FINALS: SA Country Football 2013 Championship | Photos, scores

Best and Fairest player Michael Liebelt is congratulated by Don McSweeney after receiving the medal named in Don's honour. Picture: Peter Argent
Best and Fairest player Michael Liebelt is congratulated by Don McSweeney after receiving the medal named in Don's honour. Picture: Peter Argent
Andy Michael named Coach of the SA Country Football 2013 Championship receives the Bill Murdoch medal. Picture; Peter Argent

Andy Michael named Coach of the SA Country Football 2013 Championship receives the Bill Murdoch medal. Picture; Peter Argent

Adam Braendler is congratulated by SA Country Football board member and former premier Rob Kerin for being named leading goal kicker. Picture: Peter Argent

Adam Braendler is congratulated by SA Country Football board member and former premier Rob Kerin for being named leading goal kicker. Picture: Peter Argent

Inaugural Bill Murdoch medalist Andrew Michael is congratulated by country football legend Bill Murdoch for being named Coach of the Championship. Picture: Peter Argent

Inaugural Bill Murdoch medalist Andrew Michael is congratulated by country football legend Bill Murdoch for being named Coach of the Championship. Picture: Peter Argent

David Uthenwoldt, umpire of the SA Country Football 2013 Championship. Picture: Peter Argent

David Uthenwoldt, umpire of the SA Country Football 2013 Championship. Picture: Peter Argent

Central zone celebrate their win in the grand final over Murray South East. Picture: Peter Argent

Central zone celebrate their win in the grand final over Murray South East. Picture: Peter Argent

Glen Dundovic for Central celebrates the win. Picture: Peter Argent

Glen Dundovic for Central celebrates the win. Picture: Peter Argent

Central coach Andy Michael celebrates the win over MSE with David Shipway and captain Tom Riggs. Picture: Peter Argent

Central coach Andy Michael celebrates the win over MSE with David Shipway and captain Tom Riggs. Picture: Peter Argent

Central coach Andy Michael holds the winner's trophy with captain Tom Riggs. Picture: Peter Argent

Central coach Andy Michael holds the winner's trophy with captain Tom Riggs. Picture: Peter Argent

Vice-captain Zac Hier on a spoiler. Picture: Peter Argent

Vice-captain Zac Hier on a spoiler. Picture: Peter Argent

Nigel Osborn for Central. Picture: Peter Argent

Nigel Osborn for Central. Picture: Peter Argent

Kane Cuthbertson for Murray South East. Picture: Peter Argent

Kane Cuthbertson for Murray South East. Picture: Peter Argent

Caleb Howell for Central. Picture: Peter Argent

Caleb Howell for Central. Picture: Peter Argent

Heath Pym for Central. Picture: Peter Argent

Heath Pym for Central. Picture: Peter Argent

Ray Jaensch for Murray South East. Picture: Peter Argent

Ray Jaensch for Murray South East. Picture: Peter Argent

Glen Dundovic for Central. Picture: Peter Argent

Glen Dundovic for Central. Picture: Peter Argent

Glen Dundovic for Central. Picture: Peter Argent

Glen Dundovic for Central. Picture: Peter Argent

 Del Miller for EP. Picture: Peter Argent

Del Miller for EP. Picture: Peter Argent

Umpire Sarah jameson. Picture: Peter Argent

Umpire Sarah jameson. Picture: Peter Argent

Adam Braendler for EP. Picture: Peter Argent

Adam Braendler for EP. Picture: Peter Argent

 Jason Farrier for Southern District. Picture: Peter Argent

Jason Farrier for Southern District. Picture: Peter Argent

Brad Haselgrove for EP. Picture: Peter Argent

Brad Haselgrove for EP. Picture: Peter Argent

John Mesecke for Southern District. Picture: Peter Argent

John Mesecke for Southern District. Picture: Peter Argent

Callum Wilson for EP. Picture: Peter Argent

Callum Wilson for EP. Picture: Peter Argent

Johan Wagener for EP. Picture: Peter Argent

Johan Wagener for EP. Picture: Peter Argent

 Nigel James for EP. Picture: Peter Argent

Nigel James for EP. Picture: Peter Argent

Shaun Maxfield for EP. Picture: Peter Argent

Shaun Maxfield for EP. Picture: Peter Argent

 Jay Williams for EP. Picture: Peter Argent

Jay Williams for EP. Picture: Peter Argent

Heath Caldwell for Northern. Picture: Peter Argent

Heath Caldwell for Northern. Picture: Peter Argent

Ryan Proud for Eastern. Picture: Peter Argent

Ryan Proud for Eastern. Picture: Peter Argent

Damien Ellery for Nothern. Picture: Peter Argent

Damien Ellery for Nothern. Picture: Peter Argent

Nick Schmidt for Eastern. Picture: Peter Argent

Nick Schmidt for Eastern. Picture: Peter Argent

Josh Parker for Northern. Picture: Peter Argent

Josh Parker for Northern. Picture: Peter Argent

Picture: Peter Argent

Picture: Peter Argent

Northern zone players warming up ahead of their finals clash against Eastern on Sunday, July 7. Picture: Peter Argent

Northern zone players warming up ahead of their finals clash against Eastern on Sunday, July 7. Picture: Peter Argent

Welcome to our coverage of the finals of the SA Country Football 2013 Championship from Memorial Oval in Port Pirie.

It's been a long time between drinks but Central zone has once again claimed the premier's crown at the SA Country Football Championship.

Central - encompassing players from Hills, Yorke Peninsula, North Eastern and Adelaide Plains leagues - triumphed over Murray South East in the title decider with a comprehensive 49-point win.

The side's previous victory was in Berri in 2006 but at Sunday's match at Memorial Oval in Port Pirie, Central's frugal defence was nearly impenetrable, conceding just one goal for the match.

The final score in what was a one-sided contest was Central 9.11.55 defeated Murray South East 1.10.16.

Central's Michael Liebelt, who was later crowned Best and Fairest player of the championship, was dominant around the ground and when rested in defence. 

Woodville-West Torrens 2006 premiership player and Central's member at the 2004 carnival, Zac Hier marshalled the Central zone backline brilliantly while Glen Dundovic and Caleb Howell were good avenues up forward.    

The Central zone had plenty of contributors over the course of the game and during the two days of the championships which ultimately led to the premiership title.

Northern zone train ahead of their final. Look at that backdrop – we must be in Port Pirie. Picture: Peter Argent

Northern zone train ahead of their final. Look at that backdrop – we must be in Port Pirie. Picture: Peter Argent

Mr Schenscher from MSE warming up reading the paper. Picture: Peter Argent

Mr Schenscher from MSE warming up reading the paper. Picture: Peter Argent

Steve Lubcke (left) with Eastern officials. Picture: Peter Argent

Steve Lubcke (left) with Eastern officials. Picture: Peter Argent

Game one officials gather ahead of the match between Northern vs Eastern. Picture: Peter Argent

Game one officials gather ahead of the match between Northern vs Eastern. Picture: Peter Argent

“We only had two trainings and the boys bonded together well, which was a key to our success,” said proud Central zone captain and Burra boy Tom Riggs.

“It is a big honour to lead this group to the title. Along with the two flags at BBH this is my biggest accolade in footy. Our strength was certainly our back six along with the midfield.

“Zac Hier at centre half back was tremendous with his instructions and we got plenty of drive from Mick Liebelt in ruck and the rest of the on-ballers.”

Better players for the Murray South East side included Tyson Wait and Joel Kay in defence, while Simon Berkefeld’s skill and work ethic could not be questioned.

MSE coach Justin McConnell confirmed his team failed to find strong marking targets in attack and simply could not compete with big man Liebelt.

At the post championship presentation, Eyre Peninsula lad from Thevenard Adam Braendler won the goal kicking trophy, Border Downs Tintinara young gun from Eastern zone Pat Barratt was award with the best under 21 player, while Southern Districts’ David Uthenwoldt was the umpire of the carnival.

The inaugural Bill Murdoch Coach of the Country Championship medal was awarded to Central zone coach Andrew Michael.  

The SA Country team now travel to Perth for a match on July 27 against WA Country.

- Peter Argent

Game 3: 1:30pm | PHOTOS

FULL TIME: Central 9.11.65 def Murray South East 1.10.16

Q3: Central 6.6.42 vs Murray South East 1.8.14

Q2: Central 4.5.29 vs Murray South East 1.4.10

Q1. Central 2.2.14 vs Murray South East 0.0.0

Game 2: 11:45pm | PHOTOS

FULL TIME: Eyre Peninsula 18.5.113 def Southern District 5.4.34

Q3: Eyre Peninsula 13.4.82 vs Southern District 3.4.22

Q2: Eyre Peninsula 9.3.57 vs Southern District 2.3.15

Q1: Eyre Peninsula 5.3.33 vs Southern Districts 1.0.6

Game 1: 10am | PHOTOS

FULL TIME: Eastern zone 6.16.52 def Northern zone 6.9.45

Q3: Eastern zone 5.14.44 vs Northern zone 3.8.26

Q2: Northern zone 3.5.23 vs Eastern zone 1.17.17

Q1: Northern zone 1.2.8 vs Eastern zone 0.8.8