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FULL COUNT | 2020 WAFL Colts Coaches Award – Falcons’ Chapman caps off stellar season

WEST Perth’s Heath Chapman has only further enhanced his draft prospects, after claiming the 2020 WAFL Colts Coaches Award.

Chapman polled 20 votes to win ahead of Subiaco’s 2020 Jack Clarke Medallist Lachlan Vanirsen (19 votes). Meanwhile, Claremont’s Jack Avery, East Fremantle’s Finn Gorringe, East Perth’s Joshua Hubbard and Perth’s Conor McPartland finished in equal-third position with 13 votes each.

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During the WAFL Colts home-and-away season, Chapman averaged 23 possessions, eight marks, three tackles and three inside 50s across seven games.

Chapman was adjudged best afield against South Fremantle in Round 2 (21 possessions, six marks), Peel Thunder in Round 3 (27 possessions, 11 marks), Perth in Round 5 (28 possessions, seven marks, four inside 50s) and Subiaco in Round 9 (24 possessions, eight marks, five tackles, five inside 50s) to take out the award.

He also made his WAFL League debut in Round 8 against Claremont and looked comfortable at the level, finishing with 11 possessions and five marks.

In 2019, Chapman finished ninth in the WAFL Colts Coaches Award with 17 votes.

The WAFL Colts Coaches Award is proudly sponsored by the WAFL Combined Past Players and Officials Association.

The total award consists of $500, a trophy, and a certificate of merit. It will be presented to Chapman at West Perth’s Colts’ Best and Fairest function on October 30.

2020 WAFL COLTS COACHES AWARD LEADERBOARD

PLAYER WAFL CLUB VOTES
Heath Chapman West Perth 20
Lachlan Vanirsen Subiaco 19
Jack Avery Claremont 13
Finn Gorringe East Fremantle 13
Joshua Hubbard East Perth 13
Conor McPartland Perth Demons 13
Logan Young Claremont 12
Jack Carroll East Fremantle 11
Cian Ehlers Swan Districts 11
Zane Trew Swan Districts 11
Michael Mallard West Perth 11
Keanu Haddow East Fremantle 10
Adam Boules East Perth 10

RECENT WINNERS OF WAFL COLTS COACHES AWARD

YEAR PLAYER WAFL CLUB
2019 Benjamin Golding Subiaco
2018 Liam Hickmott Subiaco
2017 Luke English Perth Demons
2016 Michael Humble Peel Thunder
2015 Chapman Jones Perth Demons
2014 Albert Dean Swan Districts

EACH WAFL CLUB’S VOTE-GETTERS

Claremont:

PLAYER VOTES
Jack Avery 13
Logan Young 12
Kalin Lane 9
Samuel Alvarez 5
Cameron Anderson 5
Ben Ramshaw 5
Jacob Van Rooyen 5
Joel Western 5
Jacob Blight 4
Kieran Gowdie 4
Alex Pearce 4
Jake Willson 4
Jacquin Ciminata 2
Reece Gordon 1

East Fremantle:

PLAYER VOTES
Finn Gorringe 13
Jack Carroll 11
Keanu Haddow 10
Jed Hagan 7
Brandon Walker 7
Jack Williams 6
Ethan Paholski 3
Joshua Browne 2
Edward Curley 2
Bohan Teakle 2
Lachlan McGrath 1

East Perth:

PLAYER VOTES
Joshua Hubbard 13
Adam Boules 10
Riley May 4
Jack Omodei 4
Jaylen Colegate 3
James Tunstill 3
Jye Amiss 2
Tom Druzianich 2
Kaden Harbour 2
Jack Hindle 2
Ethan Sherwood 2
Jason Kissack 1
Sokaa Soka 1

Peel Thunder:

PLAYER VOTES
Isiah Winder 8
Tyler Nesbitt 7
Roy George 5
Zach Rankin 4
David Yaccob 4
Adam Davey 3
Zac Trigwell 3
Charlie Bourke 2
Bodie Kitchingham 2
Luke Polson 2
Kobe Farmer 1
Jarrad McIivinney 1

Perth:

PLAYER VOTES
Conor McPartland 13
Jaiden Hunter 9
Harry Quartermaine 6
Zak Meloncelli 5
Zac Sanderson 5
Jack Evans 3
Brett Hassett 3
Deklyn Grocott 2
Oscar Morcombe 1

South Fremantle:

PLAYER VOTES
Jaxon Bellchambers 9
Aaron Drage 9
Toby Dodds 7
Solomon James 7
Shannon Neale 7
Riley Clayton 5
Julian Hulten 5
Baxter Jones 5
Oscar Armstrong 4
Jesse Motlop 3
Adam Correia 2
Aiden Hall 1

Subiaco:

PLAYER VOTES
Lachlan Vanirsen 13
Lachlan Henderson 6
Jacob Evitt 5
Campbell Henderson 5
Matthew Johnson 5
Sandon Page 5
Cameron Dean 4
Jed Kemp 4
Lachlan McKay 4
Nicholas Cleaver 3
Jai Jackson 3
Jaxon McGowan 3
Connor Patterson 3
Patrick Mullane 1

Swan Districts:

PLAYER VOTES
Cian Ehlers 11
Zane Trew 11
Joseph Salmon 8
Ayden Cartwright 4
William Collins 4
Ty Sears 4
Jamison Ugle 4
Jehb O’Donohue 1
Kade Screaigh 1

West Perth:

PLAYER VOTES
Heath Chapman 20
Michael Mallard 11
Kane Bevan 9
Callum Johnson 7
Brady Alvaro 4
Logan Foley 4
Luke Reilly 4
Corey Rundle 4
Lachlan Rewell 3
Darcy Dixon 2
Kellen Johnson 2
Saverio Marafioti 2
Tommy Taylor-Shreeve 1

 

Scouting Notes: 2020 WAFL Colts – Finals Week 1

IN WEEK one of the Simply Energy WAFL Colts Finals Series, Claremont defeated Subiaco by 15 points to advance through to the Grand Final, while East Fremantle knocked off West Perth to earn a spot in week two.

Below were the standout players from either game. Please consider that each set of notes showcases the opinions of our scouts individually, and there are only so many players we can keep an eye on each week.

>> Power Rankings: September Edition

Claremont vs. Subiaco

By: Lenny Fogliani

Claremont:

#2 Logan Young

The son of AFL player manager Colin Young, Logan was at his powerful best in the midfield. He finished with 26 possessions (14 contested), 10 clearances, 9 tackles, 3 marks and 3 inside 50s.

#4 Jake Willson

The Wembley Downs junior continued his stunning season with another accomplished performance. He accumulated 22 possessions (12 contested), laid a game-high 11 tackles, grabbed 3 marks, won 2 clearances and kicked a goal.

#10 Joel Western

The Fremantle Dockers’ Next Generation Academy member was electric in the middle for the Tigers. He finished with 24 possessions (12 contested), 4 tackles, 4 clearances, 3 inside 50s, 2 rebounding 50s, 2 marks and a goal.

#20 Logan Guelfi

The younger brother of Essendon’s Matt Guelfi, Logan was dynamic on the half-forward flank for the Tigers. He accumulated 16 possessions (7 contested), recorded 5 inside 50s and kicked a goal.

#21 Jack Avery

The Cottesloe junior was rock-solid in defence for Claremont, finishing with 20 possessions (8 contested), 7 marks (3 contested), 5 rebounding 50s, and 3 tackles.

#23 Jacob Van Rooyen

The 17-year-old was arguably best afield, after he finished with 14 possessions (9 contested), 7 marks (5 contested), 7 inside 50s, 2 tackles and 2 goals. The only blemish on his performance were his three behinds.

#28 Kalin Lane

The Denmark-Walpole product was inspirational in the ruck for Claremont. He gathered 16 possessions (13 contested), won 39 hit-outs, accomplished 10 clearances, recorded 3 inside 50s, and laid 3 tackles.

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Subiaco:

#2 Jed Kemp

The nephew of West Coast great Dean Kemp was fantastic for Subiaco, finishing with 19 possessions (13 contested), 10 tackles, 7 clearances, and a goal.

#8 Jaxon McGowan

The Kingsway junior was excellent in defence for Subiaco. He accumulated 14 possessions (6 contested), took 3 marks, and recorded 3 rebounding 50s and 2 inside 50s.

#12 Matthew Johnson

The North Beach junior worked tirelessly for the Lions, finishing with 17 possessions (13 contested), 9 tackles, 4 clearances and a goal.

#22 Blake Morris

The Kingsley junior was exceptional in defence for the Lions. He collected 16 possessions (9 contested), took 4 marks, laid 3 tackles, and recorded 3 inside 50s and 2 rebounding 50s.

#41 Tyler Brockman

The cousin of former Fremantle and Gold Coast player Greg Broughton, Brockman was terrific in the midfield for the Lions. He finished with 15 possessions (6 contested), 4 tackles, 3 clearances and 2 inside 50s.

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West Perth vs. East Fremantle

By: Ed Pascoe

West Perth:

#6 Callum Johnson

Johnson’s strong season was recently rewarded with the 19-year-old earning selection for the WA All-Stars game. He continued to do what he has done best this year, and that’s win plenty of the ball around stoppages, where he has shown a great partnership with ruckman Michael Mallard. The conditions suited Johnson with the wet weather and regular stoppages allowed him to to show what he does best – win clearances and show his attacking mindset in winning the hard ball. He finished the game with 28 disposals and 9 tackles. 22 of his disposals were kicks, showing his smarts to get ball on boot in the wet weather.

#14 Lochlan Paton

The talented bottom-age midfielder earned selection in the WA All-Star games and although he played forward for West Perth in this game, he still managed to show why he is rated highly going into his draft year in 2021. The dynamic Paton always looked dangerous whenever the ball went his way inside 50, usually darting around opponents and making things happen. In one certain play during the first quarter, he would use a sort of karate kick to nudge the ball over his head, just showing how dynamic he can be. Paton really stood out with his clean hands in the poor conditions and you could certainly see his midfield traits coming to the fold. He didn’t kick and goals but always looked a threat and finished the game with 11 disposals and 5 marks.

#17 Logan Foley

The strong bodied Foley certainly has his fans, earning selection in the WA All-Stars squad, and he played an important role as a tall forward who would help relieve Michael Mallard in the ruck. What really surprised in his short time rucking was how clean his taps were to his teammates, especially in the conditions. He used his body well at stoppages to help protect the fall of the ball, too. Foley didn’t hit the scoreboard and the conditions certainly didn’t suit big forwards, but he showed some good signs finishing the game with 8 disposals and 7 hit-outs.

#18 Corey Rundle

It was tough going for Rundle, who remains the leading goalkicker in the Colts. He was opposed by fellow WA All-Star representative Keanu Haddow in what was a great battle all day. Rundle started the game well with a strong mark close to goal and nailing the set shot. He had a chance later in the quarter running into goal, but he was pressured and just missed. Haddow did a great job of keeping Rundle quiet for the next few quarters, with the conditions and East Fremantle’s team defence really making life hard for Rundle. He had one last highlight in the last quarter, showing nice movement and snapping to the hot spot which almost bounced into goal anyway, but alas would be a behind. Rundle finished the game with 4 disposals and kicking 1.2.

#19 Kellen Johnson

The conditions didn’t suit West Perth’s twin interceptors Heath Chapman and Johnson, and it was apparent early when Johnson couldn’t get his hands on the ball. But as the game went on, he got involved in other ways and as good defenders do – defending with strong tackles and timely spoils. Speaking of tackles and spoils, he laid a certain goal-saving tackle in the second quarter and numerous spoils in the third, using his strong ability to read the play. It was nice to see Johnson do the team things and not worry too much about winning intercepts and playing the flashier role. He did what needed to be done and finished the game with 7 disposals and 3 tackles.

#24 Michael Mallard

Ruckmen come into their own in the wet conditions, especially a player of Mallards size and skill. He was enormous in the ruck, winning plenty of hit-outs and showing a good relationship between his midfielders, especially Callum Johnson. Mallard, for his size, showed great movement and skill with ball in hand and was hardly a slouch when not rucking, using his big left boot to good effect. He had a nice bit of play in the second quarter, taking a nice intercept mark and even taking the player on that was on the mark. Mallard did his best to try and get his side over the line and he finished with 9 disposals, 3 marks and a whopping 49 hit outs as he builds to the WA All-Star games to come.

#25 Heath Chapman

Not the best conditions for the highly rated Chapman to show his best features, which are his clean hands overhead and intercept marking. He had a slow start but worked into he game nicely in the second half. He was clean with his handling of the ball in one instance, but missed the handball, but it was impressive to see him work hard to make up for the mistake. He took a few nice intercept marks despite the conditions and to make up for the lack of marking, he showed great elusiveness and rebound from defence – usually using the ball well by foot and unafraid to take the game on. Chapman finished the game with 16 disposals and 6 marks which was decent considering the conditions.

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East Fremantle:

#3 Corey Warner

The younger brother of 2019 Swans draftee Chad Warner proved he is a great prospect for the 2021 draft, as the young midfielder was arguably best on ground in an impressive display, playing forward and on the wing. Playing most of the year with his school team Aquinas, he has come into the East Fremantle Colts team at a timely time and he was pivotal in their victory over West Perth. He set the scene early with a nice gather and snap goal and he just looked dangerous for the whole quarter, looking clean and sharp in the wet conditions. He played the rest of the first half with plenty of enthusiasm, moving the ball quickly and tackling hard. His best highlight, however, came in the third quarter when he executed a Dusty Martin-like don’t argue which was impressive for his size. He also laid a great tackle in the same quarter winning the free kick in defence. Warner was impressive with his skill, tenacity, and eagerness to get involved all day. He finished the game with 24 disposals, 4 tackles and a goal.

#6 Joshua Browne

Starting the year down back playing as a silky rebound defender, he has become an impressive ball winning midfielder in recent weeks. Not unlike former East Fremantle player Trent Rivers, who has been impressive for Melbourne this year, Browne looks classy with ball in hand and is a nice size to play a range of roles. He did it all, winning plenty of clearances but also getting on the outside to take marks and set up play with his nice kicking and execution by hand, which was most impressive in-tight. He had a nice bit of play in the third quarter weaving through multiple opponents with ease, but would sadly turn the ball over by foot in a rare skill error for him. Browne was sensational and he proved why he was one of 10 bottom-age players to be selected to play in the WA All-Star games, finishing the game with a game high 28 disposals to go with 5 marks and 8 tackles in a complete midfield display.

#7 Chris Walker

Both he and his twin brother, Brandon had an influence, with Chris causing havoc up forward. He would kick a nice goal in the first quarter after winning a high free kick and slotting the set shot in very wet conditions. One of his concerns thoughout the day was his fumbles and he would drop an easy chest mark in the second quarter, but he still did well to keep involved throughout the game and would finish his game nicely with a dribble goal in the last quarter. The Fremantle NGA prospect finished with 14 disposals and kicked 2.1 in a solid outing.

#8 Finn Gorringe

Along with teammates Warner and Browne you could say Gorringe was one of the best players on the day, with his skills and intercept work down back proving important in the wet and tough conditions. Gorringe was often trusted with the kick-outs where he did well with his long and accurate kicking being used in general play as well. His ability to get to the right spots and stay composed was certainly impressive as it seemed he was always in the way when West Perth was attacking. With so many players rushing their disposals, he set the tone for his team in staying composed and using the ball well, and that style of play is what gave East Fremantle the edge. Gorringe finished the game with 24 disposals and 10 marks and he is really starting to make the backline role his own after starting the season as a bustling inside midfielder.

#9 Brandon Walker

He and his twin brother Chris proved a handful, with Brandon playing his preferred role down back. His confidence with ball in hand and clean hands certainly caught the eye as the Fremantle NGA prospect continues to have a strong season. Walker had most of his highlights in the second half, starting with an impressive contested mark especially in the conditions. The last quarter was Walker at his best, starting with a strong tackle that was rewarded, and he would soon after take an impressive intercept mark. Another great moment was when he was told to play on in defence and somehow was able to pull off a don’t argue on one opponent coming from the side, and then evade his way around another in a classy bit of play that really showed his mix of class and athleticism – both of which make him such a good prospect. Walker finished the game with 19 disposals and 5 marks.

#10 Jed Hagan

It’s hard to believe Hagan wont be draft eligible until 2022 and he certainly looks to be WA’s leading contender for that draft. He started the game on fire winning, plenty of the ball and despite his age, he already has a solid frame and a tough attitude to excel in the wet conditions. Hagan’s disposal was often very good, especially his kicking in the wet conditions while not always taking the safe option. He faded a little in the seconf half but he was still able to show why he is such an exciting prospect for the future. He finished the game with 14 disposals and 5 tackles.

#13 Keanu Haddow

Haddow had the tough role playing on the Colts leading goal scorer in Rundle, and you could say he got the better of him, keeping the talented forward to only 1 goal. He didn’t get much of the ball early but he had some nice defensive efforts and timely spoils against Rundle. His intercept game is very strong and it really started to come to the fold in the last quarter once the game was just about done and dusted. He just played his normal game and had the ball on a string, getting up the ground but when it was his turn to defend he still did so, taking a very impressive mark against Rundle. The Fremantle NGA prospect finished the game with 23 disposals and 8 marks and while his intercept game and defensive efforts are outstanding, he will need to work on his kicking – especially close to goal as he has a few nervous moments every game. If he cleans up this side of his game, it will go a long way to Fremantle committing to him at the end of the year.

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Featured Image: Claremont’s Joel Western celebrates with teammates | Source: (Retrieved from) Claremont Football Club via Facebook

Scouting Notes: 2020 WAFL Colts, Round 8 – Claremont vs. West Perth

IN ROUND 8 of the 2020 Simply Energy WAFL Colts competition, Claremont defeated West Perth by 12 points at Revo Fitness Stadium.

Below were the best players in the game.

CLAREMONT

#4 Jake Willson

The Wembley Downs junior produced a powerful performance, playing as the rover for Claremont. He accumulated 18 possessions, took five marks, laid three tackles and recorded two inside 50s.

#10 Joel Western

The Fremantle Dockers Next Generation Academy (NGA) member was dynamic in the forward half for the Tigers. He finished with 21 possessions, four marks, four inside 50s and three tackles in a dazzling performance.

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#13 Samuel Alvarez

Another Fremantle Dockers NGA member, Alvarez was brilliant on the wing for Claremont. His link-up play, decision-making, and skill execution were all real features of his game. He finished with 20 possessions, five inside 50s, and three marks.

#14 Jacob Blight

Stationed at full-back, Blight was rock solid in defence, thwarting many of West Perth’s attacking entries. He finished with 26 possessions and three marks.

#18 Alex Pearce

The North Albany product was busy in the midfield for the Tigers. Playing as the centreman, Pearce accumulated 21 possessions, laid four tackles, took three marks and recorded three inside 50s in a strong performance.

#20 Logan Guelfi

The younger brother of Essendon’s Matt Guelfi, Logan was exceptional playing as the link-up forward for Claremont. He finished with 15 possessions, seven inside 50s, four marks and three tackles in a lively performance.

#21 Jack Avery

Stationed at centre half-back, Avery continued his purple patch of form with another brilliant performance. He gathered 24 possessions, took five marks, laid three tackles and recorded two inside 50s.

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WEST PERTH

#7 Rohan Scurria

The Whitford junior was prolific for West Perth, playing primarily on the half-back line. He collected 22 possessions, took six marks and recorded two inside 50s as he tried manfully to inspire the Falcons to a comeback victory.

#9 Jordan Berry

The West Coast Eagles NGA member was lively for the Falcons. He finished with 14 possessions and four marks.

#12 Darcy Dixon

The Merredin product was a catalyst in bringing West Perth back into the game in the second half. He kicked two goals in the third quarter to bring the Falcons to within 19 points of Claremont. He then kicked the opening goal of the final quarter, that helped West Perth gather attacking momentum in the last quarter.

#19 Kellen Johnson

Returning from a hand injury, Johnson was outstanding in defence for the Falcons. He finished with 14 possessions, five marks, four tackles and four inside 50s.

#24 Michael Mallard

The Wanneroo junior showcased why he is one of the premier ruckmen in this year’s Simply Energy WAFL Colts competition. His athleticism, ruck craft, and skill execution were all features of his game. He finished with 14 possessions, 31 hit-outs and four marks in a dazzling display.

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All-Star Team of the AFL Draft Era: Which club is the best of the best?

EVERY year, a new crop of AFL Draft talents rise up and make waves at AFL level. Some clubs such as Calder Cannons and Geelong Falcons are referred to as ‘footy factories’. Others are less well known, but nonetheless vital in providing players with their start to the AFL.

Over the past couple of months, Draft Central has gone through all of the NAB League, SANFL and WAFL clubs and tried to determine the best 24-player squad for their respective clubs. The captains and vice-captains were determined by the public through Instagram voting. Now, it is up to the public to decide which All-Star Team is the greatest of the lot. That’s right, the 30 teams from Victoria, Western Australia and South Australia are going head to head in a knockout draw.

Which teams are competing?

NAB League [12]: Bendigo Pioneers, Calder Cannons, Dandenong Stingrays, Eastern Ranges, Geelong Falcons, Gippsland Power, GWV Rebels, Murray Bushrangers, Northern Knights, Oakleigh Chargers, Sandringham Dragons, Western Jets
SANFL [9]: Central District, Glenelg, North Adelaide, Norwood, Port Adelaide, South Adelaide, Sturt, West Adelaide, Woodville-West Torrens
WAFL [9]: Claremont, East Fremantle, East Perth, South Fremantle, Peel Thunder, Perth, Subiaco, Swan Districts, West Perth

How will it work?

Each day at 10am, we will publish the two All-Star Teams of the AFL Draft era, and the public will be able to vote through the article, Facebook and Twitter, with the overall winner moving through to the next round.

Given there are 30 teams, two sides who we have picked out as the top two seeds – East Fremantle and Geelong Falcons – will have the bye in the opening round, with the other 28 teams seeded appropriately similar to the All-Star Player voting (3rd against 28th, 4th against 27th etc.).

Who is up first?

The first All-Star Team battle is between a couple of metropolitan sides who we have seeded 16th and 17th in the draw. They both have some absolute elite stars, but Calder Cannons and Western Jets will begin the voting on Monday. They will be followed by the Greater Western Victoria (GWV) Rebels and Eastern Ranges on Tuesday, before a cross-state clash sees third seed Port Adelaide Magpies tackle Peel Thunder.

Draft Central All-Star Team: West Perth Falcons

WEST Perth Falcons are a team filled with a mix of tough players and talented forwards predominately from the turn of the century. With a handful of modern day runners, West Perth would be a competitive unit against most sides from the All-Star Team of the AFL Draft era series.

THE TEAM

West Perth has six players who reached the 200-game mark at AFL level and lead the way, whilst a number of others are getting close to that feat, with Brad Hill the best of the current players, if not of the entire Falcons contingent to come out of the program. Whilst their forward line has talent and they have plenty of speed, their key position players are definitely less experienced than other sides.

DEFENCE

The key backs in Kepler Bradley and Michael Pettigrew hold down the key back positions, playing a combined 220 games, with Bradley also capable of playing a role up forward. They are surrounded by more experienced players in the medium and small areas, with ex-Eagle and Kangaroo, Dean Laidley playing the 151 games and has earned a place in the back pocket. Craig Turley is one of the most heralded players in the side, only playing the 131 games, but winning a best and fairest and All-Australian honours in that time.

On the other half-back flank, Todd Curley stands with 118 games and 48 goals to his name, with the more recent AFL addition of Rohan Bewick in the back pocket, just surpassing the 100-game mark with 103 games and 25 goals. Also able to roll through the defence are Brisbane’s Nick Robertson, and former Eagle, Paul Symmons, while ex-Docker and Bulldog, Steven Koops could provide some versatility off the bench too.

MIDFIELD

The midfield has a real mix of players with the Hill brothers in Brad and Stephen owning the wings. Brad won a best and fairest and three flags, starring for the Hawks and most notably Fremantle before crossing to the Saints. Stephen has spent his career at the Dockers and had 206 games to his name prior to the season. In the centre is Mark Merenda who was an exciting mid/forward who booted 88 goals in 101 games for the Tigers and Eagles.

Onball, former Crows captain Nathan van Berlo (205 games) and Blake Acres (75 games prior to 2020) sit, with Mark Seaby the chosen ruck. Seaby played 120 games across a golden era for West Coast and then Sydney, but missed out on playing in a flag. His replacement on the bench is the unlucky Max Bailey who had repetitive knee injuries and was restricted to just 43 games, but did play in a premiership.

FORWARD

An exciting attacking end for sure, the Q-Stick in Quinton Lynch is at centre half-forward alongside fellow 200-gamer Mark LeCras. The Eagles premiership player has the most accolades of any West Perth player, achieving an All-Australian, best and fairest and All-Australian 40-squad nomination. In the forward pocket, another 200-gamer in club games record holder at AFL level, Darren Bewick (238 games, 232 goals) who played in a couple of flags, the only former Falcon to play in more than one premiership.

Rounding out the front six is modern day forward, Jack Darling who booted 378 goals and has now passed the 200-game mark for the Eagles, earning an All-Australian honour along the way. Ronnie Burns was a dangerous forward at the turn of the century, booting 262 goals in a 154 games, while current Fremantle coach Justin Longmuir kicked 166 in 139 to earn a spot on the half-forward flank. Coming off the bench is his brother, Troy Longmuir who managed the 83 games and 49 goals. Oscar Allen is the key position replacement at either end, but predominantly forward, who will be another off the bench.

DEPTH

There is not a great deal of depth from the AFL era, but there were a handful of players who amassed more than 50 games. Derek Hall (76 games, 77 goals), Digby Morrell (72, 59), Brendon Fewster (70, 43) and Wayde Skipper (60, 20) all deserved mentions for their efforts. Marcus Adams (38 games) was on the cusp of making it in, while Josh Rotham, Jaxon Prior and Ben Johnson are all recent additions to the AFL system.

WAFL Women’s weekly wrap: Lions continue undefeated streak

SUBIACO has remained undefeated after three rounds of the West Australian Football League (WAFL) Women’s competition following a couple of big wins. In the featured game of the round, the Lions won a real grind against a young Swan Districts outfit to ensure Subiaco extended their unbeaten streak.

It was an entertaining contest despite being played between the arcs for the majority of the match, as the the Lions, led by top-age talent Abbey Dowrick won 5.7 (37) to 2.4 (16) in perfect conditions. Dowrick slotted three majors and was the difference between the sides in the end, having an additional couple of chances roaming at half-forward, in what could have been an even bigger day for the talent.

Swan Districts repeated the effort of the game from the week before with an early goal to Sarah Wielstra from the work of Mikayla Hyde who was a little far out to score but found her teammate at the top of the goalsquare. The next 10 minutes of the first term belonged to Subiaco as they dominated forward half possession, and Dowrick took her chance with a snap off a couple of steps, along with a kind bounce that cleared the goalsquare pack to bounce through.

Three minutes later, late inclusion Kia Buckley made sure the coaches gave her some consideration to retain her spot with a strong fend-off on Eliza Gelmi and then put it through from 15m out. Some late pressure from Swans forced the Lions to rush a behind, but then an end-to-end play almost resulted in a second goal to Dowrick who marked all alone but shanked the kick to the right.

The number 23 soon made good on her miss with a chance early in the second term to make no mistake thanks to a thumping goal from 35m out and extend the lead after an earlier Janelle Cuthbertson miss. Jess Cox was having a strong day for the Swans, working well with the likes of Wielstra and Emily McGuire, whilst Mikayla Hyde was busy on the inside. while Mikayla Morrison had a quiet first term, she showed how she does not many touches to do some serious damage with an elite sidestep close to goal and then slammed the Swans’ second major home 12 minutes into the term.

The Swans had some impressive play in the backend of the second term, as Nyra Anderson‘s clean hands at ground level, McGuire’s booming kick and the work of Mikayla Hyde and Tara Stribley through the middle was eye catching. Hayley Cole had a chance in transition but missed to the right as Maggie Maclaughlin took a number of late intercept marks to end the half with Subiaco nine points ahead.

Unfortunately for the young Swan Districts side, it could not muster up a goal in the second half as the Lions had to work incredibly hard for the three they kicked to end the game. The third term was an odd term wither neither side scoring until a behind from Philippa Pienaar in the 15th minute broke the drought. Both sides had battled between the arcs, and it looked like the teams would head into half-time with just one additional behind separating them. Jacqueline Toth had other ideas as she pounced on Shanae Davison who dove on the ball late in the term, won the free kick and then moments before the siren drilled the goal from 15m for a 16-point advantage at the final break.

Swan Districts was not going to roll over though, as Stribley and Brianna Hyde were moving the ball well with some speed, but once again it was the thorn in the side for the Swans all day that broke the camel’s back. After three and a half minutes of early forward possession for Swan Districts, Subiaco rushed the ball inside 50 for the first time to a pack, it spilled and Dowrick did the rest with a quick kick from 40m and had her third for the term.

From there, the battle between the arcs continued as both half-back lines tried to create something, but neither side was able to really get a good look deep with the back 50s set up well. McGuire was trying her best with her ranking long boot as Davison, Brianna Hyde and Bianca Webb had really worked into the game as the match went on and opened up in terms of space. Lindal Rohde had a chance for Subiaco later in the term after smothering a kick in the forward 50, then having a running shot but missed to the left.

Swan Districts had its best chance for the match with Brianna Hyde and Cox combining, but the latter just did not quite settle on the shot running into goal for a behind, which was the home side’s first score of the final term. Once again up the other end less than two minutes later, Subiaco punished the Swans with a late bump from McGuire on talented middle-ager Charlie Thomas who sensed no one was manning the mark following the 50m penalty and ran in for a nice goal late in the match. The final scoring opportunity of the game came from Morrison who after being loose inside 50, had a shot on goal in the last 15 seconds but missed to the right, signalling a 27-point defeat.

Dowrick was the clear standout for the Lions, with Toth, Pisconari and Miller always damaging, while Maclaughlin, Pienaar and Cuthbertson showed some nice signs throughout the contest. Cole was among the Swans’ best with Cox, McGuire, Wielstra and the Hyde sisters, whilst 15-year-old Olivia Cripps was also strong in defence.

SWAN DISTRICTS 1.1 | 2.3 | 2.3 | 2.5 (17)
SUBIACO 2.3 | 3.6 | 4.7 | 6.8 (44)

GOALS: 

Swan Districts: S. Wielstra, M. Morrison.
Subiaco: A. Dowrick 3, K. Buckley, J. Toth, C. Thomas.

ADC BEST:

Swan Districts: J. Cox, H. Cole, M. Hyde, E. McGuire, S. Wielstra
Subiaco: A. Dowrick, J. Toth, D. Pisconari, H. Miller P. Pienaar

In the other Saturday game, Peel Thunder handed reigning premiers East Fremantle their second consecutive match with an impressive 13-point triumph at David Grays Arena. The Thunder booted the only goal of the first half in a low-scoring match, before booting four goals to three in the second half, and most importantly being more accurate in the half, kicking 4.1 to 3.3 to win 5.5 (35) to 3.4 (22). Kira Phillips booted another two goals for the Thunder, with Krystal Carter, Kate Bartlett and Kate Ditchburn all booting one apiece. For the Sharks, Stephanie Sparke kicked two majors, with Kahra Sprylan snagging one.

On Sunday, it was a cause for celebration in the final term when South Fremantle finally recorded its first goal of the season after two scoreless weeks to open the year for the league’s newest side. Getting a behind on the board in the opening term, the Bulldogs were able to get past the drought of the first eight quarters to finish with a scoreline of 1.3 (9). Unfortunately Claremont was far too good, and as one of the premiership contenders, booted nine goals from 21 scoring shots to win by 57 points. Mhicca Carter booted three goals on debut, with former Calder Cannons and Melbourne AFL Women’s talent, Krstel Petrevski also kicking a major for the Tigers. Brooke Whyte snagged three majors in the win, as did Bella Zadnik and Amy Franklin. for the Bulldogs, Chloe Taylor made history as her club’s first ever goalkicker.

WAFL WOMEN’S ROUND 3 RESULTS:

Swan Districts 2.5 (17) defeated by Subiaco 6.8 (44)
Peel Thunder 5.5 (35) defeated East Fremantle 3.4 (22)
South Fremantle 1.3 (9) defeated by Claremont 9.12 (66)

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WAFL Women’s weekly wrap: Round 1 – Sharks show hunger against newcomers

EAST Fremantle showed no mercy to league newcomers and Derby rivals, South Fremantle during an 88-point drubbing at Fremantle Community Bank Oval. The reigning premiers might not have had an AFL Women’s talents on the field, but it was a new inclusion of ex-Subiaco sharp shooter Sara Lewis up forward that shone booting four goals and was one of five multiple goal kickers in the 14.4 (88) to 0.0 (0) victory.

SOUTH FREMANTLE 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 (0)
EAST FREMANTLE 2.0 | 4.3 | 11.4 | 14.4 (88)

GOALS:

South: Nil.
East: S. Lewis 4, S. Sparke 2, E. Burton 2, K. Catalano 2, C. Reilly 2, L. Versaci, S. Wong.

ADC BEST:

South: B. Spencer, C. Taylor, L. Vecchio, M. Tyrrell, T. Holtze
East: K. Catalano, S. Lewis, L. Versachi, S. Wong, S. Sparke

Katelyn Catalano, Stephanie Sparke and Chloe Reilly all looked dangerous in the forward half of the ground, while top-age talent Hayley O’Donnell mopped up off half-back in what was a day that the Sharks’ defence did not have a lot to do. At times South Fremantle looked like scoring, particularly early in the final term, but East Fremantle were in control from the opening bounce and the flood gates opened in the third term when the winners piled on seven straight goals. Among the best players for South Fremantle were defenders, Breanne Spencer and Chloe Taylor who tried hard throughout the contest taking multiple intercept marks.

Lewis looked like she was going to be in for a massive day, booting the first goal of the game from the top of the goalsquare, and then two more early in the third term to sit on four with almost a full half remaining. Whilst she did not add to that total, it was the likes of Emily Burton (two), Catalano and then Reilly in the final term who all booted majors to put an exclamation mark on the performance.

It was an accurate performance from the Sharks who managed to boot the 14.4 and were able to be reliable with their set shots, but their pressure inside 50 was also a feature. On a number of occasions when it looked as if the Bulldogs would clear, an extra Sharks tackle would allow the ball to be spilled and East Fremantle scored on the turnover.

Some of the highlights of the day included Lewis’ contested marking, Reilly’s clever snap around her body after fending off and opponent in the final term, and the third term by Sharon Wong who suffered leather poisoning with her weaving in and out of the contest. She was rewarded with a goal over the top in the term after a contest from Lewis spilled over the back and a quick handball found Wong all alone for the easiest of goals.

Burton who was helped off late in the game showed her touch of class not long after by forcing a fumble from her direct opponent, then controlling the ball well to tap over her head and grab it cleanly for another goal in the goalsquare. The most noticeable difference between the teams was East Fremantle’s effectiveness with its ball movement, while South Fremantle was not quite as clean due to it being the first official game played together with a lot of inexperienced talents still learning to gel.

Overall it was an impressive statement from the reigning premiers who take on Lewis’ ex-team Subiaco next weekend, while South Fremantle face Peel Thunder.

YOUNG GUN TO WATCH: CHLOE REILLY (EAST FREMANTLE)

It is remarkable to think that the talented forward is still a year off being eligible to be drafted, but it was clear as day that there is plenty of upside there. Reilly had one of those threatening days where if a few marks had stuck or a ball had bounced the right way in the first half, she could have had a massive day out feasting on the Bulldogs. Instead, it did not quite go to plan on the scoreboard until the final term where she got her just rewards with a couple of majors. The first was a talented snap around her body after waiting an eternity in the hole, forced to spill the mark, fend off an opponent then produced a clean finish. With her confidence up, Reilly soon made it two goals with a nice long-range set shot from 45m out in. Overall, it will be fascinating to see what she can produce with the first game out of the way and finishing so strongly.

In other results, both Swan Districts and Subiaco won in thrillers to round out the opening weekend of the modified season. Swan Districts got up in a thrilling contest against Peel Thunder, defeating the Thunder by just six points after the teams were level at half-time. Subiaco had an even greater nail-biter, winning by two points over Claremont in a low-scoring 4.4 (28) to 4.2 (26) victory.

Kira Phillips booted three goals for the Thunder to be second in the leading goalkicker award behind Lewis, while Swan Districts had a trio of players kicking multiple goals in Tara Stribley, Mikayla Morrison and Fiona Boucher. Krystal Carter also booted a couple for the Thunder. Among the top performers for the Swans were Lauren Osborne, Aimee Ralph and Mikayla Hyde, while Tanisha Anderson, Abby Barnden and Courtney Rowley were also impressive in defeat for the Thunder.

In the Subiaco-Claremont game, Philippa Pienaar was the only multiple goalkicker with two majors. Jayme Harken, Claire Ortlepp and Tylor McIntosh stood out from a Lions perspective in the narrow victory, while Jacinta Valenti, Brooke Whyte and Ella Smith were named in the best for Claremont.

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AFL Draft Watch: Heath Chapman (West Perth/Western Australia)

IN the build up to football eventually returning, Draft Central takes a look at some of this year’s brightest names who have already represented their state in some capacity leading into 2020. While plenty can change between now and then, we will provide a bit of an insight into players, how they performed at pre-season testing, and some of our scouting notes on them from last year.

Next under the microscope in our AFL Draft watch is West Perth’s Heath Chapman, an athletic key defender who boasts high-level composure on the ball. Having earned a spot in his state’s Under 16 side in 2018, Chapman went on to impress at WAFL Colts level for the Falcons, before being selected to play in the Under 17 Futures All Star showcase.

He may measure up at just under the traditional key position size, but Chapman is terrific in the centre half-back role at junior level, and has all the makings of a third tall as he jumps the grades, perhaps even roaming further afield. The 18-year-old’s endurance base and class on the ball may allow for that, with shrewd reading of the play and sound disposal by foot also key features of his game.

PLAYER PAGE:

Heath Chapman
West Perth/Western Australia

DOB: January 31, 2002

Height: 193cm
Weight: 81kg

Position: Key Position Defender

Strengths: Reading the play, marking, athleticism, composure

2020 WAFL Colts stats: 1 game | 15 disposals (11 kicks/4 handballs) | 4 marks | 6 tackles

>> 2020 AFL Draft Positional Analysis: Key Position Defenders

PRESEASON TESTING RESULTS:

Standing Vertical Jump – 63cm
Running Vertical Jump (R/L) – N/A/73cm
Speed (20m) – 3.03 seconds
Agility – 8.69 seconds
Endurance (Yo-yo) – 21.6

>> Full Testing Results:
Jumps
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2019 SCOUTING NOTES:

Under 17 Futures All Stars

By: Ed Pascoe

The talented Chapman has had a strong year for his club West Perth and playing as a tall defender for Team Dal Santo, he did some nice things – especially late in the game. Chapman had a good couple of minutes, taking a strong intercept mark before the ball came back in once again where he span out of trouble, showing his athleticism.

WAFL Colts Preliminary Final vs. Claremont

By: Lenny Fogliani

After being announced as one of the eight WA players to play in the AFL U17s All Stars game, Chapman showed why he is such a highly rated prospect for next year. He collected 13 possessions, took two marks and laid two tackles, often mopping up in defence. When under significant duress, Chapman was always composed and made sound decisions with ball in hand.

WAFL Colts vs. East Fremantle

By: Lenny Fogliani

A bottom-age prospect, Chapman did his draft chances for 2020 no harm with a classy performance against the Sharks. Playing on the half-back line, Chapman gathered 21 possessions, took seven marks and laid three tackles to be a pivotal player in the Falcons’ victory.

Picture: Darrian Traynor/AFL Photos

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Allies:
Tahj Abberley
Jackson Callow
Braeden Campbell
Alex Davies
Oliver Davis
Errol Gulden

South Australia:
Kaine Baldwin
Bailey Chamberlain
Corey Durdin
Luke Edwards
Lachlan Jones
Taj Schofield
Riley Thilthorpe

Vic Country:
Sam Berry
Tanner Bruhn
Jack Ginnivan
Elijah Hollands
Zach Reid
Nick Stevens
Jamarra Ugle-Hagan

Vic Metro:
Jackson Cardillo
Nikolas Cox
Connor Downie
Eddie Ford
Bailey Laurie
Finlay Macrae
Reef McInnes
Archie Perkins
Will Phillips

Western Australia:
Denver Grainger-Barras
Logan McDonald
Nathan O’Driscoll
Brandon Walker
Joel Western

2020 WAFL Club Preview: West Perth

WEST PERTH Football Club comes into the 2020 season following a campaign that saw all three grades play finals football. Highlighted by a premiership in the Reserves, the Falcons will be looking to build on a strong year but will be pressed by a number of sides which have added to their squads over the pre-season. They’ll have to find replacements for a couple of key contributors with a fair bit of talent out the door.

Andrew Strijk leaves a significant hole as the club’s leading goal kicker in each of the past two seasons. Strijk’s ability to set up his teammates will also heavily impact the Falcons attack. At the other side of the ground, Jordan Mills will be a loss in defence after becoming a solid contributor. It isn’t all doom and gloom at Arena Joondalup, as the club will be buoyed by the inclusion of a couple of Victorian recruits. Fans will be wondering what Matthew Lloyd, brother of Sydney’s Jake, has in his locker but will not be surprised by the production of the returning Luke Meadows. Meadows was a key player for the club before plying his trade in the VFL last year. With the uncertainty gripping Victorian football, the midfielder chose to head home.

West Perth will once again heavily rely on its midfield brigade in 2020. Sandover Medallist Aaron Black and WA teammate Shane Nelson rarely have trouble finding the pill and the returning Meadows will further strengthen that part of the ground. Fairest and Best from 2019 Tyler Keitel should continue to improve, with the key forward showing great promise around the ground in a rucking role at times last season. He will need to carry the load up forward whilst continuing that development for the Falcons to have a good season. A 19-point win over Claremont on Saturday in preseason is a very positive sign for the club.

The Colts side found itself in a preliminary final last season and coach Geoff Valentine will be hoping a number of players can push for first team spots this year. Koopah Todd is last year’s fairest and best and even found himself in the victorious Reserves Grand Final side. Ruckman/tall forward Zak Patterson is another who is impressing at Joondalup and is seen as an exciting prospect for the future after a promising Colts campaign.

This year’s crop looks well-stocked to be highly competitive again and showed its credentials with a 43-point win over Claremont on Saturday. Heath Chapman had a very good bottom-aged campaign, regularly gathering more than 20 possessions and at 193cm is a good size for the modern game. Teammate Kellen Johnson will join him in this year’s NAB AFL Academy squad. Another youngster turning heads for West Perth is 16-year-old Lochlan Paton who has been very impressive in his short time at the club thus far. The Falcons will be hoping his promise turns into production in the coming years.

Last year’s Reserves premiership highlighted the depth at West Perth and many players from that young side will be hoping to push their credentials for a regular League position this year. Add to that promising Colts crop from last year and the Falcons should be strong contenders in the second grade yet again. Players such as Tristan Hobley and Liam Tedesco will be hoping for more League opportunities this season but will once again be strong contributors for the Reserves if those roles are not forthcoming. A 68-point loss in a Grand Final rematch with Claremont on Saturday, however was not the most promising start to the year.

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Squad predictions: 2020 Western Australia Under 18s

THE annual Under 18 National Championships may be the only chance we get to catch a glimpse of the class of 2020 before draft day, with carnival likely to take place in October. In the meantime, Draft Central takes a look at how each regional squad may line up should the championships come around, but with a few stipulations in place. We began with our Vic Metro, Vic Country, and South Australian squad predictions, and today we take a look at Western Australia’s (WA) potential line-up.

GUIDELINES:

  • Top-agers (2002-born) have been prioritised due to the limited season and exposure
  • Of those, AFL Academy Hub members also gain priority for the starting squad
  • The inclusion of bottom-agers (2003-born) in the hub, and top-agers outside it is limited to three spots in the starting 18
  • 19-year-old inclusions are also limited, having already staked their claims in previous years

A lot may change between now and when the squad will be announced, and it should be noted that players with known long-term injuries will not be picked here. Of course, the sides may vary greatly as players look to shift and develop in different positions, but each member has been selected based on the roles they have previously played. Given only previous form, preseason testing and scratch matches are what we have to go off, bolters are also difficult to gauge at this point.

Players named as depth outside of the initial squad below are inevitably options who will rotate through the side, and it is impossible to fit all the options within a list of 22. But without further ado, let’s get stuck into the fourth squad prediction, with WA’s talent broken down line-by-line.

* – denotes bottom-aged
** – denotes 19-yo

DEFENCE

FB – Blake Morris (Subiaco), Denver Grainger-Barras (Swan Districts), Rhett Bazzo* (Swan Districts)
HB – Brandon Walker (East Fremantle), Heath Chapman (West Perth), Ty Sears (Swan Districts)

The West Australian spine is one of the few to boast genuine talls in most key position posts, starting with Denver Grainger-Barras and Heath Chapman in defence. Both are terrific in the air and provide good versatility as talls, able to shut down opponents, impact the play aerially, and use the ball soundly out of defensive 50.

Fremantle Next Generation Academy (NGA) prospect Brandon Walker‘s name will quickly be placed on the team sheet, with Ty Sears an agile outside mover who takes up the opposite half-back flank in our side. Making it three Swan Districts products in the back six is Rhett Bazzo, joined by WA’s 2019 Under 16 MVP, Blake Morris on the last line.

Both are good competitors in the air; with Bazzo a potential key position prospect at 194cm as a bottom-ager, while Morris is a late bloomer who can intercept with his high marking and shrewd reading of the play. The defence has a bit of everything, and should compete well on all levels with Grainger-Barras the centrepiece and leading draft prospect.


MIDFIELD

C – Jack Carroll (East Fremantle), Zane Trew (Swan Districts), Judd McVee* (East Fremantle)
FOL – Kalin Lane** (Claremont), Nathan O’Driscoll (Perth), Finn Gorringe (East Fremantle)

A trio of tough, big-bodied ball winners look likely to attend the centre bounces for WA, with Nathan O’Driscoll (187cm), Zane Trew (186cm), and Finn Gorringe (183cm) all inside types who can crack in and win the hard ball. O’Driscoll is a thumping left-foot kick and capable marker who may also feature across half-back, while Trew is perhaps an even better disposer by foot who also earned Under 16 All Australian honours in 2018.

Palming down to them could well be a true bolter in Kalin Lane, who featured in the 2020 AFL Academy intake despite only playing one WAFL Colts game for Claremont. The 202cm big-man is also the sole 19-year-old to feature in the side, and should be aided well by a couple of other talls in terms of ruck duties.

On the outside, Jack Carroll adds to the high-level kicking abilities to make it three East Fremantle prospects among the midfield group. He displayed his class in last year’s Under 17 All Stars showcase, and is joined on the opposite wing by Judd McVee, a bottom-aged small who has that classic burst out of the stoppages and may feature on the inside.


FORWARD

HF – Joel Western (Claremont), Shannon Neale (South Fremantle), Isiah Winder (Peel Thunder)
FF – Owen Dann (East Fremantle), Logan McDonald (Perth), Ira Jetta (South Fremantle)

There is plenty of versatility among the proposed West Australian forward group, with two genuine talls again slotting into key position spots, while each of the smaller options can also rotate through different roles. Among them, Joel Western is an exciting prospect who is part of Fremantle’s NGA and can rotate through the midfield, credit to his freakish skills and evasiveness.

Ira Jetta is another small who can also double as a midfielder at the Under 18 level, but has terrific goal sense and fills a spot up forward here. Owen Dann takes up the other pocket but can be thrown into defence, while Peel Thunder’s Isiah Winder slots in at half-forward – a player who catches the eye, and yet another sub-180cm mover who can shuffle further afield.

Logan McDonald is one of the leading key position prospects in the national talent pool and is simply a lock at full forward, having already represented the Black Ducks at Under 18 level in 2019. His athleticism, clean hands, and contested marking will put WA in good stead and he has grown to true key position height at 195cm. Shannon Neale, another late bloomer will rotate between the ruck and forwardline, able to compete in the air while also possessing good athletic traits at 200cm.

The flexibility of the side as a whole is stamped with that of the forward six here, with each player both versatile in their respective positions while being able to double in separate roles. With a couple of solid talls to help the smalls crumb, this group could also produce a handy highlight reel.


INTERCHANGE

INT – Luke Polson* (Peel Thunder), Kade Dittmar* (East Perth), Kellen Johnson (West Perth), Tyler Nesbitt (Peel Thunder)

A pair of bottom-agers head our interchange, which was a typically difficult one to whittle down. Luke Polson is a 195cm ruck/forward who can provide depth on either line, while Kade Dittmar is a hard-working and physical midfielder with a booming kick and the ability to play elsewhere if required. Polson’s Peel Thunder teammate Tyler Nesbitt rounds out the 22 alongside fellow top-age academy member Kellen Johnson, both medium-sized prospects who may feature at either end of the ground.


SQUAD DEPTH

There is a good amount of bottom-age depth in the West Australian ranks, and some top-agers outside of the AFL Academy bubble who could push their case for selection. Jack Hindle is the only top-age academy member to miss out on our 22, but will likely rotate through the side. Chris Walker, the twin brother of Brandon is another who may be thereabouts, while Jamison Ugle is a speedy type who could garner attention along with Subiaco’s Tyler Brockman as forward options. Talented 199cm ruck/forward Michael Mallard had a decent Under 16 campaign for WA, and is already a known quantity if selectors are looking for even more key position depth.

In terms of those eligible for the 2021 draft who feature in the academy hub, Max Chipper is a classy midfielder from the stacked Swan Districts squad. Matthew Johnson is a tall but raw prospect who can also play forward, and Mitchell Brown is another midfield option who may put his hand up. Rounding out the crop is Claremont’s Jacob van Rooyen and Richard Bartlett, both of whom featured for the Black Ducks in last year’s Under 16 national carnival.

Picture: Michael Farnell – Sports Imagery Australia

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AFL Draft Watch:

Denver Grainger-Barras
Logan McDonald
Nathan O’Driscoll

Marquee Matchups:

Denver Grainger-Barras vs. Kaine Baldwin

Positional Analysis:

Key Forwards