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ADELAIDE PLAINS FOOTBALL LEAGUE in 2007.......(Teams: Balaklava, Hamley Bridge, Hummocks Watchman, Mallala, United, Virginia)
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Grand Final wrap by Andrew Fuss
MALLALA vs UNITED
Mallala won an epic battle against United at Balaklava to claim the 2007 APFL Premiership. The first half was evenly contested with United taking a slim 1 point lead into half time due to some wayward kicking from Mallala. But the second half was a different story with Mallala powering away kicking 11 goals to 3 to win by 48 points, 14.14.98 to 7.8.50.
The victory topped off a fantastic week for Mallala star Josh Hollit who won the APFL Mail Medal by one vote from United’s Shayne Broad. Hollit was in the best again in the Grand Final but Joel Montgomerie, who finished third in the Mail Medal count, was named best on ground for his heroics.
The Montgomerys did the damage up forward for Mallala with Brian kicking 4 and Robert 3 while another Montgomerie, Joel, topped off his best on ground with 3 goals. Simon Schulz, Michael Brown and Christopher Calyun fought hard for United and were named best for the losing side. Willy Serle was nowhere to be seen up forward for United with John Warrior and Michael Warnes kicking 2 goals each.
Mallala’s win completed a fantastic year for the club after not making the finals in 2006. United had some joy however, winning the B Grade and Senior Colts while Balaklava prevailed in the Junior Colts.
GRAND FINAL SCOREBOARDat Balaklava on September 15, 2007
Best: Mallala - J Montgomerie, J Hollit, C Kenchington, L Whitwell, L Earl, T Cawrse. United - S Schulz, M Brown, C Calyun. Goals: B Montgomerie 4, J Montgomerie, R Montgomerie 3, B Hardie 2, J Hollit, C Fitzgerald, D Feeley. United - J Warrior, M Warnes 2, B Shirman, S Schulz, M Brown
Week 2 wrap by Andrew Fuss
United have ended reigning premiers Hummocks/Watchman’s hopes of a third straight premiership with a resounding 58 point win at Two Wells, 18.15.123 to 10.5.65.
Nathan Schubert (4 goals) and Willy Serle (3) led United who burst out of the blocks to lead by 28 points at quarter time before the Eagles hit back with 7 second term goals to cut that lead in half.
Grant Jaesche was best on ground for his brilliant performance for United while Shaun Light was named best in a losing side.
Matthew Higgs’ 5 goals for the Eagles wasn’t enough with United piling on 10 goals to 3 in the second half to advance to the Grand Final against Mallala next Saturday.
The Grand Final will be a fantastic spectacle with the two sides that finished the minor round in the top two positions facing off.
Mallala have won three of the four encounters between the two sides this year including a nail-biting 6 point win in the second semi-final last weekend. United’s only victory over Mallala was led by the brilliant Gavin Wanganeen who kicked 8 goals.
Preliminary Final score from Two Wells on September 8, 2007
Best – United: G Jaesche, M East, T Opitz, C Baker, W Serle, A Mansfield. Hummocks/Watchman – S Light, M Higgs, D Cicolella, S Braham, T Sharpe, L Knappstein. Goals: United – N Schubert 4, W Serle 3, B Sobey, C Cockatoo-Collins, T Opitz, S Broad 2, M East, A Mansfield, B Shimman. Hummocks/Watchman – M Higgs 5, S Jericho 2, L Knappstein, J Wilson
Finals - Week 1 wrap by Andrew Fuss
Mallala showed why they led the league for much of the season, winning a hard fought battle with United by just 6 points, 15.15.105 to 15.9.99. The match lived up to its billing with the lead sea-sawing throughout and the league’s stars shining.
The first quarter belonged to United kicking 5 goals to 3 to set up a 14 point lead at quarter time. Mallala then dominated the second quarter kicking 5 goals to 3 and wasting several other opportunities to gain the lead leaving scores tied at the major break. They again won the third quarter to lead by 16 going into the final term before the minor premiers had one last crack at victory and despite Willy Serle (6 goal) and Nathan Schubert’s (5 goals) best efforts they fell an agonizing 6 points short.
The star of the game was Josh Hollit who continued his outstanding season with a 4 goals best on ground performance. Mallala advance to the Grand Final with a week off while United will face Hummocks/Watchman after they thrashed Balaklava by 107 points on Sunday in the 1st Semi Final.
The Eagles looked in ominous form, including a blistering 9 goal second term, with the big names doing the damage. David Barnes was best on ground with 5 goals and Samuel Jericho looked very dangerous kicking 6. The consistent duo of Shane Braham and Matthew Higgs also added 4 goals for the reigning premiers. Despite being under an injury cloud, Luke Evans was named best for Balaklava.
With the ledger square at one-all between United and the Eagles this year, Saturday’s Preliminary Final at Two Wells looks like being a cracker with the victor earning the right to challenge Mallala in the Grand Final on September 15.
First Semi Final at Long Plains on September 2, 2007
Best: H/W – D Barnes, S Braham, S Jericho, D Cicolella, S Price, D Guthberg. Balaklava – L Evans, J Evans, R Lamond, D Yates, B Lamond, J Michael. Goals: H/W – S Jericho 6, D Barnes 5, S Braham, M Higgs 4, D Guthberb, J Manners, S Price. Balaklava – A Outram 2, J Levy, J Evans, B Lamond
Second Semi-final at Virginia on September 1, 2007
Best - Mallala: J Hollitt, C Fitzgerald, C Kenchington, R Francis, J Montgomerie, J Earl. United: S Schulz, W Serle, P Vandenburg, M Starr, Che Cockatoo-Collins. Goals - Mallala: J Hollitt, B Montgomery 4, B Hardie, D Feeley 2, J Montgomerie, C Fitzgerald, R Francis. United: W Serle 6, N Schubert 5, Che Cockatoo-Collins, G Jaeschke, S Schulz, T Opitz.
Round 19 wrap by Andrew Fuss…………Wednesday August 29, 2007
A Willy Serle inspired United has stolen the minor premiership away from Mallala in the last round of the Adelaide Plains Football League with a crushing defeat over Balaklava. The league’s leading goal kicker was unstoppable booting 11 majors in an 85 point win, 20.15.135 to 7.8.50. Serle’s big haul meant he finished 16 goals clear on top of the goal kicking table at the end of the minor round. The percentage boosting win was enough to move into first place and leap frog Hummocks/Watchman in the process.
Paul McLean was best for Balaklava while Brenton Lamond kicked 3 goals. The loss could have pushed Balaklava out of the top four but fortunately for the visitors Two Wells could not overcome Hummocks/Watchman at Lochiel, going down in a see-sawing game by 9 points, 16.13.109 to 15.10.100.
Jared Wilson led from the front to be named best on ground while Ryan Reid did the damage up forward with 5 goals and Sam Jericho chipped in with 4. Lee Allmond was again in the best for the visitors, but his 3 goals were not enough to get Two Wells across the line and into the finals.
The Eagles needed a percentage boosting win to ensure a top two finish but the close finish meant they actually lost some percentage points and dropped to third. Despite their big loss, Balaklava finished 3 per cent clear of Two Wells.
The clash between the bottom two sides turned out to be a cracker at Virginia. Hamley Bridge led at quarter time by a single goal but a 5 goal to 2 second term from Virginia saw them leading by 2 goals at the major interval. The margin was just 4 points at the final break and the last quarter saw both teams squander opportunities, kicking 3.4 each giving Virginia a narrow win 15.10.100 to 14.12.96.
Matthew Young finished off his good year with another best on ground performance Emmanuel Tsimiklis kicked 4 goals for Virginia. Brett Burgess tried to carry Hamley Bridge over the line kicking 7 goals in a gutsy performance.
The first round of the finals sees United play Mallala at Virginia for a spot in the Grand Final with the loser to face the winner of the grudge match at Long Plains between last year’s Grand Finalists Hummocks/Watchman and Balaklava.
Round 19 scores - August 25, 2007
United 20.15 (135) d Balaklava 7.8 (50).
Best - United: W Serle, M Pym, S Schulz, M Starr, C Baker, C Calyun. Balaklava: P McLean, B Higgs, L Tezacker, L Parker, J Levy, D Gardner. Goals - United: W Serle 11, B Sover 3, J McCardle 2, S Brown, P Van Den Bergh, N Schubert, G Jaeschke. Balaklava: B Lamond 3, P McLean 2, J Levi, J Tiller.
Hummocks/Watchman 16.13 (109) d Two Wells 15.10 (100).
Best - HWE: J Wilson, S Price, S Braham, D Cicolella, S Jericho, J Wilson. Two Wells: L Allmond, J Hart, N Seccafien, S Buss, B hart, C Oliver. Goals - HWE: R Reid 5, S Jericho 4, M Higgs 3, D Barnes, Joel Wilson, S Price, Jared Wilson. Two Wells: J Antony. L Allmond 3, B Duncan, S Fraser 2, K Leighton, S Wise, N Seccafien, S Buss, A Hand.
Virginia 15.10 (100) d Hamley Bridge 14.12 (96).
Best - Virginia: M Young, A Seccafien, R Starr, M Harding, E Tsimiklis, D Oliver. Hamley Bridge: T Smith, C Harvey, L Wedding, Brett Burgess, A Natt. J Lawe. Goals - Virginia: E Tsimiklis 4, A Leo, D Oliver 3, S Sandberg, D Alderson, A Conti, M Young, G Cooke. Hamley Bridge: Brett Burgess 7, T Miller, A Nail 2, B Burgess, M Norman, T Papazoglou.
Round 18 wrap by Andrew Fuss………..Monday August 20, 2007
Hummocks/Watchman have scored an important victory over league leaders Mallala in a sea-sawing game at Mallala. The Eagles jumped the hosts in the first quarter getting out to a 26 point lead at the first break before Mallala came storming back into the match with a 6 goal to 1 second quarter to lead by 13 points at half time. It was a dominant display by the flag favourites in the second term and they could have led by more had they kicked more accurately than their 6.9.
Mallala could only manage 3 more goals for the match while Hummocks/Watchman piled on another 7 to win 13.7.85 to 10.14.74. Shane Braham and Dylan Cicollela continued their great form to be named best for the Eagles while David Barnes was strong up forward kicking 4 goals. For Mallala, Joel Montgomerie was named best kicking 3 goals.
Last year’s runners-up did their finals aspirations no harm when they hammered last placed Virginia by 109 points, 24.16.160 to 8.3.51. Once again, Virginia were well in the game at quarter time, trailing by just 1 point, and were still not done at half time, but they could not manage a four quarter performance and conceded 10 goals to 1 in the final term to end up losing embarrassingly.
Paul McLean was named best on ground, Andrew Outram booted 5 majors and Hayden Walker and Ian McMillan also kicked 4 goals for the victors. Matthew Young was best for the visitors kicking 2 goals.
Hamley Bridge were brave all day going down to a Willy Serle inspired United 16.13.109 to 11.10.76 at Hamley Bridge. The hosts were in the game most of the day but Willy Serle’s 7 goals were too much for Hamley Bridge. Chris Calyun was again in the best for United while Brett Burgess booted 4 goals for the hosts.
The final round of the season could not be set up any better with the two teams fighting for a double chance facing off against the two teams tussling for fourth spot The Eagles win means they can snatch the minor premiership from Mallala in the last round of the season with a win over Two Wells, who will be fighting to keep their finals hopes alive. United also have a chance of claiming the minor premiership if they can knock of Balaklava, but will rely on the Eagles losing. United and the Eagles both have a superior percentage to Mallala so the team that has led the league for most of the season could fall to third and lose their double chance in the very last round. Virginia and Hamley Bridge will fight it out for the wooden spoon at Virginia to finish up the season.
Round 18 - August 18, 2007
HW Eagles 13.7 (85) d Mallala 10.14 (74).
Best - HW Eagles: D Cicollela, S Braham, B Valentine, R Reid, J Cowan, T Sharpe. Mallala: J Montgomerie, J Earl, T Cawrse, L Whitwell, C Kenchington, J Hollitt. Goals - HW Eagles: D Barnes 4. R Reid, S Jericho, M Higgs 2, S Braham, J Wilson, A Wilson. Mallala: J Montgomerie, B Hardie 3, B Montgomery 2, C Fitzgerald. D Feeley.
Balaklava 24.16 (160) d Virginia 8.3 (51).
Best - Balaklava: P McLean, H Walker, B Lamond, A Outram, I McMillan, J Michael. Virginia: M Young, M Hardwig, N Hart. A Seccafien, B Dyda, C Campbell. Goals - Balaklava: A Outram 5, H Walker, I McMillan 4. B Lamond, J Tiller 3, R Lamond 2, L Tezacker, J Walker. P McLean. Virginia: M Young, A Leo 2, A Knapman, J Abela, D Oliver, B Dyda,
United 16.13 (109) d Hamley Bridge 11.10 (76).
Best - United: C Calyun, C Baker, W Serle, M Pym, M Brown, G Janske. Hamley Bridge: C Harvey, L Pratt, T Smith. L Sick. T Weller, S Gregory. Goals - United: W Serle 7, T McArdle, C Cockatoo Collins 2, S Broad, M Brown, M Warner. Hamley Bridge: Brett Burgess 4, T Smith 2, J Lowe, Ben Burgess, T Miller, M Norman, S Gregory.
Round 17 wrap by Andrew Fuss……………..Wednesday August 15, 2007
The top three sides showed just how big the gulf in class is to the rest of the competition, all recording 90+ point wins. Hummocks/Watchman ruined a big chance for Balaklava to jump into fourth spot with a resounding 108 point win at Lochiel in the third Grand Final re-match for the year.
The game was all but over at half-time as the home side jumped to a 45 point lead and never looked like giving it back. The goals were shared around for the Eagles with Samuel Jericho, David Barnes and best on ground Ryan Reid all slotting 3 majors. In a disappointing day for the visitors, Luke Evans shone kicking 4 goals in a gutsy effort.
The only consolation for Balaklava was that fellow finals hopefuls Two Wells suffered a big defeat at the hands of the visiting United. The hosts were well in the game at quarter time, trailing by just 5 points, but could only manage 2 more goals for the match while United went on a scoring spree booting another 16 to win 20.11.131 to 5.11.41.
Mark Pym was named best on ground for his efforts in a winning side while Nathan Schubert was dominant up forward kicking 5 goals. Lee Allmond continued his good run of form for Two Wells being named best for the hosts.
Mallala flexed its collective muscle at Hamley Bridge pummelling the hosts by 115 points, 28.16.184 to 10.9.69, including an incredible 11 goal third quarter. Liam Whitwell along with Joel and Ryan Montgomerie were named best for the victors while Thomas Smith was best for the losing side.
It was a day out for Daniel Feeley who booted 8 goals and he was well supported by Brian Montgomerie, who is now tied for the league’s leading goal kicker, and Brad Hardie who both kicked 5.
Despite United’s big win they still remain less than 1 per cent behind reigning premiers Hummocks/Watchman. Mallala, having played one more game than both the Eagles and United, will be playing for the minor premiership this Saturday when they host Hummocks/Watchman. Having dominated for much of the season, there is still a chance Mallala could drop out of the top two and lose the double chance in the finals. Mallala has a percentage of 62.5 after round 17, with the Eagles on 62.8 and United 61.9.
United will be hoping to increase their percentage and improve their chances of a top two finish with a big win of cellar dwellers Hamley Bridge in round 18. Balaklava will also be looking for a big win over Virginia to extend their percentage lead over Two Wells and jump into the top four. The finals race is certainly hotting up and this weekend will sort out the contenders from the pretenders.
Round 17 – August 11, 2007
Best - Mallala: J Montgomerie, L Whitwell, R Montgomerie, D Feeley, J Earl, B Hardie. Hamley Bridge: T Smith, C Harvey, S Gregory, T Mattchoss, J Lowe, L Slok. Goals - Mallala. D Feeley 8; B Montgomery, B Hardie 5; R Montgomery, J Hollitt, R Montgomerie 2; C Fitzgerald, J Earl, J Wildbore, L Whitwell. Hamley Bridge: B Burgess 3; C Harvey, S Gregory 2; T Miller, T Smith, L Slok.
Best - United: M Pym, S Schulz, C Baker, N Schubert, A Mansfield, S Dalgleish. Two Wells: L Almond, S Fraser, S Alexander, S Buss, S Humphrys, B Hart .Goals - United: N Schubert 5; S Broad, M Warnes 3; M East, C Cockatoo-Collins, B Shimman 2; W Serle, C Calyun, B Sobey. Two Wells: J Anthony 2; J Hart, S Buss, L Allmond
Best: HWE – Ryan Reid, S Price, T Sharpe, B Valentine, A Wilson, D Cicolella. Balaklava – L Evans, J Michael, D Gardiner, L Parker, G Willmer, B Lamond. Goals: HWE – Ryan Reid, D Barnes, S Jericho 3, S Braham, S Baker, B Valentine, J Rowe 2, S Price, A Wilson, M Higgs. Balaklava – L Evans 3, B Lamond
Round 16 wrap by Andrew Fuss .....Wednesday August 8, 2007
Former AFL star Gavin Wanganeen starred in United’s round 16 win over Mallala on Saturday. The dual premiership player and Brownlow medallist booted 8 goals to be best on ground in United’s shock 77 point over the ladder leaders.
The hosts burst out of the blocks kicking 6 goals to 1 in the opening term and did not look back from there running out victors 20.16.136 to 9.5.59. While Wanganeen was the star, he was aptly supported by the league’s leading goal kicker, Willy Serle who booted 5 majors and by former Port team-mate Che Cockatoo-Collins who chipped in with 2 goals.
Mallala, unlucky to run into United in Wanganeen’s first appearance for the year, still hold a two-game advantage at the top of the table. Joel Montgomerie was best for the visitors while Daniel Feeley and Josh Hollit were strong up forward both kicking 3 goals.
United’s win was still not enough to retain second place with Hummocks/Watchman hammering the struggling Virginia by 115 points, 24.12.156 to 6.5.41. The win was the Eagles fifth in a row, including victories over premiership contenders Mallala and United, and has sent out a strong warning to the competition that they are serious about a three-peat of premierships.
Joel Wilson and David Barnes were the stars up forward for the visitors kicking 6 and 5 goals respectively while Bradley Valentine was named best on ground. There was little to take away from the game for Virginia other than Matthew Young’s solid performance booting 2 goals and being named best for the hosts.
As expected, Two Wells made light work of Hamley Bridge when they clashed at Two Wells on Saturday, leading from start to finish winning 15.14.104 to 10.9.69. The win puts Two Wells a game clear of Balaklava in fourth spot, however Balaklava have a game in hand.
The 35-point victory was highlighted by Aaron Hand’s best on ground performance and Justin Antony’s 4 goal haul. It was again a case of too much being left to too few for Hamley Bridge, with the consistent Brett Burgess kicking 4 goals and Craig Harvey again being named best for the visitors.
The finals format should begin to take shaped this weekend with Balaklava and Two Wells facing tough match-ups against Hummocks/Watchman and United respectively. Other round 17 action sees Hamley Bridge hosting Mallala.
Round 16 scores - August 4, 2007
Hummocks Watchman 24.12 (156) def Virginia 6.5 (41)
Best: Hummocks Watchman – B Valentine, J Wilson, T Sharpe, S Light, M Higgs, S Price. Viriginia – M Young, M Harding, R Starr, A Seccafien, S Papanotis, D Alderson. Goals: Hummocks/Watchman – Joel Wilson 6, D Barnes 5, M Higgs, S Jericho 4, E Arnold 2, Ryan Reid, B Valentine, D Catford 1. Virginia – M Young, A Leo 2, B Dyda, A Conti
Two Wells 15.14 (104) def Hamley Bridge 10.9 (69)
Best: Two Wells – A Hand, C Oliver, S Buss, S Alexander, A Metcalfe, J Hart. Hamley Bridge – C Harvey, S Gregory, T Smith, W Mattchoss, L Pratt, J Lowe. Goals: Two Wells – J Antony 4, S Wise, Sean Buss 3, A Metcalfe, J Hart. Hamley Bridge – Brett Burgess 4, S Gregory, T Smith 2, T Miller, L Rowsell
United 20.16 (136) def Mallala 9.5 (59)
Best: United – G Wanganeen, C Calyun, M Brown, B Sobey, W Serle, M Taylor. Mallala – J Montgomerie, L Whitwell, C Fitzgerald, J Earl, C Kenchington, J Hollit. Goals: United – G Wanganeen 8, W Serle 5, C Cockatoo-Collins, B Sobey 2, N Schubert, M Warnes 1. Mallala – D Feeley, J Holitt 3, B Hardie, C Fitzgerald, D Jennings 1.
APFL Round 15 wrap by Andrew Fuss....Thursday August 2, 2007
The match of the round between Balaklava and Two Wells turned out to be a beauty with Two Wells prevailing by 14 points, 14.12.96 to 12.10.82. The visitors jumped Balaklava early to hold a 3 goal lead at quarter time before the hosts kicked 5 goals to 3 in the second term to narrow the margin to just 10 points at the main interval. The premiership quarter saw both teams kick 5 goals with Two Wells squandering opportunities to extend the lead also kicking 5 behinds. The final term was a slog with only 3 goals being kicked and Balaklava the team this time wasting chances kicking 1.4.
Aaron Hand was named best on ground and he was aptly supported by the consistent Lee Allmond. Sean Buss and Brendon Watts continued their good goalkicking form booting 3 majors each. While for last year’s runners-up Balaklava, Luke Evans was best and Brenton Lamond kicked 3 goals.
The win for Two Wells means the two sides are separated by only percentage in fourth spot. Both teams have a bye in the run home and they both play premiership hopefuls Hummocks/Watchman and United, who themselves are fighting for an all important top two finish. The similar home stretch for the two teams means that the APFL is set for a very close and exciting finale to the season with any of the top 5 teams a genuine chance to go all the way.
Premiership favourites Mallala sent out another warning to the league by hammering hapless Virginia by 10 goals. Mallala won every quarter prevailing 18.17.125 to 8.16.64, and extend their lead at the top of the table to 3 games with United having the bye.
Josh Hollit and Jason Earl were again in the best while Liam Whitwell had a standout game to be named best on ground. Brian Montgomery was deadly up forward with Daniel Feeley, kicking 6 and 4 goals respectively.
There weren’t too many bright points for Virginia who again were solid in the first quarter kicking 4 goals. Stephen Papanotis, Ben Dyda and Daryl Alderson all booted 2 goals and Matthew Young was consistent all day to be best for the visitors.
Hummocks/Watchman blitzed Hamley Bridge by 99 points to move to within half of a percentage point of second spot. The Eagles set the game up with a 9 goal second term going on to win 25.14.164 to 10.5.65.
Samuel Jericho had a day to remember being named best on ground for his 9 goal bag. David Barnes and Ryan Reid were also useful up forward kicking 4 goals for the victors. Leighton Rowsell kicked 3 for the visitors while Craig Harvey was best for a losing side.
Round 16 action sees two games expected to be blowouts and a potential grand final preview with Mallala visiting United.
Round 15 scores - August 4, 2007
Best – Two Wells: A Hand, L Allmond, S Fraser, N Applebee, S Alexander, J Nelson. Balaklava – L Evans, G Willmer, S Nankivell, D Gardiner, V Taylor, J Walker. Two Wells – S Buss, B Watts 3, J Antony, L Allmond 2, A Hand, A Metcalfe, S Wise, S Fraser. Balaklava – B Lamond 3, I McMillan, A Evans 2, P McLean, O Hearnden, H Walker, B Catford.
Hummocks/Watchman 4.4 13.8 20.10 25.14 (164)
APFL Round 14 wrap by Andrew Fuss....Wednesday July 25, 2007
It was a round of one-sided affairs in round 14 of the APFL with top four sides belting teams in the bottom half of the table.
Balaklava was the biggest winner with a 101 point drubbing of Hamley Bridge. The home side kept in touch until half side, trailing by just 13 at the main break, before the visitors went on a rampage booting 17 goals to 4 in the second half.
Justin Walker and Vincent Taylor were best for Balaklava while Hayden Walker had a day out booting 10 majors for the victors. Brenton Lamond and Luke Evans also chipped in with 4 and 3 goals respectively. Craig Harvey was gallant all day for the hosts and Stuart Gregory finished with 4 hard earned goals in what was a disappointing day for Hamley Bridge.
Fellow cellar dwellers Virginia managed to move above Hamley Bridge and out of last place despite an 80 thumping at the hands of United. The hosts got off to their usual fast start to lead by 1 point at the first change before the class of Nathan Schubert and Craig Bond helped lift United.
Schubert finished with 9 goals and Bond 5 while Bradly Shimman was named best on ground. Matthew Young was best for Virginia and Ben Dyda battled away to finish with 3 goals.
The match of the round at Mallala ended up being anything but a close contest. The hosts led from start to finish defeating Two Wells by 55 points, 15.13.103 to 7.6.48.
The usual suspects did the damage for Mallala with Jason Earl best on ground and Brian Montgomery kicking 4 goals. Justin Antony was a one man show for Two Wells kicking 5 goals and being named best for the visitors.
Coming off the bye, Hummocks/Watchman face the struggling Hamley Bridge at Lochiel in round 15. Mallala will be confident of extending their lead at the top of the table when they host Virginia while the match of the round is clearly Balaklava hosting Two Wells. The match looms as a mini-final for both sides as they fight it out for fourth spot on the ladder. A loss for Two Wells would almost certainly end their finals aspirations as they would be two games and percentage behind Balaklava with just four more rounds to play.
Round 14 scores...............July 21, 2007
Best – Balaklava: J Walker, J Taylor, H Calker, I McMillan, R Lamond, P McLean. Hamley: C Harvey, T Smith,
S Gregory, J Lowe, L Wedding, L Slok. Goals - Balaklava: H Walker 10, B Lamond 4. L Evans 3, J Michael. P McLean, J Hearnden 2. A Outram, R Lamond. Hamley: S Gregory 4. A Nat, R Appleton, LWedding, J Lowe, B Burgess, T Smith.
Best Mallala - J Earl, L Whitweil. B Griffiths. J Montgomerie. P Blacket. J Hoilitt. Two Wells: J Antony. D Hardiman. P Sherwood. Goals – Mallala - B Montgomery 4, B Grifiiths 3, J Chapman, B Murphy 2. D Feeley, B Tucker, L Whitwell, J Hollitt. Two Wells: J Antony 5. S Buss, L Allmond
Best: United – B Shirman, M Starr, A Mansfield, C Bond, B Starr. Virginia – M Young, R Starr, A Conti, D Alderson, M Harding, A Seccafien. Goals: United – N Schubert 9, C Bond 5, B Sobey 3, C Cockatoo-Collins, S Broad 2, M Warnes, M Smith 1. Viriginia – B Dyda 3, S Saunberg 2, J Musolino, D Alderson, S Gibson, S Papanotis, A Conti, D Conti 1.
Round 13 wrap by Andrew Fuss......Wednesday July 18, 2007
The match of the round at United lived up to expectations with Hummocks/Watchman outlasting United to win by 8 points, 10.6.66 to 8.10.58. The margin was never more than 2 goals at each of the quarter breaks.
Ryan Reid and the consistent Shane Braham were best for the Eagles with Reid ending up with 5 majors. Nathan Schubert was best for the hosts kicking 4 goals and former Port and Essendon star Che Cockatoo-Collins helped out up forward with 1 goal.
Mallala got back to their usual winning ways defeating Balaklava at Balaklava on Saturday. Joel Montgomerie and Josh Hollit were best for the visitors who ran out victors by 26 points.
Jack Chapman booted 4 goals for Mallala and was supported by Josh Hollit and Brad Griffiths who each kicked 3 majors. Balaklava was led by Luke and Jonathan Evans while Hayden Walker looked good up forward kicking 3 goals.
Virginia was disappointing in their match at Two Wells with the home side almost doubling their score to win by 49 points, 15.9.99 to 6.14.50.
Justin Antony and Lee Allmond looked potent up forward for Two Wells both kicking bags of 5 goals while Steven Gibson was the only player to kick multiple goals for Virginia, managing 2. Ned Seccafien, Brendon Watts, Paul Sherwood, Jacob Hart, Scott Fraser and Lee Allmond were best for Two Wells who now sit level with Balaklava in fourth spot.
The round 14 match of the round appears to be the clash between Mallala and Two Wells at Mallala. Two Wells will be desperate to cement a spot in the top four while Mallala will be keen to extend their lead at the top of the table. Balaklava will be confident of a big win when they travel to Hamley Bridge. Balaklava sits just 1% behind Two Wells in fourth spot and a big win could put them ahead on percentage. Virginia will hope to keep their slim finals chances alive when they host United. However, United are just 1% clear of the Eagles in second spot and a big win could make all the difference come finals time.
Round 13 - July 14, 2007
Best: HWE – Ryan Reid, S Braham, D Cicolella, T Sharpe, J Manners, J Rowe. United – N Schubert, P Vandenburg, S Schulz, M Pym, A Mansfield, M Warnes. Goals: HWE – Ryan Reid 5, J Wilson, E Arnold, B Valentine, S Braham, S Jericho. United – N Schubert 4, C Cockatoo-Collins, K Jenkin, B Brown, B Shimman.
Best: Mallala – J Montgomerie, J Hollitt, R Montgomerie, C Kenchington, L Whitwell, C Fitzgerald. Balaklava – L Evans, J Evans, V Vincent, D Gardiner, L Parker, S Nankivell. Goals: Mallala – J Chapman 4, J Hollitt, B Griffiths 3, D Feeley, J Earl, J Montgomerie, C Fitzgerald. Balaklava – H Walker 3, J Evans, I McMillan, J Walker 2, G Dawson, L Evans, B Lamond 1.
Best: Two Wells – N Seccafien, B Watts, P Sherwood, J Hart, S Fraser, L Allmond. Virginia – M Harding, G Cooke, R Starr, S Papanotis, A Conti, N Hart. Goals: Two Wells – J Antony, L Allmond 5, S Buss 3, J Nelson, O Allmond. Virginia – S Gibson 2, M Young, G Cooke, A Knapman, B Dyda
Round 12 wrap by Andrew Fuss......Thursday July 12, 2007
Virginia recorded their first victory of the season by defeating Hamley Bridge 15.8.98 to 12.15.87. The visitors 7 goal to 1 second term set up the victory with Craig Harvey leading the way to be named best on ground. Tom Smith booted 3 goals for Virginia, who has now moved off the bottom of the ladder, being replaced by Hamley Bridge. In a disappointing day for the hosts, who had more scoring shots than Virginia, Steven Gibson shone kicking 3 goals.
United’s blistering opening quarter set up a relatively easy win at Balaklava. The visitors kicked 7.2 while keeping the home side scoreless, to lead by 44 points at the first break. United were never really threatened from that point on and ran out victors by 33 points with powerhouse forward Willy Serle booting another 5 goal bag to take his season tally to 43. Grant Willmer was best for the losing side and the two Mark’s, Sammons and Pym, did the damage for United.
Brendan Watts’ 4 goals were not enough for Two Wells who lost to Hummocks/Watchman 16.12.108 to 6.6.42. The Eagles led at all the major intervals and the win keeps them in touch with United and Mallala at the top of the table. Shane Braham continued his stunning run of form while Matthew Higgs booted 4 goals to the visitors to victory.
Round 13 sees some tantalising clashes with the Hummocks/Watchman vs United match standing out as match of the round. Mallala will be keen to get back in the winner’s circle when they travel to Balaklava and Two Wells will have a tough task when they host a confident Virginia outfit, keen to prove that their first win was no fluke.
Round 12 scores - July 7, 2007
Best: HWE – S Braham, N Young, S Jericho, B Valentine, Ryan Reid, D Guthburg. Two Wells – A Hand, L Allmond, J Nelson, S Humphrys, S Wise, P Sherwood. Goals: HWE – M Higgs 4, Ryan Reid, S Jericho, D Cicolella 3, B Valentine, T Sharpe, S Braham. Two Wells – B Watts 4, D Buss, C Oliver 1.
Best: United – M Sammons, M Pym, P Vandenburg, B Sharman, W Serle, M Warnes. Balaklava – G Willmer, H Walker, L Tezacker, L Evans, L Parker, D Yates. Goals: United – W Serle 5, B Sharman 3, T Opitz 2, C Baker, B Shirman, J Warrior. Balaklava – B Lamond 3, B Catford, L Evans, D Yates, D Ruiz 1.
Best: Virginia – M Harding, S Gibson, B Dyda, D Alderson, G Cooke, M Young. Hamley Bridge – C Harvey, T Smith, A Wilson, L Pratt, L Slok, W Mattchoss. Goals: Viriginia – S Gibson 3, D Alderson, B Dyda, A Knapman, T Crampton 2, M Young, C Campbell, G Cooke. Hamley Bridge – T Smith 3, N Harvey, C Harvey, Ben Burgess 2, A Wilson, T Would, S Gregory 1.
MALLALA FINALLY BEATEN!!!!
Round Eleven - June 30, 2007
Best: Hummocks/Watchman – S Light, R Reid, J Wilson, S Price, B Valentine, S Braham. Mallala – M Head, C Fitzgerald, J Hollit, P Blacket, J Whitwell, J Clarke. Goals: Hummocks/Watchman – M Higgs, J Wilson, D Cicolella 2, R Reid, S Jericho, A Wilson 1. Mallala – B Montgomery, B Griffiths 3, J Earl, C Fitzgerald 1.
Best: Balaklava – L Evans, J Michael, L Parker, R Lamond, G Willmer, H Walker. Virginia – N Hart, M Harding, M Young, S Saunberg, D Alderson, A Seccafien. Goals: Balaklava – G Willmer 3, J Michael, A Evans 2, B Catford, H Walker, B Lamond, R Lamond, L Tezacker 1. Virginia – D Conti 2, A Conti, A Knapman, D Alderson, S Papanotis, A Leo 1.
Best: United – B Shirman, M Warnes, A Mansfield, W Serle, S Schulz, B Sharman. Hamley Bridge – C Harvey, S Gregory, T Smith, J Lowe, W Mattchoss, A Wilson. Goals: United – W Serle 8, B Shirman 4, S Broad, B Sobey, C Bond 2, C Baker, B Sharman 1. Hamley Bridge – Ben Burgess, N Harvey 2, A Natt, C Harvey, J Lowe, T Papzoglor, A Wilson 1.
APFL Round 10 wrap by Andrew Fuss .....Thursday June 28, 2007
Balaklava got some revenge for last year’s grand final defeat by upsetting Hummocks/Watchman by 32 points at Balaklava on Saturday. The game was blown wide open when the fired up home side kicked 8 goals to 1 in the first stanza. The Eagles fought back kicking 7 goals to 4 in the second term but the damage was already done with Balaklava running out victors 17.15.117 to 13.7.85.
Andrew Evans starred up forward for the hosts booting 5 goals and was well supported by Ben Catford who kicked 4. Luke Tezacker was named best on ground for his outstanding effort. Matthew Higgs was potent in the attacking half kicking 5 majors and was also named best for the visitors.
United put in a consistently solid effort when they hosted Two Wells on Saturday to win 20.11.131 to 15.12.102. The win means that United move into outright second position on the back of the Eagles loss. Joel Nelson was named best for Two Wells and Sean Buss continued his good goal kicking form booting 4 goals for the visitors. The star of the day, however, was Craig Bond who was named best on ground for his big day out bagging 8 goals for the victors. Willy Serle was again useful up forward kicking his now almost mandatory 3 goals.
Top placed Mallala hosted second to bottom Hamley Bridge and the gulf in class was very noticeable. The home side won all four quarters to post a huge score of 26.23.179 to win by 144 points.
Reece Francis, Josh Hollit, Joel Montgomerie and Jason Earl were again among the best players for Mallala and Brian Montgomerie bagged 5 goals to move to within 2 goals of Willy Serle on the goal-kicking table. There was little resistance from Hamley Bridge but Jamie Lowe was named best while Ben Burgess kicked 2 of the visitors’ 5 goals.
Reigning premiers Hummocks/Watchman will be aiming to get back in the winners’ circle but will have some very tough competition when they host Mallala at Lochiel. The lowly Hamley Bridge will travel to United and Virginia will host the giant killing Balaklava in other round 11 action.
Round Ten Scores - June 23, 2007
Best: Balaklava – L Tezacker, H Walker, J Levi, B Catford, A Evans, G Willmer. Hummocks/Watchman – M Higgs, Joel Wilson, D Catford, T Sharpe, D Guthburg, D Case. Goals: Balaklava – A Evans 5, B Catford 4, I McMillan 3, G Willmer, B Lamond, G Dawson, H Walker, R Lamond 1. Hummocks/Watchman – M Higgs 5, A Wilson 3, S Jericho 2, S Braham, Jared Wilson, J Rowe 1.
Best: United – C Bond, S Dalgleish, M Brown, G Jaesche, P Vandenburg, P Sammons. Two Wells – J Nelson, L Allmond, T Taylor, S Buss, A Hand, S Fraser. Goals: United – C Bond 8, W Serle 3, B Shirman, C Cockatoo-Collins 2, S Schulz, P Vandenburg, B Sobey, G Jaeschke, M Warnes. Two Wells – S Buss, O Allmond 3, J Nelson, L Allmond 2, J Hart, S Lange, B Watts, D Buss 1.
Best : Mallalla – R Francis, J Hollit, J Montgomerie, J Earl, R Montgomerie, L Whitwell. Hamley Bridge – J lowe, M Kropinyeri, L Pratt, C Harvey, W Mattchoss, Ben Burgess. Goals: Mallala – B Montgomerie, B Griffiths 5, D Feeley, B Hardie, R Francis 3, J Hollitt, R Montgomerie, C Fitzgerald 2, J Chapman 1. Mallala – Ben Burgess 2, T Smith, A Wilson, C Harvey 1.
APFL Round 9 wrap by Andrew Fuss....Wednesday June 20, 2007
Mallala just keep winning. They are unbeaten in season 2007 and have now won eight consecutive games. In perhaps their biggest test of the season to date, Mallala hosted the second placed United.
The game lived up to expectations early with the hosts jumping out to a 19 point lead at quarter time before United made their move to lead by a single goal at the major break. But in football the third quarter is the premiership quarter and Mallala showed their credentials kicking 6 majors while restricting the visitors to just 2 points.
United, led by Mark Pym who was best on ground for the visitors, fought hard kicking 4 goals in the final term but the lead was just too great to pull back, eventually going down 15.10.100 to 10.11.71.
It was another big day for Jason Earl, being named best on ground for the league leaders while Brian Montgomery continued to do what he does best, kicking 4 goals. League leading goal kicker Willy Serle had another big day out booting 4 majors for United while star recruit Che Cockatoo-Collins struggled only managing 1 goal.
Two Wells got a much needed win to move a game clear of Balaklava when they travelled to Hamley Bridge. The visitors led at each of the breaks to win 20.12.132 to 15.8.98.
Hamley Bridge had 10 individual goal kickers but this was still not enough to match the fire power of the Two Wells forward line. Brendan Watts and Damian Buss booted 4 majors for the victors and Scott Fraser and Sean Buss chipped in with 3 goals each. Ben Burgess was again among the goals kicking 4 and Craig Harvey, who was best for the hosts, helped out with 2 goals. The hard working trio of Scott Wise, Adam Metcalfe and Michael Abdilla were best for Two Wells.
Hummocks/Watchman handed out a football lesson to cellar dwellers Virginia at Port Wakefield. The Eagles, who were led by Ryan Reid and Shane Braham, amassed a huge score of 24.23.167 while restricting Virginia to 11.4.70 to win by 97 points.
Stephen Papanotis was the one shining light for the visitors being named best for Virginia and kicking 7 goals. Bradley Valentine almost matched Papanotis’ bag booting 6 for the Eagles. Valentine was in good company up forward with Samuel Jericho slotting home 4 and Jarred Manners and Matthew Higgs both kicking 3 goals.
Balaklava will be looking to turn around their early season poor form when they host reigning premier Hummocks/Watchman. The fight for third spot on the ladder will be a hotly contested one with United hosting a Two Wells side eager to atone for their early season loss to United. Hamley Bridge have the toughest away game in the APFL when they travel to Mallala.
Round Nine Scores- June 16, 2007
Best - Two Wells: S Wise, A Metcalfe, M Aboila, C Oliver, J Hart, D Buss. Hamley: C Harvey, J Louie, B Burgess, T Smith, R Savage, W Mattshoss. Goals -Two Wells: D Boss. B Watts 4, S Fraser, S Boss 3, S Wise, J Hart 2, M Abdulla, L Almond. Hamley: Ben Burgess 4, S Gregory, C Harvey 2, T Would, A Rademacher, T Smith, A Sheath, R Savage, A Natt, Brett Burgess.
Best -- Mallala: J Earl, J Montgomerie, R Francis, R Montgomerie, C Kenchington, J Hollitt. United: M Pym, M Sammons, P Vandenburgh, C Calyun, M Brown, W Serle. Goals - Mallala: B Montgomery 4. R Francis, D Feeley, J Hollitt, J Wildbore 2, L Whitwell, J Chapman, B Griffiths. United: W Serle 4, C Cockatoo-Collins, M Taylor, B Shipman, M Warnes, A Mansfield, G Jaeschke.
Best - HW Eagles: R Reid, S Braham, B Valentine, J Manners, M Higgs, J Wilson. Virginia: S Papanotis, N Hart, A Conti, M Harding, M Young, A Seccafien. Goals - HW Eagles: B Valentine 6, S Jericho 4, J Manners, M Higgs 3, D Barnes, S Braham 2, R Reid, D Catford, A Wilson, D Guthberg. Virginia: S Papanotis 7, R Starr, G Cooke, B Dyda.
APFL Round 8 Wrap by Andrew Fuss………Tuesday June 5, 2007
Spectators at Two Wells for the clash between Balaklava and Two Wells were treated to a nail biter. The clash was for a spot in the top four and lived up to expectations with the home side scraping home by 2 points in a fiercely fought final term.
Balaklava had the better of the first half kicking 3 goals in each of the first two quarters to lead by 13 points at half time. Two Wells then dominated the premiership quarter kicking 4 goals to 1. The final quarter ended up being a dog fight with Two Wells missing opportunities to seal the game kicking 2.4 but still clung on to win and in the process taking fourth spot on the ladder.
Scott Fraser and Brendan Watts led the way up forward for Two Wells kicking 2 goals apiece. Luke Evans and Brenton Lamond also managed 2 goals each for the visitors in a relatively low scoring match. Christopher Oliver was best on ground for the home side while Grant Willmer was best for Balaklava.
When Mallala travelled to Virginia they were expecting an easy victory as it was top playing bottom on the ladder. They got anything but an easy victory having to hold off a determined home side to win by 11 points.
Mallala jumped out to their mandatory early lead to be ahead by 19 points at quarter time. But this early lead was slowly whittled away to just 5 points at the final change. The visitors struggled in the final term kicking 1.7 to keep the home side in the running right up until the final siren.
Despite the best efforts of Ryan Starr kicking 3 goals and Chris Campbell and Alex Leo 2, Virginia just did not have the fire power up forward to get over the line managing only 1 goal in the final term. Daniel Feeley was dominant again kicking 4 goals for the league leaders to move only to within 2 goals of Willy Serle on the goal kicking leader board. Reese Francis was again good for Mallala and Timothy Cawrse played his best game for the season to be named best on ground.
In other round 8 action, Hamley Bridge were disappointing when they hosted Hummocks/Watchman going down by 81 points. The visitors won every quarter including a 6 goal to 1 first term that ended any early hope that Hamley Bridge had of an upset. The win put the Eagles a game clear in third place and only a win behind second placed United.
Matthew Higgs and Damon Case were named best for the victors and David Barnes finished well up forward kicking 5 goals. He was aptly helped by Joel Wilson and Dillon Catford who kicked 3 goals each. Thomas Would could have been a hero for Hamley Bridge if there had been more support to his 3 goals.
Round 9 sees two matches which look to be over before they begin with Hummocks/Watchman hosting the courageous but lowly Virginia and Hamley Bridge hosting Two Wells. The other match however, looks to be a ripper with the high-flying Mallala hosting United in what is sure to be a fiercely competed match.
Round Eight - June 2, 2007
Best: Hummocks/Watchman – M Higgs, D Case, D Barnes, B Valentine, T Sharpe, S Price. Hamley Bridge – C Harvey, T Smith, W Mattchoss, J Schahinger, L Pratt, J Lowe. Goals: Hummocks/Watchman – D Barnes 5, J Wilson, D Catford 3, D Case 2, J Manners, S Price, J Wilson, S Braham, S Jericho, J Roberts. Hamley Bridge – T Would 3, Ben Burgess, J Lowe, A Natt 1.
Best: Two Wells – C Oliver, A Hand, S Humphreys, S Wise, N Seccafien. Balaklava – G Willmer, L Evans, G Dawson, J Michael, D Ruiz, J Evans. Goals: Two Wells – S Fraser, B Watts 2, S Alexander, S Wise, A Humzy, S Buss, A Hand, A Hardiman 1. Balaklava – L Evans, B Lamond 2, B Catford, H Walker, D Ruiz, A Outram, A Evans, P McLean 1.
Best: Mallala – T Cawrse, R Francis, L Whitwell, P Blacket, B Murphy, J Hollit. Virginia – G Cooke, C Campbell, A Knapman, R Starr, S Gibson, M Harding. Goals: Mallala – D Feeley 4, B Montgomery, R Montgomery 2, J Hollitt, C Kenchington, B Murphy, R Francis 1. Virginia – R Starr 3, C Campbell, A Leo 2, S Papanotis, A Conti, B Dyda, A Knapman 1.
APFL Round 7 wrap by Andrew Fuss.....Tuesday May 29, 2007
Mallala just cannot be stopped. The League leaders stormed to a 29 point win in the match of the round at Two Wells. The home side were desperate to win to move into the top four and were level with Mallala at half time. However, as they have done all season Mallala proved too strong in the second booting 11 goals to 6.
Liam Whitwell continued his stellar season with another solid effort to be named best on ground for the visitors. Their forward line was also potent scoring over 100 points for the third time this season with Daniel Feeley again amongst the goals kicking 5. It was the usual suspect Lee Allmond for Two Wells who almost won the game off his own boot kicking 4 goals and being named best for the home side.
United destroyed the hapless Virginia side by 10 goals 20.14.134 to 11.7.73. As they have done all season Virginia came out strong to be within 3 points at the first interval but from there it was all United, who blitzed the visitors with 9 goals to 0 in the second term.
Christopher Calyun and Paul Vandenberg were best for United and Willy Serle continued to be the go to man up forward kicking 5 majors to push 6 goals clear at the top of the goalkicking chart. Andrew Conti, Anthony Seccafien and Alex Leo all kicked 2 for Virginia while Bruce Farraly was best.
It was another heavy defeat for Hamley Bridge when they travelled to Balaklava going down 17.18.120 to 11.3.69. Balaklava led from start to finish and could have won by a lot more if they could have managed more than 17 goals from their 35 scoring shots.
Hayden Walker and Craig Harvey were best for Balaklava and Hamley Bridge respectively. Brett Burgess was again in the action for the visitors kicking 2 while Andrew Evans and Ian McMillan were dangerous up the other end booting 7 between them.
Round 8 could see some very one sided score lines with Hamley Bridge hosting reigning premier Hummocks/Watchman and top placed Mallala visiting the winless Virginia. The match of the round is clearly Two Wells hosting Balaklava with Two Wells a chance of moving ahead of Balaklava with a win because of their superior percentage.
Round Seven Scores - May 26, 2007
Best - United: P Vandenbergh, C Calyun, S Schulz, W Serle, D Seller, D Dhamu. Virginia: B Farrelly, M Young, D Alderson, M Harding, G Cooke, S Papaniotis. Goals - United: W Serle 5, S Schulz 3, J Rundle, M East, B Sobey, P Vandenbergh 2, J McArdle, S Mclntyre, C Calyun, M Brown. Virginia: A Seggafien, A Leon, A Conti 2, D Alderson, N Hart, R Starr, A Knappman, S Papaniotis.
Best -- Balaklava: H Walker, A Evans, P McLean, J Levi, I McMillan, G Dawson. Hamley Bridge: C Harvey, T Smith, J Lowe, W Mattscoss, R Savage, M Norman. Goals -- Balaklava - A Evans 4, I McMillan 3, G Dawson, H Walker, P McLean, L McDermott 2, A Outram, J Levi. Hamley Bridge: B Burgess, R Savage 2, L Pratt, A Rademacher, C Harvey, T Would, L Rowsell, B Byster, J Schahinger.
Best - Mallala: L Whitwell, J Earl, J Montgomerie, J Chapman, D Feeley, R Montgomerie. Two Wells: L Allmond, S Wise, 0 Allmond, S Humphries, C Oliver, A Hand. Goals - Mallets: D Feeley 5, J Chapman 4, R Montgomerie 3, J Hollitt 2, R Francis, B Montgomery, J Montgomerie, C Fitzgerald, J Earl. Two Wells: L Allmond, B Watts 4, S Wise, J Nelson, O Allmond 2.
Round 6 wrap by Andrew Fuss...Sunday May 20, 2007
In the match of the round at Hummocks/Watchman, United caused an upset outlasting the reigning premiers getting up by 18 points. It was Willy Serle who once again wreaked havoc up forward for United booting 5 goals. Mark Pym and Christopher Calyun were best for the visitors who trailed at three quarter time. Shane Braham, who has been in the best every week, was best for the Eagles while Ryan Reid had another good game kicking three.
It was more of the same for Mallala as they overpowered the visiting Balaklava by 39 points to remain undefeated on top of the ladder. Joel Montgomerie and Liam Whitwell were best for the home side with Daniel Jennings and Daniel Feeley starring up forward kicking 3 goals apiece. Balaklava managed to win the last quarter with Paul McLean and recruit Jake Levi best.
Two Wells were far too strong for Virginia in their clash winning all four quarters to win by 82 points. Sean Buss and Lee Allmond were again best for Two Wells kicking three goals and 1 goal respectively. Two Wells had too many options up forward with Brendan Watts kicking five goals and Scott Fraser four out of a tally of 22. Chris Campbell was best for the struggling Virginia and Bruce Farraly kicked three majors for the home side.
Balaklava and United will be confident of easy wins when they face Hamley Bridge and Virginia in their respective games this Saturday while Two Wells will be looking to stay in the four by upsetting the home side when they host Mallala.
Round Six - May 19, 2007
Best: Mallala – J Montgomery, L Whitwell, C Fitzgerald, J Hollit, T Cawrse, P Blacket. Balaklava – P McLean, H Walker, D Gardiner, G Willmer, J Levi, L Evans. Goals: Mallala – D Jennings, D Feeley 3, L Whitwell, B Montgomery 2, R Francis, J Chapman, J Earl, C Fitzgerald 1. Balaklava – I McMillan 2, L Tezacker, J Levi, G Dawson, L Evans, P McLean, L Parker 1.
Best: United – M Pym, C Calyun, W Serle, S McIntyre, A Mansfield, P Vandenburg. Hummocks/Watchman – S Braham, B Valentine, D Cicolella, S Price, S Light, M Higgs. United – W Serle 5, B Shirman 2, J McArdle, J Warrior, T Opitz, B Sobey, S Broad, M Warnes 1. Hummocks/Watchman – R Reid 3, J Wilson 2, A Wilson, S Price, J Manners, D Barnes, S Braham, S Jericho 1.
Best: Two Wells – S Buss, L Allmond, S Wise, S Alexander, A Hand, N Applebee. Virginia – C Campbell, M Harding, E Tsimikilis, B Farraly, A Seccafien. Goals: . Two Wells – B Watts 5, S Fraser 4, S Buss, O Allmond, J Antony 3, S Wise 2, L Allmond, S Alexander 1. Virginia – B Farraly 3, A Seccafien, S Gibson, S Saunberg, B Dyda 1
APFL Round 5 wrap by Andrew Fuss....Tuesday May 15, 2007
Mallala continued their great start to the season at Hamley Bridge hammering the home side 26.12.168 to 12.9.81. The APFL leading goal kicker Brian Montgomery was instrumental in the win booting five goals. Reese Francis, Daniel Feeley and Jason Earl all kicked four goals for the visitors who set the victory up with a seven goal to three opening term. Corey Fitzgerald was best for Mallala while Jason Earl and Josh Hollit were again amongst the best players. Brett Burgess stood tall for Hamley Bridge kicking five of their 12 goals and Thomas Smith was named best for the home side.
Virginia was unable to record their first victory going down in a tight clash to the visiting Hummocks/Watchman. The home side led by 11 points and 24 points respectively at the first two intervals but were overrun by the rampaging Eagles who kicked 11 goals to 3 in the second half. The signs were positive however, for the last placed Virginia with Ben Dyda and Devon Oliver having standout performances and Alex Leo booting 3 majors. Shane Braham was again in the best and Ryan Reid kicked 3 goals for the Eagles.
United dominated their clash with Balaklava winning all four quarters to run out victors 24.17.161 to 8.7.55. Willy Serle, who is now second on the goal kickers list, booted 4 for the home side who spread their goals around evenly with eleven players kicking majors. Travis Opitz and Paul McLean were best for United and Balklava respectively and Glenn Dawson managed 3 goals in a losing side.
Second placed United will travel to Hummocks/Watchman in round 6 in a much anticipated clash. Two Wells will be looking to stay in touch with the improving the Virginia side when the two sides meet at Virginia on Saturday and Balaklava will have a tough task coming up against the all-conquering Mallala.
Round Five - May 12, 2007
Best: Hummocks/Watchman – D Cicolella, S Braham, J Cowan, S Light, M Higgs, S Jericho. Virginia – B Dyda, Oliver Devon, G Cooke, D Alderson, M Harding, R Starr. Goals: Hummocks/Watchman – Ryan Reid 3, D Barnes, J Wilson, S Jericho 2, S Braham, S Price, S Gill, D Cicolella, D Guthberg, J Manners 1. Virginia – A Leo 3, B Dyda, S Papanotis 2, A Seccafien, A Knapman, E Tsimiklis, A Conti, D Alderson, M Young 1.
Best: United – T Opitz, A Mansfield, M Pym, J Warrior, P Vandenburg, M Warnes. Balaklava – P McLean, G Willmer, L Evans, A Evans, H Walker, J Levi. Goals: United – W Serle, J Warrior 4, S Broad 3, M East, B Sobey, C Cockatoo-Collins, M Brown, T Opitz 2, B Shirman, A Mansfield, S Schulz 1. Balaklava – G Dawson 3, B Scott 2, A Evans, G Willmer, A Outram 1.
Best: Mallala – C Fitzgerald, J Earl, L Whitwell, J Hollit, R Montgomerie, D Feeley. Hamley Bridge – T Smith, R Savage, J Lowe, C Harvey, Brett Burgess, L Rowsell. Goals: Mallala – B Montgomerie 5, R Francis, D Feeley, J Earl 4, J Montgomerie, J Hollit, C Kenchington, B Murphy 2, R Montgomerie 1. Hamley Bridge – Brett Burgess 5, Ben Burgess, T Smith 2, A Rademacher, C Harvey, L Pratt 1.
Adelaide Plains Football League Round 4 wrap by Andrew Fuss
Mallala has upset reigning premier Hummocks/Watchman by 13 points in the top of the table clash at Mallala. Former Woodville-West Torrens player Jason Earl was best on ground for Mallala who now sit a game clear in first place with a very healthy percentage.
The home side were in front by 30 points going into the final quarter and held off the fast-finishing, but inaccurate, Eagles who kicked 4.6 to 2.1. The Eagles were again led by a brilliant display from Shane Braham and had their chances to steal the game from Mallala in the final term. Reese Francis kicked three goals for the home side while Ryan Reid, Shaun Light and Shane Braham all slotted home two majors for the visitors.
Two Wells finally managed to notch up their first win of the season over Hamley Bridge after losing to the other three top four sides from last year in the first three rounds. The home side got away to a flyer kicking six goals to two in the first quarter before Hamley Bridge fought back kicking eight goals in the second to lead by six points at the main interval. But the visitors could only manage two more goals for the game while the home side managed to kick eight in both halves. Sean Buss kicked five goals and Lee Allmond four for Two Wells while Ben Burgess kicked four for Hamley Bridge. Lee Allmond was named best on ground while Craig Harvey put in a solid effort for the visitors.
Balaklava proved to be too good for a hapless Virginia side in the clash at Balaklava. But the hosts didn’t have it all their way with Virginia determined to turn their fortunes after a 100 point thrashing the week before. The visitors lead by 11 points at the first change before Balaklava began to show their class with Ian McMillan best kicking six goals. Aaron Knapman kicked four and Andrew Conti was best for Virginia who went down by 73 points.
In Round Five action, Mallala have a good chance of extending their winning fortunes when they travel to Hamley Bridge. Virginia will be hoping to get their first win on the board when they host the Eagles and United will come up against Balaklava.
Round Four....Saturday May 5, 2007
Best: Mallala – J Earl, J Montgomerie, T Cawrse, B Murphy, R Francis, J Hollit. Hummocks/Watchman – S Braham, J Wilson, D Case, S Light, J Cowan, S Price. Goals: Mallala – R Francis 3, B Hardie, D Feeley, B Montgomery 2, R Montgomerie 1. Hummocks/Watchman – Ryan Reid, S Braham, S Light 2, J Wilson, D Case, J Manners 1.
Best: Balaklava – I McMillan, A Evans, B Catford, J Levi, J Walker, R Lamond. Virginia – A Conti, B Dyda, A Knapman, A Seccafien, S Saunberg, S Cox. Goals: Balaklava – I McMillan 6, B Catford 3, H Walker 2, A Evans, P McLean, R Lamond, G Dawson, J Walker, G Willmer, A Outram, J Levi 1. Virginia – A Knapman 4, A Leo 2, E Tsimiklis, A Seccafien 1.
Best: Two Wells – L Allmond, S Buss, O Allmond, A Hand, C Oliver, S Alexander. Hamley Bridge – C Harvey, T Would, J Lowe, J Thomas, J Schahinger, R Savage. Goals: Two Wells – Sean Buss 5, L Allmond 4, B Watts 3, J Antony 2, O Allmond, A Hand 1. Hamley Bridge – Ben Burgess 4, Brett Burgess 3, L Rowsell, T Smith, T Would 1.
APFL Round 3 wrap by Andrew Fuss
Mallala continued their impressive start to the season with a resounding 100 point win over Virginia. Brian Montgomery and Josh Hollit both kicked five goals for Mallala who set up the victory with a ten goal to one first half. Joel Montgomerie was best for Mallala while Troy Crampton, who fought hard all day, was Virginia’s best. The win means that Mallala are undefeated from their first two games and will have a healthy percentage after winning by 45 points against United in Round 2.
At Hamley Bridge, United recorded their second victory for the season, running over Hamley Bridge with a seven goal final term. Scores were close at the first three intervals but United, led by Michael Taylor and five goals from Willy Serle, proved to have the better legs down the stretch, getting up by 50 points. Tom Smith was best for Hamley Bridge while Brett Burgess booted two goals for the home side.
Port Wakefield played host to a shootout between Hummocks/Watchman and Two Wells with reigning premiers Hummocks/Watchman running out victors in front of their home supporters. The game sea-sawed all day with Two Wells leading at quarter and three-quarter time and the Eagles leading at half time and the all important final siren. After being down by nine points at three-quarter time, the Eagles showed their class kicking seven goals to three in the final term to win by 19 points. The reigning premiers shared the goals around with Matthew Higgs, Sam Jericho and Jared Wilson all slotting home three majors while Lee Allmond was best for Two Wells kicking three goals.
The win means Hummocks/Watchman remain undefeated and it sets up a tantalising top of the table clash at Mallala next Saturday. Two Wells will be looking to get their first win on the board when they host Hamley Bridge and Balaklava will be confident of coming up against a struggling Virginia side.
Round Three - Saturday April 28, 2007
Best: Hummocks/Watchman – S Braham, D Cicolella, J Cowan, S Price, T Sharpe, Ryan Reid. Two Wells – L Allmond, S Wise, G Buckley, S Fraser, A Hand, S Humphrys. Goals: Hummocks/Watchman – M Higgs, S Jericho, J Wilson 3, S Braham, D Cicolella 2, Ryan Reid 1, S Price, E Arnold, J Wilson 1. Two Wells – L Allmond 3, B Watts, S Wise, S Alexander 2, S Larrett, S Humphrys, S Buss, G Buckley, A Hand 1.
Best: United – M Taylor, M East, A Mansfield, M Pym, S McIntyre. Hamley Bridge – T Smith, B Byster, C Harvey, J Lowe, W Mattchoss, T Would. Goals: United – W Serle 5, V Paul 3, J Warrior 2, C Cockatoo-Collins, T Opitz, B Sharman, M East 1. Hamley Bridge – Brett Burgess 2, J Rademacher, T Would, Ben Burgess, L Rowsell.
Best: Mallala – J Montgomerie, R Francis, R Montgomerie, L Whitwell, J Hollit. Virginia – T Crampton, S Papanotis, B Farraly, N Hart, D Oliver, A Leo. Goals: Mallala – B Montgomery, J Hollit 5, D Feeley 2, J Montgomerie, B Thomas, B Moffatt, B Hardie 1. Virginia – R Southall, M Young, B Dyda 1.
Round Two - Saturday April 21, 2007
Best: Balaklava – H Walker, J Tiller, P McLean, A Evans. Two Wells – S Fraser, G Buckley, L Allmond, A Hand, S Buss. Goals: Balaklava – B Scott 4, J Levi 3, H Walker, A Evans, B Lamond 2, G Dawson, B Catford, A Outram, G Willmer, T McPharlin. Two Wells – S Fraser 3, N Seccafien, S Buss, L Allmond 2, C Oliver, O Allmond, G Buckley, J Antony, S Wise 1.
Best: Mallala – R Francis, C Kenchington, T Cawrse, J Wildbore. United – A Mansfield, M East, M Pym
Goals: Mallala – R Francis 4, C Kenchington, R Montgomery 2, L Whitwell, R Montgomery, D Feeley, J Earl 1. United: C Cockatoo-Collins, W Serle 2, B Sobey, S Dalgleish 1.
Best: Hamley Bridge – C Harvey, J Lowe, R Savage, B Byster, A Natt, W Mattschoss. Viriginia – B Farraly, N Hart, D Dyda, S Saunberg, S Gibson. Goals: Hamley Bridge – S Gregory, T Would, Brett Burgess, T Smith 2, J Schahinger, C Harvey, J Rademacher 1.
Virginia – B Dyda 3, E Tsimiikis, A Conti, S Gibson, R Starr, R Southall 1.
REIGNING PREMIER STARTS IN STYLE
Sunday April 15, 2006 - Round One
Hummocks/Watchman started the 2007 APFL season in fine form defeating Balaklava by 72 points at Port Wakefield. They set the game up in the first quarter kicking six goals to nothing. Ryan Reid was named best for the Eagles while Evan Arnold slotted through four goals, while Hayden Walker wasbest for Balaklava
After an even first term at Two Wells, United kicked clear to record a 61 point victory. Scott McIntyre and Ben Sobey were best for United, with ex Essendon and Port Adelaide star Che Cockatoo-Collins booting three goals. Jacob Hart and Nathan Applbee were best for United.
Next week: Balaklava hosts Two Wells, United played Mallala, Hamley Bridge visits Virginia while the reigning premiers Hummocks/Watchman have the Bye
Best: H/W Eagles – R Reid, A Wilson, D Cicolella, S Price, S Braham. Balaklava – H Walker, L Tezacker, S Nankivell. Goalkickers – E Arnold 4, R Reid, S Jericho, M Higgs 2, S Light, J Wilson, S Gill, A Wilson, S Price 1. Balaklava – N Dylan 2, H Walker 1, I McMillan 1.
Best: United – S McIntyre, B Sobey, S Schulz, M East. Two Wells – J Hart, N Applebee, D Applebee. Goalkickers: United – C Cockatoo-Collins, J McCardle 3, W Serle, B Sobey 2, A Mansfield, M Warnes, M East, M Taylor, S Schulz 1. Two Wells – A Hand 2, J Hart, S Buss, S Frasier 1.
Byes – Mallala, Virginia, Hamley Bridge
Hummocks/Watchman aim for three-peat.....March 6, 2007
By Andrew Fuss
Hummocks/Watchman coach Jared Wilson is aiming to make it a perfect three premierships from three years as player/coach. Wilson, 28, said the Eagles were starting to see the benefits of having a “really good bunch of local lads that have played a lot of junior footy together”.
The major challenge for the Eagles is to maintain the same level of motivation evident in their last two premiership years. However, Wilson believes that there are six or seven B-grade players who are good enough to be playing A-grade, ensuring that everyone will have to earn their spot.
Hummocks/Watchman has retained a very similar squad to last year, with Tim Trussle’s retirement the major out. Amos Wilson has returned from injury and Derrick Barr is back from overseas to bolster an already strong team, which last season conceded the fewest points in the league, while possessing the most potent attack.
A key figure in that attack was 32 year old Evan Arnold who booted 72 goals for the Eagles. Arnold is starting to gel more with the team and Wilson is hoping for another big year from the forward, “I’d like to think he’d be around the 80 to 100 (goals) mark”.
According to Wilson the teams to play finals football will be similar to last year, with United (who have acquired former AFL player Che Cockatoo-Collins) and Two Wells expected to be strong. The biggest challenge however, is expected to come from Balaklava, the only team to defeat the Eagles last season.
Balaklava coach Hayden Battle said he would be disappointed if they did not make the top three again this season. Losing three players last year to knee reconstructions has meant Balaklava has had a busy off-season. Club stalwart and former captain Andrew Michael has retired, Gary Wehr has moved to Western Australia, on-baller Anthony Crouch has transferred to Riverton and utility Wade Stevens has been cleared to play in Port Lincoln.
To counter these losses Balaklava have recruited strongly including the major coup of gaining former Australian Under 23 and Central District on-baller Jake Levy from Salisbury. A previous coach of Levy’s, John Brown, told Battle that Levy was someone who could be relied upon to “get a heap of kicks every week”. Balaklava has also picked up Ian McMillan from Mallala and former Central District Under 19 captain Brady Scott.
The return of tap ruckman Lachie Parker from a foot injury will allow reigning Adelaide Plains Mail Medallist Hayden Walker to spend more time up forward. Battle is expecting Walker to have another big year and hopes that he can improve on the 30 goals he kicked last season. Balaklava is also hopeful that covering for injuries this season will be made easier with the continued improvement of their B-grade, “the retention rate of the juniors is increasing so we are seeing some good young kids coming through”, second year coach Hayden Battle said.
Balaklava has practice matches against Barmera, Bute and South Clare while the Eagles play at Flinders Park on March 31 before the two fierce rivals face off in a Grand Final re-match in Round 1.
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