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South Australia weekly wrap: Lukosius stars again; Fogarty puts his hand up for round one

SOUTH Australian football is headlined by some outstanding AFL preseason performances this week, as well as another strong showing from potential top 10 draft pick Jack Lukosius in the SANFL trial games. Meanwhile, the league hosted its Annual General Meeting (AGM), granting a swag of former stars life membership status.

AFL News – JLT Community Series:

The JLT series concluded last week and there is no doubt that sides are a step closer to finalising their line ups for Round 1. South Australian talent was on show again, with none more impressive than Adelaide Crow Darcy Fogarty. A three-goal haul helped the powerful forward to stake his claim for a Round 1 debut. The former Rostrevor lad has showed he is up for the task at AFL level so far and deserves a chance. Former Glenelg player Dom Barry also looks like he will make his way into the Power lineup for Round 1.

SANFL League and Reserves News – Trial Games:

It was a busy weekend for SANFL clubs with League, Reserves, U18 and U16 sides all playing trial games.

The Port Magpies and Eagles League contest proved to be another step in the right direction for 2018 draft prospect Jack Lukosius in his development with a dominant five-goal haul in three quarters against AFL Power-listed defenders. It is going to be hard to keep a lid on Lukosius this year as he continues to show he should be at the very pointy end of this year’s draft. The Eagles won both League and Reserves games easily, with Jake Weidemann slotting five goals in the second game.

In South vs North reserves and league trial games last weekend, there were some notable under 18 performers. North won reserves by 34 points, with Boyd Woodcock creating some space to slot four goals.  James Langley played in the ruck and forward and also kicked a goal.  Dyson Hilder, an underager in 2018 continues to impress particularly in and around the packs and with his effective disposal, also managed a goal.  For South, strong bodied midfielder Tom Sparrow worked hard all day, including a number of tackles and also kicked his side’s first goal.  Job Colwell was also amongst the possessions and looked dangerous across half forward.  In the league trial won by North, AFL Academy Member Connor Rozee played off the wing and Adelaide father-son prospect from South, Hayden Sampson, also had a run.

In the Centrals vs Glenelg hit-outs, AFL Academy prospect Jackson Hately was amongst Centrals best in a losing team, with his tackling noticeable to go with 20-odd possession game. Centrals’ Jez McLennan also played and was a solid contributor. Glenelg looked solid under new coach Mark Stone, with Reserves coach Narelle Smith also having her first hit-out and victory. Lachlan Hosie snagged four goals in the League match, while Ben Edwards slotted six in the Reserves

West Adelaide took on Adelaide Crows Reserves team in scorching heat, and the Crows were victorious by 34 points. Father-sons Jackson Edwards and Ben Jarman took the field for Adelaide, and Crows Development player Paul Hunter was a standout.  

The under 18 and under 16 trials played were a chance for some clubs to see their younger crop in action for the first time, and large squads were run with most clubs swapping their whole teams at half time. A clear standout in the Glenelg and West Adelaide U18 match was underager Luke Edwards, brother of Jackson and son of Tyson. He will no doubt attract attention in the coming years. An early bolter for 2018 who impressed was Jye Sinderberry from the Bloods, with the Goodwood Saints player amongst his side’s best.

Trial Games continue this weekend for SANFL teams and the first round of SANFL U16 games kick off as well.

The full schedule of trial games can be found here.

SANFL AGM:

It has been a big week for the SANFL, with the Annual General Meeting (AGM) held during the week and a host of positive news from head office in the financial reports from 2017. SANFL made large debt reductions of $2.16 million and increased investment in Game Development to $5.5 million, plus another $4.38 million paid to SANFL Clubs for Game Development. Playing numbers continue to grow, with over 174,000 players being 15 per cent higher than previous year, and female participation increased by 53 per cent.

“Reducing debt levels has been the Commission’s priority over the past few years to ensure the League and its clubs create a solid financial footing for the future,” SA Football Commission Chairman John Olsen AO told the SANFL website.

“However, we have also been careful to balance this with a continued focus on strengthening our investment in development for areas such as SANFL Juniors, our elite programs, women’s football and umpires.”

Life Members were also inducted to the SANFL as well as former players, Darren Jarman, Rodney Maynard, Stephen Rowe, Greg Anderson, Scott Hodges and Sean Tasker. In 2017, SANFL Player Life Member rules were amended to include Adelaide Football Club and Port Adelaide Football Club games in a player’s total as long as 150 SANFL games were part of the minimum total of 200 matches.

Sons prepare to follow in their fathers footsteps

AFTER a thin year for father-son selections last year with just five players selected in 2016, the next two seasons will provide plenty of interest as to whether a number of household names can follow in their father’s footsteps and play AFL football.

Josh Daicos and Callum Brown made their way to Collingwood last year, while Jake Waterman was picked up with the final pick of the AFL National Draft. Adelaide won the heart of Ben Jarman in the rookie draft, while Sam Simpson headed to Geelong.

2018 will be particularly of interest with as many as 15 eligible father-son selections, including a number of which are tied to various northern academies, making the nomination process that bit more interesting. In 2017 however, there are a number of familiar names, led by Patrick Naish and Jackson Edwards.

Naish is the son of Richmond forward Chris who represented the yellow and black on 143 occasions, booting 212 goals from 1990-1997. Chris also played 18 games for Port Adelaide over the next two seasons. His son has already impressed as a bottom-ager, patrolling the half-back line and showing signs he could become a quality player. He reads the ball well and positions himself accordingly. He is good overhead and is able to move well through traffic, which is what we hope to see more of in 2017. Naish played predominatly across half back for the Northern Knights, but it was at school football for Ivanhoe Grammar where Naish impressed in 2016 – showing his smarts inside 50 kicking goals and working through the inside of the midfield.

Edwards is the son of Adelaide stalwart Tyson, who nutted out a whopping 321 games, playing in the Crows’ two premierships in 1997-98. His son looks destined to pull on his dad’s former jumper at West Lakes. Edwards is a left footer with clean ball skills who has played most of his football for Glenelg on the outside or across half back. Edwards collected 19 disposals and kicked a goal in the Under 17 All-Stars game at Punt Road Oval on Grand Final day last year as one of Team O’Loughlin’s better players. In last weekend’s South Australian Under 18 trial, Edwards played more of a role on the inside of the midfield and pushing forward to take marks.

South Australian U18 Internal trial scouting notes

Lachlan Harris is another likely type, tied to Brisbane through father-son with dad Leon moving to the club as a part time scout following his time as Vic Country under 18s talent manager. Harris is on the Sandringham Dragons’ list and the small has the ability to play as either a small defender or a small forward. For his school Caulfield Grammar in 2016, Harris was mostly tasked with the role of kicking the ball out of defence. Harris has elite speed and was timed at 2.83s for the 20 metre sprint, coming in second place overall at TAC Cup testing in 2016. Harris has also spent time with the Lions over the summer.

Other eligible father-sons in 2017 include Josh Broderick who could join Naish at the Tigers and follow in dad Paul’s footsteps; Devlin Brereton is eligible to join Hawthorn with the Hawks the only one of three clubs father Dermott played enough games for during his famed career; Tyler Brown could join brother Callum at the Pies; and Liam Hickmott could forge a career in navy Blue should Carlton select the son of Adrian.

For Cats fans, 2018 could be a bumper draft with a record number of father-sons potentially available to the club. Oscar Brownless (Billy), Lochlan Hocking (Garry), Baxter Mensch (David) and Bailey Scott (Robert) could all don the dark blue and white hoops in 2019. However Scott might be more of a challenge to win over, with North Melbourne able to select him under father-son as well, while Scott is a member of the Gold Coast Academy too.

Speaking of North Melbourne, the Kangaroos could also be bolstered by a number of father-sons in 2018, with Nick Blakey (John) and Joel Crocker (Darren) both already looking like top-end prospects. Crocker will be only available to the Roos, but Blakey, like Scott has more than one potential home. Father John played enough games for Fitzroy and North to qualify for both the Kangaroos and the Lions while Blakey is a member of Sydney’s Academy.

If Brisbane can win over Blakey, then the Lions can match the Cats with four father-sons in 2018 given Jake Bradshaw (Daniel), James Rendell (Matt) and Casey Voss (Michael) are all eligible to head to Brisbane. Other father-sons include Mason Fletcher (Dustin, Essendon), Zac Hart (Adelaide, Ben), Will Hickmott (Adrian, Carlton), Will Kelly (Craig, Collingwood), Ben Silvagni (Stephen, Carlton) and possibly the top pick of the group along with Crocker, Rhylee West (Western Bulldogs, Scott).

2017 eligible:

Devlin Brereton (son of Dermott) Hawthorn

Josh Broderick (Paul) Richmond

Tyler Brown (Gavin) Collingwood

Jackson Edwards (Tyson) Adelaide

Lachlan Harris (Leon) Brisbane

Liam Hickmott (Adrian) Carlton

Connor McLeod (Andrew) Adelaide

Patrick Naish (Chris) Richmond

2018 eligible:

Nick Blakey (son of John) Brisbane/North/Sydney [2018]

Jake Bradshaw (Daniel) Brisbane [2018]

Oscar Brownless (Billy) Geelong [2018]

Joel Crocker (Darren) North [2018]

Mason Fletcher (Dustin) Essendon [2018]

Zac Hart (Ben) Adelaide [2018]

Will Hickmott (Adrian) Carlton [2018]

Lochlan Hocking (Garry) Geelong [2018]

Will Kelly (Craig) Collingwood [2018]

Oskar Manton (Glenn Carlton [2018]

Baxter Mensch (David) Geelong [2018]

James Rendell (Matt) Brisbane [2018]

Bailey Scott (Robert) North/Geelong/GC [2018]

Ben Silvagni (Stephen) Carlton [2018]

Casey Voss (Michael) Brisbane [2018]

Rhylee West (Scott) Western Bulldogs [2018]

Have we missed anyone? If we have – let us know @AFLDraftCentral

AFL Draft Combine 2016 Day 2 results

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Day 2 saw players be put under the spotlight with medicals from clubs, as well as interviews with media and AFL clubs.

Players also completed testing for hand-eye coordination and reaction time, such as Ben Ainsworth attempting to hit the coloured lights in the image below.

Friday night saw players undertake the kicking, clean hands and goal kicking tests with the following players scoring well.

Vision of SA Under 18 players can be found under the SANFL YouTube account.

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Results:

Clean hands test (score out of a possible 30)
Ben Jarman (28)
Oliver Florent (28)
Ryan Garthwaite (28)
Callum Brown (27)
Jarrod Berry (27)
Will Hayward (27)
Patrick Lipinski (27)
Sam Powell-Pepper (27)
Jack Bowes (27)
Isaac Cumming (26)
Joe Atley (26)
Myles Poholke (26)
Jonty Scharenberg (26)
Harry Himmelberg (26)
Jack Maibaum (26)

Kicking test (score out of a possible 30)
Jordan Ridley (27)
Isaac Cumming (26)
Jarrod Berry (25)
Ben Long (25)
Sam Walker (25)
Josh Williams (25)
Ben Jarman (24)
Tom Williamson (24)
Dylan Clarke (24)
Kym LeBois (23)
Willem Drew (23)
Josh Battle (23)
Jake Waterman (23)

Goalkicking test (score out of a possible 30)
Sam Powell-Pepper (30)
Harry Morrison (25)
Joe Atley (25)
Josh Williams (25)
Jonty Scharenberg (25)
Ryan Garthwaite (25)
Zachary Sproule (25)
Tim English (25)
Liam Baker (25)
Ben Jarman (24)
Tyson Stengle (24)

Stars to shine bright at the National AFL Draft Combine

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FOR the draft crop of 2016, the National AFL Draft Combine is the first sign that their AFL dreams are a step closer to fruition. An invitation to the AFL Draft Combine means that at least five AFL clubs have expressed interest in the player. The AFL Draft Combine is a way for clubs to determine the players’ physical strengths as well as getting one-on-one time through combine interviews.

Draftees take on each other in a series of tests that challenge their speed, endurance, reflexes and skills to determine their strengths and weaknesses. Combine results are taken into account by clubs when deciding between players and whether they believe they can take the next step into the AFL. A total of 81 players have been invited to the 2016 AFL Draft Combine.

Matt Balmer takes a look at who might be the standouts in the testing which runs from Friday to Sunday.


Thursday:

Players will begin to arrive at Etihad Stadium before a welcome will be held for all 81 players in attendence. Not all players will be able to test due to injuries, but they will sit in on interviews and medicals with clubs early in the combine.

Thursday also sees heights and weight taken, along with all the body sizing and measurements such as skin folds and tricept sizes. My spies have told me Ollie Florent will be a likely winner for the biggest hands at the combine.

The media will also be in attendance on Thursday afternoon with Kevin Sheehan speaking alongside Jonty Scharenberg, Jy Simpkin and Sam Powell-Pepper.

Friday:

More medicals and interviews for players when they arrive for another day. Friday night from 7pm-9.30pm will be the hand balling, kicking and goal kicking tests.

The Matthew Lloyd clean hands/handpassing test measures how well a player collects the football and is able to dispose of it using a handball. There are three targets set up on both the left and right side at distances of 6m, 8m and 10m. An official will roll out or throw a ball at the player and instruct them where to handball the ball to. This is done six times and a score from 1-5 is allocated to each handball depending on how good it is.

Who could win? Hugh McCluggage‘s hands in stoppages are outstanding, whilst Andrew McGrath has the highest TAC Cup handball efficiency with 93 per cent of his handballs hitting the target.

The Brad Johnson goal kicking test will measure a players accuracy kicking for goal. Four kicking points are designated with players taking five kicks in total; two set shots (35m out in either pocket), two snaps (20m out, one left foot and one right foot) and one kick on the run (40m out directly in front). The player has 70 seconds to complete the test. A score is then worked out from the amount of goals and behinds a player kicks.

Who could win? Vic Country forward Josh Battle has a superb kick on him from short or long range distances in front of goal. Again, Hugh McCluggage has shown he can push forward and hit the scoreboard throughout 2016.

The Nathan Buckley kicking test measures players kicking efficiency over six kicks. Six targets (three on each side) are set out at distances of 20m, 30m and 40m. An official will call out a target at random to the kick, who will then to proceed to hit the target. Each kick is given a score from one to five, with five being a perfect kick.

Who could win? West Australian Josh Rotham is one of the best kicks in the draft pool, his teammate tall ruckman Tim English is another who uses the ball well. Harry Morrison, Sam Petrevski-Seton, Alex Villis and Harry Perryman are others that should perform well in this test.

Saturday:

The biggest day of the carnival will see sprints, agility, jumps and the beep test held on the purpose built floor on Etihad.

Sprints will be held in the morning , whilst the afternoon will conclude with the beep test.

Who could win in the sprints? Exciting WA midfielder Shai Bolton will test extremely well in both the 20m sprint and the agility test. Back in 2014, Bolton ran a sub 3s 20m sprint and under 8s for the agility test, considered elite.

Brandan Parfitt and Cedric Cox are among others who has shown off their speed at times this season while Jordan Gallucci should perform well in the agility test. Vic Country teammates Ben Ainsworth (8.00 seconds) and Jarrod Berry (7.80 seconds) were superb in TAC Cup preseason testing, while Stingrays defender Bailey Morrish was just behind Berry running 7.81 seconds. Queenslander Josh Williams showed a remarkable dash of speed in a division two National Under 18s Championships game earlier in the season.

Murray Bushrangers tall Esava Ratugolea is another who tested well in the past (2.92s) as has South Australian excitement machine Kym Lebois.

The vertical leap test is always an interesting test with vertical jump and running vertical jump (left and right foot) measured.

Who could win in the jumps? South Australian tall utility Brennan Cox was superb in the preseason testing in the SANFL, recording over 90cm off either foot in the running vertical jump. Ruckman Tim English, Esava Ratugolea and Tony Olango could test well above their counterparts, but it was Stingrays defender Bailey Morrish who beat all comers in the TAC Cup preseason testing with a vertical leap of 81cm.

The shuttle run/beep test or multistage fitness test depending on where you’re from is another that is closely watched by clubs. Most are looking for kids to push out one last level on the test, rather than take the easy option and drop out early. Sometimes the dedication and commitment from players can lead to them ‘spewing’ up their lunch- but an effect that some clubs might put down as a big tick in their notebook.

Who could win in the beep test? Tim Taranto will be an early front runner, having run a 15.9 in the preseason. His Sandringham Dragons team mate Ollie Florent is another who might perform well. If Jack Graham tests, he could be South Australia’s best.

Sunday:

The final day of the combine will see the 3km time trial run in groups of 10-15. The 3km time trial is one of the most strutinised tests, players pushing themselves to the limit deserve a pat on the back- while those that cruse through without little effect might come under the eyes of recruiters when they pour over all their data.

The 3km time trial has gotten faster every season, with the record being broken for three years running.

Who could win the 3km time trial? Possible number one draft pick Andrew McGrath should run well, but will his heavy work load over the last few months affect him? Again Tim Taranto will be another who could perform well.


Invites:

Small Defenders/Midfielders/Forwards

Ben Ainsworth- Vic Country
Liam Baker- Western Australia
Shai Bolton- Western Australia
Callum Brown- Vic Metro
Cedric Cox- Vic Country
Joshua Daicos- Vic Metro
Zac Fisher- Western Australia
Ben Jarman- South Australia
Kym Lebois- South Australia
Andrew McGrath- Vic Metro
Brandan Parfitt- Northern Territory
Tyson Stengle- South Australia

Medium Defenders 

Jarrod Berry- Vic Country
Isaac Cumming- NSW/ACT
Taylin Duman- Vic Metro
Ben Long- NT
Bailey Morrish- Vic Country
Harry Morrison- Vic Country
Harry Perryman- NSW/ACT
Sam Walker- South Australia
Tom Williamson- Vic Country
Alex Witherden- Vic Country
Alex Villis- South Australia

Tall Defenders

Brennan Cox- South Australia
Ryan Garthwaite- NSW/ACT
Elliot Himmelberg- Queensland
Griffin Logue- Western Australia
Harrison Macreadie- NSW/ACT
Jack Maibaum- Vic Metro
Sam McLarty- Vic Metro
Jordan Ridley- Vic Metro
Joshua Rotham- Western Australia
Jack Scrimshaw- Vic Metro
Declan Watson- Queensland

Medium Midfielders

Jacob Allison- Queensland
Joseph Atley- Vic Country
Hamish Brayshaw- Vic Metro
Will Brodie- Vic Country
Jack Bowes- Queensland
Dylan Clarke- Vic Metro
Willem Drew- Vic Country
Judah Dundon- Vic Metro
Jordan Gallucci- Vic Metro
Jack Graham- South Australia
Matt Guelfi- Western Australia
Oscar Junker- Vic Metro
Hugh McCluggage- Vic Country
Kobe Mutch- NSW/ACT
Sam Petrevski-Seton- Western Australia
Myles Poholke- Vic Country
Sam Powell-Pepper- Western Australia
Luke Ryan- VFL
Jonty Scharenberg- South Australia
Will Setterfield- NSW/ACT
Daniel Venables- Vic Metro
Josh Williams- Queensland

Medium Forwards

Joshua Begley- Vic Metro
Benjamin Davis- NSW/ACT
Sam Fisher- NSW/ACT
Oliver Florent- Vic Metro
Will Hayward- South Australia
Mitchell Hinge- South Australia
Patrick Lipinski- Vic Metro
Quinton Narkle- Western Australia
Mark O’Connor- International
Brad Scheer- Queensland
Jy Simpkin- Vic Country
Tim Taranto- Vic Metro
Cameron Zurhaar- Western Australia

Tall Forwards/Rucks

Josh Battle- Vic Country
Sean Darcy- Vic Country
Timothy English- Western Australia
Jack Henry- Vic Country
Patrick Kerr- Vic Metro
Max Lynch- NSW/ACT
Todd Marshall- NSW/ACT
Mitchell McCarthy- Vic Country
Tony Olango- NT
Esava Ratugolea- Vic Country
Zachary Sproule- NSW/ACT
Jake Waterman- Western Australia

By the states:

International (1):
NSW/ACT (11):
Northern Territory (3):
Queensland (6):
South Australia (10):
Vic Country (18):
VFL (1):
Vic Metro (19):
Western Australia (12):

Under 18 All Stars game ultimate preview

Allies - Kobe Mutch

AUSTRALIA’S top teenage footballers will take part in a new concept that is aimed to feature the best players from the 2016 draft pool.

Friday’s Under 18 All Stars match will see players divided up into two teams to play against each other in an event that the AFL hope will be in front of a blockbuster crowd at Punt Road Oval following the AFL Grand Final Parade.

The two teams have been named after AFL greats Chris Judd and Michael O’Loughlin and will be a part of the AFL’s changing program for the Grand Final weekend.

The league has made the most of the Grand Final Day public holiday and the movement of the Grand Final parade to the MCG precinct, where the junior talent coming through will be recognised.

Current NAB AFL Academy coach Brenton Sanderson will coach the Chris Judd teams, while NSW/ACT & Allies coach Tadhg Kennelly will coach the Michael O’Loughlin teams.

The match will be broadcast live on FOX FOOTY from 1.30pm on Friday.


Likely Teams:

The final U18 All Stars teams. ** Subject to late changes.
The final U18 All Stars teams. ** Subject to late changes.

** Will Setterfield‘s replacement is to be confirmed- We believe it is Mitchell Hinge**

With a five day turnaround for a large amount of the players due to the WAFL Colts, SANFL Reserves and TAC Cup Grand Finals over the weekend, there are many sore bodies.

Will Brodie hurt his nose in an incident with an umpire on Sunday and will miss the contest despite training this afternoon. Murray Bushrangers outside midfielder Harry Morrison will replace Brodie.

Will Setterfield was still in a sling on Sunday at the TAC Cup Grand Final and is expected to miss with Mitchell Hinge believed to be taking his place.

Key Defender Griffin Logue is also out for Team Judd, with Dandenong Stingrays defender Bailey Morrish taking his place.

There were also a few injury issues at training with many players on light duties. Sam Petrevski-Seton copped a knock below the knee, which affected his ankle and trained for five minutes only. Petrevski-Seton appears likely to play, but West Coast Father/Son prospect Jake Waterman is in more doubt after failing to train with what appeared to be a groin complaint.


Star Power:

On the outset, Team Judd look the most talented on paper. Featuring Andrew McGrath, Hugh McCluggage and Jack Bowes– all of whom could challenge for the number one draft pick. Up forward, they feature Josh Battle and Todd Marshall, whilst down back Declan Watson and Jack Maibaum will hold down the fort.

Harry Perryman will be a name to watch after being relatively left alone since the Under 18 championships. The GWS academy member has spent the last two months playing for his local club Collingullie-GP, hitting the scoreboard and playing through the midfield.

Tim Taranto and Ben Ainsworth are two others from Team Judd that may feature in the Top 10 come November.

For Team O’Loughlin, Jack Scrimshaw will be one of the stars worth watching. The rebounding defender has a classy left foot and was one of the best players on the ground on Sunday. Despite missing inside midfielder Will Brodie, players such as Dylan Clarke, Jonty Scharenberg and Willem Drew will likely step up in his absence. After a steller game for the Murray Bushrangers on Sunday, Ryan Garthwaite will be a likely opponent on his Bushrangers teammate Todd Marshall.

Up forward Patrick Kerr, Zach Sproule and Jake Waterman will make up their forward line whilst West Australian midfielder Sam Petrevski-Seton will look to perform well to keep his name in the first handful of picks.

Excitement machine Cedric Cox hasn’t been spoken about enough this season and the little known 19-year-old is a big chance for a Top 20 pick on draft night.


Surprise Packets:

South Australian medium forward Will Hayward has jumped out as a surprise inclusion. Hayward kicked a bag of nine goals in the SANFL U18 Preliminary Final for North Adelaide and another good performance on Friday may see him find a spot in the first half of the draft.

DRAFT PROFILE: WILL HAYWARD

Murray Bushrangers ruckman Esava Ratugolea has plenty of X-Factor and leap like no other AFL Draft prospect. Ratugolea continues to show glimpses after an eight goal haul earlier in the season saw him drafted into the Vic Country team late.

DRAFT PROFILE: ESAVA RATUGOLEA

Little known Cameron Zurhaar from East Fremantle is one to watch. The medium forward has kicked averaged 16.6 disposals in the WAFL Colts this year.

Isaac Cumming is flying under the radar and the GWS academy member may find himself as a national draft selection. Cumming was nominated for the National Combine and the smart half back flanker rebounded the ball well in the Under 18 championships.

Willem Drew played two excellent TAC Cup finals games for the North Ballarat Rebels, averaging 23 (13 contested) disposals and seven clearances in the 2016 TAC Cup. The inside midfielders contested ball winning is superb, but does lack some speed around the ground.

Brennan Cox made the All-Australian team after a strong championships down back for South Australia. Cox has played up forward for the Woodville-West Torrens in the SANFL but looks likely to start in the defence.

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Key Matchups:

Willem Drew vs Hugh McCluggage

Teammates at the North Ballarat Rebels, the pair will be opponents in the big clash on Friday. Both represented Vic Country in the Under 18 championships, but McCluggage was more prominant. At TAC Cup level, Drew’s contested ball winning abilities are greater than McCluggage’s- But McCluggage’s work in traffic is elite and is his advantage despite not winning a large chunk of contested ball. McCluggage can also push forward and hit the scoreboard, something that Drew hasn’t showed throughout this season. Drew does lay plenty of tackles and win the clearances, but does lack a touch of pace and class with his skills with him at times just bombing the ball forward off his boot without looking.  

Tim English vs Max Lynch

It looks likely that the first ruck contest of the game will have West Australian tall English and NSW/ACT ruck Lynch. English only featured as the number one ruck in the final championships game, but has an elite leap and his footskills are better than some of the midfielders running around in the game. Despite being skinny in appearance, it makes for an interesting contest against former junior goalkeeper Lynch. Lynch’s form in the latter half of the season was very good for the Bushrangers and the GWS academy member may have pushed himself into a national draft selection. 

Jack Scrimshaw vs Tim Taranto

Sandringham Dragons key players Scrimshaw and Taranto may play on each other. Scrimshaw is a rebounding defender, with a pinpoint pass and was a strong player in the TAC Cup Grand Final. Scrimshaw does have the ability to rack up the clangers with his foot at times and when he’s off- he’s off. Taranto was a consistent performer right throughout the year playing through the midfield and across half forward. A good showing from either, could see them really put their hand up for Top Five players on clubs boards. 

Jack Maibaum vs Patrick Kerr

With Griffin Logue a late out for Team Judd, expect Maibaum to have first crack at strong Vic Metro forward Kerr. Both played together in the Vic Metro winning Under 18 championship team and won All Australia honours with Maibaum’s strength will be the reason he should get first chance at stopping Kerr. Kerr however is a tough match up, with strong hands overhead and one of the fastest forwards over 10m on a lead. Maibaum has played both forward and defence throughout 2016, but averaged the third most spoils in the Under 18 championships.

Ryan Garthwaite vs Todd Marshall

The pair were teammates on Sunday, but loom likely to match up on each other. Garthwaite is one of the best one-on-one defenders in the draft pool, while Marshall has shown some superb glimpses at times. Garthwaite collected 24 disposals on Sunday as one of his teams best performers, whilst Marshall was kept reasonably quiet from Ari Sakeson with just two kicks for two goals in the TAC Cup Grand Final. If Marshall can put in a strong performance that recruiters are wanting, he could keep his name amongst the top ten names. Garthwaite despite an awkward kicking style, does use to ball well more often than not and has done a great job down back this season. 


Predictions

Team Judd on paper looks too strong for Team O’Loughlin. Team Judd’s midfield looks too star studded, despite Tim English likely giving Team O’Loughlin first use at the ball. If Team O’Loughlin’s contested midfield brigade can fire, they could give the star studded Judd side a run for their money.

It would be hard to go past Andrew McGrath for BOG honours, but there are multiple players from either side that are capable of changing a game. 


Details:

Team O’Loughlin v Team Judd
1.30pm, Punt Road Oval
September 30th
Live on FOX FOOTY 1.30pm
Tweets: @afldraftcentral


Matt Balmer’s predicted starting line up:

Possible line ups

Top talent on show on AFL Grand Final weekend

MB - Will Brodie

In a new initiative announced by the AFL, the best Under 17 and Under 18 talent will play games on the Grand Final day long weekend under the eyes of recruiters and fans.

The Under 18 All Stars game will be played at Punt Road Oval at 1.30pm, broadcast on Fox Footy on Grand Final Eve (Friday 30th September). The Under 17 game will be played as a curtain-raiser to the AFL Grand Final beginning from 10am with a live stream on AFL.com.au.

For more information on the initiative click here:

Under 18 squad:

Under 18 squad ALL STARS

Under 17 squad:

Under 17 squad

Scouting notes: 2016 SANFL U18 Grand Final

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

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

Matt Balmer’s scouting notes:

Glenelg:

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

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

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

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

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

North Adelaide:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Father/Son update

FATHER/SON PROSPECTS (Updated August 23rd by Matt Balmer)

Josh Daicos & Callum Brown celebrate a Vic Metro goal.
Josh Daicos & Callum Brown celebrate a Vic Metro goal.

Adelaide/Hawthorn:

Ben Jarman
Small Forward (North Adelaide/South Australia)
05/05/1998 | 175cm | 68kg
Likely bid: Late Pick (50+)/Rookie

Ben Jarman has the unique decision of being able to pick either Adelaide or Hawthorn should both clubs elect to nominate him. Father Darren played 109 games with the Hawks and 121 at the Crows. Jarman is a small forward by trade and burst onto the scene with a lively first half against Vic Country in the recent Under 18 Championships. Jarman looks to have good footy smarts and despite his size is willing to tackle hard and pressure the opposition. In that game, Jarman booted three goals and finished with 13 disposals. Back home in Adelaide, Jarman played three games earlier in the season for the North Adelaide League team, but has spent most the season in the SANFL Reserves averaging 20 disposals and five marks per game. Jarman has played a bit further up the ground at SANFL Reserves level, but looms likely to find himself as a forward at AFL level. Jarman is yet to decide which club he’d like to nominate for.

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Carlton:

Jake Bradley
Outside Midfielder (Northern Knights)
04/10/1997 | 177cm | 69kg
Likely bid: Rookie/Undrafted

Bradley was overlooked last season by Carlton but has continued to battle hard at TAC Cup level to catch the Blues’ eyes. Bradley has trained with the Blues at stages and earlier in the year ran a 16.02 beep test at TAC Cup testing, the second best overall. Bradley has floated in and out of TAC Cup matches playing on the wing. Bradley has averaged 18 disposals throughout the season, but his poor kick has let him down going at 46%. He was impressive earlier in the season in the games at Ikon Park with a few dashes down the wing. Bradley also slotted in for a VFL Development game and it seems likely that he’ll find himself at the Northern Blues in 2017 if he’s overlooked.

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Collingwood:

Callum Brown
Inside Midfielder (Eastern Ranges/Vic Metro)
27/04/1998 | 177cm | 69kg
Likely bid: 2nd-3rd rounder

Callum Brown had a superb national carnival for Vic Metro, gaining All Australia selection after averaging 18 disposals and four clearances in the championships. The son of Gavin, is an inside midfielder who spent time up forward for the Eastern Ranges in 2015. This season, most of his game time has been through the midfield, with his best game coming against Vic Country in the Under 18 Championships where he had 27 disposals and eight clearances. Brown continues to find the football (averaging 25 disposals in the TAC Cup) but his hurt factor is minimal, with most of his disposals short and not taking the game on. Brown does have smarts around goal and there is no reason why he can’t start his career up forward for the Pies.

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Josh Daicos
Small Forward/Outside Midfielder (Oakleigh Chargers/Vic Metro)
26/11/1998 | 178cm | 69kg
Likely bid: 2nd-3rd rounder

Electric forward Josh Daicos has had a strong season for the Oakleigh Chargers and for Vic Metro. Daicos is the son of Peter, who played 250 games in the black and white. Despite not being a big disposal winner, Daicos has a bit of spark with him when he plays, with a good set of speed and agility to go with his bright red boots. Daicos has averaged 16 disposals in the TAC Cup and has booted nine goals this season. He missed a large chunk of football earlier in the year with a wrist issue, but managed to fight back and play three games for Vic Metro. Despite his size, Daicos is a nice mark overhead and was important in Vic Metro’s victory over South Australia. Daicos has a similar set shot goal kicking technique to his father, with a short run up with not a lot of momentum- But it has proved to be effective so far. I rate him over Callum Brown and may warrant a bid in the 20s.

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Geelong:

Sam Simpson
Outside Midfielder (Geelong Falcons)
14/06/1998 | 179cm | 64kg
Likely bid: Rookie/Undrafted

The wingman has had a strong season for the Geelong Falcons earning him a spot on the state combine list. Simpson’s father Sean, played 114 games for Geelong between 1991-1998. Simpson is a good runner and has improved week in week out after recovering from an injury in the offseason. He is averaging just under 20 disposals and provided good run against the Stingrays on the weekend with 23 disposals and 12 handball receives. If Simpson can perform well on the big stage in the TAC Cup finals he could well put his hand up to find himself on an AFL list come November.

Sam Simpson (Geelong Falcons) father/son prospect. (Photo: Geelong Falcons Website)
Sam Simpson (Geelong Falcons) father/son prospect. (Photo: Geelong Falcons Website)

Sydney:

Jesse Maxfield
Outside Midfielder (Ormond AFC)
28/08/1998 | 180cm | 74kg
Likely bid: Rookie/Undrafted

Some clubs say he’s been hidden away, some argue he’s not good enough- but rest assured clubs have been keeping an eye on Jesse Maxfield in season 2016. Maxfield quit the Sandringham Dragons earlier in the season and has been playing for his local club Ormond in the VAFA Under 19s competition. I’ve been told that Maxfield was one of East Brighton’s better junior footballers, in a side that included likely Top-10 pick Andrew McGrath. I saw Maxfield earlier in the season and he played mostly off the wing, not impacting the contest too much despite a few scouts looking on. Maxfield was also solid in the VAFA U19 match against Vic Country and for Ormond this season he’s booted 18 goals and been named in the best in eight of his 17 games.

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Western Bulldogs:

Michael Romero
Inside Midfielder (Calder Cannons)
09/10/1998 | 177cm | 70kg
Likely bid: Rookie

Michael Romero has spent most of the season playing school football for St Kevin’s College. The son of Jose who played 122 games for the Western Bulldogs is good in the contested situations despite his small frame. Romero was strong for St Kevin’s against APS Premiers Brighton Grammar, before backing up that performance with 22 disposals and nine clearances in the APS v AGSV school football clash. For the Calder Cannons, Romero has averaged 14 disposals but hasn’t played since April. During the school holidays Romero experienced playing at a higher level with two games for Footscray in the VFL, but didn’t find much of the football. I’d expect Romero to end up on the Western Bulldogs’ rookie list come November.

Michael Romero representing St Kevin's College. (Photo: Michael Klein, Herald Sun)
Michael Romero representing St Kevin’s College. (Photo: Michael Klein, Herald Sun)

West Coast:

Jake Waterman
Medium Forward (Perth/Western Australia)
12/03/1998 | 191cm | 82kg
Likely bid: 3rd rounder/Late pick

Jake Waterman begun the Under 18 Championships well with 20 disposals against Vic Country. However, Waterman’s kicking was off that day booting 1.5. For the rest of the carnival, Waterman was reasonably quiet with many thinking he was probably destined for a rookie pick. However, a five goal haul on debut for Claremont in the WAFL seniors put him back on the radar. He also collected 22 disposals against West Perth two weeks ago and now seems likely to be a national draft pick. Waterman is more of a high half forward that can play further up the ground if required and has been apart of the AFL Academy.

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Other names who qualify for Father/Son selection but are unlikely to be considered include:

  • Jett Bewick (Essendon)
  • Harvey Daniher (Essendon)
  • Jake Lovett (Melbourne)
  • Jordan Matera (West Coast)
  • Matthew Neagle (Essendon)
  • Zane Sumich (West Coast)

80 players invited to the 2016 AFL Draft Combine

Oliver Florent- scored one of 19 Vic Metro national combine invites.
Oliver Florent- scored one of 19 Vic Metro national combine invites.

FOR the draft crop of 2016, the AFL Draft Combine is the first sign that their AFL dreams are a step closer to fruition. An invitation to the AFL Draft Combine means that at least five AFL clubs have expressed interest in the player. The AFL Draft Combine is a way for clubs to determine the players’ physical strengths as well as getting one-on-one time through combine interviews.

Draftees take on each other in a series of tests that challenge their speed, endurance, reflexes and skills to determine their strengths and weaknesses. Combine results are taken into account by clubs when deciding between players and whether they believe they can take the next step into the AFL. A total of 80 players have been invited to the 2016 AFL Draft Combine.

Vic Metro lead the other Under 18 sides with 19 players selected to take part in October’s National Combine.

Metro went through the Division One carnival as the only side to go undefeated, winning their first title since 2012.

Their rivals Vic Country themselves weren’t far behind with 18 nominations despite a winless carnival, down on their 22 nominations from 2015.

Coburg’s Luke Ryan is the sole representative from the state leagues across Australia, with strong performances at VFL level averaging 21 disposals, seven marks and seven rebound 50s (to Round 15 of the VFL).

Father Son prospects Ben Jarman (Adelaide/Hawthorn), Callum Brown (Collingwood), Joshua Daicos (Collingwood) and Jake Waterman (West Coast) have all made the list and have caught recruiters eyes throughout the season.

Murray Bushranger tall Esava Ratugolea has made the cut and will be a name to keep an eye on throughout the Bushrangers final series.

ESAVA’S EIGHT PROMPTS VIC COUNTRY CALL

Vic Country injured trio Alex Witherden, Jy Simpkin and Mitchell McCarthy have made the cut and will be hoping to take part in some form of testing at the combine.

North Ballarat Rebels excitement machine Cedric Cox has been nominated and will be one to keep an eye on in the second half of the season. Cox is the cousin of possible top five draft selection Sam Petrevski-Seton, while his older brother Daniel is currently on the Fox 8 TV Show ‘The Recruit.’

Eastern Ranges forward Joshua Begley continues to rise in season 2016. After missing the original cut for the Ranges squad, 187cm Begley forced his way into the side and has kicked 23 goals in 11 games this season.

NSW-ACT led the way for the division two teams with 11 player picked, with only Todd Marshall and Benjamin Davis not eligible for academy selection. Queensland have six players nominated, while Northern Territory have three prospects nominated. Tasmania had no players nominated for the national combine.

Coburg’s Luke Ryan is the sole representative from the state leagues.

Clubs will now again nominate players for the state combine, which is for players that have at least two but up to four clubs that are interested in them. Similar tests are conducted at the state combine.

The National Combine will begin on Thursday, October 6 and go through to Sunday, October 9 and will again be held at Etihad Stadium.

Invites:

NSW/ACT (11):
Isaac Cumming
Benjamin Davis
Sam Fisher
Ryan Garthwaite
Max Lynch
Harrison Macreadie
Todd Marshall
Kobe Mutch
Harry Perryman
Will Setterfield
Zachary Sproule

Northern Territory (3):
Ben Long
Tony Olango
Brandan Parfitt

Queensland (6):
Jacob Allison
Jack Bowes
Elliot Himmelberg
Brad Scheer
Declan Watson
Josh Williams

South Australia (10):
Brennan Cox
Jack Graham
Will Hayward
Mitchell Hinge
Ben Jarman
Kym Lebois
Jonty Scharenberg
Tyson Stengle
Alex Villis
Sam Walker

Vic Country (18):
Ben Ainsworth
Joseph Atley
Josh Battle
Jarrod Berry
Will Brodie
Cedric Cox
Sean Darcy
Willem Drew
Jack Henry
Bailey Morrish
Harry Morrison
Hugh McCluggage
Mitchell McCarthy
Myles Poholke
Esava Ratugolea
Jy Simpkin
Tom Williamson
Alex Witherden

VFL (1):
Luke Ryan

Vic Metro (19):
Joshua Begley
Hamish Brayshaw
Callum Brown
Dylan Clarke
Joshua Daicos
Taylin Duman
Judah Dundon
Oliver Florent
Jordan Gallucci
Oscar Junker
Patrick Kerr
Patrick Lipinski
Andrew McGrath
Jack Maibaum
Sam McLarty
Jordan Ridley
Jack Scrimshaw
Tim Taranto
Daniel Venables

Western Australia (12):
Liam Baker
Shai Bolton
Timothy English
Zac Fisher
Matt Guelfi
Griffin Logue
Quinton Narkle
Sam Petrevski-Seton
Sam Powell-Pepper
Joshua Rotham
Jake Waterman
Cameron Zurhaar

Father sons dazzle in Round four of the Under 18 championships

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South Australia and Vic Metro took the points in cold conditions at Etihad Stadium.

Despite the roof being closed, the temperature struggled to reach double figures with crowd members decked out in beanies and gloves across the stands.

Ben Jarman played his best game of the Under 18 championships with three first half goals in an important effort forward of centre for South Australia.

The son of Adelaide & Hawthorn premiership star Darren stands at 175cm and did his draft chances no harm, where he will likely find himself on either clubs list at the end of the season. Jarman is viewed by many as a late national pick and his saved his best until the final game.

Small forward Tyson Stengle was a spark for SA inside 50 kicking a goal early, but was shut down exceptionally well from Country bottom-ager Tyrone Hayes after half time

South Australia seemed too quick for the Country boys and often found themselves with players out the back of the play. SA midfielders Jack Graham (25 disposals, nine clearances and seven tackles) and Jonty Scharenberg (25 disposals, six clearances) worked in tandem throughout the afternoon.

Alex Villis was well shut down off the wing but still showed why he could push to be the first South Australian picked, kicking well on both sides of his body and booting a goal.

For Country, inside midfielder Will Brodie was quiet despite 18 disposals and a team high four clearances while Esava Ratugolea, a late call up to the Country team crashed a few packs and missed two kickable chances inside 50.

Hugh McCluggage was the home states best, with 17 disposals and three goals- continuing the sea-saw between Brodie and himself for the first Victorian picked on draft night.

Ben Ainsworth pushed up the ground with more midfield time, collecting 20 disposals but often blazed away shooting for goal rather than passing off to a team mate.

In defence, Oscar Clavarino continued to show that he is a name to keep an eye on for next season, positioning himself well against taller opponents. Reece Piper burst well from defence and hit multiple targets with his strong boot.

Despite kicking the last six goals, Vic Country couldn’t collect their first win and will go into Wednesday wanting a win against the Allies to ensure they don’t have a winless carnival. South Australia finish with a 3-1 record in the championship and mathematically have a chance of remaining on top should Western Australia win over Vic Metro by a narrow margin.

VIC COUNTRY                      2.0    3.5    4.10   9.11 (65)
SOUTH AUSTRALIA          6.0    9.4    11.8   11.10 (76)                                 

GOALS
VIC COUNTRY: McCluggage 3, Ainsworth, Battle, Atley, Fowler, Battle, Worpel
SOUTH AUSTRALIA: Jarman 3, Coleman-Jones, Pitman, Stengle, Ladhams, Villis, Hayward, Scharenberg, Lebois

Matt Balmer’s BEST
VIC COUNTRY: McCluggage, Worpel, Ainsworth, Piper, Atley, Brodie
SOUTH AUSTRALIA: Graham, Scharenberg, Pitman, Villis, Jarman, Stengle


'The Larkey Army' (Photo: Josh Mannix)
‘The Larkey Army’ (Photo: Josh Mannix)

Game two went up a tempo where both Collingwood father sons Callum Brown and Josh Daicos had their good individual moments.

The duo both kicked a major in the final quarter, ensuring that Metro would continue their unbeaten run.

Neither prospect is expected to cost anything other than a second or third round pick at this stage and will likely find themselves in black and white in 2017.

Bottom-age ruckman Sam Hayes played his best game for Metro, proving damaging when he pushed forward and kicked two opening quarter goals. Hayes finished with three goals from 13 disposals and will be a name to keep an eye on for Eastern Ranges in the second half of the season.

With Metro resting Sandringham Dragons defender Jack Scrimshaw, Oakleigh Charger Jordan Ridley came in for his first game of the championship, finishing with 18 disposals and seven marks as one of their best.

Melbourne Grammar midfielder Dylan Clarke continued to find the football, with 26 disposals and five clearances. Clarke has strong ball winning capabilities and if he can sharpen up his kicking he could slot into the first round on draft night in November.

Brighton Grammar school captain and Vic Metro co-captain Andrew McGrath had a hard task, being closely followed by Allies’ Charlie Spargo. The Allies kept McGrath deep inside 50, not allowing for him to use his run and dash out of defence. However, a move into the centre after half time saw him show another string to his bow, finishing the day with 24 disposals and six clearances.

Corey Lyons had 20 disposals but will be ruing his chance missing a simple set shot from 40m out, after a ‘anti-congestion’ infringement cost the Allies.

Luke Bunker had 23 disposals and continues to find the football throughout the Under 18 championships and could be a smokey for the All Australian team.

For the Allies, Jack Bowes had his best game of the division one carnival with 20 disposals and seven inside 50s and two quiet games shouldn’t push him down too far on draft boards.

Harry Perryman (18 disposals) continues to improve each week and you could make a case as it stands currently that he’ll be the first GWS Academy prospect picked.

Other academy members Kobe Mutch (GWS) and Jacob Allison (Brisbane Lions) were solid for the Allies in an improved effort from the combined team.

The Allies hit the front midway through the third quarter but a burst of four goals for Vic Metro all but ensured they would remain as favourites to take out the title when the championships come to a close on Wednesday.

Vic Metro will be proclaimed winners of the Division One title if they beat Western Australia on Wednesday at Simonds Stadium, while the Allies will be looking for their first win of the carnival against Vic Country.

VIC METRO      5.1    5.6    6.9    10.14 (74)
ALLIES                  0.5    4.7    6.10   8.12  (60)                 

GOALS
VIC METRO: Hayes 3, Kerr 2, Venables, Lyons, Higgins, Daicos, Brown
ALLIES: Sproule 2, Brown, Hampton, Allison, Rolls, Perryman, Marshall 

Matt Balmer’s BEST
VIC METRO: Clarke, Ridley, McGrath, Hayes, Bunker, Lyons
ALLIES: Perryman, Bowes, Allison, Mutch, Spargo, Scheer