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South Australian weekly wrap: SA talent on show at AFL level

IT has been an exciting few weeks for South Australian football, with former-SANFL prospects across the AFL grasping their opportunities throughout the preseason.

With a host of players scattered throughout all AFL clubs as both rookies and senior listed players, we will undoubtedly get to catch a glimpse of more local talent at the highest level this year.

AFLX Series:

Most AFL teams selected a mixture of youth and experience in this format, and it was exciting to see some quick, high scoring footy. SA players to catch the eye over the spread of games were Adelaide Crows duo Lachlan Murphy and Patrick Wilson, who both cut their teeth at SANFL level and stepped up in the AFL environment.  

2017 Fremantle draftees Stefan Giro and Mitch Crowden had their opportunity and showed they were ready. Giro was a standout and rewarded with a position in Fremantle’s JLT season opener.

Ex-Glenelg boys Dom Barry and Willie Rioli showed they will be dangerous around goal for their teams. Brisbane also blooded some youngsters with highly rated 2017 Prince Alfred College student Zac Bailey impressing, along with Brisbane rookie Mitchell Hinge being up to the task. Former Sturt and Mitcham Hawk Lewis Young was among the best for the Bulldogs, and Nick Holman slotted in well for Gold Coast.

JLT Series:

The first set of JLT Community Series games saw more SA talent on show. Former Glenelg and Sacred Heart College Alex Neal-Bullen looks set to take his game to a new level with a great hit-out for Melbourne.

Pick 12 from the 2017 National Draft, Darcy Fogarty, got a taste of AFL with the Crows and was rewarded with a goal. Stefan Giro continued to stake his claim for round one selection with alongside SA boy Brennan Cox at the Dockers. Ex-North Adelaide junior ruckman Peter Ladhams managed to get some minutes in for Port Adelaide.

With the remainder of JLT games this weekend we hope to see more young SA talent on show.

SANFL Trial Games:

All players returned to their SANFL clubs with some U16 and U18 internal trial games held over the week. Formal trial games for U18, Reserves and League sides are coming up and that will give more opportunity to see this year’s crop of potential SA draft picks on show.

Full schedule of trial games can be found here.

SANFL Clubs Voice Concern:

SANFL clubs have today bound together to issue a statement regarding gaming machine revenue amidst the upcoming State election.

In response to talk of introducing maximum one dollar bets and seven-year gaming machine licences, the clubs stated that such laws would “effectively be killing SANFL clubs”, placing extreme demand on club volunteers.

While the statement avoided directly naming which parties or politicians would enforced the new rules, it implored supporters to “vote wisely” when at polling booths. 

With waning membership figures and sponsorship money, as much as 50 per cent of annual revenue comes from gaming machines, making them crucial to each club’s viability.

A major concern voiced through the statement was that reduced revenue would bring an end to many SA football programs; including junior programs in local and regional areas, elite pathway programs, and the expansion of the female game.

The clubs sought to stress that they provide a “highly regulated gaming environment” and that they hold Club Safe accreditation, which they say allows them to minimise harm from public gaming.

The State election is set to be held on Saturday, March 17, two weeks before the start of the SANFL season.

Draftees named for AFLX

TWENTY-one draftees from the 2017 National Draft will get an early taste of senior football in the AFL’s newest competition – AFLX. Among them are three former Sandringham Dragons, two Bendigo Pioneers and two Eastern Ranges, while Lachlan Fogarty (Western Jets), Gryan Miers (Geelong Falcons) and Jack Petruccelle (Northeren Knights) are the sole players named from their TAC Cup sides.

The tournament begins on Thursday night with six sides – Adelaide, Collingwood, Fremantle, Geelong, Port Adelaide and West Coast – playing shortened 20-minute matches in a round robin format in two pools from which the winner of each pool advances to the grand final at the end of the night. Two further AFLX round robins will be played on Friday and Saturday night respectively.

Played at Hindmarsh Stadium in South Australia, former Sturt players Patrick Wilson (Adelaide) and Mitchell Crowden (Fremantle) have been named, as have Jackson Edwards (Glenelg now Adelaide), Stefan Giro (Norwood now Fremantle), Dom Barry (Glenelg now Port Adelaide) and Lachlan Murphy (Adelaide SANFL now Adelaide). Mature-ager Tim Kelly (South Fremantle now Geelong), Bailey Banfield (Claremont now Fremantle), Brayden Ainsworth (Subiaco now West Coast), Jake Patmore (Claremont now Port Adelaide) and Ryan Burrows (South Fremantle now West Coast) are the West Australians involved.

Along with the thrill that comes with representing an AFL club, there is the potential for a number of former teammates to face off on the elite stage. Former Sandringham Dragons Nathan Murphy and Hamish Brayshaw could go head to head when the Magpies face the Eagles, while Brayshaw could also face off against his brother Andrew if both West Coast and Fremantle make the grand final. Glenelg pair Jackson Edwards and Dom Barry could go head-to-head if the South Australian sides make the grand final, as could Eastern Ranges’ exports Jaidyn Stephenson and his former captain Joel Garner if the Magpies meet the Power in the decider. Other former teammates that could face off include Patrick Wilson and Mitchell Crowden (Sturt), Tim Kelly and Ryan Burrows (South Fremantle), and Kane Farrell and Jarrod Brander (Bendigo Pioneers).

The AFLX competition is played on a ground with dimensions of between 100-120m in length and 60-70m in width, with four posts at each end and two 40m arcs. Each team will consist of 10 players per game – seven on the field and three on the bench – and there are no restrictions on rotations. No marks will be paid on backwards kicks (except in the forward 40m area) and the last touch out of bounds is a free kick. Kick-ins will occur after each score – even goals – while at least two players from each team must start each quarter inside each 40m arc and any deliberate rushed behinds will result in a free shot to the opposition team from the forward 40m arc resulting in a potential 10-point goal.

The full list of draftees named for the first night for the AFLX competition is:

Adelaide: Patrick Wilson (Sturt), Lachlan Murphy (Adelaide SANFL), Jackson Edwards (Glenelg)

Collingwood: Jaidyn Stephenson (Eastern Ranges), Nathan Murphy (Sandringham Dragons)

Fremantle: Andrew Brayshaw (Sandringham Dragons), Mitchell Crowden (Sturt), Bailey Banfield (Claremont), Stefan Giro (Norwood)

Geelong: Lachlan Fogarty (Western Jets), Tim Kelly (South Fremantle), Gryan Miers (Geelong Falcons)

Port Adelaide: Kane Farrell (Bendigo Pioneers), Jake Patmore (Claremont), Joel Garner (Eastern Ranges), Dom Barry (Glenelg)

West Coast: Jarrod Brander (Bendigo Pioneers), Brayden Ainsworth (Subiaco), Jack Petruccelle (Northern Knights), Hamish Brayshaw (Sandringham Dragons), Ryan Burrows (South Fremantle)


6.10pm – Port Adelaide v Geelong
6.38pm – Adelaide v Collingwood
7.06pm – Geelong v Fremantle
7.34pm – West Coast v Adelaide
8.02pm – Fremantle v Port Adelaide
8.30pm – Collingwood v West Coast
9.03pm – Grand Final

South Australians fly at recent state combine

Last weekend the AFL came to town with 21 hopefuls and “a recovered from rolling his ankle” Harrison Petty arriving for the combine at Prince Alfred College. Of the 22, four were unable to do the testing due to injury.

The 20-metre sprint was up first and the South Australian boys flew, with five getting under three seconds – after only 13 players at the National Combine hitting that mark. Midfield powerhouses Mitch Crowden recorded 2.92 seconds and Stefan Giro 2.93 seconds recorded the quickest times as did Josh Smithson as a mid/fwd also scorched at 2.92 seconds and former AFL player Dom Barry with 2.93 seconds.

For the agility test, medium defender Brodie Carroll set the best time cracking the eight-second mark with 7.92 seconds, and Dom Barry at 8.06 seconds would have had them both top two nationally. The South Australian tate combine boys filling six of the top 14 times nationally.

For the vertical jumps there were also had some impressive performances from South Australians. The 175cm Crowden leapt 81cm, placing him third nationally. Carroll recorded 74cm and Smithson, Giro, Bryce Denham and Brandon Zerk-Thatcher all jumping 73cm. Again, six of the best 14 jumps nationally were recorded in Adelaide.

In the running vertical jumps right: 195cm defender Zerk-Thatcher had an impressive 95cm, placing him third nationally, and Crowden’s 91cm would have had him fifth overall. In the running vertical jumps left: 190cm Jake Weidemann (son of Wayne) achieved 90cm, and Crowden achieved 89cm placing them fifth and sixth nationally.

The boys then finished off with the yo-yo test. Running machine Giro pushed out an impressive 22.3 level to be placed equal second nationally, with Weidemann and Carroll with a 21.6 to be equal eighth. In summary there were a couple of players whose performance may have changed expectations. Both Crowden and Smithson both displayed elite pace, as well outstanding jumping and agility.

Top five in each test:

20-metre sprint:
1.Mitch Crowden 2.92 seconds
2.Josh Smithson 2.92
3. Stefan Giro 2.93
4. Don Barry 2.93
5. Liam Denton 2.97

Yo-yo test:
1. Stefan Giro 22.3 level
2. Jake Weidemann 21.6
2. Brodie Carroll 21.6
4. Mitch Crowden 21.3
5. Harry Petty 21.2

Agility test:
1. Brodie Carroll 7.92 seconds
2. Dom Barry 8.06
3. Josh Smithson 8.14
4. Stefan Giro 8.21
5. Mitch Crowden 8.26

Standing vertical jump:
1. Mitch Crowden 81cm
2. Brodie Carroll 74cm
3. Josh Smithson 73cm
3. Stefan Giro 73cm
3.Bryce Denham 73cm
3. Brandon Zerk-Thatcher 73cm

Running vertical jump – right:
1. Brandon Zerk-Thatcher 95cm
2. Mitch Crowden 91cm
3. Brodie Carroll 87cm
4. Stefan Giro 85cm
5. Oscar Chapman 84cm

Running vertical jump – left:
1. Jake Weidemann 90cm
2. Mitch Crowden 89cm
3. Josh Smithson 88cm
4. Brandon Zerk-Thatcher 87cm
5. Bryce Denham 85cm

SANFL Round 18 Draft Prospects update part 1

AFL Draft Central South Australian correspondent David Chapman cast his eyes over the top young prospects coming up through the SANFL, Reserves, Under 18s and local school football competitions. On the weekend, round 18 of the SANFL took place with school football also continuing. We look at the top performances from the weekend:


In Glenelg’s loss to West Adelaide, Alex Martini was named in the best, led by a game high 12 tackles to go with his 13 disposals. Teammate Jackson Edwards also collected 16 disposals. Westies Underager Izak Rankine was again exciting, finishing with 16 disposals and two goals.


In Sturt’s 58-point win over Norwood, Mitch Crowden again won best-on-ground honours with 28 disposals, five inside 50s and a goal. Crowden’s work on the inside was impressive, where he had eight clearances. Adam Trenorden was again in the bests with 20 disposals, while Jordan Houlahan booted four goals from his 13 disposals. For Norwood, Stefan Giro was among it – with 30 disposals and 12 marks. Brodie Carroll was also in the best, with 29 disposals and 13 marks. South Australian Under 18 MVP Harrison Petty was superb on his return from school footy, with 26 disposals and a whopping 15 marks.

In Central District’s demolition of Woodville-West Torrens, bottom-ager Jackson Hately returned from a week off, with 25 disposals through the midfield. Cooper Dahms (15 disposals) and Ryan Falkenberg (13 disposals) were also impressive. For the Eagles, possible 2018 no.1 draft pick Jack Lukosius was named second best, with 19 disposals, 12 marks and 2.5 – in a dangerous game up forward. Cooper Gaffney was also strong with 21 disposals.


South Adelaide snuffed out North Adelaide’s finals chances, with a big 71-point victory. Bottom-ager Heath Sampson was best-on-ground with 25 disposals and three goals. Luke Bogle was another who stood out on the inside, with 17 disposals, 14 tackles and eight clearances. For North, Connor Rozee (27 disposals, 10 clearances, eight tackles) and Boyd Woodcock (24 disposals and nine clearances) found plenty of the ball, aided by Ben Oborn winning 45 hit outs throughout the game.

Centrals defeated the Eagles with Llwellyn Milera starring. Milera collected 23 disposals, six inside 50s and booted two goals, while bottom-ager Jordan O’Brien was also strong with 21 disposals (15 contested) and booted a bag of five goals. For the Eagles, Jake Weidemann was best with 28 disposals, including 10 marks and three goals. Tom Schmusch also did some good things, with 17 disposals and two goals.

Tall Hugo Munn was named in the best in Sturt’s 48-point win over Norwood. Munn had 16 disposals, 16 hitouts and nine marks (six contested). Teammate Ryan Weidenhofer led the stats sheet with 27 disposals, six clearances and six rebound 50s. Despite the loss, Norwood dominated the stats for most of the day due to their high possession style game plan. Jacob Kennerley was their best with 23 disposals.

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In the battle for finals, Westies demolished Glenelg by 114-points. Patrick Fairlie dominated in the midfield, and was best with 43 disposals, 14 clearances and 11 marks – winning the Torrens Uni Cup MVP nomination for the round. Josh Smithson was also excellent with 27 disposals, nine marks, seven clearances and four goals. For Glenelg, Ruben Flinn was their best with 20 hitouts and 11 disposals.

School Footy:

Our report on school football will be online tomorrow afternoon, including a report on the 2017 SA State Championships game, that saw Prince Alfred College defeat Henley High by five points.


SANFL Round 16 Draft Prospects update

AFL Draft Central South Australian correspondent David Chapman cast his eyes over the top young prospects coming up through the SANFL, Reserves, Under 18s and local school football competitions. On the weekend, round 16 of the SANFL took place with school football continuing. We look at the top performances from the weekend:


Adelaide father-son prospect Jackson Edwards had a great game for Glenelg  with 25 disposals including a goal, named in the bests in their loss to Sturt. West Adelaide bottom-ager Izak Rankine was also in the best in their loss to Port with 14 disposals including two goals.


There were at least 22 Under 18 players playing Reserves this week. Some of the notable performances included the following:

In the South Adelaide versus Woodville-West Torrens draw, Souths draft prospect Nathan Kreuger had 11 disposals including a goal, with Henry Bruce also getting 14 disposals. For the Eagles, Andrew McPherson made a great return to footy after a long stint out with injury. McPherson had 31 disposals, nine marks and six rebound 50s to be named second best. Bottom-ager and possible 2018 number one draft pick Jack Lukosius clunked nine marks and booted four goals to be in the best alongside Cooper Gaffney who had 22 disposals, eight marks and two goals. Tom Schmusch was another who impressed with 18 disposals and a goal.

Sturt’s medium forward Jordan Houlahan booted five goals, helping them to a huge 96-point win over Glenelg. Mitch Crowden has had League exposure this season and was also strong with 24 disposals and a goal. Adam Trenorden was another who featured in the bests, with 21 disposals and a goal. For Glenelg, South Australian Under 18 players Alex Martini (22 disposals) and Brad McCarthy (17 disposals) were strong, with McCarthy’s rebound out of defensive 50 a highlight.

In Central District’s 36-point win over Norwood, AFL Academy Level one member Jackson Hately was again in the bests, with a 25 disposals, six clearances and three goal performance. Cooper Dahms was also in the bests with 21 disposals, six tackles and a goal. For Norwood, Brodie Carroll was in the bests with 25 disposals and nine marks. Stefan Giro continued his fine form in 2017, finding 12 contested possessions in the midfield.


In the Tigers’ 10-point win over Sturt, Liam Denton was in the bests with his 21 disposal and two goal game. Under 15 state captain and son of Tyson, Luke Edwards chimed in with 20 disposals including seven tackles on debut. For Sturt, Oliver Grivell was named as the best player with 29 disposals, 13 tackles and nine marks.

In Westies 27-point win over North Adelaide, Josh Smithson was strong with 30 disposals, 10 inside 50s, nine marks and two goals. Will Gutsche was another who played well, finishing with 23 disposals, nine tackles and seven marks. Roosters ruckman Ben Oborn was dominant with 36 hitouts, finding 20 disposals and eight marks around the ground. Midfielder Daniel Aplin was among it with 31 disposals, eight tackles and seven inside 50s.

In Souths win over the Eagles, Liam Fitt collected 19 disposals, eight marks and booted a goal, while Tate Coleman (21 disposals) also contributed to the win. For the Eagles, Mitchell Mead was best with 23 disposals, 11 tackles and nine inside 50s.

Centrals demolished Norwood by 98-points, led by their Under 16s – with four goals from Jack Carpenter and a best-on-ground performance from Jordan O’Brien, who had 26 disposals and four goals, earning him the Torrens Uni Cup MVP nomination for the round. Tyler Martin was best for Norwood with 23 disposals, 10 marks, eight rebound 50s, six inside 50s and a goal.

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School Footy:

Sacred Heart defeated Pembroke 16.13 to 5.5, in what was for Hearts a chance to mix up players and try them in some different positions and keep a few players fresh for their forthcoming matches against Henley, before they head off on the annual exchanged versus Assumption College Kilmore. They played Tuesday in the knockout State Championship semi-final against the talent laden Henley High. Henley came out victors in wet conditions by 15-points.

With Hearts taking a slim five-point lead into the final quarter (having not capitalised on the first half dominanance of the play) the class of Jack Lukosius and Izak Rankine helped Henley get three goals to ice to game. For Hearts, Charlie Ballard had the best of Lukosius for most of the day, controlling play across half back. Seb Kerrish’s running rebound was also impressive.

PAC defeated Scotch by 20 goals in what was a one sided affair after quarter time. Zac Bailey was one of PACs best through the midfield, with a cameo up forward – while their captain Cole Gerloff was also dominant aroubnd the ground. Up forward, Tom Humphries booted six goals and Oscar Chapman kicked three – including a soccer kick out of mid air from 20 metres out.

PAC have now locked up both the State Championship Grand Final bert and the Messenger Shield.

Other winners included St Peters who had a comprehensive team win over Immanuel, while Rostrevor easily defeated St Michaels by 11 goals.

SANFL Round 15 Part 2 Draft Prospects update

AFL Draft Central South Australian correspondent David Chapman cast his eyes over the top young prospects coming up through the SANFL, Reserves, Under 18s and local school football competitions. An extended Round 15 SANFL continued with limited league and reserves games as well as school football, but no under 18s. So we look at the top performances across the weekend.

Sturt, West, Glenelg, Eagles and Norwood did not play.

With only two matches this week North defeated Centrals by 39 points. North underagers Boyd Woodcock (20 disposals) and Connor Rozee (12 disposals) were amongst it, Bryce Denham kicked a goal, Daniel Aplin up from the under 18s also had 15 disposals. For Centrals, underager Jackson Hately was second best with 27 disposals including eight marks.

South went down to Port by 58 points. For South, prospect Nathan Kreuger only got the seven disposals, whilst Henry Bruce was consistent again with 19 disposals including six tackles. Also after his six goals last week promoted Nick Steele kicked one goal.

Under 18s:
There were no under 18 SANFL games this weekend.

School Football:
In one of the biggest matches of the year, Sacred Heart played Rostrevor at home in their Annual Intercol. Sacred Heart bounced back to win easily 12.10 (82) to 3.10 (28), with the match being a State Knockout qualifying game the win effectively locks up second spot on the college ladder.

Best players for Sacred Heart included Wilson Otto, Finn Betterman and Charlie Ballard. Draft prospect Ballard playing centre half back and marking anything that came his way. At the other end of the ground for Rostervor Harrison Petty at centre half back was also accumulating the marks for his team. Mihail Lochowiak was also solid for Rossies.

Prince Alfred College (PAC) headed to Immanuel and easily accounted for them with 21.16 (142) to 9.4 (58), which sent PAC straight into the State Championship Grand Final. Best for PAC included Charlie Hay and Kade Chandler. Zac Bailey and Oscar Chapman kicked three goals each. Sam Davis was amongst the best for Immanuel playing in the midfield.
St Peters also defeated St Michaels by 54 points.

Combine Update:
There are eight South Australians invited to the National Combine (where four or more AFL clubs nominated players):
Charlie Ballard (Sturt), Callum Coleman-Jones (Sturt), Darcy Fogarty (Glenelg), Jordan Houlahan (Sturt), Nathan Kreuger (South Adelaide), Alex Martini (Glenelg), Andrew McPherson (Woodville-West Torrens) and Harrison Petty (Norwood)

There are 21 South Australians invited to the SA State Combine (where between two to three AFL clubs have nominated players:
U18s: Cameron Ball (Norwood), Brodie Carroll (Norwood), Oscar Chapman (North Adelaide), Lochie Charlton (Norwood), Tobin Cox (Glenelg), Mitch Crowden (Sturt)
Sam Davis (Glenelg), Bryce Denham (North Adelaide), Liam Denton (Glenelg), Jackson Edwards (Glenelg), Stefan Giro (Norwood), Isaac Hewson (Norwood), Curtis McCarthy (Glenelg), Thomas Schmusch (Woodville-West Torrens), Josh Smithson (West Adelaide), Jake Weidemann (Woodville-West Torrens).

Over 18s: Dom Barry (Glenelg), Jordan Sweet (North Adelaide) Jordan West (Woodville-West Torrens) Patrick Wilson (Sturt), Brandon Zerk-Thatcher (Sturt).

Draft dream not over for 2017 state combine nominees

THE draft dream is not over to the 2017 state combine nominees after the AFL today released the list of 96 players from around the country nominated by AFL clubs to attend the 2017 State Combine.


Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia will each run individual tests, with clubs sent the data to analyse before November’s draft. Recruiters will also get a chance to cast their eyes over a further 23 footballers at the ‘Rookie Me Combine,’ created due to number restrictions at Etihad Stadium. The Victorian State Combine will be held on Friday October 6th at Etihad Stadium, with the ‘Rookie Me Combine’ to run on Sunday October 8th at a venue yet to be decided.

Similar to the process for the national combine, each club nominated up to fifty players to nominate that they wanted to see test. To receive an invite to the AFL State Combine, players must receive at least three expressions of interest from AFL clubs, with players receiving 1-2 taking part in the Rookie Me Combine.

Possible Adelaide father-son Jackson Edwards headlines the list of nominees. The South Australia midfielder averaged 24 disposals and four marks throughout the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships and is one of 21 South Australian’s that will test in the state based combine.

Victorian Under 19 cricketer Ed Newman was Australia’s 13th man at the MCG on Boxing Day is one of the 11 Sandringham Dragons on the list. Newman has been a standout for Mentone Grammar in the AGSV School Football competition and made his Dragons debut on Sunday.

Former Melbourne player Dom Barry is on the verge of another AFL berth, scoring an invite to South Australia’s State Combine after being a strong performer for Glenelg this year.

The state leagues around the country have been well represented with a number of players invited to test out. The VFL has 10 players nominated to attend with Essendon VFL’s Alex Boyse looming as their best prospect. Boyse has booted 26 goals this season and the 191cm forward is one of four players nominated from Essendon’s VFL team.


Victorian State Combine (55):

Joel Amartey (Sandringham Dragons)
Noah Answerth (Oakleigh Chargers)
Mark Baker (Northern Knights)
Oskar Baker (Aspley)
Harry Benson (Geelong Falcons)
Brett Bewley (Williamstown VFL)
James Bell (Sydney Swans Academy)
Tom Boyd (Murray Bushrangers)
Alex Boyse (Essendon VFL)

Sam Cameron (Sandringham Dragons)
Riley D’Arcy (Dandenong Stingrays)
Aaron Darling (Dandenong Stingrays)
Sam Davidson (Gold Coast Suns Academy/Palm Beach)
Lewin Davis (Bendigo Pioneers)
Max Dreher (Northern Knights)
Alex Federico (Northern Knights)
Bayley Fritsch (Casey Scorpions VFL)
Bailey Griffiths (Marcellin College)
Harrison Gunther (Glenorchy)
Jackson Hille (Sandringham Dragons)
Nick Hind (Essendon VFL)
Jake Hinds (Tasmania)
Austin Hodge (Gippsland Power)
Dane Hollenkamp (Geelong Falcons)
Nick Hogan (Gippsland Power)
Josh Jaska (Geelong Falcons)
Daniel Johnston (Murray Bushrangers)
Riley Jones (Oakleigh Chargers)
Matthew King (Oakleigh Chargers)
Dylan Landt (Calder Cannons)
Jy Lane (GWS Giants Academy/Murray Bushrangers)
Doulton Langlands (GWS Giants Academy/Murray Bushrangers)

Quintin Montanaro (Sandringham Dragons)
Thomas Mundy (Burnie)
Tom Murphy (Dandenong Stingrays)
Geordie Nagle (Sandringham Dragons)
Joel Naylor (Northern Knights)
Ed Newman (Sandringham Dragons)
Harrison Nolan (Eastern Ranges)
Connor Nutting (Gold Coast Suns Academy)

Kai Owens (Sandringham Dragons)
Alex Paech (GWS Giants Academy/Murray Bushrangers)
Cassidy Parish (Geelong Falcons)
Ethan Phillips (Oakleigh Chargers)
Callum Porter (Gippsland Power)
Aiden Quigley (Gippsland Power)
Nathan Richards (GWS Giants Academy)
Harry Simmington (Gold Coast Suns Academy/Labrador)
Derrick Smith (Richmond VFL)
Cooper Stephens (Geelong Falcons)
Aidan Tilley (Calder Cannons)
Laitham Vandeermeer (Murray Bushrangers)
Callan Wellings (GWV Rebels)
Seb Williams (Sandringham Dragons)

Tristan Xerri (Western Jets)

South Australian State Combine (21): 

Cameron Ball (Norwood)
Dom Barry (Glenelg)
Brodie Carroll (Norwood)
Oscar Chapman (North Adelaide)
Lochie Charlton (Norwood)
Tobin Cox (Glenelg)
Mitch Crowden (Sturt)
Sam Davis (Glenelg)
Bryce Denham (North Adelaide)
Liam Denton (Glenelg)
Jackson Edwards (Glenelg)
Stefan Giro (Norwood)
Isaac Hewson (Norwood)
Curtis McCarthy (Glenelg)
Thomas Schmusch (Woodville-West Torrens)
Josh Smithson (West Adelaide)
Jordan Sweet (North Adelaide)
Jake Weidemann (Woodville-West Torrens)
Jordan West (Woodville-West Torrens)

Patrick Wilson (Sturt)
Brandon Zerk-Thatcher (Sturt)

West Australian State Combine (20):

Christian Ameduri (East Perth)
Liam Baker (Subiaco)
Jordan Boullineau (Peel Thunder)
Ryan Burrows (South Fremantle)
Damon Cramer (Peel Thunder)
Patrick Farrant  (Swan Districts)
Jonathon Frampton (South Fremantle)
Scott Jones (East Perth)
Zac Langdon (Claremont)
Tyrese Miller (West Perth)
Lachlan Mitchell (Peel Thunder)
Gordon Narrier (Perth)
Cody Nineytte (Perth)
Will Powell (Claremont)

Aaron Redhead (East Perth)
Zareth Roe (Perth)
Liam Ryan (Subiaco)
Haiden Schloithe (Subiaco)
Chris Scott (East Fremantle)
Taryce Stewart (Swan Districts) 

Rookie Me Combine (23):

Kwaby Boakye (Gold Coast Suns Academy)
Hamish Brayshaw (Sandringham Dragons)
Damien Burke (Gold Coast Suns Academy)
Jack Clayton (Brisbane Lions Academy)
James Ferry (Essendon VFL)
Tom Freeman (Dandenong Stingrays)
Joel Griffiths (Geelong Grammar)
Jack Hardman (Sydney Swans Academy)
Matthew Harman (Northern Knights)
Lachlan Harris (Sandringham Dragons)
Marty Hore (Collingwood VFL)
Cooper Jones (Bendigo Pioneers)
Daniel Joseph (Aspley)
Francis Kinthari (NT Thunder)
Jordan Lynch (Eastern Ranges)
Josh Newman (Williamstown VFL)
Tony Olango (NT Thunder)
Kieren Parnell (NT Thunder)
Julian Patterson (Gippsland Power)
Kieran Strachan (Essendon VFL)
Sam Switkowski (Box Hill VFL)
Charlie Thompson (Oakleigh Chargers)
Aaron Trusler (Sandringham Dragons)

SANFL Round 15 Draft Prospects update

AFL Draft Central South Australian correspondent David Chapman cast his eyes over the top young prospects coming up through the SANFL, Reserves, Under 18s and local school football competitions. On the weekend, round 15 of the SANFL took place with the return of school football. We look at the top performances from the weekend:


Sturt’s Mitch Crowden returned to league level with 11 disposals, including six tackles. For West Adelaide, under-ager Izak Rankine kicked two goals and picked up 13 disposals. Crows’ father/son prospect Jackson Edwards had 17 disposals including eight marks and five tackles for Glenelg in their win over the Crows at Bordertown.


With only two matches this week Sturt got over West Adelaide by 41 points. Jordan Houlahan kicked a goal with his nine disposals and Adam Trenorden had 11 disposals including seven tackles. For West, Jakob Heitmann did not have the impact he would have liked.

The Eagles held off Norwood by nine points with underage key forward Jack Lukosius best on ground with four goals in his 16 disposals (12 of which were contested). Jake Weideman was also amongst the best with 26 disposals and six tackles, as was tall rebounding defender Tom Schmusch with 16 disposals. Also having an impact were Cooper Gaffney (18 disposals) and Isaac Moller with two goals. For Norwood, last week’s U18 MVP nominee and 2016 winner Stefan Giro had 29 disposals, two goals and seven marks to be amongst the best. Along with state representative defender Brodie Carroll with 20 disposals. Isaac Hewson had 12 disposals.


With many SANFL players returning to school footy this week we saw some readjustments in team performances. None more so than the South’s 115-point demolition of Norwood. For the Panthers Nick Steele kicked six goals with 10 marks and Darnell Tucker kicked five goals to go with his 23 disposals and five inside 50s with a best on ground performance. Henry Bruce continued his form from the reserves with 26 disposals. Norwood’s Max Joseph was judged best for the Redlegs with 21 disposals and seven tackles.

Eagles defeated Glenelg by 30 points. For the Eagles, Jake Cook was best on ground with 23 disposals, including two goals and 10 tackles, and for the Tigers Xavier Cubillo (23 disposals, one goals) and Brad McCarthy (20 disposals inc 9 defensive and offensive rebounds) got amongst it.

North Adelaide continued their four game winning streak with a 27-point win over Centrals. North was led by over-ager Tom Matsouliadis with 36 disposals, including a goal, nine clearances and six tackles. Frankie Szekely was lively with his 23 disposals five inside 50s and goal. For Centrals, Cooper Dahms was best with 25 disposals including a goal seven clearances and nine tackles.

Sturt returned to winning with a 30-point victory over West Adelaide. Ed Allan returned to dominate at this level with 38 disposals, including a goal and seven marks to be best on ground for Sturt. Tyson Hone (25 disposals) and Tom Welsby (21 disposlas including a goal and seven marks were also amongst the best. For West Adelaide, Josh Smithson was clearly best with 29 disposals(22 of which were contested) three goals, 11 clearances, six inside 50s and nine tackles in a complete performance.

Glenelg’s Darcy Fogarty and Sturt’s Callum Coleman-Jones have been put on ice for the rest of the year with surgery. This goes with Norwood’s Lachie Pascoe and North’s Hugo Barry also out with ACLs.


School Footy:

Recruiters were in abundance at the highly anticipated match between powerhouses Prince Alfred College (PAC) and Sacred Heart College in the battle for the State Championships and Messenger Shield. PAC absolutely dominated the game, to win by 69 points, especially with only being allowed 17 players for the last two and a half quarters.

For PAC, all played well, led by captain Cole Gerloff, and Mackenzie Slee rebounding off half back. All-Australian under 18s player Zac Bailey ended up on the pine courtesy of the umpires after a centre tussle. For Hearts, Charlie Ballard was strong early on with his intercept marking across half back, but he too ended up out of the game due to an accidental head clash requiring stitches. Oscar Lovelock was lively and one of the few Sacred Heart players to step up on the big stage.

In the other matches Rostrevor put away Saint Peters by 43 points with under-ager Luke Valente leading the way for Rossies with three goals and 30 plus possessions. Harrison Petty was again strong backing up his State MVP and Combine invite. For Saint Peters, under 16s player Dylan Stephens was best.
In the other game, Immanuel defeated St Michaels by 50 points.

SANFL Round 13 Draft Prospects update

AFL Draft Central South Australian correspondent David Chapman cast his eyes over the top young prospects coming up through the SANFL, Reserves, Under 18s and local school football competitions. In Round 13 of the SANFL, members of the State under 18s team resumed SANFL duties at various levels. With school football on a break over the school holidays, we take a look at who the top performers were across the reserves and the under 18s.


The Reserves competition after July 1 really starts to promote Under 18 talent and there was plenty on show this week. In Norwood’s five-point win over North Adelaide, mid Stefan Giro accumulated 24 disposals including six tackles, Cole Gerloff also had 19 disposals with eight tackles & six clearances. Under 18 All-Australian Harry Petty continued his good form with eight marks alongside his 15 possessions. Brodie Carroll, Cam Ball and Isaac Hewson also had solid games, while bottom-ager Connor Rozee had 15 disposals for North.

For Central District, bottom-ager Jackson Hately played his second good game in the Reserves, finishing with 17 disposals.

In South Adelaide’s 65-point demolition of Glenelg, Henry Bruce was again amongst it with 16 possessions, including six tackles and a goal. For Glenelg, Adelaide father-son prospect Jackson Edwards was named in the best players with his 17 disposals. State Under 18 teammates Brad McCarthy and Sam Davis were both solid.

In Sturt’s six-point win over Woodville-West Torrens, midfielder Mitch Crowden continued his great from from the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships and was second best with 25 disposals, nine clearances and a goal. Charlie Ballard was also named in the best players with his 16 disposals, six marks and a goal. Tall defender/Ruckman Brandon Zerk-Thatcher was also effective with 23 disposals, eight marks and 19 hitouts. Bottom-agers Mihali Lochowiak and Tom Lewis also showed some promise. Possible top 30 draftee Jordan Houlahan was quiet with one goal to go with his seven disposals. Second best for the Eagles was small Jimmy Rowe with 24 disposals and eight marks. Cooper Gaffney was also in the bests with 17 disposals, including one goal and six inside 50s. Other Eagles to have a positive impact were Jake Weidemann, Isaac Moller, Tom Schmusch and bottom-ager Jack Lukosius.


West Adelaide knocked off Centrals by four-points with a dominant best-on-ground performance from Jakob Heitmann, who had 34 disposals, 11 marks, eight inside 50s, six tackles and booted two goals. Teammate Josh Smithson was also impressive with 27 disposals, nine marks and two goals. Midfielder Alex Stidiford continued his recent good form with 24 disposals. For Centrals, Nick Lange was their best with 24 disposals, nine marks, six inside 50s and three goals.

In another nailbiter South’s held on by two-points against Glenelg. They were led by a best-on-ground display from Sam Whitbread (32 disposals) and bottom-age midfield bull Tom Sparrow. Sparrow collected 24 disposals, brought the ball inside 50 on 12 occasions, laid eight tackles and booted a goal. For Glenelg, Oscar Lovelock was their best with 20 disposals and six tackles.

North continued their surge up the ladder with a 13-point win over Norwood. Roosters underage mid Boyd Woodcock followed up his U18 MVP from last week with another fine performance accumulating 27 disposals, 10 marks and two goals. Sam Daniele was again strong in the midfield with 26 disposals including six tackles and 12 clearances. In the ruck, Ben Oborn dominated for the Roosters with 41 hitouts. For Norwood, AFL Academy Level one member Luke Valente was in the best with 30 possessions, including eight clearances and he clunked seven marks up forward and through the midfield. Valente was well supported by Jack Astbury who had 32 disposals, eight marks and kicked two goals.

The Eagles had a comfortable 20-point win over Sturt. Jacob Pedler was best on ground with 29 disposals. He is having had a great season in school footy for PAC rebounding from the back line and has now been moved into the midfield for the Eagles. For Sturt, Casey Voss was best with his 23 disposals, and Adam Trenorden continued his prolific ball winning season with 37 disposals, 10 marks and six tackles.

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.

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

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.