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State Leagues Wrap: Weekend of thrillers

AS the weekend came to an end, so did a round of exciting football around the country. State leagues saw plenty of contests that came down to the wire, while other teams flexed their muscles with big wins.

Victoria:

VFL action kicked off on Thursday night with the Casey Demons’ big win over North Melbourne as VFL finally returned to Marvel Stadium. The Demons kicked a whopping 19 goals and finished the game as 107-point winners in a game that would not have impressed North Melbourne fans. Sam Weideman kicked four goals as he continues his ripping form that is sure to earn him an AFL recall in the near future. Unfortunately for him, Casey’s AFL affiliate Melbourne is absolutely flying at the moment, but if the key forward keeps up these performances, he will be hard to ignore come selection time. For the Roos, ruckman Tristian Xerri fought hard, and won the duel with Casey’s rucks, collecting 16 disposals to go with his 35 hitouts.

Collingwood stole a victory at the death as they snuck away with a three-point win against the Gold Coast Suns at Olympic Park Oval on Friday afternoon. With his 20th disposal, Magpie Reef McInnes kicked a goal at the 26-minute mark of the final term to put his side in front, and the rest is history. Young Pie Oliver Henry’s three goal haul would have impressed coaches, while Sun Will Brodie dominated in the midfield, collecting 41 touches and laying 11 tackles.

Geelong held off a fast-finishing Sydney side to claim a tense four-point win at Tramway Oval on Saturday afternoon. The Swans led by three points heading into the final term but Logan McDonald’s three goal effort was not enough to get the Swans home. Charlie Constable found the ball 28 times in a promising display, while Josh Jenkins booted two goals. For the Swans, Lewis Taylor and Robbie Fox combined for 59 disposals and looked dangerous whenever the ball was in dispute.

Essendon’s fast start couldn’t be maintained, eventually falling to Carlton by 49 points at Windy Hill on Sunday afternoon. The Bombers led by 14 points at the first break, but a five goal to nil second term got the Blues in front, and they never looked back. Out of favour Blue Will Setterfield continued his strong VFL form with a 26 disposal effort as he continues to push for a recall, while Nic Newman returned from a serious knee injury sustained last year to gather 23 disposals in a promising outing for Blues fans. First game Don Nick O’Kearney gathered 36 disposals in an eye-catching performance.

South Australia:

Round 5 of the SANFL began with an upset, as Norwood took down the previously undefeated South Adelaide Panthers at Coopers Stadium on Friday night. The Redlegs kicked a whopping five goals to one in the second goal to give themselves a 26-point lead at half time, and the Panthers simply couldn’t get the comeback done in time. Norwood midfielders Matthew Nunn and Jacob Kennerley combined for a whopping 29 tackles with 16 and 13 respectively, while former Crow Richard Douglas racked up 30 disposals. Joseph Haines was the Panthers’ best with 28 touches.

Glenelg remain the best team in the competition after their 31-point triumph over the North Adelaide Roosters on Saturday afternoon at Prospect Oval. A four-goal lead at quarter time was a sign of things to come, as Glenelg rode the first quarter effort until the final siren. Former Tiger Liam McBean kicked a bag of five of Glenelg, while midfielder Luke Partington had 35 disposals and seven clearances. Thomas Schwarz kicked three goals for the Roosters.

A strong final term saw West Adelaide claim their second win of the season, taking down Central Districts by four goals at Hisense Stadium on Saturday afternoon. There were only four points separating the two sides at three quarter time, but West Adelaide were able to extend that lead after kicking four goals to none in the final term. Edward Allan was strong in the midfield for North Adelaide, finishing with 22 disposals, five clearances and 11 tackles, while teammate Thomas Keough kicked four snags. For Central Districts, Justin Hoskin’s 26 disposals and two goals were excellent.

Over at Unley Oval, Sturt were able to pull off a heist, stealing a one-point win from the Crows on Sunday afternoon. Sturt’s Ashley Johnson kicked his fourth goal 26 minutes into the final quarter to give his side a one-point lead that proved to be enough. He was well aided by teammate Albania Davis who had 33 disposals, 11 marks and a goal. Crows skipper Matthew Wright kicked three goals in what could have been a match-winning performance.

Port Adelaide’s ten goal win over the West-Woodville Torrens was set up by a clinical second quarter performance at Alberton Oval on Sunday afternoon. The Power kicked seven goals in the second quarter to take a 47-point lead into half time, which they only improved on in the second half. Port’s skipper Cam Sutcliffe was marvellous rotating through the midfield and forward line, finishing with 25 disposals and three goals, while Tom Rockliff had 34 touches and eight clearances. Eagles mid James Tsitas had a whopping 39 disposals for the losing side.

Western Australia:

In the WAFL, Round 5 kicked off with Swan Districts surviving a massive scare from an East Perth side who are still searching for their first win. The inaccuracy of East Perth really hurt their chances, kicking 7.13, while Swan Districts kicked 10.8 to run out 13-point victors for their third win of the season. Swan Districts midfielder Samuel Fisher had the ball on a string as he worked his way to 37 disposals and a goal, while teammate Frank Anderson had 35 touches of his own. Edward Simpson was nearly the hero for East Perth, booting five goals in a near match-winning performance.

Perth were able to cruise to their second win of the season with a triumph over East Fremantle by five goals at New Choice Homes Park on Saturday afternoon. A six-goal opening term set up the win, with the home side unable to close the gap in the next three quarters. Brady Grey was the star for the victors, with 29 disposals and a huge 10 inside 50’s for the match, while Doultan Langlands kicked three goals. For East Fremantle, Cameron Eardley led the way with 32 touches.

Despite a slow start, Claremont were able to find their rhythm in the second quarter, steamrolling their way to a 52-point win over West Perth at Revo Fitness Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Claremont trailed by two goals at quarter time, before kicking six goals in the second term to get the game back in their control. Claremont’s Lachlan Martinis racked up a whopping 42 disposals and nine marks in a dominant display, while Jack Buller kicked five goals for the victors. For West Perth, Shane Nelson had 39 disposals in an impressive display.

South Fremantle caused a major upset with their 18-point win over Subiaco, handing them their first loss of the year at Fremantle Community Bank Oval on Saturday afternoon. Subiaco were at the top of the table heading into this game, while South Fremantle had only won the two games, but they turned the table in this dominant display, set up by their seven goal second term. Haiden Schloithe put in a star turn for the winners, ending the match with 39 disposals and two goals in a clear best on ground performance. For Subiaco, Gregory Clark led with 30 touches.

West Coast’s struggles continued on Sunday morning after being convincingly beaten by Peel Thunder to the tune of 79 points at David Grays Arena. The Eagles trailed by seven goals at half time, and could not get themselves back in the game against a dominant Thunder side. Blair Bell kicked six goals for Peel, while teammate Josh Treacy kicked five of his own. West Coast’s Hamish Brayshaw performed admirably with 29 disposals.

Queensland:

QAFL’s fifth round of action kicked off with a blockbuster as Labrador upset Maroochydore by 12 points at Maroochydore Multisports Complex on Saturday afternoon. Labrador had one less win than the home side heading into this clash, but a strong third term saw the visitors take a lead that they would end up holding for the remainder of the game. Labrador’s Pearce Hanley once again claimed best on ground honours, running riot through the midfield as he continues to show that age will not slow him down. For Maroochydore, Jacob Simpson fought hard all day to be his side’s best.

Redland-Victoria Point cruised their way to their third win for the year against Mt Gravatt on Saturday afternoon at Southside Toyota Oval. Redland-Victoria Point jumped to an early lead in the first quarter and then only extended their control from there, waltzing to a crucial win that keeps them well in the hunt for top spot on the ladder. Redland-Victoria Point full back Mitchell Stallard was named his side’s best after a dominant display in defence. Gavin Grose was Mt Gravatt’s best for the second week in a row.

Sherwood Districts have finally found their first win for the season, defeating bottom-placed Noosa by 22 points at Rococo Oval on Saturday afternoon. Noosa remain winless, but Sherwood Districts will be hoping this is the triumph that kick starts their season. For the winners, Joshua Coombes led the way with three goals up forward, but it was truly a team effort that delivered the win. For Noosa, Ryley Buntain was his side’s best for the second consecutive week.

A bag of seven goals from forward John Anthony has led Palm Beach Currumbin to an important win over Wilston Grange at Salk Oval on Saturday afternoon. Anthony’s bag of seven was inspiring and proved crucial to Palm Beach Currumbin securing their second win of the season, shooting them up the ladder. Anthony was his side’s best, but had plenty of help from teammate Matthew Gahan. For Wilston Grange, Isaac Corvo was a clear standout.

Broadbeach kept their unbeaten streak rolling with their fourth win of the year, defeating a brave Surfers Paradise side by 10 points at Subaru Oval on Sunday afternoon. A close game all day, Broadbeach kicked three final quarter goals to seal the game to hold off the upset. For the winners, Liam Nelson was the star, leading his side all day in a best afield display, while Alby Jones was the bright spark for Surfers Paradise.

Tasmania:

TSL action resumed this weekend, as Clarence continued their hot streak, knocking off the Tigers at Kingston Twin Ovals on Saturday afternoon. The victors led all afternoon, and never looked like giving up the lead on their way to recording their third win of the season. For Clarence, Oliver Davis was best on ground for the second week in a row. For the Tigers, Blake McCulloch stood out through the backline to end the day as his side’s best.

North Hobart have recorded their first win for the 2021 season, kicking away in the last quarter to defeat Lauderdale by 18 points at Lauderdale Oval on Saturday afternoon. There was two points separating the sides heading into the last quarter, but North Hobart were too strong, kicking four final quarter goals on their way to a maiden win for the year. For the victors, Thomas Liefhebber was outstanding all day, while Jye Menzie kicked four goals. For Lauderdale, Alex Hevey never gave up and performed admirably.

Launceston continue to uphold their status as league powerhouse, demolishing Glenorchy by 148 points at Windsor Park on Saturday Oval. Launceston hit the 100-point mark by half time, and Glenorchy never stood a chance against this well-oiled machine. Launceston star forward Dylan Riley backed up his 10-goal haul last week with a nine-goal effort this round, putting emphasis on the importance of shutting him down. For Glenorchy, Nick Reibelt impressed despite the loss.

Draft Central All-Star Teams: Dandenong Stingrays

DANDENONG Stingrays’ depth in terms of talent beyond its best-ever side is quite impressive. It made it incredibly hard to selected just 24 players, with no less than 34 100-gamers already on the books and a number of others quickly making their way there. With Brendan Fevola voted the Best Player of the AFL Era, he leads a team that has very few weaknesses. The midfield and spine is superb, with some quality defenders, and one of the best small forwards of the AFL era also making the team.

THE TEAM:

The Stingrays have very few weaknesses in the squad we have picked, though an over abundance of quality midfielders means they have a couple sliding into the half-forward roles. If there is an area that slightly lacks it would be in the small-medium forward demographic with one of the best in Stephen Milne, but then a drop off to Shane Savage as the next best small-medium forward. The Stingrays are lucky however, because they have a lot of goal-scoring midfielders who can make up the difference and with a mix of accountable and offensive defenders, it would make it tough to kick a winning score against them.

DEFENCE:

The defence is led by three-time premiership player, Justin Leppitsch who is joined in the key position spots with Hawthorn and Fremantle’s Trent Croad. While Croad could play at either end, the fact the team has a couple of elite talents in the forward line means he is best suited on the last line of defence. Michael Hibberd will have the freedom to play that attacking style which really stood out over the past few years – despite a down year last year – because 268-gamer Chris Newman and one-time All-Australian and best and fairest winner, Adam McPhee take the defensive roles. Austinn Jones is an underrated player despite notching up 226 games and two All-Australians and competes a strong back six. On the bench, Nick Haynes is ready to step up in a key role if required, while Chad Morrison could play off half-back or through the middle.

MIDFIELD:

Absolute A-grade quality that has depth for days. Led by three-time best and fairest winner and All-Australian, Matthew Boyd alongside current Sydney star, Luke Parker – who has two and one of those accolades respectively – the onball brigade is further strengthened by former Melbourne captain, Nathan Jones. He has three best and fairests himself, and even just looking at this trio, you can picture them not even needing a midfield coach with the drive and determination they would bring.

Picking the wingers was incredibly difficult because it was obvious that a couple needed to slide into the forward line. Adam Treloar and Dylan Shiel ended up being those players given they have the capacity to hit the scoreboard. The chosen wingers were former number one pick, Travis Johnstone, and GWS GIANTS rising star Lachie Whitfield because of their ability to run all day long. The depth does not just end on the field, with fellow elite gut-runner, Tom Scully on the bench alongside Essendon’s Adam Ramanauskas.

In terms of the rucks, Jeff White was the standout to earn the starting spot thanks to an All-Australian and a best and fairest from 268 games and 113 goals, while David Hille (197 games, 153 goals and a best and fairest) was the second option. In what is probably a coach-killer at the selection table, Toby Thurstans rounds out the bench due to being a premiership player (110 games) but also booting three goals from 11 touches and six marks in Port Adelaide’s 2004 premiership triumph over Brisbane. He might have the lowest games tally of anyone in the team, but has the flexibility to play forward and there are only the two key forwards, and standing up on the biggest stage counts for plenty.

FORWARD:

A tale of two parts inside 50, with two genuine Coleman Medal chances in most years, but a lack of small options. Brendan Fevola and Tom J. Lynch provide a real good combination of talls with the stay-at-home full-forward who could flick the switch in a moment, and a lead-out contested marker who has the capability of working hard up the field and also hitting the scoreboard. Treloar and Shiel, who may not be forwards but deserved to be in the side, are  Milne and Savage. Milne played 275 games and booted 574 goals with two All-Australians in his time at the Saints, and has a case to be one of the best small forwards of the modern era. Savage does not have the same accolades yet, but has also played as a defender after being a defensive forward. On the bench, Thurstans can provide a pinch-hit role to give Fevola or Lynch a spell, while providing extra height in there.

DEPTH:

As mentioned in the introduction, there are 34 100-gamers for the Stingrays so it meant 10 players who reached the century mark missed out on a spot in the side. Ryan Bastinac (164 games) is the most capped player who would be the first emergency in this scenario, while talls who have been maligned but also played some quality football in patches such as Andrejs Everitt and Levi Casboult are thereabouts.

In defence, Kris Massie and Dylan Roberton were also on the verge of making it in, while Carlton’s Darren Hulme worked hard in his 110 games. Twins, Ryan and Nathan Lonie were renowned for their 50-plus metre goals on the run, while Andrew Williams and Steven Salopek were the other 100-gamers to miss out.

Looking at current players who missed out, expect the likes of Zak Jones (90 games), James Harmes (91) and Nic Newman (51) to be in contention in the future, while Jacob Weitering (76) would be eyeing off Croad’s spot at full-back. Much more recently, Josh Battle, Hunter Clark and Luke Davies-Uniacke are others who have already made promising stars to their careers and have between 20-30 games to their name.

NSW/ACT wrap: Allies go down; IEC Cup a success

IT was a big week for junior football in the state with the AFL NSW/ACT holding the IEC Cup, while the Allies took it up to a title contender in the National Under 18 Championships and there were mixed results in the North Eastern Australian Football League (NEAFL).

IEC Cup

The 2018 Intensive English Centres (IEC) Cup was held last week with more than 250 students taking to the field at Blacktown in western Sydney. The cup is an AFL 9s round-robin tournament which follows on from a four to six week, AFL NSW/ACT ‘Introduction to AFL’ course, held at each centre. The main aim of the program is to test out the Australian Rules skills learned during the course, while doing so in a social and friendly environment.

AFL NSW/ACT Multicultural Programs Manager, Nickie Flambouras told the AFL NSW/ACT website that it is always a thrill to offer the program to students.

“Being able to deliver quality programs and provide quality experiences to new and emerging migrants who come to Australia is a great pleasure for our business,” Flambouras said. “The more players of diverse backgrounds who can partake in our sport, the better our sport will be for it. “Our sport prides itself of giving people opportunities to learn our game and/or become fans of the AFL. Our focus is on promoting the benefits of regular exercise and using sports to help people connect with their local community.”

The close competition made for compelling action, with each of the three grand finals decided by less than two goals. Miller IEC was triumphant in the Senior Boys Grand Final, defeating Holroyd IEC by 10 points, while Bankstown IEC defeated Miller IEC by a goal in the Senior Girls Grand Final, and Lurnea IEC got the chocolates against Evans IEC in the Junior Boys Grand Final by 11 points.

Andrew Elchah, an IEC teacher at Bankstown Senior College said that the IEC Cup provided his students with an opportunity to interact with other students from different areas, something they might not otherwise have been able to do without the program.

“The students are apprehensive at first about trying a new game but after the ball bounces the competitive nature of all the students comes out and they all have a lot of fun,” he said. “Personally, I love seeing the students at school the day after. Sometimes they are carrying injuries or have a little limp, but once some of the staff and students start congratulating them, their smiles go from ear to ear and they walk around with a well-earned strut.”

Elchah said the flow-on effects for the game in NSW/ACT were profound with students signing up to play the sport locally.

“We have participated in the IEC Cup for the last four years, and will continue to do so as long as we are invited,” Elchah said.

If you would like to learn more about AFL NSW/ACT Multicultural Programs, please contact Nickie Flambouras at nickie.flambouras@afl.com.au.

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Allies go down in unlucky defeat

The Allies took it right up to one of the National Under 18 Championships title contenders in Vic Metro last weekend, narrowly going down by two points. Despite leading at the final change by a goal, a late Ben King major to Vic Metro saw them snatch the lead in the dying minutes, the only goal of the final quarter. The Allies were held goalless in two quarters, booting 0.12 up one end and 6.2 up the other, but it was the second term which yielded nine scoring shots, all of which were behinds that will have the home side disappointed not to walk away with the win.

The Allies would be disappointed with the loss, but also buoyed by their ability to match it with one of the title contenders for four quarters, and indeed, might have won with greater accuracy in the second term. Key position defender Jacob Koschitzke was sensational on potential number on pick King, holding him goalless up until the final few minutes. Midfielder Fraser Turner was named the home side’s best, racking up a team-high 25 disposals, nine marks, three inside 50s and four rebounds. Bailey Scott and bottom-ager Mitch O’Neill shared 19 disposals each, and combined for 11 marks and eight clearances. Top talent Tarryn Thomas had 18 disposals, five marks, six tackles, five inside 50s and four rebounds in an improved performance from the first week, while other potential top 10 pick Nick Blakey was better for the run with seven disposals, three marks, four inside 50s and a goal roaming up the ground at times.

Keidean Coleman provided run and carry out of defence, racking up 14 disposals, four marks, three tackles and six rebounds for the losers, while Nick Baker had 11 disposals, three marks and two rebounds. Murray Bushrangers’ mid/forward Mathew Walker was named in the best in his first game in the series for the Allies, booting a goal and notching up 10 disposals, six marks and laying six tackles. Potential top 30 pick Chayce Jones was again solid, racking up 17 disposals, three marks, eight tackles and three inside 50s, while key defender Dirk Koenen played his best game for the Allies, with 17 disposals, five marks and four rebounds.

The Allies will lick their wounds and have a week off before the big week in Melbourne for their final two clashes against South Australia and Western Australia. 

VIC METRO     3.4       5.5       6.5       7.10 (52)
ALLIES             3.1       3.10     6.11     6.14 (50)

GOALS:
Vic Metro: Williams 4, Butters, Taylor, King
Allies: T.Green 2, McFadyen, Blakey, Walker, O’Neill

BEST:
Vic Metro: Smith, West, Butters, Answerth, Khamis, Williams
Allies: Turner, Koschitzke, Scott, Coleman, Walker, Baker

NEAFL Results:

Sydney University 11.9 (75) defeated by Aspley 13.10 (88)

Goal Kickers: J. Derickx 3, N. Foster, S. Tagliabue, T. Davies, S. Fong, N. Reinhard, Z. O’Brien, M. Wilson, M. Thompson.
Best Players: R. Hebron, H. Morrison, C. Bird, T. Davies, Z. O”Brien, J. Bartholomaeus

Sydney University has sunk to its third straight defeat on the weekend, going down to Aspley by 13 points. Holding a narrow two-point lead at quarter time and 12-point lead at the main break, the home side looked good to bounce back from consecutive losses. But a five goals to three third term, and seven goals to four second half resulted in the top-of-the-table side dropping down to second after the loss to the Hornets. Ryan Hebron racked up 30 disposals and 14 marks to be Sydney University’s best player, while Craig Bird had 30 disposals, two marks and six tackles to be prominent in the midfield. Jacob Derickx was the key goal kicker with three, as the goals were shared around to see nine individual goal kickers, but it was not enough to get the win.

Canberra Demons 17.12 (114) defeated NT Thunder 6.13 (49)

Goal Kickers: J. Turner 4, L. Meline 2, I. Taylor 2, S. Tonkes, A. Bruce, J. Powell, A. Smout, T. Faul, B. Fulford, M. Hardie, N. Richards, J. Osborne.
Best Players: A. Paech, I. Taylor, T. Highmore, J. Turner, A. Smout, A. Baker

It was better news for Canberra Demons, who are now just four points from top spot, sitting in fourth after a handy percentage-boosting win over Northern Territory Thunder. Canberra held its opponents goalless in the opening term and by the final break, the Demons had piled on 13 goals from 21 scoring shots to just two goals from 11 scoring shots and hold a 65-point lead. Both teams booted 4.4 in the final term to keep the final margin at 65, with Canberra walking away with the four points. Alex Smout recorded 32 disposals, nine marks and booted a goal, while Jacob Turner was instrumental down forward, slotting four majors. Thomas Highmore (22 disposals and 10 marks) and Alex Paech‘s defensive work, were also among the best.

Sydney Swans 15.17 (107) defeated Gold Coast Suns 6.4 (40)

Goal Kickers: D. Cameron 3, J. Rose 3, D. Towers 2, J. Stern 2, J. Dawson, B. Stewart, M. Rogers, R. Stoddart, S. Wicks
Best Players: D. Cameron, N. Newman, J. Rose, D. Robinson, C. O’Riordan, R. Fox.

Sydney Swans proved far too good for Gold Coast Suns in their clash, storming to a 67-point win courtesy of a massive third term. Leading by just three points at quarter time and 19 points at the main break, Sydney came out all guns-blazing in the third quarter, piling on six goals to zero to effectively end the contest with a 58-point lead at the final break. The Swans then extended that by a further nine points with a three goals to two final stanza. Darcy Cameron continues to bang down the AFL selectors door with a 26-disposal, 12-mark and three-goal game, while Daniel Robinson had leather poisoning with 37 touches, seven marks and four tackles. Nic Newman‘s good form continued with 31 disposals, six marks and three tackles, while Colin O’Riordan was also impressive with 33 disposals and nine marks. James Rose booted three goals, while teenager Josh Stern impressed with 18 disposals, seven marks and two goals.

NSW/ACT weekly wrap: Under 16s squad selected; Top-agers impress at Ikon

IN the past week, AFL NSW/ACT announced its Under 16s side for the National AFL Under 16 Championships, while a number of top-age prospects impressed against Victoria in two trial games.

Under 16s squad selection:

NSW/ACT’s side for the National Under 16 Championships features 25 players – 14 from the Sydney Swans Academy and 11 from the GWS GIANTS Academy, with the squad to be reduced to 23 prior to the opening game. The Rams take on Northern Territory on June 11 in Blacktown from 2.30pm, with the team coming together for a weekend training camp running from tomorrow (June 1) through to Sunday (June 3).

AFL NSW/ACT Under 16s Head Coach, Lloyd Perris told the NSW/ACT website he believes the squad has what it takes to combat the other states and territories.

“Heading into the camp, I’m really confident with the Rams squad we’ve selected,” says Perris. “We have plenty of skilful smalls combined with a few really exciting tall prospects.”

Perris praised the Sydney Swans and GIANTS Academies for their work over the 2018 AFL Academy Series.

“The GIANTS and Swans Academies do a brilliant job in preparing their players, which was on show during the three game series,” he said. “There was a great spread of talent across the board, which is exactly what we want in New South Wales, but unfortunately that meant some quality footballers missed out on selection. “I want the Rams to be a super competitive team that brings intensity into training and games. “If the players combine this with a growth mindset and the want to learn and improve, then that’s all I can ask for as a coach.”

Full squad:

NSW/ACT players perform for Allies

A number of players from the Sydney Swans and GWS GIANTS Academies had good hit-outs for the Allies trial games against Vic Country and Vic Metro on Sunday at Ikon Park. The first Allies side ran over the top of Country in the final term, while the second side fell short of Metro. Some of the top performers from the two games were;

Thomas Green (30 disposals, four marks, 10 clearances, nine tackles and six inside 50s)
Guy Richardson (25 disposals, five marks, one clearance, one tackle, three rebounds)
Kyle McKellar (24 disposals, five marks, two clearances, two inside 50s, two rebounds)
Liam Delahunty (16 disposals, six marks, one tackle, one inside 50, one goal)
Kieren Briggs (16 disposals, four marks, 14 hitouts, four tackles, four clearances, four behinds)
Jeromy Lucas (18 disposals, two marks, 10 tackles, three clearances, three goals)
Jacob Koschitzke (16 disposals, seven marks, two tackles, two inside 50s, two rebounds, one goal)
Josh Rayner (14 disposals, five marks, two tackles, two inside 50s, two rebounds)
Josh Stern (13 disposals, two marks, five tackles, two inside 50s, two rebounds, one goal)
James Peatling (11 disposals, two marks, three tackles, two clearances, three inside 50s)
Joey Reinhard (11 disposals, one mark, one tackle, two inside 50s, two rebounds)

For more information, check out the match report or the scouting notes from the Allies vs. Vic Country and Allies vs. Vic Metro games.

Great weekend in NEAFL for the region:

All three New South Wales based clubs had a win in round eight of the NEAFL, with Sydney University remaining unbeaten, while the Swans and GIANTS got the points over reigning premiers Brisbane and Queensland side Redlands respectively. Canberra Demons had the bye.

Sydney University 18.11 (119) defeated NT Thunder 9.7 (61)

The top side always looked the better team in its big win over Northern Territory, booting 11 goals to four after half-time to storm away with a 58-point win and remain unbeaten in the NEAFL competition. Jacob Derickx was best on ground with five goals from 15 disposals, eight marks and eight tackles, while former Sydney and Essendon tagger Craig Bird had 26 disposals, four marks and 11 tackles in a big defensive effort. Others who impressed were Ryan Hebron and Jack Hiscox (both 22 disposals, two marks), while Sam Fong booted two goals from 24 disposals, four marks and seven tackles, and Tom Young finished with the two majors from 25 disposals, six marks and five tackles.

UWS GIANTS 18.16 (124) defeated Redlands 8.11 (59)

The UWS GIANTS easily got the job done against Redlands in an imposing performance, running away 65-point winners with a 15 goals to three opening three quarters to easily ice the game with a quarter to play. Isaac Cumming had a huge game with 33 disposals, 10 marks, five tackles and two goals, while Zachary Sproule was good with 11 marks from 34 disposals. Jeremy Finlayson did his hopes of a recall no harm with 25 disposals, seven marks, four tackles and two goals, while Nick Shipley notched up 26 disposals, three marks and 11 tackles.

Sydney Swans 10.10 (70) defeated Brisbane Lions 7.12 (54)

In a much tighter contest, Sydney managed to knock off reigning premiers Brisbane by 16 points. The Swans led at every break, but by only two points at half time, and the teams combined for eight behinds in the final term as Sydney held on to record an important four points. Nic Newman‘s outstanding form at NEAFL level continued with 29 disposals, five marks, seven tackles and two goals, while Robbie Fox was important with 33 disposals, two marks and eight tackles. Daniel Robinson had a team-high 36 touches to go with six marks and two tackles, while Darcy Cameron was once again prominent in the ruck with 31 hitouts to go with 13 disposals and seven marks.

NSW/ACT weekly wrap: U16 Youth Girls announced, strong Allies U18 representation

IN a promising week for the state’s brightest prospects, NSW/ACT’s most talented Under 16s girls were selected in the state side, while the Under 18 Academy Series wrapped up with 17 players making the Allies squad for the National Under 18 Championships.

Seventeen make Allies squad

Players from the GWS GIANTS and Sydney Swans academies make up more than one third of the entire Allies side, after 17 players were named in the squad yesterday for the upcoming National Under 18 Championships. Among them is first round talent Nick Blakey and AFL Academy member Mathew Walker, as well as GIANTS Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the Under 18 Academy Series Kieren Briggs. The final selection came after the Under 18 Academy Series concluded, with Tasmania having the most nominees in the team with 11. Despite notching up four out of five wins, the Swans had six nominees to the GIANTS’ 11.

GWS GIANTS Academy (11) 

Kieren Briggs
Riley Corbett
Jacob Koschitzke
Jeromy Lucas
Guy Richardson
Nick Murray
Mathew Walker
James Peatling
Ben Kelly
Thomas Green
Liam Delahunty

Sydney Academy (6) 

Joey Reinhard
Josh Stern
Zak Cameron
Kyle McKellar
Nick Blakey
Josh Rayner

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Under 16s Youth Girls squad announced

NSW/ACT’s Under 16 Youth Girls squad was announced earlier this week, with 22 girls selected from across the region. Last month the Regional Academies of Sport held a weekend competition which saw all 13 regions converge on Lake Macquarie, and assisted in the AFL NSW/ACT Talent Department’s tough decision to finalise the squad. All the players in the Regional Academies of Sport will have the opportunity to go through 20 skill development sessions throughout 2018, to aid in the girls’ development.

Female Football Talent Pathway Manager, Ash Moeller said he is excited by the groups’ progression in 2018, naming a number of players names that might become more familiar over the coming years

“Tathra’s Tarni Evans is a very athletic and tall player who kicks the ball well on both feet,” Moeller said. “Look out for Tarni who is set to roam the ground as our centre half-forward. “Abby Favell is an agile midfielder who will provide plenty of run and carry off half-back, and through the middle. “She possesses good pace and luckily for us, has a penetrating kick.”

Moeller said state level 800-metre athlete and member of the AFL NSW/ACT Diversity pathway, Emily Pease, was a player with a top athletic background with “strong leadership qualities” and is one to watch as well.

The Under 16s side will have a camp in Albury over the long weekend where they will compete against the Vic Country Under 16s.

For more information on the Under 16s Youth Girls, head to the AFL NSW/ACT website or Facebook page.

The full squad is listed below:

Swans claim another win, GIANTS go down against title winners

Tasmania                                            2.2       6.5       9.6       14.10 (94)
Greater Western Sydney Academy   3.4       4.5       5.9       7.10 (52)

GOALS
Tasmania: Thomas 5, Rubock 3, Dakin, McGuinness, Mundy, Jackson, O’Neill, Peppin
Greater Western Sydney Academy: Peatling 3, Delahunty 2, Corbett, Driscoll

BEST
Tasmania: Thomas, Auckland, Jackson, Anderton, Jones, Dakin
Greater Western Sydney Academy: Briggs, Richardson, Peatling, Foley, Walker, Evans

Ultimately in the game that was just going to be icing on the cake, a five-goal performance to Tarryn Thomas helped Tasmania to a seven-goal victory over GWS GIANTS Academy. For the GIANTS, Kieren Briggs was named their best, also taking out the carnival MVP Award. Forward James Peatling booted three goals and was named among the best in a losing side, as was Ainslie product Guy Richardson, and Murray Bushrangers talent Mathew Walker.

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Sydney Academy                    2.1       5.2       6.3       8.8 (56)
Gold Coast Academy              3.1       4.3       6.3       8.6 (54)

GOALS
Sydney Academy: Blakey 3, Reinhard, Ellem, Stern, Loone, Barling
Gold Coast Academy: Scott 2, Lowah 2, Crossley, Gore, Portelli, Graham

BEST
Sydney Academy: Wicks, Blakey, Stern, Kilpatrick
Gold Coast Academy: Scott, Greenwool, Portelli, Bowie

Sydney Swans Academy bounced back from its only loss of the carnival to record a narrow two-point victory over Gold Coast Academy. Top 10 prospect Nick Blakey was again sensational, booting three goals for the Swans and ultimately being the difference between the sides in the end as the only multiple goal kicker. But through the midfield it was Sam Wicks who was crucial in extracting the ball into space, while Josh Stern and Cooper Kilpatrick were other impressive players for the Swans.

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NEAFL Round 6

UWS GIANTS 5.12 (42) defeated by Sydney Swans 10.13 (73)

Sydney Swans have taken the bragging rights in the Reserves version of ‘Battle of the Bridge’ with a 31-point win over UWS Giants. Nic Newman continued to push his case for a recall to the AFL with a massive 40 disposals, 10 marks, seven tackles, seven inside 50s and seven rebounds, with only his accuracy on goal – three behinds – stopping him from having a complete game. Harry Marsh also had a stunning performance with 35 disposals, nine marks, seven tackles, six inside 50s, 11 rebounds and two goals, while Darcy Cameron was good once again with 14 disposals, five marks, six tackles, 20 hitouts and two goals. For the GIANTS, Matt Buntine had the ball on a string with 39 disposals, nine marks, five inside 50s, five rebounds and five tackles, while Tim Mohr (31 disposals, eight marks and eight rebounds) and Aiden Bonar (25 disposals, five marks, six inside 50s and seven tackles) were others who impressed for the losers.

Sydney University 12.10 (82) defeated Canberra Demons 9.8 (62)

The unbeaten Sydney University side continued it’s great form with a 20-point win over a plucky Canberra Demons outfit. For the winners, Sam Fong (four goals) and Jacob Derickx (three) were prominent up forward, while Adam Gulden (28 disposals, five marks, three inside 50s and five rebounds) and Ryan Hebron (25 disposals, eight marks, three tackles, five inside 50s and three rebounds) were named among the best. The Demons’ Mitch Hardie was again strong with 25 disposals, four marks, six tackles and a goal, while Mitch Maguire had 27 disposals, four marks, four tackles and seven inside 50s. Andrew Swan and Jack Powell both booted two goals in the loss.

NSW/ACT weekly wrap: Unity Grammar claims Bachar Houli Cup

UNITY Grammar has taken out the prestigious Bachar Houli Cup, while Canberra Demons were the sole winners across the North Eastern Australian Football League (NEAFL) from the state, and both Sydney Swans and the GIANTS Academies went down in the fourth round of the Under 18 Academy Series.

Unity Grammar take out Bachar Houli Cup

Western Sydney-based school Unity Grammar has taken out the 2018 Bachar Houli Cup held earlier this week. The Bachar Houli Cup is a program that encourages Year 9 and 10 students of Muslim backgrounds to participate in an AFL 9s competition with players of varying experiences taking part in the full day competition.

The GWS GIANTS and AFL NSW/ACT held the competition at Progress Park in Auburn which saw a turnout of 13 teams from 12 schools that participate. The Grand Final saw Unity Grammar hold out Granville Boys High School to win by four points.

The best players from the tournament will be given the opportunity to be part of the Bachar Houli Academy which is a week-long football talent program for aspiring AFL players with Muslim backgrounds, to be held in September in Melbourne. For more information on the programs, contact nickie.flambouras@afl.com.au or head to the AFL NSW/ACT website or Facebook page.

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Shipley’s GIANT commitment

Just two games into his AFL career, local Campbelltown boy, Nick Shipley has put pen to paper and re-signed with the GWS GIANTS for a further two years. The commitment means Shipley will remain in his home region until at least 2021. The Western Sydney born player made headlines when he debuted in round six, as the first player from the area to play for the GIANTS. Originally a soccer convert, Shipley has been a member of the GIANTS Academy since he was 13 years-old.

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Swans, GIANTS go down in Under 18 Academy Series

Tarryn Thomas-inspired Tasmanian side has toppled the Sydney Swans Academy to officially claim the Under 18 Academy Series title. With one round remaining Tasmania sits on top of the table undefeated, and with a head-to-head differential the tiebreaker between teams, the victory over the Swans means the boys from the Apple Isle cannot be dismounted from the title. 

For Sydney, Nick Blakey booted three goals, but was relatively held compared to his dominant combined 12 goals in his opening two games in the series, with half-forward Josh Stern named in the best alongside Luke Parkes and Sam Thorne.

Tasmania        6.2       9.3       14.3     18.5 (113)
Sydney            1.2       5.5       8.7       12.9 (81) 

GOALS
Tasmania: Mundy 3, Dakin 2, Rubock 2, McGuinness 2, Thomas 2, Jones, Mansell, Jackson, Turner, Donnelly, Burrows-Cheng, O’Neill
Sydney: Blakey 3, Barling 2, Stewart 2, Parker 2, Stern, Thorne, Loone 

BEST
Tasmania: Thomas, Dakin, Jackson, Baker, Mundy, Jones
Sydney: Stern, Parks, Thorne, Rayner, Blakey, Brewer

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Brisbane Lions Academy had a huge win over GWS GIANTS Academy, placing them third overall on the table for the Series thus far. The Lions held the GIANTS goalless in the opening three terms and capped off the performance with a five goals to one final quarter to win by a huge 88 points.

For GWS, it was a tough day at the office but bottom-age midfielder Thomas Green was the clear standout, notching up a team-high 28 disposals in the defeat, while Kieran Briggs, bottom-ager Matthew McGrory and over-ager Riley Budd were also solid on the day.

Brisbane Academy     4.2       6.8       9.11     14.16 (100)
GWS Academy            0.2       0.3       0.4       1.6 (12) 

GOALS
Brisbane Academy: Ansell 3, McFadyen 2, Tomkinson 2, Tozer 2, Currie, Franks, Kennedy, Marsh, Townson
GWS Academy: McGrory 

BEST
Brisbane Academy: Coleman, Marango, McFadyen, Matthews, Franks, Marsh
GWS Academy: Green, Briggs, McGrory, Budd

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NEAFL Round 5 results:

GIANTS 7.5 (47) defeated by Southport 19.19 (133)

The GIANTS had a match to forget against Southport, going down by 86 points at Fankhauser Reserve. The home side booted six goals from 11 scoring shots in the first term to just one behind, and despite a closer second quarter, ran away with the contested courtesy of a nine goals to four second half.

Sam Taylor amassed 32 disposals and 15 marks in defence – showing how much he was needed in the back half – while Harry Perryman collected 26 disposals, six marks, laid three tackles and booted a goal. Isaac Cumming was good with 27 disposals and nine marks, while Dawson Simpson did his chances of a recall no harm with 34 hitouts and six tackles.

Canberra 11.14 (80) defeated Gold Coast 7.9 (51)

A six-goal final term saw Canberra Demons storm home to steal the points from Gold Coast in a 29-point victory. The Demons trailed by five points at the final break – and had done so all game – but a 6.5 to 1.1 last quarter resulted in Canberra running away with a comfortable victory.

Mitchell Hardie notched up 29 disposals, eight marks and booted 2.3 to be Canberra’s best with Alex Smout who had the ball on a string with 36 disposals, nine marks and four inside 50s. Others who impressed with Isaac Taylor (32 disposals, seven marks, five tackles) and Tom Highmore (23 disposals, 10 marks, three tackles and two goals), while Alex Paech played an important defensive role with 14 disposals, five marks and three tackles.

Sydney 9.17 (71) defeated by Aspley 11.6 (72)

Sydney Swans have fallen short of a perfect comeback with inaccuracy ultimately to blame for a one-point loss to Aspley. The Swans trailed all game, and faced a nine-point deficit at the final change before charging home in the last quarter. But alas for the home side, they booted a frustrating 2.8 to Aspley’s 2.0 to fall a point short of claiming the four points.

Daniel Robinson had a day out with 34 disposals, 11 marks, seven tackles and two goals in a best on ground performance, while Darcy Cameron continued his great form in the ruck with 37 hitouts to go with 21 disposals, 10 marks and a goal. Nic Newman was great with 33 disposals, six marks and seven tackles, while Ryley Stoddart (22 disposals, seven marks, six tackles) and Aliir Aliir (21 disposals, three tackles, 11 hitouts) were others who impressed for Sydney.

Sydney University had the bye.