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2018/19 NTFL Men’s preview

AFTER previewing the Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s Premier League yesterday, we take a look at the NTFL Men’s Premier League ahead of the season kicking off tonight.

Darwin Buffaloes

Last year: Grand Finalists

Fought tooth-and-nail against Southern Districts, falling an agonising one-point short of a premiership. After making up the numbers in 2016/17 by achieving a finals berth, the Buffaloes showed the right foundations were in place with a terrific season last season. A lot is spoken about how players perform in Grand Finals, and Jarrod Spokes earned praise for his three-goal effort in the Buffaloes’ loss. Jalen Clarke also booted three that day, while Joe Anderson and Timothy Eldridge were also among the best for the losing side.

Round 1: vs. Southern Districts – TIO Stadium, Saturday 7.30pm.

B: 30. Matt Campbell – 26. Jordan Briston -12. Kevin Maroney
HB: 14. Cameron Stokes – 29. Todd Miles – 24. Kelvin Williams
C: 5. Adam Sambono – 6. Jarrod Stokes – 9. Tim Eldridge
HF: 2. Steven Anderson – 18. Ishmael Palmer – 28. Darren Shillabeer
F: 1. Dayne Hancock – 27. Ryan O’Sullivan – 15. Jalen Clarke
R: 25. Chris Atkinson – 21. Chris Williams – 10. Bradley Stokes

INT: 13. David Paull – 11. Jackson Clark – 3. Malcolm Rosas – 23. Paul Campbell – 4. Shaun Ah Mat – 8. Shem Williams – 22. Arnold Punch – 7. Liam Philpot – 17. Joe Anderson – 16. Lindsay Thomas

Nightcliff

Last year: Preliminary Final

Knocked out the reigning premiers, St Marys by four goals in the semi-final, but after finishing top two will rue a couple of losses to Darwin in the finals series. Identical to the previous season where the Tigers finished second on the table, but lost to Wanderers twice to just miss out on the decider. They might be disappointed not to have made the final game for the second year running, but there were still some outstanding performers in the season. Cameron Ilett booted 30 goals and was named in the best nine times from 20 matches, while Julian Lockwood and Patrick White were named in the best seven times, booting a combined 50 goals between them. Nathan Brown was also impressive, named in the best nine times from his 20 matches.

Round 1: vs. St Marys – TIO Stadium, Saturday 5pm.

FB: 19. Julian Lockwood – 27. Blake Penny – 21. Caleb Walker
HB: 10. Cameron Illet – 17. Farron James – 2. Gavin Greenoff
C: 31. Hugo Drogemuller – 7. Jess Budarick – 12. Joel Budarick
HF: 3. Jonathan Peris – 30. Jonathon Miles – 22. Josh Carmichael
F: 5. Kaine Riley – 15. Kayle Kossack – 6. Liam Holt-Fitz
R: 4. Mathew Bricknell – 14. Nathan Brown – 28. Patrick Kossack
INT: 11. Phillip Wills – 20. Trent Melville – 24. Tyson Kidney – 9. Wade Derksen – 40. Huw Spring – 1. Ryan Mu – 44. Louis Kossack – 41. Max Stretton – 42. Nick Green – 43. Theo Kortesis – 45. Nathan Russell – 46. Nick Eades

 

Palmerston

Last year: Wooden spoon

It has been a lean couple of years for Palmerston, who finished bottom of the table last season after a seventh placed finish in 2016/17. Had a monumental 10-point win over Darwin in Round 4 at TIO Stadium, but it would prove to be the sole celebration for the year, with just one draw – against Waratah the only other points. AFL Draft hopeful, Rodney Baird shone in an otherwise disappointing season for the Magpies, named among the best on 12 occasions from his 17 matches. Former Bomber, Alwyn Davey booted 12 goals in 16 games and was named in the best five times, while Ezekiel Frank was also impressive. Former Dee, Aaron Davey also played six matches, booting four goals and was named in the best twice.

Round 1: vs. Waratah – Asbuild Oval, Friday, 7pm.

FB: 9. Rodney Baird – 17. Ezekiel Frank – 21. Jamie Damaso
HB: 6. Jacon Lampton – 28. Nigel Jnr Lockyer – 36. Aaron Davey
C: 22. Clarence Baird – 4. Mitch Bunworth – 11. Lochlan Dhurrkay
HF: 1. Ralph Dhamarrandji – 14. Sam Autio – 5. Sam Talbot
F: 10. Aaron Lonergan – 24. Kyle Emery – 48. Jonty Patrick
R: 29. Matthew Dennis – 12. James Rhodes – 8. Nathan Deans
INT: 3. Alwyn Davey – 15. Bailey Cripps – 19. David McCorkill – 18. Hayden Brown – 45. Jordan Thompson – 32. Kendall Garling – 35. Kris Brown – 2. Misha Jnr Perry – 7. Noel Collins – 16. Riley Judd – 20. Ryan Warfe – 26. Sandy Brock

 

St Marys

Last year: Semi-Final

After winning its 32nd premiership in season 2016/17, St Marys dropped back to the pack. The Saints made the semi-final after knocking off Tiwi Bombers, but were defeated by Nightcliff by 24 points. Peter Macfarlane was deadly in front of goals last season, piling on 45 majors in just 11 games, with at least two goals in every game, and seven-goal hauls against Palmerston and Darwin Buffaloes. Jack Musgrove was also impressive with 24 goals from 13 games, while former Gippsland Power hard nut, Nathaniel Paredes booted 17 goals from 14 games, and was named in the best nine times. Ryan Smith impressed the coaches enough to be named in the best 11 times from 17 matches, while former Blue, Jarryd Cachia was a key inclusion for the Saints, named in the best seven times from eight games.

Round 1: vs. Nightcliff – TIO Stadium, Saturday 5pm.

B: 1. Jacob Long – 28. Zachary Robinson – 22. Denny Musgrove
HB: 14. Thomas Davies – 8. Raphael Clarke – 34. Jimmy McMurtrie
C: 39. Mitch Musgrove – 32. Chris Parris – 16. Keenan Smith Thompson
HF: 42. James Quinn – 24. Kieran Delahunty – 37. Callum Flanagan
F: 25. Anthony Hale – 18. Mathias Liddy – 33. Maurice Jnr Rioli
R: 15. Jack Long – 20. Ryan Smith – 7. Tylah Saunders
INT: 38. Benjamin Taylor – 40. Braith Hodges – 19. John Athanasiou – 30. Jordan Cullen – 17. Justin Simmonds – 31. Marius Clarke – 11. Nicholas Yarran – 21. Tom Frawley

 

Southern Districts

Last year: Premiers

The second newest NTFL club won its third premiership last season with a remarkable one-point victory over Darwin Buffaloes. The Crocs joined Nightcliff and Palmerston on three premierships a piece, and will hope to move one clear of them if they can achieve back-to-back flags. In terms of top players last season, William Farrer was the key up forward with 55 goals from 16 games, which included an eight-goal haul against Darwin Buffaloes at TIO Stadium. Former Essendon player, Leroy Jetta booted 25 goals from 11 games, while Beau Schwarze finished the season with 18 majors. Ed Barlow was named in the Crocs’ best seven times, one more than Charles McAdam.

Round 1: vs. Darwin Buffaloes – TIO Stadium, Saturday 7.30pm.

B: 25. Daniel Wehrung – 30. Josh Innes – 10. Lionel Ogden
HB: 8. Michael Bowden – 2. Sam Smith – 17. Zac Smith
C: 34. Charles McAdam – 13. Clinton Gallio – 16. Liam McGregor
HF: 29. Matthew Rosier – 21. Bradley Vallance – 36. Lee Dale
F: 7. Leroy Jetta – 27. William Farrer – 6. Darren Abbott
R: 18. Tim Hanna – 9. Dean Staunton – 1. Rory O’Brien
INT: 31. Dylan Barry – 5. Dylan McLachlan – 14. Beau Schwarze – 15. James Bell – 32. Brodie Lake – 3. Brandon Rusca – 33. Keenan Lake – 23. Richard Tambling – 28. Steven Stewart – 4. Shane Thorne – 37. Jack Palmer

 

Tiwi Bombers

Last year: Elimination final

A terrific achievement to make the finals last season after a one-win wooden spoon effort in 2016/17, the Bombers were outclassed by reigning premiers St Mary’s in the elimination final, but showed serious improvement in season 2017/18. Ross Tungatalum booted two goals in the elimination finals loss, while forward, Simon Munkara was named among the best along with Jason and Gary Puruntatameri. The newest club in the competition will be looking to build on their season last year with another strong showing in 2018/19.

Round 1: vs. Wanderers – TIO Stadium, Saturday 2.30pm.

B: 23. Kim Kantilla – 24. Jake Best – 7. Ross Tungatalum
HB: 39. Austin Wonaeamirri – 3. Dion Munkara – 30. Aaron Daniels
C: 21. Tom Schneider – 16. Harmit Singh – 6. Patrick Heenan
HF: 11. Travis Tambling – 48. Harley Puruntatameri – 40. Sylvani Babui
F: 18. Michael Dunn – 2. Jason Puruntatameri – 20. Roy Farmer
R: 5. Simon Munkara – 36. Jack Munkara – 43. Albert Tipungwuti
INT: 37. Keiran Apuatimi – 27. Pio Puautjimi – 26. Peter Apuatimi – 17. Adam Tipungwuti – 4. Alastair Darcy – 46. Ben Ullungura – 1. Jeffrey Puruntatameri – 32. Joseph Burke – 47. Juan Orsto – 12. Norman Pangiraminni – 19. Michael Wilson – 29. James Warlipinni

 

Wanderers

Last year: Seventh

Finished the year with five wins and a draw to clearly sit above Palmerston, but not quite good enough for finals. After going down in the decider to St Mary’s in 2016/17, the Eagles would hope they can bounce back from last season to be back in contention in 2018/19. Of the top performers last season for the Eagles, Kyle Chapple booted 16 goals in seven games, while Davin Ferreira and Thomas Motlop both finished the season with 14 majors. Former Port Adelaide listed player, Brett Eddy and former Gold Coast Suns player, Liam Patrick were also among those running out for the Eagles last year.

Round 1: vs. Tiwi Bombers – TIO Stadium, Saturday 2.30pm.

B: 20. Doug Mansell – 25. Shaun Hodor – 17. David Kruse
HB: 21. Daniel Weetra – 12. Tyler Brimacombe – 24. Braedon McLean
C: 4. Joseph Salmon – 2. Jarred Erlandson – 5. Simon Bates
HF: 3. Keelan Fejo – 29. Liam Patrick – 19. Joel Jeffrey
FF: 18. Jobastin Priest – 33. Shannon Motlop – 13. Beau O’Connell
R: 30. Josh Wilson – 10. Marcus Totham – 11. Nook Mansell
INT: 28. Joel Walsh – 6. Patrick Fairhead – 22. Tyrell Lui – 32. Zac Millar – 8. Beau Cubillo – 14. Joel Cubillo – 23. Jayden Adams – 15. Rhys Griffiths – 7. Darren Singh – 26. Jonas Niki – 27. Greg Hunt – 16. Ronald Fejo

 

Waratah

Last year: Sixth

Just missed out on finals for a second consecutive year in 2017/18 after a sixth placed finish, four points shy of finalists, Tiwi Bombers. Thereabouts last season, the Warriors will be keen to take the next step and play finals football in 2018/19. The Warriors shared around their goals last season, with Kim Kantilla leading the way with 24 from 14 games, while Brock Orval and former Melbourne forward, Michael Newton booting 16 majors. Newton particularly impressed, having played just four games to reach the total. Orval, James Wray, Sam Weddell and Timothy Mosquito were all named among the Warriors best five times.

Round 1: vs. Palmerston – Asbuild Oval, Friday, 7pm.

B: 1. Bailey Zobel – 29. Alexander Aurrichio – 5. Brock Orval
HB: 25. Henry Kerinua – 27. Jordan Gardener – 6. Jack Hatcher
C: 4. Fraser Jennings – 8. Cameron Barrett – 18. Liam O’Connor
HF: 14. Kevin Thompson – 23. Justin Beugelaar – 10. Abraham Ankers
F: 30. Samuel Weddell – 12. Brendan Minkulk – 26. Samuel Flanegan
R: 17. Zach Westerberg – 7. Joel Stevens – 24. Coen Hutt
INT: 28. Brad Rayson – 3. Brodie Carroll – 2. James Arratta – 21. Jamie McCarthy – 11. Lachlan Collihole – 22. Martin Sargeant – 20. Matthew Blake – 19. Nick Gooch – 15. Ryan Bulluss – 9. Samuel Godden – 13. Timothy Mosquito – 16. Tom Arundell

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.

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

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

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

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

ALLIES NAB AFL UNDER 18 National CHAMPIONSHIPS SQUAD

Gold Coast Academy (8)

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

Brisbane Lions Academy (8)

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

GWS GIANTS Academy (11)

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

Sydney Academy (6)

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

Tasmania (13)

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

Northern Territory (4)

Matt Green
Michael Mummery
Izaak Wyatt
Rodney Baird

Tasmania officially claims title in Under 18 Academy Series

WHILE it was assured heading into the final round of Under 18 Academy Series matches, Tasmania put an exclamation mark on a perfect series by completing their unbeaten run across the five-game tournament. Led by state and competition Most Valuable Player (MVP) Tarryn Thomas, the Mariners were simply superb, achieving a feat which will no doubt see number of their local talent making the Allies squad.

Tasmania                                            2.2       6.5       9.6       14.10 (94)
Greater Western Sydney Academy   3.4       4.5       5.9       7.10 (52)

GOALS
Tasmania: Thomas 5, Rubock 3, Dakin, McGuinness, Mundy, Jackson, O’Neill, Peppin
Greater Western Sydney Academy: Peatling 3, Delahunty 2, Corbett, Driscoll

BEST
Tasmania: Thomas, Auckland, Jackson, Anderton, Jones, Dakin
Greater Western Sydney Academy: Briggs, Richardson, Peatling, Foley, Walker, Evans

Ultimately in the game that was just going to be icing on the cake, a five-goal performance to Tarryn Thomas helped Tasmania to a seven-goal victory over GWS GIANTS Academy. The Mariners found themselves trailing by eight points at quarter time, but lifted a gear after that, booting 12 goals to four in the final three quarters to run away with the 42-point win. Along with Thomas’ five majors, small forward Blair Rubock kicked three of his own, while potential top 30 pick Chayce Jones was again good for the Mariners. Tim Auckland and Ethan Jackson were others who impressed for the winners. While for the GIANTS, Kieren Briggs was named their best, also taking out the carnival MVP Award for the GIANTS Academy. Forward James Peatling booted three goals and was named among the best in a losing side, as was Ainslie product Guy Richardson, and Murray Bushrangers talent Mathew Walker.

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Sydney Academy                    2.1       5.2       6.3       8.8 (56)
Gold Coast Academy              3.1       4.3       6.3       8.6 (54)

GOALS
Sydney Academy: Blakey 3, Reinhard, Ellem, Stern, Loone, Barling
Gold Coast Academy: Scott 2, Lowah 2, Crossley, Gore, Portelli, Graham

BEST
Sydney Academy: Wicks, Blakey, Stern, Kilpatrick
Gold Coast Academy: Scott, Greenwool, Portelli, Bowie

Sydney Swans Academy bounced back from its only loss of the carnival to record a narrow two-point victory over Gold Coast Academy. Top 10 prospect Nick Blakey was again sensational, booting three goals for the Swans and ultimately being the difference between the sides in the end as the only multiple goal kicker. But through the midfield it was Sam Wicks who was crucial in extracting the ball into space, while Josh Stern and Cooper Kilpatrick were other impressive players for the Swans. For the Suns, Bailey Scott again led the way with two majors and did all he could in a game where both sides were neck and neck throughout and exchanging leads. Others who impressed were Fitzroy Greenwool, Cooper Portelli and Timakoi Bowie.

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Northern Territory             4.1       7.2       10.3    14.5 (89)
Brisbane Academy           0.5       4.5       8.7       11.9 (75) 

GOALS
Northern Territory: M.Cumming 3, Ferreira, Mummery, Wyatt 2, Box, Brown, Jungfer, Kossack, O’Connell
Brisbane Academy: McFadyen 5, Ansell 2, Jeffrey, Wratten, Franks, Stackelberg 

BEST
Northern Territory: Jungfer, Baird, Mummery, Schwarze, Ferreira, M.Cumming
Brisbane Academy: McFadyen, Coleman, Cowan, Reville

In the final game of the Academy Series, Northern Territory Thunder recorded their first win of the competition with a 14-point victory over Brisbane Lions Academy. Dandenong Stingrays’ tall Matthew Cumming booted three goals in the win, while bottom-age prospect Ben Jungfer was named the Thunder’s best. Others who impressed were Michael Mummery (two goals) and overager Rodney Baird. For the Lions’ Academy, Connor McFadyen booted five goals in a standout performance up forward, while Tom Ansell used his strength to nail two majors. Keidean Coleman and Jack Cowan were also named among the best for the losers.

Tasmania takes out Under 18 Academy Series title

A TARRYN Thomas-inspired Tasmanian side has toppled the Sydney Swans Academy to officially claim the Under 18 Academy Series title. With one round remaining Tasmania sits on top of the table undefeated, and with a head-to-head differential the tiebreaker between teams, the victory over the Swans means the boys from the Apple Isle cannot be dismounted from the title. Meanwhile Brisbane Lions Academy flogged GWS GIANTS Academy, and Gold Coast Academy had an equally sizeable win over Northern Territory.

In the game down in Hobart, Tasmania had no shortage of goal scoring threats, with 12 individual goal kickers contributing to the 32-point victory over Sydney. The Mariners booted six goals to one in the opening term and never looked back from there, as the expected tight tussle occurred after quarter time. The sides traded blows for 23 goals, as Tasmania booted 12 majors to Sydney’s 11 to run out comfortable victors.

Thomas was the star of the show again and must have North Melbourne fans licking their lips in anticipation for the exciting star with clean ball use and X-factor to burn. Another Thomas – Thomas Mundy was the key architect up forward, booting three goals and was named in the best as the over-ager continues his strong form at the carnival. Jared Dakin and Nick Baker were also named among Tasmania’s best on the day.

For Sydney, Nick Blakey booted three goals, but was relatively held compared to his dominant combined 12 goals in his opening two games in the series, with half-forward Josh Stern named in the best, as was Luke Parkes and Sam Thorne.

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

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Brisbane Lions Academy had a huge win over GWS GIANTS Academy, placing them third overall on the table for the Series thus far. The Lions held the GIANTS goalless in the opening three terms and capped off the performance with a five goals to one final quarter to win by a huge 88 points.

Tom Ansell, a 197cm, 112kg Coolaroo product was too strong for his opponents, booting three goals, while fellow tall Kobe Tozer was one of three players to finish the game with two majors. Keidean Coleman was named the Lions best playing in defence, while Toara Marango, Connor McFadyen (two goals) and Tom Matthews were impressive for the winners.

For GWS, it was a tough day at the office but bottom-age midfielder Thomas Green was the clear standout for the GIANTS, notching up a team-high 28 disposals in the defeat, while Kieran Briggs, bottom-ager Matthew McGrory and over-ager Riley Budd were also solid on the day.

Brisbane Academy     4.2       6.8       9.11     14.16 (100)
GWS Academy            0.2       0.3       0.4       1.6 (12) 

GOALS
Brisbane Academy: Ansell 3, McFadyen 2, Tomkinson 2, Tozer 2, Currie, Franks, Kennedy, Marsh, Townson
GWS Academy: McGrory 

BEST
Brisbane Academy: Coleman, Marango, McFadyen, Matthews, Franks, Marsh
GWS Academy: Green, Briggs, McGrory, Budd

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GOLD Coast Academy ensured Northern Territory’s winless streak at the Under 18 Academy Series extended another week, with the Suns putting on a clinical performance on their way to a 89-point belting. The Suns piled on 12 goals to three after half-time, including a seven goals to zero second term to effectively kill the contest and pick up their second consecutive win.

Father-son prospect Bailey Scott was best on ground in the huge victory, no doubt attracting plenty of attention from the multiple clubs with ties to the talented top-ager. Up forward, 194cm top-ager Caleb Graham put on a show, piling on six goals to outscore the Thunder, while bottom-age small forward Josh Gore also slammed home five majors for both to be named in the best. Others who stood out for the Suns included bottom-agers Connor Budarick and Ashton Crossley, showing the talent that will be there for the Suns next year.

For Northern Territory, Stephen Cumming booted a goal and was one of four individual goal kickers, while Beau Schwarze, Rodney Baird and Liam Holt-Fitz were three players who could hold their heads high on a disappointing day for the home side.

Northern Territory                 0.2       1.3       1.3       4.3 (27)
Gold Coast Academy           4.4       6.4       13.6     18.8 (116)

GOALS
Northern Territory: Box, S Cumming, Simon, Valastro
Gold Coast Academy: Graham 6, Gore 5, Lowah 2, Baru, Buckland, Budarick, Greenwool, Scott 

BEST
Northern Territory: Schwarze, Baird, Holt-Fitz
Gold Coast Academy: Scott, Budarick, Crossley, Graham, Gore

 

 

Nick Blakey and Tarryn Thomas star in week two of the Under 18 Academy Series

POSSIBLE Top 10 draft talents Nick Blakey and Tarryn Thomas have stood out in the second weekend of the Under 18 Academy Series (Formerly Division Two), with the Sydney Swans, Brisbane Lions and Tassie Mariners the winners in this weekend’s games.

SYDNEY ACADEMY VS. GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY ACADEMY

Nick Blakey stamped his authority as the best father-son/academy prospect in the 2018 draft pool, with a big bag of seven goals as the Sydney Swans Academy ran out 22-point winners over the GWS Academy on Saturday. With the match being played on the smaller Blacktown Oval No.2, it made for a contest match – but Blakey was able to find space in the attacking half of the ground, with the 195cm player standing out as the clear best on the ground.

The Swans got out to an early lead with three Blakey goals in five minutes, but the GIANTS came out hard after quarter time. However inaccuracy cost them, booting 3.5 for the quarter. The third quarter was a more even contest though GWS took the upper hand at one stage were within three points with a shot on goal that pushed wide. However, Blakey put the foot down in the final quarter, bagging another set of three goals in a superb burst of five minutes, taking the wind out of the GIANTS.

Blakey has the option of joining North Melbourne or Brisbane Lions as a father-son pick, after father John played 135 games with Fitzroy, before moving to North Melbourne, where he played 224 games. Blakey is also part of the Sydney Swans Academy and is eligible to join them as an Academy selection. Overager Sam Wicks (18 disposals), and Josh Stern (18 disposals) were also in the Swans’ best players, making it back-to-back wins for the red and white.

For GWS, Matthew Walker suffered an unfortunate arm incident during the contest, resulting in him being on ice for the second half. Edward Perryman (the brother of GWS’ Harry) played a very good role as a small forward, booting three goals from his 15 disposals. Perryman’s speed and agility were outstanding, while he was duly supported by 200cm tall forward Kieren Briggs who booted two goals, taking some strong pack marks during the day.

SYDNEY SWANS                                 6.4     8.6     9.8     12.13 (85)
GWS GIANTS                                       1.4     4.9     7.11     8.15 (63) 

GOALS
SYDNEY: Blakey 7, Barkley 2, Stern, Bartholomaeus
GWS GIANTS: Perryman 3, Briggs 2, Budd, Corbett, Kelly 

BEST
SYDNEY: Blakey, Stern, Wicks, McKellar, Reinhard
GWS GIANTS:
Perryman, Green, Beaumont, Rowston, Kelly

BRISBANE ACADEMY VS. GOLD COAST ACADEMY

THE BRISBANE Lions’ outstanding opening quarter led them to their first win of the Under 18 Academy Series for 2018, defeating the Gold Coast Suns Academy by 12 points. A seven goals to nil opening quarter really set the tone at South Pine on Sunday, with the Lions midfield brigade winning the crucial one-one-one battles during the day. However, despite the poor opening quarter, the Suns hit back with the wind in the second quarter and worked hard in the final quarter to outscore the Lions, but their slow start meant that the mountain was too high to climb.

Small midfielder Jesse Quint was outstanding on the outside, kicking the ball inside 50 on multiple occasions and hitting the scoreboard. Quint collected 20 disposals, eight marks, seven inside 50s and booted a goal, while inside midfielder Caleb Franks had a match-high 37 disposals, nine clearances, eight tackles and booted two goals. Franks is eligible for the 2018 AFL Draft and has put in two impressive showings in the opening two games, pushing his case for Allies selection. Thomas Griffiths (25 disposals) rebounded the ball well across half-back.

For the Suns, Bailey Scott again was in the best players, collecting 19 disposals, eight marks and booted two goals. Scott 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. Labrador midfielder Cooper Portelli had a team-high 25 disposals and eight marks, while Matthew Smith kicked three goals up forward.

BRISBANE LIONS           7.1       9.5       10.10   12.11 (83)
GOLD COAST SUNS        0.0       5.3       7.4       11.5 (71)

GOALS
BRISBANE: Franks, McFadyen, Tomkinson 2, Pettigrove, Quint, Matthews, Jeffrey, Smith, Ansell
GOLD COAST: Smith 3, Scott 2, Portelli, Katsiris, Haua, Wingrove, Burke, Miles

BEST
BRISBANE: Quint, Tomkinson, Franks, Stackelberg, Matthews, Pettigrove
GOLD COAST: Portelli, Smith, Scott, Gore, Stone

TASMANIA VS. NORTHERN TERRITORY 

NORTH Melbourne Next Generation Academy member Tarryn Thomas inspired his Tasmanian team to a thrilling 15-point victory over Northern Territory at Shepley Oval on Sunday. Thomas booted two goals late in the contest when the match was in the balance, finishing the day with three goals after starting the midfield. Thomas’ clean hands were impressive at the stoppages and he booted a classy banana goal right on the boundary which would’ve caught the recruiters eyes out at Dandenong.

Small defender Mitchell Anderton defended well, spoiling well on multiple occasions and competed hard when the ball was on the ground. AFL Academy member Chayce Jones tackled well and had multiple effective kicks in the attacking half of the ground for the Mariners.

The Northern Territory were led by two players who were out on their home deck, with Victorian duo Matt and Stephen Cumming lining up for the NT side. The pair were among the best players, with Stephen rucking well throughout the match.  Stephen was clean and sharp by hand, spreading well to take some good marks during the match. He found a good amount of possessions, showing good second efforts when he lost possession of the ball. Twin brother Matt played at centre half back, taking some nice marks overhead, including a strong passage of play in the second quarter where he executed some slick handballs alongside brother Stephen.

Michael Mummery roved the ball well in the midfield, while Rodney Baird was good in defensive 50.

TASMANIA                             2.4       5.7       6.9       9.13 (67)
NORTHERN TERRITORY      0.3       2.4       5.7       7.10 (52)

GOALS
TASMANIA: Thomas 3, Mundy 2, Rubock, Turner, Auton, Lane
NORTHERN TERRITORY: Stevens, Ferreira 2, Schwarze, Mummery, S Cumming

BEST
TASMANIA: Thomas, Anderton, Baker, Wright, Norton, Mansell
NORTHERN TERRITORY: S Cumming, M Cumming, Baird, Simon

Scouting notes from the games will be available during the week 

Scouting notes: Under 18 Academy Series – Round 1

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

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

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

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

Tasmania:

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

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

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

Gold Coast: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

GWS:

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

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

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

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

Northern Territory:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sydney:

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

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

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

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

Brisbane:

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

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

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

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

Under 18 Championships Preview: Allies

THE ALLIES are in their second year of a relatively new Under 18 Championship concept bringing together the best players from the Under 18 Academy Series (Previously the division two championships) to play against the division one teams.

2016 saw top ten draftees Will Setterfield (GWS Giants) and Jack Bowes (Gold Coast Suns) run out for the Allies, playing against division one sides South Australia, Western Australia, Vic Country and Vic Metro.

Last year saw the Allies bookmarked as favourites by some for the title – but struggled coming together just before the championships started, finding it hard to play as a team. This year; a camp as a group and two trial games in the lead up to the division one carnival will hopefully allow the players to adjust to their new teammates and gel as a group.

While the squad on the forefront isn’t as strong as last year, the Allies are expected to put up a fight throughout the carnival.

Greater Western Sydney’s academy has the most members of any division two side, with 12 players included, followed by Gold Coast Academy (10) and Sydney Academy (nine). Northern Territory (seven), Tasmania (six) and Brisbane Lions (four) round out the other division two sides.

Among those named are first round prospects Jarrod Brander and Charlie Spargo (GWS), both of whom were ruled ineligible to be drafted by GWS through the academy system and placed on the open market. Connor Ballenden (Brisbane) is another pegged as a first round talent as one of the best key forwards in the draft.

The squad also includes two father-son prospects for the 2018 draft with Bailey Scott (Gold Coast) who is also eligible for father/son at Geelong and North Melbourne, and Nick Blakey (Sydney – also eligible for father/son at North Melbourne and Brisbane).

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Players to watch: 

Zac Bailey – Was one of the standouts for the Allies in their trial game against Vic Country – collecting 18 disposals, laying eight tackles and had five clearances. His work inside the contest is very good despite his small frame. Has enough speed to burst from the stoppages and can hit the scoreboard.

Connor Ballenden – The Brisbane Lions Academy member is a strong contested marking forward who plays well out of the goalsquare. Will likely provide some chop out in the ruck for Brayden Crossley and Nathan Richards throughout the carnival. Has a very fluid set shot routine and kicks more goals than he misses.

Jarrod Brander – Brander is a key position tall that can play at either end. His mobility is very good and he reads the flight of the ball well in the air. Has been kicking goals for Geelong Grammar at school football – but it wouldn’t be surprising to see him play at centre half back in the Under 18 Championships for the Allies.

Jack Powell – The GWS Academy member is a good two-way runner and is a clean ball user on his right foot. Spreads well from the contest and did some good things in the NAB AFL Academy game at the MCG. Had 16 disposals in the midfield for the Allies in their practice game against Vic Metro.

Charlie Spargo – Small bite-sized midfielder who cracks in hard despite standing at 175cm. Wins the contested ball and is willing to tackle hard to get the ball back. Played for the Allies in 2016, with a strong effort manning Vic Metro’s MVP Andrew McGrath at Etihad Stadium – collecting 15 disposals and laying six tackles.

2018 names to keep an eye on:

Bailey Scott – Good decision maker with ball in hand and wins the ball on both the inside and outside. Marks well overhead and was impressive for Gold Coast in the Under 18 Academy Series. Had 12 disposals and took four marks in the Allies’ trial game against Vic Country. Father-Son prospect to Geelong and North Melbourne, as well as being eligible for Gold Coast through their academy.

Nick Blakey – One of the leading players for the 2018 draft. Not only can play as a tall, but has the ability to push up into the midfield. Moves well and kicks it nicely on his left foot. Likely to play up forward for the Allies. Sydney Swans Academy member and father-son prospect to North Melbourne and Brisbane Lions.

Tarryn Thomas – Starred for Tasmania last year in the Under 18 Championships as an Under 16 player. Had some outstanding moments in the trial game against Vic Metro collecting 17 disposals, showing off his speed across half forward. Had very good vision and awareness to switch the ball deep inside 50 to find a free teammate at the top of the goalsquare. Is part of North Melbourne’s Next-Generation Academy.

FIXTURES

Round 1: v VIC COUNTRY – June 11th 12.30pm Blacktown
Round 2: v SOUTH AUSTRALIA – June 17th 10.10am Adelaide Oval (FOX FOOTY)
Round 3: v WESTERN AUSTRALIA – June 25th 12.30pm Leederville Oval
Round 4: BYE
Round 5: v VIC METRO – July 5th 2.10pm Simonds Stadium (FOX FOOTY)

Possible Round One team: 

B: Jake Hinds, Jack Payne, Kwaby Boakye
HB: Tom Highmore, Jarrod Brander, Jack Clayton
C: Brodie Foster, Nicholas Shipley, Sam Davidson
HF: James Bell, Nick Blakey, Tarryn Thomas
F: Hugh Dixon, Connor Ballenden, Jack Hardman

FOLL: Brayden Crossley, Charlie Spargo, Jack Powell
INT: Nathan Richards, Luke Robertson, Brendan Myers, Harry Simmington, Zac Bailey

Predictions: 

Finishing prediction: 4th – The Allies should be able to beat Western Australia and their tall forwards may cause headaches for other teams if they can win enough ball in the midfield.

MVP prediction: Charlie Spargo – The tough inside midfielder was the Under 16 Alan McLean Medalist, dominating division two back in 2015. Expect him to crack in hard and win the plenty of the ball.

2017 ALLIES SQUAD

No.Name
DOB
HT (cm)
WT (kg)
Club
1Charlie SPARGO25/11/199917373Murray Bushrangers/Albury
2Jack HARDMAN31/12/199917367Swans/UNSW
3Brodie FOSTER3/3/199917874Suns/Surfers Paradise
4Laine FITZGERALD16/1/199917978Bendigo Pioneers/Balranald
5Zac BAILEY23/9/199918068Southern Districts
6Jack POWELL15/7/199918075Giants/Ainslie
7Sam DAVIDSON6/5/199918070Suns/Palm Beach Currumbin
8Luke SKRIVANIC8/4/199918274Swans/Pennant Hills
9Jacob DAWSON3/11/199918280Suns/Palm Beach Currumbin
10James BELL10/2/199918375Swans/UNSW
11Brendan MYERS10/2/199918380Giants/Wagga Tigers
12Adam SAMBONO24/4/199718469Darwin Buffalos
13Bailey SCOTT9/7/200018470Suns/Broadbeach Cats
14Jack CLAYTON25/2/199918477Lions/Wests Juniors
15Jake BROWN19/3/199818576Swans/St George
16Thomas MUNDY23/11/199918579Burnie
17Jy LANE21/3/199918578Murray Bushrangers/Corowa
18Jake HINDS7/5/199918678Launceston
19Doulton LANGLANDS29/7/199918780Murray Bushrangers/North Albury
20Nicholas HUTCHINSON21/5/199918780Hobart City
21Damien BURKE21/1/199918883Suns/Cape York Eagles
22Tarryn THOMAS25/3/200018971North Launceston
23Luke ROBERTSON7/5/199818985Swans/North Shore
24Kwaby BOAKYE16/3/199918888Suns/Broadbeach Cats
25Harry SIMINGTON28/3/199918985Suns/Labrador Tigers
26Nicholas SHIPLEY25/6/199919090Giants/St George
27Matthew GREEN5/5/200019067Sporties Spitfires
28Harrison CARR9/2/199819087Swans/North Shore
29Michael CARROLL18/6/199919185Swans/Pennant Hills
30Caleb GRAHAM12/9/200019282Suns/Palm Beach Currumbin
31Tom HIGHMORE24/2/199819282Giants/Marist
32Zac BUECHNER**5/3/199819290Clarence
33Jarrod BRANDER11/2/199919489Bendigo Pioneers/Wentworth
34Nicholas BLAKEY27/2/200019475Swans/UNSW
35Hugh DIXON26/2/199919592Kingborough Tigers
36Jack PAYNE15/10/199919593Lions/Noosa
37Alex PAECH17/6/199919699Murray Bushrangers/North Albury
38Connor BALLENDEN29/3/199919995Lions/Wests Juniors
39Brayden CROSSLEY16/8/1999198105Suns/Labrador Tigers
40Nathan RICHARDS11/2/1999200102Giants/Griffith Swans
42Timakoi BOWIE4/4/199917580Suns/Cape York Eagles
43Jarrod OSBORNE29/12/199818079Swans/Manly
44Ben SLOAN27/8/199918980Lions/Mt Gravatt
45Rodney BAIRD1/3/199919272Palmerston
46Daniel JOHNSTON1/12/199919697Murray Bushrangers/Barooga
47Tony OLANGO2/9/199820080St Mary’s
 ** Zac Buechner was a late inclusion for Tasmania Chayce Jones

U18 trial Vic Country/Vic Metro/Allies scouting notes

It was a cold and wet finish to a mostly sunny day at Ikon Park today – hosting Vic Country v Allies and Vic Metro v Allies final trial games in the lead up to the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships.

Both Victorian teams were severely understrengthed with a majority of their ‘best 22’ being left out of the contest, playing school football or were managed – while the Allies split their squad in half to help select their final squad.

Matt Balmer’s scouting notes:

Game 1:
VIC COUNTRY    3.5    5.8     7.13     11.14 (80)
ALLIES                2.1    4.3      4.3          6.5 (41)

GOALS:
VIC COUNTRY: Meek 2, Johnston 2, Garoni 2, Floyd, McHenry, Miers, Butts, Jones
ALLIES: Sambono 2, Burke, Scott, Bailey, Richards

Vic Country:

#4 Gryan Miers – Attended a large number of centre bounces, using his quick, clean hands to get the ball out of the stoppages. He’s a smart footballer and his good agility helps him weave through the packs. Kicked a nice goal in the third term but has a strange kicking action that might need some work.

#13 Ethan Floyd – Could’ve easily kicked three goals in the opening term, with kickable shots on the run at goal missed. Very left foot orientated – he kicks it long and stands out in his bright boots. His speed & dash is superb on the outside and is a weapon when he wants to attack.

#19 Matthew Ling – Had a long run with three bounces down the broadcast wing – but shanked the kick on the run when streaming inside 50. His second efforts were good and he has really good vision when he has the ball in hand. Very composed player and is versatile to play in multiple positions. Finished his morning early icing his calf up – but it didn’t appear to be too serious.

#22 Jordon Butts – Initially expected him to play at CHB – but played up forward. Took multiple marks – including one which saw him end up nearly snapping the goalpost. Did struggle to make the distance from 40m out with one set shot, but moments later made the distance from 50m at the same end. Kicked his only goal for the day in the third quarter, but his ‘dukes’ were very impressive overhead.

#26 Angus Schumacher – Slow starter but once he got going he was very impressive. Another who possesses a really clean left foot kick. Weaves well through traffic and is willing to take the game on. Also a solid mark overhead. Like him best across half back.

#30 Jordan Johnston – One of the few players with X-Factor in the Country teams. He nearly plucked a few marks metres from goal, jumping over the taller opposition defenders who were attempting to spoil the ball through. Played through the middle at times and booted a goal in the last quarter. Think the Rebels’ best prospect is worth a spot in the Country team.

#32 Cassidy Parish – Parish’s clearance work and contested numbers are some of the best in the 2017 draft pool – but he is a poor kick on his right foot. At one stage instead of handballing to a player 5 metres away, he attempted a rugby-style chip kick which he managed to nearly mark like some of the best rugby players looking to score a try. What was impressive was a left foot pinpoint pass inside 50 that hit Butts, but he mostly rushed a few of his kicks under pressure. There’s a lot to like about Parish – but he needs to clean up his kicking and stop the ‘dinky’ kicks around the ground.

Allies:

#4 Jacob Dawson – Possesses really good hands in close at the stoppages. Kicking does need some work as at times he just banged it forward. Some of his other kicks around the ground did hang in the air, rather than being pinpoint and resulted in a few being spoiled. Inside work is good and wins clearances.

#5 Zac Bailey – One of the clear standouts and the player I was most impressed with through the whole day. Was willing to take the game on, using his speed & agility to move forward. Worked hard all day on the inside at the stoppages and kicked it well on his right foot. Snapped a very good goal in the second quarter.

#6 Bailey Scott – Made some good decisions with ball in hand and provided some run in the middle of the ground. Marks well overhead.

#7 Adam Sambono – Used his speed to chase and lay a great tackle. Is a player that catches the eye and screams X-Factor! Snaps the ball well on either foot and booted two goals – one of which saw him calmly think through a snap, not rushing the chance and putting it through. Is a player that doesn’t need to have too much of the ball to impact a game inside 50.

#8 Jake Brown – One of the leading disposal winners for the Allies, but his ball use was poor. Had multiple clangers and was another at times who just bombed it forward. His voice was good around the ground, barking instructions as an older player in the team and at the stoppages.

#27 Rodney Baird – Very raw footballer who is still learning the game. His decision making is a work-in-progress and was slow in possessing the ball & then disposing of it.

#32 Daniel Johnston – Played up forward and was largely influential. Was beaten in the forward ruck contests and has poor agilty. Didn’t find much of the ball through the day. Finished the game well with some solid marks in the last quarter.

#33 Jack Payne – Showed some good signs in defence. Lead up to one play, but overran it attempting to intercept and dropped the mark. He did go to ground too many times early, but his overhead marking got better as the game went on. He was always looking for a switch with ball in hand and I’m looking forward to seeing him play for the Allies in the Under 18 Championships.

#34 Nathan Richards – Shared the ruck duties with Tony Olango. Another who looked a touch off the pace at times and struggled around the ground to win the football. Had a few touches late and won most of the hitouts in the final term. Took an outstanding mark over Patterson in the last quarter.

SQUAD:


Game 2:

VIC METRO        2.0    4.0     5.0          6.1 (37)
ALLIES                4.1    6.2     9.4        11.7 (73)

GOALS:
VIC METRO: Jones 2, Grace, Petruccelle, Harman, Penrith
ALLIES: Hardman 2, Bell 2, Crossley 2, Fitzgerald, Powell, Dixon, Thomas, Clayton

Vic Metro:

#2 Ryley Stoddart – Worked hard on the wing and across half back. Is composed with ball in hand and one of the better ball users off his left foot, kicking long or short. Also marks well overhead and was consistent all day.

#4 Thomas North – Started in at the centre bounces and set up smartly 50m away from play when the ball was deep inside their forward 50. He was good at the stoppages and around the ground. Another Ranges player who is in great form.

#5 Quintin Montanaro – A quiet day for Montanaro who had a slow game last week with a toe injury. The game didn’t suit him when the rain came, and he wasn’t able to find his outside ball. Expect him to bounce back next week for Sandringham Dragons.

#11 Alfie Jarnestrom – Had a superb second quarter, starting in at the centre bounces and winning multiple clearances. His hands in close are good and he took a few marks around the ground.

#27 Jack Petruccelle – Showed glimpses of his pace but looked a bit out of place on the forward flank. Looks his best on the inside through the midfield and I’m hoping he gets the opportunity to play there in the Under 18 Championships. His kicking needs attention though and this is what is stopping his breaking into the top ten at this stage – as multiple kicks missed their targets and was mostly ineffective by foot all day. As always provided a highlight in the middle of the ground when he ‘nearly’ took a screamer.

#31 Nicholas Coffield – Has so much time in the contest and is composed with ball in hand. Around the ground his vision is good and seems to find the best target short or long. Found plenty of the ball and reminds me a bit of Hugh McCluggage from last year in the contest.

#34 Noah Balta – Was happy to see him line up as a key defender – as one of the few AFL Academy players who played today. Provided good run up the ground and looked to play off his man. His leap helps him when he needs to defend one-on-one and showed enough signs to suggest he might play there again in the future.

Allies:

#5 Jack Powell – Goes under the radar and just gets the job done. Has a strongly built body and is strong in at the contest. Showed great composure in the opening quarter when he snapped from 40m on an acute angle, taking his time and putting it through when there was no obvious option to pass it off to.

#7 James Bell – One of the Allies’ best in Game 2. Showed some tricks and I really liked his game better than some of his Under 18 Academy Series games. Looked his best across half forward, where he was able to impact the scoreboard booting two goals, getting involved with the contests inside forward 50. Looked lively and one to keep an eye on if he gets a chance.

#8 Jack Clayton – The Brisbane Lions Academy member possesses a nice left foot and his first quarter was one of the better ones I’ve seen him play in a while. Hit a pinpoint pass inside 50 to a teammate and worked hard right around the ground.

#22 Doulton Langlands – Best game I’ve seen him play this year. Was able to impact the game on the outside. Runs well from half back to half forward, and his run down the ground in the second quarter was superb. Spent more time at the stoppages later in the game and is very agile.

#25 Tarryn Thomas – North Melbourne will get a gem next year. Thomas showed some speed playing most of the game inside forward 50. Running down close to the boundary line, he was able to use his vision and hit Hardman in the goal square for a goal assist. Liked his game.

#34 Brayden Crossley – Won most of his one-on-one contestes up forward and in the ruck against weaker opponents – but I’m not convinced this will be able to translate at AFL level and will need to work on his endurance. Took some big contested marks, but had a few ugly kicks inside 50.

#35 Connor Ballenden – If you left at three quarter time like some watches on did you would’ve said Ballenden was poor – but he finished the game respectively well. Struggled further away from goal, but looked his best the closer he was towards goal. At one stage he collected the ball, weaved a few players, ran 20 metres and banged home a goal from just inside 50. Is a good contested mark overhead and I’m hoping he will be at his best in the Under 18 Championships.

SQUAD:

Allies announce strong under 18s squad

FOLLOWING the conclusion of the AFL National Under 18s Division Two Championships, the Allies have announced their squad for the upcoming division one championships. Greater Western Sydney’s academy has the most members of any division two side, with 12 players included, followed by Gold Coast Academy (10) and Sydney Academy (nine). Northern Territory (seven), Tasmania (six) and Brisbane Lions (four) round out the other division two sides.

Among those named are first round prospects Jarrod Brander and Charlie Spargo (GWS), both of whom were ruled ineligible to be drafted by GWS through the academy system and placed on the open market, as well as Brayden Crossley and Bailey Scott (Gold Coast) the latter of which is also eligible for father/son at Geelong and North Melbourne, Connor Ballenden (Brisbane) and Nick Blakey (Sydney – also eligible for father/son at North Melbourne and Brisbane).

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From Matt Balmer’s top 25 Power Rankings, the Allies have Brander (#1), Ballenden (#8), Spargo (#11) and Jack Powell (#15) in the squad. A number of the GWS Academy members are on TAC Cup lists including Brander and Laine Fitzgerald (Bendigo Pioneers); and Alex Paech, Daniel Johnston, Doulton Langlands and Spargo (Murray Bushrangers).

The squad will play their final practice games on Sunday 28th May.

2017 National AFL Under 18s Championships Allies Squad:

NSW-ACT (GWS Academy): Nicholas Shipley, Brendan Myers, Jack Powell, Nathan Richards, Jarrod Brander, Alex Paech, Daniel Johnston, Laine Fitzgerald, Doultan Langlands, Jy Lane, Tom Highmore, Charlie Spargo
NSW-ACT (Sydney academy): Luke Skrivanic, Nick Blakey, James Bell, Michael Carroll, Harrison Carr, Luke Robertson, Jarrod Osborne, Jake Brown, Jack Hardman
Northern Territory: Rodney Baird, Zac Bailey, Matthew Green, Jeremiah Scrutton, Tony Olango, Adam Sambono, Dominic Grant
Queensland (Gold Coast academy): Brodie Foster, Brayden Crossley, Harry Simmington, Jacob Dawson, Bailey Scott, Sam Davidson, Damien Burke, Timakoi Bowie, Caleb Graham, Kwaby Boakye
Queensland (Brisbane Lions academy): Connor Ballenden, Jack Payne, Jack Clayton, Ben Sloan
Tasmania: Chayce Jones**, Tarryn Thomas, Hugh Dixon, Thomas Mundy, Jake Hinds, Nicholas Hutchinson
** Jones has been ruled out through injury and has been replaced by Zach Buechner (Tasmania)