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HILLS CENTRAL FOOTBALL 2008

Teams: (Birdwood, Blackwood, Bridgewater, Hahndorf, Ironbank, Lobethal, Mount Barker, Mt Lofty, Onkaparinga Valley and Uraidla Districts)

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Mt Lofty

3.3

5.4

8.9

11.13 (79)

Blackwood

1.2

2.4

3.5

4.6 (30)

Best: Mt Lofty – B Burch, A Bawden, K Mehta, Matt Stapledon, M Nielsen. Blackwood – N Tomlinson, J Connell, S Collins, T Edwards, A Read. Goals: Mt Lofty – B Gordon 4, A Bawden 3, M Nielsen 2, K Mehta, S Broadbridge. Blackwood – D Gigney 2, K Cobb, A Read.

PRELIMINARY FINAL, September 13, 2008

Blackwood 13.15 (93) d Hahndorf 9.12 (66)

Best - Blackwood: J Sidebottam, N Tomlinson, J Bowen, T Edwards, K Cobb. Hahndorf: S Purling, A Stephens, A Bishop, M Stansborough, M Cooper. Goals - Blackwood: Sidebottam 4, A Read, D Roche 2, B Badenoch, P Magare, K Cobb, D Jones, S Woods. Hahndorf: A Bishop 4, A Stephens 2, J Treagus, N Johnson, A Kempe.

Second Semi Final on Saturday September 6, 2008

Mt Lofty 14-17 (101) d Blackwood 10-8 (68)

Best: Mt Lofty – N Peterson-Grey, S Broadbridge, R Mehta,  M Stapledon, M Baldock. Blackwood – A Roche, T Edwards, J Bowen, K Cobb, N Mitchell. Goals: Mt Lofty – B Gordon 5, B Pistola, S Broadbridge 3, H Cutting 2, L Fleet. Blackwood – A Roche 5, P Magarey, T Way, N Mitchell, J Allen, N Skelly.

First Semi Final on Sunday September 7, 2008

Hahndorf

2.2

4.7

5.8

7.12 (54)

Mt Barker

2.2

3.3

5.5

6.7 (43)

Best: Hahndorf - B Layley, T Kaesler, M Copper, S Wyld, A Stephens. Mt Barker - B Heinrich, M HIggs, B Herbie, P Smith, D Murphy.Goals: Hahndorf - M Stansborough, A Stephens, S Wyld, M Mullins, N Johnson, A Bishop, M Cooper. Mt Barker - S Byrt 2, M Higgs, C Graetz, L Marston.

Elimination Final on Sunday 31 August 2008 at Balhannah

Hahndorf

6.4

8.4

10.7

12.9 (81)

Uraidla Districts

0.2

4.9

6.12

9.17 (71)

Best: Hahndorf – S Durling, T Andrew, M Cooper, T Kaesler, R Thyer, M Stansborough, B Layley. Uraidla Dists – S Ebert, P Richards, W McLean, J Pridham, K McLean. Goals: Hahndorf – J Treagus 3, M Cooper, A Kempe, J Gallagher, M Stansborough 2, N Johnson. Uraidla Dists – S Ebert 3, C Staples 2, M Vidic, S Sutherland, D Brown, A Moulds.

Qualifying Final on Saturday August 30, 2008

Blackwood 9.10 (64) d Mt Barker 7.9 (51).

Best - Blackwood: T Edwards, M Padroth, A Roche, S Collins, J Allen. Mt Barker: S Byrt, M Williams, S Hermel, S Nunan, P Smith. Goals - Blackwood:   A Roche 3, P Magarey, N Mitchell, J Allen 2. Mt Barker: S Nunan 2, J McDonald, D Murphy, M Higgs, L Marston, S Byrt.   

Round 18 - August 23, 2008

Mt Lofty 24.24 (168) d Hahndorf 9.5 (59).

Best -Mt Lofty A Bawden, B Burch, H Cutting, M Stapleton, L Fleet. Hahndorf - B Layley, M Cooper, S Purling; J Gallagher T Andrew. Goals -- Mt Lofty: H Cutting 7, L Fleet 3. A Bawden, N Peterson­Gray, B Pistola, J Temme 2, S Broadbridge, S Huff. Hahndorf - J Gallagher 3, T Nicholas, J Treagus, A Kempe, A Bishop, M Cooper.

Blackwood 14.11 (95) d Uraidla Districts 9.13 (67).

Best - Blackwood: J Sidebottom, P Magarey. T Edwards. J Connell. J Ewers. Uraidla Districts: J Pridham, R Kepa, K McLean, T Martin, D Loffler. Goals - Blackwood: M Magarey 4, A Roche 3, M Skelly. J Allen, M Paproth 2, S Work. Uraidla Districts C Staples, D Brown 2, D Smart, A Moulds. A Cox, P Richards; J Alksne.

Ironbank 25.28 (178) d Birdwood 13.15 (93).

Best--Ironbank. C Naughton, D Exelby; W Muirden, G Williams, M Close, Birdwood G Manton. C Bubner. J Curbs. S Friend B Sparrow. Goals -Ironbank: W Muirden 5, C Manno, C Naughton 4. S Wendelborn 3. D Exelby, G Williams 2, M Close, K Kick, B Thomas, C Thomas, A Widdison. Birdwood: M Coad 4, G Manton 3.  P Lowe 2. J Curtis, T Matoga, S Longman. 0 Cannon.

Mt Barker 16.11 (107) d Onkaparinga Valley 4.10 (34).

Best - Mt Barker: S Byrt; S Nunan, L Marston, D Murphy, S Hermel. Onkaparinga Valley: N Smart, M Ryan, S Tanner, A Rowse. B Smart. Goals -- Mt Barker L Marston 6. S Byrt. C Graetz, S Nunan, L Clohesy, J McDonald, B Heinrich. Onkaparinga Valley: C Shee 2. M Ryan, D Wescombe.

Bridgewater 13.10 (88) d Lobethal 8.5 (53).

Best Bridgewater S Smith, P Marshall, L Staniford. H Smith, J Bevelander. Lobethal: D Milsom 2. A Rawlings, I Jaensch. S Aufderheide, P Dienelt, B Nitschke, D Freeman. Goals -- Bridgewater L Stuckey 3, A Parry, J Johnson 2, L Walsh. J Summerill, D Wyles. A Batanero, A Parry. Lobethal: D Milsom 2. A Rawlings, I Jaensch, S Aufderheide. P Dienelt, B Nitschke. D Free­man.

Round 17 - August 16, 2008

Uraidla Districts 9.11 (65) d Hahndorf 8.7 (55).

Best - M Vidic, S Ebert, C Cox, A Moulds, J Pridham. Hahndorf: T Nicholas, T Kaesler, M Cooper, R Thyer. S Wyld. Goals - Uraidla: D Brown, M Vidic, A Cox 2, C Staples, P Richards, A Moulds. Hahndorf -  J Gallagher, N Johnson, M Mullins 2, A Kempe, M Cooper.

Mt Lofty 17.16 (118) d Ironbank 2.2 (14).

Best - Mt Lofty: J Temme, N Petersen-Gray, B Burch. Matt Stapleton, S Wood. Ironbank C Schneider, M Hoovers. M Smith, W Muirden, J Bawden. Goals - Mt Lofty. N Petersen-Grey 4, L Fleet 3, B Gordon, H Cutting, B Pistola 2, M Stapleton, K Memo, M O'Connor, A Weeks. Ironbank: K Manno, G Williams.

Blackwood 14.16 (100) d Lobethal 4.2 (26).

Best - Blackwood: D Gigney, A Roche, K Cobb, M Liddy, S Work. Lobethal: D Freeman, M Karger, A Rawlings, S Higgins, S Aufderheide. Goals -- Blackwood D Gigney 10, M Skelly, T Edwards, B Todd, A Roche. Lobethal: P Colquhoun, A Rawlings, D Freeman, I Jaensch.

Onkaparinga Valley 14.13 (97) d Bridgewater 8.5 (53).

Best - Onkaparinga Hills: C Sampson, M Ryan, J Russell, B Smith, S Role, Bridgewater: A Parry, H Smith, L Stamford, T Henschke, L Stuckey. Goals - Onkaparinga Hills S Smith, C Sampson 3, M Gardner, D Green 2, J Russell, M Ryan, T Threadgold, R Tutt. Bridgewater: A Parry 3, M Breen, H Smith, L Stuckey, A Parry, L Stanford.

Mount Barker 18.22 (130) d Birdwood 10.8 (68).

Best - Mount Barker: D Murphy, J McDonald, B Herbig, S Nunan, P Smith. Birdwood: D Bradbrook, S Moerman, T Matoga, J Curtis, S Friend. Goals - Mount Barker: C Graetz 4, B Heinrich. M Higgs, P Smith, L Marston 2, D Murphy, J McDonald, S Nunan, S Byrt, L Clohesy, J Lores. Birdwood: G Hanton 3, P Sanders 2, 0 Cannon, S Longman, P Lowe, D Bradbrook, D Jones.

Round 16 - August 9, 2008

Uraidla 19.17 (131) d Lobethal 0.2 (2).

Best - Uraidla: S Ebert, M Vidic, T Martin, P Richards, W McLean. Lobethal: A Rawlings, M Karger, D Freeman, K Deer, B Nitschke. Goals - Uraidla: C Staples 5, P Richards, A Cox 4, A Moulds 3, T Martin 2, M Vidic.

Hahndorf 12.11 (83) d Ironbank 3.6 (24).

Best - Hahndorf: B Layley, T Kaesler, S Purling, J Gallagher, S Wyld. Ironbank: M Howes, J Bawden, M Smith, C Schneider, K Kock Goals - - Hahndorf M Mullins 4, J Gallagher, N Johnson 2, M Stansborough, T Kaesler. W Russell, A Bishop. Ironbank: S Walter, A Widdison, G Williams.

Onkaparinga Valley 4.7 (31) d Blackwood 3.5 (23).

Best -- Onkaparinga Valley: N Smart, J Smith, S Tanner, B Davies, J Contin. Blackwood: K Cobb, D Salievic, P Magarey, T Edwards, S Collins. Goals --Onkaparinga: C Shee 2, M Ryan, M Francis. Blackwood: P Magarey 2, M Liddy.

Birdwood 6.10 (46) d Bridgewater 4.4 (28).

Best - Birdwood: T Matoga, R Austin, L Barrett, P Lowe, J Curtis. Bridgewater S Fatchen. A Bateniro, A Parry, P Marshall, H Smith. Goals - Birdwood: G Hanton 3, P Lowe 2, T Matoga. Bridgewater: A Parry, L Stuckey, M Breen, J-Johnson.

Mount Barker 6.5 (35) d Mount Lofty 4.5 (29).

Best - Mt Barker: T Barnett, S Nunan, N Remnant, S Byrt, B Herbig. Mt Lofty: B Burch, Matt Stapleton, Michael Stapleton, A Bawden, N Petersen-Gray. Goals - Mt Barker: L Marston 2, B Heinrich, S Nunan, L Clohesy, T Barnett. Mt Lofty: B Pistols 2, M Baldock, B Gordon.

Round 15 - August 2, 2008

Hahndorf 13.17 (95) d Mount Barker 12.13 (85).

Best - Hahndorf: N Johnson, J Gallagher, T Nicholas, M Cooper, M Stansborough. Mount Barker: L Marston, N Remnant, S Nunan, D Ralph, D Murphy. Goals - Hahndorf: J Gallagher 5, N Johnson 3, M Mullins 2. J Treagus, A Kemp W Russell. Mount Barker: L Marston 7, J McDonald, D Murphy, S Nunan, L Clohesy, S Byrt.

Uraidla Districts 9.15 (69) d Ironbank 3.5 (23).

Best· Uraidla: M Vidic, B Ebert, B Thompson, J Pridham. Ironbank: C Clements, M Howels, Flaherty, S Walter, K Bawden. Goals – Uraidla: M Vidic, C Staples, S Ebert 2. R Ebel, D Lollie, T Martin. Ironbank: S Walter 2, A Widdison.

Mount Lofty 16.20 (116) d Bridgewater 1.2 (8).

Best· Mount Lofty: M Stapleton, N Petersen-Grey, I Neilson, B Burch, S Wood. Bridgewater: L Stuckey, S Smith, A Parry, M Bateman, P Marshall. Goals - Mount Lofty: B Gordon 5. B Dawes 3, B Burns, M Stapleton, A Bawden, H Cutting, L Fleet, B Pistola, J Temme, M O'Connor. Bridgewater: H Bevelander.

Onkaparinga Valley 23.16 (154) d Lobethal 1.6 (12).

Best: - Onkaparinga Valley: S Tanner, C Shee, J Contin, Smart, C Sampson. Lobethal: D Freeman, I Karger, D Pfeiffer, M Palmer, B Higgins. Goals ­ Onkaparinga Valley: C Shee 7, S Smith, J Contin 3, M Gardner, R Tutt 2, N Smart, D Green, B Davies. S Russell, M Ryan, B Tanner. Lobethal: C Greer

Blackwood 19.19 (133) d Birdwood 7.11 (53)

Best - Blackwood: S Collins, A Silvy, J Bawden, A Read, A Roche. Birdwood: D Bradbrook, Austen, J Curtis, C Subnmer, T Matoga. Goals ­Blackwood: A Roche 6, A Silvy 3, T Edwards,K Cobb 2, S Todd, J Sidebottom, A Read, E Wallace. Birdwood: Plow, M Moerme 2, P Sanders, G Hanton, S Friend.

Round 14 - July 26, 2008

Hahndorf 31.21 (207) d Bridgewater 7.8 (50).

Best - Hahndorf: T Nicholas, M Cooper, S Wyld. T Kaesler, M Stansborough. Bridgewater: M Bateman, T Henschke, J Johnson, A Parry, L Stuckey. Goals - Hahndorf: A Kempe 6, A Bishop, J Treagus 5, M Cooper, N Johnson 3, T Nicholas, T Kaesler, M Stansborough, J Gallagher 2, C Trapp. Bridgewater: B Smith 2, A Batenero, L Gane, P Marshall, A Parry, J Johnson.

Uraidla Districts 20.9 (129) d Onkaparinga Valley 12.7 (79).

Best - Uraidla: D Loffler, M Vidic, P Richards, D Brown, T Martin. Onkaparinga:  S Smith. J Smith, N Smart. B Pfeiffer, C Shee. Goals - Uraidla: D Brown 7, C Staples 5, M Vidic 3, P Richards 2, T Martin, R Kepa, D Loffler. Onkaparinga: C Shee 4, R Tutt, S Russell, D Green 2, M Penny, N Smart.

Birdwood 18.14 (122) d Lobethal 10.12 (72).

Best - Lobethal: S Higgins, T Mason, D Freeman, B Nitshcke, M Schroeder. Goals - Lobethal: B Nitschke 4, D Freeman 2, A Rawlings, T Mason, S Higgins, M Schroeder.

Mt Barker 22.22 (154) d Ironbank 6.10 (46).

Best –  Mt Barker: J McDonald, B Herbig, S Byrt, P Smith, S Nunan. lronbank: J Bawden, 0 Flaherty, C Clements, S Wendelborn, G Williams. Goals - Mt Barker: S Byrt, S Nunan 4, L Martson, C Graetz 3, P Smith, L Clohesy 2, N Remnant, F Scanlon, M Williams, J Fielke. Ironbank: A Widdison, C Naughton, J Graetz 2.

Mt Lofty

4.1

8.5

10.9

14.14 (98)

Blackwood

2.2

2.3

4.4

5.7 (37)

Best: Mt Lofty - A Weeks, A Bawden, M Stapleton, S Wood, B Burch. Blackwood - D Salievic, K Cobb, T Kleinig, M LIddy, D Gigney. Goals: Mt Lofty - Brett Pistola 6, Ben Gordon 5, B Burch, M Artis, H Cutting. Blackwood - D Gigney 2, B Badenoch, A Silvy, J Pope.

Round 13 - July 19, 2008

Blackwood 14.13 (97) d Hahndorf 14.10 (94).

Best - Blackwood: T Kleinig, A Roche, M Padroth, A Read, T Edwards. Hahndorf: T Nicholas, J Gallagher, R Thyer, T Kaesler,  M Cooper. Goals - Blackwood: A Roche 6, D Gigney, J Pope 2, B Badenoch, P Magarey, I Liddy, J Bowen. Hahndorf: T Nicholas 4, T Kaesler, J Gallagher, M Mullins, N Johnson, M Cooper.

Ironbank 29.17 (191) d Bridgewater 10.9 (69).

Best - Ironbank: M Smith, Wendelborn, D Flaherty, C Thomas, K Kod Bridgewater: H Smith, L Stuckey, T Henschke, S Foutoulis. ·Goals - Ironbank: G Williams 6, S Walter 5, W Muirden, S Wendelborn 3, M Howe, M Kartinyeri, K Kock, C Thomas 2, D Flaherty, J Graetz, L Keely, A Widdison. Bridgewater: S Foutoulis 3, A Parry 2, J Bevelander, D Fatchen, S Fatchen, L Gane, Johnson.

Mt Lofty 31.31 (217) d Lobethal 0.1 (1).

Best - Mt Lofty: A Bawden, M Stapletor S Wood, N Petersen·Gray, B Burch. Lobetha S Higgins, D Freeman, I Jaensch, H James, P Harten. Goals - Mt Lotty: B Pistola 5, A Bawden, L Fleet 4, J Temme 3, S Wood, K Mehta, I Cutting, D Baldock, M Davies 2, M Stapleton, N Petersen-Gray, B Gordon, M Neilson, J Temme.

Onkaparinga Valley 34.13 (217) def Birdwood 11.13 (79).

Best - Onkaparinga Valley: S Tanner, M Angove, C Shee, J Contin, A Galvin. Birdwood: S Mundy, S Moerman, . Bromet, G Hanton, T Matoga. Goals - Onkaparinga: D Wescombe 7, M Penny 5, C Shee, J Contin 4, S Russell, M Gardner 3,  D Green R Tutt 2, C Sampson, N Smart, S Tan. Birdwood S Mundy, G Hanton 2, P Sanders, S Friend 2, D Bradbrook, R Harrison, W Shoenfelt.

Mt Barker 10.14 (74) d Uraidla Districts 10.6 (66)

Best - Mt Barker: D Murphy, T Barnett, E Heinrich, S Nunan, F Scanlon. Uraidla: M Vidic W McLean, B Thompson, K McLean, J Pridham Goals - Mt Barker: C Graetz, L Clohesy, I Marston 3, S Byrt. Uraidla: D Brown 3, W McLean, A Cox 2, F Chevalier, D Loffler, J Moulds.

Round 12 - July 5 2008

Uraidla Districts 29.19 (193) d Birdwood 3.7 (25).

Best - Uraidla Districts: 0 Smart, J Cox, S Ebert, 0 Brown, T Martin. Birdwood:  T Matoga, S Longman, S Schulz. Goals - Uraidla Districts: A Cox 10, D Brown 7, W McLean, D Smart, A Moulds 3, S Ebert, C Loffler, T Martin. Birdwood: R Parasiers, S Purcell, J Curtis.

Hahndorf 30.15 (195)  def Lobethal 3.8 (26).

Best - Hahndorf: M Stansborough, T Kaesler, A Stephens, N Johnson, A Moseley. Lobethal: N Stark, D Freeman, D Pfieffer, S Higgins, P Kluske. Goals ­Hahndorf: A Bishop, M Mullins, J Gallagher 4, M Stansborough, T Kaesler, B White, N Johnson 3, C Trapp, A Kempe 2, A Stephens, D Hughes, Lobethal: D Freeman 2, W Joyce.

Ironbank 14.6 (90) d Blackwood 12.13 (85).

Best - Ironbank: K Kock, G Williams, M Close, B Thomas, D Flaherty. Blackwood: A Roche, S Collins, D Gigney, K Cobb, A Read. Goals - Ironbank A Widdison 4, B Thomas, G Williams 3, W Muirden, L Keeley, M Howes, J Graetz. Black wood: D Gigney 4: A Roche 3, J Pope 2, D Farrell, B Todd, J Bowen.

Mt Barker 34.19 (223) d Bridgewater 10.7 (67).

Best - Mt Barker: I Nunan, B Heinrich, C Graetz, S Bellman, R Remnant. Bridgewater: P Marshall, L Staniforc S Smith, M Jones, B Pohl. Goals - Mt Barker C Graetz 10, S Nunan 7, P Smith, L Marston 3, D Murphy, L Clohesy, S Fraser, B Heinrich, N Remnant 2, S Byrt. Bridgewater: J Bevelander A Parry 2, P Turner, D Fatchen, K Daly, I Stuckey.

Mt Lofty

5.5

7.11

16.18

13.19 (97)

Onkaparinga Valley

2.1

6.4

10.5

12.8 (80)

Best: Mt Lofty - A Bawden, M Stapledon, B Burch, M Artis, M Baldock. Onka Valley - J Smith, C Shee, N Smart, B Pfeiffer, S Smith. Goals: Mt Lofty - B Gordon, K Mehta 3, L Fleet 2, M Artis, N Petersen-Grey, O Temme, B Pistola, A Weeks. Onka Valley - C Shee 5, A Galvin, N Smart 2, M Gardner, T Kerber, D Wescombe.

Round 11 - June 28, 2008

Blackwood 16.13 (109) d Mt Barker 9.4 (58).

Best - Blackwood: D Gigney, J Bowen, A Read, N Mitchell, K Cobb. Mt Barker: B Herbig, S Bellman, D Murphy, S Nunn, B Henrich. Goals - Blackwood: D Gigney 7, A Roche 4, B Badenoch, A Read, A Silvy, J Pope, D Farrel. Mt Barker B Heinrich 2, D Murphy, C Graetz, D Henke, M Ferris, L Marston, J Groutch, J McDonald.

Hahndorf 21.18 (144) d Onkarparinga Valley 11.11 (77).

Best - Hahndorf: T Nicholas, M Stansborough, M Mullins, T Kaesler, T Andrews. Onkaparinga Valley -  N Smart, S Tanner, J Contin, J Smith, J Russell. Goals - Hahndorf: M Mullins 6, A Bishop 4, T Kaesler 3, M Stansborough, J Gallagher 2, A Stephens, B Howman, N Johnson, W Russell. Onkaparinga Valley: M Penny, D Wescombe 2, J condo, M Francis, M Gardner, D Green. D Mahoney, C Sampson, S Tanner.

Uraidla Districts 24.25 (169) d Bridgewater 11.10 (76).

Best - Uraidla Districts: T Martin, P Richards, W McLean, S Ebert, J Pridham. Bridgewater A Parry, S Fatchen. M Jones, J Summerhill. L Walsh, Goals - Uraidla Districts: D Brown 5, S Sutherland. P Richards 3, L Schapel, B Mould, W McLean, D Smart 2, S Ebert, A Cox T Martin, F Chevalier. J Alksne. Bridgewater: A Parry 4; P Marshall 2, L Walsh, J Summerhill, Z Cott, L Staniford, J Johnson.

Ironbank 26.23 (179) d Lobethal 7.4 (46).

Best - Ironbank G Williams, S Wendelborn, D Flaherty, M Howes, A Widdison. Lobethal: S Jaensch, B Joyce, N stark, D Pfeifer, J Harten. Goals - Ironbank: G Williams A Widdison 5. S Wendelborn 4, W Muirden, M Howes 3, J Graetz 2, L Kelsey, D Flaherty, D Exelby, J Rawden. Lobethal: D Milsom 2, P Colquhoun, S Jaensch, B Nitchke, N Stark, P Kluske.

Mt Lofty 41.23 (269) d Birdwood 4.1 (25).

Best - Nit Lofty: A Bawden, M Nelson, M Stapleton, B Burch, N Peterson-Gray. Birdwood: R Schutz, R Harrison, 0 Cannon, W Shoefeldt, A Crinlon. Goals - Mt Lofty: B Gordon 10, N Petersen-Gray 6, B Burch. M Artis 4, H Cutting, 0 Temme 3, J Temme, A Bawden, M O'Connor 2, S Wood, M Stapleton, M Baldock, D Stevens, M Coates, Birdwood: H Schultz 3, 0 Lowe.

Round 10 - June 21, 2008

Hahndorf 24.25 (169) d Birdwood 11.7 (73).

Best - Hahndorf: J Gallagher, M Stansborough, A Stephens. A Kempe, B Layle. Birdwood: G Hanton, P Lowe, D Smith, J Davis, 0 Cannon, Goals - Hahndorf: J Gallagher 10, M Mullins 4, M Stansborough, N Johnson 3, M Cooper 2, A Kempe, B Howman. Birdwood: G Hanton 6, S Longman, P Lowe 2, D Smith.

Mount Barker 11.22 (88) d Lobethal 1.4 (10).

Best - Mount Barker: D Murphy, S Nunan, N Remnant, B Herbig, T Barnett. Lobethal: A Georgiou, P Colquhoun, H James, J Harten, B Joyce. Goals - Mount Barker: L Marston 4, B Heinrich 2, J McDonald, C Graetz, L Clohesy, M Higgs, M Ferris. Lobethal: S Jaensch.

Blackwood 18.17 (125) d Bridgewater 4.8 (32).

Best - Blackwood: T Way, D Gigney, T Edwards, D Salievic, T Kleinig. Bridgewater. S Fatchen, J Summerill, L Walsh, J Johnson, J Bevelander. Goals - Blackwood: D Gigney 7, A Silvy, P Magarey 2, B Badenoch, J Bow, K Cobb, N Mitchell, C Lay, J Sidebottom, T Edwards. Bridgewater: L Walsh, A Parry, L Staniford, J Johnson.

Mount Lofty 9.5 (59) d Uraidla Districts 5.3 (33).

Best - Mount Lofty: M Neilson, M Stapleton, D Stevens, B Burch, A Bawden. Uraidla Districts: R Ebel, M Vidic, W McLean, P Richards, D Smart. Goals - Mount Lofty: B Gordon 4, N Peterson-Gray 2, H Cutting 2. M Neilson. Uraidla Districts: D Brown 3, D Loffler, T Martin.

Onkaparinga Valley 13.14 (92) d Ironbank 9.12 (66).

Best - Onkaparinga Valley: M Gardner, J Smith, B Davies, C Shea, S Tanner. Ironbank. S Walter, J Bawden, D Flaherty, D Exelby, M Close. Goals - Onkaparinga Valley: M Penny, C Shee, D Wescombe 2, J Contin, M Gardner, D Green, S Role, N Smart, J Smith, S Tanner. Ironbank. M Kartinyeri, W Muirden, S Walter 2, L Keeley, C Manno, S Wendelborn

Round 9 - June 14, 2008

Onkaparinga Valley 14.11 (95) d Mt Barker 14.10 (94).

Best Onkaparinga Valley: S. Smlth, C Shee. M Angove, D Green, J Russell. Mt Barker - L Clohesy, S Nunan. S Bellman. M Higgs, S Byrt. Goals - Onkaparinga Valley: C Shee 6,  S Tanner 3, D Wescombe, J Contin 2, M Penny. Mt Barker L Clohesy 6, C Graetz 4, D Henke 2 B Heinrich, S Byrt.

Blackwood 14.9 (93) d Uraidla Districts 11.6 (72).

Best- Blackwood: M Tomlinson,  K Cobb, D Gigney, D Farrell. G Francis. Uraidla Districts: D Thompson, W McLean, S Ebert, M Vidic, C McEntee. Goals --Blackwood: K Cobb 3, A Roche 2, N Mitchell, J Pope 2, A Read, C Lay. J Sidebottom. D Farrell. G Francis. Uraidla Districts. A Cox 3, C Cox. D Brown 2 S Ebert. P Richards. C McIntee. L Schapel.

Ironbank 21.11 (137) d Birdwood 14.7 (91).

Best - Ironbank S Wendelborn. G Williams, J Graetz. A Widdison, S Walter. Birdwood. S Carman, S Longman. T Matoga. G Hanton, P Lowe. Goals - Ironbank: J Graetz 7, W Muirden 4, S Wendelborn 3, C Manno 2, A Adams, M Kartlnyeri, M Howes, B Thomas, A Widdison. Birdwood: G Hanton 4, P Sanders, S Friend 3, S Longman 2, P Low, T Matoga.

Bridgewater 13.10 (88) d Lobethal 11.11 (77).

Best -- Bridgewater L Walsh, T Henschke, B Waldren, J Johnson, P Marshall Lobethal: I Jaensch, N Stark, B Joyce, D Freeman, M Karge. Goals - Bridgewater P Turner 3, A Parry, L Stanford, A Parry 2, M Breen, K Day, D Saffin, P Marshall Lobethal: I Jaensch 4, M Schroeder. D Higgins, D Freeman 2 S Jaensch.

Mt Lofty 17.28 (130) d Hahndorf 7.13 (55).

Best - Mt Lofty: B Burch, M Neilson, M Baldock, A Weeks. M Artis. Hahndorf: B Layley M Cooper. T Nicholas, M Stansborough, R Colman. Goals - Mt Lofty: M 0'Connor 3, B Burch, M Baldock, H Cutting, 0 Temme. J Temme 2, A Weeks, A Bawden. A Cooper. N Petersen-Grey. Hahndorf: B Howman, M Stansborough 2, J Gallagher, R Thyer, M Mullins

Round 8 - May 31, 2008

Onkaparinga Valley 24.14 (156) d Bridgewater 10.10 (70).

Best - Onkaparinga: J Contin, B Dubois, S Tanner, C Shee, D Green. Bridgewater: L Staniford, T  Henschke, L Gene, P Turner. Goals - Onkaparinga: D Wescombe 5, J Contin 4, G Shee, M Penny 3, S Tanner, B Dubois, M Gardner, T Kerber, J Mahoney, C Sampson, S Smith, J Threadgold. Bridgewater. L Staniford, P Turner, J Bevertander, J Johnson, H Smith, Aaron Parry.

Mt Barker 36.22 (238) d Birdwood 7.8 (50).

Best - Mt Barker: S Nunan, D Henke, D Murphy, B Herbig, B Heinrich. Birdwood: P Lowe, C Bubner, T Magoga, J Davis, G Hanton. Goals - Mt Barker. C Graetz 9, D Henke 7, B Heinrich, L Clohesy 5, S Smith 4, S Nunan 3, D Murphy, P Neale, M Higgs. Birdwood: G Hanton, P Lowe 2, R  Harrison, T Bromet, S Mundy.

Blackwood 25.17 (167) d Lobethal 2.4 (16).

Best - Blackwood: Tomlinson, Edwards, Gigney, Bowen, Read Lobethal Deer, Harem. Stark, Joyce, Nuske. Goals - Blackwood. Allen, Pope 3, J Bowen, C Lay, T Kleinig, Edwards, Tomlinson, Farrell 2, Magarey, T Way, A Read, Francis Work, Fisher, Kelly. Lobethal: Jaensch, Dienelt.

Mount Lofty 13.18 (96) d Ironbank 12.12 (84).

Best - Mount Lofty: Mehta, Peterson, Gray, Cutting. Wood, Davies. Ironbank. Billings, Naughton, Wenderborn, Williams. Goals Mount Lofty: Gordon, Mehta 3, Artis, Cutting, Ball, C Temme, J Temme, Broadbridge, A Weeks. Ironbank Graetz, Naughton 3, Williams 2, Adams, Muirden. L Keeley.

Uraidla Districts 19.13 (127) d Hahndorf 19.9 (123).

Best - Uraidla Richards, Cox, Pridham, Loffler, Smart. Hahndort: Kaesler, Gallagher, Bishop, Johnson. Goals - Uraidla: Brown 6. Cox 5, Loffler 2, Ebert, Alksne, Sandercock, Schapel. Hahndorf - J Gallagher 6, Bishop 5, Johnson 4. Kempe, Cooper.

Round 7 - May 24, 2008

Blackwood 19.19 (127) d Onkaparinga Valley 6.4 (40).

Best -Blackwood: P Magarey, J Sidebottom, D Jones, J Wood. J  Bowen. Onkaparinga Valley. B Smith, J Contin, M Francis, B Dubois, B Pfeifler. Goals -- Blackwood: J Wood, N Mitchell 4, S Woods 2, A Roche, J Bowen, K Cobb, A Read, D Jones, J Sidebottom, T Edwards D Farrell, J Allen. Onkaparinga Valley M Penny, J Russell, C Shee, N Smart, D Wescombe.

Birdwood 15.23 (113) d Bridgewater 11.13 (79).

Best Birdwood - T Matoga, 0 Cannon, G Hanton. M Coad, S Moerman. Bridgewater -  H Smith, J  Bevelander, D Marsh, L Staniford, M Jones. Best - Birdwood. P Saunders 5, G Hanton 4, S Longman, S Moerman 2, D Bradbrook, S Friend. Bridgewater: A Parry 4, H Smith, L Staniford, M Jones, P Turner, M Bateman, B Scott 4, M Brennan.

Mt Lofty 22.10 (142) d Mt Barker 8.10 (58).

Best -- Mt Lofty: B Burch, J Temme. K Mehta, B Gordon, A Weeks. Mt Barker: F Scanlon, M Higgs, S Bellman. S Munan, D Henke. Goals Mt Lofty. B Gordon 11, A Weeks, A Cooper, M Nielson 2, U Stapleton, N Petersen-Gray, M Baldock, K Mehta, R O'Gorman. Mt Barker. F Scanlon 3, L Marston, C Graetz 2, J McDonald.

Uraidla Districts 23.17 (155) d Lobethal 2.7 (19).

Best -- UraidIa: B Thompson, P Richards, J Pridham, D Cox. D Smart. Lobethal:  M Palmer. J Harten, K Deer, S Higgins, D Pfeifler. Goals  Uraidla: D Brown 6, A  Moulds 4, A Cox, J Alksne 3, D Loffler, K Sum 2, S Ebert, C Staples, B Thompson. Lobethal: D Pfeiffer, S Jeansch.

Ironbank 13.16 (94) d Hahndorf 13.13 (91).

Best - Ironbank S Wendelborn, J Bawden, G Williams, M Howes, K Kock. Hahndorf: S Wyld, M Mullins, N Johnson, C Asimus 2, J Gallagher, J Heln, J Treagus, D Hughes, T Andrews. Goals-- Ironbank: S Wendelborn, G Williams, C Manno 3, J Greatz, L Keeley, W Muirden, C Naughton. Hahndorf – S Wyld, M Mullins, N Johnson, C Asimus 2, J Gallagher, J Hein, J Treagus, D Hughes, T Andrews

The week that was in Hills Central Footy from Duane Schultz

The results from round six are in and it seems a pretty close competition with any one of seven teams laying their claim to finals action.

Mount Lofty, Mount Barker and Blackwood are all equally placed with 10 points-a-piece, with a small amount of percentage separating them.

Hahndorf sit fourth quietly going about their business, just a touch ahead of Uraidla and Onkaparinga Valley has recovered from some early losses to be a win behind them.

Ironbank are also threatening with three wins for the season.

Mount Lofty’s season keeps getting better with a 109 point thrashing of Bridgewater. Final scores read a massive 26.18 (174) for the Mountain Devils and a spirited 10.5 (65) to the Raiders. In dark conditions, where in another sport the umpires would’ve consulted their light metres, the Mountain Devils took a half to dispel any chance of a Raiders upset. It seems that the lower teams of the table certainly put the fight up to their higher placed opponents in round six as many of the matches showed tight first halves of footy.

Bridgewater showed determination and spirit in the first half, but the quality of the Mountain Devils eventually came up trumps. Michael O’Connor kicked five majors for Mount Lofty and Captain Heath Cutting lead his chargers with a best on ground performance. Jack Bevelander was best on ground for the Raiders, while Ben Pohl led the scorers for his team with three majors.

In other Hills Central action from round six Uraidla, lead by experienced Scotty Sutherland defeated Ironbank by 54 points. Cameron Staples was best for Uraidla with his six goals.

There was no Kangaroo culling in South Australia this week as Mount Barker treated their past legends while continuing its solid for 2008 by defeating Hahndorf by 22 points at home.

The Mount Barker 1983 A and B Grade premiership sides held their 25th Anniversary celebrations and were treated to a great contest by their boys of today.  Tim Barnett was best on ground for the Roos, while Matt Cooper showed some solid form for Hahndorf.

Round Seven looks a rip-snorter of a round promising to deliver some close contests. Mt Lofty host Mt. Barker this week, while Hahndorf will look to get back on the winner’s list against Ironbank, while the Thunderers will look to leap frog Onkaparinga Valley on the ladder. Birdwood host Bridgewater. Onkaparinga Valley host Blackwood in the battle of the leading goal kickers for the league. Uraidla will face off with Lobethal.

 

Battle of the leading goal kickers looms by Duane Schultz

Onkaparinga Valley secured their third successive win with an 82-point win over Lobethal. But strangely the result wasn’t as clear-cut as the final score suggested. Lobethal’s inaccuracy was their worst enemy as they forfeited a chance to have Onkaparinga Valley on the ropes heading into the first change. It was a five point lead to Lobethal at quarter-time, but the Tigers had five more scoring shots than the Bulldogs. But the Bulldogs, after a slow start, got their act together in the remaining three quarters, especially the third, nailing nine majors, while Lobethal could only watch on as they failed to kick a goal. After a promising start the Tigers only managed one more goal after quarter time dispelling any chance of an upset victory. 

Onkaparinga Valley coach Shane Collins said his team did just ‘enough’ to win by 15 goals.

He said he was a little disappointed with the performance on the weekend but was content with his team’s form in the past three weeks.

 ‘Our form has been good, but we seemed a little flat against Lobethal and full credit to them’ Collins said. ‘They (Lobethal) really tried hard and put us under a lot of pressure throughout the day’ he said.

Josh Contin continued his solid form of late and David Wescombe heads the goal kicking leader board with a total of 29 majors for the season. Karl Deer was best-a-field and a shining light for the Tigers. Onkaparinga Valley needs to be switched on from the start if they are to secure a fourth successive win against Blackwood this week.

They will have to do it with the untimely injuries to stars Nick Smart and Steve Tanner.

Blackwood is back on the winner’s list after defeating Birdwood by 84 points. But in what seems a tale of the sixth round it was relatively close at quarter time with Blackwood up by just five points over a determined Birdwood. The Roosters turned the ball over with some poor decision making and insufficient disposal and let Blackwood run supreme in the subsequent three-quarters. Blackwood’s run and their ability to hunt in waves left Birdwood too far away from the ball to make any impact on the scoreboard.  Blackwood’s smaller brigade in Troy Edwards and Ben Badenoch ran rampant picking up easy, uncontested possessions. Blackwood kicked on in the second quarter with six majors and never looked back after a slow start while Birdwood failed to struggle the scorers in the second quarter. The Roosters provided some fight in the third-quarter but it was too late as the classier Blackwood outfit did as they pleased. Birdwood coach Trevor Jenkin acknowledged Blackwood were the better side but said his team was capable of playing good footy, if only in patches, and his side needs to show that for the whole game.

‘We are our own worst enemy’ he said. ‘…to watch us make basic mistakes and not chase is so frustrating’ he said.

Blackwood’s Josh Sidebottom dominated the centre as he made it his own with a 40 plus possession game.  Paul Lowe was amongst the best for Birdwood along with David Bradbrook and Daniel Smith. Aaron Roche was potent for Blackwood, kicking nine goals and earning best-on-ground honours for his side. It looks as if a showdown between the leading goal kickers in the competition will add spice to the clash between third placed Blackwood and the fifth placed Bulldogs with Onkaparinga’s David Wescombe leading Aaron Roche by three goals.  The midfield grunt of both sides will be the determining factor in providing which forward gets more supply.

Round 6 - May 17, 2008

Blackwood 20.19 (139) d Birdwood 7.13 (55).

Best - Blackwood: A Roche, J Allen, T Edwards, B Badenoch, D Gigney. Birdwood: P Lowe, D Bradbrook, D Smith, B Sparrow, S Bayliss. Goals - A Roche 9, J Bowen 3, B Badenoch 2, A Read, N Mitchell, J Sidebottom, G Francis, T Edwards, B Moore. Birdwood: B Sparrow, G Hanton 2, P Sanders, P Lowe, J Curtis.

Uraidla Districts 20.12 (132) d Ironbank 11.12 (78).

Best - Uraidla: C Staples, K McLean, B Thompson, P Richards, C Cox. Ironbank: D Flaherty, C Clements, G Williams, W Muirden, B Donald. Goals - Uraidla: C Staples 6, A Moulds, A Cox 4, M Vidic, S Sutherland, D Brown, P Richards, B Thompson, D Liebelt. Ironbank: G Williams 4, K Koch 2, C Manno, W Muirden, C Naughton, C Schneider, B Thomas.

Onkaparinga Valley 17.6 (108) d Lobethal 2.14 (26).

Best - Onkaparinga Valley: B Smith, J Contin, D Wescombe, J Smith, C Shies. Lobethal: K Deer, M Schroeder, M Palmer, M Nusk. J Harten. Goals - Onkaparinga Valley: D Wescombe 6, J Contin 4, J Sampson 3, S Smith 2, C Shee, D Potter. Lobethal: W Joyce, M Schroeder.

Mount Lofty 26.18 (174) d Bridgewater 10.5 (65).

Best - Mount Lofty: H Cutting. S Wood, A Cooper, M O'Connor. Bridgewater: J Bevelander, M Jones, L Gane, M Bateman, L Walsh. Goals - Mount Lofty: M O'Connor 5, B Dawes, H Cutting 4, B Gordon, 0 Temme 3, R O'Gorman 2, D Stevens, M Stapleton, M Artis, A Cooper, M Nielsen. Bridgewater: B Pahl 3, P Marshall, J Bevelander, M Breen 2, J Johnson.

Mount Barker 14.17 (101) d Hahndorf 13.5 (83).

Best - Mount Barker: T Barnett, J McDonald, P Smith, S Byrt, M Higgs. Hahndort. Cooper, S Purling, J Gallagher, R Timer, T Parham. Goals - Mount Barker: L Marston, C Graetz 3, L Clohesy, B Heinrich 2, P Smith, S Bellman, S Nunan, S Byrt. Hahndort: T Nicholas, J Gallagher, J Treagus, N Johnson 2, T Parham, B Layley, A Kempe, W Russell, M Cooper.

Round Five Round-up by Duane Schulz

Round five is now completed with Birdwood finally getting on the winner’s list and Mt. Lofty ending Blackwood’s undefeated run.

Birdwood tasted victory for the very first time in the Central Division when they accounted for Lobethal by 34 points.

Under lights on Saturday night, the Mountain Devils of Mount Lofty disposed of the inform Blackwood at home by 33 points in very foggy conditions. It was a close first quarter and the Annual Player’s Reunion produced a great turnout to the game.  But the Mountain Devils were too good for the big improvers from Blackwood, rendering them scoreless in the last quarter, largely due to the efforts of Centre Half Back Mark Neilsen. Blackwood’s Aaron Roche tried to keep his side in contention with five goals, but bad delivery in to the forward fifty and the harder work rate of the Mountain Devils sealed the ‘Woods fate.

A familiar face returned to the field for the Mount Lofty side after a stint in metropolitan Adelaide and he was a very welcome inclusion for his side.

Ben Gordon returned after leaving for Athelstone at the end of the 2007 season, but any ill-feeling may be forgotten as he starred in the last quarter, kicking three goals, finishing with four for the game. Brad Burch was best-a-field for Mt.Lofty, continuing his solid start to the season. Blackwood now slip to second on the ladder, but that means as much as your pen licence in primary school at this point of the season.

In other Hills Central Division action Hahndorf produced the biggest win of the round by defeating Bridgwater by 105 points. Tregus kicked six for Hahndorf and Cooper was best on ground.

Mount Barker continued their strong form and accounted for Ironbank comfortably, defeating them by 52 points, 21.14 (140) to 13.10 (88). Co-Captain Clint Rogers continued his great season for the Roos.

Onkaparinga Valley made it two-in-a-row, defeating Uraidla by 18 points. Uraidla have now dropped the last two games after last week’s heart wrenching loss to Mt.Barker by 1 point.

The Bulldogs came out with all guns blazing, leading in the first quarter, but the hard working Uraidla kept coming back at them and got their game together in the second quarter.

The intensity lifted from both sides and it became a tussle.

Both sides then suffered a number of injuries and were forced to play with 19 men in the last quarter. Here the Bulldogs seemed to have more left in the tank, winning by three goals at the final siren.

Onkaparinga Valley proved potent in the forward line again this week with Chris Shee kicking four goals and David Wescombe kicking another six goals to sit on top of the leading goal kickers list.

The Bulldogs really controlled the midfield and were helped by Uraidla injuries, Jarrad Smith, Josh Contin, and Nick Smart played well.

Uraidla lost Marcus Anderson to what seemed to be a serious knee injury and Wade McLean to a hamstring strain affecting their midfield potency.

Onkaparinga Valley lost their captain in Stephen Tanner to a hamstring injury and Brad Dubois was rushed to hospital with a suspected split lung after a first quarter contest.

Bulldogs Coach Shane Collins said he was really happy to beat Uraidla at Uraidla.

‘It’s something the club hasn’t done for a number of years and the win really has put us back in to the competition now’ he said.

Collins said despite Uraidla losing the past two games, they are still full of class players, with a lot of experience, and they will certainly bounce back.

Two desperate teams wanting to win    by Duane Schultz

Birdwood finally got over its Central Division hoodoo in perfect conditions by downing Lobethal by 34 points. The first quarter showed both teams were desperate for a win as their over eagerness at the ball resulted in lots of mistakes, but the coaches wouldn’t have minded seeing this as both teams were equally determined to taste victory after being trounced in the first four rounds by other teams. Birdwood drew first blood courtesy of some soccer-like brilliance from Peter Sanders.

But Lobethal seemed to be on top early courtesy of Sam Schroder and Adam Rawlings whose run through the midfield was classy and it looked like the Tigers would lead at the first break.

The Tigers worked hard both ways and cashed in on Birdwood’s early nerves. But good run from the Roosters defence and a great mark and goal by Greg Hanton gave the Roosters a slender lead.

In the second quarter Daniel Higgins, who finished with six majors, threatened to blow the game apart with his dominance up forward.

The Tigers played smart footy and waited for mistakes from their opponents, which the cashed in on in the way of their wingman and midfielders sitting back behind the play. But Birdwood began to run and use the open spaces and their midfield pressure in-close from the likes of Simon Longman and Dave Bradbrook released best-on-ground Paul Lowe and Scott Friend to get the ball up forward.

Their improved skill level in hitting targets left Lobethal no method of getting the ball and this allowed Birdwood to claw their way back to go into the main break just two-points behind.

The ‘premiership quarter’ was a testament to the desperate Roosters, who blew the game open by blasting six goals to Lobethal’s solitary major. Shane Carmen was on top at the stoppages and Lobethal were caught chasing Rooster’s guernsey’s for the rest of the quarter. The backline did a great job and gave lots of drive through the centre.

The Rooster’s forward line pressure was second-to-none and Lobethal struggled to get the drive from the defence. Mundy and Bubner began to use their pace and skill and had a real impact as small forwards. But the midfield was the key to the day and Bradbrook, Longman and Lowe were fantastic.

One thought the Rooster’s were home and maybe a bit of complacency kicked in as the Tigers came out after the three-quarter time huddle to dominate the first 15-minutes of the final term, winning the stoppages and controlling the play.

Before Birdwood knew what was happening, the Tigers had clawed back within three goals and Higgins had slotted his sixth major for the match.

But, Birdwood dug deep and the work of Lowe to force it forward and a goal by big man Shane Carmen ended any Lobethal upset.

Roosters Senior Coach Trevor Jenkin said it was a great win for the club.

This one means a lot for club desperate to be on the winners list

Duane Schultz

The Central Division has not been a happy hunting ground for the Birdwood Roosters since it crossed over from the Country Division at the end of the 2006 season.

With a proud history going back as far as 1921 and with a great record of six premierships in the lower tier competition, the Roosters crossed into unfamiliar territory where they’ve copped their fair share of criticism around the Hills footy community.

Until now the Roosters had not registered a single victory since its inception into the Central Division.

The last time Birdwood tasted success was round 14, way back in July 2006, just to put things into perspective, the last time Birdwood sang their song was around the time;

American Baseballer Barry Bonds was first investigated for performance enhancing drugs, North Melbourne played their final home match at Manuka Oval, Scott Welsh was playing for West Adelaide in the SANFL after being overlooked by the Crows (he scored six goals) and Shane Warne’s biography revealed he had affairs with up to 1000 women.

‘Hips don’t lie’ by Shakira was the number one song on the Australian music charts, Melbourne had hosted the 2006 Commonwealth Games two months earlier and the FIFA World cup was into its finals matches.

So the win at the weekend over an equally desperate Lobethal meant a lot for the proud club.

Round Five was Rivalry Round for the League and ecstatic Birdwood Senior Coach, Trevor Jenkin, said ‘the atmosphere and a big crowd made the day for two teams desperate for a win’.

Since crossing over from the Country Division he said ‘It was a huge incentive and challenge to win in the Central Division… and the boys loved it…they have taken a fair bit of stick since moving up’.

 ‘It was fantastic to see’ he said.

By all accounts the Birdwood club rooms were pumping until the early hours of Sunday morning with the whole community celebrating the win.

For a team as desperate and as proud as the Roosters it would have been great to be there, but on another note there is always a loser and one must feel for the struggling Lobethal.

They too are a proud club with back-to-back premierships in 1998 and 1999, with their last in 2002 under Darren Sziller, a former player and best and fairest winner at the club.

Jenkin said Lobethal were in the same position as Birdwood before the toss of the coin and both teams showed desperation at the footy.

He praised the efforts of Lobethal’s Daniel Higgins who tried hard all day for the Tigers finishing with six majors to his name.

Both teams were winless this year, Birdwood’s average losing margin was 113 points and Lobethal’s stood at 148 points before the weekend’s game.

Both teams were very desperate indeed.

It showed in the first three quarters of the game where the competition was fierce, with it looking like it would come down to a war of attrition, but the Rooster’s rallied and their six goals to one blitzkrieg in the premiership quarter ensured their 34 point victory.

Paul Lowe was best-a-field for Birdwood, with four goals.

His pace was a great asset to the Roosters when they blew the game open in the third quarter.

Big man Shane Carmen was exceptional at the ruck contests and his ability to dominate the ball-ups brought the smaller runners into the game.

But Jenkin said it was a good team effort and his players were rewarded for their constant commitment to the club over the past couple of years.

And it was ‘great to see’ he said.

It was a good day out in other grades at Birdwood, registering wins in all grades except the junior colts.

Round 5 - May 10, 2008

Hahndorf

4.5

12.5

16.8

24.12 (156)

Bridgewater

2.1

4.4

5.8

7.9 (51)

Best - Hahndorf: M Cooper, A Stephens, SPurling, M Stansborough, S Treagus. Goals - Hahndorf: J Treagus 6, A Stephens, J Gallagher 4, N Johnson 3, T Nicholas, A Kempe 2, H Pfitzner, W Russell, M Cooper. Bridgewater: L Walsh 2, Aaron Parry, S Fatchen, L Staniford, H Smith, Adam Parry.

Onkaparinga Valley

6.3

9.6

15.10

17.11 (113)

Uraidla Districts

3.2

8.5

12.8

14.13 (97)

Best - ­Onkaparinga: J Smith, J Contin, S Smith, D Wescombe, B Davies. Uraidla: S Sutherland, J Pridham, M Vidic, C Staples, D Smart. Goals ­Onkaparinga: D Wescombe 6, C Shee 4, J Contin 2, J Smith, B Dubois, B Smith, S Rofe, S Tanner. Uraidla: M Vidic, C Staples, S Ebert 3, D Brown, M Anderson, J Pridham, S Sutherland, J Alksne.

Mount Barker

3.4

7.5

14.10

21.14 (140)

Ironbank

2.2

6.5

11.7

13.10 (88)

Best - Mount Barker: C Rogers, S Bellman, S Nunan, J McDonald, M Lancaster. Ironbank: M Close, B Thomas, C Thomas, T Billings, D Exelby. Goals - Mount Barker: S Nunan 4, S Byrt 3, T Barnett, L Clohesy, J Ausserlechner, C Rogers, J McDonald 2, P Smith, D Henke, M Higgs, J Lores. Ironbank: J Graetz, C Manno, B Thomas 3, B Williams 2, A Widdison, W Muirden.

Birdwood

3.2

7.2

13.7

15.10 (100)

Lobethal

2.1

6.5

7.6

11.10 (76)

Best ­Birdwood: P Lowe, S Carmen, E Glouftsis, D Bradbrook, G Hanton. Lobethal: D Higgins, K Deer; M Schroeder, M Dienelt, I Maskill. Goals ­Birdwood: P Lowe, G Hanton 4, S Carmen, P Sanders, O Cannon, D Smith, S Friend, S Mundy, C Bubner. Lobethal: D Higgins 6, M Schroeder, I Maskill, P Daniels, I Jaensch, D Pfeiffer.

Mt Lofty

3.6

6.12

8.12

13.15 (93)

Blackwood

2.1

5.2

9.3

9.6 (60)

Best: Mt Lofty – B Burch, S Wood, M Nielsen, L Fleet, O Temme. Blackwood – A Roche, A Chambers, K Cobb, D Salievic, S Woods. Goals: Mt Lofty – B Gordon 4, H Cutting 3, L Fleet 2, A Cooper, K Mehta, M O’Connor, A Weeks. Blackwood – A Roche 5, J Bowen, A Chambers, D Jones, J Allen

Round 4 - Done and dusted by Duane Schultz

Round four is now complete and the Hills Central Division looks a close competition with five teams log-jammed on six points-a-piece with only a small amount of percentage separating them. Mt. Lofty, Uraidla, Mt. Barker, Hahndorf and Ironbank all sit on equal points.

While Lobethal, Birdwood and Bridgewater are yet to register a win.

Blackwood is the team to watch by all accounts, undefeated thus far, but they face a resurgent Mt. Lofty this week after the Mountain Devils disposed of a struggling Lobethal by 181 points.

Mt.Lofty kicked an amazing 22 goals in the second half with Lachy Fleet bagging eight himself and Sam Broadbridge kicking his second consecutive five-goal haul after he ran rampant in the ANZAC day clash. Anthony Cooper also pitched in with six majors while Mike Stapleton was best-a-field in his first ‘A’ Grade game for 2008.

Both teams have been potent up-forward this year so the result will come down to who makes the most of their opportunities and who has the stronger midfield to supply the forwards.

Blackwood struggled to dispose of a gallant Hahndorf after the game blew out in the last quarters, which will leave Mt. Lofty quietly confident if the game is close at three-quarter time. A close game all day, played at a fast pace, only two points separated the two teams at the main break. Blackwood kicked away in the final term to lead by as much as six goals. But Hahndorf wouldn’t go away, and some late scores sent some concern into the Blackwood camp, but Blackwood coach Paul Paige was happy with the win and was equally pleased with his team’s commitment all day. The Blackwood V Mt. Lofty is shaping up as the match of the round with both teams looking primed for September action.

Onkaparinga Valley has got their season of to a start after a confidence boosting win over Birdwood. The Bulldogs kicked on after an ordinary first quarter to record a 109 point win at home.  One must feel for the boys down at Birdwood, they have yet to win a game and their average losing margin is 113 points. They face Lobethal this week with both teams hungry for the taste of victory.

Josh Contin returned for the Bulldogs and his presence around the stoppages was a great asset. Star midfielder Nick Smart returned for his first game and didn’t take long to make an impact, kicking a bag of five goals as a ruck-rover. He definitely gave some delight to Coach Shane Collins, who has had to deal with his team losing the first three games, one of those the ANZAC day blockbuster where Mount Lofty disposed of them by 53 points.

The game was not all about the Bulldogs though as they surprisingly were down by a goal at the first break. They turned it on in the subsequent three quarters to kick 30 goals for the game, with the whole team putting in solid performances.

They definitely need the confidence as they face Uraidla at Uraidla after they went down by a point to Mount Barker. Brown kicked six for Uraidla and will be someone the Bulldogs will have to match up on next week.

In the remaining game of round four Ironbank beat Bridgewater by 36 points.

Round 4 - May 3, 2008

Mount Barker 18.4 (112) d Uraidla Districts 17.9 (111).

Best -- Mount Barker: M Williams, S Nunan, C Rogers, T Bamett, J McDonald. Uraidla Districts: P Richards, D Brown, M Anderson, A Cox, W McLean. Goals Mount Barker: S Nunan 4, C Rogers 3, C Graetz, D Henke, L Clohesy 2 P Smith, M Higgs. F Scanlon, T Barnett, J McDonald. Uraidla Districts: D Brown 6, A Cox 3, P Richards, M Vidic, M Anderson, M Curnow, D Loffler, J Pridham, E Legallant, P Richards.

Ironbank 17.20 (122) d Bridgewater 12.14 (86).

Best ---lronbank: S Walter, G Williams, W Muirden, B Donald, M Howes. Bridgewater: S Smith, J Bevelander, B Pohl, L Gane, T Henschke. Goals - Ironbank: S Walter 3, C Schneider, S Wendelborn. B Donald, J Graetz 2, S Harding, M Howe, K Koch, K Man, W Muirden, G Williams. Bridgewater: B Pohl 6, J Johnson 3, J Bevelander,

L Stuckey, T Torake.

Onkaparinga Valley 30.13 (193) d Birdwood 13.6 (84).

Best – Onkaparinga Valley: C Shee, D Wescombe, M Angove, S Tanner, S Smith Birdwood: D Bradbrook, T Matoga, R Schutz, G Hanton, E Glouftis. Goals – Onkaparinga Valley: D Wescombe 7, M Gardner 6, N Smart 5, S Smith, C Shee 3, M Francis 2, J Contin, T Kerber, C Sampson, S Tanner. Birdwood: G Hanton 4, S Friend 3, P Sanders, C Bubner 2, P Lowe, S Mundy.

Mount Lofty 32.24 (218) d Lobethal 5.5 (35).

Best -- Mount Lofty: M Stapleton, A Cooper, D Temme, M Artis. S Broadbridge. Lobethal. J Harten, M Palmer, M Schroeder, P Colquhoun, D Freeman. Goals -- Mount Lofty: L Fleet 8, A Cooper 6, S Broadbridge 5, M Stapleton, H Cutting 4, D Stevens =2, R O'Gorman, D Temme. Lobethal: D Pfeifer, J Elsworthy, C Green, D Freeman.

Blackwood 16.14 (110) d Hahndorf 14.10 (94).

Best - Blackwood: K Cobb, T Kleinig, L Harrip, A Roche. Hahndorf:  A Stephens, T Kaesler, M Stansborough, R Thyer,

J Gallagher. Goals - Blackwood: J Pope, A Roche 3, B Badenoch, J Bowen, N Mitchell 2, P Magarey, D Jones, J Allen, T Kleinig. Hahndorf: J Treagus 5, N Johnson, J Gallagher, T Kaesler, D Kempe, W Russell, T Parham.

Round 3 - April 25 & 26, 2008

Uraidla Districts 20.22 (142) d Birdwood 12.4 (76).

Best - Uraidla: M Vidic, A Cox, S Ebert, M Anderson, B Wotton Birdwood: P Low, S Friend, R Austin, E Gloustfis, G Canton. Goals - Uraidla: M Vidic 4, S Ebert 3, A Cox, A Moulds 2, S Sutherland, C Staples, R Ebel, D Brown, D Loffler, P Richards, M Sandercock. Birdwood: G Hanton 3. P Low, P Sanders, D Bradbrook, W Schoenfeld 2, S Friend.

Hahndorf 21.17 (143) d Lobethal 0.2 (2).

Best - Hahndorf: M Cooper, M Stansborough, T Kaesler, A Stephens. J Gallagher. Lobethal: I Jaensch, M Palmer, M Schroeder, H James, D Freeman. Goals -J Traegus 9, T Kaesler 5, N Johnson 3. J Gallagher 2, S Purling, C Asimus.

Mt Lofty 16.16 (112) d Onkaparinga Valley 9.5 (59).

Best - Mt Lofty: S Wood, B Burch, J Brown, M Baldock, S Bradbridge. Onkaparinga: S Russell. M Gardner, B Pfieffer, J Smith, S Tanner. Goals - S Broadbridge 5, H Cutting, M Neilson, B Pistols, B Dawes 2, R O'Gorman, D Stevens, B Burch. Onkaparinga: M Gardner 4. C Shee 3, U Wescombe 2.

Mt Barker 11.18 (84) d Bridgewater 1.4 (10).

Best - Mt Barker: P Smith, S Nunan, C Rogers, J McDonald, M Higgs. Bridgewater L Cane, M Niewenheizen, M Breen, A Parry, J Beuelande. Goals -Mt Barker: J Ausserlechner 4, L Clohesy 2, S Nunan, B Heinrich, B Herbig, C Rogers, P Smith. Bridgewater: J Size.

Blackwood 11.10 (76) d Ironbank 7.8 (50).

Best - Blackwood: D Gigney, B Badenoch, L Harrip, N Tomlinson, D Salievic. Ironbank: J Graetz, C Clements, C Schnieder, B Donald, M Close. Goals-- Blackwood: B Badenoch 4, A Roche 2, P Magarey, M Liddy, J Allen, N Tomlinson, J Pope. Ironbank: C Manno 3, B Donald, C Naughton, S Walter, A Widdison.

Day out for sharp shooters  By Duane Schultz

It was a week of one-sided affairs with four out of the five games being decided by over 50 points.

The closest game was the contest between Blackwood and Mount Barker with Blackwood eventually prevailing by 15 points. Both teams were coming off wins the week before of 161 points and 167 points respectively. In these games both sides had in excess of 45 scoring shots. Obviously being better matched this week, the two sides managed 20 shots at goal a piece.

Mount Lofty’s season is back on track after they registered the biggest win of the season to date with a 183 point thrashing of the struggling Birdwood. Petersen-Gray kicked 10 majors with Pistola chipping in with a lazy six goals. Two-thirds of the team bagged at least one goal.

It doesn’t get any easier from here for Birdwood, facing Uraidla next week after the Demons pummelled Bridgewater by 172 points, having 50 shots at goal as well as 12 different goal kickers.

Ironbank were the other big winners, defeating Lobethal by 102 points. Onkaparinga Valley’s season needs a kick start after they are winless after two rounds, crushing to a 59 point loss to Hahndorf.

Looking at the season thus far on the scoring front, it seems the best place to be, in some sides, is in the fifty metre arc. Although round two has just been completed, many sides are converting a great rate, an illustration of the talent running around in the competition.

Uraidla have had 78 scoring shots this season with an accuracy of 57 percent.

Mount Lofty have had 84 scoring shots with a 50 per cent success rate.

Hahndorf have bombarded the goal front with 91 shots on goal at returning a conversion rate of 54 percent.

Mount Barker have had 67 attempts at goal with a success rate of 58 percent.

Ironbank have had 56 shots at goal for a 59 per cent conversion rate.

Lobethal have had only 18 shots on goal this year, with a success rate of 33 per cent, but they haven’t had the enormous supply as some of the other teams.

Blackwood have had 69 attempts at goal, slotting 48 of them at a rate of 69 per cent.

The Bulldogs of Onkaparinga have had 46 shots at goal at 56 percent and Bridgewater have had 26 scoring shots at 30 per cent.

Round 2 - April 19, 2008

Ironbank 20.8 (128) d Lobethal 3.8 (26).

Best: Ironbank: W Muirden, S Walter, S Wendelborn, C Naughton, J Graetz. Lobethal: I Jaensch, P Colquhon, J Harten, D Higgins, M Schroeder. Goals - Ironbank: W Muirden 5, J Graetz, C Naughton, G Williams 3, A Widd 2, L Keeley, J Schmidt, S Walter, J Norris. Lobethal: A Dienelt, D Higgins, J Elsworthy.

Blackwood 14.6 (90) d Mount Barker 11.9 (75).

Best - Blackwood: J Sidebottom, J Bowen, A Read, J Pope, D Salievic. Mount Barker: C Graetz, P Smith, T Barnett, S Bellman, S Nunan. Goals - Blackwood: A Roche 4, K Cobb 3, A Read 2, D Gigney, P Magarey, T Keinig, J Pope, J Allen. Mount Barker: C Graetz 5, J McDonald 2, S Byrt, L Clohesy, D Murphy, B Heinrich.

Hahndorf 23.15 (153) d Onkaparinga Valley 14.10 (94).

Best - Hahndorf: N Johnson, J Gallagher, M Stansborough, B Layley, A Kempe. Onkaparinga Valley: S Smith, D Wescombe, J Smith, T Kerber, M Gardner. Goals -Hahndorf: J Gallagher 5, A Kempe, A Bishop 4, N Johnson 3, A Stephen, S Purling 2, W Russell, T Kaesler, R Thyer. Onkaparinga Valley: D Wescombe 6, C Shee 3, 5 Russell, S Tanner, D Green.

Uraidla District 28.22 (190) d Bridgewater 2.6 (18).

Best - Uraidla Dist D Loffler, C Staples, Walsh, Ebert, S Ebert, D Cox. Bridgewater L Walsh, L Staniford, H Smith, S Smith, L Stuckey.  Goals  Uraidla Dist: M Vidic 7,  C Staples 5, S Ebert 3, D Lofller, D Brown, A Moulds, P Richards, G Mancini 2, M Anderson, B Thompson. B Wotton. Bridgewater: D Pole, L Walsh.

Mount Lofty 33.24 (222) d Birdwood 6.3 (39).

Best -- Mount Lofty: N Petersen-Gray, S Wood, K Manta. R O'Gorman, B Burch. Birdwood: J Davis, M Coad, J Baylis, S Friend, J Ottispoor. Goals - Mount Lofty: N Petersen-Gray 10, B Pistols 6, M Baldock 4, R O'Gorman 3, K Mehta, H Cutting 2, M Nielson, O Temme, A Weeks, M O'Connor, L Fleet, D Stapleton. Birdwood: S Friend 3, H Schutz, G Hanton, J Curtis.

Game of attrition down to question of accuracy

By Duane Schultz

Ironbank has opened their 2008 account with a hard fought one-point win at home over Onkaparinga Valley over the weekend.

Their ability to kick straight and clog up Onka’s open style with bigger bodies got them over the line at the final siren as Onkaparinga Valley couldn’t buy a goal at times and had four more scoring shots than straight shooters Ironbank.

Final scores were 13-15-93 to 12-20- 92 with Ironbank’s A. Widdison leading the scorers with four majors and will hope to duplicate his form next week against Lobethal, who were thumped by 167 points by Mount Barker .

Ironbank played their ground to a tee, much like the Sydney Swans in the AFL and they will be tough to beat at home all season.

Onkas coach Shane Collins said his team had their chances and didn’t take them but was overall impressed with his teams efforts.

 ‘Both sides deserved to win, it was a great contest’ he said.

Onkas will face this week’s game against Hahndorf, who are full of confidence after thrashing Birdwood by 96 points, without promising player Blake Norton, who ruptured his Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) in his knee and will be out for the season.  Up to that point he was playing very well.

Title Defence hits a hurdle By Hills Correspondent Duane Schultz

Mount Lofty’s bid for a third successive Premiership took a ‘nose-dive’ on the weekend after going down by 41-points at the hands of a strong Uraidla oufit.

A slow start by the Mountain Devils hampered their game all day and they never reeled in Uraidla’s first quarter lead.

Bad kicking, both field and in front of goal, ensured that the Mountain Devil’s never came into contention, kicking 9.18 (72) compared to Uraidla’s 17.11 (113).

They did threaten at times where they appeared to get the ascendancy, but Uraidla were too strong and their experienced players had the advantage over the slightly new-look Lofty team.

The Mountain Devils are missing three or four key position players and are working hard to cover the losses of Ben Gordon, Ross Wait and Travis White, who all made the shift back to Metropolitan Adelaide for a variety of reasons. Their talent and experience was certainly missing on the weekend.

Ruckman Andrew Bawden has jetted off to Canada for travel and will miss the 2008 season.

Club stalwart and winner of the past three Best and Fairest awards, Adam (Trigger) Trzesinski, has gone to Dubai for work/holiday, but would have missed much of the 2008 season recovering from a knee injury sustained in last year’s GF that required a reconstruction.

In something totally different from footy, all Mount Lofty fans can follow ‘Triggers’ adventures as the club’s website updates you on his progress constantly, a great feature and some interesting photos to see.

Certainly he is a player that will need to be quickly replaced as his absence leaves a gaping hole in the team dynamics.

Mount Lofty are certainly a very fit side, there is no qualms about that and their solid preseason will hold them in good stead to run out the season and hit their straps when it counts.

But Uraidla proved too strong around the contests and were first to the footy in the first quarter, squashing any chances of a Mountain Devil victory with players such as Cox, Evel, McLean, Staples and Smart showing the way for Uraidla.

Mount Lofty’s Brad Burch, Kaizaad Mehta, Anthony Copper, Ollie Temmer all played solidly in their first hit-out for points for the season.

Uraidla’s hardness resulted in some injuries to Mount Lofty, Shane Maslin received a heavy knock early in the game, but he showed courage and determination to return to the field later in the game.

Young gun Brett Pistola was strechered off after a dubious push in the back threw him into a team mate in a marking contest. He is yet to be cleared by the club doctor, but should be okay to return against Birdwood this week where the team will try and get some confidence and fluency back.

But Birdwood will come out ready to play as they have some critics to silence after finishing Wooden Spooners last year and losing their first hit out last week. They need to prove that they are part of the division with some solid showings in their next few games.

Birdwood have a very tough next few weeks with mount Lofty this week, then the likes of Uraidla Districts and Onkaparinga Valley to follow.

The phrase ‘panic stations’ should be far from the lips of many country footy followers following Lofty’s loss at the weekend, as the club has some depth; and it is only round one after all.

They have won the last two ‘A’ Grade premierships, the last three ‘B’ Grade Premierships as well as the last two under 17’s Premiership, a factor which will help.

Two new recruits are reported to be fitting in well at their new home. Joel Brown, from New South Wales is a young man primed for a big season and his dash from defence will be welcomed by coach Ben Coleman, who comes to the club after a stint at West Adelaide where he coached the Reserves and junior teams in past years.

He brings with him Michael O’Connor, whom he coached as a junior at West Adelaide. O’Connor comes to Mount Lofty after a stint at Edwardstown and is happy to be in the countryside showing solid form on the weekend and featuring in the best players.

Round 1 - April 12, 2008

Mount Barker 28.19 (189) d Lobethal 3.4 (22)

Best - Mount Barker L Clohesy, T Barnett, C Graetz, P Smith, S Nunan. Lobethal: M Palmer, P Colquhorn, N Stark, C Green, D Freeman. Goals Mount Barker: C Graetz 9, L Marston 5, S Nunan 4, P Smith 3, J McDonald, F Scanlon 2, D Murphy, L Clohesy, T Barnett. Lobethal I Jaensch, N Stark, T Blundell.

Hahndorf 27.26 (188) d Birdwood 14.8 (92).

Best – Hahndorf: T Nicholas, M Cooper, T Kaesler, A Stephens, A Bishop. Birdwood G Hanton, R Harrison, D Smith, J Davis, P Lowe. Goals – Hahndorf : A Bishop 6, T Kaesler, M Asimus 4, M Cooper, N Johnson, J Gallagher 3, W Russell, R Colman, C Trapp, A Stephens. Birdwood P Sanders, G Hanton 4, S Longman, T Menadue, M Coad 2, S Friend,

Ironbank 13.15 (93) d Onkaparinga Valley 12.20 (92).

Best - Ironbank: M Smith, S Walter, A Widdison, S Wendelborn, G Williams. Onkaparinga Valley J Smith, J Russell, C Sampson, M Gardner, S Smith. Goals - Ironbank A Widdison 4, M Kartinyeri 2, D Exelby, M Howes, G Morris, W Muirden, C Naughton, M Smith, S Wendelborn 1. Onkaparinga Valley: C Shee 3, B Norton, D Green, D Wescombe, S Russell 2, B Smith.

Uraidla Districts 17.11 (113) d Mount Lofty 9.18 (72).

Best - Uraidla Districts: A Cox, R Evel, W McLean, C Staples, D Smart. Mount Lofty: B Burch, M O'Connor, 0 Temme, K Mehta, A Cooper. Goals - Uraidla Districts: M Virile 3, S Ebert, W McLean, D Brown, A Moulds, A Cox 2, S  Sutherland, D Loffler, P Richards, J Alksne. Mount Lofty: N Petersen­-Gray, M Neilson, B Pistols, T Huxford, R O'Gorman, B Burch, 0 Temme, K Mehta, A Cooper

Blackwood 32.17 (209) d Bridgewater 6.12 (48).

Best- Blackwood: P Magarey, J Bowen, J Wood, A Silvy, D Gigney. Bridgewater: L Gane, M Niewenhuizen, J Bevelander, A Parry, B Kot. Goals - Blackwood: J Bowen, P Magarey 4, A Roche, K Comb, T Kienig, A Silvy 3, J Sidebottom, N Mitchell, D Gigney. Bridgewater: J Bevelander, L Stanford, A Parry, L Stuckey, H Smith, C Healy.

Onkas determined to go one better

Duane Schultz

Onkaparinga Valley is showing faith in their local talent stocks, only recruiting some players to fill in holes that appeared late last season.

The Bulldog’s preseason is coming to a close after their recent camp to Renmark and the boys have ticked all the proverbial boxes in an attempt to go one better this year after falling short of what has proven to be an elusive premiership, not winning one since 1994.

Head coach Shane Collins, a local product with experience under the guidance of Andrew Jarman is blessed with a stack of young and local playing stocks; ‘We are lucky enough to have a great group of young local talent and they deserve there chance to represent there local club at the highest level possible’ he said.

But he and the club have recruited some new faces to fill key positions; ‘In the off season we did some recruiting to try and fix some deficiencies we noticed late in the season (2007)’ he said.

The Doggies have lost hard-running wingman Josh Vanderbrink whose work commitments have forced him to take a break from the game. His absence will open the door for any young player wanting to hold down the position.

Onkas have successfully secured ex-Port Adelaide Reserves ruckman Shaun Smith, who played state under 20’s just two seasons ago. Originally from Cowell, the young man brings some athleticism to the big man divisions depleted with the loss of Jed Coffey, who is forced to miss football in 2008 with work commitments.

Smith brings with him his older brother Brendan Smith who comes to the club after a stint at Eastern Park in 2007.

Prior to this, the six-foot-four inches Smith of the Brendan variety played in the Sydney Football League while undertaking employment in the Air Force. Here, he earned selection in the National Defence Force Team. His dedication and discipline will add to the club’s already solid list.

Also coming to Doggie land is hard-running, highly talented Brad Dubois, who won the Best and Fairest award at the Meadows football club. His versatility is a plus for Collins. He looks primed for a great season after smashing all records in the pre-season. Brothers Sam and Josh Russell also join the club from Meadows.

Blending with these key position inclusions is highly talented and experienced ex-Broadview Premiership player Adrian Rowse, who after a spell from the game will be as hungry as ever and his professionalism is a quality that will be tapped by the younger brigade.

Just how these recruits blend with their established team mates will be tested in the opening round match against Ironbank.

Collins has also put leadership high on the agenda with his charges, with Chris Shee and Stephen Tanner, dual captains for this year, leading a group of six to eight players recognised as the leaderships group.

Shee said that the leadership group is as much responsible for the development of the team on the ground ‘not only leadership roles off the ground, but also on the ground which will allow us to be more successful.’

Collins is really passionate about this facet of the game ‘It seems to be working really well, and as a club that really struggled to see its kids prosper into bigger identities as players both on and off the field, the leadership group has really set a level that I hope can continue for many years to come’ he said.

What is a key ingredient thus far for the Dogs is the leadership group are taking control of their footy club, embracing it and improving it, and the younger players are embracing the culture.

With the new players holding down key positions, players like Shee, who topped the goal kicking last year with 41 goals at Centre Half Forward can be released to other positions.

‘The inclusion of key players has left me a chance to enjoy versatility and allow the coach to stick with a structure that is beneficial for the team… the versatility allows us to produce success on the field’ Shee said. It is safe to say he is loving his new role.

The club is looking poised to make a statement in the competition this year and this isn’t just confined to the personnel on the field. The volunteers have played an integral part thus far with head trainer Jo Raymond not missing a single night of preseason training.

In addition, the club should be recognised for its work in providing a venue for the North Adelaide Football Club to play an internal trial last month.

Little would know that the following day the oval was to provide for a country cricket final.

Volunteers worked into the late hours of the night after the trial match to get the sand of the cement pitch.

 

 

 

2008 Ladder P Pts Perc
Mount Lofty 18 32 73.74
Blackwood 18 28 63.21
Mount Barker 18 26 62.71
Uraidla Districts 18 24 63.36
Hahndorf 18 20 59.97
Onkaparinga Valley 18 20 53.59
Ironbank 18 18 50.69
Birdwood 18 8 31.41
Bridgewater 18 4 28.20
Lobethal 18 0 17.57

 

 


 

 

 


 

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