Ashton Moir

height: 187cm

weight: 85kg

D.O.B: 15-04-2005

Leagues: AFL U18 Championships

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SNAPSHOT: “Once considered a pick one contender, Ashton Moir is a freakishly talented dual-footed forward capable of taking high marks and kicking bags of goals.”

Among the most highly touted bottom-agers last year was Glenelg’s Ashton Moir, who booted 30 goals in 10 SANFL Under 18 games and broke through in state colours with a four-goal haul against Western Australia. Such performances had him pegged as every bit the top pick contender, playing in the mould of Sydney’s Isaac Heeney.

After showcasing a rare range of traits and massive potential, Moir completed a full senior preseason with the Bays and entered 2023 destined for big things. Though, persistent injuries, a lack of form and confidence meant Moir’s top-age campaign didn’t quite go to plan, and a SANFL League berth eluded him.

He still broke through for a handful of games with Glenelg’s reserves, including a haul of four goals on debut in Round 3. The South Australian ended his year back at Under 18s level, having again represented his state and the prestigious AFL Academy. With glimpses of his best, Moir remains a strong draft chance.



+ Aerial ability
+ Character
+ Class
+ Dual-footed
+ Speed
+ Vertical leap


- Consistency
- Durability
- Production

It is easy to see why Moir came into the year so highly regarded, as at his best, he's a match-winner with top traits galore. The thing which stands out most is his ability to kick off both feet; seamlessly interchanging between left and right depending on the angle or situation, and just about clearing 50m on either side.

That rare, albeit often underrated attribute among draft prospects lends nicely to his scoreboard impact. Moir only needs a few opportunities to impact the game with moments of class, and the point of difference being dual-footed only makes those windows of opportunity wider.

The other facet which aids Moir's scoring is his athleticism. He's aerially proficient at 188cm, boasting good speed off the mark and a spring-heeled leap. Combined, the two traits make him difficult to stop as a leading target, and a menace to tie down with fast and frequent forward 50 entries.

Though, Moir's faced some adversity throughout the season and his output waned as a result. Battling hip issues among other niggles, the 18-year-old was unable to maintain a level of consistency or string together a run of form.

Two of his three National Championships goals came in one game, and four of his seven majors in Glenelg's Reserves were kicked on debut. Still, he managed to split the big sticks in each of his six SANFL Under 18 outings and it must be considered that he only ever played a maximum of three games straight in any one competition this year.

As one of the more talented players in a South Australian side that struggled, Moir was tasked with a momentary move to defence and stints in midfield to help bring him into the action. Still, he looked much more comfortable up forward and seems to thrive off being somewhat of a focal point.

Further proving that notion is how he was drowned out as a marking option during AFL Academy duties. Battling for exposure among the wealth of high-flyers in the side, Moir's deficiencies were exposed in the sense he failed to showcase any significant defensive application, get dangerous at ground level, or impact beyond the forward 50 arc.

If he can stay on the park long enough to allow his strengths to shine, then the next step will be honing his all-round forward craft, before exploring the versatility that his traits should allow for. In particular, working on stoppage craft as a midfielder, competing, and getting his hands on the ball more will compound Moir's production outside of leading, marking, and scoring as a forward.



A couple of factors work in Moir’s favour despite falling short of the heights he hit as a bottom-ager. Put simply, this year’s draft is short on talent and he has plenty of it. Arguably no other player available kicks off both feet like he can, and few are as prolific aerially or classy in front of goal among the mid-sized bracket. With a bit of luck and hard work in the right environment, Moir can surely recapture the magic shown throughout his junior career to reward his destined club – likely as a second or third round pick.

Aerial ability
Vertical leap

AFL U18 Championships

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