SANFL win in the west
The West End SA State team has produced one of South Australia’s most memorable victories to win back the Haydn Bunton Junior Cup after defeating Western Australia in Perth today. Facing a WAFL outfit gunning for its seventh win in succession, the Croweaters clinched a seven-point victory in a thrilling encounter at Optus Stadium. It was the SANFL’s first win in the West since the Alastair Clarkson-coached SA team defeated the WAFL in 2003, giving Josh Carr’s class of 2019 plenty of reason to celebrate. The Fos Williams Medal for SA’s best player went to South Adelaide’s Michael Knoll who controlled the stoppages with 31 hitouts. North Adelaide’s Aidan Tropiano, originally from WA, was SA’s leading disposal winner with 28.
Final Score: SANFL 4.1 8.1 14.2 16.4 (100) WAFL 4.4 8.5 10.8 13.15 (93)
LEADING DISPOSALS SANFL: Tropiano 28, Foote, Noble 24, Barry 23, Stevens 22, Pearce 21, Allmond 20, Snelling 19, Rose 18, Proud 17. WAFL: Horsley 32, Deluca 29, Botlon 28, Nelson 24, Mitchell 23, Delahunty 21, Gault 20.
GOALS SANFL: Beech 4, Barry, Foote, Hender, Hoskin, Menzel 2, Snelling, Stevens. WAFL: Sokol 4, Bennell 3, Horsley, Schloithe 2, Deluca, Ugle.
FOS WILLIAMS MEDAL – Michael Knoll (SA) SIMPSON MEDAL – Josh Deluca (WA)
Images- Gary Day