The AFL has announced the 28 Western Australian players selected in the 2019-2020 NAB AFL Academy squads ahead of the National Championships next year.
The expanded NAB AFL Academy Program is in its second year of existence with high performance camps conducted across five talent regions; Vic Country, Vic Metro, South Australia, Western Australia and Allies (New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory, Tasmania, Queensland and the Northern Territory).
The Academies will convene for the first time across the coming weeks, with Western Australia holding their first camp from December 9 to 13.
WAFC State Under 18s Coach Peter Sumich will continue his role as the WA Academy squad coach, leading the young draft hopefuls for a fourth-consecutive year.
AFL National Talent Pathways Manager Marcus Ashcroft said it is an exciting time for the country’s best young talent.
The West Australian Football Commission has finalised its annual review of Rules and Regulations for the West Australian Football League following the conclusion of the 2019 Optus WAFL Premiership Season.
The annual review is an important part of the WAFC's focus to deliver a high standard, competitive and sustainable WAFL competition, where all clubs have an opportunity to play finals and win premierships.
The AFL State Combine for Western Australia was held at UWA yesterday, showcasing some of the best talent from around the state in front of majority of the AFL Clubs.
Players needed to be nominated to test at the combine, with players such as Tim Kelly, Matt Parker, Liam Ryan and Liam Baker all forging careers in the AFL from the same event.
Peel’s Tyrone Thorne claimed the standout result of the day, breaking the Agility Test record previously held by Fremantle Docker Stephen Hill with a time of 7.76 seconds. Teammate Ryan Bennell also eclipsed the record but fell 0.01 seconds behind his Peel comrade.
The 2019 season has proven to be a good one for Western Australian draft prospects with 19 players nominated for the Simply Energy AFL State Combine.
Claremont have the most players with six, while both East Perth and Peel Thunder have three representatives each.
“This is another exciting opportunity for players from right across Australia to showcase their AFL potential ahead of the 2019 NAB AFL Draft,” AFL Talent Ambassador Kevin Sheehan said.
“A number of players who have attended NAB AFL State Combines in past years are currently on AFL lists, including Liam Ryan (West Coast Eagles), Matthew Parker (St Kilda), Bayley Fritsch (Melbourne) and Jack Ross (Richmond),” Sheehan said.
WAFL clubs have celebrated their respective seasons over the weekend with Fairest and Best Award evenings.
Below is a summary of each Club’s Best and Fairest winner.
CLAREMONT – LOUIS PASSERA
The Scarborough Junior averaged 16 possessions, 4 marks and 2 tackles across 20 games, playing primarily across the half-back line, to win the Tom Richardson Memorial Trophy, ahead of Joel Western and Leno Thomas.
At Claremont, Passera ranked first for total marks (72), fourth for total possessions (314), eighth for possessions per game (15), and tenth for total tackles (40).
Passera was named in the best on seven occasions with his notable performances coming against East Fremantle in round one (17 possessions and 5 marks), Subiaco in round seven (21 possessions, 8 marks, 5 tackles and 2 inside 50s), and Swan Districts in round 10 (15 possessions, 4 tackles, 3 marks and 2 inside 50s).
WAFL and WAFLW clubs have celebrated their respective seasons with Fairest and Best Award evenings to celebrate the best players for the 2019 season.
In the WAFL, Kyal Horsley won his fourth club champion award for Subiaco, while Clint Jones claimed his second Butcher Medal in four years for Perth.
Swan Districts player George Hampson clinched a third Fairest & Best at his third club after previous victories at East Fremantle and Subiaco.
Keegan Brooksby claimed the inaugural WAFL Eagles Fairest & Best at the John Worsfold Medal on Friday night.
Ashlee Atkins and Sharon Wong were joint winners for 2019 WAFLW Premiers East Fremantle, while Subiaco's Hayley Miller and Lara Filocamo were also joint winners of their club's Sarah Michell Medal.
Angelique Stannett was the winner of Swan Districts' McSherry Medal, while Emily Bonser won Claremont's Fairest & Best and Courtney Rowley was the winner of Peel Thunder's Fenton Medal.
WAFL Fairest & Best winners:
Claremont: Kane Mitchell
East Fremantle: Matthew Jupp
East Perth: Jackson Ramsay
Peel: Bailey Banfield
Perth: Clinton Jones
South Fremantle: Haiden Schloithe
Subiaco: Kyal Horsley
Swan Districts: George Hampson
West Perth: Tyler Keitel
West Coast: Keegan Brooksby
WAFLW Fairest & Best winners:
Claremont: Emily Bonser
East Fremantle: Ashlee Atkins and Sharon Wong
Peel: Courtney Rowley
Subiaco: Lara Filocamo and Hayley Miller
Swan Districts: Angelique Stannett
If there was ever a time to produce your best performance on the track, the AFL National Combine would be that moment. For Jeremy Sharp, that performance has been three years in the making.
The East Fremantle wingman’s stellar year continued this week in Melbourne for the National Combine, showing both pace and endurance to impress AFL recruiters once again on the big stage.
Sharp produced a rapid 2.97 second 20-metre sprint, before showcasing his stamina with a 21.3 in the Yo Yo Test, missing out on the winning level by 0.5.
“The ability to run has always been one of my key strengths,” Sharp said. “I probably didn’t think I would do as well in the 20-metre sprint, but I always thought I had could have a pretty good crack at the 2km.”
“I was really stoked to be honest with my testing results. Finishing the year really early due to not making Finals really gave me an opportunity to get fit and work on my game.”
The two-time All-Australian has seen plenty of highs in 2019 including a debut in the East Fremantle League side, before playing a pivotal role in WA’s first U18s title in 10 seasons.
The testing, however, provided the perfect insight into life as an AFL player.
“It was a mentally tough week, but we train all year for this sort of stuff,” he claimed.
“I was rapt with the way I performed; a pretty enjoyable week overall.”
“We all have a bit on our plate – I had 10 interviews in the space of two days – it was tough. Someone like myself I love talking about footy though, so it definitely wasn’t something I dreaded.”
Many AFL clubs view Sharp as a viable option for their list next season, however the 18-year-old isn’t getting ahead of himself before the November 27 Draft.
“If the opportunity does arise and I do get lucky enough to get on a list – I think I’m ready,” Sharp mentioned.”
“I don’t really know what to expect yet, not being around the environment but I would love to get picked up – it’s always been my dream and just giving it a red-hot crack.”
The National Combine saw 15 Western Australian’s invited to test and Sharp believes plenty of the credit should be directed at the Simply Energy WA Talent Pathway.
“The West Australian Football Commission has been huge,” he said.
"Adam Jones (Talent Manager) has always been on my side and you can flick questions off to him anytime.”
“He knows everything about the system and is such a professional.”
“Blokes like Scott Goodin (Athlete Development Coordinator) have been great in preparing us physically and are just good people in general. Everyone has been super important to us.”
It’s a year that the youngster will never forget, hopefully complete with his name read out on Draft night.
The West Australian Football Commission is seeking expressions of interest from persons wishing to be considered for an exciting opportunity to join a newly formed Women in Football Advisory Committee.
The Committee is being established to guide the development of a Strategic Action Plan for women in football in WA and to provide the WAFC with ongoing strategic and practical advice on strategic areas set out in the Committee Terms of Reference.
The Simply Energy NAB AFL Draft Combine came to a close on Friday with athletes partaking in a gruelling 2km time trial at The Holden Centre, rounding out the four-day event.
Many of the WA hopefuls showed their high-quality endurance once again on Friday morning, seeing 11 athletes break the seven-minute barrier mark.
East Fremantle’s Jeremy Sharp was again the standout with a time of 6.12 to finish 0.3 ahead of teammate Jai Jackson.
Luke Jackson brought his fantastic combine to a close with a time of 6.21, showing recruiters his 20.8 in the Yo Yo Test yesterday was no fluke.
Chad Warner and Mitch Georgiades showed great endeavour to finish with 6.29 and 6.35 respectively, while Elijah Taylor impressed onlookers with 6.39.
State Talent Manager Adam Jones was thrilled with the results each athlete put up across the week in Melbourne, believing recruiters would be pleased with the all-round ability of many players.
“All the boys put in a phenomenal amount of effort to prepare for the National Combine and the results show that their preparation was at an elite standard,” Jones said.
“To see a number of players perform well in different categories shows recruiters their capability as athletes as well as footballers.
“It’s a fitting way to finish the year for a special group of players that have come through the WA Talent Pathway.”
“We will monitor the boys over the next month as they take a break before the National Draft in late November.”
The WA players will return to Perth tonight.
2km Time Trial results (minutes):
Jeremy Sharp: 6.12
Jai Jackson: 6.15
Luke Jackson: 6.21
Chad Warner: 6.29
Mitch Georgiades: 6.35
Elijah Taylor: 6.39
Ronin O’Connor: 6.40
Trey Ruscoe: 6.48
Jaxon Prior: 6.50
Callum Jamieson: 6.50
Trent Rivers: 6.57
Ben Johnson: 7.04
The NAB AFL National Draft Combine is in full swing for 2019, with day three seeing a number of athletes put through their paces inside Margret Court Arena in Melbourne.
After two solid days of physical screenings, AFL club interviews and media commitments, players were able to showcase their ability during 20-metre sprints, Yo Yo Test and vertical jump on day three.
Plenty of Western Australian stars shone bright throughout the rigorous day, most notably West Perth’s Ben Johnson who finished second overall in the 20-metre sprint with a time of 2.89 seconds. The back-man missed out on the title by 0.2 of a second.
Subiaco’s Mitch Georgiades was the other to show promise in the short sprint, finishing in 2.93 seconds, particularly impressive given the size of the medium forward.
Jeremy Sharp continued to boost his draft potential, sprinting his way to 2.97 seconds.
The gruelling Yo Yo Test provided the perfect platform for draft hopefuls to flourish.
East Fremantle trio Chad Warner, Trey Ruscoe and Sharp blitzed the endurance test with standout results. Warner finished with 21.6, just 0.3 off the winning level, while Ruscoe and Sharp scored 21.4 and 21.3 to place the pair in the top handful of participants.
Perth’s Elijah Taylor showed his fitness levels were at an elite level to finish with 21.1, before dominating the Agility Test, finishing second overall with 8.01 seconds.
Rivers followed his strong performance in the Yo Yo to complete the Agility Test in a time of 8.10 seconds, placing him fourth overall.
Luke Jackson did his chances no harm with a 20.8 in the Yo Yo Testing, an outstanding performance given his size as a ruckman.
Johnson also finished inside the top three for the standing vertical jump to cap off a fantastic day for the youngster.
West Perth defender Jaxon Prior rounded out the day for the Sandgropers to finish seventh in the running vertical jump with 85cm.
Yo Yo Test:
Chad Warner: 21.6
Trey Ruscoe: 21.4
Jeremy Sharp: 21.3
Elijah Taylor : 21.1
Luke Jackson: 20.8
Ben Johnson: 2.89 sec
Mitch Georgiades: 2.93 sec
Jeremy Sharp: 2.97 sec
Elijah Taylor: 8.01 sec
Trent Rivers: 8.10
Running Vertical Jump:
Jaxon Prior: 85cm
The curtain has closed on the 2019 AFLW National Draft Combine with three Western Australian participants showing off their skills to both West Coast and Fremantle in Melbourne this week.
Roxanne Roux, Mim Strom and Emma O’Driscoll all travelled East to take part in a series of physical tests as well as interviews with the WA clubs ahead of the October 22nd AFLW National Draft.
The first day of the combine was on Tuesday, seeing all three girls partake in 15-minute interviews with clubs, before moving into media commitments during the afternoon.
Physical testing took place on Wednesday based around the Yo-Yo, sprinting, jumping and the 2km time trial. Due to injury, Emma O’Driscoll couldn’t participate in the physical side of the combine.
Roux and Strom were standouts in the Yo-Yo testing, finishing in the top 30% of players with 16.4 & 16.1 respectively.
Roux, an East Fremantle product, then finished second overall in the 20m sprint with a time of 3.26 seconds. Strom was equally as impressive as a ruck, finishing with 3.33 seconds.
The premiership-winning forward was also impressive in the standing vertical jump as well.
Late on Wednesday, Roux ran an 8.16 for her 2km time trial, while Strom managed 8.27.
All three women will return to Perth tomorrow, continuing to train ahead of the October 22 AFLW National Draft Combine.
WA are likely to have a number of girls taken in the draft with U18s player Sophie McDonald taken by the West Coast Eagles earlier this week.
In the past three seasons a host of young players have made the daunting move from country WA to Perth in pursuit of their dream to play AFL.
Recent WA success stories include Liam Baker (Lake Grace), Jarrod Cameron (Pilbara), Jordan Clark (Albany), Ian Hill (Northam), Sam Petrevski-Seton (Halls Creek) and Sydney Stack (Northam).
East Fremantle’s Jai Jackson is shaping up to be a potential solid inside midfield prospect in this year’s AFL Draft.
Originally from Geraldton, Jackson made the move to Perth last year in order to try and achieve his own dream of playing AFL football.
“It was a little bit different at the start. Obviously going from a pretty small town to Perth is a pretty big jump. It took me about six months to fully settle in but after that, playing footy and doing what I like doing, and also made a few new mates, and stuff like that helped a lot,” he said.
And the move has paid dividends for Jackson. He was one of three county WA players, out of a total of sixteen, to be nominated to the NAB AFL Draft Combine.
“I was a little bit shocked actually, I wasn’t expecting it [to receive an invitation]. It’s a pretty surreal feeling I suppose. You always dream of this as a kid and yeah I’m pretty excited to attend the National Combine,” he said.
Jackson, along with the sixteen other nominated players has been doing specialised training with the WA State Academy for the upcoming Combine, but has also shown extra dedication for the event.
“Also in my spare time I’m just doing the extra things like going to the gym, a bit of extra running in my own time. Just giving myself that better opportunity to hopefully do well in the Combine,” he said.
But Jackson has shown a lot of dedication to his football even before the commencement of this season, claiming a big pre-season was behind his success in 2019.
“Obviously building up into this season, I thought I had to put in a few extra yards coming into pre-season. I’ve never actually had a proper pre-season due to obviously growing up in the country, they don’t really take it as serious I suppose,” he said.
As such, Jackson produced a season of consistent football for East Fremantle’s Colts’ team. In 10 games for East Fremantle, he booted six goals and averaged 20 possessions, six tackles, three marks and two inside 50s with his best performances coming against Peel Thunder in round three (23 possessions, 12 tackles and a goal), West Perth in round 17 (29 possessions and a goal) and Perth in round 19 (19 possessions, five marks, four tackles and two goals).
He credited East Fremantle’s Head Coach Jacob Brennan as having a great influence on him, and in particular his player development and professionalism.
“He’s [Brennan] just real easy to understand and doesn’t always come across as a coach, comes across as a mate as well which is always a benefit,” Jackson said. “Even with the reviews and stuff like that, he’s always been giving it that little bit extra. He’s told me I should’ve done this, or I should’ve done that which I obviously didn’t have back home which is good to have.
"Yeah, it’s helped a lot.”
Because of his strong performances for East Fremantle, Jackson was one of eleven players from the Sharks to make the WA State U18s Squad – an experience he described as “great”.
“It was a great achievement [to make the squad]. Definetly a lot of hard work put in … That was probably my biggest focus was seeing how far I could push myself to try and make that squad, which when I did was a pretty good relief,” he said.
In three games for the Sandgropers, Jackson kicked three goals and averaged 14 possessions (seven contested), five tackles and three marks with his most notable performance coming against the Allies (15 possessions – nine contested – five tackles, three clearances and a goal).
He also credited Forwards Coach Garry Moss, and Head Coach Peter Sumich as having an influence on his football.
“I was mainly coached by Mossy, he was the forward line coach though, but obviously Suma, being Head Coach and the way he goes about things and the professionalism of him and also him always pushing you to do your best and try your best so yeah between those two,” he said.
The talented youngster has been likened to Richmond’s Josh Caddy – both are inside ball-winning midfielders who attack both the man and the ball with vigour. However, Jackson bases himself on three Eagles players.
“I suppose it’s hard to compare yourself to just one player. I like to take snippets off a few players, so I’m obviously an Eagles supporter so I like to take a little bit of Yeo’s game out of it and also Jamie Cripps and also even a bit of Shuey. I like to take snippets out of them three players’ games for sure… Yeo, definitely his pressure around the ground, he’s a great tackler and stuff like that. Shuey, he’s a ball winner who likes to get the ball out of the stoppages, obviously feed to players like Gaff and players like that. And then you’ve got Crippa who can play up the ground and can also get forward and doesn’t mind a cheeky goal every so often.,” he said.
Jackson is also seen as a respected leader amongst his peers, being a member of the Leadership Group at East Fremantle.
“I just like to bond with the boys. I don’t like to be too negative and stuff like that, I’d rather talk to them as mates and just bonding really other than coming across as a leader saying ‘you should do this, should do that’ and being hard where that’s like the Captain’s role. I’m just there to bond with the boys and tell the Captain what everyone’s thinking,” he said.
It is clear that Jackson has the tools to become a good footballer at senior level, adding to the growing list of talent from WA’s country regions. He is shaping up to be a good and effective inside midfield prospect who has the capability to play forward and become a threat.
Sixteen West Australians have been invited to the NAB AFL Draft Combine which will be held this week in Melbourne.
Prospects needed to be nominated by at least four clubs to be eligible to head to the national combine.
East Fremantle has the most prospects nominated with six, while Claremont is the next best with three. Perth, Swan Districts and West Perth each have two, while Subiaco has one.
Below is a summary of each West Australian invitee:
LIAM HENRY – CLAREMONT
The Fremantle Next-Generation Academy member is one of the more dynamic players in this year’s draft pool. Likened to Fremantle’s Michael Walters, Henry boasts penetrating skills, has damaging speed and has the agility to weave his way around opponents. He won All-Australian selection at this year’s NAB AFL U18s Championships, after averaging 18 possessions, five marks, four tackles, three inside 50s and finishing equal third in WA’s Leading Goalkicker Award with three goals. His best performances came against Vic Country (26 possessions, five tackles, five rebounding 50s and four inside 50s) and Vic Metro (14 possessions and three goals). In four games for Claremont, Henry has kicked seven goals and is currently averaging 23 possessions, six marks, four tackles and three inside 50s with his best performance coming against East Perth when he was best afield with 24 possessions and four goals.
CALLUM JAMIESON – CLAREMONT
The North Beach junior has shown promising signs as a developing ruckman who can rest up forward. In three games for the Sandgropers, Jamieson kicked two goals and averaged nine possessions, five hit-outs, three marks, three tackles, and two inside 50s. His best game of the Championships came against Vic Country where he finished with 10 possessions, six hit-outs, four marks, three tackles and a goal. In six games for Claremont, Jamieson is averaging 15 possessions, 24 hit-outs, five tackles, four marks and has already kicked three goals. His best performances came against Perth (19 possessions and 38 hit-outs) and Swan Districts (18 possessions and 39 hit-outs). He made his senior debut for Claremont with its Reserves team against Perth in round 16 and showed excellent signs with nine possessions, 13 hit-outs and a goal. At 200 centimetres, Jamieson has raw athleticism, good skills and is a strong mark of the football.
RONIN O’CONNOR – CLAREMONT
The Marist junior has proven himself to be a solid inside midfield prospect in this year’s AFL Draft pool after strong performances for both Western Australia and Claremont. In four games for Western Australia, O’Connor averaged 14 possessions (seven contested), five tackles, three marks, two clearances and two inside 50s with his best performances coming against South Australia (18 possessions – 11 contested - three clearances and three inside 50s) and Vic Country (16 possessions and 11 tackles). He has also been solid for Claremont, averaging 15 possessions, five tackles and two marks with his best outings coming against East Fremantle (20 possessions and nine tackles) and Peel Thunder (15 possessions and 10 tackles). Playing predominantly as a midfielder, O’Connor is powerful around stoppages, wins the contested ball and also boasts penetrating skills.
JAI JACKSON – EAST FREMANTLE
The Chapman Valley product has proven to be one of the best hybrid prospects in this year’s AFL Draft pool, showing that he can be a difficult match-up whether stationed in the forward line or through the midfield. Jackson is strongly built, and isn’t afraid to use his body to crash-and-bash his way through congestion to win the contested ball for his team. He has also proven to be a handful up forward where he uses his strength and overhead marking ability to win one-on-one contests. In three games for WA, Jackson kicked three goals and averaged 14 possessions, five tackles, three marks, two clearances and two inside 50s with his best outing coming against the Allies (15 possessions, five tackles, three clearances and a goal). He has been in solid form for East Fremantle, averaging 19 possessions, eight tackles and three marks across seven games. He produced strong performances against Peel Thunder (23 possessions and a goal), and South Fremantle (24 possessions and 11 tackles).
LUKE JACKSON – EAST FREMANTLE
The former Australian basketballer has proven to be one of the better ruck prospects after some brilliant performances for Western Australia and East Fremantle. He was named the All-Australian ruckman and finished second in the Larke Medal after averaging 15 possessions (11 contested), 37 hit-outs, five clearances, three marks, two tackles, and two inside 50s across four games for the Sandgropers. His best performance for WA came against Vic Country (19 possessions – 11 contested – 37 hit-outs and five clearances). For East Fremantle, Jackson has kicked five goals and is currently averaging 17 possessions, 33 hit-outs, three marks, three tackles and two inside 50s from five games with his best performance coming against Peel Thunder in round 15 (20 possessions and 41 hit-outs). Jackson has been likened to Port Adelaide’s Paddy Ryder due to his raw athleticism, tap work, and ability to cover the ground.
TRENT RIVERS – EAST FREMANTLE
The East Fremantle Captain has drawn attention to himself as one of the better leaders within this year’s AFL draft pool after inspiring performance for both Western Australia and East Fremantle. Rivers won All-Australian selection on the interchange bench after a strong carnival for WA averaging 22 possessions, five marks, three tackles and three rebounding 50s, rotating between the midfield and the half-back line. His best game for the Sandgropers came against Vic Metro (22 possessions and one goal). For East Fremantle, he is currently averaging 26 possessions, five marks, five tackles, four inside 50s and has kicked five goals across six games. He is currently seventh in the WAFL Colts Coaches Award with 14 votes after near-best afield performances against Subiaco (29 possessions and six tackles), Swan Districts (26 possessions and three goals) and Peel Thunder (25 possessions and seven tackles)
TREY RUSCOE – EAST FREMANTLE
The Booragoon junior has had his year cut short by a shoulder injury sustained in WA’s last game against Vic Country, but he has done enough to attract interest from at least four AFL clubs. Across four games for the Sandgropers, Ruscoe averaged 15 possessions, five marks, four tackles and two rebounding 50s playing primarily as a key defender. His best performances came against Vic Metro (19 possessions, seven marks and three rebounding 50s), and the Allies (15 possessions and four marks). In three games for East Fremantle, he averaged 20 possessions, six inside 50s, four tackles, three marks and kicked four goals across three games, showing off his versatility – playing in defence, midfield and up forward. His best outing for the Sharks came against Subiaco where he finished with 23 possessions, six inside 50s and two goals.
JEREMY SHARP – EAST FREMANTLE
The dual All-Australian is seen as one of the better outside midfielders/half-back flankers in this year’s AFL Draft pool. As an outside midfielder, Sharp has the ability to break through the opposition’s defensive zones with his damaging skills, composed decision-making, and his speed and endurance. For Western Australia, Sharp averaged 21 possessions, six marks, and two clearances and kicked he three goals to win All-Australian selection on the interchange bench. His best performance came against the Allies where he finished with 22 possessions, four marks, three clearances and a goal. In three games for East Fremantle’s League team, Sharp is averaging 16 possessions, five marks, two tackles and two inside 50s.
CHAD WARNER – EAST FREMANTLE
The Willetton junior is one of the stronger midfield midfield prospects in this year’s draft pool. Likened to West Coast’s Jack Redden, Warner is strongly-built, is tenacious around the stoppages, thrives on the contested side of the game, is defensively sound, has good skills and is seen as a leader. Across four games for WA, Warner averaged 18 possessions (nine contested), seven tackles, three marks and three clearances, with his most notable performance coming against Vic Country (25 possessions, six inside 50s, five tackles and four clearances). For East Fremantle, he is currently averaging 26 possessions, eight tackles, three inside 50s and two marks, with his best performance coming against Swan Districts (31 possessions, 13 tackles and a goal).
DEVEN ROBERTSON – PERTH
The nephew of West Coast great Darren Glass, Robertson firmly announced himself as one of WA’s best prospects with a stunning AFL U18s Championships. He captained Western Australia to glory, averaging 30 possessions (12 contested), seven tackles, five clearances, four inside 50s, four rebounding 50s and four marks to claim the Larke Medal, WA’s MVP Award and to be named the captain of the AFL U18s All-Australian team. For the Demons, he is currently averaging 30 possessions, seven marks, six tackles and two inside 50s. He was named best afield in the Demons’ victory over Claremont in round five where he finished with 37 possessions, eight marks, five tackles, four inside 50s and a goal. He has been compared to Melbourne stalwart Nathan Jones due to his leadership qualities, his ferocious attack on the ball and man, his stoppage craft and his two-way running.
ELIJAH TAYLOR – PERTH
A family relative of Tim Kelly, the Kickett brothers (Dale and Derek), Paddy Ryder and Nicky Winmar, Elijah Taylor is one of the more exciting prospects in this year’s AFL Draft pool. He won All-Australian selection after winning WA’s Leading Goalkicker Award with six goals and averaged 12 possessions, three marks, and two inside 50s across four games. His best outing came against the Allies when booted three goals from 12 possessions. For Perth, Taylor is averaging 18 possessions, four marks, three tackles and three inside 50s across four games. As a medium-sized hybrid forward, Taylor has the ability to rip a game apart – he is a good mark overhead, has a natural leap, has good agility, raw speed and is dangerous around goal.
MITCHELL GEORGIADES – SUBIACO
The son of former Footscray and Subiaco forward John Georgiades, Mitchell has been sidelined in 2019 with a quad injury. However, Georgiades did enough in 2018 to show recruiters his potential. In four games for Western Australia he averaged 10 possessions, four marks, two tackles and kicked three goals with his best performance coming against the Allies (13 possessions and two goals). He was also instrumental in Subiaco’s Colts’ premiership triumph, averaging 13 possessions, six marks, two inside 50s, and two tackles as well as kicking eight goals across six games. As a key forward, Georgiades is strong in the air, competes strongly, reads the play well and rarely wastes a possession.
RILEY GARCIA – SWAN DISTRICTS
Unfortunately an ACL injury will sideline Garcia for the rest of the season, but he did enough for both Western Australia and Swan Districts to attract the interest of several AFL clubs. He was one of Western Australia’s consistent players in the Championships, averaging 24 possessions (11 contested), four tackles, four clearances and three inside 50s in the three game before he went down with the knee injury in the game against Vic Country. He best performance came against South Australia (28 possessions – 15 contested – eight clearances, six inside 50s and a goal). Garcia also showed promising signs for Swan Districts’ League team with solid performances against East Perth (16 possessions and three inside 50s) and Perth (13 possessions and two marks). He was also best afield in his only Colts’ game of the year against Subiaco (26 possessions, four tackles, and three inside 50s). Despite being a smaller midfielder, Garcia is tough in the stoppages, boasts dazzling skills, is a sound-decision maker and always competes strongly.
JAKE PASINI – SWAN DISTRICTS
The Caversham junior has established himself as a solid key defensive prospect after strong performances for Western Australia and Swan Districts. In four games for the Sandgropers, Pasini averaged 10 possessions, three marks, two tackles and two inside 50s with his best games coming against Vic Metro (10 possessions, six marks and three rebounding 50s) and Vic Country (seven possessions and two marks). For Swan Districts he is currently averaging 18 possessions, four marks, two tackles with his best performance coming against Subiaco in round five (22 possessions and five marks). Pasini made his senior debut for Swan Districts with their Reserves team in their clash with South Fremantle and looked strong with 13 possessions, six marks and four tackles. Similar to Adelaide’s Daniel Talia, Pasini is a key defender who not only shuts down his direct opponent, but also provides adequate support for his team-mates. He is solid overhead, and also has an excellent kick on him
BEN JOHNSON – WEST PERTH
The Whitfords junior has established himself as a strong small/medium defensive prospect in this year’s AFL Draft Pool. In four games for Western Australia, Johnson averaged 14 possessions, three marks and three rebounding 50s with excellent performances against Vic Metro (11 possessions and two goals), South Australia (11 possessions, two marks and two rebounding 50s) and the Allies (23 possessions, eight marks, five rebounding 50s and four inside 50s). He has also been solid for West Perth with six goals and is currently averaging 19 possessions, three marks, three tackles and three rebounding 50s across five games. His best performances have come against Claremont (27 possessions, seven marks and a goal) and East Fremantle (20 possessions, six tackles and a goal). Johnson is cool and calm under pressure, boasts a long penetrating kick, provides excellent rebound and has the capacity to lock his direct opponent out of the game.
JAXON PRIOR – WEST PERTH
The son of former East Perth premiership player Michael Prior, Jaxon has proven to be a very good medium defensive prospect. Similar to Fremantle’s Luke Ryan, Prior reads the play very well, is strong overhead, has damaging skills and provides excellent rebound for his team. Prior performed strongly for Western Australia at the AFL U18s Championships, averaging 16 possessions, four marks, and four rebounding 50s, with his best game coming against the Allies (18 possessions and six rebounding 50s). He has also been one of West Perth’s best players averaging 27 possessions, six marks, three tackles and has kicked three goals from five games. He has produced best afield performances against Claremont (34 possessions and eight marks), and South Fremantle (28 possessions and two goals). He is currently sixth in the WAFL Colts Coaches Award with 16 votes.
The school football season has come to a close with Governor Stirling SHS and Chisholm Catholic College taking out the Freo Dockers Schoolgirls Cup.
Governor Stirling claimed the Division One title with a convincing 37-point victory over Mater Dei College.
Chisholm was crowned champions in Division Two, defeating Comet Bay College by 18 points.
Both Grand Finals were played on Fremantle Football Club’s training ground, Victor Kallis Oval, which was a fantastic opportunity for the girls involved. The Dockers’ AFLW coach Trent Cooper was on hand to present the trophies and players Ebony Antonio, Kiara Bower, Angelique Stannett and Gabby O’Sullivan presented medals and mixed with the players.
Four West Australian NAB AFL Auskicker of the Year nominees will travel to Melbourne this week for an unforgettable three-day AFL experience as part of the NAB AFL Auskicker of the Year competition.
The NAB AFL Auskicker of the Year competition demonstrates NAB’s commitment to supporting footballers from the grassroots to the big time – celebrating the passion and dedication of thousands of children who attend NAB AFL Auskick centres across Australia every weekend.
Held from September 26-28, the Grand Final experience will see the four WA nominees join 18 others from around Australia to take part in a number of incredible experiences, including walking in the AFL Grand Final parade, playing on the hallowed MCG turf during half-time of the 2019 Toyota AFL Grand Final and presenting the 2019 AFL Premiers with their medals.