Draft preview: Canberra's best matured-aged prospects


The 2018 NAB AFL Draft is only one day away, and the NEAFL have profiled who they think are Canberra's best mature-aged prospects.


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Mitch Maguire

The NEAFL's 2018 Rising Star Mitch Maguire could find himself on a AFL list come tomorrow afternoon. Photo: TJ Yelds/NEAFL

DOB: 06/05/1998. Height: 175cm. Weight: 79kg.


Breakout seasons certainly don’t come much better than what Canberra midfielder Mitch Maguire produced in 2018. The NEAFL Rising Star winner featured among the Demons best players 14 times from his 20 games, and also finished fourth in the NEAFL MVP voting. Likened to Brisbane’s Dayne Zorko, Maguire, 20, averaged 28 disposals and five clearances per game to be a key factor in Canberra’s rise up the ladder.


Angus Baker

Canberra's 2018 Rising Star, Angus Baker has been training with the Sydney Swans in the lead up to the AFL draft. Photo: TJ Yelds/NEAFL

DOB: 03/08/1998. Height: 190cm. Weight: 84kg.


Athletic utility Angus Baker bounced back from a torn ACL in style this year to emerge as a genuine mature-age draft prospect. Seen predominately off half-back for the Demons, the former Swans Academy member earned a NEAFL Rising Star nomination in Round 3 and thrived amongst a young Canberra lineup. Baker, 20, averaged 21 disposals, five marks and three rebound 50s in a season where he often showcased his vast potential.


Tom Highmore

Defender Tom Highmore could finally be set for an AFL list. Photo: Jacob Gaynor/NEAFL

DOB: 24/02/1998. Height: 192cm. Weight: 82kg.


Tom Highmore entered 2018 as another Canberra young gun to watch, and he certainly played an important role for the Demons in defence. A former GIANTS Academy member and U18 Allies player in 2017, Highmore made his NEAFL debut at 16, and this year played every game for Canberra as they advanced to a Preliminary Final. Highmore is a mobile defender with the ability to read the play and use the ball with great composure. He averaged 17.3 disposals and an impressive 81 per cent disposal efficiency, plus six marks and 3.5 rebound 50s per game.


Original article by Jess Webster: http://neafl.com.au/afl-draft-preview-part-2-mature-age-prospects/?fbclid=IwAR3KrqJdxGQDZWFaGaUeo7fZlZEQvfZoe6d0iR_y-YaVv_Pw-6WNj19HtU0





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