Knightmare's AFL Draft Wrap: Is Davies-Uniacke the new No. 1?

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

Luke Davies-Uniacke was the driving force behind Dandenong's incredible come-from-behind victory against Eastern. After trailing by 50 points at half-time, Dandenong somehow found a way to secure a 13-point win.

Davies-Uniacke, 187cm, 85kg, who already has developed a reputation as a big-game player, gathered 33 disposals (11 of 17 kicks effective), 21 contested possessions, six clearances, five inside 50s, one goal and two score assists. As a projected top-five selection, he remains in the mix to be selected pick No. 1 in this year's AFL draft.

It was his ground ball-winning and contested ball-winning at stoppages in combination with his Patrick Dangerfield-like acceleration from the contest that played a huge part of the momentum swing. Davies-Uniacke also demonstrated excellent agility, getting around and past players at full speed on more than one occasion.

His kicking and vision also were excellent. He spotted up and hit inside 50m targets and open targets through the corridor.

It was a timely reminder from one of this draft's most dynamic and powerful players, showing what he is capable of after appearing on cruise control in recent months.


Complimenting Davies-Uniacke through the midfield, Hunter Clark worked hard both ways and played a major role at stoppages. Clark secured 24 disposals, 15 contested possessions, 16 tackles, nine clearances, five inside 50s and two score assists.

Eastern's primary ball winner was likely top-10 choice, Jaidyn Stephenson, who accumulated 30 disposals, 13 contested possessions, five marks, 11 tackles, six clearances, five inside 50s and one goal.

Working hard both ways, winning the ball through midfield and using it cleanly, Dylan Moore was also effective through Eastern's midfield with 24 disposals, 10 contested possessions, five marks and eight tackles.

While Sam Hayes lost the hitout battle, his contested marking was a highlight, reading the drop of the ball and taking his marks strongly overhead. Hayes secured 21 disposals, 11 contested possessions, six marks (four contested) and 24 hitouts.

Jackson Ross showed signs both with his marking and at ground level. The 192cm utility gathered 18 disposals, 12 contested possessions, four marks (two contested), five clearances and two goals.

Providing run from defence and intercepting effectively, Ryley Stoddart contributed well for Eastern with 18 disposals and six marks (one contested).

Intercepting effectively and often working back a kick behind the ball, Joel Garner contributed well with 17 disposals, 12 contested possessions, five marks (one contested), eight inside 50s, five clearances and one goal.

Proving one touch at ground level and providing substantial outside run, Ethan Floyd was Geelong's best in a commanding win against Gippsland with 34 disposals, 10 contested possessions, five marks, three clearances, eight inside 50s and two score assists.

Cassidy Parish did his usual thing through the midfield, winning first possession at stoppages. He gathered 26 disposals, 10 contested possessions and seven clearances.

Edward McHenry played an impressive two-way game with his tackling and agility particularly impressive. McHenry gathered 25 disposals, 11 tackles, five inside 50s, three clearances and two score assists.

Looking lively as ever up forward, crumbing at the base of packs and proving disruptive with his effort defensively, Gryan Miers gathered 24 disposals, five inside 50s and three goals.

Providing run, underage midfielder Sam Walsh collected 24 disposals, four marks (one contested), 10 tackles, four inside 50s and two goals.

Breaking the lines and breaking the game open with his remarkable acceleration, Matthew Ling made his case on several offensive drives for being this year's fastest draft prospect. He gathered 23 disposals and six tackles.

Intercepting effectively down back, Will Leslie was one of Gippsland's few highlights with 20 disposals, seven marks (two contested) and six rebound 50s.

Overage midfielder Jack Roughsedge helped Oakleigh to a convincing win against Northern. He did his best work at stoppages, amassing 28 disposals, 16 contested possessions, four tackles, 10 clearances, one goal and two score assists.

Proving effective both through the midfield and up forward, Charlie Thompson was a standout with 22 disposals, seven tackles, five inside 50s, three clearances, two goals and five score assists. His work rate was sensational both ways. He also lowered his eyes and hit several forward 50m targets.

Oakleigh captain Toby Wooller again provided a powerful presence up forward with 22 disposals, 12 contested possessions, 10 marks (four contested), eight tackles, three goals and two score assists.

Making the most of his midfield opportunity, Nick Coffield showed the typical composure and time and space we are accustomed to seeing, while also winning the ball at stoppages and appearing like he belongs as a midfielder. Coffield gathered 25 disposals, 12 contested possessions, four marks (two contested) and six clearances.

Winning the ball through the midfield and proving damaging by foot, Alex Federico impressed with 24 disposals, 12 contested possessions, four tackles and four inside 50s.

Contributing effectively both up forward and through the midfield, Will Walker played a pivotal role for Sandringham in their win against Murray. He amassed 25 disposals, four marks, five clearances and four goals.

Overager Hamish Brayshaw was again superb for Sandringham and played a complete game with 25 disposals, 11 contested possessions, six marks (one contested), six tackles, five clearances, eight inside 50s, three goals and five score assists.

Brayshaw is increasing his draft chances by the week with not only his ball winning and scoreboard impact impressive, but also his clean ball use, agility and bursts of speed.

Charlie Constable made good use of the ball through the midfield with 23 disposals, 11 contested possessions, six clearances, four inside 50s, one goal and four score assists.

Andrew Brayshaw performed strongly, playing mostly as a forward with 20 disposals (of his 15 kicks, 10 were effective), 10 contested possessions, seven marks (one contested), six tackles, five inside 50s, three clearances, two goals and two score assists. His vision and kicking to targets inside 50m was a highlight.

Underage key forward Max King showed promise with 12 disposals, five marks, 12 hitouts and two goals. King is one of 2018's highest rated key forwards and it was promising seeing him when used through the ruck, getting on top.

Overager Ben Paton was Murray's best and provided some run with 25 disposals, 15 contested possessions, four tackles and three clearances.

Providing impressive outside run and carry, Doulton Langlands performed strongly with 22 disposals, four marks, three clearances and one goal.

Will Donaghey was damaging in his ball use, with his 50m goal on the move a highlight. Donaghey gathered 21 disposals, five marks, four inside 50s, one goal and two score assists.

Laitham Vandeermeer, 180cm, 73kg, accumulated 20 disposals and had several promising moments with his ground-level work and acceleration with ball in hand striking.



Charlie Ballard contributed strongly to Sturt's win against Port Adelaide with 18 disposals, five marks and one goal.

Jordan Houlahan also played a valuable part for Sturt with 10 disposals, five marks, seven tackles and one goal.



Mature-age midfielder Tim Kelly, who secured a national draft combine invite, gathered 23 disposals, six inside 50s and three goals.

Key defence prospect Sam Taylor was solid in defence with 14 disposals and four marks.


Featuring in Subiaco's bests, Kyron Hayden performed solidly through the midfield with 16 disposals and five tackles.


Underage key forward Dillon O'Reilly was one of East Fremantle's best players with 10 disposals, four marks and five goals.


Connor Ballenden from Brisbane's Academy was the notable draft relevant performer with 12 disposals, four marks and two goals in Brisbane's three-point NEAFL grand final win. Ballenden is expected to feature in the first or second round this year as a key position player.