Bodie Ryan

height: 187cm

weight: 82kg

D.O.B: 20-04-2005

Leagues: AFL U18 Championships

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SNAPSHOT: “Bodie Ryan is a resolute intercept defender who also helps launch attacks on the turnover.”

Having watched cousin Jakob make the AFL grade just last year, Bodie Ryan is a chance of being taken in the 2023 draft. The Glenelg defender was part of the Bays’ SANFL Under 18s premiership as a bottom-ager, and went on to produce a strong top-age campaign for club, school (Sacred Heart), and state.

Ryan was named best afield in South Australia’s last two games of the National Championships, proving a reliable member of the Croweaters’ back six. In the first of those outings, he was tasked with locking down Harley Reid after the top prospect booted three goals in the game’s opening 10 minutes.

The 18-year-old also broke through for senior experience late in the year, turning out twice for Glenelg’s Reserves. They weren’t just any two regular old games either, with Ryan coming in for the semi final and duly playing a part in the Bays’ premiership triumph.



+ Intercept game
+ Overhead marking
+ Reading the play
+ Rebounding
+ Toughness


- Ground balls
- Endurance

Among Ryan's best and most prominent attributes is his intercept ability. With sound reading of the play, a strong set of hands and enough guts to play in the hole, the defender's aerial range is terrific. Across 12 SANFL Under 18 games, he averaged 5.3 marks, 9.1 intercepts and 4.3 spoils as a balanced allayer of opposition attacks.

Ryan's defensive versatility also lends to his intercept prowess. As proven when he was sent to Harley Reid in South Australia's win over Vic Country, the 187cm defender is capable of roaming as a third-up marker or playing lockdown roles. He holds up strongly in one-on-one duels and times his aerial efforts to either force a turnover or kill the ball.

In addition to reading the play and positioning well without possession, Ryan is also comfortable with ball in hand. He's the type of distributor who can launch attacks off the last line, albeit if that's something he can further enhance. Ryan went by foot 65 per cent of the time this year, helping build averages of 3.8 rebound 50s and 3.2 score involvements.

While many of his strengths are observed aerially and in the way of defensive rigidity, Ryan can improve on some of his ground level attributes. In particular, he may look to strengthen his handling below his knees and look to stay involved with tackling pressure. Though, he's the type of solid player who simply does so few things wrong.

As far as future scope goes, Ryan can obviously play a variety of roles down back but may also explore his versatility with opportunities further afield. He's a good all-round athlete, demonstrating as much at the recent National Draft Combine, and has developable traits.

DRAFT RANGE: Late/Rookie

The role Ryan plays, and many of his attributes are currently in demand at AFL level. While others are in front of him, he hardly put a foot wrong this year and was reliable across all levels. Given how highly his cousin was touted around draft time last year, being such a similar player bodes well for Ryan who is most likely to feature in the second half of the intake, or as a rookie.

Overhead marking
Reading the play
Ground balls

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