In round three of the NAB AFL U18 Championships, Western Australia triumphed over the Allies by 40 points at Leederville Oval on Sunday Afternoon.
Here are the best performers on the day.
BRAYDEN AINSWORTH | WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Midfield | 183cm | 75kg
Another week, another brilliant display from Ainsworth. Against the Allies he accumulated 23 possessions in a sizzling midfield display. Undeniably, the best moment from Ainsworth’s game came in the third quarter, when he ran back into defence to take an intercept mark that stopped a certain goal for the Allies. He is currently averaging 22 possessions in the Championships.
OSCAR ALLEN | WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Forward| 191cm | 83kg
The WA Co-Captain was again brilliant for the home team with two goals from 19 possessions and eight marks. What was even more impressive was that he was able to overcome the serious ankle injury he suffered in the first quarter. His athleticism, marking ability and endurance to cover the ground should see him continue to rise up the draft rankings.
JAXON CAHILL | WESTERN AUSTRALIA
HALF-BACK | 188cm | 74kg
A smooth-mover, Cahill was vital to WA getting the victory. Stationed on the half-back line, he recorded 23 possessions, six inside 50s and kicked a goal in a dazzling display that should see his draft stocks rise.
CALLAN ENGLAND | WESTERN AUSTRALIA
MIDFIELD | 182cm | 73kg
The Claremont product again starred for the Sandgropers, finishing with 26 possessions (13 possessions in the first quarter), eight marks and four inside 50s in a best on ground display. His inside work was similar to that of Fremantle star Lachie Neale, and his ability to run and carry with the ball makes him an outstanding prospect.
JAKE PATMORE | WESTERN AUSTRALIA
MIDFIELD | 181cm | 78kg
The AFL Academy member was again influential for the home team. He finished the game with 20 possessions, but he caught the eye with his evasive tricks, classy skills, and willingness to take the game on. He has some outstanding traits that will endear him to recruiters.
CONNOR BALLENDEN | ALLIES
Key Position | 199cm | 95kg
The man mountain was played at fullback for the Allies and he did not disappoint. He finished the game with 20 possessions, took 8 marks and kept Oliver Eastland to just two goals in a commanding performance. A member of the Brisbane Lions’ Academy, the struggling club will be looking forward to adding Ballenden to their list.
BRAYDEN CROSSLEY | ALLIES
RUCK | 198cm | 105kg
Arguably the best player for the Allies, Crossley was inspiring in the ruck. He finished with a match-high 29 hit-outs, 15 possessions, and two goals in dominant display. It was not hard to see why he has drawn comparisons to GWS star Shane Mumford – he provided strength and was physical in the ruck. The Gold Coast Suns have a special talent in their hands.
JACK POWELL | ALLIES
MIDFIELD | 180cm | 75kg
A GWS Giants Academy member, Powell did his draft prospects no harm at all. Against Western Australia he accumulated 21 possessions, won six clearances and took two marks. His elite skills and sensational clearance work were on full display for the recruiters. The Giants look to have another promising youngster secured.
ADAM SAMBONO | ALLIES
SMALL FORWARD | 184cm | 69kg
The 20-year-old from Darwin was arguably the Allies’ most dangerous forward . He finished the match with only one goal but could have had four had he kicked straighter. It was not hard to see why he has drawn comparisons to three-time Brisbane premiership player Darryl White.