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DIVISION 2 FOOTBALL
Ironbank 7-11 (53) d Uraidla Districts 6-4 (40)
Goals - Ironbank: (none received). Uraidla Districts:
M. Tudor-Tsourtos 2, M. Zillante 2, R. Moran, R.
Wotton each 1.
Best - Ironbank: (none received). Uraidla Districts:
M. Zillante, M. Bellis, R. McCormack, M. Schultz, M.
Blackwood 15-13 (103) d Mt Barker 4-5 (29)
Goals - Blackwood: A. Dundon 7, J. Cuk, L. Pringle, C.
Wallace, B. White, M. Standley, S. Rose, P. Mackay,
C. Farrell each 1. Mt Barker: C. Varnas 3, L. Talbot 1.
Best - Blackwood: M. Standley, A. Dundon, J. Hopton,
S. Brown, L. Pringle. Mt Barker: M. Sampson, B. Scott,
Milang 12-6 (78) d Lobethal 9-6 (60)
Goals - Milang: (none received). Lobethal: B. Kluske
3, B. Coulter 2, L. Dauchier, J. Kluske each 1.
Best - Milang: (none received). Lobethal: Z. Edwards,
B. Kluske, M. Owen, L. Dauchier.
Kersbrook rejoined the Hills
Football League Division 2 winning
list in Round 5 with a strong
67-point victory over Meadows.
Coming off a disappointing loss to Nairne-
Bremer, the Brookers put their foot down in
the final term last Saturday to kick away to a
With Kersbrook taking the opportunity
to host their Life Members and Sponsors,
everyone was looking forward to witnessing
a good game, unfortunately for three
quarters the game was anything but good,
with both teams struggling to come to terms
with the wet and slippery conditions.
Kersbrook welcomed back Travis White
and Brett Randell, and after last weeks
disappointing loss were looking to bounce
The visiting southern Bulldogs went into
the contest full of confidence after a big win
over Sedan-Cambrai the previous round.
One of the leading goal kickers in the
competition coming into the game, Brad
Lees capitalised on a Meadows error down
back to kick the first goal of the contest.
With Meadows undersized down back this
season, Brett James capitalised on this by
putting Matt Gardner at full forward, and
the Kersbrook co-skipper proved a handful
dominating for his team.
Some poor kicking by the Brookers in the
windy conditions meant the lead was only
15 points at quarter time.
Despite being behind at the break, the
visiting Meadows side were not ready to
roll over, and were rewarded when Toby
Crowden and Matt Hagger kicked a goal
each to reduce the margin early in the
This sparked a lengthy arm wrestle, as
both teams fought tooth and nail to claim
any sort of lead heading into half-time.
However, by the main break it was the
home team, which despite some poor
finishing in front of goals, managed to kick
away to a crucial 17-point lead.
After some strong words by both coaches
during the interval, it appeared as if
Kersbrook had come out stronger when
youngster Andy Vines kicked truly on the
run for the first major of the second half.
Meadows displayed plenty of spirit to
hang in the contest across the park, thanks
largely to the great defensive job of Matt
King on Lees, and the strong game in ruck
by Matt Cragg-Sappsford, who had a great
battle against Rob Nicholson.
Both teams also rebounded strongly from
defence, with Layton McMahon great for
Kersbrook off half back, while Josh Young
rebounded strongly for the Bulldogs with
his penetrating kick setting up a number of
By the final break Kersbrook’s lead had
only been reduced by one point to a margin
of 16 points.
Although they were in reach of victory
at three-quarter time, the Meadows
players appeared to go into their shell as
Kersbrook’s class began to rise to the top.
With Meadows best defender still busy
shutting Lees out of the game, the Dogs
struggled to find a match up for Gardner
with his size and strength proving too much
for Daniel Cross to contain in the final term.
Despite some missed opportunities,
Gardner proved that he could be a serious
weapon for the Brookers up forward this
season to take some of the pressure off
Lees and Travis White.
As soon as they smelt blood in the water,
the Brookers went in to finish the job, and
they did that by piling on eight goals to
nothing for the final quarter.
By the final siren they managed to extend
their 16-point three-quarter time lead out to
a final margin of 67 points.
For the victorious Brookers, Gardner
finished with six majors, while Daniel Ebert
and Andy Vines chipped in with two majors
A great game off half back resulted in
McMahon judged best for Kersbrook, while
Ebert, Nicholson, Craig Gurskis, Gardner
and Paul James all received a mention in
the best players.
Crowden was the only multiple goal kicker
for Meadows with two goals, while Mark
Thomas, Chad Dawe, and Hagger each
finished with one goal.
A strong display by Young was rewarded
as he was judged best afield for the visitors,
while Thomas, Baden Corr, Matt King,
Crowden, and Cragg-Sapsford were all in
the better players for Meadows.
– Joe Schwab
Kangarilla made the long trek to Cambrai to
take on Sedan-Cambrai last Saturday and
duly returned with a 21-11 to 8-6 victory.
Both teams fancied their chances of securing a second
victory for the 2015 Hills Football League Division 2
season after respectively defeating Gumeracha during
the previous rounds.
The breezy conditions slightly favored the River Marne
end, although the wind was mainly going across the
Kangarilla kicked the opening goal after five minutes,
before the hosting Marne Magpies responded with a
major of their own through Jacob Grieger as he goaled
on the run.
Both teams had numerous opportunities up forward but
Kangarilla utilised its chances more efficiently and put
through another two goals before quarter time.
The first quarter developed into a hard contest, and by
the 20-minute mark both teams had scored only one goal
Kangarilla gained the upper hand with Jordan Noble
in the ruck providing first use of the ball to Matthew
Spencely and Shaun Gale.
Southern Blues wingmen Tyler Virgo and Dean Adair
drove the ball into the forward line, setting up goals to
Timothy Irvin and Mitchell Young.
Sedan-Cambrai wasted opportunities and butchered
the ball when entering the forward line, which became a
recurring theme during the game.
Kangarilla led by 17 points at quarter time and went
about increasing the lead swiftly, adding another two
majors in the opening stages of the second quarter.
The Marne Magpies ground their way back into the
contest but were unable to convert on the scoreboard.
The second term belonged to the visitors with Spencely
kicking the initial four goals of the stanza and making
good use of his opportunities.
Veteran Trent Thorpe and skipper Jarrad Hirst’s creative
rebound from defence enabled Kangarilla to take
complete control of the game.
Both teams had six scoring shots in the second quarter
with Kangarilla kicking 5-1 to 1-5 from the Marne Magpies.
The Magpies only major for the second quarter came
through Scott Starkey, who marked and converted
accurately after the half-time siren.
Sedan-Cambrai coach Alan Harvey demanded a
response during the interval and the team lifted with a
competitive third quarter.
When play resumed the Marne Magpies challenged
determinedly, as Dene Steele and Russell Loffler lifted
and dragged the other players with them.
Steele kicked the opening two goals of the third term to
reduce the margin to 25 points.
Just as the Magpies appeared set to reel in the deficit,
Kangarilla broke through and Spencely goaled to arrest
back some of the momentum.
Wasted opportunities continued to haunt Sedan-
Cambrai, with no scoreboard reward for its efforts.
Kangarilla’s relentless pressure around the ball all match
frustrated the home side and provided no room to move.
Forward line brilliance from Young with five goals, the
strong marking presence of Irvin, and Spencely’s return
of another four goals in the last quarter proved a highlight
Thorpe wandered down from full back to kick a goal and
Kangarilla were far too good all over the ground, rounding
out proceedings with an 83-point win.
Kangarilla are starting to gel and with so many new
faces coming to the club this season, it was always going
to take a few weeks to get up and running.
The Blues are certainly going to be competitive this
season and travel to take on old rival Macclesfield this
Saturday, itching to have a crack at the team residing one
spot above on the ladder.
It was a bitterly disappointing end for Sedan-Cambrai
and the team became uncompetitive and gave up once
the game dropped out of reach in the final stanza.
On the general run of play, it was even for three quarters,
but crucially Kangarilla took its chances and got reward
on the scoreboard.
This is an area which Sedan-Cambrai must work on and
fix urgently, considering the same thing happened during
the previous round against Meadows.
Co-captain Loffler was the standout in a disappointing
effort for Sedan-Cambrai as he competed manfully until
the final siren, while multiple goal kickers included Steele
and Philip Hall.
After two consecutive home matches, the Magpies now
confront a tough trip to Kersbrook Oval and a meeting
with the Brookers.
Rebounding effort for Brookers
Trek pays dividends
Macclesfield overcame a competitive start
from winless Gumeracha to eventually secure a
15-12 to 8-8 victory in Saturday’s Hills Division
2 A-grade football fixture at Gumeracha Oval.
The two teams previously met in last season’s elimination
final which was won by Macclesfield.
Gumeracha’s 2015 campaign has failed to get out of first
gear due to a multitude of reasons, including injuries,
lack of local interest, players not training and off season
Despite the setbacks, the northern Magpies were up and
about early last Saturday against the visiting Bloods and
led by 22 points at quarter time.
Gumeracha could have led by more considering it had
nine shots on goal and kicked four majors.
James Mapstone got his hands on the football for the hosts
and won several centre clearances, whilst Matt Armstrong
was on top in ruck.
Shawn Mansell issued early scoreboard pressure for
Gumeracha and finished with four goals.
The Magpies dominated in the first quarter due to their
hard tackling and pressure on the ball carrier.
Gumeracha used the wind very well, however, after that
it was pretty much all Macclesfield, as Jake Spencely
stepped up to dominate play out of the centre.
Patrick McCarthy was strong across half back for the
Bloods, setting up many attacks with long penetrating kicks
The pair were well supported by David Gardner, Jack
Reynolds and Danijel Herbut.
Gumeracha hit back late in the third quarter for a couple of
goals, before Macclesfield opened up the game in the final
term to run out with an easy win.
The Bloods superior fitness proved to be a major factor
during the final term.
After regular finals appearances in recent seasons,
Gumeracha’s playing group have forgotten how to win and
they are struggling for numbers on the training track.
Coach Quinton Graham hasn’t played in 2015 due to a torn
shoulder muscle and is currently undertaking an extensive
Spencely finished with five majors for Macclesfield, whilst
Mark Schutz, Brad Smith and Jack Reynolds kicked
Macclesfield face traditional rival Kangarilla in Round 6,
while Gumeracha also face a neighboring derby battle
against an improving Birdwood opposition.
Bloods overcome slow start
Your weekly guide to Hills winter sport
Meadows southern Bulldog Toby Crowden (centre) attempts to exit a pack featuring (from left)
Kersbrook ruckman Rob Nicholson, Meadows team-mates Matt Cragg-Sappsford and Ben Thomas
and pursuing Brookers duo Brett Randell and Andy Vines during Saturday’s Hills Division 2
A-grade football fixture at Kersbrook Oval.
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Diotti (left) and
pair Jack Reynolds
and Jake Spencely
(right) have a steeled
possession as they
swoop on the loose
Sherrin in last
Division 2 A-grade
match at Gumeracha
which the visitors won
by 46 points.
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