In this pivotal clash at Elliot Goodger Reserve, after an expected strong start by Willaston, less than a straight goal separated Kapunda and the Donnybrooks at both the half-time and three quarter time intervals.
With the game on the line the Bombers charged away with an eight last quarter goals and went on to win this game by a healthy 40-point margin.
“It was a bit of a battle early with it two or three goal breeze towards the scoreboard end at Williston Oval,” Kapunda coach David Leslie said.
“In the first 15 or so minutes they played pretty well, but you'd expect that coming off a 100 point loss the previous week.
“Willaston kicked the first three goals of the second half, but then we kicked 11 of the last 13 of the game.
“In the final term we played some of our best football for the year.”
The final score in this round seven game was Kapunda 18.11 (119) defeating Willaston 12-7 (79), consigning Mal Greenwood’s troops to a second successive loss.
Top up Crows player Joey Brown was outstanding with his run and ball use, as was state country footballer Adam Jolly who kicked eight goals up forward.
Brodhi Carracher on his wing gave the team plenty of run, while ruckman Adam Turrell, along with siblings, Bradley and Cameron Matters all had their moments.
Brad Prior and Carracher also kicked two goals as did Matthew Parslow for the Kapunda Bombers.
For the Donnybrooks, Sean Baker was their best, followed by Alex Barcley and co-captain Sam Walton.
Michael Clinch rebounded plenty of attacks from half back and Tyson Irlam continue to work hard around the ball. Lachlan Dowling deserves a mention as well. Willaston ruckman Stewie Ferenci was yellow carded in the final term after a shirt front, which seemed to stop the momentum of the hosts. The quartet of Matthew Spirritt, Michael Howson, Ferenci and Barcley each kick two goals for the vanquished.
Gawler Centrals v Barossa
It was certainly David facing off against Goliath in the game at the “Dog Track”.
There has been a dramatic change since these sides were Grand Final opponents at Willaston Oval in 2016.
A Goliath of the BLG competition Barossa District ran over the top of the young, raw and inexperienced Gawler Central side, winning by a huge and handsome 137-point margin.
The Doggies were inaccurate early but had 45 scoring shots in the end, kicking 24.21 (165) to Gawler Central 4.4 (28).
“I was frustrated with our goal kicking accuracy in the first half, but it did get better after the main break,” Barossa coach and best on ground in this game,” Todd Miles said.
“We started off the game indifferently, then put our foot on the pedal on the second half and got the result I expected. Especially in the second half it was very good showing.
“Michael Bratton displayed all his attribute at this this level, while Alex Stone and Brae McConnell were excellent down back as well.”
At times Miles was so dominant in ruck, he look like a man playing against boys in this contest.
He was supported by Bratton who would have racked up 40 possessions and kicked a goal in the midfield. Darren Shillabeer, after an indifference first half, was good in the second half kicking seven goals.
Both Jack Schuumans and Jack Maxwell kicked three goals each. The trio of Ben Cummings, Oscar Barnett and Jarrod Traynor finished with a pair.
Recruit from Adelaide University, Jonathan Schulz, left footer Dylan Bell and Corey Solly were the Tigers best, while Alex Robertson battled manfully although beaten in ruck.
The oldest man on the ground Simon Marsden produced a number of constructive acts in defence. For Gawler Central, Blake Layne had his moments as well.
A definite highlight for the Tigers was Adam Bysters’ goal of the year in the final term where he had a shot from 70 metres out that rolled end on end and through the two white uprights.
Nuriootpa V Freeling
Billed as the match of the round, Nuriootpa annihilated Freeling by a significant 100-point margin in their clash on the Tigers home ground.
Nuri kicked 6.4 to one goal in the opening term and never looked back from there, finishing with 23.13 (151) to Freeling 8.3 (51).
“We played a consistent four quarters of football and converted on the scoreboard with six goals in the first term,” playing coach Henry Slattery said.
“Freeling did lose Adam Cockshell first minutes of the game. From our perspective everyone contributed and ‘Bobby’ Raikiwasa in ruck and as an extra midfielder had a big game.
Along with a Raikiwasa siblings, Magic and Bobby, Jackson Baldwin (three goals), Aaron Laverty and Scott Bentley we're all highly productive through the midfield.
Tall forward Sam Gordon was their tower of strength in attack kicking seven goals, while evergreen veteran Sean Gibson was also strong.
Playing up forward coach, Slattery kicked three goals while Zac Dahms and Beau Shinnick, along with Bentley finished with a pair.
Freeling coach Scott Dutschke and forward Ben Heinrich were the Redlegs best, while Brady Scott and Ben Geytenbeek, along with defenders Jayden Ruediger and Travis Muster, all battled manfully against the onslaught.
Tanunda v Angaston
As expected Tanunda prove too good for the eighth placed Angaston.
Already being nine goals up at half-time, the Magpies kicked 19.14(128) to Angaston modest 7.3 (45), which included five goals in the final term.
The Magpies won this crosstown rivalry by a significant 83-point margin.
“It was a good day,” Tanunda playing coach, Dean Terlich said
“Our big focus was backing up from the week previously and it was a balanced team of effort. Aron Fechner played best game for the year coming back into the side, playing a role as an on-baller/forward.
“Our back line was solid again and we hit the scoreboard regularly.
“Darcy Hamon has been good down back and Matthew Westhoff has continued his strong season.
“I've been happy with the way we've been playing; generally kicking reasonable scores and keeping our opponents to low totals.”
Along with Terlich and Fechner, Josh Trembath was a great target in attack kicking nine goals and four behinds. Angus Kurtz continued to dominate the ruck contests and Nathan Petersen-Gray with a productive midfielder.
Tanunda’s only other multiple goal-kicker was long time defender Matthew Prior who finished with three. For the Panthers, who are struggling near the foot of the table again, Lachlan Duell at centre half back was their best, followed by Jake Hood and Callum Lowke.