Knightmare's AFL draft wrap: Another Parish boosts draft stocks

Each week, AFL draft expert Christopher Doerre - aka Knightmare - casts his eye over the country's best junior footballers to give readers an early insight into the next generation of AFL stars.

As well as attending live games, Doerre pores through match vision, analyses the stats and talks to industry sources to ensure he can offer the most insightful draft analysis.

Aside from the weekly wrap, Doerre will also unveil his power rankings at the end of each month.

And as we get closer to November's national draft, Doerre will also predict who goes where with his annual phantom draft.

Player Focus

Continuing his consistent form through the midfield, Cassidy Parish, 190cm, 84kg, contributed 24 disposals, 13 kicks (11 efficient), 17 contested possessions, five tackles, 10 clearances, two goals and two score assists against Oakleigh at the weekend.

Parish -- brother of Essendon young gun Darcy -- is one of this year's most advanced midfielders with his stoppage work up there with the best in the draft. It is not difficult to see why, with Parish consistently getting to prime position at stoppages and winning first possession.

Parish at the moment is a single position player, with his effectiveness coming at stoppages through the midfield. His kicking has been classed by many as inconsistent and his pace is only average. Given this, Parish is thought most likely be drafted in the second or third round.

What Parish may benefit most from adding to his game is improved reading of the drop of the ball and overhead marking. There were two particular marking contests against Oakleigh where Parish chose not to contest balls that dropped from a considerable height. At 190cm, without a second position, if Parish can develop a greater confidence attacking the high balls and mark some of them, it will add considerably to his game and allow him to be more effective when pushing forward or back, while also benefitting him around the ground in general play.


Playing mostly as a rebounding half-back flanker last year, Nicholas Coffield, 190cm, 83kg, is also showing the ability to play through the midfield. He amassed 34 disposals, 13 contested possessions, six marks (two contested), six clearances, five inside 50s, one goal and one score assist.

Providing run and using the ball reliably, Ethan Penrith impressed with 22 disposals (including 10 of 13 efficient kicks), five contested possessions, seven marks and seven rebound 50s. He was named Northern's best. With Penrith's kicking not reliable so far this season, this is a step in the right direction.

Mitchell Andrews, 185cm, 70kg, used the ball efficiently out of the back half with 32 disposals (including 15 efficient kicks from 16), six contested possessions, 12 marks (one contested) and 11 rebound 50s.

Powerful forward, Riley D'Arcy, 189cm, 90kg, collected 15 disposals, seven marks (three contested), five goals and three score assists.

Playing a lone hand through the midfield for Eastern, Thomas North, 186cm, 87kg, gathered 28 disposals, 18 contested possessions, 11 clearances and kicked one goal.

Top-ager Callan Wellings had arguably his most influential match yet and was for the third time in five games listed Greater Western Victoria's best. He collected 22 disposals, 13 contested possessions, five marks (one contested), 10 tackles, six clearances, seven inside 50s, four goals and three score assists. Wellings has been most prolific through the midfield with his stoppage work and ball use particularly impressive.

After a slow start to the season, Jordan Johnston, 184cm, 76kg, announced himself in a memorable performance with 17 disposals, nine marks (three contested), five tackles, five inside 50s and six goals. This isn't the first-time Johnston has had a big game, kicking seven goals in a TAC Cup contest last year as a bottom-ager. The key for the athletic, strong marking Johnston to rise up draft boards will be performing more consistently.

Murray big man Daniel Johnston, 196cm, 99kg, had his best match for the season with 21 disposals, five marks (one contested), 13 hitouts, seven clearances, six goals and three score assists. Johnston while raw, plays with a strong presence and is well suited to playing as a key forward who relieves through the ruck.

Harrison Jones, 183cm, 79kg, amassed 26 disposals, 19 contested possessions, seven tackles, 10 clearances and one score assist. Jones is not only strong in the contested elements but he also has noteworthy acceleration.

Top-ager Hayden Elliot, 192cm, 87kg, was exceptional for Geelong with 15 disposals, seven marks (two contested), seven tackles, 17 hitouts and four clearances. Elliot showed a positive mix of attributes - taking aerial marks, winning ground balls, chasing and tackling at speed, taking on the game with his own run and hitting several long targets up the field.

Gryan Miers, 177cm, 73kg, was again lively with his work at ground level and quick, clean hands in close. He accumulated 19 disposals, seven contested possessions, five marks (one contested), six tackles, three goals and two score assists.

Attacking the contest with great ferocity, Harry Benson, 180cm, 72kg, played an uncompromising brand of football with 20 disposals, nine contested possessions, 10 tackles, seven inside 50s, one goal and one score assist.

Also playing a brave, hard brand of football, Mitchell Chafer, 178cm, 75kg, performed strongly for Geelong with 24 disposals, 12 contested possessions, one goal and one score assist. His cleanness at ground level was also a highlight.

The run of Matthew Ling, 182cm, 74kg, was on full display again. On one handball receive in the centre, Ling ran at great speed to 50m from goal, he then suddenly jagged sideways to avoid a tackle and took the shot at goal from 45m. His kick went out on the full, with pressure coming from behind, but the sheer acceleration and change of direction on the move was a highlight and was just a small sample of what Ling does most weeks. Ling collected 21 disposals, five marks and one score assist.

Also, providing dash for Geelong was Ethan Floyd, 179cm, 70kg. Floyd gathered 22 disposals, five marks, five inside 50s, six rebound 50s and one score assist.

Looking dangerous every time he went near the ball, Jordan Troani, 175cm, 71kg, kicked the goal of the day on the boundary, 15m out from goal with no space to work in. His ball use, work at ground level, run and dare as well as his football smarts were clear for all to see. Troani gathered 14 disposals, five contested possessions, six tackles and kicked three goals.

Playing predominantly through the midfield with some minutes up forward, Toby Wooller, was one of Oakleigh's best with 19 disposals, eight contested possessions, seven marks (one contested), five tackles, six clearances, seven inside 50s and one score assist. Wooller is an unusual talent at 193cm with his mobility and cleanness at ground level. His stoppage work was also impressive, winning first possession and driving the ball forward with clearing kicks.

Will Stephenson, 169cm, 66kg, was named Gippsland's best in an impressive win over Sandringham. He collected 21 disposals, 11 contested possessions, five marks (one contested), eight tackles, five clearances, eight inside 50s, four goals and one score assist.

Contributing meaningfully through the midfield, Aidan Quigley, 183cm, 72kg, amassed 24 disposals, 12 contested possessions, five marks, 13 tackles, five clearances, six inside 50s, one goal and three score assists.



On League debut, Darcy Fogarty, 192cm, 88kg, contributed strongly with 19 disposals and three tackles, doing his top five draft chances no harm.


Listed as Norwood's best was midfield accumulator Stephen Giro, 177cm, 70kg, who was a picture of consistency. He gathered 31 disposals, six tackles and three goals. It was his most damaging game so far.

Again, contributing strongly, Lachlan Pascoe continued his solid play with 26 disposals, six marks and five rebound 50s.



Named Perth's best, Luke English, 179cm, 78kg, was dominant through the midfield with 34 disposals, eight tackles and three goals.


Playing for Sydney University's seconds' side, ex-Swan Xavier Richards in a bid to return to senior football put his best foot forward, kicking 13 goals.

Adam Sombono, 184cm, 79kg, a 20-year-old forward was one of NT Thunder's best players. He collected 14 disposals, seven marks and kicked four goals against the Sydney reserves. Sambono has kicked 15 goals from his four games so far, this season and plays an instinctive brand of football. He possesses genuine leg speed, cleanness at ground level and a great feel for where the goals are.