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Bravo Demonstone!

Worth noting that the Lions will likely trade out their first rd pick to match a high bid on Ashcroft, and depending on how Alwyn Davey’s boys go next year, Bombers will almost certainly be trading out their 2nd & possibly even their first.

It went largely unnoticed, but we were very shrewd in trading out our 3rd & 4th rounders for 2022 equivalents to bank some picks as trade capital for next year.

We’re well positioned to rinse, repeat & trade back into the first round next year. Looks a good crop if Jed Hagan and Adam D’Aloia can’t crack the above lists. Also worth noting one of the top tall prospects, Alex Condon from WA has chosen basketball over AFL (a reverse Jackson?). 

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3 hours ago, Whispering_Jack said:

Rookie Me Central’s look ahead into 2022.

22 in 2022: A look ahead to next year’s top prospects

6/7 talls in the first 22. Lots more than this year but considering it’s being called the draft of giants I was thinking there would  be more. 
Does anybody know if there’s is thought to be much depth in this draft or if there’s more talls going to be available in the second round?

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The experts are saying that next year’s draft will be a good one for key position talks and ruckmen. 

There are a few in the frame for top ten status including Jackson Broadbent, a 202cm big man from Peel Thunder.

AFL draft 2022: Son of gun, Next Generation Academy talents, Dean Cox-like ruck make WA under-18s summer squad

"Jackson gets around the ground, racks up possessions and uses the ball really well, a bit like a Dean Cox."

There’s a 200cm prospect in Will Elliott from the Oakleigh Chargers who is also a goal kicking forward while there are a few prospects in South Australia. Harry Lemmey is a 199cm 93kg key-forward from West Adelaide where they’re breeding some real talls. There’s Harry Barnett at 202cm, 93kg and … wait for it … Tom Scully, a bit thinner at 202cm, 83kg and both of them are goal kickers who stretch opposition defenders. 

And those changes to the NGA rules appear certain to see history repeated, this time robbing the Crows of potential ruck/forward Isaac Keeler of North Adelaide -

AFL’s changes to Next Generation Academy draft rules could see Adelaide miss out on ruck prospect

“The impact of an AFL draft change will be laid bare to Adelaide next year if it loses access to a promising prospect considered one of SA’s top 2022 talents.

“North Adelaide forward/ruckman Isaac Keeler is viewed as a chance to be taken in the opening two rounds and is in the Crows’ Next Generation Academy, but he will be up for grabs inside the first 40 selections.”

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This year’s early top 10 

1. Will Ashcroft (Brisbane F/S) 183cm midfielder (Sandringham Dragons)
2. Elijah Tsatas 184cm midfielder (Oakleigh Chargers) 
3. George Wardlaw 181cm midfielder (Oakleigh Chargers) 
4. Adam D'Aloia 184cm midfielder (Woodville-West Torrens) 
5. Harry Lemmey 199 cm key position forward (West Adelaide) 
6. Jackson Broadbent 202cm ruckman (Peel Thunder) 
7. Jhye Clark 183cm midfielder (Geelong Falcons) 
8. Elijah Hewett 182cm midfielder (Swan District) 
9. Jed Hagan 174cm midfielder (East Fremantle) 
10. Harry Sheezel 183cm medium forward (Sandringham Dragons)

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This is going to be a year in which I’ll be fully invested in the draft. It’s the age group of my oldest grandson who was a teammate of leading draft prospect Harry Sheezel - they played over 100 games of junior footy together plus school games over almost ten years. He has also played directly against one of the hot tips to go #1 in George Wardlaw who could become a superstar of the competition. 

Harry is a clever, elusive player with all of the skills including the ability to kick those special goals. This year, he played as a forward for the Sandringham Dragons Under 19s and the Vic Metro Under 17s but he’s also good enough to play in the midfield. If he goes there this season, he’ll team up at the Dragons with another potential #1 in Will Ashcroft who has been playing for Brighton Grammar.  Ben Hempel from Mordialloc-Braeside is another promising player from their competition who will feature in draft discussion. He was also a 2021 bottom ager who played for the Dragons Under 19s.

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There’s been very little discussion on the net and social media about future prospects of late which, will change this weekend with the start of the 2022 NAB Boys League. It would appear that the Oakleigh Chargers are going to be one of the teams to beat again. They have been strong in recent seasons and have consistently provided high draft picks. This year, they have two of the most highly rated midfield prospects in Elijah Tsatas and George Wardlaw in their ranks. Their neighbours from Sandringham are also expected to be up there again.

Here are previews for the Oakleigh Chargers and the Sandringham Dragons from Aussie Rules Central - 2022 NAB League season preview: Oakleigh Chargers and 2022 NAB League season preview: Sandringham Dragons.

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15 hours ago, Whispering_Jack said:

There’s been very little discussion on the net and social media about future prospects of late which, will change this weekend with the start of the 2022 NAB Boys League. It would appear that the Oakleigh Chargers are going to be one of the teams to beat again. They have been strong in recent seasons and have consistently provided high draft picks. This year, they have two of the most highly rated midfield prospects in Elijah Tsatas and George Wardlaw in their ranks. Their neighbours from Sandringham are also expected to be up there again.

Here are previews for the Oakleigh Chargers and the Sandringham Dragons from Aussie Rules Central - 2022 NAB League season preview: Oakleigh Chargers and 2022 NAB League season preview: Sandringham Dragons.

One reason why there’s less discussion is that I believe Knightmare is no longer on ESPN’s books and is keeping a low profile this year. 

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11 hours ago, Freddy Fuschia said:

One reason why there’s less discussion is that I believe Knightmare is no longer on ESPN’s books and is keeping a low profile this year. 

Wow, if true, a major blow to those in the media who plagiarise his work 😀

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