Vic Country too slick for WA 18s by LES EVERETT

Vic Country's Caleb Marchbank marks strongly at Fremantle Oval. Photo by Les Everett

Vic Country’s Caleb Marchbank marks strongly at Fremantle Oval. Photo by Les Everett

On a beautiful day at Fremantle Oval Vic Country had no difficulty accounting for WA in the AFL Under-18 Championships.

Vic Country ruckman Gach Nyuon kicks for goal. The kick was a shocker but somehow made its way between the big sticks. Photo by Les Everett

Vic Country ruckman Gach Nyuon kicks for goal. The kick was a shocker but somehow made its way between the big sticks. Photo by Les Everett

Vic Country 14.13 (97) WA 5.5 (35) 

Country boys to catch the eye included Darcy Parish and Billy Evans in the midfield, ruckman Gach Nyuon, who palmed the ball well and showed a willingness to run hard to position, David Mennel, who ran well and delivered the ball effectively, clever small man Jack Lonie, who kicked four goals, and forwards Caleb Marchbank and Daniel Butler (three goals).

WA found their feet late in the second quarter and were competitive in the second half but goals were hard to find. Jarded Hardisty was WA’s best player, he’s a willing runner and uses the ball well, defenders Dylan Winton and Francis Watson fought on against big odds – Watson went forward in the last quarter and kicked a goal – Zac Dent showed pace and Clem Smith and Brad Walsh were also good players.

Keeping an eye on things. No iPad for this talent spotter. Photo by Les Everett

Keeping an eye on things. No iPad for this talent spotter. Photo by Les Everett

WA's Clem Smith drives his team forward at Fremantle Oval. Photo by Les Everett

WA’s Clem Smith drives his team forward at Fremantle Oval. Photo by Les Everett

Some believe the real action at an AFL Under-18 Championship game takes place on the sidelines. Photo by Les Everett

Some believe the real action at an AFL Under-18 Championship game takes place on the sidelines. Photo by Les Everett

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