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DIVISION 1 FOOTBALL
stubborn resistance from Mt Lofty
to keep its unblemished 2015 Hills
Football League Division 1 record
The southern Demons trailed Mt Lofty at
quarter time by two points, before leading
by three points at half-time, two points at
three-quarter time and eventually winning
9-7 to 9-2.
Uraidla sit aloft the premiership ladder with
six scalps, conceding on average just 40
points per game.
The Demons weren’t convincing and
now confront a testing three rounds, with
matches against Ironbank, Torrens Valley
and Lobethal on the agenda.
Last Saturday’s battle was almost a carbon
copy of the Uraidla and Hahndorf clash
from Round 4.
The visiting Mountain Devils were out of
the blocks with three unanswered goals.
Talented Mt Lofty youngster Frank
Clements was the best player on the field
and kicked two early goals.
Devils skipper Samuel Miles goaled at the
eight-minute mark, and the fleet footed Mt
Lofty combination made Uraidla appear
Uraidla required a wake up call and it was
Tim Delvins and Ricky Ebert, who settled
the ship with consecutive goals and the
hosts trailed 2-4 to 3-0 at quarter time.
Mt Lofty swingman Mark Nielsen repelled
plenty of attacks in the first quarter.
One of Uraidla’s problems was getting the
ball past half forward.
During the second quarter Kane McLean
put Uraidla in front at the six-minute mark.
Devils youngster James Kittel-Neill
received a free kick and answered McLean’s
early goal, demonstrating Mt Lofty’s never-
say-die attitude throughout the contest.
It took another 10 minutes before Simon
Ebert slotted Uraidla’s fourth, however, a
quick response from Ben Pohl two minutes
later put Mt Lofty back in front by two points.
Pohl missed an opportunity to increase
Mt Lofty’s buffer, and at the other end K.
McLean at the 25-minute mark handed the
Demons a three-point advantage at half-
Uraidla were managing to keep its nose in
front and opened its account after the main
interval with two goals, providing a 15-point
However, the spirited Devils weren’t to be
Just before time-on the visitors returned
serve with consecutive goals from a busy
Clements running through half forward, and
Pohl, which reduced the deficit to two points
at the final break.
It was a game on and Kittel-Neill provided
Mt Lofty with the perfect start in the final
term as the Devils hit the lead after two
Mt Lofty appeared to be getting on top,
however, the older wiser heads from Uraidla
combined to seal the win.
The Ebert brothers combined, with goals
from Ricky at the four-minute mark and
Simon (15 minutes) handing the Demons a
Mt Lofty’s movement forward was certainly
better than Uraidla and Pohl added his third
goal at the 17-minute mark.
‘Pav’ Pohl presented well all match and
probably took the honors in the battle
against Will Young.
Once again the ball moved back and forth
between both defences during the final
Minor scores followed and Uraidla were
certainly relieved when the final siren
Uraidla skipper Paul Richards marshalled
the defence, Delvins and Tim Martin were
important contributors on ball all match.
Veteran Darren Loffler nullified the influence
of Nielsen after quarter time, whilst Liam
Soar and Tim Halliday also featured in the
best players for the Demons.
Clements was very impressive for Mt Lofty,
whilst Sam Hammond, Brad Burch, Sascha
Oerhli and Daniel Gonzales were other
Spirited battle to Demons
Hahndorf and Blackwood’s highly
anticipated Round 6 Hills Football
League Division 1 clash provided a
battle of defences.
The contest proved a dour struggle with both
teams matching up evenly on paper.
Blackwood will rue letting another game slip, as
the Magpies edged their way to a 11-14 to 8-8
victory, their fourth for the season.
The Woods were in the contest for all but the final
five minutes of the fourth quarter.
This was a game of hard tackling and strong
fierce defences, with both sides making mistakes
moving the ball forward.
The contest started in perfect conditions, with
Blackwood kicking toward the clubroom end in the
Key Woods spearhead Glenn Dundovic was
missing and Matt Waldron made his A-grade debut
after kicking 10 goals in the B-grade.
The first quarter was an arm wrestle and both
teams struggled with the entry kick inside the
Troy Edwards worked hard for the Woods around
the ground, whilst Scott Purling was pivotal in
defence for the Magpies.
The quarter time siren blew and the scoreboard
resembled a soccer score with Blackwood leading
0-2 to 0-1.
Following the instructions at quarter time, both
teams opened up in the second quarter.
James Catford kicked the first goal five minutes
into the second stanza for Blackwood with a nice
conversion in front of the scoreboard.
Hahndorf skipper James Tripodi replied with
Hahndorf’s opener, before Steve Woods answered
from a defensive error.
Blackwood started to win the stoppages and
ground balls through its small on ball brigade.
Luke Roberts took telling marks across Hahndorf’s
defence, stopping Blackwood’s forward thrusts.
At the other end the Woods defence held strong,
and goals were at a premium for both teams.
Late in the second stanza the contest finally
opened up and both sides exchanged goals.
Blackwood broke away when Henry Stewart
goaled, followed by an opportunistic major from
Talented Hahndorf teenager Sam Hayden
snapped truly from a spillage to kick Hahndorf’s
third, followed by ‘AJ’ Ridley for Blackwood, and the
visitors led by 11 points at half-time.
After some entertainment from Hahndorf’s past
players day, which included a 100m sprint won
by the ‘Phantom’ from ‘Flash’, the teams returned
refreshed after the main break.
Just minutes into the second half Darcy Hourigan
was infringed in front of goal and posted his first
and Hahndorf’s fourth goal.
Matt Roberts started winning centre taps, and
Hahndorf peppered its forward 50m arc.
Tom Sclanders copped a free kick 35m out and
put Hahndorf in front for the first time.
The teams settled with both defences remaining
strong through Dylan Wilson and Brad Jones for
the Woods and Purling for Hahndorf.
Blackwood’s Lucas Herbert battled strongly in
ruck and around the ground.
Purling was impassable, whilst Hayden, Jarryn
Male and Scott Paul played well for the home team.
Matt Tuck ran hard from both ends of the ground
and crumbed his second goal after a stoppage
deep into attack, whilst Jake Atkinson defended
well and took crucial marks for Blackwood.
The third quarter was similar to the opening
stanza, as the respective defences held firm.
First-year player Tim Pfeiffer weaved through
traffic to put Hahndorf back in front.
Hahndorf were able to kick 3-3 for the quarter,
whilst restricting Blackwood to 1-1, handing the
Magpies a slender three-point break at the final
Both coaches delivered their final messages and
they knew the importance of gaining a win.
Minutes after the opening bounce Hahndorf
gained a slick clearance and Sclanders found Tom
Watts, who converted truly directly in front.
Tripodi slotted Hahndorf’s second for the quarter
from the pocket and the hosts were out to a handy
However, the Woods wouldn’t lie down with
consecutive goals reducing the margin to four
Hahndorf remained strong, and some misses on
goal from the Woods proved costly.
The Magpies answered through speedster
Sclanders, who burst into the forward line to kick
his third goal for the game.
The game slipped beyond Blackwood’s grasp
when Brendan Smart drew a 50m penalty on the
The Magpies ran away kicking late goals to
secure a 24-point victory.
Blackwood played the better in the first half, whilst
Hahndorf won the second half.
Hahndorf’s centre line players gained ascendancy
through creating space and moving the ball with
Ridley was the best player for the Woods, whilst
Atkinson, Jones, Jeffery and Edwards also
provided handy contributions.
Hahndorf proved once again it is a much improved
side from last season and with its junior players
hitting their straps, could be a dangerous team
later in the season.
First-year player Hayden was outstanding and
continues to impress with his strong marking,
tackling and kicking.
Scott Paul provided strong drive from clearances,
Purling was almost impassable in defence, Tripodi
created many opportunities from stoppages and
M. Roberts rucked well and took telling marks.
Late swoop by Magpies
Mt Lofty’s Frank Clements (right) prepares to pounce on the loose Sherrin
ahead of Uraidla Districts rival Tim Delvins during Saturday’s Hills
Football League Division 1 clash at Uraidla Oval.
Hahndorf ruckman Luke Roberts soars over disposed Blackwood opponent Lucas
Herbert during a marking attempt in last Saturday’s Round 6 Hills Division 1 A-grade
football clash at Hahndorf Oval. The hosting Magpies produced a decisive burst in the
final quarter to grab victory by 24 points and continue a much improved 2015 campaign.
Image courtesy Roy Liebich.
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