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England masterclass lifts WA U18s to victory

Callan England takes a mark
PERTH, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 10: Callan England of WA takes a mark during the 2017 AFL Under 18 Championship match between Western Australia and South Australia at Domain Stadium on June 10, 2017 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Carson/AFL Media)

A CALLAN England masterclass has lifted Western Australia to a 40-point win over the Allies in round three of the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships on Sunday.

The 182cm midfielder began brightly and collected a game-high 26 disposals, eight marks and four inside 50s in the 12.12 (84) to 6.8 (44) win at Leederville Oval.

Forward Oscar Allen sent a scare through the WA camp in the first quarter with an ankle concern, but returned after having his lower leg strapped.

Allen, who stands at 191cm, provided a strong target up forward and ended with 19 disposals, eight marks and two goals.

Teammate Jaxon Cahill also impressed courtesy of his ability to produce lively counterattack from half-back, gathering 23 disposals, seven marks, six inside 50s and a goal.

WA medium forward Brandon Starcevich registered two goals from his eight possessions and three marks, demonstrating his skills in the air and at ground level.

Fellow goalkicker Ian Hill also kicked two majors from 13 touches and five marks, but fumbled the ball at times.

For the Allies, ruckman Brayden Crossley returned after being rested last week and continued his eye-catching run of form.

The 198cm prospect exerted his influence around the ground and accumulated a match-high 29 hit-outs, 15 disposals and kicked two goals, including his side's opening major.

After a quiet start to the carnival playing up forward, Connor Ballenden regained his touch at the opposite end of the ground.

The 199cm Ballenden performed at half-back and collected 20 possessions – including 11 in the first quarter – and eight marks in an encouraging display.

Contested ball-winner Jack Powell assumed the captaincy duties for the Allies and again showed why he is highly regarded, finishing with a team-high 21 touches, six clearances and two marks.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA          2.2      6.5      8.6      12.12  (84)
ALLIES                                  1.1      2.4      5.8      6.8 (44)

Western Australia: Hill 2, Starcevich 2, Allen 2, Eastland 2, Mitchell, Cahill, Ameduri, Cramer
Allies: Crossley 2, Dixon, Scott, Sambono, Simington

Western Australia: England, Cahill, Eastland, Boullineau, Ameduri, Starcevich, Taylor
Allies: Crossley, Ballenden, Powell, Carr, Nutting