The Oakleigh Chargers were the first to hit the scoreboard, with goals to Zac Hart and Jack Ross in the opening 10 minutes. Max King hit back for the Sandringham Dragons shortly after, taking a strong contested grab on the goal line, and quickly kicking the ball through the big sticks. The Chargers led by 9 points at the end of the first, with Zac Hart important up forward, kicking two goals. Max King kept the Dragons within reach of the Chargers, booting two goals for the quarter.
King continued to dominate for the Dragons, taking several strong marks, and kicking 3 more goals in the second quarter. He ended up with 5.6 at the long break. Silvagni was lively up forward for the Chargers, kicking two-second quarter goals.
The Dragons controlled the game in the second half, kicking 8 of the next 10 goals of the game, and eventually ran over the top of the Chargers, winning by 23 points.
The players that caught my eye were:
MAX KING | SANDRINGHAM DRAGONS | D.O.B – 07/07/2000 | 201CM | 86KG
Max was best on by the length of the Flemington straight. He was influential throughout the entire game, kicking 8.6 for the day. King has extremely strong hands and proved to be a difficult matchup for the Chargers. His vertical jump and reach in the air is unstoppable, along with his agility and skills at ground level, which is unbelievable for someone of his size. His set shot kicking may need a little work, but can definitely be fixed. This performance will be one that many people look back on when we edge closer to the draft. One of the best individual performances I’ve seen. Will be a definite top 7-10 draft pick in my opinion, and may even find himself in the top 5 by seasons end.
BEN KING | SANDRINGHAM DRAGONS | D.O.B – 07/07/2000 | 201CM | 85KG
Ben was also one of the Dragons best on the weekend, spending most of his time between the forward line and backline. He started off down back and was a noticeable contributor for the Dragons. Like his brother, his marking is first class. He took several intercept marks across the half-back line in the first three quarters, and then put his foot skills to good use, setting up others through the midfield. He’s a smart user of the footy and is the ultimate swingman. He can have a large impact in the backline and forward line, which was noticeable on the weekend when he swung forward in the last, kicking 1 goal. Obvious first round contender.
LIAM STOCKER | SANDRINGHAM DRAGONS | D.O.B – 23/01/2000 | 183CM | 83KG
I thought Stocker was one of the best midfielders for the Dragons on the day. He found the ball easily enough, on the inside and outside, and his kicking skills were fairly clean. His speed was noticeable and helped him escape congestion at times.
DAWIT MCNEISH | SANDRINGHAM DRAGONS | D.O.B – 15/11/2000 | 177CM | 75KG
McNeish was very impressive for the Dragons, spending a lot of time throughout the Dragons midfield. He got first hands to the ball around stoppages on several occasions, and also gathered some possessions around the ground. He isn’t a notable ball winner and definitely needs to improve in this area. McNeish isn’t afraid to tackle, laying multiple through the day. Potential surprise package?
ALASTAIR RICHARDS | SANDRINGHAM DRAGONS | D.O.B – 09/05/2000 | 187CM | 78KG
Richards was another handy contributor around the ground for the Dragons. His speed was evident and used it to good effect all day. He found plenty of the ball, but I think his ball use let him down occasionally. Definitely, an interesting prospect to keep an eye on.
SAMUEL FORBES | SANDRINGHAM DRAGONS | D.O.B – 13/01/2000 | 186CM | 73KG
The lightly framed defender caught my eye with his continuous rebounding efforts. His kicking action is sublime, and he set up many of his teammates with his accurate left foot. Forbes is extremely quick, making him the perfect rebounding defender. He needs to put on some muscle to make him more competitive in the air and one-on-one, but I’m certainly looking forward to seeing more of him throughout the year.
RILEY COLLIER – DAWKINS | OAKLEIGH CHARGERS | D.O.B – 03/02/2000 | 193CM | 88KG
Collier-Dawkins had a large growth spurt over the summer and is now a monstrous 193cm. He’s similar to Patrick Cripps with his height, weight, and contested ball-winning ability. He wasn’t particularly influential, but he definitely has no trouble finding the pill. His clearance work and skills in tight situations are obvious, with Riley always finding a way to stay involved in the contest. He was used more as an outside midfielder and will need to work hard in this area to further progress his game. An interesting and exciting prospect nevertheless. Likely first round selection.
MATTHEW ROWELL | OAKLEIGH CHARGERS | D.O.B – 01/07/2001 | 178CM | 74KG
Rowell continued his strong 2018 form with another prominent display against the Chargers. He is a ball winning midfielder, who can win the ball on the inside and outside. Rowell can also drift forward and impact the scoreboard when needed. His foot skills can be a bit sloppy at times and could do with some improvement. But he’s still an exciting prospect and one to follow throughout the year.
ISAAC QUAYNOR | OAKLEIGH CHARGERS | D.O.B – 15/01/2000 | 179CM | 82KG
The rebounding defender was exciting for the second week in a row, impressing in the Chargers backline. He’s a silky player with clean skills who rebounds effectively off the halfback line. Quaynor’s follow up work when the ball hits the deck is top notch, burning multiple players with his speed. He’s very composed with ball in hand and makes fantastic decisions. He also has the ability to accumulate possessions.
Players that also impressed were Chargers midfielders Jackson Ross, Trent Bianco and Noah Anderson, who found plenty of the pill. Noah Answerth was a handy target up forward for the Chargers, having three shots on goal, but failed to capitalize. While Zac Hart contributed with 3 majors. Dragons bottom ager Joshua Worrell was handy around the forward line with his beautiful left foot and impact in the air.