The Queensland under-18 Scorpions slumped to a 100-point loss at the hands of South Australia on Saturday.
The Queensland Under-18 Scorpions were served a major reality check, going down to South Australia 22.10 (142) – 6.6 (42) on Saturday in Round two of the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships.
Queensland were looking to continue improving after a gallant loss to Vic Metro a fortnight ago, but the South Australians just proved too good.
The Crow eaters burst out of the blocks, with a seven-goal to two opening term, putting Queensland on the comeback trail from the get got.
Queensland showed plenty of fight in the second and third, but couldn’t make any headway on the scoreboard.
A seven-goal final term from South Australia shut the door on any possible Scorpions comeback, with Darcy Hourigan (five goals) leading the way on the scoreboard.
South Australia’s James Aish did his draft prospects no harm in his second game back from injury, with 22 touches and a goal.
Over-ager Jonothan Freeman was the best for the Scorpions, taking strong marks in the forward 50, finishing with 17 touches, eight marks and a goal.
Queensland on-baller, Lachie Weller (26 disposals), saw plenty of the ball for Queensland and was among the Scorpions’ standouts on the day.
Key defender Caleb Hay showed his talents, keeping Mitchell Harvey goalless in an impressive display.
The Queenslanders now have a fortnight to recoup before their opening Division Two clash against Tasmania at Blundstone Arena, Hobart.
With the opening clashes between Division One and Division Two not counting towards championship rankings, the Scorpions start from scratch against the Apple Isle, in a bid to clinch their first Division Two under-18 title since 2006.
QUEENSLAND 2.0 5.2 5.3 6.6 (42)
SOUTH AUSTRALIA 7.3 11.6 15.8 22.10 (142)
Queensland: Tickner 2, Conway, Freeman, Hammelmann, Trask
South Australia: Hourigan 5, Fantasia 4, Spina 2, Hewett 2, Reynolds 2, Aish, Bates, Coombe, Dunstan, Giles, Pitt, Wilson
Queensland: Freeman, Dawson, Hay, Weller, Brennan
South Australia: Aish, Dunstan, Hourigan, Wilson, Battersby, Knight