A U REDS post in the SANFL thread reminded me of something - the all important Under 18 championships 2007 have already commenced. And it was a black weekend for both Vic clubs.
THIS year sees a major change to the format of the championships. For just the third time since the championship switched from under-17 level to an under-18 format in 1996, the carnival will be played outside of Victoria. This year, the carnival will be played in four states – NSW, WA, SA and Victoria.
Sydney hosted two division 2 matches last weekend at the SCG and Telstra Stadium, while the weekend just gone featured division 1 matches in Perth and Adelaide. The matches at Telstra Stadium (NSW/ACT v NT) and Subiaco Oval (WA v Vic Metro) were played as curtain-raisers to AFL games, while at AAMI Stadium the South Australia and Vic Country clash was after the Adelaide/West Coast match.
Last year, 53 players were drafted to primary AFL lists. Including rookies, 71 of the 200 championship players were drafted. So far this season, 21 players from last year's championships have made their AFL debut. Historically, 70 % of AFL players now come via these matches. Two division cups will be presented at the conclusion of the carnival.
The fixtures Division one
Saturday June 30 – match one – WA v Vic Metro at Subiaco
Sunday July 1 – match two – SA v Vic Country at AAMI Stadium
Friday July 6 – match three – winner WA/Vic Metro v loser SA/Vic Country at Kardinia Park
Friday July 6 – match four – Winner SA/Vic Country v loser WA/Vic Metro at Kardinia Park
Wednesday July 11 – loser WA/Vic Metro v loser SA/Vic Country at Princes Park,
Wednesday July 11 – winner WA/Vic Metro v winner SA/Vic Country at Princes Park
Saturday June 23 – match One – Tasmania v Queensland at the SCG
Saturday June 23 – match two – NSW-ACT v NT at Telstra Stadium
Thursday July 5 – match three - winner Tasmania/Queensland v loser NSW-ACT/NT at Kardinia Park
Thursday July 5 – match four - winner NSW-ACT/NT v loser Tasmania/Queensland at Kardinia Park
Tuesday July 10 – match five – loser Tasmania/Queensland v loser NSW-ACT/NT at Princes Park
Tuesday July 10 – match six – winner Tasmania/Queensland v winner NSW-ACT/NT at Princes Park
Results so far
Saturday June 23 at SCG
Tasmania 17.14 (116) defeated Queensland 13.13 (91)
Goals: TAS: Bowden 5, Cornelius 5, Joseph, Collier, Bellchambers, Mihocek, O'Garey, Murphy, Grima.
QLD: Stewart 5, Zorko 2, Savage, Rolfe, Davis, Enright, Mulligan, Jones.
Best: TAS: Bowden, O'Brien, Bellchambers, Grima, Williams, Cornelius.
QLD: Gibson, Stewart, Headland, Whitecross, Daye.
Saturday June 23 at Telstra Stadium
NSW/ACT 20.11- (131) defeated Northern Territory 12.11 (83)
Goals: NSW/ACT: Walker 5, McGregor 4, McIntyre 3, Colvin 2, Davis 2, Cleaver, Terlich, Drum, Davies.
NT: Rolfe 3, Oliver, Fittock, Stokes, C. Rioli, Motlop, Campbell, Farmer, Calma-Holt, Shannon Rioli.
Best: NSW/ACT: McGregor, Bird, Wilson, Woods, Davis, Overs.
NT: Fittock, Oliver, Sharples, C Rioli, Snowdon, Stokes.
Saturday June 30 at Subiaco
Western Australia 15.16 (106) defeated Vic Metro 8.10 (58 )
GOALS - WA:Palmer 5, Sampey 2, Jacky 2, Ellard 2, Yarran 2, Morton, Garlett.
Vic Metro: Maric 3, Grimes 2, Kreuzer, Sullivan, Meredith
BEST -WA:Palmer, McGinnity, Morton, Starling, Pears, Ellard
Vic Metro: Kreuzer, Hurley, Farmer, Simpson, Sullivan, Lobbe
Saturday June 30 at Football Park
South Australia 17. 10 (112) defeated Vic Country 9.8 (62)
Goals: SA: Wright 4, Hartlett 3, Carr 2, Jesson 2, White, Millar, Hicks, Broadbent, Ebert, Stable
Vic Country: Kay 3, Normington, McKenna, Michaelides, Steven, Hockey, Blaser
Best: SA: Greenwood, Stable, Petrenko, Ebert, Blesing, Wright, Walsh, Fairclough
Vic Country: McKenna, Kangars, Hockey, Suban, Kay, Curnow