In: L. Riley, L. Cleary, N. Grech

NORTHERN KNIGHTS

B: 29. J. Collins, 51. R. Uwandu, 10. J. Lucente
HB: 23. N. Cox, 11. R. Sturgess, 4. J. Davies
C: 7. R. Gardner, 13. S. Philp, 41. N. Kitchell
HF: 5. J. D’Intinosante, 9. C. Simonsen, 2. L. Perry
F: 30. B. Leonard, 34. Z. Costello, 3. B. Nikolovski
R: 15. N. Howard, 18. S. Brazier, 8. A. Carafa
Int: 17. J. Bowne, 37. K. Brandt, 40. L. Mcmahon, 6. X. Naish, 1. L. Potter, 32. I. Rossi, 16. O. Simpson, 19. J. Trudgeon, 45. A. Taylor

In: X. Naish, I. Rossi, J. Bowne, A. Taylor
Out: E. Macpherson

 

WESTERN JETS v. EASTERN RANGES

Round 2 – 31/03/2019
12:30pm
Wilson Storage Trevor Barker Beach Oval – Sandringham

WESTERN JETS

B: 8. J. Kellett, 42. E. Acevski, 41. L. Rzanovski
HB: 20. D. Cassar, 28. K. Crimmins, 37. L. Conway
C: 17. N. Reynolds, 29. B. Ryan, 2. H. White
HF: 5. K. Borg, 18. E. Jeka, 33. S. El-Hawli
F: 1. L. Failli, 45. A. Clarke, 44. A. Manton
R: 47. W. Kennedy, 24. J. Honey, 7. D. Andrews
Int: 34. E. Bentley, 13. D. Bolkas, 10. Z. Christofi, 31. S. Clifford, 3. E. Ford, 19. J. Horo, 36. C. Mackenzie-George, 21. P. Nesci, 4. L. Rocci

In: L. Rocci, Z. Christofi, P. Nesci, C. Mackenzie-George
Out: S. Johnson

EASTERN RANGES

B: 12. J. Gilbee, 39. J. Nathan, 40. J. Hourihan
HB: 4. J. Clarke, 21. J. Ross, 16. T. Garner
C: 20. C. Downie, 7. L. Stapleton, 17. C. Hirst
HF: 10. C. Black, 13. J. Rossiter, 11. M. Mellis
F: 9. J. Duffy, 18. B. McCormack, 14. L. Gawel
R: 49. R. Smith, 45. M. Zalac, 23. Z. Pretty
Int: 31. J. Blanck, 15. S. Feagaimalii, 1. K. Hubber, 19. W. Parker, 2. M. Silvaggi, 53. J. Tilly, 3. C. Tilyard, 25. L. Vassis, 48. S. Woodward

In: C. Tilyard, J. Nathan, K. Hubber, W. Parker, M. Silvaggi
Out: M. Brown, B. Hickleton

 

GREATER WESTERN VICTORIA REBELS v. GEELONG FALCONS

Round 2 – 31/03/2019
1:00pm
Mars Stadium – Ballarat

GREATER WESTERN VICTORIA REBELS

B: 12. R. Polkinghorne, 19. N. Caris, 6. J. Tillig
HB: 8. J. Cleaver, 20. C. Giddings, 11. J. Dwyer
C: 14. L. Herbert, 4. J. Hill, 9. I. Wareham
HF: 13. J. Rantall, 18. J. Wright, 30. I. Thomas
F: 2. I. Grant, 5. M. Jorgensen, 10. M. Lloyd
R: 29. P. Glanford, 7. M. Martin, 1. C. Craig-Peters
Int: 27. M. Herbert, 35. C. Hinkley, 3. T. Mahony, 41. F. Marris, 23. D. McEldrew, 26. N. Nash, 24. J. Quick, 25. P. Rea, 32. H. Sharp

In: F. Marris, I. Grant, M. Herbert, P. Rea
Out: N. Stevens

GEELONG FALCONS

B: 40. J. Clark, 52. S. Christensen, 3. K. Rayner
HB: 38. S. Bourke, 47. L. Peck, 21. L. Smith
C: 12. N. Gribble, 36. C. Sprague, 7. C. Harris
HF: 1. J. Dahlhaus, 55. M. Langan, 30. H. Stubbings
F: 5. W. Batson, 49. M. Annandale, 4. G. Bove
R: 46. H. Walsh, 41. C. Stephens, 8. C. Lazzaro
Int: 51. N. Conway, 17. S. Ham, 37. O. Henry, 11. C. Karpala, 20. W. Kilpatrick, 29. B. Miller, 43. J. Paatsch, 34. C. Page, 18. B. Reid

In: M. Langan, C. Karpala, B. Reid, J. Paatsch, G. Bove, S. Ham
Out: O. Lewis, A. Hildebrandt, O. Balderas

 

CALDER CANNONS v. OAKLEIGH CHARGERS

Round 2 – 31/03/2019
3:40pm
Rams Arena – Craigieburn

CALDER CANNONS

B: 24. T. Cartwright, 26. M. Fletcher, 20. B. Morgan
HB: 5. C. Brown, 38. B. Newman, 33. T. Browning
C: 8. S. Ramsay, 6. F. Lakey, 32. M. Simpson
HF: 27. N. Gentile, 21. H. Jones, 30. J. Kemp
F: 3. J. Cardillo, 46. S. Callander, 2. J. Sutton
R: 12. J. O’Sullivan, 10. H. Minton-Connell, 1. D. Mott
Int: 14. S. Bell-Bartels, 23. C. Brand, 29. C. Edwardes, 16. J. Keeping, 36. P. Luckins, 25. J. Martin, 55. A. Righele, 19. B. Rigoni, 34. O. Sasalu

In: F. Lakey, O. Sasalu, C. Edwardes, B. Morgan, M. Fletcher
Out: J. Flanigan, S. Graham

OAKLEIGH CHARGERS

B: 52. N. Guiney, 49. H. Mastras, 12. L. Jenkins
HB: 39. R. McInnes, 7. J. Robertson, 14. C. Oglethorpe
C: 27. J. May, 3. J. Ayton-Delaney, 9. W. Phillips
HF: 28. L. Johnson, 23. D. Williams, 29. F. Macrae
F: 67. H. Mundy, 30. S. Tucker, 19. D. Romero
R: 4. N. Bryan, 8. N. Anderson, 11. M. Rowell
Int: 33. N. Dempsey, 18. F. Elliot, 55. B. Fleming, 22. T. Graham, 24. B. Jepson, 15. K. Schreiber, 17. G. Varagiannis, 63. J. Woodfull, 34. V. Zagari

In: V. Zagari, B. Fleming, B. Jepson, G. Varagiannis, D. Romero
Out: T. Bianco, J. Ugle-Hagan

Fantastic Five: Memorable moments from the weekend

TALENTED teenagers, thrilling wins and unforgettable moments were the highlights from the weekend in a fantastic round of football.

Next year’s draft crop shines

While most of the AFL Academy Level One members sat out the games at Ikon Park on Sunday, spectators got a glimpse into the talent of the 2019 National Draft crop when Vic Country and Vic Metro took on Queensland and New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory (NSW/ACT). Both the Victorian sides triumphed, but the likes of Thomas Green (NSW/ACT) and Ashton Crossley (Queensland) impressed for the Division Two sides. The depth of Victorian talent was on show, with Flynn Perez (Bendigo Pioneers), Mitch Martin (GWV Rebels), Riley Baldi (Gippsland Power), Mitch Mellis (Eastern Ranges), Josh D’Intinosante (Northern Knights) and Brodie Newman (Calder Cannons) some of the top performers.

Worpedo’s pick-up

If you have not seen the one-on-one contest between James Worpel and Joel Selwood, it is one not to be missed. At half-forward, both bulls stormed towards the ball, with the young talent bouncing off his more experienced opponent and giving the ball off to Jack Gunston, who finished with a goal. His performance on the weekend in Hawthorn’s close win over the Cats earned the Geelong Falcons premiership co-captain a Rising Star nomination, with Worpel picking up 23 disposals, five marks, four clearances and laying eight tackles.

Williamstown’s thrilling win

The Seagulls and Tigers have not had the greatest of seasons this year in the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s competition, but the sides played out a thrilling contest on the weekend, with Williamstown triumphing by the smallest of margins. Western Jets’ tall Sharnie Whiting kicked what would be the winning goal late in the game to deliver the Seagulls a huge victory in context, and while neither side will play finals, it will give them plenty of confidence going into the final fortnight of the season.

Adelaide University books grand final berth

Heading away to face the minor premiers, Morphettville Park was always going to be a challenge. The second placed Adelaide University knew the going would be tough, and it took all four quarters to get the job done, recording a two-point win. The victory saw The Blacks move into the grand final, while the Roos will have to win their preliminary final to earn a rematch. Christies Beach came to an end at the hands of Salisbury, with the latter now with an opportunity to move through to the decider if they can upset Morphettville Park.

VFLW a perfect development ground for talented teens

It was impressive to see so many potential top picks running around in the VFLW on the weekend, with Madison Prespakis (Melbourne Uni), Nina Morrison and Olivia Purcell (Geelong), Emerson Woods (Hawthorn), Jordyn Allen (Casey Demons) and Sophie Van De Heuvel (Williamstown) among a plethora of potential AFL Women’s stars next season playing their trade at state level. With some likely to play finals, it will be great to see them on the big stage in the final month of the season.

Scouting notes: Vic Metro vs. NSW/ACT

IN the second game at Ikon Park yesterday, Vic Metro defeated NSW/ACT in the Under 17s Futures game. We took a look at all the players from both sides.

Vic Metro:

By: Michael Alvaro & Ed Pascoe

#2 Mitch Mellis

It was the kind of performance that TAC Cup followers have come to expect from Mellis, working hard to impact the contest from half-back. He started in a more advanced position and was able to push the ball inside 50 on the back of some solid marks on the wing, matched with his dash. Mellis was effective by foot and hurt Queensland as he accumulated a decent amount of possessions in the first half. The nuggety Eastern product’s rebounding became more of a feature in the second half and he managed to do all of the defensive things right, too with a few important tackles and ground level efforts.

#3 Chayce Black

Black crashed in from the get-go and worked hard to set the tone for his side from the wing. While he struggled to get a handle on it early, Black later found more of the ball – flicking it out while standing in tackles and bursting through at stoppages. He laid a great tackle where he almost jumped on the back of his opponent and clung on, highlighting his desire for the contest and good presence.

#4 Lucas Rocci

Rocci didn’t find a heap of the ball during his midfield minutes, but managed to bag two goals at a crucial stage of the game in the third term. Both were set shots deep in the 50, but Rocci’s best moments were when he was seen reigning the ball in and keeping composed under pressure with vision and good hands.

#5 Josh D’Intinosante

‘JD’ was one of the stars of the show, owning his half-forward role while contributing well at stoppages forward of centre. The Northern Knight was perennially on the move, whether while applying pressure to the opposition or looking to move the ball on quickly. His best traits suit the role he played but he has shown an aptitude to play midfield, and this game was no different as his extraction was very good. D’Intinosante’s end product was also enjoyable to watch as he converted his two chances at goal, while also playing a key role in Brodie Newman’s two last quarter majors which sealed the game. His final term was exceptional, having a part in almost every contest that came towards Metro’s attacking 50 late on with strong one-on-one work to protect the drop of the ball.

#6 Lachlan Johnson

The son of Brisbane Lions champion, Chris is a handy prospect and will attract attention given he is also tied to Essendon’s Next Generation Academy. Playing forward and through the middle, Johnson showed off his good spring early on as he leapt for marks and pulled in a couple. He has the handles, but also showed a hard edge as he crashed through would-be tackles in the second term. Later on, he had a nice passage where he willed the ball forward, wanting it more than his opponents with the scoreboard close to level.

#7 Harrison Minton-Connell

While he rushed his kicks at times when looking to send it long under pressure, Minton-Connell stood out with his hardness at the ball. He did find Emerson Jeka with a composed short pass early on, but the Calder product’s highlights came when standing in tackles and taking solid marks with heat coming the other way.

#8 Sam Ramsay

Ramsay seemed to have played in a few positions, but mostly from half-back. Yet another Calder product in the line-up, Ramsay used the ball really well when going forward, highlighted by his assist for one of Josh D’Intinosante’s goals, and a bullet pass to Daniel Mott. Ramsay was strong enough in congestion and managed to burst away on occasion, with one of them being for his snap goal out of nothing in the final term.

#9 Lachlan Stapleton

The Eastern Ranges mid started well with a brave smother leading to Darcy Cassar’s early goal. He provided a cool head in the clinches and flicked some good handballs out to release teammates. Stapleton did have a couple of shaky moments after a big hit in the third term though; missing a good chance to seal the game after that.

#10 Steven Kyriazis

Kyriazis started forward with good effect, booting Metro’s first goal of the game from a mark deep in the 50. After a move to defence in the second half, the Western Jet provided some good composure and often kicked forward as a good link out of defensive 50. His hands were clean at pace and he collected some sharp balls to set his side forward.

#11 Adam Carafa

Carafa is a natural midfielder, but had a role to play at half-back and did a good job of it. While he provided a laser pass to Daniel Mott for his goal, it was Carafa’s ability to effect the first kick from the stoppage that really stood out. His smothers and spoiling were important, and he willed himself to most often be first to the contest. He is normally a good long kick, and would be hoping to add rebound to his game should he spend more time in defence.

#12 Daniel Mott

The smooth-moving Calder Cannon played mostly forward and looked lively around the 50. His best work was done early as he spread well, provided a dangerous inside 50, and slotted a nice set shot goal. He also had a nice moment in the third quarter as he burnt an opponent and sent the ball forward.

#13 Lachlan Potter

It was a real eye-catching performance from Potter, working his magic from the wing with daring run and blistering pace. He showed his opponents a clean pair of heals time and time again, and everyone at the ground could tell what was about to happen when the ball was in his hands. The Northern Knight was damaging as ever going forward with his line-breaking allowing him to deliver short passes inside 50, and while he may not have always found a direct target, it more often than not led to a goal. A particular highlight was his drive to the arc in the last quarter, where he absolutely ruined an opponent and finished off by hitting Knights teammate Josh D’Intinosante on the chest.

#14 Darcy Cassar

Cassar showed plenty of run throughout the game mostly playing on the wing and going forward on occasion. His only goal came in the first quarter on the last line, he had another shot at goal on the run in the second quarter but missed. His second half was mostly spent on the wing where he showed good run and kicked well.

#15 Josh Honey

Honey got better as the game went on, he started forward kicking a classy dribble goal in the second quarter before getting to play up the ground in the second half using his good skills and speed to his advantage. Honey’s second goal came in the third quarter through good positioning and snapping truly.

#16 Hugo Ralphsmith

Ralphsmith showed a lot of class mostly on the wing with his clean ball use and run for all four quarters. He managed to get dangerous running forward of the ball especially in the third quarter where he moved through traffic and kicked a long snap goal on the run. Ralphsmith was one of the better users of the ball for Metro with his work by hand and kicking a real standout.

#17 Miles Bergman

The Sandringham player showed plenty of dash early playing down back in the first half, he managed to take some nice intercept marks and was also taking the game on. In the second half he was able to get up the ground where he delivered the ball inside 50 with precision. His run was the real standout, often getting past the opposition with ease.

#18 Ryan Sturgess

Sturgess was all class in defence in the first half with plenty of intercept marks while also showing composure with ball in hand and rebounding effectively. Sturgess showed great movement in traffic and he even showed some nice desperation with a big chase to try and stop an opponent running into open goal. Sturgess would later move up the ground although he was not as effective as he was down back, but still managed some nice bits of play with some good roves at stoppages and clean ball use.

#19 Mihaele Zalac

Zalac had a quiet day but he did the small things well, his best highlight was a great spoil in defence showing his good timing and leap.

#20 Billy McCormack

The tall started the game down back taking some nice intercept marks and showing good ball use, he also did it at ground level with some nice tackles. McCormack was later moved forward where he looked dangerous, and had a long shot at goal that just faded short and a snap behind.

#21 Brodie Newman

Newman was a standout in defence in the first half taking some nice intercept marks and spoiling well. His standout quarter in defence was in the second where he took countless intercept marks. His kicking was good at times although he had a few direct turnovers as the game went on. He was moved forward in the last quarter and managed two goals on the last line in the dying minutes to win the game for Metro.

#22 Josh May

May was played everywhere, he rucked for parts where he had some nice taps, he showed good athleticism for a taller player with some nice pickups at ground level and a nice chase in the second quarter. He looked settled in the defence in the second half taking some nice intercept marks and using the ball very well by hand and foot.

#23 Nathan Howard

Like May, Howard was moved around a bit, he had some nice taps in the ruck and often followed up his work. He also had a nice handball in the first quarter showing that he has some skill to go with his size.

#24 Emerson Jeka

Jeka took plenty of lead up marks playing as a key forward, he used his long kicking for countless inside 50 entries. He did not kick any goals but he gave a few off with some nice short passes and his two shots on goal where a behind and a kick that dropped short. Jeka was moved into the midfield in the last quarter and he had a nice gather at ground level in the centre showing he could have an impact not just overhead but at ground level.

#25 Nick Bryan

Bryan rucked well throughout the game using his body well and working to be involved in open play. Some of his work by hand was very good for a ruckman and he was not afraid to tackle either.

NSW/ACT:

By: Craig Byrnes & Peter Williams

#1 Harry Grant

Grant is a busy small forward who stands 169cms, spending most of his time inside 50 and at the stoppages. He produced moments of good intent and defensive pressure, laying six tackles. although he did not kick a goal, he has some nice skills though and was clean when the opportunity presented.

#2 Samuel Thorne

A 174cm zippy and at times bustling midfielder who provided a good balance of offensive and defensive play throughout the day. He ran in both directions and tackled with aggression, hitting his opponent hard to ensure they earned their possessions. He provided some nice attacking disposals too, highlighted by a lovely exiting kick from his defensive arc in the third term and he hit a target inside 50 shortly after.

#4 Cameron Edwards

The small forward was a bit of a livewire for NSW/ACT inside 50, constantly raising the anxiety levels of the Vic Country defenders. He was dangerous at ground level and presented on the lead, taking a ball out in front, before centring brilliantly to Green in the better scoring position. He exploded in the second term, kicking two smart goals out the back to give his side momentum. Although he left his best to the final term, kicking an outstanding left foot banana goal to get his side up and about. Unfortunately he suffered a nasty looking injury late and was stretchered off the ground.

#5 Max D’Agostino

The Sydney Academy might only stand 178cm, but showed at times that he possesses extremely strong hands and is aerially relevant. He provided one of the highlights of the match, jumping into a pack on the opposition goal line to stick a huge contested mark before landing awkwardly on his back. He nearly dragged down another great mark later on, proving he will fly for the ball consistently. He smartly snapped a ball inside 50 to a teammate’s advantage during the third term, but didn’t win mountains of the footy overall.

#9 Aidan Watling

Watling had some good moments with ball in hand from the wing and through the midfield. He hit a dangerous pass inside 50 early in the first, but his teammates couldn’t take advantage. In the second term he provided an effective fend off on an opponent to create space and almost finished a brilliant piece of play by missing a difficult target by only centimetres which ultimately and unluckily floated out of bounds on the full. He has a bit of talent and will be looking to provide it on a more regular basis.

#10 Max Geddes

Playing behind the ball, Geddes started getting into it in the second half and took the game on. He provided an excellent long handball in the third term that created a fast foray forward for NSW/ACT and later produced an excellent spoil one on one against Rocci deep in defensive 50. He read the play well and despite making some errors, got more confident as the game went on.

#12 Harrison Parker

Parker was in and around the stoppages for a majority of the game and was pretty tidy inside. He hit an excellent kick to advantage early in the game and looked to have solid all-round skills throughout the afternoon. Not overly flashy, but did the job through the midfield and competed in the contests.

#14 Will Chandler

As the youngest player on the ground (does not turn 17 until December), the GWS Academy prospect may well possess the greatest scope of the NSW/ACT kids from Sunday. Playing mostly in the forward half, Chandler looked most threatening on the lead before swinging onto an at times lethal looking left boot. He didn’t hit all his balls perfectly, but was stylish and potentially damaging. Like Cameron Edwards he left his best to last, kicking another left foot banana from almost exactly the same position as his teammate to claim the lead late in the game. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough to get his team across the line.

#15 Thomas Tyson

Tyson was another of the NSW/ACT players who had quiet periods as the side relied on too few for a majority of the day. He mostly found himself forward and while he possessed a nice left foot, he didn’t win enough of it to impact the game consistently. He did produce a stylish shimmy and side step in traffic during the second half, so there is something there to look out for in future outings.

#19 Ky McGrath

McGrath spend a majority of his time in the midfield and may turn out to be a decent prospect for the Swans who have first rights. He won a brilliantly clean clearance in the first term and provided stoppage nous throughout the match. He went when it was his turn too, laying a big tackle in the second term and putting his body on the line when the game was there to be won. He is a good size at 184cm and is one I’m keen to have another look at.

#21 Jackson Barling

Set the tone early with two first quarter goals. He delivered with a great set shot from 35m out, and then pounced on an opportunistic ground ball in the goal square. He could have had a third goal – arguably his easiest attempt, but missed the set shot from 30m out when it cannoned into the woodwork. Handed off a goal once he won the ball inside 50 in the second term, giving it to Cameron Edwards in the goalsquare. Caught an opponent high in the third term, but showed real character to go over and check on his welfare. One of the better Rams on the day.

#23 Luke Parks

Had a few good moments, winning the ball in contested situations. He laid a strong tackle in the second term to stop and opponent in his tracks, and took an important contested mark outside 50 in the third term. He is a long kick, and gained good distance on his disposal.

#24 Adam Whyte

Whyte showed good agility, side-stepping an opponent in the second term to move well out of defence, and while he had the odd mistake by foot, including an out-on-the-full kick, he was good by hand. He opted to kick long most of the time.

#25 Thomas Green

The star on the day and just showed his class at every opportunity. His hands in close and ability to extract the ball from the inside to the outside was superb. He directed traffic, handed out goals with great precision inside 50 and nailed a couple of majors from long range with a great kicking technique. Honestly did not do much wrong and looked a class above at times, while also doing all the defensive things right. Best on ground for mine despite the loss.

#29 Liam Delahunty

If Green was best on ground, Delahunty was not far behind him. His kicking at times was a little inconsistent, but as a whole, Delahunty looked dangerous whenever he went near it. Opposed to Emerson Jeka for three quarters, he not only managed to do well one-on-one, he provided run and carry out of the back half, taking a number of crucial intercept marks. He gets to the right positions and is clean by hand under pressure. He went forward in the last quarter and had a couple of chances, including an impressive shot on the run storming through congestion, but just missed.

#31 Hamish Ellem

The big man was busy early, winning a few touches and kicking low inside 50, but was chopped off. He took a big contested grab late in the game at half-forward, was awarded a 50m penalty for a mark encroachment and then nailed the set shot. Had another chance not long after with a good mark inside 50 but his shot missed to the left on the siren.

#32 Lachlan Bayliss

Played a solid role in defence early with a big jump to punch a ball clear of an opponent. Moved up the ground and kicked a long goal from 50m in the final term as the Rams’ comeback was on.

#33 Luke Gallen

Nailed a set shot goal from 40m out in the second term after a good mark, and had another chance but his kick went wide. Managed to collect 14 disposals and five marks in a solid outing

#36 Ben Gibbeson

Remarkable that a 197cm player lined up on the wing, but that is exactly what happened with Gibbeson. While he did not win a lot of the football, he showed off his athleticism and his long kicking prowess at times. Had a snap in the final term, but it went a mile in the air and straight back to him and the contest.

#37 Oscar Bird

Had a lovely early pass inside 50 to set up Jackson Barling on the lead. He had his own shot on goal, but missed to the left. In the third term, Bird had a running shot at the goal, but missed again, then pushed up the ground and moved well along the wing.

#38 Reed Van Huisstede

Played in defence, and while he did not win a heap of the ball, played a strong brand of football, registering a number of rebounds out of the back 50, including a clearance to space out of the danger zone.

#41 Willson Mack

Had a huge opening term, and then bobbed up with some good highlights in the second half. Mack showed good vision after a mark on the boundary to kick inboard to Thomas Green in space. He attacked the contest hard and handballed clear to teammates in space, then got reward for effort with a big grab in the third term and converted a long-range set shot from 45m out on a 45 degree angle. He won an outnumber at a contest in the fourth term, handballed behind his head to the running Thomas Green who kicked the goal and gave the Rams some real fighting spirit.

#45 Kye Wilson

Took a good intercept mark at half-forward in the first term and passed well to Wilson Mack inside 50. He looked composed while being tackled, and late in the game, copped a knock via an “accidental” smother, with the opponents kick hitting him in a place that had him incapacitated for a bit of time.

Vic Country, Metro defeat Queensland and NSW/ACT in close contests

VIC Country and Vic Metro have come away with wins against Queensland and New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory (NSW/ACT) in a double header of Under 17 Futures action at Ikon Park yesterday. Both games ended up being close contests, with Country narrowly winning by 10 points, and Metro booting the last two goals of the game to foil a NSW/ACT comeback in the final term to win by 11 points.

In the first of the double headers, Gippsland Power’s Josh Smith (seven disposals and three marks) seemed to be far too strong for his opponents, booting four goals in what was a low-scoring affair. Country lead by three points at the first break, but three goals to zero in the second term saw Queensland flip the game on its head and lead by 16 at the main break. Country dominated the early part of the second half, but failed to capitalise on some serious forward thrusts, booting 2.7 to 0.0. in a complete one-sided affair. They held a narrow three-point lead at the break, and looked good going into the last, but two goals to William Martyn in the final term gave the home side something to think about. Despite their inaccuracy, they extended the margin to 10 points by the final siren.

The Gippsland contingent in Vic Country was superb, with Riley Baldi (15 disposals, six marks and five tackles) winning the football with ease in the first half playing midfield, before playing at either end in the second half. Along with Smith’s four majors, Fraser Phillips (10 disposals, five marks and three inside 50s) was also impressive with some low bullets inside 50, and booting an early major in the first term. GWV Rebels’ duo Mitch Martin (17 disposals, three marks, three clearances and three inside 50s) and Izaac Grant (12 disposals, two marks and four tackles) were clean and concise with their ball use in transition. Meanwhile James Schischka (18 disposals, six marks, three tackles and five rebounds) was impressive off half-back as was Darcy Chirgwin (18 disposals, two marks, three clearances and four inside 50s) through midfield and Flynn Perez (19 disposals, five marks, four inside 50s and a goal) all around the ground.

For Queensland, Ashton Crossley (26 disposals, seven marks, five tackles, four clearances, three inside 50s and seven rebounds) – brother of Gold Coast’s Braydon – was very busy in the midfield, teaming up with Allies Under-18 representative Connor Budarick (14 disposals, three marks, eight tackles and three rebounds). Martyn proved clutch in the final term with his two goals, while the likes of Thomas Jeffrey (11 disposals and four marks) and Bruce Reville (13 disposals, two clearances and three inside 50s) were impressive. Sampson Ryan (nine disposals and 18 hitouts) showed some promising signs for a taller player, while Josh Gore booted a goal from 14 disposals, six marks and four tackles. Joshua Hammond had a relatively quiet game, with only the three touches, but had a multitude of spoils.

VIC COUNTRY 2.3 | 2.4 | 4.11 | 7.14 (56)
QUEENSLAND 2.0 | 5.2 | 5.2 | 7.4 (46)

GOALS:

Vic Country: Josh Smith 4, Fraser Phillips, Flynn Perez, Jye Chalcraft.
Queensland: Matthew Conroy 2, William Martyn 2, Thomas Wischnat, Josh Gore, Gracen Sproule.

ADC BEST:

Vic Country: Riley Baldi, Fraser Phillips, Josh Smith, Mitch Martin, Izaac Grant, James Schischka, Darcey Chirgwin
Queensland: Ashton Crossley, William Martyn, Connor Budarick, Thomas Jeffrey, Bruce Reville, Sampson Ryan, Joshua Hammond

In the other game, Vic Metro got the job done against NSW/ACT despite a last quarter scare. Metro was on top of their opponent in the first term, booting four goals to two, leading by 14 points at quarter time. The Rams hit back in the second quarter with a four goals to one term to lead by five points at half-time, before Metro regained the ascendancy. Booting five goals to one, the home side lead by 25 points and looked likely to run away with the game. But a five goals to three final term saw NSW/ACT come within a kick in the final quarter, before Brodie Newman booted two late goals to seal the game for Metro, 13.13 (91) to 12.8 (80).

Both sides had plenty of goal scoring options, with six players booting multiple goals across both sides. Western Jets duo Josh Honey and Lucas Rocci both booted two majors, as did Newman and Northern Knights’ prospect Josh D’Intinosante. For NSW/ACT, Cameron Edwards finished with three goals, including one brilliant snap in the final term to bend around the post for a major, while Jackson Barling booted two goals in the first term, and Thomas Green launched two goals from almost the exact same spot just inside 50.

D’Intinosante was ultra-impressive up forward, providing a marking target for his teammates and handing off a goal or two while booting two of his own to finish with 18 disposals, six marks, three inside 50s and three tackles. Knights’ teammate Lachlan Potter opened up the opponents with some amazing acceleration down the field and registered 16 disposals, four marks, five tackles and three inside 50s, while Mitch Mellis (20 disposals, eight marks, three inside 50s and five rebounds) and Ryan Sturgess (20 disposals, six marks, four tackles, two inside 50s and two rebounds) ran all day and covered some great ground on the outside. Sandringham Dragons duo Hugo Ralphsmith (19 disposals, two marks, five tackles and a goal) and Miles Bergman (14 disposals, six marks and six inside 50s) were equally important, particularly in the second half, while Brodie Newman‘s last quarter ensured Metro got the job done.

For NSW/ACT, Green (27 disposals, seven marks, 10 tackles, five clearances, four inside 50s, three rebounds and two goals) looked a class above, with he and Liam Delahunty (23 disposals, seven marks, two clearances and seven rebounds) living up to the high expectations as some of the state’s best prospects next year. Delahunty predominantly played back but went forward in the final term and had a couple of chances which just missed. Edwards was the most dangerous small up forward, but had what looked to be a bad hamstring injury in the dying minutes of the game. Hamish Ellem (11 disposals, three marks, nine hitouts, four clearances, four inside 50s and a goal) and Adam Whyte (12 disposals, six marks and four rebounds) were really good around the ground, while Barling’s two first quarter goals, and Will Chandler‘s (10 disposals, five marks and two inside 50s) work in the forward half was appreciated.

VIC METRO 4.3 | 5.4 | 10.11 | 13.13 (91)
NSW/ACT 2.1 | 6.3 | 7.4 | 12.8 (80)

GOALS:

Vic Metro: Josh Honey 2, Josh D’Intinosante 2, Lucas Rocci 2, Brodie Newman 2, Steven Kyriazis, Darcy Cassar, Daniel Mott, Hugo Ralphsmith, Sam Ramsay.
NSW/ACT: Cameron Edwards 3, Jackson Barling 2, Thomas Green 2, Luke Gallen, Willson Mack, Hamish Ellem, Lachlan Bayliss, Will Chandler.

ADC BEST:

Vic Metro: Josh D’Intinosante, Lachlan Potter, Mitch Mellis, Hugo Ralphsmith, Miles Bergman, Brodie Newman, Ryan Sturgess
NSW/ACT: Thomas Green, Liam Delahunty, Cameron Edwards, Hamish Ellem, Adam Whyte, Jackson Barling, Will Chandler

Future talent to clash at Ikon

NEXT year’s top talents will go head-to-head in a couple of Under-17 Futures matches at Ikon Park on Sunday, with both Victorian teams welcoming Queensland and New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory (NSW/ACT) in a big double header. In the first game, Vic Country takes on Queensland, before Vic Metro hosts NSW/ACT.

VIC COUNTRY V. QUEENSLAND
Sunday, August 12, 9.30am
Ikon Park, Carlton

The Vic Country forward line will be one to watch with the likes of Jye Chalcraft (Murray Bushrangers), Fraser Phillipsand Josh Smith (Gippsland Power), and Izaac Grant and Mitch Martin (GWV Rebels) potentially lining up inside 50. In defence, Bendigo’s James Schischka and Dandenong’s Sam De Koning will look to impress, while the likes of Geelong’s Keidan Rayner and Gippsland’s Riley Baldi will play through the midfield. For Queensland, Connor Budarickimpressed at the National Under 18 Championships, while Tom Jeffrey was busy for Brisbane Lions’ Academy, as was Josh Gore for Queensland in the Futures match at Southport.

Vic Country:

#1 Kobe Brown (Bendigo)
#2 Jye Chalcraft (Murray)
#3 Keidan Rayner (Geelong)
#4 Jarryd Barker (Dandenong)
#5 Flynn Perez (Bendigo)
#6 Riley Baldi (Gippsland)
#7 Mitch Martin (GWV)
#8 Lachlan Williams (Dandenong)
#9 Fraser Phillips (Gippsland)
#10 Leo Connolly (Gippsland)
#11 Lachlan Smith (Geelong)
#12 Isaac Wareham (GWV)
#13 Izaac Grant (GWV)
#14 Tye Hourigan (Gippsland)
#15 Jake Van Der Pligt (Gippsland)
#16 Jesse Clark (Geelong)
#17 Riley Ironside (Bendigo)
#18 Marcus Toussaint (Gippsland)
#19 Jimmy Boyer (Murray)
#20 James Schischka (Bendigo)
#21 Darcey Chirgwin (Geelong/Sandringham)
#22 Sam De Koning (Dandenong)
#23 Zac Skinner (Gippsland)
#24 Bigoa Nyuon (Dandenong)
#25 Josh Smith (Gippsland)
#26 Aaron Gundry (Bendigo)

Queensland:

#1 Danial Davidson (Gold Coast)
#3 Hawego Paul Oea (Gold Coast)
#5 Corey Joyce (Gold Coast)
#6 Jack Wingrave (Gold Coast)
#7 Lachlan Barry (Brisbane)
#8 Coby Williams (Gold Coast)
#9 Connor Budarick (Gold Coast)
#10 Jack Moseley (Brisbane)
#14 Will Martyn (Brisbane)
#15 Bruce Reville (Brisbane)
#16 Campbell Aston (Brisbane)
#17 Josh Gore (Gold Coast)
#18 Brandon Deslandes (Gold Coast)
#19 Gracen Sproule (Brisbane)
#21 Matt Fraser (Gold Coast)
#22 Tom Jeffrey (Brisbane)
#23 Sam Butler (Brisbane)
#24 Nick Harberer (Brisbane)
#26 Matt Conroy (Gold Coast)
#27 Ashton Crossley (Gold Coast)
#28 Max Newman (Gold Coast)
#30 Josh Hammond (Brisbane)
#32 Tom Wischnat (Brisbane)
#33 Samson Ryan (Brisbane)

 

VIC METRO V. NSW/ACT
Sunday, August 12, 12pm
Ikon Park, Carlton

In the second game, a very strong Vic Metro outfit takes on NSW/ACT in what could be a real look into the future. Western Jets forwards Emerson JekaSteven Kyriazis and Josh Honey are accompanied by teammate Darcy Cassarthrough midfield, while Eastern Ranges pair Mitch Mellis and Lachlan Stapleton, Northern Knights’ Adam Carafa and Josh D’Intinosante will also be key cogs through midfield. Calder Cannons’ Daniel Mott has been in strong form in the TAC Cup, as have defender and teammate Brodie Newman, who will be back there alongside Lachlan Potter, while Oakleigh’s Josh May will likely line-up forward, and Sandringham duo Hugo Ralphsmith and Miles Bergman have made the team. For NSW/ACT highly rated prospects Thomas Green and Liam Delahunty are in the side, as are Murray Bushrangers products Will Chandler – who is in ripping form – and Wilson Mack.

Vic Metro:

#2 Mitch Mellis (Eastern)
#3 Chayce Black (Eastern)
#4 Lucas Rocci (Western)
#5 Josh D’Intinosante (Northern)
#6 Lachie Johnson (Calder)
#7 Harrison Minton-Connell (Calder)
#8 Sam Ramsay (Calder)
#9 Lachlan Stapleton (Eastern)
#10 Steven Kyriazis (Western)
#11 Adam Carafa (Northern)
#12 Daniel Mott (Calder)
#13 Lachlan Potter (Northern)
#14 Darcy Cassar (Western)
#15 Josh Honey (Western)
#16 Hugo Ralphsmith (Sandringham)
#17 Miles Bergman (Sandringham)
#18 Ryan Sturgess (Northern)
#19 Mihaele Zalac (Eastern)
#20 Billy McCormack (Eastern)
#21 Brodie Newman (Calder)
#22 Josh May (Oakleigh)
#23 Nathan Howard (Northern)
#24 Emerson Jeka (Western)
#25 Nick Bryan (Oakleigh)

NSW/ACT:

#1 Harry Grant (GWS)
#2 Samuel Thorne (Sydney)
#4 Cameron Edwards (GWS)
#5 Max D’Agostino (Sydney)
#9 Aidan Watling (Sydney)
#10 Max Geddes (Sydney)
#12 Harrison Parker (Sydney)
#14 Will Chandler (GWS)
#15 Thomas Tyson (Sydney)
#19 Ky McGrath (Sydney)
#21 Jackson Barling (Sydney)
#23 Luke Parks (Sydney)
#24 Adam Whyte (GWS)
#25 Tom Green (GWS)
#29 Liam Delahunty (GWS)
#31 Hamish Ellem (Sydney)
#32 Lachlan Bayliss (Sydney)
#33 Luke Gallen (Sydney)
#36 Ben Gibbeson (Sydney)
#37 Oscar Bird (Sydney)
#38 Reed Van Huisstede (Sydney)
#41 Wilson Mack (GWS)
#45 Kye WIlson (Sydney)

National U18 Championships previews: Round 5

IN the final stanza of the National Under 18 Championships, all roads lead to Etihad Stadium where the Allies take on Western Australia, and Vic Metro hosts South Australia in an enticing double header. Vic Metro and South Australia become the headline act with the winner-takes-all mentality given the title is on the line for both sides.

ALLIES V. WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Wednesday, July 4, 2.10pm
Etihad Stadium

The opening game of the final round pits the Allies against Western Australia. The winner takes third spot on the final table of the National Under 18 Championships, with both teams having sole wins over Vic Country, and losses against South Australia and Vic Metro. The Allies come into the game with a strong squad, omitting bottom-ager Thomas Green who had been solid so far, and rotating Dirk Koenen for Matthew McGuiness. Overager Michael Mummery gets his chance to shine on Etihad, while the Western Australian side has three fresh faces to add to it’s victorious team over Vic Country. Ian Hill is a huge loss for the Black Swans, with the West Australian captain banned for a sling tackle on Laitham Vandermeer last Friday. With injuries to Damon Greaves and Thomas Baldwin, Western Australia flew over Wil Hickmott to join the squad, and he will run out tomorrow with Luke Moore and Ethan Hansen as the other changes.

The midfield battle will be intriguing with Hickmott joining Sydney StackLuke FoleyDeven Robertson and Luke English in the middle. Jack Buller will have his work cut out for him against man mountain Kieren Briggs who is in super form for the Allies. He has been giving his midfield of Tarryn ThomasConnor McFadyenChayce Jones and Fraser Turner first chance at the stoppages. Jacob Koschitzke is in fine form and could be the man for Dillon O’Reilly who has been showing promising signs as a key forward, while Jason Carter and Jordan Clark provide plenty of dash off half-back. Bailey Scott and Connor Budarick will look to keep them honest, while Nick Blakey looms as the danger man for the Allies and one that Western Australia – and perhaps Regan Spooner in particular – will look to contain. Overall, the Allies will head in as favourites, but the West Australians move the ball quick and cleanly to the forward line and it is hoped Jarrod Cameron can provide the spark again after he booted five goals in Geelong.

VIC METRO V. SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Wednesday, July 4, 4.40pm
Etihad Stadium

In the game that everyone will tune in for, the National Under 18 Championships title will be on the line for the undefeated Vic Metro and South Australian sides. In what ended up being a perfect fixture for the AFL, the two best sides are going head-to-head in the final match of the series with the winner to be handed the trophy and celebrate afterwards without any interruptions to other fixturing. South Australia has made its expected two changes, with Mihail Lochowiak and Jacob Collins replacing Kai Pudney and Boyd Woodcock in the team. Vic Metro has rotated rucks for the final game, with Tom Hallebone recalled to ruck against James Siviour after injury struck down Joe GriffithsJack Bytel has been named in the side despite suffering what looked to be an injury in the last round which would keep him out of the final match. Isaac Quaynor and Ben Silvagni return from injury and will strengthen both ends for Metro.

The match-up on everyone’s lips – Jack Lukosius pitted against Ben King – is unlikely to happen despite recruiters hopes, with both players named forward. As we saw in Geelong, Lukosius also played on the wing and down back, standing side-by-side with Tarryn Thomas and Nick Blakey at different times showing his versatility. If things start to head south for Vic Metro, King can also play in defence, while Will Kelly is a capable forward if required. It is predicted Kelly will get first chance on Lukosius, while James Blanck will line-up on Hugo Munn. The midfield battle of Izak RankineLuke ValenteTom Lewis and Jackson Hately up against Bailey SmithRiley Collier-DawkinsJames Rowbottom and Zak Butters is mouthwatering and likely to decide the contest. With both teams having plenty of firepower up front, the midfield is where the game will be won or lost. Curtis Taylor showed he is a danger up forward for Metro, while Xavier O’Halloran and Noah Anderson have already shown through the championships they can boot multiple goals. Will Gould and Riley Grundy are in great form – the latter is the man predicted to head to King. Jez McLennan and Martin Frederick provide great run out of defence and will be keen to break the lines, while Quaynor and Tom McKenzie will be keen to do the same up the other end. It is hard to pick a winner in this game, with both sides filled to the brim with quality.