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The Courier SPORT Wednesday, May 20, 2015 – PAGE 7
DIVISION 2 FOOTBALL
with Ben Goldfinch
maintained its undefeated Hills
Football League Division 2 A-grade
record in 2015 with a convincing
52-point win over Meadows.
Full of confidence after defeating Nairne-
Bremer United the previous round, the
visiting Raiders put their opponents
away thanks to a dominant first half and
eventually won 15-10 to 7-6.
Hosting Meadows welcomed back both
Ryan Wade and Callan Blackwell from
The home team got off to a perfect start
as Brad Dawe crumbed off a pack and
snapped truly for the opening goal of the
game inside the first minute.
Chris Flatman responded immediately for
Bridgewater, levelling the scores early in
From thereon the Raiders took control.
A dominant term from Jack Perry and
Jack Bevelander in the midfield helped the
visitors kick away to a large quarter time
Bridgewater’s first quarter dominance
continued into the second stanza, as its
silky skills and foot speed proved too much
for Meadows to control.
Perry started the second term perfectly,
as he kicked truly from a set shot inside
the initial minute for the first major of the
After a quiet first stanza by his standards,
Raiders star John McDonald found his way
into the contest in the second stanza.
McDonald racked up disposals at will and
created plenty of scoring opportunities for
Another dominant quarter by the visitors
resulted in the lead blowing out further by
the half-time break.
With the threat of the lead getting to an
embarrassing point, the home side came
out with a new level of energy after the main
Perry kicked the first goal after half-time
for the Raiders but this would be their only
major for the term.
The southern Bulldogs started to gain
some ascendancy in the contest.
A big part of the Bulldogs sudden
improvement was the effort of David
McAvoy, who shut McDonald out of the
Despite not reducing the margin greatly,
Meadows won the third stanza by six points
in a positive sign for Meadows coach Trevor
The hosts fightback was led by co-captains
Mark Thomas and S imon Tyler.
After a quiet game, Bridgewater’s Stuart
Bown popped up to boot the first major of
the final term from a set shot.
The young Bulldogs dug deep and took the
contest to their more fancied opponents, as
they had done in the third term.
The local defence led by Matt King and
Baden Corr relished the contest coming up
against a smaller forward line.
Baden Corr appears to have found his
home in defence after spending the past
few seasons up forward.
In a concerning moment for the Raiders,
McDonald limped from the field in the final
term after injuring his ankle in a contest.
The Raiders managed to seal a 52-point
victory, despite losing the second half.
Perry finished as the leading goal kicker
for Bridgewater with three majors, while
Max Wakefield and Flatman both chipped
in with two goals apiece.
A great game from Perry in the midfield
resulted in him being rewarded with best
afield honors for his team.
McDonald, Adam Leister, Bevelander and
Jonty Schulz all gained a mention in the
Chad Dawe booted four goals, while Wade
kicked two goals for Meadows in his return
Matt Cragg-Sapsford had another big
game in the ruck and was judged best
for Meadows, while Thomas, Corr, Brad
Yeomans, Max Buckley and Tyler were all
better performers for the Dogs.
Meadows now have a week off to regroup
thanks to the bye, while Bridgewater will
face a big challenge against a red hot
– Joe Schwab.
Kangarilla Football Club
appear set to welcome a star
recruit for this Saturday’s Hills
Football League Division 2
clash against Birdwood.
2005 Sydney Swans premiership
player Jared Crouch has been
confirmed as a likely starter in the
southern Blues A-grade team for the
Round 7 home match at Yaroona
Now aged 37, Crouch originally
played for Norwood before being
drafted by the Swans where he made
his AFL debut in 1998.
In a remarkable streak, Crouch
initially played 194 consecutive
games during his eventual tally of
223 appearances before he retired
at the end of the 2009 season, also
having kicked 51 goals.
The past Swans defender will
Classy Raiders march on
Kersbrook flexed its muscle last
Saturday with a powerhouse Hills
Football League Division 2 display
against a disappointing Sedan-
Despite a number of key players still
missing, the Brookers signalled they are a
force to be reckoned with, and once again
displayed the gulf between the top and
bottom teams within the competition.
Perfect conditions greeted the teams at
Kersbrook Oval and the opening minutes
gave little indication of the eventual 29-20
to 0-4 scoreline.
The Marne Magpies were keen to display
their improvement and the visitors threw
everything into the contest.
The visitors were desperate to get their
hands on the ball and try to get an early
For all their hard work they could only
muster three points on the scoreboard for
After the initial contest the home side
settled and with early goals to Shane Slater,
Andy Vines and Travis White, the visitors
were already on the back foot.
The opposing ruckmen Rob Nicholson and
Jace Ryles had a great tussle all match,
however, Kersbrook had too many options
through the midfield.
Co-captain Paul James, Brad Pearce and
Daniel Miller were always one step ahead of
their opponents and used the ball extremely
Every time the visitors did venture forward
they ran into a strong defensive unit.
Jarrod Farrugia – in his first game back
from injury – and Daniel Ebert held sway all
match in defence.
Slater and White kicked their second goals
and coach Brett James got his first, as
Kersbrook were already on top.
Brett Randell ended the goal scoring after
receiving a 50m penalty and the lead at
quarter time was already a commanding 42
The second term started the same as the
first, with the opposition offering plenty of
This was quickly snuffed out with three
quick goals to Dylan Bingos.
These goals seemed to be the signal for
the visitors to go ultra defensive as they
sent as many players as they could into the
While this ploy worked for a short while, it
wasn’t long before Kersbrook found a way
through the defence.
White bobbed up to kick his third major and
back pocket specialist Paul DeLucia got in
on the act with a rare goal.
Despite the packed defence, Sedan-
Cambrai were able to go forward on
Sedan-Cambrai had very few options
to aim for, which made life easy for the
Brookers back six.
Kersbrook did have one setback when
speedy wingman Peter Masika left the
ground with an injury, but thankfully only
Onballer Vines kicked the closing three
goals before half-time and the lead had
blown out to a massive 93 points.
If Sedan-Cambrai expected to get some
respite in the second half, it was greatly
The home side continued on their merry
way, again dominating all over the ground.
The one blemish being some inaccurate
kicking for goal, as Kersbrook kicked 5-9 for
White booted his fourth goal before
succumbing to an ankle injury and teenager
Louis D’Unienville got amoungst the goal
The visitors were kept scoreless once
again and the lead moved beyond 100
Most of the smallish crowd on hand
decided to head to the clubrooms.
While coach ‘Beefy’ James was relatively
happy with the opening three quarters,
his players’ inaccuracy provided some
He demanded they improve the ratio in the
The coach then led the way by kicking the
initial two goals for the final term and once
again the Brookers took complete control.
Classy midfielder Layton McMahon added
his second, but the biggest cheer of the
match came when half back Jimmy Pfeiffer
kicked his first goal.
Brookers key forward Bingos then
completed the rout by kicking the final three
goals of the match, bringing his tally to
The scoreboard was a sorry sight for the
visitors with the final margin a whopping
Kersbrook had many good players as all
the midfielders found plenty of the ball.
Ebert and Farrugia had a field day in
defence and Matt Gardner and Bingos were
dangerous up forward.
It was a different story for the Marne
Jono Voigt, captain Russell Loffler and
Jack Schultz tried hard, but the Magpies
were simply outclassed on the day.
– Wayne Coad.
No contest for
Swan for the Blues
Jared Crouch during his
playing days at Sydney.
turn out for Kangarilla in a one-off
appearance to fulfill an ambition to
play a match for the first time with his
younger brother Sam, a regular for
The unique joint appearance of the
siblings follows a trend earlier this
season, when Heath Thorpe returned
to the club to play a match with his
fellow Mail Medal winning brother
“We see it as a great coup for the
club to have someone of Jared’s
standing involved,” noted Kangarilla
president Tony Virgo.
“The clearance process is being
worked on at this stage but it should
be all good by the weekend.
“News of Jared’s involvement has
certainly provided a bit of positive
excitement around the place and it will
be great for our young guys to have
the benefit of playing with someone of
“It may well also give a bit more
interest to the game and perhaps a
few more people may make their way
down for a look this Saturday.”
The last time Echunga and Mt Lofty met in
a Hills Football League Division 1 battle was
back in 1997.
Both sides won premierships last season, in Division 1
and Division 2 respectively, and they meet at Heathfield
this Saturday in Round 7 action.
Such is the closeness of the top-tier competition that it’s
hard to split the pack.
Despite winning one of its opening six matches, Mt Lofty
(1-5) won’t be intimidated after a strong display against
Echunga (4-2) are just travelling and appear capable of
going to another level.
Luke Carey is set to return this Saturday for the Demons.
Mt Lofty have a cavalry of exciting young talent and the
future appears very bright ... the Devils just need some
luck with keeping players on the park.
Onkas (0-6) host Hahndorf (4-2) and despite being
winless, the Valley Bulldogs’ position is not a true reflection
of their capabilities.
The Doggies have been more than competitive and
conceivably could have won matches.
Injuries have hurt their stability, however, coach Ryan
McGahey has an exciting young group who will have
success at some stage this season.
Once Onkas’ breakthrough comes, who knows what could
Onkas can take confidence from what Hahndorf’s young
group have achieved this season, after they finished
bottom last season.
The Magpies have won four of their past five matches,
and are enjoying a change in fortunes.
Scott Purling’s potential battle against Michael Leonard
will be interesting.
Ironbank (3-3) enter a home clash against Uraidla with
consecutive scalps against Lobethal and Mt Barker under
This could be a season defining contest for the Thunderers,
who are merely percentage outside the top five.
Key element Daniel Motlop returned last Saturday with
The next three rounds could determine Uraidla’s
premiership prospects, as it confronts Ironbank, Torrens
Valley and Lobethal.
Uraidla (6-0) have conceded on average of just 40 points
per game and continue to find a way to win.
Demons skipper Paul Richards will celebrate his 250th
Blackwood (2-4) will be ruing missed opportunities during
the opening six rounds.
The Woods were once again in a winning position against
Hahndorf, but couldn’t capitalise when the door was ajar.
Lobethal (3-3) displayed its true capability against Torrens
Valley, however, now it’s about building consistency and
stringing wins together.
The closeness of the competition means in the space of
one week you can go from chocolates to boiled lollies.
Torrens Valley (5-1) would have learnt plenty from its loss
to Lobethal, particularly the third quarter.
Mt Barker (2-4) played catch up football against Ironbank
and can’t afford a slow start this Saturday.
Dale and Luke Ellis, along with Johnny Boras, will provide
headaches once again.
Interestingly, Torrens Valley have never defeated Mt
Barker ... but there’s a first time for everything.
Bridgewater/Callington (6-0) host Kersbrook (5-1) in the
HFL Division 2 game of the round at Bridgewater Oval.
This contest will be broadcast live and local on 88.9FM
The Raiders are undefeated, however, the Brookers love
the challenge of flexing their muscle in the big matches.
Kersbrook previously played at Bridgewater Oval in 1992.
Bridgewater’s midfield are in top form, namely Jack Perry,
John McDonald and Jack Bevelander.
On the flipside, Dylan Bingos is coming off a seven-goal
haul against Sedan Cambrai, whilst the experienced heads
of Daniel Ebert, Daniel Miller, Paul James, Brad Pearce
and Matt Gardner are leading from the front.
Kangarilla (2-3) will welcome past Sydney Swans
200-gamer and 2005 premiership player Jared Crouch into
the fray this Saturday against Birdwood (2-3).
Crouch is fronting to play one game with his youngest
brother Sam. This is a massive game, considering both
teams are locked on two wins apiece, with Birdwood sitting
in fifth by percentage.
Fresh from the bye, Nairne Bremer (4-1) travel to
Gumeracha (0-5) to confront a struggling northern
Gumeracha were competitive for a half against Birdwood,
before falling away after the main interval.
The Rams will continue to fine tune their approach
heading into the June 6 break.
Sedan Cambrai (1-4) entered the season with plenty of
enthusiasm and appeared capable of recording a few wins
after beating Gumeracha.
However, that’s unfortunately turned pearshape over
recent rounds, culminating in a disappointing goal-less
effort against Kersbrook.
Macclesfield (3-2) travel to Cambrai with plenty of
momentum from last Saturday’s second half against
Brad Smith kicked seven majors and big Lintern
Fairbrother was back to his best form for the Bloods.
Old foes reunite
The ball dislodges from the grasp of Bridgewater Raiders captain Steve Smith (32) as he comes
under close attention from Matt King of Meadows during Saturday’s Round 6 Hills Division 2
A-grade football encounter at Meadows Oval.
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