AFL Talent Ambassador Kevin Sheehan today named his Top 40 prospects ahead of this month's 2019 AFL Draft
Oakleigh Chargers/Boroondara Hawks/Carey Grammar
191cm 87kg 17/02/2001
Medium midfielder/forward with elite repeat efforts, using his footy smarts and ball winning ability to impact games. As Vic Metro's captain in the 2019 NAB AFL Under-18 Championships, he was a highly competitive player, averaging 23.5 disposals (10.8 contested) and 5.2 clearances to win 2019 NAB AFL Under-18 All-Australian honours. Strong overhead and in one-on-one contests, he also has uncanny goal sense. He starred for the Oakleigh Chargers averaging 28.3 disposals, 3.6 tackles and kicked 14 goals in seven matches in the NAB League finishing third in the club’s Best and Fairest award in their premiership season. Son of former Hawthorn and St Kilda star Dean Anderson however, he is not eligible for either club under Father/Son rules.
Competitive Advantage: Game sense and goal sense.
Combine Results: Speed - 3.03sec 20m sprint, Endurance - 6min 17sec 2km.
Murray Bushrangers/Shepparton Bears/Notre Dame College
187cm 83kg 21/06/2001
Medium defender with line-breaking speed who reads the ball coming into defence exceptionally well. Can intercept mark and link up with his team to outnumber the opposition and provide rebounds. As co-captain of Vic Country, he starred in the 2019 NAB AFL Under-18 Championships averaging 23 disposals (16.5 contested) and winning NAB AFL Under-18 All-Australian honours. He also played 10 matches for the Murray Bushrangers, often moving up through the midfield, again averaging 23 disposals to cap off an impressive season.
Competitive Advantage: Line breaking speed and game sense.
Combine Results: Speed - 3.01sec 20m sprint, Endurance - 6min 20sec 2km.
Sandringham Dragons/Hampton Rovers/St Bede’s College
189cm 83kg 18/10/2001
Medium midfielder/forward who is strong one-on-one both in the air and at ground level. Has natural speed and power and has been a consistent performer this year at club, school and representative levels. He averaged 13.2 disposals and 5.2 marks for Vic Metro and 14.1 disposals, 5.5 marks and four tackles across 13 matches with the Sandringham Dragons. He was named the Neale Daniher Medal winner as the best player for St Bede’s in the Herald Sun Shield final this year.
Competitive Advantage: Overhead marking and versatility.
Combine Results: Speed - 2.98sec 20m sprint, Yo-yo - level 20.7, R.V.J - 90cm (ranked second overall).
Oakleigh Chargers/Doncaster/Marcellin College
180cm 77kg 20/01/2001
Medium midfielder/defender who is a creative playmaker with his elite decision-making and execution by both hand and foot on both sides of his body. Prolific ball winner with excellent game sense who averaged 27 disposals in the NAB League, captaining the Oakleigh Chargers to a premiership and finishing fourth in the club’s Best and Fairest award. He was a consistent performer for Vic Metro in the 2019 NAB AFL Under-18 Championships, averaging 18.5 disposals at 74 per cent efficiency and 3.5 tackles.
Competitive Advantage: Vision and ball use.
Combine Results: Speed - 3.09sec 20m sprint, Endurance - 6min 37sec 2km.
Gippsland Power/Sale/Catholic College Sale
199cm 84kg 20/07/2001
Tall forward/ruckman who has improved in leaps and bounds this year. Agile and strong overhead, he can provide a great marking target up forward. He excelled for Vic Country in the 2019 NAB AFL Under-18 Championships in his three matches. With thin slices of his natural talent on display, he averaged 8.7 disposals, 3.7 marks and 16 hit outs. He has also been a key player for Gippsland Power in the NAB League, providing mobility around the ground and a marking target up forward.
Competitive Advantage: Super competitive and mobile.
Combine Results: Speed - 3.11sec 20m sprint, Endurance - 6min 54sec 2km.