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The Courier SPORT Wednesday, August 12, 2015 – PAGE 5
GREAT SOUTHERN FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Keeping you up to score with Hills
football every Wednesday.
By Matt Pistola
A final quarter fade-out cost fifth-placed
Strathalbyn dearly in a 12-11 (83) to 7-5 (47)
defeat at the hands of competition leader Mt
Compass in Round 16 of Great Southern
Football League A-grade action.
Facing an opportunity to test itself against the
premiership favorite, the resurgent Roosters held a
shock 15-point half-time lead after holding Mt Compass
to just 1-7 during the first two terms of play.
During the third quarter, the high-flying Bulldogs kicked
into gear, ramming home six goals to two and stealing a
10-point lead at the final change.
Still well and truly in the match, Strathalbyn were unable
to produce a competitive final term and ultimately added
just a single major when the game was on the line.
On the other hand, Mt Compass took complete control
of the encounter, adding five goals during the closing
stanza to secure a handy 36-point victory.
Key forwards for both teams were dominant during the
match, providing the bulk of the scoring.
Mt Compass State Country representative Ziggy
Vitkunas responded after a quiet match last week with a
six-goal haul, while Michael Corbett chimed in with three
Joss Davis, Tom Corbett, Michael Corbett, Brent Creek
and Vitkunas were the top performers for the victors.
Strathalbyn’s goal-scoring exploits were limited to just
two players with Simon Munn booting five and Marc
Elliott adding two.
Munn, Wade Thorpe, Ben Nisbett, Jordan Hall and Brad
James were the leading contributors for the Roosters,
who require just one more victory to cement a finals
After two straight wins, Langhorne Creek came crashing
back to earth with a 18-12 (120) to 3-7 (25) flogging at
the hands of second-placed Encounter Bay.
The visiting Bays charged out of the blocks with a five
goals to zero opening term and never looked back.
Elijah Horrocks led the way with four majors for the
victors, while Cameron Lintern, Tyson Davis-Neale and
Gary Karpany all added three.
Jacob Baggs, Adam Fisher and Matt Allen were other
Eagles to have a big influence on proceedings.
For the shell-shocked Hawks, Aaron Killian, Caleb
Howell, Josh Maloney, Levi Konitzka and Damien James
were the leading lights in a disappointing performance.
The upset of the round occurred at Yankalilla where the
bottom placed hosts accounted for finals bound Victor
Harbor 11-12 (78) to 9-11 (65).
Patrick Fittock and Matt James were an effective duo up
forward for the Tigers with three goals apiece.
Joel Kay, Connor Mellow, Josh Sidebottom, Brad
Fitzgerald and Ben Kane were all industrious for the
hosts, who led at all but the quarter time break.
For the disappointed Roos, Leigh Ryan, Sam Basham,
Matt Krueger, Alexander Osborne and Luke McMahon
Victor must recapture its early season form if it is to
stand as a serious title contender in September.
Willunga kept alive its slim finals hopes with a 17-7
(109) to 11-12 (78) victory over fellow mid-table side
Both teams will be relying on Strathalbyn to lose both
of its remaining matches if it is to stand any chance of a
late finals berth.
The Demons led comfortably all match, largely due to
the efforts of Sam McGowan, who booted six goals.
Marcus Burdett and Tim Boyd joined McGowan as the
leading players on the ground for the victors.
For the faltering Mudlarks, Devin Martin and Lee Hoey
each kicked three goals, while the tireless Tom Carroll,
Shane Davies and Tristan Gum all battled hard in the
Finally, third placed Goolwa-Port Elliot continued to
warm up for September with a cruising 15-17 (107) to
9-10 (64) win over McLaren.
After scores were locked at quarter time, the Magpies
blew McLaren away with a six goals to none second
term to set up the victory.
Victor Robertson booted four and Tom Ferguson three
for Goolwa-Port Elliott, while Trent Kelly and Brock
Godwin-Knott were also key contributors.
The disappointing McLaren outfit were best served by
Evan Williams, Luke Powell and Josh Proctor.
GSFL ladder (after Round 16): Mt Compass 28,
Encounter Bay 26, Goolwa-Port Elliot 24, Victor Harbor
18, Strathalbyn 16, Willunga 12, Myponga-Sellicks 12,
Langhorne Creek 10, McLaren 8, Yankalilla 6.
Round 17 fixture: Langhorne Creek v Goolwa-Port
Elliot, Myponga-Sellicks v Strathalbyn, Mt Compass
v Encounter Bay, Victor Harbor v Willunga, McLaren v
Roosters fail test
A five-goal final-quarter blitz from
Echunga dynamo Brett Harland
secured Echunga’s 14-10 to 6-8
victory against Mt Lofty at Echunga
Oval last Saturday.
Harland was unstoppable and if not for
minor inaccuracies, hitting the post three
times, his seven goals for the match could
have been 10.
An even encounter ensued for the first
term and the visitors were enthusiastic to
secure an upset victory in the Hills Division
1 A-grade football fixture.
Sascha Oerhli got the initial advantage
in ruck and opportunities arose for Brad
Burch and Frank Clements.
Mt Lofty had control in the early stanza
which culminated in a goal to Adam
Minutes later the lead was extended to
three goals, as Shaun Childs marked
strongly, and with a 50m penalty goaled
A similar scenario gave Mt Lofty its third
goal through Clements and Echunga’s
discipline was questioned.
Sam Cranna accepted the challenge in
ruck and lifted from his early slumber to
initiate an Echunga response.
Adam Jennings, Clint Guy and Peter
Lindsay consequently became more
prominent around the packs and
Echunga forwards soon gained their first
opportunities for the term.
Sam Hammond, Mark Nielsen and James
Kittel-Neill were determined to defend
stoutly for Mt Lofty.
The trio repelled numerous attacks,
however, Lachlan Fleet eventually gained
reward for Echunga with a strong mark and
Demon’s first goal.
A determined effort by Brodie Fleet and
Shane Maslin gave Echunga drive from
One clearance was directed to Peter
Lindsay, whose exquisite skills allowed him
to elude four opponents.
A slick handball to David Liston was
followed by a penetrating kick to the square,
where Harland kicked his first goal.
Another goal to Harland with the
assistance of Fleet had the scores tied at
the first break.
Echunga coach Lindsay Bassani was not
complementary to his squad during the
A four-goal quarter followed the address,
while Mt Lofty was held scoreless.
B. Fleet, Jack Snell and David Liston
controlled Echunga’s defence and the
visitors’ short game was left wanting.
Guy was revelling in the conditions and his
handball to David Carter gained a goal.
Echunga’s improvement in all facets of
the game was evident early in the quarter,
suggesting Bassani’s address had been
Daniel Sheehan had a cameo effort up
forward and his kick off the ground extended
His handball to Austin Miller also gained a
goal and the Demons were in control.
The visitors had no prominent forward for
Burch and Hammond to target.
A battle of defences ensued for a
prolonged period and the standard of play
The ball appeared to be in the Demon
attacking area constantly, however,
the defence of Stapleton and Nielsen
minimised the damage for Mt Lofty.
Fleet goaled from the boundary late in the
term to extend the lead to four goals at the
Purpose by Devils
Mt Lofty required a sterling effort in the
third term to bridge the gap.
The initial stages suggested continued
dominance by Echunga.
Brad White excelled for the Demons from
his wing and Lindsay gained the advantage
up forward, however, t wo easy shots for
goal were missed.
Nielsen continued to defend well for the
Alex Robinson broke from the pack and
snapped truly for Mt Lofty, before Echunga
responded quickly through Henry Reuther,
who was ably assisted by Harland.
Echunga maintained its half-time lead, but
Mt Lofty appeared more purposeful in its
attack at the ball.
The Devils endeavours were eventually
rewarded with the cameo efforts of Oerhli.
Within minutes strong marks at half forward
were followed up with long penetrating
kicks that gained two goals.
An upset appeared imminent, and White’s
goal assist to Fleet late in the term was a
relief to Demon supporters.
The hamstring injury to Lindsay made the
relief temporary and what eventuated in the
final term could not be predicted.
A brief attack from the Devils was repelled
by the aerial skills of Cranna.
Adam Edwards, Guy and Jennings
initiated Echunga’s onslaught.
Harland hit the post early and the following
15 minutes showcased Harland at his best.
Five goals resulted from a dominant
Demons forward division.
Jesse Aish was subdued for three quarters
and lifted his endeavour and guided his
Sheehan, White, Miller and Fleet created
opportunities and Harland gained the
reward and Echunga cruised to victory.
Surprisingly 15 of the 20 goals scored for
the match were at the southern end and
little wind affected the play.
Echunga had many players who
contributed with the untiring efforts of
Jennings, Guy and White around the packs
and stout defending from B. Fleet and Snell.
Demons veteran Sheehan and youngsters
Reuther, Miller and Schumacher also had
Mt Lofty have good prospects and while
the team effort wasn’t sustained, various
players stood out.
Burch battled valiantly in centre, with the
determined efforts of Oerhli and Childs
in ruck driving the ball repeatedly into the
Unfortunately the lack of a spearhead
proved costly, whilst Nielsen and Stapleton
stood out in the Devil defence and Clements
and Jack Sandercock offered glimpses
across half forward.
– Ian Bates.
Harland a key factor
Mt Lofty’s Shaun Childs (centre) is wrapped up in a tackle by Tom Schumacher of Echunga as
(from left) Echunga’s Jesse Aish, Frank Clements (17) and Daniel Gonzales from the Mountain
Devils, and Echunga’s Brodie Fleet form a captive audience during last Saturday’s Hills Football
League Division 1 match which the hosting Demons won 14-10 to 6-8.
Echunga southern Demons skipper Adam Edwards (foreground) attempts
to pull away from the tackling efforts of Mt Lofty Devils duo Brad Burch
(rear left) and Joel Van Paridon in Saturday’s Hills Division 1 A-grade
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