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South Australian weekly wrap: Finalists all but set ahead of big finish

THE South Australian National Football League (SANFL) finalists were all but confirmed following the weekend’s results, as Norwood booked in a spot with victory to move two wins and percentage clear of sixth entering the final two rounds of the season.

SANFL LEAGUE:

West Adelaide 5.10 (40) defeated by Adelaide 15.15 (105)

Adelaide edged closer to top spot again with a massive 65-point victory over cellar dwellers West Adelaide. After a tight first half, the Crows booted 10 goals to one to run away with the contest thanks to 30 scoring shots to 15 in what could have even been a greater margin with better accuracy. AFL-listed Crows, Myles Poholke (28 disposals, 10 marks, three clearances, two tackles and two goals), Paul Seedsman (25 disposals, eight marks, five clearances and five tackles) and Jordon Butts (26 disposals, nine marks and two tackles) all performed strongly, while Elliott Himmelberg booted three majors from 15 disposals and seven marks in the win. For the Bloods, Kaine Stevens was the standout player with 34 disposals, two marks, two clearances and four tackles, while Chris Schmidt (26 disposals, five clearances and nine tackles) and Nathan Batley (28 disposals, three marks, three clearances and four tackles) were also strong.

Port Adelaide 18.14 (122) defeated Woodville-West Torrens 8.11 (59)

Steven Motlop‘s five goals helped Port Adelaide Magpies to a comprehensive 63-point win over Woodville-West Torrens. The Magpies dominated throughout and never looked like losing with plenty of AFL-listed stars standing up. Motlop had 15 touches, six marks and four tackles to go with his five goals, while Jack Trengove (33 disposals, six marks, five clearances and 14 tackles) and Willem Drew (38 disposals, four marks, five clearances, six tackles and a goal) both pressed claims for a recall, as did ruckman Scott Lycett, who was simply a class above, having 33 hitouts and seven clearances, to go with his 30 disposals, eight marks and six tackles. For the Eagles, Jordan Foote had 19 dispoals, three marks, two clearances, nine tackles and a goal, while Nicholas Hayes helped himself to 21 disposals, six marks, four tackles, two clearances and two goals. First round father-son hopeful Jackson Mead had the 12 touches, six marks and four tackles in the loss.

Sturt 6.14 (50) defeated by Norwood 17.7 (109)

Norwood all but locked up the 2019 SANFL finalists with a 59-point win over Sturt, joining the Double Blues on 10 wins from 16 outings. Lewis Johnston was massive with 30 touches, five marks, four clearances, four tackles and a goal in the win, while Matthew Nunn (27 disposals, four marks, seven clearances, six tackles and a goal) and Cole Gerloff (22 disposals, three marks, seven clearances, seven tackles ad a goal) were productive. First round draft hopeful Dylan Stephens again showed no signs of slowing down with 24 disposals, four marks, six clearances and four tackles. For Sturt, Sam Colquhoun‘s remarkable season continued, racking up 33 disposals, four marks, 11 clearances, five tackles and a goal in an all-round performance, while Zane Kirkwood (24 disposals, six marks, three tackles and three clearances) and James Battersby (26 disposals, three marks, 15 clearances and three tackles) also assisted in massive midfield roles.

RESERVES:

West Adelaide 6.10 (46) defeated by Woodville-West Torrens 14.8 (92)

Woodville-West Torrens grabbed third spot and left West Adelaide’s finals hopes hanging by a string in its 46-point victory over the Bloods. The Eagles jumped past Central District on percentage and now West Adelaide is just percentage clear of Glenelg inside the top five. Lachlan McNeil had a day out with 21 disposals, five marks, five clearances and 12 tackles, wile Jimmy Toumpas (21 disposals, seven clearances, eight tackles and a goal) and Jake Comitogianni (23 disposals, eight marks, four clearances and three tackles) were also strong. For West Adelaide, Angus Rana had 32 hitouts working hard through the ruck to go with his 14 disposals, six marks, six tackles and one goal, while Scott Bentley (25 disposals, five marks and four clearances) had the most touches of anyone on the field.

Sturt 8.11 (59) defeated Norwood 8.6 (54)

Sturt fought from three goals down at the final break to run over the top of Norwood and keep in contention for top spot leading into finals. The Double Blues got the better of the Redlegs in the top-of-the-table clash with eight individual goalkickers from 19 scoring shots. Potential Brisbane father-son Casey Voss was prolific again with 26 disposals, seven marks, seven clearances, four tackles and a goal, while South Australian state winger, Josh Shute had 22 touches, eight marks, four clearances and three tackles. Edward Allan (26 disposals, five marks, three clearances and six tackles) and Oliver Grivell (21 disposals, six marks and two tackles) were others who found plenty of the ball. For Norwood, it was Sam Buckham (24 disposals, three marks, six clearances, 12 tackles and three goals) who was the clear standout, while Cody Szust (22 disposals, five marks, six tackles and three clearances) and Jed Spence (20 disposals, four clearances, 13 tackles and a goal) who were also busy.

UNDER 18S:

Norwood 8.9 (57) defeated by Sturt 12.7 (79)

Sturt edged one win closer to Norwood with a 22-point victory over the Redlegs in a battle of those sides unable to make finals. The Double Blues jumped out to a five goals to one lead in the first term, and despite Norwood coming back in the final term with three goals to one, the game was done and dusted by the final break. William Crane was enormous through the middle with 25 disposals, 11 clearances, 16 tackles and a goal, assisted well by Heath Wingard (25 disposals, eight marks, four clearances, three tackles and three goals) and Keynan Harradine (21 disposals, four marks, nine clearances, eight tackles and one goal. For Norwood, 16-year-old Cooper Murley stood out with 2.3 from 27 disposals, five marks, eight clearances and seven tackles, joined in the bests by Marcus Roberts (24 disposals, five marks, eight clearances, one tackle and a goal) and Mitchell Carroll (23 disposals, three marks, five tackles and a goal).

Woodville-West Torrens 13.9 (87) defeated West Adelaide 3.7 (25)

The top-of-the-table Eagles had no problems dismissing second placed West Adelaide, piling on the last six goals of the game to record a comfortable 62-point win in a statement win to the competition. Zane Williams was huge for the Eagles, racking up 34 touches, seven marks, five clearances, seven tackles and booting 3.3, while Luke Barnett (31 disposals, four marks, 10 clearances, 10 tackles and a goal) and Lachlan Jones (31 disposals, eight marks) both had big numbers. Caleb Poulter (25 disposals, five marks, five clearances, seven tackles and two goals) and Lachlan Hoile (26 disposals, three marks, three clearances and six tackles) were also strong in the win. For the Bloods, Joel Groom (22 disposals, four marks, six clearances, nine tackles and a goal) and Jason Westley (27 disposals, nine marks, six clearances and two tackles) were best in defeat.

South Australia announces 36-player squad

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 [4]: Jack Carpenter, Corey Durdin, Jordan O’Brien, Oliver Shaw.
Eagles [7]: Jamie Coff, Lachlan McNeil, Jackson Mead, Josh Morris, Kysaiah Pickett, Harry Schoenberg, Taj Schofield*.
Glenelg [7]: Declan Carmody+, Luke Edwards*, Will Gould, Cooper Horsnell*, Jordan Moore, Callum Park, Brady Searle.
North Adelaide [3]: Karl Finlay, Dyson Hilder, Harrison Magor.
Norwood [2]: Dylan Stephens, Cameron Taheny.
South Adelaide [4]: Zac Dumesny*, Damon Freitag, Daniel Sladojevic, Darnell Tucker+.
Sturt [5]: Lachlan Burrows+, Oliver Grivell, Anzac Lochowiak, Jed McEntee, Joshua Shute.
West Adelaide [4]: 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.

South Australia weekly wrap: Under 18s storm to opening win

Picture credit: Sarah Woolford

WITH the South Australia vs. Western Australia National Under 18s Championships fixture the focus of the week, there were only a handful of other games played across the various leagues, with players outside of the state squad looking to impress.

SA Under 18 Recap: SA 19.10 (124) defeated WA 5.5 (35)

It was comprehensive from the South Australian (SA) lads, and the cream dominated this game with all the key SA names making their contribution – Jack Lukosius, Jackson Hately, Luke Valente and Izak Rankine all showed what they can do. This weekend the SA side continues their practice with a trial match vs Woodville West Torrens Reserves side. It will be intriguing to see what coach Tony Bamford does with the side, and whether he keeps the team the same for team continuity or chooses to look at some other players in the squad pressing for selection.

It is an important preparation with the next National Under 18 Championships hit-out against Vic Country at Adelaide Oval on June 17.

SANFL LEAGUE:

The SANFL League fixture poised only two games to be played on the weekend. Sturt defeated West Adelaide by 19 points in the first game. West Adelaide’s John Noble (son of David) has had a solid season for the Bloods and found his way into the best. Nineteen year-old former Sacred Heart College (SHC) student Elliot Dunkin made his league debut as well for the Bloods and showed his class at the higher level. South accounted for Port Magpies easily and once again Liam Fitt continued his form with another four goals. The strong 19 year old is showing how good he can be this year. Dom Barry was best for Port and will be pushing for a call-up to the Power lineup. Young players Lewin Davis and Dale Finnie were others to make their league debuts for the Magpies as well.

SANFL RESERVES:

The Eagles easily beat Centrals by 68 points, with a host of Eagles hitting the scoreboard. Jake Comitogianni was best afield with 31 disposals, Connor McLeod (son of Andrew) slotted four goals and Jackson Mead (son of Darren) also kicked two goals, James Rowe again was prolific winning plenty of ball. West Adelaide won a close one by four points over Sturt, and youngster Angus Rana impressed in the Ruck with 20 hitouts. The rise of Casey Voss (son of Michael) continues with the prodigy making his Reserves debut and slotting straight into the best with a 12-possession and nine-tackle game – his season has been one that can’t be ignored and no doubt recruiters are watching with interest.

South were sluggish against an improved Port Magpies and ended up with a 42-point win. Job Colwell played his first Reserves game for South and slotted a goal, while Nicholas Steele in his first game slotted five goals for the Panthers. Port’s Mitchell Mead (son of Darren) slotted two goals while Kyle Crompton and Harry Morgan (three goals) were best for the Magpies.

SANFL U18’s:

There was only one Under 18s game played on the weekend with Eagles defeating Centrals. Both sides had some younger players taking the field. Ball magnet Kai Pudney clocked up 34 disposals for the Eagles, and Trent Burgoyne was solid all game. For Centrals, Corey Durdin was good again in another consistent game.

It is the half-way mark of the season for the Under 18 competition and although the player turnover and movement has been busy for all clubs, as well as getting access to their best talent, the ladder looks similar to our start of season prediction. It will be an interesting end to the season and all teams are still in the mix for finals.

College and School Footy:

College footy continued last weekend, and in a tight tussle SHC took it up to PAC and came from behind, but just couldn’t quite get over the line, going down by seven points. Immanuel College finally recorded a win vs St Michael’s with a narrow six point margin. In another close game of the Round, Rostrevor continued their winning ways with a four point win over St Peters. The relegation of teams and promotion will kick in next week, so there will be a close watch on how the remainder of the season pans out.

Future SA stars – Under 16 State Squad Finalised:

The squad of the next batch of SA talent was finalised this week, and familiar names Luke Edwards (son of Tyson) along with Ethan Schwerdt (son of Stephen), James Borlase (son of Daryl) and Xavier Robins (son of Haydn) making up squad members. The talent pool looks deep for this U16 squad with a number of squad members having played U18 footy at SANFL level already. The full list of players can be found here.

South Australia announces final 42-man squad for National Championships

SOUTH Australia has confirmed its 42-man squad for the upcoming National Under 18 Championships today.After an internal trial game at Thebarton Oval on Sunday, the initial squad of 52 was cut to 42 ahead of the championships, with many bottom-agers making way in the side.

Among the names to look out for are Woodville-West Torrens’ key forward Jack Lukosius and small forward/midfielder Izaac Rankine from West Adelaide, with the pair expected to be high selections in the National Draft, while North Adelaide’s Connor Rozee and Central Districts’ Jackson Hately are also likely to force an AFL club to use a first rounder on them. Some famous names also included in the squad are Riley Grundy (brother of Collingwood’s Brodie) and Hayden Sampson (son of former Crow Clay). The squad also includes six overagers (missed out last year) and five bottom-agers (not eligible to be drafted until 2019).

Norwood has dominated the South Australian team this year, with a massive nine players in the final squad, three more than Glenelg, South Adelaide and Sturt. Woodville-West Torrens has five, just ahead of Central Districts and North Adelaide (four apiece). while West Adelaide has just two.

Central Districts [4]: Aaron Nietschke, Jackson Hately, Jez McLennan, Ryan Falkenberg
Glenelg [6]: Declan Carmody, Finn Betterman, Seb Schrieber, Tobin Cox, Tom Jones, Will Gould
North Adelaide [4]: Boyd Woodcock, Connor Rozee, Josh Hart, Oscar Chapman
Norwood [9]: Ben Jarvis, Cameron Taheny, Dylan Stephens, Jacob Collins, Jacob Kennerley, James Siviour, Kade Chandler, Luke Valente, Tyler Martin
South Adelaide [6]: Hayden Sampson, Job Colwell, Robert Irra, Tate Coleman, Tom Sparrow, Jake Tarca
Sturt [6]: Dougal Grieve, Hugo Munn, James Braidwood, Mihail Lochowiak, Riley Grundy, Tom Lewis
West Adelaide [2]: Angus Rana, Izak Rankine
Woodville-West Torrens [5]: Jack Lukosius, Jackson Mead, Kai Pudney, Kysaiah Pickett, Martin Frederick

States can add more players if form or fitness allows closer to the championships.

South Australian National Under 18 Championships squad announced

NORWOOD’S strong youth prospects made up more than one fifth of the initial 52-man South Australian Under 18 side named today. Norwood had 11 players named in the side, three more than South Adelaide, while Glenelg and Eagles had seven apiece.  West Adelaide had the least number of nominees, but provide one of the strongest South Australian prospects in Izak Rankine. Other talented Croweaters to watch for include Eagles’ star Jack Lukoisus, as well as North Adelaide duo Boyd Woodcock and Connor Rozee, Central Districts’ Jackson Hately and Norwood’s Luke Valente.

According to the SANFL website, the Under 18 coach Tony Bamford said the squad would be reduced to between 30 to 35 following an internal trial match at Thebarton Oval on May 13. Bamford also said there were a number of players unavailable for the upcoming National Under 18 Championships due to injury. These included Sam Whitbread, Luke Bogle and Eamon Wilkinson, while noting that three players – Reece Milsom, James Braidwood and Seb Schreiber were included in the squad despite missing the initial call-up to the South Australian Under 18 Academy.

South Australia opens its National Under 18 Championships campaign against Western Australia at home on June 3, before matches against Vic Country (June 17), Allies (June 29) and Vic Metro (July 4), with the latter two to be played in Geelong and at Etihad Stadium respectively.

Central Districts [6]: Aaron Nietschke, Jackson Hately, Jez McLennan, Malachai Ahmatt-Lovett, Rhett Montgomerie, Ryan Falkenberg

Glenelg [7]: Brad Potter, Declan Carmody, Finn Betterman, Seb Schrieber, Tobin Cox, Tom Jones, Will Gould

North Adelaide [4]: Boyd Woodcock, Connor Rozee, Josh Hart, Oscar Chapman

Norwood [11]: Ben Jarvis, Cameron Ball, Cameron Taheny, Dylan Stephens, Isaac Saywell, Jacob Collins, Jacob Kennerley, James Siviour, Kade Chandler, Luke Valente, Tyler Martin

South Adelaide [8]: Daniel Sladojevic, Darnell Tucker, Hayden Sampson, Job Colwell, Reece Milsom, Robert Irra, Tate Coleman, Tom Sparrow

Sturt [6]: Dougal Grieve, Hugo Munn, James Braidwood, Mihail Lochowiak, Riley Grundy, Tom Lewis

West Adelaide [3]: Angus Rana, Izak Rankine, William Gutsche

Woodville West Torrens [7]: Jack Lukosius, Jackson Mead, Jarrod Miller, Kai Pudney, Kysaiah Pickett, Martin Frederick, Trent Burgoyne

Talented talls put through their paces

TWENTY ONE of the top tall draft prospects are participating in a three-day camp this week, aimed to assist with the development of ruck and key position players.

The camp is designed to fast-track the development of taller players, with those at the camp initially nominated by AFL clubs. The list does not include those players already undergoing extra development through the AFL Academy such as Max and Ben King, or Jack Lukosius. The players will experience a series of skill sessions and talks, held at the training bases of Essendon, Carlton and Collingwood football clubs.

Thirteen of the 21 players at the camp are on TAC Cup lists, while South Australia has three participants, and Western Australia and Tasmania have two each. Gold Coast Academy tall Matt Conroy and Brisbane Academy’s Kian Dennis are also attending the camp.

Murray Bushrangers and Dandenong Stingrays have the equal most representatives at the camp, with three players – Ben Kelly, Jacob Koschitzke and Mark Marriott for the Bushrangers, and Bailey Schmidt, and twins Matthew and Stephen Cumming for the Stingrays – taking part. AFL clubs will also take the opportunity to interview prospects, with some of the prospects potentially representing their state at the upcoming National Under 18 Championships.

TALLS CAMP PROSPECTS (club, height)

Tim Auckland (Launceston, 197.5cm) 
Matt Conroy (Gold Coast Academy, 199.7cm) 
Sam Conway (Geelong Falcons, 201.5cm) 
Matthew Cumming (Dandenong Stingrays, 198.3cm) 
Stephen Cumming (Dandenong Stingrays, 199.2cm) 
Kian Dennis (Lions Academy, 195cm) 
Joe Furphy (Northern Knights, 202cm) 
Bailey Griffiths (Oakleigh Chargers, 200cm) 
Joe Griffiths (Sandringham Dragons, 202.4cm) 
Tom Hallebone (Northern Knights, 201.1cm) 
Josh Hart (West Adelaide, 205cm) 
Ryan Henkel (Gippsland Power, 200cm) 
Tom Jones (Glenelg, 202cm) 
Ben Kelly (Murray Bushrangers, 201.8cm) 
Jacob Koschitzke (Murray Bushrangers, 195cm) 
Mark Marriott (Murray Bushrangers, 201.5cm)
Angus Rana (North Adelaide, 198.5cm)
Bailey Schmidt (Dandenong Stingrays, 198.8cm)
Jake Steele (Glenorchy, 194.7cm)
Brynn Teakle (Subiaco, 202cm)
Tylar Watts (Greater Western Sydney Rebels, 197.9cm)

South Australia weekly wrap: Draft prospects shine in SANFL openers

WITH the opening round of the South Australian Football League (SANFL) starting, we review the performances of the potential draft prospects for 2018.

League:

Central Districts tall mid Jackson Hately turned in a great debut for the League team with 22 disposals, including six inside 50s and one goal in his teams’ 61-point victory over North Adelaide. AFL Academy member, Hately was composed and looked completely at home exerting his influence around the ground, particularly up forward. Key forward Hugo Munn played in Sturt’s 12-point win over Norwood and impacted with inside 50s and forward pressure tackles. Top prospect Jack Lukosius was again dominant up forward for the Eagles, taking six marks booting three goals, as well as giving off another two. Izak Rankine from Westies did not play due to suspension from the last trial game.

Reserves:

In Sturt’s four point win over Norwood, strongly built mid Tom Lewis had 16 possessions, 11 of which were contested, along with six tackles. Smooth mover Mihail Lochowiak ended up with 11 possessions. For North Adelaide, Frankie Szekely impacted the game with some speed and a four-bounce run through the midfield to obtain 12 possessions including four inside 50’s and two rebound 50’s on top of a nice goal in his teams four point victory over Centrals. Centrals’ Jez McLennan had 15 possessions including four tackles to show some real poise across half-back. Glenelg defeated South Adelaide by 35 points with 2017 National combine attendee Alex Martini collecting 23 disposals working both ways through the midfield as well as eight tackles. Souths’ Nathan Kreuger, also a Combine invitee in 2017, had 12 possessions and kicked two goals.

U18s:

The Eagles demolished Westies by 77 points, with Kai Pudney racking up 35 disposals, 11 marks and eight inside/rebound 50s. Elusive underager Kysaiah Picket had 29 possessions to be in the bests as well. For West, ruckman Angus Rana was best with 27 hit outs and four inside 50’s. South defeated Glenelg by 22 points with Tate Coleman best with 28 possessions, eight marks and a goal. Bottom-ager Daniel Sladojevic clunked nine marks and kicked six goals. For Glenelg underager Will Gould was best with 22 disposals including seven marks and an incredible 12 rebound 50s playing in the back half and South Australian Academy member Finn Betterman was strong and effective all game.

Centrals defeated North by 10 points led by mid Aaron Nietschke with 38 disposals (20 of which were contested), six tackles and nine clearances. Underager Jordan O’Brien was also in the bests with 22 disposals and nine clearances, and was good on both sides. For the Roosters, Boyd Woodcock had 30 disposals, six clearances and six inside/rebound 50s to be his side’s best. Underage ruck/forward Dyson Hilder was also effective with 16 hitouts, 11 possessions and one goal. Norwood defeated last years premiers Sturt by 46 points with AFL Academy member Luke Valente dominant with 39 possessions including eight marks, 11 clearances and five inside 50s to go with his one goal. Hard running Kade Chandler was also good with 25 disposals, 10 marks, eight clearances and a goal. Sturt’s Hamish Wallace was named his teams best leading with seven tackles.

South Australian Under 18s preview

THE 2018 Season for South Australian National Football League (SANFL) Under 18 sides looks set to shape up as one full of local talent destined for the national stage. It will be a challenge for some clubs to balance how their talented youngsters are managed with SANFL League teams wanting to play their top end talent yet balancing club and player needs for the Under 18 competition. In addition to the School/College football commitments, Under 18 football is a tipsters nightmare as player movement is high.

Under 18s football in South Australia (SA) will certainly draw greater national attention this year, with recruiters and media outlets alike looking at the progress of elite SA youngsters who look set to shape the competition. Along with a new SA Under 18 coach in Tony Bamford, all the pieces look like they are ready for SA to make a charge in 2018.

Looking at each SANFL club in turn we focus on the key talent as well as some players who may be a late bolter and come into 2018 draft consideration.

 

Central Districts

AFL Academy standout Jackson Hately headlines the Bulldogs talent. Having already made his SANFL League debut, it will be interesting to watch his progress. Hately is certainly on the draft radar for 2018, but he may struggle to play much U18 footy with League football demands. Centrals season should be solid as other talent to watch include Malachai Ahmatt-Lovett and Aaron Nietschke who will provide good depth. Other players on watch are Llwellyn Milera and midfielder Jordan O’Brien.

Prediction – mid to high table, finals

 

Eagles

The great thing for the Eagles this year is their potential number one draft pick Jack Lukosius, but it will be hard to keep him out of the Eagles League side all year. His impact and resume is building very quickly, but the Under 18 side at Woodville is blessed with depth. Other key players Kai Pudney, Martin Frederick, along with great family talent of Jackson Mead, Kysaiah Pickett and Trent Burgoyne the signs are strong for another U18 Grand Final appearance.  

Prediction – top end of table – potential Grand Finalist

 

 Glenelg

The Under 18 squad for Glenelg will be solid as always, but once again in 2018 the impact of school and college football may determine their position this season. Key player and leader Finn Betterman is showing early signs of a exciting year, while other SA Academy members Oscar Lovelock, Brad Potter will be key parts of the midfield. At the younger end Glenelg has some real talent for 2019 with father-son Luke Edwards and Prince Alfred College (PAC) student Will Gould adding strength.

Prediction – mid table – will sneak into make finals

 

Norwood

The Redlegs are always around the mark, and early wins will be key for them. AFL Academy player Luke Valente is pivotal for the Redlegs as is 2019 prospect Cameron Taheny. Taheny is developing nicely along with fellow youngster Dylan Stephens who may both find themselves in SA’s Under 18 final side. PAC’s Kade Chandler is another midfield runner but the impact of college players may affect their season

Prediction – mid table, may sneak into finals

 

North Adelaide

North’s challenge in 2018 will be getting their best side on the park. Top-end draft potential Conor Rozee will most likely play some League footy in 2018 which will affect his side. Exciting talent Frank Szekely is also in the seniors mix. Strong midfielder Boyd Woodcock will be integral along with key forward James Langley and under-age prospect Dyson Hilder. It is very hard to predict where the Roosters will finish.

Prediction – mid to low table, likely to miss finals

 

South Adelaide

South must be really excited for season 2018. Across all levels they look strong. At Under 18  their squad has some quality. PAC lad Tom Sparrow will be key, along with impressive forwards and State squad members Job Colwell and Darnell Tucker. Father-son Hayden Sampson and Sam Whitbread have both shown their class in past years.  The Panthers will be around the mark again, but their best side may just be off the mark at the pointy end of the year

Prediction – mid-high end of table, finals

 

Sturt

A clean sweep in all grades in 2017 will be difficult for the Double Blues to repeat in 2018, but they may just be off the mark with their Under 18s this year. Whilst at the top end AFL prospect Hugo Munn has made his League debut already he may float between the u18 side but he will be crucial. St Peter’s standout Tom Lewis is crucial as well but once again he along with talented Mihail Lochowiak may be pushed to Reserves and college impact will affect their chances too. Some family names in the mix as well are young Casey Voss (son of Michael) and Riley Grundy (brother of Brody) who will both get opportunities.

Prediction – mid- bottom table, unlikely to make finals

 

West Adelaide

West Adelaide, like other clubs will struggle for access to their best players, with top-end draft standout Izak Rankine most likely to play 2018 in the League side.  The Bloods have an even side and Angus Rana and William Gutschke will be pivotal along with midfielders Ethan Moore, Sam May and Beau Nunan.  Underage talent Jye Sinderberry will get opportunities, and country lad Conor Blackwell may sneak a game. 

Prediction – mid-bottom table – unlikely to make finals

 

It would be fantastic to see all clubs play their true Under 18 talent all year, but League and Reserves football will beckon for the talented players as AFL recruiters suggest clubs showcase potential draftees at the highest level.  All clubs will have a high turnover of players throughout their teams, and the predictions are based on the most settled lineups.

 

Ladder Prediction 2018

1 South Adelaide

2 Eagles

3 Centrals

4 Glenelg

5 Norwood

6 West Adelaide

7 Sturt

8 North Adelaide