Almanac Footy: With an eye to the AFL Draft 2024


After seven rounds of the National Under 18 Championships, we are almost through the games, with one game remaining – Vic Metro v Vic Country, Sunday, July 14th, at Princes Park (now called Ikon Park) in Melbourne, at 10.35 am, if on time.


We have a good list of about 50 players who have made significant contributions.


Those whom we expected early to do well have done so. Harvey Langford (190cm), Josh Smillie (194cm), Jagga Smith (181cm) and Tom Gross (181cm) have shown themselves to be outstanding midfielders.


Tyler Welsh (191cm), the son of Scott Welsh – Ex-Kanga premiership player (36 games), and Crow (129 games), and Bulldog (40 games) – is an outstanding mobile tall.


Key defender / forward, Jobe Shanahan (194 cm), who was finally given a go, yesterday, showed outstanding talent with near 20 disps, 9 marks, and 3 goals.


Outstanding brothers, Ben (186cm) and Lucas Camporeale (185cm), sons of Scott Camporeale (Carlton, 233 games, and Essendon, 19 games) should be lock-in father/sons for the Blues.


Also, during the course of the championships, the status of Leonardo Lombard (178cm), as a small goalkicking midfielder has increased to outstanding. However, the injury and loss of Noah Mraz (198cm), an outstanding tall defender, before the championships began was heartbreaking.


We wish all the boys the best of luck in their footballing futures.


The table below shows about 50 notable boys, as follows:




Cheers, Micky McTigger



Micky McTigger has developed ways of assessing AFL player lists. More of his analysis can be found at his website:



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It was 25 years ago that I began developing a model for analysing footy squad lists for the purpose of improving those lists into a premiership window. Since then, the model has been used to successfully predict premiership clubs and to improve either lop-sided or underdeveloped lists into premiership lists. Indeed, the model was used for an article that I had published as a double page spread in The Age 2005 Pre-Season magazine. Over the 25 years, I have analysed the annual lists of one particular club but have used it for other clubs upon request. It has always been on my bucket list to display the lists of all the clubs, using the model, which I've done since 2021 on my website -


  1. Micky McTigger says

    Thanks to John and his editors for setting this out so well.
    As an update, the AFL has switched the final game between Vic Metro and Vic Country to the Docklands (Marvel) Stadium, still Sunday at 10.35 am.

  2. Are you the same guy as Phantom on Punt Road End

  3. Micky McTigger says

    Good memory, Redders.

  4. Keiran Croker says

    Comprehensive list Michael. I’ll be looking out for the pundits Top 50 prospects to see how they compare to your list.
    Cheers, Keiran.

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