Already five goals in front at half time, the Kapunda football side had a brilliant 64-point victory against a team seen as a fellow contender in 2017, South Gawler, at Dutton Park on Saturday.
The Bombers had 14 more scoring shots than their opponents and won the game, 20.15 (135) to 10.11 (71).
Kapunda football manager Matt Ryan said it was a sound effort.
“Our midfield was on top in the centre square and our outside speed was evident,” he said.
“We received an even spread for the entire ground and our defence, despite losing Wade Champion (was strong as well.
“We lost Mark Cussadia in the opening five minutes of the game and Matty May was benched just before half time with an ankle.
“Brad Valentine played a quarter with a hamstring stain and came off in the final term.
“These injury issues just added to the strength of the victory.”
Along with a dominant displaying across the centre line, Brodhi Carracher and Domenico Costanzo also hit the scoreboard with nine goals between them.
In defence teenager Kallum Brown, especially in the second half and B grade captain Samuel Pratt were outstanding.
Rover Tyrell Hocking had another impressive game, and this rookie would be currently leading the Bombers best and fairest award after six games.
Tanunda ruckman Aaron Whistler was effective as well. Along with Costanzo’s five and Carracher four, half forward Reece Hocking finished with three goals.
Former state country footballer Adam Jolly and the younger Hocking, Tyrell both kicked a brace.
The Lions best was 2016 Woodville West Torrens league player Jackson Press who kicked three goals.
Nick White and Paul Marschall stood up in defence for South.
Ben Kerr, vice-captain Jackson Dare and Tyler Lee were serviceable, while young key forward David Aldred kicked two goals.
Nuriootpa v Barossa District
The Bulldogs got the job done against Henry Slattery’s Rovers, winning the contest by 33 points, with the final score 12.13 (85) to 8.4 (52).
Despite the comfortable margin, senior coach Todd Miles was not enamoured with his team’s performance.
“We were nowhere near our capacity,” Miles said.
“I felt like the group were just looking to get to the bye and that how the game panned out.
“We didn’t make the most of our chances in front of goals.
“Despite playing below our best, we are still six and zip and have the bye, before a couple of big games.
“Our game was pretty scrappy.”
Barossa District best players came from across half back, with both Nathan Casboult and Alex Stone being strong performers, while back pocket James Stanbury also had an impact.
Experienced on-ball Michael Bratton won plenty of possession, with small forward Jack Schuurmans, and wingman Jarrod Traynor exerting influence.
The competition’s leading goal kicker Darren Shillabeer finished with four majors, while the trio of Alan Obst, Schuurmans and Jaydn Goodfellow each finished with two goals.
The Tigers best was Alec Bryce, followed by rookie Mitchell Norton and evergreen veteran Shawn Gibson in defence.
Aseri “Bobby” Raikiwasa was competitive in his role as a big man.
Samuel Gordon was the long avenue to goal and he finished with five of his team’s eight goals.
Skipper Jack Scholz worked hard around the ball.
Freeling v Gawler Central
Freeling had an excellent win over Gawler Central on home soil.
Two goals up at half time, Freeling won 14.17 (101) to 10.7 (67).
Freeling coach Scott Dutschke said the team put pressure on the contested ball.
“Having 24 scoring shots to their six after quarter time, suggested we wasted opportunities.
“Having the break will help us prepare us for a big game against Barossa.”
The trio of Joshua Hand, John Boxer and Ben Geytenbeek were triggers for the Redlegs victory, while Joel Vaneveld had a six-goal haul. Beau Jarman and big man Adam Cockshell each had their moments while Boxer and Geytenbeek added to their efforts with three goals bags.
Charlie Molyneux was again Gawler Central’s leading performer despite the loss, kicking three goals from the midfield.
Defenders Ryan Wenham and Jake Asher stood up, while vice-captain Corey Solly, ball-magnet Daniel Stanley and rookie Beau Mason had their moments.
Willaston v Tanunda
Travelling to Elliot Goodger Reserve, the Magpies collected a critical win over Willaston, defeating the Donnybrooks 17.10 (112) to 8.7 (55).
Former SANFL footballer Joshua Trembath kicked 10.1 in a best-on-ground effort.
Tanunda coach Craig Griffiths said it was one of the club’s better performances this year.
“(We’re) starting to play the style of football we’d been working on.
“This win was very important, in context of staying in touch with the top four.
“We were on top with our with our centre clearances with (Angus) Kurtz, (Nick) Schmidt, (Nathan) Peterson-Gray, (Sam) Brooks and (Ryan) Bignell all having a big impact.
“Our back six held strong and it was terrific to have Matt Grocke back.
Willaston’s best was Clinton Voigt, followed by Ashley Fry and shut down defender Shaun Childs. Recruit Trent Payne and Alex Barclay had their moments.
By Peter Argent