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.
“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