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Round 18 August 19th
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PROVIDING ROUND BY ROUND PREVIEWS IN 2017
KOWREE, NARACOORTE AND TATIARA 2017
Teams: Border Dists, Bordertown, Kaniva/Leeor, Keith, Kingston, Kybybolite, Lucindale, Mundulla, Naracoorte, Padthaway & Penola
KANIVA-LEEOR UNITED’S FINALS BID CRASHES AND PADTHAWAY’S IS HANGING BY A THREAD
By Terry Willoughby, August 14, 2017
Kaniva-Leeor United’s impossible dream collapsed completely when they battled strongly in the first half against Penola only to be blown away by the eagles in the third quarter. With Nic Murphy unable to repeat last week’s heroics KLU battled to stay in touch with Penola who had wily veteran Jon Copping and Brodie Foster doing the damage around the goal-front. Toby Stribling was doing well for KLU along with Bowles and Meyer but Penola’s greater playing depth was a distinct problem and they trailed by 18 points at halftime.
Penola exploded into action with a ten goal burst and KLU were scoreless in the third term and it was game over. All interest had gone out of the game and Penola allowed KLU a few token goals before cruising to a 69 point win. Foster and Copping each booted five goals for Penola but it was Seb Guilhaus who stood out in the game.
PENOLA 20-15 135 BLEW KANIVA LEEOR UNITED 10-6 66 AWAY AFTER HALF-TIME
Lucindale’s recent form has been anything but convincing but, so too had Padthaway’s. The Lions needed to win to stay in touch with the top five but Lucindale had other ideas and dominated play for almost all of the first three quarters and restricted Padthaway to a single goal whilst they had put through 14. Lucindale had winners everywhere and a potent forward line to finish off the good work from up the ground. Sam Mardling, former Port Power player Tom Logan, Teakle and Ryan McInerney were all among the goals and Padthaway were unable to contain them.
The game was well in Lucindale’s grasp at three quarter-time when they led by 85 points. Padthaway could only have been buoyed by the scores elsewhere because they booted seven goals in the last quarter but Lucindale also kicked four and won easily by 69 points. Padthaway now have to win a mini-elimination final next week against Kybybolite, a narrow loser
LUCINDALE 18-15 123 OUTPLAYED PADTHAWAY 8-6 54
Mundulla swept Naracoorte aside to win by a whopping 130 points. Never under threat at any stage the Moots tuned up nicely for the finals by applying themselves for the entire game. Jamie Grosser provided some highlights with ten goals but it was an all-round team effort that impressed for Mundulla who now have an unusual double break, one because they have the bye next week and then another spell as the top team on the ladder entering finals
MUNDULLA 27-13 175 OUTCLASSED NARACOORTE 7-3 45
Bordertown made a bold bid for their second win of the season when they led Kingston for over three quarters. A win would ensure they finished above bottom place and avoid the wooden spoon. They controlled most of the play in the first half and Kingston remained goal-less for much of it but the Roosters couldn’t build a big enough lead. Kingston fought back in the third quarter and the margin was only 6 poits in favour of Bordertown at the last change. Last quarters have not been great all season for Bordertown and so it was again as Kingston finished much better with five goals to win by 12 points.
KINGSTON 12-14 86 EASED PAST BORDERTOWN 10-14 74
Keith dealt Kybybolite a heavy blow when they held-on to win narrowly by two points. Looking much the better team in the first half Keith led by 17 points. Kyby’s shaky grip on fifth spot looked even shakier entering the second half but they responded with six goals to close the margin at three quarter-time to 11 points with Keith still in front. Nathan Stark and key defender Ray Jaensch were battling hard for Kyby and Keith’s better players were not as prominent now. The last quarter was a battle of defences as Keith hung on grimly and Kyby struggled forward. Kyby had plenty of chances but many went wide and although Keith remained goal-lees for the final term Kyby fell two points short in a thriller.
KEITH 10-11 71 BY A WHISKER OVER KYBYBOLITE 9-15 69
Round 17 - August 12, 2017
Best: Penola - S. Guilhaus, T. Williams, J. Copping, D. Clayfield, D. Williams, D. Wenham. Kaniva Leeor - T. Stribling, N. Bowles, C. Meyer, J. Salt, C. Hitchcock, C. De Visser. Goals: Penola - J. Copping 5, B. Foster 5, D. Williams 4, A. Merrett 2, J. Smith 1, L. Walker 1, D. Clayfield 1, J. Pfitzner 1. Kaniva Leeor United - N. Murphy 3, C. Hitchcock 2, C. Thiele 1, J. Brown 1, J. Salt 1, C. De Visser 1, N. Bowles 1
Best: Lucindale - J. Watson, P. Baker, W. Gould, S. Mardling, A. Eckermann, D. Ogilvie. Padthaway - B. Leahy, I. Noles, S. Brown, J. Mccarthy, T. Edwards, A. Stevens. Goals: Lucindale - S. Mardling 4, T. Logan 3, J. Teakle 3, R. Mcinerney 2, J. Watson 2, W. Gould 2, A. Eckermann 1, S. Teakle 1. Padthaway - T. Edwards 4, B. Leahy 2, D. Boyanton 1, J. Dicker 1
Best: Kingston - H. Lawrie, L. Exton, C. Paige, S. Robertson, T. Baker, B. Warner. Bordertown - R. Tink, B. Foulds, H. Trenorden, S. Devitt, R. Tink, C. Barras. Goals: Kingston - T. Baker 4, B. Warner 2, H. Rothall 2, S. Robertson 2, B. Tapfield 1, L. Pedlar 1. Bordertown - C. Barras 3, J. Eats 2, J. Searle 1, N. Dahlitz 1, B. Foulds 1, D. Inglis 1, R. Tink 1
Best: Keith - H. Wilhelm, A. Dunstan, S. McMurray, E. Dunstan, G. Johnson, S. Molineux. Kybybolite - N. Stark, R. Jaensch, B. Munn, D. Warren, S. Munn, J. Mckay. Goals: Keith - G. Hughes 3, G. Johnson 2, N. Hunt 2, J. Robertson 1, L. Wilhelm 1, S. Schreiber 1. Kybybolite - B. Munn 4, S. Carberry 2, J. Mckay 1, S. Munn 1, T. Cooper 1
Best: Mundulla - J. Grosser, S. Luckett, T. McIntyre, J. McGrice, C. Obst, J. Milligan. Naracoorte - K. Jacobs, T. Hindmarsh, J. Cother, S. Willson, S. Bates, N. Boon. Goals: Mundulla – Jamie Grosser 10, L. Wiese 4, T. McIntyre 3, J. Hinge 2, N. Davis 2, N. Mosey 2, W. Nankivell 1, J. McGrice 1, B. Douglas 1, D. Mosey 1. Naracoorte - S. Willson 2, C. Gill 2, B. Hill 1, K. Jacobs 1, T. Hindmarsh 1
ROUND 17 PREVIEW from The Naracoorte Herald
August 11, 2017
Three more massive games are set down for round 17 of KNTFL football this weekend.
With only one more round after this one, the race for finals spots is still wide open, but could become clearer by Saturday night. Top side Mundulla is the only team guaranteed of finals action.
One big game this week is Lucindale (4th) v Padthaway (6th). Lucindale could stay in the hunt for a top three spot with a win, but could slip out of the top five if Padthaway wins. Padthaway is playing for survival, needing to win this week and probably next week to play finals.
Kyby (5th) will host Keith (3rd), with again both sides able to make the top three, but also the loser of this game possibly not playing finals at all.
Much interest will centre on K/L United (7th) v Penola (2nd), with the other sides hoping KLU can pull off another upset like last week against Keith.The other games are Bordertown (10th) v Kingston (9th) and Naracoorte (8th) v Mundulla (1st). Border Districts (11th) have the bye.
KEITH SUFFER SHOCK LOSS TO NIC MURPHY INSPIRED KANIVA LEEOR UNITED
Another outstanding solo performance from former South Adelaide captain Nic Murphy enabled Kaniva-Leeor United to keep their improbable but mathematically possible final’s dream alive when they defeated Keith by 36 points. As they have done often during the season KLU stormed to a big lead by quarter time. They had 13 scoring shots to just one from the Keith Crows but had managed only five goals and led by 32 points. Previously this hasn’t been enough for KLU and they have been over-run and they frustrated Keith in the second quarter, restricting them to just 3 goals to have a hold a 20 point lead entering the second half. Conditions here were also playing a part but with Murphy in electric form where ever he was KLU surged ahead another four goals to lead by 40 points and seemingly victors. Keith, who have been in the top five all season were not to be taken lightly, however. Murphy might have been dominant but he had some able cohorts in Thiele, Bowles and Stribling who continually forced Keith into error. KLU maintained their tight grip on play and went on to win by 36 points, their best win in a long time. Murphy’s 6 goals were instrumental for KLU. Capurso and Paul Makin tried hard to lift Keith, but to no avail. KLU need to keep winning and rely on others to lose in the last two rounds.
KANIVA-LEEOR UNITED 11-13 79 OUT-MURPHYED KEITH 6-7 43
Kingston made sure they stayed well away from the wooden spoon when they defeated struggling Border Districts by 17 points. The lack of skill factor in the game was evident even if the weather played a part.
KINGSTON 7-8 50 COMFORTABLY DEFEATED BORDER DISTRICTS 4-9 33
Bordertown, the other wooden spoon candidate looked set for a win when they booted five goals to one in reply from Naracoorte and lead by 23 points early on but it wasn’t enough. Naracoorte slammed on six in the second quarter to reach the lead by the long break. Scoring became more difficult after half-time but Naracoorte held onto the lead entering the last quarter and edged clear with two goals as Bordertown battled against the strong winds to win by 17 points. Myall with four goals was best for Naracoorte and Eats with five played a lone hand near goal for Bordertown.
NARACOORTE 11-10 76 WIND ASSISTED, BORDERTOWN 9-5 59
Mundulla returned to the winners list in emphatic style when they trounced Padthaway by 69 points and plunge the Lions finals hopes into danger. The Moots burst out of the blocks with a 7 goal first quarter to lead by 27 points. Hinge was a constant threat to the Padthaway defence and Sam Luckett and McGrice were big kick-winners even though the Lions managed three goals going against the wind. Mundulla shut down Padthaway’s scoring avenues in the second quarter even though they added only one goal themselves. Mundulla took complete control after halftime as the Lions fell away and their lead blew out to 45 points. Mundulla had most of the play in the last quarter and kicked clear to win by 69 points. Hinge with six goals was best for Mundulla along with Luckett, McGrice and almost all of the Wiese family. Padthaway’s better players were much harder to find but on-baller Seb Townsend and midfielders Michael and Boyanton tried hard.
MUNDULLA 15-20 110 CRUSHED PADTHAWAY 6-5 41
In form team, Penola exposed finals contender Lucindale with a convincing 26 point win. Whilst conditions across the south east were anything but perfect Lucindale’s reluntance to switch on early cost them dearly. Penola led by 20 points and Lucindale remained scoreless until the second term. Only a single point separated the teams at half-time. Penola slammed through nine goals in the third quarter, commonly termed the premiership quarter to lead by 49 points and it was as good as over for Lucindale with Guilhaus dominating the stoppages and giving Walker an armchair ride. Lucindale faced a mountainous task and the Penola defence led by Moore made them work hard for every goal. Penola managed two goals in the last quarter and even though Lucindale booted five it was too little too late and Penola have now moved into second place on the ladder.
PENOLA 15-6 96 IMPRESSIVELY OVER LUCINDALE 10-10 70
Round 16 - August 5, 2017
Best: Penola - S. Guilhaus, L. Walker, D. Williams, A. Moore, B. Maney, S. Merrett. Lucindale - B. McCarthy, J. Watson, D. Ogilvie, R. Milne, T. Menz, P. Baker. Goals: Penola - D. Williams 4, B. Foster 2, J. Copping 2, A. Merrett 2, D. Clayfield 2, L. Walker 2, S. Randhawa. Lucindale - T. Menz 2, S. Mardling 2, T. Logan 2, R. Milne, B. McCarthy, J. Watson, S. Spriggs
Best: Kaniva Leeor - N. Bowles, N. Murphy, C. Thiele, J. Salt, T. Stribling, J. Larocca. Keith - P. Capurso, P. Makin, H. Wilhelm, A. Dunstan, L. Mitchell, G. Johnson. Goals: Kaniva Leeor - N. Murphy 6, S. Williams Bale, L. Vivian, B. Clark, D. Natt, D. Hargraves. Keith - G. Johnson 2, A. Dunstan 2, H. Wilhelm, H. McMurray
Best: Kingston - T. Baker, R. Starling, J. May, R. Clarke, G. Hewett, J. Del Olivera. Border District - R. Oliver, F. Adams, C. Robinson, H. Pretlove, C. Sandercock, K. Phillips. Goals: Kingston - T. Gardner 2, J. Del Olivera, B. Smith, R. Starling, T. Baker, G. Hewett. Border District - H. Pretlove, F. Adams, L. Craig, B. Keast
Best: Mundulla - J. Hinge, S. Luckett, J. McGrice, L. Wiese, J. Wiese, C. Obst. Padthaway - S. Townsend, T. Michael, T. Brown, D. Boyanton, T. McNamara, C. Dolling. Goals: Mundulla - J. Hinge 6, D. Mosey 2, B. Packer 2, J. Grosser 2, T. Ballinger, T. McIntyre, N. Davis. Padthaway - L. Eats 3, T. Edwards, D. Boyanton, J. Brice
Best: Naracoorte - K. Jacobs, C. Myall, J. Macdonald, J. Cother, J. Bettoncelli, B. Hill. Bordertown - S. Devitt, R. Tink, J. Searle, J. Eats, H. Trenorden, N. Dahlitz. Goals: Naracoorte - C. Myall 4, H. Biddle 3, S. Willson 2, R. Pendle, N. Lacey. Bordertown - J. Eats 5, L. Weatherald 2, D. Inglis, A. Diment
ROUND 16 PREVIEW from The Naracoorte Herald
August 4, 2017
The big games keep coming in the KNTFL, with a number of vital clashes this weekend.
Three key games involve finals aspirants. Match of the round would be Penola (4th) v Lucindale (3rd), with Penola needing to keep winning to stay in the top five and Lucindale also desperate for a win to keep hold of the double chance.
Just as important is the game between Mundulla (1st) and Padthaway (6th), with Padthaway having a tough draw and not able to drop a game in its quest for fith spot.
The game between KLU (7th) and Keith (2nd) is also not a foregone conclusion. Keith is second on the ladder but KLU has proven itself against top teams and could cause an upset.
In the other games, Naracoorte (8th) will host Bordertown (10th) in a clash both sides would love to win, with only three wins between them for the year.
Kingston (9th) will host Border Districts (11th), with Borders able to lift themselves off the bottom of the ladder if they win. Kybybolite has the bye.
MUNDULLA SUFFER SHOCK LOSS TO RESURGENT PENOLA
Round 15 report - By Terry Willoughby, Sunday 30 July 2017
Were Mundulla getting ahead of themselves or was it just an aberration when Penola swept them aside with a 10 goal burst in the second quarter. Penola started brightly and led by nine points at quarter time but Mundulla were well in the game. The second quarter was a different story however, with Penola displaying their best form for the season. They slammed on 10 goals to leave Mundulla shell-shocked and trailing by 58 points at the main break. All this without a goal from Adam Merrett. Many others stepped in to provide the goals and the Moot’ defence was in disarray. The damage had been clearly done and although Mundulla stopped Penola from goaling in the third term they could only manage four goals of their own to still trail by 33 points at the last change. Youngster Will Nankivell and veteran Boyd Packer lifted appreciably for Mundulla and the game was on a more even keel. Penola again made more of their scoring chances in the final quarter to add three goals and win comfortably by 37 points but more importantly lift themselves into fourth spot.
PENOLA 18-8 116 UPSET MUNDULLA 11-13 79
Second placed Lucindale again had doubts of their legitimacy as premiership contenders challenged when the Keith Crows defeated them by 20 points. The Crows led all day but never by much and Lucindale could never get quite get their noses in front against the tight defence of Keith led by Seamus Mcmurray. Both teams booted three goals in the third term but Keith now appeared to be going a little better. The Crow’s finished better in the last quarter and again stopped most Lucindale forward moves whilst adding 3 goals of their own to win by 20 points. Ten goal-kickers emphasised Keith’s varied scoring avenues and they have now jumped into second spot on the ladder at Lucindale’s expense.
KEITH 12-10 82 DEFEATED LUCINDALE 9-8 62
Padthaway stayed in touch with the top five with an uninspiring 50 point win over wooden spoon candidates Border Districts. The Lions led throughout but were unable to completely shake off the battling Border’s who could only manage goals in two of the 4 quarters. Padthaway were consistent over the whole game without ever looking likely to bolt away. Edwards and Lachie Eats each booted four for Padthaway but they are clearly not the powerhouse they have been in previous years. Border Districts are barely hanging on and face an uncertain future, but then they have been staring down that dark tunnel for some time.
PADTHAWAY 15-9 TOO GOOD FOR BORDER DISTRICTS 7-7 49
Veteran goal-kicker Scott Carberry had a day out when he booted 11 goals for Kybybolite as they crushed Kingston by 159 points. Kyby need to keep winning to retain their slippery grip on fifth spot and they did just that. The Tigers raced to a big 41 point lead by quarter time and continued to score freely from there on. With little opposition to worry about the Tigers continually looked for chances to score and Carberry was the lucky recipient whilst many others also joined in the goal-scoring spree. Kyby finished the game ruthlessly with a ten goal to nil final term.
KYBYBOLITE 28-19 187 THRASHED KINGSTON 4-4 28
Kaniva-Leeor United only managed to keep their slim finals hopes alive when they fell in by just six points over the other wooden spoon candidate Bordertown. Bordertown made a spirited bid for victory when they led nearly all of the first three quarters, albeit narrowly. Searle and Trenorden again led the way as they have done most of the season whilst it was Nic Murphy doing likewise for KLU. The Roosters stretched their lead to 13 points at the three quarter-time break and KLU’s bid for finals appeared over. Bordertown faded in the final term as KLU lifted with Murphy dragging his team over the line with valuable help from Meyer, Brown and Crouch.
KANIVA LEEOR UNITED 10-14 74 SCRAPED IN, BORDERTOWN 9-14 68
Round 15 - July 29, 2017
Best: Keith - P. Makin, E. Dunstan, A. Dunstan, N. Hunt, S. Molineux, S. McMurray. Lucindale - T. Mackenzie, P. Baker, S. Spriggs, T. Logan, A. Eckermann, M. Kelsh. Goals: Keith - G. Johnson 2, A. Dunstan 2, L. Wilhelm 1, A. Bowley 1, J. Forrest 1, E. Dunstan 1, P. Makin 1, N. Hunt 1, H. McMurray 1, S. Lehmann 1. Lucindale - J. Teakle 2, T. Logan 2, S. Spriggs 2, S. Logan 1, D. Ogilvie 1, A. Eckermann 1
Best: Penola - D. Williams, D. Clayfield, A. Moore, O. March, L. Walker, B. Foster. Mundulla - W. Nankivell, B. Packer, T. Ballinger, J. Hinge, N. Davis, J. Obst. Goals: Penola - B. Foster 5, J. Smith 3, L. Walker 3, J. Copping 3, O. March 2, M. Skrypek 1, S. Randhawa 1. Mundulla - B. Packer 4, H. Thorpe 2, J. Grosser 2, W. Nankivell 1, L. Wiese 1, J. Obst 1
Best: Kaniva Leeor - N. Murphy, C. Meyer, A. Brown, B. Crouch, J. Wagg, D. Natt. Bordertown - J. Searle, H. Trenorden, B. Jarrett, S. Devitt, R. Tink, B. Shuttleworth. Goals: Kaniva Leeor - N. Murphy 5, J. Salt 2, T. Stribling 1, J. Brown 1, B. Hawker 1. Bordertown - J. Searle 4, H. Trenorden 1, J. Eats 1, S. Barras 1, D. Inglis 1, L. Weatherald 1
Best: Kyby - D. Warren, C. Murrie, B. Munn, S. Carberry, N. Stark, J. Mckay. Kingston - L. Exton, B. Smith, J. May, J. Gluyas, B. Warner, T. Baker. Goals: Kyby – Scott Carberry 11, B. Munn 3, S. Munn 3, S. Crook 2, N. Stark 2, L. Crossling 2, S. Craig 1, J. Mckay 1, T. Cooper 1, C. Murrie 1, S. Shepherd 1. Kingston - R. Clarke 1, R. Starling 1, J. May 1, T. Baker 1
Best: Padthaway - T. McNamara, C. Marshall, T. Michael, M. Brown, T. Edwards, C. Francis. Borders - K. Phillips, Z. Edwards, C. Robinson, R. Oliver, N. Naylor. Goals: Padthaway - T. Edwards 4, L. Eats 4, C. Francis 2, A. Longbottom 1, T. McNamara 1, I. Noles 1, C. Marshall 1, B. Leahy 1. Borders - C. Sandercock 2, K. Phillips 2, G. Hampton 1, M. Ellis 1, Z. Edwards 1
ROUND 15 PREVIEW from The Naracoorte Herald
July 27, 2017
Two huge games will rival one another for the KNTFL match of the round this week.
Lucindale (2nd) will travel to Keith (3rd) in a big match-up which could help decide who gets the double chance come finals time.
Lucindale has still been winning despite missing several key players with injury, and will have to be on to beat Keith which needs the win to stay in third spot.
The other big one is Mundulla v Penola, with Penola needing to win to stay in the top five, while Mundulla would love to be the ones to damage the finals chances of the reigning premiers.
Mundulla will be firm favourites, but Penola is the only side to have beaten Mundulla this year, thumping them by 58 points back in round 5.
Two teams fighting for a fringe finals spot, Kybybolite and Padthaway, should both have wins against their rivals Kingston and Border Districts.
Kaniva/Leeor United will host Bordertown fresh from drawing with the more highly rated Kyby side.Naracoorte has the bye this week.
DRAW IMPEDES KYBY’S FINALS HOPES
Round 14 report - By Terry Willoughby, Sunday 23 July 2017
Kaniva-Leeor United and Kybybolite both missed great chances when they drew on 90 points each after a tight battle all day. KLU had a big chance to hold a commanding lead at quarter time but only managed two goals from 10 scoring shots whilst Kyby had a perfect record with 3 goals from as many shots. KLU continued to have the bulk of play but Kyby still made the most of their forward entries to snatch a two point lead at halftime. Carberry was a constant threat around goal for Kyby and Thiele likewise for KLU as both teams battled for supremacy in the third quarter and whilst KLU’s accuracy hadn’t improved Kyby was now also spraying shots around but they clung to a four point lead at the last change. KLU needed to win to stay in the finals race and a Kyby win would push them up to fourth spot. Both teams threw everything into the last quarter but chances went begging at both ends before the scores were all tied up at the final siren. Neither wanted a draw but it was better than the alternative but it’s a bit like dancing with your sister!!
KANIVA LEEOR UNITED 12-18 90 DREW WITH KYBYBOLITE 13-12 90
Mundulla quickly dispelled any thoughts of a Bordertown upset when they slammed on 8 goals to nil in the first quarter and followed up with another seven by half-time and have Bordertown on the ropes. McGrice was in scintillating form for the Moots and had strong support from Douglas and North Gambier recruit Will Nankivell. Bordertown lifted their game through Searle, four goals and Trenorden but Mundulla were coasting by then and were never threatened before cruising home by 99 points and tighten their grip on top spot.
MUNDULLA 25-11 161 THRASHED BORDERTOWN 10-2 62
Border Districts displayed improved form but it wasn’t enough to upset third placed Keith who seemed content just to get the win. Keith wasted plenty of chances around goal and Border’s, led by a strong effort from Cam Sandercock hung in tenaciously. The Keith Crows extended the 10 point halftime lead in the third quarter but Borders stayed close by. The game was far from exhilarating but Border District’s effort faded in the final quarter and Keith cobbled together a 25 point win.
KEITH 11-17 83 UNIMPRESSIVELY DEFEATED BORDER DISTRICTS 9-4 58
Lucindale were another team forced to battle for a win against a low placed rival. Kingston looked likely to be thrashed when Lucindale led by 27 points at quarter time and then by 31 at the half. The Seasiders matched Lucindale in the third quarter and outscored Lucindale to reduce the margin to 17 pts at three quarter-time. The last quarter was a more free-scoring one but Lucindale with greater scoring depth outlasted Kingston to win by 23 points.
LUCINDLE 12-14 86 DEFEATED KINGSTON 9-9 63
Some of the top five teams have shown indifferent form in recent weeks and Penola were no exception. They held Naracoorte to a solitary behind in the first half whilst they booted 8 goals to have the game wrapped up. With Seb Guilhaus dominating in the ruck and coach Adam Merrett powering his way through the Naracoorte defence Penola went further ahead in the third quarter even though Naracoorte managed two paltry goals, their only two for the day. Penola finished the game strongly with another eight goals and Naracoorte were held scoreless. Walker and Adam Merrett with four and six goals respectively and Guilhaus dominated for Penola in the 121 point win.
PENOLA 20-16 136 BRUSHED NARACOORTE ASIDE 2-3 15
Round 14 - July 22, 2017
Best: Kaniva Leeor - C. Thiele, N. Bowles, L. Vivian, C. Meyer, J. Larocca, V. Thach. Kybybolite - B. Munn, D. Warren, S. Craig, M. Schinckel, S. Carberry. Goals: Kaniva Leeor - C. Thiele 3, D. Hargraves 2, N. Murphy 2, T. Stribling 1, N. Bowles 1, A. Brown 1, J. Merrett 1, L. Vivian 1. Kybybolite: S. Carberry 4, B. Munn 3, D. Warren 2, C. McPherson 1, N. Stark 1, J. Bittner 1,
C. Masters 1
Best: Penola - L. Walker, S. Guilhaus, S. Merrett, S. Berkefeld, D. Clayfield, T. Williams. Naracoorte - R. Pendle, J. Bettoncelli, J. Jones, J. Macdonald, W. Harris, K. Jacobs. Goals: Penola - A. Merrett 6, L. Walker 4, O. March 3, B. Foster 3, M. Skrypek 2, J. Pfitzner 1, J. Currie 1. Naracoorte - F. Day 1, C. Gill 1
Best: Lucindale - J. Watson, R. Milne, T. Mackenzie, S. Spriggs, D. Ogilvie, A. Eckermann. Kingston: H. Rothall, B. Smith, M. Harrison, W. Goode, J. Gluyas, R. Werchiwski. Goals: Lucindale - S. Mcgurk 2, N. Cane 2, S. Spriggs 2, N. Clarke 1, P. Baker 1, A. Eckermann 1, R. Milne 1, J. Teakle 1, T. Menz 1. Kingston : R. Starling 3, M. Harrison 2, H. Rothall 1, T. Baker 1, A. Stenner 1, H. Lawrie 1
Best: Mundulla - J. McGrice, B. Douglas, T. Ballinger, W. Nankivell, S. Luckett, B. Packer. Bordertown - J. Searle, H. Trenorden, R. Tink, B. Jarrett, B. Foulds, S. Devitt. Goals: Mundulla - B. Packer 4, S. Luckett 3, J. Grosser 3, R. Williams 3, J. Hinge 2, J. McGrice 2, C. Obst 2, J. Dolling 2, G. Obst 2, D. Mosey 1, T. McIntyre 1. Bordertown - J. Searle 4, H. Trenorden 3, J. Trenorden 1, S. Devitt 1, S. Barras 1
ROUND 14 PREVIEW from The Naracoorte Herald
July 20, 2017
With just five rounds left, wins for the top sides are now becoming vital.
All of this week’s five games are expected to be won by a finals contender, with the sixth contender, Padthaway, having the bye.
Maybe the closest game could be Kybybolite (5th) v KLU (7th). If Kyby can win, KLU’s faint finals hopes will be snuffed out, but if KLU can cause an upset it will be a huge dent to Kyby’s major round hopes.
Penola (6th) v Naracoorte (8th) could be closer than some might expect, with Penola not performing brilliantly at the moment and Naracoorte capable of springing a surprise.
Lucindale will host Kingston and should bounce back from last week’s loss with a win, while Border Districts will host Keith in a game that Keith should win comfortably.Traditional rivals Bordertown and Mundulla will do battle at Bordertown, with the home side no doubt desperate to try and bring down their high-flying neighbours. But top-of-the-table Mundulla will be hot favourites.
MUNDULLA SHOW THEIR CLASS IN TOP OF THE LADDER CLASH
By Terry Willoughby, Monday July 17 2017
Mundulla were quick to exert their influence on the game over second placed Lucindale when they booted 6 unanswered goals to almost put the game out of reach. Ball magnets in McGrice and Grady Obst provided countless chances for the Moot forwards where the ever dangerous Hinge and Mcintyre lurked. Lucindale gained a little traction in the second term but were unable to restrict Mundulla who made the most of their chances with four goals from five scoring shots. Veteran Nic Cane was trying to lift Lucindale back into the game but Mundulla were still going strongly and now Sam Luckett and Mosey were adding to Lucindale’s woes. The Moots put their foot down again in the last quarter and dispelled any doubts that they were entitled to be on top when they slammed on another six goals over the misfiring Lucindale to win by 68 points.
MUNDULLA 20.9 (129) STAY TOP WITH BIG WIN OVER LUCINDALE 8.13 (61)
Kaniva-Leeor United may have only a forlorn hope of making finals but they very nearly saw it vanish against wooden-spooner Border Districts. Borders, who have hardly raised a yelp all year, led for most of the first three quarters before KLU’s better players had their say. It wasn’t a great spectacle by any stretch but a win is a win which is all KLU got. Borders might be ruing the result but at least they weren’t thrashed. Thiele’s 5 goals in a best a-field game were crucial for KLU.
KANIVA-LEEOR UNITED 11-10 76 SCRAPED IN, BORDER DISTRICTS 8-11 59
Bordertown were another team who have had a lean season but they had Penola on the ropes by halftime but couldn’t deliver the knockout blow. The Rooster’s had most of the play in the first quarter but wasted chances to only lead by 10 points, it would crucial later! Penola were somewhat shell-shocked and Bordertown took control in the second term with Sam Barras and Weatherald causing havoc around go. Penola got moving in the third quarter but Bordertown weren’t going away without a fight and they still led by 19 points at three quarter-time. Penola now had some momentum and forced Bordertown into error and punished the mistakes with goals. They now had all the play as Bordertown struggled to hold on and Penola with Seb Guilhaus starring booted six goals to one in the last and swept passed the tiring Roosters to win by 11 points but get a wake-up in the process.
PENOLA 14-10 94 IN A LAST GASP OVER BORDERTOWN 12-11 83
Naracoorte gave Kybybolite a bit to think about on Anzac Day but with finals in the offing they were on the charge early. The Tigers pounded the goal-front in the first quarter but couldn’t put Naracoorte away when the lead was just 23 points. Kyby still had more of the play in the second term but Naracoorte were never far away. Veteran full forward Scott Carberry was a tower of strength for Kyby but they also had Ray Jaensch marshalling the defence admirably. Naracoorte still snapped at the heels of Kyby in the third quarter but Carberry was still the danger with Warren and Munn assisting. Kyby led by 13 points entering the last quarter and quickly extended their lead as Naracoorte faded. Kyby’s better players took control and the Tigers added eight goals to two and won comfortably by 53 points. Carberry had a big day out to boot eight goals.
KYBYBOLITE 17-17 119 EASILY IN THE END OVER NARACOORTE 10-6 66
The Keith Crows blitzed Padthaway after trailing by 13 points at quarter time. The rampant Crows slammed on eight goals and raced to a 21 point lead by half-time. Capurso and veteran Paul Makin were the driving forces and Johnson and Wilhelm the finishers. Padtahway’s earlier best in Brice, Townsend and Longbottom now struggled to have an impact. Keith’s mean defence cut Padthaway’s scoring to a minimum whilst they added another four goals to lead by 42 points. Padthaway could not raise another effort and Keith remained on top in the last quarter and drew away to win by 49 points and cement their place in the top five. Padthaway are now on shaky ground.
KEITH 16-9 105 TOO GOOD, PADTHAWAY 8-8 56
Round 13 - July 15, 2017
Best: Penola - S. Guilhaus, J. Pfitzner, S. Merrett, D. Wenham, B. Foster, A. Merrett. Bordertown - S. Devitt, S. Barras, L. Weatherald, H. Trenorden, J. Searle, J. Eats. Goals: Penola - B. Foster 3, D. Hackwill 2, S. Merrett 2, S. Jackman, J. Currie, J. Pfitzner, D. Williams, S. Guilhaus, L. Walker, A. Merrett. Bordertown - L. Weatherald 4, S. Barras 3, J. Searle 2, J. Trenorden, B. Foulds, B. Hill
Best: Kaniva Leeor - C. Thiele, L. Vivian, A. Brown, B. Crouch, N. Murphy, T. Stribling. Borders - T. Robinson, L. Bowd, K. Phillips, C. Robinson, Z. Edwards, B. Adams. Goals: Kaniva Leeor - C. Thiele 5, D. Hargraves 2, J. Salt 2, J. Jarred, V. Thach. Borders - D. Bray 2, S. Robinson 2, B. Adams, C. Sandercock, K. Phillips, M. Ellis
Best: Kyby - S. Carberry, D. Warren, S. Craig, R. Jaensch, C. Masters, D. Hallett. Naracoorte - W. Harris, S. Bates, J. Bettoncelli, K. Jacobs, J. Cother, J. Macdonald. Goals: Kyby - S. Carberry 8, S. Munn 3, T. Cooper 2, D. Hallett, C. Murrie, N. Stark, C. Masters. Naracoorte - S. Willson 3, J. Sellars 3, K. Jacobs 2, N. Lacey, C. Gill
Best: Mundulla - G. Obst, J. McGrice, J. Hinge, S. Luckett, D. Mosey, T. Ballinger. Lucindale - N. Cane, A. Eckermann, B. Kelsh, R. Milne, D. McCarthy, D. Ogilvie. Goals: Mundulla - J. Hinge 6, T. McIntyre 3, J. Obst 3, R. Williams 2, B. Douglas, N. Mosey, D. Mosey, W. Nankivell, S. Luckett, J. McGrice. Lucindale - M. Kelsh, N. Cane, R. Mcinerney, T. Menz, N. Maloney, M. Snowball, D. McCarthy, J. Watson
Best: Keith - P. Capurso, P. Makin, J. Robertson, S. Laubsch, L. Wilhelm, L. Mitchell. Padthaway - S. Townsend, A. Longbottom, T. McNamara, J. Brice, C. Dolling, A. Stevens. Goals: Keith - G. Johnson 4, L. Wilhelm 3, N. Hunt 2, A. Dunstan 2, S. Lehmann, P. Makin, J. Wilson, H. Wilhelm, E. Dunstan. Padthaway - J. Brice 4, T. Edwards 2, C. Francis 2
ROUND 13 PREVIEW from The Naracoorte Herald
July 13, 2017
It’s back to a full round of five matches in the KNTFL this weekend.
The top four sides will play against one another in two vital games.
Lucindale will host Mundulla in a 1 v 2 clash, with the winner taking outright top spot on the ladder. Both sides will be strengthened with Mundulla getting back two players from Murray South East duty as well as possibly Jamie Grosser and Luke Wiese, while Lucindale might get a couple back after they enjoyed last weekend off with the bye.
The other great match-up is Padthaway (3rd) hosting Keith (4th). Padthaway lost last week but only narrowly to the powerful Mundulla side and the Lions are one of the form sides of the competition.Keith had the week off to freshen up and will be hoping to repeat the result of the last time these sides met back in round 3, when the Crows got up in a thriller by four points. The Crows have played well apart from a bad loss to Mundulla three weeks ago, and they will be up for this one in a battle for a top three spot.
Traditional rivals Kybybolite (5th) and Naracoorte (8th) will clash at Kyby, with Kyby firm favourites to win, but surely not by as much as on ANZAC Day when the margin was over 12 goals.
Kaniva/Leeor United (7th) will try to keep the tiniest flicker of a finals hope alive with a win over Border Districts (11th) who are struggling at the bottom of the ladder.
Bordertown (10th) with host Penola (6th), with Penola wanting a big win to enhance its chances of climbing back inside the top five.
Kingston has the bye for the second week in a row.
MUNDULLA TIGHTEN GRIP ON TOP SPOT WITH FIGHTING WIN IN WET
By Terry Willoughby - July 9th, 2017
Under threatening skies Mundulla and Padthaway went goal for goal and the Moots held the narrowest of leads at quarter time. Hinge, who would finish with four extremely valuable goals was posing a big threat to Padthaway as rain tumbled and got heavier as the game wore on. The Lions made better use of the ball in the conditions but scoring was extremely difficult with hail falling. Two goals to Padthaway were like diamonds and they led by 10 points at half-time.
Francis and Noles had battled strongly for Padthaway and Tom Edwards also but nobody relished the heavy conditions. Grady Obst and veteran Heath Thorpe lifted for Mundulla in the third quarter but scoring continued to be difficult and both teams only registered one goal each for the quarter and the Moots still trailed by nine points at the last change. The rain varied between heavy and very heavy but Mundulla mounted a challenge that Padthaway couldn’t hold. Obst and Thorpe maintained their efforts and Sam Luckett, Mosey and Perry helped to put Moots in front. Padthaway managed only two behinds for the quarter whilst Mundulla booted three goals to slog out a win by eight points.
MUNDULLA 8-8 56 NARROWLY IN THE WET, PADTHAWAY 7-6 48
Kybybolite made light work of the weather which was not as bad as at Mundulla, just down the road, and kicked 7 goals to one and have Bordertown on the canvas and trailing by 38 points at quarter time. Carberry, Tom Cooper, Munn and Nathan Stark were too much for the Bordertown defence and Kyby went further ahead in the second term to lead by 43 points at the halfway mark.
Kyby were dominating most of the play with Warren and Ray Jaensch providing plenty of drive and the Tigers kept Bordertown to two goals for the quarter whilst adding five with veteran forward Scott Carberry relishing the freedom given by the Bordertown defence. Kyby kept up the work-rate, if not the earlier accuracy in the last quarter to win easily by 84 points and stay in the finals race.
KYBYBOLITE 17-19 121 THRASHED BORDERTOWN 5-7 37
Cellar dwellers Naracoorte and Border Districts clashed in a game that was likely to determine who would win the wooden spoon for 2017. Naracoorte’s recent form had been on the rise and Borders were without key ruckman Sandercock which would prove crucial. Conditions were not as bad as further north but that was no help to Border Districts who laboured from the out-set.
Naracooorte controlled most of the play against the mistake riddled Borders and led by 22 points at quarter time. The weather played its part in restricting scoring in the second quarter but Naracoorte had a healthy lead of 19 points. Zac Donnelly and Craig Gill were stand-outs for Naracoorte whilst Border’s hardly had an effective contributor. Naracoorte went further ahead with four goals to Borders’ one which hardly raised a round of car horn tooting. The last quarter was all Naracoorte who piled on 6 goals to nil and plunge Border Districts further into darkness.
NARACOORTE 15-10 100 EASILY OVER AN INEPT BORDER DISTRICTS 2-13 25
Round 12 - July 8, 2017
Best: Kyby - D. Warren, R. Jaensch, T. Cooper, B. Munn, J. Bittner, C. Murrie. Bordertown - R. Tink, H. Trenorden, S. Devitt, J. Eats, M. Leigh, B. Jarrett. Goals: Kyby - S. Carberry 6, T. Cooper 3, B. Munn 3, N. Stark 2, W. Russell, J. Cavill, D. Warren. Bordertown - L. Borrillo 2, M. Leigh, J. Trenorden, B. Hill
Best: Mundulla - G. Obst, H. Thorpe, T. Perry, S. Luckett, N. Mosey, J. Hinge. Padthaway - I. Noles, C. Francis, M. Brown, T. Edwards, A. Longbottom, J. Brice. Goals: Mundulla - J. Hinge 4, J. Wiese, N. Davis, M. Young, D. Mosey. Padthaway - C. Marshall 2, C. Francis 2, T. Edwards, J. Dicker , J. Brice
Best: Naracoorte - Z. Donnelly, C. Gill, K. Jacobs, B. Hill, J. Burns, N. Lacey. Borders - K. Phillips, J. Shepherd, N. Naylor, L. Craig, Z. Edwards, L. Bowd. Goals: Naracoorte - C. Gill 4, S. Patterson 2, J. Cother 2, B. Hill, S. Willson, J. Bettoncelli, H. Biddle, T. Hindmarsh, J. Sellars, N. Lacey. Borders - B. Adams, G. Cother
ROUND 12 PREVIEW from The Naracoorte Herald
July 6, 2017
There are only three games scheduled for round 12 of KNTFL action this weekend, but at least two of them promise to be great contests.
Top team Mundulla will host Padthaway (3rd) in an important battle which will have a bearing on the top three. Padthaway is only just ahead of Keith, Penola and Kybybolite and is no certainty to finish in the top five let alone the top three, so a win over Mundulla would be a real shot in the arm.Mundulla is only percentage ahead of Lucindale and those two teams meet next week.
Naracoorte (10th) hosts Border Districts (11th) this week, with the winner of that clash going one game clear of bottom spot on the ladder and the wooden spoon favouritism. Both teams have produced good football at times and it could go either way.
Bordertown (9th) hosts Kybybolite (6th) in the other game with Kyby needing to keep winning to stay in touch with the top five.Lucindale, Penola, KLU, Keith and Kingston all have byes, with the Murray SE zone team taking part in the country championships.
KYBYBOLITE CAUSE BOILOVER TO
KEEP FINALS HOPES ALIVE
by Terry Willoughby, Sunday July 2, 2017
Kybybolite’s good early season which had been absent in recent games returned with a vengeance when they upset one of the glamour teams in Penola, by 32 points. The signs weren’t all that evident in the first quarter but Kyby led narrowly by 10 points in a low-scoring game.
With Ray Jaensch marshalling the defence around him Kyby kicked away to lead by 31 points at the long break but it should have been much more against a dangerous opponent. Kyby were on top in defence and around the stoppages with Tom Cooper and Warren doing well whilst Penola struggled to find a way forward.
Kyby kicked further ahead in the third quarter and with Carberry and former Melbourne player Nathan Stark always threatening near goal. Penola had their best quarter in the last but the Kyby horse had already bolted and they won impressively by 32 points and remain just half a game outside the top five with Penola in the banana skin position of fifth.
KYBYBOLITE 13-14 92 DEFEATED PENOLA 9-6 60
Mundulla maintained their tight grip on top spot when any resistance from Border’s was crushed quickly as the Moots ran to a big lead of 59 points by halftime. Ball magnets, McGrice and Luckett provided a mountain of chances for Mundulla forwards and Grosser booted eight goals to maintain his weekly average.
Mundulla continued on their merry way in the second half and kept Borders’ goal-less in the third quarter before generously allowing two token ones in the last.
MUNDULLA 22-16 148 CRUSHED BORDER DISTRICTS 5-4 34
Kaniva-Leeor United started in blistering fashion against Keith with Nic Murphy seemingly intent on winning the game on his own. Such was his dominance that KLU raced to a 25 point lead by quarter-time.
The Keith Crows dusted off the cobwebs in the second term and restricted Murphy’s influence to boot four goals and hold a narrow one point at the main break. The Crows had kept Murphy relatively quiet and with play generated by McAllister, Sandford and the veteran Paul Makin went steadily ahead in the third quarter to lead by 17 points. Murphy continued to win plenty of kicks for KLU but had few assistants as Keith took control in the last quarter to win by 39 points. Murphy booted five goals to go with his prodigious kick winning but last week’s big performer in Hargraves was kept to just two goals.
KEITH 14-19 103 TOO STRONG FOR KANIVA LEEOR UNITED 9-10 64
Padthaway and Kingston had a tight battle in the first half with the Lions ahead by just three goals at halftime. Their classier players and better teamwork enabled them to kick away after halftime when Kingston’s resistance crumbled.
Padthaway booted six goals to Kingston’s one and had the game under their control with only a quarter to play. Francis with five and Thompson with four goals did the damage for Padthaway along with Macnamara and Leahy. Starling booted four goals for Kingston.
PADTHAWAY 18-7 115 COMFORTABLY, KINGSTON 8-7 55
Naracoorte’s recent improved form continued when they competed strongly against second placed Lucindale but unfortunately they didn’t get the chocolates. Lucindale started quite well and booted four goals in the first quarter but Naracoorte were in touch, only 14 poits in arrears.
The second term was much the same with Lucindale’s veterans in Aaron Smart and Mark Snowball leading the way to give them a 29 point lead. Jacobs, Bates and Harris were making life difficult for Lucindale and scoring almost came to a standstill but Naracoorte managed to outscore Lucindale and trail by 21 points at the last change.
The last quarter was a bit like a dental appointment, a long spell in the waiting room before the pain, Naracoorte scored the only goal of the term but couldn’t quite get on level terms with Lucindale winning by 20 points.
LUCINDALE 9-13 67 UNIMPRESSIVELY DEFEATED NARACOORTE 7-5 47
Round 11 - July 1, 2017
Best: Keith - T. McAllister, W. Sandford, P. Makin, G. Johnson, L. Wilhelm, L. Mitchell. Kaniva Leeor - N. Murphy, J. Larocca, C. Meyer, C. Thiele, J. Salt, C. Maddern. Goals: Keith - G. Johnson 4, L. Wilhelm 2, W. Sandford, P. Makin, L. Mitchell, H. Wilhelm, A. Dunstan, N. Hunt, G. Hughes, J. Wilson. Kaniva Leeor - N. Murphy 5, A. Brown 2, D. Hargraves 2
Best: Padthaway - C. Francis, T. McNamara, B. Leahy, I. Noles, M. Brown, C. Marshall. Kingston - B. Kilsby, S. Robertson, T. Baker, G. Hewett, S. Bridge, R. Werchiwski. Goals: Kingston - C. Francis 5, W. Thompson 5, J. Dicker 2, C. Marshall, D. Boyanton, J. Battifuoco, A. Longbottom, B. Leahy, C. Dolling. Padthaway - R. Starling 4, J. Del Olivera, G. Hewett, H. Lawrie, M. Harrison
Best: Mundulla - J. McGrice, S. Luckett, L. Wiese, D. Ridgway, T. Ballinger, N. Davis. Border Districts - K. Phillips, L. Bowd, C. Robinson, T. Robinson, Z. Edwards, M. Bellinger. Goals: Mundulla - J. Grosser 8, D. Burgess 3, J. Dolling 2, N. Mosey 2, T. McIntyre 2, T. Perry, G. Obst, J. Hinge, H. Thorpe, L. Wiese. Border Dists - H. Pretlove 2, D. Bray, F. Adams, K. Walker
Best: Lucindale - A. Smart, M. Snowball, M. Kelsh, R. Milne, N. Clarke, N. Cane. Naracoorte - K. Jacobs, S. Bates, W. Harris, M. Smith, J. Macdonald, J. Cother. Goals: Lucindale - S. Spriggs 2, J. Teakle 2, M. Snowball 2, D. Ogilvie, A. Smart, N. Cane. Naracoorte - S. Willson 2, R. Jacobs, C. Myall, K. Jacobs, J. Bettoncelli, S. Patterson
Best: Kyby - C. Wildman, B. Munn, D. Warren, T. Cooper, R. Jaensch, J. Mckay. Penola - J. Galpin, S. Merrett, J. Pfitzner, A. Merrett, B. Maney, D. Wenham. Goals: Kyby - S. Carberry 3, S. Craig 2, N. Stark 2, B. Munn 2, M. Black, D. Warren, C. Wildman, C. Murrie. Penola - M. Skrypek 4, J. Galpin 2, B. Foster, D. Williams, J. Pfitzner
ROUND ELEVEN PREVIEW from The Naracoorte Herald
June 29, 2017
The KNTFL’s top five could be decided as early as this weekend if results fall a certain way.
Two crucial match-ups will decide if the finals race finishes early.
Keith (5th) plays Kaniva/Leeor United (7th) in a massive game, with Keith able to grab a very firm hold on the last finals spot with a win. The Crows will go three wins in front of KLU if they win, but on the flip side, KLU will draw to within striking distance if they can win.
The other big game is the rematch if last year’s grand final, with in-form Penola (4th) taking on Kybybolite (6th). If Kyby loses and Keith wins, Kyby’s chances of making the finals will just about disappear, so the Tigers will be desperate to do as they did in round 1 this year and upset Penola.
The other games are more clear cut, with Naracoorte (11th) hosting in-form Lucindale (2nd) and Mundulla (1st) taking on Border Districts (10th).
Kingston (8th) might rate itself a chance of giving Padthaway (3rd) a scare. Bordertown has the bye.
MUNDULLA NO PREMIERSHIP PRETENDERS
By Terry Willoughby, June 25, 2017
Mundulla showed supporters and others they were the “real deal” when they thrashed Keith by 80 points. Keith stayed in touch early in the game but the Moots with Hinge, Grosser and Mosey maintaining their good form around goals kicked clear by halftime and led by 47 points. The Keith Crows, by no means are pushovers, were powerless to contain the rampant Mundulla who surged again in the third quarter with a six goals to two burst and hold an unassailable lead at three quarter time of 69 points. Mcintyre and ball magnets in Grady Obst and McGrice were dominating all over the ground whilst Hinge with 7 and Grosser 6 goals put the icing on the cake. Mundulla may have eased up a little in the last quarter but Keith could make no ground on dominant Moots who romped in.
MUNDULLA 20-9 129 THRASHED KEITH 7-7-49
Kingston were another team in need of some redemption after last week’s shellacking and by quarter time were still in need. Kaniva-Leeor United bolted to a 38 point lead and Kingston’s wheels looked wobbly in the extreme. KLU were unable to reproduce the form in the second quarter and Kingston clawed back the margin to 32 but were still a long way off the pace. Former AFL/SANFL and Border Districts forward Daniel Hargreaves was in devastating form for KLU and Kingston couldn’t stop him but they kept the margin respectable in the third term with Starling proving a reliable goalkicker and Ben Warner gaining plenty of kicks. KLU added another 7 goals in the last quarter as Kingston toiled hard to boot four but the margin blew out to 51 points on the siren with Hargraves booting ten goals for the winners.
KANIVA-LEEOR UNITED 24-8 152 EASILY, KINGSTON 16-5 102
Penola bounced back after last weeks’ loss and thrashed a severely under-manned Border Districts by 139 points and remind Border’s followers of the dark old days. Penola were never serious challenged with Simon Berkefeld winning kicks in his usual prolific fashion and coach Adam Merrett monstering the Border Districts’ defence to boot nine goals. Penola really turned up the heat in the second half and slammed on twenty goals to Border District’s solitary one and win unchallenged.
PENOLA 26-15 171 CRUSHED BORDER DISTRICTS 4-8 32
Lucindale consolidated their position as equal league when they comprehensively defeated Bordertown by 114 points. Bordertown may be enduring a nightmare season but they never threatened at any stage. Lucindale a big spread of goalkickers with eleven individuals on the scoresheet. Veterans in Mark Snowball and Nic Cane were terrific for Lucindale along Spriggs and Milne. Bordertown, in unfamiliar territory near the bottom of the ladder, were best served by Angus Diment, Josh Searle and Barras.
LUCINDALE 23-11 149 BELTED BORDERTOWN 4-11 35
Naracoorte very nearly pulled of the upset of the season when they challenged Padthaway strongly in the last three quarters. After a slow start. Padthaway started as is they wanted to get the game over and done with and have a bit of match practice. Naracoorte started the second term 27 points in arrears and staring at another big loss but led by Burns, Hindmarsh and Jacobs they clawed their way back and booted four goals to just two from the Lions and trail by just 10 points. Scoring goals was difficult and Naracoorte hung tough but Padthaway still had their noses in front with a narrow lead of four points. Naracoorte wouldn’t go away but Padthaway with Seb Townsend, McNamara and Brice steady in the crucial moments held on to win by six points. The Lions collectively breathed easier on the siren but Naracoorte had a bittersweet feeling.
PADTHAWAY 9-9 63 JUST OVER NARACOORTE 8-9 57
Round 10 - June 24, 2017
Best: Mundulla - T. McIntyre, G. Obst, J. McGrice, J. Grosser, J. Hinge, B. Packer. Keith - J. Wilson, G. Hughes, C. Woolford, H. Wilhelm, N. Hunt, L. Mitchell. Goals: Mundulla – J. Hinge 7, J. Grosser 6, N. Mosey 3, J. McGrice, T. McIntyre, L. Wiese, G. Obst. Keith - J. Robertson 2, G. Hughes 2, G. Johnson, H. McMurray, J. Wilson
Best: Penola - S. Berkefeld, S. Guilhaus, S. Jackman, A. Merrett, J. Galpin, J. Pfitzner. Borders - F. Adams, R. Oliver, C. Sandercock, N. Naylor. Goals: Penola - A. Merrett 9, S. Jackman 4, J. Galpin 3, B. Foster 3, D. Williams 2, S. Merrett, J. Anderson, J. Currie, D. Bunnik, S. Berkefeld. Borders - B. Nolan, R. Oliver, M. Bellinger, D. Bray
Best: Kaniva Leeor - D. Hargraves, A. Brown, L. Vivian, J. Wagg, T. Stribling, B. Crouch. Kingston - B. Warner, T. Baker, R. Starling, T. Baker, C. Paige, S. Robertson. Goals: Kaniva Leeor – Daniel Hargreaves 10, J. Wagg 3, V. Thach 3, N. Murphy 2, J. Brown 2, T. Stribling, A. Brown, J. Jarred, C. Thiele. Kingston - R. Starling 6, B. Warner 4, M. Harrison 2, B. Kilsby, J. Millie, J. Gluyas, T. Baker
Best: Lucindale - N. Cane, S. Spriggs, M. Snowball, R. Milne, M. Kelsh, A. Smart. Bordertown - A. Diment, J. Searle, S. Barras, R. Tink, H. Trenorden, S. Creaser. Goals: Lucindale - T. Fisher 4, P. Baker 4, M. Snowball 4, S. Spriggs 2, H. Tregoweth 2, N. Cane 2, R. Milne, R. Mcinerney, R. Handbury, T. Menz, T. Mackenzie. Bordertown - L. Weatherald 2, J. Eats, L. Murch
Best: Padthaway - S. Townsend, J. Battifuoco, T. McNamara, J. Brice, M. Brown, B. Leahy. Naracoorte - J. Burns, T. Hindmarsh, R. Jacobs, J. Macdonald, F. Stephan, J. Cother. Goals: Padthaway - J. Brice 3, C. Francis 2, D. Boyanton 2, B. Leahy, L. Eats. Naracoorte - S. Patterson 2, S. Willson 2, H. Biddle, T. Hindmarsh, N. Lacey, K. Jacobs
ROUND TEN PREVIEW from The Naracoorte Herald
June 22, 2017
The highlight of this weekend’s round of KNTFL football will be the 50thanniversary celebrations at Padthaway.
The Lions are in top form having beaten Penola last week and they host old rivals Naracoorte on a big day for the club. They should get a good win on what will be a huge reunion day for the club.
K/L United should climb a little closer to the top five with a win over Kingston, while Penola will be keen to bounce back from a surprise loss with a big performance against Border Districts. Kybybolite has the bye.
PADTHAWAY BEATS PENOLA
By Terry Willoughby, Sunday June 19, 2017
Penola and Padthaway were engaged in a tight battle throughout the first half with Penola holding on to a narrow lead. This was another game where goals were hard to come by but Penola’s straighter kicked enabled them to be in front by 8 poits at halftime. Seb Guilhaus in the ruck had given Penola plenty of chances but Tom Edwards, Boyanton and Michael were good players for Padthaway.
Padthaway took control of the game in the third quarter when they kept Penola to a solitary goal and added five for themselves to have a strong hold and lead by 22 points in the low scoring contest. Penola needed a big finish but Padthaway defenders kept the Penola forwards under control to win by 16 points.
PADTHAWAY 11-17 83 DEFEATED PENOLA 10-7 67
MUNDULLA’S HUGE WIN KEEPS THEM ON TOP
Mundulla’s thrashing of Kingston not only gave their percentage a mighty boost in ensured they stay on top of the ladder. For Kingston it was the dirtiest of days. Mundulla hit the ground running and any semblance of a contest had vanished by quarter-time when the Moots had rammed through eleven goals to lead by 61 points. The procession continued for remainder of the game with Kingston powerless to contain Mundulla’s scoring spree. Against only token resistance Mundulla kept Kingston scoreless in the last quarter while they feasted on 12 goals to win by 226 points. Grosser with 11 and Hinge with nine goals were the main beneficiaries and veteran Boyd Packer starred. Not much can be said for Kingston.
MUNDULLA 38-19 247 TOYED WITH KINGSTON 3-3 21
Bordertown got off the bottom of the ladder with a 56 point win over Border Districts who are also languishing near the bottom. The Roosters sealed the game with opening burst of eight goals. Despite some brief moments of good play by Border Districts they never really threatened and Bordertown kicked away to a 44 point lead at three quarter-time. The game fell away in the last quarter with Bordertown in no danger.
BORDERTOWN 20-9 129 TOO GOOD FOR BORDER DISTRICTS 11-7 73
Keith were made to work harder for their win against Naracoorte than nearly all supporters would have expected given Naracoorte’s position at the bottom part of the ladder. The Keith Crows were always if front but Naracoorte frustrated them continually and kept scoring to a manageable level without really threatening. The Crows led by 29 points at halftime but they had allowed themselves to be sucked in by the negative play. The interest levels of spectators is sorely tested in such games and Keith only managed to extend their lead to 32 points at the finish.
KEITH 11-16 82 UNCONVINCINGLY OVER NARACOORTE 7-8 50
In a low-scoring game that Kybybolite badly needed to win they made a good start to lead by 16 points at quarter-time. The second term saw Ryan Mcinerney winning handsomely around the midfield to put Kyby under pressure and with veteran Scott Carberry being starved of chances it was Lucindale who went to the long break with an 8 pt lead. Lucindale continued to restrict the Kyby forwards and with Nck Cane assisting the prolific Mcinerney and Tim Mackenzie stopping most Kyby attacks Lucindale went further ahead to lead by 25 pts at three quarter-time. Scoring had been difficult as defences of both teams kept a tight hold on the game. Lucindale despite only kicking one goal in the last quarter kept Kyby to just two and ran out winners by 18 points. Kyby are now outside the top five and unless they can upset teams above them they face an uphill battle. Lucindale whilst equal on points with Mundulla have question marks on their form.
LUCINDALE 12-12 84 DEFEATED KYBYBOLITE 9-12 66
Round 9 - June 17, 2017
Best: Lucindale - R. Mcinerney, T. Mackenzie, R. Milne, N. Cane, T. Logan, H. Legoe. Kybybolite - C. Murrie, J. Mckay, M. Schinckel, D. Warren, T. Cooper, S. Crook. Goals: Lucindale - N. Cane 3, H. Legoe 2, T. Logan 2, A. Smart 2, R. Mcinerney 1, S. Graetz 1, R. Handbury 1. Kybybolite - C. Murrie 3, C. McPherson 1, T. Cooper 1, S. Carberry 1, S. Shepherd 1, J. Mckay 1,
S. Craig 1
Best: Padthaway - T. Edwards, T. Michael, D. Boyanton, J. Mccarthy, J. Brice, T. McNamara. Penola - S. Merrett, S. Guilhaus, A. Moore, D. Hackwill, J. Galpin, D. Wenham. Goals: Padthaway - J. Brice 4, T. Edwards 3, J. Dicker 2, W. Thompson 1, D. Boyanton 1. Penola - A. Merrett 2, S. Berkefeld 2, D. Clayfield 2, S. Merrett 1, J. Pfitzner 1, M. Skrypek 1, J. Mansell 1
Best: Keith - A. Dunstan, N. Hunt, G. Johnson, J. Wilson, A. Bowley, H. Wilhelm. Naracoorte - R. Pendle, R. Jacobs, K. Jacobs, J. Cother, W. Harris, T. Hindmarsh. Goals: Keith - G. Johnson 3, J. Forrest 2, P. Makin 2, L. Wilhelm 1, A. Dunstan 1, A. Bowley 1,
H. Wilhelm 1. Naracoorte - H. Biddle 2, Z. Donnelly 1, C. Gill 1, J. Burns 1, J. Cother 1, R. Jacobs 1
Best: Mundulla - B. Packer, J. Grosser, J. Hinge, G. Obst, N. Mosey, T. Perry. Kingston - T. Baker, R. Starling, B. Warner, W. Goode, J. Gluyas, T. Baker. Goals: Mundulla - Jamie Grosser 11, J. Hinge 9, N. Mosey 5, L. Wiese 3, T. McIntyre 3, G. Obst 2,
J. Obst 1, J. McGrice 1, S. Luckett 1, D. Burgess 1, C. Obst 1. Kingston - R. Starling 1, S. Bridge 1, M. Harrison 1
Best: Bordertown - H. Trenorden, C. McCarthy, J. Searle, J. Eats, B. Foulds, D. Inglis. Border Districts - G. Cother, N. Naylor, C. Sandercock, R. Oliver, F. Adams, L. Craig. Goals: Bordertown - C. McCarthy 5, L. Weatherald 3, J. Eats 3, B. Hill 2, L. Borrillo 2, H. Trenorden 1, S. Barras 1, J. Searle 1, R. Tink 1, B. Foulds 1. Border Districts - D. Bray 2, C. Walker 2, B. Nolan 1, C. Sandercock 1, S. Robinson 1, L. Bowd 1, F. Adams 1, J. Shepherd 1, R. Smith 1
ROUND NINE PREVIEW from The Naracoorte Herald
June 15, 2017
It’s back to the KNTFL local footy this week after the interleague round, and there are some great match-ups in round 9.
There are a couple of candidates for match of the round, with Penola v Padthaway maybe taking top billing.Penola (3rd) would be favourites having lost only once for the season but Padthaway (5th) is up and about and will want to claim a big scalp. It is possible, but Penola might be too strong.
The other big game is Lucindale (2nd) v Kybybolite (6th). It’s very tight at the top of the ladder and there’s virtually nothing between these two teams, but if Kyby lose they will be struggling to stay in touch with the top five.
Another very even match-up is Bordertown (11th) v Border Districts (9th). Neither side is as bad as their ranking on the ladder and both will be desperate to prove it with a win here.
Top side Mundulla will be hot favourites against Kingston (8th) and Keith (4th) should beat Naracoorte (10th).Kaniva/Leeor United has the bye this week.
PENOLA DRAW WITH KEITH
KINGSTON CONTINUE IMPROVEMENT
By Terry Willoughby, Monday June 5, 2017
Penola may be favourites for the premiership in the eyes of many but hardly any of them would be Keith people, especially after a nail-biting draw. In a game where goals were hard to get the Keith Crows quite often looked likely to win but Penola equally looked likely at other stages. Keith led early and with Woolford, Seamus Mcmurray and Johnson doing well they led by 16 points. Penola had a good second quarter when they booted six goals and kept Keith to three and took a one point lead at half-time. Penola had menacing forwards in Adam Merrett and Galpin with ball magnet Simon Berkefeld racking up his usual high number of kicks. Scoring in the third quarter was even more difficult as defences of both teams repelled many forward moves but Keith had battled their way to a 7 point lead, which was a big margin in the context. Penola’s accurate kicking was a major factor in a very tight last quarter in which they managed 3 goals and kept Keith to two to tie the scores together in the dying stages.
KEITH 11-11 77 DREW WITH PENOLA 12-5 77
Kaniva-Leeor United had their first home game for the season after club renovations and gave finals aspirant Mundulla a torrid contest. New surroundings may have excited the locals but the Moots were less enamoured as KLU made every contest a challenge. Nic Murphy and fellow former South Adelaide team-mate were doing everything keep KLU in the contest but Mundulla were making greater use of their opportunities and maintained a narrow lead throughout the first half. Every time KLU threatened, key Mundulla players in Hinge, Grady Obst and McGrice would impose themselves on the game. Mundulla kicked away to a 23 point lead late in the third quarter and looked set for a comfortable win but KLU had other ideas. Whilst they never hit the front KLU made Mundulla work hard for the win and it was mostly the work of Hinge who booted eight goals that got the Moots a win by 16 points.
MUNDULLA 15-16 106 BEAT KANIVA-LEEOR UNITED 14-6 90
You could be excused for thinking that Bordertown were the top team and not the bottom when they stormed to a 34 point lead at quarter-time against fourth placed Padthaway but, the Lions snapped out of their trance. They slammed on ten goals in the second term and kept Bordertown scoreless and somewhat shell-shocked. The Lions pushed further ahead in the third term and Bordertown’s efforts petered out, almost completely. Padthaway finished off strongly with seven last quarter goals and even though they let Bordertown in for four, the game was done and dusted. Lachy Eats, against his old team and Thompson each booted four goals for Padthaway in the 71 point win.
PADTHAWAY 21-15 141 BELTED BORDERTOWN 11-4 70
Naracoorte were well in the game at half-time against Kingston but fell away badly after the main break. Kingston’s form has been mediocre but Naracoorte have had a season to forget so far. That they were still in touch at half-time has plenty to do with the hard –working Sid Patterson and Jacobs. Kingston took control in the third quarter with the ever reliable Ben Warner and Baker leading the way. The Sea-siders booted six goals and held a lead of 22 points, not great but Naracoorte hadn’t been finishing games at all well and so it proved again! Kingston had most of the play and booted 4 last term goals to win steadily by 36 points.
KINGSTON 14-13 97 DEFEATED NARACOORTE 9-7 61
Kybybolite gave their near neighbours, Border Districts a decent thrashing by 109 points and leave the northern Eagles languishing in tenth place on the ladder. Kyby had dropped off the pace a little in recent games although they only equal on points with the teams in third, fourth and fifth place on the ladder. Kyby dominated play in the first half and Border’s rarely threatened. Veteran Scott Carberry was having a great time at full forward and finished with seven goals. Kyby continued to pile on the goals in the second half but Borders now had some players willing to have a go and at least managed to add some token resistance. Four goals from Borders’ in the last quarter hardly added any respectability to the score as Kyby strolled in.
KYBYBOLITE 25-13 163 TROUNCED BORDER DISTRICTS 8-6 54
Round 8 - June 3, 2017
Best: Keith - C. Woolford, R. Menz, S. McMurray, G. Johnson, P. Capurso, N. Van Den Berg. Penola - S. Berkefeld, S. Guilhaus, J. Galpin, L. Walker, A. Merrett, D. Hackwill. Goals: Keith - G. Johnson 5, L. Wilhelm 1, J. Wilson 1, J. Robertson 1, C. Blake 1, S. Lehmann 1, H. Wilhelm 1. Penola : A. Merrett 4, J. Galpin 3, S. Berkefeld 3, D. Clayfield 1, T. Clayfield 1
Best: Kyby - D. Warren, T. Cooper, J. Mckay, D. Brodie, S. Munn, B. Munn. Borders - N. Naylor, Z. Edwards, R. Oliver, T. Robinson, C. Sandercock, F. Adams. Goals: Kyby - S. Carberry 7, C. McPherson 3, S. Shepherd 3, S. Munn 2, S. Craig 2, C. Murrie 2, N. Stark 2, D. Warren, J. Mckay, J. Schultz, D. Brodie. Borders - F. Adams 2, L. Bowd 2, M. Bellinger, N. Naylor, D. Bray, R. Oliver
Best: Mundulla - J. Hinge, T. McIntyre, G. Obst, N. Mosey, J. McGrice, S. Luckett. Kaniva Leeor - J. Larocca, N. Murphy, T. Stribling, J. Jarred, L. Vivian, N. Bowles. Goals: Mundulla - J. Hinge 8, J. McGrice 2, B. Douglas, T. McIntyre, L. Wiese, N. Mosey, N. Davis. Kaniva Leeor - N. Murphy 6, C. Thiele 3, V. Thach 2, J. Merrett, J. Salt, C. Hitchcock
Best: Kingston - B. Warner, T. Baker, S. Robertson, B. Smith, R. Werchiwski, A. Stenner. Naracoorte - K. Jacobs, S. Patterson, J. Bell, S. Willson, C. Gill, R. Jacobs. Goals: Kingston - R. Starling 3, B. Warner 2, G. Hewett 2, S. Bridge 2, S. Robertson 2, M. Harrison 2, T. Baker. Naracoorte - C. Gill 3, S. Willson 3, H. Biddle, K. Jacobs, S. Patterson
Best: Padthaway - T. Edwards, T. McNamara, A. Longbottom, T. Michael, D. Obst, T. Brown. Bordertown - S. Devitt, J. Verco, T. Devitt, J. Eats, A. Diment, J. Searle. Goals: Padthaway - L. Eats 5, W. Thompson 5, J. Dicker 2, T. Brown 2, D. Obst 2, D. Boyanton, J. Battifuoco, C. Marshall, C. Francis, A. Longbottom. Bordertown - L. Borrillo 2, J. Searle 2, S. Barras 2, H. Trenorden, L. Weatherald, B. Foulds, E. O''Sullivan, S. Creaser
ROUND EIGHT PREVIEW from The Naracoorte Herald
June 1, 2017
One of the games of the season looms as the KNTFL match of the round this weekend.
Keith will play Penola, with both sides boasting 5-1 records and both trying to lock in a top three spot. Penola has won its last five and seems to be approaching top form, while Keith is just doing enough to win each week but at home will be a tough proposition.
K/L United has also hit some good form and will be playing in its first home game for the season against the impressive Mundulla. The K/L United venue is ready to go after a major rebuilding project and the Cougars will be very keen to keep their good form rolling in front of a big home crowd.
At the other end of the ladder, Kingston will host Naracoorte in what will be a very competitive game with both having one win each so far this season.
Padthaway should be able to hold onto fifth spot by beating the winless Bordertown, while Border Districts will host a stumbling Kybybolite at Goroke.
Lucindale has the bye.
NO SHOCKS IN ROUND SEVEN
By Terry Willoughby, Monday May 29, 2017
After an even first quarter where Naracoorte kept in touch with Kaniva-Leeor United, the floodgates opened and KLU bombarded the goals in the middle quarters by slamming through 16 goals to the Demons’ solitary one. Nic Murphy, former south Adelaide captain, booted eight in a best on ground performance as KLU bolted away. Naracoorte were never in the game after quarter-time as KLU dominated all over the ground to win by 118 points.
KANIVA-LEEOR UNITED 24-12 156 THRASHED NARACOORTE 6-2 38
Penola made short work of Kingston to win easily by 124 points. Kingston looked competitive for a brief period in the second term but Penola quickly shrugged them off and went further ahead by half-time to lead by 41 points. The second half was all Penola as they kept Kingston to a single goal and powered away with 14 more in a dominant display which was notable for five goals from wily veteran Jon Copping which sat nicely alongside of coach Adam Merrett and Matt Skrypek’s four goals each.
PENOLA 23-21 RAN OVER KINGSTON 5-5 35
A tenacious Border Districts showed improved form and made Lucindale work hard for their 29 point win. Lucindale shot out to a 16 point lead by quarter-time and slowly extended the margin to 21 by half-time but Borders were never out of the contest. Border Districts showed a bit of self-belief and outscored Lucindale in the third term but still trailed by 13 points with a quarter to play but Lucindale had too much talent to allow this game to get away from them and steadied in the last quarterand maintained their winning ways.
LUCINDALE 13-11 89 DEFEATED BORDER DISTRICTS 8-12 60
Keith’s errant goal-kicking helped Bordertown stay in touch for much of the game and blurred the result for almost 3 quarters. The Roosters have hardly set the world on fire recently and had plenty to prove which they did early in the game when they by 16 points at quarter-time. The Crows kept Bordertown scoreless in the second quarter but squandered chances when they kicked only three goals from nine scoring shots to lead by 8 points at half-time. The Roosters came again in the third quarter but Keith retained the lead by just four points after further inaccuracy. The Roosters had run their race however and Keith dominated the last quarter with six goals to Bordertown’s one and win comfortably in the finish by 37 points.
KEITH 11-17 83 TOO GOOD FOR BORDERTOWN 7-4 46
Kybybolite and Padthaway goal for goal in the first quarter and the Tigers led by just a point. The Lions got on top in the second term with six good goals which pretty much sealed the result when they went to half time with a 24 point lead. Both teams scored four goals in the third quarter and Kyby had reduced the margin by only one point but Padthaway always appeared to have the game under control. Padthaway outscored Kyby in the final quarter to win easily by 46 points.PADTHAWAY 18-8 116 EASILY OVER KYBYBOLITE 10-10
Round 7 - May 27, 2017
Best: Padthaway - W. Thompson, T. Michael, D. Obst, D. Boyanton, T. Edwards, C. Francis. Kybybolite: D. Warren, D. Brodie, S. Craig, S. Munn, T. Cooper, S. Shepherd. Goals: Padthaway - W. Thompson 6, L. Eats 4, C. Francis 3, C. Marshall 1, K. Hicks 1, J. Battifuoco 1, T. Michael 1, D. Boyanton 1. Kybybolite: S. Carberry 4, C. McPherson 2, D. Warren 1, J. Stark 1, B. Munn 1, S. Shepherd 1
Best: Lucindale - D. McCarthy, H. Tregoweth, R. Milne, D. Ogilvie, J. Boschen, S. Teakle. Border Districts : Z. Edwards, K. Phillips, F. Adams, G. Hampton, L. Bowd, M. Bellinger. Goals: Lucindale - A. Smart 5, J. Teakle 2, L. Jones 2, R. Mcinerney 1, D. McCarthy 1, P. Baker 1, N. Cane 1. Border Districts - F. Adams 2, D. Bray 2, C. Robinson 2, Z. Perry 1, L. Bowd 1
Best: Kaniva Leeor - N. Murphy, C. Thiele, L. Vivian, A. Brown, N. Bowles. Naracoorte - S. Patterson, K. Jacobs, R. Jacobs, N. Boon, J. Ashby, J. Bell. Goals: Kaniva Leeor - N. Murphy 8, J. Salt 4, C. Hitchcock 3, V. Thach 3, C. Thiele 3, B. King 1, J. Merrett 1, T. Stribling 1. Naracoorte: H. Biddle 3, F. Day 1, A. Borg 1, J. Bettoncelli 1
Best: Keith - C. Woolford, A. Dunstan, J. Robertson, R. Menz, H. Wilhelm, J. Wilson. Bordertown : B. Hill, J. Eats, B. Shuttleworth, A. Diment, S. Devitt, J. Verco. Goals: Keith - N. Hunt 2, A. Dunstan 2, C. Blake 2, G. Johnson 1, L. Wilhelm 1, J. Wilson 1, S. Molineux 1, J. Robertson 1. Bordertown: C. Barras 3, B. Hill 2, J. Eats 1, L. Weatherald 1
Best: Penola - B. Foster, J. Pfitzner, S. Berkefeld, J. Galpin, S. Guilhaus, L. Walker, Kingston : B. Warner, B. Kilsby, R. Werchiwski, G. Hewett, A. Stenner, J. Del Olivera. Goals: Penola - J. Copping 5, M. Skrypek 4, A. Merrett 4, B. Foster 3, S. Merrett 2, J. Galpin 1, S. Berkefeld 1, S. Guilhaus 1, L. Walker 1, D. Bunnik 1. Kingston - G. Hewett 3, J. Del Olivera 1, T. Baker 1
ROUND SEVEN PREVIEW from The Naracoorte Herald
May 25, 2017
It’s only round 7, but Padthaway faces a season-defining match this Saturday.
The Lions are currently sixth on the ladder, four points behind their opponents this weekend, Kybybolite, and a loss will hit their finals hopes hard.
Kyby has a number of players out and has lost two of its last four games, so Padthaway is a real chance to win and bridge the gap to the top five if it can find some avenues to goal after struggling to hit the scoreboard against Lucindale last week.
Kaniva/Leeor United will also hope to sneak closer to the top five by beating Naracoorte to record its fourth win of the year.
The other three games should all go to the higher-ranked teams.
Penola will be firm favourites against Kingston despite the Saints opening their winning account last week, the in-form Lucindale should be too good for a Border Districts side coming off the bye, and Keith will be confident of keeping Bordertown winless.
Top team Mundulla has the bye this weekend.
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 27th
Round 8 June 3rd
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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