It seems like Barossa District may be close to unbeatable after disposing of its closest rival, Kapunda by 48 points, on Saturday.
The BLG A grade reigning premiers are showing just how dangerous they can be, as playing coach Todd Miles explained.
“The last couple of weeks we’ve played some really good games, we’re starting to play well together,” he said.
“We hadn’t been playing our best footy and we had a bit of a sloppy start to the season.”
The first quarter was evenly matched – the Bulldogs missed simple shots on goal to lead by just three points at the break.
However, the sloppy conditions suited the Dogs, and the powerhouse side hit its straps to extend the lead at each remaining change.
Barossa was up by 23 points at half-time and 32 at three-quarter time, before cruising to an easy victory.
Dogs’ Darren Shillabeer finished with six majors, while Alan Obst (three) and Michael Bratton were serviceable.
Justin Zanandrea kicked four goals for Kapunda, while Thomas Willoughby was strong in a losing side.
Freeling v Willaston
Willaston’s season continues to build after nutting out a tight, two-goal away win over Freeling.
The Donnybrooks flew out of the blocks, kicking 5.2 to three goals to create a 14-point buffer by the first change.
Freeling brought the physicality to the contest, but played catch up for most of the day, as Willaston dominated the stoppages.
The Redlegs kicked the first two goals of the third term to start their resurgence, but the Donnys hung on for victory.
“We let them back in, which is something we’ll need to fix come finals if we get to it,” Willaston coach Mal Greenwood said.
“But we’ve got a young list, we’re getting consistent – it’d be nice to blow sides away, but a win’s a win.”
Jack Gibbs and Tyson Irlam (three goals each) were dangerous on the scoreboard, while Clint Voigt was a strong support in the midfield.
Gawler Central v Angaston
It seems Angaston may have finally turned its season around – defeating Gawler Central by 46 points.
It was all the Panthers in the first half, controlling the play and inside 50s, but a two-goal margin at the break didn’t reflect the domination.
“It was a little bit concerning because we had all this play,” Angaston coach Paul Sherwood said.
“We had worked on our efficiency going forward, and it all came together which we needed.”
The Tigers scored just two points in the third term, as the Panthers belted seven majors – it opened the floodgates to a nine-goal to three second half and handed Sherwood’s charges the win.
Panther Alex Brackstone was awarded the MAC Road Safety Round Medal for his efforts around the ground, while Daniel Rathjen was strong up forward, slotting four majors.
Nuriootpa v Tanunda
Nuriootpa’s resurgence continues after notching up its second consecutive win – coming from behind to defeat Tanunda by 20 points, at home.
It was a must-win game for the Tigers, but the side looked sluggish to start, as the Magpies’ run and carry dominated the midfield.
Tanunda led by 22 points at the first change, but Nuriootpa continued to pressure – reducing the margin to two goals at the main break, and just four points at three-quarter time.
Link up efforts from Ryan Foulis on the wing from sweeping half-backman Aisea “Magic” Raikiwasa, coupled with a strong defensive effort from youngster Mitch Norton snatched the lead back for the Tigers, who held on to take the win.
“Two wins in a row is a real confidence-booster for the team – hopefully we’ll build off that and get a few more wins as the season continues,” Nuriootpa coach Henry Slattery said.
Nuri’s Shawn Gibson also played a vital role on Tanunda’s Joshua Trembath (five goals), who allowed the superboot to kick just one goal after a mammoth, four-major first quarter.