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SANFL weekly wrap: Round 4 – South draws again as Norwood continue winning ways

IT has been a busy week for all South Australian National Football League (SANFL) sides and their young talent with Round 4 completed over Easter, along with some short breaks for certain sides. Four top-end SA youngsters in Will Gould, Jackson Mead, Kossie Pickett and Dylan Stephens, participated for the Australian U18 side against Casey as well. Our South Australian writers, Jamie Morgan, Damon Mattiazzo and Tom Wyman all contributed to the review.

Round 5 sees most of the key SA Under 18 talent unavailable for SANFL selection due to SA AFL Academy camp being conducted.

Round 4 Review:

Norwood 20.7 (127) defeated Port Adelaide 14.10 (94)

In the Easter Thursday clash at the Parade, Norwood extended its undefeated start to the season proving to be too strong for Port Adelaide. The Redlegs’ win was a statement to the rest of the competition as they produced their best game of the season without star midfielder Mitch Grigg. The big emergence from the match was Cameron Taheny, impressing on debut with three goals after not making the U18 Australian match against Casey Demons. Former-Crow Lewis Johnston continues to rack up possessions at will with another 35 disposals and a goal to his name, as former-Kangaroo Brad McKenzie provided plenty of run off half back with 27 touches.

Port Adelaide gained Steven Motlop after his omission from the AFL, contributing 10 clearances with 31 disposals but faded when the Redlegs gained ascendency in the third quarter. Jack Trengove continued his incredible start to the season with 37 disposals and two goals and looks to be an early frontrunner for the Magarey Medal. Third year player and former Redleg Peter Ladhams had his best game of his SANFL career so far with 24 disposals and provided plenty ground ball contests.

South Adelaide’s young talent Zac Dumesny was rewarded with an U18 MVP nomination after a consistent few weeks, and no doubt will be a prospect to watch.

Norwood vs South

Reserves: Norwood 11.9 (75) defeated South 9.6 (60)
U18: South 11.4 (70) defeated Norwood 7.8 (50)

Norwood and South split the results in the Reserves and Under 18s. Jacob Collins had a big day out for Norwood Reserves in defence, picking up 29 disposals, 12 marks and six rebounds in defence, while Josh Richards had 24 touches, five marks, eight clearances and six tackles. Cameron Ball and Lachlan Pascoe both finished with 22 disposals, and combined for 18 marks. For South, Ben Heaslip had a team-high 27 disposals, two marks, seven hitouts, seven inside 50s, five tackles and five clearances, while Jaidan Kappler had 10 inside 50s and six clearances from 22 disposals and five marks. In the Under 18s, the talented Zach Dumesny had eight rebounds and seven marks with his 19 disposals in the Panthers’ win, while Nicholas Kraemer had 22 disposals, seven clearances, eight tackles and six inside 50s. Lachlan Williams picked up a massive 44 hitouts and 15 disposals, while Liam Hamilton and Mitchell Riddell booted three goals apiece. Meanwhile Redleg, Sam Morris booted three goals from 14 touches and three inside 50s, while Henry Nelligan had a day out with 34 disposals, five marks, 10 clearances, five inside 50s, three rebounds and 11 tackles. Mitchell Carroll was also superb defensively with 25 disposals, nine clearances and a massive 13 tackles in the defeat.

League: South 10.13 (73) drew with Adelaide 11.7 (73)

In South Adelaide’s second consecutive draw, the Panthers were forced to this time split the points with Adelaide’s Reserves, as Joel Cross had a day out with 29 disposals, four marks, eight clearances, seven inside 50s and two rebounds, while Nicholas Liddle also had the 29 touches as well as six marks, nine tackles, six clearances and three inside 50s. Mark Noble booted 3.2 from 15 disposals, while Malcolm Karpany also kicked a couple of goals in the draw. For the Crows, Myles Poholke has finally done enough to bang down the AFL selection door, recalled to the senior side after a massive 30-disposal, four-goal game which included 15 touches and three goals in the first term. Tyson Stengle also looked dangerous with 14 disposals and three goals, while Patrick Wilson was the top ball winner with 33 disposals, as well as nine clearances, 10 tackles and seven inside 50s.

West vs Eagles

League: West 18.8 (116) defeated Eagles 11.13 (79)
Reserves: West 13.15 (93) defeated Eagles 5.11 (41)
U18: Eagles 13.8 (86) defeated West 7.12 (54)

It was a tough day at Richmond Oval on Good Friday for both Eagles’ League and Reserves sides. West Adelaide looked primed for all contests and clearly dominated the whole day in both games. The Eagles league side had some big ins, but these players looked underdone, and with the absolute dominance of ex-AFL listed Will Snelling and Jono Beech, the Bloods got their season rolling. While in the Reserves, experienced Brett Turner and Kenny Karpany led from the front.

The Eagles accounted for West in the U18s game and the form of Joshua Morris in front of goals continued for the Eagles, finishing with another five-goal haul and other Eagles key movers Harry Schoenberg and Lachlan Holie dominated the possession count for the winning side.

Glenelg vs Sturt

League: Glenelg 11.13 (79) defeated Sturt 10.10 (70)
Reserves: Sturt 14.5 (89) defeated Glenelg 11.6 (72)
U18: Sturt 11.6 (72) defeated Glenelg 9.7 (61)

Coming off the back of a draw to South Adelaide, Glenelg made its way back onto the winners list with a tight 9-point victory over Sturt at the bay. The Tigers midfield was led well by youngsters Jonty Scharenberg and former-West Coast Eagle Luke Partington, who collected 25 and 22 disposals respectively. Eighteen-year-old Finn Betterman played perhaps his best League game to date, managing 18 disposals, two marks and three tackles. Medium-sized goal-machine Lachlan Hosie added four more to his impressive start to the year, with Marlon Motlop also adding two. For the Double Blues, consistent midfielder Zane Kirkwood notched up another 36 disposals. He was aided by 30 touches from former-Power defender Sam Colquhoun and 29 from James Battersby. Mark Evans slotted home three majors in the defeat.

North v Centrals

League: Centrals 10.13 (73) defeated North 9.12 (66)
Reserves: Centrals 14.8 (92) defeated North 8.13 (61)
U18: North 14.9 (93) defeated Centrals 10.4 (64)

Centrals won out in two out of three clashes against reigning League premiers North Adelaide in a successful weekend. Bulldogs prodigal son Troy Menzel continued his promising start to the League season with 4.4 from 19 disposals and 13 marks, while Travis Schiller was their clear-best ball winner with 30 touches. Thomas Schwarz and Jarred Allmond were the only North players to rack up over 30 disposals, with Strato Agorastos booting a clinical 3.0. In Reserves, Brody Mahoney‘s 31 disposals and three goals saw Centrals win comfortably, with two other Bulldogs bagging three majors. Liam Verity (3.2) was North’s best in front of goal in an otherwise wasteful Roosters display, while Max Lower had 27 disposals. North managed to get up in the U18 fixture, with six of its eight goal kickers notching multiple goals. Tyran Hill was one of their best, while Rhys Cannizarro had 27 touches and the highly-touted Corey Durdin managed 22 in the defeat.

Team Building 101: From Tiger Turmoil to Tiger Time

REIGNING premier Richmond has historically been poor at team-building and drafting. From the mid-2000s until the mid-2010s, Richmond’s record of drafting players was horrific. Richmond supporters who are “twenty-something” or older, will remember the constant “trolling” by opposition supporters through this period.

The most infamous draft decision, being the selection of Richard Tambling at pick three, in front of the future Hall of Famer Lance Franklin. The forward from Western Australia, turned into the greatest athlete the game has seen, and was selected pick four by Hawthorn, one selection after the now-delisted Tambling. This however, was one of many errors that Richmond made at the time. They simply could not get anything right at the list management level. But now that has changed.

A NEW ERA OF DRAFTING

As soon as the cup is held aloft on the podium of the Grand Final, all other football departments immediately turn their attention to the winning clubs’ list. These football departments run the microscope over the winning clubs’ list to see what lessons they can learn, so that they can be on that stage as soon as possible. 

But this was Richmond. The club who are terrible at drafting! Or were they?

The fact is that Richmond’s football department absolutely nailed every draftee and trade over the past three seasons. Richmond had their fair share of first round draft selections, however this premiership was won on the back of being aggressive at the trade table and finding talent outside the first round of the draft. 

Here is a breakdown of Richmond’s premiership winning side, using the draft pick cost in selecting them or trading for them as the key.

FIRST ROUND PICKS.

Jack Riewoldt (Pick 13 – 2006), Trent Cotchin (Pick 2 – 2007), Alex Rance (Pick 18 – 2007), Dustin Martin (Pick 3 – 2009), Brandon Ellis (Pick 15 – 2011), Nick Vlasutin (Pick 9 – 2012), Daniel Rioli (Pick 15, 2015), Dion Prestia (2016 – Traded In for Pick 6).

Richmond drafted their “Big 4”, Riewoldt/Cotchin/Rance/Martin, across three drafts (2006, 2007 and 2009). The “Big 4” were undeniably crucial in the Premiership winning side. Dustin Martin, the Norm Smith Medallist and Brownlow Medallist in 2017 was selected at pick three, and the Demons who had picks one and two in the draft (Tom Scully and Jack Trengove) would be heartbroken as neither of their draftees are still at the club. Richmond’s ability to draft well in the first round in the past 10 years set up the spine for their Premiership, and for success in the years to come.

SECOND ROUND PICKS.

Shane Edwards (2006 – Pick 26), Kamdyn McIntosh (2012 – Pick 31), Josh Caddy (2016 – Traded In for Pick 20).

Only three of Richmond’s premiership players cost Richmond a second round draft pick. Shane Edwards, a 200-gamer and one of the games best handballers, has had a terrific career. A fan favourite and widely loved by his teammates, Edwards is one of the games most underrated footballers. He is a terrific decision maker, and although he is not a prolific ball winner, he is a beautiful kick of the ball. Caddy, a first round draft pick in 2007, was traded to Richmond after never finding his feet at Geelong. Caddy was traded in the same year his best mate, Dion Prestia was traded to the Tigers for their first round pick. 

DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH (Rounds 3 onwards or Rookie selections).

David Astbury (2009 – Pick 35), Dylan Grimes (2009 – Rookie Draft), Bachar Houli (2010 – Rookie Draft), Kane Lambert (2014 – Rookie Draft), Dan Butler (2014 – Pick 67), Nathan Broad (2015 – Pick 67), Jacob Townsend (2015 – Traded In for Pick 70), Toby Nankervis (2016 – Traded In for Pick 46), Jack Graham (2016 – Pick 53)

Nine of Richmond’s 22 premiership players cost the Tigers a third round draft pick or less. That’s an incredible 41 per cent of their Grand Final side. The players listed above were not just making up the numbers either. Astbury and Grimes form the pillars of Richmond’s defence that allow Rance to play off his opponent. Houli and Lambert both had huge final series, with the former unlucky not to win the Norm Smith Medal. Nankervis had an incredible year that placed him in the top five ruckman in the league, while Graham and Townsend had remarkable rises to stardom in a short period of time. Graham kicked three goals in the AFL Grand Final while Townsend kicked 11 goals in two weeks at the end of the Home and Away season before taking that form into the finals where he kicked another five goals over three matches. 

STRONG AND BOLD

Richmond’s list managers nailed the 2015 and 2016 drafts. They selected Broad in the fourth round, and traded their fifth pick to GWS for Townsend who had a remarkable end to the year. However, it was their bold moves in 2016  that was the difference between winning the Grand Final and being stuck in relative mediocrity. 

At the end of the season, Richmond had picks 6, 42, 60, 78 to work with. The media believed that Richmond were going backwards and that they needed to trade their star players out for more picks to start a rebuild. Deledio, Rance and Riewoldt all would apparently not be a part of Richmond’s next premiership, and that Richmond should trade them while they had value. Richmond had other ideas. They traded Deledio, whose body had been wrecked by injury, for future draft picks, and lost Restricted Free Agent (RFA) Tyrone Vickery, for which they received a pick at the end of the first round.

Richmond had in essence lost Deledio and Vickery and had gained Dion Prestia, Shai Bolton, Josh Caddy, Toby Nankervis and Jack Graham. Remarkably, four of those five were premiership players within 12 months time. 

MODEL OF SUCCESS

Richmond have proven that huge rebuilds are not required if you have elite top end talent. It is crucial however, that elite talent must be there. As good as Richmond’s drafting and trading was over the past two years, they knew they had four elite players under the age of 30, that they could build their team around. Other clubs at the conclusion of 2016 who had elite talent but poor depth, such as Essendon, Port Adelaide and Melbourne, have copied Richmond’s aggressive trading model and are primed for their shot at the premiership in the coming seasons.

Melbourne looked to free agency to solidify their defence poaching promising defender, Jake Lever, from the Crows. However, I worry that Melbourne’s elite talent isn’t quite at the level of other clubs. Melbourne do have a terrific young midfield and one of the games best young forwards in Jesse Hogan and will rely heavily on them performing if they are to contend this season. 

Essendon used their selections to bring in pace and a bit of “X-Factor” in Adam Saad, Devon Smith and Jake Stringer while holding onto their early draft selections. Essendon now are extremely damaging on the counter attack, and have a terrific mix of young talent and experienced leaders. Essendon’s forward line of Joe Daniher, Stringer and Smith will put opposition defences under pressure and set them up for a big season.

Port Adelaide rolled the dice, losing some of their experienced depth players to bring in three mercurial players in Steven Motlop, Tom Rockliff and Jack Watts. Port Adelaide’s best 22 on paper is terrific, but must remain healthy. Their depth is now poor, but as Richmond showed last year, that depth can stand up if there is competition for places and the chance at a premiership.

On the other hand, sides like Carlton are in a different phase of the premiership rebuild. They lost their best midfielder in Bryce Gibbs but went to the draft with three picks inside the top 30 to add to their current bank of young stars in Patrick Cripps and Charlie Curnow. Carlton are in the process of building that platform of elite blue-chip players like Richmond were in the late 2000’s. Although a “ten year plan” would sound like a nightmare for many Blues fans, Cripps has the potential to be as damaging as Dustin Martin, but not for another five years. As good as Cripps is, it takes a long time for players to reach their full potential. Carlton has a rich history of success and could be tempted to sell the farm prematurely to have a shot at the premiership. However, I think Carlton have learned valuable lessons from their mistakes over the last decade and are committed to a proper rebuild this time. Carlton fans should be excited but patient and trust the job that Stephen Silvagni is doing.  A premiership is surely worth it.

B:

5 Brandon Ellis

2011 – Round 1

Pick 15

18 Alex Rance

2007 – Round 1

Pick 18

2 Dylan Grimes

2009 – PRESEASON

Rookie Draftee

HB:

14 Bachar Houli

PRESEASON 

Rookie Draftee (Essendon)

12 David Astbury

2009 – Round 3

Pick 35

1 Nick Vlastuin

2012 – Round 1

Pick 9

C:

33 Kamdyn McIntosh

2012 – Round 2

Pick 31

9 Trent Cotchin

2007 – Round 1

Pick 2

21 Jacob Townsend

2015 – TRADE 

Pick 70

HF:

23 Kane Lambert

2014 – PRESEASON

Rookie Draftee

4 Dustin Martin

2009 – Round 1

Pick 3

22 Josh Caddy

2016 – TRADE

Pick 20

F:

40 Dan Butler

2014 – Round 4

Pick 67

8 Jack Riewoldt

2006 – Round 1

Pick 13

17 Daniel Rioli

2015 – Round 1

Pick 15

Foll:

25 Toby Nankervis

2016 – TRADE

Pick 46

3 Dion Prestia

2016 – TRADE

Pick 6

6 Shaun Grigg

2010 – TRADE

Andrew Collins 

Int:

10 Shane Edwards

2006 – Round 2

Pick 26

34 Jack Graham

2016 – Round 3

Pick 53

35 Nathan Broad

2015 – Round 5

Pick 67

 

46 Jason Castagna

2014 – PRESEASON

Rookie Draftee

 

Key:

GOLD – Round 1

GREY – Round 2

BLUE – Round 3,4,5 or PS

Fantastic Five: Memorable moments from the weekend

NOW the AFLW is done and dusted, the AFL takes centre stage, while the TAC Cup and TAC Cup Girls competitions continue to throw up some sensational matches and moments.

GWV Rebels bounce back

After the GWV Rebels blew a 20-point lead to lose by a point to Bendigo Pioneers in the first match of the season, they came out with a point to prove in round two. A jaw-dropping first half saw them pile on 10 goals to zero and leave the reigning premiers in their dust. They had a bigger fight in the second half, but held on strongly to record their opening win of the season on the back of some fantastic play throughout four quarters.

A performance fit for a King

There is no secret that Sandringham Dragons’ Max King is a player of interest this season, with one half of the King Twins plying his trade up forward as one of the most imposing key position players in the draft crop. He has battled with injury over the pre-season, and if anyone forgot what he is capable of, they need not look far. King booted 8.5 and took nine marks, six of which were contested, to single-handedly tear Oakleigh’s defence to shreds and send an ominous warning to the rest of the competition. Luckily for TAC Cup defenders, King will spend the majority of 2018 lining up for Haileybury.

Gippsland Power continue their run

It took them a season and two matches to record their first win, but now they have the taste, they are not letting go. had it not been for a late Murray Bushrangers goal in round two, the Gippsland Power could have strung three wins together having lost their first six in the TAC Cup Girls competition. Since the first round, the Power have knocked off the Western Jets, drawn with the unbeaten Bushrangers, and taken down the Calder Cannons in a thriller. They face the Bendigo Pioneers this weekend and regardless of results, there is no question the development of the group has skyrocketed this year.

Gum success

Okay, so it might not be from the weekend, but the Courtney Gum story is a feel-good story that just keeps on getting better. The mature-age first-year player won the AFLW Players MVP Award, was announced All-Australian and finished on the podium in a host of other awards across the Players’ and W Awards nights. In a season where so many young players stood up and gave us a glimpse of the future, Gum reminded us that age is just a number and was one of the best talents throughout the entire 2018 AFLW season.

Port the real deal?

They were criticised last year for not beating a top eight side despite making the finals, but it has not taken them long to stamp themselves as a potential premiership contender. Eyebrows were raised at times over the off-season with the recruitment of so many free agents, but the likes of Tom Rockliff, Jack Watts and Steven Motlop will only strengthen the Power and if their win over Sydney is anything to go by, we are set for an impressive season for the men at Alberton.