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Allied states representatives named for revamped AFL Academy

TASMANIA and the Sydney Swans Academy lead all-comers for the most players in the revamped state-based AFL Academies from the Allied sides, with six players each making the the new academy. Both Queensland academies have five players each in the side, while Greater Western Sydney (GWS) GIANTS Academy and Northern Territory have three players each. Two New South Wales representatives, Charlie Byrne and Will Chandler have also made the academy.

The Allies camp will be held from December 3-December 14, with Luke Power named as the Academy coach.

AFL Head of Talent Tristan Salter said it is an exciting time for the country’s best young talent.

“The new approach to the national Academy will ensure more of our most talented players have access to AFL facilities, while receiving the best quality coaching, high performance and wellbeing services in the country,” he said. “Importantly these players will spend more time in their home state, with year-round first-class support that will enhance their opportunity to perform at an elite level through the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships. “I congratulate all who have been named in squads today and I look forward to watching their development over the next 12-24 months.”

Allies

Jackson Barling          Sydney Swans/Willoughby Mosman
Connor Budarick         Gold Coast Suns/Labrador
Charlie Byrne              Murray Bushrangers/Albury
Jackson Callow           Tasmania/North Launceston
Braedon Campbell      Sydney Swans/Westbrook
Will Chandler              Murray Bushrangers/Corowa-Rutherglen
Sam Collins                 Tasmania/North Hobart
Ashton Crossley          Gold Coast Suns/Burleigh/Palm Beach Currumbin
Saxon Crozier             Brisbane Lions/Wests
Jared Dakin                 Tasmania/Launceston
Alex Davies                 Gold Coast Suns/Cairns Hawks
Oliver Davis                Tasmania/Clarence
Liam Delahunty           GWS Giants/Coolamon
Hamish Ellem              Sydney Swans/Manly Warringah
Tom Griffiths               Brisbane Lions/Maroochydore
Tom Green                  GWS Giants/Marist
Errol Gulden                Sydney Swans/Maroubra
Joel Jeffrey                 Northern Territory/Wanderers
Jack Johnston             Gold Coast Suns/Palm Beach Currumbin
Ben Jungfer                Northern Territory/Warpaths/Woodville-West Torrens
Will Martyn                  Brisbane Lions/Aspley
Matt McGrory              GWS Giants/Gungahlin
Mitch O’Neill                Tasmania/North Hobart
Luke Parks                  Sydney Swans/North Shore
Hewago Paul-Oea      Gold Coast Suns/PNG/Broadbeach
Will Peppin                  Tasmania/North Hobart
Josh Rayner                Sydney Swans/North Shore
Malcolm Rosas Jnr     Northern Territory/Darwin
Bruce Reville               Brisbane Lions/Western Magpies/Maryborough
Kobe Tozer                 Brisbane Lions/Aspley/Bribie Island

Dragons dominate Under 17 All Stars squads

AN eight-player contingent from Sandringham Dragons headlines the Under 17 All Stars match on AFL Grand Final day, which looks at the top young 2019-eligible draftees from across the country. The players are split into two sides – Team Riewoldt and Team Bartel – in an exhibition match on the MCG which will be broadcast from 10am on Grand Final day.

The Dragons have double the amount of players from any other side, with Oakleigh Chargers the next highest with four. Gippsland Power (three) is the most prominent country side, while Bendigo Pioneers, Dandenong Stingrays, Murray Bushrangers, Northern Knights and Western Jets all have two players each. Geelong Falcons had one player selected each, while Calder Cannons, Eastern Ranges and Greater Western Victoria (GWV) Rebels will not have a representative on the day.

For the other states, Western Australia has the most representatives with eight, while South Australia has six. Queensland and New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory (NSW/ACT) have the most of the Division 2 states with three apiece, while Northern Territory and Tasmania have one representative respectively.

AFL Academy coach Luke Power will lead Team Riewoldt, while South Australian National Under 18 Championships title winning coach, Tony Bamford will call the shots for Team Bartel. Among the number one pick contenders are Victorians Noah Anderson and Hayden Young, South Australian Cameron Taheny and Western Australian Luke Jackson.

Under 17 Futures All-Stars match:

Victoria:

Bendigo Pioneers [2]: Brodie Kemp, Flynn Perez
Calder Cannons [0]: Nil.
Dandenong Stingrays [2]: Bigoa Nyuon, Hayden Young
Eastern Ranges [0]: Nil.
Geelong Falcons [1]: Cooper Stephens
Gippsland Power [3]: Sam Flanders, Caleb Serong, Brock Smith
GWV Rebels [0]: Nil.
Murray Bushrangers [2]: Will Chandler, Lachlan Ash
Oakleigh Chargers [4]: Noah Anderson, Trent Bianco, Matthew Rowell, Dylan Williams
Northern Knights [2]: Ryan Gardner, Lachlan Potter
Sandringham Dragons [8]: Jack Bell, Darcey Chirgwin, Andrew Courtney, Charlie Dean, Jack Mahony, Fischer McAsey, Hugo Ralphsmith, Joshua Worrell
Western Jets [2]: Darcy Cassar, Emerson Jeka

INTERSTATE:

Western Australia [8]: Jack Buller, Rhai Arn Cox, Mitchell Georgiades, Luke Jackson, Trent Rivers, Deven Robertson, Jeremy Sharp, Elijah Taylor
South Australia [6]: Karl Finlay, Will Gould, Jackson Mead, Kysaiah Pickett, Dylan Stephens, Cameron Taheny
Queensland [3]: Connor Budarick, Will Martin, Hewago Paul Oea
NSW/ACT [3]: Liam Delahunty, Tom Green, Josh Rayner
NT [1]: Malcolm Rosas
Tasmania [1]: Mitch O’Neill

Team Riewoldt:

#1 Kysaiah Pickett (Woodville West Torrens) 
#2 Rhai Arn Cox (East Perth) 
#3 Malcolm Rosas (Darwin) 
#4 Connor Budarick (Gold Coast Academy) 
#5 Jack Mahony (Sandringham Dragons) 
#6 Trent Bianco (Oakleigh Chargers) 
#7 Dylan Stephens (Norwood) 
#8 Mitch O’Neill (North Hobart) 
#16 Jackson Mead (Woodville-West Torrens) 
#17 Deven Robertson (Perth) 
#18 Sam Flanders (Gippsland Power) 
#19 Dylan Williams (Oakleigh Chargers) 
#20 Lachlan Ash (Murray Bushrangers) 
#21 Brock Smith (Gippsland Power) 
#22 Tom Green (Marist) 
#24 Noah Anderson (Oakleigh Chargers) 
#25 Darcy Chirgwin (Geelong Falcons) 
#26 Brodie Kemp (Bendigo Pioneers) 
#31 Liam Delahunty (Giants Academy) 
#32 Joshua Rayner (Swans Academy) 
#33 Joshua Worrell (Sandringham Dragons) 
#34 Charlie Dean (Sandringham Dragons) 
#35 Luke Jackson (East Fremantle) 
#36 Andrew Courtney (Sandringham Dragons)

Team Bartel:

#1 Hewago Paul Oea (Gold Coast Academy) 
#2 Caleb Serong (Gippsland Power) 
#3 Matt Rowell (Oakleigh Chargers) 
#4 Will Chandler (Murray Bushrangers) 
#5 Flynn Perez (Bendigo Pioneers) 
#6 Will Martyn (Brisbane Academy) 
#7 Ryan Gardner (Northern Knights) 
#8 Cameron Taheny (Norwood) 
#9 Darcy Cassar (Western Jets) 
#16 Lachlan Potter (Northern Knights) 
#17 Elijah Taylor (Perth) 
#18 Jeremy Sharp (East Fremantle) 
#19 Hugo Ralphsmith (Sandringham Dragons) 
#20 Hayden Young (Dandenong Stingrays) 
#21 Trent Rivers (East Fremantle) 
#22 Cooper Stephens (Geelong Falcons) 
#23 Mitchell Georgiades (Subiaco) 
#24 Karl Finlay (North Adelaide) 
#31 Will Gould (Glenelg) 
#32 Fischer McAsey (Sandringham Dragons) 
#33 Bigoa Nyuon (Dandenong Stingrays) 
#34 Jack Buller (Claremont) 
#35 Emerson Jeka (Western Jets) 
#36 Jack Bell (Sandringham Dragons)

Maroons storm home to knock off Rams

QUEENSLAND went close to doubling their three-quarter time score with five-final quarter goals, helping them to a 32-point win over Division Two rivals, NSW/ACT in the Under 17 Futures game at Southport.

It was somewhat of an arm-wrestle to open the game as the two sides went goal for goal, seeing the visitors hold a slender one-point margin at the first break. With the advantage of the scoring end, Queensland kicked away to a handy buffer of just under three goals at the main break, but the Rams managed to close the margin to just 10 points at the final change to be in with a huge chance of knocking off the hosts.

Kicking to the scoring end once again, an inspired Queensland came home strongly to seal the victory and showcase their stars for the future.

William Martyn was easily the leading possession getter and best-on with 30 touches coming with 10 tackles, seven marks, six clearances and a goal in a hard working display. Corey Joyce was damaging through the midfield with his 24 disposals, including six marks, four clearances and four rebound 50s. He looks a natural footballer who wins his own ball with a bit of zip. Up forward, Tom Jeffrey put on an outstanding display of marking with nine coming from his 21 disposals to go with six tackles, five inside 50’s and two goals. Jeffrey worked hard up the ground and was strong overhead, while reeling in a highlight reel one-on-one one-hander that had the crowd excited. He worked largely in tandem with Tom Wischnat, who played deeper forward and used his strong frame to boot two of his own goals.

For the Rams, Sydney Swans Academy member Josh Rayner showed why he has been touted as a potential 2019 first rounder as he collected 17 disposals, four clearances, three marks, three tackles and three inside 50s. While his numbers were not massive, Rayner was ultra impressive in the first half with his work rate and attack on the ball, and his big frame came into use as he read the ball well to take some nice overhead marks. Jackson Barling was the Rams’ leading ball winner with 23, doing his best work in-close to rack up six clearances and five tackles while also adding a snapped goal.

Others to impact the game were Lachlan Swaney, who had it 15 times and laid 13 tackles, while Swans Academy teammate Ky McGrath laid an impressive 15.

Final Scores:

Queensland: 11.8 (74) defeated NSW/ACT 5.12 (42)

GOALS:

Queensland: J. Gore 3, T. Jeffrey, T. Wischnat 2, W. Martyn, J. Hammond, B. Birch, L. Barry
NSW/ACT: J. Barling, J. Parks, N. Casalini, L. Delahunty, M. Kannan

BEST:
Queensland: W. Martyn, T. Jeffrey, C. Joyce, T. Wischnat, J. Gore
NSW/ACT: J. Rayner, J. Barling, L. Swaney, L. Parks, M. D’Agostino

Mariners, Rams kick-off U16 Championships with victories

TASMANIA and NSW/ACT have started the National Under 16s Division Two Championships off on the right foot, with two wins on the opening weekend. In the three-week series, each of the four sides will play the other three teams, with the first round held at Blacktown.

Tasmania knocked off Queensland by 22 points with North Launceston’s Jackson Callow and Glenorchy’s Jye Bearmanbooting three goals each to be the difference on the scoreboard. North Hobart’s Jye Menzie booted two majors and was named among the best with the other two key goal scorers. But Menzie’s North Hobart teammate Sam Collins was named best on ground in the 11.9 to 7.11 victory, while Launceston pair Toby Upsom and Will Harper – the only two Blues in the team, were also named among the best. For Queensland, Darling Downs’ Jack Briskey and Cairns’ Alex Davies booted two goals each, while the Tweed/Coolangatta’s Sam Clohesy was named Queensland’s best player in the loss. Moreton Bay’s Tahj Abberley, Davies and Wests’ Saxon Crozier were also named among the best for the losers.

In the other game, NSW/ACT were too good for Northern Territory, running away with a 62-point win. Maroubra’s small forward Errol Gulden was the star of the show, booting five goals and was named among the best. Lightly built Manly product Cooper Wilson was the Rams’ best on the day however, booting a goal and always looking busy. Kye PfrenglePierce Roseby and Coopa Steele (two goals) were also named among the best in the victory, while 198cm, 94kg, Jack Cullen was strong up forward booting two goals and also named among the best. For the losers, 14 year-old Andy Moniz-Wakefield was the star, while Brodie LakeJamal Lynch and Clarence Baird were also impressive.

Tasmania 11.9 (75) defeated Queensland 7.11 (53)

GOALS
Tasmania: Callow 3, Bearman 3, Menzie 2, Barwick, Davis|
Queensland: Briskey 2, Davies 2, Gates, Johnson, McGory

BEST
Tasmania: Collins, Upsom, Harper, Menzie, Bearman, Callow
Queensland: Clohesy, Abberley, Davies, Johnson, Crozier, Bulley

NSW/ACT 16.9 (105) defeated NT 6.7 (43)

GOALS
NSW/ACT: Gulden 5, Cullen 2, Steele 2, Eynaud 2, Monaghan, Wilson, Roseby, Dunstan, Dignam
Northern Territory: Tipiloura 2, Ford, Jeffrey, Barlow, Rioli

BEST
NSW/ACT: Wilson, Gulden, Pfrengle, Roseby, Steele, Cullen.
Northern Territory: Moniz-Wakefield, Lake, Lynch, Baird, Brock, Rioli

In the Under 17 Futures match, Josh Rayner was the dominant player up forward for NSW/ACT in the Rams’ win over Tasmania. NSW/ACT won by 49-points with Rayner booting five goals in the victory, while Jackson Barling booted three majors, and over-ager George Kendall finished with the two. For Tasmania, Oliver Burrows-Cheng was named the Mariners best, one of seven individual goal scorers on the day. Others named in the best were Jack McCullochBailey Gordon and Tyler McGinniss in the loss.

U17 Futures:

NSW/ACT 14.11 (95) defeated Tasmania 7.4 (46) 

GOALS
NSW/ACT: Rayner 5, Barling 3, Kendall 2, Pope, Conlan, Edwards, Thorne
Tasmania: Burrows-Cheng, McCulloch, Reeves, Viney, Bailey, Peppin, Stuart

BEST
NSW/ACT: Parks, Rayner, Barling, Edwards, Thorne, Whyte
Tasmania: Burrows-Cheng, McCulloch, Gordon, McGinniss, Peppin, Shaw

NSW/ACT weekly wrap: Under 16s squad selected; Top-agers impress at Ikon

IN the past week, AFL NSW/ACT announced its Under 16s side for the National AFL Under 16 Championships, while a number of top-age prospects impressed against Victoria in two trial games.

Under 16s squad selection:

NSW/ACT’s side for the National Under 16 Championships features 25 players – 14 from the Sydney Swans Academy and 11 from the GWS GIANTS Academy, with the squad to be reduced to 23 prior to the opening game. The Rams take on Northern Territory on June 11 in Blacktown from 2.30pm, with the team coming together for a weekend training camp running from tomorrow (June 1) through to Sunday (June 3).

AFL NSW/ACT Under 16s Head Coach, Lloyd Perris told the NSW/ACT website he believes the squad has what it takes to combat the other states and territories.

“Heading into the camp, I’m really confident with the Rams squad we’ve selected,” says Perris. “We have plenty of skilful smalls combined with a few really exciting tall prospects.”

Perris praised the Sydney Swans and GIANTS Academies for their work over the 2018 AFL Academy Series.

“The GIANTS and Swans Academies do a brilliant job in preparing their players, which was on show during the three game series,” he said. “There was a great spread of talent across the board, which is exactly what we want in New South Wales, but unfortunately that meant some quality footballers missed out on selection. “I want the Rams to be a super competitive team that brings intensity into training and games. “If the players combine this with a growth mindset and the want to learn and improve, then that’s all I can ask for as a coach.”

Full squad:

NSW/ACT players perform for Allies

A number of players from the Sydney Swans and GWS GIANTS Academies had good hit-outs for the Allies trial games against Vic Country and Vic Metro on Sunday at Ikon Park. The first Allies side ran over the top of Country in the final term, while the second side fell short of Metro. Some of the top performers from the two games were;

Thomas Green (30 disposals, four marks, 10 clearances, nine tackles and six inside 50s)
Guy Richardson (25 disposals, five marks, one clearance, one tackle, three rebounds)
Kyle McKellar (24 disposals, five marks, two clearances, two inside 50s, two rebounds)
Liam Delahunty (16 disposals, six marks, one tackle, one inside 50, one goal)
Kieren Briggs (16 disposals, four marks, 14 hitouts, four tackles, four clearances, four behinds)
Jeromy Lucas (18 disposals, two marks, 10 tackles, three clearances, three goals)
Jacob Koschitzke (16 disposals, seven marks, two tackles, two inside 50s, two rebounds, one goal)
Josh Rayner (14 disposals, five marks, two tackles, two inside 50s, two rebounds)
Josh Stern (13 disposals, two marks, five tackles, two inside 50s, two rebounds, one goal)
James Peatling (11 disposals, two marks, three tackles, two clearances, three inside 50s)
Joey Reinhard (11 disposals, one mark, one tackle, two inside 50s, two rebounds)

For more information, check out the match report or the scouting notes from the Allies vs. Vic Country and Allies vs. Vic Metro games.

Great weekend in NEAFL for the region:

All three New South Wales based clubs had a win in round eight of the NEAFL, with Sydney University remaining unbeaten, while the Swans and GIANTS got the points over reigning premiers Brisbane and Queensland side Redlands respectively. Canberra Demons had the bye.

Sydney University 18.11 (119) defeated NT Thunder 9.7 (61)

The top side always looked the better team in its big win over Northern Territory, booting 11 goals to four after half-time to storm away with a 58-point win and remain unbeaten in the NEAFL competition. Jacob Derickx was best on ground with five goals from 15 disposals, eight marks and eight tackles, while former Sydney and Essendon tagger Craig Bird had 26 disposals, four marks and 11 tackles in a big defensive effort. Others who impressed were Ryan Hebron and Jack Hiscox (both 22 disposals, two marks), while Sam Fong booted two goals from 24 disposals, four marks and seven tackles, and Tom Young finished with the two majors from 25 disposals, six marks and five tackles.

UWS GIANTS 18.16 (124) defeated Redlands 8.11 (59)

The UWS GIANTS easily got the job done against Redlands in an imposing performance, running away 65-point winners with a 15 goals to three opening three quarters to easily ice the game with a quarter to play. Isaac Cumming had a huge game with 33 disposals, 10 marks, five tackles and two goals, while Zachary Sproule was good with 11 marks from 34 disposals. Jeremy Finlayson did his hopes of a recall no harm with 25 disposals, seven marks, four tackles and two goals, while Nick Shipley notched up 26 disposals, three marks and 11 tackles.

Sydney Swans 10.10 (70) defeated Brisbane Lions 7.12 (54)

In a much tighter contest, Sydney managed to knock off reigning premiers Brisbane by 16 points. The Swans led at every break, but by only two points at half time, and the teams combined for eight behinds in the final term as Sydney held on to record an important four points. Nic Newman‘s outstanding form at NEAFL level continued with 29 disposals, five marks, seven tackles and two goals, while Robbie Fox was important with 33 disposals, two marks and eight tackles. Daniel Robinson had a team-high 36 touches to go with six marks and two tackles, while Darcy Cameron was once again prominent in the ruck with 31 hitouts to go with 13 disposals and seven marks.

Tasmania and GWS Academy dominate Allies squad for National Under 18 Championships

TASMANIA and GWS GIANTS Academy comprise almost 50 per cent of the extended Allies National Under 18 Championships squad that was announced today. Among the Tasmanians are top 10 fancy and North Melbourne Next Generation Academy member Tarryn Thomas, as well as midfielder Chayce Jones and small forward Blair Rubock. For the GIANTS, Murray Bushrangers’ Matt Walker, Ben Kelly, Nick Murray and Jacob Koschitzke have made the side, as has GIANTS MVP Award winner ruck Kieran Briggs.

Brisbane Lions Academy has eight members have made the cut, including Connor McFadyen – who booted five goals in the final game – and Keidan Coleman. Gold Coast Suns Academy also had eight nominees including father-son prospect Bailey Scott, talented key position swingman Caleb Graham, and tackling machine Timakoi Bowie. Despite winning four of the five Under 18 Academy games, Sydney Swans Academy only had six representatives in the Allies squad, with first round prospect Nick Blakey, as well as consistent performers across the series, Josh Stern and Joey Reinhard also in the squad. Northern Territory had just the four nominees including AFL Academy member Matthew Green, and the talented Michael Mummery.

The National Under 18 Championships begin on June 3, with the Allies set to battle against strong competition from South Australia, Western Australia, Vic Metro and Vic Country for the Division One title.

ALLIES NAB AFL UNDER 18 National CHAMPIONSHIPS SQUAD

Gold Coast Academy (8)

Emmanuel Baru
Ryan Gilmore
Caleb Graham
Dirk Koenan
Bailey Scott
Lachlan McDonald
Connor Budarick
Timakoi Bowie

Brisbane Lions Academy (8)

Ben Sloan
Jack Tomkinson
Keidan Coleman
Jesse Quint
Connor McFadyen
Toara Marango
Tom Matthews
Darcy Marsh

GWS GIANTS Academy (11)

Kieran Briggs
Riley Corbett
Jacob Koschitzke
Jeromy Lucas
Guy Richardson
Nick Murray
Matt Walker
James Peatling
Ben Kelly
Thomas Green
Liam Delahunty

Sydney Academy (6)

Joey Reinhard
Josh Stern
Zak Cameron
Kyle McKellar
Nick Blakey
Josh Rayner

Tasmania (13)

Baxter Norton
Chayce Jones
Nick Baker
Tarryn Thomas
Fraser Turner
Blair Rubock
Lachlan Gadomski
Mitch Anderton
Rhyan Mansell
Matt McGuiness
Tim Auckland
Ethan Jackson
Mitch O’Neill

Northern Territory (4)

Matt Green
Michael Mummery
Izaak Wyatt
Rodney Baird

Scouting notes: Under 18 Academy Series – Round 1

IT was an entertaining first round of the Under 18 Academy Series, with the GWS GIANTS, Sydney Swans and Tasmania getting victories. We were at Blacktown to witness the triple header at Blacktown, with Tasmania defeating Gold Coast, the GIANTS defeating Northern Territory by 48 points, and the Swans getting up in a 49-point victory over Brisbane.

TASMANIA                  1.1      9.3      10.6         15.9 (99)      
GOLD COAST             2.1      3.2        5.5           8.6 (54)                  

GOALS
TASMANIA: Jones 4, Rubock 3, Mundy 3, Dakin 2, Banks-Smith 2, O’Neill
GOLD COAST: Smith 2, Burke, Conroy, Graham, Greenwool, Lowah, Scott

BEST
TASMANIA: 
Auckland, Turner, Jones, House, McGuinness, Gadomski 
GOLD COAST: 
Koenen, Smith, McDonald, Scott, Graham

Tasmania:

#6 Chayce Jones – Was a standout performer for the AFL Academy the previous work and continued his fine form with a strong performance. He played mostly in the attacking half of the ground where he was lively, booting four goals Jones covers the ground well and gets to the right spots to win the ball. 

#12 Fraser Turner – Provided plenty of run on the outside, collecting 34 disposals. He was also damaging going forward, as he was able to have multiple kicks inside 50 that were able to find targets. Impressively, he spreads well from a contest and worked hard around the ground, getting on the end of possessions to mark the ball. 

#13 Tarryn Thomas – A decent showing for Thomas gathering 23 disposals. On the outside, he can really prove damaging, using the ball well by foot – and on the inside, his quick, clean hands are very effective. Looked to handball more than kick out of stoppage. 

Gold Coast: 

#10 Bailey Scott – Used his burst of speed through the midfield to effectiveness, but it was tough going as the Suns lost the midfield battle – especially after quarter-time. He found 23 disposals and had five clearances. Expect him to challenge for the Suns’ MVP. 

#27 Caleb Graham – Tall Defender who intercepted well during the match and was able to rebound the footy. He took some good marks and was in the handful of best players. 

#29 Dirk Koenan – Like Graham, played as a tall defender. He was very good in the air, taking multiple marks whenever the ball came in long from the Tasmanian midfielders. Took eight marks for the match and was the Suns’ best. 

GWS GIANTS                                  2.3       6.4       9.4       13.5 (83)
NORTHERN TERRITORY                2.1       2.4       4.5        5.5 (35)

GOALS
GWS GIANTS: Chandler 3, Corbett 2, Edwards 2, Budd, Driscoll, Peatling, Powell, Rowston, Walker
NORTHERN TERRITORY: Schwarze 2, Brown, Rosas, Scrutton 

BEST
GWS GIANTS: Green, Koschitzke, Murray, Beaumont, Kelly, Briggs
NORTHERN TERRITORY: S Cumming, Rosas, Grant, Baird, Green, Holt-Fitz

GWS:

#23 Matthew Walker – Walker played centre-half forward and had a good battle with Rodney Baird. He led up the ground well taking some strong marks and also played through the midfield with great effect, showing off his versatility which has been on display in the TAC Cup and for the AFL Academy.

#31 Riley Corbett – Corbett provided a strong focal point up forward, using his height to advantage. Unselfishly centred the ball to Jack Rowston to lock in another GWS goal during the match.

#32 Jacob Koschitzke – A strong game at full-back by the Murray Bushrangers switch-man. Koschitzke provided great run and carry out of defence, linking up well with the midfield. He copped a big hit in the centre of the ground, bounced straight back up and finished the game as one of the GIANTS’ best.

#50 Ben Kelly – Kelly dominated the ruck all day as the Murray Bushrangers tall seemed to be everywhere on the day. He took some great contested marks around the ground and always presented as an option.

Northern Territory:

#3 Liam Holt-Fitz – The excitement machine broke the game open by showing good speed on the outside, and was equally dangerous and creative up forward. He laid some great tackles, and in my opinion was Northern Territory’s best player.

#12 Mitchell Pemberton – Pemberton was one of the better players for Northern Territory through the midfield. He was hard working and used the ball well by foot throughout the match.

#23 Michael Mummery – After a long lay-off, Mummery showed glimpses of his ability to read the game. He had two shots on goal which both pushed wide in the strong wind. Keep an eye on him as builds his match fitness throughout the series.

#30 Rodney Baird – Took some strong marks at centre-half back and used the ball well by hand and foot. Baird always provided a strong option when coming out of defence. He gave plenty of second and third efforts to keep Northern Territory in the contest.

SYDNEY SWANS                  3.2      8.2      13.5         16.6 (102)      
BRISBANE LIONS                 1.2      3.2        5.4            8.5 (53)                  

GOALS
SYDNEY: Blakey 5, Kilpatrick 3, McKellar, Reinhard, Barkley, Barling, Stern, Carroll, Wicks, Parker
BRISBANE: Marsh 2, Reville, Franks, McFadyen, Stackelberg, Jeffrey, Ansell

BEST
SYDNEY: 
Cameron, Blakey, McKeller, Kilpatrick, Reinhard, Rayner, Parker
BRISBANE: 
Marango, Marsh, Griffiths, Franks, Stackelberg

Sydney:

#3 Nick Blakey – Played through the midfield and forward and was dominant when in the attacking zone. Blakey used his height to advantage taking some great pack marks against the Sydney defence and used the ball well. He dropped back into defence late in the game after booting a bag of five goals in attack, clearly one of the better Swans in the 49-point win.

#23 Cooper Kilpatrick – Kilpatrick played as a small forward and rotated through the midfield and across the wing. One of his best attributes was his high amount of pressure acts, finishing with six tackles. He also used the ball well when in possession. Kilpatrick kicked three goals, which included a great goal from the boundary.

#36 Joey Reinhard – Contested well at centre-half forward, taking a few strong marks and bringing the ball to ground at other times. He was rewarded for his efforts by kicking a good first quarter goal. In the second half he played through the midfield and ruck, and got the Swans moving forward.

#40 Josh Rayner – He played the first half in defence taking some strong intercept marks, while also using the ball well by hand and foot. In the second half he moved through the midfield and drifted forward taking some good contested marks at centre-half forward.

Brisbane:

#12 Jesse Quint – Another tireless worker in the midfield, Quint worked hard around stoppages, and kicked Brisbane’s first goal. A noticeable trait for Quint was his high work rate all across the ground.

#15 Caleb Franks – Franks worked hard in the centre and on the inside of the contest. He was good around the stoppages, creating forward pressure when inside 50 and kicked a great snap goal.

#17 Darcy Marsh – Marsh had a great game kicking two goals and gave Brisbane a lot of run through the midfield. A notable highlight for the midfielder was his good hands in traffic. His two goals were the most of any Brisbane player and was a standout on the day.

#33 Cody Stackelberg – He played as a small forward and through the midfield in the game. Stackelberg worked hard inside 50 giving the Lions a lot of scoring opportunities, including kicking a goal himself to be the Lions most productive forward.

2018 AFL Academy level one squad named

THE AFL has today released a list of 22 players eligible for the 2019 NAB AFL Draft in its level one academy intake for 2017.

The league also introduced a ‘development list’ of tall draft prospects, in a move that was signalled to clubs earlier this year – with eight prospects named.

“In addition to the NAB AFL Academy level one group, the AFL has introduced a new development list to meet the needs of the industry comprising of taller players aiming to play in the ruck or key positions in the AFL,” the League’s national and international talent manager Kevin Sheehan said.

Vic Metro are well represented in the AFL Academy list, with seven players included. Under 16 Kevin Sheehan Medalist Noah Anderson headlines the group, after a standout carnival winning the best player award.

NAB AFL Under 16 Championships: Divison One report 

The midfielder one of a number of players touted as potential top five selections for the 2019 draft, alongside teammate Matthew Rowell.

Dandenong Stingrays Under 16 Hayden Young recently made his TAC Cup debut and won the Vic Country’s Under 16 MVP in the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships, and is another player to watch closely over the next few seasons.

Included in the squad is Hewago Paul Oea, who showed some promising signs for Queensland in the NAB AFL Under 16 Division Two Championships and recently played for Papua New Guinea in their International Cup triumph.

NAB AFL Under 16 Championships: Divison Two report 

Alan McLean medalist Liam Delahunty (NSW-ACT) is also in the squad.

The level one academy will come together for its first camp in Melbourne in December, with the level two squad, featuring players eligible for the 2018 draft, to be released later in the year following the NAB AFL Under 17 All Stars game at the MCG on Grand Final day.

Level one NAB AFL Academy

NSW/ACT: Liam Delahunty (Coolamon), Josh Rayner (Willoughby/Mossman)

Queensland: Connor Budarick (Labrador), Hewago Paul Oea (Papua New Guinea/Port Moresby)

South Australia: Kysaiah Pickett (Woodville-West Torrens/Port Districts), Dylan Stephens (Norwood/Walkerville), Cameron Taheny (Norwood/Eastern Ranges)

Vic Country: Sam Flanders (Gippsland Power/Fish Creek), Brodie Kemp (Bendigo Pioneers/Echuca), Caleb Serong (Gippsland Power/Warragul), Cooper Stephens (Geelong Falcons/Colac), Hayden Young (Dandenong Stingrays/Somerville)

Vic Metro: Noah Anderson (Oakleigh Chargers/Boroondara), Emerson Jeka (Western Jets/Altona), Jack Mahoney (Sandringham Dragons/St Kevin’s College), Fischer McAsey (Sandringham Dragons/East Brighton), Jamieson Rossiter (Eastern Ranges/Rowville/Rowville Sports Academy), Matt Rowell (Oakleigh Chargers/Boroondara), Dylan Williams (Oakleigh Chargers/Surrey Park)

Western Australia: Rhai Arn Cox (East Perth/Mt Lawley), Luke Jackson (East Fremantle/Bullcreek Leeming), Devon Robertson (Perth/Aquinas College)

Development list: Jack Buller (WA/Claremont/Christchurch Grammar), Matthew Conroy (QLD/Townsville/Gold Coast academy), Andrew Courtney (Vic Metro/Sandringham Dragons/Beaumaris), Anthony Davis (WA/Claremont/Hale), Aaron Gundry (Vic Country/Bendigo Pioneers/Sandhurst), Harry Ireland (Tasmania/Hobart City), Bigoa Nyuon (Vic Country/Dandenong Stingrays/Rowville Sports academy), Jeremy O’Sullivan (Vic Metro/Calder Cannons/St Bernard’s)