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AFL Draft Combine 2016 Day 2 results

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Day 2 saw players be put under the spotlight with medicals from clubs, as well as interviews with media and AFL clubs.

Players also completed testing for hand-eye coordination and reaction time, such as Ben Ainsworth attempting to hit the coloured lights in the image below.

Friday night saw players undertake the kicking, clean hands and goal kicking tests with the following players scoring well.

Vision of SA Under 18 players can be found under the SANFL YouTube account.

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Results:

Clean hands test (score out of a possible 30)
Ben Jarman (28)
Oliver Florent (28)
Ryan Garthwaite (28)
Callum Brown (27)
Jarrod Berry (27)
Will Hayward (27)
Patrick Lipinski (27)
Sam Powell-Pepper (27)
Jack Bowes (27)
Isaac Cumming (26)
Joe Atley (26)
Myles Poholke (26)
Jonty Scharenberg (26)
Harry Himmelberg (26)
Jack Maibaum (26)

Kicking test (score out of a possible 30)
Jordan Ridley (27)
Isaac Cumming (26)
Jarrod Berry (25)
Ben Long (25)
Sam Walker (25)
Josh Williams (25)
Ben Jarman (24)
Tom Williamson (24)
Dylan Clarke (24)
Kym LeBois (23)
Willem Drew (23)
Josh Battle (23)
Jake Waterman (23)

Goalkicking test (score out of a possible 30)
Sam Powell-Pepper (30)
Harry Morrison (25)
Joe Atley (25)
Josh Williams (25)
Jonty Scharenberg (25)
Ryan Garthwaite (25)
Zachary Sproule (25)
Tim English (25)
Liam Baker (25)
Ben Jarman (24)
Tyson Stengle (24)

Stars to shine bright at the National AFL Draft Combine

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FOR the draft crop of 2016, the National AFL Draft Combine is the first sign that their AFL dreams are a step closer to fruition. An invitation to the AFL Draft Combine means that at least five AFL clubs have expressed interest in the player. The AFL Draft Combine is a way for clubs to determine the players’ physical strengths as well as getting one-on-one time through combine interviews.

Draftees take on each other in a series of tests that challenge their speed, endurance, reflexes and skills to determine their strengths and weaknesses. Combine results are taken into account by clubs when deciding between players and whether they believe they can take the next step into the AFL. A total of 81 players have been invited to the 2016 AFL Draft Combine.

Matt Balmer takes a look at who might be the standouts in the testing which runs from Friday to Sunday.


Thursday:

Players will begin to arrive at Etihad Stadium before a welcome will be held for all 81 players in attendence. Not all players will be able to test due to injuries, but they will sit in on interviews and medicals with clubs early in the combine.

Thursday also sees heights and weight taken, along with all the body sizing and measurements such as skin folds and tricept sizes. My spies have told me Ollie Florent will be a likely winner for the biggest hands at the combine.

The media will also be in attendance on Thursday afternoon with Kevin Sheehan speaking alongside Jonty Scharenberg, Jy Simpkin and Sam Powell-Pepper.

Friday:

More medicals and interviews for players when they arrive for another day. Friday night from 7pm-9.30pm will be the hand balling, kicking and goal kicking tests.

The Matthew Lloyd clean hands/handpassing test measures how well a player collects the football and is able to dispose of it using a handball. There are three targets set up on both the left and right side at distances of 6m, 8m and 10m. An official will roll out or throw a ball at the player and instruct them where to handball the ball to. This is done six times and a score from 1-5 is allocated to each handball depending on how good it is.

Who could win? Hugh McCluggage‘s hands in stoppages are outstanding, whilst Andrew McGrath has the highest TAC Cup handball efficiency with 93 per cent of his handballs hitting the target.

The Brad Johnson goal kicking test will measure a players accuracy kicking for goal. Four kicking points are designated with players taking five kicks in total; two set shots (35m out in either pocket), two snaps (20m out, one left foot and one right foot) and one kick on the run (40m out directly in front). The player has 70 seconds to complete the test. A score is then worked out from the amount of goals and behinds a player kicks.

Who could win? Vic Country forward Josh Battle has a superb kick on him from short or long range distances in front of goal. Again, Hugh McCluggage has shown he can push forward and hit the scoreboard throughout 2016.

The Nathan Buckley kicking test measures players kicking efficiency over six kicks. Six targets (three on each side) are set out at distances of 20m, 30m and 40m. An official will call out a target at random to the kick, who will then to proceed to hit the target. Each kick is given a score from one to five, with five being a perfect kick.

Who could win? West Australian Josh Rotham is one of the best kicks in the draft pool, his teammate tall ruckman Tim English is another who uses the ball well. Harry Morrison, Sam Petrevski-Seton, Alex Villis and Harry Perryman are others that should perform well in this test.

Saturday:

The biggest day of the carnival will see sprints, agility, jumps and the beep test held on the purpose built floor on Etihad.

Sprints will be held in the morning , whilst the afternoon will conclude with the beep test.

Who could win in the sprints? Exciting WA midfielder Shai Bolton will test extremely well in both the 20m sprint and the agility test. Back in 2014, Bolton ran a sub 3s 20m sprint and under 8s for the agility test, considered elite.

Brandan Parfitt and Cedric Cox are among others who has shown off their speed at times this season while Jordan Gallucci should perform well in the agility test. Vic Country teammates Ben Ainsworth (8.00 seconds) and Jarrod Berry (7.80 seconds) were superb in TAC Cup preseason testing, while Stingrays defender Bailey Morrish was just behind Berry running 7.81 seconds. Queenslander Josh Williams showed a remarkable dash of speed in a division two National Under 18s Championships game earlier in the season.

Murray Bushrangers tall Esava Ratugolea is another who tested well in the past (2.92s) as has South Australian excitement machine Kym Lebois.

The vertical leap test is always an interesting test with vertical jump and running vertical jump (left and right foot) measured.

Who could win in the jumps? South Australian tall utility Brennan Cox was superb in the preseason testing in the SANFL, recording over 90cm off either foot in the running vertical jump. Ruckman Tim English, Esava Ratugolea and Tony Olango could test well above their counterparts, but it was Stingrays defender Bailey Morrish who beat all comers in the TAC Cup preseason testing with a vertical leap of 81cm.

The shuttle run/beep test or multistage fitness test depending on where you’re from is another that is closely watched by clubs. Most are looking for kids to push out one last level on the test, rather than take the easy option and drop out early. Sometimes the dedication and commitment from players can lead to them ‘spewing’ up their lunch- but an effect that some clubs might put down as a big tick in their notebook.

Who could win in the beep test? Tim Taranto will be an early front runner, having run a 15.9 in the preseason. His Sandringham Dragons team mate Ollie Florent is another who might perform well. If Jack Graham tests, he could be South Australia’s best.

Sunday:

The final day of the combine will see the 3km time trial run in groups of 10-15. The 3km time trial is one of the most strutinised tests, players pushing themselves to the limit deserve a pat on the back- while those that cruse through without little effect might come under the eyes of recruiters when they pour over all their data.

The 3km time trial has gotten faster every season, with the record being broken for three years running.

Who could win the 3km time trial? Possible number one draft pick Andrew McGrath should run well, but will his heavy work load over the last few months affect him? Again Tim Taranto will be another who could perform well.


Invites:

Small Defenders/Midfielders/Forwards

Ben Ainsworth- Vic Country
Liam Baker- Western Australia
Shai Bolton- Western Australia
Callum Brown- Vic Metro
Cedric Cox- Vic Country
Joshua Daicos- Vic Metro
Zac Fisher- Western Australia
Ben Jarman- South Australia
Kym Lebois- South Australia
Andrew McGrath- Vic Metro
Brandan Parfitt- Northern Territory
Tyson Stengle- South Australia

Medium Defenders 

Jarrod Berry- Vic Country
Isaac Cumming- NSW/ACT
Taylin Duman- Vic Metro
Ben Long- NT
Bailey Morrish- Vic Country
Harry Morrison- Vic Country
Harry Perryman- NSW/ACT
Sam Walker- South Australia
Tom Williamson- Vic Country
Alex Witherden- Vic Country
Alex Villis- South Australia

Tall Defenders

Brennan Cox- South Australia
Ryan Garthwaite- NSW/ACT
Elliot Himmelberg- Queensland
Griffin Logue- Western Australia
Harrison Macreadie- NSW/ACT
Jack Maibaum- Vic Metro
Sam McLarty- Vic Metro
Jordan Ridley- Vic Metro
Joshua Rotham- Western Australia
Jack Scrimshaw- Vic Metro
Declan Watson- Queensland

Medium Midfielders

Jacob Allison- Queensland
Joseph Atley- Vic Country
Hamish Brayshaw- Vic Metro
Will Brodie- Vic Country
Jack Bowes- Queensland
Dylan Clarke- Vic Metro
Willem Drew- Vic Country
Judah Dundon- Vic Metro
Jordan Gallucci- Vic Metro
Jack Graham- South Australia
Matt Guelfi- Western Australia
Oscar Junker- Vic Metro
Hugh McCluggage- Vic Country
Kobe Mutch- NSW/ACT
Sam Petrevski-Seton- Western Australia
Myles Poholke- Vic Country
Sam Powell-Pepper- Western Australia
Luke Ryan- VFL
Jonty Scharenberg- South Australia
Will Setterfield- NSW/ACT
Daniel Venables- Vic Metro
Josh Williams- Queensland

Medium Forwards

Joshua Begley- Vic Metro
Benjamin Davis- NSW/ACT
Sam Fisher- NSW/ACT
Oliver Florent- Vic Metro
Will Hayward- South Australia
Mitchell Hinge- South Australia
Patrick Lipinski- Vic Metro
Quinton Narkle- Western Australia
Mark O’Connor- International
Brad Scheer- Queensland
Jy Simpkin- Vic Country
Tim Taranto- Vic Metro
Cameron Zurhaar- Western Australia

Tall Forwards/Rucks

Josh Battle- Vic Country
Sean Darcy- Vic Country
Timothy English- Western Australia
Jack Henry- Vic Country
Patrick Kerr- Vic Metro
Max Lynch- NSW/ACT
Todd Marshall- NSW/ACT
Mitchell McCarthy- Vic Country
Tony Olango- NT
Esava Ratugolea- Vic Country
Zachary Sproule- NSW/ACT
Jake Waterman- Western Australia

By the states:

International (1):
NSW/ACT (11):
Northern Territory (3):
Queensland (6):
South Australia (10):
Vic Country (18):
VFL (1):
Vic Metro (19):
Western Australia (12):

Scouting notes: SANFL U17 futures & Reserves GF

North Adelaide Roosters claimed the 2016 SANFL Reserves Grand Final. (Photo: SANFL)
North Adelaide Roosters claimed the 2016 SANFL Reserves Grand Final. (Photo: SANFL)

North Adelaide Roosters 15.9 (99) defeated Woodville-West Torrens Eagles 12.7 (79)

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Matt Balmer’s scouting notes on the possible 2016 draftees:

WWT Eagles:

#26 Jake Comitogianni- Was remarkably poor in the Under 18 championships by foot but was much better in the Reserves Grand Final. Didn’t touch the ball in the first quarter, but worked into the game after that. Was the Reserves Co-Magarey Medallist after a stellar year for the Eagles. Hasn’t been invited to the state combine and more of an outside chance to be selected.

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#27 Brennan Cox– Started up forward in a role that he had done for most of 2016 for the Eagles. Cox was quiet up forward and went into the ruck and competed well. He did look a a touch slow at times and I do think he plays his best footy in defence- A roll that he did in the Under 18 championships for South Australia.

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#43 Tyson Stengle– Looked off the pace for most of the afternoon, playing as a small forward. Just the six disposals. Has some really good glimpses and may be worth a pick in the National Draft come November.

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South Australia also held their U17 Futures game as a curtain raiser to the contest, with plenty of players worth jotting down for 2017.

SANFL Red 16.9 (105) defeated SANFL Blue 6.9 (45)

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Matthew Grundy’s scouting notes:

SANFL Red:

#6 Robert Irra– As One of the few top multicultural prospects next year, Irra really stood up for the red team. Irra played as a small defender and also got up the ground onto the wing at times to great effect. Irra impressed with his run and carry, as well as his ability to bring others into the game. His disposal still needs work but has shown a great awareness for the game. He is aligned with the Port Adelaide Next Generation Academy.

#16 Mitch Crowden-A rguably the best midfielder on the ground with his ability to find the football and his work rate being first class. He is only small at 173 cm, but has shown that it doesn’t matter as this year he has regularly been in the top disposal winners. He found plenty of the ball as he worked hard at every contest and broke tackles which were laid on him. His kicking at times can be poor but generally does good things with the ball by foot. He will be one to watch next year as he will be looking to secure a spot in the South Australian midfield come Under 18 championships time.

#19 Cole Gerloff– After impressing in the knockout competition Grand Final for Prince Alfred College, Gerloff has once again taken center stage. Gerloff impressed  in the midfield, showing great foot skills as well as a strong work ethic around the ground. He is already built (80kg) and with one more year of development to come who knows how good he could be. His kicking technically is very sound and he has great penetration when he kicks through the ball. He made very few mistakes with ball in hand which is good to see from a midfielder in a game where the pressure could’ve got to him. One thing I found is that he wasn’t fast with ball in hand and I feel it may have hurt him at times.

#25 Hugo Barry– An interesting player but has shown a lot of potential. Hugo Barry is a 190 cm key forward who has an ability to swing into the back line. One thing that stood out for Barry was his marking. He is one of the best marks I have seen from SA in a while but has struggles with the skills side of the game currently. The Prince Alfred College student also showed lots of composure with ball in hand. Barry has a nice little side step and often loses opponents with his agility. He was the leading goal kicker on the ground with three majors but could’ve ended up with five or six the way he was playing. He’s only small for a key forward at 190 cm but has enough tricks to beat his man. One to watch as we head into 2017.

#26 Darcy Fogarty– The best on ground for the reds was easily the most talented player on the ground. Fogarty was a beast as he moved out of the forward line into the midfield. He provided some toughness which intimidated opposition midfielder as they feared for their safety. He is surprisingly athletic for a player of his size as he can take runs down the ground and shove opponents off him. He did fade in and out of the game but when he was on the teamed pilled on goal after goal. He has some real Jake Stringer about him as he can play as that undersized key forward then play him in the midfield where his strength and speed is unmatched. A top prospect for 2017 and will be leading from the front as SA attempt to win another nation title.

#27 Nathan Kreuger– At 194 cm Kreuger played as a rebounding half back flanker and even had stints up on the wing and the forward line. He is the modern half back, as he can take the ball and go for a run. He was energetic every time the ball went near him and teammates looked for him on the rebound. His preffered left foot was great as he didn’t blaze away with ball in hand. His overhead marking was a let down as he dropped some marks he should’ve taken. This game for Kreuger should put him in good stead for the Under 17 All Stars game on Grand Final day.

#42 Lachlan Pascoe– After an injury interrupted year, Pascoe has final recovered and will be looking to be drafted next year. The son of Norwood premiership forward Andrew, Lachlan impressed with his composure and kicking. Pascoe spent most of his time in defence where he used his kicking to great effect but did pinch hit up forward at times. In defence Pascoe was brilliant as he intercepted and stayed composed, allowing him to use his kicking to cut the game open. In the forward line he provided a great marking target who can kick goals consistently. He has already played at SANFL League level this year but now will be looking to play for South Australia in the Under 18 championships next year. Like Kreuger, he will also be featuring in the Under 17 All Stars game on Grand Final day.

SANFL Blue:

#6 Stefan Giro– The reigning U18 Maccas Cup MVP was one of the few players from the Blues who can hold their head up high. He was easily their standout midfielder for the day as he was in everything. He had the ball on a string and unlike many other ball winners, he used it extremely well. His kicking was excellent over a variety of distances which was good to see. His elite endurance was on full display today as he covered the ground well and provided some zip in the midfield. He’s one of the unlucky players to miss out on state selection this year but looks likely to be a crucial member of the South Australian midfield next year.

#15 Alex Martini– The Glenelg ball winner played a great game for the Blues. After being one of Glenelg’s best players this year, Martini has gone to a whole new level this year and it showed in the game. He was impressive with his great skills and toughness around the contest. Like Giro, Martini showed that he can use the footy as well as he can find it as he set up his teammates on many occasions. He very tough in the contest and doesn’t get tackled easily as he has strong hips. He also showed he is a force in the air with quite a few good marks in the air. He is one who has impressed so far but will need to step up again for next year.

#16 Jackson Edwards– One of Adelaide’s few father-son prospects, Edwards was prolific today. The skinny Glenelg midfielder was in everything today for the Blues as he cut up the opposition with his great vision and his damaging kick. He has an extremely damaging right leg which he uses to hit pin point passes to players in dangerous spots. He used his hands extremely well in congestion often finding the open man. His kicking though damaging can be inconsistent but can improve under an elite system. The son of Tyson has all the skill and footy smarts of his old man which should have Crows fans excited.

#20 Brodie Carroll– The rebounding defender from Norwood is a player who has put his name on the map with this strong game. The Norwood half back was exceptional today being a rock in defence. He has a fearless approach when attacking the football and created plenty of rebound with ball in hand. He has an efficient kicking action which doesn’t look too pretty. He is only slight at the moment but with a year of development, Carroll could hear his name called out in 2017.

#28 Ryan Falkenberg– One of the more impressive tall prospects from South Australia. Ryan showed a lot of promise out of the back half as a key defender. He has great foot skills and has a team first attitude which is refreshing at this level. His kicking was very effective as he doesn’t waste the football and often starts offensive plays from the back half. He is only a kid in terms of size but has the footy smarts of a veteran. He did fade away in the second half but has shown enough to get clubs excited for next year.

#43 Callum Coleman-Jones– The AFL Academy’s leading ruck prospect really stepped it up for this game. His mobility and marking were on show as he was named best on ground for the Blues. He showed a lot of potential with his speed and ability to win the footy on the ground as he won the ruck convincingly. His kicking this year has been a knock on him but has significantly improved compared to the beginning of the year. Up forward he provided a target who can take strong contested marks. Coleman-Jones looks likely at this stage to be one of the first ruckman taken next year but with some more improvement on his kicking who know how good he could become.

80 players invited to the 2016 AFL Draft Combine

Oliver Florent- scored one of 19 Vic Metro national combine invites.
Oliver Florent- scored one of 19 Vic Metro national combine invites.

FOR the draft crop of 2016, the AFL Draft Combine is the first sign that their AFL dreams are a step closer to fruition. An invitation to the AFL Draft Combine means that at least five AFL clubs have expressed interest in the player. The AFL Draft Combine is a way for clubs to determine the players’ physical strengths as well as getting one-on-one time through combine interviews.

Draftees take on each other in a series of tests that challenge their speed, endurance, reflexes and skills to determine their strengths and weaknesses. Combine results are taken into account by clubs when deciding between players and whether they believe they can take the next step into the AFL. A total of 80 players have been invited to the 2016 AFL Draft Combine.

Vic Metro lead the other Under 18 sides with 19 players selected to take part in October’s National Combine.

Metro went through the Division One carnival as the only side to go undefeated, winning their first title since 2012.

Their rivals Vic Country themselves weren’t far behind with 18 nominations despite a winless carnival, down on their 22 nominations from 2015.

Coburg’s Luke Ryan is the sole representative from the state leagues across Australia, with strong performances at VFL level averaging 21 disposals, seven marks and seven rebound 50s (to Round 15 of the VFL).

Father Son prospects Ben Jarman (Adelaide/Hawthorn), Callum Brown (Collingwood), Joshua Daicos (Collingwood) and Jake Waterman (West Coast) have all made the list and have caught recruiters eyes throughout the season.

Murray Bushranger tall Esava Ratugolea has made the cut and will be a name to keep an eye on throughout the Bushrangers final series.

ESAVA’S EIGHT PROMPTS VIC COUNTRY CALL

Vic Country injured trio Alex Witherden, Jy Simpkin and Mitchell McCarthy have made the cut and will be hoping to take part in some form of testing at the combine.

North Ballarat Rebels excitement machine Cedric Cox has been nominated and will be one to keep an eye on in the second half of the season. Cox is the cousin of possible top five draft selection Sam Petrevski-Seton, while his older brother Daniel is currently on the Fox 8 TV Show ‘The Recruit.’

Eastern Ranges forward Joshua Begley continues to rise in season 2016. After missing the original cut for the Ranges squad, 187cm Begley forced his way into the side and has kicked 23 goals in 11 games this season.

NSW-ACT led the way for the division two teams with 11 player picked, with only Todd Marshall and Benjamin Davis not eligible for academy selection. Queensland have six players nominated, while Northern Territory have three prospects nominated. Tasmania had no players nominated for the national combine.

Coburg’s Luke Ryan is the sole representative from the state leagues.

Clubs will now again nominate players for the state combine, which is for players that have at least two but up to four clubs that are interested in them. Similar tests are conducted at the state combine.

The National Combine will begin on Thursday, October 6 and go through to Sunday, October 9 and will again be held at Etihad Stadium.

Invites:

NSW/ACT (11):
Isaac Cumming
Benjamin Davis
Sam Fisher
Ryan Garthwaite
Max Lynch
Harrison Macreadie
Todd Marshall
Kobe Mutch
Harry Perryman
Will Setterfield
Zachary Sproule

Northern Territory (3):
Ben Long
Tony Olango
Brandan Parfitt

Queensland (6):
Jacob Allison
Jack Bowes
Elliot Himmelberg
Brad Scheer
Declan Watson
Josh Williams

South Australia (10):
Brennan Cox
Jack Graham
Will Hayward
Mitchell Hinge
Ben Jarman
Kym Lebois
Jonty Scharenberg
Tyson Stengle
Alex Villis
Sam Walker

Vic Country (18):
Ben Ainsworth
Joseph Atley
Josh Battle
Jarrod Berry
Will Brodie
Cedric Cox
Sean Darcy
Willem Drew
Jack Henry
Bailey Morrish
Harry Morrison
Hugh McCluggage
Mitchell McCarthy
Myles Poholke
Esava Ratugolea
Jy Simpkin
Tom Williamson
Alex Witherden

VFL (1):
Luke Ryan

Vic Metro (19):
Joshua Begley
Hamish Brayshaw
Callum Brown
Dylan Clarke
Joshua Daicos
Taylin Duman
Judah Dundon
Oliver Florent
Jordan Gallucci
Oscar Junker
Patrick Kerr
Patrick Lipinski
Andrew McGrath
Jack Maibaum
Sam McLarty
Jordan Ridley
Jack Scrimshaw
Tim Taranto
Daniel Venables

Western Australia (12):
Liam Baker
Shai Bolton
Timothy English
Zac Fisher
Matt Guelfi
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Quinton Narkle
Sam Petrevski-Seton
Sam Powell-Pepper
Joshua Rotham
Jake Waterman
Cameron Zurhaar

Father sons dazzle in Round four of the Under 18 championships

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South Australia and Vic Metro took the points in cold conditions at Etihad Stadium.

Despite the roof being closed, the temperature struggled to reach double figures with crowd members decked out in beanies and gloves across the stands.

Ben Jarman played his best game of the Under 18 championships with three first half goals in an important effort forward of centre for South Australia.

The son of Adelaide & Hawthorn premiership star Darren stands at 175cm and did his draft chances no harm, where he will likely find himself on either clubs list at the end of the season. Jarman is viewed by many as a late national pick and his saved his best until the final game.

Small forward Tyson Stengle was a spark for SA inside 50 kicking a goal early, but was shut down exceptionally well from Country bottom-ager Tyrone Hayes after half time

South Australia seemed too quick for the Country boys and often found themselves with players out the back of the play. SA midfielders Jack Graham (25 disposals, nine clearances and seven tackles) and Jonty Scharenberg (25 disposals, six clearances) worked in tandem throughout the afternoon.

Alex Villis was well shut down off the wing but still showed why he could push to be the first South Australian picked, kicking well on both sides of his body and booting a goal.

For Country, inside midfielder Will Brodie was quiet despite 18 disposals and a team high four clearances while Esava Ratugolea, a late call up to the Country team crashed a few packs and missed two kickable chances inside 50.

Hugh McCluggage was the home states best, with 17 disposals and three goals- continuing the sea-saw between Brodie and himself for the first Victorian picked on draft night.

Ben Ainsworth pushed up the ground with more midfield time, collecting 20 disposals but often blazed away shooting for goal rather than passing off to a team mate.

In defence, Oscar Clavarino continued to show that he is a name to keep an eye on for next season, positioning himself well against taller opponents. Reece Piper burst well from defence and hit multiple targets with his strong boot.

Despite kicking the last six goals, Vic Country couldn’t collect their first win and will go into Wednesday wanting a win against the Allies to ensure they don’t have a winless carnival. South Australia finish with a 3-1 record in the championship and mathematically have a chance of remaining on top should Western Australia win over Vic Metro by a narrow margin.

VIC COUNTRY                      2.0    3.5    4.10   9.11 (65)
SOUTH AUSTRALIA          6.0    9.4    11.8   11.10 (76)                                 

GOALS
VIC COUNTRY: McCluggage 3, Ainsworth, Battle, Atley, Fowler, Battle, Worpel
SOUTH AUSTRALIA: Jarman 3, Coleman-Jones, Pitman, Stengle, Ladhams, Villis, Hayward, Scharenberg, Lebois

Matt Balmer’s BEST
VIC COUNTRY: McCluggage, Worpel, Ainsworth, Piper, Atley, Brodie
SOUTH AUSTRALIA: Graham, Scharenberg, Pitman, Villis, Jarman, Stengle


'The Larkey Army' (Photo: Josh Mannix)
‘The Larkey Army’ (Photo: Josh Mannix)

Game two went up a tempo where both Collingwood father sons Callum Brown and Josh Daicos had their good individual moments.

The duo both kicked a major in the final quarter, ensuring that Metro would continue their unbeaten run.

Neither prospect is expected to cost anything other than a second or third round pick at this stage and will likely find themselves in black and white in 2017.

Bottom-age ruckman Sam Hayes played his best game for Metro, proving damaging when he pushed forward and kicked two opening quarter goals. Hayes finished with three goals from 13 disposals and will be a name to keep an eye on for Eastern Ranges in the second half of the season.

With Metro resting Sandringham Dragons defender Jack Scrimshaw, Oakleigh Charger Jordan Ridley came in for his first game of the championship, finishing with 18 disposals and seven marks as one of their best.

Melbourne Grammar midfielder Dylan Clarke continued to find the football, with 26 disposals and five clearances. Clarke has strong ball winning capabilities and if he can sharpen up his kicking he could slot into the first round on draft night in November.

Brighton Grammar school captain and Vic Metro co-captain Andrew McGrath had a hard task, being closely followed by Allies’ Charlie Spargo. The Allies kept McGrath deep inside 50, not allowing for him to use his run and dash out of defence. However, a move into the centre after half time saw him show another string to his bow, finishing the day with 24 disposals and six clearances.

Corey Lyons had 20 disposals but will be ruing his chance missing a simple set shot from 40m out, after a ‘anti-congestion’ infringement cost the Allies.

Luke Bunker had 23 disposals and continues to find the football throughout the Under 18 championships and could be a smokey for the All Australian team.

For the Allies, Jack Bowes had his best game of the division one carnival with 20 disposals and seven inside 50s and two quiet games shouldn’t push him down too far on draft boards.

Harry Perryman (18 disposals) continues to improve each week and you could make a case as it stands currently that he’ll be the first GWS Academy prospect picked.

Other academy members Kobe Mutch (GWS) and Jacob Allison (Brisbane Lions) were solid for the Allies in an improved effort from the combined team.

The Allies hit the front midway through the third quarter but a burst of four goals for Vic Metro all but ensured they would remain as favourites to take out the title when the championships come to a close on Wednesday.

Vic Metro will be proclaimed winners of the Division One title if they beat Western Australia on Wednesday at Simonds Stadium, while the Allies will be looking for their first win of the carnival against Vic Country.

VIC METRO      5.1    5.6    6.9    10.14 (74)
ALLIES                  0.5    4.7    6.10   8.12  (60)                 

GOALS
VIC METRO: Hayes 3, Kerr 2, Venables, Lyons, Higgins, Daicos, Brown
ALLIES: Sproule 2, Brown, Hampton, Allison, Rolls, Perryman, Marshall 

Matt Balmer’s BEST
VIC METRO: Clarke, Ridley, McGrath, Hayes, Bunker, Lyons
ALLIES: Perryman, Bowes, Allison, Mutch, Spargo, Scheer