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Across the oval, there’s no seating, only a clunky rectangular electronic scoreboard and a backdrop of trees. Just metres from the boundary, a tall, bald, middle-aged man with a Roman centurion’s bearing is seated on a fold-up camping chair, taking notes.

Hamish Ogilvie, recruiting manager of the Adelaide Crows, and his offsider, Binuk Kodituwakku, are here to assess some of these teenagers for their AFL-worthiness.

The two most keenly watched kids are Carey’s co-captains and best mates, Matt Rowell and Noah Anderson.

READ MORE as our top footy scribe explores the vexed question of whether a private school education means you’re more likely to end up in the AFL.



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