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2021 SANFL Under 16s season wrap: Panthers and Double Blues finish top two despite final round losses

A HECTIC conclusion to the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) Under 16s competition saw the top two sides lose only their second game for the season in the final round, as Rounds 6 and 7 of the action wrapped up on Saturday and Wednesday in the past five days respectively.

South Adelaide finished on top by the barest of margins, with a higher percentage of 0.11 compared to Sturt, though both teams suffered shock losses to non-finalists in Round 7. The Panthers went down to sixth placed Woodville-West Torrens and the Double Blues suffered defeat to the fifth placed West Adelaide. In other results, Glenelg held Central District winless for the season as they got up in a nail-biter by two points to finish third, and North Adelaide booked its spot in the finals by accounting for seventh placed Norwood in a tight eight-point result.

Four days earlier, the top three teams all secured wins, and ultimately helped themselves to the prime positions on the ladder, with South Adelaide getting up over fourth placed North Adelaide by 17 points, Sturt defeating Norwood by a whopping 70 points, and Glenelg accounting for Eagles by 44 points. West Adelaide’s gallant end to the season had started with a comfortable 31-point victory over the Bulldogs.

In terms of the season top performers, Kane McAuliffe was head and shoulders above the rest for disposals, averaging a mind-bogging 31.9 disposals per game. The Roosters midfielder started off his season with a comparably low 23 touches, before going nuts with two 28-disposal games, and the rest with 33 or more, including a 43-disposal effort against the Eagles in Round 3. He also averaged a whopping 10 marks, 5.9 tackles, five clearances, 7.3 inside 50s and 4.6 rebound 50s to be the top performing player across the competition.

His partner-in-crime Angus Tully was not far behind with the Roosters talent averaging the flat 31 disposals per game from six matches, picking up more than 30 touches in three of his matches, including 41 disposals against West Adelaide in Round 4. Tully also averaged 4.2 marks, 4.3 tackles. 6.8 clearances, 5.5 inside 50s and 2.2 rebound 50s.

The highest disposal average was Central District’s Trent Tattoli who gave the wooden spooners something to celebrate about, averaging 34.6 disposals per game in five matches since debuting in Round 3. He only dipped below 35 disposals once in his time showing remarkable consistency, and finished the 2021 season also accumulating 8.2 marks, 4.0 tackles, 4.8 clearances, 4.8 inside 50s and 3.6 rebound 50s.

West Adelaide’s Lukas Zvaigzne (26.1 disposals, 5.7 marks, 4.0 tackles, 3.0 clearances, 3.4 inside 50s and 2.6 rebound 50s) and Eagles’ Jed Thomson (22.1 disposals, 4.0 marks, 2.3 clearances, 2.3 inside 50s and 2.6 rebound 50s) rounded out the top five ball-winners this season.

Meanwhile there was a three-way tie for the leading goalkicker award, with Sturt’s Chad Reschke, South Adelaide’s Jack Delean and Norwood’s William Rowlands all booting 16 goals. Reschke was the most impressive, achieving the feat from just five games, with multiple goals in every game, including hauls of four against South Adelaide and Glenelg, and hauls of three against North Adelaide and Eagles, to finish with 16.14 for the season. He also averaged the 10.2 disposals and 4.6 marks this year.

Delean played the six matches, and booted 16 goals despite going goalless in two games. He slotted a huge six goals against North Adelaide in his final match in Round 6, whilst having a haul of four against Glenelg, and three goals against both Central District and Norwood. Delean also averaged the 5.2 marks, 3.7 inside 50s and 2.8 tackles from 14.2 disposals. Meanwhile Rowland slotted five goals against Glenelg and four against North Adelaide in his best of a seven-game effort, averaging the 14.1 disposals, 3.1 marks, 3.0 inside 50s and 2.8 tackles.

While Reschke also averaged more than two contested marks per game, and McAuliffe and Delean were also up there in the stakes, Glenelg’s Ashton Moir was the clear standout with 18 contested marks in six games at an average of three per match. The Bays talent also averaged the 16.2 disposals and 6.5 marks slotting the four goals for the season, and 12 of his 18 contested marks coming against Norwood (seven) and West Adelaide (five).

When it came to big men, it was Jayden Matz who topped the league for hitouts. The Central District amassed 172 hitouts – 49 more than any other player in the league – at an average of 24.6 per game – to go with 16.6 disposals, 3.3 marks, 5.4 tackles, 3.6 clearances and 3.0 inside 50s. South Adelaide’s Tom Schirmer (24.6 hitouts per game from four games) was influential across his five matches, while West Adelaide’s Jack Wilson (15.6 hitouts from seven) and North Adelaide’s Darcy Kelly (18.2 from six) both totalled 109 hitouts for the season.

Tully and McAuliffe both featured in the top five for clearances in 2021, ranked first and fourth in total hitouts, whilst Norwood’s Connor Butcher averaged the 5.2 clearances per match from seven games, as well as 21.1 disposals, 4.3 tackles and 3.6 inside 50s. South Adelaide’s Tom Wheaton finished with the highest average from just five games, recording a whopping 7.2 clearances, as well as 25.6 disposals, 5.3 marks, 7.4 tackles and 5.8 inside 50s. Sturt’s Kobe McEntee averaged the 22.0 disposals, 4.8 clearances, 4.7 marks, 5.8 tackles and 5.2 inside 50s.

Finally looking at the defenders, the top rebounders in season 2021 were led by Rooster Toby Turner, who played all seven games for an average of 7.4 rebound 50s per game to accompany 16.0 disposals and 4.3 marks. West Adelaide’s Oscar Talbot (19.3 disposals, 7.3 rebound 50s), McAuliffe, Sturt’s Brodie Maloney (17.0 disposals, 5.2 rebound 50s) and Norwood’s Harvey George (15.8 disposals, 5.2 rebound 50s) were the others rounding out the top five with 30-plus rebound 50s for the season.

Of all those talents, McAuliffe finished on top in terms of Dream Team points, becoming the only player to hit 1000 in total and exactly 1000, at an averaged of 142.9 per game. Zvaigzne was next with 713 (101.9 per game), followed by Tully (687 at 114.5 per game), Matz (686 at 98) and Tattoli 677 at 135.4). The next best were West Adelaide’s Max Downs (628 at 89.7) and Eagles’ Pat Toole (609 at 87) to round out the 600-plus total points getters.



Norwood 5.9 (39) defeated by Sturt 17.7 (109)
Central District 9.7 (61) defeated by West Adelaide 14.8 (92)
WWT Eagles 11.4 (70) defeated by Glenelg 17.12 (114)
South Adelaide 14.9 (93) defeated North Adelaide 11.10 (76)


South Adelaide 11.8 (74) defeated by WWT Eagles 12.3 (75)
Sturt 9.8 (62) defeated by West Adelaide 13.11 (89)
Glenelg 12.9 (81) defeated Central District 12.7 (79)
Norwood 12.8 (80) defeated by North Adelaide 13.10 (88)

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2021 SANFL Under 16s Round 5 wrap: Bays snatch win as South and Sturt continue to soar

THE 2021 SANFL Under 16s season rolled on into Round 5, with four fixtures split evenly across Thursday evening and Friday afternoon. League frontrunners South Adelaide and Sturt both dined out with 55-plus point triumphs, while North Adelaide made it three wins on the trot and Glenelg snatched victory from the jaws of defeat in a thriller. All that, and more in our Round 5 wrap.

West Adelaide 9.6 (60) def. by Glenelg 8.13 (61)

Glenelg broke the hearts of West Adelaide on Thursday evening, snatching a one-point win against the Bloods at Hisense Stadium to snap its two-game losing streak. The Bays trailed at every break and only briefly snuck ahead during the second term, but two goals at the death saw them escape with the full set of points, winning 8.13 (61) to 9.6 (60) to make their wealth of opportunities finally count.

Ben Ridgway was exceptional for Glenelg, booting two goals alongside Charlie Hillier while also collecting a game-high 28 disposals and five clearances. The pair also ended up putting their side ahead at the clutch. Ashton Moir and Lucas Camporeale were also among the Bays’ big ball winners, as the former also dominated aerially with 11 marks (five contested).

Will Patton and Marcus Pavlic were Westies’ sole multiple goal kickers with two apiece. Pavlic also worked hard to win 14 hitouts, three clearances, and three marks. Lukas Zvaigzne was terrific with 21 touches and a goal, but it was Jordan Gadeleta who ended atop the Bloods’ disposal charts with 24.

Norwood 5.7 (37) def. by South Adelaide 14.12 (96)

South Adelaide remains the SANFL Under 16s team to beat after defeating Norwood by 59 points at Coopers Stadium on Thursday evening. South led from the first goal and applied consistent scoreboard pressure to comfortably pull away from the Redlegs throughout; managing seven goals in each half, with nine of their total 14 majors coming at one end in the 14.12 (96) to 5.7 (37) drubbing.

Panthers standout Tom Wheaton claimed game-high tallies in disposals (24), marks (11), tackles (seven) and inside 50s (seven) in a terrific performance which also yielded a goal. Sid Draper was Souths’ next best ball winner, as the likes of Phoenix Hargrave (three goals) and Sebastian Oliver (two) both made their touches count. Hargrave was among a trio of Panthers to boot three majors.

Harvey George and Rohan Bailey were kept busy in Norwood’s defence as they both ticked over 20 touches while combining for 11 marks and 15 rebound 50s. Kade Madigan was also amongst it with 17 disposals (15 kicks), seven marks and a goal, as Eamonn Cronin clunked five contested grabs in a solid aerial display.

North Adelaide 10.16 (76) def. Central District 9.4 (58)

North Adelaide claimed its third win on the trot, straightening up in front of goal to down Central District by 18 points at Prospect Oval on Friday afternoon. The Roosters trailed by nearly three goals during the third term despite boasting a wealth of scoring shots, but more than made up for it in the final term with five goals to Centrals’ one, running out 10.16 (76) to 9.4 (58) victors.

Roosters gun Kane McAuliffe racked up a team-high 35 disposals to go with game highs in marks (14), tackles (six), and inside 50s (seven), continuing his incredible run of form in 2021. Jed Dignan led a trio of North players to boot two goals, while Angus Tully and Luke Harvey were others who saw plenty of the ball.

Bulldogs skipper Trent Tattoli led all comers with 37 touches and a goal from midfield, trailed closely by Sebastian Wauer on 36 and 13 marks. William McCabe also won his fair share of possessions, as William O’Brien booted a game-high three goals and Angus Vandenberg notched two from his 20 disposals in Centrals’ losing effort.

Sturt 13.15 (93) def. WWT Eagles 5.8 (38)

Sturt flexed its muscles after half time to thump Woodville-West Torrens (WWT) by 55 points at Unley Oval on Friday afternoon. The Double Blues shot out of the blocks but were pegged back well in term two by a plucky Eagles outfit, before streaming away once again after the main break with eight goals to one. The power-packed flurry contributed massively to their 13.15 (91) to 5.8 (38) victory.

Spearhead Chad Reschke snagged three goals for Sturt, but was one of two players to also notch four behinds. George Pope finished as the Blues’ major ball winner with 26 touches and six clearances, as Kobe McEntee (21 disposals) and Ned Atkinson also got busy in the win.

Defender Jedd Thomson was the only Eagle to tick over 20 disposals, with 22 of his 25 touches coming via foot. Jett Hasting was among a trio of WWT players to finish on 16, while Colby Ackland and bigman Izaac Niemann managed to add two goals apiece despite their side’s loss.

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2021 SANFL U16 Round 3 wrap: Upsets galore across weekend

THERE were plenty of upsets across the third round of the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) Under 16s competition, with some sides claiming their first win, and others suffering their first losses.

Woodville-West Torrens 8.6 (54) DEFEATED BY North Adelaide 10.8 (68)

The Roosters recorded their first win of the SANFL under-16 season with a strong showing against Woodville-West Torrens at X-Convenience Oval. North Adelaide booted the first three goals of the contest and led for most of the day, but the Eagles wrestled back momentum at-times and managed to steal the lead for parts of the second and third terms. But the red and whites responded well, nailing four last quarter goals to hand the Eagles their first defeat of the 2021 season.

A huge game from North Adelaide midfielder Kane McAuliffe went a long way to securing the points for the Roosters. McAuliffe’s work rate was immense, seemingly making an impact at every contest he attended. He finished a scintillating performance with a mesmerising stat-line of 43 disposals, 17 marks, nine inside 50s and seven rebound 50s. He was not alone, however, with Angus Tully once again finding plenty of the ball on the inside of the contest and Toby Turner generating effective rebound from half-back (26 disposals and 10 rebound 50s). Up forward, DJ Smith made the most of his opportunities, booting three majors and clunking three contested grabs. Owen Kalic and ruckman Darcy Kelly were also among the bests for North Adelaide.

Onballer Pat Toole was the Eagles best performer, finishing the contest with 34 disposals, six clearances seven marks, five tackles, seven inside 50s and a goal. His midfield partner Jedd Thomson (29 disposals and six marks) also found plenty of the football. Declan O’Dea and Oscar Pearce were the only multiple goal kickers for Woodville-West Torrens, both kicking a couple.

Central Districts 10.7 (67) DEFEATED BY Norwood 12.10 (82)

Norwood bounced back from a tough six-point loss to Glenelg last round by snatching a late victory over the winless Bulldogs in hostile territory. The Bulldogs jumped out of the blocks, piling on four-goals-to-one in the opening term. Norwood hit back in the second but Central Districts entered the main break with a seven-point advantage. Brayden Rachwal‘s third goal ensured the Redlegs took a slim lead into the final change. Bulldog Oliver Robinson put the home side ahead at the 16th-minute mark of the last quarter, but Norwood rallied to kick three majors in four minutes and secure the win.

The aforementioned Rachwal caused a number of headaches for the Central Districts defenders. The big-man’s aerial ability was impressive all day, finishing with three goals and four contested marks to go with nine hit-outs. Connor Butcher led the way through the midfield, gathering 25 disposals, one goal, seven clearances and five inside 50s. Kade Madigan (21 disposals, six marks and six rebound-50s) continued his solid start to the season, with Jaidyn Mead (13 disposals and two goals) and William Rowlands (19 disposals, one goal, five tackles and six inside-50s) also providing strong contributions.

Trent Tattoli was clearly the Bulldogs best player, racking up 35 disposals, six marks, five tackles, six clearances, six inside 50s and a goal through the midfield. The efforts of Jayden Matz through the ruck will have impressed ‘dogs coach Chris Gerhardy. Matz regularly provided his side with first use in the middle, recording a game-high 24 hitouts. However it was his work around the ground which really stood out, gathering 19 touches and laying five tackles. Thomas Cochrane (20 disposals and four rebound 50s) and Josh Davey (19 disposals and five clearances) will also be proud of their efforts.

West Adelaide 11.9 (75) DEFEATED South Adelaide 8.10 (58)

The Bloods got their season rolling with a 17-point win over the previously undefeated Panthers at Hisense Stadium. West Adelaide’s defence restricted South to just one goal in the first half, however the game broke open after the half-time break, with the Panthers compiling four unanswered majors to steal the lead. But the Bloods rallied, kicking four goals in a handful of minutes to wrestle back the momentum and post a game-high lead, one that would not be overcome a second time.

It was an even effort from the Bloods juniors, with five players recording over 20 touches and seven collecting 15 or more. Will Patton was the standout, offering an abundance of rebound from defence. He finished with a game-high 28 disposals, 10 marks and nine rebounds. Lukas Zvaigzne (26 disposals, one goal and six marks) showed plenty, as did Judd Hansen (22 disposals and seven marks) and Max Jones, who booted three goals from 14 disposals.

Ryan Pearsons looked the most threatening forward on the ground. He kicked four goals and took six marks but also provided some handy rebound when thrown further afield. Panthers ruckman Tom Schirmer asserted his dominance on the game through the middle. He proved a step above the Bloods rucks, finishing with 29 hitouts and five clearances. He also sent the ball inside 50 seven times. Jace Daris was the leading disposal winner for Clay Sampson’s men, with Sid Draper and Sebastian Oliver also among the Panthers better performers.

Glenelg 9.11 (65) DEFEATED BY Sturt 12.8 (80)

Sturt handed Glenelg their first defeat of season 2021 with a 15-point triumph on Sunday evening. Glenelg booted the first goal of the game after just 26 seconds, however Sturt took until the 15 minute mark to land their first blow. The Double Blues entered the half-time break with a 12-point buffer as both sides added two majors in the third quarter. Goals to Tigers’ Kai Reid and James Dutton gave Glenelg the lead early in the final quarter, but Sturt booted four of the final five goals to record their second win in as many weeks.

Tough-nut Kobe McEntee was relentless all day for the victors, laying a game-high ten tackles. He also collected 21 disposals and seven inside 50s. He was well supported by Ned Atkinson and Luca Lade, however it was the work of forward Chad Reschke which proved invaluable. Reschke booted four goals for the game and could have had an even bigger bag, if not for some inaccuracy in front of goal. Nevertheless, his contested marking proved very difficult to defend against. Tarran Sanderson also booted two goals for Sturt, including the sealer.

Benjamin Ridgway continued his prolific ways, accumulating a game-high 34 touches, along with six marks, six tackles and seven clearances. Ridgway has emerged as one of the under 16 competition’s most well-rounded onballers, piecing together three consistent games to start the season. Lucas Camporeale, the son of former-Carlton star Scott, also performed well despite the result, finishing with 26 disposals, eight marks and two goals. Kaiden Adkin was strong in the coalface, while James Dutton and Brock Summerhayes both booted two goals.

2021 SANFL U16 weekly wrap: Eagles off to great start as Norwood win nail-biter

WOODVILLE West-Torrens Eagles started their South Australian National Football League (SANFL) Under 16s campaign off in style with a big win over Central District, while Norwood won a thriller over West Adelaide, and South Adelaide and Glenelg post posted wins over Sturt and North Adelaide respectively.

CENTRAL DISTRICT 1.1 | 1.6 | 1.6 | 2.10 (22)
WWT EAGLES 7.3 | 7.7 | 10.10 | 13.11 (89)


Central: E. Scholz, S. Waurer.
Eagles: D. Baxter 2, H. Dodd 2, J. Hickman 2, K. Elliot-Karpany, P. Toole.

Two runs of six consecutive goals saw the Woodville-West Torrens Eagles run out easy 67-point victors over an inaccurate Central District outfit that had its chances, but could not capitalise on them. The Eagles had 24 scoring shots to 12, but it was the Bulldogs’ 2.10 accuracy that made life difficult for them. Booting the first six goals of the game, and 12 of the first 13, the Eagles really took control of the match and never looked back. They had a plus-71 in disposals, took 17 more marks – including 10-1 contested marks – and had a whopping 61 inside 50 entries to 32. To Central’s credit, they repelled well with 47-32 rebounds, and won the hitouts (31-14) and tackles (51-45).

Pat Toole had a day out with 34 touches, eight marks, four tackles, four clearances, four inside 50s and 1.2, as Patrick Weckert (25 disposals, 11 marks – two contested – two tackles, four inside 50s and seven rebounds) was everywhere. Brody Mair (23 disposals, four marks, three tackles, three clearances and four inside 50s), Callum Fairall (21 disposals, five marks – one contested – three inside 50s and four rebounds) and Harry Dodd (19 disposals, seven marks, six inside 50s and two goals) were also dominant on the day. For Central, William O’Brien racked up a team-high 27 touches and 12 marks, as well as three clearances, three inside 50s and four rebounds. Seb Waurer (19 disposals, four marks, six tackles, four inside 50s and five rebounds) and Ethan Scholz (15 disposals, four marks, two tackles and three rebounds) were the two goalkickers on the day. Lachlan Butler (18 disposals, four marks and six tackles) and ruck Jayden Matz (18 disposals, 24 hitouts and six tackles) provided great defensive pressure around the stoppages.

SOUTH ADELAIDE 1.4 | 5.4 | 10.6 | 13.7 (85)
STURT 3.2 | 5.8 | 5.10 | 9.10 (64)


South: S. Hoeck, A. Duke, Z. Keir, P. Hargrave, I. Churchill.
Sturt: C. Reschke 4, C. Mills, D. Gladigau, K. McEntee, N. Prenzler.

A five goals to zero second quarter was the difference between South Adelaide and Sturt as the Panthers ran away with a 21-point in an otherwise tight contest. The Double Blues won the first and fourth quarters, but nine goals to two in the second and third terms – including five consecutive majors in the third quarter – made life difficult for the visitors. South Adelaide won the disposal count marginally (269-264), but it was their spread, with 81 marks to 47, as well as defensive pressure with 60 tackles to 37. The Double Blues will be disappointed they did not make more of their inside 50 entries, racking up 44 to 36 despite losing both the hitout and clearance counts.

Blake Rodrigues was the key ball winner for the Panthers, picking up 25 disposals to go with four marks, six tackles, three clearances, four inside 50s and four rebounds. He worked well with the likes of Jace Daris (19 disposals, six marks, four tackles, four clearances and three inside 50s), Phoenix Hargrave (14 disposals, four marks, seven tackles, three clearances, three inside 50s and two goals) and Tom Wheaton (20 disposals, four marks, four tackles, five clearances and four inside 50s) around the stoppages. Tom Schirmer had 23 hitouts from nine touches in the ruck, while Myles Amos was steadfast in defence with six rebounds from 14 touches and five marks, forming a rock solid partnership with Nicholas Schroder (14 disposals, eight marks – three contested – and four rebounds). For Sturt, Kobe McEntee had a busy night with 20 disposals, three marks, seven tackles, five clearances, six inside 50s and a goal, while Declan Gladigau had the most disposals with 22, as well as two marks, three tackles, six inside 50s, two rebounds and a goal. Ned Atkinson (18 disposals, four marks, five clearances, three inside 50s and a goal), Chad Reschke (eight disposals, five marks – three contested – and four goals) both hit the scoreboard and contributed strongly, while Brodie Maloney (18 disposals, nine rebounds) was unflappable in defence.


NORTH ADELAIDE 0.2 | 3.4 | 7.6 | 10.9 (69)
GLENELG 3.4 | 8.4 | 12.7 | 15.9 (99)


North: J. Dundon 2, T. Morgan 2, M. Boxall, K. McAuliffe, A. Tully.
Glenelg: C. Hillier 4, J. Altus 2, I. Kean 2, H. Francis, E. Redman.

A fast start and a dominant third term from forward Charlie Hillier has helped Glenelg secure a comfortable 30-point win over North Adelaide in their clash. The Bays started strongly booting the first four goals of the dame, and by half-time had a 30-point lead. North came out firing in the third term to pile on three consecutive majors and reduce the margin to just 12 points, before Hillier had other ideas, slotting three of the next four goals himself to finish with the four majors, and the Bays managed to hold off their opponents for the rest of the contest for a 15.9 (99) to 10.9 (69) win. Glenelg had 61 more disposals (299-238), 20 more marks (92-72) and five more inside 50s (45-40), but the Roosters were on top in the clearances (30-24) and particularly the tackles (54-34).

Hillier finished with 13 disposals, four marks – one contested – six tackles and two inside 50s to accompany his four goals, while Josh Altus (13 disposals, six marks – one contested – three tackles, six inside 50s and two goals) was the other multiple goalkicker for the winners. In terms of disposals, Kaidyn Weber led all-comers thanks to his 28, as well as five marks, four tackles, four clearances, six inside 50s and one goal, while Benjamin Ridgway (27 disposals, 10 marks – three contested – five clearances, two inside 50s and six rebounds) filled the stat sheet, particularly in the air. Lucas Camporeale (20 disposals, seven inside 50s and two rebounds), Lochlan Thiele (20 disposals, five marks and eight rebounds) and Harry Francis (10 disposals, six marks – three contested – 21 hitouts and one goal) were others who had plenty of action in the victory. For North, inside midfielder Luke Harvey amassed 30 touches, six marks – three contested – six tackles, seven clearances and three inside 50s, while Angus Tully went one better with 31 disposals, two marks, two tackles, seven clearances, six inside 50s and a goal. Kane McAuliffe (23 disposals, nine marks, three tackles, four clearances, nine inside 50s four rebounds and a goal) also worked hard, as Jack Dundon (14 disposals, six marks – four contested – five tackles and two goals) and Tom Morgan (10 disposals, seven marks, three tackles, three inside 50s and two goals) both managed multiple majors in the match.


NORWOOD 5.1 | 7.4 | 10.6 | 11.10 (76)
WEST ADELAIDE 2.3 | 6.6 |7.9 | 10.12 (72)


Norwood: W. Rozenbilds 3, P. Higgins 2, W. Rowlands, J. Jones, B. Rachwal.
West: M. Downs 3, J. Hansen 2, M. McKenzie 2, C. Haysman, K, Hilton.

In a topsy-turvy match, Norwood always seemed to have a slight advantage after West hit the front early, but the Redlegs never quite felt sage with numerous West Adelaide attacks leading to an absolute thrilling contest. In the end, Norwood got up by four points, 11.10 (76) to 10.12 (72), booting four consecutive goals near the end of the first term to five them a 16-point lead at the opening break, in what was a high-scoring opening term. The Bloods hit back to cut the deficit to just four points by the main break before the Redlegs hitout again to stretch it to 15 points, and then two consecutive goals in the final quarter – amongst a ton of behinds for both sides, cut the deficit to just four points. A late goal to Brayden Rachwal put the Redlegs back out by 10, before Max Downs‘ third goal cut the deficit to a consolation four points for the Bloods. The stats were fairly even in terms of ball-winning, with West Adelaide notching up 92-73 marks and 49-33 tackles, as well as having 10 more hitouts (32-22). The Redlegs got on top in the clearances (33-23) and inside 50s (49-35), but the Bloods defence held up well with 37 rebounds to 25.

Connor Butcher was strong in the middle for the Redlegs, picking up 27 disposals, three marks, four tackles, seven clearances, six inside 50s and booting a goal, while Rohan Bailey (23 touches, four marks, three tackles and five inside 50s) and William Rowlands (22 disposals, seven marks, four clearances, four inside 50s and a goal) were also good around the clinches. Will Rozenbilds slotted three goals from 10 touches, while Patrick Higgins kicked two from 17 disposals and six marks. In defence, Cody McInnes (20 disposals, four marks, three inside 50s and seven rebounds) and Harvey George (14 disposals, six marks – three contested – and 10 rebounds) had the bulk of their team’s rebounds. West Adelaide had a number of prominent ball winners with Downs (26 disposals, 10 marks – three contested – five inside 50s and three goals), Lukas Zvaigzne (27 disposals. five marks, three tackles, four clearances and four inside 50s), Charlie Haysman (24 disposals, eight marks and one goal) and Judd Hansen (21 disposals, six marks, three clearances and two goals) all have big days out. In defence, Oscar Albot (16 disposals, five marks, four tackles and five rebounds) and Luke Tippens (13 disposals, four marks, five tackles and seven rebounds) were impressive.

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