In round eight of the WAFL Colts Competition, Subiaco overcame a surging Swan Districts by three points at Steel Blue Oval.
In the dying stages of the match, Subiaco debutant Nathan French was able to snap the ball out of congestion and through the goalposts to get the Lions back in front by four points with only a minute remaining. Seconds later, the Black Ducks won an important clearance in the middle and got the ball forward, but it just trickled through for a behind. The siren then sounded, ending one of the best contests in season 2017.
Below are the most notable players.
BRAYDEN AINSWORTH | SUBIACO
MIDFIELD | 183cm | 75kg
The gut-running machine from Ports Football Club produced yet another blistering performance. Ainsworth finished with 27 possessions, six marks, three tackles and three inside 50s in a best-on-ground performance. His silky skills, his hardness at the contest, and his gut running make him a tantalising prospect for AFL Clubs.
LIAM CONNOLLY | SUBIACO
DEFENDER | 192cm | 77kg
The Subiaco skipper again led from the front and was pivotal in his side’s victory. He accumulated 12 possessions and took six marks, but it was his leadership down back, often telling his fellow defenders where to stand and making sure everyone up the ground knew what to do, that made him so inspiring.
NATHAN FRENCH | SUBIACO
For Nathan French, his debut will live long in the memory bank after he produced a memorable performance to help the Lions to victory. His two goals were the reasons why the Lions got up – his first one came in the third quarter when he was able to dummy his way past an opponent before snapping one through, and his second goal was when he snapped a ball out of congestion to get the Lions back in front with only a minute remaining.
KOBY FULLGRABE | SUBIACO
MIDFIELD | 182cm | 75kg
An excitement machine, Fullgrabe’s dare to run and carry certainly helped spark the Lions. Around the stoppages, he provided plenty of zip and energy to finish with 20 possessions and five inside 50s in a sizzling display. The Joondalup-Kinross junior looks to be a real weapon for the Lions for the remainder of season 2017.
BEN MILLER | SUBIACO
RUCK | 196cm | 92kg
The key position utility continued his fine start to the 2017 season, finishing with 14 possessions, 13 hit-outs, three marks, three tackles and two inside 50s. In the ruck he competed strongly and always tried to palm the ball down to his midfielders and when he drifted forward he often crashed packs to bring the ball to ground. His stocks are soaring by the week.
SEBASTIAN BRIGHT | SWAN DISTRICTS
Only a 16-year-old, Bright has simply demonstrated he will be a prospect that recruiters should be monitoring for the 2019 AFL Draft! The High Wycombe junior kicked two goals – the first one came after he converted a set shot once he received a free kick for being tackled high in the first quarter, and the second one came in the second quarter when he was able to soccer through a goal in the eighth minute. He only had nine possessions but his appetite for the contest would have the Swan Districts coaching panel pleased with his performance.
LOCHIE HUNTLEY | SWAN DISTRICTS
MIDFIELD | 174cm | 70kg
Last year Huntley was touted as one of WA’s best prospects for the 2017 AFL Draft when he finished seventh in the Jack Clarke Medal with 25 votes. Against Subiaco, the Kalamunda junior showcased exactly why he is so highly rated. He finished with 26 possessions, eight marks, three tackles and two inside 50s in a dominant display.
OSKAR MATTHEWS | SWAN DISTRICTS
The over-ager was simply irresistible against the Lions, recording 21 hit-outs while also accumulating 12 possessions, taking four marks, and laying four tackles. In 7 games for the Black Ducks, Matthews has recorded 170 hit-outs (ranked #1 in the competition) at an average of 24 per game. The Hills Rangers junior is a prospect worth keeping tabs on.
SAM TAYLOR | SWAN DISTRICTS
KEY DEFENDER | 191cm | 79kg
One of the few West Australians in the AFL Academy, Sam Taylor produced yet another outstanding performance that should see recruiters take even more interest in him. He accumulated 17 possessions, took six marks and kicked a brilliant goal late in the third quarter when he used his body expertly to get rid of an opponent before duly converting. He is already considered one of the state’s best draft candidates, and it will not be a shock to see his name called out at this year’s draft.
TOM WHITTLE | SWAN DISTRICTS
UTILITY | 192cm | 75kg
Usually played as a key defender, Swans Colts Coach Xavier Ellis decided to swing Whittle up forward and it paid dividends. In the last quarter alone, Whittle booted four goals to get the Swans in front and almost snatch victory away from Subiaco. He also accumulated 18 possessions and took five marks in what was simply a dazzling display from the key position player.