Angaston vs Gawler Central
It had been 406 days since the last victory and 378 days since their last premiership point, when Gawler Central drew with Barossa District in round eight (June 17) of last season.
On Saturday against Angaston at Panther Park, Matt Whelan’s young Gawler Central outfit came from 20 points down a quarter time to defeat Angaston by 14 points, celebrating its inaugural victory for the 2018 campaign.
“The boys were ecstatic after the game as you would have expected,” playing coach Whelan said.
“This was a good reward for some solid efforts over the past month.
“We started reasonably slowly, got back into the game in the second term and the third quarter was a real arm wrestle.
“We got a break in the last (including a goal by Whelan), before Alex Brackstone kicked a couple of goals.
“Then we moved new recruit from Salisbury North Anthony Morgante on to him.
“Now we need to aim for three or four more wins before the seasons out and need to back up from this first victory.
“Jono Schulz (two goals) was best on ground in this first win by the Gawler Central Tigers, followed by Ryan Wenham who’s playing in a new role up forward and classy half back Jamie Wagner.”
Andrew Wright was given a job of quelling goal sneak Andrew Pech, keeping him to just one major in this low scoring affair and the Tigers coaching staff were very happy with the efforts of young forward Jacob Marsden.
For the dispirited Panthers, James Paprotny continues his strong season, while Lachlan Duell was again in the best players at centre half back.
Craig Harvey worked hard around the ball, while Brackstone and Thomas Ryan both had their moments.
Despite the loss, Angaston are still in eighth place, percentage above Gawler Central on the premiership ladder. Both have a single win to this point of the year.
Tanunda vs Freeling
Tanunda attacking and highly productive season continued with a 111-points slaughter of the Freeling
Redlegs on home turf kicked five goals in the opening term but set up the win was seven goals the one in the second quarter. The Magpies went on to win this game 27.10 (172) to Freeling’s modest 9.7 (63).
Tanunda have now kicked 20 or more goals on no less than six occasions over their first 10 games across the opening 11 rounds of this winter.
“It’s a lot of fun kicking big bags,” Tanunda’s coach Dean Terlich said. “I’m a pretty offensive player that’s the way I like to coach as well. Also the group is playing to their strengths.
“The other thing that was pleasing about this performance is that we had 10 different goal kickers and having that spread of people hitting the score board is important.
“Freeling actually kick the first three goals of the game and led by 20 points early, but halfway through the first quarter we started to take control of the contest.
“We still need to keep working towards our strengths and understand there is still plenty of improvement.” With Freeling Adam Cockshell not playing, Tanunda athletic ruckman Angus Kurtze dominated the game, producing a best on ground display.
Matthew Prior, skipper Benjamin Schiller, Kamikaze midfielder Sam Brooks, Terlich himself and Riley McPharlane were among the leading performers , while Darcy Hamon and Patty Mudge also deserved a mention.
Leigh Westhoff kick five goals, while Terlich and the competition’s leading goal-kicker Josh Trembath finished with four each, as did Angus Kurtze when he pushed forward. Schiller finished with three goals, while Patrick Mudge and Sam Brooks also kicked two.
Freeling’s best player was former Salisbury North footballer Paul Driemann, while defender Jayden Rudiger, Josh Hand and Ben Geytenbeek were solid.
Medium forward Brady Scott kicked three goals for the Redlegs, to be their only attacking option that really had an effect.
Willaston vs Nuriootpa
In the match of the round game, Nuriootpa travelled to Willaston Oval and collected an impressive 40 point win in a battle between third and fourth on the premiership ladder.
The Tigers got out of the blocks quickly with a five goals first quarter and lead by 28 points of the initial break.
Willaston did charge back into the game with six majors in the second quarter, but from that point onwards Nuri controlled the contest.
“It was a good win but it’s fair to say that they had significant players missing,” Nuriootpa coach Henry Slattery shared.
“We started strongly kicking towards the netball courts end, but they kicked two goals in a row without the ball going back to the centre in the second quarter which gave them some momentum.
“I felt we competed pretty well on the inside against the Willaston’s strong bodied midfielders and the playing group brought good pressure across the course of the game, which was a key to the win.
“We also had good service from a midfielders like Tim Dimasi, Alec Byrce and Beau Shinnick who pushed forward and had an impact on the scoreboard.
“Our belief is starting to grow as a group.”
Tigers best players included Tim Dimasi, Brad Hoepner across half back and on-baller Jackson Baldwin, while Alec Bryce, James Bentley and a Aseri ‘Bobby’ Raikiwasa also had an impact.
Stewart Ferenci for Willaston was the best big man on the ground, while Josh Waldhuter also had an impact for the Donnys.
Alex Barclay, Shaun Baker, defender Michael Clinch and Harrison Elbrow were the other strong performers.
Marking forward Sam Gordon kicked five goals for Nuriootpa, getting support for Alec Bryce and Scott Bentley, who both finished with three.
Josh Waldhuter led the way for the hosts with four majors.
South Gawler vs Kapunda
In a shock result, South Gawler travelled to Dutton Park to beat their hosts, after a tremendous struggle and in an exciting finish, by just two points.
The Lions had the better of the first half kicking 6.9 to 2.8 and led by 25 points, but Kapunda charged into the contest with four goals to one in the third quarter.
The last term was a tight affair with Kapunda missing a number of late opportunities. South won the game with less scoring shots, 8.12 (60) to Kapunda’s 7.16 (58).
South’s assistant coach Mark Brant called his team’s first half excellent. “Our attack on the football was great; we were clean with the ball and moved it faster than them,” Brant said.
“We could have been even further in front except for our inaccuracy in front of goals.
“Jacko Dare was lively up forward.
“We have a special plan in place to contain Mark Cussadia and Brohdi Carracher, which we felt worked.
“Our second half wasn’t as good as our intensity dropped off and Kapunda fought their way back into the game.
“Chris James stood up when it counted and took a great ‘speckie’ mark and for the last few minutes.
“We played some pretty smart football in the final minutes to get the win.
“On the other hand we also lost Paul Marschall with an ankle injury just before half-time and Bailey Zobel did a hamstring early in the third, which meant our rotations were down.
“Both sides had key personnel on the sidelines and in the end we won the game ugly, but we won and kept ourselves in the race for a position in the top four.”
Along with Dare who kicked four goals and James, siblings Darcy and Brock Judd-Smith both played key roles in the victory.
Kapunda’s Tristan Kerr was lead player taking a number of intercept marks in defence.
Harry Walters and Brad Valentine in the back half were solid. Jay Meaney kicked three of the seven goals for Kapunda.