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Academy series: In-demand youngster bags seven

Nick Blakey after winning the Harrison Medal at last year's U18 championships - AFL Academy,AFL,Draft,Under-18s
Nick Blakey after winning the Harrison Medal at last year's U18 championships

THE U18 ACADEMY series continued across the weekend, with Sydney Academy and Brisbane Academy both recording round two wins. 

Sydney Academy v Greater Western Sydney Academy 

In-demand Nick Blakey kicked seven goals as Sydney Academy coasted to a 22-point win over GWS Academy. 

The versatile Blakey is eligible to be selected by Sydney through its academy, as well as North Melbourne and Brisbane via a father-son selection, with father John playing for both the Kangaroos and Fitzroy. 

Blakey also found plenty of the ball, amassing 20 disposals (19 kicks, one handball), while Josh Stern and Sam Wicks both collected 18. 

Ed Perryman (brother of senior-listed Giant Harry) was a shining light for GWS, with three goals and 15 touches. 

Sydney Academy     6.4     8.6     9.8     12.13 (85)
Greater Western Sydney Academy     1.4     4.9     7.11     8.15 (63) 


Sydney Academy: Blakey 7, Barkley 2, Stern, Bartholomaeus
Greater Western Sydney Academy: Perryman 3, Briggs 2, Budd, Corbett, Kelly 


Sydney Academy: Blakey, Stern, Wicks, McKellar, Reinhard
Greater Western Sydney Academy: Perryman, Green, Beaumont, Rowston, Kelly

Brisbane Academy v Gold Coast Academy 

Jesse Quint was best afield in Brisbane Academy's 12-point win over Gold Coast Academy.

The speedy midfielder put together a brilliant all-round game, with 20 disposals (15 kicks, five handballs), eight marks, four tackles, seven inside 50s and a goal.

Caleb Franks was also superb for Brisbane, the inside midfielder gathering 37 touches (23 kicks, 14 handballs), to go with eight marks, eight tackles, nine clearances and two goals.

And Thomas Griffiths (25 possessions), who was among Brisbane's best in their round one loss to Sydney, was again rock-solid across half-back.

Cooper Portelli gathered a team-high 25 disposals (16 kicks, nine handballs) for Gold Coast, as well as eight marks, three rebound 50s and one goal), while Robert Scott's son Bailey – who could end up at Geelong, North Melbourne or Gold Coast – was also busy with 19 disposals, eight marks and two goals.

Brisbane Academy     7.1       9.5       10.10   12.11 (83)
Gold Coast Academy 0.0       5.3       7.4       11.5 (71) 


Brisbane Academy: Franks, McFadyen, Tomkinson 2, Pettigrove, Quint, Matthews, Jeffrey, Smith, Ansell
Gold Coast Academy: Smith 3, Scott 2, Portelli, Katsiris, Haua, Wingrove, Burke, Miles


Brisbane Academy: Quint, Tomkinson, Franks, Stackelberg, Matthews, Pettigrove
Gold Coast Academy: Portelli, Smith, Scott, Gore, Stone

Tasmania Academy v Northern Territory Academy  

An inspired final quarter from Tarryn Thomas helped Tasmania see off Northern Territory.

Part of North Melbourne's Next Generation Academy program, Thomas kicked three goals when pushed forward as Tasmania won by 15 points.

Others to impress for Tasmania were Mitchel Anderton, Nicholas Baker, Baxter Norton and Ryhan Mansell.

For Northern Territory, Stephen Cumming dominated in the ruck, while brother Matthew was very good at centre half-back.

Rodney Baird was gallant in defence and Jeffrey Simon was lively in the forward line.

Tasmania                    2.4       5.7       6.9       9.13 (67)
Northern Territory      0.3       2.4       5.7       7.10 (52)


Tasmania: Thomas 3, Mundy 2, Rubock, Turner, Auton, Lane
Northern Territory: Stevens, Ferreira 2, Schwarze, Mummery, S Cumming


Tasmania: Thomas, Anderton, Baker, Wright, Norton, Mansell
Northern Territory: S Cumming, M Cumming, Baird, Simon