Match Wraps

Round 12 SANFL U16 Match Wraps

North Adelaide's Brody Merritt launches a long kick. Picture - Peter Argent


North Adelaide jumped up to second on the SANFL U16 ladder with a 14-point win over an inaccurate Central District at Prospect Oval.

After a goal-for-goal first term, a run of six straight majors for the home side proved enough to hold off last year’s premier.

North had an even spread of contributors across the board, but the performances of Bradley Rogers (20 disposals and a goal) and Armani-Jacom Scullino (18 disposals and two goals) proved pivotal.

Jordan Ruchs worked tirelessly for the Dogs, accumulating 28 disposals and eight inside 50s, while teammate Angus Pringle won a game-high six clearances.

Central’s Jordan Ruchs earned a match-high 28 disposals. Picture – Peter Argent

Norwood’s Aden Knowles celebrates a goal on the three quarter-time siren. Picture – Peter Argent

Norwood recorded its first win of the season with an 18-point victory over West Adelaide at Hisense Stadium.

In a low-scoring affair in which both side’s struggled to convert opportunities, the Redlegs hit the front early in the second term and never gave up the lead.

Norwood ruckman Thomas Gribben was influential at stoppages and around the ground, winning 15 hit outs and accumulating 26 disposals, while teammate James Annese fought hard in the trenches, laying nine tackles.

Cameron Wildy provided plenty of drive from half-back for the Bloods, finishing with 14 rebound 50s from his 29 disposals.

West’s Jeremy Moss has his eyes on the Sherrin. Picture – Peter Argent

Sturt extended its winning streak to six games by defeating South Adelaide by 49 points at Flinders University Stadium.

The ladder-leading Double Blues took the lead early in the game and controlled proceedings from then on, keeping the Panthers goalless in the second half.

Sturt midfielder Naite Slade produced a dominant performance, gathering 41 disposals, nine marks, five clearances and a goal, while forward Ivan Wilkinson booted three majors

Ethan Sheppard (22 disposals) and Mitch Clifton (19 disposals and 13 hit outs) were among the best players for South.

Glenelg made it three wins on the trot courtesy of a 20-point victory over Woodville-West Torrens at Maughan Thiem Kia Oval.

The Tigers failed to capitalise on their early dominance, booting two goals and seven behinds in the first term, and the Eagles were right in the game when they kicked three in a row in the second quarter.

However, the Tigers proved a step ahead and ran out comfortable winners, with Ben Copping kicking four second-half goals and Jimmy Hele – the son of former Bays captain Simon Hele – gathering 33 disposals and a goal.

Lachlan Marshall-Bates kicked three goals and Tate Wolthers accumulated 29 disposals for the Eagles.

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