With the SANFL completing round eight over the weekend, 2017 South Australian draft talent was on show at Reserves and Under 18s Level. Players selected in the South Australia Under 18 squad for Round one didn’t play over the weekend, while the Div 1 School Competition continued. We take a look at who the top performers were across the grades:
Mitch Crowden (Sturt), Alex Martini (Glenelg) and Darcy Fogarty (Glenelg) all trained with the SA Under 18 state team.
After winning the Torrens Uni MVP for the U18s last weekend with 33 disposals and three goals, West Adelaide’s Josh Smithson was promoted to the Reserves, having three scoring shots on goal. Cooper Gaffney (Eagles) also had 21 disposals as well as eight tackles. Corey Smith (Norwood) had 14 disposals with two goals.
Luke Bogle (South Adelaide) was also dominating in their 100-point win over Glenelg, with 156 Dream team points, from his 39 disposals, eight marks and a goal to be the Round 8 Torrens Uni MVP nominee. Job Colwell (South Adelaide) kicked five goals from his 21 disposals, impressive all day. In the Woodville-West Torrens 21-point loss to North Adelaide, Jake Weidemann was good with 23 disposals, seven tackles and seven marks, unluckily missing the SA squad for round one. For North Adelaide, underager Boyd Woodcock was among the best with his 27 disposals and 10 clearances. Sturt’s Ed Allan was again prolific after his MVP nomination a few weeks ago with 42 disposals, two goals and 160 dream team points. Norwood big man James Siviour had 19 disposals, 11 marks and 29 hitouts to be among his teams best players. 195cm tall Ryan Falkenberg (Central District) was also dominating – rebounding well through the middle with 25 disposals, three goals, 12 marks and 10 inside 50s in a comprehensive performance.
School Footy(Messenger Shield):
The three SA Squad members playing for Prince Alfred College (PAC) also pressed their claims. Key forward Hugo Barry was impressive at full forward with a number of contested marks, and was damaging when the ball hit the ground, kicking 8.7, handing off a few as well. Barry’s dominance could’ve easily seen him reach double figures in the goal category had he kicked straight. PAC Captain Cole Gerloff also dominated through the midfield and set up a number fo inside 50s. Lochie Charlton playing on the wing showed some exhilarating pace to cut through the opposition and also kicked multiple goals.