Matt Balmer

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Draft Central Power Rankings: May 2018

IN one of the most recognisable draft crops in some time, the 2018 AFL National Draft is heating up to be one of the most talked about in the lead-up with so many tall and small prospects who are already looking like genuine AFL stars. As with last year, on the first Monday of the […]

Player of the Week: TAC Cup Girls – Round 8

ANOTHER week, another big bag of goals and this time it was Sandringham Dragons’ forward Holly Bate on the end of scoring chain. The in-form forward booted five goals the previous week against the Western Jets, and went two better on the weekend, slamming home seven majors. Her performance was a clear standout from the […]

Possible father-son Bailey Scott stars in week three of the Under 18 Academy Series

TASMANIA Mariners were the big winners in the third round of the 2018 Under 18 Academy Series, while the Sydney Swans and Gold Coast Suns Academy teams both collected the points.  NORTHERN TERRITORY VS. SYDNEY SWANS ACADEMY A FAST start from the Sydney Swans Academy have ensured they would run out 29-point winners over the […]

Victorian Young Guns Series squads announced

THE best young talent in the Victorian Football League (VFL) will take part in a revamped AFL Victoria Young Gun Series, which kicks off next month at Avalon Airport Oval. After previously being an annual match played in September, with potential ‘draft smokies’ going head-to-head, this year the three match series will give recruiters the […]

Player of the Week: TAC Cup – Round 4

MURRAY Bushrangers key forward Hudson Garoni’s huge bag of eight goals on Saturday was enough to earn him the title of AFL Draft Central’s TAC Cup Player of the Week, for Round 4.  The AFL Academy tall was influential throughout the contest, especially when the Bushrangers got on top of the Dragons, booting 13 goals […]

Nick Blakey and Tarryn Thomas star in week two of the Under 18 Academy Series

POSSIBLE Top 10 draft talents Nick Blakey and Tarryn Thomas have stood out in the second weekend of the Under 18 Academy Series (Formerly Division Two), with the Sydney Swans, Brisbane Lions and Tassie Mariners the winners in this weekend’s games. SYDNEY ACADEMY VS. GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY ACADEMY Nick Blakey stamped his authority as the best […]

Scouting notes: Victorian trials

WET weather and blustery conditions played havoc at Ikon Park for the two Vic Country and Vic Metro Under 18 trial matches on Sunday. With the Level 2 AFL Academy players rested from the games, alongside some injured prospects, it gave some other boys a chance to put their hand up to make the final […]

Swans, Giants and Mariners take the points in Under 18 Academy Series opening weekend

THE UNDER 18 Academy Series kicked off at Blacktown International Sports Park on Saturday, with Tasmania, Sydney Swans Academy and GWS Giants Academy teams collecting victories.  —  TASMANIA VS. GOLD COAST ACADEMY LIKELY Tasmanian draftee Chayce Jones has starred in the opening game of the NAB AFL Under 18 Academy Series at Blacktown International Sports Park […]

Victorian initial U18 Squads announced

THE INITIAL Under 18 squads for Victoria’s two Under 18 teams have been announced. Both Vic Metro and Vic Country have released strong preliminary squads, with the final lists to be confirmed closer to the Championships at the conclusion of trial matches. Both squads will meet this Sunday at Ikon Park, with two trial games […]

Player focus: Xavier O’Halloran

A fast finishing Western Jets line-up collected their second win of the season, defeating the Eastern Ranges by 32-points on Saturday Matt Balmer looks in depth at one of their important midfield cogs. Xavier O’Halloran is one of a handful of players on the 2018 Western Jets list that is well and truly capable of finding himself […]

Demons in pole position for Category B prospect Bradtke

THE SON of Mark and Nicole Bradtke is not far away from making a decision on his future after setting his sights on forging an AFL career. Austin Bradtke, 17, will decide which club he will join as a Category B rookie over the next month.  The 205cm tall last year was part of Vic […]

Scouting notes: AFL Academy vs. North Melbourne

THE best players from the 2018 AFL Draft pool combined to run out 43-point winners over North Melbourne’s VFL team on Saturday. The AFL Academy game was played as a curtain raiser to the AFL clash between Melbourne and North Melbourne at the MCG. MATCH REPORT: AFL Academy vs. North Melbourne VFL Read Matt Balmer, […]

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