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South Australian weekly wrap: Glenelg secures minor premiership as Crows, Redlegs stumble

IN the penultimate round of South Australian National Football League (SANFL) action, Glenelg secured the minor premiership as a number of its rivals stumbled ahead of the final round next weekend.

LEAGUE:

Norwood 11.9 (75) defeated by Central District 13.16 (94)

Norwood was unable to secure a finals spot just yet with a shock loss to Central District on the weekend. The Redlegs were in the game for the most part, but fell at the final hurdle as the Bulldogs booted four goals to two in the final term. Troy Menzel was superb, albeit inaccurate in front of goal with a 4.6 score sheet. as well as 20 disposals, seven marks and two tackles for the Bulldogs, while Travis Schiller racked up 33 touches as well as three marks, five clearances and four tackles. Norwood’s Matthew Nunn led the way for his side with 32 disposals, four marks, nine clearances, seven tackles and three goals, while Matthew Panos was prominent in the middle with 24 disposals, six marks, 11 clearances, six tackles and a goal.

Glenelg 17.17 (119) defeated West Adelaide 6.8 (44)

Glenelg secured the minor premiership with a runaway 75-point win over West Adelaide. The Tigers booted 12 goals to three in the second half to completely dominate the Bloods and assert themselves on the competition. Matthew Snook (37 disposals, five marks, 17 clearances, eight tackles and a goal) was absolutely ridiculous on the stats sheet, while Luke Partington (32 disposals, four marks, four clearances and one goals) was a ball magnet, as was the exciting Marlon Motlop (32 touches, four marks, three clearances, two goals). For the Bloods, Nathan Batley had 27 disposals, five marks and four clearances, and Patrick Fairlie had 27 disposals, four marks, six clearances and seven tackles.

South Adelaide 15.9 (99) defeated North Adelaide 2.8 (20)

South Adelaide kept its finals hopes alive with a dominant 79-point win over North Adelaide at home. Joseph Haines led the way with 31 touches, eight marks and four tackles, while Abe Davis (20 disposals, six marks and three goals) and Jesse McKinnon (21 disposals, three marks, six clearances and three goals) both hit the scoreboard. Aidan Tropiano was best on ground despite the loss, racking up 28 disposals, two marks, 13 clearances and 12 tackles. Alex Spina (24 disposals, six marks) and Thomas Schwarz (21 disposals, dour marks, four clearances and six tackles) were both solid.

Sturt 4.10 (34) defeated by Port Adelaide 6.13 (49)

Port Adelaide has scraped together a messy 15-point win over Sturt on the road with six goals from 19 scoring shots to the Double Blues’ four from 14. Scott Lycett was a cut above in the game, recording 43 hitouts as well as 19 disposals, two marks, eight clearances, seven tackles and a goal. Jack Trengove (27 disposals, four marks, five clearances and nine tackles) and Willem Drew (23 disposals, eight clearances and 12 tackles) were others who continue to push for senior selection. Sam Colquhoun helped himself to 17 touches, four marks, four clearances and nine tackles in the loss, while James Battersby recorded a massive 11 clearances to go with his 21 touches, two marks and eight tackles.

Woodville-West Torrens 5.10 (40) defeated Adelaide 4.8 (32)

Woodville-West Torrens might be out of finals calculations but it did not stop the Eagles upsetting the finals-bound Crows. Jack Hayes (19 disposals, nine marks, two clearances and 12 tackles) and Jordan Foote (22 disposals, two marks, five clearances, 13 tackles and a goal) were prominent, while Matthew Goldsworthy and James Boyd both racked up 25 touches in the win. For the Crows, Matthew Wright had a day out with 34 disposals, four marks, one clearance and four tackles, while tackling machine Hugh Greenwood laid 15 tackles to go with his 21 disposals, seven clearances and a goal. Rory Atkins also pressed his case for a recall with 27 disposals, four marks, seven clearances, eight tackles and a goal.

RESERVES:

Norwood 10.13 (73) defeated Central District 8.9 (57)

Norwood has secured a solid 16-point win over Central District to retain top spot on the ladder heading into the final round of the season. Mac Bower had a game-high 28 disposals, as well as seven marks, two clearances and six tackles, while Jed Spence picked up 25 disposals, seven marks, four clearances and 12 tackles. For the Bulldogs, Jordan Furnell had 24 touches, seven clearances and four tackles, while Jordan O’Brien booted a goal from 21 disposals, five marks, six clearances and two tackles.

Glenelg 12.7 (79) defeated West Adelaide 12.4 (76)

Glenelg won a nail-biter of significant importance by downing West Adelaide and snatching up fifth spot on the table. The Tigers had to come from 22 points down at the final break to boot five goals to one and just sneak over the line. Ben Sawford had 29 disposals, five marks, 11 clearances and four tackles in the win, while bottom-age Adelaide father-son draft prospect Jackson Edwards had 20 disposals, two marks, three clearances, eight tackles and a goal. Reid Kuller (22 disposals, four marks, three clearances, nine tackles and a goal) was also strong in the win. Sam May was among the best for the Bloods, notching up 24 disposals, six marks, two tackles and one clearance, while Keelan Laube had 21 disposals, six marks, two tackles and a clearance.

Sturt 11.8 (74) defeated Woodville-West Torrens 8.4 (52)

Second placed Sturt guaranteed a top two spot with a 22-point win over the third placed Eagles. Edward Allan had a big game with 32 disposals, seven marks, eight clearances, six tackles and a goal, while Joel Thiele was also productive with 29 disposals, five marks, five clearances and eight tackles. Eligible Brisbane father-son prospect Casey Voss had 19 disposals, five marks, six clearances, five tackles and a goal. For the Eagles, South Australian Under-18 Most Valuable Player (MVP) and the AFL Under-18 Championships, Harry Schoenberg picked up 26 disposals, six marks, 10 clearances and four tackles, while Cooper Gaffney was also prominent with 26 touches, seven marks, five clearances, five tackles and two goals.

South Adelaide 15.4 (94) defeated North Adelaide 5.9 (39)

A 10 goals to two second half has set South Adelaide up for a big 55-point win over North Adelaide in the bottom two clash. Mark Noble was best in the midfield for the Panthers with 29 disposals, 10 marks, six clearances, three tackles and a goal, while Tate Coleman (27 disposals, eight marks, five tackles and a clearance) and Luke Bogle (25 disposals, five marks, 11 tackles and three clearances) were also impressive in the game. Up forward, Kyle Emery and Brett Kennedy combined for nine goals from 34 disposals and nine marks. For the Roosters, James Schwarz had a game-high 33 disposals, four marks, 10 clearances, five tackles and a goal, while Max Lower had six clearances and five marks from 26 disposals.

UNDER 18S:

South Adelaide 9.9 (63) defeated North Adelaide 5.5 (35)

South Adelaide locked up third spot on the SANFL Under 18s table with a low-scoring 28-point win over fourth placed North Adelaide. The Panthers booted four goals to one in the final term to run away with the contest at Flinders University Stadium. Damon Freitag was prominent in attack with two goals from 19 disposals, 10 marks, eight tackles and four clearances, while fellow South Australian Under-18 representative Daniel Sladojevic finished with 3.3 from eight kicks and four marks. Harrison Magor had a massive 33 disposals, four marks, four clearances and 10 tackles in North Adelaide’s loss, while Charlie Dinning had 23 disposals, five marks, eight clearances and four tackles.

Central District 12.2 (74) defeated by Norwood 13.9 (87)

Norwood ensured Central District remained anchored to the bottom of the table running out 13-point winners despite a five goals to two final term in favour of the Bulldogs. Tristan Binder was superb up forward with six majors from 16 disposals, three marks and four tackles, while Nathan Hearing booted a goal from 17 disposals, three marks, nine clearances and four tackles. For the Bulldogs, Rhys Cannizzaro picked up a game-high 26 disposals, as well as four marks, seven clearances, seven tackles and a goal, while Samuel Falland registered 21 disposals, three marks, four clearances and eight tackles.

Glenelg 12.13 (85) defeated by West Adelaide 15.12 (102)

Second placed West Adelaide kept Glenelg percentage outside the top four after a tight 17-point win at ACH Group Stadium. Noah Hanaga was unstoppable up forward booting six goals from 11 disposals and five marks, and had it not been for inaccuracy (five behinds), he could have reached double figures in the Bloods’ victory, Mackenzie Nield picked up 26 disposals, five marks, five tackles and three clearances, while Joel Groom was also productive with 26 touches, seven marks, six clearances and 10 tackles. For Glenelg, it was Cooper Horsnell who stood tall with two goals from six scoring shots to accompany his 30 disposals, eight marks, five tackles and two clearances, while Kye Dean also had 30 disposals as well as 10 clearances, four marks and five tackles.

Sturt 2.2 (14) defeated by WoodviLLe-West Torrens 11.14 (80)

Minor premiers, Woodville-West Torrens continued its terrific season with a dominant 66-point win over lowly Sturt. The Eagles had 25 scoring shots to four in the huge win, in what was an imposing performance a fortnight out from finals. Luke Barnett racked up 34 touches, seven marks, seven clearances and eight tackles in the win, while Zane Williams hit the scoreboard with three majors from 29 disposals, four marks, five clearances and seven tackles. Caleb Poulter (26 disposals, four marks, three clearances, nine tackles and two goals) and Jase Burgoyne (29 disposals, seven marks and three clearances) were others who were busy in the win. For Sturt, Mani Liddy (29 disposals, four marks, 10 clearances and nine tackles was the clear standout, while William Crane (25 disposals, six marks, five clearances and five tackles) was also among the best.

SANFL weekly wrap: Top three sides claim victory in big round of football

SOME Under-18 talent is now really settling in with the League sides over this week and impressing again at the next level. The South Australian squad members will now leave their SANFL clubs as they prepare for their upcoming first match of National U18 Championships. Jamie Morgan, David Chapman and Tom Wyman take a look at what made news in South Australian football over the past week.

Norwood Vs Port

League – Norwood 19.8 (122) defeated West Adelaide 10.9 (69)
Reserves – Norwood 13.9 (87) defeated West Adelaide 8.7 (55)
U18 – West Adelaide 10.7 (67) defeated Norwood 9.12 (66)

Norwood capitalised on a diminished West Adelaide midfield, recording a 53-point victory at The Parade under Friday night lights. Talented Under-18 duo, Cameron Taheny and Dylan Stephens starred for the Redlegs, in just their third and fifth games respectively. Up forward, the medium-sized Taheny booted a career-high five majors, with his clean hands and ability to read the flight of the ball standing out, despite the dewy conditions. He finished with nine disposals and six marks. While not receiving as much attention due to Taheny’s scoreboard impact, Stephens also played his best game at league level. In a largely outside role in the midfield, the potential first round draftee gathered 25 disposals (17 kicks and eight handballs), six marks, laid five tackles and sent the ball inside-50 on six occasions in what was a well-rounded performance. The pair will ramp up National Championship preparations as they attempt to lead SA’s title defence. Elsewhere for the victors, the reliable Brad McKenzie and Dom Barry were both prolific and damaging through the middle, whilst reigning Margarey Medalist, Mitch Grigg was at his dominant best and 19-year-old Cole Gerloff booted four goals. Kaine Stevens won 28 touches, while former-Crow Jono Beech was the only multiple goalkicker for West Adelaide.

Eagles vs South

League – Eagles 12.15 (87) defeated South 6.9 (45)
Reserves – Eagles 15.14 (104) defeated South 11.6 (72)
U18 – South 15.10 (100) defeated Eagles 11.12 (78)

The Eagles are getting their season on track with another win under new coach Sam Lonergan. Experienced ex-Crow Jared Petrenko and former Swan, Jordan Foote helped control the game for the Eagles despite a slow first quarter. South had debutant Luke Bogle in his first League match, finishing with a goal on debut. Cooper Gaffney from the Eagles continues to do well at League level and was rewarded with a Breakthrough Player nomination for his performance this round.

In the Reserves, it was another solid win for top side Eagles, with their depth once again coming through. U18 player Jackson Mead continues to chalk up numbers in the midfield finishing with another 22 disposals and six clearances. James Boyd was a standout for the Eagles. U18 squad member Daniel Sladojevic finished with a goal for South and was among their better players on the day.

Adelaide Crows 15.6 (96) defeated North Adelaide 9.11 (65)

Adelaide ruckman Sam Jacobs showed why he has been such a consistent AFL player, returning to the SANFL for his first game in a decade, and dominating with 20 disposals, nine marks, five clearances, 28 hitouts and five goals in a massive best on ground performance. He was the difference in the Crows’ 31-point win over North Adelaide, in a Crows side that did not lack experience with Richard Douglas (31 disposals, seven marks, eight clearances and a goal) and Matthew Wright (26 disposals, 10 marks and three tackles) standing up. For the Roosters, Campbell Combe was the best with 24 touches, eight marks, seven tackles and three clearances, while Alexander Barnes booted three goals from 19 touches, six marks and four clearances.

North vs Glenelg

Reserves – North 11.8 (74) defeated Glenelg 9.8 (62)
U18 – Glenelg 10.13 (73) defeated North 8.6 (54)

North held off a fast finishing Glenelg in the Reserves hitout. SA U18 talent, Dyson Hilder (North) finished with 11 disposals, while Brady Searle from Glenelg had 16 possessions, but an impressive six clearances.

In the U18s Glenelg were too strong, but some young talent was impressive with Harrison Magor again dominating possession for North finishing with 37 disposals while Reid Kuller had another good game for the Tigers with 35 disposals and 10 tackles.

Sturt vs Centrals

League – Sturt 15.8 (98) defeated Centrals 8.11 (59)
Reserves – Sturt 12.12 (84) defeated Centrals 5.7 (37)
U18 – Centrals 17.10 (112) defeated Sturt 4.8 (32)

Sturt easily accounted for Centrals off the back of a nine goal to zero first half. Quality games from Steve Slimming and Sam Colqhoun helped guide the Blues to victory. Casey Voss (son of Michael Voss, Brisbane Lions great) was rewarded for his good form in the reserves, making his league debut for Sturt and finished with nine disposals and a goal in a good first up performance.

Sturt had a mix of young and experienced talent in their Reserves win, with SA squad members, Jed McEntee (15 disposals and a goal), Josh Shute (14 disposals, one goal), Oliver Grivell and Lachlan Burrows putting on good performances.

Centrals and under age SA squad member, Corey Durdin was best in Centrals’ U18s win with 28 disposals, continuing his good season to date.

SCHOOL/COLLEGE FOOTY

PAC 11.10 (76) defeated Rostrevor 4.4 (28)

In the feature match of the round, with both these teams having lost to Sacred Heart by less than 10 points, this was going to be the battle of the round and could well determine the end of season top two ladder position.

The first half was a defensive battle, with Rostrevor holding a slender 21-20 point lead at the main break. The first quarter was a real masterclass of forward play by PAC full forward James Borlase. He took multiple contested marks, coming from behind, in front and the side to be a handful for the Rostrevor defence. However, his accuracy cost PAC as he managed 1.4 in the first quarter. Up the other end, captain Karl Finlay repelled many attacks from centre half back and in the first half was dominant with his intercept marking a real highlight, as well as his poise with the ball in hand. Rostrevor didn’t get many inside 50s, but defensively kept the contest close, and they showed some run and carry through the midfield.

The second half started with a quick PAC tap, clearance and long goal from midfielder Jamison Murphy. This broke open the game in the quarter and PAC were all over the Rostrevor defence, with the ball trapped inside the PAC forward half for the majority of the second half. PAC were cleaner with the ball by hand in the contests and there were some surgical passes by foot inside 50, particularly by Isaiah Dudley, as PAC stormed home with nine goals to one in the second half. Draft prospect, Kossie Pickett was always dangerous around the ball as well as a good attempt at what could have been mark of the year. For Rostrevor, Anzac Lochowiak was well held by PAC, while Cam Taheny did not take the field, having had Norwood League duties the night before where he kicked five goals.

Other Results:

Immanuel defeated Trinity by 109 points
Westminster defeated Scotch by one point
St Peters defeated Pembroke by 18 points

Sacred Heart – played trial game vs. SA U16 side:
SHC 8.11 (59) def SAU16 5.6 (36)

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.

South Australia weekly wrap: Prospects shine and Panthers prevail in SANFL Fast Footy

LAST weekend saw the inaugural SANFL Fast Footy competition played at Norwood Oval. Fast Footy is a modified version of the game, played with 12 per-side across 3 zones and Supergoals able to be scored from outside 50m. Introduced a week before AFLX, this footy format is geared towards fast paced high scoring games.

It was a new concept for players and coaches and most clubs opted for a focus on youth in selecting their sides, giving young players opportunities at a high level with unlimited player rotations. All SANFL clubs, apart from Central Districts, participated in the competition which was held over 2 days with each team playing 2 games, and the top 4 teams playing finals games.

Only two top-age players eligible for the 2018 National AFL Draft took the field over the tournament – those being potential top 10 pick Izak Rankine and his fellow Level 2 AFL Academy member Luke Valente.

Rankine continued to add to his highlight reel, bagging two goals and celebrating one of the with a backflip. Players from all teams were encouraged to celebrate their goals in style. It finishes off a big few weeks for Rankine who recently took first place in the local 100m sprint meet, Camden Classic. 

South Adelaide prevailed as the winner of the 10-game tournament with a victory over Woodville-West Torrens by five points in the final and taking the $10,000 prize-money. For the Panthers, former AFL listed player Keegan Brooksby lead the way with solid performances in all games. Other players from Panthers to shine were Matt Raitt, booting 10 goals across the games and youngster Liam Fitt impressing.

Eagles youngsters Cooper Gaffney and James Rowe showed class and a nose for goal respectively in all games, along with former-Magpie Tom Gray, who was their most consistent player.

Port Magpies fielded a young side, seeing Chinese Recruit Chen Shaoliang take to the field for the first time.  

Glenelg, under new coach former AFL assistant Mark Stone, showed promising signs for 2018 with Ian Milera and Darcy Bailey being most dangerous around goal.

Sturt lost both their matches, but continued blooding youngsters across their games, with Blake Kennedy hitting the score board.

West Adelaide players Tom Keough (ex-Gold Coast) was a standout, and new recruit Nick Jaensch impressed around goal.

At North, players of interest Keenan Ramsay along with Matt McDonough were solid.

Adelaide fielded a mixture of players currently training with their Academy squad, and Josh Vandermeer was the most consistent.

From Norwood, youngsters like Luke Valente got opportunities, with the under-18 prospect looking like he is in for a good year. Others to contribute were ex-AFL listed players Luke Surman and Declan Hamilton.

Scouting notes: 2017 SANFL U18 Grand Final

LAST week the ‘Double Blues’ won the SANFL Torrens Uni Under 18 Cup with a 43-point win over Woodville-West Torrens Eagles at Adelaide Oval.

Matt Balmer’s scouting notes:

Eagles:

#1 James Rowe – Won plenty of football on the inside and registered a stack of inside 50s. Rowe has a burst of speed going forward and was willing to pump it long on either his left or right foot. Took a nice mark in the attacking half of the ground early in the contest and won the ball in the clearances. At times he did just bomb it long, but the South Australian Under 18 player was the best player on the ground.

#7 Cooper Gaffney – Worked hard both ways through the midfield. Gaffney used it reasonably well off his left foot and possesses a quick handball – which can be quite useful in the contested situations. Snapped at goal in the second quarter, but missed the chance.

#14 Isaac Moller – Was good playing as a forward utility and was able to mark on the lead. His second efforts were impressive for a medium sized player. One moment in the third quarter saw him mark, but rush to play on and was dispossessed. Converted two of his chances from the mark and slotted set shot goals in the third and fourth quarter. Finished with 10 marks and three goals.

#17 Thomas Schmusch – Played as a shut down defender and was able to rebound the ball on multiple occasions. Has a long right foot kick which he used at times.

#18 Jake Weidemann – The bustling red head played as a forward, and did push into the midfield at stages. The Eagles captain rushed the ball forward at times, but did have a very good moment in the second quarter spoiling the ball in the contest. A strong lead mark in the fourth quarter was impressive, with a handball leading to a goal assist being his best involvement for the day.

#45 Andrew McPherson – Looked very promising after missing a lot of football in season 2017. McPherson was composed with ball in hand across half back and showed off his clean right foot kick rebounding it well out of defensive 50. Possesses a long handball and was able to start as an inside midfielder in the second quarter. Unfortunately, suffered concussion in the second term and didn’t return.

Sturt:

#3 Michael Ortiz – One of the faster South Australia players bobbed up to boot five goals in the game. Ortiz was able to win the contested ball and wasn’t afraid to get his hands dirty. Booted a fantastic goal in the third quarter, weaving through a handful of players and snapping the goal.

#4 Jordan Houlahan – The medium forward was impressive pulling off multiple contested marks. Houlahan was good at ground level and was able to hit the scoreboard, booting four goals for the game. Has shown in 2017 he is a draftable player.

#5 Ed Allan – Continued his great ball winning ability – but impressively it was his defensive work that was noticeable, often finding himself picking himself from the stoppages after tackling an opponent to the ground. Used the ball well off his left foot and looked to switch when he could. Booted two goals for the game and had plenty of inside 50s.

#6 Adam Trenorden – Booted a point early in the contest but the Sturt captain was able to find plenty of the ball as their leading disposal winner for the game with 27 touches. A nice kick long hit Jordan Houlahan in the second quarter and Trenorden had a good game in the midfield.

#8 Mitch Crowden – Crowden has played League footy at times this season and was able to use his bigger frame in the midfield to effectiveness. Had a long penetrating left foot kick and was able to take it onside 50 on multiple occassions – including a goal assist to Jordan Houlahan coming from outside 50. Turned and booted a superb goal from outside 50 in the final quarter.

#14 Charlie Ballard – One of the more impressive players in terms of draftability and could almost end up the first South Australian drafted. Ballard controlled the play on the wing and was calm & composed with ball in hand. Ballard hit majority of his targets on his right foot and marks well overhead. He is a skinny build, but has plenty of scope to fill out at an AFL environment. Had a few eye-catching runs down the wing and was able to bring it inside 50.

SANFL Round 18 Draft Prospects update part 1

AFL Draft Central South Australian correspondent David Chapman cast his eyes over the top young prospects coming up through the SANFL, Reserves, Under 18s and local school football competitions. On the weekend, round 18 of the SANFL took place with school football also continuing. We look at the top performances from the weekend:

League:

In Glenelg’s loss to West Adelaide, Alex Martini was named in the best, led by a game high 12 tackles to go with his 13 disposals. Teammate Jackson Edwards also collected 16 disposals. Westies Underager Izak Rankine was again exciting, finishing with 16 disposals and two goals.

Reserves:

In Sturt’s 58-point win over Norwood, Mitch Crowden again won best-on-ground honours with 28 disposals, five inside 50s and a goal. Crowden’s work on the inside was impressive, where he had eight clearances. Adam Trenorden was again in the bests with 20 disposals, while Jordan Houlahan booted four goals from his 13 disposals. For Norwood, Stefan Giro was among it – with 30 disposals and 12 marks. Brodie Carroll was also in the best, with 29 disposals and 13 marks. South Australian Under 18 MVP Harrison Petty was superb on his return from school footy, with 26 disposals and a whopping 15 marks.

In Central District’s demolition of Woodville-West Torrens, bottom-ager Jackson Hately returned from a week off, with 25 disposals through the midfield. Cooper Dahms (15 disposals) and Ryan Falkenberg (13 disposals) were also impressive. For the Eagles, possible 2018 no.1 draft pick Jack Lukosius was named second best, with 19 disposals, 12 marks and 2.5 – in a dangerous game up forward. Cooper Gaffney was also strong with 21 disposals.

U18s:

South Adelaide snuffed out North Adelaide’s finals chances, with a big 71-point victory. Bottom-ager Heath Sampson was best-on-ground with 25 disposals and three goals. Luke Bogle was another who stood out on the inside, with 17 disposals, 14 tackles and eight clearances. For North, Connor Rozee (27 disposals, 10 clearances, eight tackles) and Boyd Woodcock (24 disposals and nine clearances) found plenty of the ball, aided by Ben Oborn winning 45 hit outs throughout the game.

Centrals defeated the Eagles with Llwellyn Milera starring. Milera collected 23 disposals, six inside 50s and booted two goals, while bottom-ager Jordan O’Brien was also strong with 21 disposals (15 contested) and booted a bag of five goals. For the Eagles, Jake Weidemann was best with 28 disposals, including 10 marks and three goals. Tom Schmusch also did some good things, with 17 disposals and two goals.

Tall Hugo Munn was named in the best in Sturt’s 48-point win over Norwood. Munn had 16 disposals, 16 hitouts and nine marks (six contested). Teammate Ryan Weidenhofer led the stats sheet with 27 disposals, six clearances and six rebound 50s. Despite the loss, Norwood dominated the stats for most of the day due to their high possession style game plan. Jacob Kennerley was their best with 23 disposals.

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In the battle for finals, Westies demolished Glenelg by 114-points. Patrick Fairlie dominated in the midfield, and was best with 43 disposals, 14 clearances and 11 marks – winning the Torrens Uni Cup MVP nomination for the round. Josh Smithson was also excellent with 27 disposals, nine marks, seven clearances and four goals. For Glenelg, Ruben Flinn was their best with 20 hitouts and 11 disposals.

School Footy:

Our report on school football will be online tomorrow afternoon, including a report on the 2017 SA State Championships game, that saw Prince Alfred College defeat Henley High by five points.

 

SANFL Round 16 Draft Prospects update

AFL Draft Central South Australian correspondent David Chapman cast his eyes over the top young prospects coming up through the SANFL, Reserves, Under 18s and local school football competitions. On the weekend, round 16 of the SANFL took place with school football continuing. We look at the top performances from the weekend:

League:

Adelaide father-son prospect Jackson Edwards had a great game for Glenelg  with 25 disposals including a goal, named in the bests in their loss to Sturt. West Adelaide bottom-ager Izak Rankine was also in the best in their loss to Port with 14 disposals including two goals.

Reserves:

There were at least 22 Under 18 players playing Reserves this week. Some of the notable performances included the following:

In the South Adelaide versus Woodville-West Torrens draw, Souths draft prospect Nathan Kreuger had 11 disposals including a goal, with Henry Bruce also getting 14 disposals. For the Eagles, Andrew McPherson made a great return to footy after a long stint out with injury. McPherson had 31 disposals, nine marks and six rebound 50s to be named second best. Bottom-ager and possible 2018 number one draft pick Jack Lukosius clunked nine marks and booted four goals to be in the best alongside Cooper Gaffney who had 22 disposals, eight marks and two goals. Tom Schmusch was another who impressed with 18 disposals and a goal.

Sturt’s medium forward Jordan Houlahan booted five goals, helping them to a huge 96-point win over Glenelg. Mitch Crowden has had League exposure this season and was also strong with 24 disposals and a goal. Adam Trenorden was another who featured in the bests, with 21 disposals and a goal. For Glenelg, South Australian Under 18 players Alex Martini (22 disposals) and Brad McCarthy (17 disposals) were strong, with McCarthy’s rebound out of defensive 50 a highlight.

In Central District’s 36-point win over Norwood, AFL Academy Level one member Jackson Hately was again in the bests, with a 25 disposals, six clearances and three goal performance. Cooper Dahms was also in the bests with 21 disposals, six tackles and a goal. For Norwood, Brodie Carroll was in the bests with 25 disposals and nine marks. Stefan Giro continued his fine form in 2017, finding 12 contested possessions in the midfield.

U18s:

In the Tigers’ 10-point win over Sturt, Liam Denton was in the bests with his 21 disposal and two goal game. Under 15 state captain and son of Tyson, Luke Edwards chimed in with 20 disposals including seven tackles on debut. For Sturt, Oliver Grivell was named as the best player with 29 disposals, 13 tackles and nine marks.

In Westies 27-point win over North Adelaide, Josh Smithson was strong with 30 disposals, 10 inside 50s, nine marks and two goals. Will Gutsche was another who played well, finishing with 23 disposals, nine tackles and seven marks. Roosters ruckman Ben Oborn was dominant with 36 hitouts, finding 20 disposals and eight marks around the ground. Midfielder Daniel Aplin was among it with 31 disposals, eight tackles and seven inside 50s.

In Souths win over the Eagles, Liam Fitt collected 19 disposals, eight marks and booted a goal, while Tate Coleman (21 disposals) also contributed to the win. For the Eagles, Mitchell Mead was best with 23 disposals, 11 tackles and nine inside 50s.

Centrals demolished Norwood by 98-points, led by their Under 16s – with four goals from Jack Carpenter and a best-on-ground performance from Jordan O’Brien, who had 26 disposals and four goals, earning him the Torrens Uni Cup MVP nomination for the round. Tyler Martin was best for Norwood with 23 disposals, 10 marks, eight rebound 50s, six inside 50s and a goal.

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School Footy:

Sacred Heart defeated Pembroke 16.13 to 5.5, in what was for Hearts a chance to mix up players and try them in some different positions and keep a few players fresh for their forthcoming matches against Henley, before they head off on the annual exchanged versus Assumption College Kilmore. They played Tuesday in the knockout State Championship semi-final against the talent laden Henley High. Henley came out victors in wet conditions by 15-points.

With Hearts taking a slim five-point lead into the final quarter (having not capitalised on the first half dominanance of the play) the class of Jack Lukosius and Izak Rankine helped Henley get three goals to ice to game. For Hearts, Charlie Ballard had the best of Lukosius for most of the day, controlling play across half back. Seb Kerrish’s running rebound was also impressive.

PAC defeated Scotch by 20 goals in what was a one sided affair after quarter time. Zac Bailey was one of PACs best through the midfield, with a cameo up forward – while their captain Cole Gerloff was also dominant aroubnd the ground. Up forward, Tom Humphries booted six goals and Oscar Chapman kicked three – including a soccer kick out of mid air from 20 metres out.

PAC have now locked up both the State Championship Grand Final bert and the Messenger Shield.

Other winners included St Peters who had a comprehensive team win over Immanuel, while Rostrevor easily defeated St Michaels by 11 goals.

SANFL Round 15 Draft Prospects update

AFL Draft Central South Australian correspondent David Chapman cast his eyes over the top young prospects coming up through the SANFL, Reserves, Under 18s and local school football competitions. On the weekend, round 15 of the SANFL took place with the return of school football. We look at the top performances from the weekend:

League:

Sturt’s Mitch Crowden returned to league level with 11 disposals, including six tackles. For West Adelaide, under-ager Izak Rankine kicked two goals and picked up 13 disposals. Crows’ father/son prospect Jackson Edwards had 17 disposals including eight marks and five tackles for Glenelg in their win over the Crows at Bordertown.

Reserves:

With only two matches this week Sturt got over West Adelaide by 41 points. Jordan Houlahan kicked a goal with his nine disposals and Adam Trenorden had 11 disposals including seven tackles. For West, Jakob Heitmann did not have the impact he would have liked.

The Eagles held off Norwood by nine points with underage key forward Jack Lukosius best on ground with four goals in his 16 disposals (12 of which were contested). Jake Weideman was also amongst the best with 26 disposals and six tackles, as was tall rebounding defender Tom Schmusch with 16 disposals. Also having an impact were Cooper Gaffney (18 disposals) and Isaac Moller with two goals. For Norwood, last week’s U18 MVP nominee and 2016 winner Stefan Giro had 29 disposals, two goals and seven marks to be amongst the best. Along with state representative defender Brodie Carroll with 20 disposals. Isaac Hewson had 12 disposals.

U18s:

With many SANFL players returning to school footy this week we saw some readjustments in team performances. None more so than the South’s 115-point demolition of Norwood. For the Panthers Nick Steele kicked six goals with 10 marks and Darnell Tucker kicked five goals to go with his 23 disposals and five inside 50s with a best on ground performance. Henry Bruce continued his form from the reserves with 26 disposals. Norwood’s Max Joseph was judged best for the Redlegs with 21 disposals and seven tackles.

Eagles defeated Glenelg by 30 points. For the Eagles, Jake Cook was best on ground with 23 disposals, including two goals and 10 tackles, and for the Tigers Xavier Cubillo (23 disposals, one goals) and Brad McCarthy (20 disposals inc 9 defensive and offensive rebounds) got amongst it.

North Adelaide continued their four game winning streak with a 27-point win over Centrals. North was led by over-ager Tom Matsouliadis with 36 disposals, including a goal, nine clearances and six tackles. Frankie Szekely was lively with his 23 disposals five inside 50s and goal. For Centrals, Cooper Dahms was best with 25 disposals including a goal seven clearances and nine tackles.

Sturt returned to winning with a 30-point victory over West Adelaide. Ed Allan returned to dominate at this level with 38 disposals, including a goal and seven marks to be best on ground for Sturt. Tyson Hone (25 disposals) and Tom Welsby (21 disposlas including a goal and seven marks were also amongst the best. For West Adelaide, Josh Smithson was clearly best with 29 disposals(22 of which were contested) three goals, 11 clearances, six inside 50s and nine tackles in a complete performance.

Glenelg’s Darcy Fogarty and Sturt’s Callum Coleman-Jones have been put on ice for the rest of the year with surgery. This goes with Norwood’s Lachie Pascoe and North’s Hugo Barry also out with ACLs.

SOUTH AUSTRALIAN DRAFT DUO OUT FOR THE SEASON

School Footy:

Recruiters were in abundance at the highly anticipated match between powerhouses Prince Alfred College (PAC) and Sacred Heart College in the battle for the State Championships and Messenger Shield. PAC absolutely dominated the game, to win by 69 points, especially with only being allowed 17 players for the last two and a half quarters.

For PAC, all played well, led by captain Cole Gerloff, and Mackenzie Slee rebounding off half back. All-Australian under 18s player Zac Bailey ended up on the pine courtesy of the umpires after a centre tussle. For Hearts, Charlie Ballard was strong early on with his intercept marking across half back, but he too ended up out of the game due to an accidental head clash requiring stitches. Oscar Lovelock was lively and one of the few Sacred Heart players to step up on the big stage.

In the other matches Rostrevor put away Saint Peters by 43 points with under-ager Luke Valente leading the way for Rossies with three goals and 30 plus possessions. Harrison Petty was again strong backing up his State MVP and Combine invite. For Saint Peters, under 16s player Dylan Stephens was best.
In the other game, Immanuel defeated St Michaels by 50 points.

SANFL Round 13 Draft Prospects update

AFL Draft Central South Australian correspondent David Chapman cast his eyes over the top young prospects coming up through the SANFL, Reserves, Under 18s and local school football competitions. In Round 13 of the SANFL, members of the State under 18s team resumed SANFL duties at various levels. With school football on a break over the school holidays, we take a look at who the top performers were across the reserves and the under 18s.

Reserves:

The Reserves competition after July 1 really starts to promote Under 18 talent and there was plenty on show this week. In Norwood’s five-point win over North Adelaide, mid Stefan Giro accumulated 24 disposals including six tackles, Cole Gerloff also had 19 disposals with eight tackles & six clearances. Under 18 All-Australian Harry Petty continued his good form with eight marks alongside his 15 possessions. Brodie Carroll, Cam Ball and Isaac Hewson also had solid games, while bottom-ager Connor Rozee had 15 disposals for North.

For Central District, bottom-ager Jackson Hately played his second good game in the Reserves, finishing with 17 disposals.

In South Adelaide’s 65-point demolition of Glenelg, Henry Bruce was again amongst it with 16 possessions, including six tackles and a goal. For Glenelg, Adelaide father-son prospect Jackson Edwards was named in the best players with his 17 disposals. State Under 18 teammates Brad McCarthy and Sam Davis were both solid.

In Sturt’s six-point win over Woodville-West Torrens, midfielder Mitch Crowden continued his great from from the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships and was second best with 25 disposals, nine clearances and a goal. Charlie Ballard was also named in the best players with his 16 disposals, six marks and a goal. Tall defender/Ruckman Brandon Zerk-Thatcher was also effective with 23 disposals, eight marks and 19 hitouts. Bottom-agers Mihali Lochowiak and Tom Lewis also showed some promise. Possible top 30 draftee Jordan Houlahan was quiet with one goal to go with his seven disposals. Second best for the Eagles was small Jimmy Rowe with 24 disposals and eight marks. Cooper Gaffney was also in the bests with 17 disposals, including one goal and six inside 50s. Other Eagles to have a positive impact were Jake Weidemann, Isaac Moller, Tom Schmusch and bottom-ager Jack Lukosius.

U18s:

West Adelaide knocked off Centrals by four-points with a dominant best-on-ground performance from Jakob Heitmann, who had 34 disposals, 11 marks, eight inside 50s, six tackles and booted two goals. Teammate Josh Smithson was also impressive with 27 disposals, nine marks and two goals. Midfielder Alex Stidiford continued his recent good form with 24 disposals. For Centrals, Nick Lange was their best with 24 disposals, nine marks, six inside 50s and three goals.

In another nailbiter South’s held on by two-points against Glenelg. They were led by a best-on-ground display from Sam Whitbread (32 disposals) and bottom-age midfield bull Tom Sparrow. Sparrow collected 24 disposals, brought the ball inside 50 on 12 occasions, laid eight tackles and booted a goal. For Glenelg, Oscar Lovelock was their best with 20 disposals and six tackles.

North continued their surge up the ladder with a 13-point win over Norwood. Roosters underage mid Boyd Woodcock followed up his U18 MVP from last week with another fine performance accumulating 27 disposals, 10 marks and two goals. Sam Daniele was again strong in the midfield with 26 disposals including six tackles and 12 clearances. In the ruck, Ben Oborn dominated for the Roosters with 41 hitouts. For Norwood, AFL Academy Level one member Luke Valente was in the best with 30 possessions, including eight clearances and he clunked seven marks up forward and through the midfield. Valente was well supported by Jack Astbury who had 32 disposals, eight marks and kicked two goals.

The Eagles had a comfortable 20-point win over Sturt. Jacob Pedler was best on ground with 29 disposals. He is having had a great season in school footy for PAC rebounding from the back line and has now been moved into the midfield for the Eagles. For Sturt, Casey Voss was best with his 23 disposals, and Adam Trenorden continued his prolific ball winning season with 37 disposals, 10 marks and six tackles.

SANFL Round 10 Draft Prospects update

A NUMBER of South Australian teenagers pushed their case for a call-up to the state under 18s team for the final rounds of the National Under 18s Championships when players returned to club and school football. David Chapman takes a look across the grades to see who stood out.

Reserves:
This weekend saw byes to Sturt, Port, South and Norwood. In the Eagles’ loss to Glenelg, Cooper Gaffney was best with 29 disposals – his consistent performance have seen him called up to the under 18s state team for the Vic Country/Metro games. Underage superstar Jack Lukosius was also dominating up forward with 19 disposals, kicking 4.2 and clunking eight marks, to be a realistic top draft pick for 2018. Isacc Moller chimed in with two goals and nine marks, with defender Tom Schmusch getting 14 disposals. Wests Jakob Heitmann only got the nine disposals in their loss to North.

U18 CHAMPIONSHIPS: Round Four teams

U18s:
For Norwood, midfielder Stefan Giro, was best in their win over South with 37 disposals including two goals and 18 clearances. Ruckman James Siviour with 18 disposals and 10 marks was second best whilst dominating the hit outs. Lachie Pascoe playing mainly through the midfield collected 40 disposals including 7 marks and 13 rebounds to be in the bests for Norwood. For South, Luke Bogle was again their best with 26 disposals (21 contested), three goals and eight tackles.

In the Eagles 135-point demolition of Glenelg, Matt Longbottom had a comprehensive best on ground performance with 37 disposals, nine marks, 11 tackles and one goal for an incredible 179 Dream Team points. Underage forward Dom Pratico kicked six goals with his 17 disposals including 11 marks (sevn contested) to be second best. Glenelg’s Harrison Boyle was his sides best with 35 disposals, including seven tackles.

In Sturt’s three-point win over Centrals, State defender Brandon Zerk-Thatcher (22 disposals including nine marks) led the defence, State midfielder Mitch Crowden (25 disposals) despite suffering the heavy tag, created the match-winning clearance and state forward Jordan Houlahan (15 disposals and a goal) marking strongly up forward, were in the bests. Ed Allan was also consistent with another impressive 36 disposals, one goal and 13 clearances.

Centrals in their typical even spread had good performances from Ryan Falkenberg with 19 disposals including a goal in the closing in the last quarter to reduce the final margin, and Ryan Humphries-Carnelly with his nine tackles were Centrals best. In another nail-biter North defeated West by a point in the late game. North’s Mackenzie Slee was among the best with his 25 disposals with his typical aggressive rebounding game.

Underager and State player Connor Rozee was also amongst it with his 19 disposals and two goals. Josh Smithson (Wests) was his teams best again with 22 disposals, four goals and eight marks and subsequently has earned a shot in the state team heading to Melbourne this week, with youngster Riley Thilthorpe also good with his 19 disposals and kicking 2.3.

School Footy:

On a weekend when both the State U16s and State U17 Futures teams headed to the west, this left the schools with a few players missing. Thursday night saw PAC host Rostrevor at Norwood Oval under lights. With touted high draft pick Darcy Fogarty suiting up for Rostrevor, and state defender Harrison Petty also returning they were expected to give the dominant PAC a close match.

However Fogarty was well held both up forward and through the midfield and seemed to struggle to really display his class during the match which PAC won by 57 points. His bullocking style was on show, but got flipped on him when Mackenzie Slee put Fogarty on his backside with his own ‘don’t argue’. For PAC Lochie Charlton displayed some real explosiveness and speed away from the packs with underagers Kade Chandler and Tom Sparrow really dominating the clearances and hard ball gets.

In the other division one game Sacred Heart, with Charlie Ballard and Jimmy Rowe returning from State duty, dominated St Michaels to win by 102 points at home. Ballard had 12 marks, mostly contested and slotted three goals. Rowe was very busy with plenty of the ball and also kicked five goals.