Around the Grounds – 2020 Preview Part 6
Hello Community and welcome to our final preview as we’re onto Part 6 of our Around The Grounds 2020 preview. We’ll be taking a look at Sydney, West Coast and the Western Bulldogs this week as we try to sniff out any potential rookie selections for our 2020 season. So let’s go have a look!
Darcy Cameron – Has always put up good numbers in the NEAFL, but has never managed to get a sustained run in the AFL, playing just the one career game so far. He has spent a bit of time injured this year, but returned last week to play his 9th NEAFL game of the season to have averages of 17 disposals, 5 marks, 3 tackles, 24 hitouts and has also added 7.3. Averaged 21 disposals, 4 tackles, 8 marks, 39 hitouts and booted 26 goals in 19 NEAFL games last year, so the talent is there. Has the ability to swing forward if needed and probably finds a new team next year at this rate. Depending on where he ends up will determine his potential for 2020.
Joel Amartey – Has been playing as a FWD/RUC in his two years at the Swans, managing to play every NEAFL game so far this year with averages of 14 disposals, 5 marks, 3 tackles, 10 hitouts and has kicked 15.11 over 17 NEAFL games. Good size, but may have more development time next year in the lower leagues.
Matthew Ling – Pick #14 back in the 2017 AFL Draft, Ling has played very little football since being drafted, with a broken toe limiting him to just 6 NEAFL games in his debut year of 2018. Had an achillies injury this year that has kept him sidelined most of the year, playing 8 of a possible 17 games in the NEAFL this year. Has averaged just 8 disposals, 2 marks and 3 tackles so far this year, he has talent, but hasn’t been able to display it fully yet in his short career.
Jack Maibaum – A big defender, Maibaum was pick #45 in the 2016 AFL Draft, but spent his first two years plugging away in the NEAFL. Suffered a torn ACL during the pre-season which has put him out for all of 2019, he probably goes back to the NEAFL to start 2020, but a full pre-season will be a big help to him.
Toby Pink – Played as both a key forward and defender, spent his time mostly in defense in 2019 after booting 24 goals in 20 games in 2017. Played in 15 NEAFL games so far this year for averages of 10 disposals, 3 marks and 2 tackles, doesn’t look likely to be a player at this stage.
Zac Foot – Pick #51 in the 2018 AFL Draft, Foot is a speedster who primarily plays on the wing. Has averaged 16 disposals, 3 marks, 3 tackles and 14.15 over 17 NEAFL games, had 24 disposals and 3 goals last week in the NEAFL and looks like a very good potential pick for some stage of 2020.
Durak Tucker – Came to the club in the middle of recovering from an ACL injury, but then suffered a hamstring injury which has put him out for the remainder of this year. Likely NEAFL bound for 2020.
Harry Reynolds – Has been kept out of the side for a long-while thanks to a back injury, but has managed 5 NEAFL games so far this year for averages of 14 disposals, 3 marks and 1 tackle. Will take a bit of time yet.
Samuel Wicks – A Category B rookie drafted from the Swans Academy, he’s a small forward who has played every NEAFL game this year for averages of 20 disposals, 3 marks, 7 tackles and has kicked 12.15. Tackle numbers are impressive and that’s always a friendly SuperCoach stat, but we know how small forwards can perform, regardless of how good they are.
Michael Knoll – Taken in the mid-year draft, Knoll was a former US College basketballer playing football in the SANFL for South Adelaide. Prior to that he spent 2 years with the Box Hill Hawks in the VFL. Played 7 games for South Adelaide in the SANFL for averages of 12 disposals, 5 marks, 4 tackles and 29 hitouts, while also playing 10 games for the Swans in the NEAFL for averages of 12 disposals, 2 marks, 3 tackles and 30 hitouts. Swans do have their ruck issues at the moment, so he could be a decent bench option for 2020.
Cody Hirst – A small midfielder who may be sent to the forward or defense line in the AFL. Was taken in the mid-year draft along with Knoll and has averaged 10 disposals, 3 marks, 3 tackles and has kicked 6.6 over 10 NEAFL games. Will need a bit more time yet.
Lukas Webb – He’s played 24 career games over 5 seasons, but hasn’t added to that tally in 2019. Has never been a big time SC player in the past, with a career high of just 55.8 SCPoints which was in 2017. Has had some injury issues this year, but has played 10 VFL games for Footscray so far this year for averages of 22 disposals, 4 marks, 3 tackles and has kicked 8.15. Doubtful he’s at the Bulldogs next year, though another team could still pick him up yet.
Fergus Greene – Has played 5 career AFL games in his short career, but had a disappointing average of 41.8 SCPoints. Has only played 4 VFL games so far this year thanks to a “shoulder instability episode”, he averaged 8 disposals, 3 marks, 2 tackles and kicked 2.5. Signed a contract extension for 2020 back in April, but likely goes back to the VFL to start 2020.
Callum Porter – Has been with the Bulldogs for a few years now, but has yet to made his AFL debut. Played 15 VFL games so far this year for averages of 16 disposals, 3 marks and 4 tackles. Doesn’t stand out yet.
Ben Cavarra – A mature age recruit, he was pick #45 in the 2019 AFL Draft. Drafted from Williamstown where he kicked 66.51 over his two years there, the small forward has added 17.1 over 9 VFL games this year, with averages of 14 disposals, 3 marks and 2 tackles. Could have a role next year, but the small forward thing again.
Laitham Vandermeer – He was the #37 pick in the 2018 AFL Draft, Vandermeer has been rotating between half-back and the wing, he’s played 12 VFL games so far this year with averages of 14 disposals, 3 marks and 2 tackles.
Buku Khamis – Drafted from the the Bulldogs Next Generation Academy, Buku is a 189cm intercepting defender. Has played 15 VFL games for averages of 10 disposals, 4 marks and 1 tackle, he still has some developing to do before he’ll be AFL ready.
Jordon Sweet – Taken by the Bulldogs in the Rookie Draft after Sweet was part of North Adelaide’s premiership winning side, he is a ruck/forward who has played 14 VFL games so far this year for averages of 8 disposals, 1 mark, 3 tackles, 38 hitouts and has added 9.3 on the scoreboard. Was a popular bench pick for many this year, he may very well be like Tom Campbell was at the Bulldogs. Puts up some good stats in the state leagues, but if injuries don’t hit then he won’t get a look in.
Brayden Ainsworth –The #32 pick in the 2017 AFL Draft, Ainsworth played 3 AFL games in his debut year, but hasn’t added to his tally in 2019. His stats have gone back a bit in the WAFL, averaging 21 disposals, 3 marks and 3 tackles over 14 games after averaging 24 disposals, 5 marks and 4 tackles in 2018. Won’t be the first player with a bit of a case of the second years blues, but will need a big pre-season to push for Round 1 in 2020.
Fraser McInnes – Like Ainsworth, McInnes played 3 games last year for an average of 46.3 SCPoints, but hasn’t added to that this year. He’s 26 and has managed 14 career games and hasn’t played more than 3 in a year since 2015. He’s the Captain of the Eagles side in the WAFL, but he’s always been a break glass in case of emergency type player.
Keegan Brooksby – Has been a bit of a journeyman over the last few years, he was originally drafted by the Suns, but returned to Adelaide to play SANFL football with South Adelaide and was then a last minute addition to the Eagles during the pre-season supplemental draft. He has played 17 WAFL games this year for averages of 13 disposals, 3 marks, 5 tackles, 28 hitouts and has kicked 9.11 for the year. Like McInnes, he’s always been a depth player, he has a few obvious picks ahead of him at the Eagles, but if injuries hit he’d be ready to play.
Kurt Mutimer – Played 4 games in 2017, but hasn’t been back in the AFL since then. Averaged 42.2 SCPoints during those games and has played 16 WAFL games this year for averages of 20 disposals, 2 marks and 4 tackles. Form has been slightly better in the WAFL this year, but no AFL footy for 2 years would be a concern at this stage.
Matthew Allen – Was drafted back in 2015, but has yet to make his AFL debut, which probably isn’t a good sign. Was the joint B&F winner for East Perth last year and has averaged 21 disposals, 5 marks and 4 tackles over 14 WAFL games this year. Doesn’t look likely at this stage.
Hamish Brayshaw – Has improved his numbers in his second season in the WAFL, averaging 22 disposals, 4 marks and 6 tackles over 13 WAFL games this year, after averaging 18 disposals in 2018. The Eagles midfield is a deep one, he has some talent, but whether it’s enough to break through is the question at this stage.
Luke Foley – Has spent a bit of time in different roles across they year, but has played 13 WAFL games for averages of 12 disposals, 3 marks and 2 tackles. Foley didn’t nominate for the 2017 AFL Draft, but was taken as an overager with pick #31 in the 2018 AFL Draft.
Xavier O’Neill – The #28 pick from the 2018 AFL Draft, O’Neill has a bit of an interrupted pre-season, but has managed to play most of the WAFL games, playing 15 for averages of 13 disposals, 2 marks and 4 tackles. Will probably spend another year developing in the WAFL at this stage.
Bailey Williams – Drafted at pick #35 in the 2018 AFL Draft, Williams was rated as one of the best junior ruckman in his draft class. Has been spending his time as a ruck/forward in the WAFL this year, he has played every game for the Eagles reserves with averages of 9 disposals, 2 marks, 2 tackles, 15 hitouts and has kicked 13.9. The Eagles have plenty of bigman depth, but Williams is young, so he’ll be given time to develop.
Harry Edwards – Was a midfielder as a junior until a growth spurt took him up to 197cm’s, which sees him play more of a key defender role nowadays. Has missed time this year due to a foot stress fracture, but has played the 9 WAFL games for averages of 9 disposals, 3 marks and 2 tackles. Probably doesn’t feature next year.
Patrick Bines – Signed by the Eagles as a Category B rookie after representing Australia in the U17 Basketball competition, Bines has only played 4 WAFL games this year due to a hernia issue keeping him out. Has only averaged 4 disposals, 1 mark, 3 tackles and 1 hitout during his 4 games, he’s a project player that still has some ways to go.
Brodie Riach – Another basketballer on the Eagles list, Riach turned down a scholarship to play basketball at Wyoming College, instead focusing on his football career. Played 11 WAFL games for averages of 11 disposals, 4 marks, 2 tackles and 2 rebound 50’s, he suffered a fibular stress fracture at the end of July which has ruled him out for the rest of the year. Another project player for the Eagles that probably doesn’t enter our calculations for 2020.
And that will be a wrap for me in the 2019 Supercoach season! I hope i’ve been a help to you all through the 2019 season and a big thank you to all the readers for your support and feedback throughout the year. As usual, if you’d like to add anything, as usual whack your comments in the selection below or hit me up on the Twitters @BarronVonCrow. I hope to all see you next year for Supercoach in 2020!