Weller stars in AFL GF curtain-raiser

Queensland’s Lachie Weller looked right at home on the MCG on Grand Final day, with an impressive performance in the NAB AFL All-Stars match.

Weller, one of seven Queenslanders playing for an Allies team comprised of the best players from the Division Two states, showed his class with 20 touches and two goals for his team.

The Southport player has been touted as a first round draft pick and his stocks will have been boosted in what was his last chance to show recruiters what he can do on the football field.

The Allies took a 39-point win over the AFL Academy U17 side, a team of the best players in the 2015 draft crop.

Aspley’s Liam Dawson (one goal) and defender, Nick Jackson, were also among the best for the Allies team on the day, while key position prospect, Matt Hammelmann, finished with one goal.

Northern territory’s Nakia Cockatoo was named best on ground with an electrifying performance in the match, after a recurring foot injury curtailed much of his 2014 season.

Queensland’s other Allies representatives, Harris Andrews, Braydon Preuss and Matt Uebergang, all pushed their cases in the grand final curtain-raiser, ahead of the start of the national Draft Combine this week.

The sole Queenslander in the Academy side, Ben Keays, was solid, showing some good signs, setting up a goal for his side in the match.

The seven Queensland Allies representatives will head to the AFL National Draft combine, facing a series of physical and psychological testing for AFL recruiters, the first of which starts tomorrow.

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