The Oakleigh Chargers showed why they are the top team in the competition by demolishing the bottom of the ladder Bendigo Pioneers. The Pioneers were not in the same class of the fast, efficient and well drilled Chargers. Jack Higgins put on a clinic for the Chargers finishing with seven goals in a best on ground performance. This week I thought I would look at the boys in both sides that will or could be drafted in November.
Jarrod Brander | Fwd/Def | 195cm | 90Kg
( 4K 2 Hb’s 6 disposals)
Brander didn’t have a great day against the Chargers. Stationed at Centre half forward there were times when he could’ve have been used better behind the ball. The delivery into the forward line was ordinary and you could see his frustration growing as the game progressed. Brander just didn’t seem himself and will be keen to redeem himself next week. He may be better suited in the back half.
Lochie O’Brien | Def/Mid | 184cm | 75kg
( 11k 9 Hb’s 20 disposals)
O’Brien was returning to football for the first time in a number of weeks and was very rusty early. He didn’t really impact the game, although he showed signs in the second half. A terrific outside linking player he would benefit from winning more ‘inside’ contests. O’Brien will be keen for an improved performance in the last TAC game of the year.
Brent Daniels | Mid/Fwd | 172cm | 70Kg
(Mid, Fwd, 12 k 11Hb’s 23 disposals)
Daniels really worked his way into the game and his second half was terrific. He at least took the game on and tried valiantly to lift his team with some run and carry. A busy player with a great turn of speed, I believe Daniels is one player from the Pioneers that could be rising up the draft boards of clubs. Dangerous around goal and a player that breaks the lines, he seems to be developing his game and taking it to a higher level. Daniels and Darby Henderson were the leading possession winners for the Pioneers with 23 each
Angus Schumacher | Def/Mid | 189cm | 76Kg
(13K, 4 HB’s 17 disposals)
Schumacher was another Pioneer that didn’t have his best day. Often finding himself kicking the ball in, he would be better suited to being an ‘exit’ player that could run and carry the ball from Half back. Schumacher was surprisingly not used in a mis-firing midfield . His kicking needs to find its range. After a gruelling campaign, he will be looking forward to impressing recruiters at the National Combine.
Lewin Davis | Fwd | 181cm |71Kg
(Fwd 6 K, 1 HB 7 disposals)
Davis played in the VFL for Essendon a fortnight ago, however, his last two performances for the Pioneers have been underwhelming. Davis needs to have a more consistent performance within games and to build his strength around the contest. Davis kicked a nice goal on the weekend but apart from that had no impact.
Cooper Jones | Def | 190cm | 80Kg
( 8 k, 9 Hb’s 17 disposals)
Jones is another Pioneers 19 year old that has missed a lot of football. Unfortunately, he has again been injured and this has hurt his draft chances. Jones returned to the Pioneers team on Saturday but he was another player that was well down on his game. It would be nice to see him finish the season strongly this week as he has the size and physical attributes to play at a higher level if his body allows it.
Jack Higgins | Mid/Fwd | 178cm | 76kg
(Fwd 8 K, 3 HB’s 11 disposals 7 Goals)
A brilliant performance from Higgins who was too quick and smart for his opponents on Saturday. He finished with seven goals and could’ve quite easily hit double figures if he hadn’t suffered a minor shoulder injury. His performance should see him pushing into the top five of the draft and for mine he could even go to number one. Good in the air and on the ground Higgins is the complete package.
Toby Wooller | Fwd | 193cm |90kg
(10 k, 1 Hb 11 disposals, 4 goals)
Wooller had another impressive outing on the weekend. He worked well inside the forward 50 and often found himself getting separation on his opponent. As a result, he finished with four goals and further improved his draft credentials. A solidly built player, Wooller also had a physical presence as he roamed around the Oakleigh forward line.
Charlie Thompson | Mid/Fwd | 183cm | 80kg
(17 K, 26 Hb, 43 disposals,5 goals)
I cannot understand why Thompson is not considered a draft certainly. A 43 disposal haul, as well as five goals, certainly would have impressed the many recruiters at the game. Despite the Pioneers being very poor you can only impress against the opposition you play on the day. Thompson was dynamic and easily the best ball winner on the day.
Jack Roughsedge | Mid | 186cm | 88kg
(13k,15 Hb’s 28 disposals)
After a long absence from TAC football due to a significant leg injury, Roughsedge once again impressed on Saturday. A well built overage player, he was especially good around the clearances finishing with six for the day. Whilst it may be tough for him to get drafted this year due to a lack of football, he could well be worth a rookie spot on an AFL list. A great leader and a ball winner, Roughsedge has the tools to play AFL Football.
Ed Richards | Def | 184cm | 77Kg
(9 k, 8 Hb’s 17 disposals)
Richards impressed in the back half for Oakleigh against the Pioneers. He continually rebounded the ball out of the back half with his speed and willingness to carry the ball. As a result, Richards set up many attacking plays for the Chargers. A good user of the ball, Richards also has the composure to make good decisions under pressure.
Matthew King | Mid | 184cm | 75kg
(15 K, 20 Hb’s , 35 disposals)
King was very influential in this game. He used the ball well and won his share of clearances as the Chargers height advantage in the ruck put the Pioneers on the back foot. King used the ball well and is a nice size for a midfielder. Will be a big month for King as he pushes for a spot on an AFL list in 2018.