SA U18 footballers start with win | PHOTOS

In the opening weekend of the 2018 National Under 18s Championships South Australia defeated the Sandgropers by an emphatic 89-point margin.

The hosts dominated the contest at the famous Alberton Oval from the first bounce.

They kicked five goals to one of the opening term and a further five each of the third and final quarters to win 19.10 (124) to WA 5.5 (35).

“Except for five minutes deep in the second quarter I felt we controlled the game,” SA coach Tony Bamford said.

“That was the only time I felt we look vulnerable.

“In the third quarter it was tough contested football for the first 15 minutes but other than that it was a pretty conclusive win.

“Our captain Luke Valente was excellent in the midfield. He was well supported by Hayden Sampson and Tom Sparrow, Jackson Hately and Tom Lewis around the contest.

“Ben Jarvis played a unique role for us is the second ruck and became an extra midfielder in general play.

“We made that decision because we had injuries in our ruck stocks.

“Our strong offensive movements were driven by midfield supply and the ability to apply pressure defensively.

“I would have suspected we would have kicked 50 per cent of our goals came from turnovers.”

Norwood Redlegs Luke Valente with 26 possessions and centre half forward Jack Lukosius, who kicked four goals to go with 17 disposals and 14 telling marks, vied the best on ground honours.

Jackson Hately with a game-high 28 touches and six tackles, left footer Tom Lewis and undersized ruckman Ben Jarvis who had 17 touches and kick 3.2 all were outstanding.

Bottom aged player Will Gould in the back half gave the team drive from defence.

Lukosius’s fellow tall forward Hugo Mum finished with four straight goals.

In this ruthless display Oscar Chapman kicked two goals, while Izak Rankine flashed in and out of the game and kicked 1.2

Other strong performances came from Aaron Nietschke across half back, with Robert Irra and Martin Friederick giving run out of backlines.

South Australia has a second match of the 2018 Australian Under 18s championships against Victoria Country at Adelaide Oval on Sunday, June 17.

Scoreboard

SA 5.3 9.4 14.8 19.10 (124)

WA 1.1 3.3 5.4 5.5 (35)

BEST – SA: Valente, Lukosius, Jarvis, Lewis, Hately, Gould.

WA: Jackson, English, Greaves, Sturrock, Spooner.

GOALS – SA: Lukosius, Munn 4, Jarvis 3, Chapman 2, Tarca, Sampson, Valente, Rankine, Hately, Nietschke.

WA: Moore 2, English, Clark, Hill.

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