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This is him, i assume?: http://www.afltas.com.au/tigers-youngster-kieran-lovell-looks-to-maintain-his-roots/

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Tigers youngster Kieran Lovell looks to maintain his roots
By AFLTas AFLTas On May 20, 2015 · Add Comment · In Home Page

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TALENTED youngster Kieran Lovell is a strong chance to realise his AFL dream while still maintaining his roots – something quite rare in today’s game.

Former AFL players Trent Nichols (Richmond, North Melbourne and West Coast), Shayne Stevenson (Fitzroy, Hawthorn), Andrew Lamprill (Melbourne) and Mark McQueen (Richmond) all hailed from Kingborough/Huon region, just like Lovell.

However, the others had to move to city clubs in Hobart, Clarence or Glenorchy to get noticed, while Lovell has stayed at his grassroots club, the Tigers.

The 18-yeart-old Hobart Collage student has been in stunning form for the Mariners in their two TAC Cup games so far this season.

Against Sandringham, the on-baller won 32 possessions, while against the Northern Knights he amassed 39 possessions.

His stellar performance against the Northern Knights came despite being up against gun midfielder Jade Gresham, who is firmly on AFL recruiters’ watch list after a blistering start to the competition.

“I’m really happy with how I’ve started. The competition is really good, it’s quick and I like it,” Lovell said.

These performances have thrust Lovell well into the mix of having his name called out come the Draft.

Lovell said his primary focus was just on performing well for the Tigers and the Mariners.

“That’s the dream [getting drafted], but it’s still early and there’s a long way to go,” Lovell said.

“It would be good to have the opportunity but I need to keep on getting the ball and keeping my intensity up.”

Mariners coach Adam Sanders said it would be unwise to lock Lovell’s name in for the Draft, but said his form had been very pleasing.

“It’s still a process for him, he does have to work on some things,” Sanders said.

“He’s 173/174cm tall and due to that he needs to make sure he has no gaps in his game.”

The Mariners next play the Bendigo Pioneers at North Hobart Oval on May 30, their first game in Tasmania since 2013.

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I remember Andy as an 18 y.o. - must have been cutting wood since he was five, because he was an absolute ball of muscle. Hopefully Kieran has inherited his ability and attitude.

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This makes me feel old.

I played on the woodchopper once.

He got benched.

Later went on that year to play in a Grand Final for us.

I think he got benched so he wasn't too tired for training.

Only got 2 touches on me,

May have got two goals also.

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It did seem a bit odd that the article didn't mention him being Andy's son. Andy played for Glenorchy btw, not sure if he originated from the Huon Valley.

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If he's Andy's son it looks like the axe has been given away. Those arms don't loomk like third or fourth generation wood chopping champion. Chopper was my idol growing up in the golden age of Jaka, Stynes, Lyon and Viney. Still remember listening on the wireless the day he kicked 8 when we were out *not bulltishing* cutting wood for the coonara

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I live in the Huon Valley, co-incidentally, and Lovell is an extremely common name around here (as well as in Tas in general, but particularly around here). My kids go to school with at least three unrelated Lovell families that I've come across so far.

Grazman: Andy would've played for Glenorchy because he'd have had to if he wanted to get noticed. Kingborough is a smaller club that played in a lower tier competition back then, and all the Huon clubs (Huonville, Kermandie, Cygnet el al) are lower tier again. As far as I was aware the chopper Lovells were from the west coast of Tassie, but I could well be wrong on that.

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Grazman: Andy would've played for Glenorchy because he'd have had to if he wanted to get noticed. Kingborough is a smaller club that played in a lower tier competition back then, and all the Huon clubs (Huonville, Kermandie, Cygnet el al) are lower tier again. As far as I was aware the chopper Lovells were from the west coast of Tassie, but I could well be wrong on that.

I think you're right Nasher, I'm pretty sure he was from the wild and woolly parts of the West Coast.

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I live in the Huon Valley, co-incidentally, and Lovell is an extremely common name around here (as well as in Tas in general, but particularly around here). My kids go to school with at least three unrelated Lovell families that I've come across so far.

Grazman: Andy would've played for Glenorchy because he'd have had to if he wanted to get noticed. Kingborough is a smaller club that played in a lower tier competition back then, and all the Huon clubs (Huonville, Kermandie, Cygnet el al) are lower tier again. As far as I was aware the chopper Lovells were from the west coast of Tassie, but I could well be wrong on that.

pity chopper didn't return home after his footy days, we may have been able to claim a dozen or more F/S's... :cool:

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I live in the Huon Valley, co-incidentally, and Lovell is an extremely common name around here (as well as in Tas in general, but particularly around here). My kids go to school with at least three unrelated Lovell families that I've come across so far.

Grazman: Andy would've played for Glenorchy because he'd have had to if he wanted to get noticed. Kingborough is a smaller club that played in a lower tier competition back then, and all the Huon clubs (Huonville, Kermandie, Cygnet el al) are lower tier again. As far as I was aware the chopper Lovells were from the west coast of Tassie, but I could well be wrong on that.

Hi Nash, I was at Huon River recently for a wedding... an absolutely beautiful part of the world, hope your enjoying your time there.

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He will be a steal if taken in the mid teen's (13-19). Which ever big club gets him are in for a treat

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From one of andys best mates they are not related as far as he is aware. Like the above poster mentioned its very common name down that way.

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I thought everyone in Tasmania was related..

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Always seems to be a gun who slips, incomprehensibly, to somewhere between pick 10 and 20. Would love to see us get that player if we slide to around pick 9.

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Lovell? I'd be disappointed if we used anything earlier than a 2nd rounder on him, and even then I'm not overly enthused.

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Callum Twomey makes note of our interest in Lovell in his phantom draft, I'd be pretty happy with guy with our third pick.

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Does he have the skills and speed to be a Dalhaus? No doubt he can find the ball. Just a worry at that size, especially after we've added Kennedy. Not a lot of room in the team to play JKH, Ben Ken and this kid.

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Very quick. Agility, Beep, and 20m sprint are there. Really it is the height and the questionable disposal at times that mark him down. Although with a lot of disposals some are bound to be bad (same argument can be used for good). At late 40's in a weak draft if he is there, there is no reason why not.

"Earlier in the year he tested for the Tasmanian state team. On the beep test he got a 14.9 which puts him up there with the best inside midfielders of the draft. He has a burst of speed coming out of stoppages and he also broke the AFL agility test record by 0.17 seconds in an unofficial Tasmania testing day on September 2. To add to his absolute elite agility, he has a sub three second 20 metre sprint. Lovell averaged 34 disposals during his TAC Cup games and 35 during the u18 Championships.In all of his under 18 games this year he has only dropped below 30 disposals twice."

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Massive fan of this kid personally

So am I. For mine, he's a combination of Stretch and ANB. He knows how to find the ball like ANB, but has more tricks to his game. Would definitely take him with a late pick, but somehow doubt that the club will, due to our quota of midgets.

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