State league junior football wrap – July 25/26

Oakleigh's Ben Crocker made his debut for Port Melbourne
Oakleigh’s Ben Crocker played his second game for Port Melbourne


SANFL

In the league, Wayne Milera made a successful return to the league side after being asked to work his way back up from the lower grades with 15 disposals and three clearances. Kyle Presbury also had 10 touches, all effective, in the same game. For the other side, the underaged Brandon Parfitt had nine touches. For Norwood, Luke Partington was lively with 20 touches and six clearances, topping it off with a goal. Harry Cross also had seven touches. For Sturt, Jordan Dawson had a successful debut with his strong hands a highlight, racking up 14 touches and six marks playing high half forward. For West Adelaide, Will Snelling was quieter than usual with only twelve touches and six tackles, while Hugh Haysman may need a spell after only five touches.

In the reserves Mason Redman continued his lively form with 21 touches and seven rebound 50s for Glenelg. For North Aedlaide, Stephen Tahana had 16 touches and Oleg Markov 14 as well as two goals. The underaged Jack Graham was quiet with eleven touches, as were Dakota Nixon (eight and five tackles) and Ben Jarman (seven and a goal) however that was understandable as Nixon and Jarman had also played 18s the day before. For Central Districts, Brendan Dew had 19 disposals and eight marks while Isaya McKenzie had nine, with seven tackles and two goals. For Sturt, Andre Parella was reasonable with nine touches and 29 hitouts, while for Norwood Matthew Nunn was excellent with 33 touches and nine clearances. A league debut surely beckons for him.

In the 18s Dakota Nixon was lively with 24 touches and six clearances while Ben Jarman was excellent with 23 touches, ten clearances and three goals. Both are ones to watch next year alone with Jordan Sweet, who had 15 touches and 44 hitouts. Keiran Agius continued to disappoint with only eight touches and two behinds. For Glenelg, Jake Comitogianni continued his prolific form ahead of his draft year next year with 40 disposals and eight clearances while for Norwood talented forward Mitchell Carter had 18 touches, seven marks, 17 hitouts and kicked three goals and three behinds, shaping up as a real talent to watch next year. Lachie Pascoe also had 26 touches, five inside 50s and seven rebound 50s and while he’s still three drafts away, shapes up as a top talent. For West Adelaide Riley Bonner had 29 touches, six tackles and 9 inside 50s while the underaged Territorian Jamie Hampton had 19 touches.

WAFL

In the league, Callum Ah Chee consolidated after a solid debut last week with 15 touches and a goal for South Fremantle while on debut, Greg Clark has 17 disposals and four marks for Subiaco. while in the reserves Clint Hinchcliffe had 21 touches for West Perth while Declan Mountford had 19 for Subiaco. For Swan Districts Levi Ridley had 20 touches.

In the Colts, Jake Florenca had 22 touches and three behinds for South Fremantle while Mitch Antonio had 22 touches, nine marks and kicked six goals in an excellent performance for West Perth. For Peel, Noah Hura had 20 touches and ten inside 50s while Josh Schoenfeld had 27 touches. For Swan Districts, Brayden Hackett was quiet with only nine touches while Dylan Smith kicked three goals from ten touches. Jesse Glass-McCasker also had nine touches and 16.

NEAFL

In the NEAFL, Dylan McDonald had 16 touches and kicked a goal for the UWS Giants while Lachlan Tiziani also had 17 touches and kicked a goal. Michael Hagan was the only other prospect in action, accumulating 13 touches and kicking two goals for the NT Thunder.

VFL

Some more juniors got a run in the VFL this week, with Ben Crocker having nine disposals for Port Melbourne while Josh Dunkley had 13 touches for Richmond while Clayton Oliver also impressed for the Tigers with 13 touches and was named in the bests. Tom Wilkinson also had nine disposals for Sandringham and Tyler Roos 14 for Casey.

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