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Stingrays set out to make own history: Black

IT might have been the proverbial “monkey off the back”, but the focus from the Dandenong Stingrays’ playing group for Saturday’s TAC Cup Grand Final was purely centred around the present, rather than the past.

Stingrays coach Craig Black said everyone knew of the club’s grand final heartache – five grand finals all ending in defeat – but after a speech from Western Bulldogs defender Matthew Boyd at training during the week, the mindset was about making history.

“Matthew Boyd came in on Tuesday night and he said you respect the history, but you’re there to create your own, like the Bulldogs did (in their 2016 flag),” Black said. “The players there now, some of them weren’t even born in the 1997 Grand Final I played in. “I’m just rapt to get some reward, there’s been so many great people at our club. “Like you look at the talent managers, you had Steve Kennedy, then you had Darren Flanigan and now you’ve got Wheels’ (Mark Wheeler) who have put in so much work, then the coaches like Rob Dean eight years, Graeme Yeats 10 years and then I’m lucky enough to come in for five. So there’s been a lot of people who have done a lot of work around the club, so hopefully we can all enjoy the monkey off the back.”

Black said the emotions after the game were overwhelming with so many past players in the rooms and around the ground including Collingwood’s Adam Treloar – who is preparing for his own AFL Grand Final – GWS GIANTS’ Aiden Bonar, St Kilda’s Hunter Clark and Carlton’s Tom De Koning to name a few. The Stingrays coach said the feeling amongst the playing group was unbelievable.

“(It’s) amazing actually,” Black said. “It’s probably a mixture (of) we just wanted to get there, when the siren went it was more relief, and then the emotions you know when you see how excited the players are, you know it’s a kick the difference and it’s the end result is completely different. “Like you win by a goal or you lose by a goal, the emotions are completely different. “We’re happy today.”

Black admitted the last term was nerve-wracking with Oakleigh charging home and drawing within a goal in the final minutes.

“(I was) really, really nervous,” Black said. “That stoppage in the forward line I was like ‘don’t let the ball get over the back and we’re right’, ball gets over the back and I’m like ‘oh no’ and just our effort like Will Hamill and that just in the back half that just went ‘you know what, we’re not going to let them get this’ and I’m thinking extra time here, I’m thinking don’t concede a point, but extra time.”

The coach said the players were aware of the procedure if scores were level at the end of regular time and had been reminded on the day.

“Yeah we mentioned it during the week, and at three quarter time I just said to them, remember if it gets to 25 minutes, then it’s next score wins,” Black said.

Luckily for Black and the Stingrays, Dandenong needed just the regular hour to get the job done in what was a thrilling TAC Cup Grand Final, and one of the ages. Black described the win as a team effort.

“I thought our captain was awesome, Campbell Hustwaite,” Black said. “I just love the look of Sam Fletcher at the end of the game, like his shoulder was banged up, he had five stitches in the eye, blood all over his jumper. “That’s what footy means when you get that. “Our backs, like Will Hamill; Bailey Williams his effort to compete, Sam Sturt started the game really well. “Like anything you’ve just got to have contributors and I thought we had that today, and we were running up and down the ground when they were coming, we were looking tired, but we found a way.”

Keeping Tabs: Standout performers from Round 21

WITH the race to the Rising Star award reaching the home stretch, the Keeping Tabs’ favourites continue to make their appearances. At the beginning of the year, I would have predicted Stephenson easily, however there’s still plenty of standouts who want their name in this conversation.                   

Jaidyn Stephenson

Spreading his class throughout the ground against a resilient Brisbane Lions, Stephenson returned to his Rising Star form. Pivotal in their victory, Magpie’s debutante finished with 19 kicks, six handballs, eight marks and 524 metres gained. This year, Stephenson proved himself up forward with countless goals to show for it. He showed his versatility last weekend, proving himself dominant by foot through the midfield and going forward. He closed out the game against the Lions with five inside 50s, one rebound 50, 10 score involvements, two one percenters and most impressively, two goals. It seems in the conversation of Rayner v Stephenson, it’s safe to say the Magpie won this round.

James Worpel

All eyes were on the young Hawk this weekend in yet another close finish against the Cats. Worpel came out with wings fully stretched, laying eight tackles (two inside 50s) and 17 pressure acts. When facing Geelong skipper Joel Selwood, in one of the game’s desperate moments, Worpel snatched the pill off the deck, spinning out of danger and assisting the ball forward for an important goal. The simple, yet courageous act may have saved the game. For the day he had 12 kicks, 11 handballs and five marks. His work was solid around the stoppages, with four clearances, four inside 50s and two rebounds. This week’s Rising Star nominee loved attacking the football and seems to be developing well under the great, Alastair Clarkson. The youngster could see himself in a premiership side this year if Hawks continue their strong form.

Jack Higgins

Richmond’s favourite personality had yet another stellar performance. His consistency has been his most impressive feat this year, flowing well with the chaotic Tigers and injecting some of his own unfamiliar flavour. Higgins collected most of his 16 disposals across the wings, at an 81 per cent efficiency with six contested possessions last weekend. The most impressive of his stats came from his two goal assists, seven score involvements and two contested marks. The unselfish footballer impacts the scoreboard through clever and timely passing. Despite not kicking a big number this year, Higgins doesn’t sit on his hands in the forward line, creating goals through great instincts and great agility. Furthermore, he had 18 pressure acts and a clearance to show for his day.

Ed Richards

Ed ‘Red’ Richards has quickly become a famous name for Bulldog supporters. This debutante stood up in the back half of this season, adding plenty of class up forward at times, and sensational run out of the backline when needed. The latter was prominent in this week’s match. Richards had 17 possessions at 77 per cent disposal efficiency, cleaning up the footy comprehensively in the Bulldogs’ defensive half. He had an impressive run along the wing, bringing the ball inside 50 with a few bounces, creating a goal. For the day, he had two inside 50s, one rebound, 14 pressure acts, four intercept possessions and two marks. It is outstanding how much of the spotlight the debutantes have stolen this year, and Richards is definitely a fan favourite.

Tim Kelly

Though not at his usual form, Kelly still performed well enough to have his spot on this list. He had 11 kicks and six handballs with a 65 per cent disposal efficiency. His most impressive feat came from his 385 metres gained and five one percenters. It’s fair to say if this was a Tim Kelly best performance list, this one wouldn’t make it, but Kelly still had his fair share of an impact. His accuracy in front of goal was dismal at 33 percent, kicking one out of three. Though like usual his stats were well spread, finishing with four clearances, four inside 50s, two tackles and 13 pressure acts. Hopefully we can see Geelong’s heavy hitter lift this week and play some of the footy we saw against the Tigers.

Paddy Dow

Dow is slowly establishing his trademark with his strong running across the wing. First using it to score a Goal of the Week nomination, Dow used his second run to setup a teammate and secure an easier score. Finding his zone in recent times, it seems the nerves of elite football are things of the past. Carlton’s young ball carrier secured 10 kicks and five handballs at a 60 percent disposal efficiency and nine contested possessions. His impact was spread across forward and back, with seven score involvements and 11 pressure acts. He proved strong in the clearance yet again, securing four, and showed his dominance delivering the ball with five inside 50s. With the way these last few weeks are going, I can see 2019 being the year of Dow, and I sure can’t wait to see it.

Tom McCartin

Though only having 10 possessions, McCartin managed to make them all count at a 100 per cent disposal efficiency. He split his disposals perfectly with five contested and five uncontested possessions, as well as spreading them 50-50 across the defensive and forward halves. He also collected six score involvements, one goal assist and a goal for himself. He took an impressive six marks (two contested), laid three tackles, had four inside 50s and four one percenters. McCartin is holding up as a reliable footballer, making his possessions count and not getting caught with the footy. He has adapted well to Sydney’s neat brand of football and will bring in the next generation of champions quite nicely.

Aiden Bonar

The former Dandenong Stingrays forward was at his exciting best, booting 2.2 in the GIANTS’ win over Adelaide in what was a season-defining game. Bonar had just the nine touches, but had five marks (one contested and three inside 50), four tackles and an inside 50. Most importantly, he laid two of his four tackles inside 50, providing that vital forward pressure. He has exciting speed and X-factor in the forward half and will be one that continues to develop at a rapid rate which a huge ceiling.

NSW/ACT weekly wrap: U16 Youth Girls announced, strong Allies U18 representation

IN a promising week for the state’s brightest prospects, NSW/ACT’s most talented Under 16s girls were selected in the state side, while the Under 18 Academy Series wrapped up with 17 players making the Allies squad for the National Under 18 Championships.

Seventeen make Allies squad

Players from the GWS GIANTS and Sydney Swans academies make up more than one third of the entire Allies side, after 17 players were named in the squad yesterday for the upcoming National Under 18 Championships. Among them is first round talent Nick Blakey and AFL Academy member Mathew Walker, as well as GIANTS Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the Under 18 Academy Series Kieren Briggs. The final selection came after the Under 18 Academy Series concluded, with Tasmania having the most nominees in the team with 11. Despite notching up four out of five wins, the Swans had six nominees to the GIANTS’ 11.

GWS GIANTS Academy (11) 

Kieren Briggs
Riley Corbett
Jacob Koschitzke
Jeromy Lucas
Guy Richardson
Nick Murray
Mathew Walker
James Peatling
Ben Kelly
Thomas Green
Liam Delahunty

Sydney Academy (6) 

Joey Reinhard
Josh Stern
Zak Cameron
Kyle McKellar
Nick Blakey
Josh Rayner

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Under 16s Youth Girls squad announced

NSW/ACT’s Under 16 Youth Girls squad was announced earlier this week, with 22 girls selected from across the region. Last month the Regional Academies of Sport held a weekend competition which saw all 13 regions converge on Lake Macquarie, and assisted in the AFL NSW/ACT Talent Department’s tough decision to finalise the squad. All the players in the Regional Academies of Sport will have the opportunity to go through 20 skill development sessions throughout 2018, to aid in the girls’ development.

Female Football Talent Pathway Manager, Ash Moeller said he is excited by the groups’ progression in 2018, naming a number of players names that might become more familiar over the coming years

“Tathra’s Tarni Evans is a very athletic and tall player who kicks the ball well on both feet,” Moeller said. “Look out for Tarni who is set to roam the ground as our centre half-forward. “Abby Favell is an agile midfielder who will provide plenty of run and carry off half-back, and through the middle. “She possesses good pace and luckily for us, has a penetrating kick.”

Moeller said state level 800-metre athlete and member of the AFL NSW/ACT Diversity pathway, Emily Pease, was a player with a top athletic background with “strong leadership qualities” and is one to watch as well.

The Under 16s side will have a camp in Albury over the long weekend where they will compete against the Vic Country Under 16s.

For more information on the Under 16s Youth Girls, head to the AFL NSW/ACT website or Facebook page.

The full squad is listed below:

Swans claim another win, GIANTS go down against title winners

Tasmania                                            2.2       6.5       9.6       14.10 (94)
Greater Western Sydney Academy   3.4       4.5       5.9       7.10 (52)

GOALS
Tasmania: Thomas 5, Rubock 3, Dakin, McGuinness, Mundy, Jackson, O’Neill, Peppin
Greater Western Sydney Academy: Peatling 3, Delahunty 2, Corbett, Driscoll

BEST
Tasmania: Thomas, Auckland, Jackson, Anderton, Jones, Dakin
Greater Western Sydney Academy: Briggs, Richardson, Peatling, Foley, Walker, Evans

Ultimately in the game that was just going to be icing on the cake, a five-goal performance to Tarryn Thomas helped Tasmania to a seven-goal victory over GWS GIANTS Academy. For the GIANTS, Kieren Briggs was named their best, also taking out the carnival MVP Award. Forward James Peatling booted three goals and was named among the best in a losing side, as was Ainslie product Guy Richardson, and Murray Bushrangers talent Mathew Walker.

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Sydney Academy                    2.1       5.2       6.3       8.8 (56)
Gold Coast Academy              3.1       4.3       6.3       8.6 (54)

GOALS
Sydney Academy: Blakey 3, Reinhard, Ellem, Stern, Loone, Barling
Gold Coast Academy: Scott 2, Lowah 2, Crossley, Gore, Portelli, Graham

BEST
Sydney Academy: Wicks, Blakey, Stern, Kilpatrick
Gold Coast Academy: Scott, Greenwool, Portelli, Bowie

Sydney Swans Academy bounced back from its only loss of the carnival to record a narrow two-point victory over Gold Coast Academy. Top 10 prospect Nick Blakey was again sensational, booting three goals for the Swans and ultimately being the difference between the sides in the end as the only multiple goal kicker. But through the midfield it was Sam Wicks who was crucial in extracting the ball into space, while Josh Stern and Cooper Kilpatrick were other impressive players for the Swans.

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NEAFL Round 6

UWS GIANTS 5.12 (42) defeated by Sydney Swans 10.13 (73)

Sydney Swans have taken the bragging rights in the Reserves version of ‘Battle of the Bridge’ with a 31-point win over UWS Giants. Nic Newman continued to push his case for a recall to the AFL with a massive 40 disposals, 10 marks, seven tackles, seven inside 50s and seven rebounds, with only his accuracy on goal – three behinds – stopping him from having a complete game. Harry Marsh also had a stunning performance with 35 disposals, nine marks, seven tackles, six inside 50s, 11 rebounds and two goals, while Darcy Cameron was good once again with 14 disposals, five marks, six tackles, 20 hitouts and two goals. For the GIANTS, Matt Buntine had the ball on a string with 39 disposals, nine marks, five inside 50s, five rebounds and five tackles, while Tim Mohr (31 disposals, eight marks and eight rebounds) and Aiden Bonar (25 disposals, five marks, six inside 50s and seven tackles) were others who impressed for the losers.

Sydney University 12.10 (82) defeated Canberra Demons 9.8 (62)

The unbeaten Sydney University side continued it’s great form with a 20-point win over a plucky Canberra Demons outfit. For the winners, Sam Fong (four goals) and Jacob Derickx (three) were prominent up forward, while Adam Gulden (28 disposals, five marks, three inside 50s and five rebounds) and Ryan Hebron (25 disposals, eight marks, three tackles, five inside 50s and three rebounds) were named among the best. The Demons’ Mitch Hardie was again strong with 25 disposals, four marks, six tackles and a goal, while Mitch Maguire had 27 disposals, four marks, four tackles and seven inside 50s. Andrew Swan and Jack Powell both booted two goals in the loss.

NSW/ACT weekly wrap: Swans Academy rolls on, three debut in AFL

SYDNEY Swans Academy remains unbeaten in the Under 18 Academy Series, three debutants shine on the AFL stage, while Sydney University’s unbeaten streak continued for another week in the North East Australian Football League (NEAFL).

Under 18 Academy Series: Round 3

NORTHERN TERRITORY       1.4       1.7       5.10     8.13 (61)
SYDNEY SWANS                    6.1       8.4       11.5     14.6 (90)

GOALS
NORTHERN TERRITORY: 
M.Cumming 3, S.Cumming, Wyatt, Forbes, Mummery, Ferreira
SYDNEY SWANS: Barkley 3, Swaney 2, Reinhard 2, Thorne, Stein, Maguire, Wicks, Van Huisstede, Carroll, Barling 

BEST
NORTHERN TERRITORY: 
Mummery, M.Cumming, Simon, Green, S.Cumming, Hutt
SYDNEY SWANS: Reinhard, Parkes, Stern, Kilpatrick, Wicks, Brewer

A FAST start from the Sydney Swans Academy ensured they would run out 29-point winners over the Northern Territory team in Alice Springs on Saturday. The Swans kept NT to just a sole goal going into half time, with eight to their name and never looked back in claiming their third win of the tournament. 

Despite missing likely top 10 draft pick Nick BlakeyRory Barkley continued his good form of the carnival, bagging three goals, while Lachlan Swaney and Joey Reinhard both kicked two each. The 190cm Reinhard was named the Swans best for the match, with overager Sam Wicks and midfielder Cooper Kilpatrick also in the best. Reinhard played at centre half-forward, using his size to his advantage – taking multiple strong marks around the ground. He also pinched hit in the ruck at times and pulled off a stunning specky in the third quarter, as a contender for the best mark of the series. 

GOLD COAST SUNS    3.3     7.4       8.4       11.8 (74)
GWS GIANTS               0.5     2.8       5.10     7.12 (54)  

GOALS
GOLD COAST SUNS:  Bowie 3, Buckland 2, Graham 2, Greenwool 2, Scott, Gore
GWS GIANTS: Perryman 2, Delahunty 2, Lucas, Driscoll, Corbett 

BEST
GOLD COAST SUNS: 
Gilmore, Bowie, Scott, Koenen, Budarick, Greenwool
GWS GIANTS: Briggs, Peatling, Richardson, Lucas

The GIANTS went goalless in the opening term, but Ed Perryman (brother of GWS’ Harry) booted two goals, as did highly touted AFL Academy Level One member Liam Delahunty – who dominated in the Under 16 championships last year. After performing well at centre half-forward last week, Kieren Briggs played a bigger role in the ruck, recording 28 hitouts – while his pressure around the ground was important, where he laid nine tackles. Xavier College student Jeremy Lucas had a match-high 29 disposals in the midfield, performing exceptionally well in the contest for the Giants. 

 

Three debut at elite level

It was a huge week for NSW/ACT debutants in the AFL, with Melbourne’s Charlie Spargo, GIANTS’ Nick Shipley and Essendon’s Kobe Mutch all playing their first games at the elite level on the weekend. Former Murray Bushrangers small forward Spargo, was injured in his top-age year and slipped down the draft order. He defied his draft selection to boot two goals from 18 disposals (nine contested), four marks, two inside 50s and three tackles in a top performance for the Demons in their win over Essendon.

Former Bendigo Pioneer Mutch might not have sung the song, but he was equally as impressive in the red and black, notching up 20 disposals, six marks, two inside 50s and laying a tackle. Mutch also had three clearances to go with his 10 contested possessions. The most talked about debut of the trio was Shipley – a soccer convert from Western Sydney. Shipley embodies what the GIANTS hope to achieve in the region, getting more players involved in Australian Rules Football at the grassroots level. Shipley was the first player from Western Sydney to debut for the GIANTS, and picked up seven disposals, two marks, three tackles and had an inside 50 and a goal assist to go with one behind.

 

NEAFL Round 4:

Canberra Demons 10.13 (73) defeated by Aspley 12.16 (88)

Canberra Demons suffered their third loss in four games, losing to Queensland side Aspley by 15 points on the weekend. The home team was in it for the first half, but a disappointing five goals to one third term saw the visitors blow out to a 24-point final break lead. Canberra hit back in the fourth quarter, booting four goals to two, but it was too little, too late as they went down despite the best efforts of Mitch Maguire. Maguire had 30 disposals, four marks, six tackles and booted a goal to be Canberra’s best again, while Isaac Taylor had 19 disposals, five marks and eight tackles and Kade Klemke finished with 17 disposals, five marks and six tackles in the defeat. Others among the bests were Cameron Milne who had 15 disposals, four marks, one tackle, 24 hitouts and booted a goal, while Lucas Meline had 17 disposals, five marks and two tackles, but misfired in front of goal with three behinds.

Sydney University 13.10 (88) defeated Southport 6.19 (55)

Sydney University has remained undefeated in the NEAFL after a 33-point victory over an inaccurate Southport. The home side were on top early, and aside from being held goalless in the second term, booted nine goals to three in the second half to run away with the match. Former Sydney and Essendon midfielder Craig Bird notched up 28 disposals, eight marks and four tackles, while Mitchell Thompson collected 27 disposals, nine marks and two tackles. Timothy Barton was named the winners’ best for his role, picking up 13 disposals and four marks, while Adam Gulden was also impressive with 18 disposals (15 kicks) and four marks.

Sydney Swans Reserves 6.13 (49) defeated Gold Coast Suns Reserves 8.10 (58)

Sydney went down to Gold Coast in their NEAFL clash, conceding two goals to zero in the third term to lose by nine points. Darcy Cameron has a huge game with 24 disposals, 11 marks, nine tackles, 32 hitouts and two goals, while Jake Brown had 23 disposals, six marks and booted a goal. Tom McCartin‘s form up forward continued, taking eight marks and booting 1.3 from 15 disposals, while Aliir Aliir pushed his case for a return assisting in the ruck with eight hitouts, going with his 17 disposals. three marks and two tackles.

UWS Giants 6.4 (40) defeated by Brisbane Lions Reserves 19.19 (133)

The UWS Giants were no match for Brisbane Lions, with the reigning premiers touching up the home side in a 93-point belting. It was not looking good early with Brisbane leading by 30 points at half-time, but it got ugly in the second half as Brisbane piled on 10.10 to 1.1 in a complete rout to run out comfortable winners. Dylan Addison stood tall with 25 disposals, two marks and a goal, while first round draft pick Aiden Bonar collected 23 disposals, two marks, six tackles and booted a goal upon return from injury. Dawson Simpson had 36 hitouts from seven disposals, while Isaac Cumming was good with 15 disposals and five tackles.

TAC Cup preview: Dandenong Stingrays

DANDENONG Stingrays are one of the strongest sides coming into season 2018. Last year they had six players drafted, including three in the first round with Luke Davies-Uniacke (North Melbourne), Hunter Clark (St Kilda) and Aiden Bonar (GWS) all selected – two of which will play their first AFL games this weekend. Others that were drafted include draft bolter Tom De Koning (Carlton), Oscar Clavarino (St Kilda) and Tom Murphy (North Melbourne).

In terms of top-end talent, very few teams compare, especially considering they have four genuine key position players who took part in the AFL AIS Academy camp in Darwin. Twins Stephen and Matthew Cumming did not play a game last year but have impressed with a huge off-season, joining Bailey Williams and Riley Bowman as tall timber set to assist them across the ground. Bowman played 10 games in 2017, while Williams managed 18 to be a strong target up forward when Bowman was rucking.

But it is not just the key position players where Dandenong has depth, the likes of Sam Fletcher and Mitch Riordan lead a host of players that give the Stingrays plenty of optimism about the season ahead. Heading forward, the dangerous Jai Nanscawen (Averaged 1.7 goals per game in 2017) is always a threat and the classy midfielder in Will Hamill is likely to shine in his top-age year. Throw in the likes of Campbell Hustwaite (12 games) and Finlay Bayne (10 games) and the team has some serious depth. One player who did not get a chance to show his wares last season is Aaron Darling, whose season was derailed by a knee reconstruction. The elite kick missed the entire 2017 season and never got to follow-on from his bottom-age year given the AFL AIS Academy member was highly touted.

Others who became regulars last season in the Stingrays side were 19 year-olds Angus Patterson (20 games) and Lachlan Young (17), as well as Jamie Plumridge (16) and Jai Taylor (12). An excitement machine who just needs to find consistency is Toby Bedford, who with time could become a really valuable contributor. With a number of bottom-agers coming through the side, it is hard to find many weaknesses in the Stingrays line-up and you get the feeling they will be a great team to watch in 2018.

2017 Stats:

2017 Summary:

Dandenong Stingrays’ start to 2017 could best be described as a yo-yo. They broke even in the first 10 games, taking until round 10 to notch up consecutive wins. They continued their form with three more victories – against Western Jets, Calder Cannons and Northern Knights. They dropped a game to Gippsland Power, before storming home to win three of the last four games and reach the finals.

In the elimination final, the Stingrays looked down and out, but a superior performance from guns Luke Davies-Uniacke and Hunter Clark hauled them back from a mammoth deficit to run over the top of Eastern Ranges in a fantastic 13-point win. Unfortunately for the Stingrays, eventual premiers Geelong Falcons proved too good the following week, going down by 39 points at Simonds Stadium in the preliminary final.

2018 Snapshot:

Dandenong staff, players and families will get a great tour of the state in the opening month, travelling to five different venues in five rounds. The Stingrays kick-off their campaign at GMHBA Stadium this Sunday, followed by a clash in Morwell against the Gippsland Power in round two. The Country Triple Header occurs in round three which pits the Stingrays against the GWV Rebels, before a home game at Shepley Oval and a short trip down the Princes Highway to Warrawee Park.

Dandenong plays six games at Shepley Oval and two further matches at Skybus Stadium in Frankston. After their early three road trips, the Stingrays make just one trip to a country region – to face the Falcons at Mars Stadium on August 18.

2018 Fixture:

Dandenong Stingrays 2018

DateEventTime/ResultsVenueArticle
2018-03-25 14:00:33March 25, 2018 Geelong Falcons vs Dandenong Stingrays47 - 100GMHBA StadiumRecap
2018-03-30 13:30:45March 30, 2018 Gippsland Power vs Dandenong Stingrays52 - 76Morwell Recreational ReserveRecap
2018-04-07 12:30:15April 7, 2018 Dandenong Stingrays vs GWV Rebels133 - 35Queen Elizabeth OvalRecap
2018-04-22 12:30:10April 22, 2018 Dandenong Stingrays vs Western Jets167 - 41Shepley OvalRecap
2018-04-28 13:45:51April 28, 2018 Oakleigh Chargers vs Dandenong Stingrays72 - 66Warrawee ParkRecap
2018-05-12 14:00:16May 12, 2018 Dandenong Stingrays vs Eastern Ranges91 - 39Shepley OvalRecap
2018-05-19 15:00:43May 19, 2018 Murray Bushrangers vs Dandenong Stingrays87 - 109Rams ArenaRecap
2018-06-03 10:45:15June 3, 2018 Dandenong Stingrays vs Sandringham Dragons105 - 28Shepley OvalRecap
2018-06-16 14:15:42June 16, 2018 Dandenong Stingrays vs Oakleigh Chargers95 - 40Shepley OvalRecap
2018-06-23 13:00:42June 23, 2018 Dandenong Stingrays vs GWV Rebels106 - 47Shepley OvalRecap
2018-07-07 14:00:11July 7, 2018 Dandenong Stingrays vs Geelong Falcons115 - 37Shepley OvalRecap
2018-07-21 13:00:15July 21, 2018 Dandenong Stingrays vs Bendigo Pioneers111 - 45Shepley OvalRecap
2018-07-29 11:30:53July 29, 2018 Calder Cannons vs Dandenong Stingrays42 - 82Rams ArenaRecap
2018-08-04 14:00:40August 4, 2018 Northern Knights vs Dandenong Stingrays50 - 67Preston City OvalRecap
2018-08-18 12:30:13August 18, 2018 Geelong Falcons vs Dandenong Stingrays37 - 55MARS StadiumRecap
2018-08-25 10:30:50August 25, 2018 Dandenong Stingrays vs Sandringham Dragons93 - 46Trevor Barker OvalRecap
2018-09-08 12:00:04September 8, 2018 Dandenong Stingrays vs GWV Rebels 12:00:0412:00 pmIkon ParkRecap
2018-09-15 11:30:04September 15, 2018 Dandenong Stingrays vs Sandringham Dragons 11:30:0411:30 amIkon ParkRecap

Determination pays off for Ballard

EVERY draftee has taken their own unique pathway to the big time.

Some, like last year’s number one pick Cam Rayner, are touted as high-end selections years in advance. Others, like Giants recruit Aiden Bonar, re-emerge after stints on the sidelines with injury. And some, due to a wide variety of reasons, drop out of first-round calculations as the season progresses, as was the case with Port Adelaide ruckman Sam Hayes. But as is often said when draft day approaches, where you end up being taken is merely a number once you make it into club land.

One such draftee went from a virtually unknown, skinny utility to a draft bolter with plenty of x-factor, on the back of an outstanding year for South Australia, Sturt and at school level with Sacred Heart College. That bolter was Charlie Ballard who was drafted to the Gold Coast Suns with pick 42 in last year’s AFL National Draft.

After missing out on inclusion in Sturt’s 2015 under-18 squad, in the space of just two years, Ballard grew no less than 15 cm’s, allowing him to be tried in key position roles at either end of the ground.

At the start of 2017, Ballard said his initial goals were to “make the Sturt 18’s team and then just chip away at my footy and see how [he] went”.

“I had bigger goals at the back of my mind but kept my mind short-term,” Ballard said.

As the season progressed, strong performances at school and club level caught the attention of state representatives. This led to his inclusion in South Australia’s Under 18 squad for the mid-year national championships.

Ballard’s neat skills, mobility, cleanness at ground level and strength overhead proved to be too good for opponents when he lined up for Sacred Heart College. Despite his height and proven ability up forward and down back, Ballard played predominantly across the wing in for the Croweaters.

Ballard, 18, says the national championships were “a step up from all the footy that I’ve played before, quick and intense, but I just tried to treat it like any other game”.

“It really helped having a couple of good mates in the team to help me get settled,” he said.

Featuring in all four games for South Australia, Ballard excelled under pressure, finishing the tournament averaging 18 disposals (11 kicks, seven handballs), 4.3 marks, 1.8 tackles and 0.3 goals. By this point in time, recruiters across the nation had all heard the name Charlie Ballard and were sure to monitor him closely for the remaining games and the upcoming national combine, to which the utility received an invitation.

“I probably first realised being drafted was a possibility when I got told by a couple of coaches that it could happen, but really clicked when I was lucky enough to get a combine invite,” the 18 year old said.

Coming into the draft, there was a reasonably significant amount of hype around Ballard, with many draft experts predicting the Suns would swoop at the back end of the first round, with  selection 19. In the end, it was the Gold Coast who picked him up, albeit later than perhaps anticipated, at pick 42. It capped off an outstanding year for Ballard, whose stocks continued to rise as the season progressed.

Now, with one AFL pre-season under his belt, Ballard has well and truly set his sights on making a strong early impression in Queensland, either at NEAFL or potentially AFL level.

“Settling in was really easy, living with a player makes it pretty cruisy and you learn a lot about good habits, etc. The preseason was really good, exhausting but really rewarding coming up to the seasons’ beginning soon,” the Suns recruit said.

When asked about where he sees himself playing at the highest level, Ballard said his preference was midfield, but anywhere to get a game would be great

“At the moment I think I’d still like to play on the wing but I expect to be a bit all over the place, I just have to adapt to different positioning.”

Many South Australians will be watching on with interest in 2018 and beyond to see how the talented utility goes at the elite level.

Draftees named for AFLX

RICHMOND and Western Bulldogs have loaded up on youth in the AFL’s newest pre-season competition, AFLX. In the final night of the three-night competition, a total of 16 draftees from the 2017 National and Rookie drafts have been named, of which the Tigers and Bulldogs have supplied nine. At the other end of the scale, Zac Bailey (Norwood now Brisbane) and mature-ager Nick Holman (Central District now Gold Coast) were the only two from the northern states.

The top-end talent on show will certainly bring plenty of fans through the gates, with Richmond’s top pick Jack Higgins (Oakleigh Chargers), excitement machine Aiden Bonar (Dandenong Stingrays now GWS Giants) and top 10 pick Aaron Naughton (Peel Thunder now Western Bulldogs) are all named to play throughout the round robin format. Higgins could face ex-teammate Ed Richards if the Tigers meet the Dogs, while talented talls Noah Balta (Calder Cannons now Richmond), Ben Miller (Subiaco now Richmond) and Tom McCartin (Geelong Falcons now Sydney) were also named in their respective teams.

Gippsland Power’s sole draftee Callum Porter will also don the red, blue and white, as will a mature-ager who is very  familiar with the colours, having played with Footscray VFL last year after a stint at Carlton. Another former blue, Dylan Buckley will be out to impress for his new  side GWS, while Liam Baker will reunite with former Subiaco teammate Miller at the Tigers. Others that have been named in the sides are Nick Shipley (GWS Academy now GWS Giants) and Angus Styles (Sandringham Dragons now Sydney). Derek Eggmolesse-Smith played with Bendigo Pioneers last year and spent time with Richmond’s VFL side and now will front up for the senior team.

The AFLX competition is played on a ground with dimensions of between 100-120m in length and 60-70m in width, with four posts at each end and two 40m arcs. Each team will consist of 10 players per game – seven on the field and three on the bench – and there are no restrictions on rotations. No marks will be paid on backwards kicks (except in the forward 40m area) and the last touch out of bounds is a free kick. Kick-ins will occur after each score – even goals – while at least two players from each team must start each quarter inside each 40m arc and any deliberate rushed behinds will result in a free shot to the opposition team from the forward 40m arc resulting in a potential 10-point goal.

The full list of 2017 draftees named in the AFLX squads for Saturday evening are:

Brisbane: Zac Bailey (Norwood),

Gold Coast: Nick Holman (Central District)

GWS Giants: Aiden Bonar (Dandenong Stingrays), Nick Shipley (GWS Academy), Dylan Buckley (Carlton)

Richmond: Jack Higgins (Oakleigh Chargers), Noah Balta (Calder Cannons), Ben Miller (Subiaco), Derek Eggmolesse-Smith (Bendigo Pioneers), Liam Baker (Subiaco)

Sydney: Tom McCartin (Geelong Falcons), Angus Styles (Sandringham Dragons)

Western Bulldogs: Aaron Naughton (Peel Thunder), Ed Richards (Oakleigh Chargers), Callum Porter (Gippsland Power), Billy Gowers (Footscray VFL)

FIXTURE:

4.10pm – GWS Giants v Richmond
4.38pm – Sydney v Western Bulldogs
5.06pm – Richmond v Brisbane
5.34pm – Western Bulldogs v Gold Coast
6.02pm – Brisbane v GWS Giants
6.30pm – Gold Coast v Sydney
7.03pm – Grand Final

Dandenong Stingrays 2017 review

With the off-season now officially here for TAC Cup clubs, AFL Draft Central will go back and review what 2017 was like for each of the 12 clubs. We kick off the series with Bendigo Pioneers and will end with the Western Jets.

Dandenong Stingrays

Finished: 4th
Wins: 13
Losses: 7
Percentage: 115
Points: 48 (eliminated in preliminary final)

Players Drafted: (6)

  • Luke Davies-Uniacke (North Melbourne)
  • Hunter Clark (St Kilda)
  • Aiden Bonar (GWS)
  • Tom De Koning (Carlton)
  • Oscar Clavarino (St Kilda)
  • Thomas Murphy (North Melbourne)

2017 Review:

It was another successful year of draftees for the Dandenong Stingrays with six players landing at AFL clubs after the team bowed out in the preliminary final. Dandenong’s close affiliation with St Kilda continued as Hunter Clark and Oscar Clavarino were plucked out to play at Moorabbin, Clavarino joining best mate Josh Battle whom the Saints drafted 12 months earlier. North Melbourne also teamed up top draft prospect Luke Davies-Uniacke with over-age rookie Thomas Murphy, while developing tall Tom De Koning became a Blue.

Among those unlucky to be drafted were hard-luck story Aaron Darling who was a member of the AFL’s AIS Academy, as well as over-ager Bailey Morrish and Tom Freeman. Others who performed well throughout the season and gave themselves every chance were Riley D’Arcy, Mitch Cotter and Ali Zijai.

There was plenty to like about the Stingrays in 2017, they showed heart and fought out most games quite competitively. Their comeback against Eastern Ranges in the elimination final was one for the ages and no doubt raised Davies-Uniacke and Clark’s draft potential to another level. In 2018 they look to be just as strong, potentially even stronger if everything goes to plan and injuries do not curtail their top players’ years.

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2018 Preview:

Last year I thought Dandenong was a premiership contender for 2017 and looking at some of the names on their list, it’s clear they will be thereabouts again with some astonishing talent. A couple of twin towers in Bailey Williams and Riley Bowman are a part of the AFL’s AIS Academy as is tall utility Sam Fletcher. While Mitchell Riordan and Jai Nanscanwen are other players who after strong bottom-age seasons are in the mix to be drafted.

Riley Bowman (Dandenong Stingrays) 198cm | 93kg | Ruckman
2017 TAC Cup: (10) 14 disposals | 3 marks | 4.3 tackles | 18.5 hitouts | 3 clearances | 2.6 inside 50s | 45% KE | 60% D | 50% CP

A ruckman who has come on in leaps and bounds since the start of the season. He ended up notching up good numbers across most statistical areas as shown above, with his 18.5 hitouts and three clearances per game pretty impressive, also showing the fact he could ruck in tandem with Bailey Williams.

Sam Fletcher (Dandenong Stingrays) 188cm | 77kg | Tall Utility
2017 TAC Cup: (4) 15.8 disposals | 3 marks | 3.3 tackles | 1.8 clearances | 2.3 rebounds | 80% KE | 76% DE | 35% CP

We have been robbed of seeing what Fletcher is capable of, limited to four games due to injury, but in those games his kicking was sensational, and at his size, the scope for the future is huge considering he will be 190cm and 80-85kg by the time the season rolls around. It will be interesting to see how he goes with a full pre-season under his belt.

Jai Nanscawen (Dandenong Stingrays) 177cm | 72kg | Small Forward
2017 TAC Cup: (17) 14.5 disposals | 2.2 marks | 2.9 tackles | 2.4 inside 50s | 1.7 goals | 57% KE | 67% DE | 47% CP

He might not be big, but Jai Nanscawen certainly knows where the goals are. He is that pressuring small forward who are all the rage since Richmond’s premiership win. He averaged a very solid 1.7 goals per game and if he bulks up over the summer a tad, he might even move further up the ground.

Mitchell Riordan (Dandenong Stingrays) 186cm | 77kg | Balanced Midfielder
2017 TAC Cup: (10) 14.6 disposals | 2 marks | 4.7 tackles | 2.2 clearances | 2.8 inside 50s | 52% KE | 66% DE | 46% CP

A midfielder who just ticks a lot of boxes. His kicking could be improved, but he wins the clearances, moves the ball forward and lays the tackles. A dark horse in a team of really strong prospects so keep an eye out for Riordan.

Bailey Williams (Dandenong Stingrays) 198cm | 91kg | Ruckman
2017 TAC Cup: (18) 9.6 disposals | 2.8 marks | 2.1 tackles | 20.6 hitouts | 1.4 clearances | 2.7 inside 50s | 0.8 goals | 54% KE | 64% DE | 49% CP

The top prospect at the Stingrays for mine and one that just catches the eye. He’s a strong mark, can play through the ruck or up forward and while he is not a huge accumulator, he seems like the player that just gets it done in clutch moments. Certainly one to watch in 2018.

Others to keep an eye on:

Finlay Bayne (Dandenong Stingrays) 176cm | 68kg | Small Forward/Outside Midfielder
2017 TAC Cup: (10) 16.5 Disposals | 2.2 marks | 2.9 tackles | 1.5 clearances | 3.3 inside 50s | 1.1 goals | 51% KE | 64% DE | 41% CP

Campbell Hustwaite (Dandenong Stingrays) 181cm | 70kg | Balanced Midfielder
2017 TAC Cup: 14.6 disposals | 2.3 marks | 3.5 tackles | 1.6 clearances | 1.9 inside 50s | 59% KE | 73% DE | 42% CP

William Hamill (Dandenong Stingrays) 183cm | 67kg | Outside Midfielder
2017 TAC Cup: (20) 12.3 disposals | 2.3 marks | 3.3 tackles | 1 inside 50 | 1.9 rebounds | 58% KE | 71% DE | 42% CP

Stephen Cumming (Dandenong Stingrays) 199cm | 97kg | Key Position Utility

Matthew Cumming (Dandenong Stingrays) 198cm | 95kg | Key Position Utility

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Summary:

Dandenong Stingrays had a great year both on the field and on draft night. They had many talented players who landed at AFL clubs and will no doubt be ones to watch at the elite level in coming years. Next season bills as another great season for the club with so many talented players on the books it is hard to squeeze them in. If all are fit and can play the majority of games then watch out because this team looks scary good.

Matt Balmer’s 2017 Final AFL Draft Power Rankings Part 2

EVERY month since May, Matt Balmer has ranked his players from the 2017 AFL Draft pool. With the November 24 National AFL Draft on this Friday, he counts down the players in his top 25, after revealing his 50-26 players last week..

You can find his 50-26 rankings here.

Having seen just under 90 games throughout the season, it is always hard to come to a final order and I have ranked the players how I would if I was an AFL club going into the draft come November, ticking names off the list as they are called out.

Please note this is NOT a Phantom Draft – purely just how I rate the players. For this exercise, no mature agers have been considered.

#25 Connor Ballenden
Tall Utility (Uni of QLD/Brisbane Lions Academy)
29/03/1999 | 198.2cm | 95.6kg

Scouting notes: Strong contested marking forward who is linked to the Brisbane Lions academy. Has played through the ruck and as a key position defender to start 2017 – but his best position is coming out of the goal square. Possesses a very good set shot routine, kicking more goals than he misses. Has a long kick and reads the play well. Likely to receive a bid 25 plus on draft night.

Strengths: Contested marking, set shot goalkicking, kicking
Improvements:  Agility, endurance, conditioning

Combine test results: 20m Sprint (secs) 3.05 | Agility (secs) 8.75 | Yo-Yo Test (level) 20.8

2017 AFL DRAFT PROFILE: CONNOR BALLENDEN

Division 2

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2017Brisbane00000000000000000000
Total-00000000000006.04.510.55.03.50.02.5

NEAFL

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2017Brisbane351954240055262665.83.29.04.00.30.31.0
Total-351954240055262660000000

TAC Cup

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016QLD00000000000000000000
Total-00000000000000000000

Trial matches

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
Total-11.02.013.09.00.00.02.0

Under 18s Championships

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016Allies43730010000114.03.07.03.00.01.01.0
2017Allies351550231933423138048.83.812.55.85.81.00.0
Total-391857261933523138157.83.611.45.24.61.00.2

Career Total

SeasonKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
Total7.83.611.45.63.80.61.0

#24 Patrick Naish
Outside Midfielder (Northern Knights/Vic Metro)
15/01/1999 | 180.6cm | 68.9kg

Scouting notes: Smart and lively inside 50. Working on his contested ball winning ability, but looks suited to start as a forward at AFL level. Can play across half back, ball usage is reasonable by foot but can often go for the miracle kick rather than a simpler options. Has a good spring that allows his to leap over some of his smaller opponents. Covers the ground well. Father-son eligible for Richmond and possibly may get bid on after the Tigers’ third selection (Pick 25) on draft night.

Strengths: Agility, leap, overhead marking
Improvements:  Decision making, inside game

Combine test results: 20m Sprint (secs) N/A | Agility (secs) N/A | Yo-Yo Test (level) N/A

2017 AFL DRAFT PROFILE: PATRICK NAISH

TAC Cup

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016Northern956215734001800002910.66.917.43.80.02.00.2
2017Northern82701523158952101525513810.38.819.03.90.02.61.6
Total-17713230965589539015255151710.47.818.23.80.02.30.9

Trial matches

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
Total-14.01.015.04.00.01.01.0

Under 18s Championships

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016Vic Metro00000000000000000000
2017Vic Metro52338520176413021763413.08.321.35.00.03.30.8
Total-52338520176413021763413.08.321.35.00.03.30.8

Career Total

SeasonKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
Total11.07.518.64.00.02.40.9

#23 Charlie Ballard
Tall Utility/Outside Midfielder (Sturt/South Australia)
23/07/1999 | 195.5cm | 82.3kg

Scouting notes: Tall utility who has been utilised at either end for both school and at SANFL level. Ballard has also shown his ability to run well on the wing and is an effective kick on his right foot. Has plenty of scope for development and might fill out as a hybrid midfielder.

Strengths: Intercept marking, competitiveness, kicking
Improvements:  Breakaway speed, inside tackling

Combine test results: 20m Sprint (secs) 3.05 | Agility (secs) 8.46 | Yo-Yo Test (level) 20.8

2017 AFL DRAFT PROFILE: CHARLIE BALLARD

SANFL Reserves

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2017Sturt35205519134260091348.85.013.84.80.01.50.8
Total-35205519134260091340000000

SANFL Under 18s

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2017Sturt6141103304361120111551512.28.420.66.00.02.40.2
Total-614110330436112011155150000000

Under 18s Championships

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2017South Australia4428721726467041441411.07.018.04.30.01.80.3
Total-4428721726467041441411.07.018.04.30.01.80.3

Career Total

SeasonKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
Total11.07.018.04.30.01.80.3

#22 Lachlan Fogarty
Balanced Midfielder (Western Jets/Vic Metro)
01/04/1999 | 179.0cm | 75.0kg

Scouting notes: Clean and polished midfielder who wins the ball in both contested and uncontested situations. A good decision maker by hand or foot, who tackles hard to win the ball back. Has smarts and knows where the goals are. Unfairly flies under the radar and is right in the mix as a late first round pick.

Strengths: Agility, accumulation, speed, class, tackling
Improvements:  Consistency in disposal, one-on-one marking

Combine test results: 20m Sprint (secs) N/A | Agility (secs) N/A | Yo-Yo Test (level) N/A

2017 AFL DRAFT PROFILE: LACHLAN FOGARTY

TAC Cup

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016Western596412313003910000511.812.824.62.60.27.80.0
2017Western11264176257896680324899716.09.125.13.60.09.71.3
Total-17112829938789610713248991214.310.724.93.20.18.90.8

Under 18s Championships

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016Vic Metro00000000000000000000
2017Vic Metro3225578233628010953310.78.319.02.70.09.31.0
Total-3225578233628010953310.78.319.02.70.09.31.0

Career Total

SeasonKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
Total13.510.223.73.10.19.00.8

#21 Ed Richards
Medium Defender/
Inside Midfielder (Oakleigh Chargers/Vic Metro)
03/07/1999 | 184.7cm | 78.1kg

Scouting notes: Speedy running defender who dominated in the APS school football competition for Carey. Is trusted with taking the kick outs and is a clean and effective kick on his left foot. Can play as an inside midfielder, where he uses his quick and clean hands to effectiveness.

Strengths: Speed, kicking, leap, contested work, clean hands
Improvements:  Endurance, contested ball winning

Combine test results: 20m Sprint (secs) 3.01 | Agility (secs) 8.59 | Yo-Yo Test (level) 20.6

2017 AFL DRAFT PROFILE: ED RICHARDS

TAC Cup

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016Oakleigh00000000000000000000
2017Oakleigh72781502852922901513153107.27.815.02.80.02.90.3
Total-72781502852922901513153107.27.815.02.80.02.90.3

Career Total

SeasonKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
Total7.27.815.02.80.02.90.3

#20 Lochie O’Brien
Outside Midfielder (Bendigo Pioneers/Vic Country)
18/09/1999 | 184.0cm | 77.4kg

Scouting notes: Classy outside midfielder who is likened to former Roo and Saint Nick Dal Santo. Uses the ball well on his left foot and possesses elite speed which can help him burst away on the outside at speed. Impressed last year for Vic Country as a bottom-ager playing on the wing, a position that allows for him to be a receiever on the outside where he can clear the ball via a pinpoint pass. A good decision maker and is someone you want to have the ball in their hands. If he can win a bit more contested ball he should be able to mould into a damaging wingman/half back.

Strengths: Kicking, Footy IQ, spread
Improvements:  Disposal under pressure, contested ball

Combine test results: 20m Sprint (secs) 3.03 | Agility (secs) 8.35 | Yo-Yo Test (level) 20.7

2017 AFL DRAFT PROFILE: LOCHIE O’BRIEN

TAC Cup

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016Bendigo715012134001400002514.210.024.26.80.02.80.4
2017Bendigo3339721028437041353311.013.024.03.30.02.31.0
Total-1048919344284321041355813.011.124.15.50.02.60.6

Trial matches

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
Total-0.01.01.00.00.00.00.0

Under 18s Championships

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016Vic Country12172940010000026.08.514.52.00.00.50.0
2017Vic Country3984718739703951313.02.715.76.00.02.30.3
Total-51257622739803951510.25.015.24.40.01.60.2

Career Total

SeasonKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
Total11.18.219.34.70.02.10.4

#19 Oscar Allen
Key Position Forward (West Perth/Western Australia)
19/03/1999 | 191.1cm | 82.4kg

Scouting notes: Tall Utility who can play at either end but mostly looks likely to settle forward. Marks well overhead and moves well for a player over 190cm. Good decision maker and impressed inside 50 in the WA trials. Named co-captain for Western Australia in the National Under 18 Championships and was the Larke Medalist judged the best player in the carnival. Looms as one of the first WA players selected. Has a good endurance base.

Strengths: Leap, marking, mobility
Improvements:  Set shot goalkicking

Combine test results: 20m Sprint (secs) 3.07 | Agility (secs) 8.27 | Yo-Yo Test (level) 21.2

2017 AFL DRAFT PROFILE: OSCAR ALLEN

Under 18s Championships

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016Western Australia00000000000000000000
2017Western Australia382462243127822901149.56.015.56.00.52.02.8
Total-382462243127822901149.56.015.56.00.52.02.8

WAFL League

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016West Perth00000000000000000000
2017West Perth12517100020000026.02.58.55.00.01.00.0
Total-12517100020000020000000

WAFL Colts

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016West Perth1326820060005022400014177.84.011.83.513.22.90.8
2017West Perth11143154610030470007813.95.419.37.65.93.80.9
Total-243111354121008027100021250000000

WAFL Reserves

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016West Perth00000000000000000000
2017West Perth1982712001020000129.54.013.52.010.05.00.5
Total-1982712001020000120000000

Career Total

SeasonKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
Total9.56.015.56.00.52.02.8

#18 Matthew Ling
Outside Midfielder (Geelong Falcons/Vic Country)
21/04/1999 | 183.1cm | 75.1kg

Scouting notes: Left footer who is a good ball user on the outside. Has flown under the radar and likely will end up as the first Geelong Falcon drafted. Is a smart footballer and makes good decisions. Not a big ball winner, but has elite agility that allows him to step opponents around the ground.

Strengths: Speed, kicking, cleanness, agility
Improvements:  Consistency, opposite foot

Combine test results: 20m Sprint (secs) 3.03 | Agility (secs) 8.30 | Yo-Yo Test (level) 21.8

2017 AFL DRAFT PROFILE: MATTHEW LING

TAC Cup

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016Geelong17143180070000135.74.710.32.70.02.30.3
2017Geelong11813225042881613801235210148.49.417.93.00.02.70.0
Total-13514628150881614501235211177.98.616.52.90.02.60.1

Under 18s Championships

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016Vic Country00000000000000000000
2017Vic Country272956151442110542146.87.314.03.80.02.80.3
Total-272956151442110542146.87.314.03.80.02.80.3

Career Total

SeasonKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
Total7.58.315.73.00.02.70.1

#17 Noah Balta
Tall Utility (Calder Cannons/Vic Metro)
23/10/1999 | 195.0cm | 94.9kg

Scouting notes: Athletic tall who has one of the biggest upsides of the draft pool. Balta has played predominately as a ruckman or a key forward for the Calder Cannons – but showed great signs as a defender in the Vic Metro trial and played there in the National Under 18 Championships. He is a good mark, but his running patterns up forward do need some work. He possesses a rare combo of elite speed and agility for a tall player. His vertical leap is exceptional and can do things that many other talls in the draft pool cannot. Has a very long right foot kick, but there is some suggestion that he could last into the 40s on draft night.

Strengths: Leap, long right foot kick, versatility
Improvements:  Decision making, consistency

Combine test results: 20m Sprint (secs) 3.05 | Agility (secs) 8.38 | Yo-Yo Test (level) N/A

2017 AFL DRAFT PROFILE: NOAH BALTA

TAC Cup

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016Calder642084240021660001679.12.912.03.49.43.02.3
2017Calder15045195561049450152266220121311.53.515.04.311.73.80.9
Total-21465279801049471218266220282010.73.314.04.010.93.61.4

Under 18s Championships

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016Vic Metro00000000000000000000
2017Vic Metro234279151246267037.71.39.03.02.01.30.0
Total-234279151246267037.71.39.03.02.01.30.0

Career Total

SeasonKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
Total10.33.013.33.89.63.31.3

#16 Aaron Naughton
Key Position Defender (Peel/Western Australia)
30/11/19999 | 194.0cm | 85.0kg

Scouting notes: Played as a bottom-ager in two of Western Australia’s NAB AFL Under 18 Championship games in 2016, and was named as a co-captain for the 2017 carnival where he impressed in defence. He marks well overhead and is a good reader of the play. Has an awkward ball drop which can affect his left foot kicking efficiency at times, but mostly it gets where it needs to go. Made his League debut in the WAFL and didn’t looked out of place.

Strengths: Intercept marking, reading the play, mature body, agile
Improvements:  Kicking technique

Combine test results: 20m Sprint (secs) 3.09 | Agility (secs) 8.22 | Yo-Yo Test (level) 21.8

2017 AFL DRAFT PROFILE: AARON NAUGHTON

Under 18s Championships

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016Western Australia871540050000024.03.57.52.00.02.50.0
2017Western Australia342559211937711211048.56.314.85.30.31.80.0
Total-4232742519371211211067.05.312.34.20.22.00.0

WAFL League

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016Peel Thunder00000000000000000000
2017Peel Thunder722597480092000270000000
Total-722597480092000270000000

WAFL Colts

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016Peel Thunder12657183570024150006130000000
2017Peel Thunder80331135100184000570000000
Total-2069029610800421900011200000000

Career Total

SeasonKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
Total7.05.312.34.20.22.00.0

#15 Sam Hayes
Ruckman/Key Position Forward (Eastern Ranges/Vic Metro)
09/06/1999 | 202.7cm | 92.6kg

Scouting notes: Showed his forward craft in the Under 18 Championships last year for Vic Metro using his height to mark the ball. He is a adequate kick for goal and rucks well around the ground and at the centre bounces. Leading patterns could improve – but he is still learning his game as a tall. The ruck/forward needs to improve his running and it will likely see him fall outside the first round.

Strengths: Overhead marking, ruckwork, forward craft
Improvements:  Endurance

Combine test results: 20m Sprint (secs) 3.13 | Agility (secs) 8.77 | Yo-Yo Test (level) 19.3

2017 AFL DRAFT PROFILE: SAM HAYES

TAC Cup

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016Eastern97831804700203380005156.55.512.03.122.51.30.3
2017Eastern12110422565133962833645291517148.67.416.14.624.02.01.2
Total-218187405112133964867445291522297.56.414.03.923.21.70.8

Trial matches

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
Total-9.05.014.01.011.01.02.0

Under 18s Championships

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016Vic Metro161329120030000535.34.39.74.00.01.01.7
2017Vic Metro2632581435272671171446.58.014.53.516.80.51.0
Total-4245872635275671171976.06.412.43.79.60.71.3

Career Total

SeasonKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
Total7.16.213.33.719.81.40.9

#14 Darcy Fogarty
General Forward (Glenelg/South Australia)
05/09/1999 | 191.9cm | 94.5kg

Scouting notes: Strongly built forward that can push into the midfield. Played up forward for South Australia in last year’s Under 18 Championships booting seven goals. Fogarty played a strong game in the midfield for Glenelg in their finals last year and has been tried as a third tall defender at stages throughout 2017. Has the ability to kick off either foot and can lay bone-crunching tackles. He is more of a third tall than an inside midfielder at this stage. Was ruled out for the season with a meniscus tear in his knee.

Strengths: Clean hands, decision making, strength, kicking
Improvements:  Endurance, clear position at next level, ball winning

Combine test results: 20m Sprint (secs) N/A | Agility (secs) N/A | Yo-Yo Test (level) N/A

2017 AFL DRAFT PROFILE: DARCY FOGARTY

SANFL League

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2017Glenelg19264542424110860044.86.511.31.00.02.80.0
Total-19264542424110860040000000

SANFL Reserves

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2017Glenelg62845320240016.02.08.04.00.02.00.0
Total-62845320240010000000

Under 18s Championships

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016South Australia20929130060000736.73.09.74.30.02.02.3
2017South Australia31154614193090468447.83.811.53.50.02.31.0
Total-5124752719301504681177.33.410.73.90.02.11.6

Career Total

SeasonKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
Total7.33.410.73.90.02.11.6

#13 Nathan Murphy
Medium Utility (Brighton Grammar/Sandringham Dragons)
15/12/1999 | 188.3cm | 79.9kg

Scouting notes: The Victorian Under 19 cricketer has been one of the better forwards in the APS Victorian school football season. Murphy kicked over 20 goals after moving forward post a concussion suffered against Haileybury College in Round 2. Was a late addition to the Sandringham Dragons program for 2017 and was strong as a third tall in defence on debut. The tall utility can play at either end and has a big booming right foot kick. Goalkicking accuracy is one area which can be cleaned up but Murphy’s focus has largely been cricket over the last few years. Often has a tendency to mark the ball behind his head and Murphy has a very large wingspan. Lots for upside and could well wind up as a midfielder in years to come.

Strengths: Intercept marking, versatile, cleanness at ground level
Improvements:  Set shot goalkicking, midfield craft, double-grab marking

Combine test results: 20m Sprint (secs) 3.16 | Agility (secs) 8.85 | Yo-Yo Test (level) 21.3

2017 AFL DRAFT PROFILE: NATHAN MURPHY

TAC Cup

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016Sandringham00000000000000000000
2017Sandringham8247129384582160417213810.35.916.14.80.02.00.4
Total-8247129384582160417213810.35.916.14.80.02.00.4

Career Total

SeasonKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
Total10.35.916.14.80.02.00.4

#12 Jack Higgins
Small Forward/Inside Midfielder (Oakleigh Chargers/Vic Metro)
19/03/1999 | 177.8cm | 76.9kg

Scouting notes: Small midfielder who wins a lot of the ball and has now moved into a small forward role post the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships. His defensive efforts are getting better and the midfielder has the ability to push forward and hit the scoreboard. His clearance work is great and he has goal smarts as a small forward, but he does lack a touch of speed compared to other small forwards. Very good contested mark for a player sub 180cm. Should be ready to go in 2018, but his full on focus on AFL in 2017, might mean he has a limited upside compared with other first rounders.

Strengths: Goal sense, Footy IQ, quick hands, contested marking
Improvements:  Speed, hurt factor with disposal

Combine test results: 20m Sprint (secs) 3.10 | Agility (secs) 8.45 | Yo-Yo Test (level) 21.3

2017 AFL DRAFT PROFILE: JACK HIGGINS

TAC Cup

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016Oakleigh8369152350021000014711.99.921.75.00.03.02.0
2017Oakleigh19912332275147170710412616311414.28.823.05.40.05.12.2
Total-282192474110147170920412616452113.49.122.65.20.04.42.1

Trial matches

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
Total-15.014.029.05.00.03.00.0

Under 18s Championships

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016Vic Metro251641800100001212.58.020.54.00.00.50.5
2017Vic Metro5356109245354250201366413.314.027.36.00.06.31.5
Total-7872150325354260201367613.012.025.05.30.04.31.2

Career Total

SeasonKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
Total13.310.023.35.20.04.21.9

#11 Hunter Clark
Inside Midfielder/Medium Defender (Dandenong Stingrays/Vic Country)
26/03/1999 | 186.1cm | 79.9kg

Scouting notes: Has transitioned from a rebounding outside defender to a contested ball winning midfielder over the last 12 months. Coming out of defence his decision making and kicking could be better – and if he cleans this up it will help his draft stocks. Ball winning capabilities are improving on the inside and he is able to pump the ball inside 50 to a teammate. Possesses quick hands – a trait that can separate him from others in this draft pool.

Strengths: Composure, clean hands, acceleration
Improvements:  Kicking consistency, outside game

Combine test results: 20m Sprint (secs) N/A | Agility (secs) N/A | Yo-Yo Test (level) N/A

2017 AFL DRAFT PROFILE: HUNTER CLARK

TAC Cup

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016Dandenong985515332001900005109.85.515.33.20.01.90.5
2017Dandenong19415334742175180860808533111314.911.826.73.20.06.60.8
Total-292208500741751801050808533162312.79.021.73.20.04.60.7

Trial matches

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
Total-0.00.00.00.01.01.00.0

Under 18s Championships

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016Vic Country1231500050000026.01.57.50.00.02.50.0
2017Vic Country40216112223918001072410.05.315.33.00.04.50.5
Total-5224761222392300107268.74.012.72.00.03.80.3

Career Total

SeasonKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
Total11.17.518.62.80.04.20.6

#10 Aiden Bonar
Inside Midfielder/General Forward (Haileybury College/Dandenong Stingrays)
08/03/1999 | 188.6cm | 86.5kg

Scouting notes: Build like a brick sh!thouse. After recovering from two knee surgeries after his first ACL graft didn’t take, Bonar has presence about him around the ground, mostly playing up forward as a third tall – but has pushed into the midfield for longer periods with each game he plays. His pressure is very good and he can lay bone crunching tackles. Has a good burst of speed and is strong overhead. Suggestion is he’ll end up a full time midfielder. Possesses a big upside.

Strengths: Kicking, acceleration, X-Factor, versatility
Improvements:  Endurance, consistency

Combine test results: 20m Sprint (secs) 2.90 | Agility (secs) 8.30 | Yo-Yo Test (level) 20.5

2017 AFL DRAFT PROFILE: AIDEN BONAR

TAC Cup

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016Dandenong10110000000020.50.00.50.50.00.00.0
2017Dandenong42418321463826014210567.06.813.83.50.04.30.8
Total-43418422463826014210585.45.110.52.80.03.30.6

Career Total

SeasonKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
Total5.45.110.52.80.03.30.6

#9 Jarrod Brander
Key Position Forward/Defender (Bendigo Pioneers/Allies)
11/02/1999 | 194.6cm | 92.3kg

Scouting notes: Key Position tall that can play at either end where he reads the flight of the ball well. Is mobile up forward which allows him to make multiple leads. Missed most of 2016 through knee injury, but jumped on the scene booting over 20 goals for Geelong Grammar in the 1st XVIII competition as a Year 10 in 2015. Doesn’t look out of place in defence after playing there for the AFL Academy – as well as collecting 26 disposals in defence in the APS v AGSV school boy game last year. Was originally zoned to GWS but it is now ineligible for GWS to select him under changes to their Academy zone. Best swingman in the draft – with healthy debate which end he best plays his football.

Strengths: Mobility, set shot goalkicking, versatile
Improvements:  Consistency

Combine test results: 20m Sprint (secs) 3.11 | Agility (secs) 8.40 | Yo-Yo Test (level) 21.1

2017 AFL DRAFT PROFILE: JARROD BRANDER

Division 2

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2017GWS Giants00000000000000000000
Total-00000000000000000000

TAC Cup

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016Bendigo41135426006100010410.33.313.56.50.31.52.5
2017Bendigo18133114171511050336.04.310.34.70.30.31.0
Total-592685401715720501378.43.712.15.70.31.01.9

Under 18s Championships

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016Allies00000000000000000000
2017Allies42206220213430010144410.55.015.55.00.00.81.0
Total-42206220213430010144410.55.015.55.00.00.81.0

Career Total

SeasonKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
Total9.24.213.45.50.20.91.5

#8 Jaidyn Stephenson
Outside Midfielder (Eastern Ranges/Vic Metro)
15/01/1999 | 188.5cm | 75.4kg

Scouting notes: Started the season as a medium tall marking target inside 50 but has improved his running capacity and turned himself into an outside midfield in the final few months of 2017.  Up forward, he has a big wingspan which sees him pluck the ball from above his opponents reach. He converts his set-shot chances more than not, after bursting onto the scene with a terrific finals series for Eastern Ranges as an Under 16 back in 2015. Stephenson has pushed up onto the wing at times, where he moved well – holding a great endurance base to go with a really good burst of speed. One area that could be cleaned up is his field kicking around the ground. A potential heart issue was picked up at the Combine and it remains to be seen how the club medical staff will judge the top 10 prospect.

Strengths: X-Factor, speed, agility, endurance, scoreboard impact
Improvements:  Kicking

Combine test results: 20m Sprint (secs) 2.97 | Agility (secs) 8.64 | Yo-Yo Test (level) 21.8

2017 AFL DRAFT PROFILE: JAIDYN STEPHENSON

TAC Cup

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016Eastern113391526000270000181011.33.915.26.00.02.71.8
2017Eastern22711234870158178826486925141515.17.523.24.70.45.50.9
Total-3401515001301581781096486925322513.66.020.05.20.24.41.3

Under 18s Championships

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016Vic Metro50530000000015.00.05.03.00.00.00.0
2017Vic Metro333164101749100347648.37.816.02.50.02.51.5
Total-383169131749100347657.66.213.82.60.02.01.2

Career Total

SeasonKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
Total12.25.918.44.60.23.81.2

#7 Andrew Brayshaw
Inside Midfielder (Sandringham Dragons/Vic Metro)
08/11/1999 | 183.9cm | 81.7kg

Scouting notes: The brother of Melbourne’s Angus started the year on fire for the Sandringham Dragons. He finds the football with a good contested possession percentage. Brayshaw is more of a handball first, kick second player in the contest but just gets the job done without standing out and flies under the radar. He makes his disposals count and is effective, with good defensive efforts. Always one of the top ranked players on the stats sheets.

Strengths: Contested ball winning, impact in the midfield, kicking, endurance, leadership
Improvements:  Scoreboard impact

Combine test results: 20m Sprint (secs) 3.00 | Agility (secs) 8.30 | Yo-Yo Test (level) 22.4

2017 AFL DRAFT PROFILE: ANDREW BRAYSHAW

TAC Cup

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016Sandringham161430100060000235.34.710.03.30.02.00.7
2017Sandringham1221262484011713766049401681012.212.624.84.00.06.60.8
Total-13814027850117137720494016101310.610.821.43.80.05.50.8

Under 18s Championships

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016Vic Metro00000000000000000000
2017Vic Metro14284251826802102127.014.021.02.50.04.00.5
Total-14284251826802102127.014.021.02.50.04.00.5

Career Total

SeasonKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
Total9.510.520.03.40.05.00.7

#6 Charlie Constable
Inside Midfielder/General Defender (Sandringham Dragons/Vic Metro)
18/05/1999 | 191.0cm | 86.1kg

Scouting notes: Tall midfielder who can play on the inside and across either arches. He begun the year for the Dragons in the midfield, but moved to half back with the return of Hamish Brayshaw. Missed a large chunk of 2016 with an injury, but is over those concerns. A good team player who gets to the right positions around the ground. Not super quick, but has a ‘footy brain’ and makes good decisions by foot rebounding out of defence. Likely to end up as a Patrick Cripps type of midfielder.

Strengths: Footy IQ, contested ball winning, versatile, clearance work, marking inside 50
Improvements:  Speed, endurance

Combine test results: 20m Sprint (secs) N/A | Agility (secs) N/A | Yo-Yo Test (level) N/A

2017 AFL DRAFT PROFILE: CHARLIE CONSTABLE

TAC Cup

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016Sandringham5131830060000022.56.59.01.50.03.00.0
2017Sandringham981112095310110124142161410109.811.120.95.30.12.41.0
Total-1031242275610110130142161410128.610.318.94.70.12.50.8

Under 18s Championships

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016Vic Metro00000000000000000000
2017Vic Metro2456801629521307112138.018.726.75.30.04.30.3
Total-2456801629521307112138.018.726.75.30.04.30.3

Career Total

SeasonKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
Total8.512.020.54.80.12.90.7

#5 Nicholas Coffield
General Defender/Inside Midfielder (Northern Knights/Vic Metro)
23/10/1999 | 190.8cm | 82.5kg

Scouting notes: Composed midfielder who is very good under pressure. Reminds me of Hugh McCluggage where he has plenty of time with ball in hand in the contest. Clean user on his right foot and his defensive efforts are strong where he floats around and wins the ball at ease. Has a burst of speed which he often will utilise in defensive 50 when playing the role of a general defender. Some think he will end up as an inside midfielder at the next level.

Strengths: Athleticism, work in tight, efficiency, versatility, leadership
Improvements:  Tackling, contested ball winning

Combine test results: 20m Sprint (secs) 2.91 | Agility (secs) 8.53 | Yo-Yo Test (level) 21.2

2017 AFL DRAFT PROFILE: NICHOLAS COFFIELD

TAC Cup

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016Northern14612927557003400000188.17.215.33.20.01.90.0
2017Northern21911633575113213320474550131613.77.320.94.70.02.00.8
Total-365245610132113213660474550133410.77.217.93.90.01.90.4

Under 18s Championships

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016Vic Metro00000000000000000000
2017Vic Metro52378917305790714111413.09.322.34.30.02.30.3
Total-52378917305790714111413.09.322.34.30.02.30.3

Career Total

SeasonKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
Total11.07.418.43.90.02.00.4

#4 Paddy Dow
Inside Midfielder (Bendigo Pioneers/Vic Country)
16/10/1999 | 185.4cm | 78.2kg

Scouting notes: Speedy inside midfielder who can push forward and hit the scoreboard. Right footed midfielder who was superb for the AFL Academy in their game against the Northern Blues – not looking out of place at the centre bounces early in the year. Runs a sub three second 20m sprint and has very good agility. Not afraid to take on opposition midfielders in the contest, attempting to speed out of the stoppages. Missed the latter parts of the season due to a shoulder injury.

Strengths: Powerful, classy, contested work, vision, scoreboard impact
Improvements:  Kicking under pressure

Combine test results: 20m Sprint (secs) N/A | Agility (secs) N/A | Yo-Yo Test (level) N/A

2017 AFL DRAFT PROFILE: PADDY DOW

TAC Cup

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016Bendigo819517627002000003810.111.922.03.40.02.50.4
2017Bendigo384179134039100161842312.713.726.34.30.03.30.7
Total-1191362554040393001618451110.812.423.23.60.02.70.5

Under 18s Championships

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016Vic Country00000000000000000000
2017Vic Country38387610493110021114349.59.519.02.50.02.50.8
Total-38387610493110021114349.59.519.02.50.02.50.8

Career Total

SeasonKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
Total10.511.622.13.30.02.70.5

#3 Adam Cerra
Balanced Midfielder (Eastern Ranges/Vic Metro)
07/10/1999 | 186.3cm | 80.3kg

Scouting notes: The forgotten man of the 2017 draft pool after missing 2016 with a meniscus injury to his knee. The AFL Academy missed out on pick one and pick two in 2016 – and Cerra could be another to join that list of high draft picks. He wins the ball on the inside and possesses a clean kick on his right foot. He contested work and clearance winning are superb and he covers the ground well. Was one of the standouts in the Vic Metro trials in April and continued his form in the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships. Missed the second half of the year with a shoulder injury.

Strengths: Kicking, contested ball, agility, upside
Improvements:  Speed, injury durability

Combine test results: 20m Sprint (secs) N/A | Agility (secs) N/A | Yo-Yo Test (level) N/A

2017 AFL DRAFT PROFILE: ADAM CERRA

TAC Cup

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016Eastern561130040000015.06.011.03.00.04.00.0
2017Eastern7629105275851150232195419.07.326.36.80.03.81.3
Total-8135116305851190232195516.27.023.26.00.03.81.0

Under 18s Championships

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016Vic Metro00000000000000000000
2017Vic Metro423173123442220171662410.57.818.33.00.05.50.5
Total-423173123442220171662410.57.818.33.00.05.50.5

Career Total

SeasonKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
Total12.36.618.94.20.04.10.7

#2 Luke Davies-Uniacke
Inside Midfielder (Dandenong Stingrays/Vic Country)
08/06/1999 | 187.2cm | 85.2kg

Scouting notes: A strong bodied inside midfielder who tackles hard and wins the clearances. Has had a fair share of injuries over the last few seasons but appears to be over them. Is one of the players most ready to go and could walk into AFL from day one with ease. Is powerful in the contested situations and is able to stand up when getting tackled, using his strength to dispose of the ball. Has shown at school football that he can beat the tag. Had a bit of a lull in the second half of the year, but pulled out his best form when it mattered in September’s TAC Cup Finals.

Strengths: Powerful, penetrating kick, contested marking, big game player, acceleration, kicking
Improvements:  Endurance, speed

Combine test results: 20m Sprint (secs) N/A | Agility (secs) N/A | Yo-Yo Test (level) N/A

2017 AFL DRAFT PROFILE: LUKE DAVIES-UNIACKE

TAC Cup

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016Dandenong19102950070000029.55.014.52.50.03.50.0
2017Dandenong78671452670762102827126613.011.224.24.30.03.51.0
Total-97771743170762802827126812.19.621.83.90.03.50.8

Under 18s Championships

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016Vic Country10616479202400110.06.016.04.00.02.00.0
2017Vic Country493887243160130121443412.39.521.86.00.03.30.8
Total-5944103283869150141843511.88.820.65.60.03.00.6

Career Total

SeasonKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
Total12.09.321.34.50.03.30.7

#1 Cameron Rayner
General Forward/Inside Midfielder (Western Jets/Vic Metro)
21/10/1999 | 186.5cm | 87.2kg

Scouting notes: Powerful and explosive midfielder who makes you excited when you watch him. A similar mould to Robbie Gray combined with Christian Petracca and when up forward his contested marking overhead is one of his strengths. For the moment he is a forward first, midfielder second with his endurance being a work in progress – running an 11.10 beep test at TAC Cup preseason testing. Not afraid to throw out a ‘don’t argue’ to his opponents. Can do things that others in the 2017 draft pool cannot. Battled a knee injury in the second half of the season.

Strengths: Strength, contested marking, X-Factor, penetrating kick, big game player
Improvements:  Endurance, consistency within games

Combine test results: 20m Sprint (secs) N/A | Agility (secs) N/A | Yo-Yo Test (level) N/A

2017 AFL DRAFT PROFILE: CAMERON RAYNER

TAC Cup

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016Western91551463500361900017811.46.918.34.42.44.52.1
2017Western83611442384603112832810711.98.720.63.30.14.41.4
Total-174116290588460672028328271511.67.719.33.91.34.51.8

Trial matches

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
Total-7.05.012.03.01.01.01.0

Under 18s Championships

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016Vic Metro00000000000000000000
2017Vic Metro353873124531110151021248.89.518.33.00.02.83.0
Total-353873124531110151021248.89.518.33.00.02.83.0

Career Total

SeasonKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
Total10.88.018.83.71.14.02.0

With just four sleeps until draft night, the 2017 NAB AFL Draft looms as one of the most open and unpredictable in recent memory. My final Phantom Draft will be released Thursday night at 7pm – if you want to know more: send me a Tweet @MattBalmer

Matt Balmer’s 2017 early Phantom Draft

IT IS just over a month until AFL clubs will meet at Sydney Showgrounds for the 2017 NAB AFL Draft.

At the conclusion of trade week, Matt Balmer predicts who will go where inside the first round, in his 2017 early Phantom Draft.

Pick 1: Brisbane – Luke Davies-Uniacke
Inside Midfielder (Dandenong Stingrays/Vic Country)
08/06/1999 | 187.2cm | 85.2kg

Scouting notes: A strong bodied inside midfielder who tackles hard and wins the clearances. Has had a fair share of injuries over the last few seasons but appears to be over them. Is one of the players most ready to go and could walk into AFL from day one with ease. Is powerful in the contested situations and is able to stand up when getting tackled, using his strength to dispose of the ball. Has shown at school football that he can beat the tag. Had a bit of a lull in the second half of the year, but pulled out his best form when it mattered in September.

In the mix: While some may see Cameron Rayner as the best player in the 2017 draft pool, I think the Lions will look for a full-time inside midfielder. Paddy Dow’s name is another who the Lions will consider – but at the moment the gut feel is ‘LDU’ is ahead of Dow.

Pick 2: Fremantle – Paddy Dow
Inside Midfielder (Bendigo Pioneers/Vic Country)
16/10/1999 | 185.4cm | 78.2kg

Scouting notes: Speedy inside midfielder who can push forward and hit the scoreboard. Right footed midfielder who was superb for the AFL Academy in their game against the Northern Blues – not looking out of place at the centre bounces early in the year. Runs a sub three second 20m sprint and has very good agility. Not afraid to take on opposition midfielders in the contest, attempting to speed out of the stoppages.

In the mix: Fremantle only acquired Pick 2 today, in a trade from the Gold Coast giving up Lachie Weller. They’ll need to take a Victorian midfielder at Pick 2 – with Cerra, Rayner, Davies-Uniacke others who could also feature. Fremantle have a lot of players similar to Rayner – but it’d be hard to let him go – as a player who can do things that many others can’t in this draft pool.

Pick 3: Carlton – Cameron Rayner
General Forward/Inside Midfielder (Western Jets/Vic Metro)
21/10/1999 | 186.5cm | 87.2kg

Scouting notes: Powerful and explosive midfielder who makes you excited when you watch him. A similar mould to Robbie Gray combined with Christian Petracca and when up forward his contested marking overhead is one of his strengths. For the moment he is a forward first, midfielder second with his endurance being a work in progress – running an 11.10 beep test at TAC Cup preseason testing. Not afraid to throw out a ‘don’t argue’ to his opponents. Can do things that others in the 2017 draft pool cannot.

In the mix: Fremantle are the great unknown and it’d be very hard to see the Blues let Rayner slip past them if he gets through to Pick 3. Haileybury College midfielders Andrew Brayshaw, Charlie Constable and Davies-Uniacke will be in the mix. Paddy Dow might land in their lap if things fall another way.

Pick 4: North Melbourne – Jaidyn Stephenson
Outside Midfielder (Eastern Ranges/Vic Metro)
15/01/1999 | 188.5cm | 75.4kg

Scouting notes: Started the season as a medium tall marking target inside 50 but has improved his running capacity and turned himself into an outside midfield in the final few months of 2017.  Up forward, he has a big wingspan which sees him pluck the ball from above his opponents reach. He converts his set-shot chances more than not, after bursting onto the scene with a terrific finals series for Eastern Ranges as an Under 16 back in 2015. Stephenson has pushed up onto the wing at times, where he moved well – holding a great endurance base to go with a really good burst of speed. One area that could be cleaned up is his field kicking around the ground.

In the mix: Most of the talk is that the top three selections will be Rayner, Davies-Uniacke & Dow – with the order unknown. Stephenson had a great second half of the year and adds some X-Factor for the Roos. Adam Cerra, Nick Coffield and Andrew Brayshaw are three other names that no doubt they’ll be monitoring.

Pick 5: Fremantle – Aaron Naughton
Key Position Defender (Peel/Western Australia)
30/11/19999 | 194.0cm | 85.0kg

Scouting notes: Played as a bottom-ager in two of Western Australia’s NAB AFL Under 18 Championship games in 2016, and was named as a co-captain for the 2017 carnival where he impressed in defence. He marks well overhead and is a good reader of the play. Has an awkward ball drop which can affect his left foot kicking efficiency at times, but mostly it gets where it needs to go. Made his League debut in the WAFL and didn’t looked out of place.

In the mix: Take a midfielder at Pick 2 and at Pick 5? Another big question – but Fremantle hold the keys to shaping the top 10 of the 2017 NAB AFL Draft. They’ve watched a fair bit of the Sandringham Dragons and Andrew Brayshaw could be a player selected here. Adam Cerra and Nick Coffield are two other Vic Metro players who they’ll have on the list – but it might be hard to turn down the best West Australian and tall in the draft pool.

Pick 6: Collingwood – Nick Coffield
General Defender/Outside Midfielder (Northern Knights/Vic Metro)
23/10/1999 | 190.8cm | 82.5kg

Scouting notes: Composed midfielder who is very good under pressure. Reminds me of Hugh McCluggage where he has plenty of time with ball in hand in the contest. Clean user on his right foot and his defensive efforts are strong where he floats around and wins the ball at ease. Has a burst of speed which he often will utilise in defensive 50 when playing the role of a general defender. Some think he will end up as an inside midfielder at the next level.

In the mix: Few whispers of the Pies meeting with Aaron Naughton on the weekend and they may pick him if he is available here. Coffield is the best player available and should be able to transition into an inside midfielder in the future.

Pick 7: St Kilda – Andrew Brayshaw
Inside Midfielder (Sandringham Dragons/Vic Metro)
08/11/1999 | 183.9cm | 81.7kg

Scouting notes: The brother of Melbourne’s Angus started the year on fire for the Sandringham Dragons. He finds the football with a good contested possession percentage. Brayshaw is more of a handball first, kick second player in the contest but just gets the job done without standing out and flies under the radar. He makes his disposals count and is effective, with good defensive efforts. Always one of the top ranked players on the stats sheets.

In the mix: I’m told St Kilda have been big fans of Brayshaw throughout 2017 – meeting with him on multiple occasions and it would be hard to see them turn him down if he’s available. Alan Richardson watched the TAC Cup elimination final where Nick Coffield dominated and he is another option if still on the board. It would be a tough call to let Adam Cerra go too.

Pick 8: St Kilda – Aiden Bonar
Inside Midfielder/General Forward (Haileybury College/Dandenong Stingrays)
08/03/1999 | 188.6cm | 86.5kg

Scouting notes: Build like a brick sh!thouse. After recovering from two knee surgeries after his first ACL graft didn’t take, Bonar has presence about him around the ground, mostly playing up forward as a third tall – but has pushed into the midfield for longer periods with each game he plays. His pressure is very good and he can lay bone crunching tackles. Has a good burst of speed and is strong overhead. Suggestion is he’ll end up a full time midfielder. Possesses a big upside.

In the mix: The biggest unknown in the 2017 draft pool is Aiden Bonar and he is a name that St Kilda could take – to address bringing in a big bodied midfielder. His testing at the NAB AFL Draft Combine was outstanding and there’s no doubt with the security of having two picks inside top 10 – the Saints could make the move on the Dandenong Stingray.

Pick 9: Western Bulldogs – Adam Cerra
Balanced Midfielder (Eastern Ranges/Vic Metro)
07/10/1999 | 186.3cm | 80.3kg

Scouting notes: The forgotten man of the 2017 draft pool after missing 2016 with a meniscus injury to his knee. The AFL Academy missed out on pick one and pick two in 2016 – and Cerra could be another to join that list of high draft picks. He wins the ball on the inside and possesses a clean kick on his right foot. He contested work and clearance winning are superb and he covers the ground well. Was one of the standouts in the Vic Metro trials in April and continued his form in the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships.

In the mix: If the Saints don’t take Bonar, he’s a player I’d expect the Bulldogs to snap up. With Stringer leaving the kennel, South Australia’s best draft prospect Darcy Fogarty could fill a similar role as a forward. They have also shown some interest in Nathan Murphy – but they may hope that he gets to their next selection.

Pick 10: Carlton – Charlie Constable
General Defender/Inside Midfielder (Sandringham Dragons/Vic Metro)
18/05/1999 | 191.0cm | 86.1kg

Scouting notes: Tall midfielder who can play on the inside and across either arches. He begun the year for the Dragons in the midfield, but moved to half back with the return of Hamish Brayshaw. Missed a large chunk of 2016 with an injury, but is over those concerns. A good team player who gets to the right positions around the ground. Not super quick, but has a ‘footy brain’ and makes good decisions by foot rebounding out of defence. Likely to end up as a Patrick Cripps type of midfielder.

In the mix: SOS has some good relationships among the APS school boy football competition and if one of Bonar or Constable reach their Pick 10 – It would be seriously hard to see him let them go past. Either can play as an inside midfielder and support Patrick Cripps.

Pick 11: GWS – Jack Higgins
Small Forward/Inside Midfielder (Oakleigh Chargers/Vic Metro)
19/03/1999 | 177.8cm | 76.9kg

Scouting notes: Small midfielder who wins a lot of the ball and has now moved into a small forward role post the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships. His defensive efforts are getting better and the midfielder has the ability to push forward and hit the scoreboard. His clearance work is great and he has goal smarts as a small forward, but he does lack a touch of speed compared to other small forwards. Very good contested mark for a player sub 180cm. Should be ready to go in 2018, but his full on focus on AFL in 2017, might mean he has a limited upside compared with other first rounders.

In the mix: The Giants have long wanted a small forward and the retirement of Stevie J might see them select Jack Higgins, who would fit in well playing a role alongside Tim Taranto and Toby Greene. They have shown in the past that they aren’t afraid to grab players with dual sport abilities (Pat McKenna), so Nathan Murphy could be another considered.

Pick 12: Adelaide – Darcy Fogarty
General Forward (Glenelg/South Australia)
05/09/1999 | 191.9cm | 94.5kg

Scouting notes: Strongly built forward that can push into the midfield. Played up forward for South Australia in last year’s Under 18 Championships booting seven goals. Fogarty played a strong game in the midfield for Glenelg in their finals last year and has been tried as a third tall defender at stages throughout 2017. Has the ability to kick off either foot and can lay bone-crunching tackles. He is more of a third tall than an inside midfielder at this stage. Ruled out for the season with a meniscus tear in his knee.

In the mix: The obvious option is for the Crows to take home grown talent in Darcy Fogarty, but if he’s off the board – they may look to Vic Country inside midfielder Hunter Clark who has had a superb finish to the season.

Pick 13: West Coast – Hunter Clark
Inside Midfielder/Medium Defender (Dandenong Stingrays/Vic Country)
26/03/1999 | 186.1cm | 79.9kg

Scouting notes: Has transitioned from a rebounding outside defender to a contested ball winning midfielder over the last 12 months. Coming out of defence his decision making and kicking could be better – and if he cleans this up it will help his draft stocks. Ball winning capabilities are improving on the inside and he is able to pump the ball inside 50 to a teammate. Possesses quick hands – a trait that can separate him from others in this draft pool.

In the mix: Another club that will look to bolster their inside midfielders stock. If Hunter Clark is on the board it is a no-brainer, while if they feel they want to take the best homegrown player – it is not too far out of Under 18 Larke Medalist Oscar Allen’s range.

Pick 14: Sydney – Nathan Murphy
Medium Utility (Brighton Grammar/Sandringham Dragons)
15/12/1999 | 188.3cm | 79.9kg

Scouting notes: The Victorian Under 19 cricketer has been one of the better forwards in the APS Victorian school football season. Murphy has over 20 goals after moving forward post a concussion suffered against Haileybury College in Round 2. Was a late addition to the Sandringham Dragons program for 2017 and was strong as a third tall in defence on debut. The tall utility can play at either end and has a big booming right foot kick. Goalkicking accuracy is one area which can be cleaned up but Murphy’s focus has largely been cricket over the last few years. Often has a tendency to mark the ball behind his head and Murphy has a very large wingspan.

In the mix: In what was a quiet trade week for Kinnear Beatson and the Swans, they will hit the draft with their first round pick. Nathan Murphy is a player they could consider, with a chance he moves into the midfield. If they are looking for some outside class – players such as Lochie O’Brien, Matt Ling, Ed Richards and Ryley Stoddart could be considered, but all are probably likely to fall into the second round.

Pick 15: Brisbane – Joel Garner
Balanced Midfielder/General Defender (Eastern Ranges/Vic Metro)
21/05/1999 | 184.2cm | 82.6kg

Scouting notes: Balanced Midfielder who has struggled to find his feet at times thrown around in multiple positions around the ground at school, TAC Cup and Vic Metro level. He uses the ball well off his left foot, hitting targets on the run or standing still. His handballing in close is another strength and he is able to clear the ball from a stoppage with ease. Screams X-Factor at times and may have found his best position across half back. Is an outstanding leader.

In the mix: Pick 15 places the Lions a bit in no-man’s land – if the draft falls as I have it, they may miss out on probably the best crop of midfielders. No doubt they’d be keen to link up Dandenong Stingrays pair Aiden Bonar and Hunter Clark with Davies-Uniacke if they were available. Despite having Oscar McInerney developing well, they might look at Sam Hayes to boost their ruck stocks or develop as a key forward – but they do have Connor Ballenden who should get a bid after their next pick somewhere in the 20s. Could they bid on Patrick Naish?

Pick 16: Western Bulldogs – Ed Richards
Medium Defender/
Inside Midfielder (Oakleigh Chargers/Vic Metro)
03/07/1999 | 184.7cm | 78.1kg

Scouting notes: Speedy running defender who dominated in the APS school football competition for Carey. Is trusted with taking the kick outs and is a clean and effective kick on his left foot. Can play as an inside midfielder, where he uses his quick & clean hands to effectiveness.

In the mix: The Tigers will be hoping that father-son prospect Patrick Naish doesn’t get a bid here – with the Bulldogs showing plenty of interest this season. If they’re looking to add some speed on the outside, Ed Richards has had a great season and might be one they look to recruit. Norwood small midfielder Zac Bailey was superb throughout the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships for the Allies and could be another they consider.

Pick 17: Richmond – Jarrod Brander
Key Position Forward/Defender (Bendigo Pioneers/Allies)
11/02/1999 | 194.6cm | 92.3kg

Scouting notes: Key Position tall that can play at either end where he reads the flight of the ball well. Is mobile up forward which allows him to make multiple leads. Missed most of 2016 through knee injury, but jumped on the scene booting over 20 goals for Geelong Grammar in the 1st XVIII competition as a Year 10 in 2015. Doesn’t look out of place in defence after playing there for the AFL Academy – as well as collecting 26 disposals in defence in the APS v AGSV school boy game last year. Was originally zoned to GWS but it is now ineligible for GWS to select him under changes to their Academy zone. Best swingman in the draft – with healthy debate which end he best plays his football.

In the mix: The Tigers went into finals with a small side – but may look to bring in some more talls to help with their depth. Most people in the know feel Jarrod Brander will get outside the top 10 and the Tigers would have to snatch him up at Pick 17. Sam Hayes is another tall they will consider – but the Tigers will be hoping he gets through to Pick 20. If the Bulldogs or Lions bid on Naish – this pick will be removed from the order.

What about the rest?

Pick 19: Gold Coast – Nathan Murphy would be a likely suitor should he get through to Pick 19. Medium forward Jordan Houlahan from Sturt would be another name that fits the bill as a similar player to Murphy. Larke Medalist Oscar Allen and Vic Metro tall Noah Balta are still on the board and might fit the best available selection, while the loss of Adam Saad might allow them to look for a similar prospect in Matt Ling.

Pick 22: Geelong – Similar to the Suns – medium forwards Murphy and Houlahan would appeal to add to the Cats’ forward line. Lachlan Fogarty might be another good fit, with high pressure and tackling numbers sure to fit the bill of AFL teams after a success with Richmond this season. Could the Wooller name return to Simonds Stadium?

Pick 29: Melbourne – A small forward or classy outside ball user would likely appear to the Dees. Ryley Stoddart, Matt Ling and Lochie O’Brien are three such classy outside midfielders/half back flanks. If they’re looking for a small forward, Dylan Moore and Charlie Spargo are two second round prospects that they could consider. The Demons also have Pick 31 and 36.

Pick 43: Hawthorn – Once again the Hawks will enter the draft without a first round pick – but it is at least closer than their 2016 first selection. Next Generation Academy member Changkuoth Jiath is tied to the Hawks – but will likely be a late selection or rookie pick. While it’s probably unlikely Andrew McPherson would be a good fit across half back and through the midfield, after an injury interrupted 2017. Two other midfielders that might be considered from the Hawks are Brayden Ainsworth and Matthew Day. Could James Worpel still be there at Pick 43?

Pick 46: Port Adelaide – The Power are one of a number of clubs to show interest in Eastern Ranges & Haileybury College outside midfielder/general forward Jackson Ross. Ross is very athletic and has plenty of scope for development. If the two West Australian teams haven’t grabbed Liam Ryan – the Power might consider it here.

Pick 48: Essendon – If the Bombers can find an inside midfielder at Pick 48 – it would cap off a very impressive draft & trade period. The Bombers would’ve taken Constable with Pick 11 had they held onto it, but if James Worpel gets to Pick 48 – It’d be hard to see them let him go. There’s been a lot of talk about them being keen on Dylan Moore – but he’s likely to end up inside the top 30.

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