Scouting Notes: 2024 Coates Talent League – Round 11

WITH a short break between representative fixtures, plenty of guns fired across a full allotment of six games in the Coates Talent League. Find out which prospects improved their stocks in our Round 11 Scouting Notes.

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  • Team
  • Dandenong Stingrays
  • Oakleigh Chargers

Dandenong Stingrays 14.15 (99) def. Oakleigh Chargers 8.1 (49)

By: Matthew Vella


#1 Cooper Hynes
Midfielder/Forward | 190cm | 28/02/2006

Stats: 27 disposals, 5 tackles, 3 goals

Hynes was dominant all over the ground. His first two goals came with relative ease, snapping both from straightforward positions. His physicality is well known, finishing the game with five tackles but it was his evasive skills and agility which stood out. Along with applying forceful tackles, Hynes also broke free from them when moved into the midfield. He impressed at times in the ruck at forward 50 stoppages, while his size and skill made it tough for any and all who opposed him.

#2 Harvey Langford
Midfielder/Forward | 190cm | 15/03/2006

Stats: 25 disposals, 9 marks, 1 goal

After impressing for Vic Country the previous week, Langford followed it up against the Chargers on Friday night. Playing in the midfield, his outside run across the ground was damaging, while also proving fast and clean at the stoppages. His kicking inside 50 flooded the shaken defence, looking most impressive going forward but also doing clean work down back and proving safe running through the middle. His tackling ability was damaging, finishing with an impressive nine overall.

#3 Harrison Doughton
Midfielder/Forward | 185cm | 23/04/2006

Stats: 20 disposals, 8 tackles, 2 goals

Doughton played the majority of the game in the midfield, with his ability to get to ground fast and hard proving decisive for the Stingrays. He was involved in almost every contest on the night with clean hands under pressure, while his tackling was momentum destroying at stoppages, finishing with eight for the game. Doughton’s first goal came with great effort and intent, a low crumb and fast finish to score from 30m out. His second goal came from a strong contested pack mark and a long kick which the split the middle.

#10 Ben Hopkins
Midfielder/Defender | 190cm | 28/07/2005

Stats: 17 disposals, 6 marks, 5 inside 50s

A relatively quiet game from the over-ager, spending time between midfield and defence. His vision was exceptional out of the backline, pinpointing kicks that helped transition the Stingrays forward with ease. Hard in the contest and aerially apt down back, Hopkins created a habit of interceptin. He also became an extra option running through the middle, with a few gut busting runs accompanied with clean and fast hands for one-twos.

#22 Jordan Doherty
Ruck | 199cm | 21/02/2005

Stats: 19 disposals, 15 hitouts, 1 goal

The over-ager had another brilliant on-ball display, finishing with 19 disposals and 11 handballs. Playing as an extra midfielder, it was his ground level work and high work rate that allowed him to collect so much of the ball. His skills by hand were quite impressive for his size, but his mobility and agility really stood out and allowed to win his own clearances.


#2 Ollie Badr
Midfielder/Forward | 177cm | 04/06/2005

Stats: 20 disposals, 9 tackles, 3 inside 50s

A tough night for the small utility, though he was impressive at stoppages with his fast hands out the back and elite agility to evade oncoming traffic. His running capacity was prolific and effective, breaking the lines through the middle and being a genuine menace when overlapping. Under tough pressure from the stronger manned Stingrays, his kicking inside 50 was penetrative, albeit wayward.

#3 Kobe Askew
Small Forward | 175cm | 16/01/2006

Stats: 17 disposals, 4 inside 50s, 1 goal

The small half-forward didn’t have the biggest of games, but put in a great effort in a tough result for his side. Askew’s running ability was electric, fast to break through the lines, but unfortunately he was stopped in his tracks at times. Lively at stoppages, he brought clean hands under pressure and amazing agility to weave through traffic. His decision making could have been sharper on a few turnovers, but Askew showed glimpses of what he’s capable of doing.

#24 Kane Emery
Midfielder | 173cm | 11/01/2006

Stats: 25 disposals, 9 tackles, 2 goals

Emery took control of the depleted Oakleigh midfield, starring all around the ground. His pressure at stoppages was elite, proving ultra-competitive through his tackling ability and flashy handballs. His two goals came from great offensive efforts, reading the ball drop immaculately and finding a clean snap in the goal square, before also finding space at the 50m arc to cleanly scoop the ball up with minimal effort and finish on the run from 35m.

#33 Luke Quaynor
Defender | 179cm | 17/03/2006

Stats: 20 disposals, 4 marks, 8 rebound 50s

A gutsy game from the running defender, creating ample opportunity from the back half. He was efficient with his defensive transitions with eight rebounds, while his penetrating left-foot kick was accurate and damaging. Quaynor was smart with his intercepting but still needs to work on his timing when mid-air. His strength and speed made it hard to be stopped when running full pelt, and it also allowed him to break away from his man with ease at defensive stoppages.

  • Team
  • Murray Bushrangers
  • Gippsland Power

Murray Bushrangers 8.7 (55) def. by Gippsland Power 11.11 (77)

By: Adrian Dixon


#1 Josh Murphy
Midfielder/Forward | 190cm | 28/11/2006

Stats: 11 disposals, 3 marks, 2 goals

Quietly started the game on the ball, however came into his own during the second quarter where he started to have a little more of an impact. Just like his fellow key forward in Matt Whitlock, Murphy continued to take strong contested marks while also showing his strength and power and strong work rate up the ground.

#9 Joe Berry
Small Forward | 180cm | 18/04/2006

Stats: 15 disposals, 6 tackles, 1 goal

Berry displayed a strong work rate all day and covered the ground exceptionally well, being in and under at the contests and with his follow up work. He showed his great overhead ability to take a mark against much bigger opponents towards the end of the first quarter, before kicking a great set shot goal on a slight angle. He provided plenty of grunt work with hard tackling, while his ball delivery was also dangerous.

#24 Matt Whitlock
Key Forward | 199cm | 16/05/2006

Stats: 13 disposals, 3 marks, 2 goals

Despite a restricted output, Whitlock did not stop trying all day for the Bushies, kicking two goals including the first for his side after Gippsland got an early run on. His set shot goalkicking on an angle was hit or miss, however his work rate up the ground and leading patterns kept Murray just within touching distance. He moved well around the ground, showing great evasiveness and agility.

#42 Ned Byrne
Midfielder | 184cm | 23/12/2005

Stats: 19 disposals, 3 tackles, 1 goal

Byrne was a constant worker in the midfield. His ability to intercept and read the play was highlighted by a quick reaction to Alix Tauru’s miskick in the second quarter, which he took full advantage of to score. He showed great reaction times to the ball and his running patterns generated plenty of chains of play. Byrne’s clearance work was very strong, working well with Max Mahoney in that department, while his follow up work was also solid.


#3 Xavier Lindsay
Midfielder | 183cm | 03/08/2006

Stats: 20 disposals, 5 marks, 2 goals

Lindsay produced a strong captain’s game, starting off very well to win the first clearance and get the ball out to Brodie Atkins, who executed a perfect delivery inside 50. Linsday covered the field exceptionally well and positioned himself dangerously when up forward, and was also creative with his kicking in play. His set shot kicking for goal was yet another tick.

#4 Zachary O’Keefe
Midfielder | 177cm | 22/03/2007

Stats: 22 disposals, 7 tackles, 7 inside 50s

O’Keefe was an immense contributor to the Power’s win, constantly providing grunt work in and under, while also applying trademark defensive pressure around the contest which was a key to the midfield battle. O’Keefe sent the Power forward several times and ensured that the Murray Bushrangers defenders were put under repeat pressure with his delivery inside 50.

#12 Jesse Craven
Midfielder | 176cm | 21/04/2005

Stats: 18 disposals, 4 marks, 8 tackles

Craven’s strong work rate saw him move up and down the ground exceptionally well with his strong two-way running and a well balanced inside and outside game. His defensive pressure also saw him record a team-high eight tackles, making it hard for the opposition to get the ball out of their backh half. 

#24 Brodie Atkins
Midfielder | 181cm | 25/01/2007

Stats: 15 disposals, 7 tackles, 1 goal

Another bottom aged Power product, Atkins made a very strong start where he delivered the ball nicely to a teammate inside 50 with the first kick of the game. He followed this up with having a hand in the first goal for Asher Eastham. Atkins showed a great ability to intercept while also attacking the footy vigorously and displaying great tackle technique with his pressure being constant all day.

#27 Asher Eastham
Forward | 188cm | 13/05/2006

Stats: 12 disposals, 4 marks, 4 goals

Eastham made a hot start to the game, kicking three goals in the first quarter with his first goal coming from a nice snap. He was the focal point up forward, proving solid on a lead and presenting as an option for his midfielders. If he wasn’t marking, he would bring the ball to ground for his small forwards to do their work. His set shot kicking from close range was good, however kicking power on angles for set shots may need work.

#31 Alix Tauru
Tall Defender | 191cm | 16/11/2005

Stats: 23 disposals, 9 marks, 5 rebound 50s

Tauru the job on Jack Whitlock and did very well to restrict his output. He showcased his intercepting ability and overhead marking to get the job done, however at times his decision making let him down and that was highlighted when he turned the ball over leading to a goal in the second quarter. Tauru showed quick hands and continued to work hard up the ground once he disposed of the ball to provide an option for his teammates running forward. He took plenty of crucial marks down back, especially a few on the goal line and took the game on constantly. The top-ager has been rewarded with a call-up into the Vic Country squad in need of aggressive tall defenders.

  • Team
  • Eastern Ranges
  • Calder Cannons

Eastern Ranges 11.11 (77) def. by Calder Cannons 12.16 (88)

By: Peter Williams


#4 Jak Ryan
Forward | 176cm | 25/07/2006

Stats: 18 disposals, 4 marks, 7 inside 50s

Ryan looked dangerous in the front half of the ground, looming as a distributing type at half-forward. At times he could try to do a bit too much when taking on the opposition or looping a handball to a teammate, but kept presenting at half-forward and showed strong hands. He had his chances and continually pumped the ball inside 50, with a set shot at one stage from 40m missing to the left. Overall a solid performance as he remained engaged throughout the contest.

#7 Cody Anderson
Midfielder | 181cm | 30/01/2006

Stats: 27 disposals, 8 tackles, 9 inside 50s

It was a Cody Anderson-like performance from the uncompromising midfielder who crunched opponents left and right, and threw his body at the ball with reckless abandonment. Anderson often pumped the ball deep inside 50, and while at times the final execution could be sketchy, he managed to kick a clever goal through heavy traffic at the top of the goalsquare that somehow avoided a stack of bodies in between him and the goals. His strength in the middle was unmatched and the way he plowed into the Cannons midfielders meant they had to be wary of his presence.

#9 Christian Moraes
Midfielder | 183cm | 08/11/2006

Stats: 24 disposals, 8 tackles, 1 goal

Arguably best-on in the first half and capped off the opening two terms with a classy running goal. In a game where it had gone end to end but largely through marks and set shots, Moraes provided that point of difference with a nice finish that got the Eastern crowd up and about. He was strong overhead, and while the opposition was making sure he was closely watched at stoppages, Moraes still found his fair share of the ball. He was a little quieter later in the game, but scrapped well and won clearances off both sides of his body.

#12 Jordan Hider
Midfielder | 172cm | 21/03/2006

Stats: 21 disposals, 2 marks, 4 inside 50s

Though Hider might be small, his impact was large as he used the ball incredibly well across the ground. He seemed to consistently pop up between the arcs, made good decisions with ball-in-hand and hit targets neatly both under pressure and in space. He set up a number of goals to teammate including Moraes’ running major in the opening minute of the second term, and was an underrated player in a loss where the usual suspects still stood up. A very impressive performance.


#1 Kayne Rutley
Forward | 180cm | 24/04/2006

Stats: 7 disposals, 3 marks, 3 tackles, 1 goal

The long-sleeved small forward stats clearly do not jump off the page, but he looked incredibly dangerous inside 50 and most potent early. While Kako and the talls ended up finishing off far stronger and his second half was quiet, Rutley lit the spark with nice forward craft to win it off hands and run in to kick the goal. Aside from hi own goal, he set up Harry Ryan with a nice handball, and then Omar Abou-Eid with his goal as well. Though his second half highlights were few and far between, Rutley did fly high in the goalsquare during the third term but just couldn’t bring it down.

#4 Isaac Kako
Forward/Midfielder | 175cm | 07/03/2006

Stats: 25 disposals, 6 inside 50s, 1 goal

Ended up as a standout in Calder’s win, pulling plenty of highlights out of his bag of tricks. His hands at ground level were elite, he soccered home a goal in the second term after some incredible hard running, and also set up goals to teammates in the process. Her missed a couple of chances he could her nailed to add to his tally including a flying shot on goal during the third quarter. Kako moved into the midfield at times to add a point of difference in there, and did win the odd clearance, showing off his evasive skills and ability to get his hands free when given the opportunity. A big performance from the Vic Metro small forward.

#10 Damon Hollow
Defender/Midfielder | 180cm | 30/03/2006

Stats: 27 disposals, 4 inside 50s, 6 rebound 50s

Starting in defence with long sleeves, Hollow progressed to the midfield in short sleeves and was just rock solid consistent throughout the entire match. He ran up and down the wing, had a crack and put his body on the line. Though not rewarded with any tackles, he did apply good pressure, and importantly lead by example with his defensive running to get behind the ball and help out his backmen. It was more of an industrious performance than anything else, but he still played an important role in leading his side to victory and keeping them composed when challenged by the Ranges.

#17 Nash King
Midfielder | 181cm | 05/01/2006

Stats: 30 disposals, 4 marks, 4 inside 50s

King finished the day as the highest production player on the ground, racking up a match-topping 30 disposals. Most of them were handballs as though her tried to burst free, he was often force to dish off by hand. His shot in the opening 30 seconds of the fourth quarter hit the post in what would have been a perfect start to the term for the Cannons. King had his moments throughout the match and continued to get into ball-winning positions.

  • Team
  • Bendigo Pioneers
  • Sandringham Dragons

Bendigo Pioneers 10.12 (72) def. by Sandringham Dragons 13.5 (83)

By: Michael Alvaro


#2 Archer Day-Wicks
Midfielder | 186cm | 13/05/2006

Stats: 22 disposals, 6 marks, 3 goals

Producing one of his best games of the season, Day-Wicks played on-ball but also made an impact up forward. The classy left-footer was an effective second possession winner, able to wheel around onto his favoured side and attack by foot. He showed signs of confidence when carrying the ball and taking on opponents, while also wearing contact well and recapturing some of his aerial game. Though he set up a few set shot opportunities from tight angles, Day-Wicks slammed home a goal on the run and snapped another late in the game to finish with three majors.

#3 Tobie Travaglia
Midfielder/Forward | 187cm | 26/10/2006

Stats: 28 disposals, 7 tackles, 3 goals

Showing out in a best afield performance, Travaglia was incredibly well rounded. He cracked in at the coalface, but then used his speed on the outside either by shrugging tackles or being released on the overlap. The utility was a mainstay in midfield before almost winning the game off his own boot as a forward in term four, levelling the scores with three consecutive goals. His competitiveness and overhead marking ability were outstanding, though Travaglia’s composure and kicking on the run could have been sharper.

#12 Jobe Shanahan
Key Forward | 194cm | 02/08/2006

Stats: 13 disposals, 5 marks, 1 goal

Tested throughout an enthralling battle with Adrian Cole, Shanahan never stopped presenting up the line with terrific leading patterns and a typically strong leap. His clean hands were on show early but became less so as the game wore on and he continued to be hit in the air. His mobility and persistence meant Bendigo continued to use him as the main avenue into forward 50, plucking a couple of outstanding grabs and booting a goal in the second quarter.

#17 Lachlan Hogan
Defender/Midfielder | 177cm | 13/01/2006

Stats: 28 disposals, 6 inside 50s, 4 rebound 50s

While defence was his primary position, Hogan was used in every third of the ground on Sunday. The energetic small adopted a surge style from the last line, following up his kicks and chaining possessions in transition. He also played off a high line and was able to penetrate the forward half, though found himself dumping the ball long – choosing the right target but executing poorly under pressure. He got a run through midfield in term four with a forward rotation and remained busy.

#42 James Barrat
Tall Defender/Forward | 193cm | 23/11/2006

Stats: 23 disposals, 10 marks, 12 rebound 50s

Perhaps a sign of things to come after Vic Country struggled in the tall defender department last week, Barrat was swung back and absolutely thrived. He dominated with strong intercept marking, leaping at the ball with confidence and reading it well off the kicker’s boot. His field kicking was also excellent, even when looking to move the ball on quickly. Barrat was momentarily swung forward in term three and missed a pair of set shots, before heading back behind the ball to good effect.


#7 Max Hoult
Tall Forward | 09/04/2005

Stats: 8 disposals, 6 marks, 1 goal

While not overly prolific, Hoult had his moments on Sunday and showed glimpses of why he is considered an over-age smokey. The tall forward was a genuine threat on the lead, able to create separation with his athleticism and present full-chested at the kicker. His running patterns to the top of attacking 50 led to several scoring chances, with Hoult managing a single major to go with two behinds from his set shot attempts.

#14 Ned Maginness
Midfielder | 194cm | 22/04/2005

Stats: 16 disposals, 7 marks, 2 goals

In a strong all-round performance, Maginness showcased his points of difference through midfield. The 194cm Hawthorn father-son candidate was clean in the clinches and took some strong overhead marks. He was also a threat inside 50 and drew free kicks, with both his goals coming in the second quarter – on the end of a 50m penalty and free kick. Maginness’ running capacity and size helped him have an impact in Sandringham’s fighting win.

#20 Adrian Cole
Key Defender | 195cm | 05/01/2006

Stats: 11 disposals, 2 marks, 3 tackles

Taking on arguably the toughest matchup in defence, Cole competed hard with high-marking forward Jobe Shanahan all day. He had the athleticism to go with him on the lead and did his best to either apply body contact or force a spoil as both players took to the air. Cole’s defensive diligence was adapted to suit ground level recovery and he was quite confident with ball in hand, either fending off opponents or bursting away on the rebound.

#24 Brodie Findlay
Ruck | 199cm | 20/05/2005

Stats: 15 disposals, 4 marks, 23 hitouts

Findlay’s form has been exemplary as the leader of an undermanned Sandringham outfit, and as such earned him a Vic Metro call-up. The imposing ruckman was typically forceful at the contest with a game-high 23 hitouts and several clearances of his own. What set this performance apart from others was his ability to clunk contested marks around the ground – particularly from kick-ins. His disposal could do with some polish at times but he backed himself with ball in hand.

  • Team
  • Geelong Falcons
  • Northern Knights

Geelong Falcons 14.16 (100) def. Northern Knights 7.6 (48)

By: Michael Alvaro


#7 Noah Tullio
Midfielder/Forward | 169cm | 23/03/2006

Stats: 24 disposals, 7 inside 50s, 2 goals

Starting forward before really coming to prominence as a midfielder, Tullio was crafty as ever as Geelong’s top disposal getter. His vision and creativity when exiting congestion were on show, with the diminutive talent darting into pockets of space and delivering the ball at obscure angles. His finishing on goal was terrific, booting two majors with one a set shot and the other a running snap.

#15 Cooper Ward
Forward | 178cm | 19/05/2006

Stats: 16 disposals, 5 marks, 3 goals

Arguably best afield for the victors, Ward booted a game-high three goals as reward for his outstanding running. The forward’s patterns were excellent, working up the ground and launching the ball into dangerous areas as Geelong’s most important connector going forward. His score involvements would have been high, producing five off his own boot and assisting others with energetic movement around goal. He finished from set shots and on the run.

#20 Lachie Jaques
Defender | 184cm | 01/06/2006

Stats: 17 disposals, 5 tackles, 3 rebound 50s

Jaques usually sees a lot of action from the kick-ins but given Northern only posted a single behind in the opening half, some of his attacking flair was missing. Nonetheless, he took the aggressive route up the middle on most restarts and marshalled Geelong’s defence off a high line. Jaques’ direct style and gutsy intercept efforts were indicative of his usual game, even if he ended up being a touch less prolific than usual.

#29 Joe Pike
Ruck | 203cm | 17/05/2005

Stats: 17 disposals, 5 tackles, 34 hitouts

Returning to the Falcons with VFL experience under his belt, Pike imposed himself on the contest as any 203cm over-ager should. He dominated the ruck battle, rising for 34 hitouts with strong leaps at the centre bounces and out-wrestling his opponents to prise several clearances. Pike tended to pump the ball long and while not overly quick on the spread, was able to extract and move the ball on. He perhaps could have impacted more aerially around the ground, taking only one mark.


#7 Zak Johnson
Defender/Midfielder | 185cm | 24/12/2006

Stats: 28 disposals, 9 marks, 1 goal

Making his return after missing Round 10 and Vic Metro’s opening match, Johnson was unsurprisingly top of the Knights’ disposal charts. The co-captain again featured in defence, racking up possessions with ease – albeit relatively easy ones. If he wasn’t taking the kick-ins himself, he marked plenty in the pocket and didn’t have as many pure possessions as usual. He did rise for a couple of handy intercept marks though and distributed the ball well by foot. Johnson then switched into a midfield-forward rotation after half time and hit the scoreboard with a classy finish.

#11 Lucas McInerney
Wing | 180cm | 28/02/2006

Stats: 24 disposals, 5 marks, 7 rebound 50s

While others were comfortable racking up numbers in slow play, McInerney added a bit of intent to Northern’s transitional play. He swept back from the wing and looked to drive his legs with each possession, but showed marked improvement in his composure under pressure to either ride contact to escape it effectively. He found success on the defensive side of stoppages while also working into his usual space on the outside.

#23 Gabriel Stumpf
Key Forward | 196cm | 23/11/2006

Stats: 8 disposals, 3 marks, 2 goals

Stumpf’s numbers may not jump off the page but he produced some brilliant moments on Sunday. The athletic tall juggled a mark before booting the game’s first goal and baulked two opponents to assist Riley Ormerod in term two. He showed great touch and mobility for a 196cm player, leaning on his agility to buy time in possession and create separation on the lead. With limited opportunities in the second half, he created another assist for Zak Johnson and nabbed a joe-the-goose goal in term three.

#56 Sam Gayfer
Tall Forward | 191cm | 21/05/2008

Stats: 8 disposals, 2 marks, 2 tackles

One of two Under 16 talents in Northern’s team alongside Tate Hodgson, Gayfer showed some promising signs on debut. The recent Vic Metro representative displayed his aerial ability with a couple of nicely timed leaps to mark overhead, working beyond forward 50 to make an impact. His judgement of the ball was terrific and while still a touch raw, he applied himself well to win a holding the ball free kick in term three – albeit missing the shot.

  • Team
  • GWV Rebels
  • Tasmania Devils

GWV Rebels 9.10 (64) def. Tasmania Devils 12.7 (79)

By: Adrian Dixon


#2 Harry Charleson
Defender | 182cm | 26/06/2006

Stats: 27 disposals, 5 tackles, 6 rebound 50s

Charleson started very well with his ball delivery on his left foot in the first quarter, along with his tackling pressure being a highlight. The Vic Country representative provided plenty of dash out of defence throughout the day and was able to break tackles, while his spoiling ability was another feature.

#6 Jack Ough
Wing | 194cm | 15/12/2006

Stats: 21 disposals, 6 clearances, 4 inside 50s

Ough had a quiet start to the game, failing to register a kick in the first term, however got into the action with his strong clearance work and tackling technique. He also moved well around the ground to cover and provide options for his teammates. Ough used his strong frame to assert himself physically on the contest.

#7 Oliver Hannaford
Forward | 180cm | 01/09/2006

Stats: 10 disposals, 3 tackles, 2 goals

Hannaford was dangerous up forward, however it could be said he didn’t make the most of his chances kicking 2.2 for the day. Nonetheless, he made a great start assisting Jonty Faull for the first goal of the day. Hannaford showcased his powerful tackle-breaking ability and his defensive pressure was constant. His ability to mark overhead despite being undersized was another feature, while his set shot kicking ability in front and on angles held up.

#8 Jonty Faull
Key Forward | 195cm | 01/02/2006

Stats: 9 disposals, 2 marks, 3 goals

Faull was a constant threat up forward for the Rebels, kicking the first goal of the game from a great snap. He then followed up not long afterwards following a strong mark for his second. Faull hit the scoreboard again in the third quarter, however following a collision with his teammate, he came off and struggled to impact after that. Faull showed great movement for his height throughout the day while also pushed up the ground well, highlighting his strong work rate.

#19 Mitchell Lloyd
Tall Defender | 192cm | 15/03/2006

Stats: 23 disposals, 10 marks, 6 rebound 50s

Lloyd was by far the Rebels’ most accomplished performer for the game, continuing to repel the Devils’ forward thrusts. Had he not been present down back, the game could have been lost for his side by a lot more. Lloyd was a go-to player in the backline and provided plenty of run out of defence, while his spoiling and overhead marking were terrific. He perhaps tried to do too much at times and take the opposition on, which proved costly in turning the ball over.


#1 Liam Ling
Defender | 171cm | 01/11/2006

Stats: 20 disposals, 2 marks, 6 rebound 50s

Ling constantly worked hard down back alongside Marty Brereton and on many occasions cleared the ball out of the backline for the Devils. He was a go-to player down back with his clean disposal to ensure that the Devils were able to distribute from defence without any hassles, while also putting his body on the line for his teammates and utilising his springy vertical leap to advantage to spoil his opponents.

#2 Daniel Cooney
Small Forward | 177cm | 09/05/2006

Stats: 13 disposals, 2 inside 50s, 3 goals

Cooney was strong around the contest, positioning himself well to receive the ball and displaying neat kicking from all sorts of angles – both on goal and in open play. Cooney kicked two majors in the first quarter, one of them being from a difficult set shot kick in the forward pocket. He then kicked one in the third quarter on the run following a handball from a teammate and did his best to keep the ball alive all day, creating opportunities for his teammates.

#6 Connor Ling
Midfielder/Forward | 177cm | 01/11/2006

Stats: 15 disposals, 4 marks, 3 goals

Starting in the midfield, Ling was prominent around the contest and put his body on the line. He positioned himself well around the ground, however he made his best impact on the game as a small forward in the second half. When the conditions started to dampen, Ling provided a leading option despite being a small forward kicking two goals for the quarter and his set shot kicking in wet conditions were a success, though less so on an angle.

#13 Oliver Depaoli-Kubank
Midfielder | 178cm | 24/07/2006

Stats: 23 disposals, 7 inside 50s, 1 goal

The Allies representative was constantly doing his best in the midfield to drive his side forward, finding creative ways to dispose of the footy while also doing his best in the contest to win the ball and constantly putting his body on the line. A prime example of that came in the last quarter when the game was still up for grabs, as he was rewarded for his efforts late in the game with a nice goal.

#21 Lenny Douglas
Small Forward | 179cm | 03/07/2006

Stats: 15 disposals, 3 goals, 2 behinds

Douglas made an ideal start with an early goal and applied great pressure to compliment his follow-up work and running patterns to get the ball. He delivered into dangerous spots, highlighted by when he awkwardly dump kicked it to Connor Ling who marked inside 50. He then got on the end of a loose ball in the goalsquare to kick his second, then kicked another one after taking a strong mark in the forward pocket. He also showed good football IQ with the aide of the wind to kick a set shot goal from an angle.

#38 Dominic Pitt
Midfielder | 183cm | 21/09/2006

Stats: 20 disposals, 8 clearances, 2 goals

Pitt was constantly at the coalface for the Devils with his strong attack on the footy at the stoppages, while also doing his best defensively around the contest. He showed great ground coverage and running patterns to ensure he was well positioned to receive the ball, while also delivering the ball well inside 50 and putting the Rebels’ defence under enormous pressure. Pitt kicked two nice goals; the first from long range in the second quarter, and then another one later on in the third quarter from a neat set shot kick.

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