Norm Smith Medallist
- Oct 24, 2012
- AFL Club
- Gold Coast
- Other Teams
- Milwaukee Bucks
They seem to have more mature rookies instead of mostly academy players and use more mature bodied top ups.. peel probably got a better idea
4 rookie list
3 19 year old academy players
3 18 year old academy players
A couple I couldn't find their origin, but certainly didn't play a big role on the day.
They were just better across the board.
Their tall forwards more dangerous (Sproule 20 years, Briggs 19 years)
Their inside mids won more ball (Shipley 19 years, Bonar 20 years)
Their outside midfielders got more space (O'Halloran 18 years, Cumming 20 years)
19 year old GWS academy kid Peatling had 20 disposals and a goal and was far better than Connor Nutting in a very similar half forward role.
It wasn't a difference in age although they did look to have far bigger bodies.