Last Wednesday, August 8 at Woodville Oval in the 2018 School Sports SA Open Boys Pool B Grand Final, Clare High School took on Cardijn College for the state title.
Their opponents lead by three goals at half-time and despite a third quarter charge where Clare got to within three points, Cardijn College ran away winners 13.8 (86) to Clare 9.9 (63).
Fos Cunningham in the midfield was Clare High's best followed by Josh Slade up forward who kicked four goals. Other Clare players of note included Will Nickolai and Nathan Francis.
The classy left footer Charlie Dinning and Tom Cross also were strong performers for the navy and gold.
Along with Slade’s four goals, Henry Warner chimed in with a pair.
“We lost Nick Baum at full back in the third quarter and they arrested the momentum from there,” Clare coach Tim McNeil said.
“They had a habit of kicking goals late in quarters and our depth of midfield options was an issue in the end.
“The boys put up a strong effort, but Cardijn were too good on the day, especially in critical moments.”
In the lead up games Clare High defeated Seaton High School and Gleeson College to get into the final.
Clare’s win over Gleeson was significant as they came from three goals down at half time to secure a grand final birth.
TITLE WINNING GLORY FOR MCNEIL
While his father and the Clare students endured the pain of Grand Final defeat, South Clare lad and Henley High student Lachlan McNeil and his teammates again dominated of the Pool A Secondary School Sports Grand Final.
In a one-sided affair against Brighton Secondary School, Henley produced a gigantic 127 points victory, having the title in hand from the opening term.
McNeil played both through the middle and across half forward, having a more than serviceable game.
Unfortunately Henley’s initial opponent, Faith Lutheran College from Tanunda, were unable to contest' the final, due to Year 11 students going on an excursion.
SHOWDOWN ACADEMY HISTORY
Northern Areas teenage footballer Hugh Jackson is now a part of “Showdown” history
Last Saturday, August 11 at Alberton Oval, Jackson played for the Adelaide Crows in the inaugural Academy showdown when they took on the Port Adelaide “Next Generation” Academy side starting at 10am.
In a one-sided affair the Crows won this game emphatically getting up by 91 points, winning 18.12 (120) to Port Adelaide 4.5 (29)
Jackson kicked a goal and was amongst 13 different goal scorers for the bigger, stronger and more skillful Adelaide outfit.
The Crows versus Power showdown matches have been going at AFL level since 1997.
They continued at SANFL level when the Crows came into the competition 2014, with the Power winning the initial game on Clare Oval and last Saturday's encounter was the first time a clash happened at Academy level.