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

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

LEAGUE:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RESERVES:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UNDER 18S:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SANFL weekly wrap: Under 18s and 16s squads announced

LAST weekend saw all SA Under 18 talent back to their local South Australia National Football League (SANFL) clubs, or back into the College Footy system as the first round kicked off. The Under 18 squad for SA has been finalised along with also the Under 16 SA squad as well. Key SA players will soon settle into full U18 National Championships training and preparation as they build their form and vie for final positions within the team. We cover all the big news out of South Australia thanks to Jamie Morgan, Damon Mattiazzo and Tom Wyman.

The full SA squad can be found here.

 

Adelaide 12.14 (86) defeated Norwood 9.14 (68)

The Crows consolidated their position inside the top five with a comeback victory over the previously unbeaten Redlegs. On Friday night at the Parade, Adelaide draftees Chayce Jones and Ned McHenry reinforced their claims for a senior birth in the upcoming Showdown, collecting 24 and 25 touches respectively. The young first-round duo was aided by Patrick Wilson (25 disposals, seven tackles and five clearances) who may be in Magarey Medal winning form. Josh Jenkins managed just one behind as small defender Luke Brown made a successful return from injury. Norwood young gun and SA state squad member Dylan Stephens collected 13 disposals, four marks and kicked a goal in just his third league appearance. Stephens was accurate by foot in an outside role, with the 18-year-old already looking settled at the level. He, along with teammate Cameron Taheny look set to feature prominently for the Croweaters in the upcoming National Championships, as the sole Redlegs representatives. Elsewhere, Mitch Grigg was effective in the midfield and Lewis Johnston prolific and precise in his role across half-back.

 

Port 18.11 (119) defeated Centrals 13.7 (85)

Port Adelaide extended its winning streak to sneak back into the top five with a grinding home victory against Central District. Power-listed ruckman duo Billy Frampton and Peter Ladhams are continuing to dominate in recent weeks, with Ladhams instrumental to the win with 28 disposals, 40 hitouts and 10 clearances. Blonde bombshell Billy Frampton backed up his five goal match last round with another four-goal haul against the Dogs and is in the form of his career this season. Jack Trengove is becoming a weekly SANFL watch and has continued his push for AFL selection collecting a team-high 32 disposals in another best on ground performance. Steven Motlop upped his output (27 disposals, five clearances and goal) to regain his place in the side for this weekend’s showdown. Joe Atley (28 disposals, 11 clearances) and Tobin Cox four goals were also pivotal to Port Adelaide’s control of the contest. Central’s lost midfielder Travis Schiller before the bounce and were aided by brother Jarrod (30 disposals) and Kyle Presbury (32 disposals, three clearances) who ensured the Dogs didn’t fall away. Troy Menzel was Central’s main goal kicking threat kicking four goals, while wingman Nick Gillard also contributed with three goals. Neagle brothers Jydon and Matt are the only Central’s players to nominate for the Mid-Season Rookie Draft, collecting 22 and 12 touches respectively in the tough defeat.

 

Norwood vs Centrals

Reserves: Centrals 10.6 (66) defeated Norwood 6.2 (38)
Under 18s: Centrals 9.4 (58) defeated Norwood 5.10 (40)

In the U18s game, underager Corey Durdin was a standout for Centrals in their win. Durdin has found form again in 2019 rewarded with selection in the U18 squad as a 17 year old, and also earning himself a U18 MVP nomination with 27 disposals, 13 contested, eight clearances and a goal in an all round game.

 

South vs West

League: South 15.11 (101) defeated West 10.6 (69)
Reserves: West 14.8 (92) defeated South 9.5 (59)
Under 18s: – South 13.14 (92) defeated West 9.6 (60)

Former AFL-listed forwards Jono Beech and Abe Davis both slotted four goals for their sides, but it was the Panthers who ran away 32-point victors at Noarlunga. Davis, whose brother Ben is currently listed with Adelaide, took his season tally to nine majors in what was another strong performance. Joseph Haines (26 disposals and seven marks), Joel Cross (24 disposals and four marks) and Benjamin Heaslip (23 disposals and eight clearances) continued their consistent and prolific starts to the year for the Panthers. For the Bloods, Will Snelling was again impressive in his role on the inside of the midfield, collecting 38 disposals (ranked sixth in the league overall), 12 clearances and 16 tackles (ranked first) in another likely three-vote performance. Kaine Stevens, John Noble and Logan Hill were also amongst the best as the club slumped to its fifth loss of the season.

In the U18s hitout, SA U18 squad members Daniel Sladojevic and Tom Rundle were best for their respective sides. Big man Sladojevic finished with 4.5 for the Panthers along with eight marks including four contested. Tom Rundle was solid as well for the Bloods with 18 disposals and 14 hitouts

 

Sturt vs North

League: Sturt 13.14 (92) defeated North 8.10 (58)
Reserves: North 13.12 (90) defeated Sturt 11.10 (76)
Under 18s: North 11.11 (77) defeated 7.5 (47)

The Double Blues have bounced back after stuttering start to the season and are now back challenging the top five after six rounds of the season. The resurgence has come off the back of playmaker Sam Colquhoun who is continuing to rack up possessions at will with another 34 disposals and nine clearances in Saturday’s win. Colquhoun has nominated for the Mid-Season Rookie Draft and still has the attributes to impact at the highest level. Captain Zane Kirkwood led from the front once more with 30 disposals and two goals, as unsung hero Steven Slimming curtailed North’s Aidan Tropiano influence on the game and gathered 20 disposals and a goal. For North Adelaide, Tropiano worked hard in the confined space at stoppages, laying 12 tackles and accumulating 28 disposals. Former Eagles Tom Schwarz and Jarred Allmond fought hard in the midfield battle, both recording 24 touches in the defeat. U18 SA member Dyson Hilder suited up for the North league side and made a contribution putting him in the best for the Roosters, which was impressive. The Roosters need to as many wins as possible after the State match bye to give themselves any chance of making the finals after starting the season with minus four points.

SA U18 squad members Ollie Grivell was a strong contributor in Sturts reserves, and Casey Voss has continued his midfield form again for the Double Blues after a break out year in 2018. Harrison Magor was rewarded with a Reserves game for North, and showed some good signs.

 

Glenelg vs Eagles

League: Glenelg 19.9 (123) defeated Eagles 10.13 (73)
Reserves: Eagles 15.9 (99) defeated Glenelg 8.3 (51)
Under 18s: Eagles 17.6 (108) defeated Glenelg 7.10 (52)

Glenelg continues its from in the League side with another convincing win over a struggling Eagles outfit. The forwards of Glenelg dominated with Luke Reynolds kicking four. Fellow Bay forward Lachie Hosie booted another two goals, and has also nominated for mid-season draft so will be interesting to see what clubs show interest. In the Reserves, the Eagles were always on top and experienced for the young Tigers side. U18 squad members Brady Searly and Declan Carmody suited up for the Tigers Reserves and was hard for them to make any impact in the loss. Experienced Eagle James Boyd was best afield after being dropped from the League side last week, while Nick Moore kicked seven goals. U18 Eagles talents Harry Shoenberg was best afield with 23 disposals and a goal and forward Josh Morris added another six goals to his impressive season tally. Both lads are part of the SA U18 squad, and continue to make an impact. Taj Schofield (father/son Jarrod Schofield) is an underage member of SAs U18 side, and he also was solid for the Eagles with one goal, three score assists and 18 disposals. Luke Edwards (father/son Tyson Edwards) was Glenelg’s key mover.

 

SANFL Under 16s Grand Final

Glenelg 12.13 (85) defeated West 6.10 (46)

Glenelg finished off the U16 season strongly with a convincing win over West Adelaide. The U16s competition had some quality games throughout the season, with West going into the Grand Final as favourites. With the U16 season now completed, the SA Under 16 squad was announced with some quality players to watch for future years. The squad can be found here.

 

College Football – Premier Division 1

In the first round of games the feature match was Sacred Heart (SHC) vs Prince Alfred College (PAC). Sacred Heart defeated Prince Alfred College for the first time since 2016 in a thrilling, last-gasp effort. Having led for the entirety of the game, despite early inaccuracy in-front of goal, Princes took the lead with just ten minutes to go in the final term. However consecutive goals from full forward Reid Patterson and a game-winner with 20 seconds remaining from Lachie Stoddard ensured the Hearts kicked off their season with a win, despite being without athletic utility Will Day who missed with a hamstring injury. Skipper Beau McCrae led from the front and produced a strong performance through the midfield and across half-back, whilst bottom-age state and national representative Zac Dumesny also impressed with his clean ball use and strong marking down back. Fellow squad member Karl Finlay was solid at full-back for Princes, whilst Kossie Pickett showed plenty of speed, run and carry for Princes.

Rostrevor College comfortably accounted for St Michaels securing victory by 85 points, with the visitors dominating from start to finish. South Australian under-18 squad member and Norwood’s Cameron Taheny starred for Rostrevor with five goals in tandem with team mate Sturt’s Anzac Lochowiak.

Season preview: SANFL 2019

AFTER a successful off-season that saw many South Australian National Football League (SANFL) players reach the highest level, the 10 clubs again begin the journey towards the 2019 premiership. Our South Australian writers take a look at how each side is shaping up in the pre-season.

Adelaide:

By: Damon Mattiazzo

The Adelaide Crows SANFL team will be headlined this season by former AFL-listed forward Matthew Wright who will captain the team into the 2019 season. Wright will also take on a role as a part-time development coach with the club after announcing his retirement from the AFL after three years at Carlton. The club did not draft any players from South Australia and picked up Allies star midfielder Chayce Jones, who played Round 1 in the AFL. Will Hamill and Lachlan Sholl will be intriguing prospects for the Crows, as Ned McHenry should be on the fringes for an AFL debut sometime throughout the season. The Crows also gained Shane McAdam from Carlton through trade after he was selected in the mature-aged pre-draft after a stellar season for Sturt. Out of the Crows SANFL contracted players, Jordon Boyle from Salisbury North impressed the most last season, but Michael McMahon and 2018 Dean Bailey award winner Corey Davey should be their best contributors. With Tom Doedee suffering a season ending ACL injury in Round 1 against Hawthorn, the Crows may potentially consider taking a player at the first AFL mid-season draft to bolster their defensive stocks.

Centrals:

By: Damon Mattiazzo

Central District will be hoping for a swift return to finals football after a rare finals absence in 2018. Former Crow Troy Menzel headlines the new recruits returning after five years in the AFL with Carlton, Adelaide and a dominant premiership stint in the SAAFL with Tea Tree Gully in 2018. The Dogs have also recruited a trio of Neagle’s- Jydon, Matthew, and Jaxon– from Wodonga and will be looking to make the most of the opportunity at the Ponderosa. Tim Auckland– 2018 Adelaide Crows SANFL contracted player- impressed enough to earn himself a contract at the Dogs and will be the one envisaged to replace the outgoing Darcy Fort. Central were one of the club’s to be hit most by AFL Draft, with Jackson Hately (GWS), Jez McLennan (Gold Coast), Aaron Nietschke (Melbourne) and Fort (Geelong) all recruited. 2018 leading goal kicker John Butcher and former Docker Jack Hannath have also both moved onto new opportunities outside of the game.

Glenelg

By: Jamie Morgan

Things have been very busy in the offseason at Brighton Road with some big names to the club. Ex-West Coast midfielder Luke Partington will look to have an immediate impact on the side slotting straight into the middle. Added as well is Ex-Geelong forward and local Glenelg boy, Cory Gregson. Despite his injury troubles whilst in the AFL system, the best of Gregson will compliment a strong Glenelg side. With key experienced players Liam McBean and Brad Agnew back to the Bay, this looks like the strongest Glenelg squad for some years. Despite losing Tobin Cox to Port Power, and some other players moving, the talent coming is excellent. Coach Mark Stone has young talent to work with, with 2019 Top 10 draft hopeful Will Gould showing he is ready for league footy in the pre-season and has been rewarded with a Round 1 berth. Gould is a versatile player with a strong body who will be looking to thrive in his draft year. 2018 SA U18 team member Finn Betterman has impressed also over the pre-season and will be making his debut in Round 1 as well. The Glenelg leaders of Max Proud and Chris Curran will be looking to guide this team to finals and break a long drought for the Tigers. At Reserves and Under 18 level there is plenty of talent keen to impress with SA U18 members Cooper Hornsell and Brady Searle developing nicely.

North Adelaide:

By: David Chapman

The reigning premiers have an uphill start, being docked two wins prior to the start of the season for the 19th man incident in the 2018 Preliminary finals. They have also lost five premiership players to the AFL in the form of Best and Fairest Callum Wilkie, wing/forward Robbie Young, ruckman Jordon Sweet, utility Connor Rozee and small forward Boyd Woodcock. Coming into the mix to replace those will be; back from the AFL, small forward Jake Neade (Power), and mid/forward Ben Jarman (Crows). Also out of country footy and returning to the Roosters with three Mail Medals is former SA U18 captain and midfielder Campbell Coombe and key defender from Keith, Bill Laurie. Rugby convert Jack Blair from NSW also takes up the ruck space. In the trial games, we have also seen some exciting play from small forwards Keanu Miller and Frankie Szekely and winger Mason Neagle. Some of the key youngsters in the mix for the Roosters this year include tall Dyson Hilder, at around 196cm he has played in the SANFL league trials in the midfield, up forward and down back and will be a key cog in the SA U18 champs this year. Also one to watch is key position player, Karl Findlay, picked in the U18 Academy as well, this smooth and calm defender will have a his mix of school, state and SANFL commitments this year. With the Reserves also winning the flag last year there is some depth, but a number of those experienced players have left the club to play some local and country footy. This year North cannot really afford to go on a 1-6 late season run like they did last year. The nucleus of the North success has been their core of hard midfielders, and while the key positions remain unchanged, the impact of losing Wilkie could be the key. However, North will still be a real threat in 2019.

Norwood:

By: Jamie Morgan

Norwood look to again be in the mix for finals after another solid offseason adding ex Port (and Glenelg) Dom Barry and former South Adelaide player Cody Szust to an already strong list. Magarey medalist Mitch Grigg again looks like he will be able to control games from the middle alongside Matthew Panos. Norwood had four of their talented youngsters drafted at the end of 2018 in Luke Valente, Jacob Kennerley, Ben Jarvis, and Kade Chandler, but their core group is experienced and tough and Coach Jarrod Cotton will be looking to go further than 2018. Ex PAC student Cole Gerloff is an emerging talent and should be a consistent member of the league side this year. The Under 18 talent at the Redlegs is again top notch and SA squad members Cameron Taheny and Dylan Stephens are real standouts who will no doubt get a taste at the next level. Both will be keys for SA’s Under 18 title defence and will be watched closely for the Redlegs.

Port Adelaide:

By: Damon Mattiazzo

For the first time since Port Magpies re-assignment in the SANFL they will not be led by club stalwart Steven Summerton. Taking over the captaincy and marquee spot is former Fremantle utility Cameron Sutcliffe who surprisingly knocked back his original SANFL club Woodville-West Torrens. Sutcliffe has also taken on a role as a development mentor which will aid the draftees’ development and integration into the Magpies setup. Bar Zak Butters and Xavier Duursma, Port drafted exclusively from South Australia and already have Boyd Woodcock and Connor Rozee who played in a North Adelaide premiership in the previous season. Kai Pudney dominated in U18’s level last season and will look to take the next step in the seniors, as will Martin Frederick – who impressed at the U18 South Australia championship win – and will be looking to further his development with senior football. Out of the Magpies SANFL contracted players, ex-Central District forward Dallas Hill will be one to watch, as is Matt Appleton, who played 15 league matches for North Adelaide in 2018 will be an interesting prospect. With the Magpies’ Reserves side disbanded for 2019, all SANFL contracted players that don’t feature in the league side will play for their community clubs when not required. Second year Western Australian player Jake Patmore suffered an ACL injury in a SANFL trail match against South Adelaide and will miss the season, much like ruckman Sam Hayes who suffered the same injury last season but will be looking return to the SANFL side in the near future.

South Adelaide:

By: Jamie Morgan

It has been an interesting off season for the Panthers with some great talent snapped up with losing players Nathan Krueger to Geelong, Keegan Brooksby back into the AFL system at West coast as well as youngsters Tom Sparrow to Melbourne and Jake Tarca to Geelong. Bringing in Malcom Karpany from West Coast will be a handy addition as well as South favourite Emmanuel Irra returning from Port Adelaide, but it is the class of ball magnet Nick Liddle and Joel Cross which always makes South hard to beat. Players ready to break out include Liam Fitt who impressed with every game and Jaiden Kappler is another talent on the rise. South has some quality young talent emerging with big men Damon Freitag and Daniel Sladojevic likely to get an opportunity at the highest level.

Sturt:

By: Damon Mattiazzo

After losing dual premiership coach Marty Mattner as an assistant coach to the Adelaide Crows, the new Sturt era will be under the tutelage of former North Melbourne and Central District premiership player Nathan Grima. Grima was recruited from Essendon Football League side Strathmore and has brought Victorian pair Tom Condon from his former side and 6ft 5in giant Josh Patullo from Footscray’s VFL team from across the border. But their season will be headlined by the return of Sturt product Danyle Pearce, returning after 258 AFL games for Fremantle and Port Adelaide and a 2006 Rising Star award to his name. The Double Blues lost star player Shane McAdam to the AFL as a Mature-age draft pick and Riley Grundy to Port Adelaide late in last year’s draft. Sturt will also miss promising midfielder Tom Lewis – a key asset in South Australia’s successful U18 carnival- to an ACL injury suffered in an early season trial match and will miss the entire 2019 season.

West Adelaide:

By: Damon Mattiazzo

West Adelaide will hope 2019 can be the season the Bloods can rise back up into finals contention, with coach Gavin Colville into his second term. West welcome back Jack Oatey medallist and the captain of their 2015 premiership Chris Schmidt, partnering the return of Will Snelling back from three seasons with Port Adelaide. Snelling- a hard luck story to be delisted by Port- will be keen to build on his 2018 best-and-fairest SANFL Port season and make a big impact back at his original club. The Bloods have also recruited Dallas Willsmore from Hawthorn after he was delisted at the end of the 2018 season after two AFL games in four seasons with the Hawks. Willsmore will provide more depth in West’s engine room, as West rounded out their acquisitions with Werribee swingman Jade Cleeland and ex-Norwood defender Pat Levicki. The recruits should replenish the loss of star players Chris Burgess and Izak Rankine, who were picked by the Gold Coast Suns, and veterans Aaron Fielke, Daniel Webb, and Shannon Green.

Woodville-West Torrens:

By: Jamie Morgan

There has been some strong ex-AFL talent added to the Eagles side this year, with Jimmy Toumpas (Port), Jesse Lonergan (Gold Coast) and Jordan Foote (Sydney Swans) providing even more class to a finals hardened outfit. With long-time coach Michael Godden departing to take up an Assistant role at Adelaide Crows, the Eagles secured Sam Lonergan as head coach in the off-season. Lonergan brings AFL and SANFL playing and Tasmanian coaching experience to the group and will be looking to have a clean slate after the difficult end to 2018 and the 19th man saga. This side looks ready for finals, and with exciting youngsters in their draft year Kysiah Pickett and Jackson Mead, the mix of experience and youth is spread well. No doubt the Round 1 clash vs 2018 Premiers North Adelaide will have an extra bite to it, with Lonergan’s team wanting to make its mark on the competition early. Midfielder accumulator James Boyd will be important, as will the class of Luke Thompson in defence.