On Sunday February 19, Western Australia held its annual U18s Talent Day at East Fremantle Oval, with players split into two teams: Black and Gold. The first quarter went for 25 minutes, the second and third went for 20 minutes each, and the final quarter was reduced to 15 minutes. In hot and tiring conditions, Team Gold overcame Team Black 70-49.
#2 – Ian Hill | Perth |
The 2016 WA U16s MVP, and cousin of Freo’s Stephen and Brad, was dynamic in the forward half for Team Black. Hill turned his opponents inside out with his zip, speed and weaving ability. In the second quarter, he cleverly used his body to take a good contested mark, before he finished off with a goal. Despite not being eligible to be drafted this year, Hill is a player well worth watching at this year’s U18s Championships.
#24 – Jaxon Cahill | East Perth | 186cm | 83kg
Last year Cahill was a part of the WA U18s’ squad as a bottom-ager, and it was easy to see why he is so highly rated amongst the WA coaching staff. He was brilliant off the half-back line, providing run and intercepting a lot of Team Gold’s attacking entries.
#26 – Aaron Breman | Subiaco | 186cm | 70kg
The son of former Subiaco great Todd, Aaron Breman was excellent in the midfield, often being the link up player for Team Black when they were on the attack. He was also good defensively and this was highlighted when he ran down Jason Carter in the second quarter. He is an elusive half-forward flanker who has great goal awareness, and certainly looks to have the ability to push into the midfield.
#32 – Aaron Naughton | Peel Thunder| 192cm | 84kg
The Peel Thunder prospect showcased why he is such a prodigious talent. Naughton was solid in defence, often spoiling or out-marking his opponent, whilst also providing some superb rebounding from the defensive 50. With a strong season for Peel and WA, Naughton’s stocks could be set to soar.
#4 – Lochie Huntley | Swan Districts|
Huntley was exceptionally busy in the midfield for Team Gold. He won a heap of contested possessions and clearances due to being fearless when he had to go inside. He also showed off his running prowess and neat skills in a dazzling display. Last year Huntley finished seventh in the Jack Clarke Medal and it would not be a surprise to see him further improve in 2017.
#18 – Jason Carter | Claremont | 183cm | 74kg
A member of the Level 1 AFL Academy, Carter displayed the traits that wowed so many people at last year’s U16s Carnival. He often took the game on with his speed, agility, and skills. Carter is another player worth watching despite being ineligible for this year’s draft.
#19 – Jarred Cameron | Swan Districts |
Another 17-year-old that stood up admirably. Cameron was lively on the half-forward line, often creating opportunities for the other forwards. He is not a part of the Level 1 AFL Academy, but Cameron is another youngster worth observing.
#25 – Gordon Narrier | Perth |
Probably the best player on the ground, Narrier was superb in the midfield, often winning the hard ball before bursting from the stoppages. He set up a lot of attacking forays due to his speed from the contest, and his neat left-footed skills. He will be one of the WA players recruiters will be keen to monitor closely in 2017.
#46 – Ben Miller | Subiaco |
In the ruck, Miller was dazzling, often tapping the ball down to his midfielders. However, he was also outstanding around the ground, in a similar fashion to how former Eagle Dean Cox played. A highlight of this was when Miller was able to sidestep an opponent before hitting a team-mate lace out at full-forward. Miller has the potential to be WA’s premier ruckman at this year’s Championships.
Note: Highly rated prospect Jake Patmore did not play, nor did Level 1 AFL Academy member Tom Joyce. 2017 Heights and weights are yet to be released and those, where available, reflect 2016 measurements.