Young Guns go Country in final clash

THE 2023 Young Guns series wraps up on Sunday, as the over-age squad locks horns with Vic Country at Ikon Park. Getting underway at 2pm, the clash not only provides another chance for Victorian based mid-season draft candidates to shine, but also for fringe Vic Country hopefuls to trial for selection.


Who: Young Guns vs. Vic Country U18
When: Sunday May 14, 2:00pm
Where: IKON Park, Carlton North
How to watch: Click here!

While the Young Guns squad remains the same, Vic Country will look a touch different to what should be expected at the Under 18 National Championships. Six core members will instead turn out for the National Academy on Saturday, while others may choose to play school football instead.

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Among the guns to watch, first round bolter Joel Freijah and his GWV Rebels teammate Luamon Lual offer plenty of class. The latter will likely be joined by Billy Wilson and Angus Hastie in defence. Speedster Harry De Mattia is another to keep an eye on up forward or on either side of midfield.

Some of the top performers from Country’s trials against Metro include Dandenong Stingrays utility Kade De La Rue and nippy GWV mid-forward Lachlan Charleson, along with Gippsland Power ruck-forward Wil Dawson.

The Young Guns took on Vic Metro last week in the series opener, going down by 20 points atop the rain-sodden Trevor Barker Beach Oval. Players like Ryan Maric and Clay Tucker have been billed as the top mid-season draft prospects, so will be keen to help turn that result around in an unchanged lineup.

>> Scouting Notes: Young Guns vs. Vic Metro


1BeauTedcastle20-03-04177Richmond (VFL)St Mary’s
2MitchSzybkowski09-01-04185Frankston (VFL)Beaconsfield
3JoziahNannup01-11-04183Dandenong StingraysDoveton
4TomBower20-08-04180Oakleigh ChargersGlen Waverley Rovers
5PaddyCross14-02-03182Casey Demons (VFL)Nar Nar Goon
6MichaelKiraly09-01-04186Bendigo PioneersMacleod
8RyePenny01-03-04186Calder CannonsGisborne
9ArchieSinnott28-07-04186Geelong FalconsNewtown & Chilwell
10JeddLongmire14-06-04188Collingwood (VFL) / Murray BushrangersBundoora
11NicholasNewton13-05-04187Murray BushrangersLavington
12JackCleaver22-05-04188Essendon (VFL)St Bernards
13EthanStanley13-11-03188Box Hill Hawks (VFL)Frankston YCW
14LukeTeal20-05-04190Richmond (VFL) / Oakleigh ChargersGlen Iris
15TomStern23-06-04191Gippsland PowerWarragul
18RyanMaric06-09-04193Gippsland PowerDrouin
15-04-04192Dandenong StingraysMt Eliza
21MitchDodos03-11-04196Bendigo PioneersKyabram
22HamishPierson03-11-04195Geelong FalconsGrovedale Tigers
24JovanPetric17-04-04197Western JetsKeilor
25ArcherMay27-08-04199Richmond (VFL) / Sandringham DragonsSt Kilda City
26LeviYoung15-01-04199Sandringham DragonsBeaumaris
28WilliamElliott11-06-04203Oakleigh ChargersSurrey Park
29ClayTucker09-08-04204Eastern RangesRowville
30FlynnRiley05-04-04206Northern KnightsMontmorency

1OliverPoole18-03-05183Bendigo PioneersEchuca United
2LachlanCharleson29-01-05176GWV RebelsEast Point
3LuamonLual28-03-05181GWV RebelsSouth Warrnambool
4BillyWilson16-06-05182Dandenong StingraysDromana
6CobyJames29-05-05176Murray BushrangersMooroopna
7JoelFreijah14-11-05191GWV RebelsHorsham Saints
8SamFrangalas20-04-05187Dandenong StingraysBerwick
9AngusHastie19-09-05189Geelong FalconsGeelong West Giants
10PatrickHughes20-03-05182Geelong FalconsTorquay
11ThomasHanily31-05-05179Gippsland PowerLeongatha
12OskarSmartt26-10-05179Bendigo PioneersLeitchville Gunbower
13KadeDe La Rue19-11-05184Dandenong StingraysBeaconsfield
14KobeShipp12-05-05187Dandenong StingraysBeaconsfield
15OscarRyan15-05-05187Murray BushrangersShepparton United
16HarryDemattia11-09-05184Dandenong StingraysEdithvale Aspendale
17JacobGrant18-07-05191Dandenong StingraysEndeavour Hills
18BenHopkins28-07-05188Dandenong StingraysLangwarrin
21WilDawson20-12-05200Gippsland PowerLeongatha
24ThomasPeirce01-11-05195Geelong FalconsSouth Barwon
25MichaelRudd14-05-05192Geelong FalconsSt Mary’s
28MacScoullar20-07-05202GWV RebelsBallarat
29JoePike17-05-05203Geelong FalconsBarwon Heads
30LachlanSmith05-10-05202Gippsland PowerWarragul

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