Here are the blokes who we’ve nominated for our Rookie B List. If they get through the Rookie draft without being picks, then
they up to three of them are ours if we are interested.
Aaron Tatchell (Indigenous)
171cm 66kg Calder Cannons
Played 3 matches. Averaged 6.3kicks, 4.3 handballs, 10.7 disposals, 3.3 marks, 2.7 tackles, 0.3goals.
Ben Ronke (Multicultural)
18/12/97 180.9cm 76.2kg Calder Cannons
“Ben learned how to find time and space using his elite speed and agility enabling him to demonstrate a higher level of kicking which people had a query about at the beginning of the year. His use of the ball has become a lot better. He could be an inside mid or outside mid and also play as a small forward because of his strong marking for his size. The area he needs to keep working on is his kicking which is a little awkward under extreme pressure. But it has really improved and because he has learned how to use his speed and agility he is now getting more time to set up and kick the ball.” - Calder Cannons talent manager Ian Kyte. Strengths : speed, agility. Needs to Improve : kicking.
Played 14 games. Averaged 12.7 kicks, 7.7 handballs, 22.4 disposals, 3.1 marks, 4.6 tackles, 1.2 goals.
Muhammad Saad (Multicultural)
Played 16 games. Averaged 7.9 kicks, 4.1 handballs, 11.9 disposals, 1.7 marks, 2.2 tackles, 1.4 goals.
The younger brother of Gold Coast defender Adam — booted 23 goals from 17 TAC Cup matches this year.
Ovie Magbegor (Multicultural)
Played 11 games. Averaged 1.9 kicks, 4.4 handballs, 6.3 disposals, 1.3 marks, 22.5 hitouts, 2.8 tackles, 0 goals.
Magbegor is an exciting ruck prospect who has mixed his time between football and basketball in recent years.
Hisham Kerbatieh (Multicultural)
16/5/97 177.5cm 80.2kg Northern Blues
“Came out of the Calder Cannons to play every game for teh Blues this year, kicking 21 goals as a small forward and getting six mentions in the best. A splendid mark, strong tackler and does everything with a touch of class. Has worked on his endurance, which was the query on him when he left the TAC Cup.” - Inside Footballs VFL expert Paul Amy. Strengths : Goal sense. Needs to Improve : versatility, endurance, agility.
Kerbatieh enjoyed a strong season with Northern Blues in 2016 after missing out at last year’s drafts.
Ozgur Uysal (Multicultural)
5/8/92 180cm 82kg
Uysal, 24, has become one of the VFL’s most dynamic midfielders in recent years while playing with Coburg.
The dynamic midfielder continued on from his outstanding second half of 2014 to once again establish himself as one of the competitions premier midfielders, averaging 25.3 disposals per match. As a result, ‘Ozzie’ would finish second in the clubs best and fairest as well as being named in the VFL team of the year for the second season in a row, this time being relocated into the midfield.
Considered by a few as once again unlucky to be overlooked in the AFL drafts, ‘Ozzie’ will be yet again integral to the midfield brigade for the Lions, and is now considered to be one of the clubs most experienced on the list notching up his 50th game late in 2015, having made his first appearance for the club in 2010.
2nd - 2015, 2016 Jim Sullivan Medal
3rd - 2014 Jim Sullivan Medal
2014 VFL Team of the Year
2015 VFL Team of the Year
2012 Development Premiership Player
2012 Fred Hill Memorial Medal
And borrowed the quotes from Inside Footy magazine draft edition.