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In this week’s state league wrap, we cover the WAFL and SANFL with a more comprehensive look at the VFL season so far, next week. Check out the interstate players that impressed for their respective reserve clubs.

WAFL WRAP – ROUND 5

Madelyn Friend

Easter Round saw a number of close games in the WAFL, most notably Swan Districts thrilling win over Perth by one point on Easter Sunday. South Fremantle also recorded its first win of the season with a 23-point win over West Perth.

After five rounds, Subiaco remains unbeaten on top of the ladder, whilst Peel Thunder remains the cellar dweller after having failed to win a match so far this season. Expectations were high that Subiaco would improve after failing to make the finals for the previous two years, but the quality of their play has quite exceeded expectations.
Despite Peel’s 18-point loss, their fourth of the season, they were competitive all afternoon. In a worrying sign for the team going forward, despite losing their four games by close margins, their reserves and colts teams are also yet to register a win for the season.

A number of West Coast and Fremantle-listed players turned in good performances in round five. West Coast ruckmen Scott Lycett and Callum Sinclair were standouts for their team. Lycett finished with five goals from 15 touches, along with eight marks and 12 hit outs, while Sinclair spent the majority of the game in the ruck, ending with 20 disposals, nine marks and 12 hit outs. Young midfielders Blayne Wilson (24 disposals) and Brant Colledge (26) were also influential, as was premiership defender Sam Butler (27).

Peel’s Fremantle-listed players also enjoyed strong games. Ruckmen Craig Moller, Jack Hannath and Jon Griffin all contributed – Moller kicked three goals, Hannath registered 18 possessions, seven marks, 11 hit outs and a goal, while Griffin ended with 30 hit outs. Midfielder Tom Sheridan was outstanding all day and did his chances of an AFL recall no harm, racking up 32 possessions. Garrick Ibbotson had 24 disposals as he continues his return from injury, as did Anthony Morabito with 19. Fringe defender Alex Silvagni impressed in defence, while rookie Jacob Ballard was also impressive, gathering 25 possessions.

Former Richmond and Collingwood forward Andrew Krakouer played his first game for West Perth, his first WAFL game since 2010, but had a day he’d rather forget, finishing with just eight disposals and a goal.

Subiaco 16.10 (106) defeated East Perth 12.10 (82)
Subiaco goals: Hampson 5, Boland 4, Mahoney, Kayler-Thomson, Joyce, Deluca, Phelan, Stockley, Twomey
Subiaco best: Bristow, Hampson, Latham, Boland, Kayler-Thomson
East Perth goals: Lycett 5, Wulff 2, Dobson, Oakley-Nicholls, McInnes, Clutterbuck, McGinnity
East Perth best: Lycett, McGovern, Johnson, Wulff

East Fremantle 12.14 (86) defeated Peel Thunder 10.8 (68)
East Fremantle goals: Dalziell 2, Perham 2, Dorotich, R. O’Brien, Eardley, Henson, Tropiano, Boyle, B. O’Brien, Peake
East Fremantle best: B. O’Brien, R. O’Brien, Stephen, Eardley, Perham
Peel goals: Moller 3, Brown 2, Dann, Hannath, Apeness, Jones, Sheridan
Peel best: Jones, Silvagni, Gianatti, Ibbotson, Moller

South Fremantle 15.8 (98) defeated West Perth 10.15 (75)
South Fremantle goals: Saunders 7, White 4, Kelly, Verrier, Cook, Bewick
South Fremantle best: Saunders, Ross, Bairstow, Cook, Schloithe
West Perth goals: A.Tsalikis 2, A.Krakouer, M.Adams, J.Jones, M.Crisp, J.Van berlo, S.Browne, A.Strijk, M.Fowler
West Perth best: Jones, Van Berlo, Manning, Hunt

Swan Districts 14.8 (92) defeated Perth 13.13 (91)
Swan Districts goals: Cary 3, Geappen 3, Davis 3, Rogers 2, Jukes 2, Notte
Swan Districts best: Boekhorst, Blakely, Davis, Notte, Faulkner
Perth goals: Moody 3, Bevan 2, Stack, Lynch, Collard, Ugle, O’Sullivan, Florio, C. Morton, Power
Perth best: J. Morton, Power, Bevan, Lynch, Ugle

SANFL WRAP – Round 3
By Dylan Matthews

West Adelaide 7.13 (55) defeated by North Adelaide 9.16 (70)

West Adelaide goals: Middleton 3, Webb 2, Fisher, Wong
North Adelaide goals: Burton 2, Barns, Boles, Campbell, O’Brien, O’Keeffe, Shannon, C. Thiele
West Adelaide best: Schmidt, Middleton, Keogh, Ezard, Beech
North Adelaide best: Campbell, Amato, De Leonardis, O’Keeffe, O’Brien, Mitchell

West Adelaide vs. North Adelaide (Thursday 17th April)

West Adelaide’s poor form has continued after being overrun by a determined North Adelaide outfit on Thursday night. The Bloods now sit in ninth position (0-3) on the ladder and alarms bells are starting to ring for new coach Mark Mickan. West Adelaide started well and at one stage were 23 points up leading into the main break, but costly turnovers and wasted opportunities in front of goal kept the Roosters in the contest. The quality of football was quite shocking all night, with poor skills, accuracy & decision making costing both sides. West Adelaide held a handy 15-point lead at the final break, and looked as though they would grind out a win. However, the last quarter was all North Adelaide’s, as they went on to kick 5.6 in the final term to storm home by 15 points. Former AFL-listed players Matthew Campbell, Jesse O’Brien & Rhys O’Keefe led the charge for the Roosters. These two sides have been heavily ravaged by injury and their depth is really starting to be tested.

Norwood 7.14 (56) defeated by Sturt 10.14 (74)

Norwood goals: Bartlett 2, Newton 2, Donohue, Evans, Forster
Sturt goals: Coad 3, Hansen 2, Calabrese, Kelly, Kirkwood, Penfold, Stephens
Norwood best: Allan, McGuinness, Webber, Bampton, Jefferies, Baulderstone
Sturt best: Kirkwood, Tambling, Beard, Kane, Calabrese, Coad, Kurtze

Norwood vs. Sturt (Thursday 17th April)

The ‘Double Blues’ continue to impress after claiming yet another big scalp, this time in the form of the reigning premiers. After a horrible couple of seasons including finishing bottom in 2012, Sturt looks as though they have finally clicked as a side and are yet to be defeated in 2014. Sturt looked sharp from the first bounce, while the Redlegs failed to score a goal on their home deck until half way through the 2nd quarter. Relentless pressure was the theme for Sturt as they went on to force several Redleg errors. Although the stats sheet shows Norwood dominating possession, most of it was in their defensive half , and was therefore ineffective. Zane Kirkwood (27 disposals) continued his stellar form and he worked well alongside ruckman Angus Kurtze. Veteran Kieran McGuinness toiled hard for Norwood all night, as did three-time Magarey Medalist James Allan in his club debut, gathering 41 possessions.

South Adelaide 17.14 (116) defeated Glenelg 10.11 (71)

South Adelaide goals: Eddy 6, Bass 2, Macleod 2, Murphy 2, Rankine 2, Cross, Dale, Rose
Glenelg goals: Alleway 4, Hooper 2, Gregson, McFarlane, Muir, Thorp
South Adelaide best: Brooksby, Cross, Eddy, Macleod, Thewlis, Murphy, Crabb
Glenelg best: Joseph, Proud, Alleway, Pitt, Bradley

South Adelaide vs. Glenelg (Friday 18th April)

After being labeled as the embarrassment of the SANFL for the past decade, South Adelaide are finally demanding some respect, and now sit atop the ladder. New coach Brad Cotch has waved his magic wand down at Noarlunga and patient fans now have something to cheer about – after only two finals appearances in 20 years!
For a third consecutive week the Panthers dominated the disposal count (+120) as they continued to play a possession orientated brand of footy. In what was a mostly entertaining contest on Good Friday, the Tigers saw themselves within two goals at the main break, but it was all South Adelaide after half-time. Midfielders Nick Murphy and Joel Cross (32 & 31 disposals) were well provided for all day by big man Keegan Brooksby (26 disposals, 39 hitouts, 12 clearances) in a best afield performance. Unforced errors were costly for Glenelg, who at times struggled to get their hands on the ball and were also smashed around the stoppages. Brett Eddy was instrumental up forward, bagging six goals, and taking his season tally to 16. Once again, former Carlton midfielder Aaron Joseph worked extremely hard through the middle of the ground for the Bays, but it wasn’t enough. The Panthers now make the long 60 km drive down to Elizabeth to take on Centrals.

Central District 9.7 (61) defeated by Adelaide 16.17 (113)

Centrals goals: McIntyre 3, Barmby, Habel, C. Milne, Nason, Retzlaff, Williams
Adelaide goals: Johnston 4, Davis-Neale 2, Knight 2, Lyons 2, Battersby, Grigg, Porplyzia, Callinan, Cameron, McKernan
Centrals best: Glenn, J. Schiller, McIntyre, Potter
Adelaide best: Lyons, Knight, Otten, Grigg, Ellis-Yolmen, Graham

Central District vs. Adelaide (Saturday 19th April)

The Adelaide Crows’ reserves managed to chalk up their first win in the SANFL, defeating an inconsistent Central Districts by 51 points in a dominant display. Adelaide was simply way too fit for the Doggies, who struggled to compete and get their hands on the footy. A host of AFL-listed crows dominated, including Mitch Grigg (28 disposals), Jarryd Lyons (26 disposals 14, clearances) & Cameron Ellis-Yolmen (23 disposals, 6 clearances) who all did their senior selection chances no harm. Swingman Andy Otten returned from a knee injury and certainly didn’t look out of place, while Lewis Johnston slotted 4 goals and youngster Riley Knight had a breakout game (2 goals). Coach Heath Younie was glad to get a win to his name and is quite content with his side’s gradual improvement as they continue to get a feel for one another. Youngster Josh Glenn was brilliant for the Doggies, racking up 29 disposals & 12 marks. Adelaide now travels to the bay to take on Glenelg in an Anzac Day night game, whilst Centrals will take on a red-hot South Adelaide outfit.

Eagles 8.3 (53) defeated by Port Adelaide 15.19 (109)

Eagles goals: Wundke 2, Dunstan, Goldsworthy, McGregor, Poole, Raymond, Sumner
Port Adelaide goals: Neade 3, Stewart 3, Hitchcock 2, Newton 2, Summerton 2, Harvey, Moore, Mitchell
Eagles best: Boyd, Borholm, Poole, Batley
Port Adelaide best: Mitchell, Stewart, Newton, Summerton, Logan, Slattery

Eagles vs. Port Adelaide (Monday 21st April)

Port Adelaide stormed to a 58 point win over the Eagles, in what was supposed to have been a thrilling Easter Monday match. The match was barely a contest, as Port went on to have 23 more shots on goal & amass nearly 100 more disposals. A host of AFL-listed players dominated, with Kane Mitchell, Ben Newton and Andrew Moore all gathering more than 25 possessions. Injury prone swingman Paul Stewart played mostly up forward and bagged three goals. The professionalism of Port’s AFL players was the killer for Woodville, as they simply outran them all day. Gun midfield recruit James Boyd toiled hard for the Eagles (29 disposals), but the ever-reliable Scott Lewis wasn’t influential on the contest (held to 17 disposals). There are some huge concerns over the future of the SANFL, with Port Adelaide being the clear standouts at this stage of the season after the controversial decision to allow them enter a reserves team into the competition. Port reserves now take on an undermanned West Adelaide side.

Players To Watch:

Kane Mitchell (Port): 35 disposals, seven clearances, 10 inside 50’s
Ben Newton (Port): 33 disposals, 14 clearances, 10 inside 50’s
Josh Glenn (Centrals): 29 disposals, twelve marks, 4 inside 50’s
Mitch Grigg (Adelaide): 28 disposals, five marks, 7 inside 50’s
Jarryd Lyons (Adelaide) 26 disposals, three marks, 14 clearances
Ben Kane (Sturt): 25 disposals, nine marks, seven inside 50’s
James Allan (Norwood): 41 disposals, nine marks, 10 clearances
Chris Schmidt (West): 27 disposals, five tackles, 6 clearances
Jesse O’Brien (North) 18 disposals, nine tackles, 4 clearances
Joel Cross (South): 31 disposals, four tackles, 10 clearances
Keegan Brooksby (South): 26 disposals, nine marks, 39 hitouts, 12 clearances