The JLT Community Series is all about watching rookies pull on club jumpers for the first time in a bid to vie for a Round 1 debut.
The second week of the JLT Series saw teams pulling out strong sides with fewer rookies, but there were still several who stood out and will all be pushing for the AFL Nation MEGT Rookie of the Year award for 2019.
Xavier Duursma (Port Adelaide)
Duursma picked up 24 disposals for Port Adelaide in their win over North Melbourne and is one of three Power rookies pushing for a Round 1 debut. He uses the ball well and provides some skill on the outside for them. He took 11 marks and put the ball inside 50 four times.
Charlie Constable (Geelong)
Geelong midfielder Charlie Constable comes into his second season, but seems far more ready to take the step into AFL level footy than he was last year. The 19-year-old won 17 disposals against the Bombers on Thursday night and could give the Cats some extra depth through the middle this year.
Tom Atkins (Geelong)
Fellow Geelong rookie Tom Atkins kicked a goal and picked up 17 disposals in a strong performance on Thursday night. Atkins could be in line for a Round 1 debut, with assistant coach Nigel Lappin impressed with what he saw.
Jack Lukosius (Gold Coast)
The number two pick in the 2018 draft kicked two goals against the Swans and showed little signs of why he was rated so highly in the under 18s system. He didn’t get a lot of the ball, but also doesn’t have to be the number one option for the Suns this year with Peter Wright looking ready to take the next step himself.
Nick Blakey (Sydney)
Sydney father-son selection Blakey seems likely to get an early-season debut with another strong performance on the weekend. He kicked two goals and gathered 10 disposals. With Lance Franklin unlikely for Round 1, Blakey could play a role between the arcs and give the Swans another avenue to goal.
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