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2020 SANFL Round 1 preview: Football returns to South Australia

AFTER weeks of delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the season 2020 of the SANFL Statewide Super League will officially kick-off proceedings on Saturday. With Port Adelaide and Adelaide unable to compete, the league’s eight remaining clubs will play rounds one and two in the form of double-headers at the Adelaide Oval, across two weekends. Further fixtures are set to be released at a later date.

Central District V Sturt

Central District will be eager to unveil prized-recruit Daniel Menzel when the Bulldogs lock horns with the Double Blues on Saturday afternoon. Sturt were victorious in both encounters between the two-clubs last season but bid farewell to a continent of premiership players in the off-season. Former AFL-listed trio Abe Davis, Aidyn Johnson and Dean Gore were recruited to bolster the clubs forward and midfield stocks. Centrals finished eighth in 2019 for the second-consecutive season, despite having won three of their final five matches, whilst Sturt reached another SANFL finals series but exited following an elimination final defeat at the hands of Norwood.

As is so often the case, the midfield will likely be where this game is won. Sturt has built a formidable on-ball unit, led by the prolific Sam Colquhoun, brilliant Zane Kirkwood, skipper and clearance king James Battersby and former Cat-turned-Crow Gore. For the ‘Dogs, Travis and Jarrod Schiller, will again be heavily relied upon in the engine-room, having finished second and seventh for disposals last season, respectively. The brothers were prolific, consistent and as industrial as ever in the midfield last season and will again be expected to do much of the heavy lifting, alongside retuning premiership-winning on-baller James Boyd.

Clean-kicking captain Luke Habel, the reliable Justin Hoskin and former-skipper Trent Goodrem will also be integral to their sides success in 2020. The Central District backline will be kept busy attempting to contain lively forwards Josh Hone and Mark Evans, who booted 32 and 30 goals last season, respectively. Meanwhile, with key defensive duo Jack Stephens and Fraser Evans announcing their retirements, the Double Blues will usher-in a new era in the backline, but may have their work cut-out for them by the potent Menzel-brothers.

Central District and Sturt will do battle in the reserves competition at X-Convenience Oval on Sunday. The Bulldogs seconds managed nine wins last season to finish fourth and will benefit from a number of new signings, whilst Sturt were one of the leagues best, finishing the year with 12 wins. Draft hopefuls Corey Durdin (Central District) and James Borlase (Sturt) may feature for their respective clubs at reserves level. Later that afternoon, the under-18s will face-off. Both underage-sides struggled last season, with Centrals finishing last and Sturt seventh. Look out for Bulldogs small forward Isaiah Dudley and midfielder Lachlan Grubb and, for Sturt, on-ballers Mani Liddy and Tom Powell.

 

Woodville-West Torrens V South Adelaide

In the second game of a Saturday double-header, Woodville-West Torrens take on South Adelaide. Both sides narrowly missed out on finals berths last season, with the Eagles loosing four of their final five matches and South pondering what could have been after recording a pair of draws earlier on in the year. The Eagles claimed victory over the Panthers twice in 2019, by 42-points in round 8 and 3-points later in round 13. But South likely enter this clash as favourites, despite losing star Abe Davis to Sturt.

The Panthers recruited well in the off-season, signing long-kicking, former-Power half-backman Matthew Broadbent and promising midfielder James Rose from Sydney. However Rose will not take part in the Statewide Super League season. Although the Eagles didn’t land a big-name recruit, their depth will be bolstered by the return of hard-running wingman Kai Pudney and signing of Rhyan Mansell from North Launceston.

South co-captains Joel Cross and Matthew Rose are amongst the leagues best on-ballers and will go head-to-head with former-AFL listed midfielders Jordan Foote and Jesse Lonergan. Foote, in-particular, has emerged as arguably Woodville-West Torrens most valuable player after winning the best and fairest award in 2019. He averaged 24.7 disposals (at 84% efficiency), 4.6 marks and 6 tackles. The Panthers defensive unit, led by Broadbent and Joseph Haines must nullify the impact of dangerous tall-forward Jack Hayes and lively small James Rowe, who combined to boot 60 goals in 2019.

The two clubs will face each other in the under-18s on late Sunday morning at Maughan Thiem Kia Oval, with the reserves to follow in the afternoon. The Eagles and Panthers have been two of the best sides in the underage competition previous years and their round one encounter is likely to be a close-one, with both sides featuring potential draftees, including South’s Zac Dumesny, Nick Kraemer and bottom-agers Jason Horne and Matthew RobertsTaj Schofield, Henry Smith and Lachlan Jones are likely types from the Eagles.

 

North Adelaide V West Adelaide

‘Westies’ and the Roosters will kick-off proceedings on Sunday, with both sides undoubtedly eager to bounce-back after disappointing 2019 campaigns. Having been forced to start last season with -4 premiership points, North Adelaide will be grateful to commence the new season on a level playing-field under recently-appointed senior coach Jacob Surjan. The Bloods ended the season on the bottom of the ladder but will no-doubt be eyeing off a scalp first up, having defeated the Roosters by two-points in round 13 last season for one of their only two victories.

West bid farewell to loyal veterans Chris Schmidt and Jono Beech but gained Sam Davidson and Jordon Boyle in the off-season. The Roosters were exceptionally busy in the signing-department, landing former-Hawk Billy Hartung, tough on-baller Andrew Moore, classy backman Harrison Wigg and regaining small forwards Robbie Young and Kym LeBois from St.Kilda and Carlton. Alongside their flashy recruits, Tom Schwarz, Jarrod Almond and co. are expected to get the red and white over this line in this encounter, but battle-hardened Bloods midfielders Tom Keough and Kaine Stevens will do their best to inspire West.

Stevens was once-again brilliant last season, averaging 27 disposals (at 88 per cent efficiency), 5.2 clearances and 4.8 tackles. Matchups against dangerous Roosters forwards Keenan Ramsey, Mitch Harvey and Alex Barns may prove critical to the end result. Watch-out for exciting young West Adelaide ruckman Riley Thilthorpe, who looks a likely first-round draftee.

The league and under-18 sides from North Adelaide and West Adelaide will meet on Saturday at Prospect Oval. Like their respective league sides, the Roosters and Bloods reserves struggled last season, finishing in the bottom-two spots. However, North Adelaide, in particular, will be hoping an increase in depth via strong recruiting can lift them to the heights of 2018.

West’s under 18s side was strong last season, recording 12 wins but failed to make the grand final. Watch for medium-forward Jye Sinderberry and wingman Bailey Chamberlain for the Bloods. Under-16s skipper Tyson Coe may also break-through for an under-18s game after the competition was cancelled for the year. Jamison Murphy and Tariek Newchurch are likely to feature prominently for the Roosters at either level.

 

Glenelg V Norwood

In what has been marketed as the game of the round, reigning premiers Glenelg face Norwood to close-out the opening weekend. Both sides are tipped to feature prominently come the pointy-end of the season. The clubs split their two contests in 2019, with Norwood claiming a narrow five-point victory in round one before Glenelg earned-back bragging rights with a dominant 46-point win in round 13. This match is brimming with talent across all zones of the ground, after both clubs added further to their talent in the off-season. In the heart of the midfield, reigning Magarey Medallist Luke Partington will be joined by tough-duo Jonty Scharenberg and Matthew Snook, classy wingman Marlon Motlop and recruits Billy Stretch and Jackson Edwards.

They will compete all-night against stars Lewis JohnstonMitch Grigg and Matthew Panos, reigning best and fairest winner Brad McKenzie, impressive youngster Cole Gerloff and experienced new signings Richard Douglas and Ryan Bastinac. The midfield-battle will be hotly contested and looms as the key to victory in this matchup. Following Jesse White’s retirement, the Bays big-men will be up-against-it, battling dominant ruckman Sam Baulderstone.

In attack, Glenelg will be looking to lace-out Ken Farmer medalist Liam McBean, x-factor medium-forward Luke Reynolds and newcomer Matthew Allen, whilst Peter Bampton and Dom Barry will again be the focal points in attack for the Redlegs. Captain Max Proud is set to anchor the Bays defence once-again, whilst Norwood look to cover the departures of retired defenders Jace Bode and Alex Georgiou.

The Redlegs ended a 21-year drought when they defeated Woodville-West Torrens to claim the 2019 Reserves premiership. They should be around mark again whilst the Tigers will be looking to improve upon a fifth-placed finish. The clubs face each other in the lower grades on Saturday at ACH Group Stadium. Glenelg’s Lewis Rayson and Cooper Horsnell are ones to watch at under-18s level, along with Norwood’s Henry NelliganNed Carey and Cooper Murley.

2020 SANFL Club Preview: Norwood

NORWOOD are one of SANFL’s biggest clubs and their fans have major expectations going into the 2020 season. Following their disappointing 62-point loss against Adelaide in last year’s semi-final, the Redlegs are hoping to go two steps better in this shortened SANFL season.

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LEAGUE/ RESERVES:

Norwood have done a significant amount of recruiting to bolster their senior list for 2020. Former Adelaide Crows Golden Jacket winner Richard Douglas will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Redlegs side. He retired from the Crows at the end of last season after kicking 164 goals in 246 matches. It will be interesting to see whether the 33-year-old slots straight into Norwood’s star-studded midfield or spends more time at half-forward. 
 
Former North Melbourne and Brisbane Lions midfielder Ryan Bastinac did sign with the Redlegs at the start of 2020, but was forced to return to Brisbane due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He is unlikely play SANFL football until later in the season, if at all.
 
Norwood have also lost some talent in the off-season. Star winger Dylan Stephens was recruited by the Sydney Swans in the first round of the AFL Draft, while Cam Taheny was picked-up later by Geelong. Premiership captain Jace Bode retired at the conclusion of last season, as did veterans Brady Dawe and Ed Smart
 
Norwood have retained consistent contributors Matthew Panos, Dom Barry, Cole Gerloff, Sam Baulderstone and two-time Magarey Medalist Mitch Grigg for 2020. As such, expect their senior side feature heavily late in the season and capitalise on the absence of Adelaide and Port Adelaide from the competition.
 
Norwood’s Reserves side is coming off a premiership in 2019, but Stephens and Taheny were major stars in that team’s grand final victory. It will be interesting to see whether their Reserves can contend once again in 2020.
 
UNDER-18S:

Norwood has three under 18 players in the AFL Academy Hub. The best of those is Henry Nelligan, a 170cm midfielder that attacks the contest with ferocity. He did not play many games for Norwood last season due to school football commitments but will look to push his case for senior selection in 2020. 
 
Norwood’s other Academy members are inside midfielder Cooper Murley and ruckman Ned Carey, both of whom will look to make a major impact this season. The Redlegs’ under 18 side failed to qualify for finals last season, finishing with just seven wins from their 18 matches.

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Squad predictions: 2020 South Australia Under 18s

THE annual Under 18 National Championships may be the only chance we get to catch a glimpse of the class of 2020 before draft day, with a decision on the recommencement of competition pushed back to at least September. In the meantime, Draft Central takes a look at how each regional squad may line up should the carnival come around, but with a few stipulations in place. Last week we began with our Vic Metro and Vic Country predictions, and today we take a look at South Australia’s (SA) potential line-up.

GUIDELINES:

  • Top-agers (2002-born) have been prioritised due to the limited season and exposure
  • Of those, AFL Academy Hub members also gain priority for the starting squad
  • Bottom-agers (2003-born) in the hub, and top-agers outside it are limited to a total of three spots
  • 19-year-old inclusions are also limited, having already staked their claims in previous years

A lot may change between now and when the squad will be announced, and it should be noted that players with known long-term injuries will not be picked here. Of course, the sides may vary greatly as players look to shift and develop in different positions, but each member has been selected based on the roles they have previously played. Given only previous form, preseason testing and scratch matches are what we have to go off, bolters are also difficult to gauge at this point.

Players named as depth outside of the initial squad below are inevitably options who will rotate through the side, and it is impossible to fit all the options within a list of 22. But without further ado, let’s get stuck into the third squad prediction, with SA’s talent broken down line-by-line.

* – denotes bottom-aged

DEFENCE

FB – Lachlan Jones, James Borlase, Isaiah Dudley*
HB – Will Schreiber, Jye Sinderberry, Zac Dumesny

Height looms as somewhat of an issue in our proposed defence, with versatile utility James Borlase the tallest of the lot at 189cm, joined in a key position post by the 188cm Jye Sinderberry. But that is not to say the chosen six lack in marking power or strength, with South Adelaide’s Zac Dumesny a capable interceptor, while Lachlan Jones adds a good amount of grunt with his 184cm/88kg frame.

Glenelg’s Will Schreiber adds to the back six’s solidity, while diminutive bottom-ager Isaiah Dudley can fill a pocket at either end on account of his ground level pressure. Should the SA coaches look toward a more conventional key position structure, Riley Thilthorpe is a tall option who can play just about anywhere, but will more likely be used as a ruck/forward. Luke Edwards is another half-back option having played there during last year’s Under 18s carnival.

MIDFIELD

C – Bailey Chamberlain, Luke Edwards, Tom Powell
FOL – Riley Thilthorpe, Jamison Murphy, Taj Schofield

The Croweaters lay claim to one of the stronger and more diverse midfield groups, and we are excited about how this one stacks up. It was tough to whittle down the options, but the balance of this six looks about right.

On the outside, Bailey Chamberlain and Tom Powell provide some real dash and athleticism, and will also be able to rotate through the centre bounces with their speed/agility combination. There may be a slight query on Powell’s endurance coming off spates of long-term injuries, but he was impressive during preseason testing.

Forming the centre bounce core is arguably a group of four midfielders, with Thilthorpe a dynamic ruck option who fares just as well at ground level. While he may feature as a key forward or utility at times as he improves his ruck craft, the range of other options in that department means he can be utilised around the ground.

A couple of potential father-sons make their move into the middle, with Edwards a big-bodied inside type who compliments the smooth moving Taj Schofield very well. Edwards, who is also a very capable defender is a must in the midfield given Jamison Murphy and the remaining candidates stand no taller than 180cm. Murphy’s hard-at-it style means he should have no troubles on the inside though, and provides a great story as a former Australian Under-17 cricket captain.

FORWARD

HF – Tariek Newchurch, Kaine Baldwin, Jason Horne*
FF – Corey Durdin, Henry Smith, Lachlan Grubb

There are a couple of players who are simply essential choices in the final team; with Under 16 Division 1 MVP Corey Durdin slotting into a pocket, and returning key forward Kaine Baldwin a lock across half-forward. It was tempting to slot Thilthorpe in at centre-half forward, but Baldwin is just as capable there at 193cm and 91kg.

172cm pocket-rocket, Durdin is a terrific midfielder at Under 18s level, but is sure to find a home as a small forward at the next level – as justified by his form in said position for Central Districts’ League side. Baldwin has not played any footy for over a year due to an ACL tear, but is a contested marking phenom who can also roam further afield.

He will likely be joined up the spine by Henry Smith, a raw tall option who marks the ball at its highest point at over 200cm. At his feet and alongside Durdin in our side is Lachlan Grubb, another who has entered the senior realm for Centrals’ Reserves side. He is an impressive athlete, much like silky Adelaide NGA prospect Tariek Newchurch. Last year’s State Under 16s captain and MVP Jason Horne rounds out the six, a player already accustomed to playing above his age group and one who may also feature through midfield.

INTERCHANGE

INT – Caleb Poulter, Mani Liddy, Nicholas Kraemer, Ned Carey

This was a very difficult bench to select with a bunch of line-calls, as will become obvious with the depth listed below. Ned Carey features as the lone key position option, able to fulfil a ruck-oriented role alongside the likes of Thilthorpe and Smith while resting forward.

Caleb Poulter is a dynamic option who could well have made it onto the half-forward flank, much like how Nicholas Kraemer could enter the midfield fray and Mani Liddy could be utilised on either of the said lines. Kraemer is one who can add some strength through the engine room, while Liddy could feature there too having previously been pushed out to the flanks.

TOP-AGE DEPTH

A pair of smalls who will likely rotate through the squad include Henry Nelligan and Cooper Horsnell. Nelligan is a midfielder who is never far away from the action, able to find the ball with ease at 170cm. Horsnell is the more forward-inclined of the two, able to find the goals while adding the string of wing play to his bow.

Another 200cm key position option, Zac Phillips is from the Woodville-West Torrens program and could get a look-in as ruck or key forward depth. An impressive utility who may also come into consideration is Riley Holder, who posted very impressive numbers for Glenelg in a range of roles at 190cm.

Aside from the Academy-listed top-agers mentioned above, Glenelg quartet Kye DeanLuke Pedlar, Jordan Moore, and Reid Kuller are names who have floated around the system, while Bulldogs pair Samuel Falland and Lewis Cowham may also be thereabouts, along with Norwood tall Sam Duke and West Adelaide’s Harvey Bock. There are of course, many others who will come under consideration, but the Academy group is quite strong and difficult to look past.

THE BOTTOM-AGERS

The top-agers for 2020 set the benchmark with a national carnival win in their Under 16s year, and while last year’s 16s crop could not achieve the same feat, there are certainly some bright talents who will feature in the future.

Cooper Murley and Matthew Roberts were equally difficult omissions from the starting squad given our stipulation of three bottom-agers, maximum, and a decent midfield core. An Under-16 All-Australian last year alongside Horne and Dudley, Murley is a highly talented small midfielder who can also move forward, while Roberts has similar versatility as a 182cm midfielder.

Arlo Draper and Lewis Rayson are another two bottom-aged prospects among the Academy ranks, and could both make a case for breaking into the side. Athletic tall forward Morgan Ferres could come into consideration among the key position ranks, though the stocks are already quite full in that department.

Harry Tunkin is a Prince Alfred College and Glenelg product who impressed at Under 16 level, while Port Adelaide father-son hopeful Jase Burgoyne is also coming through the ranks and could feature at some point before his top-age year.

>> SANFL U18 CLUB PAGES:

Central District // Preseason interviews
Glenelg // Preseason interviews
North Adelaide // Preseason interviews
Norwood // Preseason interviews
South Adelaide // Preseason interviews
Sturt // Preseason interviews
West Adelaide // Preseason interviews
WWT Eagles // Preseason interviews

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AFL Draft Watch:

Kaine Baldwin
Luke Edwards
Taj Schofield
Riley Thilthorpe

Marquee Matchups:

Durdin vs. Campbell

South Australian weekly wrap: Roosters get back on track

SOME of South Australia’s (SA) young talents filtered back into South Australian National Football League (SANFL) games last week, with majority of SA’s U18 and U16 squad still away on National Championship duties.

School footy continues to be on break, so most clubs over the coming weeks will be able to get their best sides on the park, so SANFL club results will be interesting to watch. Jamie Morgan, Tom Wyman and Damon Mattiazzo all took a look at what is making news in South Australia.

League:

Port Adelaide 14.15 (99) defeated West Adelaide 3.4 (22)

Port Adelaide cemented their spot in the top five of the SANFL with an elementary victory over strugglers West Adelaide. The Magpies were in complete control of the contest with West Adelaide unable to cause any threat to the side that only featured one non-AFL listed player in their line-up. Billy Frampton was superb for Port with a dominant display comprising 25 disposals, nine marks and four goals. Former Lion Sam Mayes produced his best performance of the season so far with 28 disposals, seven marks and seven clearances, as Willem Drew and Kane Farrell were also busy with 23 touches each. Matthew Broadbent and Jarrod Lienert controlled the play from the wings with 25 and 24 disposals respectively. Highlight of the game came from Port Adelaide NGA player Martin Frederick who kicked the potential goal of the year with an amazing coast-to-coast goal from inside Port’s defensive 50. For West, former Hawthorn player Dallas Willsmore‘s efforts were left unrewarded in a tireless display accumulating 34 disposals, Chris Schmidt (31 disposals and five marks) and Kaine Stevens (30 disposals and six clearances) were also noteworthy.

South Adelaide 9.8 (62) defeated Sturt 15.8 (98)

The Double Blues grabbed the premiership points away from home at Flinders University Stadium, defeating the Panthers by 36 points. Josh Patullo kicked three majors for the victors and was aided in front of goal thanks to two goals each by mainstays Mark Evans and Josh Hone, Jack Penfold and veteran on-baller Aidan Riley. Consistent duo James Battersby (30 disposals, six marks, three tackles and eight clearances) and Sam Colquhoun (28 disposals, five marks, nine tackles and five clearances) helped their side win the midfield battle. Emmanuel Irra was the only multiple goalkicker for South Adelaide, booting two majors, with Abe Davis (brother of recent-Adelaide debutant Ben) again prolific with 33 disposals. Joseph Haines and Nick Liddle were prolific, recording 31 and 27 touches respectively, with the former also registering an impressive 10 marks and a game-high 14 rebounds.

Norwood 6.15 (51) defeated by Adelaide 13.10 (88)

Adelaide’s strong form in the SANFL continued with a dominant 37-point victory over Norwood. While the game was close in the first half, an eight goals to two second half – including a four goals to zero last quarter – saw the Crows run away with the contest. Adelaide listed players Patrick Wilson (28 disposals, six clearances, three tackles, nine marks and two goals) and Bryce Gibbs (22 disposals, 10 clearances, two marks and three tackles) impressed, as did Riley Knight who booted two goals from 22 disposals. For Norwood, Lewis Johnston continued his great form with 31 disposals, 10 marks, six tackles, two clearances and two goals, while Mitch Grigg and Matthew Nunn both had 26 touches, as well as a combined 17 marks, 14 tackles and 11 clearances in the loss.

Eagles 11.9 (75) defeated by Glenelg 14.6 (90)

This was a tough hitout from two in-form teams with Glenelg holding on by 15 points. The Tigers jumped out to an early lead with Luke Partington clearly best for the Tigers all day. Partington finished with 43 disposals, eight marks, eight clearances, and two goals. The Eagles steadied once again on the back of small forward James Rowe booting two goals in the second quarter who finished the game with four majors, but Glenelg forwards Brad Close (20 disposals, two goals) and Tom Schott (three goals) were key contributors in the win. The Eagles had their chances after being level at three quarter time and were led well by experienced Chris Hall (30 disposals, seven marks) but fell short.

Central District 11.13 (79) defeated by North Adelaide 17.5 (107)

Roosters players and supporters can finally put the nineteenth man saga behind them after securing their second win finally had them out of negative premiership points zone. Aidan Tropiano led the way for the Roosters with 39 disposals and seven clearances, while young forward Frank Szekely finished with four goals and earned a Breakthrough Player Nomination. Consistent performers Travis and Jarrod Schiller had a heap of the footy with 42 and 30 possessions apiece for the Bulldogs.

Reserves

Norwood 10.12 (72) defeated West Adelaide 4.7 (31)

Norwood were able to consolidate second spot on the ladder with a comfortable victory against third placed West Adelaide. Norwood were led by Connor Bristow who was dominant with 29 disposals that included 15 marks and a goal, Bristow was joined by dropped seniors Cody Szust and Christopher Olsson who had 28 and 26 disposals respectively. Brodie Carroll had 19 disposals returning from his stint in the senior side, as former State Academy players Tyler Martin (20 disposals) and Jacob Collins (16 disposals) were also influential. For West, James Bentley had a prolific game with 31 disposals and 1.4 for goal, Connor Fairlie (26 disposals), Lyndon Hupfield (24 disposals and 10 marks) and Aaron Anderson were other standouts.

South Adelaide 9.5 (59) defeated Sturt 7.14 (56)

South Adelaide prevailed by just three points in a nailbitting curtain raiser with Sturt. Returning from State Under-18 duties, Panther Darnell Tucker impressed with two goals from his 12 disposals, however it was his defensive pressure (10 tackles) which really stood out. Luke Bogle was crucial in his sides triumph, winning 31 disposals and getting the ball going his sides way with 11 clearances. For Sturt, Casey Voss was solid in what was a well-rounded statistical outing, collecting 25 disposals, six marks, five tackles, six clearances and seven inside-50s. Perhaps unlucky not to be given a chance in the SA Under-18 side, Anzac Lochowiak was effective again, collecting 23 disposals and laying 11 tackles. Fellow State Academy member Oliver Grivell booted 1.2 from. his 13 disposals. He took two contested marks (five in total) and, crucially, contributed to his sides defensive pressure by connecting with five tackles. Edward Allan was the most prolific player on the ground, amassing 33 disposals, six marks, six tackles and six clearances.

WWT Eagles 9.4 (58) defeated by Glenelg 10.13 (73)

The Eagles have had an inconsistent few weeks, while Glenelg has been improving with the Tigers securing a 15 point win. With some players recovering from injuries, the Tigers look a bit more settled and on the back of strong performances from Tom Feely (28 disposals seven marks,) and Ben Sawford (25 disposals and 10 clearances) the Tigers held on. Young talent Declan Carmody was good with two goals and Finn Betterman was also amongst the best. Eagles struggled to play consistent football and defender/mid Jake Westbrook and Sam Rowland were best for the Eagles.

Central District 17.12 (114) defeated North Adelaide 4.8 (32)

Centrals did a demolition job on the Roosters by 82 points. Darcy Pisani look set for a League call up after a 42-possession, one-goal game and Connor McLean finished with four goals. Max Lower battled for the Roosters to finish with 34 disposals, and youngster Jackson Antrobus (son of Tony) finished with one goal for the losing side.

Under 18s:

Norwood 15.8 (98) defeated West Adelaide 7.4 (46)

West Adelaide easily dispatched a disappointing Redlegs side with a 52 point victory at the City Mazda Oval. Beau Nunan was the star of the game with a performance headlined with six goals for the Bloods, Joel Groom was top ball winner for his side with 27 touches. Eduard Van Den Berg was also fundamental to West’s win, as the Blood’s Riley Thilthorpe kicked three goals from eight contested marks. For Norwood, Henry Nelligan continued his prolific form with 27 disposals, nine clearances and a goal with Mitchell Carroll also impressing with 26 touches and seven marks.

South Adelaide 8.9 (57) defeated Sturt 7.12 (54)

South Adelaide snatched victory from Sturt by three points in a come-from-behind victory down south. The Panthers were led by Sacred Heart duo Marcus Lippett (26 disposals, six marks, six tackles and three inside 50s) – who was strong in the air with three contested grabs – and bottom-aged state representative Zac Dumesny (23 disposals, seven marks, seven tackles and eight clearances). Consistent medium forward Mitch Riddle booted two goals to sit equal-fourth in the under-18 goalkicking standings. Ruckman/tall forward Ben Ryan and Tyler Oliver also contributed two goals, with Nicholas Kraemer‘s 10 tackles also of note. Sturt dominated in the ruck, thanks to 32 hit-outs from Sam Zevenboom and 25 from Amos Doyle. Midfielder Tully Kennett was instrumental in-tight, collecting 36 disposals (including 26 handballs), 12 tackles and winning 14 clearances. Declan Fahey (33 disposals, four marks, 10 tackles and nine clearances) and Charlie Allen (32 touches, five marks, 11 tackles and six clearances) were also especially busy, with Aiden Holland and Angus Kitto Sturt’s multiple goal kickers with two apiece.

Glenelg 12.4 (76) defeated WWT Eagles 9.16 (70)

Despite a late charge from the Eagles, Glenelg hung on to win by six points. Cooper Hornsell impressed with three goals and 17 disposals, and Riley Holder is having a strong season to date again finishing with two goals and 19 disposals. Eagles ball accumulators Lachlan Hoile finished with 30 disposals and six clearances and Taj Schofield (son of Jarrod) was good for the Eagles finishing with 23 disposals. The Eagles retained top spot, but the chase for finals will be tough.

Central District 8.17 (65) defeated North Adelaide 11.7 (73)

North secured an eight-point victory over Centrals. The Bulldogs surged in the last quarter but weren’t able to secure a win. Jack Carpenter from the Bulldogs had a good all round game with 25 disposals, six marks and a goal, while Jakob Thomson impressed with three goals and 22 disposals and 10 marks, six of which were contested. North remain second on the ladder behind Eagles. Tyran Hill was good for North thanks to a two-goal, 25-disposal game and Jamison Murphy continued some solid form again with 28 disposals and two goals as well.

SANFL weekly wrap: Norwood wins in thriller as Tigers tame Crows

FOLLOWING Round 2 of the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) competition, our writers Jamie Morgan, David Chapman, Tom Wyman and Damon Mattiazzo recap some of the impressive performances across the weekend.

Glenelg v Adelaide

League: Glenelg 18.7 (115) defeated Adelaide 9.8 (62)

Glenelg collected their first premiership points of the new season by defeating a young Adelaide side under Friday night lights at the bay. Former Richmond Tiger, Liam McBean was the hero for the home side, bagging nine majors from full-forward. He was well-supported by a half-backline comprising of skipper Chris Curran, who amassed 31 disposals and 17 marks, and former-Carlton player Aaron Joseph (24 disposals and six marks). Potential high draft pick Will Gould was solid in defence, collecting 19 touches and seven marks, whilst 2018 state-representative Finn Betterman managed eight disposals in just his second league appearance. For the Crows, Myles Poholke slotted three majors to stake his claim for a call-up and Cam Ellis-Yolmen continued to find the ball, racking up 36 disposals and 7 marks. Recent draftees, Lachlan Sholl (34 disposals, six marks and eight rebounds), Jordon Butts (19 disposals) and Ned McHenry (15 disposals, five marks and five tackles) were also impressive. Expect Hugh Greenwood (19 disposals and 10 clearances) and Jordan Gallucci (16 disposals) to return to the Crows senior onball rotation within weeks.

Central District vs. Norwood

League: Central District 12.14 (86) defeated by Norwood 13.11 (89)
Reserves: Central District 10.8 (68) defeated Norwood 10.7 (67)
Under 18s: Norwoood 13.14 (92) defeated Central District 5.5 (35)

Two of the three clashes between the Bulldogs and Redlegs were absolute thrillers, as the Redlegs claimed victory in the League clash by just three points, before Central District scored the points in a one-point victory over Norwood in the Reserves. All eyes were on potential first round pick, Dylan Stephens who cracked his way into a strong Norwood League side and looked the part, collecting 18 disposals, four marks, three tackles and booting a goal on debut. Lewis Johnston continued his ripping form with 38 disposals, four clearances and seven marks, while for the winners, Jarrod Schiller had 28 touches, eight marks, seven clearances and a goal. In the Reserves, Isaac Saywell had a team-high 29 touches as well as four marks and four clearances for Norwood, while Cameron Taheny was lively up forward, booting three goals from 14 disposals and nine marks (three contested). For Central District, Steve Burton recorded 34 disposals and 13 clearances in a midfield masterclass. At Under 18s level, Henry Nelligan was impressive for Norwood, racking up 28 disposals, 10 clearances, five marks, six tackles and booting two goals in the win, while Xavier Tranfa finished with 26 touches, three marks, four clearances and seven tackles. For the Bulldogs, Rhys Cannizzaro was the one to watch, racking up nine clearances and laying 10 tackles from 27 disposals and five marks.

North Adelaide vs West Adelaide

League: North Adelaide 14.11 (95) defeated West Adelaide 9.12 (66)
Reserves: North Adelaide 6.9 (45) defeated by West Adelaide 13.11 (89)
Under 18s: West Adelaide 7.6 (48) defeated by North Adelaide 14.7 (91)

In the Reserves match, North big man Dyson Hilder started off in a midfield role and after half-time switched to key defender on the dangerous Westies forward. In the Under 18s, North got the win against Westies, led by Harrison Magor with 33 disposals including six clearances, while Charlie Dowling kicked four goals from his 18 possessions and eight marks. For Westies, Bailey Chamberlain had 28 possession and 13 marks to be in his side’s best. In the League clash, North Adelaide ran out 29-point winners as Aidan Tropiano racked up 32 disposals, two marks, six tackles and nine clearances, while Max Thring booted three goals from 30 touches and four marks. For West Adelaide, Christopher Schmidt had a team-high 31 disposals and eight clearances, while John Noble booted three goals from 27 touches and Kaine Stevens finished with 30 disposals and a goal.

South Adelaide v Port Adelaide

League: Port Adelaide 8.10 (58) defeated by South Adelaide 14.10 (94)

South Adelaide continued its fine start to the season with a dominant 36 point win against Port at Alberton Oval. South were led by co-captain Joel Cross who contributed 24 disposals and two goals, while former Eagle Tom Whittlesea made a big impact with five goals for his side. For Port Adelaide, Jack Trengove backed up his 44-disposal game from the opening round with another 42 touches for his side and could be rewarded with a call-up to the AFL side. Matthew Broadbent had 28 touches as he continues to stake his claim for a recall, while Category B rookie Kai Pudney continues to find plenty of the ball with 30 disposals coming from the wing. New Mapgies captain Cam Sutcliffe, and Aidyn Johnson both missed majority of the game with hamstring and concussion problems respectively.

South Adelaide vs. Glenelg

Reserves: Glenelg 10.9 (69) defeated by South Adelaide 14.9 (93)
Under 18s: Glenelg 8.12 (60) defeated South Adelaide 8.7 (55)

South took on Glenelg in Under 18s and went down in a five-point game. Glenelg’s Clayton Symonds (son of Tony) finished with a game high three goals while Sam Liambis led possession count with 24 disposals and nine tackles. Big man Riley Holder backed up another solid game in the ruck. South’s talented Zac Dumesny showed he is in for a big year in a strong performance for the Panthers. In the Reserves, South Adelaide claimed a big win, but it was Glenelg’s Darcy Bailey dominating with 39 disposals, 10 marks, seven clearances, three tackles and a goal, while teammate Declan Carmody is a name to watch, racking up 24 disposals, six marks, four tackles and booting a goal. Key forward Daniel Sladojevic was strong for the Panthers, booting a goal from 15 disposals and five marks (one contested), while Cameron McGree had 28 hitouts from 17 disposals and booted two goals.

Woodville-West Torrens vs Sturt

League: Sturt 12.12 (84) defeated Woodville-West Torrens 11.11 (77)
Reserves: Sturt 7.9 (51) defeated by Woodville-West Torrens 8.9 (57)
Under 18s: Woodville-West Torrens 17.5 (107) defeated Sturt 10.7 (67)

The Under 18s talent at the Eagles disposed of Sturt easily by 40 points and that was with some players up into the Eagles Reserves side. Forward Josh Morris finished with six goals, and Harry Shoenberg played well again. The Eagles Reserves side hung on in a close tussle with young talent, Jackson Mead (son of Darren) again playing well finishing with two goals and 16 possessions, while young Ruckman Sam Michael showed he is up to the challenge against bigger bodies. Teammate Jamie Coff also impressed up forward snagging three goals. Sturt’s Jed McEntee found his feet along with Anzac Lochowiak who looked at ease against the strong Eagles side. Sturt were victorious despite a late charge from the Eagles in the league game. Kysaiah Pickett kicked a goal in his League debut for the Eagles and Jordan Foote was a beast again in the midfield. Ex-Docker Danyle Pearce was also good for the Double Blues.

SANFL weekly wrap: Eagles dominate Roosters

ALL games for League, Reserves and Under 18s kicked off last weekend in a fantastic round of footy, with plenty of young talent on display. The feature matches for the round were the clashes between Eagles and North – in rematch after 2018 19th man saga, the clashes in all grades were bound to be fierce with no love lost between these clubs. 

Feature Games:

Woodville-West Torrens v North Adelaide

Under 18 

North Adelaide 8.5 (53) defeated by Woodville-West Torrens 23.9 (147)

The Eagles U18 side secured a 94 point win over North. It was a dominant display from the start with the highly fancied young Eagles side setting the game up with a seven-goal first quarter. Eagles player Harry Schoenberg completed an all round game with a goal and 17 out of 28 contested possessions, along with Josh Morris finishing with a big five goal haul. Lachlan McNeil is a player to watch in the midfield for the Eagles, doing well around the contest with 12 clearances. North struggled all day, but the clear highlight for the Roosters was impressive talent Harrison Magor, who held firm with 28 disposals and 13 clearances. 

 

Reserves 

Woodville-West Torrens 16.10 (106) defeated North Adelaide 11.6 (72)

The Reserves match was simply the Kysiah ‘Kozzie’ Pickett show. This talented U18 player is on the rise (above packs, literally) but what he can do on the field is unique to few players. He had five goals by early in the 3rd quarter, finished with 6.2 and whenever the ball was near him something good happened for his side. He will no doubt feature heavily in draft calculations for this year. The other young gun, but different type of player was Jackson Mead, who is a tireless midfield worker and he finished with 26 disposals and one goal in high quality performance. Expect to see Pickett and Mead in League side very soon. The Eagles ended up winners by 34 points

 

League

Woodville-West Torrens 13.12 (90) defeated North Adelaide 8.17 (65)

In the tough hitout, Eagles took the victory by 25 points. The rematch had some heat and aggression from both sides, but the Eagles under new coach Sam Lonergan looked well drilled and an experienced side hard to beat at home. Ex-Sydney Swan Jordan Foote impressed in his League debut for the Eagles, and consistent performers James Boyd and Jack Hayes were among the best. North will no doubt bounce back, but having lost some young and also experience talent in 2018 draft will need to regroup. 

 

Around the Grounds:

West Adelaide vs. Port Adelaide Magpies

League: West Adelaide 8.6 (54) defeated by Port Adelaide 11.19 (85)

Port Adelaide kicked off its season with a comfortable 31-point victory over West Adelaide. Jack Trengove opened eyes with a whopping 44 disposals, seven marks, eight clearances, eight inside 50s, 11 tackles and one goal, while of the first year players, Boyd Woodcock found 20 disposals, four inside 50s and booted a goal, while Kai Pudney had five inside 50s and six marks from 24 disposals. For West Adelaide, Chris Schmidt and Murray Waite had team-high disposals of 24.

 

Norwood vs. Glenelg

League: Norwood 9.15 (69) defeated Glenelg 9.10 (64)
Reserves: Norwood 12.10 (82) defeated Glenelg 10.3 (63)
Under 18s: Norwood 6.7 (43) defeated by Glenelg 10.15 (75)

Norwood took the honours at senior level against Glenelg, albeit in a tight five-point win at League level, and 19-point win in the Reserves. Will Gould was the talk of the town, with the potential top 10 draft pick racking up 24 disposals, three marks and 11 rebounds out of defence for the Tigers in the loss. Finn Betterman had 13 disposals and four rebounds, while the senior talent of the Redlegs showed out in the end with Lewis johnston and Mitch Grigg combining for 70 disposals, 23 marks, 11 clearances, 11 inside 50s and nine rebounds. The Reserves saw potential first round prospect, Dylan Stephens tear up the game with 35 disposals, 11 clearances, three marks, three inside 50s and two rebounds, while Isaac Saywell had 28 touches and six marks. The talented Cameron Taheny was solid with 15 disposals, nine marks, three inside 50s and one goal. At Under 18s level, Glenelg’s Callum Park racked up 32 disposals, 11 marks, five inside 50s, three clearances, three rebounds and three clearances, while Riley Hilder had a massive 12 clearances and 15 hitouts to go with 24 disposals, five marks and a goal. For the Redlegs, Henry Nelligan collected 34 disposals, eight marks, seven clearances, two inside 50s, four rebounds, 11 tackles and a goal.

 

South Adelaide vs. Central District

League: South Adelaide 16.6 (102) defeated Central District 6.7 (43)
Reserves: South Adelaide 8.9 (57) defeated by Central District 14.7 (91)
Under 18s: South Adelaide 22.6 (138) defeated Central District 4.7 (31)

South Adelaide claimed a massive 107-point win in the Under 18s competition courtesy of six majors to Beau McCreery. Along with his six-goal haul, McCreery laid 11 tackles, had 21 disposals, took six marks (four contested, as well as seven inside 50sfor a massive 159 Dream Team points. Connor Sampson and Samuel Hindes also booted four goals to create havoc up the forward end, while Marcus Lippett finished with 29 disposals, six marks, seven clearances, 11 inside 50s, and two rebounds. Nicholas Kraemer was also a standout with 26 touches, eight marks, seven tackles, eight clearances, seven inside 50s. For the Eagles, Tyrone Milera had 24 touches, eight clearances and seven reounds, while bottom-age talent and last year’s National Under 16 Championships Most Valuable Player (MVP) Corey Durdin had 16 disposals, eight clearances and six inside 50s. At senior level, South Adelaide claimed a 59-point win in the League, while Central District took home the points in a 34-point triumph at Reserves level. Overager, Hayden Sampson had 19 touches, three inside 50s and three tackles, while South Australian state represenative last year, Emmamuel Irra finished with a huge 27 disposals, four inside 50s and two rebounds.

 

Sturt vs. Adelaide

League: Sturt 8.13 (61) defeated by Adelaide 14.9 (93)

Adelaide proved too good for the Double Blues at League level, with Patrick Wilson and Andrew McPherson both impressing in the first game for 2019. Jordon Butts had 20 disposals and five rebounds playing out of defence, while Ned McHenry had 20 touches, three inside 50s, three rebounds and four tackles. Darcy Fogarty played in defence and had 10 rebounds to go with his 18 touches and six marks. For Sturt, Sam Colquhoun was the standout with 34 disposals, 11 marks and seven rebounds. 

 

West Adelaide vs. Sturt

Reserves: West Adelaide 9.5 (59) defeated by Sturt 10.6 (66)
Under 18s: West Adelaide 7.8 (50) defeated Sturt 7.7 (49)

West Adelaide claimed the points in the Under 18 match over Sturt, as Will Day had a game-high 35 touches, 11 marks, five tackles, six rebounds, three inside 50s and two clearances. Jason Westley was also impressive for the Bloods, collecting 25 disposals, nine marks, four clearances, three inside 50s and five rebounds and a goal. For the Double Blues, Mani Liddy had 28 disposals, six clearances, eight inside 50s, six tackles and five marks, while Harry Weeks had 27 disposals, 14 marks and seven rebounds. In the Reserves, Sturt grabbed the win, as Anzac Lochowiak was impressive with 24 disposals, two marks, five clearances, nine tackles and a goal ,whiel Jed McEntee had 21 disposals, three marks, five clearances and nine tackles. 

South Australia claims double with Under 16s triumph

SOUTH Australia has done the double at the 2018 National Championships, claiming the Under 16s title to go with their Under 18s victory a week earlier. The Croweaters defeated Vic Metro by 12 points to remain undefeated and claim the title on the final day of the championships last Friday. South Australia came from behind in the opening round to post a narrow three-point victory over Western Australia, before easily accounting for Vic Country last Monday, and defeating Metro four days later.

South Australian vice-captain Corey Durdin was awarded the Kevin Sheehan Medal for the top player across Division One, while also being named South Australia’s Most Valuable Player (MVP). Second placed Western Australia – who came within a kick of the overall title – defeated both Vic Metro and Vic Country comfortably in Queensland last week and announced David Yaccob as their MVP. Oakleigh Chargers’ Will Phillips‘ was named Vic Metro’s top player across the carnival with the Metro side having just the one win over Vic Country. For Country, Geelong Falcons’ Tanner Bruhn was the standout performer across the three games and named as MVP.

Among the top performers outside the MVPs were South Australia’s Kaine Baldwin – who booted four goals against Western Australia in a best on ground effort, and another goal in each of the other two games. Other Croweaters who impressed across the carnival were Riley Thilthorpe and Henry Nelligan, named in the best multiple times. For the Black Swans, Brandon WalkerTaj Schofield and Logan McDonald were among the best, with McDonald being the dominant goal kicker up forward across the carnival, with nine majors.

For the Victorian sides, Calder Cannons’ Campbell Edwardes, Northern Knights’ Ben Major and Western Jets’ Cody Raak were the top performers for Vic Metro, while Bendigo Pioneers’ and Country captain Sam Conforti and exciting GWV Rebels’ forward Jamarra Ugle-Hagan were named among Vic Country’s top players as the latter booted four goals across the matches.

Results:

Round 1:
Vic Metro 12.9 (81) defeated Vic Country 11.7 (73)

GOALS
Vic Metro: Failli 3, Bowey 2, Jenkins 2, Varagiannis, Laurie, Phillips, Raak, Hart.
Vic Country: Ugle-Hagan 3, Fitzpatrick 3, Conforti 2, Hollands 2, Stevens.

BEST
Vic Metro: Major, Failli, Phillips, Hipwell, Bowey, Downie
Vic Country: Stevens, Hollands, Ugle-Hagen, Baxter, Lazzaro, Bruhn

South Australia 11.3 (69) defeated Western Australia 9.12 (66)

GOALS
South Australia: 
Baldwin 4, Dudley 2, Schwerdt 2, Dumesny, Horsnell, Wright.
Western Australia: 
McDonald 3, Allen 2, Bellchambers, Curley, Evans-Thomson, Western.

BEST
South Australia: Baldwin, Durdin, Kraemer, Nelligan, Thilthorpe, Horne
Western Australia: 
Walker, Yaccob, Allen, Schofield, McDonald

Round 2:
South Australia 9.13 (67) defeated Vic Country 3.7 (25)

GOALS
South Australia: 
Dudley 3, Higgins, Dean, Dumesny, Baldwin, Thilthorpe.
Vic Country: 
Gadsby, Braver, Reid.

BEST
South Australia: 
Thilthorpe, Durdin, Pedlar, Horne, Baldwin, Nelligan
Vic Country: 
Conforti, Bruhn, Maher, Braver, Reid, Gadsby

Western Australia 14.13 (97) defeated Vic Metro 2.13 (25)

GOALS
Western Australia: 
McDonald, George, Allen, Cartwright, Daly, Jetta, Trew, Walker.
Vic Metro: Raak, Tucker.

BEST
Western Australia: 
Yaccob, McDonald, Grainger-Barras, Walker, Johnson, Trew
Vic Metro: Edwardes, Downie, Major, MacPherson, Phillips, Raak

Round 3:
Vic Country 5.7 (37) defeated by Western Australia 13.13 (91)

GOALS
Western Australia: Dann 4, Avery 2, Cartwright 2, Western 2, Walker, Allen, Daly.
Vic Country: Neal 2, Ugle-Hagan, Gay, Hollands.

BEST
Western Australia: O’Driscoll, Schofield, Bellchambers, Avery, Dann
Vic Country: Bruhn, Conforti, Walsh, Brauer, Maher, Reid

Vic Metro 11.12 (78) defeated by South Australia 13.12 (90)

GOALS
South Australia: Dudley 3, Horsnell 3, Dumesny 2, Durdin, Dean, Higgins, Pedlar, Baldwin.
Vic Metro: Phillips 2, Edwardes 2, Tucker 2, Failli, Bowey, Jenkins, Teal, Feagaimalii.

BEST
South Australia: Durdin, Jones, Nelligan, Thilthorpe, Horsnell, Kramer
Vic Metro: Phillips, Edwardes, Raak, Hipwell, Laurie, Ford

South Australia, Vic Metro claim first round U16 victories

A GOAL in the dying seconds to Cooper Horsnell has helped South Australia to an opening round win in the National Under 16 Championships. With the final two rounds to be played on the Gold Coast on July 9 and July 13, South Australia claimed a vital win over a very competitive Western Australia side by just three points.

The Black Swans led by four points at quarter time, but a four goals to two second term saw the Croweaters hit the front by seven as they headed into the main break. Both teams capitalised on their opportunities in the third term, booting three goals apiece, before a final quarter thriller saw the home side just scrape home. Western Australia hit the front with a Lewis Evans-Thomson goal in what was a thrilling opening eight minutes which saw the Black Swans boot two majors and South Australia boot one. The Black Swans will rue missed opportunities in the final stanza, kicking a number of behinds before Horsnell split the middle and gave South Australia a crucial two-point lead. From there, the Croweaters held on for the 11.3 (69) to 9.12 (66) victory, despite having seven less scoring shots.

South Australian captain Kaine Baldwin was dominant up front, booting four majors, while Isiah Dudley and Ethan Schwerdt were dangerous at his feet, booting two majors. Corey Durdin was the standout player on the ground, amassing a game-high 23 disposals, five marks, seven tackles, four clearances and eight rebounds for the home side, while Riley Thilthorpe showed great ground coverage, playing through the ruck to record 30 hitouts, but have a Brodie Grundy-like game with 17 touches, eight marks and four tackles to go with it. Henry Nelligan assisted Durdin through the middle with 19 disposals, three marks and seven clearances to be a threat on the inside.

For Western Australia, tall forward Logan McDonald booted three goals, while fellow key position player Jack Allen finished the game with two majors. Ira Jetta was among Western Australia’s best with 19 disposals, two marks, four clearances, four inside 50s and eight tackles, while David Yaccob was deemed the Black Swans’ best with 15 disposals, three marks, four inside 50s and two rebounds. Full-back Denver Grainger-Barras had almost one-third of his team’s rebounds, racking up seven from his 13 disposals and three marks. Brandon Walker (17 disposals, two marks and three rebounds) was used effectively off half-back, while Zane Trew (16 disposals and five clearances) and Taj Schofield (14 disposals and 10 tackles) were other top players for the visitors.

South Australia go on to face the other winner in Vic Metro, while Western Australia will look to bounce back with a victory against Vic Country. Both games will be played at Southport on July 9. The final round of action will see South Australia take on Vic Country and Vic Metro face Western Australia, which is played at the GABBA on July 13.

For more specific information on South Australia’s victory, head to the game wrap by Zac Milbank on the SANFL website.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA  2.0  6.1  9.2  11.3 (69)
WESTERN AUSTRALIA  2.4  4.6  7.8  9.12 (66)

GOALS:
South Australia: Baldwin 4, Schwerdt, Dudley 2, Wright, Dumesny, Horsnell.
Western Australia: McDonald 3, Allen 2, Western, Curley, Bellchambers, Evans-Thomson.

BEST:
South Australia: Durdin, Nelligan, Baldwin, Thilthorpe, Roberts, Schwerdt.
Western Australia: Yaccob, Grainger-Barras, Walker, Trew, Schofield, Jetta.

Meanwhile at Ikon Park, Vic Metro came from behind to record a memorable eight-point win on Saturday. Vic Country booted five goals to three in the first term, then extended its advantage to 27 points at the main break. Metro made serious inroads in the third quarter, piling on four goals to one to cut the deficit to six points by the final break, then finished the game off strong with another four-goal quarter, while restricting its opponents to two goals, in order to win 12.9 (81) to 11.7 (73).

Western Jets’ Lucas Failli was the key up forward with three majors for the winning side and was a clear standout up the attacking end. Oakleigh Chargers’ Lochlan Jenkins and Sandringham Dragons’ Jake Bowey were also able to hit the scoreboard with multiple goals, the latter of which was also named among the best.

Northern Knights’ Ben Major was deemed the top Metro player on the day, named among the best with Oakleigh Chargers’ Will Phillips (one goal), Sandringham Dragons’ Darby Hipwell and Eastern Ranges’ Connor Downie. The Metro victory was a crucial one, ahead of its clash with South Australia at Southport on July 9.

For Vic Country, talented forward Jamarra Ugle-Hagan was a live-wire up the attacking end, booting three goals and looking creative and dangerous. Gippsland Power’s Thomas Fitzpatrick also booted three majors, while Bendigo Pioneers’ Sam Conforti and Murray Bushrangers’ forward Elijah Hollands booted two in a strong offensive effort by the Country side.

GWV Rebels’ Nick Stevens was named as Country’s best, booting a goal and combining well between midfield and half-forward. Hollands, Ugle-Hagan and Murray Bushrangers’ full-back Ethan Baxter were also impressive, as were Geelong Falcons’ pair midfielder Charlie Lazzaro and half-back Tanner Bruhn.

VIC METRO          3.0      4.3       8.6        12.9 (81)
VIC COUNTRY    5.2      8.6        9.6        11.7 (73)

GOALS
Vic Metro: Failli 3, Bowey 2, Jenkins 2, Varagiannis, Laurie, Phillips, Raak, Hart
Vic Country: Ugle-Hagen 3, Fitzpatrick 3, Conforti 2, Hollands 2, Stevens

BEST
Vic Metro: Major, Failli, Phillips, Hipwell, Bowey, Downie
Vic Country: Stevens, Hollands, Ugle-Hagen, Baxter, Lazzaro, Bruhn