DUAL-SPORTS athlete Will Sutherland headlines a strong Vic Metro U18 squad hunting for back-to-back titles at next month’s NAB AFL Under 18 Championships.
The Australian Under 19 cricket captain has trained with Metro on a handful of occasions and will be fast-tracked into the squad without playing TAC Cup football.
With nearly a dozen clubs watching on at Scotch College on Saturday, Sutherland clunked nine marks (five contested) and booted three goals in a strong first half performance. A number of scouts believe Sutherland is a potential top-five prospect at November’s NAB AFL Draft.
The Metro squad is chock full of tall timber including Eastern Ranges’ 2016 All-Australian Sam Hayes who will hold down the number one ruck spot whilst spending time deep up forward. Calder Cannons athletic tall Noah Balta was impressive as a key defender in Sunday’s Metro trial and is expected to play as a tall defender in the Championships.
Sandringham Dragons bottom-age twins Max and Ben King will be two names to keep an eye on and the pair should excite as key posts at either ends of the ground.
Adam Cerra (Eastern Ranges) may be the first midfielder picked in the draft and will do the bulk of the work load through the midfield alongside Joel Garner. Teammate Jaidyn Stephenson has shown off his exceptional overhead marking this season and will be a tough match up for opposition defenders.
Western Jets dynamic duo Lachlan Fogarty and Cameron Rayner are two first round prospects that will run out for Metro, likely to spend time at the centre bounces and up forward.
Jack Higgins might be an early favourite for the Vic Metro MVP and could contend for the Larke Medal for the best player in Division One, able to play in the midfield and up forward using his good goal sense.
Jack Petruccelle’s elite speed should catch the eye and strong performances in the championships will continue to push his name up the rankings.
— Matt Balmer (@MattBalmer7) May 22, 2017
The squad will be coached by Martin Allison, who is taking over the reigns from David Flood. Allison is the new AFL Victoria Metro Talent Pathways Manager and previously coached the Vic Metro Academy back in 2013.
He will be joined by former Western Bulldogs player Steve Wallis and current Director of Coaching at Eastern Michael Rizio – who were part of last year’s assistant coaching set up, while Carlton AFL Women’s and Sandringham Dragons midfield coach Jackson Kornberg and Uni Blues (VAFA) senior coach Quinton Gleeson will join as Metro assistants.
Vic Metro have the bye in the opening round of the Under 18 Championships, before travelling to Western Australia for their first game at Domain Stadium on Sunday 18th June.
Northern Knights pair Marcus Lentini and Alex Federico have been named as emergencies.
|1||Dylan Moore||4/8/1999||175||66||Eastern Ranges/Rowville/Caulfield Grammar|
|2||Jack Higgins||19/3/1999||178||76||Oakleigh Chargers/ East Malvern|
|3||Ethan Penrith||24/10/1999||179||76||Northern Knights/West Preston|
|4||Lachlan Fogarty||1/4/1999||179||75||Western Jets/Spotswood/St Kevins|
|5||Patrick Naish||15/1/1999||180||69||Northern Knights/ Ivanhoe Grammar|
|6||Dylan Landt||18/11/1999||180||74||Calder Cannons/Sunbury|
|7||Rhylee West||12/7/2000||180||80||Calder Cannons/Strathmore/St Kevins|
|8||Joel Garner||21/5/1999||183||81||Eastern Ranges/Wandin/ Scotch College|
|9||Andrew Brayshaw||8/11/1999||183||80||Sandringham Dragons/ Haileybury College|
|10||Max Dreher||12/4/1999||183||75||Northern Knights/Ivanhoe Grammar|
|11||Ryley Stoddart||15/10/1999||183||73||Eastern Ranges/Blackburn/Yarra Valley|
|12||Callum Searle||12/10/1998||185||81||Oakleigh Chargers/Waverley Blues|
|13||Trent Mynott||4/10/1999||185||73||Eastern Ranges/Caulfield Grammar|
|14||Jack Petruccelle||12/4/1999||184||73||Northern Knights/Epping|
|15||Angus Styles||3/5/1999||185||76||Sandringham Dragons/Caulfield Grammar|
|16||Thomas North||14/2/1999||186||87||Eastern Ranges/Heathmont FC|
|17||Adam Cerra||7/10/1999||186||85||Eastern Ranges/Wesley Grammar|
|18||Curtis Taylor||6/4/2000||186||74||Calder Cannons/Keilor FC/ PEGS|
|19||Cameron Rayner||21/10/1999||187||88||Western Jets/Essendon Doutta Stars/ PEGS|
|20||Jack Bytel||14/3/2000||188||79||Calder Cannons/Aberfeldie FC|
|21||Buku Khamis||24/3/2000||188||81||Western Jets/St Albans|
|22||Riley Jones||5/4/1999||191||79||Oakleigh Chargers/Beverley Hills FC|
|23||Jaidyn Stephenson||15/1/1999||189||76||Eastern Ranges/Ferntree Gully FC|
|24||Charlie Constable||18/5/1999||190||83||Sandringham Dragons/ Haileybury College|
|25||Nicholas Coffield||23/10/1999||190||83||Northern Knights/Eltham FC|
|26||Mitchell Podhajski||4/1/1999||190||82||Calder Cannons/Aberfeldie FC|
|27||Toby Wooller||16/3/1999||193||90||Oakleigh Chargers/Old Scotch|
|28||Noah Balta||23/10/1999||194||92||Calder Cannons/Essendon/Doutta Stars/ St Bernards|
|29||Harrison Nolan||11/6/1999||195||93||Eastern Ranges/Mt Evelyn FC|
|30||Hayden McLean||20/1/1999||197||93||Sandringham Dragons/Beaumaris/St Bedes|
|31||Will Sutherland||27/10/1999||195||90||Scotch College / East Malvern|
|32||Joel Grace||23/6/1999||199||90||Northern Knights/Sth Morang|
|33||Ben King||7/7/2000||201||79||Sandringham Dragons/ Haileybury College|
|34||Max King||7/7/2000||201||82||Sandringham Dragons/Haileybury College|
|35||Matthew Harman||2/6/1998||200||87||Northern Knights/Marcellin O.C.|
|36||Tristan Xerri||15/3/1999||201||93||Western Jets/ Caroline Springs FC|
|37||Sam Hayes||9/6/1999||203||93||Eastern Ranges/Ferntree Gully FC|
|38||Alex Federico||26/9/1999||184||77||Northern Knights/Marcellin College|
|39||Marcus Lentini||5/6/1999||183||74||Northern Knights|