Around the Grounds 2020 Preview – Part 5
We’re onto Part 5 of our preview for 2020 this week, where we will be covering off another three teams, Port Adelaide, Richmond and St Kilda. It’s actually a bit shorter than usual this week, with both Richmond and St Kilda having minimal players sitting on zero games so far this year. That’s what injuries can do unfortunately, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t quality players sitting there who could potentially be our next rookie stars in Supercoach! So let’s go see what’s about for the Power, Tigers and Saints.
Jack Trengove – Jack has been around the AFL system for almost a decade now, but has never reached the heights his draft position promised, mostly due to consistent foot injuries which severely impacted his career after 2014. He’s now into his second year at Port Adelaide, but hasn’t registered an AFL game this year, after just the 3 in 2018. He has been an absolute ball winning machine in the SANFL however, averaging 33 disposals, 8 marks and 7 tackles in 11 games for the Port Adelaide Magpies. Unfortunately he is what he is at this point. Likely a backup to the backup, a good hand to have in the state leagues to help take the load off some younger players, but not likely getting a huge string of games anytime soon.
Sam Hayes – The Power like their tallsn and Sam Hayes is another one to add to the list, standing at 203cms he was the #47 pick in the 2017 AFL Draft. He’s played just the 6 SANFL games this year for averages of 13 disposals, 6 marks, 15 hitouts and has kicked 8.1. Port have plenty of ruck depth currently with Ryder, Lycett and Ladhams getting games this year, along with the likes of Dixon and Todd Marshall up forward, so he might have to bide his time a bit longer at this stage.
Jake Patmore – Taken at pick #58 in the 2017 AFL Draft, Patmore has unfortunately been unable to get out onto the footy field in the SANFL this year after rupturing his ACL in a pre-season trial game against South Adelaide in March. He played 18 SANFL games in 2018 where he averaged 14 disposals, 3 marks, 2 tackles and kicked 16 goals, but likely spends 2020 working on his game through the SANFL and getting his touch back after a year out of the game.
Riley Grundy – The younger brother of Collingwood superstar Brodie Grundy, Riley is slightly shorter (194cm isn’t exactly short though!) and plays in defense rather than the ruck. He was taken very late in the AFL Draft at pick #73 in 2018 and has been honing his craft in the SANFL this year, playing 12 games for averages of 6 disposals, 1 mark and 1 tackle. He came to football a bit later than most, switching from basketball at age 15, so he could have some surprise development left in him, though guys taken that late in the draft are always longshots at best.
Boyd Woodcock – Was in North Adelaide’s senior premiership winning side in the SANFL last year where he kicked 16 goals over 9 games, he’s been a dangerous small forward for times for the Magpies, playing 16 games and averaging 18 disposals, 6 marks, 3 tackles and has kicked 20.13 for the year. I am a fan of him after watching him in his draft year, but we always need to be weary of small forwards in Supercoach.
Tobin Cox – A rookie selection taken from Glenelg in the SANFL, Cox has been dangerous in front of goals this year, kicking 20.8 from 11 SANFL games so far this year. He suffered a lacerated kidney at the start of July and has been out of commission since then, so may be on the back burner for 2020 at this stage.
Matrin Frederick – Taken as a Category B rookie after coming through Ports Next Generation Academy, he is a small defender/mid who has played 16 games in the SANFL so far this year with averages of 16 disposals, 4 marks and 3 tackles. Has some great running power, as you can see from this goal of the year nomination he received back in July (his first goal in the SANFL as well)
Cameron Hewett – He was originally drafted in the rookie draft back in 2016, but was de-listed and then re-drafted as a rookie in the 2018 Rookie Draft, Hewett has been with the Power for a few years now, but hasn’t managed an AFL game at this stage. Played in 16 SANFL games for averages of 17 disposals, 6 marks and 3 tackles, might be a longshot to even be on the Power’s list next year.
Kai Pudney – Picked up as a Category B rookie via being a member of Ports Next Generation Academy, Pudney has been a prolific ball winner for the Magpies in the SANFL, averaging 25 disposals, 5 marks and 2 tackles across 13 games. Looks like one who will get a game sooner rather than later, and would be on the watchlist for 2020 if he doesn’t debut this year.
Ben Miller – A tall utility who has spent time both up forward and down back, he’s played 13 VFL games this year for averages of 7 disposals, 2 marks, 2 hitouts and has kicked 9.0 for the year. Numbers aren’t eye-popping even at VFL level, so doubtful he’d be worth considering even if he managed any AFL action.
Riley Collier-Dawkins – The #20 pick in the 2018 AFL Draft and considered a slider by many, Richmond were ecstatic when they managed to nab Dawkins last year. Richmond have the luxury of being able to develop him through the VFL this year, he’s played 16 games at that level for averages of 14 disposals, 2 marks and 4 tackles per game. Not outstanding numbers, but he has talent and may very well see time in 2020.
Luke English – Drafted with pick #62 in last years draft, English has missed some time this year due to tonsillitis and then a broken scapula (I had to google what a scapula was. It’s his shoulder blade, why can’t they just say shoulder blade that way everyone knows what the hell they’re talking about). Has played in 8 VFL games and averaged 12 disposals, 2 marks and 3 tackles. Tested well in the Draft Combine, coming equal 2nd in the yo-yo test and equal 5th in the 2km time trial.
Fraser Turner – Pick #58 in the 2018 AFL Draft, Turner had been playing in the seniors league in Tasmania during his draft year, while being one of the youngest players picked in the 2018 Draft (he doesn’t turn 19 until Boxing Day). Had a stress fracture related injury in his femur which kept him out of action for a month or so, but has played 11 VFL games where he’s averaging 21 disposals , 4 marks and 3 inside 50’s.
Jake Aarts – Already 24 years old, he spent 6 years in the VFL playing for both Bendigo and Richmond prior to being drafted in the rookie draft last year. He’s played 14 VFL games so far this year for averages of 14 disposals, 4 marks and 3 tackles with 16.12. Richmond aren’t short on small forwards currently, so he’d be well down the pecking order for getting a game at this stage.
Marlion Pickett – Taken from South Fremantle in the mid-year draft, Pickett has only managed to start playing over the last fortnight after coming to the club with a finger injury. Has now played the 2 VFL games for averages of 18 disposals, 3 marks and 3 tackles with 4 inside 50’s, he could very well get a surprise game over the next two weeks, but we’d probably hope for Supercoach purposes that doesn’t happen.
Oscar Clavarino – Picked by the Saints with pick #35 in the 2017 AFL Draft, Clavarino has been compared to Sam Gilbert due to his height (197cm’s) and rebounding and agility skills. Had an ankle syndesmosis injury during the pre-season, but form in the VFL hasn’t been eye-popping, averaging 11 disposals and 5 marks over 12 VFL games.
Max King – The #4 pick in the 2018 AFL Draft, King was recovering from an ACL injury during the off-season, but managed to play 5 VFL games before suffering an ankle syndesmosis which has put him out for the rest of the year. Kicked 11.5 with 6 disposals and 3 marks in his 5 VFL games, if he gets through the pre-season he likely lines up in Round 1 of 2020, but key forwards can be iffy Supercoach prospects.
Jack Bytel – Drafted with pick #41 in the 2018 AFL Draft, Bytel slid after a back injury took out some of his U18 season, with that injury eventually ruling him out for all of 2019. Would need to hit 2020 strong to be there for Round 1, but I dare say the Saints would take a cautious, long term approach to his recovery.
Sam Alabakis – Recruited as a Category B rookie, he is Malayasian born, but lived in Dubai for 14 years where he was a rugby player, before switching to basketball when moving to Perth at age 15. Played College basketball for the University of Louisiana and has now switched to football, thanks to being 211cms and 105kgs. Has played just 4 VFL games with averages of 3 disposals, 1 mark, 3 tackles and 15 hitouts, still a long way to go for him and has been sat out of games this year to concentrate on working on his fitness.
Jack Mayo – Taken in the mid-year draft, he’s a forward who kicked 50 goals in the WAFL Colts last year (that’s U18 football). Hasn’t found a ton of success in front of goals so far this year, kicking 3.5 over 8 games with 11 disposals and 4 marks, but he is still a development player at this stage.
We’ll be onto Part 6 next week, which will be our final preview for 2020 where we will cover off Sydney, West Coast and the Western Bulldogs. If you’d like to add anything, as usual whack your comments in the selection below or hit me up on the Twitters @BarronVonCrow.