CHRIS LADHAMS APPOINTED NARACOORTE COACH

The Naracoorte Football Club is very excited to announce that former Adelaide Crow & 114 goal kicking machine from Nairne Bremer in 2017, Chris Ladhams has been appointed as the A Grade Football Coach for 2018 and 2019.

The Club is really looking forward to what this talented, experienced footballer can bring to our young and up coming team. We would like to welcome Chris,

Kelly, Lilly and Austyn Ladhams to our great family club. Let’s get behind him and the club in 2018!

The club is still seeking an assistant coach, if you’re interested ring BILL GILL on 0429 097789!

LUCINDALE UPSET MUNDULLA TO WIN 2017 GRAND FINAL

By Terry Willoughby, September 18, 2017

Mundulla went into the Grand Final as warm favourites having been the top team for most of the season, whereas Lucindale had battled their way from fourth spot. Lucindale charged out of the blocks to immediately have Mundulla in trouble when they slammed through five goals in the opening quarter. It was a fired-up Lucindale that were on top almost everywhere with forwards Teakle, Smart, Eckermann and ex-Power player Tom Logan causing big headaches for the Mundulla defence.

Jason Milligan was doing well for Mundulla but the Lucindale on-ballers and midfielders in Mcinerney, Spriggs and Nic Cane were negating his influence as Mundulla struggled to go forward. Lucindale’s dominance around the stoppages and centre meant that Mundulla’s key goal-kickers, Hinge and Grosser were starved of opportunities and it was only allowed a couple of goals against the outstanding defence led by Tim Mackenzie. At halftime it was Lucindale well in control with a lead of 29 points. Mundulla had struggled to contain the Lucindale small men and players like Smart and Teakle bobbed up time and again around the goal-front.

Lucindale again had more of the play in the third quarter but Mundulla now had more players getting their hands on the ball but they still struggled to break through the Lucindale defence and were outscored three goals to two. Jake McGrice and Will Nankivell were trying hard to lift Mundulla but the forwards just couldn’t get into the game. Lucindale started the last quarter with a commanding lead of 34 points and the flag was seemingly theirs for the taking but Mundulla hadn’t been the top team for nothing and they mounted a spirited fightback led by Milligan and Obst on the ball. Mundulla attacked relentlessly but spoiled their chances with some wayward kicking around goal. They were closing the gap as the minutes ticked by but Lucindale still had enough composure in their play to go forward and twice goaled when Mundulla were pressing hard. Mundulla were still battling strongly as the final siren sounded but it was Lucindale who held on to win meritoriously by 14 points.

Ryan McInerney, Tim Mackenzie, Spriggs and Eckermann were all good players for Lucindale, particularly when it counted, along with Gould, Nic Cane and the experienced Tom Logan who booted 3 goals when they mattered. There were plenty of long faces in the Mundulla camp but a slow start had them chasing Lucindale for nearly all of the game. Best for the Moots were Jason Milligan, Obst, Jake McGrice whose many possessions were not quite as effective as usual, Will Nankivell, McIntyre and Boyd Packer.

LUCINDALE 12-9 81 OUTSTANDING WHEN IT COUNTED DEFEATED MUNDULLA 9-13 67

Grand Final at Frances on September 16, 2017

Mundulla         5.4        7.5         10.6            12.9 (81)

Lucindale       0.4         2.6          4.8              9.13 (67)

Best: Mundulla – R. Mcinerney, T. Mackenzie, S. Spriggs, A. Eckermann, W. Gould, N. Cane. Lucindale – J. Milligan, J. Obst, J. McGrice, T. McIntyre, W. Nankivell, B. Packer. Goals: Mundulla – T. Logan 3, R. Mcinerney 2, J. Teakle 2, A. Smart 2, S. Mardling 1, S. Spriggs 1, S. Graetz 1. Lucindale – J. Hinge 3, T. Perry 1, B. Packer 1, T. McIntyre 1, G. Obst 1, N. Davis 1, W. Nankivell 1

PREVIEW OF THE GRAND FINAL

The Naracoorte Herald previews all grades including the A Grade Grand Final between Mundulla and Lucindale at Frances

September 14, 2017

Mundulla will enter Saturday’s KNTFL A grade final as hot favourites, but the Moots had better not underestimate their Lucindale opponents.

The path that the two sides have taken to the big one couldn’t be more different. Mundulla has played just once in five weeks – when it had an emphatic win over Penola in the second semi-final – so the Moots will be well and truly rested.

On the other hand, Lucindale hasn’t had a rest since a July 8 bye, meaning the Roos have played the last nine weeks straight. But the Roos have won their last five straight against some quality opposition, including three knockout finals in a row, and winning form is good form.

The strengths of the two teams are also very different. Mundulla has fabulous depth right through its top 21, with several reserves players also capable of stepping straight in if needed. But they won’t be needed, as the Moots are pretty much at full strength.Lucindale on the other hand has a brilliant top end – probably the best in the league. After battling injury through the year, they now have a full list apart from ruckman Mark Snowball, so the likes of midfielders Ryan McInerney, Scott Spriggs, Nick Caneand Tom Logan will be up and about, along with a forward line boasting Sam Graetz, Aaron Smart and Sam Mardling, and a defence led by rebounder Tim Mackenzie.

Mundulla won the second semi-final so handsomely because they deprived Penola of the ball. They will aim to do so again, with ruckman Jason Milligan leading the way and on-ballers Tim McIntyre, Grady Obst, Jake McGrice, Sam Luckett and Will Nankivell at his feet.

When it goes forward, James Hinge is an awesome marking target and either Duncan Ogilvie or Nathan Clarke will have their hands full with him, while the job of stopping goalsneak Jamie Grosser might go to Roo Daniel McCarthy.Mundulla also gets great rebound from defenders like Matt Schilling and Heath Thorpe, with runners Devon Ridgway and Nick Davis helping out.

There will be great match-ups all over the ground with Mundulla possibly coming out on top with its overall depth.

In the reserves, Mundulla has been unbeaten this year and will be rested and very tough for Penola to knock off. Penola has the finals experience but Mundulla has been a cut above this year and will take well-deserved favouritism into the game.

In the senior colts, the Kaniva/Leeor United boys will try to win their club’s first ever flag in any grade since merging in 1997. They will have a tough task against a Keith side which is at full strength and has come from the elimination final.

In the junior colts, Kybybolite will be playing its third straight grand final but looking for its first win since four flags in a row ended in 2005. Kingston beat Kyby in last year’s grand final and will be looking to repeat the dose.