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Keeping Tabs: Standout players from Preliminary Finals

WITH each passing week we lose more teams, and with them, more 2018 debutants. Though the ones who made it this far have continued to prove why they deserve their spots. This weekend, we will have at least one debutant given a Premiership Medal and experience very few players have.

Liam Ryan

The high-flying West Coast sensation has secured himself a spot in this week’s Grand Final against the Magpies. He, with the Eagles, made quick work of the travelling Demons, racking up 18 possessions (10 contested) at a 72 per cent disposal efficiency. He had 14 kicks, nine score involvements, one goal assist and four marks (one contested and two inside 50). Ryan also hit the board himself in West Coast’s domination, kicking one goal and a behind. This year he has added much needed depth and class to his team’s forward line and it continues to show on the stat sheet. His on-ball skins were utilised, picking up three clearances, three rebounds and two inside 50s, as well as gaining 448 metres with the ball. Ryan also laid two tackles and gained four free kicks, marking the end of excellent performance in one of the League’s most important games.

Jack Higgins

Though obviously not the result he wanted, Higgins put up some solid work against a formidable Collingwood unit. The 2017 Morrish Medal kicked two goals, and finished the second highest goalkicker for the Tigers. He tallied 14 possessions (nine contested) at a 79 percent disposal efficiency, which was impressive enough given the circumstances. The last time Higgins faced the Magpies, he kicked the goal that would go on to earn him Goal of the Year honours. This time he was just as pivotal on the goal front, having six score involvements and two marks (one inside 50). He would be right to use this as a learning experience, now being part of a small group of 2017 crop to play finals. Despite a heavy loss, he has a leg up on his peers now. With Richmond’s recent dominance, it should serve him well in 2019. An excellent season nonetheless.

Jaidyn Stephenson

In the last 30 years, no Collingwood player has kicked 34 goals in their debut season. The last such effort came from Graham Wright (38) in 1988. There is no doubt that Stephenson is well on his way to stardom, getting to play in his first ever AFL Grand Final this weekend. To get there, the young man put up a solid effort against Richmond – collecting 14 possessions (four contested) at a 93 per cent disposal efficiency. The youngster was dominant over head, taking five marks (one contested) and kicked a goal with three score involvements. Last week, Stephenson was playing much unlike himself. This week, as with Collingwood, he was determined to make a statement. The 2018 Rising Star winner laid two tackles (one inside 50) and had three inside 50s. The young Magpie is on his way to having one of the best debut seasons in a long while, and could add a premiership to it on Saturday.

Charlie Spargo

The finals dream is over for Melbourne and Charlie Spargo at the hands of the Eagles. For the day, he took 10 possessions (two contested) at a rather poor disposal efficiency (40 per cent efficiency). This sparks no surprise given the weight of the Eagles onslaught, plus the very few Demons who had good performances. He kicked a behind and had four turnovers, but also took four marks (one inside 50). It was one of his quieter performances but it’s still an important lesson.

Keeping Tabs: Standout players from Finals Week Two

Six teams became four from the weekend, with a number of first-year players standing out in the two semi-finals.

Charlie Spargo

The small forward has managed 17 solid games in his first year at AFL level, occupying a role in the Demons forward line and kicking 14 majors. In his second final, Spargo managed 12 possessions (seven kicks and five handballs) at a strong disposal efficiency of 83 percent. Spending the vast majority of his 83 minutes on the ground in the Demons half of the MCG, Spargo was able to pressure the opposition ball carrier and lay three tackles. The Murray Bushranger alumni took three marks (two inside 50) and also had three goal assists. His ability to get off the chain will see him make the trip over to Perth to face West Coast.

Bayley Fritsch

Having seamlessly slotted into the Dees best 22, Bayley Fritsch again proved their is still plenty of AFL quality talent running around in the state leagues. In the famous victory over Hawthorn, the wingman/half-forward gathered 16 disposals (eight kicks and eight handballs) at a typical 81 percent disposal efficiency. A key component of his game this year has been Fritsch’s ability to roam up onto the wings and half-back areas, take a lead-up grab then pin-point a target with precision. This, combined with his aerial strength and defensive pressure, has made him a handful for opposition teams to match up on. He also took a further four marks and laid three tackles in another consistent performance last weekend for the Dees, helping his side book their tickets to Western Australia.

Brody Mihocek

Coming on late in the home and away season, Brody Mihocek has proven to be a valuable addition to the strong Collingwood outfit. Given the Magpies battles with injuries to key players, his presence up forward has been crucial at times, proving the perfect match-up with teammate Mason Cox. In the victory over the Giants, Mihocek managed nine disposals (seven kicks and two handballs at a 67 per cent disposal efficiency), three marks, two tackles and a goal. Interestingly, four of his disposals came at true centre half-forward, allowing Cox to utilise his superior height closer to goal. The Port Melbourne recruit could be a vital cog as the Pies look to take down the high-flying Richmond on Friday night.

Jaidyn Stephenson

The NAB Rising Star winner was again serviceable, however his night could have been better if he was able to convert in-front of goal and by foot. Stephenson, who operated across the wing and forward-line during the win over the Giants, managed 10 disposals (seven kicks and three handballs), but only went at a 30 per cent disposal efficiency. In-front of goal, he had a host of opportunities, but managed just three behinds. His speed and aggression saw Stephenson lay three tackles, while he was slightly below par in the air, taking just two marks. The future-star looms as a serious x-factor in the all-important upcoming clash against the Tigers.

David Mirra

Despite the Hawks loss, the mature-age player from Box Hill could hold his head high. It is never easy returning to a team in the midst of a finals campaign, but an injury to Ben Stratton saw Mirra earn his place back in the team. He amassed 19 disposals, 10 marks and laid two tackles, playing on the outside with a disposal efficiency of 79 per cent, and winning the ball in the back half of the ground. He finished the game with four rebounds and two inside 50s as well, along with two score involvements.

James Worpel

Known as a contested ball winner, Worpel had a quieter night, spending two thirds of his evening in the forward half. He had the nine touches and kicked a goal, while also laying five tackles. Much like a number Hawks later in the game, the impressive first-year player dropped away with just the one touch in the final term. While it was not his best game of the year, he can be proud of his first season in the AFL.

Keeping Tabs: Standout players from Round 17

IT IS not often that we have such a large list of defensive performers in the list, but after this round, we could be looking at the future All-Australian backline. It seems the debutants have embraced extra responsibilities with teams experimenting with positions. The bar has been raised, but the players just keep on coming. The race to the Rising Star award is close and will be hard to call at the end of the season.

Cam Rayner

The wait is finally over – this is Cam Rayner. The last three rounds, with a confident Lions, has redefined our expectations of the number one pick as he lifts to a new level with each round. Blessed with a stronger team than what we saw at the beginning of the season, Rayner is getting his chance to run free. His 19 possessions at a 74 per cent disposal efficiency alone could have been enough to earn him a spot here, but Rayner decided he’d top his game off with three goals and 11 score involvements as well. Rayner played a huge impact, finishing with two rebound 50s, two inside 50s, two clearances, two tackles and two one percenters. He gained 462 metres for the game, and only fell short by two points to Eric Hipwood on the goal front. Anywhere and everywhere, this kid dominates and could be aiming for his Rising Star award as we close out the season.

Sam Taylor

Earning a Rising Star nomination for his performance out the backline, Taylor showed off a football sense well beyond his years. With quite possibly the defensive equivalent of a bag of goals, Taylor finished the match with eight intercept possessions, five tackles, eight one percenters, all while minimising his turnovers. Despite only 13 touches, Taylor managed to take seven in a contest with each having a considerable impact. He also had three rebound 50’s, three score involvements and one clearance. While a lot of debutantes had stellar defensive performances this weekend, Taylor’s stood out due to his mistake minimisation, percentage of important possessions and work off the ball. Quite often the success of players is measured through a player’s offensive presence. People love goals, but when a player steps up and bares a responsibly Taylor had against the Tigers, it needs to be recognised and rewarded. We could be seeing a future All-Australian backman in the making.

Matt Guelfi

The hungry, high-pressure player frightened across the ground, making his opponents earn every inch of the football.  With 17 disposals, eight contested with an 82 per cent disposal efficiency, Guelfi may have been unlucky not to earn a Rising Star nomination. Though his performance didn’t end there, collecting six interceptions, seven score involvements, two clearances, six one percenters and two goals. His efforts were especially useful down back. He snagged five tackles, 16 pressure acts, two rebound 50’s and five marks. Guelfi is steadily developing into a talented, pressure midfielder and could receive a nomination soon if he continues to star like this. Pretty good for pick 76.

Charlie Spargo

Melbourne returned to their goal-front domination this round with Spargo sharing in the fun. Kicking two goals, with eight score involvements and one goal assist, the young Dee was immense in their victory of the Dogs. A careful read on the high ball and an uncanny crumbing ability, turned his opponents inside out as he kicked and affected goals. Melbourne have recruited two amazing forward players in Spargo and Fritsch, and while different footballers in front of goal, complement each other all the same. Spargo also laid an impressive seven tackles for the day with 21 pressure acts. A glimpse at the next best small forward in the competition it might seem.

Bailey Banfield

Like Taylor, Banfield was a pivotal defensive presence for the Dockers, yet to be recognised. Though low on the goal front despite playing up forward, Banfield’s pressure has been nothing short of astonishing. For the game, he recorded 41 pressure acts – the highest across the round, and laid nine tackles. He recorded 12 contested possessions with his 18 touches, six clearances, two inside 50s, two rebound 50s, five score involvements and three intercept possessions. Though messy with the ball at times (56 per cent disposal efficiency), Banfield played a unique role for his side with a commanding presence around the ball. With some tidier skill work, Banfield should easily earn himself a Rising Star nomination.

Lachlan Murphy

Despite his low disposal efficiency of 55 per cent, Murphy put on a stellar performance for his side. Noting his 23 pressure acts and clear presence up forward, it is no surprise Murphy kicked three goals for the game. He laid three tackles (two inside 50) and had a hand in five of Adelaide’s scores. A solid contender with seven contested possessions, a contested mark and three tackles. Murphy is eager to leave his mark on the game and has done just that in Round 17.

Tim Kelly

Though unable to win the Rising Star award due to his age, talks have begun as to whether Kelly will make All-Australian selection. The Western Australian sensation loves to decorate his stat sheet and his performance against the Crows was no different. With 29 disposals and 15 contested possessions, Kelly dominated around the bounce having seven clearances. He kicked his fourteenth goal for the season, had five score involvements with one goal assist and three inside 50s. I think All-Australian talks are completely justified at this point in the season. Kelly not only dominates the game, but does it on a team with Patrick Dangerfield, Gary Ablett and Joel Selwood, blending in with the future hall of famers like he is one.

Aaron Naughton

If we are acknowledging standout defensive performances, I would be amiss if I glossed over Naughton’s performance against the Dees. With 94 per cent disposal efficiency off his game spent cleaning up messes in the backline, Naughton brought clean hands and careful positioning to the ball, collecting nine intercept possessions and ten one percenters. His game finished with 18 possessions with six contested, four marks and four rebounds. When you’re up against the best attacking side in the competition, it is no easy task defending, especially in your first year, but Naughton had a fair crack. If it wasn’t for five turnovers, lower efficiency, and less spread across his stats, Naughton could have taken home a nomination.

Colin O’Riordan

Despite North’s heavy hitters in Majak Daw, Ben Brown and Jack Ziebell, O’Riordan’s 10 intercept possessions, eight marks and 17 pressure acts kept Sydney’s walls from crashing down. He had plenty of defensive efforts with five tackles and five rebounds. His disposal efficiency rested at 79 per cent,  with 19 disposals staying clean and composed despite an aggressive offensive. All his time spent resting in the Swan’s back half, O’Riordan showed he can take the big responsibilities and stood up for the Swans

Bayley Fritsch

Though only kicking two behinds, Fritsch’s disposal efficiency of 78 was a standout with his 18 possessions. Entering unfamiliar territory, Fritsch played most of his football in Melbourne’s defensive half, collecting eight intercept possessions, three tackles and three one percenters. His impressive hands were on display with his six marks (one contested), chopping off the Bulldog’s transition with his impressive overhead ability. Consistently clean, he also had three inside 50s, five score involvements and one goal assist. Fritsch added to an already impressive resume with this performance, showing that his goals don’t define his football.

Luke Davies-Uniacke

After a lengthy stay in the VFL, Luke Davies-Uniacke (LDU) got the call up for the Kangaroos, starting his game in the centre. Initially playing on Josh Kennedy, LDU showed a composure unlike anything we’d seen in previous rounds despite the obvious mismatch. The open field offered up after the Sydney skipper was forced from the ground might have done wonders for the Dandenong boy’s game. With an 88 percent disposal efficiency, seven contested and 11 uncontested possessions, he starred around the stoppages with three clearances and one out of the centre. He often grabbed first hands to the loose ball and switched well to break Sydney’s lines. He laid five tackles with 14 pressure acts, bringing more hunger later in the game after an effective first half. While not overly impressive in his VFL performances, LDU stood up for the big stage with three inside 50s, five score involvements and one goal assist. He brought his mental game with him and cleaned up where he was lacking early in the season.

 

Keeping Tabs: Standout draftees from Round 10

ANOTHER Rising Star nominee and a debutant booting his first goal, there was plenty to like about the first-year draftees in the AFL on the weekend.

Ed Richards

In his side’s loss to Collingwood, Bulldogs defender Ed Richards could certainly hold his head up high. In what was his ninth consecutive senior game for the 2016 premiers, Richards produced what was the best performance of his young career. The speedster collected 23 disposals (including 10 contested at an impressive 74 per cent efficiency), four marks and sent the ball inside 50 on five occasions. The youngster also laid four tackles and had three rebounds in his role across the Western Bulldogs half-back line. In the absence of the retired Matthew Boyd and Robert Murphy, Ed Richards is mounting a strong case to be the club’s next general in defence.

Hunter Clark

The 2017 top ten draft pick Hunter Clark endured a strong final quarter to see out arguably his best game in the red, black and white of St Kilda. Despite the Saints suffering another loss, this time to Richmond, Hunter managed 17 disposals at 71 per cent efficiency, five marks (including one strong contested grab), four inside 50s, four rebounds and gained 373 metres. Finding 65 per cent of his disposals in the defensive half of the ground, St Kilda clearly value his neat foot skills, run and carry as a rebounding defender. After a somewhat slower start to his career in terms of statistics, Hunter Clark is starting to get his hands on the ball more often as his continues to adjust to life in the AFL.

Ryley Stoddart

In his first game of AFL football, Swans half-back flanker Ryley Stoddart ticked off a key box by slotting home his first goal at AFL level last weekend against the Lions. Having re-signed with the club earlier in the month, the smooth-moving Stoddart also managed to tally together nine disposals, two marks and two tackles in Sydney’s 18-point win over the Brisbane Lions at the SCG. Having impressed John Longmire and the Swans coaching staff with his work in the pre-season, look for Stoddart to manage a few more games as the season progresses.

Paddy Dow

Carlton midfielder Paddy Dow was impressive for Carlton, again managing to get his hands on the ball inside the forward 50, creating opportunities at goal. Unfortunately for him, his two shots lead to two minor scores, however his ability to win the contested ball and accelerate out of the stoppages was on show. Dow collected 18 disposals (seven of which were contested), took six marks, laid six tackles, had two clearances and gained 334 metres in a confidence-building display from the second overall pick from the most recent draft. Dow will continue to be deployed in the Blues midfield as Carlton continue to blood the youth. 

Matthew Guelfi

Essendon’s mature-age recruit Matt Guelfi also produced his best showing at the level in the Bombers hard-fought victory on the road against the Giants. The 20-year-old former Claremont midfielder was solid all game, spending some time on-ball but finding 80 per cent of his 21 disposals in the defensive half of the at-times smoke covered Spotless Stadium. Guelfi took four uncontested marks and rebounded the ball five times for the game. He laid an impressive five tackles and had 27 pressure acts, proving his defensive pressure in congestion. Given Essendon’s recent resurgence, expect Guelfi to play a part in getting their season back on track. Matthew will look to work on his kicking in future games, ending with a 38 per cent disposal efficiency. 

Charlie Spargo

In Melbourne’s thrashing of the Adelaide Crows in Alice Springs, Charlie Spargo was polished and clean in his role as a small forward, managing to push up the ground to find eight of his 14 disposals on the wing. Spargo’s work rate was impressive, working tirelessly up and back, ending the game with a career-high nine marks, all of which were uncontested as the former-Murray Bushranger shrugged off and outran his direct opponents. Each of Spargo’s four tackles were laid inside-50, highlighting his strong defensive pressure. He kicked one goal but had eight score involvements and spent 82 per cent time on the ground, providing his endurance.

Adam Cerra

Fremantle’s second first-round pick in 2017, Adam Cerra showed another side of his game, laying nine tackles from his outside midfield role, to compliment his classy foot skills. With all-bar-two of his disposals coming in the midfield/wing zones, Cerra collected a total of 15 disposals at 67 per cent disposal efficiency and had 26 pressure acts. Cerra has hardly missed a beat since making his debut in round two. Now having strung together nine consecutive games, the product from the Eastern Ranges is making a very strong impression in his first year at the club.

Keeping Tabs: Standout draftees from Round 9

We are approaching the bye rounds now as a number of first-year draftees continue to impress on the big stage. Both top-age and mature age recruits are fitting in seamlessly to AFL life and are becoming mainstays in their respective club’s 22s.

Jaidyn Stephenson

Collingwood supporters should revel in the news that they have snagged Jaidyn Stephenson for another two years, after securing the Club’s number six pick. The fan favourite continues to exceed expectations in yet another classy performance against St. Kilda. Booting two goals after half-time, Stephenson assisted greatly in Collingwood’s 28-point victory over St Kilda, and continues to demonstrate a fluency in the forward line. The young Magpie finished with 18 disposals, four contested, 72 per cent disposal efficiency and eight score involvements. Stephenson’s uncanny footy sense has served him well, exhibited both through his careful decisions and ideal timing with ball-in-hand.

Hunter Clark

For the first time in his AFL career, St. Kilda’s number seven pick was made to start on the ground, earning a spot in the Club’s starting 18 against the Pies. Clark rose to the challenge off half-back, showing off some of the less observed aspects of his game. With a strong 21 disposals, seven contested and a 71 per cent disposal efficiency, Clark took on his role well, involving himself in linkups and going hard in the contest. His chase down in front of goals almost prevented a score, but the ball spilled out and the rest was out of his hands. Furthermore, going back with the flight of the ball, Clark copped a heavy hit in a pack mark and reeled in pain. Clark’s commitment to the contest is becoming more obvious and we hope to see this attitude continue in the coming rounds.

Bailey Fritsch

The quality of this year’s debutantes has shone through fittingly in Bayley Fritsch. With yet another impressive performance, the young Demon continues to exceed expectations with his dominance in the forward line. Fritsch finished up with 17 disposals, five contested, two goals, six score involvements, four intercept possessions, four tackles and three inside 50s.  The young Dee displayed great footy sense going forward, picked his spots well and hits his man with great precision. He is developing well under Melbourne’s guide and could bag a neat stack of goals by the end of the season.

Cam Rayner

With his first win in his AFL career, Rayner should be satisfied with the performance he contributed. A powerhouse for his age, the number one draft pick finished the match with 11 disposals, seven contested and an 82 per cent disposal efficiency. The young forward also kicked two goals, had four score involvements, three tackles and three clearances. He has adjusted well to the pace and has polished his work, beating his average disposal efficiency by 10 per cent.

Paddy Dow

On the wrong end of a huge margin, Dow stayed resilient against punishment and fought hard against a dominating Melbourne. Dow’s work on the hard ball was evident in his 10 contested possessions, and while low on his efficiency, still managed to make an impact. In all, Dow closed up with five intercept possessions, four tackles, 25 pressure acts and three score involvements. An impressive stat sheet for a player on a losing side, the young Blue refused to quit despite the odds.

Adam Cerra

With another demonstration of poise and class from Fremantle’s stellar first-year line-up, Cerra led with more trademark efficiency and impact. The No. 5 pick from the Dockers finished with 15 disposals, nine contested, an a 80 per cent disposal efficiency, 19 pressure acts and three clearances in their 69-point loss against the Swans. Cerra left his mark on the game despite a shutout victory by the home side. He’s an adaptable player who thrives in the contest and remains consistent in varying conditions.  

Nick Coffield

Coffield’s football is characterised best through his disposal efficiency. In St Kilda’s hard fought battle against Collingwood, Coffield kept his kicking clean and ball movement effective. He kept his work rate up despite a barrage of goals from his opposition and plenty of forward pressure. At an 88 per cent disposal efficiency for the season, Coffield continued prime form with  a 92 per cent disposal efficiency. The youngster finished the game against the Pies with 12 disposals, three one percenters and two rebound 50s. 

Charlie Spargo

The ferocity of this small forward is immense, complimented well by Melbourne’s fierce attack on Carlton. Spargo played high pressure football, working Carlton’s backman well as they tried to rebound. He laid three big tackles, 19 pressure acts, had four inside 50s and four score involvements. He wasn’t good enough in front of goal, missing two of his shots. However, his contribution to Melbourne’s win is evident in the range of offensive and defensive acts. In total, he racked up 12 disposals, six contested with a 75 per cent disposal efficiency.

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.

Keeping Tabs: Standout draftees from Round 6

THERE were debuts galore in Round 6 of the AFL, as a number of 2017 draftees stood out and produced some early glimpses of their talent which they showed in under 18 competitions last year. From first round selections to rookie picks, here are some of the top first year player performances from the weekend.

Charlie Spargo

Small forward/inside midfielder Charlie Spargo endured a winning start to his AFL career in the victory over Essendon at Etihad Stadium. The former Murray Bushranger collected four kicks, 14 handballs, four marks, three tackles and kicked two majors. His terrific football smarts, goal sense and work rate were all on show in the Dee’s forward-50. Teaming up with fellow 2017 draftee Bayley Fritsch, the pair look set to spend plenty of time together in the Demons forward line throughout 2018 and seasons to come.

Bayley Fritsch

After playing a major role in the Demons first month of the season, Bayley Fritsch was dropped for the round five before returning to the senior side for the Sunday afternoon clash with Essendon. The week off from AFL football certainly did the job, with the Casey Demon draftee booting a career-high three goals, to go with 14 disposals at an impressive 86 per cent efficiency, eight marks (including three contested and three inside 50s) and 435 metres gained. He is shaping as one of the better later pick ups from the 2017 National Draft.

James Worpel

Hawthorn’s James Worpel was also included in the Hawks 22 for the first time on the weekend. The inside midfielder who is renowned for his inside grunt work spent much of the game in the midfield, tallying 13 disposals at 85 per cent efficiency and three tackles. He additionally sent the ball inside 50s on three occasions. Worpel joined fellow inside midfielders Tom Mitchell and Jaeger O’Meara in the centre of the ground, who he will no-doubt have learned plenty from over the summer. Expect to see more of the tough, combative contested ball-winner.

Bailey Banfield

The West Australian had 14 disposals, two marks and 14 tackles in Fremantle’s loss to West Coast in his home state. It might have been weird for Eagles fans to see a Banfield in the purple and white, but he showed off his hard nature, winning 10 contested possessions, two inside 50s and a clearance.

Jack Higgins

Opposed to fellow first-year player Flynn Appleby, Higgins had a memorable first term, finding space to kick a goal from the square and begin his trademark celebrations. He won a free seconds later when he was knocked over by Collingwood defender Lynden Dunn, finishing with a second goal in a minute. He had 13 disposals (nine contested), one mark, two tackles and three inside 50s for the game.

Andrew Brayshaw

Another solid outing for the number two draft pick from last year, notching up 14 disposals, two marks, four tackles and booting a goal for the Dockers in Fremantle’s narrow Western Derby defeat. Brayshaw has been a consistent performer in his first season, also having two inside 50s in the match.

Flynn Appleby

A late call-up to the Collingwood side for their clash with Richmond at the MCG, the former GWV Rebels defender did not look overawed on the huge occasion in front of a packed house. Appleby’s first touch was a lunging spoil away from fellow youngster Jack Higgins, and his day included a bone-crunching tackle on Tigers skipper Trent Cotchin. Appleby finished with eight disposals (five contested), one mark and three tackles, but his efforts away from the stats sheet were impressive.

Draftees named for AFLX

FIVE former Vic Country teammates are likely to clash on Friday night in the AFL’s newest pre-season competition, AFLX. Bendigo Pioneers’ Paddy Dow and Lochie O’Brien have both been named for the Carlton side, and might stand opposite a familiar face in Luke Davies-Uniacke in the blue and white strips. Davies-Uniacke could meet close friend Hunter Clark in the AFLX grand final should North Melbourne and St Kilda make the decider. Former Geelong Falcons hard nut James Worpel will line-up for Hawthorn alongside Eastern Ranges’ star Jackson Ross.

Other TAC Cup players include former Murray Bushranger Charlie Spargo, and 2017 Northern Knights captain Nick Coffield. In a great feat of perseverance three VFL players have also been named since being selected on AFL lists in Northern Blues’ Cam O’Shea, Box Hill’s David Mirra and Casey Demons’ Bayley Fritsch. Oskar Baker will don the red and blue after playing in the NEAFL last year, while Perth teammates Matt Guelfi (now Essendon) and Gordon Narrier (now North Melbourne) could face off if their respective sides make the decider.

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 Friday night are:

Carlton: Paddy Dow (Bendigo Pioneers), Lochie O’Brien (Bendigo Pioneers), Cam O’Shea (Northern Blues)

Essendon: Matt Guelfi (Perth)

Hawthorn: James Worpel (Geelong Falcons), Jackson Ross (Eastern Ranges), David Mirra (Box Hill)

Melbourne: Charlie Spargo (Murray Bushrangers), Bayley Fritsch (Casey Demons), Oskar Baker (Aspley)

North Melbourne: Luke Davies-Uniacke (Dandenong Stingrays), Billy Hartung (Hawthorn), Gordon Narrier (Perth)

St Kilda: Hunter Clark (Dandenong Stingrays), Nick Coffield (Northern Knights)

 

FIXTURES:

6.40pm – Carlton v Melbourne
7.08pm – Hawthorn v Essendon
7.36pm – North Melbourne v Carlton
8.04pm – Essendon v St Kilda
8.32pm – Melbourne v North Melbourne
9.00pm – St Kilda v Hawthorn
9.33pm – Grand Final

Murray Bushrangers 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.

Murray Bushrangers

Finished: 5th
Wins: 10
Losses: 9
Draws: 0
Percentage:
 110
Points: 40 (eliminated in elimination final)

Players Drafted: (4)

  • Charlie Spargo (Melbourne)
  • Ben Paton (St Kilda)
  • Harrison Jones (Hawthorn)
  • Doulton Langlands (St Kilda)

2017 Review:

Much like the GWV Rebels, Murray Bushrangers had a huge 2016 draft with double figure players drafted to clubs. In 2017 that number dropped to four, which is still quite a solid effort. Charlie Spargo‘s injury did not wreck his draft hopes, picked up by Melbourne, while Ben Paton was selected by St Kilda, later joined by fellow Bushranger Doulton Langlands. In back-to-back Bushranger picks, Harrison Jones landed at Hawthorn as a rookie just prior to Langlands’ selection.

Among those unlucky not to be drafted are key position player Jordon Butts, Laitham Vandermeer, Angus Hicks, Jy Lane, Alex Paech, Isaac Wallace, Thomas Boyd and Nick Richards all of whom showed some promising signs throughout the year.

On the field, the Bushrangers started strongly, but faded away closer to finals as TAC Cup clubs gained full-strength line-ups. The Bushrangers won the majority of their games early and locked in a finals spot, before just being outplayed in the run home. They never disgraced themselves, always up for a fight, showing what they were capable of in the first quarter of the elimination final against Sandringham Dragons.

Next year the Bushrangers will have another handful of good prospects who could make the AFL grade, led by Zane Barzen who is a great combination of strength and skill. The Bushrangers sides are always well drilled and never far from finals action so expect them to be thereabouts when the whips are cracking next year.

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2018 Preview:

Murray Bushrangers have a few top prospects who have stood out in their bottom-age year. Zane Barzen is a fantastic big-bodied midfielder who played predominantly forward in 2017, while switch-man Hudson Garoni and beanpole Mark Marriott are others that impressed this year.

Zane Barzen (Murray Bushrangers) 191cm | 76kg | Outside Midfielder/Tall Forward
2017 TAC Cup: (13) 13.9 disposals | 5.1 marks | 1.9 tackles | 2.9 inside 50s | 1.5 goals | 64% KE | 68% DE | 37% CP

One of the top prospects in the 2018 draft crop, Barzen is silky and rarely makes a mistake. His vision and decision making is top notch and playing predominantly forward he influenced games, averaging 1.5 goals per match. In 2017 expect him to play more midfield, and we will see his statistics rise. He is already strong in the air and a classy mover, so expect his name to be one that is constantly brought up.

Hudson Garoni (Murray Bushrangers) 193cm | 92kg | Key Position Utility
2017 TAC Cup: (14) 13.8 disposals | 4.3 marks | 2.4 tackles | 1.9 inside 50s | 1.1 rebounds | 1.1 goals | 46% KE | 55% DE | 42% CP

Another Bushranger who has good versatility is Hudson Garoni. He actually has a readymade frame at 193cm and 92kg which was pre-season last year so expect it to have increased since then. He can play back or forward and wins a decent amount of ball for a key position player. He has the potential to play through the middle or higher up the ground, indicated by averaging almost two inside 50s per game.

Mark Marriott (Murray Bushrangers) 200cm | 86kg | Ruckman
2017 TAC Cup: (12) 10 disposals | 2 marks | 3.8 tackles | 22.9 hitouts | 1.3 clearances | 1.2 inside 50s | 39% KE | 59% DE | 54% CP

Marriott is a beanpole ruck who has built his strength as the season went on this year. He played the 12 games and averaged 22.9 hitouts which is no mean feat for a bottom-age ruck. While there are areas of his game to work on, given his size and influence in the ruck contests, he will be one that clubs keep a close eye on in 2018.

Others to keep an eye on:

Kyle Clarke (Murray Bushrangers) 174cm | 70kg | Balanced Midfielder
2017 TAC Cup: (18) 13.5 disposals | 3.4 marks | 3.8 tackles | 1.7 clearances | 57% KE | 62% DE | 42% CP

Ben Kelly (Murray Bushrangers) 199cm | 88kg | Ruckman
2017 TAC Cup: (8) 7.9 disposals | 0.9 marks | 1.3 tackles | 15.9 hitouts | 1.9 clearances | 70% KE | 78% DE | 58% CP

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Summary:

Murray Bushrangers are the side that traditionally you know what you are going to get – a competitive effort and when they are firing, they look as good as any side in the competition. With a number of top talls and the likes of Barzen and Clarke running through the midfield, the Bushrangers will be favoured to reach finals again and they have the cattle and the tenacity to go far.

Matt Balmer’s 2017 Final AFL Draft Power Rankings Part 1

EVERY month since May, Matt Balmer has ranked his players from the 2017 AFL Draft pool. With less than three weeks until the November 24 National AFL Draft, he counts down the players ranked 50-1 over the next two weeks. Today will be 50-26, before next Monday’s final rankings from 25-1.

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.

#50 Jackson EDWARDS
Outside Midfielder (Glenelg/South Australia)
11/10/1999 | 184.5cm | 75.0kg

Scouting notes: The son of Tyson is eligible for father-son to Adelaide at the end of the season. Possesses a nice clean left foot on the outside where he plays his best across half back or on the wing. At times he could be a bit more damaging with his disposals, rather than finding the safe target short.

Strengths: Agility, accumulation, kicking
Improvements:  Hurt factor, contested ball

Combine test results: 20m Sprint (secs) 3.18 | Agility (secs) 8.39 | Yo-Yo Test (level) 21.1

Under 18s Championships

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016South Australia00000000000000000000
2017South Australia49479618306513011770412.311.824.04.50.03.30.0
Total-49479618306513011770412.311.824.04.50.03.30.0

Career Total

SeasonKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
Total12.311.824.04.50.03.30.0

#49 Oscar CLAVARINO
Key Position Defender (Dandenong Stingrays/Vic Country)
22/05/1999 | 195.6cm | 85.2kg

Scouting notes: Key Position defender who should fill out in an AFL environment. His best can be very good and has held down the key post for Vic Country in the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships over the last two years.  His intercept work is getting better and has become more sure of himself when dropping off his man. Kicking can be shaky under pressure – but is another element to his game that has improved throughout the season.

Strengths: Intercept marking, endurance, rebounding
Improvements:  Confidence, strength

Combine test results: 20m Sprint (secs) 3.13 | Agility (secs) 8.63 | Yo-Yo Test (level) 21.2

2017 AFL DRAFT PROFILE: OSCAR CLAVARINO 

TAC Cup

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016Dandenong Stingrays243054190060000054.86.010.83.80.01.20.0
2017Dandenong Stingrays61671284553772333221087.68.416.05.60.42.90.0
Total-859718264537729332210136.57.514.04.90.22.20.0

Trial matches

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
Total-6.04.010.03.00.01.00.0

Under 18s Championships

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016Vic Country14132790050000034.74.39.03.00.01.70.0
2017Vic Country22234523212380025045.55.811.35.80.02.00.0
Total-363672322123130025075.15.110.34.60.01.90.0

Career Total

SeasonKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
Total5.86.212.04.50.12.00.0

#48 Jake PATMORE
Outside Midfielder (Claremont/Western Australia)
29/01/1999 | 181.1cm | 71.75kg

Scouting notes: Speedy outside midfielder who can play as a rebounding defender. Wins plenty of the ball and has slimmed down during the season. Patmore has plenty of scope for development. AFL Academy member.

Strengths: Agility, accumulation, speed
Improvements:  Inside game, endurance

Combine test results: 20m Sprint (secs) 3.02 | Agility (secs) 8.43 | Yo-Yo Test (level) 21.1

Under 18s Championships

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016Western Australia24164040030000046.04.010.01.00.00.80.0
2017Western Australia50419118226717059100412.510.322.84.50.04.30.0
Total-74571312222672005910089.37.116.42.80.02.50.0

WAFL Colts

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016Claremont65681331800110000370000000
2017Claremont25018843860005600005150000000
Total-31525657178006700008220000000

WAFL Reserves

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016Claremont00000000000000000000
2017Claremont8101840030000010000000
Total-8101840030000010000000

Career Total

SeasonKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
Total9.37.116.42.80.02.50.0

#47 Matthew DAY
Inside Midfielder (Oakleigh Chargers)
01/04/1999 | 189.2cm | 79.4kg

Scouting notes: The Chargers midfielder missed out on Vic Metro selection but uses his nous in the contest to get the ball moving forward. Was a high level basketballer, before recently making the full-time switch to football. Wins the contested ball and is willing to tackle hard to win it back.

Strengths: Inside work, kicking, speed, future scope
Improvements:  Accumulation, raw, endurance

Combine test results: 20m Sprint (secs) 3.00 | Agility (secs) 8.64 | Yo-Yo Test (level) N/A

2017 AFL DRAFT PROFILE: MATTHEW DAY 

TAC Cup

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2017Oakleigh Chargers14584229421221126925847913169.15.314.32.60.14.30.8
2018Oakleigh Chargers7641117404966215515222116.93.710.63.60.51.92.0
Total-2211253468217117890763621135278.24.612.83.00.33.31.3

Career Total

SeasonKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
Total8.24.612.83.00.33.31.3

#46 Brent DANIELS
Small Forward/Inside Midfielder (Bendigo Pioneers/Vic Country)
09/03/1999 | 170.5cm | 70.4kg

Scouting notes: The inside midfielder was superb in the Vic Country Under 18 trial match in 2016, but showed his skills across half forward for Vic Country in the National Under 18 Championships in 2017. Daniels possesses elite speed and can play as an inside midfielder, but possesses a good goal sense and can pressure opposition defenders up forward.

Strengths: Skill, speed, goal sense, agility
Improvements:  Hands in close, overuse of the footy

Combine test results: 20m Sprint (secs) 2.95 | Agility (secs) 8.11 | Yo-Yo Test (level) 21.5

2017 AFL DRAFT PROFILE: BRENT DANIELS

TAC Cup

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016Bendigo Pioneers3129609001500004310.39.720.03.00.05.01.3
2017Bendigo Pioneers70741442382842303323913710.010.620.63.30.03.31.9
Total-10110320432828438033239171010.110.320.43.20.03.81.7

Trial matches

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
Total-6.014.020.03.00.07.00.0

Career Total

SeasonKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
Total8.710.018.73.30.03.81.5

#45 Sam TAYLOR
Key Position Defender (Swan Districts/Western Australia)
05/05/1999 | 196.1cm | 87.3kg

Scouting notes: A Key Position Defender who has flown a bit under the radar. Taylor was prominent in the AFL Academy game against Northern Blues at the start of the year, and is a good one-on-one defender. Taylor rebounds the ball ok by foot and is willing to take intercept marks.

Strengths: Marking, rebounding, positioning, athleticism
Improvements:  Kicking, endurance

Combine test results: 20m Sprint (secs) 3.05 | Agility (secs) 8.51 | Yo-Yo Test (level) 20.8

Under 18s Championships

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016Western Australia691570000000023.04.57.53.50.00.00.0
2017Western Australia202444142124411013045.06.011.03.50.31.00.0
Total-263359212124411013064.35.59.83.50.20.70.0

WAFL League

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016Swan Districts00000000000000000000
2017Swan Districts4052923200190000070000000
Total-4052923200190000070000000

WAFL Colts

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016Swan Districts70441144200142000080000000
2017Swan Districts78721505800309000280000000
Total-1481162641000044110002160000000

WAFL Reserves

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016Swan Districts00000000000000000000
2017Swan Districts741140090000010000000
Total-741140090000010000000

Career Total

SeasonKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
Total4.35.59.83.50.20.70.0

#44 Tom McCARTIN
Key Position Forward (Geelong Falcons/Vic Country)
30/12/1999 | 192.6cm | 84.0kg

Scouting notes: One of the late bloomers of the 2017 AFL Draft pool. The brother of St Kilda’s Patrick has a late December and is still in Year 11 – meaning he will need to finish school in 2018. Clubs won’t be put off by this however and the talented forward showed in the first quarter of the TAC Cup Elimination Final that he can be a damaging player. McCartin marks well overhead and is an agile footballer. He has plenty of scope for development.

Strengths: Contested marking, endurance, cleanness at ground level, agility
Improvements:  Goal kicking, consistency

Combine test results: 20m Sprint (secs) 3.12 | Agility (secs) 8.36 | Yo-Yo Test (level) 21.5

2017 AFL DRAFT PROFILE: TOM McCARTIN

TAC Cup

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2017Geelong Falcons936215573718930233309137.24.811.95.60.22.30.7
Total-936215573718930233309137.24.811.95.60.22.30.7

Under 18s Championships

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2017Vic Country712191061441030032.34.06.33.30.31.30.0
Total-712191061441030032.34.06.33.30.31.30.0

Career Total

SeasonKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
Total6.34.610.95.20.22.10.6

#43 Ethan FLOYD
Outside Midfielder (Geelong Falcons/Vic Country)
15/07/1999 | 180.0cm | 70.7kg

Scouting notes: Outside midfielder who possesses a pinpoint left foot pass. Can run hard all day on the wing and has a good mix of speed and endurance – standing out in his bright boot. He has the ability to play across half back and provides good rebound and can get the ball inside 50 and find a target.

Strengths: Kicking penetration, speed, endurance, ground coverage
Improvements:  Inside game, foot skills under pressure, tackling numbers

Combine test results: 20m Sprint (secs) 2.98 | Agility (secs) 8.46 | Yo-Yo Test (level) 21.5

2017 AFL DRAFT PROFILE: ETHAN FLOYD 

TAC Cup

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016Geelong Falcons10634140250027000051010.63.414.02.50.02.70.5
2017Geelong Falcons21284296657720820013673821613.35.318.54.10.01.30.1
2018Geelong Falcons2873571121100366039.32.311.72.30.03.30.0
Total-346125471978822957016734472911.94.316.23.30.02.00.2

Under 18s Championships

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016Vic Country00000000000000000000
2017Vic Country211132952770035037.03.710.73.00.02.30.0
Total-211132952770035037.03.710.73.00.02.30.0

Career Total

SeasonKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
Total11.54.315.73.30.02.00.2

#42 Brandon STARCEVICH
Balanced Midfielder (East Perth/Western Australia)
24/07/1999 | 186.6cm | 84.4kg

Scouting notes: A strong riser in the second half of the year where he can attack a stoppage at speed and clear the ball out reasonably effective by foot. Finished the season on a high with 18 disposals and four inside 50s in the Under 18 All Stars game at the MCG on Grand Final day. Possesses elite speed and agility, with his inside game are area that has improved. Not a big ball winner.

Strengths: Versatile, speed, agility
Improvements:  Inside game, consistency, ball winning

Combine test results: 20m Sprint (secs) 2.87 | Agility (secs) 8.08 | Yo-Yo Test (level) 21.1

Under 18s Championships

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016Western Australia1531830080000135.01.06.01.00.02.70.3
2017Western Australia321850924261215102448.04.512.52.30.33.01.0
Total-4721681224262015102576.73.09.71.70.12.90.7

WAFL Colts

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016East Perth813811927001820002100000000
2017East Perth935014329003910005100000000
Total-1748826256005730007200000000

Career Total

SeasonKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
Total6.73.09.71.70.12.90.7

#41 Trent MYNOTT
Inside Midfielder (Eastern Ranges/Vic Metro)
04/10/1999 | 184.8cm | 75.1kg

Scouting notes: Inside midfielder who has plenty of scope for development. Mynott can win the contested ball and clear it effectively out to an outside runner by hand. Is willing to do the defensive work and tackles hard to get the ball back. Kicking has room for improvement.

Strengths: Clearances, acceleration, agility
Improvements:  Speed, kicking

Combine test results: 20m Sprint (secs) 3.22 | Agility (secs) 8.20 | Yo-Yo Test (level) 21.2

TAC Cup

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016Eastern Ranges784111920003300005711.15.917.02.90.04.70.7
2017Eastern Ranges116631792695773304521167814.57.922.43.30.04.10.9
Total-194104298469577660452116121512.96.919.93.10.04.40.8

Under 18s Championships

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016Vic Metro00000000000000000000
2017Vic Metro263157111344150164038.710.319.03.70.05.00.0
Total-263157111344150164038.710.319.03.70.05.00.0

Career Total

SeasonKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
Total12.27.519.73.20.04.50.7

#40 Will WALKER
Outside Midfielder (Sandringham Dragons)
30/03/1999 | 186.5cm | 78.2kg

Scouting notes: Zippy half forward flanker who has improved his contested ball abilities in the second half of the year. Wins the ball in the midfielder and spreads well from a stoppage. At times he can just bang the ball on his boot – but he has the power to kick the ball over 50 metres and his clearance work is very good. Comes from a former soccer background.

Strengths: Speed, agility, clearance work, rawness
Improvements:  Kicking, contested ball winning

Combine test results: 20m Sprint (secs) 3.05 | Agility (secs) 8.74 | Yo-Yo Test (level) 21.1

2017 AFL DRAFT PROFILE: WILL WALKER

TAC Cup

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016Sandringham Dragons623799230025000015115.63.49.02.10.02.31.4
2017Sandringham Dragons21817138982161228761666917221911.59.020.54.30.14.01.2
Total-280208488105161228101166691737309.36.916.33.50.03.41.2

Career Total

SeasonKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
Total9.36.916.33.50.03.41.2

#39 Toby WOOLLER
Key Position Forward (Oakleigh Chargers/Vic Metro)
16/03/1999 | 192.7cm | 89.9kg

Scouting notes: Key Position Forward who has played as a hybrid midfielder at times for the Oakleigh Chargers. While still likely to end up a second or third tall at the next level, Wooller is a good mark and knows where the goals are. Is mobile enough to get up and down the ground on multiple leads. Is the grandson of Geelong’s Fred Wooller.

Strengths: Contested marking, scoreboard impact, work ethic, strength, leadership
Improvements:  Speed, kicking

Combine test results: 20m Sprint (secs) 3.12 | Agility (secs) N/A | Yo-Yo Test (level) 20.8

2017 AFL DRAFT PROFILE: TOBY WOOLLER

TAC Cup

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016Oakleigh Chargers87301176300151500010108.73.011.76.31.51.51.0
2017Oakleigh Chargers2127628892145152773532555431613.34.818.05.82.24.82.7
Total-299106405155145152925032555532611.54.115.66.01.93.52.0

Under 18s Championships

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016Vic Metro00000000000000000000
2017Vic Metro13619791031080126.53.09.53.50.51.50.5
Total-13619791031080126.53.09.53.50.51.50.5

Career Total

SeasonKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
Total11.14.215.35.91.83.41.9

#38 Nathan KREUGER
Tall Utility (South Adelaide/South Australia)
25/06/1999 | 195.7cm | 88.9kg

Scouting notes: A raw talent who has had some incredible moments over the last 12 months. His work in the South Australian trials were good last year and early this year. Can play as a tall at either end, but most excitingly moves well athletically enough to play as a flanker. Uses the ball well off his left foot and there are some moments that get you really excited about this kid. Can play through the midfield but showed his strength up forward for South Australia in the National  Under 18 Championships.

Strengths: Agility, strength, marking, versatile
Improvements:  Raw, skills, consistency

Combine test results: 20m Sprint (secs) 3.03 | Agility (secs) 8.21 | Yo-Yo Test (level) 20.4

SANFL Reserves

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2017South Adelaide109195121051021133.33.06.31.70.31.70.3
Total-109195121051021130000000

SANFL Under 18s

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2017South Adelaide10940149497583392224331513119.93.613.54.52.03.51.2
Total-10940149497583392224331513110000000

Under 18s Championships

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016South Australia00000000000000000000
2017South Australia11718810731260125.53.59.04.00.51.50.5
Total-11718810731260125.53.59.04.00.51.50.5

Career Total

SeasonKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
Total5.53.59.04.00.51.50.5

#37 James WORPEL
Inside Midfielder (Geelong Falcons/Vic Country)
24/01/1999 | 185.1cm | 85.5kg

Scouting notes: Cracks in hard winning the ball in the contest and is one of the best clearance players in the 2017 draft pool. Question marks are on his kicking, where at times he will just bomb it out of the packs but he did show in the National Under 18 Championships that he was able to stop and find a target without rushing. Tackles well but has areas to address to be a top 30 selection.

Strengths: Inside game, tackling, leadership, scoreboard impact
Improvements:  Kicking, agility

Combine test results: 20m Sprint (secs) 3.08 | Agility (secs) 8.89 | Yo-Yo Test (level) 20.8

2017 AFL DRAFT PROFILE: JAMES WORPEL

TAC Cup

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016Geelong Falcons183812643100760000111314.16.220.32.40.05.80.8
2017Geelong Falcons236106342361701771092748219111614.86.621.42.30.16.80.7
Total-419187606671701771852748219222914.46.420.92.30.16.40.8

Trial matches

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
Total-9.08.017.01.00.04.00.0

Under 18s Championships

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016Vic Country3017473001700002310.05.715.71.00.05.70.7
2017Vic Country453479163842330161662411.38.519.84.00.08.30.5
Total-7551126193842500161664710.77.318.02.70.07.10.6

Career Total

SeasonKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
Total13.66.620.22.40.16.40.7

#36 Jackson ROSS
Outside Midfielder/Medium Forward (Haileybury College/Eastern Ranges)
22/06/1999 | 192.5cm | 74.5kg

Scouting notes: Booted 29 goals playing as a centre half forward and on the wing for Haileybury College in the APS school competition. Comes from an elite tennis background and is still quite raw in football terms. Has a long kick and is able to use it on either side of his body. Very athletic and is a player with plenty of development left.

Strengths: Upside, mobility/versatile, kicking, scoreboard impact
Improvements:  Consistency, tackling, reading the game

Combine test results: 20m Sprint (secs) 3.09 | Agility (secs) 8.46 | Yo-Yo Test (level) 20.8

2017 AFL DRAFT PROFILE: JACKSON ROSS

TAC Cup

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016Eastern Ranges74381122300160000589.34.814.02.90.02.00.6
2017Eastern Ranges13937176367595270223615161013.93.717.63.60.02.71.6
Total-21375288597595430223615211811.84.216.03.30.02.41.2

Career Total

SeasonKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
Total11.23.915.23.10.02.31.1

#35 Gryan MIERS
Small Forward/Inside Midfielder (Geelong Falcons/Vic Country)
30/03/1999 | 177.6cm | 77.4kg

Scouting notes: Small forward who shot to frame after booting seven goals in the TAC Cup Grand Final. Whilst he doesn’t possess elite speed, he has smarts around goal and is willing to kick the ball off either foot. Has played some time on the inside, but is destined to be a small forward at the next level.

Strengths: Footy IQ, endurance, goal sense, X-Factor
Improvements:  Speed, vertical leap

Combine test results: 20m Sprint (secs) 3.19 | Agility (secs) 8.39 | Yo-Yo Test (level) 21.5

2017 AFL DRAFT PROFILE: GRYAN MIERS

TAC Cup

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016Geelong Falcons4621671600220000359.24.213.43.20.04.40.6
2017Geelong Falcons202892917011416862018532501711.95.217.14.10.03.62.9
Total-2481103588611416884018532532211.35.016.33.90.03.82.4

Under 18s Championships

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016Vic Country00000000000000000000
2017Vic Country41297018175215071112410.37.317.54.50.03.80.5
Total-41297018175215071112410.37.317.54.50.03.80.5

Career Total

SeasonKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
Total11.15.316.54.00.03.82.1

#34 Harrison PETTY
Key Position Defender (Norwood/South Australia)
12/11/1999 | 195.3cm | 81.9kg

Scouting notes: Key positioned player who reads the play well and positions himself well behind the ball. Is composed with ball in hand and is usually clean to dispose of the ball off his right foot. Petty is also confident with when to intercept the ball overhead. Won South Australia’s MVP after a superb National AFL Under 18 Championships.

Strengths: Positioning, composure, kicking, intercepting
Improvements:  Speed, strength

Combine test results: 20m Sprint (secs) 3.17 | Agility (secs) 8.29 | Yo-Yo Test (level) 21.2

SANFL Reserves

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2017Norwood241741231428510051212.08.520.511.50.52.50.5
Total-24174123142851005120000000

SANFL Under 18s

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2017Norwood41317229284417303411058.26.214.45.86.03.40.0
Total-41317229284417303411050000000

Under 18s Championships

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2017South Australia252449172624821213046.36.012.34.30.52.00.0
Total-252449172624821213046.36.012.34.30.52.00.0

Career Total

SeasonKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
Total6.36.012.34.30.52.00.0

#33 Charlie SPARGO
Inside Midfielder/Small Forward (Murray Bushrangers/Allies)
25/11/1999 | 171.6cm | 70.2kg

Scouting notes: Small bite-sized midfielder who cracks in hard. Despite his size he wins the ball in the contest and tackles hard. Is one of the few midfielders who has a good goal sense and is a hard match-up when deep inside 50. Was originally zoned to GWS but it is now ineligible for GWS to select him under changes to their Academy zone. Had shoulder surgery which ruled him out for the season.

Strengths: Goal sense, speed, agility, endurance, tackling
Improvements:  Marking

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

Division 2

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
Total-10.04.014.05.00.01.03.0

TAC Cup

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016Murray Bushrangers53288118001400007510.65.616.23.60.02.81.4
2017Murray Bushrangers00000000000000000000
Total-53288118001400007510.65.616.23.60.02.81.4

Under 18s Championships

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016Allies15142980090000027.57.014.54.00.04.50.0
2017Allies117184811601200111.07.018.04.00.06.00.0
Total-26214712811150120038.77.015.74.00.05.00.0

Career Total

SeasonKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
Total8.95.314.23.50.03.01.0

#32 Andrew McPHERSON
Medium Defender (Woodville-West Torrens/South Australia)
20/06/1999 | 185.7cm | 79.4kg

Scouting notes: A good ball user across half back where McPherson just gets the job done. He showed promise in the National AFL Under 18 Championships last year, but missed the carnival in 2017 due to injury. McPherson rebounds it well and can play across the wing. Reads the play well and has a good mix of attack & defence. The AFL Academy member dealt with a quad injury throughout the first half of the 2017 season.

Strengths: Endurance, kicking, footy smarts, rebounding
Improvements:  Inside game, athleticism

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

SANFL Reserves

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2017Woodville-West Torrens3835731821511085120312.711.724.46.00.00.30.0
Total-383573182151108512030000000

SANFL Under 18s

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2017Woodville-West Torrens35804410112013.05.08.00.00.01.00.0
Total-35804410112010000000

Under 18s Championships

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016South Australia282149140080000039.37.016.34.70.02.70.0
2017South Australia00000000000000000000
Total-282149140080000039.37.016.34.70.02.70.0

Career Total

SeasonKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
Total9.37.016.34.70.02.70.0

#31 Jack PETRUCCELLE
Inside Midfielder (Northern Knights/Vic Metro)
12/04/1999 | 185.1cm | 77.7kg

Scouting notes: The fastest player in the TAC Cup with a 20m sprint time of 2.82 seconds recorded earlier in the season. He is willing to take opposition players on and burn them off along the wing. Also possesses a very good leap. His kicking on the run is a work-in-progress and needs work, but his eye catching displays are continuing to get better and more consistent. He comes from an elite basketball background. His contested ball numbers are very good.

Strengths: Speed, agility, inside game
Improvements:  Kicking, endurance, accumulation

Combine test results: 20m Sprint (secs) 2.87 | Agility (secs) 8.64 | Yo-Yo Test (level) 20.7

TAC Cup

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016Northern Knights11102160054000425.55.010.53.02.02.52.0
2017Northern Knights156912375014310759035681714169.85.714.83.10.03.70.9
Total-1671012585614310764435681718189.35.614.33.10.23.61.0

Under 18s Championships

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016Vic Metro00000000000000000000
2017Vic Metro1513287131490135135.04.39.32.30.03.00.3
Total-1513287131490135135.04.39.32.30.03.00.3

Career Total

SeasonKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
Total8.75.413.63.00.23.50.9

#30 Dylan MOORE
Inside Midfielder/Small Forward (Eastern Ranges/Vic Metro)
04/08/1999 | 175.8cm | 65.9kg

Scouting notes: Small midfielder who isn’t afraid of winning the contested ball. His ground ball numbers are very good and is a big ball winning midfielder. Moore can also push forward and hit the scoreboard. Has a decent jump for a small midfielder which he can show off up forward. He also a very good endurance base but is one of the few players sub 180cm who do not possess elite speed. Is a smart footballer and just gets to the right position to win the ball. Clearance work is super.

Strengths: Endurance, kicking, contested ball winning, scoreboard impact, clearance work
Improvements:  Speed, marking

Combine test results: 20m Sprint (secs) 3.14 | Agility (secs) 8.48 | Yo-Yo Test (level) 22.3

TAC Cup

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016Eastern Ranges282654120060000147.06.513.53.00.01.50.3
2017Eastern Ranges125106231321161145204240189913.911.825.73.60.05.81.0
Total-15313228544116114580424018101311.810.221.93.40.04.50.8

Under 18s Championships

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2016Vic Metro00000000000000000000
2017Vic Metro35579210455013012133348.814.323.02.50.03.30.8
Total-35579210455013012133348.814.323.02.50.03.30.8

Career Total

SeasonKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
Total10.410.520.93.00.03.90.7

#29 Jordan HOULAHAN
Medium Forward (Sturt/South Australia)
19/02/1999 | 185.7cm | 75.9kg

Scouting notes: Medium forward who possess a very good leap and is a straight kick in front of goal. The AFL Academy member will likely adjust to AFL life in a similar role to Sydney Swans 2016 draftee Will Hayward. Has come back from a shoulder reconstruction and was a solid performance up forward in the National Under 18 Championships. Also played a few games as a midfielder at SANFL level. Was a dual premiership player for the Double Blues in the SANFL Under 18s and SANFL Reserves.

Strengths: Contested marking, kicking skills, leap, versatility
Improvements:  Consistency, leading patterns, endurance

Combine test results: 20m Sprint (secs) 3.05 | Agility (secs) N/A | Yo-Yo Test (level) 21.1

2017 AFL DRAFT PROFILE: JORDAN HOULAHAN

SANFL Reserves

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2017Sturt813211334625638121524720117.42.912.33.11.13.51.8
Total-813211334625638121524720110000000

SANFL Under 18s

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2017Sturt472471243936251181431059.44.814.24.82.25.02.0
Total-472471243936251181431050000000

Under 18s Championships

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2017South Australia2514391224131414131746.33.59.83.00.33.51.8
Total-2514391224131414131746.33.59.83.00.33.51.8

Career Total

SeasonKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
Total6.33.59.83.00.33.51.8

#28 Zac BAILEY
Inside Midfielder (Southern Districts/Allies)
23/09/1999 | 181.0cm | 81.1kg

Scouting notes: Has a great burst of speed and he isn’t afraid to collect the ball and burst out of a stoppage getting distance on himself from his opponents. The right footer is usually a clean kick but can have the odd poor game by foot. Bailey wins the contested ball and tackles well.

Strengths: Contested ball winning, speed, kicking, tackling
Improvements:  Marking, endurance, hitting the scoreboard

Combine test results: 20m Sprint (secs) 2.98 | Agility (secs) 8.69 | Yo-Yo Test (level) 20.6

2017 AFL DRAFT PROFILE: ZAC BAILEY

Division 2

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2017Northern Territory00000000000000000000
Total-00000000000000000000

SANFL Under 18s

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2017Norwood4530759443490181390315.010.025.03.00.03.00.0
Total-453075944349018139030000000

Under 18s Championships

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2017Allies3633698274118013143149.08.317.32.00.04.50.3
Total-3633698274118013143149.08.317.32.00.04.50.3

Career Total

SeasonKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
Total9.08.317.32.00.04.50.3

#27 Ryley STODDART
Medium Defender/Outside Midfielder (Eastern Ranges/Vic Metro)
15/10/1999 | 184.6cm | 73.7kg

Scouting notes: Rebounding defender who is what you want in a half back flank. Kicks it well on his left foot, makes very good decisions and will get to the right positions. His defending one-on-one is okay and is not a big disposal winner, but is a player who will make his 15-20 touches hurt the opposition when he drops off. Dubbed as a Kade Simpson clone by SEN 1116 Draft Analyst Brett Anderson. Finished the year with some impressive performances and showed he can push further up the ground and hit the scoreboard.

Strengths: Agility, kicking, composure under pressure
Improvements:  Tackling, one-on-one defending

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

2017 AFL DRAFT PROFILE: RYLEY STODDART

TAC Cup

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2017Eastern Ranges114511653858891504223641011.45.116.53.80.01.50.4
Total-114511653858891504223641011.45.116.53.80.01.50.4

Under 18s Championships

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2017Vic Metro1830486182640138044.57.512.01.50.01.00.0
Total-1830486182640138044.57.512.01.50.01.00.0

Career Total

SeasonKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
Total9.45.815.23.10.01.40.3

#26 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.

Strengths: Leadership, kicking, quick hands, inside game
Improvements:  Endurance, consistency

Combine test results: 20m Sprint (secs) 3.18 | Agility (secs) 8.85 | Yo-Yo Test (level) 21.1

TAC Cup

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2017Eastern Ranges114511653858891504223641011.45.116.53.80.01.50.4
Total-114511653858891504223641011.45.116.53.80.01.50.4

Under 18s Championships

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
2017Vic Metro1830486182640138044.57.512.01.50.01.00.0
Total-1830486182640138044.57.512.01.50.01.00.0

Career Total

SeasonKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
Total9.45.815.23.10.01.40.3

So that’s my players ranked 50-26, if you want to know more: Send me a Tweet @MattBalmer7 before my final 25-1 is released next Monday night.