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Academy series: Sydney's Reinhard does it easy

Bailey Scott in action for the AFL Academy - AFL,Under-18s,AFL Academy,Draft
Bailey Scott in action for the AFL Academy

THE U18 ACADEMY series continued on the weekend at Broadbeach on the Gold Coast where Tasmania and Gold Coast posted wins and in Alice Springs, where Sydney emerged victorious. 

Northern Territory Academy v Sydney Academy 

Highly sought after young gun Nick Blakey (son of former Kangaroos and Fitzroy player) was rested, but it mattered little, as Sydney Academy proved too good for the Northern Territory in Alice Springs.

Joey Reinhard, who can play forward or back, continued his fine form in the competition with two goals and was named best afield.

Following two goals in their round two win over Greater Western Sydney Academy, Rory Barkley bagged three majors, while Lachlan Swaney kicked two.

Luke Parkes, Josh Stern, Cooper Kilpatrick and Sam Wicks were other solid contributors for Sydney.

The Cumming brothers - Matthew (three goals) and Stephen (one goal) - were again influential for the home side, while Michael Mummery and Jeffrey Simon caught the eye.

Northern Territory                  1.4       1.7       5.10     8.13 (61)
Sydney Academy                    6.1       8.4       11.5     14.6 (90)

GOALS
Northern Territory:
M.Cumming 3, S.Cumming, Wyatt, Forbes, Mummery, Ferreira
Sydney Academy: Barkley 3, Swaney 2, Reinhard 2, Thorne, Stein, Maguire, Wicks, Van Huisstede, Carroll, Barling 

BEST
Northern Territory:
Mummery, M.Cumming, Simon, Green, S.Cumming, Hutt
Sydney Academy: Reinhard, Parkes, Stern, Kilpatrick, Wicks, Brewer

Gold Coast Academy v Greater Western Sydney Academy

Father-son prospect Bailey Scott’s value continues to increase after another quality effort in the midfield in Gold Coast’s 20-point win over Greater Western Sydney.

Scott, the son of former Geelong and North Melbourne rover Robert Scott, collected a team-high 22 possessions, four clearances and a goal.

The Suns were also particularly well served in defence by intercept player Ryan Gilmore (19 disposals and eight marks) and Kirk Koenen (14 and six marks), the latter being consistently good over three games.

Speedsters Connor Budarick (15), Timakoi Bowie (three goals) and Hewago Paul-Oea were also eyecatchers.

For the Giants, bullocking ruck-forward Kieren Briggs had 15 possessions, nine tackles and 28 hit-outs, helping midfielder Jeromy Lucas to a game-high 29 touches.

Gold Coast Academy    3.3     7.4       8.4       11.8 (74)
GWS Academy              0.5     2.8       5.10     7.12 (54)  

GOALS
Gold Coast Academy Bowie 3, Buckland 2, Graham 2, Greenwool 2, Scott, Gore
GWS AcademyPerryman 2, Delahunty 2, Lucas, Driscoll, Corbett 

BEST
Gold Coast Academy
Gilmore, Bowie, Scott, Koenen, Budarick, Greenwool
GWS Giants AcademyBriggs, Peatling, Richardson, Lucas

Brisbane Academy v Tasmania

Livewire small forward Blair Rubock bagged six goals, including three of his team's first four majors, as Tasmania hammered Brisbane by 106 points. 

Rubock, who stands just 179cm, was the beneficiary of the dominance of Tassie's running brigade featuring the likes of rangy Matthew McGuiness (18 possessions and 3.3), Nick Baker (18) and Ryan Banks-Smith (19 and two goals).

Draft prospect Tarryn Thomas wasn't a standout but still managed to 18 possessions and two goals.

Brisbane Academy       1.0       1.0       2.1       2.2 (14)
Tasmania                      4.2       8.6       13.7     17.8 (110)

GOALS
Brisbane Academy: McFadyen, Tozer
Tasmania: Rubock 6, McGuinness 3, Thomas 2, Mundy 2, Banks-Smith 2, Jackson, Chaplin 

BEST
Brisbane Academy: Marango, Currie, Cowan, McFadyen, Marsh
Tasmania: Anderton, O’Neill, Mansell, Rubock, McGuinness, Norton