In a dominant display, the Geelong Falcons showed that they have plenty of developing talent coming through their ranks in the first round of ‘Futures’ games. The Falcons physically hunted the Pioneers placing great pressure on them all over the ground. Despite the efforts of some of the Pioneers better players, the consistent run and carry from the likes of Worpel and Parish was too much for the Pioneers. This week I thought that I would look at those top agers from each side that contributed to their teams’ performance.
James Worpel | Geelong Falcons
Mid| 185cm | 84kg
Worpel produced the best game that I have seen him play at this level for some time with a 43 disposal effort. His physical presence and willingness to influence contests was superb. Worpel willed himself from contest to contest to give his teammates use of the ball on the outside. His hands were excellent and his kick was reasonable but only went at 38% by foot. It still needs some work to catapult him into top 10 calculations. I see him as a genuine first round pick after Sunday’s performance.
Cassidy Parish | Geelong Falcons
Mid | 190cm | 84kg
Parish worked well with Worpel and gave the Falcons plenty of run from the midfield. He also had a presence behind the ball, often going on searching runs from defence to attack. Like Worpel, he still needs to work on his kick, but his engine makes him a genuine midfield prospect for this year’s draft. Few other Tac players have his ability to ‘gut’ run and link down the ground with other players.
Ethan Floyd | Geelong Falcons
Def | 179cm | 70kg
Floyd had a relatively quiet game and was stationed across half back. However, when he did get his hands on the ball he used it very well. When he is running and carrying, he is at his most dangerous. Several times on the weekend he made searching runs from defence, using his pace and skill to great effect. In my opinion, Floyd has the skill set to make an impact at AFL Level.
Angus Schumacher| Bendigo Pioneers
Mid | 189cm | 76kg
I thought Schumacher tried to lift his team throughout the day and persisted in difficult circumstances. Playing through the Midfield and half back, Schumacher has a lovely left foot kick, however, he was a bit off target and turned the ball over a few times. Nevertheless, he has some great attributes; competitive, a good skill set and great leadership skills. Schumacher is one to watch over the final 8 weeks of the Tac Cup.
Darby Henderson | Bendigo Pioneers
Mid | 176cm | 72kg
Henderson has been the Pioneers major ball winner throughout the season and once again accumulated 30 possessions. He builds his game as an in and under mid and has great hands. However, like Parish, he needs to work on his kick and this can let him down at times. Despite copping a heavy knock early, he was another who worked hard for the whole game. Kicked a nice goal early.
Matthew Harvey | Bendigo Pioneers
Fwd | 183cm | 78kg
Harvey is a well built 19 year old who played very well for the Pioneers on the weekend. He has a good set of hands, is a good strong mark and loves the contest. Like other boys mentioned here, he needs to work on his kick as it can sometimes have too much hang time. Harvey could come into rookie calculations later in the year if he can find some consistency in the last 8 weeks.