Draft Expert Davo-27's 2022 u18 Draft Thread

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now that the drafts are all done and dusted, i will throw out some early names to look out for, obviously things change in their draft years, some jump up the order based on performance/potential/athletic abilities and some fall from injuries/poor form/red flags ect so this is just an early ranking at this stage

1. George Wardlaw - mid - 181cm Oakleigh
2. Will Ashcroft (Bris F/S) - mid - 183cm Sandringham
3. Adam D'Aloia - mid - 184cm WWT
4. Elijah Tsatas - mid - 184cm Oakleigh
5. Jhye Clark - mid - 180/188cm? Geelong
6. Elijah Hewett - mid - 182cm Swan Dist
7. Oliver Hollands - mid - 182cm Murray
8. Harry Lemmey - kpf - 199cm West Adel
9. Isaac Keeler - kpf/ruck - 197cm North Adel
10. Harry Sheezel - forw - 183cm Sandringham
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11. Jed Hagan - mid - 174cm East Frem
12. Blake Drury - mid - 175cm Oakleigh
13. Max Michaelanny - def/kpd - 190cm Norwood
14. Matthew Jefferson - kpf - 193cm Oakleigh
15. Jackson Broadbent - ruck - 202cm Peel
16. Sam Gilbey - def - 185cm Clarem
17. Kane Bevan - mid - 192cm West Perth
18. Seth Campbell - forw - 179cm Tas
19. Kobe Ryan - mid - 182cm West Adel
20. Jedd Busslinger - kpd - 195cm East Perth
21. Jaspa Fletcher (Bris F/S) - mid - 180cm Bris A
22. Jaiden Magor - mid - 185cm South Adel
23. Jonti Schuback - def - 183cm Gipps
24. Olivier Northam - kpf - 195cm Geelong
25. Levi Fyfe (GCS A) - mid - ?(looked low 180's cm) GCS A
26. Alwyn. Davey Jnr (Ess F/S) - forw - ?
27. Jack Cleaver - mid/def - 187cm East Frem
28. Luke Michael - def - 185cm West Perth
29. Lachlan Cowan - def/mid - 187cm Tas
30. Luke Teal - def - 188cm Oakleigh

others by position:
Rucks - Harvey Howe(200cm Gipps), Harry Barnett(201cm West Adel), Will Verall(200cm Sth Adel), Cameron Owen(201cm Tas), Will Elliot(200cm Oak), Hudson O'Keefe(200cm Oak), Nicholas McLarty(199cm Oak)

KPP - Koby Cockshell(190cm Sth Adel), Anthony Munkara(190cm Tiwi), Luke Brown(199cm Clarem), Lewis Hayes(195cm East), James Van Es(195cm GWV)

Mids - Nick Saddler(179cm Sturt), Tyson Walls(172cm Norw), Noah Long(178cm Bendigo), Kai Windsor(178cm East), Mitch Szybkowski(185cm Dand), Jacob Evitt(179cm Subi), Darcy Jones(173cm Swan Dist), Conrad Williams (182cm Clarem)(Frem NGA), Cooper Harvey (179cm Northern)(North F/S), Ed Allan(191cm Clarem), Matthew Payne(180cm Western), Jack O'Sullivan(176cm Oakl), Austin McDonald(Central Dist), Riley MacMillan (Bris A)

Forws - Matthaes Phillipou(188cm WWT), Brayden George(185cm Murray), Jacob Konstanty(184cm Gipps), Brodie Tuck(190cm Central Dist), Jayden Davey (Ess F/S), Ned Moodie(188cm Dand)

Defs - Aaron Cadman(192cm GWV), Cooper Vickery(180cm Gipps), Max Clohessy, Ben Hempel, Cam MacKenzie, Will Parkhouse, Felix Fogarty
 
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2023 Talent Watch:

Jack Delean - SA - 179cm Sth Adel
Nick Watson - VM - 168cm Eastern
Daniel Curtin - WA - 194cm Claremont
George Stevens - VC - 190cm GWV
Harley Reid - VC - 182cm Bendigo
Will Patton - SA - 193cm Wst Adel
Koen Sanchez - WA - 170cm East Frem
Tyreise Clark - WA - 183cm Subiaco
Tom Wheaton - SA - 185cm Sth Adel
Zane Duursma - VC - 185cm Gipps
Riley Hardeman - WA - 185cm Swan Dist
Rhyley Saunders - TAS - 171cm Tasmania
Mitch Williams - WA - 186cm East Perth
 
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I think Charlie's for 2024.

Charlie is 16 in 2022, which means if he is playing he is in under 16 some where near the Suns. I think i grabed the wrong thread by 1 position. Cheers 👍
 

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Charlie is 16 in 2022, which means if he is playing he is in under 16 some where near the Suns. I think i grabed the wrong thread by 1 position. Cheers 👍

2 years too early, he would be 15 now and 16 halfway through 2022.
 

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over the next few weeks i will fill in the height/weights and a little blurb on my thoughts on each player to give you an idea of what i think of each player and why i name them as ones to look out for in 2022. i will edit the first post when i do this, then keep it on one of the reserved posts for future reference.
 

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Hi Davo-27 , how would you compare your 2022 top mids ie. Wardlaw, Ashcroft, D'Alioa and Tsatas to this years top mids in JHF, Callaghan and Daicos?

If you had a power ranking how would you order them?
 

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Hi Davo-27 , how would you compare your 2022 top mids ie. Wardlaw, Ashcroft, D'Alioa and Tsatas to this years top mids in JHF, Callaghan and Daicos?

If you had a power ranking how would you order them?

it isnt fair to compare them at this stage because they havnt played the big pressure games in their draft year that make or break them, but if i had to guess how they would compare in the future if everything goes as planned ect, i really like next years top 5 moreso than i liked this years top 5, i'm a fan of how Wardlaw plays and how silky clean Ashcroft is and the workman like attitude of D'Aloia, then you have the skills on the outside of Tsatas and if he isnt allergic to contested footy he could be great too, at this stage i like...

=1. Wardlaw
=1. Ashcroft
3. JHF
4. Daicos
5. D'Aloia
6. Callaghan
7. Tsatas

thats my view from pre-season before they are really tested during their draft year.
 

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Davo.

Who’s your early tip for a riser and who strikes you as a slider?

Tassie kids always slide, Vic kids always rise.

actually watching the games i thought Vic Metro and Vic Country(u17's) were the better games in so far as quality, so im probably underselling some Victorian youngsters, as i only have 12/30 Vic kids and yet their games looked better, maybe its because some WA and SA kids had good League Games and u19 state performances that has me more excited by them at this stage, but i think some Vic Kids will rise as i see more of them in big games, with only about 3 months of footy in 2 years the Vic Talent is somewhat hidden.
 
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1. George Wardlaw - mid - 181cm Oakleigh - inside mid who is as tough as nails and has a desire to win the contest, reminds me of a smaller version of Clayton Oliver, breaks through packs, bull at a gate.
2. Will Ashcroft (Bris F/S) - mid - 183cm Sandringham - classy inside mid, partnered well with the blue collar Wardlaw on the inside and has a lovely kick with good decision making skills
3. Adam D'Aloia - mid - 184cm WWT - a tough ball magnet, contested inside mid who played well at u17 champs and then helped a weakened SA midfield in the u19 champs, ending up one of the best handful in the u19 champs in 2021.
4. Elijah Tsatas - mid - 184cm Oakleigh - outside/inside mid, beautiful disposal and some good pace, plays more uncontested footy so wing could be his role in the AFL
5. Jhye Clark - mid - 188cm Geelong - inside mid with some toughness and solid build for a junior, goes for his contested marks with no fear and decent disposal
6. Elijah Hewett - mid - 182cm Swan Dist - got better and better each state game he played, ended up having a huge influence on the WAFL Colts GF Victory too, really strong influence in a few games has him rising up the draft boards this year.
7. Oliver Hollands - mid - 182cm Murray - looked like the most dangerous and clever mid for Vic Country and seemed to have a tag, brother of Elijah Hollands
8. Harry Lemmey - kpf - 199cm West Adel - didnt really shine at the u17 champs, but has since played in the SANFL and in the u19 state series to rise in peoples rankings with some good performances
9. Isaac Keeler - kpf/ruck - 197cm Nth Adel - has alot of talent, reminds me of a young Paddy Ryder, can play ruck or forw, but reports are that he might lack motivation? but he has the talent to go top 10, so we'll see how he performs in his draft year
10. Harry Sheezel - forw - 183cm Sandringham - dangerous small forward for Vic Metro, a bit of x-factor about how he plays, when he is on, watch out.
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11. Jed Hagan - mid - 174cm East Frem - one of those small blokes who can play mid or half back, will get under rated because of his size, but he can play, was fantastic off half back in his secondary role for WA in the u19 series.
12. Blake Drury - mid - 175cm Oakleigh - was one of Vic Metros best in their series against Vic Country and is another of those small mids that can play good footy
13. Max Michaelanny - def/kpd - 190cm Norw - reports are he could be linked to Adel as a F/S, quality medium/tall def, plays taller than he is
14. Matthew Jefferson - kpf - 193cm Oakleigh - the best KPF for Vic Metro, good leading patterns and strong mark, looks decently athletic
15. Jackson Broadbent - ruck - 202cm Peel - really strongly built ruckman, could ruck in the AFL as a 16 year old, competitive, strong, dominant
16. Sam Gilbey - def - 185cm Clare - slim intercepting half back with a bit of speed and run from half back, loves to take opponents on, great agility.
17. Kane Bevan - mid - 192cm West Perth - strongly built tough mid who has the cleanest ball handling skills i have seen for a junior, strong mark and clean pick up off the ground, one of the best in Game 2 of the WA V SA u19 series on GF Day.
18. Seth Campbell - forw - 179cm Tas - was a player i had noticed with Cowan but didnt really get on board until he tore Qld apart with 4 goals and sublime skills, so now i have him in my top 30, Josh Rachele type forw, but maybe a little less polished?
19. Kobe Ryan - mid - 182cm West Adel - first game i saw him play was as a poor half back, then later saw him play in his more natural role as an inside mid where he accumulates and spreads the ball with run kind've like Parish but he is smaller/slimmer and not so clean, i like him, but i don't love him as a prospect
20. Jedd Busslinger - kpd/def - 195cm East Perth - even though he is 195cm he plays more 3rd man in defence, he likes to intercept and take the cross field kick, he is more an attacking defender from what i can remember
21. Jaspa Fletcher (Bris F/S) - mid - ?cm Bris A - smooth moving winger, he looked quick in the u19 game he played this year, made good decisions and seemed to fit in with people 2 years older than he was
22. Jaiden Magor - mid - 185cm South Adel - have seen him play a bunch of games last year and this year, has the talent, but doesnt always produce
23. Jonti Schuback - def - 183cm Gipps - had a dominant game as a half back in the 2nd of the Vic Country V Vic Metro games, he was everywhere, need to see more of his games to have a better understanding of his normal game, but he could be an exciting prospect.
24. Olivier Northam - kpf - 195cm Geelong - had a good game for Vic Country in the state series and looks to be a player who could develop, also had a couple of good games for Geelong Falcons, one to look out for
25. Levi Fyfe (GCS A) - mid - ?cm GCS A - the best player on the ground for Qld in the u17 game played in 2021, by a mile, talented hard running tough mid/flanker
26. Alwyn Davey. Jnr (Ess F/S) - forw - ?cm - i have yet to see him play, but big wraps on his school footy form, kicking a few bags.
27. Jack Cleaver - mid/def - 187cm East Frem - strong bodied flanker/mid, up and down form makes it hard to rate him, but i like aspects of his game
28. Luke Michael - def - 185cm West Perth - tough defender who dominated u17's but struggled a little against the u19's
29. Lachlan Cowan - def/mid - 187cm Tas - athletic half back/mid from Tassie, similar to Sam Banks who got picked up by Richmond this year, good user of the footy
30. Luke Teal - def - 188cm Oakleigh - good intercept defender who makes good decisions and uses the footy well.

if i have time i might write little write ups about the other guys i have listed outside the top 30.
 
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other players i wanted to write about:

Harvey Howe - 200cm Gipps - looked like he out classed all of Vic Metro's rucks in their series, kindve like Conway this year expect him to be looked at in the 2nd round imo
Harry Barnett - 201cm West Adel - has played ruck and forward, looks better as a forw, got beaten as a ruck against the ruck duo of Condon wo chose Basketball and Broadbent, could develop in his draft year
Koby Cockshell - 190cm South Adel - has great athleticism for a KPP/medium def/forw, up and down in form, can look amazing one minute and be frustrating the next, see how he develops
Anthony Munkara - 190cm Tiwi - is doing some special things in NT, could be an exciting talent if he performs against better opponents
Luke Brown. - 199cm Clare - is getting a lot of hype out of WA, we'll see how he develops in his draft year
James Van Es - 195cm GWV - competitive full back who got some love in the u17 champs from people on bigfooty, worth checking out on how he develops next year as a KPP prospect
Nick Saddler - 179cm Sturt - consistent performer for SA, reliable mid
Tyson Walls - 172cm Norw - had a good run of games in the mid during the u17 champs and played for the allies as one of their best in the u19 making up the numbers for the allies, a bit of a smaller mid
Noah Long - 178cm Bendigo - small inside mid that partnered Hollands well in the VC midfield
Kai Windsor - 178cm Eastern - was a good mid for Vic Metro, in the best 10 for Vic Metro in the u17's
Mitch Szybkowski - 185cm Dand - another strong bodied mid for Vic Country, solid performer, just outside my top 30 atm
Darcy Jones - 173cm Swan Dist - had a great WAFL Colts GF performance and looks a talent, small inside mid with good decision making skills
Conrad Williams (Frem NGA) - 182cm Clare - looks like a good winger for the Dockers, good run and carry with pace
Ed Allan - 191cm Clare - only saw the one game, but he gives it his all and is a good player, im interested to see how he goes next year, great attitude
Matthew Payne - 180cm West - quality little player for Vic Metro, could be rated higher, but i want to see how he goes next year
Jack O'Sullivan - 176cm Oakleigh - had a good game for Vic Country, but missed the Vic Country squad for 2022 for some unknown reason?
Matthaes Phillipou - 188cm WWT - looked like a skillful player, was a bit up and down in form in the state series, but has some great form in the u18's sanfl, so one who could rank higher depends on performance in 2022
Brayden George - 185cm Murray - good forw from Vic Country, kicked a few goals and looked like a good prospect as a medium forw
Jacob Konstanty - 184cm Gipps - i probably should have him in my top 30, he is a quality forward who constantly(Konstantly) kicks goals
Aaron Cadman - 192cm GWV - strong defender who was reliable, smart and good decision maker
Jacob Evitt - 179cm Subi - good mid who had a good u17 series and has played well in the WAFL Colts in 2021, one out of WA that i will be keeping my eye on.
 
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Will Ashcroft, Vic Metro/Sandringham Dragons
Jackson Broadbent, Western Australia/Peel Thunder
Jedd Busslinger, Western Australia/East Perth
Jhye Clark, Vic Country/Geelong Falcons
Lachlan Cowan, Tasmania/Tasmania Devils
Adam D'Aloia, South Australia/Woodville-West Torrens
Jaspa Fletcher, Queensland/Sherwood Magpies/Brisbane Lions Academy
Sam Gilbey, Western Australia/Claremont
Jason Gillbee, New South Wales/Bendigo Pioneers/GWS Giants
Jed Hagan, Western Australia/East Fremantle
Elijah Hewitt, Western Australia/Swan Districts
Oliver Hollands, Vic Country/Murray Bushrangers
Matthew Jefferson, Vic Metro/Oakleigh Chargers
Harry Lemmey, South Australia/West Adelaide
Max Michaelanny, South Australia/Norwood
Anthony Munkara, Northern Territory/Wanderers/NT Thunder
Harry Sheezel, Vic Metro/Sandringham Dragons
Mitch Szybkowski, Vic Country/Dandenong Stingrays
Luke Teal, Vic Metro/Oakleigh Chargers
Elijah Tsatas, Vic Metro/Oakleigh Chargers
George Wardlaw, Vic Metro/Oakleigh Chargers
Lachlan Cabor, New South Sales/Shellharbour/Sydney Swans Academy
Daniel Curtin, Western Australia/Claremont
Jack Delean, South Australia/South Adelaide
Zane Duursma, Vic Country/Gippsland Power
Will Patton, South Australia/West Adelaide
Harley Reid, Vic Country/Bendigo Pioneers
Ryley Sanders, Tasmania/Tasmania Devils
Jed Walter, Queensland/Palm Beach Currumbin/Gold Coast Suns Academy
Nick Watson, Vic Metro/Eastern Ranges
 

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Will Ashcroft, Vic Metro/Sandringham Dragons
Jackson Broadbent, Western Australia/Peel Thunder
Jedd Busslinger, Western Australia/East Perth
Jhye Clark, Vic Country/Geelong Falcons
Lachlan Cowan, Tasmania/Tasmania Devils
Adam D'Aloia, South Australia/Woodville-West Torrens
Jaspa Fletcher, Queensland/Sherwood Magpies/Brisbane Lions Academy
Sam Gilbey, Western Australia/Claremont
Jason Gillbee, New South Wales/Bendigo Pioneers/GWS Giants
Jed Hagan, Western Australia/East Fremantle
Elijah Hewitt, Western Australia/Swan Districts
Oliver Hollands, Vic Country/Murray Bushrangers
Matthew Jefferson, Vic Metro/Oakleigh Chargers
Harry Lemmey, South Australia/West Adelaide
Max Michaelanny, South Australia/Norwood
Anthony Munkara, Northern Territory/Wanderers/NT Thunder
Harry Sheezel, Vic Metro/Sandringham Dragons
Mitch Szybkowski, Vic Country/Dandenong Stingrays
Luke Teal, Vic Metro/Oakleigh Chargers
Elijah Tsatas, Vic Metro/Oakleigh Chargers
George Wardlaw, Vic Metro/Oakleigh Chargers
Lachlan Cabor, New South Sales/Shellharbour/Sydney Swans Academy
Daniel Curtin, Western Australia/Claremont
Jack Delean, South Australia/South Adelaide
Zane Duursma, Vic Country/Gippsland Power
Will Patton, South Australia/West Adelaide
Harley Reid, Vic Country/Bendigo Pioneers
Ryley Sanders, Tasmania/Tasmania Devils
Jed Walter, Queensland/Palm Beach Currumbin/Gold Coast Suns Academy
Nick Watson, Vic Metro/Eastern Ranges


Any players from either year of birth you thought were stiff to miss out?
 

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1. George Wardlaw - mid - 181cm Oakleigh - inside mid who is as tough as nails and has a desire to win the contest, reminds me of a smaller version of Clayton Oliver, breaks through packs, bull at a gate.
2. Will Ashcroft (Bris F/S) - mid - 183cm Sandringham - classy inside mid, partnered well with the blue collar Wardlaw on the inside and has a lovely kick with good decision making skills
3. Adam D'Aloia - mid - 184cm WWT - a tough ball magnet, contested inside mid who played well at u17 champs and then helped a weakened SA midfield in the u19 champs, ending up one of the best handful in the u19 champs in 2021.
4. Elijah Tsatas - mid - 184cm Oakleigh - outside/inside mid, beautiful disposal and some good pace, plays more uncontested footy so wing could be his role in the AFL
5. Jhye Clark - mid - 188cm Geelong - inside mid with some toughness and solid build for a junior, goes for his contested marks with no fear and decent disposal
6. Elijah Hewett - mid - 182cm Swan Dist - got better and better each state game he played, ended up having a huge influence on the WAFL Colts GF Victory too, really strong influence in a few games has him rising up the draft boards this year.
7. Oliver Hollands - mid - 182cm Murray - looked like the most dangerous and clever mid for Vic Country and seemed to have a tag, brother of Elijah Hollands
8. Harry Lemmey - kpf - 199cm 199cm - didnt really shine at the u17 champs, but has since played in the SANFL and in the u19 state series to rise in peoples rankings with some good performances
9. Isaac Keeler - kpf/ruck - 197cm Nth Adel - has alot of talent, reminds me of a young Paddy Ryder, can play ruck or forw, but reports are that he might lack motivation? but he has the talent to go top 10, so we'll see how he performs in his draft year
10. Harry Sheezel - forw - 183cm Sandringham - dangerous small forward for Vic Metro, a bit of x-factor about how he plays, when he is on, watch out.
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11. Jed Hagan - mid - 174cm East Frem - one of those small blokes who can play mid or half back, will get under rated because of his size, but he can play, was fantastic off half back in his secondary role for WA in the u19 series.
12. Blake Drury - mid - 175cm Oakleigh - was one of Vic Metros best in their series against Vic Country and is another of those small mids that can play good footy
13. Max Michaelanny - def/kpd - 190cm Norw - reports are he could be linked to Adel as a F/S, quality medium/tall def, plays taller than he is
14. Matthew Jefferson - kpf - 193cm Oakleigh - the best KPF for Vic Metro, good leading patterns and strong mark, looks decently athletic
15. Jackson Broadbent - ruck - 202cm Peel - really strongly built ruckman, could ruck in the AFL as a 16 year old, competitive, strong, dominant
16. Sam Gilbey - def - 185cm Clare - slim intercepting half back with a bit of speed and run from half back, loves to take opponents on, great agility.
17. Kane Bevan - mid - 192cm West Perth - strongly built tough mid who has the cleanest ball handling skills i have seen for a junior, strong mark and clean pick up off the ground, one of the best in Game 2 of the WA V SA u19 series on GF Day.
18. Seth Campbell - forw - 179cm Tas - was a player i had noticed with Cowan but didnt really get on board until he tore Qld apart with 4 goals and sublime skills, so now i have him in my top 30, Josh Rachele type mid, but maybe a little less polished
19. Kobe Ryan - mid - 182cm West Adel - first game i saw him play was as a poor half back, then later saw him play in his more natural role as an inside mid where he accumulates and spreads the ball with run kind've like Parish but he is smaller/slimmer and not so clean, i like him, but i don't love him as a prospect
20. Jedd Busslinger - kpd/def - 195cm East Perth - even though he is 195cm he plays more 3rd man in defence, he likes to intercept and take the cross field kick, he is more an attacking defender from what i can remember
21. Jaspa Fletcher (Bris F/S) - mid - ?cm Bris A - smooth moving winger, he looked quick in the u19 game he played this year, made good decisions and seemed to fit in with people 2 years older than he was
22. Jaiden Magor - mid - 185cm South Adel - have seen him play a bunch of games last year and this year, has the talent, but doesnt always produce
23. Jonti Schuback - def - 183cm Gipps - had a dominant game as a half back in the 2nd of the Vic Country V Vic Metro games, he was everywhere
24. Olivier Northam - kpf - 195cm Geelong - had a good game for Vic Country in the state series and looks to be a player who could develop, also had a couple of good games for Geelong Falcons, one to look out for
25. Levi Fyfe (GCS A) - mid - ?cm GCS A - the best player on the ground for Qld in the u17 game played in 2021, by a mile, talented hard running tough mid/flanker
26. Alwyn Davey. Jnr (Ess F/S) - forw - ?cm - i have yet to see him play, but big wraps on his school footy form, kicking a few bags.
27. Jack Cleaver - mid/def - 187cm East Frem - strong bodied flanker/mid, up and down form makes it hard to rate him, but i like aspects of his game
28. Luke Michael - def - 185cm West Perth - tough defender who dominated u17's but struggled a little against the u19's
29. Lachlan Cowan - def/mid - 187cm Tas - athletic half back/mid from Tassie, similar to Sam Banks who got picked up by Richmond this year, good user of the footy
30. Luke Teal - def - 188cm Oakleigh - good intercept defender who makes good decisions and uses the footy well.

if i have time i might write little write ups about the other guys i have listed outside the top 30.
Jhye Clark 188cm?

Was rather surprised when I saw that as although solidly built didn't look that tall so I looked around and found this Geelong Addy article from early this month?


Geelong Falcons midfielder Jhye Clark touted as AFL prospect
The son of a local coaching great is among Geelong Falcons’ top AFL draft prospects in 2022.

Clark, the son of local coaching great Steve, announced himself to AFL recruiters by claiming the Bartram Medal as Vic Country’s best player at the under-17 national championshipsthis year.

The 183cm onballer was listed as Vic Country’s best player in both its games, also shining against men as a 16-year-old for Queenscliff in his three senior appearances for the Coutas.
 

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Jhye Clark 188cm?

Was rather surprised when I saw that as although solidly built didn't look that tall so I looked around and found this Geelong Addy article from early this month?


Geelong Falcons midfielder Jhye Clark touted as AFL prospect
The son of a local coaching great is among Geelong Falcons’ top AFL draft prospects in 2022.

Clark, the son of local coaching great Steve, announced himself to AFL recruiters by claiming the Bartram Medal as Vic Country’s best player at the under-17 national championshipsthis year.

The 183cm onballer was listed as Vic Country’s best player in both its games, also shining against men as a 16-year-old for Queenscliff in his three senior appearances for the Coutas.

i think i was looking around and got it from here, might be wrong? as it says in the Herald Sun and by Cal Twomey he is 180cm? so who knows?

 

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Any players from either year of birth you thought were stiff to miss out?

not really, i think the best 15 or so from next year (also a handful of interesting prospects) and the best 5 from 2023 are there, then theres a few i dont know of from the Northern Academies, i think its a fair representation of the talent available, im sure a handful missed out that were close.
 

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from the u17 champs played in 2021, it seems as though Vic Metro, W.A. and Vic Country have the best squads, the depth of talent within the Vic Metro and W.A. squads seems high, Vic Country isnt far behind and held their own against Vic Metro at times looking the better team, it seemed S.A. struggled a little at times, it seems like a 2nd year in a row S.A. has a weaker squad than we have come to expect from them in recent times, the Allies i expect to struggle again, theres a handful of Tassie kids i like the look of so far and im sure theres some from NSW and QLD/NT (Jaspa Fletcher, Anthony Munkara and Levi Fyfe my favs from the small sample i have seen) but they generally lack depth of talent to compete with the stronger states, hopefully we get an uninterrupted champs this year.
 
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from the u17 champs played in 2021, it seems as though Vic Metro, W.A. and Vic Country have the best squads, the depth of talent within the Vic Metro and W.A. squads seems high, Vic Country isnt far behind and held their own against Vic Metro at times looking the better team, it seemed S.A. struggled a little at times, it seems like a 2nd year in a row S.A. has a weaker squad than we have come to expect from them in recent times, the Allies i expect to struggle again, theres a handful of Tassie kids i like the look of so far and im sure theres some from NSW and QLD/NT (Jaspa Fletcher, Anthony Munkara and Levi Fyfe my favs from the small sample i have seen) but they generally lack depth of talent to compete with the stronger states, hopefully we get an uninterrupted champs this year.
Agreed Davo, and yeah, how good could Munkara be if he can straighten out his goals and commitment to a future in the big time. He is just a freak of a kid and i am as excited as any to watch what he can do next year. Going to be one of my favourites to see next year regardless of how high or low he goes in the draft or even if he gets drafted, his game and skills are too good not to want to watch.
 

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