Several PM Capital GIANTS Academy players had starring roles in the NSW/ACT Rams’ win at the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships.

The Rams went through the tournament undefeated and took out Division 2 with a 13-point win over Queensland at Etihad Stadium.

GIANTS Academy member Jack Steele, who kicked two goals in the final, was voted MVP of the tournament by his peers.

Academy coach Mark McVeigh said Steele was among a number of players who will be watched closely by recruiters ahead of the national draft.

“Jack had an outstanding carnival and we’re all really excited about his prospects,” McVeigh said.

“He has a great ability to win contested ball through the midfield but can also go up forward and be damaging.

“There are a few boys who have put their hand up this week and I wouldn’t be surprised if a fair few of them get drafted later in the year.

“Jeremy Finlayson is an agile tall who we’re quite excited about while Liam Griffiths has great speed and agility which is going to hold him in good stead.”

Dougal Howard, Jacob Hooper and Logan Austin were also among the better players of the tournament.

McVeigh said several academy members would be used as top-up players in the GIANTS’ NEAFL side later in the season.

The NAB AFL National Draft will take place on Thursday, November 27 at the Gold Coast.