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2021 SANFL Under 16s Round 5 wrap: Bays snatch win as South and Sturt continue to soar

THE 2021 SANFL Under 16s season rolled on into Round 5, with four fixtures split evenly across Thursday evening and Friday afternoon. League frontrunners South Adelaide and Sturt both dined out with 55-plus point triumphs, while North Adelaide made it three wins on the trot and Glenelg snatched victory from the jaws of defeat in a thriller. All that, and more in our Round 5 wrap.

West Adelaide 9.6 (60) def. by Glenelg 8.13 (61)

Glenelg broke the hearts of West Adelaide on Thursday evening, snatching a one-point win against the Bloods at Hisense Stadium to snap its two-game losing streak. The Bays trailed at every break and only briefly snuck ahead during the second term, but two goals at the death saw them escape with the full set of points, winning 8.13 (61) to 9.6 (60) to make their wealth of opportunities finally count.

Ben Ridgway was exceptional for Glenelg, booting two goals alongside Charlie Hillier while also collecting a game-high 28 disposals and five clearances. The pair also ended up putting their side ahead at the clutch. Ashton Moir and Lucas Camporeale were also among the Bays’ big ball winners, as the former also dominated aerially with 11 marks (five contested).

Will Patton and Marcus Pavlic were Westies’ sole multiple goal kickers with two apiece. Pavlic also worked hard to win 14 hitouts, three clearances, and three marks. Lukas Zvaigzne was terrific with 21 touches and a goal, but it was Jordan Gadeleta who ended atop the Bloods’ disposal charts with 24.

Norwood 5.7 (37) def. by South Adelaide 14.12 (96)

South Adelaide remains the SANFL Under 16s team to beat after defeating Norwood by 59 points at Coopers Stadium on Thursday evening. South led from the first goal and applied consistent scoreboard pressure to comfortably pull away from the Redlegs throughout; managing seven goals in each half, with nine of their total 14 majors coming at one end in the 14.12 (96) to 5.7 (37) drubbing.

Panthers standout Tom Wheaton claimed game-high tallies in disposals (24), marks (11), tackles (seven) and inside 50s (seven) in a terrific performance which also yielded a goal. Sid Draper was Souths’ next best ball winner, as the likes of Phoenix Hargrave (three goals) and Sebastian Oliver (two) both made their touches count. Hargrave was among a trio of Panthers to boot three majors.

Harvey George and Rohan Bailey were kept busy in Norwood’s defence as they both ticked over 20 touches while combining for 11 marks and 15 rebound 50s. Kade Madigan was also amongst it with 17 disposals (15 kicks), seven marks and a goal, as Eamonn Cronin clunked five contested grabs in a solid aerial display.

North Adelaide 10.16 (76) def. Central District 9.4 (58)

North Adelaide claimed its third win on the trot, straightening up in front of goal to down Central District by 18 points at Prospect Oval on Friday afternoon. The Roosters trailed by nearly three goals during the third term despite boasting a wealth of scoring shots, but more than made up for it in the final term with five goals to Centrals’ one, running out 10.16 (76) to 9.4 (58) victors.

Roosters gun Kane McAuliffe racked up a team-high 35 disposals to go with game highs in marks (14), tackles (six), and inside 50s (seven), continuing his incredible run of form in 2021. Jed Dignan led a trio of North players to boot two goals, while Angus Tully and Luke Harvey were others who saw plenty of the ball.

Bulldogs skipper Trent Tattoli led all comers with 37 touches and a goal from midfield, trailed closely by Sebastian Wauer on 36 and 13 marks. William McCabe also won his fair share of possessions, as William O’Brien booted a game-high three goals and Angus Vandenberg notched two from his 20 disposals in Centrals’ losing effort.

Sturt 13.15 (93) def. WWT Eagles 5.8 (38)

Sturt flexed its muscles after half time to thump Woodville-West Torrens (WWT) by 55 points at Unley Oval on Friday afternoon. The Double Blues shot out of the blocks but were pegged back well in term two by a plucky Eagles outfit, before streaming away once again after the main break with eight goals to one. The power-packed flurry contributed massively to their 13.15 (91) to 5.8 (38) victory.

Spearhead Chad Reschke snagged three goals for Sturt, but was one of two players to also notch four behinds. George Pope finished as the Blues’ major ball winner with 26 touches and six clearances, as Kobe McEntee (21 disposals) and Ned Atkinson also got busy in the win.

Defender Jedd Thomson was the only Eagle to tick over 20 disposals, with 22 of his 25 touches coming via foot. Jett Hasting was among a trio of WWT players to finish on 16, while Colby Ackland and bigman Izaac Niemann managed to add two goals apiece despite their side’s loss.

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2021 SANFL U16 weekly wrap: Round 2 – Double Blues on the board as top three back up wins

THREE teams backed up their first round wins with victories in Round 2 of the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) Under 16s competition, while Sturt got on the board for the first time this season thanks to a dominant second half.

SOUTH ADELAIDE 3.3 | 7.7 | 7.10 | 8.17 (65)
CENTRAL DISTRICT 1.2 | 3.2 | 5.5 | 6.8 (44)

GOALS:

South: J. Delean 3, S. Hoeck 2, J. Agnew, I. Churchill, S. Oliver.
Central: A. Vandenberg 4, W. O’Brien, H. Growden.

An inaccurate South Adelaide has proved too strong for Central District in the first match of Round 2, having 25 scoring shots to 14 during the 21-point victory. The Panthers moved to 2-0 and sit second on the table, but did most of their work in the first half, slotting 7.7 to 3.2 to lead by 29 points at half-time. To the Bulldogs’ credit they hit back in the second half, slotting 3.6 to the Panthers’ 1.10 to cut some of the deficit, but not enough, going down, 8.17 (65) or 6.8 (44). At one stage the Bulldogs drew within 11 points with an early last quarter goal to William O’Brien, but the Panthers would hold firm, though six of those 10 behinds were rushed in the half. The stats were fairly even across the board in terms of ball-winning, but the Panthers dominated the marks (48-28), tackles (93-78) and inside 50s (45-24), and won the clearances (31-23) despite the hitouts heavily going in favour of the Bulldogs (48-17), and the Central defence holding up (37-17).

Jack Delean led the way in a standout performance with 23 touches, six marks – one contested – three tackles, two clearances, four inside 50s and three goals, while Tom Wheaton laid a massive 16 tackles to go with 20 disposals, five clearances and four inside 50s for the Panthers. Phoenix Hargrave was inaccurate in front of goal with four behinds, but had an impact with 17 disposals, four marks, three tackles, two clearances and five inside 50s, as Sebastian Hoeck slotted two goals from 11 touches, three marks and three inside 50s. Isaac Churchill (17 disposals, four marks, three inside 50s and a goal), Sid Draper (16 disposals, three marks, seven tackles and three inside 50s), Blake Rodrigues (15 disposals, four marks, four tackles, five inside 50s, two inside 50s and three rebounds) and Benny Barrett (13 disposals, two marks, six tackles, two clearances and six inside 50s) were also among the best. For the Bulldogs, Thomas Cochrane was outstanding in defence with 22 disposals – 21 kicks – three marks and 12 rebounds, teaming up well with Hunter Thompson (10 disposals, five rebounds). Jayden Matz (12 disposals, three marks, seven tackles and 43 hitouts) dominated the ruck, whilst Angus O’Brien (17 disposals, four marks, five tackles, three clearances, three inside 50s and four goals) was a key player up forward.

South Adelaide travel to take on West Adelaide to Hisense Stadium on Sunday, while Central District host Norwood at X Convenience Oval on Saturday.

 

WEST ADELAIDE 1.4 | 2.6 | 4.10 | 7.14 (56)
WWT EAGLES 1.2 | 4.2 | 6.4 | 10.4 (64)

GOALS:

West: C. Haysman 2, P. O’Donoghue, J. Hansen, M. Downs, M. McKenzie.
Eagles: J. Capogreco 2, J. Haley 2, I. Niemann 2, A. Charles, G. Falidis.

Woodville-West Torrens Eagles sit atop the SANFL Under 16s ladder after a narrow eight-point win over West Adelaide at Hisense Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Eagles came from two points down at quarter time, and lead by a straight kick at the final break, but managed to make the most of their chances to boot four goals to three in the final term and win, 10.4 (64) to 7.14 (56). Despite having seven less scoring shots (14-21), 35 less disposals (294-329) and 13 less hitouts (33-20), the Eagles managed to capitalise when inside 50, scoring at a 71 per cent accuracy and holding up firm with five more rebound 50s in defence (37-32).

William McKay (25 disposals, eight marks and seven rebounds) and Jedd Thomson (25 disposals, four marks and five rebounds) stood up as repellants in the defensive 50, while Riley Davey (24 disposals, nine marks, five inside 50s and four rebounds) found plenty of space in transition. Harry Dodd (19 disposals, seven marks, four inside 50s and two rebounds), Archer Charles (17 disposals, four tackles, four inside 50s and a goal), Brody Mair (17 disposals, four marks – two contested – four clearances and four inside 50s) and Josh Capogreco (15 disposals, five inside 50s) were other players who drove the ball forward consistently, For the Bloods, Lukas Zvaigzne had a match-high 29 disposals to go with five marks, two tackles, two clearances, four inside 50s and two rebounds, whilst defender Oscar Talbot had a game-high 10 rebounds to accompany 20 disposals and seven marks. Also picking up plenty of the ball were Bailey White (21 disposals and eight marks) and Darcy Hudson (20 disposals, six inside 50s and five tackles), whilst Jack Wilson and Marcus Pavlic combined for 29 disposals and 30 hitouts in the loss.

The Eagles take on North Adelaide at X Convenience Oval on Saturday morning from 11am, while West Adelaide host South Adelaide at Hisense Stadium early on Sunday morning.

 

NORWOOD 1.0 | 5.3 | 7.3 | 11.4 (70)
GLENELG 3.7 | 5.9 | 8.15 | 10.16 (76)

GOALS:

Norwood: W. Rowlands 5, B, Rachwal 2, J. Newton, J. Jones, H, Krawczyk.
Glenelg: A. Moir 3, C. Hillier 2, T. McKay 2, L. Delaney, B. Hawke.

In the battle of two Round 1 winners, Glenelg survived a nail-biting encounter with Norwood to get up by six points to remain undefeated. Charlie Hillier became the hero in the final term, slotting his second major after Norwood had drawn level five minutes earlier with a behind. Four minutes into the final quarter, the Bays looked home and hosed with a lead of 9.16 (70) to 7.3 (45). The 25-point margin looked good enough, until William Rowlands decided to take it upon himself to turn the game, slamming home three majors in a quarter to finish with five – as Jacob Newton also slotted a goal, of which three of the four majors came in the space of five minutes. Luckily for Glenelg, the inaccuracy did not come back to bit them, as Hillier kicked the winner with the final score of the day. Norwood won the hitouts (37-31) and rebound 50s (37-19), which helped given Glenelg dominated the inside 50s (47-32).

Anders McShane (18 disposals, four marks and six inside 50s) and Izayah Kean (17 disposals, four marks, six inside 50s) both drove the ball forward to keep the pressure up, as Benjamin Ridgway (20 disposals, 10 tackles, four clearances and four inside 50s) led the team for disposals. Billy Hawke was solid around the ground through the ruck with 15 disposals, 13 hitouts, four clearances and a goal, while Lucas Camporeale (13 disposals, three tackles and four inside 50s) was also good. Hillier finished with the 2.2 from 11 touches, two marks, three tackles and three inside 50s, while Ashton Moir was a contested marking star, clunking seven contested grabs from 10 marks, as well as booting 3.2 and having 13 disposals. For Norwood, Connor Butcher was the clear standout through the middle with 21 disposals, nine clearances, four tackles and four inside 50s, while Rowlands’ five snags up forward were accompanied by his 11 touches, four marks – two contested – and two tackles. Other impressive players included defender Kade Madigan (13 disposals, four marks and seven rebound 50s) and Rohan Bailey (13 disposals, three marks, three tackles, four clearances and four inside 50s).

In Round 3, Norwood will travel to X Convenience Oval on Saturday to face Woodville-West Torrens Eagles from 11am, while Glenelg locks horns with Sturt on Sunday at Hisense Stadium from 4.45pm.

 

NORTH ADELAIDE 4.6 | 4.8 | 5.9 | 6.10 (46)
STURT 2.2 | 5.9 | 8.12 | 12.14 (86)

GOALS:

North: J. Dundon 2, D. Smith, M. Boxall, J. Dignan, K. McAuliffe.
Sturt: C. Reschke 3, D. Gladigau 2, G. Pope, N, Atkinson, J. Sampson.

Sturt has bounced back from a Round 1 loss to post a big win over the winless North Adelaide and move up to fourth on the table. The Double Blues found themselves in trouble early, trailing by 16 points at quarter time, but then found their kicking boots with a dominant 10 goals to two after that break to run away with the contest, 12.14 (86) to 6.10 (46) at Cooper Stadium on Sunday. Jack Dundon‘s second goal five minutes into the third term drew the Roosters to within a point of the Double Blues, only for Sturt to pile on six consecutive goals over the half and secure the big win. Statistically the teams were fairly even, with the inside 50s count being the lopsided one in favour of the Double Blues (52-37). North Adelaide won the hitouts (27-17), clearances (24-21) and rebound 50s (38-31) but could not not contain Sturt in the second half.

Despite being in a losing team, Angus Tully had a competition-high 36 disposals, as well as eight marks, five clearances, six inside 50s, three tackles and three rebounds. He teamed up with Roosters teammates, Kane McAuliffe (28 disposals, eight marks – four contested – six tackles, four clearances, nine inside 50s, three rebound 50s and a goal) and Luke Harvey (22 disposals, seven marks – two contested – five tackles, six clearances, three inside 50s and three rebound 50s). Other Roosters who stood out include ruck DJ Smith who kicked 1.4 from 12 disposals, eight marks and seven hitouts, and defensive duo, Cooper Underwood (16 disposals, six rebound 50s) and Max Daniell (13 disposals, three marks and five rebound 50s). The winners had an even spread of contributors, led by top ball winners, Brodie Maloney (20 disposals, three marks, three inside 50s and eight rebound 50s) and Lachlan Murphy (20 disposals, four marks, five tackles, three clearances and four inside 50s). Kobe McEntee was fierce on the inside with six clearances from 18 disposals and three inside 50s, working hard with Luca Slade (17 disposals, five marks, four clearances, six tackles and three inside 50s), while Declan Galadigau slotted two goals from 15 disposals, five marks and four inside 50s.

In Round 3, Sturt lock horns with Glenelg in the final game of the round at Hisense Stadium, while the Roosters face the Eagles at X Convenience Oval from 11am.

 

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2021 SANFL U16 weekly wrap: Eagles off to great start as Norwood win nail-biter

WOODVILLE West-Torrens Eagles started their South Australian National Football League (SANFL) Under 16s campaign off in style with a big win over Central District, while Norwood won a thriller over West Adelaide, and South Adelaide and Glenelg post posted wins over Sturt and North Adelaide respectively.

CENTRAL DISTRICT 1.1 | 1.6 | 1.6 | 2.10 (22)
WWT EAGLES 7.3 | 7.7 | 10.10 | 13.11 (89)

GOALS:

Central: E. Scholz, S. Waurer.
Eagles: D. Baxter 2, H. Dodd 2, J. Hickman 2, K. Elliot-Karpany, P. Toole.

Two runs of six consecutive goals saw the Woodville-West Torrens Eagles run out easy 67-point victors over an inaccurate Central District outfit that had its chances, but could not capitalise on them. The Eagles had 24 scoring shots to 12, but it was the Bulldogs’ 2.10 accuracy that made life difficult for them. Booting the first six goals of the game, and 12 of the first 13, the Eagles really took control of the match and never looked back. They had a plus-71 in disposals, took 17 more marks – including 10-1 contested marks – and had a whopping 61 inside 50 entries to 32. To Central’s credit, they repelled well with 47-32 rebounds, and won the hitouts (31-14) and tackles (51-45).

Pat Toole had a day out with 34 touches, eight marks, four tackles, four clearances, four inside 50s and 1.2, as Patrick Weckert (25 disposals, 11 marks – two contested – two tackles, four inside 50s and seven rebounds) was everywhere. Brody Mair (23 disposals, four marks, three tackles, three clearances and four inside 50s), Callum Fairall (21 disposals, five marks – one contested – three inside 50s and four rebounds) and Harry Dodd (19 disposals, seven marks, six inside 50s and two goals) were also dominant on the day. For Central, William O’Brien racked up a team-high 27 touches and 12 marks, as well as three clearances, three inside 50s and four rebounds. Seb Waurer (19 disposals, four marks, six tackles, four inside 50s and five rebounds) and Ethan Scholz (15 disposals, four marks, two tackles and three rebounds) were the two goalkickers on the day. Lachlan Butler (18 disposals, four marks and six tackles) and ruck Jayden Matz (18 disposals, 24 hitouts and six tackles) provided great defensive pressure around the stoppages.

SOUTH ADELAIDE 1.4 | 5.4 | 10.6 | 13.7 (85)
STURT 3.2 | 5.8 | 5.10 | 9.10 (64)

GOALS:

South: S. Hoeck, A. Duke, Z. Keir, P. Hargrave, I. Churchill.
Sturt: C. Reschke 4, C. Mills, D. Gladigau, K. McEntee, N. Prenzler.

A five goals to zero second quarter was the difference between South Adelaide and Sturt as the Panthers ran away with a 21-point in an otherwise tight contest. The Double Blues won the first and fourth quarters, but nine goals to two in the second and third terms – including five consecutive majors in the third quarter – made life difficult for the visitors. South Adelaide won the disposal count marginally (269-264), but it was their spread, with 81 marks to 47, as well as defensive pressure with 60 tackles to 37. The Double Blues will be disappointed they did not make more of their inside 50 entries, racking up 44 to 36 despite losing both the hitout and clearance counts.

Blake Rodrigues was the key ball winner for the Panthers, picking up 25 disposals to go with four marks, six tackles, three clearances, four inside 50s and four rebounds. He worked well with the likes of Jace Daris (19 disposals, six marks, four tackles, four clearances and three inside 50s), Phoenix Hargrave (14 disposals, four marks, seven tackles, three clearances, three inside 50s and two goals) and Tom Wheaton (20 disposals, four marks, four tackles, five clearances and four inside 50s) around the stoppages. Tom Schirmer had 23 hitouts from nine touches in the ruck, while Myles Amos was steadfast in defence with six rebounds from 14 touches and five marks, forming a rock solid partnership with Nicholas Schroder (14 disposals, eight marks – three contested – and four rebounds). For Sturt, Kobe McEntee had a busy night with 20 disposals, three marks, seven tackles, five clearances, six inside 50s and a goal, while Declan Gladigau had the most disposals with 22, as well as two marks, three tackles, six inside 50s, two rebounds and a goal. Ned Atkinson (18 disposals, four marks, five clearances, three inside 50s and a goal), Chad Reschke (eight disposals, five marks – three contested – and four goals) both hit the scoreboard and contributed strongly, while Brodie Maloney (18 disposals, nine rebounds) was unflappable in defence.

 

NORTH ADELAIDE 0.2 | 3.4 | 7.6 | 10.9 (69)
GLENELG 3.4 | 8.4 | 12.7 | 15.9 (99)

GOALS:

North: J. Dundon 2, T. Morgan 2, M. Boxall, K. McAuliffe, A. Tully.
Glenelg: C. Hillier 4, J. Altus 2, I. Kean 2, H. Francis, E. Redman.

A fast start and a dominant third term from forward Charlie Hillier has helped Glenelg secure a comfortable 30-point win over North Adelaide in their clash. The Bays started strongly booting the first four goals of the dame, and by half-time had a 30-point lead. North came out firing in the third term to pile on three consecutive majors and reduce the margin to just 12 points, before Hillier had other ideas, slotting three of the next four goals himself to finish with the four majors, and the Bays managed to hold off their opponents for the rest of the contest for a 15.9 (99) to 10.9 (69) win. Glenelg had 61 more disposals (299-238), 20 more marks (92-72) and five more inside 50s (45-40), but the Roosters were on top in the clearances (30-24) and particularly the tackles (54-34).

Hillier finished with 13 disposals, four marks – one contested – six tackles and two inside 50s to accompany his four goals, while Josh Altus (13 disposals, six marks – one contested – three tackles, six inside 50s and two goals) was the other multiple goalkicker for the winners. In terms of disposals, Kaidyn Weber led all-comers thanks to his 28, as well as five marks, four tackles, four clearances, six inside 50s and one goal, while Benjamin Ridgway (27 disposals, 10 marks – three contested – five clearances, two inside 50s and six rebounds) filled the stat sheet, particularly in the air. Lucas Camporeale (20 disposals, seven inside 50s and two rebounds), Lochlan Thiele (20 disposals, five marks and eight rebounds) and Harry Francis (10 disposals, six marks – three contested – 21 hitouts and one goal) were others who had plenty of action in the victory. For North, inside midfielder Luke Harvey amassed 30 touches, six marks – three contested – six tackles, seven clearances and three inside 50s, while Angus Tully went one better with 31 disposals, two marks, two tackles, seven clearances, six inside 50s and a goal. Kane McAuliffe (23 disposals, nine marks, three tackles, four clearances, nine inside 50s four rebounds and a goal) also worked hard, as Jack Dundon (14 disposals, six marks – four contested – five tackles and two goals) and Tom Morgan (10 disposals, seven marks, three tackles, three inside 50s and two goals) both managed multiple majors in the match.

 

NORWOOD 5.1 | 7.4 | 10.6 | 11.10 (76)
WEST ADELAIDE 2.3 | 6.6 |7.9 | 10.12 (72)

GOALS:

Norwood: W. Rozenbilds 3, P. Higgins 2, W. Rowlands, J. Jones, B. Rachwal.
West: M. Downs 3, J. Hansen 2, M. McKenzie 2, C. Haysman, K, Hilton.

In a topsy-turvy match, Norwood always seemed to have a slight advantage after West hit the front early, but the Redlegs never quite felt sage with numerous West Adelaide attacks leading to an absolute thrilling contest. In the end, Norwood got up by four points, 11.10 (76) to 10.12 (72), booting four consecutive goals near the end of the first term to five them a 16-point lead at the opening break, in what was a high-scoring opening term. The Bloods hit back to cut the deficit to just four points by the main break before the Redlegs hitout again to stretch it to 15 points, and then two consecutive goals in the final quarter – amongst a ton of behinds for both sides, cut the deficit to just four points. A late goal to Brayden Rachwal put the Redlegs back out by 10, before Max Downs‘ third goal cut the deficit to a consolation four points for the Bloods. The stats were fairly even in terms of ball-winning, with West Adelaide notching up 92-73 marks and 49-33 tackles, as well as having 10 more hitouts (32-22). The Redlegs got on top in the clearances (33-23) and inside 50s (49-35), but the Bloods defence held up well with 37 rebounds to 25.

Connor Butcher was strong in the middle for the Redlegs, picking up 27 disposals, three marks, four tackles, seven clearances, six inside 50s and booting a goal, while Rohan Bailey (23 touches, four marks, three tackles and five inside 50s) and William Rowlands (22 disposals, seven marks, four clearances, four inside 50s and a goal) were also good around the clinches. Will Rozenbilds slotted three goals from 10 touches, while Patrick Higgins kicked two from 17 disposals and six marks. In defence, Cody McInnes (20 disposals, four marks, three inside 50s and seven rebounds) and Harvey George (14 disposals, six marks – three contested – and 10 rebounds) had the bulk of their team’s rebounds. West Adelaide had a number of prominent ball winners with Downs (26 disposals, 10 marks – three contested – five inside 50s and three goals), Lukas Zvaigzne (27 disposals. five marks, three tackles, four clearances and four inside 50s), Charlie Haysman (24 disposals, eight marks and one goal) and Judd Hansen (21 disposals, six marks, three clearances and two goals) all have big days out. In defence, Oscar Albot (16 disposals, five marks, four tackles and five rebounds) and Luke Tippens (13 disposals, four marks, five tackles and seven rebounds) were impressive.

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SANFL Under 16s wrap: Roosters crow in thriller as Tigers stamp authority early

IT was a weekend full of nail-biters and blowouts as the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) Torrens University Under-16 competition kicked off under lights on Friday night. The reigning premiers Glenelg made light work of Central District whilst Norwood easily accounted for South Adelaide in a battle of last year’s preliminary finalists. North Adelaide prevailed in a Hisense Arena thriller and on Saturday morning, Sturt opened their 2020 account with a come-from-behind triumph over Woodville-West Torrens at Thebarton Oval.

West Adelaide 7.15 (57) def by North Adelaide 8.10 (58)

Having led all night, West Adelaide could be forgiven for feeling as if they were robbed by the Roosters. However, as all good sides do, North Adelaide capitalised on the Bloods inaccurate kicking in-front of the sticks to start 2020 in the good books. After compiling three majors to one early in the final term, North squared things up late when Isaac Keeler booted his second. Kelsey Rypstra’s behind at the 20-minute mark broke the deadlock, handing the red and white their first lead of the game and opening win of the year. William Dowling was the Roosters best player with 33 touches, six marks and four tackles. However it was his seven inside 50s which proved most valuable in the victory. Harper Montgomery, son of Power premiership player Brett, proved a dangerous aerial threat all day, finishing with a goal and seven marks. Luke Harvey was integral in launching counter-attacks for North Adelaide, amassing seven rebound 50s, whilst Max Blacker worked hard all day to finish with 25 touches, three marks, four tackles and four inside 50s. Although inefficient in-front of goal, West Adelaide leader Kobe Ryan was the games most prolific, amassing 36 possessions and six marks (two contested). Skipper and state representative Tyson Coe was at his bullish best in the engine room, accumulating 34 disposals along with seven marks, six tackles and six clearances in the loss.

Norwood 12.8 (80) def South Adelaide 6.2 (38)

At Coopers Stadium, the Redlegs looked the better team from the opening bounce and never surrendered the lead. Two goal efforts from Beau Baldwin, Taj Rahui and Darcy Emerson laid the foundation for the victory, as Norwood eclipsed their southern rivals in nearly all of the vital statistical categories. Riley Verrall collected 25 disposals, five marks, six tackles, seven clearances and an impressive eight inside 50s in a well-rounded performance. He was aided by the strong tackling of Tyson Walls (23 disposals and 10 tackles), Max Kelly (24 disposals and seven tackles) and Luke Signorello (14 disposals and eight tackles). Tall, Frank Packer took eight marks and hit the scoreboard with a major. For the Panthers, talented midfielder Jaiden Magor was ultra-impressive in defeat, amassing a stat-line consisting of 33 touches, 10 marks, two tackles, eight clearances, six inside 50s and five rebound 50s. The next highest possession getter for South was Milan Spring with 15. Jye Bottroff won the ruck contest to finish with 24 hit-outs and forward Jack Delean booted three goals from limited opportunities.

Central District 1.3 (9) def by Glenelg 12.15 (87)

The reigning premiers commenced their title defence in fine fashion at X Convenience Oval, keeping Central District goalless until the second half. Archie Lovelock was everywhere, finishing the encounter with a round-high 38 touches (including 31 kicks), accompanied by eight marks, three tackles and seven clearances. Lachlan Scannell racked up 33 disposals, 11 marks and four tackles, combining with Lovelock in a productive midfield partnership. Up forward, Mount Gambier product Mitchell Sims booted five majors and Charlie Hildyard contributed three from his 28 disposals and 10 marks in the Tigers 78-point win. The Barossa’s own Austin McDonald toiled relentlessly for the Bulldogs, amassing 33 disposals, 10 tackles and nine clearances. Elsewhere, Finn Reed rebounded well (eight rebound 50s) and collected 31 touches to go with his 13 marks.

Woodville-West Torrens 9.5 (59) def by Sturt 8.14 (62)

In similar fashion to the Roosters victory the night before, Sturt’s fourth-quarter rally saw them head home from Thebarton Oval with their heads held high despite goal kicking inaccuracy. Thomas Byun put Sturt in front and ultimately sealed the deal with mere minutes left. The Double Blues spirited fight-back was led by the persistent defensive pressure of Nick Sadler, who finished the game with 10 tackles and eight clearances from 21 disposals. Cormac Dwyer and Michael Wilden each booted 2.1 as Blake Fidge’s 1.4, whilst inefficient, perhaps proved vital in the win. Mitchell Felton was excellent around the stoppages, extracting 10 clearances from 26 touches. Adam D’Aloia was best-on-ground for the Eagles, producing a well-rounded stat-line including 34 disposals, five marks, five tackles and seven clearances. He kept his side ahead with a goal late in the frame which ultimately proved ineffective. Samuel Harnas kicked three majors for the Eagles and utility Hunter Carter, son of former-Power player Stephen, contributed two. Blake Hansen also collected 32 disposals including 28 kicks.

Round two unfolds next Sunday when South Adelaide hosts North Adelaide, before Woodville-West Torrens clash with South Adelaide in game two of a Flinders University Stadium double-header. Sturt travels north to face Central District at Elizabeth, whilst West Adelaide traverses the width of the city to do battle with Norwood.

SANFL weekend preview: Under 16s to kick off under lights

KEEN onlookers will be offered a glimpse into the future of South Australian football when the SANFL Torrens University Under-16 competition commences tonight. Under Friday night lights, last year’s minor premiers and eventual runners up West Adelaide host North Adelaide at Hisense Arena, whilst 2019 semi-finalists South Adelaide head to Coopers Stadium to clash with the reliable Redlegs.

Following a disappointing 2019 campaign resulting in just one victory, Central District will be aiming to start on a positive note when it does battle with reigning premiers, Glenelg in the third game of the night. The opening round concludes on Saturday morning when Woodville-West Torrens face Sturt at Thebarton Oval. As has been the case in previous years, the eight sides will play each other once, jostling for ladder positions with the top four qualifying for a finals berth. Despite Glenelg having won four straight Under-16 titles, expect the likes of West Adelaide, Norwood and South Adelaide to once again stage promising attempts to dethrone the perennial Bayside juggernaut. The season concludes on Saturday, May 2 with South Australia’s best under-16 talents quickly turning their attention towards the mid-year National Championships. For the first time, each Torrens University Under-16 match will be live streamed via the SANFL Digital Pass.

Central District

The Bulldogs have participated in the Under-16 finals just once across the past five years but will be out to rectify that pattern, with five of their seven matches being home games staged at Elizabeth’s X Convenience Oval. The 2020 Central District side will be without ultra-talented All-Australian small forward Isaiah Dudley, who is likely to front for the Bulldogs at higher levels.

Glenelg

Whilst many key players in the Tigers victorious 2019 squad will naturally progress to Under-18 level, the club will be looking to continue its utter-domination of the Under-16 competition. The Tigers again boast a strong country contingent, with talent hailing from their prolific south-eastern zone likely to once again play a vital role. Coach Scott Uppington has identified the cohesion between the club’s country and metro-based players as a vital component to his sides sustained success. Having been crowned premiers in the previous four seasons, Glenelg will kick off the new decade as the team to beat once again.

North Adelaide

Although the Roosters will play just one match at their Prospect Oval home in 2020 (Round 5 against Norwood), coach Jeff Sochacki will be looking to book a place in the finals for the first time since 2016. Walkerville product Max Blacker featured amongst the best players four times in seven games for the Roosters last season and will be one to watch the progress of, as well as talented teammate Luke Harvey.

Norwood

Preliminary-finalists last year after being taken care of by the Tigers in the 2018 Grand Final, Norwood will be desperate to take the next step this season. Almost always a competitive outfit, the Redlegs will, however, be without All-Australian Cooper Murley. The onballer was the side’s most promising junior talent throughout the 2019 campaign and will now look to break into the Under-18 side.

South Adelaide

South Adelaide’s junior sides have been impressive across the past number of seasons without managing to take the next step. Preliminary-finalists last year, the Panthers succumbed to the eventual premiers by 16 points, ending another solid campaign. South will be without last year’s state Under-16 captain, MVP and All-Australian Jason Horne and prolific goalkicker Matthew Roberts. However the Panthers have a number of talented prospects, headlined by Jaiden Magor, captain of South Australia’s 15 and Under side last season.

Sturt

The Double Blues have missed the finals in the previous two seasons and are scheduled to play just two games at Peter Motley Oval this season. However the side opens its 2020 campaign against the three sides that also failed to qualify for the finals series 12 months ago and undoubtedly have their sights set on a fast start.

West Adelaide

West Adelaide finished as runners-up last year, having concluded the minor season at the pinnacle of the ladder. Strongly-built inside midfielder Tyson Coe, who performed well as a 15-year-old during the 2019 championships, will lead the Bloods in their attempts at gaining revenge. Fellow Sacred Heart scholars Liam Bennetts, Adam Bunworth and Kobe Ryan form the remainder of coach Michael Wakim’s leadership group, alongside Waikerie product Noah Hyde.

Woodville-West Torrens

The Eagles have experienced recent domination of the SANFL Under-18 competition, having won the previous two premierships after finishing runner up to the Redlegs in 2017. However Woodville-West Torrens have failed to qualify for finals at the Under-16 level since being downed by Glenelg in a five-point affair in the 2017 Grand Final. With their Yorke Peninsula country zone proving fruitful, the Eagles have established themselves as one of South Australian football’s best junior sides and will be expected to mount another strong fight under head coach Darren Hams.