SCOUTING NOTES: ROUND 5
OAKLEIGH CHARGERS v DANDENONG STINGRAYS – 28 APRIL, 2018.
It was a competitive and contested start between the top two teams, with Dandenong hitting the scoreboard first with a fantastic goal from Zac Foot. Oakleigh responded shortly after as Casper booted his first goal of the day. The Stingrays controlled the second half of the quarter, booting a further 3 goals to lead by 20 points at the first break.
Oakleigh were much better in the second quarter, kicking 4 goals to 3, and went into the main break only 14 points down.
The Chargers continued to edge closer to the Stingrays in the second half, booting 6 of the next 8 goals, and eventually ran out winners by 6 points after a Lachlan Harry late goal in the final 3 minutes.
Here are the players that caught my eye:
XAVIER O’NEILL | OAKLEIGH CHARGERS | D.O.B – 03/08/2000 | 183CM | 78KG
STATS: 23 disposals, 5 marks, 7 clearances and 2 tackles
O’Neill was one of the Chargers best on the day, finding a lot of the ball in all areas of the ground. He was able to create some good passages of his play with his ball use and decision making. O’Neill is a smart player, who can use both feet effectively. He ran hard all day and always finds a way to stay involved in the contest. He made a few unforced errors throughout the game, but overall, he was very good.
JOE AYTON-DELANEY | OAKLEIGH CHARGERS | D.O.B – 25/03/2018 | 179CM | 68KG
STATS: 25 disposals, 2 marks and 4 tackles.
Ayton-Delaney was the most consistent footballer on the ground for the day. He has the ability to stay involved in the contest at all times. He accumulates a lot of the ball and most of the time his skills are pretty clean. His decision making and foot skills did hurt him on several occasions, but he does try and be creative, which I like. His defensive work was noticeable and he has the ability to burn his opponent when the ball hits the deck because of his speed. Another good game from Joe.
ISAAC QUAYNOR | OAKLEIGH CHARGERS | D.O.B – 15/01/2000 | 179CM | 82KG
STATS: 17 disposals, 6 marks, 3 tackles and 6 rebound 50s.
I thought Quaynor’s game was fantastic. He was instrumental in the back half for the Chargers, with his superb decision making, kicking skills and creativity. He’s only 179cm, but his athleticism gives him the ability to play tall when needed. He matched up on Stingrays forward, Bailey Williams, who’s close to 200cm, and competed well in the air. Quaynor’s follow up work on ground level was sublime, and he has the speed and agility to escape congestion. Exciting prospect.
ATU BOSENAVUALAGI | OAKLEIGH CHARGERS | D.O.B – 17/09/2018 | 179CM | 79KG
STATS: 20 disposals, 2 marks, 9 tackles and 2 goals.
Atu would have been close to best on ground in my opinion. His work rate was consistent all day and he presented well around the forward 50. He’s competitive, very quick and his forward pressure is elite. His efforts didn’t go unnoticed, with the flashy forward booting 2 goals and laying 9 tackles.
Some of Oakleigh players that caught my eye were Lachlan Bugeja, Riley Collier-Dawkins and Sam Harte.
BAILEY WILLIAMS | DANDENONG STINGRAYS | D.O.B – 17/04/2018 |198CM | 95KG
STATS: 12 disposals, 3 marks, 4 behinds.
While it wasn’t Williams best game, he did have an impact up forward. His size made him a difficult match up, but he was well held by the Chargers defenders in the end. He’s very agile and skilful for some his size, and he has great marking ability. He didn’t have his kicking boots on and was only able to manage 4 behinds for the day.
MATTHEW GAHAN | DANDENONG STINGRAYS | D.O.B – 11/07/2000 |185CM | 79KG
STATS: 19 disposals, 3 marks, 4 tackles.
Gahan started the game in terrific fashion, collecting 8 possessions in the first quarter. He competed hard and made some really good decisions with ball in hand. His repeated efforts around the contest were noticeable, laying 4 tackles. Gahan was a little quiet in the last two quarters, but I thought he was a major contributor for the Stingrays in the first half. He took some nice intercept marks too. Solid game.
COREY ELLISON| DANDENONG STINGRAYS | D.O.B – 24/08/2000| 191CM | 88KG
STATS: 16 disposals, 8 marks, 3 tackles, 2 goals.
Ellison was superb for the Stingrays, booting 2 goals and taking 8 marks. His set-shot kicking was a little inaccurate, so that’s something he probably needs to work on. Ellison is a nice size and very strong in the air. He presented well inside and around the forward 50 all day, and also set up goals for his team-mates who were in better positions than him. Strong performance.
Jamie Plumbridge, Zac Foot, Lachlan McDonnell and Jake Carosella also played strong games for the Stingrays.