Arie Schoenmaker

height: 194cm

weight: 91kg

D.O.B: 07-01-2005

Leagues: AFL U18 Championships, Coates Talent League Boys

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SNAPSHOT: “Arie Schoenmaker possesses a lethal left boot and is among the best playmaking defenders in this year’s draft crop.”

With claims on being the game’s next ‘superboot’, Arie Schoenmaker is a prospect whose 1-wood gets a whole lot of use. The left-footed defender impressed as a bottom-ager last year, cutting his teeth down back under the guidance of eventual Tasmanian draftees Lachlan Cowan and Tom McCallum.

After featuring in the Under 17 Futures showcase on AFL Grand Final day, big things were expected of his top-age campaign. Though, an off-field indiscretion saw Schoenmaker suspended from the Devils program for 10 games, meaning he was made to start his season with Launceston in the Tasmanian Football League.

The 18-year-old quickly made up for lost ground upon his Coates Talent League return, posting remarkable numbers to earn a call up to the title winning Allies side. He impressed in two games at representative level, encouraged to play to his strengths and even showcasing his versatility with time on the wing.

Schoenmaker also rolled through the ruck in the back-end of the Devils’ season, helping them take out a maiden minor premiership and reach the preliminary finals for a second year running. Lauded for his long kicking, he participated in Fox Footy’s Longest Kick competition and rounded out a busy year at the National Draft Combine.



+ Ball use
+ Decision making
+ Kicking
+ Reading the play
+ Rebounding


- Contested work
- Defensive craft

One of the best and longest kicks in this year's draft pool, Schoenmaker has a clear favourite weapon in his arsenal. His distribution off the last line of defence is as penetrative as anyone, able to clear the 50m arc with ease and hit targets at long-range. Especially in slow play, his ability to craft switch kicks or launch over the opposition zone is a real asset.

As the season progressed, he began to search further up the field for possessions in an attempt to utilise his damaging ball use closer to goal. That thought process saw him feature on a wing in his Allies debut, but Schoenmaker also times his overlap runs well and is always sniffing around for a hand-off when teammates have a mark within 60m of goal. Gee, he can split the big sticks too.

His method is clear and repeatable, making for rebound play which bites. Though, on the flip-side, Schoenmaker is then at risk of becoming predictable and his ability to improvise has been tested. Usually a good decision maker with uncontested possessions, he tends to very much favour going by foot, and long - which is understandable.

Champion Data often isn't required to count Schoenmaker's handball tallies, as he kicked 87 per cent of the time at Coates Talent League level, and 75 per cent in the National Championships. In the latter competition, he also only registered one contested possession of a total 29 in two games.

What those numbers suggest is that Schoenmaker racks up his fair share of easy ball, but to the contrary he's also an apt interceptor. With sound reading of the play in attacking and defensive phases of the game, he often gets into good spots to impact contests - even if that means waiting down and mopping up or being the first receiver.

Schoenmaker averaged 2.5 intercept marks and 6.3 intercept possessions in Tassie Devils colours, as well as 3.1 spoils. While his ability to crash packs and extend for overhead marks can be improved, he displayed strong progression in the way of competitiveness late in the season.

For a 194cm defender with potential to play as a third-up type, enhancing that side of his game will be important. Perhaps being thrown into the ruck during the last three or four games also helped build his confidence in aerial contests. It's clear then, with so much upside and progress already made on his areas for growth, Schoenmaker is a developable prospect.



He may have taken the long way round, but Schoenmaker got to showcase his talent this year and had plenty of fuel to fire with. His kicking is clearly a high point of his game and while there are clear areas for improvement, clubs will back the Tasmanian’s natural ability in a cohort which arguably lacks depth of talent. Schoenmaker’s draft range may be wide, but somewhere in the second round is where he likely fits. He’ll have staying power despite the impending entrance of an AFL team back home, and is a Carlton supporter.

Ball use
Decision making
Reading the play
Contested work
Defensive craft

AFL U18 Championships


Coates Talent League Boys

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