GameFace has begun announcing its 2021 Top 25 players for the AFL Outer East men’s divisions, starting with the Division Two competition.
After thoroughly going through each list to select their best talent across the competition, the top 25 players for Division Two have now been decided and the list is as follows…
1. Benjamin Wratten (Powelltown)
Winning the league’s Best and Fairest in 2019 and being nominated in the AFL Outer East Team of the Year for 2019, made Wratten a clear choice for GameFace as their best player in the competition.
2. Lachlan Telford (Yarra Glen)
A two-time Best and Fairest winner, the seasoned Telford has an incredible on-field ability which means he forms a crucial element to the Yarra Glen side.
3. Daniel Gorringe (Powelltown)
A former AFL player with the Gold Coast Suns and Carlton, Gorringe will provide plenty of talent and experience to the Demons.
4. Andrew Fairchild (Kinglake)
A 250-game veteran, the sharpshooter will once again be an influential member of the forward line for the Lakers this season.
5. David Johnson (Yarra Junction)
Johnson is another impressive forward from the Division 2 ranks who looks set to dominate in front of goal this season.
6. Josh Hammen (Yarra Junction)
Hammen has proved himself as an extremely valuable asset for the Eagles as a key member in their defensive lineup.
7. Liam Barnard (Warburton Millgrove)
Providing plenty of experience to its young list, the multiple Best & Fairest winner has plenty to offer his side and help take them forward in 2021.
8. Jack Garthwaite (Powelltown)
Named in the team of the year at half-back, Garthwaite is well known for locking down opposition forward lines and will continue to do so in 2021.
9. Jarrod Bayliss (Powelltown)
Bayliss has done it all in footy, from league best & fairest to representing Vic Country, and being a premiership coach, there will no doubt be big things in store for him this year.
11. James Horman (Kinglake)
With 51 goals and scoring a place in the AFL Outer East Division 2 Team of the Year, Horman is another key forward who deserves his place on the list.
12. Brayden Norris (Alexandra)
Having previously won the league goalkicking award, he’s definitely a player that defenders across the competition will have their eyes on throughout the season.
13. Rhys Chapman (Powelltown)
Chapman has an exceptional resume in footy having previously been a best & fairest winner, making the YVMDFNL team of the year, multiple interleague appearances as well as captaining Wandin and Thornton Eildon. His leadership will be invaluable for the Demons this season.
14. Ewan Wadsworth (Yarra Junction)
Known for his craft as a ruck rover, Wadsworth certainly knows how to find the footy and will once again be able to provide an important contribution for the Eagles.
15. Dean Roy (Powelltown)
Having taken out the leading goalkicker award for the Demons in 2019, Roy is primed to have another great season in front of the goals.
16. Michael Read (Warburton Millgrove)
With an exceptional work rate that makes him hard to play on, Read will be looking to take his game to another level in 2021.
17. Richard Gurney (Yarra Glen)
Gurney is a key half-back/midfielder for the Pigs and based off his form in previous years, he’ll be a star!
18. Jack Lee (Warburton Millgrove)
A key member of the Warburton line-up, Lee is a role model for hard work and dedication.
19. Sam Morton (Yarra Junction)
The leading goalkicker for his side in 2019, Morton has a knack for kicking great goals which was proven when he was named in the AFL Outer East Division 2 team of the year.
20. Xavier O’Dwyer (Yea)
O’Dwyer will enjoy a position change into the forward line in 2021 after spending the last few seasons taking on the opposition’s number one spearhead. He’s athletic, quick off the mark and strong in the air, all the key attributes of a great key forward.
21. Russell Cowan (Powelltown)
Cowan has an impressive history in football, winning the club best & fairest award in 2008, league best & fairest in 2009 and representing multiple leagues at interleague level. In 2021, he will return to the Demons as a playing assistant coach.
22. James Brown (Yarra Junction)
As a highly skilled midfielder, Brown has recently joined the Eagles and has the versatility to also play in defence or in the forward line if needed.
23. Josh Barber (Broadford)
After originally signing with the kangaroos for the 2020 season, Barber will finally get the chance to debut for his new side this season. Barber has a proven ability to bolster most forward lines as a strong centre half forward.
24. Josh Carroll (Yea)
Carroll is a strong forward who can also provide support as a back-up ruckman. After slotting 20 goals in 13 games in 2019, he is once again threatening to be a dangerous player for opponents in 2021.
25. Rhys Carmen (Broadford)
The Kangaroos cult hero and key backman finished in the top 10 of the clubs senior best & fairest count in 2019, setting himself up for a huge season in his sides debut season in the Outer East competition.