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DIVISION 1 FOOTBALL
Hahndorf were far from disgraced in the
Round 4 Hills Football League Division
1 battle against undefeated Uraidla
Districts at Uraidla Oval last Saturday.
Despite failing to eclipse Uraidla away from home
since the early 2000s, the Magpies swooped with
the opening three goals on Saturday.
The youthful Magpies weren’t quite good enough to
sustain the required intensity over the four quarters.
It took two crucial goals from 2007 Mail Medalist
Simon Ebert early in the third quarter, to give
Uraidla the lead for the first time in the game.
Uraidla are experts at protecting the lead, and
despite a gallant fight from the visitors, the northern
Demons held on for a 9-9 to 9-2 triumph.
It also took some very telling marks from skipper
Paul Richards, in particular, and the cool work of
Luke Ivens across half back, particularly after half-
time, to keep Hahndorf at bay.
Hahndorf weren’t too far out of the contest and
it certainly didn’t look like last year’s bottom side
playing last year’s runner up ... that’s for sure.
Hahndorf also had three players pull out of the
game between Thursday night and Saturday,
namely ruckman Matt Roberts, talented youngster
Jacob Leake and wingman Braden Hill.
Tim Pfeiffer was thrust in for his first A-grade game
and he didn’t display nerves.
Uraidla eventually got the points and continue
on its winning run, however, Hahndorf have taken
plenty from the game ahead of its intriguing Round
5 night clash against Echunga.
Uraidla’s team defence is easily the best in the
competition during the opening month of the
The unrelenting Demons have conceded on
average just six goals per game – the next best is
Torrens Valley with 10 goals.
“Hahndorf have improved massively and will do a
lot of damage this season,” assessed Uraidla coach
“Between Purling and Hourigan they have strong
book ends at each end.
“Their players who missed last season are back
and fit and their younger players can certainly play.
“We were lucky to win to be honest.
“We didn’t play awesome footy but they didn’t allow
us to play good footy.
“Their pressure was good and they get at you very
quickly and I can see why their results have gone
the way they have.
“For us Ivens, Richards and Matt Down were
Hahndorf kicked towards the school end in the
opening term with a favorable breeze.
Key recruit Darcy Hourigan was on the board
inside three minutes, with the assistance from
James Tripodi, who was classy through the midfield
Hourigan kicked his second goal after six minutes
and was standing up as the focal point for Hahndorf.
The Magpies had their third on the board at the
13-minute mark after Jarryn Male ran onto a loose
ball and slotted his first.
It took until the 16th-minute mark for the Demons
to break through on the scoreboard with their
opening major, with Darren Loffler setting up
At the two-minute mark of the second quarter
Hourigan put his third on the board and Hahndorf’s
fourth, however, Uraidla responded within a minute
with the breeze through Tim Halliday.
Neither side could consolidate on the scoreboard
and minor scores followed, until S. Ebert popped up
with a goal at the 13-minute mark.
Hahndorf led 4-1 to 3-5 at half-time and a
fascinating third quarter followed.
The third term was probably the best spectacle of
the contest, with eight goals kicked for the stanza.
After butchering the ball in the first term and finding
control in the second term, Uraidla played a really
good third stanza.
Within five minutes of play resuming, S. Ebert
added two goals against the run of play, and Uraidla
had a handy buffer.
Ricky Ebert got on the score sheet for his first and
Uraidla’s sixth goal, and it appeared the Demons
were getting the upper hand.
Tripodi was classy through the midfield and added
the Magpies fifth, followed by an answering goal
from Liam Soar for Uraidla five minutes later.
Tim Martin added Uraidla’s eighth goal in time-
on, providing the Demons with a seemingly
unassailable 22-point lead.
However, the Magpies displayed their growth
and responded with goals through Tom Watts and
Hourigan, narrowing the deficit to 10 points at the
Uraidla appeared in control, however, the Magpies
weren’t to be denied.
Into the last quarter both sides scored behinds
and it wasn’t until the 15-minute mark that S. Ebert
nailed his fourth.
The Magpies wouldn’t relent and responded
through David Hankin and Tom Sclanders,
narrowing the deficit to seven points before the final
Ivens and Richards proved pillars of strength in
defence for the Demons, whilst ruckman Down,
Remnant in the engine room and teenager Will
Trengove featured in the best.
Leading players for Hahndorf included Scott
Purling, who combated Travis Oakley’s influence,
Scott Paul was ‘in and under’, Hourigan kicked four
goals, Tripodi was crafty in the midfield and Luke
Roberts battled a lone hand in the ruck.
Magpies on the rise
Mt Barker ended a three-game losing streak
in Hills Division 1 A-grade football ranks with a
crucial 12-11 to 10-4 victory against an injury-
riddled Onkaparinga Valley combination at Mt
Barker last Saturday.
The Barkeroos entered the Round 4 match having lost to
Uraidla Districts, Echunga and Hahndorf ... and questions
were being asked.
The hosts welcome back sharpshooter Henry Johnson,
which added further scoring power as he finished with two
It was the Valley Bulldogs who led by three points at
three-quarter time, however, the desperate Barkeroos
combination finished strongly, with three final-quarter
majors to round out proceedings with a 19-point win.
In mild conditions, both teams demonstrated from the
outset how important the contest was, especially for the
two opposing first-year coaches in Ryan McGahey for
Onkaparinga Valley and Mt Barker’s Lucas Block.
Onkas drew first blood when key forward Michael Leonard
(three goals) capitalised after confusion on the goal mouth
from Mt Barker’s defence.
The Barkeroos kicked towards the Wellington Road end of
the ground and responded when Kent Shillitoe snagged an
errant Onkas kick-out, and calmly slotted the major.
Onka Valley’s engine room led by Matt Francis, Josh Oddy
and Adam Klun, pushed the ball forward and two goals
resulted from David Wescombe and Ben Woolford.
Returning Barkeroo Jack Lores spotted up key forward
Stuart Hill, who marked strongly and goaled to level the
The pace of the match was furious, as the ball moved
between the two rebounding defences.
Leonard assisted Onka Valley teenager Jake Adcock to
goal and the visitors had reclaimed the lead in a free flowing
The Barkeroos were getting plenty of drive from centreman
Tommy Scott and the hosts kicked three late goals for the
first term through Johnson, Hill and Brett Wakefield.
Mt Barker held a seven-point lead at quarter time and it
was game on at Howard Lane, with plenty riding on the
outcome of the contest.
Onkas had the better of the play in the second term and
restricted the Barkeroos forwards.
Tom Jefferies and Tyler Bosman rebounded strongly from
the Bulldogs defence and the forward pressure resulted in
majors to Ben Woolford and Leonard (twice).
Barkeroos finally open account
Onkas held a slender lead midway through the second
quarter, before the Roos replied through stalwart Simon
Nunan and recruit Wakefield.
Not to be outdone, the youthful Bulldogs grabbed the half-
time lead through teenager Zac Georg-Dent, who ran into
an open goal and handed Onka Valley an 8-3 to 7-7 buffer.
The third-quarter spoils were evenly shared, with both
sides kicking two goals apiece.
The intensity of the contest increased and subsequently
players struggled to break through respective desperate
Klun extended the Bulldogs lead when he roved the ball in
the goal square and snapped truly.
The Roos best passage of play for the match resulted in
the ball being transferred from deep in defence, through
several sets of hands, before ending with Nunan kicking
his second goal.
A long major for the Bulldogs from Jacob Quarisa was
cancelled out by Mt Barker’s Kyle Griffin, who drifted down
from full back and accepted a laser-like pass from Block.
The visitors led by two points at three-quarter time and
the large crowd were eagerly anticipating an exciting final
Unfortunately for the Bulldogs they had run their race, as
the Roos finished the match the stronger.
Mt Barker forwards Johnson and Hill combined for three
final-quarter goals, which proved enough for the hosts to
get over the line, whilst the Doggies were held scoreless
and suffered another injury to a key player.
The match was marred near the end when Tom Jefferies
was stretchered off for the Valley Bulldogs with a suspected
Jefferies was in a pack marking contest and crashed to
the ground late in the last quarter.
The Valley Bulldogs have already used 25 players so far
Hill completed the match with four goals and appears to
be hitting his straps in attack for the Barkeroos – having
bagged seven goals in the past two rounds – whilst big
man Matt Williams, Tommy Scott, Block and Tom Hughes
were damaging around the contest.
Onka Valley’s leading players included Francis, Leonard,
Jefferies, Sam Ferraro and Oddy.
It doesn’t get any easier for the youthful Valley Bulldogs
over the next two rounds, with upcoming matches against
Uraidla Districts and Echunga.
Onka Valley’s Ben Hochuli (7) soars in a
spectacular marking attempt over Mt Barker
recruit Brad Wakefield during last Saturday’s
Hills Division 1 A-grade football clash at Howard
Lane. Interestingly Hochuli was penalised for
alleged interference in his high flying quest.
Image courtesy Andrew Ausserlechner.
Nathan Remnant of Uraidla Districts attempts to break clear of the tackle of Hahndorf ’s
Harrison Rusby (62) as Tom Babidge (left) of the Magpies watches on from ground level.
The improved young Magpies provided a determined challenge to the hosting northern
Demons in Saturday’s Hills Football League Division 1 A-grade fixture.
Image courtesy Roy Liebich.
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