Eagles under 18 side falls at final hurdle

Isaac Moller, Woodville West Torrens, celebrates a goal in the under 18 SANFL grand final match against Sturt on the weekend.
Isaac Moller, Woodville West Torrens, celebrates a goal in the under 18 SANFL grand final match against Sturt on the weekend.

Woodville West Torrens, who gained directed entry to the season decider after beating South Adelaide in a second semi thriller, were in trouble after quarter time in the final clash.

Following a low scoring first quarter, Sturt kicked five unanswered goals in the second term, which set up a  comfortable 43-point triumph.

 In the end the final score was the Double Blues 13.14 (92) defeating Woodville West Torrens 7.7 (49).

There were four North Eastern talents in the Eagles team - the North Clare pair of Grady Armfield and Tyson Francis, along with Xavier Redden from the Riverton Saddleworth Marrabel United Hawks and key forward Isaac Moller from the  Brinkworth Spalding Redhill Tigers.

Armfield was serviceable in ruck, but would have rued missing a couple of set shots in the third term.

Moller, after a slow start finish with three of the Eagles seven goals and was mention among the better players.

He had 16 disposals and finished with a team high 10 marks – his snap from the pocket in the third quarter displayed his goal sense.

Francis finished with nine possessions and kicked 1.1, Redden reading was solid across the half back line.

Footnote: There's a bit of history in the Armfield family on SANFL grand final day.

Thirty years ago Grady’s uncle Michael was the member of the North Adelaide premiership side that defeated Glenelg at Football Park.

Michael was a 174-game defender for both Glenelg and North Adelaide during the 1980s which was seen as the premier decade of SANFL football, before the AFL arrived on our doorstep.