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Draft dream not over for 2018 state combine nominees

MORE than one hundred draft hopefuls will test themselves under the watchful eye of AFL club recruiters at the various State Combine’s around the country. After the list of National Combine invitations was released last week – indicating those players with the most draft interest – last night the full list of State Combine, and Rookie Me Combine lists were released.

EIGHTY INVITED TO NATIONAL DRAFT COMBINE

A total of 126 players were nominated for the combines, with Vic Country having 26 players nominated, ahead of South Australia with 24, and Western Australia and Vic Metro with 21 each. It has also proved a bumper year for the Victorian Football League (VFL) with 13 players nominated to test, behind the four Division One states. New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory (NSW/ACT) has eight players nominated, the highest of the Division Two states, while Queensland has seven, and Northern Territory three and Tasmania three.

In terms of individual clubs, Dandenong Stingrays trumps all others, having 12 nominees, making it 17 players heading to testing in 2018. Murray Bushrangers is next with seven, followed by Calder Cannons and Oakleigh Chargers (six), as well as South Australian club Norwood. Fellow South Australian club South Adelaide, West Australian clubs Peel Thunder and Swan Districts, and Sandringham Dragons, all have four nominees. Greater Western Victoria (GWV) Rebels, Glenelg, North Adelaide, Sturt, South Fremantle and Claremont have three apiece. In terms of Academies, the GWS Academy had six players nominated, Gold Coast and Brisbane Lions Academies both had three, and Sydney Swans Academy had one.

 

Full list of State Combine nominations:

NSW/ACT: [6]

Riley Bice (Murray Bushrangers/GWS Academy)
Jeromy Lucas (GWS Giants Academy)
Nick Murray (Murray Bushrangers/GWS Academy)
James Peatling (GWS Giants Academy)
Guy Richardson (GWS Giants Academy)
Mathew Walker (Murray Bushrangers/GWS Academy)

Northern Territory: [2]

Michael Mummery (NT Thunder)
Izaak Wyatt (Southern Districts)

Queensland: [4]

Caleb Graham (GC Suns Academy) 
Darcy Marsh (Brisbane Lions Academy)
Tom Matthews (Brisbane Lions Academy)
Lachlan McDonald (GC Suns Academy)

South Australia: [24]

Finn Betterman (Glenelg)
Connor Bristow (Norwood)
Chris Burgess (West Adelaide)
Declan Carmody (Glenelg)
Kade Chandler (Norwood)
Oscar Chapman (North Adelaide)
Tate Coleman (South Adelaide)
Jacob Collins (Norwood)
Job Colwell (South Adelaide)
Tobin Cox (Glenelg)
Darcy Fort (Central District)
Martin Frederick (Woodville-West Torrens)
Nathan Kreuger (South Adelaide)
Tom Lewis (Sturt)
Mihail Lochowiak (Sturt)
Tyler Martin (Norwood)
Aaron Nietschke (Central District)
Matthew Nunn (Norwood)
Kai Pudney (Woodville West Torrens)
Isaac Saywell (Norwood)
Jake Tarca (South Adelaide)
Casey Voss (Sturt)
Callum Wilkie (North Adelaide)
Boyd Woodcock (North Adelaide)

Tasmania: [1]

Rhyan Mansell (North Launceston)

VFL: [8]

Jake Aarts (Richmond VFL)
Brett Bewley (Williamstown)
Sam Collins (Werribee)
Will Hayes (Footscray VFL)
Nick Hind (Essendon VFL)
Marty Hore (Collingwood VFL)
Ethan Phillips (Port Melbourne)
Corey Rich (Frankston)

Vic Country: [21]

Jacob Atley (Bendigo Pioneers)
Stephen Cumming (Dandenong Stingrays)
Sam Fletcher (Dandenong Stingrays)
Matthew Gahan (Dandenong Stingrays)
Hudson Garoni (Murray Bushrangers)
Noah Gown (Gippsland Power)
Brayden Ham (Geelong Falcons)
Jed Hill (GWV Rebels)
Austin Hodge (Gippsland Power)
Zane Keighran (Bendigo Pioneers)
Matty Lloyd (GWV Rebels)
Lachlan McDonnell (Dandenong Stingrays)
Jai Nanscawen (Dandenong Stingrays)
Finbar O’Dwyer (Murray Bushrangers)
Jamie Plumridge (Dandenong Stingrays)
Mitch Riordan (Dandenong Stingrays)
Bailey Schmidt (Dandenong Stingrays)
Sam Sturt (Dandenong Stingrays)
Jai Taylor (Dandenong Stingrays)
Charlie Wilson (GWV Rebels)
Lachlan Young (Dandenong Stingrays)

Vic Metro: [18]

Frank Anderson (South Croydon)
Joseph Ayton-Delaney (Oakleigh Chargers)
Atu Bosenavulagi (Oakleigh Chargers)
Kyle Dunkley (Oakleigh Chargers)
Mason Fletcher (Calder Cannons)
Xavier Fry (Eastern Ranges)
Jake Gaspar (Oakleigh Chargers)
Sam Graham (Calder Cannons)
Harry Houlahan (Sandringham Dragons)
James Jordan (Oakleigh Chargers)
Josh Kemp (Calder Cannons)
Justin McInerney (Northern Knights)
Mitchell Podhajski (Calder Cannons)
Stefan Radovanovic (Western Jets)
James Rendell (Sandringham Dragons)
Harry Reynolds (Sandringham Dragons)
Alistair Richards (Sandringham Dragons)
Jack Ross (Oakleigh Chargers)

Western Australia: [21]

Jason Carter (Peel Thunder)
Dylan Curley (East Fremantle)
Oliver Eastland (Claremont)
Kody Eaton (East Fremantle) 
Harry Edwards (Swan Districts) 
Patrick Farrant (Swan Districts) 
Ethan Hansen (Perth) 
Wil Hickmott (Subiaco) 
Corey Hitchcock (Claremont)
Jack Mayo (Subiaco) 
Tom Medhat (West Perth)
Louis Miller (East Perth) 
Luke Moore (South Fremantle) 
Rylie Morgan (Claremont)
Matthew Parker (South Fremantle) 
Jarvis Pina (Peel Thunder)
Tyson Powell (Peel Thunder)
Regan Spooner (South Fremantle)
James Sturrock (Peel Thunder)
Tobe Watson (Swan Districts)
Graydon Wilson (Swan Districts)

Rookie Me Combine: [21]

Ryan Hebron (Sydney University)
Joey Reinhard (Sydney Swans Academy)
Adam Tipungwuti (Western Magpies)
Matthew Green (NT Thunder)
Ryan Gilmore (GC Suns Academy)
Jack Tomkinson (Brisbane Lions Academy)
Lachlan Gadomski (Kingborough Tigers) 
Matthew McGuinness (Lauderdale)
Ben Cavarra (Williamstown) 
Jay Lockhart (Casey Scorpions) 
Hayden McLean (Sandringham VFL) 
Kieran Strachan (Port Melbourne) 
Charlie Thompson (Richmond VFL)
Jordon Butts (Murray Bushrangers)
Kyle Clarke (Murray Bushrangers)
Sam Conway (Geelong Falcons)
Jake Frawley (Dandenong Stingrays)
Matt Neagle (Wodonga Raiders)
Tye Browning (Calder Cannons)
Daniel Hanna (Calder Cannons)
Cody Hirst (Eastern Ranges)

Scouting notes: WAFL Colts – Perth vs. East Fremantle

IN Round 16 of the WAFL Colts competition, East Fremantle defeated Perth by 12 points at Lathlain Park and Lenny Fogliani was there to capture the action.

Below were the best players in the game.

PERTH DEMONS

#1 IAN HILL

The AFL Academy member produced a performance that would have enhanced his draft stocks. The young cousin of Fremantle pair Brad and Stephen, Hill was electrifying against the Sharks with 25 possessions, six marks, six inside 50s and three goals. His speed, class, vision and decision-making were all on display.

#6 TRENAYNE HODDER

In only his third game for the Demons, Hodder was dazzling in the forward half. He collected 14 possessions, recorded five inside 50s, laid three tackles, took two marks and booted a goal. His desire to take the opposition on was superb for such a young player.

#10 SYDNEY STACK

The All-Australian representative continued his fine season with yet another polished display. He gathered a game-high 26 possessions, laid a game-high 12 tackles, recorded a game-high seven inside 50s and took three marks in a sensational performance. His draft stocks continue to soar weekly.

#15 NYIKA JOHN

The Queens Park junior was sublime on the half-back line for the Demons with 17 possessions, five marks, three inside 50sand two marks. His reading of the play, and skills were critical in keeping the Demons within the contest.

#21 BRODIE GRAY

The 17-year-old produced his best game for the Demons against East Fremantle in just his eighth game of WAFL Colts. He finished with 15 possessions, six tackles, three inside 50s and two goals in a sublime performance.

#23 ETHAN HANSEN

Before he injured his knee in the second quarter, Hansen showed why he is such a highly rated prospect from WA this year. He had 10 possessions midway through the second quarter, and his pace, aggression, skill and reading of the play were all on display.

#25 ELIJAH TAYLOR

The Thornlie junior enhanced his prospects for the AFL Draft next year with another superb display. He finished with 15 possessions, four inside 50s and a goal in a lively performance. His damaging disposal makes him a weapon in the forward half for the Demons.

 

EAST FREMANTLE

#8 DYLAN CURLEY

The Mullewa product is a human highlight reel and it was not hard to see why against Perth. In the opening 40 seconds of the game, he took a spectacular mark similar to that of Ashley Sampi’s 2004 Mark of the Year. His ability to weave his way through traffic is simply sublime and more often than not he had the Perth defenders nervous. He finished with nine possessions, eight hit-outs, five marks, three tackles and three goals.

#9 COREY ROBINSON

The Aquinas student was easily East Fremantle’s best midfielder with 24 possessions, five inside 50s, four marks and four tackles in a powerful display. His willingness to burrow himself at the bottom of packs, rip the ball out of congestion and then find a target is first class.

#15 JAKE DIGGLE

Stationed on the half-back line, Diggle was instrumental for the Sharks repelling the Demons’ attacking forays. He also provided superb rebound for the Sharks and was often a catalyst for them going forward. He gathered 15 possessions, laid two tackles and took two marks.

#17 MAX MURPHY

The 2016 WA State U16s Academy representative was arguably the Sharks most valuable player against the Demons. Playing in defence, he accumulated 20 possessions, took six marks, recorded four inside 50s, laid two tackles and kicked a superb goal from the boundary about 45 metres out.

#23 DILLON O’REILLY

The reigning WAFL Colts Leading Goalkicker was switched into defence for the Sharks and he handled the move with aplomb. His reading of the play, skills and leadership were all crucial for the victory. He finished with 20 possessions, four marks, and two tackles in a solid outing.

#27 JAI JACKSON

In only his third game of WAFL Colts, Jackson demonstrated that he belongs in the professional environment. He threw himself into every contest, kamikaze style, and would often rip the ball out to his runners. He finished with 19 possessions, 11 tackles, four inside 50s, three marks and a goal in a dazzling display.

#28 NICHOLAS WATSON

The East Fremantle captain was without doubt the most imposing ruckman on the ground. He finished with 32 hit-outs (Perth in total had 17), 11 possessions, five tackles, three marks and three inside 50s in a true captain’s performance. His ability to give first use to his midfielders was first-class and his desperation to cover the ground was phenomenal.

Scouting notes: National U18 Championships – Round 5

WE made the trip down to Etihad Stadium yesterday and saw the conclusion to the National Under 18 Championships. Here we take a look at every player in both games and see how they fared on the night. Lenny Fogliani, Cameron Ross, Scott Dougan, James Goller, Craig Byrnes, David Chapman, Jamie Morgan and Damon Mattiazzo all combined to provide the notes.

Allies vs. Western Australia:

Allies:

#1 Conor Budarick

Budarick was a strong tackler for the Allies having eight for the day – he was really fierce in the contest. He played like a smart footballer and made good decisions with the ball. His kicking was good all day and included three inside 50s. The 2019 draft prospect spent most of his time on the wing and through the forward line.

#3 Josh Stern

Stern had 10 possessions for the day. He showed courage going back with the flight in a marking contest – he didn’t flinch. He kicked the ball really well, especially in the last term. Stern also displayed good hands in the contest, playing mostly up forward pushing up the ground.

#6 Rhyan Mansell 

The hard nosed defender was impressive, laying seven strong tackles. He brought a bit of aggression out there and proved very hard to beat one on one, rarely losing a contest. He didn’t have a lot of the ball only collecting five possessions but used it well. Mansell showed a little bit of spread and speed off the back flank but needs to add more of that to his game so he can be a solid contributor both defensively and offensively, not just defensively.

#7 Jesse Quint

Quint had a okay day, gathering 10 possessions. A highlight was his hands in congestion. He kicked a nice goal to go with four inside 50s and kicked the ball well.

#10 Chayce Jones

The Tasmanian had a strong day at the office playing midfield and resting up forward. Jones is really hard at it in the contest and laid seven tackles for the game. When he doesn’t have the ball he was the willingness and desire to put as much defensive pressure on as he can. He kicked the ball well and made good decisions with ball in hand. He was both strong on inside and outside.

#11 Keidean Coleman

Coleman had seven possessions for the day playing down back, he was very strong defensively laying five tackles. He does have the ability to break the lines but he wasn’t able to do it enough having only two rebounds.

#12 Mitchell O’Neil

Definitely one to write down for the 2019 draft. He has really good hands in congestion. O’Neill also took a nice contested mark. He had 18 possessions and kicked the ball well, also booting a nice goal. He took the game on and was able to rebound well having three rebound 50’s for the game. O’ Neill made the All Australian team.

#15 Guy Richardson

The backman had 19 possessions for the day, I thought he played really well mopping up defensively. He was also good offensively rebounding four times and showcasing his really good foot skills. Richardson showed some good run and carry and the ability to break the lines. Defensively he was good one on one.

#17 Thomas Matthews

Another Allies defender who had a strong game, Matthews has really solid pressure in the contest. He only laid three tackles, but the work he does off the ball that doesn’t get any stats for was noticeable. He took five marks and a couple of those were intercepts. Matthews was great offensively as well having five rebounds. He kicks the ball well and showed some run and carry.

#19 Bailey Scott

The captain had a fantastic day for Allies. He played more in the midfield collecting 30 possessions. His clearance work was really good having six. He had really good hands in congestion and tackled really strongly showing some aggression with five tackles for the game. He kicked the ball well, especially late when he hit team mate Nick Blakey on the chest with a 40-meter kick. Scott was able to hit the scoreboard as well with a goal. He rebounded strongly with three rebounds and also had three inside 50s. The skipper also took a great mark.

#20 Fraser Turner

The wingman is a great runner and ran hard all day, slotting two great goals on the run at critical times. He had 24 possessions and showed strong hands in the contest. Turner rebounded really well having three for the game and his kicking was solid all day. Turner plays mostly on the wing is a outside damaging player.

#23 Michael Mummery

Mummery had a quiet day with only the four possessions, however, he was really good defensively laying five tackles. He also was good one on one in marking contests, taking a fantastic contested mark.

#28 Matthew Green

The tall midfielder put good pressure on the opposition and used his trademark long handballs into space to set up teammates running passed. Just the 11 disposals on the night, but he had a couple of crucial intercepts late, including one tackle which earned him a holding the ball free kick. Also had a couple of clearances and inside 50s on the night to end up with a solid performance.

#29 Joey Reinard

The forward showed some good glimpses in patches, kicking a goal early in the piece, working hard for leads and being creative through midfield. Not a high accumulator, he presents when required and plays that medium-tall role well.

#31 Connor McFadyen

The 190cm utility continues to impress with his super quick hands and strong contested marking ability. He took a great grab on the goal line in the second half to nail a vital goal, then handed one off to Mitch O’Neill who kicked truly from long range. He uses his body well one-on-one and has shown promising signs he can develop into an inside midfielder who drifts forward and has an impact.

#36 Matthew McGuiness

Playing in defence, McGuiness rebounded well from the back 50, working in tandem with Jacob Koschitzke and Nick Baker. Positions himself well and is able to put pressure on opposition forwards, while taking some strong marks.

#37 Jacob Koschitzke

One of the most improved players across the tournament, Koschitzke played another strong game out of full-back, taking some good contested marks and rebounding strongly. He showed good courage backing back with the flight on a couple of occasions and applying his penetrating kick to clear of the defensive zone.

#40 Kieren Briggs

The clear dominant ruck on the ground once again and deserving of the Allies’ Most Valuable Player (MVP) for the carnival. It was clear Briggs has a huge tank and covers the ground well, barely taking a break. His second efforts are a highlight and he continually does the defensive things right as well. I would be surprised if it was not just the GIANTS keeping an eye on the overager.

#41 Mathew Walker

The Murray Bushrangers forward started slowly but worked into the game in the second half. He kicked a good goal on the move, and missed a chance to add a second. Walker showed good hands in close, giving off lightning quick handballs to teammates and opening up space for them.

#44 Caleb Graham

The athletic big man was often found pushing up onto a wing and showing off his versatility. He laid a really big tackle early in the piece and took a great intercept mark and drove the ball long inside 50. Not a huge accumulator, but a long kick of the football and can play anywhere.

#46 Tarryn Thomas

The potential top 10 pick was relatively quiet again by his lofty standards, but he did pick up in the last quarter where he kicked a great set shot goal to get the Allies team up and about. He has the cleanest hands at ground level, and could pick up a soaking ball with velcro-like hands. Had a big clearance in the first term that resulted in a Nick Blakey goal. Thomas was terrific defensively laying a number of good tackles to stop opponents in their tracks.

#47 Nick Baker

Played up the ground through the midfield as well as at half-back and was strong one-on-one. He managed to get his hands on the football a bit and continued to remain involved in the contest. He was one of the Allies’ more prominent ball winners in the match.

#49 Nick Blakey

Just enormous. After being held early, Blakey came into the game with a bang once moving into the middle, winning two early clearances in the second half. He used his big body to impact the contest and then drifted forward to provide a contest. He had a brilliant dart of a pass to Mathew Walker in the third term and his disposal by foot was terrific. Just got better with every game he played and yesterday was huge when the game was on the line.

 

Western Australia:

#2 Jarrod Cameron

The lively small forward wasn’t as influential as compared to his dazzling performance against Vic Country, but still showed glimpses of his potential. His desire to run and chase opposition defenders is outstanding for someone his age, and his ability with ball in hand is unbelievably good.

#4 Graydon Wilson

The dynamic defender was outstanding for Western Australia, with his run and carry, skills and vision all on display. He also produced the match-saving spoil and tackle that secured WA the victory.

#6 Wil Hickmott

A late inclusion into the squad, Hickmott’s class was on full display. His vision, skills and reading of the play are at a fantastic level for someone his age. Carlton will be monitoring him closely as he is the son of former player Adrian Hickmott

#8 Luke Moore

The South Fremantle product finished with 13 possessions and two goals but the stat line doesn’t emphasise how good he was. In the first quarter, he stood up in a tackle and got the ball to Brad Oldfield who duly converted the opening goal of the game. Then late in the first quarter, he gathered the ball at full pace, sidestepped an opponent and snapped one through. The youngster has been likened to Alan Didak and shapes as a genuine match winner for any AFL club.

#9 Tyron Smallwood

Smallwood was extremely lively in the forward half for the Sandgropers, often setting up attacking forays. Not unlike Adelaide star Tom Lynch, Smallwood was the connector between the midfield and the forward line and he played the role to perfection.

#10 Rylie Morgan

The Claremont product was outstanding in the midfield. A beautifully balanced player with exceptional skills and sound decision-making, Morgan wielded an influence on the inside and the outside. He shapes as a potential bolter come draft night.

#11 Luke English

The acting captain of the day, English showed why he is such a highly rated prospect. He was tough, combative, skilful and smart against the Allies. He finished with 25 possessions and six tackles in what was a tremendous display.

#12 Jeremy Sharp

The bottom-ager did his stocks for the 2019 AFL Draft no harm whatsoever with an accomplished display against the Allies. His vision, speed, skills and smarts all make him an attractive player, and he would be thoroughly deserving of All-Australian selection.

#13 Jason Carter

The Fremantle Next Generation Academy player showed glimpses of why he is such a highly rated prospect. His dare to take the opposition on should excite the Fremantle recruiters and his speed was unmatched by any Allies player.

#14 Sydney Stack

The Northam product’s stocks continue to soar by the week. Against the Allies, Stack was aggressive, tough, skilful and dynamic. In the last quarter, he soared for a mark, roved his own crumbs and dribbled through a goal. He finished with 20 possessions and seven clearances.

#15 Jordan Clark

Arguably the best player on the ground, Clark deservedly took home the WA Most Valuable Player award. He finished with 29 possessions and 11 rebounds, and was often a catalyst for WA’s drive from the back half to the forward half. His skills, vision, composure and toughness will all make him an AFL star.

#16 Ethan Hansen

Hansen started the game in terrific fashion, taking an early intercept mark and gathering plenty of possessions. He showed the ability to kick on both sides of his body and his decision-making with the ball in hand was superb. Hansen was able to use his speed to escape the congestion and to provide run on the outside of the contest, which proved handy for Western Australia going forward. In the third quarter, Hansen read the play superbly and was able to take an intercept mark at full speed in the middle of the ground, resulting in a Western Australian goal. Hansen had 19 disposals and more than 300 metres gained.

#18 Deven Robertson

The bottom-age midfielder looks to be one to keep an eye on in next year’s draft. He didn’t have massive numbers by any means but what impressed me the most with Robertson, was his work-rate. He chased hard defensively and he was able to make plenty of contests in all areas of the ground, due to his gut-running.

#20 Luke Foley

Foley was pivotal in the midfield for Western Australia, setting the standard required for his teammates by making a strong impression early. He accumulated disposals in all areas of the ground, on the inside and outside of the contest. His clearance work was really good, but his tackling was even better. Foley never gave up and he tried his hardest to make an impact, both offensively and defensively.

#21 Tyson Powell

Powell started in defence and was solid. He tackled strongly and had some nice defensive spoils. In the second quarter, Powell coped a big knock and was unable to have the same influence. He bounced back in the second half and was responsible for the in-form Connor McFayden at times. Powell continued to spoil strongly and he started to find more of the ball as the game went on.

#23 Louis Miller

Miller was prominent down back and was one of Western Australia’s best on the day. His competitiveness and strength in the contest were noticeable throughout the match. Miller positioned himself well defensively and rebounded effectively. He amassed 22 disposals and used the ball well. The highlight of the day came in the second quarter when Miller took an eye-catching pack mark over four players on the wing.

#24 Regan Spooner

The classy defender spent a considerable amount of time on the in-form forward, Nick Blakey. Spooner kept Blakey to one goal in the first half and played his role fabulously. His ball use was top-notch and he was clean below his knees. His finest passage of play came in the second quarter when he kicked an absolute bullet inside 50 to the leading Tom Medhat.

#26 Jake Pasini

Pasini started the game in the defence and was solid. He did not have the same stats to most of his teammates, but he undeniably played a crucial role in limiting the Allies forwards impact during the game.

#27 Tom Medhat

The versatile forward was Western Australia’s most dangerous in the first half and he proved difficult for the Allies defenders to stop. He kicked his team’s second goal of the match with a running goal from 40m out, demonstrating his composure in pressure situations. Medhat found plenty of space in the second quarter and kicked his second goal only three minutes into the term. He pushed into the midfield at times and showed the ability to win the contested ball. Medhat kicked his third goal of the term in the dying minutes and was one of the main reasons behind Western Australia’s dominance in the first half. He didn’t have the same effect in the third and fourth quarters, but he continued to work hard at making himself an attractive option in the forward 50.

#29 Dillion O’Reilly

O’Reilly started in the forward half and shared ruck duties with Jack Buller throughout the game. He showed his athleticism early, winning some impressive jumping hit-outs to give his midfielders first use. O’Reilly kicked his first goal of the day in the second term, with a terrific snap around the body. He continued to hit the scoreboard for Western Australia, booting his second goal in the third term after leading successfully into a large amount of space inside 50.

#34 Brad Oldfield

Oldfield was outstanding in contested situations, winning the ball in tight and dishing the ball out by hand to his teammates. Oldfield found plenty of space in situations that you shouldn’t, which helped him make the correct decisions with ball in hand. In the first term, he was involved in an important passage of play where he kicked the ball inside 50 to a teammate and then sprinted extremely hard to make himself an appealing option to receive the ball back, resulting in the first goal of the game. His work rate and hard running was evident across four quarters.

#35 Mitchell Georgiades

The bottom-ager played on Nicholas Baker and arguably beat him in the first half. He booted two essential goals in the space of 10 minutes in the second term, instantly becoming one of the most dangerous forwards on the ground. Georgiades showcased his sticky hands and the ability to mark the ball at its highest possible point. His set-shot goal kicking was spot on and his technique was sublime. He was unable to have the same influence in the second half, but his 10-minute burst in the second quarter was enough to get me excited for his draft year in 2019.

#36 Jack Buller

Buller’s competitiveness and ground level work for a big man was on display from the get-go. He was beaten in the hit-out department to the bigger and stronger opposition ruckmen Kieran Briggs, but as soon as the ball hit the deck, Buller basically turned into a midfielder. His follow up work was magnificent, his pressure on the opposition was clear and he won plenty of contested possessions. After his dominant first half, Buller went into the main break with 11 disposals to his name. He was much quieter in the second half, but there’s no doubt he was one of Western Australia’s main contributors in the first two quarters.

 

Vic Metro vs. South Australia

Vic Metro:

#1 Jack Mahony

The bottom ager started a little shaky by foot early. He has really good hands in congestion and has the endeavour to put on pressure and really goes in the contest with pace. He showed courage when taking a mark back with the flight, knowing there would be contact. Mahony kicked a ripping snap goal at the start of the third term. With a goal and 17 possessions to his name, he played well.

#2 Joe Ayton-Delaney

Ayton-Delaney has the ability to really break the lines and hurt his opposition with it had five rebounds to his name which shows this. However, he did make some poor decisions with the football. He tends to use the ball fairly well, however his decision making leads him to turn over the footy and this happened a few times. Interested to see how he goes in the back-end of the year for Xavier College and Oakleigh Chargers.

#3 Zak Butters

Yesterday was set to be Butters’ last game for the season as he is going in for shoulder surgery next week. Sadly his season send-off ended early with a injury to the same shoulder. He showed a willingness to take the game on with his three possessions. Butters is quite small in stature, but is a slick and crafty player.

#4 Rhylee West

West did not have a big day against South Australia only having the 12 possessions. He has really solid hands in close, also making decent decisions with it. He kicked fairly well especially when he tried to open the play up. The Western Bulldogs father-son prospect is looking like at this stage a late first round, or early second round selection.

#5 Matt Rowell

Rowell had a fantastic day at the office, with the hard nosed midfielder collecting 20 possessions for the day. Rowell has break away speed from stoppages which caught the eye. On top of that he has really good hands in congestion. He is a fantastic tackler and managed seven for the day. He used the ball well on his left and right having four clearances and three inside 50s. Definitely one to watch for the 2019 draft.

#6 Curtis Taylor

Taylor is pure class inside the forward 50. He had eight possessions for the day, but really made each one of them effective in play – two of his forward tackles resulted in set shots. He also had two inside 50s and was dangerous up forward for Vic Metro, booting two goals.

#7 Angus Hanrahan

A quieter day for Hanrahan with 12 possessions. He is a real interesting type; starting forward he did not have much impact, but after moving to the wing he started to get his hands more on it. He has good hands in close and managed nine handballs. Only having three kicks for the day is slightly disappointing as his real strength is his kicking on his left and right. It’s hard to tell exactly where Hanrahan fits. I think he could fit around the mid second round to fourth round. Really depends on his second half of the year.

#8 James Rowbottom

Rowbottom is a real inside mid. He did not have a lot of the ball with just the 12 possessions compared to his other Championship games, but he was a strong tackler for Metro laying seven, with one of the tackles being a goal-saving one. He gave a little bit of spread from stoppages and his kicking was okay. Rowbottom’s draft stocks have risen from the championships

#12 Tom McKenzie

McKenzie played off the half-back flank and was one of Metro’s best in the first half. He provided run and carry out of the defensive 50 and his ball use was very good, on most occasions. He stayed composed under pressure, especially when South Australia were repeatedly entering their forward 50. He did most of his damage in uncontested situations but has proven in the past that he can win the ball on the inside when necessary.

#14 Isaac Quaynor

Along with the majority of his teammates, he started slowly but quickly found himself more involved as the game went on. He spent most of his minutes further up the ground, rather than deep, which is a position I do enjoy him in. His best passage of play came in the third quarter when he showcased his agility and speed with an exciting blind turn in the middle of the ground, effectively releasing the ball by hand to an outside runner.

#15 Bailey Smith

The hard-running, endurance beast was one of Metro’s only shining lights in the first half. Smith never gave in and tried hard all game, even when things were not going his way. His tackling was strong as always and he won the ball in contested and uncontested situations, which is why he’s so highly rated. His clearance work was impeccable and he was able to find plenty of the ball, finishing with 22 disposals. His positioning and effort in the defensive 50 were below par at times, but it is something that he will work on during his development.

#16 Noah Answerth

It was an up-and-down game for Answerth, who received a red card at the half-time break and missed the first 15 minutes of the third term. He showed that he can have a big impact on the contest with his ball-winning ability and link-up play, but was completely exposed in defensive situations. Answerth was responsible for the red-hot forward Izak Rankine, who was near-impossible to stop. There were a couple of moments that Answerth was caught ball watching, forgetting to give Rankine enough attention, which resulted in Rankine booting some very easy goals, with no defensive pressure applied. This is common with junior footballers and of no big concern. He will improve in this area as he progresses through his development.

#18 Xavier O’Halloran

The captain gradually worked into the match and was vital in stages throughout the second half. O’Halloran only had the 10 disposals but definitely made them count, which makes him such a damaging player. He did his best work in the forward half of the ground and was involved in one of cleanest passages of play in the game. In the third quarter, he was able to drill a 40-metre kick inside 50 to the leading Ben King, who marked and kicked truly, keeping Metro in the game. O’Halloran hit the scoreboard himself in the last minute of the third, after taking a strong contested mark 20 metres out.

#19 Jack Bytel

Bytel was at his best in tight, where he could gather possession and release the ball by hand to his teammates on the outside. His ball use by foot was inconsistent. He turned the ball over on multiple occasions but also displayed that he can hit targets in high-pressure situations, on both feet. Bytel spent some time down back in the second half but was unable to have any real influence on the match.

#23 Buku Khamis

Khamis spent some time on the highly-rated Connor Rozee, with the athletic rebounding defender doing his best in trying to limit his impact. Khamis read the play well, his ball use was good and his intercept marking was a standout. Khamis has progressed rapidly over the past year and did his draft chances no harm.

#24 Noah Anderson

The exciting bottom-ager from the Oakleigh Charges contributed to Metro’s midfield and looms as one of the top prospects for next year. He didn’t have the biggest effect on the game but his ball-winning ability, speed and clean ball use was a sign of things to come in 2019.

#26 Riley Collier-Dawkins – The big bodied Oakleigh midfielder was in and around the stoppages for long periods of the night, but struggled to have the impact of earlier matches. He often won first possession, but struggled to find the opportunity to release as the South Australians wrapped him up quickly. While he would only win eight disposals, Collier-Dawkins still produced moments that showcase why he is now regarded a first round prospect. He took a great overhead mark and played on with acceleration inside 50, but couldn’t finish off his work by foot. In the third term he raised his arms high at a stoppage to release a teammate brilliantly on the outside, before showing his defensive presence by producing a heavy tackle on Valente later in the quarter.

#27 Will Kelly – Starting on Lukosius, Kelly was one of the only Vic Metro defenders to keep his opponent accountable with offensive run during the early onslaught. He intercepted and rebounded with style, but also defended admirably by holding the most talked about player of the draft pool to one goal. He went forward in the final term and looked capable leading to space, while also setting up Bailey Smith in the corridor. The son of Craig and brother of Jake at Adelaide finished with 17 disposals to be one of Vic Metro’s better players. You suspect the Pies won’t let another Kelly father/son prospect slip on this occasion.

#28 Ben Silvagni – The second of the Silvagni boys came to Etihad Stadium with some expectation from the Carlton faithful and he started okay forward considering the lack of early opportunities. He took a nice overhead mark on the lead inside 50, before a brilliant piece of play on the wing where he shrugged a tackle, disposed the ball to a teammate and ran hard forward to receive the kick on the arc. A disappointing set shot after the half time siren could have given his side some life going into the break, but instead instigated a small melee. He was moved to defence in the second half and faded as the match wore on.

#29 James Blanck – After an excellent performance in defence against Vic Country at the MCG, Blanck was given a small reality check by a rampaging South Australian side. He was exposed physically against the bigger Hugo Munn in the first term, who out muscled him one on one on two occasions. He positioned himself better as the game went on, but couldn’t have the same impact offensively as his previous game. He finished the night spending time in the ruck.

#34 James Rendell – Rendell is another father/son prospect who has ties with Brisbane through his father Matt’s 164 games for Fitzroy. The 198cm forward/ruck has shown signs of promising AFL attributes throughout 2018 and again produced moments of interest against South Australia. After a quiet first half he came to life in the third term, kicking a banana out of congestion that bounced to Jack Mahony in the corridor to set up a goal. He then produced one of the highlights of the game to take a towering pack mark deep inside 50 and kicked truly to continue his side’s fight back at the time. A goal, 12 hit outs and 11 possessions was a solid outing when considering minimal Vic Metro contributors.

#35 Thomas Hallebone – The lanky 201cm Northern Knights ruckman had moments throughout the day to suggest that he can develop into a capable prospect with time. While only winning five disposals for the game, he took a strong intercept mark in the first term. In the ruck he has skills, highlighted by a soft touch that the midfielders can easily read. He is currently more effective at the centre bounces where he can jump at the ball, as the bigger bodied, albeit shorter James Siviour was able to easily push his 83kg frame out of position at around the ground stoppages.

#36 Ben King – King again proved his potential No.1 pick worth with a four goal haul on arguably the biggest pathway stage against a mighty South Australian outfit at Etihad Stadium. While he lacked opportunities in the first term with the ball seemingly forever at the other end, he took his chance in the second quarter with a series of strong marks and smart leads. He attacked the ball at its highest point, often leaving his opponent with no chance. That was highlighted perfectly in the third term as he brought down a contested mark on the move with Riley Grundy right on his hammer creating immense physical pressure. He made the most of his shots on goal too, kicking four goals straight from only seven disposals. The recruiters also got their wish of the dream King/Lukosius match up in the second half, but unfortunately it was a bit of a letdown as they rarely competed aerially.

South Australia:

#2 Hayden Sampson

Sampson as dangerous around the ball and put his head into the pack on numerous occasions. Probably would have liked to be a bit cleaner off the ground but his 15 disposals and three clearances were important

#4 Kade Chandler

Another SA player that goes in hard. Played his role as small defensive forward and crumbed a good goal from the pocket and set up a teammate’s goal with some great pressure.

#10 Martin Frederick

Really stepped up and provided a number of dashing drives from half-back. With 16 disposals he used the ball also really well, broke some tackles due to his pace, and nearly got a goal bursting inside 50. Has really improved his draft chances and is a Port Next Generation Academy.

#11 Finn Betterman

The midfielder had a quieter game but still managed to lock in four tackles, which is what you need to do when the ball is not coming your way. Can play the first receiver really well and his possessions normally matter.

#13 Connor Rozee

This was the return to form we were waiting for, Rozee had the 18 disposals and four clearances. Managed the miracle goal out of the back of the pack with a smart kick and was smooth when he had it. But it was his desperation that really showed off as he was diving for smothers, chasing at speed and on multiple occasions jumped up to intercept or bring to ground a Vic Metro kick, killing off their rebound.

#14 Izak Rankine

One word – Magic! Booted five goals and about four of them were goal of the game contenders. Just so special, and no doubt his highlights package will be something to marvel over. A class above on the night.

#16 Tom Lewis

Literally living at the bottom of a pack, this inside bull was outstanding. Had 18 disposals and eight tackles. Lewis continues to find the footy under enormous contested pressure and dish out to teammates. A memorable play was where he was on the ground in the pack, got the footy, stood up, bursted out of the congestion with 2-3 Vic Metro players on him and dished to a teammate. Scored a nice goal in the last quarter.

#18 Oscar Chapman

The third tall was outstanding and able to demonstrate all his flexibility. Opened up with a holding the ball tackle that hit Munn for the goal and was continuously harassing Metro defenders and providing blocks for his other forwards. In the last quarter he was taken off the leash and exploded kicking 2.2 including a fantastic pack mark 15m out. Finished with a game high seven marks and 14 disposals

#22 Jacob Kennerley

Was important key ball winner for SA and was dominant early on the wing linking play to the SA forwards. Always looked damaging with the ball and used it well and when Vic Metro came back in the third quarter he worked back well. Certainly one of SA’s best for the day finishing with 22 disposals.

#23 Aaron Nietschke

Was a quiet game for Nietschke possession wise, but he did show glimpses of what he can do. Worked hard in and under when the opportunity was there. He has had better games, but his body size and work rate made him a valuable member of the team

#25 Tom Sparrow

Another player who had an impact when it was his turn, and finished with 17 disposals and five inside 50s and did like some of his work down back when he won some key one on ones and fed the ball out. Another contributor who rarely lost a contested ball when in his area.

#27 Jez McLennan

Another solid and productive game for the defender. Managed to grab some intercept marks and always was poised with the football and efficient. Looked well balanced and calm when Vic Metro had a run in the third quarter. A key for the SA defence all tournament and absolute leader down back. His seven tackles were evident of his work rate and willingness to chase and compete. Great leadership shown.

#30 Ben Jarvis

The goal sneak is a real enigma as he always looks dangerous near the footy and around goal and was rewarded with another two goals. He roved a ball off the pack at speed and class which showed off his ability. He worked up the ground at times and was also good in at the contest. Drifted in and out of the game, but when he is near the footy, things happened that really benefit his team.

#31 Mihail Lochowiak

Was prominent early in the game with dash, but did try to do too much at times and turned the ball over. Once he adjusted to the pace of the game he made a solid contribution and when Vic Metro were coming made a nice lead and goal to stem the flow. A bit more poise and polish to his game will be key to his development as his pace, willingness to take the game on and size are all impressive

#32 Luke Valente

A quieter game for the captain, but as a true leader really worked into the game after a quiet first quarter. Still finished with 18 disposals for SA, but what stands out is his composure in traffic, and decision making is generally spot on. Seemed to have a bit more time than others which showed his class. Liked how he dug in during the third quarter to win some key football. His evasion and side step is excellent

#33 Tyler Martin

Had limited possessions but this game really saw his class when challenged. Would rarely be beaten for the footy and just a classic “played your role” game which was vital for the team. He reads the play well and is the third man up at times with timely spoils as well as finishing with five marks intercepting when required.

#34 Jackson Hately

Hately produced another fantastic performance when it mattered most in the title decider. Hately capped off a consistent carnival with 23 disposals in the final game a team high and also a game high of six inside 50’s. He had ten disposals in the first quarter as the Croweaters could no wrong, his brilliant quarter was shown in finding Rankine with a pin-point kick inside 50 to his advantage on the lead. Hately was deservedly named in the forward line of the U18 All Australian team.

#35 Jacob Collins

Norwood’s Jacob Collins was called up for his first game of the carnival and rewarded selectors with a solid game. Collins had plenty of touches early on as the South Australian defence exited Vic Metro’s forward line with ease. Collins ball use from defence early was terrific as South Australia punished Vic Metro’s poor forward entries. Had a knock in second quarter which curtailed his influence somewhat, but still managed to have 13 disposals and five inside 50s.

#37 Riley Grundy

Grundy had the easiest job on field in the first quarter as the service to Ben King was nothing sort of horrific. But once Vic Metro responded, delivery to King was maximised as the height difference between King (202cm) and Grundy (195cm) in the marking contests started to show. Grundy struggled at times to compete with King aerially, as King finished with four goals. Grundy has had a solid carnival down back with Will Gould and has done decent jobs on the each team’s key forward.

#42 Jack Lukosius

Lukosius took a back seat to the Izak Rankine show early on and was quiet in the first term. In the second quarter Lukosius kicked his first goal after a great passage of play by the SA onball brigade, as Munn tapped it down to Lukosius who converted on ground level. In the second half the recruiters got their carnival wish as Lukosius was sent back to stop King from continuing his dominance. Lukosius certainly assured the SA backline and took intercepting marks down back to prove that he is almost the prototype footballer that can play in almost any position. His brilliant carnival was capped off with the centre half-forward position in the U18 All Australian team and is likely to be taken at pick one in the AFL National Draft.

#43 Will Gould

Under-age defender Will Gould was a monster down back for his side as he also had a carnival high of 17 possessions for the match. Gould took it upon himself to be more adventurous out of defence once he was joined by Jack Lukosius down back proving his versatility. Gould was deservedly awarded with a spot in U18 the All-Australian team on the interchange, as massive achievement for the 2001-born player.

#44 James Siviour

Siviour produced his best performance for the title decider as he took care of ruckman Tom Hallebone, Joe Griffith’s replacement. Siviour contributed with 28 hitouts, 10 disposals and goal, his intercepting down back was a highlight as took six marks for the day, as Hallebone could only manage one.

#47 Hugo Munn

Munn was on fire in the first quarter as he dominated opponent James Blanck tacking a pack mark and converting truly and another contested mark against his opponent and fed a running Rankine who kicked it from the goal square. Munn has showed some brilliant signs and efforts throughout the carnival as finished as one of the top goal kickers with Lukosius, Rankine and King.

National U18 Championships previews: Round 5

IN the final stanza of the National Under 18 Championships, all roads lead to Etihad Stadium where the Allies take on Western Australia, and Vic Metro hosts South Australia in an enticing double header. Vic Metro and South Australia become the headline act with the winner-takes-all mentality given the title is on the line for both sides.

ALLIES V. WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Wednesday, July 4, 2.10pm
Etihad Stadium

The opening game of the final round pits the Allies against Western Australia. The winner takes third spot on the final table of the National Under 18 Championships, with both teams having sole wins over Vic Country, and losses against South Australia and Vic Metro. The Allies come into the game with a strong squad, omitting bottom-ager Thomas Green who had been solid so far, and rotating Dirk Koenen for Matthew McGuiness. Overager Michael Mummery gets his chance to shine on Etihad, while the Western Australian side has three fresh faces to add to it’s victorious team over Vic Country. Ian Hill is a huge loss for the Black Swans, with the West Australian captain banned for a sling tackle on Laitham Vandermeer last Friday. With injuries to Damon Greaves and Thomas Baldwin, Western Australia flew over Wil Hickmott to join the squad, and he will run out tomorrow with Luke Moore and Ethan Hansen as the other changes.

The midfield battle will be intriguing with Hickmott joining Sydney StackLuke FoleyDeven Robertson and Luke English in the middle. Jack Buller will have his work cut out for him against man mountain Kieren Briggs who is in super form for the Allies. He has been giving his midfield of Tarryn ThomasConnor McFadyenChayce Jones and Fraser Turner first chance at the stoppages. Jacob Koschitzke is in fine form and could be the man for Dillon O’Reilly who has been showing promising signs as a key forward, while Jason Carter and Jordan Clark provide plenty of dash off half-back. Bailey Scott and Connor Budarick will look to keep them honest, while Nick Blakey looms as the danger man for the Allies and one that Western Australia – and perhaps Regan Spooner in particular – will look to contain. Overall, the Allies will head in as favourites, but the West Australians move the ball quick and cleanly to the forward line and it is hoped Jarrod Cameron can provide the spark again after he booted five goals in Geelong.

VIC METRO V. SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Wednesday, July 4, 4.40pm
Etihad Stadium

In the game that everyone will tune in for, the National Under 18 Championships title will be on the line for the undefeated Vic Metro and South Australian sides. In what ended up being a perfect fixture for the AFL, the two best sides are going head-to-head in the final match of the series with the winner to be handed the trophy and celebrate afterwards without any interruptions to other fixturing. South Australia has made its expected two changes, with Mihail Lochowiak and Jacob Collins replacing Kai Pudney and Boyd Woodcock in the team. Vic Metro has rotated rucks for the final game, with Tom Hallebone recalled to ruck against James Siviour after injury struck down Joe GriffithsJack Bytel has been named in the side despite suffering what looked to be an injury in the last round which would keep him out of the final match. Isaac Quaynor and Ben Silvagni return from injury and will strengthen both ends for Metro.

The match-up on everyone’s lips – Jack Lukosius pitted against Ben King – is unlikely to happen despite recruiters hopes, with both players named forward. As we saw in Geelong, Lukosius also played on the wing and down back, standing side-by-side with Tarryn Thomas and Nick Blakey at different times showing his versatility. If things start to head south for Vic Metro, King can also play in defence, while Will Kelly is a capable forward if required. It is predicted Kelly will get first chance on Lukosius, while James Blanck will line-up on Hugo Munn. The midfield battle of Izak RankineLuke ValenteTom Lewis and Jackson Hately up against Bailey SmithRiley Collier-DawkinsJames Rowbottom and Zak Butters is mouthwatering and likely to decide the contest. With both teams having plenty of firepower up front, the midfield is where the game will be won or lost. Curtis Taylor showed he is a danger up forward for Metro, while Xavier O’Halloran and Noah Anderson have already shown through the championships they can boot multiple goals. Will Gould and Riley Grundy are in great form – the latter is the man predicted to head to King. Jez McLennan and Martin Frederick provide great run out of defence and will be keen to break the lines, while Quaynor and Tom McKenzie will be keen to do the same up the other end. It is hard to pick a winner in this game, with both sides filled to the brim with quality.

Team Selection: National U18 Championships – Round 5

AFTER four rounds of National Championships, the 2018 title comes down to final game with Vic Metro taking on South Australia in a battle of the two undefeated sides. Earlier tomorrow, the Allies will face Western Australia for third spot on the table. The interstate sides have made two changes each, with Western Australia forced to make three and in the process, flew Wil Hickmott to Victoria for the game. Vic Metro has named an extended bench for it’s clash with the Croweaters.

ALLIES V. WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Wednesday, July 4, 2.10pm
Etihad Stadium

The Allies and Western Australia head into this match with a win over Vic Country each, and looking to cement third spot for the carnival. Overall, the Allies have been in better form, going down to Vic Metro by just two points, and leading South Australia at half-time before being overrun in the second half. Western Australia was smashed by South Australia and had a competitive effort against Vic Metro, but will go into the clash as underdogs, especially considering star player Ian Hill is out through suspension. Joining him as the outs are Damon Greaves and Thomas Baldwin – both of whom are injured. The two carry-over players in the 25-man squad, Luke Moore and Ethan Hansen come into the side, as well as Wil Hickmott who performed strongly in the WAFL on the weekend and has been flown in as Hill’s replacement. For the Allies, Thomas Green and Dirk Koenen have been named as the two emergencies with Mathew McGuiness replacing Koenen in a key defensive post, while overager Michael Mummery comes into the forward line.

Allies:

B: 6. Rhyan Mansell – 37. Jacob Koschitzke – 11. Keidean Coleman
HB: 47. Nicholas Baker – 36. Matthew McGuiness – 15. Guy Richardson
C: 20. Fraser Turner – 10. Chayce Jones – 12. Mitchell O’Neill
HF: 19. Bailey Scott – 49. Nick Blakey – 1. Connor Budarick
F: 23. Michael Mummery – 41. Mathew Walker – 7. Jesse Quint
R: 40. Kieren Briggs – 31. Connor McFadyen – 46. Tarryn Thomas
INT: 17. Thomas Matthews – 3. Joshua Stern . 28. Matthew Green – 29. Joey Reinhard – 44. Caleb Graham
EMG: 48. Dirk Koenen – 26. Thomas Green

IN: M. McGuiness, M. Mummery
OUT: D. Koenen, T. Green

Western Australia:

B: 4. Graydon Wilson – 26. Jake Pasini – 23. Louis Miller
HB: 13. Jason Carter – 24. Regan Spooner – 15. Jordan Clark
C: 6. Wil Hickmott – 11. Luke English – 12. Jeremy Sharp
HF: 35. Mitchell Georgiades – 29. Dillon O’Reilly – 10. Rylie Morgan
F: 2. Jarrod Cameron – 21. Tyson Powell – 8. Luke Moore
R: 36. Jack Buller – 20. Luke Foley – 18. Deven Robertson
INT: 16. Ethan Hansen – 9. Tyron Smallwood – 14. Sydney Stack – 34. Brad Oldfield – 27. Tom Medhat

IN: W. Hickmott, L. Moore, E. Hansen
OUT: I. Hill (susp), T. Baldwin (inj), D. Greaves (inj)

 

VIC METRO V. SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Wednesday, July 4, 4.40pm
Etihad Stadium

In the game everyone has been waiting a month for, Vic Metro hosts South Australia in the title decider. Both sides head into the clash relatively fresh, with Isaac Quaynor and Ben Silvagni both returning from injury, while Joe Griffiths is the only forced change. Xavier Fry and Alastair Richards both played on the weekend as a sign they were omissions from the Metro side, while bottom-ager Ryan Gardner is also out of the team. Despite sustaining an injury in the last match at the MCG, Jack Bytel has been named on an extended bench, with bottom-agers Noah AndersonJack Mahony and Matt Rowell all named in the team with two to be cut. For South Australia, Jacob Collins and Mihail Lochowiak come in for their taste of action after sitting out the game last Friday, with Boyd Woodcock and Kai Pudney making way and named as emergencies.

Vic Metro:

B: 16. Noah Answerth – 29. James Blanck – 14. Isaac Quaynor
HB: 23. Buku Khamis – 27. Will Kelly – 12. Tom McKenzie
C: 3. Zak Butters – 15. Bailey Smith – 24. Noah Anderson
HF: 6. Curtis Taylor – 36. Ben King – 7. Angus Hanrahan
F: 18. Xavier O’Halloran – 28. Ben Silvagni – 1. Jack Mahony
R: 35. Thomas Hallebone – 26. Riley Collier-Dawkins – 8. James Rowbottom
INT: 4. Rhylee West – 2. Joe Ayton-Delaney – 19. Jack Bytel – 34. James Rendell – 5. Matthew Rowell – 25. Stefan Radovanovic – 13. Lachlan Sholl

IN: I. Quaynor, N. Anderson, J. Mahony, B. Silvagni, T. Hallebone, M. Rowell
OUT: J. Griffiths (inj), X. Fry, A. Richards, R. Gardner

South Australia:

B: 27. Jez McLennan – 33. Tyler Martin – 10. Martin Frederick
HB: 31. Mihail Lochowiak – 37. Riley Grundy – 43. Will Gould
C: 22. Jacob Kennerley – 32. Luke Valente – 35. Jacob Collins
HF: 34. Jackson Hately – 47. Hugo Munn – 2. Hayden Sampson
F: 13. Connor Rozee – 42. Jack Lukosius – 18. Oscar Chapman
R: 44. James Siviour – 14. Izak Rankine – 16. Tom Lewis
INT: 11. Finn Betterman – 30. Ben Jarvis – 25. Tom Sparrow – 23. Aaron Nietschke – 4. Kade Chander
EMG: 9. Kai Pudney – 3. Boyd Woodcock

IN: J. Collins, M. Lochowiak
OUT: K. Pudney, B. Woodcock

West Australian weekly wrap: Peel Thunder draw closer to top

PEEL Thunder has kept pace with top-of-the-table Swan Districts after a solid victory on the weekend, while Subiaco is not going away either following a 40-point win over East Perth.

Claremont 7.9 (51) defeated West Perth 7.7 (49)

Claremont has survived a close encounter to knock off West Perth by two points on the weekend. Trailing by 11 points at quarter time, the Tigers booted the only three goals of the second term to regain the lead by the main break and take a seven-point advantage into half-time. Both sides managed a goal in the third term and then the Falcons pushed hard in the final quarter, booting three goals to two, falling just short of the Tigers in the end.

Returning from West Australian duty during the National Under 18 Championships bye for the state, Tigers’ Rylie Morgannotched up 26 disposals, three marks, six inside 50s and laid seven tackles. Max Grant also had 26 disposals, while laying four tackles, and Thomas Baldwin had 22 and seven. Nathan Pearce took seven marks to go with his 21 disposals, while Isaac Barton booted two goals from 16 disposals. Angus Longmire and Jordon Reid were influential in the ruck with a combined 47 hitouts.

Nathan Murray racked up 34 disposals, five marks, four tackles, five inside 50s and a goal for the Falcons, while Jaxon Prior also found a heap of the ball with 32 disposals, seven marks, five inside 50s and three tackles. Eamon Gilbert was a standout in the ruck and across the ground, having 26 hitouts to go with 17 disposals, four marks, four tackles, three inside 50s and a goal. Henry Ryan laid a game-high 10 tackles, while Tom Medhat was solid with 23 disposals, four marks and five tackles.

 

Perth 10.5 (65) defeated by East Fremantle 14.9 (93)

A five goals to three final quarter has resulted in East Fremantle racing away from Perth to record a 28-point away win. The Sharks raced out of the blocks to boot five first quarter goals and lead by 20 points at the first change. By half-time they held a 15-point advantage, then put the foot down in the second half to run away with the game. Perth had more disposals than their opponents, but East Fremantle was dominant in the ruck, amassing 63 hitouts to their opposition’s 14.

Corey Robinson and Trent Rivers both had 18 disposals for the winners, while Edward Curley booted three goals up forward from 14 disposals and five marks. Max Murphy took six marks to go with his 17 disposals and two inside 50s, while Cody Smith booted a goal to go with his 16 disposals and six marks. The dominant ruckman on the ground by far was Nicholas Watson, who finished with a whopping 48 hitouts for the game.

Perth had its top-end talent return to the side after West Australian duties but could not get over the line despite some impressive individual performances. Luke English had his best game of the year with 40 disposals, 10 marks, four tackles, seven inside 50s and a goal, while Sydney Stack racked up 33 disposals, five tackles and five inside 50s. Ian Hillbooted three goals from 14 disposals, while Maverick Hamilton had 27 disposals, six marks, six inside 50s, three tackles and a goal. Ethan Hansen was the other major ball winner with 22 disposals, four marks, three inside 50s and a goal.

 

East Perth 6.4 (40) defeated by Subiaco 11.21 (87)

Subiaco has heaped more pressure on cellar dwellers East Perth with a commanding 47-point victory away from home. The Lions restricted their opponents to just four behinds in the first half, before the Royals came out firing to boot five goals in the third term. It was a case of too little, too late, but there was some consolation for East Perth, forcing the Lions to boot 2.12 in the final term and restrict the final margin getting out any more.

In returning from West Australian duties, Luke Foley had 27 touches, three marks, 10 inside 50s and laid nine tackles, while Will Hickmott was also important with 24 disposals, two marks and five tackles. Tristan Hobley was the most prominent ball winner, racking up 32 disposals, five marks, five tackles and four inside 50s, while Zane Shellabear Healey and Jacob Peletier both had 23 disposals. Prominent goal kicker Jack Mayo was limited to 1.3, but instead Nicholas Martin stepped up, booting 3.2 from 16 disposals and four marks.

For the Royals, Louis Miller had 28 disposals, four marks, four inside 50s and three tackles, while Damon Greaves was the other big ball winner with 27 disposals, six marks and five tackles. Rhai-Arn Cox was the only multiple goal kicker with two majors from nine disposals and four marks, while Eric Bashemule and Rory Sparks both recorded 18 disposals and six marks each.

 

South Fremantle 6.6 (42) defeated by Peel Thunder 11.10 (76)

Peel Thunder has moved to within percentage of ladder leaders Swan Districts, albeit with the Black Swans having a game in hand. The Thunder came from behind to power home in the last quarter against South Fremantle, booting six goals to zero and record a comfortable 34-point win. The Bulldogs looked good in the first three quarters, holding a two-point lead at the final break, but a 6.1 to 0.1 final quarter in favour of the visitors put to bed any chance of an upset.

Jackson Perry was the top disposal winner for the Thunder, notching up 23 disposals, four marks, three tackles and five inside 50s. Brad Oldfield was also prolific with 21 disposals, nine tackles and five inside 50s, while Michael Randallbooted a goal from 19 touches and six tackles. James Sturrock also managed 19 disposals and three marks, while Jarrod Fazioli kicked a goal from 15 disposals. Ben Middleton and Lachlan Cullen were the major goal kickers with three majors each. Billy Chambers had a day out in the ruck with 43 hitouts.

For the Bulldogs, Tom Blechynden had 23 touches, nine marks, four tackles and two inside 50s, while Matthew Wardlaid a game-high 10 tackles to go with 20 disposals and four marks. Toby McQuilkinEnrique Aiken-Featherstone and Neil Irani all had 16 touches, while Thomas Weston booted two goals to be the only multiple goal kicker for the home side. Regan Spooner laid six tackles to go with his 13 touches.

Team Selection: National U18 Championships – Round 1

WHILE there was a standalone game last week which saw South Australia triumph over Western Australia, the official Round 1 clashes of the National Under 18 Championships begin this weekend, with the Allies taking on Vic Country, and Western Australia hosting Vic Metro.

Allies vs. Vic Country

Saturday, June 9, 10.30am
Blacktown International Sportspark, Blacktown

While illness has struck down Allies key forward Nick Blakey, the side heads into the opening round close to full strength. The midfield of Tarryn Thomas, Chayce Jones and Thomas Green, assisted by Fraser Turner and Matthew Green on the wings means the top five midfielders are all in their preferred positions. Bailey Scott is at half-forward with small forward Blair Rubock roving to Jacob Koschitzke – who will play against a number of Murray Bushrangers teammates – and Connor McFadyen who kicked four goals in the Allies trial against Vic Metro. Caleb Graham holds down the fort at full-back with Keidean Coleman to provide speed out of defence, while Ethan Jackson and Michael Mummery have also been named in the 23.

For Vic Country, Sam Walsh, Xavier Duursma, Mitch Riordan, Sam Fletcher, Jye Caldwell and Zac Foot are set to tackle the strong Allies midfield, with Zane Barzen, Ned McHenry and Oscar Brownless rotating through the area. TAC Cup leading goalkicker Hudson Garoni has been named at full-forward, while in-form key defenders Kyle Reid and Dane Hollenkamp have made the team. It is a Gippsland Power and Murray Bushrangers feel in defence, with five of the six players from those two teams. Bailey Williams will start in the ruck and rotate with Stingrays teammate Bailey Schmidt, to tackle Allies big man Kieren Briggs. AFL Academy tall Riley Bowman has been rested and is named as an emergency, along with Stingrays teammate Jai Taylor.

Allies:

B: 25. Ryan Gilmore – 44. Caleb Graham – 11. Keidean Coleman
HB: 8. Baxter Norton – 48. Dirk Koenen – 18. Lachlan McDonald
C: 20. Fraser Turner – 10. Chayce Jones – 28. Matthew Green
HF: 19. Bailey Scott – 31. Connor McFadyen – 12. Mitchell O’Neill
F: 16. James Peatling – 37. Jacob Koschitzke – 9. Blair Rubock
R: 40. Kieren Briggs – 26. Thomas Green – 46. Tarryn Thomas
INT: 36. Matthew McGuiness – 47. Nicholas Baker – 13. Ethan Jackson – 45. Jack Tomkinson – 23. Michael Mummery
EMG: 35. Joshua Rayner – 7. Jesse Quint

Vic Country:

B: 31. Brock Smith – 37. Dane Hollenkamp – 26. Matthew McGannon
HB: 15. Lachlan Ash – 25. Kyle Reid – 6. Laitham Vandermeer
C: 10. Zac Foot – 19. Sam Fletcher – 27. Zane Barzen
HF: 30. Oscar Brownless – 14. Sam Flanders – 3. Toby Bedford
F: 8. Ned McHenry – 35. Hudson Garoni – 13. Thomas Berry
R: 29. Bailey Williams – 4. Jye Caldwell – 2. Sam Walsh
INT: 39. Connor Idun – 5. Xavier Duursma – 18. Mitch Riordan – 12. Caleb Serong – 28. Bailey Schmidt
EMG: 7. Jai Taylor – 36. Riley Bowman

 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA VS. VIC METRO

Sunday June 10, 1.30pm
Optus Stadium, Perth

In the other National Under 18 Championships match, Western Australia will look to bounce back from its disappointing start to the carnival by knocking off Vic Metro. For the visitors, they will be keen to pile on more pain for the Black Swans, who lost to South Australia by 89 points last weekend. Western Australia has thrown around the magnets making a massive eight changes to its final side, including some huge inclusions. The classy Sydney Stack returns to the fold after missing last week, joined in the team by small forward Jarrod Fazioli, and in-form overager Luke Foley who has been a big ball winner at WAFL Colts level. Among the other changes, Ethan Hansen, Riley Garcia, Tyson Powell, Jarrod Cameron and Brad Oldfield come in, with Fremantle Next Generation Academy member Jason Carter the biggest name to be omitted from the side for this match.

For Vic Metro, they bring an Oakleigh-leaning side into the clash with a whopping five of the six defenders coming from the Chargers. Most remarkably, forward Ben Silvagni has been thrown into full-back, with slightly less of a surprise seeing man mountain Ben King at full-forward in the absence of brother max. The spine also has a distinct Sandringham feel about it, with James Rendell at centre half-forward and Bailey Smith in the middle. Metro captain Xavier O’Halloran and inside ball winner Rhylee West join Smith in the guts, while Riley Collier-Dawkins has been named up forward with Curtis Taylor also likely to rotate through the midfield. Northern ruck Thomas Hallebone will have the big job of containing bottom-ager Luke Jackson, who was a star for Western Australia last week.

Western Australia:

B: 4. Graydon Wilson – 31. Tom O’Donnell – 24. Regan Spooner
HB: 22. Damon Greaves – 36. Jack Buller – 15. Jordan Clark
C: 16. Ethan Hansen – 11. Luke English – 12. Jeremy Sharp
HF: 35. Mitchell Georgiades – 29. Dillion O’Reilly – 10. Rylie Morgan
F: 33. Jarrod Cameron – 21. Tyson Powell – 1. Ian Hill
R: 30. Luke Jackson – 20. Luke Foley – 18. Deven Robertson
INT: 5. Riley Garcia – 3. Jarrod Fazioli – 14. Sydney Stack – 34. Brad Oldfield – 6. Wil Hickmott
EMG: 32. Egan Bradbury – 7. James Sturrock

IN: 3. Jarrod Fazioli, 5. Riley Garcia,14. Sydney Stack, 16. Ethan Hansen,  20. Luke Foley, 21. Tyson Powell, 33. Jarrod Cameron, 34. Brad Oldfield
OUT: 7. James Sturrock, 8. Luke Moore, 13. Jason Carter, 17. Thomas Baldwin, 19. Kyle Hamersley, 23. Louis Miller, 28. Trent Rivers, 37. Xavier Peacock

Vic Metro:

B: 2. Joe Ayton-Delaney – 28. Ben Silvagni – 16. Noah Answerth
HB: 14. Isaac Quaynor – 27. Will Kelly – 23. Buku Khamis
C: 13. Lachlan Sholl – 15. Bailey Smith – 3. Zak Butters
HF: 6. Curtis Taylor – 34. James Rendell – 1. Jack Mahony
F: 7. Angus Hanrahan – 36. Ben King – 26. Riley Collier-Dawkins
R: 35. Thomas Hallebone – 18. Xavier O’Halloran – 4. Rhylee West
INT: 8. James Rowbottom – 12. Tom McKenzie – 25. Stefan Radovanovic – 20. Alastair Richards – 24. Noah Anderson – 9. Daly Andrews

WA announces initial Under 18 Championships squad

WESTERN Australia has announced the initial squad for the National AFL Under 18 Championships to be played across June and July. The WA State Academy features 38 players, with a second intake of Under 18s players set to occur in the coming weeks. The announcement came in the same week South Australia announced its extended squad for the championships.

The West Australian side features a good spread of players from across all nine clubs with Claremont and Perth leading the way with six each, while East Fremantle has five. No club has less than three, with seven 17 year-old development players included in the side. Demons star Ian Hill has firmed as the state’s top draft prospect, but the team has good depth, and includes players from the West Australian National Under 16 Championship-winning team last year, such as livewire Rhai-Arn Cox who took the final mark of the match with seconds remaining and kicked a goal after the siren to win the game.

West Australian Football Commission (WAFC) Executive Manager Talent and Football Operations, Scott Baker, told the WAFC website that the players should be proud of their efforts.

“These players have all demonstrated great talent and ability and I congratulate them on being selected in the WA State Academy,” he said. “We look forward to working with each of them to help achieve their full potential both on and off the field. “We want WA to be the leading state for talent development  and are committed to delivering an Academy program that provides each player with the football and personal development opportunities to become key players and leaders of the future.”

Western Australia takes on South Australia in the opening game of the National AFL Under 18 Championships at Alberton Oval on June 3, before hosting Vic Metro at Optus Stadium on June 19. The championships conclude with games at GMHBA Stadium and Etihad Stadium on June 29 and July 4 against Vic Country and the Allies respectively.

Claremont [6]: Tyron Smallwood, Rylie Morgan, Jordan Clark, Thomas Baldwin, Jack Buller, Anthony Davis*

East Fremantle [5]: Jeremy Sharp, Trey Ruscoe, Trent Rivers, Dillon O’Reilly, Luke Jackson

East Perth [3]: Rhai-Arn Cox, Damon Greaves, Louis Miller

Peel Thunder [3]: Jarrod Fazioli, Jason Carter, Tyson Powell

Perth [6]: Ian Hill, Luke English, Sydney Stack, Ethan Hansen, Deven Robertson, Elijah Taylor*

South Fremantle [3]: Luke Moore, Kyle Hamersley, Regan Spooner

Subiaco [4]: Wil Hickmott, Luke Foley, Xavier Peacock, Mitchell Georgiades*

Swan Districts [4]: Joe Hinder, Graydon Wilson, Jake Pasini*, Riley Garcia*

West Perth [4]: Tom Medhat, Tom O’Donnell, Jaxson Prior*, Ryan Hudson*

*denotes 17s development players

WAFL Colts wrap: Round 2

SUBIACO and Swan Districts remained unbeaten after two rounds in the Western Australia Football League (WAFL) Colts competition, while Claremont had the bye and will be looking to do the same in round three. In South Fremantle’s opening game they met a clinical Lions outfit, while Perth and West Perth were other winners from the weekend.

Perth 15.9 (99) defeated East Fremantle 5.6 (36)

Perth bounced back from its opening round loss to record a huge 63-point win over East Fremantle away. Luke English had the ball on a string, with 33 disposals, seven marks and eight inside 50s, also capitalising in front of goal with three majors. Deven Robertson was equally as influential through the midfield, also collecting 33 disposals, taking six marks and laying five tackles. Speaking of tackles, Sydney Stack was glued to his opponents in the match, laying a game-high 13 tackles to go with his 24 disposals and seven inside 50s. Others that impressed for Perth were Ethan Hansen (24 disposals) and Maverick Hamilton (22 disposals and a goal). For East Fremantle, Trent Rivers was the sole ball winner in the 20’s – registering 20 disposals, six marks and two tackles, while Corey Robinson (18 disposals, two tackles, four inside 50s and a goal) could also hold his head high in the loss.

West Perth 7.12 (54) defeated East Perth 4.7 (31)

The Falcons got a vital win against their east-town counterparts, with a three goals to zero final term seeing West Perth run away from the Royals. West Perth had no shortage of big ball winners, with Tom Medhat collecting 33 disposals, 12 marks, four inside 50’s, laying eight tackles and booting a goal in a best on ground performance. Bailey Chalmers was not far behind him, amassing 29 disposals, 10 marks, four tackles, four inside 50s and booting a goal. Nathan Murray (29 disposals, four tackles, one goal), Koopah Todd (26 disposals, six marks) and Filimone Muavou (23 disposals, five marks) were others that impressed for the winners. For the Royals, Louis Miller was the highest possession winner with 22 disposals, while Jarrod Hamer-Matthew did his best with 21 disposals, five tackles and five inside 50’s. Excitement machine bottom-ager, Rhai-Arn Cox booted a goal from 13 disposals and two marks.

Swan Districts 5.12 (42) defeated Peel Thunder 5.10 (40)

Swan Districts remained unbeaten with a low-scoring two-point victory over Peel Thunder in their clash. Mitchell Bain racked up 28 disposals, three marks, four inside 50’s and laid seven tackles in the win. Harry Edwards (16 disposals, 11 tackles and 17 hitouts) and Jarred Cameron (15 disposals, 10 tackles) were others that brought the defensive heat on the day. Jackson Beck (25 disposals, eight marks, seven inside 50’s and a goal) was prolific, as were Graydon Wilson (22 disposals, five marks) and Riley Garcia (21 disposals, three marks). For Peel, James Sturrock had 22 disposals, three marks and eight tackles, while Jarvis Pina was the other player who had more than 20 disposals, with 21 touches, eight marks and three tackles, as well as driving the ball inside 50, four times. Bradley Oldfield (17 disposals, eight tackles) provided good defensive pressure, while Billy Chambers (35 hitouts) was strong in the ruck.

Subiaco 14.10 (94) defeated South Fremantle 7.8 (50)

The Lions proved too good for the Bulldogs in the latter’s first game of the season, in a clinical performance. Subiaco had just 32 inside 50’s to the Bulldogs’ 40, yet had 24 scoring shots, and averaged a scoring shot every 11.9 disposals. Luke Foley was prominent again with 28 disposals, five marks, four tackles, two inside 50’s and two goals. Liam Hickmott had 23 disposals and eight tackles, while brother Will had 22 disposals and five tackles. Zane Shellabear Healey was busy with 22 disposals and four tackles, while Xavier Peacock was the dominant performer in the ruck with 28 hitouts. For the Bulldogs, Kyle Hamersley had a promising opening game, amassing 27 disposals, six marks, five inside 50’s and laying four tackles. Tom Belchynden had 23 touches, seven marks and three tackles, while Jack Musika racked up 21 disposals, three marks and three tackles. Luke Moore was the Bulldogs’ key target up forward with 3.3 from 13 disposals and three marks.