Inside presence for Vic Country U18 squad

BIG bodied inside midfielders will headline the top-end talent in the 2017 Victoria Country squad at the National AFL Under 18s Championships.

The team is filled with some of the draft crop’s top inside midfielders led by Dandenong Stingrays’ Luke Davies-Uniacke who will be in the battle for the number one draft pick at the end of the season. Along with Davies-Uniacke, Geelong Falcons’ pair James Worpel and Cassidy Parish will ensure Country has an advantage at the stoppages, as well Stingrays’ Hunter Clark. Parish himself had 30 disposals in Sunday’s Vic Country trial game and will be a key cog to their strong midfield.

Vic Country U18 Trial Scouting Notes

To add a touch of class is Bendigo Pioneers’ pair Lochie O’Brien and Paddy Dow, while Falcon Matthew Ling will provide some speed and dash coming out of defence. There should be no shortage of Stingrays moving across the ground with bookends Tom De Koning and Oscar Clavarino to pull on the ‘Big V’.

Greater Western Victoria Rebels’ high-flyer Jordan Johnston is sure to create some excitement over the course of the championships, while Gippsland pair Aidan Quigley and Changkuoth Jiath are those the most highly rated from the far east of the state. Up north, Murray Bushrangers’ defenders Jordon Butts and Ben Paton will provide good rebound for the Country side.

Vic Country have strong inside midfielders, a variety of forwards and good smaller defenders, with only a deficiency at key position defense – but with Clavarino being the top key defender in the draft, they should have no issues taking the opposition’s best forward.

Vic Country will be co-captained by James Worpel and Oscar Clavarino 

Country commences its campaign against the Allies in Blacktown on Sunday June 11 from 12.30pm.


1 Kane Farrell 17/03/1999 180 72 Bendigo Pioneers Castlemaine
2 Samuel Walsh 2/07/2000 182 68 Geelong Falcons St Josephs
3 Jye Caldwell 28/09/2000 181 78 Bendigo Pioneers Golden Square / Geelong Grammar
4 Gryan Miers 30/03/1999 177 73 Geelong Falcons Grovedale
5 Ben Paton 19/10/1998 185 78 Murray Bushrangers North Albury
6 Aidan Quigley 7/05/1999 183 72 Gipplsand Power Yinnar
7 Harry Benson 12/06/1999 180 72 Geelong Falcons St Marys
8 Lochie O’Brien 18/09/1999 184 75 Bendigo Pioneers South Mildura / Geelong Grammar
9 Luke Davies-Uniacke 8/06/1999 187 85 Dandenong Stingrays Rye / Haileybury College
10 Brent Daniels 9/03/1999 172 70 Bendigo Pioneers Nyah Nyah West United / Geelong Grammar
11 Laitham Vandermeer 3/02/1999 180 73 Murray Bushrangers Mooroopna / Xavier College
12 Edward McHenry 13/07/2000 176 67 Geelong Falcons Barwon Heads / Geelong College
13 Ethan Floyd 15/07/1999 179 70 Geelong Falcons Colac
14 Callan Wellings 20/02/1998 181 71 GWV Rebels Trentham
15 Paddy Dow 16/10/1999 184 78 Bendigo Pioneers Swan Hill / Geelong Grammar
16 David Handley 1/09/1999 181 76 Geelong Falcons Geelong West Giants
17 Zane Barzen 25/08/2000 191 76 Murray Bushrangers Shepparton United
18 Bailey Henderson 20/10/1999 188 75 Bendigo Pioneers Strathfieldsaye
19 Matthew Ling 21/04/1999 182 74 Geelong Falcons St Marys
20 Tom De Koning 16/07/1999 200 92 Dandenong Stingrays Mornington
21 Hunter Clark 26/03/1999 186 79 Dandenong Stingrays Mornington
22 Jordon Butts 31/12/1999 195 80 Murray Bushrangers Shepparton
23 Cooper Stephens 21/05/1999 180 72 Geelong Falcons Colac
24 Sean Masterson 23/08/1998 192 78 Gipplsand Power Ellinbank
25 Oscar Clavarino 22/05/1999 195 86 Dandenong Stingrays Berwick / Haileybury College
26 Angus Schumacher 16/03/1999 189 76 Bendigo Pioneers Strathfieldsaye
27 Harrison Jones 15/03/1999 183 79 Murray Bushrangers Wodonga Bulldogs
28 James Worpel 24/01/1999 185 84 Geelong Falcons Bell Park
29 Bailey Williams 17/04/2000 198 91 Dandenong Stingrays Crip Point
30 Jordan Johnston 9/09/1999 184 76 GWV Rebels North Ballarat
31 Sam Fletcher 27/01/2000 188 77 Dandenong Stingrays Red Hill
32 Cassidy Parish 4/05/1999 190 84 Geelong Falcons Winchelseas
33 Changkuoth Jiath 13/06/1999 185 74 Gipplsand Power Morwell / Xavier College
34 Thomas Boyd 29/01/1999 191 75 Murray Bushrangers Picola United
35 Tom McCartin 30/12/1999 192 86 Geelong Falcons St Josephs
36 Cody Henness 7/02/1999 193 88 Gippsland Power Sale
37 Joshua Jaska 26/02/1998 193 76 Geelong Falcons Anglesea
38 Lloyd Meek 22/04/1998 202 104 GWV Rebels SMW Rovers
39 Hudson Garoni 14/01/2000 193 92 Murray Bushrangers Wodonga Bulldogs
40 Julian Patterson 14/05/1998 203 81 Gipplsand Power Leongatha
41 Aaron Darling 24/01/1999 178 83 Dandenong Stingrays Crib Point
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7 years ago

How surprised are u with no oscar brownless ?
1 recruiter told me that he has chance to be top 30 pick in 2018
Is he in afl academy squad ?

Oscar House
Oscar House
Reply to  David
7 years ago

na mate, not in the acadamy, and if i am brutally honest, struggles to get a kick in any game he plays. Take away the last name and hes just another one of them geelong rejects

Matt Balmer
Matt Balmer
Reply to  David
7 years ago

Oscar isn’t in the academy, he’s had a quiet start to the season at school and TAC Cup level. Did some ok things in the trial game a few months back but wasn’t considered for the final squad. Top 30 for next year would be a stretch at this stage.

7 years ago

How much do u think lions and blues regret not taking Oliver. Weirering gojng to be a very good player and josh might become a good player. If Oliver reaches his potential has chance to be an incredibley special !
How schocked are u with Oliver progression ??

Matt Balmer
Matt Balmer
Reply to  David
7 years ago

Don’t think Blues or Lions would regret it. Weitering is going to be a star and Schache has struggled up forward in a team that has struggled to get the ball down there. Oliver is going to be a star – I said at the time of the draft he’ll be one of the three best players from that draft class.