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Top Vic Metro draft prospect runs amok in huge win over WA

Christian Petracca starred in Vic Metro's win over WA - ${keywords}
Christian Petracca starred in Vic Metro's win over WA
HIGHLY-RATED draft prospect Christian Petracca starred as Victoria Metro pounded Western Australia by 87 points in round two of the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships division one competition on Saturday. 
 
Metro rebounded from its loss to Victoria Country with a dominant 15.20 (110) to 2.11 (23) triumph at Medibank Stadium in Perth.
 
A host of top Metro prospects played influential roles in the big win, while potential father/son selection Alec Waterman racked up 35 touches for WA.
 
But the son of West Coast dual-premiership player Chris had little help.
 
Metro ran amok and led at every change, with Eastern Ranges' Petracca collecting 27 disposals and booting 2.1 in his first game of the championships.
 
The powerful and tough 186cm midfielder/forward has been touted as a first-round prospect at this year's NAB AFL Draft.
 
Calder's Damien Cavka boosted his draft prospects with a best-on-ground performance for Metro.
 
The 184cm Cannon gathered 22 touches, kicked a goal and laid seven tackles and is sure to have recruiters talking.
 
His TAC Cup teammate Paul Ahern also ran rampant through the midfield with 23 touches – including 12 contested – and two majors.
 
Ahern's pace and ball-use lit up Medibank Stadium and helped set up the massive win.
 
Western Jets left-footer Corey Ellis (21 disposals, 6 inside 50s), Calder's Touk Miller (22 disposals, eight tackles) and Tom Wilkinson (30 disposals, six clearances) also impressed.
 
Top midfield prospect Angus Brayshaw improved after a quiet first half to finish with 15 disposals.
 
Two 190cm backmen – Sandringham's Edward Vickers-Willis and Northern Knights' Kyle Langford - were brick walls in defence for Metro.
 
For WA, Waterman never stopped fighting against the Metro tide.
 
The left-footer has been compared to Eagle Matt Priddis and was clearly his team's best player with 35 touches – with a huge 17 contested – and 10 clearances.
 
Claremont's Jared Hardisty (26 disposals) and captain Brad Walsh (24 disposals) also tried hard for WA through midfield.
 
Clem Smith put together back-to-back games of more than 20 touches.
 
Billy Frampton, a 199cm potential draftee from South Fremantle, was one of WA's better players, along with East Perth's Clayton Giblett and Peel's Ben Hancock.
 
Exciting South Fremantle youngster Jarrod Pickett and East Fremantle's Jack Cripps were the Sandgropers' only goalkickers.
 
The NAB AFL Under-18 Championships continue on Sunday when the two unbeaten teams South Australia and Victoria Country face-off at AAMI Stadium.
 
Western Australia    2.4     2.9     2.9       2.11    (23)
Victoria Metro           4.4    6.10  10.16   15.20   (110)
 
GOALS
Western Australia: Pickett, Cripps
Victorian Metro: Langdon 2, Ahern 2, Petracca 2, Payne 2, Cavka, Ellis, Wilkinson, Brayshaw, Maynard, McKenzie, Wright
 
BEST
Western Australia: Waterman, Frampton, Hardisty, Giblett, Walsh, Hancock
Victoria: Cavka, Ahern, Ellis, Tester, Langford, Langdon, Petracca