TAC Cup Team Preview: Oakleigh Chargers

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Updated: March 24, 2017

The Team

Oakleigh are an unknown this year. Possessing some brilliant smaller defenders able to take care of any dangerous forwards, the main query is on the lack of height they have in defensive 50, with Riley Jones, at 193cm the tallest of the defenders. The midfield looks solid with some 19 year olds, such as Tom O’Sullivan but there is also a query of how deep it runs. Up forward Toby Wooler is the only notable tall forward, but there is a lot of smaller forwards that are super dangerous and classy.


The Stars

Jack Higgins: There is a lot to like about Higgins, who is an elite user of the ball and always picks the right option. Higgins is dangerous when forward and has a game awareness always sees him in the right position to receive the ball and give of if he’s not disposing of it himself. Higgins is terrific and handling pressure and very rarely gets flustered, and while he gets most of his ball on the outside, he has the smarts to win his own ball. Higgins is a player to watch this year and looks set to go high in this years draft.

Toby Wooler: Wooler is a classy tall forward with great footy smarts, clean hands and is a constant threat when the ball is in the air. Wooler is a thinking forward, and he is always looking ahead of the game and knows exactly what he wants to do before even getting the ball. Wooler’s bodywork is a key to his game and if he does not manage to take the mark, he keeps the ball in front of him for the smalls. In saying that, there aren’t too many occasions where the ball does hit the ground, with him being near impossible to spoil.  Wooler has elite skills especially by foot when he takes a mark outside 50, and most times if he is unable to have a shot at goal, he will find a team mate on the lead. Wooler is one of the best forwards this year and the sky is the limit.

Matthew Day: Day is a tall midfielder who can win his own ball while also being a threat on the outside. Day has a basketball background which becomes apparent when you see his clean hands and his work rate around the contest. A decent mark overhead and a nice turn of pace make him a hard match up in the midfield. He moves really well and is competent on both sides of his body. Day has a lot of scope for improvement and his height and skill make him a very interesting prospect, and one to watch in 2017.


The Surprise Packets

 Nathan Boucher: Boucher is a lightning fast wingman who works hard all over the ground. Boucher is near impossible to stop when he gets running. Another key attribute to his game is his agility, and much like Caleb Daniel he gets under his opponents and puts the afterburners on. Boucher to go with his speed and agility is an excellent decision maker and neat user of the ball, he likes to push forward and kick a goal and he certainly knows where the goals are, being able to kick them from all angles.  Caleb Daniel has shown if you’re good enough you’re tall enough and we can expect there to be some interest for Boucher in November.

Ed Richards: Richards is a classy defender with great composure and skill. An accumulator down back, Richards works hard to intercept and be on the end of a link up from defence. Richards can turn defence into offence with his quick decision making and pin point left foot, a key feature. To truly see his game taken to the next level, the Chargers could push him in to the midfield to show off his class and skill.

Noah Answerth: Answerth is a tough and attacking midfielder who can play a stopping role, while also attacking himself from the backline. Answerth loves the physical stuff and he throws his body into everything, whether it be taking an intercept mark or a huge punch from behind. Answerth likes to link up and work hard to keep the ball moving out of defence. He has a great mix of defence and offense and Answerth’s dedication to the contest will attract recruiters.


The Up and Comers

James Rowbottom: Rowbottom is a tough midfielder with a nice mix of winning his own ball and working hard to find himself in good spots to receive the ball. Rowbottom likes to keep the play moving, he isn’t afraid to put his body on the line. His attack on the ball assists with another key to his game, moving well in traffic and his speed without being quick is still enough to get separation on his opponents.


Predictions

Ladder Finish: 10th

Best and Fairest: Noah Answerth

Leading Goalkicker: Toby Wooler


Written by: Ed Pascoe (@charbox2)

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