A bye weekend in the TAC Cup competition meant that all eyes were on the 2015 AFL Under-18 Championships – and a host of Rebels managed to impress.
Vic Country sealed the Division One title with an 11-point victory over South Australia on Friday at Simonds Stadium, winning 11.6 (72) to 9.7 (61).
Four Rebels featured in the win – the undefeated Country’s fifth in a row - including captain Darcy Tucker, utility Jarrod Berry and forwards Yestin Eades and Matthew Johnston.
Tucker (15 disposals) and Berry (14) once again combined across half-back, providing crucial rebound out of defence for Country, while Eades (12, six contested) and Johnston (five with a goal assist) also had important moments.
Meanwhile, several Rebels were pitted against each other in NSW/ACT’s 37-point win over Northern Territory on Saturday at Simonds Stadium.
Bullocking midfielder Jacob Hopper was a standout in the 14.10 (94) to 9.3 (57) victory, managing 10 clearances amongst his 29 disposals for the Rams.
Despite the loss, Rebels’ forwards Daniel Rioli (two goals) and Ezekiel Frank (one) were both encouraging for Northern Territory.
Northern Territory will attempt to register its first win when it meets Tasmania on Wednesday at Etihad Stadium, while NSW/ACT clashes with Queensland the following day at Simonds Stadium.
Immediately after, the undefeated Country faces Western Australia in what will be the final game of the Championships.