Contributed by: Brett Northey
No surprises from Cape Town in South Africa as the elite AIS-AFL Under 17 team of Australians taught the open-age South African Lions some lessons in their one-off match. It should be noted that the Aussies ran close to the Sydney Swans' reserves before departing Australia. Former Sydney Swans star Michael O’Loughlin, on his second visit to South Africa in 2010, coached the South African Lions team and was impressed with their willingness to learn.
“The key difference between the two teams was the ability of the Aussies to handle the ball under pressure – a skill developed from a young age which will no doubt come to the South Africans as they gain more experience”, said O’Loughlin
More details and photos of the match soon.
AIS AFL Academy: 26.22 (178)
South Africa Lions: 4.5 (29)
Australia: Sam Gordon 3, Michael Bussey 3, Aaron Young 3, Chad Wingard 3, Adam Treloar 2, Ben Newton 2, Daniel Gorringe, Sam Day, Sam Darley, Tom Mitchell, Billy Longer, Andrew Gaff, Piers Flanagan, Jonathon Patton, Luke Parker, Darcy Watchorn
South Africa Lions: Toy Prinsloo 2, Steven Malinga 1, Steven Matshane 1.
Australia: Tom Mitchell, Daniel Gorringe, Adam Treloar, Michael Bussey, Piers Flanagan, Sam Gordon, Chad Wingard, Jonathon Patton.
South Africa: Benjamin Motuba, Richard Prinsloo, Steven Matshane, Thabiso Phakedi, Bayanda Sobetwa.
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