Club Western Australia/West Perth/Whitfords JFC
Position Key Forward
Draft Range 10 – 18
- MVP: Won the 2017 Larke Medal
- Goalkicker: Second to Cameron Rayner for the National U18 Championships’ Leading Goalkicker Award
- Leader: 2017 West Perth Colts & WA U18s Captain
AFL U18 CHAMPIONSHIPS STATISTICS
2017 WAFL LEAGUE
2017 WAFL RESERVES
2017 WAFL COLTS
It was last season that Oscar Allen announced himself as a gun prospect for this year’s AFL Draft. For West Perth’s Colts team (a team that finished eighth with two wins), Allen kicked 14 goals and averaged 12 possessions, 13 hit-outs, four marks and three tackles from 17 games, to claim the Jack Appleby Trophy (West Perth’s Most Promising Player). He also finished runner-up to Joel Horgan in the Colts’ Best & Fairest. His most notable performances came against South Fremantle (10 possessions, four hit-outs and two tackles), Swan Districts (11 possessions, 29 hit-outs, four tackles, three inside 50s and a goal), East Perth (13 possessions, 45 hit-outs, seven inside 50s, four tackles and three marks), Claremont (17 possessions, 35 hit-outs, six inside 50s and four tackles), and Perth (15 possessions, 14 hit-outs, nine marks, six tackles, and four goals).
In 2017, he was announced captain of the West Perth Colts and he handled the responsibility with aplomb. Played in defence, attack and even sometimes in the ruck, Allen polled 15 votes in the Jack Clarke Medal after just eight rounds, with a host of starring performances, including against Subiaco (14 possessions, 15 hit-outs, eight marks, five inside 50s and a goal), Swan Districts (25 possessions, 11 marks, and five tackles), Perth (15 possessions and nine marks) and East Fremantle (27 possessions, and 11 marks).
Because of his unmistakable leadership qualities, he was named the co-captain of the WA U18s State Academy along with Peel star Aaron Naughton.
A sensational Carnival with dominant outings against South Australia (10 possessions, four marks, four tackles and three goals), Vic Metro (16 possessions, seven marks, six inside 50s and three goals), Allies (21 possessions, eight marks and two goals) and Vic Country (15 possessions, five marks and three goals), saw him claim the Larke Medal, All-Australian honours and a runner-up placing to Cameron Rayner for Leading Goalkicker Award.
When he arrived back at the Falcons, he was immediately thrust into the senior squad, making his WAFL Reserves debut in round 18 against Perth, starring with 13 possessions, five marks, five hit-out, three tackles, two inside 50s and a goal. He was also dominant the following week against South Fremantle with 14 possessions, 15 hit-outs, seven marks, seven tackles and two inside 50s.
Such was the smoothness of his transition, Allen was promoted into West Perth’s League team after only two Reserves games. In his League debut against East Perth in round 20, he accumulated eight possessions, grabbed five marks, recorded two inside 50s and kicked a behind, while the following week against East Fremantle he finished with nine possessions, five marks, three inside 50s and two tackles.
He went back down to the Colts in their round 23 fixture against Claremont, and was clearly the Falcons’ best with 28 possessions, 10 tackles, seven marks, three inside 50s and a goal.
At the AFL National Combine, he tested elite in the goalkicking test (25/30), the 20m sprint (3.07 seconds), the agility test (8.27 seconds) and the running vertical jump (88cm). These results were particularly impressive, considering he suffered from a shin injury which ruled him out of some of the tests.
He was one of five WA players to be picked in the U18s All Stars Match (the others being Brayden Ainsworth, Ben Miller, Brandon Starcevich, and Sam Taylor), and he did not disappoint. He was named in the best for Team Enright with 18 possessions, seven marks and two goals to showcase his talents on the biggest stage of them all.
For our interview with Oscar click here.
WHY PICK HIM?
Allen is one of the best key position prospects in this year’s draft pool, highlighted by him claiming the Larke Medal and All-Australian honours at this year’s AFL U18 Championships.
For a player of his size, he is clean, athletic, and agile, while he also boasts excellent skills.
His clear leadership qualities and his desire to improve his game, also make him a gun prospect.
THE QUESTION MARKS?
Recruiters have questioned whether he is a dominant key position prospect or whether he is better off as a third tall due to his size.
Despite this query, Allen constantly provides leads to serve as an option inside the attacking half.
Allen was the most dominant key forward at this year’s U18 Championships with 11 goals from four games. He has a strong marking ability and his reliability in front of goal is sound. Expect him to be taken in the first round.