Knightmare's AFL Draft Wrap Rayner may be the next Dustin Martin

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

Potential number one overall selection, Cameron Rayner was arguably Victoria Metro's most influential in their win against rival Victoria Country. Rayner, 187cm, 88kg, gathered 21 disposals, 13 contested possessions, four clearances, a game-high three free kicks for and kicked three goals.

Already possessing an AFL body, Rayner's play resembles the likes of Dustin Martin and Christian Petracca. Both of whom he shares comparable strength, explosiveness and hurt-factor while also impacting games as a forward or through the midfield.

Through the midfield, Rayner won first possession at the coalface, often either drawing a free kick, evading opponents in traffic, bursting through would-be tacklers at speed forcefully with a "don't argue" or hitting targets on either foot.

In general play, Rayner's kicking was noteworthy, hitting long targets. His play up forward was also impressive. He took a mark at full stretch on a hard lead where he created separation. He also finished from general play off one or two steps on several occasions from 45m, making the feat look easy.

The area Rayner needs to work on is his endurance. He presently projects as with Dustin Martin and Christian Petracca to play mostly as a forward through his early years in the competition, with the hope that over time he takes on greater midfield responsibility and eventually develops into a midfielder who rests up forward.

Victoria Metro v Victoria Country

Vic Metro

Finding a lot of the ball, using it efficiently and lowering his eyes to find inside 50m targets, Jack Higgins contributed strongly through the midfield. Higgins amassed 31 disposals, 14 contested possessions, six tackles, six tackles, seven clearances, two goals and two score assists.

Playing arguably his best game for the season, Joel Garner, 183cm, 81kg gathered 24 disposals, 12 contested possessions, nine marks (two contested) and six rebound 50s. Garner who has had an inconsistent start to the season looked at home playing off half-back. He took one-on-one marks, provided run from defence and used the ball efficiently in a display he will be looking to build upon.

Impressing with his chasing and pressuring around the ball, Lachlan Fogarty, 179cm, 75kg, played a major role in Vic Metro's win. He collected 23 disposals, nine contested possessions, 12 tackles, five marks, two goals and one score assist.

Showing supreme football smarts and roving every contest, Dylan Moore time and time again was in the best position at each contest and whenever the ball went to ground he won it. Spending significant time up forward, Moore lowered his eyes and demonstrated clean skills, with eight of his ten kicks effective. Moore was one of the match-winners with 19 disposals, eight contested possessions, two goals and five score assists.

Beyond demonstrating clean skills and composure in traffic, as we have become accustomed to seeing from Adam Cerra, his overhead marking and work in one-on-one contests was also impressive. Cerra contributed 14 disposals, seven contested possessions, four marks (two contested), five inside 50s, one goal and one score assist.

The player most turned up to see was Will Sutherland, 195cm, 90kg, who made his first appearance for Vic Metro, having only represented Scotch College in the APS private school football competition. Sutherland was quieter than many had hoped with just the 10 disposals, five marks (two contested) and one goal. The glimpses Sutherland showed however were enough to leave you wanting more. The signature moment was a mark on the lead 15m out from goal.

Sutherland converted the set shot and immediately after converting, pushed straight into his opponent's chest, letting his opponent know about the goal. Overall, Sutherland played with a great physical edge. In a one-on-one contest, his bodywork was strong, overhead his marking was clean, he tackled with physicality and his acceleration was striking. Sutherland has yet to make a decision on whether he will pursue AFL or cricket. If he pursues AFL, he is in the mix to be the first key position player selected and a top five selection at years end.

Vic Country

A tower of strength, James Worpel, did his usual thing. Winning first possession at the coalface, tackling strongly and standing up while getting tackled and still delivering by hand to a target. Worpel amassed 25 disposals, 14 contested possessions, 10 tackles, five clearances, five inside 50s and one goal.

Feeling like he was everywhere, Gryan Miers, 177cm, 73kg, was one of Vic Country's stronger contributors with his work rate a feature of his game. Miers also felt dangerous every time he had the ball forward of centre. He gathered 24 disposals, 10 contested possessions, five marks, six tackles, five clearances, five inside 50s, two goals and three score assists.

Hurting the opposition with ball in hand, Lachie O'Brien's put on a kicking display, hurting the opposition each time he found the ball, playing the role of go-to guy on the outside. O'Brien accumulated 18 disposals, six marks.

Often seen winning first possession and accelerating out of stoppages, Paddy Dow was one of the highlights for Vic Metro. Dow's composure in traffic and skills were also striking, making each of his disposals count. He gathered 17 disposals, 12 contested possessions, five clearances and two score assists.

Displaying plenty of tricks up forward, Brent Daniels, 172cm, 70kg, was a highlight to watch and is one of this year's most exciting small forwards. He contributed 13 disposals, one goal and three score assists. The evasiveness and agility in traffic, change of direction, cleanness at ground level and his sense for where the goals are make him a constant threat, any time he gets his hands on the ball.

Impressing down back Oscar Clavarino, 195cm, 86kg, regularly peeled off his man, taking intercept marks, one-on-one marks and an athletic mark flying in from the side. Clavarino, who is better known as a shutdown key defender, played with a newfound confidence. He backed himself in to read the flight of the ball and take each mark he attempted. Clavarino collected 11 disposals and five marks (two contested).

Bottom age ruckman, Bailey Williams, 198cm, 91kg, felt unstoppable through the ruck each time he got a clean jump. Williams consistently, regardless of the opponent launched a clear head higher at ruck contests. While Williams played primarily through the ruck, he also snuck forward, taking a mark on the lead and converting the set shot. Williams, who gathered 10 disposals, 18 hitouts, one goal and one score assist is one of the most likely looking 2018 draft prospects.

Western Australia v Allies


Playing a pivotal role through the midfield, Callan England impressed with 26 disposals, seven contested possessions, eight marks and two score assists.

Leading the way at stoppages and having a strong impact around the ground, Ben Ainsworth gathered 23 disposals, eight contested possessions, seven marks, three clearances and two score assists.

Continuing his consistent play up forward, Oscar Allen contributed 19 disposals, eight marks (two contested), two goals and three score assists.


Playing a different role, Connor Ballenden, played down back. His 20 disposals and eight marks (two contested) is a strong return from the Brisbane Academy tall.

Providing a presence at stoppages, Gold Coast Academy ruckman Brayden Crossley, 198cm, 105kg won his position. Crossley added 15 disposals, six marks, five tackles, 29 hitouts, five clearances, a team high two goals and one score assist.

GWS Academy midfielder, Jack Powell was the best midfielder for the Allies with 21 disposals, 11 contested possessions and six clearances.


Making a case for Vic Metro selection, Toby Wooller put forward a commanding performance with 25 disposals, 12 marks (two contested), five goals and three score assists.



In his third league match, exciting bottom age forward Izak Rankine gathered 15 disposals, six marks, four inside 50s and one goal.


Cooper Gaffney has put together a strong month of football in the SANFL Reserves. This is his third match featuring among the bests. Gaffney through the midfield contributed a solid 29 disposals, six tackles.

Backing up his outstanding effort last week, potential 2018 top choice, key forward, Jack Lukosius collected 19 disposals, eight marks, six inside 50s and four goals.


Looking like a man among boys, Lachlan Pascoe amassed 40 disposals, seven marks, five tackles, six inside 50s and 13 rebound 50s.