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2021 WAFL Colts MOTR: Round 1 – South Fremantle vs. West Perth

THE 2021 WAFL Colts competition got underway on the weekend, with the four fixtures providing some fairly competitive action. It took little time for much of the West Australian Under 19 talent pool to shake off the cobwebs in Round 1, and fans were treated to high-scoring games with end-to-end forays and even a bit of spirit.

Our featured match of the round, played between South Fremantle and West Perth, exemplified everything good about the opening weekend of football. In a contest littered with momentum shifts and fast-paced transitional play, the Bulldogs came out on top by 14 points 15.11 (101) to 13.9 (87) in warm conditions at Fremantle Oval on Saturday morning.

We take you through some of the top performers from either side in our Scouting Notes. Please note, they are the opinion of the individual scout.

SCOUTING NOTES

SOUTH FREMANTLE vs. WEST PERTH

By: Michael Alvaro

South Fremantle:

#9 Julian Hultan

Hultan was a sensation in the attacking half for South Fremantle, finishing with half-a-dozen goals and proving a handful for opposition defenders. While not an overly tall player at 182cm, Hultan defied his listing to play like a key forward at times with the way he commanded space and worked strongly in the air. He opened his account with an opportunistic goal from nothing in the first term and added another in the second, but was sighted contributing more work up the ground before the main break. Afterwards, his forward craft came to the fore inside 50 with some really crafty goals. His composure and willingness to compete at ground level proved the theme for two third term goals, while contested marking became his MO in the fourth with another two majors. Overall, it was a memorable day for the 18-year-old.

#18 Aaron Drage

A key part of the Bulldogs’ strong midfield rotation, Drage won his fair share of ball on the inside early and did not mind getting nice and physical with the opposition. He looked to send the ball forward quickly from congestion with some hurried kicks away at stoppages, but also remained strong under tackling pressure to dish out by hand. As the game wore on, Drage also worked up to either end of the ground and was competitive in his efforts to ensure South could hold on for victory.

#20 Caleb Stephens

Stephens was South’s leading ball winner on the day with 22 disposals and provided some real drive from midfield with a game-high seven inside 50 entries. He looked to set the tone by wheeling and going quickly, while also working to string together some nice handball chains as South broke forward. Stephens almost troubled the scorers in the third term but pulled a snap wide, though his long kick to Lochlan Bloomer ended in a goal assist during the same stanza. He also ran hard back to defence in the fourth quarter after South was beaten in the middle, providing a clutch intercept at the death.

#21 Angus Fraser

Another of the Bulldogs to play a key hand in midfield, Fraser provided a handy point of difference with his willingness to stay on the move once in possession at the contest. He was not as overtly dominant as a pure ball winner, but did some nice things with ball in hand and most importantly, impacted the scoreboard. Fraser’s first major came from a crafty and clean finish at a forward 50 stoppage, showcasing his quick thinking. His second was a set shot conversion on the end of a 50-metre penalty, having initially cut across to turn the ball over inside attacking 50.

#37 Jesse Motlop

The Fremantle Next Generation Academy (NGA) member and son of Daniel was lively in South’s win, rotating through midfield from up forward. He bookended his game inside the attacking 50 and constantly looked to create forward of centre, showing great confidence to take on opponents and baulk his way into open spaces. He first hit the scoreboard with some quick work over the back in term two, putting boot to ball with composure to snap through a classy goal. His second major was the highlight of the day through, as Motlop initiated a give-and-go hemmed in on the boundary, before cutting inside and snapping home once again. He is still a raw type who looks more comfortable up forward, but has rare instincts and constantly backs himself to make something happen.

Others:

Lochlan Bloomer was another South Freo forward to shine, taking his chances well for three goals on the back of some lively work inside 50. Liam Brandis and Ira Jetta were others to provide some spark in the front half, while Lachlan Turley played a key role down back and Toby Dodds‘ work on the rebound was terrific. Another Fremantle NGA prospect, Riley Colborne also showed promise on the wing.


West Perth:

#3 Zac Fleiner

Difficult to miss under his brightly-coloured helmet, Fleiner also has an eye-catching style of play. The run-and-gun defender loves to break the lines out of defence and strung together a number of passages with multiple running bounces. He is a kick-first kind of talent and often sent forward short, darting passes, but can refine some of his work at full tilt. His first term goal was one of the moments of the day, as Fleiner finished from long range on his favoured left foot having taken a couple of bounces and good meterage. While lightly built, another pleasing aspect of Fleiner’s play was his intensity and courage to work back defensively; flying for intercept marks and doing some dirtywork at ground level.

#4 Luke Reilly

Reilly was one who worked well into the game and began to show his best traits once he built up a full head of steam. His first good bit of play came in the second term, with a spearing pass to assist Jack De Marte’s goal. The nippy midfielder looked smooth on the ball and often looked to dart into open space before delivering forward passes by foot. He set the tone for West Perth’s ball movement with a relentless willingness to move it on quickly, constantly looking to move with intent. Reilly seemed to lift in the final term and kicked a goal on the run having taken the advantage from a free kick.

#8 Lochlan Paton

Paton is a player with a lot of class and while he was not overly prolific with 15 disposals, his high level was evident in nearly every possession. He started a little shakily with a poor kick across defensive 50, but redeemed himself with some nice moments in the first quarter. A couple of important defensive efforts led to goals for West Perth in term two; with the first being a smother as South Fremantle looked to break out of defence, and the second a terrific holding the ball tackle which had the same effect. Paton seemed to have more time on the ball than most others and showed off with some nice spins to break out of congestion cleanly. If he can begin to accumulate better and string together such moments more consistently, he could quickly rise in 2021.

#24 Jack De Marte

Leading all comers on the day with 23 disposals (20 kicks), De Marte was one of the more busy players out there. He built into the contest well and began to take hold after quarter time, propping nicely in congestion to get an open kick away and even sneaking forward to snare a goal in term two. His kicking became neater as the game wore on and he was one of the key West Perth players to lift when the game was on the line late. One particularly clutch play saw him lay a tackle and then deliver inside 50 for a Saverio Marafioti goal.

#28 Zarne Robis

Robis was clearly West Perth’s premier forward on the day and finished with four goals in a highly promising display. He took a bit of luck to get going, but exemplified the Falcons’ ability to be efficient inside 50 with two snap goals in the first term. Later, he would showcase his smooth set shot routine to complete the four-goal haul and catch the eye of many onlookers. At 191cm, the 19-year-old is not exactly key position size, but rather dynamic and versatile in the role he plays up forward.

Others:

Cooper Blackburn showed plenty of dash coming out of defence for the Falcons, while Saverio Marafioti‘s raw talent came to the fore up forward with bull-like attack and real penetration in his play. Kane Bevan‘s transition to a key forward role yielded one goal, as Liam McWha and Riley Sprigg battled well in the ruck. Harrison Baxter was also handy in the front half and Jordan Berry had his moments.

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Scouting Notes: 2020 WAFL Colts Round 2 – Claremont vs Swan Districts

IN Round 2 of the Simply Energy WAFL Colts Competition, Claremont continued its premiership defence with a convincing 87-point victory over Swan Districts at Revo Fitness Stadium. Below were the most notable players. There were also plenty of standout performers around the grounds, SCROLL to read about how the remaining talent fared.

FEATURED GAME:
Claremont vs. Swan Districts

By: Lenny Fogliani

Claremont:

#2 Logan Young

The son of AFL player manager Colin Young, Logan was exceptional in the midfield for the Tigers. He finished with an equal game-high 31 possessions, six inside 50s, four marks and four tackles in a powerful display.

#3 Zac Mainwaring

The son of the late Chris Mainwaring, Zac was lively in the forward half for the Tigers, creating plenty of goal scoring opportunities for his team. He finished with 12 possessions, five marks, four inside 50s, three tackles and two goals. The highlight of his game came late in the third quarter, when he took a sensational one-handed mark.

#4 Jake Willson

The Wembley Downs Junior was powerful in the midfield, winning 17 possessions, laying six tackles, taking two marks and recording two inside 50s.

#10 Joel Western

The Fremantle Dockers’ Next Generation Academy (NGA) member went off with what looked like a hamstring injury. Before departing the field, Western racked up 14 possessions, recorded four inside 50s and laid two tackles in a dazzling display. His desire to take the game on was a real feature of his shortened outing.

#11 Jacquin Ciminata

The Marist junior was electrifying in the forward half for Claremont. He finished with 19 possessions, eight tackles, five marks and four goals. The highlight of his game came in the first quarter, when he took a strong mark inside 50, before duly converting his set shot.

#13 Sam Alvarez

The Fremantle Dockers’ NGA member was excellent on the wing for Claremont with 19 possessions and two goals. The highlight of his game came in the third quarter, when he snapped through his first goal.

#20 Logan Guelfi

The younger brother of Essendon’s Matt Guelfi, Logan was always dangerous for the Tigers. He accumulated 16 possessions, recorded seven inside 50s, laid five tackles, took three marks and kicked a goal. He kicked the opening goal of the game. Another highlight of his game came in the third quarter, when he produced a spear kick across his body to Mainwaring inside 50.

#28 Kalin Lane

The Denmark-Walpole product showed why he is considered to be one of the leading ruck prospects from Western Australia this season with a strong performance against Swan Districts. He finished with 16 possessions, 29 hit-outs, four marks and three inside 50s. For a ruckman, he covered the ground well, often positioning himself just behind the play to halt any attacking momentum the Swans had.

Swan Districts:

#2 Ayden Cartwright

The 2018 WA U16s State Academy member battled manfully in the midfield for the Swans, finishing with 31 possessions, eight marks, five tackles and a goal. In the final quarter, he was able to take a solid mark inside 50, before duly converting his set shot.

#8 Zane Trew

The Hills Rangers junior showed why he is one of the leading inside midfield prospects in this year’s AFL draft pool. He accumulated 31 possessions, laid five tackles, grabbed three marks and recorded three inside 50s in a powerful display. His composure, and decision-making around the stoppages was impressive for someone his age. When he got the ball on the outside, he constantly hit his intended target.

#10 Ty Sears

Playing off the half-back line, the South Bunbury product battled valiantly in defence for Swan Districts. He gathered 15 possessions, took three marks and laid two tackles as he tried to kickstart the Swans’ attacking drives.

Around the grounds:

By: Michael Alvaro

For the second week running, all eyes were on Perth key forward Logan McDonald, as he soared to the top of the WAFL League goalkicking charts with a bag of four goals. The 196cm prospect was dominant in the air and strong close to goal, but it was his accuracy which helped the Demons most in their 21-point win over East Perth. Denver Grainger-Barras also turned out at League level, taking four marks in his 10-disposal effort against Claremont.

Back in the Colts grade, Callum Johnson was again a prolific ball winner for West Perth as the Falcons downed South Fremantle, collecting an equal game-high 28 touches, while also booting three behinds. Brady Alvaro (23 disposals) and Lochlan Paton (21) both continued their strong starts to the season, while leading draft prospect Heath Chapman also had it 21 times and reeled in six marks. Michael Mallard sent another reminded of his talents with 18 disposals, 10 marks, and 30 hitouts from the ruck.

Oscar Armstrong and Toby Dodds both had 28 disposals for the Bulldogs, and also combined for a total of 13 marks. Jaxon Bellchambers worked hard to rack up 12 of his own among 27 touches, with Adam Correia pitching in for 25 disposals. None of the South Freo players were able to bag multiple goals in the 28-point loss.

Peel Thunder doubled East Fremantle’s score to take out a 36-point victory, with exciting prospect Isiah Winder continuing his push for senior selection. He gathered a game-high 26 disposals, including five marks, three inside 50s, and two goals in a brilliant display of his skills. Zach Rankin also snared two majors from his 24 touches, while David Yaccob was again solid with 22 disposals and seven marks, and Jonathon Ietto found both the goals and a solid amount of ball.

There is always some prolific, top-end talent among the Sharks’ lineup, and Finn Gorringe was again among the best as he and Joshua Browne collected a team-high 24 disposals each. Bailey Hodge was good for a goal from his 18 uses of the ball, while Jack Carroll laid six tackles and pumped the ball inside 50 four times amid his 17-disposal effort. Fremantle NGA prospect Brandon Walker had 16 disposals (14 kicks) in the defeat.

The round’s final Colts fixture saw East Perth come away with a 22-point win over Perth, beating out some outstanding individual performers on the Demons’ side. Among them, Connor McPartland again led all comers with 29 disposals and seven inside 50s, while AFL Academy jet Nathan O’Driscoll looks back near his best with 25 touches, six marks, and five tackles. Harry Quartermaine added three goals to his seven from last week, while Jaiden Hunter palmed down 33 hitouts.

For the Royals, Joshua Clements booted a game-high four goals from eight disposals, as three other teammates managed two majors apiece – most notably, Jayden Peak and Sokaa Soka, who also notched 15 disposals. Adam Boules led the ball winning stakes with 28 disposals, followed closely by Luke Lombardi‘s 24.

>> WAFL League Player Focus: Logan McDonald

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Draft Diaries:
Zane Trew – Edition 1 | Edition 2
Jack Allen – Edition 1

AFL Draft Watch:
Heath Chapman
Denver Grainger-Barras
Logan McDonald
Nathan O’Driscoll
Brandon Walker
Joel Western
Isiah Winder

Marquee Matchups:
Kaine Baldwin vs. Denver Grainger-Barras
Oliver Davis vs. Zane Trew
Elijah Hollands vs. Nathan O’Driscoll