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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:


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 12 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 12 of the SANFL, members of the State under 18s team were rested from any competition after their mid-week victory over Vic Country. With no school football either due to school holidays, we take a look at who the top performers were across the reserves and under 18s.

In Centrals’ one-point win over South Adelaide, under-ager Jackson Hately, having played well in the first two SA U18 games, was in the bests with 18 disposals four inside 50s and four tackles. For Souths, Henry Bruce led the disposals with 20, six clearances and a goal. For the Eagles loss to Westies Jake Weidemann racked up 15 disposals including seven marks. In Sturts win over North Adelaide, defender Mihail Lochowiak was best on ground with 19 disposals and nine tackles. Under-age midfielder Tom Lewis was also in the bests with his 20 disposals including a goal and an impressive 10 tackles. Helping Norwood get over Glenelg by two points were Cole Gerloff and Cam Ball with 18 disposals each.

Under 18s:
Top team South Adelaide continued its dominant season with a 31 point victory over Centrals. Liam Fitt was judged best for South with his six inside 50s, and Luke Bogle was again dangerous with winning contested ball as well as three goals and eight tackles. Ryan Humphries-Carnelly (Centrals) was among his teams bests with two goals and three score assists.

North Adelaide knocked off a fast finishing Sturt to climb into finals contention with a 19-point win. For North, Sam Daniele was amongst the best with his 11 clearances through the midfield and his 27 disposals including a goal. Oscar Chapman dominated up forward kicking 5.2 inc eight marks and six inside 50s. Under-ager Boyd Woodcock also led with 32 disposals including nine inside 50s and a goal. Sturt came hard in the second half led by hardworking midfielder Sam Hargreaves with 22 disposals including eight marks and five goals to James Richards and under-ager Hugo Munn with his three goals.

Glenelg climbed off the bottom of the ladder with a 53 point win over Norwood, with 12 goals in the second half. Undersage ruckman Ruben Flinn (Glenelg) was best on ground with his 58 hit outs and Finn Betterman with his 24 disposals including a goal and eight inside 50s was also important. Curtis McCarthy was also lively up forward with five goals. For Norwood underager Luke Valente was best with 26 disposals including 10 tackles.

The second placed Eagles held on in an eight-point win over West. Todd Hoyle (Eagles) was best with his 17 disposlas, eight marks and a goal. Also underager Kai Pudney led the Eagles’ possession getters with 28 and two goals to also have key influence in rebounding from defence and attacking the 50. For West Adelaide, Jakob Heitmann was among the best with his 27 disposals including eight inside 50s, as was Elliot Dunkin with 31 disposals including nine marks, seven inside 50s and seven 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.

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

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.

Under 18 Championships Preview: South Australia

SOUTH AUSTRALIA enters the National Under 18s Championships lacking the star power that both the Victorian sides have. In saying that – they do appear to be a well balanced unit with a large number of prospects who look likely to feature throughout the middle stages of the draft.
SA have a number of excellent ball users, particularly off half-back, grunt in the midfield and some tall timber who are capable of fulfilling key position spots at either end of the ground. This squad is versatile and we can expect to see a number of players being used in a variety of roles. Sturt big man Callum Coleman-Jones will lead the side with Darcy Fogarty and Andrew McPherson named as joint deputies. However. McPherson will miss the opening two games of the Under 18 Championships with a quad injury.
With five level two AFL Academy players in the squad, along with seven level one prospects, perhaps next year will be more fruitful in terms of star talent, but don’t go ruling them out in 2017. Although Vic Metro looked primed to go back-to-back, I think South Australia can realistically mount a push. The battle with Vic Country on July 5th could prove particularly instrumental.
Players to watch:
Darcy Fogarty – Undoubtedly South Australia’s best draft prospect and he is well in truly in the mix for the number one selection. Despite not starring, Fogarty has been a regular fixture in Glenelg’s senior side and posses the unique ability to be able to cover any position on the field apart from the ruck. He slotted in at half-back in an SA trial match earlier in the season but has also shown serious promise up forward and as an inside midfielder. At 192cm, he could become a third tall forward at AFL level, but I expect him to feature in the guts in the Champs.
Alex Martini – Fogarty’s teammate at Glenelg has also proven himself in the SANFL  League side, having played predominately off half-back. Martini captained Sacred Heart College last year and his on-field leadership will be crucial – He may spend more time in the midfield with the half-back line looking impressive for SA.
Jackson Edwards – The son of Tyson Edwards is a father-son prospect for the Crows and although he is yet to break into the Glenelg league side, he has been solid so far in the Reserves. He has a touch of class about him, much like his father, and will be a vital cog in the on-ball brigade.
Nathan Kreuger – Kreuger has potential to burn and at 194cm – he is one who can hold down a key position at either end and at times has even been deployed as a big-bodied midfielder. Athletic with neat foot skills, I can see Kreuger pushing higher up rankings with a strong National Championships. However he has been left out in Round one and will have to fight to break into their team for their remaining fixtures.
Callum Coleman-Jones – The Key Forward/Ruckman will be eager to assert his authority on the champs. Despite requiring some work on his endurance, Coleman-Jones is a great contested-mark and an imposing figure both in the ruck and when sent forward. Looking forward to his duel with top five candidate Sam Hayes when SA clash with Vic Metro at Etihad Stadium but would prefer to see him at full-forward.
2018 names to keep an eye on:
Jack Lukosius – Lukosius could well be the number one draft pick in 2018. The Woodville-West Torrens star is already lighting it up in the SANFL ranks. Yet another South Australian with the ability to play at either end, Lukosius has excellent mobility for a guy of 193cm and the foot skills of a midfielder.
Izak Rankine –  Rankine has as much talent as any 17 year-old in the country and will strut his stuff up forward and on the wing for South Australia. Possesses good agility and has X-Factor.
Connor Rozee – Won the Kevin Sheehan medal as the best player in the Under 16 carnival and is a classy midfielder on both the inside and outside. Vision is very good in traffic and is a clean user by both hand and foot.


Round 1: v WESTERN AUSTRALIA – June 10th 12.30pm Domain Stadium
Round 2: v ALLIES – June 17th 10.10am Adelaide Oval (FOX FOOTY)
Round 3: BYE
Round 4: v VIC METRO – June 30th 4.40pm Etihad Stadium (FOX FOOTY)
Round 5: v VIC COUNTRY – July 5th 4.40pm Simonds Stadium (FOX FOOTY)

Round One team:

B: Lachlan Pascoe, Harrison Petty, Brad McCarthy
HB: Isaac Hewson, Thomas Schmusch, Mitchell Coles
C: Izak Rankine, Darcy Fogarty, Charlie Ballard
HF: Jordan Houlahan, Jack Lukosius, Jackson Edwards
F: James Rowe, Callum Coleman-Jones, Sam Davis

FOLL: Ruben Flinn, Alex Martini, Mitch Crowden
INT: Jakob Heitmann, Stefan Giro, Jackson Hately, Connor Rozee, Jake Weidemann, Brodie Carroll, Brandon Zerk-Thatcher (Two to be omitted)


Finishing prediction: 2nd – I doubt South Australia will have the star power to overcome Vic Metro, but wins over Western Australia and the Allies are expected, and if they can account for Vic Country they will be in good shape for a crack at their first title since 2014.

MVP prediction: Darcy Fogarty – There are a number of ‘ready made’ talents in the South Australia squad who have already experienced SANFL Macca’s League football, but Fogarty is at this stage the only out-and-out star in my eyes. He is a real talent with that modern day frame and provides a presence wherever deployed. No doubt he will have learnt from playing against men for the ‘bays’ and will surly be up there on draft night come November. Can push forward and hit the scoreboard.


No. Name
HT (cm)
WT (kg)
1 Alex Stidiford 05-Apr-99 169 70 West Adelaide / Immanuel College
2 Izak Rankine 23-Apr-00 178 74 West Adelaide / Henley High
3 James Rowe 19-Sep-99 172 70 Woodville West Torrens / Sacred Heart College
4 Cooper Gaffney 07-Jan-99 179 74 Woodville West Torrens
5 Stefan Giro 10-Mar-99 175 72 Norwood
6 Connor Rozee 22-Jan-00 184 72 North Adelaide / Cedar College
7 Robert Irra 20-Oct-99 175 73 South Adelaide
8 Jacob Coles 14-Jul-99 179 70 Norwood / Banksia Park High
10 Luke Valente 08-May-00 186 79 Norwood / Rostrevor College
11 Tobin Cox 15-Jul-99 179 82 Glenelg / Henley High
12 Alex Martini 30-Mar-99 181 78 Glenelg
13 Jackson Edwards 11-Oct-99 185 77 Glenelg / Henley High
14 Isaac Hewson 02-Apr-99 182 79 Norwood
15 Jordan Houlahan 19-Feb-99 185 78 Sturt
16 Mitch Crowden 28-Apr-99 175 88 Sturt
17 Brad McCarthy 27-Feb-99 177 83 Glenelg
18 Brodie Carroll 26-Nov-99 186 71 Norwood / St Pauls College
19 Cole Gerloff 02-Aug-99 184 83 Norwood / Prince Alfred College
20 Jackson Hately 21-Oct-00 189 79 Central District / Trinity College
21 Andrew McPherson 20-Jun-99 186 78 Woodville West Torrens
22 Jake Weidemann 16-Mar-99 190 80 Woodville West Torrens / Henley High
23 Jordy Aitchison 25-Feb-99 185 85 Sturt
24 Brandon Zerk-Thatcher 25-Aug-98 195 77 Sturt
25 Lochie Charlton 19-Oct-99 192 84 Norwood / Prince Alfred
26 Josh Smithson 04-May-99 185 84 West Adelaide
27 Liam Denton 22-Jan-99 185 78 Glenelg
28 Jakob Heitmann 31-Oct-99 188 86 West Adelaide / Cabra
29 Isaac Moller 02-Mar-99 190 77 Woodville West Torrens
30 Cameron Buchanan 20-Sep-99 188 82 Glenelg / Henley High
31 Mitchell Coles 15-Jan-98 191 79 Norwood
32 Thomas Schmusch 05-Mar-99 192 81 Woodville West Torrens
33 Hugo Barry 28-Jun-99 191 83 North Adelaide / Prince Alfred College
34 Sam Davis 05-Sep-99 193 88 Glenelg / Immanuel College
35 Ryan Falkenberg 29-Apr-99 196 79 Central District
36 Jack Lukosius 09-Aug-00 194 82 Woodville West Torrens / Henley High
37 Charlie Ballard 23-Jul-99 195 81 Sturt / Sacred Heart College
38 Harrison Petty 12-Nov-99 194 81 Norwood / Rostrevor College
39 Cameron Ball 27-Jul-99 194 82 Norwood / Rostrevor College
40 Darcy Fogarty 25-Sep-99 192 92 Glenelg / Rostrevor College
41 Nathan Kreuger 25-Jun-99 196 86 South Adelaide
42 Hugo Munn 03-Apr-00 196 92 Sturt / Mercedes College
43 James Siviour 09-Mar-99 195 89 Norwood
44 Lachlan Pascoe 02-Jun-99 190 97 Norwood / Tyndale Christian School
45 Bryce Denham 17-Jan-99 194 89 North Adelaide
46 Ruben Flinn 09-May-00 200 103 Glenelg / Brighton
47 Simon Furnell 03-Jun-99 197 97 Central District / Nuriootpa High
48 Ben Oborn 30-Oct-99 199 93 North Adelaide / Endeavour College
49 Callum Coleman-Jones 13-Jun-99 201 98 Sturt / Scotch

South Australia defeated in first Under 18 trial

SOUTH Australia have been defeated in their first of two trial matches in the lead up to the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships, going down to a fierce Tasmanian team by 21-points at Football Park on Saturday.

The Mariners led at all the main breaks and their attack on the ball was stronger than SA, winning the contested ball and cracking in hard at the contest.

South Australia were at understrength missing a large contingent of their likely best 22 for the championships – with players such as Darcy Fogarty (Glenelg – League) and Mitch Crowden (Sturt – League) playing through the various SANFL levels.

Tasmania themselves were missing bottom-age AFL Academy member Chayce Jones who will likely miss the rest of the season after a nasty ankle injury last weekend. Allies squad member Thomas Mundy (foot) also didn’t play.


In defence tall Harrison Petty was impressive for South Australia, able to mark the ball well inside defensive 50.

Eagles small James Rowe booted three goals up forward, at times working further up the ground through the midfield at the contests.

Possible draftee Nathan Kreuger booted a sole goal in a quiet performance and it will be intriguing to see where on the ground he is played in the championships.

Inside midfielder Jakob Heitmann was SA’s best for the day, winning the ball in the centre of the ground and pressuring the opposition players.

For Tasmania, Jake Hinds was outstanding all day in a consistent four-quarter performance.

Speedy overager Harrison Pearce booted four goals and his return to form after having his 2016 season derailed by a broken leg has been impressive.

North Melbourne Next Generation 2018 Academy member Tarryn Thomas kicked three goals, continuing to put his hand up to receive a bid as a first round selection in next year’s AFL Draft.

Ruckman Tim Auckland also showed some good signs, while forward Zac Buechner booted two goals. 

Tasmania have six representatives in the Allies squad, and will take on Vic Metro and Vic Country in next Sunday’s final practice matches in Melbourne, before announcing the final squad.

South Australia will have another hit out against North Adelaide on Friday evening, before their first game in the Under 18 Championships against Western Australia at Domain Stadium on Saturday 10th June.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA    1.3    4.4     6.6    11.6 (72)
TASMANIA                   2.3    7.5    11.5    14.7 (91)

SOUTH AUSTRALIA: Heitmann, Petty, Weideman, Rowe, Hately, Smithson
TASMANIA: Hinds, Auckland, Clifford, Tyrrell, Gadomski, Hanson

SOUTH AUSTRALIA: Rowe 3, Smithson 2, Kreuger, Charlton, Hately, Stidiford, Ballard
TASMANIA: Pearce 4, Thomas 3, Buechner 2, Gunther 2, Mansell, Cowen, Hanslow

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