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DIVISION 2 FOOTBALL
Nairne-Bremer United coach Tony
Fielke labelled last Saturday’s
drought breaking 17-11 to 13-10
victory against Kersbrook as the
Rams best win in the past decade.
With Micah Rupcic yellow carded and
Wade Hancock red carded during the
second quarter, the Rams found a way to
lead at every break and eventually triumph
by 25 points.
“That was an outstanding win,” commented
“For the lads to respond the way they did
“Even during the final quarter the game
was up for grabs but we found a way to
remain in front.”
A bumper crowd was on hand on a
beautiful day at Nairne Oval to witness the
top-of-the-table clash between Nairne and
Nairne previously defeated Kersbrook in
a minor rounds contest in 2006 and the
Rams appeared determined to end the
Nairne had won three of the previous
four finals encounters against Kersbrook,
including the qualifying and preliminary
finals last season.
Silky skilled Kain Ford opened the scoring
for the Rams during the opening quarter
with a goal towards the town end.
Leading goal kicker Brad Lees answered
for the visitors, before Chris Ladhams
added the Rams second.
It was goal for goal during the initial
stanza, as Brad Pearce goaled for the
Brookers before promising youngster
Tyrone Colmer was freed up for the Rams
for another major.
Ladhams posted two goals for the opening
term, giving Nairne a handy break, before
Kersbrook forward recruit Shane Slater
closed the deficit to four points at quarter
Strong marking Nairne forward Jamahl
Liddle was a focal target in attack all match
for the Rams and finished with four goals.
Liddle added to the Rams goal scoring
quota one minute into the second term.
Hancock extended the hosts lead to three
goals and the home crowd were getting
Talented youngster Dylan Ware replied
for the Brookers and two key moments
occurred in the match.
Undisciplined acts resulted in M. Rupcic
being yellow carded, whilst Hancock was
red carded after kicking his second goal for
the quarter, and the Rams were down on
Nairne could have capitulated, however, in
a true test of its resilience and growth, the
Rams took control of the game.
Leading by 14 points at half-time, Fielke
switched Calen Smith forward for the Rams
in the ‘premiership quarter’ and this proved
Smith kicked two goals towards the town
end inside the opening seven minutes.
Ware replied for the Brookers with his
second, along with Andy Vines, who was
extremely creative, before up and coming
Rams ruckman Mitch Hein marked strongly
and kicked truly from a slight angle.
A late boundary line snap form Colmer
had the Rams faithful roaring and the hosts
led by 25 points at the final break.
The game opened up in the final 30
minutes and it became a shootout.
Lees for the Brookers was dangerous and
added four goals for his side.
Not to be outdone, Nairne forwards
Ladhams and Liddle netted two goals each.
Kersbrook got within three goals but could
not bridge the gap.
The win was a test of character for the
Rams after the loss of the effervescent
They dug deep and were without a
passenger in their side.
Coach Fielke suggested after the game
that it was a sign of his side’s maturity that
they responded when faced with adversity.
Haydn Gamma had another stellar game
for the Rams through the middle of the
His ability to switch play with his precise
passing set up many opportunities.
Captain Tommy Lipetri never lets his side
down, while Nick Jaensch was a winner
at half back, Liddle showed his class up
forward with some towering marks and
important goals, whilst Colmer had his best
game of the season.
With the stronger body strength and the
height of Matt Gardner and Rob Nicholson,
Kersbrook’s big men posed a real danger
for the Rams.
However, Kersbrook were caught out for
pace on too many occasions as the Rams
ran them ragged.
Lees was again a focal point up forward,
whilst the tall timber were unable to assert
any influence on the scoreboard.
The Rams will confidently enter another
top-of-the-clash battle against Bridgewater
Nairne Rams offer maturity
Meadows landed its first victory of the 2015
Hills Football League Division 2 season with a
64-point win over Sedan-Cambrai at Cambrai
After a tough start to the campaign which encompassed
three defeats, the southern Bulldogs embraced the
challenge put forward by the in-form Marne Magpies,
despite missing former skipper Ryan Wade due to injury.
Coming off a momentous victory the previous round over
Gumeracha, the Marne Magpies will be disappointed with
their performance against the visiting Bulldogs.
In just his second game of A-grade football, Meadows
youngster Luke Smart got his team off to a perfect start
with two quality snaps for goal, including one which came
from a quality tap by his team-mate Jarad Mellor.
By the first break Meadows had kicked away to a 25-point
lead, much to the displeasure of Sedan-Cambrai coach
Alan Harvey, who was very vocal in his address to his
Meadows kept its momentum flowing early in the second
stanza, when Brad Dawe kicked truly for the first major of
However, just when it appeared as if the lead would blow
out, Jarrad Mortimer kicked the hosts first goal of the game
midway through the second quarter.
A stronger second term from the home team meant the
lead was 29 points at the main break, still within reach for
The break appeared to revitalise the southern Bulldogs, as
they came out and dominated the third stanza practically
from start to finish.
Matt Cragg-Sapsford proved his worth in the absence of
Wade, by dominating the ruck all match, much to the joy of
Brad Yeomans and Mark Thomas, who were on the end of
some quality tap work.
While they dominated on the inside, the Dogs also
dictated terms on the outside, with Max Buckley having a
field day on the wing thanks to the huge amount of space
his opponents gave him.
This resulted in the lead blowing out to 62 points at the
final break and Harvey yet again gave the Magpies an
earful after a disappointing stanza.
The final term followed a similar path to that of the second
stanza, as both teams wrestled hard with little gains.
Some strong work down back from Jacob Grieger and
Scott Starkey made sure the lead didn’t blow out.
A tight final quarter meant the lead was only pushed out by
two more points and the final margin was 64 points.
Cragg-Sapsford was voted best afield, while Buckley,
Josh Young, Brad Dawe, Matt Hagger and Luke Smart all
received a mention in the best players for Meadows.
A strong game down back from Grieger resulted in him
being named best for Sedan-Cambrai, along with Dene
Steele, Scott Starkey, Jono Voigt, Russell Loffler and
Ashley Klose, who were adjudged in the better players for
their team on the day.
Meadows now move on to a huge clash against Kersbrook,
while Sedan-Cambrai will be keen to bounce back against
Kangarilla in Round 5.
– Joe Schwab.
Meadows on the board
Blackwood 14-10 (94) d Milang 5-3 (33)
Goals - Blackwood: P. Mackay 8, J. Cuk 2, A.
Dundon, M. Standley, S. Rose, R. McMurtire
each 1. Milang: (none received).
Best - Blackwood: L. Evans, P. Mackay, M.
Standley, J. Magarey, B. Dewhurst. Milang:
Ironbank 5-11 (41) d Mt Barker 5-9 (39)
Goals - Ironbank: (none received). Mt Barker:
M. Burgoyne 2, L. Paterson, T. Keen, L. Keen.
Best - Ironbank: (none received). Mt Barker: B
Scott, J. Keen, S. Ettridge.
Lobethal 10-7 (67) d Uraidla 4-2 (26)
Goals - Lobethal: W. Zadow 3, P. McKee, B.
Coulter, L. Coulter, J. Kluske each 1. Uraidla:
Best - Lobethal: B. Kluske, W. Zadow, L.
Mason, D. Miller. Uraidla: (none received).
Nairne-Bremer’s Calen Smith (left) searches for
options up the field as team-mate Todd Heynen
watches on during last Saturday’s Hills Division
2 A-grade football victory over arch rival
Kersbrook at Nairne Oval.
Past Riverland player Jamahl Liddle (centre) splits Kersbrook opponents Brad Pearce (6) and Craig
Gurskis as he grabs a typical strong mark for Nairne-Bremer United in Saturday’s Round 4 Hills
Football League Round 4 Division 2 A-grade clash. Liddle kicked four influential goals as the hosting
Bremer Rams defeated Kersbrook in a minor rounds game for the first time since Round 1 2006.
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