U18 Champs

U18 Championships: Round 2 Teams and Preview

The National Championships continue this weekend as the country’s best draft prospects pit themselves against one another to impress AFL recruiters.

Vic Country have the bye this week, and are currently top of the table after last week’s 14-point win over Allies at Blacktown last week.

They are followed by Western Australia, who secured a dramatic golden-point victory over South Australia at Domain Stadium on Saturday. WA remain at Domain this week to face Vic Metro on Sunday, who get their campaign under way following last week’s bye.

Both South Australia and Allies will look to notch their first wins as they play each other at Adelaide Oval on Saturday morning before Port Adelaide and Brisbane’s clash in the afternoon.

Here are the teams for the Round 2 fixtures:

South Australia v Allies

Adelaide Oval

Sat, Jun 17, 10.10am (Live coverage on FoxFooty)

 

SOUTH AUSTRALIA 

Backs 32 Thomas Schmusch 24 Brandon Zerk-Thatcher 17 Brad McCarthy
H Backs 14 Isaac Hewson 38 Harrison Petty 18 Brodie Carroll
Centres 20 Jackson Hately 13 Jackson Edwards 37 Charlie Ballard
H Fwds 2 Izak Rankine 36 Jack Lukosius 40 Darcy Fogarty
Fwds 3 James Rowe 45 Bryce Denham 15 Jordan Houlahan
Followers 49 Callum Coleman-Jones 12 Alex Martini 6 Connor Rozee
Interchange 34 Sam Davis 5 Stefan Giro 16 Mitchell Crowden
  27 Liam Denton 33 Hugo Barry 31 Mitchell Coles (Emg)
  29 Isaac Moller (Emg)

 

ALLIES

Backs 31. Tom Highmore 36. Jack Payne 3.Brodie Foster
H Backs 16. Thomas Mundy 33. Jarrod Brander 14. Jack Clayton
Centres 27. Matthew Green 26. Nicholas Shipley 10. James Bell
H Fwds 7. Sam Davidson 35. Hugh Dixon 8. Luke Skrivanic
Fwds 34. Nick Blakey 38. Connor Ballenden 2. Jack Hardman
Followers 40. Nathan Richards 22. Tarryn Thomas 5. Zac Bailey
Interchange 6. Jack Powell 28. Harrison Carr 13. Bailey Scott
  11. Brendan Myers 24. Kwaby Boakye
Emergency: 29. Michael Carroll

 

 

Preview: Despite a final quarter surge led by Crows father/son prospect Jackson Edwards, South Australia lost in agonising style against WA last week going down by a Golden Point. This week they’ll be hosting an Allies side that fell short against Vic Country last week. The Allies’ midfield was beaten at the contest, and they will face a tough task to beat a Croweater midfield that looked dominant at times last week. The battle between well-regarded ruckmen Callum Coleman-Jones and Nathan Richards could be pivotal, while there is also the tantalising possibility of seeing top ten prospects Darcy Fogarty and Jarrad Brander go toe-to-toe.

 

Western Australia v Vic Metro

Domain Stadium

Sun, Jun 18, 11am

 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Backs 24. Durak Tucker 27. Sam Taylor 18. Zareth Roe
H Backs 17. Jaxon Cahill 29. Aaron Naughton 6. Jarrod Cameron
Centres 3. Tom Joyce 22. Kyron Hayden 13. Gordon Narrier
H Fwds 21. Matt Young 25. Oscar Allen 8. Sydney Stack
Fwds 20. Brandon Starcevich 28. Ben Miller 2. Ian Hill
Followers 31. Jonathan Frampton 11. Callum England 9. Jake. Patmore
Interchange 19. Christian Ameduri 35. Louis Miller 15. Brayden Ainsworth
  16. Jordan Boullineau 10. Connor West
  4. Lachlan Mitchell (Emerg) 26. Chris Scott (Emerg)

 

VIC METRO

 

Backs 3 Ethan Penrith 29 Harrison Nolan 11 Ryley Stoddart
H Backs 8 Joel Garner 28 Noah Balta 6 Dylan Landt
Centres 14 Jack Petruccelle 17 Adam Cerra 5 Patrick Naish
H Fwds 18 Curtis Taylor 27 Toby Wooller 23 Jaidyn Stephenson
Fwds 2 Jack Higgins 30 Hayden McLean 1 Dylan Moore
Followers 37 Sam Hayes 19 Cameron Rayner 13 Trent Mynott
Interchange 12 Callum Searle 25 Nicholas Coffield 15 Angus Styles
  26 Mitchell Podhajski 36 Tristan Xerri 22 Riley Jones
  16 Thomas North

 

Preview: WA were justifiably ecstatic with their Golden Point win over South Australia last week, but could face a different proposition in the form of Vic Metro on Sunday. Metro boast plenty of highly rated talent, especially in the forward line, with the likes of Jack Higgins, Jaidyn Stephenson and Toby Wooller. That being said, an Aaron Naughton led backline looked very impressive for WA last week and no doubt they’ll be looking forward to the challenge. WA’s speed was very evident last week, with plenty of zip across the forward line. But with the likes of Nothern Knights duo Ethan Penrith and Jack Petruccelle, Metro are certainly not short in the speed department either. This one shapes like a cracker.

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