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South Australian weekly wrap: Glenelg pounces as Roosters win battle of the birds

A MASSIVE shake-up in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) League competition saw Adelaide lose to last placed North Adelaide, while Glenelg took full advantage of the upset, downing Port Adelaide to move outright top of the table. With the top-age Under 18s stars back in the sides for a second week, there were plenty of standouts across the board.


North Adelaide 12.13 (85) defeated Adelaide 7.17 (59)

Last placed North Adelaide stunned second placed Adelaide in a 26-point victory despite just one more scoring shot. The Crows will rue their inaccuracy of just seven goals from 24 scoring shots, while Lewis Hender was on target for the Roosters, booting four goals from six shots, while Lee Minervini (three goals) and Mitchell Harvey (two) also hit the scoreboard. Alex Spina was one of three players to record more than 30 disposals for the Roosters in an eye-opening win. For the Crows, Patrick Wilson (32 disposals, 11 marks, five clearances, three inside 50s, three rebounds, three tackles and a goal) was best, while Sam Jacobs (21 disposals, seven marks, 28 hitouts and seven clearances) and Bryce Gibbs (24 disposals, six clearances, six tackles and a goal) showed their experience at state league level.

Norwood 15.13 (103) defeated South Adelaide 7.6 (58)

Norwood moved two games clear of South Adelaide inside the top five after an important 45-point victory over the Panthers. Lewis Johnston racked up 34 touches, four marks, five clearances, five inside 50s, nine rebounds and a goal, while Matthew Nunn booted four goals from 27 disposals, four marks, four clearances, seven inside 50s and nine tackles. Sam Baulderstone was dominant in the ruck with 46 hitouts from 20 disposals, while Matthew Panos had 27 disposals, five marks and seven tackles. Under-18 highly rated prospects Dylan Stephens (17 disposals, four marks, 11 tackles, four clearances and two goals) and Cameron Taheny (seven disposals, three marks and two inside 50s) had mixed impacts. Abe Davis stood out for the losing side with 32 disposals, four marks, seven clearances, five tackles, four inside 50s and six rebounds, while Matthew Rose had 27 disposals, seven marks, seven tackles and five rebounds.

Woodville-West Torrens 11.9 (75) defeated Central District 15.8 (98)

Central District moved to outright eighth on the ladder with an upset win over Woodville-West Torrens. Booting five of the last six goals, the visitors ran away with the contest after an early scare. Travis and Jarrod Schiller found plenty of the ball combining for 58 disposals, seven marks, 14 clearances, 12 tackles, nine inside 50s and two goals, while Fraser Fort slotted three majors from 18 disposals and five marks. For the losers, Joseph Sinor (31 disposals, six rebounds) and Angus Poole (30 disposals, eight inside 50s) were prominent, while Jackson Mead made his League debut and recorded 10 disposals, four marks and two tackles.

Port Adelaide 8.9 (57) defeated by Glenelg 12.9 (81)

Glenelg consolidated top spot with an impressive win over finals-bound Port Adelaide by four goals. Luke Partington was a ball magnet with 34 touches, seven marks, six tackles, four clearances and three rebounds, while Matthew Snook had 32 touches, three marks, six clearances and six tackles. Marlon Motlop booted two goals from 26 touches, four marks and five tackles, while Under-18 state captain Will Gould managed 18 disposals, four marks and eight rebounds out of defence. For Port Adelaide, Willem Drew put his hand up for a senior call-up thanks to 31 touches, four clearances and seven tackles, while Paddy Ryder showed promising signs with 15 touches, 24 hitouts and a goal.

Sturt 17.10 (112) defeated West Adelaide 8.2 (50)

Sturt took full advantage of a Port Adelaide loss to move into third spot on the table with a comfortable 62-point win over West Adelaide. Sam Colquhoun had 39 disposals, 12 marks, four clearances, three inside 50s and six rebounds, while James Battersby was dominant at the clearances with 13, as well as 35 touches, six marks, four inside 50s and six tackles. Kaine Stevens had a team-high 29 disposals, four marks, five tackles and four clearances for the Westies, while Chris Schmidt helped himself to 28 disposals, three marks, seven clearances and three tackles.


North Adelaide 5.11 (41) defeated by Glenelg 8.15 (63)

Glenelg kept in touch with the top five with an important victory over seventh placed North Adelaide. Ben Sawford led the way for the Tigers, racking up 31 touches, five marks, eight clearances, six tackles and six inside 50s, while Todd Slade had 25 disposals, six marks, four tackles, six rebounds and two clearances. South Australian Under-18 state member Declan Carmody had 14 disposals, three marks, two tackles and a goal in the win. For the Roosters, Dyson Hilder stood tall in defence with 10 touches, four marks and three rebounds, while Jack Blair dominated in the ruck with 51 hitouts from 11 disposals. James Schwarz was the dominant ball winner however, amassing 31 disposals, six marks, seven clearances, six tackles and four rebounds.

Norwood 12.8 (80) defeated South Adelaide 9.11 (65)

Top-of-the-table Norwood continued on its merry way but surprisingly found itself in a tight tussle with cellar dwellers, South Adelaide. Jed Spence picked up 27 disposals, five marks, seven clearances, 11 tackles and a goal, while Jack Heard (25 disposals, seven marks, five tackles and six rebounds) and Isaac Saywell (24 disposals, eight marks and four tackles) were also impressive. For South Adelaide, Hayden Sampson recorded 25 disposals, six marks, four clearances and four tackles, while Tate Coleman helped himself to 19 touches, five marks, four rebounds and three inside 50s.

Woodville-West Torrens 12.17 (89) defeated Central District 7.3 (45)

A massive upset played out in this game, with the Eagles toppling the second placed Central District to run away 44-point victors. The two highest scoring teams were relatively well restricted, with the Eagles snapping a four-game losing streak with the win. Sam Rowland had the ball on a string with 35 touches, five marks, six tackles, seven clearances and six inside 50s, while Jordan West had 27 disposals, 27 hitouts, nine clearances and three inside 50s. Lachlan McNeil (23 disposals, three marks, four clearances, five inside 50s, seven tackles and a goal), Harry Schoenberg (17 disposals, seven marks, three tackles and a goal) and Kysaiah Pickett (15 disposals, four marks, five tackles and two goals) were among the top-age talent running around for the Eagles. For Central District, Rhett Montgomerie had 30 disposals, eight marks and seven rebounds, while Dylan Weaver (30 disposals, four marks and 10 rebounds) was also strong out of defence.

Sturt 17.8 (110) defeated West Adelaide 8.5 (53)

A lazy nine goals to Mihail Lochowiak has helped Sturt run over West Adelaide to the tune of 57 points. A member of South Australia’s Under-18 title winning side last year, Lochowiak was dominant inside 50 with 17 disposals, seven marks – five contested – and six tackles to go with his 9.1. Casey Voss continued his good form with 21 disposals, five marks, four clearances, six inside 50s, six tackles and a goal, while Jed McEntee had 20 disposals, four marks, six clearances and five tackles. Connor Fairlie was the clear dominant ball winner on the ground, racking up 33 touches, 11 marks, three clearances and four inside 50s for the Bloods, while Jonti Inglis had 22 disposals, eight marks, four rebounds and a goal. Highly rated top-age prospect Will Day had 15 disposals, four marks and four tackles in the loss.

UNDER 18s:

Sturt 6.19 (55) defeated West Adelaide 11.8 (74)

West Adelaide kept in touch with top spot thanks to a solid 19-point win over bottom two side Sturt. The Westies had even contributors across the board with Aryan Sareen picking up 24 disposals, six marks and 10 rebounds coming out of defence, while Mackenzie Nield (23 disposals, five marks, five clearances, six inside 50s and two goals) and Joel Groom (21 disposals, three marks, six clearances and a goal) were others who found plenty of the footy. For Sturt, Charlie Allan found plenty of the ball with 26 disposals, seven clearances, nine tackles, six inside 50s and a goal, while Hudson Laycock and Mani Liddy both picked up 24 disposals in a losing side.

Central District 1.8 (14) defeated by Woodville-West Torrens 18.15 (123)

In a win about as comprehensive as it gets, Woodville-West Torrens obliterated Central District in a top-versus-bottom showdown. The Eagles were far too strong, piling on 18 goals from 33 scoring shots to the home side’s one from nine. Lachlan Jones (31 disposals, four marks, seven inside 50s, four rebounds and four tackles) and Lachlan Hoile (30 disposals, eight marks, six clearances, four inside 50s, seven rebounds and a goal) were the two big ball winners, while potential Port Adelaide father-son Taj Schofield had 23 disposals, two marks, four inside 50s, four clearances and two goals in the win. Harrison Dawkins (two goals from 20 touches) and Dale Pearce (four goals from 14 disposals) were key goalkickers on the day. For the losers, Lachlan Grubb (28 touches, seven marks and 10 rebounds) and Samuel Falland (23 disposals, seven marks and nine rebounds) tried hard in defence.

North Adelaide 15.11 (101) defeated Glenelg 11.11 (77)

North Adelaide held off Glenelg to record a 24-point win and retain third spot. The Tigers hit the front at the seven minute mark of the final quarter, before North Adelaide piled on six consecutive goals to put the result beyond doubt. Harrison Magor was prominent in the midfield for the Roosters, booting three goals to accompany his 29 touches, four marks, seven clearances, six inside 50s, two rebounds and 10 tackles, while Tariek Newchurch had a day out in front of goal, slotting seven goals from eight scoring shots. Potential Adelaide father-son bottom-age prospect Luke Edwards showed he will not be in the Under 18s for much longer, racking up 32 disposals, seven marks, nine clearances, 10 inside 50s, 11 tackles and a goal in a dominant performance. Cooper Horsnell had 18 touches, three marks, seven tackles, four clearances and three inside 50s, while Luke Pedlar booted four majors in a losing side.

South Adelaide 18.12 (120) defeated Norwood 4.4 (28)

South Adelaide gained a much needed win over Norwood to move two wins clear of the Redlegs just outside the top four, but the manner in which they did it – a 92-point shellacking was particularly impressive. South Australian Under 18s key forward Daniel Sladojevic had a big, albeit inaccurate day in front of goal, booting 4.4 from 15 touches and five marks, while fellow tall Damon Freitag booted two majors from 17 touches and 40 hitouts. Bottom-ager Zachary Dumesny had 16 disposals, six marks, three inside 50s, three rebounds and a goal, while for the Redlegs, Matthew Dnistriansky returned from his Under 16s duties to be among the best with 21 touches, nine marks, three tackles, three clearances, two inside 50s and four rebounds. Henry Nelligan (21 disposals, four marks, nine clearances, 15 tackles, three inside 50s, four rebounds and two goals) was the standout in the heavy loss.

2013 Draft Profile: Fraser Fort

Fraser Fort (Geelong Falcons)

Height: 196 cm
Weight: 84 kg
Position: Key Position Utility
Player comparison: Michael Johnson
Strengths: Marking, Athleticism, Versatility
Weaknesses: Goal kicking

Fraser Fort is a quiet achiever of sorts who has gone from an impressive leading forward to a dour defender. His ability to play at both ends as well as pinch hit in the ruck is crucial to appealing to AFL clubs given the need for dual positioned ruckmen. Fort is the younger brother of Darcy who missed out on being selected in last year’s draft, however Fraser is much more highly sorted due to his key position roles.

Fort began the season up forward booting multiple goals each week, but his goal kicking left a lot to be desired. Despite booting three to four goals some weeks, he’s usually shank a few shots that would either register as behinds or potentially miss everything. The move to defence was a great move by the Falcons as he cleared up space for Hugh Goddard and Patrick McCartin while also using his strength and speed to help nullify some of the oppositions best forwards.

Fort is really strong overhead and is deceptively quick on the lead. Despite being 196 cm, he is surprisingly nimble and has a solid turn of speed that most players of his height are unable to achieve. He tends to prefer marking on long leads rather than one-on-one and isn’t afraid to make multiple leads to finally receive a pass inside 50. When in defence he positions himself well and has good closing speed on opponents.

While Fort may look like a lanky, gangly man-boy, his athleticism and strength is something that could further improve in the AFL system. He could well become an athletic ruck who could play at either end depending on the needs of a club during a particular game or time period. Unlike his brother, Fort could find himself going in the first three rounds due to lack of key position players, but could slip later if clubs are more keen on stronger key position players.

With Fort’s main weakness being consistency when kicking for goal, Fort should develop into a handy key defender who could pinch hit in the ruck much like Paddy Ryder started in his career. Arguably Fort is most like Michael Johnson but a little bit taller with Johnson having pinch hit in the ruck at times. If one pictures a cross between Ryder and Johnson, you are probably onto a similar player to what Fort is. He obviously has some clear flaws in his game and needs to bulk up a bit more only being 84 kg, but Fort has the characteristics to develop.

In terms of defensive qualities, Fort is able to both out mark his opponent or spoil strongly so his transition from key forward into key defender wasn’t a huge change. It erases his errant goal kicking so is able to cover up a rare flaw while helping him become more attractive to AFL clubs. He has impressed for Vic Country alongside his Geelong teammates in Hugh Goddard, Darcy Gardiner and Jye Cross and will be very keen to continue his form for the Geelong Falcons in the last half of the year. AFL recruiters should get the benefit of seeing Fort playing at Etihad Stadium during the TAC Cup Grand Final with the Falcons heavy favourites to win the flag.

If everything falls into place for Fort, he should find a home in the National Draft as he is in the top 10 for key position defenders and with a number of clubs such as Brisbane, Melbourne and Port Adelaide potentially requiring his services, Fort should be a safer bet than his brother to find a home in November.

Falcons football factory open for business

Unlike the AFL, TAC Cup lists turnover drastically from year to year. While they are primarily made up of top-age players or those that turn 18 this year, they are also able to contain bottom-age players (those turning 17 this year) and a maximum of five over-age players (those who weren’t selected at the drafts last year and turn 19 this year). While this turnover rate means that it could potentially be a ‘chook lotto’, one side that has consistently performed is the Geelong Falcons.

Much like their AFL counterparts, the Falcons haven’t missed a finals series since the finals system was changed to match the AFL one in 2008. The last two years they have only scraped into the finals, but this year they have a formidable team that has very few, if any weaknesses and a variety of talent across the three age groups. To put this dominance into perspective, Calder Cannons had seven players who were drafted onto AFL lists last year; Geelong could reach the double figures.

The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) squad is the best of the best of Under 18s from around the country and most of the time, over 75% of the players find their way onto an AFL list. Some TAC Cup clubs such as Gippsland Power and the Murray Bushrangers don’t have an AIS player. The Geelong Falcons? A casual four players have made the squad: Lewis Taylor, James Tsitas, Nicholas Bourke and Darcy Gardiner.

Taylor and Tsitas are both hard midfielders with the 173cm Taylor a nuggety fellow who is regularly under the packs shoveling out a handball to team mates or pushing forward and forcing contest after contest. Tsitas is a player who just finds the footy and is damaging around the clinches. Bourke is more of a utility who primarily plays midfield but can drift to defense to help out his team mates under fire. Gardiner is a talented KPP who can play at either end and have a large impact on the match.

We’ve all heard the saying ‘a champion team is better than a team of champions’, but so far this season, Geelong appear to have the luxury of both. Aside from the four AIS boys, they have an envy of talented goal scoring midfielders, key position players and running defenders which has helped the side to a whopping percentage of 239.11 per lor cent, unbeaten on top of the TAC Cup ladder. While they haven’t scored as much as other sides such as Gippsland Power or the Western Jets, they have the stingiest defence, only allowing 202 points against, almost 200 below the next lowest in the league. Not to mention a comfortable 35 points more than the total points for the lowly North Ballarat Rebels.

Geelong’s success this season led to a massive 21 players being selected by Vic Country for the Intra Trial squad match a few weeks ago with Fraser Fort, Hugh Goddard and Patrick McCartin the three key forwards. The latter two are bottom-agers who will still have to wait another year to get a chance at AFL. But Fort is one that could be highly sort after as one of the better key forwards in the draft behind the obvious selection of Thomas Boyd.

Fort has the speed of Liam Jones and the strength of Travis Cloke which makes him a hot property for AFL clubs. He has an obvious deficiency to work on in his goal kicking, but if he can adjust that, he will no doubt become a strong power forward at AFL level. For the 2014 draft, Goddard and McCartin look like even better prospects which spells trouble for the 11 other TAC clubs for the future.

Another strength of the Falcons is the midfield depth that outside the AIS boys contains names such as Matthew Boag and Darcy Lang who are incredibly gifted players in their own rights. With the ability to spend more time forward, Boag booted five goals in the massive 96 point win over the Northern Knights last week. Lang is a midfield accumulator and an elite disposer of the ball averaging around 80% disposal efficiency. Both players will push their highly fancied team mates all the way to the November drafts.

While Geelong has a wealth of talent and depth at its disposal, it is a well drilled unit that has every reason to believe it will hold up the premiership in September. The Falcons are the envy of the other TAC Cup teams and they are the hunted this season as they strive towards the 2013 flag. Expect there to be a number of Falcons drafted into the AFL this year as the Geelong Falcons football factory is open for business.