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U18: Small forward fuels Sydney Academy win

Connor Ballenden impressed for the Sydney Academy team in the under-18s - ${keywords}
Connor Ballenden impressed for the Sydney Academy team in the under-18s

SPEEDY forward Luke Skrivanic slotted three goals for the Sydney Academy in its 31-point win versus the Brisbane Lions Academy at Blacktown on Saturday.

In perfect conditions, Skrivanic also collected 13 disposals and six marks. The half-forward can win it in the air or on the ground. He moved into the midfield later on in the contest.

For the Lions, highly touted prospect Connor Ballenden spent most of his time in the ruck, with stints up forward. He finished with 17 disposals, 24 hit-outs, seven inside-50s and a goal.

His size and accurate conversion see him as one of the brighter talents of the draft crop.

It was a seesawing game early but the Swans were able to run away with it in the final term.

Jake Brown won 21 disposals to lead all-comers. The hard nut is an over-age player and also racked up six clearances, five inside-50s, five tackles and a goal.

Small forward Jack Hardman showcased his quickness en route to 12 disposals, five inside-50s and two goals.

Backman Mitchell Rogers continued an impressive year with another no-fuss performance.

Left-footer Brock Aston had more of the ball than any other Lion with 19, to go with four inside-50s, three rebound-50s and a goal while playing through the midfield.

Jack Tomkinson moved all over the field to notch up 10 disposals, 16 hit-outs and one goal. He spent much of his time in defence.

One who looked good with his ball use was 17-year-old Caleb Franks, who picked up 15 disposals and four clearances.

SYDNEY ACADEMY                          4.4       5.5       9.5       13.11 (89)
BRISBANE LIONS ACADEMY          2.0       4.6       7.7       8.10 (58) 

GOALS
Sydney Academy: Skrivanic 3, Hardman 2, Stern 2, Reinhard 2, Brown, Wicks, Tegg, Kinasch
Brisbane Lions Academy: Aston, Ballenden, Lambert, Clayton, Tomkinson, Johnson, Sloan, O'Sullivan 

BEST
Sydney Academy: Skrivanic, Osborne, Brown, Rogers, Wicks, Robertson
Brisbane Lions Academy: Franks, Aston, Tomkinson, Marsh