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DIVISION 2 FOOTBALL
Despite starting as toasty-warm favorites,
Macclesfield couldn’t shake the Kangarilla
terrier off its trouser leg until the last quarter
after an even first-half Hills Football League
Division 2 stoush on Saturday.
Considering the fine weather and a firm Macclesfield Oval
surface, the first quarter was a very scrappy affair.
The young Kangarilla outfit cramped up their opponents
in a rolling maul, resulting in numerous ball ups by the
Regular Bloods playmakers such as captain Danijel
Herbut and Jake Spencely were finding themselves with
no time and no space, thanks to the close attention of the
likes of Sam Crouch, Shaun Gale and Josh Taylor.
Youthful Kangarilla ruckman Jordan Noble gave away
height, strength and experience to Macclesfield’s Lintern
Fairbrother, however, he was an athletic and mobile first-
With Jack Reynolds and Nathan Ristano trying hard to run
the ball clear of the visiting mob, Macclesfield really had to
squeeze the lemon to get on the scoreboard.
Josh Lewis-Burns laced out full forward Brad Smith
following 10 minutes of wrestle.
Kangarilla then peppered a couple of points before full
forward Mitchell Young goaled from a free kick.
The Bloods ground out the closing three goals of the first
quarter, with two to Herbut and a tight one after the siren to
Spencely, for a 19-point lead.
Kangarilla came out hard at the bell and with sound
defence from Tim Irvin and the speedy ball running of Gale
and Tyler Virgo, Taylor soon kicked a one-step goal from
Herbut was able to scramble a goal in reply, but the rest of
the quarter was won on points by Kangarilla.
Crouch continued to show his younger team-mates how to
block and tackle in the middle.
Noble was getting ball up taps and Gale intercepted a
Macclesfield defensive handball for a simple goal.
Kangarilla’s Taylor, Luke Markham and Ben Richardson
successfully tackled Macclesfield’s ball carriers.
Reward came when Irvin handballed to Markham, who
hoofed the ball into a goalsquare as empty as a politician’s
The ball bounced sideways to put the visitors just seven
A subsequent point to Markham brought the difference to
a solitary goal as the siren sounded with Kangarilla again
deep into attack.
Such an unexpectedly narrow margin must have had Tom
Waterhouse atremble and the Darwin bookies choking on
their green cans.
Macclesfield coach Craig Lallard found just the right words
during the main break.
The Bloods came out with a few positional changes and
a clearer understanding of what would be needed to pull
away from Kangarilla.
It all started with Fairbrother, who dominated the rucks for
the remainder of the match.
Fairbrother used his size and experience to keep Noble
away and repeatedly pushed the ball to Blood runners
Herbut, Spencely and Dave Gardiner, like an albatross
feeding its chicks.
With the ball carriers finally finding a bit of clear air, the
Bloods pushed forward.
Mark Schutz’s goal was followed by another to Smith, after
Spencely caught the fleet-footed Gale red handed.
The highlight of the match came for the locals when
Lewis-Burns took a gutsy and majestic high mark at the
Lewis-Burns ran with the flight of the ball and soared over
the oncoming pack, before calmly splitting the big sticks.
With Michael Curtis and Steve Freeling coming into the
game, the Bloods had kicked three goals in three minutes
and the shackles were starting to slip off their ankles.
However, Kangarilla scuffled its way back into the equation,
scrapping, bumping, tackling and generally blanketing the
match into a scoreless tussle.
Eventually Herbut broke away to find Smith for another
firm mark under pressure, and his third goal.
The quarter ended with Macclesfield fighting to extend
its lead from six to 32 points, while keeping Kangarilla
The Bloods saved their best for last.
A young and tiring Kangarilla side were unable to stay on
pace or maintain the pressure from the first half.
Schutz slotted another left footer, and then Spencely and
Lewis-Burns set up Smith for his fourth.
Spencely then marked a Kangarilla mis-kick and booted
Gardiner weaved the ball forward from the bounce, Schutz
managed to squeeze another one through a tiny gap in a
When Seb Daykin and Spencely got the ball to Smith’s
safe hands once more, the locals had added 60 points to
zip since half-time.
The tireless Spencely was again in the action when he
used a 50m penalty to send the ball toward Smith in the
Even under the attention of three Kangarilla backmen,
Smith clamped the ball like a workshop vice, just as he had
been doing all match.
Kangarilla had a rest from the onslaught when a loose dog
appeared on the oval.
Johnny Depp didn’t get out of his car to whistle it off and
the delighted pooch ran amuck among the players until the
fun wore off.
It was then back to business, as Curtis blasted away in the
Bloods forward lines.
The ball swung south to enter the southern Blues 50m arc
for the first time in the quarter.
It was just as quickly cleared to the north where a Gardiner
handball to Jarrad Bradley resulted in Smith’s seventh goal.
Fairbrother, Bradley and Schutz then picked out Curtis,
who booted a long goal after the final siren to put his side
85 points up, which was a far cry from the six-point lead at
Smith’s seven goals equalled his total for the season so far
.. . he could have kicked 10 or perhaps more and appears
to have hit form.
The Blues could have done with Matt Spencely, the
brother of Bloods’ best afield Jake.
He was selected to play for the SANFL Crows the next day
at Balaklava, where he featured in the best players.
Interestingly, the Crows best was Charlie Molyneux, whose
father Chris (better known as Buzzer) was Macclesfield’s
club champion 25 years ago.
Credit must go to Ray Higgins’ Kangarilla side for their
tough and disciplined first half, and as these youngsters
get games under their belts the rewards will come.
Lallard won’t be happy with the first half, and especially the
second quarter, but the last half was a better effort and put
the team a game clear in fourth position on the premiership
– M ichael Moore.
Birdwood moved into fifth position on the Hills
Football League Division 2 premiership ladder
with a 19-17 to 4-3 triumph against Gumeracha.
The game between the two neighboring A-grade teams
was a pretty scrappy affair during the first half.
Birdwood lost Brad Snowden before the game through a
broken hand he suffered at training on Thursday night.
Snowden is an important player for Birdwood and will be
missed for the next four to six weeks.
Following some disappointing recent performances,
Gumeracha came out strongly and were hard at the
The northern Magpies were first to the ball for the majority
of the first half.
Gumeracha displayed great endeavor, however, Birdwood
dug deep and led by a four goals at the break.
After such a lacklustre start, Birdwood coach Sean
Bayzand was reasonably composed at quarter time.
However, when the trend continued during the second
stanza, he gave the Roosters a sizeable spray at half-time.
It was obviously the kick-start Birdwood required as the
hosts came out with plenty of run in the third quarter.
Historically the third quarter has not been the Roosters
They tend to get caught sleeping after main breaks,
however, last Saturday they asserted some authority on
Birdwood’s midfield began to win a lot of clearances,
giving the forwards some fast entries.
Key forward Chad Connolly (eight goals) was outstanding
again, and Gumeracha’s defence found it hard to combat
his big frame.
Luke Snowden had another cracking game in a different
role – he played in the midfield for the first time in his career.
He was in line to play on ball early in the season after
a really strong pre-season, however, an early season
shoulder injury hampered those aspirations.
After kicking seven goals in the third term, the fourth
quarter was much of the same for Birdwood.
The Roosters continued to run and carry, whilst breaking
Birdwood pulled out a few party tricks, with Snowden
kicking a goal off his opposite foot from the boundary line.
Not to be outdone Connolly, dribbled one through from
near the car park to set the crowd a light.
Shane Cosenza played probably his best game for the
club, kicking four goals as a small forward and pinch hitting
on the ball.
His creativity around the contest is a real asset for
The more football he gets under his belt, the better he
Gumeracha seem to have some problems right across the
board and its B-grade combination were also handed a fair
The northern Magpies don’t appear to have much depth to
choose from to push for spots in the A-grade.
They appear to lose focus in the second half, worrying
about back chatting and finger pointing rather than playing
the game out.
Gumeracha did have a crack for a half but unfortunately
didn’t fire a shot after half-time.
Birdwood were happy with the end result, especially the
second half in outscoring Gumeracha 13 goals to one.
The Roosters are realistic they have a lot of work to do,
but are also confident they are still on the right track and
the more matches they play together, the better they will be.
Uraidla Dist 10-8 (68) d Mt Barker 6-6 (42)
Goals - Uraidla Dist: R. Wotton 2, S. Rose 2, M.
Tudor-Tsourtos 2, W. Hannaford, J. Tudor-Tsourtos,
M. Bauer, R. McAndrew each 1. Mt Barker: (none
Best - Uraidla Dist: M. Tudor-Tsourtos, T. Say, S.
Rose, J. Tudor-Tsourtos, R. Wotton. Mt Barker: (none
Blackwood 16-7 (103) d Lobethal 5-5 (35)
Goals - Blackwood: (none received). Lobethal: D.
Miller, P. Kluske, D. Anderson each 1.
Best - Blackwood: (none received). Lobethal: P.
Colquhoun, D. Anderson, P. McKee, J. Kluske, R.
Bloods shrug off the Blues
Roosters make late surge
Veteran Macclesfield forward Brad Smith flies for an overhead marking
opportunity during last Saturday’s Hills Division 2 A-grade football match
against Kangarilla. Smith turned back the clock as he contributed seven
goals in the Bloods comfortable victory.
Macclesfield’s Paddy McCarthy comes under pressure from Kangarilla
opponent Matt Grose as they vie for possession in Saturday’s Hills
Football League Division 2 A-grade fixture at Macclesfield Oval.
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