Player Watch #29 Angus Sheldrick - welcome to the Bloods

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Angry Red Bull

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According to the Swans website


He was born 07/11/2021 so we drafted a kid less than 3 weeks old.
And I've heard he's not a virgin either....which makes it even more disturbing
 

hairy biker

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According to the Swans website


He was born 07/11/2021 so we drafted a kid less than 3 weeks old.
Well at least over time he can develop with our young ruck (according to Footywire);
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According to the Swans website


He was born 07/11/2021 so we drafted a kid less than 3 weeks old.
Have to be some weight concerns if he's 88kg at 3 weeks. That's quite heavy from what I can gather. Might need to hop on the treadmill once he learns to walk.
 

hairy biker

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Article just up on the West Australian website;

The Sheldricks were so certain Angus Sheldrick wasn’t going in the opening round of the draft, they planned a party on day two.

“If you told me I was going to be a first-round draft pick this time last year, I would’ve told you to go and get stuffed,” Angus told The West Australian.
“My older brother just went off to footy training and we were like ‘nah, I’m not going to go tonight. It’s all good’ and then it all happened.
“For it just to happen, even it was the last pick in the draft, it doesn’t matter where you go, it just matters what you make of the opportunity.
“I’m absolutely rapt, I can’t even put it into words.”

The Swans showed some last-minute interest in Sheldrick with a phone call while he was still on leavers down south on Tuesday evening, before another the following morning asking if he was injury-free.
Coach John Longmire has already been in touch a couple of times to welcome him to the club.

Sheldrick will remain in WA until January, training in familiar surrounds at Revo Fitness Stadium with fellow WA-bred Sydney players Chad Warner and Logan McDonald.
He said he couldn’t wait to learn off some of the biggest names in the game including superstar forward Lance Franklin.
“To have Buddy Franklin to train alongside, that will be pretty cool,” Sheldrick said.
“Then someone like Luke Parker, we’re a pretty similar player so learning a bit off him would be awesome.
“I’ve got about 60 texts from Sydney players including one from Logan who was going to come over in a bit.”
 

caesar88

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Shoutout to Dubai Quacker who started this bandwagon up back when it was sitting in the garage with the cover on.

Watching his highlights the player he reminded me of is James Harmes, the ilk of player who ironically I think we are missing in our future stocks, so it sounds like this kid is exactly what we need. Nothing too flashy about him but a hard nut who will put his head down, throw his body around and give his all.
 

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Ticky009

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Horse loves a competitor and Sheldrick seems to have that written all over him.

There is much to be said about a player who consistently gets the job done and can be relied upon in tough spots.:heart:

Welcome to the Bloods, Angus! I get the feeling we're gonna get along just fine.
 

SeanM

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Older article from October on him

AFL draft 2021: Claremont, Christ Church mid Angus Sheldrick reflects on journey from ‘relatively unknown’


Resilience — like sporting ability — is in the Sheldrick DNA.

Angus Sheldrick is the first to admit he’s come from being “relatively unknown” and outside of WA’s best 23 to storm into top-30 calculations in next month’s AFL national draft.

The Christ Church captain and Claremont midfield bull didn’t take long to win over State 19s selectors Adam Jones and Marc Webb with his hard work and competitiveness, and change their mind about his position in the side.

Sheldrick remarkably won both his school’s and colts club’s fairest-and-best awards this season, despite only playing eight of a possible 21 games in the latter.

When you dig a little deeper, it’s not hard to tell where the 17-year-old gets his determination and resilience from.

His father Dom Sheldrick was in the AIS and swam for Australia at the 1987 Pan Pacific Games but was diagnosed with leukaemia, shattering his Olympic and Commonwealth Games dreams.

“My dad has been huge for me as well being in that sort of environment, he knew what this year was going to encompass for me and he’s been super supportive and puts no pressure on me at all and that’s been a big part of why I’ve been able to have such a consistent year,” Sheldrick said.

“He swam for Australia in the Pan Pacific Games but unfortunately got leukaemia which stopped his swimming and chances of making the Olympic Games. He was at the AIS for a few years and was really competitive in the 100m freestyle.”

Dom, who’s still involved in swimming as the president of Swimming WA’s board, fought his way back from cancer and life-threatening treatments to swim at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games trials before falling short in the final.

“I swam in the 1997 Pan Pacific Games but straight after, my performances dropped off and it took until racing at the 1988 Olympic trials for the 100m freestyle for me to realise something was a bit amiss,” Dom recalled.

“I missed the Olympic Games that year and then came back to Perth after trials and went to see a doctor because I was feeling like c**p.

“I was diagnosed a week or two after that with chronic myeloid leukaemia. I had a year of waiting around because the treatment back then was so life-threatening in itself because you had to have your bone marrow killed off with chemotherapy and take a transplant and there was no guarantee the transplant would work.

“I had a bone marrow transplant from my younger brother Nicholas in March of 1989 and that was a complete match, I then had the rest of ‘89 to recover and then got back into the water in 1990.

“I swam for the next 18 months and got back to my best ever but fell short at the Olympic trials in ‘92, I just missed out having made the final for the trials.

“It was a slow and painful journey towards retirement, recognising it was all over for me, and then I went to university before getting a job with the Fremantle Football Club as promotions manager for the first three or four years of their existence.”

There’s plenty of other sporting talents in the family, with grandfather John Sheldrick winning a discus bronze medal in the 1962 Empire Games for England before staying in Perth.

Uncle Jeremy Sheldrick was a champion player at Claremont, and one of the last players cut from Fremantle’s inaugural AFL squad, while fellow uncle Nick was a State winger in rugby.

But Angus, described as “on another level” with his drive, looks destined to forge a path of his own.

“I think that’s always been something that’s in the family, but Gus would be at a different level to me and my siblings in terms of his internal drive and his cool, calm and collected nature,” Dom said.

“I think he’s probably something special and far more controlled and very internally motivated and flustered, I got much more flustered at his age.”

WA Football Commission State talent manager Jones described Sheldrick, who has been likened to Gold Coast Sun Matt Rowell, as a player “you fall in love with”.

“He was one of the last couple selected into our under-19s squad and (coach) Marc Webb and I met with him and all players individually before we played a game to give everyone an understanding of where they sat,” Jones recalled.

“The discussion with him was that he was probably outside of the best 23 so he was going to have to fight his way past a few to get into the team for the championships.

“By the end of the conversation, Webby and I said to each other, ‘He’s going to cause us some headaches’ because you could just tell by his determination in that meeting and the character that he is that he was going to fight his way past a few.

“In the end, he was one of the first picked for every game.

“He hasn’t really played a bad game and every level that he’s stepped up to, he’s been able to have the same impact.

“We’ve seen an improvement in his kicking throughout the year and he’s probably proven to be a lot more powerful and dynamic than we initially thought.

“Gussy is a player that when you’ve involved with him, you fall in love with him because of how he competes, so I think he’s shot up into top-30 calculations and I reckon whoever picks him up is going to get an absolute ripper.”

From kicking efficiency to endurance and ball-handling skills, the courageous left-footer had a lot of areas to work on before he was capable of producing the season that he did.

Whether it’s PSA or WAFL colts and national under-19s games for WA, you’ll struggle to find a bad game from Sheldrick this year.

He averaged a touch under 37 possessions for his school, including 49 in the opening round against Guildford Grammar.

For Claremont Sheldrick polled in every game, including best-afield performances in seven out of nine to win by a whopping 66 votes.

AFL clubs have taken note, with Sheldrick meeting face-to-face with Fremantle recruiters and even had the Western Bulldogs come to his house while they were in Perth for the grand final, to go with multiple Zoom calls.

“Captaining Christ Church was a super big highlight, just being able to lead my mates and for them to have voted me in and think of me as the right person to lead them,” Sheldrick reflected.

“Even though we didn’t have a very successful year, that’s probably the first thing that springs to mind. It was a massive honour.

“Making the State Academy was also another huge accomplishment, probably from where I started from at the start of the year, being relatively unknown after breaking my collarbone last year and not playing any games.

“So to come in and have the form that I have is something I’ve been pretty proud of and I’ve had to work pretty hard to get that happening.

“Probably just being clean with my hands and not fumbling as well, which has probably been my best attribute this year and something that’s got a lot better.

“I think everyone had to work on their endurance because nobody is at the AFL level of endurance, but I was probably a bit behind most of the guys and that was something I worked hard on.

“Then skills as well, so it was a bit of everything but I just sort of plodded away and did little bits at a time and it’s paid off.”

He hasn’t done it alone, with Sheldrick crediting Australian Football Hall of Fame inductee Rob Wiley for his influence and believing in him when others wrote him off.

The former Richmond and Perth rover has helped oversee Christ Church’s football program for three years, coinciding with Sheldrick’s time in the first XVIII.

“He’s probably been the one person, when I didn’t make State 16s and the like, who’s always shown a lot of belief in my ability to take it to the highest level,” Sheldrick said.

“He’s always been that guy who said I’ve got what it takes and if I’m willing to work with him on things that he thinks I need to improve on. He always thought I could get there.

“I’ve had him ever since I started playing first XVIII at Christ Church in Year 10 and that was his first year at the school as well.

“We built a close relationship and he still calls me, even though the PSA footy season is done, so I can’t thank him enough and he’s had the most influence on my footy than anyone else by far. I don’t know where I’d be without his input.

“He works with AFL players as well, they sort of go to him if they’re struggling.

“There was one time where Connor Blakely was having some kicking issues and I went down and Rob was working with him.

“I tagged along and did some kicking drills as well. Rob’s got some pretty high names working with the likes of Patty Cripps and a lot of the WA guys that are captains of clubs and Brownlow medallists because he’s been around for a while.

“He’s got a wealth of knowledge and I just try to be a sponge to that.”

Sheldrick capped off a career-best season with two of the best games of his life.

The 17-year-old nearly dragged Claremont over the line in the WAFL colts decider against Swan Districts at Optus Stadium with a pair of third-quarter goals — one on each foot — to go with 27 disposals, seven clearance, six inside 50s and five tackles.

Eight days later, he was best-afield WA’s last under-19s clash against South Australia — where he amassed 29 disposals, eight clearances and the match-sealing goal.

Despite his rapid rise from fringe State squad member to best on ground and a draft combine invite, Sheldrick is keeping a level head and knows nothing is for certain is the industry.

“The AFL interest has been OK but there’s a lot of us boys, besides the ones in the AFL Academy and a couple of others who are a bit ahead of everyone, who have had similar interest around that mark,” Sheldrick said.

“I just try my best to not think about that sort of stuff but I guess it will be hard not to now the season is done.”
 

mtooler

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Horse loves a competitor and Sheldrick seems to have that written all over him.

There is much to be said about a player who consistently gets the job done and can be relied upon in tough spots.:heart:

Welcome to the Bloods, Angus! I get the feeling we're gonna get along just fine.
Horse loved Tom Mitchell.
 

RilesMacca

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Initially I was disappointed it wasn’t van rooyen or Johnson, but now when I think about it, looks like a dark horse in the draft class! Ranked number 1 in the wafl colts and BOG in one of the WA vs SA clashes. Hes short, but could be a solid JPK replacement. Now it’s just the long wait to see how he plays next season haha. Keen to see him on the training track.
 

caesar88

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Initially I was disappointed it wasn’t van rooyen or Johnson, but now when I think about it, looks like a dark horse in the draft class! Ranked number 1 in the wafl colts and BOG in one of the WA vs SA clashes. Hes short, but could be a solid JPK replacement. Now it’s just the long wait to see how he plays next season haha. Keen to see him on the training track.
Holy sh*t are you the same RilesMacca who used to make the great highlights packages on Youtube? If so you're a legend and great to have you on here!
 

Ticky009

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Initially I was disappointed it wasn’t van rooyen or Johnson, but now when I think about it, looks like a dark horse in the draft class! Ranked number 1 in the wafl colts and BOG in one of the WA vs SA clashes. Hes short, but could be a solid JPK replacement. Now it’s just the long wait to see how he plays next season haha. Keen to see him on the training track.
Winning a BF in colts while only playing 8 games out of 21 is impressive.

He sounds like Kirky in regard to competitiveness but plays like JPK. What's not to like!?
 

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