Myponga/Sellicks and South Adelaide player Hayden Sampson played in state under 18 football win

SHOWING GRIT: Hayden Sampson shows great determination playing for South Australia in the under 18 championships which SA won. Photo courtesy Peter Argent.

SHOWING GRIT: Hayden Sampson shows great determination playing for South Australia in the under 18 championships which SA won. Photo courtesy Peter Argent.

The Great Southern Football League had three players who represented the state in the under 18 football championships.

Jake Tarca from Encounter Bay, Job Colwell from Willunga and Hayden Sampson from Myponga/Sellicks.

All three were selected to play for their state after experiencing great form at the South Adelaide Football Club.

The Great Southern, Kangaroo Island and Southern football leagues are all part of the South Adelaide zone and the Panthers are the pathway for youngsters to go onto  SANFL or AFL level.  

All three played key roles in the side going all the way and winning the championships.

Hayden was selected in the final team to play in the final against Victoria Metro. It was the first time in four years South Australia had one the championships.

Hayden played with the likes of Izak Rankine and Jack Lukosius, who both have been earmarked as possible top five picks for the upcoming 2018 national AFL draft. 

South Australia won the championship defeating Victoria Metro comprehensively by 55 points.

Hayden, along with Jake and Job, have been part of the Great Southern Football League in their younger years and then flowed onto South Adelaide, playing in the under 16 and under 18 competition.

The three have also come through the Great Southern Football League under 15 Academy after strong performances for their base clubs Myponga/Sellicks (Hayden), Willunga (Job) and Encounter Bay (Jake).  

It does not stop there for the region as Matty Roberts from the Langhorne Creek Football Club was also chosen to play in the South Australian under 16 team. 

Shannon Jones from Langhorne Creek was a member of the initial 40 player training squad.

There are approximately 20 underage and more than 40 senior footballers, who are on the South Adelaide Football Club’s lists from the region. 

Football manager at South Adelaide Warren Ploenges said a key focus for the club was the support and opportunity it provides local players to progress to league football.

“In 2018, seven players have made their league debuts in the blue and white and they are Robert Irra (OSB Lonsdale), Tate Coleman (Happy Valley), Liam Fitt (McLaren), Nathan Kreuger (Victor Harbor),  Jackson Elmes (Victor Harbor), Coby Helyar (Dudley United) and Mark Noble (recruited from West Adelaide),” Warren said.

“At under 18 level, South Adelaide has again shown itself to be one of the teams to be feared with performances that see it at the top end of the table. We are well coached by Mark Clayton.

“There is a great pathway for youngsters from the region to play football here at South Adelaide and currently it is all being very successful.”

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