South vs Gawler Central
Keeping their slim finals hopes alive with a comfortable 61-point victory over cellar dwellers Gawler Central, South Gawler got the job done at home wearing a special pink jumper.
Inaccurate until half-time, they only lead by two goals at the long interval, having kicked three goals, 10 behinds to this point.
They continued to pepper the goals, kicked 5.6 in the third quarter and a further four goals in the last ensure a comfortable triumph and a fourth consecutive victory.
“It was a pretty scrappy first half and we couldn’t get our hands on the footy,” South coach Mark Brant said.
“We started to apply lot more pressure after half-time delivering a higher intensity and a stronger work rate with the results showing on the scoreboard.
“I reckon we must have kicked 2.6 or 2.7 in the second term and we were 3.10 at half-time. It could have been a lot better.
“Gawler Centrals have improved a lot since round one and they have plenty of young talent to work with.
“Brayden Lehman was outstanding across half back with his marking and Chad Connolly kick for goals and must have given away at least another couple.”
Along with Lehman and Connolly, Chris James again led from the front. Callum Hay has proved to be a worthy recruit with a strong four quarter effort. Tim Hines and Nick White also were strong performers. South teenager Rhys Sutton also kicked three goals.
Willaston v Barossa District
Without playing coach Todd Miles and key forward Darren Shillabeer, Barossa District couldn’t match the intensity and willpower of the Willaston Donnybrooks in this important round 14 clash.
Starting well, the Donnys were six goals up at half-time and would go on to win by a comfortable 46-point margin.
The game finished with the scoreboard reading Willaston 16.9 (105) defeated reigning premiers, Barossa District 8.11 (57).
Triumphant coach Malcolm Greenwood was impressed with his team’s first half. “It (our first half) certainly set up the win,” Greenwood told the Herald.
“At that point I feel we had iced the game. It is a real positive for our group then we can get off to such a strong start against a high quality opponent.
“We know the Barossa had some notable absentee’s in Shillabeer and Miles and they went in with a small side, but so did we.
“This game gave us a lot of confidence moving forward, beating sides in the top four, which now includes two wins against Barossa.
“This is something we hadn’t done in previous years. We’ve still got some improvement in us, but what I like is our young players are executing.
“We’re playing some solid football with the moment but we know this Saturday against Tanunda is a huge challenge but we are better prepared for it.”
The Donnybrooks had a number of high achievers in this game starting with indigenous defender Shaun Childs, co-captain Tyson Irlam outstanding athletic ruckman Stuart Ferenci, creative medium forward Michael Howson, who kicked five goals the highly experienced Josh Waldhuter, and playing at centre half forward in this game, precocious young talent Matthew Spirritt.
Along with Howson’s five goals, Spirritt and Waldhuter kicks three each, while former Barracker Coaches Footballer of the Year Ash Fry and Lachlan Downing both kick two goals.
For the reigning premiers Ben Cummings was the best player followed by recruit Jack Maxwell and key defender Brae McConnell.
Jarrod Trayner, Daniel Kicket and twin brother Hayden Trayner we’re all serviceable. Maxwell was the Bulldogs only multiple goal kicker with a pair.
Tanunda vs. Kapunda
The Magpies’ juggernaut continued after quarter time in their clash with the Kapunda.
Performing strong at home after being two goals down in the opening term they kicked 20 goals to five in the last three quarters of this game Tanunda won the game 20.14 (134) to Kapunda 7.10 (52), by 82 points.
“We certainly wanted to have an impact after our performance against South two weeks earlier,”
Tanunda playing coach Dean Terlich said. “Saying that, Kapunda certainly won the first quarter, but our backs held up well to only conceded a couple of goals.
“The game broke open a little more after that and now skills started to show and we finished up kicking a score after quarter time. From that point, I felt we had control of the game and got the result required.”
Evergreen defender Andrew ‘AJ’ Prior was best on ground and even snuck forward and kick to couple of goals.
Young Magpies big man Darcy Hamon continued his outstanding season they were well supported by Luke Snowdon in defence.
Left-footer Leigh Westhoff, the hard at it on-baller Sam Brooks and Nathan Petersen-Gray all won plenty of possession.
Josh Trembath got plenty of service and kicked seven goals while Matthew Westhoff finished with three majors. Along with ‘AJ’, Angus Kurtze and Petersen-Gray also kicked two.
Certainly the Bombers best player this year Bradley Williams again was outstanding in the black and red. He was followed by Max Neville, defender Kallum Brown and Bradley Valentine.
Brohdi Carracher with two goals and skipper Adam Jolly after he was moved into a midfield role were also serviceable.
Freeling vs Angaston
Angaston’s inaccuracy finally got them over the line by five points, defeating the Panthers 12.12 (84) to Freeling’s 11.13 (79)
This was after the Redlegs were 18 points down at Cherry Road at half-time.
Scott Dutschke’s troops kicked for unanswered goals in the third quarter to drag themselves back into the contest and after an intriguing last quarter held on by less than one straight kick.
“Yes we just got over the line,” Freeling coached Scott Dutschke said.
“Angaston got on top in the centre clearances in the first half and we weren’t simply accountable.
“I gave the boys got a bit of a rocket at half-time and we did respond.
“It is also fair to say that Angaston didn’t take a number of opportunities in front of goals, which could have hurt us a lot more.
“I was pretty disappointed with our effort but we got away with the points and at this stage of the year we just need to keep winning.
Best player for the Redlegs was former Pfitzner (SA Amateur League) Medalist Joshua Hand, followed by young talent Dylan Whimpress and the versatile Ben Geytenbeek.
Faithful club servant Jacob Wright, Jayden Ruediger and big man Adam Cockshell all had their moments.
Coach Dutschke, Cockshell, Brady Scott and Travis Muster all kicked two goals each in the slender Victory over a traditional rival for more than 110 years.
For the Panthers languishing near the bottom of the ladder Jack Miles play this best game for the season while ruckman Angus Adams competed tremendously with a bigger and stronger opponent.
Alex Reincke, veteran Craig Harvey, key small defender Tommy Ryan and the ultra-consistent Lachie Duell all had their moments.
- Peter Argent