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South Australian weekly wrap: SANFL – Round 11

IT took two weekends to complete, but the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) Round 11 results are in the books with plenty of standout performances across the board. While many of the top-end talented Under 18s were representing South Australia at the AFL Under 18 National Championships, there was still both under-age and mature-age talent on show, including some serious numbers from AFL-listed players.

Round 11 – League:

NORWOOD 13.9 (87) defeated by WWT EAGLES 22.9 (141)
GLENELG 19.9 (123) defeated CENTRAL DISTRICT 7.12 (54)
STURT 3.5 (23) defeated by ADELAIDE 6.8 (44)
NORTH ADELAIDE 6.6 (42) defeated by PORT ADELAIDE 13.6 (84)
WEST ADELAIDE 5.10 (40) defeated SOUTH ADELAIDE 9.14 (68)

Adelaide and Glenelg moved further at the top of the SANFL League table over the split Round 11, defeating Sturt and Central District respectively. Port Adelaide jumped into fourth spot with a win over North Adelaide to replace the Redlegs in the position, after Norwood suffered a shock heavy loss to Woodville-West Torrens Eagles at home. Angus Poole caused all sorts of headaches for the Redlegs, booting 4.1 from his 22 disposals, five marks and three tackles, while Christopher Hall had a day out with 29 disposals, four clearances and two goals. Bradley McKenzie did all he could for Norwood in the disappointing match, racking up a game-high 31 touches to go with his 11 marks and four tackles. In Glenelg’s big win over lowly Central District, former AFL forwards, Jesse White and Liam McBean combined with White having a day out up the field with 21 disposals, four marks, six clearances and a goal, while McBean booted 6.1 from 14 touches, five marks and four tackles. Marlon Motlop showed his class with a dominant 35-disposals, eight-clearance, six-mark and two-goal game to be best afield. Jarrod Schiller was the best for the Bulldogs, amassing 26 disposals, five clearances and laying nine tackles. Patrick Wilson continued his great season with the hope of a call-up to Adelaide’s senior side, laying a whopping 22 tackles to go with his 23 touches, eight marks and four clearances, while former AFL forward Matthew Wright recorded 23 touches, seven tackles, five clearances and a goal. For Sturt, Sam Colquhoun (25 disposals, 10 clearances and 11 tackles) and James Battersby (20 disposals, five clearances and 13 tackles) tried hard throughout. If we’re talking AFL recalls, then none put their hand up more than a trio of Port Adelaide players. Tom Rockliff had a lazy 57 disposals – not a typo – as well as 14 clearances, 12 tackles and seven marks, while Justin Westhoff picked up an impressive in his own right, 37 disposals, nine marks, six tackles, four clearances and three goals, as Sam Powell-Pepper also impressed with 33 disposals, four marks, five tackles and three clearances. Aidan Tropiano was the best for the last placed Roosters, recording 29 disposals, six marks, seven tackles and seven clearances in the loss. In West Adelaide’s home loss to South Adelaide, Dallas Willsmore produced an impressive performance with 29 touches, 10 marks and three tackles, but it was the consistency of the Panthers midfield, including Mark Noble (24 disposals, six marks, six tackles, three clearances and a goal) and Malcolm Karpany (22 disposals, seven marks, six tackles, two clearances and a goal) that saw them home.

As it stands heading into Round 12, there are seven teams left in the hunt for the top five spots, with Sturt and Eagles just outside the five by a win, as Adelaide and Glenelg have gained some breathing space over South Adelaide, Port Adelaide and Norwood who are only separated by percentage from third to fifth. Central District, West Adelaide and North Adelaide hold the bottom three spots.

Round 11 – Reserves:

NORWOOD 13.12 (90) defeated WWT EAGLES 13.7 (85)
GLENELG 12.11 (83) defeated CENTRAL DISTRICT 11.7 (73)
STURT 8.5 (53) defeated NORTH ADELAIDE 7.6 (48)
WEST ADELAIDE 13.13 (91) defeated SOUTH ADELAIDE 6.7 (43)

It was a good weekend for the fans as all four home sides triumphed, with Norwood leapfrogging Woodville West Torrens thanks to a victory over the Eagles, as did Sturt who knocked off North Adelaide. West Adelaide moved into top spot with a win over South Adelaide, after Central District slipped up against bottom two side Glenelg. Lachlan Pascoe impressed for the Redlegs with 28 disposals, six marks, eight clearances and five tackles, but he was far from alone with Sam Buckham picking up 29 touches, six marks, seven tackles and six clearances. For the Eagles, Harrison Morgan dominated up forward with seven straight goals from his 16 touches and five marks, but it was to no avail in the five-point defeat. Declan Carmody impressed for Glenelg in its win over the Bulldogs, standing up with 17 disposals, eight marks and two goals after coming back from South Australian state duty, while Nicholas Leck slotted four goals from 17 touches, eight marks and six tackles. For the visitors, Kyle Presbury (33 disposals, three marks, nine clearances, 12 tackles and two goals) and Darcy Pisani (34 disposals, three marks, eight clearances and nine tackles) were the two standouts. In Sturt’s narrow five-point triumph over Norwood, Casey Voss kept Brisbane Lions fans interested with 24 touches, four marks, five clearances and five tackles, while South Australian representatives, Oliver Grivell (18 touches, four marks and four tackles) and Anzac Lochowiak (14 disposals, one mark, 11 tackles, three clearances and one goal) were also impressive. For Norwood, Max Lower was best on ground by some way, racking up 34 disposals, 14 clearances, three marks and eight tackles, while former Port Adelaide goalsneak Jake Neade laid 14 tackles to go with his 23 touches and four clearances. In the final game, West Adelaide’s Sam May impressed with 24 touches, three marks, seven clearances, six tackles and a goal, while Tom Morrish (13 disposals, seven marks and three goals) and Connor Fairlie (25 touches, four marks, six tackles and four clearances) also stood out. Sam Whitbread was solid for the Panthers, amassing 22 touches, eight marks, seven tackles and six clearances, while Bailey Snelling had 18 disposals, 10 marks, three tackles and a clearance.

With first placed West Adelaide taking on third placed Norwood this weekend, it is sure to create some ladder movement, as Central District looks to take advantage of one of its rivals losing with a game against bottom two side, North Adelaide. Sturt and the Eagles are just a win off the top three sides, while Glenelg sits two games outside the top five, with South Adelaide last with three wins from 11 encounters.

Round 11 – Under 18s:

NORWOOD 8.11 (59) defeated by WWT EAGLES 10.7 (67)
GLENELG 15.7 (97) defeated CENTRAL DISTRICT 10.12 (72)
SOUTH ADELAIDE 3.7 (25) defeated by WEST ADELAIDE 5.6 (36)
NORTH ADELAIDE 9.7 (61) defeated STURT 8.9 (57)

In the Under 18s, the top four sides recorded wins over their bottom four opponents to extend the gap between finalist and non-finalist positions to four points (two games). The Eagles juggernaut rolled out but were challenged on the road against Norwood, while Glenelg knocked off Central District, West Adelaide had to scrap to get the points against their South counterparts, while North Adelaide maintained second spot with a nail-biting four-point win over Sturt. In the Eagles’ win over Norwood, Luke Barnett racked up a massive game of 28 touches, 13 clearances and 10 tackles, while Lachlan Jones (33 touches, five tackles and a goal) was also impressive. Stefan Lanzoni had a day out for the Redlegs with 28 disposals, nine marks, six tackles, 11 clearances and 2.2, while Daniel Fairbrother was also strong in defeat with 23 disposals, six marks, eight tackles and two clearances. In the Tigers’ win over the Bulldogs, Kye Dean racked up 30 touches, six marks, five clearances and two tackles, while Angus Weir worked hard for 23 disposals, three marks, seven tackles and three clearances. For the losers, Rhys Cannizzaro was Central District’s best, notching up 26 disposals, six marks, nine clearances and nine tackles, while Jakob Thomson (23 disposals, 12 marks, two clearances and a goal) and Sam Falland (27 disposals, 10 marks, five clearances, two tackles and a goal) were also impressive. Despite losing to West Adelaide, South’s bottom-age talent of Zac Dumesny showed his skill in a 30-disposals, five-tackle, eight-mark game to be one of the best afield, while teammate, Nicholas Kraemer (22 disposals, eight marks, seven tackles and three clearances) stood tall. For the winners, Jason Westley (22 disposals, 12 clearances and 12 tackles) was impressive, as was Joel Groom (19 touches, eight clearances and a massive 20 tackles. Macenzie Nield (18 disposals, six clearances, 13 tackles and a goal) and Bailey Chamberlain (17 disposals, eight clearances and 17 tackles) were others who stood out for the Bloods. In the final game of the round, North Adelaide had an even contribution across the board from players with Matthew Borg (28 disposals, four marks, five tackles, four clearances and two goals) the best, while Tyler McKenzie (19 disposals, 12 tackles and three clearances), Lachlan Borg (20 disposals, four marks, six tackles, five clearances and six tackles) and Jamison Murphy (21 disposals, 10 clearances and nine tackles) racked up big numbers, and Josh Hart was strong in the ruck. For Sturt, Tulley Kennett (33 disposals, four marks, 18 tackles, seven clearances and a goal) and Mani Liddy (33 disposals, six tackles, five clearances and a goal) were the two standout Double Blues on the day.

Heading into Round 12, the Eagles sit comfortably on top as the raging favourites with 10 wins from 11 games, three wins clear of North Adelaide and Glenelg with West Adelaide a game behind the Roosters and Tigers. South Adelaide and Norwood need to make up some ground if they are to make finals being two wins behind, while Sturt and Central District sit in the bottom two spots, but are just three wins outside the top five.

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

SANFL Round 13 Draft Prospects update

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. In Round 13 of the SANFL, members of the State under 18s team resumed SANFL duties at various levels. With school football on a break over the school holidays, we take a look at who the top performers were across the reserves and the under 18s.

Reserves:

The Reserves competition after July 1 really starts to promote Under 18 talent and there was plenty on show this week. In Norwood’s five-point win over North Adelaide, mid Stefan Giro accumulated 24 disposals including six tackles, Cole Gerloff also had 19 disposals with eight tackles & six clearances. Under 18 All-Australian Harry Petty continued his good form with eight marks alongside his 15 possessions. Brodie Carroll, Cam Ball and Isaac Hewson also had solid games, while bottom-ager Connor Rozee had 15 disposals for North.

For Central District, bottom-ager Jackson Hately played his second good game in the Reserves, finishing with 17 disposals.

In South Adelaide’s 65-point demolition of Glenelg, Henry Bruce was again amongst it with 16 possessions, including six tackles and a goal. For Glenelg, Adelaide father-son prospect Jackson Edwards was named in the best players with his 17 disposals. State Under 18 teammates Brad McCarthy and Sam Davis were both solid.

In Sturt’s six-point win over Woodville-West Torrens, midfielder Mitch Crowden continued his great from from the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships and was second best with 25 disposals, nine clearances and a goal. Charlie Ballard was also named in the best players with his 16 disposals, six marks and a goal. Tall defender/Ruckman Brandon Zerk-Thatcher was also effective with 23 disposals, eight marks and 19 hitouts. Bottom-agers Mihali Lochowiak and Tom Lewis also showed some promise. Possible top 30 draftee Jordan Houlahan was quiet with one goal to go with his seven disposals. Second best for the Eagles was small Jimmy Rowe with 24 disposals and eight marks. Cooper Gaffney was also in the bests with 17 disposals, including one goal and six inside 50s. Other Eagles to have a positive impact were Jake Weidemann, Isaac Moller, Tom Schmusch and bottom-ager Jack Lukosius.

U18s:

West Adelaide knocked off Centrals by four-points with a dominant best-on-ground performance from Jakob Heitmann, who had 34 disposals, 11 marks, eight inside 50s, six tackles and booted two goals. Teammate Josh Smithson was also impressive with 27 disposals, nine marks and two goals. Midfielder Alex Stidiford continued his recent good form with 24 disposals. For Centrals, Nick Lange was their best with 24 disposals, nine marks, six inside 50s and three goals.

In another nailbiter South’s held on by two-points against Glenelg. They were led by a best-on-ground display from Sam Whitbread (32 disposals) and bottom-age midfield bull Tom Sparrow. Sparrow collected 24 disposals, brought the ball inside 50 on 12 occasions, laid eight tackles and booted a goal. For Glenelg, Oscar Lovelock was their best with 20 disposals and six tackles.

North continued their surge up the ladder with a 13-point win over Norwood. Roosters underage mid Boyd Woodcock followed up his U18 MVP from last week with another fine performance accumulating 27 disposals, 10 marks and two goals. Sam Daniele was again strong in the midfield with 26 disposals including six tackles and 12 clearances. In the ruck, Ben Oborn dominated for the Roosters with 41 hitouts. For Norwood, AFL Academy Level one member Luke Valente was in the best with 30 possessions, including eight clearances and he clunked seven marks up forward and through the midfield. Valente was well supported by Jack Astbury who had 32 disposals, eight marks and kicked two goals.

The Eagles had a comfortable 20-point win over Sturt. Jacob Pedler was best on ground with 29 disposals. He is having had a great season in school footy for PAC rebounding from the back line and has now been moved into the midfield for the Eagles. For Sturt, Casey Voss was best with his 23 disposals, and Adam Trenorden continued his prolific ball winning season with 37 disposals, 10 marks and six tackles.

SANFL Round 2 draft prospects update

With round two of the SANFL Competition continuing over the weekend, 2017 South Australian draft talent was on show at League, Reserves and U18 Level. We take a look at who the top performers were across the grades:

League:

Alex Martini (Glenelg) made a solid contribution to his teams 61-point demolition of Sturt, finishing the day with 17 disposals and five marks. He rebounded the ball well from defence with six rebound 50s, while teammate Jonty Scharenberg laid eight tackles in a strong performance in the midfield. For Sturt, Mitch Crowden backed up his round one performance collecting 14 disposals and laying six tackles to be named in their best.

Reserves:

Lachie Pascoe (Norwood) was named in the best with a 26 disposal and eight marks game. Pascoe is a great reader of the ball and it was his rebound from defence that helped keep Norwood in the game. Also contributing for Norwood were onballers Stefan Giro (19 disposals) and Isaac Hewson (18 disposals). For Glenelg, Brad McCarthy chipped in with 11 disposals mainly across half forward.

U18s:

Notables for the round include: Cooper Gaffney (Woodville-West Torrens) with 37 disposals including eight tackles in a best on ground performance versus West Adelaide – after being second best last week. Ably supported by James Rowe with 26 disposals and two goals. Josh Smithson (West Adelaide) was amongst the best with 23 disposals, seven marks and one goal, as was Alex Stidiford with a good all round performance with 21 disposals, two goals and seven tackles.

Glenelg’s Henry Papatolis had 11 tackles with 19 disposals to get in the bests in the win over Norwood. Bottom-ager Sam Whitbread was South Adelaide’s best in their win over Sturt with 22 disposals, nine tackles and one goal. For Sturt, Adam Trenorden backed up his round one MVP form with another 33 disposal game including eight tackles, as well as Jordy Aitchson’s 28 disposals (including 20 kicks and eight tackles).

In a close match between Centrals and North Adelaide it was the bottom-agers leading the way. Returning from the AFL Academy game the week before Jackson Hately (Centrals) had 33 disposals including one goal, and North’s Connor Rozee played the complete game with 39 disposals – six marks, 11 tackles and one goal. Cooper Dahms for Centrals was also dominant with 29 disposals , eight marks, eight tackles and one goal.

Callum Coleman-JonesDarcy FogartyJordan HoulahanAndrew McPherson and Thomas Schmusch represented the AFL Academy in their game against the Northern Blues VFL team on Saturday and will make their return to SANFL football this weekend.

AFL Academy vs. Northern Blues scouting notes