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The Courier SPORT Wednesday, August 5, 2015 – PAGE 7
DIVISION 2 FOOTBALL
with Ben Goldfinch
engaged in a Hills Division 2
A-grade football slogfest at
Gumeracha Oval last Saturday with
the finals bound visiting Roosters
comfortably winning by 66 points.
At the completion of the B-grade match,
the ground’s surface was an absolute mess,
paving the way for a tough battle in the main
Birdwood kicked three goals in the opening
half from 12 scoring opportunities, whilst
Gumeracha were held goal-less.
Gumeracha started reasonably well, hard
at it as usual, before Birdwood cracked the
game open in the second half.
Key Roosters forward Chad Connolly
found a bit of form, bagging four goals in
conditions which certainly didn’t suit a tall
Fraser Moore was at his contested best
on the bottom of the pack all match while
Jack Wood also had his best game for the
season in ruck for Birdwood, with Jock
McLeay unwell before play.
Woods shouldered most of the ruck duties
for the Round 15 battle.
Birdwood kicked three goals in the third
term, whilst Gumeracha kicked its only two
goals for the match through Shawn Mansell
and Cameron Redden.
The Roosters finished strongly, kicking five
goals in the final term to secure an 11-12 to
Bottom ranked Gumeracha have plenty of
work to do.
The northern Magpies are really struggling
for numbers with three players playing two
games just to get the required numbers.
Gumeracha have a crack in contests for a
while but just don’t have the talent to sustain
Connolly kicked four goals for Birdwood,
whilst Sam Green and returning Stuart
Moerman kicked two majors apiece.
Moore, Wood, teenager Lachlan Gooden,
Matthew Douglas, Simon Muster and Luke
Snowden finished in the best player list for
Gumeracha named Craig Banks, Robert
Marshall and Jeffrey Low as leading lights.
Birdwood will aim to win its final three
games against Kangarilla, Macclesfield and
Sedan-Cambrai before embarking on the
Gumeracha play Nairne-Bremer, Meadows
and Kersbrook to complete a disappointing
Slog in the bog
Kersbrook recorded an easy
122-point victory over Sedan-
Cambrai in what can only be
described as a lack lustre contest
at Cambrai Oval.
Despite the fact Kersbrook had a number
of players missing through injury last
Saturday, the home side never really
challenged in the 22-24 to 5-4 result.
Kersbrook’s lengthy injury list did allow
coach Brett James to experiment with his
line up for the trip to the Marne Plains.
In the absence of lead ruckman, Rob
Nicholson, versatile bigman Shane Slater
took over in the ruck, and did an excellent
His hard work was capitalised on by the
midfield brigade, where Daniel Ebert,
Layton McMahon, Daniel Miller and Paul
James were simply too good for their
Some new names took their turn in the
midfield rotations, as Peter Masika, Jordy
Green and Louis D’Unienville were given
the chance to stake their claims.
All three players enjoyed good games,
applying great pressure to their opponents,
which created plenty of turnovers.
The Marne Magpies just couldn’t match
Kersbrook’s pace around the ground.
Green, Masika and best afield Andy
Vines continually offered the opposition a
clean pair of heels, and were able to set
up plenty of scoring opportunities for the
Sedan-Cambrai’s defence was badly
undermanned and key Kersbrook forwards
Matt Gardner, Dylan Bingos and Craig
Gurskis combined for 11 goals, and
continually outmarked their opponents.
The visiting midfielders also did some
damage on the scoreboard, with Miller,
Vines and Robbie Crook all getting multiple
Whenever Sedan- Cambrai moved the
ball forward, they ran into a brick wall
as Regan Moyne, Brad Pearce, Jarrod
Farrugia and Gabe D’Unienville – in his
first A-grade game for the season – were
clearly on top of their opponents.
Time and time again Kersbrook easily
won possession and delivered the ball with
pin-point accuracy to their team-mates
down the ground.
Coach ‘Beefy’ James’ only real concern for
the day was the inaccuracy in front of goal
22 goals from 46 scoring shots wasn’t a
good return ... especially considering the
perfect playing conditions.
Kersbrook did have one special highlight
during the day, as due to a long injury list,
the B-grade side only had 18 players.
The situation resulted in club stalwart
Mick ‘Chopper’ Westley coming out of
Westley was joined in the side by his
13-year-old son Tyler.
Starting well, ‘Chopper’ showed his much
younger team-mates how it’s done by
kicking the first goal, but unfortunately,
later suffered a knee injury, resulting in him
being replaced by Tyler.
Not to be outdone, his son took a mark
in the goal square and without any hint
of nerves kicked his first goal in senior
football, much to his old man’s delight.
Kersbrook now focus forward to this
Saturday’s clash with Bridgewater, and
hopefully the return of some of the injured
– Wayne Coad.
Plains sailing for Brookers
Three minor rounds remain in the Hills
Football League season and there will
be plenty of anticipation surrounding this
Saturday’s Round 16 action.
Torrens Valley and Uraidla lead the charge in Division
1 with 12 wins a piece, followed by Echunga (11),
Hahndorf (nine) and Lobethal (eight).
Two sides outside the five still in the mix for finals are
Mt Barker and Blackwood, sitting on seven wins apiece.
After winning two of its opening 10 matches, Mt Barker
have surged into finals calculation with five consecutive
During the opening 10 rounds the Barkeroos averaged
63 points and conceded 83 points per game.
Since Round 11, Lucas Block’s men have averaged 97
points and conceded just 43 points per game.
Mt Barker face Torrens Valley this Saturday, before
tackling Lobethal and Blackwood in the final two rounds.
The Barkeroos have a settled line up, a perfect balance
with experienced personnel and exciting young talent.
Torrens Valley have won five on the trot as well, ranked
first in attack and one more victory will secure a double
chance for Dale Eichner’s Lions, who are playing
disciplined team football.
Harley Montgomery was exceptional in challenging
conditions last Saturday, whilst Jeremy Jaques is
finding match fitness working with Tom Wachtel in ruck.
Another crucial encounter is Lobethal against
Blackwood at Thomas Foods International Park in
The Tigers roller-coaster ride continues, whilst the
Woods have been struck by injury to key personnel.
Neither side can afford to lose ... plain and simple.
This clash will be broadcast live and local on 88.9FM
Hills Radio from 2pm.
The Tigers lost to Blackwood earlier in the season by
13 points at Windy Hill ... Blackwood’s only win against
a top five side.
Blackwood lack scoring power without Glenn Dundovic,
skipper Steve Woods and big man Jake Atkinson.
Lobethal should welcome back Joseph Zadow from
overseas and will be hoping for favorable conditions.
Hahndorf returned to the winner’s list and hold fourth
spot, still realising it can’t be complacent despite a
favorable run home.
This Saturday the Magpies host Onka Valley, which
were once again competitive against Echunga, but
several lapses proved costly.
Back in Round 7 Hahndorf won by 68 points, with Luke
Roberts and Josh Wittwer combining for 12 goals.
Hahndorf face Onkas, Mt Lofty and Ironbank to
complete the minor rounds, whilst Onkas round out the
campaign against Hahndorf, Blackwood and Mt Lofty.
Echunga should welcome back half a dozen key
players for its home clash against Mt Lofty.
The Demons have won four straight and should finish
top three, ranked second in attack and defence.
Echunga thrashed Mt Lofty by 86 points in Round
7, with Brett Harland kicking seven majors and Pete
Lindsay running rampant.
The Mountain Devils, who are aiming for another scalp
before the season ends, were competitive against
Uraidla last Saturday and Sam Hammond impressively
kicked four goals.
Second ranked Uraidla Districts host Ironbank, with
the northern Demons still in the hunt for the minor
The Demons are remarkably ranked last for points
scored, averaging just nine goals a game, however, they
statistically field the best defence in the competition.
Uraidla have won six matches this season under 15
points, and its average winning margin for the season
is three goals.
Scott Sutherland’s men find a way to win, culminating
in a seventh successive top three finish.
On the flipside, Ironbank have used 44 players, lost
five games in a row, and will miss finals for a third
Kersbrook host Bridgewater/Callington in a potential
finals precursor this Saturday at Kersbrook Oval.
The Raiders were sparked into action after losing the
Courier Cup final and easily accounted for Meadows.
Kersbrook had a few injuries but breezed past Sedan-
Cambrai, and coach Brett James gave players an
opportunity in different positions.
The Brookers were destroyed by Bridgewater during
Round 7 by 50 points when Chris Flatman booted five
goals and Jack Perry dominated.
Kersbrook have a bye and Gumeracha to follow and
love challenging themselves against the best.
Bridgewater, which have a bye in Round 18, can lock in
top spot with a win, which means it will have a fortnight’s
break before playing the second semifinal.
Fresh from the bye and a Courier Cup victory, Nairne-
Bremer host bottom ranked Gumeracha.
The Rams defeated the northern Magpies by 68 points
back in Round 7, with Haydn Gamma and Jamahl Liddle
combining for seven goals.
Birdwood host Kangarilla, intent on building momentum
heading into finals, with an intriguing elimination final
precursor coming up against Macclesfield in Round 17.
After kicking four goals in the wet, Chad Connolly can
strengthen his grasp of the HFL Division 2 leading goal
Currently he leads with 54 majors, followed by Wade
Hancock 48, Brad Smith 44 and Jamahl Liddle 38.
Macclesfield host Sedan-Cambrai and the Bloods
also have an interesting run home, with Birdwood and
Nairne-Bremer United to follow in Round 17 and 18
Brad Smith could have another day out for the Bloods
after kicking a season-high seven goals last Saturday,
Gumeracha’s Andrew Mapstone attempts to soccer a ball across a muddy Gumeracha Oval surface
as he comes under the attention of Birdwood duo Paul Jones (left) and Trevor Wohfield, while Brett
McLean (right) of the Roosters appears focused toward gaining possession in Saturday’s slogging
conditions for the Division 2 Hills Football League A-grade fixture.
Birdwood emerged from the bog with a commanding 66-point victory
Birdwood’s Sam Green (17) moves to block a push forward by Gumeracha
opponent Matt Redden, who has northern Magpies team-mate James
Mapstone (rear right) running in support during last Saturday’s mud-
caked Hills Division 2 A-grade football clash at Gumeracha Oval.
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