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U18s: Draft prospects star as Tassie inches closer to division two title

Kade Kolodjashnij of Tasmania in action during the 2013 NAB AFL U18 Championship match between Tasmania and Northern Territory at Visy Park on June 29, 2013. (Photo: Lachlan Cunningham/AFL Media)
Tasmanian star Kade Kolodjashnij with one of his 34 possessions on Saturday
TASMANIA is a step closer to claiming the division two Under-18 Championships title after a commanding 118-point win over Northern Territory.

Tasmania's dominance from start to finish was evident in the numbers, collecting 156 more (337-181) disposals than their counterparts to win 21.13 (139) to 3.3 (21) at Visy Park on Saturday.

Midfielder Eli Templeton, who was a level one AIS-AFL Academy scholarship holder last year, was everywhere in the win, finding 27 disposals for Tasmania through the midfield and kicking goal.

He ran with the ball, took it from half-back to half-forward, and set up many of his side's scoring opportunities with precise foot skills and some daring moves.

Templeton's mop of blond hair stands out but so does his attitude: he takes a few risks with the ball, and tries things others perhaps wouldn't.

Tasmania's top draft prospect, Kade Kolodjashnij, continued his strong championships, racking up 34 disposals, 10 marks and two goals. Kolodjashnij sweeps across half-back to help control the game but can also move forward and be damaging.

Toby Nankervis strengthened his draft hopes with five goals from 22 disposals, floating between the ruck and deep forward. Matt Hanson won the ball, and Zac Webster showed some dash from defence.

Northern Territory forward Willy Rioli slotted two goals in the first quarter but the Territorians had to wait almost three quarters before they kicked their next, which came via Marcus Hamilton midway through the final term.

Brayden McClean had 18 disposals, the most for NT.

Tasmania will meet NSW-ACT next Thursday at Victoria Park in a clash likely to decide the division two title.

Tasmanian Eli Templeton is tackled by the Northern Territory's Abraham Ankers at Visy Park on Saturday. Picture: AFL Media                                                                     

NORTHERN TERRITORY        2.0        2.0        2.3               3.3 (21)
TASMANIA                                   4.2        9.7      13.10        21.13 (139)

Tasmania: Nankervis, Webster, K.Kolodjashnij, Templeton, Fox, Smith
Northern Territory: Hagan, Coombes, Cockatoo, Gordon, Musgrove

Northern Territory:
Rioli 2, Hamilton
Tasmania: Fox 5, Nankervis 5, Boscott 2, K.Kolodjashnij 2, Templeton, Hanson, Grey, Smith, Hibberd, Withers, Foon

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