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Sons prepare to follow in their fathers footsteps

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

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

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

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

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

South Australian U18 Internal trial scouting notes

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

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

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

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

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

2017 eligible:

Devlin Brereton (son of Dermott) Hawthorn

Josh Broderick (Paul) Richmond

Tyler Brown (Gavin) Collingwood

Jackson Edwards (Tyson) Adelaide

Lachlan Harris (Leon) Brisbane

Liam Hickmott (Adrian) Carlton

Connor McLeod (Andrew) Adelaide

Patrick Naish (Chris) Richmond

2018 eligible:

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

Jake Bradshaw (Daniel) Brisbane [2018]

Oscar Brownless (Billy) Geelong [2018]

Joel Crocker (Darren) North [2018]

Mason Fletcher (Dustin) Essendon [2018]

Zac Hart (Ben) Adelaide [2018]

Will Hickmott (Adrian) Carlton [2018]

Lochlan Hocking (Garry) Geelong [2018]

Will Kelly (Craig) Collingwood [2018]

Oskar Manton (Glenn Carlton [2018]

Baxter Mensch (David) Geelong [2018]

James Rendell (Matt) Brisbane [2018]

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

Ben Silvagni (Stephen) Carlton [2018]

Casey Voss (Michael) Brisbane [2018]

Rhylee West (Scott) Western Bulldogs [2018]

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

Matt Balmer’s 2016 Final AFL Draft Power Rankings Part 1

EVERY month since May, Matt Balmer has ranked his players from the 2016 AFL Draft pool. With less than three weeks until the November 25 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.

Well what a year it has been. Looking back at May’s rankings, it’s amazing how things can change after Sam Petrevski-Seton was #1 all those months ago. We have had injuries such as Jy Simpkin and Alex Witherden breaking their legs in separate school game incidents, while names have jumped up with strong performances throughout the season and in finals.

Having seen just under 100 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.

#50 Zac Fisher
Inside Midfielder (Perth/Western Australia)
15/06/1998 | 175.2cm | 70.3kg

Bite sized inside midfielder who jumped onto the radar with a big performance against the Allies in the first television game of the National Under 18s Championships on Fox Footy. Fisher’s awareness is one of his strengths and it is highlighted in the final quarter of the Western Australia game against the Allies, where he pulls the kick from the half forward flank into the centre 45 metres out from goal. His run and carry work through the midfield is good and he using his quick hands to clear the ball from the stoppages which is a strength. Kicking efficiency needs work and it was below 50 per cent in the WAFL this season. He played senior football all season for Perth and is not worried by bigger bodied opponents. Probably starts up forward in an AFL environment, before playing through the midfield if he can add to his frame.

#49 Josh Begley
General Forward/Inside Midfielder (Eastern Ranges/Vic Metro)
03/07/1998 | 185.5cm | 96.1kg

Josh Begley is one of the bolters of the draft who begun the year playing at Upper Ferntree Gully, before Eastern Ranges added him to their squad where he bagged six goals on debut against Tasmania. Coming off no preseason, Begley bagged 27 goals this season playing up forward. He did move into the midfield, where he used his strong frame to good success. His work in close at the stoppages is very good and is willing to tackle hard to win the ball back. Will need a few preseasons under his belt to work on his body shape, but fits in as a likely Christian Petracca type of player. Skinfolds have reduced dramatically in the last few months and looms as a likely second rounder.

#48 Harry Morrison
Outside Midfielder (Murray Bushrangers/Vic Country)
12/11/1998 | 181.5cm | 77.6kg

It’s been a tough two-year block for Harry Morrison. Morrison suffered an ACL injury in 2014 that resulted in him missing the Under 16s carnival, before an injury to his back saw him miss the Under 18 carnival this season. His form throughout the season at the Murray Bushrangers has been solid, without starring in any particular games. He looks best suited to playing across half back or on a wing – thanks to his outstanding kick and his decision making. Morrison is composed with the ball in hand across half back, reading the play well before disposing of it well off his right boot. Morrison is not the quickest player out on the ground and it may be an area of focus if he can get a run at it without injuries.

#47 Corey Lyons
Inside Midfielder (Sandringham Dragons/Vic Metro)
31/05/1998 | 180.5cm | 77.1kg

The brother of current Gold Coast Sun Jarryd could not have done much more to be drafted in 2016. He continued to give it his all, right up until the final game of the TAC Cup season after a steller finals series. Lyons is an inside midfielder who is not blessed with speed, but tackles hard and wins the clearances. A knock on him has been his kicking efficiency which has been 57 per cent in the TAC Cup. Chances were limited in the National Under 18 Championships in a strong Vic Metro side, but his best position will be on the inside at AFL level despite his small size. Has the running ability to play outside and across half forward.

#46 Brennan Cox
Key Position Defender/Forward (Woodville-West Torrens/South Australia)
13/08/1998 | 192.6cm | 91.6kg

All Australian Brennan Cox has had a strong season playing virtually in every position. Cox held down the fort for South Australia at full back in the National Under 18 Championships and often floated between forward and back, with some stints in the ruck for Woodville-West Torrens in the SANFL. He played both Reserves and Under 18s football in South Australia, where he showed off his good leap and marking up forward and his intercept marking and one-on-one work in defence. Despite his early season testing results, he at times can appear slow moving around the ground. Is one of the handful of best defenders in the draft pool.

#45 Callum Brown
Inside Midfielder (Eastern Ranges/Vic Metro)
27/04/1998 | 177.0cm | 72.2kg

Callum Brown is the son of Collingwood great Gavin and begun the Under 18 championships with a big performance. His work in close is very good and he picks the ball up as well as anyone from ground level. After playing mostly as a small forward for the Ranges in 2015, Brown spent most of the season on the inside. Whilst his aggression and work rate is very good, he can let down with his kicking. He is a player that tends to kick short and does not have much hurt factor when he disposes of the ball. His kicking efficiency can also be affected at times when he goes to kick the ball on either side of his body. Expect a bid in the 30 plus region for Brown.

#44 Declan Watson
Key Position Defender (Aspley/Queensland)
17/09/1998 | 191.4cm | 82.8kg

Declan Watson is a strong one-on-one defender who does not lose too often to his opponent. Watson intercepts well in the back half and kicked the ball out of for Queensland in the Under 18 championships. Whilst he isn’t a big ball winner, his work stopping his opponent is very good. Watson will need some time to develop with a light frame, but all signs point to him being the first Brisbane Lions academy member being bidded on come November 25.

#43 Ryan Garthwaite
Key Position Defender (Murray Bushrangers/NSW-ACT)
30/06/1998 | 192.0cm | 83.2kg

Ryan Garthwaite finished the year outstandingly well as the Murray Bushrangers’ best defender in their TAC Cup Grand Final loss to Sandringham Dragons. Garthwaite collected 24 disposals, nine marks and six rebound 50s in one of his best games of the season. Garthwaite is a strong lock down defender that is also mobile enough to play up the ground across half back. His intercept mark work is some of the best in the Under 18 system (averaged 6.5 marks in the TAC Cup) but injuries meant an underdone Under 18 carnival. His kicking action can appear strange with both hands dropping the ball onto his foot, but the ball does get to where it needs to go, more often than not.

#42 Jack Graham
Inside Midfielder (North Adelaide/South Australia)
25/02/1998 | 180.3cm | 81.1kg

South Australian inside midfielder Jack Graham won All-Australian honours and was the Larke Medalist for the best player in Division One in the National Under 18 Championships. Has had a few injuries that has meant he missed a few games across the season, including a quad injury which kept him out of finals for North Adelaide. Graham is a contested ball winning hard nut and is strongly built from the waist down. My only concern is, will his body shape be able to adapt for AFL level where he likely trims off a little to work on endurance? His ball winning ability on the inside is very good and should appeal to clubs with a late second round pick.

#41 Louis Cunningham
Outside Midfielder (Oakleigh Chargers/Vic Metro)
24/02/1998 | 181.8cm | 76.6kg

Little known Oakleigh Charger Louis Cunningham impressed in 2016. Showing his dash across half back, Cunningham stood out not only for his bright orange boots, but his pinpoint left foot pass that could break the game open rebounding out of defence. His attacking flair impressed me on multiple occasions when he would have the ball sprinting out of the back half and kicking it long forward. Deserves a chance on an AFL list.

#40 Willem Drew
Inside Midfielder (North Ballarat Rebels/Vic Country)
01/10/1998 | 188.0cm | 79.3kg

Willem Drew is one of the best pure inside midfielders in the TAC Cup. Averaging 7.4 tackles and 6.9 clearances per game, Drew was a crucial cog in the North Ballarat Rebels midfield alongside Hugh McCluggage. Whilst his ball winning is great, he has not had inside form at National Under 18 Championships level or in the NAB U18 All-Stars game, making it hard to judge where he sits in the draft overall. Drew does have some areas of improvement, where he can just hack the ball out of a stoppage at times – this resulted in a kicking efficiency of 55.7 per cent in the TAC Cup. He is slow to accelerate and isn’t blessed with pace, meaning the clear a stoppage he often needs to handball to ball out to a teammate.

#39 Myles Poholke
Inside Midfielder/General Forward (Dandenong Stingrays/Vic Country)
10/07/1998 | 183.7cm | 81.9kg

Strong midfielder Myles Poholke has the ability to push forward and hit the scoreboard. Poholke had 18 disposals and two goals for Vic Country in their narrow loss to Vic Metro in the National Under 18s Championships. Whilst he is not a huge disposal winner, he played in a team that had one of the lowest disposal averages as a team week in week out. Poholke’s bursts can see him collect six disposals in as many minutes, before fading as he did at times throughout the year. His consistency does need work but his running ability and endurance has improved from what they were earlier in the season. His strength at the contest is very good and that can help him win one-on-one contests.

#38 Kobe Mutch
Balanced Midfielder (Bendigo Pioneers/NSW-ACT)
18/03/1998 | 186.1cm | 83.6kg

One of the best ball winners in the 2016 draft pool is Kobe Mutch, but just where does he play his best football? He has multiple traits that make him so attractive, but without being elite in one category. His work rate around the ground is very good and he spreads very well from the stoppages and looks to get involved. Mutch is a good clearance player when he plays through the centre of the ground and is able to link the ball up with teammates on the outside. An average kick can see Mutch lean back at times and float the ball when going forward, allowing for it to be intercepted by opposition. He is willing to kick the ball on either side of his body and is a smooth mover.

#37 Jack Maibaum
Key Position Defender (Eastern Ranges/Vic Metro)
27/03/1998 | 191.9cm | 91.0kg

Key defender Jack Maibaum won All-Australian honours after a great National Under 18 Championships playing as Vic Metro’s number one tall. Maibaum has floated between forward and back at both Melbourne Gramamr (school) and Eastern Ranges (TAC Cup). Up forward he is mobile enough to lead further up the ground, whilst in defence he has played mainly a role shutting down the opposition best forward. Not a big disposal winner, but his efforts in one-on-one situations are very good and he gives his all week in week out. At 192cm, is he big enough to play as the number one key back?

#36 Josh Daicos
Outside Midfielder/Small Forward (Oakleigh Chargers/Vic Metro)
26/11/1998 | 177.8cm | 72.2kg

Josh Daicos is the highest ranked Father/Son prospect in my rankings. The son of Peter has had a good year in the TAC Cup providing X-Factor when playing up forward. At times he has pushed through the midfield and played across half back, but looks most at home. Against the Northern Knights, Daicos played in defence for the first half before moving forward- providing deadly booting a couple of goals to get the Chargers over the line. Some of his moments up forward are eye catching and looks agile on the field, wearing bright boots as he has for most of the season. His footy brain is very good but he can fade in and fade out of matches very quickly. Expect a bid in the 30-45 range.

#35 Luke Ryan
General Defender (Coburg/VFL)
07/02/1996 | 185.7cm | 82.9kg

Luke Ryan is the best state league prospect across Australia and seems likely to be a first round pick. Upon watching him, he looks to be ‘skinny’, but up close and testing wise he sits at a touch under 83kg. The general defender rebounds the ball and isn’t afraid to intercept mark. He is very good athletically, but from the games I have seen him play- he does collect a lot of the ball uncontested due to dropping off his man. A shoulder injury saw his season end early but was still able to win the Fothergill-Round medal as the best Under 23 player in the VFL.

#34 Sam Walker
Medium Defender (Glenelg/South Australia)
16/03/1998 | 185.1cm | 79.2kg

I’m a big fan of rebounding defender Sam Walker. The South Australian has an exquisite left boot and hits targets at will when steaming from defence. Walker’s National Under 18 Championships saw him average 14 disposals and was named in the All Australian side. His disposal efficiency was elite from the carnival and continued his form back in the SANFL. Walker has pushed further up the ground at times, but looks most suited in defence with his great rebounding ability. Had the match up on Will Hayward in the SANFL U18 Grand Final in the wet and performed well.

#33 Isaac Cumming
Outside Midfielder (North Adelaide/NSW-ACT)
11/08/1998 | 184.2cm | 73.8kg

Someone mentioned to me back in June to keep an eye out on Isaac Cumming – and sure enough he was right. Cumming finished the year outstandingly well after a quiet performance in the under 18s carnival for both the Allies and NSW-ACT. Cumming provided a spark coming from defence in the NAB AFL U18 All Stars game on Grand Final Eve and was able to break the lines. Not a big disposal winner but uses the ball well and can be damaging across half back or on a wing.

#32 Jonty Scharenberg
Inside Midfielder (Glenelg/South Australia)
28/08/1998 | 183.2cm | 80.6kg

Jonty Scharenberg is the brother of Collingwood’s Matt, but is a completely different player. The Glenelg midfielder is an inside midfielder who is a good decision maker will ball in hand. His handballing to opponents out of a stoppage is outstanding and one of his best traits. Scharenberg collected 34 disposals in his only SANFL U18 apperance for the season in the Grand Final and was Glenelg’s best on the day. His clearance work in the Under 18 championships was very good, but kicking is a major knock on him with a kicking efficiency of 49 per cent in the carnival. Scharenberg doesn’t have a burst of speed either to get away from opponenents, often relying on his football IQ to dispose of the footy.

#31 Zach Sproule
Key Position Forward/Defender (Murray Bushrangers/NSW-ACT)
15/05/1998 | 195.6cm | 88.5kg

GWS Academy member Zach Sproule has played multiple roles in 2016. He played up forward alongside Todd Marshall, kicking seven goals in the Under 18 championships for NSW-ACT. Sproule played a similar role for the Allies but played the second half of the season in defence for the Bushrangers, playing on opponents such as Josh Battle throughout the year. A strong mark, Sproule has the running capabilities to play furthur up the ground as a roaming half forward thanks to outstanding endurance. Is still lightly framed but his set shot kicking routine is very good. His mobility should appeal to clubs looks for a tall at either end with plenty of development left in them.

#30 Dylan Clarke
Inside Midfielder (Eastern Ranges/Vic Metro)
06/09/1998 | 185.7cm | 83.4kg

Dylan Clarke is the younger brother of North Melbourne 2015 draftee Ryan. Clarke has had a stellar season for both Eastern Ranges and Vic Metro. The competitive midfielder is a hard nut at the ball and averaged just under eight tackles and seven clearances per TAC Cup game for the Ranges. Has a good endurance base which means he can play on the outside if required, but his strong build will allow him to transition into senior football rather quickly through the midfield. Clarke’s knocks have been hit kicking technique and it was under 50% in both the TAC Cup and the Under 18 championships for Vic Metro. Likely second round pick.

#29 Jordan Gallucci
Outside Midfielder (Eastern Ranges/Vic Metro)
04/05/1998 | 180.0cm | 77.5kg

The athletic Jordan Gallucci has fluctuated around in my ratings all season. He showed plenty of promise in 2015 with many expecting him to have one of the better kicks in the draft pool. Unfortunately Gallucci could not find his feet as to where he best played his football, mixing between half back, midfield and periods up forward. For me I think he is best suited on the outside, rebounding across half back or on the wing. His kicking has struggled at times this year, at the 61 per cent (when combing TAC Cup & Under 18 championships). His athletic traits in speed and agility are outstanding, where he can burn opponents off running forward. Can win his own football in the midfield and his clearance work when on the inside has been strong.

#28 Patrick Kerr
Key Position Forward (Oakleigh Chargers/Vic Metro)
31/07/1998 | 193.4cm | 93.2kg

The grandson of Carlton’s Laurie Kerr is one of the best key forwards in the 2016 draft. Kerr was at his best booting four final quarter goals to get Vic Metro over the line against South Australia in the Under 18 championships. Kerr has terrific hands overhead and marks well on the lead. When Kerr is on, he’s hard to stop and can really take the game away from opposing sides. Kerr is a strong leader and works hard on field & is a great character, speaking well to all those who have a chat with him. His speed over the first 5-10m is good which allows him to get distance between him and opposition. Kerr has worked hard on his agility, but it still was one of the worst at the National Combine. May appeal to the Blues at Pick 25 due to the family history.

#27 Jarrod Berry
Medium utility (North Ballarat Rebels/Vic Country)
05/02/1998 | 191.0cm | 81.8kg

A large majority have Berry in their top 10-15 names, but not for me. Berry has left me wanting more all season with each game I have seen him play. Multiple injuries did not give Berry an ability to be consistent across the season and play constant football. Berry has the best leadership abilities out of any player in this draft, his vocal work out on the ground is clear and it will hold him in good stead in the AFL. But where does he play his best football? He has the size to play inside midfielder, showed his good capabilities overhead up forward at stages late in the season as well as rebounding the ball out of defence. His kicking does need some work and for me I would be playing him in the attacking half of the ground. The utility will have plenty of suiters and should be a first round selection.

#26 Shai Bolton
Outside Midfielder (South Fremantle/Western Australia)
08/12/1998 | 174.7cm | 68.8kg

Excitement machine Shai Bolton has one of the best highlight packages in 2016. His fast side step is Cyril Rioli-like and he moves as well as anyone when getting around opponents. His speed is outstanding and is a hard match up when playing up forward. Bolton’s first half in the NAB AFL U18 All-Stars shows he has the capabilities to play up on a wing and his eye-catching moments make you take notice. What does need to be improved on is his kicking, which thanks to a high ball drop and style it can result in some bad kicks. Will need to work on his endurance in an AFL environment where he could well become a very damaging playing on the outside.

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.

U18 All Stars ultimate review

Tim English

Results

TeamQ1Q2Q3Q4GoalsBehindsTotal
Team Judd2556769715797
Team O’Loughlin1422385981159

A SLOW start didn’t stop ‘Team Judd‘ winning the inagularl Kevin Sheehan Cup after defeating ‘Team O’Loughlin‘ by 38-points at Punt Road Oval today.

The concept saw the ‘Best 46’ draft prospects go head-to-head, all be it missing a few through injury. A huge crowd rolled in at the conclusion of the AFL Grand Final Parade, resulting in fans sitting in the aisle upstairs in the stands at Punt Road.

Oliver Florent boosted his draft stocks and emerged as a possible top ten selection with 27 disposals, seven clearances and seven inside 50s.

Florent shone throughout the day in his bright orange boots, taking the ball forward at every chance.

His performance saw him judged the best player from the losing O’Loughlin side, coach by NSW-ACT coach Tadhg Kennelly.

Team O’Loughlin burst away early in the contest, booting the first two goals before Team Judd’s star studded midfield helped them boot the next seven goals to put the margin beyond reach.

Jack Bowes was a prominent figure in the contest for Team Judd with 23 disposals and three clearances, in a match that was capped at 20 minutes per quarter.

Hugh McCluggage‘s class also caught the eye, with 17 disposals and four goals.

It was McCluggage’s fourth goal that has fans gasping after he intercepted the ball, weaved through the pack and nailed the shot from 50m out.

However, the pair were outdone by Sandringham Dragons’ Tim Taranto, who was outstanding winning the best on ground medal for Team Judd.

Taranto had 19 disposals, four tackles and four goals and was often involved in the play with McCluggage.

Taranto has been a superb performer right throughout September and one must wonder if he has the chance to be worth a top five pick.

Team Judd captain Andrew McGrath still collected 18 disposals despite a quiet showing, whilst it was West Australian Shai Bolton who shone on the outside with 16 disposals and seven inside 50s showing his dash and agility.

Josh Daicos played an unfamilar role at Half Back for Team Judd, racking up 18 disposals and two rebound 50s. On the opposite team, Callum Brown had 21 disposals and three clearances working hard in the middle of the ground.

Both Father/Son prospects seem destined to end up on Collingwood’s list, with a likely bid in the 30-50 range.

West Australia onballer Sam Powell-Pepper had 18 disposals and five tackles, backing up his strong performance in the WAFL Colts Grand Final and his state teammate Sam Petrevski-Seton impressed with 23 disposals, eight tackles and six clearances in a showing that should keep his name in the top handful of picks.

The tackle count for the contest was down and the match was largely open, with not a lot of defensive work from either team. In front of a packed crowd at Punt Road Oval, there is no doubt the AFL will consider the Under 18 All Stars match a success.

The best Under 17 talent will run out at Punt Road Oval tomorrow from 10.30am. The match will be broadcast on AFL.com.au & the AFL live app.


Matt Balmer’s scouting notes: 

Team Judd:

#6 Alex Villis– The South Australian didn’t find a lot of the ball, but when he does have it he uses it well. Laid five tackles, a figure that was well above his season average in 2016.

#9 Hugh McCluggage– Whoever ends up with Pick 1 is going to have a tough choice on their hands. McCluggage is elite in traffic, you can’t doubt that. He spins through and it sometimes looks like time has stood still for him to get around an opponent. The goal kicking midfielder nabbed four goals, including an outstanding final goal which screamed out ELITE!

#11 Will Hayward– Another South Australia who did some good things. Booted two goals, including one from long range outside 50. He is a strong mark and booted nine goals a few weeks back in the SANFL U18s.

#12 Tim Taranto– Combined for a lot of disposals with McCluggage and was a deserving best on ground medal winner. Taranto kicked four goals and his work in close was very good.

#15 Jack Bowes– Despite not playing for the last month, Bowes looked as silky as ever. The smooth mover collected 23 disposals and covered the ground very well. Someone I still rate as a possible No.1 on my draft rankings.

#21 Sam Powell-Pepper– Powell-Pepper backed up his big performance in the WAFL Colts on the weekend, a game that some felt he was stiff for not winning the BOG medal. Today his kicking was much better than it has been throughout this season, finishing with 18 disposals and five tackles.

Team O’Loughlin:

#5 Sam Petrevski-Seton– If not for Ollie Florent’s outstanding day, Petrevski-Seton would’ve gone close to being best on ground. His run and carry with the ball is good and the dual sided midfielder is happy to go long or short on either foot. Petrevski-Seton had 23 disposals, eight tackles and six clearances in a display that keeps his name in the top five mix.

#8 Oliver Florent– I’ve seen Florent play over 10 times this year, but I have no doubt that this was his best game. Florent has plenty of X-Factor and has shown glimpses right through the year, but today showed why he can push for the top ten. A deserving best on ground medal winner with 29 disposals, seven clearances and seven inside 50s.

#9 Cedric Cox– Had five disposals in the opening ten minutes of the contest playing on the wing, but faded badly to finish with nine disposals. Cox did some uncharacteristic things throughout the day, missing targets he usually hits. I’m not sure whether it was nerves, but he certainly looked off. Despite this, I’d be very surprised if he isn’t called out in the first round on draft night.

#25 Jake Waterman– The O’Loughlin captain won the toss, but that was one of the only things that went right for Waterman. He looked severly underdone and I can see why he didn’t train yesterday and was in doubt. He did kick two goals from his six disposals, but I think he would’ve wanted to do more to put his hand up to be drafted.

#34 Tony Olango– Best game from Olango and one that might’ve got a few recruiters talking. His leap in the ruck is elite and one of the traits that the ruckman uses in the contest. He uncharacteristically crashed a few packs and looked to give it his all. Doesn’t win much of the footy, but today’s game should give him some confidence in the lead up to the draft.

#35 Tim English– A quiet today from the possible top five prospect. English uses the ball well, but had just the two kicks for the afternoon. His rucking is very good and he didn’t lose too many contests. Was hoping for more, but I think English has done enough this season to suggest he’s going to be high on clubs boards.

Stats:

Team Judd

# PlayerPositionKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GL
1Shai Bolton-13316200200001
2Josh Daicos-11718200300000
3Ben Ainsworth-8715600100001
4Andrew McGrath-71118400200000
6Alex Villis-6511400500000
7Jordan Gallucci-639300100000
8Harry Perryman-10616200100000
9Hugh McCluggage-9817200200004
10Bailey Morrish-448200000000
11Will Hayward-7714200200002
12Timothy Taranto-12719300400004
13Joe Atley-31215200110000
15Jack Bowes-71623200400000
21Sam Powell-Pepper-81018200500000
23Cameron Zurhaar-437100400001
24Jarrod Berry-4913300100000
26Josh Battle-7310300300002
27Oscar Junker-415200200000
29Jack Maibaum-224200320000
32Declan Watson-2911100200000
33Todd Marshall-279100220000
34Esava Ratugolea-0661000110000
35Max Lynch-358000180000
 Total 1391512905200512400015

Team O’Loughlin

# PlayerPositionKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GL
2Ben Jarman-5510000100000
4Callum Brown-81321300300000
5Sam Petrevski-Seton-131023100800000
6Harry Morrison-549400400000
7Isaac Cumming-8412400200000
8Oliver Florent-171229400300000
9Cedric Cox-459300100000
10Myles Poholke-71219300100001
11Jonty Scharenberg-81220400300000
12Sam Walker-2911200000000
13Mitchell Hinge-51015100000000
14Dylan Clarke-10717400300001
21Ben Davis-6410400200002
22Willem Drew-5611100200000
25Jake Waterman-516400000002
26Ryan Garthwaite-7714100200000
27Josh Rotham-2911200000000
28Jack Scrimshaw-51116600000000
29Brennan Cox-5914300300000
30Patrick Kerr-808400110001
32Zachary Sproule-628400000001
34Tony Olango-1340004180000
35Tim English-2571002160000
 Total 144160304630045350008

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Under 18 All Stars game ultimate preview

Allies - Kobe Mutch

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

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

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

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

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

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


Likely Teams:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Star Power:

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

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

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

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

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

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


Surprise Packets:

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

DRAFT PROFILE: WILL HAYWARD

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

DRAFT PROFILE: ESAVA RATUGOLEA

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

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

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

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

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Key Matchups:

Willem Drew vs Hugh McCluggage

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

Tim English vs Max Lynch

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

Jack Scrimshaw vs Tim Taranto

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

Jack Maibaum vs Patrick Kerr

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

Ryan Garthwaite vs Todd Marshall

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


Predictions

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

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


Details:

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


Matt Balmer’s predicted starting line up:

Possible line ups

Top talent on show on AFL Grand Final weekend

MB - Will Brodie

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

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

For more information on the initiative click here:

Under 18 squad:

Under 18 squad ALL STARS

Under 17 squad:

Under 17 squad

Scouting notes: TAC Cup Preliminary Finals

Max Lynch

The Sandringham Dragons will meet the Murray Bushrangers in the TAC Cup Grand Final next Sunday from 11.05am at Etihad Stadium.


Sandringham Dragons 10.10 (70) defeated Geelong Falcons 7.6 (48) by 22-points.

Matt Balmer’s scouting notes:

Geelong Falcons:

#6 Sam Simpson– Geelong could have a gem here. Simpson hasn’t had a lot talked about him, but he’s a very smart footballer. He has the chance to go Father/Son to Geelong if they nominate and match the bid for him. He’s very lively around the contest, running around in his long socks. Had 14 disposals but might begin to get some more talk at club land.

#10 Mitch Diamond– Played mostly behind the ball, kicking the ball out from full back. He had 25 disposals and eight tackles as one of the best for the Falcons.

#28 Paddy Dowling– 21 disposals and two goals for the left footer. Dowling can play in multiple positions, but looked at his best playing as a high half forward. He did attend a few centre bounces, but I like him better on the outside.

#42 Cassidy Parish– With his brother watching on, I’m sure most of the AFL club recruiters had an eye on the bottom ager. With slick back hair and bright red boots there were plenty of passages where he streamed through the middle of the ground. Parish had 22 disposals and eight clearances, often electing to take the ball out of a stoppages looking for a loose player by hand.

#50 Sean Darcy– Was on fire in the first half, but slowed down a bit once Sandy worked themselves back into the day. He dominated in the ruck with 35 hitouts, but struggled when Sandy attempted to go third man up around the ground against him. Will attend the National Combine and clubs will be looking eagerly at his testing results.

Sandringham Dragons:

#4 Will Setterfield– Suffered a shoulder injury early in the 2nd quarter and that was his day done. Believe he went off the hospital and the Dragons weren’t too confident he’ll play again this season.

#5 Andrew McGrath– A huge last quarter of 14 disposals was one of the reasons Sandy are into the Grand Final. He finished with 32 disposals, eight tackles and nine clearances in another dominant display. Hit most of his targets, but played more on the outside than on the inside compared with last weekend. Could he challenge for the No.1 pick? Might be sweating on a report for a sling tackle in the 3rd term.

#7 Corey Lyons– Another solid finals performance collecting 21 disposals. His kicking was again under 50%, but his I was impressive at 3QT with his vocal work willing his teammates over the line.

#8 Tim Taranto– Another huge game for Taranto and he’s well and truly pushing himself into the top handful or so of picks. He has the ability to go and play tall inside 50 and is a tough match up either forward or on the ball. 23 disposals (17 contested) and four goals.

#10 Jack Scrimshaw– Started like a house on fire, but slowed down after quarter time. His left foot was superb playing in the back half. Might need to move further up the ground next week if Setterfield misses the contest.

#13 Oliver Florent– Easily Florent’s best game for a while. Had plenty of spark and was involved right throughout the day. He also laid seven tackles, however he does have the ability to flash in and out of the game with two touches in two passages, before not being seen for 20 minutes.



Murray Bushrangers 15.12 (102) defeated Oakleigh Chargers 8.10 (58) by 44-points. 

Peter Williams’ scouting notes:

Murray Bushrangers:

#7 Will Brodie – Was uncharacteristically quiet today, and while he does not rack up the numbers other potential top five picks do, the uncompromising inside midfielder is usually more consistent. Worked into the game more in the second half, starting with the first goal of the third term from a stoppage. Hard to keep the bull down and will be crucial in winning the hard ball next week.

#13 Lachlan Tiziani – Having a sensational season, in particularly the second half, kicking another swag of goals today. Kicked three goals in three minutes in the second term to help the Bushrangers get some breathing space and run away with the game. Finished with six goals and just looked so good in the air. Huge vertical leap and great goal sense, an over-ager who is likely to make it onto an AFL club’s list.

#20 Zach Sproule – Played an important role as a rebounding defender who is far more mobile than his 196cm would suggest. He can take the ball in flight and not lose stride, running away from the 50 and sending the ball forward. Might be an underrated tall in the draft who will likely cost GWS a pretty penny if he performs well next week. One to watch in the grand final.

#22 Harry Morrison – Reliable defender who plays like a quarterback, peeling off his opponent, positioning himself well and intercepting the ball on the last line of defence. A good kick, Morrison provides run and a link-up player who while a little small, plays taller than his standing at 182cm. Was particularly impressive when he moved up to the wing and sat a kick behind play, rebounding the ball back inside 50 or forward of centre.

#25 Ryan Garthwaite – Another rebounding defender who reads the ball really well. Can sometimes trail his opponent on the lead and is not as strong as other key defenders, but often will outsmart his opponent, reading the ball drop perfectly. Most awkward kicking style you will ever see, but is more effective than others and can clear the danger zone with ease.

#40 Todd Marshall – Really impressive game from the big man. Playing as a lead-up key forward, Marshall finished the game with seven marks and one goal. Not only did he make numerous leads and look strong overhead, but he was quick to dispose of it and keep the game moving for the Bushrangers. Laid a great tackle on Lachlan Walker in the fourth quarter who was streaming down the wing. The first round pick is no longer GWS-bound, and is on the open market with no doubt plenty of suitors likely to be impressed from his strong game today.

Oakleigh Chargers:

#6 Campbell Lane – Found plenty of the football once again and tried hard across the four quarters. Worked well on the inside, but kicking can let him down. Finished with 24 disposals, six marks and five tackles getting it done at both ends. Did not stand out particularly, but can hold his head high in a disappointing team performance.

#8 Toby Wooller – Bottom-age prospect who is continuing to show plenty. A really good mark of the football, he let himself down with his set shots. Continues to develop strongly and gets plenty of space with his leads and expect him to come back stronger next year. One to watch in 2017.

#21 Lachlan Walker – Typical workman like performance by Walker. Is not the cleanest or classiest player out there, but just wills himself to contests and does everything right. Not elite in any one category, but a really consistent player who covers ground well and was consistent by foot today.

#24 Dion Johnstone – An enigma up forward, Johnstone is an interesting prospect. From North Warrnambool boarding at Scotch, he is dangerous inside 50 and finished the game with a couple of goals including a fantastic effort from a tight angle. Johnstone is a one-touch player and while he needs to work on his consistency, will be one with plenty of scope for future development.

#28 Josh Daicos – A quiet performance from Daicos with nine disposals. Picked up a little in the last with a nice goal assist, but missed to the right with a set shot he would normally nail. Plenty of class though and rarely wastes a disposal.

Scouting notes: TAC Cup Semi-Finals

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Sunday’s TAC Cup Semi-Final scouting notes:


Sandringham Dragons 13.13 (91) defeated Dandenong Stingrays 4.6 (30)

Matt Balmer’s scouting notes

Dandenong Stingrays:

#10 Myles Poholke– Spent a fair chunk of the first quarter on the bench, but found plenty of the ball post his time on the pine. He finished with 22 disposals and three clearances, picking the ball up cleanly off the ground throughout the day. Could hold his head up high.

#13 Tom Jok– Picked up an injury and wasn’t sighted after half-time. Can fumble with ball in hand at times and is probably unlikely to be picked in the draft at this stage. Left the game on crutches.

#15 Sam Fowler– Was the big inclusion for the Stingrays but was kept quiet for most the afternoon with just five disposals. His best passage came from him taking three bounces down the wing before taking it inside 50.

#17 Josh Battle– Just the two goals for Battle after nailing six last weekend. Was well held by Ari Sakeson but kicked through well off his right foot when shooting for goal.

Sandringham Dragons:

#4 Will Setterfield– Backed up last weekends effort with 22 disposals and nine tackles. His attack on the ball was great and drilled the ball inside 50 on multiple occasions. His work in close is very strong and he’s a big chance to earn a bid (GWS academy) in mid first round of the draft.

#5 Andrew McGrath– McGrath spent more time on the inside than last weekend and collected 27 disposals and six clearances. The Stingrays tried to rough him up early, but it didn’t work and McGrath let the play do the talking. Hit most of his targets at short range and looked sideways & backwards at stages to find a loose Dragon.

#7 Corey Lyons– Kicking has been a knock but he was good today. Numbers wise he was down on last weekend but wasn’t afraid to get the ball in deep to the Dragons talls inside 50. Finished with 18 disposals.

#8 Tim Taranto– Was the best player on the ground for me. Started slowly last week but didn’t today and was good all match. Finished with 29 disposals, seven marks and eight tackles. His overhead marking is a strength and if he keeps this form up there is no doubt he could push for a Top five pick.

#10 Jack Scrimshaw– Weaves through the packs, lifts his arms and knows where to run. His kicking has been poor the last few weeks, but hardly missed a target today. He collected 27 disposals and took some really nice marks playing across half back. Another who could push for a Top five pick.

#13 Oliver Florent– Had 20 disposals and five inside 50s in his best finals display. Has a lot of X-Factor about him and looks the goods forward of centre. Took seven marks and gets in the right positions.

#25 Tom Maloney– Nabbed four goals and was exciting for the Dragons. Easily his best performance of the season. He’s a smart rover inside 50 and marks well.


Oakleigh Chargers 12.14 (86) defeated North Ballarat Rebels 12.8 (80)

Peter Williams’ scouting notes:

North Ballarat Rebels:

#1 Jamaine Jones – Quiet game from the small forward after a lively first final. Did a couple of nice things on the wing, but did not have his usual scoreboard impact when forward.

#2 Callan Wellings – Sensational game by the captain. Was everywhere and put in a four quarter performance. Finished with 30 disposals, six marks, six clearances and seven inside 50s.

#6 Willem Drew – Another hard working effort from Drew. Consistently won the hardball and put his body on the line with no regard for his own safety. Not the cleanest user of the ball, but you can never question his intensity and bravery.

#7 Hugh McCluggage – Found plenty of the ball again, but was not his usual self. Made a few uncharacteristic errors, but still made space and got the forward to advantage. Another one who did not impact the scoreboard as much as he normally does.

#8 Shannon Beks – One of the best first halves I have seen from Beks, booting three goals and looking like the most dangerous forward on the ground. He drifted out of the game after half-time, but was one of the reasons the Rebels managed to keep in touch to the main break.

#19 Jarrod Korewha – It was a typical Korewha performance. His offensive run off half-back was an asset, reading the play well and getting it moving, but his disposal can hurt at times. Really good one-on-one considering there is not much of him and takes risks, which is a big plus about him, opting for longer kicks rather than the easy short option..

#23 Lloyd Meek – Really strong in the air and looked good around the ground for a bigger bloke. Got frustrated at times and gave away a few undisciplined free kicks (five against total). Was beaten in the hitouts however which would have led to his frustrations.

#46 Cedric Cox – Had a really strong second quarter and kicked his first TAC Cup goal. After starting in defence and being a little quiet he moved forward and was a danger around the goals. Kicked the one but assisted with others and while his stat sheet was not overly high with only 10 touches, his work off the ball with pressure acts was good.

Oakleigh Chargers:

#2 Ed Phillips – Really liked his game as a link-up player between midfield and half-forward. When the Rebels were on top, it was Phillips who along with Aujard, stood up and took control. Had several key inside 50s that led to goals and provided energy and enthusiasm forward of centre.

#3 Vincent Adduci – For a small forward he certainly finds the ball and uses it well. Looked dangerous every time he went near it and provided the Rebels defence with a few headaches. Very small, but just goes in grabs the pill and shoots out quick fire handballs to his teammates.

#6 Campbell Lane – Not the silkiest of players, but is a footballer’s footballer. Does all the hard stuff and puts his body on the line to help his side. Consistently wins one-on-one contests and drives it forward.

#9 Jono Aujard – Another top player for the Chargers that really stood out to me. Found plenty of it on the wing and covered the ground really well, kicking out of defence and being on the end of it at the other end.

#11 Patrick Kerr – Floated in an out of patches much like the first final. Did not do a lot overall, but the opportunities he had he looked solid. Seems to have a penetrating kick for goal and is very quick on the lead. Due for a big game next weekend.

#21 Lachlan Walker – Was solid without being outstanding after a very good first final. Always finds plenty of the ball and is a solid kick without being a star. Often impacts the scoreboard which he did not in the semi-final, but still worked hard. Was reported for a high tackle, but I would be shocked if that was not thrown out pretty quickly.

#28 Josh Daicos – Was quiet for two and a half quarters then snapped a typical ‘Daicos’ goal with a banana after wrong footing his opponent. Then turned it on in the last quarter kicking another and almost had a third with a dribbler from the boundary line. Ultimately kicked the sealer to put the Chargers 18 points up 20 minutes into the final term. Still needs to work on consistency, but the class is there.

#42 Louis Cunningham – His work off half-back was first class. The amount of times he would step back and take a goal-saving mark or stem the flow forward was quite impressive. Another one that was willing to fight the Rebel resistance in the second half.

Week 2 finals preview

SD - Andy McGrath

WITH the first week of finals done and dusted, there is no turning back for any side now, with every match a do-or-die clash.

Last weekend we farewelled the Calder Cannons and Eastern Ranges as Sandringham Dragons and Oakleigh Chargers advanced to the semi-finals.

In the qualifying finals, Murray Bushrangers and Geelong Falcons advanced through to the preliminary finals at the expense of the Dandenong Stingrays and North Ballarat Rebels who now face sudden-death semi-finals against the successful metropolitan teams


Dandenong Stingrays vs. Sandringham Dragons

The minor premiers looked completely in control during their first quarter against the Murray Bushrangers, but were eventually overrun by the Bushies in the last three quarters.

Sandringham almost looked like making a shock exit late in the match against Eastern Ranges and indeed trailed for most of the game.

But a couple of late goals saw the Dragons get home by two points in a thriller.

This weekend is expected to be another beauty with both teams having legitimate claims to victory.

Sandringham has a star studded midfield, while Dandenong has consistent players all over the field.

The five questions that need answering:

1 Can the likes of Myles Poholke, Tom Glen and Tom Jok win enough inside ball to topple the Dragons classy midfield?

2 Will the inclusion of Sam Fowler who missed last week’s qualifying final be one that helps get Dandenong over the line?

3 Can Josh Battle repeat his six-goal haul from last week?

4 Who will the Dragons move to full back if their first choice defender is beaten? Would Andy McGrath have the ability to play on Battle?

5 How will the teams adjust to a game expected to be vastly different to the ones they played last week given their opposition’s styles?

Dandenong Stingrays:

The star: Josh Battle

Underrated: Myles Poholke

Danger man: Sam Fowler

Watch for: Dan Allsop

Sandringham Dragons:

The star: Andy McGrath

Underrated: Hamish Brayshaw

Danger man: Tim Taranto

Watch for: Will Setterfield

How does the match play out?

I anticipate both sides will take a disciplined approach to the match, with a lower scoring game my tip.

Sandringham will attempt to win plenty of the ball through midfield, while Dandenong’s defence is the best in the league and those players will read the play and come off their men to spoil other contests.

The key will be whether Dandenong can keep the ball in their own hands’ long enough to keep it off Sandringham’s premium ball users.

The Stingrays midfield should aim to nullify the likes of McGrath and Ollie Florent who are two of their better ball users, while keeping Tim Taranto on a tight leash.

Dandenong has the more damaging forward line, with Battle, Sam Fowler, Dan Allsop and Tom De Koning all able to kick bags on their day.

Sandringham’s defence will have its work cut out trying to reduce one-on-one contests, particularly with Battle and De Koning.

Up the other end, the Dragons’ forward line is also capable of kicking a big score, but it will need to make the most of its opportunities against the stringent Stingray’s defence.

Sandringham’s Lachlan Filipovic is likely to win the ruck battle against Dylan Atkins to give his mids first possession, but the Dandenong midfield is willing to do the hard stuff.

Tip: Dandenong by 2 points

I could certainly see Sandringham winning this contest, but as good as the Dragons’ midfield is, I feel the Stingrays have the more consistent line-up across the field.

Therefore I will tip the Stingrays in a thriller, but the result could honestly go either way.


North Ballarat Rebels vs. Oakleigh Chargers

Oakleigh Chargers’ dream of a three-peat and four premierships in five years is still alive, with a preliminary final awaiting them if they can defeat the wounded Rebels.

The Rebels have been sensational in the second half of the year, but have limped into this semi-final on the back of a string of injuries in the past fortnight.

James Gow was a late withdrawal last week with appendicitis and both Jarrod Berry and Jacob Wheelahan are omissions through injury this week along with Todd Clode who was suspended in last week’s fiery clash.

North Ballarat still has their stars in Hugh McCluggage, Willem Drew and Cedric Cox through the midfield, but will require players such as bottom-age prospect Trent Reed to step up on the big stage.

Oakleigh got through last week’s thumping win over Calder Cannons unscathed and will be fresh to take on the Rebels.

The five questions that need answering:

1 How will North Ballarat cope with the losses of Berry and Wheelahan?

2 Can Patrick Kerr have a bigger influence on the match this weekend?

3 Will we see a highlight reel of sensational runs down the field given both sides contain a great deal of pace?

4 Can the likes of Shannon Beks and Sam White stand up and deliver for the Rebels to kick them a winning score?

5 Will Oakleigh adopt a similar style to Geelong last week and place a defensive midfielder on Hugh McCluggage?

North Ballarat Rebels:

The star: Hugh McCluggage

Underrated: Tom Williamson

Danger man: Cedric Cox

Watch for: Willem Drew

Oakleigh Chargers:

The star: Patrick Kerr

Underrated: Taylin Duman

Danger Man: Jordan Ridley

Watch for: Josh Daicos

How does the match play out?

I predict Oakleigh will try and run North Ballarat off its feet. The Chargers will look to try and get a big score on the board early and dent the Rebels’ confidence.

On the other side of the coin, North Ballarat will look to limit the amount of effective inside 50s and not get caught on the counter attack.

North Ballarat’s midfield is stronger, Oakleigh’s forward line is stronger and both teams’ defences you could throw a blanket over.

Lloyd Meek should get the better of Ned Reeves in the ruck and with Todd Lawrence assisting, expect the Rebels to have first hands to it.

McCluggage must get off the chain and get plenty of it, with Cox and Williamson other good ball users who can hurt the opposition.

As good as the likes of Willem Drew and Callan Wellings are, they are better at extracting it and getting it forward rather than using outside pace or footskills.

Likewise, Oakleigh will look to Jack Higgins and Taylin Duman, with Lachie Walker and Campbell Lane at the coal face.

If Oakleigh’s forward line gets as much supply as it did last week, it is hard to see the Chargers losing here.

North Ballarat need to win the midfield convincingly and get plenty of forward 50 entries to have any chance of victory.

Tip: Oakleigh by 35 points

It pains me to predict such a large win given the Rebels were a genuine premiership contender, but given their omissions and the strength of Oakleigh, it is hard to see North Ballarat really pushing the Chargers.

Hopefully the Rebels can prove me wrong and make a real game of it and even upset the apple cart as they have earned it this year.

2016 TAC Cup Finals preview

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1st Dandenong Stingrays

Dandenong Stingrays are arguably the most consistent team across the board, without a distinct strength, but very few weaknesses.

They have talented players in the defence, through the middle and up forward, and work well as a cohesive unit, particularly at Shepley Oval.

Their top prospect for this year’s draft is Josh Battle, a key forward who is the smartest tall in the draft, and an accurate set shot for goal.

Roving around his feet is Sam Fowler, a dangerous goal sneak who has gained more midfield minutes lately and is adding an extra string to his bow.

Chuck in bottom-ager Tom De Koning and they have more than enough targets up forward that can kick a big score.

In the midfield, Myles Poholke is the man to watch, with plenty of eyes set to be on him this finals series.

An inside midfielder who can impact the scoreboard, Poholke is in great form and primed for a big finals series.

Joining him in the middle are over-agers Thomas Glen and Tom Jok, both of whom can win the footy, with Glen a consistent ball winner, while Jok has the evasion to do the unthinkable.

Looking down back, Bailey Morrish and Reece Piper are the players chosen to move the ball in transition and are among a list of names on recruiter’s lists given their impressive seasons.

Dandenong Stingrays fans can also enjoy some of the country’s most talented bottom-agers with Hunter Clark, Aaron Darling, Luke Davies-Uniacke and Oscar Clavarino named in the Level Two AFL Academy squad with De Koning.

In terms of premiership credentials, in the discussion of “contender or pretender”, I rate Dandenong third overall behind the Bushrangers and Dragons when teams are at full strength and therefore are truly a “contender”.

The aspect I like most about Dandenong is they do not rely on their top-age talent, nor do they have a star they need to rely on.

They have players across the ground that can play their role and in finals this is often what can get the job done.

I would be very surprised not to see them featuring in at least the preliminary finals this year.

Overall, I think they have a solid chance at taking out the premiership, but will be tested in the first final to see exactly where they are at in 2016.A


2nd Geelong Falcons

Geelong Falcons are a perennial finals team that seem to make top four before falling ahead of the big dance.

In 2013, their star studded team filled with would-be AFL players Lewis Taylor, Paddy McCartin, Hugh Goddard, Jackson Nelson, Darcy Lang and Darcy Gardiner was unable to get the job done.

Since then they have continually pushed teams throughout the year, but travel, or ultimately the fresher metropolitan teams have caught up with them.

In 2016, Geelong have been the pace setters from the get-go and until last round held pole position for most of the season.

After losing AIS Academy member and talented running defender Alex Witherden for the year early, the Falcons have made do since and have racked up the victories.

The biggest query on them is the fact that they lacked Vic Country representatives for the most part and therefore were close to full-strength beating understrength sides.

However, the experience as a cohesive unit should not be understated, with a number of players to watch in the finals series.

James Worpel is one name that will be on every recruiter’s list for the 2017 draft.

Worpel was recently added to the AFL Academy Level Two squad after missing selection the year before.

The rugged inside midfielder has a fearless approach to the way he plays his football and he has fantastic goal sense as well.

James Henry is an interesting prospect to keep an eye on, with the tall midfielder a smooth mover with a booming kick.

To me he seems like a barometer and when he is up and going, so is the rest of the side.

He is surrounded in the midfield by reliable, consistent midfielders including Max Augerinos, Mitch Diamond, Jack Blood and Cassidy Parish.

With two strong contested marks up forward in Zachary Zdybel and Brett Blair, and the monster that is Sean Darcy in the middle, Geelong’s best chance of winning the premiership in 2016 is possession football.

They keep hold of it and give their forwards a chance of marking it and they will go a long way to winning the game.

Other names draft watchers should look out for are Patrick Killen, Harry Benson and Lockey McCartney, all of whom can impact on their day.

In terms of whether they could win it, I do feel a lot would need to go their way.

Firstly stay injury free and then play possession football to stop stronger opposition midfields dominating the game and putting their defence under siege.

The Falcons’ forward line and run are amongst their strengths, backing themselves to take the game on and get it forward.

If they can give their forwards opportunities they will be a good chance, but they will need to be at their best against strong first-choice midfields, particularly in the top five sides.


3rd North Ballarat Rebels

North Ballarat Rebels are a side that at full strength have the capability to beat anyone.

While they do not have the star key position posts of other sides, they have a shared contribution from players around the field that chip in and hit the scoreboard.

Their midfield is first class with the likes of possible number one pick Hugh McCluggage, inside bull Willem Drew and the underrated Callan Wellings.

With Lloyd Meek winning the hitouts more often than not, the midfielders often get first use.

With Jarrod Korewha, Jarrod Berry and Cedric Cox stationed at half-back, the Rebels also have plenty of run coming out of the defensive 50.

Berry can move forward and have an impact, while Tom Williamson can be fitted in just about anywhere and is a smooth mover with a bit of toe.

Heading forward, Shannon Beks is the most likely prospect to kick a bag of goals, however he has struggled with inconsistency at times.

Rotating with the likes of Meek and Todd Lawrence in the ruck, Beks is strong overhead and a solid set shot, he just has to get to the right positions more often.

Another underrated player at the Rebels is Sam White, who can play at either end, starting as a key defender, but has spent time up forward lately.

He can take a grab, earn a free and kick goals, so could be a secret weapon in the finals series.

The big question is how far can the Rebels go?

I think matching up one-on-one against any side, they can beat them, it will be whether or not they get it done on the day.

I rate the Rebels as the fourth best side, however they are not far off the Stingrays in third.

With a well-balanced midfield, a hard working forward line and a defence that takes the game on, you can never discount the Rebels and they would have to be considered in contention for the premiership.


4th Murray Bushrangers

Murray Bushrangers are the team I am most looking forward to watching in the 2016 finals series.

They have an honest, hard-working ball-winning midfield and a forward line to die for.

I have no qualms placing them as my favourite for the flag, simply because they have so much inside grunt that just win the ball and get it forward – simple football.

The one question mark I have is over their class compared to other sides, because while they have a blue collar midfield, they might lack those couple of classy runners who slice up oppositions with their foot skills.

Led by potential number one draft pick Will Brodie, the Bushrangers have a two-way running midfield which includes James Cousins and Fletcher Carroll.

Up forward, the Bushrangers have a wealth of options with likely top 10 pick Todd Marshall, Esava Ratugolea, Trent McMullanZachary Sproule and Max Lynch all able to take a contested mark inside 50.

Of late, McMullan and Lynch have been sharing the ruck duties, while Sproule has played higher up the ground and as a key defender, making Marshall and Ratugolea the two key targets inside 50.

Their defence should not be underrated either with the likes of Ryan Garthwaite and Harry Morrison, both of whom are solid users of the ball, but have not been able to sustain a run on the park because of injuries.

One of the most impressive aspects about the Bushrangers is they have been able to secure a top four spot without arguably the best small forward in the competition who suffered a season ending injury just one match in – Jy Simpkin.

The Bushrangers arguably have the most draftable talent of any TAC Cup club, with many coming under Greater Western Sydney’s Academy program.

No less than eight Bushrangers could find homes in November’s draft, and they could head onto AFL lists on the back of a TAC Cup premiership.

However like every year, it will come down to whether the travelling catches up to them.

They should make it through to a preliminary final, but face a fresh metropolitan team and that is where it goes pearshaped for the country sides.

Murray has their best list when it featured the likes of Steele Sidebottom and Tom Rockliff in 2008, as they stormed to the TAC Cup premiership.

If they have enough run in the legs and sustain their performance for the next four weeks, they could very well break the metropolitan team’s stranglehold over the title.


5th Sandringham Dragons 

The Sandringham Dragons are aguably one of the favourites to take out the 2016 TAC Cup title. Despite dropping out of the four, Oakleigh showed last year that the top four isn’t a prerequisite for success- especially given all eight clubs had the bye over last weekend.

Boasting a midfield with names such as Andrew McGrath, Will Setterfield, Tim Taranto and Oliver Florent, expect Sandringham to get their hands on the football.

McGrath could well warrent a Top five pick come November and has shown twice this year he can win his own football collecting over 40 disposals against Gippsland and Bendigo.

Setterfield made a successful return from injury against Bendigo, playing one of his best games for the season in the midfield.

Across half back, Ari Sakeson and Jack Scrimshaw have shown some good agility getting round their opposition and will be crucial for the Dragons to rebound the ball out of defence.

The Dragons will look to get the ball in Scrimshaw’s hands to catapult them forward and their opponents will need to watch Scrimshaw carefully in an attempt to keep him out of the play.

Inside 50, Sandringham have relied on bottom age talls Hayden McLean and Isaac Morrisby.

Both talls have shown good signs this season, being apart of the Vic Metro U17 Futures squads throughout the year. You could make a case that McLean will be in the first handful of talls for the 2017 draft pool.

Both are sound overhead and are strong enough to out muscle their opponents.

Vic Metro ruckman Lachlan Filipovic‘s hitout numbers have been good in the ruck and he will be crucial for the Dragons to get first use of the ball.

Filipovic is relatively new to football and has mounted a case that should see him earn a rookie spot come November 28.

For me, I think the Dragons are the best Metro side that made it through the finals. They will have to do it the hard way and win four games to be crowned as premiers, but their midfield is the best in the competition and if they can go in and win the hard stuff they’ll be tough to beat.

Missing finals in 2015 was a kick in the guts for Sandringham and they won’t want to let this opportunity slip at glory. If their defence can hold up against Eastern’s strong forwards, they shouldn’t have any issues accounting for the elimination final.


6th Oakleigh Chargers 

Can they pull off a three peat? Oakleigh have won back-to-back finals and have well & truly been the benchmark over the last few seasons. This year they haven’t been able to gel it all together, with injuries, Vic Metro and school commitments meaning they haven’t had their Best 23 on the park each week.

Bottom age midfielder Jack Higgins has been crucial on the inside for the Chargers when he hasn’t been away playing school football. Higgins has averaged 22 disposals and two goals throughout the season and looms as a first round pick in 2017.

19-year-olds Campbell Lane and Lachlan Walker have been superb throughout the season, able to find the footy without any issues. Both are the only two Chargers to have averaged over 25 disposals, having played 27 games between them.

Up forward Oakleigh will be looking to Patrick Kerr to hit the scoreboard. Kerr booted three in their elimination final last year and if he can repeat that effort again throughout the finals they should be able to progress to the second week.

Kerr is a tough opponent on the lead and has worked on his cleanliness at ground level. Josh Daicos has the potential to be damaging inside 50 and may provide the spark they need to get through the first final.

Toby Wooller has also been prominent inside 50 and will be another target the Chargers will look for after he dominated APS school football for Scotch College.

Swingman Nick Larkey will move between ends and has been known to float forward late in games and boot goals.

Medium defenders Jordan Ridley and Taylin Duman both had a taste of Vic Metro football in June and will be two names that could really push themselves up draft orders should they play well.

Oakleigh may not have had the best year- But they did knock off Sandringham Dragons a few weeks ago and if they produce an effort similar to that they could be hard to stop.


7th Calder Cannons

There is no denying the Cannons are a hard team to read.

They have benefited from having less state representatives from other teams and just purely won the games they had to win in order to make finals.

There are a few players in the line-up that could get called up on draft day, but the side is not the powerhouse of a couple of seasons ago.

Looking through the list, the likes of Hayden Blythe and Jackson McDonald jump out through the defence and midfield, standing up despite not winning a lot of the ball.

Defensively they match up well, but offensively they can find themselves exposed against the top teams.

Tom Burnside is a player that I really enjoy watching when he is on his game.

A athletic tall that breezes around the field, he takes marks, kicks goals or can work defensively to shut out an opposition tall.

More importantly he can play a lanky midfielder, so there is scope there for him to improve at the top level.

It is hard to talk about the Cannons without mentioning leading goal kicker Karl Brown.

A lot of draft fans look and see he kicks bags most weeks but is never in talks about his draft ability.

I think the biggest knock on him is his size – medium height – and the fact he needs to do more when not in possession of the ball.

Brown could be a contributing factor in the finals series, but he will often beat opponents on experience or use his smarts to win the footy.

Up the other end there is Zac Guthrie who is a very strong rebounding defender with a bit of toe.

He looks pretty impressive tucking the ball under his arm, but his kicking needs work.

In 2016, Calder has a lot of half-chances for draftees, which in my terms are players that have some potential, but their deficiencies are also pretty clear.

It would not surprise me to see a lot of Cannons taken in the rookie draft as opposed to the National Draft just due to this fact.

As for the finals series, it is hard to see them getting past the country teams or full-strength metropolitan teams.

I could envision them challenging Oakleigh or Geelong on their day, but the depth that has got them this far will need to stand up in finals against stronger top-end talent.

But, I am always one for the underdog and if they can click as a group in September, as they say, you have to be in it to win it, and the Cannons are in it.


8th Eastern Ranges 

Eastern Ranges are the wildcard in the pack, with a hard working midfield and an incredibly strong forward line.

The Ranges have finished eighth but they are far from making up the numbers, with many of their top talents missing through the year due to school football and state commitments.

Their midfield comprises of Dylan Clarke, Callum Brown, Josh Begley and Jordan Gallucci, all of whom can influence a game.

The forward line is a bottom-age line-up to die for with the lines of Joel Garner, Sam Hayes and Jaidyn Stephenson all expected to be high picks in 2017.

In defence, the likes of All-Australian full back Jack Maibaum lead the charge with the ever reliable Harrison Nolan and Josh Hannon there for support.

In the past, sides with strong forward lines have got the job done, and Eastern, along with Oakleigh, have certainly got that.

What will be interesting is whether the Ranges’ blue collar midfield will have enough outside skill under pressure to deliver to targets up forward.

There is no doubting their inside capabilities are as good as the likes of North Ballarat and Sandringham, if not better, yet both those sides have outside pace and plenty of it.

If they can get the ball in the hands of bottom-ager Adam Cerra, then he could really influence the game as he did as a 16 year-old in last year’s finals series.

For me, Eastern Ranges are a genuine contender if they can get past Sandringham who is one of the premiership favourites.

As a whole, Eastern have a well balanced team and I think the blow torch will be on the midfield this September to get first hands to it, because if they can, they are every chance of winning the flag.

They have recent success in finals, where they won the premiership back in 2013, with Tom Boyd booting four goals in the grand final as the Ranges obliterated the Dandenong Stingrays.

This year will be tougher, but they have the cattle on the park to get there, it will just be a case of if they can put it together on the day.

Father/Son update

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

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

Adelaide/Hawthorn:

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

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

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Carlton:

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

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

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Collingwood:

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

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

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

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

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Geelong:

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

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

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

Sydney:

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

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

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Western Bulldogs:

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

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

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

West Coast:

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

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

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

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