SCOUTING NOTES: TAC CUP – ROUND 4.
GEELONG FALCONS V EASTERN RANGES
The Falcons got off to an absolute flyer at Avalon Airport Oval on Saturday, booting 5 goals to 1 in the opening term.
The second term was no different, with Geelong kicking 7 goals to 2, and led by 56 points the main break.
The Ranges got annihilated in the centre clearances and the Falcons made them pay. Sam Conway controlled the game with his ruck work, while highly-rated midfielders Sam Walsh and Oscar Brownless gathered possessions with ease.
The Ranges bounced back in the second half and outscored the Falcons 43 to 32. But their improved effort and intensity wasn’t enough in the end, with Geelong cruising to a comfortable 45 point win.
Players that caught my eye were:
SAM WALSH | GEELONG FALCONS | D.O.B – 02/07/2000 | 183CM | 74KG
STATS:38 disposals, 6 marks, 9 tackles, 1 goal.
Walsh was prominent from start to finish, gathering 38 possessions, along with 9 tackles. A very good midfielder, who can play on the inside and outside. He’s agile, quick, composed and his awareness is first class. He has the ability to find the ball with ease, in all areas of the ground. Most of his possessions were effective and he’s usually a very reliable kick, but there were a lot of ‘ineffective’ and unforced errors by Walsh on Saturday. No real concern, however. Genuine gun.
BAXTER MENSCH | GEELONG FALCONS | D.O.B – 30/05/2000 | 178CM | 70KG
STATS: 34 disposals, 3 marks, 1 tackle.
Baxter was one of the Falcons’ strongest performers. He maintained a high level of competitiveness for the entire game and accumulated 34 disposals and had a whopping 14 clearances. A solid game.
SAM CONWAY | GEELONG FALCONS | D.O.B – 17/05/1999 | 202CM | 89KG
STATS: 10 disposals, 3 marks, 1 tackles, 36 hit-outs.
I was very impressed with Conway on the weekend. He set up many of his teammates with his fantastic tap work, and his aggressive follow-up efforts were noticeable around the contest. He took a very strong mark in the second term which also caught my eye.
OSCAR BROWNLESS | GEELONG FALCONS | D.O.B – 16/02/2000 | 186CM | 76KG
STATS: 24 disposals, 2 marks, 4 tackles, 1 goal.
Brownless was one of the main contributors to the Falcons’ dominance in the first half. He’s very good in tight, contested situations but also has the ability to hurt you on the outside. Brownless is strong around stoppages and is very good in traffic. He played a very good game and his first half was superb. He dropped off the second half, but he’s definitely an exciting prospect.
CONNOR IDUN | GEELONG FALCONS | D.O.B – 29/07/2000 | 190CM | 90KG
STATS: 20 disposals, 4 marks, 2 tackles, 2 goals.
Idun is an intriguing, yet exciting prospect at 190cm. He played predominately at full-forward and kicked 2 goals. He reminds me a lot of Tom Hawkins with his size, presence and marking. He presents well, takes a strong contested mark and can hit the scoreboard.
BRAYDEN HAM | GEELONG FALCONS | D.O.B – 29/04/2000 | 181CM | 69KG
STATS:16 disposals, 6 marks, 2 tackles, 3 goals.
Would’ve been close to BOG for mine. He didn’t have as many possessions as others, but he impacted the game in a big way, kicking 3 goals. He took several strong marks all over the ground, and his kicking was sensational. Ham can damage the opposition in the forward 50, with his marking ability and footy smarts, and can also hurt you at ground level with his speed and agility. A very classy player. I can’t wait to see more of this kid.
CHAYCE BLACK | EASTERN RANGES | D.O.B – 17/03/2001 | 175CM | 71KG
STATS:24 disposals, 2 marks, 5 tackles.
If the Ranges weren’t defeated by such a significant amount, Black would have been close to best on ground. He was definitely the Ranges’ most consistent and best footballer on the day. He won a lot of the ball on the inside and outside, and set up a lot of good passages of play for the Ranges. I thought his composure, vision and field kicking let him down on numerous occasions throughout the day. He’s only 175cm, but his work rate and ball-winning ability overshadows his height. Son of Heath Black.
LACHLAN STAPLETON | EASTERN RANGES | D.O.B – 14/04/2001 | 179CM | 67KG
STATS: 19 disposals, 3 marks, 12 tackles.
Stapleton is a smart footballer who can play on the inside and outside. His work-rate is exceptional and he’s very composed with ball in hand. I’ve been very impressed with Stapleton so far this season, his tackling and contested side of his game have been outstanding. He probably needs to find more of the ball on a consistent basis, but there’s no denying his talent.
JONTE DUFFY | EASTERN RANGES | D.O.B – 17/05/2001 | 168CM | 67KG
STATS: 13 disposals, 3 marks, 8 tackles, 1 goal.
It was another strong performance from the fearless forward, who made his presence felt inside the forward 50 and around the ground. He’s very good in tight situations and quite strong for someone his size. He was able to hit the scoreboard and he influenced the game with his competitiveness, decision marking, footy smarts and pace. He probably needs to find more of the ball through the midfield to have more of an impact though.
Others players that I also thought stood out for the Falcons were Sam Torpy, Kieden Rayner and Doyle Madigan.
For the Ranges, Kye Quirk, Mitch Mellis, Ben Cardamone and James Blanck also caught the eye.