In The Zone with Peter Argent

Lachlan McNeil and his Henley High School team-mates have etched themselves into South Australian Schoolboys football history.

In the final of the All Schools Knockout competition the Henley boys defeated Prince Alfred College at Norwood Oval on August 21, being the first public school to win the tournament for 30 years.

The match was a classic grand final encounter for three terms, before the talent-laden Henley side ran away with the victory in the last quarter.  

McNeil play a role in the midfield and was a strong contributor in the victory.

Number one AFL draft candidate Jack Lukosius won the Colin Steinert Medal as best on ground in this match.

Back in 1991, former North Clare junior Tim Cook won the same award when at Rostrevor College.  

OLDEST RIVALRY CONTINUES

Last Saturday at Prince Alfred College’s Main Oval, Princes took on St Peter's College in their annual inter-collegiate clash, an event that has been going for 147 years.

Min Man footballer Harry Schoenberg and North Clare's George Pretlove played in the high-profile annual match, where PAC enjoyed an emphatic 79-point victory.

PAC Coach Martin McKinnon said he was satisfied with the win.

“We started well and played strong team-orientated football.

“Harry has been playing with ankle injury and it (the win) was a great way for him to finish his college career.

“At our presentations on Saturday he was also runner-up to our best and fairest and has been a consistent player over the two years.

“He is a great lad to work with and has strong finishing skills – we have high hopes for his football future.

“George returned to the first XVIII team with Will McMurray’s injury.

“He played off half back in in the back pocket and was solid all game.

“The character of the lad was shown by the fact that he wore Will McMurray's number 10 jumper in the game.

“Henry Kleinig was also in our squad and played a couple of first XVIII games during the season, but injured his hamstring so went back and played in the year 10A team, which won its inter-col by 15 goals.

“We see you bright future for Henry over the next couple of years.”

FUTURES GAMES

For a third successive year, on SANFL Grand Final day, Sunday, September 23 the day will start with a futures game, between the top 50 under 17 footballers across this state.

Among the selected squad of 50 players, which includes SA's five U16 All Australians, are NEFL and Woodville West Torrens Eagles, Lachlan McNiel and Harry Schoenberg.

The group will undertake a two-week training program culminating with the game starting at 9.15am.

Talent manager Tony Bamford said the game will allow AFL club recruiting staff to have an early look at the SA talent pool for the next year’s draft as well.

“The SA under 18 coaching staff will also gain valuable insight into how these talented players work in a new team environment,” he said.

FINALS BOUND

Like the local competition, the SANFL finals series at all levels starts this weekend.

At under 18 level the Eagles take on South Adelaide in a second semi-final at Maughan Thiem Hyundai Oval, with Grady Armfield, Tyson Francis, Lachlan McNeil and Harry Schoenberg all expected to be involved.

At reserves level the Bulldogs have clung onto fifth spot. After three impressive league games Eudunda Robertstown’s Aaron Nietschke is expected to be available for the elimination clash with West Adelaide at Coopers Stadium.

At SANFL league level, BBH’s Tom Whittlesea will to don the Panthers’ navy and white at Adelaide Oval in an elimination game at Adelaide Oval.

The oldest two Hayes lads, Nick and Jack, will play for the Eagles in the qualifying final against Sturt in the following game.