Round 12 Torrens University SANFL U18 Match Wraps

Sturt's Sam Waltham juggles a mark in the goal square. Picture - Peter Argent

Sturt’s Ned Atkinson takes a strong chest mark. Picture – Peter Argent

Sturt kept a cool head as it cruised to a 58-point win against Norwood in Round 12 of the Torrens University SANFL U18s at The Parade.

Despite trailing by two points at the first change, the Double Blues were starting to take control of the contest as they strived for scoreboard pressure in the second half.

This certainly arrived in the final quarter when the visitors piled on 6.5 while keeping the straight-kicking Redlegs – who didn’t register a behind for the match – scoreless.

Sturt key forward Sam Waltham impressed with three goals from his 15 disposals and seven marks while Kobee Dabinett (24 disposals, five clearances, seven tackles) and Cameron Kelly also played their roles nicely.

Norwood’s best performers were Jacob Newton with 17 disposals and three goals, Jake Hill (18 disposals) and the leading disposal-winner on the field, Jaidyn Mead (33 disposals).


Norwood’s Riley Kirchhofer assesses his options. Picture – Peter Argent

North’s Tom Tasker breaks clear of the stoppage. Picture – Peter Argent

North Adelaide remains firmly focused on a top-four berth after blitzing West Adelaide by 69 points at Prospect Oval.

Currently sitting just one win behind fourth-placed Sturt, the Roosters showed they could do plenty of damage in September should they qualify as they kicked 7.1 to 1.0 in the second quarter.

Fresh from representing the Torrens University SA U18 team, Louie Montgomery continued his touch to register 28 possessions, eight marks and a goal for the Roosters while teammates Hunter Press (five goals) and Jed Dignan (24 disposals, three goals) also shone.

Still searching for their first win of the season, the Bloods had Jaden Ward, Judd Hansen (25 disposals, one goal) and Ayden Hodgson (24 disposals, one goal) providing plenty of pressure.


West’s Charlie Haysman celebrates a goal. Picture – Peter Argent

Glenelg snapped a five-game losing streak by edging out previous ladder-leader Central District by 11 points at X Convenience Oval.

Leading at every change after a fast start, the Tigers made the most of a commanding 53-33 inside 50m advantage while also dominating the clearances 36 to 23.

The return of the Camporeale twins made a difference for the visitors as Ben (27 disposals) shaded brother Lucas (29 disposals) on the best player list as midfielder Ben Ridgway (26 disposals, two goals) also had a positive influence.

Central hailed the efforts of Noah McDonald, Lachie Giles and Jayden Matz in attempting to haul back the visitors’ lead.


Woodville-West Torrens claimed top spot on the Torrens University SANFL U18 ladder with a comfortable 47-point win against South Adelaide at Flinders University Stadium.

Leapfrogging Central District into top billing, the Eagles were incredibly impressive throughout the second half as they slammed on 12.9 to 3.5 after trailing by 11 points at half-time.

The visitors benefited from the constant threat of Izaac Niemann (25 disposals), Harry Dodd (21 disposals) and Charlie West (19 disposals, three goals) around the contest.

South was well-served by Torrens University SA U18 midfielders Phoenix Hargrave and Sid Draper (24 disposals each), together with Blake Rodrigues, who tallied 22 disposals, eight clearances and six tackles.


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