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Scouting notes: AFL U18 Championships – Western Australia vs. South Australia

IN round two of the NAB AFL U18 Championships, South Australia defeated Western Australia by 11 points at Optus Stadium. The Croweaters’ accuracy in front of goal proved to be the difference in the result, with WA butchering many attacking opportunities.

Below were the best players in the game.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

#4 Riley Garcia
The Caversham Junior produced a performance that showed why he is one of the leading prospects from Western Australia in this year’s AFL Draft. Against the Croweaters, Garcia racked up 28 possessions (including a game-high 15 contested possessions), won eight clearances, recorded six inside 50s and kicked a goal in a dazzling performance. The highlight of his game was in the last quarter when he was able to sneak through a goal to reduce the margin to just nine points.

#5 Liam Henry
The Fremantle Next-Generation Academy member was lively in the forward half for the Sandgropers often using his speed, skill and flair to try and create attacking opportunities. He gathered 19 possessions, took eight marks, recorded four inside 50s, and had three score assists. When stationed in the forward line, Henry emulates a similar skill set to that of Fremantle star Michael Walters with his evasiveness and goal sense.

#10 Deven Robertson
The captain tried hard all day to try and inspire his team to another famous victory, but unfortunately to no avail. He finished with a game-high 32 possessions (13 contested), eight tackles, five inside 50s, five marks, four rebounds, and three clearances in another powerful display. His contested possession and clearance work is similar to how Melbourne champion Nathan Jones controls stoppages.

#14 Chad Warner
The East Fremantle product tried hard all day in the midfield for the Sandgropers, often throwing himself into stoppages to win the ball for his team. He accumulated 20 possessions (12 contested), laid six tackles, won five clearances, recorded five inside 50s and had two score assists.

#17 Jeremy Sharp
The 2018 AFL U18s All-Australian was solid on the wing for the Sandgropers with 19 possessions, five marks, three rebound 50s, three clearances and a goal. His link-up play out of defence was outstanding, and his penetrating skills were on display throughout the whole game. The highlight of his game happened in the first quarter, when he was able to dance his way around an opponent before slotting a goal from 50 metres out.

#26 Trey Ruscoe
Stationed at centre half-back, Ruscoe did all he could to try and repel South Australia’s attacking forays. Opposed to Damon Freitag, Ruscoe accumulated 12 possessions (six contested), took four marks and laid four tackles, while holding Freitag goalless and limiting him to five possessions. In the final quarter he was moved into an attacking position, where he consistently provided a contest and brought the ball to ground for the small forwards to crumb.

#27 Jack Buller
In his first game for Western Australia this year, Buller showed why he is such a highly-rated prospect. He gathered 13 possessions (nine contested), won eight hit-outs, took six marks, recorded three rebounds and won two clearances in an strong display. His ability to play either end of the ground, as well as pinch-hitting in the ruck, makes him a tantalising prospect.

#32 Luke Jackson
The former Australian basketballer tried manfully to guide his team to victory, often giving his midfielders first use of the ball due to his elite ruck work. He finished with 14 possessions (12 contested), 35 hit-outs, five clearances, and three tackles in an excellent performance. His follow-up work was a real highlight of his game.

#35 Trent Rivers
The WA leadership group member was solid down back for the Sandgropers with 22 possessions, six marks, and three rebounds. His positioning, accumulation, and reading of the play were outstanding.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

#1 Kysaiah Pickett
The nephew of Norm Smith Medallist Byron Pickett, Kysaiah showed flashes of brilliance throughout the game against Western Australia. He finished with just six possessions and a goal, but always looked dangerous when he was in the forward half. His goal in the third quarter was sublime – gathering the ball in a pack, weaving his way through traffic and snapping truly from an impossible angle on the boundary line.

#7 Dylan Stephens
Arguably best afield, Stephens showed why he is considered a potential top 10-15 prospect for this year’s AFL Draft. In a powerful performance, the Norwood product accumulated 23 possessions (nine contested), laid six tackles, recorded five inside 50s and won two clearances, while displaying a ton of class in the slippery conditions.

#9 Cameron Taheny
Another prospect that has the potential to go top 10-15 in this year’s AFL Draft, Taheny showed why he is so highly touted with another excellent performance, this time against Western Australia. Stationed in the forward line, Taheny finished with 10 possessions, two marks, two tackles and two goals to be South Australia’s most damaging option forward of centre. In the slippery conditions, his classy and penetrating kicking skills really stood out.

#15 Harry Schoenberg
Playing in the midfield with occasional stints on the half-forward flank, Schoenberg was outstanding for South Australia with 20 possessions (13 contested), five tackles, four clearances, two marks and two inside 50s. His brutal contested possession work on the inside, allowed him to get the ball to the outside runners.

#18 Jackson Mead
The son of Port Adelaide’s inaugural Best and Fairest winner Darren Mead, Jackson was outstanding in the midfield for the Croweaters with 16 possessions (10 contested), six tackles, three clearances, two marks and a goal. His composure, decision-making and skills were all on display.

#19 Luke Edwards
The son of dual Adelaide premiership star Tyson Edwards, Luke showed why he is so highly touted for next year’s AFL Draft with a sizzling performance. Against the Sandgropers, he gathered 20 possessions, took five marks, laid four tackles and recorded three rebounding 50s, while stationed on the half-back line.

#20 Lachlan McNeil
The Woodville-West Torrens product was excellent in the midfield for South Australia, often throwing himself into congestion to win the ball for his team. He finished the game with 18 possessions (10 contested), 13 tackles, six inside 50s, four clearances, two marks and two rebounding 50s.

#33 Dyson Hilder
Stationed at centre half-back and opposed to Western Australia’s livewire Elijah Taylor, Hilder was instrumental in negating Western Australia’s attacking forays. He finished with 15 possessions (five contested), seven marks, and four rebounding 50s.

#35 Karl Finlay
The North Adelaide product was excellent for the Croweaters, playing as the full back he was influential in halting WA’s scoring opportunities. He gathered 16 possessions (seven contested), took six marks, laid five tackles and recorded three rebounding 50s.

South Australia U18s topple Western Australia on the road for opening championships win

SOUTH Australia has started its National Under 18 Championships title defence with a hard-fought win over Western Australia by 11 points at Optus Stadium. In what was not the most skilful game given the challenging conditions, the Croweaters made the most of their opportunities, having four less scoring shots but booting seven goals to the Sandgropers’ four in the 7.4 (46) to 4.11 (35) victory.

South Australia got off to a great start when Jackson Mead took a strong contested juggling mark inside 50. He then duly converted for the first goal of the game. Jeremy Sharp scored the instant reply for Western Australia when he was able to dance his way around an opponent before drilling a goal from 50 metres out.

At the start of the second quarter, Kysaiah Pickett weaved his way around opponents before finding Callum Park inside 50. Park went back and slotted the opening goal of the quarter to give the Croweaters a five-point lead. WA then had a host of attacking chances, but South Australia’s defence stood up tall. However, in the fourteenth minute, Elijah Taylor produced a moment of magic, when he got the ball out of a pack and snapped through his first goal of the game.

After the main break, Darnell Tucker got the visitors off to a good start when he snapped through a goal. Pickett produced a moment of magic when he snapped through a miraculous goal from right on the boundary line. Cameron Taheny followed up for the visitors with two goals to push the margin out to 21 points. Tyrone Thorne roved a pack expertly and dribbled through a goal to keep WA within touching distance of South Australia.

The final quarter proved to be a stalemate early, until Riley Garcia snuck through a goal in the tenth minute to reduce the margin to just nine points. However, in the 22nd minute, Corey Durdin dribbled through the goal to seal victory for the visitors.

South Australia’s Dylan Stephens was best afield after finishing with 23 possessions (nine contested possessions), six tackles, five inside 50s and two clearances in a powerful display. He was well-supported by bottom-ager Luke Edwards (20 possessions, five marks and four tackles), 2018 All-Australian Will Gould (21 possessions, nine rebounds, four marks and three tackles) and Harry Schoenberg (20 possessions – 13 contested – five tackles and four clearances).

Luke Jackson tried hard for Western Australia with 14 possessions, 35 hit-outs, five clearances, three tackles, and two marks, while midfielders Deven Robertson (32 possessions – 13 contested – eight tackles, five inside 50s, four rebounds, five marks and three clearances), and Riley Garcia (28 possessions – 15 contested – eight clearances, six inside 50s and a goal) tried to make use of Jackson’s dominance with their excellent midfield craft.

Next week, both teams will be playing at Alberton Oval, with WA taking on the Allies and South Australia hosting Vic Metro.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA 1.2 | 2.4 | 3.6 | 4.11 (35)
SOUTH AUSTRALIA 1.1 | 2.2 | 6.3 | 7.4 (46)

GOALS:

Western Australia: Garcia, Sharp, Taylor, Thorne.
South Australia: Taheny 2, Durdin, Mead, Park, Pickett, Tucker.

BEST:

Western Australia: L. Jackson, D. Robertson, R. Garcia, T. Ruscoe, Johnson, McDonald
South Australia: D. Stephens, L. Edwards, W. Gould, K. Finlay, D. Hilder, J. Mead

South Australia prepares for national carnival opener

WESTERN Australia host their Southern counterparts in Round 2 of the Under 18 National Championships, looking to continue the ominous form they showed in a big win over Vic Metro last time out. For South Australia, the game will act as the opener to their title defence as a stack of top-end talent leads their lines. We preview the game, with the selected teams listed below.


WESTERN AUSTRALIA vs. SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Saturday June 15, 11:00am
Optus Stadium

The chance to join Vic Country with a 2-0 record looms for Western Australia, and their form suggests they absolutely have the capacity to do so. The South Australians will provide some pretty stiff opposition though, coming in for their first championship game with top-end talent in some serious form.

The likes of Dylan Stephens and Jackson Mead look primed to prove their inside capabilities through the SA midfield as two leading prospects, but may well add to the outside damage that Will Day is set to provide off half-back. The engine room strength of WA will undoubtedly test the Croweaters, with the 98kg frame of Will Gould making him a possibility to compete through the middle to balance out that area of the game. Look for the bottom-age duo of Corey Durdin and Luke Edwards to also make an impact early having earned selection in the starting 23. Centrals’ Durdin was the Under 16 Division 1 MVP, while Edwards looks a prime candidate to be snapped up the Crows in 2020 as a father-son selection, and both move forward well from midfield. The X-factor comes in spades for both sides, but the rest of the country should get their first good look at the likes of Kysiah Pickett and Cameron Taheny this year, with the exciting forward duo capable of creating both eye-catching and game-winning moments. Josh Morris is another who will roam the forward 50, with his Under 18 SANFL form (27 goals in five matches) too good to refuse for selectors.

For WA, who picked up a fantastic win over the highly-fancied Vic Metro to kick off their carnival, the engine room holds the key to success. Skipper Deven Robertson starred last time out with a game-high 30 disposals and eight clearances, with Riley Garcia (21 disposals, five clearances) his partner in crime. They were given silver service from leading ruck prospect Luke Jackson (13 disposals, 35 hit-outs), and his battle against SA over-ager Lachlan Burrows will be an important one. Trent Rivers and Jeremy Sharp should again provide some damaging drive forward, which is an area that SA could well match them in – so the battle will be intriguing. Fremantle NGA prospect Liam Henry will hope to back up his three-goal effort with another exciting display, while Elijah Taylor is another who looks to be stamping his mark up forward. Strong defences on both sides are sure to be tested, and the inclusion of bottom-age gun Logan McDonald straight into the starting line-up should put even more pressure on the SA back six.

This should prove a key fixture in the race to crown this year’s best side, and SA will hope to start their title defence off on the right foot. For the Black Swans, an Under 16 championship win for this year’s top-agers and their win last week puts them in good stead, with a home ground advantage to boot. That aside, this should be a cracking contest between two talent-rich sides with plenty on the line.

TEAMS:

Western Australia:

B: 13. B. Johnson, 21. J. Pasini, 20. J Prior
HB: 11. J. Pina, 26. T. Ruscoe, 35. T. Rivers
C: 10. D. Robertson, 12. R. Clarke, 17. J. Sharp
HF: 34. R. Bennell, 19. E. Taylor, 3. T. Thorne
F: 5. L. Henry, 23. N. Martin, 25. L. McDonald
R: 32. L. Jackson, 14. C. Warner, 4. R. Garcia
Int: (from) 6. C. Anderson, 27. J. Buller, 9. T. Hobley, 29. N. Ireland, 18. J. Jackson, 24. R. O’Connor, 7. N. O’Driscoll

In: J. Buller, T. Hobley, N. Ireland, L. McDonald
Out: R. Hudson (rotated), C. Jamieson (rotated)

South Australia:

B: 22. H. Magor, 33. D. Hilder, 30. O. Grivell
HB: 24. W. Gould, 35. K. Finlay, 12. W. Day
C: 10. J. Shute, 7. D. Stephens, 11. C. Park
HF: 5. D. Tucker, 42. D Freitag, 9. C. Taheny
F: 32. D. Sladojevic, 17. J. Morris, 1. K. Pickett
R: 37. L. Burrows, 20. L. McNeil, 18. J. Mead
Int: 4. J. O’Brien, 3. C. Durdin, 15. H. Schoenberg, 19. L. Edwards, 8. J. McEntee

Emg: 31. J. Moore, 23. B. Searle, 16. Z. Dumensy, 43. J. Coff

AFL Under 18 National Championships preview: South Australia

SOUTH Australia is primed to again be one of the leading teams at this year’s U18 National carnival, with a bunch of top-end prospects set to individually thrive among the talented squad. With some of those stars having broken into League and Reserve sides in the South Australia National Football League (SANFL), expect them to mix grunt with obvious x-factor.

Key players:

Will Day
West Adelaide | General Defender
5/06/2001 | 187cm | 70kg

A silky half-back who uses the ball well on both sides of his body. Has made a good return from injury for school side, Sacred Heart and is primed to make an impact over the championships. Look for him to link up with the likes of Jackson Mead if he remains on the outside, looking for clever ways forward.

Will Gould
Glenelg | Tall Utility
14/01/2001 | 191cm | 98kg

The big-bodied defender often plays above his height on the back of his incredible physicality, but also has the traits to play smaller off half-back. Expect to see him play both roles during the championships through a mix of high marking and effective rebounds, with a stint in the midfield also possible should SA require some grunt. Has held his own at League level for Glenelg, and will be a real leader for his side.

Jackson Mead
WWT Eagles | Outside Midfielder
30/09/2001 | 183cm | 83kg

One who can make a real difference on the outside with his skills and penetrating kick, Mead is the son of inaugural Port Adelaide best and fairest winner, Darren. Does not win massive amounts of ball, but has important touches and may even counter that with a move into the centre bounces. Is also capable of finding the goals, and looks most dangerous when given time and space going forward.

Dylan Stephens
Norwood | Balanced Midfielder
08/01/2001 | 182cm | 70kg

A classy mover and user who has broken into the Norwood senior side despite his light-on 70kg frame. While his SANFL League outings have mainly been spent on the outside, expect to see Stephens right in the thick of it for South Australia at the carnival as one of their prime movers through midfield. Has risen even higher in stocks of late to be touted as his state’s leading prospect.


X-factor:

Anzac Lochowiak
Sturt | Forward/Midfielder
04/06/2001 | 183cm | 84kg

Will look to follow in the footsteps of brother, Mihail by representing South Australia having enjoyed a solid start to the year with Rostevor and Sturt in the U18s and Reserves. Is a damaging type who can find the goals from further afield, but will likely feature off half-forward for SA. Lochowiak is already solidly built, and should make an impact that way in high pressure games.

Josh Morris
WWT Eagles | General Forward
07/11/2001 | 186cm | 76kg

Morris’ stocks have risen on the back booting a mammoth 27 goals in five games for the Eagles U18s, seeing him slot straight into the SA side to face WA. Does not see a huge amount of ball, but certainly makes an impact deep inside the forward 50 arc and will likely play one-out at times. Is one of the form players coming into the carnival, and should catch a few eyes with his pace and goal sense.

Kysiah Pickett
WWT Eagles | Small Forward
02/06/2001 | 170cm | 68kg

A true embodiment of X-factor, Pickett has already caught the eye on many an occasion this year. Standing at just 170cm, you cannot help but notice ‘Kozzie’ as he flies for high marks and shows his nous around goal. The nephew of 2004 Norm Smith Medallist, Byron, Pickett is a typical small forward with bucketloads of natural talent. Expect a few highlights out of him throughout the carnival.

Cameron Taheny
Norwood | General Forward
03/08/2001 | 184cm | 80kg

A dynamic forward who can win games off off his own boot. Has gained senior experience at Norwood alongside teammate Dylan Stephens, making a real impression with 11 goals over three games – including a bag of five. Is the kind of player who can drift in and out of games, but has enough star power to suggest he’ll make a real difference for South Australia inside 50.


Up and comers:

Corey Durdin
Central District | Inside Midfielder
14/04/2002 | 173cm | 70kg

The 2018 Under-16 Division 1 Most Valuable Player (MVP )is rightly one of the leading bottom-age prospects around the country, and has broken into the Centrals Reserves side. Durdin is an absolute ball magnet, consistently winning over 20 disposals at Under 18 level and snaring his fair share of clearances. Also has the capacity to break forward and deliver inside 50 on top of finding goals himself, so may even spend time up forward given his 173cm/70kg frame.

Luke Edwards
Glenelg | Inside Midfielder
12/01/2002 | 187cm | 79kg

The bottom-age midfield prospect who is right behind Durdin in terms of exploits, Edwards will be watched closely by Crows fans as a possible 2020 father-son. Is one who can provide some inside grunt to the SA midfield, with the added ability to move forward and find the goals. Does all the dirty work in terms of tackling and winning the hard ball, so should be an important part of the squad.

Taj Schofield
WWT Eagles | Midfielder/Forward
7/09/2002 | 176cm | 71kg

A zippy type who was ironically a standout for Western Australia  in last year’s Under-16 carnival. Has since relocated to South Australia and is yet another father-son prospect in this squad, tied to Port Adelaide as the son of 2004 Premiership player, Jarrad. Expect him to show flashes on the outside and forward of centre should he get the opportunity.

Riley Thilthorpe
West Adelaide | Ruck
7/07/2002 | 199cm | 96kg

A mobile ruck who already has the size to compete with bigger bodies. Is terrific overhead and can also make an impact at either end, making him a dynamic prospect for his position. Finds the ball well as somewhat of a fourth midfielder and will cover a heap of ground. Also has a good athletic base having topped West Adelaide’s 2km time trial in the pre-season.


AFL U18s Fixtures:

vs. Western Australia @ Optus Stadium, Saturday June 15, 11am
vs. Vic Metro @ Alberton Oval, Saturday June 22, 12:50pm
vs. Vic Country @ GMHBA Stadium, Friday June 28, 1:00pm
vs. Allies @ Marvel Stadium, Wednesday July 3, 4:40pm


Summary:

This year looks to be another fruitful year for the reigning champions, bolstered by a number of top-end talent. The likes of Dylan Stephens and Jackson Mead should get the chance to shine through midfield after already proving their outside capabilities, while dynamic forward types like Cameron Taheny and Josh Morris should provide a wealth of goals. Add Kysiah Pickett to that mix and you have some serious X-factor, with Will Gould and Will Day the most likely to impact down back. Bottom-age stocks should also prop up their leading top-age talent through midfield, completing a formidable unit. The advantage of some in experiencing senior SANFL football should also put them in good stead, adding to their obvious amount of class and damaging ball users.

SANFL weekly wrap: Eagles dominate Roosters

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

Feature Games:

Woodville-West Torrens v North Adelaide

Under 18 

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

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

 

Reserves 

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

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

 

League

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

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

 

Around the Grounds:

West Adelaide vs. Port Adelaide Magpies

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

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

 

Norwood vs. Glenelg

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

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

 

South Adelaide vs. Central District

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

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

 

Sturt vs. Adelaide

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

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

 

West Adelaide vs. Sturt

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

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

Season preview: SANFL 2019

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

Adelaide:

By: Damon Mattiazzo

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

Centrals:

By: Damon Mattiazzo

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

Glenelg

By: Jamie Morgan

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

North Adelaide:

By: David Chapman

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

Norwood:

By: Jamie Morgan

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

Port Adelaide:

By: Damon Mattiazzo

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

South Adelaide:

By: Jamie Morgan

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

Sturt:

By: Damon Mattiazzo

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

West Adelaide:

By: Damon Mattiazzo

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

Woodville-West Torrens:

By: Jamie Morgan

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

South Australia weekly wrap: Grand Final fever grips the State

AFTER the recent events in South Australian National Football League (SANFL) the build up to last weeks Grand Final was huge. There was still plenty happening around young talent in SA footy, with future stars on display, plus some 2018 prospects performing on the bug stage

League:

Grand Final

NORTH  5.0  9.4  14.7  19.10 (124)
NORWOOD  3.7  7.11  12.14  15.15 (105)

Goals:

North: A. Barns 4, Woodcock, McInerney, Harvey 3, Hender 2, Young, Ramsey, Sweet, Wilkie.
Norwood: Grigg 6, Phillips, A. Wilson 2, Dawe, Fuller, Smart, Shenton, Bampton.

JACK OATEY MEDAL: Mitch Grigg (Norwood)

CROWD – 40,355 at Adelaide Oval.

After a tumultuous week in SANFL history and the end of the “19th man” saga, the excitement around the Grand Final of Norwood vs. North Adelaide was huge. To say the game was an absolute highlight is an understatement as the it was clearly the best game in SANFL League footy for a long time and quickly took the focus away from the prior week events.

A high-scoring game that ended with North Adelaide claiming the Premiership by 19 points (yes 19) with 34 goals scored for the whole game.

North put a strong four quarter effort together leading at every break and won an historic premiership from fifth position on the ladder. Best performed on the day despite an even spread of contributors were Thomas Schwarz and forwards Keenan Ramsey and Mitch Harvey, who hit the scoreboard. Young speedster Boyd Woodcock continued to shine on the big stage with three first half goals and finished with 15 disposals and two score assists for the Roosters. Meanwhile, fellow U18 talent Conor Rozee was quieter with only nine disposals. Young Roosters backman Mackenzie Slee who was brought into the Grand Final side broke lines from defence and was a standout.

For Norwood it was their top end talent that held them in the game, ex Adelaide Crows Mitch Grigg finished best afield with six goals and 31 disposals playing on the ball. Along with back-to-back Magarey medals Grigg must be eyeing of another crack at AFL spot. Mature ager Matthew Nunn again helped his draft prospects in an all round game for the Redlegs.

 

Reserves:

Grand Final

NORTH  5.1  9.3  12.6  16.8 (104)
NORWOOD  3.2  5.5  7.5  12.8 (80)

Goals:

North: Agorastos 5, Verity, C. Barns 3, Miller 2, Lower, Szekely, Ryswyk.
Norwood: Edmead 3, Viney, Surman, Hewson 2, Olsson, L. Charlton, Carter.

BOB LEE MEDAL: Jake Schwarz (North Adelaide)

It was certainly North Adelaide’s day with their Reserves side victorious by 24 points in an impressive display.

North’s side appeared to have the blend of experience and youth right for the game with all the ex league experience helping the side to victory alongside some talented younger players. Best for North was Jake Schwarz, along with Leigh Ryswyk and forward Strato Agorastas who finished with five goals.

Norwood suffered injury blows early which didn’t help their cause, but they fought all day and Zac Richards kept finding the footy finishing with 33 disposals.

 

Under 17 SANFL Future Stars

BLUE  2.3  5.8  9.11  11.13 (79)
YELLOW  0.1  1.1  3.1  5.5 (35)

Best:

Blue: K. Pickett, J. McEntee, C. Durdin, J. Sinderberry, H. Weeks.
Yellow: J. O’Brien, L. Edwards, W. Gould, K. Finlay, T. Wilfred, N. Hannagan.

Goals:

Blue: D. Sladojevic 3, K. Pickett, C. Horsnell, J. Westley, C. Taheny, J. Sinderberry, J. Cannizzaro, J. Coff, R. Thilthorpe.
Yellow: M. Riddle 2, C. Park, D. Hilder, W. Gould.

The 2019 South Australian prospects and beyond were on show early on Grand Final day, with a high standard game played by all. It was a great opportunity to see this talent against each other and certainly highlighted some players to watch for 2019. Kysiah Pickett who has had a good year at Eagles was best afield while fellow consistent performers from the season Jed Mcentee and Will Gould continue to impress.

SA under 16 captain Corey Durdin raises his standard in every game he plays, as does Luke Edwards (son of Tyson) with both being earmarked as future stars.

 

SANFL 2018 Powerade Breakthrough Player winner – Jackson Hately

There is no doubt Centrals 2018 crop of players is one of their most exciting bunches in recent years, with a scoop of awards in 2018.

The standout for the year was talent Jackson Hately (2018 draft prospect) who took his game to a new level playing League football consistently all year for the Bulldogs and earning himself the SANFL League Breakthrough player of the year. This award in in its eleventh year looks to recognise the best emerging talent at SANFL League level, who are under 23 and played less than 10 games at start of season.

Hately’s season is one to clearly put him high on the 2018 AFL Draft prospect, with some dominant performances at League level, and he has been an integral part of Centrals winning sides all year. Add to this his strong and consistent 2018 U18 National Championships, this strong midfielder looks ready to go at AFL level.

The full list of weekly nominees can be found here.