Willaston romps home in Cup clash

With 14 shots to four in the opening term and eventually winning by 70 points, Willaston displayed much of its huge potential in the annual McGahan-Heinrich Cup stand-alone match to start round three of the BLG competition.

The Donnybrooks would eventually win the game 22.16 (148) to 12.6 (78), with South Gawler only matching their rivals during the second term.

“We have won all four McGahan-Heinrich Cups in my time as coach,” Donnybrooks mentor Malcolm Greenwood said.

“I was really happy with the team’s performance, especially the intensity around the contest when the game was there to be won in the first half. I thought it was an all-round team effort and we had a very versatile group with seven or eight that could play either forward, back or through the midfield.

“Clinton Voigt won the Anzac medal on the back of a very telling performance in the first half then the game was there to be won. The group is up and about at the moment and we are looking forward to the clash with Freeling after our bye, before the two big games against Tanunda and Barossa.

“Along with Clinton’s (Voigt) effort, we had Tyson Irlam and Brodie Cormack around the ball winning plenty of it. Harrison Elbrow also found a bit of it (the ball) as well.

“Across half back Sammy Walton and Michael Clinch certainly we're instrumental in the victory as well, taking a number of intercept marks.”  

Willaston had dominant players in the engine rooms, across the middle of the ground and all over the field.

Anzac medallist Clinton Voigt, Tyson Irlam (who must be in line for SANFL league debut for the Crows next week) Brodie Cormack, Harrison Elbrow all found plenty of the ball and we're given an armchair ride from big man Stewart Ferenci.

In real terms Willaston should have won by more as South kicked a handful of their goals in junk time late in the game.

The Donnybrooks look to have a pretty balanced team with the experience of Sam Walton and the indigenous pair of Shaun Childs and Michael Clinch leading their defence.

Young talents Brandon Rendell, Matthew Spirritt and Brayden Coombs, a former Rookie of the Year, are all starting to show a real appetite for A Grade football.

Fleet footed forward Michael Howson kicked five goals while Tyson Irlam added to his midfield dominance with a four goal haul.

The mercurial Joshua Waldhuter kicked three goals including a superb candidate for the goal of this season. It was a left foot snap from the Willaston canteen pocket, next to the boundary that he purposely dribbles through in the third quarter.

It was an accomplished all round performance by the Willaston side.

Conversely, South Gawler endured their third consecutive loss to start the season and they must turn their winter around quickly or finals participation will fly out the window.

Promoted for this game Ben Washington was the Lions best player followed by recruit from Virginia Ben Russell and the returning Tyson Panagiotou.  

Central Districts experience reserves footballer Braydn Lehmann was solid defence against the tide while Bailey Zobel tried hard.  

Chad Connelly kicked four of the teams 12 goals, while Washington added to his day with three majors and former SANFL Eagles footballer Jackson Press kicked two.

Round three continues today with the marquee clash between Barossa clubs Angaston and Nurioopta at the Angaston Recreational Park.

This Anzac Day match is building into a great tradition between the two sides.

On Saturday is the match of the round (and season so far) as Tanunda host the Barossa Bulldogs in what should be a huge contest between two sides that have a depth of talent rarely matched in country footy. The day also is a 10-year reunion for the Tanunda 2008 Centenary Premiership teams.

At Dutton Park, Kapunda, the two “Light District” clubs play their annual Mickan-Shanahan Cup match. This is the longest running Cup match of the BLGFA.