Leagues: Under 18s Championships, NAB League Boys
One of the lesser-known father-son prospects in a draft crop lead by one, Jerome Lawrence may be a relatively rare player to land at Hawthorn via such eligibility. The Oakleigh Chargers product popped up out of the blue this year, earning a spot among the prolific NAB League region as an over-ager and turning out for 10 games.
Lawrence is a mobile type with good speed off the mark and plenty of potential in his aerial ability, but perhaps without the consistency of others. He booted 15 goals for Oakleigh, with a third of them coming in one game - against Calder in Round 9. There was a stretch of five consecutive games where he snared multiple goals in each outing, but he only tipped double digits for disposals three times. For all his rawness, Lawrence's glimpses of form were great to watch and his strong marking feats made him a constant threat.
In the way of further improvement, boosting his production levels is an obvious one, as Lawrence tends to pop up sporadically rather than sustaining his impact throughout four quarters. With such little exposure at high levels of the pathway, he can continue to amplify his aerial presence by clunking grabs with increased cleanliness, and applying the right finishing touch. He looms as a late-draft project option.
NAB League Boys
Under 18s Championships