Tanunda marches on

Get up: Barossa District and Nuriootpa Rover ruckmen Todd Miles and Aseri Raikiwasa battle for a hitout. Photo: Jess Supple.
Get up: Barossa District and Nuriootpa Rover ruckmen Todd Miles and Aseri Raikiwasa battle for a hitout. Photo: Jess Supple.

On top of the ladder, Tanunda continued their rich vein of form with another 100-plus point victory in round eight of Barossa, Light and Gawler football over the winless Gawler Central side.

It is the Magpies third mammoth win in a row.

They started in emphatic style kicking 9.4 to 2.2 in the opening term and would go on to win by a massive 118-point margin.

The final scores was Tanunda 24.21 (165) to Gawler Central 6.11 (47).

“Pleasingly we're playing consistent football at the moment,” Tanunda coach Dean Terlich said.

 “We performed strongly; good back-to-back quarters performances and then strong back-to-back efforts in recent games.

“Our ball movement has been exceptional, which is given our forwards, especially Josh Trembath, plenty of opportunities.

“He finished with 10 goals for the game and received some pretty good service.

“We also debuted two teenagers for their first game.

“Liam Ellis is a 16-year-old who has been down at Central’s and Bailey Feltus, the son of former Nuriootpa player Kym, as Ben Schiller was a late withdrawal.

“Both looked competent at the level and not out of their depth.” 

Easily best on ground in this contest was Pies ruckman Angus Kurtze, while Riley McPharlane won plenty of ball in the middle and kicked three goals.

Across half back Darcy Harmon and Brett Dowse in his first game for the year were outstanding and Patrick Mudge, who gave the team plenty of defensive intensity and pressure across half-forward.

Other multiple goal kickers included Matthew Prior with four while Terlich and Mudge each kicked two.

Kyle Wurst was easily the Tigers best followed by skipper Corey Solly and Ashley Johnson.

On-baller Dylan Pilkington, Jonathan Shultz and Blayke Lane all had their moments in another tough day at the office.

Freeling vs South

The better side for three quarters and kicking 20 goals for the day, South Gawler collected a third win for the season defeating Freeling by 49 points at Cherry Road.

Having engineered a 23 point advantage at half-time, the Lions then conceded five goals in the third quarter before charging home seven goals two in the final term.

The final score was South Gawler 20.10 (130) defeating Freeling 12.9 (81). 

“I was happy with our first half although we burnt the ball a bit,” South Gawler’s bench coach Mark Brant said.

“Freeling kept nagging at us all day and while we have majority the play we didn't put enough score Board pressure

“Still our seven goals in the last quarter made it a solid win.

“Sadly we lost Ryan Head to a knee injury and he is expected to be out for at least six to eight weeks. Our skipper Chris James played a good captains game while Jackson Press was impressive over quarters.

“Jackson Ahern was outstanding, displaying his trademark coolness and composure across the back line and Darcy Judd-Smith gave the side plenty of run and carry.” 

Along with Press, Matthew Naumann was also high in the best players with five goals while Daniel Golding and Clayton Cameron for his role to contain Freeling star on-baller Josh Hand after quarter time was also mentioned.

Five Lions players kicked two goals as well - David Aldred, Goulding Nathan Bartsch, Press and Bailey Zobel. 

Leading performances for Freeling included coach Scott Dutschke who dragged his side back into the contest in the third quarter and intercept marking guru Adrian Wilson.

Veteran Travis Muster and forward Benjamin Heinrich, who kicked four goals, along with Ben Geytenbeek, Jack Hancock and Jayden Reudiger all were serviceable.

Barossa District v Nuriootpa

In the block-buster clash between second and third on the premiership ladder, Barossa survived a slow start to win against the gallant Tigers side by eight points.

The Bulldogs were five points down at half-time but took the lead with four goals to one in the third quarter before holding on in the last stanza.

The final score was Barossa 9.13 (67) defeating Nuri 8.11 (59).

“It was a pretty gutsy win and showed that we can get the job done and win ugly,” Barossa playing coach Todd Miles said. “We hung in there when we had to.”

“In this game we kicked poorly early and were pretty sloppy but we lifted our pressure after quarter time and our second half was a lot better.

“I was certainly frustrated at the goals we missed from 20 and 30 metres out from very kickable angles. While it's not an excuse we're starting to run out of players.

“Seven are on the side lines at the moment that I would class as walk up start for the A grade.

“Both key forward Alan Obst and midfield clearance king Michael Taylor didn't play after being injured the previous week.

“We lost Matt Stelzer and Michael Bratton in the first half, while Shaun Hunt was red carded. 

“Naturally a bench was pretty light on especially when ‘Shilla’ (Darren Shillabeer) yellow carded in the second half.”

Miles himself and defender Nathan Casbolt tied the best on ground, while defenders Hayden Traynor and Alex Stone both had big games for the Doggies.

Ben Cummings continues his good season and Oscar Barnett playing against his former club for the solid contributor.

Shillabeer kicked five of the Bulldogs nine goals in this contest. Recruit James Bentley was very good as was veteran Shawn Gibson in defence.

Scott Bentley and Brad Hoepner were strong around the ball. Aseri (Bobby) Raikiwasa competed manfully in ruck.

Luke Jaunay was the best of the other Tigers defenders while key forward Sam Gordon with three goals was the only multiple goal kicker for the hosts.

Kapunda v Angaston

In the battle between 140-year-old rivals, the Bombers at home had a fight on their hands at half-time leading by just seven points, after a tough first half against the eighth placed Angaston Panthers.

Kapunda set up their victory with 6.2 in the third quarter and would come home with a comfortable eight goal victory winning 18.9 (117) to Angaston’s 10.8 (68).

“I felt it was a flat first half by both sides and we would have gone in about a goal up at half time,” Kapunda coach David Leslie said.

“We butchered the ball early going into our forward lines. Pleasingly the group stepped up in the third quarter and Started to put the foot down

“I reckon we kicked 12 goals to five in the second half and in the end the 49-point margin is a good win “Brodhi Carracher played this best game in Kapunda colours.

“He, along with Harry Waters are originally from Mount Gambier, but are studying at Roseworthy College at the moment.

“I'm reasonably happy where we are going into the break as we've had 11 changes from the 2017 Grand Final side.” 

Last Saturday Kapunda lost Tom Willoughby late and brought in Josh Slater.

Along with the South East pair of Carracher and Walters, former CMS Crows talent Adam Jolly kicked six goals and was high in the best players as was former Freeling footballer Jay Meaney.Bombers defenders Kallum Brown and Tristen Kerr also had a strong impact.

Waters kicked three goals while Bradley Matters and Carracher off his wing both snaffled two majors. 

In his final game for Angaston, Tylah Saunders was easily their best followed by forward Alex Reincke and Alex Brackstone.