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DIVISION 1 FOOTBALL
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Uraidla combated a fast
finishing Mt Barker combination
to return to the Hills Football
League Division 1 winner’s
list with a nail-biting one-point
victory at Howard Lane last
Following a 20-goal loss to Lobethal,
and a week of soul searching, Uraidla
ventured to Mt Barker to confront a
continuously improving Barkeroos
Mt Barker and Uraidla have enjoyed a
strong Hills Division 1 A-grade rivalry
over recent years, including meeting in
three of the past five grand finals.
Both teams suffered defeats in Round 9
and a tight contest was predicted in good
Unfortunately for the home supporters,
the Barkeroos allowed the visitors too
much of a start.
Uraidla led by two goals at quarter time,
five goals at half-time and four goals at
three-quarter time, before eventually
winning by one point.
Mt Barker stormed home with five final-
quarter majors, but agonisingly fell short
for a consecutive round.
“Mt Barker’s comeback snuck up on us
really quickly,” commented Uraidla coach
“The game felt like it was in the bag
and then the next minute Mt Barker went
bang, bang, bang.
“If there was another two minutes left in
the game they would have won.
“It was good to fall over the line.
“The boys did an excellent job and for
us it was about getting back on track with
The Roos started well and registered
the opening goal when Kent Shillitoe
accurately booted a long major.
Uraidla worked its way into the contest
and three goals gave it the lead at the
The Roos again started the second
quarter well, as Luke Andruszkiewicz
goaled but Uraidla took control of the
match with four more majors.
Luke Ivens was particularly effective for
the visitors, as he roamed the Demons
defensive zone, snapping up many loose
disposals from the Barkeroos.
The Roos out-scored the Demons in
the third quarter and closed to within 25
points at the final change.
Mt Barker’s defence led by Brad
Wakefield and Nick Hill tightened up on
Jamie Groutch and Thomas Griggs
rebounded to give Mt Barker’s wingmen
opportunities to feed their fowards.
Lucas Block, L. Andruszkiewicz and
Simon Nunan all goaled to reduce
Uraidla’s lead to four goals at the last
Uraidla goal sneak Simon Ebert
kicked a major to start the final quarter,
however, that was the end of the scoring
for the visitors.
The Roos surged with goals from Jarred
Chaplin, Shillitoe, Caine Jinnette, Block
and a magnificent major kicked from the
sideline by Nick Hill.
Unfortunately time ran out and Mt
Barker fell short by one point.
It was another improved effort from Mt
Barker against second ranked Uraidla,
and a stiff test awaits in Round 11 when
Mt Barker visit Echunga.
Hahndorf captured Hills Football League
Division 1 A-grade Courier Cup glory for the
first time since 2000 last Saturday against
Torrens Valley at Mt Torrens Oval.
After finishing bottom last season, the resurgent
Magpies have certainly been the most improved outfit
in 2015, exemplified in Saturday’s 15-17 to 14-10 victory.
The Magpies trailed at quarter time by 20 points,
before surging back into the contest to lead at half-time
by three points.
Torrens Valley led at the final change by two points,
before the Magpies posted three final-quarter majors to
win by 13 points.
Hahndorf currently sit atop the premiership ladder with
“We were a little bit worried at quarter time,” commented
Hahndorf coach Craig Smith.
“It’s been a bit of a habit unfortunately where we have
had a slow start and allow the opposition to dictate.
“The way the boys responded was really positive.
“We identified that it is very hard to stop their forwards
if they are getting good service.
“We focused on shutting down the service.
“I felt like we were in control of the game after quarter
time but we couldn’t put them away.
“Whenever we made an error they would go down the
other end and punish us as good sides do.”
Some important early match ups included Scott
Purling opposed to Dale Ellis and Tom Babidge on
Torrens Valley were into attack early and leading
spearhead Boras capitalised for his first major.
Both teams were hard at the ball and early on returning
Hahndorf big man Matt Roberts loomed dangerous for
A line of errors from Torrens Valley’s defence enabled
sharpshooter Darcy Hourigan to kick his first of four
goals, whilst David Hankin (three goals) tied away the
scores halfway through the opening stanza.
An interesting statistic midway through the first quarter
was the domination at the stoppages by Hahndorf.
The visitors were superior on the ground, but on the
scoreboard the Valley Lions led by 20 points at quarter
Torrens Valley’s star players were producing, including
Ben Hanna, who was influential for the locals.
Boras opened up with a goal to start the second
quarter and Torrens Valley were all over the visitors.
This was shortly lived as Hahndorf kicked four
unanswered goals and were also missing plenty of
Working out of the middle, Hahndorf skipper James
Tripodi (two goals) was outstanding, backed by both
Roberts brothers and Purling down back.
Torrens Valley couldn’t stop Hahndorf, which proved a
concern for coach Dale Eichner heading into half-time.
Hahndorf had 11 scoring shots during the second term,
compared to Torrens Valley’s five, and the Magpies led
by one major at the main interval.
The Magpies drew first blood in the third stanza,
however, Torrens Valley fought back in the centre
through Hanna and Brad Hunter.
This resulted in another major for D. Ellis.
Harley Montgomery was picking up numerous touches
for the Lions as the game lifted a level and was worthy
of a final.
Both teams were displaying plenty as players gave
their all and the contest was a great spectacle.
Cup spoils to Hahndorf
Torrens Valley took the lead at three-quarter time and
everyone was set for a great last quarter.
Stoppages were still a great concern for Torrens Valley,
as Hahndorf continued to dominate around the ball and
this was probably the difference in the end.
Both teams were going hard at it with respective
defences producing desperate football.
Scott Paul was getting plenty of the football for
Hahndorf and Torrens Valley small man Ash Fawcett
was commiting to everything that came his way.
Hahndorf wasted a couple of easy shots on goal in the
final term, which kept the Valley Lions hopes alive.
In the end Hahndorf’s relentless pressure on the ball
resulted in a well deserved 13 point victory.
Tripodi was selected as best player afield and received
the inaugural Courier Cup final medal.
Hahndorf ’s Scott Paul (6) reaches high to apply a spoiling fist to a marking
attempt by Torrens Valley rival Ben Hanna (14) within a crowded pack in last
Saturday’s 2015 Division 1 Courier Cup final contest at Mt Torrens.
Images courtesy Roy Liebich.
Hahndorf captain James Tripodi was the
recipient of the medal as best afield in the 2015
Division 1 A-grade Courier Cup final against
Mt Barker’s Brad Wakefield attempts to control a grounded ball with his hand as Uraidla Districts rival
Tom Kluvanek opts to use his foot during Saturday’s thrilling Hills Football League Division 1 A-grade
match at Howard Lane. The visting Demons managed to hold on and take victory by a solitary point.
Image courtesy Andrew Ausserlechner.
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