ALL 10 Coates Talent League regions who participated in Round 13 are represented in our Team of the Week, headlined by a quartet of Dandenong prospects. Despite going down to Sandringham on Saturday night, the Stingrays also boast the Player of the Week in Cooper Hynes. See who made the cut for our 24-player squad.
B: Ben Hopkins (DS) – Jovan Petric (WJ) – Ethan Williams (SD)
HB: Charlie Naish (NK) – Tew Jiath (GP) – Charles Bolmat (CC)
It is quite an attacking back line this week, featuring six players who each pieced together a minimum of 24 disposals. Surprisingly, it was the tallest of the lot who led all comers in Western’s Jovan Petric, who racked up 29 touches, nine marks and seven rebound 50s in his side’s loss to Northern.
In the same game, Richmond father-son candidate Charlie Naish earned yet another entry for his productivity off half-back, while Ben Hopkins and Ethan Williams fill out the pockets having proven prolific at opposite ends of the ground as Sandringham downed Dandenong.
Tew Jiath takes up the second key position slot despite measuring up a touch undersized at 187cm, though he was hard to deny after breaking through for 26 disposals and eight marks. Calder’s Charles Bolmat rounds out the defence having also played well in a losing effort.
FOL: Will Green (NK) – Mahmoud Taha (CC) – Xavier Lindsay (GP)
C: Archie Sinnott (GF) – Patrick Hughes (GF) – Matthew Nelson (DS)
Dandenong, Northern, Calder, and Gippsland all extend their representation down the field with more players named through the centre. Geelong boasts the greatest on-ball influence though, with ball winner Patrick Hughes starting in the guts and over-ager Archie Sinnott featuring on the wing.
Opposite to Sinnott is Stingray Matthew Nelson, while Hughes is joined by Mahmoud Taha and Xavier Lindsay at the centre bounces after they both notched up over 30 disposals. Rucking to them is Northern captain Will Green, who warmed to his side’s win nicely to beat out some hitout masters.
HF: Kristian Ferronato (NK) – Luke Lloyd (SD) – Cooper Hynes (DS)
F: Hugh Byrne (BP) – Mitch Doddos (BP) – Brady Wright (GWV)
Player of the Week Cooper Hynes stars in this week’s forward line, which otherwise is very marking oriented. He booted three goals in Dandenong’s loss on Saturday, though GWV Rebels over-ager Brady Wright snared a round-high four in just his second game of the season.
Bendigo Pioneers pair Mitch Doddos and Hugh Byrne join Wright on the full forward line, while Sandringham’s Luke Lloyd was hard to overlook despite only bagging a single major. Elsewhere, Kristian Ferronato earns a breakthrough start after his impressive 29-disposal and three-goal effort.
INT: Charlie Edwards (SD), Hugo Garcia (CC), Oliver Hannaford (GWV), Harvey Langford (DS), Tobyn Murray (GF), Nick Newton (MB)
As has been the case over the last couple of weeks, the interchange bench is flooded by midfielders. The likes of Hugo Garcia, Harvey Langford, and Nick Newton were strong in losing sides, while Charlie Edwards, Oliver Hannaford, and Tobyn Murray all fared well in wins but couldn’t quite crack the starting 18. There was a list of players who can count themselves unlucky to miss out this week, especially in the absence of representative stars.