In slippery conditions South Australia defeated Western Australia by 11-points, at Optus Stadium.
South Australia was more accurate in front of goal than WA, which proved to be the difference in the result.
Luke Jackson tried hard for Western Australia with 14 possessions, 35 hit-outs, five clearances, three tackles, and two marks. Deven Robertson continued his excellent start to the National Championships, trying to inspire WA to victory. He finished with 32 possessions, eight tackles, five inside 50s, four rebounding 50s, five marks and three clearances.
Riley Garcia (28 possessions, eight clearances and a goal), Trent Rivers (22 possessions and six marks) and Chad Warner (20 possessions and six tackles) were prolific for the home team.
Riley Garcia, Jeremy Sharp, Elijah Taylor, and Tyrone Thorne all kicked one goal each for the home team.
South Australia got off to a great start when Jackson Mead took a strong contested juggling mark inside 50. He then duly converted for the first goal of the game. Jeremy Sharp scored the instant reply for Western Australia, when he was able to dance his way around an opponent before drilling a goal from 50 metres out.
At the start of the second quarter, Kysaiah Pickett weaved his way around opponents before finding Callum Park inside 50. Park went back and slotted the opening goal of the quarter to give the Croweaters a five-point lead. WA then had a host of attacking chances, but South Australia’s defence stood up tall. However, in the fourteenth minute, Elijah Taylor produced a moment of magic, when he got the ball out of a pack and snapped through his first goal of the game.
After the main break, Darnell Tucker got the visitors off to a good start when he snapped through a goal. Kysaiah Pickett produced a moment of magic when he snapped through a miraculous goal from right on the boundary line. Cameron Tahney followed up for the visitors with two goals to push the margin out to 21 points. Tyrone Thorne roved a pack expertly and dribbled through a goal to keep WA within touching distance of South Australia.
The final quarter proved to be a stalemate early, until Riley Garcia snuck through a goal in the tenth minute to reduce the margin to just nine points. However, in the 22nd minute, Corey Durdin dribbled through the goal to seal victory for the visitors.
Next week, WA travels to Adelaide to take on the Allies at Alberton Oval, where they will be looking to bounce back.
WA 1.2 2.4 3.6 4.11.35
SA 1.1 2.2 6.3 7.4.46
WA BEST: L. Jackson, Robertson, Garcia, Ruscoe, Johnson, McDonald
WA GOALS: 1: Garcia, Sharp, Taylor, Thorne
SA BEST Hilder, Mead, Edwards, Finlay, Morris, McNeil
SA GOALS: 2: Tahney, 1: Durdin, Mead, Park, Pickett, Tucker
BROCK Higgins has found himself rejuvenated by the young blood coming through at South Fremantle so far in 2019 and as he reaches 100 games with the Bulldogs, he can't wait to see how far the new generation can take the club.
Higgins was a key part of South Fremantle push to three preliminary finals the last three years with the standout workhorse ruckman part of an experienced brigade that included the now departed Ashton Hams, Ryan Cook, Cory Dell'Olio, Shane Hockey, Ben Saunders, Jarrod Parry, Marlion Pickett and Matthew Parker.
That meant there was plenty of unknowns surrounding the Bulldogs coming into 2019, but now they hold a six-game winning streak and 7-1 record heading into Saturday's Round 10 clash with Peel Thunder in Mandurah which doubles as Higgins' 100th South Fremantle game.
Western Australia take on South Australia at Optus Stadium for Round 2 of the AFL U18 National Championships.
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Western Australia’s AFLW U18s recorded a convincing 47-point win against Queensland in the opening game of the AFLW U18 Championships at Subiaco Oval on Friday, June 14.
WA recorded the first major with Mikayla Morrison snapping a great goal on the run from a tight angle in the forward pocket.
A late free kick to Queensland saw Lily Tarlington score a behind after the quarter-time siren to reduce the margin to seven points.
Western Australia open their AFLW National Under 18s Championships with a clash against Queensland at Subiaco Oval today.
Bouncedown is 2.00pm with the game livestreamed.
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Swan Districts v Claremont: Steel Blue Oval – Sunday 2.10pm
Swan Districts host Claremont in a bumper clash at Steel Blue Oval on Sunday.
The kids’ zone will be up and running with plenty to do for kids. Bouncy castles, rock climbing, face painting and plenty more.
Longest Kick will be played out at quarter time.
The can bar will be open too.
If you can’t make it to the game – the fixture will be LIVE & FREE on 7.
FOLLOWING the break for the general bye to play the All-Stars Game, the 2019 Optus WAFL Women's Premiership Season resumes this weekend for Round 6 action with the top two teams going at it as do the bottom two sides.
Following the first five rounds of the inaugural WAFLW season, the competition took a break last weekend with the WAFLW All-Stars taking on a team made up of AFLW State 18s players, with the WAFLW side proving victorious.
Now regular hostilities resume this weekend starting with the bottom two placed teams locking horns on Saturday afternoon at Bassendean's Steel Blue Oval with Swan Districts playing host to Peel Thunder.
THE four teams who had the last weekend off will take part in the only two matches of Round 10 in the WAFL with Peel Thunder hosting South Fremantle on Saturday, and Swan Districts taking on Claremont on Sunday.
Coming off the WA Day long weekend, the Thunder, Bulldogs, Swans and Tigers all had the bye in Round 9.
While they sat out the action, Subiaco defeated Perth on Saturday while East Fremantle and West Perth scored emphatic victories over East Perth and the West Coast Eagles respectively on Sunday afternoon.
Western Australia will embark on another NAB AFLW Under 18 Championships full of confidence this week ahead of an opening round clash with Queensland at Subiaco Oval today.
The Championships see the best female players from around the country takes centre stage, with many girls looking to impress before the AFLW Draft later in the year.
WA will be led by first-time coach Beau McDonald, with the former Brisbane Premiership player taking over from current Fremantle Dockers coach Trent Cooper.
West Coast listed player Mikayla Bowen will captain the squad as the young midfielder continues her progression towards becoming an AFLW player.
East Fremantle forward Roxanne Roux looks a footballer to watch over the tournament, with the 17-year-old dominating at WAFLW level over the past month.
Emma O’Driscoll, sister of AFL U18s player Nathan, will begin at full-back for the black swans, while Mim Strom will lead the ruck department.
McDonald is looking forward to the opportunity to coach WA’s elite talent, with squad depth a key to success at the Championships.
“The players are really looking forward to the challenge this weekend against Queensland,” McDonald said.
“We have a very well-balanced side with plenty of experience at both this level and at WAFLW.”
“Queensland will provide a really stern test for our girls; we expect their physical approach and hunt for the ball to be their biggest asset.”
WA enters the tournament with 20 players eligible for the AFLW Draft, with 14 having played in the Under 18s in 2018.
Female Talent Manager Clint Degebrodt believes the current program has put the playing group in a great position to succeed over the coming month.
“This program has produced the most talented, physical and readymade athletes for the Championships,” he said.
“The selection process was extremely difficult and that is a credit to the talent the state has at its disposal.”
THERE were two matches in the WAFL Colts on the weekend with victories for reigning premiers Subiaco and East Perth in the Round 9 matches where both were decided by under a goal.
There might have only been the two matches in Round 9 with Claremont, Peel Thunder, South Fremantle and Swan Districts all having a bye while so did West Perth with their league team taking on the West Coast Eagles on Sunday.
The first game of Round 9 in the colts took place on Saturday evening in wet, cold and windy conditions at Leederville Oval. The two teams played out a tight affair, though, with Subiaco ending up beating Perth 5.9 (39) to 5.4 (34).
THERE were just the three games in Round 9 of the WAFL across a wet and windy weekend and there were no shortage of standout performances with Subiaco, East Fremantle and West Perth all recording emphatic victories.
Coming off the WA Day long weekend, there were just the three matches across Saturday and Sunday afternoons in Round 9 of the WAFL with Claremont, Peel Thunder, South Fremantle and Swan Districts sitting out with the bye.
There was just the one game on Saturday afternoon in the traditional timeslot and that saw Subiaco cement its spot at the top of the ladder with a 11.13 (79) to 1.4 (10) victory against a Perth team that recorded its lowest ever score against the Lions.
The AFLW WA State U18s preparations for the AFLW National Carnival have continued over the weekend with a thrilling one-point loss to a WAFLW All-Stars line-up in an exhibition game at New Choice Homes Park.
The WA 18s begin their campaign against Queensland this weekend and will go in full of confidence after a strong performance against a handful of AFLW players.
WA began the game in terrific fashion kicking their first goal inside the opening minute, before piling on two more to lead at the first break.
Despite the strong breeze, WA held the All-Stars side to two goals in the second quarter, keeping their advantage to four goals at the main interval.
Led by Courtney Guard and Claire Ortlep the All-Stars slowly worked their way back into the contest, kicking two goals in the third.
Two late goals in the last quarter saw the WAFLW side gain a one-point lead, with the experienced team holding on to record a victory.
Mikayla Hyde was impressive throughout the game for the AFLW WA 18s kicking two goals, while ruck-forward Mim Strom dominated the aerial battle.
Roxanne Roux had a presence up forward, with Sarah Verrier also showing her class in the tight loss.
WAFLW All-Stars 5.5 (35) def AFLW WA 18s 5.4 (34)
WAFLW: Blackmore, Golisano, Norrish, Ortlep, Tester
WA 18s: Hyde 2, Briggs, Anderson, Roux
WAFLW: Ortlep, Osbourne, Rohde, Guard, Tapner, Tester
WA 18s: Bowen, Atkinson, Goranova, Buckley, Strom, Verrier
IT was emphatic wins for Subiaco, West Perth and East Fremantle in a condensed yet wet and windy Round 9 of WAFL action spread over Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
Coming off the WA Day Round, there was just the three games in Round 9 of the WAFL with Claremont, Peel Thunder, South Fremantle and Swan Districts sitting things out with the bye.
The first game of the round was a standalone fixture on Saturday afternoon with torrential rain and strong wins greeting Subiaco and Perth in a clash between first and third on the WAFL ladder.