Not a lot to be excited about in the rookie space apart from Trent Dumont’s excellent first full game after having shown a bit in his previous two sub-affected performances. How many others bought Rockliff this week like me? The kid’s too brave for his own good.
All the best.
Round 8 Rookie Ins (underline = first game 2015):
DEF: Tom Clurey PORT, Daniel Howe HAW, Joel Hamling WB, Aiden Corr GWS
MID: Daniel Robinson SYD, Andrew Boston GC, Brant Colledge WCE
RUCK: Keegan Brooksby GC
FWD: Brandon Jack SYD, Lukas Webb WB, Liam McBean RICH
Round 8 Rookie Outs:
MID: Aiden Riley MEL – omitted,
Joel Hamling, WB, $123.9K, 2011 Draft Pick 32, 22 years/194cm/88kg – Usually a dour defender who averaged 11 disposals in the VFL last year, Hamling had a great debut against GWS with 82 points from 10 kicks and six handballs at 88% disposal efficiency, seven marks (one contested), a clearance, two rebound 50’s, five spoils, a tackle and a free for.
Daniel McKenzie DEF/MID, STK, $207.8K (up $10.9K), 2014 Draft Pick 22, 18 years/184cm/78kg – A quiet game with 48 points from 10 disposals, a mark and four tackles. McKenzie has proven to be a great user of the ball across his final two years as a junior. Very athletic and has a good tank for a first year player. Scored 63, 31 and 80 the prior three rounds. Owned by 39%
Other DEF Options:
Daniel Howe HAW, $117.3K
Tom Clurey PORT, $150K
Henry Schade GC, $204.2K
Aiden Corr GWS, $196.6K
Daniel Robinson SYD, $123.9K, 2013 Rookie Draft NSW (Elevated 2014), 20 years/184cm/80kg – Daniel Robinson has made steady progress as a midfielder in the NEAFL across the last two seasons. A particularly impressive 2014 where he averaged 29 disposals saw him elevated to the senior list. A great debut game on the weekend with 83 points from 15 disposals (seven contested) at 87% efficiency, three clearances, one rebound 50, four inside 50’s, five marks, four tackles, two frees for and a goal.
Andrew Boston GC, $124.6K, 2013 Rookie Draft QLD (Elevated 2014), 21 years/180cm/80kg – Andrew Boston’s 2014 was mainly ruined by injury but he finished off the previous year well enough to be elevated off the rookie list. A good showing on the weekend with 71 points from 14 kicks and four handballs (nine contested possessions) at 61% disposal efficiency, five clearances, four marks, five tackles, three frees for/one against and three rebound 50’s. With Gold Coasts injuries and some average performances so far, Boston is a real chance at holding his place and is a mature body.
Trent Dumont North Melbourne, $123.9K, 2013 Draft Pick 30, 19 years/186cm/85kg – Finally got a full game after impressing as starting sub twice as well as excellent VFL form. Dumont scored 84 from 10 kicks and eight handballs (15 contested) at 50% disposal efficiency, seven clearances, 10 tackles, one free for, a rebound 50 and four inside 50’s. A cracking game and hopefully enough to cement Dumont in North’s starting team. Dominated in the VFL last year and could play like Luke Dunstan did last year if given a run at it. Owned by 2%
Shane Biggs WB, $209.3K, 2013 Rookie Draft Pick 13, 23 years/187cm/84kg – starting sub this week unfortunately and scored just 20 points as a result. Nice debut game the week before with 70 points and will hopefully get back to playing higher game time in the coming rounds. Coming from the highly regarded Swans program, Biggs managed three AFL appearances in addition to his amazing NEAFL form where he had similar numbers to Tom Mitchell. Owned by 2%
Other MID Options:
Liam Dawson BRI, $117.3K
Connor Menadue RICH, $133.7K
Carl Amon PA, $141.2K
Corey Ellis RICH, $165.8K
Jackson Nelson WCE, $172.8K
Brant Colledge WCE, $191.4K
Blake Acres STK $221.8K
Keegan Brooksby GC, $102.4K, 2015 Rookie Draft Pick 42, 24 years/197cm/99kg – Check out Brooksby’s NEAFL stats in the game prior to his debut on the weekend: 27 disposals, 41 hitouts and 11 clearances. Sounds like he could have been positioned MID/RUCK like Blicavs. Brooksby scored 58 from one kick, six handballs, two marks, five tackles, a free for, 12 hitouts and a goal playing forward and supporting ruck.
No Forward Standouts.
Other FWD Options:
Bailey Dale WB, $138.1K
Liam McBean RICH, $123.9K
Brandon Jack SYD, $150.5K
Lukas Webb WB, $197.9K
FAREWELL Former Rookie:
Jake Lever ADE
Fletcher Roberts WB
Jordan De Goey COLL
Fraser McInnes WCE
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