AFL Draft Watch: Zane Trew (Swan Districts/Western Australia)

IN the midst of football’s long-awaited return, Draft Central takes a look at some of this year’s brightest names who have already represented their state in some capacity leading into 2020. While plenty has changed between now and then, we will provide a bit of an insight into players, how they performed at pre-season testing, and some of our scouting notes on them from last year.

Next under the microscope in our AFL Draft watch is Swan Districts prospect Zane Trew, one of the premier inside midfielders among this year’s crop. While the 186cm West Australian has dealt with his fair share of injury setbacks, he made a triumphant start to this year’s WAFL Colts competition. Barring his Round 3 outing which was cut short by concussion, Trew has averaged 28 disposals as the top ball winner in a struggling side. Such consistency has him poised to climb the grades at Swan Districts, where onlookers can look forward to enjoying his terrific use by hand and tough work in the clinches.


Zane Trew
Swan Districts/Western Australia

DOB: April 26, 2002

Height: 186cm
Weight: 78kg

Position: Inside Midfielder

Strengths: Contested ball/extraction, releasing handballs, strength, tackling, poise
Improvements: Breakaway speed, utilising more kicks

2020 WAFL Colts averages: 4 games | 22.3 disposals | 2.0 marks | 4.0 tackles | 2.3 inside 50s | 0.5 goals (2)
2019 WAFL Colts averages:
3 games | 29 disposals | 2.3 marks | 7 tackles | 2.3 inside 50s | 0.3 goals (1)

>> Draft Diaries: Zane Trew – Edition 1 | Edition 2
>> Marquee Matchup: Trew vs. Davis


Standing vertical leap: 60cm
Running vertical leap (R/L): 76cm/73cm
Speed (20m): 3.11 seconds
Agility: 8.66 seconds
Endurance (Yo-yo): 20.8

>> Full Testing Results:
20m Sprint


2020 WAFL Colts Round 2 vs. Claremont

By: Lenny Fogliani

The Hills Rangers junior showed why he is one of the leading inside midfield prospects in this year’s AFL draft pool. He accumulated 31 possessions, laid five tackles, grabbed three marks and recorded three inside 50s in a powerful display. His composure, and decision-making around the stoppages was impressive for someone his age. When he got the ball on the outside, he constantly hit his intended target.

2018 Under 16 National Championships vs. Vic Metro

By: Michael Alvaro

There’s a lot to like about the Swan Districts product as a solidly built midfielder. Starting at the opening centre bounce, Trew’s first big play was a releasing handball forward which opened up play, followed by a composed kick across the 50 that highlighted his rare vision. Later in the game, his overhead marking came into play as he floated between the 50 arcs, contesting hard in the air. Trew’s aggression also came to the fore as he was not afraid to get stuck in and lay some hard tackles.

>> 2020 Western Australia U18s Squad Prediction
>> Positional Analysis: Inside Midfielders
>> August 2020 Power Rankings
>> July 2020 Power Rankings


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Charlie Byrne
Jackson Callow
Blake Coleman
Braeden Campbell
Alex Davies
Oliver Davis
Errol Gulden
Patrick Walker

South Australia:
Kaine Baldwin
Bailey Chamberlain
Zac Dumesny
Corey Durdin
Luke Edwards
Lachlan Jones
Tariek Newchurch
Caleb Poulter
Tom Powell
Taj Schofield
Riley Thilthorpe

Vic Country:
Sam Berry
Tanner Bruhn
Jack Ginnivan
Oliver Henry
Elijah Hollands
Zach Reid
Nick Stevens
Jamarra Ugle-Hagan

Vic Metro:
Jake Bowey
Jackson Cardillo
Nikolas Cox
Connor Downie
Eddie Ford
Bailey Laurie
Finlay Macrae
Reef McInnes
Archie Perkins
Will Phillips

Western Australia:
Heath Chapman
Denver Grainger-Barras
Logan McDonald
Nathan O’Driscoll
Brandon Walker
Joel Western
Isiah Winder

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