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HILLS DIVISION 1 SECOND SEMIFINAL
Hahndorf v Blackwood
2-2 4-2 5-3 8-8 (56)
Blackwood 2-0 5-2 6-2 6-4 (40)
Goals: Hahndorf: D. Hourigan 3, J. Male, J. Young, L.
Roberts, M. Jaensch, D. Roberts each 1. Blackwood: P.
Hopton 3, J. Watchman 2, M. Reynolds 1.
Best: Hahndorf: J. Wittwer, D. Matsen, M. Jaensch, S.
Paul, J. Tripodi. Blackwood: S. Bricknell, D. Bennetts, K.
Thompson, P. Hopton, R. Anderson.
Hahndorf v Uraidla Dist.
2-2 2-2 8-8 9-9 (63)
Uraidla Dist. 0-1 1-3 1-3 5-6 (36)
Goals: Hahndorf: S. Williams 2, A. Davies 2, M. Asimus,
P. Bowman, N. Johnson, M. Buckley, A. Tripodi each 1.
Uraidla Dist: D. Kemp 2, D. Brown 2, A. Cox 1.
Best: Hahndorf: M. Buckley, S. Williams, D. Haynes, A.
Tripodi, M. Shanahan. Uraidla Dist: L. Soar, A. Cox, S.
Parker, M. Parker, T. Latchford, R. Gaetan.
Hahndorf v Blackwood
Hahndorf 2-3 5-5 8-9 11-10 (76)
Blackwood 1-1 2-4 4-5 7-8 (50)
Goals: Hahndorf: C. Nykamp 4, B. Salt 4, A. Pedlar 3,
S. Willoughby 1. Blackwood: L. Grigg 2, L. McCarthy, T.
Brown, R. Williams, L. Bogle, W. Percy each 1.
Best: Hahndorf: C. Nykamp, M. Scroby, H. Fielke, T.
Parker-Boers, A. Eckerman. Blackwood: T. Brown, B.
Semba, H. Hart, B. Badcoe, Z. Zevenboom.
Hahndorf v Ironbank
Ironbank 0-2 1-3 3-4 5-7 (37)
Hahndorf 1-1 4-2 4-3 4-3 (27)
Goals: Ironbank: T. Hocking 2, C. De Zylva, T. Coulthard,
K. Georgiadis each 1. Hahndorf: H. Pedlar, A. Longmire, C.
Hough, M. Harris each 1.
Best: Ironbank: K. Georgiadis, J. Marjanac, T. Coulthard,
T. Hocking, D. Campbell, D. How. Hahndorf: O. Grivell, C.
Hough, J. Venner, J. Hogben, J. Casey, M. Harris.
Resilient Magpies advance
By Ben Goldfinch
Hahndorf secured a berth in
the 2016 Hills Football League
Division 1 A-grade grand final
following a hard fought 8-8 to 6-4
second semifinal victory against
Blackwood last Saturday at
It was far from smooth sailing for the
Magpies, who trailed at half-time and three-
quarter time, before charging home with the
final three goals of the match.
The Woods were looking good midway
through the third term following goals from
impressive tall forwards Jess Watchman
and Phil Hopton.
With the Woods leading by two goals,
heavy rain set in and momentum shifted
late in the third stanza.
A classy goal on the goal line by Luke
Roberts narrowed the deficit to five points
at the final break.
With the contest on tender hooks and four
seasons playing out in one day, centurion
Hahndorf spearhead Darcy Hourigan
bobbed up with two clutch goals in the final
term toward the golf club end, including a
brilliant left-foot snap.
Jarryn Male sealed the deal, slicing
through the match winner late in the final
stanza to give Hahndorf victory.
Josh Wittwer played at either end of the
ground and was rated as Hahndorf’s best,
Dylan Matsen was strong around the
contest with clearances, and Matt Jaensch
was silky skilled as per usual and slotted an
important goal to start the second half.
Scott Paul had a tight tag throughout the
match, but broke away in the final term,
assisting Hahndorf to a plethora of forward
entries, whilst skipper James Tripodi
continued his consistent form.
Hahndorf controlled the tempo in the final
term, leading the forward entries 14-3.
Blackwood will be disappointed with the
end result, however, for three quarters the
Woods matched it with the premiership
Tall forwards Hopton and Watchman
presented well and combined for five goals,
whilst the defensive half were rock solid
for the Woods, in particular Scott Bricknell,
Daniel Bennetts and Kurt Thompson.
Ryan Anderson was also instrumental and
assisted the Woods holding a five-point
break at the final change.
In a tight game Blackwood appeared to
be the better side for much of the game,
certainly for the initial two and a half
The Woods appeared to be on top across
half back and ran the ball forward well,
putting Hahndorf’s defence under extra
Brad DuBois was the only clear winner
in Hahndorf’s defence, while Wittwer’s run
was the only thing keeping Hahndorf in the
game in the first half.
Blackwood certainly put Hahndorf under
some solid pressure and forced it to make
At half-time Craig Smith outlined the
Magpies had just about played their worst
half of football, certainly since the loss to
Onkas in Round 10.
Jaensch and Paul were heavily tagged
but particularly after half-time they wore
off those tags and started to win some
Blackwood had nothing to lose and it
approached the game as such and nearly
pulled it off.
Blackwood must now get itself up and do it
all again against Torrens Valley.
The Woods entered the match without lead
ruckman Lucas Herbert and ‘AJ’ Ridley,
whilst Hahndorf welcomed back Dan
Roberts after injury.
Winning form is good form and the Woods
entered with victories against Torrens Valley,
Uraidla, Mt Barker and Lobethal.
Interestingly whenever Blackwood have
led at half-time this season, it has ultimately
gone on to win the contest.
Todd Lewis and Harry Wake came into
Hahndorf kicked toward the primary school
end and initially Blackwood’s defence held
up strongly with the tackle pressure high.
The Woods were on the board first through
Watchman at the seven-minute mark.
Watchman toe-poked a goal after Ryan
Dijksman lobbed the ball to the top of
Blackwood’s half back line rebounded well
and James Catford arched his back for a
great run on the outer side, but was deemed
to have run too far.
Hourigan brought up Hahndorf’s first goal
at the 13-minute mark, following a 50m
penalty and dark clouds loomed overhead.
Josh Young set up D. Roberts with the
Magpies second goal at the 16-minute
mark and a rainbow formed, exemplifying
the constant changing weather conditions.
A sloppy turnover from Paul across half
back resulted in Thompson and Matt Tuck
combining to set up Hopton with his first
and his fist pumped the Woods cheer squad
at the 23-minute mark.
Hahndorf led by two points and the inside
50m count 12-7 at quarter time.
Second quarter action commenced with
Troy Edwards getting an immediate centre
clearance and a running goal came from
Mark Reynolds inside 30 seconds.
The Woods led the early forward entry
count in the second stanza.
There was a fumbly period as the moisture
made clean possession hard to come by.
J. Male and Tripodi combined, setting up
Young with a running goal at the six-minute
mark, which was nicely finished and the
Magpies were back in front.
Anderson exemplified the Woods
desperation with a great smother and the
Woods continued to be strong in defence.
Another goal resulted for the Woods as
David Xian linked up with Watchman and
Michael Minuzzo, before Harry Wake was
spotted up running into space.
Wake’s shot landed in the forward pocket,
where Hopton stood tall and goaled, re-
establishing the Woods break once again at
the 16-minute mark.
Blackwood were on top in the second term,
with its running game and skilled movement
Continued Sport 15
Hahndorf ’s Scott Paul (right) makes a
determined effort to reel in Blackwood speedster
Harry Wake in Saturday’s Hills Football
League Division 1 second semifinal.
HFL LIVE CALL
This Saturday, SEPT 10 from 1.30pm.
Division 2 grand final
RAMS v RAIDERS
Join Pistols and Goldie on September 7 as they
relive the 2016 HFL Mail Medal count ... together
with special Football Hour guest Ryan McGahey.
Hahndorf centurion goal kicker Darcy Hourigan (left) applies a tackle to
Blackwood defender Jacob McCarthy as Josh Young (36) of the Magpies
watches on during last Saturday’s Hills Football League Division 1 second
semifinal which Hahndorf won by 16 points.
Images courtesy Roy Liebich.
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