TAC Cup Scouting Notes: Eastern Ranges dominate Pioneers


The Eastern Ranges have run out comfortable 29 point winners against the Bendigo Pioneers. The Ranges controlled the game from the outset and held a 42 point lead until the last couple of minutes when the Pioneers hit the scoreboard twice. The Ranges run off half back was super impressive as the Pioneer forward line lost structure and any avenue to goal. Collingwood father son prospect Tyler Brown would have pleased Pies head recruiter Dereck Hine who was watching closely from the sidelines.

Tyler Brown | Eastern Ranges

Mid | 09/12/1999 | 186cm | 82kg

A very impressive game from Brown who looked very comfortable mixing it with bigger bodies. His ball use and work in congestion was excellent and he often burst clear of packs to set up his teammates. Brown played mostly on a wing and he is going to be a prospect to watch over the course of the year. Composed, hard at it and exciting. ( 7 Kicks, 9 HB’s, 1 Goal)


Sam Hayes | Eastern Ranges

Ruck/Fwd | 09/06/1999 | 203cm | 93kg

After dominating last week with 6 goals, I was looking forward to watching Hayes back up that performance. Whilst he was solid in the ruck, he looked lost up forward this week and failed to take any strong contested marks or hit the scoreboard. Hayes needs to work on his leading patterns and second efforts in the coming weeks. He could be a really exciting prospect with more consistency . (4 Kicks, 7 HB’S, 20 Hit Outs)


Tom North | Eastern Ranges

Mid | 14/02/1999 | 183cm | 73kg

North had a day out, completely dominating the opposition midfield. He continually broke clear from stoppages and pumped the ball into the Ranges forwards. North not only gave the Ranges the ascendancy in the centre, he also burst clear to kick three nice goals. North is a ready made AFL player and will be highly sought after in November’s draft. ( 19 Kicks, 24 HB’s, 3 Goals)


Laine Fitzgerald | Bendigo Pioneers

Mid | 16/01/1999 | 177cm | 75kg

Fitzgerald returned to the Pioneers after a successful GWS Academy series. Starting in the midfield, the Pioneers skipper lead from the front in the first half. Covering the ground is a strength of Fitzgerald’s, as is his hardness around the ball often throwing his body into contests. His kicking is still a work in progress but has definitely improved. (17 Kicks,10 HB’s, 1 Goal)


Darby Henderson | Bendigo Pioneers

Mid | 13/03/1999 | 176cm | 72kg

Henderson was coming off a huge midfield performance last week and once again had a great game. After a disappointing first quarter, he found himself mixing his time between the midfield and half back. It was from the back half that he set up the Pioneers with his great run and ball use which has improved. Had over 40 touches.(23 Kicks, 18 HB’s)


Jacob Atley | Bendigo Pioneers

Def | 04/07/2000 | 189cm | 75kg

I liked Atley’s game despite not having a lot of the ball. He closes in well on contests and defends well in the air. He has the Atley trait of carrying the ball with pace. I would love to see him released to play on a wing where his dash can be used for the team’s benefit. Has a great temperament and never gets flustered. Will be in the draft frame at the end of 2018. Certainly one to watch. ( 9 Kicks, 9 Hb’s)


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