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DIVISION 1 FOOTBALL
Last season’s Hills Football
League Division 1 wooden
reigning premier Echunga in last
Saturday night’s rivalry battle at
Hahndorf have already equalled its wins
from 2014 and definitely appear a side on
the rise following an impressive 14-9 to
9-16 victory against the southern Demons.
The Magpies were out of the blocks with
four goals inside the opening five minutes,
leaving Echunga well and truly on the
backfoot, as drizzly conditions set in.
Goals from forward recruit Darcy Hourigan,
David Hankin (twice) and Brendan Smart
handed the hosts the perfect start and
Echunga were forced to play catch up
There was a handy breeze heading
towards the Pine Avenue end, and the
Magpies were sharper and hungrier from
Echunga eventually settled into the contest
and finished with more scoring shots for
the match, but in the end, the Magpies
answered every challenge, culminating in a
Hankin was lively across the forward
line and finished with four majors, whilst
Hourigan kicked two, however, had little
impact after the first quarter due to an ankle
Current North Adelaide midfield coach
Michael Handby made a welcome return
for the Magpies, smoothly slotting into the
midfield rotation possessing composure,
whilst spending time in defence and also
His goal to start the final quarter proved
important, considering the visitors had
closed within 11 points at three-quarter
Echunga were disappointing and coach
Lindsay Bassani was clearly angry with the
The southern Demons depth is being
tested at the moment, with first-choice
players Adam Edwards, Dwayne Henke,
Brock Rothe, Steve and Dave Edmonds,
Henry Reuther, Eddie Legallant and Jake
It appears Luke Carey won’t play much
football for Echunga, considering his
impressive form for the Adelaide Crows
Picking Echunga’s best players last
Saturday night would have been hard,
whilst for the Magpies the majority of the
group stood up, including in and under
specialist Scott Paul, in-form rebounding
defender Jarryn Male, athletic teenager
Sam Hayden, resolute defender Scott
Purling and livewire Hankin.
“We were happy with how we started the
match but if you’re the reigning premier you
don’t go away,” outlined Hahndorf coach
“It felt like Echunga got on top during
the latter part of the third quarter and we
managed to kick away in the final term.
“The boys have been up for the challenge
especially over the last two weeks.
“We felt like we were a lot more effective
going inside 50m.
“The other pleasing part was we didn’t
have Darcy (Hourigan) for a lot of the match
and we still kicked a winning score.”
Spectators were left shell shocked
following Hahndorf’s blistering four-goal
Finally after 10 minutes a defensive
error enabled Austin Miller to stroll in and
score Echunga’s first goal towards the
clubroom end, however, this was answered
immediately by Tom Watts, after exceptional
work from Hayden on the interchange wing.
Hourigan was sidelined to the bench and
appeared to be struggling with an ankle
Echunga had the next five shots on goal
but managed just one goal.
Hourigan returned to the field and despite
limping, kicked his second for the term from
Marc Cox kicked Echunga’s third, closing
the deficit to 14 points at quarter time.
Starting the second quarter Echunga
missed at one end inside the opening few
minutes, whilst Luke Roberts goaled at the
other to extend the hosts buffer.
Harland responded for the visitors,
however, in misty conditions that was all
the goal scoring for the second quarter.
Hahndorf led by 12 points at half-time in
Coming out after the long break, the
Magpies were switched on once again
replicating the opening stanza.
Goals from Hankin (twice) and Paul inside
five minutes extended the lead to 10-4
to 4-9 and Echunga needed a response
During the closing part of the third term
the Magpies defence were under the pump,
with goals from Harland, Dave Carter and
Maslin narrowing the deficit to 11 points.
Echunga appeared to be charging late in
the third term and the first goal of the final
term would prove crucial.
The Demons reshuffled their line up
seeking a spark, whilst on the otherside
Handby was shifted forward and it paid
Male spotted up Handby in space and he
goaled near Hahndorf’s interchange bench
to extend the buffer.
Ten minutes later Tom Schumacher
converted for the visitors to keep them in
However, shortly afterwards Purling won
a crucial 50/50 ball in defence and at the
other end J. Male snapped truly.
Further Hahndorf goals followed with an
outside of the foot running goal to Tom
Sclanders and snap from skipper James
The contest was dead and buried and
a late consolation goal from the visitors
resulted in the final 23-point margin.
There was plenty of feeling in the contest
with verbal banter and push and shove
setting up an interesting return bout during
the second half of the season.
Onkaparinga Valley struggled to cope with
Uraidla Districts superior ball movement from
congested contests during last Saturday’s Hills
Football League Division 1 A-grade battle at
The visiting undefeated northern Demons vastly
experienced midfield group dominated clearances and
were more prepared to use the corridor, which resulted in a
more direct path to goal.
Uraidla had 15 players with more than 100 games
experience whereas Onkas had only three, and in the end
it was the visitors winning 11-12 to 6-6.
Onkas have been decimated with players missing for a
variety of reasons, along with five or six B-graders.
Damian Green (four weeks), Ben Hochuli, Sam Ferraro,
Adam Grocke (four), Ben Pfeiffer (two), Ben Woolford, Josh
Oddy, Angus Glazbrook (four to six), Tyler Bosman (10
weeks) and Tom Jefferies (season) are all missing.
Steve Tanner played his first game for the season on
Saturday and the Valley Bulldogs courageously were within
three goals of Uraidla all match until the closing 10 minutes
when the Demons kicked three late goals to win by six
“Onkas were competitive and will certainly get a win soon,”
assessed Uraidla coach Scott Sutherland.
“We were a bit scratchy in patches and their pressure was
“It is always tough to play Onkas and they generally play
well against us.
“We are happy to collect the points and move on.”
Rags to riches for Pies
Uraidla far too
Uraidla’s defence has once again been on song this
season, conceding just 184 points during the opening five
The biggest score kicked against Uraidla so far is 56
points by Hahndorf.
“Our back six is working really well together with Paul
Richards and Luke Ivens leading the way with the young
blokes,” reflected Sutherland.
During the opening minutes it was end-to-end free flowing
Uraidla forward Billy Gepp took a strong mark and goaled
and Matt Down was dominating the centre ruck taps and
giving good service to the Uraidla midfielders.
A free kick and goal to Tim Halliday extended the Demons
Mike Leonard was a focal point for Onkas, however,
Uraidla’s resilient defence repelled all attacking movements.
Travis Oakley marked and goaled and Uraidla’s superior
ball movement was already taking its toll as the visitors led
by 21 points at quarter time.
During the second quarter Ivens and Darren Loffler
combined to give Oakley his second goal for the match.
Early missed opportunities for Onkas proved costly.
The hosts finally broke through when Dave Wescombe
from deep in the pocket provided a spark for Onkas with a
much needed major.
Teenage forward Jake Adcock goaled from good forward
line pressure, answered by a running goal to Ivens.
A 50m penalty to Steve Devine resulted in another goal
to Onkas, which were more than competitive during the
A late goal to Uraidla handed the visitors a three-goal
break at half-time after an even affair during the second
Zac Hausler provided good outside run for Onkas and a
goal to Adam Klun early in the third quarter reduced the
margin to two goals.
Uraidla replied with a goal to Tom Worley, while Uraidla
ruckman Down was in everything.
Missed opportunities by Uraidla kept Onkas in the game,
however, a late goal from Oakley handed the Demons a
five-goal break at three-quarter time.
Onka Valley started the final quarter well with a crumbing
goal to Wescombe, before Tanner won a hard contested
ball on the outer wing which resulted in a goal to coach
Uraidla answered through a settling goal to Oakley, before
loose checking enabled Cameron Jolly to be left unmarked
and he goaled to put the game out of reach.
A late goal to Kyle Sutton sealed Uraidla’s fifth straight win
for the season, whilst the Valley Bulldogs are still searching
for a breakthrough result.
Oakley finished the match with four goals, Gepp kicked
two and Wescombe was the multiple goal kicker for Onkas.
Best players for Uraidla included Wade McLean, Oakley,
Ricky Ebert and Sutton, whilst for the Dogs, Tanner,
Hausler, Zac Georg-Dent, Matt Francis and Matt Perkins
Midfielder Adam Jennings (centre foreground) prepares to drive Echunga forward during last
Saturday’s Hills Division 1 A-grade football clash under lights against Hahndorf. The hosting
Magpies stunned the reigning premier to claim a 14-9 to 9-16 victory to continue a much improved
Image courtesy Roy Liebich.
Uraidla Districts defender Mick Sandercock (left) pulls away from
the clutches of Onka Valley’s David Wescombe (26) in Saturday’s Hills
Football League Division 1 A-grade Round 5 fixture. Uraidla continued its
undefeated start to the 2015 season with a convincing 11-12 to 6-6 win.
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