SOUTH Australia has today announced its 36-player squad for next months’ National Under 18 Championships following the conclusion of two trial games against Western Australia over the weekend. The squad also includes six bottom-agers that are now able to be drafted until next year. Four over-agers – missed out on being drafted last year – have returned with Declan Carmody, Darnell Tucker, Lachlan Burrows and Angus Rana all named in the side.
Among the club representation, Woodville-West Torrens Eagles and Glenelg Tigers have the most with seven apiece, while Sturt has five representatives. Central District, South Adelaide and West Adelaide have four each, while North Adelaide has three players in the squad. Norwood has just the two players, but they are potential top 10 picks in Dylan Stephens and Cameron Taheny who will be ones to keep an eye on at the carnival. Other highly rated players at this point of the year include Woodville West Torrens’ Jackson Mead and Kysaiah Pickett, and Glenelg’s Will Gould. A couple of players to keep in mind for next year are Corey Durdin and Zac Dumesny as well as potential Adelaide father-son Luke Edwards.
Central District : Jack Carpenter, Corey Durdin, Jordan O’Brien, Oliver Shaw.
Eagles : Jamie Coff, Lachlan McNeil, Jackson Mead, Josh Morris, Kysaiah Pickett, Harry Schoenberg, Taj Schofield*.
Glenelg : Declan Carmody+, Luke Edwards*, Will Gould, Cooper Horsnell*, Jordan Moore, Callum Park, Brady Searle.
North Adelaide : Karl Finlay, Dyson Hilder, Harrison Magor.
Norwood : Dylan Stephens, Cameron Taheny.
South Adelaide : Zac Dumesny*, Damon Freitag, Daniel Sladojevic, Darnell Tucker+.
Sturt : Lachlan Burrows+, Oliver Grivell, Anzac Lochowiak, Jed McEntee, Joshua Shute.
West Adelaide : Will Day, Angus Rana+, Tom Rundle, Riley Thilthorpe*.
South Australia’s National Under 18 Championships fixture:
vs. Western Australia at Optus Stadium, June 15.
vs. Vic Metro at Alberton Oval, June 22.
vs. Vic Country at GMHBA Stadium, June 28.
vs. Allies at Marvel Stadium, July 3.