By ZAC MILBANK
The Torrens University SA U18 team has tuned up for its opening AFL National Championship match with a solid win against the SA U20 team at Thebarton Oval on Friday night.
Leading at every change, Tony Bamford’s charges continued to increase their advantage before eventually winning by a comfortable margin of 34 points.
Sturt’s Lachlan Burrows, a former Decathlete, was named best for the SA U18s, who were also well served by Norwood’s Dylan Stephens as well as Eagles Jackson Mead and Kysaiah Pickett.
Redleg Cam Taheny, who booted five goals in his last outing with Norwood’s League team, and Eagle Jamie Coff, were the only multiple goal scorers with two each.
Coached by North Reserves premiership mentor Jacob Surjan, the SA U20 team’s best was Glenelg’s Sam Davis while Sturt’s Casey Voss, who made his Statewide Super League debut last Sunday, was also prominent.
Norwood’s Daniel Johnston was the leading goal kicker on the ground with three for the U20 side.
The Torrens University SA U18 team will begin its campaign with Game 1 against Western Australia at Optus Stadium next Saturday (June 15) as the curtain-raiser to the Fremantle v Port Adelaide AFL match.
SA U18 2.3 5.5 8.8 10.14 (74)
SA U20 1.2 2.2 4.4 5.10 (40)
BEST – SA U18: Burrows, Mead, Stephens, Shute, Pickett, Tucker.
SA U20: Davis, Rigney, Payne, Voss, Milsom, Johnston.
GOALS – SA U18: Taheny, Coff 2, Pickett, Tucker, Shute, Schoenberg, Morris, Searle.
SA U20: Johnston 3, Rigney, Neagle.
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