GWV Rebels Talent Manager Phil Partington gives his thoughts on the club’s upcoming NAB League Boys season.
2018 FINISH: 7th (6-11-1 record)
2018 BEST AND FAIREST: 1. Charlie Wilson / 2. Matt Schnerring / 3. Elliott Lamb
2018 TEAM OF THE YEAR SELECTIONS: Charlie Wilson
2018 AFL DRAFTEES: Thomas Berry (Brisbane)
OTHER FORMER PLAYERS ON AFL LISTS:
- Selected in 2006: Nathan Brown (Collingwood/St Kilda) 130/37 games, James Frawley (Melbourne/Hawthorn) 139/68, Shaun Grigg (Carlton/Richmond) 43/171
- 2008: Jordan Roughead (Western Bulldogs/Collingwood) 138/0
- 2009: David Astbury (Richmond) 107, Matt Dea (Richmond/Essendon) 31/39
- 2010: Tom McDonald (Melbourne) 146, Jeremy Cameron (GWS) 130
- 2011: Seb Ross (St Kilda) 102, Brad Crouch (Adelaide) 61
- 2012: Martin Gleeson (Essendon) 69, Jake Lloyd* (Sydney) 115
- 2013: Matt Crouch (Adelaide) 90
- 2014: Oscar McDonald (Melbourne) 62, Dan Butler (Richmond) 38
- 2015: Jacob Hopper (GWS) 44, Daniel Rioli (Richmond) 55, Darcy Tucker (Fremantle) 48
- 2016: Hugh McCluggage (Brisbane) 40, Jarrod Berry (Brisbane) 37, Cedric Cox (Brisbane) 12, Willem Drew (Port Adelaide) 0, Tom Williamson (Carlton) 15, Jamaine Jones* (Geelong) 7
- 2017: Lloyd Meek (Fremantle) 0, Flynn Appleby* (Collingwood) 9
2019 AFL ACADEMY:
- Level 2 (18yo): Isaac Wareham
- Level 1 (17yo): Nick Stevens
2019 HEAD COACH: Marc Greig (second season)
2019 SEASON START: vs Dandenong Stingrays @ MARS Stadium, Saturday March 23 (CLICK HERE for full fixture)
The Greater Western Victoria Rebels are pleased to announce our 42 man playing squad for the 2019 NAB LEAGUE season.
— GWV Rebels (@GWVRebels) March 6, 2019
TOP 2019 AFL DRAFT PROSPECTS
Izaac Grant (local club – Hepburn): “Izaac had some great games last year – he kicked seven goals in one game and I don’t think too many 17-year-olds have done that. He certainly knows where the goals are as a deep forward, but we will help develop him to play in different positions this year. To do that, he’s been working really hard on his running and he’s a bit stronger in the body as well.”
Isaac Wareham (Terang-Mortlake): “Isaac’s development over the last six to 10 months has been really good. He went from a shy 17-year-old who was just happy to make the Rebels squad to playing some good games late last season. He has some really good running capabilities – his GPS numbers from his last two games were the highest for metres-per-minute in the competition last year.”
James Cleaver (19yo in 2019, Hamilton Kangaroos): “James had a really good second half of 2018 in his first year in our program. His athletic attributes are well above average and we think he can play different roles on the field. He’s also a full-time trainee at the Rebels this year and we’ve had some great success with past trainees like Matt Crouch, Rowan Marshall, Darcy Tucker and Lloyd Meek.”
Matty Lloyd (19yo, Horsham Demons): “Matty unfortunately broke his ankle around Christmas in 2017 and he wasn’t running for 10-12 weeks, so a large chunk of last season was gone by the time he was fully fit. He has some attributes that AFL clubs like and he’s a good character as well. He’ll play more of a midfield role this year.”
Jed Hill (19yo, Ballarat): “Jed is probably still an underdeveloped player physically, but he certainly has some attributes that AFL clubs like. He’s a bit stronger this pre-season and he’s working full-time on the tools, which we’ve seen some benefits from. He plays well up forward, but we want to increase his impact in games through different roles.”
We were lucky enough to have the @MelbourneRebels (our Rugby cousins) come and visit the GWV Rebels Facilities for a trial game at Mars Stadium.
Pictured are Billy Meakes, James Cleaver, Jed Hill & Harrison Goddard.
— GWV Rebels (@GWVRebels) February 5, 2019
POTENTIAL DRAFT SURPRISE PACKETS
Jay Rantall (South Warrnambool): “Jay played basketball for Australia last year and he looks a likely type. He played some senior local games late in 2018 and this year he’s concentrating solely on football. We’ve noticed over the pre-season that he has ability and we think AFL clubs really like his athletic traits.”
Liam Herbert (South Warrnambool): “Liam also played Australian basketball last year, but he unfortunately had shin splints and couldn’t go over to the World Cup with Jay. He played one game for us late last year and his pre-season has been really good. Liam and Jay are both medium-sized midfielders with high work ethic and good game sense.”
BOTTOM-AGER TO WATCH
Nick Stevens (East Point): “Nick is attending Geelong Grammar this year, so we won’t have access to him too much due to school football commitments. He played some good football last year for the Vic Country under-16 team. He’s a good size and shape and he has a great work ethic and good skills, but he’s a work in progress.”
“We have some really good characters in Cooper Craig-Peters (18yo, Redan) and Patrick Glanford (18yo, Mount Clear) who have been standing out in the pre-season, as well as a couple of our 19-year-olds. Izaac Grant (see above) is another one who’s been stepping up with his leadership.”
FAMOUS FOOTBALL RELATIONS
Izaac Grant (see above): Son of former AFL player Jamie Grant – five games for Western Bulldogs – and nephew of former AFL player Chris Grant – 341 games for Western Bulldogs.
Matty Lloyd (see above): Brother of current AFL player Jake Lloyd – 114 games for Sydney.
Nick Caris (18yo, Horsham Saints): Brother of 2018 Geelong AFL Women’s draftee Rene Caris.
“We are light-on for high-end draft talent, but we’ve identified some key areas to work on from last year which will see improvement across our entire playing squad both on and off the ground.
“Our key leaders have outstanding values and work ethic, which will help continue to drive the team throughout the season. We’ve also invested heavily in more coaching staff, so our skill fundamentals are getting developed further throughout the week at training.”
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