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Western Australia and Vic Country to decide AFL U18s title

A NEW national champion will be crowned tomorrow evening with Vic Country and Western Australia set to lock horns for the national title, while South Australia and the Allies play after in what has become a dead rubber match, but still plenty of talent on show. Vic Country has not won since 2015, with Vic Metro and South Australia combining for the other seven titles in that time. Josh Schache was named the Larke Medallist for his dominance up forward, in a team that included Darcy Parish, Ben Ainsworth, Jarrod Berry, Jacob Weitering and Rhys Mathieson. For Western Australia, the time between wins is even longer, with a decade passing since their 2009 triumph where the likes of David Swallow, Mitch Duncan, Jack Darling, Brandon Matera and Travis Colyer were running around in the yellow and black.

 

VIC COUNTRY vs. WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Wednesday July 3, 2.10pm
Marvel Stadium

The 2019 AFL Under-18 National Championships once again comes down to the final day, and the winner of this match between Vic Country and Western Australia with the home side undefeated from its three games, while Western Australia has won two out of three, the only blip coming in a low-scoring against South Australia in Round 1. Both teams have accounted for the Allies and Vic Metro – with Country notching up its two wins early on including a 15-goal humiliation of the Allies, while Western Australia had to fight hard but recorded strong wins over both. This game is set to be a beauty with the strong defence of the Country side going head-to-head with the excitement machines that represent Western Australia.

Vic Country has made two changes for the game with Sandringham Dragons’ Darcy Chirgwin coming in for his first game of the series following a successful return from injury a couple of weekends ago against Eastern Ranges. That day he collected 32 disposals and 11 clearances in an impressive return match, joined in the Country side by Murray Bushrangers’ Cam Wild who was left out of the Murray side on the weekend in order to play this game, but picked up 29 touches the week prior. Fraser Phillips and Lachlan Williams are the two players to miss out after quiet games in the narrow win over South Australia. Western Australia has opted for four changes with the highly rated Jeremy Sharp missing out on the side this week, while Cameron Anderson, Tristan Hobley and Reuben McGuire are also out of the team. In their place come a couple of overagers in Ryan Bennell and Jarvis Pina, as well as Nathan O’Driscoll and Nicholas Martin.

Both teams have the capability to move the ball with speed, and for Country, it has the two best half-backs in the draft in Hayden Young and Lachlan Ash making life difficult for any side as they slice up opposition zones. Brock Smith and Sam De Koning have proven to stand up as the key talls, with Smith having to play in a higher weight division as he will with a potential match-up against bottom-age tall Logan McDonald on the cards. The small forwards of Country have been very damaging with Cody Weightman the leading goalkicker of the carnival and it will be between him and Elijah Taylor to take out the title. Elijah Hollands has weaved magic across the past month despite being a bottom-ager, while Ned Cahill has worked well with Weightman transitioning from Dandenong Stingrays to the Country side. The midfield of Gippsland Power duo, Caleb Serong and Sam Flanders, and Bendigo Pioneers’ Brodie Kemp has made a massive difference and will no doubt look to control the ball in there, able to match it with the strong West Australian midfielders.

Western Australia’s strength lies in its ruck and speed. Luke Jackson is the dominant ruck and is set for All-Australian honours, while Taylor, Liam Henry and Tyrone Thorne have that X-factor about them and can create something out of nothing. Deven Robertson has done his draft chances no harm after being injured last year, coming second in the disposals across the carnival, and being a shining light as captain of the Sandgropers. Riley Garcia and Chad Warner have also been consistent in there, while Trent Rivers is a touch of class who can play between half-back and the wing, or go through the middle. The bottom-age talls of McDonald and Denver Grainger-Barras hold the visitors in good stead for next year, while Jake Pasini and Callum Jamieson have been strong up either end at the carnival. Spectators also get a glimpse of bottom-age talent O’Driscoll who has been named at half-back, in a game that is predicted to be an absolute beauty.

Vic Country will head in as favourites having gone undefeated thus far, but Western Australia are fresh off a rest whereas Vic Country have the five-day break so it will be interesting to see how that affects them.

TEAMS

Vic Country:

B: 26. Jesse Clark – 36. Sam De Koning – 9. Isaac Wareham
HB: 12. Lachlan Ash – 24. Brock Smith – 18. Hayden Young
C: 8. Thomson Dow – 16. Brodie Kemp – 15. Ryan Sparkes
HF: 1. Ned Cahill – 20. Elijah Hollands – 13. Jay Rantall
F: 6. Riley Baldi – 39. Josh Smith – 3. Cody Weightman
R: 40. Charlie Comben – 4. Sam Flanders – 2. Caleb Serong
INT: 22. Darcy Chirgwin – 14. Liam Herbert – 10. Harrison Pepper – 5. Cameron Wild

IN: Darcy Chirgwin, Cam Wild
OUT: Fraser Phillips, Lachlan Williams

Western Australia:

B: 13. Ben Johnson – 21. Jake Pasini – 20. Jaxon Prior
HB: 22. Max Murphy – 36. Denver Grainger-Barras – 7. Nathan O’Driscoll
C: 12. Regan Clarke – 10. Deven Robertson – 5. Liam Henry
HF: 18. Jai Jackson – 25. Logan McDonald – 19. ELijah Taylor
F: 23. Nicholas Martin – 39. Callum Jamieson – 3. Tyrone Thorne
R: 32. Luke Jackson – 14. Chad Warner – 4. Riley Garcia
INT: 34. Ryan Bennell – 24. Ronin O’Connor – 11. Jarvis Pina – 35. Trent Rivers – 26. Trey Ruscoe

IN: Nathan O’Driscoll – Nicholas Martin, Ryan Bennell, Jarvis Pina
OUT: Cameron Anderson, Tristan Hobley, Jeremy Sharp, Reuben McGuire

 

SOUTH AUSTRALIA vs. ALLIES
Wednesday July 3, 4.40pm
Marvel Stadium

In the second game of the double-header, South Australia and Allies will effectively play-off for third spot having already amassed two losses from three games. As South Australia defeated Western Australia, the Croweaters can effectively grab second with a win over the Allies and a Vic Country triumph in the first game. However they could also finish last with a loss, because they also lost to Vic Metro who sit with the same amount of wins – one. If the Allies win they will grab third, while if they lose they will be fourth after ensuring they will not finish last thanks to the win over Vic Metro. South Australia came agonisingly close to making this a title game if they had come away with the points against Vic Country, but with their back-to-back hopes dashed, the Croweaters will be keen to finish off the carnival with a good win.

The Allies have made two changes to the side that got over the line by two points against Vic Metro, recalling exciting bottom-age forward Braeden Campbell, as well as ball winner, Jeromy Lucas who has been named at full-forward. Out of the side go Nicholas Brewer and James Peatling. The South Australians have also made the two changes with Kysaiah Pickett returning from suspension for the game, joined in the side by Jordan Moore, while Jordan O’Brien and Brady Searle are the outs from the team that narrowly lost to Vic Country in the previous game.

The battle of the midfields will be entertaining with Jackson Mead, Harry Schoenberg and Lachlan McNeil going head-to-head with Tom Green, Ben Jungfer and Connor Budarick on the outside, while Will Martyn and Mitch O’Neill will hope to match the run provided by Dylan Stephens and Josh Shute on the wing. Up forward, South Australia has some great variety with Daniel Sladojevic the key tall, Cameron Taheny as the talented medium forward, and Pickett as the electrifying small. Noah Cumberland, Tom Griffiths and Luke Parks are in some good form and will look to cover the smalls and mediums, while Liam Delahunty could have the job on Sladojevic.

Up the other end, the South Australian defence is right up there in terms of quality with Dyson Hilder and Karl Finlay a couple of dominant tall intercept markers, allowing captain Will Gould to run riot off half-back. Will Day and Luke Edwards also create great run and rebound out of the back half, but will need to be accountable to the likes of Campbell and Hewago Paul Oea who are nimble and damaging if given time and space. Josh Gore is in some ripping form after three goals in the last game, and Hamish Ellem has also produced the goods at ground level. Add in the Allies depth of Errol Gulden and Malcolm Rosas Jr coming off the bench through the forward half and they have plenty of scoring options. Corey Durdin is a name to remember for next year for the Croweaters, while Damon Freitag could cause issues given his size and strength.

South Australia will be favourites in this game given how close all of their games have been, but the Allies have improved each game they have run out, so if that is any indication, they are set to hold up here against strong opposition.

TEAMS:

South Australia:

B: 35. Karl Finlay – 33. Dyson Hilder – 22. Harrison Magor
HB: 19. Luke Edwards – 24. Will Gould – 12. Will Day
C: 10. Joshua Shute – 18. Jackson Mead – 7. Dylan Stephens
HF: 8. Jed McEntee – 32. Daniel Sladojevic – 17. Josh Morris
F: 31. Jordan Moore – 9. Cameron Taheny – 1. Kysaiah Pickett
R: 37. Lachlan Burrows – 15. Harry Schoenberg – 20. Lachlan McNeil
INT: 14. Declan Carmody – 3. Corey Durdin – 42. Damon Freitag – 11. Callum Park – 28 Oliver Shaw

IN: Kysaiah Pickett, Jordan Moore
OUT: Jordan O’Brien, Brady Searle

Allies:

B: 8. Tom Griffiths – 52. Dirk Koenen – 21. Luke Parks
HB: 46. Noah Cumberland – 26. Liam Delahunty – 36. Sam Thorne
C: 15. Will Martyn – 3. Connor Budarick – 9. Mitch O’Neill
HF: 5. Braeden Campbell – 37. Josh Gore – 2. Hewago Paul Oea
F: 31. Hamish Ellem – 47. Jeromy Lucas – 32. Jack Steele
R: 54. Ben Kelly – 22. Thomas Green – 16. Ben Jungfer
INT: 12. Ashton Crossley – 1. Errol Gulden – 24.Joel Jeffrey – 20. Matt McGrory – 4. Malcolm Rosas Jr

IN: Jeromy Lucas, Braeden Campbell
OUT: Nicholas Brewer, James Peatling

WAFL Colts weekly wrap: Subiaco gets the better of Perth in challenging conditions

Only two games were played on the weekend with the other four teams taking to the field next week. Perth had copped a deluge of rain in the lead up to these fixtures so it was a matter of which teams could adapt to the testing conditions.

WAFL Colts wrap Round 9:

Only two games were played on the weekend with the other four teams taking to the field next week. Perth had copped a deluge of rain in the lead up to these fixtures so it was a matter of which teams could adapt to the testing conditions.

Subiaco 5.9 (39) defeated Perth 5.4 (34)

Reigning premiers Subiaco took home its second win for 2019 after recording a gritty four point win against Perth at Leederville Oval on Saturday evening.

It was a combative contest in the wet conditions with both sides recording over 100 tackles for the game. Despite the final margin being under a goal the Lions were never headed with their biggest lead being 17 points while the Demons got as close as a solitary point. Some regular names led the way for Subiaco in this contest with Abraham Clinch collecting 30 disposals, Jacob Peletier had 28, while Tristan Hobley was a workhorse with 25 disposals and nine tackles. The Subiaco midfield would not have got as much clean ball without the colossal workrate of ruckman Xavier Peacock who amassed 54 hitouts. For the Demons, Simon Hayward was terrific with 18 disposals and 13 tackles.

East Perth 9.8 (62) defeated East Fremantle 8.10 (58)

East Perth evened the ledger on their season record by winning their fourth game in eight games after holding on to beat East Fremantle by four points at Leederville Oval on Sunday morning.

The home team never relinquished the lead throughout the contest with their biggest margin being 25 points. To the credit of the Sharks, they kept coming and when Dylan Curley cut the margin to four points there was still time to claim the four points. However East Perth did just enough to see the game out. Adam Boules was terrific once againt East Perth with 20 disposals and 10 tackles. He was supported by Cooper Sparks with 19 disposals and 12 tackles while Kyle Robinson was terrific with 18 disposals, nine marks, four tackles and hit the scoreboard with two goals. He had a more than able partner in Luke Furlong who kicked three goals to go with his ten disposals. For the Sharks who fell to 2-7 with the defeat, they were best served by Dylan Ralph with a very hard working performance collecting 23 disposals, seven inside 50s and six tackles while Finn Gorringe had 21 disposals six tackles and four inside 50s.

West Australian weekly wrap: Thunder hang on to beat West Perth in a thriller

WITH Swan Districts having the bye this week, it gave the opportunity for those below the ladder leaders to make the most of their absence in Round 7 of the West Australian Football League (WAFL) Colts.

WAFL Colts – Round 7:

 

Peel Thunder 8.12 (60) defeated West Perth 9.4 (58)

Peel Thunder have given themselves some valuable breathing space in second place on the Colts ladder after defeating West Perth in a thrilling contest at HBF Arena on Saturday afternoon.

This clash was between the two closest rivals to Swan Districts with Peel starting the season (4-1) and West Perth half a game behind (4-2). This was the second time the two teams had met in 2019 with Peel running out 17 point winners at David Grays Arena in Round 1. Peel had in fact long been the masters of this matchup with a 14-5 win-loss record since 2011.

The Falcons took a seven-point lead into quarter time despite having three less scoring shots. Peel were having no issue with bringing the ball into their forward 50, but conversion was a major issue. Despite clearly being in the ascendancy in a number of key categories including 40 more disposals (200-160), marks (58-33) and inside 50s (29-16) it was a ugly looking scoreboard with Peel kicking 2.8 to trail West Perth by five points at the long break.

Peel were superbly served in the first half by Isiah Winder and Bradley Oldfield who had 22 and 20 disposals respectively. While for the Falcons who had four individual goalkickers, it was the ever present Tyron Hindmarsh who led the way with 16 disposals and he was well supported by Heath Chapman with 12 disposals and five tackles.

The great footy adage that the third term is deemed ‘the premiership quarter’ was certainly apt in this contest as the Thunder got their game into gear by kicking 4.3 to 1.0 to break the game open with Clifton Stack being a catalyst, kicking two goals.

The Thunder took a 16-point lead into the last break and extended into a game high lead of 22 when bottom ager Jaxon Pitts kicked his second of the game. It would have been easy for West Perth to become disheartened for the lack of reward for their hard toil. However the Falcons are made of strong stuff in 2019 and when Ewan Brazier kicked his third for the game, the Falcons were back within eight points. The lively forward struck again with three minutes remaining to cut the margin to a solitary point. Try as they might, the Falcons could not find a winning goal and Peel survived an almighty scare to register their fifth win from six to give them some breathing space in second place.

This was a true roller coaster affair. Both teams played some terrific football, but also went through some real barren periods where the opposition were able to stamp their claim on the contest. Peel would be breathing a sigh of relief as they ran the risk of being overrun for the second week in a row. But they held strong and could view these four points as vital come the end of the season. Despite developing some fine young talent in their ranks in the last few years, in terms of results it has been a tough time for the Falcons missing the finals for three consecutive seasons. But they would have lost few friends with this competitive display and will be delighted if they could maintain their current position throughout the home and away season.

Peel had 53 more disposals (338-285), 38 more marks (95-57) eleven more inside 50s (49-38) and eight more scoring shots (20-12). Bottom age talent Isiah Winder had his best game at this level collecting 34 disposals and four tackles. Teammate Bradley Oldfield was once again prolific with 32 disposals, seven marks, six inside 50s and three tackles while Zachary Rankin continued his good form with 22 disposals, seven marks, six inside 50s and four tackles. Tyron Hindmarsh extended his lead on top of the total possession count for the Colts with another 33 to go with eight inside 50s and seven tackles. The midfielder averages 29 disposals a game from his seven games this season. While Ewan Brazier made every one of his eight disposals count kicking 4.2, taking the ball inside 50 three times and making three tackles.

 

East Perth 11.9 (75) defeated South Fremantle 8.9 (57)

East Perth won their third game from six games after a deserved 18 point win against South Fremantle at Fremantle Oval on Saturday afternoon.

This was a contest between two teams who were looking to get their 2019 season into full swing having only registered three wins between them to start the campaign. Nathan Spooner got the home team off to the best start with two quick goals and they led by eight points at quarter time.

The Bulldogs continued to hold sway during the majority of the second term, however two late goals to Cooper Sparks and Kyle Robinson changed the outlook of the game somewhat and the Bulldogs only took a four point lead into the long break. East Perth had close to 50 more disposals over the first two quarters.

The weight of possession began to show on the scoreboard when Aliyud Luko gave the Royals their first lead of the contest in the early stages of the third term. From that moment, the Royals never trailed again kicking a further seven goals to four by the Bulldogs and secure a 18 point win.

The Royals shared the load beautifully with nine individual goal kickers for the game. Luke Furlong was a key figure in the second half display by East Perth kicking two goals in the third and fourth quarters. Harley Sparks was a real key figure throughout the contest and finished with 27 disposals, 13 marks and four inside 50s while bottom ager Adam Boules was tenacious with 22 disposals, seven marks and six tackles. The lack of possessions from their key movers hurt the Bulldogs with Manfred Kelly the only player to reach 20 disposals.

 

Claremont 12.7 (79) defeated Subiaco 7.9 (51)

Claremont claimed consecutive wins for the first time in 2019 after defeating reigning premiers Subiaco by 28 points at Claremont Oval on Sunday afternoon.

Subiaco got off to a great start leading by 13 points at quarter time. However the Tigers , who would have been on a high after their terrific last quarter comeback against Peel last week kicked four unanswered goals to take the lead. The Lions had been held scoreless for the proceeding 24 minutes, but a goal to Levi Duyckers on the siren cut the lead of the Tigers to five points at the long break.

There were some big individual numbers for both teams with Jye Clark having 17 disposals and Thomas Baldwin with 14. Meanwhile for the Lions, Abraham Clinch continued his outstanding form from last week collecting 17 disposals while Tristan Hobley led all players with 18 disposals and five inside 50s.

The Tigers continued their momentum in the third term with Charlie Malone who kicked two goals in the second quarter followed that with two more in the third as they extended their lead beyond four goals. Subiaco responded in kind with goals to Zac Caulfield and Jack Borchet to cut the margin to 13 points but Leno Thomas gave the Tigers a three goal buffer with a quarter to play. The home side then finished off the job without any major dramas kicking three goals to one and clinching a very accomplished 28 point victory which moves them into the top five.

It was a deserved win for the Tigers who held an advantage in most of the key categories. In terms of individual performances, the back to back premiers in 2015 and 16 were best served by Fremantle next generation academy member Joel Western who collected 27 disposals, seven inside 50s and four tackles. Jye Clark was also highly influential with 30 disposals, eight marks and seven inside 50s while four goals by Charlie Malone were critical to the outcome of the contest. For the Lions who remain rooted to the bottom of the ladder, their fifth loss of the season was certainly not due to the efforts of Tristan Hobley who picked up a game high 42 disposals, seven inside 50s, five marks and five tackles. Abraham Clinch and Ben Golding were terrific in support with 56 disposals and 22 tackles split between the pair.

 

Perth 9.8 (62) defeated East Fremantle 8.11 (59)

At the GBSC Sports Park in Geraldton on Saturday evening, Perth picked up a thrilling three-point win over East Fremantle which sees the Demons alongside Claremont and East Perth on a 3-3 split and certainly keeping touch with those above them.

West Australian Colts weekly wrap: Swans produce second half masterclass to destroy reigning premiers

AROUND this time of the season you are able to cast a bit of judgement on who may be among the contenders this season. The pacesetters Swan Districts and Peel Thunder were looking to finish the first quarter of the season on a winning note before the league bye for the state game against South Australia next week.

WAFL Colts Round 5

Swan Districts 14.10(94) vs Subiaco 7.9.(51)

Swan Districts produced a second half for the ages by kicking 13 goals to three and overturning a 22-point half-time deficit to thrash Subiaco by 43 points at Bassendean Oval on Saturday morning.

The two grand finalists from 2019 have had vastly different starts to the new season with Swan Districts sitting pretty at the top of the ladder with four wins from as many games. Meanwhile, Subiaco is sitting rock bottom with no wins from three games and with the woeful percentage of 38.7 having not kicked more than six goals in a game this season.

After some overnight rain, conditions would have been a good test especially as we have had a fine and unseasonably warm to the season. From the outset, Subiaco were switched on for the challenge. The reigning premiers had three early entries but could not make the most of their chances. Despite that fact, they looked the better of the sides in the first 20 minutes and got their reward through a mark and goal to Nicolas Martin. If it wasn’t for the influential presence of Jake Pasini being able to read the play superbly and making many clearances from the defensive 50, Swans would have had a bigger deficit than seven points. A skirmish just before the quarter time siren was a clear sign that this was more than your usual early season contest. It remained to be seen if the Lions could continue their outstanding pressure for the remaining three quarters.

The early stages of the second quarter were a carbon copy of the first term with tremendous forward line pressure, rewarded when Martin Snapped truly. Swans finally got their first on the board when Ayden Cartwright won a free kick for a push in the back and converted from directly in front. But Subiaco hit back with their third through Martin which coincidentally was his third for the game. When a infringement occurred in the Swans’ defensive 50 close to the half time siren, Levi Duyckers was the beneficiary and kicked a huge goal in the context of the contest giving the Lions a 22-point lead to take into the long break.

To be honest, it was all that the visitors deserved. They controlled play all over the ground and their dominance was shown by the fact they had 12 scoring shots to five and taken the ball inside 50 five more times (23-18). Nicolas Martin was undisputedly the star of the half with 18 disposals, six marks and three goals. He was well supported by Tristan Hobley with 23 disposals and Lions ruckman Xavier Peacock giving his midfielders silver service with 12 hit-outs and four marks to go along with seven disposals. For Swans, Jake Pasini led from the front in a overworked defence with 15 disposals and four marks. But the 2019 WA U18 squad member needed a lot more help if they wanted to keep their 100 per cent record in tact.

Swans got the perfect start to the second half with their best move for the match culminating in Benjamin Taylor (who is the younger brother of GWS key defender Steven) marking and goaling in the square and that was soon followed by Jermarl Daly converting from similar range. Daly then marked from a Taylor kick to the goalsquare and Swans suddenly were only four points behind. The influential Daly who kicked six goals in Round One was turning this game around in similar fashion. The forward kicked his third for the term and it was his best of the bunch from a acute angle on the boundary. Jamison Ugle then joined in on the third quarter domination snapping truly and Swans were able to open up a 16-point lead just before three quarter time when Bodhi Nordahl kicked his first for the game. There was plenty to think about for the Subiaco coaching staff. They were kicking with the aid of a slight breeze in the final term, but needed to find their game again as they were blown away by Swans during that 25-minute term.

However, Swans were on a mission to keep that momentum going and although the teams traded goals in the early stages of the final quarter, the home team were on another level and drove home the advantage with Atem Deng kicking two for the term and providing a number of teammates with one each as the home team in all kicked seven goals to three and ran out 43-point winners to seal their fifth win in a row. The turn around in this contest was something else. At half time you would have thought there was only going to be one winner with the reigning premiers prevailing. However, Swans are desperate to go one better than their heartbreaking loss in 2018 and this victory sent a clear message to their rivals. For the Lions, it would be a tough loss to swallow. Everything was clicking in the second half and they had undoubtedly played their best footy of the season. However it all turned into a nightmare in the second half and the gulf between the two teams was there to see.

Star of the Day

Only a handful of Swan Districts player were contributors throughout the full four quarters. Jake Pasini was one of those, holding the fort at one end with superb defensive play and driving the ball into their attacking half. But if you are looking for an out and out game breaker, then Jermarl Daly would be the man. Swans needed someone to stand up after looking decidedly toothless in the attacking 50 metre arc in the first 50 minutes. After the break, Daly was that man putting himself front and centre and if he didn’t score a goal himself, his presence set it up for his teammates. Four goals in a half is a pretty good effort to say the least especially when your team was on the ropes. The performance of Daly certainly swung momentum in this contest, no question at all.

Reasons behind the turnaround

As previously stated, Subiaco held sway in the inside 50s by five at half time. By the end of the game it had shifted to the Swan Districts’ advantage by twelve (46-34). When you narrow it down to the second half, it was 28-11 in the home teams favour. It led to nineteen scoring shots to just four by the Lions. Subiaco still won the possession count handily (333-287) but their disposals in the second half were ineffective as Swans were terrific in pushing them away from the corridor and near the boundary line. Nicolas Martin who was superb in the first half, only had five disposals and one behind in the second fifty minutes.

 

IN OTHER GAMES…

 

Peel 9.18 (67) defeated East Perth 4.6 (30)

Peel Thunder kept the heat on the Black and Whites by winning its fourth game out of four to start the season, defeating East Perth by 37 points at David Grays Arena on Saturday.

The home team led throughout the contest, leading by 15 points at quarter time, 25 at half time, 44 points with a quarter to play and eventually finishing with a six-goal final margin. Once again, the home team shared the load with eight individual goal kickers with 16-year old Jaxon Pitts their only multiple with two. On the possession front it was also very balanced with top ager Bradley Oldfield finishing with 22 disposals and six tackles. Ruckman Brendan Cooke did a fine job giving his mids first use of the ball with 35 hit/outs and 13 disposals. For the Royals, small forward Sam Van Diemen was tireless in his pressure with eight tackles to go along with 17 disposals.

West Perth 9.11 (65) defeated East Fremantle 9.6 (60)

West Perth were able to keep the top two honest after a superb come from behind win over East Fremantle by five points at New Choice Homes Park on Saturday to keep third spot on the ladder. After leading almost exclusively throughout the contest, East Fremantle succumbed to some terrific Falcons pressure and let slip a 14 point lead with only eight minutes to go. Ewan Brazier was the match winner for the visitors kicking truly with just over a minute on the clock. Tyron Hindmarsh willed his team over the line with 28 disposals, seven marks and eleven tackles. WA/U/18 squad member Jaxon Prior was also very good with 23 disposals nine marks and four inside 50s while bottom ager Cooper Blackburn kicked two goals and had 17 disposals and four inside-50s East Fremantle were WA U18 squad member Trent Rivers with 27 disposals and nine inside 50s while his fellow U/18s teammate the highly touted Luke Jackson was terrific with 17 disposals, six inside-50s five marks 28 hit-out and two goals.

Perth 10.4 (64) defeated Claremont 3.14 (32)

Perth gave Claremont a lesson in accurate kicking by winning by 32 points despite having three less scoring shots. The Demons set up their win in the first term kicking three goals to none and increased their lead steadily throughout the contest. A pair of Demon WA U18 squad members celebrated their selection in style. Deven Robertson was prolific with 37 disposals, five tackles and four inside 50s. He was well supported by the in-form Elijah Taylor who was terrific again with two goals from his 25 disposals while Bailey Smith also had 25. In a tough day for the Tigers, it was the ruck/forward Callum Jamieson who stood out with 19 disposals, 38 hit-outs and four inside 50s.

SANFL weekly wrap: Round 5 – Under 18s warm-up for Champs

THERE was plenty of football over the weekend in the South Australia National Football League (SANFL) with plenty of big games and close contests throughout the round. The Academy game also took place allowing the youngsters to compete against Western Australia. Our South Australian writers Jamie Morgan, David Chapman Damon Mattiazzo and Tom Wyman all contributed to the article.

SANFL U18 Academy

Last week saw a host of SANFLs best Under 18 players put through a SANFL Academy camp consisting of a variety of off-field training sessions as well as positional and game instructions. The camp culminated in two games with the squad split into two against a similar squad from WA.

Some U17 talent was also absent from the camp as they had been selected for Australian U17 duties in Melbourne.

The first game was played on Friday afternoon at West Adelaide Football Club. In a tough first quarter it took a while for both teams to gel and the scorers were not troubled early. By half-time it had been a defensive battle and Western Australia led 23 – 20. After half time SA hit the lead with the first goal, but from then on WA ran away with the game. Leading 48-27 at three quarter time and slamming on six goals in the last quarter to comfortably win 86 – 35. For WA it was their running brigade which really tore the SA midfield apart, winning the inside ball and then breaking out of the packs in numbers and using quick hands to move the ball with elite speed. Western Australia were led by midfield general Michael Wright with numerous contested possessions and his relentless chat and encouragement for his teammates. Other on ballers also who impressed included Cameron Anderson, Jye Clark, and Tristan Hobley. 200cm ruckman Callum Jamieson was impressive around the ground as well and also hit the scoreboard making his presence felt on the ground. Jeremy Sharp provided real poise and class, especially rebounding the ball and driving into attack. And 197cm Michael Mallard was also dangerous up forward. For SA the better players included the tall defenders Karl Finlay, Dyson Hilder and Jordan Moore. Midfielder Harry Schoenberg also had plenty of it, and Will Gould was again impressive starting down back and then having a run through the midfield and finishing up forward. Brady Searle was also one to link the play well and small forward Cooper Horsnell capitalised with a couple of goals. In the second game, South Australia won with a kick just seconds before the final siren, with Kysaiah Pickett and Cameron Taheny among those who played for the South Australians. The game was littered with injuries and illness, but gave both sides a good chance to warm up ahead of the National Under 18 Championships.


SANFL Wrap

League
Adelaide 14.6 (90) defeated Centrals 8.7 (55)

Adelaide left X Convenience Oval with the four points, defeating Central Districts by 35-points. Recent first-round draftee Ned McHenry played his best game for the club, amassing 28 disposals, seven marks, 11 tackles, four clearances and a goal to press his case for an AFL debut. Prolific on-baller Patrick Wilson notched up another 30 disposals and seven clearances, whilst Andy Otten was strong in defence, taking 12 marks. Josh Jenkins booted three majors, albeit from relatively easy shots, and key-position draftee Jordon Butts continued to look settled at the level, taking nine marks. Ben Davis and Lachlan Sholl were again impressive for Adelaide, as was skipper Matthew Wright who contributed two majors to the clubs winning margin. For the Bulldogs, Jarrod Schiller was terrific around the stoppages, racking up 34 disposals and 12 clearances to go with a pair of goals. His brother Travis was also amongst it regularly, collecting 35 possessions, as was fifth-gamer Jydon Neagle (27 disposals). Yet, despite winning enough of the ball in the middle, the Bulldogs had just one multiple-goal kicker and were simply outclassed by a youthful Crows outfit.

Port v Eagles

A strong second half was the catalyst for Port Adelaide to get back on the winners list defeating Woodville-West Torrens by 37 points at the Maughan Thiem KIA Oval. Former Demon Jack Trengove was again superb in the middle of the ground gathering 31 disposals, eight marks, eight tackles and kicked two goals to lead his side to victory and potentially extending his lead at the top of Magarey Medal. Ruckman turned forward Billy Frampton made up for lost time, returning from a two game suspension to kick goals while also proving to be an aerial threat with eight marks all inside 50m. Emerging ruckman Peter Ladhams continues his dominant season so far with his ability at ground level with 27 disposals, nine marks, four tackles and 22 hit outs in what is turning out to be a breakout year so far. Sam Mayes and Karl Amon continued their impressive form and push for AFL selection, while Steven Motlop had a quiet game disposal wise with only 17, but kicked two great goals to seal the victory. For the Eagles, Jack Hayes continued to give his side a sniff throughout the day but his efforts of two goals and three behinds with 11 disposals were to no avail. James Rowe was one positive for the Eagles kicking four goals for his side and has become the surprise leader of the Ken Farmer Medal after five rounds of the competition. Former Port and Swans players Jimmy Toumpas and Jordan Foote had 22 and 21 touches respectively in an all-round tough day out for the Eagles. The Eagles find themselves with a 1-4 record as they try to adjust to the new era under coach Sam Lonergan.

Eagles vs Centrals
Reserves: Centrals 15.7 (97) defeated Eagles 14.4 (88)
Under 18s: Eagles 10.18-78 defeated Centrals 2.7 (19)

The Reserves game was a tight tussle all day, with Centrals getting a break in the third term, but Eagles fought back in the last quarter to almost run over the Bulldogs. Flynn Pisani from the Bulldogs was best and is having a very good season to date. Steve Burton also had a standout performance clocking up a game high 38 disposals in a strong display for his side. Connor McLean was very good up forward and finished with three goals. For the Eagles, Jake Weidemann was a presence up forward finishing with four goals, while Jake Camitogianni and Cooper Gaffney were good around the contest for the Eagles.

The U18 Eagles won easily and the shining light was a six goal haul from Michael Frederick for the winning side. He could have ended up with nine if he was able to convert his three behinds but he clearly posed a dangerous figure in the forward line attacking the ball hard. Henry McCabe (son of Luke) again was solid for the Bulldogs finishing with 24 disposals and best for the losing side

Glenelg vs West
League:
Glenelg 10.14 (74) defeated West 8.10 (58)
Reserves: West 11.13 (79) defeated Glenelg 7.3 (45)
Under 18s: West 17.6 (108) defeated Glenelg 4.12 (36)

Glenelg gained its third win of the season with a 16-point victory over West Adelaide under ANZAC Day eve lights at City Mazda Oval. The Bloods led at every change but were unable to stop a Tigers side which came charging home in the last quarter. Lachlan Hosie finished with a bag of three, bringing his season tally to 14 to sit equal-top of the Ken Farmer Medal alongside Eagle, James Rowe. Luke Reynolds also contributed two goals, with Darcy Bailey and Marlon Motlop also booting majors. Motlop was integral in the win, collecting 25 disposals, seven marks and four tackles. He was supported by Chris Curran (24 disposals and eight marks) and Carl Nicholson (18 disposals, nine marks and four tackles). Young duo Jonty Scharenberg (17 disposals, seven marks and three tackles) and Luke Partington (17 disposals and three tackles) continued to build momentum in the engine room. For West Adelaide, Will Snelling dominated around the stoppages in a best-on-ground performance, tallying 27 disposals, five marks, 17 tackles and seven clearances. Veteran Chris Schmidt had 22 possessions, whilst Jono Beech, Mason Middleton and Gibson Turner each kicked two.

West Reserves side had another good win, with Nathan Batley and Kenny Karpany leading the way for the Bloods once again. Sam May is having a consistent season clocking up another 26 disposal and one goal game. Glenelg’s Alex Martini played a solid game in the loss, and Seb Kerrish continues to push for league selection with a 24 disposal game for the Tigers.

Westies Under 18s had a day out with talented Beau Nunan kicking nine goals in a classy performance. For the Bloods, Bailey Chamberlain found plenty of ball finishing with 32 disposals and three clearances, along with Zac Wooldridge collecting 31 disposals and 11 marks. Will Schreiber was best for the struggling Bays.

North vs Norwood
League:
Norwood 15.11 (101) defeated North 12.15 (87)
Reserves: North 12.14 (86) defeated Norwood 7.12 (54)
Under 18s: Norwood 14.8 (92) defeated North 10.9 (69)

Norwood fought off a fast finishing North in the rematch of the 2018 Grand final, but had control of the game for most of the day. Norwood’s class was evident and prime mover Matt Panos again was best for the Redlegs with 27 disposals and three goals to make him a deserved Anzac Medal winner. North showed signs and recently promoted small forwards Liam Verity and Strato Agostoras both hit the scoreboard with two and three goals respectively.

In the reserves, the result went the other way for North. For the Roosters small forward Frankie Szkeley was best with two goals, eight tackles and 17 possessions to provide real dash and spark around the packs. Midfielder Dakota Nixon returned from injury and also provided some poise for the Roosters with 24 disposals and seven clearances. Medium forward Cameron Tiggeman also had a day out kicking five goals, from both set shots and snaps. For Norwood, in a close to best on ground performance running defender Jacob Collins was impressive, with 28 possessions including nine marks as he repeatedly rebounded the ball or drove it forward from defence with a booming kick. Onballer Cody Szust was also strong with two goals and 22 possessions while Josh Richards also impressed with 24 disposals and six clearances for the game.

Under 18s victory went to Norwood as well, Mitchell Carroll was best for the Redlegs in a 26 disposal, 7 clearance game along with Xavier Tranfa who finished with 23 possessions and 6 tackles. For North Jackson Antrobus (son of Tony) had probably his best game for the Roosters, along with midfielder Lachlan Borg who ended up with 22 disposals and 6 clearances.

South vs Sturt
League:
Sturt 14.8 (92) defeated South 11.4 (70)
Reserves: South 11.11 (77) defeated Sturt 10.9 (69)
Under 18s: Sturt 15.13 (103) defeated South 7.3 (45)

Sturt enjoyed a 22-point win over South Adelaide in the League match with Sam Colquhoun having a day out. Colquhoun collected 40 disposals, 10 marks, six clearances, six inside 50s and three rebounds in a massive performance, while James Battersby (27 touches, 13 marks, four clearances and two inside 50s) was solid. Zane Kirkwood and Aidan Riley hit the scoreboard for the Double Blues with two majors apiece. For the Panthers, Matthew Rose had 30 touches, nine marks and eight rebounds out of defence, while Nick Liddle racked up 24 disposals, six clearances and six tackles. Ben Heaslip starred in the Reserves with 31 touches, 10 clearances and six tackles for the winning Panthers, while Joel Thiele was his nemesis at the stoppages, racking up 11 clearances himself as well as 27 disposals and six tackles. In the Under 18 demolition by Sturt, it was hard to go past the performance of the week by Sturt’s Charlie Allan. A huge game of 42 disposals, one goal, eight tackles and nine clearances was highly impressive. For the losing side, Max Clifton had a team-high 22 disposals as well as five marks, eight clearances, six inside 50s and four rebounds.

Scouting notes: WAFL Colts – Round 2 – East Fremantle vs Subiaco

EAST Fremantle flexed their muscles as a powerhouse of the 2019 West Australian Football League (WAFL) Colts season, with a 57-point victory over reigning premiers, Subiaco at East Fremantle Oval.

Below were the best players in the game.

EAST FREMANTLE

#2 Michael Wright
The Chapman Valley junior is in outstanding form, and already earning a reputation as one of the premium midfielders in this year’s WAFL Colts Competition. Against the Lions Wright accumulated 24 possessions, laid six tackles, grabbed five marks and kicked two goals. A highlight of his game was in the third quarter when he performed a one-two with Luke Jackson, before snapping through his second goal.

#10 Trent Rivers
The East Fremantle captain led from the front for the Sharks, with an equal game-high 29 possessions, six tackles, five inside 50s, and five marks. His leadership off the half-back is similar to the way Luke Hodge controls his team. Rivers is looming to be one of the key players in this year’s AFL Draft.

#16 Chad Warner
The Willetton junior was his usual tough self for the Sharks, often burying himself in stoppages to win the ball for his team. He finished with 23 possessions, a game-high nine tackles and five inside 50s. Like Wright, Warner is proving to be one of the premium midfield players in the competition.

#20 Brandon Walker
The Fremantle Next-Generation Academy prospect was sizzling off the half-back line for East Fremantle. He finished with 15 possessions and five marks, showcasing the traits that made him an All-Australian last year. He used his speed to burn off opponents, was smart with his decision-making and elite with his foot skills.

#23 Luke Jackson
The highly-touted Jackson put forward a display as to why AFL Draft experts believe he could potentially be a top-five pick. Against the Lions, he was arguably best afield with 17 possessions, 24 hit-outs, six marks, two tackles and two goals.

#24 Trey Ruscoe
The Aquinas College student was phenomenal against the Lions with 23 possessions, six inside 50s, three marks, three tackles and two goals. Playing more as a big-bodied inside midfielder, Ruscoe often crashed his body through stoppages to get the ball to the outside runners. He could be a draft bolter with his current form.

SUBIACO

#8 Ben Golding
The North Beach junior was outstanding for Subiaco on a tough day out, with 25 possessions, eight tackles, four inside 50s and three marks. The energy he provides around the contest is exceptional, so it was a shame it only rubbed off on some of his teammates.

#9 Tristan Hobley
The 2018 Mel Whinnen Medallist worked hard all day for the Lions, racking up an equal game-high 29 possessions, laying an equal team-high eight tackles, recording four inside 50s and taking two marks in a solid individual outing.

#10 Nicholas Martin
Originally known as a medium-sized forward, Martin was pushed into the midfield against East Fremantle. He adapted to the new role with aplomb, finishing with 24 possessions, four inside 50s, three tackles and two marks.

West Australian Colts weekly wrap: Swans and Sharks setting the early pace

ROUND 2 of the West Australian Football League (WAFL) Colts was split over Saturday and Sunday with two games played at Steel Blue and East Fremantle Oval giving talent scouts terrific opportunity to watch the next generation of stars.

WAFL Colts: Round Two

West Perth 8.7.55 defeated Claremont 5.10.40

West Perth made it two wins out of two defeating Claremont at Steel Blue Oval by 15 points.

The Falcons got the first goal of the day through Callum Johnson and that was increased soon afterwards by a smart snap by Ewan Brazier. Johnson was setting the tone for others to follow with his hard running and a third major soon followed for Lachlan Scurria. West Perth had winners all over the ground and the Tigers needed to find a way to get on the scoreboard before too long.

An opportunity came through via a long kick came into their forward 50 but the exciting prospect Liam Henry could only register a minor score. For all the Tigers toil, the Falcons were making every post a winner in their Forward 50 when Brazier kicked his second of the quarter the Falcons had a impressive 25 point lead. That remained the margin at the first break and it was a tale of effiency with both teams entering their Forward 50 on ten occasions, but the only thing that counted was that West Perth had six scoring shots to Claremont’s one.

The Tigers looked more fluid at the start of the second quarter with several attacking thrusts but were still unable to put the ball between the big sticks. A free kick from the the goalsquare to Michael Mallard added to their woes and then Ben Johnson converted to pile on the pain. Bottom ager Joel Western got the Tigers on the board midway through the quarter and the game switched into a holding pàttern of sorts. However another indiscretion before the siren led to another 50 metre penalty with Zak Patterson goaling from the square. The 37 point-lead was fully deserved by the Falcons who had winners all over the field led by Jaxon Prior with 20 disposals and Ben Johnson with 14.

The Tigers started the third term with real purpose with Callum Jamieson taking a fine mark and covering from the square and that was soon followed by Charlie Malone kicking their second in quick succession and narrowing the lead to four goals.

For the first time in the contest, the Tigers were running at their opponents and puttting the Falcons under constant pressure. West Perth were well off their game compared to the first two quarters but kicked a steadier right before the siren through Tyron Hindmarsh after some fine ball movement further afield which extended their lead to 30 points. The positive for Claremont was that their effort was certainly now matching their opponents and all they needed was a high level of conversion to finish it off. They got what they were after courtesy of Jack Buller to cut the margin to 20 points. A free kick to Max Minear saw him convert from 40 metres to give them a real chance with eight minutes remaining. However some smart possession football by West Perth saw them withstand the fight back and claim a 14 point win, their second to start the season.

Star of the day

A player that offered so much run from half back was Jaxon Prior who amassed 34 disposals, eight marks, three tackles and countless rebounds from defensive 50 and fully deserved that honour.

Other Falcons who were fine players on the day included Tyron Hindmarsh (28 disposals and eight tackles), Koopah Todd (28 disposals and eight marks) and Ben Johnson (27 disposals and seven marks. A real exciting prospect for the Tigers is mobile 200cm ruck/forward Callum Jamieson with 14 disposals,five marks 13 hit-outs and a goal.

Key factors

The slow start was crucial to the outcome. It is not desirable to give a team a 4-5 goal head start in today’s footy otherwise you are playing catchup for the remainder of the game, however it is still early in the season and there is plenty to work on for both teams. The first half and the ability to show poise under pressure in the closing minutes would please Falcons coach Ryan Lascock and his assistants. Meanwhile, it would have been easy for the Tigers to drop their heads, however they hung in there which was a big positive for the Tigers coaching group. The amount of ball that Claremont took into their forward 50 will also be a pleasing factor (49-33), although they need more players to step up and help convert that advantage.

 

Swan Districts 10.8 (68) defeated East Perth 8.4 (52)

The second game of the double header saw Swan Districts erase a 27-point first half deficit to claim a 16-point win and make it two wins from two games to start the season.

The Royals started the better of the two teams with a number of forward entries. Jaxon East crumbed the ball expertly to kick the first of the game. They then increased their lead through Joshua Ladhams with a mark and goal and just like the previous game one team got off to a flyer with Sam Van Diemen kicking his first under very little pressure. Swans finally got onto the board with their best passage of play leading to a soccered goal by Sebastian Bright from the square. Ladhams put a exclamation point on a great quarter when he marked and goaled from 40 metres as the Royals led by 21 points at quarter time.

Swans got off to the perfect start on the second when Jayden Farrant snapped truly from 15 metres, but Van Diemen replied a few minutes later to give East Perth their their four goal lead once again. Some good forward line pressure saw Sebit Kuek earn a shot at goal which he duly converted and the Royals were out to their biggest lead of the day.

Defender Jack Pasini made the most of a infringement by the man on the mark to kick Swans’ third of the day. The two teams then traded goals towards the end of the second term and East Perth went into the long break with a 21 point margin. The Royals strength throughout the first half was their ability to generate inside 50s (25) and though they only scored on 10 occasions, the weight of numbers told the story. In comparison, Swans only had four scoring shots from their 15 entries. Harley Sparks continued his form from his impressive first game of the season against Subiaco compiling 15 disposals for the half. Meanwhile Kade Wallrodt was a tireless worker for Swans with 14 disposals and two marks.

Bottom ager Ayden Cartwright gave Swans’ the perfect start to the third term with a goal within two minutes. The next 15 minutes was a war of attrition with both teams launching attacks but to no avail. The home team finally broke the deadlock when bottom ager Jamieson Ugle got them to within seven points which seemed inconceivable a quarter ago. The Black and Whites had outscored East Perth 2.2 to no score in the term, but in truth it felt a lot more than that and it was certainly all to play for in the last quarter.

Some clever play early in the last quarter by Narkle set up Cartwright for his second of the game and the scores were now level. East Perth were seemingly running on the spot with Swans all over them like a rash. Cartwright soon kicked his second for the term and Swans had the lead for the first time in the game.

With East Perth needing to find a target in their forward line it was Kuet who stepped up to the mark and cut the deficit to one point. The next goal was always going to be pivotal and it was bottom ager Zane Trew with a fine snap from 35 metres for the home side. The icing on the cake came just before the siren when Jermarl Daly won a free kick and kicked his first major to seal a stirring 16 point victory.

 

Star(s) of the day

There were many candidates with Harley and Connor Sparks amassing 54 disposals, seven marks and seven tackles for the Royals.

But in truth, you could pick a handful of Swan Districts players and not go wrong.
Kade Wallrodt was tireless with 33 disposals and five marks, Zane Trew kicked a decisive goal to go along with his 26 disposals and seven tackles, while bottom ager Ayden Cartwright kicked three goals including two in the all important last term.

However it was the double act of Brenton Hilton and Jake Pasini who really stemmed the tide in the first half. In truth, it would have been a eight goal game without them holding the fort. Then in the second half they were imperious, impassable, impeccable or any other complement you want to pay them. The duo are key to Swan Districts premiership hopes this season.

 

Key factor

Momentum is massive in football and you have to make the most of it when you have it. East Perth had it in the first half but didn’t make the most of it. Swans had it in the second half and kicked six goals to one. That is the game in a nutshell.

 

In Sunday’s games:

East Fremantle 12.8 (80) defeated Subiaco 3.5(23)

East Fremantle made it two wins from two to start the season after a 57-point win. In the clash between the last two premiers it was the home team mastered the greasy conditions from the get-go kicking four goals to no score in the first quarter and the reigning premiers could not respond. Subiaco also were unable to kick a goal in the third term as the Sharks kicked six without reply. Exciting talents Luke Jackson and Trey Ruscoe combined for 40 disposals, nine marks and four goals while Trent Rivers was tireless with 29 disposals and six tackles. With a number of changes to playing personnel and a new head coach, it will take a bit of time for Subiaco to gel. The prolific Tristan Hobley never stopped working hard with 29 disposals and eight tackles.

 

Perth 9.12 (66) defeated South Fremantle 6.9 (45)

Perth kicked six goals to three on the second half to break open what was a low scoring scrappy affair and claim a win in their first game of the season by 21 points. The Demons made the most of their advantage when it came to forward 50 entries (46-33) and scoring shots (21-15) leading as much as 35 points in the last term putting together a impressive performance. Bottom-age talents Nathan O’Driscoll and Cain Evans were terrific for the Demons. O’Driscoll had 32 disposals and five marks while Evans compiled 19 disposals, five tackles and two goals. Meanwhile, Jack Musika was a willing worker with 26 disposals and five tackles and bottom ager Shannon Neale kicked three goals which was a fine effort in a team that only scored six for the game.

WAFL Colts weekly wrap: The journey begins again

THE team you support may have finished well adrift in the finals race the previous season, but round one brings a whole lot of hope and expectation to fans across the nation. In terms of the WAFL Colts, we saw a terrific conclusion to the 2018 season with Subiaco edging out Swan Districts in an absolute thriller. There are bound to be plenty of storylines and young stars looking to put their names in front of the AFL gurus. With all that said, let’s get on with the action.

WAFL Colts - Round 1

Swan Districts 9.9 (63) defeated South Fremantle 8.11(59)

Swan Districts started their quest for Grand Final redemption in strong style after holding off a gallant South Fremantle outfit by four points at Steel Blue Oval on Saturday morning.

After South Fremantle controlled the early passages of play without converting truly it it was Jermarl Daly who got the first goal of the season for the black and whites.

The visitors continued to bring the ball forward with confidence and eventually got their reward when Malachi Walley crumbed the ball well to kick the Bulldogs first of the season. A mark and goal by Jebh O’ Donohue saw the home team reclaim the lead at the twenty minute mark. For all their attacking thrusts, the Bulldogs deserved to be closer than what they were and Jaxon Bellchambers did just that snapping truly to give to cut the deficit to three points at quarter time.

The second quarter was all about 17-year-old Daly, with the South Hedland product causing many headaches for South Fremantle’s defence. The well built youngster took a number of one-grab marks and kicked three goals for the term. Swans blew the margin out to 22 points midway through the term but the Bulldogs steadied somewhat with a goal by bottom ager Dontay Bolton and trailed by 14 points at the long break. In terms of possessions, bottom-age Swan Districts talents Zane Trew and Ty Sears led the way with 13 and 12 disposals respectively, while Jacob Sax was a shining light for South Fremantle with 15 disposals.

The key figure of Daly started the third quarter where he finished the first half, this time snapping truly for his fifth of the game. The Bulldogs were looking threatening every time they brought the ball forward but could not convert their chances. That changed when Walley kicked his second for the game, but Daly had the answers yet again two minutes later kicking his sixth.

Toby McQuilkin was looking lively in the third term and was unlucky to miss from a previous attempt but made amends a few minutes later to cut the margin to 13 points. Even though it was the first game of the season, the heat had definitely gone up a couple of levels. The home team led by 12 points at three quarter time and the questions was whether Swans could hold on or South Fremantle produce a comeback victory.

The Bulldogs peppered the goals in the early stages of the quarter continuing their fine end to the third term. Their perseverance paid off as they kicked two goals through Brodie Plunkett and Nathan Spooner to give them the lead since the early stages of the first quarter. However, try as they might they could not build on that lead and despite having just two scoring shots for the term, Swan Districts were able to kick the match winning goal through Kade Walldrot with four minutes remaining on the clock and were able to see the game out to claim their first four points of the season.

As we see so often in a new season, the skills were a bit rusty, but it was a highly competitive affair with a lot for both coaches to take away from the game.

Star

While were a number of impressive performers on both sides, in terms of pure difference makers Jermarl Daly was exactly that with his six goals. If he can replicate even half that output on a regular basis, Swans will be certainly up amongst the contenders again.

First impressions

Swans have a well rounded team with exciting talents like Kade Walldrot and Brenton Hilton who can play multiple positions, while their key defenders in Jake Pasini and Jack Allen are more than capable of keeping their opponents under wraps.

South Fremantle have a very nimble running fleet led by the likes of Jack Musika, Jacob Sax and Manfred Kelly while Malachi Walley is a very clever operator in the forward 50. Last season they made a sluggish start before storming home and making the top five, so a good start is imperative if they want to progress further this season.

In other games:

East Fremantle 10.6(66) def. Claremont 9.10(64)

In a rematch of the 2017 Grand Final, it was East Fremantle who came out on top winning another thriller on the opening day of the season by two points at Claremont Ovql. Unlike their Fremantle rivals, the Sharks’ comeback in the final quarter was successful with Trey Roscoe kicking two goals in as many minutes which helped overturn a 10 point deficit and topped off a fine display as he also compiled 20 disposals, five marks and four tackles. Ronin O’ Connor was a tireless worker for the Tigers with 20 disposals and nine tackles.

East Perth 10.8(68) def. Subiaco 5.5(35)

Subiaco’s Premiership defence got off to a shaky start as East Perth caused the biggest upset on the opening day of the season defeating their co-tenants by 33 points. The Royals who finished twelve games behind Subiaco last season finishing in eighth position, set up their win with strong first half and went on the job in a professional fashion. Jaxon East was a game breaker for the Royals with 27 disposals and three goals while Harley Sparks was prominent throughout with 32 disposals. Tristan Hobley like he always does for the Lions was tireless with 30 disposals and 10 tackles.

Peel Thunder 11.7(73) def. West Perth 8.8(56)

2018 Preliminary finalists Peel Thunder never relinquished the lead but withstood a number of challenges from West Perth to run out 17 point winners at David Grays Arena. Jarvis Piña led the way for the home side with32 disposals, eight marks and four tackles and he was well supported by Bradley Oldfield with 22 disposals and five tackles while Tyrone Thorne was lively with 17 disposals and two goals. For the Falcons, Koopah Todd with 20 disposals and eight tackles, along with Ben Johnson with 17 disposals and two goals were strong contributors for the visitors.

West Australian draft prospects set to light up Colts competition

IN 2018, twelve West Australians were selected in the AFL National and Rookie Drafts, with five players taken across the first two rounds. Peter Sumich, Michael Ablett, Glen Jakovich, Ash McGrath, Craig Otto, and Mark Seaby, in different capacities respectively, played significant roles in player development across 2018 and are set to have an even greater impact in 2019.

These are the players in the Simply Energy WAFL Colts competition to keep an eye on for the 2019 AFL Draft.

JACK BULLER
(CLAREMONT/COTTESLOE JFC)

Despite being slightly undersized as a ruckman (196cm), Buller is competitive and aggressive in ruck contests and is exceptional at ground level. In 2018, he was a part of the WA U18s State Academy as a bottom-ager and showed plenty of promise averaging 14 possessions, eight hit-outs, four marks and three tackles with his best performance coming against Vic Country (17 possessions, 18 hit-outs, eight tackles and five marks). He also showed promise playing as a key forward for Claremont’s Colts team with eight goals from five games and averages of 10 possessions, four hit-outs, three marks, three tackles and two inside 50s.

LUKE JACKSON
(EAST FREMANTLE/BULLCREEK-LEEMING JFC)

The former Australian junior basketballer is one of the most exciting prospects for next year’s draft, even being mentioned as a possible top five selection. In just four games for East Fremantle’s Colts team, he kicked four goals and averaged 12 possessions, 20 hit-outs, four tackles and three inside 50s with dominant outings against Subiaco (14 possessions, 11 hit-outs, and two goals) and South Fremantle (17 possessions, 25 hit-outs and a goal). He was also exceptional for the WA U18s State Academy with two exceptional performances against South Australia (25 possessions, seven marks, and a goal and Vic Metro (seven possessions and 25 hit-outs). His athleticism, skills, and ruck craft are elite for someone his age.

TRENT RIVERS
(EAST FREMANTLE/BULLCREEK-LEEMING JFC)

A big-bodied midfielder who thrives at the stoppages, Rivers is an accumulator who gets the ball going forward for his team. He finished equal-second in East Fremantle Colts’ Best and Fairest after averaging 19 possessions, six marks, and two tackles across 15 games. He also polled 10 votes in the Jack Clarke Medal with sensational performances against Perth (20 possessions and six marks), and Claremont (21 possessions and seven marks). He also produced dominant outings in the Elimination Final against South Fremantle (19 possessions and four marks) and in the Semi-Final against Peel (19 possessions and two goals) – highlighting his big-game performing ability.

JEREMY SHARP
(EAST FREMANTLE/ATTADALE JFC)

The 2018 U18s All-Australian is a silky-skilled and smooth-moving midfielder much like former St Kilda and North Melbourne champion Nick Dal Santo. In four games for Western Australia, he averaged 18 possessions, four marks, two inside 50s and two rebounding 50s, with his best performance coming against Vic Metro (26 possessions, four marks, three inside 50s and a goal). In seven games for East Fremantle, he was named in the best on three occasions including a magnificent performance in the Elimination Final against South Fremantle (24 possessions, nine marks and eight inside 50s). At his best, Sharp is a line-breaker who uses his speed, skills and smarts to carve up the opposition. Is shaping up to be a first round selection in 2019 and potentially a top 10 pick.

RHAI-ARN COX
(EAST PERTH/MT HAWTHORN JFC)

Cox made a name for himself in 2017’s AFL U16 Championships when he booted a goal after the siren to win the game against Vic Metro. The 2017 WA U16s Vice-Captain is a crafty small forward with explosive athleticism, dazzling skills, an incredible toughness and a great understanding of the play. In 11 games for East Perth in 2018 he booted 15 goals (winning his Club’s Leading Goalkicker Award) and averaged 13 possessions, four marks and two tackles with some sizzling performances against Claremont (17 possessions and three goals), East Fremantle (10 possessions and three goals), Swan Districts (17 possessions and two goals) and West Perth (13 possessions and two goals). He also starred in the AFL U17s Futures game with 12 possessions and three goals for Team Riewoldt.

DEVEN ROBERTSON
(PERTH/MANNING JFC)

The 2017 WA U16s Captain and MVP winner is a bullocking inside midfielder who thrives on the contested side of the game. In four games for WA’s U18s he averaged 14 possessions, seven tackles, two marks and two inside 50s with his best performances coming against the Allies (17 possessions, four tackles, and three inside 50s) and Vic Country (17 possessions and nine tackles). In just five games for Perth’s Colts team, Robertson averaged 28 possessions, seven tackles and four inside 50s, with best afield performances against East Fremantle (33 possessions, six marks, five tackles and five inside 50s) and Peel Thunder (34 possessions, five tackles and five inside 50s), and a near best-afield performance against Subiaco (36 possessions and a goal). The nephew of former West Coast champion Darren Glass has a very bright future.

ELIJAH TAYLOR
(PERTH/THORNLIE JFC)

The Thornlie junior is an exciting medium half-forward who has plenty of tricks to make opposing defenders extremely nervous. In 17 games for the Perth Demons’ Colts, Taylor averaged 13 possessions, three inside 50s, two marks and kicked nine goals with his best games coming against East Fremantle (14 possessions and a goal, East Perth (16 possessions and two goals) and Swan Districts (16 possessions, seven marks, three inside 50s and a goal). At his best, Taylor is a very hard match-up due to his size, explosive athleticism, damaging skills and elite decision-making – factors that will help him with his development into senior football. He is a raw prospect who has plenty of growth and an x-factor.

MITCHELL GEORGIADES
(SUBIACO/WEMBLEY DOWNS JFC)

The son of former Subiaco and Western Bulldogs sharpshooter John Georgiades, Mitchell is one of the most exciting forwards in WA’s State-Based AFL Academy. Blessed with a great set of hands, excellent skills and an elite reading of the play, Georgiades is a young forward with tremendous upside. In just six games for Subiaco’s Colts’ team, he averaged 13 possessions, six marks, two inside 50s, two tackles and booted eight goals with his best performance coming against South Fremantle (12 possessions, seven marks, three tackles, two inside 50s and two goals). He was also instrumental for Western Australia’s U18s team, where he averaged 10 possessions, four marks, two tackles and kicked three goals across four games, with his most notable against the Allies (13 possessions and two goals). He is already shaping up to be one of the most explosive forward options in next year’s draft pool.

RILEY GARCIA
(SWAN DISTRICTS/CAVERSHAM JFC)

The 2017 WA U16s Leadership group midfielder is a small midfield dynamo who has excellent speed, agility, skills and reading of the play. He made his WAFL Colts debut as a 15-year-old in 2016 and since then has gone on to become one of the premier midfielders for the 2019 AFL Draft. In 24 games for Swan Districts’ Colts team, Garcia has kicked 14 goals and averaged 20 possessions, three tackles and three marks. In 2018 he finished ninth in the Jack Clarke Medal and sixth in Swan Districts’ Colts’ Best and Fairest after some exceptional performances including best afield performance against Perth (32 possessions and a goal) and Claremont (31 possessions). However his performances in the 2018 finals series should have recruiters monitoring him closely after he averaged 22 possessions, three marks, two tackles and kicked four goals across four games.

JAKE PASINI
(SWAN DISTRICTS/CAVERSHAM JFC)

A no-nonsense defender, Pasini has an excellent aerial ability and a powerful kick on him, making him an attractive defensive prospect. In 16 games for Swan Districts’ Colts team, Pasini averaged 11 possessions, three marks and three tackles while more often than not, he held the opposition’s key forward to minimal impact. This was especially evident in the Semi-Final against Subiaco where he held the 2018 WAFL Colts Leading Goalkicker Jack Mayo goalless while he recorded nine possessions and took five marks. He was also excellent for Western Australia with excellent defensive efforts on Sam Flanders (Vic Country) and Matthew Walker (Allies) in his two games. The club that picks up Pasini will have a defender who goes about his business quietly and with no fuss.

OTHERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON:
Liam Henry (Claremont/Cottesloe JFC)
Trey Ruscoe (East Fremantle/Booragoon JFC)
Jack Sears (Peel Thunder/South Mandurah)
Tristan Hobley (Subiaco/Kingsway JFC)
Jaxon Prior (West Perth/Sorrento-Duncraig JFC)

TESTING DAY STANDOUTS:

Jonathon Garlett was one of the best performers at the inaugural WA talent testing and education day, held at Aquinas College. The Geraltdon Towns product was electric in the 20m sprint (2.84 seconds) and agility test (8.17 seconds), while also showcasing the explosiveness that helped him to a national high jump medal – posting 91cm in the running vertical jump and 85cm in the standing. Swan Districts duo Ben Taylor and Kade Wallrodt also caught the eye, with Taylor showing a good mix of speed and enduarance with a 2.98-second 20 metre sprint and 21.1 yoyo test score. Wallrodt also had a sub-three second 20 metre sprint time, as well as a solid agilty score of 8.40 seconds. Of the WA-based AFL Academy members, Perth’s Deven Robertson proved his hard work in the off-season would pay off, with good scores across the board and particular improvement in the 2km time trial. Fremantle Next Generation Academy prospects Liam Henry and Brandon Walker were also impressive, as was 2018 Under 16 standout Logan McDonald – putting in early claims as ones to watch for the 2020 draft.   

Scouting notes: WAFL Colts Grand Final

SUBIACO overcame a gallant Swan Districts by just two points at Optus Stadium to take out the 2018 WAFL Colts premiership. Despite being favourites, the Lions were troubled by the Swans throughout the match with the last quarter a see-sawing contest.

Below were the best players from each team.

Subiaco:

# 1 Madoc Plane

The Subiaco skipper was inspirational in defence often setting up his team-mates and helping to intercept a host of the Swans’ attacking forays. He collected nine possessions and took two marks, but he always put his body on the line to try and inspire his teammates.

 #3 Tristan Hobley 

The 2017 WA Under 17s State Academy player took home the Mel Whinnen Medal as best afield after an outstanding display. He accumulated a game-high 28 possessions, took six marks and recorded two inside 50s to be a catalyst for the Lions’ victory. His ball-use especially by foot was exceptional, particularly late in the game when players were fatigued.

#6 Jake McKinnon 

The Maddington product was a serious rival to Hobley for the Mel Whinnen Medal after a sensational performance. He gathered 22 possessions, laid a game-high eight tackles, took four marks, recorded two inside 50s and kicked a goal. He also produced the game-saving smother in the middle of the ground to stop a certain goal for the Swans.

#10 Jack Mayo 

The 2018 WAFL Colts Leading Goalkicker was dynamic up forward for the Lions with 15 possessions, six marks and two goals. His leading patterns combined with his explosive pace and agility made him a nightmare match-up for whoever was playing on him.

#13 Liam Hickmott 

The 2018 Jack Clarke Medallist was his combative self in the midfield for the Lions. He won 18 possessions, laid six tackles, took four marks, recorded two inside 50s and kicked a goal. His clearances and contested possessions were crucial in getting the Lions over the line.

#14 Zane Shellabear-Healey 

The 2015 WA U15s State Schoolboys’ representative was powerful in the middle of the ground for Subiaco. He finished with 15 possessions, six inside 50s, five tackles and two marks in an excellent performance.

#15 Wil Hickmott 

The younger son of former Geelong and Carlton player Adrian Hickmott, Wil was sensational on the wing for the Lions. He accumulated 18 possessions, took two marks and laid two tackles in a game that showcased his class. His composure, ball-use and decision-making were all elite, especially when most players were fatigued.

#16 Taj Schofield 

The son of Port Adelaide premiership star Jarrad Schofield, Taj was excellent on the wing for the Lions. He collected 19 possessions, took five marks and laid four tackles in a phenomenal performance. Still only 16 years old, Schofield’s decision-making and ball use are extremely sound for someone his age.

#17 Kyle Stainsby 

The reigning Newton Screaigh Medallist was brilliant off the half-back line, with his penetrating skills and his run-and-carry both on display. He finished with 15 possessions, six tackles and three marks, well and truly putting his stamp on the game.

#20 Josh Leunig 

Stationed at full-back, Leunig was one of the key catalysts for Subiaco’s triumph. He finished with 12 possessions, five tackles and three marks but his statistics do not tell the full story. He was setting up the defence, often intercepting the Swans’ attacking forays and saved many potential goal opportunities from the Swans.

#22 Luke Foley 

The Sorrento-Duncraig junior showed that he is a big-game performer which will enhance his draft stocks. He collected 22 possessions, took seven marks (including a screamer over a pack of players), laid six tackles, recorded six inside 50s and kicked a goal in a near-best afield performance.

#39 Nicholas Martin 

The Noranda junior was a star in the forward line for Subiaco with three goals from 10 touches and four marks. His mobility and his strong aerial presence had the Swans’ defenders nervous.

 

Swan Districts:

#1 Joseph Hinder 

The Bassendean junior was electrifying throughout the match often using his pace to break Subiaco’s defensive zone. He collected 12 possessions, laid four tackles, took three marks and kicked a goal.

#2 Atem Deng 

The Ellenbrook junior was dynamic in the forward half for the Swans, often troubling the Subiaco defenders with his speed, mobility and precise skills. He finished with 18 possessions, four marks, four tackles, four inside 50s and two goals.

#3 Mitchell Bain 

Arguably the Swans’ best player, Bain did everything he could to get the Swans over the line. He gathered a team-high 24 possessions, laid a game-high eight tackles, took two marks and kicked a long-range goal in the last quarter to bring the Swans within just two points. Without doubt the WAFL Colts Player of the Finals.

#7 Patrick Farrant 

The Bunbury product produced a performance that would have seen his draft stocks soar. He was powerful on the lead and in one-on-one contests, he was mobile around the ground and was incredibly skilled. He finished with 14 possessions, six marks, five inside 50s, three tackles and two goals.

#9 Riley Garcia 

The 2017 WA Under 16s State Academy player fought hard in the midfield for the Black Ducks. He finished with 20 possessions, four marks, three inside 50s, two tackles and a goal. His speed, agility and damaging skills were magnificent.

#11 Jackson Beck 

Stationed on the half-back line, Beck proved to be one of the most valuable players for the Swans. His intercept play combined with his decision-making, vision and excellent skills made him extremely damaging. He finished with 18 possessions and seven marks.

#12 Graydon Wilson 

The Centrals FC product was outstanding on the half-back line for the Swans, often using his dash and skills to break down Subiaco’s defensive zone. He finished with 11 possessions, five tackles, three inside 50s and three marks.

#18 Jake Pasini 

The Caversham junior proved why he is one of the highly sought key defenders in next year’s AFL Draft. He only finished with nine possessions, four tackles, three marks and two inside 50s, but his impact was much more significant. He was the chief organiser in defence for the Swans and his ability to halt the Lions’ offensive forays helped keep Swans within fighting distance.

#20 Jarrod Cameron 

The West Coast Academy member showcased why he is one of the best prospects in this year’s Draft pool. He collected 11 possessions, laid four tackles, took two marks, recorded two inside 50s and kicked two goals to be one of the very best players on the ground. His speed and evasiveness had the Lions’ defenders on edge all game.

#23 Matthew Germs 

Arguably the best ruckman on the ground, Germs was a key factor in almost helping the Swans get so close to victory. He accumulated 12 possessions, won a game-high 31 hit-outs, recorded four inside 50s and laid three tackles in an inspiring performance.