Medium Defender


Angus Hastie

height: 190cm

weight: 74kg

D.O.B: 19-09-2005

Leagues: AFL U18 Championships, Coates Talent League Boys

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SNAPSHOT: “Angus Hastie is a versatile, daring defender who takes the game on with speed and overlap run.”

Having only begun to fully focus on footy last preseason, Angus Hastie has quickly become the Geelong Falcons’ leading draft hope for 2023. The dashing defender was a talented junior basketballer and cricketer, but pushed both codes aside after a promising bottom-age campaign.

Last year, Hastie only made his Coates Talent League debut in Round 8, but went on to play nine games with the Falcons and represented Vic Country at Under 17 level. His exploits turned the wheel for ideal preparation leading up to his draft year, where Hastie produced a full national carnival and finished second in the Falcons’ best and fairest count.

Having addressed his growth areas and taken on some big roles throughout the season, Hastie also became the region’s lone National Draft Combine invitee. At the recent event, the 18-year-old put up results consistent with his preseason scores and was particularly prominent in the agility test, clocking the third-best time of 8.204 seconds.



+ Agility
+ Defensive versatility
+ Intercept game
+ Rebounding
+ Speed
+ Upside


- Composure
- Strength

Considering how recently he made a full commitment to the footballing pathway, Hastie expresses a seasoned grip on the game. He admires how confidently Bailey Dale attacks and takes risks with the ball, but is equally enamoured by James Sicily's defensive craft and positioning. In some sense, Hastie has sought to combine the best of both worlds this year.

Starting with his strengths, the 18-year-old is a rebounding force off half-back who has a penchant for slicing through opposition zones. Speed and agility are his top athletic traits, and both translate on-field with unrelenting launches from the last line and a willingness to attack the corridor with ball in hand. While relatively low-possession, Hastie is a high-impact metres gained player.

The Geelong Falcons standout is also an apt interceptor. In the Coates Talent League, he averaged 4.6 marks (1.9 intercept), 7.9 intercept possessions and 1.4 spoils, going at 20 disposals per his 13 games. It's a strength he's always laid claim to, but sought to bring to the fore in 2023 along with many other defensive traits. Defend first, then attack was Hastie's preseason vision.

He delivered on it throughout the year by taking on a range of roles. In particular, he got to showcase his defensive versatility in Vic Country colours, locking down Vic Metro star Nate Caddy - a 193cm marking phenom. Late in the season he matched up on GWV Rebels small Lachlan Charleson (177cm), but arguably produced his best game in the preliminary final a week later, where he was freed up to rebound at will.

While he can certainly hurt the opposition with incisive play out of defence, Hastie still has room for improvement in the way of skill execution. With much of his work done in a high gear, he can rush at times or skew his kicks. For the large part though, he gets good penetration and is efficient.

Having added about 10kg to his frame coming into the season, Hastie can still look to build out his frame. It may even afford him more time in possession, particularly if he can absorb contact and still be effective under tackling duress. Given how he has identified and acted on his improvement areas thus far, Hastie will likely continue to do so.



On top of the attacking value he offers across half-back and his ability to play on smalls and talls, clubs will love how Hastie addressed his growth areas during preseason and turned them into strengths. That kind of personal development and the desire to improve is essential to making the grade. Hastie’s talent should also carry him far, most likely attracting interest in the very even second round range. Inevitably, the region’s top draft hope is also a Cats fan.

Defensive versatility

AFL U18 Championships

2023Vic Country292150101725403712047.35.312.

Coates Talent League Boys

2022Geelong Falcons8678164260019001142099.68.718.
2023Geelong Falcons15110926060002500296311311.68.420.
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