Round 17 U18 Torrens University Cup Match Wraps

West's Max McKenzie shows off his kicking style in his team's crucial win against North. Picture - Peter Argent

West Adelaide produced a stunning 16-point win against ladder-leading North Adelaide at Hisense Stadium to keep its U16 Torrens University Cup finals hopes alive.

Trailing at every change, the Bloods responded in gutsy fashion to kick 4.4 to the Roosters’ 1.0 in the fourth quarter to remain in the hunt for a major round berth.

Ball-magnet Kobe Ryan racked up 31 disposals and seven clearances for the Bloods while bigmen Tom Scully (three goals) and Harry Lemmey (18 disposals, nine marks, one goal) were also influential.

North’s Jed Dignan collected a team-high 26 possessions while Angus Tully (21 disposals) and Jake Grubb (20 disposals) also worked hard for the visitors.


North’s Lachlan McKenzie looks to clear his defensive area. Picture – Peter Argent

Norwood all but secured a berth in the major round by overrunning Glenelg by 18 points at ACH Group Stadium.

Now sitting second on the premiership table, the Redlegs can ensure they play finals football by defeating a red-hot West Adelaide in Round 18.

Michael Knoll’s men – led by Tyson Walls (28 disposals), Taj Rahui (23 disposals) and Logan Evans (22 disposals) – ran over the top of the Bays with a 3.3 to 1.1 final term.

The hosts were well served by Sam Pridham (23 disposals), Hayden Brokensha (24 disposals) and Kynan Dunn.

Norwood’s Declan Tomney fires out a handpass against Glenelg. Picture – Peter Argent

Sturt left the finals door ajar for West Adelaide when it succumbed to Woodville-West Torrens by nine points at Wigan Oval.

Despite having six more inside 50 entries and laying a whopping 100 tackles, the Double Blues were unable to make it count on the scoreboard as the Eagles crept across the line.

The visitors praised Oscar Pearce, Bailey Arthur (36 disposals), Jordan Tilbrook (23 disposals, 15 tackles) and Tyler Welsh (four goals) for their efforts in the victory.

Silky Sturt midfielder Nick Sadler collected 31 disposals, eight clearances and nine tackles to go with his two goals while Fraser Greaves (11 disposals, 11 tackles) and Tyler Borneman (21 disposals) performed well.



Eagle Declan Slattery kicks up a spray against Sturt. Picture – Peter Argent

South Adelaide’s desire to finish its season on a strong note was evident in its 51-point win against Central District at X Convenience Oval.

Leading at every change, the Panthers put down the accelerator in the fourth quarter by booting 5.1 to the Bulldogs’ 1.2.

Returning Jaiden Magor was a major factor in the visitors’ win with five goals from 13 disposals while ruck Will Verrall had 21 disposals, nine clearances and seven marks.

Central’s Jayden Matz, Liam Fawcett and Riley McDonald all drew praise from the Bulldogs’ coaching staff.


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