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Lishmund looks to the one-percenters

NORWOOD youngster Alana Lishmund hardly looked out of place last year in her debut SANFL Women’s season. In 2021, the exciting midfielder-forward is turning towards the one-percenters and focusing on her strengths as she strives to become one of South Australia’s next AFL Women’s products.

“Personally, (my goal is) to just keep up the one-percenters,” Lishmund said. “Then looking towards the end of the year, it’s just getting drafted.”

The Hope Valley junior has juggled multiple sporting commitments in the past but has now “cut it back”, focusing on the native code through Norwood’s development program.

“I’ve been playing (football) for about five years,” she said. “I started off locally at Hope Valley and then I’ve been at Norwood for a couple of years coming up through their development program.

“Before this year I played two sports and I was juggling that, but this year I kind of cut it back because I used to play soccer.”

Lauded for her ability to play both deep forward and further afield, Lishmund brings plenty of X-factor to the table with punishing tackling pressure and an eye for goal. Her performance rotating through the forwardline in last year’s South Australia Under 18 Girls All-Star fixture was a particular highlight, putting her on the draft radar in 2021.

While Lishmund has found success in those areas of the ground, says she is happy to play “anywhere”, with a couple of key strengths aiding that kind of versatility.

“I usually like to be rover, so in the centre,” she said. “But (I can play) really anywhere, up forward or on the wing too.

“As a left footer, I know not many people have that so that’s kind of a strength of mine. “I’ve got some pace as well, (I’m) pretty fast.”

Off the field, Lishmund describes herself as a “pretty outgoing, friendly, bubbly” character and it shows in her vigour once the white line is crossed. Honest could be another descriptor, especially after her assessment of how preseason fitness testing panned out.

“Going through everything we had to do, I was very happy with it,” she said. “I was a bit ripped off in a couple of runs when it came to the yo-yo, but all good other than that.”

Lishmund and her Redlegs are set to kick off their 2021 SANFL Women’s season against West Adelaide at Coopers Stadium on Friday, February 26. The first bounce is at 7:45pm.

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South Australia’s strong start to National AFLW Under 18 Championships

SOUTH Australia has kicked off its 2018 National AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships in style with back-to-back wins over Northern Territory. The two-game series is the first stage of the National Championships, with South Australia and Northern Territory to combine to form the Central Allies. The Central Allies will play three matches against other states – including a composite NSW/ACT and Tasmanian side called the Eastern Allies – when they converge on the Gold Coast in July over a week-long series.

In the first game on Friday night, South Australia got the job done despite being inaccurate in front of the big sticks, booting nine goals from 22 scoring shots, to record a 29-point victory over Northern Territory. The second match on Sunday was much more prolific, as the visitors piled on 10.9 to one behind to run away 68-point victors. Nikki Gore was named South Australia’s best across the two games, just ahead of Rachelle Martin who both featured in the top three players in both matches. Up forward, Katelyn Rosenweig showed she will be a force to be reckoned with at the championships, booting six goals across the weekend, while Kiana Lee finished with three. Captain Esther Boles booted a goal in each match. Rachel Dunstan was named the South Australian vice-captain.

For Northern Territory, the Thunder only trailed by two goals at half-time courtesy of a strong first half with Bella Clarke booting two majors from the home sides’ four goals.  By full-time, Tayla Hart-Aluni and Arthurina Moreen had joined her on two majors, with a goal in each half. The visitors kicked away in the second half, but the home side had shown they were more than capable of matching it with them. The Sunday game was less even, with the Thunder managing just the one behind, but Hart-Aluni and Stephanie Williams were again among the best. Tabitha May was deemed the Northern Territory’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) across the two games.

Game 1:

Northern Territory 6.2 (38) defeated by South Australia 9.13 (67)

SA: Katelyn Rosenzweig 3, Bella Smith, Esther Boles, Kiana Lee, Maddi Newman, Madisyn Freeman, Teah Charlton.
NT: Tayla Hart-Aluni 2, Bella Clarke 2, Arthurina Moreen 2.

Game 2:

Northern Territory 0.1 (1) defeated by South Australia 10.9 (69)

SA: Katelyn Rosenzweig 3, Abbie Ballard, Kiana Lee 2, Bella Smith, Esther Boles, Kimberley Fry.
NT: Nil.  

The Central Allies’ first match is against the Eastern Allies on July 9 at Metricon Stadium, before clashes with Vic Country at Broadbeach on July 11, and Vic Metro at Bond University on July 13.

SANFL Finals – Week 1 Draft Prospects Update

AFL Draft Central South Australian correspondent David Chapman cast his eyes over the top young prospects in South Australia. With the end of school footy, and SANFL Finals commencing, a number of draft propsects have now finished their footy season. We look at the first round of finals and we look at the top performances across the weekend.


West Adelaide defeated Central District by 31 points in an elimination final. The Centrals players in general were not prolific possession winners, smashed 363 to 239. For Centrals, bottom-ager Jackson Hately had 13 disposals and six tackles, supported by Ryan Falkenberg (seven disposals) and Cooper Dahms (nine disposals and six tackles).

The other final saw Sturt defeat North Adelaide by 52 points. Jordan Houlahan kicked four goals from his 16 disposals, including seven marks around the ground. Mitch Crowden was not as prolific as the last few weeks with his 14 disposals but was part of a dominant midfield and laid six tackles – and showed real courage in the last quarter by running back into a pack to be flattened by a teammate. For the Roosters, bottom-ager Boyd Woodcock was among the best with his 23 disposals including eight marks and six tackles and worked hard around the ground. Bryce Denham and Frankie Szekely both played up forward and had a few possessions each with Denham coming out of one of the breaks with some strapping around the knee.


Sturt defeated West Adelaide 110-70 in an elimination final. For Sturt, Hamish Fielke was judged best with 21 disposals and seven marks. Ed Allan again showed his strong ball winning ability and finished the game with 33 disposals (17 contested), six clearances and a goal. Bottom-ager Tom Lewis had 29 disposals, 12 tackles and seven clearances.

For Westies, Will Gutsche was one of their best with 14 disposals. Myles Crump booted four goals, while possible 2018 no.1 draft pick Izak Rankine had 21 disposals, eight marks (three contested), six inside 50s and a goal. Josh Smithson was also solid with 21 disposals, seven marks and six inside 50s.

Woodville-West Torrens defeated minor premiers South Adelaide by three points, in a nail-biter to go into the Grand Final. Jimmy Rowe was the best for the Eagles – collecting 30 disposals, nine clearances, seven inside 50s and two goals. Isaac Moller was also good up forward with four goals. Ruckman Sam Michael was also in the bests with 19 hitouts.

Bottom-ager Hayden Sampson (son of Crow Clay) was best for South with 22 disposals, seven clearances and two goals. Liam Fitt kicked three goals, to go with his 18 disposals – while another bottom-ager Tom Sparrow was in the bests with 16 disposals, seven marks and four rebound 50s.

School Footy:

The College Footy best and fairest, the Gosse Medal, was held on Monday 4 September and the winner of the 2017 Medal was Cole Gerloff from Prince Alfred College. In the 3,2,1 umpire based voting system, second place was Tom Lewis from St Peters. James Rowe (Sacred Heart) and Sam Davis (Immanuel) both tied in third place.

SANFL Round 18 Draft Prospects update part 1

AFL Draft Central South Australian correspondent David Chapman cast his eyes over the top young prospects coming up through the SANFL, Reserves, Under 18s and local school football competitions. On the weekend, round 18 of the SANFL took place with school football also continuing. We look at the top performances from the weekend:


In Glenelg’s loss to West Adelaide, Alex Martini was named in the best, led by a game high 12 tackles to go with his 13 disposals. Teammate Jackson Edwards also collected 16 disposals. Westies Underager Izak Rankine was again exciting, finishing with 16 disposals and two goals.


In Sturt’s 58-point win over Norwood, Mitch Crowden again won best-on-ground honours with 28 disposals, five inside 50s and a goal. Crowden’s work on the inside was impressive, where he had eight clearances. Adam Trenorden was again in the bests with 20 disposals, while Jordan Houlahan booted four goals from his 13 disposals. For Norwood, Stefan Giro was among it – with 30 disposals and 12 marks. Brodie Carroll was also in the best, with 29 disposals and 13 marks. South Australian Under 18 MVP Harrison Petty was superb on his return from school footy, with 26 disposals and a whopping 15 marks.

In Central District’s demolition of Woodville-West Torrens, bottom-ager Jackson Hately returned from a week off, with 25 disposals through the midfield. Cooper Dahms (15 disposals) and Ryan Falkenberg (13 disposals) were also impressive. For the Eagles, possible 2018 no.1 draft pick Jack Lukosius was named second best, with 19 disposals, 12 marks and 2.5 – in a dangerous game up forward. Cooper Gaffney was also strong with 21 disposals.


South Adelaide snuffed out North Adelaide’s finals chances, with a big 71-point victory. Bottom-ager Heath Sampson was best-on-ground with 25 disposals and three goals. Luke Bogle was another who stood out on the inside, with 17 disposals, 14 tackles and eight clearances. For North, Connor Rozee (27 disposals, 10 clearances, eight tackles) and Boyd Woodcock (24 disposals and nine clearances) found plenty of the ball, aided by Ben Oborn winning 45 hit outs throughout the game.

Centrals defeated the Eagles with Llwellyn Milera starring. Milera collected 23 disposals, six inside 50s and booted two goals, while bottom-ager Jordan O’Brien was also strong with 21 disposals (15 contested) and booted a bag of five goals. For the Eagles, Jake Weidemann was best with 28 disposals, including 10 marks and three goals. Tom Schmusch also did some good things, with 17 disposals and two goals.

Tall Hugo Munn was named in the best in Sturt’s 48-point win over Norwood. Munn had 16 disposals, 16 hitouts and nine marks (six contested). Teammate Ryan Weidenhofer led the stats sheet with 27 disposals, six clearances and six rebound 50s. Despite the loss, Norwood dominated the stats for most of the day due to their high possession style game plan. Jacob Kennerley was their best with 23 disposals.

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In the battle for finals, Westies demolished Glenelg by 114-points. Patrick Fairlie dominated in the midfield, and was best with 43 disposals, 14 clearances and 11 marks – winning the Torrens Uni Cup MVP nomination for the round. Josh Smithson was also excellent with 27 disposals, nine marks, seven clearances and four goals. For Glenelg, Ruben Flinn was their best with 20 hitouts and 11 disposals.

School Footy:

Our report on school football will be online tomorrow afternoon, including a report on the 2017 SA State Championships game, that saw Prince Alfred College defeat Henley High by five points.


2017 Under 18 All-Australia team announced

THE Under 18 Championships have come and gone, with Vic Metro claiming back-to-back titles after winning three of their four games.

In no surprise, Metro dominate the 23-man squad, headlined by possible no.1 pick Cameron Rayner who is one of nine Metro players included.

West Australia key forward Oscar Allen, the winner of the Larke Medal for the best player in Division 1, was named up forward.

Sydney Swans academy member Nick Blakey won the Hunter Harrison Medal for the best player in the Under 18 Academy Series (Formerly Division 2), but didn’t feature in the 23-man squad.

Vic Metro coach Martin Allison was named as the All-Australia coach, with Western Australia coach Peter Sumich named as his assistant.


Ben Paton
Back pocket (Murray Bushrangers/Vic Country)
19/10/1998 | 185cm | 78kg

Averaged 18 disposals, four marks and four rebound 50s per game playing as a small defender. Uses the ball well by foot and was often tasked with the kick out duties.

Oscar Clavarino
Full back (Dandenong Stingrays/Vic Country)
22/05/1999 | 190cm | 83kg

Has a solid carnival in defence for Vic Country averaging 11 disposals and six marks. Clavarino took the opposition best forward in most games and has had two good seasons in the Under 18 Championships.

Sam Taylor
Back pocket (Swan Districts/Western Australia)
05/05/1999 | 196cm | 85kg

The AFL Academy member played as a lock-down defender who was an unsung hero for WA. Averaged just 11 disposals, but had three rebounds per game pushing his name into draft contention.

Charlie Constable
Half back flank (Sandringham Dragons/Vic Metro)
18/05/1999 | 190cm | 83kg

Constable was one of Vic Metro’s best in the carnival and despite missing out on selection in their first game, managed to average 26 disposals, five marks and three tackles. He announced himself as a genuine top 10 with 31 disposals, six marks and six inside 50s in the ‘Vic derby’ playing in the midfield and across half forward.

Aaron Naughton
Centre half back (Peel Thunder/Western Australia)
30/11/1999 | 194cm | 84kg

Rebounding tall defender who was a good user on his left foot. Naughton took 21 marks for the carnival and was the rock in defence alongside Sam Taylor. Was WAs co-captain alongside Oscar Allen.

Nicholas Coffield
Half back flank (Northern Knights/Vic Metro)
23/10/1999 | 190cm | 83kg

A player who has pushed into top 10 calculations after a strong carnival. Coffield averaged 22 disposals and four marks, rarely looking rushed with ball in hand in the defensive half. One of the better users in the draft by hand and foot.


Brayden Crossley
Ruckman (Gold Coast Suns Academy/Allies)
16/08/1999 | 198cm | 105kg

The big Gold Coast Suns Academy ruckman was the MVP for the Allies, averaging 16 disposals and 27 hitouts from his three games. Crossley’s strength in the ruck is obvious and he hasn’t looked out of place in the NEAFL team for the Suns.

Cameron Rayner
Ruck rover (Western Jets/Vic Metro)
21/10/1999 | 187cm | 88kg

One of the players who were stiff not to win the Larke Medal. Rayner averaged 18 disposals (11 contested), four clearances and booted 12 goals in an impressive carnival. Rayner wasn’t afraid to throw out a ‘don’t argue’ to his opponents and had some impressive moments during the carnival.

Paddy Dow
Rover (Bendigo Pioneers/Vic Country)
16/10/1999 | 184cm | 78kg

Showed off his elite speed bursting from the stoppages on multiple occasions, averaging 19 disposals (12 contested) and five clearances in an impressive showing in the midfield. Did his top 10 chances no harm.

Patrick Naish
Wing (Northern Knights/Vic Metro)
15/01/1999 | 180cm | 69kg

The Richmond father-son averaged 21 disposals, five marks and four inside 50s for the carnival and provided run & dash out of defence on multiple occasions for Metro. One of the better players in the ‘Vic derby’ with 24 disposals, nine marks and two goals at Punt Road.

Brayden Ainsworth
Centre (Subiaco/Western Australia)
27/11/1998 | 183cm | 75kg

The inside midfielder won 49% of his possessions in contested situations, averaging 24 disposals and six clearances throughout the carnival. Started the carnival off with a bang, collecting 26 disposals and eight clearances against South Australia in their golden-point victory.

Izak Rankine
Wing (West Adelaide/South Australia)
23/04/2000 | 178cm | 74kg

The small forward caught the eye of the recruiters using his speed and elite side-step to good use. Rankine averaged 19 disposals, four marks and four inside 50s – kicking six goals for the carnival. The bottom-ager is one to watch for the 2018 draft.


Zac Bailey
Half forward flank (Southern Districts/Allies)
23/09/1999 | 180cm | 68kg

Bailey has a great burst of speed and the Northern Territory midfielder averaged 17 disposals, four tackles and three clearances per game. Bailey’s burst from the centre bounce to win the final clearance in the last few minutes against Vic Metro was a key reason for their unexpected victory.

Jarrod Brander
Centre half forward (Bendigo Pioneers/Allies)
11/02/1999 | 195cm | 90kg

Spent time at either end throughout the carnival but finished with a breakout 16 disposal, nine marks and three goals game up forward against title winning Vic Metro.

Jack Higgins
Half forward flank (Oakleigh Chargers/Vic Metro)
19/03/1999 | 178cm | 76kg

Higgins was the only player to break the 100 disposal barrier, finishing with 109 disposals (53 contested) in the carnival. Higgins was a deserving MVP for Vic Metro, going close to the Larke Medal. Higgins also averaged six tackles, five clearances and booted six goals for the tournament showing his skill as a player likely to be taken in the backend of the first round.

Callum Coleman-Jones
Forward pocket (Sturt/South Australia)
13/06/1999 | 201cm | 98kg

Coleman-Jones averaged 19 hitouts per game, with a breakout 28 disposal, 15 hitouts and five marks game against the Allies in Round 2. Coleman-Jones is one of the stronger marks in the draft pool.

Oscar Allen
Full forward (West Perth/Western Australia)
19/03/1999 | 191cm | 83kg

The key forward looms as the likely first West Australian prospect drafted. Allen won the Larke Medal as the best player in Division One, booting 11 goals for the carnival. Allen also averaged 15 disposals and six marks, as an overall deserving Larke Medalist.

Dylan Moore
Forward pocket (Eastern Ranges/Vic Metro)
04/08/1999 | 175cm | 66kg

The small midfielder cracked in hard, winning plenty of contested ball, rolling through the Vic Metro centre bounces. Moore had 92 disposals (45 contested) for the carnival and booted three goals.


Sam Hayes
Interchange (Eastern Ranges/Vic Metro)
09/06/1999 | 203cm | 93kg

The Vic Metro ruckman becomes a dual U18 All-Australian. Hayes averaged 17 hitouts per game and booted four goals up forward. Also took 14 marks for the carnival and showed his versatility up forward.

Lachlan Fogarty
Interchange (Western Jets/Vic Metro)
01/04/1999 | 179cm | 75kg

The half forward/midfielder missed the opening game of the carnival recovering from a groin injury. Fogarty averaged 19 disposals and a goal throughout the championships, using his smarts around the ground.

Harrison Petty
Interchange (Norwood/South Australia)
12/11/1999 | 194cm | 81kg

One of the more impressive players in the carnival, winning the South Australian MVP. Petty averaged 12 disposals and four marks, with his best performance coming against Vic Metro lining up on Will Sutherland with Petty having 18 disposals, seven marks and six inside 50s.

James Worpel
Interchange (Geelong Falcons/Vic Country)
24/01/1999 | 185cm | 84kg

Was the Vic Country MVP averaging 20 disposals (10 contested), four clearances and four inside 50s for the carnival. Was the leading tackler for the carnival with 33 tackles in his four games.

Joel Garner
Interchange (Eastern Ranges/Vic Metro)
21/05/1999 | 183cm | 81kg

The Vic Metro captain had a superb carnival despite battling an ankle injury in their third game. Garner averaged 16 disposals with 48 per cent of these in contested situations. Garner controlled the play in the defensive half, with a standout performance in the ‘Vic derby’ with 24 disposals, nine marks and six rebound 50s.

Under 18 Championships Preview: South Australia

SOUTH AUSTRALIA enters the National Under 18s Championships lacking the star power that both the Victorian sides have. In saying that – they do appear to be a well balanced unit with a large number of prospects who look likely to feature throughout the middle stages of the draft.
SA have a number of excellent ball users, particularly off half-back, grunt in the midfield and some tall timber who are capable of fulfilling key position spots at either end of the ground. This squad is versatile and we can expect to see a number of players being used in a variety of roles. Sturt big man Callum Coleman-Jones will lead the side with Darcy Fogarty and Andrew McPherson named as joint deputies. However. McPherson will miss the opening two games of the Under 18 Championships with a quad injury.
With five level two AFL Academy players in the squad, along with seven level one prospects, perhaps next year will be more fruitful in terms of star talent, but don’t go ruling them out in 2017. Although Vic Metro looked primed to go back-to-back, I think South Australia can realistically mount a push. The battle with Vic Country on July 5th could prove particularly instrumental.
Players to watch:
Darcy Fogarty – Undoubtedly South Australia’s best draft prospect and he is well in truly in the mix for the number one selection. Despite not starring, Fogarty has been a regular fixture in Glenelg’s senior side and posses the unique ability to be able to cover any position on the field apart from the ruck. He slotted in at half-back in an SA trial match earlier in the season but has also shown serious promise up forward and as an inside midfielder. At 192cm, he could become a third tall forward at AFL level, but I expect him to feature in the guts in the Champs.
Alex Martini – Fogarty’s teammate at Glenelg has also proven himself in the SANFL  League side, having played predominately off half-back. Martini captained Sacred Heart College last year and his on-field leadership will be crucial – He may spend more time in the midfield with the half-back line looking impressive for SA.
Jackson Edwards – The son of Tyson Edwards is a father-son prospect for the Crows and although he is yet to break into the Glenelg league side, he has been solid so far in the Reserves. He has a touch of class about him, much like his father, and will be a vital cog in the on-ball brigade.
Nathan Kreuger – Kreuger has potential to burn and at 194cm – he is one who can hold down a key position at either end and at times has even been deployed as a big-bodied midfielder. Athletic with neat foot skills, I can see Kreuger pushing higher up rankings with a strong National Championships. However he has been left out in Round one and will have to fight to break into their team for their remaining fixtures.
Callum Coleman-Jones – The Key Forward/Ruckman will be eager to assert his authority on the champs. Despite requiring some work on his endurance, Coleman-Jones is a great contested-mark and an imposing figure both in the ruck and when sent forward. Looking forward to his duel with top five candidate Sam Hayes when SA clash with Vic Metro at Etihad Stadium but would prefer to see him at full-forward.
2018 names to keep an eye on:
Jack Lukosius – Lukosius could well be the number one draft pick in 2018. The Woodville-West Torrens star is already lighting it up in the SANFL ranks. Yet another South Australian with the ability to play at either end, Lukosius has excellent mobility for a guy of 193cm and the foot skills of a midfielder.
Izak Rankine –  Rankine has as much talent as any 17 year-old in the country and will strut his stuff up forward and on the wing for South Australia. Possesses good agility and has X-Factor.
Connor Rozee – Won the Kevin Sheehan medal as the best player in the Under 16 carnival and is a classy midfielder on both the inside and outside. Vision is very good in traffic and is a clean user by both hand and foot.


Round 1: v WESTERN AUSTRALIA – June 10th 12.30pm Domain Stadium
Round 2: v ALLIES – June 17th 10.10am Adelaide Oval (FOX FOOTY)
Round 3: BYE
Round 4: v VIC METRO – June 30th 4.40pm Etihad Stadium (FOX FOOTY)
Round 5: v VIC COUNTRY – July 5th 4.40pm Simonds Stadium (FOX FOOTY)

Round One team:

B: Lachlan Pascoe, Harrison Petty, Brad McCarthy
HB: Isaac Hewson, Thomas Schmusch, Mitchell Coles
C: Izak Rankine, Darcy Fogarty, Charlie Ballard
HF: Jordan Houlahan, Jack Lukosius, Jackson Edwards
F: James Rowe, Callum Coleman-Jones, Sam Davis

FOLL: Ruben Flinn, Alex Martini, Mitch Crowden
INT: Jakob Heitmann, Stefan Giro, Jackson Hately, Connor Rozee, Jake Weidemann, Brodie Carroll, Brandon Zerk-Thatcher (Two to be omitted)


Finishing prediction: 2nd – I doubt South Australia will have the star power to overcome Vic Metro, but wins over Western Australia and the Allies are expected, and if they can account for Vic Country they will be in good shape for a crack at their first title since 2014.

MVP prediction: Darcy Fogarty – There are a number of ‘ready made’ talents in the South Australia squad who have already experienced SANFL Macca’s League football, but Fogarty is at this stage the only out-and-out star in my eyes. He is a real talent with that modern day frame and provides a presence wherever deployed. No doubt he will have learnt from playing against men for the ‘bays’ and will surly be up there on draft night come November. Can push forward and hit the scoreboard.


No. Name
HT (cm)
WT (kg)
1 Alex Stidiford 05-Apr-99 169 70 West Adelaide / Immanuel College
2 Izak Rankine 23-Apr-00 178 74 West Adelaide / Henley High
3 James Rowe 19-Sep-99 172 70 Woodville West Torrens / Sacred Heart College
4 Cooper Gaffney 07-Jan-99 179 74 Woodville West Torrens
5 Stefan Giro 10-Mar-99 175 72 Norwood
6 Connor Rozee 22-Jan-00 184 72 North Adelaide / Cedar College
7 Robert Irra 20-Oct-99 175 73 South Adelaide
8 Jacob Coles 14-Jul-99 179 70 Norwood / Banksia Park High
10 Luke Valente 08-May-00 186 79 Norwood / Rostrevor College
11 Tobin Cox 15-Jul-99 179 82 Glenelg / Henley High
12 Alex Martini 30-Mar-99 181 78 Glenelg
13 Jackson Edwards 11-Oct-99 185 77 Glenelg / Henley High
14 Isaac Hewson 02-Apr-99 182 79 Norwood
15 Jordan Houlahan 19-Feb-99 185 78 Sturt
16 Mitch Crowden 28-Apr-99 175 88 Sturt
17 Brad McCarthy 27-Feb-99 177 83 Glenelg
18 Brodie Carroll 26-Nov-99 186 71 Norwood / St Pauls College
19 Cole Gerloff 02-Aug-99 184 83 Norwood / Prince Alfred College
20 Jackson Hately 21-Oct-00 189 79 Central District / Trinity College
21 Andrew McPherson 20-Jun-99 186 78 Woodville West Torrens
22 Jake Weidemann 16-Mar-99 190 80 Woodville West Torrens / Henley High
23 Jordy Aitchison 25-Feb-99 185 85 Sturt
24 Brandon Zerk-Thatcher 25-Aug-98 195 77 Sturt
25 Lochie Charlton 19-Oct-99 192 84 Norwood / Prince Alfred
26 Josh Smithson 04-May-99 185 84 West Adelaide
27 Liam Denton 22-Jan-99 185 78 Glenelg
28 Jakob Heitmann 31-Oct-99 188 86 West Adelaide / Cabra
29 Isaac Moller 02-Mar-99 190 77 Woodville West Torrens
30 Cameron Buchanan 20-Sep-99 188 82 Glenelg / Henley High
31 Mitchell Coles 15-Jan-98 191 79 Norwood
32 Thomas Schmusch 05-Mar-99 192 81 Woodville West Torrens
33 Hugo Barry 28-Jun-99 191 83 North Adelaide / Prince Alfred College
34 Sam Davis 05-Sep-99 193 88 Glenelg / Immanuel College
35 Ryan Falkenberg 29-Apr-99 196 79 Central District
36 Jack Lukosius 09-Aug-00 194 82 Woodville West Torrens / Henley High
37 Charlie Ballard 23-Jul-99 195 81 Sturt / Sacred Heart College
38 Harrison Petty 12-Nov-99 194 81 Norwood / Rostrevor College
39 Cameron Ball 27-Jul-99 194 82 Norwood / Rostrevor College
40 Darcy Fogarty 25-Sep-99 192 92 Glenelg / Rostrevor College
41 Nathan Kreuger 25-Jun-99 196 86 South Adelaide
42 Hugo Munn 03-Apr-00 196 92 Sturt / Mercedes College
43 James Siviour 09-Mar-99 195 89 Norwood
44 Lachlan Pascoe 02-Jun-99 190 97 Norwood / Tyndale Christian School
45 Bryce Denham 17-Jan-99 194 89 North Adelaide
46 Ruben Flinn 09-May-00 200 103 Glenelg / Brighton
47 Simon Furnell 03-Jun-99 197 97 Central District / Nuriootpa High
48 Ben Oborn 30-Oct-99 199 93 North Adelaide / Endeavour College
49 Callum Coleman-Jones 13-Jun-99 201 98 Sturt / Scotch

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)

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

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


2015 Draft Profile: Wayne Milera


Wayne Milera
Club: Central Districts
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 76 kg
Position: Outside midfielder/half forward
Strengths: Evasion, distribution by hand, composure, poise, spacial awareness, vision, cleanliness at ground level
Weaknesses: Physicality, strength over the ball, accumulation, scoreboard impact when forward, pure line-breaking
Player comparison: Murray Newman (better version)
First year impact: Minimal. Might play a few games but he will likely take time.

Kicking: Above average
Marking: Average
Endurance: Above average
Speed: Above average

If there is a player who has flown under the radar this year, it is Wayne Milera. In South Australian midfields usually filled with hard workers and battlers, Milera is a rarity – a truly classy footballer. You would have to go back to James Aish to find a South Australian with such class.

Flying under the radar last year, Milera played predominantly under 18s for Central Districts, kicking 25 goals in 16 games. Starting the season slowly – he was only in the bests four times out of 13 in under 18s games. He kept improving and earnt a promotion to the reserves for the final three games, rising with the standard to be in the bests each game.

Even with that late year surge in mind, it would have been outlandish to predict Milera would line up in the SANFL league side in round one this year. But he did – a result of hard work on the track and some strong improvement. Before the championships, he played every possible league game, never excelling but always playing a role and showing some real class week in week out.

During the championships Milera was one of South Australia’s most consistent players, rarely making mistakes and usually impacting across each quarter. You could argue that he was very unlucky to miss out on All-Australian selection. After the champs, Milera went back to Centrals and was made to work his way back up to the league side, winning the Maccas Cup MVP in his first week back and then also excelling the next week in the reserves. He now finds himself back in the league side and will aim to continue to impress looking towards the draft.

As a player, Milera is pure class. That’s the best way to describe him – everything he does is with grace and style; he’s the kind of player that just makes the most difficult look easy. Perhaps his best skill is his ability to distribute by hand. He is, without doubt, the most skilled player in the draft by hand. The speed at which he handballs is incredible; the teammate already has it before you can blink. The subtlety of it is a weapon – he is able to release the ball without even noticing that he’s motioning to handball. And the accuracy – he fires them into perfect positions. Not only does he hit teammates with efficacy, but he places them into better positions. By virtue of his amazing skill by hand, Milera is able to release the ball from congestion to a runner regularly, a skill very few have.

Complimenting Milera’s skill by hand is his cleanliness at ground level. He’s very much a one touch player, rarely fumbling below the knees and able to gather a ground ball at top speed. Aerially he is clean, possessing an excellent and underrated vertical leap and clean hands. If he is able to cut across a contest and utilise his leap he’s a real marking threat however still lacks the physicality to take strong contested marks.

Athletically Milera is solid. He is not elite for speed, but he is still quick. His agility is excellent as is his leap. He is able to get from contest to contest and seems to possess reasonable endurance and runs out games well. He works hard on the field, regularly working to find space and present an option. After disposing of the ball he regularly works hard to provide second and third options, likewise he makes repeat efforts at ground level too.

By foot Milera is reliable. Over short to medium distances he kicks with accuracy and penetration. He makes the right decisions, has create vision and creates. However Milera rarely kicks it long. I believe he has a range of at least 45-50 metres, but he just rarely backs himself to really go long. Perhaps this is partially a strength as it indicates he is always finding effective medium range options, but there are times in football that it’s necessary to take the game forward quickly and Milera instead favours shorter range passing. Under pressure he usually disposes of the ball well by foot. By virtue of elite spacial awareness he is able to decide the right times to dispose of the ball or run and retain it. That spacial awareness also allows him to evade and break tackles with such ease.

But while he can break tackles with ease, he can struggle to make them too. He runs well defensively and pressures the ball carrier but is often shrugged and knocked away from the ball. He doesn’t seem to have much strength over the ball nor the strength to lay crunching tackles. That said, his physicality has improved over the season and he is now capable of hitting a bit harder than he was earlier.

At AFL level Milera is likely to be able to play a variety of roles. As a forward, he has shown the ability to pop up for a goal or two each game at under 18s level but projects more as a half forward than a forward pocket. He’s got good goal sense but not the elite goal sense required to be an AFL standard genuine crumber. Across half forward he has also shown some aptitude playing as a high half forward in the link role – he regularly finds space and presents as an uncontested target in dangerous areas between the arcs.

As a midfielder Milera certainly prefers the outside, playing as a first receiver type but a bit closer to the contest than your average wingman, usually receiving the ball in some sort of congestion and then using his speed, awareness and agility to create space on the outside. While he can break the lines he doesn’t do it enough for a player of his skill set and role. He also rarely accumulates big disposal numbers, instead hovering around the teens usually. At AFL level if he wants to play full time in the middle he’s going to want to start pushing a 20 or more disposal average.

There’s also some real scope for Milera to be used as a defender. Though he hasn’t played there much, with his athletic gifts he would be able to play on the quicker smalls while also being a very damaging offensive player with his decision making, vision and skill out of the defensive half. Clubs usually like having players who make the right decisions under pressure in defence and that’s Milera. Not to mention that he would also possess some real speed to run the ball out of the back half. I could see him playing some football here in the AFL.

As a player Milera is a bit unique, but he does remind me a little bit of Murray Newman. Newman went in the top 25 of his draft and shared similar athleticism, skills and awareness. Milera however has perhaps a few more tricks and a better record at senior level. Milera also reminds me a little of Michael O’Loughlin, without the elite goal sense and overhead ability. While Milera now is considered by most to be in the second round range, with his set of tricks I wouldn’t be surprised to see him go in the first round come November. He has got several points of difference compared to other prospects and also seems a very high character individual. The top 15 is not out of the equation for him.

2014 Draft Profile: Peter Bampton

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Peter Bampton (Norwood)

Height: 182 cm
Weight: 83 kg
Position: Midfielder
Strengths: Ball winning ability, distribution by hand
Areas of improvement: Outside game, footskills
Player comparison: Luke Dunstan

From the Adelaide Hills, Peter Bampton is Norwood’s answer to Luke Dunstan. A powerful inside midfielder, Bampton arguably has more runs on the board than any other draft prospect, having made his SANFL league debut in 2013 and quickly establishing himself as a regular. His 2014 has been marred by injury which caused him to miss the championships, however the natural ability he showed in 2013 and early 2014 has him high on many draft boards.

The inside of a contest is where Bampton excels. His ability to extract and distribute is a real highlight. Despite being a junior, Bampton has a big and powerful frame and some real weight behind him. This allows him to go in hard and really bullock his way through congestion to a level few others can. Bampton looks at the ball, picks his line and just crashes through anything in his path. With ball in hand he’s able to fire off quick and accurate handballs to outside runners. He’s also deceptively quick on the burst with his ability to breakaway and create some separation out of the contest a highlight along with his surprisingly good evasive skills. He’s a volume tackler whose tackles not only stick but hurt. He’s also an incredibly hard worker with a high level of endurance which allows him to be at and impact every contest.

The limitation on Bampton is his outside game. It doesn’t really exist. When in traffic or under pressure Bampton is prone to blindly kicking long bombs and hospital balls and when in uncontested possessions his kicking rarely breaks open games. It gets where it needs to go but there’s just nothing more to it. His kicking technique too is rather awkward and unbalanced and without repair, may put a ceiling on the levels he can reach by foot. Bampton’s tough and courageous style of football also puts him at a higher risk of injury.

At SANFL league level Bampton has excelled, both in 2013 and early 2014. Upon his return from injury his reserves performances were excellent. The knock on Bampton is his upside. Already a fairly matured body and in possession of an accomplished inside game – what could he improve? He’s not a natural reader of the tap with his clearance work done through strength not smarts. He’s also shown no signs of a potent outside game thus far. In Bampton many believe he’s already a ‘what you see is what you get’ prospect – one that will impact early but whose growth might not be as rapid as others. At the end of the day though, if you’re offered a certain mid to low range best 22 player for 10 years with a pick around 25, you take it. Luke Dunstan is a similar type of player to Bampton and one who’s impact Bampton should replicate. Bampton’s footskills aren’t as strong is he as smooth a mover but Bampton is more powerful on the inside with a better burst. The ceiling for Bampton would be a Ben Cunnington ability level.


Under 18s Championships: interstate round one review

South Australia vs. NSW/ACT

South Australia came into the match with a strong side to take on the NSW/ACT Rams but soon realised that this was not going to be a walk in the park. At quarter time the South Australian side led by just two points with the Rams controlling the midfield through Murray Bushranger Michael Gibbons while creating some offensive run from the half back line. It took until the second quarter for the South Australians to take control, booting six goals to two on the back of some great work from Matt Scharenberg around the ground and Darcy Hourigan up forward.

Jydon Neagle was providing a target for the Rams as he booted three goals for the match, but it was the grunt work of Gibbons who laid 12 tackles against the star studded midfield of Trent Dumont, Luke Dunstan and James Aish, all expected to go in the first round of this year’s draft. By three quarter time it was a 47 point margin and the favourites had got home, but to the Rams credit, they held in there, only losing the last quarter by one point and going down by 48 points.

Collingwood AIS Scholarship holder and pint-sized pocket rocket Elijah Edwards booted two goals for the Rams while Max King was also able to hit the scoreboard. Gibbons was a clear best for the Rams, amassing 29 disposals, nine clearances, four inside 50s and 12 tackles as well as a goal to impress recruiters. For South Australia, it was Scharenberg who topped the disposal count with 26 disposals, ten marks, seven rebounds and seven inside 50s. Hourigan, Dumont and Dunstan were all amongst the best as the South Australians prepare for the Victorians later in June.

NSW/ACT 10.7 (67)

SOUTH AUSTRALIA goals: Hourigan (4), Harvey (4), Karpany (3), Scharenberg, Spina, Dunstan, Johansen, Wilson, Reynolds
NSW/ACT goals: Neagle (3), Edwards (2), King (2), Gibbons, Eastman, Austin

SOUTH AUSTRALIA best: Scharenberg, Coome, Dumont, Spina, Hourigan, Dunstan
NSW/ACT best: Gibbons, Neagle, Perris, Watson, Clothier, Barrett


Western Australia vs Tasmania

Fresh off a win over the Western Jets at Highgate Recreation Reserve, Tasmania were keen to show what they could do on a national level, taking on Western Australia in the National Championships. It appeared the Sandgropers were also up to the challenge with the West Australians taking an inaccurate 31 point lead at quarter time. Luckily for Tasmania, the 14 scoring shots to three hadn’t completely put them out of the game. By half time it was 60 to 15 and looking more and more likely that it would be a blowout. The great work of Dominic Sheed who led a relatively inexperienced WA side compared to last year was killing those from the Apple Isle, creating many chances for the West Australian forwards.

The game finished with the favourites getting up with an inaccurate 14.17 to 5.9, a total of 31 scoring shots to 14 with a 62 point margin. The inaccuracy saved Tasmania from being on the end of a horrific defeat, but also showed how impressive WA can be, especially if they improve their goal kicking. Captain Sheed collected 32 disposals and eight clearances while being ably assisted by Matt Cripps and Jarrad Jansen in the midfield. For Tasmania, it was a commentators worst nightmare when the Kolodjashnij twins both put in impressive performances, Kade in particular collected 37 disposals. Ruck Toby Nankervis also continued his good form and will be a real dark horse coming into the draft.

TASMANIA 5.9 (39)

WESTERN AUSTRALIA goals: Bevan (3), Johnson (2), McCarthy (2), Abbott, Edwards, Waterman, Marsh, Sokol, Jansen, Cameron
TASMANIA goals: Boscott, Smith, Lee, Bones, Fox

WESTERN AUSTRALIA best: Sheed, Johnson, Cripps, Hodgson, Bevan, Jansen
TASMANIA best: J Kolodjashnij, Lockhart, Nankervis, K Kolodjashnij, Boscott, Hanson