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DIVISION 1 FOOTBALL
Mt Barker continued to improve
its winning ratio with a hard fought
seven-point victory over Mt Lofty
last Saturday at Stratco Stadium in
After dropping its opening three matches
of the 2015 Hills Football League Division
1 A-grade campaign, Saturday’s win was
the second in succession for the Barkeroos,
who have now moved to the cusp of a berth
in the top five.
While a large turnout of past players from
heritage clubs Heathfield, Aldgate, Stirling
and Heathfield-Aldgate United were on
hand to enjoy an annual reunion, Mt Barker
ultimately spoilt the party for the hosting
Mountain Devils in an 11-8 to 10-7 result.
In the quest for their first win over the
Barkeroos since 2009, the Devils may well
rue a third term fade out as the visitors
posted six goals to two to carry an 18-point
advantage into three-quarter time.
In a tense fourth term, Mt Lofty surged back
to move within one point of the Barkeroos
but found the leeway just too much to pull
back, with a goal on the siren from Henry
Johnson sealing the final margin.
Amid clear but chilly conditions, both
teams produced a competitive opening
term in a match which also marked the
300th A-grade appearance for officiating
field umpire Trevor Morrison.
Kicking toward the scoreboard end, Mt
Barker raised the opening goal after two
minutes through the agency of Stuart Hill.
For a consecutive match, Mt Lofty coach
Bruce Dawes was forced into an early
reshuffle of his defensive combination as
full back Alex Robinson hobbled from the
ground in the opening minutes with an
ankle injury, leaving the Devils with just 20
players for the remainder of the match.
Ben Pohl continued to impress as a regular
A-grade selection for the Devils, presenting
well up forward and posting the first goal for
the home side.
Kyle Griffin and Jack Lores added to Mt
Barker’s early ascendancy before Frank
Clements goaled late in the term for Mt
Mt Barker carried a 3-1 to 2-3 advantage
into quarter time, however, Mt Lofty lifted to
assume the lead in a spirited second-term
Michael O’Connor, Shaun Childs and
Daniel Gonzales led a rebounding defence
in what was a tight stanza of football, with
the only two goals of the quarter coming
from the boot of Pohl, who continued to be
a productive target up forward for the Devils.
Regular contributors Sam Miles, Brad
Burch and Alex Weeks were strong around
the pack contests for Mt Lofty, while Jack
Lores, Tom Hughes, Matt Williams and
veteran Simon Nunan were working hard
for the Barkeroos.
Mt Barker Senior Colts skipper Sam Scott
was also putting in a credible effort in his
maiden A-grade game, but the visitors were
unable to reap any major reward for the
term, restricted to a solitary behind as Mt
Lofty entered the main interval holding a 4-5
to 3-3 lead.
As is often the case, the third quarter
provided to be the defining period of the
contest, as Mt Barker lifted to continue its
recent winning streak over the Devils.
Past captain Matt Stapleton lifted the
hopes of Mt Lofty supporters as he goaled
within the first minute of playing resuming
in the third term, but from that stage, the
Barkeroos dominated the scoring trend.
Over a period of seven minutes, Mt Barker
added goals through Henry Johnson, coach
Lucas Block, Hill and Tyson Scott to push
the visitors into ascendancy.
A goal to Miles at the 17-minute mark
was a badly needed counter for Mt Lofty,
but past North Adelaide player Hill loomed
dangerously up forward and his two goals
late in the term enhanced the prospects for
Having kicked six goals to two for the
quarter, the Barkeroos turned for home
holding an 18-point advantage.
The fourth term provided a tense finale,
with one side desperately defending the lead
while the other were equally determined in
making a grab for victory.
A goal to the hard working Miles closed the
margin for the Devils after seven minutes,
before Tom Scott steadied Mt Barker with a
It was obvious goals were to be of premium
value as the game turned into a battle of
Miles threaded through a pack to snap an
inspiring personal third goal for Mt Lofty,
and when Mark Nielsen followed up with an
accurate long bomb, the home crowd had
come to life.
Pohl bagged his fourth for the afternoon,
and suddenly the margin was just one point
as the clock approach the 20-minute mark.
Desperate moments call for desperate
action, and players of both sides threw
themselves into the fray in the quest to gain
the upper hand.
Mt Lofty were on the charge, however, Mt
Barker were able to hold on, and take the
win, while the Devils will lament at the case
of one that got away in around 10 minutes
of football in the second term.
Ironbank halted a three-game losing streak
and kept its Hills Football League Division 1
finals hopes alive with Saturday’s gritty nine-
point victory against Lobethal at Mortgage
Choice Adelaide Hills Arena in Ironbank.
The visiting Tigers had won the past four encounters
against Ironbank and would have been confident of
extending the sequence following a 90-point thumping of
Mt Lofty at their spacious home ground last week.
Ironbank recruit Cameron De Visser joined Daniel
Motlop on the sidelines, however, Lobethal confronted an
opposition desperate and keen to resurrect their faltering
The game was tight all match with scores level five times,
eight lead changes and the margin was never greater than
Both teams had moments when they looked like kicking
The game fluctuated as opportunities were missed in the
Fresh from a best afield performance last week, David
‘Mully’ Kruse returned to battle for the Tigers against his
team-mates of last season.
Kruse remembered the ground well, as he dominated the
first quarter with numerous speedy long runs along the top
side in front of the coaches boxes.
The first goal of the match came in the seventh minute,
after Alex Wills dropped a sitter, before recovering to snap
the opener for the visitors from close range.
Mark Harrison kicked his first for the Thunderers, followed
by Will Van Den Berg from a free kick.
Lobethal won the next centre clearance, and within 30
seconds scores were tied after Wills marked in the goal
square and made no mistake with the kick.
Ironbank lost Nick Johnson to a hamstring injury early in
the first quarter.
Scores were tied away at the first break and Tigers coach
Jeremy Aufderhide urged his players to be smart and stop
playing ‘dumb’ football.
He urged them to attack on the top side of the ground
and Lobethal opened the second quarter strongly and held
sway for the first 10 minutes.
The Tigers only reward was a goal to Tim Jenkin in the
The score would have looked better had Joseph Zadow
not missed from close range after leading strongly and
being hit on the chest from Jacob Weeks.
Kicking for goal wasn’t easy in the blustery conditions.
Ironbank rushed the ball down field and W. Van Den Berg
kicked his second major from a soccer in the goal square
after good work from Adam Shearwood.
The Thunderers were only a point down despite Lobethal’s
The Tigers were disciplined in bringing the ball out of
defence on the top side, just as instructed at quarter time.
The lead ballooned out to a game high 14 points for
the Tigers following Braydn Fisher’s goal from a ruck
Alex Wills got his third goal after receiving a good pass
Chris Schneider was playing well in the key defensive
position for Ironbank and continued to urge his team to
Ironbank reduced the lead to seven points following a goal
from skipper Will Muirden.
The Thunderers had changed the game and were running
down the ground in numbers.
After a series of ‘Jarman-esque’ handballs, Harrison ran
into an open goal and Ironbank hit the front.
Shearwood inspired his team-mates by taking a
courageous mark on the boundary line, running against
Kicking into the teeth of the strong wind Shearwood
demonstrated his class and increased Ironbank’s lead to
seven points at the main break.
Ironbank kicked 3–3 to nothing in the closing 10 minutes
of the second quarter and the game was in the balance.
Lobethal won the opening clearance of the second half,
however, another string of Ironbank handballs resulted in
Jack Beard extending the Thunderers lead to 13 points.
Fisher missed an opportunity and within seconds Daniel
Desengo gave away another free kick.
Lobethal skipper Jack Bampton subsequently used
precise skills to find a strong leading Chris Papageorgiou,
who goaled from close range.
Trevor Baust sold some candy and goaled from long range
to even the scores for the fifth time in the match.
Ironbank were not to be outdone and increased its
intensity and strong tackling was the order of the day.
Jarrod Tagliaferri’s holding the ball tackle 15m from goal
exemplified Ironbank’s determination to keep the ball in its
Tagliaferri’s goal was followed by Muirden two minutes
later when he caught Brockhouse in the goal square.
Just when it appeared as if the home side were destined
to win the scrap, Lobethal hit back.
Wills got his fourth goal from long range and Lobethal
trailed by one goal.
Ironbank continued to attack from the top side but were
being held out by a determined Tigers outfit.
Late in the quarter Fisher received a free and goaled from
Bampton was involved in the build up and his skills in the
windy conditions were a feature of the game.
Every player was in the Ironbank forward half and Ironbank
could only register a minor score.
From the kick out the ball spilled over the back.
Despite some valiant defence from Ironbank, the ball
ended up with Wills on the edge of the goal square and
Lobethal led by three points at the final change.
At the break coach Andrew Jarman urged his young
Ironbank team to build on their intensity shown so far and
unite as a group.
The last quarter opened in spirited fashion and Scott
Walter was hit front on with his head down.
The ensuing fight exemplified neither team was going to
Muirden goaled early after a 50m penalty when Matt
Jenkin failed to return the ball properly.
Two minutes later Shearwood repeated his half-time
heroics from the boundary line and Ironbank had a
W. Van Den Berg got his third goal following great pressure
in the goal square – the third time Ironbank had created a
turnover in the area.
At the 10-minute mark it appeared Ironbank had the upper
Fisher kicked his third goal for Lobethal and Tim Jenkin
scored his second, and there was less than a kick in it.
Charlie Cowlam was providing options for Lobethal,
however, Ironbank’s defence continued to stand firm.
At the 20-minute mark Cameron Hitchcock goaled to give
the home side some breathing space.
Shearwood got involved when more forward pressure
resulted in a free kick, which he calmly slotted for the sealer.
A consolation goal to Zadow reduced the margin to nine
Ironbank’s best players included defensive trio Schneider,
Ben Thomas and Walter, backed up by Tagliaferri, who
sharked many taps, and Shearwood was always a threat
Wills was dangerous all match for Lobethal and ended up
with five goals, Fisher was a constant threat and Nathan
Stanbury and James Elliot were solid.
Lobethal captain Bampton has collected Mail Medal votes
in the past three games against Ironbank and was probably
the classiest player on the field last Saturday.
Ironbank sit just outside the top five, with only percentage
separating it from Lobethal.
Lobethal will have its work cut out maintaining fifth spot as
it hosts undefeated Torrens Valley this Saturday.
– Roger Ebsary
Keeping you up to score with Hills
football every Wednesday.
Linked in ... Mt Lofty duo Damon Petersen (left) and Wade Hall (45) and Mt Barker coach Lucas
Block create an interesting ‘conga dance’ style formation during a passage of play in Saturday’s Hills
Division 1 A-grade football clash at Heathfield, which the visiting Barkeroos won by seven points.
Image courtesy Andrew Ausserlechner.
The ball spills from the clutches of Ironbank’s Mark Harrison (centre) as
he is tackled by Lobethal opponent Matt Jenkin, while Ironbank’s Nick
Van Den Berg (left), Nick Schild of Lobethal, and Ironbank Thunderers
duo Chris Morgan and Cameron Hitchcock (9) form the outer range of the
pack during Saturday’s Hills Football League Division 1 A-grade match at
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