Tac/u18 Thread


#3201
Sounds like the cricket commentators who is worse?

Cricket finished at the end of the 2006/07 Ashes. Everything since then has been an unwanted and unnecessary sequel, and as such I haven’t watched it.

SA vs VC tonight.

Very hard to evaluate the mids in this game. SA was just so much better organised and drilled, VC boys were having to do everything through solo efforts and kept missing targets through not knowing their teammates’ running patterns, while the SA guys know each other and were a well-oiled machine. So every SA mid looked great and every VC mid looked worse than they are.

This is the first time I’ve seen SA so I’m still getting to know the players & will focus more on the VC guys cos I know them better.

Ainsworth played very well - was arrogant (which can be a plus and a minus) and sometimes tried to do too much, but i liked his turning circle, his balance, and his flat, accurate kicks going forward on a day when VC bombed all the time. Got better as the game went on.

Some people will try to tell you Darcy is a draftable ruck prospect. Don’t believe them.

Lots of inside mid prospects in this game. Brodie, Scharenberg, Atley, Drew, Graham, and Poholke. I actually think Scharenberg and Brodie are a level of talent above the others, even though others would have gotten more of the ball. This is a type of player that it’s hard to judge, but personally I look for a bit of calmness, a willingness to step sideways, to lower the eyes, or to handball backwards. Lots of u18 inside mids get by on crashing through and bombing forward, and that just doesn’t translate to the next level.

Graham has everything you’d want in a mid except for accurate kicking. Ball magnet, explosive pace away from the contest, just wastes it too often.

Scharenberg was very impressive. No big weapon that I could see but did almost nothing wrong. Composed and productive mid, his strength seems to be inside but he is a perfectly competent linkman through smarts & positioning, even though he’s never going to break the lines with sheer pace or drop lace out 65m passes into the f50.

Brodie was unobtrusive and didn’t put in huge numbers even though he was in his side’s top 3 possession getters, but he’s just got a bit better vision and time, even though he never seems to be going very fast (did cough up a goal with massive shank when centering to CHB one time though)

Loved Drew’s attack on the ball, and his strength in the air, but his decison making under pressure tends toward hoof-and-hope. Atley didn’t get as much clean ball, but had a dose of the same problem.

I liked Piper a lot, back pocket type who can rebound or defend equally. Locked down well on Jarman who early looked as if he was going to kick 10. Competent, reliable, but isn’t afraid to dash, unlike some competent, reliable, but overly conservative small defenders. Definitely worth a look late, possible Bags successor?

Villis only got 13 touches in the middle and accross hb, but I liked how he was always utterly calm and unruffled, and his footskills were surgical. was in the news this week after being diagnosed with a heart condition unfortunately, dunno what that means re his draft prospects.

Hard to evaluate Battle’s AFL prospects. He’s the ultimate team player - runs like a manic, crashes packs to bring the ball to ground, chases, pressures, shepherds. His engine is great, he’s got good hands and is usually a very safe shot on goal. If he was 5cm taller or a metre faster he’d be definite top 10 material, but so often I see him held quiet by lesser players who are simply just taller and quicker than him. He normally manages to slip the leash briefly for a goal or two through workrate even on his bad days, but will he be able to do this a level up where everyone’s fitter?

Stengle looked deadly dangerous all day and i was surprised to see he only ended up with 1 goal and 13 touches. Probably had a couple of assists though. Definite small forward prospect.

Pittman a nuggety little inside mid who backs it up with a dangerous long left foot, a bit Daniel Rich-ish. Height maybe a question, but worth a look.

Ratugolea apparently came into the season off a knee injury and had little preseason, which makes me more interested in him given one of my questions on him was his tank. Love his second efforts and closing pace when he has the awareness to use it. Kpp project who’ll take time, but the body and athleticism are already there. Needs to start taking his marks with arms outstretched though, he bends his elbows & takes them in front of his face, which will give a spoiler too much opportunity at the next level up.

Yeah, McCluggage played too…

I’ve found Pittman very impressive every time I’ve seen him, just gets the job done, but looks like a good pre season will do him the world of good.


#3202

Road to Draft podcast
Top 30 Mock Draft - Not where expect to go just best rated 30, that would be good fit for clubs at selections.
Cal Twomey & Ablett (AFL Talent manager) taking turns with picks.
1 Hugh Mc Luggage EFC
2 Andrew McGrath GWS
3 Jack Bowes SUNS matched bid
4 Ben Ainsworth LIONS
5 Will Setterfield GWS matched bid
6 Sam Petrevski-Seton CARL
7 Will Brodie SUNS
8 Griffen Logue FREO
9 Tim Taranto SUNS
10 Jy Simpkin SYD
11 Tim English SUNS
12 Harry Perryman GWS matched Bid
13 Jack Scrimshaw NORTH
14 Jarrod Berry WCE
15 Will Hayward ADEL
16 Josh Battle PORT
17 Oliver Florent LIONS
18 Alex Witherden PORT
19 Todd Marshall DOGS
20 Jordan Galluci SYD
21 Sam Powell-Pepper ESS
22 Daniel Veneables LIONS
23 Brennan Cox LIONS
24 Shai Bolton STK
25 Cedric Cox GEEL
26 Patrick Kerr CARL
27 Isaac ■■■■■■■ GWS matched Bid
28 Jordan Ridley DOGS
29 Kobe Mutch RICH (GWS didn’t Match)
30 Sam Walker COLL

Still on the table - Long & Rioli for our pick 29.

ESS McLuggage + Powell- Pepper
Suns Bowes, Brodie, Taranto, English
GWS McGrath, Setterfield, Perryman, ■■■■■■■


#3203

That’s a fair old haul for Suns.


#3204
GWS McGrath, Setterfield, Perryman, ■■■■■■■

Yep - I reckon they would be with that result.


#3205
That's a fair old haul for Suns.

Won’t matter when they’re all playing in Victoria by 2020 :wink:


#3206

One inside one inside outside like that a lot

Then add mcneice to replace hibberd hepp to replace bags only need a ruck


#3207

If Kerr gets to Geelong’s pick, the talk is that he’s who they want.

I know he’s got Blue blood, but…


#3208
If Kerr gets to Geelong's pick, the talk is that he's who they want.

I know he’s got Blue blood, but…


I know they are praying for one of Florent or Gallucci to slide they rate both very highly. Kerr is similar to Kersten who they just got rid of

#3209

Catching up on another champs game. one more after this!

Jesus Christ do they have to a ten minute lecture about the sheer awesomeness of the academy program’s and how unfair any criticism of the GWS zone is in EVERY allies game.

Allies getting an absolute armchair ride from the umps btw, guess the umps are getting trained early about what the afl expects when a nsw or Qld side is on the field…


#3210
Catching up on another champs game. one more after this!

Jesus Christ do they have to a ten minute lecture about the sheer awesomeness of the academy program’s and how unfair any criticism of the GWS zone is in EVERY allies game.

Allies getting an absolute armchair ride from the umps btw, guess the umps are getting trained early about what the afl expects when a nsw or Qld side is on the field…

Maybe they are expecting Hawthorn to take a few recruits?


#3211

Can someone please tell me who was number 40 for vic country?


#3212
Can someone please tell me who was number 40 for vic country?
If it's a giant fat ruckman, it's Sean Darcy

#3213
Can someone please tell me who was number 40 for vic country?
If it's a giant fat ruckman, it's Sean Darcy

Looks like a monster abt chance of being picked up?


#3214
Can someone please tell me who was number 40 for vic country?
If it's a giant fat ruckman, it's Sean Darcy

Looks like a monster abt chance of being picked up?

Maybe with one of those big construction cranes.


#3215
Can someone please tell me who was number 40 for vic country?
If it's a giant fat ruckman, it's Sean Darcy

Looks like a monster abt chance of being picked up?

Has lost weight i do like him


#3216
Throwing a name out there because I've heard there are multiple clubs keen on him in the 20s is Josh Begley from Eastern Ranges. Plays very similar to Venables and only just missed out on selection for the All Stars game.
Well I guess it was us all along haha

#3217
Throwing a name out there because I've heard there are multiple clubs keen on him in the 20s is Josh Begley from Eastern Ranges. Plays very similar to Venables and only just missed out on selection for the All Stars game.
Well I guess it was us all along haha

Good get!


#3218

TAC Cup team lists out today. Notable inclusions are M Fletcher for the Cannons, and C Parish for Geelong.

Best name this year is obviously Essenwanger from the Greater Western Victoria Rebels. Most stupid team name change this year is equally obviously the Greater Western Victoria Rebels. And you just KNOW some bozo from AFL Vic got a bonus for that. It was probably Paul Hamilton…

Season starts the weekend after next…


#3219

There is a Werner from Gisborne in the cannons list, I know Michael played for a few years there, do you know if it’s a son?


#3220

So… who are the good mids likely to fall in the picks 3-7 range this year?