- Scoreboard impact
- Contested work
Possibly the best of the State Draft Combine invites, Harvey Gallagher exploded late in 2022 with a move to defence ultimately putting him in the AFL Draft frame. A handy talent as a small forward/midfielder, Gallagher was thrown behind the ball from Round 12, which seemed a fascinating call given he had booted three goals in back-to-back games, albeit over the space of a month.
Down back, the Pioneers skipper tore the competition apart, with his 24-disposal, seven rebound-50 match in Round 12 remarkably the lowest of his final six NAB League games. His numbers blew up the stats sheet with hauls of 24, 28, 37, 42 and 44 in that stint, earning him a Vic Country call-up in the final game. Unlike some who might just accumulate the ball, Gallagher generally uses it well and provides tons of run from the back half. His work rate is exceptional, and Gallagher even gets forward to boot goals.
Since moving into defence, Gallagher kicked 7.12, and could have had more influence had he finished off his hard work. It is fair to say Gallagher is not an inside ball-winner, but the role he plays he does not need to be, instead intercepting the ball or receiving it by hand and looking to run and carry to set up scoring chains down the field. A remarkable revival.
It's almost like getting a rookie - someone who was overlooked twice so might be a little 'hungrier' than your boring APS late first round pick.Like this pick. At 39 there's no point getting a boring vanilla type. Go an athlete with some upside and trust your development to make them into something.
So Rye Penny is clearly an absolute freak! Nobody fancied a punt on him?Standing Vertical Jump
1. Rye Penny (Calder Cannons/Gisborne) – 89cm
2. Harvey Gallagher (Bendigo Pioneers/Sandhurst) – 80
=3. Joe Richards (Wangaratta Magpies) – 72
=3. Beau Tedcastle (GWV Rebels/St Mary’s) – 72
Running Vertical Jump
1. Rye Penny (Calder Cannons/Gisborne) – 104cm
2. Harvey Gallagher (Bendigo Pioneers/Sandhurst) – 89
=3. Paul Pascu (Calder Cannons/Oak Park) – 87
=3. Joe Richards (Wangaratta Magpies) – 87
=3. Beau Tedcastle (GWV Rebels/St Mary's) – 87
1. Matthew Payne (Western Jets/Spotswood) – 7.713 seconds
2. Hugo Nosiara (Dandenong Stingrays/Mt Eliza) – 8.098
3. Harvey Gallagher (Bendigo Pioneers/Sandhurst) – 8.117
2km Time Trial
1. Osca Riccardi (Geelong Falcons/Newton & Chilwell) – 6:17 minutes
2. Charlie Barnett (Bendigo Pioneers/Kyabram) – 6:22
3. Harvey Gallagher (Bendigo Pioneers/Sandhurst) – 6:27
Yeah does seem like a McNeil/Scott type (hopefully upgrade of).I think he’s a strong chance to play games for us next year. He’s more versatile and better at finding the ball than McNeil, Scott, etc, and will be just about our first cab off the rank if a small defender is out.
I like these stories. When the player in one of these says "I'm rapt to be selected" you know it's not just the obligatory cliche. He really means it. He was facing footy oblivion if he didn't get drafted this year. No doubt he'll give it everything at the WB after the struggle he's had.A running small with great versatility. Bev will love this guy. His bio is very impressive.