NURIOOTPA V TANUNDA
In the battle for top spot on the BLG ladder in a tumultuous season Nuriootpa, on home soil, defeated Tanunda by two goals.
After a tight contest during the first quarter the game turned into a goal kicking spree in the second.
At half time Nuriootpa were up by 17 points - 10.4 to the Magpies 7.5, with 12 goals alone kicked in this term.
The game then tightened up again in the third quarter - and with two goals to one in the final term - the Tigers took 2018 minor premiership honours.
The final score was Nuriootpa 13.9 (87) defeating Tanunda 11.9 (75).
“It was a good tight tough and exciting encounter with our home ground advantage and having the 1998 premiership reunion boys there, helping us get over the line,” Tigers playing coach Henry Slattery said.
“Winning habits are good habits and you want to take that type of football, where you have your foot on the pedal into the finals.
“The 12 goals kicked in the second quarter were due to the quick football in dry conditions. Tanunda had the ruck dominance in this game and we had Dom Douglas withdraw before the game.
“We had some early injury issues as well with Jack Scholz and Craig Gogoll sidelined.
“The last quarter was a game of attrition with contest after contest and no real loose balls.”
Aseri “Bobby” Raikiwasa and his fellow midfielder Jackson Baldwin were the best players for the Tigers.
TANUNDA V WILLASTON
Leigh Westhoff again won a mountain of touches for the Magpies, while Andrew Prior was strong in defence.
Around the ball Riley McPharlane and coach Dean Terlich collected plenty of possessions.
Angus Kurtze was the dominant big man on the ground and Matthias Grocke was also impressive.
On field leader at the Tigers Luke Jaunay kept Josh Trembath the just three goals while Leigh Westhoff kicked a brace.
Willaston finished its minor round with an emphatic 61-point victory over cellar-dwellers Angaston at Elliot Goodger Reserve last Saturday.
They had engineered a solid 20 point at half-time, with an imposing seven goals performance in the third quarter setting up a runaway victory.
The Donnybrooks would finish on 19.12 (126) to Angaston 10.5 (65).
“There was a bit of ugly football but we got it done,” Shaun Baker said.
“We had a good pretty good start but it was congested after the first 15 minutes or so. In the third quarter we start to play quick footy and put our foot down.
“To win by it over 10 goals, with all the external pressures was quite satisfying.
“Senior players Tyson Irlam and Sam Walton were excellent while Brodie Cormack in his first game back was also pretty handy.
“Josh Waldhuter would have played up forward all day and kicked five goals while Michael Howson chimed in with four.
“After kicking five goals in the first 15 minutes of the game was pretty stagnant football for the rest of the first half.
“Adam Connolly was our only injury but he came back after his broken nose.
Along with Irlam, Waldhuter and Connolly, Michael Clinch was ultra-reliable down back and Zack Hentschke played another strong game.
Tyson Irlam kicked three goals for the Donnys while Brandon Rendell also chimed in with a pair.
For Angaston Ryan Carnelly was outstanding while captain Jack Miles in his 100th A grade game also have a telling impact.
Jaden Antonie, Panthers big man Matthew Blenkiron, Ryder Eberhard, who kicked a couple goals and Alex Brackstone were also serviceable.
KAPUNDA V GAWLER CENTRAL
Kapunda held on against the fast finishing Gawler Central side to win their round 18 clash at Dutton Park by three points.
Not much separated either side at each other break and the scores were level at lemons. Kapunda kicked the first three goals of the last quarter and went on to win the game 11.16 (82) to 11 13 (79).
“It was a pretty scrappy game - we are actually 21 points up with eight minutes to go and Gawler Central kicked the last three goals for the game,” Kapunda first year coach David Leslie said.
“I thought we were pretty dominant in the middle for most of the game with Aaron Whistler in ruck and Adam Jolly on the ball.
“To be fair it wasnt a pretty game of football but we got the job done in the end and well take the two premiership points.
“Gawler Central are clearly an improved side from the first round and it’s fair to say they have been pretty consistent over the past month.
“Max Neville was very good for us down back, but the rest of the back six, who had been pretty handy all year didn’t have the game I would have liked them to finish the season with.”
Along with Jolly and Whistler, Tom Willoughby with his usual hard-nosed approach was impressive while evergreen veteran Marcus Cussadia won plenty of the ball.
Brad Prior, Adam Jolly and Max Neville also were key performers.
The quartet to Jay Meaney, Willoughby, Cussadia and Brad Williams each kicked two goals for the victors.
Tigers’ vice-captain Corey Solly was the Tigers best, followed by Andrew Wright and the developing second year talent Jamie Wegener
Jordan Neat, former Barracker Rookie of the Year, Wright and Solly each kick two goals for Gawler Central.
BAROSSA V SOUTH GAWLER
Barossa District finished the season with a convincing win over South Gawler at the Williamstown Oval.
By half-time they kicked eight goals for while South had failed to register a major.
The Lions showed some fight in the third quarter actually outscoring their opponents, but Barossa would come home with three last quarter goals and win 13.14 (92) to 6 10 (46), doubling South’s score.
“We kicked six goals towards the swimming pool when in the second quarter and hopefully after some modest performances over the last few weeks, this will give us a bit of confidence,” Barossa coach Todd Miles explained.
“South did take it up to us in the opening term, but our pressure and ball movement was a lot better.
“Our goal kicking fell off a bit after half-time but we are moving in the right direction.
“There was a lot better feel around the group before the game and it was nice to have a convincing win.”
Miles himself was outstanding again in this game, while young talents Jack Schuurmans and Shaun Hunt both delivered strong performances.
Down back Nathan Emes and Alex Stone each had big games. Oscar Barnett is continuing to grow as a lead up forward.
Both Matthew Stelzer and Jack Schuurmans finished with three goals each while key targets Darren Shillabeer and Alan Obst finished with a pair for Bulldogs.
South Gawler was well served by Matt Naumann, Nick White and young Kye Pagington.
Joseph Hay, former SANFL Eagle Jackson Press and Brock Judd-Smith also were useful.