Preview 2019 AFL National Draft

King Corey

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giantroo

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Respect for Twomey - takes someone comfortable in their own skin to put on a Stackhat, get someone to buzz off all the hair left exposed then sport that look in public.
The old mushroom haircut. Used to be a favourite during my school days.
 

RobZombie

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These kids have been kicking footy’s around for the past 2 years if the recruiters don’t know what their skills are like by now then they probably don’t deserve to have a job.
The main reason they have it is to protect the kids from doing the same tests over and over at different clubs.
 

King Corey

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Was just looking at the club NGA zones.

If you even wanted to see a "how stuff works" interpretation of which clubs are sharing private sauna sessions with the AFL just check out who got what.

About the only positive of McGC being given the riches of the land might be that it breaks up the rort that hawks, geelong, * and pies shared in having dibs on NT Indigenous talent.

Good luck to us and saints finding more Indigenous and multicultural talent in Tasmania, Docklands, Southbank, Windsor and Toorak. Tarryn was definitely an anomaly.

Our best hope is another Majak emerges through our tiny Wyndhamvale catchment area.
 

the big lebowski

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Oct 4, 2006
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Was just looking at the club NGA zones.

If you even wanted to see a "how stuff works" interpretation of which clubs are sharing private sauna sessions with the AFL just check out who got what.

About the only positive of McGC being given the riches of the land might be that it breaks up the rort that hawks, geelong, * and pies shared in having dibs on NT Indigenous talent.

Good luck to us and saints finding more Indigenous and multicultural talent in Tasmania, Docklands, Southbank, Windsor and Toorak. Tarryn was definitely an anomaly.

Our best hope is another Majak emerges through our tiny Wyndhamvale catchment area.
It’s just another example of the two tiered competition that we are in
 

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JeanLucGoddard

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Aug 21, 2018
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Was just looking at the club NGA zones.

If you even wanted to see a "how stuff works" interpretation of which clubs are sharing private sauna sessions with the AFL just check out who got what.

About the only positive of McGC being given the riches of the land might be that it breaks up the rort that hawks, geelong, * and pies shared in having dibs on NT Indigenous talent.

Good luck to us and saints finding more Indigenous and multicultural talent in Tasmania, Docklands, Southbank, Windsor and Toorak. Tarryn was definitely an anomaly.

Our best hope is another Majak emerges through our tiny Wyndhamvale catchment area.
Its almost like Tarryn is living proof of The Footy Gods mischievous wit.

"Oh AFL, we see you being very crafty trying to shaft North with the Tassie NGA - BOOM! - behold the most ridiculously talented player you'll see, who should grow to key position size, and we're making him an Aboriginal kid in Tassie!"
 

the rooboy

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In my novice opinion, the most impressive footage of the draft prospects I’ve seen this year, comes from Brodie Kemp. Would pick 9 be too high to take him? I know he’s had an ACL injury and will take time off to recover next season but he could be the pick of the crop.
He’s a gun but will be out a year could be the best player in the draft Rowell is outstanding though Kemp is a match winner and can play anywhere.


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giantroo

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Sep 23, 2005
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DRAFT ANALYSIS: “A ready-made midfielder with the potential to impact immediately thanks to his endurance and ball-winning abilities.”

TIRELESS runner Dylan Stephens has been one of South Australia’s most identifiable prospects in 2019 and his brilliant season been awarded with Under-18 All-Australian selection and Norwood’s McCallum Trophy Rising Star Award. Stephens made his senior Norwood debut in the second round after dominating in the opening round of the SANFL reserves, he went on to make a further 11 appearances alternating between commitments with the South Australian U18 side mid season. Stephens has showcased his brilliant outside game on multiple occasions and has also impressed when moved into the middle of the ground with his performance in the SANFL Reserves Grand Final testament to that. Dylan’s terrific skills align with his natural ability to break the lines, win loose balls around the ground, and burst away from stoppages when winning a contested ball. Stephens can follow in the footsteps of the South Australia talent of the previous draft year and seamlessly acquit himself on a wing in his first senior season.

STRENGTHS:
Running capacity
Athleticism
Balanced midfielder
Kick penetration
Defensive workrate

IMPROVEMENTS:
Strength
Contested work

Stephens was able to flash his natural abilities throughout the course of the SANFL and National U18 Championships. The final game of the National Championships saw Stephens have a blinding performance with a game-high 33 disposals that included nine clearances. Stephens pin-point kicking and inside 50 penetration was evident as the Allies could not stop his accumulation around the ground, with his neat left foot giving recruiters plenty to like. Another standout match came against Sturt in the SANFL elimination final which saw Stephens have no issues adjusting to a cut-throat final. It wasn’t his most prolific but his defensive component to the game was outstanding with the eagerness to chase, pressure and tackle. His outside game has been tremendous, the most obvious asset to his armoury so far and his earned him comparisons to AFL stars Andrew Gaff and Lachie Whitfield. Dylan’s continuous movement is supplemented by the capacity to lead up to the ball, break away from the pack and use the ball wisely when entering forward 50. Stephens is a superb athlete displaying his speed (2.97 20m sprint), endurance (21.2 Yo-Yo test), agility (8.24 seconds), and 2km time trial time of 6.01 minutes at the National Draft Combine. A typical improvement for a player in Dylan’s position is to add more muscle to his light frame to be able to withstand the rigours of football at the highest level, while building his contested numbers. He is likely to play that wing role at AFL level, but has shown he can play on the inside, but still with a high-leaning uncontested ball. In many ways, he could develop into that Steele Sidebottom type midfielder, where at times his contested possession rate could move to the mid-late thirties more so than around the one-third mark. Overall, given his skills, athleticism and work rate, Stephens is a standout midfielder, and the top outside-leaning midfielder in the draft crop.

DRAFT RANGE: 3-12
 

giantroo

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Sep 23, 2005
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DRAFT ANALYSIS: “Will Gould is a no-fuss, clean kicking key defender possessing all the required traits to slot straight in at AFL level.”


IT HAS been quite the season for South Australian key defender Will Gould. He recently put the finishing touches upon a glamorous junior career with a SANFL League premiership with Glenelg – the club’s first in 33 years. Earlier in the season, Gould was named an All-Australian in the National Championships – his second in consecutive years. He went within seconds of leading SA to victory over Victoria Country at GMHBA Stadium, hammering a goal on the run late in the final term to put the Croweaters ahead. Although it was short lived, Gould was arguably best on ground, tallying 26 disposals, 12 contested possessions, five marks (two contested) and a goal. The unanimous captain of South Australia and skipper of Australia for the AFL Academy’s clash with Casey, Gould’s long kicking, courage and leadership have seen him draw comparisons with West Coast premiership captain and fellow SA country native Shannon Hurn. An old-school country kid with a burly frame and no-fuss attitude, Gould is amongst the most ready-made prospects and, despite an awkward height, projects as one of the more unique talents in the draft pool.

STRENGTHS:
Kicking efficiency
Power/Strength
Leadership
Intercept Marking
Vision
Composure

IMPROVEMENTS:
Endurance
Athleticism

Will Gould has been on the radar of AFL scouts for several years, after showing promise at the Under-16 National Championships. An immediate highlight of Gould’s game are his foot skills over both short and long distances, having been trusted with the kick-in duties with Glenelg and South Australia. He has a thumping right foot kick which commonly travels 50 metres with relative ease and suitable penetration. A physically imposing defender, Gould’s ability to read the flight of the ball, intercept then generate rebound from defence, matched with a potency in the air ensures he can match-up on small, medium or tall opponents. A former state sprinter, ‘Gouldy’ has a commanding presence about him and while not quick, regularly looks to break lines with his explosive power. He is certainly not afraid to inflict his physicality upon his opposition, and when he hits them, they feel it. In 15 senior games with the Tigers (including each of the clubs three finals), Gould averaged 19.3 disposals, 4.9 marks, 1.9 tackles and, perhaps most encouragingly, he initiated an average of 6.3 rebound-50s. These statistics complimented his average of 21 touches and 7.2 rebounds for SA during the national carnival. Whilst some have raised question marks over his endurance, Gould possesses a huge appetite for hard work. Also appealing to AFL clubs is his leadership and courage, exemplified by often running back with the flight of the ball into oncoming traffic. Following an outstanding year, Gould has surely cemented his place as one of the most sought-after, two-way defenders in the draft pool.
Although his defensive versatility is regarded as one of Gould’s greatest strengths as a backman, his height of 191cm is considered on the small side for a key defender. And for this reason, many draft pundits have pencilled him in as a general defender rather one who will be able to handle the modern-day forward giants in the mould of Tom Lynch or Tom Hawkins. Although he has the strength, this five-10cm height discrepancy could be cause for concern. Furthermore, Gould has been deployed throughout the midfield in limited patches. With his frame, explosiveness, ability to win the contested football and polished skill set, Gould has the tools to transition into a top-tier onballer. However he would also need to build up his endurance (19.4 on the yo-yo test at the National Draft Combine), as well as his athleticism which includes speed (3.218 seconds) and agility (9.004) to more effectively impact in a midfield transition. But athleticism is not his strength, instead Gould is a composed player with an elite kick and vision and leads from the front in defence. A traditional footballer, Gould just knows what to do, when and stands up when his moment comes.

DRAFT RANGE: 10-25
 

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