By ZAC MILBANK
Three of Woodville-West Torrens’ 2020 premiership heroes were among the 40 AAMI Rookies to make their Statewide Super League debut this season.
Defenders Lachie Jones and Jacob Wehr, together with midfielder Lachie McNeil, all played significant roles in the Eagles first senior flag since 2011.
After marking their debut in Round 1 against South Adelaide, the trio looked at home among stronger bodies while being key members of the class of 2020 who each earned $500 for their original Community Football Club as well as a framed picture of them to hang in the clubrooms.
Jones is set to be snapped up by Port Adelaide as a Next Generation Academy prospect in this year’s AFL Draft while McNeil swept aside the disappointment of missing out on selection last year to prove he can be a consistent senior footballer while also hitting the scoreboard.
But Wehr’s story is one of outstanding persistence.
The boy from Balaklava played three full seasons in the Eagles Reserves, including one A-grade game back at his home club last year, before flourishing under new coach Jade Sheedy this campaign.
Boasting a lovely left-foot kick, the 22-year-old is now suddenly on the AFL Draft radar after handling the pressure of the kick-ins with ease throughout the Statewide Super League finals series.
Other AAMI Rookie success stories included 23-year-old Mitch Duval posting a consistent season across half-back with West Adelaide after being plucked from the Unley Jets while North’s Will Combe played every game this season en route to winning the Powerade Breakthrough Player Award.
Together with Jones, Wehr and McNeil, several of SA’s AFL Draft targets also tested themselves against mature opponents.
Glenelg’s Luke Edwards looked composed on debut against Central in Round 7 as did Sturt’s James Borlase in defence facing West in Round 10.
Bloods pair Bailey Chamberlain and Jye Sinderberry played important roles on debut in their team’s upset win against Norwood, with Chamberlain kicking a clever goal to put West in front during the last quarter.
South Adelaide excitement machine Jaeons Horne, eligible for the 2021 AFL Draft, looked at home at League level throughout the minor and major rounds despite only being 17 years of age.
|Round||Player||SANFL Club||Local Club|
|1||Will Combe||North||Crystal Brook|
|1||Lachlan Burrows||Sturt||Uraidla Districts|
|1||Lachlan Jones||Eagles||Bute Paskeville|
|1||Lachlan McNeil||Eagles||South Clare|
|2||Callum Park||Glenelg||PHOS Camden|
|2||Malachi Lines||Sturt||Mt Barker|
|2||Tristan Carcuro||Eagles||Sacred Heart Old Collegians|
|3||Ed Allan||West||Uraidla District|
|3||Reid Kuller||Glenelg||West Gambier|
|4||Harrison Magor||North||Ports (Port Pirie)|
|4||Jacob Collins||Norwood||Ceduna Blues|
|4||Jordan O'Brien||Central||Salisbury North|
|6||Lachlan Grubb||Central||Tea Tree Gully|
|7||Jason Horne||South||Christies Beach|
|7||William Mead||West||Rostrevor OC|
|9||Zane Williams||Eagles||Woodville South|
|14||Bailey Chamberlain||West||Roxby Downs|
|14||Jye Sinderberry||West||Goodwood Saints|