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From what I saw of the Vic Country vs WA game yesterday I like the look of Aaron Cadman.  Could be on the radar if we get an early pick. 

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Just catching up on the National Championships game from last weekend between WA and SA  -

Bottom-age SA gun shows No.1 potential, WA dasher stars

WESTERN AUSTRALIA 4.2.26 7.6.48 9.7.61 15.10 (100)

SOUTH AUSTRALIA 3.1.19 5.3.33 8.6.54 12.8 (80)

GOALS

Western Australia: Cole 2, Dewar 2, Hagan 2, Sanchez 2, Allan, Green, Jones, Livingstone, McDonald, Scaife, Tregenza-Cashell

South Australia: Moir 4, Verrall 2, Bennier, D'Aloia, Keeler, Lovelock, Phillipou, Ryan

Sandgropers hold off magical Moir for first AFL U18s win

WA: R. Ginbey, D. Jones, S. Green, T. Dewar, S. Gilbey, J. Cleaver

SA: A. Moir, K. Ryan, A. D’Aloia, B. Dowling, W. Patton, J. Ryan

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Strange as it may seem, there’s still one game left in the 2022 NAB AFL National U18 Championships and it’s the series decider between Vic Metro and Vic Country. The game will be played at Marvel Stadium on Thursday September 22 with the first bounce at 4:35pm. You can also watch on the Footy Channel if you have Foxtel.

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On 7/17/2022 at 1:52 PM, spirit of norm smith said:

I really support and want to see Father-Son remain in the AFL.  

Will Ashcroft looks a ready made AFL player. He’ll walk into the Lions team and play in their midfield next year.  Not quite Nick Daicos but very similar 

How will they be able to get both Ashcroft and Fletcher?

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6 hours ago, Elwood 3184 said:

Strange as it may seem, there’s still one game left in the 2022 NAB AFL National U18 Championships and it’s the series decider between Vic Metro and Vic Country. The game will be played at Marvel Stadium on Thursday September 22 with the first bounce at 4:35pm. You can also watch on the Footy Channel if you have Foxtel.

Cadman V Jefferson will be interesting. Is it on Kayo?

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7 minutes ago, WERRIDEE said:

Cadman V Jefferson will be interesting. Is it on Kayo?

Down the bottom of the Kayo main page they have the Foxtel sports channels available for live streaming, so as long as they don't have to black it out because of some streaming rights issue you should be able to catch it there, at a minimum.

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Finally, the last game of the NAB National Championships  -  and the decider between Vic Metro and Vic Country. It’s winner take all as both sides are undefeated.

Teams named for 2022 NAB AFL National Championships U18 Boys decider

Highlights from my point of view are:-

• Melbourne FC NGA player Finn Emile-Brennan is in the Vic Country side;

• Seven players from the NAB League Premier team will feature in the Vic Metro team: W. Ashcroft, H. Sheezel, C. Mackenzie, O. Hotton, C. Clarke, J. Anderson and T. McMullin along with B. Hempel who is an emergency.

…. and a preview from Rookie Me Central 

Preview | 2022 AFL U18 National Championships – Vic Country vs. Vic Metro

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Looking at the squads for the final game Vic Metro and Vic Country, there could be up to 18-19 players drafted from this game into the AFL next year.  Obviously the stars like Ashcroft are on show, but it’s a huge match for many youngsters trying to shine in front of recruiters before the draft.  

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1st quarter 

Vic metro - the star was Max Gruzewski. Two great contested marks. Two goals. Looks a good mark and build. Around 192cms . Lovely stylish kick for goal. 
Charlie Clarke - good tackle and goal from 45m. 
 

Vic country - Bailey Humphrey.  Big and strong and Aaron Hamill like. Cadman kicked a good goal from 40m after a free kick. Oliver Hollands racking up possessions and just runs and accumulates. 

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1st half. Lots of youngsters who will fill top 10,20 and 30 draft positions. 
Vic Country - Bailey Humphrey, Jakob Konstanty, Jaxon Binns, Caleb Mitchell, Oliver Hollands and Harley Reid all shining out imv.  Cadman well held but he’s a star and has future star already stamped. 
Finn Emile-Brennan had had 3 beautiful kicks but looks so slight in the body that he’s pushed aside to easily.  Probably only a rookie chance imv. 

Vic Metro - Will Ashcroft will play round 1,2023.  Already 13-14 possessions and such a great skilled midfielder.  Others to shine were Gruzewski in the first quarter, Lewis Hayes as key back, Harry Sheezel’s class and Darcy Edmunds with skill on left or right foot. Oli Hotton very quiet 1st half. 

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32 minutes ago, Pink Freud said:

Two goals in the first quarter to Max Gruzewski, a 193cm tall key who can play forward and back and who Melbourne has spoken with.

Has looked very good. Moving up from the edge of the first round methinks:

 

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Jaxon Binns continues to show as a type of player that I’d like see at the Dees. He is another elite runner like Langdon and runs and runs and bounces and runs and delivers. AFL qualities including clearance link running and able to kick goals.  Whilst a priority is a key forward, another pacy running mid would be handy.  

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9 minutes ago, spirit of norm smith said:

Do whatever we can to get Cadman !!! Wow. He’s going to be a star and might be the virtual number 1 behind Ashcroft. 

Yep totally agree! Not only does he have huge talent but he seems a really smart footballer. We should be talking to west coast re the Jackson trade…or telling Freo they need to get us pick number 2…Cadman looks that good!

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6 minutes ago, ChaserJ said:

That may have been the best champs game I’ve seen. The standard in that last quarter was very high.

Agree. I don't watch the U18s and was amazed at the quality of the play.

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Reid was good as was Cadman. Miles different to the way the AFL game is played though and there is no way Cadman or Reid get that much room in the forward line. You are really just betting on development and upside. 

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Vic Metro pulled off a great victory to win the championships. 
 

Vic Metro

Mids

Will Ashcroft -⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐️ definite number 1.  Was like Sam Walsh in his draft year. So smart. Great skills. Walk into round 1 2023 at Lions. 
Harry Sheezel- ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐️- quieter today but he oozes class. His goal in the last where he won the contest and spun out to kick a banana goal from 30m was outstanding.  Classy by foot and will play half fwd then into midfield role after 2-3 years. 
Cam Mckenzie- almost an Ashcroft type clone. Clean by hand and has vision to spot targets by hand or foot. Probably top 10-12 prospect. 
Darcy Edmunds- slightly built wingman. Kicks well on both feet and can run the field. 50+ draft pick but worth the late selection  

Cooper Harvey - got into the game and showed his Dads determination and smarts. A good father son addition fo Kangas.

(Elijah Tsatas, Alwyn Davey jnr and Oli Hotton were quiet today). 

Defenders:

Josh Weddle - very good rebound half back. Good size and pace for tall defender. If he didn’t have Lever,Turner,Smith then Weddle would be a good get. 
Bailey Macdonald- sme with his pace and dash from half back. Took the game on and used the corridor. 
Lewis Hayes - key back who had the better of Humphrey and controlled the defence, but was physically beaten in the last qtr by young Harley Reid. 
Paul Pascu - almost a Hibbo type clone. Taller half back with excellent driving left foot kick. Disciplined defender. Perhaps won’t get drafted but he’s one to key an eye on

forwards

Matthew Jefferson - contested well and kicked vital goal in last qtr.  A few years ahead in the gym but he’ll appeal to some clubs as a project forward.
Max Gruzewski- ✅very strong in first quarter with two excellent contested marks and goals. Only a few opportunities after that. At 192cms, might just be a key forward if he grows. I’d definitely see him being a key name in JTs list on draft day. 
Charlie Clarke - quiet today but kicked 2 crucial goals in the first half. Smart and pacy.  Can see him as an opportunist forward at AFL level. 
Jovan Petric - taller midsized half forward. Quiet until last quarter when he kicked an amazing goal and marked well in contests. Played in the ruck in a burst.  If you had a rookie pick, he’d be considered. 

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