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as for the 18 year old group in this years NAB League theres a bunch of players im liking and i'll list them here

Nick Daicos - (Oakleigh) he seems to be the best in the NAB League this year, plus kicks goals for fun
Tyler Sonsie - (Eastern) not far behind Daicos, doesnt have that match winning ability that Daicos has, but is a good mid in his own right
Sam Banks - (Tassie) unfortunately broke a wrist, but was in top form before he got injured
Ben Hobbs - (GWV) i liked him in 2019 and has had 1 game in 2020 where he also looked good
Ned Long - (North) strong bodied mid/forw, averages over 20 poss a game and has 7 goals in 3 games i believe, quality player imo
Josh Sinn - (Sandringham) love his game, flaws and all, he attacks the ball and contest in midfield, good mark in the air, the only things holding him back imo are his wayward kicking at times, especially when he is in space with no pressure.
Josh Rachele - (Murray) has not dominated as often as he did in 2019, which has made me drop him down the order a little
Campbell Chesser - (Sandringham) has not averaged big numbers, but i have liked how he plays nonetheless, missed round 3 game
Finn Callaghan - (Sandringham) not as dynamic as Sinn with his runs although close, much more consistent user of the footy so far this year

this group imo are good value, then these guys are in the next group imo

Connor MacDonald - (Dandenong) getting great numbers that cant be ignored, isnt a star player, but really solid in all areas
James Cahill - (Dandenong) another solid player from Dandenong who could be a late consideration
Judson Clarke - (Dandenong) athletic midfielder who has a good jump, agility and run who has been good so far
Max Walton - (Gippsland) speed and good leap as a medium defender, good interceptor and run from defense
Josh Ward - (Northern) speedy small mid, has good numbers and good performances
Joel Fitzgerald - (Northern) poss winning defender, providing good disposal from defence
Darcy Wilmot - (Northern) good intercept medium tall defender for Northern, has had some impressive games so far this season
Jackson Archer - (Northern) medium defender with pace and smarts, clever player who looks likely to make it at the next level
Cooper Hamilton - (Bendigo) another solid midfielder who is the main guy for his team
Hugh Hamilton - (Bendigo) medium forward who has a few tricks up his sleeve and provides a competitive option up forw for his team
Nathan Kay - (Bendigo) solid player who could put his name up there for consideration
Tom Brown - (Murray) a player i liked in 2019, then had good combine results in pre-season and has been ok so far this year
Josh Gibcus - (GWV) a tall defender who can mark in defence, put his name up early for consideration
Charlie Molan - (GWV) a solid medium defender who has been decent, but might need to step it up to get in the draft conversation
Blake Scott - (GWV) competitive small forward, good speed, agility and smarts
Alex Lukic - (Oakleigh) has not performed to expectations yet, has missed a lot of shots at goal, so might drop down the rankings
Scott Beilby - (Oakleigh) decent half back/mid and i want to see more of him as the year goes
Yousef Dib - (Oakleigh) is looking good so far, so Collingwood look to have 2 good players this year
Henry Brown - (Oakleigh) a small player who has been good in spurts, one i need to see more of
Jed Rule - (Oakleigh) a good tall defender who can intercept and control the aerial contests
Braden Andrews - (Oakleigh) was disappointing before injury put him out, will have to see how he comes back later in the year
Lachlan Rankin - (Oakleigh) good player in bursts, clever and skillful player
Blake Howes - (Sandringham) a good classy leading forward, has not got going yet in the first 3 games yet
Luca MacNab - (Sandringham) has been really good as a small defender, just really reliable disposal and good under pressure
Caleb Lewis - (Sandringham) another good tall defender, but i need to see more of him, but he looks good so far
Luke Nankervis - (Sandringham) has been really impressive as a forward flank, i want to see more of him to make a good read
Mitch Owens - (Sandringham) Sandy have so much depth this year and Owens is just another solid player who i want to see more of
Toby Conway - (Geelong) one of the best rucks in the NAB League
Josh Goater - (Calder) solid mid and has been one of the best from calder so far this season with good i50 numbers
Jake Soligo - (Eastern) next to Sonsie is the best midfielder at Eastern this year imo

Conway is a star as a ruckman, not just taps but in general play, love what he brings to the table, Cooper Hamilton and Noah Gribble in the top 3

just wanted to add a couple more to the list:

Mitchell Hallinan - (Bendigo) i've liked his game so far for Bendigo, another i want to keep an eye on
Oscar Morrison - (Geelong) i've also liked some moments he has had, another i want to keep an eye on for the rest of the season
Greg Lord - (Eastern) good defender for eastern, one to keep an eye on for the rest of the season
 
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Top 30 - 18th April Update

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1. Jason Horne - Sth Adel - 184cm 78kg
2. Nick Daicos - Coll F/S - Oakleigh -183cm 72kg
3. Matthew Roberts - Sth Adel - 183cm 81kg
4. Tyler Sonsie - Eastern - 181cm 76kg
5. Jacob Van Rooyen - Claremont - 194cm 88kg
6. Matthew Johnson - Subiaco - 191cm 80kg
7. Josh Sinn - Sandringham - 186cm 72kg
8. Josh Rachele - Murray - 180cm 78kg
9. Ned Long - Northern - 192cm 88kg
10. Campbell Chesser - Sandringham - 186cm 83kg
11. Sam Banks - Tasmania - 187cm 73kg
12. Ben Hobbs - GWV - 183cm 80kg
13. Joshua Browne - East Frem - 185cm 77kg
14. Finn Callaghan - Sandringham - 189cm 82kg
15. Neil Erasmus - Subiaco - 188cm 80kg
16. Rhett Bazzo - Swan Dist - 195cm 81kg
17. Morgan Ferres - Sturt - 190cm 80kg
18. Cooper Hamilton - 182cm 86kg - Bendigo
19. Lewis Rayson - Glenlg - 181cm 64kg
20. Josh Fahey - GWS A - 186cm 76kg
21. Lachlan Rankin - Oakleigh - 182cm 68kg
22. Arlo Draper - Sth Adel - 185cm 74kg
23. Toby Conway - Geelong - 204cm 90kg
24. Cooper Beecken - Glenlg - 190cm 73kg
25. Jake Soligo - Eastern - 179cm 79kg
26. Yousef Dib - Coll NGA - Oakleigh - 174cm 76kg
27. Blake Scott - WB NGA - GWV - 180cm 70kg
28. Josh Goater - Calder - 190cm 79kg
29. Max Walton - Gippsland - 180cm 73kg
30. Max Chipper - Swan Dist - 176cm 74kg
 

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Top 30 - 18th April (no 19 year olds because more is expected of them and they have something to prove having been looked past last year)

1. Jason Horne - Sth Adel - 184cm 78kg
2. Nick Daicos - Coll F/S - Oakleigh -183cm 72kg
3. Matthew Roberts - Sth Adel - 183cm 81kg
4. Tyler Sonsie - Eastern - 181cm 76kg
5. Jacob Van Rooyen - Claremont - 194cm 88kg
6. Matthew Johnson - Subiaco - 191cm 80kg
7. Josh Sinn - Sandringham - 186cm 72kg
8. Josh Rachele - Murray - 180cm 78kg
9. Ned Long - Northern - 192cm 88kg
10. Campbell Chesser - Sandringham - 186cm 83kg
11. Sam Banks - Tasmania - 187cm 73kg
12. Ben Hobbs - GWV - 183cm 80kg
13. Joshua Browne - East Frem - 185cm 77kg
14. Finn Callaghan - Sandringham - 189cm 82kg
15. Neil Erasmus - Subiaco - 188cm 80kg
16. Rhett Bazzo - Swan Dist - 195cm 81kg
17. Morgan Ferres - Sturt - 190cm 80kg
18. Cooper Hamilton - 182cm 86kg - Bendigo
19. Lewis Rayson - Glenlg - 181cm 64kg
20. Josh Fahey - GWS A - 186cm 76kg
21. Lachlan Rankin - Oakleigh - 182cm 68kg
22. Arlo Draper - Sth Adel - 185cm 74kg
23. Toby Conway - Geelong - 204cm 90kg
24. Cooper Beecken - Glenlg - 190cm 73kg
25. Jake Soligo - Eastern - 179cm 79kg
26. Yousef Dib - Coll NGA - Oakleigh - 174cm 76kg
27. Blake Scott - WB NGA - GWV - 180cm 70kg
28. Josh Goater - Calder - 190cm 79kg
29. Max Walton - Gippsland - 180cm 73kg
30. Max Chipper - Swan Dist - 176cm 74kg

No Gibcus?
 

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Top 30 - 18th April (no 19 year olds because more is expected of them and they have something to prove having been looked past last year)

1. Jason Horne - Sth Adel - 184cm 78kg
2. Nick Daicos - Coll F/S - Oakleigh -183cm 72kg
3. Matthew Roberts - Sth Adel - 183cm 81kg
4. Tyler Sonsie - Eastern - 181cm 76kg
5. Jacob Van Rooyen - Claremont - 194cm 88kg
6. Matthew Johnson - Subiaco - 191cm 80kg
7. Josh Sinn - Sandringham - 186cm 72kg
8. Josh Rachele - Murray - 180cm 78kg
9. Ned Long - Northern - 192cm 88kg
10. Campbell Chesser - Sandringham - 186cm 83kg
11. Sam Banks - Tasmania - 187cm 73kg
12. Ben Hobbs - GWV - 183cm 80kg
13. Joshua Browne - East Frem - 185cm 77kg
14. Finn Callaghan - Sandringham - 189cm 82kg
15. Neil Erasmus - Subiaco - 188cm 80kg
16. Rhett Bazzo - Swan Dist - 195cm 81kg
17. Morgan Ferres - Sturt - 190cm 80kg
18. Cooper Hamilton - 182cm 86kg - Bendigo
19. Lewis Rayson - Glenlg - 181cm 64kg
20. Josh Fahey - GWS A - 186cm 76kg
21. Lachlan Rankin - Oakleigh - 182cm 68kg
22. Arlo Draper - Sth Adel - 185cm 74kg
23. Toby Conway - Geelong - 204cm 90kg
24. Cooper Beecken - Glenlg - 190cm 73kg
25. Jake Soligo - Eastern - 179cm 79kg
26. Yousef Dib - Coll NGA - Oakleigh - 174cm 76kg
27. Blake Scott - WB NGA - GWV - 180cm 70kg
28. Josh Goater - Calder - 190cm 79kg
29. Max Walton - Gippsland - 180cm 73kg
30. Max Chipper - Swan Dist - 176cm 74kg
No Williams ?
 

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Didn't see that, how far off is someone like Gibcus for you?

i need to see more of him and Williams, missed todays game GWV and Murray watching the Hawks, theres still a handful i have not seen enough of yet, so these lists are probably a little incomplete, but im just putting them out as i get more information.
 
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some of the NAB League talent that has impressed me so far this year

19 year olds:
Oliver Davis - (TAS) again shows his wares as an inside midfielder, he is more your hard work, in and under type, probably needs to improve his athleticism side of his game, but is doing quite well again at NAB League after he was really good in 2019 and good in the TSL in 2020, if he had more leg speed he would be valued more highly.

Cody Raak - (Western Jets) is playing well as that medium sized defender, cleaning up the contests and creating a lot of rebound out of defense.

Noah Gribble - (Geelong) also having a good season after his knee injury, is averaging good numbers in poss, marks and r50.

Chance Doultree - (Gippsland) a 19 year old that has come from nowhere to put in some impressive performances, i might have gone a bit too high with my initial rating, but i do like how he plays and has put in 3 good games to start the season.

Luis D'Angelo - (Gippsland) another 19 year old that has come from nowhere to be a decent option, he has had a couple good games and put his name up there.

Jacob Edwards - (Sandringham) another 19 year old to put their hand up, so much so that he has over shadowed Max Heath in the ruck, although there is not a huge difference between them in the ruck, Edwards is much better around the ground and can play forward kicking a good number of goals so far this season compared to Max who seems more Tap orientated big bodied ruck

Max Heath - (Sandringham) had some wraps off of a pre-season game last year, he seems good in the ruck with his tap work, but is limited around the ground, good luck beating Sandringham in the ruck this season, with Edwards and Heath, then you have Visenti as a 3rd option, they are blessed with rucks and probably have 2 of the best rucks if not the best in the NAB this year. Coming off a significant injury and pretty much no pre season he's improving every week and more of a pure ruck

Sam Clohesy - (Calder) another to come from nowhere to impress for Calder playing a couple good games and putting his name out there as 1 to look out for

Ewan MacPherson - (Northern) he is a good competitor, but his disposal is a bit wayward, but he is worth mentioning as he has F/S connections to the Bulldogs and knows how to win the footy

Dylan Thomas - (Oakleigh) was impressive in the game against Eastern where he kicked 4 goals and looked like he would fit into an AFL team quite comfortably, need to see more of his games, but as an early call, he has something about his game as a small forward he seems very creative, strong mark and good converter.

Luke Cleary - (Sandringham) has been dominating for Sandy in defence, must be a good chance to get drafted at some stage

Darby Hipwell - (Sandringham) has been good for Sandy as well so far, solid midfielder and has added to the impressive depth at Sandringham this season

Ned Moyle - (Oakleigh) in the top 4 rucks in the NAB League from what i have seen so far this year

Eren Soylemez - (Sandringham) dangerous forward for Sandy is playing how i would expect Howes to be playing atm
 
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Braden Andrews (Vic Metro/Oakleigh Chargers)
Sam Banks (Tasmania/Clarence)
Rhett Bazzo (Western Australia/Swan Districts)
Jase Burgoyne (South Australia/Woodville West Torrens)
Campbell Chesser (Vic Country/Sandringham Dragons)
Nick Daicos (Vic Metro/Oakleigh Chargers)
Josh Fahey (NSW/ACT/GWS Academy)
Cooper Hamilton (Vic Country/Bendigo Pioneers)
Austin Harris (Queensland/Gold Coast Academy)
Ben Hobbs (Vic Country/GWV Rebels)
Jason Horne (South Australia/South Adelaide)
Blake Howes (Vic Metro/Sandringham Dragons)
Matthew Johnson (Western Australia/Subiaco)
Cooper Murley (South Australia/Norwood)
Josh Rachele (Vic Country/Murray Bushrangers)
Matthew Roberts (South Australia/South Adelaide)
Josh Sinn (Vic Metro/Sandringham Dragons)
Tyler Sonsie (Vic Metro/Eastern Ranges)
Ned Stevens (Northern Territory/Waratah/Gold Coast Academy)
Jacob Van Rooyen (Western Australia/Claremont)
Jack Williams (Western Australia/East Fremantle)

Blayne O'Loughlin (North Adel) Mid - Adel NGA(if not taken top 20)
Ned Moyle (Oakleigh) Ruck 19 year old
Toby Conway (Geelong) Ruck
Josh Gibcus (GWV) Tall Defender

i heard Neil Erasmus (Subiaco) was added to play Geelongs VFL Team? :p
Naisiah Wanganeen (Glenlg)
Finn Callaghan (Sandringham)
Mac Andrew (Dandenong) Melb NGA
 
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Braden Andrews (Vic Metro/Oakleigh Chargers)
Sam Banks (Tasmania/Clarence)
Rhett Bazzo (Western Australia/Swan Districts)
Jase Burgoyne (South Australia/Woodville West Torrens)
Campbell Chesser (Vic Country/Sandringham Dragons)
Nick Daicos (Vic Metro/Oakleigh Chargers)
Josh Fahey (NSW/ACT/GWS Academy)
Cooper Hamilton (Vic Country/Bendigo Pioneers)
Austin Harris (Queensland/Gold Coast Academy)
Ben Hobbs (Vic Country/GWV Rebels)
Jason Horne (South Australia/South Adelaide)
Blake Howes (Vic Metro/Sandringham Dragons)
Matthew Johnson (Western Australia/Subiaco)
Cooper Murley (South Australia/Norwood)
Josh Rachele (Vic Country/Murray Bushrangers)
Matthew Roberts (South Australia/South Adelaide)
Josh Sinn (Vic Metro/Sandringham Dragons)
Tyler Sonsie (Vic Metro/Eastern Ranges)
Ned Stevens (Northern Territory/Waratah/Gold Coast Academy)
Jacob Van Rooyen (Western Australia/Claremont)
Jack Williams (Western Australia/East Fremantle)

Blayne O'Loughlin (North Adel) Mid - Adel NGA(if not taken top 20)
Ned Moyle (Oakleigh) Ruck 19 year old
Toby Conway (Geelong) Ruck
Josh Gibcus (GWV) Tall Defender

i heard Neil Erasmus (Subiaco) was added to play Geelongs VFL Team? :p
Is there another ruck besides Moyle? (who I haven’t heard mentioned by anyone else yet?
 

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some of the Interstate guys that are in contention for the draft this year imo. (still a work in progress)

SA
Jason Horne - 184cm 78kg Sth Adel
Matthew Roberts - 183cm 81kg South Adel
Morgan Ferres - 190cm 80kg Sturt
Lewis Rayson - 181cm 64kg Glenlg
Arlo Draper - 185cm 74kg South Adel
Cooper Beecken - 190cm 73kg Glenlg (Inj)
Shay Linke - 190cm 79kg Central Dist
Harry McInnes - 190cm 85kg Glenlg
Matthew Dnistriansky - Norwood
Jase Burgoyne - 184cm 62kg WWT (Inj) (Port F/S)
Naisiah Wanganeen - 187cm 62kg Glenlg
Blayne O'Loughlin - 190cm 80kg Nth Adel (Adel NGA)
Cooper Murley - 178cm 70kg Norwood
Isaiah Dudley - 168cm 70kg Central Dist

WA
Jacob Van Rooyen - 194cm 88kg Claremont
Joshua Browne - 185cm 77kg East Frem
Matthew Johnson - 191cm 80kg Subiaco
Neil Erasmus - 188cm 80kg Subiaco
Jack Williams - 195cm 91kg East Frem
Rhett Bazzo - 195cm 81kg Swan Dist
Max Chipper - 182cm 72kg Swan Dist
Kade Dittmar - 186cm 90kg East Perth
Corey Warner - 182cm 74kg East Frem
Jesse Motlop - 176cm 74kg South Frem (Frem NGA)

Allies
Sam Banks - 187cm 73kg Tasmania
Noah Holmes - 195cm 102kg Tasmania
Jacob Young - 196cm 78kg Tasmania
Logan Elphinstone - 202cm 87kg Tasmania
Josh Fahey - 186cm 76kg GWS A
Austin Harris - GC A
Ned Stevens 191cm 73kg NT/GC A
 
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I don't think Wanganeen actually qualifies for Adelaide NGA, even though he's been training with them.
 

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I don't think Wanganeen actually qualifies for Adelaide NGA, even though he's been training with them.

i just heard last year he was Adel NGA, could be wrong, you know how easy it is to keep up with these Academies and their changing landscapes..
 

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i just heard last year he was Adel NGA, could be wrong, you know how easy it is to keep up with these Academies and their changing landscapes..
Wanganeen definitely isn't NGA eligible for Adelaide but surprised Isaiah Dudley who is isn't in that group after his outstanding 2019 All Australian U16's Carnival and not playing much footy in 2020 due to injury. Been quite good early this season in a pretty ordinary Central Districts U18's team.

Here's the AFL's official list of 2021 NGA's in this article

 

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some of the Interstate guys that are in contention for the draft this year imo. (still a work in progress)

SA
Jason Horne - 184cm 78kg Sth Adel
Matthew Roberts - 183cm 81kg South Adel
Morgan Ferres - 190cm 80kg Sturt
Lewis Rayson - 181cm 64kg Glenlg
Arlo Draper - 185cm 74kg South Adel
Cooper Beecken - 190cm 73kg Glenlg (Inj)
Shay Linke - 190cm 79kg Central Dist
Harry McInnes - 190cm 85kg Glenlg
Matthew Dnistriansky - Norwood
Jase Burgoyne - 184cm 62kg WWT (Inj) (Port F/S)
Naisiah Wanganeen - 187cm 62kg Glenlg
Blayne O'Loughlin - 190cm 80kg Nth Adel (Adel NGA)

WA
Jacob Van Rooyen - 194cm 88kg Claremont
Joshua Browne - 185cm 77kg East Frem
Matthew Johnson - 191cm 80kg Subiaco
Neil Erasmus - 188cm 80kg Subiaco
Jack Williams - 195cm 91kg East Frem
Rhett Bazzo - 195cm 81kg Swan Dist
Max Chipper - 182cm 72kg Swan Dist
Kade Dittmar - 186cm 90kg East Perth
Corey Warner - 182cm 74kg East Frem
Jesse Motlop - 176cm 74kg South Frem (Frem NGA)

Allies
Sam Banks - 187cm 73kg Tasmania
Josh Fahey - 186cm 76kg GWS A
Austin Harris - GC A
Ned Stevens 191cm 73kg GC A

Watched a bit of the Glenelg preseaon trial matches. 16 goals in two and a half games for McInnes. Also played against Dnistriansky and was a good match up. Will be interesting to see how he ends up.
 

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Watched a bit of the Glenelg preseaon trial matches. 16 goals in two and a half games for McInnes. Also played against Dnistriansky and was a good match up. Will be interesting to see how he ends up.

i liked his games last year too, he is a little short at 190cm but plays a good style of footy as a leading forward.
 

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some of the Interstate guys that are in contention for the draft this year imo. (still a work in progress)

SA
Jason Horne - 184cm 78kg Sth Adel
Matthew Roberts - 183cm 81kg South Adel
Morgan Ferres - 190cm 80kg Sturt
Lewis Rayson - 181cm 64kg Glenlg
Arlo Draper - 185cm 74kg South Adel
Cooper Beecken - 190cm 73kg Glenlg (Inj)
Shay Linke - 190cm 79kg Central Dist
Harry McInnes - 190cm 85kg Glenlg
Matthew Dnistriansky - Norwood
Jase Burgoyne - 184cm 62kg WWT (Inj) (Port F/S)
Naisiah Wanganeen - 187cm 62kg Glenlg
Blayne O'Loughlin - 190cm 80kg Nth Adel (Adel NGA)

WA
Jacob Van Rooyen - 194cm 88kg Claremont
Joshua Browne - 185cm 77kg East Frem
Matthew Johnson - 191cm 80kg Subiaco
Neil Erasmus - 188cm 80kg Subiaco
Jack Williams - 195cm 91kg East Frem
Rhett Bazzo - 195cm 81kg Swan Dist
Max Chipper - 182cm 72kg Swan Dist
Kade Dittmar - 186cm 90kg East Perth
Corey Warner - 182cm 74kg East Frem
Jesse Motlop - 176cm 74kg South Frem (Frem NGA)

Allies
Sam Banks - 187cm 73kg Tasmania
Josh Fahey - 186cm 76kg GWS A
Austin Harris - GC A
Ned Stevens 191cm 73kg NT/GC A
I'd be surprised if Cooper Murley didn't get picked up. On the small side but had impressive numbers for the Redlegs U18s last year. People who actually watch them play (rather than just stats like me) can probably attest to his credentials. He trained with the crows over the last week.
 

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I'd be surprised if Cooper Murley didn't get picked up. On the small side but had impressive numbers for the Redlegs U18s last year. People who actually watch them play (rather than just stats like me) can probably attest to his credentials. He trained with the crows over the last week.
I assume he just forgot murley rather than a purposeful omission
 

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I'd be surprised if Cooper Murley didn't get picked up. On the small side but had impressive numbers for the Redlegs U18s last year. People who actually watch them play (rather than just stats like me) can probably attest to his credentials. He trained with the crows over the last week.
Has been playing ressies at Norwood and not doing a lot TBH. Hurt himself whilst training with the Crows and missed the weekend and I haven’t heard if he will back this week or not
 
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Tassie V Eastern impressions, Tassie are a good unit this year.

Tasmania:
Jye Menzie - playing midfield instead of small forw, he has been best on ground so far, absolutely quality first half, i did not expect that, he might do enough to put his hand up as a possible mid season draft prospect if he continues this vein of form

Sam Banks - looks a top class player, playing hbf and mid, moves well, good athletic movements and his goal early in the first was what you would expect at AFL level

Logan Elphinstone - 202cm 87kg - good around the ground ruck, very slim, but has good footy skills and IQ, was caught in some pressure situations and handled them with ease, especially for a big man. although he lost the ruck duels to his opponent who looked about 20 kgs bigger.

Oliver Davis - again playing a consistent midfield role

Lachlan Cowan - found one for 2022 draft, this kid has a good athletic profile from how he moves on field, clean hands and a bit of skill, depending on his development he has a good chance.

Young and Holmes - look like good forwards

then theres a bunch of Tassie guys who look solid at the level Sanders, Gardner, Lowe, Smith, White and Foley

Eastern:
Greg Lord - was the best for Eastern so far, taking a bunch of intercept marks and trying to rebound from the onslaught of Tassie attacks

Mitchell Shruk - also trying to rebound the flurry of attacks from Tassie

Tyler Sonsie - struggled to get into the game in the first half, definitely had his colours lowered, i think the Ranges may struggle if they cant get a good group in the midfield to help Sonsie, went forward and was productive with a couple and some good efforts.

Keeling, Soligo, Cilecken were solid contributors for Eastern, but it was a rough first half.
 
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Tassie V Eastern impressions, Tassie are a good unit this year.

Tasmania:
Jye Menzie - playing midfield instead of small forw, he has been best on ground so far, absolutely quality first half, i did not expect that, he might do enough to put his hand up as a possible mid season draft prospect if he continues this vein of form

Sam Banks - looks a top class player, playing hbf and mid, moves well, good athletic movements and his goal early in the first was what you would expect at AFL level

Logan Elphinstone - 202cm 87kg - good around the ground ruck, very slim, but has good footy skills and IQ, was caught in some pressure situations and handled them with ease, especially for a big man. although he lost the ruck duels to his opponent who looked about 20 kgs bigger.

Oliver Davis - again playing a consistent midfield role

Lachlan Cowan - found one for 2022 draft, this kid has a good athletic profile from how he moves on field, clean hands and a bit of skill, depending on his development he has a good chance.

Young and Holmes - look like good forwards

then theres a bunch of Tassie guys who look solid at the level Sanders, Gardner, Lowe, Smith, White and Foley

Eastern:
Greg Lord - was the best for Eastern so far, taking a bunch of intercept marks and trying to rebound from the onslaught of Tassie attacks

Mitchell Shruk - also trying to rebound the flurry of attacks from Tassie

Tyler Sonsie - struggled to get into the game in the first half, definitely had his colours lowered, i think the Ranges may struggle if they cant get a good group in the midfield to help Sonsie, went forward and was productive with a couple and some good efforts.

Keeling, Soligo, Cilecken were solid contributors for Eastern, but it was a rough first half.
I know there a few of us on our board who are starting to really like Banks. We have Rich and especially Birchall in the twilight of their careers and Banks sounds like he would be a very good replacement.
 
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Half Time AFL Academy V Geelong VFL (Geelong 7.10 to 1.4 AFLA)

you can see the AFL Academy have not been together much this year because of all the covid restrictions, they are struggling to play as a team compared to previous years

Players who have caught my attention from the AFLA so far:
1. Josh Fahey - i think he has been the most composed and most comfortable at the level out of all the kids, i think he might go up peoples rankings after this performance

2. Nick Daicos - playing his role of getting a lot of touches and controlling the spread of the ball, had a chance to kick a goal from 45m near the boundary that fell a meter short, but looking like he belongs

3. Toby Conway - sharing the ruck load with Moyle who has looked ok, but for me Conway has stood out around the ground, marking, tackling, spoiling, he does it all

4. Cooper Hamilton - so far has been great off of half back/mid, has made good decisions and has been clean with disposal

5. Jason Horne - has not dominated, but has shown signs of his quality, strong marks, strong tackles, quick decision making, theres a lot to work with

Matthew Johnson, Neil Erasmus and Josh Gibcus have also been in the best players so far, im hoping the AFLA start gelling and get a little more competitive
 
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