Allies bested by Western Australia
The Allies have endured a 40-point loss at the hands of Western Australia in Round 3 of the NAB AFL U18 Championships.
Western Australia proved too strong at Perth’s Leederville Oval, though it was not due to a lack of effort from the Allies.
A tight first-quarter saw the home side take a seven-point lead into the break.
Despite kicking away in the second term to lead by 25 points at the major break, the Allies staged a fightback in the third. The visitors were able to reduce the deficit to just 16 points by three quarter time, setting the scene for a thrilling final quarter.
In the end however, Western Australia managed to overpower the Allies, as four late goals sealed the victory.
There were a number of standout performances from the Allies side who continue to show improvement and dedication as the series progresses.
GWS GIANTS Academy member, Jack Powell had a strong game, picking up 21 disposals to go along with his six clearances.
The midfielder has put in a number of strong performances during the Championships, and whilst he was not able to kick his customary goal this game, he made up for it by winning a lot of contested ball.
Sydney Swans Academy member, Harrison Carr was also one of the best on the day for the Allies. His run off the half-back line kept the Western Australian side busy for the majority of the afternoon.
Connor Ballenden (Brisbane Lions Academy) and Brayden Crossley (Gold Coast Suns Academy) were the two other standouts for the Allies side. Playing in the ruck, Crossley was best-on-ground for the Allies as he picked up 29 hit-outs, 15 disposals and two goals.
The Allies now have a bye in Round Four, before travelling to Geelong to take on Vic Metro in July, where they will be searching for their first win of the series.
The Allies take on Vic Metro at Simonds Stadium on Wednesday, 5 July 2017 at 2.10pm.
Western Australia – 2.2 6.5 8.6 12.12 (84)
Allies – 1.1 2.4 5.8 6.8 (44)
ALLIES GOALS – Crossley (2); Simington Sambono Dixon Scott (1)
ALLIES BEST – Crossley, Ballenden, Powell, Carr, Nutting