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
Sat, Jun 17, 10.10am (Live coverage on FoxFooty)
|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)|
|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
Sun, Jun 18, 11am
|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)|
|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.