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South Australian weekly wrap: Magpies swoop while Crows soar

PORT ADELAIDE has moved through to the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) Grand Final, as their AFL rivals Adelaide also won through for the right to a preliminary final. In the Reserves, Norwood won in overtime with a one-point thriller over Sturt, while Woodville-West Torrens held on against Central District.


Adelaide 21.13 (139) defeated Norwood 11.11 (77)

Adelaide’s SANFL side has kept its hopes of a premiership alive with a dominant 62-point belting of Norwood to eliminate last year’s grand finalists. The Crows were on from the first bounce, booting six goals to one, before racing out to a 11.5 (71) to 2.4 (16) lead at half-time to all but end the contest. The margin was 67 points by the final change, before the Redlegs booted some last quarter consolation goals in a high-scoring 11-goal term to go down by more than 10 goals. In a remarkable game, the Redlegs had an extra 41 disposals, but over-used them with 60 more handballs but 29 less kicks, while the Crows ran at an elite 82 per cent disposal efficiency. The Crows also won the clearances (37-31) and inside 50s (59-46) in the other key statistical areas. Patrick Wilson was the Crows’ best ball winner in the match, racking up 27 touches, 12 marks, six tackles, four clearances and four inside 50s, while Myles Poholke booted two goals from 23 disposals, 10 marks, three tackles, three clearances and seven inside 50s. Tyson Stengle booted two majors from 19 touches and four marks, while Ned McHenry snared four goals, and Shane McAdam piled three on. For the Redlegs, Matthew Panos had his fair share of the ball with 26 touches, nine marks, five clearances and two goals, while Declan Hamilton (25 disposals, seven marks and two goals) and Josh Richards (25 disposals, eight marks and six tackles) were also impressive. Under-18 draft prospect Dylan Stephens also stood tall in the final with 23 disposals, one mark, three tackles and three inside 50s.

Glenelg 11.6 (72) defeated by Port Adelaide 11.10 (76)

Port Adelaide Magpies became the first side into the 2019 SANFL Grand Final with a thrilling four-point win over Glenelg in the major semi-final. The Magpies lead at each of the breaks, including 16 points at the last change, but three consecutive goals to open the quarter put the Tigers in front midway through the last. Todd Marshall and Tobin Cox settled the Magpies, before Luke Reynolds booted a late one, but ultimately the minor premiers fell less than a kick short of victory. Port Adelaide played possession football with 21 more disposals and 27 more marks, winning every statistical category except clearances (34-46) and inside 50s (47-49), which kept the Tigers in it. Trent McKenzie picked up a game-high 28 disposals, seven marks and 12 rebounds, while fellow Port Adelaide AFL-listed players, Jarrod Lienert (25 disposals, seven marks, four tackles and five rebounds), Joe Atley (22 disposals, three marks, nine tackles, four clearances, four inside 50s and two rebounds) and Willem Drew (22 disposals, four marks, 11 tackles, six clearances, seven inside 50s and one goal) were also among the best. Boyd Woodcock will look for his second successive senior League premiership after saluting with North Adelaide last year and being drafted to Port Adelaide. He picked up 17 disposals, eight marks and two rebounds in the win. For Glenelg, Luke Partington amassed 23 touches, four marks, eight tackles, six clearances, four inside 50s and a goal, while Matthew Snook (22 disposals, seven clearances, eight tackles and a goal) and Jesse White (21 disposals, four marks, 21 hitouts, eight clearances and six inside 50s) were also strong. Under-18 draft prospect Will Gould had 16 disposals, three marks, four tackles and six rebounds in the loss.


Woodville-West Torrens 6.16 (52) defeated Central District 7.3 (45)

An inaccurate Woodville-West Torrens side has come from behind to down Central District and move into the preliminary final after a seven-point victory. The Eagles trailed at quarter time and managed to lead throughout for most of the game after that in what developed to a low scoring slog. Inaccuracy threatened to undo the Eagles, booting six goals from 22 scoring shots to the Bulldogs’ accuracy of seven from 10, but escaped what would have been a disappointing defeat. The Eagles lead by as much as 19 points with less than 10 minutes remaining, but a couple of late goals to Bulldogs’ pair Oliver Shaw and Murray Stephenson gave them a scare. Remarkably, the Eagles had double the inside 50s in the game (54-27), but the Bulldogs’ defence was superb with 47 rebounds to 20, while the Eagles amassed 75 more disposals and six more clearances in the win. Jake Comitogianni had 24 disposals, five marks, six tackles and four inside 50s in the win, the same amount of disposals as Ben Nason (five marks, five tackles and eight inside 50s) and South Australian Under-18 Most Valuable Player, Harry Schoenberg (three marks, six tackles, six clearances and five inside 50s). On the scoring front, Harrison Morgan was crucial with three goals from five scoring shots, while state representative Lachlan McNeil had 21 touches, three marks, three tackles, three inside 50s and a goal. Jackson Mead was the other South Australian U18 to stand up with 21 disposals, five marks, three clearances and five tackles, while Kysaiah Pickett booted two behinds from 16 touches, five tackles and three inside 50s. For the Bulldogs, Isaya McKenzie had a game-high 28 disposals, seven marks, six clearances, four inside 50s, seven rebounds and six tackles in a big game, while Stephenson had 22 touches and 12 rebounds to go with his goal. Jordan O’Brien was productive again with 21 disposals. two marks, seven clearances, seven tackles, three inside 50s and three rebounds, while bottom-age draft prospect Corey Durdin had 16 disposals, five tackles and five inside 50s.

Norwood 8.7 (55) defeated Sturt 7.12 (54)

Norwood has earned a spot in the SANFL Reserves Grand Final courtesy of a lucky rushed behind during overtime. The behind was all that separated the sides by the final siren, with the teams equal after four quarters thanks to a late Sam Barnett goal and a Sturt rushed behind to level proceedings at 48-all. Thomas Condon booted his third goal of the day in the first half of overtime to give the Double Blues the advantage, but after a rushed behind to the Redlegs and a late goal by Luke Surman, the Redlegs escaped one of the games of the year. Both teams were fairly even throughout with the Redlegs winning the hitouts (43-32), but the Double Blues taking care of the clearances (40-35), as Norwood had just one extra inside 50 and rebound for the game. In the end, the efficiency of the Redlegs for them home with four less scoring shots. Jed Spence amassed 30 touches in the win, as well as four marks, four clearances, five inside 50s and seven tackles, while Jack Heard was enormous in defence with 24 touches, 14 marks and seven rebounds. Isaac Saywell (24 disposals, five marks, three clearances and three inside 50s) and Samuel Buckham (22 disposals, five marks, eight clearances, four inside 50s and 13 tackles) were strong in the midfield, while Chris Olsson booted three goals from 20 touches and six marks. Father-son hopeful, Casey Voss was strong with a game-high 32 disposals, six marks, six clearances, six rebounds, four inside 50s and six tackles, while Joel Thiele had 28 disposals, five marks, 13 clearances, three inside 50s and three tackles as the dominant inside midfielder on the day. South Australian U18 winger, Josh Shute had 25 disposals, five marks, five clearances, two inside 50s and two rebounds, while Jed McEntee helped himself to 15 touches, three marks, eight tackles and three clearances. 2018 Under-18 key position forward/ruck Hugo Munn also had a promising game with 21 hitouts from 15 disposals, seven marks, four clearances and three inside 50s.


South Adelaide 16.4 (100) defeated West Adelaide 11.9 (75)

South Adelaide has knocked out West Adelaide in straight sets to book a grand final spot against Woodville-West Torrens next weekend. The Panthers lead by eight points at quarter time but broke the game open in the second term with seven goals to two, in order to lead by 36 points at the main break. The Bloods hit back in the second term to cut the deficit by a couple of goals, but missed opportunities on goal with the sides having the same amount of scoring shots but the Panthers capitalising on them more. South Adelaide also had 55 more disposals, 22 more marks, nine more tackles and six more inside 50s, while the Bloods had a plus-14 in hitouts. Jason Horne was the top ball winner for the winners, amassing 24 disposals, five marks, seven clearances, nine inside 50s and three goals, while key forward Daniel Sladojevic also booted three majors from 16 touches, three marks and three inside 50s. Nicholas Kraemer had 21 disposals, four marks, six clearances, five inside 50s and six tackles, while Matthew Roberts (19 disposals, two marks, two tackles, four inside 50s and a goal) and Zac Dumesny (17 disposals, three marks, three rebounds and three tackles) were also solid. For the Bloods, Will Day was a class above dropping back to the Under 18s, having 23 disposals, three marks, nine rebounds, four clearances and four tackles off half-back, while Joel Groom had 20 disposals, five clearances, five tackles, four inside 50s and four rebounds. Noah Hannagan was the dominant goalkicker with five goals from eight scoring shots as well as his 16 touches and four marks – all contested, while potential top draft pick next year, Riley Thilthorpe dominated in the ruck with 36 hitouts from 14 dispoals, two marks, five clearances, five inside 50s and two goals in a losing side.

South Australian weekly wrap: Redlegs stay in title hunt as Magpies fly high

THE first week of South Australian National Football League (SANFL) finals action is in the books, with Norwood remaining alive and Port Adelaide Magpies moving through to face Glenelg next week for a spot in the decider.


Sturt 15.6 (96) defeated by Norwood 16.14 (110)

Norwood has kept its 2019 premiership hopes alive with a strong 14-point victory over Sturt. The Redlegs did not make the most of their scoring chances in the first term, booting two goals from six scoring shots, before piling on five goals to three to extend the lead to 14 by half-time. A high-scoring third term resulted in Norwood booting six goals to four to create some separation with a 30-point advantage at the final break. Sturt came home with a tailwind booting six goals to three in the last quarter, but fell short to go down 16.14 (110) to 15.6 (96) by the final siren. Dom Barry was influential with 28 disposals, five marks, three clearances, four tackles and 3.3, joined among the bests with Lewis Johnston (28 disposals, nine marks, three clearances and one goal) and Cole Gerloff (25 disposals, five marks, five clearances and four tackles). Top Under-18 draft talent Dylan Stephens had 14 touches, two marks, two clearances, three tackles and kicked a terrific goal, while Anthony Wilson and Brady Dawe added three goals each. For the Double Blues, Jake Sutcliffe had a day out up forward with 4.2 from 13 touches and six marks, joined on the goalkickers list by Joshua Hone (three goals). Sam Colquhoun was the dominant ball winner, picking up 34 disposals, 11 marks, six clearances and nine tackles, while James Battersby (22 disposals, four marks, nine clearances, six tackles and a goal) and Danyle Pearce (21 disposals, seven marks and two clearances) were also impressive.

Port Adelaide 12.13 (85) defeated Adelaide 8.7 (55)

Port Adelaide Magpies have enjoyed a 30-point win over their AFL Reserve counterparts in Adelaide Crows, booting six goals to four in both halves to secure the win. Neither team could be split in the first term with three goals on the board each, but a three goals to one second quarter opened the game up for the Magpies, before Adelaide hit back with three goals to one of their own in the third term to cut the deficit to just three at the final break, A dominant five goals to one final term resulted in the Magpies running away with the contest, 12.13 (85) to 8.7 (55) at Adelaide Oval. While both South Australian sides are out of finals for the AFL, a number of AFL-listed players still impressed. Willem Drew (32 disposals, four marks, seven clearances and eight tackles), Jack Trengove (29 disposals, seven marks), Cam Sutcliffe (28 disposals, four marks, seven tackles and five clearances), Joe Atley (28 disposals, four marks, 10 clearances and three tackles) and Trent McKenzie (27 disposals, 11 marks) all racked up big numbers for the Magpies, while Peter Ladhams booted two goals – one of which was a ripper – from 23 touches, six clearances, four marks and 23 hitouts). For the Crows, Lachlan Sholl (24 disposals, six marks ad three clearances) impressed, as the retiring Andy Otten also had a team-high 24 touches to go with his five marks and seven rebounds. Alongside him in defence was Pierce Seymour with 22 disposals, four marks, two tackles and seven rebounds), while Matthew Wright (20 disposals, nine marks and three tackles) was also strong.


Sturt 11.9 (75) defeated Woodville-West Torrens 8.10 (58)

Second placed Sturt has earned the right to face top-of-the-table Norwood next week after downing Woodville-West Torrens in their qualifying final clash. The Eagles started strongly to booted three goals to two in the first term, though missing multiple opportunities to only head in with an 11-point lead. Both sides booted a goal in the second term but it was the Double Blues’ turn to be plagued with inaccuracy, booting five behinds from six scoring shots as the Eagles lead by eight points at the main break. A dominant third term saw Sturt boot seven goals to three and head into the final change with a 16-point lead before holding on in a arm-wrestle of a last quarter with both sides booting two goals and securing the 11.9 (75) to 8.10 (58) victory. Overage key forward Hugo Munn was impressive for the Double Blues, picking up 20 disposals, three marks, four clearances and five tackles, while fellow over-ager and father-son prospect Casey Voss had 19 touches, three marks, two clearances, six tackles and a goal. Joel Thiele had 15 touches, five marks, five clearances and nine tackles, while James Richards and Mihail Lochowiak both booted three goals in the win. Adam Trenorden (16 disposals, two marks, six clearances and 10 tackles) and Josh Shute (15 disposals, seven marks) were others who stood tall. For the Eagles, Ben Nason had a game-high 22 disposals, as well as five marks, two clearances and four tackles, while Jake Comitogianni helped himself to 20 disposals, four marks, two clearances and a tackle. Up forward, Harrison Morgan booted three goals from 12 touches, while Josh Morris kicked 2.2 from four kicks. Other names who played from South Australia’s Under 18s side were Kysaiah Pickett (11 disposals, one goal) and Harry Schoenberg (16 disposals, three clearances and three tackles).

Central District 11.12 (78) defeated Glenelg 3.10 (28)

Central District put Glenelg to the sword in the side’s elimination final at Peter Motley Oval, running away 50-point winners. The Bulldogs booted seven goals to one in the first half, and kept their opponents to just three goals for the game, as the Tigers’ inaccuracy of 10 behinds from 13 scoring shot proved an issue. In a remarkable game, Glenelg actually dominated possession with 56 per cent, also having 62 more touches and 45 more marks, but it was the tackling pressure of the Bulldogs (90-62) that helped Central District get the win. Isaya McKenzie (19 disposals, three marks, three clearances, eight tackles and a goal) and Ari Rigney (17 disposals, 12 tackles and a goal) were among the top possession winners for the Bulldogs, as Jordan O’Brien held that title with 22 disposals, seven clearances and seven tackles in a best-on performance. Fellow South Australian Under-18 representative Oliver Shaw (18 disposals, four marks and three tackles) also had a strong game, while bottom-age talent Corey Durdin booted two goals from 10 touches and nine tackles up forward. For Glenelg, it was Callum Park who stood tall with 20 touches, 12 marks, three tackles and a goal, while a host of teammates picked up big numbers. Ben Sawford had a game-high 27 touches, five marks, two clearances, four tackles but an inaccurate three behinds, while Reid Kuller (25 disposals, six clearances and eight tackles) and Sam Davis (22 disposals, seven marks, five clearances and two tackles).


South Adelaide 13.10 (88) defeated Glenelg 10.3 (63)

South Adelaide kept its season alive in the Under 18s competition with a dominant first term all but ending Glenelg’s hope of an unlikely flag from fourth spot. The Panthers piled on 7.3 to 0.0 in the first term in a complete obliteration, before the Tigers booted six goals to one in the second term to suddenly draw within 15 points at the half. South Adelaide took control again in the third term with four goals to one and opened up a 38-point advantage, with Glenelg flying home with three goals to one, but not enough to overcome the 25-point final siren margin. Nicholas Kraemer picked up 23 disposals, nine marks, six clearances, seven tackles and a goal for the Panthers, while Damon Freitag (21 disposals, five marks, eight clearances and four tackles) and Zac Dumesny (20 disposals, seven marks) were also among the high possession winners. The Panthers had no shortage of players who hit the scoreboard however, with Tyler Oliver (three goals), Daniel Sladojevic (two) and Beau McCreery (two) also having impressive matches. For the Tigers, Kye Dean had a big game with 24 touches, two marks, five clearances, seven tackles and a goal, while Josh Slade (16 touches, four marks, five tackles and two goals) also impressed. Austin Kitschke and Cooper Horsnell both booted multiple goals in defeat, while Luke Pedlar (17 disposals, six clearances) and Will Schreiber (17 disposals, six clearances) were also consistent despite the loss.

Woodville-West Torrens 14.8 (92) defeated West Adelaide 10.6 (66)

Woodville-West Torrens has advanced through to the 2019 SANFL Under 18s Grand Final after downing West Adelaide by 26 points at Maughan Thiem Kia Oval on Saturday. The Eagles trailed by three points at the first break, but soon got on top, booting four goals to two in the second term to open up a 13-point advantage at the main break. A six goals to four second half – in which the Eagles booted an extra goal compared to their rivals in each quarter – saw them record a handy 14.8 (92) to 10.6 (66) win. Michael Frederick was the top player for the Eagles with 21 disposals, five marks, two tackles, two clearances and three majors, while Henry Smith (11 disposals, three marks, five clearances, 11 hitouts, nine tackles and a goal) was strong in the ruck. Zane Williams also hit the scoreboard with three majors from 16 touches and three marks, while Luke Barnett (22 disposals, seven clearances and six tackles was strong through the middle. Northern Territory representative Ben Jungfer had the 19 disposals, four clearances and four tackles in the win, while a couple of potential father-sons in Taj Schofield (21 disposals, three tackles) ad Jase Burgoyne (15 disposals, one goal) also contributed. For the losers, potential 2020 number one draft pick Riley Thilthorpe racked up 24 disposals, nine marks, two clearances, eight tackles and a goal, while top-age draft prospect Will Day managed 20 disposals, nine marks and five rebounds in the loss. For others, the consistent Joel Groom had 27 disposals, nine clearances, eight tackles and four marks in a mammoth effort, while Bailey Chamberlain also racked up the clearances with 19 touches, nine clearances and six tackles.

SANFL weekly wrap: Glenelg gets up in standalone game as five SANFL players are drafted mid-season

IT was a quiet week for the South Australian National Football League (SANFL), with the sole game as part of a split round, and some top-end Under 16s, Under 17s, Under 18s talent and South Australian squad members away from their clubs with trial games as part of National Championships preparation. It was a significant week off-field for the SANFL competition with the mid-season AFL draft impacting the League with five South Australian players drafted. Jamie Morgan and Tom Wyman take a look at what made news in South Australia the past week.

Glenelg vs Port

League: Glenelg 15.17 (107) defeated Port Adelaide 8.10 (58)

Glenelg consolidated its grasp of top spot with a 49-point victory over Port Adelaide in wet conditions at the bay. Defying early inaccuracy, the high-flying Tigers controlled much of the game against their AFL-listed counterparts, before a stellar third-term put the game all but beyond the Magpies grasp. The slippery conditions meant contested ball was key, and Glenelg’s engine room was strong all day, led by young duo Luke Partington (34 disposals, six marks, six tackles, six clearances) and Jonty Scharenberg (23 disposals, five marks, seven tackles and two clearances). Fellow onballers Marlon Motlop and Matthew Snook helped overcome a Magpie onball brigade led by prolific 2016 draftees Joe Atley (31 disposals, four clearances) and Willem Drew (31 disposals, nine tackles, nine clearances), who battled hard through all four quarters. Glenelg defenders Chris Curran and Aaron Joseph controlled the play in the backline, whilst up forward, Liam McBean booted four and was supplemented well by Luke Reynolds‘ pair. Also chipping in with two was medium forward Lachlan Hosie, who was recently drafted by North Melbourne in the AFL’s Mid-Season Rookie Draft. Jack Trengrove was slightly down on his usual output, managing 21 disposals and seven tackles, however Sam Mayes, Kai Pudney and Riley Bonner all won their fair share of the ball.

South Australian Under-18 squad member Will Gould showed his defensive flexibility, manning the 198cm Todd Marshall and 195cm Dallas Hill, before rolling onto the medium-sized Aidyn Johnson, Mitchell Mead and Tobin Cox, at times. Gould spent the entire game on-field, testament to his strong endurance base, and was rarely beaten one-on-one. Additionally, he was able to zone off and take several intercept marks (seven marks in total), often playing as the last man back and filling ‘the hole’ in the defensive-50 to good effect. He was extremely clean by foot, granted most kicks were short, but provided rebound when necessary. Arguably his best moment of the day was a contested, overhead mark deep in defence to save a shot at goal in the first half. His third-man up spoil, which killed the contest and flew 20 metres out of bounds, into the neighbouring cricket nets, further demonstrating the rare talent he possesses. He finished with 17 disposals, seven marks and five rebounds.

AFL Mid Season Draft – SANFL Impact

SANFL clubs were impacted this week, with a drafting of some talent from the competition and putting some SANFL sides into a tough position.

Players drafted from SANFL were:

– Michael Knoll (South Adelaide) – drafted to Sydney
– Lachlan Hosie (Glenelg) – drafted to North Melbourne
– Will Snelling (West Adelaide)- drafted to Essendon
– Cam Sutcliffe (Port Magpies) – drafted to Port Adelaide
– John Noble (West Adelaide) – drafted to Collingwood

SANFL remained firm in its opposition to the mid-season draft despite the competition producing top end talent, the impact on the competition for the remainder of the year for these clubs affected will be detrimental according to SANFL CEO Jake Parkinson’s statement.

With Glenelg losing leading goalkicker Lachlan Hosie, the impact on their forward line will be a watch as they also lost other key forward Josh Scott to injury earlier in the year. West Adelaide lose their two key ball getters and prime midfielders which will make their season harder from here on in.

School/College Football:

Sacred Heart held off arch-rivals Rostrevor by ten points on home soil to remain undefeated, four games in to the Messenger Shield competition. Both sides were without arguably their best players, with state representatives Will Day (SHC) and Cameron Taheny (Rostrevor) both sitting out. For the Hearts, captain Beau Macrae was again excellent in the middle and at half-back, as were South Adelaide duo Zach Dumesny (SA squad) and Marcus Lippett. For Rostrevor, Anzac Lochowiak was solid without being at his damaging best. Sacred Heart now sit as the only undefeated side for the year and look to launch into the second half of the season

In other games, PAC narrowly escaped a scare against Westminster holding on by seven points, whilst PAC were missing some of their top talent in particular Kossie Pickett and Karl Finlay. St Peters accounted for Trinity by 74 points, while Immanuel defeated Scotch by 33 points.

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.

Team Selection: TAC Cup – Round 3

WITH the looming AFL Academy practice match against North Melbourne’s VFL side, there are changes galore at TAC Cup level as the next tier of players get their chance to impress for their club in a bumper round three. The weekend features a triple header at Queen Elizabeth Oval on Saturday, while the Metro sides clash at Williamstown, Sandringham and Preston in their games.


Round 3 – Saturday, April 7, 10am
Queen Elizabeth Oval, Bendigo

After an impressive one-point win over the GWV Rebels in Round 1, the Bendigo Pioneers succumed to a strong Murray Bushrangers outfit. The Pioneers stuck with them for most of the game, but a second half frenzy saw the Bushrangers boot eight goals to one to win by 56 points in the end. Meanwhile Gippsland Power went down to Dandenong Stingrays, after being in front by a point at the final break. the eventual four-goal margin could have been much worse considering the Stingrays had a whopping 28 more inside 50s than the Power. A week earlier, the Power upset the Bushrangers, so both the teams head into round three win an even keel of wins and losses.

Bendigo cops the loss of Academy stars harder than Gippsland with Joe Atley and Jye Caldwell both outs, as the Pioneers named an extended bench. For the first time we might see twins Daine and Josh Grace take the field together for the first time in a TAC Cup match, while the Pioneers strong inside brigade will be looking to match the Power at the stoppages. Gippsland has included three players into the side, including returning ruck Rylan Henkel, after Gippsland lost the hitout count to Dandenong by 33. Given the omissions for the Pioneers, Gippsland will head into the game confident, especially considering how well its defence has held up this season thanks to Matthew McGannon, Brock Smith, Bailey Beck and Ryan Sparkes. But Bendigo will be every chance to get the points on its home turf at Queen Elizabeth Oval.

Bendigo Pioneers

B: 43. H. Lawrence, 11. J. Grace, 57. A. Smith-Ralph
HB: 18. B. Henderson, 24. N. McHugh, 8. B. Kemp
C: 7. L.  Chisholm, 5. N.  Wheeler, 51. B.  Waasdorp
HF: 3. L. Marciano, 20. J. Schischka, 2. J. Williams
F: 50. K. Lloyd, 45. W. Holt, 52. K. Walker
R: 23. D. Keating, 9. Z. Keighran, 17. R. Ironside
Int: 15. L. Caccaviello, 35. Z. Denahy, 14. T. Dow, 1. M. Goodwin, 10. D. Grace, 37. C. McCarty, 33. J. McHale, 26. C. O’Shea, 29. E. Roberts, 28. C. Vick

In: L. Caccaviello, C. McCarty, E. Roberts, C. Vick, C. O’Shea, J. Grace, J. McHale
Out: J. Atley,  J. Caldwell,  J. Sala,  F. Perez

Gippsland Power

B: 12. B. Smith, 25. K. Reid, 15. R. Sparkes
HB: 8. B. Beck, 23. N. Gown, 18. M. McGannon
C: 14. T.  Hourigan, 11. A.  Hodge, 29. B.  Motton
HF: 9. I. Mosquito, 38. J. Wykes, 20. H. Neocleous
F: 4. S. Flanders, 16. J. Smith, 19. F. Phillips
R: 22. R. Henkel, 5. X. Duursma, 2. C. Serong
Int: 6. R. Baldi, 26. W. Broadbent, 10. L. Connolly, 13. N. Lowden, 3. M. McGannon, 27. L. Munns, 7. B. Patterson, 33. B. Thorson, 35. J. van der Pligt

In: R. Henkel, B. Patterson, W. Broadbent



Round 3 – Saturday, April 7, 12.30pm
Queen Elizabeth Oval, Bendigo

In the second game at Queen Elizabeth Oval, the undefeated Dandenong Stingrays take on the blistering pace of the GWV Rebels. The Stingrays passed both their early round tests with flying colours, dispatching reigning premiers Geelong Falcons and holding off a determined Gippsland outfit. GWV Rebels could also be 2-0 had it not been for a disappointing last quarter against Bendigo in round one which saw the Rebels lose a 20-point advantage at the final break to go down by a point to the Pioneers. Last round was a different story as the Rebels put the game to bed by half-time against the Falcons and looked a completely different side with their run and carry.

Dandenong will lose two of its twin towers in Riley Bowman and Bailey Williams, as well as the injured Aaron Darling which will cost them some serious firepower up front, so all eyes will be on Jai Nanscawen to see if he can match his six-goal effort from the weekend. Both sides have named an extended bench, but the Rebels are aware of the height the Stingrays possess, bringing in tall bottom-ager Mathew Clarke for his debut should he be named in the final squad. They have a mosquito fleet up forward with ruck/forward Tylar Watts named as a surprise centre-half back. The midfield of Scott Carlin, Lochie Dawson and Matt Schnerring will need to continue its strong form to match it with Campbell Hustwaite, Will Hamill and Mitch Riordan.

Dandenong Stingrays

B: 32. D. Frampton, 56. M. Cumming, 2. H. Young
HB: 16. J. Frawley, 5. A. Paterson, 12. M. Gahan
C: 27. L.  McDonnell, 23. C.  Hustwaite, 7. J.  Taylor
HF: 17. F. Bayne, 52. C. Ellison, 49. M. Cottrell
F: 15. T. Bedford, 28. B. Schmidt, 42. J. Nanscawen
R: 36. S. Cumming, 58. W. Hamill, 18. M. Riordan
Int: 37. B. Angwin, 31. H. Briggs, 33. J. Carosella, 20. S. De Koning, 9. Z. Foot, 47. J. Hickey, 57. R. Nanscawen, 3. J. Plumridge

In: R. Nanscawen, M. Gahan, B. Angwin, C. Ellison, S. De Koning
Out: A. Darling,  R. Bowman,  B. Williams

Greater Western Victoria Rebels

B: 8. H. Butler, 43. J. Wright, 34. J. O’Connell
HB: 5. H. Jennings, 20. T. Watts, 31. C. Perks
C: 19. J.  Henderson, 3. S.  Carlin, 25. T.  Shannon
HF: 14. J. Hill, 11. J. Chatfield, 6. C. Wilson
F: 47. T. Mahony, 18. B. Helyar, 7. M. Martin
R: 29. P. Glanford, 9. L. Dawson, 2. M. Schnerring
Int: 4. B. Annett, 36. M. Bidmade, 23. M. Clarke, 15. K. Councillor, 1. C. Craig-Peters, 12. A. Gove, 21. I. Grant, 10. J. Lohmann

In: C. Craig-Peters, M. Clarke, B. Annett
Out: J. Mawson



Round 3 – Saturday, April 7, 2.00pm
Williamstown Football Ground

Western Jets fans could probably avoid any more nail-biters for a while, having escaped with the four points in round one against Calder Cannons by that exact margin, before going down to Northern Knights by just eight points. For Eastern, they have struggled a little, going down to contender Oakleigh Chargers, before losing to Calder Cannons under lights at Rams Arena last week. With a nine-day break though, Eastern will be refreshed to tackle the Jets down at blustery Williamstown.

Both sides are relatively strong given the sole omission for the AFL Academy game is Jets defender Buku Khamis. The Jets midfield is where the game could be won or lost for them, given Xavier O’Halloran, Stefan Radovanovic and Connor Thar are lining up in the midfield. Radovanovic could drop back to defence, particularly with the loss of Khamis, while up front, the small centre-half forward Zac Butters and talented bottom-age prospect Emerson Jeka will cause headaches as could last week’s four-goal forward Steven Kyriazis. For Eastern, Ben Cardamone is in sensational form, as are most of the Eastern defenders with Xavier Fry, James Blanck and Kye Quirk forming a strong half-back line. Adrian Kalcovski will look to wrestle some of the momentum through midfield, while Mitch Mellis provides a dash of class up forward.

Western Jets

B: 28. J. Papachatzakis, 37. H. Murphy, 6. L. Rocci
HB: 22. O. Manton, 41. L. Rzanovski, 36. J. Rice
C: 17. D.  Andrews , 33. X.  O’Halloran, 25. S.  Johnson
HF: 2. T. Rudic, 11. Z. Butters, 7. J. Watkins
F: 45. A. Clarke, 31. E. Jeka, 10. S. Kyriazis
R: 47. D. Walters, 39. S. Radovanovic, 12. C. Thar
Int: 20. D. Cassar, 32. N. Ellis, 24. J. Honey, 30. L. Pettigrove, 26. W. Smyth, 35. T. Warner

In: N. Ellis, J. Jenkins, W. Smyth
Out: B. Colley,  B. Khamis

Eastern Ranges

B: 20. B. Cardamone, 21. J. Ross, 26. C. Norris
HB: 23. X. Fry, 31. J. Blanck, 24. K. Quirk
C: 3. H.  Chinn, 2. A.  Kalcovski, 17. C.  Hirst
HF: 9. J. Duffy, 42. T. Lockman, 45. M. Zalac
F: 4. R. Clausen, 18. B. McCormack, 11. M. Mellis
R: 41. J. Corless, 7. L. Stapleton, 8. J. Burleigh
Int: 39. C. Daraio, 53. J. Drake, 16. T. Garner, 12. J. Gilbee, 19. J. Kritopoulos, 58. R. Smith, 25. L. Vassis

In: L. Vassis, T. Garner, J. Drake, J. Kritopoulos, R. Smith
Out: L. Gawel, F. Smith, J. Jaworski, R. Einsporn



Round 3 – Saturday, April 7, 3.00pm
Queen Elizabeth Oval, Bendigo

In the final game of the Bendigo Triple Header, Murray Bushrangers and Geelong Falcons clash in what will see a number of top prospects miss due to the AFL Academy game. For the Bushrangers, they got the points against Bendigo Pioneers last week following a surprising loss to the young Gippsland Power side in round one. The reigning premiers on the other hand, are still searching for their first win, not having too much to smile about in the opening seven quarters of the season, but did find form with a six-goal last quarter against the GWV Rebels in round two.

Murray will miss Hudson Garoni and Matthew Walker due to the AFL Academy game, on top of Zane Barzen who injured himself in round one. Barzen would be missing from the game as well anyway given he is also AFL Academy. Their losses will be offset by Geelong’s dangerous duo of Ed McHenry and Sam Walsh missing on the weekend which means the Falcons will look to Oscar Brownless. The exciting bottom-age Cooper Stephens will join Brownless and Baxter Mensch in the midfield, while the consistent Ely Smith and Kyle Clarke will look to control the clearances. Over-ager tall Jordon Butts returns for his first game of the season in a side which is very tall given Ben Kelly and Mark Marriott remain in the side, with the duo looking to take advantage in the ruck against 188cm Falcon Tom Richardson.

Murray Bushrangers

B: 14. J. Chalcraft, 16. N. Murray, 15. R. Quinn
HB: 33. F. Ellis, 34. T. Boyd, 4. L. Vandermeer
C: 12. L.  Ash, 5. E.  Smith, 29. C.  Hill
HF: 13. B. Frauenfelder, 8. J. Koschitzke, 54. F. O’Dwyer
F: 26. R. Bice, 25. B. St John, 10. P. Warner
R: 23. M. Marriott, 17. N. Amery, 28. K. Clarke
Int: 20. J. Bradshaw, 2. J. Butts, 6. W. Chandler, 38. D. Clarke, 22. A. Dang, 3. B. Kelly

In: E. Dayman, J. Boyer, C. Hill, J. Butts, M. Oates
Out: H. Garoni,  M. Walker

Geelong Falcons

B: 40. J. Clark, 31. C. Cartledge, 7. C. Harris
HB: 39. C. Idun, 49. D. Hollenkamp, 3. K. Rayner
C: 13. E.  Floyd, 10. B.  Mensch, 6. D.  Madigan
HF: 20. B. Ham, 36. C. Sprague, 16. B. Scott
F: 51. N. Conway, 48. B. Schlensog, 12. J. Muhor
R: 45. T. Richardson, 41. C. Stephens, 30. O. Brownless
Int: 38. S. Bourke, 9. B. Morton, 28. C. O’Connor, 25. L. Taylor, 2. S. Torpy, 27. N. Young

In: C. O’Connor, L. Handley, F. Wilson, C. Stephens, B. Morton, N. Conway, F. Parish, J. Muhor
Out: E. McHenry, L. Smith, J. Dahlhaus, C. Mulgrew, S. Walsh



Round 3 – Sunday, April 8, 10.45am
Trevor Barker Beach Oval, Sandringham

The in-form Sandringham Dragons take on the Calder Cannons in an early game on Sunday. The Dragons have notched up two early wins on the back of some fantastic form, thrashing the Northern Knights and then running over the top of Oakleigh Chargers last weekend. For Calder, it has been a mixed bag, narrowly going down to Western Jets in the season opener, before a big win over Eastern Ranges in a clash which is 10 days prior to Sunday’s match.

The Cannons defenders will be breathing a sigh of relief with Max King missing due to the AFL Academy match. The man mountain took nine marks (six contested) and booted eight goals against Oakleigh, but he will miss Sunday’s match, as will his brother Ben who has been in strong form. Bailey Smith will also miss the game due to AFL Academy commitments, but he was injured in round two and did not play following his 37-disposal game in round one. While the Dragons talls have been weakened a little, Calder’s top midfielders have been plucked out with dangerous trio Curtis Taylor, Rhylee West and Jack Bytel all heading to Etihad Stadium for the AFL Academy match. It means the likes of over-agers Dylan Landt – who returns for his first match – and Mitch Podhajski will need to lead the way, against an in-form midfield which includes Alastair Richards and Dawit McNeish.

Sandringham Dragons

B: 19. S. Forbes, 69. C. Watts, 23. A. Hanrahan
HB: 6. H. Houlahan, 10. S. Sofronidis, 12. C. Jones
C: 8. K.  Owens, 7. L.  Stocker, 53. H.  Ralphsmith
HF: 17. J. Denborough, 33. W. Kennedy, 18. A. Seaton
F: 27. J. Mahony, 28. J. Rendell, 48. J. Worrell
R: 30. E. Casey, 2. A. Richards, 21. D. McNeish
Int: 20. H. Bede, 70. J. Bell, 36. M. Bergman, 72. D. Chirgwin, 59. A. Courtney, 41. J. Goddard, 15. R. Ladds, 26. F. Maginness, 11. N. Stamatis

In: J. Bell, J. Goddard, R. Ladds, M. Bergman, H. Bede, E. Casey
Out: B. King,  M. King,  R. Macdermid

Calder Cannons

B: 4. K. Baker, 26. M. Fletcher, 33. J. Evans
HB: 35. S. Graham, 43. L. Cavallaro, 8. L. Sholl
C: 10. H.  Minton-Connell, 42. N.  Croft, 3. I.  Moussa
HF: 27. T. Browning, 29. J. Riccardi, 40. L. Johnson
F: 11. J. Firebrace, 12. J. O’Sullivan, 1. D. Mott
R: 54. C. Lamb, 2. D. Landt, 30. M. Podhajski
Int: 17. N. Doyle, 36. P. Mahoney, 48. S. Ramsay, 7. S. Skidmore, 39. L. Sultana, 49. J. Westphal

In: S. Skidmore, L. Johnson, N. Gentile, L. Sultana, C. Lamb, B. Rigoni, N. Doyle, J. Riccardi, D. Landt
Out: D. Hanna, D. Pretty, J. Bytel, C. Taylor, R. West, B. Newman



Round 3 – Sunday, April 8, 2.00pm
Preston City Oval, Preston

In the final game of the round, two sides sitting on one win apiece will clash at Preston City Oval. The Northern Knights bounced back from a heavy defeat in the rain to Sandringham Dragons, with a win against Western Jets in round two. Oakleigh Chargers looked set to make it two wins from two games with a 10-point lead at half-time against Sandringham, but a Max King-inspired effort saw the Dragons storm past the Chargers in the second half.

Isaac Quaynor is the sole AFL Academy member missing from the match, which speaks volumes of Oakleigh’s depth. Former Dandenong Stingrays tall Tom Hogan has joined the Chargers this season as an over-ager, with the Bonbeach junior growing six centimetres and about 14kg since pre-season measurements 12 months ago. He will look to get first hands to Xavier O’Neill, Noah Anderson and Matt Rowell among others, while Ben Silvagni will be a key target up forward. The classy Dylan Williams and Trent Bianco will lead the way in defence with Joseph Ayton-Delaney and Noah Answerth providing good strength back there. For the Knights, Braedyn Gillard has swapped spots with bottom-age forward Josh D’Intinosante on the team sheet, with the latter joining the consistent Tom McKenzie in the midfield. Joel Naylor is lining up at centre-half forward with the versatile Mark Baker at full-forward, while Ryan Gardner and Lachlan Potter will look to provide plenty of rebound out of defence for Northern.

Northern Knights

B: 25. J. Davies, 28. S. Uzelac, 5. L. Potter
HB: 1. R. Gardner, 33. J. Randall, 11. R. Sturgess
C: 30. J.  McInerney, 10. B.  Bell, 15. O.  White
HF: 24. R. Bowkett, 12. J. Naylor, 3. B. Gillard
F: 40. N. Mayne, 21. M. Baker, 6. X. Naish
R: 16. T. Hallebone, 4. T. McKenzie, 17. J. D’Intinosante
Int: 18. S. Brazier, 8. A. Carafa, 20. P. Della Rocca, 7. H. Grace, 23. J. Hart, 13. S. Philp, 9. C. Simonsen, 22. M. Wild, 44. C. Wild

In: R. Sturgess, M. Wild, C. Wild, J. Hart, S. Brazier
Out: J. Lucente,  J. Murphy

Oakleigh Chargers

B: 3. J. Ayton-Delaney, 33. M. Warren, 22. D. Williams
HB: 12. N. Answerth , 30. B. Wraith, 17. T. Bianco
C: 4. W.  Kelly, 8. N.  Anderson, 11. M.  Rowell
HF: 38. Z. Hart, 7. J. Robertson, 10. C. Whitehead
F: 14. K. Dunkley, 18. B. Silvagni, 25. D. Scala
R: 71. T. Hogan, 5. X. O’Neill, 9. J. Rowbottom
Int: 36. C. Beasley, 13. A. Bosenavulagi, 1. R. Collier-Dawkins, 6. M. Day, 35. X. Fry, 65. L. Harry, 34. C. Leon, 37. C. Oglethorpe, 32. J. Ross

In: T. Hogan, C. Leon, L. Harry, C. Oglethorpe, C. Beasley, X. Fry, M. Day
Out: O. Simpson, B. Griffiths, I. Quaynor, L. Westwood

AFL Draft Combine 2016 Day 2 results


Day 2 saw players be put under the spotlight with medicals from clubs, as well as interviews with media and AFL clubs.

Players also completed testing for hand-eye coordination and reaction time, such as Ben Ainsworth attempting to hit the coloured lights in the image below.

Friday night saw players undertake the kicking, clean hands and goal kicking tests with the following players scoring well.

Vision of SA Under 18 players can be found under the SANFL YouTube account.

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Clean hands test (score out of a possible 30)
Ben Jarman (28)
Oliver Florent (28)
Ryan Garthwaite (28)
Callum Brown (27)
Jarrod Berry (27)
Will Hayward (27)
Patrick Lipinski (27)
Sam Powell-Pepper (27)
Jack Bowes (27)
Isaac Cumming (26)
Joe Atley (26)
Myles Poholke (26)
Jonty Scharenberg (26)
Harry Himmelberg (26)
Jack Maibaum (26)

Kicking test (score out of a possible 30)
Jordan Ridley (27)
Isaac Cumming (26)
Jarrod Berry (25)
Ben Long (25)
Sam Walker (25)
Josh Williams (25)
Ben Jarman (24)
Tom Williamson (24)
Dylan Clarke (24)
Kym LeBois (23)
Willem Drew (23)
Josh Battle (23)
Jake Waterman (23)

Goalkicking test (score out of a possible 30)
Sam Powell-Pepper (30)
Harry Morrison (25)
Joe Atley (25)
Josh Williams (25)
Jonty Scharenberg (25)
Ryan Garthwaite (25)
Zachary Sproule (25)
Tim English (25)
Liam Baker (25)
Ben Jarman (24)
Tyson Stengle (24)

Under 18 All Stars game ultimate preview

Allies - Kobe Mutch

AUSTRALIA’S top teenage footballers will take part in a new concept that is aimed to feature the best players from the 2016 draft pool.

Friday’s Under 18 All Stars match will see players divided up into two teams to play against each other in an event that the AFL hope will be in front of a blockbuster crowd at Punt Road Oval following the AFL Grand Final Parade.

The two teams have been named after AFL greats Chris Judd and Michael O’Loughlin and will be a part of the AFL’s changing program for the Grand Final weekend.

The league has made the most of the Grand Final Day public holiday and the movement of the Grand Final parade to the MCG precinct, where the junior talent coming through will be recognised.

Current NAB AFL Academy coach Brenton Sanderson will coach the Chris Judd teams, while NSW/ACT & Allies coach Tadhg Kennelly will coach the Michael O’Loughlin teams.

The match will be broadcast live on FOX FOOTY from 1.30pm on Friday.

Likely Teams:

The final U18 All Stars teams. ** Subject to late changes.
The final U18 All Stars teams. ** Subject to late changes.

** Will Setterfield‘s replacement is to be confirmed- We believe it is Mitchell Hinge**

With a five day turnaround for a large amount of the players due to the WAFL Colts, SANFL Reserves and TAC Cup Grand Finals over the weekend, there are many sore bodies.

Will Brodie hurt his nose in an incident with an umpire on Sunday and will miss the contest despite training this afternoon. Murray Bushrangers outside midfielder Harry Morrison will replace Brodie.

Will Setterfield was still in a sling on Sunday at the TAC Cup Grand Final and is expected to miss with Mitchell Hinge believed to be taking his place.

Key Defender Griffin Logue is also out for Team Judd, with Dandenong Stingrays defender Bailey Morrish taking his place.

There were also a few injury issues at training with many players on light duties. Sam Petrevski-Seton copped a knock below the knee, which affected his ankle and trained for five minutes only. Petrevski-Seton appears likely to play, but West Coast Father/Son prospect Jake Waterman is in more doubt after failing to train with what appeared to be a groin complaint.

Star Power:

On the outset, Team Judd look the most talented on paper. Featuring Andrew McGrath, Hugh McCluggage and Jack Bowes– all of whom could challenge for the number one draft pick. Up forward, they feature Josh Battle and Todd Marshall, whilst down back Declan Watson and Jack Maibaum will hold down the fort.

Harry Perryman will be a name to watch after being relatively left alone since the Under 18 championships. The GWS academy member has spent the last two months playing for his local club Collingullie-GP, hitting the scoreboard and playing through the midfield.

Tim Taranto and Ben Ainsworth are two others from Team Judd that may feature in the Top 10 come November.

For Team O’Loughlin, Jack Scrimshaw will be one of the stars worth watching. The rebounding defender has a classy left foot and was one of the best players on the ground on Sunday. Despite missing inside midfielder Will Brodie, players such as Dylan Clarke, Jonty Scharenberg and Willem Drew will likely step up in his absence. After a steller game for the Murray Bushrangers on Sunday, Ryan Garthwaite will be a likely opponent on his Bushrangers teammate Todd Marshall.

Up forward Patrick Kerr, Zach Sproule and Jake Waterman will make up their forward line whilst West Australian midfielder Sam Petrevski-Seton will look to perform well to keep his name in the first handful of picks.

Excitement machine Cedric Cox hasn’t been spoken about enough this season and the little known 19-year-old is a big chance for a Top 20 pick on draft night.

Surprise Packets:

South Australian medium forward Will Hayward has jumped out as a surprise inclusion. Hayward kicked a bag of nine goals in the SANFL U18 Preliminary Final for North Adelaide and another good performance on Friday may see him find a spot in the first half of the draft.


Murray Bushrangers ruckman Esava Ratugolea has plenty of X-Factor and leap like no other AFL Draft prospect. Ratugolea continues to show glimpses after an eight goal haul earlier in the season saw him drafted into the Vic Country team late.


Little known Cameron Zurhaar from East Fremantle is one to watch. The medium forward has kicked averaged 16.6 disposals in the WAFL Colts this year.

Isaac Cumming is flying under the radar and the GWS academy member may find himself as a national draft selection. Cumming was nominated for the National Combine and the smart half back flanker rebounded the ball well in the Under 18 championships.

Willem Drew played two excellent TAC Cup finals games for the North Ballarat Rebels, averaging 23 (13 contested) disposals and seven clearances in the 2016 TAC Cup. The inside midfielders contested ball winning is superb, but does lack some speed around the ground.

Brennan Cox made the All-Australian team after a strong championships down back for South Australia. Cox has played up forward for the Woodville-West Torrens in the SANFL but looks likely to start in the defence.

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Key Matchups:

Willem Drew vs Hugh McCluggage

Teammates at the North Ballarat Rebels, the pair will be opponents in the big clash on Friday. Both represented Vic Country in the Under 18 championships, but McCluggage was more prominant. At TAC Cup level, Drew’s contested ball winning abilities are greater than McCluggage’s- But McCluggage’s work in traffic is elite and is his advantage despite not winning a large chunk of contested ball. McCluggage can also push forward and hit the scoreboard, something that Drew hasn’t showed throughout this season. Drew does lay plenty of tackles and win the clearances, but does lack a touch of pace and class with his skills with him at times just bombing the ball forward off his boot without looking.  

Tim English vs Max Lynch

It looks likely that the first ruck contest of the game will have West Australian tall English and NSW/ACT ruck Lynch. English only featured as the number one ruck in the final championships game, but has an elite leap and his footskills are better than some of the midfielders running around in the game. Despite being skinny in appearance, it makes for an interesting contest against former junior goalkeeper Lynch. Lynch’s form in the latter half of the season was very good for the Bushrangers and the GWS academy member may have pushed himself into a national draft selection. 

Jack Scrimshaw vs Tim Taranto

Sandringham Dragons key players Scrimshaw and Taranto may play on each other. Scrimshaw is a rebounding defender, with a pinpoint pass and was a strong player in the TAC Cup Grand Final. Scrimshaw does have the ability to rack up the clangers with his foot at times and when he’s off- he’s off. Taranto was a consistent performer right throughout the year playing through the midfield and across half forward. A good showing from either, could see them really put their hand up for Top Five players on clubs boards. 

Jack Maibaum vs Patrick Kerr

With Griffin Logue a late out for Team Judd, expect Maibaum to have first crack at strong Vic Metro forward Kerr. Both played together in the Vic Metro winning Under 18 championship team and won All Australia honours with Maibaum’s strength will be the reason he should get first chance at stopping Kerr. Kerr however is a tough match up, with strong hands overhead and one of the fastest forwards over 10m on a lead. Maibaum has played both forward and defence throughout 2016, but averaged the third most spoils in the Under 18 championships.

Ryan Garthwaite vs Todd Marshall

The pair were teammates on Sunday, but loom likely to match up on each other. Garthwaite is one of the best one-on-one defenders in the draft pool, while Marshall has shown some superb glimpses at times. Garthwaite collected 24 disposals on Sunday as one of his teams best performers, whilst Marshall was kept reasonably quiet from Ari Sakeson with just two kicks for two goals in the TAC Cup Grand Final. If Marshall can put in a strong performance that recruiters are wanting, he could keep his name amongst the top ten names. Garthwaite despite an awkward kicking style, does use to ball well more often than not and has done a great job down back this season. 


Team Judd on paper looks too strong for Team O’Loughlin. Team Judd’s midfield looks too star studded, despite Tim English likely giving Team O’Loughlin first use at the ball. If Team O’Loughlin’s contested midfield brigade can fire, they could give the star studded Judd side a run for their money.

It would be hard to go past Andrew McGrath for BOG honours, but there are multiple players from either side that are capable of changing a game. 


Team O’Loughlin v Team Judd
1.30pm, Punt Road Oval
September 30th
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Possible line ups

Scouting notes: TAC Cup bottom four round


Northern Knights 11.12 (78) def Western Jets 10.4 (64)

Josh Poulter’s scouting notes:

Northern Knights

#4 – Chas Roberts

Spent the majority of the game in the ruck for the Knights with a strong work-rate and second efforts being notable. Roberts looked like he easily outmuscled both Walters and McGregor at the ruck contest, and followed up well on the ground by getting on hands and knees finishing the game with 19 disposals and 28 hitouts. Took a few marks along the line to bail out the Knights as well on occasion. It is a shame we won’t see him in the finals to see if he can boost his draft stocks even more.

#6 – Patrick Naish

Naish was by far and away the best player on the ground in the first half of the game. The potential Richmond father-son was the go to player for the Knights in all areas of the ground. Ball use was good overall but at times it cost the Knights on the rebound, especially by foot. Faded out in the second half but did bob up at times, but mainly put his stamp on the game in the first two quarters.

#9 – Lachlan Murphy

At all clearance opportunities, Murphy was the go-to player for Knights, sharking from the ruck contests multiple times. Set the Knights up going out of the contest, showing he can win a great mix of inside and outside football and using his already developed frame collecting 30 disposals.

#12 – Patrick Lipinski

Going into the game, there was hope Lipinski would continue his rich vein of form in the midfield, but mainly played the key pillar up forward alongside Clancy Bland. Showed his athleticism and leap many times, and finished off the game with 3 goals. With every game his stock his rising and this one was no different.

#47 – Joel Naylor

Impressed in the first-half with his dash and ball-use out the backline, being able to run off-his opponent deep in defence and set of Knights into attack. He copped a heavy knock in the 3rd quarter which forced him off the ground, but came back on for the 4th quarter and was put up forward where he kicked 3 goals.

Western Jets

#5 – Luke Hitch

Consistent as ever in defence, continued on his great year by being the hard-nosed shut-down defender that he is. Was able to beat his direct opponent on many occasions and also then go to win the ball with his second efforts and clear the 50 for Jets. His tackling again was also his highlight with many strong tackles.

#7 – Nicholas Buykx

Was by far and away the best Jets midfielder for the day, leading by example in tight and also on the outside. Tackling was a highlight and his leadership around the ground was also evident as well. Ball use was average, but also showed dash at times along the wing.

#39 – Harrison Bult

Showed his versatility throughout the day, playing everywhere and even had a short stint in the ruck. His exquisite kicking skills were also a highlight, both from kicking out of full-back and in general play. Also went into the forward line in the last quarter and kicked a goal from nearly 50m out.

#44 – Oscar Junker

Easily the best player on the ground, and his performance was nearly a match-winning one for the Jets. Kicked 3 goals in the 2nd quarter and also pinch-hit in the midfield at times. Played both at Full-Forward and at Centre-Half Forward but didn’t look lost in either and was the target going inside 50 most of the time whilst being the X-Factor in the game.

#48 – Brock McGregor

Battled hard and had handled most of the ruck duties alongside Darren Walters. Much like opponent Chas Roberts, showed great work rate around the ground and was a strong target. Showed great hands on the ground and also great evasiveness able to get his hands free and get past a few tacklers. Though he at times did try to do much with the ball, he was generally very good. Won the Jets’ match ball for their best player on the ground on the day.

Gippsland Power 17.16 (118) def Bendigo Pioneers 12.5 (77)

Peter Williams’ scouting notes:

Bendigo Pioneers

#1 – Joe Atley

Typical working class effort from Atley. Won a bit more outside ball than usual and kicked a great running goal bouncing off an opponent to steady and snap. Just a consistent performer who is a no-fuss footballer. Doesn’t have the X-factor of other players, but just goes everything right and is a good team player who never panics.

#2 – Kane Farrell

Was good early, but like many Pioneers went quiet after half-time. Kicked an impressive running goal in the first term and has a bit of pace about him. Small midfielder who can move forward and snag a couple.

#6 – Lochie O’Brien

Stood out with his clever ball use on his left foot and moving in transition from half-back to half-forward. Kicked a couple of goals early and helped the Pioneers get off to a great start.

#8 – Paddy Dow

Good overhead for his size and can roost it from 50 if required. Another good bottom-ager who is coming along nicely for the Pioneers. Is a player to watch next season.

#9 – Laine Fitzgerald

Has no problem finding the footy and getting out of tight situations. Can find a small gap and work with it to clear it from congestion. Undersized, but works hard in the midfield.

#13 – Jarrod Brander

Good contested mark and nice mover for a big bloke. Reads the play well and kicked a couple of goals. Still a bottom-ager and I imagine he will want to bulk up a bit, but a good athletic forward who can clunk marks.

Gippsland Power

#2 – Nick Hogan

Tenacious small forward who can play up the ground and is dangerous around goals. Really quick and evasive, kicked a couple of impressive goals, including one from long range. Doesn’t find a heap of it compared to others, but is a very reliable kick for goal.

#5 – Ben Ainsworth

A class above. While everyone else was missing targets both in play and for goal, Ainsworth was a dead-eye, never looking like missing, kicking both on the run and from set shots. Plenty of X-factor and strong in the contest, the forward cum-inside midfielder just wins the footy and fires out quick handballs. Isn’t afraid to demand the ball if he feels he can deliver for his team. Collected plenty of the ball in the final term when the game was done and dusted. Finished the match with 33 disposals and 10 marks.

#15 – Cody Henness

Really like his closing speed. Twice he caught a Pioneers defender cold with a brilliant run down tackle. He hit the post with his first set shot, but nailed his second opportunity. Strikes me as that defensive forward who kicks a couple of goals a game in the Tyson Goldsack style.

#20 – Nathan Voss

Played forward and his biggest highlight was goal of the year. Tight up against the pocket under pressure, he somehow snapped an inside out banana goal and could hardly believe it himself. Did his chances no harm with a few majors and provided pressure inside 50.

#22 – Josh Patullo

Big bodied ruck/forward who shared the ruck duties throughout the game. Took an impressive mark and really imposes himself on the contest. Not overly mobile like other rucks, Patullo still covers ground well, and can influence up forward. Really influenced at the forward stoppages with his hitouts to advantage.

#30 – Jai Rout

Don’t mind Rout as a prospect, he has a long kick and played that high half forward role. Was among the Power players who stood up in the third term, kicking a couple of goals and assisting in a few more. Didn’t find a heap of it and went in and out of the contest like others, but looked good in that purple patch.

#32 – Kade Renooy

Seems to find a lot of the ball without being noticed, but today he was instrumental in turning the game in the Power’s favour. When they needed a goal, he bobbed up with two in the third term, kicking two in a row to push the margin from three points to 15 and the Pioneers never came back from that.

Top talent on offer in bottom four final show

Northern Knights midfielder Lachlan Murphy has flown under the radar in 2016.
Northern Knights midfielder Lachlan Murphy has flown under the radar in 2016.

WHILE they might not have made finals, the unique last round will give players of bottom four sides a chance to impress in front of recruiters at Ikon Park.

It is a first for 2016, allowing TAC Cup finalists to have a week’s bye in between the final round of the regular season and the first week of finals.

The top eight was decided a fortnight ago and with that, came the two matches to be played out this weekend.

Given the Pioneers and Jets clashed in round 16 and the Knights and Power just last week, it made sense to switch the match-ups around so the Knights played the Jets and the Power faced the Pioneers.

Despite four points not being on the line, it is one last match for these young men who may never play with any of their teammates again and move on to AFL, state leagues or local leagues to continue their football.

Northern Knights vs. Western Jets

Northern Knights are a hard working team that is well disciplined and seemingly in the contest more often than not, fading away in the last quarter to lose by more than they should. Western Jets have some sensational games and some poor games, and it has become quite obvious that the difficulties of trying to pick when they will win or lose is similar to that of Richmond or Collingwood.

SHAKING AND SPEARING THE COMPETITION: An insight into the Northern Knights

In this match there are plenty of versatile midfielders to watch out for that could stake their claim in the National AFL Draft later this year. For the Knights, Mason Blakey and Luke Bunker are the inside grunt workers, often pushing back behind the ball to try to keep the team in possession. The two most damaging players for Northern are Matthew Signorello and Lachlan Murphy, both for different reasons.

NK - Matthew Signorello 2
Northern Knights midfielder Matthew Signorello

Signorello has the acceleration that just burns an opponent off racing out of a contest, and he can impact the scoreboard as well. Signorello though will miss the class with a shoulder injury but has showed enough signs at school and TAC Cup level that he may be drafted. Murphy is more of a half-back that can play on the inside, who has a penetrating left boot that really stands out at this level. Jake Bradley is an over-ager that Carlton fans will be keen to watch, with the son of Craig doing some nice things, however is more of a rookie prospect than anything else.


Western’s highest draft hope is Daniel Venables, a potential first rounder and likely top 30 pick. The inside midfielder/forward is a tireless worker who is strong one-on-one and can be a dominant force up forward. Venables will miss the clash through injury and is unlikely to play in the All Star match later in the season. Inconsistency can plague Venables at times, but he’s still a very valuable player who will no doubt find an AFL home in November.

Otherwise, the Jets have Brodie Romensky, Oscar Junker and Judah Dundon that will be on recruiters’ watch lists. Romensky finds the ball at will, often from a half-back flank and can be a link-up player in Western’s chain of possession. Junker and Dundon do not find as much of the football, but generally use it well and can break a game open with quick handballs or forward thrusts. Dundon misses the clash with a leg issue, but the Jets are hopeful he’ll be back for testing in October. One name quietly going about his business is Brock McGregor. The Jets ruckman is one of a handful of rucks that could be drafted later in the year, and will be keen to impress this weekend.

Gippsland Power vs. Bendigo Pioneers

Gippsland versus Bendigo is less likely to produce as many draftees as the other match. The Power have one genuine star first round pick in Ben Ainsworth, while the Pioneers have top 40 prospects Kobe Mutch and Joe Atley.

Mutch hasn’t played much TAC Cup football of late with injury and once again has been ruled out of this weekend’s game. Atley last month tried his hand in the VFL for Geelong, booting two goals and collecting 16 disposals on debut. Kayle Kirby is another who got a taste of VFL football last week, but the goal sneak Pioneer did not just taste it, he lapped it up. Kirby booted five goals in Richmond’s upset win over Sandringham and really threw his name out there to be considered in November. Kirby once again will be with the Tigers on the weekend, missing the final clash of the season for the Pioneers.


For those who do not know much about Mutch or Atley, Mutch is a balanced midfielder who finds a truck load of possessions and is a solid all-round prospect. While he could kick a few more goals, Mutch works hard defensively and is a very solid kick of the football. Atley is an inside midfield beast who can win the footy on the outside too, and is the brother of North Melbourne’s Shaun.

Bendigo Pioneers midfielder Joe Atley in action for Vic Country in the 2016 Under 18 Championships.
Bendigo Pioneers midfielder Joe Atley in action for Vic Country in the 2016 Under 18 Championships.

The other Bendigo Pioneer who has some clubs interested is Cooper Jones, a developing tall forward who is a late to rookie prospect. The Pioneers have largely played a young side throughout 2016 and the signs that players such as Lochie O’Brien and Jarrod Brander have shown throughout the year, will give them hope for a better 2017.

For the Power, Ainsworth is clearly the standout player, with a possible top 10 selection to be used on the half forward. He has the potential to kick plenty of goals and has a strong body to win the ball at the coal face. A booming kick and plenty of confident, he is a likely type that most clubs will consider.

Other than Ainsworth, Sean Masterson and Will Leslie have a few clubs poking around. Masterson is a versatile player who has played mainly in defence but can play forward if required. Leslie is a midfielder who does not win a lot of the football, but has stood up while Ainsworth missed due to representative duties and suspension.

Lively forward Nathan Voss is another who may catch the eye of clubs. Voss booted 3.3 last weekend against Northern and had three score assists bringing plenty of energy inside 50 for the Power.

Overall, this game is likely to be about the potential top end talent and if any diamonds in the rough emerge from the match.

Final hurdle for finals-bound clubs

DS - Sam Fowler
Dandenong Stingrays small Sam Fowler against NSW/ACT in the 2016 TAC Cup.

FIVE of the six TAC Cup games remaining in the home and away season will have bearing on the finals order.

As it stands the four country teams will earn the double chance and the four metropolitan teams will face off in the elimination rounds.

But, that can change with a couple of results, as could the actual fixtures.

The top five teams are locked into those top five positions, while the sixth to eighth teams will definitely play an elimination final in the first week.

The first game on Saturday takes place at RAMS Arena with the finals-bound Cannons looking to capitalise against the Western Jets.

The Cannons’ percentage is well below that of the Ranges or Chargers, so victory is needed to have any chance of leapfrogging those teams into sixth.

However should one or both of those teams cause upsets, then the Cannons would remain in eighth and a match-up against the Rebels or Dragons would loom.

For the Cannons, they rely on their group as a collective with less top-end talent than other sides, they have a hard working midfield that digs deep defensively and tries to undo the opposition with their ball movement.

With Hayden Blythe, Jackson McDonald and Zach Guthrie among the names to watch, the Cannons might not be a premiership contender, but they have the capability to cause an upset on their day.

For Western Jets, they have had a shaky end to the season, but almost all was forgotten with a sterling win over the Bendigo Pioneers last weekend.

The Jets are missing their star Daniel Venables, while Brodie Romensky and Oscar Junker are a couple of players that would be on recruiters lists.


The Saturday game likely to shape the eight the most will be the North Ballarat Rebels versus Eastern Ranges.

If the Rebels win, then the top four is sealed regardless of Sundays results, however if the Ranges get up, then the door is left ajar for the Sandringham Dragons who are hot favourites to knock off the Bendigo Pioneers.

North Ballarat has a host of talented players, led by Hugh McCluggage, Cedric Cox, Jarrod Berry and Willem Drew in the midfield.

North Ballarat Rebels midfielder Hugh McCluggage in action against Calder Cannons in the 2016 TAC Cup.
North Ballarat Rebels midfielder Hugh McCluggage in action against Calder Cannons in the 2016 TAC Cup.

Throw in capable key position players and crafty smaller players, the Rebels should go in favourites, especially at home.

But at full strength, Eastern will certainly consider themselves a chance given their long list of All-Australians, including Dylan Clarke, Jack Maibaum, Callum Brown and Sam Hayes who are likely to have a say on how far the Ranges go in September.

Another benefit for the Ranges if they win is they will not have to face the Dragons or in fact Rebels in the elimination final, rather taking on either the Calder Cannons or Oakleigh Charges.

The game that impacts both the top four and bottom four of the eight is Oakleigh Chargers versus Murray Bushrangers.

Murray has enough percentage on Sandringham to ensure a top four place regardless of the result, however could slip to fourth if North Ballarat defeats Eastern.

For the Bushrangers, there is no shortage of stars with Todd Marshall, Will Brodie, Zachary Sproule and Ryan Garthwaite among a host of draftable players, and the league’s most northern side has achieved a double chance without the injured Jy Simpkin.

Murray Bushrangers tall Todd Marshall in action for Allies in the Under 18 Championships.
Murray Bushrangers tall Todd Marshall in action for Allies in the Under 18 Championships.

Oakleigh is gunning for its third consecutive flag and fourth in five years when it enters the finals series this year.

It won the 2015 premiership from sixth and is still in with a chance to finish there again.

Should they win, the Chargers will not finish lower than seventh and could well steal sixth if the Ranges lose.

The Chargers have a lot of tall prospects worth keeping an eye on including Patrick KerrJordan Ridley and Nick Larkey, while Sam McLarty is still out injured. Other players such as Taylin Duman and Lachlan Walker have also attracted interest from recruiters.

While eyes will be on most of the games this round, the one game that is unlikely to have any bearing other than pride is the Northern Knights hosting the Gippsland Power.

Both teams have improved as the season has progressed, but neither side will challenge for finals.

The winner is likely to avoid the wooden spoon, while the loser could collect it depending on other results.

Northern have a number of players that have caught the eye this season including Matthew Signorello, Luke Bunker, Lachlan Murphy and Patrick Lipinski.

For the Power, Ben Ainsworth is the leading hope and likely first round prospect, while Sean Masterson is another that earned a state combine invitation.

The first game on the card for Sunday will be the Sandringham Dragons taking on the Bendigo Pioneers.

Both sides had poor losses last week and the Pioneers will be keen to turn it around in their final home and away game.

The Dragons have more on the line however and will need victory for a top four spot.

Sandringham has the advantage of knowing its equation heading into the match with the Rebels and Ranges facing off the day before.

The only other way the Dragons could secure a top four spot is with a 14 per cent differential with the Bushrangers, meaning that not only would Sandringham need a thumping win, but Murray would need to be belted by the Chargers for the Bushrangers to drop out of the four.

Sandringham is the slickest of all teams with Andrew McGrath, Tim Taranto and Oliver Florent among the smoothest movers in the draft crop, while Jack Scrimshaw has attracted a lot of interest from recruiters after missing most of the year through injury.

For the Pioneers, Joe Atley will be the key player to watch, while Kobe Mutch yet again misses as does Kayle Kirby who is playing Richmond VFL.

Bendigo Pioneers midfielder Joe Atley in action for Vic Country in the 2016 Under 18 Championships.
Bendigo Pioneers midfielder Joe Atley in action for Vic Country in the 2016 Under 18 Championships.

It is hard to see the Pioneers really challenging the Dragons given the Dragons’ top-end talent, but they have the power to cause an upset if they are on their game.

The final match of the round is more about determining top spot with Geelong Falcons and Dandenong Stingrays facing off at Simonds Stadium.

Both will finish first and second, it will be a simple equation with the winner claiming the minor premiership.

One side will take on Murray, while the other will meet either the North Ballarat or Sandringham.

The Falcons belted Calder last week and hit the form they are capable of ahead of finals.

Missing Alex Witherden, at least for now, the Falcons have relied on the likes of Jack Henry, Jack Blood, Max Augerinos and Paddy Dowling among others to keep their season running smoothly.

For Dandenong Stingrays, it has a wide variety of draftable players, with Josh Battle, Reece Piper, Sam Fowler and Myles Poholke just to name a few.

If the Stingrays get on top and all their players fire, they are right up there in contention for the flag.

With a round to play, there is still plenty on the line for the TAC Cup clubs.

For the finalists, there will be a week off before finals with the four bottom teams playing at Ikon Park on August 27.