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Weekend wash-up: SANFL Women’s Preliminary Final

NORTH Adelaide has exorcised any lingering demons that haunted the playing group in its previous two finals series, after holding on in a titanic struggle against minor premiers Norwood. The Redlegs have been a source of pain for the Roosters over the past two years, defeating them in the 2017 South Australian National Football League (SANFL) Women’s decider, before sending them packing in the Preliminary Final last year. Twelve months on and the Roosters had to do it tough, but survived in a 2.6 (18) to 1.10 (16) armwrestle. While the Roosters are used to using their firepower to overwhelm teams, they had to do it with a low-scoring struggle, but did it well to move through into the 2019 decider. It was more than remarkable considering the Redlegs won the hitouts (32-17), clearances (29-18) and inside 50s (35-18) but struggled with accuracy which ultimately cost them.

Neither team could score in the opening term as the minor premiers applied plenty of forward pressure, booting four behinds to just one behind in the opening term. The game opened up immediately in the second term with Matilda Zander putting one through the big sticks just 43 seconds into the quarter, before three minutes later Paige Allan responded for the Roosters. A couple of behinds each later and the Redlegs still held a narrow three-point advantage. Norwood continued to pepper the goals after the main break, booting three behinds, but it was competition leading goalkicker Kelly Barltrop who found the opening and slammed it home after two behinds, to give the underdogs the first – and what would be only goal of the second half. Leading by only a point at the final break, Allen and Erica Greet both missed chances in the opening seven minutes to add to the Roosters’ lead, but Norwood could not apply any scoreboard pressure, and when Rhiannon Busch missed the only scoring shot in the final term for Norwood, the Roosters had held on by two points in a low-scoring nail-biter.

Amber Ward stood up gallantly in defence for North Adelaide, starring with 23 disposals and eight rebounds, while Olivia Gallio was also good with 14 disposals, three rebounds and two clearances. Kathryn Reynolds laid six tackles to go with her 14 disposals, while Erica Greet was the other main ball winner with 13 touches, four marks, two tackles, two inside 50s and two rebounds. The usual ball winners were kept quiet, but the Roosters found a way to win against a Norwood side that was missing its biggest ball winner, Najwa Allen. In her absence, Hannah Dunn put out her usual performance with 26 disposals, nine clearances, six tackles and four marks, while Sally Riley was also busy around the stoppages with 22 disposals, five clearances and four tackles, as was Michele Reid (18 disposals, five clearances, four inside 50s and three rebounds. Now Norwood are left ruing what might have been for the second year running, while North Adelaide must find a way to topple reigning premiers South Adelaide and make it a remarkable nine wins on the trot.

NORTH ADELAIDE 0.1 1.3 2.4 2.6 (18)
NORWOOD 0.4 1.6 1.9 1.10 (16)

GOALS:

North: Kelly Barltrop, Paige Allan
Norwood: Matilda Zander

DISPOSALS:

North: Amber Ward 23
Norwood: Hannah Dunn 26, Sally Riley 22, Tahlia Meyer 19, Michele Reid 18, Monique Hollick 17, Sophie Armitstead 16, Leah Cutting 15

Weekend wash-up: SANFL Women’s – Semi-finals

THE reigning premiers are back in the decider after a 13-point win over minor premiers, Norwood – South Adelaide’s second win over the Redlegs in three rounds – while North Adelaide breathed a sigh of relief, coming back from a four-point final break deficit against Glenelg to ensure their premiership dream remains alive.

NORTH ADELAIDE 2.0 | 2.1 | 2.1 | 4.1 (25)
GLENELG 0.3 | 2.5 | 2.5 | 3.5 (23)

GOALS:

North: Kelly Barltrop 2, Brittany Perry, Leah Tynan.
Glenelg: Ellen Fauser, Melinda Speechley, Tasja Batzavalis.

DISPOSALS:

North: Lauren Daniel 17
Glenelg: Ebony Marinoff 38, Cass Hartley 17, Samantha Franson 16, Caitlin Gould, Ellie Kellock, Chelsea Packer 15.

A herculean effort from Ebony Marinoff and Glenelg was not enough for the Tigers to cause an upset win over North Adelaide in the do-or-die semi-final on Friday. The underdogs conceded the first two goals of the game with Leah Tynan and Kelly Barltrop getting the Roosters on top in the first term, before majors to Ellen Fauser and Melinda Speechley saw the Tigers hit the front at half-time by four points. The third quarter was a titanic struggle with neither side able to score such was the intensity and defensive pressure, and the Rooster fans were feeling nervous still down at the final break having scored one behind since quarter time. Luckily their fears were put to bed early in the fourth with Brittany Perry putting her side in front, before Barltrop booted her second a couple of minutes later to five them an eight-point lead. Tasja Batzavalis picked a good time for her first league goal in the tenth minute and the margin was back to two points. Unfortunately for the Tigers despite their best efforts they were not able to breakthrough and the Roosters breathed a sigh of relief knowing the next two weeks were going to be tough. North Adelaide shared the ball around in the win, with Lauren Daniel amassing a team-high 17 disposals, as well as two marks, two clearances, two inside 50s and four tackles. Amber Ward won 14 touches, laid five tackles and had two rebounds, while Perry worked hard between the arcs with four clearances, four rebounds and three inside 50s, while laying six tackles and having 13 disposals. Barltrop made the most of her opportunities with two goals from six disposals. The clear standout player on the ground to no-one’s surprise was Marinoff, who broke her own league disposal record for a third consecutive week, amassing 38 disposals, taking nine marks (two contested), eight clearances, five inside 50s, four rebounds and laying nine tackles. Cassie Hartley also had 17 touches, while Samantha Franson was fierce around the stoppages with 16 touches, four clearances, three inside 50s and a game-high 12 tackles. Caitlin Gould was busy in the ruck with 24 hitouts, three clearances, seven inside 50s and five tackles as well as 15 disposals. It was a promising season for Glenelg but the Tigers now bow out, while the Roosters face Norwood next week for a spot in the decider.

SOUTH ADELAIDE 2.1 | 4.2 | 4.2 | 5.4 (34)
NORWOOD 0.2 | 1.2 | 3.3 | 3.3 (21)

GOALS:

South: Teah Charlton 2, Tamara Page, Jessica Kirk, Tiffany Copley.
Norwood: Kate Fenton 2, Matilda Zander.

DISPOSALS:

South: Nicole Campbell 16, Nikki Gore
Norwood: Najwa Allen 20, Hannah Dunn 18, Hannah Priest 17, Sally Riley 15

It was the game talked up as the biggest of the weekend, but South Adelaide almost put the result to bed in the first half, piling on four unanswered goals – including two to Teah Charlton – to lead by as much as 24 points late in the second term. Matilda Zander gave the minor premiers a glimpse of hope in the dying minutes of the second term with the Redlegs’ first goal, before Norwood looked to have found its groove in the third, with Kate Fenton slotting two majors. The Redlegs had drawn within five points at the final break and looked to have the momentum running into the last quarter, but it was only South Adelaide who managed to get on the board, with Tiffany Copley booting the winning goal midway through the quarter as the Panthers ended up winning by 13 points in a more comfortable fashion than predicted. Nicole Campbell and Nikki Gore both had 15 disposals in the win, while combining for eight clearances, 14 tackles, four inside 50s and four rebounds, while Sarah Wright was busy in defence with four rebounds to go with her 14 disposals and three tackles. Hannah Munyard had 13 disposals, while Czenya Cavouras was down on her usual numbers like most of her teammates, but still laid eight tackles. For Norwood, Najwa Allen still managed 20 disposals in the loss, while taking three marks, having three inside 50s and laying three tackles. The usual suspects were all at the top of the disposal tallies with Hannah Dunn (18 touches, five marks, six tackles, three clearances, three rebounds), Hannah Priest (17 disposals, four marks, six tackles and two rebounds) and Sally Riley (15 disposals, two marks, three clearances and three tackles) all important. Leah Cutting was once again strong in the ruck with a game-high 19 hitouts as well as 14 disposals, two marks, four clearances and four tackles. It was a disappointing result for the minor premiers who have had a terrific season but dropped two of their past three games, both to the same opponent. Now the Redlegs must prepare for a preliminary final against North Adelaide who escaped Glenelg’s clutches in order to book a rematch with the Panthers in the 2019 decider and try and reverse the result of last year’s grand final.

Rosenzweig getting closer to achieving childhood dream

SOUTH Australian forward, Katelyn Rosenzweig has always dreamed of pulling on an Adelaide Crows jumper.

Ever since she filled in for her local Under 11 boys side, the 18 year-old has not looked back, and is taking every opportunity she can to achieve every young footballer’s ultimate dream.

“Growing up, I always wanted to play for the Crows,” Rosenzweig said. “It’s so weird that it could be a reality soon.”

She was always determined even as a young Under 11s player, as she describes her initial discovery of the sport.

“I started playing football when I was about nine,” Rosenzweig said. “The reason I started was the Under 11 boys needed a spare player instead of forfeiting for the game and I just jumped in for a week and just haven’t stopped putting the guernsey on week by week since then.”

Not only has she been pulling on the guernsey for many years, the young forward has achieved monumental milestones in it too. Just last month, Rosenzweig was kicking goals for the Central Allies side in the AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships, and was named in the 48-player All Australian squad for her efforts inside 50. She said she was thrilled to have received the opportunity to represent the dual-state side.

“(I feel) pretty privileged (to get selected for Central Allies) because I know how hard everyone from SA had worked to get into the state team, let alone to come to Central Allies,” the forward said. “I just didn’t take the opportunity for granted. “I’m trying my best up here regardless of injuries or what not.”

Kicking goals is not something the 18 year-old has always being accustomed to, admitting that she spent her junior years at the other end of the ground.

“I’d been playing back line for the last three years and then my coach, Matthew Slade (North Adelaide South Australian National Football League Women’s coach) chucked me down forward for a game and I got a few on the board and he just kept putting me down there for the season,” she said. “I’m pretty happy with the improvement of my game this year compared to previous years.”

This year, Rosenzweig dominated the goal kicking for her SANFL Statewide Super Women’s team, North Adelaide. She kicked 15 goals from 11 games, four majors clear of Greater Western Sydney (GWS) midfielder, Courtney Gum, who finished in second place.  The forward admits that this is a memorable moment for her in her football career.

Rosenzweig has also improved in other areas of her game to complement her goal kicking, but is still set on improving her all-round game in order to pull on that coveted AFLW jumper.

“I’ve been told my marking ability and obviously my kick’s pretty good but definitely need to get fitter and maybe just read the play a bit earlier than I have been lately,” she said.

Playing against bigger bodies is something that Rosenzweig has had experience in, as she moved straight into a senior women’s side after finishing off playing with the boys.

“When I stopped playing, they just brought a team to Angle Vale for girls but I had to play with the senior women and get a permit to play up because I was too young,” she said.

Just last week, Rosenzweig experienced a similar feeling, running out with the NT Thunder in its  Round 12 Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s match against Casey. The 18 year-old got on the board with two goals and also racked up 14 disposals as well as five marks in the historic clash in Alice Springs.

Highly committed to her craft, Rosenzweig travels about an hour and a half from school to football, and only rests on Monday and Fridays. With this commitment instilled on her, Rosenzweig is on the right path to achieving her lifelong dream to play Australian Rules football.

South Australia weekly wrap: Draft prospects shine in SANFL openers

WITH the opening round of the South Australian Football League (SANFL) starting, we review the performances of the potential draft prospects for 2018.

League:

Central Districts tall mid Jackson Hately turned in a great debut for the League team with 22 disposals, including six inside 50s and one goal in his teams’ 61-point victory over North Adelaide. AFL Academy member, Hately was composed and looked completely at home exerting his influence around the ground, particularly up forward. Key forward Hugo Munn played in Sturt’s 12-point win over Norwood and impacted with inside 50s and forward pressure tackles. Top prospect Jack Lukosius was again dominant up forward for the Eagles, taking six marks booting three goals, as well as giving off another two. Izak Rankine from Westies did not play due to suspension from the last trial game.

Reserves:

In Sturt’s four point win over Norwood, strongly built mid Tom Lewis had 16 possessions, 11 of which were contested, along with six tackles. Smooth mover Mihail Lochowiak ended up with 11 possessions. For North Adelaide, Frankie Szekely impacted the game with some speed and a four-bounce run through the midfield to obtain 12 possessions including four inside 50’s and two rebound 50’s on top of a nice goal in his teams four point victory over Centrals. Centrals’ Jez McLennan had 15 possessions including four tackles to show some real poise across half-back. Glenelg defeated South Adelaide by 35 points with 2017 National combine attendee Alex Martini collecting 23 disposals working both ways through the midfield as well as eight tackles. Souths’ Nathan Kreuger, also a Combine invitee in 2017, had 12 possessions and kicked two goals.

U18s:

The Eagles demolished Westies by 77 points, with Kai Pudney racking up 35 disposals, 11 marks and eight inside/rebound 50s. Elusive underager Kysaiah Picket had 29 possessions to be in the bests as well. For West, ruckman Angus Rana was best with 27 hit outs and four inside 50’s. South defeated Glenelg by 22 points with Tate Coleman best with 28 possessions, eight marks and a goal. Bottom-ager Daniel Sladojevic clunked nine marks and kicked six goals. For Glenelg underager Will Gould was best with 22 disposals including seven marks and an incredible 12 rebound 50s playing in the back half and South Australian Academy member Finn Betterman was strong and effective all game.

Centrals defeated North by 10 points led by mid Aaron Nietschke with 38 disposals (20 of which were contested), six tackles and nine clearances. Underager Jordan O’Brien was also in the bests with 22 disposals and nine clearances, and was good on both sides. For the Roosters, Boyd Woodcock had 30 disposals, six clearances and six inside/rebound 50s to be his side’s best. Underage ruck/forward Dyson Hilder was also effective with 16 hitouts, 11 possessions and one goal. Norwood defeated last years premiers Sturt by 46 points with AFL Academy member Luke Valente dominant with 39 possessions including eight marks, 11 clearances and five inside 50s to go with his one goal. Hard running Kade Chandler was also good with 25 disposals, 10 marks, eight clearances and a goal. Sturt’s Hamish Wallace was named his teams best leading with seven tackles.

South Australian Under 18s preview

THE 2018 Season for South Australian National Football League (SANFL) Under 18 sides looks set to shape up as one full of local talent destined for the national stage. It will be a challenge for some clubs to balance how their talented youngsters are managed with SANFL League teams wanting to play their top end talent yet balancing club and player needs for the Under 18 competition. In addition to the School/College football commitments, Under 18 football is a tipsters nightmare as player movement is high.

Under 18s football in South Australia (SA) will certainly draw greater national attention this year, with recruiters and media outlets alike looking at the progress of elite SA youngsters who look set to shape the competition. Along with a new SA Under 18 coach in Tony Bamford, all the pieces look like they are ready for SA to make a charge in 2018.

Looking at each SANFL club in turn we focus on the key talent as well as some players who may be a late bolter and come into 2018 draft consideration.

 

Central Districts

AFL Academy standout Jackson Hately headlines the Bulldogs talent. Having already made his SANFL League debut, it will be interesting to watch his progress. Hately is certainly on the draft radar for 2018, but he may struggle to play much U18 footy with League football demands. Centrals season should be solid as other talent to watch include Malachai Ahmatt-Lovett and Aaron Nietschke who will provide good depth. Other players on watch are Llwellyn Milera and midfielder Jordan O’Brien.

Prediction – mid to high table, finals

 

Eagles

The great thing for the Eagles this year is their potential number one draft pick Jack Lukosius, but it will be hard to keep him out of the Eagles League side all year. His impact and resume is building very quickly, but the Under 18 side at Woodville is blessed with depth. Other key players Kai Pudney, Martin Frederick, along with great family talent of Jackson Mead, Kysaiah Pickett and Trent Burgoyne the signs are strong for another U18 Grand Final appearance.  

Prediction – top end of table – potential Grand Finalist

 

 Glenelg

The Under 18 squad for Glenelg will be solid as always, but once again in 2018 the impact of school and college football may determine their position this season. Key player and leader Finn Betterman is showing early signs of a exciting year, while other SA Academy members Oscar Lovelock, Brad Potter will be key parts of the midfield. At the younger end Glenelg has some real talent for 2019 with father-son Luke Edwards and Prince Alfred College (PAC) student Will Gould adding strength.

Prediction – mid table – will sneak into make finals

 

Norwood

The Redlegs are always around the mark, and early wins will be key for them. AFL Academy player Luke Valente is pivotal for the Redlegs as is 2019 prospect Cameron Taheny. Taheny is developing nicely along with fellow youngster Dylan Stephens who may both find themselves in SA’s Under 18 final side. PAC’s Kade Chandler is another midfield runner but the impact of college players may affect their season

Prediction – mid table, may sneak into finals

 

North Adelaide

North’s challenge in 2018 will be getting their best side on the park. Top-end draft potential Conor Rozee will most likely play some League footy in 2018 which will affect his side. Exciting talent Frank Szekely is also in the seniors mix. Strong midfielder Boyd Woodcock will be integral along with key forward James Langley and under-age prospect Dyson Hilder. It is very hard to predict where the Roosters will finish.

Prediction – mid to low table, likely to miss finals

 

South Adelaide

South must be really excited for season 2018. Across all levels they look strong. At Under 18  their squad has some quality. PAC lad Tom Sparrow will be key, along with impressive forwards and State squad members Job Colwell and Darnell Tucker. Father-son Hayden Sampson and Sam Whitbread have both shown their class in past years.  The Panthers will be around the mark again, but their best side may just be off the mark at the pointy end of the year

Prediction – mid-high end of table, finals

 

Sturt

A clean sweep in all grades in 2017 will be difficult for the Double Blues to repeat in 2018, but they may just be off the mark with their Under 18s this year. Whilst at the top end AFL prospect Hugo Munn has made his League debut already he may float between the u18 side but he will be crucial. St Peter’s standout Tom Lewis is crucial as well but once again he along with talented Mihail Lochowiak may be pushed to Reserves and college impact will affect their chances too. Some family names in the mix as well are young Casey Voss (son of Michael) and Riley Grundy (brother of Brody) who will both get opportunities.

Prediction – mid- bottom table, unlikely to make finals

 

West Adelaide

West Adelaide, like other clubs will struggle for access to their best players, with top-end draft standout Izak Rankine most likely to play 2018 in the League side.  The Bloods have an even side and Angus Rana and William Gutschke will be pivotal along with midfielders Ethan Moore, Sam May and Beau Nunan.  Underage talent Jye Sinderberry will get opportunities, and country lad Conor Blackwell may sneak a game. 

Prediction – mid-bottom table – unlikely to make finals

 

It would be fantastic to see all clubs play their true Under 18 talent all year, but League and Reserves football will beckon for the talented players as AFL recruiters suggest clubs showcase potential draftees at the highest level.  All clubs will have a high turnover of players throughout their teams, and the predictions are based on the most settled lineups.

 

Ladder Prediction 2018

1 South Adelaide

2 Eagles

3 Centrals

4 Glenelg

5 Norwood

6 West Adelaide

7 Sturt

8 North Adelaide

South Australia weekly wrap: Prospects shine and Panthers prevail in SANFL Fast Footy

LAST weekend saw the inaugural SANFL Fast Footy competition played at Norwood Oval. Fast Footy is a modified version of the game, played with 12 per-side across 3 zones and Supergoals able to be scored from outside 50m. Introduced a week before AFLX, this footy format is geared towards fast paced high scoring games.

It was a new concept for players and coaches and most clubs opted for a focus on youth in selecting their sides, giving young players opportunities at a high level with unlimited player rotations. All SANFL clubs, apart from Central Districts, participated in the competition which was held over 2 days with each team playing 2 games, and the top 4 teams playing finals games.

Only two top-age players eligible for the 2018 National AFL Draft took the field over the tournament – those being potential top 10 pick Izak Rankine and his fellow Level 2 AFL Academy member Luke Valente.

Rankine continued to add to his highlight reel, bagging two goals and celebrating one of the with a backflip. Players from all teams were encouraged to celebrate their goals in style. It finishes off a big few weeks for Rankine who recently took first place in the local 100m sprint meet, Camden Classic. 

South Adelaide prevailed as the winner of the 10-game tournament with a victory over Woodville-West Torrens by five points in the final and taking the $10,000 prize-money. For the Panthers, former AFL listed player Keegan Brooksby lead the way with solid performances in all games. Other players from Panthers to shine were Matt Raitt, booting 10 goals across the games and youngster Liam Fitt impressing.

Eagles youngsters Cooper Gaffney and James Rowe showed class and a nose for goal respectively in all games, along with former-Magpie Tom Gray, who was their most consistent player.

Port Magpies fielded a young side, seeing Chinese Recruit Chen Shaoliang take to the field for the first time.  

Glenelg, under new coach former AFL assistant Mark Stone, showed promising signs for 2018 with Ian Milera and Darcy Bailey being most dangerous around goal.

Sturt lost both their matches, but continued blooding youngsters across their games, with Blake Kennedy hitting the score board.

West Adelaide players Tom Keough (ex-Gold Coast) was a standout, and new recruit Nick Jaensch impressed around goal.

At North, players of interest Keenan Ramsay along with Matt McDonough were solid.

Adelaide fielded a mixture of players currently training with their Academy squad, and Josh Vandermeer was the most consistent.

From Norwood, youngsters like Luke Valente got opportunities, with the under-18 prospect looking like he is in for a good year. Others to contribute were ex-AFL listed players Luke Surman and Declan Hamilton.

Sharpshooting South Australia U18s defeat North Adelaide Reserves

SOUTH Australia have won their final trial match in the lead up to the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships, defeating North Adelaide Reserves by 50-points at Football Park on Friday night.

After trailing at quarter time, a five-goal second quarter kickstarted South Australia’s game and saw them convincingly convert their chances on goal.

James Rowe was a standout up forward, booting four goals. Rowe also found plenty of the football when pushing through the midfield.

Tall Callum Coleman-Jones marked well overhead, with multiple strong contested marks up inside 50, finishing with four goals. Coleman-Jones also showed his versatility, working hard against 2016 SA Under 18 team mate Jordan Sweet in the ruck.

Possible 2018 number one draft pick Jack Lukosius kicked three goals up forward and continues to show his great skills at either end of the ground.

Jordan Houlahan returned to form – justifying his selection in the AFL Academy, kicking four goals. Houlahan was on fire throughout the contest, showing off his agility, marking the ball at ease and disposing of it well.

In defence, Thomas Schmusch played as a tall rebounding defender. Schmusch read the ball well, including a number of nice attacking runs. Brad McCarthy also looked good playing as a small defender, rebounding the ball well.

Norwood midfielder Stefan Giro has found the ball at ease in the SANFL and that continued with another strong showing in the centre, while Adelaide father/son prospect Jackson Edwards (Son of Tyson Edwards) suffered concussion.

With key players released for SANFL League games: Mitch Crowden, Izak Rankine, Alex Martini, Darcy Fogarty – and Andrew McPherson to return from injury it looks like the SA team are starting to gel on their run into the Championships.

South Australia kick off their Under 18 championships campaign on the 10th of June at Domain Stadium against Western Australia.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA    3.0    8.1     11.2     19.3 (117)
NORTH ADELAIDE       4.4    6.5       8.7       10.7 (67)

BEST:
SOUTH AUSTRALIA: Rowe, Coleman-Jones, Petty, Houlahan, McCarthy, Schmusch
NORTH ADELAIDE: Sweet, Minervini, De Leonardis, Woodcock, Wohling

GOALS:
SOUTH AUSTRALIA: Coleman-Jones 4, Houlahan 4, Rowe 4, Lukosius 3, Hately, Schmusch
NORTH ADELAIDE: Minervini 2, McInerney, De Leonardis, Lloyd, Helyar, Wohling, Slade, Denham, Oborn

 

Scouting notes: SANFL U17 futures & Reserves GF

North Adelaide Roosters claimed the 2016 SANFL Reserves Grand Final. (Photo: SANFL)
North Adelaide Roosters claimed the 2016 SANFL Reserves Grand Final. (Photo: SANFL)

North Adelaide Roosters 15.9 (99) defeated Woodville-West Torrens Eagles 12.7 (79)

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Matt Balmer’s scouting notes on the possible 2016 draftees:

WWT Eagles:

#26 Jake Comitogianni- Was remarkably poor in the Under 18 championships by foot but was much better in the Reserves Grand Final. Didn’t touch the ball in the first quarter, but worked into the game after that. Was the Reserves Co-Magarey Medallist after a stellar year for the Eagles. Hasn’t been invited to the state combine and more of an outside chance to be selected.

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#27 Brennan Cox– Started up forward in a role that he had done for most of 2016 for the Eagles. Cox was quiet up forward and went into the ruck and competed well. He did look a a touch slow at times and I do think he plays his best footy in defence- A roll that he did in the Under 18 championships for South Australia.

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#43 Tyson Stengle– Looked off the pace for most of the afternoon, playing as a small forward. Just the six disposals. Has some really good glimpses and may be worth a pick in the National Draft come November.

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South Australia also held their U17 Futures game as a curtain raiser to the contest, with plenty of players worth jotting down for 2017.

SANFL Red 16.9 (105) defeated SANFL Blue 6.9 (45)

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Matthew Grundy’s scouting notes:

SANFL Red:

#6 Robert Irra– As One of the few top multicultural prospects next year, Irra really stood up for the red team. Irra played as a small defender and also got up the ground onto the wing at times to great effect. Irra impressed with his run and carry, as well as his ability to bring others into the game. His disposal still needs work but has shown a great awareness for the game. He is aligned with the Port Adelaide Next Generation Academy.

#16 Mitch Crowden-A rguably the best midfielder on the ground with his ability to find the football and his work rate being first class. He is only small at 173 cm, but has shown that it doesn’t matter as this year he has regularly been in the top disposal winners. He found plenty of the ball as he worked hard at every contest and broke tackles which were laid on him. His kicking at times can be poor but generally does good things with the ball by foot. He will be one to watch next year as he will be looking to secure a spot in the South Australian midfield come Under 18 championships time.

#19 Cole Gerloff– After impressing in the knockout competition Grand Final for Prince Alfred College, Gerloff has once again taken center stage. Gerloff impressed  in the midfield, showing great foot skills as well as a strong work ethic around the ground. He is already built (80kg) and with one more year of development to come who knows how good he could be. His kicking technically is very sound and he has great penetration when he kicks through the ball. He made very few mistakes with ball in hand which is good to see from a midfielder in a game where the pressure could’ve got to him. One thing I found is that he wasn’t fast with ball in hand and I feel it may have hurt him at times.

#25 Hugo Barry– An interesting player but has shown a lot of potential. Hugo Barry is a 190 cm key forward who has an ability to swing into the back line. One thing that stood out for Barry was his marking. He is one of the best marks I have seen from SA in a while but has struggles with the skills side of the game currently. The Prince Alfred College student also showed lots of composure with ball in hand. Barry has a nice little side step and often loses opponents with his agility. He was the leading goal kicker on the ground with three majors but could’ve ended up with five or six the way he was playing. He’s only small for a key forward at 190 cm but has enough tricks to beat his man. One to watch as we head into 2017.

#26 Darcy Fogarty– The best on ground for the reds was easily the most talented player on the ground. Fogarty was a beast as he moved out of the forward line into the midfield. He provided some toughness which intimidated opposition midfielder as they feared for their safety. He is surprisingly athletic for a player of his size as he can take runs down the ground and shove opponents off him. He did fade in and out of the game but when he was on the teamed pilled on goal after goal. He has some real Jake Stringer about him as he can play as that undersized key forward then play him in the midfield where his strength and speed is unmatched. A top prospect for 2017 and will be leading from the front as SA attempt to win another nation title.

#27 Nathan Kreuger– At 194 cm Kreuger played as a rebounding half back flanker and even had stints up on the wing and the forward line. He is the modern half back, as he can take the ball and go for a run. He was energetic every time the ball went near him and teammates looked for him on the rebound. His preffered left foot was great as he didn’t blaze away with ball in hand. His overhead marking was a let down as he dropped some marks he should’ve taken. This game for Kreuger should put him in good stead for the Under 17 All Stars game on Grand Final day.

#42 Lachlan Pascoe– After an injury interrupted year, Pascoe has final recovered and will be looking to be drafted next year. The son of Norwood premiership forward Andrew, Lachlan impressed with his composure and kicking. Pascoe spent most of his time in defence where he used his kicking to great effect but did pinch hit up forward at times. In defence Pascoe was brilliant as he intercepted and stayed composed, allowing him to use his kicking to cut the game open. In the forward line he provided a great marking target who can kick goals consistently. He has already played at SANFL League level this year but now will be looking to play for South Australia in the Under 18 championships next year. Like Kreuger, he will also be featuring in the Under 17 All Stars game on Grand Final day.

SANFL Blue:

#6 Stefan Giro– The reigning U18 Maccas Cup MVP was one of the few players from the Blues who can hold their head up high. He was easily their standout midfielder for the day as he was in everything. He had the ball on a string and unlike many other ball winners, he used it extremely well. His kicking was excellent over a variety of distances which was good to see. His elite endurance was on full display today as he covered the ground well and provided some zip in the midfield. He’s one of the unlucky players to miss out on state selection this year but looks likely to be a crucial member of the South Australian midfield next year.

#15 Alex Martini– The Glenelg ball winner played a great game for the Blues. After being one of Glenelg’s best players this year, Martini has gone to a whole new level this year and it showed in the game. He was impressive with his great skills and toughness around the contest. Like Giro, Martini showed that he can use the footy as well as he can find it as he set up his teammates on many occasions. He very tough in the contest and doesn’t get tackled easily as he has strong hips. He also showed he is a force in the air with quite a few good marks in the air. He is one who has impressed so far but will need to step up again for next year.

#16 Jackson Edwards– One of Adelaide’s few father-son prospects, Edwards was prolific today. The skinny Glenelg midfielder was in everything today for the Blues as he cut up the opposition with his great vision and his damaging kick. He has an extremely damaging right leg which he uses to hit pin point passes to players in dangerous spots. He used his hands extremely well in congestion often finding the open man. His kicking though damaging can be inconsistent but can improve under an elite system. The son of Tyson has all the skill and footy smarts of his old man which should have Crows fans excited.

#20 Brodie Carroll– The rebounding defender from Norwood is a player who has put his name on the map with this strong game. The Norwood half back was exceptional today being a rock in defence. He has a fearless approach when attacking the football and created plenty of rebound with ball in hand. He has an efficient kicking action which doesn’t look too pretty. He is only slight at the moment but with a year of development, Carroll could hear his name called out in 2017.

#28 Ryan Falkenberg– One of the more impressive tall prospects from South Australia. Ryan showed a lot of promise out of the back half as a key defender. He has great foot skills and has a team first attitude which is refreshing at this level. His kicking was very effective as he doesn’t waste the football and often starts offensive plays from the back half. He is only a kid in terms of size but has the footy smarts of a veteran. He did fade away in the second half but has shown enough to get clubs excited for next year.

#43 Callum Coleman-Jones– The AFL Academy’s leading ruck prospect really stepped it up for this game. His mobility and marking were on show as he was named best on ground for the Blues. He showed a lot of potential with his speed and ability to win the footy on the ground as he won the ruck convincingly. His kicking this year has been a knock on him but has significantly improved compared to the beginning of the year. Up forward he provided a target who can take strong contested marks. Coleman-Jones looks likely at this stage to be one of the first ruckman taken next year but with some more improvement on his kicking who know how good he could become.

Scouting notes: 2016 SANFL U18 Grand Final

Glenelg claim the 2016 Maccas U18 Cup. (Photo: SANFL)
Glenelg claim the 2016 Maccas U18 Cup. (Photo: SANFL)

In dramatic circumstances Glenelg tall Toby Pink scored from 60m out to win the Grand Final for the Bays over North Adelaide. With the scores tied when the siren sounded, the ball managed to ‘clean bowl’ the North Adelaide defenders and sneak in for a behind.

Matt Balmer’s scouting notes:

Glenelg:

#8 Jonty Scharenberg– Was judged the best player on the ground, finishing the game with 34 disposals, 12 tackles and five clearances. His ability to get his arms free and handball the ball off to a teammate is outstanding. His kicking at times was rushed (55% kicking efficiency) but overall was a significant reason in the contested situations that Glenelg won. Likely sits as a second rounder at this stage.

#18 Darcy Fogarty– Played mostly deep forward in the Under 18 championships for South Australia but it was more of an on-ball game from Fogarty on Sunday. A strong frame helped him at the stoppages and he’s one that I was really impressed with after his Under 18 carnival. 20 disposals (11 contested) and five clearances was a strong day. I’m hoping he plays more up the ground once again in 2017.

#19 Sam Walker– A really nice mover who has a superb left foot to rebound the ball out of the back half. Was quiet on his form that he showed in the Under 18 championships, but was willing to mark above his head in the wet.

#21 Mitchell Hinge-After a quiet game in his school match for Sacret Heart a few weeks back, Hinge was a good contributor for Glenelg with 16 disposals. Hinge has the ability to play at all parts of the ground and I still haven’t decided where I like him the best. Has a combine invite so I’d expect clubs to be interested to how he goes athletically.

#29 Liam Mackie– One that caught my eye a few weeks ago in a school match for Sacret Heart. Is the cousin of Geelong’s Andrew and he had 18 disposals in the final. He was composed in the wet that night, but I felt he struggled a bit yesterday in the wet conditions. His kicking was below 50% and he also recorded the most clangers for the day. Might warrant a late pick come November.

North Adelaide:

#10 Will Hayward– Was outstanding last weekend with nine goals and the panic button would’ve been going off in the Glenelg coaches box when Hayward had three goals to quarter-time. Hayward finished with 4.1 from 13 disposals and six marks and seems to be bolting up the draft order and could well feature in the second round.

#14 Connor Rozee– I was really impressed with Rozee in the Under 16 championships, where he was awarded the Kevin Sheehan Medalist for the best player in the Under 16 championships. Often tasked with the kick outs, Rozee used the ball well bringing the ball out of the backline and is a name to scribble down for the future with his 17 disposals and five tackles performance very good.

#20 Brayden Kirk– Kirk provided plenty of run on the outside for North Adelaide, but his kicking (46% efficiency) often let him down with a lot of them not finding the target. His did use both feet at times throughout the day but I felt he was more influential in the game last weekend.

#26 Kym Lebois– Exciting is probably the best word to describe Lebois. His electric speed and agile sees him weave through the packs and then put the ball onto his left boot forward of centre. At times he did just bang it on the boot and he made some bad errors with ball in hand. There is plenty to like when he’s inside 50 and he’s willing to lay tackles at the contest.

#29 Ben Jarman– A very quiet first half saw him just collect six disposals, but he was a crucial player in the second half where he finished the contest with 20 disposals and six tackles. Jarman played on the inside and worked hard when the game was there to be won. I think at this stage he probably is a late pick and he is still yet to nominate which club to nominate as Father/Son.

#47 Dakota Nixon– Had one of the worst kicking efficiency in the Under 18 championships with 31.8%. I felt at times he just threw the ball onto his boot rather than looking for an option. His contested work is very good and he can win his own football- but I do question his decision making and use. Had 26 disposals (16 contested) and eight clearances for the day.

#48 Brandan Parfitt– Was consistent right throughout the day with 27 disposals, eight tackles and six clearances. His last quarter was very good and I think he is going to provide some good value in the mid to late section of the draft. Was willing to take the ball forward and look for Hayward inside 50.

 

2014 Draft Profile: Oleg Markov

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Oleg Markov (North Adelaide)

Height: 187 cm
Weight: 70 kg
Position: Midfielder
Strengths: Athleticism
Areas of improvement: Accumulation
Player comparison: Dean Towers

The son of Australian outdoor pole vault record holder Dmitri Markov, the Belarusian born Markov is an interesting story and one of the biggest unknowns in the draft. Having broken his collarbone twice in 2014, Markov missed the National Championships and only recently got back on the park in the SANFL under 18s. Despite his year to forget, he still secured an invite to the national combine such is his athletic talent.

Markov’s major strength is his athleticism. At 187 cm, he has played predominantly as an outside mid in his career so far but he can also play off a back flank or forward. He runs the 20 metre sprint in 2.92 seconds, has a beep test above 15 and is also in the top echelon for the vertical leap. It’s very rare for someone to have such an incredible speed, fitness and leap combination and Markov does.He also has school records in both the high jump and the long jump.

With ball in hand Markov generally makes good decisions and is technically a sound kick. He’s not someone that’s going to break sides open with his kicking but he’d be one of the better kicks in a side at peak. At under 16 level he kicked 19 goals in 6 games which indicates some level of forward ability, just one that we haven’t seen due to injuries and positioning.

The knock on Markov is all to do with performance. At the start of the year his name was mentioned but he was hardly considered a top prospect. As one of those lower down speculative type prospects it’s important to play a solid year of football in your draft year, a player can’t just get away with a long term injury like the top prospects can and still be selected.

In missing the championships and a considerable portion of the SANFL season, Markov has very little exposed form. Since returning, Markov has played in the SANFL under 18s and hasn’t really imposed himself, only accumulating between 10-20 possessions a game and has not featured in the bests across his five week stretch of games.

The concern is that if Markov isn’t excelling in the under 18s or finding much of the ball, what could he do at the significantly higher level that AFL?Most South Australian draft prospects are playing league or reserves football, so for Markov to really put his name forward he’d at least have wanted to find more of the ball and impose himself more in the under 18s.

Markov has a lot in common with Laine Wilkins, a prospect from two years ago who was an exciting wingman with freak athleticism, with his speed and leap a particular highlight. However Wilkins was passed over despite being an expected draftee, a fate Markov will be eager to avoid.

As for a current comparison, Dean Towers is someone who too shares a lot in common with Markov. Both are quick and dynamic tall midfielders with an incredible vertical leap, both are late bloomers and both struggle to find the ball and impact games despite their athleticism.

The best case for Markov is that he ends up at a similar level to Will Hoskin-Elliott. Both are relatively tall wingmen/forwards who have that rare speed, endurance and leap combination and both projected as late bloomers.

While there is still a lot of water to go under the bridge and Markov is by no means a similar level junior to Hoskin-Elliott, with some time, the right development and some application, Markov could develop at a similar rate and play a similar role to Hoskin-Elliott in the AFL.