Clark played a drop-off role across half-back nicely and showed a huge appetite for a contest when the opportunity presented. Finished with 29 possessions and 11 rebound 50s against the Allies and was clean and smart with his disposal. He has been a strong performer throughout the championships. An elite cricketer who took a hat-trick at under-16 level against Pakistan, Clark missed out on a WACA contract this year and has focused on football. He could be one of WA’s top draft prospects behind Ian Hill. The Albany product plays his football with Guildford Grammar and Claremont and was named WA’s MVP of the tournament.
WA’s captain for the day under a rotation policy, English starred in the engine room with 25 possessions and six tackles. Hard and tough, he relishes the contest. The Perth product won the Jack Clarke Medal in 2017 as the best player in the WAFL colts competition despite being too young to be drafted last year. English comes with no frills but has good footy smarts and has been likened to Brownlow Medal winner Matt Priddis.
Moore was only recalled when teammate Thomas Baldwin pulled out due to a thigh injury. The South Fremantle product has been likened to Collingwood cult figure Alan Didak and did his draft prospects no harm on the big stage. Moore hit the post with his first set shot but stood up in a tackle and used his footy smarts to set up the opening goal of the game to Brad Oldfield. Minutes later, he gathered a ground ball and snapped his first major. Finished with two goals from 13 disposals.
Here’s one for Fremantle fans – the West Perth junior is part of your club’s Next Generation Academy. He qualifies due to his Iranian heritage and spent a week training with the Dockers at Cockburn last December. Medhat missed the start of the U18 championships because of a thumb injury but made up for lost time with three goals against the Allies – two of those in the second quarter. He stands at 190cm and knows how to take a mark.
Miller took the mark of the day when he read an opposition kick superbly and flew over the top of Dillon O’Reilly and Kieren Briggs as the third man up on the wing, right under the noses of AFL club recruiters. Miller is a physical defender who played well across half-back and his big grab was one of the highlights of a free-flowing contest. His stepladders today are both huge draft chances. Strong ruck-forward O’Reilly missed out on qualifying as a Fremantle father-son prospect because his dad Stephen played 98 games for the club, rather than the minimum 100. Briggs is a 200cm GWS Academy player and is likely to be the first ruckman taken at the draft.
One for next year – Mitch Georgiades
Georgiades isn’t eligible until to be drafted in 2019 but has already had an impact at the elite junior level. The 16-year-old stands at 189cm but plays taller and is a fantastic shot at goal. He is meticulous with his set shot routine and boasts a fluent kicking action, which resulted in two majors today. The Subiaco product is the son of former Lions player John Georgiades, who famously kicked eight goals on his VFL debut for Footscray.