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Regular VAL runner picked in U/18 Vic Metro AFL team to play WA

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Willo the Whisp

Congrats to well performed middle distance runner Dylan Moore on working hard to initially break into TAC Eastern Rangers and then continue to impress and be picked in the Vic Metro Squad. His efforts have now been further rewarded by being picked as an onballer this week for Vic Metro against WA in Perth this weekend as part of the National Draft Selections. Good luck this week you are doing us all proud! A little guy with a big heart and even greater courage when he plays! Very Happy


JACK Higgins came into the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships with one goal in mind: to prove to everyone what a good player he is.

One game into the national carnival, the 18-year-old can tick that off as achieved.

On Sunday, Higgins pieced together a complete game that highlighted all of his key attributes. The Vic Metro midfielder gathered 30 disposals, seven clearances, two goals, nine marks and six inside-50s to power his team to a 38-point win over WA at Domain Stadium.

The Oakleigh Chargers product sees himself more as a small forward who can play in the midfield than the other way around, but he did most of his damage in the middle in Metro's 14.12 (96) to 9.4 (58) win to open their championships campaign.

He gathered five clearances and nine disposals in the first term, kicked two goals (and passed off another possible shot to a teammate) in the second quarter to go into half-time with 22 touches, and by the end was the equal leading possession winner on the ground.

Because of Higgins' stature – the tidy right-footer is 178cm – it is difficult to pinpoint exactly where in the early part of this year's NAB AFL Draft he will get taken. But his weight of performances, marking ability and capacity to hit the scoreboard means he will be in contention for the top-10.

Higgins wasn't a lone hand for Metro, though. Hard-running midfield partner Dylan Moore is also on the smaller side but gathered plenty of the ball (30 disposals, one goal) and used it well, while Tigers father-son hopeful Patrick Naish collected 22 touches to show his run.

Cameron Rayner, a strong chance to be the No.1 pick, played through the midfield and across half-forward and influenced the contest whenever he was around it. He finished with 23 disposals and a goal, and showed again his power and strength with six clearances.

Adam Cerra (24 disposals), Nick Coffield (19) and Trent Mynott (21) were others to push their claims for Metro, who will face Vic Country next Saturday at Punt Road Oval. Cerra looks likely to be an early selection, with his poise and composure with the ball a standout trait.

Western Australia's efficiency around goal kept them in touching distance for longer than might have otherwise been the case, and the gap between the sides was obvious in the inside-50 count: Metro won it by 10 entries.

But WA, following its 'golden point' win in extra time last week over South Australia, had some solid performers, with bottom-aged midfielder Tom Joyce leading the way with 23 touches. Callan England gave some good run with 17 disposals, while NAB AFL Academy member Jake Patmore was among WA's best with 19 disposals.

Key defender Aaron Naughton continued his form with 15 touches and six rebound-50s, while marking forward target Oscar Allen booted two first-term goals and finished with three as his side's only multiple goalkicker.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA 2.0 4.0 6.3 9.4 (58)
VIC METRO 2.4 6.9 11.11 14.12 (96)

Western Australia: Allen 3, B. Miller, L.Miller, Frampton, Ameduri, Starcevich, Cameron
Vic Metro: Higgins 2, Landt 2, McLean 2, Moore, Cerra, Rayner, Naish, Coffield, Hayes, Wooller, Taylor

Western Australia: Joyce, Patmore, Allen, Ainsworth, Naughton, England
Vic Metro: Higgins, Moore, Rayner, Cerra, Naish, Coffield

Willo the Whisp

Great Job Dylan, named in the best, 30 possessions and 1 goal in a winning team over WA. Great start to the National Draft champs. Very Happy

Willo the Whisp

Another great game by Dylan....named in the best again with 21 possessions and 2 goals.

From AFL Draft Scout Report......

VIC METRO continued their undefeated start to the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships with a 22-point win over Vic Country on Saturday. Led by midfielders Charlie Constable and Cameron Rayner, as well as Richmond father-son prospect Patrick Naish, Vic Metro were too good for their rivals in front of a healthy crowd at Punt Road Oval.


Matt Balmer’s scouting notes:

Vic Metro:

#1 Dylan Moore – Super in the midfield for the second week in a row. Kicked a great goal out of the pack towards the south end and possess a very good clean pick up from ground level. Finds a good chunk of the ball for a player of his size and uses his smarts around the ground. His pinpoint pass to Lachlan Fogarty in the third quarter was exceptional.

#2 Jack Higgins – Yet again found the ball in the midfield. His quick hands in traffic are outstanding, as soon as he picks up the ball he dishes it off to a teammate. Hit Max King with a great pinpoint pass early in the game. Kicked a superb goal in the third quarter and celebrated to the crowd!

#4 Lachlan Fogarty – Good to see him return from injury with a strong performance. Had a great passage in the final quarter, running down a Country player with a strong tackle to win a free kick. Hit the scoreboard with two goals and laid 12 tackles. Used it well on his right foot in traffic playing across half forward and pushing into the midfield.

#5 Patrick Naish – Played one of his better games for the season. Won the football across half back and was able to push forward and snag two goals. Is an outside player and while his kicking can be hot and cold – he hit most of his targets today. Is very smart around the ball.

#19 Cameron Rayner – Was one of Metro’s best in the opening half but impact lessened as the day went. Showed off with some huge kicks on his left foot (non-prefered) and booted the opening goal for Metro (finishing with three goals in the opening half). Rayner often picked up the ball, burst away with his speed and used a fend off to his advantage. One time he came unstuck trying to do too much and take on his opponent slowing down to fend off – before being tackled. Overall a very good game, but it’d be great to see him put together a four quarter game.

#24 Charlie Constable – Vic Metro’s best with 30 disposals. Played more of a role in the forward half of the ground – rather than in the defensive half as he has done so far this season. Was the cleanest player out there, rarely fumbling and was a pure ball magnet. Missed a few kicks early but got better as the game went on. One who showed why some rate him as a first round prospect.

#31 Will Sutherland – Crashed packs up forward and was a solid performer in his first appearance outside school footy. Laid a nice tackle on the wing early in the contest, as well clunking a mark up forward and booting a goal in the opening quarter. Hopefully can build into a big game next week against South Australia.

Vic Country:

Willo the Whisp

Well done Dylan on playing in all 4 NAB u/18 Championship matches where your Team (Vic Metro) won the Championship. Great effort to be named in the best twice and in the other games when played as a small forward still collect 19 possessions and 22 possessions respectively.

Great championship performances all round and now rewarded with being selected in the u/18 All Australian Team as a small forward!

Great job and keep winning that leather and running those footballers off their legs!


Good to hear Willo. Thanks for the updates.

And nice of North Melbourne to show such foresight last year and move on Brent Harvey to allow Dylan Moore to slip into the Boomer role in a year or two. cheers

"Let's Go While We're Young"

Willo the Whisp

Dylan Moore earns All-Australian honours after standout AFL Under-18 National Championships

HE MAY be one of the smallest AFL draft prospects, but Dylan Moore’s stocks are only growing.

At 175cm and 66kg, the Rowville product was Vic Metro’s smallest player at the AFL Under-18 National Championships, but his performances throughout the carnival have made AFL recruiters take notice of the hard-running midfielder.

Moore, named in a forward pocket in the All Australian team, played the majority of 2016 with the Hawks’ under-17s side but has emerged as a bolter in this year’s draft.

He only played five TAC Cup games last year but has impressed this season at the Eastern Ranges and with Caulfield Grammar, earning a Vic Metro call up.

Eastern Ranges talent manager Len Villani said Moore had gone from being a “good solid TAC Cup player” to a draft prospect.

“He has certainly surprised all of us in terms of how he has taken the opportunity over the pre-season,” Villani said.

“Hopefully he can finish off the season strong and there is no reason why he can’t get his name called out in November if he has a really strong back half of the year.”

Villani said Moore’s workrate was already AFL standard, with his running ability likened to Greater Western Sydney’s Tom Scully.

“For a player that is a little bit small in stature, he has a heart the size of Phar Lap,” he said.

“The speed and intensity he plays at the start of the game is exactly how he finishes off games. He just accumulates through his hard work and gut running.”

Moore opened the championships with 30 possessions and a goal against Western Australia, before backing that effort up with 19 disposals and two crumbing goals against Vic Country.

He collected 20 disposals against South Australia before rounding out his carnival with another 22 touches against the Allies.

He was named in Vic Metro’s best players in its first two games.

Vic Metro coach Martin Allison said Moore was his side’s most gifted athlete.

“Not only has he got amazing endurance, amazing speed and repeat speed, which is important in AFL football, he keeps finding the footy and he loves to tackle,” Allison said.

“Full credit to him, he was our smallest player but his courage is undeniable.

“I certainly hope that ... AFL clubs are sitting up and taking notice and I’m sure they are.”

Willo the Whisp

From AFL
National Draft Testing Camp invitees named.....

Great write up about Dylan....


THE little fellas are back in fashion at draft night — and a pocket rocket from Melbourne’s east looms as a bargain buy.

Dylan Moore’s stunning draft year has seen him rise up many draft boards as the season has progressed, impressing in school footy, the TAC Cup and on the national stage for Vic Metro.

The 17-year-old was in superb touch for Caulfield Grammar on the weekend, racking up his fourth best-on-ground for the APS season thanks to his tremendous performance against Melbourne Grammar.

Moore booted a whopping six goals to go with 36 disposals (at 92 per cent efficiency) to lead Caulfield to a big 78-point win over MGS.

Vic Metro’s Dylan Moore was named in the Under 18 All-Australian side.
Vic Metro’s Dylan Moore was named in the Under 18 All-Australian side.
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It was Moore’s school form originally that caught the eye of the Eastern Ranges midway through 2016, as he had spent most of his time and energy focusing on athletics over previous years.

But ever since joining the Ranges, Moore’s draft prospects have grown with each game, culminating in All-Australian selection after a sensational Under 18 national championships campaign for Vic Metro.

“He’s just a kid who’s not big in stature but just doesn’t miss a beat and does everything right,” Ranges talent manager Len Villani told

“He’s hard, he’s clean and he’s as good an athlete, in terms of his GPS stuff, as anyone getting around the comp at the moment. That workrate coupled with a pretty good footy brain and an appetite for the contest, it’s helped him really make a bit of a mark on the competition.”

Moore has only managed four games for the Ranges in 2017 but been named among his side’s best in every game, averaging 26 disposals and seven tackles per outing.

But it’s been Moore’s goalkicking at TAC Cup level that might appeal most to AFL clubs.

“You look at guys like Caleb Daniel ... there’s opportunities now, whereas eight to 10 years ago they were probably overlooked, those sorts of boys,” Villani said.

“If he keeps kicking goals and doing all the right things, he’d have to be in the mix, part of the conversation.”

Eastern Ranges midfielder is one to watch. Picture: David Smith
Eastern Ranges midfielder is one to watch. Picture: David Smith
Source: News Corp Australia
Moore’s Caulfield Grammar, Ranges and Rowville Hawks teammate Trent Mynott has also flourished this season. Like Moore, he had a big game against Melbourne Grammar, booting three goals from 22 touches.

A powerful 186cm midfielder, Mynott has “a bit of presence about him”, according to Villani.

Willo the Whisp

The nations best U/18 footballers will be on show on Grand Final day at 10am on the MCG where 2 All Star teams have been picked from across Australia to play.

Well done Dylan on being selected and hopefully another good performance before draft camp and the draft.

NAB AFL Under-18 All Stars
Saturday September 30, 10am, MCG

Team Enright
1 Dylan Moore – Eastern Ranges
2 Lachlan Fogarty – Western Jets
3 Patrick Naish – Northern Knights
4 Matthew Ling – Geelong Falcons
5 Matthew McGannon – Gippsland Power
6 Brayden Ainsworth – Subiaco
7 Andrew Brayshaw – Sandringham Dragons
8 Jack Petruccelle – Northern Knights
9 Gryan Miers – Geelong Falcons
10 Joel Garner – Eastern Ranges
21 Jordan Houlahan – Sturt
22 Hunter Clark – Dandenong Stingrays
23 Nicholas Shipley – St George
24 James Worpel – Geelong Falcons
25 Bailey Henderson – Bendigo Pioneers
26 Nicholas Coffield – Northern Knights
27 Oscar Allen – West Perth
28 Mitchell Podhajski – Calder Cannons
29 Jordan Butts – Murray Bushrangers
30 Noah Balta – Calder Cannons
31 Harrison Petty – Norwood
32 Sam Hayes – Eastern Ranges
33 Sam Taylor – Swan District
34 Lloyd Meek – GWV Rebels
35 Ned Reeves – Oakleigh Chargers

Team Harvey
1 Brent Daniels – Bendigo Pioneers
2 Jack Higgins – Oakleigh Chargers
3 Ben Paton – Murray Bushrangers
4 Alex Martini – Glenelg
5 Zac Bailey – Southern District
6 Ryley Stoddart – Eastern Ranges
7 David Handley – Geelong Falcons
8 Ed Richards – Oakleigh Chargers
9 Lochie O’Brien – Bendigo Pioneers
10 Luke Davis-Uniacke – Dandenong Stingrays
21 Matthew Day – Oakleigh Chargers
22 Brandon Starcevich – East Perth
23 Jaidyn Stephenson – Eastern Ranges
24 Jackson Ross – Eastern Ranges
25 Jack Payne – Noosa
26 Nathan Murphy – Sandringham Dragons
27 Aiden Bonar – Dandenong Stingrays
28 Oscar Clavarino – Sandenong Stingrays
29 Jarrod Brander – Bendigo Pioneers
30 Hayden McLean – Sandringham Dragons
31 Charlie Ballard – Sturt
32 Hugh Dixon – Kingsborough Tigers
33 Ben Miller – Subiaco
34 Brayden Crossley – Labrador Tigers
35 Connor Ballenden – Wests Juniors


Willo the Whisp wrote:

Number 4 for Team Harvey - Alex Martini runs with the SAAL, coached by Brendan Golden, he won the Under 18 boy's 70m at Western District in January. He's one of only four South Australian lads selected to play in either team.

Team Harvey
1 Brent Daniels – Bendigo Pioneers
2 Jack Higgins – Oakleigh Chargers
3 Ben Paton – Murray Bushrangers
4 Alex Martini – Glenelg
5 Zac Bailey – Southern District
6 Ryley Stoddart – Eastern Ranges
7 David Handley – Geelong Falcons
8 Ed Richards – Oakleigh Chargers
9 Lochie O’Brien – Bendigo Pioneers
10 Luke Davis-Uniacke – Dandenong Stingrays
21 Matthew Day – Oakleigh Chargers
22 Brandon Starcevich – East Perth
23 Jaidyn Stephenson – Eastern Ranges
24 Jackson Ross – Eastern Ranges
25 Jack Payne – Noosa
26 Nathan Murphy – Sandringham Dragons
27 Aiden Bonar – Dandenong Stingrays
28 Oscar Clavarino – Sandenong Stingrays
29 Jarrod Brander – Bendigo Pioneers
30 Hayden McLean – Sandringham Dragons
31 Charlie Ballard – Sturt
32 Hugh Dixon – Kingsborough Tigers
33 Ben Miller – Subiaco
34 Brayden Crossley – Labrador Tigers
35 Connor Ballenden – Wests Juniors

Willo the Whisp

Dylan performing well at National Draft Camp this week.

Running Machine takes out Combine 2km Trial.

DYLAN Moore has ended an impressive week at the NAB AFL Draft Combine by taking out the 2km time trial on the final day of testing.

The Eastern Ranges midfielder, who was named an All Australian after an impressive under-18 carnival for Vic Metro, ran 6:09 minutes to narrowly pip Vic Country midfielder Lochie O'Brien, who ran 6:12.

Moore's win follows his excellent effort in Thursday's Yo-Yo test, when he finished second behind Andrew Brayshaw with a score of level 22.3.

Moore's aerobic base was already well-known heading into the week of athletic testing at Etihad Stadium, but his seamless run was a reminder of his capacity to play out games when others tire, which he has shown across a consistent season.

At 175cm Moore is at the smaller end, but his goalkicking craft when he pushes forward and neat skills, combined with his athleticism, means his most likely draft range is somewhere in the second round.

Geelong Falcons small forward Gryan Miers, less than two weeks after starring in his side's TAC Cup premiership with seven goals in the Grand Final, finished third overall after a 6:13 run.

Brayshaw backed up his Yo-Yo win by finishing fourth overall in the 2km time trial (6:14).

It was the first time the AFL has conducted a 2km time trial at the combine, after it replaced the 3km time trial, which has generally concluded testing in recent years.

AFL clubs tend to prefer to hold 2km time trials ahead of the longer distance, with an elite time considered to be around the six-minute mark. Any time under six minutes is restricted to the absolute top-end players, while a time under 6:30 is viewed as a strong run.

Standout performers

2km time trial

Dylan Moore 6:09 minutes
Lochie O'Brien 6:12
Gryan Miers 6:13
Andrew Brayshaw 6:14
Trent Mynott 6:14
Aiden Domic 6:15
Angus Styles 6:17
Changkuoth Jiath 6:17
Nathan Murphy 6:21
Jaidyn Stephenson 6:21
Ethan Floyd 6:25

Willo the Whisp

Eastern Ranges midfielder Dylan Moore emerges as top-30 AFL draft contender.

DYLAN Moore will likely be one of the smallest players called out on AFL draft night but recruiters’ interest in the Eastern Ranges pocket rocket has only heightened during the year.

Moore’s stature has seen some question whether he could make it to the elite level but he has grown to be one of the Ranges’ best prospects this year.

It’s been a whirlwind season for the big-hearted 18-year-old, who has emerged from the local football ranks after 12 games with Rowville in the under-17s last year.

The Wantirna resident started catching the attention of scouts early in the TAC Cup season before interest intensified during the AFL under-18 national championships.

He averaged 23 disposals (11 contested) across his four outings for Vic Metro, surprising himself to be named in the forward pocket of the All Australian team.

“Over the pre-season I wanted to improve my running to the next level to become one of best runners in the draft and that could be my point of difference,” Moore said.

“Got my Round 1 gig and it all came from that.”

The hardworking midfielder has established himself as the running man of this year’s crop, taking out the 2km time trial in 6.09 minutes and a top-two finish in the Yo-To test at the combine earlier this month.

Moore mixed his football with athletics during his junior career, taking out a state steeplechase title in 2014 and a 1600m event at the Stawell Gift in 2016.

“I used to do athletics in the summer just to get myself fit for footy in the winter then I guess I could run my opponents off my legs,” he said.

“I always had the ambition to be an AFL footballer, that was always my dream since I was a young boy, but I was better at athletics so I took a little more interest in that.”

However, his rise to a top-30 draft contender has not been without its doubts.

Moore only entered Eastern’s program halfway through last year on the back of some standout school performances with Caulfield Grammar.

“He’s not big but he doesn’t lack anything in having a crack,” Eastern Ranges coach Darren Bewick said.

“As I’ve said to a number of (AFL) clubs, 18 months ago we weren’t sure where he was but through his workrate and willingness to do everything he possibly can, he has found a way.

“I reckon clubs would be looking going, not in a bad way, but, ‘that little bloke has it again, he’s got it again, he keeps running’.

“He’ll find away to make sure there is a career there and he won’t leave any stone unturned, it will be through his hard work that he’ll forge a career out of AFL.”

Moore’s endurance is just one string to his bow, with his football smarts, ability to hit the scoreboard as a crumbing forward, defensive pressure inside forward 50 and polished disposal among other highlights in his game.

He also isn’t intimidated to win a contested ball against bigger bodies.

“I guess at a smaller stature AFL clubs are probably looking at reasons why not to pick you rather than to pick you,” Moore said.

“What I try to do is respect all the basics and then with my running, that competitive edge makes me stand out a little from the rest.”

Very Happy


Great work Willo. Impressive young bloke - hopefully he might hit a nerve with a few lads on the fringe who will be inspired to get with a running squad, run a season or two with the pro's and develop the speed and the engine to become a draft prospect.

We get a few every year, who are looking for a quick fix, only interested in a few sessions, not interested in doing the hard yards and committing to a proper program of regular training and competition.

Caps off to Dylan Moore - hope the Kangas pick him up. Very Happy

Willo the Whisp

From AFL Draft Central.....


Dylan Moore has had a super season at all levels, starring for Vic Metro, Eastern Ranges and for Caulfield Grammar in the Victorian APS school boy competition. Moore is a small midfielder who can win the contested ball, with good clearance and tackling numbers. Whilst at his size he might not progress to an inside in-and-under role in the AFL – Moore has the nous and skill set to push forward and hit the scoreboard when he plays inside 50. Moore averaged 25.7 disposals and 5.8 tackles in the TAC Cup – with a contested possession rate of 51 per cent. Moore’s clearance work is superb and his elite endurance means he can run hard all day, having won the 2km time trial at the NAB AFL Draft Combine. At APS school level, Moore had multiple 30 plus disposal games – including a 36 disposal and six goal performance against Melbourne Grammar.


Contested ball
Clearance work
Scoreboard impact
Moore can run all day and has the endurance to play in the midfield. Moore is one of the best runners in the AFL Draft pool, placing first in the NAB AFL Draft Combine’s 2km time trial with a time of six minutes nine seconds, and finishing in second place in the Yo-Yo test with a score of 22.3. When he plays, he is rarely tired – able to give multiple efforts when required right into the last quarter,

Moore has a good right foot kick and he is able to find targets short and over a longer distance. His footy smarts help him by being able to get to the right areas to win the ball and to also find an effective target long or short when required off his right foot.

Moore’s contested ball numbers are also impressive – with a 51 per cent contested possession rate in the TAC Cup and he was just under the 50/50 split during the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships. Despite standing at 65.9kg and 175.8cm – there has been no concerns with him being able to win the contested ball, at stages up against bigger bodies who are 15-20 kilograms bigger. He doesn’t get pushed off the ball and will crack in hard no matter what the situation is.

His clearance work is very good, having no issues in traffic to spread the ball out to the outside runners. His quick and clean hands are a strength in the contest and he can spread it out to his teammates and bring them into the game. In the TAC Cup, Moore averaged 4.6 clearances and three clearances in the National Under 18 Championships.


Goal kicking accuracy
While standing at 175.8cm, Moore is one of the rare smalls who doesn’t possess elite speed. During the NAB AFL Draft Combine, Moore’s testing time of 3.14 seconds is a touch slower than a time tested by previous small forwards. In the mould of 2017 Premiers Richmond’s small forward line – all having “elite” speed small forwards in Daniel Rioli, Jason Castagna and Daniel Butler, an area that Moore may be able to improve is his speed.

One small area that Moore could improve is his goal kicking accuracy. At times he can rush his kicks on the run inside 50 and see them miss the goals. In one school football game against Wesley College, Moore booted 0.6 in what was a tough day in front of goal from the Caulfield Grammar best and fairest winner.



Dylan Moore has shown his contested ball winning skills in 2017 and despite his small stature he hasn’t been put off by wanting to put his head over the ball and crack in hard. His tackling and clearance work is very good, suggesting he can play a role in the midfield if required. His pressure up forward and footy smarts are outstanding, with Moore able to slot in as a small forward at the next level where he can hit the scoreboard.

Willo the Whisp

Congratulations Dylan Moore on being drafted by the team you have barracked for your entire life.....The Hawthorn Hawks!
Wishing you all the best with your AFL career!!

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