Category: State Leagues

QWAFL weekly wrap: Preliminary finals

IT was a great day for Coorparoo as both the Queensland Women’s Australian Football League (QWAFL) and Queensland Women’s Football Association (QWFA) Division One sides made it through to their respective grand finals after close wins in the preliminary final stage.

 

QWAFL:

COORPAROO 2.0 | 7.5 | 9.5 | 9.5 (59)
UNI OF QUEENSLAND 1.1 | 6.2 | 6.7 | 6.7 (43)

GOALS:

Coorparoo: T. Groves-Little 4, J. Wuetschner 2, M. Ingram 2, K. Geddes.
Uni of Queensland: D. Davidson , M. McGorm, E. Pericic, R. Vetter, S. Frederick-Traub, G. Collingwood.

BEST:

Coorparoo: L. Blue, J. Ellenger, K. Lawrence, S. Young, T. Groves-Little, K. Geddes
Uni of Queensland: S. Frederick-Traub, M. Hunt, A. McNabb, S. Webb, E. Pericic, G. Brennan

Coorparoo is through to the QWAFL Grand Final, earning the right to face minor premiers Wilston Grange once again after defeating University of Queensland by 16 points in an exciting contest. The Blues made the most of limited opportunities in the first term to boot 2.2 to the Red Lions’ 1.1. The second term was the complete opposite to the first quarter with a massive 10 goals scored between the sides, as both teams scored five apiece. Coming out in the second half, it was the Blues who made the most of their chances, booting the only two goals of the half, while the Red Lions peppered the goals with five behinds. Neither side scored in the final term which saw the second-placed team set up a meeting with their semi-final conquerors.

Tori Groves-Little was the difference up forward on the day for the Blues, booting four of the game’s 15 goals, while Brisbane Lions’ AFL Women’s star Jess Wuetschner finished the game with two majors, as did Matilda Ingram. The Red Lions had six individual goal kickers including Brisbane AFLW players Sabrina Frederick-Traub and Gabby Collingwood who each scored a major. Frederick-Traub was named the losing side’s best player, along with Megan Hunt, Alana McNabb and Sharni Webb. For the winners, Laura Blue was named the best on ground, along with Queensland Under-18 representative Jade Ellenger and Kylie Lawrence.

 

QWFA Division One:

COORPAROO 3.2 | 3.2 | 8.7 | 9.7 (61)
BURLEIGH 1.2 | 4.5 | 5.5 | 6.7 (43)

GOALS:

Coorparoo: M. Pullinger 6, M. Farmer 2, C. Osler.
Burleigh: Not supplied.

BEST:

Coorparoo: E. Rose, E. Dillon, K. Day, M. Walkington, M. Farmer, M. Pullinger
Burleigh: Not supplied

Coorparoo made it the double in the top two women’s grades, after running out winners over a determined Burleigh by 18 points to advance through to the QWAFA Division One Grand Final. The Blues finished top of the table after the regular season, but had a shock loss to second-placed Aspley Hornets in the semi-final stage to be forced to earn their way back into the decider. On the weekend, they fought back from a half-time deficit to record a three-goal win. Coorparoo started strongly, booting three goals to one in the opening term, but then the Bombettes hit back with the only three goals of the second term to head into half-time with a nine-point advantage. Coorparoo powered their way into the Grand Final with a five goals to one term in the premiership quarter, holding off the visitors to win and have another crack as Aspley. Meg Pullinger starred with six goals to be the difference between the sides, while Emily Rose and Emma Dillon were named the Blues’ best on the day.

Western Australia weekly wrap: Final five locked in for September

ROUND 20 loomed as the most important weekend of the Colts season to date with a number of teams fighting for the opportunity to play in September, that special time of year when reputations are made.

Which teams coped best with the pressure?

Read ahead to find out.

Round 20 WAFL Colts wrap.

South Fremantle 11.10 (76) defeated Perth 5.6 (36)

South Fremantle have sealed their spot in the 2018 WAFL Colts finals courtesy of a emphatic 40 point win over Perth at Fremantle Oval on Saturday morning.

The Bulldogs controlled the early stages of the vital contest kicking goals through Nash Miller and Ira Jetta but Perth steadied through Ben Watson. The Bulldogs slightly increased their lead to 13 points at the long break courtesy of a three goal to two second quarter. The third term is widely regarded as the most pivotal of the game and so it proved again with the Bulldogs kicking the first two goals through Jetta and Luke Moore. Although the Demons were striving hard to find a path back into the contest, it was the rock solid defence of the Bulldogs who were repeatedly repelling the visitors. The home side turned for home with a 26 point lead which in all truth felt a lot more and the last quarter finally saw the Bulldogs emphasise their superiority as they kicked four goals to two and completed a 40 point win.

The victory was the third in the last four games for the Bulldogs and while some may say you do not deserve to play finals with a losing record, the Bulldogs can even their season ledger in the last round against old adversaries East Fremantle next Sunday. In truth, the kind of football that the Bulldogs have produced in the last fortnight is what wins games in September so they should not be a team to be taken lightly. The home side won all of the key indicators with a major advantage in disposals (350-267) leading to 18 more inside 50s (55-37) and ten more scoring shots (21-11).

The performance of 16 year-old Jaxon Bellchambers would have been heartwarming to many at the Bulldogs as he had a impact all over the ground with 22 disposals, seven marks, three tackles and topped off his fantastic display with three last quarter goals. At the other age of the age spectrum, Matthew Ward was a diligent four-quarter performer with 29 disposals and nine tackles while the forward pressure of Ira Jetta was first class with nine tackles to go along with 12 disposals and two goals. The second half of the season has been a greatly disappointing one for the Demons although they have certainly improved on their four win season in 2017. Perth are regularly seen as great developers of young talent and the National AFL Draft will likely show that with the names of Luke English, Ian Hill and Sydney Stack likely to be high up on the radar of recruiters. Nathan O’Driscoll is another Demon name to remember for the future with the 16 year-old amassing 28 disposals, eight tackles and a goal.

 

Claremont 9.7 (61) defeated Peel Thunder 6.5 (41)

With Perth’s defeat to Bulldogs, it meant the finals hopes of Claremont disappeared but that did not deter the Tigers as they arguably produced their best performance of the season to defeat high flying Peel Thunder by 20 points at Claremont Oval.

Claremont had been convincingly beaten by the Thunder in each of their meetings in 2018 (78 and 36 points) but the first quarter was a tight affair with Peel leading by five points. Well aware that they required a win to keep their season alive along with needing another result to go in their favour, Claremont arguably played their best quarter of an inconsistent campaign kicking 5.1 to 0.1 and opening up a imposing 25-point lead with Isaac Barton and Angus Longmire each kicking two for the term. The impressive Tigers continued their dominance early in the third with goals to Jacob Dorset-Sawyer and a third to Barton which pushed the lead out beyond six goals and plenty of danger signs for the second placed Thunder. A late goal by Jackson Knight narrowed the gap to 31 points to give them the slightest ray of hope but the game was seemingly well and truly in control of the Tigers.

Peel made a final concerted push to get back into the game in the early stages of the last quarter narrowing the gap to three goals through majors from Killian Rawson and Tyson Powell. The Tigers looked to have gone into their shell for the first time in the game as Peel were piling on the pressure, and Jack Willis kicked their third of the quarter narrowing the gap further to 13 points. From there the Tigers managed to stop the flow of attacks from the Thunder and sealed a meritorious victory when Benjamin Schuhkraft kicked truly just before the final siren.

The key stats showed how much Claremont controlled the nature of the contest with 70 more disposals (331-261) which led to 19 more inside 50s (49-30) and five more scoring shots (16-11). Isaac Barton set the tone of the contest in the first half for the Tigers and the top-ager compiled 18 disposals, six tackles and three goals and he was well supported by the tireless work of ruckman Longmire with 15 disposals, four marks, 38 hit-outs and two goals, while Max Grant finished with 27 disposals. Despite the loss, Peel will finish second on the ladder with their opponent still to be decided, and Lachlan Riley was a true four-quarter performer for the visitors with 28 disposals, six marks and four tackles.

 

Subiaco 9.13 (67) defeated East Fremantle 7.12 (54)

Subiaco kept up their on their winning ways as they claimed their tenth straight win holding off a surging Sharks outfit to win by 13 points at East Fremantle Oval.

Subiaco made a very strong start to the contest kicking three goals to nil to open up a 20 point lead at quarter time. That level of dominance continued in the second term as the league leaders kicked another four goals to one and holding a very healthy 40 point lead at the long break. Successful teams play a strong brand of team football where they do not depend on one player and Subiaco have successfully illustrated that fact throughout the season. To half time they had seven different goalkickers and eight players with double-figure disposals, led by Tristan Hobley with 18 and Taj Schofield and Liam Hickmott with 16 apiece.

While you do not want to have a defeatist mindset during the game, the Sharks brains trust would have been thinking of ways to limit the damage and save their percentage. While they would keep a one game advantage over the dormant Swan Districts, a heavy defeat could have seen percentage come into play in the final round if Swans were to be victorious in their last game against Claremont and if the Sharks slipped up against South Fremantle.

However, those hypotheticals were put on the back burner as the Sharks stemmed the bleeding and played some more composed football in the third term. They won the quarter courtesy of goals through Adam Meadowcroft and the highly promising bottom ager Luke Jackson – who had the tough choice to make between footy and basketball, but the talented and athletic sportsman chose the former. The Sharks had certainly found some impetus and continued their momentum kicking the first two goals of the last term with another major to Jackson and Zach Wilkinson. Nicolas Martin kicked a goal to ease any tension within the Subiaco ranks, but the highly impressive second half by the Sharks continued with further goals to Corey Robinson and Wright. Opportunities were coming thick and fast for the home team, however time ran out as Subiaco made it ten straight wins and with Peel’s loss, the Lions clinched the minor premiership and a bye in the first week of the finals.

While the Lions were outscored six goals to two in the second half, they did enough to show one of their closest challenges for the premiership that you need to play at a high level for the full four quarters if you want to beat them. Hickmott compiled 29 disposals and nine tackles and was well supported by Schofield (27 disposals, six marks and five tackles) andHobley (27 disposals) while Robinson was a solid contributor for the Sharks with 23 disposals.

East Perth 12.7 (79) defeated West Perth 6.9 (45)

East Perth played some of their best football of a very inconsistent 2018 campaign as they registered a 34-point victory against arch-rivals West Perth at a sun-drenched Leederville Oval on Saturday morning.

This contest was all about pride with both teams eliminated from finals contention last week, it was the Royals who started the better opening up a two goal lead in the first term but really got going in the second quarter kicking four goals to one to open up a five goal margin at the long break with the duo of Rhai-arn Cox and Callum McVee looking lively with two goals each.

The Royals were in complete control of the contest in the third term kicking two goals to one and turning for home with a 37 point lead. A West Perth comeback did not look on the cards when you take into account that they had kicked three goals in as many quarter. However they produced a barnstorming first ten minutes of the final term where they had six scoring shots kicking 3.3 and narrowing the gap to 16 points, which suddenly gave them a deal of momentum.

Not wanting their good football in the first three quarters to go to waste, East Perth responded through a second goal to Kyle Robinson which was soon followed by majors to Ashley Willcocks and Kane Hughes as the Royals were able to seal a deserved 34 point win. With the Falcons having the bye in the final round, East Perth can still avoid the wooden spoon if they defeat Peel Thunder next Sunday.

Robinson was a standout all-around performer for the Royals with the bottom ager amassing 23 disposals, seven marks, three tackles and two goals while Damon Greaves continued his highly impressive season with the AFL draft combine invitee amassing 31 disposals and ten tackles. Bailey Chalmers was a tireless worker for the Falcòns with 29 disposals and four tackles while Tyron Hindmarsh was a very serviceable contributor once again with 21 disposals and seven tackles.

Queensland weekly wrap: QFA finals set to go

WITH the AFL regular season all but wrapping up in a couple of rounds, after this weekend’s Q-Clash, the QFA finals series is set to get underway across the state. Elsewhere, Australian International Islamic College Brisbane claimed their second consecutive Bachar Houli Cup victory.

QFA finals footy gets underway

The first week of finals footy gets underway for a number of divisions in the QFA competitions. QFA Senior and Reserve divisions 3, 4, and 5 kick off across the weekend.  For details on the fixtures, click here and find your relevant competition.

Finals fever also hits regional Queensland this weekend in the Wide Bay and Capricornia areas. The Wide Bay Seniors finals series will kick off this weekend with the Hervey Bay Bombers, the Gympie Cats, the Bay Power and the Brothers Bulldogs qualifying for a chance at the flag.

In the Reserve grade it is the again the Hervey Bay Bombers, Gympie Cats, Brothers Bulldogs joined by Across the Waves Bundaberg AFC battling for the flag. Find more information on Wide Bay AFL here under the headings 2018 AFLWB Pacific Gold Macadamias Seniors, 2018 AFLWB Pacific Gold Macadamias Reserves.

And perhaps a grand final preview will occur in Capricornia finals with the Yeppoon Swans taking on the Glenmore Bulls in a first v second battle in the Seniors grade. The winner will advance to the big dance, and the loser plays a preliminary knockout match against the Boyne Island Tannum Sands Saints.

And in the Capricornia’s Reserves it’s Yeppoon facing off against Boyne Island’s reserves in another first vs second battle. The loser faces Glenmore’s reserves next week for a second bite of the Grand Final cherry.

Find more information on Capricornia AFL here.

 

AIIC Brisbane win Bachar Houli Cup

Australian International Islamic College Brisbane took out the 2018 Bachar Houli Cup last Friday at Yeronga. The competition saw three schools and 50 Islamic students partake, with the goal to improve participation numbers from the Islamic community in Aussie Rules. Australian International Islamic College Brisbane has now won the event for the second year in a row.

 

Saturday night Q-Clash

The most intense rivalry in Queensland AFL continues on Saturday night when the Brisbane Lions play the Gold Coast Suns at Metricon Stadium. Nearing the end of the season a lot of pride will be on the line for two sides not in the finals and wanting to get the better of their Queensland counterparts.

The Lions and Suns are both sitting on 16 competition points and coming off tough losses to premiership big guns last round. It will be an enticing battle; on one hand the Lions have shown plenty of promise and development this season across the board whilst at the same time losing close matches that they could’ve easily taken.

On the other hand, are the Suns who are amid the controversy of Tom Lynch leaving the club and perhaps other big names to join. This week Lion Nick Robertson labelled the Suns “soft” on radio, surely to spark to a response from the Gold Coast players and fans.

Tip-off is 7:25 from Metricon Stadium.

WAWFL weekly wrap: Semi-finals

SUBIACO has knocked off the reigning premiers and sent them packing, while advancing to the preliminary final themselves to take on Peel Thunderbirds. Minor premiers, East Fremantle moved on to book a spot in the decider and await the winner of the preliminary final.

 

WAWFL:

SWAN DISTRICTS 1.2  | 1.2 | 4.3 | 4.8 (32)
SUBIACO 3.0 | 5.0 | 8.1 | 9.2 (56)

GOALS:

Swan Districts: A. Sharp 2, R. Williams, E. McGuire
Subiaco: A. Lavell 4, L. Filocamo, M. Dowrick, T. Lake, C. Stubbs, L. Jeffers.

Subiaco took it up to the third-placed Swan Districts side early and made a statement against its highly fancied opponents, booting 5.0 to 1.2 in the opening half to hold a 22-point advantage at the main break. Swan Districts hit back in the third term with three goals, including a clever couple of pieces of play from Rhonda Williams and Emily McGuire to keep the home side in it, but it was still a 22-point deficit at the final change after another late goal to the Lions. Subiaco then booted the only goal of the final term, with Swan Districts ruing missed opportunities – booting five behinds for the game to go down by 24 points. Amy Lavell booted four majors for the winners, while Lara Filocamo and McKenzie Dowrick each got on the scoreboard and were among the best on the day. Ashley Sharp finished with two majors for the losing side. Now Subiaco heads to the preliminary final to face Peel Thunderbirds, while last year’s premiers are now out of the flag race.

 

EAST FREMANTLE 4.4 | 7.5 | 9.9 | 12.11 (83)
PEEL THUNDERBIRDS 0.0 | 1.1 | 1.1 | 3.3 (21)

GOALS:

East Fremantle: J. de Melo 4, B. Smith 2, K. Sprlyan 2, R. Roux, A. Atkins, C. Edwards, G. O”Sullivan.
Peel Thunderbirds: K. Phillips, E. Hardie, B. Molloy

East Fremantle advanced to the 2018 WAWFL Grand Final after a stunning win over Peel Thunderbirds in the semi-final. Despite the Thunderbirds holding the X-factor goalscoring machine in Kira Phillips, it took until late in the second term for Phillips to nail her first, and by then, the Sharks had piled on seven majors and led by 40 points. Their dominance continued after half-time, booting five goals to two – both of which came in the last term. Jade de Melo booted four goals to be the dominant goal kicker on the ground, while Belinda Smith and Kahra Sprlyan managed two majors each. Teenager, Roxanne Roux and former Collingwood AFL Women’s player Caitlyn Edwards both hit the scoreboard in the big win. For Peel. Ebonee Hardie and Bailey Molloy booted late goals to join Phillips as the only goal kickers on the day for the Thunderbirds. Now Peel heads into a do-or-die preliminary final with Subiaco.

 

Reserves:

Swan Districts 3.3 (21) defeated by East Fremantle 7.6 (48)
Peel Thunderbirds 2.1 (13) defeated by Claremont 9.15 (69)

A six-goal haul to Stephanie Sparke has handed East Fremantle a fantastic 27-point win to keep its premiership hopes alive. The Sharks defeated Swan Districts after a three goals to one final term meant that the visitors were too good for the third-placed side, led by Sparke’s fantastic effort up forward. Claremont peppered the goals, but proved too strong for minor premiers Peel Thunderbirds, booting nine goals from 24 scoring shots on their way to a 56-point win. Amber Ugle-Hagan booted three goals for the winners, while Holly Cattermole finished with two majors to see Claremont advance through to the Grand Final.

 

Rogers Cup:

East Fremantle 3.4 (22) defeated Swan Districts 3.3 (21)
Peel Thunderbirds 6.9 (45) defeated South Fremantle 0.2 (2)

East Fremantle has survived a huge scare to remain alive in the 2018 finals series, defeating Swan Districts by a solitary point in the do-or-die semi-final clash. Trailing at half-time, the Sharks booted two of the three second half goals to get over the top of Swan Districts to face South Fremantle next week. In the other game, Peel Thunderbirds overcame a tight first half to boot four second half goals and record a 43-point win and book a spot in the Rogers Cup Grand Final. Leading by just 14 points at half-time and 20 at the final break, the Thunderbirds showed why they were the premiership favourites, booting three goals in the last stanza to win comfortably.

South Australia weekly wrap: School footy heats up with Under 18s bye

WITH a split round in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) and no Under 18s, there were still some good performances from South Australia’s draftable talent across the grades. School footy takes the focus this week and next as the season culminates. 

League:

Centrals lost by 44 points at home to top side Norwood. However, Aaron Nietschke on debut for the Dogs was in the best with 23 possessions showing a lot of class to also slot one goal. Starting up forward, Jackson Hately was also in the bests with his 22 possessions, nine marks and two goals. Defender Jez McLennan had the nine disposals and four tackles and mature age ruckman Darcy Fort had 13 possessions, including 18 hitouts. For Norwood, Matt Nunn (mature ager invited to South Australian draft combine) had 31 possessions including 14 marks and one goal to be in the best for the winners.

Sturt defeated South by 13 points, with Hugo Munn kicking a crucial goal in the close game. Shane McAdam (mature ager invited to the National Combine) on return from injury had 10 possessions and also kicked a goal. For South, Nathan Kreuger had nine disposals and kicked two goals, while Hayden Sampson was quieter with the seven disposals.

Reserves:

North Adelaide demolished Port by over 100 points, with Oscar Chapman in the best with his 21 possessions, 12 marks and 3.4.

In Sturt’s loss to South, midfielder Tom Lewis was in the best with 18 disposals (14 contested), 12 tackles and also kicked 1.1. Casey Voss had 12 disposals including five tackles and defender Riley Grundy had five disposals and four tackles. For South, Robert Irra was in the best with his 19 disposals and run off half-back.

In Glenelg’s 38 point loss to Westies, Finn Betterman had 14 disposals. Oscar Lovelock was best for the losing Tigers who only managed one goal in appalling conditions, while the Blood’s Elliot Dunkin was best afield.

School and College Footy:

College and School football is now getting to the pointy end of the season with some key games and finals now approaching.

In College games this week, Prince Alfred College (PAC) won the Premier League Championship when they defeated Rostrevor 66-28 to go through undefeated. For PAC, captain Tom Sparrow was best on ground with his explosiveness from the packs and hardness at the football. Will Gould was also outstanding at half-back, with intercept marking and powerful spoiling. Kossie Pickett was dangerous as always up forward and on-baller Harry Schoneberg was also key with his run and drive through the middle. For Rostrevor, Cam Taheny was in the best along with Jacob Kennerley rebounding from the back half and wing. 

In other College games, Sacred Heart (SHC) accounted for Westminster easily by 16 goals and St Peters secured a win over Scotch College by 41 points.

With the first year of the new Premier League format completed, it has breathed some new life into the College competition. The familiar schools continue to dominate at the top of the table but opportunities for other Colleges to improve has been exciting.

 

State Knockout School/College Championships

During the week, Henley High (resting Jack Lukosius and Izak Rankine) won the Open competition to go into the preliminary final versus Rostrevor with the winner set to play PAC for the State Championship.

In a match that sees the winner face off against PAC in the final, both teams had key players out – Lukosius for Henley and Jacob Kennerley for Rostrevor.

Henley started off well kicking three goals with the breeze at Woodville Oval. Threatening to take the game away after some early goals, Rostrevor steadied, led by captain Luke Valente, and slowed Henley’s attack and scored into the breeze to be only 2 goals down at quarter time.  For Henley, Izak Rankine was collecting the ball at will and almost in danger of overdoing it, tried to show off all his magical talent in the first quarter, but the Rostrevor team did well to keep the pressure on him.

The second quarter became the crucial period with both teams kicking two goals, and so by Rostrevor taking advantage of the breeze, meant Henley had the ascendency. And Henley’s poise and precision out of defence was a real highlight – especially the work of Luke Edwards and Zane Williams.

In the third quarter Henley took the game away with four goals to one, including a high flying mark from Jackson Mead. Hard running and quick ball movement opened up the Rossie defence, and a number of skill and discipline errors cost Rostrevor numerous opportunities to attack.  At three-quarter time Henley led by 29 points. 

In the last quarter Rostrevor needed their own magic and Cam Taheny positioned in his own 50m paddock scored within 30 seconds. Another goal from Taheny came shortly after and Rostrevor were up and about. In these 20 minute quarters there is no time to spare and chasing five goals was always going to be a challenge.  Taheny continued to present up forward, but Henley managed to get players back into the space to choke things up and slow down the ball. Rostrevor had a number of missed shots on goal and then slotted a third for the quarter. Keeping Henley goalless in the last quarter was a good effort, but Henley’s poise lead by captain Beau Nunan meant they were the victors by eight points – 9.4 58 to 7.8 50.

The final is to be played at 7:30pm on Tuesday 21 August at Norwood Oval, and will be a re-match of last year’s thrilling final in which PAC came from behind to claim victory.  The Henley team is packed full of talent with State representatives, and takes on a PAC team, with a number of changes from last year’s squad but itself has some elite talent.  Another classic awaits.

SAWFL Weekly wrap: Semi-finals

FINALS kicked off in the South Australian Women’s Football League (SAWFL) on the weekend, and Salisbury kept its premiership hopes alive with a win over Christies Beach. Now the Magpies will need to upset minor premiers Morphettville Park who were knocked off by second placed Adelaide University in the other semi-final.

 

SALISBURY 7.8 (50)
CHRISTIES BEACH 2.0 (12)

GOALS:

Salisbury: K. Rosenzweig 4, M. Hollick, C. Plowman, S. Hoyle.
Christies Beach: A. Browne, K. Spence.

BEST:

Salisbury: M. Freeman, M. Hollick, B. Perry, S. Gundlach, K. Culhane
Christies Beach: T. Morriss, A. Browne, C. Cavouras, N. Campbell , S. Pratt

Salisbury has moved through to the preliminary final after a strong performance against Christies Beach. Led by a number of Under 18 state representatives, the Magpies proved too strong in the 38-point victory. Katelyn Rosenzweig booted four majors in an impressive display down forward to continue her strong season, while Madisyn Freeman was named best on ground in Salisbury’s win. Monique Hollick booted a goal and was also named among the best, while Courtney Plowman and Sophie Hoyle also hit the scoreboard. For Christies Beach, Alana Browne booted one of her side’s two goals, and was named among the best, while Kelly Spence scored the Saints’ other major. Tamsyn Morriss and Czenya Cavouras were other Saints who stood tall on the day despite the defeat.

 

MORPHETTVILLE PARK 4.5 (29)
ADELAIDE UNIVERSITY 5.1 (31)

GOALS:

Morphettville Park: L. Cutting, C. Swanson, T. Meyer, M. Martino.
Adelaide University: N. von Bertouch 2, M. Zander, K. Barltrop, J. Hill.

BEST:

Morphettville Park: M. Rigter, L. Whiteley, H. Priest, L. Cutting, E. Fauser
Adelaide University: A. Gibson, T. McKay, P. Mattner, N. Collie, M. Van Riel, K. Barltrop

SAWFL fans did not have to wait long for the first upset of the finals series as Adelaide University toppled Morphettville Park by two points on the weekend. The Blacks finished the season in second place and had to travel to the Roos’ home ground, but it was the visitors that stormed out of the blocks. Adelaide University booted three goals to zero in the first term before the Roos responded with the only five scoring shots of the second term to trail by three points at the main break. Both sides booted a goal in the third term for the visitors to hold a narrow four-point led, and then the missed chances came back to hurt the home team as they booted 1.2 to 1.0 to fall two points short of victory and move through to a do-or-die preliminary final while Adelaide University has the week off. Nadia von Bertouch was the only multiple goal kicker on the ground with two majors, while Adele Gibson, Taylor McKay and Paxton Mattner were named as The Blacks’ best. For the losing side, they had four individual goal kickers, with Leah Cutting (one) named in the best with Maya Rigter and Lisa Whiteley.

Weekly wrap: NSW/ACT state leagues

IN the weekend just gone, a NSW/ACT Under 18s star won a premiership medallion and was best on ground, while others competed in the final rounds of their competitions with finals quickly approaching.

Alyce Parker became the first premiership player this season from NSW/ACT Under-18 representatives, when her side, the Thurgoona Bulldogs, defeated Wodonga Raiders by 52 points in the North East Border Grand Final. Parker was a star for the winners, named best on ground in the decider, booting three goals. In her six games, Parker was named best on ground five times, booting 18 goals to be a class above.

Angela Priftis was named at centre-half back in the Auburn-Penrith Giants’ 43-point loss to UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs in Round 16 of the AFL Sydney Women’s Premier Division. Priftis has been in good form and continued that in the weekend’s match, named among the team’s best. With one round remaining, the Giants are locked into finals action and will finish third on the table ahead of the post-season series. It was a tough day at the office for Jemima Wrigley, who was named among the best for Southern Power, but her team succumbed to a 57-point loss at the hands of Sydney University Bombers. In Division One, Georgia Garnett had a day out stepping up to the senior grade, booting five goals and named among the best in a classy effort for the East Coast Eagles in their 138-point demolition of UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs. Brenna Tarrant also played in the Eagles’ big win.

In the Sydney Harbour Youth Girls Division One, Emily Hurley played in Kellyville Rouse Hill’s big 10-goal win over Queenwood, as did Alice Mitchell in her side – Willoughby Mossman’s – win by the same margin. In the AFL North Coast, Ahlani Eddy‘s Sawtell Toormina Saints had the bye and finished clear minor premiers, with the Saints to take on Port Macquarie Magpies for a spot in the grand final. In the Youth Girls, Lillian Doyle booted two goals in Grafton Tigers’ 10-goal win over Port Macquarie Magpies. The Tigers held the Magpies scoreless and did not miss a shot on goal, finishing second on the table and heading into the first week of finals with a chance to advance to the grand final. Zoe Hurrell did not play on the weekend.

In South Broken Hill’s nail-biting low-scoring seven-point win over Central Broken Hill, Melisa Keenan and Eliza Cumming were both named in the best. Keenan was named best on ground in the 3.1 (19) to 1.6 (12) victory, while Cumming was also impressive. South now heads into the finals series on top of the table, facing fourth placed South for a spot in the grand final. Meanwhile further south across the border, Eloise-Ashley Cooper had a weekend off with Finley’s triumph in the first final the week before following a big win over Echuca.

Western Australia weekly wrap: Bulldogs one step closer to finals footy

THE five-team race to claim the final spot in the top five was reduced to three after Round 19 in the WAFL Colts, but which two teams crashed out of contention and who kept their hopes alive?

Read ahead to find out the details.

Round 19 WAFL Colts Wrap:

South Fremantle 8.7(55) defeated Swan Districts 3.11(29)

South Fremantle took one big step in securing the final position in the top five with a perfectly executed 26-point win against Swan Districts at Steel Blue Oval.

Chilly but clear conditions greeted the teams in this pivotal encounter for both sides. After a promising early couple of minutes by the home team, South Fremantle then dominated field position for the next period of time leading to the first goal of the game by Luke Moore. The forward entries by both teams were on the scrappy side and therefore were not giving their key forwards the best chance to convert, but it was a real contested game of footy with every player made to earn their possessions.

Great forward line pressure by Aiden Cartwright led to a holding the ball decision and the first goal of the game for Swans. While it was a quarter lacking in highlights in the true sense of the word, the closeness of the contest was indisputable with scores locked at 1.1 at quarter time. A pin-point kick by Toby McQuilkin set up Nash Miller for his first to put the visitors back in front. South Fremantle dominated the first five minutes of the term with six inside 50s and Swans not being able to take the ball forward from the centre square.

The scrappy nature of the contest continued in the second term and Swans were clearly striving to get their running game into action but the fantastic pressure of South Fremantle was preventing that from happening. That pressure proved pivotal once again as Callum Narkle was the beneficiary of some great work from his teammates to kick the major from close range. Whenever Swan Districts did bring the ball into their forward line they were forced wide which made scoring goals harder to execute.

The half-time margin of 10 points may have looked slender on paper, but the game was certainly played on South Fremantle’s terms and Swans had plenty of work to do to create some clear goal scoring opportunities. The willingness of the contest continued in the third term, and it was the visitors who took their opportunities when Jack Redman swooped on the loose ball and snapped truly to give the Bulldogs their biggest lead of the game. A rare forward thrust by Swans saw Jack Allen take a mark but when his side needed a goal, he hit the post and South Fremantle raced down the other end where Lachlan Feeney kicked truly and that was the story of the contest in a nutshell.

The game was now at real danger of getting away from Swans as they just could not get any momentum going, while South were growing in confidence by the minute. With a quarter to play, South Fremantle had a 22-point lead which in all honesty felt a whole lot more. The sealer was kicked at the six mark of the final term by Ira Jetta and that was soon followed by a second of the day to Feeney. While their percentage was already strong compared to their rivals chasing the final spot in the top four, this was a added bonus.

The defensive group of South Fremantle led by James RussellJoshua Grant and Jacob Sax were unsung heroes who marshalled the defensive 50 superbly. The icing on a delicious cake was delivered by Braiden Quartermaine who sold the dummy to his opponent and set sail from 40 metres straight through the middle. A belated goal for Swans then arrived through a direct kick into the 50, which set up Atem Deng on the spot to convert from close range which incredibly was their first goal for three quarters. Some further smart and direct play by Swans led to a goal by Denver Grainger-Barras but it was far too little too late for Swan Districts who fell to their eighth defeat of the season.

The pressure of South Fremantle was superb all around the ground highlighted by their advantage in tackles (78-69) and their physical presence led to plenty of turnovers which allowed the Bulldogs to generate a lot more inside 50 entries (53-32). South Fremantle can seal their spot in the finals as soon as next week with a victory against one of their pursuers in Perth and in addition to that, if Peel can defeat Claremont, the Bulldogs will be bound for September action.

Enrique Aitken-Featherstone was a key element of that as one of the leaders of the Bulldogs on-ball brigade had eight tackles to go along 26 disposals while Mcquilkin was important with his powerful running gathering 18 disposals, and Joshua Grant was a rock solid defensive figure with 11 disposals, five tackles and three marks. While his delivery left a bit to be desired in the first half, Deng could held his head high for Swan Districts with his second half display finishing with 23 disposals, three marks and a goal. The versatile 16 year-old Grainger-Barras was solid with 13 disposals, eight marks and a goal.

 

Claremont 8.8 (56) defeated Perth 7.7 (49)

Claremont kept their finals flame flickering with a vital seven-point win. No more than a goal separated both teams throughout the contest and with their season well and truly on the line two late majors saw the Tigers run out seven point winners.

The contributions of 15 year-old Joel Western (20 disposals and two goals) and Jack Monaghan (16 disposals and two goals) were pivotal to the end result. Claremont need to remain in a must win mindset for the final fortnight of the home and away season in their quest to play finals in 2018. Because of their poor percentage (78.8) they need to win both their games (against Peel and Swans) and hope the Bulldogs lose both of their games.

Despite the loss, Perth remain In the hunt to claim the fifth spot and face a early elimination final against the Bulldogs at Fremantle Oval next Saturday. Bailey Smith had 22 disposals and six marks and four tackles and Zac Casey was a tireless worker with 11 tackles to go along with 21 disposals for the Demons.

 

East Fremantle 15.5.(95) defeated East Perth 6.5 (41)

Defending premiers East Fremantle moved one step closer to sealing a double chance with a emphatic 54 point win against East Perth at Leederville Oval. It was a superb performance by the Sharks who won all four quarters and remain a very slim chance of snaring a top two berth with two rounds remaining. The Sharks will have to win both their games against Subiaco and South Fremantle and because of Peel’s big percentage advantage (140-111 per cent) will require the Thunder to drop both their games against Claremont and East Perth which seems highly unlikely on the face of things but funnier things have been known to occur in footy.

Dylan Curley was a great focal point for the Sharks with 19 disposals, nine marks and four goals and was well supported by top ager Cody Smith with three goals along with 20 disposals six tackles and five marks and Tom Wright who racked up a outstanding 18 tackles. With the heavy loss, East Perth have been eliminated from the finals race which will come as a real blow as they were the 2016 Grand Finalists and made the Preliminary Final last year. Thomas Baulch has been a standout performer of the very poor campaign for the Royals and it was illustrated once again on Saturday with 34 disposals and 10 marks.

 

Subiaco 12.12 (84) defeated West Perth 3.5(23)

Subiaco has one and a half hands on the minor premiership after stretching their winning streak their to nine games with a 61-point win over West Perth and also ended the Falcons’ finals hopes. The first half was a relatively even affair with Subiaco leading by 16 points, the second half was a different story as the Lions put West Perth to the sword outscoring their opponents 7.6 to three behinds. While the Lions kicked just the 12 goals, they had four multiple goalkickers with bottom-ager Trey Kennedy and the ever-reliable Jack Mayo kicking three goals while Benjamin Golding had 22 disposals and kicked two goals. The Lions had further strong contributions from Liam Hickmott who was a real ball magnet with 36 disposals and nine tackles and he was well supported by Tristan Hobley with 30 disposals.

Subiaco has a two-game lead plus a 13 per cent advantage over Peel with each team having a couple games left. While the old phrase ‘mathematically possible’ currently comes into play, one more win will completely seal the minor premiership for Subiaco. For West Perth, Daniel Rowe was full of endeavour with 23 disposals and nine tackles.

Queensland weekly wrap: Multicultural initiatives hit Queensland

QUEENSLAND AFL is set to host two initiatives which look towards creating inclusion and accepting diversity in the footballing community. While the organisation of the Bachar Houli Cup and Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) were well underway this week, both AFL sides fell short of victory.

A promotion of culture in Queensland AFL

Two events will shape the week for Queensland AFL. Those events being the Bachar Houli Cup and the Brisbane Lions commencing their first ever Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

The Queensland Bachar Houli Cup takes place on the August 10 at Leyshon Park. Since the cup was introduced to Victoria in 2012, it has progressed to a national event involving more than 5000 Islamic students from around the nation. This initiative was developed between the AFL Multicultural Program and current Richmond premiership player, Bachar Houli. The aim of the carnival is to introduce the young Muslim community to Aussie Rules, in the hopes of swelling participation numbers from the Muslim community to enrich the game with their culture.

Houli and Essendon’s Adam Saad are currently the two AFL players for the Muslim community to look up to and adore.

Three schools will compete at Leyshon Park; Australian International Islamic College Brisbane, Wisdom College and Australian International Islamic College Gold Coast.

Bachar Houli Cup Fixture:

Game 1: AIIC Brisbane v Wisdom College
Game 2: Wisdom College v AIIC Gold Coast
Game 3: AIIC Gold Coast v AIIC Brisbane

Lions RAP plan

On Thursday, the Brisbane Lions set in motion their first ever Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) at the Kangaroo Point Cliffs. The launch was timely, falling on International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. A crowd of media were there alongside Lions players and staff members to kick-off the new RAP initiative.

The RAP initiative allows the Brisbane Lions to become a more inclusive organisation with the document outlining future commitments to achieve reconciliation among the Indigenous community. The RAP also explains that the Lions will partake in programs with the Indigenous community promoting health, education and mental health and wellbeing.

The RAP program is in effect for one year commencing immediately.

 

Lions left wondering

In perhaps the story of their season, the Brisbane Lions have let anther game slip through their fingers, going down to North Melbourne 107-104 at the Gabba last Saturday afternoon. The Gabba crowd was treated to a tantalising first quarter with both sides kicking 11 goals between them. The Lions ended the first term with a perfect six straight goals to North Melbourne’s five goals one behind, to go in five point leaders.

The Kangaroos stamped their authority in the second term kicking seven goals to three as Trent Dumont led the way with 21 touches in the first half for North Melbourne. Down by a few goals like last week against Geelong, Lions fans’ hearts were in their mouths hoping for no second half hiding like last round.

Brisbane responded strongly in the second half, going blow for blow with the Kangaroos as the game tightened up. With only 30 seconds left in the game, Cameron Rayner won a holding the ball free kick 25m out from goal to win the game for the Lions. Bizarrely in a moment of pressure, Rayner went around the body from a slight angle and missed. The Kangaroos held out three point winners as Rayner was embraced by coach Chris Fagan after the match in a show of strong faith.

The Lions midfield brigade had plenty of footy with Dayne Zorko (35 disposals), Dayne Beams (29) and Tom Berry (28) continuing strong seasons. The Achilles heel for Brisbane was their inside 50 efficiency. North Melbourne were 56 per cent compared to Brisbane’s 39 per cent.

The Lions next face Collingwood at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night.

 

Suns smashed

Suns coach Stewart Dew was left pulling out whatever hair he has left last Sunday when his side lost by 96 points to the Demons at the MCG. It was a nine goal to one opening term that set up the whitewash win for the Demons. The Suns were outclassed almost all across the paddock, with only Touk MillerAlex Sexton and Jarrod Witts putting in strong performances. Miller had 25 touches and Witts beat Max Gawn in the hitouts, 40-30. Sexton had five goals from 10 disposals going at 80 per cent efficiency.

Down by more than 10 goals at the half, the Suns were brave in the third, holding Melbourne to just two goals in a game covered in negatives for Gold Coast. In the end, Melbourne kicked 21 goals to the Suns’ seven for a resounding victory. Jesse Hogan had four majors whilst James Harmes had three for the Demons. Ball magnet Clayton Oliver impressed with 31 disposals along with 27 from Angus Brayshaw and Dom Tyson.

On a side note, Gold Coast youngsters Will Brodie and Callum Ah Chee continued to show off their talent in another good game collecting 23 and 22 disposals respectively.

Like the Lions, Gold Coast face another premiership contender next round in the form of the defending premiers Richmond. The Suns will hope for a major upset in front of their home fans from Metricon Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

South Australia weekly wrap: State combine list finalised; father-sons set to battle in NGA hit-out

WITH much of the Under-18 talent back in the swing of things in SANFL and school competitions, the South Australian state draft combine list was released with a number of exciting prospects earning the chance to impress on a big stage.

SA Draft Combine List

It has been a busy week with the announcement of SA players invited to the SA Draft Combine who missed out on a chance at the National Combine. A mix of Under-18 talent, plus some over age players are on the list, and no doubt these players will be eyeing off a Rookie or late round draft spot come November.

The full list can be found here.

Under 15 Talent – Adelaide and Port Adelaide Next Generation Academies

To further showcase young talent, and on the back of the Under-15 championships, local AFL clubs Adelaide and Port Adelaide this weekend will be hosting a game between their NGA younger players to see them perform at the next level. There are some father/son names to watch and no doubt in future years will attract some more attention, including Tex Wanganeen (son of Gavin) and Kane Viska (son of Mark), along with Jase Burgoyne (son of Peter). The full list can be found here.

SANFL League

Only two games were played as part of a split round last weekend, and West Adelaide ran out winners over Port. Former Crow Jono Beech finished with seven goals, and young Bloods speedster Izak Rankine found plenty of ball and was classy with 19 disposals, despite not hitting the scoreboard. Port Adelaide’s Sam Gray and Will Snelling were best for the losing side.

Meanwhile, North narrowly lost to Glenelg by three points, and Under-18 talent Connor Rozee again increased his draft stocks with a 13-disposal, two-goal, two-score assist all-round classy game. Glenelg talent Jonty Scharenberg was best for the Tigers.

SANFL Reserves

Norwood continue to dominate at Reserves level and finished 31 point winners over South. Lachlan Pascoe slotted back into Reserves footy with a 27-disposal game from the back half. Former Sacred Heart College student Tate Lovering made his Reserve debut for South, and Tate Coleman‘s good form continued, finishing with a goal.

West Adelaide won easily over Port Magpies with a 64 point victory.

Sturt accounted for the Eagles in a sold win by 10 goals. The two young midfielders Tom Lewis and Casey Voss continue to build and find the footy. They combined for 10 tackles, eight clearances and two goals in another hard and effective display. The Eagles struggled all day and the familiar names of James Rowe (son of Stephen) and Jake Weideman (son of Wayne) were their side’s best.

North defeated Glenelg by 32 points. Jordan Sweet dominated in the ruck for North with 42 hitouts and a goal, whilst Under-18 South Australian player Finn Betterman was amongst the best for Glenelg finishing with 14 contested out of 19 disposals.

SANFL Under 18:

Centrals’ win over West Adelaide was a monster 142 points and Under-18 talent Aaron Nietschke basically did what he liked all day finishing with 39 disposals and three goals. Centrals had 12 different goal kickers and shared the footy in a dominant display. The only shining light for West was under-ager Jye Sinderberry again impressing at this level with 11 marks (four contested) and two goals in the losing side.

The Eagles continue to sit on top of the ladder in the Under-18 competition and showed again strong depth with a comfortable 78-point victory over Sturt. Talented Kai Pudney was everywhere in a whole of ground effort including 33 disposals and five clearances, while forward Jarrod Miller continued to kick goals finishing with another two. Jackson Mead (son of Darren) had another quality game at this level with an even spread of contested and uncontested ball.

Norwood gained an impressive win over South despite missing some talent, but stand out and Under 18s Powerade Weekly Most Valuable Player Jacob Collins was a class above. His 28 disposals and one goal were a standout, and along with fellow midfielder Jed Spence, lead the way. South’s Jake Tarca finished with three goals in best for the Panthers.

North defeated Glenelg in convincing fashion and this time forward James Langley finished with two goals and 10 marks. Harrison Magor has had a good end to the season after an 11-tackle, seven-clearance effort in the midfield.

College Footy

Sacred Heart College (SHC) looked like they would keep their championship hopes alive, but fell just one-point short against arch-rival Rostrevor in their annual Intercol match. Scores were 10.9 (69) to 10.8 (68). It was a tough hit-out and young talent was on full display.

Rostrevor now face off against fellow undefeated side Prince Alfred College (PAC) which will determine who looks to take both the Messenger Shield and also progress to the State Knockout finals.

PAC defeated Scotch College by 20 goals and Westminster secured a tight victory over St Peters by nine points.

In the Public Schools draw, Henley High were victorious and will await the winner of the College system in the Knockout finals in the coming weeks.