Our thanks to intrepid contributor Rustee for providing us with this report on the up and coming talent to keep an eye on.
The opening game of the Nab U18 champs was held on the 29/5/11, with WA defeating NT by 14 points.
Northern Territory 0.0 4.5 7.9 9.12 (66)
Western Australia 2.5 3.8 5.13 11.14 (80)
Northern Territory: Tipungwuti 3, Turner 2, Stafford 2, Collinson, Stokes
Western Australia: Williams 2, Coniglio 2, Peters 2, Hamling 2, Eardley, Taylor, O’Meara
Northern Territory: Egger, Tipungwuti, Collinson, Turner, R Smith, Wilson
Western Australia: O’Meara, Coniglio, Hamling, Newman, Taylor
WA have opened up their U18 Champs campaign with a 14 point win over the highly underrated Northern Territory team.
WA came out firing with Miles Bolger dominating the ruck. However The NT Thunder team, rose above and fought back through some brilliance of Tiwi Islander small forward Anthony Tipungwuti (3 Goals) giving them a lead of 3 points. NT came out after half time to finish off business, and through hard ball gets and the work of speedy attacking midfielder Louis Egger, put some much needed grunt into the game.
Gibson Turner stepped up and added some class to the affair, giving NT a well deserved 8 point lead at the final change.
Speedy midfielder Shannon Taylor opened the third quarter with the first goal to bring WA to within 2 points and from there on NT ran out of legs as classy midfielders Steven Coniglio (presumed to be one of GWS’ top 3 picks) and Jaeger O’Meara continued to impress AFL scouts. They broke the game open in the last – Coniglio capping a stunning day for himself and WA by kicking 2 late goals. O’Meara cannot enter this years draft but can however be picked up as a trade bait player to other clubs to gather either experienced players or draft picks.
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