Cleve footballer Cameron Taheny helped the South Australian under 18 team to a hard-fought eleven point win against Western Australia in Perth at the weekend in their first national championship match.
The two state sides played in a curtain-raiser ahead of the Fremantle versus Port Adelaide AFL clash at Optus Stadium.
The 17-year-old Taheny has been in solid form, having scored 11 goals in three matches for Norwood in the SANFL this season including three on debut.
Ahead of the game, Taheny said he was expecting a good contest.
"They (WA) will be a pretty handy team but hopefully we can have a win and I feel very lucky to get to play at Optus Stadium in the State colours," he said.
The 2019 side have big shoes to fill after last year's SA 'super team' took out the national championships.
Taheny's Rostrevor College schoolmates and fellow Eyre Peninsula locals Ben Jarvis and Jacob Kennerley played in the side and were both subsequently drafted to the Geelong Football Club.
"We are pretty keen to write our own story this year and hopefully follow in the footsteps of last year's team by winning but going about it our own way," Taheny said.
"We have a lot of talented players but we're a different group to them."
The trip proved fruitful for the state team, coming home with a hard-fought eleven point win.
Taheny was the only multiple goalscorer for either side, booting two majors.
The side will take on Vic Metro at Alberton Oval in Adelaide this weekend.