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U18: King dominates to enhance top-10 hopes

Ben King in action for Vic Metro - AFL,Under-18s,Ben King,Draft
Ben King in action for Vic Metro

POSSIBLE top-five pick Ben King has starred for Sandringham in the TAC Cup on Sunday, booting five goals to steer the Dragons over the Murray Bushrangers by 43 points in their semi-final clash at Ikon Park.

King was dominant up forward, taking mark after mark, and making the most of the competition's anti-density rules with the space he was afforded.

His influence on the game could have been more pronounced had he kicked straight, with King, one of the best key position prospects in this year's NAB AFL Draft, also kicking six behinds.

With twin brother Max out for the season after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee earlier in the season, Ben King's Under-18 Championships form and his TAC Cup finals performance should push him into top-10 calculations.

With a number of recruiters and player managers watching on, King's ability to read the flight of the ball in the air and time his leap to haul in marks demonstrated why there has been plenty of buzz about his prospects.

Ben King started the season shaping as a key defensive prospect, but he has consistently shown that he can play at either end of the ground which adds to his value.

Recently crowned Morrish medallist Liam Stocker won plenty of possessions through the midfield, winning the ball inside the contest and spreading away from congestion.

Stocker missed the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships with a broken jaw but his form throughout the season saw him named the best and fairest of Victoria's under-18 competition.

However, Stocker's strong finish to the season has him coming into top-20 calculations.

Likely top-10 selection Bailey Smith did not play for the Dragons, with his season over after succumbing to a heel injury.

Earlier, midfielder and potential top-20 draft choice Riley Collier-Dawkins impressed with a fine game through the midfield for the Oakleigh Chargers.

Collier-Dawkins has good size about him as an onballer and he displayed an ability to take the game on and bring his teammates into the contest.

The Chargers will go into next week's preliminary final chock full of confidence after destroying the Western Jets by 120 points.

Collingwood next generation academy prospect Isaac Quaynor used the ball smartly, as Oakleigh moved the ball with precision and intent.

James Rowbottom found the footy in a midfield role, while Atu Bosenavulagi was lively up forward and took his opportunities in front of goal.

For the Jets, likely draft pick Buku Khamis, who represented Vic Metro at the Championships, took a couple of intercept marks in defence and used the footy well.