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Exciting Dogs' NGA prospect enhances top-five hopes in 2020

Jamarra Ugle-Hagan is swamped by teammates after kicking a goal for the Chargers  - AFL,Draft,Under-18s
Jamarra Ugle-Hagan is swamped by teammates after kicking a goal for the Chargers

JAMARRA Ugle-Hagan's stocks continue to rise as a possible top-five selection at next year's draft after a dominant performance in the NAB League.

Playing for the Oakleigh Chargers in their preliminary final win over the Sandringham Dragons, the indigenous key forward kicked 4.2 from 12 disposals in a starring effort on Saturday. 

Ugle-Hagan, who transferred from the Greater Western Victoria Rebels to the Chargers this season, is tied to the Western Bulldogs through the Next Generation Academy.

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He looks set to attract a very early bid at next year's draft, with the agile 195cm prospect piecing together a brilliant few weeks at under-18 level.

The left-footer has booted 11 goals in his past three games for the Chargers, and he took nine marks against the Dragons, with many tough grabs on the lead. He has kicked 24 goals from eight games in the NAB League this year.

 

He wasn't the only bottom-ager to perform well for the Chargers, with midfielder Will Phillips gathering 27 disposals (15 contested) and a game-high eight clearances. He is another likely first-round pick in 2020.

For this year's draft, Trent Bianco boosted his hopes with a classy performance. The skillful midfielder/half-back had 27 disposals and rarely wasted them, with his elite ball use on both feet a highlight. Bianco's draft range is considered likely to be in the second round.

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The draft range of Matt Rowell and Noah Anderson has less guesswork.

The likely top two picks at November's draft again stood up for Oakleigh, with Rowell having 32 disposals (plus seven clearances, five of which were out of the centre) and Anderson booting three goals from 23 disposals. 

Noah Anderson was all class against Sandringham in their preliminary final. Picture: AFL Photos

Oakleigh will meet the Eastern Ranges in this week's NAB League Grand Final after the Ranges beat Gippsland Power in the preliminary final.

The Ranges are not stocked with as many draft prospects as the Chargers, with Lachie Stapleton (22 disposals) against prominent and one of their best chances.

Will Parker, the nephew of Port Adelaide recruiting manager Geoff, was strong for the Ranges with 23 touches and is eligible for next year's draft. He is also a talented cricketer so will be weighing up a call between the sports. 

Eastern Ranges' Will Parker has a tough decision to make ahead of the 2020 draft. Picture: AFL Photos

Gippsland pair Sam Flanders (27 disposals and eight clearances) and Caleb Serong (21 disposals, two goals) again performed well as their impressive draft seasons came to a close, while wingman Ryan Sparkes (26 disposals, 10 marks) was also busy. 

The NAB League Grand Final will be played at Ikon Park in Melbourne on Saturday, with first bounce set for 1.05pm local time.

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