After only two games were played last week, this weekend saw normal service resumed with a complete fixture.
In this second week of a look into Under 18s Footy in Western Australia, it is nice to report on two players Zac Fisher and Calvin Thorne who have made the step up to seniors and are fitting in extremely well. On the weekend they came head to head with Peel Thunder taking the honours over Perth.
Zac Fisher – Perth
22 possessions, 2 marks, 3 tackles, 5 inside 50s, 2 goals.
The 18-year-old has played nine league games this season, averaging just over 19 possessions per game. Fisher starred for Western Australia in the recent U18 National Champs, winning All-Australian selection where he averaged 21 possessions including collecting 30 against the Allies. Despite being 175cm and weighing only 61kg, Fisher is not afraid to put his body on the line. He has a lot of poise in traffic and is a great user of the ball.
Calvin Thorne – Peel Thunder
19 possessions, 6 marks, 2 tackles, 5 inside-50s.
Thorne has got a great taste for senior footy this season playing in 13 games where he has averaged 14 possessions a game. Thorne who is a midfielder, stands at 175cm and 62kg, only played one game at the U18 champs, where he amassed 11 possessions against South Australia. It has been a great credit to keep his spot in the team, which has a number of AFL listed players due to it being the host club for Fremantle. Playing with senior AFL players like Tendai Mzungu and Matt De Boer on a regular basis, along with finals footy being on the horizon are key factors that will only aid his development.
Tim English – South Fremantle
16 possessions, 2 marks, 4 tackles, 31 hit outs.
Along with Zac Fisher, English was the only other West Australian to win U18 All-Australian honours after he averaged 10 possessions a game at the Championships. The 203cm 86kg mobile ruckman is in the top age bracket of draftees and was playing his first game in the reserves. With a number of teams on the lookout to draft ruckmen, English is definitely one to keep an eye on in the next few months.
Jake Waterman – Claremont (F/S Candidate West Coast Eagles)
19 possessions, 9 marks, 4 tackles, 5 inside 50s, 3 goals.
Jake is the son of two-time premiership player Chris, and is the younger brother of Alec whose AFL future is in limbo due to a severe case of Glandular Fever. Jake played his first reserves game on the weekend and was one of the best on ground in the Tigers win over East Perth. He played all four games in the U18 Champs, averaging 14 possessions and kicking four goals. At 189cm and 86kg he has a ready-made body for the rigours of AFL. He is currently seen as a third tall in the forward line, but could easily be used in the midfield due to his main attributes of being a hard runner and having a strong work ethic.
Bailey Banfield – Claremont
22 possessions, 1 mark, 2 inside 50’s.
Banfield played his second reserves game on the weekend where he was a solid contributor. The 188cm and 87kg midfielder has averaged 25 possessions in 11 colts games this season. He played two games for WA in the U18 Champs, where he averaged 13 possessions.
Shai Bolton – South Fremantle
23 possessions, 6 marks, 3 inside 50’s, 2 tackles, 1 goal 4 behinds.
Bolton is an all-action type of player who despite his small frame, is confident in the air and just as strong at ground level. Another asset he brings to the table is his exceptional forward line pressure. Bolton who doesn’t turn 18 until December, averaged 13.5 possessions in the U18 Champs kicking four goals. A raw talent.
Sam Petrevski Seton – Claremont
32 possessions, 6 marks, 3 tackles, 3 inside 50s, 3 behinds.
Petrevski-Seton is seen by many good draft analysts as a high 1st round selection. He has blistering pace, as well as a strong defensive side to his game. The 18-year-old from Halls Creek, who stands at 181cm, has had hamstring issues this season which saw him play only two games in the U18 champs. Despite this, he still averaged 18.5 possessions and has averaged 23 possessions in the Colts this season.
Quinton Narkle – Perth
22 possessions, 3 marks, 2 inside 50s, 2 goals, 2 behinds.
A top age player, Narkle is an inside ball winner who is very strong at winning the contested ball. Has averaged 27.5 possessions in the Colts this year and averaged 16 possessions in the U18 Champs kicking two goals in the process.