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South Australia weekly wrap: U18s ready themselves for final two clashes

WITH the Under 18s in the midst of their National Championships campaign, the top-end squad talents were relieved of their South Australian National Football League (SANFL) duties for the week as they ready for their final two games. The show went on for many youngsters from Reserves and Under 18 level, to those playing college football as the path to the draft hots up.

SA Under 18s:

South Australia’s (SA) Under 18 squad had a week off this week, and the final squad for the next two games was announced. SA’s final two games will be played in Victoria against the Allies, and then Vic Metro in the tie that will likely decide the overall winner.

The final 25 man squad making the trip over for these two games is:

Jez McLennan, Tyler Martin, Martin Frederick, Finn Betterman, Riley Grundy, Will Gould, Jacob Kennerley, Tom Lewis, Connor Rozee, Jackson Hately, Hugo Munn, Hayden Sampson, Boyd Woodcock, Jack Lukosius, Oscar Chapman, James Sivior, Izak Rankine, Luke Valente, Kai Pudney, Ben Jarvic, Tom Sparrow, Aaron Neitschke, Kade Chandler, Jacob Collins, Mihail Lochowiak

The side is settled and ready to finish of their campaign with an overall victory for SA.


SANFL League wrap:

West Adelaide youngster Isaac Johnston made his league debut for the Bloods and was certainly in the best with a great first up game for the rookie. 2018 SA Under 18 product Nathan Krueger was again amongst the best for South in his return game, slotting three goals. For Glenelg, Tobin Cox made his league debut after not making the final SA U18 squad, and the overager and handled himself well in the match.


In South’s victory, Under 18 squad member Robert Irra finished with 21 disposals and fellow member Job Colwell looked dangerous forward, finishing with a goal. Tate Coleman found plenty of the ball as well. Central’s classy forward Malachai Ahmatt-Lovett finished with two goals.

North dominated West Adelaide with the Roosters Max Lower leading all players in an all-round 30 possession game.

Glenelg smashed the Eagles, with forward Lachie Hosie booting six goals, while Josh Koster (son of Kym) and Seb Kerrish were best for the Bays, and Luke Viska (son of Mark) made his reserves debut.


South got over the Bulldogs by two points, and Luke Bogle for the Panthers was good with six clearances and 27 possessions while Tyrone Milera again hit the scoreboard for Centrals with three goals.

The Eagles destroyed Glenelg by 73 points and Eagles midfielder Lachlan Mcneil continued his good form with a seven tackle, 28 disposal performance.

For Sturt in their convincing win over Norwood by 49 points, SA U18 member Mihail Lochowiak played for the Blues and found plenty of the ball finishing with 22 possessions. Tom Fuss laid 14 tackles for the Double Blues alongside James Braidwood, who finished with 18 hitouts after SA U18 duty. Norwood’s Jed Spence continues to be their key mid, finishing with 10 clearances and 18 contested possessions from his 25 disposals.

The Roosters took care of bottom placed West Adelaide by 78 points with a host of contributors. Ball magnet Bailey Coleman-Oakes again dominated possession for the Roosters with 30 disposals, while Jak Goudman-Glasson collected six goals and nine marks in an impressive display up forward.


College Footy

Sacred Heart College (SHC) again are finding their form with another easy victory of 108 points over Scotch College. Key forward Darcy LeCornu is leading all comers on the scoreboard after slotting another seven goals to add to his tally. The Hearts seem to be gelling well now in the second half of the year.

Rostrevor dominated recently promoted Westminster by 99 points, and continue their winning form, while Prince Alfred College (PAC) were too strong for arch rival St Peters College, finishing 62 point victors.

Colleges break now for a few weeks for holidays, and await the return of their top end talent away on SA U18 duties in what is shaping to be an exciting finish to the season.

Team Selection: National U18 Championships – Round 4

IN the first of two double headers in Victoria, the Round 4 teams are in for the National Under 18 Championships which take place at GMHBA Stadium. Vic Country will play its final game of the carnival, hoping to get a win against fellow winless side Western Australia, while South Australia will hope to maintain its unbeaten streak and play off in a “grand final” against Vic Metro in the final round when the Croweaters take on the Allies.


Friday, June 29, 2.10pm
GMHBA Stadium, Geelong

In the second clash, the Allies will face South Australia in lieu of keeping their slim National Under 18s Championships title hopes alive. They will need to win their two remaining games and hope South Australia beat Vic Metro, but also have enough percentage to overtake the Croweaters who dominated Western Australia in the opening round. The Allies have made seven changes to the squad that was terribly unlucky against Vic Metro, and brought in some fresh legs. Connor BudarickJoshua SternRhyan Mansell and Caleb Graham all come into the team and slot up forward in a different looking set-up, while Guy Richardson sets up at half-back and Jesse Quint and Joey Reinhard have been named on the bench. Baxter NortonBlair RubockEthan JacksonJames PeatlingLachlan McDonaldMatt McGuiness and James Tomkinson are listed as the outs. McGuiness and Michael Mummery are the two emergencies for the match.

For South Australia, the Croweaters have brought an extended squad to Victoria, with Jacob Collins and Mihail Lochowiak on standby for the clash against the Allies. The four ins are big ball-winner Boyd Woodcock, ruckman James Siviour – who has battled with injuries – defender Aaron Nietschke and over-age forward Oscar Chapman. The quartet replace Tate ColemanJake Tarca, the injured James Braidwood and Job Colwell in the side. South Australia are likely to set-up a “grand final” with Vic Metro regardless of result given their superior percentage, but a win here would mathematically knock the Allies out of the race.


B: 47. Nicholas Baker – 37. Jacob Koschitzke – 11. Keidean Coleman
HB: 15. Guy Richardson – 48. Dirk Koenen – 17. Thomas Matthews
C: 20. Fraser Turner – 10. Chayce Jones – 19. Bailey Scott
HF: 1. Connor Budarick – 41. Mathew Walker – 3. Joshua Stern
F: 49. Nick Blakey – 44. Caleb Graham – 6. Rhyan Mansell
R: 40. Kieren Briggs – 31. Connor McFadyen – 46. Tarryn Thomas
INT: 28. Matthew Green – 12. Mitchell O’Neill – 26. Thomas Green – 7. Jesse Quint – 29. Joey Reinhard
EMG: 23. Michael Mummery – 36. Matthew McGuiness

IN: C. Budarick, J. Stern, R. Mansell, J. Quint, G. Richardson, J. Reinhard, C. Graham
OUT: B. Norton, B. Rubock, E. Jackson, J. Peatling, L. McDonald, M. McGuiness, J. Tomkinson

South Australia:

B: 27. Jez McLennan – 33. Tyler Martin – 10. Martin Frederick
HB: 11. Finn Betterman – 37. Riley Grundy – 43. Will Gould
C: 22. Jacob Kennerley – 16. Tom Lewis – 13. Connor Rozee
HF: 34. Jackson Hately – 47. Hugo Munn – 2. Hayden Sampson
F: 3. Boyd Woodcock – 42. Jack Lukosius – 28. Oscar Chapman
R: 44. James Siviour – 14. Izak Rankine – 32. Luke Valente
INT: 29. Kai Pudney – 30. Ben Jarvis – 25. Tom Sparrow – 23. Aaron Nietschke – 4. Kade Chandler
EMG: 35. Jacob Collins – 31. Mihail Lochowiak

IN: B. Woodcock, J. Siviour, A. Nietschke, O. Chapman
OUT: T. Coleman, J. Tarca, J. Braidwood, J. Colwell



Friday, June 29, 4.40pm
GMHBA Stadium, Geelong

Vic Country have made four changes at the selection table, bringing in six players to create an extended bench ahead of the clash with Western Australia tomorrow. Two debutants come into the side in Bendigo Pioneers’ Brodie Kemp, and Murray Bushrangers’ Ely Smith. The inside midfielder was a late call-up this week to the squad after initially missing the cut. But with injuries to Jye Caldwell and Mitch Riordan, and superb TAC Cup form, Smith makes it into the team. He is joined in there by Brock SmithMatty Lloyd and Bushrangers teammates Zane Barzen and Hudson Garoni who bounced back from missing last week with good form in the TAC Cup. The injured Riordan is out along with bottom-ager Caleb Serong, as well as Jake Frawley and Blake Schlensog.

For Western Australia, they have had a couple of weeks off to lick their wounds from two early losses and now return with the clash at GMHBA Stadium. Jason Carter returns to the side which will give Dockers fans something to smile about with the Fremantle Next Generation Academy member named on the wing. He is joined in the side by defenders Jake Pasini and Louis Miller, as well as Thomas BaldwinTyron Smallwood and Tom Medhat, all of whom have been named on the bench. Ethan Hansen and Luke Moore are the two emergencies in the squad of 25 the Black Swans have brought over. Among the outs are exciting forward Jarrod FazioliWil HickmottLuke JacksonTom O’Donnell and Riley Garcia.

Vic Country:

B: 20. Cooper Stephens – 39. Connor Idun – 13. Thomas Berry
HB: 6. Laitham Vandermeer – 25. Kyle Reid – 17. Hayden Young
C: 1. Will Hamill – 19. Sam Fletcher – 11. Zane Keighran
HF: 30. Oscar Brownless – 32. Brodie Kemp – 8. Ned McHenry
F: 5. Xavier Duursma – 14. Sam Flanders – 10. Zac Foot
R: 23. Mark Marriott – 21. Ely Smith – 2. Sam Walsh
INT: 35. Hudson Garoni – 27. Zane Barzen – 31. Brock Smith – 24. Matty Lloyd – 29. Bailey Williams – 36. Riley Bowman – 34. Scott Carlin – 3. Toby Bedford

IN: B. Kemp, E. Smith, B. Smith, H. Garoni, Z. Barzen, M. Lloyd
OUT: M. Riordan (inj) – C. Serong – J. Frawley, B. Schlensog

Western Australia:

B: 4. Graydon Wilson – 26. Jake Pasini – 23. Louis Miller
HB: 22. Damon Greaves – 24. Regan Spooner – 15. Jordan Clark
C: 13. Jason Carter – 11. Luke English – 12. Jeremy Sharp
HF: 35. Mitchell Georgiades – 29. Dillion O’Reilly – 10. Rylie Morgan
F: 2. Jarrod Cameron – 21. Tyson Powell – 1. Ian Hill
R: 36. Jack Buller – 20. Luke Foley – 18. Deven Robertson
INT: 17. Thomas Baldwin – 9. Tyron Smallwood – 14. Sydney Stack – 34. Brad Oldfield – 27. Tom Medhat
EMG: 16. Ethan Hansen – 8. Luke Moore

IN: J. Pasini, L. Miller, J. Carter, T. Baldwin, T. Smallwood, T. Medhat
OUT: J. Fazioli, W. Hickmott, E. Hansen, L. Jackson, T. O’Donnell, R. Garcia

South Australia weekly wrap: Under 18s continue rich vein of form

THIS week in South Australian football has been dominated by the impressive performance of the State’s Under 18 stars, who put Vic Country to the sword with a 27-point win in the National Championships. Meanwhile, there were plenty of prospects who put their hand up for a call-up with solid games in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) Under 18s and Reserves.

Under 18 National Championships

On the back of six changes from game one against Western Australia, the South Australian (SA) side grounded out an impressive win against a tough Vic Country outfit. The class of both sides was highlighted in the best players, and again key SA forward Jack Lukosius was a standout along with fellow SA highlight reel Izak Rankine. The players brought into the side for this game from SA made an impact and no doubt will give the selectors a headache in choosing the final squad to travel to Melbourne for the last two games. Kai Pudney and Finn Betterman found plenty of the footy and should make the final squad. An injury to Ruckman James Braidwood will mean a mixture of players will have to cover his role in the coming games. The next matches against the Allies and Vic Metro will be must watch games for recruiters and SA fans alike.

Final Scores:

SOUTH AUSTRALIA             2.1      5.2      9.4      11.7 (73)
VIC COUNTRY                        1.3      4.5      4.9      6.10 (46) 

South Australia: 
Lukosius, Rankine, Munn 3, Kennerley, Colwell
Vic Country: Serong, Garoni 2, Barzen, Flanders 

South Australia: 
Gould, McLennan, Valente, Lukosius, Jarvis, Kennerley
Vic Country: Duursma, Walsh, Stephens, Reid, Serong, Berry

SANFL Wrap      

With the SA U18s defeating Vic Country by 27 points at Adelaide Oval, there were a number of other key performances in the SANFL by the remaining players in the SA U18s squad.


North Adelaide defeated Centrals in a close game by seven points.  For the Roosters, medium forward/winger Oscar Chapman was among the best with two goals and five tackles (three of which had his opponent caught holding the ball) really bringing pressure all over the field. Midfielder Boyd Woodcock was also in the bests with his 20 disposals, nine clearances, eight tackles and one goal led by his big work rate around the ground.  For Centrals, midfielder Aaron Nietschke was best with his 26 disposals five clearances and a goal, showing real poise particularly in the second half. Ryan Falkenberg also had 10 disposals, with most effect in the second half.

In Glenelg’s six-point loss to Norwood, Tobin Cox was best with 20 disposals (15 contested) and a goal, and under-ager Brady Searle impacted with 17 disposals and nine tackles . Declan Carmody also had 22 disposals and kicked two goals, while backman Seb Schrieber had 14 disposals. Norwood Ruckman James Siviour, back from the league team last week had 19 hitouts and seven disposals. In the Eagles loss to Westies, underager Jackson Mead had 13 disposals including five clearances.  


In the South v Sturt slog-fest, Souths Tyler Davies had a remarkable 17 tackles (just shading teammates Luke Bogle’s 15) to help them to their six-point win – both boys also had seven clearances each. In the Eagles 82 point win over West, Tyler Francis kicked six goals and included three contested marks, and Jordan Bailey (brother of Brisbane Lion Zac) had 30 disposals, seven clearances and six tackles.

In Norwood’s 20-point win over Glenelg, Jed Spence was clearly best with his 29 disposals (26 kicks), ten clearances, one goal and 13 tackles. SA Squad member Jacob Collins was also in the best with his 23 disposals, eight inside 50s and one goal. North defeated Centrals by 32 points led by speedster Mason Neagle’s 26 disposals, nine marks, six tackles and two goals.  

College Footy

This week hosted Round One after relegation and promotion and the start of the ‘new’ season. Prince Alfred (PAC) easily accounted for newly promoted Westminster, winning by 79 points even with a number of their top end players away on SA duty. Mitch Larsson was best for the Reds. Sacred Heart College (SHC) are now showing they are going to be tough in the second half of the year with a solid win over St Peters by 35 points, who they narrowly lost to in an earlier round. SHC Captain Liam Wisdom was best for winners. Rostrevor accounted for recently promoted Scotch College by 76 points and continue to look hard to beat.

South Australia secure hard fought victory against gutsy Vic Country

SOUTH Australia has continued its great start to the 2018 AFL Under-18 Championships with a solid victory over Victoria Country in round two’s match-up. Once more Jack Lukosius was at his brilliant match winning best, as the potential number one draft pick kicked three goals and dominated his opponent across the ground in the 27 point win for the Croweaters.

Vic Country started brighter throughout the contest in the earlier exchanges, but it was Croweater Job Colwell who kicked the first goal, converting from straight in front. Caleb Serong replied quickly for the visitors with a great crumbing goal as both teams hit the scoreboard early. The first term saw three 50-metre penalties awarded as the umpires were pedantic on the players encroaching over the mark, Izak Rankine was the victim of two 50-metre penalties and he also gave away a game high four free kicks. Rankine proved his quality at the other end though, taking a great mark in front of two Vic Country defenders and then jetting off past them without a care to kick the goal from the goal square.

South Australia looked to be in a commanding position at the first break, but Vic Country stormed out of the blocks off the back of some superb clearance work by Bailey Williams and Sam Walsh. The ruck duo of Riley Bowman and Williams easily dominated South Australia’s ruckman James Braidwood and pinch hitting ruckman Nathan Jarvis. Braidwood went off in the second half with a bad knock to the sternum, which required Hugo Munn to help in the centre. The South Australians were immensely challenged as the visitors kicked the first three goals of the second quarter to open up a 16-point lead. Hudson Garoni booted two goals as Sam Flanders also kicked a running goal as the South Australian defence struggled with the quick forward entries.

Vic Country should have profited more from the inside 50 dominance, but key defender Will Gould held strong taking some crucial intercept marks. With Vic Country’s lead growing, South Australia responded and was particularly by led by Lukosius who kicked two great dribble goals, while Rankine’s difficult set shot from the boundary line sailed through as their team headed to the into the main break back in front by three points. The third quarter is where South Australia took the ascendency, off the back of star Lukosius and Munn. Lukosius took a wonderful intercept mark as Vic Country tried to clear their defensive 50 and he kicked truly. Throughout the third term South Australia’s forward pressure was key factor to taking control of the game.

For Vic Country, Williams took an outstanding mark just outside his attacking 50 and was awarded a 50-metre penalty, unfortunately for his side he could not convert from less than 10 metres out. Rankine was brilliant as he took another great mark inside 50 and jetted off to towards goal, smartly handballing over the top of Kyle Reid to Munn waiting in the goalsquare kicked his third for the quarter. With Vic Country trailing by 25 points at three quarter time, South Australia looked to be set to have a comfortable final quarter.

Opportunist goals by Zane Barzen and Serong narrowed the margin to 14 points, but South Australia rallied and arrested the momentum off Vic Country. Lukosius’ superb ground work was on show as he gained a loose ball get and handballed to Rankine running straight into goal. Jacob Kennerley kicked the sealing goal with a long bomb from outside 50, and two terrific marks by Jez McLennan in defence stopped Vic Country’s last efforts for the game. For South Australia it was hard to look past Lukosius for best on ground honours for the second match running.

South Australia’s forward line was the major difference between the two sides as stars Lukosius, Rankine and Munn all kicked three goals. Rankine was more productive in this match, as he caused Vic Country havoc across the forward line with any given opportunity. Defenders Gould and McLennan were outstanding with their work in defence, Gould used his large presence to South Australia’s advantage and McLennan showcased his marking and rebounding skills out of defensive 50 with 17 possessions and five marks. South Australia captain Luke Valente followed up his top performance in the first game with another serviceable outing. Valente finished with 16 disposals and a game-high 14 tackles. Eagles wingman and Port Adelaide Next Generation Academy player Kai Pudney was great as SA’s highest disposal getter with 21 as his kicking was dangerously penetrative inside forward 50.

For Vic Country, co-captain Sam Walsh followed up his top game against the Allies. Walsh was at this accumulative best with 25 possessions, 10 tackles and three clearances. Serong was very impressive with his forward line pressure and impacted on the scoreboard with two goals from 15 possessions. In the defensive end, Xavier Duursma showed his quality with four rebounds and 16 disposals for the game. Despite Williams and Riley Bowman’s dominance in the ruck, Vic Country could not capitalise at ground level despite winning the clearances by four. South Australia move to a 2-0 win-loss record and now travel to Victoria to play the Allies in Geelong and Victoria Metro at Etihad Stadium. For the winless Vic Country, they will play Metro in a curtain raiser to Collingwood vs. Carlton at the MCG on June 24.


SOUTH AUSTRALIA             2.1      5.2      9.4      11.7 (73)
VIC COUNTRY        1.3      4.5      4.9      6.10 (46) 

South Australia: Lukosius, Rankine, Munn 3, Kennerley, Colwell
Vic Country: Serong, Garoni 2, Barzen, Flanders 

South Australia: Gould, McLennan, Valente, Lukosius, Jarvis, Kennerley
Vic Country: Duursma, Walsh, Stephens, Reid, Serong, Berry

Scouting notes: South Australia vs. Western Australia

THE National Championships kicked off yesterday, with South Australia having an imposing 89-point win over Western Australia. Here are the scouting notes by Tom Wyman and David Chapman from that game.

South Australia:

#14 – Izak Rankine

As usual Rankine was creative and dangerous, and with his five inside 50s helping to setup his teammates. In the first quarter he showed some real class by “duking” two opposition players to get a shot on goal. But the highlight was a brilliant cross the body kick from the pocket to hit Lukosius 30m directly in front. He ended the game with one goal and two behinds along with a heap of possessions.

#15 – Robert Irra

The rebounding small defender was lively coming out of defensive 50 and assisted in repelling numerous WA forward thrusts. He had four rebound 50s and 13 of his 14 disposals were kicks to underline his metres gained impact.

#22 – Jacob Kennerley

The winger was everywhere in the first half and his nine marks and 22 disposals really allowed the rebound from the defensive 50 to link to the forward line. Kennerley was busy around the ground and worked hard to get into the space.

#25 – Tom Sparrow

Another midfield clearance machine. Sparrow had eight clearances and also six tackles and was aggressive around the contest, bullying the opposition on a number of occasions. His gut running at pace was also on show in another solid performance.

#30 – Ben Jarvis

In the team as an undersized backup ruckman and athletic tall forward, Jarvis countered his height deficiency in the ruck by getting plenty of followup ball around the contest. When up forward he was impressive in finding the space and kicked three goals and two behinds for the game.

#32 – Luke Valente

The inside midfielder started off well with the opening goal. Valente worked well, racking up seven clearances around the contest and his 26 disposals were highly effective. He also seemed suited to quarterbacking the play from the defensive 50 when he was needed.

#34 – Jackson Hately

The on-baller led the stats with 28 possessions but really starred amassing 10 clearances, especially given SA ruckmen were conceding a lot of height. Hately read the ball well off either ruckman’s hands and drove many a SA forward entry. He also ended up with a goal but it was his poise and composure through traffic that stood out.

#42 – Jack Lukosius

By kicking 4.2 Lukosius got off to his expected great Championship start. He also impressed with his strong hands taking 14 marks both inside and outside 50. After a good contest early with his opponent, he really dominated after quarter time showcasing his accuracy in front of goal.

#43 – Will Gould

Playing as the key defender, Gould was impassable. With three rebound 50s, Gould was rarely beaten in the air or on the ground and looked to run from the back. He had an imposing play in the second half where he ran with the ball, gave off a handball and the oncoming tackler was the one who bounced off Gould as he tried to jam him.

#47 – Hugo Munn

The key forward was deadly in front kicking four goals straight. Not needing much of it and like most of the SA forwards were given plenty of opportunities he clunked five marks – all in dangerous positions.


Western Australia:

#1 – Ian Hill

Regarded by many as Western Australia’s most talented player, Ian Hill showed flashes of his silky skills and lightning speed. “Bobby” started the game up forward and was isolated against over-ager Robert Irra in the goal square at various times early on. Moved onto the ball in the second half and took a classy one-handed mark right in-front of many club recruiters. Kicked a nice snap goal from close range but life was tough for the AFL Academy member who was given little opportunity. Still looked ominous when in the vicinity of the ball. Hill finished with eight kicks, five handballs, five marks and three tackles to go with the goal.

#8 – Luke Moore

Moore was the only multiple goalscorer for Western Australia. The strongly built small forward looked dangerous in-tight and continued his goal kicking form from the WAFL colts with South Fremantle, despite managing a team-low five disposals. Moore will look to get his hands on the ball more often in future games, as he looked a threat against SA, especially with the ball close to goal.

#10 – Rylie Morgan

Morgan battled hard on the ball despite his side getting severly beaten in the midfield. The Claremont junior spent time as an inside and outside midfielder, showcasing the balance he has in his game. Morgan finished with 15 disposals (nine kicks, six handballs) but seemed to always be around the ball. Sent it inside-50 seven times, but I would suggest Morgan would’ve had even more of an impact had the other WA mids been able to feed out the ball more often from stoppages.

#11 – Luke English

English, Caleb Daniel-like in his helmet, was Western Australia’s best performer across the midfield in a side that had few contributors. Spending the entire game on-ball in tandem with teammate Rylie Morgan, English’s courage and work rate was exceptional. He tackled strongly and burrowed in hard during congested situations, ripping the ball out of the stoppage and hacking forward a clearance on a couple of occasions. What was also impressive was the Perth products intent to receive a couple of handballs from his teammates out the back, showing he is prepared to back his foot skills in. He will still need to keep working on his kicking, particularly when exiting stoppages. Going head-to-head with Jackson Hately for parts of the day, English finished the game with 16 kicks, nine handballs, seven marks, six tackles, five clearances, seven inside 50s, five rebounds and a goal in what was a very well-rounded performance.

#13 – Jason Carter

Carter spent the day in defence, assigned to the dangerous Izak Rankine early on. He showed glimpses here and there of his talent, the highlight being a big intercept mark in the defensive 50. However he unfortunately butched the inboard kick straight to Ben Jarvis who goaled. The Fremantle next generation academy member was reasonably strong in one-on-one contests but was unable to provide much of his usual run and carry from half-back with the SA mids repeatedly bombarding it inside-50. Carter had 13 disposals and six marks.

#17 – James Sturrock

Playing as an inside midfielder, James Sturrock concluded the outing with 18 disposals but had little influence on the game with many of his touches ineffective. His work in close was solid and his defensive pressure stood out, laying six tackles. Sturrock also managed three clearances in a midfield unit that was simply outclassed from the get-go.

#22 – Damon Greaves

Greaves was very productive all game, finishing with 15 kicks, eight handballs, five marks and a tackle. After lining up across the half-back line for the first part of the game, where he managed three rebounds, Greaves then switched to an outside midfield role when the game was getting out of hand for the Black Swans. His run and carry was strong all game as one of few WA players who really stood out. Having racked up plenty of the ball on a consistent basis for East Perth in the WAFL tiers, Greaves will be one to keep an eye on for the remainder of the carnival.

#24 – Regan Spooner

Spooner took the kickouts for WA in the first half before he switched into a role on the ball. The South Fremantle 18-year-old had more of an impact in the middle, showing some class with his silky foot skills, cleanness and speed. Spooner was one of Western Australia’s best, finishing with 17 touches (nine kicks and eight handballs), three marks, four tackles and two rebounds. Given his nice size and skill set, the WA utility will look to rise up the rankings with a strong remainder of the carnival.

#29 – Dillon O’Reilly

In what was a very difficult day for WA’s lead-up forwards, Dillon O’Reilly showed some nice signs. He looked to have sticky hands, clunking numerous strong marks on the lead along the western side of Alberton Oval. O’Reilly showed persistence, continuing to make himself an option by repeatedly presenting himself up the ground, irrespective of the scoreboard. O’Reilly finished the day with eight kicks, one handball and six marks.

#30 – Luke Jackson

The ruckman tried hard and competed well all game in the ruck and around the ground, winning the head-to-head battle with James Braidwood. The East Fremantle product was not afraid to get involved in the hard stuff, attempting to use his strength and size to barge through tackles in tight on a few occasions. He took a nice contested mark in the second quarter over his opposite number and delivered a nice touch kick inside 50 to the leading Xavier Peacock. Jackson finished the day with three kicks, twelve handballs, two marks, two tackles and 29 hitouts.

South Australian talent shines with West Australian smashing

SOUTH Australia has kicked off its 2018 National AFL Under 18 Championships in superb style with a comprehensive 89-point victory against Western Australia. Lead by star-bound talent Jack Lukosius, the Croweaters were dominant across all areas, as South Australia’s top-end talent was formidable throughout the match.

South Australian captain Luke Valente heavily justified his selection as state captain with an extremely tidy performance. As he lead from the front in the midfield by kicking the first goal of the match from just outside the 50 metre arc. The result was almost sewn up by quarter time as South Australia kicked away to a five goals to one lead at quarter time, as Lukosius kicked two goals and Izak Rankine saw plenty of it across the midfield and half-forward.

South Australia easily brushed aside Western Australia’s best run of play from the start of the second quarter, as midfielders Jackson Hately and Tom Lewis continued to dominate in the centre square as Western Australia struggled to get many significant clearances all game.

Western Australia rallied somewhat in the third quarter as they aimed to make the incoming loss as respectable as possible on the scoreboard. Distinguished by his light blue helmet, Luke English was relentless for his side as his effort throughout the game may impress recruiters with his team high 25 disposals and seven inside 50s underlining his influence.

Despite Western Australia pulling the margin back to 32 points late in the third quarter. South Australia displayed its ruthless nature by booting five more majors in the final quarter to Western Australia’s solitary point and extend the margin out to 89 points.

For South Australia there was no shortage of star performers, as the most impressive aspect of their crushing win was the even contributions across the board as all the top end talent performed exceptionally. This was also conveyed through the raft of goal kickers as South Australia boasted 10 individual goal scorers.

If there was one player to pick out for best on ground honours for South Australia Lukosius would be the pick of the bunch. Booting four goals and taking a game high 14 marks, the key forward moved across the ground effortlessly as Western Australia didn’t have an answer for the star forward all game. On multiple occasions South Australia’s forward line pressure resulted in many Western Australia turnovers inside the Croweaters forward line, as on more than one occasion Jason Carter miskicked straight to an intercepting Lukosius.

Lukosius was not the only dominant forward for South Australia as his key forward partner Hugo Munn was also impressive bagging four goals. The twin towers combination of Lukosius and Munn will be destructive throughout the championships. Athletic tall forward and pinch-hit ruckmen Ben Jarvis was also damaging up forward by kicking three goals for the match as he primarily was used as back up ruckman for James Braidwood. Rankine may have only accumulated 14 disposals but with every touch he impacted the game, his highlight of the day was evading two defenders and kicking across his body to find Lukosius alone in the forward line.

Midfielders Hately (28 disposals), Valente (26 disposals) and Lewis (18 disposals) controlled the centre square clearances with ease, despite the South Australian ruckmen giving away a lot of height to Luke Jackson. Hately superbly read the play of both ruckmen as he lead with 10 clearances. Hately also finished with a team-high 28 disposals, six tackles, five inside 50’s and a goal in the final term. Wingman Jacob Kennerley was also prolific with 22 disposals and nine marks culminating in five inside 50s as he provided the link from defence to attack.

South Australia’s defenders were crucial in their slingshot attack from poor Western Australia forward entries. Central Districts rebounding defender Jez McLennan was integral with his run from half-back, as Robert Irra also had four rebound 50’s to join Martin Frederick and Mihail Lochowiak on taking the game on from half-back. Glenelg’s Will Gould was also was fundamental to stopping a potent Western Australia forward line.

For the disappointing Black Swans, ruckman Jackson was best for his side as his follow up work was admirable outlined by five clearances. Unfortunately most of his good work in ruck was profited by the South Australian onballers as Jackson finished with 29 hit-outs and 15 disposals.

English (25 disposals) and Damon Greaves (23 disposals) were the busiest for their side as English continually found the ball across most contests all game. Regan Spooner was lively for his side across half-back, as Ian Hill had glimpses of brilliance that included an unbelievable one handed mark in the second quarter.

In the next championship match ups South Australia prepare to host Victoria Country at Adelaide Oval on Sunday June 17, as Western Australia will host Victoria Metro at Optus Stadium on Sunday June 10.

South Australia 19.10 (124) defeated Western Australia 5.5 (35)


South Australia: Lukosius 4, Munn 4, Jarvis 3, Chapman 2, Tarca, Hately, Valente, Nietschke, Rankine, Sampson.
Western Australia: Moore 2, English, Clark, Hill.


South Australia: Lukosius, Valente, Jarvis, Hately, Rankine
Western Australia: English, Jackson, Greaves, Spooner

South Australia announces final 42-man squad for National Championships

SOUTH Australia has confirmed its 42-man squad for the upcoming National Under 18 Championships today.After an internal trial game at Thebarton Oval on Sunday, the initial squad of 52 was cut to 42 ahead of the championships, with many bottom-agers making way in the side.

Among the names to look out for are Woodville-West Torrens’ key forward Jack Lukosius and small forward/midfielder Izaac Rankine from West Adelaide, with the pair expected to be high selections in the National Draft, while North Adelaide’s Connor Rozee and Central Districts’ Jackson Hately are also likely to force an AFL club to use a first rounder on them. Some famous names also included in the squad are Riley Grundy (brother of Collingwood’s Brodie) and Hayden Sampson (son of former Crow Clay). The squad also includes six overagers (missed out last year) and five bottom-agers (not eligible to be drafted until 2019).

Norwood has dominated the South Australian team this year, with a massive nine players in the final squad, three more than Glenelg, South Adelaide and Sturt. Woodville-West Torrens has five, just ahead of Central Districts and North Adelaide (four apiece). while West Adelaide has just two.

Central Districts [4]: Aaron Nietschke, Jackson Hately, Jez McLennan, Ryan Falkenberg
Glenelg [6]: Declan Carmody, Finn Betterman, Seb Schrieber, Tobin Cox, Tom Jones, Will Gould
North Adelaide [4]: Boyd Woodcock, Connor Rozee, Josh Hart, Oscar Chapman
Norwood [9]: Ben Jarvis, Cameron Taheny, Dylan Stephens, Jacob Collins, Jacob Kennerley, James Siviour, Kade Chandler, Luke Valente, Tyler Martin
South Adelaide [6]: Hayden Sampson, Job Colwell, Robert Irra, Tate Coleman, Tom Sparrow, Jake Tarca
Sturt [6]: Dougal Grieve, Hugo Munn, James Braidwood, Mihail Lochowiak, Riley Grundy, Tom Lewis
West Adelaide [2]: Angus Rana, Izak Rankine
Woodville-West Torrens [5]: Jack Lukosius, Jackson Mead, Kai Pudney, Kysaiah Pickett, Martin Frederick

States can add more players if form or fitness allows closer to the championships.

South Australia weekly wrap: Prospects battle it out following naming of initial U18 squad

WITH the initial squad named ahead of the National Under 18 National Championships, the brightest South Australian prospects continued to battle it out across all South Australian National Football League (SANFL) levels and school footy in their bid to make the final team.


Glenelg defeated West Adelaide and it was the Milera show with Terry booting four goals and Ian clocking up two, while West Adelaide 2018 AFL draft prospect Izak Rankine bagged one of his own. In Centrals’ narrow loss to South Adelaide, Jackson Hately again impressed with a 23-disposal, two-goal game along with 10 tackles as his stock continues to rise every week. Fellow 2018 prospect Conor Rozee again hit the scoreboard for North Adelaide with another two goals showed his class. Hugo Munn took arguably mark of the year for Sturt and added two goals to his highlight reel in their loss to the Eagles, while Jack Lukosius slotted a goal for his side.

These top-end talented youngsters from SA for 2018 are really showing how settled they are at League level, and continue to attract great interest from AFL clubs.


Only a handful of the under 18 talent played Reserves this week, with Mihail Lochowiak amongst the best for Sturt with a 23-possession, one-goal game, and Tom Lewis again showing his strength. 2017 South Australian state squad member James Rowe continues to have an impressive season with another 30-plus possession game in the Eagles’ draw with Sturt. Jez McLennan added another 14 possession and one goal game for Centrals in a narrow loss to South. Norwood’s Isaac Saywell slotted two goals and clunked seven marks in their easy win over Port Magpies.


South easily accounted for Centrals and Job Colwell was amongst the best with four goals, looking dangerous around goal while Haydn Sampson was solid again with 17 disposals. Aaron Neitschke and Rhett Montgomerie continue to be Centrals best performers. Glenelg had a impressive win over West Adelaide with Declan Carmody and Brady Searle dominating possession and the best for Glenelg. SA Under 18 squad members Seb Schreiber, Finn Betterman and Brad Potter also made solid contributions. Eagles accounted for Sturt with Jarrod Miller and Kai Pudney finding plenty of the ball again. Sturt’s Brisbane father-son prospect Casey Voss continues to be consistent each week, and tall man James Braidwood, who was added to the SA Under 18 squad, was solid again. North defeated an undermanned Norwood side by 163 points. Ruckman Josh Hart was dominant at centre bounces and around the ground. Midfielders Boyd Woodcock and Bailey Coleman-Oakes were also dominant in the clearances giving their forwards plenty of ball to feat on.  

College Football:

Round 1 commenced for SA College Football under the new system, with an easy win coming for Prince Alfred College (PAC) over St Michaels by a lazy 35 goals. Underager and SA squad member Will Gould booted an impressive eight goals. St Peters easily accounted for Immanuel College by 62 points in the first game of the round. In the game of the round and a tight tussle at home, Rostrevor defeated Sacred Heart College (SHC) by seven points and current draft prospects from Rostrevor Luke Valente, Cam Taheny (2019) and Ben Jarvis were best for the home side.

SA Under 18 Squad:

This weekend sees an internal trial for the SA Under 18 squad as coach Tony Bamford looks to reduce the squad in preparation for the national campaign. Competition for spots will be fierce, with some significant SA talent to be on show and no doubt produce some highlights. More to come on that next week. A full list of the squad is available here.

South Australian National Under 18 Championships squad announced

NORWOOD’S strong youth prospects made up more than one fifth of the initial 52-man South Australian Under 18 side named today. Norwood had 11 players named in the side, three more than South Adelaide, while Glenelg and Eagles had seven apiece.  West Adelaide had the least number of nominees, but provide one of the strongest South Australian prospects in Izak Rankine. Other talented Croweaters to watch for include Eagles’ star Jack Lukoisus, as well as North Adelaide duo Boyd Woodcock and Connor Rozee, Central Districts’ Jackson Hately and Norwood’s Luke Valente.

According to the SANFL website, the Under 18 coach Tony Bamford said the squad would be reduced to between 30 to 35 following an internal trial match at Thebarton Oval on May 13. Bamford also said there were a number of players unavailable for the upcoming National Under 18 Championships due to injury. These included Sam Whitbread, Luke Bogle and Eamon Wilkinson, while noting that three players – Reece Milsom, James Braidwood and Seb Schreiber were included in the squad despite missing the initial call-up to the South Australian Under 18 Academy.

South Australia opens its National Under 18 Championships campaign against Western Australia at home on June 3, before matches against Vic Country (June 17), Allies (June 29) and Vic Metro (July 4), with the latter two to be played in Geelong and at Etihad Stadium respectively.

Central Districts [6]: Aaron Nietschke, Jackson Hately, Jez McLennan, Malachai Ahmatt-Lovett, Rhett Montgomerie, Ryan Falkenberg

Glenelg [7]: Brad Potter, Declan Carmody, Finn Betterman, Seb Schrieber, Tobin Cox, Tom Jones, Will Gould

North Adelaide [4]: Boyd Woodcock, Connor Rozee, Josh Hart, Oscar Chapman

Norwood [11]: Ben Jarvis, Cameron Ball, Cameron Taheny, Dylan Stephens, Isaac Saywell, Jacob Collins, Jacob Kennerley, James Siviour, Kade Chandler, Luke Valente, Tyler Martin

South Adelaide [8]: Daniel Sladojevic, Darnell Tucker, Hayden Sampson, Job Colwell, Reece Milsom, Robert Irra, Tate Coleman, Tom Sparrow

Sturt [6]: Dougal Grieve, Hugo Munn, James Braidwood, Mihail Lochowiak, Riley Grundy, Tom Lewis

West Adelaide [3]: Angus Rana, Izak Rankine, William Gutsche

Woodville West Torrens [7]: Jack Lukosius, Jackson Mead, Jarrod Miller, Kai Pudney, Kysaiah Pickett, Martin Frederick, Trent Burgoyne

South Australia weekly wrap: Father-sons stand out across all levels

IT was a promising week for South Australian father-son prospects, with likely types staking their claim for draft selection across all levels of the South Australian National Football League (SANFL). Meanwhile, the state’s brightest draft hopefuls continued to tick all the right boxes, with the likes of Izak Rankine and Jack Lukosius bagging a combined seven goals to keep the spotlight firmly on them.   

Under 18s

Norwood continued their form and accounted for North by 30 points. The key players for Norwood continue to be Luke Valente and Kade Chandler, who both had solid performances again. Seb Quaini chimed in with a five-goal haul for the Redlegs. Roosters midfielder Boyd Woodcock dominated possession for the Roosters with 23 disposals and seven clearances, putting him in the best again.

In probably the upset of the round, Sturt managed to defeat the Centrals by 19 points. Under-ager Jed McEntee continued to rack up possessions and find himself in Sturt’s best with 28 possessions and five tackles. Father-son prospect Casey Voss has been very consistent for the Blues in recent weeks, and along with standout ruckman James Braidwood who again dominated with 27 hitouts and seven marks. Centrals key mid Aaron Neitschke was best with another nine clearances, six tackles and 32 possessions, while forward Malachai Ahmatt-Lovett chimed in with two goals.

The Eagles were very good again and dominated the second half in a 27-point win over Glenelg. Father-son Jackson Mead looks a player. having had 25 disposals, seven marks and two goals in an all-round game for the Eagles. Jarrod Miller was good in close winning seven clearances for the winners. Glenelg continues to be around the mark and led at half-time. Sacred Heart’s Darcy LeCornu showed his abilities with three goals and was his side’s best alongside Prince Alfred College (PAC) student Will Gould. Ruckman Tom Jones gave his players first use with 37 hitouts in his best game.

Competition favourite South Adelaide gave a 65-point hiding to West Adelaide, with the Panthers having an even spread of contributors with James Grimley booting six goals, PAC student Tom Sparrow had 28 possessions and eight clearances, while father-son Hayden Sampson was in the best. The Bloods fought hard and Beau Nunan’s four goals were a highlight as well as Jason Westley’s 18 disposal and six inside 50s.



It was another standout week for young talent at League level. Trinity College and Central’s Jackson Hately keeps going from strength to strength with a strong 25-possession and two-goal game in their demolition of Adelaide Crows. The Eagles’ smashing of Glenelg produced highlights with key draft prospect Jack Lukosius booting three goals and collecting 11 marks, while father-son prospect and 2017 Under 18 South Australia member James Rowe made his league debut for the Eagles with a close to best on ground 27-disposal performance. West Adelaide’s Izak Rankine finally returned to the playing arena and clocked up four goals in the two-point victory competing against his brother Matthew Rankine for South. The family theme continued in this game with sons of Brisbane’s David Noble Mark and John Noble competing against each other in their respective sides. AFL Academy member Hugo Munn was also selected in Sturt’s Anzac Day win over Port.



North’s Frank Szekely found his range with two goals in their loss to Norwood, and he continues to push his name in front of South Australian Under 18 selectors. Conor Rozee was also solid with a goal and 19 disposals. For Norwood, Isaac Saywell found his way into the Reserves side and was solid with 13 disposals. In the Eagles’ narrow loss to Glenelg, running machine Kai Pudney racked up 19 possessions and over-aged father-son Connor McLeod added four goals. Glenelg’s 2017 South Australian Under 18 member Brad McCarthy was again in the best for the Tigers.


SANFL Womens

This weekend saw the Grand Final for SANFLW Season and a victory to South Adelaide over 2017 Premier, Norwood. The Panthers Women’s side had been the standout team all season but by not means did they get it all their own way in the Grand Final, securing a five point victory. South’s Cheyenne Hammond capped off an impressive season securing the best on ground medal.