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The Courier SPORT Wednesday, May 20, 2015 – PAGE 3
DIVISION 1 FOOTBALL
Echunga’s defence of its 2014
Hills Football League Division 1
A-grade title remains an ambition.
However, all competitors have challenged
the third ranked southern Demons thus far
this season with renewed vigor, including
bottom ranked Onkaparinga Valley last
Saturday at Echunga Oval.
Despite battling with injuries and a winless
start, Onkaparinga Valley were impressive
at Demon Park and could be considered
unlucky for not gaining the premiership
Still missing key players from its 2014 glory
team, Echunga appeared to have control at
the first break after gaining a lead of four
goals in fine conditions.
The absence of Sam Cranna – resting on
the bench with minor ailments – directed
Jack Snell to ruck, however, the Valley
Bulldogs could not gain the advantage.
The Demons deficiencies in ruck were
made up for by the brilliance of Peter
Lindsay (three goals), Clint Guy, Adam
Jennings and ‘Bali boy’ Adam Edwards, who
controlled the packs.
Echunga’s control across centre provided
opportunities galore to key forwards.
Lindsay subsequently had two goals,
while Jesse Aish, Brett Harland and Adam
Edwards had one each.
Numerous opportunities were wasted
and the determination of Dogs defenders
Matthew Smart, Matthew Browne and Matt
Perkins were complemented.
A rare forward entry for the Dogs brought
a goal through Jake Adcock but Echunga
appeared to have the advantage.
The remaining three quarters would
prove entertaining and resulted in a Valley
The Doggies outscored the Demons and
threatened an upset, but luck eluded them.
A six-goal comeback in the second term
would have made Valley Bulldogs coach
Ryan McGahey optimistic.
Michael Leonard’s dominance across half-
forward became a feature.
He ruled the air and kicked three goals for
the second term.
Adam Klun was also conspicuous around
the packs and his goal from the boundary
inspired the scant Onkaparinga supporter
Assists by Leonard and Adcock resulted
in goals to Jacob Quarisa and Josh
Echunga were slow to start in the second
term and the initial dominance of the visitors
directed Cranna from the bench allowing a
Kahran McKenzie ran brilliantly from his
wing to snap truly and a cameo effort by
Aish gained Echunga’s second goal for the
McKenzie was again involved to assist
Clint Guy with a goal to regain a seven-point
lead at the long break.
A scramble in play initiated the third term.
Both teams fought hard to gain the
advantage but David Carter and Brodie
Fleet defended stoutly for Echunga while
Onkaparinga can thank Smart, Perkins and
Eight minutes passed before Leonard
gained the favor of the umpires to put the
Dogs in front.
The lead was brief and after consecutive
easy misses by David Wescombe and
Quarisa, the visitors appeared frustrated by
their missed chances.
Echunga responded through the brilliance
of Aish with his goal assist to Adam
Leonard could not be controlled at centre
Echunga trialled various defenders to quell
his influence but his aerial brilliance was
Leonard marked strongly and a 50m
penalty resulted in an easy goal, and the
Dogs had regained the lead and an upset
Again the Aish factor directed Echunga
With support from Guy and Adam Edwards,
Aish gained possession and burst through
half forward to present McKenzie with a
Minutes later Aish’s skills were again
evident, as he marked strongly and goaled
to give Echunga a 13-point lead at the last
A dire battle ensued in the final term, as
body clashes were frequent and tempers
Four consecutive points from the Demons
culminated in further verbal battles and the
frustration of players was obvious.
Aish kicked his fifth goal with assistance
from a David Liston pass which dissected
flying Dogs trying to intercept.
Lindsay snapped truly to give relief to
Once again Adcock and Leonard rallied
for the Dogs and goals from each brought
the scores closer with the match rapidly
drawing to a conclusion.
Edwards assured victory for his
inexperienced squad after a courageous
attack at the ball, gaining a free and kicking
truly, and Echunga had scraped in.
– Ian Bates.
Ironbank clinched its third victory
for the 2015 Hills Football League
Division 1 campaign after a
dominant opening quarter display
against Mt Barker at Howard Lane
Plenty was riding on the outcome,
considering both sides had won two of their
opening five matches.
Fine conditions greeted both line ups, and
under the back drop of the visiting travelling
circus and its tent city, the visitors were out
of the blocks quickly with a six-goal opening
Unfortunately for the Mt Barker faithful
the contest was over at quarter time as the
Roos were forced to play catch up football
from the outset.
Ironbank were always in control and
registered an important 13-6 to 8-12 victory
to stay in touch with the leading sides in the
The mercurial Daniel Motlop returned to
Ironbank’s line up and stamped his class on
the contest with the opening three majors in
quick time to give the Thunderers the early
Returning Barkeroos ruckman Luke Giles
snapped a goal to get one back for the
home side, however, the remainder of the
quarter belonged to Ironbank.
Brendan Martin (two goals) and Scott
Walter handed the visitors a five-goal lead
at the first break.
Early in the second stanza Barkeroo
Senior Colt Sam Scott – playing his second
senior game – found Tyson Scott in attack to
goal and give the home fans something to
Noticeably, Mt Barker players kept turning
the ball over.
The Thunderers were flooding back to
frustrate the Barkeroos sorties toward goal,
whilst running hard to give their forwards
Cameron Hitchcock and Motlop added
majors to increase Ironbank’s buffer to six
goals at half-time.
The third quarter became an arm wrestle,
as the ball moved quickly from one end of
the ground to the other.
A fine passage of play instigated by Simon
Nunan and Scott ended in the capable
hands of Kent Shillitoe, who converted
to give the Roos the first goal of the third
Ironbank booted the next four majors
courtesy of Adam Shearwood, Motlop,
Mark Harrison and Will Muirden to extend
Ben Thomas, James Cross and Lachlan
Keeley were particularly effective for the
Thunderers as they gathered possessions
at will and kept pushing the ball continually
The Barkeroos refused to go away and late
goals to skipper Jarred Chaplin and Stuart
Hill kept the homeside in the contest at the
Ironbank coach Andrew Jarman wasn’t
happy with his team’s drop in intensity
during the latter stages of the third quarter
and urged his charges to reassert control
and run out the game strongly.
Both teams displayed the effects of the
fast paced match and the final quarter
only produced three majors – two for the
Barkeroos from Luke Andruszkiewicz and
Jarrod Tagliaferri sealed the important win
for Ironbank with the final goal of the match.
Ironbank moved the ball impressively and
had a match winner up forward in Motlop.
The Thunderers possess strength and skill
around the ground and it they can maintain
their current form will be considered a finals
Mt Barker will need to improve markedly to
even consider finals action.
The excellent play of second gamer Scott
and fellow Senior Colt debutante Samuel
Callins is a positive that the Barkeroos can
take out of last Saturday’s match.
Thunderers steal the show
Scrappy win to Echunga
Onka Valley’s Matt Perkins (upper left) tangles with Echunga duo Jake Meldrum (lower left) and
Jesse Edwards during a battle for possession in Saturday’s Hills Division 1 A-grade football fixture.
Ironbank defender Chris Schnieder takes front position in a congested
pack which also includes Mt Barker’s Jack Lores (front left), Thunderers
captain Will Muirden and key Mt Barker recruit Stuart Hill. Ironbank won
its second successive match of the 2015 Hills Football League Division 1
campaign when it defeated the Barkeroos by four goals at Howard Lane.
Image courtesy Andrew Ausserlechner.
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