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Clubs evenly represented in South Australian state AFL Academy

SOUTH Australia’s next batch of talent has been identified after 30 of the brightest future stars were named in the 30-player South Australian AFL Academy squad. Glenelg and Woodville-West Torrens have the most representatives with five players named in the academy, while North Adelaide and Sturt had four representatives each. West Adelaide, South Adelaide and Central District have three players each in the academy, while Norwood had two players named. Western Australia club, Subiaco even had a player named, with 2020 draft eligible talent, Taj Schofield relocating to South Australia – following his father, Port Adelaide assistant coach Jarrad Schofield – and making the squad.

Among those included in the squad are bottom-age stars, Will Gould, Cameron Tahey, Dylan Stephens and Daniel Sladojevic, as well as father-son prospects, Trent Burgoyne and Jackson Mead, and 2020 father-son prospect, Luke Edwards. 2018 Kevin Sheehan Medallist, Corey Durdin has also made the academy.

The South Australian AFL Academy will come together for its first camp on November 30-December 4, with players having access to high performance programs, with South Australian Under-18 title-winning coach, Tony Bamford to lead the Academy.

AFL Head of Talent Tristan Salter said it is an exciting time for the country’s best young talent.

“The new approach to the national Academy will ensure more of our most talented players have access to AFL facilities, while receiving the best quality coaching, high performance and wellbeing services in the country,” he said.

“Importantly these players will spend more time in their home state, with year-round first-class support that will enhance their opportunity to perform at an elite level through the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships.

“I congratulate all who have been named in squads today and I look forward to watching their development over the next 12-24 months.”

South Australia

Kaine Baldwin             Glenelg/Westminster College
Trent Burgoyne           Woodville West Torrens/Henley High School
Jamie Coff                   Woodville West Torrens/Salisbury High
Will Day                       West Adelaide/Sacred Heart College
Zachary Dumesny       South Adelaide/Sacred Heart College
Corey Durdin               Central District/Tyndale Christian School
Luke Edwards             Glenelg/Henley High School
Karl Finlay                   North Adelaide/Prince Alfred College
Damon Freitag            South Adelaide/KICE Kingscote Campus
Oliver Grivell               Sturt/Concordia
Will Gould                   Glenelg/Prince Alfred College
Joshua Hart                North Adelaide/University of South Australia
Dyson Hilder               North Adelaide/Blackfriars Primary School
Cooper Horsnell          Glenelg/Henley High School
Jed McEntee               Sturt/Mercedes College
Anzac Lochowiak        Sturt/Rostrevor College
Lachlan McNeil           Woodville West Torrens/Henley High School
Harrison Magor           North Adelaide/St Mark’s College
Jackson Mead             Woodville West Torrens/Henley High School
Jordan O’Brien            Central District/Salisbury High
Kysaiah Pickett           Woodville West Torrens/Prince Alfred College
Taj Schofield               Subiaco/Sorrento Duncraig
Oliver Shaw                Central District/Pedare Christian College
Brady Searle               Glenelg/Brighton High School
Joshua Shute              Sturt/Rostrevor
Jye Sinderberry           West Adelaide/Unley High School
Daniel Sladojevic        South Adelaide /Scotch College
Dylan Stephens          Norwood/St Peter’s College
Cameron Taheny        Norwood/Rostrevor College
Riley Thilthorpe           West Adelaide/Adelaide High School

2018 Under 16 All-Australian team announced

WESTERN Australia and South Australia have dominated the 2018 AFL Under-16 All Australian side, with almost half of the representatives from those states. The two states accounted for both the Victorian teams at the recent National Under 16 Championships, and played out a thriller last month which saw South Australia win by just three points.

Western Australia has the most with six players, including defensive duo Brandon Walker and Denver Granger-Barras, while forwards Logan McDonald and Taj Schofield have made the team. Zane Trew will control the midfield, while Nathan O’Driscoll has been named on the five-man interchange. South Australia has the five members in the team, including midfielders, potential father-son prospect Luke Edwards, and Kevin Sheehan Medallist and South Australian Most Valuable Player (MVP) award winner Corey Durdin. Jye Sinderberry has been named at half-back, while Kaine Baldwin (centre half-forward) and Riley Thilthorpe (ruck) hold up key positions.

Vic Country has three players in the team with centre half-back Ethan Baxter, half-forward Elijah Hollands, and MVP winning midfielder Tanner Bruhn named in the final 23. Their Victorian Metro counterparts have just two players in the team – MVP winner Will Phillips, and Campbell Edwardes. Remarkably, Tasmania has recorded more members than Vic Metro in the final 22, as Sam Collins, Jackson Callow and Oliver Davis have been named in the side.

The final four spots belong to other Division Two states, with NSW/ACT pair Braedyn Campbell (half-back) and Errol Gulden (half-forward) representing the Rams. Queensland’s Alex Davies and Northern Territory’s Malcolm Rosas were named on the interchange.

Division One title-winning coach Julian Farkas from South Australia was named as head coach of the side, with Tasmania’s triumphant Division Two title-winning coach Nathan Warren named as assistant coach.

South Australia claims double with Under 16s triumph

SOUTH Australia has done the double at the 2018 National Championships, claiming the Under 16s title to go with their Under 18s victory a week earlier. The Croweaters defeated Vic Metro by 12 points to remain undefeated and claim the title on the final day of the championships last Friday. South Australia came from behind in the opening round to post a narrow three-point victory over Western Australia, before easily accounting for Vic Country last Monday, and defeating Metro four days later.

South Australian vice-captain Corey Durdin was awarded the Kevin Sheehan Medal for the top player across Division One, while also being named South Australia’s Most Valuable Player (MVP). Second placed Western Australia – who came within a kick of the overall title – defeated both Vic Metro and Vic Country comfortably in Queensland last week and announced David Yaccob as their MVP. Oakleigh Chargers’ Will Phillips‘ was named Vic Metro’s top player across the carnival with the Metro side having just the one win over Vic Country. For Country, Geelong Falcons’ Tanner Bruhn was the standout performer across the three games and named as MVP.

Among the top performers outside the MVPs were South Australia’s Kaine Baldwin – who booted four goals against Western Australia in a best on ground effort, and another goal in each of the other two games. Other Croweaters who impressed across the carnival were Riley Thilthorpe and Henry Nelligan, named in the best multiple times. For the Black Swans, Brandon WalkerTaj Schofield and Logan McDonald were among the best, with McDonald being the dominant goal kicker up forward across the carnival, with nine majors.

For the Victorian sides, Calder Cannons’ Campbell Edwardes, Northern Knights’ Ben Major and Western Jets’ Cody Raak were the top performers for Vic Metro, while Bendigo Pioneers’ and Country captain Sam Conforti and exciting GWV Rebels’ forward Jamarra Ugle-Hagan were named among Vic Country’s top players as the latter booted four goals across the matches.

Results:

Round 1:
Vic Metro 12.9 (81) defeated Vic Country 11.7 (73)

GOALS
Vic Metro: Failli 3, Bowey 2, Jenkins 2, Varagiannis, Laurie, Phillips, Raak, Hart.
Vic Country: Ugle-Hagan 3, Fitzpatrick 3, Conforti 2, Hollands 2, Stevens.

BEST
Vic Metro: Major, Failli, Phillips, Hipwell, Bowey, Downie
Vic Country: Stevens, Hollands, Ugle-Hagen, Baxter, Lazzaro, Bruhn

South Australia 11.3 (69) defeated Western Australia 9.12 (66)

GOALS
South Australia: 
Baldwin 4, Dudley 2, Schwerdt 2, Dumesny, Horsnell, Wright.
Western Australia: 
McDonald 3, Allen 2, Bellchambers, Curley, Evans-Thomson, Western.

BEST
South Australia: Baldwin, Durdin, Kraemer, Nelligan, Thilthorpe, Horne
Western Australia: 
Walker, Yaccob, Allen, Schofield, McDonald

Round 2:
South Australia 9.13 (67) defeated Vic Country 3.7 (25)

GOALS
South Australia: 
Dudley 3, Higgins, Dean, Dumesny, Baldwin, Thilthorpe.
Vic Country: 
Gadsby, Braver, Reid.

BEST
South Australia: 
Thilthorpe, Durdin, Pedlar, Horne, Baldwin, Nelligan
Vic Country: 
Conforti, Bruhn, Maher, Braver, Reid, Gadsby

Western Australia 14.13 (97) defeated Vic Metro 2.13 (25)

GOALS
Western Australia: 
McDonald, George, Allen, Cartwright, Daly, Jetta, Trew, Walker.
Vic Metro: Raak, Tucker.

BEST
Western Australia: 
Yaccob, McDonald, Grainger-Barras, Walker, Johnson, Trew
Vic Metro: Edwardes, Downie, Major, MacPherson, Phillips, Raak

Round 3:
Vic Country 5.7 (37) defeated by Western Australia 13.13 (91)

GOALS
Western Australia: Dann 4, Avery 2, Cartwright 2, Western 2, Walker, Allen, Daly.
Vic Country: Neal 2, Ugle-Hagan, Gay, Hollands.

BEST
Western Australia: O’Driscoll, Schofield, Bellchambers, Avery, Dann
Vic Country: Bruhn, Conforti, Walsh, Brauer, Maher, Reid

Vic Metro 11.12 (78) defeated by South Australia 13.12 (90)

GOALS
South Australia: Dudley 3, Horsnell 3, Dumesny 2, Durdin, Dean, Higgins, Pedlar, Baldwin.
Vic Metro: Phillips 2, Edwardes 2, Tucker 2, Failli, Bowey, Jenkins, Teal, Feagaimalii.

BEST
South Australia: Durdin, Jones, Nelligan, Thilthorpe, Horsnell, Kramer
Vic Metro: Phillips, Edwardes, Raak, Hipwell, Laurie, Ford

Fantastic Five: Memorable moments from the weekend

MEMORABLE milestones, big goal hauls and the next generation of stars were among the memorable moments from the weekend (and early in the week).

Pies show steel for Sidebottom

Steele Sidebottom has been a mainstay in the Collingwood lineup since his debut in Round Seven, 2009. On Sunday, his teammates showed their gratitude for his service over 200 games with a big win over rivals, Essendon. The Bombers led at both the main and final breaks by the narrowest of margins, but special efforts from skipper Scott Pendlebury and Jordan De Goey willed the Magpies over the line. The 2010 Premiership player and 2017 Copeland Medal winner has been in near career-best form this year, and it was no different this round as he collected 28 disposals, six marks and two goals to cap off his special day.

Hipwood hits Blues for six

It’s no secret that Lions fans have been excited about the potential of gun forward Eric Hipwood. As the mobile forward approaches 50 AFL games, he is really coming into his own and dominated on Saturday to boot 6.2 in a 65-point Brisbane win over cellar dwellers, Carlton. The Brisbane Lions Academy product clunked seven marks (six inside 50) in his 15 disposals, taking his season goals tally to 27 having played every game. Fellow 2015 first round draftee Charlie Curnow also impressed with his three goals in a losing side.

Gippsland powers to clear second

With a strong victory over country rivals Murray at a wet and windy Morwell Oval, Gippsland powered to clear second in the TAC Cup standings. Vic Country representative Caleb Serong was back for a rare TAC Cup game and earned an AFL Draft Central Player of the Week nomination with his 23 disposals, five clearances and two goals. Others to contribute were Austin Hodge and Riley Baldi with 20 disposals each, while debutant Harold Hood caught the eye with his 16 touches. The Power are now a game clear of Murray, Western and Sandringham’s 28 points with a healthy percentage of 155.95 as they look to finish the season strongly.

Under 16 SA and WA dominate Victorian sides

Division One of the Under 16 National Championships resumed on the Gold Coast with South Australia taking on Vic Country, while Western Australia battled Metro. The results confirmed that South Australian football is in very good hands as they accounted for Country by 42 points. Star forward Kaine Baldwin was unbeatable in the air, while the likes of Kye Dean and Luke Edwards collected plenty of the ball. In the second game of the day, WA’s Logan McDonald booted six goals in a best afield display, while Taj Schofield and Zane Trew were outstanding through the midfield in a big win over Metro. The results suggest that the figure of over 50% of draftees coming from Victoria could well change in the near future, but there is plenty of time for bolters to make their run.

Vic U18 girls get one back for their state

With the Under 16 Metro and Country boys getting worked over in their games, the Under 18 girls won some pride back for Victoria as both sides grabbed wins in their National Championship fixtures. Country stormed to a 56-point victory over Queensland on the back of Lucy McEvoy’s five-goal haul, with Nina Morrison strong through the midfield. Meanwhile, Metro remained undefeated with a hard fought 8-point win over Western Australia as the likes of Madison Prespakis and Northern Knights best and fairest winner Gabby Newton contributed well from midfield. On the second day, Metro went down to Queensland on Wednesday at Broadbeach, despite the best efforts of Prespakis, Eleanor Brown and Newton,, while Country got the job done against the Central Allies thanks to another four goals from McEvoy and top performances from Morrison and Sophie Van De Heuvel. Queensland was sensational in the win against Vic Metro, with the likes of Zimmorlei Farquharson and Lily Postlethwaite the top performers.

Scouting Notes: U16 National Championships – Division 1

IN a day that was not pleasant viewing for Victorian fans, we headed down to Southport to check out the Under 18s matches in which South Australia and Western Australia showed off the talent for the 2020 draft.

South Australia vs. Vic Country

South Australia:

#1 Isaiah Dudley

There’s not much of 2003-born Dudley, but the excitement machine packs a punch. Standing at 163cm, it is not hard to imagine how he plies his trade – zipping around would-be tacklers, snapping highlight reel goals and enjoying the celebration. Dudley was in and out of the game, but there was always a sense of anticipation when he went near it. The most exciting thing about his game today was how clinical he was from set shots – with two of his three goals coming from long range kicks over the mark. The third, of course, was a clever snap in the fourth quarter that we may come to expect from the youngster.

#6 Kye Dean

Dean made an immediate impact with the first goal of the game and stayed right in it with consistent accumulation through the midfield. He just seemed to constantly pop up and find the ball around the stoppages, finishing as SA’s equal-highest baller winner with 21 disposals. His clearance work is clearly a strong point, and his six for the day were mixed in well with subtle handballs out of congestion and into space. Hopefully with time the Glenelg product can develop his outside game and continue to rack up high numbers.

#14 Matthew Roberts

The other Croweater to amass 21 disposals, Roberts was a damaging figure in the midfield. He fed well off the extraction from the likes of Dean and Luke Edwards, pushing SA forward with his 16 kicks and five inside 50s. Roberts’ five marks were also a testament to his work rate on the spread, but he would be looking to bulk up and improve his inside work to become a more complete midfielder.

#16 Mani Liddy

While Liddy did not have huge numbers, he was thereabouts all day and proved a figure of consistency. The Sturt product was composed in traffic and showed good agility to slip his opponents when looking to move the ball forward from tight spaces. His 12 disposals were mostly either important or effective, with three of them being clearances, two inside 50s and one a rebound. Liddy’s three tackles and marks rounded off a solid contribution.

#19 Luke Edwards

The son of Adelaide great Tyson and brother of Jackson, Edwards showed his good footballing pedigree with a solid first half display. The potential Adelaide 2020 father-son pick dug in for eight tackles and burst out of congestion well with four clearances. While he was solid in the contested stakes, he could perhaps have been cleaner below his knees, and drifted out of the game somewhat later in the game, despite winning 18 disposals.

#28 Kaine Baldwin

Baldwin was another who had a greater impact than what his stat-line would suggest. His contested marking overhead was outstanding; both deeper forward in the first half, and higher up the ground as the game wore on. Baldwin found his way into the game in the second term when he booted his lone goal and missed the chance to add another within a minute. He continued on with an assist to Zac Dumesny in the third term before clunking a couple more contested marks to finish the day with seven overall with 15 disposals.

#31 Riley Thilthorpe

Thilthorpe had a great outing, sharing the ruck duties with James Borlase. At 197cm he used his size to advantage, but was even better in his movement around the ground, collecting 16 disposals and clunking three marks. His 15 hitouts, four clearances and three inside 50s highlight his true impact around the stoppages as almost a fourth midfielder. Thilthorpe looks to be a real modern day mobile ruckman with plenty of room to grow and develop.

 

Vic Country:

#2 Tanner Bruhn

Bruhn was far and away Country’s best player on the day, putting in a complete display amongst a disappointing team performance. With 24 touches, he was the highest possession getter on the ground, adding seven clearances, seven rebound 50s, four inside 50s, four marks and four tackles. With two thirds of Bruhn’s disposals being kicks, it was a shame that his damaging presence did not go further as Country faltered forward of centre. Still, his drive and efficiency from the back half and midfield did not go unnoticed and his key traits surely caught the eye.

#9 Charlie Lazzaro

Lazzaro was a constant in the stoppages, doing most of his work in-close through the midfield throughout the game. He tackled hard with five overall and managed five clearances, with two of them being rebound 50s. Should he fill out in the coming year or two, he could be a heavy presence at the Under 18 level.

#16 Zavier Maher

Another to pitch in at the stoppages, Maher was the beneficiary of South Australia’s solidity in the sense that he was one to keep heaving the ball back from where once it came. With 13 of his 18 disposals being kicks, four of them being clearances, four being inside 50s and another three as rebounds, Maher possessed the ball in key areas and did not shy away from the contest.

#17 Noah Gadsby

Bar the clearances, Gadsby’s stats read very similarly to Maher, except he tended to contribute more so on the outside with some dash and composure going forward. His 18 disposals (12 kicks, six handballs), six inside 50s and goal came on the back of a willingness to take the game on and test the South Australian defence. It was easier said than done, but you cannot say Gadsby did not try. His goal on the run in the second quarter was a highlight, as he showed real zip to break away.

#23 Jamarra Ugle-Hagan

Ugle-Hagan was one who didn’t do a whole lot throughout the course of the game, but caught the eye when he was in possession. A few twists, turns, strong contested marks and clean pick ups were enough to suggest we may see a few more highlights from him in the future.

 

Western Australia vs. Vic Metro

Western Australia:

#1 Joel Western

Western first caught the eye in the opening term when he burst through the middle on a lightning run to hit up Logan McDonald for one of his three first-quarter goals. His speed from the wing was damaging, and while it only came in spurts, it left spectators wanting more. His few inside 50 entries also highlighted his potential to do serious damage when on song.

#9 Taj Schofield

Schofield was one of the more effective midfielders out there with his endless run and abilty to get on the end of handball chains. Starting with an effort off half-back, his defensive pressure soon became known as he was again pestering his opponents deep forward, where he almost ended up with a clever dribbled goal. His forward drive was immense, and there where times where Schofield would be directing his teammates around him with ball in hand as if to coordinate the attack like a quarterback. A clever operator, Schofield already proved to be a crowd favourite.

#16 Zane Trew

There’s a lot to like about the Swans product as a solidly built midfielder. Starting at the opening centre bounce, Trew’s first big play was a releasing handball forward which opened up play, followed by a composed kick across the 50 that highlighted his rare vision. Later in the game, his overhead marking came into play as he floated between the 50 arcs, contesting hard in the air. Trew’s aggression also came to the fore as he was not afraid to get stuck in and lay some hard tackles.

#28 Logan McDonald

McDonald quite simply took the game by the scruff of its neck and tore it apart in the opening stages, booting WA’s first four majors. It was a complete display from the forward; with goals from leads, holding the ball free kicks, and open play snaps helping him to come away with a bag of six after two more final quarter goals. He could have had more, too, with two misses in the opening term doing little to take away from his reputation as a beautiful kick for goal. At a slight 191cm, McDonald has plenty of time to grow into his key forward position and can work on earning the ball higher up the ground.

#29 Jack Allen

Allen was one to slowly but surely work his way into the game with some impressive overhead marking in the third term. The Swan Districts talent was at real presence at 194cm and 84kg, using his size well to lead up to the wing and clunk a few big grabs. His efforts were rewarded in the final term with a goal in between McDonald’s final two.

#30 Denver Granger-Barras

The Black Swans key man put in a tough shift in his defensive 50 post, marking or intercepting almost everything that came his way. His hands overhead were exceptional, and he showed a willingness to take the game on with quick exits out of defensive 50. A defender’s defender, the best way to describe his game was solid – as a rock.

#31 Michael Mallard

Mallard is an absolute prototypical unit at 197cm and 88kg. Spending most of his time in the ruck, he looks a natural footballer with a casual style who enjoys being out there. His mobility and overall work around the ground was brilliant, with some nice overhead marks taken all over the gaff and a booming kick on him to boot. His ruckwork was also solid, and he showed good control with his taps to put the ball into space for his midfielders.

 

Vic Metro:

#5 Lochlan Jenkins

Jenkins was a regular in the Metro midfield and worked hard to effect as many contests as he could. A smother in the first quarter set the tone for the rest of his game, and he would have had a sensational goal on the run from 50 had it not been touched on the line. With some good run and agility, Jenkins showed he can put in the effort to get the best out of his talent.

#6 Ewan Macpherson

The Diamond Creek product led from the front and did everything in his power to make his side’s performance more respectable. His burst from the clearances early was a highlight, and he showed good agility to keep some nippy would-be tacklers at bay. The younger brother of Gold Coast’s Darcy, Macpherson has the same willingness to push the ball forward at all costs and break through whoever may be in his way. An overarching theme of his game was leadership, and he can hold his head up high for that.

#13 Eddie Ford

While he was not the most consistent player out there, Ford put together a collection of plays good enough to catch the eye. Most of his good work was done early, with no less than four displays of strong overhead contested marks, as well as an explosive burst through three players in the opening term. He continued to do his best to turn his opposition in the second quarter, but can work on his disposal and staying in the contest for longer.

#27 Samuel Tucker

Tucker was utilised in a variety of roles throughout the day. Starting forward, he provided a good presence and took a nice contested mark in the early stages. He managed to snare Metro’s only goal for the first three quarters with one sneaking out the back in the second term. Later, he could be seen rucking and swinging down back in a decent overall display.

South Australia, Western Australia too good for Vic sides

IT was an forgettable day for both Victorian sides in Round Two of the Under 16 National Championships, with South Australia and Western Australia flexing their muscles in impressive performances at Southport.

Vic Country 3.7 (25) defeated by South Australia 9.13 (67)

South Australia opened their account with a 42-point win over Vic Country in what was a consistent team performance.

The Croweaters were slow out of the blocks in a tight first term, but managed to keep their opponents goalless to hold a 14-point buffer at the first change. The game started to open up in the second term as Vic Country hit the scoreboard through a Noah Gadsby major, but Kaine Baldwin and Isaiah Dudley both hit back for SA as they held on to a 24-point lead at the main break.

It was more of the same in the third term as both sides battled for any kind of momentum, with Vic Country drawing to within three goals, but none was forthcoming as they could only manage to go goal-for-goal. South Australia would have been content with proceedings at that stage, and went into the final term with a 26-point lead and the low-scoring result all but wrapped up.

Dudley’s second and third goals extended the margin, with James Higgins chiming in with his second of the match to close out a solid victory for the South Aussies.

Kye Dean was a key ball winner for SA with 21 disposals, six clearances and a goal, and was matched by Matthew Roberts who had five marks and five inside 50’s to go with his 21 touches. Potential Adelaide father-son Luke Edwards was solid in-close with 18 disposals, eight tackles and four clearances, while Baldwin marked impressively well to finish with seven along with 15 disposals and a goal. Dudley was zippy up forward alongside Baldwin, while Riley Thilthorpe made an impact with 16 disposals, 15 hitouts and four clearances.

For Country, Tanner Bruhn was the standout with 24 disposals (16 kicks), four marks, four tackles, seven clearances and seven rebound 50’s in an awesome display from defence. Zavier Maher wasn’t far behind with 18 disposals, five marks and four clearances, while Gadsby also had it 18 times for six marks, six inside 50s and a goal. Sam Witherden – brother of Brisbane’s Alex – was also a settling influence in the backline with nine disposals, three marks and three tackles, and Jamarra Ugle-Hagan showed his athleticism up forward early on, despite only finishing with eight disposals and three marks.

 

Western Australia 14.13 (97) defeated Vic Metro 2.13 (25)

Western Australia ran rampant in their 74-point drubbing of Vic Metro, unearthing plenty of talent to look forward to in the coming years. The Black Swans were somewhat managed in the first quarter despite flashes of brilliance, but still held a handy 22-point lead at the first break on account of keeping Metro goaless. Star WA forward Logan McDonald booted his side’s opening four goals in what was a no less than special display of lead-up forward work.

The West Australians went on to boot five majors in the second term, while Metro were wasteful with five behind accompanying Samuel Tucker’s lone goal on the scoreboard.

It was more of the same in a dull third term as the Victorians could only manage a further six minors, while WA kicked out to a 51-point lead with two more goals. Inspired by McDonald’s exploits, Jack Allen found his way into the game with some solid overhead marking up the ground as both sides struggled to find their way into scoring positions.

The final term saw Allen get reward for his third quarter efforts with a goal, while McDonald ended up with six in a damaging display that helped the Sandgropers to their 97 point total. Ruck/forward Michael Mallard was excellent and dominated in the air, while also giving zippy midfielders Taj Schofield and Ira Jetta first use on the deck. Midfielder Zane Trew was also outstanding with his aggression, marking and vision, putting WA into dangerous areas. Down back, Denver Granger-Barras put in an absolute shift, intercepting almost everything that came his way while creating rebound when with ball in hand.

For Metro, skipper Ewan Macpherson tried hard all day and won his fair share of clearances, while fellow midfielder Lochlan Jenkins was also impactful. Talls Campbell Edwardes and Tucker also had their work cut out for them, but competed well in an effort to thwart WA’s aerial presence in a disappointing day for the Victorian side.