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AFL Draft Weekly Wrap: Classy outside midfielder Nasiah Wanganeen-Milera catches the eye

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Each week, ESPN.com.au AFL draft expert Chris Doerre casts his eye over the country's best junior footballers to give readers an early insight into the next generation of AFL stars.

As well as attending live games, Doerre pores through match vision, analyses the stats and talks to industry sources to ensure he can offer the most insightful draft analysis.

Aside from the weekly wraps, Doerre will also unveil his power rankings at the end of each month and as we get closer to November's national draft, Doerre will also predict who goes where with his annual phantom draft.


Player focus

A projected first round choice, the son of Terry Milera and nephew of Gavin Wanganeen, Nasiah Wanganeen-Milera played a key role for Glenelg in their 14-point win against Woodville-West Torrens in the SANFL Reserves. With the win, Glenelg advance to the Grand Final, while Woodville-West Torrens will have to play Central Districts on Saturday for the second Grand Final spot.

The premier outside player in this draft, Wanganeen-Milera has earned a reputation for his precision kicking and his diverse range of tricks with ball in hand. Possessing rare agility, Wanganeen-Milera displayed dancing feet, changed direction at will, speed around players and an ability to wrong foot them to give himself more time and space to dispose of the ball effectively.

Just as impressive was his one-touch ground ball pickups, swooping down to pick up the ball smoothly and with quick hands, swiftly and reliably handballing to a target or taking on the game himself with his run.

Securing 16 disposals there was a feeling whenever Wanganeen-Milera had the ball in his hands he would make something happen. Often in the win, Wanganeen-Milera's offensive involvements led to goals, whether he directly assisted on the goal or started a sequence of possessions that would lead to a goal.

While Wanganeen-Milera has been consistent in the SANFL Reserves, not dropping below 13 disposals in any of his 12 games, his standing as a first-round prospect became apparent in South Australia's match against Western Australia. While South Australia lost badly, Wanganeen-Milera washis side's clear standout, influencing offensively when no one else could. He has looked a class above at all levels he has played this year with his creativity, ball use and movement.

With similar capabilities and talent to Shane Edwards, there are high hopes of Wanganeen-Milera given his talent and football pedigree.


Key performers

SANFL League

In arguably the most commanding state league performance this season, former Brisbane key position player Sam Skinner dominated. Skinner led South Adelaide to a 19-point win against Norwood and helped his side advance to the preliminary final where they will be facing Glenelg. Collecting 21 disposals, 13 marks (10 contested) and eight rebound 50s, Skinner was intercepting everything and in complete control. He read the drop of the ball to perfection and backed himself to play in front and take marks one-on-one. There was a confidence to each of Skinner's marks and aside from all the intercept mark enjoyed several other key intercept possessions.

Pick one contender Jason Horne-Francis was influential for South Adelaide through the midfield. He chased, pressured and tackled with his usual intensity, but there were also promising signs of growth to his game. His outside run was a feature and has been seldom explored during the year, but there were multiple occasions he received on the move at speed, covered ground and then on the move at speed kicked towards purposeful targets inside 50m. His quick recovery when on the ground was also exceptional, springing to his feet quicker than rival players and demonstrating a greater want for the ball. He secured 17 disposals and five tackles.

SANFL Reserves

Kicking two goals and managing 14 disposals for Central Districts in their 39-point win against Sturt, Adelaide Next-Generation Academy small forward Isaiah Dudley was his side's most dangerous around goal, doing his damage at ground level. Central Districts will face Woodville-West Torrens in the preliminary final on Saturday.

Leading the way for Sturt through the midfield and playing a competitive brand of football, Mani Liddy secured 22 disposals and laid seven tackles.

In defence for Sturt, strong-bodied defender Zac Becker generated drive from defence with 21 disposals and eight rebound 50s.

SANFL Under-18s

Impressing up forward for Woodville-West Torrens in their 17-point Grand Final win against premiership favourite Glenelg, Jordan Lukac caused problems with 16 disposals, five marks (four contested), two goals and three behinds. The athletic Lukac kicked his two goals in the final quarter and when exposed one-on-one inside 50m, Lukac was too good, while also causing problems on the lead.

Underager Jakob Ryan excelled for Glenelg up forward, but his brilliance was not enough to get his side over the line. His contested marking and work aerially stood out, while his use by foot was also exceptional. Likely to feature early in next year's draft, Ryan managed 20 disposals, nine marks (five contested), seven inside 50s and one goal for Glenelg.

Through the midfield, Lewis Rayson did all that he could for Glenelg, taking on the game aggressively, moving the ball onto his left boot as quickly as possible and tackling aggressively. The speedy midfielder collected 27 disposals and laid five tackles.

Winning his own ball and providing a strong target on the lead, Hugh Stagg performed admirably for Glenelg. The powerful midfielder and forward managed 20 disposals, five marks, five inside 50s and one goal.

WAFL Reserves

Leading the way for Subiaco in their 24-point win against Swan Districts, Matthew Johnson was among his side's best players. A first-round contender and a classy tall midfielder, Johnson managed 27 disposals. Subiaco will appear on Sunday in the preliminary final against Claremont.

WAFL Colts

Jack Williams played a pivotal role up forward East Fremantle in their 17-point win against East Perth. The strong-bodied key forward secured 17 disposals, nine marks and two goals for East Fremantle. East Fremantle will face Swan Districts on Sunday in the preliminary final.

For Claremont in their nine-point win against Swan Districts, athletic key position player Jacob Van Rooyen produced 13 disposals, five marks, four goals and four behinds for Claremont. With the win, Claremont advance to the Grand Final to face the winner of East Fremantle and Swan Districts.