MID-SEASON DRAFT REVIEW

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The 2022 AFL Mid-Season Rookie Draft came and went in a flash on Wednesday evening, with big-bodied balanced midfielder Jai Culley being selected at #1 for the West Coast Eagles.

There were a few surprises along the way, Essendon swooped on draft bolter Massimo D’Ambrosio who was strongly linked to Richmond for a long time and Fremantle Sebit Keuk, a lanky developing key forward, but perhaps the biggest shock came when Jake Florenca was overlooked despite averaging 34 disposals, 7.4 tackles, 1 goal and 132 AF.

Former AFL-listed players Sam Durdin and Will Hayes both being taken by the Blues, with Durdin most likely to play given Carlton’s defensive struggles with Oscar McDonald, Mitch McGovern and Jacob Weitering all out for extended periods.

To help you get acquainted with the newest AFL-listed players, our resident stats guru and self-proclaimed draft specialist, Azza has put together this helpful guide.

PICK 1 – West Coast – Jai Culley

Current Club: Dandenong Stingrays (NAB League)

Junior Club: Langwarrin JFC

DOB: 24/02/2003
Height: 193cm
Weight: 87kg

SC Position: MID/FWD

SC Price: $102,400

2022 SC Average: 135.5 (NAB League)

Azza says: Culley was one of the top over-age prospects in this mid-season draft, having improved out of sight after being overlooked at last year’s national draft. In his two outings for Dandenong Stingrays, he averaged 24.5 disposals, 3.5 tackles, 2 goals and 135.5 SC. But it was during the recent Colgate Young Guns vs Vic Metro match where Culley was at his damaging best, kicking 4.2 from 22 disposals, along with taking 5 marks, 5 tackles, 7 inside 50s and scoring a whopping 197 SC points.

With the Eagles struggling as a whole, Culley is very likely to debut after their Round 13 bye and SuperCoaches will be keen to jump aboard given his scoring ability and valuable DPP.

PICK 2 – North Melbourne – Kallan Dawson

Current Club: Williamstown (VFL)
Junior Club: Williamstown CYMS (VAFA)

DOB: 22/07/1998

Height: 194cm

Weight: 78kg

SC Position: DEF

SC Price: $102,400
2022 SC Average: 69.0

Azza says: Don’t let his lean stats line fool you, Dawson is an AFL-ready key defender who’s got fantastic aerial and intercept abilities and great footy IQ. In his 6 games for Williamstown, Dawson averaged 12.5 disposals, 1.1 tackles, 2 rebound 50s and 69.0 SC.

He’s exactly the type of player North Melbourne desperately need to bolster the key defensive options, and would have debuted this round if it wasn’t for a foot injury that he suffered recently in the VFL. Dawson should only be on the sidelines for 3-4 weeks, so we won’t have to wait too long to pick him in SC.

PICK 3 – Essendon – Massimo D’Ambrosio

Current Club: Western Jets (NAB League) / Richmond (VFL)

Junior Club: Point Cook

DOB: 05/06/2003
Height: 178cm

Weight: 80kg

DOB: 05/06/03

SC Position: DEF

SC Price: $102,400
2022 SC Average: 134.0 (NAB League) / 88.0 (VFL)

Azza Says: D’Ambrosio was a huge bolter in this draft, catching a lot of guard when he was selected at pick 3 for Essendon, given he’d long been linked to Richmond. D’Ambrosio is yet another player that could have an immediate impact at AFL level given his incredible kicking efficiency and damaging presence on the wing and off half back. This was highlighted in his two matches for the recent Colgate Young Guns vs Vic Metro/Country where he averaged 28 disposals, 5.5 marks, 8 rebound 50s and a staggering 149.5 SuperCoach points.

Unfortunately he suffered a minor shoulder injury in last week’s VFL match, and is on the sidelines for 3-4 weeks, but could be in the frame to debut in the weeks following. One to watch.

PICK 4 – Adelaide – Brett Turner

Current Club: Glenelg (SANFL)
Junior Club: West Adelaide

DOB: 11/01/1997
Height: 185cm

Weight: 88kg

SC Position: MID

SC Price: $102,400

SC Average: 118 (SANFL)

Azza Says: The Crows got their man and swooped on Brett Turner at pick 4. The mature-age midfielder from Glenelg has been a class above at state level averaging 20.5, 3.6 marks, 5.7 tackles, 3.8 inside 50s across the past 5 years in the SANFL.

His most dominant performance came recently in Round 3 against Adelaide where Turner had 23 kicks, 15 handballs, 7 marks, 4 tackles, along with 4.1 for 182 SuperCoach points. Adelaide have a lot of depth in their midfield, but performances like that will be hard to ignore, one to keep an eye on.

Pick 5 – GWS Giants – Wade Derksen

Current Club: Peel Thunder

Junior Club: Nightcliff

DOB: 18/06/2001

Height: 197cm

Weight: 90kg

SC Position: DEF/FWD

SC Price: $102,400

2022 SC Average: 101 (WAFL)

Azza Says: What a journey Derksen has taken to get to an AFL list. Started his career as a junior in NT, before moving to Victoria after missing out on draft selection. Then after a stint with Essendon in the VFL, he returned to Nightcliff in the NT, only to join Peel Thunder in the WAFL shortly after, and now he’s off to NSW to play for the Giants.

Derksen is a key utility who can play at either end of the ground, or offer support in the ruck. He’s had some bad luck later with injuries but from his 3 games in the WAFL he averaged 15.7 disposals, 7 hitouts, 4.7 marks, 2.3 goals and 101 SuperCoach points. Could prove very useful in SuperCoach for those looking to keep McCartin or SDK as D/F6 and want some flexibility in other lines, but is unlikely to debut this year.

PICK 6 – Hawthorn – Max Ramsden

Current Club: Sandringham Dragons

Junior Club: South Melbourne Districts

DOB: 19/04/2003

Height: 202cm

Weight: 86kg

SC Position: RUC

SC Price: $102,400
2022 SC Average: 107 (NAB League)

Azza Says: Likened to a young Tim English, Ramsden is an athletic ruckman who can have an impact all across the ground and not just in the ruck.

He’s been rather impressive for Sandringham Dragons in the NAB League, and truly caught the eyes of recruiters everywhere in his all-round performance for the Colgate Young Guns where he registered 16 disposals, 3 marks, 13 hitouts, 2 goals and 103 SuperCoach points.

If the draft had of been held two weeks ago, Ramsden would have been straight into the Hawks side after injuries to Max Lynch, Ned Reeves and Ben McEvoy left them completely exposed in the ruck. But now that Lynch and Reeves are back, it could be a while until we see Ramsden debut, unless bad luck strikes again….

PICK 7 – Gold Coast – Oskar Faulkhead

Current Club: Bendigo Pioneers (NAB League)

Junior Club: Wentworth

DOB: 11/02/2003

Height: 182cm

Weight: 76kg

SC Position: MID

SC Price: $102,400
2022 SC Average: 121 (NAB League)

Azza Says: Already a cult favourite in JR circles, Faulkhead couldn’t have timed his run of incredibly sublime form any better.

The over-age inside midfielder has been an absolute standout for the Bendigo Pioneers in the NAB League averaging close to 22 disposals, 6 tackles, 4 inside 50s, 1 goal a game along with an impressive average of 121 SuperCoach points.

But it was during the two recent Colgate Young Guns matches where he went to another level, averaging 29 disposals, 5 marks, 4 tackles, 6.5 inside 50s and 120 SC points capping off an incredible rise to an AFL list.

PICK 8 – Port Adelaide – Brynn Teakle

Current Club: East Fremantle (WAFL)

Junior Club: Northampton

DOB: 16/10/1999

Height: 203cm

Weight: 97kg

SC Position: RUC/FWD

SC Price: $102,400
2022 SC Average: 92 (WAFL)

Azza Says: Teakle is a very handy mature-age recruit for Port Adelaide that will help bolster their ruck department and key position stocks, especially up forward where he spent the majority of his career developing in.

With a solid frame, strong hands and great presence, he’ll prove a handful for some defenders, and according to most recruiters is only getting better which could put the heat on Sam Hayes if he continues playing as well is he did in the WAFL averaging 14.7 disposals, 17 hitouts and 92 SuperCoach points.

But even if he doesn’t feature this season, he will be a valuable addition to most SC sides given his basement price and RUC/FWD DPP.

PICK 9 – Collingwood – Josh Carmichael

Current Club: West Adelaide

Junior Club: Merebin

DOB: 01/01/2000

Height: 189cm

Weight: 88kg

SC Position: MID/FWD 

SC Price: $102,400
2022 SC Average: 129 (SANFL)

Azza Says: While there weren’t too many picks in the Mid-Season Rookie draft, Collingwood landed arguably the ‘steal’ of the night with Carmichael. Collingwood and SuperCoach fans alike have a lot to be excited about with Carmichael who has come from the clouds to be one of the hottest talents in the AFL draft pool.

Carmichael is an archetypal inside bull, with impressive contested work and strength in the midfield, but can also have a strong impact across the ground and on the scoreboard evident in his SANFL performances where he averaged 24.9 disposals, 4.9 marks, 4.5 tackles, 4.9 clearances, 2.6 rebound 50s, 3.6 inside 50s, 1.1 goals and 129 SuperCoach points.

Given Collingwoods lack of a player in the mould of Carmichael, there’s every chance we could see him debut in the coming weeks especially if he keeps up this form in the VFL.

PICK 10 – Richmond – Jacob Bauer

Current Club: North Adelaide

Junior Club: Inner West Magpies

DOB: 06/08/2002

Height: 191cm

Weight: 80kg

SC Position: FWD

SC Price: $102,400
2022 SC Average: 68.0 (SANFL)


Azza Says: A former Sydney Swans academy player, Bauer is a developing key forward with a lot of raw talent that should have Richmond fans licking their lips. His athleticism, aerial ability and vertical leap are his key standouts, which have proven incredibly valuable to North Adelaide in the SANFL where he’s averaged 2.7 goals a game in the seniors and 4 goals in the Reserves.

Highly unlikely to debut this season, but I like most will have a vested interest in his development given Riewoldt and Lynch are entering their twilight years.

PICK 11 – Sydney Swans – Hugo Hall-Kahan

Current Club: Sandringham Dragons

Junior Club: East Sandringham

DOB: 22/09/2003

Height: 188cm

Weight: 80kg

SC Position: FWD

SC Price: $102,400
2022 SC Average: 89.0 (NAB League)

Azza Says: One of a handful of players that required an exemption to nominate for the AFL Mid-Season Rookie draft, Hall-Kahan is an electrifying medium forward with a lot of X-factor about him. Hall-Kahan is absolutely lethal at ground level creating chances where chances simply shouldn’t exist and is just as deadly in the air with strong, secure hands.

Hall-Kahan can also push up the ground onto the wing where he’s had some success with Sandringham, averaging 14.8 disposals, 4.5 marks, 2.2 inside 50s, 2 goals and 89 SuperCoach points.

The Swans side is a very difficult one to break into and as we’ve seen in the previous seasons, debuts are hard to come by, just ask Will Gould.

PICK 12 – Geelong – Zane Williams

Current Club: Woodville-West Torrens
Junior Club: Woodville South Cats

DOB: 05/06/2001

Height: 183cm

Weight: 71kg

SC Position: FWD

SC Price: $102,400
2022 SC Average: 71.0 (SANFL)

Azza Says: Zane Wiliams is another potent medium forward who has been enjoying a great season so far for Woodville-West Torrens in the SANFL averaging close to 2 goals a game and 71 SuperCoach points.

It will be like seeing double for Geelong fans, given Zane Williams plays a very similar game to that of former WWT player, Tyson Stengle who is also now at Geelong.

Unfortunately for SuperCoaches, it’s very unlikely Williams name will be making a debut this season given their list, but there’s a lot to look forward to in the future.

PICK 13 – Carlton – Sam Durdin

Current Club: Glenelg
Junior Club: East Murray

DOB: 06/06/1996

Height: 199cm

Weight: 98kg

SC Position: DEF

SC Price: $123,900

2022 SC Average: 88 (SANFL)

Azza Says: The first of two previously AFL-listed players selected by Carlton, Sam Durdin fits an immediate need for Carlton given the injuries to Oscar McDonald, Mitch McGovern and now Jacob Weitering.

They’ve recruited him to fill that void in defence and there is every chance he could play next week which will be great news for SuperCoaches looking for rookies to play in the second half of the season.

After being delisted by North Melbourne after 6 seasons on their list, Durdin has been playing in the SANFL for Glenelg. His best game this season came against Woodville-West Torrens on Anzac Day where Durdin had 18 kicks, 11 marks (5 contested), 14 rebound 50s and 130 SuperCoach points earning him the prestigious Bob Quinn Medal for best on ground and showing that he’s still an elite force in defence.

PICK 14 – St Kilda – PASS

PICK 15 – Fremantle – Sebit Kuek

Current Club: East Perth
Junior Club: Ellenbrook

DOB: 11/11/2000

Height: 195cm

Weight: 73kg

SC Position: FWD

SC Price: $102,400
2022 SC Average: 60.0 (WAFL)

Azza Says: Every draft needs a heartwarming moment, and this one came as Sebit Kuek was halfway through training with East Perth as the draft was taking place none the wiser that he had just been selected by Fremantle and was now an AFL player.

Kuek had the 3rd highest goalkicking average of any mid-season draft nominees and was sitting 2nd on the goalkicking leaderboard in the WAFL with 16 goals from 5 games at an average of 3.2 goals a game.

Will be valuable depth for Fremantle and could be a smoky chance to debut later in the year.

PICK 16 – West Coast – PASS

PICK 17 – North Melbourne – PASS

PICK 18 – Essendon – Jye Menzie

Current Club: South Adelaide
Junior Club: North Hobart

DOB: 28/10/2002

Height: 181cm

Weight: 79kg

SC Position: MID

SC Price: $102,400
2022 SC Average: 71.0 (SANFL)

Azza Says: Menzie is another pure excitement machine that oozes X-factor. His presence and footy IQ around goal is one of the best for his age; evident at both state level in the SANFL and during his time at Tasmania Devils in the NAB League where he averaged 2.5 and 2.2 goals a game respectively.

Curious that he’s been listed as MID only in SuperCoach though…

PICK 19 – ADELAIDE – PASS

PICK 20 – Hawthorn – James Blanck

Current Club: Box Hill Hawks
Junior Club: Park Orchards

DOB: 20/11/2000

Height: 195cm

Weight: 85kg

SC Position: DEF

SC Price: $102,400
2022 SC Average: 60 (VFL)

Azza Says: Another fantastic selection by Hawthorn with Blanck rated as one of the top key defenders in this draft pool and of course, comes straight from within their own pool at Box Hill.

Blanck is a mobile key defender that has extraordinary closing speed and acceleration. So quick in fact, that during the 2018 AFL Draft Combine, Blanck ranked #1 for acceleration, recording an astonishing 1.001 seconds in the first 5m of the 20m sprint and was ranked #5 for agility ahead of AFL-listed players like Chayce Jones and Connor Rozee.

Along with his agility and speed, Blanck’s ability to read the play and intercept is fantastic and could prove to be another astute selection for Hawthorn.

PICK 21 – Collingwood – PASS

PICK 22 – Carlton – Will Hayes

Current Club: Carlton (VFL)

Junior Club: Euroa

DOB: 05/06/1995
Height: 181cm

Weight: 77kg

DOB: 05/06/95

SC Position: MID/FWD

SC Price: $123,900
2022 SC Average: 128 (VFL)

Azza Says: The former Western Bulldogs wingman who was delisted at the end of the 2021 AFL season has been out to prove that he still belongs on an AFL list and quite successfully by putting up some extraordinary numbers for Carlton in the VFL.

In his 6 VFL matches, Hayes has averaged 33 disposals, 5 marks, 4.3 tackles, 5.3 clearances, 2.8 rebounds 50s, 3.7 inside 50s, 1.0 goals and 128 SuperCoach points. Only Harrison Wigg and Jake Florenca averaged more disposals this year of any draft nominee, and Hayes currently sits 3rd in the VFL for average disposals behind Thomas Gribble (34.5) and Ryan Clarke (34.4).

Given this mighty stats line, it’s easy to see why Carlton decided to select him giving him another opportunity to play at AFL level.

PICK 23 – Fremantle – PASS

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Russty_

Thanks Azza for all the research, much appreciated.

Rick Grimes

Faulkhead for the win!

Lekdog

Lessgo

demonsdelight

A lot of work there son and definitely valuable…Truly appreciated NDD

Lekdog

He’s the best

Lazza

Cheers Azza… appreciate the heads up. Will definitely be moving on Teakle (probably this week for cash gen and future loophole) and Culley with Durdin and Carmichael are likely as well..

Daz

Thanks Azza, much appreciated. It’s like Mid season Christmas rookies to fill our benches.

trev

Hawks look like they may have a ruckman

demonsdelight

menzies is the one i like unlucky at the draft