Subilions' Tales

An Unofficial Record of the Subiaco Football Club Inc. 1970-2011

BENSTI'S COLT'S CORNER - Subiaco's Best 30 Colts Since 2000

Now that another season has gone, I thought it was time to update the list. 

I haven't judged a player on what he has achieved since, just rated them on how good they were at colts level, no matter how few games they played.

The Top 30 

1. Daniel Rich: (Sorrento-Duncraig) A highly skilled midfielder with a penetrating and devastating left foot. Already a regular league footballer and almost certain to be selected as the number one draft pick later in 2008. (5 League Games)

2. Adam Cockie: (Sorrento-Duncraig) A tough, uncompromising midfielder with excellent skills and a smart footy brain. Should be ready to slot straight into the league side in 2008. The son of former South star Michael Cockie.

3. Matt Virgo: (Goldfields) Tough, skillful, wonderful evasive skills and second to none at getting the hard ball. Represented WA at state 18ís level in 2006 and should develop into an outstanding league footballer. His work at stoppages is of a very high standard. (6 League Games)

4. Matt Priddis: (Sorrento-Duncraig) Neat skills, a fantastic work rate, can play in close or as a hard running receiver. As a colts player he rarely, if ever played a bad game. Just a fantastic all-round midfielder. (63 League Games)

5. Victor Drayton: (Girrawheen-Koondoola) Represented WA at 15ís and 16ís level. Imagine a cross between Ali Pickett and Craig Callaghan and that is a bit like how this fella played. He had beautiful skills, a nice neat left foot and was extremely physical for a rover sized player. Unfortunately, injuries and personal issues eventually got the better of him and sadly his career at Subi was over at just 16 years of age. *

6. Ben Keevers: (Sorrento-Duncraig) Actually Played most of his colts football before 2000. Represented WA at state 18ís level and was a high quality colts player in teams that struggled. Tough, quick, good skills on both sides of his body and highly dedicated. He had to wait a while before he cemented his place in the league team but is now one of our very best contributors. (100 League Games)

7. Joel OíHalloran: (Kingsley) Had an outstanding colts season in 2006 when he kicked 66 goals to top the league table as a medium sized forward and midfielder. Capable of kicking freakish goals and doing the mercurial things but also very good at the stoppages and in the middle. Should become a league regular in the future. (2 League Games)

8. Mark Nicoski: (Carine) I canít remember exactly when but at some stage I recall him going from a good solid player to a very good prospect quite quickly. Spent time in the middle, on a wing and up forward at colts level and would have been selected in the state 18ís if not for injury. In fact injuries really set him back for a while but even then he had great pace and a booming left foot kick. Iím glad he developed into an AFL player. He deserved it. (37 League Games)

9. Aidan Parker: (Carine) Another state 18ís player. Was always very composed, a good spoiler and extremely consistent. Had the height of course and this enabled him to play key-position at colts level and take on the most dangerous opposition forward. Just a very good, honest player. (103 League Games)

10. Stephen Martin: (Karrinyup-Stirling) A tall agile key position player and occasional ruckman. Strong overhead and very good at ground level for a player of his size. Could slot into a key defensive position in 2008. (1 League Game)

11. Cameron Heise: (Ballajura) Beautifully balanced, evasive, very quick and silky skills. I remember thinking at the time that he had so much time to get around opponents and decide what he wanted to do with the ball. Has transfered to Perth in 2008. (20 League Games *)

12. Blake Broadhurst: (Warwick-Greenwood) Was a true utility player at colts level. Spent time in the middle, in defence and up forward.  Did most things well and made very few errors but it was his overhead marking that stood out. Like most others he had to wait a couple of seasons before cementing a league spot but is now an established player. (37 League Games)

13. Jarrhan Jacky: (Karrinyup-Stirling) A livewire small forward or midfielder with great tackling skills and an amazing vertical leap. Drafted by Adelaide without having played a senior game for Subiaco. Could develop into a Peter Burgoyne type player with a few pre-seasons in the weights room. *

14. Adam Jones: (Carine) Was skinny and in a way kind of awkward at colts level but had explosive pace and the abilty to break lines and carry the ball. One of the few players at this club to be promoted straight from colts to league in the space of a week. His league debut was against East Fremantle at East Fremantle Oval and he performed well. From that time onwards, he was on the receiving end of some shocking injuries almost weekly. In between times, he did play 14 league games. Who knows, maybe he might consider a comeback sometime? (14 League Games *)

15. Jordan Adamson-Holmes: (Girrawheen-Koondoola) 2005 was a difficult year for the Subi colts and we didnít win too many games but the big fellow stood up week after week rucking against bigger opponents, marking everything in sight and racking up plenty of possessions. Is tough, mobile and versatile. Expecting big things once he is fully fit. (15 League Games)

16. Trent Dennis-Lane: (Carine) A brilliant and unorthodox forward who is difficult to match up on. Can kick goals from impossible angles and miss some easy ones. Has the ability to shimmy and wiggle his way away from tackles to shoot on goal. (5 League Games)

17. Greg Broughton: (Kingsley) From memory he spent most of the 2004 colts season playing in the last line of defence. Made the colts all-star team as well and was unlucky not to make the state 18ís. That was when I first saw him taking some big grabs. He was quite lighly built back then but was still very courageous and could kick equally well with both feet. (50 League Games)

18. David Gourdis: (Carine) A player who is unbeatable on his day. Tall and very quick and a left footer, not unlike Lance Franklyn in the way he turns his opponents inside out and swings on to his dominant side. Only a lack of consistency prevented him from cracking the top 10. Now at Richmond. *

19. Chris Green: (Balga) This young bloke had AFL talent scouts chasing him from the time he was 16. He only played a handfull of colts games but it was enough to see what he was capable of. He looked like a young Carl Ditterich with the tie up head band and blond hair. Didnít mind dishing it out like Carl either. Subi did everything they could to keep him but even an AFL career didnít seem to interest him.  Could have been a star centre-half-forward. *

20. Courtney Moores: (Sorrento-Duncraig) Polled more F&B votes in a colts season (120) than any other Subiaco player during this preiod. Was just about as strong then as he is now and every week he would gather 20 plus possessions and most of them would hit a team mateís chest or travel 50 metres. Looking forward to him becoming a league regular. (15 League Games)

21. Craig Parry: (Sorrento-Duncraig) Probably wasnít as consistent as some of the others listed but he had a lot of talent and was extremely mobile for a big man. He was used mainly as a key-position player but also spent time in the ruck. Represented WA at state 18ís level and has since become a star in the SANFL. (17 League Games*)

22. Chris Hood: (Sorrento-Duncraig) Had the unusual distinction of playing a league game before he made his colts debut. Also played state 18ís in that same year. Very fit, tidy skills and extremely consistent. (73 League Games)

23. Isaac McLean: (Esperance) A tall, indigenous key-position player who was capable of some brilliant football on his day. Very solidly built, he had the knack of being able to carry the ball and break lines which was remarkable for a player of his size. He would have been a good rugby player i reckon. Originally from the Central Desert region via Esperance, his first language was a local indigenous dialect. I was sorry that he didnít stick with it. *

24. Ben Bizzaca: (Goldfields) A really exciting player to watch. He was a member of the 2004 team and was a favourite with the supporters in the outer because of his abilty to do the freakish things. An excellent mark, strong at the contest and a good goalkicker. Is taking a year off in 2008 after having a bad run with injuries. (5 League Games *)

25. Michael Genovese: (Goldfields) Played just a handfull of colts games in 2006 before he injured his shoulder and didnít play again that year. Is quite tall for a midfielder, smooth, well balanced and a good decision maker. He just needs an injury free run.

26. Marty Smith: (Kingsley) Has developed significantly since colts footy but was nevertheless a very exciting colts player. Well balanced good around goals and as tough as nails. I do remember him taking a couple of very big grabs at that level as well. (38 League Games)

27. Robbie Forrest: (Goldfields) Another player who has really developed rapidly after finishing colts footy. The talent was always on show back then though. Good skills, plenty of pace and hard running and a good player in close. (20 League Games)

28. Darren Rumble: (Balga) Pretty much a tough, no-nonsense, uncompromising defender from day one. What a player he has become. (77 League Games)

29. Rhett Kerr: (Esperance) Tallish, hard-working midfielder, who is very fit and a very good link player. May be the first player from our Esperance zone to play league football for the club.

30. Mark Bellini: (Karrinyup-Stirling) The 2007 colts captain. Very quick and damaging from a half forward flank or perhaps a wing. Could develop into a very good on-baller.

(Contenders)
Rhett Kerr, Ben Fleay, Clint Gardiner, Justin Martin, Chris Green, Mark Nicoski, Ben Keevers, Craig Parry, Clint Rudd, Aidan Parker, Adam Cockie, Chris Hood, Adam Jones, Brendon McBride, Jarrhan Jacky, Ben Walker, Victor Drayton, Cam Keevers, Matt Priddis, Simon White, Ben Randall, Darren Rumble, David Gourdis, Marty Smith, Scott Wescombe, Blake Broadhurst, Greg Broughton, Ryan Silvester, Sam Miles, Daniel Rich, Luke Burger, Ben Bizzaca, Robbie Forrest, Cameron Heise, Jake Lalich, Isaac McLean, Stephen Martin, Courtney Moores, Shaun Sinclair, Cam Allen, Mark Bellini, Jarryd Batt, Chris Phelan, Jordan Adamson-Holmes, Joel OíHalloran, Ben Priddis, Ben Roberts, Michael Waddington, Matt Virgo, Michael Genovese, Trent Dennis-Lane

Ok it's a subjective thing reducing 300 odd players down to 30 but if any regular colts watchers have some different thoughts please post them. I'm open to suggestions and would enjoy some alternative views.

Bensti

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


1. Matt Virgo: Tough, skillful, wonderful evasive skills and second to none at getting the hard ball. Represented WA at state 18's level in 2006 and should develop into an outstanding league footballer. His work at stoppages is of a very high standard. He is the best colts player I have seen at Subi since 2000.

2. Matt Priddis: Neat skills, a fantastic work rate, can play in close or as a hard running receiver. As a colts player he rarely, if ever played a bad game. Just a fantastic all-round midfielder.

3. Victor Drayton: Represented WA at 15's and 16's level. Imagine a cross between Ali Pickett and Craig Callaghan and that is a bit like how this fella played. He had beautiful skills, a nice neat left foot and was extremely physical for a rover sized player. Unfortunately, injuries and personal issues eventually got the better of him and sadly his career at Subi was over at just 16 years of age.

=4. Ben Keevers: Actually Played most of his colts football before 2000. Represented WA at state 18's level and was a high quality colts player in teams that struggled. Tough, quick, good skills on both sides of his body and highly dedicated. He had to wait a while before he cemented his place in the league team but is now one of our very best contributors.

=4. Joel O'Halloran: Had an outstanding colts season in 2006 when he kicked 66 goals to top the league's goalkicking as a medium sized forward and midfielder. Capable of kicking freakish goals and doing the mercurial things but also very good at the stoppages and in the middle. Should become a league regular in the future.

5. Mark Nicoski: I can't remember exactly when but at some stage I recall him going from a good solid player to a very good prospect quite quickly. Spent time in the middle, on a wing and up forward at colts level and would have been selected in the state 18's if not for injury. In fact injuries really set him back for a while but even then he had great pace and a booming left foot kick. I'm glad he developed into an AFL player. He deserved it.

=6. Aidan Parker: Another state 18's player. Was always very composed, a good spoiler and extremely consistent. Had the height of course and this enabled him to play key-position at colts level and take on the most dangerous opposition forward. Just a very good, honest player.

=6. Cameron Heise: Beautifully balanced, evasive, very quick and silky skills. I remember thinking at the time that he had so much time to get around opponents and decide what he wanted to do with the ball. Has spent some time in defence at league level but was mainly a midfielder in the colts. He's currently injured but hopefully he will be back in action shortly.

7. Blake Broadhurst: Was a true utility player at colts level. Spent time in the middle, in defence and up forward. Did most things well and made very few errors but it was his overhead marking that stood out. Like most others he had to wait a couple of seasons before cementing a league spot but is now an established player.

8. Adam Jones: Was skinny and in a way kind of awkward at colts level but had explosive pace and the abilty to break lines and carry the ball. One of the few players at this club to be promoted straight from colts to league in the space of a week. His league debut was against East Fremantle at East Fremantle Oval and he performed well. From that time onwards, he was on the receiving end of some shocking injuries almost weekly. In between times, he did play 14 league games. Who knows, maybe he might consider a comeback sometime?

9. Jordan Adamson-Holmes: 2005 was a difficult year for the Subi colts and we didn't win too many games but the big fellow stood up week after week rucking against bigger opponents, marking everything in sight and racking up plenty of possessions. Is tough, mobile and versatile. Expecting big things once he is fully fit.

10. Greg Broughton: From memory he spent most of the 2004 colts season playing in the last line of defence. Made the colts all-star team as well and was unlucky not to make the state 18's. That was when I first saw him taking some big grabs. He was quite lighly built back then but was still very courageous and could kick equally well with both feet.

11. Chris Green: This young bloke had AFL talent scouts chasing him from the time he was 16. He only played a handfull of colts games but it was enough to see what he was capable of. He looked like a young Carl Ditterich with the tie up head band and blond hair. Didn't mind dishing it out like Carl either. Subi did everything they could to keep him but even an AFL career didn't seem to interest him. Could have been a star centre-half-forward.

12. Courtney Moores: Polled more F&B votes in a colts season (120) than any other Subiaco player during this preiod. Was just about as strong then as he is now and every week he would gather 20 plus possessions and most of them would hit a team mate's chest or travel 50 metres. Looking forward to him becoming a league regular.

13. Craig Parry: Probably wasn't as consistent as some of the others listed but he had a lot of talent and was extremely mobile for a big man. He was used mainly as a key-position player but also spent time in the ruck. Represented WA at state 18's level and has since become a star in the SANFL. Hopefully he returns in 2008.

14. Chris Hood: Had the unusual distinction of playing a league game before he made his colts debut. Also played state 18's in that same year. Very fit, tidy skills and extremely consistent.

15. Isaac McLean: A tall, indigenous key-position player who was capable of some brilliant football on his day. Very solidly built, he had the knack of being able to carry the ball and break lines which was remarkable for a player of his size. Originally from the Central Desert region via Esperance, his first language was a local indigenous dialect. I was sorry that he didn't stick with it.

16. Ben Bizzaca: A really exciting player to watch. He was a member of the 2004 team and was a favourite with the supporters in the outer because of his abilty to do the freakish things. An excellent mark, strong at the contest and a good goalkicker. He is back after a bad run of injuries.

17. Michael Genovese: Played just a handfull of colts games in 2006 before he injured his shoulder and didn't play again that year. Is quite tall for a midfielder, smooth, well balanced and a good decision maker. He just needs an injury free run.

18. Marty Smith: Has developed significantly since colts footy but was nevertheless a very exciting colts player. Well balanced good around goals and as tough as nails. I do remember him taking a couple of very big grabs at that level as well.

19. Robbie Forrest: Another player who has really developed rapidly after finishing colts footy. The talent was always on show back then though. Good skills, plenty of pace and hard running and a good player in close.

20. Darren Rumble: Pretty much a tough, no-nonsense, uncompromising defender from day one. What a player he has become.