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giantroo

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Now looking forward to the 2022 draft.


For Father-son prospects, we will have Cooper Harvey, Darby Scott will be eligible again. Thomas Longmire hasn't made the grade this year. There is also another Longmire but he isn't eligible. Jed Longmire is the nephew of Horse.

NGA prospects to be added.


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Eye on the future: 10 draft prospects to watch in 2022
Draft guru Callum Twomey looks ahead to the best prospects in
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Will Ashcroft celebrates a goal during the U17 Championships match between Vic Country and Vic Metro at GMHBA Stadium on June 26, 2021. Picture: AFL Photos
ON TO the next one we go. The 2021 NAB AFL Draft has just been run so the focus quickly moves to the upcoming pool in 2022.
As AFL.com.au does in the days following the draft every year, we look ahead and forecast 10 names who will be draft prospects to track in the next season.
This year is a little more difficult, with players next year to enter their draft season as the most under-viewed draft class in decades after having their under-16 championships in 2020 cancelled and their 2021 under-17s carnival also cut short before its finish by COVID-19.
Nevertheless here are a group of talents (in alphabetical order) who will be on the radar next season.

Will Ashcroft
183cm/74kg
Sandringham Dragons/Vic Metro
6/5/04
Midfielder

Ashcroft showed why many think he is a possible top pick at next year's draft with a standout game for Vic Metro against Vic Country in its opening under-17s match in June. The talented midfielder collected 33 disposals, 12 clearances and booted two terrific goals to show his dynamic nature around the ball. The son of Brisbane triple premiership player Marcus, Ashcroft will be eligible to join the Lions as a father-son in 2022.



Father-son prospect Will Ashcroft and (inset) Marcus in action for Brisbane in 1998. Pictures: brightongrammar.vic.edu.au | AFL Photos

Jhye Clark
180cm/76kg
Geelong Falcons/Vic Country
23/7/04
Midfielder

Clark looks set to follow in a long line of Falcons midfield ball-winners, with the physical prospect able to get his hands dirty and feed the ball out of the midfield. He was named Vic Country's best player at the under-17s championships, he's good in the air for a player his size and he's comfortable with the body contact that comes with playing in and around the ball.



Jhye Clark in action for the Falcons in a NAB League match against Bendigo on August 15, 2021. Picture: AFL Photos

Lewis Hayes
195cm
Eastern Ranges/Vic Metro
17/12/04
Key defender

A tall defender worth tracking through next year after showing promising signs as an under-17s prospect with Vic Metro. Hayes, whose older brother Sam is a developing ruckman at Port Adelaide, is a good overhead mark and distributes the ball well out of defence when it's in his hands.



Lewis Hayes breaks clear during the Metro-Country clash in the U17 Championships on June 26, 2021. Picture: AFL Photos

Elijah Hewett
182cm/82kg
Swan Districts/Western Australia
27/5/04
Midfielder

An eye-catching bottom-age season finished with Hewett playing a key role in Swan Districts' Grand Final win in the WAFL colts competition. Hewett, a powerful midfielder, collected 22 disposals in the premiership decider, seeing him finish the season averaging 22 disposals from eight games at the level.



Swan Districts' Elijah Hewett in action during the 2021 WAFL colts Grand Final. Picture: WAFL

Oliver Hollands
182cm/70kg
Murray Bushrangers/Vic Country
16/1/04
Midfielder

The younger brother of Gold Coast's Elijah Hollands, who was pick No.7 at last year's draft and is an exciting forward/midfield talent. The younger Holllands is more of a pure midfielder, with the Murray Bushrangers prospect picking up 22 disposals in the clash against Vic Metro as Country's best player mid-year. Hollands got a taste of things for the Bushrangers this season, averaging 17 disposals in three games, and looks a top-10 contender next season.







Harry Lemmey

199cm/93kg
West Adelaide/Vic Metro
30/1/04
Key forward



It was an exciting season for the talented tall forward in 2021, with Lemmey's performances in West Adelaide's under-18s side seeing him elevated to their League team, where he played two senior games. At under-18s level, he booted 17 goals from seven games, including kicking three goals in each of their finals games (including a 20-disposal and 12-mark display in the preliminary final). Looks a standout key forward option.



Harry Sheezel

183cm/73kg
Sandringham Dragons/Vic Metro
13/10/04
Forward



Sheezel caught the eye for Vic Metro when he kicked three goals in the under-17s carnival clash against Vic Country. The crafty medium forward has a few aspects to his game inside-50 and is dangerous when the ball is up for grabs around goal, where his smarts and finishing skills come to the fore.




Harry Sheezel kicks for goal during the Country-Metro clash at the U17 Championships on June 26, 2021. Picture: AFL Photos


Luke Teal

184cm
Oakleigh Chargers/Vic Metro
20/5/04
Defender/midfielder



A smart and attacking player who creates and takes the game on when positioned at half-back. Teal had some exciting moments through the under-17s trials and carnival for Vic Metro and has also displayed some of his qualities with midfield opportunities. He can mark well above his head and is adept at being an intercepting defender for his side.


Luke Teal looks to get a handball away during the Metro-Country clash at the U17 Championships on June 26, 2021. Picture: AFL Photos


Elijah Tsatas

184cm/73kg
Oakleigh Chargers/Vic Metro
18/10/04
Midfielder



A very exciting midfield talent who has some jets. Tsatas has shown his speed and line-breaking ability on the wing and through midfield roles, and also played for the Chargers this season as a bottom-ager. He can provide link up play and is able to whiz through stoppages and come out the other side with the ball in his hands. Plenty of clubs are viewing him as a No.1 contender a year out from his draft.




Elijah Tsatas grabs a loose ball during the Metro-Country clash at the U17 Championships match on June 26, 2021. Picture: AFL Photos

George Wardlaw

181cm/72kg
Oakleigh Chargers/Vic Metro
18/6/04
Midfielder



A midfielder with a tough, competitive edge, Wardlaw was among Vic Metro's best players in its clash with Vic Country at GMHBA Stadium when he kicked up 22 disposals. Wardlaw is a tough player at the stoppages and smart with the ball in his hands, and later in the NAB League season was given some opportunities with the Chargers to feature as a bottom-ager.
 
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'Early disclaimer, this is just my top 22 for next years crop early on, so some positions are iffy at best!'

FB: Sam Gilbey (Claremont/ WA), Jedd Busslinger (East Perth/ WA), Jonti Schuback (Gippsland Power/ VIC C)

Gilbey is a speedy rebounding defender out of Claremont, with a piercing left foot out of defence, his attacking flair from the back half puts him in a position to transition into a Wing long term, standing at 185 cm, he's a nice height to play on a range of opponents, but his style forces them to defend him moreso than him doing the defending. Busslinger is a classic intercepting tall defender, not too dissimilar to Rhett Bazzo from this year, but I'd argue more damaging with his disposal and more willing to push up the ground, the 195 cm East Perth product will have his work cut out for him at the champs next season with the strength of the tall forwards. Jonti, otherwise known as 'The Jont', is another smooth mover like Gilbey, but is arguably better on the wings or in the thick of things as a rover, also possessing a damaging boot and speed.

HB: Kobe Ryan (West Adelaide/ SA), Harry Barnett (West Adelaide/ SA), Jed Hagan (East Fremantle/ WA)

Ryan is 100% better as a midfielder, but due to not many others in the side being able to play multiple positions (or rather, not showing that versatility) he's forced onto the half back line, where his class and poise under pressure are still valuable weapons when forced back here that he utilises to full effect. There's a bit of the Pendlebury's to Ryan, with his movement smooth but looking more so due to read of the game than athleticism. Barnett is 202cm and has played mainly ruck and forward, but at his height he's got sublime skills and athleticism that may see him turn into a successful Key Defender. Regardless, his ability to get around the ground and impact in all phases of the game is invaluable for a big man. Hagan is very much a 'performance' selection here, having made the WA U19s team and holding his own it's hard to deny that he's got more exposure than most, however I expect he may drop quickly next year =(

C: Elijah Tstatas (Oakleigh Chargers/ VIC M), George Wardlaw (Oakleigh Chargers/ VIC M), Oliver Hollands (Murray Bushrangers/ VIC C)

Arguably 3 of the best 4 mids heading into next year, all three of these guys have shown their capabilities as inside and outside players with genuine game sense. Elijah is an athletic beast with his acceleration around stoppages a massive weapon of his, paired with his damaging kick he looms as a genuine Pick 1 candidate early. Wardlaw is also in that same calibre of player, but a much stronger contested player with a real strength of his being his repeat efforts, inside consistency and the ability to stand up in tackles, and that's no joke, the RookieMe Central team were discussing last night and concluded we'd never seen Wardlaw brought to ground before disposing of the ball. Hollands is the brother of the SUNS' Elijah, with athleticism and class being key features of his game.

HF: Jack O'Sullivan (Oakleigh Chargers/ VIC C), Will Elliott (Oakleigh Chargers/ VIC M), Harry Sheezel (Sandringham Dragons/ VIC M)

O'Sullivan is exactly the type of small player that I love, so early disclaimer that I may be overrating him all of 2022, but as a forward he's a pressure machine that knows how to use it going forward as well, there's not many tackles he goes for that he doesn't lay and when rotated through the midfield he's a contested ball magnet as well. Elliott is a super athletic tall, which is looking to be a theme next year, who can play ruck but looks much more at home as a forward, where he can impact well at ground level and aerially for his height. Sheezel is similar to Rachele from this years draft, but slightly taller and I think with a little stronger workrate, but a similar flair in the forward 50 and knack for doing miraculous things

FF: Elijah Hewett (Swan Districts/ WA), Harry Lemmey (West Adelaide/ SA), Mattaes Phillipou (WWT Eagles/ SA)

The premiere tall heading into next season, Lemmey is a lead up specialist with his arm span and ability to mark in front at full speed allowing him to beat most opponents with ease when given the space to lead into, with his follow up shot at goal super impressive for a junior, already having a well defined routine. Phillipou is a super athletic medium forward that runs through the midfield well, it's very much a speculative pick having him this high early on, but I think he's got a lot of similar traits to a guy like Calen Poulter. Hewett has done the majority of his damage as a big bodied inside ball winner for WA, but at club and PSA level has had some impressive stints up forward, and he still manages to hit the scoreboard when playing through the guts.

R: Jackson Broadbent (Peel Thunder/ WA), Will Ashcroft (Sandringham Dragons/ VIC M), Jhye Clark (Geelong Falcons/ VIC C)

Broadbent is undoubtedly a big prospect, and whilst he may not have the athleticism of other ruck options next year he already looks like a guy that could be considered a safe bet to make it as a number 1 ruck at the next level, early on he reminds me a bit of Jarrod Witts, but I feel Broadbent is more mobile. Ashcroft will be spoken about plenty as a top end father-son, but he does pretty much everything as a midfielder really well and frequently hits the scoreboard. Clark is a hard at it mid that is surprisingly clean with his disposal, even when being tackled or directly pressured he manages to hit targets by hand or foot

IN/C: Noah Long (Bendigo Pioneers/ VIC C), Kane Bevan (West Perth/ WA), Adam D'Aloia (WWT Eagles/ SA), Matthew Jeffersen (Oakleigh Chargers/ VIC M)

Long is a very similar player to Caleb Serong, just high workrate, ferocious and doesn't let his size stop him from having a crack and really troubling opposition players through the midfield. Bevan is a versatile prospect, and at 192 cm he could very well grow to KPP height but keep his strengths as a midfielder, especially his contested ball winning. D'Aloia has impressed everyone that's watched him, even getting a BOG medal in one of the SA U19's games, as well as the SANFL U18s Grand Final, a hard at it and hard working midfielder. Jeffersen is an exciting tall utility, with hisa best performances coming as a forward where his leading patterns and accuracy will impress many
 
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WA’s best 2022 draft prospects: Elijah Hewett, Jackson Broadbent, Jedd Busslinger and more
Jordan McArdle
The West Australian
Sat, 27 November 2021

Sixteen West Aussies were picked up across this week’s national and rookie drafts in a huge result for the State.

But early indications are next year’s crop could be even better.

Led by powerful Swan Districts midfielder Elijah Hewett, who already has a WAFL colts premiership and Alcock Cup under his belt at Scotch College, there’s several exciting first-round prospects.

Peel Thunder and Collie-bred giant Jackson Broadbent experienced senior WAFL footy at just 16 last season and even earlier in the South West league.

East Perth and Trinity College defender Jedd Busslinger overcame lower-back issues to impress as an intercept-marking defender, even breaking into the State 19s squad.

East Fremantle and Geraldton product Jed Hagan made the WAFL colts team of the year in 2020 as a 15-year-old with his elite disposal and ability to find the footy standing out.

We take an early look at the State’s best 10 2022 draft prospects.

Elijah Hewett

Club: Swan Districts

From: Caversham JFC/Scotch College

Age: 17

Height: 186cm

Weight: 82kg

Position: Midfielder

Colts premiership player. Alcock Cup champion. Elijah Hewett is building quite the footy CV already.
The big-bodied Swan Districts midfielder impressed as a bottom-ager at colts level, averaging 22 possessions including a strong performance in a winning grand final against Claremont at Optus Stadium.
Played State 17s and was best-afield in their final match against South Australia in Adelaide which resulted in a narrow win.
His PSA numbers were even better, averaging 28 touches, six clearances, five tackles and 1.4 goals per game for Scotch College.
Genuine top-10 chance if he keep progressing and don’t be surprised if he breaks into the Swans’

Jedd Busslinger

Club: East Perth

From: Coolbinia JFC/Trinity College

Age: 17

Height: 195cm

Weight: 83kg

Position: Key defender

Busslinger is shaping up to be one of the best key defender in next year’s draft pool.
He’s a great size at 195cm, reads the play well, has good skills and is strong overhead.
Is still slightly framed but that will no doubt improve with time.
Has some lower-back issues early days but that appears a thing off the past judging by his output last season at WAFL colts and PSA levels.
Made both the State 17s team and took a whopping 18 marks in game one against South Australia before getting added to the 19s as injury cover.

Jed Hagan

Club: East Fremantle

From: Brigades, Geraldton

Age: 17

Height: 174cm

Weight: 71kg

Position: Midfielder

If feels like this kid has been dominating WAFL colts forever.
Hagan made the 2020 colts team of the year at just 15 years old and continues to improve, making both the State 17s and 19s squads last year which shows just how highly he’s rated.
Can play as an inside midfielder and across half-back with his good skills, running power and ability to read the game among his strengths.
Will move to Perth ahead of his draft year after racking up some serious mileage over the past two seasons which will further help his development.
Remarkably won the JL Williams Medal, as the best player in the national under-15s carnival, twice which hasn’t been done before.

Jackson Broadbent

Club: Peel Thunder

From: Collie

Age: 17

Height: 202cm

Weight: 92kg

Position: Ruck

When you’re playing senior WAFL football at 16, you’ve got to be doing something right.
Peel Thunder man mountain Jackson Broadbent, from Collie, achieved something only two other player had before him at the club, following in the footsteps of ex-AFL pair Daniel Wells and Brock O’Brien.
Represented the State 17s and even got a game in the 19s.
Move around the ground well for a big man and uses it well.
Expect to see more of Broadbent, who has been likened to West Coat premiership ruck Dean Cox, in the seniors in 2022.

Darcy Jones

Club: Swan Districts

From: Kalamunda JFC

Age: 17

Height: 173cm

Weight: 60kg

Position: Midfield/wing/half-back

Jones is another exciting talent to keep an eye on at Swan Districts.
Known for his outside run and carry, the pocket rocket starred in an inside-midfield role in his WA under-17s debut against South Australia in Adelaide in October.
It came a week after he impressed on with his pace and elite foot skills as the Black Ducks claimed the WAFL colts flag against Claremont.
His helmet and size automatically make people think of Caleb Daniel, but he models his game on St Kilda’s Bradley Hill.
Is keen to develop his inside-midfield craft next year.

Chase Bourne

Club: South Fremantle

From: Fremantle City Dockers

Age: 17

Height: 180cm

Weight: 67kg

Position: Small forward/midfielder

Bourne has some serious x-factor about him and can turn the game off his own boot.
Part of Fremantle’s Next Generation Academy, Dockers recruiters - and supporters - will be hoping he slips outside of the top-40 protected zone.
But the way he’s progressing, the explosive small forward/midfielder will follow in fellow Dockers NGA talent and South Fremantle product Jesse Motlop’s footsteps and get snapped up by a rival before that.

Sam Gilbey

Club: Claremont

From: Wembley Downs JFC/Hale School

Age: 17

Height: 185cm

Weight: 67kg

Position: Half-back/midfielder

Gilbey has some of the silkiest foot skills going around as he’s shown at PSA, WAFL colts and national under-17s levels.
The classy left-footer plays his best footy across half-back but can also pinch hit in the midfield where he might spend more time in 2022.
Former Fremantle and Melbourne player Jason Norrish, who coaches GIlbey at Hale, is predicting big things from his first XVIII regular.

Kane Bevan

Club: West Perth

From: Joondalup-Kinross JFC

Age: 17

Height: 192cm

Weight: 86kg

Position: Midfielder/defender

From a rangy half-back to a genuine inside midfielder, Bevan transformed his game in 2021 thanks to a savvy move from West Perth colts coach Ryan Lasscock.
Like Hagan, Bevan has been playing colts for two full seasons and made the 2020 WAFL colts team of the year.
Is a similar size to Nat Fyfe at 192cm, playing that big-bodied midfield role to perfection.
Racks up the footy and is strong defensively and overhead, averaging 27 touches in the last month of the season including 31 against East Fremantle in a losing elimination-final cause.
Could easily return to that intercept-marking defender role if needed, with his versatility no doubt exciting AFL recruiters.

Ed Allan

Club: Claremont

From: Mosman Park JFC/Scotch College

Age: 17

Height: 191cm

Weight: 77kg

Position: Half-back/wing/midfielder

The son of inaugural Fremantle captain and Hawthorn premiership player Ben Allan has been making a name for himself for quite a while now.
Is a different type of player to his dad, more of a rangy outside type who’s played a lot on the wing and half-back.
Produced some massive games for PSA school Scotch College and WAFL side Claremont, including a 41-possession effort against Trinity.
Ben Allan fell two games short of Ed qualifying for Hawthorn under the father-son rule and 53 short at Fremantle.

Jasper Scaife

Club: West Perth

From: Quinns Districts JFC

Age: 17

Height: 195cm

Weight: 85kg

Position: Key forward

Yet another Fremantle Next Generation Academy prospect, Scaife is an exciting key forward with the physical attributes to succeed at the top level.
Is a great size at 195, has a good set of hands and deadly left boot.
Had a breakout game in round 22 against East Fremantle, booting three goals, and is one to watch for next year.

Others to watch
  • Will Bailey (Claremont and Christ Church/midfielder)
  • Jordyn Baker (East Perth and West Coast NGA/wing)
  • Jack Cleaver (East Fremantle and Aquinas College/midfielder)
  • Connor Carbone (Peel Thunder/medium defender)
  • Hugh Davies (Claremont and Christ Church/key defender)
  • Josh Draper (Peel Thunder, Trinity College and Fremantle NGA/forward-ruck)
  • Jacob Evitt (Subiaco/midfielder)
 

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WA’s best 2022 draft prospects: Elijah Hewett, Jackson Broadbent, Jedd Busslinger and more
Jordan McArdle
The West Australian
Sat, 27 November 2021

Sixteen West Aussies were picked up across this week’s national and rookie drafts in a huge result for the State.

But early indications are next year’s crop could be even better.

Led by powerful Swan Districts midfielder Elijah Hewett, who already has a WAFL colts premiership and Alcock Cup under his belt at Scotch College, there’s several exciting first-round prospects.

Peel Thunder and Collie-bred giant Jackson Broadbent experienced senior WAFL footy at just 16 last season and even earlier in the South West league.

East Perth and Trinity College defender Jedd Busslinger overcame lower-back issues to impress as an intercept-marking defender, even breaking into the State 19s squad.

East Fremantle and Geraldton product Jed Hagan made the WAFL colts team of the year in 2020 as a 15-year-old with his elite disposal and ability to find the footy standing out.

We take an early look at the State’s best 10 2022 draft prospects.

Elijah Hewett

Club: Swan Districts

From: Caversham JFC/Scotch College

Age: 17

Height: 186cm

Weight: 82kg

Position: Midfielder

Colts premiership player. Alcock Cup champion. Elijah Hewett is building quite the footy CV already.
The big-bodied Swan Districts midfielder impressed as a bottom-ager at colts level, averaging 22 possessions including a strong performance in a winning grand final against Claremont at Optus Stadium.
Played State 17s and was best-afield in their final match against South Australia in Adelaide which resulted in a narrow win.
His PSA numbers were even better, averaging 28 touches, six clearances, five tackles and 1.4 goals per game for Scotch College.
Genuine top-10 chance if he keep progressing and don’t be surprised if he breaks into the Swans’

Jedd Busslinger

Club: East Perth

From: Coolbinia JFC/Trinity College

Age: 17

Height: 195cm

Weight: 83kg

Position: Key defender

Busslinger is shaping up to be one of the best key defender in next year’s draft pool.
He’s a great size at 195cm, reads the play well, has good skills and is strong overhead.
Is still slightly framed but that will no doubt improve with time.
Has some lower-back issues early days but that appears a thing off the past judging by his output last season at WAFL colts and PSA levels.
Made both the State 17s team and took a whopping 18 marks in game one against South Australia before getting added to the 19s as injury cover.

Jed Hagan

Club: East Fremantle

From: Brigades, Geraldton

Age: 17

Height: 174cm

Weight: 71kg

Position: Midfielder

If feels like this kid has been dominating WAFL colts forever.
Hagan made the 2020 colts team of the year at just 15 years old and continues to improve, making both the State 17s and 19s squads last year which shows just how highly he’s rated.
Can play as an inside midfielder and across half-back with his good skills, running power and ability to read the game among his strengths.
Will move to Perth ahead of his draft year after racking up some serious mileage over the past two seasons which will further help his development.
Remarkably won the JL Williams Medal, as the best player in the national under-15s carnival, twice which hasn’t been done before.

Jackson Broadbent

Club: Peel Thunder

From: Collie

Age: 17

Height: 202cm

Weight: 92kg

Position: Ruck

When you’re playing senior WAFL football at 16, you’ve got to be doing something right.
Peel Thunder man mountain Jackson Broadbent, from Collie, achieved something only two other player had before him at the club, following in the footsteps of ex-AFL pair Daniel Wells and Brock O’Brien.
Represented the State 17s and even got a game in the 19s.
Move around the ground well for a big man and uses it well.
Expect to see more of Broadbent, who has been likened to West Coat premiership ruck Dean Cox, in the seniors in 2022.

Darcy Jones

Club: Swan Districts

From: Kalamunda JFC

Age: 17

Height: 173cm

Weight: 60kg

Position: Midfield/wing/half-back

Jones is another exciting talent to keep an eye on at Swan Districts.
Known for his outside run and carry, the pocket rocket starred in an inside-midfield role in his WA under-17s debut against South Australia in Adelaide in October.
It came a week after he impressed on with his pace and elite foot skills as the Black Ducks claimed the WAFL colts flag against Claremont.
His helmet and size automatically make people think of Caleb Daniel, but he models his game on St Kilda’s Bradley Hill.
Is keen to develop his inside-midfield craft next year.

Chase Bourne

Club: South Fremantle

From: Fremantle City Dockers

Age: 17

Height: 180cm

Weight: 67kg

Position: Small forward/midfielder

Bourne has some serious x-factor about him and can turn the game off his own boot.
Part of Fremantle’s Next Generation Academy, Dockers recruiters - and supporters - will be hoping he slips outside of the top-40 protected zone.
But the way he’s progressing, the explosive small forward/midfielder will follow in fellow Dockers NGA talent and South Fremantle product Jesse Motlop’s footsteps and get snapped up by a rival before that.

Sam Gilbey

Club: Claremont

From: Wembley Downs JFC/Hale School

Age: 17

Height: 185cm

Weight: 67kg

Position: Half-back/midfielder

Gilbey has some of the silkiest foot skills going around as he’s shown at PSA, WAFL colts and national under-17s levels.
The classy left-footer plays his best footy across half-back but can also pinch hit in the midfield where he might spend more time in 2022.
Former Fremantle and Melbourne player Jason Norrish, who coaches GIlbey at Hale, is predicting big things from his first XVIII regular.

Kane Bevan

Club: West Perth

From: Joondalup-Kinross JFC

Age: 17

Height: 192cm

Weight: 86kg

Position: Midfielder/defender

From a rangy half-back to a genuine inside midfielder, Bevan transformed his game in 2021 thanks to a savvy move from West Perth colts coach Ryan Lasscock.
Like Hagan, Bevan has been playing colts for two full seasons and made the 2020 WAFL colts team of the year.
Is a similar size to Nat Fyfe at 192cm, playing that big-bodied midfield role to perfection.
Racks up the footy and is strong defensively and overhead, averaging 27 touches in the last month of the season including 31 against East Fremantle in a losing elimination-final cause.
Could easily return to that intercept-marking defender role if needed, with his versatility no doubt exciting AFL recruiters.

Ed Allan

Club: Claremont

From: Mosman Park JFC/Scotch College

Age: 17

Height: 191cm

Weight: 77kg

Position: Half-back/wing/midfielder

The son of inaugural Fremantle captain and Hawthorn premiership player Ben Allan has been making a name for himself for quite a while now.
Is a different type of player to his dad, more of a rangy outside type who’s played a lot on the wing and half-back.
Produced some massive games for PSA school Scotch College and WAFL side Claremont, including a 41-possession effort against Trinity.
Ben Allan fell two games short of Ed qualifying for Hawthorn under the father-son rule and 53 short at Fremantle.

Jasper Scaife

Club: West Perth

From: Quinns Districts JFC

Age: 17

Height: 195cm

Weight: 85kg

Position: Key forward

Yet another Fremantle Next Generation Academy prospect, Scaife is an exciting key forward with the physical attributes to succeed at the top level.
Is a great size at 195, has a good set of hands and deadly left boot.
Had a breakout game in round 22 against East Fremantle, booting three goals, and is one to watch for next year.

Others to watch
  • Will Bailey (Claremont and Christ Church/midfielder)
  • Jordyn Baker (East Perth and West Coast NGA/wing)
  • Jack Cleaver (East Fremantle and Aquinas College/midfielder)
  • Connor Carbone (Peel Thunder/medium defender)
  • Hugh Davies (Claremont and Christ Church/key defender)
  • Josh Draper (Peel Thunder, Trinity College and Fremantle NGA/forward-ruck)
  • Jacob Evitt (Subiaco/midfielder)
That’s seems like a great crop 1 year out.

Busslinger already 83kgs? Gibcus was drafted at 84. Also, 18 marks in a game? That’s a lot of marks for an underager in colts.

One to watch for us
 

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