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Jack Cripps (East Fremantle)
Born 20.1.1996, 196cm, 86kg
AFL biography: Versatile tall forward that is a neat and reliable penetrating set shot for goal. Shows the consistent ability to mark strongly on the lead, taking the ball at its highest point and is at his best when coming up at the kicker. Averaged 9.5 disposals, 3.3 marks and one goal during his four games for Western Australia in the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships.
Raff Guadagnino, WAFL: “Jack is a loveable country boy who’s quite raw and has been getting by on his athletic ability to date. Everyone loves him. He’s able to play at both ends of the ground, at the moment he’s best suited either at half forward or deep forward.”
Tyler Keitel (East Perth)
Born 7.2.1996, 194cm, 86kg
AFL biography: Tall forward who provided a strong marking target up forward and has good speed to get space off his opponent. Averaged 6.2 marks and 15.8 disposals as Western Australia’s most dangerous forward during the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships. Can also transition into defence when called upon with great effect making him an extremely versatile footballer.
Raff Guadagnino, WAFL: “Tyler is probably the most professional player in our group. He leaves no stone unturned and he really plans everything out and make sure his training, his recovery, all the little things are done well. He’s been seen as a tall forward but he could easily be manufactured into one of those players who plays well at both ends. He’s a really nice kid who just wants to play well and has a great mindset.”
Mitchell McGovern (Claremont)
Born 11.10.1994, 191cm, 84kg
AFL biography: Strong marking tall forward who positions his body very well in the contest. Possesses excellent foot skills on either side of the body. His vertical leap is a real asset, particularly on the lead, making it difficult for opposition defenders to spoil. Has averaged 10.7 disposals and 4.3 marks in his seven games of league football for Claremont this season.
Raff Guadagnino, WAFL: “Mitch is a mature-ager who came from the country. He wasn’t ready at 18 but he’s been very consistent over the last couple of years, he has a great vertical leap and has really matured.”
Abaina Davis (UNSW-Easts)
Born 27.1.1996, 193cm, 86kg
AFL biography: Mobile, strong and powerful tall forward with strong hands overhead. Averaged 13.3 disposals and five marks in the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships. Showed good mobility and is very creative inside 50. Hard to stop once he gets front position and is a reliable set shot for goal. Averaged 13.3 disposals and five marks during the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships. Swans Academy player.
Jason Saddington, NSW/ACT Rams: “Abe is extremely competitive. He’s a key position forward or back and he has a really good engine for his size, he’ll run the 3km in 10.30, so once he becomes a bit more explosive he’ll be able to play more midfield roles. He’s got good hands and he’s a good reader of the footy, he rolls off his player at the right time to intercept the footy and he’s usually one step ahead of everyone.”
Jeremy Finlayson (Hills Eagles)
Born 9.2.1996, 195cm, 84kg
AFL biography: Athletic and beautifully balanced tall forward who possesses a penetrating left foot. Can play as a deep leading forward who is difficult to stop and also shows excellent mobility playing further up the ground. Marks strongly on the lead. Averaged 12 disposals and 3.7 marks during the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships. GWS Giants Academy player.
Jason Saddington, NSW/ACT Rams: “Jeremy is a very athletic, very dynamic player. He’s versatile in that he can play forward, back, wing, even pinch hit in the ruck. We did that with him a a bit this year. He’s an elite left foot kick, with very good hands. His next stage of development is finding the work rate or work ethic he needs to get through to the next level, but he’s maturing in that way already.”
Nicholas Coughlan (Murray Bushrangers)
Born 12.9.1996, 193cm, 84kg
AFL biography: Tall forward with good athletic ability and strong overhead. Agile and presents well on the lead. A reliable set shot for goal as well as an excellent field kick on his preferred right foot. Averaged 10 disposals (four contested possessions) and a goal in three matches during the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships.
Lee Fraser, Murray Bushrangers: “Nick struggled with injury in 2013 and early this year but he came back and played some really good footy as a deep forward. He’s a smart player and had a hand in about 4-5 wins for us just by doing the right things at the right times. He’s a good size and a ripper kid, a natural leader.”
Dougal Howard (Murray Bushrangers)
Born 25.3.1996, 195cm, 88kg
AFL biography: Tall developing forward that provides an excellent target inside 50. His overhead marking is a strength and once he takes front position it’s difficult for defenders to spoil. Possesses an excellent vertical leap while also showing elite leg speed for a player of his size (2.92secs 20m Sprint). Played senior footy with the Wagga Tigers in 2013. Averaged four marks and one goal per game during the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships. GWS Giants Academy player.
Lee Fraser, Murray Bushrangers: “Raw, raw, raw. This is his first time in a program and he’s 196cm, sub three seconds for the 20 metre sprint, a Wagga boy who has come to Albury for his first full year in the environment. He didn’t start with us until February either, so his scope is enormous. Lock him away for two years and you could have a really good, athletic key back or forward who can pinch hit in the ruck.”
Brett Eddy (South Adelaide)
Born 26.8.1989, 194cm, 89kg
AFL biography: Strong and powerful Tall Forward with an excellent set of hands. Shows the ability to not only mark on the lead but also to use his body to great effect in a one on one contest. His set shot goal kicking is a real feature of his game, rarely missing an opportunity to convert. Has kicked 54 goals in his 15 matches for South Adelaide at senior level this season.
Brenton Phillips, SANFL: “I haven’t seen a lot of Brett. My information is he’s a power athlete, who kicks the ball really well as a mid-sized forward.”
Matthew Hammelmann (Morningside)
Born 8.3.1996, 197cm, 88kg
AFL biography: Tall Forward with strong hands in front, on the lead and overhead. Has good pace off the mark to get separation on his opponent. Can also play in defence. Showed promise in the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships, averaging 10.3 disposals, 7.3 marks and 2.3 goals in his three matches. Brisbane Lions Academy player.
Adrian Fletcher, AFL Queensland: “Matty keeps building his game. He’s a mobile forward who can get up on a wing, he has that ability to come at the kicker when they need him, then he can slide to the goal square and take marks down there. He’s got to keep improving his contested stuff but that will get better as he gets stronger and builds more upper body strength. He’s very mobile and really just that modern, hard-running forwrad who can help you coming out of defence.”
Matthew Uebergang (Ipswich)
Born 6.1.1995, 193cm, 87kg
AFL biography: Tall forward with good speed off the mark and strong hands on the lead. A very good reader of the play who shows good composure with the ball in hand. Possesses excellent athletic traits and competitive instincts. Has also played in defence to good effect. Averaged 11.7 disposals and 5.5 marks during this year’s NAB AFL Under-18 Championships. Brisbane Lions Academy player.
Adrian Fletcher, AFL Queensland: “He’s super quick, 2.9 seconds over 20 metres so he can get off his direct opponent really quickly and easily. He has elite hands, he hits the footy hard and he’s a beautiful kick. I’m really excited about Uebergang, I think he’ll become a really good AFL footballer because he keeps his feet, he’s goot at ground level and he can take a contested mark. He’s the first one to training, every session, he ties that in with his apprenticeship work and he’s just made for an AFL system.”
Tom Lamb (Dandenong Stingrays)
Born 19.10.1996, 193cm, 84kg
AFL biography: Tall forward/midfielder with elite endurance, rare goal sense and footy nous. His versatility makes him a very difficult match-up for opposition teams. Strong overhead, he averaged 14.8 disposals with 50 percent contested in five matches during the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships. Member of the NAB AFL Academy. Father Wayne played with Melbourne and Fitzroy. Grandson of St Kilda premiership player Ian Cooper.
Mark Wheeler, Dandenong Stingrays: “Tom can run like Nick Riewoldt and he’s the sort of player who can either win you a game on his own or lose you won. Consistency is the big thing with him but he puts a lot of pressure on himself. I think his best position is as a half back flanker, but he can obviously run through the midfield and go forward and take a big mark. Even if there are two people on him he’ll find a way to sit on someone’s head. Athletically he’s just excellent – he wants to run under 10 minutes for the 3km time trial and he’s already done a 9.57 and a 15 beep, so he might bounce back up the order if he can do that and blow everyone away. I like him because he can play everywhere and because he’s he the sort of person who just wants to please everyone. Once he gets into an AFL system, I think he’ll settle down and become a pretty special player.”
Patrick McCartin (Geelong Falcons)
Born 19.10.1996, 193cm, 84kg
AFL biography: Tall forward who times his leads well and is a one grab player and strong overhead mark. Imposes himself on games and is dangerous around goals with accurate snaps or with his sound technique for set shots. Averaged four marks and 2.3 goals in the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships.
Michael Turner, Geelong Falcons: “Paddy is the best key forward going around, in muy opinion. He’s played well this year even with a few injuries, he had a quad that held him back for a few weeks. He’s a Jarryd Roughead type, he’s not super tall but he takes marks, he loves to push guys out of the way and he’ll play next year, I’ve got no doubt. There’s massive improvement still in him and he’s a nice, extroverted kid, but in a good way. He doesn’t grate, he’s just happy. If the No. 1 tag comes along I think he’ll deal with it really well.”
Darcy Moore (Oakleigh Chargers)
Born 25.1.1996, 199cm, 93kg
AFL biography: Tall forward or defender with excellent closing speed and natural leap. Strong overhead mark and smart around goals, kicking four goals vs Western Australia at Simonds Stadium in Round 5. Averaged 9.2 disposals and three marks in roles both forward and back during the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships. Son of Dual Brownlow Medallist Peter Moore.
Mark Smart, Oakleigh Chargers: “Darcy’s been an outstanding captain and leader of our club this year and was a real key contributor to our culture and the bond the group built. I think it’s so true that good players play well in big games and his last two finals in ideal conditions were very, very good. He’s an excellent contested mark, he can get onto the ball when it hits the ground and kick a big goal when required. At his size, some of the things he can do are quick freakish and I think his ability to play equally well at both ends of the ground makes him an even more attractive prospect. He missed a lot of footy before this year due to injury, so even to string games together this year was a big achievement, let alone play as well as he has played. The thing I like about Darcy is that when someone needs to stand up in big moments and big games, he’s the one that wants that responsibility on him. I can’t believe he’s only 18, at times, and the other thing to point out is that he’s handled all the attention that’s come his way really well. It hasn’t affected him at all and to be honest I can’t speak more highly of him. I think he could end up being a once in a generation type player.”
Brenton Payne (Western Jets)
Born 3.9.1996, 193cm, 76cm
AFL biography: Leading goal-kicker at the Jets. Attends St Patrick’s in Ballarat and is also a very talented cricketer. Applies very good defensive pressure for a key forward. Shows good top end speed allowing him to create separation from his opponent. Averaged 9.2 disposals and 2.4 marks for Vic Metro during this year’s NAB AFL Under-18 Championships. Endurance is a real strength for a player of his size. Grandson of Essendon forward Charlie Payne.
Shane Sexton, Western Jets: “Clubs are looking for big, strong key defenders so we played him back in a couple of games and he acquitted himself really well. He’s reasonably quick for his size, he can cover the ground pretty well and he’s a good size. He has decent family heritage, being the grandson of Charlie Payne and we expect him to become a pretty good player. He’s in the development category and he’s going to take a bit of time, but he could end up a good one.”
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