Recap

POSSIBLE top ten draftee Jack Higgins has played a starring role in Vic Metro’s 38-point win over Western Australia at Domain Stadium on Sunday.

The 178cm Oakleigh Chargers product was dominant from the first bounce using his clean hands in at the stoppages and finding targets around the ground by foot, on his way to collecting 30 disposals, nine marks, seven clearances and two goals in a best on ground display.

Higgins represented Vic Metro in two games last year as a bottom-ager averaging 20 disposals and his impact in the first half having 22 disposals, was the reason Vic Metro were able to win their opening game of the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships.

Midfielder Adam Cerra (24 disposals) was a standout in the midfield alongside Higgins, not doing his possible top five selection chances any harm.

Eastern Ranges midfielders Dylan Moore and Trent Mynott recently combined for 65 disposals, 20 tackles, 19 clearances and 10 inside 50s in the Ranges’ Round six win against Gippsland Power and the pair were impressive against WA.

Moore showed off his dash collecting 30 disposals and kicking a goal, while Mynott (21 disposals) used his strong frame to win it on the inside starting the game strongly for Metro.

Possible no.1 pick Cameron Rayner showed his power in the forward half of the ground, finishing the day with 23 disposals, six clearances and a goal.

Northern Knights pair Patrick Naish (22 disposals) and Nicholas Coffield (19 disposal) were others than impressed through the midfield and are two likely to push for first round draft selection.

Up forward, Sandringham Dragons captain Hayden McLean bagged two goals showing no signs of a recent injury sustained in their loss to the Ranges.

After a close opening quarter that saw two goals kicked apiece, Metro opened the game up with their superior skill setting them apart from WA.

Metro booted four goals to two and at three quarter time the margin of 32 points wasn’t out of WAs reach – after leading by 30 points in last weekends game against South Australia before a last quarter fade out nearly cost them the match.

However it was goal for goal for most of the final term with East Perth’s Louis Miller booting a long goal from outside 50m, one of the highlights for the home side.

Tom Joyce again found over 20 disposals playing through the midfield for Western Australia. The bottom-ager has been one of their standouts so far in the Under 18 Championships and would be one of the leading contenders for their MVP.

Midfielder Callan England (17 disposals) used his speed on the outside and was one of WAs best after collecting 18 disposals in their win against South Australia.

AFL Academy member Jake Patmore was strong with 19 disposals, while Ian Hill again caught the eye with his dashes up and down the ground.

Key forward Oscar Allen booted three goals, but played a lone hand with little support from WAs talls inside 50, while at the other end of the ground Allen’s co-captain Aaron Naughton had 15 disposals and six rebound 50s.

Next Saturday will see Vic Metro face off against arch-rivals Vic Country at Punt Road, while Western Australia will have their third consecutive home game facing the winless Allies on Sunday at Leederville Oval.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA       2.0      4.0        6.3           9.4 (58)      
VIC METRO                           2.4      6.9      10.11    14.12 (96)                  

GOALS
WESTERN AUSTRALIA: Allen 3, Cameron, Ameduri, B.Miller, Frampton, L.Miller, Starcevich
VIC METRO: Higgins 2, McLean 2, Landt 2, Rayner, Naish, Cerra, Moore, Coffield, Hayes, Wooller, Taylor

BEST
WESTERN AUSTRALIA:
Joyce, Patmore, Allen, Ainsworth, Naughton, England
VIC METRO:
Higgins, Moore, Rayner, Cerra, Naish, Coffield

Details

DateTimeCompetitionSeason
June 18, 201711:00 amUnder 18s Championships2017

Venue

Domain Stadium

Results

TeamQ1Q2Q3Q4GoalsBehindsTotal
Western Australia122439589458
Vic Metro16457196141296

Western Australia

# PlayerPositionKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GL
2Ian Hill-639054100200
3Tom Joyce-10132351310502220
6Jarrod Cameron-628134300211
8Sydney Stack-4711265202210
9Jake Patmore-118195612402300
10Connor West-105152510202110
11Callan England-710173611702310
13Gordon Narrier-86145410201100
15Brayden Ainsworth-1071711010215300
16Jordan Boullineau-112120500010
17Jaxon Cahill-235123201020
18Zareth Roe-98176413302120
19Christian Ameduri-6410347401211
20Brandon Starcevich-718344200201
21Matthew Young-7613459301120
22Kyron Hayden-7613269104210
24Durak Tucker-7411529000030
25Oscar Allen-124167104111603
27Sam Taylor-257061011020
28Ben Miller-312151775283101
29Aaron Naughton-8715377100160
31Jonathan Frampton-7310528191121
35Louis Miller-94132411300331
 Total 1591292886712316859403139319

Vic Metro

# PlayerPositionKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GL
1Dylan Moore-14173141814205621
2Jack Higgins-15153091317607322
3Ethan Penrith-7916278400310
5Patrick Naish-1111224517200411
6Dylan Landt-6410045403322
8Joel Garner-109192128203130
11Ryley Stoddart-8715358101240
12Callum Searle-75123111100120
13Trent Mynott-1110215417300210
14Jack Petruccelle-6410336200040
15Angus Styles-3811246300200
17Adam Cerra-14102431412605321
18Curtis Taylor-5510218400111
19Cameron Rayner-1013232157106411
23Jaidyn Stephenson-7714269101000
25Nicholas Coffield-118193711302301
26Mitchell Podhajski-8311729200010
27Toby Wooller-9312675200701
28Noah Balta-707343100100
29Harrison Nolan-123112200020
30Hayden McLean-538144242002
36Tristan Xerri-5493365132200
37Sam Hayes-4131717110121201
 Total 18417035471147204592938502914
K
159
184
HB
129
170
D
288
354
M
67
71
CP
123
147
UP
168
204
T
59
59
HO
40
29
CLR
31
38
I50
39
50
R50
31
29
GL
9
14

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