Pocket Profile

2022 Sturt Pocket Profile

Can Sturt sneak into the top five in 2022? Picture - Scott Starkey

SANFL’s ZAC MILBANK breaks down all you need to know about the Double Blues heading into the 2022 Hostplus SANFL League season.

2021 Snapshot

Finished – 6th

Record – 9 wins and 9 losses

P.T. Morton Medallist: Casey Voss

Runner Up: Rory Illman

Bob Marshall Award – Most Courageous Player: Luke Edmonds

Cec May Award – Emerging Talent: Tom Lewis

Len Fitzgerald Award – Most Improved: Josh Shute

The Advertiser SANFL Team of the Year – Casey Voss (Back Pocket), Tom Lewis (Interchange), James Battersby (Interchange)

Sturt’s Casey Voss will be looking to replicate his 2021 P.T Morton Medal-winning season in 2022. Picture Scott Starkey

Player Movement

James Mathews (Adelaide SANFL), Malachy Carruthers (returned/Sydney Swans), Daniel Schoell (Onkaparinga Valley), Josh Rentsch (Greater Western Victoria Rebels), Sam Breuer (Horsham Saints)



Zane Kirkwood (retired/Tanunda), Mark Evans (retired/Pembroke OC), Matt Crocker (retired), Jake Sutcliffe (St Peter’s OC), Josh Patullo (Victoria), Charlie Parker (Western Bulldogs), Jordan Houlahan (work/Mt Barker), Malachy Lines (Mount Barker), Sam Smith (Glenunga), Joel Parker-Boers (Hahndorf), Morgan Ferres (Gold Coast VFL)

Former Crows SANFL forward James Mathews will add plenty of speed inside 50m for the Double Blues.
Picture – Scott Starkey

2022 Trial Matches

Saturday March 5
Sturt 11.10 (76) d Norwood 11.4 (70) at Coopers Stadium

Saturday March 12
Sturt 12.7 (79) d South 8.9 (57) at Flinders University Stadium

Saturday March 19
Central 7.9 (51) d Sturt 4.8 (32) at X Convenience Oval

Star Signing

Sturt’s recruiting was selective during the off-season but the mandate was clear at Unley – ensure all delisted AFL talent returned.

And while Jarrod Lienert did for a month or so before being claimed by St Kilda, the Double Blues had a win by regaining Malachy Carruthers from the Sydney Swans.

An elite runner boasting an excellent field kick, the 19-year-old has impressed as a prime mover in the midfield during the trial match period.

”When he did get delisted we were really excited to get him back to the club,” Sturt coach Marty Mattner said of the 185cm Carruthers.

”With Matt Crocker and Charlie Parker leaving, he will fill one of those wing roles.

”His running capacity is elite, he has been working really hard with his workrate in the preseason games and has been finding a fair bit of the footy.”


Sturt’s will welcome back Malachy Carruthers from the Sydney Swans. Picture – Scott Starkey

On the Rise - Powerade Breakthrough Player Candidate

Silky midfielder Nick Sadler is right in the mix to play at Hostplus SANFL League level in Round 1, having impressed coach Marty Mattner in the trial matches.

Entering his AFL Draft year, Sadler will do his chances no harm if he can lock down a spot on a wing or across half-forward while using his exceptional skill level by foot.

Measuring in at 180cm and 70kg, the 18-year-old is yet another product of Sturt’s focus to produce local players capable of having an impact in the Hostplus SANFL League.

”He’s had a really good preseason but his last month has been really impressive – both at training and playing in trials,” Mattner said.

”We’re really impressed by his kicking ability – that is his real strength as he’s an elite kick.

”He’s a real chance to play at League level this year and hopefully, build towards the AFL Draft at the end of the year.”

AFL Draft prospect Nick Sadler has been quick to impress in the trial matches. Picture – Scott Starkey

One to Watch - Torrens University State Talent Hub Member

Nick Sadler
Nick has completed the preseason program under the guidance of senior coach Marty Mattner with the Double Blues.

He has also experienced league level footy in trial games this preseason.

Nick is a classy midfielder who is able to win the ball inside the contest and also shift the ball and break open the defence from the outside.

If he does play senior level, he is more likely to play outside and high forward roles where he can use his legs, smarts and skills.

Having finished Year 12 last year, this will be his first SANFL season uninterrupted with school footy.

Number Crunch - Sturt in 2022

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