Statewide Super League

Statewide Super League Top 50 – No.19

By ZAC MILBANK

He’s set to don a different shade of blue but that shouldn’t stop Abe Davis from continuing to make an imprint on the Statewide Super League.

Landing at Sturt at the end of last season, Davis is expected to play a major role in helping soften the departure of dual premiership star Aidan Riley in the centre square.

Measuring in at a sizeable 194cm for a midfielder, the 25-year-old has proven to be a strong presence at the clearances in his 50 League games for South Adelaide since the start of 2017.

Selected on a half-forward flank of the 2019 The Advertiser Team of the Year, Davis also finished fifth in the R.O Shearman Medal count as voted on by SANFL’s League coaches.

He averaged 22 disposals last year, as well as four clearances, five marks and four inside 50s to underline his all-round credentials.

Double Blues coach Nathan Grima will also be salivating at the prospect of using Davis in attack, no doubt noting his Panthers counterpart Jarrad Wright regularly threw the New South Welshman forward when in need of a quick goal.

Davis is particularly strong when marking overhead and at his deceptive height, has the potential to cause a mismatch wherever he is stationed on the field.

Selected by SANFL Media Producer Zac Milbank, the 2020 Statewide Super League Top 50 is being unveiled one player at a time on the League’s website and social media channels.

For incumbent SANFL players, form across the 2019 season was used as a significant factor in the selection process, with selection in The Advertiser Team of the Year, West End State squad, club leadership group and placings in club best-and-fairest weighing heavily.

This is to ensure there is meaningful movement of player rankings between each year’s Top 50 list at the start and end of the season.

Recruits to the Statewide Super League for 2020 have also been included, with significant AFL experience, performance at State League level and their predicted impact proving critical in deciding the order of players.

ABE DAVIS

Age: 24
Height: 194cm
Weight: 99kg
Position: Inside Midfielder/Medium Forward
SANFL Club: Sturt
Community Club: Maroubra Saints FC (NSW)
SANFL Debut: Round 1, 2017
SANFL Games: 50

Abe Davis in action for South Adelaide

Statewide Super League Top 50

19 – Abe Davis (Sturt)
20 – Tyson Goldsack (Port)
21 – Jarred Allmond (North)
22 – Marlon Motlop (Glenelg)
23 – Kaine Stevens (West)
24 – Matthew Snook (Glenelg)
25 – Travis Schiller (Central)
26 – Billy Stretch (Glenelg)
27 – Joseph Haines (South)
28 – Brad McKenzie (Norwood)
29 – Matthew Rose (South)
30 – James Rowe (Eagles)
31 – Dom Barry (Norwood)
32 – Justin Hoskin (Central)
33 – Harrison Wigg (North)
34 – Matthew Allen (Glenelg)
35 – Troy Menzel (Central)
36 – Mitch Grigg (Norwood)
37 – Jack Hayes (Eagles)
38 – James Rose (South)
39 – Robbie Young (North)
40 – Andrew Bradley (Glenelg)
41 – Tom Schwarz (North)
42 – Matthew Panos (Norwood)
43 – Brad Agnew (Glenelg)
44 – Cole Gerloff (Norwood)
45 – Matthew Wright (Adelaide)
46 – Dean Gore (Sturt)
47 – Tom Keough (West)
48 – Jesse Lonergan (Eagles)
49 – Alex Spina (North)
50 – Logan Hill (West)