- May 27, 2013
- AFL Club
- Gold Coast
Nice to see Jeffrey in a Suns polo. Maybe he's coming around!
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!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.
Absolutely I’m sure she loved it. You regularly see her and her family and friends around the ground cheering Josh from the sidelines and she used to always take photos of him and our boys every game.As all mums would be. That's great to hear. She would have loved his performance today.
Big article on Rhys Nicholls in draft Central todaySYDNEY Swans and Gold Coast Suns academies have won back-to-back games against the GWS GIANTS and Brisbane Lions academies in the second round of the Northern Academy Series over the weekend. The Swans had a much easier time than the Suns, always looking in control of their match on their way to...afl.draftcentral.com.au
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
So I assume the National Championships will also be U17 and U 19 now?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.
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.