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Scouting notes: National U18 Championships – Round 5

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

Allies vs. Western Australia:

Allies:

#1 Conor Budarick

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

#3 Josh Stern

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

#6 Rhyan Mansell 

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

#7 Jesse Quint

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

#10 Chayce Jones

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

#11 Keidean Coleman

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

#12 Mitchell O’Neil

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

#15 Guy Richardson

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

#17 Thomas Matthews

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

#19 Bailey Scott

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

#20 Fraser Turner

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

#23 Michael Mummery

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

#28 Matthew Green

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

#29 Joey Reinard

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

#31 Connor McFadyen

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

#36 Matthew McGuiness

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

#37 Jacob Koschitzke

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

#40 Kieren Briggs

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

#41 Mathew Walker

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

#44 Caleb Graham

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

#46 Tarryn Thomas

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

#47 Nick Baker

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

#49 Nick Blakey

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

 

Western Australia:

#2 Jarrod Cameron

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

#4 Graydon Wilson

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

#6 Wil Hickmott

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

#8 Luke Moore

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

#9 Tyron Smallwood

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

#10 Rylie Morgan

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

#11 Luke English

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

#12 Jeremy Sharp

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

#13 Jason Carter

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

#14 Sydney Stack

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

#15 Jordan Clark

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

#16 Ethan Hansen

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

#18 Deven Robertson

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

#20 Luke Foley

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

#21 Tyson Powell

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

#23 Louis Miller

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

#24 Regan Spooner

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

#26 Jake Pasini

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

#27 Tom Medhat

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

#29 Dillion O’Reilly

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

#34 Brad Oldfield

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

#35 Mitchell Georgiades

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

#36 Jack Buller

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

 

Vic Metro vs. South Australia

Vic Metro:

#1 Jack Mahony

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

#2 Joe Ayton-Delaney

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

#3 Zak Butters

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

#4 Rhylee West

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

#5 Matt Rowell

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

#6 Curtis Taylor

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

#7 Angus Hanrahan

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

#8 James Rowbottom

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

#12 Tom McKenzie

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

#14 Isaac Quaynor

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

#15 Bailey Smith

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

#16 Noah Answerth

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

#18 Xavier O’Halloran

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

#19 Jack Bytel

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

#23 Buku Khamis

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

#24 Noah Anderson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

South Australia:

#2 Hayden Sampson

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

#4 Kade Chandler

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

#10 Martin Frederick

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

#11 Finn Betterman

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

#13 Connor Rozee

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

#14 Izak Rankine

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

#16 Tom Lewis

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

#18 Oscar Chapman

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

#22 Jacob Kennerley

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

#23 Aaron Nietschke

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

#25 Tom Sparrow

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

#27 Jez McLennan

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

#30 Ben Jarvis

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

#31 Mihail Lochowiak

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

#32 Luke Valente

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

#33 Tyler Martin

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

#34 Jackson Hately

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

#35 Jacob Collins

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

#37 Riley Grundy

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

#42 Jack Lukosius

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

#43 Will Gould

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

#44 James Siviour

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

#47 Hugo Munn

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

National U18 Championships previews: Round 5

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

ALLIES V. WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Wednesday, July 4, 2.10pm
Etihad Stadium

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

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

VIC METRO V. SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Wednesday, July 4, 4.40pm
Etihad Stadium

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

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

Tasmania weekly wrap: Mariners star in Allies win; North Launceston rolls on in TSL

SOME impressive performances from Tasmanian talent in the National Under 18s Championships helped the Allies get over the line against Vic Country, while Clarence and North Launceston were too good for their opponents.

Mariners help Allies to opening win over Vic Country

With nine players included in the starting lineup, it was inevitable that the Allies’ first Under 18 National Championship performance would have a distinct Tasmanian flavour. Mariners skipper Chayce Jones was arguably best afield, adapting well to the tough conditions to finish with 28 disposals, six tackles, five clearances and two goals from midfield. Academy Series MVP and North Melbourne Next Generation Academy (NGA) member Tarryn Thomas was quieter than usual, but still managed 17 touches in various roles, while bottom-age talent Mitch O’Neill found the ball 26 times from the wing. Other Apple Isle products to make their mark on the game were Matthew McGuiness, who didn’t quite accumulate as many possessions, but tackled hard and willed himself at the contest, alongside defender Nicholas Baker, who rebounded well and was rarely beaten. 

With 13 players selected in the overall Allies squad, the four Tassie boys left out of the first game will have to work hard to break into a winning combination. The Allies next take on Vic Metro at Southport Oval on Saturday June 16 in Round 2 of the National Championships. A replay of the Round 1 game can be found here.

BUPA TSL Round 11 Wrap

Launceston 6.11.47 defeated by Clarence 13.10.88

In arguably the game of the round, Clarence comfortably accounted for Launceston to hold on to second spot on the ladder with a game in hand. A five goals to two second term set up the 41-point win, with Chris Nield booting five majors to back up his bag of four in the previous round. He was aided well by Jake Cox, who managed his fourth three-goal game for the season to carry the Roos home. Despite their goal kicking efforts, the key to victory was keeping the dangerous Launceston forward duo of Mitch Thorp and Sonny Whiting to just one goal between them, considering they had combined for a previous season tally of 55. While the Blues have the bye in Round 12, Clarence face the challenge of meeting ladder leaders North Launceston in the week to come.

North Launceston 26.11.167 defeated North Hobart 6.1.37

A 19 goal second half helped table toppers North Launceston demolish cellar dwellers North Hobart by 130 points. Holding a mere 18-point buffer at the main break, the Bombers held North to a solitary goal afterwards, with 11 different goal kickers and three players booting more than five each. Dakota Bannister was named best afield for his five-goal haul, while Zachary Burt and Bradley Cox-Goodyer were stiff to miss out on being named in the best with their respective bags of five and six goals. For North Hobart, Nathan Mcculloch continued his consistent season to be named in the best alongside Hugh Williams in what proved to be another tough day out. They face a Glenorchy side hungry to climb the ladder next round, while the Bombers face Clarence in a top of the table showdown.

Glenorchy 16.6.102 defeated Tigers 11.10.76   

Despite suffering a half-time deficit, Glenorchy accounted for equal-last placed Tigers comfortably enough at KGV by way of 11 second-half goals. Matthew Joseph booted five majors to be adjudged best afield, while teammate Jaye Bowden continued his good form of late with another bag of three goals – his second in the last three games. For Tigers, Luke Graham snared two goals to be named with Blake Grant among their side’s best players. The Pies will travel to North Hobart on Saturday, while Tigers will be looking to grab their second win of the year when they face fifth place Lauderdale.     

Bye: Lauderdale

Scouting notes: Allies vs. Vic Country

THE National Under 18s Championships first round got underway yesterday, with Allies taking on Vic Country. We watched the game with Peter Williams and Michael Alvaro noting down the Allies players, while Ed Pascoe looked at the Vic Country players.

Allies:

#8 Baxter Norton – He plays as that pressure player who can slot into any position. He laid a number of strong tackles on opponents, including one in the second term on the much bigger Bailey Williams. He forced a miskick from Oscar Brownless in the third quarter, and his follow-up pressure locked the ball up at a stoppage at half-forward. He laid a good tackle in the fourth term to lock the ball up 30m from the Allies goal. He also took the game on a couple of times, including a good run out of defence.

#9 Blair Rudock – Fantastic closing speed and good pressure, Rubock always gave the ball carrier something to think about. He played through the midfield but also covered areas around the ground, laying a good mark in defence, and later on showing off a good vertical leap to mark over the top of a Country opponent.

#10 Chayce Jones – One of the Allies best across four quarters, putting in another consistent performance. He was clean at ground level or in the air – a one-grab player, and seemed to be everywhere from defence to attack and of course through the midfield. He racked up a number of clearances and has a nice kicking technique. He intercepted a kick-out and nailed the set shot from 35m and then kicked a second goal from long range. He has a quick first few steps and is able to kick well under pressure, winning the ball on the inside or outside.

#11 Keidean Coleman – The most noticeable trait for Coleman is his cleanliness at ground level. He is a long kick of the football and has good vision on the run. He puts pressure on the opposition ball carrier, and can pinpoint bullets to teammates, such as a perfect pass to Michael Mummery at half-back in the third term, and a weighted kick to Chayce Jones in the last quarter. He had the second last kick of the day with a pass in the road of Kieren Briggs who dribbled home a goal in the dying seconds. The main blemish was taking a step out of the goal square when kicking out, causing a ball-up.

#12 Mitchell O’Neill – Laid a number of fierce tackles on opponents and showed quick hands under pressure. He took a strong mark at half-back under immense pressure in the third term, and was brave not long after to do the same thing, but was spoiled. He had a quick shot on goal but missed.

#13 Ethan Jackson – Strong at the contest and is able to stand up in a tackle. He generally picks the right option under pressure and handballed well to Fraser Turner in the third quarter but the shot from Turner missed. Had his own shot on the run in the final term but it went to the right and missed.

#16 James Peatling – Grabbed the ball on the wing and nullified a contest in the opening term by sliding across the boundary line. He took a good mark in space in the second term, but his set shot from 30m missed to the left. He handballed to a teammate early in the fourth quarter, pinpointing him through a couple of Vic Country opponents.

#18 Lachlan McDonald – Seemed to fin the ball at half-forward and half-back. A long kick, he put it to dangerous areas deep, and also provided a target leading out of the forward 50. McDonald took a good mark running back with the flight in the third term with the backline under pressure.

#19 Bailey Scott – Probably the Allies best in the first term, seemingly everywhere with a snap on goal which bounced through. He was clean at ground level, showed quick hands and put pressure on the opposition ball carrier. He was a little quieter later in the match, but laid some good tackles. Scott took a strong mark at half-forward but made a poor decision to handball to a teammate under pressure. He made up for it not long after, reading the ball drop off hands up forward and snapping a great goal.

#20 Fraser Turner – Another Allies midfielder who was busy throughout the game. He showed plenty of hard running and put good pressure on the ball carrier. He had a nice shot on goal while being tackled in the second term, capitalising through the big sticks. Turner had another shot on goal in the third term but it went out on the full. Throughout the match he found space through his gut running.

#23 Michael Mummery – Did a few nice things throughout the match, showing good speed and spun out of trouble early in the game. Was not a huge possession winner, but popped up at times.

#25 Ryan Gilmore – Not a bad performance from the defender who attacks the contest hard. He produced a good spoil in the opening term, then smothered a shot on goal. He fended off an opponent not long after but his own kick was smothered. Gilmore is quick and is strong overhead. He is clean winning it at full speed and showed plenty of courage throughout the match.

#26 Thomas Green – Bottom-ager Green started well with a couple of nice front and centre snares at the stoppages, keeping his arms free above his head in order to dish the ball out. Despite his good clearance work, his output around the contest slowed a bit in the approach to half time and he was thrown forward to good effect in the third term. He managed to back a handy goal from a long-range set shot and put on some hard tackles to keep the ball locked in the Allies 50.

#28 Matthew Green – Despite standing at 189cm, there is not much of Matthew Green. He has the perfect rangy figure for a running outside player, and he assumed his position on the wing for most of the game. Like his namesake Thomas, Green started well with some good follow up efforts around the ball and a nice chase in the first quarter to set the tone for his side.

#31 Connor McFadyen – McFadyen began the game inside the forward 50 but after a very quiet first half, was thrown into the centre bounce to find more of the ball. He made an immediate impact with the first clearance of the third quarter, followed up by a Kouta-esque pick up which led to a goal assist, and additional clearances around the ground. At 190cm, he is not quite tall enough to hold down a key forward role, but looked comfortable as a prototypical modern day midfielder. He showed surprising agility and moved well in traffic, dishing out some deft handballs in the clinches.

#36 Matthew McGuiness – Another of the Allies’ big-bodied utilities, McGuiness found it hard to break into the game at times. He did not accumulate possessions at his usual rate, but had some good moments in the second half to make his presence felt. His run down effort in the third term was admirable, and his diving smother to stop a snap on goal in the last quarter was one of his highlights.

#37 Jacob Koschitzke – Koschitzke was used in various roles throughout the day as part of a major rotation of the Allies big-men. Starting forward, the GWS Academy product also took up a good amount of the ruck duties forward of centre and did not look entirely out of place. With the Allies magnet-board shuffled heavily in the second half, Koschitzke was thrown into defence to quell the influence of his Murray Bushrangers teammate Hudson Garoni. While Garoni proved dangerous and continued to dominate on the lead, Koschitzke took a couple of handy intercept marks and made some good decisions in the back half.

#40 Kieren Briggs – Briggs played a key hand in bringing the Allies home with three last quarter goals. The highlight was easily his third goal – a smart dribbler from deep in the 50 with an opponent closing in. The versatile tall was able to find space well and looked dangerous one-out when forward. He spent most of the first half rucking, leaping well and most notably showing off his clean hands overhead in tough conditions. As an over-ager, Briggs certainly put his name down as one to watch further with his performance.

#44 Caleb Graham – Graham started the game at full-back and looked comfortable in defiance of the ball flooding into the Allies defence early. Despite direct opponent Hudson Garoni finding space on the lead on a couple of occasions, the Gold Coast Suns Academy member was rarely beaten one-on-one or at ground level. He showed good desperation in the wet conditions and save the Allies’ blushes early on with spoils, tackles, and dives for the ball. With Garoni getting on top, Graham was moved to centre half forward in the third quarter and provided a reliable first option coming out of the midfield.

#45 Jack Tomkinson – The bullocking Queenslander spent his day taking on the bulk of the ruck duties against two very worthy Vic Country adversaries, and held his own with 32 hit-outs. At 200cm and 100kg, Tomkinson has the physical edge over most rucks at this level, but certainly had his work cut out for him with the leap of Bailey Williams in particular. He used his body well at the stoppages, but could work on getting off the ground more often in the ruck contests.

#46 Tarryn Thomas – It was a quiet day by Thomas’ now highly lofty standards, but he still managed to look dangerous wherever he was played. After attending the first centre bounce, Thomas was shifted to a deep forward position during most of the second and third terms, applying some decent pressure and tackling well. He continues to show great ability below his knees and his trademark twists and turns, always looking to make something happen with ball in hand. He also has the tendency to use his hips well when winning the ball off the deck, protecting the ball and eliminating his opponent in one motion. With the game up for grabs, he was thrown back into the middle in the last quarter and behind the ball late on where he took a nice pack mark.

#47 Nicholas Baker – Donning a helmet, Baker was not all that hard to spot as he went about his business in the back half. He is another prospect who is forced to play both tall and small, and he played a good sweeping role for the Allies. Baker’s defensive pressure stood out early on with a couple of acts sparing his side a further deficit, and he was able to impact the contest through his work rate and smart positioning.

#48 Dirk Koenen – Playing largely in tandem with Baker, Koenen made his way to a good number of aerial contests down back, while doing his best to sweep the ball out of there. He had a few fumbly moments and slipped up a bit in the wet, but made good decisions by foot which proved important.

Vic Country:

#2 Sam Walsh – Walsh was the standout midfielder on the day for Vic Country with his run and skill a feature for all four quarters. Walsh in the wet conditions was clean with his hands all day at ground level and overhead, he took a nice contested intercept mark in the third quarter and he quickly played on with a kick inboard and then quickly following up with the receive handball where he would continue to run and hit a long switch kick. Walsh showed impressive movement and composure with ball in hand where he would spin one way and then the other way keeping the opposition on their toes while also helping him take the best option which he often did. One passage of play stood out in the second quarter where he ran into the incoming Tarryn Thomas and he just turned on a dime and managed to get away. The kick was ineffective, but the way he was able to avoid trouble was eye-catching. Walsh was impressive at winning the ball at stoppages after half-time which he had to do with the injuries to key inside midfielders Jye Caldwell and Mitch Riordan. Walsh’s kicking this year has not been as good as he would like but his kicking on this day was first class with one such kick inside 50 in the last quarter where he lowered his eyes and found a target.

#3 Toby Bedford – Bedford was energetic as a small forward for all four quarters often putting on great pressure and tackling with intent. He had one excellent chase down tackle in the first quarter and he would continue to buzz around the forward 50 and be a threat. What really impressed was his multiple efforts to tackle and get involved in the play, he was also very clean with his hands and often made good decisions with the ball. He got to play around the ball more in the last quarter often getting involved in defence, he showed nice vision under pressure in one bit of play although his handball was a but too long the vision he showed in that situation was impressive.

#4 Jye Caldwell – Caldwell unfortunately had his game cut short with a hamstring injury early in the second quarter. Caldwell managed to make an impact in the first quarter however, where he kicked a goal on the run on his opposite foot. He would continue to work hard at stoppages and lay some solid tackles and work deep in defence to help his defenders. Caldwell had some shaky kicks on his left foot but it was good to see him at least try and use it instead of trying to go back on his right and be corralled with the kick.

#5 Xavier Duurmsa – Duursma had a quiet game starting in defence, he used the ball well early with his hands at ground level and handballs good in the wet conditions. He did some nice things later on before going forward in the last quarter where he had a nice front and square rove although the kick was nicely smothered by the Allies defender. Not long after that he laid a hard tackle and he should have been rewarded with a shot on goal.

#6 Laitham Vandermeer – The over-ager showed nice run and carry from half-back especially in the first quarter. One such play early in the game stood out where he marked on the wing with a kick down the line that he would end up following up and receiving then kicking nicely inside 50 which would lead to a shot at goal for Garoni. Late in the quarter he showed great attack at the contest, he would then lay a nice tackle then follow up with a run and fake finally handballing out wide to a teammate. Some of his handballs in the second quarter were very slick, with one handball done in the blink of an eye which was put perfectly to the advantage of Bedford who was running at full pace. In the last quarter he showed good evasion getting around multiple opponents in the forward half.

#8 Ned McHenry – McHenry played an excellent game working hard to win the ball while also working hard defensively with some great chases and hard tackles. McHenry’s quick clean hands were a feature in the first quarter along with his nice movement at stoppages. He would keep up his pressure and attack on the ball in the second quarter with a great bit of play in the forward half where he attacked the ball at speed evading an opponent and running into open goal, he would miss the shot but what he did to get into that position caught the eye. In the third quarter he would continue to lay plenty of hard tackles while also getting around his teammates at stoppages and gave plenty of encouragement around the ball.

#10 Zac Foot – Foot had a mixed game, it was not ideal conditions for a running wingman, but he worked hard to impact contests. His hands in the wet were mostly clean, especially in the second quarter with a few nice pickups on the run. Foot made a number of mistakes, but what impressed was his efforts to win the ball back and make up for his mistakes and in the wet conditions that’s all you could ask for.

#12 Caleb Serong – Despite a quiet first half Serong would finish the game strongly, usually a midfielder for Gippsland he played most of the game as a forward and he showed plenty of his midfield traits with some nice ground level gathers and clean hands. His attack on the ball and second efforts up forward where important in the second half and he just continued to get involved as the game went on, he missed a snap goal in the last quarter but he did well to even get a boot to it so quickly with pressure coming. What really stood out with his game was how he was able to improve as the game went on and how effective he was when going for the ball and distributing the ball by hand.

#13 Tom Berry – Usually a midfielder for the Rebels, Berry played mostly as a forward in the first half. He had a nice rove from a pack although fumbling he quickly regathered the ball and snapped at goal which was only just touched. His attack on the ball and pressure was his standout feature in the second quarter he would later be sent into defence in the second half. Berry did some very gutsy things in defence, one bit of play he went back with the flight with no thought for his body, he would continue to put his body on the line and impact the contests at ground level and overhead with some nice spoils. Berry used the ball quickly in defence he had both a great kick and a poor kick in the last quarter trying to take the game on.

#14 Sam Flanders – Flanders was arguably the most dangerous small forward in the game constantly getting to dangerous spots, he would also put on a lot of pressure and would attack the contests up forward. His first goal came from a kick of the ground in the goal square and his second goal came with a classy snap in the third quarter where he had worked hard beforehand to lock the ball inside 50. He had a nice bit of play in the midfield in the last quarter where he just whacked into Allies gun Tarryn Thomas and then followed up the loose ball from a stoppage having a run and delivering a nice pass to the 50m arc.

#15 Lachlan Ash – Bottom ager Ash had quiet second half, but his first half was full of eye catching moments with his quick ball movement and agility impressing. One such play stood out in the first quarter where he would sidestep an opponent in defence stay composed and hit a nice switch kick under pressure. He had some really good efforts competing hard in a 2-on-1 at half-forward attacking the contest hard and won the ball.  He had some good efforts deep in defence where he just worked the ball to the boundary to kill the ball.

#18 Mitchell Riordan – Riordan had his day cut short getting injured late in the second quarter, he had a quiet first quarter but he worked hard in the second quarter putting on some good pressure around the stoppages while also cracking in hard with his attack on the ball which got him rewarded with a free kick in the middle of the ground.

#19 Sam Fletcher – Fletcher was a hard worker in the midfield laying plenty of tackles and getting to plenty of stoppages where he would use his clean hands at the clearances. He was rewarded for a good tackle in the second quarter and he would continue winning multiple tackles over every quarter. Fletcher’s clean hands at the stoppages stood out where he rarely fumbled and was able to release the outside running players. Fletcher would use his clean hands late in the game to take a lovely contested mark, his kicking throughout the day was not a feature and his speed hindered him at times but his constant effort over four quarters couldn’t be faulted.

#25 Kyle Reid – Reid had a mixed bag in defence, his kicking was shaky early on with a few poor kicks but one of his pickups on the run in the wet was impressive for a player his size. Reid continued to do some great defensive efforts with a good intercept mark deep in defence where he quickly played on, his quick ball movement was a positive with a bit of play in the last quarter standing out where he took a nice intercept mark, he would quickly play on with a kick and follow up his kick with some dash and a nice rebound kick. He laid a good tackle late in the last quarter and was rewarded with a free kick and he would then deliver a nice kick inside 50.

#26 Matt McGannon – The over-ager showed some nice movement and kicking from half-back and he would often take kick-outs and deliver nicely. McGannon hit the target often by foot and would often follow up his kicks with good run and carry. Decision making under pressure would be something he can work on because he is damaging with time and space.

#27 Zane Barzen – Barzen spent most of his time on a wing despite playing as a forward for the Murray Bushrangers. Barzen took multiple lead up marks in the first quarter he also took an intercept mark but his kick inside 50 was a bit too wide. Barzen has a presence in the air which he showed later in the last quarter taking a nice mark floating from the side, eh would miss the set shot at goal however. Barzen had some promising moments but if he is to play more time on the wing he needs to be stronger over the ball and not be so easily pushed off as he was on a few occasions during the day.

#28 Bailey Schmidt – Schmidt had a solid game in the ruck, what impressed most was his follow up work and attack on the contest. He had a good spoil in the third quarter where he followed up nicely with a hard tackle. Other than a poor kick over the head of his teammate in the third quarter, his ball use was otherwise solid and he showed some promising signs when following up his ruck work.

#29 Bailey Williams – Williams won plenty of taps especially early in the game with his superior leap, he would often run hard to follow up his ruck work throughout the day. Williams showed some nice movement for his size with a nice side step and long kick inside 50 in the first quarter and a lovely piece of play late in the second quarter where he would tap the ball on along the wing, gather the ball then handball and would end up following that up kicking a nice running shot at goal.  He would have a quiet second half but he would take a fantastic contested mark on the lead in the third quarter; his tap work and leap would prove an asset for all four quarters.

#30 Oscar Brownless – Brownless toiled hard for a lot of the day playing forward and through the midfield. He started the game well with some good attack and desperation around the ball and used the ball well by hand, he would have a quiet second quarter before getting more involved in the third with some nice pressure in the forward half with his efforts leading to Flanders goal in the third quarter and he showed good courage going back with the flight in one contest. Brownless impressed with some good tackles and he competed well in the air in the last quarter.

#31 Brock Smith – The Gippsland defender had a quiet game but his hardness at the contest was still a feature. He was tasked with the job on dangerous Allies player Tarryn Thomas when he was resting forward and Smith more than held his own with that match up often letting him know where he was and putting on constant body contact and pressure.

#35 Hudson Garoni – Garoni worked hard in the first quarter, he took a nice contested mark only to kick a behind but he would later capitalise with a chest mark then go back and slot the set shot goal. He was good with his hands with one good handball to McHenry while Garoni was on the ground, he kicked his second goal from a free kick and almost had his third with the next centre clearance where he lead out and took a nice mark only to miss the set shot from 50. He would add another point in the last quarter coming from an impressive contested mark on the lead.

#37 Dane Hollenkamp – Hollenkamp did not do a lot wrong playing as a key defender, he often used the ball well and his defensive work was top notch with some solid spoils. He had one good bit of play in the second quarter where he showed desperation to work the ball towards the boundary. His best bit of play came in the last quarter where he attacked the ball hard, had a run and then kicked truly out of defence.

#39 Connor Idun – Toiled hard in defence and often used the ball well and quickly by hand. Idun took some nice intercept marks throughout the day including some timely spoils and good tackles. Idun did well to win the ball and take some marks but his ball movement was often slow not taking the first option and would end up just kicking long down the line and if Idun is going to make that next step it would be promising to see him use the ball quicker after a mark like he does in general play because his quick hands in general play were fantastic.

Possible father-son Bailey Scott stars in week three of the Under 18 Academy Series

TASMANIA Mariners were the big winners in the third round of the 2018 Under 18 Academy Series, while the Sydney Swans and Gold Coast Suns Academy teams both collected the points. 

NORTHERN TERRITORY VS. SYDNEY SWANS ACADEMY

A FAST start from the Sydney Swans Academy have ensured they would run out 29-point winners over the Northern Territory team in Alice Springs on Saturday.  The Swans kept NT to just a sole goal going into half time, with eight to their name and never looked back claiming their third win of the tournament. 

Despite likely top 10 draft pick Nick Blakey missing, Rory Barkley continued his good form of the carnival, bagging three goals, while Lachlan Swaney and Joey Reinhard both kicked two goals.  The 190cm Reinhard was named the Swans best for the match, with overager Sam Wicks and midfielder Cooper Kilpatrick also in the best. Reinhard played at centre half-forward, using his size to his advantage – taking multiple strong marks around the ground. He also pinched hit in the ruck at times and pulled off a stunning specky in the third quarter, as a contender for the best mark of the series. 

For the home side, Dandenong Stingrays twins Matthew and Stephen Cumming were again in the best. Speedy forward Matthew booted three goals, while Stephen also kicked a goal. AFL Academy member Michael Mummery had his best game of the carnival, named the NT’s best player for the match – using the ball effectively by foot in the midfield. 

NORTHERN TERRITORY       1.4       1.7       5.10     8.13 (61)
SYDNEY SWANS                    6.1       8.4       11.5     14.6 (90)

GOALS
NORTHERN TERRITORY:
M.Cumming 3, S.Cumming, Wyatt, Forbes, Mummery, Ferreira
SYDNEY SWANS: Barkley 3, Swaney 2, Reinhard 2, Thorne, Stein, Maguire, Wicks, Van Huisstede, Carroll, Barling 

BEST
NORTHERN TERRITORY:
Mummery, M.Cumming, Simon, Green, S.Cumming, Hutt
SYDNEY SWANS: Reinhard, Parkes, Stern, Kilpatrick, Wicks, Brewer

GOLD COAST ACADEMY VS. GWS GIANTS ACADEMY 

POSSIBLE father-son and academy prospect Bailey Scott shone in the sun at Broadbeach on Saturday helping the Suns to a win over the GIANTS. Scott collected a team-high 22 disposals, four clearances and booted a goal in another strong showing in his third game of the Under 18 Academy Series. He is eligible to be drafted by three clubs (as well as having the option of entering the open draft), as the son of former Cat (132 games) and Kangaroos (111 games) player Robert Scott is eligible for father-son both clubs, as well as being part of the Gold Coast Suns academy.

Medium 187cm defender Ryan Gilmore (19 disposals and eight marks) intercepted well in the air, playing his best match of the carnival, while Kirk Koenen (14 disposals and six marks) continued his strong form. Having only recently returned from the AFL Academy Level One trip to New Zealand, Hewago Paul-Oea put in an eye-catching performance, while small forward Timakoi Bowie booted a match-high three goals. Defender turned forward Caleb Graham also kicked two goals for the match for the Suns. 

The GIANTS went goalless in the opening term, but Ed Perryman (brother of GWS’ Harry) booted two goals, as did highly touted AFL Academy Level One member Liam Delahunty – who dominated in the Under 16 championships last year.  After performing well at centre half-forward last week, Kieren Briggs played a bigger role in the ruck, recorded 28 hitouts – while his pressure around the ground was important, where he laid nine tackles. Xavier College student Jeremy Lucas had a match-high 29 disposals in the midfield, performing exceptionally well in the contest for the Giants. 

GOLD COAST SUNS    3.3     7.4       8.4       11.8 (74)
GWS GIANTS               0.5     2.8       5.10     7.12 (54)  

GOALS
GOLD COAST SUNS:  Bowie 3, Buckland 2, Graham 2, Greenwool 2, Scott, Gore
GWS GIANTS: Perryman 2, Delahunty 2, Lucas, Driscoll, Corbett 

BEST
GOLD COAST SUNS: 
Gilmore, Bowie, Scott, Koenen, Budarick, Greenwool
GWS GIANTS: Briggs, Peatling, Richardson, Lucas

BRISBANE LIONS ACADEMY VS. TASMANIA 

SMALL Forward Blair Rubock was the star as the Tassie Mariners smashed the Brisbane Lions Academy by 106-points on Saturday. The 179cm forward was helped by the sheer number of the Mariners’ inside 50 count and got the travelling team off to a flyer, booting three of their first four goals. Outside Midfielder Fraser Turner again found more than 15 disposals, while small Mitch Anderton was again in the best players for Tasmania. Tarryn Thomas (18 disposals and two goals), Matthew McGuiness (18 disposals and three goals) were also important in the win, while Ryan Banks-Smith had 19 disposals. 

For Brisbane, tall forward Kobe Tozer played his first match of the Under 18 Academy Series, booting one of the Lions’ two goals. Darcy Marsh again featured in the best, but it was a day to forget for the Lions who face GIANTS next weekend. 

BRISBANE LIONS       1.0       1.0       2.1       2.2 (14)
TASMANIA                    4.2       8.6       13.7     17.8 (110)

GOALS
BRISBANE LIONS: McFadyen, Tozer
TASMANIA: Rubock 6, McGuinness 3, Thomas 2, Mundy 2, Banks-Smith 2, Jackson, Chaplin 

BEST
BRISBANE LIONS: Marango, Currie, Cowan, McFadyen, Marsh
TASMANIA: Anderton, O’Neill, Mansell, Rubock, McGuinness, Norton