Shades of 'the Bont' as Brodie Kemp continues to rise

Each week, AFL draft expert Chris Doerre 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 wraps, 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

Making the case that he should be one of the first selected in this year's AFL draft, Brodie Kemp announced himself as one of the midfielders with the greatest upside in the pool during Bendigo's loss to Gippsland.

This season, Kemp has made the transition from arguably this draft's best key position player into a midfielder. Revelling in his new role, Kemp showed he is not only adept at cleanly winning the ball at stoppages and on the ground, but his most significant point of difference is his acceleration.

The most influential player in the game, Kemp twice used his acceleration after receiving handballs on the move and exploded, bursting 25m at speed. On another play at speed he contorted his body to avoid tackles.

Kemp's leading up at the ball and marking presence around the ground makes him unique, with the 192cm, 82kg, midfielder securing 21 disposals, nine contested possessions, six clearances, five inside 50s and one goal against Gippsland.

With a game most closely resembling Marcus Bontempelli with similar power and acceleration for a tall midfielder, if Kemp can continue impacting games heavily and make the jump from 20 disposals per game to 25, he can enter the conversation as a possible No. 1 pick. As thing stand, he is firmly in the top-five conversation with scope to continue to rise up draft boards.

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Leading the way for Gippsland, Caleb Serong provided an aerial marking threat up forward and won the ball through the midfield. He was difficult to lay a hand on with his speed and agility in traffic. The impact player managed 23 disposals, 13 contested possessions, seven clearances and two goals.

Intercepting and hurting the opposition with their ball use, Bendigo duo James Schischka and Logan Fitzgerald managed 19 disposals, seven marks and 13 disposals, six marks respectively.

For Oakleigh in their 10-point loss to Sandringham, Matthew Rowell was not only a force at stoppages but also took four important intercept marks. The projected top-five selection amassed 31 disposals, 19 contested possessions, seven marks, 11 tackles and eight clearances.

Potential No. 1 selection Noah Anderson was influential for Oakleigh. Up forward in one-on-one contests he was unstoppable and through the midfield was powerful over the ball. Anderson posted 26 disposals, 17 contested possessions, six tackles and two goals.

Leading the way for Tasmania through their midfield in a convincing win against Northern Territory, Mitch O'Neill's skills were a class above. With the capacity to play inside or outside through the midfield, the likely first-round choice amassed 35 disposals, 15 contested possessions and nine inside 50s.

Former Dandenong ruckman, overager Stephen Cumming, was prolific at stoppages for Northern Territory. After a dominant effort last week, Cumming backed it up with 22 disposals, 19 contested possessions, 40 hitouts and nine clearances.

Leading the way for Eastern in their convincing win against Northern, Mitch Mellis was the driving force with his play through the midfield and up forward. Mellis collected 29 disposals, 10 contested possessions, six tackles, three goals and five score assists.

Playing a pivotal role for Murray in a nine-point win against Greater Western Victoria, Lachlan Ash demonstrated a high work rate. The versatile midfielder secured 28 disposals, six marks (two contested), seven inside 50s, seven rebound 50s and three score assists.

Performing strongly for Greater Western Victoria, basketball convert Jay Rantall was his side's most prolific midfielder for the second successive week. Rantall posted 31 disposals, 13 contested possessions, five tackles, five clearances and two goals.

Leading Greater Western Sydney's midfield, Thomas Green continued his strong vein of form with 28 disposals, 15 contested possessions, eight clearances and one goal in their loss to Sydney.

Winning the ball through the midfield, evading would-be tacklers and moving the ball on quickly and efficiently, Greater Western Sydney overage midfielder Jeromy Lucas demonstrated AFL qualities. The promising midfielder secured 25 disposals, 12 contested possessions and five clearances.

Showing creative flair, pace, one-touch pickups at ground level and evasion, overager James Peatling was another Giant who demonstrated AFL qualities. The promising midfielder gathered 24 disposals, 10 contested possessions, seven marks, five clearances, six inside 50s and two goals.

Overage key defender Nicholas Murray, brother of Collingwood's Sam, took two impressive one-on-one marks and a leaping intercept mark where he attacked the ball aerially like a key forward. The draft hopeful managed 15 disposals, seven marks (two contested) and nine rebound 50s.

For Calder in their two-goal win against Western, Daniel Mott led the way through the midfield with 32 disposals, 11 contested possessions, seven clearances, five inside 50s and two goals.

Leading Gold Coast's midfield, Academy prospect Ashton Crossley, the younger brother of Brayden, was prolific at stoppages with 31 disposals, 22 contested possessions, 10 clearances and two score assists.

Looking like one of this year's most promising small forwards, Joshua Gore was Gold Coast's most damaging close to goal with 12 disposals, seven marks, three goals and two score assists. This is the second successive week the Academy prospect has kicked three goals.



Looking AFL ready and having no problem playing against AFL opposition, Will Gould was valuable for Glenelg in defence. In their win against Adelaide, Gould posted 19 disposals and seven marks.

In his first League match, Dylan Stephens fit seamlessly, looking at ease with 18 disposals and one goal for Norwood in their three-point win against Central Distracts.


Contributing strongly for Norwood in their one-point loss to Central Districts, talented forward Cameron Taheny posted 18 disposals, nine marks (three contested) and three goals.



Under-18 All-Australian defender Jeremy Sharp performed strongly for East Fremantle with 14 in a convincing loss to Claremont.


Winning the ruck battle for East Fremantle, Luke Jackson dominated with 11 disposals and 36 hitouts, restricting Claremont to just 15 hitouts. The athletic ruckman who has been touted as a potential first