West Adelaide’s defence of their Foxtel Cup ended in slippery conditions at Adelaide Oval on Tuesday night.
The national competition features two clubs from the SANFL and similar leagues in other states, including a new outfit from Tasmania, playing their first season, the Western Storm.
Both sides fielded inexperienced teams, and it was the first outing for West Adelaide’s new coach Mark Mickan and for the Storm’s playing coach Mitch Hills.
The Storm – based in Launceston – kicked the first goal and were never headed.
The Bloods got close – very close – when Jesse Watchman snapped a goal with around 20 seconds left in the match and West Adelaide trailing by four points.
They had wasted their opportunities, however, by kicking 1.5 in the last term.
Watchman shapes up as a very promising talent – he turned 18 in January and is a solidly built 196cm with a good right foot.
He was named this week in the State Under 18 squad, which is defending its national championship title later this season, starting with a match against WA on May 27 at AAMI Stadium.
West’s exit from the 2014 Foxtel Cup leaves last year’s SANFL premier Norwood as the only local hope of taking the $100,000 prize.
The Redlegs play WAFL club East Perth at Patersons Stadium on Tuesday May 27.
FOXTEL CUP SCOREBOARD
Western Storm 4.2 7.4 9.6 9.7 (61)
West Adelaide 2.1 4.4 7.4 8.9 (57)
BEST – Western Storm: M. Hanson, McCulloch, Hills, Brown, Blackberry, Collis.
West Adelaide: Dijksman, P. Nelson, Jennings, Schott, Hopton.
GOALS – Western Storm: Collis, McCulloch 2, Brown, Barker, McGee, Russell, Thomas.
West Adelaide: Hopton, Watchman 2, Dijksman, Schott, De Zylva, P.Nelson.
INJURIES – West Adelaide: Carter (knee).
At Adelaide Oval
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