GRAND FINAL 2007

Willunga

13.16 (94)

 

Langhorne Creek

9.14 (68)

 

Best: Willunga – B Heskett, M Portlock, M Wadewitz, D Hams, W Glass. Lang Creek – M Footner, M Porter, M Hern, J King, B Potts. Willunga – D Hams 5, C Dobson 3, M Thomas 2, S McGowan, M Wadewitz, M Portlock. Lang Creek – M Hearn 2, B McLeod, T Simmons, T Rogers, M Tonkin, J King, R Love, M Footner

 

GREAT SOUTHERN FOOTBALL 2008

(Teams: Encounter Bay, Goolwa/Port Elliott Saints, Langhorne Creek, McLaren, Mount Compass, Myponga, Strathalbyn, Victor Harbour, Willunga, Yankalilla)

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HAMS DOMINATES IN WILLUNGA'S GRAND FINAL WIN

GRAND FINAL at Mt Compass

Willunga 16.8 (104) def Strathalbyn 5.8 (38)

Best: Willunga – D Hams, M Portlock, W Glass, W Langford, T Steele. Strathalbyn – S McDonald, C Low, M Elliott, W Thorpe, P Eatts. Goals: Willunga – D Hams 10, J Garret, M Portlock 2, A Groom, J Toone. Strathalbyn – D Pegler, B Cousins, W Thorpe, M Tucker, M Ellis

PRELIMINARY FINAL at McLaren Vale on September 13, 2008

Strathalbyn 20.14 (134) d Langhorne Creek 9.12 (66).

Best - Strathalbyn: S McDonald, N Duffield, J Eagleton, M Elliott, D Pegler. Langhorne Creek: M James, G McHughes, P Cleggett, R Verco, S Rothe. Goals - Strathalbyn: N Duffield 6, J Eagleton 4, S McDonald, W Thorpe, R Tucker 2, D Pegler, M Tucker, B Cousins, M Ellis. Langhorne Creek: G McHughes, B McLeod 2, N Warren, T Follett, M James, W Bown-Ayres, S Rothe.

First Semi Final at Myponga on Sunday September 7, 2008

Strathalbyn

3.2

9.8

12.9

15.11 (101)

Mt Compass

1.2

2.4

4.11

6.15 (51)

Best players Strathalbyn: D Pegler, S McDonald, T Allen, N Duffield, D Newham. Mt Compass: M Burdett, D Webb, A Crate, H Fromm, G Orrock. Goalkickers Strathalbyn: N Duffield 5, D Peglar, R Tucker 3, D Newham, S McDonald, J Eagleton, W Thorpe 1. Mt Compass: A Crate 2; N Brokenshire, H Fromm, S Walker, D Webb 1.

Second Semi Final at Goolwa on Saturday September 6, 2008

Willunga 21.14 (140) def Langhorne Creek 10.10 (70)

Best: Willunga – T Steele, N Wadewitz, M Portlock, S Alexopolous,  S McGowan. Langhorne Creek – L Warren, B McLeod, P Cleggett, S Rothe, J Nurse. Goals: Willunga – D Hams 7, M Portlock, S McGowan 3, T Steele, J Garrett 2, M Thomas, S Alexopolous, W Glass, J Toone. Lang Creek – B McLeod 5, L Warren 4, T Simmons.

Qualifying Final at Encounter Bay, Saturday August 30, 2008

Langhorne Creek

2.2

5.4

5.8

9.12 (66)

Strathalbyn

3.3

4.5

7.11

8.13 (61)

Best - Langhorne Creek: S Golding, M Footner, F Hill, T Dellatorre, M James. Strathalbyn: T Eatts, M Elliott, J Hickey, T Allen, D Hart. Goals - Langhorne Creek: R Follett, M Tonkin 2, N Warren, T Reilly, T Follett, B McLeod, R Verco. Strathalbyn: J Eagleton 3, M Ellis 2, N Duffield, B Cousins, W Thorpe.

Elimination Final at Willunga on Sunday August 31, 200

Mt Compass

4.2

9.4

12.7

18.12 (120)

Encounter Bay

4.4

5.6

7.10

10.10 (70)

WILLUNGA UNBEATEN RUN ENDS....Round 18 wrap BY BELINDA BRAND

Strathalbyn pulled off the upset of the year on Saturday, defeating the seemingly invincible Willunga side by two points. Seventeen wins straight in 2008 all came to an end for the Demons who were odds on favourites to win their fifth straight premiership.  In difficult and trying conditions Strath and Willunga fought it out for four quarters with good fortune playing a part right at the end when Willunga forward, Ryan had a shot on goal from 25 metres out and missed. It was a day of missed opportunities for both sides, which is often the way in boggy and slippery conditions.  The first quarter was very even with Willunga, courtesy of Hams, having a slight edge. The Strath side looked good when it went forward and were troubling the Willunga defence.  The Demons led by a point at quarter time. The second quarter was much the same as the first with individual battles being won and lost all over the ground.  Toone was on top and providing a good avenue to attach with the Willunga midfielders, but the Strath defence held strong.  Hams kicked another, but Strath found it difficult to goal and it was a battle of the midfields at this stage. Willunga kicked only two goals, while the Roosters kicked three to lead by three points at half time.   The third quarter was all Strath, however a miss from 15 metres out, straight in front from McDonald left a slight chance for Willunga who were getting hungrier and hungrier as the day wore on.  Strath could have been in front by four goals, but an 11 point lead against the top team was a good way to start the run home. The last quarter was one of missed chances for both teams and the Strath defence was starting to make some errors.  Two turnovers resulted in goals for Willunga and then a courageous mark by Ryan set him for a comfortable shot on goal and a chance to hit the lead for the first time since early in the second quarter.  The siren sounded as he was running in and an easy shot in difficult circumstances missed by a whisker and the Roosters had won against an opposition everyone said could not be beaten.

For Willunga, Hams, in difficult conditions for a key forward kicked four goals out of the five the team scored to take his season’s tally to 115.

With nothing but personal pride riding on the last minor round game, the Bays took on the Saints, playing well in preparation for the finals.  Andy Evans got the Saints on the scoreboard early after a mark in the goal square, but then the Eagles swung into action with goals to Owen Love, Scott Brown and a couple to Wilkey.  Sam Rowe soccered one through for the Saints late in the quarter, but they were 16 points down at the break. The second term saw Bays with a workmanlike performance continue on their merry way with multiple goals to Grant Brown and James Baggs.  Saints only goal came from Evans who capped off a passage of running footy for a half time score of Bays 10.9 to Saints 3.8. It was more of the same after half time with the Love twins and Heuskes dominating and goaling at will.   Wilson kicked the Saints only goal for the quarter while Bays kicked six. With the result never in doubt the game opened up a little in the last quarter, final scores were Encounter Bay 23.17 to Saints 8.12. Encounter Bay now prepare for Mount Compass in the elimination final at Willunga on Sunday.

Mt Compass took on Victor Harbor in the final minor round game at Mt Compass, looking to find some form going into next weeks finals, with Victor Harbor looking for a win in Michael Saunders last game as coach of the club. Both teams were keen to get their hands on the ball, and with the heavy conditions it was N Reeve who goaled first for Victor followed by another from Hodge as Victor looked to be handling the slippery ball better. G Maxfield goaled for the Bulldogs, after some good link up work through Schmidt, Crate and Milburn, and Mt Compass looked as though they  were about to click into gear. The second quarter began well for the Bulldogs with some good passages of play.  J Bell, Hodge and Brown were working hard for Victor as Compass continued to press forward. Cheetham from Compass scored the only goal for the quarter, with turnovers and skill errors hurting both sides. Compass came out after half time looking to extend their lead and with Hicks’ ferocious attack on the ball the Dogs started to look confident. Both sides were overusing the handball in the slippery conditions but a quick kick forward found Fromm, for Compass, who goaled, as did Brokenshire after good forward line pressure from McDonnell.  Compass put the game out of reach in the last quarter with goals to Fromm and S Maxfield. The Dogs were in control of the game, and won the match by four goals.

 Langhorne Creek rounded off their minor round part of the season with a convincing 64 point victory over a workmanlike Myponga/Sellicks at Langhorne Creek Oval last Saturday afternoon in the GSFL. The Hawks, with a qualifying final against Strathalbyn already locked in, took the opportunity not to risk playing a handful of regular "A" graders, but their replacements performed admirably against a side that had pushed the Willunga Demons all the way the previous week. Seven different goalscorers got their names on the scorecard for the Creeks in a very even team performance as they used the ball brilliantly in the first term as the visitors could only get through for a couple of majors in reply. It was a much more even second quarter as the Mudlark defence tightened up considerably and they started to generate some run through the middle as Princi, S Hutchinson and the bandy legged veteran Wally Hutchison found a bit of the ball. The Creeks won the term four goals to three and had a handy lead of 37 points at the main break.  The third term was a real arm wrestle as both defences got right on top, with only two goals scored by each side for the quarter.   The Hawks went into the final term with a 40 point lead, and had plenty of run in their legs as they moved players around and used their bench to advantage. The visitors never gave up and still had plenty of spirit in them right to the end, none more-so than when Faggotter slammed through a long goal midway through the term, but their season had come to an entertaining end when the final siren rang, Hawks winning by 64 points.  Langhorne Creek march on into finals action having slowly, but surely regained players from injury during the second half of the season and they should be able to field their strongest team for the year, as they take on arch rivals Strathalbyn this weekend.

 Yankalilla were looking to continue good recent form against McLaren at the weekend in the final game of the minor round, with nothing riding on the result, both teams missing finals action this year. McLaren chose to kick to the northern end but it was all Yankalilla in the first quarter as their ruckman Adam Hunt gave the on ball players first use of the ball at every opportunity.  In the first 10 minutes the Tigers had scored three goals without reply.  McLaren finally got drive out the middle when Eliot Schneider ran free with the ball to pass well to Scott Walker at left half forward, who kicked true to put a goal on the board for McLaren.  McLaren scored two further goals for the quarter, but the Tigers led by 19 points at the first change.

The second quarter was a very even tussle with both sides battling for the ball, with no change to the Tiger’s margin at quarter time. Justin Hentschke kicked from the outer boundary to score the first goal of the third quarter, but Yankalilla always had the reply when Simon Cook kicked true from the goal square.  The game went goal for goal as McLaren’s Jason Cowling got the next then Tiger Douglas Jones kicked the next major.  Neither side could break clear and the match pressure was intense causing turn over mistakes from both sides.  Stephen Kahl marked and kicked the last goal of the quarter and the margin was only 13 points at the last break. McLaren got within a goal before the Tigers put two further goals on the board, and with a winning ruck in Adam Hunt, players Kym Koster and Dwayne Hamlyn delivered well up forward for a Tiger win, 119 to McLaren 87.

Round 18 - August 23, 2008

Strathalbyn 6.9 (45) d Willunga 5.13 (43).

Best - Strathalbyn: S McDonald, W Thorpe, N Duffield. P Eatts, J Hlckie. Wlllunga. A Carnevale. J Toone. J Garrett. W Glass. T Steele. Goals - Strathalbyn. J Eagleton, B Cousins. R Tucker D Hart S McDonald. Willunga: D Hams 4, J Garrett.

Mount Compass 8.4 (52) d Victor Harbor 4.4 (28).

Best -­Mount Compass S Maxfield. N Schmidt. C Merritt, G Bayley, P Hicks. Victor Harbor. J Brown. J Bell, C Simmons, M Hodge, L Weetra. Goals -- Mount Compass: N Brokenshire„ H Fromm. S Maxfield 2, J Cheetham, G Maxfield. Victor Harbor. M Hodge 2 D McKinley, N Reeve.

Langhorne Creek 20.14 (134) d Myponga/Sellicks 10.10 (70).

Best -- Langhorne Creek. B Potts, P Cleggett. R Follett.. B McLeod. G McHughes. Myponga/Sellicks: S Sterol, B Prince, R Lindsay, S Hutchinson, M Tomlinson, Goals - Langhorne Creek: B McLeod 6, P Cleggett, W Bown-Ayres 3, F Hill, M Tonkin.. G McHughes 2 R Follett, M Footner. Myponga/ Sellicks: S Sterzl 3, R Faggotter 2, W Hutchinson, M Tomlinson, E McGarry, R Lindsay. J Stangewitz

Yankalilla 18.11 (119) d McLaren 13.9 (87).

Best - Yankalilla D Hamlyn, M Wilson. K Koster. A Borlace, A Hunt. McLaren: H Lambert. D Kahl. M Pollard, J Williams, P Hennessy. Goals - Yankalilla: S Cook 5, J Vawser, D Jones 3, A Borlace 2, D Hamlyn. Brannigan-Asher, J Pratt. S Black, M Doyle. McLaren: J Williams 4. J Hentschke 2. J Koop. S Kahl, D Petrucci, E Schneider, J Cowling. C Smith, W Walker.

Encounter Bay 23.19 (157) d Saints 8.11 (59).

Best - Encounter Bay: A Philp, O Love, R Rankine, A Heuskes. S Baggs. Saints. H Wilson, M Coote, S Rowe. A Evans, T Griffin. Goals -- Encounter Bay. A Heuskes 5, R Love.. O Love 4. G Brown, R Rankine. S Baggy T Wilkey 2. S Brown.. James Baggs. Saints: A Evans 3. H Wilson 2, S Rowe, P Griffin, S Robinson.

ROUND 17 WRAP by Belinda Brand

Mount Compass travelled to McLaren at the weekend, winning the toss and aided by the breeze in the first quarter. Mt. Compass were first to score a major through Ryan Wait, with Nick Brokenshire kicking the Bulldogs second soon after.  McLaren eventually goaled through Cowling, but Compass scored another just before quarter time to lead by eleven points. The second term saw more McLaren goals, with Cowling kicking his third just before half time, leaving Compass with only a one point lead. Mount Compass started strongly in the third quarter, with a goal in the first minute, and the game continued goal for goal, neither side getting a clear scoreboard advantage.  At the final break, McLaren were up by four, kicking a goal just before the siren to put them in front. Determined not to fade in the final quarter, Mount Compass got the next two goals to again level scores. The game was a battle until the end as McLaren’s Justin Hentschke led well and marked to then kick the next goal for McLaren to be up by one.  With less than two minutes left in the match, Sam Walker twisted back inside and snapped with a kick that went along the ground and through the middle to level the scoreboard again. Both sides finished with 11.7, and played excellent football from start to finish, the result a fitting end to a magnificent game.         

 Langhorne Creek had a very easy 106 point win over bottom placed Saints, boosting confidence for the upcoming finals series. The first term saw tight defence from both sides, with only three goals being scored for the quarter. The Creeks led 2-2 to 1-0 at the first change, but then managed six majors in each of the last three quarters in a very even team display to run right away with the game, keeping the visitors to a paltry 4-2 for the match. The Saints’ defenders were their best contributors on the day, with Fergusson and Coote playing great games considering the amount of ball heading their way and they were supported by Chesser, Stewart and Bridges on occasions. When able to find some space the Creeks showed some pretty good form - running hard and using the ball constructively as the usual contributors Hill, Randall Follett and Tonkin dazzled their opponents on many occasions with slick one grab football. The Saints had no answer to the Creeks skill and run after quarter time and despite a gallant effort in ruck from Kuss, they were outgunned in the trenches as Warren, Damien James and Potts reigned supreme. Final scores Langhorne Creek 21.12. 138 to Saints 4.2. 26.

 The Demons met a Myponga/Sellicks challenge for three quarters on their home turf on Saturday, but showed their true spirit to end up winners of a great game of footy. The Demons started with total domination and managed to hold the ball in their attacking half for a long time before Myponga/Sellicks could wrestle the ball forward. When the Mudlarks got the ball forward they really put the pressure on as well and scored a major from a free in front of goal. The first quarter ended with the Demons up by 10 points.Myponga/Sellicks got the jump at the restart of the second term and surged forward but only managed a point. Demons’ Portlock, Hams and Steele combined well in attack and so did Princi, Watson and Hassan for the Mudlarks.Even thought the Demons had stretched their lead to 18 points by half time the Mudlarks were looking very good. The third term saw the margin reduced to only nine points and the visitors were sensing the game was on. But the Demons had the answers and when the final term started it was clear that the desperate Demon defenders were not going to let much past them.  All the Demons lifted for the challenge and unfortunately there was not much that the Mudlarks could do. The Demons had the run and the fitness to keep attacking and left their opponents behind. Wadewitz had a foray into the forward lines and kicked a goal. Then a Toone goal and then it was effectively over, with Willunga having eight scoring shots to Myponga/Sellicks’ one in the final term.

 Encounter Bay hosted Strathalbyn, with the Bays looking for a win to guarantee them a place in this year's finals. The Roosters started with a dash. Cousins goaled after a free, Pegler marked and kicked truly then Thorpe finished well after some great team running and handball. The Bays hit back, and Philp was jumping all over his Strath opponents in ruck, giving the Eagles first use of the ball.  Grant Brown put a long shot through then Heuskes gave him another. The Baggs boys, James and Jacob combined to put Bays in front by a goal at quarter time. Scores remained close for the remainder of the game with the order of the day being tough footy. The ball was heavy as were the legs and it was a real slog. Scott Brown joined his brother on the goalkicking list when he rolled one through, but Eatts replied for Strath.  It was goal for goal with both backlines under pressure.   The third term was a good one for Bays, Philp continued his good form in ruck allowing Rankine to be on the end of a string of handpasses and he put one through.  Weinert with courage dashed through an opposition wall at half forward for a late goal to give Bays an 11 point lead at the last change. Scores were Bays 12.4 to Strath 10.5. It was set up for a nail-biter in the last quarter with both sides desperate.  Intensity was high and ball-ups were frequent as all players attacked the ball relentlessly.  Bays overdid handball in the backlines and made the inevitable mistake allowing Russell Tucker to grab the ball and snap a goal for the Roosters. This was the only goal scored for the term, but it wasn’t enough for the Roosters to take home the premiership points, Bays winning by three points.

 Victor took on the Tigers at Yankalilla, still hopeful of a finals berth this year. Victor kicked with the wind in the first, with Weetra sharking packs for Victor with early success, Yankalilla under siege for the first part of the quarter and with one line of the backline out at a wedding it was going to be interesting to see how the Tigers stood up to the early pressure. Willis was on the money in defence for the Tigers in what was his testimonial match. It was a tough hard quarter from both sides and there was plenty of niggle out there. Yanks scoring started with Willis as he unloaded his trademark torpedo from a kick in easily clearing centre to be picked off by Josh Vawser and slotted through the middle for the Tigers. From then on, it was all Yank. Groom started to dominate at half forward and was bombing them to the square, they were winning the square and goals from Gowling in his first for two years, Doyle and Pratt opened the floodgates.  Victor managed to stem the tide for a brief period and score a goal, but they were replied to by two more to Groom and another to Michael James and Koster, Pratt and Cook were dominating the centre. The Tigers went into half time five goals up and looking determined to avenge their shocking performance against Victor in the first round.  Hames for Victor scored the first goal of the second half, and with it came a swing of momentum. Victor scored goals through Edwards and Hames and it didn’t help when Yank’s defence gave away a goal from a push after the last goal to give Victor a free goal. Yank were looking for the second option suddenly and were getting caught or turning the ball over. A late goal to the senior colt, Lewis gave Yank a slender one goal advantage into the last.  But the final quarter was all Yank, who went on a goal-fest, completely running over the top of Victor in a repeat of the second quarter, winning by 50 points and sealing the fate of the Victor side for season 2008.

Round 17 scores - August 16, 2008

Yankalilla 16.8 (104) d Victor Harbor 8.6 (54).

Best - Yankalilla: D Hamlyn, C Groom, A Hunt, J Pratt, Michael James. Victor Harbor: L Weetra, J Bell, N Harnas, B Ruge, C Simmon Goals -- Yankalilla: C Groom 4, M Doyle 3, D Jones 2, L Brannigain-Fisher, A Cook, Matthew James, J Vawser, A Cowling. J Pratt, Michael James. Victor Harbor: J Homes 3, C Jurek, R Edwards, D McKinlay, N Walford, N Reeve.

En­counter Bay 12.4 (76) d Strathalbyn 11.7 (73).

Best - Encounter Bay: A Philp, Jacob Baggs, S Baggs, R Rankine, A Huskes. Strathalbyn: P Eats, D Pegler, S McDonald, B Cousins, J Hickey. Goals -- Encounter Bay: G Brown 4, James Baggs 2, S Brown. D Weinert, S Baggs, R Rankine, 0 Love, Jacob Baggs. Strathalbyn: D Pegler 3, W Thorpe 2, P Eats, S McDonald, J Richardson, N Duffield, R Tucker, B Cousins.

Langhorne Creek 20.12 (132) d Saints 4.2 (26).

Best - Langhorne Creek. M Tonkin, R Follett, B Potts, J Nurse, S Golding. Saints: T Fergusson, M Coote, J Kuss, H Wilson, T Griffen. Goals - Langhorne Creek: M Tonkin, R Follett 4, G McHughes, B McLeod 3, P Cleggett 2, F Hill, N Warren. S Golding, D James. Saints: L Hirst 2, A Evans, T Griffen.

McLaren 11.7 (73) drew Mount Compass 11.7 (73).

Best - McLaren: B Smith, E Schneider, J Hentschke, D Broughton, J Cowling. Mount Compass: S Maxfield, M Burdett, N Schmidt, G Orrock, G Bailey. Goals - McLaren: J Cowling 5, C Kohnke 2, J Coop, E Schneider, J Henischke, H Lambert. Mount Compass: F Maxfield 4, N Brokenshire, H Fromm 2, S Walker, M Burdett, R Wait.

Willunga 12.18 (90) d Myponga/Sellicks 10.4 (64).

Best - Willunga: A McDonald, W Glass, J Toone, M Bennett, M Wadewitz. Myponga/Sellicks: M Tomlinson, B Princi, L Watson, N Hassan, D Smith. Goals -Willunga: S Ryan 4, D Hams 3, J Toone 2. M Portlock, M Wadewitz, S McGowan. Myponga/Sellicks: B Princi 3, R Faggotter, R Lyndsay 2, S Hutchinson, L Watson, J Stengwitz.

WILLUNGA SENDS ENCOUNTER BAY PACKING BY Belinda Brand

The Willunga Demons proved their position as competition leaders this week, sending the Encounter Bay Eagles packing to win the inaugural GSFL McCracken Cup. A clean first quarter was played in wet, blustery conditions, with great displays of tackling from both sides.  Willunga scored the first major through Hams, followed by Genovese before Encounter Bay got their first. The Eagles showed flashes of potential and took it up to their opponents for the first half of the second term, but weren’t able to keep up the momentum. The oval got muddier as the game progressed, and at the main break the Demons were six goals clear, with Encounter Bay still in the hunt. The third term was a desperate session, but the Eagles could not convert, even though they had some opportunities. Heuskes was unable to contain Hams and the Demons grew their lead.  The final term was all Demons. Eagles’ Lintern and Brown kept at it and frustration boiled over when Cox helped Genovese to the deck, but was forced to leave the arena with an invitation to the tribunal. The game ended with the Demons up by 14 goals.

 Langhorne Creek came into their match with Yankalilla wanting to exact revenge for their loss to the Tigers at home last time they met.  The Tigers were looking to carry on their current form and keep their winning way. Langhorne Creek had the advantage of a two goal breeze in the first and created the first scoring opportunity through Golding who converted well.  Yankalilla were running Pratt deep in defence to hinder the Creek’s ability to score with the breeze. Yank’s defence was repeating its great effort from the past five weeks despite the conditions.  Borlace goaled for the Tigers late in the first to even up what was obviously going to be a low scoring game. Jones missed early for the Tigers in the second, but Tonkin made sure for the Creeks from the rebound and just as the  Creeks started to get in front in the contests the rain came again making it hard for any player to be sure with the ball. At half time Yank had a slight lead of four points with only five goals kicked for the entire half by both sides. The breeze stiffened a little for the third making it a little harder for the Tigers and a good start by the Creeks through Tonkin set the quarter.  At three quarter time the Hawks led by 10 points and the match was set up to be a repeat of the last time the two teams met. The Tigers went into attack at the start of the last, but Potts foiled the play and the rebound proved to be the easiest goal of the day for the Creek, as Tonkin popped up again.  The conditions were tough and the Tigers overused the handball, and some of the Yank players stopped attacking the ball instead focusing on the player.  The Creek stayed focused and positive and created the loose man, held the ball up a little and worked hard to get two goals and open the game up as far as it had been all day. Langhorne Creek won by 18 points in a game that showed great character by both sides, as neither gave an inch.

 Strathalbyn broke spirits and all but shattered the finals dreams of Victor Harbor at the weekend. Strathalbyn won by a comprehensive 118 points in Victor’s fourth loss in five weeks. Strathalbyn’s set plays worked well from the centre bounces early, and by quarter time had established a six goal lead with accurate kicking for goal. Victor’s defence was seeing all of the action, and as soon as the home side got the ball inside their 50, Strathalbyn ran it out again just as fast.

Strathalbyn were up by twelve goals in the third quarter, and capitalised on even slight errors by Victor to further extend their lead.  Strathalbyn had nine goal scorers for the match, with Tucker and Thorpe kicking five apiece.  While Victor may still have a mathematical chance at making the finals, they face a tough two final matches against Yankalilla and Mount Compass.  The run home for Strathalbyn will see them take on the Bays next week, and finish with a blockbuster against Willunga to see where the competition is at heading into the finals series.   

In other matches, Mount Compass defeated the Saints after three very even quarters, kicking 6.5 in the last to the Saints nothing, winning the match by 43 points. Myponga/Sellicks won a low scoring game against McLaren, with final scores being Myponga/Sellicks 4.4 to McLaren 2.6.

Round 16 scores – August 9, 2008

Willunga            3-4 9-6 13-10 20-14 134

Encounter Bay 1-2 3-4   3-8       6-9 45

Best players Willunga: A McDonald, W Glass, N Genovese, M Portlock, M Wadewitz. Encounter Bay: T Blum, C Butler, A Philp, R Rankine, J Baggs. Goalkickers Willunga: D Hams 4, N Genovese, M Portlock 3, C Dobson, S Ryan, P Carpenter, S McGowan 2, W Glass, S Roberts. Encounter Bay: O Love, G Brown 2, C Lintern, J Baggs.

Mt Compass   2-2 5-8 8-14 13-19 97

Saints              3-1 5-4  6-5    8-6 54

Best players Mt Compass: N Schmidt, S Maxfield, M Burdett, A Blakely, S Milburn. Saints: M Coote, T Russell, A Evans, J Kuss, T Griffen. Goalkickers Mt Compass: H Fromm 4; N Brokenshire 3; S Maxfield 2; M Burdett, N Schmidt, J Kuhn. Saints: T Griffen 3, Trent Griffen, D Cuthbert, T Fergusson, R Russell, H Wilson 1ea.

Strathalbyn      7-3 13-4 15-6 21-8 134

Victor Harbor    1-2 1-3  2-3    2-4 16

Best players Strathalbyn: M Elliot, J Eagleton, B Cousins, D Peglar, P Eatts. Victor Harbor: A Topley, J Hames, J Parker, J Brown, L Weetra. Goalkickers Strathalbyn: R Tucker, W Thorpe 5, B Cousins 4, D Peglar 2, M Duffield, M Tucker, M Ellis, P Eatts, J Eagleton. Victor Harbor: J Parry, J Parker 1.

Langhorne Creek 1-2 2-4 4-7 6-9 45

Yankalilla               1-0 3-2 3-3 4-3 27

Best players Langhorne Creek: N Warren, B Potts, T Dellatorre, M Tonkin, F Hill. Yankalilla: A Hunt, M James, J Pratt, D Williss, K Koster. Goalkickers Langhorne Creek: M Tonkin 3, S Golding, D James, B McLeod. Yankalilla: M James, J Vawser, S Cook, A Borlace.

Myponga/Sellicks 2-0 3-4 4-4 4-4 28

McLaren                   2-2 2-4 2-6 2-6 18

Best players Myponga/Sellicks: B Princi, M Tomlinson, A Thomas, B Clarke, S Laffin. McLaren: B Smith, E Schnieder, D Broughton, L Neil. Goalkickers Myponga/Sellicks: E McGarry 2, B Princi, W Hutchinson. McLaren: D Kahl, L Neil

BAYS RIGHT IN THE HUNT FOR FINALS -- BY BELINDA BRAND

A big crowd turned out at the Victor Harbor oval at the weekend for the local derby between Victor Harbor and Encounter Bay. Encounter Bay were the first to goal through Cameron Lintern, but it was Victor up by a goal at the first break. The second term saw the Bay’s do most of the attacking early, but missing opportunities in front of goal, failing to convert four shots at goal. Victor was also wasteful, but managed the only goal for the quarter through Jagan Hames, while Encounter Bay had injury worries with forward Owen Love, who left the ground about 15 minutes in nursing his already heavily strapped shoulder.  The Bays came out more disciplined and attacking in the second half, Love recovering to have an immediate impact on the game with three goals in twelve minutes. The momentum stayed with Encounter Bay for the rest of the quarter, adding six goals seven to their score for the quarter, Victor only managing two behinds. Victor started the final term kicking long and direct, but again wasted opportunities in front of goal, kicking six behinds before the first of two goals went through. Encounter Bay still outscored Victor in the last, winning the match and the inaugural ‘Lord Mayors Trophy’. The Bay are now into fourth spot on percentage and have a big test this week when they play the unbeaten Willunga.  

Yankalilla are a team shaping this years’ finals, consistently beating teams above them on the ladder.  After disposing of Langhorne Creek earlier in the year, the Tigers travelled to Mount Compass to dish out some of the same medicine, beating them by six points in thriller. Compass started well, leading by two goals early, denying Yankalilla any early scoring opportunities and leading by 26 points at quarter time. Yankalilla rallied in the second, starting to chip away at Compass’ lead, with three goals in eight minutes and going into the half time break with the smallest of margins, a one point lead. Yankalilla retained control of the game in the third quarter, with late goals to Pratt and Borlace giving them an eleven point margin at the final change. The final quarter saw the Tigers playing with confidence and Compass refusing to give up. With three minutes to go, Mount Compass were within a kick of the Tigers, but Yankalilla held on to upset the home team by a goal. 

The power forwards of the competition again proved their worth with a commanding performance at Langhorne Creek oval on Saturday. Hams kicked his 100th goal before the quarter-time siren had rung, but Willunga were trailing Langhorne Creek by nine points at the first change. But by half time, Ryan had kicked three goals for the visitors, Willunga booting seven for the quarter to be up by 31 points. The Hawks fought back in the third, kicking three goals to Willunga’s two for the term leaving them in the contest at the last break and trailing by 24. The Demons closed the match out comfortably in the fourth, Hams finishing with six goals, and Ryan five, in Willunga’s 39-point win.

McLaren traveled to Goolwa to take on the Saints, proving too good for the home side, running out winners by 21 points. Turnovers and missed opportunities were the story of the first quarter, with the Saints first to goal and lead at quarter time. McLaren were in control in the second, as Dohnt, Smith and Schneider got involved, the Saints having too few contributors, resulting in McLaren leading by four goals at half time. The third quarter saw plenty of mistakes and scrappy play by both sides, but the Saints scored late in the quarter to keep the margin to 13 points.  The Saints dominated play at the start of the final quarter, scoring three goals, but it was too little too late, with McLaren scoring five goals for the quarter to run out winners.

Strathalbyn proved to be too fit for Myponga/Sellicks, with a 12 goal second half seeing them win by 70 points. Myponga/Sellicks controlled the ball early, winning the centre breaks easily to be up by a couple of points at the first break. The Roosters soon turned that around, kicking five goals to three in the second to lead by ten points at half time. Soon after half time the Mypnga/Sellicks boys were starting to tire, Strathalbyn getting further in front the longer the match wore on. Duffield and McKinnon piled on nine goals between them for Strathalbyn, as the Roosters ran out easy winners in a spirited match, the Mudlarks pushing the second best team in the competition for a half.

Round 15 - August 2, 2008

Encounter Bay 11.12 (78) d Victor Harbor 6.11 (47).

Best - Encounter Bay: T Bloomfield, T Blumm, A Nelson, O Love, S Brower. Victor Harbor: L Weetra, J Brown, N Harnas, M McPhail, J Bell. Goals • Encounter Bay: 0 Love 4, A Heuskes 2, James Baggs, Jacob Baggs, S Baggs, E Horrocks, C Lintern. Victor Harbor : M Hodge 2, J Brown, D McKinlay, J Hames, N Reeve

Willunga 16.17 (113) d Langhorne Creek 11.8 (74).

Best - Willunga; A Groom, B Baxter, J Carnevale, M Portlock, S Alexopoulos. Langhom Creek: B Potts, T Dellatorre, P Kleggett, Simmons, R Virgo. Goals - Willunga: David Hams 6 (104 for the season), S Ryan 5, S McGowan 3, M Thomas, M Portlock. Langhorne Creek: B McLeod 3, T Follett, W Bown-Ayres 2, S Golding, N Warren, Follett, G McHughes

Strathalbyn 20.7 (127) d Myponga/Sellicks 8.9 (57).

Best - Strathalbyn: N Duffield, D Peglar, McDonald, J Eagleton, S McKinnon. Myponga Sellicks: S Hutchinson, D Smith, R Lindsay, I Dooley, S Laffin. Goals - Strathalbyn: N Duffield 5, S McKinnon 4, R Tucker 3, D Pegler, B Cousins 2, A Martin, A Michelmore , J Eagleton, Myponga Sellicks: S Sterzl, E McGarry 2. S Hutchinson, I Princi, R Faggotter, S Laffin,

Yankalilla 10.10 (70) d Mount Compass 9.10 (64).

Best – Yankalilla  D Hamlyn, J Pratt, K Koster, D Willis, M Deddicoat. Mount Compass: G Bailey, S Milburn, S Maxfield, N Schmidt, P Hicks. Goals - Yankalilla: A Borlace 3, J Pratt, D Jones 2, D Hamlyn, S Cook, Nancarrow. Mount Compass: S Maxfield 3, J Kuhn, P Hicks, M Burdett, G Maxfield, A Crate, H Fromm

McLaren 11.9 (75) d Saints 7.12 (54).

Best - ­Mclaren: D Broughton, C Dohnt, C Smith, , Hockey. Saints: T Griffen, T Ferguson, J Kuss, Dunbar, M Coote, Goals - McLaren: J Cowling 4, A Hockey 3, D Kahl, J Koop, L Neill, J Williams. Saints: T Fergusson 3, T Griffen, A Evans, C Cuthbert, J Kuss.

BAYS CAUSE UPSET AND KEEP FINALS CHANCES ALIVE

ROUND 14 WRAP FROM BELINDA BRAND

A five goal performance from half back Owen Love was the catalyst to a major upset at Encounter Bay oval at the weekend, keeping the Bay’s chances of playing finals in 2008 very much alive. Although they had quite a few quality players out, the Bays were confident of victory against Mt Compass, who were without influential centre man Marcus Burdett.  The game began at a furious pace with winners up forward and a very resolute defence. Kenny came off the bench to kick the Bays first goal then Lintern found Lindsay who marked well and converted.  Compass replied when Brokenshire received two 50-metre penalties and kicked truly. Bays kicked three more for the quarter; one coming from a 50-metre penalty after Littlely was knocked unconscious and left the ground with season-ending injuries. Quarter time saw the Bays lead 5.4 to Mt Compass 1.1. The second quarter was a battle of defences with only one goal scored.  The umpiring was very technical with seven 50 metre penalties paid by half time. Mt Compass went in at half time trailing the Bays by five goals. With determination, Encounter Bay pulled further away in the third term, with long goals to Prest and Wilkey being highlights. The Bulldogs had the breeze in the final quarter, but faced an impossible task.  Cameron Lintern made it even harder for the visitors when he put through a great banana goal followed by a couple more from teammates. Mt Compass had a late flurry after Bays took the foot off the pedal.  Brokenshire, who had been rarely sighted, kicked two goals and Perrin Hicks broke through the pack to kick another.  The back line was superb led by Bloomfield, Lintern and Ray Love.  Owen Love with five goals was brilliant wherever he went while Scott Brown was busy all day, Bays running out winners 13.10 to 6.8.

 For Willunga, the forward power of Hams and Ryan made certain of an easy victory against Saints on the weekend.  There was plenty of anticipation at the ground as Hams for Willunga started the day 8 short of the magical 100 goal mark and a first quarter burst by him would have had most thinking when rather than if. The Saints had their chances early in the match, with clearances, inside 50’s and shots on goals favouring the home side. But opportunities were wasted, and the Saints missed easy chances through Hirst, H Wilson, Griffen and Yeomans to have only five points on the board at the first change. Willunga were precise going forward as A Carnevale, McGowan and Wadewitz all delivered beautifully to Hams who got Willunga’s first four majors for the Demons to lead by 24 points at quarter time.

The second quarter was a sea-saw affair. Willunga were on top early as they cleared the ball out of the middle with ease. Hams added a fifth for the day and his partner in crime also got involved as Ryan got on the scoreboard after a strong grab. Toone, using his pace was next to add to Willunga’s tally and when McGowan read the ball brilliantly off the pack and goaled, the Saints looked in real trouble. The Saints then flicked the switch and began winning the contested ball. McGuiness got the Saints on the board after a good passage of play, while Yeomans and the Wilson boys were in everything The Griffen brothers set up scoring opportunities and goals late to Robinson after some good roving and Russell and this saw the Saints down by 23 points at the main break and the momentum had slowly swung. The Saints dominated the early part of the third quarter, Hirst and Robinson both goaled to see the Saints get within two goals, but they didn’t capitalise on their hard work, failing to score any more goals for the quarter. Willunga then made the Saints pay dearly. Ryan was pivotal up forward and started to take a strangle hold on the game, stepping up as Hams was well held by Jarred. Further goals to Carnevale, Hams and McGowan compounded the Saints’ problems as the margin started to blow out. At three quarter time Willunga had a healthy 41 point lead. The final term belonged to Willunga. There was a big emphasis on getting Hams his 100th but Jarred had his measure at this stage and left the Demons’ supporters hanging on for another week. A late 50-metre penalty gave the Saints one last goal, but in the end Willunga were too good, winning by 74 points.

 Strathalbyn locked in their double chance for finals footy in September this year by beating arch rivals Langhorne Creek by a comfortable 28 points at Langhorne Creek Oval last Saturday afternoon. It was a typically tight, hard and fiercely contested local derby with both defences well on top, keeping scoring to a minimum, but it was the Roosters who always looked to be in control of proceedings as they won each quarter on the scoreboard and gradually edged away to take the two valuable premiership points. The Creeks, forced to field an unsettled line-up yet again, made various positional changes throughout the match in an effort to find a winning formula, but in the end were forced to bow to the superior run and on ball dominance of the Roosters. It was a very tight first half with only seven goals scored in the perfect conditions, but Strathalbyn had much more of the ball. A rock solid defence led by the classy Hickey at centre half back saw the home side’s main avenue to goal closed for most of the match and he was ably supported by the unspectacular, but very effective Gale, Elliott and Low who checked closely and combined well with each other on many occasions.

The Hawks struggled in the centre and didn't have the pace to go with their opponents, and the run of the Roosters was just too much for them as Strath ran the game out winning by 28 points.

Victor Harbor travelled north to meet McLaren on Saturday hunting for another win to ensure the best outcome for the 2008 finals.  The Roos did get the points, but only played a half of football.  McLaren started the match well, kicking to the northern end. They got plenty of drive forward from Brett Smith across half back and Luke Neill through the middle to ensure the ball was in their forward line early in the quarter. Up forward Justin Hentschke was getting plenty, but struggled to convert anything to a goal. McLaren had four points without reply almost half way into the quarter when the Roos took the lead with one straight kick.  Victor soon had another when the talented Chris Jurek led from behind the ball into space at half forward to mark and goal. Five goals had the Roos well in front at quarter-time, and McLaren had only six straight points to show for their work. The second quarter was all Victor Harbor as they continued a good display of football. They had many runners providing numbers around the ball, quick handball and players making space up forward. Goals came from Campbell Simmons, Hodge, and Leslie Weetra who plucked a great mark in the middle of the pack and then slotted it through.  It was into time on and McLaren finally scored their first major from Jason Cowling when he was able to get clear with the ball in the right pocket and kick the goal. Victor was up by nearly 10 goals at half time. McLaren came out after the break looking a much better side with David Broughton moved up forward as an alternative target.  Colin Smith kicked the first major of the quarter with a long kick on the run from just inside 50. McLaren’s Brad Hill snapped another from the right pocket then again accuracy was the problem, as the minor scores total grew by another eight. Hodge replied with a steadying goal and then on the three quarter siren Victor scored another major through Bell when he received a 50-metre penalty for interference that put him within range.

The last quarter was again a more even contest. McLaren’s new forward in Broughton took a strong overhead mark at centre half forward to put through the first major of the quarter. Hodge then again replied after he cleverly lead into space to mark and goaled.  The last goal of the match went to Heath Lambert when he snapped through a ground kick from the square. Victor Harbor’s best players were Mathew Hodge, Jagan Hames in ruck and especially in defence, and Leslie Weetra up forward and on the ball. McLaren’s David Broughton was great in the ruck and up forward, Brett Smith at half back and Craig Hill in the middle and up forward were their best. Final scores were Victor Harbor 14.9.93 to McLaren 7.19.61.

 It was the return round of the Whittlesea Cup between Yankalilla and Myponga/Sellicks, this time at Tigerland. The Mudlarks won the last time the two met and were in possession of the Cup that the Tigers so feverishly wanted. Myponga/Sellicks went out of the blocks first kicking with a slight breeze, but Lindsay missed from in front with a set shot, and for the first five minutes it was all Myponga/Sellicks into attack. Then the rain came and through this Yank managed the first major of the game. The whole game changed with the slippery conditions. The Tigers game was slowly coming together and the last five minutes of the first quarter Yank controlled the ball in their 50, after the Larks had dominated most of the play. A goal on the siren gave Myponga/Sellicks the advantage at the change. The rain had stopped and Shaun Hutchinson was dominating the centre, and definitely taking on his usual role as playmaker. Suddenly Andy Cook fired up and the two captains were obvious in their intended roles with their respective sides. The Yank forwards were failing to chase out of their 50, making it easy for Myponga/Sellicks to repel constant attack by the Tigers. Yank were failing to score from their moves up forward, and it took Pratt in the centre to slot their first. Yank’s tackling started to turn the tide, and Koster, Hunt, Pratt and Cook were slowly taking the centre for their own. Despite more possession and the momentum the Tigers were not scoring. To Myponga/Sellicks’ credit a late shot on goal by Kenyon turned things round and if Randall had converted his shot after the siren things would have been locked up. The Tigers had turned a goal deficit into a goal advantage. The second half was in sunshine and Myponga/Sellicks went straight into attack, but again Williss repelled and despite Yank’s overusing the ball in the 50 finally Borlace goaled.  Yank started to dominate, apart from Shaun Hutchinson in the centre, nothing came near their centre group and Dwaynne Hamlyn added his name to that group. Yank scored six goals with no reply and burst the game open. Matt Wilson, the youngster was adding to Myponga/Sellicks’ woes when they finally got it into their 50, and it was late in the quarter when they finally put one in the air on Sterzl’s head, and another from a rare win in the centre bounce. This swung momentum back to Myponga/Sellicks, but going into the last, Yankalilla had a seven goal advantage. Myponga/Sellicks showed they were not going to lie down just yet and a goal from Princi gave them some momentum.  Yank hadn’t stopped, but possession swung to the Larks and it looked like the Tigers were only doing what they had to, until a six long handball sequence led to another goal by Doyle for Yank.  The gates opened again for the Tigers, as James, Allard, the Cooks and Doyle all goaled again, Myponga/Sellicks overrun by Yankalilla 20.14 to 8.10, the Tigers reclaiming the Whittlesea Cup. 

Round 14 scores- July 28, 2008

Encounter Bay 13.10 (88) d Mount Compass 6.8 (44).

Best - Encounter Bay: S Brown, Bloomfield, 0 Love, C Lintern, R Love. Mour Compass: N Schmidt, S Milburn, G Bailey, Cheetham, G Orrock. Goals - Encounter Bay: O Love 5, T Wilkey, J Prest 2, R Rankine, B Kenn) C Lintern, H lindsay. Mount Compass: N Brokenshir 3, A Crate, P Hicks, N Schmidt.

Victor Harbor 14.9 (93) d McLaren 7.19 (61).

Best - Victor: M Hodge,  J Hames, J Bell, L Weetra, M Parker. Mclaren: I Broughton, B Smith, L Neill, CHill, C Smith. Goal - Victor: M Hodge, N Reeve 3, T Kenyon 2, L Weetra, B Hunter, C Jurek, J Bell, C Simmons, J Hame~ Mclaren: B Hill, J Cowling 2, C Smith, 0 Broughtor H Lambert.

Willunga 19.17 (131) d Saints 7.10 (52)

Best - Willunga: S McGowan, J Garrett, A Alexopoulos, A Camevale, J Toone. Saints: J Jarred, B Yeomans, A Wilson, H Wilson, M Coote. Goals ­Willunga: D Hams, S Ryan 6, S McGowan 2, S Steele J Garrett, A Carnevale, M Wadewitz, J Toone. Saints M McGuinness, S Robinson 2, T Russell, D Hirst, C Cuthbert.

Yankalllla 20.14 (134) d Myponga/Sellicks 8.10 (58).

Best - Yankallila: J Pratt, M Wilson, K Hosking, D Williss, A Hunt. Myponga/Sellicks: M Hutchinson. Goals ~ Yankallila: M Doyle 4, S Cook A Cook 3, R Allard, M James 2, D Jones, D Hamlyn J Pratt, J Vawser, R Bishop, A Borlace. Myponga Sellicks: D Smith, B Princi, S Sterzl 2, R lindsay, P Faggotter.

Strathalbyn 12.10 (82) d Langhorne Creek 8.6 (54).

Best - Strathalbyn: M Tucker, J Hickey, P Eatts, A Martin, G Semple. Langhorne Creek: P Cleggett. G McHughes, M James, M Golding, N James. Goals - Strathalbyn: N Duffield 4, A Martin 3, S McKinnon, W Thorpe, B Wilson, D Pegler, J Eagleton. Langhorne Creek: B McLeod 2 R Follett, B Potts, T Follett, F Hill, M James,   P Cleggett.

ROUND 13 WRAP FROM BELINDA BRAND

Willunga were playing the local derby in front of a large gathering of past players, determined to prove they were a better playing group than the 1998 premiership team. McLaren however, saw it as their duty to spoil the party and in the first quarter were well on their way to doing so. Williams kicked their first in the opening minute after good play by Hockey, Walker, Kahl and Neill. Thereafter they countered everyone of Willunga’s goals throughout the quarter by attacking the ball hard and driving direct to goal. Smith kicked their second at the three minute mark before Willunga opened their account. Willunga’s defence held strong and eventually goals resulted to Hams and Ryan. McLaren equalised when Lambert grubbered a goal from 30 metres on the angle. Willunga asserted themselves in the second quarter to set up their ultimate victory. Genovese kicked the first from the opening bounce then Garrett, who had been instrumental in setting up the first goal was on the end of a long pass from Hams. He marked under pressure and kicked truly.

Hams then kicked one with a wonderful snap after roving the ball off his own hands. He kicked another a minute later after a long, low pass from Simon Roberts. Willunga dominated the premiership quarter with seven goals to one.

Four of these goals came in a four minute burst early in the quarter. Ryan, Hams, Genovese and Garrett converted their opportunities created by lively mid fielders dashing out of the centre. Simon Roberts, Portlock and Genovese played the ball beautifully to their leading forwards. Cowling and Schneider had chances to get goals back for McLaren, but were thwarted by the spoiling and dash of Bennett and Radbone on the last line of defence. Ryan didn’t waste his opportunity when Willunga counter attacked. McLaren had to wait till the 27th minute mark before the reliable Williams kicked truly after good linking work by Walker, Kahl and Lambert swept the ball downfield. From the resulting centre bounce Roberts ran free and delivered to Hams who goaled after the siren. The last quarter was a repeat of the second and third. Willunga dominated the play and created space for their big forwards, Hams and Ryan, to run into. Hams kicked two for the quarter and Ryan three. At the other end of the ground, Williams won hard balls and twice converted for the losing side. This was an impressive effort all day under strong pressure from the Willunga defence. McLaren were gallant and skilful in the first quarter being only one goal down, but were unable to match the Demons thereafter and lost by 105 points.

Myponga/Sellicks were undermanned for their clash with Mt Compass at the weekend, but started well kicking to the southern end, goaling through Laffin early. The Mudlarks were getting good numbers to the contests and tackling fiercely, and at quarter time led the Bulldogs by two goals.  Mt Compass came out attacking in the second, with a goal to Fromm followed soon after by one to Brokenshire. Myponga/Sellicks were getting the ball out of defence but could only manage minor scores, Mt Compass leading by four goals at half time. The third quarter saw the Mudlarks add 3.3 to their total, while Mt Compass retained their handy lead of four goals at the final break.  The last quarter was all the Bulldogs as they scored six unanswered goals through Fromm, Waite, Crate, Rawling and two to Brokenshire to runout easy winners. Myponga/Sellicks worked hard and showed encouraging signs, but could not maintain the pressure required to defeat the in-form Bulldogs. Final scores stood at MtCompass 17.17 to Myponga/Sellicks 7.11.

 The gloomy weather predictions were unfounded at Victor Harbor, as conditions remained perfect for every grade. Langhorne Creek won the toss to kick with an intermittent breeze that may have been worth a couple. Langhorne Creek were missing some personnel and were a different side to that playing in last years grand final, while Victor had their outs as well. Matt James and Matt McPhail provided a tough contest in the ruck and there were no easy possessions to be had at ground level.  The home side did most of the attacking early in the opening quarter and in fact, most of the day to lead at every change. Neil Reeve (4 goals) opened his account from a free kick and when Brown released Hodge to goal with a quick play on and Victor had the first two goals ten minutes in. Rupert Vercoe had the easiest of shots when the dropped defensive mark landed in his lap and Warren converted a strong mark. Brad Ruge slotted one in reply when on the end of a piece of Kym White brilliance and Victor had a slender three point lead at the first change. The margin remained the same at half time when both sides recorded 2-1 in a real arm wrestle that could go either way. The Hawks made full use of a couple of frees when Matt James kicked the first of two booming goals and Follett with a regulation mark within distance.  Injuries were aplenty in this match, Langhorne Creek lost Nick Warren for the match with a lower leg injury and Tim Footner did not look fully recovered from an earlier heavy hit with White and centre half back Brendan Saunders popped his shoulder. The door was open for Victor to take advantage, and with all out attack they netted five goals, but also five misses. The Kangaroos enjoyed a 19 point buffer at the final change. It was foreign territory for Victor to be leading a team above them at this stage of the game, with a handy lead, all the momentum and the breeze at their backs.  The game plan seemed to change from attack to going defensive, defenders now tried to outmark the experienced Tim Follett instead of punch, his brother Randall picking up possessions at will and Victor’s players did not seem to be standing anyone. Thomas Johnson scored the opening goal for the Creek and Follett slotted his third and fourth for the day within a minute, all the while Victor fans were waiting for any sort of reply to regain the lead, a reply that never was to come. Even with a flood of 34 players inside the Roos 50-metre arc there were still opportunities to score, but these were continually squandered with panic turning to poor decisions.

When one of Victor’s final shots landed on the line and erupted a cloud of chalk that could be seen from the clubhouse, the players set themselves for one final roll of the dice to maybe snare a premiership point, as the goal umpire signalled out of bounds. As if to summarise Victors’ fate for the day, the young boundary umpire ran over from 50 metres away to overrule the goal umpire’s call and the resulting clearance from the out on the full saw Langhorne Creek retain a one point lead as the final siren sounded.

 Out of the predicted rain little had fallen at Yankalilla. In fact for the start of the game the skies cleared and the win dropped right off leaving no advantage in kicking to either end. Last time these two teams met the Bays gave Yank a belting and despite improvement from the Tigers it was still a test for them. They fronted with the local side, no special guests apart from Jimmy Rogalski who is playing with his old mate Koster. But the Tigers lost him early in the game with an ankle injury from a smother. The match up of the day was to be between Hunt and Philp in the rucks. Philp is touted as the best ruck in the league but Hunt continues to impress all and continues to ruck effectively all day, solo.  But with Owen Love looking dangerous on the wing the Bays replied instantly through Heuskes who like Groom when he steps out for the Tigers is an imposing figure on the ground.

The Bays were tackling well and the Tigers were slow to get their kick away and were getting caught on numerous occasions. It was a fairly even competition from the start, but the Bay playmakers were looking threatening and looking like they could run away with it. After goals from a defensive mistake by the Tigers and an easy miss by Andy Cook and with goals to Cox, Heuskes and Littlely for the Bays to follow they were doing just that. Yank had to respond in the second term or watch it be taken away from them, and they did. Jones immediately goaled for the Tigers, and despite Rankine replying immediately the Tigers responded with two more. Hunt and Hamlyn were winning the centre but Hamlyn's delivery was letting him down. The Tigers worked themselves back into the game, Doyle and the forwards lifted and gave some respite to the Yank back lines, but then took the foot off the pedal and the Bays came back. The difference in the two sides was the conversion rate from going forward, mistakes by the Tigers led to majors for the visiting side. The Bays stretched their lead and it looked like the first round encounter was to be repeated, possessions stats were equal, with Yank down by 37 points at the last change. The Bays scored the first two for the last term and it looked like the Tigers might capitulate, despite them still having a higher percentage of possession, but with the Bays best in Owen Love being stretchered from the ground after a heavy knock, Yank opened up. It wasn’t enough though, Encounter Bay were eventual winners, 131 to Yankalilla 99.

Round 13 - July 19 & 20, 2008

Willunga 5-1 11-3 18-7 24-8 152

McLaren 4-1 4-4 5-5 7-5 47

Best players Willunga: D Hams, S Ryan, A Carnevale, M Bennett, T Steele. McLaren: D Kahl, J Koop, C Dohnt, E Schneider, J Williams. Goalkickers Willunga: D Hams 11, S Ryan 8, J Garrett, N Genovese 2ea, M Portlock 1. McLaren: J Williams 3, C Smith, J Hentschke, H Lambert, W Walker 1ea.

Encounter Bay 5-3 12-6 15-9 20-11 131

Yankalilla           1-1 6-4     9-8 15-9 99

Best players Encounter Bay: O Love, S Brown, R Rankine, C Littlely, M Cox. Yankalilla: D Hamlyn, A Hunt, A Cook, A Borlace, K Hosking. Goalkickers Encounter Bay: A Heuskes 5, C Littlely 4, R Rankine, J Baggs 3ea, S Brown 2, O Love, M Cox, H Lindsay 1ea. Yankalilla: M Doyle 4, M James, D Hamlyn, A Cook, D Jones 2ea, J Vawser, S Cook, L Nancarrow 1ea.

Mt Compass  1-5  6-12 11-13 18-19 127

Myp/Sellicks 3-5 3-7    7-9      7-11 53

Best players Mt Compass: N Schmidt, S Maxfield, N Brokenshire, J Cheetham, G Bailey. Myponga/Sellicks: S Laffin, K Dooley, R Lindsay, A Thomas, W Hutchinson. Goalkickers Mt Compass: H Fromm 4, N Brokenshire 3, A Rawlings, N Schmidt, A Crate 2ea, S Maxfield, S Walker, G Bailey, R Waite 1ea. Myponga/Sellicks: D Smith, M Tomlinson 2ea, S Laffin, S Hutchinson, W Hutchinson 1ea.

Strathalbyn 4-3 6-4 9-5 14-9 93

Saints              1-1 5-2 6-2 8-5 53

Best players Strathalbyn: M Elliott, J Eagelton, W Thorpe, J Richardson, P Eatts. Saints: B Yeomans, I Dunbar, M Coote, A Evans, T Russell. Goalkickers Strathalbyn: N Duffield 4, W Thorpe 3, A Martin, B Cousins 2ea, M Burgess, J Richardson, D Pegler 1ea. Saints: D Hirst 3, A Evans 2, J Kuss, T Griffin, A Wilson 1ea.

Langhorne Crk 2-4 5-5 7-6 10-9 69

Victor Harbor  3-4 5-6 10-7 10-8 68

Best players Langhorne Creek: L Warren, S Rothe, R Follett, M James, T Reilly. Victor Harbor: K White, R Edwards, N Woolford, N Reeve, M Hodge. Goalkickers Langhorne Creek: T Follett 4, M James 2, L Warren, R Verco, F Hill, T Johnson 1ea. Victor Harbor: N Reeve 4, J Parry, M Hodge 2ea, D McKinlay, B Ruge 1ea.

SUNDAY GAME - Willunga 24.8 (152) def McLaren 7.5 (47)

HAMS CONTINUES ON HIS MERRY WAY  by Belinda Brand

Near perfect conditions and a nine goal haul by Willunga full forward David Hams guided the Demons to a resounding win over Victor Harbor at the weekend.  Victor Harbor won the toss and kicked with a handy breeze in the first term, opening the scoring with a goal in the first 30 seconds. Joel Garrett replied soon after into the wind quickly backed up by Steve Ryan with two in a minute from interceptions. Clearances at the stoppages were all important and both sides held back nothing when it came to tackling, with every possession being earned the hard way.

An entertaining opening quarter with plenty of open play ended with the straight kicking Demons racking up 6 – 1, while the hosts squandered several precious shots to be 3 – 3 but genuinely competitive with the undefeated league leaders.  

At the final change Victor had managed to keep the visitors lead to less than five goals after winning the third quarter, but this only inspired Willunga to finish the match strongly. Fatigue had become a factor after such a free flowing game with so much run and Willunga coach, Barry Pilmore, is known for the fitness level he demands of his side. This superior fitness, plus the dominance of Hams, finishing with nine goals two, was to prove the big difference at the end and you can only keep a good side reined in for so long.  Although the final margin was 64 points, Willunga did not have everything their own way, with Victor showing some encouraging form to take into the game against Langhorne Creek at home this week.

A four goal breeze to the southern end at McLaren Oval gave the home side the advantage after they winning the toss, recent form suggesting the home side could pull off their third win for the season if they could put four quarters together. McLaren started the game well with two goals early, the first through James Williams when he received a free down ground after a late Bay’s tackle. He put the ball through from 30metres direct in front. Minutes later they had their second when Jason Cowling, who also received a free, inside the centre square kicked a great long bomb that went through post high. Encounter Bay backman Owen Love was outstanding, stopping many attacks and reversing the play to bring up the Bay’s first goal when Craig Littlely got clear to mark at left half forward and kick through a major.

In the second term, Encounter Bay had the breeze and their on ball players, particularly recruit Troy Wilkey and Andrew Philp, were getting plenty of the ball around the ground. Up forward Adam Heuskes presented his big frame as a great target. Obviously the breeze was no advantage, as Encounter Bay struggled to kick truly putting on six points for this quarter as McLaren did in the first. McLaren finished the quarter well with another goal from Cowling keeping them in front at the main break.  With the start of the third quarter Encounter Bay lifted in desperation to put themselves in place to take the win, several of their players rising to the occasion, while McLaren were held goal-less for the term.

The start of the last quarter saw Troy Wilkey continue his dominance with the next two goals, both resulting from his ability to read the ball and streaming through the half forward line and finishing with strong straight kicks and Encounter Bay running out winners 13.15 to McLaren’s 6.1.

In blustery conditions Saints won their second game for the season and rose from the bottom of the table against Myponga/Sellicks. With the a four goal breeze favoring the southern end, the Mudlarks won the toss and kicked with the breeze, but it was the Saints who scored first with a minor score.  A good turn of speed by Wal Hutchinson set up Smith for the Mudlarks’ first goal, but the Saints had more of the ball as they worked into the stiff breeze and when the Mudlarks did go forward they found the ball carrying over the pack where the Saints defence mopped up.  Travis Griffen was a focal point at half forward and he kicked the next point for the Saints.  Shaun Hutchinson pounced on a Saint mistake to kick the second Mudlark goal followed by a kick in that went a stray resulting in a great goal from Wal Hutchinson.  The Saints started to slow as a Sterzl pass to Tomlinson resulted in a great goal from on the 50 metre arc.

Quarter time saw Myponga/Sellicks with a five goal advantage over the Saints. Saints Travis Griffen, Russell and McGuiness all sent balls into attack early in the second only to have them sent back by the Mudlark big men who had been put back into defence.  Cuthbert kicked the first major for the Saints, which gave them a bit of spark followed up by a strong tackle by Paredes which he didn’t capitalize on.  Evans then scored a major before the Mudlarks gave away a 50-metre penalty, resulting in a goal to Kuss.  The Mudlarks then rallied as Sterzl, now playing in defence pushed forward setting up Tomlinson who received a high tackle and goaled. Cuthbert then kicked his second for the quarter before Mudlark, Kingsmill took a strong mark and goaled to finish the quarter with Myponga/Sellicks still leading at the main break.  Adam Wilson was rewarded for a good tackle early in the third and was bitterly disappointed to miss a relatively easy shot. The wind had picked up, but the style of play became scrappy with both teams keen to get possession of the ball. Finally Wal Hutchinson drove long to the square where Lindsay marked and goaled but the Saints through Travis Griffen kicked one into the breeze.

In the final quarter, the Saints goaled through Bridges in the first minute, followed by a strong diving mark by Adam Wilson, but resulted in a point. Important minutes ticked away as Myponga/Sellicks controlled the ball and played to the dead side. Travis Griffen bobbed up again to kick another goal, the margin now 11 points.

An aggressive attack on Shaun Hutchinson by Wilson saw coach Pope quickly remove Wilson from the ground, but Saints’ Yeomans was caught high and kicked a very important goal to narrow the margin further.

Trent Griffen started to get possessions on the defensive side wing which setup Adam Wilson, but he missed again. Trent Griffen was in everything and continued to drive the ball forward and it was not long before a high flying mark by Jarred resulted in a goal, which put the Saints one point up.

The Muldlarks pushed forward from the bounce, but with both sides throwing everything at the contest there were seven ball-ups, which occurred in the Mudlark forward line, but not a shot was taken at goal before the siren ended proceedings with the Saints one point victors.

In other matches, Strathalbyn easily accounted for Yankalilla, winning 18.19 (121) to 7.7 (49). Mount Compass beat Langhorne Creek, coming out victors in a close one by 15 points.

Round 12 - July 12, 2008

Saints              0-2 4-5 6-7 10-9 69

Myp/Sellicks 5-2 7-3 10-7 10-8 68

Best players Saints: I Dunbar, B Yeomans, J Kuss, M McGuinness, A Wilson. Myponga/Sellicks: R Faggotter, S Hutchinson, W Hutchinson, A Hutchinson, K Dooley. Goalkickers Saints: D Cuthbert, T Griffin 2ea, A Evans, J Kuss, D Hirst, T Ferguson, B Yeomans, R Bridges 1ea. Myponga/Sellicks: R Faggotter, M Tomlinson 2ea, S Hutchinson, D Smith, S Sterzl, J Kingsmill, R Lindsay, A Hutchinson 1ea.

Mt Compass          4-6 5-6 7-10 8-11 59

Langhorne Creek 0-1 4-4 5-4   6-8 44

Best players Mt Compass: G Bailey, S Maxfield, N Schmidt, N Brokenshire, A Crate. Langhorne Creek: T Dellatorre, S Rothe, F Hill, N Warren, G McHughes. Goalkickers Mt Compass: H Fromm, S Walker 2ea, S Maxfield, N Brokenshire, A Crate, J Darling. Langhorne Creek: M James 3, T Follett, T Reilly, N James 1ea.

Strathalbyn 5-5 7-10 11-16 18-19 127

Yankalilla    2-2 4-2    5-7       7-7 49

Best players Strathalbyn: D Pegler, A Martin, D Hart, J Eagleton, W Thorpe. Yankalilla: D Willis, K Koster, A Cook, A Hunt, A Bond.

Goalkickers Strathalbyn: W Thorpe, J Eagleton, A Martin 4ea, P Siddall, C Sanders 2ea, D Hart, B Nisbett 1ea. Yankalilla: S Cook 3, M Doyle 2, S Blake, A Cooke 1ea.

Willunga          6-1 11-3 14-4 22-7 139

Victor Harbor 3-3 6-3  9-8    11-9 75

Best players Willunga: M Portlock, A Carnevale, D Hams, N Genovese, T Steele. Victor Harbor: L Weetra, M McPhail, D McKinlay, R Edwards, K White. Goalkickers Willunga: D Hams 9, N Genovese 3, M Portlock, J Garrett, S Ryan, B Haskett 2ea, M Hoppo, S McGowan 1ea. Victor Harbor: D McKinlay 3, J Parry, M Hodge 2ea, L Weetra, C Jurek, G Levy, N Reeve 1ea.

Encounter Bay 1-2 3-8 7-11 13-15 93

McLaren            3-5 5-6 5-8    6-11 47

Best players Encounter Bay: O Love, M Cox, A Philp, T Wilkey, R Nelson. McLaren: C Dohnt, B Smith, E Schneider, S Dodd, D Broughton. Goalkickers Encounter Bay: T Wilkey 3, M Box, G Brown, R Love 2ea, C Littlely, A Heuskes, B Kenny, S Brown 1ea. McLaren: J Cowling 3, J Williams 2, S Freeling 1.

Round 11 - June 28, 2008

Encounter Bay 16.11 (101) d Myponga/Sellicks 12.5 (77).

Best - Encounter Bay. C Littlely, James Baggs, T Bloomfield, T Sanders, 0 Love. Myponga/Sellicks: S Hutchinson, A Hutchinson, S Laffin, N Hassam, R Lindsay Goals - Encounter Bay: G Brown 6, C Littlely 3, A Philp 2, 0 Love, A Heuskes, R Rankine, Jacob Baggs. Myponga/Sellicks: S Sterzl 4, S Hutchinson, B Princi, S Laffin 2. W Hutchinson, N Hassam.

Willunga 30.9 (189) d Yankalilla 9.9 (63).

Best- Willunga: N Genovese, A Carnevale, P Steele, S McGowan, W Glass. Yankalilla: D Williss, K Koster. A Cook, A Hunt, M Wilson. Goals - Willunga. D Hams 7, N Genovese 6, F Ryan 5, S McGowan 4, M Portlock 3, C Dobson, S Roberts 2, A McDonald. Yankalilla: M Doyle 3, M Wilson, 8 Jones 2, S Cook, J Vowser.

Strathalbyn 10.8 (68) d Mt Compass 8.6 (54).

Best - Strathalbyn: M Tucker, M Elliott, B Nisbett, J Eagleton, J Richardson. Mt Compass: G Bailey, S Maxfield, N Schmidt, J Scudds, N Brokenshire. Goals - Strathalbyn: J Eagleton 4, M Tucker 2, M Burgess, D Pegler, N Duffield, P Eatts. Mt Compass: H Fromm 3, A Crate, J Darling, P Hicks, S Maxfield, R Williams.

Langhorne Creek 21.12 (138) d McLaren 6.13 (49).

Best - Langhorne Creek: F Hill, T Dellatorre, N Warren, R Follett, T Simmons. McLaren: D Kahl, E Schneider, S Kahl, B Smith, S Dodd. Goals - Langhorne Creek: P Cleggett 4, P Reilly. F Hill 3, M Tonkin, R Follett, B McLeod 2, N Warren, P Dellatorre, T Follett, L Warren, T Johnson. McLaren: B Crate 2, C Smith, J Cowling, J Williams, B Smith.

Victor Harbor 16.7 (103) d Saints 10.10 (70).

Best - Victor Harbor: M McPhail, N Reeve, M Hodge, L Weetra, J Bell. Saints: B Yeomans, B Cuthbert, J Jarrad, A Evans, J Kuss. Goals - Victor Harbor: N Reeve 6, M Hodge 3, D McKinlay, K White 2, C Jurek, J Parry, R Edwards, Saints: A Evans, A Cuthbert, B Yeomans, T Fergusson 2, H Wilson, P Griffen.

GREST SOUTHERN ROUND UPDATE FROM BELINDA BRAND

Strathalbyn travelled to McLaren Vale to begin the second half of the season, Strath looking to ensure they stay in touch with the top three.

 McLaren started well, with the first goal of the day from Callum Scholar, stealing the ball in a pack and kicking while being tackled to slot it through the middle.

The first quarter saw great attacking football from both sides, with many turnovers through intense pressure and speed.

Strath finished the first term with four quick goals, continuing to attack in the second. McLaren got their first goal of the second quarter fifteen minutes in, but Strath continued to dominate and went into half time with a 40 point lead.

Strathalbyn continued their direct approach in the third, with a further three goals, and the final quarter resembled a training drill for the Roosters, as they piled in 12 goals from ten different scorers and ran out 114 point winners.

Willunga faced their toughest challenge of the season against Mt Compass at the weekend. In slippery conditions, players were forced to work hard to gain possession, the play swaying from end to end until Ryan posted the first goal for the Demons.

Mt Compass entered their forward fifty several times before scoring, their only goal for the term coming from Cheetham, to be two goals down at quarter time.

The Bulldogs kept the pressure on in the second term, and had more scoring shots than Willunga, but Demons defence contributed to the inaccuracy of the Bulldog forwards.

After half time, the Demons stormed through the third quarter, although it was their turn for inaccuracy.

Demons Wadewitz and Alexopoulos made sure the ball was returned to attack as soon as it got to them, and for Mt Compass, Milburn and Shaun Maxfield did the same and kept the Compass spark alive.

The final term saw intense defence and some great forward work by both sides and it was goal for goal. Brooke was instrumental in some fine clearing passages and restricted to Hams to just one goal, but the Demons who were five goals clear at the final break kept that margin until the end of the game.

After a promising start, home side Encounter Bay had their reunion of player and members spoiled by visitors Langhorne Creek. The Bay defence held strong in the first quarter, holding off attacks by Langhorne Creek to finish the first quarter two goals up. The Creek’s turned that around in the second term, kicking eight goals for the quarter with the assistance of a slight breeze. They set up a commanding lead at half time, with the Bays only managing one goal for the quarter. The third term saw Langhorne Creek continue to dominate, the Bays missing many opportunity for goal, but hitting back late in the quarter with three goals. The final quarter saw the ball moving quickly up and down the ground, with Langhorne Creek making better use of their opportunities, running out winners 18.10 to Encounter Bay 8.12.

  Victor Harbor has cemented its spot in the top four, with a convincing win over Myponga/Sellicks.

Victor goaled in the first 30 seconds of the match, following up with another soon after.

Myponga was winning in the centre, and also started well, with four goals for the first term.

In the second quarter, Hodge took several uncontested marks inside 50 for Victor, resulting in three goals.   Loose play allowed Jurek to run freely to kick a goal for Victor. Travis Humphreys was sent forward for the Mudlarks, with immediate results as he marked strongly and goaled. Victor had most of the play during this quarter and half time scores were Victor Harbor 9.8 to Myponga/Sellicks 5.4.

The third quarter saw a controversial goal awarded to Victor Harbor, but a quick reply from the Mudlarks kept them in touch. Victor continued to run freely in the forward lines and were five goals up at three-quarter time.

The home side started strongly in the last quarter, but skill errors for the Mudlarks caused costly turnovers, resulting in Victor goals.

Victor ran away with the match to win by 66 points, best players included Hodge, Reeve, Brown and Bell for Victor, and S Hutchinson, N Hutchinson and W Hutchinson playing well for Myponga/Sellicks.  

The game started at Yankalilla, with the home side kicking towards the golf club end. There was no breeze to speak of so no real advantage in winning the toss.

The Saints travelled to Yankalilla, with Trent Griffen getting the visitors off to a perfect start with a great snap around the body for full points.

The home side instantly responded when Koster handballed to Dougie Jones, back after missing last week, slotting a long goal on the run.

It was to be one of three for him in the first quarter, proving his value as the sweeper in Yank’s forward line.

The first half was evenly matched and, there was little between the sides – when Yankalilla went down the corridor it was effective, with Simon Cook looking 10 feet tall in the goal square..

A goal by Bishop in an impressive debut following promotion from the reserves left it a two-point game at the main break, and all at the ground were involved.

Yankalilla came out of the blocks in the third, with Borlace finding some momentum, but, as in the first, the Saints came straight back, with Cuthbert allowing Travis Griffen to reply.

The two forwards were dominating, Cook bagging two more and Cuthbert one to keep the game within reach for the Saints, but the Tigers won the championship quarter and opened up a three-goal advantage.

Saints’ coach Pope gave the players a big spit at three-quarter time, but needed to focus on the style of play they had going on in the first half.
In the last quarter, that back line destroyed any opportunity of Saints overrunning the Tigers. Credit to the Saints, who kept chipping around to try and get through the defence, but Allard and Dedicoat added a solid foundation to the Tigers’ back line. Yankalilla won by 31 points, as they kept running, playing disciplined football when the Saints stopped.

Round 10 - June 21, 2008

Willunga 11.10 (76) d Mt Compass 6.10 (46).

Best - Willunga: N Genoviese, M Wadewitz, S Alexopoulos, B Baxter, M Padlock. Mt Compass: J Cheetham, S Milburn, S Maxfield, D Webb, R Brooke. Goals-Willunga: M Ryan 3, S McGowan, A McDonald 2, D Hams, N Genoviese, J Garrett, S Roberts. Mt Compass: N Brokenshire, R Williams 2. J Cheetham, H Fromm.

Yankalilla 21.2 (128) d Saints 15.7. (97).

Best - Yankalilla: K Hosking, M James, S Cook, A Hunt, D Jones. Saints: D Cuthbert, H Wilson, J Wilson, T Ferguson, B Yeomans, Goals -Yankalilla: S Cook 8, E Jones 4, A Borlace 3, R Bishop, D Hamlyn 2, J Vawser, K Koster. Saints: Trent Griffin 6, D Cuthbert 4, T Ferguson 2, Travis Griffin, 8 Yeomans, T Stewart.

Strathalbyn 26.17 (163) d McLaren 7.7 (49).

Best - Strathalbyn: S McDonald, D Peglar, W Thorpe, M Burgess, M Elliott. McLaren: E Schneider, D Broughton, S Dodd, S Kahl, J Williams. Goals - Strathalbyn: M Burgess 5, W Thorpe, J Eagleton 4, M Tucker 3. A Martin, M Duffield, R Tucker 2, S McDonald, J Richardson, B Wilson, D Peglar. McLaren: J Cowling 2, J Koop, C Hill, C Scholar, J Williams, J McCracken.

Langhorne Creek 18.10 (118) d Encounter Bay 8.12 (60).

Best - Langhorne Creek: M Footner, R Follett, L Warren, B Saunders, F Hill. Encounter Bay: A Philp, Jacob Baggs, M Cox, S Baggs, C Littlely. Goals - Langhorne Creek: S Rothe 3, T Simmons, B McLeod, T Reilly, M Footner, R Follett, T Follett 2 F Hill, L Warren, N Warren. Encounter Bay - C Butler 2, G Brown, T Bloomfield, James Baggs, M Cox, 0 Love, C Littlely.

Victor Harbor 21.14 (140) d Myponga/Sellicks 11.8 (74).

 Best - Victor Harbor: J Bell, M Hodge, N Reeve, J Brown. L Cousins. Myponga/Sellicks S Hutchinson, R Lindsay, S Laffin. W Hutchinson, N Hutchinson. Goals -- Victor Harbor: V Hodge 6, N Reeve 5, K White 3. G Levy, R Edwards 2, G Jurek, I Cousins. Myponga/Sellick – S Hutchinson, M Tomlinson, S Sterzl 2, B Princi, T Humphrys, S Duke, S Laffin.

Round 9 - June 14, 2008

Langhorne Creek 16.17 (113) d Saints 6.8 (44).

Best -- Langhorne Creek: M Footner. R Follett. N Warren, T Dellatorre. J O'Connor. Saints: J Dycer, M McGuinness. A Wilson, T Ferguson, I Dunbar. Goals - Langhorne Creek L Warren. E McLeod 3, F Hill, N Warren. T Follett,  R Verco 2. R Follett, T Reilly. Saints: A Evans 2. H Wilson. T Ferguson. A Pudney. D Cuthbert.

Victor Harbor 19.12 (126) d Yankalilla 3.8 (26).

Best - Victor Harbor: K White. J Bell. M Parker. Hodge, B Huge. Yankalilla: A Cook C Groom. R Allard, S Cook. K Koster. Goals --- Victor Harbor K White, J Parry 4, L Saunders.. M Hodge. N Reeve 2 C Jurek. A Topley, J Brown, J Bell, D McKinlay. Yankalilla: S Cook 3.

Willunga 20.17 (137) d Myponga/Sellicks 10.5 (65).

Best -­Willunga: D Hams. B Baxter, T Steele, S McGowan, A Carnevale. Myponga/Selllcks: R Lindsay, M Tomlinson. S Hutchinson, B Princi. T Humphrys. Goals - Willunga. D Hams 9, T Steele. S McGowan 2, J Toone , C Dobson, A Carnivals, W Glass, P Roberts. Myponga/Sellicks. J Kingsmill 3, D Smith, 5 Hutchinson, B Princi 2, R Llndsay.

Mount Compass 20.8 (128) d McLaren 8.4 (52).

 Best - Mount Compass: M Burdett. S Maxfield. C Merritt, S Milburn, J Cheetham. McLaren. S Dodd, D Kahl, G Petrucci, J Cowling, S Kahl. Goals Mount Compass: M Burdett 5, R Williams, J Cheetham 3, N Fromm, S Walker 2 S Maxfleld. A Blakely. T Goodwin. A Waite, P Hicks. McLaren: J Cowling 7, D Kahl.

Strathalbyn 12.8 (80) d Encounter Bay 10.6 (68).

Best -­Strathalbyn: C Sanders. F McDonald, N Duffield, R Tucker. C Lowe. Encounter Bay: C Littlely, J Weidenhofler, Jacob Baggs, S Brown. A Heuskes. Goals Stralhalbyn: R Tucker 3, S McDonald, J Eagleton 2, N Duffield, D Pegler. W Thorpe, M Burgess. Encounter Bay: A Heuskes 3. James Baggs 2 G Brown, Jacob Baggs, M Cox. C Lithely IT Lindsay.

YANKALILLA UPSETS LANGHORNE...more on Round 8 from Belinda Brand

Round Eight was huge in the Great Southern Football League, with bottom of the ladder Yankalilla upsetting second-placed Langhorne Creek, and third on the ladder Mount Compass sneaking home against second-to-bottom Saints.

In the upset of the season to date, one of the cellar dwellers of the competition, Yankalilla, got up to defeat second ranked Langhorne Creek by 11 points, bringing to an end the Hawks 22 consecutive victories at home.

The Tigers weren't expected to get anywhere near the Creeks, but the visitors were armed with a few new big name players for the first time this year and took the premiership points back home with them.

After trailing the Creeks by 21 points midway through the second term, the Tigers fought their way back to a narrow half time lead ready for a thrilling second half.

The home side started the second half well, with Rogers moving forward to provide a good target, with Yankalilla captain James going with him.

Five goals to each team in the third term saw the Tigers with their noses just in front at the last change.

The final quarter was goal for goal, with McLeod, Rogers and T Follett causing problems for the Tiger defence, but Borlace and Pratt continued to run brilliantly for the Tigers.

A great mark by Hawk stalwart R.Follett saw him goal against the run of play to regain the lead midway through the term, but it was to be the Hawk’s last score for the game as a goalmouth scramble saw Yank toe the ball over the goal line for a 6 pointer, Borlace topping off a brilliant game with a terrific snap around his body to have the Yank bench willing the clock to expire as soon as possible.

Resolute defence from Koster, Willis and Bond held out the final Hawk attacks and the siren finally sounded, heralding the first Yankalilla win over Langhorne Creek in years, the final score reading 16-8 to 14-9.

Encounter Bay played host to Willunga on the weekend, going in with a positive attitude and putting up a good fight against the reigning premiers.

It took just six minutes for Willunga to goal through Hams at centre half forward.

The Bays managed to attack several times, but a solid Demons defence stood strong to deny any considerable score. Willunga wasted many opportunities with inaccurate goal shooting, and Hueskes kicked the Bays only goal for the term after a series of short passes.

Encounter Bay managed to hang in there for the second term, but Willunga were quick to answer goals from Bays Heuskes and Love.

Over-umpiring caused confusion and frustration amongst the players, Willunga handling the situation better as Encounter Bay became undisciplined amongst the disorder.

Willunga asserted there stronghold on the match in the third term, with Hams and Ryan promising targets in the goal square.

Hams ended up kicking seven goals for the day, with the final scores being Willunga 15.16 to Encounter Bay 7.5.

An eight goal haul from young McLaren forward Jason Cowling proved the difference in the game between Myponga/Sellicks and

ROUND SEVEN REPORT FROM BELINDA BRAND

Myponga/Sellicks travelled to Goolwa to play the Saints in what was a do or die battle for both clubs, the loser almost certainly out of finals contention. The first term saw the Mudlarks off to a flying start, and it was Faggotter who had the first shot on goal, but failed to capitalise from a set shot. The visitors continued to press forward as Wal Hutchinson, playing his 225th A grade match to qualify for life membership put through the first major of the day. The Saints then got involved in the match, controlling the rest of the quarter to lead by two goals at the first change. The second term started slowly, and Myponga/Sellicks were looking to get on top as S.Hutchinson got plenty of the ball and Stephenson was taking plenty of contested marks around the ground, while Princi chimed in with two quick opportunist goals. Evans steadied for the Saints, with Hayden Wilson kicking a goal close to half time to see the Saints lead by five points. The first goal of the second half came seven minutes in to the third quarter, Humphrys scoring for Myponga/Sellicks. Myponga/Sellicks hit the front soon after, leading at the last break by three points.  The last term saw many missed opportunities for the Saints; as Myponga/Sellicks held on to win by four points after a tight final quarter. Myponga/Sellicks face McLaren next week, and are a good chance for consecutive wins, while the Saints head to Mount Compass for a big challenge.

Encounter Bay played host to McLaren in perfect conditions, with a close result expected from two increasingly competitive teams.  Encounter Bay began well, with Nankivell applying a strong tackle resulting in a free and the first goal. McLaren replied soon after, and quick tackling by both teams saw an even contest from then on. After leading by one goal at quarter time, the Bays came out strongly in the second term, taking control with goals to Brown, James Baggs, Lindsay and Rankine.  While the Bays were looking to run away with the game, McLaren had other ideas, and clawed their way back with three goals to Jason Cowling and a snapped goal to Brett Smith saw the Bays lead by three goals at the main change.

Early in the third quarter, a McLaren resurgence looked likely with goals from Curtis and Crockford, but the Bays answered the challenge with three goals from full forward Grant Brown, who ended up with six for the day. McLaren were five goals down at three-quarter-time, and came home strongly in the final quarter, but it was the Bays who held on to win by 17 points.

Langhorne Creek did just enough to keep Mount Compass off the winners list this week, the second placed Hawks recording a 13 point win over third placed Bulldogs.  Ugly play dominated the first half, with poor skills and lack of creativity making for an unattractive spectacle. The match was close on the scoreboard however, with Mount Compass setting the pace early to kick the first two goals. Hawks captain Nick Warren finally kicked his team’s first major score, their only goal for the term. The Hawks came out hungry in the second term, converting good play to goals proving a struggle and keeping the Bulldogs in the game.

Cleggett converted late in the quarter to give the Hawks an eight-point lead at half time.

The third term saw a dramatic improvement in the quality of play, and after a few misses the Hawks stretched their lead to 24 points. Two goals in the first minutes of the final term to Fromm and Cheetham gave the Bulldogs hope, but the Hawks managed to keep the ball in their forward half for most of the quarter.  In the end, Langhorne Creek won by 13 points, with three goals to  Cleggett and captain Nick Warren best on ground.

A determined Victor Harbor team travelled to Willunga to take on the powerhouse of the GSFL competition in the top of the table Demons. Willunga capitalised clearances better than Victor from the start, as both defence lines standing strong before Glass kicked the first goal for the home side. Victor were kept goal-less in the first quarter, but applied pressure that saw it hard for the home side to go forward. Willunga broke away half way into the second term, seeing them have a convincing eight goal buffer at half time. The Roos started better in the third term, but the home side turned it on in the final quarter, kicking six goals to Victor’s one to win comfortably by 13 goals. David Hams booted another seven goals to remain the leagues’ leading goal scorer, with 48 goals after Round Seven.

Yankalilla hosted the stumbling Strathalbyn side on the weekend, in a heated match that provided a great spectacle. The Tigers started well and managed to hustle the ball to Matt James for the first goal of the game, but the Roosters showed they were keen to get back on the winners list and Duffield fed his forwards for an immediate reply with Martin slotting the major. The Tigers were putting great pressure on Strath, but Rooster’s captain Duffield was running free in the centre and he went on to create the opportunities for the next few goals. Eagleton was showing the Tigers how to shark the packs, as all day he tore through gaps and always was in the spot to be if the ball was coming out. Yankalilla came back at Strath and won the second quarter, but Strath took control of the premiership quarter, and ended up back on the winners list kicking 13 goals to Yankalilla’s five in the second half to run out 88 point winners.

Round 7 - May 24, 2008

Myponga/Sellicks 11.10 (76) d Saints 9.18 (72).

Best - Myponga/Selllcks: D Stephenson. S Hutchlnson, S Laffin, W Hutchinson, K Dooley. Saints. I Dunbar, A Evans. M Stringer. H Wilson, A Wilson. Goals -  Myponga/Sellicks B Princi 3,. S Sterzl, J Kingsmill 2 D Humphrys, R Faggotter, N Hutchinson. A Hutchinson. Saints: A Evans, T Fergusson, A Pudney 2, S Wilson, H Wilson, T Russell.

Willunga 20.8 (128) d Victor Harbor 7.6 (48).

Best -Willunga: A Carnevale, A Groom, T Steele, D Hams. A McDonald. Victor Harbor: A Topley, C Simmons, M Hodge, M Power, L Stuart.  Willunga: D Hams 7, T Steele, C Dobson, A Carnevale, M Wadewitz 2, S Ryan, S McGowan. W Glass, N Genovese, M Portlock. Victor Harbor. M Hodge 3, N Reeve 2. M McPhail, C Jurek.

Strathalbyn 21.19 (145) d Yankalilla 9.3 (57).

Best -- Strathalbyn: M Tucker. A Martin. N Duffield C Sanders, K Smith, Yankalilla: K Koster, D Hamlyn, A Cook, M James. D Williss. Goals -- Strathalbyn. C Sanders, J Richardson, N Duffield 4, D Pegler 3, M Ellis 2, A Martin, M Burgess, J Eagleton, M Elliott. Yankalilla: M James 3. C Groom 2, S Cook. B Manning, A Cook, D Jones.

Langhorne Creek 12.18 (90) d Mount Compass 12.5 (77).

Best - Langhorne Creek: N Warren, M James, R Follett, S Golding, M Footner. Mt Compass S Milburn, A Blakely. S Maufield, G Bailey, N Brokenshire. Goals -- Langhorne Creek: P Cleggett 3, T Follett, M Tonkin 2, N Warren, T Simmons, S Rothe. G McHughes, L Warren. Mount Compass: J Cheetham. H Fromm 2, N Brokenshire, A Crate, T Goodwin, G Maxfield. S Maxfield. C Merritt, B Scudds, R Waite.

Encounter Bay 17.8 (110) d McLaren Vale 15.3 (93).

Best -Encounter Bay: J Baggs, J Nankivell, R Nelson, A Philp, C Littlely. McLaren Vale: E Schneider. S Kahl, D Kahl, B Smith, J Cowling. Goals Encounter Bay: G Brown 6,  J Nankivell 4. R Ranklne. James Baggs 2, H Lindsay, S Baggs, C Littlely. McLaren Vale: J Cowling 5, J Hentschke 3, B Smith 2, D Kahl L Neill. R Crockford, H Lambert, M Curtis.

ROUND SIX REPORT BY BELINDA BRAND

The Victor Harbor Football Club won its fourth game in a row on the weekend, a feat they haven’t achieved in eight years. The match against the Saints was unaffected by rain, it came down to one good quarter of play being enough to snatch victory.  The home side drew the first blood, with a great smother, second effort and pass from Matt McPhail saw Jagan Hames convert from point-blank range. The Saints were quick to reply, applying great pressure to Victor’s ball carriers. While the Roo’s had the majority of the play, converting to the scoreboard proved a challenge, allowing the Saints to outscore Victor, evening the score at half time. Victor hit their straps in the third term, with six unanswered goals ensuring their 20 point victory despite mistake-ridden play in the fourth quarter.

A second quarter goal-blitz set Langhorne Creek up for an 85 point win over McLaren Vale. Traveling to McLaren for the clash, Langhorne Creek put the first goal on the board, with the second coming in quick succession. McLaren scored their first goal fifteen minutes in to the first quarter, making up for early mistakes despite winning their fair share of possessions. The second quarter was all Langhorne Creek, the Hawks piling on eight unanswered goals, with Tim Follett kicking four for the quarter. Simmons and Nick Warren also got in on the action, with Matt Tonkin and Leigh Warren also contributing. The Hawks saw the majority of the ball for the rest of the match, with the final term a bit more even as McLaren kicked four goals. Tim Follett kicked seven for the match, providing a great target up forward to be named in the best players.

In wet and slippery conditions, Mount Compass took it up to Strathalbyn, upsetting the finals favourites by twelve points in a close game. Compass started the match better, with Brokenshire a valuable target up forward, ending up the only multiple goal-kicker for the match. Adapting to the conditions better, Mount Compass went harder after the ball and had a two goal lead at the first change.  Strathalbyn rallied together in the second term, with Duffield and Tucker getting the Roosters on the scoreboard, bringing the margin back to six points at half time. The Bulldogs broke away in the third, kicking three goals to Strathalbyn’s one. The Rooster’s were courageous in trying to bridge the lead, but Compass were too determined, winning the match by twelve points.

Willunga were forced to work hard against Yankalilla and didn’t have it all their own, the score not indicative of the contest. Yankalilla stuck to a game plan, with the game starting fast and hot, Yank not being intimidated against making their own play.  Some early errors cost them a couple of early goals, with the well drilled Willunga side taking advantage, kicking ten goals in the first half. The game was played to a great standard, the pressure and tackling from both sides relentless all day.  The Willunga juggernaut continues to gain momentum however, and with their 115-point-win at the weekend it begs the question can anyone stop them this season?

Encounter Bay beat Myponga/Sellicks by 26 points at Myponga, in a close match that saw the teams separated by only six points at three-quarter-time.

Round 6 - May 17, 2008.

Mount Compass 7.5 (47) d Strathalbyn 5.5 (35).

Best - Mount Compass: G Bailey, N Schmidt, S Maxfield, D Webb, M Bums. Strathalbyn: J Hickey. P Farts, C Sanders, N Duffield, R Tucker. Goals - Mount Compass. N Brokenshire 3, G Maxfield, S Maxfield, J Darling, H Fromm. Strathalbyn: N Duffield. J Eagleton, M Tucker, W Thorpe, R Tucker.

Willunga 20.18 (138) d Yankalllla 3.5 (23).

Best - Willunga: S Alexopoulos, D Hams, A Groom, M Bennett, A Carnevale. Yankalilla: R Lewis, M James, K Koster, K Hosking, D Hamlyn. Goals - Willunga: D Hams 7, S Ryan, N Genovese, W Glass 3, S McGowan, A McDonald. S Roberts, A Groom. Yankalilla - D Willis 2, A Cook 1.

Victor Harbor 10.6 (66) d Saints 7.4 (46).

Best -- Victor: C Simmons, M Hodge, J Hames, L Cousins, N Woolford. Saints: A Evans, D Cuthbert, H Wilson, A Wilson, M Stringer. Goals - Victor: J Hames, M Hodge, L Sounders 2, L Cousins, J Parry, L Bell, N Reeve. Saints: T Ferguson, L Hirst 3, H Wilson.

Encounter Bay 13.11 (89) d Myponga/Selllcks 9.9 (63).

Best - Encounter Bay: Jacob Baggs, S Baggs, J Weidenhoffer, G Brown, T Bloomfield. Myponga/Selllcks -  S Hutchinson, A Hutchinson, K Dooley, D Eley, R Faggetter. Goals - Encounter Bay: G Brown 6, C Littlely, Jacob Baggs, A Philp, J Prest, James Baggs, 0 Love. Myponga/Selllcks: R Faggotter, S Sterzl, B Princi 2, D Smith, T Jacques, B Clarks.

Langhorne Creek 21.15 (141) d McLaren 8.8 (56).

Best - Langhorne Creek: D James, T Watson, T Follett, B McLeod, T Footner. McLaren: S Kahl, H Lambert, B Smith, D Kahl, R Cole. Goals - Langhorne Creek: T Follett 7, T Simmons 4, M Tonkin 3, N Warren 2, T Dellatorre, P Cleggett, B McLeod, .T McBeath, L Warren. Mclaren: J Cowling 4, S Kahl, H Lambert, J Koop, P James

ROUND FIVE WRAP BY BELINDA BRAND

Willunga’s domination continued this week, with a 143-point win over Mount Compass. Both sides went into the game undefeated, but Willunga were too good for the Bulldogs, controlling most positions on the field. David Hams kicked nine goals for Willunga, instrumental in the win that saw the Demons up by 15 goals going into the break at three-quarter time. Willunga’s run and hold tactics kept Mount Compass goal-less in the last quarter, running out convincing winners with 27 goals kicked for the day.

Victor Harbor’s clash with Myponga/Sellicks was highly anticipated, but the game unfortunately turned out to be a scrappy, messy affair, with skill errors from both teams. In perfect conditions, the home team had 70 per cent of the ball in the opening term, but with good defence from Myponga/Sellicks back-men, Victor led by only two points at quarter time.

Shane Strerzl was a strong target up forward, taking strong marks and punishing Victor, kicking six of his teams 11 goals. Victor had no obvious key forward, and for this reason ended up with ten different contributors, with only Josh Black and Neil Reeve kicking multiple goals. After leading by seven points at half time, Victor were looking to build on their lead in the third quarter. Myponga/Sellicks had other ideas however, and kicked six of the next seven goals to go into three-quarter time with a three goal lead. With a task ahead that seemed beyond them, Victor finally got their act together kicking long and direct at goal, with Black, Edwards and Levy all scoring to keep Victor in the match. Victor came within a point of Myponga/Sellicks late in the last term, and a mark and goal to Jagan Hames in the final minute saw Victor stage an incredible fight back to steal the match by a goal.

Encounter Bay headed to Langhorne Creek, going in as underdogs but committed to the task of beating last years Grand Finalists. The Bays started strongly setting up several centre clearances, enabling them to score through Littlely, Nankeville, Hooper and Love. The Hawks kept their side in it with Tim Follett and Nick Warren working hard, Follett ending up with seven goals as the only dominant forward on the ground. Heading into half time, Langhorne Creek were up by 20 points, and continued to lead for the remainder of the match. The Bays never gave up, kicking three goals in the final term but eventually going down by 27 points.

The dark horse for season 2008, the Saints, got their season back on track with a convincing win over Yankalilla. The match was closely contested for most of the first half and Yankalilla started the final quarter well, but the Saints were too good, victors by 62 points.  Saints’ Pudney, Cuthbert and Griffen are all in good form, and for Yankalilla Simon Cook finished with five goals, with Hamlyn, Koster and Andrew Cook battling hard all day.

Strathalbyn took on McLaren under lights, beating the visitors by 102 points.

Next week, Yankalilla try to stop the Willunga juggernaut at home, Encounter Bay travel to Myponga, Victor Harbor take on the Saints, Strathalbyn play host to the Bulldogs and McLaren play the in-form Langhorne Creek.

Round 5 - May 10, 2008 .

Victor Harbor

2.5

5.8

7.10

12.12 (84)

Myponga/Sellicks

2.3

4.7

10.10

11.12 (78)

Best - Victor: J Bell, L Cousins, B Ruge, J Parry, M Hodge. Myponga/ Sellicks: T Humphrys, S Laffin, S Sterzl, S Hutchinson, B Hutchinson. Goals - Victor: J Black, N Reeve 2, L Saunders, R Edwards, J Brown, L Bell, C Levy, M Hodge, N Woolford, J Hames. Myponga/Sellicks: S Sterzl 6, B Hutchinson, T Jacques 2, B Princi.

Saints

1.3

7.5

14.6

19.11 (125)

Yankalilla

1.1

2.5

5.7

9.9 (63)

Best - Saints: T Griffen, A Wilson, B Yeomans, TRussell, D Cuthbert. Yankallila: K Coster, D Hamlyn, R Allard, S Cook, B McKenzie. Goals - Saints: A Pudney 7, D Cuthbert 3, L Hirst, S Robinson 2, A Wilson, A Evans, T Ferguson, T Griffin, M McGuinness. Yankallila: S Cook 5, M James 2, A Cook, K Coster.

Langhorne Creek

7.2

11.5

13.7

17.9 (111)

Encounter Bay

7.1

8.3

9.6

12.12 (84)

Best ­Langhorne Creek: N Warren, T Follett, M Footner, R Follett, M James. Encounter Bay: E Horrocks, H Lindsey, T Neale, T Prest, D Sanders. Goals ­Langhorne Creek: T Follett 7, N Warren 3, T Simmons 2, F Hill, M James, R Follett, L Warren, M Tonkin. Encounter Bay: T Hooper 4, C Littely 2, J Nankeville, P Neale, E Horrocks, R Rankine, o Love, S Baggs.

Willunga

4.5

12.7

19.11

27.17 (179)

Mt Compass

1.4

3.5

4.10

4.12 (36)

Best - Willunga: B Baxter, M Portlock, D Hams, A Carnevale, S McGowan. Mount Compass: S Maxfield, G Bailey, D Webb, J Darling, M Burdett. Goals - Willunga: D Hams 9, C Dobson 4, M Thomas, S McGowan 3, A Carnevale, M Portlock 2, N Genovese, W Glass, A McDonald, J Toone. Mount Compass: N Brokenshire, S Maxfield, M Burdett, S Milburn.

Strathalbyn

7.3

10.7

13.10

22.17 (149)

McLaren

1.0

4.2

7.3

7.5 (47)

Best players Strathalbyn: J Eagleton, C Sanders, P Eatts, D Pegler, B Wilson. McLaren: E Schneider, B Powell, M Pollard, J McCracken, J Hentschke.

Goalkickers Strathalbyn: J Eagleton 5, N Duffield 4, R Tucker 3, M Burgess, D Pegler 2, P Eatts, W Thorpe, M Tucker, M Elliott, G Semple 1. McLaren: B Crate 2, D Kahl, L Neill, M Pollard, H Lambert, L Schneider 1.

Round 4 - May 3, 2008

Victor Harbor 12.10 (82) d Encounter Bay 11.14 (80).

Best – Victor Harbor B Huge, C Jurek, M McPhail, M Hodge, G Levy. Encounter Bay: 0 Love, R Love, A Heuskes, R Rankine, J Baggs. Goals          Victor Harbor: L Saunders, M Hodge 3, G Levy 2, C Jurek, S Basham, K White, J Brown. Encounter Bay: A Heuskes, R Rankine, J Nankivell 2, A Philp, G Brown, J Prest, C Littlely, T Bloomfield.

Mount Compass 18.7 (115) d Yankalilla 5.8 (38).

Best - Mount Compass: D Webb, N Brokenshire, H Fromm, S Maxfield, G Bailey. Yankalilla: B Manning, M Wilson, D Hamlyn, A Cook, R Allard. Goals Mount Compass: H Fromm 8, N Brokenshire 3, A Crate, T Goodwin, S Milburn, N Schmidt S Walker, D Webb, A Williams.  Yankalilla: M James 2, S Cook, A Borlace, D Jones.

McLaren 16.10 (106) d Saints 13.14 (92).

Best - McLaren: R Crockford, L Neill, M Pollard, J Cowling, E Schneider. Saints D Hirst, D Cuthbert, B Yeomans, M Coote, Travis Griffin. Goals - McLaren: J Cowling 6, R Crockford 4, E Schneider 2, P James, H Lambert, S Freeling, M Pollard. Saints D Cuthbert 4, T Ferguson 3, A Evans, Trent Griffin 2, M Doyle, S Fox.  

Willunga 15.8 (98) d Strathalbyn 10.10 (70)

Best - Willunga: W Glass, A McDonald, J Toone, M Bennett, W Langford. Strathalbyn: J Hickey, G Semple, C Sanders, M Ellis, S McDonald. Goals - Willunga: D Hams 5, M Portlock 3, C Dobson, P Roberts, N Genovese, J Toone, B Baxter, S Roberts, S McGowan. Strathalbyn: R Tucker 3, B Cousins, S McDonald 2, A Martin, D Newham, N Duffield, J Eagleton.

Langhorne Creek 25.23 (173) d Myponga/Sellicks 4.10 (34).

Best – Langhorne Creek: L Warren, M Footner, S Rothe, T Watson, B McLeod. Myponga/Sellicks: T Humphrys, R Lindsay, S Sterzl, B Princi, C Paine. Goals - Langhorne Creek 7 Follett 6, L Warren 4, T Simmons, J O'Connor, B McLeod 2, F Hill, N Warren, T Delatore, M Footner, S Rothe, T Watson. R Verso, M Tonkin. Myponga/Sellicks R Faggotter 2. M Tomlinson, B Princi.

ROUND THREE

ANZAC DAY CLASH SEES MASSIVE TURNOUT

By Belinda Brand

Around 3,500 people witnessed the Great Southern Football League’s ANZAC Day match at Strathalbyn Oval, the game drawing a bigger crowd than Mark Ricciuto in his comeback match at Waikerie on the weekend.

Strathalbyn and Langhorne Creek went into battle under lights on Friday night, with the home side Strathalbyn starting well with a Captain’s goal from Nathan Duffield.

Langhorne Creek soon found some momentum however, this being enough to see them 15 points up at quarter time. The second quarter was closely fought out, with Strathalbyn fighting back and could have gone into the long break leading the match if not for a simple miss by Matt Burgess which saw Langhorne Creek consolidate to lead by seven points at half time.

The crowd were kept entertained with a small melee breaking out, seeing Hawk, Vercoe and Rooster, Chenoweth sent off the ground.

The second half played out almost identically to the first, with Langhorne Creek charging ahead thanks to lead by 17 points at three quarter time.

Strathalbyn were let down by their inability to break open at the stoppages, and their kicking for goal in the last term.

Langhorne Creek kept the pressure up with outstanding smothering and tackling, with goals scored through Ben McLeod seeing the Creek bring home the match by 26 points in front of a crowd bigger than some SANFL matches.

Hawk onballer Randall Follett was awarded the ANZAC medal for best on ground, with other notable performances coming from Footner, Golding and Vercoe. Matt Ellis was best player for the Roosters, giving his side plenty of drive and rebound, while Nathan Duffield was excellent up forward and in the ruck.

In other results, Victor Harbor posted its first win for the season, with a solid 89 point win over McLaren who remain without a win after three rounds. Willunga continued their undefeated season despite early resistance from the Saints, running out comfortable winners by 125 points. Mount Compass also remain undefeated, after a close meeting with Encounter Bay which saw them win by three points, while Myponga/Sellicks had their first win at the expense of Yankalilla.

Round 3 - April 25 & 26, 2008

Mount Compass 10.6 (66) d Encounter Bay 9.9 (63).

Best - Mount Compass: N Schmidt, G Bailey, D Webb, S Maxfield, N Brokenshire. Encoun­ter Bay: S Baggs, C Butler, R Nelson, T Bloomfield, R Rankine. Goals - Mount Compass: H Fromm 3, N Brokenshire 2, P Goodwin, S Maxfield, N Schmidt, B Scudds, S Walker. Encounter Bay: R Rankine 4, L Bassani, J Baggs, T Bloomfield, R Nelson, A Heuskes.

Willunga 22.21 (153) d Saints 3.10 (28).

Best - Willunga: T Steele, D Hams, A Carnavale. M Portlock, S McGowan. Saints: D Cuthbert, B Yeomans, T Russell, L Hirst, A Wilson. Goals -- Willunga: D Hams 9, S Ryan 4, A Groom, M Portlock 2, M Bennett. M Wadewitz, J Toone, N Genovese, S McGowan. Saints A Pudney, L Hirst, A Wilson.

Langhorne Creek 14.5 (89) d Strathalbyn 9.9 (63).

Best - Langhorne Creek: R Follett, M Footner. S Golding, T Bellatorre, N Warren. Strathalbyn: M Ellis, N Duffield, D Peglar, S McDonald, D Newham. Goals – Langhorne Creek B McLeod. L Warren, T Simmons 3, T Follett 2. R Follett, N Warren. F Hill. Strathalbyn: N Duffield 4, J Eagleton, W Thorpe 2, D Newham.

Victor Harbor 20.20 (140) d McLaren 8.3 (51).

Best Victor Harbor: C Jurek, A Topley, K White, M Hodge, J Parker. McLaren: B Smith, M Pollard, L Schneider, L Neill, D Wright. Goals -- Victor Harbor M Hodge 4, L Saunders, K White, S Basham 3, C Jurek, L Bell 2, J Parker. N Reeve, G Levy. McLaren: J Cowling, L Schneider 2, E Schneider, D Wright, H Lambert, S Freeling.

Myponga/Sellicks 18.10 (118) d Yankalilla 12.10 (82).

Best - Myponga/Sellicks - N Hutchinson, N Hassan, D Stephenson, M Tomlinson, D Smith. Yankalilla: A Cook, M Wilson, C Wilson, K Koster, D Hamlyn. Goals -­ Myponga/Sellicks. M Tomlinson 6, S Sterzl 4, N Hutchinson, S Laffin, D Smith 2, R Faggotter, J Coutvides. Yankalilla: M James 4, A Cook, C Wilson 2, B Manning, D Williss. A Prior, R Hunt.

ROUND 2 WRAP By Belinda Brand 

   The Willunga Demons say there is still room for improvement in their game, despite a one hundred point win over Langhorne Creek last Saturday. The Demons wouldn’t have expected to get off as lightly as they did in the Grand Final replay, and the Creek got off to a good start with a goal at about the eight minute mark of the first quarter. Willunga then found their rhythm, and were unstoppable for the remainder of the quarter. Leigh Warren showed great desperation to repel the Demon attacks, but it was all in vain as Ryan posted another two goals and Hams, while uncharacteristically inaccurate with his first couple of shots for goal, kicked another one to see Willunga in front at the first break.The breeze died as the second term commenced and the game restarted at a breakneck pace, but the Demons defence stayed strong. Langhorne Creek only managed two inside 50’s in the second term, and five goals for the match, as the Demons piled on the goals against a desperate opposition.

Steven Ryan continued his fine form, booting 7 goals to take his season tally to 17 after two rounds, and to remain the leagues leading goal kicker.

   Myponga faced a challenge against Strathalbyn at home, with the roosters posting another victory over 100 points, the eventual score leaving them with a 127 point win over Myponga/Sellicks. Strathalbyn started strongly, hitting their targets up forward with impressive run through the midfield. The Mudlarks started the second quarter strongly, but Strathalbyn hit back to kick six goals for the quarter. From then on the Roosters dominated, the Mudlarks not being able to match the speed and height of their opponents. Duffield, Burgess and Newham all kicked four for Strathalbyn, contributing to their 24 goal haul.

    McLaren were guests at Yankalilla after a tough start to their season last week against the reigning premiers, and it was the home team who scored the first goal of the match.

Yankalilla handballed well and backed it up with good run, to kick several goals early.

Yankalilla’s Matt Wilson provided the lift for the Tigers in the third quarter, with his young legs proving invaluable. McLaren didn’t back down however, and gave it their all in the final term, going down by just five points in a spirited game, with the close result showing both sides have plenty to work with and will improve in the coming rounds.

    A big crowd gathered to see Mount Compass take on Victor Harbor in perfect football conditions at the weekend. Both teams were hungry for a win, with the desperation at ground level intense from both sides. Despite Victor winning the majority of the ball, it was their opponents in Mount Compass translating what possessions they did get to the scoreboard. Compass hit the lead in the first quarter, and wouldn’t be overtaken for the rest of the match.Victor looked more determined in the second half, with Senior Colt Sam Basham strong up forward with four second half goals. Compass held on in the last quarter, with Sam Walker playing an integral part in their nine point victory.

    Encounter Bay travelled to Goolwa to take on the Saints, looking to consolidate on their Round One win against Yankalilla.The match was played at a furious pace as the Saints drew first blood through Pudney, who with his first kick for the club bought up the first goal of the match. The Bays then excelled through the midfield to keep their noses in front for most of the match.Both teams worked hard, with the third quarter proving to be vital for either team if they wanted to win the match. The Saints threw everything at Encounter Bay in the final term, but couldn’t win a clearance as the Bays ran out eventual winners by 13 points.

    Next Round coincides with ANZAC day, with Strathalbyn and Langhorne Creek involved in a great initiative by the league, with an under-lights clash Friday night. The clubs have agreed to play four consecutive ANZAC day games in the next four years, with an ANZAC Day medal, called the ‘Smith/Follett Anzac Medal’, to be awarded to the Best A Grade player.

Round 2 - April 19, 2008

Yankalilla 11.11 (77) d McLaren 9.18 (72).

Best - Yankalllla: A Cook, C Wilson, A Hunt, B Manning, M James. McLaren: L Schneider, S Kahl, L Neil, H Lambert, B Crate. Goals - Yankalilla: D Hamlyn, M James, M Dedicoat, J Vawser 2. K Hosking, R Smith, D Jones. McLaren: H Lambert 3, M Cooper, B Crate 2, J Cowling, M Curtis.

Encounter Bay 13.15 (93) d Saints 12.8 (80).

Best - Encounter Bay: R Rankine, A Heuskes, D Jenkins, C Butler, J Prest. Saints: M McGuiness, T Russell, A Pudney, C Paredes, T Chesser. Goals - Encounter Bay: C Littlely, G Brown, J Roads 2, A Heuskes, 0 Love, R Rankine, L Bassani, T Hooper. Saints: A Pudney 4, A Evans, B Yeomans 2, H Wilson, M McGuiness, T Russell, T Stewart.

Mount Compass 10.8 (68) d Victor Harbor 9.5 (59).

Best - Mount Compass: N Schmidt, D Webb, S Maxtield. G Bailey. N Brokenshire. Victor Harbor: J Bell, R Edwards, M Parker, C Jurek, N Wooltord. Goals- Mount Compass: S Walker 3, H Fromm, A Crate 2, J Vatzavalis, G Maxfield, S Milburn. Victor Harbor: S Basham 4, C Jurek 2, L Saunders.

A Topley, G Levy.

Strathalbyn 24.19 (163) d Myponga-Selllck 5.6 (36).

Best –Strathalbyn: D Newham, N Duffield, S McDonald, J Hickey, A Martin. Myponga-Sellicks D Stephesan, S Hutchinson, N Hassan, D Smith, R Wheaton. Goals -- Strathalbyn: N Duffield, M Burgess, D Newham 4, J Eagleton 3, D Pegler, J Chenoweth, B Cousins 2. Myponga-Sellicks: M

Tomlinson 2, B Princi, S Laffin, N Hutchinson.

Willunga 21.13 (139) d Langhorne Creek 5.9 (39).

Best- Willunga: B Haskett, S McGowan, M Wadewitz, N Genovese, W Langford. Langhorne Creek: L Warren, N Warren, F Hill, V James, S Rothe. Goals - Willunga: S Ryan 7, D Hams 5, S McGowan 3, M Portlock, A Williamson, J Andrewartha, S Roberts, B Haskett, N Genovese. Langhorne Greek: F Hill 3, N Warren, T Simmons.

GREAT SOUTHERN WRAP FROM ROUND ONE By Belinda Brand

Round One of Season 2008 in the Great Southern Football League kicked off on the weekend, with several one-sided results in the A Grade.

Fresh off the back of their fourth straight premiership, reigning champions  Willunga showed no signs of slowing down, continuing their dominant form in the GSFL, annihilating McLaren by 172 points at the weekend. Willunga had eleven different goal kickers, with Steven Ryan kicking an outstanding ten goals to be the League’s leading goal scorer after Round One.

Strathalbyn posted another big result, with twelve individual goal kickers contributing to a 139 point win over the Goolwa Saints. D. Pegler led the goal scoring with five goals and was amongst the best players, with J. Eagleton and W. Thorpe kicking four and three goals respectively. It was a big win for new Strathalbyn coach Peter Simmons, who is hoping to better the team’s preliminary final showing in 2007 with a Grand Final win this season.

Runners-up in last year’s Grand Final, Langhorne Creek are out to better that result in season 2008, and started the minor round with a solid 43-point win over Victor Harbor. This is a good sign for the club, which has lost eight or nine players since last year. Langhorne Creek were the better team in the Reserves and Senior Colts, with Victor Harbor’s sole victory for the day coming from the Junior Colts.

Encounter Bay playing Yankalilla was another one-sided affair, with the Bay’s winning easily at home by 56 points. Top goal scorer for the Bay’s was Owen Love kicking four, to be best on ground. Yankalilla lost in the Reserves and Senior Colts, but the Junior Colts started the day off with a win for the club, beating Encounter Bay by 29 points. 

Mount Compass came out victors in the round’s most competitive match, prevailing to beat Myponga/Sellicks by 19 points. The Bulldog’s have been in the building stage in the last couple of years, and with eight confirmed player gains this season, have been touted by several other clubs as the Dark Horse in this year’s competition.

Round Two will see a Grand Final rematch when top of the ladder Willunga play Langhorne Creek at home. In other matches, Victor Harbor play Mount Compass, the Saints meet Encounter Bay and Yankalilla host McLaren, while Myponga/Sellicks will be looking for their first win of the season when they face Strathalbyn at home.

Round 1 -April 12, 2008

Langhorne Creek 17.11 (113) d Victor Harbor 11.4 (70).

Best - Langhorne Creek: G McHughes, F Hill, R Follett, T Dellatorre, N Warren. Victor Harbor: C Simmons, J Brown, M Power, M Hodge, L Bell. Goals- Langhorne Creek: B McLeod 4, T Simmons 3, F Hill, T Follett, M Footner 2, N Warren.. M James. R Follett, G McHughes. Victor Harbor: L Sounders 3, G Levy, S Basham 2, L Bell, M Hodge, N Reeve, M McPhail.

Encounter Bay 14.8 (92) d Yankalilla 5.6 (36).

Best -­ Encounter Bay: 0 Love, A Bascombe, J Baggs, A Philp, E Horrocks. Yankalilla: B Goodwin, C Williss, M Wilson. B Manners, S Blake. Goals - Encounter Bay: 0 Love 4, A Bascombe 3, C Littley, G Brown 2, S Brown, A Heuskes, L Bassani. Yankalilla: A Borlace 2, M Wilson, C Wilson, D Jones.

Mount Compass 13.7 (85) d Myponga/Sellicks 9.12 (66).

Best—Mount Compass: D Webb, G Bailey, S Maxfield, N Schmidt, N Brokenshire. Myponga/Sellicks: S

Hutchinson, D Smith, R Faggotter, T Humphrey, S Laffin. Goals - Mount Compass: N Brokenshire, H Fromm 3, J Batzavalis 2, G Maxfield, S Milburn, B Scudds, R Wake, D Webb. Myponga/Sellicks: S Laffin, D Smith, C Paine 2, S Hutchinson, R Faggotter, M Tomlinson.

Strathalblyn 26.14 (170) d Goolwa Saints 4.7 (31).

Best – Strathalbyn: C Sanders, J Eagleton, D Pegler, D Newham, B Wilson. Goolwa Saints: T Russell, B Yeomans, A Wilson, J Jarred, M McGuinness. Goals -- Strathalbyn: D Pegler 5, J Eagleton 4, W Thorpe 3, R Tucker, N Duffield, M Ellis 2, M Burgess, J Chenoweth, B Cousins, M Tucker, A Martin, J Richardson. Goolwa Saints.  T Griffin, L Hirst, B Yeomans, A Wilson.  

WILLUNGA d MCLAREN

WIL

MCL

30. 15

3.5

195

23

BESTWIL N Genovese, M Thomas, S Ryan, M Portlock, S Alexopoulos

MCL C Smith, B Smith, D Kahl, S Kahl, B Powell

GOALSWIL S Ryan 10, D Hams 6, M Portlock 4, S McGowan, B Haskett 2, M Bennett, M Thomas, C Dobson, N Genovese, J Toone, B Baxter

MCLS Freeling, J Hentschke, B Powell

2008 LADDER P Pts Perc
Willunga 18 34 72.45
Strathalbyn 18 28 65.62
Langhorne Creek 18 26 59.10
Mount Compass 18 23 52.15
Encounter Bay 18 22 52.45
Victor Harbor 18 16 47.85
Yankalilla 18 14 40.91
McLaren 18 7 35.66
Myponga-Sellicks 18 6 37.41
Goolwa-Port Elliott 18 4 37.28
Leading Goalkickers Club Rd Total
David Hams Willunga 4 116
Steven Ryan Willunga 0 62
Jason Cowling McLaren 1 51
Nathan Duffield Strath 0 48
Tim Follett Lang Creek 0 44
Matthew Hodge Vic Harbor 2 38
Hayden Fromm Mt Compass 2 38
Simon Cook Yankalilla 5 37
     
     

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