Territory outlasts Queensland at U18 titles
By Ben Broad(www.afl.com.au)
THE NORTHERN Territory has ensured its 2010 NAB AFL Under-18 Championships campaign has finished in style, outlasting a gallant Queensland side by 15 points at a blustery Visy Park on Tuesday.
Both teams entered their final match of the championships without a win and were simply playing for pride, and the NT set up its victory with a seven-goal first half.
Cool and swirly conditions didnâ€™t make for much of a spectacle, but the NT did manage to boot 7.5 to 2.8 in the first half and seemed to have control.
Queensland hit back in the second half but each time it got within serious striking distance, the NT responded to kill off any threat. The NT eventually won 12.7 (79) to 9.10 (64).
Much of the NTâ€™s early ascendancy was due to the brilliance of youngster and likely Greater Western Sydney target Shaun Edwards.
The 16-year-old cut loose just before half time, booting two goals and using his dash to give his side the edge heading into the break. He finished with three majors.
Dean Staunton continued his outstanding carnival. He had 26 possessions - 18 in the first half - five inside 50s and six tackles to be a catalyst for the NT.
While he wasnâ€™t as prolific after half time, he sealed his teamâ€™s win with two goals in the final term, one a superb running effort from just inside 50m that halted Queenslandâ€™s momentum.
Steven May, another of NTâ€™s big guns, was also a significant contributor after a subdued first half. He moved from a midfield role to attack and finished the match with two important goals.
Queenslandâ€™s Adam Oxley was terrific, booting 3.3 to keep his side in it early and provide spark up forward.
Luke Shreeve (16 disposals, eight inside 50s) and Jake Crawford (15 touches, five tackles) also worked hard for Queensland while ruckman Tom Hickey helped turn the tide his sideâ€™s way in the second half.
He not only had 29 hit-outs, but looked dangerous in attack and booted a goal.
However it wasnâ€™t enough, with Staunton and May holding sway for the NT and making sure their teamâ€™s final match of the championships was a success.
Tassie wins U18 Division Two title
By Ben Broad (www.afl.com.au)
TASMANIA has scored an upset win over NSW/ACT to claim the Division Two title at the 2010 NAB AFL Under-18 Championships.
Both teams entered the match with 2-2 records, having beaten their fellow division two opponents but suffered losses against those states vying for the division one title.
However the NSW/ACT side had fared better in its matches against superior opposition and entered the match a warm favourite.
But Tasmania showed little regard for any favourite tag, careering away in the first half before eventually winning by 42 points, 13.6 (84) to 6.6 (42).
Matthew Armstrongâ€™s side had to achieve its win without skipper and playmaker Josh Green, who left the field in the first term with a fractured rib.
But the likes of Rhys Mott (27 disposals, four clearances) and Jacob Gillbee (17, four clearances) stepped up in their captainâ€™s absence.
Sam Darley, who enjoyed a stellar carnival, was also superb as he consistently won the ball and used it with precision either when transferring it from defence or taking it inside 50.
While that trio won plenty of footy, the Tasmanians rarely missed when they went inside 50.
Charlie Riewoldt, bother of Richmond spearhead Jack, enjoyed a great second term to boot three goals and the Tasmanians went to the main break leading 9.0 to 3.1.
NSW/ACT star Anthony Miles (18 possessions, seven clearances) lifted after half time and Kurt Aylett (14 disposals, five hardball gets) also tried to get his team back into the contest.
Key forward Josh Bruce (13 disposals, two goals) started to get his hands on the ball, but the Rams simply had too much ground to make up.
Tasmania led by 35 points at the final break, and when Riewoldt seized his chance to boot his fourth mid-way through the final term it was game over.
When the final siren sounded Tasmania celebrated its second division two title of the past three years
The final games of Div 1 are playing at Geelong today with only WA not being able to win the title.
Both games are live on Fox Sports 1 and 1HD and SEN 1116.
Vic Metro vs West Aust at 12:35pm
Vic Country vs South Aust at 2:45pm
Just arrived at Skilled Stadium first game starts in just over an hour.
It is already warmer than yesterday currently 11 degrees and the sun is shining.
Vic Metro 2-3(15)
West Aust 2-2(14)
Vic Metro 5-5(35)
West Aust 5-4(34)
Three Quarter Time
Vic Metro 9-7(61)
West Aust 7-5(47)
Vic Metro 11-8(74)
South Aust 8-7(55)
WA will finish 4th. It is unlikely that Vic Metro can win it now.
Vic Country vs South Aust up next in 10 mins time.
If Vic Country win they win the title.
For SA to win title they must win and make up the 35% difference between them and Vic Country.
Vic Country 2-1(13)
South Aust 2-1(13)
Vic Country 4-6(30)
South Aust 3-4(22)
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