Main content

Recommended videos

Highlights: Richmond v Carlton

11:17pm Mar 27, 2014

Malthouse rues costly mistakes

11:44pm Mar 27, 2014

Recommended articles

Sunday football as it happened

Sunday football as it happened

Recap Port's Showdown upset, plus big wins for the Hawks and Tigers

11:45am Apr 14, 2013

St Kilda v Richmond as it happened

St Kilda v Richmond as it happened

 Recap Friday night's MCG clash as the Tigers make their best start to a season in 16 years

04:00pm Apr 5, 2013

Carlton v Collingwood as it happened

Carlton v Collingwood as it happened

Recap Friday night's blockbuster as the Blues capitulate in front of 78,000 at the MCG

10:36pm Jul 5, 2013

Saturday football as it happened

Saturday football as it happened

Recap a day bookended by two major boilovers

01:00pm Mar 30, 2013

Fantasy review: round three

Fantasy review: round three

It was a tough round for AFL Fantasy coaches, Warnie writes

10:42pm Apr 6, 2014

Football world sends off Hafey in style

Football world sends off Hafey in style

Tom Hafey remembered as a great coach and a wonderful man

06:15pm May 19, 2014

U18s: Ballenden stars but Giants claim the win

Dinny Navaratnam  May 6, 2017 8:06 PM

AFL 2017 Media - AFL Academy v Northern Blues

Nathan Richards impressed for the Giants as they claimed a close U18s win in Broadbeach

HIGHLY rated Brisbane Lions Academy prospect Connor Ballenden was an imposing aerial presence but it wasn't enough as the GWS Academy hung on for a courageous four-point win at Broadbeach in Queensland on Saturday. 

The Giants lost Max Beaumont and Riley Corbett to injury in the opening quarter but held off a Lions side that peppered the goals late but couldn't convert. 

Ballenden performed well as a ruckman against the Sydney Academy last week for the Lions and backed it up against the Giants. Playing up forward and in the ruck, his work rate would have impressed recruiters. 

For GWS, Brendan Myers excelled as an inside midfielder. He was superb in the first half and despite a quieter third term, the stoppage specialist came good again in the last quarter. He was always at the contest and used the ball well, while his overhead marking adds another facet to his game. 

Ruckman Nathan Richards was competitive in the ruck and also up forward, bringing the ball to ground when he was in attack.

His work in the air allowed 176cm forward Rhys Pollock to excel. Pollock was the most dangerous forward in the game, and was able to mark and crumb equally well. His skills meant he took his opportunities in front of goal to finish with four majors. 

Nicholas Shipley was awarded the NAB Under-18 Academy Series MVP for the Giants. The utility has serious running power and is a nice kick.

For the Lions, left-footer Darcy Marsh was best on ground. He worked hard and was clean and composed across half-forward, with his ball use going inside 50 particularly damaging. 

Ben Sloan showcased his athleticism and good hands. The 189cm forward presented well and has the versatility to play all over the ground. 

Tall defender Jack Payne won the MVP for the Lions. He again played well, with his speed and strength allowing him to play on a variety of opponents.

An Allies team, made up of the best players from the NAB AFL Under-18 Academy Series, will compete in the national carnival that starts in June for the division one teams. 

BRISBANE LIONS ACADEMY           7.11 (53)
GWS ACADEMY                                8.9 (57) 

Brisbane Lions Academy: Franks, Lambert, Sloan, Aston, Ballenden, Tomkinson, Walker
GWS Academy: Pollock 4, Corbett 2, Walker, Peatling

Brisbane Lions Academy: Marsh, Sloan, Matthews, Ballenden, Fleming, Franks
GWS Academy: Myers, Richards, Driscoll, Highmore, Pollock, Shipley