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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Perth Demons draft prospect Ian Hill suffers delayed concussion after WAFL colts match

Top-10 AFL draft prospect Ian Hill checked himself into Royal Perth Hospital after suffering delayed concussion following Perth’s WAFL colts victory over West Perth at Lathlain Park on Saturday.
The 18-year-old was driving home after booting 3.3 from 21 disposals for the Demons when he felt the symptoms, despite no obvious head knock during the match.
Hill, who has since left hospital, will need to be cleared by WA state academy doctors before taking the field again.
Perth has a bye next round ahead of the senior state league clash against South Australia, with their next match not until May 19 against Claremont.
The second cousin of Dockers duo Bradley and Stephen Hill is one of several Demons youngsters in the mix to get picked up in this year’s AFL draft, and is a realistic chance of being a top-five selection in a talent-laden pool.
The livewire forward averaging 21.5 disposals, five tackles and 1.5 goals in four colts appearances this season.
Perth coach Earl Spalding said he was unlikely to consider the AFL Academy member for senior selection until after the national under-18 championships is over.
The Peter Sumich-coached Black Swans kick off their carnival against against South Australia at Alberton Oval on June 3.
Midfielder Luke English is another draft hopeful dominating for the second-placed Demons at colts level.
The reigning Jack Clarke medallist has continued his prolific ball-winning form from last season, averaging 26 possessions, 4.5 tackles, four marks and a touch under two goals per game.