Unfortunately due to the evolving COVID-19 situation and changing border restrictions, our Tasmanian contingent will not be playing in today’s Allies v South Australia match as planned.
Our boys now turn their attention to the 2021 NAB AFL Draft Combine on the 11th of October.
Five members of the Tasmania Devils have been named in the combined Allies squad, and they will take on South Australia this Sunday in a showcase matchup.
Oliver Sanders (North Launceston), Oliver Davis (Adelaide SANFL, formerly Clarence), Jye Menzie (North Hobart), Tyler McGinniss (North Hobart) and Sam Collins (Oakleigh Chargers, formerly North Hobart) have all been selected in the Allies’ final squad of 24 for Sunday’s game. Fellow Devils Will Splann (North Hobart) and Baker Smith (Clarence) have been named as emergencies.
Devils captain Sam Banks (Clarence) and forward Darcy Gardner (Clarence) were in the frame for selection, but both were ruled out through injury.
The Allies side features the best players from Tasmania, Queensland, and the Northern Territory, as well as eligible players from New South Wales, with Sunday’s game against South Australia a big opportunity for players to impress ahead of November’s NAB AFL Draft.
Sanders has enjoyed a strong season in the Devils midfield, opening the season with back-to-back 29 disposal games in the NAB League. After an injury layoff in the middle of the year, he has returned to his best through the TSL and starred in last week’s Devils game against Queensland, racking up 26 disposals and two goals.
Davis moved to South Australia following round four of the NAB League season, spending time with the Adelaide Crows in the SANFL and thriving in their senior team. Across 12 SANFL games he averaged 16 disposals at 83% efficiency, 5.4 tackles and 3.2 clearances per game, and he was a strong performer in his return to the Devils with 26 disposals and four clearances.
Menzie is the leading goalkicker for the Devils in the NAB League this season, booting 12 goals from his seven games. He is more than just a goalkicker, though, and is able to push further up the ground and impact the game in the middle. A good decision maker with a damaging kick, he hit the scoreboard again against Queensland with a goal from 10 disposals.
McGinniss is one of several Tasmanians to appear for North Melbourne in the VFL this season, debuting against Frankston in round two and looking comfortable at that level. He has enjoyed a strong NAB League campaign, averaging 17 disposals and 4.6 marks and producing back-to-back games of 24 and 25 disposals in his last two games. Against Queensland last week, he patrolled the backline well and finished with 18 disposals and seven rebound-50s.
Collins relocated to Victoria and played for the Oakleigh Chargers in the NAB League, where he showed off his versatility across the ground. After playing largely in defence for the Devils, he moved into the midfield for the Chargers and thrived there, averaging over 20 disposals and six tackles in his last three NAB League games. He also earned a VFL debut with Collingwood and performed well at that level, collecting 15 disposals in a tight win over Richmond. He was a strong performer for the Devils against Queensland, finishing with 19 disposals and six marks.