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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.

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