Club Perth Demons/Hale School/Northam
Position Wing/Small Forward
Draft Range Rookie
- Speed Demon: Boasts extraordinary pace
- Senior Experience: Already playing WAFL League football
- Goalkicker: 15 Goals in 17 WAFL League appearances
AFL U18 CHAMPIONSHIPS STATISTICS
2 Games – Ave. 15P, 5M, 4I50s, 2T
Originally from Northam, Western Australia, Gordon Narrier moved to Perth in 2014 to take up a cricket scholarship with the WACA. Because of this scholarship, Narrier became a border at Hale School – a school that has notable sporting alumni including Geoff Marsh, Tom Barrass, and Tom Mitchell.
However, his football talent shone through the most brightly. In 2015 he was invited to play for the Perth Demons Colts – a team that boasted the likes of John Levien, Quinton Narkle, Cody Ninyette, Corey Byrne, and Chapman Jones. On his debut against Peel in round 22, Narrier collected 17 possessions, took four marks, recorded four inside 50s and kicked a goal – displaying extraordinary talent.
He was invited back to Perth for the 2016 season, and handled the competition with aplomb. In only 11 games he averaged 14 possessions, three marks and two tackles. His best performances came against Claremont in round 3 (19 possessions, four inside 50s, three marks, two tackles & a goal), Swan Districts in round 12 (20 possessions, four marks, and three tackles), and Claremont in round 15 (15 possessions, eight marks and three inside 50s).
Because of such performances, he was selected in the WA U18s State Academy alongside fellow Demons; Narkle, Levien, Zac Fisher, Kristian Morisey, and Anton Scotney. However, because of the strength of the WA team, especially in the midfield with the likes of Sam Petrevski-Seton, Sam Powell-Pepper and Shai Bolton, Narrier did not get the chance to represent his state.
Despite the setback, Narrier put forward an excellent debut season for Perth’s League team. In 17 games, he averaged 13 possessions and three marks as he accustomed to the rigours of WAFL League football. He produced notable performances against Subiaco in round two (11 possessions, three inside 50s and two goals), Claremont in round three (14 possessions and five marks), and South Fremantle in round eight (17 possessions, five marks, four inside 50s and three goals).
He was also invited back into the WA U18s State Academy to play as an over-ager. He only played two games against South Australia (15 possessions, seven inside 50s, four marks and two rebounding 50s) and Vic Metro (14 possessions and five marks), but he demonstrated considerable ability to catch the eyes of several recruiters.
WHY SHOULD THEY PICK HIM?
Any club looking for an outside midfielder who can push forward should strongly consider Gordon Narrier.
He boasts lightning speed and is not afraid to use it. He often tucks the ball under his arm and goes on a run, routinely racing past and burning the opposition.
He also possesses dazzling skills, and fantastic vision to spot team-mates in better positions. Whenever he has the ball in hand, something magical always happens.
He has also developed his forward craft, meaning he can rest up forward and still have a significant impact for his team.
THE QUESTION MARKS?
A knock on Narrier is his defensive pressure, as he only laid 26 tackles in 17 games for Perth’s League team this year. However, in an AFL environment, this would easily be fixed.
He’s also not a big accumulator of the footy, but his ball use and impact when he is in possession make up for this.
Any club that is looking to add a midfielder with class and speed should strongly consider Narrier.
His dare to run and carry and his elite foot skills make him a tantalising prospect, and as a likely late pick or rookie, he has a fair amount of upside for limited risk.