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    No.1 pick? Jamarra Ugle-Haganís Lance Franklin comparisons, miracle trick shots and his lucky Fiji trip

    No.1 pick? Jamarra Ugle-Haganís Lance Franklin comparisons, miracle trick shots and his lucky Fiji trip



    He has had huge raps and looms as this yearís No.1 AFL draft pick. Chris Cavanagh talks to Jamarra Ugle-Hagan about miracle trick shots, comparisons to the legendary Lance Franklin and a lucky break to Fiji.

    Heís been labelled the next Lance Franklin.

    A similar-sized Indigenous boy with special talents, Jamarra Ugle-Hagan has long looked up to the goalkicking Sydney superstar.

    But this yearís likely No. 1 draft pick might turn out to be very different player.

    As good as the 18-year-old is as a key forward Ė highlighted by kicking 9.4 in a game for Scotch College last year Ė Ugle-Hagan has his sights sets on becoming an AFL midfielder.

    ďAs a tall, people donít expect me to be able to be capable of developing as a midfielder but I think thatís where I stand out most because Iím 196cm,Ē Ugle-Hagan told the Herald Sun.

    ďI just find it more fun and thatís where I wanted to get, into the midfield this year.Ē

    Some pre-season practice matches for NAB League side Oakleigh Chargers have been the only competitive hit-outs Ugle-Hagan has had this year.

    But the training has not stopped.

    With on-site schooling at Scotch College off limits during Victoriaís COVID-19 lockdown, Ugle-Hagan has returned to the family home just outside of Warrnambool.

    Five days a week when the alarm clock goes off in the morning, he wakes up his father Aaron and the pair head to a local boxing gym.

    ďWe go to the gym and do the same program. He pushes me and we do boxing with one of my family friends as well,Ē Ugle-Hagan said.

    ďItís been the longest pre-season ever, since last Christmas.Ē

    The sessions have had the desired effect.

    Since weigh ins at the start of the year, Ugle-Hagan has added more than 10kg to his frame.

    ďI was 84kg,Ē Ugle-Hagan said.

    ďNow Iím in the 94kg, 95kg range. Thatís what I needed to do, build up my body.Ē

    ALL-ROUND ATHLETE
    In 2017, Ugle-Hagan had a choice to make.

    He had been playing representative basketball for the Warrnambool Seahawks and was selected to play for Vic Countryís under-16 basketball team at national championships in Perth.

    Ugle-Hagan also found himself picked for the AFL Flying Boomerangs team that year, which not only meant games in Queensland but also a tour of Fiji.

    The problem was, the two competitions were being held in the same week in July.

    ďI had to pick Perth or Fiji, so I picked Fiji and footy,Ē Ugle-Hagan said.

    ďI donít like to pump my tyres up but I was fortunate enough to receive the best on ground and the game ball in the last game we played in Queensland.Ē

    The wide-ranging sporting talents donít end there.

    Back at Warrnambool College, Ugle-Hagan enjoyed taking part in any event he could on athletics day.

    When he got to Scotch College, he quickly discovered he was quite the high jump ace during under-17s competition.

    ďIíd never worn spikes before or I never had a coach for high jump. I normally just jump the stick,Ē Ugle-Hagan said.

    ďThe first year I jumped 195cm and I was only 194cm (tall) back then, too. I was surprised as well.Ē

    LIVING WITH BONT

    Ugle-Hagan had just finished surfing with friends at Anglesea last summer when he grabbed his phone from the car and had a text message from an unknown number.

    It was from Western Bulldogs captain Marcus Bontempelli.

    Part of the AFL Academy as well as a member of the Western Bulldogsí Next Generation Academy, Ugle-Hagan was given the opportunity to train with the Bulldogs during pre-season.

    Part of package was an invite to live with Bontempelli for the first week and fellow midfielder Josh Dunkley for the second week.

    ďI mainly stayed under his (Bontempelliís) wing for the first week but when I got into the club you feel comfortable talking to all of them because they have a real good culture,Ē Ugle-Hagan said.

    ďWith Bont, Nike feed him with shoes and we ended up being the same size in runners and boots. So he gave me a bag full of shoes to go home with. I wasnít going to say Ďnoí to them.Ē

    While that was Ugle-Haganís first opportunity to train with the Bulldogsí senior players, his involvement at the club goes back some time.

    In 2017, the Bulldogs would visit Ugle-Hagan at Scotch College regularly to help improve his game.

    ďThey had three staff come out to look after me and make me become a better player and work on my fundamentals,Ē he said.

    ďThey did that for a year and a half and then slowly crept away once NAB League started coming up. So I was pretty fortunate for them to come out.Ē

    BEING LIKE BUDDY
    Ugle-Hagan grew up an Essendon supporter, but Lance ĎBuddyí Franklin has always been his idol.

    That makes the comparisons to Franklin all the more enjoyable.

    ďItís a special thing to get that comparison, but at the end of the day we are different people but both had the same dream,Ē Ugle-Hagan said.

    ďThatís the best thing, because thatís who I wanted to be and thatís what I wanted to achieve. Heís my hero and heís setting records for me to hopefully chase down.Ē

    While Ugle-Hagan wants to make his own name in the AFL and plans to be a different player, he does want to be like Franklin one way Ė as a role model for Indigenous youth.

    ďI was thinking of becoming an Indigenous mentor to help younger Indigenous boys to get the opportunity I had and get that scholarship to break that chain,Ē Ugle-Hagan said.

    ďThatís why I want to play footy, because itís also going to make other younger boys understand that thereís a way out. Youíve just got to keep knocking on doors.Ē

    THE MIRACLE TRICK SHOT

    Ugle-Hagan was on his way to soccer practice at Scotch College earlier this year when he had an idea.

    From a bridge near his boarding room there was a distant view of a basketball court.

    Ugle-Hagan wondered whether he could kick a football from the bridge and get it through the basketball hoop.

    ďI grabbed a footy out and said, ĎI want to try and get this in before I leaveí,Ē he said.

    The first kick went close.

    Another bounced on the court and then went through the hoop.

    It was not too long before one went in, caught on camera by a mate.

    ďIt took under 15 goes. It was pretty quick,Ē Ugle-Hagan said.

    ďNow that I think of it, it was a bloody tough shot.Ē

    If that kick is a sign of things to come, the AFL had better watch out.

    POCKET PROFILE: JAMARRA UGLE-HAGAN

    Club: Oakleigh Chargers/Vic Metro

    Position: Key forward

    Age: 18

    Height: 196cm

    Weight: 95kg

    About: The Western Bulldogs have hit the jackpot with first dibs on this talented youngster through their Next Generation Academy. Ugle-Hagan has been likened to Sydney superstar Lance Franklin and recruiters had expected him to dominate games in the NAB League this year after a brilliant bottom-age campaign in 2019. While the 18-year-old has only been seen in practice matches this season due to COVID-19 restrictions in Victoria, Ugle-Hagan kicked 24 goals across nine NAB League games last season while also ranking elite for forward-50 marks (3.9 a game) and score involvements (six a game). Clubs have been reluctant to bid on Academy players early in the draft in the past. Will Adelaide buck the trend an put in a bid on Ugle-Hagan at Pick 1 this year? Time will tell.

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    Re: No.1 pick? Jamarra Ugle-Haganís Lance Franklin comparisons, miracle trick shots and his lucky Fiji trip

    Midfielder?

    Shit. He'll end up the ruck.
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    He is 196cm confirmed please no one bring it up again.
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    Re: No.1 pick? Jamarra Ugle-Haganís Lance Franklin comparisons, miracle trick shots and his lucky Fiji trip

    Quote Originally Posted by Mofra View Post
    Midfielder?

    Shit. He'll end up the ruck.
    Yep there's our second ruck.

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    Re: No.1 pick? Jamarra Ugle-Haganís Lance Franklin comparisons, miracle trick shots and his lucky Fiji trip

    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldog4life View Post
    Yep there's our second ruck.
    Might end up more like Paddy Ryder than Buddy, maybe?
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    Re: No.1 pick? Jamarra Ugle-Haganís Lance Franklin comparisons, miracle trick shots and his lucky Fiji trip

    Quote Originally Posted by comrade View Post
    Might end up more like Paddy Ryder than Buddy, maybe?
    Could. Great leap.

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    Re: No.1 pick? Jamarra Ugle-Haganís Lance Franklin comparisons, miracle trick shots and his lucky Fiji trip

    Exciting to have him arriving at the club.
    Part of me wants to see him slide to pick 3 or 4 so we don't have to cough up as many points to get him
    The other part says let the Crows select him at #1 and once we match that we will be able to market that we have the most sort after junior footballer coming to the club.

    Wouldn't you love to be his manager?

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    Re: No.1 pick? Jamarra Ugle-Haganís Lance Franklin comparisons, miracle trick shots and his lucky Fiji trip

    I hope the 10kg he's put on this year are different to the 5-10kg I've put on this year in lockdown!

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    Re: No.1 pick? Jamarra Ugle-Haganís Lance Franklin comparisons, miracle trick shots and his lucky Fiji trip

    Quote Originally Posted by jeemak View Post
    I hope the 10kg he's put on this year are different to the 5-10kg I've put on this year in lockdown!
    All depends what part of your body you put them on.

    Can't wait to see this kid in action.
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    Re: No.1 pick? Jamarra Ugle-Haganís Lance Franklin comparisons, miracle trick shots and his lucky Fiji trip

    Quote Originally Posted by jeemak View Post
    i hope the 10kg he's put on this year are different to the 5-10kg i've put on this year in lockdown!
    hahahahahaha

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    Re: No.1 pick? Jamarra Ugle-Haganís Lance Franklin comparisons, miracle trick shots and his lucky Fiji trip

    Quote Originally Posted by jeemak View Post
    I hope the 10kg he's put on this year are different to the 5-10kg I've put on this year in lockdown!
    I've become key position weight... if not height.

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    Re: No.1 pick? Jamarra Ugle-Haganís Lance Franklin comparisons, miracle trick shots and his lucky Fiji trip

    Quote Originally Posted by Mofra View Post
    Midfielder?

    Shit. He'll end up the ruck.
    I am wondering if he could play wing next year.

    Would he have the tank or would he need to develop that.
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    Re: No.1 pick? Jamarra Ugle-Haganís Lance Franklin comparisons, miracle trick shots and his lucky Fiji trip

    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldog Joe View Post
    I am wondering if he could play wing next year.

    Would he have the tank or would he need to develop that.
    His tank wouldn't be up to AFL wing standards, I'd imagine. Especially with 12 months of no match practice.

    Could see him pinch hitting though.
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    Re: No.1 pick? Jamarra Ugle-Haganís Lance Franklin comparisons, miracle trick shots and his lucky Fiji trip

    Quote Originally Posted by jeemak View Post
    I hope the 10kg he's put on this year are different to the 5-10kg I've put on this year in lockdown!
    I've put on 18 kgs since april. I was 52 and now I'm tipping the scales at 70. 72.4 in my Doc's.
    Bright eyed and bushy tailed at least for another hour

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    Re: No.1 pick? Jamarra Ugle-Haganís Lance Franklin comparisons, miracle trick shots and his lucky Fiji trip

    Quote Originally Posted by Twodogs View Post
    I've put on 18 kgs since april. I was 52 and now I'm tipping the scales at 70. 72.4 in my Doc's.
    Geez, nice one. Next stop - Mr Olympia!
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