Scouting notes: 2016 SANFL U18 Grand Final

Glenelg claim the 2016 Maccas U18 Cup. (Photo: SANFL)
Glenelg claim the 2016 Maccas U18 Cup. (Photo: SANFL)

In dramatic circumstances Glenelg tall Toby Pink scored from 60m out to win the Grand Final for the Bays over North Adelaide. With the scores tied when the siren sounded, the ball managed to ‘clean bowl’ the North Adelaide defenders and sneak in for a behind.

Matt Balmer’s scouting notes:

Glenelg:

#8 Jonty Scharenberg– Was judged the best player on the ground, finishing the game with 34 disposals, 12 tackles and five clearances. His ability to get his arms free and handball the ball off to a teammate is outstanding. His kicking at times was rushed (55% kicking efficiency) but overall was a significant reason in the contested situations that Glenelg won. Likely sits as a second rounder at this stage.

#18 Darcy Fogarty– Played mostly deep forward in the Under 18 championships for South Australia but it was more of an on-ball game from Fogarty on Sunday. A strong frame helped him at the stoppages and he’s one that I was really impressed with after his Under 18 carnival. 20 disposals (11 contested) and five clearances was a strong day. I’m hoping he plays more up the ground once again in 2017.

#19 Sam Walker– A really nice mover who has a superb left foot to rebound the ball out of the back half. Was quiet on his form that he showed in the Under 18 championships, but was willing to mark above his head in the wet.

#21 Mitchell Hinge-After a quiet game in his school match for Sacret Heart a few weeks back, Hinge was a good contributor for Glenelg with 16 disposals. Hinge has the ability to play at all parts of the ground and I still haven’t decided where I like him the best. Has a combine invite so I’d expect clubs to be interested to how he goes athletically.

#29 Liam Mackie– One that caught my eye a few weeks ago in a school match for Sacret Heart. Is the cousin of Geelong’s Andrew and he had 18 disposals in the final. He was composed in the wet that night, but I felt he struggled a bit yesterday in the wet conditions. His kicking was below 50% and he also recorded the most clangers for the day. Might warrant a late pick come November.

North Adelaide:

#10 Will Hayward– Was outstanding last weekend with nine goals and the panic button would’ve been going off in the Glenelg coaches box when Hayward had three goals to quarter-time. Hayward finished with 4.1 from 13 disposals and six marks and seems to be bolting up the draft order and could well feature in the second round.

#14 Connor Rozee– I was really impressed with Rozee in the Under 16 championships, where he was awarded the Kevin Sheehan Medalist for the best player in the Under 16 championships. Often tasked with the kick outs, Rozee used the ball well bringing the ball out of the backline and is a name to scribble down for the future with his 17 disposals and five tackles performance very good.

#20 Brayden Kirk– Kirk provided plenty of run on the outside for North Adelaide, but his kicking (46% efficiency) often let him down with a lot of them not finding the target. His did use both feet at times throughout the day but I felt he was more influential in the game last weekend.

#26 Kym Lebois– Exciting is probably the best word to describe Lebois. His electric speed and agile sees him weave through the packs and then put the ball onto his left boot forward of centre. At times he did just bang it on the boot and he made some bad errors with ball in hand. There is plenty to like when he’s inside 50 and he’s willing to lay tackles at the contest.

#29 Ben Jarman– A very quiet first half saw him just collect six disposals, but he was a crucial player in the second half where he finished the contest with 20 disposals and six tackles. Jarman played on the inside and worked hard when the game was there to be won. I think at this stage he probably is a late pick and he is still yet to nominate which club to nominate as Father/Son.

#47 Dakota Nixon– Had one of the worst kicking efficiency in the Under 18 championships with 31.8%. I felt at times he just threw the ball onto his boot rather than looking for an option. His contested work is very good and he can win his own football- but I do question his decision making and use. Had 26 disposals (16 contested) and eight clearances for the day.

#48 Brandan Parfitt– Was consistent right throughout the day with 27 disposals, eight tackles and six clearances. His last quarter was very good and I think he is going to provide some good value in the mid to late section of the draft. Was willing to take the ball forward and look for Hayward inside 50.

 

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