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Mini-draft prospects shine

Jesse Hogan enhanced his draft prospects with a strong showing against Vic Country
POSSIBLE Greater Western Sydney mini-draft prospects Jack Martin and Jesse Hogan played starring roles in Western Australia's upset win over Vic Country at Patersons Stadium on Sunday.

WA held off a fast-finishing Country outfit to record an 18-point win, 13.14 (92) to 11.8 (74), throwing wide open the 2012 NAB AFL Under-18 Championships.

The classy Martin displayed his quality with 23 disposals, two goals and nine tackles, while Hogan finished with three majors.

Both players qualify for the GWS mini-draft; a trade incentive for other AFL clubs to swap draft picks or experienced players with the Giants in exchange for a gun youngster.

Players who qualify must be ineligible to be drafted in 2012 and born between January 1 and April 30, 1995.

Gold Coast has already secured boom youngster Jaeger O'Meara in a trade with the Giants, while Adelaide pounced on Victorian product Brad Crouch last year.

Martin is regarded as a rare talent and a left foot snap from the boundary on Sunday, tucked up against the boundary line, emphasised why he will be so highly sought after.

Hogan's strong contested marking came to the fore in the first half as he was almost unstoppable in the air.

Country defender Darcy Gardiner was moved on to Hogan to try to quell his influence, and did well to shut out the dangerous key forward in the second half.

Likely no.1 draft pick Lachie Whitfield (27 touches and three goals) was forced to do it all as Country struggled to find avenues to goal.

Taylor Garner (20 disposals and three goals) was another standout for the visitors.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA      4.3      7.5      9.9      13.14 (92)      
VIC COUNTRY                      1.1      6.5      10.6     11.8 (74) 
 
GOALS
Western Australia:
Shaw 4, Hogan 3, Paparone 2, Martin 2, Deluca 2
Vic Country: Whitfield 3, Garner 3, Hartung, Martyn, McCartney, Saunders, Morrison
 
BEST
Western Australia:
Martin, Howson, Deluca, Hogan, Shaw, Lim
Vic Country: Whitfield, Garner, Wines, Wright, Crouch, Pierce, Gardiner

Ben Guthrie is a reporter for AFL.com.au. Follow him on Twitter - @AFL_BenGuthrie