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The Courier SPORT Wednesday, April 20, 2016 – PAGE 7
HILLS DIVISION 2 FOOTBALL
Jack Bevelander, Sam Foutoulis
and Nick Jansen celebrated
milestone matches in style for the
Raiders against the previously
undefeated Nairne-Bremer United
Rams at Bridgewater Oval last
Bridgewater won an interesting contest
15-11 to 11-10 and both sides would have
gained some early answers from the match.
Bevelander is the Raiders captain this
season and played his 200th A-grade game
for the Raiders.
A best and fairest recipient in 2003, 2005,
2007 and 2014, Bevelander has kicked 135
goals and is well known as a tenacious ‘in
and under’ midfielder.
Foutoulis is a forward/ruckmen and made
his 100th A-grade appearance on Saturday,
renowned for his quality around the ground
Jansen fronted for his 50th A-grade match,
having started his career as a defender in
the A-grade and has developed into another
player in the midfield cauldron.
All three are quality juniors who have have
risen through the ranks at the Raiders.
Coach Rob Prime was pleased with the
Raiders response following a disappointing
performance against Kersbrook in Round 2.
It was particularly a good win given that
Foutoulis was off with an ankle injury before
quarter time, Craig Evans wasn’t playing
and Darren Mitchell was yellow carded for
15 minutes in the second term.
The Raiders were happy with teenagers
Adam Houlahan and Jackson Hooper, who
stood up and played ‘selfless’ football.
Tom Sclanders’ speed proved too much for
Nairne and he is very happy to back at the
Raiders, following a premiership victory with
Hahndorf last season.
Young Raiders ruckman Nathan Rowlands
continues to impress with his ability to palm
the ball to his onballers.
Bevelander was chaired off following his
200th game and fittingly kicked a goal in the
It was a big night at the Raiders Social
Club after the match with the launch of the
‘Deep End’ project.
The ‘Deep End’ is a large exhibition of
the club’s history, with photos, newspaper
articles, wall of Mail medallists, and exhibits
of all the past jumpers.
The Raiders had a huge crowd in
attendance after the game, including a big
turn out of old players and life members for
the official launch.
Last Saturday’s clash between the Raiders
and Rams was highly anticipated.
As expected the first term was a tight
tussle, with the scores locked away at
Nathan Davey slotted a goal at the three-
minute mark, followed by Wade Hancock
a minute later, and the Rams were up and
In the topsy turvy nature of the first
term, the Raiders struck back with four
unanswered majors in six minutes.
Foutoulis kicked truly from tight on the
boundary toward the shed end, followed by
a superb snap by Bevelander and a long
range bomb from John McDonald.
Prior to quarter time the Rams hit back
through goals to Hancock and Nick
Jaensch, who appeared to be struggling
with a leg injury later in the match.
The second term was intriguing,
considering the Raiders went a man down,
but managed to kick four goals to one.
Ryan McGahey goaled for the Rams at the
five-minute mark, after Mitchell was yellow
Sides often work harder when they are a
player down and this was the case, with
goals coming for the Raiders from Hooper,
Sclanders (twice) and Harrison Garner.
At half-time it was the Raiders who led 8-4
to 5-3 and it was clear Rams coach Tony
Fielke wasn’t pleased.
The Raiders momentum rolled on into the
third term with early goals from Conor Healy
and McDonald, extending the hosts lead to
Jaensch goaled for the Rams to stop the
six unanswered goals from the hosts, and
there was a 13-minute scoring break.
Mitchell goaled at the 17-minute mark and
Adam Houlahan at the 19-minute mark to
increase the buffer to six goals.
Nairne needed a response and it came
through Nathan Davey and Jaensch, closing
the gap to four goals at three-quarter time.
The Rams put their big guns in the middle
to start the final term and Jaensch goaled
and saluted the judge in the green shed
The deficit was then 19-points two minutes
into the final term.
Once again the hosts responded through
Mitchell and Sclanders, who nailed a 50m
goal off one step.
Consecutive goals to McGahey gave the
visitors a glimmer, however, the match was
settled with a scintillating goal of the day
effort from the exciting Houlahan.
Nairne face Meadows this Saturday under
lights, whilst the Raiders travel to Yaroona to
Milestone celebrations for Raiders
important early season Hills
Football League Division 2 A-grade
scalp with a 10-16 to 8-10 triumph
against Macclesfield last Saturday
at Gumeracha Oval.
The northern Magpies 18-point victory
was set up during the opening term with
four unanswered goals.
Macclesfield hit back in the second term
and closed the deficit to 13 points and a
tight tussle developed in the second half.
Gumeracha struggled during the 2015
campaign, winning just one match to claim
the wooden spoon, averaging just 39 points
per game and conceding on average 125
points per match.
In the corresponding Round 14 fixture last
season, Macclesfield won easily, in fact the
Bloods outscored Gumeracha 19-13 to 1-7
Incoming coach Brendan Donnelly and
his Magpies have already displayed
improvement with two wins against
Kangarilla and Macclesfield to start a much
more positive 2016 season.
The northern Magpies first term last
Saturday proved the difference between
the two teams.
Cameron Redden kicked four majors,
whilst Brandon Olszewski chipped in with
three for Gumeracha.
Macclesfield’s solitary multiple goal kicker
was Ben Flood with two goals.
Best players for Gumeracha included
Lynton Power, Matthew and Cameron
Redden, James Mapstone and James
Macclesfield’s leading lights included
Patrick McCarthy, Joseph Royle, Joshua
Cock, Brodie Gaston and Isaac Cope.
Gumeracha currently reside in fifth
position on the ladder, whilst Macclesfield
– which have reached the first semifinal the
past two seasons – remain winless on the
bottom rung of the Division 2 ladder.
The northern Magpies have nothing to
lose this Saturday when they confront
traditional cross-range rivals Kersbrook at
Macclesfield host Birdwood and then
Kangarilla over the next fortnight –
certainly two crucial encounters for the
Bloods in a season which may be already
Bridgewater/Callington Raider Nick Jansen (second from right) finds his path blocked by a trio
of Nairne-Bremer United rivals comprising Micah Rupcic (rear left), Rams skipper Tom Lipetri
and Nick Jaensch (19) during Saturday’s Hills Football League Division 2 A-grade match at
Macclesfield’s Isaac Cope (30) is caught in a tackle applied by Gumeracha’s Matt Redden (left) and
Jack Parker in last Saturday’s Hills Football League Division 2 A-grade fixture. Gumeracha continued
its improved start to the 2016 campaign with an 18-point victory over the visiting Bloods.
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