Tasmania’s under-16 State Academy team has gone down to NSW/ACT by 11 points in a hard-fought contest at Yeronga.
Tasmania had the better of the first half, taking a five-point lead into the first break and a nine-point advantage into the main change.
NSW/ACT broke the game open in the third term, kicking five goals to one, with the three-quarter time deficit of 13 points providing Tasmania with a tough final term task.
Tasmania competed well in the final stanza, kicking the first two goals of the quarter via Angus Norton and Oliver Sanders to get to within striking distance, but a late surge from NSW/ACT proved to be too much on the way to a 12.7 (79) to 10.8 (68) win.
Jackson Callow continued his impressive goalkicking form with another haul of three majors, while Oliver Davis (21 disposals + seven clearances), Adrian Butterworth (19 disposals + 6 clearances), Lachlan Borsboom (17 disposals) and Samuel Banks (17 disposals) found plenty of the football.
Jake Steele was huge in the ruck, finishing with 40 hit outs, while Samuel Collins also impressed with 13 disposals.
Tasmania finished the Division 2 Under-16 National Championships with two wins and one loss after defeating the Northern Territory last month and Queensland earlier in the week. Despite the loss, Tasmania finished atop the U16 Championships table, ahead of NSW/ACT and Queensland on percentage.
NSW/ACT – 2.2 4.5 9.7 12.7 (79)
TASMANIA – 3.1 6.2 7.6 10.8 (68)
Goals: J. Callow 3, W. Harper 2, J. Menzie, O. Sanders, A. Norton, J. Bearman, A. Butterworth
Best: O. Davis, J. Steele, A. Butterworth, S. Banks, S. Collins, J. Callow, L. Borsboom