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South Australia weekly wrap: Under 18s clinch victory while 16s await their turn

SOUTH Australian football is on top once again with the Under 18s side coming up trumps against Vic Metro to claim the 2018 National Championships title. Meanwhile, the Under 16s and 17s played out a match in preparation of the Under 16 National Championships, and there was not too much to write home about from the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) with limited fixtures.

Under 18’s:

It has been a huge week for the SA lads, securing victory over the Allies and then taking the title by defeating Vic Metro in the ‘grand final’ fixture.

There were plenty of positives all round for the SA side, and some absolute stand-out performances over the carnival by some of SA’s key players. Izak Rankine’s championships simply made the chase for him in the draft even higher, while other leaders in Jack Lukosius and Luke Valente were standouts for the SA team in all games, with Valente awarded SA’s Most Valuable Player.

This was the first win for the SA side since 2014, and with the depth of talent it would have been disappointing to not come away with the title in hindsight.


SA 17.14 (116) defeated Vic Metro 9.7 (61)

SA 13.12 (90) defeated Allies 9.12 (66)


SA Under 17 Academy vs. SA Under 16s:

The next batch of SA talent was on full display in a match to help the SA Under 16s in their preparations for the upcoming championships.

SA U17:  3.5  5.9  9.11  12.15 (87)

SA U16:  2.1  3.2  4.3  4.3 (27)


SA U17: Cameron Taheny, Jed McEntee, Dyson Hilder, Jordan O’Brien, Trent Burgoyne, Josh Shute, Brady Searle.
SA U16: Jye Sinderberry, Jason Horne, Jamison Murphy, Kye Dean, Will Schreiber, Zac Dumesny.


SA U17: Cameron Taheny 4, Daniel Sladojevic, Jason Westley, Karl Finlay 2, Trent Burgoyne, Rhys Cannizzaro, Kysiah Pickett.
SA U16: Isiah Dudley, Cooper Horsnell, Ethan Schwerdt, James Borlas

It was an easy victory to the SA U17 Academy lads with Rostrevor and Norwood star Cameron Taheny easily best on ground in an impressive display. Others who had shown some good SANFL form also stepped up with Eagles’ Trent Burgoyne and also Glenelg’s Brady Searle both solid. A future prospect who had some good form for West Adelaide earlier this year for the U16s was Jye Sindeberry, who has shown some impressive marking.

The South Australian Under 16s side will move on to the Championship matches against Victoria Country (July 9) and Victoria Metro (July 13), both in Queensland.


SANFL Wrap:       

With a split round and all Under 18s talent away at National Championships, it was a quieter week in the SANFL, with no school footy on for a few weeks as well.


Sturt dominated the Adelaide Crows in a 72-point thrashing. Ex-AFL listed Rory Taggert put in a strong performance for the Blues with a five-goal haul continuing his great form. Ball magnet James Battersby clocked up 39 disposals, while Margarey Medalist Zane Kirkwood had 33. Adelaide Crows midfielder Patrick Wilson was best in the losing side.

Port went down to Norwood in a tough clash by 28 points, and despite the efforts of AFL players Jake Neade, Karl Amon and Jack Watts, Norwood were too good. Matt Panos for the Redlegs is no doubt attracting AFL interest as an experienced midfield recruit, again being Norwood’s best with 31 disposals. His season has been exceptional on all levels.


In the only game played in the Reserves, Norwood flew out of the blocks and dominated Port, winning by 71 points. Norwood forwards Harrison Viney and Joe Beilby kicked six goals each, while Port’s best were Harry Morgan and Michael Ortiz.

WAFL victorious over SANFL in Adelaide

In blustery yet reasonably mild conditions at Adelaide Oval on the weekend, a building Showdown crowd headed to their seats early to witness a seesawing affair between the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) and West Australian Football League (WAFL) representative sides.

With both teams boasting a multitude of former AFL listed talents, the match promised to be a close contest.

In what was a slow, scrappy yet hotly contested start to the game, Western Australia dominated the inside-50 count 11-4 early. However,  the first goal was not kicked until the the 17th minute mark when former Crow-turned-Sturt onballer Aiden Riley converted a regulation set-shot from close range.

As the South Australian side began to get on top, two-time Magarey Medalist and SANFL skipper Zane Kirkwood (Sturt) put the home side nine points clear.

Late goals from Marlon Motlop (Glenelg) and Josh Hone (Sturt), led the Croweaters to a comfortable 22-point buffer at the first break.

The lead was short-lived, with the WAFL’s Blaine Johnson (South Fremantle) finally booting his side’s first major of the game, sparking WA into life.

The West Australian’s completely dominated the second term with big name stars Jye Bolton (Claremont), Sharrod Wellingham (East Perth) and Rhys Palmer (Swan Districts) all becoming heavily involved across the midfield dominating the clearances and getting the ball moving in their advantage.

Goals from Corey Gault (Swan Districts), Wellingham and another from 22-year-old medium forward Johnson capped off a breathtaking 54-point quarter  which included eight unanswered goals to put the Sandgropers ahead at the main interval.

In desperate need of a quick turnaround, the SANFL piled on three quick goals  courtesy of prolific onballer Kaine Stevens (West Adelaide) and forwards Josh Scott (Glenelg) and Justin Hoskin (Central Districts) to trim the margin back to a kick.  

Tough midfielder Matt Panos (Norwood) brought his side to within just one-point from tying things up, before key forward Corey Gault kicked truly from a set-shot.

Former Power defender Sam Colquhoun (Sturt) hit back with a running goal to again close the gap, with Kirkwood showcasing why he is regarded as one of the best state league players in the country.

Down by eight points at the final change, Rhys Waters (Subiaco) added the first six-pointer of the quarter before a goal-for-goal shootout saw Josh Scott, Jack Hayes (Woodville-West Torrens), Rhys Palmer and Andrew Strijk (West Perth) all exchange blows.

Strijk snagged his second and third goals within three minutes and Corey Gault converted his third to put the WAFL comfortably in front late in the game.

It was a game of inconsistencies from quarter-to-quarter, much like the showdown that would follow, but the WAFL’s stars proved too good on the day, leading their side to its first victory in Adelaide in 24 years.

Kirkwood finished with 35 disposals, six marks, eight tackles and a goal to claim the Fos Williams Medal for SA, while Jye Bolton again reminded AFL recruiters of his talents, collecting 34 touches, six marks and three tackles.

Bolton won his second Simpson Medal as best afield for the WAFL. Panos (25 disposals, eight marks and seven tackles). 

Mitch Grigg (Norwood, 27 disposals and seven tackles), Stevens (24 disposals and six tackles) and Jarrod Allmond (North Adelaide, 24 disposals and four marks) were also prolific for the home side with Josh Scott the lone multiple goal kicker booting 2.2 for the afternoon.

For the victorious visitors, Shane Nelson (West Perth30 disposals and 10 tackles) was rugged throughout all four quarters, while Wellingham (27 disposals and a goal) was classy with his ball use all day.

Kane Mitchell (Claremont, 25 disposals) provided spark around the contest, and another former-Magpie, Johnathon Marsh (East Fremantle20 disposals) was also strong down back limiting the dangerous Jack Hayes to just one goal.

Corey Gault and Andrew Strijk snared three apiece with Johnson and Waters chipping in with two each.

South Australia weekly wrap: Rankine, Valente, Rozee among top prospects in SANFL trials

SOUTH Australian National Football League (SANFL) clubs continued their preparation towards the start of the season, while state legends threw support behind continual links with South Australian AFL clubs, squashing AFL Reserves rumours in the process were the big news stories this week.

SANFL Trial games

All SANFL clubs continued in their preparation towards the start of the season with another batch of trial games to test out new players and help clubs to finalise their squads ready for Round 1.

League, Reserve and Under 18 sides tested themselves, while the Under 16s officially kicked off their season. West Adelaide bounced back with a win in their League trial over the Redlegs. Potential 2018 top five draft pick Izak Rankine took the field for the Bloods. It is hard to gauge where both these clubs will sit this year, but based on form both will be pressing for finals. Norwood youngster and AFL Academy member Luke Valente was part of the Reserves squad and he will be one to watch. North Adelaide took on Glenelg this week.

North Adelaide and AFL academy member, Connor Rozee was effective in the midfield with his handball skills releasing teammates on several in his sides win against Glenelg in the Reserves. His season will also be an exciting one, as he has now fully recovered from injury and could set the SANFL alight this year.  Overager medium tall forward Oscar Chapman, part of last year’s State Combine, kicked three goals including one long bomb from close to 80 metres.

Glenelg continue to show their recruiting and depth looks strong this year with impressive performances all over the park. In the Centrals v Sturt league trial game won by the Dogs, AFL academy member Jackson Hately playing head to head in the midfield with Sturt’s Magarey medallist Zane Kirkwood, accumulated just under 20 possessions as well as one goal.

Hately has the makings of another youngster set for a big year with all the attributes that put him on the AFL Draft radar for 2018. South Adelaide defeated the Eagles in 2 close hitouts, and former AFL player Keegan Brooksby for South was involved in the play, as too was overager Robert Irra (brother or Port Power Emmanuel Irra) also showed he is up to the level.

Under 18 teams continued their trials as well, and we will be looking to preview all clubs next week in the lead up to the start of the season. There is plenty of young talent to watch, with some of the top end talent getting opportunity at League and Reserves levels already. No doubt the crop looks deep for South Australia for 2018 with eyes firmly set on players earning their spot for the National Championships. Final trials are on again this weekend, but not all clubs are participating as clubs prepare for Round 1.

The schedule of games can be found here.

SANFL U16 – Round 1 Results

West Adelaide 9.3 (57) defeated Sturt 2.12 (24)
Centrals 10.7 (67) defeated South Adelaide 8.7 (55)
Norwood 22.12 (144) defeated Eagles 0.4 (4)
Glenelg 19.15 (129) def North Adelaide 4.2 (26)

AFL Reserves Rumours and SANFL Impact

The recent rumours and rumblings about an AFL Reserves competition has certainly hit a nerve with local clubs and also SANFL CEO Jake Parkinson. Any potential AFL Reserves competition could have a significant impact on the SANFL League and any rumours were quickly squashed during the week.

Jake Parkinson told The Advertiser “I’m 100 per cent confident it won’t be happening next season,” Parkinson said. “It was reported in Victoria it would be happening, but we have categoric communication from the AFL that is not the case.”

The SANFL has agreements in place with the two local AFL clubs until 2028, and with commercial contracts in place, any changes would no doubt be a legal minefield.

Meanwhile, Port Power Chairman David Koch recently told The Advertiser that “it has absolutely no impact on Port Adelaide keeping an SANFL team. We are a founder of the SANFL competition”.

“I don’t know how many times I have to say, we will never leave the SANFL,” Koch said.

There is certainly passion still left for the SANFL and SANFL clubs, with long-time Central Districts coach Roy Laird penning a letter to his clubs’ Board who forwarded to the SANFL Commission. As quoted in the letter Laird is determined to see the SANFL front of mind.

“At this critical junction in our SANFL landscape, those in positions of power must set agendas to one side and be uncompromised in their decision making,” Laird wrote. “Our clubs must think outside the square in promoting and building new revenue streams, and our supporters must do as they always have, and follow their club in our ‘Tribal Wars’ and protect our glorious history and revitalise a great competition.”

Strong words, but they certainly resonate with local supporters of SANFL and local leagues in South Australia.