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Scouting notes: WAFL Colts – Round 2 – East Fremantle vs Subiaco

EAST Fremantle flexed their muscles as a powerhouse of the 2019 West Australian Football League (WAFL) Colts season, with a 57-point victory over reigning premiers, Subiaco at East Fremantle Oval.

Below were the best players in the game.

EAST FREMANTLE

#2 Michael Wright
The Chapman Valley junior is in outstanding form, and already earning a reputation as one of the premium midfielders in this year’s WAFL Colts Competition. Against the Lions Wright accumulated 24 possessions, laid six tackles, grabbed five marks and kicked two goals. A highlight of his game was in the third quarter when he performed a one-two with Luke Jackson, before snapping through his second goal.

#10 Trent Rivers
The East Fremantle captain led from the front for the Sharks, with an equal game-high 29 possessions, six tackles, five inside 50s, and five marks. His leadership off the half-back is similar to the way Luke Hodge controls his team. Rivers is looming to be one of the key players in this year’s AFL Draft.

#16 Chad Warner
The Willetton junior was his usual tough self for the Sharks, often burying himself in stoppages to win the ball for his team. He finished with 23 possessions, a game-high nine tackles and five inside 50s. Like Wright, Warner is proving to be one of the premium midfield players in the competition.

#20 Brandon Walker
The Fremantle Next-Generation Academy prospect was sizzling off the half-back line for East Fremantle. He finished with 15 possessions and five marks, showcasing the traits that made him an All-Australian last year. He used his speed to burn off opponents, was smart with his decision-making and elite with his foot skills.

#23 Luke Jackson
The highly-touted Jackson put forward a display as to why AFL Draft experts believe he could potentially be a top-five pick. Against the Lions, he was arguably best afield with 17 possessions, 24 hit-outs, six marks, two tackles and two goals.

#24 Trey Ruscoe
The Aquinas College student was phenomenal against the Lions with 23 possessions, six inside 50s, three marks, three tackles and two goals. Playing more as a big-bodied inside midfielder, Ruscoe often crashed his body through stoppages to get the ball to the outside runners. He could be a draft bolter with his current form.

SUBIACO

#8 Ben Golding
The North Beach junior was outstanding for Subiaco on a tough day out, with 25 possessions, eight tackles, four inside 50s and three marks. The energy he provides around the contest is exceptional, so it was a shame it only rubbed off on some of his teammates.

#9 Tristan Hobley
The 2018 Mel Whinnen Medallist worked hard all day for the Lions, racking up an equal game-high 29 possessions, laying an equal team-high eight tackles, recording four inside 50s and taking two marks in a solid individual outing.

#10 Nicholas Martin
Originally known as a medium-sized forward, Martin was pushed into the midfield against East Fremantle. He adapted to the new role with aplomb, finishing with 24 possessions, four inside 50s, three tackles and two marks.

West Australian Colts weekly wrap: Swans and Sharks setting the early pace

ROUND 2 of the West Australian Football League (WAFL) Colts was split over Saturday and Sunday with two games played at Steel Blue and East Fremantle Oval giving talent scouts terrific opportunity to watch the next generation of stars.

WAFL Colts: Round Two

West Perth 8.7.55 defeated Claremont 5.10.40

West Perth made it two wins out of two defeating Claremont at Steel Blue Oval by 15 points.

The Falcons got the first goal of the day through Callum Johnson and that was increased soon afterwards by a smart snap by Ewan Brazier. Johnson was setting the tone for others to follow with his hard running and a third major soon followed for Lachlan Scurria. West Perth had winners all over the ground and the Tigers needed to find a way to get on the scoreboard before too long.

An opportunity came through via a long kick came into their forward 50 but the exciting prospect Liam Henry could only register a minor score. For all the Tigers toil, the Falcons were making every post a winner in their Forward 50 when Brazier kicked his second of the quarter the Falcons had a impressive 25 point lead. That remained the margin at the first break and it was a tale of effiency with both teams entering their Forward 50 on ten occasions, but the only thing that counted was that West Perth had six scoring shots to Claremont’s one.

The Tigers looked more fluid at the start of the second quarter with several attacking thrusts but were still unable to put the ball between the big sticks. A free kick from the the goalsquare to Michael Mallard added to their woes and then Ben Johnson converted to pile on the pain. Bottom ager Joel Western got the Tigers on the board midway through the quarter and the game switched into a holding pàttern of sorts. However another indiscretion before the siren led to another 50 metre penalty with Zak Patterson goaling from the square. The 37 point-lead was fully deserved by the Falcons who had winners all over the field led by Jaxon Prior with 20 disposals and Ben Johnson with 14.

The Tigers started the third term with real purpose with Callum Jamieson taking a fine mark and covering from the square and that was soon followed by Charlie Malone kicking their second in quick succession and narrowing the lead to four goals.

For the first time in the contest, the Tigers were running at their opponents and puttting the Falcons under constant pressure. West Perth were well off their game compared to the first two quarters but kicked a steadier right before the siren through Tyron Hindmarsh after some fine ball movement further afield which extended their lead to 30 points. The positive for Claremont was that their effort was certainly now matching their opponents and all they needed was a high level of conversion to finish it off. They got what they were after courtesy of Jack Buller to cut the margin to 20 points. A free kick to Max Minear saw him convert from 40 metres to give them a real chance with eight minutes remaining. However some smart possession football by West Perth saw them withstand the fight back and claim a 14 point win, their second to start the season.

Star of the day

A player that offered so much run from half back was Jaxon Prior who amassed 34 disposals, eight marks, three tackles and countless rebounds from defensive 50 and fully deserved that honour.

Other Falcons who were fine players on the day included Tyron Hindmarsh (28 disposals and eight tackles), Koopah Todd (28 disposals and eight marks) and Ben Johnson (27 disposals and seven marks. A real exciting prospect for the Tigers is mobile 200cm ruck/forward Callum Jamieson with 14 disposals,five marks 13 hit-outs and a goal.

Key factors

The slow start was crucial to the outcome. It is not desirable to give a team a 4-5 goal head start in today’s footy otherwise you are playing catchup for the remainder of the game, however it is still early in the season and there is plenty to work on for both teams. The first half and the ability to show poise under pressure in the closing minutes would please Falcons coach Ryan Lascock and his assistants. Meanwhile, it would have been easy for the Tigers to drop their heads, however they hung in there which was a big positive for the Tigers coaching group. The amount of ball that Claremont took into their forward 50 will also be a pleasing factor (49-33), although they need more players to step up and help convert that advantage.

 

Swan Districts 10.8 (68) defeated East Perth 8.4 (52)

The second game of the double header saw Swan Districts erase a 27-point first half deficit to claim a 16-point win and make it two wins from two games to start the season.

The Royals started the better of the two teams with a number of forward entries. Jaxon East crumbed the ball expertly to kick the first of the game. They then increased their lead through Joshua Ladhams with a mark and goal and just like the previous game one team got off to a flyer with Sam Van Diemen kicking his first under very little pressure. Swans finally got onto the board with their best passage of play leading to a soccered goal by Sebastian Bright from the square. Ladhams put a exclamation point on a great quarter when he marked and goaled from 40 metres as the Royals led by 21 points at quarter time.

Swans got off to the perfect start on the second when Jayden Farrant snapped truly from 15 metres, but Van Diemen replied a few minutes later to give East Perth their their four goal lead once again. Some good forward line pressure saw Sebit Kuek earn a shot at goal which he duly converted and the Royals were out to their biggest lead of the day.

Defender Jack Pasini made the most of a infringement by the man on the mark to kick Swans’ third of the day. The two teams then traded goals towards the end of the second term and East Perth went into the long break with a 21 point margin. The Royals strength throughout the first half was their ability to generate inside 50s (25) and though they only scored on 10 occasions, the weight of numbers told the story. In comparison, Swans only had four scoring shots from their 15 entries. Harley Sparks continued his form from his impressive first game of the season against Subiaco compiling 15 disposals for the half. Meanwhile Kade Wallrodt was a tireless worker for Swans with 14 disposals and two marks.

Bottom ager Ayden Cartwright gave Swans’ the perfect start to the third term with a goal within two minutes. The next 15 minutes was a war of attrition with both teams launching attacks but to no avail. The home team finally broke the deadlock when bottom ager Jamieson Ugle got them to within seven points which seemed inconceivable a quarter ago. The Black and Whites had outscored East Perth 2.2 to no score in the term, but in truth it felt a lot more than that and it was certainly all to play for in the last quarter.

Some clever play early in the last quarter by Narkle set up Cartwright for his second of the game and the scores were now level. East Perth were seemingly running on the spot with Swans all over them like a rash. Cartwright soon kicked his second for the term and Swans had the lead for the first time in the game.

With East Perth needing to find a target in their forward line it was Kuet who stepped up to the mark and cut the deficit to one point. The next goal was always going to be pivotal and it was bottom ager Zane Trew with a fine snap from 35 metres for the home side. The icing on the cake came just before the siren when Jermarl Daly won a free kick and kicked his first major to seal a stirring 16 point victory.

 

Star(s) of the day

There were many candidates with Harley and Connor Sparks amassing 54 disposals, seven marks and seven tackles for the Royals.

But in truth, you could pick a handful of Swan Districts players and not go wrong.
Kade Wallrodt was tireless with 33 disposals and five marks, Zane Trew kicked a decisive goal to go along with his 26 disposals and seven tackles, while bottom ager Ayden Cartwright kicked three goals including two in the all important last term.

However it was the double act of Brenton Hilton and Jake Pasini who really stemmed the tide in the first half. In truth, it would have been a eight goal game without them holding the fort. Then in the second half they were imperious, impassable, impeccable or any other complement you want to pay them. The duo are key to Swan Districts premiership hopes this season.

 

Key factor

Momentum is massive in football and you have to make the most of it when you have it. East Perth had it in the first half but didn’t make the most of it. Swans had it in the second half and kicked six goals to one. That is the game in a nutshell.

 

In Sunday’s games:

East Fremantle 12.8 (80) defeated Subiaco 3.5(23)

East Fremantle made it two wins from two to start the season after a 57-point win. In the clash between the last two premiers it was the home team mastered the greasy conditions from the get-go kicking four goals to no score in the first quarter and the reigning premiers could not respond. Subiaco also were unable to kick a goal in the third term as the Sharks kicked six without reply. Exciting talents Luke Jackson and Trey Ruscoe combined for 40 disposals, nine marks and four goals while Trent Rivers was tireless with 29 disposals and six tackles. With a number of changes to playing personnel and a new head coach, it will take a bit of time for Subiaco to gel. The prolific Tristan Hobley never stopped working hard with 29 disposals and eight tackles.

 

Perth 9.12 (66) defeated South Fremantle 6.9 (45)

Perth kicked six goals to three on the second half to break open what was a low scoring scrappy affair and claim a win in their first game of the season by 21 points. The Demons made the most of their advantage when it came to forward 50 entries (46-33) and scoring shots (21-15) leading as much as 35 points in the last term putting together a impressive performance. Bottom-age talents Nathan O’Driscoll and Cain Evans were terrific for the Demons. O’Driscoll had 32 disposals and five marks while Evans compiled 19 disposals, five tackles and two goals. Meanwhile, Jack Musika was a willing worker with 26 disposals and five tackles and bottom ager Shannon Neale kicked three goals which was a fine effort in a team that only scored six for the game.

Scouting notes: WAFL Colts Round 1 – Claremont vs. East Fremantle

IN what was a cracking first game of the Simply Energy WAFL Colts Competition of 2019, East Fremantle defeated Claremont by two points at Claremont Oval. The final quarter proved to be a see-sawing contest between both teams, but ultimately the Sharks prevailed by that narrow margin of two points.

Below were the best players from each team.

CLAREMONT

#4 Marc Boyatzis
Stationed in the back pocket Boyatzis held his own, especially when East Fremantle started to dominate stages of the game. He finished the game with 12 possessions, three marks, two tackles and two inside 50s to arguably be the Tigers’ best defender. His intercept ability combined with his smart decision-making makes him a damaging rebounder, and his excellent lock-down mindset marks him as a tough opponent.

#5 Ronin O’Connor
The Marist junior was a bull in the midfield for the Tigers, often throwing himself into stoppages to win the ball for his team. He collected 20 possessions and laid an equal game-high nine tackles as he tried to give Claremont the ascendancy around the stoppages.

#8 Jack Buller
Playing centre half-forward, Buller always presents well for his midfielders to kick it to him. His leading patterns, strong hands, decision-making and skill execution were all on display for recruiters to see. The Cottesloe junior collected 12 possessions, grabbed four marks, laid three tackles and booted a goal in a solid first hit-out.

#11 Thomas Baldwin
The 2018 WA Under 18s representative showcased why Claremont’s coaching staff rate him highly. Playing as a small forward, Baldwin booted two goals from 19 possessions, as well as laying six tackles and taking three marks. His energy and class around the forward half stoppages were pivotal in keeping the Tigers in the contest.

#12 Joel Western
The Subiaco junior was electrifying on the half-forward flank for the Tigers, finishing the game with 19 possessions, four tackles, two inside 50s and a goal. Available to Fremantle as an Next Generation Academy (NGA) prospect in 2020, Western used his speed, evasiveness and skills to carve his way through East Fremantle’s defensive zones. He is already shaping up as a high draft prospect for next year.

#15 Liam Henry
The Derby product demonstrated why he is so highly touted in this year’s draft pool, especially by Fremantle who can select him under their Next-Generation Academy. Henry displayed his offensive flair and defensive soundness in a very well-rounded performance. He gathered 16 possessions, laid eight tackles, grabbed seven marks, recorded three inside 50s and kicked a magnificent goal in the second quarter, when he roved a pack inside 50 and snapped it through.

#22 Jye Clark
The younger brother of Geelong’s rising star Jordan, Jye Clark displayed similar traits to his brother – he was highly skilful, made sound decisions with ball in hand, and was always taking on the game. He collected 19 possessions, laid four tackles and recorded two inside 50s as he rotated between the half-back line and the wing.

EAST FREMANTLE

#2 Michael Wright
The Chapman Valley junior was sensational for the Sharks and was a key player in their victory. He gathered 23 possessions, laid an equal game-high nine tackles, took five marks, and recorded four inside 50s to be one of the best players for East Fremantle. His fierce attack on both the ball and man was superb.

#10 Trent Rivers
The East Fremantle captain led from the front for the Sharks. He amassed a game-high 26 possessions, took five marks, laid five tackles and recorded three inside 50s, playing between half-back and the midfield. He used his big frame to win crucial possessions, and his elite decision-making, vision and skill execution helped his team get the ball forward. He is already cementing himself as one of WA’s best draft prospects for 2019.

#16 Chad Warner
The Willetton junior was prolific in the midfield for East Fremantle with 24 possessions, seven tackles, three marks, three inside 50s and a goal. Warner plays in a similar way to Adelaide star Brad Crouch, as a player who is tough, skilful and prolific. His desire to win the contested ball before dishing it to the outside runners was pivotal for the Sharks’ victory.

#18 Chris Walker
The Fremantle NGA prospect convincingly proved why he is one of the best half-back flankers in this year’s Simply Energy WAFL Colts Competition. Against the Tigers, Walker held his opponents to minimal impact, while he provided damage on the offence. His desire to take the game on with his skill and speed was fantastic to see.

#20 Brandon Walker
The 2018 WA U16s All-Australian was excellent for the Sharks, showing why he is so highly rated for the 2020 AFL Draft. He used his crisp disposal and electrifying speed from the half-back line to torch the Tigers. He finished with 11 possessions, five marks and three tackles.

#23 Luke Jackson
The former Australian Junior National basketballer put together a performance that indicated why many draft experts see him as a potential first round draft pick. He gathered 11 possessions, won a game-high 36 hit-outs and laid three tackles to be the most imposing ruckman on the ground.

#24 Trey Ruscoe
The Booragoon junior was arguably the most important player for the Sharks, especially in the last quarter when he booted two goals to give the Sharks the lead. In the 19th minute of the final quarter he managed to tap the ball to himself, burst away from his direct opponent and then drill the goal that reduced the margin to just four points. Two minutes later, he did an excellent lead pattern and found himself in space to take a pivotal mark inside 50. He then kicked the goal to give the Sharks to lead. His final statistics were 20 possessions, six inside 50s, five marks, four tackles and two goals.

#25 Jai Jackson
The Geraldton product was his combative self in the midfield. He gathered 17 possessions, laid seven tackles, recorded four inside 50s and took two marks to be one of the Sharks’ better midfielders. His ability to win the contested ball within congestion and feed it out to his outside runners was elite.

West Australian draft prospects set to light up Colts competition

IN 2018, twelve West Australians were selected in the AFL National and Rookie Drafts, with five players taken across the first two rounds. Peter Sumich, Michael Ablett, Glen Jakovich, Ash McGrath, Craig Otto, and Mark Seaby, in different capacities respectively, played significant roles in player development across 2018 and are set to have an even greater impact in 2019.

These are the players in the Simply Energy WAFL Colts competition to keep an eye on for the 2019 AFL Draft.

JACK BULLER
(CLAREMONT/COTTESLOE JFC)

Despite being slightly undersized as a ruckman (196cm), Buller is competitive and aggressive in ruck contests and is exceptional at ground level. In 2018, he was a part of the WA U18s State Academy as a bottom-ager and showed plenty of promise averaging 14 possessions, eight hit-outs, four marks and three tackles with his best performance coming against Vic Country (17 possessions, 18 hit-outs, eight tackles and five marks). He also showed promise playing as a key forward for Claremont’s Colts team with eight goals from five games and averages of 10 possessions, four hit-outs, three marks, three tackles and two inside 50s.

LUKE JACKSON
(EAST FREMANTLE/BULLCREEK-LEEMING JFC)

The former Australian junior basketballer is one of the most exciting prospects for next year’s draft, even being mentioned as a possible top five selection. In just four games for East Fremantle’s Colts team, he kicked four goals and averaged 12 possessions, 20 hit-outs, four tackles and three inside 50s with dominant outings against Subiaco (14 possessions, 11 hit-outs, and two goals) and South Fremantle (17 possessions, 25 hit-outs and a goal). He was also exceptional for the WA U18s State Academy with two exceptional performances against South Australia (25 possessions, seven marks, and a goal and Vic Metro (seven possessions and 25 hit-outs). His athleticism, skills, and ruck craft are elite for someone his age.

TRENT RIVERS
(EAST FREMANTLE/BULLCREEK-LEEMING JFC)

A big-bodied midfielder who thrives at the stoppages, Rivers is an accumulator who gets the ball going forward for his team. He finished equal-second in East Fremantle Colts’ Best and Fairest after averaging 19 possessions, six marks, and two tackles across 15 games. He also polled 10 votes in the Jack Clarke Medal with sensational performances against Perth (20 possessions and six marks), and Claremont (21 possessions and seven marks). He also produced dominant outings in the Elimination Final against South Fremantle (19 possessions and four marks) and in the Semi-Final against Peel (19 possessions and two goals) – highlighting his big-game performing ability.

JEREMY SHARP
(EAST FREMANTLE/ATTADALE JFC)

The 2018 U18s All-Australian is a silky-skilled and smooth-moving midfielder much like former St Kilda and North Melbourne champion Nick Dal Santo. In four games for Western Australia, he averaged 18 possessions, four marks, two inside 50s and two rebounding 50s, with his best performance coming against Vic Metro (26 possessions, four marks, three inside 50s and a goal). In seven games for East Fremantle, he was named in the best on three occasions including a magnificent performance in the Elimination Final against South Fremantle (24 possessions, nine marks and eight inside 50s). At his best, Sharp is a line-breaker who uses his speed, skills and smarts to carve up the opposition. Is shaping up to be a first round selection in 2019 and potentially a top 10 pick.

RHAI-ARN COX
(EAST PERTH/MT HAWTHORN JFC)

Cox made a name for himself in 2017’s AFL U16 Championships when he booted a goal after the siren to win the game against Vic Metro. The 2017 WA U16s Vice-Captain is a crafty small forward with explosive athleticism, dazzling skills, an incredible toughness and a great understanding of the play. In 11 games for East Perth in 2018 he booted 15 goals (winning his Club’s Leading Goalkicker Award) and averaged 13 possessions, four marks and two tackles with some sizzling performances against Claremont (17 possessions and three goals), East Fremantle (10 possessions and three goals), Swan Districts (17 possessions and two goals) and West Perth (13 possessions and two goals). He also starred in the AFL U17s Futures game with 12 possessions and three goals for Team Riewoldt.

DEVEN ROBERTSON
(PERTH/MANNING JFC)

The 2017 WA U16s Captain and MVP winner is a bullocking inside midfielder who thrives on the contested side of the game. In four games for WA’s U18s he averaged 14 possessions, seven tackles, two marks and two inside 50s with his best performances coming against the Allies (17 possessions, four tackles, and three inside 50s) and Vic Country (17 possessions and nine tackles). In just five games for Perth’s Colts team, Robertson averaged 28 possessions, seven tackles and four inside 50s, with best afield performances against East Fremantle (33 possessions, six marks, five tackles and five inside 50s) and Peel Thunder (34 possessions, five tackles and five inside 50s), and a near best-afield performance against Subiaco (36 possessions and a goal). The nephew of former West Coast champion Darren Glass has a very bright future.

ELIJAH TAYLOR
(PERTH/THORNLIE JFC)

The Thornlie junior is an exciting medium half-forward who has plenty of tricks to make opposing defenders extremely nervous. In 17 games for the Perth Demons’ Colts, Taylor averaged 13 possessions, three inside 50s, two marks and kicked nine goals with his best games coming against East Fremantle (14 possessions and a goal, East Perth (16 possessions and two goals) and Swan Districts (16 possessions, seven marks, three inside 50s and a goal). At his best, Taylor is a very hard match-up due to his size, explosive athleticism, damaging skills and elite decision-making – factors that will help him with his development into senior football. He is a raw prospect who has plenty of growth and an x-factor.

MITCHELL GEORGIADES
(SUBIACO/WEMBLEY DOWNS JFC)

The son of former Subiaco and Western Bulldogs sharpshooter John Georgiades, Mitchell is one of the most exciting forwards in WA’s State-Based AFL Academy. Blessed with a great set of hands, excellent skills and an elite reading of the play, Georgiades is a young forward with tremendous upside. In just six games for Subiaco’s Colts’ team, he averaged 13 possessions, six marks, two inside 50s, two tackles and booted eight goals with his best performance coming against South Fremantle (12 possessions, seven marks, three tackles, two inside 50s and two goals). He was also instrumental for Western Australia’s U18s team, where he averaged 10 possessions, four marks, two tackles and kicked three goals across four games, with his most notable against the Allies (13 possessions and two goals). He is already shaping up to be one of the most explosive forward options in next year’s draft pool.

RILEY GARCIA
(SWAN DISTRICTS/CAVERSHAM JFC)

The 2017 WA U16s Leadership group midfielder is a small midfield dynamo who has excellent speed, agility, skills and reading of the play. He made his WAFL Colts debut as a 15-year-old in 2016 and since then has gone on to become one of the premier midfielders for the 2019 AFL Draft. In 24 games for Swan Districts’ Colts team, Garcia has kicked 14 goals and averaged 20 possessions, three tackles and three marks. In 2018 he finished ninth in the Jack Clarke Medal and sixth in Swan Districts’ Colts’ Best and Fairest after some exceptional performances including best afield performance against Perth (32 possessions and a goal) and Claremont (31 possessions). However his performances in the 2018 finals series should have recruiters monitoring him closely after he averaged 22 possessions, three marks, two tackles and kicked four goals across four games.

JAKE PASINI
(SWAN DISTRICTS/CAVERSHAM JFC)

A no-nonsense defender, Pasini has an excellent aerial ability and a powerful kick on him, making him an attractive defensive prospect. In 16 games for Swan Districts’ Colts team, Pasini averaged 11 possessions, three marks and three tackles while more often than not, he held the opposition’s key forward to minimal impact. This was especially evident in the Semi-Final against Subiaco where he held the 2018 WAFL Colts Leading Goalkicker Jack Mayo goalless while he recorded nine possessions and took five marks. He was also excellent for Western Australia with excellent defensive efforts on Sam Flanders (Vic Country) and Matthew Walker (Allies) in his two games. The club that picks up Pasini will have a defender who goes about his business quietly and with no fuss.

OTHERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON:
Liam Henry (Claremont/Cottesloe JFC)
Trey Ruscoe (East Fremantle/Booragoon JFC)
Jack Sears (Peel Thunder/South Mandurah)
Tristan Hobley (Subiaco/Kingsway JFC)
Jaxon Prior (West Perth/Sorrento-Duncraig JFC)

TESTING DAY STANDOUTS:

Jonathon Garlett was one of the best performers at the inaugural WA talent testing and education day, held at Aquinas College. The Geraltdon Towns product was electric in the 20m sprint (2.84 seconds) and agility test (8.17 seconds), while also showcasing the explosiveness that helped him to a national high jump medal – posting 91cm in the running vertical jump and 85cm in the standing. Swan Districts duo Ben Taylor and Kade Wallrodt also caught the eye, with Taylor showing a good mix of speed and enduarance with a 2.98-second 20 metre sprint and 21.1 yoyo test score. Wallrodt also had a sub-three second 20 metre sprint time, as well as a solid agilty score of 8.40 seconds. Of the WA-based AFL Academy members, Perth’s Deven Robertson proved his hard work in the off-season would pay off, with good scores across the board and particular improvement in the 2km time trial. Fremantle Next Generation Academy prospects Liam Henry and Brandon Walker were also impressive, as was 2018 Under 16 standout Logan McDonald – putting in early claims as ones to watch for the 2020 draft.   

Western Australia’s future stars named in state-based AFL Academy

WESTERN Australia looks set to have an excellent pool of possible draftees in 2019 and 2020, after the 28-man Western Australia AFL Academy squad was announced. Swan Districts have the most representatives with six, while East Fremantle and Perth have five apiece. The side will be coached by former West Coast spearhead Peter Sumich, and their first camp will be from December 10 – December 15. Below are the five notable players from Western Australia for the 2019 AFL Draft.

JACK BULLER – CLAREMONT

A competitive and aggressive ruckman who is excellent at ground level, Buller was WA’s main ruckman in 2018 and he handled the responsibility with aplomb. Despite only being 196cm, Buller competed hard in the ruck contests and once the ball hit the ground, he transformed into a big-bodied midfielder. In four games for WA, he averaged 14 possessions eight hitouts, four marks, and three tackles, while in five games for Claremont, he booted eight goals and averaged 10 possessions, four hit-outs, three marks and two tackles.

RHAI-ARN COX – EAST PERTH

A dynamic small forward with plenty of tricks, Cox made a name for himself with a goal after the siren to secure victory for WA over Vic Country in last year’s AFL National Under 16 Championships. He had a decent year with East Perth in 2018, averaging 13 possessions, four marks, three tackles and booted 15 goals from 11 games.

LUKE JACKSON – EAST FREMANTLE

The former Australian junior basketball sensation is an athletic ruckman with excellent follow-up work and has already drawn comparisons to West Coast star Nic Naitanui. In two games for WA, Jackson averaged 16 possessions, 13 hit-outs, four marks, four inside 50s, three clearances and three rebounding 50s. In four games for East Fremantle, he averaged 12 possessions, 20 hit-outs and four tackles.

DEVEN ROBERTSON – PERTH

The nephew of former West Coast captain Darren Glass, Robertson has made a name for himself as a bullocking inside midfielder. In just five games for Perth’s Colts team, the 2017 WA U16s MVP winner averaged 28 possessions, seven tackles and three marks to finish sixth in the Best & Fairest. He was also excellent for WA, averaging 14 possessions and seven tackles.

JEREMY SHARP – EAST FREMANTLE

The 2018 AFL Under 18s All-Australian is a composed and skilled outside midfielder, not too dissimilar to former St Kilda and North Melbourne champion Nick Dal Santo. For Western Australia, he averaged 18 possessions, four marks, two inside 50s and two rebounding 50s across four games, while in seven games for East Fremantle’s Colts team, he averaged 19 possessions and five marks.

WA’S STATE-BASED AFL ACADEMY SQUAD:

Jack Buller – Claremont/Christ Church Grammar School/Cottesloe JFC
Anthony Davis – Claremont/Hale School/Borden FC
Liam Henry – Claremont/Christ Church Grammar School/Cottesloe JFC
Joel Western – Claremont/Western Tigers/Subiaco JFC
Luke Jackson – East Fremantle/Bullcreek-Leeming JFC
Trent Rivers – East Fremantle/Bullcreek-Leeming JFC
Trey Ruscoe – East Fremantle/Aquinas College/Booragoon JFC
Jeremy Sharp – East Fremantle/Aquinas College/Attadale JFC
Brandon Walker – East Fremantle/Kardinya Kats JFC
Rhai-Arn Cox – East Perth/Mt Hawthorn JFC
Jack Sears – Peel Thunder/South Mandurah FC
Tyrone Thorne – Peel Thunder/Rockingham JFC
Deven Robertson – Perth/Aquinas College/Manning JFC
Elijah Taylor – Perth/Thornlie JFC
Bailey Smith – Perth/Thornlie JFC
Mitchell Georgiades- Subiaco/Hale School/Wembley Downs JFC
Nicholas Martin – Subiaco/Trinity College/Noranda JFC
Jermal Daly – Swan Districts/South Hedland
Riley Garcia – Swan Districts/Caversham JFC
Denver Grainger-Barras – Swan Districts/Kalamunda JFC
Jake Pasini – Swan Districts/Caversham JFC
Ty Sears – Swan Districts/South Bunbury FC
Zane Trew – Swan Districts/Hills Rangers FC
Ryan Hudson – West Perth/Scotch College/Kalannie FC
Michael Mallard – West Perth/Wanneroo JFC
Jaxon Prior – West Perth/Sorrento-Duncraig JFC
Logan McDonald – Perth/Aquinas College
Nathan O’Driscoll – Perth/Northam Saints

Scouting notes: WAFL Colts – Week One Finals

IN the 2018 WAFL Colts’ finals series, East Fremantle thumped arch-rivals South Fremantle to the tune of 62 points at Fremantle Oval in the elimination final, while Swan Districts accounted for Peel Thunder by nine points at Claremont Oval to advance through to the grand final. Lenny Fogliani was at both games and noted down the best players.

East Fremantle vs. South Fremantle

East:

#1 Milan Murdock

The East Fremantle Power junior was at his unrelenting best against the Bulldogs with 26 possessions, 14 tackles, three marks and two inside 50s. His tenacity in the contest to win the ball for his team was first class, while his outside link-up play was brilliant.

#7 Jeremy Sharp

The 2018 U18s All-Australian showcased why he is one of the leading prospects for next year’s AFL draft with another polished performance. Sharp accumulated 24 possessions, took nine marks, recorded eight inside 50s and laid three tackles in an impressive display.

#8 Dylan Curley

The Mullewa product manufactured a performance that demonstrated why he is a highly-sought after prospect for this year’s AFL Draft. He finished with nine possessions, eight tackles, three marks and four goals to be one of the most dangerous forwards on the ground.

#9 Corey Robinson

The Aquinas student was again busy in the midfield for the Sharks with 26 possessions, five marks, two inside 50s and a goal. A real feature of Robinson’s game was his crisp disposal especially when going inside 50. More often than not, Robinson would lower his eyes and then spear the ball onto the chest of his forwards.

#24 Trey Ruscoe

The Booragoon junior was deployed as a big-bodied midfielder and it paid dividends for East Fremantle. He bustled his way to 20 possessions, five tackles and five inside 50s to be one of the most influential players on the ground. His draft stocks for 2019 are rapidly rising.

#25 Cameron Davidson

The Collie product was again superb for the Sharks with another polished display off the half-back line. With the ball in hand, Davidson was never flustered and always made excellent decisions. The combination of his combative toughness and silky skills makes him an exciting prospect. He finished with 12 possessions and five marks.

#26 Dillon O’Reilly

Without doubt the star of the show! Made the key focal point in the second half, O’Reilly finished with 19 possessions, nine marks and a bag of six goals to drag the Sharks from a 13-point deficit to victory. His contested marking as well as his exceptional goal-kicking routine makes him one of the best key position prospects in this year’s Draft.

#28 Nick Watson

The East Fremantle Captain produced a true captain’s performance to lead his team to victory. The 2016 WA U16s State Academy representative finished with 11 possessions, 29 hitouts, four marks, four tackles and a goal.

 

South:

#1 Jack Musika

The Cockburn junior was back to his best against the Sharks. He gathered 14 possessions, laid five tackles and grabbed three marks to be one of the better Bulldogs’ midfielders. His toughness in the contest along with his endurance and excellent skills make him a damaging midfield prospect for the 2019 AFL Draft.

#4 Luke Moore

The WA State U18s Academy representative was dynamic and explosive in the forward half for the Bulldogs. Moore’s forward craft had the Sharks defenders terrified whenever the ball went inside 50. He beat players on the lead, forced them to put their hands in his back and his finishing around goal was first class. He finished with 12 possessions, five marks and five goals.

#5 James Russell

The Secret Harbour product was dazzling on the half-back line for the Bulldogs with 26 possessions, and four marks. His composure under duress was magnificent and his foot skills were impressive.

#9 Kyle Hamersley

The Wagin product was again South Fremantle’s best player, underlying his status as one of the best midfielders in this year’s draft pool. He finished with 25 possessions, six tackles, two marks and two inside 50s as he tried to will his team back into the contest.

#10 Regan Spooner

On a tough morning for the South Fremantle defenders, Spooner stood out as he manfully tried to combat East Fremantle’s attacking forays. He collected 13 possessions and laid four tackles as he tried to inspire his fellow defenders to beat their direct opponents.

 

Peel Thunder vs. Swan Districts

Peel:

#1 Lachlan Riley

The South Bunbury product continued his fine season with another excellent performance. Against the Swans, Riley accumulated a team-high 30 possessions, an impressive seven inside 50s, took five marks and laid three tackles to be one of the Thunder’s best.

#7 James Sturrock

The big-bodied midfielder fought hard in the stoppages all game for the Thunder but it was to no avail. The Baldivis junior racked up 29 possessions, laid six tackles, recorded six inside 50s and took four marks to be the Thunder’s best player. His physical contested style of play should have him in the recruiters’ sights.

#9 Michael Randall

Another big-bodied midfielder who tried to gain ascendancy in the middle of the ground, Randall continually bustled his way through packs for the Thunder. He finished the game with 21 possessions and five tackles.

#11 Jarvis Pina

One of the best attacking half-back flankers in the competition, Pina tried his best to give the Thunder some drive from defence. His willingness to take the opposition on was outstanding, whether it was him using his elite skills or pace. He finished the game with 18 possessions, four marks and three inside 50s.

#32 Jason Carter

They say the big guns come out in September, and this was very evident with Carter’s game. The Fremantle Next-Generation Academy member was electrifying on the wing with 20 possessions, seven marks, six inside 50s and four tackles. His skill, speed, courage and dare to take opponents on are all outstanding traits.

Swan Districts:

#1 Joseph Hinder

The 2016 WA U16s State Academy representative was deployed in a host of positions for the Black and Whites, and he handled them with aplomb. He was originally stationed in defence and it was here that his intercept play shone, while on the wing and up forward, his attacking flair was on full display. He finished with 15 possessions, three marks and three tackles.

#3 Mitchell Bain

Arguably the best player on the ground, Bain showcased why he is one of the premier midfielders in the competition. His speed out of contests, his dazzling skills and his tenacious defensive efforts were all to be seen. A highlight of his game occurred in the fourth quarter, when he stole the ball out of congestion, burst away and then speared a ball onto the chest of team-mate Kade Wallrodt. His final stats were 31 possessions, nine inside 50s, eight tackles, and five marks.

#9 Riley Garcia

The 2017 WA U16s State Academy representative was one of the Swans’ best players after a stunning performance in the midfield. He collected 24 possessions, and took three marks as he played the link-up role to perfection. Another feature of his game was his ability to crumb marking contests, spinning out of danger and then passing the ball to a team-mate.

#12 Graydon Wilson

The Centrals Football Club product was brilliant on the half-back line for the Swans, as he gave his team a heap of drive from the defensive half. He accumulated 14 possessions, and laid six tackles to remind recruiters of his potential.

#15 Jarrod Cameron

The younger brother of Brisbane star Charlie, Jarrod was electrifying in the forward half. He gathered just nine possessions, but took seven marks, laid five tackles, recorded three inside 50s and nailed four goals to be the most damaging forward on the ground. His contested marking was a real highlight of his game.

#18 Jake Pasini

The Caversham junior is a quiet achiever on the football field, but his team-mates and coaches would be rapt with his performance. He collected 12 possessions, laid five tackles and took three marks, but more importantly kept his direct opponent (Lachlan Cullen) to just one goal.

WA announces initial Under 18 Championships squad

WESTERN Australia has announced the initial squad for the National AFL Under 18 Championships to be played across June and July. The WA State Academy features 38 players, with a second intake of Under 18s players set to occur in the coming weeks. The announcement came in the same week South Australia announced its extended squad for the championships.

The West Australian side features a good spread of players from across all nine clubs with Claremont and Perth leading the way with six each, while East Fremantle has five. No club has less than three, with seven 17 year-old development players included in the side. Demons star Ian Hill has firmed as the state’s top draft prospect, but the team has good depth, and includes players from the West Australian National Under 16 Championship-winning team last year, such as livewire Rhai-Arn Cox who took the final mark of the match with seconds remaining and kicked a goal after the siren to win the game.

West Australian Football Commission (WAFC) Executive Manager Talent and Football Operations, Scott Baker, told the WAFC website that the players should be proud of their efforts.

“These players have all demonstrated great talent and ability and I congratulate them on being selected in the WA State Academy,” he said. “We look forward to working with each of them to help achieve their full potential both on and off the field. “We want WA to be the leading state for talent development  and are committed to delivering an Academy program that provides each player with the football and personal development opportunities to become key players and leaders of the future.”

Western Australia takes on South Australia in the opening game of the National AFL Under 18 Championships at Alberton Oval on June 3, before hosting Vic Metro at Optus Stadium on June 19. The championships conclude with games at GMHBA Stadium and Etihad Stadium on June 29 and July 4 against Vic Country and the Allies respectively.

Claremont [6]: Tyron Smallwood, Rylie Morgan, Jordan Clark, Thomas Baldwin, Jack Buller, Anthony Davis*

East Fremantle [5]: Jeremy Sharp, Trey Ruscoe, Trent Rivers, Dillon O’Reilly, Luke Jackson

East Perth [3]: Rhai-Arn Cox, Damon Greaves, Louis Miller

Peel Thunder [3]: Jarrod Fazioli, Jason Carter, Tyson Powell

Perth [6]: Ian Hill, Luke English, Sydney Stack, Ethan Hansen, Deven Robertson, Elijah Taylor*

South Fremantle [3]: Luke Moore, Kyle Hamersley, Regan Spooner

Subiaco [4]: Wil Hickmott, Luke Foley, Xavier Peacock, Mitchell Georgiades*

Swan Districts [4]: Joe Hinder, Graydon Wilson, Jake Pasini*, Riley Garcia*

West Perth [4]: Tom Medhat, Tom O’Donnell, Jaxson Prior*, Ryan Hudson*

*denotes 17s development players

WAFL Colts wrap: Round 3

JUST one team remains undefeated in the West Australian Football League (WAFL) Colts competition, while every side has had at least one win following the conclusion of round three with East Fremantle and Perth getting on the board. The results meant just four points separate second from ninth heading into round four.

Claremont 9.8 (62) defeated by East Fremantle 15.8 (98)

East Fremantle enjoyed its first win of the 2018 season, handing Claremont its first loss in the process. The Sharks led at every break, but a nine goals to four second half was the difference between the teams, with the visitors running out six-goal winners. Trey Ruscoe was the dominant force for the Sharks in the win, booting six goals from 20 disposals, four marks, eight inside 50s and seven tackles in a best on ground performance. Trent Rivers was the highest possession winner with 21, while also taking seven marks and laying three tackles, just ahead of Tom Joyce (20 disposals). Ruscoe was ably assisted up forward by Cody Smith who booted three goals, while Jeremy Sharp had 15 disposals, six marks, five inside 50s and booted a goal. For the Tigers, Rylie Morgan had 28 disposals, four marks, seven tackles, five inside 50s and booted two goals, while Tyron Smallwood also had 28 disposals and laid seven tackles. Angus Longmire was the dominant ruck on the day with 33 hitouts and 11 disposals.

Subiaco 12.6 (78) defeated Swan Districts 5.12 (42)

The two undefeated sides from two matches clashed in round three with Subiaco showing a clear dominance, coming away with a 36-point victory. The Lions had just one more scoring shot, but dominated possession and booted 9.2 to 0.6 after half-time to run away with the victory. Liam and Will Hickmott continued their strong form for the winners, picking up a combined 50 disposals, 10 marks and laying nine tackles. Taj Schofield was also impressive through the midfield with 22 disposals, five marks and three inside 50s, while Jack Mayo was the hero up forward, booting five goals from 14 disposals and four marks. For Swan Districts, Mitchell Bain had 19 disposals, six marks and kicked a goal, while Jarred Cameron was strong defensively, laying seven tackles to go with his 19 touches. Graydon Wilson (18 disposals, six marks, 10 tackles) could also hold his head high after a good performance.

West Perth 8.9 (57) defeated South Fremantle 8.6 (54)

After a poor first half, West Perth turned the tables on South Fremantle to boot seven goals to three after half-time to record the narrowest of victories. The Falcons made the most of the momentum switch to win their first match of the season, leaving no WAFL Colts side without a victory. For the Bulldogs, they will be disappointed not to have gone on with it after half-time, remaining just percentage ahead of East Perth at the bottom of the table. Nathan Murray starred for the Falcons in the victory, notching up 31 disposals, two marks, five inside 50s and most importantly, two goals. He was ably assisted by Bailey Chalmers who had 27 disposals, six marks, five tackles and booted a goal, as well as Alex Johnson who racked up 26 disposals and took nine marks. Eamon Gilbert was also good in the ruck with 17 disposals and 22 hitouts. For the Bulldogs, Kyle Hamersley had 16 more disposals than his next closest teammate with 36, along with five marks and five inside 50s. James Russell and Tom Blechynden had 20 disposals each, while Lachlan Feeney was dominant down forward with four goals from 15 disposals and five marks.

Peel Thunder 8.9 (57) defeated by Perth 15.12 (102)

Perth enjoyed its first win of the 2018 season in round three as well to jump up to sixth on the table with a comfortable 45-point win over Peel Thunder. With their top players in, Perth’s classy midfield shone against the Thunder, with the home side taking control in the second term to boot six goals to be level at half-time. In the second half it was all the Demons as they booted 10 goals to two to run away with the contest. Top 10 hopeful Ian Hill had a day out with 28 disposals, three marks, three inside 50s and two goals, only spoiled by three behinds on the day. Deven Robertson continued his strong form with 34 disposals, three marks, five inside 50s and five tackles, while Luke English was close to best on ground with three goals from 25 disposals, five marks and five tackles. Sydney Stack (23 disposals) and Simon Hayward (22 disposals) were impressive, while Bailey Smith made the most of his opportunities up forward with three goals from seven disposals. For the Thunder, Jarrad Fazioli had 22 disposals, five marks and four inside 50s to lead the way, while Lachlan Riley had 21 disposals, six marks and five inside 50s. Tyson Powell made an impact up forward with 2.2 from 17 disposals, while Fremantle Next Generation Academy member Jason Carter had 15 disposals and four marks in the Thunder’s loss.