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South Australia weekly wrap: Strong Under 15 Championships; Under 18s star across SANFL

THERE was plenty happening across all levels of footy across SA, with young talent on show in the U15 Championships, plus some League debuts for some U18 talent and a host of top end players returning to their school College football commitments .

National Under 15 Championships – Boys and Girls

Last week the U15 National Championships were held in Adelaide for Boys and Girls. The week long competition had some tough windy conditions and the Victorian teams were victorius in the Grand final for both Boys and Girls.

Boys:

Grand Final: Victoria  11.6 (72) defeated SA 6.3 (39)

VICTORIA

Goal Kickers: J. Ward 2, J. Sinn 2, N. Dear, I. Parish, R. Martin, B. Hobbs, C. Molan, M. Ktona, C. Macdonald
Best Players: B. Hobbs, J. Gibcus, J. Sinn, J. Ward, J. Davies

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Goal Kickers: I. Dudley 2, B. Calvett, H. Tunkin, J. Davis, A. D”Aloia
Best Players: M. Coorey, H. Tunkin, C. Murley, I. Dudley, M. Roberts, W. Verrall

It was a solid tournament with SA and Victoria the 2 standout sides which was reflected in the All Australian side with 14 players coming from the 2 states. SA players to make the All Australian side were Matthew Dnistriansky, Isaiah Dudley,Cooper Murley, Matthew Roberts, Brock Thomson, and Kane Viska.

Girls:

Victoria defeated New South Wales in the Girls Grand final by 9 points. South Australia managed to win third place in the tournament, defeating Western Australia for the bronze.

South Australian players to make the All Australian side were Gypsy Schirmer, Georgia SwanZoe Venning, Lauren Young, and Bethany Bell.

 

SANFL League

SANFL flag favourite Norwood easily accounted for Eagles. Forward Jack Lukosius was back in the goals finishing with one goal, 14 disposals and five marks.

In a high scoring game for Roosters over Adelaide Crows, youngster Boyd Woodcock was very good in his second League game finishing with three goals from 10 possessions up forward. Fellow North forward Connor Rozee earned himself a Breakthrough Player nomination after another solid game of 15 disposals and a goal.

South destroyed Port Magpies, and this game saw Hayden Sampson (son of Adelaide Crow Clay) make his League debut and he slotted into the pace well, finishing 17 disposals and two goal assists. Fellow young forward and 2017 Under 18 South Australian state representateive Nathan Krueger was impressive as well, with 11 marks and two goals, three behinds, which should have been five goals. Both young Panthers earned themselves Breakthrough Player nominations as well.

Izak Rankine finished with one goal in the Bloods loss to Glenelg. The West Adelaide forward has not quite hit the heights of the recent championships, but he always looks dangerous with the footy in hand or in his area.

Sturt big man Hugo Munn continues to keep scoring each week finishing with another 1 goal in the Double Blues victory over Centrals. Young players Jackson Hately for Centrals kept finding the footy while backman Jez McLennan was a bit quieter after his first game last week.

 

SANFL  Reserves

Norwood won a close one over the Eagles by 15 points. Eagle James Rowe was best afield in the loss finishing with four goals and 17 disposals. Under 18s player Martin Frederick was given another opportunity in the strong Eagles line up down back.

In South’s easy victory over Port Adelaide, Tate Coleman was in the best with an all-around 24-disposal one-goal game. Mitchell Mead (son of Ports Darren Mead) was best for the Magpies and battled all day.

Glenelg got over West in a close one by six points, led by youngsters Josh Koster (son of Adelaide’s Kym) as well as U18 SA player Finn Betterman who finished with a goal and 19 disposals, along with Seb Kerrish also hitting the board with a goal and 13 contested out of his 22 disposals.

Centrals won by four points over Sturt, and potential father son Casey Voss again is making his claim towards draft time. Another solid performance with 23-disposal and three-clearance game earned him best, and fellow Double Blue Tom Lewis was a bull again with 16 contested ball, while ball magnet Ed Allan clocked up a huge 44 disposals in a losing side. Midfielder from the Bulldogs and U18 South Australian player Aaron Nietschke showed his work rate clocking up 24 disposals and a goal.

 

SANFL Under 18:

Glenelg was victorious over West by five points in a high scoring game and 2020 father/son Luke Edwards (son of Tyson) was again best for the Bays finishing with five goals from 20 disposals. South Australian Under-16 talent from the Bloods, ruck Riley Thilthorpe and forward Jye Sinderberry continued their good form.

Eagles forward Tyson Francis added another four goals to his season tally while father/son Jackson Mead (son of Darren) shone with 11 marks, and 11 of his 28 possessions contested in their victory over Norwood. Norwood’s midfielders Jed Spence and Kade Chandler were best for the Redlegs and they combined for 13 clearances.

South Australia’s Under 16 Most Valuable Player (MVP) midfielder Corey Durdin had a best afield performance for Centrals earning him a Powerade Under-18 MVP nomination after 31 possessions and a goal dominance in a two-point victory over Sturt.

The big forward for South hit the scoreboard against North, as Daniel Sladojevic finished with six goals in their win over North. Luke Bogle’s consistent year continued as the midfielder clocked up 30 disposal and 14 clearances. Possession winner Bailey Coleman-Oakes again was good for North managing 11 clearances in a losing side.

 

College Footy

Prince Alfred College 7.17 (59) defeated Sacred Heart College 6.10 (46)

This match was played at Sacred Heart College (SHC) and to be fair Prince Alfred College’s (PAC) inaccuracy flattered the home team, as it always felt like the Reds were in control. For the Hearts, Darcy Le Cornu up forward presented well and was a real threat on the lead, and Angus Weir was dynamic around the ball and provided a lot of drive into attack.  For PAC, captain Tom Sparrow was dominant in the midfield and won a lot of the hard ball, and when that ball got outside the Reds exploded into attack. In defence Karl Finlay was outstanding with a number of intercept marks, many contested. Will Gould started on the ball for the Reds then after half-time reverted to a key role off half-back and was always dangerous. In terms of the Premier League Championship this result makes it very hard for Sacred Heart to win the lot and they will need to beat Rostrevor and then have Rostrevor beat PAC to have a chance.

Rostrevor accounted for St Peters easily, and the next round of games with SHC taking on Rostrevor in their annual Intercol match will be a huge one. Rostrevor have plenty of talent in 2018 and look hard to beat, but SHC will be determined to charge towards finals.

Scotch College won by 25 points over Westminster.

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

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.

South Australia, Vic Metro claim first round U16 victories

A GOAL in the dying seconds to Cooper Horsnell has helped South Australia to an opening round win in the National Under 16 Championships. With the final two rounds to be played on the Gold Coast on July 9 and July 13, South Australia claimed a vital win over a very competitive Western Australia side by just three points.

The Black Swans led by four points at quarter time, but a four goals to two second term saw the Croweaters hit the front by seven as they headed into the main break. Both teams capitalised on their opportunities in the third term, booting three goals apiece, before a final quarter thriller saw the home side just scrape home. Western Australia hit the front with a Lewis Evans-Thomson goal in what was a thrilling opening eight minutes which saw the Black Swans boot two majors and South Australia boot one. The Black Swans will rue missed opportunities in the final stanza, kicking a number of behinds before Horsnell split the middle and gave South Australia a crucial two-point lead. From there, the Croweaters held on for the 11.3 (69) to 9.12 (66) victory, despite having seven less scoring shots.

South Australian captain Kaine Baldwin was dominant up front, booting four majors, while Isiah Dudley and Ethan Schwerdt were dangerous at his feet, booting two majors. Corey Durdin was the standout player on the ground, amassing a game-high 23 disposals, five marks, seven tackles, four clearances and eight rebounds for the home side, while Riley Thilthorpe showed great ground coverage, playing through the ruck to record 30 hitouts, but have a Brodie Grundy-like game with 17 touches, eight marks and four tackles to go with it. Henry Nelligan assisted Durdin through the middle with 19 disposals, three marks and seven clearances to be a threat on the inside.

For Western Australia, tall forward Logan McDonald booted three goals, while fellow key position player Jack Allen finished the game with two majors. Ira Jetta was among Western Australia’s best with 19 disposals, two marks, four clearances, four inside 50s and eight tackles, while David Yaccob was deemed the Black Swans’ best with 15 disposals, three marks, four inside 50s and two rebounds. Full-back Denver Grainger-Barras had almost one-third of his team’s rebounds, racking up seven from his 13 disposals and three marks. Brandon Walker (17 disposals, two marks and three rebounds) was used effectively off half-back, while Zane Trew (16 disposals and five clearances) and Taj Schofield (14 disposals and 10 tackles) were other top players for the visitors.

South Australia go on to face the other winner in Vic Metro, while Western Australia will look to bounce back with a victory against Vic Country. Both games will be played at Southport on July 9. The final round of action will see South Australia take on Vic Country and Vic Metro face Western Australia, which is played at the GABBA on July 13.

For more specific information on South Australia’s victory, head to the game wrap by Zac Milbank on the SANFL website.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA  2.0  6.1  9.2  11.3 (69)
WESTERN AUSTRALIA  2.4  4.6  7.8  9.12 (66)

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

BEST:
South Australia: Durdin, Nelligan, Baldwin, Thilthorpe, Roberts, Schwerdt.
Western Australia: Yaccob, Grainger-Barras, Walker, Trew, Schofield, Jetta.

Meanwhile at Ikon Park, Vic Metro came from behind to record a memorable eight-point win on Saturday. Vic Country booted five goals to three in the first term, then extended its advantage to 27 points at the main break. Metro made serious inroads in the third quarter, piling on four goals to one to cut the deficit to six points by the final break, then finished the game off strong with another four-goal quarter, while restricting its opponents to two goals, in order to win 12.9 (81) to 11.7 (73).

Western Jets’ Lucas Failli was the key up forward with three majors for the winning side and was a clear standout up the attacking end. Oakleigh Chargers’ Lochlan Jenkins and Sandringham Dragons’ Jake Bowey were also able to hit the scoreboard with multiple goals, the latter of which was also named among the best.

Northern Knights’ Ben Major was deemed the top Metro player on the day, named among the best with Oakleigh Chargers’ Will Phillips (one goal), Sandringham Dragons’ Darby Hipwell and Eastern Ranges’ Connor Downie. The Metro victory was a crucial one, ahead of its clash with South Australia at Southport on July 9.

For Vic Country, talented forward Jamarra Ugle-Hagan was a live-wire up the attacking end, booting three goals and looking creative and dangerous. Gippsland Power’s Thomas Fitzpatrick also booted three majors, while Bendigo Pioneers’ Sam Conforti and Murray Bushrangers’ forward Elijah Hollands booted two in a strong offensive effort by the Country side.

GWV Rebels’ Nick Stevens was named as Country’s best, booting a goal and combining well between midfield and half-forward. Hollands, Ugle-Hagan and Murray Bushrangers’ full-back Ethan Baxter were also impressive, as were Geelong Falcons’ pair midfielder Charlie Lazzaro and half-back Tanner Bruhn.

VIC METRO          3.0      4.3       8.6        12.9 (81)
VIC COUNTRY    5.2      8.6        9.6        11.7 (73)

GOALS
Vic Metro: Failli 3, Bowey 2, Jenkins 2, Varagiannis, Laurie, Phillips, Raak, Hart
Vic Country: Ugle-Hagen 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

SANFL Round 10 Draft Prospects update

A NUMBER of South Australian teenagers pushed their case for a call-up to the state under 18s team for the final rounds of the National Under 18s Championships when players returned to club and school football. David Chapman takes a look across the grades to see who stood out.

Reserves:
This weekend saw byes to Sturt, Port, South and Norwood. In the Eagles’ loss to Glenelg, Cooper Gaffney was best with 29 disposals – his consistent performance have seen him called up to the under 18s state team for the Vic Country/Metro games. Underage superstar Jack Lukosius was also dominating up forward with 19 disposals, kicking 4.2 and clunking eight marks, to be a realistic top draft pick for 2018. Isacc Moller chimed in with two goals and nine marks, with defender Tom Schmusch getting 14 disposals. Wests Jakob Heitmann only got the nine disposals in their loss to North.

U18 CHAMPIONSHIPS: Round Four teams

U18s:
For Norwood, midfielder Stefan Giro, was best in their win over South with 37 disposals including two goals and 18 clearances. Ruckman James Siviour with 18 disposals and 10 marks was second best whilst dominating the hit outs. Lachie Pascoe playing mainly through the midfield collected 40 disposals including 7 marks and 13 rebounds to be in the bests for Norwood. For South, Luke Bogle was again their best with 26 disposals (21 contested), three goals and eight tackles.

In the Eagles 135-point demolition of Glenelg, Matt Longbottom had a comprehensive best on ground performance with 37 disposals, nine marks, 11 tackles and one goal for an incredible 179 Dream Team points. Underage forward Dom Pratico kicked six goals with his 17 disposals including 11 marks (sevn contested) to be second best. Glenelg’s Harrison Boyle was his sides best with 35 disposals, including seven tackles.

In Sturt’s three-point win over Centrals, State defender Brandon Zerk-Thatcher (22 disposals including nine marks) led the defence, State midfielder Mitch Crowden (25 disposals) despite suffering the heavy tag, created the match-winning clearance and state forward Jordan Houlahan (15 disposals and a goal) marking strongly up forward, were in the bests. Ed Allan was also consistent with another impressive 36 disposals, one goal and 13 clearances.

Centrals in their typical even spread had good performances from Ryan Falkenberg with 19 disposals including a goal in the closing in the last quarter to reduce the final margin, and Ryan Humphries-Carnelly with his nine tackles were Centrals best. In another nail-biter North defeated West by a point in the late game. North’s Mackenzie Slee was among the best with his 25 disposals with his typical aggressive rebounding game.

Underager and State player Connor Rozee was also amongst it with his 19 disposals and two goals. Josh Smithson (Wests) was his teams best again with 22 disposals, four goals and eight marks and subsequently has earned a shot in the state team heading to Melbourne this week, with youngster Riley Thilthorpe also good with his 19 disposals and kicking 2.3.

School Footy:

On a weekend when both the State U16s and State U17 Futures teams headed to the west, this left the schools with a few players missing. Thursday night saw PAC host Rostrevor at Norwood Oval under lights. With touted high draft pick Darcy Fogarty suiting up for Rostrevor, and state defender Harrison Petty also returning they were expected to give the dominant PAC a close match.

However Fogarty was well held both up forward and through the midfield and seemed to struggle to really display his class during the match which PAC won by 57 points. His bullocking style was on show, but got flipped on him when Mackenzie Slee put Fogarty on his backside with his own ‘don’t argue’. For PAC Lochie Charlton displayed some real explosiveness and speed away from the packs with underagers Kade Chandler and Tom Sparrow really dominating the clearances and hard ball gets.

In the other division one game Sacred Heart, with Charlie Ballard and Jimmy Rowe returning from State duty, dominated St Michaels to win by 102 points at home. Ballard had 12 marks, mostly contested and slotted three goals. Rowe was very busy with plenty of the ball and also kicked five goals.