Around the Grounds 2020 Preview – Part 4
Hello Community and welcome back to Part 4 of our Around the Grounds 2020 preview. We’re back after a week off, which was courtesy of my sinuses trying to explode on me, but we’ll be concentrating on something a bit more pleasant here, that being the trio of Hawthorn, Melbourne and North Melbourne as we look for some 2020 Supercoach prospects. So let’s go see what they have in the bank for us.
Tim Mohr – The former Giant taken by the Hawks in the latest rookie draft, Mohr’s Hawthorn career got off to the worst start possible, suffering a torn ACL and PCL during a Box Hill Hawks practice match. That’s the third ACL tear he’s suffered in his career, with continuing injuries keeping the defender to just 48 career AFL games, with only 13 appearances over the last 6 seasons. At 30 years old there’s solid potential he won’t be on an AFL list next year.
Darren Minchington – A small forward picked up from St Kilda’s list, he’s one who has never gotten a clear run at AFL thanks to continuous injuries, with those striking him again at the Hawks. He only managed 6 games of VFL football last year, followed by just 9 games of football (4 VFL, 5 in the AFL) in 2017 and just 8 this year. His averages for the Box Hill Hawks were 10 disposals, 2 marks, 3 tackles with 4.4. He’s never averaged over 60 SCPoints in his career and that likely doesn’t change going forward.
Changkuoth Jiath – Signed as a Category B rookie after being developed through the Hawks Next Generation Talent Academy, Jiath recently penned a two year extension to keep him at Hawthorn until at least the end of 2021. Mostly plays as a hard running half-back, he’s appeared 12 times for the Box Hill Hawks in the VFL for averages of 13 disposals, 5 marks, 2 tackles and 2 rebound 50’s. Probably doesn’t feature much in 2020, but Clarko does pull some surprises every now and then.
Harrison Jones – A young midfielder taken in the Rookie Draft in 2017, Jones has unfortunately suffered season ending injuries twice in two years, first a shoulder injury restricted him to just 12 games in 2018, while a recent PCL injury has knocked him out for the remainder of 2019. He managed 13 appearances for the Box Hill Hawks with some decent averages of 20 disposals, 2 marks, 6 tackles and 4 inside 50’s a game. Those aren’t bad for a young player, the tackles are particularly helpful for a game like Supercoach.
Jackson Ross – The young forward has been busy this year for the Box Hill Hawks, booting 29.11 over 13 VFL games so far this year, along with averaging 11 disposals, 3 marks and 2 tackles. The Hawks have an aging list in areas, and haven’t been afraid to feature young players like Mitchell Lewis this year, which could be an encouraging sign for Jackson’s prospects in 2020.
Jacob Koschitzke – The cousin of former Saint Justin Koschitzke, Jacob is a developing tall defender who was the Hawks first draft pick (#52) in the 2018 AFL Draft. He’s been used as a swingman a few times in games, but so far hasn’t set the world alight fantasy football wise, with averages of just 7 disposals, 2 marks and 1 tackle over 9 VFL games. Tall talent can take time, but looks unlikely as a Supercoach prospect at this stage.
Matthew Walker – Walker was eligible to be drafted by the Giants through their Next Generation Academy, but didn’t match the pick #63 bid from the 2018 AFL Draft that Hawthorn drafted him with. He’s a forward who can also play stints through the midfield, he’s had some success in front of goals this year for the Box Hill Hawks, slotting 18.11 with 9 disposals and 4 marks over 11 VFL matches.
Damon Greaves – Noted for his good ball use by foot, Greaves was the Hawks first rookie pick taken in the 2018 Rookie Draft. Has spent time on the wing and floating between half forward/back, he’s played 14 VFL games for averages of 13 disposals, 3 marks and 2 tackles. Averaged 23 disposals a game at Colts level in the WAFL last year, he’s taken a bit of time to adjust to senior VFL level, but has shown some improvement this year.
Will Golds – Another 2018 rookie pick from the Hawks, Golds finished 4th in both the yo-yo test and the 2km time trial at the draft combing in 2018 after overcoming an ACL injury in 2017. He’s in 14 VFL games this year for averages of 15 disposals, 4 marks and has kicked 6.7.
Ned Reeves – Signed to the Hawks during the pre-season supplemental selection period after Will Langford retired, Reeves is a big ruckman standing at 209cm (that’s about an inch shorter than Aaron Sandilands). He’s mostly been the backup ruck in the VFL behind Marc Pittonet, but has appeared in 9 VFL games for averages of 4 disposals, 1 mark, 2 tackles and 18 hitouts a game. The ruck work is developing, but his around the ground work will need to improve if he’s to be valuable in Supercoach.
Corey Maynard – The brother of Collingwood player Brayden Maynard, Corey was originally picked up as a Category B rookie after NBL stints with the Cairns Taipans and Townsville Crocodiles. He was promoted to the senior list at the end of 2018, but hasn’t featured in any AFL action so far this year and has been plugging away in the VFL. His averages over 9 games so far this year have been 22 disposals, 3 marks and 4 tackles. Had some concussion and hip issues which slowed him down a bit, but could feature soon.
Toby Bedford – Drafted from Melbourne’s Next Generation Academy, the small forward has made an appearance in every game this year for the Casey Demons for averages of 9 disposals, 2 marks, 4 tackles with 11.8 added to the scoreboard. Small forwards are never the greatest Supercoach producers, so Bedford might be a bit further down the prospect list just because of where he plays.
James Jordon – The #33 pick in the 2018 AFL Draft, Jordon has also featured in every VFL game for the Casey Demons with averages of 15 disposals, 2 marks and 4 tackles per game with 2 each of inside and rebound 50’s.
Aaron Nietschke – Won the league B&F in the U18 competition last year in the SANFL, Nietschke unfortunately suffered a ruptured ACL back in February which has taken him out of action for all of 2019. Likely means he spends 2020 in the VFL getting back up to speed and continuing his development as a footballer.
Kade Chandler – Another small forward taken by the Demons, Chandler has played in 15 VFL games this year for averages of 10 disposals, 3 marks, 4 tackles with 9.7 in front of goal. Managed to play senior SANFL football in his draft year in 2018, but Toby Bedford’s Supercoach prospects apply to Chandler too.
Austin Bradtke – The son of the Melbourne Tigers legend Mark Bradtke, Austin is a big lad like his father, standing at 204cm’s. Has missed a bit of time in the VFL this year in order to concentrate on his fitnesss, he’s played 7 VFL games this year as a rotating ruck/forward for averages of 6 disposals, 2 marks, 2 hitouts and 3.3 in front of goals. Will take time.
Guy Walker – A Category B rookie recruited from the cricket fields, Walker has unfortunately suffered a nerve injury in his shoulder which has put his sporting career on an indefinite hold and has been working as a partnerships intern in the Melbourne Demons commercial department in the meantime. Still unsure if he’ll ever step foot on a football field again at this stage, let alone being a Supercoach prospect.
Will Walker – He was an early pick for the Roos, being taken at pick #23 in the 2017 AFL Draft, he managed to play 4 AFL games in 2018 for an average of 40.8 SCPoints, but has had his entire 2019 season wiped out due to a PCL injury and then a broken leg. Contracted for 2020, he’ll be wanting a big pre-season to impress new coach Rhyce Shaw.
Tom Murphy – Like Walker, Murphy played the 4 AFL games in 2018, for a similar average of 40.0 SCPoints. He’s also had some injury issues to his ankle, but has still managed to play the 8 VFL games for averages of 13 disposals, 4 marks and 2 tackles a game.
Declan Watson – A tall defender taken with pick #34 in the 2016 AFL Draft, Watson has yet to make his AFL debut, but has been a consistent presence in the VFL this year, playing 14 games for averages of 11 disposals, 3 marks and 2 tackles. Missed 2018 due to an ACL injury suffered in late 2017, so a big pre-season could see him on the radar.
Tristian Xerri – A developing ruckman, Xerri has played in 14 VFL games this year for averages of 11 disposals, 3 marks, 4 tackles, 17 hitouts and has kicked 10.8 in front of goals. The Roos obviously have Todd Goldstein as their man ruck, while also having re-signed senior support in Tom Campbell for a further 2 years, so Xerri is a bit down the pecking order at this stage.
Joel Crocker – Taken as a F/S pick, his father being Darren Crocker, who was a part of the Roos 1996 Premiership winning side. He’s featured in every VFL game this year for averages of 16 disposals, 3 marks, 1 tackle and 3 rebound 50’s. He’s just 19 years old, but the numbers there look like a promising start to his career.
Tom McKenzie – Taken with pick #10 in the 2018 Rookie Draft, McKenzie hasn’t been able to get out on the field at all in 2019 thanks to a back injury.
Red Og Murphy – An Irish recruit who is still working hard to adjust to the Australian game. He’s played 10 VFL games with averages of 5 disposals, 1 mark and 1 tackle. Not much to see here at this stage.
Tom Wilkinson – Wilkinson was overlooked in 4 AFL Drafts before being taken by the Roos with pick #41 in the Rookie Draft. Has had some ankle injuries during the year which have limited him to 7 VFL games so far this year for averages of 9 disposals, 2 marks, 3 tackles and 4.1.
Lachlan Hosie – Drafted in the mid-year draft from Glenelg where he was leading the SANFL for goal kicking, he’s added another 14.14 to his tally in the VFL over 8 games, along with 11 disposals, 5 marks and 2 tackles per game. Has the talent, but might be one who gets a shot before the end of the 2019 season.
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