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The Adelaide Hills Hockey Club’s
mens Division 6 team notched
a maiden win of the season in a
brilliant game away at North East.
From the outset the Hills combination
dominated possession with good placement
of the ball for offensive opportunities, and
were rewarded with an early goal scored by
Evan Daws to settle any nerves.
The level of communication between
players on the pitch reached heights
unheard of before this game.
Left wing Tim Braybon found space
on the pitch to create plenty of passing
opportunities, while Tom DePrinse provided
stability in the midfield when trying his hand
at the foreign position of full back.
The remainder of the first half was played
mainly in the Hornets attacking zone and
the score was 1-0 at half-time.
The second half started explosively with
goals for Hills in quick succession to Josh
and Scott Norris.
This was the signal for a miniature North
East revival, as the opposition began to
apply more pressure.
An ebb and flow began to develop and the
Hornets conceded a goal which was tapped
in from a long pass into the circle.
The Hills men were full of energy and
seemed more comfortable the longer the
game stretched on.
Jesse Fear at right wing shut out his
opposition player with some lovely
pirouetting footwork, and a solo run and
goal from S. Norris was the icing on the
Despite a late flurry of North East short
corners, Hills hung on for a 4-1 victory, its
first win of the season.
Even though some of the opposition were
physical at times, there was no retaliation
as the Hornets played a clean game with an
atmosphere of competitive fun as all players
contributed to the excellent result.
In mirroring the men, the Division 4 women
also faced North East.
The advantage came early for the Hornets
with an unobstructed run from Sally Fisher.
Caitlin Christian and Claire Stephenson
continued Fisher’s practice of running the
ball straight past several defenders to find
Alix Verdon and Catherine Christian waiting.
Never missing a chance for fame, Fisher
put another mark next to her name before
North East pulled together an offence.
Fill-in Hills goal keeper April Summers was
no match for three unmarked opponents
and the half-time score became 2-1.
Renewed for another sprightly attack,
Amber Blanchard and Liz Pillman moved
up the pitch far higher than expected as the
teams started to crowd.
Despite the many North East defenders,
Heidi Gore – playing her first game back
from injury – put in a winning shot, just
touched by Helen Case over the line.
Sealing her hat-trick, Fisher capitalised yet
again from a solo play in the circle.
A short corner was finally awarded to
Hills for a much tougher play than normally
necessary and the team’s ‘zig-zag’ option
was used to give Anna Christian the fifth
Sewing up the 6-1 triumph, Fisher broke
any known record within the club to score
her fourth goal of the game.
Forresthills Under 18 girls played against
a vocally active Grange team and got off to
a shaky start as Amber Blanchard and goal
keeper Emma Crossing were unable to halt
a Grange assault and a goal was scored
after just five minutes.
April Summers and Bess Thompson then
worked hard together to eliminate their
opposition and find the attacking circle,
gaining Forresthills a 1-1 result for half-time.
Anna and Caitlin Christian controlled
the centre of the pitch throughout the
game, supplying the attack and fending
off Grange’s advances, even during short
Ailsa Stevens capitalised on the most
played ball of the game after many attempts
by both sides to gain advantage and
Forresthills came away with a 2-1 win.
The Under 18 boys took on North East.
Matthew Camp and Jakob Van Hees
tackled and attacked with the advantage
numerous times on the wings.
A skilfully controlled overhead pass was
tapped to Francis Wirthenson, who scored
with a back-stick shot from one corner of
the circle to the opposing corner of the goal.
The half-time and final score remained the
same, presenting a 2-0 win for Forresthills.
The Under 14 boys played Adelaide
Red while the Under 14 girls tackled Port
The Hornets Under 11 Mixed team played
against top ranked Adelaide Blue last
Seth Ormandy played fantastic in defence,
working with Oliver and Matilda Angel to
clear the ball.
Sophie Medlin also worked tirelessly with
hard tackling and Alex Olsson blocked
his player from the game by manning up
Adelaide Blue won three short corners in
the opening 10 minutes but debutante goal
keeper Oscar Phillips made several timely
kicks to prevent further scoring.
Ormandy made brave charges to the top
of the circle on short corners, against an
Hills developed a new strategy involving
short corners which started to frustrate
Adelaide’s game flow and kept the score to
The second half started with more vigor
and a pass from George Coupland resulted
in the first short corner for Hills.
Dhiren Karunanithi-Carter cleared the ball
from middle after the counter-attack to open
Assisted by Oscar Hong, Coupland took
the ball again for a lengthy determined run
up the pitch.
Adelaide Hills improved its play so much
in the second half, only two goals were
conceded for a final score of 8-0.
The Hills Mixed Under 9 combination won
6-0 against Adelaide Red.
Alex Olsson, Oscar Percy and Sheridan
Hay scored a goal each while Oscar Harvey
secured three goals.
The team effort by all players was an
impressive display of the club’s junior spirit.
The junior games were played on the small
Cornerstone pitch because of continuing
Anembo Park pitch problems, but the
conditions on offer at Cornerstone were
GREAT SOUTHERN FOOTBALL LEAGUE
By Matt Pistola
Langhorne Creek survived a challenge from
bottom placed Yankalilla to record a 13-10
(88) to 12-7 (79) victory in Round 6 Great
Southern Football League A-grade action
As recently as 2012, the Hawks and Tigers battled it out
on grand final day, but in 2015 the two teams entered the
clash searching for a second victory of the season – an
indicator of how quickly football fortunes can change.
On a perfect day for football at Yankalilla Oval, the hosts
made a bright start as Patrick Fittock booted the opening
two goals of the match.
This jolted the Hawks to life and the visitors hit back,
kicking four goals during the remaining period of the first
term to hold a 12-point lead at the first break.
A scrappy second term ensued as both teams failed
to gain the ascendency and take control of the match.
The Tigers booted three of the term’s five goals to close
the deficit to seven points at the long interval.
On the resumption of play, the match opened up which
allowed both teams to generate a healthy number of
The new-found freedom of play produced five goals
apiece during the third term, giving Langhorne Creek a
narrow six-point advantage at three-quarter time.
With the match up for grabs, play took on a more
contested nature and goals were at a premium.
Langhorne Creek struck first during the final term, and
from that point the teams traded goals which allowed the
Hawks to maintain their slender advantage – eventually
prevailing by nine points.
The Hawks win was aided by the fact that they found
a number of reliable avenues to goal as Caleb Howell,
Curtis Perrey and Tynan Keeley all booted three, and
big man Levi Konitzka contributed a further two majors.
Matt Tonkin continued his recent run of impressive form
in a best afield performance for the Hawks, while Perry,
Howell and Keeley were also recognised for their hauls.
Matt James booted four goals for Yankililla and Fittock
three, while former Sturt player Ben Kane, Lewis
Brannigan-Fisher and Travis Bartlett were the top
performers in the losing cause.
Strathalbyn’s percentage advantage over bottom placed
Yankalilla was severely reduced following a 20-15 (135)
to 9-5 (59) belting at the hands of Goolwa-Port Elliot.
The opening term of play did not provide an indicator
of the mauling to come, as visiting Strathalbyn made an
encouraging start, booting four goals to one to lead by
17 points at quarter time.
Whatever was said at the quarter time huddle certainly
paid dividends for the hosts, as they emerged a different
unit during the second stanza.
Goolwa-Port Elliot booted eight goals to three for the
term, wiping out the Roosters advantage and forging a
14-point lead of its own at half-time.
Strathalbyn failed to bring any meaningful resistance
during the second half as the now-rampant hosts simply
toyed with the reigning premier.
A further seven goals to one during the third term
extended the Magpies margin to 52 points at the final
Strathalbyn booted just a single goal during the final
term and were fortunate that the hosts squandered their
chances to contain the margin somewhat.
The Magpies kicked 4-6 during the final term to
comfortably confirm a 76-point win.
Tom Fergusson was the primary avenue to goal for the
victors in booting five majors, while Cody Hicks and Josh
Vick provided notable support with three apiece.
Trent Griffen was voted best afield by Magpie officials,
ahead of Daniel Fry and Hicks.
For the shell-shocked Roosters, Chris Clark provided a
bright spot in booted four goals, while Austin McFarlane
Past Barmera-Monash player Lachlan Middleton
turned in his best performance for Strathalbyn, while
Clark, Brad James and Mark Tucker also battled hard in
the disappointing result.
Things won’t be any easier in Round 7 for Strathalbyn
as it faces a visit to meet undefeated Mt Compass.
Mt Compass will enter the clash as the only unbeaten
team in the competition following a comprehensive 14-10
(94) to 8-5 (53) victory over fellow previously undefeated
side Victor Harbor in a battle for top position on the table.
The Bulldogs jumped the visiting Roos in the first term
and was never troubled thereafter – restricting Victor
Harbor to just four goals to three-quarter time.
The Roos managed to match those four goals during the
final term to add some respectability to the scoreboard,
but the 41-point defeat clearly displayed which team is
the pacesetter at this stage of the 2015 season.
Mt Compass possesses a lethal arsenal of attacking
options which again proved too hot for its opponents to
Usual suspect Tom Pinyon again led the attack with five
majors while the spread of support on Saturday came
in the form of two-goal contributions from Adam Hunter,
Ziggy Vitkunas and Joseph Parsons.
Dylan Camac, Peter Hoban, Hunter and Stephen Tiller
were the top performers for the competition trend setters.
Denis Iljcesen booted four goals while Koby Evans,
Matt Graham and Sam Basham performed admirably
for the vanquished Roos.
Encounter Bay sit in second position on the table
following its 19-9 (123) to 10-5 (65) victory over Willunga.
After a tight first term, the hosting Bays blew the
Demons out during the second term to gain a 42-point
Willunga dominated the third term, booting five goals
to one to halve the gap at the final change, but it was
unable to run with the hosts during the final term and
eventually succumbed by a hefty 58-point margin.
Encounter Bay received three-goal contributions from
five different players, who capitalised on the impressive
downfield work of Charlie Sharples and Tom Redden.
Dan Lahiff booted four goals for the Demons – who
gained notable contributions from Roy Jolly and Tim
McLaren recorded a second win of the season with a
18-11 (119) to 11-14 (80) success over Myponga-Sellicks.
McLaren pulled away during the second half to secure
its win, largely on the back of a seven-goal best afield
performance by key forward Jordan Mutton, and key
contributions by Evan Williams and Dennis McEvoy.
Ryan Haverty booted four for the Mudlarks, who were
best served by Tom Carroll and Scott Hunt.
GSFL Round 7 fixture: Langhorne Creek v Encounter
Bay, Mt Compass v Strathalbyn, McLaren v Goolwa,
Myponga-Sellicks v Willunga, Victor Harbor v Yankalilla.
GSFL A-grade ladder (after Round 6): Mt Compass
12, Encounter Bay 10, Victor Harbor 10, Goolwa 8,
McLaren 4, Myponga-Sellicks 4, Langhorne Creek 4,
Willunga 4, Strathalbyn 2, Yankalilla 2.
Hawks escape Tigers
First success for men
By Ross Wall
Amazing feats of strength and daring
characterise both a circus and a Superules
Over 35 football event.
The ‘strongman’ in the circus performs amazing acts of
power, demonstrating the ability to displace objects with
the work of oversized muscles.
Watching Michael ‘strongman’ Hamilton displace his
opponent from the path of the ball is testimony to great
power of a highly developed stomach muscle.
The ring master has a great time vividly describing the
death defying thrills within the ‘ball of death’.
Imagine the excitement he could generate at a Hills Super
Tigers game as he describes Wayne ‘Chucky’ Seymour’s
relentless and often reckless pursuit of the football.
“Ladies and Gentlemen, watch the fearless chrome dome
risk life and limb in his quest for the Sherrin.
“Will it be his hairless head or his nether region which
suffers the first blow?
“What a contest! ... and yes, Chucky is down.
“This time it looks like the head.
“Will he get up? ... wait for it.
“Yes, he’s up ladies and gentlemen ...he is okay ... let’s
hear it for Chucky.”
The flying trapeze artists ‘wow the crowd’ but they do it
with safety nets.
Every match Michael Hill launches himself in to the air
with reckless abandon, sometimes even when the ball is
His moves are not choreographed and his landings are
rarely soft, however, it is a spectacle and serves some
The clowns are a much loved part of the circus and their
ability to flop around the arena and perform tricks despite
oversized shoes and artificially expanded girths make their
efforts all the more praise worthy.
So too Andrew Frohling, who, despite neither of these
characteristic being artificial, also manages to perform
amazing feats and thrill the crowd.
The tight rope walker requires balance, an obliviousness
to heights and a complete disregard for personal safety.
Anthony ‘Dima’ Di Marzio has done ballet, is too short to
worry about heights and plays Over 35 football in the face
of advice from friends and family.
However, there are differences between the circus and
Circus performers – whether they be people or animals –
are rewarded for their efforts and play before an appreciative
Superules players pay for the privilege and entertain no-
one but themselves.
The circus lions strut around the ring, impressing the
crowd with their aura and performing the odd menial trick
for a richly deserved treat.
The Super Tigers waddle around an oval and attempt to
perform fundamental tasks, for which they usually receive
One exception is king of the herd, Chris Hill, who parades
himself proudly along with his ‘cub’ Michael.
The ring master commands respect and, with the aid of
only a microphone, ensures the operation proceeds like
Hills Superules ‘ring master’ Dick Kleemann needs a whip
just to get the players back on the oval after half-time.
Circus performers clearly have a use by date ... you can’t
keep leaping from towers, clutching a fellow athlete 50 feet
above the ground and somersaulting when you are aged.
Kim Pearce defies this rule and is still above the ground,
grasping at other opposition athletes and tumbling over,
despite being well past an acceptable expiratory date.
Unfortunately, there was probably too much circus
showmanship last Sunday, and not enough people
prepared to be the ‘pooper scoopers’.
Southern Jets travelled to Kersbrook Oval in force and
generally outplayed the hosting Super Tigers.
Despite being two goals down at half-time, the Jets kicked
seven unanswered goals in the third quarter to blow the
Ring master Kleemann, tried hard to inspire his poorly
trained performers but critics will point to a show with some
individual acts, but one lacking in consistency and polish.
The show travels to Gawler in a fortnight where the
‘Amazing Hill’s Brothers Circus’ will attempt to re-engage
the audience and deliver a sparkling performance.
Southern Jets 13-15 (93) d Hills 10-10 (70)
Best: Kleemann, Colgate, M. Hill, Mayes, Mysak,
Goals: Hosking 3, Poole 2, Wall 2, Colgate, Sigarlas,
Threadgold each 1.
The circus is in town!
Adelaide Hills Hockey Club Under 9 team members enjoyed a 6-0 victory
from the clash against visiting Adelaide Red played last weekend at
Cornerstone College in Mt Barker.
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