Up the Grades: Kolt’ hero makes finals return

SUBIACO prospect Koltyn Tholstrup stepped back up to WAFL League level over the weekend, taking part in the Lions’ week one finals loss to Peel Thunder. The hard-working utility returned from a groin injury via the Reserves last week, and managed three behinds from seven touches on Saturday.

Tholstrup’s Lions led by 28 points at half time but were unable to hold off the Thunder’s third quarter surge. State representative Luker Kentfield was also fielded, notching six disposals and three tackles as Subiaco now turns its attention to a week two matchup against Claremont.

Elsewhere in the top flight finals out West, Daniel Curtin gathered 15 disposals and four marks as Claremont eliminated East Perth with a 12-point victory. Down in the Reserves, midfielder Luke Kelly had 10 touches and laid four tackles in Swan Districts’ defeat of Subiaco.

There wasn’t any junior representation in the top SANFL grade this week, but a good group of Woodville-West Torrens prospects turned out in the twos. The Eagles won a thriller over South Adelaide by the slimmest of margins, progressing to week two having scraped into the top five on percentage.

Fresh off five League games, bottom-ager Kade Herbert booted a goal from 14 disposals and eight marks, while forward Patrick Weckert also clunked eight grabs for two majors. Meanwhile, state teammate Callum Fairall had 18 touches and laid four tackles.

Kade Herbert played in the Eagles’ finals win | Image Credit: Rookie Me Central

A slew of Brisbane Lions Academy members turned out in Wilston Grange’s QAFL semi final win over Broadbeach. Bottom-aged goalsneak Jake Fazldeen snared five goals, while Fergus McFadyen and Billy Richardson (three each) hit the scoreboard, and Patrick Snell also featured.

Meanwhile, Suns Academy products and recent Queensland Under 17 representatives Joshua Zanker-Close and Leo Lombard were blooded by Broadbeach. Under 16 gun Daniel Annable also appeared in the senior grade, as Redland Victoria Point lost to Aspley, who advanced to this year’s decider.

A few more Northern Academy talents were unleashed in the AFL Sydney Premier competition. Swan Max Rider kicked a goal in UNSW-ES Bulldogs’ win over Pennant Hills, helping his side into the Grand Final alongside the likes of Ned Hawkins and Hamish Morrison.

While the Tasmania Devils enjoyed a pre-finals bye as Coates Talent League minor premier, no players were risked in the final TSL home-and-away round. Similarly, there was an absence of 2005-born talent in the opening week of VFL finals.

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