AFL Talent Ambassador Kevin Sheehan today named his Top 40 prospects ahead of this month's 2019 AFL Draft
West Adelaide/Sacred Heart College
189cm 76kg 05/05/2001
Lightly built medium defender who showed strength overhead and speed for South Australia in the 2019 NAB AFL Under-18 Championships averaging 18.8 disposals with 82 per cent efficiency and five marks. Progressing to Reserves level, he was impressive with West Adelaide averaging 17.3 disposals in three matches. His grandfather, Robert Day, was a star for West Adelaide, who won three best and fairest awards, played state football for South Australia and won a premiership with Hawthorn in 1971.
Competitive Advantage: Overhead marking and ball use.
Combine Results: Speed - 3.05 sec 20m sprint, Endurance - 6min 59sec 2km.
SAM DE KONING
201cm 86kg 26/02/2001
Tall defender who is athletic, mobile and can move forward to impact the game. His intercept marking a feature of his game down back where he also shows plenty of dash. An excellent decision-maker on when to mark or spoil, he was a consistent performer for Vic Country in the 2019 NAB AFL Under-18 Championships, earning NAB AFL Under-18 All-Australian honours after averaging 12.5 disposals and 4.8 marks. His brother Tom is with Carlton and his father, Terry, played for the Western Bulldogs.
Competitive Advantage: Size and mobility.
Combine Results (State testing): Speed - 3.15sec 20m sprint, Agility - 8.37sec
Yo-yo - level 20.2.
Bendigo Pioneers/Swan Hill/Geelong Grammar
184cm 76kg 16/10/2001
Medium midfielder who is explosive and reads the game exceptionally well. He makes good decisions particularly with his creative hands and is composed with the ball. Missed a lot of football in 2018 due to injury but has plenty of upside with his game and physical development. He played all four games for Vic Country and his 18 disposals against Vic Metro at the MCG were encouraging. He averaged 19 disposals and 3.8 marks in five NAB League matches, mixing his football between the Bendigo Pioneers and Geelong Grammar. He is the brother of Carlton’s Rising Star, Paddy Dow.
Competitive Advantage: Vision and power.
Combine Results: Speed - 3.06sec 20m sprint, Agility - 8.06sec, Endurance - 6min 37sec 2km.
Gippsland Power/Moe/Lowanna College
183cm 82kg 24/07/2001
Powerful medium forward/midfielder who has impacted matches all year, with his contested ball winning ability and strength in one-on-one contests real features of his play. Strong overhead and with a good burst of speed away from stoppages, he won 2019 NAB AFL Under-18 All-Australian honours after he averaged 22.5 disposals, 4.5 marks, 4.5 clearances and six tackles across the 2019 NAB AFL Under-18 Championships. A star for Gippsland Power averaging 22.4 disposals and winning their Best and Fairest award.
Competitive Advantage: Explosive power and goal sense.
Combine Results: Speed - 3.01sec 20m sprint, Agility - 8.21sec (ranked seventh overall), R.V.J - 88cm (ranked third overall), Endurance - 6min 46sec 2km.
192cm 87kg 28/09/2001
Tall forward who has missed the entire season due to a quad injury but has now made a complete recovery. He showed strong promise as a bottom aged player in 2018, representing his state in all four NAB AFL Under-18 Championship matches averaging 10 disposals and four marks. He also gave a glimpse of his outstanding contested marking ability when playing for team Bartel in the 2018 NAB AFL All-Stars Futures game on Toyota AFL Grand Final day. He is a very competitive player overall who reads the game exceptionally well and uses the ball effectively by hand and foot. He is the son of former Western Bulldogs player John Georgiades, who famously kicked eight goals on debut in 1989 against Carlton.
Competitive Advantage: Marking overhead and speed.
Combine Results: Speed - 3.06sec 20m sprint, Agility - 8.06sec (ranked third overall),
Endurance - 6min 37sec 2km.