Click here for your ultimate guide to the U18 Torrens Uni Cup Grand Final to be played between Woodville-West Torrens and South Adelaide at Adelaide Oval on Sunday.
U18 Torrens University Cup
Grand Final – 10.55am
Eagles v South Adelaide
Live video stream at sanfldigitalpass.com.au
WHAT THEY SAID
BY THE NUMBERS
Round 3 – South 8.12 (60) d Eagles 7.0 (42)
Round 8 – Eagles 16.12 (108) d South 8.9 (57)
Round 18 – Eagles 14.10 (94) d South 10.10 (70)
2018 2nd Semi Final – Eagles 12.7 (79) d South 11.6 (72)
ONES TO WATCH
Kai Pudney (Eagles)
The winner of the 2018 McCallum Tomkins Medal, Pudney will be a key figure in the midfield for the Eagles. Loves to run and carry the ball before kicking long to his marking targets inside 50m. Featuring on the wing for this year’s McDonald’s SA U18 team at the AFL National Championships, Pudney racked up a team-high 25 disposals in the Eagles’ 2nd Semi-Final win.
Jackson Mead (Eagles)
The son of inaugural Power best-and-fairest Darren Mead, Jackson Mead will be another important player the Panthers will need to monitor closely. Playing through the midfield, Mead had a significant influence on the 2nd Semi-Final, collecting 22 disposals and booting two goals. Mead’s older brother Mitchell made his Macca’s League debut for Port Adelaide this year.
Kysaiah Pickett (Eagles)
The nephew of Norm Smith Medallist Byron Pickett, Kysaiah Pickett has the speed to trouble his opposition on the hallowed turf of Adelaide Oval. The 17-year-old isn’t afraid to mix it with players much older than himself, given he played three U18 matches last year, which included a haul of four goals on debut.
Tom Sparrow (South)
The boy from Bridgewater has been surging up the charts of AFL scouts and for good reason. The solidly-built midfielder loves to win the contested footy and isn’t afraid to apply plenty of defensive pressure. Also the captain of PAC’s First 18, Sparrow earned a match-high 27 disposals and laid 10 tackles in the Panthers’ loss to the Eagles in the 2nd Semi-Final. Watch for him to set the tone early in the title-decider.
Hayden Sampson (South)
The son of Crows premiership wingman Clay Sampson, Hayden Sampson isn’t afraid to match it with the men despite being slight in stature. Playing as a small forward for the McDonald’s SA U18 team at the AFL National Championships, Sampson made his Macca’s League debut for the Panthers in Round 16 this year. At Under-18 level, he is a quick utility, who can play through the midfield, across half forward or half back to provide coach Mark Clayton with plenty of options.
Daniel Sladojevic (South)
The strong-marking key forward threatens to be a huge difference maker in attack for the Panthers. Physically mature, Sladojevic booted 3.2 and hauled in eight marks in the 2nd Semi-Final, adding to his total of 36 majors for the season. Interestingly, after being held goalless against the Eagles in Round 3, Sladojevic has booted three goals in each of his next two meetings against the boys in Navy Blue.
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