The McDonald’s SA Under-16 team made it two wins from two starts with a convincing 42-point win against Victoria Country at Southport on Monday.
After edging out Western Australia by just three points in Game 1, the Croweaters were far more dominant in Game 2, with inaccurate kicking for goal the only facet of their game keeping them from shutting the door by half-time.
Early goals on the run to Riley Thilthorpe and Kye Dean got things rolling for SA in the first term as it took a 13-point break into quarter time.
And by the time classy goalsneak Isiah Dudley kicked the first of his three goals 15 minutes into the second stanza, the Croweaters had already opened up a 25-point lead.
Victoria Country drew within 19 points late in the third term but that only sparked coach Julian Farkas’ charge into action as they proceeded to kick the next four goals in succession to power away from their rivals in the fourth quarter.
Dean and Matthew Roberts were SA’s leading disposal-winners with 21 while ruckman Thilithorpe continued to display his athleticism to finish with 16 disposals, 15 hit outs, four clearances and a goal.
SA will now prepare to tackle Victoria Metro in its third and final contest at the Gabba on Friday, with the Croweaters requiring a win to sew up their fifth title since 2010.
SOUTH AUSTRALIA 2.2 4.9 6.11 9.13 (67)
VICTORIA COUNTRY 0.1 1.2 3.4 3.7 (25)
BEST – SA: Thilthorpe, Durdin, Pedlar, Horne, Baldwin, Nelligan.
LEADING DISPOSALS – SA: Dean, Roberts 21, Wright, Nelligan 19, Edwards 18, Thilthorpe 16, Baldwin, Durdin 15.
GOALS – SA: Dudley 3, Higgins 2, Baldwin, Dean, Thilthorpe, Dumesny.
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