By ZAC MILBANK
West Adelaide will go into Sunday’s Torrens University U16 Grand Final as a warm favourite when it hosts Glenelg at City Mazda Stadium.
Not only do the Bloods boast home ground advantage at Richmond, they will also carry with them the knowledge they have only been beaten once this season en route to the title-decider.
Coached by Michael Wakim, Westies feature two familiar surnames in Jed Obst, the son of former Port Adelaide and Melbourne midfielder Andrew Obst, as well as Liam Bennetts, the son of past West player Craig Bennetts.
The Bloods’ multicultural links have also been strengthened by the presence of Lebanese brothers Nadim and Charbel Ouiess, who are both clever around the goals.
On the flip side, the Bays looms as a danger as they look to continue their dominance in this grade having won the past three U16 premierships in succession.
Winning four of their seven minor round matches, the Tigers controlled the final three quarters of their semi-final victory against South Adelaide to win by 16 points.
Coached by Scott Uppington, Glenelg also boasts some familiar names with the sons of two former West players in Brodie Edwards (son of Tyson) and Hunter Window (son of Gary) both donning the black and gold.
Kane Viska, the son of former Tiger and Crow Mark Viska, is one of the Bays’ co-captains together with Harry McInnes.
Sunday May 5
City Mazda Stadium from 11am
Faulkner, Gacic, van Kempen, Hahn, Matters, McArdle, Obst, Blackwell, Burbridge, N. Oueiss, Woods, Midwinter, Teague, Manning, Bennettts, Thomson, Desira, Kennedy, C. Oueiss, White, Roberts, Thackeray, Young, Coe, Peach, Pridham.
McInnes, Kaesler, Gluyas, Davis, Parish, Brougham, Shanks, Wanganeen, Menzel, Rayson, Varcoe, Watts, Viska, Window, Adams, Stagg, Beecken, Tunkin, Harding, Edwards, Wiseman, Virtanen.