AFL Draft Central South Australian correspondent David Chapman cast his eyes over the top young prospects coming up through the SANFL, Reserves, Under 18s and local school football competitions. An extended Round 15 SANFL continued with limited league and reserves games as well as school football, but no under 18s. So we look at the top performances across the weekend.
Sturt, West, Glenelg, Eagles and Norwood did not play.
With only two matches this week North defeated Centrals by 39 points. North underagers Boyd Woodcock (20 disposals) and Connor Rozee (12 disposals) were amongst it, Bryce Denham kicked a goal, Daniel Aplin up from the under 18s also had 15 disposals. For Centrals, underager Jackson Hately was second best with 27 disposals including eight marks.
South went down to Port by 58 points. For South, prospect Nathan Kreuger only got the seven disposals, whilst Henry Bruce was consistent again with 19 disposals including six tackles. Also after his six goals last week promoted Nick Steele kicked one goal.
There were no under 18 SANFL games this weekend.
In one of the biggest matches of the year, Sacred Heart played Rostrevor at home in their Annual Intercol. Sacred Heart bounced back to win easily 12.10 (82) to 3.10 (28), with the match being a State Knockout qualifying game the win effectively locks up second spot on the college ladder.
Best players for Sacred Heart included Wilson Otto, Finn Betterman and Charlie Ballard. Draft prospect Ballard playing centre half back and marking anything that came his way. At the other end of the ground for Rostervor Harrison Petty at centre half back was also accumulating the marks for his team. Mihail Lochowiak was also solid for Rossies.
Prince Alfred College (PAC) headed to Immanuel and easily accounted for them with 21.16 (142) to 9.4 (58), which sent PAC straight into the State Championship Grand Final. Best for PAC included Charlie Hay and Kade Chandler. Zac Bailey and Oscar Chapman kicked three goals each. Sam Davis was amongst the best for Immanuel playing in the midfield.
St Peters also defeated St Michaels by 54 points.
There are eight South Australians invited to the National Combine (where four or more AFL clubs nominated players):
Charlie Ballard (Sturt), Callum Coleman-Jones (Sturt), Darcy Fogarty (Glenelg), Jordan Houlahan (Sturt), Nathan Kreuger (South Adelaide), Alex Martini (Glenelg), Andrew McPherson (Woodville-West Torrens) and Harrison Petty (Norwood)
There are 21 South Australians invited to the SA State Combine (where between two to three AFL clubs have nominated players:
U18s: Cameron Ball (Norwood), Brodie Carroll (Norwood), Oscar Chapman (North Adelaide), Lochie Charlton (Norwood), Tobin Cox (Glenelg), Mitch Crowden (Sturt)
Sam Davis (Glenelg), Bryce Denham (North Adelaide), Liam Denton (Glenelg), Jackson Edwards (Glenelg), Stefan Giro (Norwood), Isaac Hewson (Norwood), Curtis McCarthy (Glenelg), Thomas Schmusch (Woodville-West Torrens), Josh Smithson (West Adelaide), Jake Weidemann (Woodville-West Torrens).
Over 18s: Dom Barry (Glenelg), Jordan Sweet (North Adelaide) Jordan West (Woodville-West Torrens) Patrick Wilson (Sturt), Brandon Zerk-Thatcher (Sturt).