Preview 2024 AFL Draft General Discussion

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I mean, this is kind of the point with everyones frustration with the current system.

Sides aren't allowed to actually formally talk to prospective draftees until after the national champs.

Yet the Academies are allowed to expose their prospects to AFL level as 17 year olds?

Say what you will, the system is completely ridiculous on so many levels.
Exposing top prospects to footy against AFL footballers isn't that uncommon these days. Will Ashcroft got permission as a father-son prospect to play three VFL games for Brisbane's VFL team in 2022, despite living in Melbourne at the time and not being a member of their northern academy. Last year we saw Harley Reid play for Carlton's VFL team on multiple occasions, Zane Duursma played a game for the Demons' VFL team, Sydney father-son prospect Indhi Kirk played eight games for the the Swans' VFL team, Ethan Read played one game for the Suns' VFL team etc. This year we already know Tyler Welsh is going to play the entire season for the Crows' SANFL team when he doesn't have rep commitment. So Welsh will end up playing 10+ games for Adelaide's SANFL team this year.

It's becoming far more common these days and not just the northern clubs that are doing it.
 
Predictions.

No. 1 pick: Finn O'Sullivan. (VC.)
First bid: Levi Ashcroft.
Biggest slider: Sid Draper.
Biggest riser: Charlie Nicholls.
Pick 10: Hawthorn.
Pick 20: Port Adelaide.
Pick 30: Richmond.
First SA player selected: Ben Camporeale.
First WA player selected: Bo Allan.
First VM player selected: Tom Gross.
First Allies player selected: Leonardo Lombard.
ND pick count: 67.
MSD pick count: 15.
First round pick count: 22.
CTL winner: NK.
U18 winner: SA.
ND invitees: 18.
Lastly, Callum Twomey's favourite: Jagga Smith.

Anything else?
 
Predictions.

No. 1 pick: Finn O'Sullivan. (VC.)
First bid: Levi Ashcroft.
Biggest slider: Sid Draper.
Biggest riser: Charlie Nicholls.
Pick 10: Hawthorn.
Pick 20: Port Adelaide.
Pick 30: Richmond.
First SA player selected: Ben Camporeale.
First WA player selected: Bo Allan.
First VM player selected: Tom Gross.
First Allies player selected: Leonardo Lombard.
ND pick count: 67.
MSD pick count: 15.
First round pick count: 22.
CTL winner: NK.
U18 winner: SA.
ND invitees: 18.
Lastly, Callum Twomey's favourite: Jagga Smith.

Anything else?
I just want to point out that there are currently 20 picks in the first round, thanks to the two end of first round picks handout to North and subsequently traded.

With no changes mooted for this year's bidding system, I'm pretty confident there will be more than 22 picks in this years first round.
 

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Predictions.

No. 1 pick: Finn O'Sullivan. (VC.)
First bid: Levi Ashcroft.
Biggest slider: Sid Draper.
Biggest riser: Charlie Nicholls.
Pick 10: Hawthorn.
Pick 20: Port Adelaide.
Pick 30: Richmond.
First SA player selected: Ben Camporeale.
First WA player selected: Bo Allan.
First VM player selected: Tom Gross.
First Allies player selected: Leonardo Lombard.
ND pick count: 67.
MSD pick count: 15.
First round pick count: 22.
CTL winner: NK.
U18 winner: SA.
ND invitees: 18.
Lastly, Callum Twomey's favourite: Jagga Smith.

Anything else?
My tip going very early is Pat Retschko will be the first VM player taken aside from Levi Ashcroft.
 
WCE will finish last be interesting to see if we get pick 2 to go with pick 1

Its going to be a long long year I just cant believe we have not played a game yet and
our injury list is greater than last year same time

Depressing.
The only good news we actually look fit this year
 
WCE will finish last be interesting to see if we get pick 2 to go with pick 1

Its going to be a long long year I just cant believe we have not played a game yet and
our injury list is greater than last year same time

Depressing.
The only good news we actually look fit this year
Depressing indeed, I think our new headquarters are cursed or something.

Oh well, it'll be semi interesting watching O'Sullivan and Jagga Smith at Oakleigh this year as they duke it out to go number 1
 
WCE will finish last be interesting to see if we get pick 2 to go with pick 1

Its going to be a long long year I just cant believe we have not played a game yet and
our injury list is greater than last year same time

Depressing.
The only good news we actually look fit this year
Who will you trade to get pick 2?
 
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Liam Duggan to trigger band 1 in his $1.2m x 6 move to North.

Will be interesting to see if West Coast get anything given the recent precedence.
It they follow our precedence it will be a F2 & F3 that must be traded.

I think the days of the AFL giving out picks after a teams 1st pick are long gone.
 

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Sandy's squad

1 Oliver Green

A quick small forward, played a couple of Coates league games last year, … will play as a high half forward and get up the ground and try and get forward and hit the scoreboard.

2 Jack Dalton

A member of the Vic Metro under 18 squad as a bottom ager after being the best player at the under 16 carnival last year. A hard running wingman, we’re really excited for Jacks future, he’s a leader within our group already, he’s been nominated as an emerging leader among our group and we feel he’s an exciting prospect for the future.

3 Levi Ashcroft

A Brisbane Lions father-son, Levi won the Sandringham Dragons best and fairest last season in a premiership year as a bottom ager which is a great achievement. He’s a co captain of the Dragons this year . He’s a very high level midfielder who can push forward and hit the scoreboard. He’s going to be an exciting player for the Lions for years to come.

4 Julian Galbally

A 201cm whi has joined the Dragons this year as a top ager. Comes from a basketball background, has great hands. We’re really excited about him as a long term prospect.

5 Ricky Theodoropoulos

Played Coates league football last year as a 16-year-old. A small crafty forward, lightning quick, gets low to the ground, creates a but if chaos for defenders…he’s fun to watch.

6 Harrison Oliver

A member of the Vic Metro under 18 squad and also a deputy vice captain of the Dragons this season. A combative, competitive, fast half back. I would describe him as the heart beat of our team. He’s a great personality, a great young man and a valued member of our leadership group.

7 Max Hoult

A 19yo returning to the Dragons program this season. He suffered an ACL injury in February last year and missed all of his top-age year. He’s progressing well and will start playing in the next few weeks. Max is a third tall forward or defender, and can play at either end of the ground. A great athlete.

8 Owen Bater

A key defender, played Coates league football as a 16yo. Missed a lot of last year with a foot injury. He’s had a full pre-season and has spent a little bit of time up forward which could be an option for him. Strongly built, makes good decisions with the ball. A really good player.

9 Rory Wright

A bottom-age high half back who goes to Caulfield Grammar. A really good cricketer also. He’s impressed through his under 16s play last year and also in training this year.

10 Ted Clayton

A top-age wingman and midfielder. Ran a very quick 20m time last week (sub three seconds) and he’s a natural ball winner, runs hard and is creative with ball in hand.

11 Nathaniel Sulzberger

A strongly built inside mid who played a couple of Coates league games last year. He’s a Tasmanian who is boarding at Caulfield Grammar, following a path similar to Ryley Sanders; a Tassie boy coming over to Melbourne. Powerfully built, pushes people off in the contest. Ran a 5:58 2km trial which shows how well he can cover the ground. He’s a prospect the Dragons are really excited about.

12 Harry Armstrong

Big key forward who is a member of the Vic Metro Under 18 squad. Lightning fast for his size (194cm), strong hands and a nice kick for goal. Is yet to make his Coates league debut but he’s going to play right from the start of the season and the Dragons are excited to see what he can do.

13 Alfie Lambert

Bottom-age midfielder, a prolific ball winner and as a bottom-ager will be exposed to Coates league footy at some stage this season.

14 Ned Maginness

Comes back as a 19yo. A father-son to Hawthorn, the brother of Hawk young gun Finn Maginness. Ned has grown an enormous amount — he’s now 193cm after sprouting 25cm in the past 18 months — so his whole running gait and ball use has changed completely over that time. He’s gone from being a smaller outside player to being a big-bodied inside midfielder and wingman.

15 Lennox Hofmann

A member of St Kilda’s next generation academy. A third tall defender, reads the play really well to roll off and intercept. An exciting talent and the Dragons have high hopes for him this season.

16 Angus Phillips

A big bodied inside midfielder who can push forward and hit the scoreboard as well. Plays his school footy at St Kevin’s.

17 James Arnold

A bottom-age high half forward who can play up on the wing as well. He will play a fair bit of school footy but will get an opportunity in the Coates league.

18 Josh Dolan

One of three bottom-agers to play in the Sandringham Dragons premiership last season, playing a role as a half forward. This season he has trained as a midfielder but will still play a bit through the half forward where he’s a creative ball user while his contest work is very strong as well.

19 Luka Pecer

A 200cm key forward who can pinch hit through the ruck as well. Very fast for his size and finds a way to hit the scoreboard on a regular basis.

20 Adrian Cole

A member of St Kilda’s next generation academy and one of the Dragons’ vice captains this season. A 197cm key defender with fantastic athletic attributes. Played a few games last year as a bottom-ager.

21 Archer Grant

Son of former North Melbourne and Sydney player Shannon Grant. A small forward who is still developing his craft but shows great goal nous, similar to his dad. The Dragons are excited to have him and watch his development over the next couple of years.

22 Murphy Reid

A member of the Vic Metro under 18 squad, a high-level midfielder with great creativity and composure in traffic.

23 Luke Trainor

A member of the AFL academy and the Vic Metro under 18 squad. A third tall defender and good at reading the play to intercept and is a penetrating kick coming out of defence. Will play a mix of roles between back, midfield and forward. Has great versatility.

24 Brodie Findlay

The Dragons’ co-captain returns as a 19yo. A 199cm ruckman, he has developed great tap craft and ball use around the ground. Made strong progression, improving his endurance enormously over the past 12 months and is a prospect AFL clubs will be looking at as a tall for potentially the mid-season draft or the end-of-year draft.

25 Angus Bowd

Small forward, great pressure player and showed the ability to hit the scoreboard in school footy last year with St Bede’s. He did pre-season with the Dragons last year, played school footy during the year and has returned to the Dragons and made the final squad.

26 Hunter Lynch

A high half forward who has shown the ability to connect up through the middle of the ground and also re set back and can hit the scoreboard as well.

27 Xavier Bamert

A bottom-age inside midfielder who won the Dragons’ 2km time trial recording 5min 50sec which is elite. Strongly built, powerful in the contest, works hard from contest to contest. He’s an emerging leader in the Dragons program.

28 Archie Ludowyke

A developing key forward who is part of the Vic Metro under 18 squad as a bottom-ager. Great overhead — he’s taken some fantastic hangers — and will continue to build his body as he develops over the next 18 months towards hopefully an AFL career.

29 Phoenix Janover

A lightning quick high half forward who is potentially a midfielder as well. Makes really smart decisions with the ball, particularly going into forward 50.

30 Taj Hotton

Brother of St Kilda’s Olli and son of former Collingwood player Trent Hotton. He played last year in Vic Metro squad as a bottom-age small forward. Great overhead. This year he’s trained as a midfielder and been one of the Dragons’ best performers through the pre-season.

31 Bailey McKenzie

A third tall forward in the mould of a Bailey Fritch, strong overhead, nice kick for goal, very creative in the forward line. He was in the Dragons’ pre-season squad last year, missed out and came back this year. His game has built nicely.

32 Miles Tyrer

A bottom-age ruckman from Melbourne Grammar. Strongly built, shows really good tap craft and the ability to get around the ground. Could potentially be a key forward ruck at the next level. Still growing.

33 Mitch Kirkwood-Scott

A high half back, strong defensively in one-on-ones. A beautiful ball user, one of the Dragons’ best kicks in the team, plays his school footy at Haileybury and was part of their premiership last year. Very vocal. Sets the group up really well behind the ball.

34 Kye Fincher

A member of St Kilda’s NGA, a bottom-ager. A running half back and potentially a midfielder long term. Of the Dragons’ bottom-agers he’s been one of the best performed through pre-season.

35 Riely Collins

A member of the Bulldogs NGA. He played his school footy at Caulfield Grammar last year, returns tk the Dragins as a top-ager, an inside midfielder, can play wing as well and covers the ground really well.

36 Sam Marshall

A member of the Brisbane Lions academy, the SFL academy and the Allies squad, plays his school footy at Melbourne Grammar. An elite runner, covers great ground contest to contest. Has built up his physical size over the last 18 months and become a midfielder who drives his legs out of the contest really well. Exciting prospect who will be a great asset to the Lions going forward.

37 Aris Moustakas

Comes as a top-ager from South Melbourne. Super fast. Ran a 2.95 in a 20m. Plays a mix of high half forward and wing and uses that speed to run and dart through traffic.

38 Jhett Haeata

A 185cm wingman, a beautiful ball user by foot and has a good ability to find difficult targets through traffic and then take the ball forward. Will play as a mix of a wing and half back, with his speed and creativity by foot sure to appeal to AFL clubs.

39 Oliver Moodie

A third tall forward, hits up through half forward really well, nice hands, good mark on the lead through the corridor.

40 Harvey Allan

Son of former Carlton ruckman Matthew Allan, he is a developing key forward and ruckman. Has really impressed with his ability to follow up at ground level with his size.

41 Bennett Martin

A bottom-age wingman or half back, very combative and competitive in the contest. His game has developed really well and a half back role will suit.

42 Ben Seers

A fantastic athlete who ran a 2.89 in the 20m sprint. A wingman or high half forward. As a high half forward his ability to get up the ground and use his speed to get back behind his defender is something that appeals at the next level.

43 Oscar Cheetham

A 197cm key defender who played school footy at Melbourne Grammar. Ran a 2.98 20m sprint so he’s lightning fast for his size. Played one game of Coates league last year against Archer Reid of Gippsland who went on to be drafted by West Coast and he played really well on him. The Dragons are excited to have him back for his top-age year.

44 Jack Cheep

Did his ACL 18 months ago and he missed a chunk of last season. Return to play some local footy. Has done a full pre-season and impressed with his ability as a third tall defender to roll off and intercept mark he’s a nice neat ball user.

45 Luke Kennedy

A top-age midfielder who played local footy at Ormond last year and win their best and fairest as a 16-year-old in Premier C which is a remarkable effort. It shows his ability to handle the big bodies already, and has great speed to get out of traffic and a nice ball user as well.

46 Zach Travers

The Dragons’ leading player in the yo-yo intermittent test. A great transition runner as a wingman or high half forward. After an injury-plagued 2023, the Dragons have high hopes for him this season.

47 Lachlan Voss

Returns as a 19-year-old. Injured a foot in round 1 last year and missed most of the season but got back and played the last six games including the premiership. Had foot surgery over the off season and will start running again soon with a return to play expected in May. One who could draw the attention of AFL clubs in the mid-season draft.

48 Archie Edwards

Brother of Charlie Edwards who was in the Dragons’ program last year and was drafted by the Adelaide Crows with pick 21. Archie is a third tall forward as a bottom-ager and long-term can play a variety of roles between midfield and half back and he’s shown a lot of forward nous already.

49 Jack Hayter

A bottom-age inside midfielder, a prolific ball winner. Lived in South Australia where he played under 16 football with Norwood in the SANFL.

50 Zach Hawkins

A developing key defender, plays school footy at Mentone Grammar. A really exciting long-term project. His ability to read the play and compete well in one-on-ones and then dispose the ball coming out of defence will make him a good prospect in 18 months time.

51 Jake Matthews

A high half back and really good ball user who sees the game well. A great ability to lead his teammates and set the ground up well. He will play school footy at St Bede’s.

52 Aaron Taylor

A high half back, a really long kick of the ball. Was part of the Dragons’ squad last year but missed out playing because of injury.

53 Sam Fanning

A 193cm key defender or key forward. Strong defensively in one-on-ones and he’s a nice ball user.

55 Charlie Rozenes

A great story; he missed out on the squad last year but returned after doing a lot of work with former Collingwood high performance manager David Buttifant. A powerful, quick runner who has built his physical size across his upper body which is allowing him to drive through contests. Smart around goals as a high half forward.

56 Max Chalamandaris

A third tall defender who took six intercept marks in an intra club game recently and a neat ball user coming out of defence.

57 Luke McGinness

A developing key forward, very athletic. Plays school footy at Mentone Grammar, has strong hands and is a nice ball user…an exciting long-term prospect.

58 Fletcher Teelow

Joins the Dragons as a top-ager, had a shoulder injury last year. An inside midfielder with good height, he’s able to win first use out of stoppages and runs good patterns through the corridor to put himself in dangerous parts on the ground.

59 Sam Linder

A Dragons vice-captain who plays his school footy at Brighton Grammar and is a member of St Kilda’s next generation academy as a high half back. He does everything well, very consistent, defends his man well, uses the ball well, communicates well with his teammates and is a leader.

60 Sacha Levine

His older brother Josh was in the Dragons’ program last year. Has come through from the under 16s as a flexible player; a good height, can play as a midfielder or as a half back of half forward.

61 Sam Buck

A 197cm key forward from St Bede’s. Really rangy, athletic and can jump high and mark it at its highest point. Potentially a second ruck option. Has trained all pre-season as a key forward.

62 Sam Haywood

A developing key defender. Missed a chunk of pre-season with injury but returned to play in the intra club games and impressed with his work behind the ball and his ability to find a teammate. An exciting long-term prospect.

63 Freddie Brayshaw

The cousin of Angus and Andy Brayshaw and the son of James Brayshaw. A high-level cricketer and footballer at Haileybury College, he’s a hard-running wingman for the Dragons, with a view to training as a midfielder later on.

64 James Georgiou

Strongly built inside midfielder and half back. A bottom-ager from Mentone Grammar who is seen by the Dragons, long-term, as a midfielder.

66 Eiden Pitt

A developing key defender as a bottom-ager. His ability to win his one-on-ones is strong defensively. And a nice ball user coming out of defence.

68 Dexter Prime

A third tall defender, a good intercept mark, plays his school footy at St Kevin’s. His ability to read the play and intercept is his strength.

70 Jess Mildenhall

A top-age high half back, this is his first year in the program and has impressed with his run and carry out of defence.

71 Jack Meredith

A small forward from St Bede’s, really creative through the forward half and a good connecting player and dangerous around goals.

72 Sam Meredith
Trained with the Dragons last year but missed out on the squad. Came back this year, trained hard and got on the list as a running creative high half back.

76 Josh Cresswell

A hard-running wingman and half back who is the son of former Sydney Swan Daryn Cresswell.
 
Sandy's squad

1 Oliver Green

A quick small forward, played a couple of Coates league games last year, … will play as a high half forward and get up the ground and try and get forward and hit the scoreboard.

2 Jack Dalton

A member of the Vic Metro under 18 squad as a bottom ager after being the best player at the under 16 carnival last year. A hard running wingman, we’re really excited for Jacks future, he’s a leader within our group already, he’s been nominated as an emerging leader among our group and we feel he’s an exciting prospect for the future.

3 Levi Ashcroft

A Brisbane Lions father-son, Levi won the Sandringham Dragons best and fairest last season in a premiership year as a bottom ager which is a great achievement. He’s a co captain of the Dragons this year . He’s a very high level midfielder who can push forward and hit the scoreboard. He’s going to be an exciting player for the Lions for years to come.

4 Julian Galbally

A 201cm whi has joined the Dragons this year as a top ager. Comes from a basketball background, has great hands. We’re really excited about him as a long term prospect.

5 Ricky Theodoropoulos

Played Coates league football last year as a 16-year-old. A small crafty forward, lightning quick, gets low to the ground, creates a but if chaos for defenders…he’s fun to watch.

6 Harrison Oliver

A member of the Vic Metro under 18 squad and also a deputy vice captain of the Dragons this season. A combative, competitive, fast half back. I would describe him as the heart beat of our team. He’s a great personality, a great young man and a valued member of our leadership group.

7 Max Hoult

A 19yo returning to the Dragons program this season. He suffered an ACL injury in February last year and missed all of his top-age year. He’s progressing well and will start playing in the next few weeks. Max is a third tall forward or defender, and can play at either end of the ground. A great athlete.

8 Owen Bater

A key defender, played Coates league football as a 16yo. Missed a lot of last year with a foot injury. He’s had a full pre-season and has spent a little bit of time up forward which could be an option for him. Strongly built, makes good decisions with the ball. A really good player.

9 Rory Wright

A bottom-age high half back who goes to Caulfield Grammar. A really good cricketer also. He’s impressed through his under 16s play last year and also in training this year.

10 Ted Clayton

A top-age wingman and midfielder. Ran a very quick 20m time last week (sub three seconds) and he’s a natural ball winner, runs hard and is creative with ball in hand.

11 Nathaniel Sulzberger

A strongly built inside mid who played a couple of Coates league games last year. He’s a Tasmanian who is boarding at Caulfield Grammar, following a path similar to Ryley Sanders; a Tassie boy coming over to Melbourne. Powerfully built, pushes people off in the contest. Ran a 5:58 2km trial which shows how well he can cover the ground. He’s a prospect the Dragons are really excited about.

12 Harry Armstrong

Big key forward who is a member of the Vic Metro Under 18 squad. Lightning fast for his size (194cm), strong hands and a nice kick for goal. Is yet to make his Coates league debut but he’s going to play right from the start of the season and the Dragons are excited to see what he can do.

13 Alfie Lambert

Bottom-age midfielder, a prolific ball winner and as a bottom-ager will be exposed to Coates league footy at some stage this season.

14 Ned Maginness

Comes back as a 19yo. A father-son to Hawthorn, the brother of Hawk young gun Finn Maginness. Ned has grown an enormous amount — he’s now 193cm after sprouting 25cm in the past 18 months — so his whole running gait and ball use has changed completely over that time. He’s gone from being a smaller outside player to being a big-bodied inside midfielder and wingman.

15 Lennox Hofmann

A member of St Kilda’s next generation academy. A third tall defender, reads the play really well to roll off and intercept. An exciting talent and the Dragons have high hopes for him this season.

16 Angus Phillips

A big bodied inside midfielder who can push forward and hit the scoreboard as well. Plays his school footy at St Kevin’s.

17 James Arnold

A bottom-age high half forward who can play up on the wing as well. He will play a fair bit of school footy but will get an opportunity in the Coates league.

18 Josh Dolan

One of three bottom-agers to play in the Sandringham Dragons premiership last season, playing a role as a half forward. This season he has trained as a midfielder but will still play a bit through the half forward where he’s a creative ball user while his contest work is very strong as well.

19 Luka Pecer

A 200cm key forward who can pinch hit through the ruck as well. Very fast for his size and finds a way to hit the scoreboard on a regular basis.

20 Adrian Cole

A member of St Kilda’s next generation academy and one of the Dragons’ vice captains this season. A 197cm key defender with fantastic athletic attributes. Played a few games last year as a bottom-ager.

21 Archer Grant

Son of former North Melbourne and Sydney player Shannon Grant. A small forward who is still developing his craft but shows great goal nous, similar to his dad. The Dragons are excited to have him and watch his development over the next couple of years.

22 Murphy Reid

A member of the Vic Metro under 18 squad, a high-level midfielder with great creativity and composure in traffic.

23 Luke Trainor

A member of the AFL academy and the Vic Metro under 18 squad. A third tall defender and good at reading the play to intercept and is a penetrating kick coming out of defence. Will play a mix of roles between back, midfield and forward. Has great versatility.

24 Brodie Findlay

The Dragons’ co-captain returns as a 19yo. A 199cm ruckman, he has developed great tap craft and ball use around the ground. Made strong progression, improving his endurance enormously over the past 12 months and is a prospect AFL clubs will be looking at as a tall for potentially the mid-season draft or the end-of-year draft.

25 Angus Bowd

Small forward, great pressure player and showed the ability to hit the scoreboard in school footy last year with St Bede’s. He did pre-season with the Dragons last year, played school footy during the year and has returned to the Dragons and made the final squad.

26 Hunter Lynch

A high half forward who has shown the ability to connect up through the middle of the ground and also re set back and can hit the scoreboard as well.

27 Xavier Bamert

A bottom-age inside midfielder who won the Dragons’ 2km time trial recording 5min 50sec which is elite. Strongly built, powerful in the contest, works hard from contest to contest. He’s an emerging leader in the Dragons program.

28 Archie Ludowyke

A developing key forward who is part of the Vic Metro under 18 squad as a bottom-ager. Great overhead — he’s taken some fantastic hangers — and will continue to build his body as he develops over the next 18 months towards hopefully an AFL career.

29 Phoenix Janover

A lightning quick high half forward who is potentially a midfielder as well. Makes really smart decisions with the ball, particularly going into forward 50.

30 Taj Hotton

Brother of St Kilda’s Olli and son of former Collingwood player Trent Hotton. He played last year in Vic Metro squad as a bottom-age small forward. Great overhead. This year he’s trained as a midfielder and been one of the Dragons’ best performers through the pre-season.

31 Bailey McKenzie

A third tall forward in the mould of a Bailey Fritch, strong overhead, nice kick for goal, very creative in the forward line. He was in the Dragons’ pre-season squad last year, missed out and came back this year. His game has built nicely.

32 Miles Tyrer

A bottom-age ruckman from Melbourne Grammar. Strongly built, shows really good tap craft and the ability to get around the ground. Could potentially be a key forward ruck at the next level. Still growing.

33 Mitch Kirkwood-Scott

A high half back, strong defensively in one-on-ones. A beautiful ball user, one of the Dragons’ best kicks in the team, plays his school footy at Haileybury and was part of their premiership last year. Very vocal. Sets the group up really well behind the ball.

34 Kye Fincher

A member of St Kilda’s NGA, a bottom-ager. A running half back and potentially a midfielder long term. Of the Dragons’ bottom-agers he’s been one of the best performed through pre-season.

35 Riely Collins

A member of the Bulldogs NGA. He played his school footy at Caulfield Grammar last year, returns tk the Dragins as a top-ager, an inside midfielder, can play wing as well and covers the ground really well.

36 Sam Marshall

A member of the Brisbane Lions academy, the SFL academy and the Allies squad, plays his school footy at Melbourne Grammar. An elite runner, covers great ground contest to contest. Has built up his physical size over the last 18 months and become a midfielder who drives his legs out of the contest really well. Exciting prospect who will be a great asset to the Lions going forward.

37 Aris Moustakas

Comes as a top-ager from South Melbourne. Super fast. Ran a 2.95 in a 20m. Plays a mix of high half forward and wing and uses that speed to run and dart through traffic.

38 Jhett Haeata

A 185cm wingman, a beautiful ball user by foot and has a good ability to find difficult targets through traffic and then take the ball forward. Will play as a mix of a wing and half back, with his speed and creativity by foot sure to appeal to AFL clubs.

39 Oliver Moodie

A third tall forward, hits up through half forward really well, nice hands, good mark on the lead through the corridor.

40 Harvey Allan

Son of former Carlton ruckman Matthew Allan, he is a developing key forward and ruckman. Has really impressed with his ability to follow up at ground level with his size.

41 Bennett Martin

A bottom-age wingman or half back, very combative and competitive in the contest. His game has developed really well and a half back role will suit.

42 Ben Seers

A fantastic athlete who ran a 2.89 in the 20m sprint. A wingman or high half forward. As a high half forward his ability to get up the ground and use his speed to get back behind his defender is something that appeals at the next level.

43 Oscar Cheetham

A 197cm key defender who played school footy at Melbourne Grammar. Ran a 2.98 20m sprint so he’s lightning fast for his size. Played one game of Coates league last year against Archer Reid of Gippsland who went on to be drafted by West Coast and he played really well on him. The Dragons are excited to have him back for his top-age year.

44 Jack Cheep

Did his ACL 18 months ago and he missed a chunk of last season. Return to play some local footy. Has done a full pre-season and impressed with his ability as a third tall defender to roll off and intercept mark he’s a nice neat ball user.

45 Luke Kennedy

A top-age midfielder who played local footy at Ormond last year and win their best and fairest as a 16-year-old in Premier C which is a remarkable effort. It shows his ability to handle the big bodies already, and has great speed to get out of traffic and a nice ball user as well.

46 Zach Travers

The Dragons’ leading player in the yo-yo intermittent test. A great transition runner as a wingman or high half forward. After an injury-plagued 2023, the Dragons have high hopes for him this season.

47 Lachlan Voss

Returns as a 19-year-old. Injured a foot in round 1 last year and missed most of the season but got back and played the last six games including the premiership. Had foot surgery over the off season and will start running again soon with a return to play expected in May. One who could draw the attention of AFL clubs in the mid-season draft.

48 Archie Edwards

Brother of Charlie Edwards who was in the Dragons’ program last year and was drafted by the Adelaide Crows with pick 21. Archie is a third tall forward as a bottom-ager and long-term can play a variety of roles between midfield and half back and he’s shown a lot of forward nous already.

49 Jack Hayter

A bottom-age inside midfielder, a prolific ball winner. Lived in South Australia where he played under 16 football with Norwood in the SANFL.

50 Zach Hawkins

A developing key defender, plays school footy at Mentone Grammar. A really exciting long-term project. His ability to read the play and compete well in one-on-ones and then dispose the ball coming out of defence will make him a good prospect in 18 months time.

51 Jake Matthews

A high half back and really good ball user who sees the game well. A great ability to lead his teammates and set the ground up well. He will play school footy at St Bede’s.

52 Aaron Taylor

A high half back, a really long kick of the ball. Was part of the Dragons’ squad last year but missed out playing because of injury.

53 Sam Fanning

A 193cm key defender or key forward. Strong defensively in one-on-ones and he’s a nice ball user.

55 Charlie Rozenes

A great story; he missed out on the squad last year but returned after doing a lot of work with former Collingwood high performance manager David Buttifant. A powerful, quick runner who has built his physical size across his upper body which is allowing him to drive through contests. Smart around goals as a high half forward.

56 Max Chalamandaris

A third tall defender who took six intercept marks in an intra club game recently and a neat ball user coming out of defence.

57 Luke McGinness

A developing key forward, very athletic. Plays school footy at Mentone Grammar, has strong hands and is a nice ball user…an exciting long-term prospect.

58 Fletcher Teelow

Joins the Dragons as a top-ager, had a shoulder injury last year. An inside midfielder with good height, he’s able to win first use out of stoppages and runs good patterns through the corridor to put himself in dangerous parts on the ground.

59 Sam Linder

A Dragons vice-captain who plays his school footy at Brighton Grammar and is a member of St Kilda’s next generation academy as a high half back. He does everything well, very consistent, defends his man well, uses the ball well, communicates well with his teammates and is a leader.

60 Sacha Levine

His older brother Josh was in the Dragons’ program last year. Has come through from the under 16s as a flexible player; a good height, can play as a midfielder or as a half back of half forward.

61 Sam Buck

A 197cm key forward from St Bede’s. Really rangy, athletic and can jump high and mark it at its highest point. Potentially a second ruck option. Has trained all pre-season as a key forward.

62 Sam Haywood

A developing key defender. Missed a chunk of pre-season with injury but returned to play in the intra club games and impressed with his work behind the ball and his ability to find a teammate. An exciting long-term prospect.

63 Freddie Brayshaw

The cousin of Angus and Andy Brayshaw and the son of James Brayshaw. A high-level cricketer and footballer at Haileybury College, he’s a hard-running wingman for the Dragons, with a view to training as a midfielder later on.

64 James Georgiou

Strongly built inside midfielder and half back. A bottom-ager from Mentone Grammar who is seen by the Dragons, long-term, as a midfielder.

66 Eiden Pitt

A developing key defender as a bottom-ager. His ability to win his one-on-ones is strong defensively. And a nice ball user coming out of defence.

68 Dexter Prime

A third tall defender, a good intercept mark, plays his school footy at St Kevin’s. His ability to read the play and intercept is his strength.

70 Jess Mildenhall

A top-age high half back, this is his first year in the program and has impressed with his run and carry out of defence.

71 Jack Meredith

A small forward from St Bede’s, really creative through the forward half and a good connecting player and dangerous around goals.

72 Sam Meredith
Trained with the Dragons last year but missed out on the squad. Came back this year, trained hard and got on the list as a running creative high half back.

76 Josh Cresswell

A hard-running wingman and half back who is the son of former Sydney Swan Daryn Cresswell.
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Cody Anderson (Healesville)

An inside-bull – “probably the most physical player that I’ve seen come through,” Ryan says, remarking “His burst of speed and competitiveness is quite incredible”. Third year with the Ranges and one the club hopes can trial for Vic Metro.

Jamie Armitage (Blackburn)

The bottom-aged, big-bodied midfielder moves well and brings plenty of physicality. He’ll be looking to build a solid foundation for 2025.

Andrew Barker (Mooroolbark)

One of the Ranges’ key backs – “Really good shape and size, moves well, a really good set of hands and can spoil and body-spoil, so when he defends he really defends,” Ryan say


Connor Brown (Vermont)

Small, speedy forward and winger who proved himself in the under-16 carnival for Vic Metro last year.

Zac Brown (The Basin)

The bottom-ager has overcome injuries this summer and is set to play a variety of roles when his opportunity arrives – forward, back or on the wing.

Mitchell Buckland (Montrose)

The midfielder is on the comeback trail from back-to-back ACL injuries, and could make an on-field return in the early-to-mid part of the season while also juggling school footy commitments with Caulfield Grammar. A former Victorian under-15 representative in the School Sport Australia National Championships.

Oscar Cafiso (Vermont)

A silky, smart player boasting speed, the Caulfield Grammar student is likely to play as a small forward and potentially up the ground.

Ry Cantwell (North Ringwood)

The 19-year-old half-forward and wingman is listed with Richmond VFL but has been given a permit to play for the Ranges when available, which is valid until mid-year. “It just allows him to stay in the system and play under the noses of recruiters,” Ryan says. “He’s definitely got AFL traits, launches at the footy and his speed and endurance is quite good”. Has also aligned with Mooroolbark in the Eastern league’s Division 1.

Blake Chambers (Lysterfield)

Silky-skilled with a potent shoe, who sets up play coming out of defence. Touted to play a high half-back role and potentially on the wing. Also set for a big year with Caulfield Grammar where he’s expected to play most of his footy.

Lachy Dovaston (Blackburn)

The highly-talented bottom-age player earned All Australian selection at under-16 level – quick, evasive and smart with the footy.

Josh Galstians (Park Orchards)

Small, but an accumulator of the footy. Featured last year as a defender but is said to boast the weapons of an attacking midfielder. He’s expected to play off a half-back flank and roll through the midfield.

Mitch Gamel (Rowville)

Missed last season through injuries, but the big-bodied, 184cm half-back flanker is set to pull on the Ranges jumper at long last, where he should provide plenty of run out of defence.

Jamie Gilchrist (East Ringwood)

A potent, speedy, medium-sized forward who knows where the goals are, starring for Vic Metro in the under-16 carnival last year. “If he gets the footy around 30 or 40m from goal, he’s a high percentage chance to kick the goal,” Ryan says of the Yarra Valley Grammar footballer.

Oliver Greeves (Vermont)

A big-bodied midfielder with sound stoppage craft who can go forward and take a grab. Could be spoken about a bit over the next 18 months according to Ryan. Selected as All Australian at under-16 level.

Jordan Hider (Vermont)

Small, nippy forward who can go on-ball and is clean with the footy. Can kick goals and roll through the midfield.

Darcy Jamieson (The Basin)

Small, light, skilful and quick, Ryan says he’s got a nice sidestep on him and is set to play as a forward-winger. The Ranges are keen to set him up well for 2025.

William Jones (North Ringwood)

The ruck-forward “came in and impressed us with his competitiveness,” Ryan says, touting the developing tall for opportunities this year.

Marcus Krasnadamskis (Knox)

Currently in the national basketball academy, the 200cm prospect doubles as a forward and ruckman with damaging follow-up work and skills.

Jackson Mooney (North Ringwood)

Touted as one of the hardest trainers in the program, the Yarra Valley Grammar student is said to be in a sound position to play the early block of matches before school footy returns. Small and versatile, and “very coachable” according to Ryan.

Christian Moraes (Knox)

Touted to be at the pointy end of the draft at year’s end, he’s one of two national academy players in the program. An accumulator of the footy with a big tank, quick and can run at high speeds over long periods of the game.

Jeremy Newsome (Healesville)

Boasting speed and endurance, Newsome provides drive off half-back and earned Vic Metro selection last year.

Mason Porter (Mitcham)

Solidly-built inside midfielder with “incredible” endurance, who won the Ranges’ 2km time trial among other tests. “He wins the ball at the source and spreads well, and can link up on the outside, so he’s going to be one to watch,” Ryan says.

Jak Ryan (Woori Yallock)

A former Vic Metro representative, Ryan played plenty of Ranges matches last year as a bottom-ager, including the finals. Quick, evasive, and smart with the footy in hand.

Josh Smillie (Park Orchards)

The National academy-listed player is touted to be “in the top four or five picks by the end of the year” according to Ryan. In the mould of Patrick Cripps, he’s a 194cm midfielder with power and presence. Boasts speed, stoppage craft and goal-sense, and spent a week training at Hawthorn over the summer where he held his own.

Oskar Taylor (Upwey-Tecoma)

The courageous, smaller half-back flanker is a left-footer and uses the ball well – “He’ll put himself in danger a lot of the time … we’re looking forward to seeing what he can do in our program over the next two years,” Ryan says.

Will Verrell (Lysterfield)

A defender who leaves no stone unturned, and could play through the midfield: “An incredibly big tank who really works hard, pushes himself to the limit and gets everything out of his footy … he’s another one that played a handful of games last year and as a top-ager hopefully gets a few more games under his belt this year,” Ryan says.

Cameron West (Norwood)

Developing tall at 192cm, athletic with sound closing speed. Set to play a big role in defence this year.

Riley White (Park Orchards)

The tall defender earned under-16 Vic Metro selection and could go close again. The strong intercept marker is coming off a PCL injury but could return in the early part of the season.

Blair Wilson (Olinda-Ferny Creek)

The medium-to-tall defender boasts AFL attributes with his athleticism and speed according to Ryan, but is likely to miss the first two months of the season following ankle surgery. He’s also in the mix for senior footy at Olinda-Ferny Creek once he returns. Brother of AFLW player Charlotte Wilson.

Luke Wilson (Vermont)

An under-16 Vic Metro player two years ago, Wilson could be back mid-year for contact training following a serious bike accident. Smart player, a proficient ball-user and right-footed, but capable on both sides of the body.
 
GWV Rebels
Nedd Bennett, East Point
A top-age player in his first year in the program. A really good endurance athlete. His testing and what he addressed from not making the list as a bottom-ager to making it as a top-aged was really good. He’ll get his chance to play this year.

Taj Bowman, North Ballarat

A bottom-ager in his first year in the program. Played some good under-16 footy last year. A small defender that plays really well on dangerous forwards. He’s good at close checking and very competitive.

Floyd Burmeister, Redan

The older brother to Sinclair. Is about 199cm and an incredible athlete with high level speed, got good running capabilities and can jump. Played the last four games last season. A really exciting prospect to watch going forward.

Sinclair Burmeister, Redan

Played in the state under-16 team last year. An outside midfielder with a high running capability. A long left foot kick who moves very well across the ground.

Talor Byrne, Koroit

Younger brother of Connor Byrne, who left the program last year. A small forward who is a left footer. Tough as nails and a good kick of the footy.


Archie Caldow, East Point

In his second year. An 18-year-old high level runner, he’s the club’s best endurance athlete. About 190cm and can really run.

Harry Charleson, East Point

Brother of Lachie Charleson who was drafted last year to Port Adelaide. A little bit bigger than Lachie and plays a different role to his brother. Very clean, contested ballplayer, has played at half-back a lot but will probably go into the midfield this year.

Jonty Faull, Redan

An AFL academy player. A 197cm key forward, really good athlete who played some great footy last year. Was in the Vic Country side. He’s got a long-term injury with the club hopeful of having him back later in the year.

Chad Finck, Portland

A rangy type, about 191 or 192cm, and we hope he continues to grow. Played some great footy as a 16-year-old in our under-16s program last year. Has a bright future if he continues to develop.

Cooper Glenwright-McGuane, East Point

Was injured last year so he joins us again now he has his body fit and healthy. A running half back or half forward, nice size with the scope to grow a little bit more. Is the cousin of former Carlton and Collingwood player Mick McGuane.

Jett Grayland, Koroit

Another who played good footy in our under-16 program. Played some senior footy at home. He’ll start getting a game after we play a couple of rounds. He’s a really good prospect.

Oliver Hannaford, East Point

Hannaford can play all areas of the ground. A terrific little player who has grown a bit. High level speed, great kick and really competitive. Think he’ll have a great year.

Dean Harten, Redan

Has come across from South Australia and is boarding in Ballarat. A really good runner and a nice left foot kick. A really smooth mover and will have great scope going forward.

Harley Hicks, Lake Wendouree

Played under-16s last year in the state side. A real power athlete with a huge leap and has really good speed and is an evasive player. Looking forward to having him impact as a top-aged.

Riley Holloway, Warrnambool

Played really well in the trial games, was given a few jobs and was able to complete them calmly and coolly. Looking forward to him playing some football over the season.

Samuel Janetzki, Horsham

Another top-ager who joins us for the first time. Every deficiency he had he worked on. He’s got a lot fitter, a lot stronger and his running capability and ability to win the ball in the trial was really impressive. Hopefully Sam can put that into the way he plays during the season.

Sam Kalio, Redan

A tall developing forward. Played under-16 footy last year. Has got a lot of talent, he just needs to keep working on harnessing it. He may be a late developer but with scope going forward.

Alby Kingston, Rupanyup

Played really well in the trial games. He’s a bottom-ager who came in and won contested ball after contested ball. Looks a type who may be able to do some heavy lifting around the contest.

Lincoln Koliba, Lake Wendouree

A high level cricketer but is leaning towards footy. Was very close to the Vic Country team last year. A real contest ball winner around the footy.

Sam Lalor, Bacchus Marsh

A superstar. This kid is the complete package. Power, size and very clean around the contest. Can play in a range of positions. He’s big and he’s strong and can kick the ball a mile.

Harry Lawson, Redan

Our only 19-year-old. We brought him back as he joined us halfway through last year. A small defender who is a good kick and is super competitive in the contest. Hopefully he can go to the next level.

Harvey Lewis, North Ballarat

A small pressure forward. Got high end speed and is nippy around the packs. He is also great around the contest and gets to the right spots to be dangerous around goal. Really excited with where he can go with his football.

Tristan Leyshan, Lake Wendouree

A small forward who is a left footer and is super clever through traffic and around goals. Really knows where the goals are, he’s one if you give him an inch, he’ll take it. He’s going to be really influential as he continues to grow.

Mitchell Lloyd, Koroit

Played nearly every game with us as a key forward. Will change roles and play as a key back this year. He’s improved his running and his strength. A really complete player.

Sam Marris, South Warrnambool

A small outside runner. He’s a talented junior who has been a really good player the whole way through his program. A good players who makes really good decisions and uses the ball well.

Reggie Mast, Warrnambool

A top-ager who will probably play as a key defender or as a third tall defender. He’s strong in the contest and pretty good in any aerial contest. He’ll get an opportunity to ply his trade.

Sam McDonald, Ballarat Swans

He had a great year last year as a small forward. Really started to hit the scoreboard at the end of the year. He’s improved his running, his kicking and has improved his pressure at the contest.

Ben McGlade, Cobden

He’ll have a change of role. Last year as a 17-year-old he played on the wing. Ben’s grown and will play as a key defensive post this year. He’s a great runner and has a great ability to close at an aerial contest.

Charlie McKinnon, North Warrnambool.

Quite a talented player who made the under-16 state side last year as a key defender. Had an injury interrupted pre-season. We are waiting for him to get fit and healthy before he comes back. Very good aerially and has a great set of hands.

Fraser Molan, Mount Clear

The younger brother of Alex who finished at the Rebels last year. He is a tallish forward who has a bit of growing in him. He’s a nice kick of the footy and he’s got pretty good hands. As he develops he will get his opportunity throughout the season.

Hugh Morgan, Warrnambool

Had a great pre-season with him. Played really well in our trial games and got a bit of football as an outside midfielder. As a younger player there is a fair bit to work with. He’ll work towards an inside midfielder as he keeps growing and gets stronger.

Jack Murray, Lake Wendouree

A 200cm ruckman who played in the state under-16 team last year. Hopefully he continues to grow and gets fitter and can play an influential role as a tall.

Sam Niklaus, Warrnambool

Played in the under-16 state side. He’s at boarding school at Melbourne so we won’t have a lot of access to him. He’s a real hard nosed defender who is a good kick. He’s good through traffic, get around the ground and is really fit. He’s a nice player who could become a good player in the future.

Jack Ough, East Point

Jack’s back for his second year and played nearly every game last year. He’s grown a little bit more, worked on his fitness and has come back as a pretty impressive package. Will play as a third tall forward and sometimes as an inside midfielder. He’ll give them headaches around the footy and is a great decision maker.

Flynn Penry, Cobden

A ruckman in his third year at the level. About 202cm and he rucks for us and is in the Vic Country squad. Unfortunately he’s a long-term injury prospect right now.

Brodie Philips, Hamilton

A young up and coming player. He did some really nice things off half back during the trial games. A rangy type player. If he continues to grow he will be a big player.

Xavier Pumpa, Horsham

Joins us for the first time as an under-18 player. Kicks the ball exceptionally well as a left footer. Can also slice and dice through traffic. He’ll show us through the season what he can do with the ball in his hand.

Amon Radley, Warrnambool

Amon played last year as a ruckman and key defender with us. He’s got fitter and healthier in the off-season and will get his opportunity, especially with injuries to talls, during the season.

Wil Rantall, South Warrnambool

He’s in the Vic Country squad and is a centre half back type player. He’s 194cm but got real good speed, he got great ability to close a contest and has got long arms. He’ll hold down a key defensive post for us this year.

Ned Renfree, East Point

We won’t see him until around round six due to his basketball commitments. He’s a genuine inside powerful midfielder with a great leap. Ned’s a really powerful strongly built player who loves a contest.

Nic Robinson, Ballarat

Gets his first chance to play as a top-aged. He was fearlessly brave and threw himself at every contest during the trials. He won his spot on how he performed in our lead up games.

Strahan Robinson, East Point

Joins us as an 18-year-old who hasn’t been in the program before. Has worked on his physical attributes to get to where he can compete with other boys who are fit and healthy. A power forward, loves a one-on-one contest who is a good kick.

Archie Taylor, Cobden

A super exciting player. bottom aged who joins us for the first time. Played in the under-16 Vic Country team last year. He’s lightning quick and will play a fair bit of footy this year.

Hugh Toner, Ararat

Has really improved his athletic profile over the off-season. Is a rangy tall defender who will play in that role when he comes back from injury.

Rhys Unwin, Cobden

A super exciting small pressure forward who can also play in the midfield. Should be in the state side this year and is a real excitement package. Kicked multiple goals for the Rebels in contests last year.

Connor Weidemann, Rupanyup

Had a wonderful off-season and taken his game to another level. A third tall forward who is 194cm. He’s got attributes at either end of the ground.
 
Stingrays.

Cooper Hynes, Bonbeach YCW

Hynes is one of the Stingrays’ co-captains this season. He has worked extremely hard on his conditioning this off-season, priming himself for a big 2024. Hynes is an elite kick who is also a Vic Country representative.

Harvey Langford, Mount Martha

Langford joins Hynes as one of the captains of this group. He is an AFL-Academy member who has had another big pre-season. He will split his time between mid and forward. He is a left-footer who has a strong presence in the air.


Harrison Doughton, Mt Eliza

Doughton is a talented athlete who showed some signs as a bottom-ager in 2023.

Riley Purton, Lysterfield

A skilful small who will play across half-forward, Purton is a top-age player who kicks well on his left.

Riak Andrew, Berwick

Returning as a 19-year-old, Andrew spent a large portion of the pre-season training with Casey. He will split his time between the Rays and the Demons in 2024, where he is expected to show his strengths across halfback.

Patrick Bloink, Frankston YCW

Bloink, who played as a bottom-ager last year, will be looking to cement his spot through the midfield and forward line this year.

Charlie Rowe, Mt Eliza

Rowe lined up as a bottom-age defender last season and has continued to impress with his training standards. He also has the capacity to pinch hit in the middle.

Noah Hibbins-Hargreaves, Mornington

A bottom-age Vic Country member who debuted as a 16-year-old for the Rays last season. A clever player who will play predominantly forward this year.

Ben Hopkins, Langwarrin

Hopkins is back as a 19-year-old after a solid year last year. He spent the most part of the pre-season at Arden St training with North Melbourne VFL and was impressive in a recent practice match.

Sam Lewis, Red Hill

A bottom-age player who has had a good pre-season, Lewis will spend a bit of time across half-forward and through the midfield.

Tahj De La Rue, Pakenham

De La Rue made some appearances as a bottom-ager last year across the backline and has been working on moving up the ground.

Kayleb Lovett, Beaconsfield

Lovett is a bottom-ager who may have a delayed start due to injury. A smooth but zippy left-footer who will also spend some time with Haileybury when he isn’t with the Rays.

Henry Hayes, Rye

Hayes had an interrupted pre-season last year but has down a mountain of work to be in good shape this year. A left-footer who has played some high-level basketball. Some strong form early could have him around the mark for Vic Country.

Kane Hurst, Berwick

Hurst played some games as a bottom-ager last year and returns this year. He is a tough defender who has good closing speed.

Hamish Terris, Frankston YCW

Terris is an elite runner who will be used on the wing where he can display his potential. He’s a top-age right-footer.

Jacob Grant, Endeavour Hills

Played in Endeavour Hills’ premiership last year and has returned as a 19-year-old. He did a portion of his pre-season at Box Hill and will look to progress his game with the Rays this year.


William White, South Mornington

White played under-16s Vic Country but has had a horrid run with injury. He’s now back to full fitness and looks to be having a free run at it this year. A good-sized player who can play both as a forward and midfielder.

Zane Snowden, Langwarrin

Snowden is returning as a 19-year-old in a bid to develop his craft as a key-position player.

Jordan Doherty, Sorrento

Doherty stands around 200cm tall but is an elite kick for his size on both feet.

Noah Mraz, Narre North Foxes

One of the Stingrays’ stronger prospects. The AFL-Academy member will showcase his talent as a key-defender that can flow through the ruck or forward at times.

Jordan Waters, Beaconsfield

A developing tall that will get exposure across all lines this year.

Jack Lawrence, Berwick

Lawrence is a crafty, right-footed small who will likely play forward this year. He is aligned with Haileybury and will get some opportunities there this year.

Thomas Sullivan, Edithvale-Aspendale

Sullivan is a bottom-ager with pace to burn. When he gets an opportunity, the Stingrays will look to utilise his speed on the outside.

Raiden Bergman, Berwick

The younger brother of North Melbourne player Miller, Raiden is a combative midfielder who can play across halfback as well.

Lachlan Roe, Berwick

A developing top-age ruck who is returning from back surgery.

Max Lee, Edithvale-Aspendale

Lee has impressed as a bottom-ager this year, earning his place in the Stingrays’ leadership group. He will run across halfback this season.

Archie Leclerc, Carrum Patterson Lakes

Leclerc is an evolving third-tall who can play at either end of the ground. 2024 is his bottom-age year.

Jack Karthigesu, Frankston Dolphins

Karthigesu is a St Kilda Next Generation Academy player who plays as a small forward.

Louis Hodder, Mt Eliza

Hodder is a clever bottom-ager who will play either on the wing or across half-forward.

Justin Barnes, Rye

Barnes had a good year as a bottom-age player last year and has carried that form into this year. He has solid pace and kicks the ball with his right foot out on the wing. Barnes is also a talented cricketer, once taking 9-7 in a junior semi final.



Jackson Muscillo, Hastings

A tough inside midfielder who can push forward. He is in his top-age and kicks the ball well on his right foot. He will also split his time with Haileybury College this year.

Charlie Orchard, Langwarrin

Despite not playing a game as a bottom-ager last year, Orchard has had a strong pre-season. He reads the ball quite well as a key-defender.

Nate Marchant, Mount Martha

Marchant is a bottom-ager who can play as a third tall at either end of the ground.

Coren Giliam, Fountain Gate

Giliam played some games late last year as a bottom-ager, filling the high half-forward role. He’s had a solid pre-season who is in Melbourne’s Next Generation Academy.

Jasper Russell, Mt Eliza

Another Haileybury product in his bottom-age year. Russell is an elite runner who will play as an outside midfielder or across the flanks.

Jayde Varlet, Beaconsfield

Varlet has elite speed and is very powerful. He is a bottom-age player but has shown strong signs early. He can play anywhere but looks likely to start as a forward.

Elwood Peckett, Bonbeach YCW

Son of Justin Peckett, Elwood has had a great pre-season and is part of the leadership group. He will split his time between midfield and halfback.

Jackson Long, Mt Eliza

Long played under-16s Vic Country last year as a developing key-position player and will look to grow on that this season.

Seth Cleary, Frankston Rovers

A bottom-age player, Cleary is a terrific runner who knows how to find the ball. He kicks the ball well on his left.

Toby Sinnema, Narre North Foxes

Sinnema played two games for the Stingrays as a 16-year-old last year. He is a neat left-footer who will play on the outside.

Tyson Anic, Langwarrin

A bottom-ager who will rotate between high half-forward and through the midfield. He has put in the work with a good pre-season.

Oscar Lonie, Frankston Dolphins

Oscar is the son of Ryan Lonie who played 123 games for Collingwood. Oscar is a bottom-age player who can play at either end of the ground.

Zak Smith, Frankston Rovers

Smith is a progressing bottom-age third-tall who can play at either end of the ground.

Josh Granger, Bonbeach YCW

Granger is a developing tall who will play in all three thirds of the ground this year. He will split his time with the Stingrays and Brighton Grammar.

Thomas Hose, South Mornington

Hose is a good-sized hybrid who can float between an outside midfielder and third tall. He kicks the footy on his right foot.

Fraser Marino, Bonbeach YCW

Despite being a bottom-ager, Marino is already pushing 200cm. He will spend the year developing his craft in the ruck.

Riley Hilliard, Beaconsfield

Hilliard is a strong runner who will play outside roles either as a wing or as a high half-forward this year.

Quinn Harvey, Frankston Rovers

A bottom-ager who has crossed from being a national track and field athlete, Harvey is developing nicely.

Tarion Ah-Mu, Berwick

Ah-Mu is pushing 200cm as a bottom-ager. He played under-16s Vic Country and will progress as a ruck and key-forward this year.
 

Bendigo Pioneers 2024 Coates Talent League Boys list breakdown​

They might not have Harley Reid running around for them this year but it doesn’t mean the Bendigo Pioneers are short of talent. We analyse every player in the squad. Bendigo Pioneers coach Danny O’Bree firmly believes his team will be better this year despite losing the once in a generation talent of Harley Reid to the AFL in the off-season.

The Pioneers enter the new season with plenty of optimism.

Last year was a big year for not only Reid but the Pioneers, dealing with a player with the talent of the new Eagles recruit.
O’Bree admits the way the club ran the program not only changed with Reid but valuable lessons were learnt to help the next generation coming through.

“It was an interesting time with Harley, it was brilliant and we all learned together and learned as a program and we’re proud of the program which developed Harley in different ways,” he said. “The learning we got was just invaluable for the kids we are going to have in our program going forward.

“Not only was it unprecedented, probably with anyone in Talent League but it was also good to learn off other programs at the time.
“They provided significant help with Reid. We had some great learnings making sure the player welfare was the top priority.
“Hopefully it benefits the kids going forward.”

O’Bree said this year would be all about individual development, making sure Bendigo continues to produce quality players.
Here is a look at all the players in the Pioneers team for this year as coach O’Bree breaks them all down.

Aiden Avery, Mildura
Quite a powerful mid-sized player. Got really good speed and athleticism, good power, and will be a good outside player.

James Barrat, Leitchville-Gunbower

He’s among our top prospects. He’s played on some 200cm giants at 192cm and he contributed significantly on the scoreboard last year. He hasn’t played since April after he had a horrific run with injury last year. He’s had a limited pre-season before Christmas and should be a massive improver as the season goes on.

Ryan Bassett, Koondrook Barham

He is extremely athletic. Got all the athletic traits and has great size at 192cm. He’s absolutely the AFL prototype.

Mitchell Bell, Moama

Got a bit of X-factor despite being lightly framed. Can play inside or outside and should have a good year.

Wil Bennett, Swan Hill

Played in the Vic Country under-16 squad last year. Had a really great run at improving his endurance base. He’s come from the clouds to be one with an exciting future.

Patrick Blake, Tyntynder

Another player from the Vic Country under-16s. Flies under the radar a little bit but he can get the job done as a small forward. Reminds me of Brent Daniels (GWS) a lot.

Taj Bond, Maryborough

A 203cm lightly framed forward player. He grew significantly last year after coming into the program late. He’s had a really good pre-season and is looking really promising.

Jye Chambers, Kyneton

An athletic type who can play any position on the ground. He’s going really well and has a big season ahead.

Kaian Constable, Maryborough

A tough inside midfielder who has got really good speed and finds the ball a lot.

Charlie Cook, South Mildura

A hard running wingman from the Sunraysia who is in his first year in the program. The more games he plays the better he’s going to be at this standard.

James Coulson, Tongala

A player who has come from the clouds and is hoping to replicate what Harley Reid has done from the same club. He is 193cm and has a very nice left foot kick.

Ethan Curran, Nyah Nyah West

Exceptionally quick and has been one of the best in pre-season. He’s starting to put some consistency together and is an exciting talent.

Jed Daniels, Strathfieldsaye

The cousin of GWS forward Brent Daniels. He has elite speed and is an excitement machine. Unfortunately he might miss most of the season with illness.

Jonty Davis, Marong

A really exciting, really quick player. He’s had a great pre-season and I think he’s going to impress a few people. Can get through traffic really well.

Archer Day-Wicks, Sandhurst

He had a really good bottom-aged year and played some great footy. His versatility is exceptional, can play inside and outside. He is an AFL Academy player and plenty of recruiters will be talking about him.

Connor Evans, Kangaroo Flat

Could be anything. He’s just had a lot of injuries in the past couple of years. He’s just trying to get his body right and being consist. If he gets anywhere close to 100 per cent he will be on every recruiters’ list.

Tom Evans, Echuca

Played some real high quality games last year but had some significant injuries that held him back from being consistent. He’s one of our top end products, a really intelligent footballer who can play everyone. He’s got great contest work and good goal sense.

Dusty Geister, Irymple

A hard working forward. What he lacks in leg speed he makes up with football IQ. A really good decision maker.

Glen Gillbee, Balranald

Brother of Jason Gillbee who got drafted to the GWS Giants and is now playing for West Coast in the WAFL. Lightly framed and is a really good runner. Has some good numbers from the GPS and testing. He’s very well skilled, a great decision maker and a nice kick. Is also a great leader.

Liam Gronow, Echuca

An exciting small player who has got good football IQ. A big watch over the next few years.

Gus Hay, Sandhurst

A big bodied kid who has come into the program relatively late. An aggressive player.

Lachlan Hogan, Moama

Exceptionally skilled and is a hard running player.

Jaidi Jackson-Leahy, Strathfieldsaye

An exceptional decision maker who can kick the footy well and has great work rate. He’s grown 11cm in the last three months and has got a strong build now. Is an exciting prospect.

Darby Jones, Leitchville-Gunbower

He shows a lot of promise. Just got to turn into a Talent League player. He’s been a pretty good junior player so just needs to turn it into being a next level player.

Charlie King, Woorinen

A nicely skilled good endurance player. Will be seen outside a lot this season and can do some damage in the game.

Finlay Lockhart, Sandhurst

As good a runner as we have in the program. A 191cm player who has exceptional endurance. When he gets his body right, from injury, he’ll turn heads.

Zaydyn Lockwood, South Bendigo

A developing tall with a great work rate. Can read the ball really well and is a great mark. He’s going to catch the eye.

Mitchell McKnight, Castlemaine

He’s got an exceptional work rate. Looking forward to seeing his learnings over the year. He’s quite a raw prospect who will develop over the next two years.

Jack McMahon, Golden Square

One of our best leaders but will be out for a fair bit of the year with a shoulder injury. He’s an exceptional teammate, a super quality human being and a contest ball machine.

Oliver Morris, Sandhurst

A hard working small player who is an exceptional teammate. A role player who makes others better. He’ll play a lot through the year.

Oliver Poole, Echuca United

Played some footy last year with Carlton. He gets an opportunity as a 19-year-old and could be prominent in the mid-season draft. Plays as a winger and in the forward line.

Nash Ramage, Echuca United

A very exciting athletic AFL prototype. It’s his first time in the program as a very late player to the program. He’s 19-years-old and an exciting late developer.

Thomas Rutledge, Macedon

He’s one of our most dominant juniors in our region. He’s had some significant injury setbacks but is a really tough customer. Reminds me of forward Jack O’Sullivan who got drafted to Hawthorn last year.

Jude Ryan, Colbinabbin

A hard working and versatile small medium player at 182cm. He’s an exceptional teammate.

Koben Ryan, Lake Boga

An exciting small forward. He’s got really good speed. Hopefully he can provide plenty of energy in the forward line and show some craft like Brent Daniels (GWS player who was a Pioneer).

Angus Scoble, Kyabram

Got some really good traits and is really versatile. He’s going really well and has some real qualities that recruiters will run their eye over. He’s also got plenty of improvement.

Jobe Shanahan, Moama

One of our top prospects. He’s progressing extremely well and his working really hard.

Nick Thompson, Charlton

A very exciting talent. He has an exceptionally bright future. A multi-faceted player who can play anywhere on the ground. Very versatile and got some exceptional qualities. A top-age player who could be among those looked at in the draft.

Tobie Travaglia, Sandhurst

Another Vic Country under-18 member. He’s had some significant moments in games and on grand final day in the Academy game. He showed he’s got a work rate ready for an AFL club. An intense competitor.

Dayten Uerata, Sandhurst

He’s very exciting and a great talent. Got very good evasive skills and is a matchwinner. Can play anywhere around the ground except in ruck.

Lachlan Vrolijks, Swan Hill

A bottom-aged player who is not afraid to get in and have a go. It will be great to see where he ends up in 18 months time.

Hunter Wright, Golden Square

A very exciting bottom-aged player who played for Vic Country under-16s last year. An exceptional left footer who is a great decision maker.

Archie Watt, Kyabram
A tough, clean and exceptional kick of the football. Has super speed and great endurance, which is a great combination to have as a midfielder. One of our top prospects.

Shaun Watson, Mildura

A really exciting young prospect. Played for Vic Country under-16s. Is 193cm and is a really powerful unit, extremely versatile. Can play as a forward or back and can be a big bodied midfielder.
 
Testing results.

20m Sprint​


Archie Taylor (GWV Rebels/Cobden) 2.796 sec
Julian Callahan (Gippsland Power/Leongatha) 2.863
Kade Dwyer (Murray Bushrangers/Shepparton Swans) 2.872
Jack Gerardi (Western Jets/West Footscray) 2.874
Thomas Legudi (Calder Cannons/Aberfeldie) 2.878
Blake Leidler (Oakleigh Chargers/Surrey Park) 2.879
Taj Hotton (Sandringham Dragons/Hampton Rovers) 2.882
JayDe Varlet (Dandenong Stingrays/Beaconsfield) 2.884
Cody Anderson (Eastern Ranges/Healesville) 2.885
Ben Seers (Sandringham Dragons/Beaumaris) 2.886


Standing Vertical Jump​


Harley Hicks (GWV Rebels/Lake Wendouree) 83cm
Gabriel Stumpf (Northern Knights/Warrandyte) 79
James Allison (Northern Knights/Montmorency) 77
Daniel Snell (Western Jets/Yarraville Seddon Eagles) 77
Luke Trainor (Sandringham Dragons/Old Brighton) 77
Floyd Burmeister (GWV Rebels/Redan) 76
Brady Hall (Geelong Falcons/Colac) 75
Ryan Muir (Eastern Ranges/Wantirna South) 75
Nash Ramage (Bendigo Pioneers/Echuca United) 75
Jack Whitlock (Murray Bushrangers/Shepparton) 75


Running Vertical Jump (Right)​


Floyd Burmeister (GWV Rebels/Redan) 95cm
Nash Ramage (Bendigo Pioneers/Echuca United) 95
Coen Ainsworth (Murray Bushrangers/Wodonga) 90
Finn O’Sullivan (Oakleigh Chargers/Koroit) 90
Gabriel Stumpf (Northern Knights/Warrandyte) 90
Archie Taylor (GWV Rebels/Cobden) 90
Ollie Hannaford (GWV Rebels/Sandhurst) 89
Harry Armstrong (Sandringham Dragons/Ormond) 87
Ned Renfree (GWV Rebels/East Point) 87
Taj Hotton (Sandringham Dragons/Hampton Rovers) 86


Running Vertical Jump (Left)​


Daniel Snell (Western Jets/Yarraville Seddon Eagles) 102
Ben Rongdit (Geelong Falcons/Colac) 98
Archie Taylor (GWV Rebels/Cobden) 96
Matt Whitlock (Murray Bushrangers/Shepparton) 96
James Allison (Northern Knights/Montmorency) 95
Ned Renfree (GWV Rebels/East Point) 95
Taj Hotton (Sandringham Dragons/Hampton Rovers) 93
Ryan Muir (Eastern Ranges/Wantirna South) 93
Thomas Sims (Northern Knights/Montmorency) 93
Jack Whitlock (Murray Bushrangers/Shepparton) 93


Yo-Yo​


Jett McLaughlan (Northern Knights/Diamond Creek) Level 22.4
Archie Caldow (GWV Rebels/East Point) 22.2
Josh Dolan (Sandringham Dragons/Beaumaris) 22.1
Jeremy Newsome (Eastern Ranges/Healesville) 22.1
Harry Albon (Calder Cannons/Craigieburn) 21.8
Nedd Bennett (GWV Rebels/East Point) 21.8
Ryan Commandeur (Northern Knights/St Mary’s) 21.8
Liam Farrar (Northern Knights/Diamond Creek) 21.8
Patrick Said (Calder Cannons/Sunbury) 21.8
Zach Travers (Sandringham Dragons/Old Brighton) 21.8


AFL Agility​


Douglas Kerr (Oakleigh Chargers/Ashburton) 7.724 sec
Oskar Taylor (Eastern Ranges/Upwey Tecoma) 7.764
Lachy Dovaston (Eastern Ranges/Blackburn) 7.777
Sebastian Murphy (Northern Knights/Montmorency) 7.787
Ollie Hannaford (GWV Rebels/Sandhurst) 7.788
Taj Hotton (Sandringham Dragons/Hampton Rovers) 7.807
Sam McDonald (GWV Rebels/Ballarat) 7.858
Jake Woodward (Northern Knights/Montmorency) 7.866
Nedd Bennett (GWV Rebels/East Point) 7.876
Thomas Sims (Northern Knights/Montmorency) 7.909
 
Got over to RSEA today to see Sandringham vs Oakleigh. Sandringham will be strong again this year they missed Levi Ashcroft today due to a stomach bug but they won by a fair bit.

Murphy Reid kicked 4 goals and looks set for a big year and Luke Trainor was terrific down back with his kicking a real highlight. Taj Hotton played midfield and did some nice things without dominating same with Sam Marshall, a few names that caught my eye included Nathaniel Sulzberger, Lennox Hofmann and Bailey McKenzie.

Ned Maginness has come back as an over age player and looked good on a wing and through the middle, he has gotten notably taller and stronger but his skills still shone when on the outside.

For Oakleigh it was a juggling act to get midfield time into a range of players, you had the likes of Finn O’Sullivan/Jagga Smith/Tom Gross/Doug Kerr/Zane Cochrane
/Patrick Retschko all rotating through with Jagga spending more time than usual up forward. In terms of new names to impress Liam Callaghan was very steady at full back for Oakleigh.
 
Spoke to my Uncle yesterday who's a scout over in WA for one of the big VIC clubs and he said the talent pool this year is so bad in WA that he's wondering if there's actually going to be enough games he'll need to go and watch this season to justify his position for the year. Obviously as seasons unfold the talent unearth themselves but not a great sign for WA after a downish year last year too.

Don't know much about the crop myself yet just passing on what he said.
 
Spoke to my Uncle yesterday who's a scout over in WA for one of the big VIC clubs and he said the talent pool this year is so bad in WA that he's wondering if there's actually going to be enough games he'll need to go and watch this season to justify his position for the year. Obviously as seasons unfold the talent unearth themselves but not a great sign for WA after a downish year last year too.

Don't know much about the crop myself yet just passing on what he said.
It's thin so far to say the least......although there are so many new names on lists this year (more than usual) that i'm wondering if quite a few players will be unearthed. I only see 5 draft picks thus far.....but hoping for the best.
 

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