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Scouting notes: WAFL vs. SANFL State Game

IN the latest instalment of the Hayden Bunton Jnr Cup between Western Australia and South Australia, the Croweaters defeated the Sandgropers by seven points at Optus Stadium. There was a host of potential mature-age draft prospects putting their hands up for AFL selection for both sides.

Below were the best AFL draft prospects in the game:



#4 Haiden Schloithe
The 2017 Sandover Medallist was excellent on the wing for the Sandgropers with 14 possessions, six marks, four tackles, four inside 50s, and two goals. Often the link-up player for Western Australia, Schloithe was the catalyst for many of WA’s attacking forays.

#9 Josh Deluca
The former Fremantle rookie produced another outstanding performance that could see him picked up in the AFL’s Mid-Season draft. Against South Australia, Deluca accumulated 29 possessions, laid seven tackles, took six marks, recorded four inside 50s and kicked a goal to be a deserving winner of the Simpson Medal.

#12 Michael Sinclair
Stationed in defence, Sinclair was superb for the Sandgropers, often intercepting South Australia’s attacking forays. He accumulated 16 possessions, took five marks and laid four tackles to showcase why he is one of the best defensive prospects for this year’s AFL Draft.

#15 Michael Bennell
The Albany product demonstrated why he is considered to be one of the most dangerous forwards in this year’s WAFL competition. He booted three goals (and two behinds) from just eight possessions but also laid a team-high nine tackles.

#16 Jye Bolton
The dual Sandover Medallist put in a dazzling performance that should make recruiters consider drafting him. He accumulated 28 possessions, took five marks, recorded four inside 50s, and laid three tackles to be one of WA’s best.

#23 Ben Sokol
In his first State game, Sokol emphatically confirmed why he is considered to be one of the best big-game performers in this year’s WAFL competition. He booted four goals (three behinds) from 13 possessions and 11 marks.



#1 John Noble
Stationed on the wing, Noble was excellent for South Australia providing speed and class throughout the match. He finished with 24 possessions, five marks, five rebounding 50s, four inside 50s, and four tackles.

#3 William Snelling
The former Port Adelaide player illustrated why he is deserving of another chance at AFL level, with a classy performance against the Sandgropers. He accumulated 19 possessions, laid eight tackles and kicked a goal.

#7 Aidan Tropiano
The 2015 Sandover Medallist was sensational against his native state. He collected a team-high 28 possessions, laid a game-high 11 tackles and recorded four inside 50s to be an influential figure for the Croweaters’ victory.

#15 Jonathon Beech
Playing at centre half-forward, Beech always offered a presence in the attacking half. He gathered 11 possessions, took three marks (one contested), and booted four goals to be one of the best players for South Australia.

#23 Jordan Foote
The former Sydney Swans Academy product was brilliant for South Australia with 24 possessions, six marks, three inside 50s, three rebounding 50s, two tackles and two goals. With such performances, Foote could be headed for a second chance at AFL level.

#33 Michael Knoll
The former basketballer was a deserving winner of the Foss Williams Medal (South Australia’s Best on Ground medal) in the Croweater’s victory over the Sandgropers. He finished with 15 possessions, 31 hitouts, five marks, four tackles and three inside 50s.

Western Australia weekly wrap: Demons upset reigning premiers; Tigers finally roar

ROUND three of the West Australian Football League (WAFL) had it all – with comebacks, beltings, and upsets showcasing the unpredictable nature of season 2018.

In the biggest surprise of all, reigning premier Peel Thunder succumbed to last year’s wooden spoon winners Perth 11.13 (79) to 12.13 (85) in Mandurah. The Thunder were challenged from the outset, as the Demons applied ferocious forward half pressure to lead by a goal at quarter and half time. Led by former St Kilda player Spencer White, who was phenomenal with five goals, the third quarter saw the Demons make their break, booting seven majors to two as they headed to the final change with a 38-point lead. However, the Thunder switched on and goals to Shane Kersten and Gerard Ugle saw the Mandurah side get within six points as only minutes remained. Yet, the Demons held on to prevail and register their first win of 2018. For the Demons, another former Saints player Clinton Jones was a workhorse with 35 disposals, while new recruit and former Essendon player Ben Howlett led the way for the Thunder with 33 disposals.

Claremont staged a thrilling victory over East Fremantle, with midfielder Keifer Yu booting a goal on the full-time siren to give the Tigers a 12.11 (83) to 11.13 (79) win at Claremont Oval. The Tigers found themselves in early trouble as they trailed by 27 points deep in the second quarter. However, a four goal performance from forward Alex Manuel helped steady Claremont, as they re-took the lead heading into the final quarter. Despite four goals from former Collingwood rookie Jack Perham helping the Sharks to a winning position, Yu’s mark and consequent goal sunk the East Fremantle side at the very last gasp. Souring the win for Claremont was a knee injury to club favourite Kane Mitchell, who took no further part in the game after half time.

Subiaco sent a clear message to the rest of the competition after a thumping win over Swan Districts. In a battle of the only two undefeated teams so far in 2018, the Lions roared with a 21.12 (140) to 6.8 (44) victory. The Black and Whites got off to an ideal start, leading by two goals at quarter time in what looked to be an even tussle. However, Subiaco held the Swans scoreless in the second quarter, while kicking six goals of their own to turn the match on its head. After half-time, matters worsened for Swan Districts, with the Lions piling on 12 goals to one. For Subiaco, forwards Ben Sokol and Bradley Stevenson had a field day with four goals each, while Christopher Phelan and Josh Deluca both had 32 and 31 disposal games respectively. A two-goal and 20-disposal game for Rhys Palmer provided the only real highlight for the Black and Whites in what was a bitter defeat at Leederville Oval.

In a tight affair at Arena Joondalup, West Perth could not hold off a fast finishing South Fremantle, losing 13.10 (88) to 15.6 (96). After the Falcons exploded with a five goal to one first quarter, the Bulldogs fought back to remarkably take a one-point lead at half time. The third quarter proved a tight tussle, as goal for goal blows saw West Perth take a slender one goal lead at three quarter time. In the final quarter however, the Bulldogs took control as Hayden Schloithe dominated the midfield battle with 28 disposals, while also hitting the scoreboard with four goals. As South Fremantle put on a four goals to one final quarter, it was only fitting that Schloithe convert the match sealing goal in the dying moments of the game. Shane Nelson was phenomenal in the Falcons loss with 41 disposals, while young forward Tyler Keitel showed great signs with three goals.

Western Australia weekly wrap: Swan Districts topples Peel; Subiaco asserts its dominance

ROUND Two of the West Australian Football League (WAFL) saw two teams continue their unbeaten start to the season. Subiaco, the 2017 runners-up hold top spot on the ladder after a comfortable 58-point win, while Swan Districts toppled reining premier Peel Thunder, emerging as a possible dark horse for this year’s finals race.

The Lions travelled down to Fremantle Oval to take on South Fremantle in a rematch of last year’s preliminary final. The first half proved an even tussle, with only two goals separating the sides at half time. However, Subiaco unleashed a 11 goal to four second half to run away 18.12 (120) to 6.8 (62) winners. For the Lions, former Fremantle Docker Josh Deluca collected a game high 33 disposals, while small forward Ben Sokol finished with an impressive five goals. Reigning Sandover Medallist Hayden Schloithe finished with 26 disposals and ruckman Brock Higgins was named the South’s best player with 30 hitouts and 18 disposals.

In one of the round’s surprise results, Swan Districts overcame Fremantle affiliated powerhouse Peel Thunder 15.12 (102) to 13.10 (88). The Thunder held a one-goal lead at the final break, but the Black and Whites produced a six goals to three fourth quarter to storm home with a 14-point win. Midfielder Jarrad Blight was influential for the Swans with 24 disposals, while forward William Reidy was superb with four goals. For the Thunder, overlooked Docker Danyle Pearce produced an exceptional game collecting 40 disposals, with fellow Docker Darcy Tucker collecting 34 touches and former Essendon forward Leroy Jetta kicked two goals.

In a tight affair at East Fremantle Oval, the Sharks led at every change and proved too strong for Perth winning 13.9 (87) to 11.14 (80). For East Fremantle, former Geelong rookie Cameron Eardley was a standout, collecting a game high 38 disposals, while forward Ryan Ambrose contributed with three goals. Ruckman Christian Eyres was named Perth’s best after collecting 28 hitouts, six marks and 16 disposals, while livewire Cody Ninyette kicked three for the Demons.

In the final game of the round, the Perth Derby ended in a shellacking, with the West Coast affiliated East Perth 17.10 (112) trouncing cross town rivals West Perth 7.12 (54). After a disappointing performance in round one, the Royals switched on and booted 14 goals after quarter time to record their first win of 2018, while condemning the Falcons to their first loss. Eagles midfielder Luke Partington was fantastic with 33 disposals, while 2017 first round draft pick Jarrod Brander was dominant down forward, clunking 10 marks and kicking three goals. In a dim day for the Falcons, three time best and fairest winner Shane Nelson was a shining light with 36 disposals, while Trent Manzone collected 26 disposals and two goals.