Olivier Northam

height: 197cm

weight: 89kg

D.O.B: 28-07-2004

Leagues: AFL U18 Championships, Coates Talent League Boys

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SNAPSHOT: “An ultra-competitive and physically imposing ruck who loves getting his hands dirty and marks well around the ground.”

Few top-agers had more NAB League experience under their belt coming into the season than Olivier Northam, who turned out seven times for the Geelong Falcons last year. The 195cm prospect, who thrives in contested situations, impressed early in the campaign as a ruck-forward but has been tested on each line across multiple levels.

He was selected as one of Vic Country’s primary rucks for the Under 18 National Championships, following on from strong form at the Under 17 level. Northam’s unique character and style both on and off the field make him an intriguing prospect, who has waxed with some of the best Victorian talent in 2022.


+ Aerial ability
+ Aggression
+ Competitiveness
+ Overhead marking
+ Versatility


- Composure
- Kicking

This year has been one of steep learning for Northam, who started out in his usual ruck-forward role but has been challenged to expand his versatility. At 195cm, he's arguably undersized as a modern day ruck, but gets by against his peers with a handy leap and the value he brings as a fourth midfielder of sorts.

His aerial ability is sound, with Northam occupying good spots behind the ball and around the ground to impact overhead. Once up, he holds his marks strongly and had a great start in that department with 12 in his opening two NAB League outings. He also booted six goals in his first four games, made up of three hauls of two.

While capable of resting forward and having an impact inside 50, the true test for Northam came once he was thrown to defence. His intensity, aerial ability and defensive appetite are all applicable traits behind the ball, though the 18-year-old seemed far more comfortable making his presence felt around the contest.

Northam cuts a mean figure to many a foe, and his aggression is something which worked both for and against him at times. When it came off, he was imposing himself at stoppages and crashing packs, but it also resulted in some needless penalties which cost his side.

Keeping composed, both with and without the ball is an area he can work on. The bigman is understandably not as skilled as a medium-small player, but tends to dump the ball out or long amid the heat of the action. He wins 66 per cent of his possessions in contested situations, which may hamper his efficiency.

Nonetheless, competitiveness is something which often cannot be taught, and Northam is a tall who has it in spades. He leaps at his opponents with vigour and follows up at ground level, making him a key position prospect with some nice traits to work with but plenty of polish to add.



The upside is clear with Northam, and though he can certainly tidy the edges of his game, has some incredibly valuable raw assets at his disposal. Particularly early in the season, he proved his ability to impact games and was a dual threat both in the air and on the ground, and in the ruck or up forward. Given his current height, he may need time to strengthen his craft at either end of the ground, rather than in the ruck, but presents as a developable option late in the draft.

Aerial ability
Overhead marking

AFL U18 Championships

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Coates Talent League Boys

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