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Round 6 May 20th
Padthaway v Lucindale
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Teams: Border Dists, Bordertown, Kaniva/Leeor, Keith, Kingston, Kybybolite, Lucindale, Mundulla, Naracoorte, Padthaway & Penola
Round 6 - May 20, 2017
Best: Lucindale - S. Spriggs, J. Teakle, M. Kelsh, T. Menz, T. Logan, H. Tregoweth. Padthaway - T. McNamara, A. Stevens, J. Mccarthy, B. Leahy, J. Battifuoco. Goals: Lucindale - J. Teakle 6, S. Mardling 2, S. Spriggs 2, N. Cane 2, S. Hinze 1, D. McCarthy 1.
Padthaway - L. Eats 2, J. Dicker 2, D. Boyanton 2, C. Marshall 1
Best: Kingston - T. Baker, B. Warner, M. Harrison, L. Exton, S. Robertson, B. Kilsby. Bordertown - C. Barras, S. Barras, B. Foulds, A. Diment, M. Leigh, L. Weatherald. Goals: Kingston - T. Baker 5, G. Hewett 3, G. Shuttleworth 2, S. Robertson 2, H. Rothall 1, C. Baker 1. Bordertown - C. Barras 5, R. Tink 1, J. Eats 1, A. Diment 1, L. Borrillo 1
Best: Keith - H. McMurray, N. Hunt, S. McMurray, P. Makin, A. Bowley, N. Van Den Berg. Kybybolite - S. Craig, J. Bittner, S. Crook, J. Jaensch, L. Black, T. Cooper. Goals: Keith - J. Robertson 3, G. Johnson 2, L. Wilhelm 2, J. Wilson 2, A. Bowley 2, R. Menz 1, A. Dunstan 1, S. Schreiber 1, H. Wilhelm 1. Kyby - S. Shepherd 3, C. McPherson 2, S. Carberry 2, J. Bittner 1, T. Cooper 1, S. Munn 1, B. Munn 1, S. Craig 1
Best: Penola - L. Walker, O. March, S. Berkefeld, S. Guilhaus, D. Hackwill, J. Pfitzner. Kaniva Leeor United - T. Stribling, C. Thiele, C. De Visser, J. Salt, J. Jarred, C. Meyer. Goals: Penola - B. Foster 4, O. March 3, P. Lambert 3, A. Merrett 3, S. Berkefeld 2, L. Walker 1, T. Williams 1, J. Currie 1, L. Gibbs 1. Kaniva Leeor - J. Wagg 2, N. Murphy 2, N. Bowles 1, J. Salt 1, N. Bowman 1, T. Stribling 1
Best: Mundulla - L. Wiese, S. Luckett, N. Mosey, J. Hinge, J. Grosser, J. Milligan. Naracoorte - J. Bettoncelli, W. Harris, T. Hindmarsh, H. Biddle, J. Cother, J. Macdonald. Goals: Mundulla - J. Grosser 7, L. Wiese 5, J. Hinge 4, N. Mosey 4, N. Davis 2, D. Ridgway 1, G. Obst 1. Naracoorte - J. Bell 1, H. Biddle 1, B. Hill 1
ROUND SIX PREVIEW from The Naracoorte Herald
May 19, 2017
There are some great games on the slate for round 6 of KNTFL footy on Saturday.
Kingston and Bordertown will both be seeking their first win of the year in what could qualify as match of the round because of how closely matched it looks. Both sides have been competitive at times without being able to break through.
Padthaway play Lucindale (Live on 5TCB tomorrow) with both sides definite finals chances – currently third and fifth on the ladder – and with the extra motivation of playing for the Ryan Cup.
Keith will host Kybybolite, with both sides wanting to win to keep their top three chances heading in the right direction.
Penola will be favourites but will be up against a K/L United side which has taken it up to a number of top five teams and might be capable of causing an upset with a fully fit side.
Mundulla will be looking to bounce back from a loss to Penola with a strong performance against a struggling Naracoorte side.
Border Districts have the bye this week.
Round 5 - May 13, 2017
Best: Penola - S. Merrett, B. Foster, M. Skrypek, J. Anderson, A. Merrett, J. Galpin. Mundulla : S. Luckett, G. Obst, J. Grosser, T. Perry, J. Obst, B. Packer. Goals: Penola - A. Merrett 5, B. Foster 5, J. Galpin 2, D. Bunnik 2, S. Merrett 1, S. Guilhaus 1, L. Gibbs 1. Mundulla : J. Grosser 3, T. Perry 1, N. Mosey 1, L. Wiese 1
Best: Lucindale - T. Logan, S. Graetz, R. Milne, D. McCarthy, S. Spriggs, J. Watson. Keith : C. Woolford, R. Menz, N. Van Den Berg, S. Schreiber, J. Wilson, S. McMurray. Goals: Lucindale - A. Smart 4, J. Teakle 3, M. Snowball 2, T. Menz 1, H. Tregoweth 1, D. McCarthy 1. Keith : J. Wilson 2, L. Mitchell 2, G. Johnson 1, S. Molineux 1, A. Bowley 1, P. Makin 1
Best: Padthaway - J. Battifuoco, T. Michael, T. McNamara, C. Francis, D. Boyanton, B. Ryan. Border Districts - C. Sandercock, T. Robinson, K. Phillips, G. Hampton, H. Pretlove, Z. Edwards. Goals: Padthaway - C. Francis 5, L. Eats 5, D. Boyanton 3, J. Dicker 2, C. Marshall 1, S. Townsend 1, W. Thompson 1, J. Brice 1. Border Districts: K. Thompson 1, D. Bray 1, C. Sandercock 1, C. Robinson 1
Best: Kyby - N. Stark, S. Carberry, L. Black, J. Stark, T. Cooper, M. Black. Kingston: L. Exton, T. Baker, B. Kilsby, B. Warner, M. Harrison, S. Robertson. Goals: Kyby – Scott Carberry 12, J. Stark 3, S. Craig 2, B. Munn 2, N. Stark 2, S. Shepherd 1, M. Black 1, M. Schinckel 1. Kingston : R. Starling 4, B. Warner 2, T. Baker 2, B. Kilsby 2, M. Harrison 1, C. Baker 1, J. Gluyas 1, T. Baker 1
Best: Kaniva Leeor - C. De Visser, N. Murphy, A. Brown, C. Meyer, J. Wagg, J. Maddern. Bordertown: H. Trenorden, L. Borrillo, B. Foulds, S. Devitt, S. Creaser, J. Searle. Goals: Kaniva Leeor - N. Murphy 5, J. Lyon 3, L. Vivian 2, C. De Visser 2, J. Maddern 1, J. Salt 1, V. Thach 1. Bordertown : L. Borrillo 4, J. Searle 2, T. Devitt 1, H. Trenorden 1, L. Weatherald 1, D. Inglis 1, S. Creaser 1
ROUND FIVE PREVIEW from The Naracoorte Herald
May 11, 2017
Two powerhouses will meet in one of the matches of the season in round 5 of KNT football this Saturday.
Mundulla will travel to Penola, with Mundulla undefeated on top of the ladder and Penola only losing once this season by less than a goal. Pundits are predicting that this could be a grand final preview, with the midfield match-up between Mundulla’s McGrice, McIntyre, Grosser and Mosey against Penola’s Berkefeld, Galpin and Merrett a highlight.
Lucindale are at home to Keith in another outstanding match-up, with both sides entrenched in the top five but neither having a big scalp to their credit yet.
Border Districts will host Padthaway at Goroke in an even match-up with both sides a chance to keep finals within touching distance.
Bordertown will host Kaniva/Leeor United in what should also be an even game. Kybybolite should be too strong for a Kingston side which was very competitive for a half against Lucindale but fell away after that.
Naracoorte has the bye this weekend.
Round 4 - May 6, 2017
Best: Lucindale – not av. Kingston - T. Baker, B. Warner, R. Werchiwski, L. Exton, A. Stenner, G. Hewett. Goals: Lucindale - T. Logan 5, S. Hinze 3, J. Watson 2, S. Graetz 1, D. McCarthy 1, T. Fisher 1, J. Teakle 1, A. Smart 1, S. Mardling 1. Kingston - G. Hewett 2, H. Rothall 1, B. Smith 1, R. Starling 1, G. Brice-Marwood 1
Best: Penola - S. Berkefeld, A. Moore, B. Foster, J. Galpin, S. Guilhaus, S. Merrett. Penola - R. Pendle, W. Harris, S. Willson, K. Jacobs, J. Cother, S. Patterson. Goals: Penola - S. Berkefeld 4, D. Williams 3, D. Bunnik 3, L. Gibbs 3, B. Foster 3, J. Galpin 3, S. Merrett 2, S. Guilhaus 2, O. March 2, M. Skrypek 2, D. Hackwill 1, J. Currie 1, A. Merrett 1. Naracoorte - N. Lacey 2, F. Day 1, S. Willson 1, R. Palma 1
Best: Keith - A. Dunstan, G. Johnson, S. Schreiber, N. Hunt, T. McAllister, L. Mitchell. Borders - D. Bray, G. Hampton, J. Thomson, Z. Edwards, K. Phillips, G. Cother. Goals: Keith - G. Johnson 6, A. Dunstan 4, H. McMurray 3, S. Lehmann 2, J. Wilson 1, S. Schreiber 1, W. Sandford 1, H. Wilhelm 1, P. Makin 1, L. Wilhelm 1. Borders - D. Bray 4, F. Adams 2, B. Nolan 1, Z. Edwards 1, M. Ellis 1
Best: Kyby - N. Stark, M. Schinckel, R. Jaensch, S. Carberry, T. Cooper, S. Munn. Kaniva Leeor: C. Thiele, N. Murphy, C. De Visser, T. Stribling, J. Wagg, J. Salt. Goals: Kyby - S. Carberry 5, S. Munn 2, S. Shepherd 2, N. Stark 2, W. Russell 1, T. Cooper 1, S. Craig 1. Kaniva Leeor United: C. Thiele 4, J. Salt 3, B. King 2, A. Brown 2, K. Councillor 1
Best: Mundulla - T. McIntyre, S. Luckett, T. Perry, J. Milligan, T. Ballinger. Bordertown : S. Devitt, R. Tink, J. Searle, E. O'Sullivan, D. Inglis, S. Creaser. Goals: Mundulla - J. Grosser 4, J. Hinge 4, T. Perry 3, T. McIntyre 3, L. Wiese 2, J. Obst 1, N. Mosey 1, W. Packer 1, S. Luckett 1. Bordertown : C. Barras 2, T. Devitt 2, Z. McLellan 1, H. Trenorden 1, J. Searle 1, S. Creaser 1, L. Borrillo 1, M. Leigh 1
ROUND FOUR PREVIEW from The Naracoorte Herald
May 4, 2017
This week’s round 4 of KNTFL football looks easier to pick than last week’s games.
Five teams that most people would expect to be in the running for finals play five opponents that will struggle to make it to the major round.
The most competitive game could be Kyby v Kaniva Leeor United, with both sides coming off a hard-fought loss. United got close to a highly rated Lucindale side last week and will give itself a chance of winning against a Kyby side that will be without ruckman David Arnold and a few others with injury.
Kingston will host Lucindale, with Lucindale wanting to win by a more comfortable margin than last week.
Naracoorte will host a powerful Penola side fresh from a week off with the bye.
Keith will host Border Districts in what could be a competitive game, Borders having broken through for their first win last week.
And Mundulla will host arch-rival Bordertown, with the two sides sitting at opposite ends of the premiership ladder and Mundulla hot favourites to win.
Padthaway has the bye.
Round 3 - April 29, 2017
Best: Mundulla - T. Ballinger, H. Thorpe, J. Grosser, J. Obst, B. Packer, B. Douglas. Kybybolite - J. Bittner, N. Stark, S. Craig, C. Murrie, D. Brodie, R. Jaensch. Goals: Mundulla - J. Grosser 5, S. Lewin 3, N. Mosey 2, J. Hinge 1, B. Douglas 1, D. Mosey 1, G. Obst 1, S. Luckett 1, T. McIntyre 1. Kybybolite - S. Carberry 6, S. Craig 1, J. Bittner 1, S. Munn 1, M. Schinckel 1
Best: Borders - B. Nolan, C. Sandercock, G. Hampton, B. Keast, F. Adams, N. Naylor. Kingston - T. Baker, L. Exton, W. Goode, M. Harrison, G. Shuttleworth, S. Robertson. Goals: Borders - C. Sandercock 2, F. Adams 2, B. Nolan 1, D. Bray 1, B. Keast 1, G. Cother 1, L. Nicholas 1, K. Thompson 1. Kingston - G. Shuttleworth 3, B. Warner 2, R. Starling 2, T. Baker 1, S. Robertson 1
Best: Keith - G. Johnson, P. Capurso, H. McMurray, H. Wilhelm, J. Wilson, S. Lehmann. Padthaway – T. McNamara, J. Mccarthy, B. Leahy, T. Edwards, S. Townsend, K. Hicks. LGoals: Keith - G. Johnson 4, J. Wilson 2, H. Wilhelm 1, P. Makin 1. Padthaway - C. Francis 2, M. Brown 2, B. Leahy 1, L. Eats 1, J. Dicker 1, J. Brice 1. Padthaway - M. Brown 2, C. Francis 2, J. Brice, L. Eats, J. Dicker , B. Leahy
Best: Lucindale - S. Spriggs, N. Cane, R. Mcinerney, W. Gould, T. Mackenzie, D. McCarthy. Kaniva Leeor - T. Stribling, J. Creaser, A. Brown, L. Vivian, C. Thiele, J. Larocca. Goals: Lucindale - S. Spriggs 3, N. Cane 2, A. Smart 2, T. Logan 1, P. Baker 1, S. Mardling 1, M. Snowball 1. Kaniva Leeor - N. Murphy 5, C. Thiele 2, B. King 1, J. Salt 1, C. Hitchcock 1
Best: Naracoorte - K. Jacobs, S. Patterson, J. Cother, T. Atkins, C. Myall, W. Harris. Bordertown - A. Diment, S. Devitt, H. Trenorden, B. Shuttleworth, R. Tink, J. Trenorden. Goals: Naracoorte - C. Myall 4, F. Day 2, J. Kelson 2, K. Jacobs 1. Bordertown - T. Devitt 2, C. Barras 1, J. Eats 1, D. Inglis 1
ROUND THREE PREVIEW from The Naracoorte Herald
April 28, 2017
The footy gods have aligned to produce a great round of match-ups in the KNTFL for round 3.
All five matches look to be highly competitive, with the game between Kybybolite and Mundulla a stand-out between two sides destined for finals action. Both sides are undefeated after two rounds and have been touted as grand final hopefuls, with Kyby perhaps carrying some sore bodies in after playing on Tuesday.
Border Districts will host Kingston with both sides looking for their first wins for the year.
Padthaway will play Keith, with both sides yet to taste defeat in 2017 and both aiming for finals participation.
Lucindale and Kaniva/Leeor United are both sitting 1-1 and would love to take their record to 2-1 to enhance their finals hopes.
And Bordertown and Naracoorte will both be looking to break their season ducks with a win. Naracoorte players have the shorter recovery time after playing on Tuesday.
Penola has the bye.
Round 2 - April 25, 2017
Best: Kyby - C. Murrie, S. Munn, R. Jaensch, C. McPherson, T. Cooper, J. Bittner,. Naracoorte - R. Pendle, K. Jacobs, F. Stephan, J. Macdonald, N. Boon. Goals: Kyby - S. Munn 5, C. Murrie 4, C. McPherson 2, T. Cooper, S. Craig, B. Munn, N. Stark, R. Jaensch, S. Crook. Naracoorte - S. Bates 2, J. Bell, B. Hill, J. Bettoncelli, F. Day, J. Macdonald
Round 2 - April 22, 2017
Best: Kaniva Leeor Utd – A. Brown, C. Thiele, C. Meyer, T. Stribling, V. Thach, L. Vivian. Goals: Borders - F. Adams, T. Robinson, G. Cother, B. Keast, G. Hampton. Goals: KL United - C. Sandercock 4, J. Thomson 2, B. Keast 2, M. Bellinger 2, C. Robinson 2, F. Adams, L. Nicholas. Borders - C. Sandercck 4, J. Thomson 2, B. Keast 2, C. Robinson 2, M. Bellinger 2, F. Adams 1, L. Nicholas 1
Best: Penola - S. Berkefeld, S. Guilhaus, L. Walker, J. Currie, S. Merrett, S. Jackman. Bordertown: J. Searle, L. Borrillo, B. Shuttleworth, H. Trenorden, B. Foulds, N. Dahlitz. Goals: Penola - D. Williams 5, S. Berkefeld 5, A. Merrett 4, L. Walker 3, B. Foster 3, D. Bunnik 2, L. Gibbs 2, S. Merrett 2, D. Hackwill 1, J. Galpin 1, O. March 1, S. Guilhaus 1. Bordertown: C. Barras 2, L. Borrillo 1, N. Dahlitz 1, J. Searle 1
Best: Mundulla - T. McIntyre, G. Obst, J. Hinge, D. Ridgway, T. Perry, W. Nankivell. Lucindale: T. Mackenzie, T. Menz, A. Smart, D. McCarthy. Goals: Mundulla - G. Obst 4, N. Mosey 4, T. McIntyre 3, T. Perry 2, J. McGrice 2, W. Nankivell 2, J. Grosser 2, J. Hinge 2, D. King 1, L. Wiese 1, D. Mosey 1, N. Davis 1. Lucindale: A. Smart 6, R. Mcinerney 1, J. Boschen 1, D. McCarthy 1, N. Clarke 1, T. Fisher 1, S. Spriggs 1, T. Mackenzie 1
Best: Padthaway - L. Eats, S. Townsend, J. Battifuoco, T. McNamara, M. Brown. Kingston: L. Exton, T. Baker, A. Cunneen, S. Robertson, R. Clarke, J. Gluyas. Goals: Padthaway – Lachie Eats 10, J. Dicker 5, C. Marshall 2, K. Hicks 1, S. Townsend 1, D. Boyanton 1. Kingston: T. Baker 1, G. Hewett 1, M. Harrison 1, G. Shuttleworth 1, C. Baker 1
ROUND TWO PREVIEW WITH THE NARACOORTE HERALD
APRIL 20, 2017
Some interesting match-ups loom in round 2, which starts this Saturday and finishes with the Anzac Day clash between Naracoorte and Kyby.
The match of the round is undoubtedly the game between Mundulla and Lucindale at Mundulla on Saturday.
Both sides have come into 2017 with high expectations and did nothing to dampen those hopes with big round 1 wins over Border Districts and Naracoorte respectively.
Mundulla seems to have much improved depth this season with stars Tim McIntyre and Grady Obst added, along with a handful of others which means they have a deeper list.
Lucindale has probably less depth but its stars are as good as any in the competition and they will be tough to knock over in this one.
Border Districts will host Kaniva/Leeor United which will give both sides a chance for their first wins of the season. Borders aren’t as bad as the round 1 result might suggest.
Kingston will host Padthaway, with Padthaway looking to build on a round 1 win, while reigning premiers Penola will host a Bordertown side which will be very different to last year’s with so many of its A grade players gone.
Then it’s on to Anzac Day on Tuesday, when Naracoorte will host Kyby.
Kyby will be hot favourites after making last year’s grand final and beating reigning premiers Penola in round 1, while Naracoorte was well beaten by Lucindale.
But clashes between these two clubs are rarely one-sided and Naracoorte will want to put on a good show on its home deck on such a big day on the footy calendar.
As usual on Anzac Day, the order of games will be junior colts at noon, followed by reserves, A grade and then senior colts under lights.
Round 1 - April 8, 2017
Best: Padthaway - T. Edwards, A. Longbottom, L. Eats, J. Dicker , I. Noles, B. Leahy. Kaniva Leeor - N. Bowles, C. De Visser, A. Brown, C. Hitchcock, J. Brown. Goals: Padthaway - L. Eats 3, C. Francis 3, J. Dicker 3, T. Edwards 2, A. Longbottom 2, T. Brown, D. Fraser, W. Thompson, B. Leahy. Kaniva Leeor - J. Salt 3, C. Thiele 2, J. Wagg, A. Brown, C. Hitchcock, V. Thach, J. Jarred
Best: Lucindale - T. Logan, N. Cane, R. Mcinerney, T. Mackenzie, J. Watson, D. McCarthy. Naracoorte - J. Macdonald, J. Bettoncelli, R. Pendle, R. Jacobs, B. Hill, W. Harris. Goals: Lucindale - T. Logan 4, A. Smart 3, S. Spriggs 3, R. Mcinerney 2, N. Cane 2, T. Mackenzie 2, T. Fisher 1, S. Mardling 1, L. Jones 1, S. Graetz 1. Naracoorte - J. Bell 2, N. Boon 1, S. Patterson 1, T. Hindmarsh 1, J. Ashby 1, J. Kelson 1
Best: Kyby - T. Cooper, N. Stark, B. Munn, S. Craig, D. Warren, W. Russell. Penola: J. Galpin, S. Berkefeld, S. Guilhaus, S. Merrett, M. Skrypek, B. Foster. Goals: Kyby - W. Russell 2, C. McPherson 1, S. Carberry 1, S. Munn 1, T. Lawrie 1, B. Munn 1, C. Murrie 1, S. Shepherd 1, S. Craig 1, J. Bittner 1, T. Cooper 1. Penola: S. Berkefeld 2, A. Merrett 2, J. Galpin 2, S. Jackman 1, S. Merrett 1, M. Skrypek 1, D. Williams 1, L. Gibbs 1
Best: Mundulla – G. Obst, T. McIntyre, J. McGrice, B. Packer, N. Mosey, J. Grosser. Borders – Z. Edwards, B. Keast, K. Phillips, G. Cother, N. Naylor, C. Robinson. Goals: Mundulla - J. Grosser 6, G. Obst 5, T. McIntyre 5, N. Davis 4, J. McGrice 4, D. King 3, J. Hinge 2, S. Luckett 2, L. Wiese 1, B. Douglas 1. Border Districts : D. Perry 1, Z. Perry 1, L. Bowd 1, C. Robinson 1
Best: Keith - P. Capurso, S. Lehmann, G. Johnson, S. Molineux, T. McAllister, S. Schreiber. Kingston: B. Warner, L. Exton, W. Goode, R. Werchiwski, B. Smith, R. Williams. Goals: Keith - S. Molineux 5, S. Schreiber 5, G. Johnson 2, J. Wilson 2, H. Wilhelm 2, H. McMurray 1, A. Dunstan 1, S. Lehmann 1, P. Makin 1, L. Wilhelm 1. Kingston - R. Starling 2, B. Warner 1, G. Shuttleworth 1
THE NARACOORTE HERALD PREVIEWS ROUND 1
April 6, 2017
Round 1 of the KNTFL footy season kicks off on Saturday, with great interest surrounding big changes within quite a few clubs.
The headline clash is the rematch of last year’s grand final, with runners-up Kybybolite hosting reigning premiers Penola, but the other four games will also be followed closely.
Border Districts v Mundulla. Borders have just about wiped the slate clean with a huge turnover of players from last season. new coach Darrin Wilson has brought a heap of new recruits with him and they will be keen to play good footy together, but losing top players such as Nick Tarca, Corey Burr, Dan Hargraves and Nyani Thomas definitely won’t help.Mundulla looks like being quite steady from last year and has added some class and depth with the return of some young former locals as well as key on-baller Grady Obst. The Moots will be looking to build on last year's fifth placing and will be warm favourites to start 2017 with a win.
Keith v Kingston. Keith’s non-playing coach of the last few years Brad Richardson gets a tough challenge first-up in his debut game in charge of Kingston.Keith is perenially strong and there’s no reason why they can’t finish as high or higher than last year’s fourth placing.Kingston has been near the bottom the last few years and has lost quite a bit of class with on-baller Karl Lohde and a handful of others moving on. The Saints will be keen under Richardson but might be outclassed here.
Kybybolite v Penola. Kyby would have been looking for grand final redemption ever since being beaten by Penola in last year’s premiership finale, and they haven’t put a foot wrong in preparation thus far.The Tigers have kept nearly all of last year’s top 21 and have added a few more including WA recruit Josh Stark, so confidence will be high that they can start on a positive note at home.Penola has lost several of last year’s stars including on-ballers Matt Willson, Kane Ransom and Brett Lindner, forwards Ryan Richardson and Bailey Walker and defenders Tom Pearce and Matt Ferguson, but the big news this week is former K/L United ruckman Seb Guilhaus has lodged a clearance to play with the Eagles.With key position player Drew Clayfield also coming back to the club and with enviable depth having won the reserves premiership in 2016, Penola will still run out a fit and strong side and this game is nearly too hard to call. A narrow win to the reigning premiers maybe?
Lucindale v Naracoorte. Lucindale has held on to all of its stars from last year and added a good one in ex-SANFL player Scott Spriggs, while 2016 recruit Riley Milne has recovered after missing all of last year. The Roos look set to finish at least as high as last year’s third placing.Naracoorte hasn’t been able to find many recruits apart from Hayden Biddle, and has lost its best tall in George McWaters and best small in Matt Gill.Despite adding some good senior colts from last season, it looks like being a tough year for Naracoorte and Lucindale will be hot favourites to have a first-up win at home.
Padthaway v K/L United. There’ll be plenty of interest in this one with both sides picking up some exciting recruits.Former Port Adelaide AFL players Wade Thompson (Padthaway) and Cam Hitchcock (KLU) will go head to head and there are many other new players for both sides.Padthaway only just missed the finals last year and has a more solid base to build on, so while KLU will look to improve, Padthaway at home will be a tough game in round 1.
Bordertown has the bye in round 1.
PENOLA TOO STRONG FOR KYBY IN GRAND FINAL
Report by Terry Willoughby - September 18, 2016
Kybybolite kicked with the wind in the first quarter and needed a good start against the powerful Penola outfit whose winning form returned last week. Adam Merrett looked set to impose himself on the game when he kicked the first goal before veteran Scott Carberry put Kyby on the board but the Penola defence led by Scott Merrett repeatedly turned Kyby back and Spencer Jackman also made many intercepts. Adam Merrett and Foster goaled for Penola but clever small man Nathan Stark goaled to keep Kyby in touch but they hadn’t made any use of the wind and trailed by four points. Penola exploded into action in the second quarter when Adam Merrett and Dylan Williams ran riot around the goal-front. The Eagles slammed on 6 goals in the first 12 minutes and rocketed to a big lead and leave Kyby with a mountain of work to do. Mid-fielder Tom Cooper and ruckman Dave Arnold were battling hard against the odds for Kyby but Stark was their only goal-kicker for the quarter before Cooper got one right on half-time. Penola had burst the game open with their nine goal effort when the third quarter started but Kyby were not done with yet.
Both teams lost key players to injury. Carberry goaled immediately on resumption and McPherson followed soon after before Carberry again put life into the game. Kyby held Penola to a solitary point for the third quarter and booted five goals to give themselves an outside chance at three quarter-time but the Eagles still led by 11 points and would come home with the wind.
Foster, Matt Willson and the menacing Merrett all goaled early and put the game beyond Kyby’s reach but the Tigers battled on for Carberry to boot his fourth goal. Merrett iced the game with his eighth before little men Skrypek and the elusive Dylan Williams sealed the deal. Kyby continued to battle away and goals to Munn and Cooper averted a rout but Penola ran out convincing winners by 34 points and plunge Kyby into another year’s wait for that elusive premiership. Adam Merrett was adjudged best on ground for Penola with his eight match-winning goals but was closely pressed by Scott Merrett in defence, Spence Jackman on the ball played well, Matt Willson used his pace and trusty left foot to good effect and injury ravaged Ry Richardson did well when shifted to defence. Kyby’s better players were the hard-working Tom Cooper, ruckman Dave Arnold, Carberry booted four good goals, Nathan Stark, Munn and Dave Warren all had good moments, just not enough of them.
Grand Final at Kaniva on September 17, 2016
Best: Penola - A. Merrett, S. Merrett, S. Jackman, M. Willson, R. Richardson, J. Pfitzner. Kyby – T. Cooper, D. Arnold, S. Munn, D. Warren, N. Stark, J. Bittner. Goals: Penola - A. Merrett 8, D. Williams 4, B. Foster 2, M. Willson 1, S. Berkefeld 1, B. Lindner 1, M. Skrypek 1, K. Ransom 1. Kybybolite: S. Carberry 4, T. Cooper 3, N. Stark 2, C. McPherson 1, S. Munn 1, M. Schinckel 1
Round 1 April 8th
Round 2 April 22th
Kingston v Padthaway
Naracoorte v Kybybolite
Round 3 April 29th
Round 4 May 6th
Round 5 May 13th
Round 6 May 20th
Round 7 May 27st
Round 8 June 3rd
LWE SE Carnival June 10th @ WBFL
Round 9 June 17th
Round 10 June 24th
Round 11 July 1st
Round 12 July 8th
Round 13 July 15th
Round 14 July 22nd
Round 15 July 29th
Round 16 August 5th
Round 17 August 12th
Round 18 August 19th