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The Courier SPORT Wednesday, May 13, 2015 – PAGE 5
GREAT SOUTHERN FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Torrens Valley extended its Hills Football
League Division 1 winning run to five with
a 33-point victory against Blackwood last
Saturday at Windy Hill.
Dale Ellis was the standout big man in attack with eight
majors, steering the Valley Lions toward a 15-8 to 9-11
“Blackwood were very good and I am really rapped with
the win,” commented Torrens Valley coach Dale Eichner.
“Our lads were really challenged early and it took us a
while to settle down.
“We really had to work hard at it.
“It was a really good team effort considering the number
of changes we had.”
It was a significant match for the hosting Woods, who
were celebrating 2014 Mail Medalist Troy Edwards’ 150th
The game started under a murky sky with the Woods
kicking up the hill towards the clubroom end.
Blackwood got out of the blocks quickly with early goals
to Glenn Dundovic and ‘AJ’ Ridley resulting in the Woods
breaking out to an early three-goal lead.
The Woods were on top of the game and it appeared it
could be the first loss for Torrens Valley for the season.
With the ‘triple towers’ of John Boras and Dale and Luke
Ellis up forward, the Valley Lions were able to get into the
game and narrow the deficit to two points at quarter time.
The second quarter was different to the opening stanza
shoot-out, with both teams looking to shut down each
others run from behind.
The ball bounced between opposing 50m arcs for much
of the period, with Torrens Valley making the most of its
chances late in the quarter.
Torrens Valley kicked 2-4 during the second stanza, whilst
Blackwood wasted opportunities kicking 1-6.
The Valley Lions took a two-point lead into the main break,
and the anticipation around the ground was strong, with
a boistrous crowd in attendance due to Blackwood club’s
Torrens Valley were hell bent on ruining the party for
Blackwood and came out the better team after the interval.
Chad O’Sullivan gained some valuable clearances,
Harley Montgomery found acres of space on the wing and
Braedon Renshaw played loose man in defence chopping
out the forward 50m entries for the Woods.
Torrens Valley were able to keep Blackwood scoreless
during the third term, whilst adding a further two goals and
take a 16-point lead into the final break.
Blackwood coach Damian Salevic let loose on his players
at the three quarter time break with a speech that could be
heard all around the ground.
Torrens Valley coach Eichner told his players to continue
what they had been doing and urged them to continue
pumping the ball into D. Ellis who was having a good game.
The Lions continued on in the final term, piling on early
goals through Ellis, O’Sullivan and Montgomery to kill off
Some late goals to Blackwood brought the margin closer,
however, it was all too late as Torrens Valley ran out
The difference in the game was most certainly D. Ellis, who
was too big and too strong for the Blackwood defenders,
finishing with eight majors.
Renshaw controlled the back line playing loose man in
the second half, whilst Ben Hanna, Tate Giadresco and
Montgomery controlled the ball around the packs and
pumped it into Ellis at will.
Blackwood would rue the costly misses during the second
quarter when it had the majority of the play.
It was a game the Woods could have won if conversion
occurred when the pressure was on early.
Influential recruit Kurt Thompson continued his good form
across half back for the Woods, whilst Brad Jones, Ridley,
Dylan Wilson and Edwards were other good players for the
By Matt Pistola
Reigning Great Southern Football League
A-grade premier Strathalbyn finally opened
its account for 2015 with a 12-15 (87) to 11-
10 (76) victory over McLaren in Saturday’s
Round 5 fixtures.
After a disappointing opening month of action, the
hosting Roosters displayed a determined outlook from
the outset of the clash against the Eagles, creating 10
scoring opportunities during the opening term.
However, the hosts were a little wasteful in front of the
big sticks and may have rued some missed chances
which restricted the quarter time lead to 12 points.
Searching for just its second win of the season after
being fancied as a high-flyer in 2015, McLaren hit back
during the second term as it upped the tempo.
The Eagles were rewarded through a five-goal term
which snared a slender four-point advantage at the long
With the match well and truly up for grabs to start the
second half, Strathalbyn began to control the play as it
did during the first term, but once again errant conversion
hampered the Roosters victory aspirations.
The Roosters peppered the goals and had they
converted more effectively than 3-8 for the stanza, the
match may have been already secured by the final
That was not the case as McLaren remained in the
game at three-quarter time with a nine-point deficit,
despite mustering eight less scoring shots during the
A dour final stanza of play ensued as the match became
a scramble for possession and only three majors were
recorded, two of which went the way of Strathalbyn.
The arrival of the final siren signalled relief for those
wearing red and white with the Roosters holding sway
by 11 points to record a much-awaited maiden victory
Marc Elliott yet again proved decisive up forward for
Strathalbyn with a handy four-goal contribution to take
his tally to 20 from five matches, while Sam McDonald
drifted forward and chipped in with two of his own.
Dan Pegler was dominant throughout in a best afield
display for Strathalbyn while ever-consistent trio Austin
McFarlane, Simon Munn and Ben Nisbett were also
classy performers in the victory.
In yet another disappointing loss for McLaren, Evan
Williams, Josh Proctor and Tom Caesarowicz were
selected as the top performers.
In a clash of two struggling perennial heavyweights,
Willunga bounced back from a disastrous Round 4
defeat to lowly Yankalilla when it eclipsed Langhorne
Creek 12-8 (80) to 9-12 (66) at Willunga Oval.
The hosting Demons jumped the Hawks during the
opening term through their relentless run and spread –
booting seven goals to one in compiling a handy 36-point
lead by quarter time.
The two sides matched each other during the second
term of play, allowing Willunga to maintain the six-goal
advantage as the teams disappeared into the rooms for
Despite losing numbers to injury, the Hawks appeared
rejuvenated as they emerged after the break and
responded in earnest by dominating the third term,
keeping the home team to just two behinds for the period.
Langhorne Creek’s new found run and fast ball
movement netted four goals during the quarter –
although it could have easily been more if not for some
The visitors had drawn to within 10 points at the final
break, setting up a barnstorming conclusion to the
Unfortunately for Hawks supporters, their team was
unable to continue its momentum during the final term of
play as scoring dried up for both teams.
Ultimately, the Demons resisted the gallant Langhorne
Creek challenge to fall over the line by 14 points despite
scoring only two second-half goals.
Jake Standfield was the chief scorer for Willunga with
three majors while Chris Paterson was outstanding in
his first appearance of the season, and Joel Garrett
continued his strong form on his return to the Demons
Tynan Keeley’s four goals led Langhorne Creek’s
scoring but it would not be enough despite notable
efforts from Tom Derham, Matt Tonkin, Boyd West and
The Hawks will aim to move toward the middle of the
table with a victory over bottom placed Yankalilla this
Victor Harbor remain undefeated on top of the table
after a clinical finishing steered it to a 10-2 (62) to 4-10
(34) victory over neighboring Goolwa-Port Elliot.
Playing at home, the Roos jumped out to a four-goal
lead at quarter time and were never troubled from that
point onwards, thanks to some sloppy goal-kicking from
Had the Magpies managed to split the centre posts
more often, it would have been a completely different ball
However, bad kicking is bad football and contrastingly,
the Roos displayed their class in making the most of their
forward forays to prevail by 28 points.
Sharpshooters Matt Graham and Denis Iljcesen both
kicked three goals for Victor Harbor, capitalising on the
impressive up field work of Leslie Weetra, Tarquin Brown
and Koby Evans in particular.
Vastly experienced Vinny Rugolo was the only multiple
scorer for the Magpies with two goals while Brock
Godwin-Knott and Ty Chesser also put in notable shifts.
Victor Harbor will meet the only other undefeated team
this Saturday after Mt Compass extended its winning
start to the season through a comfortable 15-16 (106) to
9-6 (60) victory over Yankalilla.
Fresh off its first win since 2013, Yankalilla entered the
match with confidence but soon found itself behind the
eight-ball as Mt Compass opened up a 22-point quarter
The Bulldogs steadily built their lead throughout the
remainder of the afternoon as key forward duo Tom
Pinyon (five goals) and Ziggy Vitkunas (fours) proved too
powerful for the Tigers defence.
The SANFL experienced forward duo joined past
Western Bulldog Stephen Tiller – who turned in his best
performance as a Mt Compass Bulldog – and Peter
Hoban in the best performers list.
Colby Grace, Adam Thomson and Matt Wilson were the
best for Yankalilla.
Encounter Bay moved to four victories and one loss with
a 19-10 (124) to 13-13 (91) win over Myponga-Sellicks.
Nine goals without a blemish during the first quarter set
up the win for the Bays – who won comfortably despite a
goal-less third term.
Tyson Neale moved to the top of the goal-kicking
table with seven majors for the victors in a best afield
performance while Adam Fisher and Rigby Barnes were
Devin Martin booted four goals for the Mudlarks and the
reliable Scott Hunt, Wade Hutchinson and Brad Clarke
GSFL Round 6 fixture: Yankalilla v Langhorne Creek,
Goolwa v Strathalbyn, Mt Compass v Victor Harbor,
McLaren v Myponga-Sellicks, Encounter Bay v Willunga
GSFL A-grade ladder (after Round 5): Victor Harbor
10, Mt Compass 10, Encounter Bay 8, Goolwa 6,
Myponga-Sellicks 4, Willunga 4, McLaren 2, Strathalbyn
2, Langhorne Creek 2, Yankalilla 2.
By Ross Wall
Why don’t they televise live games
of Superules football?
What are viewers being deprived of?
Are companies missing a great opportunity
with a target market?
Spec Savers have the beach volleyballer
swatting the pigeon but what about the
Superules full back who takes the saving
mark in the goal square, pirouettes and
slips a lovely handball to the unsuspecting
full forward, who walks in and kicks a goal.
No rehearsals for that take, it happens all
It’s so bad that pre-match, a number of
players can be noticed searching for the
glasses they need to find their glasses.
Laxative companies could corner the
“At least he’ll get a little action on a Saturday
Dentists have also failed to realise the
potential for business.
“How often do you sink your teeth into a
steak, and they stay there?”
Many Over 35 footballers are on vitamised
Physiotherapists could be fully booked for
the season with Ron Berry playing.
A fit and firing Berry decided he could run
down the Riverland’s Superules equivalent
of Gary Ablett in the most recent outing.
‘Chuck’ Berry chased determinably despite
the messages from his muscles screaming,
“I can’t hold her skipper, she’s going to blow”.
Even after months of road running, poor
Berry’s body was pushed beyond its
capacity and while the Spaceship Enterprise
can sustain that level of punishment, no one
was beaming up his hamstring.
Surely the medical fraternity can sense an
opportunity for exhaustive tests on a series
of specimens who get out of breath playing
Would it be offensive to advertise
incontinence pads for the players?
The wet patches on their shorts are not all
from leaking water bottles.
Advertising is not always about the product
but how it is marketed and the revenue that
can be generated.
On Channel 7 Denis Cometti is the master
of trying to keep viewers interested in
games such as Hawthorn and Melbourne,
pondering if a 10-goal in 10 minutes turn
around is possible if “Watts gets up a full
head of steam”.
Imagine Bruce McAvaney postulating on
the number of times an Over 35 team has
completed four kicks in a row which hit their
Or how many players with “Comb Overs”
have goaled with their first kick in Masters
It could be a bonanza of hypothesising on
events unfolding before the audiences’ eyes.
Is it possible for a nil-all draw in a seniors
match ... how often will a boot travel further
than the ball or the Sherrin collect the
Could a budding “Packer type” entrepreneur
envisage the future of televised football at
a pace our ageing population can keep up
In the recent clash at Lyup Oval, near Berri,
another marketing opportunity was missed.
On a perfect day, playing with 14 a side
on a pristine oval, camaraderie and skilled
football were the winners.
It would have fantastic to hear McAvaney
analyse the amount of time the ball lay idle
on the deck waiting for someone to get
there, as opposed to time in the hands of
those who so desperately sought it.
He could salivate when on that “special”
occasion someone ran with the ball and
kicked it without falling over.
What a test of his commentating skill to
justify the decision of the full forward to
pass off because 35m out was two kicks
Will Channel 7, or at least SBS, be at
Kersbrook this Sunday for a triple header
offering untapped consumer potential?
The SBS program would screen after 11pm
and offer more scenes from the showers
than the oval ... and no one wants to see
Hills 11-15 d Riverland 10-16
Best: Pearce, Copping, Melling, Mysak,
Loffler, Wall, Jaensch.
Goals: Wall 5, Mysak 2, Pearce 2, Copping,
Hill each 1.
for the Lions
Roosters on the board
Superules ... a live
and photos can
be emailed to
The Courier at
They should be
noon Monday for
inclusion in the
Hills Football League umpire Trevor Morrison (centre) officiated in his
300th A-grade match last Saturday in the clash between Mt Lofty and
Mt Barker at Heathfield Oval. Sharing duties with Morrison were fellow
members of the ‘300-game whistler’s club’ Kym Graham (left) and
Image courtesy Andrew Ausserlechner.
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