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Stingrays set out to make own history: Black

IT might have been the proverbial “monkey off the back”, but the focus from the Dandenong Stingrays’ playing group for Saturday’s TAC Cup Grand Final was purely centred around the present, rather than the past.

Stingrays coach Craig Black said everyone knew of the club’s grand final heartache – five grand finals all ending in defeat – but after a speech from Western Bulldogs defender Matthew Boyd at training during the week, the mindset was about making history.

“Matthew Boyd came in on Tuesday night and he said you respect the history, but you’re there to create your own, like the Bulldogs did (in their 2016 flag),” Black said. “The players there now, some of them weren’t even born in the 1997 Grand Final I played in. “I’m just rapt to get some reward, there’s been so many great people at our club. “Like you look at the talent managers, you had Steve Kennedy, then you had Darren Flanigan and now you’ve got Wheels’ (Mark Wheeler) who have put in so much work, then the coaches like Rob Dean eight years, Graeme Yeats 10 years and then I’m lucky enough to come in for five. So there’s been a lot of people who have done a lot of work around the club, so hopefully we can all enjoy the monkey off the back.”

Black said the emotions after the game were overwhelming with so many past players in the rooms and around the ground including Collingwood’s Adam Treloar – who is preparing for his own AFL Grand Final – GWS GIANTS’ Aiden Bonar, St Kilda’s Hunter Clark and Carlton’s Tom De Koning to name a few. The Stingrays coach said the feeling amongst the playing group was unbelievable.

“(It’s) amazing actually,” Black said. “It’s probably a mixture (of) we just wanted to get there, when the siren went it was more relief, and then the emotions you know when you see how excited the players are, you know it’s a kick the difference and it’s the end result is completely different. “Like you win by a goal or you lose by a goal, the emotions are completely different. “We’re happy today.”

Black admitted the last term was nerve-wracking with Oakleigh charging home and drawing within a goal in the final minutes.

“(I was) really, really nervous,” Black said. “That stoppage in the forward line I was like ‘don’t let the ball get over the back and we’re right’, ball gets over the back and I’m like ‘oh no’ and just our effort like Will Hamill and that just in the back half that just went ‘you know what, we’re not going to let them get this’ and I’m thinking extra time here, I’m thinking don’t concede a point, but extra time.”

The coach said the players were aware of the procedure if scores were level at the end of regular time and had been reminded on the day.

“Yeah we mentioned it during the week, and at three quarter time I just said to them, remember if it gets to 25 minutes, then it’s next score wins,” Black said.

Luckily for Black and the Stingrays, Dandenong needed just the regular hour to get the job done in what was a thrilling TAC Cup Grand Final, and one of the ages. Black described the win as a team effort.

“I thought our captain was awesome, Campbell Hustwaite,” Black said. “I just love the look of Sam Fletcher at the end of the game, like his shoulder was banged up, he had five stitches in the eye, blood all over his jumper. “That’s what footy means when you get that. “Our backs, like Will Hamill; Bailey Williams his effort to compete, Sam Sturt started the game really well. “Like anything you’ve just got to have contributors and I thought we had that today, and we were running up and down the ground when they were coming, we were looking tired, but we found a way.”

Keeping Tabs: Standout players from Round 22

ANOTHER impressive debutant joined the list of first year players who adapted to the level, while a mature-aged star just continues to exceed expectations.

Tim Kelly

Every week this guy turns up and proceeds to tear it up. Can you honestly believe it is his first year in the AFL system? In the Cats demolition of a hapless Fremantle outfit, Kelly’s stat line once again left us all mesmerised. He collected 26 disposals (14 kicks and 12 handballs at 73 per cent disposal efficiency), three marks, three goals, five clearances, six tackles, seven inside 50s and 515 metres gained. Yet again, his stoppage work and ability to seriously hit the scoreboard when going forward, was brilliant. The Western Australian’s impact this year has been right up there with Patrick Dangerfield, Joel Selwood and Gary Ablett.

James Worpel

After watching the Hawks/Saints clash expecting somewhat of a snooze-fest, the performance of James Worpel really caught my attention. A premiership captain with TAC Cup club Geelong Falcons, Worpel has transitioned beautifully into the midfield of another successful club. The blonde-haired ‘Worpedo’ impressed with his aggression and attack on the footy. After one tackle, the umpire even asked him to calm it down – not a normal conversation to be had with a first-year player. Worpel finished with 27 disposals (15 kicks and 12 handballs at 52 per cent disposal efficiency), three marks, one goal, 481 metres gained, five clearances, three tackles, six inside 50s and a number of seriously powerful stiff-arms. The Hawks have unearthed yet another talent.

Cam Rayner

Rayner is quickly becoming a fan favourite up at the Gabba and is showing strong signs why he is rated so highly among regular underage football viewers and scouts alike. While he does not collect as much of the ball as some of his fellow draftees, Rayner generally does something positive whenever he does have possession. Once again, his leap allowed him to impact almost every marking contest he was involved in during the weekends Q-clash. The future star collated 14 touches (eight of which were contested), three marks, one goal (two behinds), three stoppage clearances and four inside 50s. He certainly looks to have added a bit of excitement and X-factor to a Lions side on a steep incline.

Lochie O’Brien

The top 10 draft pick from the 2017 National Draft has fronted up 17 games this season, with his best game of his career coming against the Dogs on Sunday afternoon. O’Brien, who was utilised in an outside-leaning role across the half-back line by senior coach Brendan Bolton, impressed with his cleanness, composure, decision making and precise ball use with his penetrating left-foot. The 19 year-old recruited from the Bendigo Pioneers collected 20 disposals (at a positive 85 per cent disposal efficiency) to go with six marks and a couple of tackles. Carlton will be hoping O’Brien can build on what has been a solid, steady start to what projects to be a long and successful career. Potentially adding some more size to his frame, we could see the athletic O’Brien spend more time in the midfield rotation.

Tom De Koning

It’s never easy for young key position players to make an immediate impact, however Tom De Koning showed some seriously impressive signs on debut during Sunday’s loss to the Dogs. De Koning, or ‘TDK’ as he is commonly referred to, managed 11 disposals (eight of which were contested), five marks (including two contested grabs and two inside-50 marks), three tackles and a goal on the weekend. He had some presence about him around the ground, and held his own when playing in the ruck for a couple of contests. After an impressive start to his infant career, the forward-line partnership between De Koning, Charlie Curnow and Harry McKay will prove absolutely critical for the Blues’ as they look to improve.

Aaron Naughton

Just the nine disposals for Naughton in his sides victory over the lowly Blues’, the youngster used the ball terrifically well, recording a disposal efficiency of 89 percent. His kicking action is unusual to say the least, however so far it has proven to work well enough. Naughton, a first round draft pick in 2017, showcased his aerial prowess against an inexperienced, but talented Carlton key forward line featuring Curnow, McKay and De Koning, clunking six marks with two of which were contested.  Having also been utilised in attack by senior coach Luke Beveridge at-times during his rookie year, the WA-products flexibility is a real asset. 

Mounting a case: Shelley Heath hopes to follow in fellow Stingrays draftees’ footsteps

WHEN girls football returned to the Mornington Peninsula, Mount Martha’s Shelley Heath took up the love she had for the sport when she was a child. Since then, the running half-back/wing has been an important part of the Dandenong Stingrays line-up since coming into the team with its inception in the TAC Cup Girls last season.

“I started Auskick when I was about six and I stopped for a while,” Heath said. said. “Then I started back up in 2015 when the girls league down in Mornington started to come about which was really exciting.”

Heath said the social aspect of being a part of a football club, as well as the physicality on the field, were the key reasons she decided to forge a football career.

“I really love the tackling side of it all,” she said. “The physicality is one of the biggest things I enjoy and I just enjoy meeting new people and enjoy my teammates.”

Since joining the Stingrays, Heath said her game has come a long way thanks to the work by the coaches and staff at Dandenong.

“It’s (the Stingrays program is) really good,” she said. “I’ve been there for two years and I’ve just developed so much through that program, the coaches have been amazing. “The whole program has really helped me with my football.”

Her clear strength is her speed and endurance, which she said helps when she is running up and down a wing, mowing down opponents in strong tackles. She is still learning how to position herself around the field better, but is pleased with how she has developed thus far.

Having been working hard with Southern Saints on the track in the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s competition, Heath spoke of her desire to play seniors, a dream that will come true tomorrow at Skybus Stadium when the Saints face the unbeaten Northern Territory Thunder. Her dream is clear – getting drafted into the AFLW at some stage.

“The St Kilda VFL (Southern Saints) have picked me up and I’ve been training with them so hopefully I’m on the verge of getting a game with them which should be good,” she said. “After that if not getting drafted, just keep with St Kilda and hopefully get drafted there in 2020.”

The recent top 10 draftees Jacob Weitering and Hunter Clark, as well as Tom De Koning – who went at pick 30 last year – both hail from Heath’s junior club, affectionately known as the ‘Mounties’. She said the drafting of players she knew gave her inspiration for her own football journey.

“It’s kind of pushed me along thinking that I have a chance to get drafted this year which is exciting,” she said.

In fact, her favourite football memory comes from her time at the Mounties, kicking a goal in the grand final in 2017. Outside of football she is keen to become a physiotherapist and said the balance between football and school has been a challenge, but one she is willing to take up.

“Yeah Year 12 is pretty stressful, pretty big,” she said. “Especially with all the football around it. “But I’m keeping on top of things which is good.”

Heath said the stronger bodies at Southern Saints training had helped her confidence and she was hoping to put her best foot forward for Vic Country on the Gold Coast in a couple of weeks.

“It’s really good (training with the Saints),” she said. “I’ve learnt a heap through training and the girls are so much more confident with everything and the bigger bodies have really helped out my footy as well. “I just want to make the (Vic Country) team and just play as best as I can to get looked at, and that’s probably the biggest thing.”

TAC Cup preview: Dandenong Stingrays

DANDENONG Stingrays are one of the strongest sides coming into season 2018. Last year they had six players drafted, including three in the first round with Luke Davies-Uniacke (North Melbourne), Hunter Clark (St Kilda) and Aiden Bonar (GWS) all selected – two of which will play their first AFL games this weekend. Others that were drafted include draft bolter Tom De Koning (Carlton), Oscar Clavarino (St Kilda) and Tom Murphy (North Melbourne).

In terms of top-end talent, very few teams compare, especially considering they have four genuine key position players who took part in the AFL AIS Academy camp in Darwin. Twins Stephen and Matthew Cumming did not play a game last year but have impressed with a huge off-season, joining Bailey Williams and Riley Bowman as tall timber set to assist them across the ground. Bowman played 10 games in 2017, while Williams managed 18 to be a strong target up forward when Bowman was rucking.

But it is not just the key position players where Dandenong has depth, the likes of Sam Fletcher and Mitch Riordan lead a host of players that give the Stingrays plenty of optimism about the season ahead. Heading forward, the dangerous Jai Nanscawen (Averaged 1.7 goals per game in 2017) is always a threat and the classy midfielder in Will Hamill is likely to shine in his top-age year. Throw in the likes of Campbell Hustwaite (12 games) and Finlay Bayne (10 games) and the team has some serious depth. One player who did not get a chance to show his wares last season is Aaron Darling, whose season was derailed by a knee reconstruction. The elite kick missed the entire 2017 season and never got to follow-on from his bottom-age year given the AFL AIS Academy member was highly touted.

Others who became regulars last season in the Stingrays side were 19 year-olds Angus Patterson (20 games) and Lachlan Young (17), as well as Jamie Plumridge (16) and Jai Taylor (12). An excitement machine who just needs to find consistency is Toby Bedford, who with time could become a really valuable contributor. With a number of bottom-agers coming through the side, it is hard to find many weaknesses in the Stingrays line-up and you get the feeling they will be a great team to watch in 2018.

2017 Stats:

2017 Summary:

Dandenong Stingrays’ start to 2017 could best be described as a yo-yo. They broke even in the first 10 games, taking until round 10 to notch up consecutive wins. They continued their form with three more victories – against Western Jets, Calder Cannons and Northern Knights. They dropped a game to Gippsland Power, before storming home to win three of the last four games and reach the finals.

In the elimination final, the Stingrays looked down and out, but a superior performance from guns Luke Davies-Uniacke and Hunter Clark hauled them back from a mammoth deficit to run over the top of Eastern Ranges in a fantastic 13-point win. Unfortunately for the Stingrays, eventual premiers Geelong Falcons proved too good the following week, going down by 39 points at Simonds Stadium in the preliminary final.

2018 Snapshot:

Dandenong staff, players and families will get a great tour of the state in the opening month, travelling to five different venues in five rounds. The Stingrays kick-off their campaign at GMHBA Stadium this Sunday, followed by a clash in Morwell against the Gippsland Power in round two. The Country Triple Header occurs in round three which pits the Stingrays against the GWV Rebels, before a home game at Shepley Oval and a short trip down the Princes Highway to Warrawee Park.

Dandenong plays six games at Shepley Oval and two further matches at Skybus Stadium in Frankston. After their early three road trips, the Stingrays make just one trip to a country region – to face the Falcons at Mars Stadium on August 18.

2018 Fixture:

Dandenong Stingrays 2018

GMHBA Stadium
Morwell Recreational Reserve
Queen Elizabeth Oval
Shepley Oval
Warrawee Park
Shepley Oval
Rams Arena
Shepley Oval
Shepley Oval
Shepley Oval
Shepley Oval
Shepley Oval
Rams Arena
Preston City Oval
MARS Stadium
Trevor Barker Oval
Ikon Park
Ikon Park
Ikon Park

Dandenong Stingrays 2017 review

With the off-season now officially here for TAC Cup clubs, AFL Draft Central will go back and review what 2017 was like for each of the 12 clubs. We kick off the series with Bendigo Pioneers and will end with the Western Jets.

Dandenong Stingrays

Finished: 4th
Wins: 13
Losses: 7
Percentage: 115
Points: 48 (eliminated in preliminary final)

Players Drafted: (6)

  • Luke Davies-Uniacke (North Melbourne)
  • Hunter Clark (St Kilda)
  • Aiden Bonar (GWS)
  • Tom De Koning (Carlton)
  • Oscar Clavarino (St Kilda)
  • Thomas Murphy (North Melbourne)

2017 Review:

It was another successful year of draftees for the Dandenong Stingrays with six players landing at AFL clubs after the team bowed out in the preliminary final. Dandenong’s close affiliation with St Kilda continued as Hunter Clark and Oscar Clavarino were plucked out to play at Moorabbin, Clavarino joining best mate Josh Battle whom the Saints drafted 12 months earlier. North Melbourne also teamed up top draft prospect Luke Davies-Uniacke with over-age rookie Thomas Murphy, while developing tall Tom De Koning became a Blue.

Among those unlucky to be drafted were hard-luck story Aaron Darling who was a member of the AFL’s AIS Academy, as well as over-ager Bailey Morrish and Tom Freeman. Others who performed well throughout the season and gave themselves every chance were Riley D’Arcy, Mitch Cotter and Ali Zijai.

There was plenty to like about the Stingrays in 2017, they showed heart and fought out most games quite competitively. Their comeback against Eastern Ranges in the elimination final was one for the ages and no doubt raised Davies-Uniacke and Clark’s draft potential to another level. In 2018 they look to be just as strong, potentially even stronger if everything goes to plan and injuries do not curtail their top players’ years.


2018 Preview:

Last year I thought Dandenong was a premiership contender for 2017 and looking at some of the names on their list, it’s clear they will be thereabouts again with some astonishing talent. A couple of twin towers in Bailey Williams and Riley Bowman are a part of the AFL’s AIS Academy as is tall utility Sam Fletcher. While Mitchell Riordan and Jai Nanscanwen are other players who after strong bottom-age seasons are in the mix to be drafted.

Riley Bowman (Dandenong Stingrays) 198cm | 93kg | Ruckman
2017 TAC Cup: (10) 14 disposals | 3 marks | 4.3 tackles | 18.5 hitouts | 3 clearances | 2.6 inside 50s | 45% KE | 60% D | 50% CP

A ruckman who has come on in leaps and bounds since the start of the season. He ended up notching up good numbers across most statistical areas as shown above, with his 18.5 hitouts and three clearances per game pretty impressive, also showing the fact he could ruck in tandem with Bailey Williams.

Sam Fletcher (Dandenong Stingrays) 188cm | 77kg | Tall Utility
2017 TAC Cup: (4) 15.8 disposals | 3 marks | 3.3 tackles | 1.8 clearances | 2.3 rebounds | 80% KE | 76% DE | 35% CP

We have been robbed of seeing what Fletcher is capable of, limited to four games due to injury, but in those games his kicking was sensational, and at his size, the scope for the future is huge considering he will be 190cm and 80-85kg by the time the season rolls around. It will be interesting to see how he goes with a full pre-season under his belt.

Jai Nanscawen (Dandenong Stingrays) 177cm | 72kg | Small Forward
2017 TAC Cup: (17) 14.5 disposals | 2.2 marks | 2.9 tackles | 2.4 inside 50s | 1.7 goals | 57% KE | 67% DE | 47% CP

He might not be big, but Jai Nanscawen certainly knows where the goals are. He is that pressuring small forward who are all the rage since Richmond’s premiership win. He averaged a very solid 1.7 goals per game and if he bulks up over the summer a tad, he might even move further up the ground.

Mitchell Riordan (Dandenong Stingrays) 186cm | 77kg | Balanced Midfielder
2017 TAC Cup: (10) 14.6 disposals | 2 marks | 4.7 tackles | 2.2 clearances | 2.8 inside 50s | 52% KE | 66% DE | 46% CP

A midfielder who just ticks a lot of boxes. His kicking could be improved, but he wins the clearances, moves the ball forward and lays the tackles. A dark horse in a team of really strong prospects so keep an eye out for Riordan.

Bailey Williams (Dandenong Stingrays) 198cm | 91kg | Ruckman
2017 TAC Cup: (18) 9.6 disposals | 2.8 marks | 2.1 tackles | 20.6 hitouts | 1.4 clearances | 2.7 inside 50s | 0.8 goals | 54% KE | 64% DE | 49% CP

The top prospect at the Stingrays for mine and one that just catches the eye. He’s a strong mark, can play through the ruck or up forward and while he is not a huge accumulator, he seems like the player that just gets it done in clutch moments. Certainly one to watch in 2018.

Others to keep an eye on:

Finlay Bayne (Dandenong Stingrays) 176cm | 68kg | Small Forward/Outside Midfielder
2017 TAC Cup: (10) 16.5 Disposals | 2.2 marks | 2.9 tackles | 1.5 clearances | 3.3 inside 50s | 1.1 goals | 51% KE | 64% DE | 41% CP

Campbell Hustwaite (Dandenong Stingrays) 181cm | 70kg | Balanced Midfielder
2017 TAC Cup: 14.6 disposals | 2.3 marks | 3.5 tackles | 1.6 clearances | 1.9 inside 50s | 59% KE | 73% DE | 42% CP

William Hamill (Dandenong Stingrays) 183cm | 67kg | Outside Midfielder
2017 TAC Cup: (20) 12.3 disposals | 2.3 marks | 3.3 tackles | 1 inside 50 | 1.9 rebounds | 58% KE | 71% DE | 42% CP

Stephen Cumming (Dandenong Stingrays) 199cm | 97kg | Key Position Utility

Matthew Cumming (Dandenong Stingrays) 198cm | 95kg | Key Position Utility



Dandenong Stingrays had a great year both on the field and on draft night. They had many talented players who landed at AFL clubs and will no doubt be ones to watch at the elite level in coming years. Next season bills as another great season for the club with so many talented players on the books it is hard to squeeze them in. If all are fit and can play the majority of games then watch out because this team looks scary good.

TAC Cup Scouting notes: Round 14

ROUND Fourteen of the TAC Cup was completed over the weekend and with school football returning after the July school holidays, some teams were missing players from their best 22. We had scouts watching two of the games – read their notes below.

Western Jets vs. Sandringham Dragons (Brandon Hutchinson)

Western Jets:

#11 Zak Butters – Despite the end result, Saturday was an outstanding day for Butters. He was swift and fierce through the midfield, and made excellent use of his smaller frame – dodging and weaving where he saw fit. Butters took his fair share of interceptions and displayed brilliant consistency throughout the game. He dummied his opposition as well as finding creative ways to break the Dragons zone. No matter the task, Butters didn’t hesitate to throw his head into the play.

#20 Joshua Mould –  Opened up the first quarter with a strong, two-on-one defensive tackle in the backline. This prevented what would have been an inevitable goal for the Dragons. Mould later moved up through the midfield where he managed to snatch up the ball and get it down field. While it didn’t always hit the target, he showed spectators that he knows how to read the play. He shined brightest in his first half, slowing down in the second half as the Dragons began their gallop home.

#38 Buku Khamis – His goal late in the first term kept his team trailing close behind a tough Sandringham team. Khamis’ fine tuned contested marking showed spectators how dangerous he is in the air. He wasn’t lost when he was moved to the backline late in the second, dominating the contests there as well. Khamis applied some excellent pressure in the first half of the game, but may need to work a little on reading the ball along the ground.

Sandringham Dragons:

#7 Aaron Trusler – Trusler had a really quiet first quarter but came booming out the gate in the second, putting away three for his team and winning the ball in the first half. A clever small forward, Trusler read the ball well, scooping it up and putting it through whenever his opponent lost hold of him. A great player to have in the forward line, he just needs to show he can do it every quarter.

#8 Will Walker – Walker got plenty of ball along the wing throughout the first, powering hard & fast away from a congested midfield. He did plenty to get the ball to his forwards, opting for a big punt rather than the closer targets. While they won the game, looking short might be the better option going forward. Walker kept his head over the play, earning himself a few frees from the guys he sucked in. While in the final quarter he took on an attacking role of his own, kicking three goals.

#30 Hayden McLean – Consistent throughout the entire match, McLean did plenty when he came near the ball, whether it was loose or not. Applied amazing pressure in the third and fourth quarter, stepping up to keep his team ahead. McLean wrapped up plenty of the Jets’ boys when they crossed into his turf. He earned himself a free in the fourth and put away a goal to seal the game for the Dragons. A fine work rate from this young man contributed to Sandringham’s successful pressure all throughout the match.

#37 Bailey Smith – Smith read the ball well in the backline, and was quick in his decision making to get his team out of trouble. Clever switching kept the Jets stepping over each other to keep up and a few smart runs up the wing found the ball in the Dragons’ forward 50. Smith, like many others on the day, struggled to hit his man and depended on bombing the ball down field. This worked well while he was in the backline but as he pushed up the ground, it got a little less effective.

Dandenong Stingrays vs. Gippsland Power (Brandon Hutchinson)

Dandenong Stingrays:

#2 Hunter Clark –  All eyes were on this young man down at Frankston Oval this weekend. Clark positioned himself well throughout the ground and demonstrated effective inboard passing. He was well utilised through the midfield, plucking the ball cleanly from the air and finding a break in the zone through his clever passing. Clark also managed to slot two goals for himself. To take that extra step, Clark should try carrying the ball a little more as his speed and agility gives him an advantage over some of the other players in the TAC Cup.

#20 Tom De Koning – At the end of the second quarter you may have thought De Koning was injured after his leap too high in the ruck. Though it didn’t take long for him to regain his feet, where he continued to play some exceptional footy. De Koning dominated the ruck work, but didn’t always manage to hit his man. He easily out bodies his opponents, doing well in all contests. A successful smother and subsequent tackle helped to demonstrate what De Koning can do. While he fights hard throughout four quarters, this young man needs to do a little more to get his head over the ball.

#50 Riley D’Arcy – D’Arcy had much quieter game from what we’re used to. He struggled to slot away the ball in the first quarter, not getting the ball where he usually wants it. In the second he came out with two goals and used his size to help fend off others from his team. It’s difficult to out muscle him in the air as he plucks the ball where and wherever he likes. Though along the ground, D’Arcy is rarely ever seen. He currently sits third in overall goals, so his ground level work very rarely comes into question, but as soon as the ball drops low, this man is less of a danger. Once the ball comes towards D’Arcy in the air, very few players in the TAC Cup can pull him down. He finished with three goals – but it wasn’t one of his best games of the season.

Gippsland Power:

#3 Callan McKeon – One of the smaller men on ground, Mckeon used his speed and agility to beat his opponent. He broke up the play, dodging & weaving out of congestion. His passing was sharp and reflexes even sharper. Many times he found himself going for a run, moving the ball in the right direction. He showed some quick and careful decision making which should not go unnoticed.

#11 Austin Hodge – When the Stingrays began their run towards victory, Hodge shut the door in their face. Dandenong dominated the fourth quarter, bringing the game back within two points. It was Hodge’s two crucial goals in the final quarter which kept the game in their hands. Finishing up the game with three goals, he also demonstrated quick and clean passing around a congested forward line, helping to put more than his own through the sticks.

#41 Samuel Flanders – A lot of the Power goals were due to clever leading and passing throughout the forward line from Flanders. He finished the game with a nice bag of three goals. He had a pretty quiet game in the opening half but went on to kick back-to-back goals in the third quarter, and later closed it up with another. He disappeared a bit in the fourth but his efforts helped to get his team over the line. In the future he may need to apply a bit more consistency, but the Under 16 has a few years in the TAC Cup and has shown great ability in what has been a very good year for Flanders at all levels.

#42 Caleb Serong – Serong dominated the pack marks for the Power, flying higher than you’d think he was capable. He finished with three crucial goals and assisted in a few other set shots. Serong took a huge mark in the third quarter and slotted two of the goals which gave the Power the lead. An effective forward, the Vic Country Under 16 representative is a name to keep an eye on over the next few years.

Victorian cricketer headlines 2017 AFL Draft Combine invites

VICTORIAN Under 19 cricketer Nathan Murphy headlines the 83 players invited to take part in the 2017 AFL Draft Combine.

Murphy has recently turned his focus to football, with the Brighton Grammar student booting 19 goals in the Victorian APS school boy competition as one of the more impressive medium talls in the competition. Murphy was a late addition to the Sandringham Dragons squad, averaging over 22 disposals in his three games, including a three-goal haul against Bendigo Pioneers and the invite to the testing will give clubs an idea regarding his athletic ability after cricket has largely been the focus of the talented teenager.

The AFL Draft Combine is the first sign that their AFL dreams are a step closer to fruition. An invitation to the AFL Draft Combine means that at least four AFL clubs have expressed interest in the player. The AFL Draft Combine is a way for clubs to determine the players’ physical strengths as well as getting one-on-one time through combine interviews.

Vic Metro lead the other Under 18 sides with 29 players selected to take part in October’s National Combine.

Metro won back-to-back titles in the Under 18 Championships, as the clear standout across the carnival.

At the Combine, draftees take on each other in a series of tests that challenge their speed, endurance, reflexes and skills to determine their strengths and weaknesses. Combine results are taken into account by clubs when deciding between players and whether they believe they can take the next step into the AFL.

Possible number one candidates Adam Cerra, Nicholas Coffield, Luke Davies-Uniacke, Paddy Dow and Cameron Rayner will be keen to show off their athletic traits and will be a few players expected to have an important batch of interviews at the Combine.

Larke Medalist Oscar Allen is one of a number of Western Australia players invited.

In sweeping changes to the 2017 format, the Beep test and 3km time trial have been scrapped. The Beep Test has been replaced by the Yo-Yo run, with the AFL and combine sub-committee believing the beep test wasn’t the most accurate measure to predict fitness levels for team sports. The 3km time trial has been cut back to 2km, falling in line with the majority of AFL clubs who use the 2km run in their programs.

The clean hands test and the 30m repeat sprints test have been removed, with more time allocated to club interviews and medical screenings this year.

Possible Collingwood father-son Tyler Brown is one of 10 Eastern Ranges players selected. Brown was overlooked for Vic Metro selection, but has impressed for Marcellin College in AGSV School Football and for the Ranges in the TAC Cup.

Ed Richards is another with Collingwood links, as the son of Kane Richards, whose late father Ron played 143 games for the Pies. Ron Richards’ brother was Collingwood legend Lou.

Richmond father-son prospect Patrick Naish has also been invited, with Naish averaging 21 disposals throughout the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships.

Hugh Dixon is the sole representative from Tasmania, with 11 players selected from the Allies squad.

Adam Sambono (Northern Territory) and Tim Kelly (Western Australia) are the only two mature-agers selected for the combine, with the pair both impressing at NEAFL and WAFL level respectively.

Clubs will now again nominate players for the state combine, which is for players that have at least two clubs that are interested in them. Similar tests are conducted at the state combine.

The National Combine will begin on Tuesday, October 3 and go through to Friday, October 6 and will again be held at Etihad Stadium.


Vic Metro

Noah Balta (Calder Cannons)
Andrew Brayshaw (Sandringham Dragons)
Tyler Brown (Eastern Ranges)
Adam Cerra (Eastern Ranges)
Nick Coffield (Northern Knights)
Charlie Constable (Sandringham Dragons)
Matthew Day (Oakleigh Chargers)
Lachlan Fogarty (Western Jets)
Joel Garner (Eastern Ranges)
Sam Hayes (Eastern Ranges)
Jack Higgins (Oakleigh Chargers)
Hayden McLean (Sandringham Dragons)
Dylan Moore (Eastern Ranges)
Nathan Murphy (Sandringham Dragons)
Trent Mynott (Eastern Ranges)
Patrick Naish (Northern Knights)
Tom North (Eastern Ranges)
Ethan Penrith (Northern Knights)
Jack Petruccelle (Northern Knights)
Mitchell Podhajski (Calder Cannons)
Cameron Rayner (Western Jets)
Ned Reeves (Oakleigh Chargers)
Ed Richards (Oakleigh Chargers)
Jackson Ross (Eastern Ranges)
Jaidyn Stephenson (Eastern Ranges)
Ryley Stoddart (Eastern Ranges)
Angus Styles (Sandringham Dragons)
Will Walker (Sandringham Dragons)
Toby Wooller (Oakleigh Chargers)

Vic Country

Aiden Bonar (Dandenong Stingrays)
Jordon Butts (Murray Bushrangers)
Hunter Clark (Dandenong Stingrays)
Oscar Clavarino (Dandenong Stingrays)
Brent Daniels (Benigo Pioneers)
Luke Davies-Uniacke (Dandenong Stingrays)
Tom De Koning (Dandenong Stingrays)
Aiden Domic (Greater Western Victoria Rebels)
Paddy Dow (Bendigo Pioneers)
Kane Farrell (Bendigo Pioneers)
Ethan Floyd (Geelong Falcons)
David Handley (Geelong Falcons)
Bailey Henderson (Bendigo Pioneers)
Changkouth Jiath (Gippsland Power)
Jordan Johnston (Greater Western Victoria Rebels)
Harrison Jones (Murray Bushrangers)
Matthew Ling (Geelong Falcons)
Tom McCartin (Geelong Falcons)
Matthew McGannon (Gippsland Power)
Lloyd Meek (Greater Western Victoria Rebels)
Gryan Miers (Geelong Falcons)
Lochie O’Brien (Bendigo Pioneers)
Ben Paton (Murray Bushrangers)
Angus Schumacher (Bendigo Pioneers)
James Worpel (Geelong Falcons)

Western Australia

Brayden Ainsworth (Subiaco)
Oscar Allen (West Perth)
Callan England (Claremont)
Kyron Hayden (Subiaco)
Tim Kelly (South Fremantle)
Ben Miller (Subiaco)
Aaron Naughton (Peel Thunder)
Jake Patmore (Claremont)
Brandon Starcevich (East Perth)
Sam Taylor (Swan Districts)

South Australia

Charlie Ballard (Sturt)
Callum Coleman-Jones (Sturt)
Darcy Fogarty (Glenelg)
Jordan Houlahan (Sturt)
Nathan Kreuger (South Adelaide)
Alex Martini (Glenelg)
Andrew McPherson (Woodville-West Torrens)
Harrison Petty (Norwood)


Jarrod Brander (Bendigo Pioneers)
Brendan Myers (Wagga Tigers/GWS academy)
Jack Powell (Ainsli/GWS academy)
Nicholas Shipley (St George/GWS academy)
Charlie Spargo (Murray Bushrangers)


Connor Ballenden (Wests Juniors/Brisbane Lions academy)
Brayden Crossley (Labrador/Gold Coast Suns academy)
Jack Payne (Noosa/Brisbane Lions academy)

Northern Territory

Zac Bailey (Southern Districts/Norwood)
Adam Sambono (NT Thunder)


Hugh Dixon (Kingborough Tigers)

Under 18 Championships Preview: Vic Country

VIC COUNTRY enters the National Under 18s Championships as a big question mark given it failed to produce a win last season despite being one of the favourites. In 2017, Country has a greater depth of inside ball winners, but less class on the outside, while a plethora of key forwards and the best key defender in the draft help straighten the team up.

It is well known that contested ball and clearances are a key to winning a football match and Country have plenty of players that can do that. Headlined by Dandenong ball winner Luke Davies-Uniacke – who could well be a top two pick – Country also has James Worpel, teammate Cassidy Parish and Stingray Hunter Clark.

On the outside, Country will need to rely on the likes of Matthew Ling, Lochie O’Brien and Harry Benson to provide some dash and get crucial inside 50s to Tom De Koning, Bailey Williams and Tom McCartin. Murray Bushranger Jordan Butts played forward in the trial game, whether he stays there or goes back is largely unknown and it could depend on whether or not the likes of Power duo Cody Henness and Sean Masterson are playing.

Stingray Oscar Clavarino will stand tall in defence and take out the opposition’s best forward, while Ethan Floyd and Ben Paton take the game on and try and penetrate zones with their kicking off half-back. Up forward, Jordan Johnston, David Handley and Gryan Miers are likely to cause headaches for opposition teams, providing both offensive and defensive pressure. Meanwhile in the ruck, Rebel Lloyd Meek will share the duties with Gippsland’s Julian Patterson.

Players to watch:

Luke Davies-Uniacke – The standout player in the country team, using his big frame to star for the Stingrays early in the year before impressing at school football since. Played in defence last season and has now built up to play a huge role in the Country midfield and expect him to lead by example with the other inside midfielders.

James Worpel – Another inside player who has had an indifferent start to the season after a couple of niggling injuries, but the AFL Academy member could be a match winner for Country in the championships. He has the ability to go forward and influence, and will win his fair share of in-and-under hardball in the middle.

Lochie O’Brien – While the other Country midfield stars bring the grunt, O’Brien brings the outside class to the fore. He has not seen a lot of it this season, tagged out of most games at school football, but O’Brien is a dangerous prospect for opposition teams when up and going and will be the player Country looks for to hit-up targets inside 50.

Oscar Clavarino – The star key defender will be the most crucial player to the Country side. He will likely have a different pairing in defence each match, and will be tasked with organising the back six. He does lack some strength for the monster key position forwards, but with few monsters, Clavarino will beat most players one-on-one.

Jordan Johnston – An excitement machine, Johnston provides a different element to the Country forward mix. He is a high flying, accurate goal kicker who is capable on the ground as well. Likened to Jamie Elliott, Johnston has the X-factor about him, and he is just working on the consistency to make him a real danger to opposition defenders.

2018 names to keep an eye on:

Sam Walsh – A smooth mover who does not panic under pressure, has great vision and just thinks about his disposal. Walsh is good around the stoppages and is able to spot up teammates that many others might not and uses his smarts to outwit opponents. Has returned from an injury that kept him out of the last few weeks.

Bailey Williams – A key forward to get excited about next year, Williams also has played in the ruck for Dandenong and looks the goods. The bottom-ager could well play every game, but it might depend on if Jordan Butts plays in defence. Either way, when he does play, he is likely to stand out.

Zane Barzen – Very athletic forward who has an impressive vertical leap. Works hard up the ground and then sprints back forward. Is very clean below his knees and moves well. Should get game time for Vic Country throughout the Under 18 Championships.


Round 1: v ALLIES – June 11th 12.30pm Blacktown
Round 2: BYE
Round 3: v VIC METRO – June 24th 2.30pm Punt Road Oval
Round 4: v WESTERN AUSTRALIA – June 30th 2.10pm Etihad Stadium (FOX FOOTY)
Round 5: v SOUTH AUSTRALIA – July 5th 4.40pm Simonds Stadium (FOX FOOTY)

Possible Round One team:

B: Ben Paton, Josh Jaska, Laitham Vandermeer
HB: Ethan Floyd, Oscar Clavarino, Changkuoth Jiath
C: Cal Wellings, Paddy Dow, Matthew Ling
HF: Ethan McHenry, Jordan Butts, Brent Daniels
F: Gryan Miers, Tom De Koning, David Handley

FOLL: Lloyd Meek, Luke Davies-Uniacke, James Worpel
INT: Cody Henness, Jye Caldwell, Kane Farrell, Zane Barzen, Aidan Quigley


Finishing prediction: 3rd – Vic Country will finish somewhere between 2nd and 4th with Vic Metro the clear favourite and Western Australia behind the other teams. With the strong inside presence, Country would be favourites against the Allies, but the game against South Australia will be 50/50.

MVP prediction: Luke Davies-Uniacke – The top players stand up when the pressure intensifies so the two tips for the MVP are Luke Davies-Uniacke and James Worpel. Given LDU has played more football this year, we shall go with the big-bodied Stingray.


No. Name
HT (cm)
WT (kg)
1 Kane FARRELL 17/03/1999 180 72 Bendigo Pioneers
2 Samuel WALSH 2/07/2000 182 68 Geelong Falcons
3 Jye CALDWELL 28/09/2000 181 78 Bendigo Pioneers
4 Gryan MIERS 30/03/1999 177 73 Geelong Falcons
5 Ben PATON 19/10/1998 185 78 Murray Bushrangers
6 Aidan QUIGLEY 7/05/1999 183 72 Gipplsand Power
7 Harry BENSON 12/06/1999 180 72 Geelong Falcons
8 Lochie O’BRIEN 18/09/1999 184 75 Bendigo Pioneers
9 Luke DAVIES-UNIACKE 8/06/1999 187 85 Dandenong Stingrays
10 Brent DANIELS 9/03/1999 172 70 Bendigo Pioneers
11 Laitham VANDERMEER 3/02/1999 180 73 Murray Bushrangers
12 Edward MCHENRY 13/07/2000 176 67 Geelong Falcons
13 Ethan FLOYD 15/07/1999 179 70 Geelong Falcons
14 Callan WELLINGS 20/02/1998 181 71 GWV Rebels
15 Paddy DOW 16/10/1999 184 78 Bendigo Pioneers
16 David HANDLEY 1/09/1999 181 76 Geelong Falcons
17 Zane BARZEN 25/08/2000 191 76 Murray Bushrangers
18 Bailey HENDERSON 20/10/1999 188 75 Bendigo Pioneers
19 Matthew LING 21/04/1999 182 74 Geelong Falcons
20 Tom DE KONING 16/07/1999 200 92 Dandenong Stingrays
21 Hunter CLARK 26/03/1999 186 79 Dandenong Stingrays
22 Jordon BUTTS 31/12/1999 195 80 Murray Bushrangers
23 Cooper STEPHENS 21/05/1999 180 72 Geelong Falcons
24 Sean MASTERSON 23/08/1998 192 78 Gipplsand Power
25 Oscar CLAVARINO 22/05/1999 195 86 Dandenong Stingrays
26 Angus SCHUMACHER 16/03/1999 189 76 Bendigo Pioneers
27 Harrison JONES 15/03/1999 183 79 Murray Bushrangers
28 James WORPEL 24/01/1999 185 84 Geelong Falcons
29 Bailey WILLIAMS 17/04/2000 198 91 Dandenong Stingrays
30 Jordan JOHNSTON 9/09/1999 184 76 GWV Rebels
31 Sam FLETCHER 27/01/2000 188 77 Dandenong Stingrays
32 Cassidy PARISH 4/05/1999 190 84 Geelong Falcons
33 Changkuoth JIATH 13/06/1999 185 74 Gipplsand Power
34 Thomas BOYD 29/01/1999 191 75 Murray Bushrangers
35 Tom MCCARTIN 30/12/1999 192 86 Geelong Falcons
36 Cody HENNESS 7/02/1999 193 88 Gippsland Power
37 Joshua JASKA 26/02/1998 193 76 Geelong Falcons
38 Lloyd MEEK 22/04/1998 202 104 GWV Rebels
39 Hudson GARONI 14/01/2000 193 92 Murray Bushrangers
40 Julian PATTERSON 14/05/1998 203 81 Gipplsand Power
41 Aaron DARLING 24/01/1999 178 83 Dandenong Stingrays

Weekend That Was – Round 8

A MATCH-WINNING goal from Harry Benson saved the Geelong Falcons from dropping their first game of the season in what could have been the upset of the season to date. The Falcons were playing bottom-of-the-table Calder Cannons in what was predicted to be anything but close. But to the Cannons’ credit they stood up and produced an impressive performance to remarkably lead at the final change before a nine-goal last quarter saw both teams going head-to-head to try and snatch the four points. Geelong prevailed 11.11 (77) to 11.7 (73)

Benson collected 29 disposals, four marks, eight clearances, seven inside 50s, five rebounds and laid 11 tackles to be the AFL Draft Central TAC Cup Player of the Week. Others that stood out included Cassidy Parish – 27 disposals (15 contested), nine clearances and four tackles, as well as Gryan Miers (23 disposals, four marks, six clearances, five inside 50s and two goals and Sam Wolfenden (18 disposals and 10 rebounds).

For Calder, captain Brad Bernacki amassed a whopping 39 disposals (19 contested at 59 per cent efficiency), five marks, six clearances and seven inside 50s. Bottom-age talent Jack Bytel had 32 disposals of his own, 22 of which were contested, as well as seven inside 50s and five clearances. Top prospect Noah Balta had another strong performance with 21 disposals (67 per efficiency), six marks, 17 hitouts, four clearances, five inside 50s, seven rebounds and two goals.

Oakleigh Chargers spoiled Murray Bushrangers’ hold on second spot, with the metropolitan team knocking off the Bushrangers by 15 points. Trailing by 28 points at the final break, the Bushrangers booted four goals to two in the last term to try and hit back, but it was not quite enough, going down 12.11 (83) to 9.14 (68).

Toby Wooller provided a target up forward and through the middle with 16 disposals, seven marks, six inside 50s, seven tackles and three goals for the Chargers. Jack Higgins continued his good form up forward with three goals, while Xavier O’Neill and Lachlan Bugeja had 24 tackles between them.

For the Bushrangers, Zane Barzen was slick with 15 disposals at 73 per cent efficiency, as well as six marks, four inside 50s and two goals. Harry Jones had another solid performance with 23 disposals (16 contested), six clearances, three inside 50s and 12 tackles, while Daniel Johnston had 28 hitouts and booted two goals from 16 disposals.


Meanwhile Northern Knights got up over Gippsland Power in a close 14-point win. The Knights were level with the Power at the final break and it took until the 15-minute mark of the last quarter for Kye Agosta to kick truly, before Jack Petruccelle finished with the final two goals of the game for a 13.10 (88) to 11.8 (74) Knights victory.

Petruccelle had five goals from 18 disposals at an elite 83 per cent efficiency, as well as five marks, four inside 50s and four tackles. Sam Binion had 22 disposals (13 contested), six marks, seven clearances, seven inside 50s, 10 tackles and two goals, while Anthony Fable had 16 disposals (14 contested), five clearances, six inside 50s, three rebounds and 10 tackles in a strong inside game.

For Gippsland, Aiden Quigley had 19 disposals (16 contested), six clearances, five inside 50s, four rebounds and a goal, while Callum Porter (19 disposals at 89 per cent efficiency) and Cody Henness (four goals from six marks) were also impressive.

After trailing by two points at half-time, Sandringham Dragons did what they had to in the second half to roll past the Greater Western Victoria Rebels. The Dragons booted nine goals to three in the second half to run away with a 14.9 (93) to 7.12 (54) victory.

Dragons’ captain Hayden McLean was enormous up forward and through the ruck, booting three goals and having 12 hitouts from 17 disposals and nine marks. Hamish Brayshaw continued to have the ball on a string with 32 disposals (75 per cent efficiency), 10 clearances, five inside 50s and two goals, while Lucas Barrett had 10 inside 50s from his 24 disposals to go with his five clearances and six tackles.

For the Rebels, captain Callan Wellings had 26 disposals (16 contested), nine clearances and four inside 50s, while Aiden Domic had 23 disposals, eight clearances and five inside 50s. Jed Hill played the dangerous small forward role well with three goals from 11 disposals (91 per cent efficiency) including two majors on the brink of half-time.

On Sunday, Bendigo Pioneers picked up a vital win against Western Jets, defeating them by 20 points. The Pioneers booted six goals to three in the opening half and then maintained their advantage from there to win 12.10 (82) to 9.8 (62).

Bailey Henderson continued his good form with 32 disposals (72 per cent efficiency), 11 marks, five inside 50s, six rebounds and a goal. Mitchell Kemp was dynamic with his short passing proving effective – recording 83 per cent efficiency to go with his eight marks. Meanwhile Darby Henderson booted three goals from 22 disposals, with a season-high efficiency of 82 per cent.

For the Jets, Xavier O’Halloran had 26 disposals, three marks, six clearances and five inside 50s, while Connor Thar laid eight tackles to work hard defensively with his 32 disposals (72 per cent efficiency), eight clearances and seven inside 50s. Nicholas Stuhldreier again found plenty of the ball with 25 disposals, four marks and nine clearances.

Finally, Dandenong Stingrays proved far too good for Eastern Ranges, running out impressive 63-point winners. The Stingrays booted eight goals to one in the second quarter to open up a 49-point lead and were never headed from there. The final score saw Dandenong win 17.13 (115) to Eastern 7.10 (52).

Mason De Wit was a sponge at half-back with nine rebounds from 31 disposals and seven marks, while Hunter Clark racked up another 28 disposals, six clearances and six inside 50s. Mitch Cotter was one of the best on ground with 24 disposals (75 per cent efficiency), five clearances, five inside 50s, four rebounds and 11 tackles while Jai Nanscawen and Tom De Koning both booted four majors in the match.

Eastern’s Jordan Lynch had 21 disposals, four marks, eight clearances, five inside 50s and eight tackles, while Sam Hayes had 21 hitouts and eight marks (three contested) from 15 disposals. Thomas North topped the disposal count with 24 (12 contested) as well as five clearances and five tackles.

Inside presence for Vic Country U18 squad

BIG bodied inside midfielders will headline the top-end talent in the 2017 Victoria Country squad at the National AFL Under 18s Championships.

The team is filled with some of the draft crop’s top inside midfielders led by Dandenong Stingrays’ Luke Davies-Uniacke who will be in the battle for the number one draft pick at the end of the season. Along with Davies-Uniacke, Geelong Falcons’ pair James Worpel and Cassidy Parish will ensure Country has an advantage at the stoppages, as well Stingrays’ Hunter Clark. Parish himself had 30 disposals in Sunday’s Vic Country trial game and will be a key cog to their strong midfield.

Vic Country U18 Trial Scouting Notes

To add a touch of class is Bendigo Pioneers’ pair Lochie O’Brien and Paddy Dow, while Falcon Matthew Ling will provide some speed and dash coming out of defence. There should be no shortage of Stingrays moving across the ground with bookends Tom De Koning and Oscar Clavarino to pull on the ‘Big V’.

Greater Western Victoria Rebels’ high-flyer Jordan Johnston is sure to create some excitement over the course of the championships, while Gippsland pair Aidan Quigley and Changkuoth Jiath are those the most highly rated from the far east of the state. Up north, Murray Bushrangers’ defenders Jordon Butts and Ben Paton will provide good rebound for the Country side.

Vic Country have strong inside midfielders, a variety of forwards and good smaller defenders, with only a deficiency at key position defense – but with Clavarino being the top key defender in the draft, they should have no issues taking the opposition’s best forward.

Vic Country will be co-captained by James Worpel and Oscar Clavarino 

Country commences its campaign against the Allies in Blacktown on Sunday June 11 from 12.30pm.


1 Kane Farrell 17/03/1999 180 72 Bendigo Pioneers Castlemaine
2 Samuel Walsh 2/07/2000 182 68 Geelong Falcons St Josephs
3 Jye Caldwell 28/09/2000 181 78 Bendigo Pioneers Golden Square / Geelong Grammar
4 Gryan Miers 30/03/1999 177 73 Geelong Falcons Grovedale
5 Ben Paton 19/10/1998 185 78 Murray Bushrangers North Albury
6 Aidan Quigley 7/05/1999 183 72 Gipplsand Power Yinnar
7 Harry Benson 12/06/1999 180 72 Geelong Falcons St Marys
8 Lochie O’Brien 18/09/1999 184 75 Bendigo Pioneers South Mildura / Geelong Grammar
9 Luke Davies-Uniacke 8/06/1999 187 85 Dandenong Stingrays Rye / Haileybury College
10 Brent Daniels 9/03/1999 172 70 Bendigo Pioneers Nyah Nyah West United / Geelong Grammar
11 Laitham Vandermeer 3/02/1999 180 73 Murray Bushrangers Mooroopna / Xavier College
12 Edward McHenry 13/07/2000 176 67 Geelong Falcons Barwon Heads / Geelong College
13 Ethan Floyd 15/07/1999 179 70 Geelong Falcons Colac
14 Callan Wellings 20/02/1998 181 71 GWV Rebels Trentham
15 Paddy Dow 16/10/1999 184 78 Bendigo Pioneers Swan Hill / Geelong Grammar
16 David Handley 1/09/1999 181 76 Geelong Falcons Geelong West Giants
17 Zane Barzen 25/08/2000 191 76 Murray Bushrangers Shepparton United
18 Bailey Henderson 20/10/1999 188 75 Bendigo Pioneers Strathfieldsaye
19 Matthew Ling 21/04/1999 182 74 Geelong Falcons St Marys
20 Tom De Koning 16/07/1999 200 92 Dandenong Stingrays Mornington
21 Hunter Clark 26/03/1999 186 79 Dandenong Stingrays Mornington
22 Jordon Butts 31/12/1999 195 80 Murray Bushrangers Shepparton
23 Cooper Stephens 21/05/1999 180 72 Geelong Falcons Colac
24 Sean Masterson 23/08/1998 192 78 Gipplsand Power Ellinbank
25 Oscar Clavarino 22/05/1999 195 86 Dandenong Stingrays Berwick / Haileybury College
26 Angus Schumacher 16/03/1999 189 76 Bendigo Pioneers Strathfieldsaye
27 Harrison Jones 15/03/1999 183 79 Murray Bushrangers Wodonga Bulldogs
28 James Worpel 24/01/1999 185 84 Geelong Falcons Bell Park
29 Bailey Williams 17/04/2000 198 91 Dandenong Stingrays Crip Point
30 Jordan Johnston 9/09/1999 184 76 GWV Rebels North Ballarat
31 Sam Fletcher 27/01/2000 188 77 Dandenong Stingrays Red Hill
32 Cassidy Parish 4/05/1999 190 84 Geelong Falcons Winchelseas
33 Changkuoth Jiath 13/06/1999 185 74 Gipplsand Power Morwell / Xavier College
34 Thomas Boyd 29/01/1999 191 75 Murray Bushrangers Picola United
35 Tom McCartin 30/12/1999 192 86 Geelong Falcons St Josephs
36 Cody Henness 7/02/1999 193 88 Gippsland Power Sale
37 Joshua Jaska 26/02/1998 193 76 Geelong Falcons Anglesea
38 Lloyd Meek 22/04/1998 202 104 GWV Rebels SMW Rovers
39 Hudson Garoni 14/01/2000 193 92 Murray Bushrangers Wodonga Bulldogs
40 Julian Patterson 14/05/1998 203 81 Gipplsand Power Leongatha
41 Aaron Darling 24/01/1999 178 83 Dandenong Stingrays Crib Point