Glenelg has claimed a treble of premierships in the Torrens University Under-16 Cup competition, eclipsing Norwood by 63 points in the 2018 Grand Final at Maughan Thiem Hyundai Oval on Sunday.
Leading comfortably at every change, the Tigers backed up their convincing 40-point win against West Adelaide in the Semi Final with a fine display after earning Under-16 flags in 2016 and 2017.
Coached by Kieron Hicks, the Bays transferred their dominance in general play on to the scoreboard after having 48 more disposals and 22 more inside 50m entries than the Redlegs.
Key forwards Will Schreiber and Kane Baldwin had a big impact on the match for the Tigers, kicking three goals each while also hauling in 20 marks between them.
Xavier Robins ran hard to be the equal leading possession-winner on the ground with 26 while captain Kye Dean led from the front for Glenelg to finish with 23 touches and two goals.
Tigers midfielder Luke Edwards – the middle sibling of Crows great Tyson Edwards – was another key contributor with 22 possessions and two goals – the first of which extended his team’s lead to 17 points midway through the first term.
The Redlegs managed to cut the deficit to just nine points 16 minutes into the second stanza after Matt Dnistriansky kicked truly but by the time captain Samuel Duke scored their next goal, the margin had ballooned back out to 47 points approaching the final change.
Duke was Norwood’s only multiple goal kicker with two while Dnistriansky was one of his side’s better performers – his 18 disposals and a goal only shadowed by team-mate Xavier Tranfa with 26 touches.
GLENELG 4.3 8.7 14.7 17.11 (113)
NORWOOD 1.2 4.2 5.2 8.2 (50)
LEADING DISPOSALS – Glenelg: Robins 26, W. Schreiber 24, Dean 23, Edwards 22, Baldwin 20, Pedlar 17, Carmody, Wright, Murphy 16.
Norwood: Tranfa 26, Schwerdt, Dnistriansky 18, Higgins 17, Vannini 15, Falco 14.
GOALS – Glenelg: Davis 4, W. Schreiber, Baldwin 3, Edwards, Wright, Dean 2, Drum.
Norwood: Duke 2, Belperio, Roberts, Murley, Carey, Hearing, Dnistriansky.
At Maughan Thiem Hyundai Oval
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