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Draft Central Player of the Week: NAB League Boys – Round 8

WESTERN Jets’ Darcy Cassar has earned the nomination for Draft Central Player of the Week in the tightest Facebook poll of the year. Cassar polled 53 per cent of the vote compared to Calder Cannons’ Ned Gentile, with more than 2000 votes cast between the pair.

Cassar racked up a season-high 41 disposals, the third most of any player this season, while maintaining an elite disposal efficiency of 82.9 per cent. He won 38.5 per cent of his possessions in a contest and took 12 marks, laid four tackles, and recorded two clearances, one inside 50 and had eight rebounds. Cassar becomes the sixth Metro player to earn a nomination, but the first from a club other than Oakleigh Chargers or Eastern Ranges.


ROUND 1: Noah Anderson (Oakleigh Chargers)
ROUND 2: Mitch Mellis (Eastern Ranges)
ROUND 3: Matt Rowell (Oakleigh Chargers)
ROUND 4: Tom Green (GWS GIANTS Academy)
ROUND 5: Zakery Pretty Eastern Ranges)
ROUND 6: Trent Bianco (Oakleigh Chargers)
ROUND 7: Sam Conforti (Bendigo Pioneers)

Team of the Week: NAB League Boys – Round 7

IN the most evenly spread Draft Central Team of the Week thus far, every match provided four players from the NAB League Boys Round 7 competition. With Gippsland powering to a big win over Calder, the Power had three players to the Cannons’ one, however every other game the teams were split evenly with two apiece. There were plenty of goals kicked by medium sized players, while a number of defenders had big numbers and some strong performances from inside midfielders also saw them make the cut.

Gippsland’s trio that made the side were captain Brock Smith off half-back, Sam Flanders in midfield and Riley Baldi on the bench who was also influential around the stoppages. Calder’s Jacob Martin also found plenty of the ball despite the defeat and slotted into the midfield. Bendigo Pioneers’ Sam Conforti won our Draft Central Player of the Week for Round 7 and is named in the centre alongside fellow nominee for the award, Jay Rantall from the Greater Western Victoria (GWV) Rebels. Their teammates in the side are defender William Wallace (Bendigo) and mid-forward Toby Mahony (GWV).

On the other wing is Eastern Ranges overager Cody Hirst, joined in the side by Zakery Pretty who is enjoying a big year in midfield. Their opposition was Sandringham Dragons, as Miles Bergman and Ryan Byrnes made the 24-player squad as well. Tasmania also provided two players with match winner Jye Menzie and teammate Sam Collins represented in the team up either end. Holding down the other key defensive post is Geelong Falcons’ Jesse Clark, in the side with bottom-age forward Oliver Henry. Their opponents on the weekend were Murray Bushrangers, which provided full-forward Hudson Kaak (five goals) and Cam Wild who was impressive through the midfield.

In the other games, Dandenong Stingrays’ regular Hayden Young made the side again, as did Ned Cahill up forward, while their opponents Western Jets had ruck Will Kennedy and forward Eddie Ford in the team. The remaining players in the side come from the Northern Knights who were victorious over GWV Rebels, as Lachlan Potter‘s form continued, in the team with Team of the Week regular, Josh D’Intinosante.

Draft Central Player of the Week: NAB League Boys – Round 7

BENDIGO Pioneers’ bottom-ager Sam Conforti has become the first Country player to win the nomination for Draft Central Player of the Week for the NAB League Boys in Round 7. Conforti won the Facebook poll against Greater Western Victoria (GWV) Rebels’ Jay Rantall to also become the first bottom-age player to be nominated this season. It broke the dominance of Oakleigh Chargers and Eastern Ranges who held five of the first six nominations.

Despite the Pioneers losing via a kick after the siren, Conforti continued his great form with 30 disposals, kicking a 66.7 efficiency and with a 34.5 per cent contested rate, while taking eight marks, two clearances, four inside 50s, six rebounds and helping himself to two goals in a low-scoring contest. Conforti led Vic Country in the National Under 16 Championships and was named Country’s Most Valuable Player (MVP), a great indicator of high potential. With no school football commitments, Conforti will lead the Pioneers midfield this season, and is a crucial player in the line-up.


ROUND 1: Noah Anderson (Oakleigh Chargers)
ROUND 2: Mitch Mellis (Eastern Ranges)
ROUND 3: Matt Rowell (Oakleigh Chargers)
ROUND 4: Tom Green (GWS GIANTS Academy)
ROUND 5: Zakery Pretty Eastern Ranges)
ROUND 6: Trent Bianco (Oakleigh Chargers)

Team of the Week: NAB League Boys – Round 6

DANDENONG Stingrays’ big win over Brisbane Lions Academy has seen them earn the most players of any side in our Draft Central NAB League Boys Team of the Week for Round 6. The Stingrays have four players in our Team of the Week, one more than other Round 6 winners, Calder Cannons and Gippsland Power, while Eastern Ranges also had a trio of players in our Team of the Week. Geelong Falcons, Northern Knights and Oakleigh Chargers were the other three sides to record a win, and they have two players in the team, while Bendigo Pioneers, Greater Western Victoria (GWV) Rebels and Tasmania Devils each have a player in the team.

Dandenong Stingrays’ Hayden Young and Sam De Koning feature in a strong defensive unit, with bottom-ager Clayton Gay in the forward line and Cody Weightman coming off the bench. Also in defence is Calder Cannons’ Brodie Newman, while Daniel Mott and Jacob Martin‘s games through the midfield earned them places in the team. On the opposite half-back flank to Young is Gippsland Power captain Brock Smith, while Riley Baldi sits on a wing and Fraser Phillips is at half-forward. The other team with three players in our side is Eastern Ranges, with midfielders Lachlan Stapleton and Zakery Pretty making the team again, while Billy McCormack is the starting ruck in a week where a number of rucks impressed.

Geelong Falcons’ victory over Sydney Swans Academy resulted in Jesse Clark (centre half-back) and Oliver Henry (forward pocket) both making the team, while Northern Knights’ Lachlan Potter rounds out the defence, and Josh D’Intinosante makes the team in the forward 50 yet again. The other remaining winning side with two players is Oakleigh Chargers, as co-captain and Draft Central‘s Player of the Week Trent Bianco slots into centre, along with teammate Josh May who also made the squad. Murray Bushrangers’ Jimmy Boyer booted three goals and comes into the team at half-forward, while Lachlan Ash is once again in the side. Of those players as their team’s sole representatives, Bendigo Pioneers’ Josh Treacy (full-forward), GWV Rebels’ Isaac Wareham and Tasmania Devils’ Oliver Davis (both interchange) also made the team.

Draft Central Player of the Week: Round 6

OAKLEIGH Chargers’ top-end talent this season is undeniable, and a third potential top 10 pick in Trent Bianco has earned our Draft Central Player of the Week award for Round 6. Bianco joins teammates, Matt Rowell and Noah Anderson as Draft Central Player of Week’s in season 2019, along with Eastern Ranges’ duo Mitch Mellis and Zakery Pretty, and GWS GIANTS’ Tom Green. Bianco won the Facebook poll against Gippsland Power’s Brock Smith and picked up the second most disposals of any player this season.

Bianco racked up 42 disposals, of which 42.5 per cent were contested and 57.1 per cent were efficient. Along with the massive 42 touches, Bianco also produced seven clearances, eight inside 50s, five rebounds and five marks in the win. Showing his ability to pressure defensively as well as impact offensively, Bianco laid nine tackles as well. The co-captain is a vital cog in Oakleigh’s side and was one of the key reasons Oakleigh got over the line against Tasmania Devils on the weekend.


ROUND 1: Noah Anderson (Oakleigh Chargers)
ROUND 2: Mitch Mellis (Eastern Ranges)
ROUND 3: Matt Rowell (Oakleigh Chargers)
ROUND 4: Tom Green (GWS GIANTS Academy)
ROUND 5: Zakery Pretty Eastern Ranges)

Team of the Week: NAB League Boys – Round 5

SANDRINGHAM Dragons’ massive win in Round 5 of the NAB League Boys competition has seen four players make the Draft Central Team of the Week. It was the most of any side, with the thrashing among a number of one-sided contests, also seeing big winners, Dandenong Stingrays and Eastern Ranges recording three players apiece. All the other winners had two players make the side, while Round 5 losers, Bendigo Pioneers, Geelong Falcons, Murray Bushrangers and Oakleigh Chargers had one player each in the team. Of the shortlist of 36 that had to be reduced down to 24, the three players last to be cut and therefore are hypothetical emergencies, were Gippsland Power’s Brock Smith, Murray Bushrangers’ Jye Chalcraft and Western Jets’ Will Kennedy.

In a round where many AFL Academy players were rested or had other football commitments, a number of those remaining stood up, as did a great deal of other players, with seven debutants in this round’s Team of the Week. Sandringham captain Ryan Byrnes is the sole former representative, with Team of the Week debutants, Louis Butler, Jack Bell and Harry Loughnan all making the 24-player squad. The Dandenong Stingrays’ trio that have made the side have been in a Team of the Week before with Ned Cahill and Lachlan Williams both booting three goals on the weekend and making the side, while Jack Toner also slots into the team. For Eastern, Zakery Pretty was our Player of the Week and leads the onball division, alongside debutants, ruck Riley Smith and key position defender Joel Nathan, of whom the latter was best known for his massive hanger on the weekend.

Greater Western Victoria (GWV) Rebels were the last winners of the round with a victory over Northern Territory on Sunday. Riley Polkinghorne had a standout game up forward and makes his debut in our Team of the Week, while Jay Rantall returns to the team after an exciting performance through the midfield. Western Jets’ win earlier in the day on Sunday against Tasmania resulted in two players making the final squad of 24, with Darcy Cassar and Josh Kellett – both returning players to the team – making the side in respective back pockets. The day before, Calder Cannons’ Brodie Newman took 17 marks to go with his 36 disposals and was a monty to be named at centre half-back. He is joined in the side by teammate Daniel Mott. Over in Gippsland, Harrison Pepper had a breakout game and made the side for his debut, while Riley Baldi returned from injury and made a statement.

On Friday night, Josh D’Intinosante and Ewan Macpherson were impressive for the Knights, with the latter making his debut in our Team of the Week. Bendigo’s Riley Wilson returns as the sole Pioneer, with James Schischka another player making the short list, but with so many impressive defenders this weekend it was hard to fit everyone in. Meanwhile other sole nominees for their sides were Charlie Sprague (Geelong Falcons) – who impressed in a weekend where the weather suited the smaller players – Cameron Wild (Murray Bushrangers) and Trent Bianco (Oakleigh Chargers).

Draft Central Player of the Week: NAB League Boys – Round 5

AFTER an impressive win over Gold Coast SUNS Academy, Eastern Ranges’ inside midfielder Zakery Pretty has earned the Draft Central Player of the Week title for Round 5. The Ranges midfielder has enjoyed a solid season this year, and he was the standout ball winner in the Ranges’ 59-point win over the SUNS at Trevor Barker Beach Oval on Saturday. He joins teammate Mitch Mellis as Eastern representatives, making it four of the five players from metropolitan sides this year. Noah Anderson and Matt Rowell are the other two Victorians (both from Oakleigh Chargers), while Tom Green earned the nod last week from the GWS GIANTS Academy.

Pretty won the Facebook vote against Calder Cannons’ Brodie Newman, after collecting 37 disposals at 55 per cent contested and with 70 per cent efficiency. He also took one mark, had eight clearances, seven inside 50s and booted a goal in the victory. In his four games this season, Pretty has not registered below 19 disposals, averaging 26.3 disposals, 2.3 marks, 3.5 tackles, 6.5 clearances and 4.8 inside 50s for the Ranges. He was also named in the extended Vic Metro squad, averaging the equal most disposals of a Metro player in the first game, totalling 19, as well as two mars, six clearances, three inside 50s and a goal.


ROUND 1: Noah Anderson (Oakleigh Chargers)
ROUND 2: Mitch Mellis (Eastern Ranges)
ROUND 3: Matt Rowell (Oakleigh Chargers)
ROUND 4: Tom Green (GWS GIANTS Academy)

Top Victorians to battle it out at Ikon Park in trial games

THE teams are in for tomorrow’s two Victorian trial games at Ikon Park which pits the best available from Vic Country against their Metro counterparts. Released today, there is plenty of talent across the four sides as players try to stake their claim for a spot at the National Under 18 Championships. Among the sides are a number of overagers including Eastern Ranges’ Cody Hirst and Riley Smith, Murray Bushrangers’ Will Christie, Gippsland Power’s Kyle Dunkley, Geelong Falcons’ Charlie Sprague and Sam Christensen, and Dandenong Stingrays premiership co-captain Mitch Riordan. In terms of team-by-team breakdown, Sandringham Dragons have the most with 14 available players named for tomorrow’s clashes, one more than Gippsland Power. Oakleigh Chargers and Eastern Ranges both have 10 players each, while Dandenong Stingrays and Murray Bushrangers have eight apiece, one more than Bendigo Pioneers (who have three players unavailable) and Northern Knights. Geelong Falcons have six that will take to the field tomorrow with two unavailable, while Calder Cannons and Greater Western Victoria (GWV) Rebels have five with one unavailable player each. Western Jets have just the four players.

Team-by-Team breakdown:

Bendigo Pioneers = 7 (+3 unavailable)
Calder Cannons = 5 (+1 unavailable)
Dandenong Stingrays = 8
Eastern Ranges = 10
Geelong Falcons = 6 (+2 unavailable)
Gippsland Power = 13 (+1 unavailable)
GWV Rebels = 5 (+1 unavailable)
Murray Bushrangers = 8
Northern Knights = 7 (+1 unavailable)
Oakleigh Chargers = 10
Sandringham Dragons = 14 (+1 unavailable)
Western Jets = 4


TRIAL MATCH 1, 10.30am

VIC COUNTRY (white jumpers)

1 Sam Conforti 15-Mar-02 173 65 Bendigo Pioneers
2 Ethan Roberts 10-Jul-01 180 78 Bendigo Pioneers
3 Toby Mahony 18-Aug-01 192 77 GWV Rebels
4 Sam Flanders 24-Jul-01 182 81 Gippsland Power
6 Liam Herbert 01-Mar-01 182 73 GWV Rebels
7 Sam Berry 12-Feb-02 180 82 Gippsland Power
8 Brady Rowles 10-Jul-01 188 72 Bendigo Pioneers
9 Isaac Wareham 24-Dec-01 187 80 GWV Rebels
10 Will Quirk 05-Mar-01 191 89 Murray Bushrangers
11 Ned Cahill 11-Jan-01 178 77 Dandenong Stingrays
12 Lachlan Ash 21-Jun-01 186 80 Murray Bushrangers
13 Jay Rantall 10-Jun-01 184 82 GWV Rebels
14 Brock Smith 13-Mar-01 188 81 Gippsland Power
15 Ryan Sparkes 13-Apr-01 184 78 Gippsland Power
16 Sam Christensen 04-Feb-00 192 80 Geelong Falcons
17 Charlie Sprague 08-May-00 188 83 Geelong Falcons
18 Mitchell Riordan 25-Jan-00 187 83 Dandenong Stingrays
19 James Boyer 31-Jan-01 181 74 Murray Bushrangers
20 Elijah Hollands 25-Apr-02 188 80 Murray Bushrangers
21 Zac Skinner 26-Mar-01 200 97 Gippsland Power
22 Zach Reid 02-Mar-02 200 77 Gippsland Power
23 Charlie Comben 20-Jul-01 199 82 Gippsland Power
24 Henry Walsh 27-Jun-02 201 84 Geelong Falcons
25 Josh Smith 20-May-01 194 100 Gippsland Power


VIC METRO (navy jumpers)

1 Mitch Mellis 05-Sep-01 173 72 Eastern Ranges
2 Lachlan Stapleton 14-Apr-01 177 72 Eastern Ranges
4 Finlay Macrae 13-Mar-02 181 64 Oakleigh Chargers
5 Trent Bianco 20-Jan-01 178 70 Oakleigh Chargers
6 Miles Bergman 18-Oct-01 186 75 Sandringham Dragons
7 Ryan Gardner 22-Mar-01 184 72 Northern Knights
8 Adam Carafa 22-Feb-01 181 76 Northern Knights
9 Curtis Brown 03-Feb-01 181 76 Calder Cannons
10 Lachlan Potter 26-Jan-01 184 70 Northern Knights
11 Hugo Ralphsmith 09-Nov-01 186 70 Sandringham Dragons
12 Ryan Byrnes 03-May-01 181 80 Sandringham Dragons
13 Zakery Pretty 27-Jul-01 183 80 Eastern Ranges
14 Eddie Ford 21-Jun-02 184 73 Western Jets
15 Noah Anderson 17-Feb-01 188 86 Oakleigh Chargers
16 Jamieson Rossiter 17-Nov-01 190 77 Eastern Ranges
18 Emerson Jeka 18-Sep-01 197 87 Western Jets
21 Harrison Jones 25-Feb-01 194 75 Calder Cannons
22 Corey Watts 02-Feb-01 194 94 Sandringham Dragons
23 Dylan Williams 01-Jul-01 185 79 Oakleigh Chargers
24 Joshua Worrell 11-Apr-01 195 74 Sandringham Dragons
25 Nikolas Cox 15-Jan-02 197 80 Northern Knights
26 Jack Bell 26-Jan-01 200 73 Sandringham Dragons
27 Josh May 29-Jun-01 195 86 Oakleigh Chargers
28 Samuel Tucker 07-Jan-02 196 84 Oakleigh Chargers
30 Andrew Courtney 06-Jun-01 199 81 Sandringham Dragons



TRIAL MATCH 2, 12.30pm

VIC COUNTRY (red jumpers)

1 Jye Chalcraft 02-May-01 176 78 Murray Bushrangers
2 Caleb Serong 09-Feb-01 178 83 Gippsland Power
3 Harrison Pepper 09-Aug-01 180 83 Gippsland Power
4 Cody Weightman 15-Jan-01 177 73 Dandenong Stingrays
5 Cameron Wild 28-Nov-01 184 80 Murray Bushrangers
6 Oliver Henry 29-Jul-02 186 72 Geelong Falcons
7 Mitch Martin 26-Mar-01 183 78 GWV Rebels
8 Jai Nanscawen 31-Mar-00 184 78 Dandenong Stingrays
9 Fraser Phillips 15-May-01 186 71 Gippsland Power
10 Leo Connolly 07-Aug-01 180 72 Gippsland Power
11 Kyle Dunkley 20-Jun-00 185 84 Gippsland Power
12 Lachlan Williams 12-Sep-01 182 76 Dandenong Stingrays
13 Noah Gadsby 12-Mar-02 185 72 Geelong Falcons
14 Riley Wilson 08-Jan-01 184 76 Bendigo Pioneers
15 Ethan Baxter 31-Jan-02 192 79 Murray Bushrangers
16 Jesse Clark 23-Feb-01 188 79 Geelong Falcons
17 Hayden Young 11-Apr-01 188 82 Dandenong Stingrays
19 Ben Worme 18-Jun-01 189 72 Bendigo Pioneers
20 James Schischka 24-Feb-01 190 79 Bendigo Pioneers
21 Aaron Gundry 17-Feb-01 200 82 Bendigo Pioneers
22 Will Christie 14-Jul-00 200 85 Murray Bushrangers
23 Jamarra Ugle-Hagan 04-Apr-02 195 79 Oakleigh Chargers
24 Sam De Koning 26-Feb-01 200 85 Dandenong Stingrays
25 Bigoa Nyuon 18-May-01 196 86 Dandenong Stingrays


VIC METRO (navy jumpers)

2 Jake Bowey 12-Sep-02 175 60 Sandringham Dragons
3 Jack Mahony 12-Nov-01 176 70 Sandringham Dragons
4 Joshua D’Intinosante 07-Jul-01 177 76 Northern Knights
5 Cody Hirst 19-Jan-00 178 67 Eastern Ranges
6 Daniel Mott 01-May-01 182 73 Calder Cannons
7 Darcy Cassar 31-Jul-01 183 75 Western Jets
8 Connor Downie 31-May-02 183 81 Eastern Ranges
10 Will Phillips 22-May-02 181 76 Oakleigh Chargers
11 Matthew Rowell 01-Jul-01 178 74 Oakleigh Chargers
12 Josh Honey 17-Oct-01 184 79 Western Jets
13 Louis Butler 26-Aug-01 183 74 Sandringham Dragons
14 Lachlan Gawel 13-Aug-01 186 76 Eastern Ranges
15 Jackson Davies 19-Mar-01 188 78 Northern Knights
16 Oscar Lewis 13-Aug-01 189 77 Sandringham Dragons
20 Campbell Edwardes 07-Oct-02 193 77 Calder Cannons
21 James Ross 11-Dec-01 187 83 Eastern Ranges
22 Ryan Sturgess 16-Nov-01 187 78 Northern Knights
23 Brodie Newman 14-Jan-01 191 88 Calder Cannons
24 Finn Maginness 23-Feb-01 187 80 Sandringham Dragons
25 Charlie Dean 19-Jun-01 194 86 Sandringham Dragons
26 Billy McCormack 15-Jan-01 197 84 Eastern Ranges
28 Nick Bryan 22-Oct-01 202 87 Oakleigh Chargers
29 Fischer McAsey 08-Mar-01 195 86 Sandringham Dragons
30 Riley Smith 31-Jul-00 199 101 Eastern Ranges




Brodie Kemp 01-May-01 192 82 Bendigo Pioneers Managed
Thomson Dow 16-Oct-01 182 72 Bendigo Pioneers Corked thigh (managed)
Riley Baldi 20-Feb-01 178 74 Gippsland Power Groin (1 week)
Flynn Perez 25-Aug-01 187 82 Bendigo Pioneers Knee (season)
Tanner Bruhn 27-May-02 182 73 Geelong Falcons Knee (TBC)
Cooper Stephens 17-Jan-01 188 83 Geelong Falcons Fractured fibula (8 weeks)
Nick Stevens 23-Mar-02 191 86 GWV Rebels Hip flexor (2-3 weeks)
Darcy Chirgwin 25-Jul-01 191 80 Sandringham Dragons Broken fibula (TBC)
Sam Ramsay 21-Mar-01 180 68 Calder Cannons Concussion
Ben Major 11-Oct-02 192 87 Northern Knights Shoulder

Team of the Week: NAB League Boys – Round 3

EASTERN Ranges’ and Sandringham Dragons’ wins over Northern Knights and Oakleigh Chargers have resulted in the teams having the most players in the Draft Central Team of the Week for Round 3. Along with Eastern Ranges and Sandringham Dragons having three players each, seven of the remaining 11 sides have two players each in the team, while Bendigo Pioneers, Calder Cannons, Northern Knights and Western Jets have the one player each in the side.

Ranges’ captain James Ross will hold down a key defensive spot with Mitch Mellis and Zakery Pretty also making the side this week after impressive performances. Holding down the other key defensive spot is Sandringham’s Josh Worrell, as well as midfielder Finn Maginness and key forward Charlie Dean. Their opponents on the day were Oakleigh who produced the Draft Central Player of the Week in Matt Rowell, while Nick Bryan was the standout ruck across the weekend, with a number of Chargers, such as Will Phillips and Noah Anderson unlucky not to make the side. Northern Knights had a disappointing loss on that day, but Josh D’Intinosante was a shining light in the defeat.

In Bendigo the next day, Gippsland Power’s Caleb Serong and Fraser Phillips combined for five goals and made the Team of the Week, while Jeremy Rodi was Bendigo’s sole representative, though a number of players could have squeezed into the side. In the second game, Dandenong Stingrays’ Hayden Young fits into defence alongside opposition Geelong Falcons’ defender Jesse Clark, while Ned Cahill and Oliver Henry (five goals) also make the team for Dandenong and Geelong respectively. In the final game, Murray Bushrangers’ Lachlan Ash and Greater Western Victoria (GWV) Rebels’ Jay Rantall were superb for their respective sides and slot straight into the starting side, while Jimmy Boyer (Murray) and Mitch Martin (GWV) come off the bench after impressive games.

At the Holden Centre, Mitch O’Neill led Tasmania Devils to their inaugural win, joined in the side by key forward, Jackson Callow who booted five goals in the victory. Rounding out the side is the clear standout from each side in the Calder Cannons and Western Jets game, with Aaron Clarke‘s three goals seeing him slot into centre half-forward, while Daniel Mott stands on a wing after his best game of the year.

In a week that once again forced some unlucky omissions including Sandringham Dragons’ Jack Mahony, Bendigo Pioneers’ Brodie Kemp and Calder Cannons’ Harrison Minton-Connell who were the last ones just missing out on this week’s side.