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The Courier SPORT Wednesday, August 19, 2015 – PAGE 7
DIVISION 2 FOOTBALL
with Ben Goldfinch
Meadows scored a confidence
boosting 35-point win over
Gumeracha last Saturday at
Although they won’t be playing Hills
Football League Division 2 finals, the
southern Bulldogs entered the clash full of
confidence with the welcome return of big
man Ryan Wade.
The northern Magpies were searching for
just their second win of the season, but
didn’t have enough fire power up front to
kick a competitive score.
In soft and slippery conditions under foot,
the visiting Bulldogs kicked downhill in the
first quarter and took full advantage of this
with Brad Dawe hitting the scoreboard.
A late goal to Gumeracha reduced the
margin to 11 points at quarter time.
After a scrappy start to the second stanza,
Meadows struck first with crucial goals to
Wade and Daniel Cross.
By half-time the southern Bulldogs lead
was extended to 17 points.
The visitors kicked the first goal of the
third term, coming from Wade, who proved
too big and strong for the undersized
The home side weren’t about to let the
margin blow out and Brodie Pool responded
with a goal of his own from a 50m penalty.
Yet another strong stanza pushed the
southern Bulldogs lead out to 30 points at
the final break.
Needing a miraculous comeback,
Gumeracha got the final term off to a great
start when Dylan Gilbert converted a long
check side for the first goal of the quarter.
It was as close as the home side would
get, as the visitors regained control of the
game thanks to some great defence from
Simon Tyler and Callan Blackwell.
Despite being given a number of scoring
chances, as a result of poor discipline
by some of the Gumeracha players, the
Meadows forwards struggled to convert in
front of the big sticks.
Meadows ruckman Matt Cragg-Sapsford
goaled from the top of the goal square after
a 100m penalty.
In the end the margin finished at 35 points
in favor of the southern Bulldogs.
A strong start to the game resulted in B.
Dawe finishing with three goals for the
southern Bulldogs, whilst Wade also booted
three majors in his return from injury.
An inspirational in and under game from
co-captain Mark Thomas was rewarded
with best afield honors for his team.
Blackwell, David McAvoy, Baden Corr,
Toby Crowden and Wade were all good for
Shawn Mansell booted three goals for
Gumeracha, while Gilbert added two
majors of his own.
A tireless performance in the midfield
resulted in Matthew Redden being judged
best player for Gumeracha, while Cameron
Redden, Pool, Aaron Trollope and Jessie
Diotti were all handy for their team.
Meadows will be aiming to finish its
season on a high when it comes up against
Kangarilla this Saturday, while Gumeracha
confront the tough task of completing its
season against Kersbrook.
– Joe Schwab.
Bark back for the Doggies
to Cambrai Oval on the Marne
Plains last Saturday for the first
time in the Raiders last appearance
before Hills Division 2 football
Back in Round 8 it was the Raiders who
won by 70 points on the small confines of
Bridgewater Oval in wet conditions.
Although some drizzling rain was about
last Saturday, the Marne venue was dry and
unusually hard for mid-August, promoting
the chance of open play during the day.
The Raiders were seeking to tighten up
on goal kicking and restricting the forward
movements of the opposition, while the
Marne Magpies were keen to challenge
another finals contender after defeating
The visitors started with plenty of run,
kicking to the Marne River end of the
ground and opened the scoring in the first
Sedan-Cambrai settled and worked the
ball out wide, managing the next two goals,
to be only a point down 10 minutes into the
The Raiders then steadied and put on five
unanswered goals to close out the term.
The second quarter again belonged to the
Raiders, with multiple goal scorers bobbing
Chris Flatman provided fast and hard
leads for the Raiders and was rewarded
with some superb passing.
With John McDonald winning numerous
clearances, supported by Pierre Bushell
and Nick Jansen, the Raiders continually
moved the ball forward.
The hosts played in patches and it was
through the efforts of Ryan Davies and
Joshua Calyun they managed to have
some chances during the quarter.
By half-time the Raiders had opened a
Despite the advantage, Raiders coach
Rob Prime asked for greater work rate from
his defensive unit.
There was a clear emphasis on breaking
down any forward movement from Sedan-
Cambrai and hitting up targets to give
maximum opportunity to the Raiders
The second half belonged to the visitors
and during the third quarter the Raiders
continued to move the ball forward.
Sedan-Cambrai managed a goal against
the flow of play and for a brief period were
able to hold up play with some contested
The Raiders missed a few chances on
goal, however, the lead had increased to
75 points as the teams headed into three-
Bridgewater started the last quarter of its
2015 minor rounds campaign with forward
Flatman on the verge of kicking over 10
goals in a match.
His team-mates didn’t let him down.
Following his earlier unscheduled trip to
the neighboring Sedan Oval, Sam Foutoulis
managed to clear a path in the forward line.
Flatman continually hit up on leads with
numerous passes hitting him lace out.
He repaid the midfield and finished the
game with a 12-goal haul.
It was a 10-goal final quarter by the Raiders
to round out a comfortable 25-17 to 4-4 win.
Phillip Hall finished with two goals for
Sedan-Cambrai and was one of its better
players, while Davies, Russell Loffler and
Calyun also battled hard all match for the
The Raiders had too many options and
they could have easily shut up shop early,
however, they played out the match in
productive fashion in the closing 20 minutes.
It was young Jansen who led the way for
the Raiders with plenty of support coming
from McDonald, Flatman, captain Steve
Smith and Jack Perry.
Bridgewater will sit out the Round 18 bye
as it prepares for a qualifying final battle
against Kersbrook, whilst Sedan-Cambrai
venture to Birdwood for its final appearance
of the 2015 campaign.
– John Schneemilch.
The stage is set for an epic conclusion to the
2015 Hills Football League Division 1 minor
Hold onto your hats, because there are a number of
scenarios that could play out this Saturday.
There will be plenty of phone calls surrounding the Round
Uraidla leads the charge in Division 1 with 14 wins,
followed by Echunga (13), Torrens Valley (12), Hahndorf
(11) and Lobethal (nine).
Sitting outside the five is Mt Barker on nine wins and
ready to pounce.
The Barkeroos must defeat Blackwood, whilst relying on
Lobethal losing to Uraidla this Saturday.
Currently Lobethal hold a 111-point percentage break on
Looking down the track, and throwing another cat
amongst the pigeons is the 21-day break between the
second semifinal and the grand final.
The most ‘eyebrow raising’ result of the season was back
in Round 9 when Lobethal thrashed Uraidla 24-14 to 5-9.
Pundits rated it as the most complete performance from
a side in recent memory, with Braydn Fisher and Jack
Bampton combining for 11 goals.
What Tigers line-up will come to play at Uraidla Oval this
Especially considering they have beaten three of the
top four sides in the competition, namely Uraidla, Torrens
Valley and Hahndorf.
Uraidla’s opening half against Torrens Valley last Saturday
The Demons, who have won five on the trot, are
guaranteed a double chance and will secure the minor
premiership if Echunga lose to Torrens Valley or Uraidla
Uraidla’s crucial clash against Lobethal will be broadcast
live and local on 88.9FM Hills Radio, with special comments
from Mt Barker’s 2012 premiership coach Steve Samuels.
Remarkably, Mt Barker will be gunning for an eighth
successive victory when it hosts Blackwood.
The Barkeroos are storming home, with Stuart Hill, Tom
Hughes, Jed Fioravanti, Simon Nunan and inspirational
playing coach Lucas Block integral in the win against
Sides are wary of Mt Barker’s form, and Echunga proved
last season you can win a premiership from an elimination
The Woods will marginally miss out on finals action,
however, the main point last Saturday from a Blackwood
point of view was the emergence of younger midfielders.
Haydn Kenny is another young player stringing good
With some development, game time together and some
targeted recruiting, the future looms pretty good for the
Hahndorf have won three on the trot and must defeat
Ironbank, whilst relying on Echunga downing Torrens
Valley to finish third.
The Magpies have depth and appear to have a settled
line-up, with big man Daniel Roberts stepping into the mix
Scott Paul has been brilliant all season in the midfield,
Scott Purling is rock solid down back, whilst Darcy
Hourigan continues to kick goals.
Ironbank will round out the season in eighth position and
haven’t won since Round 10.
The Thunderers were highly competitive against Echunga,
with Cam Hitchcock kicking five goals and skipper Will
Muirden once again leading from the front.
Ironbank would love to end its 2015 campaign on a
Echunga host Torrens Valley in another massive
match, with the Demons in the mix for top and Torrens
Valley balanced precariously between a qualifying and
The Valley Lions have held a top three spot for 16 of the
Echunga defeated Torrens Valley 21-16 to 17-7 in Round
9, with Brett Harland kicking eight and John Boras posting
Onka Valley and Mt Lofty meet at Balhannah Oval with
the loser claiming the dreaded wooden spoon.
The Valley Bulldogs defeated the Devils by 56 points in
Round 9, with Bruce Kain and Dave Wescombe combining
for 10 goals.
Mt Lofty’s previous win was against Ironbank in Round 11
and Onkas last success was against Lobethal in Round 12.
Nairne-Bremer United is predicted to claim the Division 2
minor premiership as it hosts Macclesfield this Saturday.
The Rams have lost one match and will dislodge
Bridgewater/Callington from top spot with a win.
Nairne will look forward to the challenge against the
Bloods, with the break coming up before the second
semifinal on September 5.
Macclesfield offered signs against Birdwood last Saturday,
especially during the final term, and whether that form
carries over will be interesting.
Neighboring arch rivals Meadows and Kangarilla lock
horns at Meadows Oval in their final hit outs for 2015.
The southern Blues have battled against the odds all
season, especially when it has come to player numbers,
but they haven’t given up.
Meadows will be disappointed not to be playing finals,
ultimately ruing a narrow two-point defeat to Macclesfield.
Kersbrook host bottom ranked Gumeracha at Kersbrook
Oval, and the Brookers, who had the bye last Saturday,
have one eye firmly on preparing for the qualifying final
against Bridgewater/Callington on August 29.
The Brookers have certainly closed the gap on Nairne
and Bridgewater/Callington during the second half of the
Coach ‘Beefy’ James and his boys love this time of season
and you get the feeling they are perfectly positioned for
another premiership tilt.
Birdwood host Sedan-Cambrai and the Roosters are
ready to play finals football for the first time since 2012.
The Roosters could make an impact in the major rounds,
after pushing the top three sides.
Sharpshooter Chad Connolly appears to have the goal
kicking trophy locked away with 73 majors, 15 ahead of
The Marne Magpies will finish the season with three
wins, including a top five scalp against Macclesfield, which
equals their 2012 campaign return.
Nairne-Bremer United took out the closing Courier Cup trophy for the 2015
Hills Football League season when the young Rams defeated Kangarilla in
Saturday’s Division 2 Under 13 Mini Colts final held at Yaroona Oval.
Image courtesy Greg Pett.
Meadows co-captain Mark Thomas (second from left) pays close attention to Gumeracha’s Daniel
Pertini as Matt Redden (left) and Aaron Field (right) also appear set to converge on the ball during
last Saturday’s Hills Football League Division 2 A-grade match at Gumeracha Oval which the
visiting southern Bulldogs won by 35 points.
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