Tiger pair doing draft chances no harm

Updated: September 4, 2015
Former Brisbane Lion Isaac Comway has impressed with Werribee. Picture: WADE ARCHER
Former Brisbane Lion Isaac Comway has impressed with Werribee. Picture: WADE ARCHER

Former Brisbane Lion Isaac Comway has impressed with Werribee. Picture: WADE ARCHER

WERRIBEE coach John Lamont believes interstate recruits Matt Hanson and Issac Conway would be on the radar of AFL recruiters after producing stand out VFL seasons for the Tigers.

The pair have been key contributors behind lifting Werribee into its fifth consecutive finals campaign which begins this Saturday when the Tigers face Collingwood in an elimination final at Port Melbourne.

Hanson arrived at Werribee pre-season from Tasmanian State League side Western Storm and is a contender for the VFL Team of the Year having been named in the Tigers’ best 14 times from 18 appearances.

Conway was previously on the rookie list at the Brisbane Lions and is being tipped as a `smoky’ to win the J.J.Liston Trophy. Lamont said coming down and playing in one of Australia’s strongest state leagues had helped develop his game.

“I would reckon that the AFL clubs would be looking at him and saying `this kid has improved since he’s come to Victoria’,” Lamont said of Conway.

“He’s a better player now (then when rookie-listed by Brisbane in 2013). The area of Issac’s game that’s still got to improve for AFL footy is his running ability. So I think, at this stage, they’ll say he’s still got to improve his running to be a viable option on an AFL list but he’s definitely improved and moving to Victoria for his football has been a real positive.”

Lamont said the addition of Hanson and Conway to their midfield had offset the losses of players like Jarred Moore (retired) and injured trio Tom Gribble, Jye Bolton and Harrison King.

“Those two midfielders, Conway and Hanson, have had terrific years,” Lamont said.

“Those guys have come in, filled the gaps, both have been enormous, they’ve played every game and had really solid years.

“Their core business of winning the ball and tackling and pressure has been good.”

Aside from Conway and Hanson, the surprise packets in 2015 for Werribee has been the form of young forward Josh Porter and the emergence of Billy Isles and Dylan Reid as vital parts of their line-up.

Porter, who played with the Murray Bushrangers and also represented the strong Ovens & Murray league before joining the Tigers in 2014, has booted 19 goals from 11 matches this season.

The 21-year-old is the second highest goal scorer for the Tigers this season – equal with Ben Speight – behind Majak Daw (30 goals).

The trio have already matched the total of goals kicked in 2014 by key forwards Ben Warren and Mason Wood.

The former Western Jet Isles, now in his third season at Werribee, did not play a senior match in 2014 but has kicked 14 goals from 12 appearances this year.

Reid, in his second year as a Tiger after coming down from Queensland, has chipped in with 12 goals from 13 matches.

With Daw and Wood both called into North Melbourne’s line-up this week, their output will be crucial if the Tigers are to keep their season alive for another week.

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