MJL456: He has maintained this run in his past six games

He has maintained this run in his past six games

10 Dec 2019 at 06:30am
Each week, ESPN.com.au AFL draft expert Christopher Doerre - aka Knightmare - casts his eye over the countrys best junior footballers to give readers an early insight into the next generation of AFL stars.As well as attending live games, Doerre pores through match vision, analyses the stats and talks to industry sources to ensure he can offer the most insightful draft analysis.Aside from the weekly wrap, Doerre will also unveil his power rankings at the end of each month.And as we get closer to Novembers national draft, Doerre will also predict who goes where with his annual phantom draft.Player focusJack Graham, this years Larke medallist (awarded to the best division one player during the AFL Under-18 Championships) had a breakout game in the SANFL reserves with 26 disposals, 15 contested possessions, three marks, 16 tackles and seven clearances.Some recruiters believed Graham had peaked during the under-18 championships with his form not quite up to the same standard since. At the weekend, however, Graham again showed what he is capable of.This season Graham has built a reputation as one of this years strongest contested ball winners. A key strength to his game is his clean, one-touch pickups below his knees. At stoppages Graham wins first possession often, either getting a clearing kick forward or distributing by hand quickly and reliably to a target. His tackling is also very good.Analysis? Recruiters believe Graham may feature inside the second or third round in this years AFL draft. His numbers and performance through the under-18 championships are a major reason for this.The reason why Graham is not viewed as a consensus first-round selection primarily relates to his inconsistent footskills. He often looks rushed and, for the most part at stoppages, kicks for territory. Around the ground his kicks often get intercepted or go to a contest.Graham often hits contests at speed, wins the ball and continues accelerating out of the contest. But around the ground he shows below average pace.Graham would also benefit from becoming more of a marking threat. This would enable him to become more of a weapon forward of centre and develop another position he could play at the next level.In the modern game, being a mutli-positional player is of increasing importance to clubs. Recruiters will be looking for Graham to show more versatility, tidy up his footskills and improve his speed and endurance, if he is to have success at AFL level.Victorian prospect watchTAC CupTop-age midfielder and forward Ben Ronke continued his strong late-season form with 31 disposals, 14 contested possessions, four marks (one contested), seven tackles, five clearances, seven inside 50s, three goals and one score assist.Powerful bottom-age forward Cameron Rayner had 18 disposals, 14 contested possessions, nine tackles, six clearances, five goals and one score assist. This follows a seven-goal performance the previous week.Bottom-age midfielder Cassidy Parish again impressed with his grunt work through the Geelong Falcons midfield with 22 disposals, 13 contested possessions and a team leading eight clearances. It is looking likely that Cassidy will follow his brother Darcy onto an AFL list.Esava Ratugolea had a breakout game through the ruck with 19 disposals, 10 contested possessions, three marks, seven tackles, 10 hitouts, six clearances and six inside 50s. Previously Ratugolea has shown promise up forward with four and eight-goal performances.For the past two weeks, fellow ruckman Max Lynch has not played, giving Ratugolea greater opportunity through the ruck, and hes started to show some signs that he may be able to pinch-hit through the ruck with his tap-work better than it was earlier in the season.Through the ruck, Ratugoleas strength is his follow-up work, with his ground-ball winning and tackling two features that can translate to AFL play. It is evident every time watching Ratugolea play that he has a hunger to have an impact on the contest. He flies for marks, puts his head over the ball and attacks it with an intensity few others share.Bottom-age midfielder Jack Higgins had 31 disposals, 13 contested possessions, five marks, seven tackles, five clearances, one goal and one score assist.Willem Drew was named North Ballarats best with 30 disposals, 20 contested possessions, seven marks, nine tackles, seven clearances and three score assists. Drew is a contested-ball winning beast through the midfield and if he is available for selection in the second or third round in this years AFL draft, he could prove a value selection and a sure fan favourite from day one with his attack on the ball.Potential No. 1 pick Hugh McCluggage was again one of North Ballarats best with 29 disposals, 12 contested possessions, five marks, four tackles, seven clearances, two goals and one score assist.Jarrod Berry for the second week in a row was named among the best players for North Ballarat with 17 disposals, eight contested possessions, five marks (one contested), four tackles, four clearances, eight inside 50s and four score assists.Exciting top-ager Cedric Cox again contributed well with 17 disposals, five contested possessions, seven marks and one score assist.Dylan Clarke through the Eastern midfield was as productive as ever with 33 disposals, 20 contested possessions, four marks, nine tackles and nine clearances.Big-bodied forward James Begley was impactful with 20 disposals, 12 contested possessions, three marks (one contested), four clearances, five inside 50s, two goals and one score assist.Callum Brown, the son of Collingwoods Gavin, continued his push for father-son selection with 20 disposals, 14 contested possessions, six tackles, six clearances, one goal, one score assist.Jordan Gallucci contributed well with 19 disposals, 11 contested possessions, four marks (one contested), seven tackles, five clearances, six inside 50s, two goals and two score assists.Bottom-age midfielder Max Dreher who stands at 182cm, 71kg, showed promising signs for Northern with 31 disposals, 12 contested possessions, five marks (one contested) and three tackles.Ben Ainsworth continued his push for selection inside the top five with 26 disposals, 15 contested possessions, six marks (one contested), six tackles, three goals and one score assist.While unlikely to get drafted, top-age ruckman Josh Patullo continued his outstanding form for Gippsland with 21 disposals, 10 contested possessions, seven marks (one contested), 12 hitouts, one goal and one score assist.Andrew McGrath was efficient and productive through the Sandringham midfield with 40 disposals, 12 contested possessions, five marks (one contested), three tackles, nine clearances, six inside 50s, one goal and four score assists.Corey Lyons, the younger brother of Adelaides Jarryd, had 33 disposals, nine contested possessions, eight marks, three tackles, seven clearances, one goal, three behinds and one score assist. Corey is another who will be attending this years state screenings.Tim Taranto racked up big numbers with 33 disposals, 13 contested possessions, nine marks (two contested), eight tackles, six clearances, five inside 50s, one goal, three behinds and four score assists.Will Setterfield, a 190cm GWS Academy midfield prospect, was a welcome addition to an already strong Sandringham team with 29 disposals, 14 contested possessions, three tackles, five clearances, five inside 50s, two goals and three score assists.The TAC Cup game against Bendigo was only Setterfields third for the season. He is a difference maker through the midfield with his contested-ball winning and classy ball use and is back at the right time of the year, in time for the finals.Hamish Brayshaw, the younger brother of Melbournes Angus, has progressed well over the second half of the season. He was again good with 17 disposals, eight contested possessions, eight marks (five contested), four goals and one score assist.Bottom-age forward Isaac Morrisby, who impressed during the TAC Cup futures game, again showed some promise up forward with 15 disposals, five marks (two contested), four goals and three score assists.VFLKayle Kirby put forward a match-winning effort in his VFL debut with a five-goal haul that is sure to get AFL recruiters talking. He made the most of his opportunity as the 23rd man.Geelong defender Thomas Stewart for the third week in a row featured among Geelongs best. Stewart, 23, stands at 193cm, 90kg. He has impressed with his two-way game, shutting down opposition forwards and providing rebound from defence with his intercept marking and field kicking features of his game.South Australian prospect watchSANFLLeagueJonty Scharenberg played his best SANFL league standard game yet with 28 disposals, 12 contested possessions, four marks (one contested) and five clearances.Steven Slimming, one of the more hyped South Australian midfielders coming into the season, continued his recent strong vein of form through the second half of the season with 16 disposals, seven contested possessions, three clearances and one score assist.ReservesTyson Stengle continued to hit the scoreboard while also finding more of the ball than he has in recent weeks with 19 disposals, six contested possessions, three marks, three tackles, two goals and three score assists.Brennan Cox -- an Under-18 All Australian key defender -- has been been effective as a forward in the SANFL at under-18 and reserves level. He continued to show his usefulness up forward with 13 disposals, five marks (two contested), three tackles, three goals, three behinds and one score assist.Top-ager Anthony Stengle was excellent with 21 disposals, 16 contested possessions, four tackles, nine clearances, three goals and two score assists in a team best performance.Under-18sSA U18sBrandon Parfitt in North Adelaides 16-point win was outstanding through the midfield with 47 disposals, 16 contested possessions, 10 marks, 10 clearances, five inside 50s and one score assist.?Parfitts teammate Jake Wohling was just as excellent through the midfield with 47 disposals, 17 contested possessions, five marks, six tackles, eight clearances and eight inside 50s.?Kym LeBois, a 175cm forward, provided a spark up forward and had one of his best games for the season with 16 disposals, 11 contested possessions, three marks and five goals.?Mitch Carter, a 196cm, 93kg key position player, had a big game up forward with 19 disposals, five marks (two contested), four tackles, five goals and four score assists.Peter Ladhams played a central part in Norwoods win with 15 disposals, five marks (two contested), 10 tackles, 33 hitouts and one goal.Western Australian prospect watchWAFLLeagueJye Bolton has continued his streak of games with 30 or more disposals. He has maintained this run in his past six games, with a contribution of 37 disposals, four marks, three tackles, six inside 50s and one goal against East Fremantle, again leading Claremonts midfield.?Darcy Cameron up forward and through the ruck w

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