Leagues: Under 18s Championships
SNAPSHOT: “An athletic and silky small forward, Dewar possesses an exciting leap with some fast feet that put you on the edge of your seat whenever he is around the footy.”
Starting the season as a defender, Dewar showed off some exciting traits that saw him move forward ahead of the AFL Under 18 National Championships. A West Coast NGA product, Dewar will only be available to the Eagles as an Academy selection after pick 40. He possesses a lot of the exciting athletic traits that you would want from a small forward, and pairs this with an innate goal sense.
Hailing from the Goldfields region of Western Australia, nearly seven hours inland of Perth, Dewar moved to Perth to board at PSA school, Wesley College in 2021. Having graduated school, Dewar has taken up an electrical apprenticeship and has remained in Perth to give himself the best opportunity to grow as a footballer and be taken in this year’s draft. He finished the year in fine form, booting five goals across Subiaco’s first two finals, before having to miss their preliminary final loss to eventual premiers Peel Thunder.
- Vertical leap
- Defensive pressure
An exciting athletic prospect, Dewar has shown flashes of his enormous potential in 2022. Moving out of the backline and into a forward role, he proved early in the season he has the potential to be a high possession winning, run and carry defender while also showing off stacks of talent and excitement when positioned closer to goal. Though he took a couple games to get going as a forward, he managed to conclude the WAFL Colts season with 14 goals in his last eight games either side of the National Championships. His speed makes him a hard opponent to keep up with and he possesses an incredible vertical leap that makes him a threat in any aerial contest.
State coach Ben Dyer was quite happy with his transition into the forward line, but admits Dewar will need to continue working on his forward pressure, though he still managed to cause the opposition headaches inside 50. Dewar has admitted he took some time to adjust to State level footy, but he showed his class and potential in the final game against South Australia where he snagged two goals as one of the best afield for WA’s solitary win.
What would have clubs most excited is his end of season form, finishing the season with five goals across two finals games, having 27 disposals and 14 marks combined in those two appearances. He always looks to move the footy forward when he has it and though this does result in the occasional turnover, it is the kind of attacking threat that helped steer his Subiaco team into finals this season. Consistency is always hard to come by as a small forward, but if he can work to improve on that, as well as his forward pressure, he presents a great selection opportunity to all clubs in the middle and potentially latter stages of this draft.
DRAFT RANGE: Late
Tyrell Dewar has shown he is an exciting forward with plenty of upside. He has the knack for goals and can impact on the big stage. Though he is still raw with areas to improve such as his consistency and defensive pressure, Dewar will only get better with time and further development in an elite program. He is a good chance to make it to the Eagles if they are keen on him, with his draft range more than likely post pick 40.
Under 18s Championships