Welcome to The Roar’s 2019 AFL High 50, a consensus fashioned from lack of consensus, an illustrative train that serves as a reminder of who the perfect gamers within the recreation are, in addition to a reminder that not everybody thinks Dylan Shiel is nearly as good as you do.
That is the place we begin – within the bracket that Shiel, in addition to Jeremy Cameron, Bryce Gibbs and James Sicily simply fell out of – with gamers 50 by means of 41.
50. Luke Breust (Hawthorn Hawks)
Breust, alongside his religious soccer twin Jack Gunston, has slowly morphed into the quintessential Hawk of this late-Clarkson period. Breust is polished liquid, sublimely expert and a depraved mover.
He’s all the time in the correct place and all the time does the correct factor when there. He’s a ravishing kick, a pristine finisher, and a a lot better tackler than you’d count on for a participant of his archetype – he’s received some Paul Puopolo to go together with his Mark LeCras.
An underwhelming finals collection was the one blight on his stellar 2018.
49. Daniel Rioli (Richmond Tigers)
Essentially the most terrifying of Richmond’s mosquito fleet – the factor of the workforce that finest symbolises Richmond’s transition from nothing to the whole lot, from cute to loathed – Rioli is an adept hunter of opposition ball carriers and the aim in entrance of him.
The ahead strain he generates is immense, a key architect of probably the most damaging second in soccer as of late: the forward-half turnover. Of attention-grabbing be aware: Ryan Buckland listed Rioli at 22, whereas nobody else had them of their high 50.
48. Jack Viney (Melbourne Demons)
A clearance and tackling monster, the powerful, shifty Viney stays the Demons’ beating coronary heart. When that coronary heart stopped beating, after which stopped beating once more, and once more, and once more, within the preliminary last, Viney couldn’t deliver his workforce again to life.
It obscured an in any other case outstanding finals collection from Viney, who returned from an extended lay-off and didn’t miss a beat, with 11 tackles towards Geelong and 27 touches towards Hawthorn. As all the time, staying match would be the key to Viney’s 2019.
47. Tim Kelly (Geelong Cats)
Kelly got here from nowhere and arrived instantly. Usually gamers you don’t learn about need to slowly construct. Not Kelly, who had 27 touches in every of his first two AFL video games, and that was, extremely, simply the participant that he was and would show to be over the course of the season.
His presence round stoppages is highly effective, his motion to get outdoors of them slithery and devastating. He has a canny goal-sense like a number of of his Geelong midfielder companions, and he hunts his personal ball. The ball use might enhance, however Kelly is discovered cash.
46. Charlie Curnow (Carlton Blues)
Curnow is a divisive determine of opinion, regardless of most seemingly making up their thoughts to deal with him as a watching transient. Cam Rose has already purchased in, although – itemizing Curnow at 17. Nobody else ranked him larger than 50.
The potential is tantalising and simple. Curnow is a specimen, with a bodily profile that mixes parts of Wayne Carey, Tom Hawkins and Lance Franklin.
He’s a spectacular leaper, cat-like at floor degree, with a filled-out body that offers him a conventional full ahead’s power. Curnow has no restrict.
45. Harris Andrews (Brisbane Lions)
It’s odd to consider ‘Harris Andrews’ as presumably the perfect participant on a workforce which will push for finals. However that has little to do together with his expertise or manufacturing, each of which have been hidden barely within the shadow of the whole lot Brisbane hasn’t been.
Andrews is an All-Australian calibre defender, with an Alex Rance-like sense of defensive house, and Rance’s fearlessness to do the whole lot bodily attainable to guard that house. Of Brisbane’s younger expertise, Andrews is probably the most strong pillar to construct round for the longer term.
44. Angus Brayshaw (Melbourne Demons)
Brayshaw has had a weird profession, from being an integral a part of Melbourne’s youth motion, to vaguely on the periphery, to probably completed with soccer, to the chief of a preliminary finalist and polling third within the Brownlow.
Together with Viney, Brayshaw is the guts and soul of the Demons – the duo combining for that good aim towards Hawthorn within the finals was virtually too good. Brayshaw is relentless, in each hounding the opposition and prepared the ball ahead out of tight areas.
After enjoying solely 15 video games in 2016 and 2017, his well being, like Viney’s, in having a sustained run of soccer in 2019 will likely be decisive for Melbourne.
43. Joe Daniher (Essendon Bombers)
What’s Joe Daniher now? After two writers positioned Daniher within the high seven gamers within the competitors final 12 months, this time round nobody had him larger than 31, with two writers leaving him off the listing altogether (Ryan and myself).
Uncertainty reigns – each over his well being and his means to kick a soccer the place he’d prefer it to go. Daniher was a shell of himself final season, however it appears truthful to chalk that up totally to his damage.
If he’s correctly again, Daniher is a drive, a leaping colossus who will win so many alternatives to kick targets that his lack of ability to really kick them is mitigated considerably. He’s Essendon’s greatest swing-piece, and his well being will seemingly decide whether or not they problem for the highest 4 or the highest eight.
42. Shaun Higgins (North Melbourne Kangaroos)
After spending most of his profession unable to maintain teasing flashes or introduced down by persistent accidents, Higgins emerged in 2017 as a bona fide midfielder, somebody you might rely upon as a substitute of hope for.
His emergence was a pleasant story and one which felt full. Apparently not.
Higgins emerged once more in 2018, and his second emergence ratcheted up the nice emotions of 2017, transitioning from good story to real drive. He turned probably the greatest midfielders within the competitors, immediately an accumulator to go together with his all the time incisive ball use.
Higgins will likely be 31 by season’s begin and we’ve seemingly seen the perfect of him – however we mentioned that final 12 months, the 12 months earlier than, and the 12 months earlier than that too.
41. Lachie Neale (Brisbane Lions)
Lachie Neale simply retains on Lachie Neale-ing. Neale is a box-score filler, a clearance, contested possession and handballing madman who can’t be contained. He’ll by no means be actually damaging by foot or on the scoreboard, which is what retains him from the elite of the elite.
However his consistency is his model of magic, and like clockwork, you’ll have the ability to depend on Neale being on the backside of that pack, extracting many times.
There are few higher to assist drive Brisbane’s younger midfield ahead – Neale has all the time made everybody round him look extra glamorous than himself, that’s his present.
Remember to be a part of us once more tomorrow and every single day this week as we countdown The Roar’s high 50 AFL gamers in 2019.