Torrens University SANFL U18 & U16 Grand Final Teams

Torrens University SANFL U18 & U16 Captains gather ahead of their Grand Finals on Sunday at Adelaide Oval. (L to R) - George Pope (Sturt U18), Nicholas Schroder (South U18), Noah Roberts-Thomson (Sturt U16), Dyson Sharp (Central U16). Picture - Peter Argent


South Australia’s most exciting footy talent is set to take centre stage this Sunday when the Torrens University SANFL U16 and U18 Grand Finals are played back-to-back at Adelaide Oval.

Starting with the Torrens University SANFL U16 title-decider at 9:20am, the Torrens University SANFL U18s will then light up the home of SA football at 12pm as the ideal curtain-raiser to the Hostplus SANFL League Preliminary Final at 3.15pm.

Minor premier South Adelaide will lock horns with Sturt in the Torrens University SANFL U18 Grand Final after earning direct entry with a hard-fought victory against Central District in the Second Semi-Final.

South will be chasing its first premiership in this age group since it last saluted in 1994, when it was an U19 competition.

AFL Combine invitees Jack Delean and Taylor Goad will be ones to watch for the Panthers, with Delean’s eye-catching style of play resulting in three goals against the Bulldogs to open the major round.

The Double Blues – powered by promising father-son prospects Luca Slade, Ned Atkinson and Connor Mills – are eyeing off their first U18 premiership since 2017.

Top-of-the-table Sturt won through to the Torrens University SANFL U16 Grand Final with a comfortable win in the Second Semi-Final as it looks to win its first flag in this age group since 2015.

The Double Blues will tackle Central District, the Bulldogs booking a berth in the title-decider to chase their first flag at that level since securing the ultimate prize in 2004.

Darryn Melrose, Chief Marketing Officer and Industry Partnerships at Torrens University Australia, expressed immense pride in Torrens University’s long-standing partnership with the SANFL.

“This collaboration underscores our commitment to nurturing elite sports talent in South Australia, providing a platform for these young athletes to hone their skills and reach their full potential,” Mr Melrose said.

“We extend our best wishes to the participating teams, coaches, and players, and look forward to two exciting games of football.”

The Torrens University SANFL U18 and U16 Grand Finals will be streamed live and on-demand via SANFL Now at www.sanflnow.com.au or the SANFL Now App.

Team lists will be available on the SANFL App and website and featured in the SA Football Budget for $5 from vendors at Adelaide Oval.

Torrens University SANFL Grand Finals

Sunday September 17

Under 16s | Sturt v Central District | Adelaide Oval | 9:20am

Under 18s | South Adelaide v Sturt | Adelaide Oval | 12:00pm

Gates Open – 9am


Ticketing Information

Pre-purchased through Ticketek

Adults – $20*

Concession – $13*

Gate prices

Adult – $24

Concession – $16

Under-18s FREE



*Tickets will incur a $7.30 transaction fee

Sturt captain George Pope and South skipper Nicholas Schroder ahead of the Torrens University SANFL U18 Grand Final. Picture – Peter Argent


F: Clay Shadforth, Noah Howes,  Benny Barrett

HF: Cohen Shortridge, Jake Agnew, Blake Rodrigues

C: Dakota Sterzl, Phoenix Hargrave, Jay Chapman

HB: Ryan Pearsons, Jacob Sheean,  Brayden Nicholls

B: Tom Wheaton, Nicholas Schroder, Lachlan Hamilton

R: Taylor Goad,  Jack Delean,  Sid Draper

INT: Thomas Schirmer,  Myles Amos,  Ryan Borlace, Sebastian Oliver, Ayden Duke, Zak Keir, Cameron Woods, Oliver Goss



F: Rawlinson, Wakelin, Waltham

HF: Adams, Maher, Atkinson

C: Mills, Pope, Gladigau

HB: McCourt, Newman, Willis

B: Maloney, Bishop, Maerschel

R: Greaves, Dabinett, Slade

INT: W. Thomas, McEntee, Faddoul, Willis, Spehr, Murphy, Herter, Anning, Boscence

Sturt captain Noah Roberts-Thomson and Central skipper Dyson Sharp ahead of the Torrens University SANFL U16 Grand Final. Picture – Peter Argent


F: Mills, R. Davies, Wakelin

HF: Huddy, Mennillo, H. White

C: Kempe, S. White, Barker

HB: Russell, Matthews-Hampton, Dahlitz

B: Grieve, T. Thredgold, Perry

R: B. Thredgold, Roberts-Thomson, Kellaway

INT: Staker, Moody, Lindsay, Nunan, Lennon, Schubert, Brophy, Baker


(3) Jermaine Miller, (4) Ethan Siddall, (7) Hayden Henke, (10) Justin Miller, (11) Aidan Colbourne, (12) Josh Reichelt, (13) Aidan Hockley, (14) Cameron Nairn, (15) Max McCarthy, (16) Mackye Williams, (17) Kaleb White, (18) Louis Switala, (20) Jaden Pasin, (21) Dyson Sharp, (22) Blake McPhedran, (24) Jett Poulish, (25) Dougie Cochrane, (26) Jed Laycock, (28) Caleb Kemp, (29) Will Cameron, (30) Bailey Blacker, (31) Jack Gordon, (36) Aidan Schubert, (37) Joshua Sherrah, (38) Matthew LeRay

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