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Jen2310

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In a game of two halves, the midfield battle proved crucial in deciding which side would snatch the momentum. Gold Coast dominated the opening stages, booting the first four goals of the game on the back of contested work from the likes of Bailey Reeves and Ethan Hunt at centre bounces. The combination of Reeves’ ability to extract, and Hunt’s drive from the contest worked well to get the SUNS on the front foot.

Speaking of, the outside run of Aiden Fyfe and Northern Territory prospect Brandon Rusca also worked well in transition, with the kicking prowess of Josh Fahey and Rhys Nicholls from defence also helping set up some seriously potent Suns transitions. While Fahey looked to penetrate with his long left boot from the kick-ins and deeper in defence, Nicholls more-so utilised strong intercept marking and the nous to run off for handball receives to have an impact.

Skipper for the day, Jack Johnston was a rock at centre half-back, faring well aerially while also contributing to the Suns’ kick-heavy game in the back half at times. He combined well with Joel Jeffrey before the swingman was sent forward, with their reading of the ball in flight ensuring Brisbane had little avenues to go forward quickly. Jeffrey, another prospect tied to Gold Coast through the Darwin zone, showed great class and athleticism in his time up forward. He managed to snare a set shot conversion in the fourth term.

Max Pescud was arguably best afield for the victors though, making a menace of himself at half-forward. While he is still quite light-on, Pescud showed he was not afraid to hit the ball and his opponents hard, and collected plenty of both throughout the day. The forward’s conversion was well off in the first half, but his reward for effort came in the form of two goals, with his first a ripping effort on the run having just burned an opponent.
 

Jen2310

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I didn't know where to put this, now that the academy series is finished..


At least the QAFL is on tomorrow. Gonna watch the broadbeach game

Nutting has actually been quite impressive lately.

Gilmore and Gore also playing. Moncrieff is a really dominate forward.

Looks like Fyfe, Fahey are emergencies.
 

Jen2310

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Nutting with 2 goals.
Gore just got his 4th goal. And its only 3rd quarter.
The commentators just said with so many teams up in QLD, a few recruiters are sniffing around him.

ETA: 5 goals for Gore
 
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GCfootymum

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Ah, I didn't know. But not unusual. Unless there is a reason his mother doesn't go. I know he has a brother who now lives in Melbourne. I follow his insta, but otherwise I don't know much about him. Seems like a nice, hard working boy from what I can see.
I know Josh’s mum and she is at every one of Joshs games! I’d say she is one of Joshs biggest fans and one proud mum!


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In a game of two halves, the midfield battle proved crucial in deciding which side would snatch the momentum. Gold Coast dominated the opening stages, booting the first four goals of the game on the back of contested work from the likes of Bailey Reeves and Ethan Hunt at centre bounces. The combination of Reeves’ ability to extract, and Hunt’s drive from the contest worked well to get the SUNS on the front foot.

Speaking of, the outside run of Aiden Fyfe and Northern Territory prospect Brandon Rusca also worked well in transition, with the kicking prowess of Josh Fahey and Rhys Nicholls from defence also helping set up some seriously potent Suns transitions. While Fahey looked to penetrate with his long left boot from the kick-ins and deeper in defence, Nicholls more-so utilised strong intercept marking and the nous to run off for handball receives to have an impact.

Skipper for the day, Jack Johnston was a rock at centre half-back, faring well aerially while also contributing to the Suns’ kick-heavy game in the back half at times. He combined well with Joel Jeffrey before the swingman was sent forward, with their reading of the ball in flight ensuring Brisbane had little avenues to go forward quickly. Jeffrey, another prospect tied to Gold Coast through the Darwin zone, showed great class and athleticism in his time up forward. He managed to snare a set shot conversion in the fourth term.

Max Pescud was arguably best afield for the victors though, making a menace of himself at half-forward. While he is still quite light-on, Pescud showed he was not afraid to hit the ball and his opponents hard, and collected plenty of both throughout the day. The forward’s conversion was well off in the first half, but his reward for effort came in the form of two goals, with his first a ripping effort on the run having just burned an opponent.
Big article on Rhys Nicholls in draft Central today
 

Jen2310

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Big article on Rhys Nicholls in draft Central today
 

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So the NAB League will establish U19 and U17 leagues next year which will replace the U18 and U16 leagues. Does anyone know if our academy teams are going to be involved in these leagues? My guess would be probably something similar to the current situation where our top level academy team will play a few games against NAB League opposition in the lead up to the Academy Series/Div 2 National Championships.

Interesting that NAB League players who are turning 18 will be draft eligible but will also be considered bottom agers from next year onward. So I guess our top level academy team will transition into more of an U19 team from next year onward to fall in line with the new Victorian standard.
 

SUN OF A GUN

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So the NAB League will establish U19 and U17 leagues next year which will replace the U18 and U16 leagues. Does anyone know if our academy teams are going to be involved in these leagues? My guess would be probably something similar to the current situation where our top level academy team will play a few games against NAB League opposition in the lead up to the Academy Series/Div 2 National Championships.

Interesting that NAB League players who are turning 18 will be draft eligible but will also be considered bottom agers from next year onward. So I guess our top level academy team will transition into more of an U19 team from next year onward to fall in line with the new Victorian standard.
So I assume the National Championships will also be U17 and U 19 now?


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Jen2310

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The star of the show up forward was over-age small, Josh Gore who slammed home five goals in a premier crumbing effort to outscore the opposition by himself, while Clay Cameron and Connor Nutting both booted multiple goals, and Max Lower was superb around the ground. For the Roos, Carter Michael was best-on in a tough day for the visitors, and he features in our scouting notes alongside Gore, as well as Broadbeach’s Bailey Reeves and Aidan Fyfe. Scholard and Zac Stone were the other players to stand out for the losers on the day.



Gold Coast’s Max Pescud was slotting goals – and behinds – from everywhere, dominating the scoreboard and kicking one third of the game’s goals

Aidan Fyfe (Broadbeach)

The Gold Coast Suns Academy member did not quite have the same ball-winning numbers as his Northern Academy Series efforts, but he had a number of memorable highlights, particularly in the final term when he won a number of possessions in the back half. He was often found running from defence to midfield with some slick handballs, taking a number of bounces down the wing and kicking long inside 50 to the danger zone. The majority of his disposals would have come in the final term, which included a nice left-foot kick from half-back to open up space on the wing. Picking up plenty of intercept possessions in the last 30 minutes, he showed good hands and solid defensive pressure, including stopping a Maroochydore player in his tracks at half-forward and winning the ball back for his side.

Josh Gore (Broadbeach)

If you wanted to find a DVD on how to play a small forward’s game, then Gore’s performance against Maroochydore was the perfect example. He booted five goals and just continually got to the right spots. The knock has come on being pigeonholed as a small forward, but considering what he was able to do on the weekend, he has the traits to adapt that at any level. The only knock in the game you could have for Gore was a little fumbly at times, such as midway through the second term, but both his offensive and defensive traits were on point. Gore also looked for other options inside 50 which is an important trait for a small forward, rather than just eyeing the goals first off, and when the position presented itself, he was reliable with ball-in-hand around goals.

Of Gore’s five majors, the first game 15 minutes in the opening term when competition leading goalkicker Jordan Moncrieff leapt up in the goalsquare to take the contact and tap back to the loose Gore who kicked the easiest of majors. He made it two late in the term when he received the handball following hard running and snapped around his body 20m out. A third goal came late in the final term on the back of fast ball movement inside 50 and good positioning from Gore to mark uncontested on the lead. He had a chance midway through the quarter but was tackled as he snapped. It was positive to see a good second effort as he bounced up and tackled Carter Michael, letting him know about it too. His final two goals came in the third term, one off a well read bounce into his lap which he goaled with ease, while the final game with another snap around his body after working his opponent under the footy and taking one step before sending it home.

Max Pescud (Surfers Paradise)

When a player kicks half a dozen goals, and almost the equivalent of that in behinds, it is hard to not enjoy the show. He has a nice combination of strength and speed where he can win the ball on the lead or in a one-on-one contest. At one stage he had all of his team’s goals, and four of the Demons’ five at half-time. What makes Pescud so damaging is he can kick goals in a number of ways, and do it consistently as well. The other forwards often cleared out to give him space and he stayed back almost like a lone striker in soccer, then would burst out, or get the position he needed in a marking contest and duly delivered. If there was an improvement to come out of the game, it would definitely be keeping mindful of other options as there was a couple of times where he had the chance to give off the handball but threw it on the boot quickly for a behind. An example of this was late in the fist term where he was one-on-one, grabbed the ball as he was about to tackle, had time to give the handball off with his teammate to run into an open goal, but just rushed and chucked it on the boot.

Looking at his six majors, the first two came in the opening term, with a strong leap, one-grab clunk eight and a half minutes into the quarter with a 30m set shot on a slight angle sailing home. His second came two minutes later when he ripped the ball off the deck at ground level to put ball to boot and snap truly from 20m out. His third came early in the second quarter with another snap after wrestling the ball back, then kicked his fourth at the other end of the term with a huge flying intercept grab between opponents who tried to cross the forward 50, converting the 40m set shot. He should have had at least five at the half, with a set shot 30m out jumping over the fence to retrieve the ball, but his set shot missed. He saluted with his fifth 17 minutes into the third after missing a rushed shot earlier in the term, showing good positioning, leading out and marking 35m out to convert. A 50m penalty brought him to within similar range late in the premiership quarter, but he surprisingly missed that chance, but brought up his half dozen nine minutes into the last, when he marked 15m out from goal and popped through the major to hand his team the lead, kicking six of the then eight goals.

Bailey Reeves (Broadbeach)

Starting on a wing, the Gold Coast Academy member played his role throughout the match and probably ended as one of the better Cats in the big win. He won plenty of the ball and always looked to move it on quickly, particularly by hand between the wing and half-forward. He teamed up with Aidan Fyfe on a number of occasions, and was also strong defensively, laying a shepherd to enable his teammate to get the ball forward and then had a shot on goal himself that was pinched by Clay Cameron on the line in that third term. Throughout the match, Reeves had an influence on the game, won it in transition and set up a number of scoring plays.

A few examples of his highlights were a strong intercept mark seven minutes into the first term where he kicked long inside 50 that led to a chain of handballs and eventually a goal. He showed quick hands on a number of occasions at half-forward, and was generally reliable, though did turn it over by hand once in pressure. He hit up Moncrieff a couple of times, once in the opening term – which the big man missed – then again in the final term which the competition’s leading goalkicker made no mistake this time. Occasionally he would kick long and a defender would intercept, but his low short passes were more effective when eyeing off forward 50 targets. He had a flying shot himself 12 minutes into the last term but it just sprayed to the left. Winning plenty of it in the last quarter, he showed great run and carry through the middle and with the use of his hands, set up another Broadbeach goal.
 

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Brodie Lake got a mention on road to the draft poscast with twomey

This his write up from draft central for this weekends game

“Lake keeps going from strength to strength since coming down from NT, becoming a factor for Central District through the midfield. Lake started the game well, winning some stoppages and kicking long and accurately. His best bit of play came winning a holding the ball free kick at the defensive arc, then quickly playing on with a bounce, getting the one-two, and taking another bounce to finally kick long inside 50 to a teammate. That particular passage showcased his point of difference compared to many other midfielders in this year’s draft. Lake really impressed around the ground, not just at stoppages, taking plenty of marks with a few contested as well. Lake finished the game with 30 disposals, 12 marks and five clearances in a complete midfield display, showing his mix of dash and toughness. He looks another good prospect for Gold Coast as part of their Darwin zone”
 

Jen2310

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i have a feeling Lake might nominate for the open draft. Moved to adelaide to play sanfl to get more opportunity to impress.
 

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Gold Coast Suns academy player Max Pescud putting stunning period of form together

Pescud is one of Queensland’s brightest draft prospects coming through the ranks in 2020.
The 18-year-old Gold Coast Suns Academy player was among the best in the Suns two Academy series wins over Brisbane this month.
He has since taken his form into the QAFL, booting 6.4 in windy conditions last weekend for Surfers Paradise, who he made his senior debut for at the age of 16.

The 185cm forward flanker, who weighs 70kg, is known for his speed and marking ability but those closest to him continually point to his hunger to win as one of the biggest attributes behind his development.
“I hate to lose, it’s the last thing I ever want to do,” Pescud said.
“I’ll do anything to win, anything at all.”
Pescud is part of a group of around 15 Suns Academy players who have been brought together to train in the lead up to a potential draft combine and if they don’t pick him then the likes of North Melbourne and Adelaide have also expressed interest after watching him play in the Academy series and QAFL.
 

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