Tag "The Next Nick Daicos" with a sizzling grand final performance

Tag “The Next Nick Daicos” with a sizzling grand final performance

Brisbane Lions-bound Will Ashcroft stamped the label “the next Nick Daicos” with a rousing performance in the Sandringham Dragons’ comfortable NAB League grand final win over Dandenong.

Ashcroft wowed the crowd at Ikon Park on Friday night with an impressive display in the Under-19s, recording 39 disposals, six clearances, six tackles inside 50m and five catches. Needless to say, he claimed the best medal on earth for his dominant performance.

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Brisbane secured the draft’s hottest properties in early August this year when Ashcroft confirmed he would join the club as a father-son selection.

Ashcroft, a potential No.1, is the son of three-time Lion premiership winner Marcus Ashcroft, who played 318 games for the club during his own storied career.

Will Ashcroft with his younger brother Levi and father, former three-time Brisbane Lions premiership player Marcus Ashcroft, after the NAB League grand final. Credit: Daniel Pockett/AFL Photos/via Getty Images

Other potential top 10 draft picks also impressed in the under-19 grand final, with Cameron Mackenzie making 26 disposals, six saves, six clearances and two goals and goal scorer Harry Sheezel four.

In the top vote on land, Ashcroft received 11 votes, Mackenzie eight and Sheezel five.

The Dragons never let up in the game and sealed it with a dynamic first quarter, kicking five unanswered goals. They won their fourth NAB League premiership, 14.10 (94) to 7.9 (51).

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After Ashcroft was nominated by the Lions, football manager Danny Daly said: “He has impressed at every level he has played at this year and, like our members, we can’t wait for him to pull on a Brisbane Lions jumper.

“His father Marcus is obviously a legend at our club and it’s exciting to see him follow in those footsteps and make a name for himself at the same time.”

Ashcroft, a midfielder who is averaging 28 disposals per game this year, said he was honored to follow in his father’s footsteps at the Lions.

“If I can achieve half of what he did then I’d be happy,” Ashcroft said.

“I’m also looking forward to forging my own name.

Will Ashcroft in action for the Sandringham Dragons during the NAB League Grand Final at Ikon Park. Credit: AFL Photos via Getty Images

In addition to Ashcroft, Sheezel and Mackenzie, Sandingham’s other top players included William Brown, Angus McLennan and Toby McMullin.

Jaxon Binns, Kobe Shipp, Kade De La Rue and Sam Frangalas were among the best for Dandenong.

– with AAP

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