Tag: Jackson Edwards

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

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

AFL News – JLT Community Series:

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

SANFL League and Reserves News – Trial Games:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The full schedule of trial games can be found here.

SANFL AGM:

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

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

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

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

Draftees named for AFLX

TWENTY-one draftees from the 2017 National Draft will get an early taste of senior football in the AFL’s newest competition – AFLX. Among them are three former Sandringham Dragons, two Bendigo Pioneers and two Eastern Ranges, while Lachlan Fogarty (Western Jets), Gryan Miers (Geelong Falcons) and Jack Petruccelle (Northeren Knights) are the sole players named from their TAC Cup sides.

The tournament begins on Thursday night with six sides – Adelaide, Collingwood, Fremantle, Geelong, Port Adelaide and West Coast – playing shortened 20-minute matches in a round robin format in two pools from which the winner of each pool advances to the grand final at the end of the night. Two further AFLX round robins will be played on Friday and Saturday night respectively.

Played at Hindmarsh Stadium in South Australia, former Sturt players Patrick Wilson (Adelaide) and Mitchell Crowden (Fremantle) have been named, as have Jackson Edwards (Glenelg now Adelaide), Stefan Giro (Norwood now Fremantle), Dom Barry (Glenelg now Port Adelaide) and Lachlan Murphy (Adelaide SANFL now Adelaide). Mature-ager Tim Kelly (South Fremantle now Geelong), Bailey Banfield (Claremont now Fremantle), Brayden Ainsworth (Subiaco now West Coast), Jake Patmore (Claremont now Port Adelaide) and Ryan Burrows (South Fremantle now West Coast) are the West Australians involved.

Along with the thrill that comes with representing an AFL club, there is the potential for a number of former teammates to face off on the elite stage. Former Sandringham Dragons Nathan Murphy and Hamish Brayshaw could go head to head when the Magpies face the Eagles, while Brayshaw could also face off against his brother Andrew if both West Coast and Fremantle make the grand final. Glenelg pair Jackson Edwards and Dom Barry could go head-to-head if the South Australian sides make the grand final, as could Eastern Ranges’ exports Jaidyn Stephenson and his former captain Joel Garner if the Magpies meet the Power in the decider. Other former teammates that could face off include Patrick Wilson and Mitchell Crowden (Sturt), Tim Kelly and Ryan Burrows (South Fremantle), and Kane Farrell and Jarrod Brander (Bendigo Pioneers).

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 draftees named for the first night for the AFLX competition is:

Adelaide: Patrick Wilson (Sturt), Lachlan Murphy (Adelaide SANFL), Jackson Edwards (Glenelg)

Collingwood: Jaidyn Stephenson (Eastern Ranges), Nathan Murphy (Sandringham Dragons)

Fremantle: Andrew Brayshaw (Sandringham Dragons), Mitchell Crowden (Sturt), Bailey Banfield (Claremont), Stefan Giro (Norwood)

Geelong: Lachlan Fogarty (Western Jets), Tim Kelly (South Fremantle), Gryan Miers (Geelong Falcons)

Port Adelaide: Kane Farrell (Bendigo Pioneers), Jake Patmore (Claremont), Joel Garner (Eastern Ranges), Dom Barry (Glenelg)

West Coast: Jarrod Brander (Bendigo Pioneers), Brayden Ainsworth (Subiaco), Jack Petruccelle (Northern Knights), Hamish Brayshaw (Sandringham Dragons), Ryan Burrows (South Fremantle)

FIXTURES:

6.10pm – Port Adelaide v Geelong
6.38pm – Adelaide v Collingwood
7.06pm – Geelong v Fremantle
7.34pm – West Coast v Adelaide
8.02pm – Fremantle v Port Adelaide
8.30pm – Collingwood v West Coast
9.03pm – Grand Final

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
2016Dandenong243054190060000054.86.010.83.80.01.20.0
2017Dandenong61671284553772333221087.68.416.05.60.42.90.0
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
2017Oakleigh14584229421221126925847913169.15.314.32.60.14.30.8
2018Oakleigh733510838426320441422289.14.413.54.80.52.52.8
Total-2181193378016417589662611135249.15.014.03.30.33.71.5

Career Total

SeasonKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGames playedKHDMHOTG
Total9.15.014.03.30.33.71.5

#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
2016Bendigo3129609001500004310.39.720.03.00.05.01.3
2017Bendigo70741442382842303323913710.010.620.63.30.03.31.9
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
2017Geelong936215573718930233309137.24.811.95.60.22.30.7
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
2016Geelong10634140250027000051010.63.414.02.50.02.70.5
2017Geelong21284296657720820013673821613.35.318.54.10.01.30.1
2018Geelong2873571121100366039.32.311.72.30.03.30.0
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
2016Eastern784111920003300005711.15.917.02.90.04.70.7
2017Eastern116631792695773304521167814.57.922.43.30.04.10.9
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
2016Sandringham623799230025000015115.63.49.02.10.02.31.4
2017Sandringham21817138982161228761666917221911.59.020.54.30.14.01.2
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
2016Oakleigh87301176300151500010108.73.011.76.31.51.51.0
2017Oakleigh2127628892145152773532555431613.34.818.05.82.24.82.7
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
2016Geelong183812643100760000111314.16.220.32.40.05.80.8
2017Geelong236106342361701771092748219111614.86.621.42.30.16.80.7
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
2016Eastern74381122300160000589.34.814.02.90.02.00.6
2017Eastern13937176367595270223615161013.93.717.63.60.02.71.6
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
2016Geelong4621671600220000359.24.213.43.20.04.40.6
2017Geelong202892917011416862018532501711.95.217.14.10.03.62.9
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
2016Murray53288118001400007510.65.616.23.60.02.81.4
2017Murray00000000000000000000
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
2016Northern11102160054000425.55.010.53.02.02.52.0
2017Northern156912375014310759035681714169.85.714.83.10.03.70.9
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
2016Eastern282654120060000147.06.513.53.00.01.50.3
2017Eastern125106231321161145204240189913.911.825.73.60.05.81.0
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
2017Eastern114511653858891504223641011.45.116.53.80.01.50.4
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
2017Eastern114511653858891504223641011.45.116.53.80.01.50.4
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.

SANFL Round 18 Draft Prospects update part 1

AFL Draft Central South Australian correspondent David Chapman cast his eyes over the top young prospects coming up through the SANFL, Reserves, Under 18s and local school football competitions. On the weekend, round 18 of the SANFL took place with school football also continuing. We look at the top performances from the weekend:

League:

In Glenelg’s loss to West Adelaide, Alex Martini was named in the best, led by a game high 12 tackles to go with his 13 disposals. Teammate Jackson Edwards also collected 16 disposals. Westies Underager Izak Rankine was again exciting, finishing with 16 disposals and two goals.

Reserves:

In Sturt’s 58-point win over Norwood, Mitch Crowden again won best-on-ground honours with 28 disposals, five inside 50s and a goal. Crowden’s work on the inside was impressive, where he had eight clearances. Adam Trenorden was again in the bests with 20 disposals, while Jordan Houlahan booted four goals from his 13 disposals. For Norwood, Stefan Giro was among it – with 30 disposals and 12 marks. Brodie Carroll was also in the best, with 29 disposals and 13 marks. South Australian Under 18 MVP Harrison Petty was superb on his return from school footy, with 26 disposals and a whopping 15 marks.

In Central District’s demolition of Woodville-West Torrens, bottom-ager Jackson Hately returned from a week off, with 25 disposals through the midfield. Cooper Dahms (15 disposals) and Ryan Falkenberg (13 disposals) were also impressive. For the Eagles, possible 2018 no.1 draft pick Jack Lukosius was named second best, with 19 disposals, 12 marks and 2.5 – in a dangerous game up forward. Cooper Gaffney was also strong with 21 disposals.

U18s:

South Adelaide snuffed out North Adelaide’s finals chances, with a big 71-point victory. Bottom-ager Heath Sampson was best-on-ground with 25 disposals and three goals. Luke Bogle was another who stood out on the inside, with 17 disposals, 14 tackles and eight clearances. For North, Connor Rozee (27 disposals, 10 clearances, eight tackles) and Boyd Woodcock (24 disposals and nine clearances) found plenty of the ball, aided by Ben Oborn winning 45 hit outs throughout the game.

Centrals defeated the Eagles with Llwellyn Milera starring. Milera collected 23 disposals, six inside 50s and booted two goals, while bottom-ager Jordan O’Brien was also strong with 21 disposals (15 contested) and booted a bag of five goals. For the Eagles, Jake Weidemann was best with 28 disposals, including 10 marks and three goals. Tom Schmusch also did some good things, with 17 disposals and two goals.

Tall Hugo Munn was named in the best in Sturt’s 48-point win over Norwood. Munn had 16 disposals, 16 hitouts and nine marks (six contested). Teammate Ryan Weidenhofer led the stats sheet with 27 disposals, six clearances and six rebound 50s. Despite the loss, Norwood dominated the stats for most of the day due to their high possession style game plan. Jacob Kennerley was their best with 23 disposals.

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In the battle for finals, Westies demolished Glenelg by 114-points. Patrick Fairlie dominated in the midfield, and was best with 43 disposals, 14 clearances and 11 marks – winning the Torrens Uni Cup MVP nomination for the round. Josh Smithson was also excellent with 27 disposals, nine marks, seven clearances and four goals. For Glenelg, Ruben Flinn was their best with 20 hitouts and 11 disposals.

School Footy:

Our report on school football will be online tomorrow afternoon, including a report on the 2017 SA State Championships game, that saw Prince Alfred College defeat Henley High by five points.

 

SANFL Round 16 Draft Prospects update

AFL Draft Central South Australian correspondent David Chapman cast his eyes over the top young prospects coming up through the SANFL, Reserves, Under 18s and local school football competitions. On the weekend, round 16 of the SANFL took place with school football continuing. We look at the top performances from the weekend:

League:

Adelaide father-son prospect Jackson Edwards had a great game for Glenelg  with 25 disposals including a goal, named in the bests in their loss to Sturt. West Adelaide bottom-ager Izak Rankine was also in the best in their loss to Port with 14 disposals including two goals.

Reserves:

There were at least 22 Under 18 players playing Reserves this week. Some of the notable performances included the following:

In the South Adelaide versus Woodville-West Torrens draw, Souths draft prospect Nathan Kreuger had 11 disposals including a goal, with Henry Bruce also getting 14 disposals. For the Eagles, Andrew McPherson made a great return to footy after a long stint out with injury. McPherson had 31 disposals, nine marks and six rebound 50s to be named second best. Bottom-ager and possible 2018 number one draft pick Jack Lukosius clunked nine marks and booted four goals to be in the best alongside Cooper Gaffney who had 22 disposals, eight marks and two goals. Tom Schmusch was another who impressed with 18 disposals and a goal.

Sturt’s medium forward Jordan Houlahan booted five goals, helping them to a huge 96-point win over Glenelg. Mitch Crowden has had League exposure this season and was also strong with 24 disposals and a goal. Adam Trenorden was another who featured in the bests, with 21 disposals and a goal. For Glenelg, South Australian Under 18 players Alex Martini (22 disposals) and Brad McCarthy (17 disposals) were strong, with McCarthy’s rebound out of defensive 50 a highlight.

In Central District’s 36-point win over Norwood, AFL Academy Level one member Jackson Hately was again in the bests, with a 25 disposals, six clearances and three goal performance. Cooper Dahms was also in the bests with 21 disposals, six tackles and a goal. For Norwood, Brodie Carroll was in the bests with 25 disposals and nine marks. Stefan Giro continued his fine form in 2017, finding 12 contested possessions in the midfield.

U18s:

In the Tigers’ 10-point win over Sturt, Liam Denton was in the bests with his 21 disposal and two goal game. Under 15 state captain and son of Tyson, Luke Edwards chimed in with 20 disposals including seven tackles on debut. For Sturt, Oliver Grivell was named as the best player with 29 disposals, 13 tackles and nine marks.

In Westies 27-point win over North Adelaide, Josh Smithson was strong with 30 disposals, 10 inside 50s, nine marks and two goals. Will Gutsche was another who played well, finishing with 23 disposals, nine tackles and seven marks. Roosters ruckman Ben Oborn was dominant with 36 hitouts, finding 20 disposals and eight marks around the ground. Midfielder Daniel Aplin was among it with 31 disposals, eight tackles and seven inside 50s.

In Souths win over the Eagles, Liam Fitt collected 19 disposals, eight marks and booted a goal, while Tate Coleman (21 disposals) also contributed to the win. For the Eagles, Mitchell Mead was best with 23 disposals, 11 tackles and nine inside 50s.

Centrals demolished Norwood by 98-points, led by their Under 16s – with four goals from Jack Carpenter and a best-on-ground performance from Jordan O’Brien, who had 26 disposals and four goals, earning him the Torrens Uni Cup MVP nomination for the round. Tyler Martin was best for Norwood with 23 disposals, 10 marks, eight rebound 50s, six inside 50s and a goal.

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School Footy:

Sacred Heart defeated Pembroke 16.13 to 5.5, in what was for Hearts a chance to mix up players and try them in some different positions and keep a few players fresh for their forthcoming matches against Henley, before they head off on the annual exchanged versus Assumption College Kilmore. They played Tuesday in the knockout State Championship semi-final against the talent laden Henley High. Henley came out victors in wet conditions by 15-points.

With Hearts taking a slim five-point lead into the final quarter (having not capitalised on the first half dominanance of the play) the class of Jack Lukosius and Izak Rankine helped Henley get three goals to ice to game. For Hearts, Charlie Ballard had the best of Lukosius for most of the day, controlling play across half back. Seb Kerrish’s running rebound was also impressive.

PAC defeated Scotch by 20 goals in what was a one sided affair after quarter time. Zac Bailey was one of PACs best through the midfield, with a cameo up forward – while their captain Cole Gerloff was also dominant aroubnd the ground. Up forward, Tom Humphries booted six goals and Oscar Chapman kicked three – including a soccer kick out of mid air from 20 metres out.

PAC have now locked up both the State Championship Grand Final bert and the Messenger Shield.

Other winners included St Peters who had a comprehensive team win over Immanuel, while Rostrevor easily defeated St Michaels by 11 goals.

SANFL Round 15 Part 2 Draft Prospects update

AFL Draft Central South Australian correspondent David Chapman cast his eyes over the top young prospects coming up through the SANFL, Reserves, Under 18s and local school football competitions. An extended Round 15 SANFL continued with limited league and reserves games as well as school football, but no under 18s. So we look at the top performances across the weekend.

League:
Sturt, West, Glenelg, Eagles and Norwood did not play.

Reserves:
With only two matches this week North defeated Centrals by 39 points. North underagers Boyd Woodcock (20 disposals) and Connor Rozee (12 disposals) were amongst it, Bryce Denham kicked a goal, Daniel Aplin up from the under 18s also had 15 disposals. For Centrals, underager Jackson Hately was second best with 27 disposals including eight marks.

South went down to Port by 58 points. For South, prospect Nathan Kreuger only got the seven disposals, whilst Henry Bruce was consistent again with 19 disposals including six tackles. Also after his six goals last week promoted Nick Steele kicked one goal.

Under 18s:
There were no under 18 SANFL games this weekend.

School Football:
In one of the biggest matches of the year, Sacred Heart played Rostrevor at home in their Annual Intercol. Sacred Heart bounced back to win easily 12.10 (82) to 3.10 (28), with the match being a State Knockout qualifying game the win effectively locks up second spot on the college ladder.

Best players for Sacred Heart included Wilson Otto, Finn Betterman and Charlie Ballard. Draft prospect Ballard playing centre half back and marking anything that came his way. At the other end of the ground for Rostervor Harrison Petty at centre half back was also accumulating the marks for his team. Mihail Lochowiak was also solid for Rossies.

Prince Alfred College (PAC) headed to Immanuel and easily accounted for them with 21.16 (142) to 9.4 (58), which sent PAC straight into the State Championship Grand Final. Best for PAC included Charlie Hay and Kade Chandler. Zac Bailey and Oscar Chapman kicked three goals each. Sam Davis was amongst the best for Immanuel playing in the midfield.
St Peters also defeated St Michaels by 54 points.

Combine Update:
There are eight South Australians invited to the National Combine (where four or more AFL clubs nominated players):
Charlie Ballard (Sturt), Callum Coleman-Jones (Sturt), Darcy Fogarty (Glenelg), Jordan Houlahan (Sturt), Nathan Kreuger (South Adelaide), Alex Martini (Glenelg), Andrew McPherson (Woodville-West Torrens) and Harrison Petty (Norwood)

There are 21 South Australians invited to the SA State Combine (where between two to three AFL clubs have nominated players:
U18s: Cameron Ball (Norwood), Brodie Carroll (Norwood), Oscar Chapman (North Adelaide), Lochie Charlton (Norwood), Tobin Cox (Glenelg), Mitch Crowden (Sturt)
Sam Davis (Glenelg), Bryce Denham (North Adelaide), Liam Denton (Glenelg), Jackson Edwards (Glenelg), Stefan Giro (Norwood), Isaac Hewson (Norwood), Curtis McCarthy (Glenelg), Thomas Schmusch (Woodville-West Torrens), Josh Smithson (West Adelaide), Jake Weidemann (Woodville-West Torrens).

Over 18s: Dom Barry (Glenelg), Jordan Sweet (North Adelaide) Jordan West (Woodville-West Torrens) Patrick Wilson (Sturt), Brandon Zerk-Thatcher (Sturt).

Draft dream not over for 2017 state combine nominees

THE draft dream is not over to the 2017 state combine nominees after the AFL today released the list of 96 players from around the country nominated by AFL clubs to attend the 2017 State Combine.

83 PLAYERS INVITED TO THE 2017 NATIONAL AFL DRAFT COMBINE

Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia will each run individual tests, with clubs sent the data to analyse before November’s draft. Recruiters will also get a chance to cast their eyes over a further 23 footballers at the ‘Rookie Me Combine,’ created due to number restrictions at Etihad Stadium. The Victorian State Combine will be held on Friday October 6th at Etihad Stadium, with the ‘Rookie Me Combine’ to run on Sunday October 8th at a venue yet to be decided.

Similar to the process for the national combine, each club nominated up to fifty players to nominate that they wanted to see test. To receive an invite to the AFL State Combine, players must receive at least three expressions of interest from AFL clubs, with players receiving 1-2 taking part in the Rookie Me Combine.

Possible Adelaide father-son Jackson Edwards headlines the list of nominees. The South Australia midfielder averaged 24 disposals and four marks throughout the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships and is one of 21 South Australian’s that will test in the state based combine.

Victorian Under 19 cricketer Ed Newman was Australia’s 13th man at the MCG on Boxing Day is one of the 11 Sandringham Dragons on the list. Newman has been a standout for Mentone Grammar in the AGSV School Football competition and made his Dragons debut on Sunday.

Former Melbourne player Dom Barry is on the verge of another AFL berth, scoring an invite to South Australia’s State Combine after being a strong performer for Glenelg this year.

The state leagues around the country have been well represented with a number of players invited to test out. The VFL has 10 players nominated to attend with Essendon VFL’s Alex Boyse looming as their best prospect. Boyse has booted 26 goals this season and the 191cm forward is one of four players nominated from Essendon’s VFL team.

Invites:

Victorian State Combine (55):

Joel Amartey (Sandringham Dragons)
Noah Answerth (Oakleigh Chargers)
Mark Baker (Northern Knights)
Oskar Baker (Aspley)
Harry Benson (Geelong Falcons)
Brett Bewley (Williamstown VFL)
James Bell (Sydney Swans Academy)
Tom Boyd (Murray Bushrangers)
Alex Boyse (Essendon VFL)

Sam Cameron (Sandringham Dragons)
Riley D’Arcy (Dandenong Stingrays)
Aaron Darling (Dandenong Stingrays)
Sam Davidson (Gold Coast Suns Academy/Palm Beach)
Lewin Davis (Bendigo Pioneers)
Max Dreher (Northern Knights)
Alex Federico (Northern Knights)
Bayley Fritsch (Casey Scorpions VFL)
Bailey Griffiths (Marcellin College)
Harrison Gunther (Glenorchy)
Jackson Hille (Sandringham Dragons)
Nick Hind (Essendon VFL)
Jake Hinds (Tasmania)
Austin Hodge (Gippsland Power)
Dane Hollenkamp (Geelong Falcons)
Nick Hogan (Gippsland Power)
Josh Jaska (Geelong Falcons)
Daniel Johnston (Murray Bushrangers)
Riley Jones (Oakleigh Chargers)
Matthew King (Oakleigh Chargers)
Dylan Landt (Calder Cannons)
Jy Lane (GWS Giants Academy/Murray Bushrangers)
Doulton Langlands (GWS Giants Academy/Murray Bushrangers)

Quintin Montanaro (Sandringham Dragons)
Thomas Mundy (Burnie)
Tom Murphy (Dandenong Stingrays)
Geordie Nagle (Sandringham Dragons)
Joel Naylor (Northern Knights)
Ed Newman (Sandringham Dragons)
Harrison Nolan (Eastern Ranges)
Connor Nutting (Gold Coast Suns Academy)

Kai Owens (Sandringham Dragons)
Alex Paech (GWS Giants Academy/Murray Bushrangers)
Cassidy Parish (Geelong Falcons)
Ethan Phillips (Oakleigh Chargers)
Callum Porter (Gippsland Power)
Aiden Quigley (Gippsland Power)
Nathan Richards (GWS Giants Academy)
Harry Simmington (Gold Coast Suns Academy/Labrador)
Derrick Smith (Richmond VFL)
Cooper Stephens (Geelong Falcons)
Aidan Tilley (Calder Cannons)
Laitham Vandeermeer (Murray Bushrangers)
Callan Wellings (GWV Rebels)
Seb Williams (Sandringham Dragons)

Tristan Xerri (Western Jets)

South Australian State Combine (21): 

Cameron Ball (Norwood)
Dom Barry (Glenelg)
Brodie Carroll (Norwood)
Oscar Chapman (North Adelaide)
Lochie Charlton (Norwood)
Tobin Cox (Glenelg)
Mitch Crowden (Sturt)
Sam Davis (Glenelg)
Bryce Denham (North Adelaide)
Liam Denton (Glenelg)
Jackson Edwards (Glenelg)
Stefan Giro (Norwood)
Isaac Hewson (Norwood)
Curtis McCarthy (Glenelg)
Thomas Schmusch (Woodville-West Torrens)
Josh Smithson (West Adelaide)
Jordan Sweet (North Adelaide)
Jake Weidemann (Woodville-West Torrens)
Jordan West (Woodville-West Torrens)

Patrick Wilson (Sturt)
Brandon Zerk-Thatcher (Sturt)

West Australian State Combine (20):

Christian Ameduri (East Perth)
Liam Baker (Subiaco)
Jordan Boullineau (Peel Thunder)
Ryan Burrows (South Fremantle)
Damon Cramer (Peel Thunder)
Patrick Farrant  (Swan Districts)
Jonathon Frampton (South Fremantle)
Scott Jones (East Perth)
Zac Langdon (Claremont)
Tyrese Miller (West Perth)
Lachlan Mitchell (Peel Thunder)
Gordon Narrier (Perth)
Cody Nineytte (Perth)
Will Powell (Claremont)

Aaron Redhead (East Perth)
Zareth Roe (Perth)
Liam Ryan (Subiaco)
Haiden Schloithe (Subiaco)
Chris Scott (East Fremantle)
Taryce Stewart (Swan Districts) 

Rookie Me Combine (23):

Kwaby Boakye (Gold Coast Suns Academy)
Hamish Brayshaw (Sandringham Dragons)
Damien Burke (Gold Coast Suns Academy)
Jack Clayton (Brisbane Lions Academy)
James Ferry (Essendon VFL)
Tom Freeman (Dandenong Stingrays)
Joel Griffiths (Geelong Grammar)
Jack Hardman (Sydney Swans Academy)
Matthew Harman (Northern Knights)
Lachlan Harris (Sandringham Dragons)
Marty Hore (Collingwood VFL)
Cooper Jones (Bendigo Pioneers)
Daniel Joseph (Aspley)
Francis Kinthari (NT Thunder)
Jordan Lynch (Eastern Ranges)
Josh Newman (Williamstown VFL)
Tony Olango (NT Thunder)
Kieren Parnell (NT Thunder)
Julian Patterson (Gippsland Power)
Kieran Strachan (Essendon VFL)
Sam Switkowski (Box Hill VFL)
Charlie Thompson (Oakleigh Chargers)
Aaron Trusler (Sandringham Dragons)

SANFL Round 15 Draft Prospects update

AFL Draft Central South Australian correspondent David Chapman cast his eyes over the top young prospects coming up through the SANFL, Reserves, Under 18s and local school football competitions. On the weekend, round 15 of the SANFL took place with the return of school football. We look at the top performances from the weekend:

League:

Sturt’s Mitch Crowden returned to league level with 11 disposals, including six tackles. For West Adelaide, under-ager Izak Rankine kicked two goals and picked up 13 disposals. Crows’ father/son prospect Jackson Edwards had 17 disposals including eight marks and five tackles for Glenelg in their win over the Crows at Bordertown.

Reserves:

With only two matches this week Sturt got over West Adelaide by 41 points. Jordan Houlahan kicked a goal with his nine disposals and Adam Trenorden had 11 disposals including seven tackles. For West, Jakob Heitmann did not have the impact he would have liked.

The Eagles held off Norwood by nine points with underage key forward Jack Lukosius best on ground with four goals in his 16 disposals (12 of which were contested). Jake Weideman was also amongst the best with 26 disposals and six tackles, as was tall rebounding defender Tom Schmusch with 16 disposals. Also having an impact were Cooper Gaffney (18 disposals) and Isaac Moller with two goals. For Norwood, last week’s U18 MVP nominee and 2016 winner Stefan Giro had 29 disposals, two goals and seven marks to be amongst the best. Along with state representative defender Brodie Carroll with 20 disposals. Isaac Hewson had 12 disposals.

U18s:

With many SANFL players returning to school footy this week we saw some readjustments in team performances. None more so than the South’s 115-point demolition of Norwood. For the Panthers Nick Steele kicked six goals with 10 marks and Darnell Tucker kicked five goals to go with his 23 disposals and five inside 50s with a best on ground performance. Henry Bruce continued his form from the reserves with 26 disposals. Norwood’s Max Joseph was judged best for the Redlegs with 21 disposals and seven tackles.

Eagles defeated Glenelg by 30 points. For the Eagles, Jake Cook was best on ground with 23 disposals, including two goals and 10 tackles, and for the Tigers Xavier Cubillo (23 disposals, one goals) and Brad McCarthy (20 disposals inc 9 defensive and offensive rebounds) got amongst it.

North Adelaide continued their four game winning streak with a 27-point win over Centrals. North was led by over-ager Tom Matsouliadis with 36 disposals, including a goal, nine clearances and six tackles. Frankie Szekely was lively with his 23 disposals five inside 50s and goal. For Centrals, Cooper Dahms was best with 25 disposals including a goal seven clearances and nine tackles.

Sturt returned to winning with a 30-point victory over West Adelaide. Ed Allan returned to dominate at this level with 38 disposals, including a goal and seven marks to be best on ground for Sturt. Tyson Hone (25 disposals) and Tom Welsby (21 disposlas including a goal and seven marks were also amongst the best. For West Adelaide, Josh Smithson was clearly best with 29 disposals(22 of which were contested) three goals, 11 clearances, six inside 50s and nine tackles in a complete performance.

Glenelg’s Darcy Fogarty and Sturt’s Callum Coleman-Jones have been put on ice for the rest of the year with surgery. This goes with Norwood’s Lachie Pascoe and North’s Hugo Barry also out with ACLs.

SOUTH AUSTRALIAN DRAFT DUO OUT FOR THE SEASON

School Footy:

Recruiters were in abundance at the highly anticipated match between powerhouses Prince Alfred College (PAC) and Sacred Heart College in the battle for the State Championships and Messenger Shield. PAC absolutely dominated the game, to win by 69 points, especially with only being allowed 17 players for the last two and a half quarters.

For PAC, all played well, led by captain Cole Gerloff, and Mackenzie Slee rebounding off half back. All-Australian under 18s player Zac Bailey ended up on the pine courtesy of the umpires after a centre tussle. For Hearts, Charlie Ballard was strong early on with his intercept marking across half back, but he too ended up out of the game due to an accidental head clash requiring stitches. Oscar Lovelock was lively and one of the few Sacred Heart players to step up on the big stage.

In the other matches Rostrevor put away Saint Peters by 43 points with under-ager Luke Valente leading the way for Rossies with three goals and 30 plus possessions. Harrison Petty was again strong backing up his State MVP and Combine invite. For Saint Peters, under 16s player Dylan Stephens was best.
In the other game, Immanuel defeated St Michaels by 50 points.

SANFL Round 13 Draft Prospects update

AFL Draft Central South Australian correspondent David Chapman cast his eyes over the top young prospects coming up through the SANFL, Reserves, Under 18s and local school football competitions. In Round 13 of the SANFL, members of the State under 18s team resumed SANFL duties at various levels. With school football on a break over the school holidays, we take a look at who the top performers were across the reserves and the under 18s.

Reserves:

The Reserves competition after July 1 really starts to promote Under 18 talent and there was plenty on show this week. In Norwood’s five-point win over North Adelaide, mid Stefan Giro accumulated 24 disposals including six tackles, Cole Gerloff also had 19 disposals with eight tackles & six clearances. Under 18 All-Australian Harry Petty continued his good form with eight marks alongside his 15 possessions. Brodie Carroll, Cam Ball and Isaac Hewson also had solid games, while bottom-ager Connor Rozee had 15 disposals for North.

For Central District, bottom-ager Jackson Hately played his second good game in the Reserves, finishing with 17 disposals.

In South Adelaide’s 65-point demolition of Glenelg, Henry Bruce was again amongst it with 16 possessions, including six tackles and a goal. For Glenelg, Adelaide father-son prospect Jackson Edwards was named in the best players with his 17 disposals. State Under 18 teammates Brad McCarthy and Sam Davis were both solid.

In Sturt’s six-point win over Woodville-West Torrens, midfielder Mitch Crowden continued his great from from the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships and was second best with 25 disposals, nine clearances and a goal. Charlie Ballard was also named in the best players with his 16 disposals, six marks and a goal. Tall defender/Ruckman Brandon Zerk-Thatcher was also effective with 23 disposals, eight marks and 19 hitouts. Bottom-agers Mihali Lochowiak and Tom Lewis also showed some promise. Possible top 30 draftee Jordan Houlahan was quiet with one goal to go with his seven disposals. Second best for the Eagles was small Jimmy Rowe with 24 disposals and eight marks. Cooper Gaffney was also in the bests with 17 disposals, including one goal and six inside 50s. Other Eagles to have a positive impact were Jake Weidemann, Isaac Moller, Tom Schmusch and bottom-ager Jack Lukosius.

U18s:

West Adelaide knocked off Centrals by four-points with a dominant best-on-ground performance from Jakob Heitmann, who had 34 disposals, 11 marks, eight inside 50s, six tackles and booted two goals. Teammate Josh Smithson was also impressive with 27 disposals, nine marks and two goals. Midfielder Alex Stidiford continued his recent good form with 24 disposals. For Centrals, Nick Lange was their best with 24 disposals, nine marks, six inside 50s and three goals.

In another nailbiter South’s held on by two-points against Glenelg. They were led by a best-on-ground display from Sam Whitbread (32 disposals) and bottom-age midfield bull Tom Sparrow. Sparrow collected 24 disposals, brought the ball inside 50 on 12 occasions, laid eight tackles and booted a goal. For Glenelg, Oscar Lovelock was their best with 20 disposals and six tackles.

North continued their surge up the ladder with a 13-point win over Norwood. Roosters underage mid Boyd Woodcock followed up his U18 MVP from last week with another fine performance accumulating 27 disposals, 10 marks and two goals. Sam Daniele was again strong in the midfield with 26 disposals including six tackles and 12 clearances. In the ruck, Ben Oborn dominated for the Roosters with 41 hitouts. For Norwood, AFL Academy Level one member Luke Valente was in the best with 30 possessions, including eight clearances and he clunked seven marks up forward and through the midfield. Valente was well supported by Jack Astbury who had 32 disposals, eight marks and kicked two goals.

The Eagles had a comfortable 20-point win over Sturt. Jacob Pedler was best on ground with 29 disposals. He is having had a great season in school footy for PAC rebounding from the back line and has now been moved into the midfield for the Eagles. For Sturt, Casey Voss was best with his 23 disposals, and Adam Trenorden continued his prolific ball winning season with 37 disposals, 10 marks and six tackles.

Matt Balmer’s 2017 AFL Draft July Power Rankings

IN an AFL Draft Central feature, AFL Draft analyst Matt Balmer will rank and update his Power Rankings on the first Monday of every month (This update is conducted post the 2017 NAB AFL Under 18 Championships). 

You can read Matt Balmer‘s June edition of his Power Rankings here:

The NAB AFL Under 18 Championships have come and gone with players pushing their names up boards – but disappointing there was probably more that pushed their name down with some average performances across the board. Players will now go back to their clubs and schools, applying their trade with clubs narrowing down their lists and focusing in on certain players. Finals are heavily scrutinised, as will be the NAB AFL Under 18 All Stars game at Punt Road Oval on Grand Final Eve.

I’ve extended the rankings out to 35 names and whilst the depth of the draft pool is expected to fall post Pick 30 – there will still be decent talent on the board in the first and second round.

#1 Cameron Rayner
General Forward/Inside Midfielder (Western Jets/Vic Metro)
21/10/1999 | 187cm | 88kg
Previous ranking: #7

Scouting notes: Powerful and explosive midfielder who makes you excited when you watch him. A similar mould to Robbie Gray combined with Christian Petracca and when up forward his contested marking overhead is one of his strengths. For the moment he is a forward first, midfielder second with his endurance being a work in progress – running an 11.10 beep test at TAC Cup testing and it will be an area that needs to be addressed for him to move into the midfield long term.

Last month: Rayner averaged 18 disposals (11 contested), four clearances and booted 12 goals throughout the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships for Vic Metro. Rayner’s bursts are outstanding and can clunk marks overhead inside 50 – often isolated deep from the Metro coaches. His game against South Australia was impressive, collecting 16 disposals, seven marks and booting an equal match-high five goals.

#2 Luke Davies-Uniacke
Inside Midfielder (Dandenong Stingrays/Vic Country)
08/06/1999 | 187cm | 85kg
Previous ranking: #2

Scouting notes: Strong bodied inside midfielder who tackles hard and wins the clearances. Has had a fair share of injuries over the last few seasons but appears to be over them. Is one of the players most ready to go and could walk into AFL from Day 1 with ease. Is powerful in the contested situations and is able to stand up when getting tackled, using his strength to dispose of the ball.

Last month: Begun the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships with 34 disposals and 10 marks in a strong showing against the Allies. Returned to school footy and copped plenty of attention from the Carey midfielders who went hard at him whenever they could. Was on fire in the opening quarter and a bit in the ‘Vic derby’ with a superb centre clearance goal in the second quarter. Averaged 22 disposals for the carnival, but disappointingly left clubs questioning whether he is the contested bull some thought – averaging just 30% of his possessions in the contest.

#3 Adam Cerra
Balanced Midfielder (Eastern Ranges/Vic Metro)
07/10/1999 | 186cm | 85kg
Previous ranking: #6

Scouting notes: The forgotten man of the 2017 draft pool after missing 2016 with a meniscus injury to his knee. The AFL Academy missed out on Pick 1 and Pick 2 in 2016 – And Cerra could be another to join that list of high draft picks. He wins the ball on the inside, with a clean kick on his right foot. He contested work and clearance winning are superb and he covers the ground well. Was one of the standouts in the Vic Metro trials in April and continued his form in the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships after suffering a shoulder niggle in May.

Last month: Cerra’s pinpoint pass to Lachlan Fogarty in Vic Metro’s second game set the standard for a strong NAB AFL Under 18 Championships from the Wesley College lad. Cerra averaged 18 disposals, five tackles, four clearances and four inside 50s as an important player in the midfield. He starred in Vic Metro’s opening win against Western Australia with 24 disposals (14 contested), six clearances and five tackles.

#4 Will Sutherland

Key Position Forward (Scotch College/Vic Metro)
27/10/1999 | 195cm | 90kg
Previous ranking: #5

Scouting notes: Athletic tall who is a strong overhead mark. Sutherland picks the ball up cleanly from ground level and is very good below his knees. Is smart inside 50 and is willing to block opponents to help his teammates. Has midfield craft and has attended multiple centre bounces at school level. Australian Under 19 cricket captain. Has a tough decision on his hand – think football is probably the leading option and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him down at Sandringham Dragons training post the APS school season if football is his decision. Expect a decision soon.

Last month: Made his debut for Vic Metro against Vic Country and showed some promise inside 50. Whilst he didn’t have a standout performance, he showed his traits (such as his cleanness below his knees) and finished the carnival with five goals. Laid 10 tackles in his three games and showed off some aggression inside 50 getting in the face of opponents.

#5 Paddy Dow
Inside Midfielder (Bendigo Pioneers/Vic Country)
16/10/1999 | 184cm | 78kg
Previous ranking: #26

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

Last month: Had an excellent carnival despite averaging under 20 disposals for Vic Country. Dow’s clearance work was superb, averaging five per game where he used his burst to get away from the contest and take the ball forward. Finally had a chance to see him live on multiple occasions and he’s certainly in the mix for a high selection.

#6 Jarrod Brander
Key Position Forward/Defender (Bendigo Pioneers/Allies)
11/02/1999 | 195cm | 90kg
Previous ranking: #1

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

Last month: Started the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships in defence but finished with the performance that everyone was waiting for with 16 disposals, nine marks and three goals up forward against Vic Metro in Round five. Averaged five marks per game and was a solid performer  earning himself All-Australian honours. One criticism however was that whilst his numbers were impressive, Brander was often manned by a Metro medium defender who wasn’t adapt to playing as a key position defender in the final game.

#7 Nicholas Coffield
General Defender/Outside Midfielder (Northern Knights/Vic Metro)
23/10/1999 | 190cm | 83kg
Previous ranking: #15

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

Last month: Had an outstanding NAB AFL Under 18 Championships, averaging 22 disposals and four marks. Was often charged with a role as a general defender and rebounded the ball well with efficient numbers on his right foot. Played more across half forward in the final game against the Allies and had a match-high 29 disposals.

#8 Charlie Constable
General Defender/Inside Midfielder (Sandringham Dragons/Vic Metro)
18/05/1999 | 190cm | 83kg
Previous ranking: #20

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

Last month: Was left out of Vic Metro’s opening game of the season and collected over 30 disposals against Carey Grammar playing in the midfield for Haileybury. Was called up for Metro’s game against Vic Country and was best-on-ground with 31 disposals and six inside 50s, in a role across half forward and through the midfield. Was a deserving All-Australian member and has pushed himself well into top 10 calcuations.

#9 Jaidyn Stephenson
Medium Forward/Outside Midfielder (Eastern Ranges/Vic Metro)
15/01/1999 | 189cm | 76kg
Previous ranking: #4

Scouting notes: Plays as a tall forward marking target inside 50 despite being medium size. Has a big wingspan which sees him pluck the ball from above his opponents reach. He converts his set-shot chances more than not, after bursting onto the scene with a terrific finals series for Eastern Ranges as an Under 16 back in 2015. Stephenson has pushed up onto the wing at times, but plays his best up forward or play as a high half forward. He moves well and holds a great endurance base to go with a really good burst of speed.

Last month: Begun the carnival with two underhwhelming games across half forward and on the wing – but bounced back with an outstanding match against South Australia. Stephenson had 28 disposals and booted five goals, showing off his trademark dash. Only took 10 marks for the carnival, playing more as a flanker than as a third tall.

#10 Joel Garner
Balanced Midfielder/General Defender (Eastern Ranges/Vic Metro)
21/05/1999 | 183cm | 81kg
Previous ranking: #14

Scouting notes: Speedy midfielder who plays well on both the outside and inside. 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.

Last month: The Vic Metro captain was one of the more consistent players throughout the carnival after an ok start to the season at school football level. Garner controlled the play across half back and rebounded it well on his left foot. His best game saw him collect 24 disposals (12 contested) and nine marks in a strong second half performance in the Vic derby.

#11 Sam Hayes
Key Position Forward/Ruckman (Eastern Ranges/Vic Metro)
09/06/1999 | 203cm | 93kg
Previous ranking: #8

Scouting notes: Showed his forward craft in the Under 18 Championships last year for Vic Metro using his height to mark the ball. He is a adequate kick for goal and rucks well around the ground and at the centre bounces. Leading patterns could improve – but he is still learning his game as a tall. At this stage I’d pencil him as a forward first, ruck second prospect – but still would consider him as the best ruck in the draft pool.

Last month: Had 67 hit outs for the carnival playing most of the carnival in the ruck, but was used as a forward in their final match against the Allies, where he showed off his good marking ability down low and booted two goals.

#12 Darcy Fogarty
General Forward (Glenelg/South Australia)
05/09/1999 | 192cm | 88kg
Previous ranking: #3

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

Last month: Had an underwhelming carnival averaging just the 11 disposals and three marks. Fogarty was deployed at all ends of the ground and his stints in the midfield didn’t suggest that it may be his role at the next level. His energy looked down and only showed off his strong tackling in bursts. Whilst he did have 16 disposals against Vic Country playing across half back, his defensive efforts weren’t to a standard expected of a player who some touted as a possible no.1 selection.

#13 Noah Balta
Tall Utility (Calder Cannons/Vic Metro)
23/10/1999 | 194cm | 92kg
Previous ranking: #11

Scouting notes: Athletic tall who has one of the biggest upsides of the draft pool. Balta has played predominately as a ruckman or a key forward for the Calder Cannons – but showed great signs as a defender in the Vic Metro trial and played there in the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships. He is a good mark, but his running patterns up forward do need some work. He possesses a rare combo of elite speed and agility for a tall player.

Last month: Was locked in to playing as a tall defender for Vic Metro and showed some moments enough to suggest it is worth persevering. Balta often pumped the ball out of defence on his right foot, but did rush a few kicks. His closing speed was good in the defensive 50, and I hope it’s a position Calder persevere with.

#14 Matthew Ling

Outside Midfielder (Geelong Falcons/Vic Country)
21/04/1999 | 182cm | 74kg
Previous ranking: #24

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

Last month: Had some flashy moments that suggested if Ling can put it all together he is going to be a very good player on the outside. In the opening quarter of Country’s game against Western Australia, his agility was on show and included a run down tackle on the wing. His a neat left foot kick went at 100 per cent efficiency against Vic Metro in the ‘Vic derby’. Averaged 14 disposals and four marks throughout the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships.

#15 Jack Higgins
Inside Midfielder/Small Forward (Oakleigh Chargers/Vic Metro)
19/03/1999 | 178cm | 76kg
Previous ranking: #23

Scouting notes: Small midfielder who wins a lot of the ball but isn’t overly damaging with a lot of lateral kicks that don’t hurt opposition teams. His defensive efforts are getting better and the midfielder has the ability to push forward and hit the scoreboard. His clearance work is good and he has goal smarts as a small forward, but he does lack a touch of speed compared to other small forwards. Should be ready to go in 2018, but his full on focus on AFL in 2017, might mean he has a limited upside compared with other first rounders.

Last month: Was the deserving Vic Metro MVP after being the leading disposal winner (109) for the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships. 49 per cent of his possessions came in contested situations and he pushed forward and booted six goals. He averaged six tackles and six marks throughout the carnival and was close to winning the Larke Medal. His first half against Western Australia in Round two was super with 22 disposals, seven clearances and two goals.

#16 Jack Petruccelle
Inside Midfielder (Northern Knights/Vic Metro)
12/04/1999 | 184cm | 73kg
Previous ranking: #13

Scouting notes: The fastest player in the TAC Cup with a 20m sprint time of 2.82s. He is willing to take oppoisition 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. Comes from an elite basketball background. His contested ball numbers are very good (over 50 per cent).

Last month: A quiet carnival mostly playing on the flanks due to Metro’s strong inside midfield brigade, averaging a touch under 10 disposals per game. Petruccelle missed the ‘Vic derby’ but went back to TAC Cup level to win 19 disposals and seven inside 50s. He went at 60 per cent by foot throughout the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships and he did make some poor executions in their final game against the Allies. Looked more comfortable in the contest, rather than on the outside.

#17 Oscar Allen
Key Position Forward (West Perth/Western Australia)
19/03/1999 | 191cm | 83kg
Previous ranking: N/A

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

Last month: Won the Larke Medal as the best player in the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships. Allen averaged 15 disposals, six marks and booted 11 goals throughout the carnival. His marking was impressive and his work at ground level was good. Took a nice mark a few players deep tight on the goal line against Vic Country and slotted the goal. One to watch closely in the second half of the year as he pushes into first round contention.

#18 Lochie O’Brien
Outside Midfielder (Bendigo Pioneers/Vic Country)
18/09/1999 | 184cm | 75kg
Previous ranking: #9

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

Last month: Missed the first NAB AFL Under 18 Championships round as a late withdrawal with a knee issue. Had just the two disposals in the first half against Vic Metro, but a strong second half showing saw him finish with 18 disposals. Struggled to win his own ball throughout the carnival, with just 15 per cent of his possessions in the contest. Used his voice well around the ground but had a down carnival on what was hoped.

#19 Patrick Naish
Outside Midfielder (Northern Knights/Vic Metro)
15/01/1999 | 180cm | 69kg
Previous ranking: #27

Scouting notes: Smart and lively inside 50. Working on his contested ball winning ability, but looks suited to start as a forward at AFL level. Can play across half back, ball usage is reasonable by foot but can often go for the miracle kick rather than a simpler options. Covers the ground well. Father-son eligible for Richmond.

Last month: The Tigers father-son prospect averaged 21 disposals – but with just a contested possessions percentage of 20 throughout the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships. Only five of his 14 kicks hit the target against the Allies, where he made some bad errors by foot in the defensive half of the ground. Has a long right foot kick and he did show off his dash coming from defence.

#20 Connor Ballenden
Tall Utility (Uni of QLD/Brisbane Lions Academy)
29/03/1999 | 199cm | 96kg
Previous ranking: #10

Scouting notes: Strong contested marking forward who will fit well into the Lions forward structure. Has played through the ruck and as a key position defender to start 2017 – but his best position is coming out of the goal square. Possesses a very good set shot routine, kicking more goals than he misses. Has a long kick and reads the play well.

Last month: Started up forward for the Allies with just eight disposals and three marks in their first game against Vic Country, but then played predominantly as a ruckman against South Australia in their second game. Balenden made a full move to defence in their third game and played the final two matches there. His intercept marking was good and with the ball in hand he was willing to roost it 50m on his right foot. Despite some good signs in the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships, I don’t think the backline is his position at the next level and I still like the idea of him coming out of the goalsquare.

#21 Lachlan Fogarty
Balanced Midfielder (Western Jets/Vic Metro)
01/04/1999 | 179cm | 75kg
Previous ranking: #12

Scouting notes: Clean and polished midfielder who wins the ball in both contested and uncontested situations. A good decision maker by hand or foot, who tackles hard to win the ball back. Flys under the radar – but continues to get the job done at all levels.

Last month: Missed Vic Metro’s first game against Western Australia coming back from a groin injury but still managed to make the All-Australia team. Fogarty averaged 19 disposals and nine tackles playing across half forward and in the midfield. Has a decent burst of speed and is agile enough to get around his opponents.

#22 Aaron Naughton
Key Position Defender (Peel/Western Australia)
30/11/19999 | 194cm | 84kg
Previous ranking: N/A

Scouting notes: Played as a bottom-ager in two of Western Australia’s NAB AFL Under 18 Championship games in 2016, and was named as a co-captain for the 2017 carnival where he impressed in defence. He marks well overhead and is a good reader of the play. Has an awkward ball drop which can affect his left foot kicking efficiency at times.

Last month: The Western Australia co-captain won All-Australian honours for his strong role in defence. Naughton averaged 15 disposals and four marks as a rock in defence. His usage on his left foot whilst it looks awkward, managed to hit the target on majority of occasions.

#23 Andrew Brayshaw
Inside Midfielder (Sandringham Dragons/Vic Metro)
08/11/1999 | 183cm | 80kg
Previous ranking: #29

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

Last month: Returned from a quad injury against South Australia with 20 disposals off just 57 per cent game time. Had 22 disposals (12 contested) against the Allies and brought the ball inside 50 on five occasions – playing across half forward and in the midfield. Could see him pushing into the first round with a good second half of the season at school and TAC Cup level.

#24 Hunter Clark
Inside Midfielder/Medium Defender (Dandenong Stingrays/Vic Country)
26/03/1999 | 186cm | 79kg
Previous ranking: #18

Scouting notes: Has transitioned from a rebounding outside defender to a contested ball winning midfielder over the last 12 months. Coming out of defence his decision making and kicking could be better – and if he cleans this up it will help his draft stocks. Isn’t a big ball winner, but showed good promise on the inside for the Dandenong Stingrays. Possesses quick hands – a trait that can seperate him from others in this draft pool.

Last month: I was disappointed to see him play mostly in defence as he had shown some good signs on the inside for Dandenong. Had a few errors by foot throughout the carnival but his kicking efficiency of 72.5 per cent was promising considering it has been well below that throughout the TAC Cup. Averaged 15 disposals in the carnival and hopefully will move back into the midfield for the Stingrays.

#25 Ryley Stoddart
Medium Defender/Outside Midfielder (Eastern Ranges/Vic Metro)
15/10/1999 | 183cm | 73kg
Previous ranking: #21

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. He defending one-on-one is ok and isn’t a big disposal winner, but is a player who will make his 15-20 touches hurt the opposition when he drops off.

Last month: Dubbed as a Kade Simpson clone by SEN 1116 Draft Analyst Brett Anderson, with Stoddart playing as a small defender in the Vic Metro squad. Averaged 12 disposals throughout the carnival and did a decent job in the final game of the carnival on Allies’ Adam Sambono when they were manned up – but unfortunately lost Jack Hardman at the last contest. Weaved through traffic well in the final game with his link up work by hand very good.

#26 Nathan Kreuger
Tall Utility (South Adelaide/South Australia)
25/06/1999 | 196cm | 86kg
Previous ranking: #25

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.

Last month: Finally got his opportunity in Round four of the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships and was the shining light in South Australia’s loss to Vic Metro. Playing up forward, Kreuger had 16 disposals, eight marks, five inside 50s and booted a goal. Didn’t play after half time in the final game, nursing a sore cheek after copping a knock in a tackle.

#27 Zac Bailey
Inside Midfielder (Southern Districts/Allies)
23/09/1999 | 180cm | 68kg
Previous ranking: N/A

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. Wins the contested ball and tackles well.

Last month: One of the players stiff to miss out on winning their respective team MVPs, but did make the All-Australian team. Bailey averaged 17 disposals, four tackles and three clearances per game in the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships. His burst from the centre bounce to win the final clearance in the last few minutes against Vic Metro – was a key reason for their unexpected victory.

#28 Jackson Edwards
Outside Midfielder (Glenelg/South Australia)
11/10/19999 | 185cm | 77kg
Previous ranking: N/A

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.

Last month: Averaged 24 disposals (32 per cent contested) and four marks through the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships. Kicked at 60 per cent efficiency, but was let down by his poor game by foot against the Allies where just three of his 10 kicks were effective. Finished the carnival off well with 30 disposals, 19 handball receives and seven marks against Vic Country.

#29 James Worpel
Inside Midfielder (Geelong Falcons/Vic Country)
24/01/1999 | 185cm | 84kg
Previous ranking: #22

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 continue to be on his kicking, where at times he will just bomb it out of the packs. Tackles well but has areas to address to be a first round selection.

Last month: Won the Vic Country MVP, averaging just under 20 disposals for the carnival. Laid 33 tackles in the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships – ranked number one. Also averaged four clearances and four inside 50s throughout the carnival and was an impressive player earning All-Australian honours. His kicking has been an area of concern early in the season, but at times he did seem to compose himself for a period and find a target. Worpel kicked at 62 per cent in the carnival and did on occasions ‘bomb’ the ball forward.

#30 Charlie Spargo
Inside Midfielder/Small Forward (Murray Bushrangers/Allies)
25/11/1999 | 175cm | 73kg
Previous ranking: #16

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. Has had shoulder surgery which will rule him out for the season.

Last month: Had 18 disposals and four marks in the Allies’ opening game of the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships. Spargo suffered a shoulder injury in the clash and since then has had surgery which will put him out for the remainder of the season.

#31 Dylan Moore
Inside Midfielder/Small Forward (Eastern Ranges/Vic Metro)
04/08/1999 | 175cm | 66kg
Previous ranking: N/A

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. Has a very good endurance base but is one of the few players sub 180cm who don’t possess elite speed.

Last month: Was one of Vic Metro’s more impressive players throughout the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships, averaging 23 disposals (11 contested), three clearances and three inside 50s. Moore made the All-Australian team and is a number of Eastern Ranges players in contention to be drafted.

#32 Harrison Petty
Key Position Defender (Norwood/South Australia)
12/11/1999 | 194cm | 81kg
Previous ranking: N/A

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.

Last month: Petty was named in the All-Australia team after winning South Australia’s MVP. Petty averaged 12 disposals, four marks and three rebound 50s playing as a key defender. His best game came against Vic Metro where he had 18 disposals, seven marks and six rebound 50s.

#33 Jordan Houlahan
Medium Forward (Sturt/South Australia)
19/02/1999 | 185cm | 78kg
Previous ranking: N/A

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 NAB AFL Under 18 Championships.

Last month: Averaged 10 disposals (six contested), three tackles, three inside 50s and booted four goals for South Australia in the carnival. Was impressive with four goals from nine touches against the Allies and showed some promise to suggest he’s worth keeping an eye on in the second half of the year.

#34 Andrew McPherson
Medium Defender (Woodville-West Torrens/South Australia)
20/06/1999 | 186cm | 75kg
Previous ranking: #28

Scouting notes: A good ball user across half back where McPherson just gets the job done. He showed promise in the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships last year. 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 has dealt with a quad injury throughout the first half of the 2017 season.

Last month: Was expected to play a role in the final two games of the of NAB AFL Under 18 Championships but was ruled out with his quad injury, not wanting to be risked by South Australian coach Brenton Phillips after pulling up sore after their final training session.

#35 Nathan Murphy
Medium Utility (Brighton Grammar/Sandringham Dragons)
15/12/1999 | 188cm | 84kg
Previous ranking: N/A

Scouting notes: The Victorian Under 19 cricketer has been one of the better forwards in the APS Victorian school football season. Murphy has booted 17 goals in the last four games after moving forward post a concussion suffered against Haileybury College. Was a late addition to the Sandringham Dragons program for 2017 and was strong as a third tall in defence on debut The tall utility can play at either end and has a big booming right foot kick. Goalkicking accuracy is one area which can be cleaned up but Murphy’s focus has largely been cricket over the last few years.

Last month: Booted two goals against Xavier College in Brighton Grammar’s loss, before making his TAC Cup debut with Sandringham Dragons. Murphy had 28 disposals, eight marks and six rebound 50s in a promising debut against Geelong Falcons playing as a medium defender. Had some good moments in the poor conditions at Casey Fields on Saturday against Gippsland Power.


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