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KYM HEBBERMANN TO STEP DOWN AS PRESIDENT
from Angus Dearlove of The Naracoorte Herald - October 17, 2012
AFTER nine years of presiding over the KNTFL, Kym Hebberman is set to step down from his role as league president.
On grand final day he told the Herald of his plans to step down at the league’s annual meeting next month.
He annointed former Penola president Michael Mourbey as the man to step into the league’s top job.
“Michael is very keen, he’ll do a good job,” Hebberman remarked.
“You need a fair bit of keenness, there’s quite a few after hours jobs to do.”
Hebberman has been involved in the league since in various roles as a player, coach and administrator.
He took over the league presidency in 2004 and has seen many highlights in his time in the league.
The KNTFL’s incredibly strong interleague performances have been a source of much pleasure - he took over interleague in 2000 and the league has performed well since then.
“Our interleague performances have been second to none, it’s been quite a privilege to be involved in that, people want to play us,” he said.
But Hebberman didn’t take all the credit.
“I’ve been privileged to have some great coaches in Daniel Clark, Jon Copping, Nigel Fiegert and those sort of guys, Dean Woosnam as well,” he said. “We just had a great nucleus of people.”
But it hasn’t always been smooth sailing for the president.
“Some of the highlights that have caused me a few headaches were the merger of Edenhope and Apsley and then them deciding to leave,” he remembered.
“No league likes to lose teams - we tried pretty hard to persuade them to stay in the KNTFL.”
This season the injury to Kingston player Trent Rothall, the drama surrounding Penola player Luke Duncan’s suspension and the impending southern border review have also been big issues to tackle.
Four years ago Hebberman was responsible for the appointment of a CEO of the league, something that has held the league in great stead.
“The appointment of a CEO has been great - that was one great innovation and has put the league in good order and in good stead for the future.”
Aside from an increased skill level, Hebberman said football hadn’t changed much over the years.
“Everybody always says it gets quicker (but) the game hasn’t changed that much, it’s still a game of kick and catch basically,” he said.
The arrival of more Adelaide recruits over recent years has been a major talking point.
“Rightly or wrongly we do recruit a lot of high profile guys from Adelaide and that keeps the standard of the league pretty high,” Hebberman said. “Our locals benefit from having that increased competition.”
He said the spending of money on players by clubs may be neccessary for smaller clubs to keep their football teams going.
“It might just be a necessary evil - how long they can keep doing it for I’m not sure,” he said.
“It’s more about keeping the community going - if you look at the numbers of people in some of these towns they just don’t have enough players to fill so occasionally you need to get somebody to help out.
“It’s about the community, it’s about that Saturday afternoon gathering of the community.
“It’s about Saturday and in the end win, lose or draw it’ll happen again next Saturday.”
When asked about which team has been the most dominant in the time he’s been involved in the league, Hebberman didn’t even need to think.
“It’s a pretty easy one - you can’t go past Mundulla,” he told the Herald.
“Their set-up and the amount of premierships they’ve won during the 90s are second to none, if you look at the statistics most teams have managed to be at the top and down the bottom and Mundulla have always been up the top or in the middle.”
And a favourite son of the Penola Football Club rates as the greatest footballer he has seen in the league.
“Another very easy one - I think for me Jon Copping, he never won a medal in the KNTFL but did pretty well down the WBFL,” he said.
He described Naracoorte’s Dean Woosnam as the best coach he has seen.
Now that he’s stepping down, Hebberman said he will remain a neutral figure in the league.
“I came down here in 1989, I coached Borders, I coached Apsley - who are not here anymore, I had a son who played for Naracoorte, Lucindale and Kingston,” he listed.
“Dare I say I have a fair spattering of allegiances if you can call them that, yes I live in the Naracoorte area but I’m also 10km from Kyby - I think I’ll just stay neutral.”
And he signalled his non-commitment to a single team may remain handy.
“Within the league’s structure I think there is a role for someone that’s neutral - there’s still a role for someone who can maintain some neutral views.”
BORDERTOWN ROOSTERS RULE THE ROOST IN BIG UPSET
By Terry Willoughby - September 17, 2012
With two new teams in the KNTFL Grand Final a very different was result was promised. Kaniva-Leeor United with only one loss for the season were red-hot favorites especially after Bordertown’s tough finals campaign.
The Roosters were the first into stride which surprised the KLU faithful. Seb Guilhaus was strong in the ruck for KLU but Bordertown’s half-backs were playing closely and kept their opponents under control whilst providing chances up forward as Bordertown gained a break of 21 points at quarter time.
The Roosters maintained their lead and kept KLU on the back foot with many of the KLU big guns being forced into error. A couple of late goals to KLU closed the margin to 11 points and they looked more threatening. They had more entries into their forward line but Brewer, Devitt and Cuthbertson continued to defend strongly for Bordertown.
KLU again challenged strongly in the 3rd tem but Bordertown with better forward options in Tim Harkness, Steve Pollock and Nathan Frederick and Ryan Frick in the mid-field edged away late in the term to lead by 19 points. KLU needed a big lift but with Nathan Reeve being their only effective forward it was hard to see where it would come from. The tight Bordertown defence had continually harassed and forced errors which caused turnovers on the KLU forward line.
KLU mounted a last quarter challenge and outscored Bordertown in the finish but the Roosters were resolute and with one hand firmly on the premiership trophy weren’t about to let go and kept the pressure on to keep their noses in front and record their 1st Premiership win since the KNTFL came into being in 1994. The Roosters who don’t have a particularly good record in Grand Finals had caused a huge boilover by 7 points.
Best players for Bordertown in an excellent team effort were Tim Harkness, Sam Devitt, Ryan Frick, Nic Brewer, Luke Exton and Kane Cuthbertson who played a fine capointain’s game in defence. For KLU it was a case of the what if’s. Seb Guilhaus starred in the ruck and around the ground for KLU, Nathan Reeve booted 5 goals, Greenbank and Dylan Williams were useful but not as productive as usual.
GRAND FINAL at KINGSTON, September 15, 2012
Best: Bordertown - T. Harkness, S. Devitt, R. Frick, N. Brewer, L. Exton, K. Cuthbertson. K L United :
S. Guilhaus, J. Turner, S. Vivian, P. Fiacchi, D. Williams, T. Lannin. Goals: Bordertown - S. Pollock 3, N. Frederick 3, R. Frick 2, M. Hayes 2, T. Harkness 2, J. Jarrett 1. K L United: N. Reeve 5, D. Williams 2, A. Baxter 1, L. Oconner 1, J. Greenbank 1, M. Skrypek 1, S. Vivian 1
GRAND FINAL PREVIEW - K/L UNITED v BORDERTOWN
with Angus Dearlove of The Naracoorte Herald - September 13, 2012
KANIVA/Leeor United will go into Saturday’s A grade grand final against Bordertown at Bordertown as firm favourites.
The Cougars have been far and away the best side for the year, only losing one game during the minor round.
They are fresh from a week off following their demolition of Keith in the second semi final.
Virgo/Mail medallist Jared Greenbank, runner-up Sebastian Guilhaus and intimidating goalkicker Neil Reeves were all on song in that game at Penola and will be key players for the Cougars.
Their opponents Bordertown are also coming off a big win against Keith.
The Roosters finished second in the minor round but had to come the long way to the final, losing to Keith before beating Padthaway to earn their preliminary final berth.
The previous result was turned on its head as Bordertown cruised to victory.
But Kaniva/Leeor are a completely different team and the Roosters are certainly the underdogs, despite hometown advantage.
Steven Copestick, Tim Harkness and Nick Brewer led their side to victory around the ground on the weekend while key forward Steve Pollock’s six goals gave them a focal point.
It’s a tough ask for Bordertown but in a grand final anything is possible.
In the reserves, Kybybolite has the chance to avenge its qualifying final loss to reigning reserves premiers Naracoorte.
There is no love lost between these two sides, with Naracoorte holding a superior recent record.
Reserves medallist Brad Redding shapes up to be a key player for the Tigers with Jeff Sellars one to watch for Naracoorte if he can recover from an injury sustained in that finals game.
This promises to be a very fiery clash between the two rivals, however Naracoorte’s fresher legs due to the break and recent record over Kyby could see them home.
ROOSTERS RULE THE ROOST AS KEITH CROWS FAIL TO FLY
by Terry Willoughby
September 10, 2012
It was a tight battle for the first 10 minutes of the Prelim final before Bordertown burst into action and have the game well under control by quarter-time. Bordertown looked sharp against a sluggish and injury riddled Keith with young ruckman Rory Tink providing a springboard into attack. Strong defence by Nic Brewer cut off Keith’s direct route to goal and Jerry Vunitabua was on fire across the centre which allowed key forwards Steve Pollock 6, Tim Harkness 5 and Nathan Frederick 4 goals to wreak havoc on the Keith backline.
The Roosters added another 7 goals in the 2nd term and what the bigger forwards spilled the little men Maddy Hayes and Josh Searle picked up to keep the Crow defenders under pressure. Bordertown who haven’t been close to a Grand Final in years held a 63 point lead at the half-way mark. Keith were a dejected lot and Bordertown rammed through another 8 goals in the 3rd quarter to leave Keith supporters stunned at ¾ time, trailing by a whopping 101 points.
The last quarter was a mere formality and even though they again had chances they knew they had the game won and allowed Keith for 5 goals in junk-time which just gave scoreboard respectability.
Best for the jubilant Roosters were on-baller Steve Copestick, forward Tim Harkness, Nic Brewer at half-back, Maddy Hayes and ruckman Rory Tink. It was much harder to find better players for Keith but Alex Bowley on the wing, defender Jon Wright, Paul Makin and Andrew Wilson battled hard all day. Bordertown now play Kaniva-Leeor United in an all Tatiara team grand final which will produce a significant change in winners from the last 15 years.
Preliminary Final - September 8, 2012
Best: Bordertown - Steven Copestick, Tim Harkness, Nicholas Brewer, Maddy Hayes, Rory Tink, Luke Exton. Keith - Alexander Bowley, Jon Wright, Paul Makin, Andrew Wilson, Shane Bradshaw, Ryan Menz. Goals: Bordertown - Steven Pollock 6, Tim Harkness 5, Nathan Frederick 4, Maddy Hayes 3, Joshua Searle 2, Jerry Vunitabua 1, Jed Jarrett 1. Keith - James McEntee 4, Jon Wright 2, Jason Snajdar 2, Paul Makin 1, Shane Bradshaw 1, Callum McMurray 1
FINALS PREVIEW - WEEK THREE
with Angus Dearlove of The Naracoorte Herald - September 6, 2012
KEITH and Bordertown again face off this weekend in the preliminary final at Kingston.
It is a rematch of the qualifying final held two weeks ago, where Keith came out winners by 14 points.
Keith were comfortably beaten last weekend by a rampant K/L unit, while Bordertown scraped through against a brave Padthaway.
Keith’s fortunes rest heavily on twin tower forwards Jason Snajdar, who was kept unusually quiet last week, and James McEntee who missed with a hamstring injury.
The welfare of Tom Redden is also in doubt with the key midfielder leaving the field early at Penola last weekend.
Bordertown had a tight and tough clash with Padthaway at Frances on Sunday and may carry some sore bodies into Saturday.
In the reserves, Keith take on Kybybolite.
Both sides have lost to Naracoorte in recent weeks and this match will decide who gets another crack at the Demons in the grand final.
KLU SINK KEITH CROWS WITH 9 GOAL BLITZ
by Terry Willoughby - September 3, 2012
Keith looked every bit a premiership threat when they kicked straighter than KLU to lead by 8 points at quarter-time in the KNTFL 2nd semi final. With key forward McEntee out the Crows looked vulnerable but Luke Ciampa proved an able replacement with 4 goals. KLU started to get on top in the 2nd term but Keith kept in touch. Mail Medalist Jared Greenbank and match-winning ruckman Seb Guilhaus were proving irresistible for KLU and they led by 4 points at the long break.
KLU charged away in the 3rd quarter when they rammed through 9 goals as the Crows game fell apart. Neil Reeve provided a strong target and he finished with 7 goals as KLU raced to a 52 point lead. Keith became a bit ragged and had two players sent off for undisciplined acts and they were lucky to kick just one goal with the game all but over at ¾ time.
KLU never looked in danger and added 4 last quarter goals whereas Keith wilted badly. KLU ‘s win by 75 points puts them straight into their 1st grand final in a long time
(Editor’s note - Kaniva made the KNT Grand Final in 1986 where they were beaten by Bordertown).
Greenbank and Guilhaus starred for KLU but had plenty of support from Todd Wilkinson, Peter Fiacchi, Jon Hicks and Ash Baxter. Keith’s better players were Luke Ciampa, veteran Nick Hunt, Shane Bradshaw and Andrew Wilson but many went missing after ½ time.
Bordertown were quick to score over Padthaway but the Lions got to the lead and edged ahead with Dempsey and Wanders winning many kicks across the mid-field. Featherston and Rory Tink for Bordertown were having a good duel in the ruck but Padthaway kepoint the lead, but not by much. Brewer and Exton were doing well across half-back for Bordertown but the Lions continued to hold the lead with Gunning and McLennan up forward looking dangerous. Padthaway held an 11 point lead going into the 3rd quarter but Bordertown were now playing better and Padthaway started making some mistakes as players tired. Six goals to Bordertown reduced the margin to just a goal at ¾ time.
Bordertown started the last term with two quick goals to hit the front and players such as Vunitabua, Brewer and Pollock showed out. Padthaway tried hard to regain the lead but Bordertown appeared fitter and held on despite a couple of late misses. Better players for Bordertown were Tink in the ruck and around the ground, Nic Brewer, Luke Exton, Jerry Vunitabua in the mid-field and Steve Pollock with 5 goals. Padthaway’s best were Dylan Dempsey, Aaron Wanders, Peter Featherston in the ruck, Galloway and Cody Marshall.
Second Semi Final at Penola, September 1, 2012
Best: Kaniva Leeor - Sebastion Guilhaus, Jared Greenbank, Todd Dickinson, Peter Fiacchi, Jonathon Hicks, Ashley Baxter. Keith - Luke Ciampa, Nick Hunt, Shane Bradshaw, Andrew Wilson, Callum Mcmurray, Thomas Mayfield. Goals: Kaniva Leeor - Neil Reeve 7, Jared Greenbank 4, Ashley Baxter 2, Jonty Brown 2, James Turner 1, Peter Fiacchi 1, Dylan Williams 1, Matthew Skrypek 1, Shane Vivian 1. Keith - Luke Ciampa 4, Andrew Hunt 2, Paul Makin 1, Tom Redden 1, Nick Hunt 1
First Semi Final - September 2, 2012
Best: Bordertown - R. Tink, N. Brewer, N. Clark, J. Vunitabua, L. Exton, S. Pollock. Padthaway - D. Dempsey, A. Wanders, P. Featherston, S. Galloway, C. Marshall, J. Degabriele. Goals: Bordertown - S. Pollock 5, N. Frederick 3, T. Harkness 2, J. Searle 2, N. Hampel , M. Hayes , J. Vunitabua , S. Devitt , M. Downie. Padthaway - T. Mclennan 3, B. Gunning 3, P. Featherston 2, M. Hoffmann 2, M. Edwards 2, J. Degabriele 2, C. Marshall , S. Townsend , S. Brown
FINALS PREVIEW - WEEK TWO
with Angus Dearlove of The Naracoorte Herald - August 31, 2012
SEMI-FINAL weekend has arrived, with two exciting clashes to whet the appetite of local football fans.
Second semi-final (Saturday) – Kaniva/Leeor United vs Keith
PENOLA is the stage for what very well may be a grand final preview. Fresh from a week off, K/L tackle Keith in the second semi-final. The winner goes straight to the big dance, while the loser is left to face either Padthaway or Bordertown.
On paper this shapes to be an excellent encounter, with Keith dealing K/L their only loss for the year. Despite this, the Cougars have clearly been the form team of the competition and deserved their minor premiership.
Adelaide recruits Seb Guilhaus, Jared Greenbank and James Turner have been worth every cent as they have pushed K/L from middle of the road to top of the pile.
Keith on the other hand have been pushing the boys from across the border hard. A tall forward line, coupled with some handy midfielders and a solid defence have the Crows a real chance.
It is a match that could go either way but K/L’s fresh legs after Keith had a tough encounter last week should see them get up.
First Semi-Final (Sunday) – Bordertown vs Padthaway
TWO weeks ago a resurgent Padthaway shocked a tired Bordertown outfit. Fast forward to this Sunday at Frances and a similar result is not out of the question.
Bordertown have used up one half of their double chance in a tough encounter with Keith while Padthaway survived an elimination final to get to this point. In a similar vein to K/L, the Lions have appeared to spend their money wisely, with their top six last Saturday all travelling recruits.
Dillon, Degabriele, Gunning and Wanders have continually proved that they are handy players and will be looking to stay the course this weekend.
They will need to be on their game against Bordertown, who have endured a slow run in recent times. But as the saying goes – form is temporary, class is permanent. The Bordertown side has too much class in it via Harkness, Frederick, Cuthbertson Hayes and Vunitabua to stay down for too long.
Recent form and results have gone Padthaway’s way however, and this weekend is every bit as likely to follow suit.
JARED GREENBANK OF KANIVA WINS VIRGO MEDAL
Jared Greenbank (Kaniva Leeor United) on 26 Votes
Sebastian Guilhaus (Kaniva Leeor United) 22
Tim Walsh (Lucindale) 19
Rising Star Award, Scott McFarlane Memorial Trophy was won by Matt Willson of Naracoorte
Naracoorte Herald 39th “Team of the Year”
Presented Towels by Lee Curnow
FF Travis Ware (Luc) James McIntee (Keith) Clint Barras (BD)
HF Aaron Wanders (Pad) Tim Walsh (Luc) Ben Gunning (Pad)
C Jake McGrice (Mun) Ryan McInerney (Luc) Mitch Hartree (Nar)
HB Nathan Smith (Nar) Ray Jaensch (Kyby) Steve Copestick (Bor)
FB Grady Obst (Mun) Kane Cuthbertson (Bor) Matt Merrett (Pen)
Ruck Seb Guilhaus (KL) Luke Duncan (Pen) Jared Greenbank (KL)
Int Peter Featherston, Tom Cooper (Kyby), Matt Willson (Nar), Andrew Wilson (Keith)
Coach Alan Bennett (KL)
KEITH CROWS TURN ROOSTERS INTO FEATHER DUSTERS
The 1st quarter of the Qualifying final was a tight goal for goal battle and Bordertown led narrowly by way of straighter kicking. They had Luke Exton and Rory Tink doing well around the stoppages and Frick and Vunitabua across the mid-field. Keith tightened up in defence where Jason Heinrich and Seamus McMurray closed down the Bordertown forwards and with Luke Ciampa winning in the ruck and Paul Makin at half-forward doing well they added 4 goals and kept the Roosters to just one and lead by 16 points at ½ time. The margin was not big but goals were hard to get in the less than perfect conditions.
Both sides kicked three goals in the 3rd term and Keith looked to be in control. They had more dangerous forwards with Jason Snajdar 5 and Paul Makin 3 goals giving the Bordertown defenders a hard time. The Crows still held a 17 point lead at the last change and answered every Bordertown challenge in the last term to win by 14 points and they look a serious threat for the flag. Bordertown’s form has tapered off in the last month and will need a big revival to get past next weeks 1st semi.
Better players for the Keith Crows were Paul Makin, Luke Ciampa, Seamus McMurray and Jason Heinrich in defence, Snajdar and on-baller Shane Bradshaw. Luke Exton, Ryan Frick, Mitch Dahlitz with 3 goals and Rory Tink were Bordertown’s best.
In Sunday’s elimination final Padthaway were quickly on the board with their quality players making big contributions. Dillon, Dempsey and Degabrielle were involved in almost every forward move and Mundulla just didn’t have the manpower to stop them as the Lions went to a quarter-time lead of 19 points. Mundulla lifted early in the 2nd term and quick goals saw them hit the front briefly but Padthaway were stung into action with forwards Gunning and Hoffman getting among the goals with Cody Marshall bobbing up as well.
The Lions delivered the knock-out blow with 7 goals to three in the 3rd quarter and shot out to a 44 point lead. Featherston was on top in the stoppages and Aaron Wanders was also playing well. The Moots chances looked remote with a quarter to play and they were being out-played almost everywhere. Heath Thorpe and capointain Tyne Excell were trying very hard but Padthaway had too much class and again outscored Mundulla in the last quarter to win comfortably by 48 points. Padthaway’s best were Alistair Dillon, Dylan Dempsey and Jason Degabrielle but most made a strong contribution in the Lion’s win. Mundulla were disappointing and never got into the contest. The Moot’s best were always under pressure and only Thorpe, Excell, Jason Milligan and Luke Duell giving a real battle.
Elimination Final at Kaniva, Sunday August 26, 2012
Best: A. Dillon, D. Dempsey, J. Degabriele, A. Wanders, P. Featherston, B. Gunning. Mundulla: H. Thorpe, T. Excell, J. Milligan, L. Duell, G. Obst, B. Packer. Goals: Padthaway - B. Gunning 5, M. Hoffmann 5, S. Galloway 3, J. Degabriele 3, C. Marshall 2, S. Brown 1, M. Edwards 1, A. Wanders 1. Mundulla - L. Wiese 4, B. Packer 3, B. Lehmann 2, J. Mock 2, T. Excell 1, J. Luckett 1
Qualifying Final at Padthaway, Saturday August 25, 2012
Best: Keith - Paul Makin, Luke Ciampa, Seamus Mcmurray, Jason Heinrich, Jason Snajdar, Shane Bradshaw. Bordertown: Luke Exton, Ryan Frick, Mitchell Dahlitz, Rory Tink, Jerry Vunitabua, Steven Copestick. Goals: Keith - Jason Snajdar 5, Paul Makin 3, Luke Mitchell 2, Callum Mcmurray 1, James Mcentee 1, Nick Hunt 1. Bordertown - Nathan Frederick 4, Mitchell Dahlitz 3, Joshua Searle 2, Angus Diment 1, Tim Harkness 1
FINALS PREVIEW - WEEK ONE
with Angus Dearlove of The Naracoorte Herald - August 23, 2012
THE Tatiara is the place to be this KNTFL finals series with all teams from that region participating for the first time in the league’s history.
Last year saw all five finals teams from the former Kowree-Naracoorte Football League contend for the flag.
This year only Padthaway remains, competing against their Tatiara cousins.
Qualifying final (Saturday) - Bordertown vs Keith
A traditional rivalry and a ticket to face Kaniva/Leeor United next round are both at stake when Bordertown and Keith face off at Padthaway in the qualifying final.
The pair shared honours this year with Bordertown coming away with a win in round six and Keith returning the favour in emphatic fashion a fortnight ago.
Both teams dropped games they would have considered a good chance to win last week - less than ideal preparation for a final.
Keith’s potency up forward has been a key factor in their season with two of their players, James McEntee and Jason Snajdar, finishing in the top five goalkickers for the league. Add in Shane Bradshaw and Andrew Hunt and Bordertown’s defenders will be a little nervous come Saturday.
Nathan Frederick has been in top goalkicking form for Bordertown and has been well served by the likes of Luke Exton, Nic Brewer and Harkness. The Keith midfield will be looking to shut down his supply if they are to feel comfortable about winning.
With the points shared this year this match could be a very even encounter but Keith’s better form in the latter stages of the year should see them favourites.
Elimination final (Sunday) - Padthaway vs Mundulla
A trip across the border to Kaniva awaits Padthaway and Mundulla on Sunday.
For the winner the next round and a chance to face the loser of Saturday’s game awaits.
For the loser - 2012 is over.
The last time these two played in a final was way back in the 1995 first semi-final, which Mundulla won on the way to back-to-back flags.
Fast-forward to 2012 and the Moots have just scraped into the finals by percentage.
These two teams split points this year as well, setting up an exciting clash this time.
The Moots have been led all year by the familiar names of Mock, Excell, Wiese and McGrice but have had for the most part an even contribution across the board.
Their opponents in Padthaway have had an up and down season, starting well before falling in a hole and then resurging.
Ben Gunning has been a key reason why Padthaway has been successful - his 66 goals was enough to narrowly secure the 2012 league goalkicking trophy.
Up the field the likes of Cody Marshall, Ali Dillon, Aaron Wanders and Jason Degabriele have also proved key cogs in the Lions’ midfield machine.
Padthaway ruckman Peter Featherston has also been in top form and will have his work cut out for him against interleague ruckman Jason Milligan and handy youngster Lachlan Duell.
This match really could go either way with neither team willing to end 2012 just yet, with Padthaway slight favourites on account of their superior ladder position after the minor round.
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MUNDULLA FANS HOLD THEIR BREATH
Report – Terry Willoughby, Auugust 20, 2012
Naracoorte couldn’t reach the finals by winning but they could keep Mundulla out but the Moots were determined not to let it happen. After a relatively even 1st quarter, Mundulla charged clear. They added 8 goals to one in the 2nd quarter with centerman Jake McGrice and defender Nicky Davis in top form. On-ballers Tyne Excell and Darren Wiese were winning around the packs to compound Naracoorte’s problems. The Moots had a match-winning lead of 55points and looked set for an easy passage into the finals but Naracoorte showed plenty of resolve and fought back with 6 goals in the 3rd quarter and keep Mundulla honest. Nathan Smith and Matt Willson lifted and Brett Gould was dangerous near goal where he booted 4. The margin closed to 29 points but Mundulla were still in control and despite being outscored in the last quarter held on by a big enough margin to stay in the five. Davis, McGrice, Excell and Darren Weise headed the better players for Mundulla and Luke Weise booted 5 goals. Naracoorte who struggled for consistency all season will miss the finals for the 1st time in many years.
Kaniva-Leeor United toyed with last week’s giantkillers, Penola and look every bit a top side. Goal-kicking forwards Ash Baxter and Neil Reeve tore the Penola defence to pieces and booted 8 goals each against a dispirited opposition. Peter Fiacchi was in everything for KLU and James Turner starred on the wing as KLU raced to a 60 point lead by ½ time. Not content with that they kept Penola scoreless in the 3rd term and slammed on another 9 goals and the margin blew out to 121points with a quarter to play. Penola offered little resistance with only bustling Adam Merrett with 5 goals offering a challenge.
Scott Carberry booted 15 goals as Kybybolite defeated bottom team, Kingston by 80 points. Kyby have been disappointing most of the season and can take little solace against such poor opponents but a wins a win. Carberry notable for his big goal tallies against lesser sides was best ahead of reliable Ray Jaensch and Tom Cooper. Jamie Austinn the centre, Ben Warner and Ash Stenner tried hard for Kingston.
Lucindale upset flag aspirant Keith by 51 points but it fell agonizingly short of 5th spot on percentage. The 1st quarter was an arm wrestle with Lucindale just 2 points ahead. They took charge with on-ballers Travis Ware and Aaron Smart winning around the packs to boot 6 goals to none and race to a commanding 41 point lead. Sensing the urgency of their position they continued to control play in the 3rd quarter and Keith couldn’t find a way forward. Mid-fielder Dan McCarthy was winning handsomely and big men Mark Snowball and Tim Walsh marked powerfully as Lucindale went further ahead to lead by 58 points. Last years premiers looked certain to scrape in to the top five but a lack-lustre finish which netted only one last quarter goal left them deflated despite winning by 51 points. So much talent, so little result. Keith were outplayed but still remain a big threat and will regroup for next weeks qualifying final.
Padthaway and Bordertown went goal for goal throughout the 1st half with desperate defence a feature. The Lions couldn’t afford even a narrow loss and played spirited football, tackling hard and forcing errors to keep the Roosters on the defensive but couldn’t generate enough goals with the Roosters key defenders Nic Brewer and Matt Downie on top. Only a point separated the teams and Padthaway’s season was on the line. For the 2nd week in a row Tom McLennan provided a target near goals and booted 6 as the Lions added 5 goals to Bordertowns’ two to snatch a 14 point win. Nash Stark was resolute at half-back for Padthaway, ball-magnet Dylan Dempsey and ruckman Peter Featherston persisted long enough to put the Lions into the elimination final. Bordertown had stuttered after earlier good form but have the vital double chance. Luke Exton on the wing, Nic Brewer and Sam Devitt were gallant in defeat but many need to lift.
ROUND 18 PREVIEW
with Angus Dearlove of The Naracoorte Herald - August 16, 2012
FINALS are up for grabs as the final round
of the KNTFL kicks off this weekend
Fourth and fifth are currently occupied by Padthaway and Mundulla with Lucindale standing on the outside looking in.
Padthaway have a four-point buffer keeping them in fourth but a lower percentage than the others.
They play Bordertown away and a win will guarantee the Lions finals action. However, a loss coupled with wins to Mundull and Lucindale will drop them out of the five.
They may be saved by rivals Lucindale having possibly a more difficult task. The reigning premiers stumbled against Penola last week in a match that could have all but locked up a spot for them in the five and now face a red-hot Keith.
Keith knocked off Bordertown last week by 72 points, gaining vital momentum against a fellow contender heading into finals.
Lucindale will need to pull all stops out to cause an upset and sneak back into finals contention.
Mundulla are the third point of the finals triangle, needing to match Lucindale to remain in fifth.
A loss away to Naracoorte will spell curtains for the Moots if Lucindale upset Keith.
Assured of the minor premiership already, Kaniva/Leeor host Penola as they cast their eyes towards September. Penola will be riding a high after sticking a spanner in Lucindale’s works last weekend and a big scalp to finish the season would have the young southern Eagles smiling despite missing finals action.
Kybybolite make the trip west to the seaside to take on Kingston in the round’s final game. Both sides have nothing riding on the match but would like to end their respective seasons on a high.
• A football shake-up in the South East of the state and western Victoria is now a reality with the two Hamilton clubs this week deciding to merge and leave the Western Border Football League at the end of this season.
The Hamilton Football Netball Club and Hamilton Imperials Football Netball Club will join the Hampden Football Netball League for season 2013, leaving the WBFL with seven teams - but possibly six if the Portland Football Netball Cricket Club also exits to the Hampden league as proposed in the review - and putting mounting pressure on the Kowree-Naracoorte Tatiara Football League.
PENOLA CAUSE BOILOVER AND KEITH THRASH BORDERTOWN
August 13, 2012
There is still interest in the finals race in KNT football with Penola’s upset win over Lucindale keeping the door ajar for Mundulla. Penola, largely disappointing, had their best win for the year. The Eagles stormed to a 29 point lead by quarter-time and have Lucindale reeling. They kept up the effort in the 2nd term although Lucindale narrowed the gap to 13 points. Power forward Adam Merrett was having a big day and booted 6 goals as Penola strengthened their grip on the game with another 5 goals in the 3rd term to lead by 30 points. Ball magnet Luke Duncan was on fire around the packs and Spence Jackman was winning in the mid-field. Lucindale had good players in Henry Legoe and Kyle Press in defence but they needed goals to get out of trouble. Walker and McGurk at half-forward lifted but Penola held on as the margin shrank. In the end they held on by 10 points and leave Lucindale’s spot in the top five in limbo. Duncan, veteran Phil Lambert, Jackman and Merrett starred for Penola. Legoe, Press and Josh Walker played well for Lucindale but they gave away too much of a start.
Keith, the looming danger for the flag, started in blistering fashion to have Bordertown in deep trouble by ½ time. Key forwards McEntee and Andrew Hunt booted 6 goals and Snajdar 4 to create havoc for the Bordertown defence. Trailing by 44 points, Bordertown needed a big lift in the 3rd quarter but Keith again poured on the goals. Eight goals to two by the Crows left Bordertown 82 points in arrears and out of the contest. Tom Redden was best on ground for Keith along with Shane Bradshaw and mid-fielders Alex Bowley and Jacob Graetz. Bordertown were completely outplayed with only Nathan Frederick, Matt Downie and Kane Cuthbertson showing much fight. It was a good psychological win for the Keith Crows by 72 points. Mundulla brushed aside Kingston to win by 168 points and keep their slim finals hopes alive. The Moots led by 55 points at ½ time and piled on goals relentlessly after that as Kingston’s resistance collapsed. Consistent Jake McGrice starred in the centre for Mundulla and Luke Wiese booted 7 goals.
Padthaway had a comfortable 51 point win over Border Districts with Tom McLennan starring to boot 9 goals. The Lions were never seriously challenged and went further ahead at every change. Veteran defender Rick Adams tried hard against big odds for Borders and Rodney Oliver had lots of touches on the wing but Padthaway had a greater spread of talent. Ruckman Pete Featherston gave his on-ballers a great start and McLennan finished it off.
Kaniva-Leeor United easily defeated the under performing Kybybolite to win by 85 points. Seb Guilhaus dominated the stoppages and marked strongly for KLU and small men Williams and Greenbank kicked goals whenever the opportunity came. Ash Baxter also starred at half-forward and booted 4 goals. Kyby never got into the game and only booted three goals in the 1st three quarters. KLU cruised home, barely raising a sweat.
Best: Keith - Tom Redden, Shane Bradshaw, Alexander Bowley, Jacob Graetz, Seamus Mcmurray, Andrew Hunt. Bordertown : Nathan Frederick, Matthew Downie, Kane Cuthbertson, Jed Jarrett, Thomas Wheelen, Rory Tink. Goals: Keith - Andrew Hunt 6, James Mcentee 6, Jason Snajdar 4, Jason Farrier 2, Paul Makin 1, Luke Ciampa 1, Shane Bradshaw 1, Luke Mitchell 1. Bordertown : Nathan Frederick 4, Mitchell Dahlitz 2, Ryan Frick 1, Maddy Hayes 1, Tim Harkness 1, Thomas Wheelen 1
Best: Penola - Luke Duncan, Philip Lambert, Spencer Jackman, Adam Merrett, Mathew Merrrett, Nick Clayfield. Lucindale - Henry Legoe, Joshua Walker, Kyle Press, Shane Mcgurk, Jack Mcrae, Anthony Laurencic. Goals: Penola - Adam Merrett 6, Luke Duncan 2, Thomas Williams 2, Matthew Neilson 2, Lachlan Jones 1, Nick Clayfield 1. Lucindale: Timothy Walsh 3, Travis Ware 2, Joshua Walker 2, Shane McGurk 1, Kyle Press 1, Todd Price 1, Daniel McCarthy 1
Best: Padthaway - Tom McLennan, Alastair Dillon, Peter Featherston, Jarryd Dolling, Scott Galloway, Ben Ettridge.
Border Districts: Rodney Oliver, Rick Adams, Mark Ellis, Daniel Owen, Mark Lemon, Clinton Robinson. Goals: Padthaway - Tom Mclennan 9, Mark Edwards 3, Ben Gunning 2, Peter Featherston 1, Nash Stark 1, Michael Hoffmann 1, Jason Degabriele 1, Alastair Dillon 1. Border Districts : Clint Barras 5, Corey Burr 2, Sean King 1, Rodney Oliver 1, Dale Hannaford 1, Jason Saunderson 1
Best: Mundulla - Jake McGrice, Lachlan Duell, Jack Luckett, Jarred Wiese, Boyd Packer, Luke Wiese. Kingston: Josh Gould, Josh Gluyas, Tom Gardner, Dylan Richardson, Ben Warner, Jamie Austin. Goals: Mundulla - Luke Wiese 7, Jonathan Mock 5, Jack Luckett 4, Grady Obst 3, Jarred Wiese 2, Jason Milligan 2, Jake McGrice 2, Lachlan Duell 2, Brett Lehmann 1, Boyd Packer 1, Tyne Excell 1, Benjamin Douglas 1. Kingston : Sam Braidwood 2, Ashley Stenner 1, Tom Gardner 1, Jamie Austin 1, Josh Gluyas 1
Best: Kaniva Leeor - Sebastian Guilhaus, Jared Greenbank, James Turner, Ashley Baxter, Alex Brown, Christopher Meyer. Kybybolite : Ciaran Buckley, Ray Jaensch, Paddy Fitzgerald, Joseph Fitzgerald , James Williams, Christopher Hanley. Goals: Kaniva Leeor - Ashley Baxter 4, Jared Greenbank 3, Dylan Williams 3, Shane Vivian 2, Luke O’Conner 2, Jonathon Hicks 2, Christopher Chaston 1, Matthew Skrypek 1, Brad Witmitz 1, Christopher Meyer 1 Kybybolite : Tom Cooper 3, Christopher Hanley 2, David Arnold 1, Paddy Fitzgerald 1
ROUND 17 PREVIEW
with Angus Dearlove of The Naracoorte Herald - August 9, 2012
LUCINDALE, Mundulla and Padthaway are locked in a tight race for a spot in the finals.
With no bye remaining for the three sides, Lucindale and Padthaway are on 36 points while Mundulla is a game behind on 34.
Helping out the Moots is their match this weekend - with Kingston travelling to the swamp.
A handy win and percentage could do no harm to the outside chance Mundulla has.
Working against them is Padthaway and Lucindale having games against lower-ranked teams this weekend.
Big wins to Padthaway at home to Border Districts, and Lucindale away to Penola could lock them firmly in the five.
Lucindale are coming off a good win at home to Kyby and have looked to be turning around a slow start to the year at just the right stage of the season.
Penola have had an uninspiring last few weeks and will need to turn it around if they want to make Lucindale’s march to the finals interesting.
Padthaway will be fresh after the bye last week and should easily account for Border Districts.
The Lions have been hard to pick - at one stage looking almost gone before surging back.
Their home ground advantage should see them come up trumps against lowly Borders.
The Eagles were well beaten at the hands of Keith at Goroke on the weekend and Saturday is their last hurrah for season 2012.
Kybybolite have the unenviable task of hosting Kaniva/Leeor United this round.
Kyby hasn’t missed the finals since 2009 but have had a difficult year and will sit the major round out.
Up north, Keith and Bordertown square off in a tense showdown.
Both in the top three, they will be looking to keep their momentum up heading into finals.
• Naracoorte Football Club’s tough A grade utility Kane Donnelly pleaded guilty to striking Kingston’s Tom McGovern at the KNTFL tribunal on Tuesday night and received a one-match suspension.
The Demons have the bye this week so Donnelly will miss the last minor-round game against Mundulla on August 18.
KANIVA MAKE LIFE HARD FOR MOOTS
MATT GILL KICKS 12 TO SINK KINGSTON
August 6, 2012
Kaniva-Leeor United were made to work hard by Mundulla who need a big slice of luck if they are to play in the finals. The Moots held an early lead of 9 points at quarter-time but KLU got moving in the 2nd and went to half time with a 15 point lead. On-ballers Williams and Greenbank were good around the packs and very dangerous near goal. Anthony Carlile was strong in defence for KLU and Mundulla were battling to stay in touch in the 3rd term despite the efforts of Heath Thorpe and centreman Jake McGrice who were working overtime. Mundulla battled hard in the last quarter but never quite managed to match it with KLU who won by 29 points. Dylan Williams with 5 goals, Matt Skrypek, Carlile and Jared Greenbank, 3 goals were best for KLU. Mundulla were stretched everywhere and now look unlikely to regain 5th spot. Thorpe, McGrice, Lachlan Duell and Jon Mock were best for the Moots.
Naracoorte defeated bottom placed Kingston by 100 points. Matt Gill kicked 12 goals and Brett Gould 8 as the Demons romped away. They led at every change and booted 11 goals in the last quarter. Bordertown led throughout to defeat Penola by 59 points in a scrappy game. Bordertown’s 8 goal burst in the 3rd term sank Penola who trailed by 48 points. The Roosters again outscored Penola in the last term as the game petered out. On-ballers Josh Newnham, Steve Copestick played well for Bordertown, Tim Harkness booted 5 goals and defender Mitch Dahlitz also had good games. Penola fell away badly after ½ time.
Lucindale quickly asserted themselves against Kybybolite and raced to a 53 point lead by ½ time. Dominating rucks and lively on-ballers Ware and Kane McCarthy outclassed their opponents as Lucindale extended their lead to 57 points by ¾ time. Kyby booted 5 late goals but Lucindale won comfortably. Travis Ware, the McCarthy’s Kane and Dan were best for Lucindale who now look safe in 4th spot. Kyby’s best were Jack McKay, Jamie Williams and Ray Jaensch.
Keith, the looming danger for top placed teams easily defeated Border Districts. They increased their lead at every change were there appeared to be little pressure as goals came regularly at each end although the Crows had a much more potent forward set-up. Jason Snajdar headed the goal-kickers with 5 for Keith. Tom Redden was best on ground and booted 3 goals, Shane Bradshaw and Nick Hunt were also good players and each got 4 goals. The Keith Crows booted 13 goals to 5 in the 2nd half to win by 76 points.
Round 16 - August 4, 2012
Best: Naracoorte - Nathan Smith, Matt Willson, Jamie Bettoncelli, Matt Gill, Brett Gould, Todd Hindmarsh. Kingston: Jamie Austin, Ryan Clarke, Craig Watson, Ben Warner, Josh Gould, Sam Braidwood. Goals: Naracoorte - Matt Gill 12, Brett Gould 8, Matt Willson 5, Hayden Bennier 2, Craig Gill 1. Kingston: Sam Braidwood 5, Craig Watson 4, Thomas Borrillo 1, Jamie Austin 1, Josh Gluyas 1, Matthew Menz 1, Hamish Keatley 1.
Best: Bordertown - Josh Newnham, Tim Harkness, Steven Copestick, Luke Exton, Maddy Hayes, Mitchell Dahlitz. Penola: Mathew Merrrett, Spencer Jackman, Philip Lambert, Corey Gray, Josh Doyle, Adam Merrett. Goals: Bordertown - Tim Harkness 5, Steven Pollock 2, Maddy Hayes 2, Matthew Tober 1, Hayden Paech 1, Joshua Searle 1, Angus Diment 1, Josh Newnham 1, Nicholas Hampel 1, Nathan Frederick 1. Penola: Luke Duncan 2, Corey Gray 2, Adam Merrett 1, Tom Clayfield 1, Matt Ferguson 1
Best: Lucindale Travis Ware, Daniel Mccarthy, Kane Mccarthy, Henry Legoe, Kyle Press, Todd Smith. Kybybolite: Jack Mckay, James Williams, Ray Jaensch, David Arnold, Duncan Ogilvie, Christopher Hanley. Goals: Lucindale - Timothy Walsh 2, Daniel Mccarthy 2, Travis Ware 2, Joshua Walker 2, Ryan Mcinerney 1, Todd Price 1, Mark Snowball 1, Todd Smith 1, Shane Mcgurk 1, Kane Mccarthy 1. Kybybolite: Jamie Bittner 2, Adam Vasey 1, Caolan Buckley 1, David Arnold 1, Christopher Hanley 1, Scott Carberry 1, Tom Cooper 1
Best: Kaniva Leeor - Dylan Williams, Matthew Skrypek, Anthony Carlile, Jared Greenbank, Shane Dodson, James Turner. Mundulla: Heath Thorpe, Jake Mcgrice, Lachlan Duell, Jonathan Mock, Bradley Growden, Nathan Milligan. Goals: Kaniva Leeor - Dylan Williams 5, Jared Greenbank 3, Ashley Baxter 2, Nathan Meyer 1, Matthew Skrypek 1, Neil Reeve 1, Jonty Brown 1, Jonathon Hicks 1, Christopher Chaston 1, Brad Witmitz 1. Mundulla: Luke Wiese 4, Brett Lehmann 3, Jake Mcgrice 2, Jarred Wiese 1, Nicky Davis 1, Darren Wiese 1
Best: Keith - Tom Redden, Shane Bradshaw, Nick Hunt, Jason Farrier, Thomas Mayfield, Seamus Mcmurray. Border Districts: Daniel Owen, Rodney Oliver, George Mcwaters, Mark Lemon, Sean King, Clinton Robinson. Goals: Keith - Jason Snajdar 5, Nick Hunt 4, Shane Bradshaw 4, Tom Redden 3, Thomas Mayfield 2, James Mcentee 2, Luke Mitchell 1, Jason Farrier 1, Kane O'loughlin 1, Andrew Hunt 1, Paul Makin 1. Border Districts: Mark Lemon 4, Corey Burr 2, Sean King 2, Clint Barras 2, Clinton Robinson 1, Daniel Owen 1, Jason Saunderson 1
ROUND 16 PREVIEW
with Angus Dearlove of The Naracoorte Herald - August 2, 2012
WITH three rounds remaining in the KNTFL season, the race for finals has reached the business end.
Last week’s big win at Mundulla has Lucindale in fifth, percentage ahead of the Moots.
They host Kybybolite on the weekend in a match they cannot afford to drop.
With Mundulla travelling to Kaniva to face the ladder-leaders, Lucindale have a chance to jump a game clear in fifth.
A win also means they draw level with fourth-placed Padthaway, resting in the den this week with the bye, who have rallied to all but cement their finals place.
The bye does come at an inopportune time for the Lions who had built up some momentum heading in to finals, with the weekend’s upset of Keith proving that they aren’t also-rans.
Kaniva-Leeor appears to have locked up the minor premiership and can consign Mundulla to the bottom-six swamp with a win.
Penola drive up to meet Bordertown in a match which could shape the top two.
Bordertown are a game ahead of third-placed Keith, and should win easily against a Penola outfit coming off a loss to lowly Border Districts.
Keith head over to Goroke to face Border Districts who will be hungry for another win.
Goroke has been a happy hunting ground for the Eagles in recent years.
They are 1-1 at the ground this season - beating Kyby and going down to Lucindale.
Naracoorte make a seaside trip to face bottom-placed Kingston to round out the weekend’s matches.
Naracoorte’s season looks all but shot after a loss last weekend to K/L but there is still pride on the line for Dean Woosnam’s men.
ALL OVER FOR DEMONS IN 2012
Reports from Terry WIlloughby of the ABC, July 30, 2012
Kaniva-Leeor United ended Naracoorte’s hopes of another finals campaign with an easy 78 point win. The Demons were competitive early but KLU kicked away with 6 goals to one in the 2nd quarter with more potent forwards in Ash Baxter, Dylan Williams and Jared Greenbank. KLU kepoint the pressure on in the 2nd half and with 11 players kicking goals the Naracoorte defence just couldn’t plug the gaps. Better players for KLU were Matt Skrypek, Anthony Carlile, Williams and Shane Dodson. Mitch Hartree, Brett Gould and Jamie Bettoncelli have battled hard in recent games to keep Naracoorte in the finals race and were again Naracoorte’s best but to no avail.
Padthaway got a confidence boosting win over Keith by 7 points. There was never more than a few points between the teams with lead changing hands several times in the 1st half. Keith led narrowly by 7 points but Padthaway had kept their powerful forwards, McEntee and Snajdar relatively quiet. Featherston was doing well in the ruck and Scott Galloway and Seb Townsend stood out in defence for the Lions. Padthway edged to the lead but not by much and the game was still anybody’s at ¾ time. Padthaway with winning on-ballers had enough momentum to hold the lead and cement a finals spot with a 7 point win. Featherston, Galloway and Townsend were best for the Lions. Tom Redden, Jason Farrier at centre half-back and Shane Bradshaw were best for the Keith Crows who still have plenty of admirers for the flag.
Last years premiers, Lucindale caused something of an upset with a 40 point win over Mundulla and jumped into the top 5 in the process. Mid-fielders McInerney and Travis Ware starred for Lucindale and ruckman Tim Walsh dominated the aerial duels and stoppages. Keith steadied in the 2nd quarter after Lucindale led by 27 points. The Moots rattled on 6 goals to be right in the game at ½ time with former coach Heath Thorpe lifting his work rate and McGrice winning plenty of the ball. Lucindale regained composure and took control again in the 3rd term with Mark Snowball marking strongly around the ground to keep Mundulla under pressure. The last quarter saw Lucindale come away from Mundulla with better teamwork to win convincingly and leave Mundulla with a big challenge to regain 5th spot. Ryan McInerney was best for Lucindale ahead of Travis Ware, Tim Walsh and Mark Snowball. Thorpe, McGrice and Brad Growden tried hard for Mundulla but many were down on form.
Border Districts overcame a 1/2 time deficit of 9 points to end a long losing streak against Penola. With neither side in finals contention, pride was on the line. Penola had Adam Merrett starring in front of goal and he looked likely to lead his team to a win but Borders had more contributors, especially after the main break. George McWaters in the ruck gave his on-ballers first use of the ball and gradually Borders reached the lead. Penola’s drive was cut off and Merrett‘s influence reduced. Borders went on with the job in the last quarter to win by 31 points. Half-back Nick Tarca was best for Borders along with McWaters and mid-fielder Clint Robinson. Adam Merrett was a standout for Penola with his 9 goals.
Round 15 - July 28, 2012
Best: Padthaway - Peter Featherston, Scott Galloway, S Townsend, Dylan Dempsey, Alastair Dillon, Paul Elsden. Keith: Tom Redden, Jason Farrier, Shane Bradshaw, Tom Wachtel, Alexander Bowley, Paul Makin. Goals: Padthaway - Ben Gunning 3, Tom Mclennan 2, Dylan Dempsey 2, Mark Edwards 2, Nash Stark 1, S Townsend 1, Michael Hoffmann 1, Jason Degabriele 1, Alastair Dillon 1. Keith: Jason Snajdar 4, Alexander Bowley 3, Tom Redden 1, Thomas Mayfield 1, Shane Bradshaw 1, Luke Mitchell 1, James McEntee 1, Nick Hunt 1
Best: Lucindale - Ryan Mcinerney, Timothy Walsh, Travis Ware, Mark Snowball, Shane Mcgurk, Kane Mccarthy. Mundulla - Heath Thorpe, Jake Mcgrice, Bradley Growden, Lachlan Duell, Darren Wiese, Tyne Excell. Goals: Lucindale - Joshua Walker 4, Travis Ware 3, Ryan Mcinerney 2, Aaron Smart 2, Shane Mcgurk 1, Mark Snowball 1, Todd Price 1, Daniel Mccarthy 1, Timothy Walsh 1. Mundulla: Darren Wiese 3, Luke Wiese 2, Jake Mcgrice 2, Boyd Packer 1, Jonathan Mock 1, Nicky Davis 1
Best: Borders - Nick Tarca, George Mcwaters, Clinton Robinson, Rodney Oliver, Andrew Pitt, Corey Burr. Penola - Adam Merrett, Oliver March, Luke Duncan, Nick Clayfield, Josh Gale, Daniel Flint. Goals: Borders - Clint Barras 4, Mark Lemon 3, Corey Burr 2, Clinton Robinson 2, Sean King 2, Brodie Adams 1, Mark Ellis 1, Jason Saunderson 1. Penola: Adam Merrett 9, Luke Duncan 1, Lachlan Jones 1, Daniel Flint 1, Bradley Merrett 1
Best: Kaniva Leeor - Matthew Skrypek, Anthony Carlile, Dylan Williams, James Turner, Shane Dodson, Shane Vivian. Naracoorte: Mitchell Hartree, Jamie Bettoncelli, Brett Gould, Nathan Smith, Todd Hindmarsh, Matt Willson. Goals: Kaniva Leeor - Ashley Baxter 5, Dylan Williams 3, Jared Greenbank 3, Travis Lannin 3, Jonty Brown 2, Brad Witmitz 2, Jonathon Hicks 1, Christopher Chaston 1, Matt Corstens 1, Shane Vivian 1. Naracoorte: Brett Gould 2, Nathan Smith 2, Kane Donnelly 1, Matt Willson 1, Todd Hindmarsh 1, Michael Childs 1
ROUND 15 PREVIEW
with Angus Dearlove of The Naracoorte Herald - July 26, 2012
REIGNING premiers Lucindale have a golden opportunity to jump into the five when they face Mundulla away this weekend.
Both have played 12 games, with Mundulla holding a four-point advantage.
A win for Lucindale will bring the two teams evem on 32 points and a good win could even see the Roos leap-frog the Moots on percentage.
Also in the equation is Padthaway (32 points), who host Keith this weekend.
Padthaway are the only team of the three who have a bye to come and have a lower percentage than Lucindale.
This could see Todd Price’s men as high as fourth at the conclusion of the round.
The Lions have been patchy recently and their clash with Keith is absolutely season-defining.
A win against Penola last weekend steadied Padthaway slightly but they are once again up against it with Keith a serious grand final contender.
Naracoorte have the unenviable task of travelling to Kaniva to face a Cougars outfit coming off a 225-point win over Kingston.
The Demons are probably too far back now to make finals with a bye to come but are still a mathematical chance and must play out the season thinking so.
K/L are still two points clear on top and look to have all but secured the double chance.
In the round’s other game, Penola head up north to do battle with Border Districts.
It is 10th vs 11th and a match with only pride on the line as both clubs look to get some last wins on the board.
ROUND 14 UPDATE
by Terry Willoughby - July 23, 2012
Arch-rivals Bordertown and Mundulla had a tight battle, with neither side giving an inch in the 1st half. Goals were hard to get as the lead changed hands several times with Bordertown 4 points up at quarter-time and Mundulla a point ahead at the main break. Jake McGrice had starred around the mid-field for Mundulla but Kane Cuthbertson was the stumbling block in defence for Bordertown. The lead again changed hands in the 3rd quarter but Bordertown started to get the upper hand through Angus Diment and centre wingman Jerry Vunitabua and they took a 12 point at ¾ time. Bordertown had enough good players to keep Mundulla out and they edged away to win by 17 points. Better players for Bordertown were Diment, Cuthbertson, Vunitabua and Nick Brewer. Jake McGrice, Sam Luckett, Heath Thorpe and Brett Lehmann were best for Mundulla.
Grand Finalists Lucindale and Naracoorte are outside the top five but Lucindale kept in the race for some finals action when they held on to win by 15 points. Ruckman Tim Walsh provided plenty of chances for Lucindale but goals were hard to get with the backlines of both teams on top. Lucindale had more of the play to lead by 17 points at the main break and appeared to be going better when they kicked away to a 31 point lead late in the 3rd quarter. Naracoorte battled back hard in the last term and restricted Lucindale to just one goal but for the 2nd week in a row couldn’t quite bridge the gap.
Padthaway again had a battle trying to arrest a three game losing streak when Penola challenged strongly in the 1st half. Powerful forward Adam Merrett starred with 6 goals to be a constant threat for Penola who led by 9 points heading into the long break. The Lions lifted in the 3rd quarter with class performers Aaron Wanders and Dylan Dempsey showing the way. The kept pushing the ball forward and Padthaway added 5 goals to Penola’s two to lead by 14 points. The last quarter was a dour struggle as the Lions kept a battling Penola out and recorded their 1st win in a month by 15 points. Wanders, Dempsey and Peter Featherston were best for Padthaway who have a shaky hold on 5th spot. Lachie Jones, Merrett wth 6 goals and Spencer Jackman headed Penola’s best.
Kaniva-Leeor United treated their supporters to an exhibition when they booted 40 goals against the totally outclassed Kingston to win by 225 points. Maybe they were tired after the long drive but they only managed 5 goals in the 1st quarter to lead by 24 points. The final 3 quarters were a goal-kicking feast with 12 individuals getting on the scoresheet. Kingston defenders watched helplessly as KLU piled on the goals, twelve in the 2nd quarter, 11 in the 3rd and another 12 just to finish and the massacre was complete. Dylan Williams booted 11, Seb Guilhaus 4 and Jared Greenbank 5 to be best for KLU. Ben Warner and Jamie Austin battled hard against the overwhelming odds for Kingston.
Kybybolite raced to a 33 point lead by quarter-time over Border Districts and maintained a comfortable lead for most of the game. Both teams have been disappointments during the season and won’t figure in finals. Kyby led by 42 points at the last change and added another 7 goals to win by 67 points. Former coach Scott Carberry had his best gAme for the year and booted 6 goals, Tom Cooper and Chris Hanley were again consistent. Sean King , 6 goals and Rodney Oliver were best for Borders.
Round 14 - July 21, 2012
Best: Lucindale -- Kane McCarthy, Timothy Walsh, Jack McRae, Henry Legoe, Brad Maloney, Kyle Press. Naracoorte: Mitchell Hartree, Nicholas Boon, Zak Donnelly, Jamie Bettoncelli, Tom Atkins, Matt Willson. Goals: Lucindale - Joshua Walker 3, Travis Ware 2, Stanley Freeman 2, Tristan Menz 1, Mark Snowball 1, Todd Price 1, Timothy Walsh 1. Naracoorte - Mitchell Hartree 2, Zak Donnelly 1, Matt Gill 1, Craig Beggs 1, Brett Gould 1, Nathan Smith 1, Michael Childs 1
Best: Kyby - Scott Carberry, Tom Cooper , Christopher Hanley, Caolan Buckley, James Williams, Dylan Brodie. Borders - Rodney Oliver, Sean King, Nick Tarca, Mark Ellis, Bradley Ellis, Daniel Owen. Goals: Kyby - Scott Carberry 6, Tom Cooper 4, David Arnold 4, Jack Mckay 2, Christopher Hanley 2, Kelvin Cook 2, Caolan Buckley 2, Adam Mathieson 1, Dylan Brodie 1, Carl Slape 1, Jamie Bittner 1. Border Districts: Sean King 6, Clint Barras 3, Bradley Ellis 2, Dale Hannaford 2, Mark Ellis 1, Mark Lemon 1, Rodney Oliver 1
Best: Kaniva/Leeor - Jared Greenbank, Sebastian Guilhaus, James Turner, Dylan Williams, Jonty Brown, Neil Reeve. Kingston - Ben Warner, Jamie Austin, Tom Gardner, Matthew Austin, Josh Gould, Hamish Keatley. Goals: Kaniva Leeor - Dylan Williams 11, Ashley Baxter 5, Jared Greenbank 5, Sebastian Guilhaus 4, Anthony Carlile 3, Matt Corstens 3, Jonathon Hicks 3, Matthew Skrypek 2, Neil Reeve 1, Jonty Brown 1, Travis Lannin 1, Christopher Meyer 1. Kingston: Ashley Stenner 2, Ben Warner 1, Tom Gardner 1, Thomas Borrillo
Best: Bordertown - Angus Diment, Kane Cuthbertson, Nicholas Brewer, Jerry Vunitabua, Matthew Tober, Jed Jarrett. Mundulla: Jake Mcgrice, Sam Luckett, Heath Thorpe, Brett Lehmann, Bradley Growden, Lachlan Duell. Goals: Bordertown - Steven Pollock 2, Josh Newnham 2, Nathan Frederick 2, Ryan Frick 1, Tim Harkness 1, Joshua Searle 1, Mitchell Dahlitz 1, Matthew Downie 1. Mundulla: Jonathan Mock 3, Jack Luckett 2, Brett Lehmann 1, Boyd Packer 1, Jake Mcgrice 1, Heath Thorpe 1
Best: Padthaway - Aaron Wanders, Dylan Dempsey, Peter Featherston, Jarryd Dolling, Paul Elsden, Alastair Dillon. Penola - Lachlan Jones, Adam Merrett, Spencer Jackman, Kane Ransom, Simon Zadow, Philip Lambert. Goals: Padthaway - Ben Gunning 3, Peter Featherston 2, Tom Mclennan 2, S Townsend 2, Scott Galloway 1, Cody Marshall 1, Jason Degabriele 1. Penola - Adam Merrett 6, Lachlan Jones 2, Corey Gray 1, Tom Clayfield 1, Nick Clayfield 1
ROUND 14 PREVIEW
with Angus Dearlove of The Naracoorte Herald - July 19, 2012
THE Naracoorte vs Lucindale showdown at Naracoorte this weekend is crunch time for the two combatants. Both on 24 points, the winner will be set to pounce on a sliding Padthaway. Lucindale are coming off a big win against Kingston.
Naracoorte endured a close defeat at the hands of second-placed Bordertown which put a slight brake on their late season charge.
Padthaway travel down the highway to take on the up and down Penola Eagles. With three losses on the trot, Padthaway are in real danger of slipping from the five. Their depth has been majorly tested in recent weeks and so far has failed the litmus test, something coach Leehane will be hoping to change.
Borders travel to Kyby looking to repeat the performance they gave against the Tigers in round three at Goroke. Kyby upset Padthaway last round and another here will make the yellow and black army slightly happier with their season.
Quite a few young footballers would not have been around the last time Bordertown beat Mundulla, with the Moots firmly having the wood over their Rooster rivals. The two face off in Bordertown with both teams sitting in at the northern end of the ladder - perhaps a preview to a finals showdown.
K/L return off the bye to tackle a depleted Kingston at Gall Park.
K/L will be thinking finals and will have to avoid becoming complacent against a side with nothing to lose.
KEITH ON THE WARPATH, PADTHAWAY SLIDE CONTINUES
by Terry Willoughby - July 15, 2012
Keith, looking a distinct threat moved up to 3rd spot after an easy win over Penola. Dangerous forwards James McEntee and Andrew Hunt were able to kick goals which Penola couldn’t. McEntee in particular was brilliant at centre half forward and booted 10 goals and saw off several opponents. Penola battled away but couldn’t stem the flow of goals with Alex Bowley on the wing, Paul Makin and veteran Nick Hunt playing well for the Keith Crows. Lachie Jones and Spencer Jackman battled hard for Penola but most were down as Keith won by 80 points.
Early season glamour side Padthaway went down again for the 3rd week in a row. Kyby after a disappointing season had their best win for 2012. The Lions again coughed up an early lead and after ½ time Kyby took control. Dylan Dempsey in the mid-field and stalwart Mark Edwards were doing plenty of work for Padthaway but not getting much reward. Kyby booted 5 goals to one in the 3rd term to lead by 12 points and looked much better. They again outscored the Lions in the last quarter to send them tumbling to 5th spot. Tom Cooper booted 5 goals to be high in the best players for Kyby along with Billy Laurie and Adam Vasey. Naracoorte’s recent form threatened to derail Bordertown when the Demons led by 8 points at quarter-time. It was a tight, low scoring game with Mitch Hartree, Matt Willson and Boon doing well for Naracoorte. A five goal 2nd term saw Bordertown hit the front with centerline players Josh Searle and Jerry Vunitabua doing well and when Ryan Frick lifted Bordertown went further ahead. Naracoorte appeared in trouble when they trailed by 5 goals at ¾ time. They mounted a last quarter challenge and kepoint Bordertown to just a point whilst they booted 4 goals but they fell just 5 points short at the final siren. Searle, Frick and Rory Tink played well for Bordertwon who are still in 2nd place. Naracoortes’ best were Willson, Hartree and Sid Patterson and they are still an outside chance for finals action.
Lucindale’s hot and cold form continued when they thrashed Kingston by 168 points. Last years premiers never allowed Kingston a look in and charged to a 10 goal lead by ½ time. Josh Walker had a day out to finish with 9 goals at full forward but ruckman Tim Walsh and mid-fielder Ryan McInerney set up the win. Lucindale finished with a ten goal last quarter to keep their final’s hopes alive, especially with some rubbery form by others.
Mundulla easily defeated Border Districts by 76 points, eleven players kicking goals. Eight goals to one in the 1st quarter ended any semblance of a contest and a crushing 9 goal 3rd term sealed it. Sam Luckett and Nick Mosey at half forward tormented the Border’s defence to be Mundulla’s best just ahead of the consistent Jake McGrice. Clint Barras again got 6 goals for Borders and George McWaters battled solidly throughout.
Kaniva-Leeor United are still on top after having the bye.
Round 13 - July 14, 2012
Best: Keith - J. McEntee, A. Bowley, P. Makin, N. Hunt, J. Wright, T. Redden. Penola - L. Jones, S. Jackman, M. Mcpherson, C. Gray, M. Merrrett, A. Merrett. Goals: Keith – James McEntee 10, A. Hunt 3, S. Bradshaw 2, N. Hunt 2, T. Redden , T. Mayfield , C. Mcmurray , L. Mitchell , J. Heinrich. Penola - A. Merrett 3, L. Jones 2, O. March , J. Gale , K. Ransom , D. Hutchings , J. Pfitzner
Best: Lucindale - T. Walsh, R. McInerney, P. Baker, T. Menz, J. Walker, K. McCarthy. Kingston - T. Gardner, J. Austin, T. Baker, B. Warner, J. Curkpatrick, C. Sharpe. Goals: Lucindale - J. Walker 9, R. McInerney 5, T. Ware 5, P. Baker 4, M. Snowball 3, T. Menz , T. Price , T. Walsh , A. Smart. Kingston - J. Gluyas , M. Menz , J. Gould , C. Sharpe
Best: Mundulla - S. Luckett, N. Mosey, J. McGrice, J. Wiese, D. Wiese, L. Duell. Borders - G. McWaters, C. Burr, C. Robinson, N. Tarca, S. King, C. Barras. Goals: Mundulla - B. Douglas 5, D. Wiese 4, J. Mock 4, B. Lehmann 3, N. Mosey 2, S. Luckett 2, J. McGrice , J. Milligan , C. Wiese , M. Paech , B. Redden. Borders - C. Barras 6, S. King 3, B. Arundell , M. Ellis , M. Lemon , B. Ellis
Best: Kyby - B. Laurie, A. Vasey, T. Cooper , C. Slape, C. Buckley, R. Jaensch. Padthaway - D. Dempsey, M. Edwards, B. Ryan, T. McLennan, P. Featherston, P. Elsden. Goals: Kyby - T. Cooper 5, S. Carberry 3, C. Slape 2, A. Vasey , J. Steer , R. Jaensch , C. Buckley , B. Laurie. Padthaway - T. Mclennan 3, S. Townsend 2, M. Edwards 2, P. Featherston , B. Ryan , B. Gunning , C. Marshall
Best: Bordertown - J. Searle, R. Frick, R. Tink, J. Vunitabua, K. Cuthbertson, S. Copestick. Naracoorte - M. Willson, M. Hartree, N. Boon, S. Patterson, J. Bettoncelli, K. Donnelly. Goals: Bordertown - S. Pollock 3, J. Newnham 2, J. Searle 2, M. Hayes , T. Harkness , J. Jarrett. Naracoorte - S. Logan 2, C. Beggs 2, K. Donnelly , M. Hartree , J. Bettoncelli , N. Smith , M. Childs
ROUND 13 PREVIEW
with Angus Dearlove of The Naracoorte Herald - July 12, 2012
NARACOORTE are nipping at the heels of the top five and host Bordertown in the match of round 13 in the KNTFL.
Last time these teams met Bordertown recorded an emphatic 99 point victory but this Naracoorte side is almost completely different to the one that struggled early in the year.
Much of Naracoorte’s revival can be attributed to the form of Matt Willson, Nathan Smith and Brett Gould.
The trio have been good for the Demons in the past and have stepped up in the middle stages of season 2012.
Sam Logan kicked nine goals last week, which could have easily been more if not for some misdirected goalkicking, and will need to get his kicking boots on again this weekend.
Bordertown’s miserly defence has conceded the lowest amount of points this season.
Should Naracoorte take the points, they will be on 28 points and possibly only percentage out of the five depending on other results.
Padthaway host Kybybolite after the two sides drew earlier in the year, in what could be a make or break game for Padthaway’s season.
The Lions have faltered of late with a few injuries and are tenuously holding onto their spot in the five.
They are sitting in fourth on 28 points, equal with Mundulla who host second-to-bottom Border Districts.
In the likely event of a win to the Moots, Padthaway may find themselves battling for fifth with Naracoorte.
Kyby’s season is all but over after a defeat at the hands of Keith on the weekend.
It has been a disappointing year for the Tigers after being challengers for so long, finding themselves in the bottom three above Border Districts and Kingston.
Lucindale play Kingston at home in what on paper looks an easy game.
With tough competition for spots above them, a win here is vital for Lucindale to keep their season’s heart beating.
Last week they had a tough trip to ladder leaders Kaniva/Leeor and were soundly beaten.
A win will move them on to 24 points and keep them in touch with the teams above them.
Kingston are playing for pride and with a real opportunity to raise themselves off the bottom.
They currently sit only percentage below Border Districts, with both sides having a bye to come.
The Eagles travel to Mundulla to face the Moots who will be primed and looking to consolidate their position at the top of the ladder.
Borders are fighting to avoid bottom, with just one win for the year.
Mundulla have been thereabouts most of the season and should claim an easy win.
Penola make the trip up to the other end of the Riddoch Hwy to face Keith, who could find themselves in second spot should Bordertown lose.
The Southern Eagles have had an up and down season and sit firmly out of the finals race at this late stage.
INJURY BRINGS EARLY HALT TO GAME
By Terry Willoughby, ABC July 9, 2012
The game between Bordertown and Kingston came to an early finish for the 2nd time this season when a Kingston player suffered a serious neck injury in the last quarter. The clash occurred in the normal course of play but the game was stopped as a result with Bordertown well in control at that stage. Nathan Frederick had booted 6 for Bordertown and better players were Steve Pollock, Angus Diment and Rory Tink. Sam Braidwood and Ben Warner battled hard for Kingston.
Naracoorte struggled to shake off Border Districts early in the game but then rammed through 14 goals in the 2nd quarter to lead by 88 points at ½ time. The Demons continued to run riot all over the ground and Borders were completely outclassed. Sam Logan, brother of Port’s Tom, booted 9 goals at full forward for the Demons. Naracoorte’s goal feast continued in the last quarter when they added another 7 but eased up to allow Borders to get 6. Matt Willson, Nathan Smith around the midfield and Brett Gould were best but Naracoorte kept in the race for finals with the 195 point thrashing. For Borders, Clint Barras booted 5 goals and George McWaters tried all day.
Kaniva-Leeor United sent Lucindale tumbling to 7th on the ladder with an 88 point thumping. The result was never in doubt and KLU had the game wrapped with a 56 point lead at ½ time. Last years premiers were outplayed and only briefly challenged in the 3rd term but KLU quickly took over again and finished with 9 goals to two in the last quarter. They had 11 different goal-kickers and many good players led by Neil Reeve, Seb Guilhaus, Dylan Williams and Peter Fiacchi. Lucindale are now out of finals contention.
Keith and Kybybolite had a goal shootout but the Crows with more dangerous forwards in Snajdar, McEntee and Hunt with 5 goals each won by 31 points. Kyby, one of the seasons disappointments tried hard but just couldn’t stop the flood of goals. Tom Redden, ruckman Luke Ciampa and Paul Makin were best for Keith who still look a danger for the flag. Tom Cooper was best with 4 goals for Kyby ahead Dylan Brodie and Chris Hanley.
Padthaway again coughed up a ¾ time lead, this time against persistent Mundulla. The Lions trailed narrowly at quarter-time but seemed to be in control after booting 5 goals to two and lead by 14 points at the main break. Peter Featherston was doing well in the ruck and Ben Ettridge at half-back was difficult to pass whilst Ben Gunning provided goals. Mundulla tried hard in the 3rd term but couldn’t narrow the margin despite having plenty of the ball with veteran Nicky Davis and consistent Jake McGrice doing most things right. The Lions still lead by 14 points but the Moots kept coming with more players getting into the game. They booted 6 last quarter goals with Ben Douglas being a focal point to finish with 7 goals. Padthaway wilted under the challenge as Mundulla got up by 17 points. Padthaway have dropped to 4th spot and face a tough task to regain the double chance. Mundulla are now being seriously challenged for 5th by a recharged Naracoorte.
Round 12 - July 7, 2012
Best: Naracoorte - M. Willson, N. Smith, B. Gould, J. Bettoncelli, S. Logan, J. Gilbert. Borders - G. McWaters, S. King, C. Barras, R. Oliver, C. Robinson, J. Saunderson. Goals: Naracoorte - S. Logan 9, M. Willson 6, M. Hartree 5, B. Gould 3, K. Jacobs 3, C. Mifsud 2, Z. Donnelly , M. Gill. Borders - C. Barras 5, M. Lemon 4, C. Robinson 2, C. Burr , R. Oliver
Best: Kaniva Leeor - N. Reeve, S. Guilhaus, D. Williams, P. Fiacchi, J. Turner, A. Carlile. Lucindale - K. Press, H. Legoe, D. McCarthy, T. Smith, T. Menz. Goals: Kaniva Leeor - B. Witmitz 4, D. Williams 3, J. Greenbank 3, J. Hicks 2, C. Chaston 2, J. Brown 2, S. Vivian 2, L. Oconner , A. Carlile , N. Reeve , P. Fiacchi. Lucindale - J. Walker 3, R. Mcinerney 2, J. Mcrae , T. Walsh , S. Freeman
Best: Bordertown - S. Pollock, A. Diment, R. Tink, R. Frick, M. Dahlitz, N. Frederick. Kingston - B. Warner, S. Braidwood, J. Austin, T. Baker, J. Gould, T. Gardner. Goals: Bordertown - N. Frederick 6, M. Tober 2, S. Pollock 2, T. Harkness 2, J. Newnham , S. Copestick. Kingston - S. Braidwood 2, T. Baker 2
Best: Keith - T. Redden, L. Ciampa, P. Makin, S. Bradshaw, A. Hunt, A. Bowley. Kyby - T. Cooper , D. Brodie, C. Hanley, J. Mckay, S. Craig, W. Miles. Goals: Keith - A. Hunt 5, J. Snajdar 5, J. Mcentee 5, L. Ciampa 2, P. Makin , T. Redden , T. Mayfield , C. Mcmurray , L. Mitchell. Kyby - T. Cooper 4, C. Slape 3, C. Hanley 3, S. Johnson 2, S. Carberry 2, J. Mckay , C. Buckley , W. Miles
Best: Mundulla - N. Davis, J. McGrice, T. Excell, B. Douglas, J. Milligan, H. Thorpe. Padthaway - P. Featherston, B. Ettridge, B. Gunning, M. Brown, J. Ryan, A. Wanders. Goals: Mundulla - B. Douglas 7, J. Mock 3, T. Excell 2, J. Luckett , N. Davis. Padthaway - B. Gunning 5, T. McLennan 2, M. Edwards , M. Brown , A. Dillon , A. Wanders
ROUND 12 PREVIEW
with Angus Dearlove of The Naracoorte Herald - July 5, 2012
LUCINDALE come off the bye to face top of the table K/L in the KNTFL match of the round.
This is a must-win for Todd Price’s men who, along with Naracoorte, sit four points out of the five, with Mundulla holding fifth and on the same amount of games as Lucindale.
If the Roos lose and Mundulla win at home to Padthaway, it will make Lucindale’s chances of September action much slimmer with a two game buffer between the two.
Sitting above Mundulla, Keith travel to Kyby and will be hoping to keep their buffer on the Moots intact.
They narrowly lost to the Tigers in round one but since then have been faring much better.
Naracoorte have been resurgent of late and travel to Frances to take on a dispirited Border Districts.
A big win here could see the Demons back in the five, something that looked unlikely early in the season.
Brett Gould has been in fine form of late for Naracoorte and will need to be stopped for the Eagles to stand a chance of getting some respectability back into their 2012 season.
In the remaining game, Bordertown travel to Kingston, while Penola have the bye.
KINGSTON ON THE BOARD IN 2011
NARACOORTE WINS AT PADTHAWAY
by Terry Willoughby - July 2, 2012
But Kingston didn’t mind as they won their first game of the season when they defeated Border Districts by 11 points. They booted 6 goals without a miss in the first quarter and extended that lead to 43 points at ½ time. Most Borders players were hardly sighted before ½ time and Sam Braidwood was excellent value up forward and booted 7 goals for Kingston. The 3rd quarter was fairly even but Kingston still had a 38 point lead. Recruit Tom Mackenzie was very good for Kingston, Josh Gould on the backline and mid-fielder Jamie Austin had pushed their team within sight of a win. Borders mounted a serious challenge in the last quarter and booted 6 goals but Kingston held on to win.
Naracoorte cause a major boilover with a 5 goal win over Padthaway. Brett Gould was outstanding for the Demons and booted 5 goals in a best afield display. Naracoorte got on top just before ½ time with four 2nd quarter goals to lead by 5 points. Padthaway tried to get on terms but missed several chances in the 3rd quarter whilst Naracoorte stretched the margin to 14 points. Brodie Borg and Matt Wilson were good around the stoppages for Naracoorte and defenders Atkins, Zak Donnelly and Pope were effective but Gould was the driving force in the win. Padthaway’s best were Scott Galloway in the mid-field, Ben Ettridge and Alistair Dillon but they sorely missed Dylan Dempsey who was at the zone championships. Naracoorte who were without Nathan Smith on Zone Champs duties, kept the Lions to just one goal in the last quarter and booted three to keep their final’s hope flickering.
Keith trailed most of the game against Mundulla but the Moots failed to make the most of their opportunities. Goals were hard to get with defences of both teams having the better of their opponents. Jason Farrier for Keith and veteran Nicky Davis for Mundulla were very good. Both sides scored only a goal each in the 3rd quarter but Keith were just a little bit stronger at the end and scraped in by just 2 points. Better players for the Crows were Paul Makin who finished with 3 goals, Farrier, Jon Wright in defence and Steve Molineux. The consistent on-baller Jake McGrice was again Mundulla’s best ahead of Davis, Luke Wiese and Tyne Excell.
Penola and Kybybolite were never far apart with inaccuracy plaguing both. Kyby had a 14 point lead at the long break with Scott Carberry giving them a real target at full forward with 5 goals but his chances were limited after ½ time. Penola had much more of the play in the 3rd quarter but it didn’t show on the scoreboard as they only led by 2 points. The football was not pretty at all but Penola managed three last quarter goals to one from Kyby to record a win by 12 points.
Kaniva-Leeor United won a low scoring encounter by 34 points over Bordertown. The game was fairly even to ½ time with KLU just 9 points ahead. Jonty Brown, James Turner and Trav Carter had restricted Bordertown’s forwards and Jared Greenbank was terrific around the packs. Steve Copestick was very good on the ball for the Roosters and had good support form Ty Devitt at half-back and Luke Exton on the wing. Greater depth of players enabled KLU to keep Bordertown to just one goal in the 2nd half and you won’t win many games with that. KLU managed to keep control in difficult conditions to win by 34 points and move 6 points clear on top of the ladder.
Round 11 - June 30, 2012
Best: Kingston - T. MacKenzie, J. Gould, J. Austin, S. Braidwood, A. Cunneen, T. Baker. Borders - N. Tarca, G. McWaters, J. Zeuner, D. Owen, S. King, C. Barras. Goals: Kingston - S. Braidwood 7, T. Mackenzie 2, T. Baker 2, T. Borrillo 2, M. Menz 2, J. Gluyas. Borders - C. Barras 6, B. Ellis 2, N. Tarca , S. King , D. Owen , R. Oliver
Best: Naracoorte - B. Gould, B. Borg, M. Willson, T. Atkins, B. Pope, Z. Donnelly. Padthaway - S. Galloway, B. Ettridge, A. Dillon, P. Featherston, M. BROWN, A. Wanders. Goals: Naracoorte - B. Gould 5, S. Logan 2, M. Hartree 2, M. Gill , C. Mifsud. Padthaway - J. Ryan , B. Ryan , B. Carter , B. Gunning , C. Marshall , A. Dillon
Best: Keith - P. Makin, J. Farrier, J. Wright, S. Molineux, A. Hunt, L. Ciampa. Mundulla - J. McGrice, N. Davis, L. Wiese, T. Excell, H. Thorpe, C. Wiese. Goals: Keith - P. Makin 3, A. Hunt 2, J. Snajdar 2, L. Ciampa , L. Mitchell. Mundulla - B. Packer 2, J. Mock 2, T. Excell , S. Luckett , L. Wiese , L. Duell , H. Thorpe , M. Paech
Best: Kaniva Leeor - J. Greenbank, J. Brown, J. Turner, C. Chaston, T. Carter, J. Merrett. Bordertown - S. Copestick, T. Devitt, L. Exton, J. Vunitabua, N. Hampel, M. Tober. Goals: Kaniva Leeor - A. Baxter 2, T. Lannin 2, M. Skrypek 2, A. Brown , L. Oconner , J. Greenbank. Bordertown - S. Copestick 2, M. Hayes , S. Devitt , T. Wheelen
Best: Penola - M. Merrrett, C. Gray, L. Jones, K. Ransom, S. Zadow, J. Doyle. Kybybolite - S. Carberry, C. Buckley, C. Buckley, J. Williams, S. Craig, T. Cooper. Goals: Penola - A. Merrett 3, J. Gale 2, F. Caiapich , L. Jones , J. Pfitzner. Kyby - S. Carberry 5, S. Johnson , T. Cooper
ROUND 11 PREVIEW
with Angus Dearlove of The Naracoorte Herald - June 28, 2012
ROUND 11 of the KNTFL shapes up as a beauty this weekend despite some key players missing from their teams due to the State country championships.
The Naracoorte Demons may be ruing the loss of their skipper Nathan Smith to the Murray SE zone side as they make the trip up the highway to Padthaway.
Smith has been one of Naracoorte’s better players this season and his absence is untimely as Naracoorte found some form last weekend and would be up and about for this clash.
Padthaway will be determined to nip any Naracoorte resurgence in the bud as they try to cover the loss of Dylan Dempsey for the weekend.
In another blow to the Lions, Will Verco has been ruled out with a broken leg, joining brother George on the sidelines.
Jason Degabriele is also in doubt through injury so Naracoorte will fancy themselves a real chance to claim their second upset in a row.
Further north, Keith and Mundulla do battle in a Tatiara showdown.
Keith will be reeling after a shock loss to Naracoorte last weekend and will be hoping that McEntee and Bradshaw can return to cover the loss of championship player Jason Farrier.
Mundulla should be buoyed after a strong win over Penola last weekend and will be a real chance to consign Keith to back-to-back defeats.
Kybybolite travel south to Penola with both teams scratching for a win to keep their ever-fading finals hopes alive.
Penola may be without Luke Duncan, who is due to captain the Murray SE zone at the country championships in Berri.
Kyby’s Ray Jaensch is listed as an emergency for the side but it is unknown whether he will be making the trip.
The Tigers had a bye last weekend so may be fresher than Penola who were run ragged by Mundulla.
In a bottom of the table clash, Border Districts host Kingston at Frances.
Kingston will fancy this their best chance for a win so far this season and will certainly be up to try and knock the Eagles off.
In their loss to Padthaway Jamie Austin, Andrew Cunneen, Ben Gibbs and Tom Borrillo held up their end well and if they echo that performance they just might drag their team over the line.
Borders had few winners in the match against K/L but key defender Jay Zeuner and ruckman George McWaters could hold their heads high along with Corey Burr and Clint Robinson.
They will be looking for similar performances from these players to avoid the embarrassment of being Kingston’s first scalp since 2010.
In the final match, Bordertown host K/L in a top of the table clash.
Both sides are coming off a win last weekend and have been in good form throughout the year.
K/L sit two points ahead by way of a draw to Padthaway and a win here to the Roosters will see them leapfrogged for top spot.
• On recommendation from the independent investigator, a Penola player faced the league tribunal last night in relation to an incident in the Penola v Kingston match on June 2.
Kingston footballer David Werner was injured in the match, which was eventually called off in a league first because of the time lost in treating his injury. Visit the Herald website to find out the tribunal result.
DEMONS UPSET CROWS WHILE NO CHANGE IN TOP THREE
by Terry Willoughby - June 25, 2012
Naracoorte showed their best form for the season against Keith but still only remain an outside chance for the top five. Most of their quality players stood up with big games from Nathan Smith on the ball, Brett Gould around goal and Craig Beggs in the ruck. Naracoorte led throughout the first half but Keith were never far away but struggled to convert their chances into goals. Naracoorte blew the game apart in the 3rd term when they dominated all over the ground and added 10 goals to 2 and lead by 73 points. Matt Wilson, Jamie Bettoncelli and Brodie Borg aided by Smith and Gould took complete control and the forwards Logan and Hartree finished of the work. Jason Snajdar with 5 goals battled against the odds for Keith, Jason Farrier and Paul Makin battled hard but the rest were swamped in the goal rush. Naracoorte eased up a little in the finish but were never really threatened and won by 55 points.
Meanwhile the top three teams all had good wins to emphasise their premiership credentials. Padthaway kept winless Kingston scoreless for two quarters whilst dominating everywhere else on the ground. A 9 goal 1st quarter ended any forlorn hope for Kingston as the Lions bolted to a 67 point lead at half time time. Alistair Dillon across halfback was a constant stumbling block and forwards Jarryd Dolling, 7 goals and Ben Gunning 5 couldn’t even make it into the best players. The lead increased at every change as the Lions strolled in, easy winners by 108 points. Dillon, Matt Roscow and Dylan Dempsey were best in the runaway win.
Border Districts were no match for league leader Kaniva-Leeor United who piled on 8 goals to none in the 2nd quarter with every player seeming to be in on the goal-kicking. Small man Matt Skrypek was unstoppable and Dylan Williams whether on the ball or up forward were too good for their opponents and booted 4 goals each. Borders had a brief moment of glory with 5 goals in the 3rd term but still trailed by 61 points. KLU again outscored them in the last quarter and despite inaccuracy won easily by 79 points. Skrypek, Williams, James Turner and Neil Reeve were best for KLU. Jay Zeuner and George McWaters tried hard for Borders who only have one team below them on the ladder.
Bordertown and Lucindale had a closely fought 1st half with never more than a few points separating them. Scores were level at quarter-time with only one goal each on the board. The Roosters gradually gained control in the 3rd term, outscoring Lucindale with 3 unanswered goals to lead by 25 points. Kane Cuthbertson and Nick Brewer had shut out the Lucindale forwards and Steve Copestick and Josh Searle excelled around the mid-field. Lucindale struggled to go forward and Bordertown continued have more willing workers. They kept Lucindale to just one goal in the 2nd half and won comfortably by 37 points. Cuthbertson, Brewer, Copestick, Searle and another mid-fielder in Jerry Vunitabua were best for Bordertown in a strong team win. Lucindale now sit just outside the 5 with a bye next week and some tough games following. Better players for them were Tim Walsh on the ball, Henry Legoe and Travis Ware but the rest were kept well in check.
Mundulla put their stamp on the game against Penola with 8 goals in the 1st quarter. Last week’s giant-killers were never allowed to get into the game with ultra-consistent Jake McGrice starring around the packs, Luke Weise, Grady Obst and reliable Nick Davis in defence had too much class and forced Penola wide when going forward. Adam Merrett was the Eagles only winner in the forward line and even though he booted 7 goals his opportunities were restricted. The Moots extended their lead in each quarter and won handsomely by 62 points.
Round 10 - June 23, 2012
Best: Naracoorte - Nathan Smith, Brett Gould, Matt Willson, Jamie Bettoncelli, Brodie Borg, Craig Beggs. Keith : Jason Snajdar, Paul Makin, Jason Farrier, Nathan Heinrich, Seamus Mcmurray, Nick Hunt. Goals: Naracoorte - Brett Gould 4, Zak Donnelly 3, Sam Logan 3, Mitchell Hartree 3, Brodie Borg 3, Matt Willson 2, Matt Gill 1, Nathan Smith 1, Michael Childs 1. Keith: Jason Snajdar 5, Jason Farrier 3, Paul Makin 2, Luke Ciampa 1, Kane O'Loughlin 1
Best: Bordertown - Kane Cuthbertson, Jerry Vunitabua, Nicholas Brewer, Steven Copestick, Joshua Searle, Thomas Wheelen. Lucindale: Timothy Walsh, Henry Legoe, Travis Ware, Kyle Press, Shane Mcgurk, Tristan Menz. Goals: Bordertown - Steven Pollock 3, Joshua Searle 2, Thomas Wheelen 2, Ryan Frick 1, Josh Newnham 1, Maddy Hayes 1, Angus Diment 1, Tim Harkness 1, Jed Jarrett 1. Lucindale: Ryan McInerney 3, Travis Ware 3, Lachlan Bryant 1
Best: Padthaway - Alastair Dillon, Matthew Roscow, Dylan Dempsey, Scott Galloway, Tom McLennan, Aaron Wanders. Kingston - Jamie Austin, Andrew Cunneen, Benjamin Gibbs, Tom Gardner, Matthew Austin, Sam Gardner. Goals: Padthaway. Goals: Padthaway - Jarryd Dolling 7, Ben Gunning 5, Tom Mclennan 4, Michael Hoffmann 3, Aaron Wanders 3, Peter Featherston 1, Bradley Carter 1. Kingston - Thomas Borrillo 3, Ben Teakle 1, Henry Rothall 1, Jacob Brown 1, Matthew Austin 1, Jamie Austin 1
Best: Kaniva Leeor - Matthew Skrypek, Dylan Williams, James Turner, Neil Reeve, Jared Greenbank, Shane Dodson. Border Districts - Jay Zeuner, George Mcwaters, Corey Burr, Clinton Robinson, Daniel Owen, Mark Lemon. Goals: Kaniva Leeor - Matthew Skrypek 4, Dylan Williams 4, Jonathon Hicks 3, Neil Reeve 1, Jared Greenbank 1, Christopher Chaston 1, Luke O’Conner 1, Travis Lannin 1, Alex Brown 1, Anthony Carlile 1, Joshua Merrett 1. Border Districts: Clint Barras 3, Jason Saunderson 2, Corey Burr 1, Mark Lemon 1, Clinton Robinson 1, Dylan Adams 1
Best: Mundulla - Jake McGrice, Luke Wiese, Grady Obst, Nicky Davis, Craig Wiese, Lachlan Duell. Penola - Adam Merrett, Nick Clayfield, Mathew Merrrett, Max McPherson, Corey Gray, Lachlan Jones. Goals: Mundulla - Jonathan Mock 6, Sam Luckett 4, Boyd Packer 3, Lachlan Duell 3, Darren Wiese 2, Mark Paech 2, Jack Luckett 1, Luke Wiese 1, Jake McGrice 1. Penola - Adam Merrett 7, Lachlan Jones 2, Frank Caiapich 1, Luke Duncan 1, Tom Clayfield 1, Kane Ransom 1
ROUND 10 PREVIEW
with Angus Dearlove of The Naracoorte Herald - June 21, 2012
FOUR of the top five positions on the KNTFL ladder appear set, with all eyes turning onto the contests for fifth and for the double chance.
Lucindale currently sit in fifth, just percentage ahead of Mundulla. The Roos are fresh off a comfortable win over Border Districts and host Bordertown who had the bye last week and are fighting to remain in the top three and secure a double chance.
Travis Ware was right on top of his game with 10 goals last week and his showdown with Bordertown gun forward Nathan Frederick will be an interesting side note to the story of the game.
Mundulla host Penola with both teams coming off good wins.
Mundulla had a five goal win at Kybybolite and have looked good at certain stages this year, while Penola have been up and down in their three wins.
They will consider themselves favourites for this game and may get a handy boost with Lucindale facing a tougher task against the Roosters.
K/L can further consolidate their spot at the top with a win over Border Districts at Kaniva.
The Cougars drew against Padthaway last week and will be a tough task for the Eagles who have not won a game since round three.
Tricky small forward Clint Barras kicked 10 goals against Lucindale last week and surely would have to replicate that to give Borders any chance of an upset.
Keith make the trip down the Riddoch Hwy to play Naracoorte in an important match for their season. Naracoorte’s season looks all but over after a loss to Penola last weekend, with injuries to Simon Cox (leg) and Drew Myall (broken arm) compounding the misery.
With Padthaway taking on Kingston in a game that they should win, it is important for both Keith and Bordertown not to drop their games, with all three sitting on 24 points.
• The league investigation into an incident in the Kingston v Penola match on June 2 is underway and is expected to be completed soon.
League president Kym Hebberman said action would be decided based on the findings of the investigating officer, Senior Sergeant Dave Thomas.
“It is in the hands of the investigating officer,” he said.
DRAWN GAME AT PADTHAWAY
by Terry Willoughby - Monday 18 June 2002
Kaniva Leeor United appeared to have Padthaway’s measure for most of the day and led at every change. They seemed to have covered the Lion’s powerful midfield with on-baller Jared Greenbank starring and Ash Baxter in top form at centre half-forward, Dylan Williams was also giving his opponents the run around on the forward line and KLU held 16 point lead at ½ time. Try as they might Padthaway just couldn’t close down the KLU forwards and the lead was 27 points at the last change. Early goals to the Lions lifted the team and they charged back into contention with Peter Featherston and Jason Dicker leading the way, ball magnet Dylan Dempsey and defender Mitch Gibbs kepoint forcing the ball forward as KLU battled to keep them out. The margin closed right up as Padthaway challenged but the siren would come with both teams locked together on 106 points, a draw, and probably a fitting result. Baxter, Greenbank, Dylan Williams with 5 goals and Neil Reeve at half-back were best for KLU. Featherston, Dicker, Mitch Gibbs and Dempsey nearly got Padthaway home.
Penola’s fighting win over former league power Naracoorte has probably ended the Demon’s finals hopes for the season in the KNTFL. The game was close throughout but Penola snatched a small lead in the 1st quarter and extended it close to ½ time with 4 goals to two in the 2nd term. Former coach Luke Duncan was in everything for Penola and Spence Jackman and Jacob Pfitzner were winning plenty of kicks across the centre. Naracoorte mounted a 3rd quarter challenge but wayward kicking hampered their efforts. The gap was down to 14 points at ¾ time and Naracoorte looked threatening. Brett Gould was doing plenty of work around the midfield and Myall and Bettocelli were doing well for Naracoorte. The last quarter was a dour struggle with Penola restricted to just one goal but Naracoorte still had goal-kicking yips and fell 4 points short. Duncan, Nick Clayfield and Jackman were best for Penola and Gould, Drew Myall and Bettoncelli for Naracoorte who are now three games adrift of the top five.
Border Districts had their best day for the year, on the scoreboard anyway, but still ended up on the losing side against Lucindale. A nine goals to zip 1st quarter sealed the Eagles fate. The goal tally was even for the rest of the game but Lucindale with forwards Todd Price (8 goals) and Travis Ware (10) on fire raced out to an 81 point lead at ¾ time. Ruckman Tim Walsh had dominated the stoppages and around the ground gave plenty of chances to his running brigade, Daniel McCarthy and Ryan McInerney in the midfield outclassed their opponents. Despite the big margin Borders charged home with 8 last quarter goals with Clint Barras finishing with 10 but he lacked the assistance that marked Lucindale’s forward line. The margin was 55 points in Lucindales’ favour and cements their place in the five.
Mundulla were given a fright by a resurgent Kybybolite especially in the middle quarters. The Moots raced to a 32 point lead at quarter time and were quite impressive with both Jon Mock and Jason Milligan handy around goal. Kyby hit back strongly in the 2nd quarter with Scott Carberry showing his best form in ages and defenders Ray Jaensch and Adam Vasey restricted the Moot forwards. Kyby booted 7 goals to nil and went to ½ time with a 10 point lead. Mundulla were stung by the fightback and lifted through McGrice and Thorpe around the midfield and Kyby were battling to hold them out. The Moots led narrowly by 2 points at the last change but had now regained the ascendancy of earlier. They kicked right away with 8 goals to three in the last quarter to win comfortably by 32 points as Kyby’s challenge faded. Milligan was best for Mundulla and also kicked 5 goals, Jake McGrice, Heath Thorpe, Sam Luckett and small man Jon Mock with 5 goals played well. Vasey, Jaensch, Stephen Craig and Carberry with 6 goals were Kyby’s best.
Keith had a good 60 point win over winless Kingston. They set up the win with an 8 goal burst in the 1st quarter. Kingston had a good 2nd term when they booted 6 goals but couldn’t stop the Crows from adding another three and the ½ time gap was 26 points in Keith’s favour. The Crows’ extended the lead with key forwards Snajdar and McEntee each kicking 4 goals but many others were managing to find space around the forward line as the lead blew out to 52 points at ¾ time. Luke Ciampa again headed the best in the ruck for Keith and he had strong support from Paul Makin, Andrew Wilson and Luke Mitchell. Kingston’s best were Ben Gibbs, Sam Braidwood up forward and Matt Menz in the centre.
Round 9 - June 16, 2012
Best: Padthaway - Peter Featherston, Jason Dicker, Mitchell Gibbs, Dylan Dempsey, Matthew Roscow, Will Verco. K L United: Ashley Baxter, Jared Greenbank, Dylan Williams, Neil Reeve, Bill Bartholomew, Shane Vivian. Goals: Padthaway - Ben Gunning 4, Jason Dicker 3, Tom Mclennan 2, Samuel Brown 2, Will Verco 1, Dylan Dempsey 1, Matthew Roscow 1, Paul Elsden 1, Aaron Wanders 1. K L United A Grade: Dylan Williams 5, Ashley Baxter 3, Jared Greenbank 3, Shane Vivian 2, Travis Lannin 1, Neil Reeve 1, Sebastian Guilhaus 1
Best: Penola - Luke Duncan, Nick Clayfield, Spencer Jackman, Jacob Pfitzner, Matt Ferguson, Mathew Merrrett. Naracoorte: Brett Gould, Drew Myall, Jamie Bettoncelli, Nathan Smith, Matt Willson, Brodie Borg. Goals; Penola - Luke Duncan 2, Adam Merrett 2, Frank Caiapich 1, Oliver March 1, Angus Smibert 1, Lachlan Jones 1, Daniel Hutchings 1, Nick Clayfield 1, Matt Ferguson 1. Naracoorte A Grade : Simon Cox 3, Brett Gould 2, Nathan Smith 2, Matt Gill 1, Brodie Borg 1
Best: Keith -- L. Ciampa, P. Makin, A. Wilson, L. Mitchell, N. Hunt, J. Wright. Kingston - B. Gibbs, S. Braidwood, M. Menz, J. Steele, J. Gould, R. Clarke. Goals: Keith - J. Mcentee 4, J. Snajdar 4, K. O''loughlin 2, P. Makin 2, C. Mcmurray 2, L. Mitchell , J. Farrier , J. Smart , A. Hunt , A. Wilson , T. Mayfield , N. Hunt. Kingston - S. Braidwood 3, T. Borrillo 2, M. Hamlyn , T. Mcgovern , J. Steele , A. Stenner , B. Teakle , R. Clarke , J. Mattner , J. Gluyas
Best: Lucindale - Travis Ware, Daniel McCarthy, Timothy Walsh, Ryan McInerney, Tristan Menz, Henry Legoe. Border Districts: Clint Barras, Clinton Robinson, George Mcwaters, Jay Zeuner, Sean King, Rodney Oliver. Goals: Lucindale - Travis Ware 10, Todd Price 8, Ryan Mcinerney 3, Tristan Menz 2, Daniel Mccarthy 2, Timothy Walsh 1, Aaron Smart 1. Border Districts: Clint Barras 10, Sean King 3, Mark Lemon 2, Mark Ellis 1, Rodney Oliver 1, Jason Saunderson 1
Best: Mundulla - Jason Milligan, Jake McGrice, Heath Thorpe, Sam Luckett, Jonathan Mock, Nicky Davis. Kybybolite: Adam Vasey, Ray Jaensch, Stephen Craig, Scott Carberry, Ciaran Buckley, Carl Slape. Goals: Mundulla - Jason Milligan 5, Jonathan Mock 5, Boyd Packer 2, Heath Thorpe 2, Darren Wiese 2, Grady Obst 1, Jack Luckett 1, Jake McGrice 1. Kybybolite: Scott Carberry 6, Stephen Craig 2, Ciaran Buckley 2, Samuel Johnson 2, Carl Slape 1, Jamie Bittner 1
ROUND 9 PREVIEW
with Angus Dearlove of The Naracoorte Herald - June 14, 2012
IT is a big cat showdown in the KNTFL this weekend at Padthaway as Kaniva/Leeor United roll into town in the match of the round.
A win to the Cougars will see Bordertown’s short stint at the top of the ladder over the long weekend come to an end.
Before the bye, K/L suffered its first loss of the season to Keith and will be looking to atone against fellow contenders Padthaway.
Neither team had players representing the KNTFL in interleague, so they will be fresh.
Much centres on how K/L can stop livewire Padthaway forward Ben Gunning, who has consistently got on the scoreboard and is right up there in the league’s goalkicking award, while United has a multi-pronged attack.
Keith host Kingston in what should be a simple task for the Crows.
The Saints have improved this year but Keith are still a few levels above, with McEntee and Snadjar imposing up forward with silver service from the likes of Farrier and Wilson.
Naracoorte head down the highway to Penola hoping to back up a good result against Kyby in their last outing.
What would please Demons supporters was the form of big forward Simon Cox, who came back in after injury and picked up right where he left off.
After a controversial end to their last match it will be interesting to see how Penola respond this week.
Kybybolite host Mundulla with the two Tigers looking to keep their faint finals hopes alive.
Their Moot opponents are still right in contention and will need to account for Kyby in order to keep touch with the ladder leaders.
Lucindale head east to Goroke to take on second to bottom Border Districts.
With a few names to come back into the side, the Roos should easily account for a struggling Eagles outfit.
Lucindale was well represented at interleague last weekend and the quality of those players along with others who didn’t play at Murray Bridge should hold them in good stead.
In Borders’ favour, Goroke has seemed to yield positive results for the club in recent times with their only win in 2012 coming in round three at Goroke against Kybybolite.
KNTFL WELL BEATEN IN INTER-LEAGUE AT MURRAY BRIDGE
2.3 5.8 9.12 14,14 (98)
KOWREE, NARACOORTE & TATIARA
1.0 3.3 5.5 8.6 (54)
Best: River Murray - Mathew Brunoli, Craig Harvey, Daniel Girdham, Jacob Bowen, Nick Wark, Matthew Thompson. KNTFL: Ray Jaensch, Mark Snowball, Andrew Wilson, Kane Cuthbertson, Luke Duncan, Jed Jarrett Goals, Goals: River Murray - Chris Ladhams 3, Nick Wark 3, Philip Smith 2, Jacob Bowen 1, Daniel Girdham 1, Gene Robinson 1, Christopher Hall 1, Luke Harrowfield 1, Corey Jones 1. KNTFL : Andrew Wilson 2, Mathew Merrrett 2, Luke Duncan 1, Grady Obst 1, Travis Ware 1, Lachlan Jones 1
SELECTED SIDES FOR SATURDAY'S INTER-LEAGUE
CLASH WITH RIVER MURRAY AT MURRAY BRIDGE
KANIVA LEEOR SUFFER FIRST LOSS
Round 8 wrap with Terry Willoughby, June 4 2012
Keith also had straight kicking to thank for their 7 point win over Kaniva-Leeor United. Jason Snajdar was the key forward who fired this time with 7 good goals. The Keith Crows trailed narrowly at ½ and ¾ time but KLU couldn’t put them away despite having more of the play. Keith kept coming and booted 4 last quarter goals as KLU missed several chances to seal a victory. Tom Mayfield was best for Keith, Luke Ciampa in the ruck, Snajdar at full forward and veteran Nick Hunt played well in the 7 point win. KLU were not disgraced and will bounce back quickly. Jared Greenbank, Shane Dodson and Ash Baxter were good for KLU.
Bordertown keptBorder Districts scoreless in the first quarter and piled on 9 goals to end the game as a contest. The Roosters more than doubled Borders score by ½ time as players went on a goal kicking spree. Nathan Frederick led the way with 8 goals as the Roosters added a lazy 11 goals in the 3rd quarter with little pressure being applied by the hapless Borders. The margin widened to 130 points by the finish, a healthy percentage booster with Bordertown on top of the KNT ladder. Steve Copestick was best on ground ahead of Sam Devitt, Matt Downie and Ty Devitt. The Roosters had 13 different goal kickers to highlight the dominance.
Straight kicking kept Lucindale in front for the first three quarters over Padthaway in an entertaining game. Josh Walker, mid-fielder Ryan McInerney and Dan McCarthy were playing well and kept the Lions powerful on-ballers relatively under control. Lucindale stretched their lead to 17 points at the last change but Padthaway weren’t done with. The Lions piled on 9 last quarter goals to blow Lucindale away. On-ballers Aaron Wanders and Dylan Dempsey took control as Lucindale faded. Ben Gunning finished off their work with 6 goals to maintain his average and Peter Featherston was best afield. Walker, McInereney and the McCarthy’s Dan and Kane were best for Lucindale but the Lions were irresistible and won by 29 points.
Naracoorte with key forwards Simon Cox and Sam Logan getting 6 and 3 goals respectively had too much at stake to lose again after some indifferent recent form. With Brett Gould winning at ground level and Nathan Smith starring Naracoorte stormed to a 49 point lead after booting 9 goals to one in the 2nd quarter. Kyby never threatened after ½ time as Naracoorte stretched the lead to 61 points at the last change and cruised home to win by 55 points. Nathan Smith was outstanding for Naracoorte and Craig Beggs had his best game for the year but goal kicking forwards made the difference. Tom Cooper, Dave Arnold and Adam Vasey battled hard for Kyby.
Round 8 - June 2, 2012
Best: Keith - Thomas Mayfield, Luke Ciampa, Jason Snajdar, Luke (Stephen) Mitchell, Shane Semler, Nick Hunt. Kaniva Leeor - Jared Greenbank, Shane Dodson, Ashley Baxter, Sebastian Guilhaus, Todd Dickinson, Neil Reeve. Goals: Keith - Jason Snajdar 7, James McEntee 2, Nick Hunt 2. Kaniva Leeor - Ashley Baxter 3, Dylan Williams 2, James Turner 1, Jared Greenbank 1, Brad Witmitz 1.
Best: Padthaway - Peter Featherston, Aaron Wanders, Dylan Dempsey, Will Verco, Samuel Brown, Scott Galloway. Lucindale - Joshua Walker, Ryan Mcinerney, Daniel Mccarthy, Kane Mccarthy, Anthony Laurencic, Timothy Walsh. Goals: Padthaway - Ben Gunning 6, Tom Mclennan 3, Cody Marshall 2, Dylan Dempsey 2, Peter Featherston 1, Will Verco 1. Lucindale - Todd Price 3, Joshua Walker 3, Ryan Mcinerney 2, Jack Mcrae 2, Shane Mcgurk 1, Lachlan Bryant 1
Best: Naracoorte - Nathan Smith, Matt Willson, Brett Gould, Zak Donnelly, Craig Beggs, Sid Patterson. Kyby - Tom Cooper , David Arnold, Adam Vasey, Marcus Hawthorne, Nicholas Jenkin, Christopher Hanley. Goals: Naracoorte - Brett Gould 6, Simon Cox 6, Sam Logan 3, Nathan Smith 2, Matt Gill 1, Kane Donnelly 1, Matt Willson 1. Kyby - Stephen Craig 3, Samuel Johnson 3, Caolan Buckley 2, Christopher Hanley 1, Duncan Ogilvie 1, Michael Pannell 1
Best: Bordertown - Steven Copestick, Sam Devitt, Matthew Downie, Ty Devitt, Hayden Paech, Thomas Wheelen. Border Dists - Corey Burr, Clinton Robinson, Sean King, Kieran Flanigan, Mark Lemon, Clint Barras. Goals: Bordertown - Nathan Frederick 8, Steven Pollock 4, Thomas Wheelen 4, Jed Jarrett 3, Owen Butler 2, Maddy Hayes 2, Nicholas Brewer 1, Luke Exton 1, Sam Devitt 1, Steven Copestick 1, Angus Diment 1, Ty Devitt 1, Lachlan Eats 1. Border Dists - Clint Barras 4, Sean King 3, Corey Burr 1, Mark Lemon 1, Dylan Adams 1
Best: Penola - Luke Duncan, Kane Ransom, Spencer Jackman, Philip Lambert, Matt Ferguson, Mathew Merrrett. Kingston Benjamin Gibbs, Jacob Brown, Matthew Menz, Craig Cooper, Jason Mattner, Jesse Curkpatrick. Goals: Penola - Luke Duncan 2, Adam Merrett 2, Matt Ferguson 2, Frank Caiapich 1, Oliver March 1, Angus Smibert 1, Max McPherson 1, Daniel Hutchings 1. Kingston - Josh Gluyas 2, Sam Braidwood 1, Thomas Borrillo 1
ROUND 8 PREVIEW
with Angus Dearlove of The Naracoorte Herald - May 31, 2012
NARACOORTE and Kybybolite do battle at Naracoorte in a good old fashioned showdown as round eight of the KNTFL kicks off on Saturday.
No matter the respective fortunes of either side, this game is almost always a close encounter.
There is certainly no love lost between the Demons and Tigers, who have a history of physical encounters and tense rivalry.
Both teams have been up in recent years, but Naracoorte hold a clear lead in the head-to-head battles, with Kybybolite looking to change that this time around.
In an equally intriguing encounter, Lucindale host Padthaway with the Roos looking to bounce back from a big loss to Keith last weekend.
Travis Ware was in form for the reigning premiers with five goals in the loss while Kane McCarthy, Aaron Smart, Tim Walsh and Tristan Menz held their end up.
Their opponents in Padthaway flexed their muscles against Bordertown last week and came away with a good win at home.
Ben Gunning kicked seven in yet another sterling performance from the electric forward pocket while Dylan Dempsey, Jason Degabriele, Jason Dicker, and Peter Featherstone played well for the Lions.
Kingston host Penola in what could be the Saints’ best chance for a win in quite a while.
They will be hoping some of their key players recover from niggling injuries sustained in the last couple of weeks, while their opponents in Penola will be buoyed by a spirited showing against Kaniva/Leeor last weekend.
Keith make the drive across to Kaniva to take on the all-conquering Cougars.
Much will centre on James McEntee and whether he can back up his 13 goals for the Crows last weekend.
Finally, Border Districts return from the bye and their 2012 doesn’t get any easier as they come up against Bordertown, who’d be stinging from their loss to Padthaway last weekend.
It has been tough for the Eagles so far this season and they will be hard-pressed to find another four points away from home.
JAMES McENTEE DOMINATES LUCINDALE WITH 13 GOAL HAUL
Report from Terry Willoughby, May 29 2012
James McEntee went on a goal-kicking rampage to boot 13 as Keith thrashed last years KNT premier Lucindale by 61 points. The Crows started well and never let up. They piled on 14 goals by ½ time and led by 51 points. McEntee was monstering all comers and Lucindale were powerless to stop him. Ruckman Luke Ciampa starred in the ruck against quality opposition and Jason Farrier and Jon Wilson played well. Keith had a breather in the 3rd quarter and Lucindale clawed back the margin to 32 points but Keith raced away with another 6 goals in the last. Kane McCarthy and former coach Aaron Smart tried hard and Travis Ware kicked 5 goals but Lucindale were outplayed.
Kybybolite were made to work hard by an improving Kingston who just didn’t have enough fire-power. The Tigers led at every change before finishing strongly to win by 40 points. Ruckman Dave Arnold was best for Kyby ahaead of Adam Vasey, Sam Johnson 3 goals and Jamie Bittner 4. Kingston continue to threaten but just fell short, Jason Mattner and Ben Gibbs were their best and Sam Braidwood got 4 goals.
Mundulla took a 20 point lead at quarter-time against Naracoorte and kept in front throughout. The Moots weren’t brilliant but had enough good players contributing to hold off a last quarter fightback by Naracoorte who are now languishing in the bottom half of the ladder. Boyd Packer was again lively around goals and booted 5. Consistent performers Grady Obst and Jake McGrice also stood out . Naracoorte’s best were the usuals, Nathan Smith and Mitch Hartree but they went down by 9 points.
Padthaway led from the start and appeared headed for a comfortable win over Bordertown but just held on in the end. The 1st half was even with the Lions leading by 10 points. Ball-magnets Dylan Dempsey and Jason Degabrielle were starring and Ben Gunnings 7 goals provided a safe avenue to goal. The Lions took control in the 3rd quarter and kicked out to a 28 point lead at the last change. Bordertown were unable to prevent goals at crucial stages but they held the Lions to just 2 points in the last quarter but couldn’t quite close the gap and went down by 8 points. Jerry Vunitabua and Maddy Hayes were strong all day for the Roosters but Padthaways powerful on-ballers are difficult to contain.
Penola jumped out of the blocks at home to lead Kaniva Leeor by 25 points at the first change. But the visitors got their game going in the second term to kick eight goals to one to win by 23 points.
Round 7 - May 27, 2012
Best: Keith - J. McEntee, L. Ciampa, J. Farrier, J. Wilson, T. Mayfield, J. Wright. Lucindale - K. McCarthy, A. Smart, T. Smith, D. McCarthy, T. Walsh, T. Menz. Goals: Keith - James McEntee 13, T. Mayfield 2, P. Makin , A. Wilson , J. Snajdar , L. Mitchell , J. Wilson. Lucindale - T. Ware 5, L. Bryant 2, M. Snowball , K. Agnew , A. Smart
Best:: Mundulla - Grady Obst, Jake McGrice, Luke Wiese, Boyd Packer, Mark Paech, Lachlan Duell. Naracoorte:
Nathan Smith, Mitchell Hartree, Brodie Borg, Kane Donnelly, Nicholas Boon, Matt Willson. Goals: Mundulla - Boyd Packer 5, Mark Paech 2, Jarred Wiese 1, Jason Milligan 1, Luke Wiese 1, Jake Mcgrice 1, Heath Thorpe 1, Darren Wiese 1. Naracoorte - Sam Logan 3, Drew Myall 2, Matt Gill 1, Kane Donnelly 1, Matt Willson 1, Sid Patterson 1, Simon Cox 1, Sam Henschke 1
Best: Kaniva Leeor - Jared Greenbank, Matthew Skrypek, Sebastian Guilhaus, James Turner, Shane Vivian, Christopher Chaston. Penola - Simon Zadow, Spencer Jackman, Luke Duncan, Kane Ransom, Bradley Maney, Lachlan Jones. Goals: Kaniva Leeor - Ashley Baxter 3, Dylan Williams 3, Christopher Chaston 1, Jared Greenbank 1, Daniel Stimson 1, Benjamin Hawker 1, Matthew Skrypek 1, Brad Witmitz 1, Todd Dickinson 1. Penola - Luke Duncan 3, Frank Caiapich 2, Angus Smibert 1, Brayden Kelly 1, Kane Ransom 1, Spencer Jackman 1
Best: Padthaway - Dylan Dempsey, Jason Degabriele, Jason Dicker, Ben Gunning, Peter Featherston, Scott Galloway. Bordertown: Steven Copestick, Jed Jarrett, Rory Tink, Ryan Frick, Maddy Hayes, Jerry Vunitabua. Goals: Padthaway - Ben Gunning 7, Tom McLennan 2, Dylan Dempsey 2, Cody Marshall 1, Jason Dicker 1, Aaron Wanders 1. Bordertown -
Nathan Frederick 4, Maddy Hayes 3, Tim Harkness 2, Nicholas Hampel 1, Steven Copestick 1, Jed Jarrett 1
Best: Kyby - David Arnold, Adam Vasey, Samuel Johnson, Jamie Bittner, Ciaran Buckley, Jack Mckay. Kingston: Jason Mattner, Benjamin Gibbs, Andrew Cunneen, Sam Braidwood, Tyson Baker, Jacob Brown. Goals: Kyby - Samuel Johnson 4, Christopher Hanley 4, Jamie Bittner 3, Ray Jaensch 1, Mathew Drury 1, Matt Stilsby 1, Tom Cooper 1. Kingston - Sam Braidwood 4, Ashley Stenner 2, Thomas Borrillo 2, Jamie Austin 1, Tyler Baker 1
ROUND 7 PREVIEW
with Angus Dearlove of The Naracoorte Herald - May 24, 2012
KANIVA/Leeor United have been the real surprise packet this year, coming out of nowhere to take the KNTFL by storm.
They currently have a perfect record and sit on top of the ladder by percentage over Bordertown.
They are coming off a 100 point demolition of former contenders Kybybolite, where they ran all over the embattled Tigers.
Fast movement of the ball, domination in the air and a wide range of goalkickers served them well.
Recruits Jared Greenbank and Seb Guilhaus have proved to be handy additions, complementing the already talent-laden list at Cougar land.
Earlier recruits Matt Skrypek, Ashley Baxter and Anthony Carlile have also all been solid this year.
Their opponents this week in Penola have yet to really get going and would be hard pressed to compete with a tough K/L outfit.
Luke Duncan and Spencer Jackman played serviceable games for Penola last week and Phil Lambert battled on well in the ruck.
These three will shoulder much responsibility for Penola’s performance in this match.
Tony Porter’s men will be hoping for a good showing in front of a home crowd as they search for their second win of the year.
Up the Riddoch Hwy north of Naracoorte, Padthaway host Bordertown in what should be a hotly contested encounter between two sides who should feature highly in September.
The Lions started slowly at Frances last weekend but kicked into gear and never looked back as they took apart Border Districts.
Instrumental in their win was the quick ball movement of players such as Will Verco and Cody Marshall, who ran the Eagles off their legs.
Ben Gunning was again a key mover up forward with six goals.
Opponents Bordertown are equal top with K/L and comfortably accounted for Keith last weekend.
Kane Cuthbertson and Nic Brewer had a good day against Keith and will require close attention by Padthaway.
Reigning premiers Lucindale are just finding form and travel to Keith.
After a so-so start, the Kangaroos have hit form with big men Tim Walsh and Mark Snowball having an influence as large as their collective heights.
Stan Freeman and Josh Walker are another couple of Lucindale players enjoying a fine run of form.
For Keith, Luke Ciampa, Andrew Wilson and Nick Hunt have been consistently good through the season and their teammates will look to them to provide the grunt of the Crows efforts.
Kybybolite host the improving Kingston in what may be a danger game for Scott Carberry’s men.
They will be hurting after a couple of years at the top which nearly broke their long-standing drought but yielded nothing, and now they are close to the bottom.
The struggling Kingston Saints have not won a game since defeating Keith in round 16, 2010, but will fancy themselves a real chance this weekend after they pushed Mundulla all the way last week.
The round finishes off with Naracoorte travelling to Mundulla.
The Demons have had a rocky ride this season, much of it spent without key forward Simon Cox.
Mundulla are looking to win to keep in touch with the top sides and it will be a tough ask for Naracoorte.
Border Districts have the bye.
ROUND 6 REPORT
By Terry Willoughby, May 21 2012
Kaniva-Leeor United inflicted a second thrashing on Kybybolite in two weeks when they romped in by 104 points. Early inaccuracy kept Kyby in touch but only temporarily. Kyby found goals hard to get after quarter time and trailed by 45 points at ½ time. KLU had plenty of forward options and the Kyby defence was powerless to stop them. Anthony Carlile, James Turner and Jared Greenbank starred for KLU who pounded the goals after the long break. Kyby were very poor and only Tom Cooper, Ray Jaensch and Chris Hanley showed much fight.
Lucindale raced away from Penola after a hard fought 1st half. Key mid-fielders Ryan McInerney, Travis Ware and Daniel McCarthy broke free in the 3rd quarter and big man Tim Walsh booted 4 goals as Penola’s resistance crumbled. A further 6 goals in the last quarter saw Lucindale win easily by 56 points. Penola left too much to too few with Nick Clayfield, Luke Duncan and Spencer Jackman doing best.
Padthaway increased their lead at every change against Border Districts who are languishing near the bottom of the ladder. Classy mid-fielder Jason Degabrielle and Cody Marshall were too good for their opposition and consistent Ben Gunning booted 6 goals. A strong 2nd half saw the Lions boot 13 goals to Borders 8 and win by 59 points.
Mundulla survived narrowly against an improved Kingston to win by just 4 points. The scores were never far apart but the Moots held a 3 goal lead at ½ time and were expected to close out the game comfortably but Kingston gradually clawed their way back. The last quarter was a nail-biter with Mundulla relieved to get a win. Former coach Heath Thorpe was best for Mundulla and Boyd Packer with 5 goals the most effective forward, Jake McGrice and Sam Luckett worked tirelessly to keep Kingston out. Jacob Brown and Jason Mattner restricted the Mundulla forwards and centreman Jamie Austin played well to almost lift Kingston to a win.
Bordertown kept Keith’s key forwards to modest tallies with Kane Cuthbertson starring. Recruits Steve Copestick and Jerry Vunitabua had good games and bobbed up with valuable goals.The Roosters with greater depointh booted 6 goals in the 3rd term to lead by 42 points at ¾ time and safely held Keith in the last to win by 28 points. Ruckman Luke Ciampa and veterans Paul Makin and Nick Hunt tried hard for Keith.
Round 6 - May 19, 2012
Best: Kaniva Leeor - Anthony Carlile, James Turner, Jared Greenbank, Peter Fiacchi, Shane Vivian, Christopher Chaston. Kybybolite - Tom Cooper , Ray Jaensch, Christopher Hanley, Caolan Buckley, Dylan Brodie, Nicholas Jenkin. Goals: Kaniva Leeor - Matthew Skrypek 3, Dylan Williams 3, James Turner 2, Shane Vivian 2, Daniel Stimson 2, Jared Greenbank 2, Ashley Baxter 2, Jonathon Hicks 1, Timothy Pattison 1, Anthony Carlile 1, Benjamin Hawker 1, Christopher Chaston 1, Joshua Merrett 1, Chris Larocca 1, Shane Dodson 1
Best: Lucindale - Daniel McCarthy, Ryan McInerney, Timothy Walsh, Kyle Press, Travis Ware, Kieren Agnew. Penola: Nick Clayfield, Luke Duncan, Spencer Jackman, Mathew Merrrett, Brayden Kelly, Philip Lambert. Goals: Lucindale - Timothy Walsh 4, Ryan McInerney 3, Luke Kompo 3, Travis Ware 3, Mark Snowball 2, Jack McRae 1, Kieren Agnew 1, Stanley Freeman 1. Penola: Frank Caiapich 2, Marcus Deveraux 1, Luke Duncan 1, Corey Gray 1, Karl Ransom 1, Oliver March 1, Angus Smibert 1, Spencer Jackman 1
Best: Padthaway - Jason Degabriele, Cody Marshall, Ben Gunning, Peter Featherston, Will Verco, Paul Elsden. Border Districts: Clinton Robinson, Nick Tarca, Gregory Hamilton, Sean King, Anthony Wilson, Daniel Owen. Goals: Padthaway - Ben Gunning 6, Tom Mclennan 3, S Townsend 2, Jason Degabriele 2, Cody Marshall 2, Shane Walker 2, Bradley Carter 1, Will Verco 1, Michael Hoffmann 1, Peter Featherston 1. Border Districts - Clint Barras 4, Clinton Robinson 3, Jason Saunderson 2, Mark Ellis 1, George Mcwaters 1, Rodney Oliver 1, Gregory Hamilton 1
Best: Mundulla - Heath Thorpe, Boyd Packer, Jake Mcgrice, Sam Luckett, Jarred Wiese, Darren Wiese. Kingston - Jacob Brown, Jason Mattner, Benjamin Gibbs, Jamie Austin, Thomas Borrillo, Ben Warner. Goals: Mundulla - Boyd Packer 5, Sam Luckett 2, Jonathan Mock 2, Jake McGrice 1, Darren Wiese 1, Mark Paech 1. Kingston: Sam Braidwood 4, Thomas Borrillo 3, Ben Warner 1, Ashley Stenner 1, Benjamin Gibbs 1, Matthew Menz 1, Josh Gould 1
Best: Bordertown - Kane Cuthbertson, Nicholas Brewer, Ryan Frick, Jerry Vunitabua, Steven Copestick, Luke Exton. Keith - Luke Ciampa, Nick Hunt, Paul Makin, Jon Wright, Andrew Wilson, Luke Mitchell. Goals: Bordertown - Josh Newnham 3, Nathan Frederick 3, Steven Copestick 2, Jimmi Savage 2, Jerry Vunitabua 2, Ryan Frick 1, Tim Harkness 1, Jed Jarrett 1. Keith - James McEntee 3, Jason Snajdar 2, Paul Makin 1, Thomas Mayfield 1, Andrew Wilson 1, Alexander Bowley 1, Luke Mitchell 1, Nick Hunt 1
ROUND 6 PREVIEW
with Angus Dearlove of The Naracoorte Herald - May 17, 2012
ROUND six of the KNTFL shapes as do or die for at least three clubs as the ladder begins to take shape.
A lengthy injury list and poor form has Border Districts well behind the pace and desperate for a win to stay afloat.
“Farmer” Michelmore’s men sit second to bottom with one win from the opening six rounds.
They host bitter rivals Padthaway at Frances in a crucial match for the Eagles’ season.
It is a rematch of last season’s elimination final, which Padthaway won, and the Lions will start favourites.
Fresh off the bye, Padthaway has had an up and down ride so far this season.
Two wins, a draw and a close loss have Padthaway in fifth spot and pushing for the finals.
They are likely to be without George Verco for the rest of the season, with the big forward’s knee reportedly needing reconstruction.
Penola travel to Lucindale with both teams hungry for the win.
The Southern Eagles are in a similar position to their Border Districts counterparts, with one win to show from their season so far.
They suffered a big defeat at the hands of Bordertown last week and coach Tony Porter would be keen to wipe that game from his young side’s memory.
Lucindale on the other hand is just beginning to warm up after a slow start to the year and now sit in fourth spot behind Bordertown, Kaniva/Leeor and Keith.
A win here will keep Lucindale on the right path towards defending their title as premiers.
They comfortably accounted for Kybybolite in their last outing despite missing star ruckman Mark Snowball.
Playing coach Todd Price came off against Kyby with a leg injury but could play this weekend and will again be a handful up forward for the Penola backline.
New recruit Isaac Weetra, a former Port Magpie and Melbourne Demon, received mixed reviews in his KNTFL debut last weekend and it will be interesting to see how he goes in his second match at this level.
Kybybolite make the trip to the Wimmera for the second time this year to face Kaniva/Leeor United.
Their last foray across the border was to Goroke where they went down against Borders, and this match is set to be just as difficult a challenge.
With just a win and a draw to their name, the Tigers will want a win to keep them in the finals race.
Another loss and the climb towards the finals will be getting steep.
Their opponents are flying this year and are yet to lose a game, but were tested last weekend against Mundulla.
It will be a tough ask for Kyby who again may be without the playing services of coach Scott Carberry, in doubt with a hamstring injury.
In the round’s other matches, Bordertown and Keith play off in a Tatiara showdown.
It is the first time that all Tatiara teams have been vying for a finals spot, with three of the top four coming from the northern end of the league. Bordertown and K/L have been red hot this year while Keith are also much improved.
Mundulla is still well in the hunt, with a trip to Kingston expected to yield a win on Saturday,
Naracoorte has the bye.
ROUND FIVE REPORT
by Terry Willoughby
May 14, 2012
Keith were shocked early when Border Districts led by 10 points at quarter time but that was the end of the fun for the northern Eagles. The Keith Crows slammed on 11 unanswered goals with forwards Snajdar and McEntee booting 8 each and almost everyone else having a shot. They continued to dominate through the 2nd half and romped to easy 138 point win. Shane Bradshaw and Andrew Hunt kept sending the ball forward for the forwards to finish off. Borders surrendered meekly.
Lucindale were matched strongly by Kybybolite in the 1st half and led by just three points but it was a completely different story after that. Kyby managed only a solitary point in the 2nd half as Lucindale added 10 goals. Josh Walker relished his time up forward to boot 5 goals, former coach Aaron Smart did likewise but it was big man Tim Walsh and midfielders Kane McCarthy and Ryan McInerney who provided the spark for victory as Lucindale cruised in by 67 points. Jamie Bittner, Steve Craig and Dylan Brodie tried hard for Kyby.
Bordertown crushed an insipid Penola by 100 points. Tim Harkness and Nathan Fredericks booted 5 goals each for the Roosters, on-baller Steve Copestick and half-forward Luke Exton continued their good form as Bordertown did as they liked.
Naracoorte’s bumpy ride continued as winless Kingston tested them strongly for three quarters. Kingston held a narrow two point lead with Jamie Austin and Ben Warner giving plenty of drive. The 2nd quarter was an arm-wrestle with each side managing only a goal each and scores were level at ½ time. Nathan Smith was in everything for Naracoorte, Gould and Patterson were playing well but they couldn’t shake a determined Kingston who clung to a 2 point lead with a quarter to play. Greater depth and maybe pride showed as Naracoorte broke clear with a 9 goal burst to win by what appears to be an easy 43 point margin but it has only papered over the cracks. Sam Logan and Gould kicked four goals each for Naracoorte but it was Nathan Smith who inspired the win. Austin, Warner and Trent Rothall played very well for no reward but Kingston are not far off a win.
Mundulla surprised a sluggish Kaniva-Leeor United and led throughout most of the first three quarters. Forward Sam Luckett and onballer Jake McGrice along with defender Grady Obst were doing everything right for the Moots and forced KLU into error. Boyd Packer was lively near goal and booted 5. KLU began the 2nd half with ruckman Seb Guilhaus on top at the stoppages and James Turner getting lots of effective possessions. They almost drew level near ¾ time with more players contributing. Mundulla were just holding on with KLU finishing strongly. Dylan Williams and Ash Baxter kicked vital goals as KLU scraped in by 12 points.
Round 5 - May 12, 2012
Best: Naracoorte - Nathan Smith, Sid Patterson, Brett Gould, Jake Gilbert, Brodie Borg, Drew Myall. Kingston: Jamie Austin, Ben Warner, Trent Rothall, Thomas Borrillo, Matthew Menz, Jesse Curkpatrick. Goals: Naracoorte - Sam Logan 4, Brett Gould 4, Drew Myall 2, Brodie Borg 2, Jake Gilbert 1, Craig Beggs 1, Kane Donnelly 1, Nathan Smith 1, Sid Patterson 1. Kingston: Thomas Borrillo 3, Kevin Sumner 1, Ben Warner 1, Ashley Stenner 1, Sam Braidwood 1, Matthew Cooper 1, Jamie Austin 1, Kirby Scott 1, Matthew Menz 1
Best: Bordertown - Luke Exton, Steven Copestick, Matthew Downie, Jerry Vunitabua, Rory Tink, Maddy Hayes. Penola: Spencer Jackman, Mathew Merrrett, Corey Gray, Simon Zadow, Nick Clayfield, Matthew Neilson. Goals: Bordertown - Tim Harkness 5, Nathan Frederick 5, Thomas Wheelen 4, Josh Newnham 3, Nicholas Hampel 1, Maddy Hayes 1, Steven Copestick 1, Jed Jarrett 1. Penola - Frank Caiapich 2, Jacob Pfitzner 2, Marcus Deveraux 1, Angus Smibert 1
Best: Keith - Shane Bradshaw, James McEntee, Andrew Hunt, Jason Snajdar, Luke Mitchell, Alexander Bowley. Border Districts: Clinton Robinson, Daniel Owen, Gregory Hamilton, Rick Adams, Sean King, Corey Burr. Goals: Keith - Jason Snajdar 8, James Mcentee 8, Andrew Wilson 3, Shane Bradshaw 3, Andrew Willis 2, Paul Makin 2, Callum Mcmurray 1, Andrew Hunt 1, Jason Farrier 1, Luke Ciampa 1, Nick Hunt 1. Border Districts: Corey Burr 2, Sean King 2, Clint Barras 2, James Richardson 1, Paul Smith 1, Jason Saunderson 1
Best: Lucindale - Timothy Walsh, Kane Mccarthy, Ryan McInerney, Travis Ware, Kyle Press, Aaron Smart. Kybybolite: Jamie Bittner, Stephen Craig, Dylan Brodie, Samuel Johnson, James Williams, Nicholas Jenkin. Goals: Lucindale - Joshua Walker 5, Aaron Smart 5, Travis Ware 3, Luke Kompo 1, Todd Smith 1, Todd Price 1, Timothy Walsh 1. Kybybolite: Samuel Johnson 2, Caolan Buckley 1, Heath Nankivell 1, David Arnold 1, Christopher Hanley 1, Scott Carberry 1
Best: KL United - J. Turner, S. Guilhaus, S. Vivian, J. Greenbank, D. Williams, A. Carlile. Mundulla - S. Luckett, J. Mcgrice, G. Obst, J. Milligan, J. Luckett, T. Excell. Goals: Kl United - A. Baxter 3, T. Lannin 2, D. Williams 2, C. Meyer , J. Greenbank , J. Brown , B. Witmitz. Mundulla - B. Packer 5, S. Luckett , R. Williams , J. McGrice , H. Thorpe , B. Douglas
ROUND 5 PREVIEW
with Angus Dearlove of The Naracoorte Herald - May 10, 2012
NARACOORTE will be looking to turn around its poor start to season 2012 when it comes up against the winless Kingston on Saturday.
After a round one victory over Border Districts, Naracoorte has slumped to three straight losses and badly needs some points.
The no-show of key players appears to be a major concern, with the absence of key forward Simon Cox perhaps the biggest worry for the embattled club.
Cox kicked six goals in round one and hasn’t been sighted since due to injury.
Coach Dean Woosnam will be sweating on the 2011 leading goalkicker’s return to give the Demons some much needed firepower up forward.
Captain Nathan Smith and veteran Brett Gould have been battling hard in Cox’s absence, while youngster Drew Myall has added youth and pace to the Demons and veteran Brett Gould and Mitch Hartree have been solid under immense pressure in Naracoorte’s backline..
The Demons’ best chance of breaking their losing streak comes this weekend.
Kingston are slowly on the improve but still have a bit to go in order to truly begin climbing the ladder.
Fresh off the bye, the boys from the seaside would see the fading and hurt Demons as a perfect target to hopefully open their season 2012 account and get on the right track.
Sam Braidwood has been a revelation up forward for the Saints and should be the Demons’ number one target in defence.
Naracoorte ruckman Craig Beggs, the reigning Virgo medallist, has been suffering through poor form recently and will need to get on top of his opposite number Kirby Scott to assure his side a win.
Border Districts travel to Keith in need of a win to keep their season alive.
After a breakthrough win against Kybybolite, the Eagles lost to Penola last weekend and now sit ninth, just ahead of Naracoorte and Kingston.
Keith impressed with a one point win over fellow contenders Padthaway last weekend and will be a difficult team to beat. Jason Farrier and Shane Bradshaw starred in last weekend’s nailbiter against the Lions and should provide stern opposition for the struggling Eagles.
James McEntee kicked five in an ultimately matchwinning performance up forward for the Crows and the Borders defence will need to man him tightly in order to prevent the home team kicking a score.
Bordertown make the trip south to Penola, keen to consolidate their position near the top of the ladder.
Huge wins against Naracoorte, Kingston and Kybybolite this year have the Roosters crowing, with a sole loss to Mundulla the only blemish on Simon Fidge’s 2012 coaching record.
Lucindale and Kybybolite face off at Kyby in what is an important match for both sides as they struggle to get momentum going.
Kyby have a win, a draw and two losses in their first four games, while Lucindale have two wins (one a close match against Kingston), a loss at home to Kaniva/Leeor and a bye.
Tim Walsh and Todd Price have been in reasonable form for the Roos and loom as dangermen for a Kyby backline that has struggled to contain teams in the past weeks.
In the match of the round, Kaniva/Leeor make the trip across the border to Mundulla to try to consolidate their status as competition’s form side.
The Cougars have been impressive in recent weeks on the back of big performances by a trio of boys from the city.
James Turner, Seb Guilhaus and Jared Greenbank all played football in Adelaide last year and are making an impact for Alan Bennett’s side, which thumped Naracoorte last week.
They have added to a side already boasting quality players such as Jonty Brown and Matt Skrypek who have also been in great form.
For their opponents, Lachlan Duell, Tyne Excell and Grady Obst have been solid this year in Mundulla’s victories against Border Districts and Bordertown.
The Moots will need to bring a similar game to the one that knocked off the Roosters to be a shot at taming the Cougars.
ROUND FOUR WRAP
with Terry Willoughby - May 7, 2012
The ladder in the KNTFL has a distinctly fresh look with Kaniva-Leeor United sitting on top after they ran allover Naracoorte after ½ time. They booted 7 goals to one to have the game wrapped at the last change. Naracoorte’s poor form is surely testing coach Dean Woosnam’s patience but without Simon Cox they lack a match-winning forward and medalist Craig Beggs is struggling. KLU on the other hand are growing in confidence each week. They had lively forwards in Trav Lannin and Dylan Williams who booted 5 and 4 goals a piece. Ruckman Seb Guilhaus controlled the stoppages and mid-fielder Jonty Brown and James Turner starred for KLU. Nathan Smith, Mitch Hartree and Brett Gould tried hard for Naracoorte but the rest fell away badly.
Keith and Padthaway fought out a thriller with the Keith Crows winning by just a point. Keith led throughout the 1st half and held a 17 point margin going into the 3rd term but the Lions rebounded strongly with Ben Gunning and Tom McLennan providing targets near goal. Ball magnet Dylan Dempsey helped them to an 11 point lead at ¾ time. Keith regained composure and with straight kicking in a tense last quarter got home by the narrowest of margins. James McEntee at centre half-forward was a constant danger and booted 5 goals, defender Jason Farrier, on-baller Shane Bradshaw and ruckman Luke Ciampa all lifted in the vital last quarter. Padthaway were gallant in defeat and their best were Peter Featherdston, Nash Stark and Dempsey whilst Gunning booted six goals.
Penola got away from the bottom of the ladder with a hard fought 15 point win over Border Districts. Scores were level at quarter-time but with Luke Duncan starring around the packs and mid-field Penola edged ahead at the main break. Youngster Lachie Jones was a threat near goals and defender Simon Zadow was also doing well for Penola. Borders closed the gap to just 4 points at ¾ time when forwards Sean King and Greg Hamilton lifted. Penola were steadier at the finish and despite inaccuracy came away to win narrowly.
Bordertown thrashed Kybybolite in what was expected to be a close encounter. The Roosters led from the start and won most positions on the ground. Their forwards in Nathan Frederick, 8 goals and Tim Harkness 4 were far too good for the Kyby defence whilst Luke Exton and Maddy Hayes dominated around the packs and mid-field. Kyby trailed by 7 goals at ½ time and never got into the game thereafter. Bordertown piled on the goals in the last quarter as Kyby’s resistance crumpled and are now 2nd on the ladder.
Round 4 scores - May 5, 2012
Best: Keith – J. Farrier, S. Bradshaw, J. McEntee, J. Wright, C. McMurray, L. Ciampa. Padthaway - P. Featherston, N. Stark, D. Dempsey, W. Verco, J. Dicker, B. Gunning. Goals: Keith - J. McEntee 5, J. Snajdar 2, C. Mcmurray 2, S. Bradshaw , A. Hunt , J. Farrier , L. Mitchell , N. Hunt. Padthaway - B. Gunning 6, T. McLennan 3, B. Carter , M. Hoffmann , J. Degabriele , P. Elsden
Best: Bordertown - L. Exton, T. Harkness, M. Hayes, S. Devitt, J. Jarrett, S. Copestick. Kyby - D. Brodie, M. Hawthorne, H. Nankivell, S. Craig, M. Drury, C. Hanley. Goals: Bordertown - N. Frederick 8, T. Harkness 4, J. Jarrett 2, S. Copestick 2, T. Wheelen , H. Paech , L. Exton , J. Searle , M. Hayes , J. Newnham , M. Tober. Kyby - S. Carberry 3, S. Craig , M. Hawthorne , S. Johnson , C. Hanley , P. Fitzgerald
Best: Kaniva/Leeor - J. Turner, J. Brown, A. Carlile, S. Guilhaus, J. Greenbank, M. Skrypek. Naracoorte - N. Smith, M. Hartree, B. Gould, D. Myall, B. Borg, J. Bettoncelli. Goals: Kaniva Leeor - T. Lannin 5, D. Williams 4, J. Turner 2, A. Baxter 2, J. Greenbank 2, C. Meyer. Naracoorte - Z. Donnelly , S. Logan , J. Gilbert , S. Patterson
Best: Penola - Lachlan Jones, Luke Duncan, Simon Zadow, Spencer Jackman, Corey Gray, Adam Merrett
ROUND FOUR PREVIEW
thanks to Angus Dearlove from The Naracoorte Herald
3 May 2012
PADTHAWAY will be without the services of George Verco for an indefinite amount of time after the big key forward injured his knee on Saturday in his side's win over Penola.
ROUND 3 REPORT
from Terry Willoughby
April 30, 2012
Arch-rivals Mundulla and Bordertown had a goal for goal battle for three quarters. The lead changed hands several times with Bordertown looking a little better with a 20 point margin at ½ time. Kane Cuthbertson, recruit Steve Copestick and Luke Exton were doing well but both teams battled against strong defences. Mundulla used the ball better in the 3rd term and drew to within a kick at ¾ time with consistent games from Grady Obst, Jake McGrice and Heath Thorpe. They hit the lead early in the last quarter and shut out Bordertowns’ better players and kepoint them goal-less whilst adding five to run out comfortable winners by 25 points.
Lucindale continued to have the “wood” on Naracoorte whom they defeated by 41 points in a low scoring affair. Naracoorte again without goal-kicking forward Simon Cox struggled ahead of centre and registered goals in only 2 quarters. Lucindale were solid rather then brilliant but it was good enough to get the win. Travis Ware was the most productive forward for Lucindale and kicked 4 goals but Anthony Laurencic, Kyle Press and Ryan McInerney were the driving forces in the win.
Kaniva-Leeor United continued their good form with a big win over hapless Kingston. They were too strong all over with Ash Baxter, Trav Lannin and Jared Greenbank booting 5 goals each. Kingston plugged away to no avail as KLU cruised after ½ time to win by 112 points.
Padthaway led throughout to defeat Penola despite the presence of recently cleared Jarrod Ryan from West Gambier. The Lions matchwinners were Dylan Dempsey, classy mid-fielders Aaron Wanders and Jason Degabrielle. Penola struggled to match them with many outclassed although Corey Gray, Nick Clayfield, Spencer Jackman and Luke Duncan tried valiantly. Border Districts caused a boilover when they held off a fast finishing Kybybloite to win narrowly by 6 points. Borders increased their lead in each quarter and looked set for a comfortable win when 33 points up at the last change. Sean King around mid-field, Nick Thomson in defence and Dylan Moore had played strongly to give Borders many chances. Ray Jaensch led a fightback for Kyby with ruckman Dave Arnold and recruit Nick Jenkin lifting to bring Kyby close but not quickly enough when the siren sounded.
Round 3 - April 28, 2012
Best: Padthaway - Dylan Dempsey, Jason Degabriele, Aaron Wanders, Nash Stark, Scott Galloway, Michael Hoffmann. Penola: Corey Gray, Nick Clayfield, Spencer Jackman, Luke Duncan, Adam Merrett, Sam McPherson. Goals: Padthaway - Ben Gunning 4, George Verco 3, Aaron Wanders 3, Troy Johnson 2, Jason Dicker 2, Peter Featherston 1, Tom McLennan 1, Dylan Dempsey 1. Penola: Adam Merrett 5, Luke Duncan 2, Jarrod Ryan 2, Lachlan Jones 1, Nick Clayfield 1, Spencer Jackman 1
Best: Kaniva Leeor - James Turner, Ashley Baxter, Peter Fiacchi, Shain Vivian, Jared Greenbank, Matthew Skrypek. Kingston: Jamie Austin, Matthew Austin, Thomas Borrillo, Trent Rothall, Jason Mattner, Ben Warner. Goals: Kaniva Leeor - Ashley Baxter 5, Travis Lannin 5, Jared Greenbank 5, Benjamin Hawker 2, Timothy Pattison 1, Shain Vivian 1, Sebastian Guilhaus 1. Kingston: Ben Warner 1, Ryan Clarke 1, Benjamin Gibbs 1
Best: Lucindale - Anthony Laurencic, Kyle Press, Ryan McInerney, Henry Legoe, Kane McCarthy, Timothy Walsh. Naracoorte: Jamie Bettoncelli, Michael Brighton, Jordan Borg, Mitchell Hartree, Nathan Smith, Drew Myall. Goals: Lucindale - Travis Ware 4, Ryan Mcinerney 2, Luke Kompo 1, Todd Price 1, Kane Mccarthy 1, Stanley Freeman 1. Naracoorte: Sam Logan 2, Brett Gould 1, Sam Willson 1, Michael Brighton 1
Best: Mundulla - Grady Obst, Jake McGrice, Heath Thorpe, Bradley Growden, Sam Luckett, Tyne Excell. Bordertown: Luke Exton, Matthew Downie, Kane Cuthbertson, Steven Copestick, Jerry Vunitabua, Nicholas Brewer. Goals: Mundulla - Heath Thorpe 4, Grady Obst 3, Rhys Williams 1, Boyd Packer 1, Jake McGrice 1, Luke Wiese 1, Jonathan Mock 1. Bordertown: Tim Harkness 3, Ryan Frick 1, Nicholas Hampel 1, Josh Newnham 1, Steven Copestick 1, Nathan Frederick 1
Best: Borders - Sean King, Nick Thomson, Dylan Moore, Mark Ellis, Anthony Wilson, Gregory Hamilton. Kybybolite: Ray Jaensch, Tom Cooper, David Arnold, Nicholas Jenkin, James Williams, Duncan Ogilvie. Goals: Borders - Paul Smith 4, Mark Ellis 3, Clint Barras 2, Kieran Flanigan 1, Mark Lemon 1, Sean King 1, Gregory Hamilton 1, Jason Saunderson 1. Kybybolite: Caolan Buckley 2, Stephen Craig 2, Heath Nankivell 2, Christopher Hanley 2, Jamie Bittner 2, Adam Vasey 1, Ciaran Buckley 1, David Arnold 1
ROUND THREE PREVIEW
thanks to Angus Dearlove from The Naracoorte Herald
26 April 2012
IN ROUND three of the KNTFL, Lucindale and Naracoorte play the match of the round when they meet at Lucindale in a replay of the 2011 grand final.
Both sides sit at 1-1 this season, with Lucindale going down to Kaniva/Leeor United in the opening round and Naracoorte being absolutely demolished at Bordertown last weekend.
Naracoorte coach Dean Woosnam would not have taken the loss to Bordertown lightly and will have his troops fired up to rebound against the side that bested them in the 2011 decider.
Lucindale were far from convincing in their win over Kingston at Kingston on the weekend but in the end four points is four points.
Pleasing was the form of big man Tim Walsh and coach Todd Price, who both got among the goals with four apiece.
Penola travel to Padthaway for their second match of the season.
Padthaway will be primed after a thrilling draw against Kyby last weekend.
Aaron Wanders and George Verco have started the season in form and will be key players for Padthaway.
Penola recruit Jarrod Ryan was well-held last weekend and if Padthaway can nullify him the Lions will go a long way to winning.
Kybybolite make the trip across the border to Goroke where they come up against a Border Districts outfit still searching for their first win of the year.
It is likely that the Tigers will be without key position players Kelvin Cook and Scott Carberry, both in doubt with leg injuries.
This bodes well for the Eagles, missing the services of key defender Jarrad Hirst.
Hirst had shoulder surgery on Saturday and will miss three months of football.
Kyby will also be without the services of Carl Slape after an independent tribunal failed to clear him from East Gambier on Monday night.
Bordertown will be riding high after belting Naracoorte by 99 points in round two as they make the trip to Mundulla.
Mundulla themselves had a win at Frances against Border Districts and will be tough to beat with ruckman Lachlan Duell and midfielders Grady Obst and Tyne Excell starring.
Nathan Frederick looms as the danger man, fresh off a bag of seven against Naracoorte.
The Moots will have to shut him down to have a chance of winning.
Kaniva/Leeor are fresh off the bye and will host a much-improved Kingston outfit.
Talk around the league has been about behemoth Cougars ruckman Seb Guilhaus after he dominated round one against a very strong Lucindale ruck division.
Saints ruckman Kirby Scott will have his work cut out in order to compete with the big Adelaide import.
FIRST DRAW OF THE SEASON
reports TERRY WILLOUGHBY, April 23, 2012
Premiership hopefuls Padthaway and Kybybolite fought a thrilling draw in a game where the lead changed hands at each break. It was an evenly matched contest from the start. Kyby had multiple forwards to kick goals whilst Padthaway had only one dominant player in Ben Gunning who booted 7 goals and nearly stole the win for the Lions. Key defenders Ray Jaensch , Drury and ruckman Dave Arnold played strongly for Kyby but Aaron Wanders and Dylan Dempsey were very good on the ball for Padthaway.
Mundulla dominated the first quarter against Border Districts and would have sewn the game up but for wayward kicking. The 33 point lead was sufficient to keep Borders chasing for the remainder without ever looking likely to get on terms. Lachlan Duell was best for Mundulla and former coach Heath Thorpe relished the freedom of coaching responsibility, Grady Obst and Tyne Excell were consistent as usual. Borders best were mostly in defence including Nick Thomson, Clint Robinson and veteran Rick Adams but the Moots won by 34 points.
Kingston showed their supporters some encouraging signs by matching it with Lucindale for 3 quarters before fading slightly at the end. Sam Braidwood booted 6 goals to be an effective forward, Jamie Austin in the midfield, coach Matt Menz and backman Jake Brown all played well to keep Kingston in the contest. Coach Todd Price and Tim Walsh both booted 4 goals for Lucindale and defenders Kane McCarthy and Kyle Press stood out but it was not the impressive team of last year but a wins a win, Lucindale by24 points.
Keith were too strong for Penola after an even 1st half where only a few points separated the teams. Keith took control with a 7 goal burst in the 3rd term with Jason Snajdar dominating around goals to finish with 7. Penola were unable to match on-ballers Andrew Wilson and Luke Ciampa whilst Nick Hunt led a strong half-back line for the Keith Crows. Penola made no impression and Keith kept going strongly to win by 32 points.
Bordertown had an emphatic 99 point win over Naracoorte under lights. The Roosters blitzed Naracoorte with 6 goals in the 2nd quarter and although the lights were on nobody seemed at home for Naracoorte who were without goalkicking Simon Cox. Bordertown brushed their opposition aside with Nathan Frederick booting 7 goals and Josh Newnham five. Matt Tober starred in the ruck and gave his smaller players plenty of chances . Bordertown piled on 9 last quarter goals to bury Naracoorte by 99 points. Naracoorte barely had a good player but Hartree, Smith and Brodie Borg tried hard.
Round 2 scores - April 21, 2012
Best: Kyby - Ray Jaensch, David Arnold, Mathew Drury, Heath Nankivell, Stephen Craig, Adam Mathieson. Padthaway - Ben Gunning, Aaron Wanders, Michael Hoffmann, Dylan Dempsey, Mark Edwards, Jason Degabriele. Goals: Kyby - Caolan Buckley 3, Heath Nankivell 3, Ciaran Buckley 2, Jake Vasey 2, Christopher Hanley 1, Scott Carberry 1, Jamie Bittner 1, Tom Cooper 1, William Miles 1. Padthaway - Ben Gunning 7, George Verco 3, Tom Mclennan 2, Shane Walker 1, Jason Degabriele 1, Aaron Wanders 1
Best, Mundulla: Lachlan Duell, Heath Thorpe, Grady Obst, Nicholas Mosey, Henry Trenorden, Tyne Excell. Border Districts: Clinton Robinson, Nick Thomson, Gregory Hamilton, Sean King, Rick Adams, Paul Light. Goals, Mundulla: Luke Wiese 4, Grady Obst 1, Sam Luckett 1, Jarred Wiese 1, Boyd Packer 1, Lachlan Duell 1, Jonathan Mock 1, Bradley Growden 1, Benjamin Douglas 1. Border Districts: Kieran Flanigan 2, Sean King 2, Paul Smith 2, Corey Burr 1, Clint Barras 1
Best: Keith - Andrew Wilson, Jason Snajdar, Nick Hunt, Luke Ciampa, Jacob Graetz, Tom Wachtel. Penola - Corey Gray, Spencer Jackman, Jacob Pfitzner, Nick Clayfield, Sam McPherson, Lachlan Jones. Goals: Keith - Jason Snajdar 7, Andrew Wilson 4, Andrew Hunt 2, Luke Ciampa 1, Shane Bradshaw 1, Callum McMurray 1, Jason Farrier 1
Best: Lucindale - Kane McCarthy, Timothy Walsh, Ryan McInerney, Kyle Press, Aaron Smart, Henry Legoe. Kingston - Jamie Austin, Matthew Menz, Jacob Brown, Sam Braidwood, Josh Gould, Jesse Curkpatrick. Goals: Lucindale - Todd Price 4, Timothy Walsh 4, Ryan McInerney 2, Travis Ware 1, Mark Snowball 1, Stanley Freeman 1. Kingston - Sam Braidwood 6, Dylan Richardson 2, Ryan Clarke 1, Ashley Stenner 1, Kirby Scott 1
THE NARACOORTE HERALD PREVIEWS ROUND 2
AFTER a disappointing loss in round one, Border Districts will be looking to atone when they play Mundulla at Frances on Saturday.
Another loss here and they will be forced to play catch-up in order to cement their spot as one of the genuine threats to the KNTFL flag.
The Eagles will be hoping that leading goalkicker Paul Smith’s sizeable hamstrings are fit enough for the big forward to front up for his first match since their trial game against Nhill in March.
In his absence, small forward Clint Barras kicked four against Naracoorte and will be a danger to the Mundulla defence if he is not closely watched this weekend.
Smith’s size up forward would be a more than handy addition to a Border Districts forwardline which missed his imposing presence.
New recruits Corey Burr and Kieran Flanigan showed plenty on debut and are sure to create problems for Mundulla with their pace and skill.
Borders midfielder Jay Zeuner has had a difficult start to 2012 and will be hoping to shake some niggling injuries in order to take his spot on Saturday.
Borders have been dealt a big blow with key defender Jarrad Hirst to miss with what could be a serious shoulder injury.
In the round’s other matches, Kybybolite host Padthaway with both teams coming off a win in round one.
Jamie Bittner and Michael Pannell played well in the engine room for Kyby last week while Heath Nankivell and Ciaran Buckley were revelations up forward.
Ben Gunning and George Verco were key players in Padthaway’s win over Mundulla and the Lions will be hoping they again stand up in what will be a tough ask for their side.
Penola open their season at home after a round one bye.
They face Keith who were gallant in defeat last weekend and will be looking to keep up the pressure.
Naracoorte travel to Bordertown and are a real chance of opening their season with two wins on the trot.
Simon Cox was unstoppable up forward last week with six goals while Mitch Hartree collected best on ground in the Demons’ win over Borders.
Lucindale travel to Kingston looking to open their account after a surprise loss first up at home to Kaniva/Leeor.
Kingston will be looking to improve as they front up at home for the first time.
Lucindale’s Ryan McInerney was one of his side’s best on the weekend and will have to be checked closely for the Saints to have any chance of winning.
On previous season’s form this should be an easy win for Lucindale but both teams are winless in 2012 and will be keen to get the points this weekend.
REIGNING PREMIERS LUCINDALE ROLLED IN OPENING ROUND
by Terry Willoughby, April 18 2012
Reigning premiers Lucindale were shocked by a resurgent Kaniva-Leeor United who kept in touch with the Roo’s throughout the 1st half and trailed by only 7 points at the long break. Recruits Seb Guilhaus and James Turner were good players for KLU and along with Jon Hicks they put their team in the lead by 11 points at ¾ time. Lucindale were looking a bit shaky and lacked a real forward target. KLU finished strongly to win by 27 points and cause the first boilover of the season. Guilhaus, Turner and Hicks were best for KLU. Ryan McInerney, Anthony Laurencic and coach Todd Price tried hard to keep Lucindale alive but many faded at the finish.
Padthaway led throughout in an entertaining game against Mundulla. Last years stars George Verco, Aaron Wanders and Jase Degabriele played well for the Lions but it was former North Adelaide recruit Dylan Dempsey that surprised, he picked up possessions at will and gave enormous drive. Ever reliables, Jake McGrice, Sam Luckett and veteran Nick Davis were good for the Moots but it was a Padthaway win by 17 points.
Bordertown smashed Kingston by 144 points to indicate that the Saints dark days of 2011 are not over. They were barely competitive as Bordertown controlled every quarter from the start.
Naracoorte were too good for Border Districts despite some major losses in personnel. They steadily increased their lead at each change with Simon Cox providing a strong target with 6 goals. Quality players Mitch Hartree, Nathan Smith and Brett Gould stood out to show that the Demons should not be under-estimated. Kybybolite outlasted Keith in a see-sawing match where the lead changed hands at each break. Kyby overcame a strong challenge from Keith in the 2nd quarter with James McEntee looked a likely matchwinner. The Kyby Tigers regained the lead by ¾ time with Jamie Bittner in top form around the midfield and returnee Heath Nankivell getting many touches, consistent Michael Pannell was also constantly a thorn in Keith’s side. Kyby maintained their lead to the finish to win by 15 points. Keith’s best were Shane Bradshaw, McEntee who booted 5 goals and Luke Mitchell
ROUND ONE - April 14, 2012
Best: Kaniva/Leeor - Sebastian Guilhaus, James Turner, Jonathon Hicks, Neil Reeve, Dylan Williams, Chris Larocka. Lucindale - Anthony Laurencic, Todd Price, Ryan Mcinerney, Daniel Mccarthy, Nicholas Digiorgio, Kieren Agnew. Goals: Kaniva/Leeor - Dylan Williams 3, Anthony Carlile 2, Jared Greenbank 2, Benjamin Hawker 2, Ashley Baxter 1, Shain Vivian 1, Chris Larocka 1. Lucindale - Ryan Mcinerney 2, Timothy Walsh 2, Mark Snowball 1, Daniel Mccarthy 1, Aaron Smart 1, Stanley Freeman 1.
Best: Padthaway - George Verco, Dylan Dempsey, Ben Gunning, S Townsend, Aaron Wanders, Jason Degabriele. Mundulla - Jake McGrice, Sam Luckett, Jack Luckett, Nicky Davis, Jason Milligan, Bradley Growden. Goals: Padthaway - Ben Gunning 4, George Verco 3, Tom McLennan 2, Jason Degabriele 2, Aaron Wanders 2, Scott Galloway 1, Cody Marshall 1, Will Verco 1. Mundulla - Luke Wiese 3, Sam Luckett 2, Tyne Excell 1, Ryan Pilgrim 1, Lachlan Duell 1, Boyd Packer 1, Jack Luckett 1, Jason Milligan 1, Jarred Wiese 1, Heath Thorpe 1
Best: Kyby - Jamie Bittner, Heath Nankivell, Michael Pannell, Mathew Drury, Ciaran Buckley, Adam Vasey. Keith - Shane Bradshaw, James Mcentee, Luke Mitchell, Nick Hunt, Shane Semler, Jason Farrier. Goals: Kyby - Ciaran Buckley 4, Scott Carberry 3, Jamie Bittner 3, Adam Vasey 2, Heath Nankivell 2, Cody Ireland 1. Keith - James Mcentee 5, Jason Snajdar 3, Shane Bradshaw 2, Luke Ciampa 1, Jason Farrier 1, Nick Hunt 1
Best: Bordertown – T. Harkness, J. Jarrett, M. Hayes, A. Diment, J. Searle, N. Hampel. Kingston - Matthew Menz, Jamie Austin, Jesse Curkpatrick, Kevin Sumner, Jacob Brown, Ben Warner. Goals: Bordertown – N. Frederick 6, T. Harkness 5, N. Hampel 4, J. Newnham 2, B. Hill 2, J. Jarrett 2, M. Hayes , O. Butler , J. Searle , L. Exton , N. Brewer. Kingston - Ryan Clarke 1, Ashley Stenner 1, Sam Braidwood 1
Best: Naracoorte - Mitchell Hartree, Nathan Smith, Brett Gould, Michael Brighton, Zak Donnelly, Brodie Borg. Border Districts: Nick Thomson, Kieran Flanigan, Sean King, Gregory Hamilton, Rick Adams, Rodney Oliver. Goals: Naracoorte - Simon Cox 6, Jake Gilbert 2, Brett Gould 2, Kane Donnelly 2, Brodie Borg 1, Sid Patterson 1, Nathan Smith 1, Corey Mifsud 1, Alex Earl 1, Zak Donnelly 1. Border Districts - Clint Barras 4, Corey Burr 1, Mark Ellis 1, Kieran Flanigan 1, Sean King 1, Gregory Hamilton 1, Rodney Oliver 1
Mystery tipsters for KNTFL Round One
Mundulla away over Padthaway
Keith at home over Kyby
Naracoorte just over Borders
Bordertown to win over Kingston
Kaniva/Leeor away win to upset Lucindale
NARACOORTE HERALD PREVIEW OF 2012 FOOTBALL
FROM ANGUS DEARLOVE - APRIL 10, 2012
ROUND one of the 2012 KNTFL season is upon us, with more teams following the blueprint for success that the top clubs have been using in recent years.
Three of the top five clubs last year had five or more Adelaide recruits in their line-up.
The KNTFL clearance page has no less than 20 players making the switch from Adelaide-based football leagues like the SA Amateur Football League and Southern Football League.
This number is sure to be boosted as clubs scramble for last-minute signatures to bolster their squads as the season approaches.
In the first round, on April 14, reigning premiers Lucindale host Kaniva/Leeor United, which is one side to have benefited from city players making the journey out to the country.
Mundulla travel to Padthaway, Keith are at home to Kybybolite and Kingston make the trip to Bordertown.
Last year’s grand finalists, Naracoorte, open their campaign in Naracoorte where they host Border Districts.
Penola has the bye.
THE Crows have recruited well this off-season, with more players from the city joining their ranks.
The club is happy to have recruited Reynella trio Jason Farrier, Shane Bradshaw and Luke Ciampa.
They join returning player Andy Hunt, who has been playing at Riverton-Saddleworth-Marrabel United in the North Eastern Football League, and Tom Neville from Geelong as new faces at Keith this year.
The club has lost young-gun Tom Redden, who will play at South Adelaide this year, Henry Johnson and Mark Tucker who are going to Mount Barker and Strathalbyn respectively.
Coach Brad Richardson said his club has had a good solid pre-season, culminating in two solid trial game hitouts against SAAFL side Unley and Mallee League side Border Downs/Tintinara.
The team travelled to Adelaide for their first trial to accommodate their large contingent of Adelaide based players.
After a disappointing season last year, Richardson is hoping for improvement after targeting specific recruits in the off-season.
“We’re hoping to play finals footy,” he said.
The club opens its season at home against one of the league’s top sides in Kybybolite.
“It will be a good guide to where we are at,” Richardson said.
BEING the reigning premiers is always a tough ask - everyone is gunning for you and any slip-up is highlighted and picked apart by teams looking to take your mantle.
But despite this, Lucindale coach Todd Price says his club is under no pressure with his players still hungry to be the best.
“I don’t think there is (any pressure), the guys who have done it before have the buzz and the feeling of what it is like.”
He said the younger players stepping up are excited for the challenge.
The club has lost a few players such as Sam Graetz, Sam Mardling, Josh Teakle and Ethan Gill, but with most of their much-vaunted Adelaide recruits returning, Lucindale still remain the team to beat.
Players such as Stanley Freeman, Jack McRae, Jarrad Oliver and Sam Teakle have impressed on the track and will be a big part of Lucindale’s charge towards September this year.
Lucindale play one of the only two teams to beat them last year, Kaniva/Leeor United, at home to open up their 2012 premiership defence.
CONTINUITY is the key for Border Districts, who have retained most of their list from last season.
Second year coach Andrew Michelmore says he is happy with how his team is looking going into the season.
“We’ll go in similar to last year in the seniors, we haven’t lost any,” he said.
The team blends local talent with Adelaide imports well, which was a key factor in the Eagles run to the finals last season.
Nick Tarca was very consistent last year and made the team of the year as well as taking out the club’s best and fairest.
Tarca, Mark Lemon and Clint Barras will be key players in the Eagles’ 2012 campaign.
Adelaide-based full-forward Paul Smith will once again terrorise defenders across the league, with Jarrad Hirst and Sean King also making the trip down from the big smoke each weekend after both enjoying good seasons last year.
Smith kicked 78 goals last season and his side will be hoping he can continue to hit the scoreboard throughout 2012.
KANIVA/Leeor has recruited well to account for a couple of key losses.
Joint captain Daniel Pegler has left the club because of work commitments, and stalwart Brad McCabe is taking a year off.
In their place, the Cougars have recruited Adelaide based players Seb Guilhaus, Jared Greenbank and James Turner.
Turner is a former Adelaide Crows rookie and South Adelaide SANFL player.
Coach Alan Bennett believes his side has improved and, after suffering a few close losses last year, is in the mix for the final five.
“On our day we have proved we can match it with the best.”
KLU open their season against reigning premiers Lucindale, who they famously upset last year in one of Lucindale’s only losses for the year, at Lucindale.
PADTHAWAY premiership player Tim Leehane is back and bringing all his football and fitness experience to the senior coaching role.
He is focusing on getting his players’ strength up to scratch after a few of the younger players were pushed off the ball too easily last year.
The Lions have a strong Adelaide contingent who all train together under the guidance of Malcolm Pohlner.
Fitting in with Leehane’s mantra, these Adelaide players are super fit and ready to make an impact for the team.
The club has lost a few players: Darcy Boyanton, Chris Dicker, Tom Forgan and Darren Francis.
Alistair Dillon returns to the club from Melbourne to play with the friends he made at the club in his first stint.
Young ruckman David Fraser also joins the club, as does Will Verco, brother of George who is already a key player at the club.
FORMER Padthaway coach Simon Fidge has taken over the reins at Bordertown and is looking for his side to be more competitive this season on the back of improved fitness.
Vince Austin has followed Fidge across from Padthaway and has played a big role in getting the Roosters up to scratch fitness wise.
Craig Jarrett and Wayne Pink will also provide “invaluable” assistance to Fidge, who was taken over from Edenhope-Apsley bound Mal Coutts.
Bordertown has recruited well, with Josh Newnham and Ryan Frick (Reynella), Steven Copestick (Noarlunga), Nicholas Brewer and Matt Downie (Gaza, SAAFL) and Nathan Frederick (Padthaway) all key ins for the Roosters.
Sam Schneider has also returned to the club from Adelaide, as has 2010 captain Tim Harkness who is back from overseas.
These recruits are offset by the loss of Michael Crilly (Edenhope Apsley), Clint Williams (Riverland), Jamie Cammarano, Jamie Grosser (Adelaide), James Stewart (Adelaide) and Sam Sverdloff (Adelaide).
Fidge is hoping that the younger players at Bordertown step up and stay in the area as he looks to follow the model that Naracoorte used to build their successful teams of recent years.
“Half the side is in the 18-21 age bracket so we are trying to be like Naracoorte and build a nucleus there,” he said.
“I think the town is big enough for that and a few of the guys have apprenticeships now so they will be around for another 4-6 years each at least.”
The team is aiming to improve on its 2011 season where it struggled, finishing second to bottom.
AFTER a long time as one of the league’s powerhouses, Naracoorte is looking to rebuild on the back of some key player losses.
Naracoorte has won three premierships since 2005 and have always been a strong side but may struggle with a high list turnover.
James Dixon and Robert Jones head the list of outs for the Demons, with coach Dean Woosnam admitting that they will be hard to replace.
“You can’t cover the loss guys like Dixon and Jones,” Woosnam said.
He said the club will place emphasis on younger players stepping up to the A grade and developing with senior experience, but he isn’t expecting too much from the start.
“It will take them time to adjust to senior football and mix in with the team,” he said.
Michael Paisley and Michael Brighton have been welcomed back to the Demons, who have also recruited Lucindale’s Joe Foster to bolster their key defender stocks after struggling against tall forwards in last year’s finals.
Craig Beggs, fresh from last year’s Virgo medal, will be a key player for the Demons and will be looking to once again give his midfielders premium service from the ruck.
PROUDLY selling his side as “100 per cent local”, with players all living and working in the area travelling, Penola’s new coach Tony Porter sets a tough mark.
Anything less than finals is a failure in his eyes.
Porter takes over the senior coach role at the Southern Eagles from Luke Duncan, who will continue as a player at the club.
The club has lost a few players, including Sam Davoren, Cody Hicks, Reece Lambert, Aaron Sims and Simon Merrett.
This has been made up by the Southern Eagles recruiting Matt Ferguson and James Fleming from Mount Gambier, Angus Smibert from Adelaide University and Brent Reddan from Kalangadoo.
The team has been focusing on contested work during the season, with Porter wanting his charges to be more accountable.
TIM Richards returns to the team he coached in 2010 and plans to develop the players at his disposal, rather than attracting big recruits.
Last year’s coach Matt Menz will continue as a player at the club
Despite this, the club has managed to secure the return of Jamie Austin and Sam Braidwood to Kingston, as well as Meningie pair Ben Gibbs and Andrew Cunneen.
Cunneen in particular has been impressive throughout the pre-season.
Richards said he was working hard with a limited budget and the club was in a development stage.
He noted David Werner as one younger player ready to step up and do big things.
The club has a lack of senior colts pushing for a senior spot this season, but Richards is patiently waiting on the development of the club’s junior colts side which has had recent success.
The Saints played a trial game against Robe for the annual Smith/Wilks trophy, which they lost, but Richards was impressed with the improvement in his side going into the season.
NEW coach Alan Milligan, a past premiership coach with the Moots, is gearing up his side for a run at the finals this season.
“Our aim is certainly to be the best we can be, to make the final five and go from there,” he said.
His list is much the same as it was last season, with no major losses for the Moots who finished last season in eighth spot.
Former coach Heath Thorpe is playing on and will be happy to just concentrate on his footy, according to Milligan.
“I think he will enjoy just playing and not worrying about everything else,” he said.
Jesse Redden and Jack Luckett are two colts who Milligan believes will step up to A grade this season and the club has also recruited former Kingston utility Brett Lehmann.
The team had two good trial games against Pinnaroo and Nhill, where the team performed well together all over the ground, much to the coach’s pleasure.
The Moots open their season against Padthaway at Padthaway, which Milligan believes will be a good test to begin the season.
KYBYBOLITE is looking to the next generation of Tigers, banking on its strong contingent of younger players to freshen up the side.
Coach Scott Carberry said the team had a few older players last season and is looking for younger players to step up and take control.
Among this next generation are youngsters Patrick Fitzgerald and Duncan Ogilvie as well as new recruits Cody Ireland (Casterton) and Nick Jenkin (East Gambier).
After coming close in the last few years the club is looking to break its long-standing premiership drought, having not tasted grand final success since 1974.
Carberry says finals action but no success in the past three years has “spurred” his side on.
The club has been well-led on the track by Dave Arnold and Tom Cooper.
“They have both led from the front and have stepped up into leadership roles this year,” he said.
LUCINDALE 2011 PREMIERS
BY COUNTRYFOOTY EDITOR, LAWRIE COLLIVER AT NARACOORTE OVAL
Lucindale showed their class and authority by winning the KNTFL Premiership by 26 points over a spirited Naracoorte outfit last Saturday.
The Demons went into the match with severe injury doubts, wingman Tom Prebble (shoulder) and mid-fielder Robert Jones (leg) were both under fitness clouds but both took their places as both sides ran out onto the ground in front of a crowd pushing 5,000.
On a fast track and in a swirly wind, Naracoorte put their devastating 20 goal loss in the second Semi behind them to kick the first four majors of the match. Michael Parker was brilliant, kicking three of the four to get the Demons off to the best possible start. One man and one man alone appeared to be keeping Lucindale in the game, ruckman Mark Snowball was dominating general play as well as winning his fair share of ruck taps as Lucindale floundered a bit in the early stages.
A couple of misses from set shots may well have put the Demons further in front, but to be fair to Lucindale they started to settle and were having a fair amount of the play, but still looked a little nervy and appeared a bit rattled.
Mid-way in the quarter Demons skipper Nathan Smith was in great touch but copped one high and had to leave the ground. Late in the term, Syd Patterson copped a heavy knock in the centre square and required assistance to return to the bench. Only a free kick was given by the Umpire on each occasion when perhaps stronger action may have been taken.
Indirectly or not the game changed after the Patterson incident, as goals came from the clever Travis Ware and the speedy Sam Mardling, so at the first change only 14 points separated the teams – Naracoorte 4.5 to Lucindale 2.3
In the second term, Lucindale started to hit their straps, as the game lifted a level. Snowball continued to play well on ball and with Mardling and McInerney starting to win their positions the Second Semi winners looked back on track. Shane McGurk was proving to be a pest for the Demons defence and kicked a spectacular goal from deep in the left forward pocket – a six-pointer that set the momentum the Roos way. 16 year-old Ethan Gill – 97 kg and about six foot five – was causing some problems on the wing and with goals to Walsh and also Mardling, Lucindale hit the front late in term.
To Naracoorte credit, they realised they had to lift and Mitch Hartree started to sweep up in the Demons defence, picking up possessions at will. Brodie Borg was blanketing Todd Price and with a brilliant goal coming late in the term to the mecurial Jones, there was just two points in it at the main break. Lucindale 6.9 to Naracoorte 6.7
In the main break, one sensed in the Demons rooms that they knew they’d need to play at the top of their game to win their third Premiership in a row. A few players were looking tired and there were several others getting treatment ahead of the second half. The word from the Lucindale rooms was that if they could keep applying the pressure, that eventually they could break Naracoorte.
The game opened up in the third term and Lucindale continued on where they left off, with Snowball winning in the centre and in the early part of the term looked as though they might run away with the game as tallman Walsh sneaked forward to kick a couple of goals.
Lucindale seemed fortunate early in the term to receive two or three free kicks forward of centre from dubious umpiring decisions, which helped them keep their momentum which they had built in the second term. Naracoorte supporters were rightly annoyed, particularly when some more spiteful incidents in the first term didn’t really receive the penalties they should have.
McInerney was also starting to prove elusive as Lucindale again picked up the pace. Naracoorte’s Hartree again had to hold his opponents at bay as things were looking bad for his team. His rebound and drive from defence was faultless.
Leading Goalkicker in the competition, Simon Cox started make his presence felt leading front and centre for a couple of goals and with James Dixon starting get a few touches, including a good goal, after a very quiet first half, the Demons were hanging in there on the scoreboard.
Snowball crept forward to score a handy goal and with Walsh kicking his third for the term – Lucindale had a nine point lead with a quarter to play. Lucindale 11.10 to Naracoorte 10.7
Under overcast skies, the last term started with many spectators asking the question – could Naracoorte dig deep a find something to win their third flag on the trot, or would the Roos’ break the Demons stranglehold on the pennant and win it themselves?
When Demons forward Brett Gould, who had been very quiet for much of the day, had a great chance to goal early in the term but missed – you sensed that was the spark that was needed for Naracoorte to win the game.
It was to be Lucindale’s day. McInerney, Mardling and the reliable Handbury all kicked goals as the Second Semi Final winners started to scent victory. Naracoorte players were on their last legs, and were battling to stay with their opponents. The Demons defence, led by the magnificent Hartree were doing their best, but the run from the Lucindale on-ballers was proving too much. When 16 year-old Ethan Gill showed a bit of class and goaled just into time on, the game was all over as the Roo’s headed for their first Premiership since 2005.
Naracoorte’s Simon Cox kicked his 5th for the game, to finish with 112 goals for the season – but as the siren sounded, it was Lucindale who could do all the celebrating, winners by 26 points, a fair margin.
After quarter time Lucindale had plenty of winners around the ground, with ruckman Snowball a clear best on ground in my book. While Ryan McInerney was a very good player, Snowball was holding it together when his team was under the pump in the first term and clearly won his battle with Virgo Medalist Craig Beggs. Tim Walsh another good player with his four goals, while Jamie McCarthy did a superb blanketing role on James Dixon to effective shut the Demons star out of the game.
For a game Naracoorte outfit, Hartree was a clear best player. He went into the match a double fracture in his hand but swept across the backline and played brilliantly right to the end. Others to do well were Syd Patterson was knocked out early and responded in the best possible way while Wilson and Munro were superb in defence. Youngster Brodie Borg dominated Todd Price, who was goalless after a 8 goal haul in the Second Semi and skipper Nathan Smith led his team in the best possible way.
In the final analysis, Lucindale were a slightly classier team, while Naracoorte’s youngsters led the way and were let down a little but some of the senior players who struggled to work themselves into the game.
Finally, I would like to congratulate the Naracoorte FC and the KNTFL people for a well run Grand Final. The home of the Demons is a great venue and the footy on the day was great to watch – well done to all concerned including outgoing Demons President Glen Hamlyn and his harding working team.
LUCINDALE TRIUMPHS IN GRAND FINAL
26 POINT VICTORY AT NARACOORTE
by Terry Willoughby, Sunday September 18 2011
The big question in the KNT Grand Final was whether Naracoorte could turn the tables on Lucindale after suffering a 20 goal loss in the 2nd semi. Naracoorte made a positive start as Lucindale conceded the first four goals. Defenders Hartree, Munro and Patterson were doing well for Naracoorte and Lucindale were finding it hard to score and trailed by 14 pts at ¼ time.
Slowly Lucindale began to exert their influence on the game through big men Mark Snowball and Tim Walsh who again proved handy near goal. Josh Walker and fellow defenders Jamie and Kane McCarthy tightened their games and now Naracoorte found scoring difficult. Greater scoring power aided Lucindale who took a narrow 2 point lead at ½ time.
Naracoorte’s season was now on the line but Lucindale matched everything and gradually began to gain control but only narrowly. Simon Cox was Naracoorte’s most dangerous forward but the Lucindale defence and midfield were on top and chances had dried up as Naracoorte trailed by 9 points at the last change. Lucindale started the last quarter with a burst of goals which broke the back of Naracoorte’s resistance. The Demons could do no more and even though Hartree and co continued to battle hard the powerful on-ballers and half-backs of Lucindale were impenetrable. A fourth goal sealed the result with Lucindale triumphant by 26 points.
Ryan McInerney starred for Lucindale, Josh Walker dominated at half-back and had plenty of assistance from the McCarthy brothers, Tim Walsh and Mark Snowball played well in ruck and kicked valuable goals when going forward. Naracoorte’s best were Mitch Hartree, Luke Munro, Sid Patterson, Nathan Smith and Brodie Borg. It was Lucindale’s day to celebrate and they were jubilant.
Grand Final at Naracoorte - September 17, 2011
Best: Lucindale – Ryan McInerney, Josh Walker, Mark Snowball, Tim Walsh, Kane McCarthy, Jamie McCarthy. Naracoorte – Mitch Hartree, Sid Patterson, Luke Munro, Nathan Smith, Brodie Borg, Matt Wilson. Goals : Lucindale - Tim Walsh 4, Sam Mardling 3, Ryan McInerney 2, Shane McGurk 2, Mark Snowball, Ethan Gill, Travis Ware, Rob Handbury. Naracoorte - Simon Cox 5 (112 for 2011), Michael Parker 3, Robert Jones, James Dixon, Jake Gilbert.
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