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Tasmania weekly wrap: Mariners claim Academy series title; Launceston, Glenorchy play out thriller

TASMANIA has claimed the Under 18 Academy Series and had 13 players subsequently named in the 50-man Allies squad for the National Under 18 Championships next month. Meanwhile, North Launceston continued its dominant run, and Launceston and Glenorchy played out a thriller in round seven of the Tasmanian State League (TSL).

Tasmania claim Under 18 Academy Series title and top Allies representation

Tasmania makes up more than one quarter of the extended Allies National Under 18 Championships squad that was announced yesterday. Among the Tasmanians are top 10 fancy and North Melbourne Next Generation Academy member Tarryn Thomas, as well as midfielder Chayce Jones and small forward Blair Rubock. The result came on the back of Tasmania’s triumphant Under 18 Academy Series title, which included a last round victory over GWS GIANTS Academy to complete a clean sweep of the competition.

Tasmania (13)

Baxter Norton
Chayce Jones 
Nick Baker
Tarryn Thomas 
Fraser Turner 
Blair Rubock 
Lachlan Gadomski 
Mitch Anderton 
Rhyan Mansell 
Matt McGuiness 
Tim Auckland 
Ethan Jackson 
Mitch O’Neill

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

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

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

Ultimately in the game that was just going to be icing on the cake, a five-goal performance to Tarryn Thomas helped Tasmania to a seven-goal victory over GWS GIANTS Academy. The Mariners found themselves trailing by eight points at quarter time, but lifted a gear after that, booting 12 goals to four in the final three quarters to run away with the 42-point win. Along with Thomas’ five majors, small forward Blair Rubock kicked three of his own, while potential top 30 pick Chayce Jones was again good for the Mariners. Tim Auckland and Ethan Jackson were others who impressed for the winners.


TSL Round 7 results:

Tigers 1.8 (14) defeated by Clarence 8.17 (65)
North Launceston 19.19 (133) defeated Lauderdale 5.9 (39)
Launceston 12.9 (81) defeated Glenorchy 13.2 (80)

There was one thriller amongst two beltings as the match of the round well and truly belonged to Launceston-Glenorchy. It was not looking like a close contest at three quarter time as the Blues led by 28 points with a quarter to play. Kicking with the breeze, the Magpies stormed home to boot 7.0 to 2.3, falling short by the smallest of margins. The accuracy on goal was the reason Glenorchy kept in the game, kicking a remarkable 13.2 from 15 scoring shots. Ben Kamaric booted three goals and was named the Magpies’ best, while Jay Blackberry booted two for the winners and was the Blues’ top player. The Blues’ win means they take outright second, moving four points and percentage clear of the Magpies.

In the other games, ladder leaders North Launceston made light work of Lauderdale, belting them by 94 points. North Launceston had 10 individual goal kickers’ to Lauderdale’s three, with Thomas Bennett (four) and Taylor Whitford (three) leading the way and named best on ground. Jeremiah Perkins was named the losing side’s best player, along with Josh and Ben McGuinness. In the other game, Clarence also record a comfortable win, defeating the Tigers by 51 points, holding them to just one goal from nine scoring shots for the match. Ryan Bailey was named best on ground in the victory, as a four goals to zero second term set up the low-scoring victory. Ashton Dickenson and Fletcher Seymour both booted two goals for the winners, while Hugh Johnston was named the Tigers’ best in the loss.

Tasmania and GWS Academy dominate Allies squad for National Under 18 Championships

TASMANIA and GWS GIANTS Academy comprise almost 50 per cent of the extended Allies National Under 18 Championships squad that was announced today. Among the Tasmanians are top 10 fancy and North Melbourne Next Generation Academy member Tarryn Thomas, as well as midfielder Chayce Jones and small forward Blair Rubock. For the GIANTS, Murray Bushrangers’ Matt Walker, Ben Kelly, Nick Murray and Jacob Koschitzke have made the side, as has GIANTS MVP Award winner ruck Kieran Briggs.

Brisbane Lions Academy has eight members have made the cut, including Connor McFadyen – who booted five goals in the final game – and Keidan Coleman. Gold Coast Suns Academy also had eight nominees including father-son prospect Bailey Scott, talented key position swingman Caleb Graham, and tackling machine Timakoi Bowie. Despite winning four of the five Under 18 Academy games, Sydney Swans Academy only had six representatives in the Allies squad, with first round prospect Nick Blakey, as well as consistent performers across the series, Josh Stern and Joey Reinhard also in the squad. Northern Territory had just the four nominees including AFL Academy member Matthew Green, and the talented Michael Mummery.

The National Under 18 Championships begin on June 3, with the Allies set to battle against strong competition from South Australia, Western Australia, Vic Metro and Vic Country for the Division One title.


Gold Coast Academy (8)

Emmanuel Baru
Ryan Gilmore
Caleb Graham
Dirk Koenan
Bailey Scott
Lachlan McDonald
Connor Budarick
Timakoi Bowie

Brisbane Lions Academy (8)

Ben Sloan
Jack Tomkinson
Keidan Coleman
Jesse Quint
Connor McFadyen
Toara Marango
Tom Matthews
Darcy Marsh

GWS GIANTS Academy (11)

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

Sydney Academy (6)

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

Tasmania (13)

Baxter Norton
Chayce Jones
Nick Baker
Tarryn Thomas
Fraser Turner
Blair Rubock
Lachlan Gadomski
Mitch Anderton
Rhyan Mansell
Matt McGuiness
Tim Auckland
Ethan Jackson
Mitch O’Neill

Northern Territory (4)

Matt Green
Michael Mummery
Izaak Wyatt
Rodney Baird

Tasmania officially claims title in Under 18 Academy Series

WHILE it was assured heading into the final round of Under 18 Academy Series matches, Tasmania put an exclamation mark on a perfect series by completing their unbeaten run across the five-game tournament. Led by state and competition Most Valuable Player (MVP) Tarryn Thomas, the Mariners were simply superb, achieving a feat which will no doubt see number of their local talent making the Allies squad.

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

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

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

Ultimately in the game that was just going to be icing on the cake, a five-goal performance to Tarryn Thomas helped Tasmania to a seven-goal victory over GWS GIANTS Academy. The Mariners found themselves trailing by eight points at quarter time, but lifted a gear after that, booting 12 goals to four in the final three quarters to run away with the 42-point win. Along with Thomas’ five majors, small forward Blair Rubock kicked three of his own, while potential top 30 pick Chayce Jones was again good for the Mariners. Tim Auckland and Ethan Jackson were others who impressed for the winners. While for the GIANTS, Kieren Briggs was named their best, also taking out the carnival MVP Award for the GIANTS Academy. Forward James Peatling booted three goals and was named among the best in a losing side, as was Ainslie product Guy Richardson, and Murray Bushrangers talent Mathew Walker.


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

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

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

Sydney Swans Academy bounced back from its only loss of the carnival to record a narrow two-point victory over Gold Coast Academy. Top 10 prospect Nick Blakey was again sensational, booting three goals for the Swans and ultimately being the difference between the sides in the end as the only multiple goal kicker. But through the midfield it was Sam Wicks who was crucial in extracting the ball into space, while Josh Stern and Cooper Kilpatrick were other impressive players for the Swans. For the Suns, Bailey Scott again led the way with two majors and did all he could in a game where both sides were neck and neck throughout and exchanging leads. Others who impressed were Fitzroy Greenwool, Cooper Portelli and Timakoi Bowie.


Northern Territory             4.1       7.2       10.3    14.5 (89)
Brisbane Academy           0.5       4.5       8.7       11.9 (75) 

Northern Territory: M.Cumming 3, Ferreira, Mummery, Wyatt 2, Box, Brown, Jungfer, Kossack, O’Connell
Brisbane Academy: McFadyen 5, Ansell 2, Jeffrey, Wratten, Franks, Stackelberg 

Northern Territory: Jungfer, Baird, Mummery, Schwarze, Ferreira, M.Cumming
Brisbane Academy: McFadyen, Coleman, Cowan, Reville

In the final game of the Academy Series, Northern Territory Thunder recorded their first win of the competition with a 14-point victory over Brisbane Lions Academy. Dandenong Stingrays’ tall Matthew Cumming booted three goals in the win, while bottom-age prospect Ben Jungfer was named the Thunder’s best. Others who impressed were Michael Mummery (two goals) and overager Rodney Baird. For the Lions’ Academy, Connor McFadyen booted five goals in a standout performance up forward, while Tom Ansell used his strength to nail two majors. Keidean Coleman and Jack Cowan were also named among the best for the losers.

Talented talls put through their paces

TWENTY ONE of the top tall draft prospects are participating in a three-day camp this week, aimed to assist with the development of ruck and key position players.

The camp is designed to fast-track the development of taller players, with those at the camp initially nominated by AFL clubs. The list does not include those players already undergoing extra development through the AFL Academy such as Max and Ben King, or Jack Lukosius. The players will experience a series of skill sessions and talks, held at the training bases of Essendon, Carlton and Collingwood football clubs.

Thirteen of the 21 players at the camp are on TAC Cup lists, while South Australia has three participants, and Western Australia and Tasmania have two each. Gold Coast Academy tall Matt Conroy and Brisbane Academy’s Kian Dennis are also attending the camp.

Murray Bushrangers and Dandenong Stingrays have the equal most representatives at the camp, with three players – Ben Kelly, Jacob Koschitzke and Mark Marriott for the Bushrangers, and Bailey Schmidt, and twins Matthew and Stephen Cumming for the Stingrays – taking part. AFL clubs will also take the opportunity to interview prospects, with some of the prospects potentially representing their state at the upcoming National Under 18 Championships.


Tim Auckland (Launceston, 197.5cm) 
Matt Conroy (Gold Coast Academy, 199.7cm) 
Sam Conway (Geelong Falcons, 201.5cm) 
Matthew Cumming (Dandenong Stingrays, 198.3cm) 
Stephen Cumming (Dandenong Stingrays, 199.2cm) 
Kian Dennis (Lions Academy, 195cm) 
Joe Furphy (Northern Knights, 202cm) 
Bailey Griffiths (Oakleigh Chargers, 200cm) 
Joe Griffiths (Sandringham Dragons, 202.4cm) 
Tom Hallebone (Northern Knights, 201.1cm) 
Josh Hart (West Adelaide, 205cm) 
Ryan Henkel (Gippsland Power, 200cm) 
Tom Jones (Glenelg, 202cm) 
Ben Kelly (Murray Bushrangers, 201.8cm) 
Jacob Koschitzke (Murray Bushrangers, 195cm) 
Mark Marriott (Murray Bushrangers, 201.5cm)
Angus Rana (North Adelaide, 198.5cm)
Bailey Schmidt (Dandenong Stingrays, 198.8cm)
Jake Steele (Glenorchy, 194.7cm)
Brynn Teakle (Subiaco, 202cm)
Tylar Watts (Greater Western Sydney Rebels, 197.9cm)

Scouting notes: APS v AGSV schoolboy match

The APS made it seven-in-a-row with 38-point victory over the AGSV out at Carey Grammar on Saturday.

The annual Victorian school boys representative game has seen players such as Jayden Hunt (2013), Brayden Sier (2015) and Oliver Hanrahan (2016) push their names into consideration to be drafted – with Hunt and Hanrahan bypassing the Under 18 TAC Cup competition in their draft year.

The APS’ second team also took on Sports Association of Tasmanian Independent Schools (SATIS) rep football team, winning 106 to 50.

Matt Balmer’s scouting notes:


#3 Noah Croes – The rebounding half back flanker has been a solid performer for Scotch over the last few years in the APS competition. Whilst he didn’t find a lot of the ball, his usage on his right foot was reasonable and he did provide some dash & booted a long goal in the opening quarter.

#5 Seb Williams – Was arguably the best player on the ground. The Brighton Grammar & Sandringham Dragons midfielder played well on the outside booting four goals for the game. While he missed a few of his kicks early, he did get better as the game went on and found plenty of the ball going forward. One of his better performances.

#7 Angus Styles – Was a strong performer in Caulfield’s come from behind victory last week against Wesley and he continued his ball winning ability at Carey, finding plenty of the ball. He played mostly on the wing, but was able to win the ball in the contest. When he possess the ball, he was willing to stop and look for the best target.

#14 Ed Richards – Rebounded the ball out of defence with speed and his usage on his left foot was very good. Took most of the kick outs throughout the contest and his quick hands are elite.

#26 Max King – Was a class above in the forward half with four first-half goals. He was able to get space between him and his opponent, leaping high and plucking the ball out from the clouds. Finished the day with five goals as the most dominating tall for the day, alongside twin brother Ben who played in defence. Would be Pick 1 in this year’s draft if he was eligible.

#27 Nathan Murphy – Booted two goals up forward – but most of the APS inside 50s were targeted towards the taller Max King. Murphy kept his feet and was very clean from ground level. Was challenged in the final quarter with the APS coach throwing him into the ruck, competing reasonably well and showing a decent leap.


#4 Lachlan Wilson – The Marcellin midfielder is a very good school footballer and booted two goals from the midfield. Has smarts at the stoppages and wins the ball around the ground.

#9 Curtis Taylor – Showed enough to suggest he’ll be a high pick in 2018 after playing a decent game for the AGSV. Took a superb mark in the final quarter and booted the goal. Has smarts around goal and is a smooth mover.

#12 Ed Newman – The AGSV captain hardly missed a target on his left foot throughout the day. Starting at the centre bounce and winning the opening clearance, Newman also played across half back and found the football with ease. Was agile enough to move past his opponents and was one of the AGSV’s best players.

#14 Joel Amartey – Leaped well in the ruck winning plenty of hitouts throughout the day. Had a very good battle with Nick Phillips – another player who has grown up playing basketball. Up forward, his positioning could’ve been better but he shows promise with each game he plays.

#15 Christian Farchione – Another nice left footer in the AGSV team and despite his size, he is willing to crack in at the contest. Very rarely misses a short target by foot.

#37 Tom Freeman – The Dandenong Stingrays medium tall is off to the State Combine and he did show a few glimpses during the day. In bright yellow boots, Freeman moved well around the ground and had a few nice passages using the ball on his right foot. Had a very good effective switch where he used his vision to find a long target.

APS v SATIS (Tasmania) 


#7 Rhylee West – The son of Scott (and 2018 Western Bulldogs father-son prospect) was one of the leading disposal winners throughout the game. He covered the ground well and had a very good pinpoint pass off his right foot in the opening few minutes of the game.

#13 Jackson Hille – Was willing to mark the ball and look to get the ball moving as quickly as possible. On one occasion he marked 80m from goal, turned and immediately found an easy target alone inside 50 without hesitating. Possesses a good leap and has some nice athletic traits.

#14 Sam Cameron – The Sandringham Dragons squad member possesses good hands in close and his recent form has seen him score a State Combine invite. Played in a few positions throughout the contest and did some nice things.

#26 Joe Griffiths – Was one of the more exciting players on the ground clunking three contested marks in the opening quarter alone. His leap in the ruck was good and despite being ‘under the weather’ he was the shining light in the game. His agility & step was very good, including one step 25m out from goal which saw him bang home his second goal. Finished with six marks for the day. One to keep an eye on as the Geelong Grammar boarder has a State Combine invite.

#28 Will Clark – Has been an impressive player in every game I’ve seen Scotch play this season. Clark’s ruck work was good yet again, but he separates himself from others with his work around the ground and his decent kick off his right foot. Kicked a goal in the first quarter and it was a good battle in the ruck against Tim Auckland.


#4 Elijah Reardon – Agile half forward flanker who had a few flashes. Used it reasonably well on his right foot going inside 50.

#11 Connor Dixon – The Tasmanian Under 20 Mens basketballer is a nice medium size and has a frame that could translate to AFL if he adds some size. Possessed great agility and had a clean right foot kick. Also went in as an inside midfielder and had a nice clearance in the final quarter.

#12 Oliver Burrows-Cheng – The half forward flanker has blistering speed & agility and had some smarts inside 50. Kicked a nice goal from outside 40m in the opening quarter.

#15 Declan Waddington – SATIS were well drilled in defensive 50 and Waddington controlled the play nicely, rebounding the ball well off his right foot.

#22 Tim Auckland – The Tasmanian Under 18 ruckman had a very good battle in the ruck against Clark and Griffiths. Clunked a very good contested mark in the second term. Didn’t find a whole lot of the ball around the ground, but his strength at the ruck contests was notable.

South Australia defeated in first Under 18 trial

SOUTH Australia have been defeated in their first of two trial matches in the lead up to the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships, going down to a fierce Tasmanian team by 21-points at Football Park on Saturday.

The Mariners led at all the main breaks and their attack on the ball was stronger than SA, winning the contested ball and cracking in hard at the contest.

South Australia were at understrength missing a large contingent of their likely best 22 for the championships – with players such as Darcy Fogarty (Glenelg – League) and Mitch Crowden (Sturt – League) playing through the various SANFL levels.

Tasmania themselves were missing bottom-age AFL Academy member Chayce Jones who will likely miss the rest of the season after a nasty ankle injury last weekend. Allies squad member Thomas Mundy (foot) also didn’t play.


In defence tall Harrison Petty was impressive for South Australia, able to mark the ball well inside defensive 50.

Eagles small James Rowe booted three goals up forward, at times working further up the ground through the midfield at the contests.

Possible draftee Nathan Kreuger booted a sole goal in a quiet performance and it will be intriguing to see where on the ground he is played in the championships.

Inside midfielder Jakob Heitmann was SA’s best for the day, winning the ball in the centre of the ground and pressuring the opposition players.

For Tasmania, Jake Hinds was outstanding all day in a consistent four-quarter performance.

Speedy overager Harrison Pearce booted four goals and his return to form after having his 2016 season derailed by a broken leg has been impressive.

North Melbourne Next Generation 2018 Academy member Tarryn Thomas kicked three goals, continuing to put his hand up to receive a bid as a first round selection in next year’s AFL Draft.

Ruckman Tim Auckland also showed some good signs, while forward Zac Buechner booted two goals. 

Tasmania have six representatives in the Allies squad, and will take on Vic Metro and Vic Country in next Sunday’s final practice matches in Melbourne, before announcing the final squad.

South Australia will have another hit out against North Adelaide on Friday evening, before their first game in the Under 18 Championships against Western Australia at Domain Stadium on Saturday 10th June.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA    1.3    4.4     6.6    11.6 (72)
TASMANIA                   2.3    7.5    11.5    14.7 (91)

SOUTH AUSTRALIA: Heitmann, Petty, Weideman, Rowe, Hately, Smithson
TASMANIA: Hinds, Auckland, Clifford, Tyrrell, Gadomski, Hanson

SOUTH AUSTRALIA: Rowe 3, Smithson 2, Kreuger, Charlton, Hately, Stidiford, Ballard
TASMANIA: Pearce 4, Thomas 3, Buechner 2, Gunther 2, Mansell, Cowen, Hanslow

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