Despite challenges presented by Covid, we are almost there - the 2021 instalment of the AJC U18s in Werribee starts this Saturday, April 10. I am really looking forward to this. My focus is the women's comp given I have a daughter playing and will be attending matches each day. In terms of how the teams will fare - there is Vic Metro - as the overwhelming favourite and then there are the rest!
Six regions will conceivably jostle for 3 semi final spots - Vic Country, SA Metro, Qld South, WA Metro, NSW Metro and NSW Country. Vic Country and SA Met have better records in this tournament and IMO will likely get 2 slots. That leaves 1 slot for the remainers. The surprise for this age cohort 2 years ago in the U16s was the underperformance of Qld South; not sure what happened then. These tournaments usually produce a surprise bolter, and this year, my prediction is NSW Country. Looking forward to reading comments in coming days.