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The Courier SPORT Wednesday, May 6, 2015 – PAGE 3
DIVISION 1 FOOTBALL
Lobethal piled on the pressure
against Mt Lofty during Saturday’s
lop-sided Round 4 Hills Football
League Division 1 A-grade battle
at Thomas Foods International
Park in Lobethal.
The hosting Tigers have found form with
consecutive victories against Onka Valley
and Mt Lofty after a disappointing Round 2
defeat to Hahndorf.
Impressively, the hosts finished with six
multiple goal kickers, with Braydn Fisher
(five goals), Trevor Baust (five) and Joseph
Zadow (four) combining for 14 majors.
Lobethal’s final 90-point margin could
have been more, considering it kicked 23
goals from 45 scoring shots.
“We were really pleased with the result
... if anything we were a little inaccurate,”
commented Lobethal coach Jeremy
“I felt the week before against Onkas we
took a step forward with the intensity, voice
and tackling pressure.
“We had a good even spread of
contributors, we don’t want to be relying
on two or three players to be kicking our
“The defensive part of our game is still
It was anticipated to be a close contest
in perfect football conditions and it started
out that way for the opening part of the first
The Mountain Devils came to play and
continually applied pressure around the
ball, refusing to let Lobethal get any easy
It took new recruit Fisher with his first of
five goals, to open the scoring for Lobethal.
Mt Lofty answered immediately with a
good snap from Mark Nielsen after a quick
Goals to Zadow and Tim Jenkin and one
after the siren to Baust gave the Tigers a
handy 23-point lead, however, they had to
work hard to get there.
The game opened up in the second
quarter with a total of 11 goals between
the two sides.
Three goals to Mt Lofty skipper Sam
Miles, who was moved up forward, and
one to Ben ‘Pav’ Pohl couldn’t match the
scoring power of the Tigers.
Lobethal had six different goal kickers
with David Kruse kicking two.
The Devils provided a reasonable contest
around the packs but were struggling to
hold the Tigers once the ball was out in
During the third quarter the ball was
generally rebounded out of the Mt Lofty
The visitors managed to make the most of
minimal forward entries with goals to Sam
Hammond, Pohl and Sascha Oerhli.
Lobethal outscored the visitors thanks
to a third goal each to Fisher, Zadow and
Baust and further majors to Luke Nitschke
and Jacob Weeks.
The final term was similar to the second
as the Tigers kicked the opening five
goals, before Miles managed two in a row
for the Devils.
The game finished with a couple more
goals to Lobethal and a late major to Innes
Macphail from Mt Lofty.
Had the Tigers kicked straight it could
have been worse for the Devils, who
suffered injuries to defenders Shaun
Childs and Alex Robinson.
Brad Burch, Alex Weeks, MacPhail and
Hammond tried hard around the ball and
across the middle, whilst Miles was an
opportunist up forward.
Lobethal had dominant players across
every line and Fisher and Baust were
busy with plenty of supply from midfielders
Nitschke, Matt Jenkin and ruckman
Wingman Kruse did as he pleased
roaming between half back and half
forward, whilst the backline of Matt
Brockhouse, Steven Huxter, Weeks and
James Elliott continued to run the ball out
opening up the game for their forwards.
It was a disappointing result for Mt Lofty
which had displayed competitive form in
its return to top tier Hills ranks over the
previous three rounds, including victory
over neighboring rival Ironbank.
Coach Bruce Dawes will be aiming for the
Devils to bounce back against Mt Barker,
with a big crowd of past players likely to be
in attendance at the club’s annual reunion
this Saturday at Heathfield.
Torrens Valley made it four wins
on the trot with a fighting victory
against Ironbank at Hughes
Construction Oval in Mt Torrens
The all conquering Valley Lions
impressively didn’t lose a quarter for the
afternoon, whilst sharpshooter recruit
Johnny Boras strengthened his lead aloft
the goal kicking ladder with five majors ...
taking his tally to 19.
This season Boras and Dale and Luke
Ellis have combined for 66 percent of
Torrens Valley’s goals and have created
major headaches for opposing defences.
Top ranked Torrens Valley currently have
statistically the best attack and second
best defence in the Hills Division 1 football
Torrens Valley coach Dale Eichner
was pleased with his charges overall
performance against the Thunderers.
“It was a very tough battle,” commented
“Getting the lads up after the Saturday
night match against Mt Lofty was pretty
“I was really happy to get the points.
“We played some really good footy and
also some really silly footy.”
Torrens Valley started well and a centre
clearance from skipper Brad Hunter set
up Dale Ellis his first of three goals for the
It was key recruits Cameron Hitchcock
and Cam De Visser who stood out for the
visitors and the Valley Lions seemingly
were going to have their hands full.
De Visser and Hitchcock’s pace and
attack on the ball was first rate and when
Hitchcock goaled from outside 50m,
scores were locked away.
Torrens Valley stepped up and the Ellis
brothers scored the next two goals and it
appeared Torrens Valley were going to get
a run on.
De Visser and Hitchcock kept the
Thunderers in the contest and at quarter
time Torrens Valley led by one goal.
Kicking against a favorable breeze during
the second term, the hosts added to their
goal tally through Boras.
Minutes later Boras was on the
scoreboard again and the Valley Lions
were seemingly on top.
Replicating the first quarter, the game
was riddled by mistakes from both teams.
In the long run the Thunderers would rue
poor kicking during the second quarter,
as they mustered two goals from eight
scoring opportunities and should have led
Defender Mark Harrison was getting on
top and Lachlan Keeley was starting to
make a mark on the game.
Unforced errors both in attack and
defence for the Lions had coach Eichner
scratching his head, as they were letting
the game slip by.
In-form midfielder Tommy Eichner
continued his superb form and held up
numerous forward attacks from Ironbank.
Young ruck recruit Tommy Wachtel
was outstanding for Torrens Valley, and
at half-time the Valley Lions led by an
unconvincing seven points.
The third quarter resulted in an injury to
De Visser and it was left to Nick Van Den
Berg and Hitchcock to lead the visitors.
Torrens Valley tidied up its poor ball
handling from the first half and were now
playing full of confidence.
The Valley Lions banged on the next five
goals through Boras, Hunter, Ellis and
defender Jacob Broad, and the game was
slipping away from Ironbank.
The Thunderers refused to toss in the
towel, as Will Van Den Berg stepped up,
along with Chris Schneider in defence,
and coach Andrew Jarman had the bench
Ironbank kicked the next four goals and it
was game on at three-quarter time as the
Valley Lions led by three goals.
Dissapointed at the ease in which
Ironbank took over, coach Eichner asked
his Lions for a final effort.
They didn’t let him down, in particular
Braedon Renshaw, who repelled many
attacks in defence, taking 12 marks in the
second half and most of those in the last
Torrens Valley closed out proceedings
with a 16-9 to 11-13 victory and its best
players included ruck recruit Wachtel,
who went all match, Eichner, Hunter,
Renshaw and Broad.
The Valley Lions finished with four
multiple goal kickers, namely Boras,
Hunter, Dale and Luke Ellis.
N. Van Den Berg, Hitchcock, Keeley,
Jarrod Tagliaferri and Ben Thomas
featured in the best players for the
Lobethal forward recruit Braydn
Fisher (5) takes front position in
aa marking contest with Mt Lofty’s
Mark Nielsen (8) in Saturday’s
Hills Football League Division 1
A-grade clash at Lobethal.
The hosting Tigers returned to
some of their best form with a
dominant 23-22 to 11-4 victory
over the Mountain Devils.
Ironbank Thunderer Sean Baker clears the ball away with a handball as he comes under pressure
from Torrens Valley’s Chad O’Sullivan (8) during last Saturday’s Hills Division 1 A-grade football
clash. The Valley Lions won their fourth successive match in accounting for the inaccurate visitors.
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