Average height and pace but they tick most other boxes: creative goal kicking mids who know how to find the ball, very efficient disposal and love to tackle.
The talent has always been there but they showed great maturity this year to dominate the WAFL. They were among WA’s best in the win over the VFL in May.
Paul Haselby coached them in 2014 and is encouraging clubs to draft them. Hasleby said Schloithe was ready to perform well at AFL level after overcoming serious foot and ankle injuries in the previous 2 years and showing maturity as a player/person. With Kelly the knock in previous years may have been average disposal and fitness but clearly not an issue now.
Peter Spencer a former Sandover Medallist said this about Kelly: “He watches the ball better than just about any other player in the league. He goes to where the ball is going to be because he watches it so closely and can read its path. That ability means that he is just about at top pace when he gets to the ball and his clean handling and awareness of what is happening around him in heavy traffic give him remarkable weapons and make him a rare player. He is a taller version of Jim Krakouer. He has the same balance, the same ability to get through traffic and also kicks to the advantage of the players ahead of him.”
Schloithe is also very skillful but more aggressive. The type that annoys opposition players and fans. He is very damaging in front of goals (30 goals 9 pts this year) and knows how to draw a free kick.
I expect both to be drafted. If I had to choose one I would pick Kelly. A clever and creative mid with good skills who can set-up play is what we need.