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Awesome Aussie youth win one-sided contest


Unfortunately for international footy fans there were no real surprises in Paarl, Cape Town on Monday as the South African Lions received a football lesson from the elite Australian youth side. The final margin was a crushing 132 points, and will no doubt raise some questions about the benefit to the African program.

The case remains that there are pros and cons. Without the contest then the relevance of the tour to the AIS program would have to be in question, and that could have ramifications both in South Africa and Australia. On the downside the defeat must be disheartening to the Lions, especially since they were fielding an open age side. A positive for younger talent is that it shows them what level is required, and of course the associated assistance and exposure that comes with the tour. At the end of the day it probably depends on how the expectations of all involved are managed before the match.

Kicking goals for the Lions were Jawe, Motubu, Malinga - all three were proven performers at the 2008 International Cup. It was encouraging to see some of the younger talent from IC08 making the best players, such as Prinsloo, Sifanelo and Boki, as well as a new name in Xmasa. At time of writing we're unsure of what preparation the South Africans had coming into this game, so perhaps a lack of match practice was an issue. At the end of the day, the margin was not unexpected, with many of the elite Australian squad likely to be drafted at year's end, and the next wave of South African players only just beginning to emerge.

The following is a match report and a spectacular photo courtesy of the AFL.

At picturesque Boland Park, Paarl (just north of Cape Town, South Africa) the Australian U17 side defeated the South African lions whilst on tour as a part of the AFL/AIS Academy program.

Although a one sided match, spectators were impressed by the skill level and tenacity shown by both sides. Symptomatic of this was the 3 goals scored by the South African side in the last quarter which showed their determination and an impressive ability to run out a match. With over 17,000 participants across the country playing the game, the future for South African football is bright.

The Australian side, which has been in South Africa for the past 8 days spreading the word of footyWILD (the South African version of Auskick) played an attacking brand of football exhibiting some of the lessons learnt from the game against Williamstown on Saturday 12th April. All players played their role in the win with Victoria’s Jordan Gysberts being awarded the man of the match at the post game function.

The two teams enjoyed each others company post match at a dinner put on by AFL South Africa where players from both teams presented each other with mementos of the game.

The AFL/AIS Academy squad is in Cape Town for the rest of the week before travelling to Perth to take on Peel Thunder as a curtain raiser to the Fremantle v Sydney match on Saturday 25th April at Subiaco oval.

Australia (AIS Youth) 23.14 (152)
South Africa (Open) 3.2 (20)

Best Players
Aus: Gysberts, Atley, Swallow, Lycett, Mott, May
SA: Prinsloo, Sifanelo, Boki, Xmasa, Motubu, Mitchell

Aus: Mott, Stevens 4, Duncan 3, Stubbs, Atley, Hartigan 2, Crichton, Lycett, Nicholls, Gysberts, May, McDee 1
SA: Jawe, Motubu, Malinga

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Awesome Aussie youth win one-sided contest
Authored by: tinka13 on Wednesday, April 22 2009 @ 10:44 am ACST

Culturally a worthwhile trip, football wise, they would have been better going to PNG or NZ!

Awesome Aussie youth win one-sided contest
Authored by: anchorman on Wednesday, April 22 2009 @ 03:25 pm ACST

Its still win win either way, all it proves is that the countries starting to take the game seriously just need more time, its a wonder they kicked 3 goals, i think thats a good effort. The only problem i have is those stupid gaelic football tops they decided to wear, its not int. rules its Aussie Rules and i think we need a proper Aussie Rules guernsey.

Awesome Aussie youth win one-sided contest
Authored by: Brett Northey on Wednesday, April 22 2009 @ 04:16 pm ACST

I agree regarding the guernseys. I don't think they look stupid as such, but let's produce a true Aussie sleeveless jumper - it's a big part of the game's tradition.

Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN

Awesome Aussie youth win one-sided contest
Authored by: Sean Finlayson on Wednesday, April 22 2009 @ 06:04 pm ACST

Surely those International Rules kits are a major tackling advantage to South Africa. Makes the loss even more depressing. The Papuans seemed to have a lot been more competitive against the Flying Boomerangs than the Buffaloes/Lions were and the program there is arguably growing just as fast if not faster. It still baffles me why the AFL doesn't sieze the massive promotional opportunity of playing matches against our nearest neighbours. AIS vs Mosquitos in Port Moresby or Lae would pull thousands of specators and be massive news in the rugby league states where the AFL is trying to market. At least for the time being let the young AAFC, the Convicts and maybe WAFL juniors tour South Africa instead I say.

Awesome Aussie youth win one-sided contest
Authored by: Brett Northey on Wednesday, April 22 2009 @ 07:59 pm ACST

My gut feeling leading up to the match was that PNG's open age side is probably 10 to 15 goals behind an elite group of Aussies like that who I'd expect are 16 and 17 year olds.

And PNG is roughly 10 goals better than South Africa's at this point in time.

So I was expecting around about 20 to 25 goals the margin. Plus I doubt the Lions had anywhere near the same preparation as the AIS squad, which would have players in season and also as a team played the warm up match.

Possibly the most difficult aspect to manage must be the desire not to ease up versus the fact that the Australian kids are playing for their careers - a bad report could be the difference between being a solid draft pick and not being picked at all.

My personal opinion, weighing up all the factors, is that it's probably worthwhile because the tour comes as a package and it's part of a longer term program. Hopefully we'll see a narrowing of the gap in the next 5 years, but patience is a virtue we all have in short supply.

Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN

Awesome Aussie youth win one-sided contest
Authored by: Sean Finlayson on Thursday, April 23 2009 @ 10:24 am ACST

I guess you don't know until you try it Brett. I don't think you'd have to play the seniors against the juniors in PNG, and it could work if you could rope a few of the young PNG boys in Australia to return home once off to play (the opposite was organised for the international cup). I think the PNG boys would have much more passion and pride at stake as some of them would have much more chance of being scouted by AFL clubs as it currently the case.

Awesome Aussie youth win one-sided contest
Authored by: Brett Northey on Thursday, April 23 2009 @ 10:44 am ACST

Try what? PNG versus AIS? I'm definitely keen to see that happen - it was great there was the Flying Boomerangs tour to PNG this year. The more games in PNG the better.

But many of these AIS players wouldn't be out of place in an AFL match. So if they played a similar PNG age group it would be very one sided too. If it didn't include PNG's young guns in Australia, it would be very ugly.

So in the first instance, I'd be keen for it to be an open age PNG side. But getting the logistics right would be difficult, so it would be unlikely to be PNG's best anyway, with so many in Australia playing.

With a couple of games together, we'll see how the AIS go against a WAFL side, Peel Thunder, in the next few days. Because I don't think anyone would argue PNG would get close to a WA, Vic or SA state league club just yet.

Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN

Awesome Aussie youth win one-sided contest
Authored by: Troy Thompson on Monday, April 27 2009 @ 01:01 pm ACST

AIS team 16.17 defeated Peel Thunder 9.7

Awesome Aussie youth win one-sided contest
Authored by: Peter Parry on Saturday, May 02 2009 @ 09:17 pm ACST

There's a report on the AFL website on the AIS v Peel Thunder game. They gave the WAFL team a 52 point thumping despite being jet lagged and without there luggage (played with borrowed boots and chemist shop hot water moulded mouth guards at last minute). A. Shows the talent of the AIS team. B. Shows Sth Africa weren't all that bad at all. No doubt the Buffaloes would beat many mid to upper grade amateur league teams.

Awesome Aussie youth win one-sided contest
Authored by: Troy Thompson on Saturday, May 02 2009 @ 09:39 pm ACST

Unfortunately it is all hard to get a fix on, read some reports that the Peel side was mostly colts (U21 and some reserves) so still good footballers but perhaps not quite as strong as the club name might suggest.

Awesome Aussie youth win one-sided contest
Authored by: Brett Northey on Saturday, May 02 2009 @ 11:06 pm ACST

Yes, I'd have to say plenty of doubts about how South Africa would go against top amateur sides from the top Australian footy states. The AIS side won by a very large margin and the Lions' goals came in the last quarter. I think a canny follower of such tours can read between the lines. It's going to take a few more years before South Africa push hard enough to be confident that the final margin reflects the difference between the teams.

Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN