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Eighty invited to National AFL Draft Combine

VIC Metro has dominated the nominations for the National AFL Draft Combine with more than one third of the invitees coming from Metro, and more than half from Victoria. South Australia’s title-winning side has the next most with 13, including mature-ager Shane McAdam. Sturt’s McAdam is one of two mature agers to be invited to the combine, with Werribee’s Josh Corbett also gaining an invite. Western Australia has 11 invitees, while Tasmania and Queensland (four each) and NSW-ACT (three) round out the total nominees with no Northern Territory player invited.

There are six Northern Academy-tied players invited – Nick Blakey (Sydney), Kieren Briggs (GWS GIANTS), Keidean Coleman and Connor McFadyen (Brisbane), and Dirk Koenen and Bailey Scott (Gold Coast). Additionally there are a raft of father-sons, such as Oscar BrownlessRhylee WestWill KellyBen Silvagni and Joel Crocker, whilst Tarryn Thomas (North Melbourne), Jarrod Cameron (West Coast), Irving Mosquito (Hawthorn) and Isaac Quaynor (Collingwood) are others tied to Next Generation Academies.

In terms of individual clubs, Oakleigh Chargers (eight), Sandringham Dragons (seven), Geelong Falcons and Dandenong Stingrays (both five), Murray Bushrangers, Western Jets, Calder Cannons and Gippsland Power (all four) lead the way, with the remaining four TAC Cup clubs having a nominee each. For interstate clubs, Sturt and Perth both have three players invited.

The 80 players will test in front of clubs from October 2-5.

National AFL Draft Combine invitees:

NSW-ACT [3]
Nick Blakey (Sydney Academy)
Kieren Briggs (GWS Academy)
Jacob Koschitzke (Murray Bushrangers)

Queensland [4]
Keidean Coleman (Brisbane Lions Academy)
Dirk Koenen (Gold Coast Academy)
Connor McFadyen (Brisbane Lions Academy)
Bailey Scott (Gold Coast Academy)

South Australia [13]
Jez McLennan (Central District)
Ben Jarvis (Norwood)
Izak Rankine (West Adelaide)
Tom Sparrow (South Adelaide)
Jackson Hately (Central District)
Jacob Kennerley (Norwood)
Connor Rozee (North Adelaide)
Luke Valente (Norwood)
Shane McAdam (Sturt)
Hayden Sampson (South Adelaide)
Riley Grundy (Sturt)
Jack Lukosius (Woodville West Torrens)
Hugo Munn (Sturt)

Tasmania [4]
Nicholas Baker (Lauderdale)
Chayce Jones (Launceston)
Tarryn Thomas (North Launceston)
Fraser Turner (Clarence)

VFL [1]
Josh Corbett (Werribee)

Vic Country [19]
Zane Barzen (Murray Bushrangers)
Toby Bedford (Dandenong Stingrays)
Thomas Berry (Greater Western Victoria Rebels)
Riley Bowman (Dandenong Stingrays)
Oscar Brownless (Geelong Falcons)
Jye Caldwell (Bendigo Pioneers)
Xavier Duursma (Gippsland Power)
Zac Foot (Dandenong Stingrays)
Will Hamill (Dandenong Stingrays)
Connor Idun (Geelong Falcons)
Matt McGannon (Gippsland Power)
Ned McHenry (Geelong Falcons)
Irving Mosquito (Gippsland Power)
Kyle Reid (Gippsland Power)
Ely Smith (Murray Bushrangers)
Charlie Sprague (Geelong Falcons)
Laitham Vandermeer (Murray Bushrangers)
Sam Walsh (Geelong Falcons)
Bailey Williams (Dandenong Stingrays)

Vic Metro [25]
Daly Andrews (Western Jets)
Noah Answerth (Oakleigh Chargers)
James Blanck (Eastern Ranges)
Zak Butters (Western Jets)
Jack Bytel (Calder Cannons)
Riley Collier-Dawkins (Oakleigh Chargers)
Joel Crocker (Sandringham Dragons)
Will Golds (Oakleigh Chargers)
Angus Hanrahan (Sandringham Dragons)
Will Kelly (Oakleigh Chargers)
William Kennedy (Sandringham Dragons)
Buku Khamis (Western Jets)
Ben King (Sandringham Dragons)
Max King (Sandringham Dragons)
Tom McKenzie (Northern Knights)
Xavier O’Halloran (Western Jets)
Xavier O’Neill (Oakleigh Chargers)
Isaac Quaynor (Oakleigh Chargers)
James Rowbottom (Oakleigh Chargers)
Lachlan Sholl (Calder Cannons)
Ben Silvagni (Oakleigh Chargers)
Bailey Smith (Sandringham Dragons)
Liam Stocker (Sandringham Dragons)
Curtis Taylor (Calder Cannons)
Rhylee West (Calder Cannons)

Western Australia [11]
Jarrod Cameron (Swan Districts)
Jordan Clark (Claremont)
Luke English (Perth)
Damon Greaves (East Perth)
Luke Foley (Subiaco)
Ian Hill (Perth)
Tom Joyce (East Fremantle)
Dillon O’Reilly (East Fremantle)
Tyron Smallwood (Claremont)
Sydney Stack (Perth)
Durak Tucker (Peel Thunder)

Scouting notes: Allies vs. South Australia

IN the first of our two-game scouting notes wrap up for the National Championships on the weekend, we took a look at the Allies and South Australia. Scott Dougan, James Goller and Callum Thomson split up to take a look at the Allies, while Damon Mattiazzo, David Chapman and Jamie Morgan noted down the South Australian side.

Allies:

#1 Connor Budarick

The bottom-ager aligned with the Gold Coast Suns played up forward and was able to hit the scoreboard in the last quarter with a beautiful dribble kick. Throughout stages of the game, he showed aggression in contested situations and composure on the outside. Budarick is not the tallest of players but his speed, agility and footy smarts make up for his height. A classy footballer who will be one to watch out for next year.

#3 Josh Stern

Stern was part of the Allies forward line and also drifted through the midfield when needed. He played on the outside of the contest and his ball use was good. But he was unable to have any sort of impact on the game, failing to lay a tackle and only amassing four disposals.

#6 Rhyan Mansell 

The Tasmanian had an impressive diving smother on the half-back flank in the first quarter, but unfortunately, the ball rebounded back inside South Australia’s forward 50. Mansell was at his best in contested situations, releasing the ball by hand to his teammates on the outside. He worked hard to get from contest to contest and was able to hit the scoreboard in the last quarter after crumbing a Nick Blakey marking contest superbly.

#7 Jesse Quint

Quint played forward and booted the Allies first goal after he crumbed a marking contest inside 50. He lacked intensity and grunt when he lost an important one-on-one contest in the second quarter to a more desperate South Australian player. Quint found it difficult to get involved during the game but popped up in the third quarter with a notable contested mark against Will Gould.

#10 Chayce Jones

The hard-running midfielder was one of the Allies best in their 24-point defeat. Jones had an important spoil in the first term which resulted in Jesse Quint kicking the first goal for the Allies. His aggression on the contest, work-rate, pressure and competitiveness were a highlight throughout the day. He won the ball in contested situations but also found it just as easy to find it on the outside. His defensive running was faultless and clear when he was able to keep up with speedy South Australian, Hayden Sampson after he sprinted 100 metres to make himself an option in the forward 50. Jones’ kicking has been criticised and does need some work, but in the fourth quarter, he was able to hit up the leading Nick Blakey on the chest with a blistering opposite foot bullet. A very solid four-quarter performance from the possible first-round draft pick.

#11 Keidean Coleman

Coleman was responsible for the Allies kick-ins and played as a rebounding defender. His ball use was clean and his composure under pressure was good. He did not find much of the ball but made the correct decisions when he had it. Coleman made a couple of defensive errors in the match, one in the third quarter when he went up for a marking contest with two other teammates and failed to keep his feet, resulting in a goal for South Australia. Another one came in the last quarter when he was walking around without an opponent, unaware of his surroundings, which lead to an opposition player leading to a massive area of space with ease, gifting him a shot at goal.

#12 Mitchell O’Neill

The bottom-age outside midfielder was one of the top contributors for the Allies. He showed poise and composure with ball in hand and his ball use was exceptional when delivering the ball inside 50. He was involved in both of Nick Blakey’s goals in the second quarter, which helped the Allies to regain the confidence and desire they were lacking in the first term. O’Neill played all over the ground and worked hard to get involved in as many passages of play as possible. One of his several high points of the day came in the third term when he positioned himself wonderfully in front of a one-on-one contest deep inside 50, reading the play well and booting an important goal.

#15 Guy Richardson

Richardson was solid in the back half, remaining calm when the Allies defence was under siege in periods throughout the game. His penetrating kick was handy when rebounding out of the defensive 50 and he always used the ball well. He was unable to lay a tackle but showed glimpses of competitiveness.

#17 Thomas Matthews

Matthews a tough backman, laid six strong tackles in his game against South Australia. One of these was a goal-saving tackle in the third quarter. This is where he showed great follow up pressure. He had two rebounds from the defensive fifty, where he lowered his eyes and was composed when making decisions. You really know what your going to get from Matthews , trying all day. He also took a strong intercept mark. Matthews is also hard to tackle and broke through a number of South Australian tackles.

#19 Bailey Scott

A interesting player, Scott, the father-son prospect for North Melbourne and Geelong but is also an Academy player for the Gold Coast Suns. Scott played throughout the midfield and forward line. He showed his forward craft by kicking two goals. He has the ability to generate a high number of possessions as Scott had the most disposals for the Allies with 22 possessions. He also showed his midfield craft gaining three clearances and four inside 50s. Scott at times was able to break away from stoppages by using his speed which was impressive. He showed that he can make solid decisions with the ball in hand. Not only that but Scott’s hands were good in congestion. With Scott’s kicking, he hit Tarryn Thomas on the chest with a 45-50 metre kick which caught the eye and did this again with hitting up teammate Nick Blakey.

#20 Fraser Turner

Turner played mostly on the wing and through the midfield for Allies. He set up a goal early with nice hands from a crumbling situation. He showed his ability to weave out of congestion very well. In congestion, Turner had quick hands and made solid decision making skills. He had 17 possessions for the day, but did not lay a tackle.

#26 Thomas Green

Green played in the midfield for the Allies . A highlight was his six tackles and he looked fairly strong in the contest. An in and under player, he also took a nice intercept mark running off his opponent and reading the ball well in the air. Green ended up collecting 13 possessions. He was another Allies player that showed in congestion good use with his handballing.

#28 Matthew Green

Green did not have a big day at the office however there were certain parts to his game that were solid. Green has break away speed which he used across the half-back line. He rebounded the ball a few times importantly out of defence. Green used his speed to break through the lines by really taking the game on.

#29 Joey Reinhard

Was barely sighted in the first half, but had a much better second half of the game. Playing across the half-back line and wing for the Allies. Reinhard showed solid work rate by when it comes to his running patterns. He showed some leg speed in the contest and managed three inside 50s in the second half.

#31 Connor McFadyen

McFadyen had a outstanding game for the Allies. He was one of the best on for them, collecting 21 possessions. Playing through the midfield and forward line he really put on fantastic pressure on his opponents laying seven tackles. He pinch-hit in the ruck to give Kieren Briggs a chop out. This is where McFadyen kicked a ripping goal on his left from the stoppage. The 190cm McFadyen was really strong in the contest, which allowed him to have six clearances and five inside 50s. The Brisbane Academy player played a great game and is one to keep a watch on especially Brisbane Lions fans.

#37 Jacob Koschitzke

The key back had a solid game against the South Australian team. After coming off a great match against Vic Metro. Koschitzke started well taking two really good marks. He really reads the ball well in flight, as a number of times he ran off his opponent to spoil contests. He showed courage in the game also with a back with a flight spoil which caught the eye.

#40 Kieren Briggs

The GWS Giants academy big man looked dangerous all day, alternating between the forward line and the ruck. When in the ruck, Briggs was able to impose himself around the ground and win the majority of the ruck contests. Up forward Briggs presented well whether as a stay at home forward or a linking target further up the ground. If he could not mark the ball in the contest, he was able to bring it down to ground level and provide the smaller forwards with opportunities. What sets Briggs apart from most other big men is his desire. He had a fantastic chase down in the third term and consistently provided defensive pressure and second efforts. Finishing with 22 hitouts, 12 disposals and seven tackles, Briggs was one of the Allies best.

#41 Mathew Walker

Walker played a solid game without doing anything special, finishing with 10 touches, two marks and two tackles. Spending most of his time as a half-forward, the GWS Academy product also rotated into the midfield but failed to make an impact. When Walker got the ball he was able to use it cleanly, while without the ball, he applied good defensive pressure.

#44 Caleb Graham

Graham played in a variety of positions today, showing off his versatility. The Gold Coast Academy prospect started the game up forward where he could not impact the game. Moving into the ruck, Graham was able to win his fair share of hit outs as well as get the better of his opponent around the ground. Graham looked most comfortable down back, where he was able to read the play well, talking a couple of nice intercept marks. Graham finished the game with 28 hitouts, eight disposals and four marks.

#46 Tarryn Thomas

Thomas was not up to his usual standards, but always looked dangerous when in and around the contest. Up forward, Thomas provided good pressure and was always a threat at ground level. In the midfield, Thomas used the ball well when he had the opportunity, especially by hand. Thomas played his best when he was in and under the contest, getting first use of the ball and using his clean hands to find an open teammate. The Tasmanian finished with 12 disposals and six tackles and continues to show glimpses of something special.

#47 Nicholas Baker

Baker was set the task of defending South Australia’s best forwards. He started on Connor Rozee and moved onto Jack Lukosious in the second quarter to curb his influence. Baker was able to read the play well, leaving his man to get to contests and spoil. One of the Allies best defenders, Baker finished with 11 disposals and five tackles.

#48 Dirk Koenen

Playing as a key pillar in defence, Koenen came off the ground after a contest halfway through second quarter for treatment on a high right hamstring, but came back on later in the quarter. Koenen was good in the aerial contests and used the ball well when in possession, finishing with 10 disposals and three marks.

#49 Nick Blakey

Blakey was quiet in the first quarter but took a strong mark early in the game. Blakey scored his first early in the second snapping it home from a Briggs hand off. Less than a minute later he kicked his second after a strong lead. Blakey looks most dangerous when he can run and jump at the ball. He doesn’t break stride on the lead and marks the ball at the highest point. Blakey was able to play deep or as a linking option. The Sydney academy member was one of the Allies best finishing with 11 possessions, six marks and two goals (three behinds).

South Australia:

#2 Hayden Sampson

The son of Adelaide Crows premiership player Clay Sampson had a solid contribution to South Australia’s with 12 disposals and three marks. He showed his opportunist forward instincts with a great roving goal in the third quarter after the ball raced away from a stoppage in SA’s forward line.

#3 Boyd Woodcock

Serial ball winner Woodcock played his first game of the carnival and provided an extra outlet through the midfield and half-forward. His tackling pressure was great throughout the game, and he also kicked a top goal from outside 50 to cap off a decent game.

#4 Kade Chandler

Unfortunately Chandler struggled to have a great impact on the game, against Vic Country in the previous game his tackling pressure was massive with 12, but only could muster four against the Allies.

#10 Martin Frederick

The Port Adelaide Next Generation Academy player played his best game for the carnival as he was a crucial element to South Australia’s run and carry from defence. His disposal is left to be desired at times but two inside 50s and three rebounds highlighted his influence. Frederick showed off his dashing run and “sold candy” as he kicked a superb goal on the run from a difficult angle.

#11 Finn Betterman

Betterman was one of the best for his side as his performance was significant to the great victory. Betterman found plenty of the ball in the early exchanges of the match and continued to be consistent throughout. His highlight for the game was definitely his pressure around the ball as he claimed 10 tackles for the day. His pressure was most evident when he smothered an Allies kick out of defence and followed on to kick a great snap goal.

#13 Connor Rozee

Rozee had his most influential game of the carnival and was firing from the start as he kicked the first goal of the game. His kicking was a joy to behold throughout the match, later on Rozee was hurt from a pack mark attempt but played out the game with no problems.

#14 Izak Rankine

Rankine kicked three goals as he lit up at the GMHBA Stadium with his daring dash and explosiveness. He started through the midfield and found plenty of the ball in the early stoppages and finished with 20 disposals a carnival high for Rankine. Kicked two outstanding goals to lift his side and provided plenty with score involvements across the game.

#16 Tom Lewis

An unsung leader of the team Lewis was highly influential for his side again across the stoppages. Lewis provided a game high 11 tackles and three clearances as he complimented clearance kings Valente and Hately fantastically.

#18 Oscar Chapman

The medium-tall forward was always presenting, but was not used that much, provided a lot of forward pressure and finished with a nice goal from the boundary.

#22 Jacob Kennerley

The winger was again important with his 17 disposals and the link between the arcs. With five inside 50s he helped set up many scoring opportunities.

#23 Aaron Nietschke

Playing mainly in the defensive half, Nietschke showed real poise on a number of occasions to stem the flow from the Allies with a crucial mark.

#25 Tom Sparrow

The inside bull was everywhere and works hard and fast. Sparrow had nine disposals, but also had nine tackles and continues to play well as a defensive mid.

#27 Jez McLennan

Playing across half-back, McLennan was at his best when taking the game on whilst rebounding. Did also take a nice defensive pack mark as well.

#29 Kai Pudney

The winger had 15 disposals and five marks and provided an outlet on a number of occasions, but probably would have liked to make a bit more of an impact on the game.

#30 Ben Jarvis

Smart play on a number of occasions saw Jarvis on the end of many attacks. The medium/tall forward kicked 2.3 and had five good marks.

#32 Luke Valente

A real leaders’ game and showed the way in the first quarter. Continued to lead all players with game high 28 disposals and worked hard inside the contest. Showed his class and work rate all game despite a quiet second quarter but his six clearances were important. Coming into his own during the National Championships, and his stocks would have risen after this game.

#33 Tyler Martin

Did not win much of the footy, but was still solid in defence all game. Competed well when the ball was in his area and certainly played his role. He is a good size and show some poise coming out of defence.

#34 Jackson Hately

Showed in this game what he can do. Down and dirty inside at the contest, and his decision making in traffic was very good and often released others from the contest with handball. Eight tackles and six clearances was reflective of his work rate, and his height and size looks ready-made for the contest. A very good all-round game

#37 Riley Grundy

The tall defender worked into the game after the first quarter. His intercept marks looked to give him confidence and his athleticism was at show for sure. Allies forward Nick Blakey was on top early, but Grundy dug in and certainly kept the Allies key forward quieter in the second half. Bit of polish to finish his work will come with more games

#42 Jack Lukosius

Came out blazing in the first quarter, and his work rate across the ground stood out along with his elite disposal. He played a higher role up the ground, worked into defence and really did it all at both ends. He was rewarded with a goal, and three inside 50s and rebound 50s was reflective of an all-round game. He drifted out of the game along with teammates in the second quarter, but his disposal continues to impress.

#43 Will Gould

Liked his game across half-back, and had the key match up early on Blakey. Gould was settled in defence and read the ball well with a number of intercepts finishing with 7 marks. Showed his ability to run and work rate up the ground at times as well and he held the SA defence together all game. Looks like he will be right amongst it in next years draft.

#44 James Siviour

Shared the ruck duties with Hugo Munn, and competed well. Did not find a lot of the footy, but broke even at most of the ruck contests.

#47 Hugo Munn

Settled in the first quarter, and looked really dangerous up forward, slotting one goal and could have had three by quarter time. A quiet second quarter, but then his ruck and around the ground work after half time was good. His decision making was excellent hitting up targets and willingness to compete on the ground stood out. Like his athleticism and ability to run out the game in Ruck and up forward.

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.

Scouting notes: Vic Country vs. Allies

WE headed down to Ikon Park for the trial matches between the Allies and the two Victorian sides. In the first game, Vic Country took to the field and led most of the game until an inspired-Allies outfit overran them in the final term to claim the victory. Here are the notes taken by Peter Williams and Ed Pascoe from that game with the Vic Metro/Allies notes to come tomorrow.

Vic Country:

#2 Sam Walsh

Gun. Just looked a class above out there and you can see why clubs will be lining up for his services come years-end. He has good speed, acceleration and is composed under pressure and has an ability to kicks goals as well. He had two in the first half and won the footy at will. Walsh was strong overhead and a quick thinker. Danced around the opposition on the wing, had a few ‘Pendlebury’ moments. Was rested midway through the third quarter and earned it too after a superb performance.

#5 Xavier Duursma

Strong overhead for a lighter bodied player and took a good intercept mark on the wing in the second quarter. Playing more in the defensive half of the ground, Duursma used his slick skills to effect off half-back. He is able to weigh his kicks and take power off them when required. Took a couple of good defensive intercept marks including an absolute hanger in the dying seconds of the third quarter. In the final term Duursma laid a fantastic tackle, showing great technique to turn the body at full speed rather than land in his opponents’ back. Set up a Riley Bowman goal with a great kick inside 50. Stocks are rising, a potential first round pick.

#6 Laitham Vandermeer

Was good in the first half, often involved in a chain of handballs off half-back. Kicked a great goal from 50m after he looked to pass it off but knew he was the best option to have a shot. Then playing in defence in the second term, laid a great spoil on an opponent down low without giving away a free. Just buzzed around through the match creating run off half-back.

#7 Jai Taylor

After an early miskick out of defence saw Chayce Jones capitalise with a goal, Taylor had a better second quarter, winning a bit of the ball in midfield and in defence. Kicked out of defence but did throw it on the boot a little. Continued to work hard and still had some good moments winning contested possessions.

#10 Zac Foot

Really good early stages, had a shot on goal in the opening minute after a handball from Sam Walsh but his shot just missed. Had a couple of blistering runs to break up the contested play. Took a good mark leading up on the wing and delivered a piercing kick in-board. Could be a real X-Factor at the National Under 18 Championships.

#11 Zane Keighran

Copped a knock late in the first quarter and looked sore, but came back on and showed good hands through traffic. Not afraid to get involved.

#14 Sam Flanders

Played further up the ground than his usual forward pocket. Won a bit at half-back and was involved in some handball chains then went deep forward and took a good mark late in the second term. His shot from 30m out went out on the full, then pounced on an Allies error out of full-back moments later to dribble home a goal. Good mark on defensive 50 and strong one-on-one but kicking was a bit off in the third term. Long inside 50 in the final term was thrown on the boot but next entry was a great pass to Hudson Garoni who goaled.

#15 Lachlan Ash

Sensational start to the game, played in an unfamiliar position up forward and kicked the opening goal of the game from a snap. He rushed a couple of possessions along the wing, but seemed to settle as the game went on and showed good composure at both ends. He won the ball on the forward side of the wing and took a few bounces but then elected to handball to a teammate under pressure 25m out rather than take the snap. Good composure when going back to half-back.

#16 Jake Frawley

Good pressure at ground level, laid a few good tackles and showed quick hands under pressure and through traffic. Took a good mark inside 50 but his set shot from 35m just missed. Good diving mark in the final term to intercept the ball on the wing.

#19 Sam Fletcher

Fletcher played mostly through the midfield showing his clean hands on multiple occasions, there where countless times he would spin into a tackle and fire out a nice handball. A busy day through the middle.

#20 Cooper Stephens

Good hands under pressure at half-back and along the wing in the first term. Strong hands leading out to half-back in the second term, but kick went straight to the opposition who was in front of his Vic Country opponent.

#24 Matty Lloyd

Played on the wing where he showed his clean hands. Lloyd was solid with ball in hand and kicked well on both sides with one kick inside 50 in the second quarter showing off his foot skills.

#25 Kyle Reid

Good defensive pressure in the back-half, kicked long out of defence and looks for that piercing kick for a leading target. Had a few fumbles in the second term but mopped up his own mistakes and showed good second efforts.

#26 Matthew McGannon

Stood up well in a marking contest and kicked well to the wing in front of a teammate’s running path. Had a courageous moment in the third term, going back with the flight and copped a knee in his back for his troubles, but impacted the marking contest.

#27 Zane Barzen

He was used on the wing despite his goal kicking form at TAC Cup level. Barzen took plenty of lead up marks on the wing and his kicking inside 50 was a good feature of his game.

#28 Bailey Schmidt

Played a solid game playing in the ruck and up forward. He took a fantastic mark on the lead in 2nd quarter and showed some good composure in the last quarter with a quality handball under pressure.

#29 Bailey Williams

Got involved at ground level on the wing and laid a fantastic tackle on Mitchell O’Neill when he was trying to run off half-back. Not bad straight-line running from the tall. Absolutely HUGE third term where he showed off twice the kind of agility he has, grabbing it cleanly with one hand then burning off his opponent to run towards goal. Kicked a goal running goal side of the stoppage, kicking it off the ground straight through the middle. Also took a huge intercept grab on the wing with a big vertical leap. Spent some time in the ruck too. Kicked a goal from a set shot after a chest mark leading out, 15m out. 

#30 Oscar Brownless

Brownless started the game well with his clean hands on show around the stoppages, he kicked a nice set shot goal in the first quarter. The Geelong Falcons co-captain was clean on transition throughout the day and rarely made a mistake.

#31 Brock Smith

The Gippsland bottom-ager started the game well down back, he took a nice mark back with the flight in the first quarter and quickly played on with a long switch kick, Smith was moved forward after the first quarter showing good attack on the ball.

#34 Scott Carlin

Carlin was rock solid down back with his ball use by foot really impressing. The slick half-back did not do a lot wrong he often made good decisions and was a consistent four-quarter player. He also took a nice intercept mark in the last quarter. Overall a really impressive performance with the opportunities he had.

#35 Hudson Garoni

The key forward took a while to get into the game he was playing forward for most of the day and was moved into the midfield late in the game where he got more of the ball. He had a nice shot for goal in the last quarter where he worked hard to lead into space and finished off with a good goal from a set shot.

#36 Riley Bowman

Bowman did a lot of work around the ground often rucking, resting forward and even pushing down to help the defenders at times, one instance in the second quarter he did some nice defensive work. Kicked an easy goal late in the game to reward his efforts for the day.

#37 Dane Hollenkamp

The key defender was solid down back with some nice defensive efforts with some timely spoils. Hollenkamp was often composed an efficient whenever he got the ball.

#38 Blake Schlensog

The forward had a quiet game, with his best bit of play coming in the second quarter where he spun out of trouble and kicked a nice snap goal. He got more involved in the ruck later in the game.

#39 Connor Idun

Idun had a solid game down back and he was often undersized but still competed well. His defensive efforts continued for all FOUR quarters. Did well to compete with the taller Caleb Graham in the third quarter, nullifying him on many occasions.

Allies:

#1 Connor Budarick

One of the Allies’ best in the first half, showed quick hands under pressure and buzzed around the stoppages. He showed good vision and was able to execute into space and change direction with his kick to hit a dart inside 50 to a leading teammate. Played in defence in the third term, once he threw it on the boot, the other time was a good long kick out of the back half.

#3 Josh Stern

Opposed to Sam Walsh at the stoppages and laid some important tackles and showed good defensive pressure. Ran hard in the final term and earned a goal for his hard work, kicking a goal from the goal square without breaking stride.

#4 Mitchell Anderton

Won a free kick for in the back in defence and kicked long to the wing. Unfortunately was injured late in the first quarter and was on crutches after that.

#9 Blair Rubock

Showed good disposal in all thirds of the ground, and had a powerful handball in the second term to a teammate. A running shot on goal from 40m just missed.

#10 Chayce Jones

Quieter first half, but laid a fierce tackle at half-back to lock up the ball. Kicked a goal off a step from about 35m out which bounced through for a goal and got more involved as the game went on. Had a good kick inside 50 after winning a free for holding – certainly put some extra mayo on it to alert the umpires. Stepped up in the final term with a quick snap just missing before snapping a great goal. Kicked long to space inside 50 out of traffic.

#11 Keidean Coleman

Played a mixture of defence and midfield and looked a bit surer in the midfield. When kicking out of full-back he made a few errors by foot, but was better on the run with time and space. He looked more composed when through the middle and was good one-on-one in marking contests. Put in a piercing kick going inside 50 lowering the eyes to McFayden for the latter’s fourth goal. His best was good, just needed more consistency in his disposal.

#12 Mitchell O’Neill

Good hands in close and composed under pressure. Quick hands to release Fraser Turner in the opening term who kicked to Michael Mummery for the first goal. O’Neill is strong one-on-one in the marking contest, took a good mark and showed strength in the air. Produced a kick under pressure off half-back in the second term. One of the better players across the game for the Allies.

#13 Ethan Jackson

Tried hard throughout the four quarters and won some good ball on the inside. Spun out of traffic and showed good agility throughout, finishing his game off with a goal in the final term off a step. Had a second shot but it went wide before McFayden marked in a pack and finished the job off.

#14 Jeromy Lucas

Laid a strong tackle on Sam Walsh in the second term, but came alive in the second half making the most of his chances with three goals from three kicks when inside 50. Kicked one from a set shot and two for snaps off a step.

#16 James Peatling

Won a free kick 20m out from goal in the third term but just missed.

#17 Thomas Matthews

Powerful kick inside 50 found Michael Mummery in the goal square for the first goal of the game, then kicked out of full-back in the second term, putting a teammate under pressure but mopped up with a good second effort.

#20 Fraser Turner

Won a couple of possessions in a chain and had a shot from inside 50 but it bounced wide for a behind. Long kick inside 50 in the third term was effective, and kicked deep moments later after a clean pick-up.

#23 Michael Mummery

Mummery had a solid game for the Allies, he took a nice contested mark against two opponents in the first quarter which was his only goal for the game but he set up others with some lovely kicks inside 50. His best pass came in the third quarter after a classy side step and then a great kick inside 50.

#30 Ben Sloan

Sloan got better as the game went on, he took a nice contested mark in the third quarter and finished it off with a goal. He did some good work in the midfield in the last quarter with some good clearances.

#31 Connor McFayden

McFayden was the standout player for the Allies kicking four goals which could have been more. His first goal was a nice long goal on the run in the second quarter, his second was when he showed great attack and snapped truly. His final two goals came in the last quarter, one after a nice one-handed mark and the other was a set shot goal from 50 metres. McFayden also played through the midfield winning some handy clearances, his attack on the ball a feature of his game all day.

#32 Toara Marango

Marango toiled hard down back often playing on much taller opponents and handled himself well. He took a nice intercept mark in the last quarter.

#37 Jacob Koschitzke

Playing at both ends, Koschitzke was one of the Allies better players on the day, he started down back taking a nice contested mark in the in the first quarter and then quickly switched the ball with a nice kick. Koschitzke was moved forward in the second half and he looked good on the lead and he competed well. He laid a nice chase down tackle in the last quarter showing another element to his game for a taller player.

#42 Rodney Baird

The over-ager was clean with his ball use down back and often used the ball quickly. Baird was a solid defender throughout the day.

#43 Nick Murray

The key defender was strong in defence one-on-one, but went into the umpire’s book after he landed a massive shirtfront on Brock Smith in the second quarter.

#44 Caleb Graham

Playing down key forward early, he showed some promising signs as a taller player. In the first quarter he showed a nice passage of play attacking the ball cleanly then spinning out of trouble finishing with a nice handball. He moved well throughout the day often using the ball well and being a good target up forward, he was later moved down back.

#45 Jack Tomkinson

Tomkinson battled hard in the ruck using his solid frame to win hit outs and impose himself at the contest. He took a nice intercept mark in the third quarter.

#47 Nicholas Baker

Baker had a nice passage of play early in the game showing good balance then a clean handball and solid block straight afterwards.

#50 Ben Kelly

Kelly did well to follow up his ruck work throughout the day. He kicked a nice set shot goal in the last quarter and attacked the ball hard and with a nice handball set up another goal.

Scouting notes: Tasmania vs. Sydney Swans Academy

TASMANIA has claimed the Under 18 Academy Series title after a dominant first term against Sydney Swans Academy set the Mariners up for a 32-point win. Tasmania booted six goals to one in the opening term and proved too good for the Swans, holding on for victory. We were there to capture the action and some of the players who performed well.

Tasmania        6.2       9.3       14.3     18.5 (113)
Sydney                        1.2       5.5       8.7       12.9 (81)

GOALS

Tasmania: Mundy 3, Dakin 2, Rubock 2, McGuinness 2, Thomas 2, Jones, Mansell, Jackson, Turner, Donnelly, Burrows-Cheng, O’Neill
Sydney: Blakey 3, Barling 2, Stewart 2, Parker 2, Stern, Thorne, Loone 

BEST

Tasmania: Thomas, Dakin, Jackson, Baker, Mundy, Jones
Sydney: Stern, Parks, Thorne, Rayner, Blakey, Brewer

SWANS

#26 Bailey Stewart

Stewart is an over-age player returning to the Swans line up after a few North Eastern Australian Football League (NEAFL) games. Stewart’s defensive pressure throughout the game was a real standout, he applied a lot of pressure on the ball carriers, he chased and tackled and won his own football. Stewart pushed forward in the final quarter and kicked two very quick goals to give the Swans a glimmer of a comeback.

#40 Joshua Rayner

After missing the past two games due to AIS commitments, Rayner slotted straight into centre-half back. Rayner took some fantastic intercept marks and affected spoils when Tasmania were on top early in the game. Rayner took responsibility for Tarryn Thomas when he dropped back for an on-field rotation, it was a good contest with no clear winner, though Rayner kept Thomas goalless when defending him. In the second half, Tasmania appeared to drag Rayner as deep as possible, as a result his second half was not as effective.

#16 Joshua Stern

Another solid performance from Stern picking up where he left off last week. Playing in the midfield and off the half-back flank, Stern’s work rate cannot be questioned. Stern worked hard around the congested well supported by Stewart, and cleared the ball by hand numerous times to put Swans on the attack. Stern finished with one goal.

#3 Nick Blakey

A quiet day by Blakey’s usual standard as he was heavily marked and received plenty of attention both on and off the ball. Blakey was still able to hit the score board three times during the game, his goals coming off a nice pack mark, a holding the ball free and a nice handball from Barling to run into an open goal.

TASMANIA

#13 Tarryn Thomas

Thomas was a clear standout today in a best on ground performance, we can see why the Kangaroos are chasing his services for 2019. Thomas’s clearance work was fantastic giving Tasmania first option almost every time. Thomas’s clearances by hand and foot where elite with him hitting targets all game. Thomas’s class was on show early with a great snapshot from 45 metres out, his defensive work also a highlight as he pushed deep into the Swans forward line taking numerous intercept marks.

#5 Jared Dakin

Dakin, a bottom age player, was getting clean footy from Thomas all day and used his speed to run and carry on the outside keeping Tasmania in attack for much of the day. Dakin’s use of the football was excellent and he was rewarded with two second half goals.

#15 Nicholas Baker

Baker was strong across centre-half back taking some very impressive intercept marks and using his footy nous to switch the play numerous times to give Tasmania space to run and carry. Baker did not waste his opportunities by hand or foot and contributed a number of tackles to again return possession to Tasmania.

#19 Thomas Mundy

Mundy had a strong game which featured a number of contested marks. Mundy showed his adaptability to play numerous positions throughout the game and was a handful for the Swans defenders when he pushed forward and kicked three goals.