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U18: Classy mid gets Academy home over Tassie

Scouts have been watching Jake Hinds since last year's Under 18 Championships - ${keywords}
Scouts have been watching Jake Hinds since last year's Under 18 Championships

AN INFLUENTIAL display from Brodie Foster helped the Gold Coast Academy to a 14-point win against Tasmania at Fankhauser Reserve in Queensland on Saturday.

Foster picked up 25 disposals, seven clearances and kicked a goal as an inside midfielder. He stood up when Tasmania hit the lead early in the last quarter and was a constant presence all day.

A natural footballer, Foster can also play as a small defender and understands the game well.

Exciting Tasmanian product Harry Pearce kicked 4.3 and collected 16 disposals.

A badly broken leg in the first round of last year's state season ruined his draft year but Pearce's speed and nose for goal will make recruiters keep an eye on him.

Gold Coast backman Jacob Heron finished with 16 disposals, five tackles and four rebound-50s.

From Cairns, Heron was important in setting up his side out of defence, providing run and using the ball well.

His teammate Caleb Graham also impressed in the backline. A taller, rangy type, Graham went for his marks and took several contested grabs. He notched up 13 disposals and five marks.

For Tasmania, Hugh Dixon battled hard in the forward line for his 18 disposals and two goals. His agility for a big man and marking are two of his more noticeable attributes.

Dixon often brought the ball to ground, creating chances for the likes of Pearce.

In defence, Jake Hinds offered clean skills on both sides of his body on his way to 19 disposals, eight marks and four rebound-50s.

Hinds' balance between attack and defence would have pleased the scouts.

GOLD COAST ACADEMY     3.5       5.7       7.10    11.11 (77)
TASMANIA                             1.2       5.5       7.6       9.9 (63) 

Gold Coast Academy: Bowie 3, Arnold 2, Foster, Crossley, Simington, Charlesworth, Burke, Hombsch
Tasmania: Pearce 4, Mundy 2, Dixon 2, Jones 

Gold Coast Academy: Heron, Simington, Foster, Bowie, Crossley, Graham
Tasmania: Dixon, Mundy, Donnelly, Jones, Pearce, Hinds