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'Incredible' Davey-Motlop showcasing talents for Oakleigh Chargers

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Territory teenager Waylon Davey-Motlop has been described by his Coates Talent League coach as 'one of the best finishers he has ever seen'.

The talented Davey-Motlop is currently plying his trade for the Oakleigh Chargers in Victoria's elite underage competition in the hope of being selected in the AFL Draft later this year.

Chargers coach Ash Close told National Indigenous Times the 17-year-old has an 'incredible' ability to finish in front of goal.

"His ability to create something out of nothing and finish his work is incredible," Close said.

"Sometimes at training he'll kick goals and you can't help thinking 'how did he do that?' – very few people have his talent.

"He's a natural forward who I have no doubt can play footy at higher levels if he gets the processes right."

Davey-Motlop has been lively up forward for the Chargers across his three games in the Coates Talent League in 2024.

He kicked two goals from limited opportunities in Oakleigh's 28-point loss to the Eastern Ranges in Round 1 and kicked another goal in last weekend's win over the Tasmania Devils.

"Waylon gives our team so much energy," Close added.

Waylon Davey made his NTFL senior debut for the Palmerston Magpies as a 15-year-old. (Image: Palmerston Magpies FC)

"He's loved by all his team mates for the tackles and bumps he puts on.

"The more times he touches the ball in the F50 the more goals we kick and everyone loves him for that."

Davey-Motlop has spent the past three seasons playing at Premier League level for his junior club in the Northern Territory Football League, the Palmerston Magpies.

After debuting at senior level as a 15-year-old, he has impressed as an opportunistic small forward – sharing the forward-line with AFL legend Eddie Betts on occasion – before recently changing roles to a rebounding defender.

Davey-Motlop has also produced strong football at national level providing a number of highlights for the Northern Territory team during the AFL National Championships.

Close said that like all Oakleigh players, he is trying to set them up for footy at the highest level.

"Outlining the expectations and demands of footy at the elite level is vital for all our kids and Waylon is no different," he said.

"We are educating Waylon on things like reviewing games, preparation, training standards etc.

"Talent has gotten Waylon this far but understanding the process of elite footballers is where our attention is being spent.

"He's doing a great job at Oakleigh and he has some great mentors supporting him as well – we are all really proud of him."

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