Ok so 2 of the top 4 teams went at it with Dandenongs 2 best players missing. Geelong won but it was hardly convincing and if they meet in the finals I feel Dandenong will beat them.
First I’ll cover Dandenongs 2 main draft prospects from this game
Aiden Bonar who has missed the last 2 years with an ACL is a physical specimen and his late season interest is justified. He is 190cm but plays taller with his leap very impressive and his hands super clean. He took some great contested marks and his hands in the wet at ground level where superb, he didn’t fumble at all. His tank is obviously very poor which is too be expected and his game sense at times looks a bit lackluster but he is a special talent and someone I could see going in the 1st round if a club wants to take the risk.
Oscar Clavarino was a rock in defence taking many intercept marks. I wouldn’t say one on one marking his his best trait but he judged the ball well in the air and used the footy well. He looks a 2nd round prospect.
There where more notable players for Geelong but not all played well. Gryan Miers was very poor, James Worpel has his moments but he may slide like Mathieson did, his kicking can be very poor. Tom McCartin has great hands and tackles well but goes missing for large chunks.
Cassidy Parish again was very good. His hand balling and vision is elite and his kicking off the mark was very good but his main issue was his kicking in general play where he takes far too long to make a decision with ball in hand and runs very slow. He was very clean in the wet
Matthew Ling is a super quick defender with a very good left foot. He is very elusive and often stays composed, he went missing in the 2nd half after an impressive 1st half. When he has the ball he is near impossible to catch
Jack Henderson is a little pocket rocket, he is a poor man’s Jack Higgins but not in a bad way. He is only 176cm but he has great speed and power and he knows when to take off and when to stay composed and dish of a handball. Kicked a classy goal and is one to watch later in the draft. He can play anywhere on the ground as a small defender, mid or small forward
A few other players I’ve noted but can’t really be bothered, still disappointed with the VFL loss haha