Analysis Which team out of Essendon, Adelaide, North and Hawthorn has the better youth?

Which team has the best youth?

  • Essendon

  • Adelaide

  • Hawthorn

  • North


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Blackhawk42

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I refuse to vote in these threads due to obvious bias.

I will say, however, that seeing Hawthorn being easily dismissed is risky business. Our 2021 draft haul of Ward, Macdonald and Butler are going to change people's minds as season 2023 progresses. These 3 (Ward in particular) are criminally overlooked in these discussions.
 

Bradkli

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I refuse to vote in these threads due to obvious bias.

I will say, however, that seeing Hawthorn being easily dismissed is risky business. Our 2021 draft haul of Ward, Macdonald and Butler are going to change people's minds as season 2023 progresses. These 3 (Ward in particular) are criminally overlooked in these discussions.

With the return of Wingard and Brockman hopefully fully fit I can’t see butler in our best 22. I think he has potential but he looked below the top level last season. He needs a full season in the VFL. I think brockman has a much higher ceiling and I would play him over Butler currently.

Our round 1 forward line next season will most probably look something like this..the loss of Gunston is going to hurt as there is no replacement. Serong is minimum 2 years off playing consistent senior football. Jeka is better than Koschitzke but is now a defender.

HF: Macdonald Koschitzke moore
FF: Breust Lewis Wingard (brockman bench)
 

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Vindicater

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Jeka probably goes back forward again.

Big Blanck fan, DGB, Day, CJ, Scrimshaw all 23 and under.

Hardwick is only about 25, Sicily is only 27 and still has heaps of footy left, and as captain.

27 is youth now?
 

TheUnicorn

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the Ziebull

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Looking forward to seeing which superstar North let drop to us, after they grab the next Will Phillips and JHF.
Will Phillips will be a jet for us

and JHF whilst a mistake allowed us to get pick 3 and a future first
 

FlowersByIrene

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None of them really move the needle for me. I think North have the most talented options, but whether they have the ability to develop any of them is a completely different question. Adelaide has a lot that I like but no superstars. Essendon don't have anyone I would consider close to a superstar. Hawthorn are probably my favourite out of this list all things considered, but I think they cut too deep and will suffer.
 

Psicosis

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Do Essendon have anyone young who looks like they could be a top midfielder of the competition?

What about a key forward?

What about a key defender?

What about a running HBF?

What about a small forward?

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They don't have the best young midfield, forward or backs of the four teams mentioned...
 

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what does it matter.
lists don't win anything. Culture does

On that note, i'm voting Adelaide. Nicks is drilling these kids to compete and not take backwards steps. That will set them up nicely in the long run.
 

Dominic03

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Don’t shoot the messenger Dommy.

AFL aren’t happy with Hawthorn, will be interesting to see how it plays out.
Mate. Everyone involved with the incident has been and gone. Everyone involved is at other clubs even, Fagan, Clarko.

It would be entirely stupid for repercussions to come to Sam, the current coaching staff & playing group.

And those involved and individuals affected, the victims, aren’t willing to speak up about it and or name themselves etc.

Which makes this whole ordeal hard, whether punishment was a thing or not.
 

Lars27

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Depends on the definition of 'youth'. I rate Norths players that are 23-25ish but their list of 22 and under is pretty poor IMO outside of maybe Tarryn Thomas. Two top picks in this years draft will help change that though.
None of these clubs had any players that made the 22 Under 22 team. But I rate Adelaide's list of players 22 and under the highest.
Essendon started rebuilding via the draft in 2020, so it's pretty early for us. Our highest pick used in the draft between 2017-2019 was 30. I think we are finally on the right track though and do rate some of our young players, but most of them have played under 30 games so it is hard to compare them to someone like Jye Simpkin who has played 116.
 

Mitchell Madness

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Wonder how this poll will look if Hawthorn lose their 2023 draft picks due to the racism report.
Never going to happen. It didn't happen to Collingwood who called it a "proud day," and it won't happen to any other team when the skeletons fall out of the closet
 

HeHateMe

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Essendon have been added to this thread, marvelous.

Who are we comparing anyone 24 or 25 and under next year?

so we are including Parish, Ridley, McGrath, Draper, Simpkin, Mckay, Larkey, Logue, Zurhaar, Stevo, Scrimshaw, Lewis, Reeves, Meek, Milera.

Or younger?
 

HeHateMe

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Another way to compare these teams would be to ranked each section of the ground into a 1 - 4 with the smallest number being the best.
I'd rank them:

Def: Haw, Ess, Nrth, Adl
Mid: Ess, Nrth, Adl, Haw
Fwd: Adl, Haw, Nrth, Ess

Ess: 7
Haw: 7
North: 8
Adl: 8