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An update on some WA boys. Without starting another couple of threads about young prospects, I got a lift home from a party on Saturday night by Jake Pasini. I played some Masters footy with his

The issue is not with the individual players he is selecting, it is the type of players he is selecting.  You don't win premierships with 173cm slow forwards with no tricks, and certainly not by

Another player we discussed today, he's an interesting one who has certainly raised his stocks after his carnival games. Tough call is was it a sign of an upward trajectory performing under pressure i

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36 minutes ago, DV8 said:

He  'looks',  a bit like Petracca...  does he play in a style like him

Played mostly as a tall forward due to being 'tall' for his age at Fishy, but hasn't grown much over the past couple of years since being in the Gippsland Power footy program.

I'd say he is more agile as a player and probably more versatile whereas Petracca dominated as a general forward. Not as explosive as Petracca as a junior either.

Trac imo, was also a clear #1 in his year whereas Flanders has been mentioned as a top 5 pick in his lead up years, but never #1

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1 hour ago, Demon Disciple said:

Played mostly as a tall forward due to being 'tall' for his age at Fishy, but hasn't grown much over the past couple of years since being in the Gippsland Power footy program.

I'd say he is more agile as a player and probably more versatile whereas Petracca dominated as a general forward. Not as explosive as Petracca as a junior either.

Trac imo, was also a clear #1 in his year whereas Flanders has been mentioned as a top 5 pick in his lead up years, but never #1

Flanders looks like he has a low centre of gravity...  heavy thru the hips and legs ???

Has he got quick reflexes,  and mind ?

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13 minutes ago, DV8 said:

Flanders looks like he has a low centre of gravity...  heavy thru the hips and legs ???

Has he got quick reflexes,  and mind ?

He's pretty tricky, he isn't ultra fast in the reflexes but by no means slow (as a junior he was always a kick first, handball second type player - which i liked).

As for reading the play, he seems to have gotten a tad slower if going by the footage i've seen of him the past couple of years (maybe because he dominated when he was younger and not everything is going through him now, so he has to be more reactive to what's going on around him).

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Josh Smith impressed, the big forward for country who kicked 3 and missed a couple.  Moved well, very competitive, took the forward line ruck work and did not get outmarked once in the entire game.  He's a big unit but with a couple of preseasons could come along nicely.  

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Some articles of interest now that the Under 18 Championships are under way -

AFL draft 2019, best prospects, players to watch: Noah Anderson, Matthew Rowell, Will Gould, Luke Jackson

AFL Under 18 Championships 2019: Players to watch, fixtures, best draft prospects — Ultimate Guide

Knightmare’s May and June AFL Draft Power Rankings: 

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June

 

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On 4/22/2019 at 10:22 AM, Rocky said:

i feel the need...the need for speed/mitch o'neill.

I'm liking  Lachie Ash,  Young,  and Dylan Stephens

 

Lachie Ash

21/6/01
186cm/80kg
Vic Country/Murray Bushrangers
Defender

Ash brings real speed to the draft crop. He's a line-breaker off half-back who is given the licence to thrill: he enjoys whipping the ball under his arm and taking the game forward. Ash doesn't run aimlessly – he's composed with the ball but adds plenty of excitement. Ash has played at senior level before – he won a country premiership with Shepparton last year – and finished second in the Murray Bushrangers' best and fairest last season.

 

Hayden Young 

11/4/01
188cm/82kg
Vic Country/Dandenong Stingrays
Defender  

Young looked every bit the early pick at the MCG against the Casey Scorpions VFL side when he gathered 17 disposals and six marks in a polished performance. He has at times played in the midfield this year but looks most comfortable and is more damaging across half-back, where his vision, poise and precise kicking stands out. Young, whose brother Lachie made his debut recently with the Western Bulldogs, is a good size and considered a leader within his group.

 

Dylan Stephens

8/1/01
183cm/70kg
South Australia/Norwood
Midfielder

A strong engine, combined with a turn of pace and a classy left foot make Stephens one of the more desirable midfielders available. Stephens, who grew up in country Victoria before moving to South Australia for school, has played for Norwood at senior level this season but will take on more responsibility for SA's under-18 season. Models his game on Greater Western Sydney star Josh Kelly. 

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We are going to finish in the bottom four, quite possibly with the number 1 pick. 

Many draft watchers out there have any insight on the top three or four kids? Who’s your fancied choice for the Dees?

Best available thanks. We need talent, speed and freakish ability with the work ethic to go with it. No-one vanilla please (ie. Trengove, Scully, Watts, Toumpas, Brayshaw). 

Don’t be put off by a scowl and neck tatts or anything else deemed ‘unMelbourne-like’ this time.

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18 hours ago, Matsuo Basho said:

We are going to finish in the bottom four, quite possibly with the number 1 pick.

 

I hope we do, but we will win a bunch of meaningless games in the second half of the season and draft some spud with pick 8.

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Different times, different systems but I think we need and would love to see a recruiting coup like the one in the late eighties that gave us Earl Spalding, Warren Dean and Todd Viney to add to an already  fairly strong list. History probably says we needed one or two more stars to cap it off but they were exciting times.

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29 minutes ago, Matsuo Basho said:

Can we please just have one Dangerfield, Judd, Ablett, Rob Harvey, Goodes, Dusty, Buddy in my lifetime? Please? Just one out and out superstar? 

Gawn?

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23 minutes ago, Maxwell Edison MD said:

Gawn?

We love Gawny. But he is not there yet. Superstars make clutch goals and sustain their dominance for the best part of a decade.

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6 hours ago, Sorry kids said:

Different times, different systems but I think we need and would love to see a recruiting coup like the one in the late eighties that gave us Earl Spalding, Warren Dean and Todd Viney to add to an already  fairly strong list. History probably says we needed one or two more stars to cap it off but they were exciting times.

85 into 1986 sore a big shift in attitude...  within the club. 

A turning of the tide,  with Jordan's youngsters starting to rise/mature,  in the Melbourne team.   Adding the mature recruits to them,  saw a good result,  but the recruiting dropped away somewhat, at the grass-root levels.

 

5 hours ago, Maxwell Edison MD said:

Gawn?

Nup...  he's talking about running players, who carry the ball,  and use it.

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Given the current situation, Dees looking to potentially getting a pick at 3,4, or 5 this year.  

Current Top 10 looks like 

1- Matt Rowell - tough inside midfielder with AFL Midfield Bull Cred.  (blues) 

2- Noah Anderson - skilled classy effective mid. AFL ready (Suns) 

3- Lachlan Ash - outside runner. Wing/half back. Takes the game on (Demons)

4- Hayden Young - classy intercept half back. Quarterback skilled youngster (Kangas) 

5- Brodie Kemp - X factor. Dangerfield like pace and size.  Wins the footy inside and out  (hawks) 

6- Sam Flanders - Petracca like. Controls any contest with size and pace. Can turn a game in midfield or forward (dogs)

7- Thomas Green GWS Giants academy.  One club will bid and Giants get another star midfielder  (Giants academy) 

8- Dylan Williams - as gifted as any player. Can kick goals and win contests. Smart and skilled ( swans)

9- Will Gould - ready to go key defender.  Classy mover and intercepts anything in his area  (Saints) 

10- Ryan Byrnes- the midfield midfielders midfielder. All the skills and pace and effective ball winner (bombers) 

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8 hours ago, Moonshadow said:

Would like to see the 'sack Taylor' posters put predictions up here for us to judge in hindsight next year...

I like the sound of Anderson and Kemp but Taylor as we know has been watching these lads closely in the flesh for a couple of years now, plus he’s getting well remunerated to use his expertise in identifying talent and prioritising it. Let’s not worry about a silly little thing called accountability. A job for life I say jolly old chap what what!

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