The Bendigo Pioneers won their third game of the season by defeating the Western Jets at the QEO on Sunday. The Jets rally struggled forward of centre and often turned the ball over in critical areas of the ground that allowed the Pioneers to get on top. Despite a late comeback the Jets just didn’t have the skill level to go with the Pioneers better players.
Mitchell Kemp | Bendigo Pioneers
Def | 187cm | 67kg
Kemp has been in the best players on a regular basis and has finally found some consistent form of late. A tallish defender, kemp is a good athlete who has developed his marking and kicking to a good level and is a good rebounding defender. Despite the occasional bad decision he is beginning to make a name for himself at this level. The next month will be vital for him if he is to go further with his football. He needs to hit the gym and build a bigger frame.
Bailey Henderson | Bendigo Pioneers
Utility | 188cm | 68kg
Henderson is playing some decent football and has the talent to develop into a very good footballer. He is good in the air and very athletic. Nevertheless, he needs to work on his kick and ability to bring others into the game. Too often he attempts to do it all himself when he could provide scoring chances for others. If he can feed off and provide more score assists he can become an even better Tac player. Certainly one to watch.His versatility would be of interest to recruiters as he can play as a key forward, back or tall winger.
Angus Schumacher | Bendigo Pioneers
Mid | 189cm | 76kg
The last few weeks have been difficult for Schumacher who appears to be carrying some sort of injury. A very good player, Schumacher needs to spend more time in the middle of the ground to provide some clearance support to the Pioneers mids. Occasionally he holds onto the ball for too long and gets caught when he has had the chance to feed off to running players. If he can correct that and find himself back in the midfield he will continue to impress.
Zac Butters | Western Jets
Fwd | 177cm | 66kg
Butters is all class for a bottom age player. Composed and cool under pressure he rarely wastes a possession. He is a good size and with more time in the gym he has the chance to be at the top end of the 2018 draft. Good in the air and at ground level he has all the ‘tools’ to become a very good AFL player. Nevertheless, there is a lot of water to pass under the bridge before that happens. One to watch over the next 18 months.
Xavier O’Halloran | Western Jets
Mid/Fwd | 185cm | 81kg
O’Halloran was the Jets best player on the weekend. He spent time in the midfield and up forward. Nevertheless, it was in the middle of the ground that he did his best work. he has a good skill set and is another Jets player that is composed under pressure. He works hard around the ground and has the engine to get to contests and provide repeat efforts for his team. Certainly could be draft able at the end of 2018.
Jake Hazik | Western Jets
Fwd | 168cm | 64kg
Hazik was lively as a small forward for the Jets. He finished the day with three and was a real ‘jack in the box’ with his movement around the forward 50. He was prepared to go for pack marks as well as lurk dangerously at ground level. One of his goals was all class with a running ‘Banana” kick from a tight angle. There is no doubt Hazik has talent but the issue will be his height if he is to attract interest from recruiters.
Other notable performers: Jacob Atley, Darby Henderson , Jose Miliado – (Bendigo Pioneers), Connor Thar (Western Jets)