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Mark Dittmar played a handful of games in 1992. Not sure where they get he was a premiership player though
I was surprised by that. Grandfather Wally was a premiership player in 1959. Maybe Mark played in a reserves premiership.

Mark when I met him was a good guy, funny sense of humour and could play a bit.
 

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I was surprised by that. Grandfather Wally was a premiership player in 1959. Maybe Mark played in a reserves premiership.

Mark when I met him was a good guy, funny sense of humour and could play a bit.
Was it Mark who played a fair bit of footy at Pooraka?

At SN, we had Michael Dittmar play a bit of footy for us. He was a decent player. Think he played under age at Port and then went to North.
 

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The SANFL season is here and it is time for the next crop of AFL draft prospects to show their wares.
Some will enhance their standing among the country’s best junior footballers, while others will draw the serious attention of recruiters for the first time.

There will be plenty of movement on draft boards throughout the year but, for now, here is an early look at every SANFL club’s top underage talent.

Isaiah Dudley
Midfielder/forward 17, 167cm, 69kg


Key stats: Averaged 18 disposals, 13 contested possessions, 12 tackles, 1.7 goals and 138 Champion Data rankings points at the 2019 under-16 national carnival.
The nephew of AFL superstars Shaun Burgoyne and Eddie Betts, Dudley is raw but an excitement machine, who knows where the goals are. While small in stature at 167cm, the under-16 All-Australian is quick, elusive and boasts terrific vision and clean hands at the contest. The Prince Alfred College student, who has battled injury recently, is tied to the Crows as a Next Generation Academy product.

Nasiah Wanganeen
Forward/Midfielder 18, 187cm, 70kg


Key stats: Averaged 5 score involvements, 4 tackles, 4 groundball-gets, 4 intercepts and 4 marks per game at under-18 level in 2020.

The nephew of Port Adelaide and Essendon great Gavin Wanganeen is an exciting prospect who boasts plenty of x-factor. The 187cm midfielder was a standout in last year’s SA All Stars game at Thebarton Oval, impressing with his speed, craftiness around goals and vertical leap. But he is also sublimely skilled and has proven he can have a big impact, even though he’s not yet a huge ball-winner.
Cooper Beecken, who plays like Andrew Mackie or Will Day, and Lewis Rayson are two other highly-rated teenagers from Glenelg to keep a close eye on this year.

Blayne O’Loughlin
Defender 18, 171cm, 74kg


Key stats: Averaged 23 disposals, 7 intercepts, 6 rebound-50s and 113 rankings points at under-18 level in 2020.
Another member of the Crows’ Next Generation Academy, O’Loughlin is a neat distributor who helps set up play in defence. The left-footer loves to get his teammates involved and is sometimes given the responsibility of taking kick-ins. He is the nephew of Sydney Swans great Michael O’Loughlin. He tries to model his game on Richmond’s Bachar Houli and Carlton recruit Zac Williams – the halfback version of Williams rather than the midfield one.

Cooper Murley
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17, 178cm, 70kg


Key stats: Averaged 26 disposals, 11 contested possessions, 6 score involvements, 5 clearances, 5 inside 50s and 128 rankings points at under-18 level in 2020.
After earning All-Australian selection at the 2019 under-16 carnival, the speedy, 178cm midfielder dominated in his bottom-age year in 2020, averaging 26 disposals and winning Norwood’s best-and-fairest in a premiership side. Murley may be slightly built but he is clean, well-balanced, wins the ball on the move and uses it well with both feets. He is one of four South Australians in the NAB AFL Academy. Academy coach Tarkyn Lockyer says Murley is one to watch because of his speed and repeat running efforts.

Jason Horne
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17, 184cm, 78kg


Key stats: Averaged 157 ranking points in six under-18 matches in 2020, before making nine SANFL League appearances
The South Adelaide midfielder has it all, which is why he is an early favourite to be picked first in this year’s draft. Horne is strong on the inside, but also electrifying away from the contest, boasting a mix of speed, evasiveness and terrific hands overhead. Horne was SA’s MVP at the under-16 national carnival and, after a dominant start to 2020 in the under-18s, played the final nine games of the year in South’s league side. Panthers coach Jarrad Wright has declared the 17-year-old is “bigger, stronger and better” this season. One coach at the SANFL season launch on Tuesday said Horne was ready to take the competition by storm and could even figure in state coach Jade Sheedy’s plans to face WA in May.

Teammates Matthew Roberts and Arlo Draper are two other highly-rated prospects from Noarlunga.

Morgan Ferres
Forward
18, 190cm, 80kg


Key stats: Booted 25 goals and averaged three contested marks and 112 ranking points in eight non-injury-affected under-18 matches in 2020
Only Adelaide draftee Brayden Cook booted more goals than in the under-18s last season than Ferres, who kicked 22 from six games. The 190cm athletic forward is not only strong in the air, he reads the ball well, is clean at ground level and brings his teammates into the game once the ball spills. The St Peter’s student is also a quick, has great endurance and will be looking to showcase his strong skill set at multiple levels in 2021.

Cade Kennedy
Midfielder 17, 176cm, 72kg


Key stats: Averaged 18 disposals, nine contested possessions, six tackles, seven groundball-gets, three intercepts, three inside-50s and 96 ranking points in 2020.
The Bloods under-18 captain is coming off a standout season, winning the club’s under-18 best and fairest as a bottom-ager. He capped his campaign by averaging 24 disposals, including 13 contested, and 128 Champion Data points in his final three matches. Kennedy’s contested work is strong but he can also play as an outside midfielder. He has a fierce attack on the ball and will look to establish himself as one of the better on-ballers for his age in SA this year.

 

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Mark played with his cousin Michael (Jnr) back in the days, if I remember correctly. Was he the son of Wally? Bit of an age difference if he is.
Short, blonde haired, mid/half forward type?

Michael was like his Dad - tall and rangy KPP. Never made the most of his talents. Michael (Snr) kicked 9 goals in one SANFL game around 1970'ish.
Wally is Mark's dad.

What's the reason Jase Burgoyne didn't play in the sanfl last week?


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Jase Burgoyne

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17, 185cm, 70kg


Key stats: Averaged 28 disposals, six score involvements and 133 ranking points at under-18 level in 2020

Burgoyne is a ball-magnet, averaging 28 disposals per game at SANFL under-18 level last year. Only North Melbourne draftee Tom Powell had more of the footy. Burgoyne is damaging with the ball and breaks lines with his run and carry. Last season he won the Eagles’ under-18 best and fairest in his bottom-age season. Like older brother Trent, Port Adelaide has access to Burgoyne as a father-son prospect.

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Couple of big performances this weekend.

Crows NGA prospect Blayne O'Loughlin picked up a lazy 44 touches for North. I'll be watching that game tomorrow night.

Cade Kennedy, one of the best midfield leaders in SA picked up 30 touches and a goal. Lew Rayson was probably best for Glenelg again.

Nick Daicos with 30 & 3 after a big game last week as well. He's certainly putting his name in contention for pick 1.
 

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Zero chance of getting him unless we somehow come by a very early draft pick, but Jason Horne already looks the part at the age of 17...


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– Potential No.1 pick Jason Horne has started strongly in the SANFL League competition for South Adelaide. He backed up his outstanding showing in Round 1 with 16 disposals, six tackles, four inside 50s and a goal in the club’s win over North Adelaide. Horne was targeted by the Roosters throughout the game in the attacking-half of the ground.

– Fellow South Australia top-20 candidates Matthew Roberts and Morgan Ferres had outstanding showings in Round 1. Roberts had 25 disposals at 88 per cent efficiency and recorded six tackles against Norwood, while Ferres slotted six majors for Sturt.

– Lively forward Isaiah Dudley collected 23 disposals, six tackles, six clearances and slotted two goals against West Adelaide.

 

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Horne was good today. Had some great contested wins in the last quarter with the game on the line. Will be a star.

Lucas Cooke kicked 7 for WWT in the pre-game. Good size at 195cm. Keen to see more of him. Sam Phillipou's son played really well, got 34 touches as a bottom age inside mid. Super fit.

Draper started well and kicked 2 early goals but then went out of it. Had 22 touches in the end but again I worry about his midfield craft. Looks more of a forward flanker. Just can't seem to read the play correctly at stoppages to be a midfielder.

Matty Roberts is a gun. Want to see him play up the grades more now. 37 touches, 8 tackles and played everywhere from centre midfield to back pocket to forward flank.

Really like Koby Cockshell for next years draft. 195cm tall who's well built and super quick for his size. Has some talent as a marking forward.
 

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Hey Macca - is Horne that good that you would look to move out our first pick plus a top quality player to try and get a look at him?
Just wondering what players we have that would be worth pick one to you? Why we would move one of these players on for an 18 year old?
 

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Just wondering what players we have that would be worth pick one to you? Why we would move one of these players on for an 18 year old?
We have Boak R Gray Rockliff all coming to the end. We need to continue to invest in the future. Horne is going to be an absolute gun and we have been ballsy before in trading Wingard, Polec and Howard to get high up in drafts. I am not saying we should, I am just curious whether we think it would be worth it.

As a suggestion (and i would never do it), but what if North came and said we will give you pick 1 for our first and one of Houston/Duursma/Bergman?
 

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As a suggestion (and i would never do it), but what if North came and said we will give you pick 1 for our first and one of Houston/Duursma/Bergman?
Bergman yes. Houston and Duursma are already showing they are part of the next guard. Trading them would be more hollowing out the middle of our list.
 

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Hey Macca - is Horne that good that you would look to move out our first pick plus a top quality player to try and get a look at him?
Definitely worth looking into as I'm sure we are.
Lahdams would be pretty nervous I reckon but would him and our first get us low enough?
 

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