Tag: under 18 championships

Crowden claws South Australia to victory

MITCH Crowden has powered South Australia to a 46-point win over Vic Country in their NAB AFL Under 18 Championships clash at Simonds Stadium on Wednesday.

South Australia dominated from the opening bounce and Crowden was instrumental in their dominance; with 20 disposals, five marks, four inside 50s and four tackles in the opening half.

Crowden distributed the ball well off his left foot and his strong frame allowed him to win the ball in the contest, finishing with 28 disposals and four clearances as their best player.

Possible Adelaide father-son selection Jackson Edwards racked up a game-high 30 disposals, distributing the ball well off his left foot and looms as the Crows second father-son selection in as many years.

On the wing, 195cm Charlie Ballard had some impressive moments finishing with 24 disposals, nine marks and seven inside 50s, and will be a player to keep an eye out in the SANFL for the remainder of the season.

Bottom-ager Izak Rankine continued to impress with 20 disposals and five inside 50s, booting a smart goal from tight in the pocket in the last quarter.

Rankine was one of the multiple bottom-agers to standout in the Under 18 Championships, with the belief that the 2018 draft is more talented than the 2017 draft clearly seen throughout the 10 games of the carnival.

Tall defender Harrison Petty was the deserving MVP for South Australia, capping off his impressive carnival with 12 disposals, four tackles and three marks against Vic Country.

Darcy Fogarty (16 disposals, six rebound 50s and five marks) played in defence for the Croweaters.

Vic Country were simply outworked throughout the contest, recording 75 less disposals than the South Australian’s.

Bottom-ager Sam Walsh has been one of Country’s best players in the Under 18 Championships, finishing with a game high 24 disposals in a strong showing through the midfield.

Again it was the Geelong Falcons tag-team James Worpel and Cassidy Parish who won the football on the inside for Country. Worpel’s strong carnival saw him judged as the Vic Country MVP.

Worpel finished the carnival off with his best game, collecting 22 disposals, eight inside 50s, six tackles and five clearances – while Parish finished with 22 disposals and six clearances.

Possible no.1 pick Luke Davies-Uniacke had an ok showing with 16 disposals and five marks.

VIC COUNTRY                        1.3      3.5      7.7           9.11 (65)
SOUTH AUSTRALIA               3.3      9.7      11.13      16.15 (111)                   

VIC COUNTRY: Daniels 2, Clark 2, Dow, Davies-Uniacke, Worpel, Jiath, Williams
SOUTH AUSTRALIA: Rozee 3, Smithson 3, Giro 3, Coleman-Jones, Crowden, Rowe, Davis, Ballard, Houlahan, Rankine

Walsh, Worpel, Parish, Paton, Daniels, Quigley
SOUTH AUSTRALIA: Crowden, Ballard, Rankine, Edwards, Giro, Rozee

Allies stun Vic Metro in final U18 clash

THE ALLIES have pulled off a stunning last quarter comeback defeating Vic Metro in the dying moments at Simonds Stadium on Wednesday.

Vic Metro looked to have sealed the game when Cam Rayner put through a set shot goal, but with under two minutes to play Allies’ midfielder Zac Bailey burst forward out of the stoppage to bring the ball inside 50.

Small forward Jack Hardman roved the pack, slotting the goal for the Allies to give them a three point victory in front of a healthy crowd at Geelong. Despite the result, Vic Metro still finished on top of the Under 18 Championships table, taking out back-to-back titles.

Key Forward Jarrod Brander played his best game for the Under 18 Carnival, booting three foals and clunking nine marks.

Brander looked at home up forward as the Allies’ key target, after playing two games in defence in the Under 18 Championships and did his top five chances no harm, with 16 disposals and three goals.

Northern Territory midfielder Zac Bailey had a team high 23 disposals and his steller Under 18 Championships in the centre did his draft chances no harm.

Brisbane Lions Academy member Connor Ballenden had five intercept marks and 12 disposals, contributing to the Allies’ win playing a crucial role in defence.

He was able to intercept at ease playing as a tall defender, using his strong overhead marking ability to good use.

For Vic Metro, Nicholas Coffield was a standout with a game-high 29 disposals. Coffield again showed his composure with ball in hand and has put his hand up to break into the top 10.

After returning from injury in last week’s clash, Andrew Brayshaw collected 22 disposals and five inside 50s playing through the midfield as one of their best in the first half. Sandringham Dragons teammate Charlie Constable had 26 disposals, showing off his strong tackling pressure in the contest.

Richmond father-son prospect Patrick Naish again showed his dash and was impressive on the outside with 26 disposals.

175cm midfielder Dylan Moore did enough to suggest he could find a home inside the top 30 picks, finding the ball at ease through the carnival. Western Jet Cameron Rayner booted three goals for the contest, finishing as the leading goalkicker for Vic Metro with 12 for the carnival.

Scotch College student Will Sutherland was deployed at the centre bounces to start the first half, before looking more at home as a marking target up forward in the second half, booting two goals.

Jack Higgins took home the Vic Metro MVP for his superb carnival, while Gold Coast Suns Academy ruckman Brayden Crossley won the Allies’ MVP.

VIC METRO      2.3        3.9    6.11        10.13    73
ALLIES             1.2         3.5    6.6          11.10    76

VIC METRO: Rayner 3, Sutherland 2, Hayes 2, Higgins 2, Brayshaw,
ALLIES: Brander 3, Dixon 3, Bailey, Crossley, Sambono, Lane, Hardman

VIC METRO: Coffield, Naish, Constable, Hayes, Moore, Brayshaw
ALLIES: Bailey, Brander, Carroll, Crossley, Powell, Ballenden

Scouting notes: Vic Metro vs. South Australia

VIC METRO’s star talent was far too good for South Australia, running out comfortable winners with a handful of players putting their hand up for no.1 honours.


Matt Balmer’s scouting notes:

Vic Metro:

#3 Ethan Penrith – Was a tackling machine in the defensive 50 laying a game-high nine tackles. He was cleaner than the game at Punt Road, not fumbling as often. Has played mostly as a small defender, but his one appearance up forward for Northern might be worth continuing after the carnival as he can turn the ball over at stages rebounding out of defence. His tackling and pressure would make him appealing as a small forward in the mould of the Richmond AFL forwards at the moment.

#19 Cameron Rayner – Again got the job done up forward and through the midfield. Has been isolated at times by the Metro coaches as the deepest forward where he can clunk marks with ease. There were a few occassions when the ball went up in the air and he was the only player who just wanted to get the ball. 16 disposals, seven marks and five goals – A stellar day that enhanced his no.1 pick chances.

#23 Jaidyn Stephenson – Played his best game of the season and bounced back after a disappointing carnival to date. Collected 28 disposals playing on the wing and across half forward. His field kicking can be a off at stages and he did miss a few targets throughout the game. Overall though, he managed to boot five goals and his game showed that he is more than just a forward. Possesses a good burst of speed which he applied well at certain stages.

#24 Charlie Constable – Another super performance that has stamped his paper as a first round selection – if not a top ten. Constable was again clean around the ground and super at the stoppages, where he was able to use his good hands to clear the ball to teammates. Another strength was his tackling and very rarely when he tackles does the ball come loose, resulting in a few free kicks for holding the ball. Laid seven tackles to go with his 23 disposals.

#25 Nicholas Coffield – Again was the general in defence and dominated his match-up with Darcy Fogarty. In traffic he doesn’t seem rushed and finds targets by hand and foot with ease. His efficiency numbers are some of the best in this draft pool and like Constable shapes as another 190cm player who can play through the midfield. Should feature in a similar draft range to Constable.

#31 Will Sutherland – Took another step forward after last week and was superb in the opening quarter. Picks the ball up from ground level better than anyone and shovels out quick handballs to teammates. Booted two goals from his 13 disposals and did have a run around in the midfield as the game went on. For a bloke coming off a limited football preseason and being his first year in the ‘rep footy’ pathway, there has been plenty of promising signs.

South Australia: 

#2 Izak Rankine – Arguably leading the race for the South Australian MVP. Is lively on the outside and his work forward of centre is very good. Was SAs leading disposal winner with 22 and booted a goal. His flashy moments are very good and certainly catches the eye. The bottom-ager has been super and would be a high selection if he was eligible for this year’s draft.

#13 Jackson Edwards – The Adelaide father-son selection again was solid without starring. Found 21 disposals and laid five tackles. Used it well on his left foot and looks most comfortable on the outside.

#16 Mitch Crowden – Strong lad who cracks in hard at every opportunity. Laid seven tackles and was superb in the midfield for SA. Mostly chose to dispose of it by hand coming out of heavy traffic, but was able to weave his way through the stoppages.

#38 Harrison Petty – One of South Australia’s best – playing as a tall defender, before switching forward late in the contest. Intercepted the ball well and defended well when he needed to. Rebounded it well off his right foot and is a player who no doubt would’ve caught the eye of those watching at home.

#40 Darcy Fogarty – A disappointing day with just four disposals and three tackles. At times he picked and choosed when he wanted to defend, mostly spending the game forward. It would’ve been nice to see him thrown back as he has played some good games there at stages. Will be interesting to see how he bounces back on Wednesday.

#41 Nathan Kreuger – Was one of the shining lights up forward and does lead to the question as to why he hadn’t played a game earlier for South Australia. Took eight marks and had five inside 50s, often turning onto his left foot and finding a target with ease. Very athletic player who can do some things that other forwards can’t. One I hope who can do it again on Wednesday, justifying his place inside my top 30 all season.

Possible no.1 picks standout in Vic Metro victory

TALENTED Vic Metro teenagers have pressed their case for the number one pick in the fourth round of the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships.

Vic Metro’s seven-goal opening quarter was sheer dominance, running out winners by 67-points against South Australia at Etihad Stadium on Friday.

Possible no.1 picks Will Sutherland and Cameron Rayner were damaging in the attacking half of the ground, with Sutherland’s clean pick ups from ground level impressive, booting two goals from his 13 disposals. Rayner showed his power, clunking multiple contested marks completing an impressive outing with 16 disposals, seven marks and five goals.

Eastern Rangers forward Jaidyn Stephenson had his best game of the carnival with 28 disposals and five goals, showing off his good burst of speed.

Metro’s 190cm players Nicholas Coffield and Charlie Constable both looked first round selections and will no doubt be in recruiters minds as possible top ten selections.

Coffield’s composure in the defensive half of the ground was impressive and his poise with ball in hand was impressive to collect 19 disposals. Constable backed up his best-on-ground performance from last week with 23 disposals, seven marks and a goal, again showing his cleanness through the midfield.

Metro captain Joel Garner (eight disposals) cracked in hard when he needed to go, but suffered an ankle issue in the second term – that left him on the bench for the entire last quarter.

In his first game back from a quad injury, Sandringham Dragon Andrew Brayshaw showed good signs with 20 disposals and five inside 50s attending multiple centre bounces.

In what was a disappointing day for South Australia, bottom-ager Izak Rankine was their best gathering 22 disposals. Rankine showed off an elite side step and booted a goal from the pocket in the tightest of angles.

Tall Defender Harrison Petty was one who may’ve increased his draft stocks, marking well in defence and distributing the ball well on his right foot. Petty finished the day with 18 disposals, seven marks and six rebound 50s.

South Adelaide tall Nathan Kreuger showed promise in his opening game of the Under 18 Championships, booting a goal in the second quarter, providing a marking option up forward for South Australia. Kreuger finished the day with 16 disposals, eight marks and five inside 50s.

Possible top ten draftee Darcy Fogarty was unable to get into the contest, recording just four disposals and three tackles.

Both sides will converge on Simonds Stadium on Wednesday, with Vic Metro playing the Allies at 2.10pm, while South Australia will face Vic Country at 4.40pm.

VIC METRO                            7.3      11.3      15.5           18.7 (115)
SOUTH AUSTRALIA               1.1      4.2         4.5            6.12 (48)                   

VIC METRO: Stephenson 5, Rayner 5, Sutherland 2, Constable, Petruccelle, L.Fogarty, Podhajski, Hayes, Xerri
SOUTH AUSTRALIA: Crowden, Kreuger, Lukosius, Rankine, Denton, Hewson

Constable, Rayner, Stephenson, Higgins, Coffield, Mynott
SOUTH AUSTRALIA: Rankine, Petty, Kreuger, Edwards, Crowden, Martini

Bottom-age star Ian Hill leads WA to third win

BOTTOM-AGER Ian Hill has led Western Australia to their third win of the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships with a strong performance up forward at Etihad Stadium on Friday.

The 17 year-old showed off his speed in the attacking half, collecting 24 disposals helping Western Australia to a 29-point win over Vic Country in their final outing of the carnival.

Hill is eligible for the 2018 draft and is one of the top talents spoken about for next year’s draft crop touted as a ‘super draft’ by some.

Small forward Jarrad Fazioli was another bottom-ager to star, booting three first half goals – finishing with four goals as the away team were damaging with their extra leg speed.

The match begun with an error-riddled opening term, but it was Western Australia who kicked away with three goals-to-one. Tall forward Oscar Allen proved a challenge for the Country talls, providing a target down the line with two goals in the opening half.

AFL Academy member Jake Patmore found plenty of the ball through the midfield, getting to the right positions, leading the disposal count at half time with 17 disposals, eventually running out with a game-high 32 disposals showing his class in the midfield.

Midfielders Callan England and Brayden Ainsworth (26 disposals) again were prominent in WAs victory, finishing off their Under 18 Championships campaign with three wins and a loss.

Vic Country’s possible no.1 pick Luke Davies-Uniacke worked into the contest in the second half, using his strength at the contest finding 23 disposals, clunking a few marks and booted a goal after the siren in the third term to give the home side a sniff.

Ruckman Bailey Williams brought the margin to under 10 points in the final term, but WA co-captain Oscar Allen was able to clunk a excellent pack mark and slot his third goal for the day from a tight angle, making the margin far too great to Vic Country to overcome.

Geelong Grammar midfielders Paddy Dow (23 disposals) and Lochie O’Brien (18 disposals) were among Country’s best in the loss.

Dow showed his burst of speed that he has from the stoppages, booting a nce goals in the third term. O’Brien distributed the ball well off his classy left foot and used his voice well around the ground.

Geelong Falcon Matt Ling was another who impressive in glimpses, including a run down tackle in the opening term. His agility and speed were on show across either wing, where he was willing to take on his WA opponent.

Geelong Falcons duo James Worpel and Cassidy Parish worked hard on the inside for Country, battling against the quick WA midfielders, while Ethan Floyd used his left foot well on the outside, finding 19 disposals.

Western Australia remain in contention to win the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships, relying on Vic Metro to loose their remaining games. Vic Country will have a chance to redeem themselves on Wednesday against South Australia at Simonds Stadium.

VIC COUNTRY                            1.1      2.2      6.5           7.11 (53)
WESTERN AUSTRALIA              3.4     6.7      8.8           12.10 (82)

VIC COUNTRY: Daniels 2, Quigley, O’Brien, Davies-Uniacke, Dow, Williams,
WESTERN AUSTRALIA: Fazioli 4, Allen 3, Ainsworth, Stack, West, Cramer, Young

Dow, Walsh, Davies-Uniacke, O’Brien, Parish, Floyd
WESTERN AUSTRALIA: Hill, Patmore, Ainsworth, Fazioli, Allen

U18 Championships: Round 4 teams

ROUND FOUR of the NAB AFL U18 Championships continues on Friday, with teams converging on Etihad Stadium. All five squads have been reduced to 25 players for the final two rounds, with all games to be streamed live on Fox Footy. Vic Country will clash with Western Australia at 2.10pm on Friday, with Vic Metro playing South Australia at 4.40pm – with a win all but assuring them of back-to-back titles. The Under 18 Championships will conclude on Wednesday at Simonds Stadium.


VIC COUNTRY VS. WESTERN AUSTRALIA – Friday 30th June 2.10pm Etihad Stadium


Backs5. Ben Paton37. Joshua Jaska6. Aidan Quigley
H Backs2. Sam Walsh25. Oscar Clavarino19. Matthew Ling
Centres12. Ned McHenry28. James Worpel8. Lochie O’Brien
H Fwds18. Bailey Henderson35. Tom McCartin15. Paddy Dow
Fwds16. David Handley20. Tom De Koning4. Gryan Miers
Followers29. Bailey Williams9. Luke Davies-Uniacke21. Hunter Clark
Interchange10. Brent Daniels22. Jordon Butts33. Changkuoth Jiath
 26. Angus Schumacher13. Ethan Floyd32. Cassidy Parish
1. Kane Farrell(Two to be omitted)


Backs24. Durak Tucker27. Sam Taylor26. Chris Scott
H Backs17. Jaxon Cahill29. Aaron Naughton16. Jordan Boullineau
Centres3. Tom Joyce22. Kyron Hayden4. Lachlan Mitchell
H Fwds21. Matt Young25. Oscar Allen8. Sydney Stack
Fwds20. Brandon Starcevich37. Oliver Eastland2. Ian Hill
Followers28. Ben Miller11. Callan England9. Jake Patmore
Interchange19. Christian Ameduri1. Jarrd Fazioli15. Brayden Ainsworth
 14. Joseph Ugle10. Connor West32. Aaron Redhead
23. Damon Cramer(Two to be omitted)


VIC METRO VS. SOUTH AUSTRALIA – Friday 30th June 4.40pm Etihad Stadium


Backs3. Ethan Penrith26. Mitch Podhajski11. Ryley Stoddart
H Backs8. Joel Garner28. Noah Balta25. Nicholas Coffield
Centres15. Angus Styles17. Adam Cerra5. Patrick Naish
H Fwds13. Trent Mynott31. Will Sutherland19. Cameron Rayner
Fwds1. Dylan Moore30. Hayden McLean14. Jack Petruccelle
Followers37. Sam Hayes24. Charlie Constable2. Jack Higgins
Interchange4. Lachlan Fogarty23. Jaidyn Stephenson9. Andrew Brayshaw
 22. Riley Jones36. Tristan Xerri
Emergencies16. Thomas North27. Toby Wooller


Backs32. Thomas Schmusch24. Brandon Zerk-Thatcher17. Brad McCarthy
H Backs14. Isaac Hewson38. Harrison Petty18. Brodie Carroll
Centres2. Izak Rankine12. Alex Martini37. Charlie Ballard
H Fwds15. Jordan Houlahan36. Jack Lukosius40. Darcy Fogarty
Fwds3. James Rowe45. Bryce Denham26. Josh Smithson
Followers49. Callum Coleman-Jones13. Jackson Edwards6. Connor Rozee
Interchange34. Sam Davis5. Stefan Giro16. Mitchell Crowden
 27. Liam Denton41. Nathan Kreuger
Emergencies21. Andrew McPherson4. Cooper Gaffney

Western Australia continue Allies’ winless U18 campaign

WESTERN AUSTRALIA have bounced back from last weekend’s loss to Vic Metro with a 40-point victory over the Allies at Leederville Oval on Sunday.

WA led at all the main breaks, giving them their second win of the Under 18 Championships carnival to propel them to second on the ladder.

Midfielder Callan England was impressive on the outside with a game-high 26 disposals, showing off his good run & carry skills.

East Perth’s Jaxon Cahill had one of his best games in state colours, finding 23 disposals, seven marks and six inside 50s, providing good rebound across half back.

Oscar Allen again showed glimpses as to why he is rated as Western Australia’s best draft prospect, booting two goals from his 19 disposals.

The 191cm tall forward is athletic and covered the ground well clunking eight marks and was able to push through an ankle issue in the opening term. The WA Co-Captain is likely leading their MVP for the carnival.

Midfielders Brayden Ainsworth (23 disposals) and Jake Patmore (20 disposals) were others to standout in front of clubs in the pristine conditions.

For the Allies, Brisbane Lions academy member Connor Ballenden showed signs of a breakout performance playing in defence, leading the disposal count for the Allies at quarter time with 11.

Ballenden finished with 20 disposals and clunked eight marks, spending more time in defence than he has so far in his draft year.

Ruckman Brayden Crossley was dominating in the ruck with 29 hit-outs, 15 disposals and was able to push forward and boot two goals, named as the Allies’ best player.

NT Thunder 20-year-old Adam Sambono was lively with 15 disposals, booting 1.3 showing flashes of his speed in the contest.

Late addition to the Allies squad Connor Nutting had some good touches and will be hoping to have put his hand up for selection in their final game against Vic Metro.

GWS Academy midfielder Jack Powell was also prominent with 21 disposals and six clearances through the midfield.

Both sides will travel to Victoria for the final two rounds, with the Allies having the bye on Friday, before facing Vic Metro on Wednesday week at Simonds Stadium. Western Australia will face off against Vic Country on Friday at Etihad Stadium before finishing the carnival with a bye.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA                  2.2      6.5      8.6           12.12 (84)
ALLIES                                               1.1     2.4      5.8           6.8 (44)                   

WESTERN AUSTRALIA: Hill 2, Eastland 2, Allen 2, Starcevich 2, Mitchell, Cahill, Cramer, Ameduri
ALLIES: Crossley 2, Simington, Sambono, Dixon, Scott

England, Allen, Patmore, Cahill, Ainsworth
ALLIES: Crossley, Ballenden, Powell, Carr, Nutting

Rayner and Constable power Metro home in Vic derby

POSSIBLE no.1 pick Cameron Rayner has powered Vic Metro to victory over arch rivals Vic Country at Punt Road Oval on Saturday.

The Vic Metro midfielder was strong from the opening bounce finishing with 21 disposals in Vic Metro’s 22-point victory.

Rayner bagged three first half goals helping Metro out to a 11-point lead before Country fought back and were able to level the scores in the third term.

Led by captain Joel Garner (24 disposals) in the second half, Vic Metro were far too strong for Country – able to execute their skills on the outside.

Rayner was prominent in the AFL Academy’s 20th year celebration game at the MCG and has carried his form into the Under 18 Championships, winning the ball in the midfield and pushing forward using his strength – often throwing out a ‘don’t argue’ to his opponents.

Richmond father-son Patrick Naish (24 disposal & nine marks) showed his dash across half back in one of his better games for the season. Naish was also able to push forward and booted two goals.

After being left out of Metro’s opening game, Charlie Constable was superb with a match-high 31 disposals and six inside 50s, in a role across half forward and through the midfield.

In what was a game filled with fumbles, Constable was clean with ball in hand in the hot contest.


Lachlan Fogarty returned from injury, booting two goals across half forward, laying 12 tackles at the contest, to finish with 24 disposals.

It was the battle of inside midfielders at the contest, with Vic Country’s Luke Davies-Uniacke, James Worpel and Paddy Dow battling hard against Metro’s Dylan Moore, Jack Higgins and Adam Cerra.

Geelong Falcons small forward Gryan Miers was also promising for Vic Country, with 24 disposals and two goals.

Worpel’s ferocious tackling was on show, laying a team high 10 tackles – making it 21 tackles for the Under 18 Championships so far. Worpel had 25 disposals and was Country’s most consistent for the day.

Davies-Uniacke showed why he is a candidate for the no.1 pick, with his strength at the stoppages enabling him to dispose of the ball whilst being tackled.

His goal at the start of the second quarter saw him burst from the centre bounce, running forward and slotting to goal from outside 50.

Paddy Dow started multiple scoring chains, with his good work in at the stoppages – showing his burst of speed to get the ball moving forward.

Dylan Moore again found plenty of the ball in the Metro midfield, spreading well pushing his name into the eyes of recruiters.

Jack Higgins‘ ball winning continued, racking up 30 disposals in the midfield. Higgins booted a fantastic goal close to the pocket and celebrated truly infront of the large crowd that congregated in front of the food stalls at Punt Road.

Adam Cerra’s pinpoint pass in the opening quarter was a highlight and his work around the ground was very good.

Scotch’s Will Sutherland showed why he will be a high selection should football come first over cricket, with multiple marks in the forward half and was willing to crash the packs. Sutherland marked truly close to goal in the opening quarter and converted the chance.

Country midfielder Lochie O’Brien was lifted his output after half time, with 18 disposals running hard on the wing in the second half. His dash on the outside was a reason that Country were able to remain in the contest – but they were outclassed by the better skilled team on the day.

Both teams will converge at Etihad Stadium on Friday, with Vic Country playing Western Australia at 2.10pm, while the undefeated Vic Metro team plays South Australia at 4.40pm.
VIC METRO                  4.1      9.2      12.5           15.7 (97)
VIC COUNTRY              4.1     7.3      10.7           11.9 (75)                   

VIC METRO: Rayner 3, Moore 2, Higgins 2, Fogarty 2, Naish 2, Cerra, Stephenson, Sutherland, M.King
VIC COUNTRY: Miers 2, Handley 2, Worpel 2, Davies-Uniacke, Daniels, De Koning, Williams, Johnston

Constable, Rayner, Garner, Higgins, Naish
VIC COUNTRY: Worpel, Dow, Miers, Davies-Uniacke, Daniels

U18 Championships: Round 3 teams

ROUND THREE of the NAB AFL U18 Championships continue on Saturday, with Vic Metro hosting Vic Country in a local-derby at Punt Road Oval. The game will be streamed live on afl.com.au & we’ll also be live from Punt Road to give you the best analysis of the game on Facebook and Twitter. Western Australia will have their third consecutive home game, playing the Allies at Leederville Oval on Sunday. The game is NOT live streamed but we will have constant updates on Twitter and Facebook.

VIC METRO VS. VIC COUNTRY – Saturday 24th June 12pm Punt Road Oval


Backs3. Ethan Penrith29. Harrison Nolan11. Ryley Stoddart
H Backs8. Joel Garner33. Ben King25. Nicholas Coffield
Centres23. Jaidyn Stephenson17. Adam Cerra5. Patrick Naish
H Fwds24. Charlie Constable31. Will Sutherland19. Cameron Rayner
Fwds2. Jack Higgins34. Max King1. Dylan Moore
Followers37. Sam Hayes4. Lachlan Fogarty16. Thomas North
Interchange6. Dylan Landt10. Max Dreher20. Jack Bytel
 22. Riley Jones32. Joel Grace
Emergencies13. Trent Mynott26. Mitch Podhajski


Backs5. Ben Paton36. Cody Henness37. Joshua Jaska
H Backs21. Hunter Clark25. Oscar Clavarino19. Matthew Ling
Centres2. Sam Walsh28. James Worpel8. Lochie O’Brien
H Fwds22. Jordon Butts35. Tom McCartin30. Jordan Johnston
Fwds10. Brent Daniels29. Bailey Williams4. Gryan Miers
Followers20. Tom De Koning9. Luke Davies-Uniacke3. Jye Caldwell
Interchange32. Cassidy Parish6. Aidan Quigley1. Kane Farrell
 16. David Handley15. Paddy Dow
Emergencies12. Ned McHenry


WESTERN AUSTRALIA VS. ALLIES – Sunday 25th June 12.30pm Leederville Oval


Backs24. Durak Tucker27. Sam Taylor26. Chris Scott
H Backs17. Jaxon Cahill29. Aaron Naughton16. Jordan Boullineau
Centres3. Tom Joyce22. Kyron Hayden4. Lachlan Mitchell
H Fwds21. Matt Young25. Oscar Allen8. Sydney Stack
Fwds20. Brandon Starcevich37. Oliver Eastland2. Ian Hill
Followers28. Ben Miller11. Callan England9. Jake Patmore
Interchange19. Christian Ameduri35. Louis Miller15. Brayden Ainsworth
 14. Joseph Ugle10. Connor West32. Aaron Redhead
23. Damon Cramer(Two to be omitted)


Backs18. Jake Hinds38. Connor Ballenden3.Brodie Foster
H Backs14. Jack Clayton28. Harrison Carr19. Doulton Langlands
Centres27. Matthew Green26. Nicholas Shipley7. Sam Davidson
H Fwds13. Bailey Scott33. Jarrod Brander16. Thomas Mundy
Fwds12. Adam Sambono35. Hugh Dixon8. Luke Skrivanic
Followers39. Brayden Crossley6. Jack Powell5. Zac Bailey
Interchange10. James Bell25. Harry Simington9. Jarrod Osborne
 4. Laine Fitzgerald15. Connor Nutting33. Zac Beuchner
11. Brendan Myers(Two to be omitted)

** – Note: Jarrod Osborne will wear #9 not #43 as listed. Gold Coast Suns Academy member Connor Nutting has been added to the squad and will wear #15.

Higgins stars in Vic Metro victory

POSSIBLE top ten draftee Jack Higgins has played a starring role in Vic Metro’s 38-point win over Western Australia at Domain Stadium on Sunday.

The 178cm Oakleigh Chargers product was dominant from the first bounce using his clean hands in at the stoppages and finding targets around the ground by foot, on his way to collecting 30 disposals, nine marks, seven clearances and two goals in a best on ground display.

Higgins represented Vic Metro in two games last year as a bottom-ager averaging 20 disposals and his impact in the first half having 22 disposals, was the reason Vic Metro were able to win their opening game of the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships.

Midfielder Adam Cerra (24 disposals) was a standout in the midfield alongside Higgins, not doing his possible top five selection chances any harm.

Eastern Ranges midfielders Dylan Moore and Trent Mynott recently combined for 65 disposals, 20 tackles, 19 clearances and 10 inside 50s in the Ranges’ Round six win against Gippsland Power and the pair were impressive against WA.

Moore showed off his dash collecting 30 disposals and kicking a goal, while Mynott (21 disposals) used his strong frame to win it on the inside starting the game strongly for Metro.

Possible no.1 pick Cameron Rayner showed his power in the forward half of the ground, finishing the day with 23 disposals, six clearances and a goal.

Northern Knights pair Patrick Naish (22 disposals) and Nicholas Coffield (19 disposal) were others than impressed through the midfield and are two likely to push for first round draft selection.

Up forward, Sandringham Dragons captain Hayden McLean bagged two goals showing no signs of a recent injury sustained in their loss to the Ranges.

After a close opening quarter that saw two goals kicked apiece, Metro opened the game up with their superior skill setting them apart from WA.

Metro booted four goals to two and at three quarter time the margin of 32 points wasn’t out of WAs reach – after leading by 30 points in last weekends game against South Australia before a last quarter fade out nearly cost them the match.

However it was goal for goal for most of the final term with East Perth’s Louis Miller booting a long goal from outside 50m, one of the highlights for the home side.

Tom Joyce again found over 20 disposals playing through the midfield for Western Australia. The bottom-ager has been one of their standouts so far in the Under 18 Championships and would be one of the leading contenders for their MVP.

Midfielder Callan England (17 disposals) used his speed on the outside and was one of WAs best after collecting 18 disposals in their win against South Australia.

AFL Academy member Jake Patmore was strong with 19 disposals, while Ian Hill again caught the eye with his dashes up and down the ground.

Key forward Oscar Allen booted three goals, but played a lone hand with little support from WAs talls inside 50, while at the other end of the ground Allen’s co-captain Aaron Naughton had 15 disposals and six rebound 50s.

Next Saturday will see Vic Metro face off against arch-rivals Vic Country at Punt Road, while Western Australia will have their third consecutive home game facing the winless Allies on Sunday at Leederville Oval.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA       2.0      4.0        6.3           9.4 (58)      
VIC METRO                           2.4      6.9      10.11    14.12 (96)                  

WESTERN AUSTRALIA: Allen 3, Cameron, Ameduri, B.Miller, Frampton, L.Miller, Starcevich
VIC METRO: Higgins 2, McLean 2, Landt 2, Rayner, Naish, Cerra, Moore, Coffield, Hayes, Wooller, Taylor

Joyce, Patmore, Allen, Ainsworth, Naughton, England
Higgins, Moore, Rayner, Cerra, Naish, Coffield