Riley Thilthorphe remember that name. He may well be one of the best debutants in many years.
There is always a lot of hype and expectation of young players taken high in the end of season AFL Draft. There is a high percentage of top 2 draft picks that make it to playing afl and over 90% of them will play on average will play more than 100 games.
The Adelaide crows in 2020 used their first draft pick, number 2 pick of the draft to secure the young 18 year old Riley Thilthorphe from West Adelaide. Riley at 202cm tall is a highly versatile player having played 12 games for West Adelaide in ruck, on the wing and as a key forward. He is very quick and agile for his size and also has great speed making him a asset to any team.
It is always a big risk to talk about a player after just a debut game. They can be very nervous not perform at their best or have an off day and go onto be a Great of the game. The opposite is also true they can go out have a brilliant first game and never get close to a repeat performance for the rest of their playing career.
Riley debuted on the weekend against Hawthorn in Launceston. Expectations were high and his first quarter performance was average at best. However it was not long into the second quarter and everyone new the name Thilthorpe as he kicked three goals in quick succession showing great athletic skill in both the air and on the ground.