7 VAFA players named in Leader’s best U21s in local footy

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The Leader Local Newspaper has published its Best U21s in local footy with seven young VAFA stars making the cut. All under the age of 21, these players aren’t on VFL or NAB League lists.

Five players are from William Buck Premier clubs, while three – Matt Presutto (SKOB), Angus Hart (SKOB) and Angus Grant (Old Mentonians) – have been nominated for the Mecwacare Men’s Rising Star Award. The bios for each were published by the Leader and you can read the full list from all local competitions HERE

Matt Presutto (SKOB)

“Presutto, 20, has emerged quickly off half back, reading the play, kicking the ball with penetration, and showing old-fashioned toughness. He’s had a run through the midfield too. One St Kevin’s watcher thinks Presutto is in the best three under 20 players in the VAFA.”

Will Mayhood (Collegians)

“The 18-year-old is a tall defender but agile enough to play on smaller forwards. Mayhood hurt his ankle early in the season but has made a strong return, being called up by the Sydney Swans when they needed numbers for their VFL team.”

Angus Hart (SKOB)

“A 199cm developing young ruckman who can also play in the key positions. Is mobile for his size and can pluck a pack mark.”

Angus Grant (Old Mentonians)

“Key forward who has attracted the attention of the Sandringham Dragons after some encouraging form in the VAFA Premier C competition. Takes a strong contested mark, is a reliable set-shot kick (he kicked 8.1 against Preston Bullants) and is athletic. On the verge of a call-up to the Sandringham Dragons’ NAB League team.”

Joseph Ayton Delaney (Old Xaverians)

“The dashing half back and wingman played in an under-19s premiership with Xavs, spent two seasons with Oakleigh Chargers (popping up for Vic Metro games) and was selected for two VFL matches for Williamstown in 2019. Quick, skilful and has a ton of time, and comfortably one of the best young players in the VAFA.”

Charlie MacIsaac (Old Xaverians)

“Another player to come up from the under 19s. Can play on the wing, through the midfield and up forward, where he has slotted 15 goals from eight matches, including three in this past two outings. Club officials are convinced he’ll bring down the mark of the year one day.”

Riley Mihailovic (Beaumaris)

“Small forward who the Sharks think can turn into a midfielder. Has a ton of toe, tackles hard and has a dangerous left foot. Made a cracking start to the season but has battled shin soreness recently. Mihailovic spent some time with the Sandringham Dragons in the NAB League and the Sharks will be pushing him up as a VFL hope for next year.”

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