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SCOUTING NOTES: RND 7 – MURRAY BUSHRANGERS v DANDENONG STINGRAYS

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SCOUTING NOTES: ROUND 7 – TAC CUP

DANDENONG STINGRAYS V MURRAY BUSHRANGERS – RAMS ARENA – 19 MAY 2018

EYE CATCHERS:

HUDSON GARONI | MURRAY BUSHRANGERS | D.O.B – 25/08/2000 | 195CM | 91KG

STATS: 13 disposals, 8 marks (2 contested), 7 goals

Garoni dominated inside 50 for the Bushrangers and caused a lot of headaches for the Stingrays defenders. Garoni’s size and strength are what makes him such a difficult match-up. He presented powerfully, led to the correct positions and took several marks on the lead. His contested marking is one of his biggest strengths, and it seems like he never drops a mark. Garoni is also a beautiful kick for goal and it was noticeable on Saturday when he kicked 7 goals straight. He continues to hit the scoreboard consistently, and always seems to find a way to beat his opponent. Gun.

NICK MURRAY | MURRAY BUSHRANGERS | D.O.B – 18/12/2000 | 193CM | 89KG

STATS: 20 disposals, 4 marks (2 contested), 2 tackles.

Murray’s defending was rock-solid for the Bushrangers and he was very reliable with ball in hand when rebounding out of defence. Murray is a good size and can play on a variety of forwards, tall or small. He matched up on the highly-rated Stingray, Bailey Williams in the first term, and arguably beat him. A strong outing.

LAITHAM VANDERMEER | MURRAY BUSHRANGERS | D.O.B – 03/02/1999 | 180CM | 76KG

STATS: 21 disposals, 3 marks, 2 tackles, 1 goal.

Vandermeer was a handy contributor for the Bushrangers through the midfield. He found plenty of the ball and generally used it well. He showed a good burst of speed when he was able to break away from a stoppage to kick an exceptional running goal from just inside the forward 50. His kicking and composure are some of his strengths and he’s a competitive player who always finds a way to stay involved. Only averaging 2 tackles a game this year, and I’d like to see him improve in this area.

TOM BOYD | MURRAY BUSHRANGERS | D.O.B – 29/01/1999 | 192CM | 79KG

STATS: 16 disposals, 3 marks, 1 tackle.

Boyd is a tall, rebounding defender with clean skills. His ball use and decision making were evident on Saturday, and his switching of the play was a highlight. Boyd is surprisingly quick and his closing speed on the lead is good. He’s been a big improver this year and while he still needs to work on his size, consistency and strength, he’s still an exciting prospect.

Jordan Butts, Lachlan Ash and Jimmy Boyer also had quality games for the Bushrangers.

COREY ELLISON | DANDENONG STINGRAYS | D.O.B – 24/08/2000 | 191CM | 88KG

STATS: 14 disposals, 4 marks (2 contested), 1 tackle, 6 goals.

Ellison is a key forward, who has kicked a minimum of 2 goals in each of his TAC matches this year. His strong marking and goal sense are two of Ellison’s best attributes, and he displayed it beautifully on the weekend. Ellison does his best work in the air or on the lead but can be just as damaging when the ball hits the deck. His competitiveness and footy smarts are obvious. Continues to influence games.

ZAC FOOT | DANDENONG STINGRAYS | D.O.B – 24/12/2000 | 180CM | 71KG

STATS: 17 disposals, 2 marks. 

Foot started the game superbly, finding plenty of the ball on the outside and using it well. I watched Foot closely for an extended period of time and I was very impressed with how hard he works, offensively and defensively. His endurance and speed allowed him to make a lot of contests around the ground, and his clean ball use and composure were clear. He needs to work on his consistency and possibly his inside game and tackling, but he’s definitely a pleasure to watch.

BAILEY WILLIAMS | DANDENONG STINGRAYS | D.O.B – 14/04/2000 | 198CM | 95KG

STATS: 19 disposals, 2 marks, 14 hit-outs, 1 goal.

Williams started slowly but was eventually found himself heavily involved in the contest. Williams versatility makes him a difficult match-up in all areas of the ground. His marking and aerial ability are two of his best qualities and due to his athleticism, he’s able to take control of games in multiple positions. He spent plenty of time around the middle of the ground and around the forward 50 where he was able to find plenty of the ball. Williams needs to be more physical up forward and to work on his set-shot goal kicking, but in saying that, he’s definitely one of the best big men in this year’s draft.

Sam Fletcher, Lachlan Mcdonnell and Campbell Hustwaite were also handy contributors

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