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U18s: Hot prospect Marshall solid as NSW/ACT thumps Tasmania

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 16:  Ben Davis of the NSW/ACT Rams in action during the round three TAC Cup match between Calder Cannons and NSW/ACT Rams at RAMS Arena on April 16, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Graham Denholm/AFL Media/Getty Images)
Ben Davis was impressive with four goals for NSW/ACT

PROMISING forward Todd Marshall ended a week where he was in the headlines with a solid performance for NSW/ACT in their 101-point thumping of Tasmania at Blundstone Arena on Saturday. 

Marshall kicked two goals, grabbed four marks and collected 14 possessions, including 11 kicks, as the Rams won their second straight game in the Division Two NAB AFL Under-18 Championships. 

Greater Western Sydney was denied priority draft access to 198cm Marshall although he lives in its academy zone.

Marshall, who hails from Deniliquin, only signed with the Giants as an academy prospect in recent weeks.

The teenager returned to football with the Murray Bushrangers in the TAC Cup after spending the past two winters playing cricket overseas.

The draft prospects of gun midfielder Kobe Mutch continue to soar after another impressive outing.

The Giants will be excited about Mutch after he collected 26 disposals, seven clearances, four inside 50s and a goal.

Wagga Tigers product Connor Byrne was the leading ball-winner on the ground with 28 possessions to go with eight clearances and five tackles.

Under-ager Jack Powell is one to watch for next year's NAB AFL Draft, the Canberra midfielder working hard to grab 24 possessions.

Ruckman Max Lynch was a constant threat around the ground with 24 hit-outs and 13 disposals.

Up forward, Ben Davis and Mitch Maguire shared the spoils with four goals each.

For Tasmania, Nick Dodge was a shining light in a beaten team, amassing a game-high 24 kicks, 10 tackles, five clearances, five inside 50s and five rebound 50s.

AFL academy member Ben McGuinness had a quiet outing with just five touches, while 16-year-old Tarryn Thomas was voted best on ground for the hosts. 

In the final round, Tasmania takes on Queensland and NSW/ACT faces NT, with both games at Metricon Stadium on May 22.

NSW/ACT      4.0      8.2      14.6    21.11 (137)
TASMANIA    3.3      3.4      4.5      5.6      (36) 

GOALS
NSW/ACT: Davis 4, Maguire 4, Fisher 3, Brown 2, Marshall 2, Bance, Cumming, Highmore, Mutch, Perryman, Sproule
Tasmania: Farrow 2, Edmunds, Hinds, Maple

BEST
NSW/ACT: McGuire, Perryman, Byrne, Bance, Sproule, Powell
Tasmania: Thomas, Farrow, Dixon, Hanslow, Auckland