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DIVISION 1 SECOND SEMIFINAL
By Ben Goldfinch
Uraidla Districts booked a place
in a 10th Hills Football League
Division 1 A-grade grand final
under the guidance of Scott
Sutherland with dour 8-10 to 5-10
victory against Echunga in last
Saturday’s second semifinal at
Uraidla’s competition-leading defence
was at its stifling best last Saturday, albeit
against an Echunga forward line missing
the prowess of leading goal kicker Brett
Uraidla restricted Echunga to an
uncharacteristically low five goals for the
Darren Loffler was outstanding across half
back for Uraidla, wearing key forward Luke
Carey like a glove, while Paul Richards
controlled the full back position and foiled
many of Echunga’s advances.
Many thought Echunga may be too fast for
an ageing Uraidla side, particularly on the
wide expanses of Lobethal Oval.
The wide open spaces appeared to work in
Uraidla’s favor, as it worked into space and
regularly found loose men with superior foot
skills, particularly after half-time.
Clint Guy was one of the few Echunga
players to find space with a sublime running
goal in the second quarter, one of the rare
occasions Echunga were afforded any room
Echunga’s growing list of injury concerns
continued with both leading goal kicker
Harland and reigning best and fairest
winner Peter Lindsay missing.
Harland and Lindsay both suffered minor
hamstring injuries in their final Thursday
Echunga appeared listless up forward
without Harland, who has kicked 70 goals
this season, and couldn’t break open the
contested play without key play maker
Uraidla will also carry some injury concerns
into the grand final with Kane McLean and
Rob Kepa sidelined from quarter time.
Tim Martin, Dale Liebelt and Luke Thomas
were also unavailable.
The contest was won and lost during the
crucial third quarter.
Echunga went into the half-time break full
of optimism and led by one goal in a tough
Echunga’s ambitions were quickly
squashed as Uraidla put the foot on the
throttle kicking three goals, whilst keeping
Despite kicking into a slight breeze, the
often dubbed ‘premiership quarter’ was
dominated by Uraidla.
This dominance was translated on the
score board with a two-goal break at the
final change, which in the context of such
a low scoring game was a match winning
Uraidla have earned its place in the 2015
grand final and will also enter the decider
playing just two games in five weeks of
football, due to what can only be described
as a strange finals draw.
The break appears a positive for Uraidla,
which have more time to get its experienced
playing group cherry ripe for what is likely
to be Sutherland’s final game as Uraidla
On the other hand, Echunga have a week
to prepare for its preliminary final clash
against the winner of this Saturday’s first
semifinal featuring Torrens Valley and
“For 10 minutes of the second quarter
Echunga got on top of us but we managed
to peg one back through Ricky Ebert which
helped heading into half-time,” commented
“I was pretty concerned considering we
had no rotations and it was a big deck.
“We had to chuck everything at it in the
third term and the lads played some really
good footy and I was proud of them.
“During the third term we managed our
stoppages a lot better, blokes did their roles
and we took our opportunities.”
Perfect weather greeted spectators and
players and the picnic rugs were out in force
on the outer side mound.
Uraidla kicked towards the entry gate end
in the opening term and it was R. Ebert who
goaled first after three minutes.
With plenty of early stoppages the umpires
were set for a challenging afternoon.
Echunga responded through Guy, who toe
poked a Lachlan Fleet dribbler through for a
goal at the five-minute mark.
Exciting teenager Ed Allan made his
A-grade debut for Uraidla and would have
an impact in the second half.
In a feeling out period the ball moved
backwards and forwards between 50m arcs.
R. Ebert poked a ball forward from the
pocket to K. McLean who goaled and had a
brief chat to David Carter.
Uraidla led 2-1 to 1-3 in a congested
Starting the second term Echunga swing
man Carey received a free kick tucked deep
in the forward pocket and goaled after three
Richards was taking relieving marks in
defence for Uraidla and it was hard to gauge
which side was going to get a break.
Eight minutes went by without a goal,
before Carey toe poked to Guy who slotted
a great running goal at the 11-minute mark.
Two minutes later a ball came in and Guy
pounced on an opportunity over the back
for another major.
Guy collected creative touches and his run
proved influential in a low scoring affair.
R. Ebert had little space to work in but
managed a goal outside 50m to reduce the
deficit to seven points at half-time.
At the start of the third term Kepa was
taken to hospital after receiving a head
knock in the opening half, whilst K. McLean
Tom Kluvanek went forward, Liam Soar
lined up on Guy and Uraidla set the agenda
at the opening of the third term by gang
Tim Delvins used his body well to kick the
opening goal of the third term.
It was like bees around the honey pot and
defensively Uraidla nullified Echunga’s key
Playing deep forward Kluvanek kicked a
goal and Uraidla hit the lead 5-3 to 4-4.
Uraidla’s skills picked up tenfold, hitting
targets and Delvins in the middle was
Kyle Sutton weighted a perfect kick to the
top of the square and Kluvanek jumped over
the top of Trav Oakley to claim a superb
overhead mark and converted truly.
Richards marshalled Uraidla’s defence and
Echunga kicked two points in the third term
to trail by 10 points at the final change.
At three-quarter time Tom Schumacher
received a head knock and an ambulance
arrived in the final term.
Sutherland asked his troops to will the ball
forward, lock it in and reminded them what
happened in last season’s grand final.
Jesse Aish was contained by Will Young for
three quarters and he moved forward, along
with Dave Liston, whilst Carey shifted into
Aish hit the post in the opening minute,
whilst three minutes later Brad White sold
candy twice to reduce the deficit to a goal.
A key moment occurred at the six-minute
mark when a poor Echunga forward kick
was intercepted by Ivens.
Uraidla counter attacked and Simon Ebert
goaled at the other end.
Shadows cast across the ground and
Kluvanek snapped a goal on nine minutes
and Uraidla had all the run.
Michael Tudor-Tsourtos had a dominant
last term and Echunga had trouble clearing
the ball from Uraidla’s forward line.
Eventually Echunga moved forward at
the 14-minute mark when Aish marked
close to goal and his kick for goal was
uncharacteristically ineffectual, and it was
game, set and match Uraidla.
Uraidla’s pedigree to the fore
Hahndorf were forced to play catch
up football against Blackwood in
Saturday’s Hills Football League
Division 1 Junior Colts second
semifinal at Lobethal Oval.
Blackwood failed to lose a match during
the minor rounds campaign, and previously
accounted for Hahndorf by 16 points in
Round 6 and by 15 points during Round 15.
Woods sharpshooter Daniel Sladojevic,
who kicked 64 goals during the home-and-
away campaign, posted six of Blackwood’s
eight majors for the match.
He was duly named best player for
Blackwood in the 8-2 to 4-7 victory, with the
Woods now progressing into the grand final.
The Woods were out of the blocks quickly,
leading 3-1 to 0-0 at quarter time.
Hahndorf were inaccurate during the
second term with two goals from six scoring
shots, closing the deficit to nine points at
Efficiency proved beneficial for the Woods
as they led 5-1 to 4-6 at the final change
and it was game on.
Having outscored Blackwood 4-6 to 2-0
after quarter time, the Magpies fell away in
the final term with the Woods kicking 3-1 to
0-1 to win by 19 points.
Recent HFL Junior Colts best and fairest
award winner Luke Taylor was missing for
the Magpies for a consecutive week.
Best players for Blackwood included Byron
Drage, Caleb Smith, Harrison Bailye and
Hahndorf’s best included Ky Matthews-
Hampton, Dylan Hopgood, James Turner,
Bailey Hough and Joel Longmire.
The Magpies will play the winner of
Ironbank and Mt Lofty in the preliminary
Young Woodsmen wield axe
Key Uraidla Districts forward Travis Oakley (right) prepares to reel in a loose ball ahead of Echunga
rivals Jack Snell (left) and Adam Edwards during Saturday’s Hills Football League Division
1 second semifinal at Lobethal. Uraidla won its way into a 10th grand final since 2005 with an
Echunga’s Jesse Aish focuses on an escape path to avoid the oncoming challenge of Uraidla Districts
opponent Tom Kluvanek (7) in a passage of play from last Saturday’s Hills Division 1 A-grade
football second semifinal.
Image courtesy Andrew Ausserlechner.
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