South Australia crowned as U16 Division One champions

Winning South Australian side (Photo: Brenton Phillips)
Winning South Australian side (Photo: Brenton Phillips)

SOUTH AUSTRALIA claimed their fourth Division One Under 16 title, after an undefeated carnival on the Gold Coast concluding last week.

South Australia narrowly accounted for Western Australia in the opening round, before defeating both Victorian  teams to finish on top of the Division One ladder.

Norwood’s speedy midfielder Mihail Lochowiak was strong in all three games and was named in the bests in every match. However, his strong carnival was overshadowed by North Adelaide’s Connor Rozee who was named the South Australian MVP.

The midfielder was a standout throughout the championships and won the Kevin Sheehan Medal for the best player in Division One. The midfielder was an important figure throughout the carnival, with 26 disposals in a close match against Vic Metro.

Up forward Boyd Woodcock also performed well, kicking five goals for the carnival.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA finished in second position with their only loss coming in the opening match against South Australia.

Captain Rylie Morgan stood out once the carnival reached the Gold Coast, collecting 28 disposals against Vic Metro and a massive 34 disposals against Vic Country.

Small forward Ian Hill was named as WA’s MVP after a stunning carnival inside 50. The cousin of AFL footballers Stephen and Brad Hill, booted eight goals for the carnival and will be a name to listen out for in years to come.

Ian Hill was awarded the WA MVP for a great carnival. (Photo: WA Football)
Ian Hill was awarded the WA MVP for a great carnival. (Photo: WA Football)

VIC COUNTRY finished third, with their only victory coming against rivals Vic Metro in the opening round at Simonds Stadium.

Murray Bushrangers forward Hudson Garoni was a crucial figure inside 50, kicking nine goals for the carnival, including a bag of five against Vic Metro.

Irving Mosquito showed a good bust of speed and agility, using his left foot well throughout the carnival.

Bendigo Pioneers midfield Jye Caldwell was the clear standout for Vic Country and was awarded their MVP. The 184cm midfielder uses the ball well on both sides of his body, with one of his best games coming against title winners South Australia where he collected 26 disposals and five clearances.

VIC METRO didn’t win a match throughout the carnival, but multiple players put their hand up as players to mark down in your notebook.

Rhylee West (son of Western Bulldogs great Scott) was the clear standout for Vic Metro. The 179cm midfielder from Calder Cannons worked hard on the inside and used his strength to clear the ball in stoppages. West also has a good enough burst away from the stoppage and hits targets on either foot.

Curtis Taylor also had glimpses showing his agility across the half forward flank, while Joel Crocker (son of North Melbourne assistant coach Darren) spent most of the carnival across half back.

Two Sandringham Dragons key position players loom as early picks in 2018, in a similar mould to 2015 draftees Harry and Ben McKay. Twins Max and Ben King were vital players throughout the carnival for Metro at either ends of the ground.

197cm key forward Max kicked six goals for the carnival, also pinch hitting in the ruck at stages. Brother Ben stands at 198cm and played as a key defender and was also named best on ground against Vic Country.

For stats, goal kickers, best players and scores click here

Part two with the Division Two report will be online soon. 

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