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South Australian weekly wrap: Roosters get back on track

SOME of South Australia’s (SA) young talents filtered back into South Australian National Football League (SANFL) games last week, with majority of SA’s U18 and U16 squad still away on National Championship duties.

School footy continues to be on break, so most clubs over the coming weeks will be able to get their best sides on the park, so SANFL club results will be interesting to watch. Jamie Morgan, Tom Wyman and Damon Mattiazzo all took a look at what is making news in South Australia.

League:

Port Adelaide 14.15 (99) defeated West Adelaide 3.4 (22)

Port Adelaide cemented their spot in the top five of the SANFL with an elementary victory over strugglers West Adelaide. The Magpies were in complete control of the contest with West Adelaide unable to cause any threat to the side that only featured one non-AFL listed player in their line-up. Billy Frampton was superb for Port with a dominant display comprising 25 disposals, nine marks and four goals. Former Lion Sam Mayes produced his best performance of the season so far with 28 disposals, seven marks and seven clearances, as Willem Drew and Kane Farrell were also busy with 23 touches each. Matthew Broadbent and Jarrod Lienert controlled the play from the wings with 25 and 24 disposals respectively. Highlight of the game came from Port Adelaide NGA player Martin Frederick who kicked the potential goal of the year with an amazing coast-to-coast goal from inside Port’s defensive 50. For West, former Hawthorn player Dallas Willsmore‘s efforts were left unrewarded in a tireless display accumulating 34 disposals, Chris Schmidt (31 disposals and five marks) and Kaine Stevens (30 disposals and six clearances) were also noteworthy.

South Adelaide 9.8 (62) defeated Sturt 15.8 (98)

The Double Blues grabbed the premiership points away from home at Flinders University Stadium, defeating the Panthers by 36 points. Josh Patullo kicked three majors for the victors and was aided in front of goal thanks to two goals each by mainstays Mark Evans and Josh Hone, Jack Penfold and veteran on-baller Aidan Riley. Consistent duo James Battersby (30 disposals, six marks, three tackles and eight clearances) and Sam Colquhoun (28 disposals, five marks, nine tackles and five clearances) helped their side win the midfield battle. Emmanuel Irra was the only multiple goalkicker for South Adelaide, booting two majors, with Abe Davis (brother of recent-Adelaide debutant Ben) again prolific with 33 disposals. Joseph Haines and Nick Liddle were prolific, recording 31 and 27 touches respectively, with the former also registering an impressive 10 marks and a game-high 14 rebounds.

Norwood 6.15 (51) defeated by Adelaide 13.10 (88)

Adelaide’s strong form in the SANFL continued with a dominant 37-point victory over Norwood. While the game was close in the first half, an eight goals to two second half – including a four goals to zero last quarter – saw the Crows run away with the contest. Adelaide listed players Patrick Wilson (28 disposals, six clearances, three tackles, nine marks and two goals) and Bryce Gibbs (22 disposals, 10 clearances, two marks and three tackles) impressed, as did Riley Knight who booted two goals from 22 disposals. For Norwood, Lewis Johnston continued his great form with 31 disposals, 10 marks, six tackles, two clearances and two goals, while Mitch Grigg and Matthew Nunn both had 26 touches, as well as a combined 17 marks, 14 tackles and 11 clearances in the loss.

Eagles 11.9 (75) defeated by Glenelg 14.6 (90)

This was a tough hitout from two in-form teams with Glenelg holding on by 15 points. The Tigers jumped out to an early lead with Luke Partington clearly best for the Tigers all day. Partington finished with 43 disposals, eight marks, eight clearances, and two goals. The Eagles steadied once again on the back of small forward James Rowe booting two goals in the second quarter who finished the game with four majors, but Glenelg forwards Brad Close (20 disposals, two goals) and Tom Schott (three goals) were key contributors in the win. The Eagles had their chances after being level at three quarter time and were led well by experienced Chris Hall (30 disposals, seven marks) but fell short.

Central District 11.13 (79) defeated by North Adelaide 17.5 (107)

Roosters players and supporters can finally put the nineteenth man saga behind them after securing their second win finally had them out of negative premiership points zone. Aidan Tropiano led the way for the Roosters with 39 disposals and seven clearances, while young forward Frank Szekely finished with four goals and earned a Breakthrough Player Nomination. Consistent performers Travis and Jarrod Schiller had a heap of the footy with 42 and 30 possessions apiece for the Bulldogs.

Reserves

Norwood 10.12 (72) defeated West Adelaide 4.7 (31)

Norwood were able to consolidate second spot on the ladder with a comfortable victory against third placed West Adelaide. Norwood were led by Connor Bristow who was dominant with 29 disposals that included 15 marks and a goal, Bristow was joined by dropped seniors Cody Szust and Christopher Olsson who had 28 and 26 disposals respectively. Brodie Carroll had 19 disposals returning from his stint in the senior side, as former State Academy players Tyler Martin (20 disposals) and Jacob Collins (16 disposals) were also influential. For West, James Bentley had a prolific game with 31 disposals and 1.4 for goal, Connor Fairlie (26 disposals), Lyndon Hupfield (24 disposals and 10 marks) and Aaron Anderson were other standouts.

South Adelaide 9.5 (59) defeated Sturt 7.14 (56)

South Adelaide prevailed by just three points in a nailbitting curtain raiser with Sturt. Returning from State Under-18 duties, Panther Darnell Tucker impressed with two goals from his 12 disposals, however it was his defensive pressure (10 tackles) which really stood out. Luke Bogle was crucial in his sides triumph, winning 31 disposals and getting the ball going his sides way with 11 clearances. For Sturt, Casey Voss was solid in what was a well-rounded statistical outing, collecting 25 disposals, six marks, five tackles, six clearances and seven inside-50s. Perhaps unlucky not to be given a chance in the SA Under-18 side, Anzac Lochowiak was effective again, collecting 23 disposals and laying 11 tackles. Fellow State Academy member Oliver Grivell booted 1.2 from. his 13 disposals. He took two contested marks (five in total) and, crucially, contributed to his sides defensive pressure by connecting with five tackles. Edward Allan was the most prolific player on the ground, amassing 33 disposals, six marks, six tackles and six clearances.

WWT Eagles 9.4 (58) defeated by Glenelg 10.13 (73)

The Eagles have had an inconsistent few weeks, while Glenelg has been improving with the Tigers securing a 15 point win. With some players recovering from injuries, the Tigers look a bit more settled and on the back of strong performances from Tom Feely (28 disposals seven marks,) and Ben Sawford (25 disposals and 10 clearances) the Tigers held on. Young talent Declan Carmody was good with two goals and Finn Betterman was also amongst the best. Eagles struggled to play consistent football and defender/mid Jake Westbrook and Sam Rowland were best for the Eagles.

Central District 17.12 (114) defeated North Adelaide 4.8 (32)

Centrals did a demolition job on the Roosters by 82 points. Darcy Pisani look set for a League call up after a 42-possession, one-goal game and Connor McLean finished with four goals. Max Lower battled for the Roosters to finish with 34 disposals, and youngster Jackson Antrobus (son of Tony) finished with one goal for the losing side.

Under 18s:

Norwood 15.8 (98) defeated West Adelaide 7.4 (46)

West Adelaide easily dispatched a disappointing Redlegs side with a 52 point victory at the City Mazda Oval. Beau Nunan was the star of the game with a performance headlined with six goals for the Bloods, Joel Groom was top ball winner for his side with 27 touches. Eduard Van Den Berg was also fundamental to West’s win, as the Blood’s Riley Thilthorpe kicked three goals from eight contested marks. For Norwood, Henry Nelligan continued his prolific form with 27 disposals, nine clearances and a goal with Mitchell Carroll also impressing with 26 touches and seven marks.

South Adelaide 8.9 (57) defeated Sturt 7.12 (54)

South Adelaide snatched victory from Sturt by three points in a come-from-behind victory down south. The Panthers were led by Sacred Heart duo Marcus Lippett (26 disposals, six marks, six tackles and three inside 50s) – who was strong in the air with three contested grabs – and bottom-aged state representative Zac Dumesny (23 disposals, seven marks, seven tackles and eight clearances). Consistent medium forward Mitch Riddle booted two goals to sit equal-fourth in the under-18 goalkicking standings. Ruckman/tall forward Ben Ryan and Tyler Oliver also contributed two goals, with Nicholas Kraemer‘s 10 tackles also of note. Sturt dominated in the ruck, thanks to 32 hit-outs from Sam Zevenboom and 25 from Amos Doyle. Midfielder Tully Kennett was instrumental in-tight, collecting 36 disposals (including 26 handballs), 12 tackles and winning 14 clearances. Declan Fahey (33 disposals, four marks, 10 tackles and nine clearances) and Charlie Allen (32 touches, five marks, 11 tackles and six clearances) were also especially busy, with Aiden Holland and Angus Kitto Sturt’s multiple goal kickers with two apiece.

Glenelg 12.4 (76) defeated WWT Eagles 9.16 (70)

Despite a late charge from the Eagles, Glenelg hung on to win by six points. Cooper Hornsell impressed with three goals and 17 disposals, and Riley Holder is having a strong season to date again finishing with two goals and 19 disposals. Eagles ball accumulators Lachlan Hoile finished with 30 disposals and six clearances and Taj Schofield (son of Jarrod) was good for the Eagles finishing with 23 disposals. The Eagles retained top spot, but the chase for finals will be tough.

Central District 8.17 (65) defeated North Adelaide 11.7 (73)

North secured an eight-point victory over Centrals. The Bulldogs surged in the last quarter but weren’t able to secure a win. Jack Carpenter from the Bulldogs had a good all round game with 25 disposals, six marks and a goal, while Jakob Thomson impressed with three goals and 22 disposals and 10 marks, six of which were contested. North remain second on the ladder behind Eagles. Tyran Hill was good for North thanks to a two-goal, 25-disposal game and Jamison Murphy continued some solid form again with 28 disposals and two goals as well.

SANFL weekly wrap: Round 5 – Under 18s warm-up for Champs

THERE was plenty of football over the weekend in the South Australia National Football League (SANFL) with plenty of big games and close contests throughout the round. The Academy game also took place allowing the youngsters to compete against Western Australia. Our South Australian writers Jamie Morgan, David Chapman Damon Mattiazzo and Tom Wyman all contributed to the article.

SANFL U18 Academy

Last week saw a host of SANFLs best Under 18 players put through a SANFL Academy camp consisting of a variety of off-field training sessions as well as positional and game instructions. The camp culminated in two games with the squad split into two against a similar squad from WA.

Some U17 talent was also absent from the camp as they had been selected for Australian U17 duties in Melbourne.

The first game was played on Friday afternoon at West Adelaide Football Club. In a tough first quarter it took a while for both teams to gel and the scorers were not troubled early. By half-time it had been a defensive battle and Western Australia led 23 – 20. After half time SA hit the lead with the first goal, but from then on WA ran away with the game. Leading 48-27 at three quarter time and slamming on six goals in the last quarter to comfortably win 86 – 35. For WA it was their running brigade which really tore the SA midfield apart, winning the inside ball and then breaking out of the packs in numbers and using quick hands to move the ball with elite speed. Western Australia were led by midfield general Michael Wright with numerous contested possessions and his relentless chat and encouragement for his teammates. Other on ballers also who impressed included Cameron Anderson, Jye Clark, and Tristan Hobley. 200cm ruckman Callum Jamieson was impressive around the ground as well and also hit the scoreboard making his presence felt on the ground. Jeremy Sharp provided real poise and class, especially rebounding the ball and driving into attack. And 197cm Michael Mallard was also dangerous up forward. For SA the better players included the tall defenders Karl Finlay, Dyson Hilder and Jordan Moore. Midfielder Harry Schoenberg also had plenty of it, and Will Gould was again impressive starting down back and then having a run through the midfield and finishing up forward. Brady Searle was also one to link the play well and small forward Cooper Horsnell capitalised with a couple of goals. In the second game, South Australia won with a kick just seconds before the final siren, with Kysaiah Pickett and Cameron Taheny among those who played for the South Australians. The game was littered with injuries and illness, but gave both sides a good chance to warm up ahead of the National Under 18 Championships.


SANFL Wrap

League
Adelaide 14.6 (90) defeated Centrals 8.7 (55)

Adelaide left X Convenience Oval with the four points, defeating Central Districts by 35-points. Recent first-round draftee Ned McHenry played his best game for the club, amassing 28 disposals, seven marks, 11 tackles, four clearances and a goal to press his case for an AFL debut. Prolific on-baller Patrick Wilson notched up another 30 disposals and seven clearances, whilst Andy Otten was strong in defence, taking 12 marks. Josh Jenkins booted three majors, albeit from relatively easy shots, and key-position draftee Jordon Butts continued to look settled at the level, taking nine marks. Ben Davis and Lachlan Sholl were again impressive for Adelaide, as was skipper Matthew Wright who contributed two majors to the clubs winning margin. For the Bulldogs, Jarrod Schiller was terrific around the stoppages, racking up 34 disposals and 12 clearances to go with a pair of goals. His brother Travis was also amongst it regularly, collecting 35 possessions, as was fifth-gamer Jydon Neagle (27 disposals). Yet, despite winning enough of the ball in the middle, the Bulldogs had just one multiple-goal kicker and were simply outclassed by a youthful Crows outfit.

Port v Eagles

A strong second half was the catalyst for Port Adelaide to get back on the winners list defeating Woodville-West Torrens by 37 points at the Maughan Thiem KIA Oval. Former Demon Jack Trengove was again superb in the middle of the ground gathering 31 disposals, eight marks, eight tackles and kicked two goals to lead his side to victory and potentially extending his lead at the top of Magarey Medal. Ruckman turned forward Billy Frampton made up for lost time, returning from a two game suspension to kick goals while also proving to be an aerial threat with eight marks all inside 50m. Emerging ruckman Peter Ladhams continues his dominant season so far with his ability at ground level with 27 disposals, nine marks, four tackles and 22 hit outs in what is turning out to be a breakout year so far. Sam Mayes and Karl Amon continued their impressive form and push for AFL selection, while Steven Motlop had a quiet game disposal wise with only 17, but kicked two great goals to seal the victory. For the Eagles, Jack Hayes continued to give his side a sniff throughout the day but his efforts of two goals and three behinds with 11 disposals were to no avail. James Rowe was one positive for the Eagles kicking four goals for his side and has become the surprise leader of the Ken Farmer Medal after five rounds of the competition. Former Port and Swans players Jimmy Toumpas and Jordan Foote had 22 and 21 touches respectively in an all-round tough day out for the Eagles. The Eagles find themselves with a 1-4 record as they try to adjust to the new era under coach Sam Lonergan.

Eagles vs Centrals
Reserves: Centrals 15.7 (97) defeated Eagles 14.4 (88)
Under 18s: Eagles 10.18-78 defeated Centrals 2.7 (19)

The Reserves game was a tight tussle all day, with Centrals getting a break in the third term, but Eagles fought back in the last quarter to almost run over the Bulldogs. Flynn Pisani from the Bulldogs was best and is having a very good season to date. Steve Burton also had a standout performance clocking up a game high 38 disposals in a strong display for his side. Connor McLean was very good up forward and finished with three goals. For the Eagles, Jake Weidemann was a presence up forward finishing with four goals, while Jake Camitogianni and Cooper Gaffney were good around the contest for the Eagles.

The U18 Eagles won easily and the shining light was a six goal haul from Michael Frederick for the winning side. He could have ended up with nine if he was able to convert his three behinds but he clearly posed a dangerous figure in the forward line attacking the ball hard. Henry McCabe (son of Luke) again was solid for the Bulldogs finishing with 24 disposals and best for the losing side

Glenelg vs West
League:
Glenelg 10.14 (74) defeated West 8.10 (58)
Reserves: West 11.13 (79) defeated Glenelg 7.3 (45)
Under 18s: West 17.6 (108) defeated Glenelg 4.12 (36)

Glenelg gained its third win of the season with a 16-point victory over West Adelaide under ANZAC Day eve lights at City Mazda Oval. The Bloods led at every change but were unable to stop a Tigers side which came charging home in the last quarter. Lachlan Hosie finished with a bag of three, bringing his season tally to 14 to sit equal-top of the Ken Farmer Medal alongside Eagle, James Rowe. Luke Reynolds also contributed two goals, with Darcy Bailey and Marlon Motlop also booting majors. Motlop was integral in the win, collecting 25 disposals, seven marks and four tackles. He was supported by Chris Curran (24 disposals and eight marks) and Carl Nicholson (18 disposals, nine marks and four tackles). Young duo Jonty Scharenberg (17 disposals, seven marks and three tackles) and Luke Partington (17 disposals and three tackles) continued to build momentum in the engine room. For West Adelaide, Will Snelling dominated around the stoppages in a best-on-ground performance, tallying 27 disposals, five marks, 17 tackles and seven clearances. Veteran Chris Schmidt had 22 possessions, whilst Jono Beech, Mason Middleton and Gibson Turner each kicked two.

West Reserves side had another good win, with Nathan Batley and Kenny Karpany leading the way for the Bloods once again. Sam May is having a consistent season clocking up another 26 disposal and one goal game. Glenelg’s Alex Martini played a solid game in the loss, and Seb Kerrish continues to push for league selection with a 24 disposal game for the Tigers.

Westies Under 18s had a day out with talented Beau Nunan kicking nine goals in a classy performance. For the Bloods, Bailey Chamberlain found plenty of ball finishing with 32 disposals and three clearances, along with Zac Wooldridge collecting 31 disposals and 11 marks. Will Schreiber was best for the struggling Bays.

North vs Norwood
League:
Norwood 15.11 (101) defeated North 12.15 (87)
Reserves: North 12.14 (86) defeated Norwood 7.12 (54)
Under 18s: Norwood 14.8 (92) defeated North 10.9 (69)

Norwood fought off a fast finishing North in the rematch of the 2018 Grand final, but had control of the game for most of the day. Norwood’s class was evident and prime mover Matt Panos again was best for the Redlegs with 27 disposals and three goals to make him a deserved Anzac Medal winner. North showed signs and recently promoted small forwards Liam Verity and Strato Agostoras both hit the scoreboard with two and three goals respectively.

In the reserves, the result went the other way for North. For the Roosters small forward Frankie Szkeley was best with two goals, eight tackles and 17 possessions to provide real dash and spark around the packs. Midfielder Dakota Nixon returned from injury and also provided some poise for the Roosters with 24 disposals and seven clearances. Medium forward Cameron Tiggeman also had a day out kicking five goals, from both set shots and snaps. For Norwood, in a close to best on ground performance running defender Jacob Collins was impressive, with 28 possessions including nine marks as he repeatedly rebounded the ball or drove it forward from defence with a booming kick. Onballer Cody Szust was also strong with two goals and 22 possessions while Josh Richards also impressed with 24 disposals and six clearances for the game.

Under 18s victory went to Norwood as well, Mitchell Carroll was best for the Redlegs in a 26 disposal, 7 clearance game along with Xavier Tranfa who finished with 23 possessions and 6 tackles. For North Jackson Antrobus (son of Tony) had probably his best game for the Roosters, along with midfielder Lachlan Borg who ended up with 22 disposals and 6 clearances.

South vs Sturt
League:
Sturt 14.8 (92) defeated South 11.4 (70)
Reserves: South 11.11 (77) defeated Sturt 10.9 (69)
Under 18s: Sturt 15.13 (103) defeated South 7.3 (45)

Sturt enjoyed a 22-point win over South Adelaide in the League match with Sam Colquhoun having a day out. Colquhoun collected 40 disposals, 10 marks, six clearances, six inside 50s and three rebounds in a massive performance, while James Battersby (27 touches, 13 marks, four clearances and two inside 50s) was solid. Zane Kirkwood and Aidan Riley hit the scoreboard for the Double Blues with two majors apiece. For the Panthers, Matthew Rose had 30 touches, nine marks and eight rebounds out of defence, while Nick Liddle racked up 24 disposals, six clearances and six tackles. Ben Heaslip starred in the Reserves with 31 touches, 10 clearances and six tackles for the winning Panthers, while Joel Thiele was his nemesis at the stoppages, racking up 11 clearances himself as well as 27 disposals and six tackles. In the Under 18 demolition by Sturt, it was hard to go past the performance of the week by Sturt’s Charlie Allan. A huge game of 42 disposals, one goal, eight tackles and nine clearances was highly impressive. For the losing side, Max Clifton had a team-high 22 disposals as well as five marks, eight clearances, six inside 50s and four rebounds.

2016 Division One championships preview

The AFL Academy against Werribee. Friday 1st April Photo Credit: AFL Photos (Scott Barbour)
The AFL Academy against Werribee. Friday 1st April Photo Credit: AFL Photos (Scott Barbour)

The Division One Under 18 Championships kick off tomorrow in Western Australia. In a different format to the previous editions, there is one less round whilst the ‘Allies’ will join the competition in the pursuit of the converted title. You can find out more about the Allies here. Vic Country are once again strong and are favourites to take out the title, but a strong Allies combined team will likely give them a shake setting up a big final clash down at Simonds Stadium, with the winner likely to take out the title. Vic Metro too are stronger than last year and will be looking for an improved effort. Western Australia’s 2015 pool was poor filled with many bottom age talents, who will be on show this year in an attempt to be drafted, whilst South Australia will likely be down on their output from previous seasons.

South Australia kick things off against the Allies on Saturday, before Vic Country take on Western Australia in Perth. Vic Metro begin the carnival with the bye before taking on Vic Country in the ‘local derby’ on Queens Birthday.

The fixture for all the games can be found here.

AFL Draft Central division one prediction:

  1. Allies (4-0)
  2. Vic Country (3-1)
  3. Vic Metro (2-2)
  4. Western Australia (1-3)
  5. South Australia (0-4)

Tips & Larke Medalist
Matt Balmer- Allies & Todd Marshall

Peter Williams- Vic Country & Will Brodie


Allies –

For the ALLIES it looks likely that their final match of the Division One championships down at Simonds Stadium will decide the winner. Vic Country meet the Allies and if all goes as expected both sides will be undefeated going into the game.

The Allies have a very strong squad and could nearly have half of the top 20 on draft night.

Jack Bowes tops the list of prospects, a smooth moving midfielder who averaged 25 disposals and won Queensland’s MVP in the Division Two championships.

Come November, Bowes may be one of the first names called out and is linked to the Gold Coast Suns as an academy selection.

NSW/ACT midfielders Will Setterfield, Kobe Mutch and Harry Perryman all showed good signs throughout the Division Two championships and will be important figures in the Allies side.

Inside 50, the NSW/ACT forwards Todd Marshall, Zach Sproule and Ben Davis are key to the Allies putting a score on the board to defeat their opposition.

At the opposite end- Declan Watson, Elliot Himmelberg and Harrison Macreadie will have the crucial role to shut down on their opponents. All three rebound the ball well out of defence complementing the side well.

Allies Round 1 teams
Allies Round 1 team

Vic Country –

VIC COUNTRY will be gunning to go back-to-back after an undefeated championship in 2015.

Midfielders Will Brodie and Hugh McCluggage have been touted as Top 10 picks and both members are apart of the AFL Academy. Brodie was the best academy player against VFL opposition earlier in the year, whilst McCluggage is averaging 27 disposals in the TAC Cup.

Vic Country have a strong forward line up, with three of the top four TAC Cup goal kickers.

Tall Forwards Josh Battle (12 goals in three games) and Brett Blair (27 goals in eight games) will be the tall targets inside 50.

169cm small forward Sam “Rat” Fowler will be at their feet and expect him to hit the scoreboard.

Young defender Oscar Clavarino will have a tough job on the best opposition forward. Clavarino has played solid football for his school and is apart of the Level One academy making him not eligible until the 2017 draft.

Vic Country Round One team
Vic Country Round One team

Vic Metro –

VIC METRO appear to have a stronger line-up than last year and will be one of the best chances at pulling off an upset against either Vic Country or the Allies.

Jack Scrimshaw is a name to keep an eye on throughout the carnival. The 193cm tall has the ability to play both tall and small whilst has run through the midfield at school football level for Haileybury. Scrimshaw has missed a lot of football over the past year and a half, with a strong run of form in the championships possibly throwing his name up as the first Vic Metro player picked.

Midfielders Daniel Venables and Tim Taranto are two who will play an important part in their pursuit at an improved year on their 2015 haul. Both have pushed forward and hit the scoreboard at school and TAC Cup level.

Running Half Back Andrew McGrath is another who will provide plenty of dash with the ball in hand. McGrath has been one of the best performers in the TAC Cup, averaging 32.5 disposals. McGrath’s best game included 44 disposals, 14 clearances and 19 tackles against Gippsland Power in May.

Collingwood fans will be keeping their eye on the championships, with Callum Brown (son of Gavin) and Josh Daicos (son of Peter) both making the squad.

Brown is averaging 24 disposals in the TAC Cup, whilst Daicos has showed plenty of speed and dash on the outside for Oakleigh Chargers. Both will also spend time inside 50 and know where the goals are with Brown booting three in the TAC Cup Preliminary Final and Daicos kicked three goals against Bendigo Pioneers a month ago.


Western Australia

WESTERN AUSTRALIA will be looking for a much improved 2015 carnival where they won just the sole game in Round One against South Australia.

Their 2015 squad had plenty of younger players who are now eligible for the draft.

Hyphenated midfielders Sam Petrevski-Seton and Sam Powell-Pepper are two to watch throughout the next month.

Petrevski-Seton kicks well on both of his feet and was an All-Australian in 2015. Petrevski-Seton has had a few injuries in recent times and will miss at least the first game of the carnival.

Powell-Pepper is a hard nosed midfielder that is a strong contested ball winner. Powell-Pepper is averaging just a touch under 24 disposals in the WAFL Colts this season.

Ruckman Tim English is another who has jumped out of the blocks. The over-ager concentrated on his schooling in 2015 and wasn’t apart of their championships last year. According to those who have seen him, English is a strong ruckman (averaging 23 disposals) around the stoppages with the smarts to tap it to different directions as well as having a good kick on him.

Defender Josh Rotham was also promising for the AFL Academy with his pace and athleticism in defence. At 192cm, Rotham probably doesn’t play as a true tall defender and looms as a likely rebounding defender off half back throughout the Division One championships.

Western Australia Round One team
Western Australia Round One team

South Australia –

SOUTH AUSTRALIA will likely have one of their weaker squads in a few seasons.

Jonty Scharenberg has been named Vice-Captain of the squad and will be a crucial player in their midfielder. Scharenberg is averaging just under 20 disposals in the SANFL reserves working hard at the stoppages. Scharenberg is the younger brother of injured Collingwood defender Matt Scharenberg. Expect Scharenberg to bash his way around the centre throughout the carnival.

North Adelaide midfielder Jack Graham has been made captain of the squad and too will find a place in the think of the contest.

Both members of the leadership group will be looking to get first hands on the ball from the Ruckmen. Both Peter Ladhams and Jordan Sweet were apart of the AFL Academy and tower over 200cm.

Ladhams had the second best hitout rate in the 2015 championships and will once again be looking to dominate while Sweet is averaging 23 hitouts in the SANFL Reserves competition. It will be interesting to see whether South Australia will fit both into their squad or whether they can find a role for either of them forward.

Ben Jarman, the son of three time premiership player Darren will represent SA in the carnival and is eligible for both Hawthorn and Adelaide as a Father/Son selection at the end of the season.

Kym Lebois will also provide plenty of spark in the forward line, as one of the quicker players in the draft pool.

South Australia Round One team
South Australia Round One team

Who are the Allies?

zachary sproule
Zach Sproule is one of the 34 players in the Allies squad.

NEW SQUADS, new fixtures and a new team. That is how the U18 Championships will kick off this weekend.

A new concept will begin over the weekend, with the newly formed ‘Allies’ U18 squad beginning their division one title pursuit.

The Allies brings together the best players from the Division Two states (NSW/ACT, Queensland, Tasmania and Northern Territory) to play against the division one teams in a move that has been perceived as a positive by many.

This allows names such as Jack Bowes, Harry Perryman and Todd Marshall to face the Division One sides in the main carnival.

Matt Balmer takes you through the 34 man squad, who some believe have a chance of taking out the Divison One Title.

Jacob Allison
Outside Midfielder (Aspley/Queensland)
16/04/1998 | 194cm | 79kg

Jacob Allison had a mixed bag of a Division Two carnival, only reaching over 20 disposals on one occasion against the Northern Territory. Allison booted five goals in the carnival and will likely line up off the Half Forward flank on the weekend where he can use his long kick to his benefit.

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Rohan Armstrong
Outside Midfielder (South Alice/Northern Territory)
18/05/1998 | 175cm | 65kg

Rohan Armstrong was Northern Territory’s MVP from the Division Two championship. Armstrong has a strong left foot kick and rebounded well out of defensive 50 for NT.

Angus Baker
Medium Defender (North Shore/NSW-ACT)
03/08/1998 | 184cm | 79kg

Medium defender Angus Baker averaged 20 disposals in the Division Two carnival.

Connor Ballenden
Key Position Forward (Uni of Queensland/Queensland)
29/03/1999 | 198cm | 95kg

Brisbane Lions academy member Connor Ballenden is a name to watch out for in 2017. The Key Position Forward was dominant in April’s trial game against Vic Country and kicked five goals in the final Division Two game against Tasmania.

Connor Ballenden- AFL Media
Connor Ballenden- AFL Media

Jack Bowes
Balanced Midfielder (Cains/Queensland)
26/01/1998 | 187cm | 78kg

Silky smooth midfielder Jack Bowes is the consensus best player in the draft after a superb Division Two championships. Bowes averaged 25 disposals and deservingly was named the Queensland MVP.

Fletcher Carroll
Outside Midfielder (Murray Bushrangers/NSW-ACT)
29/04/1998 | 175cm | 72kg

Outside Midfielder Fletcher Carroll had a good carnival averaging 25 disposals and seven marks. Carroll will likely play a role off half forward or on the wing for the Allies.

Daniel Charlesworth
Balanced Midfielder (Surfers Paradise/Queensland)
04/08/1998 |  189cm | 84kg

Daniel Charlesworth spent most of 2015 playing as a third tall but has moved up the ground into the midfield in 2016. At his size it will be interesting to see where he lines up in the Allies.

Isaac Cumming
Outside Midfielder (North Broken Hill/NSW-ACT)
11/08/1998 | 183cm | 72kg

Although not a prolific ball winner across the Division Two carnival, Isaac Cumming has made the squad and will likely play off half back against the Division One sides using his good kick to effect.

Ben Davis
Medium Forward (UNSW/NSW-ACT)
19/05/1997 | 187cm | 84kg

A superb carnival from 19-year-old Ben Davis for NSW/ACT. Davis kicked 10 goals for the carnival with some eye catching moments. Davis originally was tied to the Sydney Swans academy, but has been deemed ineligible after not nominating for the draft in 2015.

Sam Fisher
Small Forward (Canberra Demons/NSW-ACT)
23/02/1998 | 180cm | 76kg

Left footer Sam Fisher provided plenty of energy inside 50 for NSW/ACT in the Division Two championships. Fisher kicked five goals and will be one of the main goal sneaks in the forward line for the Allies.

Ryan Garthwaite
Tall Defender (Murray Bushrangers/NSW-ACT)
30/06/1998 | 192cm | 84kg

Tall Defender Ryan Garthwaite missed the Division Two championships, but his strong run of form in the TAC Cup (with 30 marks in four games) was enough to see him picked for the Allies.

Ryan Garthwaite Photo: AFL Media/Getty Images
Ryan Garthwaite Photo: AFL Media/Getty Images

Jamie Hampton
Outside Midfielder (North Adelaide/Northern Territory)
16/10/1998 | 186cm | 76kg

Athletic Half Back flank Jamie Hampton found plenty of the ball for NT in the Division Two championships. His pace and agility makes him a tough opponent to match up on.

Elliot Himmelberg
Key Position Utility (Redlands/Queensland)
04/06/1998 | 196cm | 92kg

The younger brother of GWS’ Harry, Elliot Himmelberg is a useful utility that can play at either end of the ground. With the Allies boasting a strong forward line of Marshall, Sproule and Davis- It is likely that Himmelberg will play in defence.

Nick Kempe
Outside Midfielder (Morningside/Queensland)
24/02/199 | 179cm | 68kg

Nick Kempe showed some good signs on the outside for Queensland. Kempe’s marking overhead is one of his strengths and can also push forward and hit the scoreboard.

Ben Long
Small Defender (St Mary’s/Norther n Territory)
21/08/1997 | 176cm | 60kg

Ben Long showed good signs throughout the carnival, averaging 20 disposals in his return as a 19-year-old.

Ben Long Photo: Darrian Traynor/AFL Media
Ben Long Photo: Darrian Traynor/AFL Media

Max Lynch
Ruck (Murray Bushrangers/NSW-ACT)
12/09/1998 | 200cm | 96kg

Raw Ruckman Max Lynch showed some really positive signs throughout the championship. His work in the ruck was good and looking forward to seeing how he goes up against his Division One opponents.

Harrison Macreadie
Tall utility (Henty/NSW-ACT)
11/04/1998 | 196cm | 89kg

Tall Defender Harrison Macreadie has had a quiet start to the year but expect him to flourish against stronger opponents in the Division One carnival.

Mitch Maguire
Outside Midfielder (Northern Jets/NSW-ACT)
06/05/1998 | 175cm | 72kg

With NSW/ACT having a strong midfield, Mitch Maguire spent a lot of time inside forward 50 throughout the Division Two carnival. Maguire hit the scoreboard well, booting eight goals and will line up in the forward pocket this weekend for the Allies.

Todd Marshall
Key Position Forward (Murray Bushrangers/NSW-ACT)
08/10/1998 | 198cm | 87kg

The former cricketer has jumped into Top 10 calculations with seven goals in the carnival, including four in the opening match against Queensland. Marshall could very well be the first tall forward taken come November.

Lachlan McKenzie
Medium Defender (Nightcliff/Northern Territory)
04/04/1997 | 187cm | 86kg

Lachlan McKenzie’s flashy green boots weren’t the only thing that made him standout through the Division Two carnival. McKenzie averaged 23 disposals and showed good poise for NT coming out of the backline.

Kobe Mutch
Balanced Midfielder (Bendigo Pioneers/NSW-ACT)
18/03/1998 | 184cm | 75kg

Kobe Mutch was one of the players of the Division Two carnival and was very unlucky not to take home the NSW/ACT MVP. Mutch kicks well on both feet and has really improved his inside game in 2016.

Tony Olango
Ruck (St Marys/Northern Territory)
02/09/1998 | 201cm | 80kg

Talented junior soccer player Tony Olango had a strong carnival for Northern Territory. Olango also pushed forward at times hitting the scoreboard, but is still very raw and doesn’t win a large chunk of football.

Brandan Parfitt
Inside Midfielder (Nightcliff/Northern Territory)
27/04/1998 | 177cm | 72kg

Brandan Parfitt racked up the disposals in his two Division Two games with 25 & 26 disposals. Parfitt was apart of the AFL Academy earlier in the year and was solid in the two hit outs against VFL opposition.

Harry Perryman
Outside Midfielder (Collingullie-GP/NSW-ACT)
19/12/1998 | 184cm | 75kg

Harry Perryman could well be the first GWS academy member picked on draft night. The midfielder kicks well on both feet, but does lack that fast pace bursting from the stoppages. Won the NSW/ACT MVP for his superb carnival.

Jack Powell
Outside Midfielder (Ainslie/NSW-ACT)
15/07/1999 | 179cm | 73kg

The Canberra midfielder Jack Powell is one to look out for in the 2017 draft. Powell was also one of the better players in the Level One academy match in New Zealand.

Nathan Richards
Ruck (Griffith/NSW-ACT)
01/02/1999 | 198cm | 99kg

Another name to watch for the 2017 draft is Tall Forward/Ruckman Nathan Richards. Richards showed some good signs in the ruck in the two final matches of the carnival.

Jack Rolls
Outside Midfielder (Morningside/Queensland)
01/07/1998 | 181cm | 71kg

Jack Rolls is apart of the Brisbane Lions academy and will likely entertain a bid in the second or third round. Rolls is a very outside player and will be looking to improve on his quiet Division Two carnival.

Brad Scheer
Inside Midfielder (Palm Beach/Queensland)
31/08/1998 | 184cm | 83kg

Inside midfielder Brad Scheer is tied to the Gold Coast Suns academy and averaged just under 16 contested possessions throughout the Division Two carnival.

Will Setterfield
Inside Midfielder (Sandringham Dragons/NSW-ACT)
05/02/1998 | 190cm | 79kg

Inside midfielder Will Setterfield finished the Division Two carnival exceptionally well against the Northern Territory with a 28-disposal haul. Unfortunately Setterfield won’t be lining up for the Allies this weekend, instead taking part in Caulfield Grammar’s big match against Brighton Grammar.

Charlie Spargo
Small Forward (Murray Bushrangers/NSW-ACT)
25/11/1999 | 175cm | 75kg

Lively small forward Charlie Spargo is another member of the Allies squad who isn’t eligible until the 2017 draft. The small forward won the NSW/ACT MVP in the Under 16 championships back in 2015 and is a name likely to end up in the top handful in the 2017 draft.

Charlie Spargo Photo: Murray Bushrangers
Charlie Spargo Photo: Murray Bushrangers

Max Spencer
Medium Defender (Palm Beach/Queensland)
04/10/1997 | 190cm | 82kg

Max Spencer’s finish to the carnival against Northern Territory was a big reason why he made the Allies squad. Spencer had 15 disposals and five marks in a good outing for Queensland.

Zachary Sproule
Key Position Forward (Murray Bushrangers/NSW-ACT)
12/05/1998 | 197cm | 87kg

Seven goals for the Division Two carnival was a strong return from Zachary Sproule, who will line up at Centre Half Forward for the Allies this weekend.

Declan Watson
Key Position Defender (Aspley/Queensland)
17/09/1998 | 194cm | 80kg

Key Position Defender Declan Watson is a name to keep an eye out in the Division One championships. He has probably flown under the radar with the other academy kids shining, but his rebound and ball use in the back half was really good for Queensland.

Josh Williams
Outside Midfielder (Surfers Paradise/Queensland)
12/06/1998 | 189cm | 89kg

Speedy outside midfielder Josh Williams continues to turn heads. His dash on the wing throughout the carnival was a clear standout and expect a few eye catching runs throughout the Division One championships.

Keep an eye out tomorrow for the preview of the Division One championships beginning this weekend.

NSW/ACT seal the deal claiming the Division Two title

NSW/ACT claim the title with a win over NT. Source: NSW/ACT Rams Twitter
NSW/ACT claim the title with a win over NT. Source: NSW/ACT Rams Twitter

NSW/ACT claimed their first Division Two Championship since Isaac Heeney led them to the title in 2014 with a convincing performance over Northern Territory on Sunday.

The RAMS made it three wins from three games, with an average winning margin of 89-points throughout the carnival.

Possible first round selections Will Setterfield and Zach Sproule were in the best, with both being eligible for the GWS Giants to be selected as academy players at the end of the year.

190cm tall midfielder Setterfield had 28 disposals, while forward Sproule kicked four goals in the first half before going off with an injury.

Forward Ben Davis once again kicked a bag of four, taking his tally to 10 goals for the carnival.

Fletcher Carroll was good in the midfield collecting 26 disposals, whilst Kobe Mutch was down on his usual high disposal outfit hindered by a cork he suffered early in the contest. Mutch spent a long period inside 50, booting three goals.

The NSW/ACT MVP went to midfield Harry Perryman who has been a consistent performer for the Rams throughout the carnival and will be likely to see plenty of action in the Division One championships for the Allies.

Despite the heavy loss, there were some positive signs for Northern Territory. Without Brandon Parfitt and Michael Hagan they gave a continuous effort all day.

Left footed midfielder Rohan Armstrong had another good game with 21 disposals and was named as the Northern Territory MVP for the carnival.

Defender Lachie McKenzie made it three games in a row over 20 disposals, as the leading NT player for the match with 27 disposals and may have propelled himself into Allies squad contention.

In the earlier game, Queensland easily account for a young Tasmanian side by 88-points.

Once again Gold Coast academy member Jack Bowes performed exceptionally well with 20 disposals and five goals, whilst key position forward Connor Ballenden booted five goals.

Bowes’ steller carnival saw him average 24 disposals making him a worthy winner of the Queensland MVP.

Lions fans however will have to wait until next season to get their hands on Ballenden, who has shown exceptionally signs thanks to a strong mark and an excellent shot on goal already in 2016.

Defender Declan Watson was one of the best on Sunday, with 26 disposals and six marks.

Watson often dropped off his opponent, taking multiple intercept marks and using his strong boot to get the ball forward.

Josh Williams provided a moment of brilliance on the wing before half time, using his elite pace to run past multiple Mariners players and slot the goal on the run.

Brad Scheer too found plenty of the ball with 29 disposals (17 contested possessions) in the centre of the ground and is another eligible for the Suns come the end of the season.

For Tasmania, Thomas Mundy was one of their better players with 16 disposals but it was 16-year-old Tarryn Thomas who went home with the Tasmanian MVP.

Tasmanian Tarryn Thomas was one of the best players in the Schoolboy U15 carnival in 2015. Source: AFL Tasmania
Tasmanian Tarryn Thomas was one of the best players in the Schoolboy U15 carnival in 2015. Source: AFL Tasmania

Thomas will be a name to watch in the future and will feature in the Under 16 championships later in a few months time.

Division Two Round Two Wrap

NSW - Lucas Meline

QUEENSLAND academy members star, as one-sided matches once again continue in the second round of the Division Two Under 18 championship.

With the four sides converging in Tasmania, the sun shone through as Northern Territory and Queensland kicked off the day.

A superior Queensland side kept Northern Territory goalless in the first quarter, before running out 87-point winners.

Despite a sorry weekend for the Queensland AFL teams, their future is bright with both Brisbane Lions and Gold Coast Suns academy members in the best.

Gold Coast member Jack Bowes was best-on-ground with 31 disposals and two goals, performing exceptionally well in the midfield. Queensland’s captain also propelled the ball inside 50 on six occasions, giving their forwards a chance at gaining shots on goal.

Bowes continues to standout with few believing he will warrant a Top 10 pick in November and will be one of the handful of chances for the Hunter Harrison Medal for the best player in Division Two.

Brad Scheer is also tied to the Suns and was impressive with 27 disposals and eight clearances in the centre.

The Lions duo of Jacob Allison and Jack Rolls also stood out for Queensland.

Allison had 22 disposals and kicked two goals playing off the Half Forward Flank. The utility has been solid this year, although yet to perform as some would have expected but will likely be selected in the Allies team to take on the Divison One sides in June.

Fellow midfielder Jack Rolls slotted three majors and collected 25 disposals.

Despite the heavy loss, Brandon Parfitt and Jamie Hampton once again were NT’s best.

Parfitt collected 25 disposals while Hampton played off half back with 23 disposals and seven rebound 50s.

NT meet the undefeated NSW/ACT team and will need to improve significantly if they are to upset the Rams.

Re-watch the QLD v NT game below.

In the second game, NSW/ACT overcame a slow start to thrash Tasmania by 101-points.

The Rams kicked 17 goals to two after quarter time all but assuring their claim as the best Division Two side.

Up forward Todd Marshall (two goals) and Ben Davis (four goals) were the dominant players on the day.

Both players were expected to be linked with an academy club earlier in the year, but have since been deemed ineligible.

Marshall was tied with the GWS academy after spending two winters playing cricket in the UK before being deemed ineligible due to a registration error.

Davis himself is a 19-year old and was linked to the Sydney Swans, but due to him not nominating for the 2015 AFL Draft he cannot be selected by the Swans as an academy selection. Davis’ older brother (Abe) was Pick 70 in the 2014 draft to the Swans.

In the midfield Connor Byrne stood out with 28 disposals and eight clearances, while fellow GWS academy member Kobe Mutch made it two dominating games with 26 disposals and seven clearances.

Rams’ Mutch and Queensland’s Bowes will likely be battling it out this weekend to be the Hunter Harrison Medalist, joining names such as Ben Keays and Isaac Heeney.

Ruckman Max Lynch too was strong with 24 hit outs, giving the Rams midfield first use of the ball.

For Tasmania, Nick Dodge bounced back from a quiet game against NT to collect 25 disposals, ten tackles and five inside 50s & rebound 50s.

Ben McGuinness came off the ground in the second half with a hip complaint and may not play the final match this weekend on the Gold Coast.

Re-watch the TAS v NSW/ACT game below.

Matt Balmer’s scouting notes and more vision will be available on the event pages soon.