LAST weekend saw the best South Australian talent pushing for selection in the Under 18 South Australian squad at League level, as well as in the annual State game. The U18s boys and girls squads were announced, in addition to the SA Under 16 boys squad. There are some famous names to be highlighted, and also some top end talent for SA which looks set for a huge campaign at the National Championships.
All SANFL League teams had a bye this round due to State Game between SA and WA made up of SANFL and WAFL Players. In a tight, see-sawing tussle it was WA who were victorious at Adelaide Oval with a solid 26-point win.
WAFL: 0.4 8.6 10.9 15.12 (102)
SANFL: 4.2 4.6 9.7 11.10 (76)
WAFL: Gault 3, Strijk 3, Johnson, Waters 2, Bolton, Horsley, Palmer, Stevenson, Wellingham.
SANFL: Scott 2, Colquhoun, J. Hayes, Hone, Hoskin, Kirkwood, Motlop, Panos, Riley, Stevens.
Fos Williams Medal – Zane Kirkwood
Simpson Medal – Jye Bolton
All of the Under 18 talent was removed from Reserves duties due to State selection trials, but three games were still played in the round. West Adelaide easily accounted for Port Adelaide Magpies and new recruit Gibson Turner slotted six goals for the Bloods, and Matthew Eastman dominated possession to end up with four goals for the winning side. For Port, Dale Finnie continued some solid form and Harrison Morgan was also among the best. Glenelg took care of South Adelaide in a 31-point victory with standout performances from Tom Feely and Derick Wanganeen with three goals, while Connor Fairlie continued his consistent season for the Panthers as one of their best. Centrals consolidated their position towards the top and beat North by 37 points with former Eagle Jacob Templeton playing well and North livewire forward Frank Szekley slotting two goals in a losing side.
All SANFL Under 18 teams were given a bye to allow for the SA squad selection. With an internal trial for SA Under 18s squad held on the weekend it was the underage talent that really impressed whilst top end talented players were ‘rested’ for the trial. On the back of this match the core squad of players was announced with another trial game set for this weekend vs Glenelg Reserves. The squad of 42 can be found here.
The SA girls squad was also finalised this week with a squad of talented Under 18 girls ready for their next step in their careers.The U18 girls squad can be found here.
In a busy week for SA talent selection the Under 16 squad for SA was also announced with some talented youngsters, and the list of players can be found here.
These squads will reduce over the coming weeks as selectors narrow their focus and players ready for their next round of games at the highest level.
School football continued again on the weekend, despite some of the top end players missing from teams due to State trials. In the Premier League Division, Prince Alfred College (PAC) accounted for Immanuel College by 33 points. Rostrevor easily defeated St Michaels by 24 goals. Whilst in another tough and close hit out St Peters defeated Sacred Heart College by 17 points.