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The Courier SPORT Wednesday, May 25, 2016 – PAGE 7
HILLS DIVISION 2 FOOTBALL
By Wayne Coad
Nairne-Bremer United further
strengthened its position in the top
two with a hard fought 24-point win
over a depleted Kersbrook side
in last Saturday’s Hills Football
League Division 2 contest at
While both teams had players missing, the
home team has been severely hit with an
ever-increasing list of unavailable players.
For the second time in three games,
Kersbrook were reduced to only 18 fit
players midway through the third term.
Kersbrook won the toss and kicked with
the aid of the breeze, but it was the Rams
who did most of the early attacking, their
midfield winning plenty of the ball.
The Brookers defence were holding
firm, however, two bewildering umpiring
decisions followed by two even more
bewildering 50m penalties gifted the
visitors two early goals through Josh Hein
and James Moss.
Kersbrook’s midfield began to have an
influence, especially Braden Hutt, but
the home side could not find a winner up
forward and the game became a struggle.
Cleaner ball movement by the Rams
enabled them to increase the lead.
Nick Jaensch and Ty Colmer scored
majors for the visitors before captain Paul
James finally kicked the Brookers first goal.
The second quarter followed the same
trend as the first, in fact, the Rams
managed the same score as they kicked in
the opening term.
Kersbrook started to get some results for
its hard work, as veteran Lee Hughes went
forward and managed to kick two goals to
give the Brookers some sort of target.
Unfortunately his two goals were matched
by Rams spearhead Chris Ladhams,
and the visitors appeared to be taking a
stranglehold on the match.
As the half-time siren sounded, Nairne-
Bremer United held a comfortable 28-point
Kersbrook needed some early goals, and
two quick majors from Paul DeLucia were
just what was required when play resumed.
Once again Ladhams replied, marking
strongly and kicking truly.
Daniel Miller and Daniel Clark were
reduced to spectators on the bench and
Kersbrook needed a lift from somewhere.
Teenager Jake Markwick provided it with
a long bomb from the 50m line, kicking his
first goal in A-grade football, and giving the
home crowd something to cheer about.
When ‘Apples’ James kicked his second
goal minutes later, things were looking up
for the home team.
However, once again the Rams had the
answers, as the experienced Ladhams
and skipper Tom Lipetri goaled to take the
margin back out to four goals.
A late goal to another teenager Louis
D’Unienville gave Kersbrook some hope
heading into the final term.
Holding a 23-point lead and coming home
with the wind, everything appeared in the
Kersbrook were first on the scoreboard in
term four when Brad Pearce snapped truly,
before the dangerous Ladhams stepped up
to kick his fifth goal and restore the three-
quarter time lead.
The game had been yet another physical
meeting between the two sides and it
appeared to be taking a toll.
Both teams kicked another goal, which
enabled the Rams to maintain the four-
goal advantage they had held all match,
eventually claiming a 14-6 to 10-6 victory ...
their second of the 2016 campaign over the
Kersbrook’s best player honors were
awarded to Hutt for another fine game in
the centre, Ross Treglown battled manfully
in the ruck, and James Barbour, Jarrod
Farrugia and Layton McMahon did their
best to shut down the visiting forwards.
A pleasing feature for the Brookers was
the form of the younger players.
In just their second outings, teenagers
Barbour and Markwick were outstanding,
Harry Graeber again impressed everyone,
as did D’Unienville.
The Rams gave their best player nod to
midfielder Ryan McGahey followed by Kain
Ford and Jack Revington.
Kersbrook must be due for a change of
luck, and hopefully it won’t be long before
the likes of Brett James, Matt Gardner, Josh
Laube, Rob Nicholson, Brad Lees, Dylan
Bingos and Brett Randell are back out on
Things don’t get any easier for the
Brookers this Saturday, as they take on
competition leader Bridgewater-Callington,
while the Rams confront Kangarilla.
By Tony Virgo
Kangarilla secured its maiden
victory for the 2016 Hills
Football League Division 2
campaign against Gumeracha
last Saturday at Yaroona Oval.
The southern Blues 15-17 to 10-
11 victory had been a few weeks
in the making, with competitive
performances during the opening half
of the season culminating in a Round
8 breakthrough scalp.
Gumeracha started well, kicking the
opening three goals of the crucial
contest in the initial eight minutes.
The northern Magpies got clean use
out of the centre from Matt Armstrong
and were prepared to work for each
other to get results.
Kangarilla started slowly and if it
wasn’t for the work of the Delawyer
brothers in the centre square, things
could have fallen apart for the home
Quick goals to Ryan Need and
Timothy Irvin enabled the locals to put
themselves back in the contest, and
start to dominate play.
Kangarilla added another three goals
and led by a handy 10 points at quarter
Gumeracha fought hard during the
second term, while the Blues lost
ruckman Hamish Ferguson through a
The visting midfield started to control
the play, and Dylan McIver was getting
the job done in attack, and turned the
quarter time deficit into an eight-point
lead at half-time.
After half-time an inspired move
from Kangarilla coach Shane Baldock
resulted in shifting Matt Birrane into
From that moment Kangarilla
controlled the game, as Birrane
nullified Armstrong’s tap work and
actually won a few contests himself.
Kangarilla started to dominate
through the midfield and gave its
forward line plenty of opportunities for
the remainder of the game.
Birrane worked hard in the centre,
whilst Need and Shaun Gale provided
run and carry.
Now under siege, Sean Kavanagh
continued to work tirelessly in defence
for the visitors, and during the second
half he repelled numerous forward
Trent Thorpe, Jarrad Hirst and Jesse
Boundy were fantastic in defence for
Kangarilla and restricted Gumeracha
to only three goals throughout the
Kangarilla kicked nine goals in
the second half, which could have
been a lot more if not for some easy
The Blues have been competitive
most weeks and have let themselves
down with lapses in concentration
Last Saturday’s win will hopefully
push Kangarilla toward bigger and
Playing their best football, the
southern Blues can take it up to any
team in the competition.
The key now for Kangarilla is to bring
four quarters of intensity and anything
With the recent shock departure of
its coach, the Gumeracha club will
hopefully pull together and not fall
apart for the remainder of the 2016
Both clubs have tough games in
Round 9, with Gumeracha hosting
Birdwood and Kangarilla travelling to
Kangas salute victory
Sturt Football Club’s
Under 18 team travelled
to Hickinbotham Oval at
Noarlunga to take on South
Adelaide last Sunday in
Round 9 of the Macca’s Cup
Amid wet and windy conditions,
Sturt played a solid first half and
went into the main break 17 points
ahead after leading by 15 points at
Unfortunately during the third
quarter Sturt were unable to take
full advantage of the breeze and the
Panthers were able to win the term,
leaving Sturt still slightly ahead by 11
points at three-quarter time.
The final quarter provided a tight
battle and the teenage Double Blues
held firm to take a narrow 8-9 (57) to
7-11 (53) victory over South.
A number of Hills based players
turned in credible performances in
Past Onka Valley player Jake
Applebee served as match-day
skipper for Sturt and battled hard
in difficult conditions at centre half
Teenage Blues take win
Applebee claimed some solid marks
and finished with 18 disposals.
Mt Barker’s Jordy Aitchison was
named second best after a sprightly
performance in midfield where
he had 26 disposals and four
clearances, while fellow midfielder
Adam Trenorden from Hahndorf
was third best with 20 disposals, six
marks and three tackles.
Another product of Hahndorf’s
junior system, Sam Hill contributed
well from his wing, applying
excellent tackling pressure to South
Other Hills Football League juniors
within the winning Sturt side were
Tom Prosser and James Collins
(Onka Valley), Mt Barker trio
Malachi Lines, Sam Scott and Ryan
Weidenhofer – returning to defence
from a broken thumb – Hahndorf’s
Hamish Fielke and Lobethal’s
Cooper Skinner, who was selected
for his first match at full back.
Meanwhile the SANFL has finalised
a 25-man State squad to face the
VFL at Adelaide Oval this Sunday
With 22 set to face the VFL,
following training sessions this
week, three players will be trimmed
from the squad which will be
coached by Graham Cornes.
Included in the 25 players are Hills
footballing products and regular
defenders Alex Georgiou from
Norwood and Fraser Evans of Sturt,
while South Adelaide’s Cameron
Hitchcock – who played last season
for Ironbank – is also amongst the
squad of 25.
Kersbrook’s Layton McMahon (left) attempts to break away from the presence of Nairne-Bremer pair
Chris Ladhams and Josh Hein (8) in Saturday’s Hills Division 2 A-grade football fixture.
Ross Treglown (right) climbs above young Nairne-Bremer rival Jamesson
Kelly (43) to direct a ruck tap toward Kersbrook team-mate Paul James
(12) in last Saturday’s Hills Football League Division 2 clash which ended
in a four-goal margin to the visiting Bremer Rams.
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