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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 4 wrap: Roosters double-up as Panthers win big

IT was another fascinating week of results in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) Under 16s competition, with some one-sided results, and 21 points being the closest margin of the weekend.

West Adelaide 5.6 (36) DEFEATED BY North Adelaide 9.4 (58)

The Roosters made it two wins in as many weeks by defeating the Bloods at Hisense Stadium on Saturday morning. North Adelaide kicked the first four goals of the contest and controlled proceedings for much of the day, led by the prolific midfield duo of Angus Tully and Kane McAuliffe. The pair looked a class above from start to finish, dominating at the stoppages and working hard around the ground to provide an option away from the coalface. Although West Adelaide were able to more-or-less hold their own for the final three quarters of the match, the Roosters never truly looked like losing the contest and will be thrilled to have pieced together back-to-back wins after starting the season with two defeats.

Tully finished the game with 41 disposals to go with three marks, 12 tackles, nine clearances, four inside-50s and six rebounds, with the Bloods on-ballers unable to restrict his impact. McAuliffe ended with a similarly brilliant stat-line of 33 touches, 11 marks, ten tackles, six clearances, six inside-50s and four rebounds. Jed Dignan and Jack Dundon each kicked three goals-straight for the red and whites with big-man DJ Smith also contributing a couple. North’s Darcy Kelly got the better of the ruck contest, winning 23 hit-outs. Toby Turner’s rebound from defence was another highlight in what was a well-rounded showing from North Adelaide.

Despite the loss, Lukas Zvaigzne pieced together another strong performance for West Adelaide. One of the standout performers so far this season, Zvaigzne collected 29 disposals, six marks, four clearances and six rebounds. Oscar Talbot‘s aerial work was also admirable, with Will Patton once again featuring amongst his sides best performers.

South Adelaide 14.9 (93) DEFEATED GLENELG 5.8 (38)

South Adelaide showed why they are among the competition’s best sides by easily beating Glenelg at Flinders University Stadium. The Panthers took a slim five-point lead into the main break but dominated proceedings in the second half, kicking nine goals to Glenelg’s one.

Up forward, South Adelaide’s Jack Delean looked threatening all day, with his competitiveness in the air particularly noteworthy. Delean took four contested marks (seven in total) and booted four goals to take his season tally to seven. Tom Wheaton was arguably best afield, gathering 34 disposals, eight marks (three contested), seven tackles, ten clearances and ten inside-50s in his on-ball role. He benefitted greatly from the excellent tap-work of Tom Schirmer (26 hit-outs), who laid four tackles and managed six clearances of his own. Blake Rodrigues (25 disposals, four marks and five rebound-50s) and Sid Draper (19 disposals, one goal, five marks and seven tackles) also found plenty of the ball, with Jake Agnew, Benny Barrett and Phoenix Hargrave all booting two goals.

Glenelg’s midfield were unable to stop South Adelaide when they got on a roll after half-time. The Tigers lost the clearances (-15), hit-outs (-12) and inside-50s (-16) and couldn’t find a multiple goal kicker in attack. However, the efforts of hard-nosed Benjamin Ridgway will have impressed the Bays coaching staff, finishing with 21 disposals, eight marks (three contested) and five inside-50s. Kaiden Adkin (22 disposals, four marks and eight rebounds) was strong in defence and son-of-a-gun Lucas Camporeale (22 disposals and four marks) also found the ball at ease.

NORWOOD 11.5 (71) DEFEATED Woodville-West Torrens 5.8 (38)

The Redlegs handed Woodville-West Torrens their second consecutive loss of the season on the back of a terrific second half performance. Not dissimilar to the Panthers and Tigers clash, the Eagles and ‘legs were evenly poised heading into the half-time break. However a four goal to one third term propelled Norwood across the line at home.

Consistent performer Kade Madigan once again led his team in disposals, finishing the game with 22 touches, along with nine marks, three clearances, five rebounds and a goal. His work rate around the ground was particularly evident as the game wore on. Jaidyn Mead and William Rowland each booted three goals for the Redlegs. The ruck combination of Caleb Barton (10 disposals and 18 hit-outs) and Brayden Rachwal (8 disposals and 14 hit-outs) was a major reason behind Norwood gaining a midfield edge. The Redlegs won the hit-outs (+20), clearances (+13), inside-50s (+8) and used the ball more efficiently than their cross-town counterparts.

Brody Mair can certainly hold his head up high in spite of his sides 33-point loss. His strength and competitiveness in the air complemented his ability to find plenty of the ball around the ground. He gathered a team-high 24 disposals, 11 marks (four contested) and nine rebound-50s. Harry Dodd (23 disposals and four marks), William McKay (20 disposals and seven marks) and Jett Hasting (16 disposals and seven marks). Tall Oscar Pearce was the only multiple goal kicker for the Eagles, booting three majors to go with his 11 hitouts and four inside-50s.

CENTRAL DISTRICTS 8.8 (56) DEFEATED BY STURT 12.8 (80)

Central Districts suffered a heartbreaking last quarter fadeout for the second match in a row, slumping to their fourth-straight defeat of the 2021 season. Sturt, who hadn’t led since early in the first term, trailed by 13-points at three quarter time, but piled on six unanswered goals in the final term to move into second place on the ladder. The Bulldogs won many of the key statistical areas, but Sturt’s superior ball-use came to the forefront as the game wore on.

The Double Blues benefited from an even spread of contributors, led by Kobe McEntee. Although he missed a couple of attempts on goal, McEntee produced another strong showing, featuring 19 disposals, eight marks, three tackles, three clearances and six inside-50s. Finn Wakelin capitalised on his shots, nailing three majors while George Pope and Ben Spehr both contributed two. Pope was also strong in the contest, laying eight tackles and four clearances.

Although the Bulldogs lost their fourth straight matchup, it wasn’t the fault of ruckman Jayden Matz or gun midfielder Trent Tattoli as the pair produced scintillating performances in the red, white and blue. Matz has announced himself as the competition’s premier ruckman this season, averaging 31 hitouts in the opening month of action. Matz has the sort of workrate AFL clubs are crying out for in their big men. His ability to accumulate the football around the ground, compete ferociously at ground level and throw his weight around at stoppages has been ultra impressive, and was again evident against Sturt. He finished the contest with 16 disposals, nine tackles, 33 hit-outs, six clearances and four inside-50s. Tattoli clearly benefited from Matz’s dominance, winning five clearances of his own, to go with 39 disposals, 11 marks, five tackles, four inside-50s and four rebounds. Brody Arias (three goals), Liam Fawcett (14 disposals and two goals), Seb Wauer (26 disposals and eight marks) and William O’Brien (24 disposals and seven inside-50s) were also among the ‘Dogs best.

 

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