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 12 of the SANFL, members of the State under 18s team were rested from any competition after their mid-week victory over Vic Country. With no school football either due to school holidays, we take a look at who the top performers were across the reserves and under 18s.
In Centrals’ one-point win over South Adelaide, under-ager Jackson Hately, having played well in the first two SA U18 games, was in the bests with 18 disposals four inside 50s and four tackles. For Souths, Henry Bruce led the disposals with 20, six clearances and a goal. For the Eagles loss to Westies Jake Weidemann racked up 15 disposals including seven marks. In Sturts win over North Adelaide, defender Mihail Lochowiak was best on ground with 19 disposals and nine tackles. Under-age midfielder Tom Lewis was also in the bests with his 20 disposals including a goal and an impressive 10 tackles. Helping Norwood get over Glenelg by two points were Cole Gerloff and Cam Ball with 18 disposals each.
Top team South Adelaide continued its dominant season with a 31 point victory over Centrals. Liam Fitt was judged best for South with his six inside 50s, and Luke Bogle was again dangerous with winning contested ball as well as three goals and eight tackles. Ryan Humphries-Carnelly (Centrals) was among his teams bests with two goals and three score assists.
North Adelaide knocked off a fast finishing Sturt to climb into finals contention with a 19-point win. For North, Sam Daniele was amongst the best with his 11 clearances through the midfield and his 27 disposals including a goal. Oscar Chapman dominated up forward kicking 5.2 inc eight marks and six inside 50s. Under-ager Boyd Woodcock also led with 32 disposals including nine inside 50s and a goal. Sturt came hard in the second half led by hardworking midfielder Sam Hargreaves with 22 disposals including eight marks and five goals to James Richards and under-ager Hugo Munn with his three goals.
Glenelg climbed off the bottom of the ladder with a 53 point win over Norwood, with 12 goals in the second half. Undersage ruckman Ruben Flinn (Glenelg) was best on ground with his 58 hit outs and Finn Betterman with his 24 disposals including a goal and eight inside 50s was also important. Curtis McCarthy was also lively up forward with five goals. For Norwood underager Luke Valente was best with 26 disposals including 10 tackles.
The second placed Eagles held on in an eight-point win over West. Todd Hoyle (Eagles) was best with his 17 disposlas, eight marks and a goal. Also underager Kai Pudney led the Eagles’ possession getters with 28 and two goals to also have key influence in rebounding from defence and attacking the 50. For West Adelaide, Jakob Heitmann was among the best with his 27 disposals including eight inside 50s, as was Elliot Dunkin with 31 disposals including nine marks, seven inside 50s and seven tackles.