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2019 AFL Draft Focus: Round 15 – Coleman debuts as Lions hold off the Magpies

THE NUMBER of recruits from the 2019 AFL Draft to run out for their respective teams on the weekend dropped to single digits in Round 15, with six teams enjoying a bye and a few youngsters being squeezed out of senior selection. There was still plenty to take out of this weekend’s action for the class of 2019, with a bunch of up-and-comers continuing to stamp their mark on the competition. We take a look at how they performed.

Lachlan Ash (GWS)
15 disposals (93% efficiency), 2 marks, 3 tackles, 1 clearance, 2 rebound 50s

The GIANTS did all they needed to against Carlton in a win with few frills, and Ash played his role well against some dangerous Blues forwards. Directly opposed to the likes of Eddie Betts and Jack Martin at different stages of the game, the Murray Bushrangers product held his own, able to match either man for pace and smarts at ground level. He was sound on the ball too, hitting up high percentage options and enabling the GWS defence to take a breather with composed decision making.

Keidean Coleman (Brisbane)
12 disposals, 4 marks, 4 tackles, 2 inside 50s, 1 rebound 50

Coleman was the sole Lions Academy product Brisbane was able to snap up in last year’s draft, and his journey to the bigtime made for a great story. On debut, the 20-year-old popped up with some nice moments, floating up the ground from his usual forward post to impact the play. While he turned the ball over a few times, Coleman’s attack on the ball, clean hands, and defensive intent all came to the fore in what was a solid maiden senior outing. Lions fans will be keen to see what he can produce with an extended run, though competition for spots will be tight come finals time.

Thomson Dow (Richmond)
4 disposals (75% efficiency), 2 tackles, 2 score involvements

After a promising debut in last week’s win over West Coast, Dow only found a third of the disposals he managed last time out. All of his disposals were handballs, found mostly in the forward half. There will be plenty more opportunities for the Bendigo Pioneers graduate to make his stamp at senior level, but he will need to boost his output to stand a chance of making the grade during finals.

Michael Frederick (Fremantle)
11 disposals, 4 marks, 1 tackle, 2 inside 50s, 4 score involvements

He may have been somewhat of a pick from the blue in last year’s National Draft, but Frederick has added some real spark to the developing Fremantle side. In his return to the senior fold after being managed for Round 14, the South Australian produced much of what fans have come to expect of him, injecting speed to the Dockers’ forward half with his run and tackling pressure. Frederick’s ability to contribute among links towards goal has been a real asset thus far, and that was no different with his four score involvements against Richmond.

Jake Riccardi (GWS)
9 disposals, 5 marks (4 inside 50), 5 score involvements, 2 goals, 2 behinds

Riccardi’s form across his first three AFL appearances has had some analysts suggesting he should have been taken in the first round of last year’s draft. Such calls may yet prove hyperbolic, but the Calder Cannons and Werribee product has looked a natural fit in the GIANTS’ forwardline amid some stiff competition. Riccardi again outperformed the likes of Jeremy Cameron, Harry Himmelberg, and Jeremy Finlayson en route to finishing as the sole player afield to boot multiple goals. His ability to attack the aerial contest and clunk the ball at its highest point has been terrific to watch.

Trent Rivers (Melbourne)
16 disposals, 3 marks, 1 tackle, 1 inside 50, 1 rebound 50, 3 score involvements

In hindsight, Rivers may well prove to be one of the biggest bargains among last year’s crop, as he continues to look comfortable at the elite level. It was a pretty dour night for Melbourne, going down to a rebuilding Sydney outfit, but the West Australian was again able to find plenty of the ball and generate some forward momentum from the back half.

Harry Schoenberg (Adelaide)
11 disposals (82% efficiency), 2 marks, 1 tackle, 2 inside 50s, 5 score involvements, 2 goals

Adelaide’s opening win for 2020 made for one of the more captivating moments of the season, and their second selection in last year’s draft played his part. The South Australian native has all the physicality to justify his readymade status, and continues to compete well against more mature bodies. While he is primarily known for his midfield craft, Schoenberg also snuck forward to nab a couple of goals as his Crows soared to a 35-point victory.

Caleb Serong (Fremantle)
22 disposals (17 kicks), 6 marks, 5 tackles, 5 clearances, 5 inside 50s, 1 rebound 50

If he is not leading the race at this point, Serong is arguably among the top three players in contention for this year’s Rising Star award. The diminutive, yet tough midfielder gets it done week in, week out and has proven one of the more consistent first-year players in 2020. Serong has ticked over the 20-disposal mark five times in 11 games this season, and is did so against the reigning premiers while opposed to Trent Cotchin. He is a star in the making, and will only benefit from such an extended run in the Dockers’ senior lineup.

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2019 AFL Draft Focus – Round 8: Serong thrives in the Danger zone

18 RECRUITS from the 2019 AFL National Draft ran out for their respective teams on the weekend, with many of them enjoying their moments in the sun. There was plenty to take out of Round 8 for the class of 2019, as a bunch of talented youngsters retained their spots at the elite level and are continuing to stamp their mark on the competition. We take a look at how the best handful of them performed.

STAR OF THE ROUND: Caleb Serong (Fremantle)
STATS: 22 disposals, 2 marks, 7 tackles, 3 clearances, 3 inside 50s, 337 metres gained, 1 goal

A few weeks back we saw Geelong superstar Patrick Dangerfield enter training to the backdrop of Kenny Loggins’ 1986 tune, Danger Zone. Clearly unawed, Caleb Serong showed on Monday that he does not care for such pomposity, nor wilt to the challenge of shutting out one of the game’s elites. The heart-and-soul midfielder was superb amid horrendous conditions, tasked with following the 2016 Brownlow Medalist, and keeping him to 18 disposals. While he competed with the Cats champ both physically and in the air, Serong also found 22 touches of his own and thrived on the tough stuff to lay seven tackles. To cap off a breakout display, the Gippsland Power graduate slotted home a pin-point goal on his left side to drag Fremantle past what would have been a record low score. He will undoubtedly be in line for a Rising Star nomination this week, and it is no wonder Dockers fans have quickly warmed to him.

Ned Cahill (Essendon)
7 disposals, 4 contested possessions, 1 mark, 5 score involvements, 1 goal assist, 2 goals

You would have already seen the cliched Cahill comparison after Essendon’s Ned soccered home his first league goal on the weekend, and the youngster’s two second half snags proved vital in the Bombers’ narrow win over Adelaide. The small forward’s stats may not flatter, but the energy he brings to what has previously been a stagnant Essendon lineup is noticeable. Cahill played his role to a tee in his second outing, popping up to hit the scoreboard and looking lively deep inside attacking 50.

Brad Close (Geelong)
14 disposals, 3 marks, 4 tackles, 1 inside 50, 6 score involvements, 1 goal assist, 1 goal

The mature-age recruit was another small forward to have posed plenty of threats on the weekend, and joined the first goal club in Geelong’s rain-effected win over Fremantle. Despite the conditions, Close was able to find space inside attacking 50 and got his debut off to the perfect start with a well hit set shot conversion. The Glenelg product was one of the Cats’ most menacing forward options, constantly getting to the drop of the ball and getting involved in his side’s attacking forays. Add four tackles to the mix, and it was a pretty well-rounded maiden outing in the long-sleeved number 45 jumper.

Will Day (Hawthorn)
10 disposals, 4 marks, 1 tackle, 2 inside 50s, 1 rebound 50, 1 score involvement

It was another lacklustre performance from the Hawks overall, but Day continues to show glimpses of his enormous upside nonetheless. Stationed in the defensive half for most of the match, Day seemed to read the play well and chimed in with some important intercept possessions. His marking overhead was sound, and he also provided a safe outlet under pressure on the rebound. While some turnovers (four) crept into his game in the face of the Swans’ ground level pressure, Day has already shown he is a capable user by foot. He seems a safe bet to remain in the Hawthorn lineup as the kids start to get an extended run.

Mitch Georgiades (Port Adelaide)
7 disposals, 7 contested possessions, 100% DE, 3 marks (2 contested), 3 inside 50s, 5 score involvements, 1 goal assist, 1 goal

Back in the side in a big way, Georgiades continues to justify the faith shown in him after Port Adelaide used a first round pick to secure his services. The West Australian only stands at 192cm, but makes up the difference with a terrific vertical leap and pace on the lead. His hands were strong upon presentation on the weekend, clunking two contested marks as he provided a key link into attacking 50 for the Power. While his ability to create and get involved in attacking passages made him a solid part of his side’s structure, Georgiades crucially got on the board himself with a goal in the second term.

Others in action:

Noah Anderson (Gold Coast)
Lachlan Ash (GWS)
Connor Budarick (Gold Coast)
Michael Frederick (Fremantle)
Will Hamill (Adelaide)
Mitch Hibberd (Essendon)
Luke Jackson (Melbourne)
Jack Mahony (North Melbourne)
Fischer McAsey (Adelaide)
Josh Morris (Hawthorn)
Kysaiah Pickett (Melbourne)
Dylan Stephens (Sydney)
Elijah Taylor (Sydney)
Cody Weightman (Western Bulldogs)

2019 AFL Draft Focus – Round 7: Derbies, speckies, and worldie first goals

16 RECRUITS from the 2019 AFL National Draft have already run out for their respective teams on the weekend, with a further two set to take the field tonight. There was plenty to take out of Round 7 for the class of 2019, as a bunch of talented youngsters retained their spots at the elite level and are now stamping their mark on the competition, while others impressed on their debuts. We take a look at how the best handful of them performed.

STAR OF THE ROUND: Noah Anderson (Gold Coast)
STATS: 15 disposals (12 kicks), 5 marks, 3 tackles, 2 clearances, 3 inside 50s, 1 rebound 50, 7 score involvements, 1 goal

It isn’t the first time a 2019 SUNS draftee has taken out back-to-back star of the week nods, and Anderson has somehow flown a little under the radar in his development at AFL level. Last year’s second pick enjoyed arguably his most impactful outing in Gold Coast’s win over Sydney on Saturday, working hard both ways on the outer to win the ball in important areas, and provide a creative outlet going forward. He showed good awareness and work rate to sneak over the back for a goal, and was involved in seven all up, with his kicking game and ability to gain meterage now coming to the fore.

Will Day (Hawthorn)
19 disposals (74% DE), 8 marks, 3 inside 50s, 5 rebound 50s, 3 score involvements

Day has slotted seamlessly into the Hawthorn setup, providing a safe outlet in the back half with his sound kicking game and ability to rack up uncontested ball. He may have turned the ball over eight times, but went at a solid rate of efficiency overall among his 19 disposals, and put the ball into important areas. He may have benefitted from a few short lateral and backwards kicks, but Day managed to penetrate both arcs and gained good ground for the Hawks in their loss to Melbourne. The next step will be finding a contested edge and improving his defensive game.

Michael Frederick (Fremantle)
10 disposals (80%DE), 3 marks, 4 inside 50s, 2 score involvements, 1 goal

There is plenty to like about Frederick, who made his AFL debut in a one-sided Western Derby. While the running went well and truly against his side, the South Australian showcased his phenomenal speed and was arguably one of the most dangerous Fremantle forwards throughout the contest. Frederick, aptly nicknamed ‘Rick’, managed to get on the board with his maiden elite level goal and looked to have an impact with each disposal, making for a promising start to his fledgeling career.

Luke Jackson (Melbourne)
14 disposals, 3 marks (2 contested), 3 tackles, 2 inside 50s, 1 clearance, 3 hitouts, 4 score involvements, 1 goal

Last year’s third pick made his first appearance back in the Melbourne side since his Round 2 debut, and looks to be gaining confidence. Jackson was another to boot his maiden AFL goal, starting as a key forward and rotating through the ruck to give Max Gawn a chop-out. The athletic tall continued to present well and clunked two contested grabs, making for a small glimpse into what he may produce in future. His ability to impact in general play was also evident, and will be a serious asset for Melbourne for years to come.

Cody Weightman (Western Bulldogs)
9 disposals, 3 marks, 1 inside 50, 4 score involvements, 2 goals

Another to join the first goal club was Weightman, with the electric small forward able to flush his first kick at the AFL level straight through the big sticks – from the boundary line, no less. But his first highlight came just moments before the successful conversion, with the Dandenong Stingrays graduate rising to take an eye-catching contested mark over his teammate. The stats may not flatter him, but Weightman was a dangerous figure around the ball and made the most of his touches, adding another goal and certainly catching the attention of those watching with his raw athleticism and skill.

Others in action:

Lachlan Ash (GWS)
Connor Budarick (Gold Coast)
Ryan Byrnes* (St Kilda)
Ned Cahill (Essendon)
Mitchell Hibberd (Essendon)
Jack Mahony (North Melbourne)
Fischer McAsey* (Adelaide)
Josh Morris (Hawthorn)
Kysaiah Pickett (Melbourne)
Caleb Serong (Fremantle)
Dylan Stephens (Sydney)
Elijah Taylor (Sydney)
Chad Warner (Sydney)

* – denotes yet to play.

AFL Debut Watch – Round 7: Former Stingrays teammates turn foes

ROUND 7 of the AFL Premiership Season got underway last night, with a grand total of zero newcomers making it onto centre stage. But just one week removed from Izak Rankine‘s electric debut, a pair of Dandenong Stingrays could be set for a similar impact under Friday night lights, leading a list of eight potential debutants. There could also be a couple of club debuts throughout the weekend, pending the culling of extended squads. We take you through the list and give a little reminder of what each player may bring to the table.

Note: * denotes named on extended bench.

Essendon vs. Western Bulldogs

AFL Debuts: Ned Cahill, Cody Weightman
Club Debuts: Nil

If it weren’t for the crazy year we’ve already had, this would be one of the more remarkable stories of the season. Dandenong Stingrays graduates Ned Cahill and Cody Weightman will make their AFL debuts on Friday night, after both earning the call-up during the week. Given they’re likely to slot into a forward pocket at opposite ends of the field, it is unlikely the two will go head-to-head very often, but the fact that two good mates who played a heap of Under 18 football together will enter the elite level at the same time, is a stunning coincidence.

Weightman, taken with pick 15 in last year’s National Draft, is an exciting small forward who can take high marks and has a knack for booting bags of goals. The Bulldogs identified the need for a genuine small forward and got one with their first selection, with the faith carrying on to a relatively early berth. Cahill has a similar hunger for the contest, but is more of a standout with his work-rate and intelligent patterns inside forward 50. Both have a great set of skills and apply great defensive pressure, so should have an impact straight away.

Sydney vs. Gold Coast

AFL Debuts: Elijah Taylor
Club Debuts: Nil

Another Sydney 2019 draftee is set for a berth in the bigtime, with West Australian Elijah Taylor named in this week’s side. The Swans made four changes heading into their clash with Gold Coast, with Taylor a likely type to replace the combination of marking and scoreboard impact Isaac Heeney and Sam Gray leave in their absence. Taylor was taken with pick 36 in last year’s draft, but has all the makings of a top 20 talent with his ability to pull of mercurial plays and take games by the scruff of their neck. He can fly high, kick outrageous goals, and break the lines, but just needs to find a level of consistency. He promises to be one of the more eye-catching debutants this week, among a stacked field of them.

Carlton vs. Port Adelaide

AFL Debuts: Matthew Cottrell
Club Debuts: Callum Moore, Sam Mayes

Carlton has again named Callum Moore among its extended squad, with the former Tiger one of two fresh faces threatening to crack the Blues’ side, while Sam Mayes is Port Adelaide’s proposed club debutant. Matthew Cottrell, another graduate of the Dandenong Stingrays program, could sneak his way into Carlton’s setup, with the Blues liking his running capacity and the pressure he brings as a small forward type. Moore could provide a third tall target to Carlton’s forwardline, while former Lion, Mayes is in line to slot in on the outside of Port’s side or off a flank at either end.

Fremantle vs. West Coast

AFL Debuts: Lloyd Meek, Michael Frederick Tobe Watson, Xavier O’Neill
Club Debuts: Nil

Both Fremantle and West Coast have named potential AFL debutants among their extended squads for Sunday’s Western Derby in a move which could spice up the clash even further. Lloyd Meek, Michael Frederick, and Tobe Watson are among five Dockers in line to replace the injured Nat Fyfe and Hayden Young, while Xavier O’Neill will have to compete with three other Eagles looking to scrape into the final interchange positions.

Meek, a hulking 203cm ruckman could be the next 200cm-plus player to feature for Fremantle. Frederick is an athletic outside midfielder/forward who lit up last year’s SANFL Under 18s after being overlooked in his draft year, with the Dockers taking a chance on him with pick 61. Watson is a 190cm rookie defender who has had to wait a couple of years for an opportunity, as has West Coast’s O’Neill, who boasts a great balance of inside and outside traits through midfield.

2019 AFL Draft club review: Fremantle Dockers

FREMANTLE has berthed a new generation with its haul in the 2019 AFL Draft, adding a high-quality crop of youngsters to a list fronted by dual Brownlow medallist, Nat Fyfe. Claiming a rare three consecutive top 10 picks, the Dockers were diverse in their selections; packaging two incredible Vic Country talents and one from their own Academy with picks seven, eight, and nine. The Academy theme continued through a couple of Category B rookie pick-ups, with some exciting outside talent also joining re-listed youngsters at the club.

National Draft:
7. Hayden Young (Dandenong Stingrays/Vic Country) | 188cm | 83kg | Medium Defender
8. Caleb Serong (Gippsland Power/Vic Country) | 178cm | 83kg | Midfielder/Forward
9. Liam Henry (Perth/Western Australia) | 180cm | 68kg | Midfielder/Forward
61. Minairo Frederick (Woodville-West Torrens) | 183cm | 71kg | Outside Midfielder

Rookie Draft:
6. Jarvis Pina (Peel Thunder/Western Australia) | 178cm | 72kg | Midfielder/Forward
20. Thomas North (Fremantle Dockers)
30. Hugh Dixon (Fremantle Dockers)
Cat-B. Isaiah Butters (Claremont/Western Australia) | 182cm | 69kg | Medium Forward
Cat-B. Leno Thomas (Claremont/Western Australia | 181cm | 74kg | Medium Defender

Fremantle kicked off a busy first night of drafting by bringing in two NAB Leaguers who could arguably have been considered the third and fourth best talents in the nation, packaging the best kick in the draft in Hayden Young, with nuggety ball winner Caleb Serong – both of whom starred for Vic Country this year. Young is a defender with enormous upside, able to both intercept and rebound from the back while also having the size and athletic traits to push for a midfield move. Serong is a different type, smaller but more aggressive at the contest and one who will have no troubles adapting to the competitive AFL environment. A fearless leader with great class, Serong is more likely to begin his career at the next level as a forward given his size and ability to find the goals.

Speaking of finding the goals, Academy jet Liam Henry was the third prospect to land at the Dockers, with Fremantle hardly baulking at Carlton’s early bid on the midfielder/forward. A different type altogether to his top 10 counterparts, Henry is set to provide great long-term cover for the losses of Brad Hill and Ed Langdon with his driving speed on the outside and forward creativity. The exciting types were in favour throughout the Dockers’ haul, with Michael Frederick a surprise selection at pick 61 to round out their National Draft, while Category B rookies Isaiah Butters and Leno Thomas are developing smalls who can make a difference up either end. Jarvis Pina was the other new face brought in through the Rookie Draft, able to rotate off each line as another small option – but with a touch more polish as an overager this year. The re-listings of Thomas North and Hugh Dixon rounded out a busy few days, with Fremantle one of the few clubs to bring in well over a handful of prospects in an open draft.

This draft haul may be one Dockers fans look back on as a real difference-maker, with a range of talent brought in and a couple of elite movers heading West. Fremantle may well begin a transition towards becoming an more attractive team to watch with this group of players too given the amount of smalls and running types chosen, and recently appointed head coach John Longmuir has plenty to work with, with little go-home factor across the board.

SANFL weekly wrap: Eagles claim Under-18 premiership

WOODVILLE-WEST Torrens is celebrating an Under 18s premiership after downing South Adelaide in the decider on the weekend, while the Eagles’ reserves have a chance at glory after downing Sturt, while Glenelg will face Port Adelaide in the League Grand Final.

UNDER 18S:

Woodville-West Torrens 12.11 (83) defeated South Adelaide 9.6 (60)

Woodville-West Torrens completed a dominant SANFL Under 18s season with a commanding 23-point win over South Adelaide at Adelaide Oval on the weekend. The Panthers started strongly to boot the first two goals of the game within three and a half minutes, but then the Eagles piled on five goals to one to end the term with a 13-point quarter time break. It was much of the same in the second term as the Eagles added three goals to one and blew the margin out to 28 points with danger signs beginning to show for the Panthers. After a slow start to the third term, South piled on three consecutive goals to 10 points nearing the end of the quarter, before a couple of crucial majors to the Eagles put the margin back out to 22. Daniel Sladojevic stepped up with two last quarter goals for the Panthers, but could not bridge the gap greater than 15 points as the Eagles held firm to run out 12.11 (83) to 9.6 (60) winners. Michael Frederick picked up 21 disposals and had nine marks (three contested), nine inside 50s and one goal to win the Alan Stewart Medal for best on ground, while Luke Barnett had 20 touches, two marks, five clearances, three inside 50s and two rebounds. Bottom-age talents Lachlan Jones (18 disposals, four marks and eight rebounds) and Taj Schofield (18 disposals, three marks, five tackles and three inside 50s) were also impressive, while Zane Williams and Josh Morris combined for five goals in the victory. Henry Smith worked hard throughout the contest with 18 hitouts from 13 touches, four marks, three clearances and a goal. For the Panthers, Zac Dumesny had 21 disposals, five marks, three clearances, three inside 50s and four rebounds, while Jason Horne booted a goal from 17 touches, seven clearances and seven tackles. Sladojevic and Beau McCreery both booted multiple goals with two apiece, while Damon Freitag was dominant in the ruck on his way to 36 hitouts from 11 touches, two marks, three clearances and three tackles.

LEAGUE:

Glenelg 16.9 (105) defeated Adelaide 11.12 (78)

Glenelg has bounced back from its agonisingly close loss to Port Adelaide to secure victory over Adelaide and earn a second crack at the Magpies in the decider. The Tigers were dominant from the first bounce, piling on four consecutive goals to open the game, before the Crows hit back with two of their own to cut the quarter time deficit to 13 points. Glenelg extended its lead to 17 points midway through the second term, making the most of their two scoring opportunities with 2.0 to Adelaide’s 1.4. The Crows soon found their range though, remarkably piling on four consecutive goals to hit the front by eight points at the main break. Glenelg drew level nine minutes into the third term, but a quick answer from Paul Hunter saw the Crows regain a six point advantage. From there it was all Glenelg as the Tigers slammed home five goals to end the term and the first three of the final quarter to blow out the margin to 34 points and all but secure the victory. The teams went goal-for-goal from then, but it was too little too late as Luke Reynolds had a day out with five majors, while Liam McBean booted four of his own with the two forwards dominating everything up front. Margarey Medallist Luke Partington did not let his win get in the way of team success, racking up 28 touches, three marks, eight tackles, five inside 50s and a goal in the Tigers’ victory. Bradley Agnew (27 disposals, eight clearances, 10 tackles and four inside 50s) and Andrew Bradley (23 disposals, five marks, four clearances and two rebounds) were also prolific, while top draft prospect Will Gould had 10 rebounds and four marks to go with his 19 touches in defence. For the Crows, it was Patrick Wilson who found plenty of the pill with 29 touches, four marks, seven clearances, three rebounds, two inside 50s and three tackles, while Lachlan Sholl was also impressive with 24 disposals, three marks, three inside 50s and two rebounds. Hunter was hard working in the ruck with 24 hitouts and five tackles, while Ned McHenry laid seven tackles from 18 touches and five marks in defeat.

RESERVES:

Sturt 6.9 (45) defeated by Woodville-West Torrens 14.7 (91)

A dominant start from Woodville-West Torrens gave the Eagles a chance at premiership glory, turning the tables on Sturt, the side that beat them a fortnight ago. The Eagles booted four opening quarter goals, and the first five of the match with the Double Blues adding just four behinds in that time. Sturt got back into the contest with five of the next six goals of the game, with James Richards and Thomas Condon both booting two majors, drawing within a point of the Eagles at the 19-minute mark of the third term. The catch-up was all the Double Blues had left however, as Jake Weidemann and Harrison Morgan went on a goal scoring spree, piling on the next five goals, while South Australian Most Valuable Player (MVP) at the Under-18 Championships, Harry Schoenberg booted his second of the contest to end the contest with a 39-point lead. The Eagles were far from done however, with Casey Voss booting a consolation goal for Sturt before the Eagles added another couple of late ones to run away 46-point winners. Schoenberg was prominent in midfield with six clearances from 21 touches, two marks, three inside 50s and two goals, joined onball by Jackson Mead (19 touches, five inside 50s, two marks, three clearances and two rebounds), and Jack Gaffney (12 touches, five clearances and nine tackles). Jake Westbrook and Connor McLeod had a combined 33 disposals and 10 rebounds, while exciting forward Kysaiah Pickett booted 1.2, and Morgan and Weidemann combined for seven majors on the day. For the Double Blues, Edward Allen racked up 27 touches, five marks and seven clearances, one of Sturt’s big ball winners with Joel Thiele (26 touches, seven marks, four clearances, three inside 50s, four tackles and two rebounds) and Casey Voss (25 touches, seven marks, five tackles, eight inside 50s and a goal). Other South Australian Under-18 players who stood up were Josh Shute (18 touches, four marks and four inside 50s) and Oliver Grivell (17 disposals, six marks, four rebounds and three tackles).

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.

LEAGUE:

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.

RESERVES:

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).

UNDER 18S:

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.