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PENOLA WIN HIGH QUALITY GRAND FINAL OVER KEITH

by Terry Willougby - 16 September 2013

Penola

5.3

9.5

12.9

17.10 (112)

Keith

6.0

9.4

11.6

13.12 (90)

Best: Penola - M. Merrrett, S. Jackman, B. Merrett, B. Foster, B. McIntyre, C. Gray. Keith  - A. Wilson, P. Makin, C. Statham, D. Stratford, B. King, H. Drogemuller. Goals: Penola - B. Merrett 4, A. Merrett 4, B. Mcintyre 2, L. Jones 2, M. Willson 1, S. Jackman 1, N. Clayfield 1, B. Foster 1, C. Gray 1. Keith -  H. Drogemuller 3, D. Stratford 2, B. King 2, A. Hunt 1, A. Bradley 1, L. Mitchell 1, A. Bowley 1, J. McEntee 1, A. Wilson 1

Penola and Keith looked a good match on paper and that’s how it panned out. Both teams had high scoring forwards and productive on-ballers and the first quarter saw the lead change hands regularly as Keith matched every Penola move with accurate kicking which gave them a narrow lead of three point at quarter-time.

Skipper Matt Merrett was strong at half back for Penola and restricted Keith ‘s James McEntee influence but Andrew Wilson was on top in the centre for the Crows with Statham and Dion Stratford defending strongly.

The game tightened in the 2nd term and again the lead changed hands. Youngster Brad Merrett was proving a difficult match-up in the forward pocket for Penola with his strong marking a feature. Jackman also came into the game around the centre for Penola but Keith stayed in touch through Hugo Drogemuller in ruck where he was having the better of his duel with medalist Dylan Coxon.

The 3rd quarter started with Penola only a point ahead and scoring became difficult as defences on both sides got on top. Penola’s more skilful ball carriers in Ben McIntyre and Jackman were able to make better use of the ball and push the Eagles to a 9 point lead. Keith continued to tackle hard and force errors but couldn’t match Penola when they had the ball. Brad King was working hard around the stoppages for Keith and Makin was their best forward with McEntee contained by Merrett.

Coach Tony Porter galvanized  his players with an inspiring ¾ time speech with the game very much in the balance. Keith had chances early in the last with Wilson still playing well in the mid-field but the Eagle defence held firm. Key Penola forwards Brodie Foster and Jon Copping also came into the game after half-time as the Crows’ slowed.

Penola kicked away midway through the last quarter as more players got involved with Keith now running on empointy. One of these was Kane Ransom who was in doubt after injury during the week. Matt Merrett was best for Penola with a terrific performance at centre halfback against a quality opponent, Spence Jackman got better as the game wore on, talented youngster Brad Merrett with 4 good goals marked strongly, Foster, Ben McIntyre and Corey Gray at half-back headed the best players whilst leading goal-kicker Adam Merrett booted 4 when opportunities presented. Keith were never out of the contest but just lacked a spark when the game was in the balance. Best for the Crows’ were Andy Wilson, Paul Makin, Craig Statham, Stratford, on-ballers Brad King and Hugo Drogemuller who finished with 3 goals. Penola, KNT premiers for 2013, 17-10 to Keith 13-12, a margin of 22 points in a high standard Grand Final.

GRAND FINAL PREVIEW

BY Angus Dearlove - September 12, 2013

IT’S time for the KNTFL’s big one.Penola and Keith will on Saturday meet for the flag at Lucindale - the first grand final in KNT history to be held away from Naracoorte or Bordertown.

Penola got direct qualification to the grand final after finishing the home and away season in third with qualifying final wins against Keith on a muddy Mundulla oval and then Bordertown at Keith in the second semi.

Keith proceeded to a preliminary final match-up with top of the table Bordertown last weekend via a first semi-final win over Mundulla at Kyby.

The Crows did it at Padthaway on the weekend without Jon Wilson.The league medal runner-up suffered an injury at Kyby and would be a long shot to take the field this weekend.

His teammates rolled on in his absence, beating the Roosters to earn the grand final berth. With a total of 16 goals across his three finals Jimmy McEntee looms as the lynchpin for Keith. Against Penola he only kicked one but to say the conditions on the day didn’t suit big marking forwards would be the understatement of the year.Further up the field and the clash of the big men is another notable.

Virgo Mail medallist Dylan Coxon (Penola) and Keith tall timber Hugo Drogemuller are arguably the two best rucks in the league and they will be head to head again. Between Coxon’s bash and crash game style, getting less of the ball in terms of disposals but impacting a lot of contests, and Drogemuller’s agility, the two sides more or less have an extra midfielder with the pair certainly not fitting the usual definition of a ruckman.

Venturing forward for Penola the goalkicking machine Adam Merrett will be rested after the week off and ready to cause headaches for his next opponent. Seamus McMurray is likely to get first go at containing Merrett but will need a hand. Steve Molineux, Nick Hunt and Craig Statham can all cover a key post and should McMurray struggle they can take the job. But they will be hoping the service to the forward line is negated, with Merrett more often than not the beneficiary of great service from Penola’s star midfield brigade of Lachie Jones, Ben McIntyre and Matt Willson. Jones is under an injury cloud after being helped from the field two weeks ago but the Scott McFarlane Memorial Trophy winner will have done all he can to take the field this weekend.

Most would tip Penola to win and claim their first flag since 2003, but anything can happen on the day

KEITH CROWS PUT BORDERTOWN OUT IN STRAIGHT SETS

Preliminary Final report with Terry Willoughby - 9 September 2013

The 1st quarter of the KNT Prelim final was an arm wrestle with neither team able to break into any free flowing football with Keith just ahead at the break. Their on-ballers had been stifled by the Roosters with Nick Clark and Michael Kerr applying plenty of pressure to force errors.

The 2nd quarter was a contrast with both sides able to break free and goals came a rapid rate with respective forwards James McEntee, Keith and Nathan Frederick, Bordertown  looming as major threats to defenders. Keith’s work around the stoppages improved as Hugo Drogemuller began to have a big influence in ruck and running defender Dion Stratford provided plenty of drive from half-back. Both teams added 6 goals for the quarter but Keith led by 7 points. Cuthbertson and Hewett were doing well in defence for Bordertown and Clint Diment had plenty of touches in the centre.

The game was very much in the balance entering the 2nd half but Keith started to gain the upper hand across the mid-field through Andy Wilson and Alex Bowley whilst Stratford and Jon Wright held up many Bordertown forward moves. McEntee was providing a strong target at centre half forward for Keith and had good support from Andy Hunt and Benji Gericke as Keith stretched their lead to 22 points at ¾ time. Late goals to the Roosters had reduced Keith’s lead.

Bordertown had the job in front of them but Keith still had plenty of gas left. Clark and Kerr consistently pushed Bordertown forward but the Keith backmen were holding up well as the Roosters challenged. The Roosters crepoint closer but Keith were steadier at the finish and held on to win by 11 points. Keith’s best were Dion Stratford, ruckman Hugo Drogemuller, Jon Wright, McEntee with 6 goals, Bowley and Andy Wilson. Bordertown just didn’t have quite the hunger of 2012 and bowed out in straight sets. Their best were Clark, Kerr, Cuthbertson and Hewett in defence, Clint Dment and Ryan Frick. Keith 16-14 defeated Bordertown 14-15 to advance to next weeks’ Grand final against Penola at Lucindale.    

Preliminary Final - September 7, 2013

Keith

3.3

9.7

14.9

16.14 (110)

Bordertown

2.1

8.6

10.11

14.15 (99)

Best: Keith - D. Stratford, H. Drogemuller, J. Wright, J. McEntee, A. Bowley, A. Wilson. Bordertown - N. Clark, M. Kerr, K. Cuthbertson, C. Diment, N. Hewett, R. Frick. Goals: Keith - J. McEntee 6, A. Hunt 2, H. Drogemuller 2, B. Gericke 2, B. King 1, C. McMurray 1, A. Bowley 1, A. Bradley 1. Bordertown - N. Frederick 6, C. Diment 2, L. Eats 2, A. Stephens 2, T. Harkness 1, J. Searle 1

PRELIMINARY FINAL PREVIEW

with Angus Dearlove - September 5, 2013

ALL roads lead to Padthaway this weekend for the penultimate game of the KNTFL season.

It’s a Tatiara showdown between Bordertown and Keith for the right to play Penola in the big dance at Lucindale on September 14.

Keith have come into this match the “hard way”. After losing to Penola in the qualifying final - a tough slog on a heavy Mundulla Oval - Keith had to venture to Kyby for a Sunday session first semi-final against the Moots. They came out 46-point winners, in a match they were favoured to win, but may have tired legs coming into this weekend.

Bordertown have only had one finals match before this, which was their 45-point loss to Penola on Saturday. After finishing on top of the ladder at the end of the minor round the Roosters were rated a good chance to beat Penola and secure a second straight grand final spot and a chance to go back to back.

But Penola, after some early season jitters, have been arguably the most dangerous side all year and were too strong for the reigning champions. In the last match between Keith and Bordertown the Crows pipped the Roosters by 16 points. That was back in round nine, before the interleague break.

Since then the two sides have had relatively similar records, never more than arm’s length from top of the ladder.

The battle of the forward lines shapes as an interesting tussle. Both sides have that big forward capable of kicking a bag, with Nathan Frederick for Bordertown and Jimmy McEntee for Keith.The pair were on display last weekend, with Frederick kicking four in a losing effort and McEntee managing a magnificent nine to cap off his side’s victory.

In the ruck Bordertown look to have a slight advantage with the pairing of big recruit Michael Kerr and premiership-winning local Rory Tink. Keith’s big men are nothing to sneeze at though, with Hugo Drogemuller a very good footballer and Andy Hunt a more than capable chop out.

In the midfield, Bordertown’s Adrian Stephens and Keith’s Jon Wilson will feature highly for their respective sides.Both were prominent at the KNTFL medal night, deservedly so, and will provide headaches for their opposing coaches and taggers.With an even match-up it is hard to pick a result but Bordertown could start favourites given their lighter run into the game.

In the reserves Penola play Mundulla in a rematch of the qualifying final two weeks ago.In that game Mundulla had the advantage of being on their home turf despite being the “away” side and they came away with the victory. On the weekend they played the all-conquering Naracoorte in the second semi and were easily defeated. Meanwhile on Sunday Penola ended Padthaway’s dream run. A dry day, compared to the Mundulla mudpit, may see the slicker Eagles turn their fortunes around in this one to secure a grand final match with Naracoorte.

KEITH CROWS PUT DOWN MUNDULLA CHALLENGEThe Keith Crows bounced into action ready to erase last weeks upset loss. Mundulla on a high after defeating Naracoorte were under the pump from the outset and poor finishing in front of goal was costly as James McEntee made his presence felt at the other end against smaller opposition and in better conditions.

The Moots matched Keith around the ground but couldn’t match it on the scoreboard and the Crows led by 15 points at quarter-time. The 2nd term was even and Mundulla should have been on terms with but again failed in front of goal with McEntee now monstering the Moot’s defenders. The Packer brothers, Boyd and Wade were sharp near goal but only provided small targets as the Moots trailed by 13 points at the long break.

 Former coach Heath Thorpe and mid-fielder Jake McGrice were working hard to keep the Moots in the contest but Graetz and Staham held them up in defence. The Crows blew the game apart in the 3rd term when they slammed on 7 goals to two and lead by 49 points at the last change. Ruckman Hugo Drogemuller and clever on-baller Jon Wilson were on top at the stoppages and also contributed goals whilst Bradley was a good foil in the forward line where he kicked opportunistic goals.

In typical Mundulla style they never gave up but the Crows with greater physical strength had plenty of momentum and although outscored narrowly went on to win by 46 points. McEntee was unstoppable for the Crows and booted 9 goals in a powerful performance to be best ahead Jacob Graetz, Drogemuller, Craig Statham, Jon Wilson and Paul Makin. Mundulla’s run and carry game had been severely tested but better players were Thorpe, McGrice, the Packer boys and Grady Obst. Keith, 21-16 too good for Mundulla 14-14

1st Semi Final - 1 September 2013

Keith

4.2

9.6

16.13

21.18 (144)

Mundulla

1.5

6.11

8.12

14.14 (98)

Best: Keith - J. McEntee, J. Graetz, H. Drogemuller, C. Statham, P. Makin, J. Wilson. Mundulla - H. Thorpe, J. McGrice, B. Packer, W. Packer, G. Obst, S. Luckett. Goals: Keith - J. McEntee 9, A. Bradley 4, J. Wilson 2, H. Drogemuller 2, A. Bowley , A. Hunt , B. King , D. Stratford. Mundulla - B. Packer 4, W. Packer 3, J. Wiese 2, L. Wiese 2, J. Webb , J. Mock , N. Davis

PENOLA TURN BORDERTOWN ROOSTERS INTO FEATHER DUSTERS

Penola were quickly into stride against Bordertown in the KNTFL 2nd semi final with Adam Merrett handy near goal and Spencer Jackman doing well in the centre. The youngest of the Merretts, Brad was also causing some damage on the forward line and Bordertown were struggling to keep them out. Bordertown had to work hard for their goals with with Penolas’ defenders Drew Clayfield and Phil Lambert holding them up. Bordertown trailed by 14 points at quarter time but had more of the play in the 2nd but Penola still held the lead. Simon Zadow was stretchered off early for Penola with a serious leg injury and star youngster Lachy Jones also left the ground in the 3rd term leaving the Eagles short on the bench.

Bordertown could make no impression in the 3rd quarter with Jackman, Nick Clayfiled and Ben McIntyre all doing well for Penola. Nick Hewett had battled hard at half-back for the Roosters and Sam Devitt got plenty of touches but Penola had their tails up in the last term and raced away with 7 goals to 3 to win comfortably. They had more dangerous forwards and Bordertown just couldn’t keep them under control. Best for Penola were Jackman, Nick Clayfield, Ben McIntyre, Kane Ransom, Lambert and Matt Willson. Bordertown’s best were Hewett, Sam Devitt, Rory Tink, Josh Searle and Clint Diment. The Roosters chances nose-dived when they had a player sent off in the last term but Penola had also been reduced by injury. Penola into the grand final with the 45 point win, 18-14 to Bordertown 11-11.  

Second Semi Final - 31 August 2013

Penola

6.3

9.9

11.12

18.14 (122)

Bordertown

4.1

7.8

8.11

11.11 (77)

Best: Penola - S. Jackman, N. Clayfield, B. Mcintyre, K. Ransom, P. Lambert, M. Willson.  Bordertown: N. Hewett, S. Devitt, R. Tink, J. Searle, C. Diment, A. Stephens. Goals: Penola - B. Merrett 4, A. Merrett 4, S. Jackman 2, T. Bailey 2, N. Clayfield 2, D. Clayfield 2, J. Galpin 1, O. March 1. Bordertown:  N. Frederick 4, L. Eats 3, A. Stephens 1, T. Harkness 1, C. Diment 1, M. Hayes 1

FIRST & SECOND SEMI FINAL PREVIEWS

by Angus Dearlove of The Naracoore Herald

30 August 2013

ONE down and the KNTFL final five is back to four.

Last weekend Mundulla upset Naracoorte, putting the Demons out of the 2013 premiership race for good. This weekend, reigning premiers Bordertown are back in action after their first round bye and have a huge encounter with Penola.

Second semi-final: Bordertown vs Penola at Keith

In possibly match of the year so far, the rested Roosters come up against the barnstorming Eagles of the south. While Bordertown cooled their heels via the top seed bye last weekend, Penola endured a slog in the wet at Mundulla against Keith.Tony Porter’s men did the job, proving far too good for the Crows. Their run and spread was hampered in the wet but the bigger bodies of Adam Merrett, Jon Copping and Dylan Coxon paved the way for a good win.

Bordertown deserved their top-spot finish and are setting their eyes on back-to-back flags.The form of gun recruit duo Adrian Stephens and Michael Kerr has played a big part in their success, with the Adelaide pair offering class and speed (Stephens) and strength and power (Kerr).Defender/midfielder Nick Hewett has provided plenty of drive off a half back while the old favourites such as Frederick up forward and Cuthbertson in defence have been as solid as ever.

In their last encounter, round 13, Penola stamped their authority with a 78-point schellacking of the Roosters. Matt Willson was their best player while Adam Merrett kicked six. A repeat of that, it goes without saying, would be a disaster for Bordertown.Expect a closer encounter but Penola to just be too strong across the field.

The winner of this game goes straight into the September 14 final at Lucindale while the loser plays in the preliminary final at Padthaway on Saturday week.

First semi-final: Keith vs Mundulla at Kybybolite

The dry-cleaning has been done and hopefully the guernseys are clean after both these sides endured soggy matches last weekend.

For Keith they come in off a loss to Penola while Mundulla are full-steam ahead following their upset of Naracoorte.

Keith on paper are the better side, having occupied top spot on the ladder going into the final round of home and away matches, where they had a bye. But the game isn’t played on paper as was found out last weekend when the Moots wrote their own script at Naracoorte.

Kyby is the venue and word is it will be still quite heavy under foot. Keith have the firepower to run away with this while Mundulla are excellent battlers who will fight it out to the end.Interesting will be the defensive match-up for Keith’s Jimmy McEntee.The Crow spearhead was quiet in the wet last weekend, only kicking the one goal (his team managed five) but it is hard to keep a good man down.

Step up Matt Staude, the Moot defender who held Naracoorte’s Sam Logan to zero last weekend.With Heath Thorpe and Nick Davis also floating around taking mark after mark the Mundulla back six is in good form and will look to hold back the tide. This should be a close game with Keith the narrow favourite.In the reserves second semi-final Naracoorte are back in action against Mundulla. So far undefeated Naracoorte have been a clear head and shoulders above the pack while Mundulla made good use of the conditions to defeat Penola last weekend.

Penola play the fairytale story - Padthaway - on Sunday and are likely to end the run.The Lions are in their first finals series for years and enjoyed last weekend but the Eagles at Kyby looks like a bridge too far. But expect a strong blue and gold presence in the crowd and a lot of noise.

DYLAN COXON WINS VIRGO MEDAL

29 August 2013

This year's Virgo Mail Medal has been won by Dylan Coxon of Penola. He finished on 24 votes, four ahead of Keith's Jonathon Wilson, Mark Snowball (Lucindale) and  Billy Laurie (Kybybolite) who all tied for second on 20 votes.

The Johnson Medal for Reserves Best & Fairest was won by Lee Curnow of Kybybolite on 19 votes.

The Scott McFarlane Memorial Rising star award won by Lachlan Jones of Penola, while the Travelworld Footballer of the year won by James Turner of Kaniva Leeor United.

MUNDULLA DEFEAT UNDISCIPLINED, LAZY NARACOORTE

by Terry Willoughby - 25 August 2013

Naracoorte led throughout the 1st half of the elimination final but Mundulla were never far away. The Demons looked a better team early, on the firm but slippery ground, with Beggs on top in the ruck and Hartree good at halfback. Bettoncelli on the wing and rover Matt Gill gave Naracoorte the edge as they got out to 3 goal lead in the 2nd term but Thorpe was strong in defence for Mundulla and McGrice, Luke Wiese and Luckett were winning plenty of kicks around the mid-field and a couple of late goals reduced Naracoorte’s lead to just 7 points at ½ time.
Mundulla started the 3rd term with more purpose and they got on top with players running harder to space and using the ball better. Naracoorte allowed their opposition time and became lazy with several undisciplined bits of play that gifted goals to the now confident Moots. They hit the front midway into the 3rd quarter and had Naracoorte in deep trouble at ¾ time, trailing by 15 points. Naracoorte coach Dean Woosnam appealed to players for big last quarter effort but all the momentum was with Mundulla. They continued to play in front and create chances with Luke Wiese on the wing being very damaging and Nick Davis seemingly on his own through the centre corridor.
Naracoorte couldn’t find a way through the Mundulla defence as they swept the ball away to goal three times in the last quarter and win impressively by 28 points. Best for Moots were McGrice, Luke Wiese, Heath Thorpe, Sam Luckett, Sam Excell who booted 3 goals and Nick Davis. Naracoorte were very disappointing in the 2nd half and their best were Mitch Hartree at half-back, Bettoncelli, Matt Gill and Syd Patterson but too many played unaccountable football when the game was in the balance.

Elimination Fina - Sunday 25 August, 2013l

Mundulla

2.2

6.2

11.6

14.8 (92)

Naracoorte

4.1

7.3

9.3

10.4 (64)

Best: Mundulla - J. McGrice, H. Thorpe, S. Luckett, L. Wiese, S. Excell, B. Lehmann. Naracoorte - M. Hartree, J. Bettoncelli, M. Gill, S. Patterson, C. Beggs, S. Henschke. Goals: Mundulla - S. Excell 3, B. Packer 2, W. Packer 2, J. Mock 2, S. Luckett , J. Wiese , B. Lehmann , J. Milligan , J. McGrice. Naracoorte - R. Jones 2, M. Childs 2, M. Parker 2, M. Gill , B. Henderson , M. Hartree , S. Henschke

PENOLA TOO GOOD FOR KEITH IN QUALIFYING FINAL
The bigger bodied Keith Crows looked well suited by the heavy going but were outrun by Penola in the Qualifying final at Mundulla. Penola should have been further in front at quarter-time but poor finishing near goal saw Keith lead by a point.
Noted mudlark Jon Copping was in everything for Penola as they gradually got on top in the 2nd quarter with strong work in defence from Phil Lambert and a dominant ruckman in Dylan Coxon. Century goal-kicker Adam Merrett was also relishing the conditions as Penola led by 11 points and Keith’s big guns had hardly fired a shot.
Goals were hard to score but Penola were much quicker across the ground and continually had Keith chasing as they controlled play in the 3rd quarter. Merrett’s strength was a telling factor as Penola held a substantial 28 point lead at the last change. The Eagles continued to dominate the play and Keith hardly went forward as Copping, Coxon and Jackman won handsomely around the mid-field and Lambert held them up in defence. The Eagles ploughed on to an impressive 43 point win. Adam Merrettt booted 5 goals for Penola with best players being Copping, Coxon, Jackman, Kane Ransom and Lambert. Disappointing Keith had solid battlers in Drogemuller, Wilson, Brad King and Dion Stratford but many were hardly sighted.

Qualifying Final  - Saturday 24 August 2013

Penola

1.5

4.6

7.12

10.15 (75)

Keith

2.0

3.1

4.2

5.2 (32)

Best: Penola  - K. Ransom, S. Jackman, J. Copping, P. Lambert, C. Gray, T. Williams. Keith - H. Drogemuller, A. Wilson, J. Wilson, B. King, D. Stratford, P. Makin. Goals: Penola - A. Merrett 5, M. Willson 2, S. Jackman 1, S. Zadow 1, B. Foster 1. Keith - B. King 2, A. Bradley 1, P. Makin 1, J. McEntee 1

FINALS PREVIEW - WEEK ONE

By Angus Dearlove - 22 August 2013

IT’S finals time in KNTFL footy.
Bordertown this weekend has the bye, courtesy of finishing in top spot, leaving Keith and Penola and Naracoorte and Mundulla to face off in the first weekend of the major round.
Saturday: Qualifying final - Keith vs Penola at Mundulla
Last time these two met, in round 11, the match-up delivered a classic.
Penola came out on top, 21.13 (139) to 19.10 (124) in one of the best games of the season.
Fast forward to now and both sides have clearly been in the mix and well deserve their double chance. Keith were top coming into the last round but had a bye so could only watch as Bordertown overtook them.
Penola on the other hand weren’t at their devastating best but still managed a reasonably comfortable win over Kaniva/Leeor United. It could be a battle of the spearheads on Saturday with league leading goalkicker Adam Merrett for Penola and the ever-dangerous Jimmy McEntee for Keith fronting the two high-scoring sides. Because of this the midfield becomes key as whoever gets on top in the engine room will ensure good service to the powerful front men.
Sunday: Elimination final - Naracoorte vs Mundulla at Naracoorte
Sunday session is in for the finals series and fortunately for Naracoorte they get home ground advantage against the Moots.
After losing to Keith and then cruising against Lucindale the Demons are out to ensure progression as they try to shake off some so-so form against the Tatiara Tigers. Like Penola, Naracoorte have proven to be devastating at times however they have also been guilty of taking their eye off the ball and struggling against lower-ranked teams for periods of games.
Naracoorte’s physical game style against Mundulla’s quick run and spread will be an interesting match-up in this game.
Can Mundulla run Naracoorte off their feet before the Demons knock them off theirs?
Former league medallist Matt Gill has been in good form for Naracoorte and looms as a big player, while key forward Sam Logan missed last week but will hopefully return to Naracoorte for their finals campaign.
Mundulla’s best have been spread around, with brothers Boyd and Wade Packer dangerous in front of goals and interleague midfielder Jake McGrice showing his worth. Jason Milligan missed Mundulla’s last game and his return to the ruck role would be much-anticipated against the classy Craig Beggs.

ROUND 19 REPORT

BORDERTOWN FINISH ON TOP
Terry Willoughby – August 18, 2013
Bordertown dispensed with arch-rival Mundulla and regained top spot on the ladder courtesy of Keith having the bye. The Roosters made a good start and led by 28 points with youngster Lachlan Eats firing up forward and Nick Hewett good through the mid-field.. Mundulla responded strongly in the 2nd term but Bordertown still managed goals against the flow of play. Jake McGrice and Callan Obst were winning plenty of kicks for the Moots and Heath Thorpe defended strongly but Bordertown got plenty of drive from Clint Diment and Sam Devitt.
The Roosters kicked away in the 3rd quarter with Frederick and Eats dangerous near goal and Cam Dahlitz on the ball. The Roosters matched everything Mundulla had in the last term and won by 37 points. Best for the winners were Eats who kicked 5 goals, Hewett, Cam Dahlitz, Devitt and Clint Diment. Mundulla , always chasing after quarter-time were best served by Brett Lehmann, Jarv Webb, McGrice and Obst.
Naracoorte easily accounted for bottom placed Lucindale by 50 points but it should have been much more. Wasteful kicking in front of goal may have cost the Demons the double chance as they kicked only 13 goals out of 34 shots. The hapless Roos battled for some respectability with bighearted Mark Snowball leading the way. Naracoorte with a greater spread of talent increased their lead in every quarter. Better players for the Demons were Matt Gill, ruckman Craig Beggs, Josh Cother on the wing, Sid Patterson and Brad Henderson with 4 goals. Snowball was the standout for Lucindale ahead of Pat Baker, Dan McCarthy and Rob Handbury.
Kybybolite finished the season on a positive note with a 52 point win over Border Districts. The first three quarters were even with the lead changing hands regularly. Borders had their nose in front by just 2 points at ½ time but Kyby had more of the play and edged ahead just before ¾ time. Brad Vallance and defender Nick Thomson were keeping Borders alive but Scott Carberry presented a growing threat at full forward for Kyby. The Tigers completely dominated the last quarter and slammed on 9 goals to Borders two to win by 52 points. Best for Kyby were on-ballers Dunc Ogilvie, Tom Cooper, Carberry who booted 9 goals and Billy Laurie. Vallance, Thomson, Fraser Adams on the wing and Jay Zeuner were best for Border Districts.
Penola kept Kaniva-Leeor to just two goals in the 1st quarter and then surged clear in the 2nd when they booted 6 to lead by 36 points at ½ time. Penola had strong peformers in Lachy Jones and Ben McIntyre on the ball and Adam Merrett was again among the goals with 5. The game petered out in the last quarter with KLU playing with little enthusiasm and Penola went on to win by 58 points. Jones, McIntyre, Jacob Pfitzner, Matt Merrett and Matt Willson were best for Penola. The consistent Paul Adlington, the Stallion brothers Ben and Steve, and Jesse Vivar tried hard for KLU. Padthaway led throughout in a lack lustre game to defeat Kingston by 34points. Kingstons’ only bright spot coming in the 3rd quarter, when they booted 7 of their 9 goals but Padthaway were far too consistent.

Round 19 - August 17, 2013

Kybybolite

4.1

7.8

9.13

18.18 (126)

Border Districts

6.1

8.4

9.7

11.8 (74)

Best: Kybybolite - D. Ogilvie, T. Cooper, S. Carberry, B. Laurie, S. Munn, D. Arnold. Borders - B. Vallance, N. Thomson, F. Adams, J. Zeuner, D. Hannaford, P. Light. Goals: Kyby - S. Carberry 9, C. Hanley 3, B. Laurie 2, T. Cooper 1, M. Drury 1, J. Lange 1, B. Munn 1. Borders - C. Robinson 4, C. Barras 2, S. Ferenci 2, B. Vallance 2, L. Gabbe 1

Penola

1.4

7.10

10.14

15.15 (105)

Kaniva Leeor

2.4

2.4

4.4

7.5 (47)

Best: Penola - L. Jones, B. Mcintyre, J. Pfitzner, M. Merrrett, M. Willson, S. Zadow.  Kaniva Leeor United : P. Adlington, J. Vivar, B. Stallion, S. Stallion, J. Larocca. Goals: Penola - A. Merrett 5, B. Mcintyre 3, B. Merrett 3, D. Clayfield 2, B. Foster 1, K. Ransom 1. Kaniva Leeor United: P. Adlington 3, J. Brown 1, C. Sharples 1, B. Hawker 1, J. Vivar 1

Padthaway

1.0

6.5

10.7

14.14 (98)

Kingston

0.4

1.5

8.6

9.10 (64)

Best: Padthaway – not av. Kingston - B. Warner, J. Brown, M. Higgs, J. Gluyas, R. Clarke, J. Austin. Goals: Kingston - B. Warner 3, S. Braidwood 2, C. Watson 1, J. Gould 1, M. Higgs 1, D. Richardson 1

Bordertown

5.4

8.5

13.7

16.9 (105)

Mundulla

1.0

6.3

7.3

10.8 (68)

Best: Bordertown - L. Eats, N. Hewett, C. Dahlitz, S. Devitt, C. Diment, M. Downie. Mundulla - B. Lehmann, J. Webb, J. McGrice, C. Obst, H. Thorpe, L. Duell. Goals: Bordertown - L. Eats 5, N. Frederick 4, J. Jarrett 1, A. Diment 1, R. Frick 1, C. Diment 1, R. Tink 1, J. Searle 1, C. Dahlitz 1. Mundulla : B. Packer 2, B. Lehmann 1, J. Webb 1, T. Perry 1, L. Wiese 1, J. Wiese 1, J. McGrice 1, W. Packer 1, S. Luckett 1

Naracoorte

2.5

6.9

9.15

13.22 (99)

Lucindale

1.2

4.7

5.12

6.13 (49)

Best: Naracoorte - M. Gill, C. Beggs, J. Cother, S. Patterson, B. Henderson, M. Hartree.  Lucindale : M. Snowball, P. Baker, D. McCarthy, R. Handbury, A. Smart, T. Menz. Goals: Naracoorte - B. Henderson 4, M. Childs 2, M. Parker 1, Z. Donnelly 1, C. Gill 1, K. Jacobs 1, M. Gill 1, M. Hartree 1, J. Cother 1.  Lucindale: R. Wilkin 2, J. Zohs 2, T. Smith 1, T. Menz 1

LAST GAME OF THE MINOR ROUND - PREVIEW

with Angus Dearlove - August 15, 2013

THE KNTFL top five is set and has been for a while.
But that doesn’t mean this final round is a listless warm-up to the real deal - results are criticial to sort out the make-up of the top three.
With the most to lose appears to be Bordertown.
Depending on results the currently second-placed Roosters could finish top or fourth. A win against their arch-nemesis Mundulla and they will leapfrog top side Keith - who have a bye - to claim the minor premiership and put themselves in the box seat for back-to-back flags.
A loss combined with wins to Penola and Naracoorte, who as it stands are both four points below Bordertown, would consign the Roosters to fourth with their percentage lower than the other two. But the Roosters have hit good form at the right time, putting their destiny in their own hands.
Last week against Kyby Nathan Frederick was on fire, nailing 11 to put the young Tigers to the sword.
Dreadlocked recruit Nick Hewett returned at half back and offered valuable midfield rotation to the already deep Roosters engine room.
But perhaps their talisman, man-mountain Michael Kerr in the ruck was their best and will literally be a big stumbling block for Mundulla’s ruck division.
The Moots are too far back to move from fifth but will want to get one up on their Tatiara cousins after having their dominant streak ruined in recent times.
If Mundulla wins, the same two teams will lock horns in next Sunday’s cut-throat elimination final.

Penola are the most free-flowing, attacking team in the league as their percentage shows and could nab second spot if Bordertown lose.
With Adam Merrett’s 100th goal out of the way all focus is on finals glory and the Southern Eagles are as good as any side on their day.
Most impressive has been their spread of goals, even with Merrett clearly starring.
On their day Jones, Brad Merrett, Ben McIntyre and Brodie Foster are all capable of kicking a bag and this holds Tony Porter’s men in good stead.
Their opponents Kaniva/Leeor are well out of the finals race and have fallen from glory after a dominant but ultimately wasted 2012.
With nothing on the line they might fancy a final charge at singing their song, but away from home it’s unlikely.
Lucindale have one last shot at a win for the season as they host rivals Naracoorte. With that in mind it could be argued both teams have a lot to play for - although Naracoorte’s chance to maybe move to second with results going their way would be a bit more motivation.
The Demons will also be burning after a home loss to Keith - something coach Dean Woosnam would not have taken lightly. Undermanned or not, the Demons play to win and will never be happy with being second best.
Look for them to make a statement and end Lucindale’s ordinary season on a sour note.
In the other matches Kingston host Padthaway. A win to Kingston and a loss to Kybybolite will have the Saints skip over the Tigers in an improved but still lacklustre season while Padthaway look rooted to eighth spot after a disappointing year which promised so much.
Kyby on the other hand travel up the road to Frances looking to repeat their big win in the corresponding fixture earlier this season.
The 93-point win to the Tigers at home to Border Districts in round seven has been the highlight of the ninth-placed Tigers’ season while the sixth-placed Eagles’ are desperate to atone and split the season points with their bitter rivals.

KEITH HOLD TOP SPOT WITH GOOD WIN IN KNTFL

The Keith Crows relished the better surface of Naracoorte’s oval to record a 36 point win and stay on top but it might not be for long as they have a bye in the last round. Windy conditions hampered play and made goals hard to get but Keith made better use of their chances with McEntee getting four without being a dominant force. The Crow defenders led by Seamus McMurray made life difficult for Naracoorte’s forwards and none were able to kick more than a single goal.

Keith kicked clear with 5 goals in the 3rd quarter with Drogemuller doing well in ruck and also kicking useful goals. Naracoorte struggled to find winners and only Jamie Bettoncelli in defence and mid-fielders Josh Cother and Jacob Gschwantner having much impact. Keith went on to win comfortably but kicked only 2-9 in the last quarter.

Better players for the Keith Crows were Paul Makin, Andrew and Jon Wilson, McMurray and Drogemuller. Naracoorte disappointed mostly but better players were Bettoncelli, Cother, Gschwantner and Mitch Hartree.

Penola were challenged strongly by Padthaway in the 1st half and led by only 10 points at ½ time. Tom Edwards and interim coach Will Verco were doing well and Mike Hoffman was useful at half forward. The Penola forwards were threatening but Padthaway’s backmen held them up. That all changed after ½ time when Penola bombarded the goals and added 12 to the Lions two and blow the game apart. The earlier resistance vanished as Penola’s forwards ran riot.

 The last quarter was the same with another avalanche of 12 goals with Adam Merrett getting 8 to reach the century mark, the 1st in the state for 2013, but he was upstaged by small forward Ben McIntyre who booted 10. Penola romped in by 122 points . McIntyre, Lachy Jones, Spence Jackman, Owen March and Matt Merrett all starred for Penola. Best for the shell shocked Lions were Edwards, Verco, Hoffmann and Marshall.

Border Districts and Kaniva-Leeor had a keen tussle all day with Borders prevailing by 8 points. Stuart Ferenci was again the star for Borders and must be a chance for the medal, Clint Robinson booted 6 goals, Mark Ellis and Nick Thomson also played well. Steve Stallion was best for KLU and booted 3 goals, Stimson, Lyon and Hicks also played well.

Boyd Packer had his big day out when he booted 10 goals for Mundulla as they easily defeated Lucindale by 70 points. Brother Wade also got in on the act and booted three. Lucindale never threatened after Mundulla slammed on 9 goals in the 1st quarter to have the game wrapped up. The Moots could have won by more as Lucindale didn’t have power to threaten. Bordertown crushed Kybybolite with a 12 goal 1st quarter and never looked back. The kicked another 9 in the 2nd term to have a lead of 80 points. Ruckman Matt Kerr was dominating the stoppages and around the ground whilst Nathan Frederick booted 11 goals against the hapless Kyby defence. Bordertown had winners everywhere with Sam Devitt, Cam Dahlitz and Clint Diment leading the way. Kyby had only battlers as Bordertown dominated from start to finish. Billy Laurie, Sean Munn and Tom Cooper battled hard against overwhelming opposition. Bordertown, easy winners by 117 points and big chance for 2 flags in a row.

ADAM MERRETT REACHES 100 GOALS FOR THE SEASON

Round 18 - August 10, 2013

Penola

3.6

7.13

19.14

32.20 (212)

Padthaway

3.2

7.3

9.4

14.6 (90)

Best: Penola - B. Mcintyre, L. Jones, S. Jackman, O. March, M. Merrrett, A. Merrett.  Padthaway - T. Edwards, W. Verco, M. Hoffmann, C. Marshall, P. Featherston, B. Gunning.. Goals: Penola - Ben McIntyre 10, Adam Merrett 8 (Reaches 100 for season), L. Jones 5, B. Merrett 3, S. Zadow 2, S. Jackman 1, O. March 1, J. Copping 1, B. Foster 1.  Padthaway: M. Hoffmann 4, J. Dicker 4, B. Gunning 3, J. Dolling 2, A. Longbottom 1

Keith

4.3

5.6

10.9

12.18 (90)

Naracoorte

1.3

2.5

5.7

7.12 (54)

Best: Keith - P. Makin, J. Wilson, S. McMurray, H. Drogemuller, A. Wilson, A. Bowley.  Naracoorte:b J. Bettoncelli, J. Cother, J. Gschwandtner, M. Gill, M. Hartree, M. Cappelluti. Goals: Keith - J. McEntee 4, A. Hunt 2, L. Mitchell 2, H. Drogemuller 2, B. King 1, P. Makin 1.  Naracoorte: B. Borg 1, S. Logan 1, M. Hartree 1, M. Gill 1, J. Sellars 1, M. Parker 1, J. Cother 1

Bordertown

12.4

21.9

25.14

29.22 (196)

Kybybolite

3.3

8.7

10.8

11.13 (79)

Best: Boordertown - M. Kerr, S. Devitt, N. Frederick, C. Dahlitz, C. Diment, A. Stephens.  Kybybolite : B. Laurie, S. Munn, T. Cooper, J. Fitzgerald, D. Arnold, S. Carberry. Goals: Bordertown - Nathan Frederick 11, C. Dahlitz 4, M. Hayes 4, C. Diment 3, L. Eats 2, S. Devitt 1, T. Harkness 1, J. Searle 1, S. Copestick 1, K. Cuthbertson 1.  Kybybolite: S. Carberry 4, S. Munn 2, B. Laurie 2, J. Fitzgerald 1, M. Drury 1, C. Hanley 1

Border Districts

3.3

6.5

11.8

16.12 (108)

Kaniva Leeor

4.4

5.8

11.10

15.10 (100)

Best: Borders - S. Ferenci, M. Ellis, N. Thomson, C. Robinson, B. Vallance, P. Light.  Kaniva Leeor United: S. Stallion, D. Stimson, J. Lyon, J. Hicks, P. Adlington, C. Sharples. Goals: Borders - C. Robinson 6, C. Barras 4, S. Ferenci 2, T. Crick 2, J. Zeuner 2.  Kaniva Leeor United - N. Meyer 4, S. Stallion 3, J. Brown 2, P. Adlington 2, B. Bartholomew 1, J. Lyon 1, C. Sharples 1

Mundulla

9.3

11.3

15.3

19.6 (110)

Lucindale

1.1

3.3

5.6

7.8 (50)

Best: Mundulla - J. Wiese, B. Packer, L. Duell, L. Wiese, N. Davis, T. Ballinger.  Lucindale:  T. Ware, T. Menz, M. Snowball, P. Baker, J. Weaver, H. Legoe. Goals: Mundulla - Boyd Packer 10, W. Packer 3, J. Wiese 1, H. Thorpe 1, J. Webb 1, Z. Digby 1, R. Braybrook 1, T. Perry 1.  Lucindale: D. McCarthy 2, R. Wilkin 2, P. Mulquiny 1, J. McRae 1, T. Ware 1

PREVIEW OF ROUND 18 with Angus Dearlove

8 August 2013

ADAM Merrett’s 100th KNTFL goal for the 2013 season is beckoning.

Just five goals is needed from the burly Penola spearhead for him to reach the ton this Saturday.

Padthaway is the team in his, and his side’s, sights as they head out on the road hoping to gain valuable percentage to help in their finals charge.

While the man himself will modestly state it is about the team, he is sure to be licking his lips at the possibility of emulating Naracoorte power forward Simon Cox’s ton two years ago.

While Penola march on to the finals their opponents are trudging to the finish line.

Padthaway’s first game coach George Verco was unable to get his side up for a win against similarly placed Border Districts on the weekend and will just want this season to end. Highly rated around the club, Verco would not be a bad choice as a full-time senior coach next season and would definitely help his team’s fortunes should he pull back on the boots after a season lost to injury.

Naracoorte return to action this weekend too after a bye and will play off in the match of the round at home against Keith.

Keith are top but have a bye to come so this match becomes very important as to deciding who will have that welcome week’s rest during the first week of finals.

Naracoorte has been one of the clear front-runners for the flag this year, showing the ability to put teams to the sword with clinical, physical football.

Because of the home ground advantage the Demons should start favourites, with Keith also coming off a hard encounter on a heavy track against Mundulla.

In the other matches with finals ramifications Mundulla play bottom side Lucindale and Bordertown travel down to Kyby.

Mundulla has wrapped up fifth spot and barring two huge wins will not get enough percentage to change the fact so will just be looking to keep up its momentum over the final two rounds.

Their Lucindale opponents still remain winless and will struggle to change that but must keep fighting for the right to at least sing their song once this year.

Fresh off a bye Bordertown is part of the cluster at the top and will not want to drop this match against the young Kyby Tigers, lest the double chance go begging.

The Tigers had a rare win on the weekend but there is a clear difference in size and class this weekend.

In the final match of the round Border Districts have the Kaniva trip to face the Cougars. Steve Pretlove’s crew are out to atone for a close loss earlier this year and are hoping to win their third on the trot to finish off a much-improved season.

FOUR TEAMS LOCKED IN BATTLE FOR DOUBLE CHANCE

by Terry Willoughby

4 August 2013

Heavy conditions severely affected two games and two others appeared to have normal scoring patterns. Mundulla charged to an early lead with 4 goals in the first quarter but couldn’t manage another for the remainder as top side Keith slowly but surely stifled them. The Crows led by just 3 points at ½ time and could have sealed the game in the 3rd quarter but kicked 1-6 to keep Mundulla within touch.

Good play was difficult and goals very hard to get but Keith led by 12 points at ¾ time. Both sides were very tired but Keith were able to kick the only goal of the last term on and went on to win by 19 points. Veteran defenders Nick Hunt and Molineux headed Keith ‘s best along with Andrew Wilson and Hugo Drogemuller. Mundulla‘s best were Nick Davis, Luke Wiese, Grady Obst and Sam Luckett.

Border Districts won another low scoring game against Padthaway by 28 points. Stuart Ferenci was again best for Borders who had just a little more scoring power up forward through Brad Vallance with 3 goals and Clint Barras with 2. Borders led by 26 points at ¾ time, an insurmountable lead in the conditions. Ferenci, Nick Thomson, Nick Tarca and Tom Wilson battled the elements to be best for Borders.

Padthaway who parted company with coach Tim Leehane during the week struggled for winners but Jacob Ryan, Ben Gunning, Dolling and Sam Brown tried hard. Lucindales’ chance of a late win in 2013 went out the door by ½ time against Kybybolite who led by 57 points. Kyby’s best players stood out with Ray Jaensch, Tom Cooper and Chris Hanley 6 goals leading the way. Lucindale’s lack of depth was again exposed but they did manage to keep with Kyby after half-time but still trailed by 53 points at the end.

Penola brushed Kingston aside to win easily by 207 points. Adam and Bret Merrett had a contest of their own near goal for Penola and booted 11 and eight respectively. Adam’s total takes him within reach of the century with two games to play. Kingston had no answers as Penola went on a goal kicking spree kicking 25 to Kingston’s solitary one after ½ time.           

Round 17 - August 3, 2013

Kybybolite

5.2

11.9

14.12

17.20 (122)

Lucindale

1.4

2.6

6.7

10.9 (69)

Best: Kyby - R. Jaensch, T. Cooper, C. Hanley, B. Munn, D. Arnold, D. Ogilvie.  Lucindale: T. Menz, D. McCarthy, J. McRAE, M. Snowball, H. Legoe, J. Weaver. Goals: Kyby - C. Hanley 6, B. Laurie 3, J. Bittner 2, S. Carberry 2, T. Cooper 2, M. Pannell 1,D. Ogilvie 1.  Lucindale - M. Snowball 2, P. Baker 2, R. Wilkin 1, D. McCarthy 1, T. Menz 1, A. Smart 1, S. Menz 1, T. Ware 1

Border Districts

4.3

6.3

8.4

9.7 (61)

Padthaway

1.0

2.2

4.2

5.3 (33)

Best: Borders  - S. Ferenci, N. Thomson, T. Wilson, N. Tarca, M. Ellis, L. Gabbe.  Padthaway: J. Ryan, B. Gunning, J. Dolling, S. Brown, D. Boyanton, N. Stark. Goals: Borders - B. Vallance 3, C. Barras 2, S. Ferenci 2, T. Crick 1, M. Ellis 1.  Padthaway: D. Boyanton 2, J. Dolling 1, B. Gunning 1, A. Longbottom

Penola

6.5

12.10

25.13

36.17 (233)

Kingston

3.0

3.1

3.1

4.2 (26)

Best: Penola - M. Willson, B. Merrett, A. Merrett, J. Copping, L. Jones, S. Jackman.  Kingston : J. Austin, J. Gluyas, B. Warner. Goals: Penola - A. Merrett 11, B. Merrett 8, J. Copping 4, L. Jones 2, B. Foster 2, D. Clayfield 2, J. Galpin 2, M. Willson 1, B. Mcintyre 1, S. Jackman 1, K. Ransom 1, S. Zadow 1.  Kingston - C. Watson 2, J. Brown 1, B. Warner 1

Keith

2.0

5.0

6.6

7.9 (51)

Mundulla

4.1

4.3

4.6

4.8 (32)

Best: Keith - S. Molineux, A. Wilson, N. Hunt, J. Wilson, H. Drogemuller, L. Mitchell.  Mundulla: N. Davis, L. Wiese, G. Obst, S. Luckett, C. Wiese, L. Duell. Goals: Keith  - B. Richardson 2, J. McEntee 2, D. Stratford 1, H. Drogemuller 1, A. Hunt 1.  Mundulla -L. Wiese 1, G. Obst 1, B. Packer 1, S. Luckett 1

ROUND 16 PREVIEW WITH ANGUS DEARLOVE

1 August 2013

IT’S a shortened round of KNTFL footy this weekend with only four games.

Two of the top teams in Naracoorte and Bordertown, along with Kaniva/Leeor United, have a bye.
The Keith vs Mundulla game may decide who plays who in what final and Penola will be looking for a big percentage boost over Kingston while the remaining games are being played for bragging rights only.
Lucindale host Kybybolite in what is likely their last chance for a win in 2013.
Sitting in bottom spot the Roos have been waiting for the finish line this year to hopefully regroup and prepare to climb back up the ladder next season.Meanwhile the young Tigers are sitting just one spot above their opponents and hoping for a win here to boost confidence after an improved showing last week against Keith.
For the home side Patrick Baker has been a shining light in a disastrous season, improving each week and offering presence around the ground.
For Kyby they have been well served throughout 2013 by young gun Bill Laurie, a potential Virgo Mail medallist, however his team not winning many games would hurt his chances.
Padthaway head to Goroke to face Border Districts in what could be termed a “grudge match”.
Earlier this year Borders had a last-gasp win on the last goal of the day through the heroics of recruit Stuart Ferenci and will fancy their chances of sweeping Padthaway at the happy hunting ground across the border.
The ruck match-up between Padthaway’s Pete Featherston and Borders counterpart George McWaters - who is returning from suspension - will be a key factor in either team’s fortunes.
Meanwhile the most lopsided match on paper sees Kingston travelling down to Penola.
Fresh off a bye, the Southern Eagles will appreciate a tune-up in this match heading into their last two matches.
One of the more interesting sideshows in this game will be Adam Merrett up forward for Penola. The man they call “Hoggett” sits on 84 goals for the season with three games in hand starting this weekend.
After the Kingston defence conceded 12 goals alone to Brad Vallance last weekend Merrett will be licking his lips at the prospect of facing the Saints.
It is quite possible he could be within touching distance of the 100 comes 5pm Saturday..
For Kingston, the Saints’ improved season is almost over with this game, a bye and then Padthaway to come. Barring any major catastrophe the Saints should not finish bottom, a nice change from recent years, and they could even finish as high as eighth depending on results.
Meanwhile Padthaway president Phil Brown confirmed yesterday that the club has parted ways with A grade coach Tim Leehane.
Brown said the club had decided to “move in a different direction”, although he added the club still “has a lot of respect” for Leehane..
Assistant coach George Verco will take over for the remaining three games of the season.

NARACOORTE HOLD ON IN TITANIC STRUGGLE IN KNT

28 July 2013

Certain finalists Mundulla and Naracoorte had a tight tussle in the first quarter with defences on top for both teams and only one goal scored. The Moots gained control in the 2nd quarter with Grady Obst and Jake Mcgrice winning around the packs and mid-field. Craig Beggs was on top in the ruck for Naracoorte but the Moots backline held them up time and again and they led by 26 points at ½ time.

Naracoorte had more of the play in the 3rd quarter but Mundulla were still going strongly to lead by 17 points at the last change. Bettoncelli and experienced Mitch Hartree were having a big say in the result as Naracoorte closed the gap. The Moots goaled twice in the final quarter but Naracoorte wouldn’t be denied and hit the front late and won by a solitary point.

Beggs, Bettoncelli, Hartree were all good for Naracoorte along with Gilbert, Matt Gill and Sid Patterson. Mundulla, gallant in defeat, shouldn’t be disheartened. They know they can match it with those teams above them, a one percenter here and there could have changed the result. Best for the Moots were Obst, McGrice, Sam Luckett, Lachy Duell and Perry.  

Border Districts swept aside Kingston to win emphatically in a season of disappointment to win by 68 points. Brad Vallance led the way, booting 12 goals to be best afield. Both sides have shown good form at various stages of the season but lacked the depth to threaten top teams. Borders piled on 16 goals after an even 1st half. Vallance, Stuart Ferenci and Ellis were best for Borders. Austin, Warner and Clarke again headed Kingston’s best but they’ve done so all year.

A lethargic Keith saw of a more determined Kyby by 22 points to keep their double chance alive but only by shaking themselves out of a trance to boot 11 goals in the last quarter. Kyby have also been a disappointment but with Scott Carberry firing up forward to boot 6 goals the Tigers looked a threat. However Keith had James McEntee doing as well at the other end. Kyby’ big performers in Laurie, Arnold and Cooper were in everything and had Keith on the defensive from the start.

Keith stuttered and spluttered for 3 quarters but Kyby couldn’t deliver the knockout blow. Trailing at the last change the Crows flicked the switch and piled on 11 goals to win by 22 points but it might not work that way in finals. Alex Bowley, the Wilson’s and Hugo Drogemuller were best for the Keith Crows but many were down in form. Kyby’s best were Tom Cooper, Dave Arnold and Billy Laurie.

Lucindale were competitive for most of the game against Kaniva-Leeor but still couldn’t register a win for 2013. James Turner stood out as best for KLU, former Sturt player Charlie Sharples and the Stallion brothers, Ben and Steve also played well. Pat Baker featured again as Lucindales’ best ahead of Henry Legoe, Trav Ware and Rob Handbury. KLU, home by 30 points. Bordertown with more goal-kicking power accounted for Padthaway by 36 points. Tim Harkness with 6 goals and Nathan Fredericks with 5 were a constant thorn in the Lions’ defence and youngster Lachlan Eats teased his opponent for three. Padthaway battled hard in all other parts of the game but their leaky backline couldn’t keep Bordertown from scoring. Hard working Ben Gunning and Darcy Boyanton tried hard for Padthaway but Bordertown on-ballers Stephens and Kerr were good for the Roosters along with Paech in defence and centreman Clint Diment.

Round 16 - July 27, 2013

Naracoorte

1.6

3.7

8.10

13.11 (89)

Mundulla

0.5

7.9

11.9

13.10 (88)

Best: Naracoorte - C. Beggs, J. Bettoncelli, M. Hartree, J. Gilbert, M. Gill, S. Patterson.  Mundulla: G. Obst, J. McGrice, S. Luckett, L. Duell, T. Perry, Z. Digby. Goals: Naracoorte - S. Logan 4, M. Parker 3, B. Gould 2, R. Pinkerton 1, J. Bettoncelli 1, M. Childs 1,C. Mifsud 1.  Mundulla -  B. Packer 4, J. Mock 3, L. Wiese 1, S. Luckett 1, T. Excell 1, G. Obst 1, W. Packer 1, T. Perry 1

Keith

4.4

8.6

10.7

21.13 (139)

Kybybolite

6.0

10.2

13.7

17.9 (111)

Best: Keith - A. Bowley, A. Wilson, J. Wilson, H. Drogemuller, J. Graetz, J. McEntee.  Kybybolite - T. Cooper, D. Arnold, B. Laurie, B. Kurtzer, S. Munn, R. Jaensch. Goals: Keith - J. McEntee 6, A. Hunt 4, A. Bradley 3, A. Wilson 3, J. Wilson 2, J. Graetz 1,A. Bowley 1, H. Drogemuller 1.  Kybybolite:  S. Carberry 6, B. Laurie 3, R. Jaensch 2, J. Bittner 1, D. Ogilvie 1, M. Pannell 1,B. Munn 1, M. Schinckel 1, J. Lange 1

Kaniva Leeor

5.4

10.7

13.10

19.15 (129)

Lucindale

5.6

6.6

9.8

15.9 (99)

Best: Kaniva Leeor - J. Turner, C. Sharples, J. Hicks, S. Stallion, B. Stallion, P. Adlington.  Lucindale - P. Baker, H. Legoe, T. Ware, R. Handbury, D. McCarthy, J. Weaver. Goals: Kaniva Leeor - A. Carlile 3, S. Stallion 3, C. Sharples 3, D. Stimson 2, P. Adlington 2, J. Turner 2, J. Lyon 1, J. Brown 1, J. Hicks 1, J. Vivar 1.  Lucindale :  P. Baker 4, R. Wilkin 3, A. Smart 2, S. Menz 2, R. Handbury 1, T. Menz 1, B. Hocking 1, T. Ware 1

Bordertown

7.6

10.7

13.11

16.13 (109)

Padthaway

1.2

5.3

9.5

11.7 (73)

Best: Bordertown - T. Harkness, A. Stephens, H. Paech, M. Kerr, J. Jarrett, C. Diment.  Padthaway - K. Hicks, B. Gunning, T. Edwards, M. Hoffmann, A. Longbottom, A. Stevens. Goals: Bordertown - T. Harkness 6, N. Frederick 5, L. Eats 3, S. Copestick 1, J. Jarrett 1. Padthaway - D. Boyanton 4, B. Gunning 3, M. Gibbs 2, M. Hoffmann 1, P. Featherston 1

Border Dists

3.1

8.5

16.9

24.13 (157)

Kingston

4.7

7.10

10.13

12.17 (89)

Best: Borders - B. Vallance, S. Ferenci, M. Ellis, J. Barras, N. Tarca, P. Light.  Kingston: J. Austin, B. Warner, R. Clarke, J. Gluyas, M. Higgs, D. Fraser. Goals: Borders - Brad Vallance 12, C. Barras 4, J. Derrington 2, C. Robinson 2, M. Lemon 1, T. Crick 1,S. Ferenci 1, M. Ellis 1.  Kingston - J. Gluyas 2, J. Austin 2, J. Gould 2, B. Warner 2, S. Braidwood 1, C. Watson 1,

M. Higgs 1, T. Borrillo 1

ANGUS DEARLOVE PREVIEWS ROUND 15

25 July 2013

NARACOORTE heads to fifth-placed Mundulla this weekend in the KNTFL’s match of the round.

The top-of-the-table Demons are part of a three-way tie at the top of the table, equal on 44 points with Keith and Bordertown.

In their last meeting the Moots pushed the Demons in Naracoorte and will be hoping to do the same on the banks of the swamp.

Mundulla had a close win by a goal against Kaniva/Leeor United on the weekend, being pushed all the way by the lower-ranked team.

Naracoorte should be too strong in this encounter but Mundulla don’t have much to lose with their fifth spot all but guaranteed.

Padthaway host Bordertown this weekend with not much to play for apart from pride.

The Lions didn’t play badly against Naracoorte last weekend but still found themselves on the wrong end of the scorecard by a considerable margin. Even at home the visiting Roosters should be too strong.

Kybybolite host Keith after having a bye the weekend just gone. The Tigers have struggled to have any sort of settled side in for most of the year but are likely to regain key trio Jamie Bittner, Tom Cooper and Mick Pannell. Keith were pushed but eventually ran out winners over Kingston on the weekend.

With a heavy oval taking its toll a lot of their players were struggling to run out the game and any soreness left over might leave the door open for a Kybybolite upset.

But over the year on exposed form Keith should get the chocolates over the cellar-dwelling Tigers.

Kingston will be ready for a potential win when Border Districts come to town. In their last match Borders came up trumps by 90 points but since then have lost players to injury and suspension.

With ruckman George McWaters still suspended for this game and gun midfield playmaker Brad Vallance missing in action for the past month the Saints may fancy their chances on their home deck.

Lucindale strap on the long-range fuel tanks for a drive to Kaniva. Not a lot has gone right for Lucindale this year, with a last-start 152-point loss to Penola compounding the misery.

The winless Roos will look to be competitive against the mid-table Cougars as they try to at least salvage one win from their remaining games to break the duck.

TOP 5 ALL WIN AS FIGHT FOR DOUBLE CHANCE BECOMES CRUCIAL

23 July 2013

Naracoorte overcame a fired up Padthaway after ½ time to record a 53 points win and stay in top spot. The Lions matched Naracoorte all over the ground early and but for inaccuracy should have been ahead at the main break instead of being level.

Naracoorte with plenty to play for took control in the 3rd quarter with Gschwantner starring in the mid-field and Sam Logan and Matt Gill getting amongst the goals kicked away to a 20 points lead. They finished off strongly as Padthaway’s spark died and added 7 goals to two in the last quarter to win comfortably. Gschwantner, Michael Childs, Matt and Craig Gill up forward or on the ball, and Rob Jones were best for Naracoorte. Padthaway’s best were noisy small man Darcy Boyanton, Will Verco, Matt Roscow and Jordan Borg.

Penola had an easy win over bottom placed Lucindale by 152 points. Adam Merrett was again in good form around the goal front and booted 9 to jump ahead on the goal-kicking ladder as Penola took control from the start. Brodie Foster was best afield for Penola and booted 4 goals whilst Matt Willson and Spence Jackman both had good games. Pat Baker, and Aaron Smart tried hard for Lucindale.

Bordertown bounced back from last week’s thrashing and kicked away from a competitive Border Districts after quarter-time. Bordertown’s key forwards in Fredericks and Jarrett were too strong for their opponents and on-ballers Steve Copestick and Clint Diment won handsomely around the stoppages. Stuart Ferenci, Clint and Josh Barras battle on for Border Districts who failed to score in the last quarter as the Roosters went on to win by 76 points.

Kingston made Keith battle hard for every possession but lacked the class and depth to make it count. Key forward James McEntee’s 5 goals were crucial in a low scoring game and his sure marking and skills stood out for Keith. Alex Bowley and Cam McMurray around the mid-field played well as the Keith Crows extended their lead to 30 pointss at the finish. Jamie Austin and Ben Warner again stood out for Kingston ahead of Higgs and Clarke.

Mundulla had a narrow escape against Kaniva-Leeor United and only scraped in by 6 points. There was never much between the two sides but KLU with little to play for threw everything at the Moots. Whether forward or back James Turner was the star for KLU and ruckman James Lyon provided chances for his on-ballers. Mundulla looked a little below par and it was quality players Jake McGrice and Sam Luckett doing most of the work with Matt Staude in defence working hard to keep KLU out. KLU were always in the game with Anthony Carlile booting 5 goals and Sharples 3 but Mundulla held on to win by 6 points.   

Round 14 - July 20, 2013

Naracoorte

5.1

8.2

13.7

20.10 (130)

Padthaway

5.5

7.8

9.11

11.11 (77)

Best: Naracoorte - J. Gschwandtner, M. Childs, M. Gill, R. Jones, C. Gill, J. Bettoncelli.  Padthaway: D. Boyanton, W. Verco, M. Roscow, J. Borg, C. Marshall, A. Longbottom. Goals: Naracoorte - S. Logan 4, M. Gill 4, M. Hartree 3, J. Gschwandtner 3, J. Sellars 1, S. Henschke 1, B. Henderson 1, B. Gould 1, C. Gill 1, R. Jones 1. Padthaway: P. Lindsay 3, S. Townsend 2, P. Elsden 2, P. Featherston 1, B. Gunning 1, T. Edwards 1, M. Hoffmann 1

Keith

4.4

6.11

8.13

10.17 (77)

Kingston

2.2

3.2

7.3

7.5 (47)

Best: Keith - A. Bowley, J. Wilson, J. McEntee, A. Wilson, C. McMurray, S. Molineux.  Kingston:  J. Austin, B. Warner, M. Higgs, R. Clarke, S. Braidwood, T. McGovern. Goals: Keith - J. McEntee 5, J. Wilson 2, H. Drogemuller 1, D. Stratford 1, H. McMurray 1. Kingston -  J. Gould 2, T. Baker 1, R. Clarke 1, T. Gardner 1, D. Richardson 1, S. Braidwood 1

Penola

5.2

9.9

18.15

26.20 (176)

Lucindale

0.3

2.4

3.4

3.6 (24)

Best: Penola - B. Foster, M. Willson, S. Jackman, A. Merrett, M. Merrrett, B. Mcintyre.  Lucindale:  P. Baker, A. Smart, T. Menz, D. McCarthy, T. Smith, P. Marshall. Goals: Penola - A. Merrett 9, B. Foster 4, L. Jones 3, S. Jackman 2, M. Willson 2, D. Coxon 1, M. Merrrett 1, S. Zadow 1, B. Mcintyre 1, J. Galpin 1, O. March 1.  Lucindale: P. Baker 1, S. Menz 1, T. Menz 1

Bordertown

4.4

9.8

12.13

17.20 (122)

Border Districts

4.0

5.1

7.4

7.4 (46)

Best: Bordertown - J. Jarrett, D. Feder, S. Copestick, C. Diment, A. Stephens, A. Diment.  Border Districts  - S. Ferenci, C. Barras, J. Barras, P. Light, A. Pitt, F. Adams. Goals: Bordertown - N. Frederick 6, L. Eats 2, T. Harkness 2, J. Searle 2, J. Jarrett 1, S. Copestick 1, C. Dahlitz 1, A. Stephens 1, K. Cuthbertson 1.  Border Districts: N. Thomson 3, C. Barras 3, T. Crick 1

Mundulla

7.4

10.4

12.12

14.15 (99)

Kaniva Leeor

4.0

8.4

11.5

14.9 (93)

Best: Mundulla - S. Luckett, J. McGrice, M. Staude, B. Packer, T. Perry, T. Ballinger.   Kaniva Leeor:  J. Lyon, J. Turner, J. Hicks, S. Dodson, J. Larocca, A. Carlile. Goals: Mundulla - S. Luckett 4, J. Mock 3, G. Obst 3, J. McGrice 2, J. Wiese 1, B. Packer 1.  Kaniva Leeor United: A. Carlile 5, C. Sharples 3, J. Turner 2, A. Brown 2, J. Hicks 1, S. Stallion 1

PREVIEW RACE TO THE TOP BECOMING CROWDED

By Angus Dearlove of The Naracoorte Herald

18 July 2013

AFTER coming so close to notching their first win of the year last weekend, Lucindale have a right to feel unlucky.

Just two points separated the Roos and their seaside rivals Kingston, their second two-point loss in a row.
With only a draw to their name this year Lucindale have endured a lot and it doesn’t get any easier this weekend with a rampant Penola coming to town.
Fresh from a big win over Bordertown, Tony Porter’s men are flying and may be able to nab top spot with a big percentage boost this weekend - which will be their aim.
The two other top teams have games they should win, Naracoorte against Padthaway and Keith against Kingston, but Penola’s match is the most lopsided on paper.
Padthaway come into town to face up to rivals Naracoorte.
There is no love lost between the two with Padthaway being soundly beaten in their past two games against the Demons - and they hated it on both occasions.
The Demons have been the much better side this year and should win easily with their mix of skill and physicality.
Border Districts have the unenviable trip up the road to Bordertown.
They are facing a Rooster outfit who were destroyed down at Penola last week.
The home side will want to respond in the best possible fashion and the depleted Borders outfit is in the firing line.
Minus star midfielder Brad Vallance and their suspended ruckman George McWaters the Eagles will be scratching to field a side competitive enough to go with Bordertown.
A lot will rest on the shoulders of big name recruit Stuart Ferenci, who may have to ruck most of the day in McWaters’ absence.
Keith host Kingston in what should be an easy match for the Crows at home.
Kingston has moved above Kybybolite on the ladder and will be very pleased with its improvement, but the Keith machine is a different beast to the Lucindale outfit the Saints narrowly got over last week.
In the remaining game Mundulla host Kaniva/Leeor United.
The Cougars are one of three teams on equal points looking up at fifth placed Mundulla but will need to make up an insurmountable four games to bridge the gap.
Kaniva/Leeor have played 12 games while Mundulla, Padthaway and Border Districts have played 11 - with the Cougars on four wins to be equal with the latter two.
After a strong game in horrid conditions against Kyby the Moots will be confident of a win against their cross-border rivals. Kyby has the bye.

Round 14 report with Terry Willoughby, July 15, 2014

Penola caused a boilover at the weekend when they thrashed top team Bordertown by 78 points. Led by burly Adam Merrett who booted 6 goals, the Eagles slammed on 9 goals by quarter-time to have Bordertown on the ropes. Dylan Coxon was dominating the rucks and gave his smaller players plenty of opportunities as Penola restricted the Bordertown forwards and mid-fielders. Goals were hard to get in the 2nd quarter but Penola increased their lead to 66 points.

The 3rd quarter saw Penola pile on another 6 goals to just a solitary one from Bordertown who barely looked like a bottom team let alone the top one. Penola coasted in the last quarter and Bordertown added 4 goals to reduce the margin to under 100 points but tumbled from top spot. Matt Willson, Spence Jackman, Dylan Coxon and Adam Merrett were the stars for Penola. Bordertown were completely outclassed with only Steve Copestick and Adrian Stephens offering much resistance.

Mundulla thrashed Kybybolite by 89 points. Hapless Kyby managed only two goals in the first three quarters whilst Mundulla slammed through 20 to lead by 119 points at ¾ time. Small forward Jon Mock was dangerous all day and booted six and Jarred Wiese 5 as Mundulla did as they liked. Kyby booted 7 goals in the last quarter but never threatened Mundulla who still represent a danger to top sides. Best for the Moots were Jarred Wiese, Sam Luckett, Grady Obst, Sam Excell and Heath Thorpe.

Naracoorte had an easy 43 point win over Kaniva Leeor United by 43 points and moved to top spot because of Bordertown’s loss. The Demons steadily increased their lead in the wet conditions with ruckman Craig Beggs giving his on-ballers first use of the ball. Quality players Matt Gill, Brett Gould and Robbie Jones were too good for their opponents although leading goal-kicker Sam Logan was reduced to just one goal for the day. Paul Adlington, Shane Dodson and Jonno Hicks tried hard for KLU.

Keith made better use of the wind when kicking with it than Padthaway and raced to a 34 point lead by quarter-time. The Lions stayed in touch during the 2nd term but the Crows scored two against the wind to be still 15 points up at ½ time. Another 6 goals to two from Padthaway made the game relatively safe for the Crows who led by 42 points at the last change. Padthaway, out of finals contention, had little to play for but mounted a strong challenge in the last quarter and got within 19 points before the final siren. Andrew Hunt booted 5 goals to be high in Keith’s best along with Wilson, Henry McMurray and Jacob Graetz. Tom Edwards, Peter Featherston  and Seb Townsend played solidly for four quarters for Padthaway.

Lucindale fell two points short in their quest for their 1st win of the season Kingston. Less than a goal separated the teams throughout the 1st half with Kingston narrowly in front by just 3 points. Powerful ruckman Mark Snowball was doing everything around the stoppages for Lucindale but Ben Warner and Jamie Austin stole the ball away on many occasions for Kingston. Kingston kicked away in the 3rd quarter and led by 22 points. Lucindale again challenged and slowly closed the margin but the siren beat them with Kingston holding on by 2 points. Wehl, Ryan Clarke, Warner and Austin played well for Kingston. Mark Snowball worked tirelessly for Lucindale ahead of Pat Baker and Aaron Smart.

Round 13 - July 13, 2013

Mundulla

9.5

12.9

20.21

23.22 (160)

Kybybolite

1.3

2.8

2.10

9.17 (71)

Best: Mundulla - J. Wiese, S. Luckett, G. Obst, S. Excell, H. Thorpe, J. Mock.  Kybybolite: B. Laurie, D. Arnold, B. Munn, J. Fitzgerald, S. Munn, J. Williams. Goals: Mundulla - J. Mock 6, J. Wiese 5, T. Excell 3, G. Obst 3, B. Packer 3, S. Luckett 2,

T. Perry 1.  Kybybolite:  I. Noles 2, B. Laurie 2, S. Carberry 2, J. Mckay 1, B. Munn 1, S. Munn 1

Naracoorte

3.7

6.13

10.16

13.16 (94)

Kaniva Leeor

1.3

4.4

5.5

7.9 (51)

Best: Naracoorte - J. Gilbert, M. Gill, B. Gould, C. Gill, R. Jones, C. Beggs.  Kaniva Leeor - P. Adlington, S. Dodson, J. Hicks, J. Turner, J. Larocca, J. Vivar. Goals: Naracoorte - J. Sellars 3, M. Gill 2, R. Jones 2, C. Gill 2, S. Logan 1, J. Gilbert 1, B. Gould 1, M. Childs 1.  Kaniva Leeor:  J. Turner 2, P. Adlington 1, J. Larocca 1, A. Brown 1, D. Stimson 1, J. Brown 1

Keith

6.4

7.8

13.9

15.11 (101)

Padthaway

1.0

5.5

7.7

12.10 (82)

Best: Keith - J. Wilson, A. Hunt, H. McMurray, J. Graetz, N. Hunt, H. Drogemuller.  Padthaway: T. Edwards, P. Featherston, S. Townsend, H. Treloar, P. Lindsay, W. Verco. Goals: Keith - A. Hunt 5, H. Drogemuller 2, J. Graetz 2, J. McEntee 2, P. Makin 1, B. Gericke 1, K. O'Loughlin 1, A. Bradley 1.  Padthaway: P. Featherston 2, A. Longbottom 2, J. Dicker 2, H. Treloar 1, D. Boyanton 1, P. Lindsay 1, C. Marshall 1, B. Gunning 1, W. Verco 1

Kingston

3.3

7.6

11.10

12.11 (83)

Lucindale

3.2

7.3

8.6

12.9 (81)

Best: Kingston - J. Wehl, R. Clarke, B. Warner, S. Braidwood, J. Austin, T. Mcgovern.  Lucindale: P. Baker, M. Snowball, A. Smart, T. Smith, P. Marshall, D. McCarthy. Goals: Kingston - S. Braidwood 3, J. Gould 3, B. Warner 2, R. Cunneen 2, R. Clarke 1, J. Gluyas 1.  Lucindale: P. Baker 3, T. Menz 3, S. McGurk 1, T. Smith 1, T. Ware 1, J. Zohs 1, M. Snowball 1, A. Smart 1

Penola

9.7

11.8

17.10

18.12 (120)

Bordertown

-

1.2

2.3

6.6 (42)

Best: Penola - M. Willson, S. Jackman, D. Coxon, C. Gray, A. Merrett, B. Foster.  Bordertown - S. Copestick, A. Stephens, N. Clark, A. Diment, K. Cuthbertson, D. Feder. Goals: Penola - A. Merrett 6, M. Willson 3, B. Merrett 3, B. Mcintyre 2, B. Foster 2, L. Jones 1, J. Pfitzner 1.  Bordertown - A. Stephens 2, T. Harkness 1, S. Copestick 1, S. Devitt 1, N. Frederick 1

ROUND 13 PREVIEW

10 July 2013 - Angus Dearlove

LAST time it was the one that got away.

Penola were looking to stamp themselves as the real deal with an away win against reigning premiers Bordertown all the way back in round two.

After starting brilliantly the southern Eagles held a five goal break at the final change and the lid was nearly off.

But then things went south.

Bordertown piled on nine goals in the fourth after only kicking nine for the previous three quarters while Penola added a solitary behind to be 24 points in arrears at the final siren.

Ahead of Saturday’s game at Penola the Roosters are sitting on top of the ladder with 10 wins and one loss while Penola are 8-3 and in fourth spot.

They were efficient last week against Kingston, putting the match out of reach by half time and coasting on from then with this week’s encounter in mind.

Penola flexed their muscles with a big win over Border Districts, thoroughly outclassing their northern Eagles opponents.

Adam Merrett was a key figure in Penola’s win, as he is most weeks, with a bag of 10.

The message from coach Simon Fidge to his Bordertown charges will be simple: stop the supply.

No defender in the league can stop Merrett if he gets the supply he was afforded last week so the battle out of the centre is very important.

Both teams regain key personnel this week from the State Country Championships with Lachie Jones (Penola) and Kane Cuthbertson (Bordertown) available for selection.

Kybybolite and Mundulla battle to see who is the top tiger this time around.

After a loss to the Moots last time Kyby will look to turn it around on their home turf.

The boys from Kyby looked like just that - boys - last week against a battle-hardened Naracoorte as they went down by a considerable margin.

This week they face a side that isn’t as physical or as dynamic but the Moots are still a tough task.

With Ray Jaensch returning from the zone side the Kyby defensive stocks have been bolstered but the forwardline is still a little bare without coach Scott Carberry who did not play last week.

Naracoorte have the road trip to Kaniva/Leeor’s Kaniva base hoping to consolidate their position as the second best side in the league.

After an easy win last week the Demons will be up and about looking to assert their dominance against this year’s major slider in the Cougars.

After making the 2012 grand final it has been a poor year for K/L who under new coach Trevor Albrecht have yet to offer any meaningful shot.

He was the feature of last week’s round preview and Sam Logan did not disappoint in his side’s demolition of Kyby - he had 11 goals to his name and now needs just 25 more in five games to notch up the ton.

Padthaway host Keith after freshening up with a bye last week.

The Lions have been almost as disappointing as Kaniva/Leeor so far this year.

After coming agonisingly close to a grand final berth in 2012 the Lions added some very good players over the off-season but have not lived up to expectations.

Sitting in sixth but eight points adrift of Mundulla in fifth the Lions will need the planets to align in the back half of the draw to get into the finals.

It is not an ideal start this weekend with Keith one of the top teams and the only side to beat Bordertown this year.

While an upset is not out of the question the Lions will need their big guns all firing for this to happen, especially with Ben Gunning and Tom McLennan - usually Padthaway’s best goalkickers - absent from the scoresheet last week.

Lucindale return to action with an away game against seaside rivals Kingston for the Wilks/Smith Cup.

After a draw earlier this year - Lucindale’s only points for the season - Nathan Clarke and his Roos would have marked this down as a game they could win.

Heartbreakingly close against Border Districts just before the bye, Lucindale had the week off to stew over it and that could motivate them.

Something to watch this game will be the ruck battle - or rather how Kingston approach the taps.

In their only win of the season - against Kyby - the Saints resorted to not competing for the centre ruck contests and instead tried to read the ball of Kyby ruckman Dave Arnold’s palm.

Lucindale ruckman Mark Snowball has been one of the best ruckmen in the league over the past few years and it will be interesting if Kingston try to nullify him with similar tactics.

Border Districts have the bye.

• Border Districts ruckman George McWaters was found guilty of striking by the KNTFL tribunal on Tuesday night and suspended for two matches. Full story at www.naracoorteherald.com.au.

ROUND 12 REVIEW

TOP TEAMS INFLICT MORE PAIN ON BOTTOM FIVE

by Terry Willoughby, Sunday 7 July 2013

The zone championships meant a football drought for the South East with only the KNTFL in action. Top teams Bordertown, Naracoorte and Penola expanded their percentages whilst Keith had to battle a determined Kaniva Leeor United.

Naracoorte made it all one-way traffic after quarter-time against Kybybolite. The Demons led by 14 points at the 1st change but then piled 19 goals to just 4 in the middle quarters as Kyby buckled under the onslaught. Sam Logan had another big day at the goal-front to finish with 11 goals as Naracoorte dominated across the centre and around the stoppages.

Kyby were powerless to stop the rampant Demons who added a lazy 5 goals in the last quarter to win by 155 points. Sid Patterson, Logan, Josh Cother and Sam Henschke were best for Naracoorte. Darcy Munn, James Williams and Cody Ireland tried hard for Kyby.

Bordertown put Kingston away by quarter-time and made doubly sure by adding 11 goals in the 2nd quarter to lead by 92 points at ½ time. The Roosters had 12 individual goal-kickers and Kingston just couldn’t contain them. The 2nd half was more of a contest but Bordertown were never in danger with Nathan Fredericks booting 7 goals and Tim Harkness 4 in the 96 point win.

On-baller Adrian Stephens was best for the Roosters ahead of Fredericks, Dahlitz and Jed Jarrett. Kingstons’ best were the regulars, Ben Warner, Jamie Austin and Tom Borrillo.

Penola made the battle of the Eagles all their own by clipping the wings of Border Districts by 101 points. The Southern Eagles were never in danger and flew further ahead at every change. Adam Merrett monstered the Borders defence and booted 10 goals as his ruck and mid-field brigade kept belting the ball forward.

Better players for Penola were Matt Willson, Merrett, ruckman Dylan Coxon, Ben McIntyre and crafty Jon Copping. Stuart Ferenci, Nick Tarca and Paul Light battled away for Borders but had little assistance.

Keith had to battle hard to shake off a determined Kaniva-Leeor but managed to a lead all day before winning by 15 points. KLU did well to restrict Keith with half-back James Turner doing well and on-baller Steve Stallion winning plenty of kicks around the stoppages. Keith were just a little bit off the boil but KLU didn’t have enough depointh to reach the lead. Key forwards McEntee with 4 and Jason Snajdar 3 goals converted enough chances to keep the Crows on top. Keith were best served by Wilson, Graetz at half-back, Drogemuller in the ruck and Johnson. James Turner was again KLU’s best along with Steve Stallion, Eli Madderrn and Paul Adlington.  

Round 12 - July 6, 2013

Naracoorte

4.5

14.9

23.15

28.19 (187)

Kybybolite

2.3

6.8

6.9

7.10 (52)

Best: Naracoorte - S. Patterson, S. Logan, J. Cother, S. Henschke, M. Parker, J. Gilbert.  Kybybolite:   D. Munn, J. Williams, C. Ireland, J. Fitzgerald, D. Arnold, S. Munn. Goals: Naracoorte - Sam Logan 11, M. Gill 4, C. Gill 3, S. Henschke 2, B. Gould 2, N. Boon 1, B. Henderson 1, R. Jones 1, M. Hartree 1, M. Parker 1, J. Cother 1. Kyby - B. Laurie 2, M. Drury 1, B. Munn 1, J. Fitzgerald 1, S. Munn 1, D. Ogilvie 1

Keith

4.2

6.5

10.8

11.9 (75)

Kaniva Leeor

2.2

4.2

7.4

9.6 (60)

Best: Keith - J. Wilson, J. Graetz, H. Drogemuller, G. Johnson, S. Molineux, L. Mitchell.  Kaniva Leeor United: J. Turner, S. Stallion, E. Maddern, P. Adlington, J. Lyon, D. Hawker. Goals: Keith - J. McEntee 4, J. Snajdar 3, G. Johnson 1, P. Makin 1, A. Hunt 1, L. Mitchell 1.  Kaniva Leeor United: C. Sharples 3, D. Stimson 3, P. Adlington 2, J. Vivar 1

Bordertown

6.6

17.10

17.13

22.19 (151)

Kingston

0.1

3.2

7.6

8.7 (55)

Best: Bordertown - A. Stephens, N. Frederick, M. Dahlitz, J. Jarrett, R. Frick, C. Diment.  Kingston: B. Warner, J. Austin, T. Borrillo, J. Gluyas, R. Clarke, S. Braidwood. Goals: Bordertown - N. Frederick 7, T. Harkness 4, O. Butler 2, S. Copestick 1, J. Searle 1, A. Stephens 1,  C. Dahlitz 1, M. Downie 1, C. Diment 1, J. Jarrett 1, L. Eats 1, H. Paech 1.  Kingston: J. Gould 4, B. Warner 1, J. Brown 1, J. Austin 1, D. Richardson 1

Penola

7.1

13.5

19.7

24.11 (155)

Border Dists

1.2

2.6

6.6

8.6 (54)

Best: Penola - M. Willson, A. Merrett, B. Mcintyre, J. Copping, D. Coxon, O. March.  Border Districts: S. Ferenci, P. Light, N. Tarca, J. Hirst, D. Hannaford, F. Adams. Goals: Penola -Adam Merrett 10, D. Coxon 2, B. Mcintyre 2, B. Merrett 2, B. Foster 2, B. Maney 1, S. Zadow 1, O. March 1, K. Ransom 1, M. Deveraux 1, J. Copping 1.  Border Districts: J. Barras 2, C. Barras 2, T. Crick 2, C. Robinson 1, D. Hannaford 1

ROUND 12 PREVIEW

by Angus Dearlove of The Naracoorte Herald , 4 July 2013

HE’S big, he’s bad and he kicks a lot of goals. Naracoorte’s Sam Logan is shaping up to be the first player since teammate Simon Cox in 2011 to kick over 100 goals, with 64 goals to date. That’s just two less than Padthaway’s 2012 leading goakicker Ben Gunning had for the whole season.

Logan’s 13 goals against Kingston on the weekend continued a sterling run by the brother of Port Adelaide AFL midfielder Tom Logan. In the nine games Logan has played this season he has kicked less than five goals only three times - two against Penola, three against Keith and four against Lucindale. He has bags of 11 against Kybybolite and Kaniva/Leeor United and 10 against Border Districts.

This weekend his Demons host Kyby, who are likely to be without key defender Ray Jaensch - perhaps Logan’s ideal match-up - who has been selected in the Murray SE zone side. After enduring another one-point loss on the weekend Kyby will be bracing themselves against a Demon onslaught.In their last meeting at Kyby on Anzac Day, the margin was four goals at half time before the Demons switched on to win by 121 points.

With Kyby’s list of outs growing since then and Naracoorte’s form ominous, it looks like that result may well be repeated this weekend at Naracoorte. What makes it worse is that star midfielder Bill Laurie is also selected for the zone side to play in Port Pirie on the weekend and his absence will hurt as much as Jaensch’s - maybe more. Speedy midfielder Jamie Bittner will also miss with a hamstring injury.

In another Anzac Day rematch, Penola play Border Districts at Frances. Penola are a smooth unit capable of big scores, although they do let plenty go the other way, which could be an issue later. Their recruits this year have been good, especially big man Dylan Coxon.

Arguably the best ruckman in the league the former Robe tall has been Penola’s best in most games and is a legitimate shot at the Virgo Mail Medal. His service has allowed the Penola midfield to get free and deliver in spades to Penola’s answer to Sam Logan - Adam Merrett.

With a similar build and a similar appetite for goals, “Hoggett” has cut an imposing figure this year to help himself to 59 in league games (plus eight in the interleague clash with the RMFL). Young Penola star Lachie Jones will miss the game due to zone commitments. Their opponents in Border Districts are at the opposite end of the ladder and looking well off the pace. Under first year coach Steve Pretlove the Eagles have produced good footy but the gap between their best and worst you could sail the Queen Mary cruise liner between.

The 2012 best and fairest Clinton Robinson has been missing for the past couple of weeks and the Eagles will hope he can return to bolster their midfield. While not quite the size or bulk of his bigger counterparts, Borders’ Clint Barras has kept the pace as his side’s number one forward - his five on the weekend took his season tally to 51.

The man they call “Boomer” relished his chance to play second fiddle on the weekend with Tim Crick’s eight goals a welcome diversion of attention. Penola should be too strong in this encounter and repeat the dose they gave Borders in April.

Kingston get arguably the toughest trip in football - to Bordertown - this weekend. Surprise, surprise it is another big spearhead topping the list with Rooster Nathan Frederick’s race to 100 well alive - he is currently on 58. Against a brittle Kingston defence he could get a big boost. Bordertown will be missing Kane Cuthbertson who has also been selected to play in the zone side, but that will matter little.

Keith round out the weekend, playing host to Kaniva/Leeor United with the Crows looking to bounce back after a loss to Penola. Mundulla, Lucindale and Padthaway have the bye.

LUCINDALE FALL TWO POINTS SHORT OF FIRST WIN

by Terry Willoughby,  July 1, 2013

Lucindale put up their best performance of the season but just failed to get the much needed win when Border Districts got a last gasp 2 point win. Former medalist Mark Snowball dominated for Lucindale, in the ruck and around the ground, the big man tried valiantly to get his team across the line. He had strong help from former coach Aaron Smart and Rob Handbury as Lucindale led at every change, albeit narrowly.

Borders were held together by the goal-kicking feats of Tim Crick kicking eight and Clint Barras with five. Borders got the upper hand in the last quarter as Lucindale began to struggle. Three late goals were just enough for Borders to deny Lucindale by just 2 points.

Better players for Borders were Crick, defender Jarred Hirst, Stuart Ferenci, Nick Tarca and Josh Barras. Snowball was the leading light for Lucindale ahead of Todd Smith, Smart and Handbury. Naracoorte raced away from Kingston are a fairly even 1st half. Sam Logan, brother of the Power’s Tom, booted 13 goals as Naracoorte bolted to a 78 point lead after booting 9 goals to zip in the 3rd quarter. They went further ahead in the last as Kingston’s resolve faded. Matt Gill, Logan, Rob Jones and Mitch Hartree were best for Naracoorte. Rod Cunneen, Tom McGovern and Jamie Austin battled hard for Kingston.

A dominant 2nd quarter by Mundulla sealed Padthaway’s fate when the margin blew out to 47 points. On-ballers Grady Obst and Jake McGrice outclassed their opponents whilst Ballinger and Duell pushed hard from defence. The Lions made no impression after the main break as Mundulla cruised in by 56 points.

Kaniva-Leeor had a narrow one point win over luckless Kyby to keep a slim finals hope alive. Coach Scott Carberry was imposing at full forward as Kyby raced to a 30 point lead by ½ time. Classy Steve Stallion and James Turner kept KLU in the game but Kyby maintained their focus in the 3rd term and still led by 27 points.

The last quarter saw KLU raise another challenge and they booted 5 unanswered goals as Kyby blinked at the sight of victory. Stallion with 4 goals was best for KLU, Turner, Paul Adlington, James Lyon and former Sturt player Charlie Sharples also played well. On-baller Ogilvie, ruckman Dave Arnold, mid-fielder Billy Laurie and Carberry with 6 goals were best for Kyby. Penola tipped out last week’s giant-killers Keith in a high quality and high scoring contest by 15 points. The lead changed constantly in the 1st half with the Keith Crows in front by a solitary point at quarter-time and Penola ahead by just 2 at ½ time. Key forwards Adam Merrett for Penola and James Mcentee for Keith were providing their teams with plenty of highlights and defenders with plenty of headaches as they booted goal after goal.

Penola started the 2nd half positively and had more of the play with Dylan Coxon on top at the stoppages and marking strongly, Matt Willson, Brett Merrett and Brodie Foster came into the game as Penola led by 11 points. Dion Stratford was working overtime at half-back to keep Keith in the game but Penola survived all Keith could throw at them in the last quarter and booted 7 goals to 6 from the Crows. Coxon, Willson, Simon Zadow and Adam Merrett with 7 goals played well for Penola. Mcentee with 8 goals was best for Keith along Stratford, Bowley, Andrew Hunt and Hugo Drogemuller.

Round 11 - June 29, 2013

Kaniva Leeor

4.1

6.5

9.7

14.10 (94)

Kybybolite

5.2

11.5

13.10

13.15 (93)

Best: Kaniva Leeor - S. Stallion, J. Turner, A. Brown, P. Adlington, J. Lyon, C. Sharples. Kyby - D. Ogilvie, D. Arnold, B. Laurie, M. Slotegraaf, B. Kurtzer, S. Carberry. Goals: Kaniva Leeor - S. Stallion 4, J. Turner 2, C. Sharples 2, A. Brown 1, S. Willersdorf 1, J. Hicks 1, L. Oconner 1, J. Lyon 1, B. Bartholomew 1. Kyby - S. Carberry 6, B. Laurie 2, W. Miles 2, J. Steer 1, M. Slotegraaf 1, D. Ogilvie 1

Border Dists

4.2

8.2

11.3

14.8 (92)

Lucindale

6.4

8.7

11.10

13.12 (90)

Best: Borders - T. Crick, A. Pitt, J. Hirst, S. Ferenci, N. Tarca, J. Barras. Lucindale - M. Snowball, T. Smith, A. Smart, P. Baker, R. Handbury, J. McRae. Goals: Borders - T. Crick 8, C. Barras 5, M. Lemon 1. Lucindale - S. Menz 4, M. Snowball 2, A. Smart 2, R. Handbury 1, S. Mcgurk 1, T. Smith 1, T. Ware 1, T. Menz 1

Mundulla

2.8

8.15

10.18

13.19 (97)

Padthaway

0.1

2.4

4.4

6.5 (41)

Best: Mundulla - G. Obst, J. McGrice, L. Duell, S. Luckett, J. Milligan, T. Ballinger. Padthaway - T. Edwards, M. Hoffmann, J. Dolling, M. Roscow, H. Treloar, D. Boyanton. Goals: Mundulla - L. Wiese 3, J. Mock 3, J. McGrice 2, T. Perry 1, G. Obst 1, J. Wiese 1, W. Packer 1, B. Packer 1. Padthaway - T. Edwards 2, T. McLennan 2, B. Gunning 1, W. Verco 1

Naracoorte

3.5

9.12

18.16

24.23 (167)

Kingston

5.1

7.3

7.4

9.6 (60)

Best: Naracoorte - M. Gill, S. Logan, R. Jones, M. Hartree, C. Mifsud, J. Bettoncelli.  Kingston: R. Cunneen, T. Mcgovern, J. Austin, T. Baker, T. Borrillo, J. Wehl. Goals: Naracoorte - Sam Logan 13, M. Gill 3, M. Hartree 2, Z. Donnelly 1, M. Parker 1, J. Gilbert 1, C. Beggs 1, J. Sellars 1, B. Foster 1.  Kingston -  J. Gould 4, B. Warner 2, C. Watson 1, T. Baker 1, T. Borrillo 1

Penola

5.1

9.6

14.10

21.13 (139)

Keith

5.2

9.4

13.5

19.10 (124)

Best: Penola - D. Coxon, M. Willson, S. Zadow, A. Merrett, B. Foster, T. McIntyre. Keith - J. McEntee, D. Stratford, A. Bowley, J. Wilson, A. Hunt, H. Drogemuller. Goals: Penola - A. Merrett 7, B. Merrett 4, B. Mcintyre 2, S. Zadow 2, B. Foster 2, L. Jones 2, M. Willson 1, J. Copping 1.  Keith -  J. McEntee 8, A. Hunt 3, B. King 2, H. Drogemuller 2, P. Makin 1, B. Gericke 1, A. Bowley 1, J. Snajdar 1

ROUND 11 PREVIEW

BY ANGUS DEARLOVE - THE NARACOORTE HERALD, 27 JUNE 2013  

PENOLA will be looking to put a couple of close losses to fellow contenders behind them this weekend in an away clash with second-placed Keith.

Despite at times looking like a real premiership contender Penola have faltered first to Bordertown - when they were in a winning position at three quarter time, and Mundulla in close matches. Their loss to Naracoorte last week was decided in the final minutes as well and coach Tony Porter must be wondering what his side has to do to get a close result to go their way.

Keith on the other hand have hit good form. After knocking off Bordertown they went to Frances on the weekend and did what they needed to get over Border Districts, seeing them off by 56 points. Their firepower up forward, with the ever-dangerous pairing of Jason Snajdar and Jimmy McEntee, will need to be nullified for Penola to win.

Padthaway cruise across to Mundulla looking to continue their winning streak. After victories against K/L United and Kybybolite in recent weeks the Lions are starting to get their house in order. They are two wins behind fifth-placed Mundulla but a win against the top-five entrenched Moots will allow the Lions to claw back another four points.

Much rests on the shoulders of Ben Gunning, the dynamic goalkicker who has hit a purple patch of form. If he can get on top of his Mundulla minders and kick another bag then Padthaway will be well on the way to victory. 

After a bruising encounter with Penola, Naracoorte have - on paper - an easier encounter against Kingston in Naracoorte. The Demons sit third on the ladder and will be out to get the lowly Saints.

Kybybolite return to their home turf to do battle with Kaniva/Leeor United. The Tigers have done it tough this year with an injury list that keeps on growing. They will be hoping for some to return to face the similarly-placed Cougars who have been quite underwhelming this season after a dominant but ultimately flagless 2012. Kyby coach Scott Carberry will play his 100th game for the Tigers and 300th overall.

Border Districts head to Lucindale for a lower ladder match-up. The Eagles hierarchy won’t be counting their chickens against an undermanned Lucindale but will see the match as a good opportunity to get their name back on the winners list. Yet to win a game and after being thrashed by Bordertown on the weekend, the Roos have been up against it all year but this is as good an opportunity as ever to claim their first win.

Venues for the 2013 KNTFL finals have been decided by the league’s committee.

The qualifying final will be at Mundulla on August 24 with the following day’s elimination final at Naracoorte.The second-semi on August 31 is at Keith with Kyby the host of the following day’s first-semi. The preliminary final is at Padthaway on September 7 while on grand final day (September 14) all roads lead to the Federal election polling booth and then to Lucindale for the final game of 2013.It will be the first time the KNTFL grand final has been held at a venue other than Naracoorte or Bordertown since the league’s formation in 1993.In other league news, KNTFL umpires director Mark Bywater has left to take a position with the Ovens and Murray League on the New South Wales/Victoria border. He has been replaced in his role by Bordertown’s Mark Miels.

KEITH CROWS MAINTAIN TOP SPOT

by Terry Willoughby - 24 June 2013

Keith shook off a first quarter challenge from Border Districts to win by 56 points. Borders matched the Crows early and held a four point lead at quarter time through the efforts of Clint Barras and Stuart Ferenci on the forward line and Jarred Hirst in defence.

Keith took control in the second term and booted 8 goals to just one from Borders to hold a 42 point lead. Key goal-kicking forwards Jason Snajdar and James McEntee gave their opponents the slip and ruckman Hugo Drogemuller controlled the stoppages. Borders reduced the margin to 33 points at the last change but Keith were still going strongly.

The Crows booted 5 goals to two in the last quarter as Borders faded. All the Keith forwards played well with Andrew and Jono Wilson leading the way, Drogemuller, Jacob Graetz at half-back were also good players.

Borders best stood out early but couldn’t sustain their work for 4 quarters. Hirst, Ferenci and Clint Barras with 5 goals tried hard.

Third and fourth placed teams, Naracoorte and Penola slugged it out for 4 hard quarters before Naracoorte scraped in by just 4 points. Penola started strongly and led by 22 points at quarter-time. Dylan Coxon was having the better of Beggs in the ruck and gave many chances for the Penola forwards.

Naracoorte hit back strongly in the second quarter with 6 goals to zip and looked likely to race away. Childs, Jacobs and Gilbert reined in the dangerous Penola forwards and on-ballers Brett Gould and Rob Jones won around the stoppages. Penola again surged in the third quarter but Naracoorte booted two valuable goals to trail by just 6 points at the last change. The last quarter was a tight battle and Penola missed several chances as Naracoorte closed in. Making better use of the time in the forward line, Naracoorte held onto a narrow lead at the finish. Best for the Demons were Childs, Gould, Jacobs, Jones and Gilbert. Penola’s good players were Coxon, Spence Jackman in the mid-field and defenders Ferguson and Matt Merrett.

Bordertown were in no mood for upsets after last weeks loss and tore through Lucindale’s paper thin defence to win by 150 points. Tim Harkness with 6 goals, promoted youngster Lachlan Eats 5 and Nathan Fredericks 4 had scant opposition as Bordertown won in every position. Nathan Hewett, Dan Feder at half-back, Harkness and on-baller Steve Copestick were best for the Roosters.

Mundulla led all day against a plucky Kingston who are not the easybeats of recent times. The Moots got plenty of drive from prolific Jake McGrice who a good time near goals as well to boot 4. The usual suspects of Ben Warner and Jamie Austin kepoint Kingston in the game but Mundulla had many more avenues to attack and kicked away in the third quarter to a 27 point lead with on-ballers Sam Luckett and Grady Obst doing well and Heath Thorpe defending strongly. The Moots dominated the last quarter and the margin blew out to 63 points at the end.

Padthaway had their third win of the season with an easy 69 point defeat of disappointing Kybybolite. Kyby had only one productive quarter for the game and that was the second when they booted 6 goals to the Lions three to trail by just 9 points at ½ time. The challenge stopped there as Padthaway took control in the third quarter and kepoint Kyby to a solitary goal in the second half whilst they added 8.

Brad Gunning was good all day whether on the ball or near goal where he booted 6 for Padthaway, Darcy Boyanton, Will Verco and Seb Townsend were high in the best. Joel Steer, Fitzgerald, Ogilvie and Ray Jaensch battled on for Kyby.

Round 10 - June 22, 2013

Naracoorte

1.2

7.5

9.9

12.12 (84)

Penola

4.6

4.7

10.9

11.14 (80)

Best: Naracoorte - M. Childs, B. Gould, K. Jacobs, R. Jones, J. Gilbert, J. Bettoncelli. Penola - D. Coxon, S. Jackman, M. Ferguson, M. Merrrett, M. Willson, O. March. Goals: Naracoorte - S. Logan 2, R. Jones 2, S. Patterson 2, M. Gill 1, J. Gschwandtner 1, B. Gould 1, C. Mifsud 1, M. Childs 1, J. Sellars 1. Penola - A. Merrett 2, L. Jones 2, J. Copping 2, B. Mcintyre 1, M. Willson 1, B. Foster 1, T. Bailey 1, S. Jackman 1

Padthaway

6.3

9.6

14.12

17.7 (119)

Kybybolite

2.1

8.3

9.4

9.6 (60)

Best: Padthaway - B. Gunning, D. Boyanton, S. Townsend, W. Verco, H. Treloar, N. Stark. Kyby - J. Steer, J. Fitzgerald, D. Ogilvie, R. Jaensch, B. Laurie, M. Slotegraaf. Goals: Padthaway - B. Gunning 6, P. Lindsay 4, T. McLennan 3, W. Verco 2, D. Boyanton 1, A. Longbottom 1. Kyby - B. Laurie 2, J. Fitzgerald 2, S. Carberry 2, J. Steer 1, C. Hanley 1, M. Pannell 1

Mundulla

6.5

9.9

15.12

23.15 (153)

Kingston

3.2

6.7

11.9

13.12 (90)

Best: Mundulla - J. McGrice, S. Luckett, G. Obst, H. Thorpe, J. Mock, N. Davis. Kingston - B. Warner, J. Brown, J. Austin, J. Gould, S. Braidwood, T. Gardner. Goals: Mundulla - J. Mock 5, J. McGrice 4, B. Lehmann 3, T. Ballinger 2, S. Excell 2, W. Packer 2, L. Wiese 1, B. Packer 1, J. Milligan 1, R. Braybrook 1, T. Anderson 1. Kingston - J. Gould 4, T. Baker 2, D. Richardson 2, M. Higgs 1, T. Borrillo 1, M. Austin 1, J. Austin 1, J. Gluyas 1

Keith

6.0

14.4

19.6

24.12 (156)

Border Districts

6.4

7.4

13.9

15.10 (100)

Best: Keith - A. Wilson, H. Drogemuller, J. Wilson, J. Graetz, C. McMurray, J. McEntee. Borders - J. Hirst, S. Ferenci, J. Barras, C. Barras, T. Wilson, F. Adams. Goals: Keith - J. Snajdar 5, J. McEntee 5, B. Gericke 3, H. Drogemuller 3, A. Bowley 2, J. Wilson 2, N. Hunt 2, A. Wilson 1, L. Mitchell 1. Borders - C. Barras 5, C. Burr 3, S. Ferenci 2, F. Adams 1, J. Barras 1, R. Oliver 1, D. Hannaford 1, B. Vallance 1

Bordertown

4.5

11.9

18.14

27.16 (178)

Lucindale

1.2

2.3

3.3

4.4 (28)

Best: Bordertown - N. Hewett, D. Feder, T. Harkness, S. Copestick, J. Jarrett, A. Diment. Lucindale - P. Baker, A. Smart, T. Smith, M. Snowball, R. Handbury, J. McRae. Goals: Bordertown - T. Harkness 6, L. Eats 5, N. Frederick 4, J. Jarrett 3, M. Downie 2, A. Stephens 2, C. Dahlitz 2, C. Diment 1, S. Copestick 1, T. Devitt 1. Lucindale - B. Kelsh 1, S. McGurk 1, M. Snowball 1, R. Hardy 1

PREVIEW OF ROUND 10

Angus Dearlove looks at an important weekend of footy - 20 June 2013

THE finals credentials of Penola and Naracoorte will be tested this weekend as the two face off in Penola to head round 10 of the KNTFL.

Both sides are locked at 24 points apiece with Naracoorte sitting third and Penola fourth. The two sides have been tipped by most to feature highly in finals action and so far their records look good. The game may shape up to be a shootout between two of the league’s best full forwards.

Penola spearhead Adam Merrett notched up his 50th goal of the season on the weekend, after also dominating the interleague game with eight.

For the Demons the weekend off didn’t affect Sam Logan’s radar. The burly key forward kicked 10 against Border Districts, following the Jason Dunstall lead out, chest mark, kick a goal mantra.Whoever wins it is bound to be a high-scoring encounter.

Kybybolite, fresh from a shattering last-gasp loss to Kingston, head to Padthaway to take on the Lions who are coming off a good win. The Tigers may be shocked into action after falling to a side most pundits would have tipped they’d get up over and won’t be taken lightly by a Padthaway side who has had their own patches of poor form this year.

That said, the Lions looked good across at Kaniva last weekend with some good play from dynamic midfielder Tom Edwards and six goals apiece to Ben Gunning and Peter Lindsay. Edwards possibly going head to head with fellow young gun Bill Laurie for Kyby shapes as a very interesting encounter and one that may decide the outcome of the match.

Border Districts host Keith with both sides having contradicting results on the weekend. Keith knocked off the reigning premiers Bordertown while Borders were soundly beaten by Naracoorte. The Eagles have at times looked like a competitive unit but have also been outclassed by better sides. Keith will be a very stern test and Borders will need all their big guns firing to mount a challenge.

After two weeks cooling their heels Lucindale get thrown back into the fray, travelling up to Bordertown. Having lost last weekend the Roosters will be breathing fire and looking to inflict as much damage as possible.Lucindale on the other hand now sit outright bottom with only a draw to their name. They would have seen Kingston’s result last weekend, which could give them hope for an upset but Bordertown on their home patch should be too strong for Nathan Clarke’s men.

Kingston, buoyed by an away win last week, host Mundulla who are also coming off an important victory against Penola. Tim Richards will have his troops primed for a run at two in a row but Mundulla are a top five side and will not lie down easily.

FIRST LOSS AND WIN in ROUND 9

Report from Terry Willoughby, Monday 17 June 2013

In a round full of upsets and big scores Keith claimed the biggest scalp of all when they tipped out the unbeaten Bordertown by 16 points. After an even 1st quarter the Crows started to get on top. They booted 4-7 to Bordertown’s solitary goal and hold a 26 point lead at the long break.  The Roosters came back strongly with 6 goals to 4 in the 3rd quarter but Keith still had the lead. Brad King around the mid-field had been a star along with defenders Jacob Graetz and Dion Stratford. The gap was 12 points at ¾ time but Bordertown weren’t done with. Frederick at full forward was a danger with 5 goals but Keith had all the answers and recorded a 16 point win. Brad King was best for the Crows and kicked 5 goals, Graetz, Stratford, Andy and Nick Hunt all played well. For the Roosters it wasn’t a bad loss to have and their best were Adrian Stephens around the packs, Hayden Paech, Rory Tink and Frederick.

Kingston exorcised a few demons, Tigers actually, when they had their first win in over a year by pipping Kybybolite by a solitary point. There was never much between the two teams with the lead changing regularly but Kingston were 10 points ahead at the ½ time break.

Jamie Austin in the centre and Ash Stenner had given plenty of drive but Kyby were snapping at their heels. Scott Carberry was always a threat at full forward and Kyby hit the front with a six goal to one third quarter which would have ended Kingston’s challenge in recent times but they found greater resolve this time. They booted 5 last quarter goals to just 2 from Kyby to win by the narrowest of margins.

They had plenty of good players and 10 individual goal-kickers but Austin, Stenner, Matt Higgs at half-back and Josh Gluyas across the mid-field were best. Ruckman Dave Arnold, Billy Laurie around the centre and Scott Carberry with 5 goals played well for Kyby but I think you can still hear the team song being belted out at Kingston.

A big 2nd quarter sealed Padthaway’s win over Kaniva-Leeor. The Lions broke clear with a 9 goal burst to lead by 56 points which proved insurmountable even though KLU pegged it back to 32 by ¾ time.

Lively small man Brad Gunning and recruit Lindsay provided the spark around the goals and booted 6 each whilst on-baller Tom Edwards created many chances, Will Verco in defence and Matt Hoffman at half forward also made big contributions. KLU’s stuttering form continues and finals look out of reach now. Best for KLU were Adlington, James Turner and Steve Stallion.

Naracoorte charged out to a big 1st quarter lead with Sam Logan on fire at full forward and small man Brett Gould mopping up the spoils. Borders were powerless to stop the goal feast as Naracoorte went further ahead by ½ time to lead by 73 points.

The trend continued with another 10 goal burst in the 3rd quarter before Naracoorte eased down in the last. Borders managed 9 face saving goals in the last quarter but still went under by 76 points.

Defender Mitch Hartree was best for Naracoorte, Logan booted 10 goals, Gould, Matt Gill and Rob Jones outclassed their opponents. Jay Zeuner in defence, Brad Vallance with 5 goals and ruckman George McWaters tried hard for Borders. Mundulla and Penola fought a ding-dong battle with the Moots prevailing by just 2 points. It was close all day but Mundulla edged out to a 15 point lead near ½ time but should have been further ahead but for wasteful kicking. Boyd Packer and inter-league star Jake McGrice were in everything for Mundulla but burly Adam Merrett and cunning forward Jon Copping with 5 goals each represented big dangers for Penola.

The Eagles hit back strongly in the 3rd term to hit the front by 5 points. The last quarter was a tense battle with goals hard to get and Mundulla’s 3 to Penola’s 2 enabled the Moots to win by 2 points. Packer, McGrice, on-baller Grady Obst and Heath Thorpe at centre half-back shone out for Mundulla. Penola’s best were Matt Merrett in defence, ruckman Dylan Coxon, Matt Willson and Jon Copping.

Round 9 - June 15, 2013

Kingston

5.5

10.5

11.12

16.15 (111)

Kybybolite

4.4

8.7

14.11

16.14 (110)

Best: Kingston - J. Austin, A. Stenner, M. Higgs, J. Gluyas, R. Cunneen, D. Richardson. Kybybolite - D. Arnold, S. Carberry, B. Laurie, D. Ogilvie, D. Smith, J. Bittner. Goals: Kingston - D. Richardson 3, J. Gould 2, T. Read 2, J. Gluyas 2, R. Cunneen 2, J. Austin 1, T. Baker 1, S. Robertson 1, A. Stenner 1, B. Warner 1. Kyby - S. Carberry 5, D. Smith 4, M. Slotegraaf 2, C. Hanley 2, B. Laurie 1, M. Pannell 1, J. Bittner 1

Keith

5.4

9.11

13.13

17.19 (121)

Bordertown

5.2

6.3

12.7

16.9 (105)

Best: Keith – not av. Bordertown - A. Stephens, H. Paech, R. Tink, N. Frederick, M. Kerr, N. Hewett. Goals: Keith – not av. Bordertown - N. Frederick 5, L. Eats 3, J. Jarrett 1, C. Diment 1, M. Dahlitz 1, A. Stephens 1, J. Searle 1, S. Copestick 1, R. Tink 1, C. Dahlitz 1

Naracoorte

9.3

16.5

26.7

28.9 (177)

Border Dists

1.2

4.4

6.8

15.11 (101)

Best: Naracoorte - M. Hartree, S. Logan, M. Gill, B. Gould, R. Jones, K. Jacobs. Borders - J. Zeuner, B. Vallance, G. Mcwaters, N. Tarca, N. Naylor, T. Crick. Goals: Naracoorte - Sam Logan 10, B. Gould 5, B. Henderson 2, R. Jones 2, S. Henschke 2, M. Parker 2, J. Gilbert 1, C. Mifsud 1, J. Gschwandtner 1, S. Patterson 1, Z. Donnelly 1. Borders - B. Vallance 5, C. Barras 4, M. Ellis 2, R. Adams 1, S. Ferenci 1, T. Crick 1, J. Hirst 1

Padthaway

6.2

15.5

17.8

23.9 (147)

Kaniva Leeor

4.1

6.3

12.6

16.9 (105)

Best: Padthaway - T. Edwards, P. Lindsay, M. Hoffmann, W. Verco, H. Treloar, M. Roscow. Kaniva Leeor - P. Adlington, J. Turner, S. Stallion, C. Sharples, S. Vivian, J. Vivar. Goals: Padthaway - P. Lindsay 6, B. Gunning 6, T. McLennan 3, M. Hoffmann 3, P. Elsden 2, T. Edwards 1, S. Townsend 1, M. Roscow 1. Kaniva Leeor - P. Adlington 3, S. Vivian 2, C. Sharples 2, J. Hicks 2, N. Meyer 2, J. Vivar 1, B. Stallion 1, S. Smith 1, J. Turner 1, D. Hawker 1

Mundulla

4.5

8.12

12.13

15.15 (105)

Penola

4.2

7.3

14.6

16.7 (103)

Best: Mundulla - B. Packer, J. McGrice, G. Obst, C. Obst, H. Thorpe, J. Wiese. Penola - M. Merrrett, D. Coxon, M. Willson, J. Copping, B. Foster, M. Ferguson. Goals: Mundulla - B. Packer 3, S. Luckett 2, G. Obst 2, W. Packer 2, L. Wiese 2, B. Lehmann 2, S. Excell 1, B. Milligan 1. Penola - A. Merrett 5, J. Copping 5, M. Deveraux 3, S. Zadow 1, M. Willson 1, L. Jones 1

PREVIEW OF ROUND 9

by Angus Dearlove,12  July 2013

KNTFL action resumes this weekend after the interleague bye.

Most came out of the game against the RMFL unscathed with only Kybybolite’s Tom Cooper (hamstring) leaving the field early. His side hosts struggling Kingston in a must-win game. The Tigers have had a stop-start season with only a pair of wins against Lucindale and Border Districts. The form of Bill Laurie has been a huge positive for Scott Carberry’s men as the former Kyby junior turned Glenelg player turned Kyby recruit has lit it up for his home club.

Kingston has two points courtesy of a draw with Lucindale, and they pushed 2012 grand finalist Kaniva/Leeor all the way in their last match. It will be a matter of how the Saints travel as they can struggle to put a competitive side together when forced to come inland.

In a similar position to Kyby, Padthaway trek east to Kaniva to tackle the Cougars. A season which promised so much for Padthaway, who were a kick away from competing on that one day in September last year, has failed to get off the ground with wins against Lucindale and Kingston the only highlight.

The Lions will be hoping their recruits, all talented footballers, will gel more in the second half of the year as they look to make a charge to the five. Kaniva/Leeor United have also dropped right back from the highs of 2012 and find themselves in a similar spot to their opponents. It will be a tough game but Padthaway’s talent should see them through if they can get going.

Naracoorte host Border Districts in what should be an elementary win for the home side. They have shown genuine premiership credentials at times this season and will be ready to prove it against a side much lower on the ladder.

The form of Sam Logan up forward has been pleasing for coach Dean Woosnam with the brother of Port Adelaide AFL player Tom Logan high up in the league goalkicking list.Their opponents for the day in Borders will be up and about thanks to an upset win against Mundulla before the bye.

Much of the Eagles’ fortunes will lay on the shoulders of their midfield and ruckman George McWaters, who has a chance to prove himself against a very good ruckman in Craig Beggs.

Penola make the trip to the swamp to do battle with Mundulla. This should be a tight encounter with both sides  competing for the top three. Penola has enjoyed a good start of the year with spearhead Adam Merrett feasting on brilliant delivery from a slick and fast midfield brigade. Their opponents have had a week off to think about their loss before the bye and won’t lie down for the Southern Eagles.

In the match of the round, top of the table Bordertown head down the road to a Keith side hot on their tails. Both sides have played excellent footy so far this year with Bordertown’s unbeaten record giving them the rights to favouritism in this match.

KNTFL REVERSE LAST YEARS RESULT AGAINST RMFL

by Terry Willoughby, Sunday 9 June 2013

The KNTFL were looking for a chance to redeem themselves after a comprehensive loss in 2012 at Murray Bridge.

Both teams were confident of victory and the 1st quarter gave no indication of what might prevail. River Murray looked smooth when going forward but lacked a key forward to kick goals. Their teamwork and use of handball had the KNT chasing hard early and the River Murray tackling forced errors as the KNT tried to go forward.

Both teams wasted chances around goal but McGrice and Jones were winning plenty of touches and defenders Jaensch and Clark kept the damage to a minimum.

The KNT maintained a narrow lead throughout the 2nd quarter but River Murray stayed in touch but struggled near goals with a late one narrowing the margin to just 7 points.

In the 3rd term it was the homeside who quickly gained the upper hand with coach Adam Merrett proving more than a handful using his strength and marking to create and kick goals. Billy Laurie was also under notice on the forward line as was James Turner who had moved forward and the River Murray struggled to stay in touch as the KNT piled on 9 goals to two to have a big lead at ¾ time.

Tyson Wait was working hard for River Murray but too many short kicks across half-back kept the ball constantly in the danger zone. The KNT continued to dominate the game and added another 6 goals to none in the last quarter and completely outplay the River Murray to win easily by 84 points.

Better players for KNT, and there were many, were Lachy Jones and Jake McGrice around the mid-field, Ray Jaensch in defence, Adam Merrett with 8 goals and Billy Laurie 5 did lots of damage in the forward line. Others to do well were Nathan Clark, Craig Beggs in the ruck and cameos from Turner and Clayfield. The River Murray were over-run after ½ time but Alex Pfieffer, Josh Coulter, Tyson Wait and Andrew Cheer battled away all game.

KNTFL TOO STRONG IN INTER-LEAGUE AT NARACOORTE

June 8, 2013  

KNTFL

3.5

7.6

16.9

22.10 (142)

River Murray

2.4

5.11

7.11

7.16 (58)

Best: KNTFL -  L. Jones, J. McGrice, B. Laurie, N. Clark, R. Jaensch, A. Merrett. River Murray - A. Pfeiffer, J. Coulter, T. Wait, A. Cheer, L. DeMichelle. Goals: KNTFL - A. Merrett 8, B. Laurie 5, J. Turner 2, D. Clayfield 2, T. Ware , K. Cuthbertson , N. Clark , J. Bettoncelli , J. Jarrett. River Murray - B. Martin 2, C. Jones 2, S. Margitich , A. Cheer , L. Harrowfield

INTERLEAGUE PREVIEW

by Angus Dearlove, June 6, 2013

INTERLEAGUE footy rolls into town this weekend with the big game between the KNTFL and the River Murray Football League.

After falling to the River Murray Cods last year at Murray Bridge the Knights, under new coach Adam Merrett, will be looking to atone.

Merrett has been happy with the attitude to training of this year’s squad, with 20-plus players at training and a few Adelaide players putting themselves in the mix.“Yeah it hasn’t been too bad,” he said. “It’s been better than the last two years.”

The squad was narrowed down to just over 30 earlier this week and will be finalised tonight after training at Naracoorte.

The new coach has settled well into his role - with years of interleague and zone football experience behind him.

He also helped out behind the scenes with last year’s interleague side, coached by Dean Woosnam, and is an assistant at his own club, Penola.

“It’s almost easier than coaching a league side in my opinion,” Merrett said. “You’re not teaching them how to play the game because they’re already the best players in the league.”

He said the side’s focus would be playing one-on-one football and having a “ding-dong crack” at winning against the RMFL.

The Cods loom as very tough opponents, with former SANFL Magarey Medallists in Mannum pair Jeremy Clayton and Jade Sheedy heading the pack. Merrett has some inside knowledge, having played SANFL footy with Clayton. “I played a little bit of football with him at Port in 2005,” Merrett said. “He’ll be hard to stop.” Sheedy is in the predicted line-up for the Cods but is rumoured to have injured his shoulder earlier this year.

Other notable River Murray players include Mypolonga goalkicker Gene Robinson, Imperials on-baller Tyson Wait and former Padthaway and Border Districts midfielder Andrew Cheer - who now plays at Ramblers.

Former Padthaway footballer Aaron Wanders may also line up. He is one of three Tailem Bend footballers in the training squad.

Merrett is confident of a good KNTFL side lining up. He rates Penola teammate Drew Clayfield as “the best centre half back in country football” and named him as one to watch. Fellow Southern Eagle Ben McIntyre, Kaniva/Leeor’s James Turner, Naracoorte’s Craig Beggs and Mitch Hartree and Keith’s Dion Stratford will also be key players.

Merrett himself has been in sterling form up forward for Penola in recent weeks with a couple of bags of 10 to his name. But he is not sure yet whether he will play.“I’m still not 100 per cent sure yet - will see how I pull up after training,” he said. “I’m about 50/50 at the moment.” 

There will also be an under 17 game before the senior match on Saturday.On Sunday there is the Glenelg junior carnival at Naracoorte oval.

WRAP OF ROUND 8

TOP FIVE TEAMS TAKE A HIT - by Terry Willoughby, Sunday 2 June 2013

Bordertown dented Naracoorte’s premiership credentials with a solid 22 point win. A goal-less first quarter had Naracoorte playing catch-up football for the rest of the game and they never managed to quite get on terms with the ladder leaders. Inaccuracy in front of goal was another factor but more praise should go the Rooster defenders in Cuthbertson, Michael Kerr and Angus Diment who reduced the goal kicking power of Naracoorte to just six for the day.

Naracoorte edged closer in the 3rd term through quality players Matt Gill and Nathan Smith on the ball and Mitch Hartree across half-back but Bordertown still held a 7 point lead. The Roosters finished the stronger and remain undefeated.

Border Districts showed a reversal of form after last weeks belting and came out on top over Mundulla. The Moots went to an early lead at ¼ time but went to sleep in the 2nd quarter when Borders booted five goals to a solitary point and hold a 25 point lead at the long break.

Mid-fielders Tarca and Vallance had plenty of touches and constantly had Borders in attack but former coach Heath Thorpe and on-baller Grady Obst lifted in the 3rd quarter as Mundulla surged again after restricting Borders prime movers and hit the front by 6 points with a quarter to play.

Borders refused to give up and again hit the front in the last quarter whilst holding Mundulla to just one last quarter goal to win by 9 points. Clint Robinson, Nick Tarca and Brad Vallance were best for Borders who remain in touch with the top 5. Obst, Thorpe and Craig Weise were best for Mundulla.

Lucindale suffered another heavy defeat, this time against second placed Keith. The Crows had too much talent for Lucindale, who rarely entered their forward zone, only poor finishing stopped the lead from being greater.

A 10 goal 3rd quarter sealed Lucindale’s fate as Keith bolted to a 116 point lead by ¾ time. The last quarter was a formality as Keith eased down to win by 131 points. Jason Snajdar returned to his best with 8 goals whilst Brad King in the centre and Dion Stratford also starred.

Kaniva-Leeor held out a battling Kingston to win by 18 points, the win also keeping them in the hunt for a top five spot. The weather played its part in the game where goals were hard to get. KLU   led at every change but Kingston were never far away. James Turner and Jono Hicks both booted four goals for KLU whilst Kingston didn’t have a multiple scorer for the game.

Penola shattered Kyby’s one game winning streak when they charged to a 56 point lead by ½ time. Adam Merrett and Brodie Foster were irresistible around goal for Penola and Kyby were powerless to stop them. Ruckman Dave Arnold was trying valiantly for Kyby and on-baller Billy Laurie worked hard but Penola had many more good players. Kyby outscored them in the 3rd quarter with 7 goals to four but were over-run in the last when the Eagles rammed through 10 goals to win easily by 84points. Merrett and Foster booted 10 and 7 goals respectively and Matt Merrett shone out along with Ben McIntyre for Penola. Only Arnold, Laurie and Tom Cooper showed much fight for Kyby.

Round 8 - June 1, 2013

Bordertown

3.6

5.9

6.11

10.11 (71)

Naracoorte

0.4

2.9

5.10

6.13 (49)

Best: Bordertown - K. Cuthbertson, M. Kerr, J. Jarrett, C. Diment, H. Paech, C. Dahlitz. Naracoorte - M. Gill, M. Hartree, R. Jones, N. Smith, K. Jacobs, C. Gill. Goals: Bordertown - N. Frederick 4, J. Searle 2, C. Dahlitz 1, T. Harkness 1, S. Copestick 1, A. Stephens 1. Naracoorte - C. Gill 2, J. Cother 1, M. Parker 1, C. Beggs 1, K. Jacobs 1

Penola

6.4

13.12

17.15

27.18 (180)

Kybybolite

4.2

5.4

12.10

14.12 (96)

Best: Penola - B. Foster, M. Merrrett, B. Mcintyre, L. Jones, D. Coxon, A. Merrett. Kyby - D. Arnold, B. Laurie, T. Cooper, J. Bittner, S. Munn, B. Kurtzer. Goals: Penola - A. Merrett 10, B. Foster 7, J. Copping 2, M. Willson 2, B. Mcintyre 1, M. Deveraux 1, L. Jones 1, K. Ransom 1, B. Merrett 1, B. Maney 1. Kyby - S. Carberry 5, T. Cooper 3, D. Munn 2, B. Laurie 2, M. Slotegraaf 1, M. Pannell 1

Kaniva Leeor

3.4

6.8

7.10

11.11 (77)

Kingston

2.4

4.6

5.11

8.11 (59)

Best: Kaniva Leeor - J. Turner, B. Lenthall, P. Adlington, J. Hicks, D. Hawker, S. Dodson. Kingston - J. Hyland, R. Clarke, J. Gluyas, D. Richardson, B. Warner, A. Stenner. Goals: Kaniva Leeor - J. Turner 4, J. Hicks 4, C. Sharples 2, S. Vivian 1. Kingston - C. Watson 1, B. Warner 1, S. Braidwood 1, T. Mcgovern 1, T. Baker 1, T. Borrillo 1, D. Richardson 1, J. Gould 1

Border Dists

2.2

7.7

8.8

11.14 (80)

Mundulla

3.5

3.6

9.8

10.11 (71)

Best: Border Dists - C. Robinson, N. Tarca, B. Vallance, G. Mcwaters, M. Lemon, T. Wilson. Mundulla - G. Obst, H. Thorpe, C. Wiese, S. Excell, L. Duell, Z. Digby. Goals: Border Dists - S. Ferenci 2, J. Derrington 2, J. Barras 2, J. Zeuner 1, M. Lemon 1, C. Robinson 1, J. Hirst 1, B. Vallance 1. Mundulla - Z. Digby 2, J. McGrice 2, L. Wiese 2, G. Obst 1, S. Excell 1, W. Packer 1, B. Packer 1

Keith

6.8

8.14

18.17

22.22 (154)

Lucindale

0.1

1.3

1.5

3.5 (23)

Best: Keith -- B. King, P. Makin, J. Snajdar, D. Stratford, M. Telfer, A. Hunt. Lucindale - A. Smart, P. Baker, M. Snowball, T. Ware, J. McRae, D. McCarthy. Goals: Keith - J. Snajdar 8, P. Makin 3, B. King 3, A. Hunt 3, H. Drogemuller 2, A. Bowley 1,

S. McMurray 1, J. McEntee 1. Lucindale - M. Kelsh 1, S. Mcgurk 1, T. Menz 1

ROUND 8 PREVIEW

with Angus Dearlove, May 30 2013

A TOP of the table clash between Bordertown and Naracoorte is this week's match of the round.
Bordertown are flying in pole position, undefeated and looking like a good chance to defend their 2012 flag.
They overcame their old rivals Mundulla on the weekend away from home, now looking to defend their patch against Dean Woosnam's Demons.
Naracoorte won easily against a depleted Lucindale on the weekend, revving their engine nicely to the tune of 185 points.
If they are on then Naracoorte will take it right up to the Roosters.
However at times they have lapsed, with so-so performances against Keith and Mundulla and a slow first half against Kybybolite.
Much centres on their firepower up forward with Simon Cox and Sam Logan both able to score in bulk.
This match could easily be a preview of the big dance in September.
Fellow top three aspirant Keith, coming off a bye, travel to the venue of the 2013 grand final to scout out the ground.
Their opponent Lucindale are at very long odds to be taking the field in September as they battle against the dreaded lack of numbers.
After handing out many thrashings in recent years the Roos have slid down to the bottom and are now feeling the other end of the stick.
Captain Travis Ware reportedly played through injury last weekend - his side will need him fit to play if they are going to mount a challenge to the Crows.
Big ruckman Mark Snowball is another key player for the home side but will have his work cut out for him.
Goroke is the destination for the Mundulla crowd this week as they look to keep in touch with the top three against Border Districts.
After an encouraging couple of wins against Kingston and Padthaway the Eagles have faltered but more often than not they step up at their second home.
Despite this, Mundulla should be too strong on the road.
Kaniva/Leeor have the seaside trip to face another struggler in Kingston.
On paper they have the better side although Kingston at home might find an extra level against the travelling Cougars.
Padthaway has the bye.

BORDERTOWN TRIUMPH IN KNTFL DERBY - ROUND 7 REPORT

By Terry Willoughby, May 27 2013

Arch rivals Bordertown and Mundulla fought a tight battle for 3 quarters before the reigning premiers, Bordertown kicked away. The Roosters had the better of the 1st quarter when they led by 17 points. Key forwards Nathan Fredericks and Tim Harkness were a constant threat and mid-fielder Clint Diment picked up many kicks for Bordertown. Mundulla surged back into the game with 6 goals in the 2nd term and reach the lead by 4 points at ½ time. On-ballers Grady Obst and Jake McGrice lifted with ruckman Jason Milligan’s dominance at the stoppages. The Roosters defenders  restricted Mundulla’s scoring in the 3rd term and whilst they also found goals hard to get they managed three to hold an 8 point lead at the last change. They were stronger at the finish, keeping Mundulla to a solitary goal whilst adding another 4 to win by 27 points and remain on top of the ladder. Bordertown’s best were Clint Diment, Harkness, Adrian Stephens and Paech.

Kybybolite showed their bets form in ages when they blitzed neighbouring Border Districts by 93 points. Borders recent form was quite good but Kyby went to the lead early with many contributing goals. They built on a 15 point lead at quarter-time and Borders were unable to keep with them.

The 2nd half was all Kyby and they piled on 15 goals to 4 against a dispirited Borders. Tom Cooper with 6 goals headed a list of 14 goal-kickers and Ogilvie, ruckman Dave Arnold, Billy Laurie starred for Kyby. Penola saw of an early challenge by Kaniva-Leeor to win by 47 points. A nine goal burst in the 2nd quarter took Penola to a 20 point lead at ½ time and they were never in danger from there-on.

Another 9 goals in the 3rd term put the game beyond KLU’s reach. Both sides booted 4 goals in the last term but KLU were never able to contain Penola’s many goal-kickers, five of them getting 3 or more.

Better players for Penola were Matt Willson, wily veteran Jon Copping, ruckman Dylan Coxon and Kane Ransom. Jonno Hicks played a fine capointains game for KLU, Jesse Vivar and Shane Vivian also did well.

It was Naracoorte’s turn to inflict more pain on Lucindale which they did in unmerciful fashion by 185 points. Any signs of a contest were over early with Naracoorte on top all over the ground. Ruckman Craig Beggs was best on ground for Naracoorte ahead of Mitch Hartree and Rob Jones whilst Simon Cox showed out with 7 goals.

Padthaway had trouble shaking off a determined Kingston but slowly extended their lead form ½ time onwards. Sam Braidwood and Watson made the most of their chances to boot 5 goals each and keep Kingston in the game but Padthaway had many more contributors with Tom McLennan and newcomer Lindsay booting 5 and 6 goals respectively.

Inaccuracy hindered Padthaway but they had too much depth for Kingston and won comfortably by 49 points. Key forward Mick Hoffman and Lindsay were best for the Lions along with Ben Gunning, Jarrod Dolling and Sam Brown. For Kingston, Clarke, Watson and reliable Ben Warner stood out.

Round 7 - May 25, 2013

Kybybolite

5.2

10.6

17.10

25.11 (161)

Border Districts

2.5

5.9

7.11

9.14 (68)

Best: Kyby - D. Ogilvie, D. Arnold, B. Laurie, T. Cooper, R. Jaensch, J. Jaensch.  Border Districts: C. Burr, T. Wilson, J. Zeuner, J. Barras, P. Light, T. Crick. Goals: Kyby - T. Cooper 6, S. Munn 3, W. Miles 2, J. Bittner 2, B. Laurie 2, J. Fitzgerald 2, S. Carberry 1, R. Shepherd 1, D. Ogilvie 1, B. Munn 1, J. Lange 1, B. Nikkerud 1, B. Kurtzer 1, B. Arundell 1. Borders - S. Ferenci 3, C. Barras 3, J. Barras 2, M. Ellis 1

Penola

2.7

11.10

20.12

24.13 (157)

Kaniva Leeor

5.2

9.2

13.5

17.8 (110)

Best: Penola - M. Willson, J. Copping, D. Coxon, O. March, K. Ransom, L. Jones. Kaniva Leeor - J. Hicks, J. Vivar, S. Vivian, S. Stallion, C. Sharples, J. Turner. Goals: Penola - B. McIntyre 4, J. Copping 3, K. Ransom 3, A. Merrett 3, B. Foster 3, M. Willson 2, S. Zadow 2, M. Deveraux 2, L. Jones 1, B. Maney 1. Kaniva Leeor - J. Turner 4, K. Ross 3, S. Stallion 3, D. Stimson 2, B. Bartholomew 2, J. Vivar 1, T. Lannin 1, J. Brown 1

Padthaway

4.6

8.12

13.20

19.22 (136)

Kingston

3.2

8.3

10.5

13.9 (87)

Best: Padthaway - M. Hoffmann, P. Lindsay, B. Gunning, J. Dolling, S. Brown, S. Edwards. Kingston - R. Clarke, C. Watson, B. Warner, R. Cunneen, T. Read, D. Richardson. Goals: Padthaway - P. Lindsay 6, T. McLennan 5, C. Marshall 2, B. Gunning 2, J. Dolling 2, D. Boyanton 1, J. Dicker 1. Kingston - C. Watson 5, S. Braidwood 5, B. Warner 2, T. Borrillo 1

Bordertown

5.4

8.4

11.6

15.11 (101)

Mundulla

2.5

8.8

9.10

10.14 (74)

Best: Bordertown - C. Diment, T. Harkness, A. Stephens, H. Paech, T. Devitt, N. Hewett. Mundulla - L. Duell, J. McGrice, G. Obst, J. Milligan, L. Wiese, J. Mock. Goals: Bordertown - N. Frederick 5, T. Harkness 4, M. Kerr 2, C. Diment 2, C. Dahlitz 1, N. Hewett 1. Mundulla - L. Wiese 3, J. Mock 3, G. Obst 1, W. Packer 1, B. Lehmann 1, B. Packer 1

Naracoorte

8.5

15.9

24.11

32.18 (210)

Lucindale

0.3

1.3

3.6

3.7 (25)

Best: Naracoorte - C. Beggs, M. Hartree, R. Jones, J. Cother, J. Bettoncelli, J. Gilbert. Lucindale - M. Snowball, D. McCarthy, P. Baker, T. Ware, T. Menz, S. Freeman. Goals: Naracoorte  - S. Cox 7, S. Logan 4, B. Henderson 3, M. Gill 3, M. Parker 3, R. Jones 3, J. Gilbert 2, N. Smith 2, L. Munro 1, B. Borg 1, M. Hartree 1, J. Gschwandtner 1, J. Cother 1. Lucindale - P. Baker 1, D. McCarthy 1, S. Freeman 1

PREVIEW OF ROUND 7

by Angus Dearlove of the Naracoorte Herald, 23 May 2013

THIS week’s KNTFL round will have plenty of feeling in it with some big rivalries set to resume.

NARACOORTE host LUCINDALE with both sides coming off a loss last week. It was the Demons’ first loss for the year at Keith last week and they will be keen to atone against the struggling Roos. Sam Logan has been in decent goalkicking form this season and will be a stretch for the Lucindale defence to contain.

BORDER DISTRICTS travel down to KYBYBOLITE on Saturday to compete for the Barney Mueller Cup, which the Eagles currently hold.Borders are on two wins, three losses while Kyby have only one win to their name. Both sides will be sweating on missing players returning to bolster their sides for this match.

PADTHAWAY welcome KINGSTON to the den in a must-win game. The Lions will start heavy favourites against the winless Saints and really need the four points to keep in touch with the top five. Kingston had a bye last weekend so will be fresh, but Padthaway look stronger on every line and if they play to their potential it should be an easy win.

PENOLA have the long road trip across the border to face KANIVA/LEEOR UNITED. With Adam “Hoggett” Merrett coming off a bag of 10 they’ll be red-hot and raring to have a crack at the stop-start Cougars. Looking far from the side which blitzed the home and away season last year, the Cougars are coming off a narrow win at Frances, only their second of the year.

Rounding out the rivalry is the old duel between BORDERTOWN and MUNDULLA. The Moots have had the upper hand in recent years but the Roosters broke the hoodoo last season and have been the better side this year so far. Sitting pretty on top of the ladder the Roosters will be looking forward to travelling out to the swamp and trying to get some breathing space against another contender.

KEITH TURNOVER NARACOORTE - Sunday 19 May 2013

Round 6 report with Terry Willoughby

Keith caused a boilover with a narrow but convincing 14 point win over Naracoorte. Naracoorte led by just 2 points at ¼ time but the Crows lifted their work-rate in the 2nd term but wasted many chances with poor kicking for goal. They led by 12 points at the main break but hadn’t put Naracoorte away and the Demons hit back strongly to trail but just a point at ¾ time. Craig Beggs was on top in the ruck and Brett Gould and Rob Jones lifted around the packs.

Keith’s poor kicking continued but with mid-fielders Tom Geyer and Cal McMurray winning across the centre and half-backs Wilson and Graetz defending strongly the Crows outscored Naracoorte in the last quarter to win by 14 points but it should have been more. Geyer, McMurray, Wilson and Graetz were best for Keith and McEntee booted 5 goals. Mitch Hartree, Beggs, Gould and Gschwantner played well for Naracoorte.

Bordertown remain on top of the ladder after easily accounting for Kybybolite by 104 points. The Roosters led by 24 points at ¼ time and went further ahead at every break. They had more power through the midfield and in the forward line where Nathan Fredericks booted 7 goals and Tim Harkness 3. Kyby barely made any impact after ½ time as Bordertown piled on 12 goals to two.

Better players for the Roosters were Adrian Stephens and Tim Harkness at half forward and Hayden Paech and Clint Diment around the centre but many made a contribution. Billy Laurie on the ball and Brayden Kurtzer in defence tried hard for a disappointing Kyby. Border Districts raced to a 39 point lead by ¼ time and looked set for a big win but Kaniva-Leeor slowly worked their way back into the match with 7 goals to four in the 2nd quarter and reduce the margin to 19 points.

Borders now had a battle on their hands as KLU slowly whittled away at the lead. Ex-Sturt player Charlie Sharples was starring for KLU with James Turner and Steve Stallion providing valuable support. Josh Barras, on the ball, was trying everything to keep Borders ahead and his goal-kicking brother Clint bagged 6 as the Eagles lead shrank to just 3 points at the last change.

In a low scoring last quarter KLU reached the lead and held on to win by 3 points. Sharples was best on ground for KLU ahead of Turner, Stallion and Paul Adlington. Best for Borders were the Barras boys, Nick Tarca at centre and Tim Crick at half-back.

Only deadly accuracy gave Lucindale respectability against Mundulla. The Moots restricted Lucindale to just one goal in the 1st half and led by 66 points.

Luke Wiese was in good touch at full forward and booted 8 goals whilst small men Boyd and Wade Packer chipped in with 3 a piece. Lucindale’s moment of glory came when they booted 6 goals to two in the 3rd term but Mundulla raced away in the last to win by 72 points. Jake McGrice dominated around the mid-field for the Moots as did Lachan Duell, Sam Excell shut out any Lucindale forward moves and Wiese was too strong at full forward. Mark Snowball again headed Lucindale’s better players ahead of Henry Legoe and Pat Baker.

Penola shot to an early lead against a competitive Padthaway but the Lions surged back in the 2nd quarter to trail by just 8 points. Adam Merrett was too powerful for all opponents at full forward for Penola who again kicked away in the 3rd quarter to lead by 30 points. The last quarter became a shootout with both teams booting 7 goals for Penola to win by 37 points. Merrett finished with 10 goals for Penola but captain Matt Merrett was named as best along with Brodie Foster and Dylan Coxon. For the Lions, lively on-baller Ben Gunning with 5 goals, Will Verco in defence, Tom Edwards and Tom McLennan were best.

Round 6 -  May 18, 2013

Keith

4.1

7.10

9.16

14.20 (104)

Naracoorte

4.3

5.5

10.9

13.12 (90)

Best: Keith - T. Geyer, C. McMurray, A. Hunt, A. Wilson, J. Graetz, H. Drogemuller. Naracoorte - M. Hartree, C. Beggs, B. Gould, J. Gschwandtner, R. Jones. Goals: Keith - J. McEntee 5, P. Makin 2, B. King 2, J. Snajdar 2, A. Bowley 1, A. Hunt 1, H. Drogemuller 1. Naracoorte - S. Logan 3, S. Cox 3, J. Cother 2, M. Parker 2, B. Gould 1, R. Jones 1, M. Childs 1

Bordertown

7.3

12.5

21.9

24.15 (159)

Kybybolite

3.3

6.5

7.5

8.7 (55)

Best: Bordertown - A. Stephens, A. Diment, H. Paech, T. Devitt, T. Harkness, C. Diment. Kyby - B. Laurie, B. Kurtzer, T. Cooper, S. Munn, D. Arnold, J. Jaensch. Goals: Bordertown - N. Frederick 7, C. Diment 4, T. Harkness 3, O. Butler 2, A. Stephens 2, N. Hewett 1, S. Devitt 1, J. Searle 1, S. Copestick 1, K. Cuthbertson 1, L. Eats 1. Kyby - D. Munn 2, B. Laurie 1, D. Arnold 1, B. Munn 1, J. Fitzgerald 1, S. Carberry 1, T. Cooper 1

Kaniva Leeor

2.0

9.3

14.8

16.10 (106)

Border Dists

8.3

12.4

15.5

16.7 (103)

Best: Kaniva Leeor - C. Sharples, J. Turner, S. Stallion, P. Adlington, J. Larocca, S. Willersdorf. Borders - J. Barras, N. Tarca, T. Crick, C. Burr, T. Wilson, C. Barras. Goals: Kaniva Leeor - S. Vivian 3, K. Ross 2, P. Adlington 2, J. Vivar 2, C. Sharples 1, J. Salt 1, B. Lenthall 1, J. Wagg 1, A. Carlile 1, C. Chaston 1, B. Bartholomew 1. Border Dists - C. Barras 6, R. Adams 4, T. Crick 3, J. Zeuner 1, C. Burr 1, J. Barras 1

Penola

6.5

9.6

15.6

22.8 (140)

Padthaway

2.2

8.4

9.6

16.7 (103)

Best: Penola - M. Merrrett, B. Foster, A. Merrett, D. Coxon, M. Willson, D. Clayfield. Padthaway - W. Verco, A. Dillon, T. Edwards, P. Lindsay, B. Gunning, T. McLennan. Goals: Penola – Adam Merrett 10, B. Mcintyre 2, M. Willson 2, B. Foster 2, J. Copping 2, B. Maney 1, O. March 1, L. Jones 1, S. Jackman 1. Padthaway - B. Gunning 5, T. McLennan 4, A. Dillon 3, M. Roscow 2, P. Featherston 1, P. Lindsay 1

Mundulla

6.4

11.7

13.9

20.13 (133)

Lucindale

0.1

1.1

7.1

10.1 (61)

Best: Mundulla - J. McGrice, S. Excell, L. Wiese, L. Duell, S. Luckett, T. Ballinger. Lucindale - M. Snowball, H. Legoe, P. Baker, A. Smart, S. Freeman, P. Marshall. Goals: Mundulla - L. Wiese 8, W. Packer 3, B. Packer 3, J. Milligan 2, L. Duell 2, S. Luckett 1, J. Mock 1. Lucindale  - S. Menz 4, S. Freeman 2, B. Hocking 1, R. Handbury 1, M. Snowball 1, A. Smart 1

ROUND SIX PREVIEW

by Angus Dearlove of The Naracoorte Herald, Thursday 16 May 2013

ROUND six of the KNTFL sees all sides with at least two points on the board. Kingston (which has the bye) sits just above Lucindale (which hosts Mundulla) at the foot of the ladder.

Bordertown vs Kybybolite

The Tigers, fresh off their first win for the season, trek up to Bordertown to face the undefeated Roosters. Despite injury concerns last week Scott Carberry kicked five for the Tigers in their win and will again be a key player if the Tigers want to topple the Roosters.

Border Districts vs K/L United

Sixth play seventh with Borders hosting Kaniva/Leeor - looking to make it three on the trot with a win over the Cougars. Clint Barras has shown no signs of ageing with hauls of seven, 12 and six in the past three games, looming as a danger man for the 2012 grand finalists.

Penola vs Padthaway

Fourth-placed Penola host a battling Padthaway as they attempt to remain in touch with the top three. Adam Merrett (nine goals) was on fire against Kingston and will be looking forward to testing the Padthaway defence who struggled to contain good forwards last week.

Lucindale vs Mundulla

Still winless Lucindale host the in-form Moots as they try to get some respectability into their season.Mundulla were hot last week against Keith and should be too tough for Nathan Clarke’s men.

Keith vs Naracoorte

Fresh off a bye, Naracoorte make the long hike up the Riddoch Hwy to face the Crows.This is the match of the round with both teams showing they can score heavily in the opening rounds - with Naracoorte particularly imposing.

MUNDULLA UPSET THE KEITH CROWS

Sunday 13 May 2013 - by Terry Willoughby

In a game that was always in the balance Mundulla who had led narrowly at every change held on to win by 12 points. Keith with key forward James McEntee a constant threat went to an early lead before Mundulla through defenders Tim Ballinger and Matt Staude steadied to reach the lead in the 2nd quarter. Small forward Boyd Packer was lively near goal, on-ballers Luke Wiese and Sam Luckett were also playing well.

The Moots held an 11 point lead at the main change and withstood a 3rd quarter challenge from Keith where Craig Statham and running defender Dion Stratford stood out. McEntee still represented a big danger to Mundulla but the Moots had more players doing well around the mid-field and they matched all Keith could throw at them to win by 12 points.

Ballinger, Luckett, Staude and Wiese were best for Mundulla. Statham, McEntee (7 goals) and Jon Wilson were good for Keith.

After an even 1st quarter Bordertown ran all over Kaniva-Leeor to win easily by 64 points. It should have been much more but inaccuracy kept the margin down. Tim Harkness and Nathan Frederick both kicked 5 goals for the Roosters whilst mid-fielders Nick Hewett and Clint Diment starred. Butler in the ruck gave Bordertown first use of the ball and Steve Copestick used it well. KLU struggled without star rover Jarred Greenbank who is seeking a clearance. Their best were James Turner, Willersdorf and Shane Vivian.

Penola survived at 2nd half fightback by Kingston after leading by 48 points. They looked set for huge win after dominating most of the 1st half with Adam Merrett too powerful at full forward and Drew Clayfield stopping everything in defence. Dylan Coxon starred in the ruck and Penola went forward easily.

Kingston bounced back strongly in the 3rd quarter with 7 goals through Ben Warner and Tom Borrillo with Clarke rebounding strongly from the backline. They reduced Penola’s lead to 30 points at ¾ time. Penola booted 7 goals in the last quarter to see off the challenge but Kingston also booted goals with remarkable accuracy to finish with a score that would win most games.

Merrett finished with 9 goals for Penola. Drew Clayfield, Coxon and Brodie Foster were their best. Warner with 5 goals, Borrillo 3, Clarke and Tenaman did well for Kingston.

Kybybolite were too strong for a player ravaged Lucindale and won easily by 51 points. Mid-fielders Billy Laurie and Sean Munn led the way and Ray Jaensch at half-back closed down Lucindales’ road to goal. Lucindale again relied on too few with same old faces of Ware, Snowball and Smart as better players.

The lead changed hands constantly as first Padthaway and then Border Districts looked like winners. The Lions jumped to a 33 point lead at ¼ time only to see Borders respond with 7 goal 2nd term and hit the front with deadeye Clint Barras and recruit Stuart Ferenci causing havoc near goal. Padthaway again surged in the 3rd quarter and appeared to have Borders measure with 17 point lead going into the final term.

Tom Edwards in the centre, small forward Darcy Boyanton, probably talking his head off, and Matt Roscow were in most forward moves. Borders again lifted and finished strongly as the Lions faded. They booted 5 goals to 2 from Padthaway to win an entertaining game by 4 points. Ferenci was best for Borders ahead of Crick, Hirst in defence, Josh Barras, Brad Vallance and Clint barras with 6 goals. For the Lions it was Edwards, Roscow, Boyanton and Tom McLennan.              

Round 5 - May 11, 2013

Kybybolite

3.9

7.13

11.15

16.21 (117)

Lucindale

0.2

3.6

8.11

9.12 (66)

Best: Kyby - B. Laurie, S. Munn, R. Jaensch, J. Steer, J. Lange, B. Munn.  Lucindale: P. Baker, T. Ware, M. Snowball, A. Smart, H. Legoe, S. Menz. Goals: Kyby - S. Carberry 5, D. Munn 3, B. Laurie 3, T. Cooper 2, J. Steer 1, S. Craig 1, M. Slotegraaf 1. Lucindale - P. Marshall 2, M. Snowball 2, S. Menz 2, T. Ware 1, J. Wheaton 1, J. McRae 1

Border Dists

2.3

9.7

11.11

16.16 (112)

Padthaway

7.6

7.11

13.16

15.18 (108)

Best: Borders - S. Ferenci, T. Crick, J. Hirst, J. Barras, B. Vallance, P. Light. Padthaway - T. Edwards, M. Roscow, D. Boyanton, T. McLennan, P. Featherston, J. Dicker. Goals: Borders - C. Barras 6, S. Ferenci 4, R. Adams 3, B. Vallance 2, T. Crick 1. Padthaway - T. McLennan 4, M. Roscow 4, T. Edwards 3, D. Boyanton 1, B. Gunning 1, D. Scott-Collings 1,

A. Dillon 1

Bordertown

3.8

10.13

16.19

19.24 (138)

Kaniva Leeor

3.2

6.3

8.5

11.8 (74)

Best: Bordertown - N. Hewett, C. Diment, S. Devitt, O. Butler, S. Copestick, T. Harkness. Kaniva Leeor - J. Turner, S. Willersdorf, S. Vivian, B. Bartholomew, J. Larocca, C. Sharples. Goals: Bordertown - T. Harkness 5, N. Frederick 5, S. Copestick 2, J. Searle 2, K. Cuthbertson 1, M. Hayes 1, R. Tink 1, A. Stephens 1, C. Diment 1. Kaniva Leeor - J. Turner 3, J. Wagg 1, J. Larocca 1, K. Ross 1, C. Sharples 1, D. Stimson 1, S. Vivian 1, B. Bartholomew 1, S. Stallion 1

Penola

6.7

11.13

15.15

22.20 (152)

Kingston

2.2

4.7

11.9

18.9 (117)

Best: Penola - D. Clayfield, D. Coxon, B. Mcintyre, B. Foster, O. March, M. Willson. Kingston - B. Warner, T. Borrillo, R. Clarke, M. Trenaman, J. Gould, A. Stenner. Goals: Penola - A. Merrett 9, M. Willson 3, B. Foster 3, B. Mcintyre 2, K. Ransom 2, B. Maney 1, M. Deveraux 1, L. Jones 1. Kingston -B. Warner 5, C. Watson 3, T. Borrillo 3, J. Brown 2, T. Read 2, M. Higgs 1, T. Mcgovern 1, J. Austin 1

Mundulla

3.3

7.9

10.11

15.14 (104)

Keith

4.4

6.4

10.6

14.8 (92)

Best: Mundulla - T. Ballinger, S. Luckett, M. Staude, L. Wiese, B. Packer, G. Obst. Keith - J. Wilson, C. Statham, J. McEntee, B. King, D. Stratford, P. Makin. Goals: Mundulla - B. Packer 4, L. Wiese 4, J. McGrice 2, T. Perry 1, S. Luckett 1, W. Packer 1, L. Duell 1, J. Mock 1. Keith - J. McEntee 7, B. King 2, A. Hunt 2, P. Makin 1, J. Wilson 1, D. Stratford 1

PREVIEW OF ROUND 4

from Angus Dearlove The Naracoorte Herald, 9 May 2013

THE KNTFL ladder has already started to take shape ahead of round five this weekend.Keith, Naracoorte and Bordertown all sit on the maximum 16 points - eight points clear of fourth-placed Penola.

At the other end Kyby remain the only team on zero, courtesy of a draw between Kingston and Lucindale who sit above them. The Tigers will be hoping to break their duck this weekend when they host Lucindale. Both sides have struggled with lack of personnel and not much depth but will both fight hard to get their win column started this year.

Kyby will be missing Brad Redding, who stepped up to A grade last week and unfortunately injured his knee. Playing coach Scott Carberry is also in doubt - possibly robbing Kyby of a genuine big target up forward.

Border Districts make the trip across to Padthaway, looking to continue their good form from last weekend. They come up against the Lions who were well-beaten by Bordertown on the weekend.

Padthaway had the better of Borders last year with a percentage boosting win but 2013 is a new year. The ruck battle will be interesting with man-mountain Pete Featherston coming up against the more athletic George McWaters. The Eagles will be hoping their man gets on top so they can continue feeding the ball to the red-hot Clint Barras - who has kicked 19 goals in the past two weeks. On the other side of the coin Tom Edwards has slotted back in nicely at Padthaway, providing plenty of class for the blue and gold side.Padthaway start favourites in this game but it should be a good tussle.

Penola pack their swimming trunks and beach towels for a trip to the seaside to face the embattled Kingston Saints. Fresh off a bye, the Southern Eagles are breathing down the neck of the top three and should find this match easy pickings. The class of Ransom, McIntyre, Willson, Copping and the Merrett boys will be a tough ask for their hosts.

In the other games, Mundulla host Keith in a top of the table clash. Both teams are currently in good form, continuing the trend from last year which saw four of the top five come from the old Tatiara Football League.

Bordertown sneak across the border to Kaniva to battle the Cougars in a grand final rematch. Both have lost personnel from last season, with Kaniva/Leeor seemingly the worst hit. They opened their season last weekend with a big win against Lucindale but otherwise have struggled.

On the other hand Bordertown’s losses appear to be well covered - their ins have done the job nicely along with the already strong local contingent.

Naracoorte have the bye.

Round Four report - BIG MARGINS A WORRYING TREND

By Terry Willoughby, Sunday 5 May 2013

Border Districts reduced the number of winless teams in the KNTFL when the defeated Kingston by 90 points. Borders charged to a big lead with ten first quarter goals that left Kingston well in arrears. Clint Barras was the star on the forward line and Brad Vallance was an able accomplice as the Northern Eagles went further ahead with another 7 goals before ½ time to lead by 78 points.

The 2nd half was almost even in terms of goals but Kingston were never likely to threaten Borders who coasted home. Barras with 12 goals was best a-field ahead of Vallance, Josh Barras and George McWaters. Kingston at least stuck to the task after a disastrous first half. Tom Borrillo, Jamie Austin in the centre, Matt Higgs and Ben Warner were better players for the Seasiders.

Bordertown, with better teamwork, more contributors in the mid-field and rucks accounted for Padthaway by 62 points. Clint Diment, back from Glenelg, and Nick Hewitt controlled play across the centre and Jarrett and Nathan Frederick provided strong targets in the key forward posts.

Bordertown led by 26 points at ½ time and went further ahead as the game went on. Padthaway battled hard but were no match. Owen Butler headed Bordertown’s best from Hewitt, Frederick with 7 goals and Diment. Padthaway’s best were Tom Edwards, Nash Stark, Darcy Boyanton and Will Verco.

Keith completely demolished a very disappointing Kybybolite by 166 points. The game was one-sided from the 1st bounce. Keith’s forwards had a picnic with Hugo Drogemuller dominating the rucks and around the ground and fellow on-ballers Dion Stratford and Andrew Wilson just kept pumping the ball forward. McEntee 7 goals, Snajdar 5 and Drogemuller 5 were far too good for a succession of opponents. Keith heaped further pain on Kyby with an 11 goal burst in the last quarter to a solitary point.

Kaniva-Leeor also had a huge win at the expense of struggling Lucindale. KLU held an 18 point lead at quarter-time but the signs were already showing. Lucindale only managed one scoring shot in the middle quarters while KLU slotted through 15 goals to lead by 115 points at ¾ time. Another 10 goal burst by KLU sank Lucindale and sent the margin out to 165 points.

Anthony Carlile, brother of the Power’s Alipate, booted 6 goals in a list of twelve goal-kickers. Jarred Grennbank dominated around the stoppages, Paul Adlington and Steve Stallion won heaps of kicks to be KLU’s best.

Naracoorte had a tough battle against Mundulla and finally got away to win by 16 points. Mundulla‘s straighter kicking kept them in touch most of the day but Naracoorte with class  players in Nathan Smith, Rob Jones and Mitch Hartree leeding the way. Recruit Jacob Gschwantner continues to impress for the Demons. The lead was never more than 2 goals for three quarters with Naracoorte ahead by 9 points at the last change. Former coach Heath Thorpe and mid-fielder Grady Obst gave plenty of chances for Keith but the Naracoorte defenders blanketed the key forwards. Sam Logan whilst not as prolific as previous games still managed 5 goals as Naracoorte slowly kicked away in the last quarter.

Round 4 scores - May 4, 2013

Naracoorte

4.5

6.10

9.13

12.16 (88)

Mundulla

3.0

6.4

9.4

11.6 (72)

Best: Naracoorte - N. Smith, R. Jones, M. Hartree, J. Gschwandtner, B. Henderson. Mundulla - H. Thorpe, G. Obst, S. Excell, L. Duell, B. Lehmann. Goals: Naracoorte - S. Logan 5, J. Cother 1, J. Gschwandtner 1, B. Gould 1, M. Hartree 1, C. Mifsud 1,

R. Jones 1, S. Cox 1. Mundulla - B. Packer 4, W. Packer 3, G. Obst 2, J. Mock 2

Keith

7.3

15.8

18.16

29.25 (199)

Kybybolite

1.2

2.2

5.2

5.3 (33)

Best: Keith - H. Drogemuller, D. Stratford, J. Wilson, A. Wilson, P. Makin, R. Menz. Kyby - J. Bittner, J. Fitzgerald, D. Ogilvie, J. Lange, B. Laurie, B. Kurtzer. Goals: Keith - J. McEntee 7, H. Drogemuller 5, J. Snajdar 5, P. Makin 4, B. Gericke 3, B. King 2,

J. Wilson 2, A. Hunt 1. Kyby - B. Laurie 2, J. Jaensch 2, J. Fitzgerald 1

Kaniva Leeor

5.8

14.12

20.16

30.19 (199)

Lucindale

3.2

3.2

3.3

5.4 (34)

Best: Kaniva Leeor - J. Greenbank, J. Turner, P. Adlington, S. Vivian, S. Stallion, C. Sharples. Lucindale - A. Smart, M. Snowball, P. Mulquiny, T. Menz, T. Ware, B. Maloney. Goals: Kaniva Leeor - A. Carlile 6, S. Vivian 4, S. Stallion 3, N. Meyer 3, J. Hicks 3, J. Greenbank 2, J. Turner 2, K. Ross 2, P. Adlington 2, J. Vivar 1, C. Sharples 1, B. Lenthall 1. Lucindale - P. Mulquiny 2, T. Menz 1, M. Snowball 1, A. Smart 1

Bordertown

5.2

9.8

14.9

20.12 (132)

Padthaway

1.1

5.6

7.8

10.10 (70)

Best: Bordertown - O. Butler, N. Hewett, N. Frederick, A. Stephens, C. Diment, J. Jarrett. Padthaway - T. Edwards, N. Stark, D. Boyanton, W. Verco, P. Featherston, J. Dicker. Goals: Bordertown - N. Frederick 7, C. Dahlitz 3, T. Harkness 3, C. Diment 2, J. Jarrett 2, O. Butler 1, A. Stephens 1, J. Tink 1. Padthaway - D. Boyanton 3, T. McLennan 2, P. Featherston 1, B. Gunning 1, M. Roscow 1, J. Dicker 1, A. Dillon 1

Border Districts

10.6

17.8

22.13

27.17 (179)

Kingston

2.3

4.8

8.10

13.11 (89)

Best: Borders - C. Barras, B. Vallance, J. Barras, G. Mcwaters, N. Tarca, T. Wilson. Kingston - T. Borrillo, J. Austin, M. Higgs, B. Warner, A. Stenner, C. Cooper. Goals: Borders - C. Barras 12, R. Adams 4, B. Vallance 4, J. Derrington 3, M. Lemon 1, C. Robinson 1, J. Hirst 1, J. Saunderson 1. Kingston - C. Watson 2, M. Higgs 2, S. Braidwood 2, T. Mcgovern 2, J. Hyland 2, T. Read 2,

T. Baker 1

PREVIEW OF ROUND 4

from the Naracoorte Herald, 2 May 2013

THERE seems to be a gap widening in the KNTFL between the good sides and not so good.

None of the matches on the weekend just gone were close - Keith’s 36 point win over Kaniva/Leeor United was the closest.

Kybybolite, Lucindale and Border Districts all lost by more than 100 points while Kingston didn't go too much better with a margin in the 90s. These teams will be looking to turn it around this weekend and regain some ground on the rest of the league.

Kybybolite travel to Keith to take on the Crows. They were within touching distance at half-time on Anzac Day but were blown out of the water in the second half and went down by 121 points to Naracoorte.

Young guns Billy Laurie and Darcy Munn have played well for the Tigers and will need to continue their form against the undefeated Keith.

Lucindale host K/L United with both sides still looking to get their 2013 win column off the zero mark. Lucindale drew with Kingston in round two, which gave them their only points. Kaniva/Leeor United are desperately out of form and missing some key personnel from last year where they made the grand final. Padthaway head up to Bordertown in an enticing encounter. Both teams won big on the weekend.

For Padthaway McLennan has been in good touch up forward, kicking four on the weekend. Cody Marshall had a great game against Lucindale that day too and the pair will be looking to emulate that against a stronger side. On their home patch the Roosters should be a little too strong.

Kingston strap on the long-range fuel tanks and hike across the border to sleepy little Goroke.Their hosts, Border Districts, will be stinging after a big loss to Penola and will come out firing, especiallg given they lost to Kingston last year. Both sides will fancy themselves a real shot here.

Borders injury list is growing but their top-end talent should help them over the line against a young Kingston.

Naracoorte host Mundulla and will look to continue on their merry way. The Demons have looked the team to beat early on and would have to be the early flag favourite.Mundulla have also played well but this is a game which Naracoorte will be fairly confident in.

One person the Moots will be looking to negate is Sam Logan. The burly forward has kicked an amazing 22 goals in two weeks, setting his sights on the ton early.

NARACOORTE AND BORDERTOWN LEAD THE WAY

Round Three report with Terry Willoughby, April 29 2013

Two games were on display on Anzac day but patrons saw lop-sided contests in both. Naracoorte blitzed Kybybolite after ½ time with Sam Logan, more slab than six-pack, booting 11 goals for the 2nd time in two games to star in Naracoorte’s 121 point win, 27-21 (183) to Kyby’s 8-14 (62).

Kyby hardly gave a yelp after ½ time as Naracoorte piled on the goals. Matt Gill with 4 goals, Mitch Hartree and Nathan Smith around the mid-field ran amok for Naracoorte as Kyby folded.  

Penola were far too good for Border Districts from the start and romped in by 101 points, 25-17(167) to 11.0 (66). Adam Merrett was too strong for the Borders defence and just brushed them aside to boot 7 goals, Brad Merrett and Brodie Foster also booted 4.

Kane Ransom was best along with the Merrett’s, Drew Clayfield and ruckman Dylan Coxon. Clint Barras booted 7 goals on a solo effort for Borders.  

In Saturday’s games Nathan Frederick booted 10 goals for Bordertown as they thrashed Kingston by 96 points 26-13 169 to 11-7 73. The Seasiders matched Bordertown for most of the 1st half with Jamie Austin doing well in the centre and Sam Braidwood kicking goals at full forward.

Bordertown slowly upped the stakes in the 3rd quarter and held Kingston goal-less to lead by 41 pointss. In the last term Bordertown really exploded away with 13 goals to 4 and bolt in by 96 points.

Rover Steve Copestick was dominant around the stoppages, Nick Hewett on the wing and Frederick all starred for the Roosters. Kingston’s best were Austin, Ben Warner and Braidwood who kicked 5 goals.

Lucindale endured their biggest defeat in sometime when Padthaway demolished them by 111 points. The Lions were in complete control for the last 3 quarters after defenders Matt Roscow and Keiron Hicks shut out Lucindale’s forwards. Lively Cody Marshall was best afield for the Lions, Archie Longbottom and Darcy Boyanton also played well. Padthaway roared in 21-11 137 to Lucindales paltry 3-8 26.

Keith had a tough battle against last year’s glamour team Kaniva-Leeor United but finished strongly to win by 36 points. Scores were level at ¼ time and Keith led by only 5 points at the main break. Veteran Paul Makin was good at half-forward and hard running Dion Stratford effective on the ball. The Keith Crows started to gain the upper hand after ½ time and led by 18 points with a term to go. KLU struggled to finish the game off and Keith added 5 goals to 2 to have a comfortable win.   

Round 3 - April 27, 2013

Padthaway

3.0

10.4

16.7

21.11 (137)

Lucindale

1.0

1.3

2.7

3.8 (26)

Best: Padthaway - C. Marshall, M. Roscow, K. Hicks, A. Longbottom, D. Boyanton, D. Scott-Collings. Lucindale - T. Ware, H. Legoe, T. Menz, M. Snowball, A. Smart, P. Mulquiny. Goals: Padthaway - T. McLennan 4, M. Hoffmann 4, A. Dillon 4, B. Gunning 3, D. Boyanton 2, M. Roscow 2, T. Edwards 1, D. Scott-Collings 1. Lucindale - P. Baker 2, J. Zohs 1

Keith

4.3

5.9

11.12

16.16 (112)

Kaniva Leeor

4.3

5.4

9.6

11.10 (76)

Best:  Keith - P. Makin, D. Stratford, B. King, J. Wilson, R. Menz, M. Telfer. Kaniva Leeor - S. Stallion, J. Turner, C. Sharples, J. Hicks, S. Dodson, K. Ross. Goals: Keith - A. Hunt 4, P. Makin 3, J. McEntee 3, D. Stratford 2, J. Wilson 2, H. Drogemuller 1, L. Mitchell 1. Kaniva Leeor - K. Ross 2, J. Greenbank 2, S. Stallion 2, P. Adlington 1, A. Brown 1, J. Lyon 1, J. Brown 1, S. Vivian 1

Bordertown

5.5

89

13.11

26.13 (169)

Kingston

4.1

7.2

7.6

11.7 (73)

Best: Bordertown - S. Copestick, N. Frederick, N. Hewett, R. Frick, C. Dahlitz, D. Feder. Kingston - J. Austin, B. Warner, S. Braidwood, T. Borrillo, A. Stenner, T. Gardner. Goals: Bordertown - Nathan Frederick 10, A. Stephens 4, T. Harkness 4, C. Diment 2, H. Paech 1, T. Devitt 1, S. Copestick 1, M. Hayes 1, C. Dahlitz 1, J. Tink 1. Kingston - S. Braidwood 5, T. Read 3, B. Warner 1, T. Mcgovern 1, T. Borrillo 1

Round 3 - ANZAC DAY MATCHES

Naracoorte

4.4

9.11

19.18

27.21 (183)

Kybybolite

4.4

6.9

8.12

8.14 (62)

Best: Naracoorte -  M. Gill, M. Hartree, N. Smith, S. Logan, B. Gould. Kyby - B. Laurie, D. Brodie, R. Jaensch, S. Munn, W. Miles, D. Ogilvie. Goals: Naracoorte - Sam Logan 11, M. Gill 4, S. Cox 2, C. Mifsud 2, Z. Donnelly 1, B. Borg 1, M. Childs 1, B. Gould 1, C. Beggs 1, J. Gschwandtner 1, J. Cother 1, N. Boon 1. Kyby - D. Arnold 2, D. Munn 1, B. Nikkerud 1, B. Laurie 1, B. Munn 1, J. Fitzgerald 1, J. Bittner 1

Penola

9.3

13.9

19.12

25.17 (167)

Border Dists

2.0

5.0

8.0

11.0 (66)

Best: Penola - K. Ransom, B. Merrett, M. Merrrett, D. Clayfield, B. Mcintyre, D. Coxon. Borders - C. Barras, B. Vallance, J. Barras, G. Mcwaters, J. Hirst, N. Tarca. Goals: Penola - A. Merrett 7, B. Foster 4, B. Merrett 4, B. Mcintyre 3, K. Ransom 2, J. Copping 2, M. Willson 1, J. Galpin 1, M. Merrrett 1.  Border Districts: C. Barras 7, C. Robinson 2, J. Richardson 1, B. Vallance 1

PREVIEW OF ROUND 3

from the Naracoorte Herald, 25 April 2013

TODAY marks ANZAC Day, one of the most significant days on the Australian calendar.

Australians young and old gather together to remember the heroes of days gone by who fought for their country.

It is a tenuous link but today four KNTFL teams go into a battle of their own.

Out at Kybybolite the Tigers host an ominous-looking Naracoorte.

Kyby played well for no result last week, at times looking like they were going to nab the Tiger cup before falling short by three goals.

Naracoorte meanwhile are two wins and after knocking off preliminary finalists Padthaway in round one and grand finalists K/L United in round two.

Jacob Gschwandtner has been an inspired pickup for the Dees, showing his value in the first couple of rounds and providing headaches for opposition coaches and club scribes alike. Naracoorte are the stronger of the two sides and should be too strong for the young Tigers, but given the history between the two it could swing the other way.

In the day’s other match the southern Eagles host their northern counterparts Border Districts. Penola were all over Bordertown last week but were overrun when it mattered.

Meanwhile Borders had the bye last round but were thumped by Bordertown in round one. The two sides split their 2012 encounters one apiece and have both added quality in the off-season.

Penola’s Jon Copping and Dylan Coxon especially have been good pickups, offering hardened bodies to protect the contingent of young players Tony Porter has at his disposal.

Big Borders recruit Stuart Ferenci looked good in his first KNTFL hitout and will be called upon to provide a big presence up forward and around the ground for his side. It should be a good battle between two young sides but Penola at home may be too tough an ask for Stevie Pretlove’s boys.

Lucindale trek up to Padthaway on Saturday with both sides searching for their first win of the season. Lucindale battled away against Kingston last weekend and were unlucky not to win as the match resulted in a draw.

They showed great fight and desperation and deserved the full points but unfortunately couldn’t finish.

Padthaway on the other hand have been outplayed in the first two rounds. They went down heavily to Naracoorte first up and didn't fare any better against Keith on the weekend.

Lucindale looks on paper to be an easier task but nothing is ever assured in footy and to write off any side at this stage of the season is not a smart move.

K/L United look to have fallen from grace with a couple of poor showings first up, meanwhile their opponents Keith are  in good form.

Given current results the Crows should win but the Cougar at home might turn things around.

Reigning premiers Bordertown have the seaside trip to Kingston to round out the weekend’s action. The Roosters are still a strong unit and look to be one of the benchmarks of the competition while Kingston managed to get their season account open with a draw on the weekend against Lucindale.

Bordertown should win easily if reputations are anything to go by, but again the match isn’t played on paper.

ROUND 2 REVIEW

by Terry Willoughby, April 22, 2013

Mundulla made a good start against Kybybolite but surrendered a quarter time lead of 10 points when Kyby booted 6 goals to take control in the 2nd term and lead by 13 points at the long break. Ray Jaensch was strong in defence for Kyby and Carberry was threatening at full forward. Recruits Billy Laurie and Darcy Munn were also creating chances through the mid-field.

Kyby continued to hold the lead but Mundulla wasted opportunities with wayward goal-kicking in the 3rd quarter. Kyby took a 14 point lead into the last term but Mundulla finished over the top of them with Jake McGrice winning plenty of kicks and experienced Nicky Davis playing well, Sam Luckett and Jason Milligan also contributed strongly as Mundulla added six goals to Kyby’s one and win by 17 points.

Better players for Kyby were Laurie, Jaensch and Munn but many faded at the finish.

Naracoorte dominated the 2nd half against Kaniva-Leeor after a tight battle in the opening quarters where the lead changed hands several times. Sam Logan was the star forward on the ground and KLU could not contain him as he booted 11 goals. Naracoorte booted 13 goals to one in the 2nd half to win easily by 82 points.

Jake Gilbert, Logan and Brett Gould were Naracoorte’s best. Turner, Adlington and Lyons tried hard for KLU.

Last year’s wooden-spooner Kingston got their first premiership points in over a season when they drew with Lucindale. The Saints held the lead for over 3 quarters before Lucindale leveled the scores near the finish. Sam Braidwood and Tom Borrillo were lively around goal for Kingston and Ben Warner and Jake Hyland provided plenty of drive as the Saints charged to a 31 point lead at 1/2time.

Both sides went goal for goal in the 3rd term but Lucindale narrowed the gap to 22 points. Bigman Mark Snowball was working tirelessly for Lucindale as they slowly closed in on Kingston. Lucindale had most of the play but Kingston held on and both teams finished on 90 points. Padthaway showed their best form so far and although they trailed Keith at every change  they were well in the game at ¾ time when Keith led by just 11 points.

The Crows turned on the afterburners in the last quarter and slammed on 11 goals to one and win impressively by 66 points. Bradley 6 goals and 4 each to Andrew Hunt and McEntee was too much for the Lions when Keith took control. Hunt, Craig Statham and veteran Paul Makin were best for Keith. Peter Featherston , Will Verco, Matt Roscow and Archie Longbottom were best for padthaway.

Penola, the big improver looked likely to cause a big upset against reigning premier Bordertown when they started brilliantly to lead by 29 points at quarter-time with Drew Clayfield and Matt Merrett starring. The Roosters fought back in the 2nd quarter but Penola still held a 15 point lead at ½ time.

Penola again controlled play in the 3rd quarter with ruckman Dylan Coxon and clever Jon Copping having an influence as the Eagles got out to a 32 point lead and appear likely winners. It was here that Bordertown remembered who were the top team. They kept Penola to a solitary point in the last quarter and dominated play everywhere to add 9 goals and win by 24 points.

Adrian Stephens and forwards Nathan Frederick 6 goals and Tim Harkness 5 exploded into action for Bordertown, Nathan Clark and on-baller Maddy Hayes played well. Matt Merrett, Drew Clayfield, Kane Ransom and Jon Copping were Penola’s best mostly before ¾ time.

Round 2 - April 20, 2013

Mundulla

4.2

5.6

7.13

13.16 (94)

Kybybolite

2.4

8.7

10.9

11.11 (77)

Best: Mundulla - J. McGrice, N. Davis, S. Luckett, T. Ballinger, J. Milligan, L. Wiese.  Kybybolite: B. Laurie, R. Jaensch, D. Munn, J. Steer, B. Kurtzer, B. Munn. Goals: Mundulla - R. Williams 3, J. Milligan 2, W. Packer 2, J. McGrice 2, B. Packer 2, J. Wiese 1, J. Mock 1.  Kybybolite: S. Carberry 4, B. Laurie 2, J. Steer 1, D. Munn 1, B. Nikkerud 1, B. Munn 1,J. Bittner 1

Naracoorte

3.3

8.4

14.6

21.7 (133)

Kaniva Leeor

4.3

6.8

6.8

7.9 (51)

Best: Naracoorte - J. Gilbert, S. Logan, B. Gould, R. Jones, J. Gschwandtner, K. Jacobs. Kaniva Leeor - J. Turner, P. Adlington, J. Lyon, J. Larocca, S. Dodson. Goals: Naracoorte - S. Logan 11, B. Gould 3, M. Parker 2, J. Cother 1, M. Gill 1, N. Smith 1, M. Childs 1, C. Gill 1. Kaniva Leeor - S. Dodson 2, N. Meyer 1, P. Adlington 1, S. Smith 1, S. Vivian 1, B. Bartholomew 1

Keith

6.1

10.4

11.8

21.11 (137)

Padthaway

4.1

7.2

10.3

11.5 (71)

Best: Keith - A. Hunt, C. Statham, P. Makin, A. Wilson, R. Menz, A. Bradley. Padthaway -  P. Featherston, W. Verco, M. Roscow, A. Longbottom, B. Ettridge, K. Hicks. Goals: Keith - A. Bradley 6, A. Hunt 4, J. McEntee 4, P. Makin 3, A. Wilson 1, B. Gericke 1, H. Drogemuller 1, D. Stratford 1. Padthaway - T. McLennan 3, B. Gunning 2, T. Edwards 1, P. Featherston 1, D. Boyanton 1, A. Longbottom 1, C. Marshall 1, J. Dicker 1

Lucindale

2.1

4.2

8.7

13.12 (90)

Kingston

5.2

9.3

12.5

14.6 (90)

Best: Lucindale - M. Snowball, T. Menz, A. Smart, D. McCarthy, P. Marshall, B. Hocking. Kingston - B. Warner, J. Hyland, J. Brown, T. Borrillo, H. Rothall, R. Cunneen. Goals: Lucindale - P. Baker 3, S. McGurk 2, T. Ware 2, D. McCarthy 2, T. Menz 1, M. Snowball 1, K. Agnew 1, A. Smart 1. Kingston - S. Braidwood 5, T. Borrillo 3, J. Gould 3, T. Mcgovern 1, J. Brown 1, R. Cunneen 1

Bordertown

2.1

6.5

9.7

18.10 (108)

Penola

6.6

8.8

14.9

14.10 (94)

Best: Bordertown - A. Stephens, T. Harkness, N. Clark, M. Hayes, N. Hewett, A. Diment.  Penola: M. Merrrett, D. Clayfield, K. Ransom, J. Copping, D. Coxon, M. Willson. Goals: Bordertown - N. Frederick 6, T. Harkness 5, C. Dahlitz 2, M. Hayes 1, J. Searle 1, A. Stephens 1, C. Diment 1, J. Jarrett 1.  Penola: B. Merrett 3, B. Mcintyre 2, A. Merrett 2, J. Copping 2, B. Kelly 1, L. Jones 1, D. Wenham 1, D. Coxon 1, N. Clayfield 1

 ROUND TWO PREVIEW

Friday 19 April, 2013

ROUND two of the KNTFL kicks off this weekend after a round of blowouts last weekend.

NARACOORTE face K/L UNITED at home after winning big in round one. The Demons look to have recruited well, with the talented Jacob Gschwandtner playing very well in the middle, complemented by Naracoorte’s already strong local brigade.

Their opponents the Cougars went down at home to Mundulla last weekend. They appeared to miss the dominant presence of big ruckman Seb Guilhaus but still have plenty of class - including mail medallist Jared Greenbank. Shutting him down will go a long way to a Naracoorte win.

LUCINDALE host KINGSTON in a good rivalry clash. Both sides were comprehensively beaten last weekend and will be looking to bounce back.The Roos are undermanned this season but will still fancy themselves a good chance against a slowly improving but still developing Kingston outfit. It will be up to big ruckman Mark Snowball and dangerous goalkicker Travis Ware to lead the way for Nathan Clarke’s men.

PADTHAWAY trek up the Riddoch Hwy to face their northern rivals KEITH.

After a stinging loss to Naracoorte last week, the Lions will be roaring but come up against against a talented Keith outfit who had the opposite result. Negating Keith’s dangerous forwards and getting the ball into the hands of their class movers will be the aim for Padthaway, who showed last year they can score quickly if given space to. It’s a tough game to pick but the ledger is slightly leaning towards Keith based on round one form.

KYBYBOLITE travel to the swamp after a round one bye. Their opponents MUNDULLA come off a win against last year’s grand finalists and will be a tough ask for Carberry and his men.

Much rides on how their returning players gel in the side.

Mundulla looked good last week and will be thereabouts again this year, so may give Kyby a bit of a tough start to 2013.

PENOLA take on BORDERTOWN with both sides coming off big wins. The Eagles recruits were a standout for their side and will play a big part in shaping the fortunes of Penola, starting this weekend against the reigning premiers. Border Districts have the bye.

SEASON PREVIEW - LUCINDALE

BATTLING against adversity is the state of play at Lucindale for this KNTFL season.

After losing so many players who last year would have been among the best in the league, the Roos have been forced to rebuild.

Names like former coach Todd Price (Yorke Peninsula Football League), 2012 league footballer of the year Tim Walsh, 2012 interleague squad members Ryan McInerney, Kane McCarthy (injured) and Kyle Press (Darwin) as well as Ant Laurencic and Josh Walker all departed the 2011 premiers.

Walsh and McInerney have been picked up by SANFL side Glenelg.Returning coach Nathan Clarke, who last had the job in 2010, has settled back into coaching but said the club has struggled over the pre-season with personnel.

“We’ve had limited numbers,” he told the Herald. “We just haven’t got the depth anymore.“We’ve had so many changes with these guys leaving and Graetzy (Sam Graetz) and Pitty (Andrew Pitt) in the last couple of years.”

There is also trouble in the junior ranks, with only seven senior colts at the club thanks to kids moving out of the district for schooling.

It hasn’t been all one way out of Lucindale though, with some players coming back in.Haydn Cox, a speedy midfielder from Port in the Spencer Gulf Football League, has returned.

Cox last played for the club in 2010 and young tall Patrick Baker has come back from Glenelg.Big forward Ben Mcleod has come into the club as well - he last played for Langhorne Creek in the Great Southern Football League but is formerly from Robe.

A couple more midfield pickups have the coach feeling positive.“We’ve picked up Pat Mulquiney who is working locally,” Clarke said. “He’s a pretty handy footballer.”

Rob Hardy also joins the Roos, coming into the area from Tasmania.They will be good support for club leaders Travis Ware and Tristan Manz.

Ware played interleague last season and made the team of the year as well as winning Lucindale’s most consistent award. He was also his club’s leading goalkicker.

“They’ve both been good throughout the preseason,” Clarke said about the pair. Last weekend was tough for Lucindale as they traveled down to Penola, who are looking to be one of the top sides this year.

Their A grade went down by 149 points and the reserves - who only just filled a side - suffered a similar fate, going down by 159.“There was sort of enough players but we had the bare minimum,” Clarke said. “The first quarter or so was good (in the A grade) but after that we dropped off.”

Clarke is hoping his side can compete for the rest of the season, starting with their home game against Kingston this weekend.“All we really want to do is be competitive,” he said. “And win a few games.”

ROUND ONE REPORT

from Terry Willoughby, Sunday 14 April 2013

NARACOORTE STARTS WITH MAULING

Naracoorte started the new season with a big win after missing last year’s finals. The 1st quarter was quite even with Padthaway fluffing some chances near goal to trail by 9 points. Naracoorte swung into gear quickly in the 2nd term and slammed on 9 goals with danger forwards Sam Logan and Simon Cox proving a handful. Experienced on-ballers Nathan Smith and Rob Jones won plenty of the ball and recruit Jacob Gschwandtner was impressive. Naracoorte extended their lead and starved the Lions forwards of opportunities although returnee Tom Edwards was trying hard to lift his team-mates. Naracoorte finished strongly and kept Padthaway to a solitary goal in the last term and ran out easy winners by 107 points. Cox and Logan finished with 5 goals each but the best players were Gschwandtner, Jones, Smith, Michael Childs and Brodie Borg. The Lions better players were Edwards, Nash Stark, Will Verco and Matt Roscow.

Keith charged to a big quarter time lead over Kingston with key forward James McEntee starring. They kept up the pressure in the 2nd term and led by 52 points at the main break. Kingston made a bold bid to get on terms and outscored Keith with 6 goals in the 3rd quarter with Jake Hyland and Jacob Brown getting plenty of touches. Keith took control again in the last quarter and booted 8 goals to two and ran out easy winners by 78 points. McEntee was a stand-out with 10 goals and recruits Brad King and Hugo Drogemuller showed good form along with former Kingston player Craig Statham. Hyland, Brown and Matt Austin tried hard for an improved Kingston.

Kaniva-Leeor lost many good players in the off-season but made Mundulla work hard. The Moots led throughout but never by enough to be in control. Local products under-lined Mundulla’s win with Grady and Callan Obst featuring all game. The strong team ethic of Mundulla was evident with many forwards contributing goals to make KLU’s task a bit harder and although they narrowed the ½ time margin of 19 points back to 14 at the finish they never had enough good players to catch the Moots. Best for Mundulla were the Obst’s, McGrice, Jason Milligan and Matt Staude. James Turner, newcomer Steve Stallion, veteran Shane Dodson and Jared Greenbank kept KLU in the game most of the time.

Bordertown saw off a battling Border Districts after ½ time to win easily by 82 points. Last years premiers were scratchy early as Borders battled hard. Newcomer Stuart Ferenci was impressive but needed more team-mates to step up as Bordertown led by 17 points at ½ time. The Roosters form improved in the 2nd half and they added 13 goals to three and run over Borders who faded badly. No best players were available from the winners but Ferenci, Clint Robinson, Fraser Adams and George McWaters battled hard for Borders.

While Penola had a great start to season, dishing out a 149 point flogging to Lucindale. Western Border recruits dominated with Dylan Coxon best and Jon Copping kicking six goals.

Round 1 - April 13, 2013

Bordertown

4.5

7.9

13.11

20.16 (136)

Border Dists

2.2

5.4

6.6

8.6 (54)

Best: Bordertown - N. Hewett, J. Searle, J. Jarrett, K. Cuthbertson, M. Dahlitz, S. Copestick. Border Dists - S. Ferenci, C. Robinson, F. Adams, G. Mcwaters, G. Hamilton, T. Crick. Goals: Bordertown - T. Harkness 5, J. Searle 5, N. Frederick 5, O. Butler , M. Hayes , A. Diment , M. Dahlitz , J. Jarrett. Border Dists - G. McWaters 3, C. Barras 3, S. Ferenci , B. Vallance

Mundulla

4.2

9.5

13.14

15.15 (105)

Kaniva Leeor

2.2

6.4

10.5

14.7 (91)

Best: Mundulla - G. Obst, J. Milligan, M. Staude, C. Obst, B. Lehmann, J. McGrice. Kaniva Leeor - J. Turner, S. Stallion, S. Dodson, J. Greenbank, J. Lyon, J. Hicks. Goals: Mundulla - G. Obst 2, J. Wiese 2, W. Packer 2, B. Packer 2, B. Lehmann 2, J. Mock 2, J. McGrice, T. Ballinger , H. Thorpe. Kaniva Leeor - D. Stimson 4, E. Maddern 2, J. Turner 2, J. Greenbank 2, S. Stallion 2, C. Chaston , B. Hawker

Keith

8.6

12.9

16.12

24.16 (160)

Kingston

2.2

4.5

10.7

12.10 (82)

Best: Keith - B. King, J. McEntee, H. Drogemuller, J. Wilson, C. Statham, D. Stratford. Kingston - J. Hyland, J. Brown, M. Austin, M. Higgs, R. Cunneen, J. Curkpatrick. Goals: Keith - James McEntee 10, A. Hunt 3, B. King 2, L. Mitchell 2, J. Wilson 2, A. Bradley 2, T. Geyer , H. Drogemuller , D. Stratford. Kingston - S. Braidwood 3, T. Borrillo 3, H. Rothall , T. Mcgovern , M. Austin , J. Hyland , D. Richardson , J. Gluyas

Naracoorte

4.1

13.4

18.12

26.14 (170)

Padthaway

2.4

3.7

7.8

8.15 (63)

Best: Naracoorte - J. Gschwandtner, N. Smith, B. Borg, M. Childs, R. Jones, D. Myall. Padthaway - T. Edwards, N. Stark, W. Verco, M. Roscow, P. Featherston, T. Leehane. Goals: Naracoorte - S. Logan 5, S. Cox 5, J. Cother 2, J. Gschwandtner 2, B. Gould 2, N. Smith 2, M. Childs 2, C. Gill , L. Munro , R. Jones , M. Parker , M. Gill , R. Pinkerton. Padthaway - B. Gunning 2, M. Roscow 2, M. Hoffmann 2, T. Edwards , A. Dillon

Penola

3.8

9.10

19.16

29.17 (191)

Lucindale

2.0

3.1

5.3

6.6 (42)

Best: Penola - D. Coxon, B. Mcintyre, M. Willson, J. Copping, A. Merrett, L. Jones. Lucindale - T. Ware, M. Snowball, T. Menz, P. Mulquiny, H. Legoe, P. Baker. Goals: Penola - J. Copping 6, B. Mcintyre 5, A. Merrett 4, J. Galpin 4, M. Willson 3, N. Clayfield 3, L. Jones 2, B. Foster , K. Ransom. Lucindale - M. Snowball 3, T. Smith , T. Ware , J. Wheaton

ROUND ONE PREVIEW

ROUND one of the KNTFL kicks off this weekend with clubs looking to start the year in style.

Returning ex-locals are the flavour of the month around the old Kowree-Naracoorte region with Kybybolite, Padthaway, Naracoorte, Penola and Border Districts welcoming some former players to their ranks.

Tatiara teams Bordertown, Keith and Kaniva/Leeor have stocked up on travelling recruits from the city in an effort to remain as strong as they were last year where they all finished high on the ladder.

Padthaway vs Naracoorte

The Demons travel up the highway to take on the Lions.

After comfortably winning last time Naracoorte will be confident as they have strengthened their side since with some big names back at the club.

Padthaway were undermanned on that day and have recruited some “new” players of their own with the Edwards brothers Tom and Sam among the ins.

Border Districts vs Bordertown

Facing the reigning premiers first up will prove a massive test for the home side Border Districts in this game - to be played at Frances.

Borders have recruited well with Brad Vallance (who won footballer of the year for the league while at Bordertown in 2010) starring in the pre-season while ex-locals Tim Crick and Jon Derrington will also be on display for the Eagles.

The Roosters have lost a few from their premiership side but have also gained some talent and should be too strong for the Eagles.

Penola vs Lucindale

Penola host the Roos in this game and will be unveiling a host of new and old faces.

The Southern Eagles have gone out and recruited well with Jon Copping and Drew Clayfield returning, Matt Willson and Ben McIntyre enticed south.Lucindale’s out list from last year reads like a who’s who of KNTFL talent and the Roos will be hard pressed to replace players such as Price, Walsh, McInerney and McCarthy.

In other games, Keith travel to Kingston and should be too strong for the Saints, Kaniva/Leeor host Mundulla and if their recruits fire up will be too much of a task for the Moots.

Kybybolite has the bye.

2013 CLUB PREVIEW - PENOLA

SECOND year blues are hopefully not going to be a problem at Penola with senior coach Tony Porter settling in after a tough debut year.

“I’m feeling a little bit more comfortable than last year,” the non-playing mentor told the Herald.

“It’s always challenging but it (Penola) is a great place to be.

“We’re looking forward to an exciting season.”Heath Mitchell, a former division one SA amateurs player, will coach the Southern Eagles’ reserves side and has been a “massive help” to Porter.

The club has been training hard in the pre-season and Porter is impressed with their dedication as they aim for a place in September action.

"We’re tracking pretty well - we’ve had quality numbers on the track,” he said. “The players have taken ownership of where they are at, which has impressed me.

“I’m really impressed with the way they’ve approached their footy and the standard they’ve set.

”The club has lost a few players, notably ex-captain Luke Duncan - who will be coaching South Gambier, Jarrod Ryan and gun young pair Nick Clayfield and Corey Gray.

Gray will spend a lot of his football season with the State under 18s as he looks to further his career in the sport.

Clayfield will trade his footy boots for a cricket bat as he works his way towards maybe one day a baggy green.

“Nick’s solid with his cricket at the moment,” Porter said. “We encourage the boys to go as far as they can.”

Coming back to the Southern Eagles are a couple of handy recruits. Nick’s brother Drew Clayfield returns after the past few seasons at Glenelg and Western Border league medal winner and premiership coach Jon Copping comes back from South Gambier.

Porter - a former Eagles premiership player himself - said Copping’s experience and presence on the field would be very valuable and Clayfield’s size and talent was an added bonus as he’ll look to switch between centre half forward and back.

“He (Clayfield) is a good size and that is something we’ve been lacking,” he said.

This will work in well with Brodie Foster, another recruit moving up from the Mount who is also a key position player.

Rounding out the big men stocks coming in to the club is Dylan Coxon, an athletic ruckman from Robe.

Matt Willson and Ben McIntyre - former rising stars at Naracoorte - will also pull on the blue and white, adding a good bit of outside run to the side.

The club has had trial games against Glencoe, North Gambier and East Gambier - the results pleasing the coach.

The younger players coming up from the colts such as Damien Wenham and Brad Merrett performed well along with fellow youngster Lachie Jones and Coxon.

“We had a stronger squad in against North and did well,” Porter said about the trials.

“They were good hitouts - better than I expected.”

Putting more faith in youth, 20 year old Matt Merrett will captain the side this year in a joint role with the incumbent Phil Lambert. Kane Ransom is vice-captain.Penola opens its season against Lucindale at Penola on Saturday.

2013 CLUB PREVIEW - PADTHAWAY

from Angus Dearlove of The Naracoorte Herald

Padthaway midfielder Will Verco looks to fire out a handball in the Lions’ recent trial against Lucindale at Padthaway with teammate Matt Roscow in support. Verco will be a key player for his side this year as they look to build on a good 2012.

A NEW year has brought renewed hope for Padthaway after narrowly missing out on a KNTFL preliminary final berth last season.

The Lions were just a kick away from facing Keith in the penultimate game of the season with a five-point loss to eventual premiers Bordertown.

Second year coach Tim Leehane believes his side has stepped up and will be primed to make an assault on the top three.

“I’d be very disappointed if that (making the top three) didn’t happen,” he told the Herald. “We’re a better side than what we were last year.”

A focus on match simulation and some boxing has the Lions looking stronger, especially the kids who will be stepping up to senior roles during the year.

“Everyone’s looking fitter and stronger,” Leehane said. “The young lads are a lot stronger than they were last year.”

As new players step up, older players leave.

One of those older players is club stalwart Mark Edwards, who has retired.

Leehane said the team will miss Edwards’ leadership as much as his presence on the field.

“Eddy’s got a lot of experience, great talent and leadership - he’ll be sadly missed,” he remarked.

“You’re always going to miss those kinds of blokes.”

But the coach expects new leaders to step up.

Also not pulling on the boots for the club this season are Aaron Wanders and Jason Degabriele.

The two high-profile midfielders will be playing at Tailem Bend this year.

Coming in to the club are the returning Glenelg player Tom Edwards, his brother Sam and Kieron Hicks.

Tim’s nephew Tom Leehane and former Lions junior Archie Longbottom have also made their way to Padthaway.

These players stood out in the club’s recent trial games against Jervois and Lucindale, along with young gun Cody Marshall and Will Verco.

Leehane said he was impressed with the effort of the younger players in the trial games and signalled the Lions would have a deeper playing list this year.

“It’s looking like we have really good depth this year,” he said. “It’s been 20 years since the club’s A grade flag and the reserves made the grand final that year too... I’m not sure if they’ve played finals since.

“The As and ressies are looking to be in the finals this year.”

As with last year, Padthaway has a strong base of Adelaide players who train together under Malcolm Pohlner and travel out to the SE on weekends.

They have joined with other country football clubs CMS Crows (Yorke Peninsula Football League) and Jervois (River Murray Football League).

Their coach is hugely impressed with their work ethic.

“We took a busload of guys up to Adelaide and had a training together,” Leehane said. “It was some of the best training I’ve seen.”

The Lions have a home game grudge match against Naracoorte in round one.“They beat us pretty convincingly last year when we had players out,” the coach said.

That match and the fallout from it has Padthaway hungry to exact some revenge on the Demons.

“The blokes who played that day will remember it, that sticks in your head,” Leehane said. “Everyone wants to start the year off well with a win.”

Summing up what he wants to do with the team, Leehane said he wanted the club to play a brand of football that would get people excited about football in the small town.

“We want to play good, hard, honest footy - looking to bring people through the gate,” he said.

 “As a club we’re moving forward and we’re always looking to improve - you’ll attract people to the club when it becomes successful.

“There’s exciting times ahead at the Padthaway Football Club.” .

2013 CLUB PREVIEW - KYBYBOLITE

Billy Laurie - a former Kyby junior who spent last season with Glenelg - is expected to be a key midfield recruit for Kybybolite this season. He’s pictured trying to track down Nangwarry opponent Jake McKeon in a trial game on March 16, with Nangwarry’s Ricky Lindner and Kyby’s Matt Drury not far from the action.
BUILDING for the long term future is a big focus at Kybybolite Football Club this year.Playing coach Scott Carberry, now in his fourth year at the helm, said he was aiming to build and keep a strong base of locals at the club and gradually top that up with recruits from outside the league.“We’ll look to recruit a few each year on top of that local base,” he told the Herald. “Instead of falling into the trap of recruiting a big bunch at a time.”

The Tigers have brought back some young ex-locals in Billy Laurie (Glenelg) and Darcy Munn (West Adelaide) as well as James Lange (Murrayville) and a friend of Munn’s from West Adelaide - Brayden Kurtzer.

“We’re looking to bring our younger kids back to the area,” Carberry said. “Rather than getting recruits we don’t know much about.”

Carberry, who will again himself be a key figure as a strong-marking forward, said he wanted to build an environment at the club where people want to be and to give younger players a bigger opportunity to impress at senior level.

One of these younger players is former Border Districts player Brodie Arundell. Arundell played some A grade games for the Eagles last year and Carberry expects him to feature at league level for his new club along with other promising juniors Joe FitzGerald, Bill Munn and Isaac Noles.

The coach said another five or six top age colts could get a little bit of experience in the A grade, while Heath Nankivell, Stuart Shepherd, Michael Pannell and Mark Slotegraaf are expected to return to the side after missing all or most of last year.

They’ll need to replace some quality. Brothers Caolan and Ciaran Buckley, Kelvin Cook, Nick Jenkin and Carl Slape - who all came from Mount Gambier - and former junior Steve Craig will not pull on the yellow and black this year.

The latter two will be pulling on similar guernseys as they try to break in for games at Glenelg.

On the track Carberry has been impressed with the steady numbers fronting up to pre-season training. Under new fitness coach Paul Arundell - Brodie’s father - they have been working hard.

“A different voice and new ideas has been good,” Carberry said.Carberry said he was looking for the Tigers to tidy up their skills and cut down their turnovers this year.

“We seemed to kick big scores last year no problem,” he said. “But we let it slip at the other end.”

The Tigers took a depleted side down to Nangwarry on March 16 and came away with a comfortable win.

They will play another trial at Kyby under lights on April 5 against Casterton.

Kyby have a bye in the first KNTFL round but then travel to Mundulla to open its season in round two.Carberry said the club was disappointed in its eighth place last season and was looking to better that this year.“Things didn’t go right for us last year,” he said. “We’re hoping to sneak into the five...to make finals and see what happens.”

2013 CLUB PREVIEW - NARACOORTE

Naracoorte coach Dean Woosnam (front) is expecting finals for his Demons outfit this season. Captain Nathan Smith (left), Robert Jones, Michael Parker, Sid Patterson, Matt Gill and Mitch Hartree will look to lead the side up the ladder. Naracoorte has welcomed back a host of familiar names to the club to complement an already strong core of senior players.

AFTER missing the finals last season, the Naracoorte Demons are primed for an assault on the top five in 2013. Coach Dean Woosnam said he expected the side to be playing finals footy.

“I’d be disappointed if we didn’t make the five,” he said. “We’re aiming for top three and the double chance.”

Helping Woosnam out will be non-playing assistant coach Tony Atkins and new playing assistant coach Josh Cother.

Cother has returned to the SE from Queensland after previously playing for Border Districts.

Familiar faces are the order of the day at Demonland, with Cother and Adelaide Hills recruit Jacob Gschwandtner the only players not to have experience in the Naracoorte system.

Rob Jones, Matt Gill, Ross Pinkerton, Michael Parker, Luke Munro and Brad Henderson all return to the club.Woosnam says their experience will be valuable - especially as they have played in finals and numerous premierships for the Demons.

“They know what expectations I put on them,” he said. “And what standard the club expects of them.”

Woosnam also praised his club’s good core of older players such as Brett Gould, Simon Cox, Sam Logan, Nic Boon and others who have been around for a long time and are the leaders of the club.

Despite having a solid group of older players and some key recruits, Naracoorte still expect big things from their talented youth.

With players away last year some younger kids stepped up to senior footy and Woosnam expects them to be around the mark again.

“We are looking for a big year from a few of of our kids who played seniors last year,” he said.Names like Drew Myall, Keenan Jacobs, Jamie Bettoncelli, Sid Patterson, Jake Gilbert, Sam Willson, Todd Hindmarsh, Brodie Foster and Jamie McDonald have been training well and will push for regular spots in the seniors.

The main focus during the pre-season for the red and blue has been fitness and ball movement.

“We’ve been conentrating on quick movement and getting the ball forward quickly,” Woosnam said.

“Because if you kick more goals in footy you’ll win games...our aim is to win the inside ball and control the corridor, but most coaches say that.”

He was impressed with the club’s first hitout for the year against Edenhope Apsley recently.

With 10 regular senior players out Woosnam put a lot of responsibility on the younger brigade.

“The kids showed a lot of potential,” he said. “It was exciting for the fans who came out and watched.”Equally pleasing was the form of big ex-AFL forward Cox, who had an injury-interrupted 2012.

Cox, who is also Naracoorte’s reserves coach this year, kicked six goals and looked to turn back the clock and make his mark as the premier big forward of the competition.

Naracoorte’s next trial match is this weekend at Naracoorte against South Gambier, starting around 12.30pm.

Next week: Kybybolite

CLUB PREVIEW - BORDER DISTRICTS

from The Naracoorte Herald's Angus Dearlove

Border's Coach Steve Pretlove (centre) with assistant coaches Clint Barras and Tim Crick

FOR new coach Steve Pretlove, there’s no other footy club he’d rather be at than Border Districts.

Since first pulling on the maroon and gold as a six-year-old, Pretlove has never left the club that his family’s name has been a part of throughout its history.

“For me it’s home,” he said about the club. “The club’s got a lot of history, great family values, great supporters and great people around it.”

Pretlove joked he would be on the outer if he parted ways with the club.

“Dad (club life member Noel Pretlove) said I’d be ‘up the track’ if I ever went anywhere,” he laughed.

Pretlove takes over the coaching role from Andrew Michelmore, after previously being assistant coach a couple of years ago.

Before that he also coached the club’s under 17s.

On the field Pretlove has built his reputation being a tough and fearless competitor, always going for the hard ball and looking out for his teammates.

Now he is coaching he is not sure about where his playing days are at but is focused on taking the club forward.

“I just want to get my head around the football,” Pretlove said. “I want to succeed.”

He has some good help with lively forward Clint Barras and the returning Tim Crick taking on assistant coaching roles.

Crick last played for Harrow Balmoral in the Horsham and District Football League after also spending time at Burra-Booborowie-Hallett in the North Eastern Football League (SA).

“It’ll help me (having them around),” Pretlove said. “Cricky’s played in a couple of leagues now so he’s had experience and ‘Boomer’ (Barras) is just ‘Boomer’.”

The club will be looking to turn around a disastrous 2012 where injuries played a big part in their struggles.

Topping the list, key backman Jarrad Hirst returns to the Eagles after injuring his shoulder in round one last season and missing the rest of the year.

The club has managed to retain most of its players from last year and has attracted some in.

Joining their brother at the club are three more Barras boys - Josh and Trent (who have been playing in Murray Bridge) and Sam (Bordertown).

Another returning player, John Derrington, also finds himself back at Borders after spending time playing in Adelaide.

Borders have also secured the services of big ruckman Jack Jennings from Brighton in the Southern Football League.

Brad Vallance, who while at Bordertown in 2010 was the KNTFL player of the year, will also ply his trade at Frances after coming across from Ouyen United in Victoria’s Mallee Football League.

The focus this pre-season on the track for the Eagles has been fitness as well as building a solid team ethos.

“The focus is on fitness, teammanship and mateship,” Pretlove said. “So far I’ve been happy with numbers and commitment from players.”

Border Districts open their 2013 season at home with a big test against reigning premiers Bordertown.

Next week the Naracoorte Demons

AN EARLY LOOK AT THE 2013 SEASON

with thanks to the Naracoorte Herald's Angus Dearlove

APRIL and the start of the local footy season may be a few months away but

KNTFL clubs are already preparing for the upcoming season.Ex-locals returning to the region seems to be a theme among the clubs.

BORDER DISTRICTS have appointed club stalwart Stevie Pretlove as senior coach for 2013, taking over from Andrew Michelmore.Small forward Clint Barras and returning player Tim Crick will be assistants to Pretlove.The Eagles finished second to bottom last season, winning only two games, and are looking forward to putting that behind them.New president Wayne Hawkins leads a host of new faces running the club.On the field there will be a few changes to Borders, who were hit hard with injuries at bad times last year.Hawkins hinted a number of ex-players, starting with Crick, would be returning to don the maroon and gold while the recruiters have also been busy looking abroad.

NARACOORTE has welcomed back some star players to the Demons’ list.Premiership players Rob Jones and Michael Parker head the ins, with the possibility of more ex-locals returning on the cards.Club president David Collins said the club was excited about the prospects of its senior colts brigade stepping up to senior footy.Drew Myall, Brodie Foster and Keenan Jacobs have been training well and look set to make an impact at A grade level.The Demons have lost Matt Willson to Penola but are hopeful of retaining much the same list as last year.The signs are good at

PADTHAWAY with ex-locals returning to the area.Glenelg’s Tom Edwards, his brother Sam, Woodville-West Torrens’ Archie Longbottom, Kieron Hicks and Tom Leehane will be wearing the blue and gold this season.Gun midfielders Aaron Wanders and Jason Degabriele are at this stage the Lions’ only losses.Coach Tim Leehane was excited about the prospects of his young list and is ready to get stuck into serious pre-season training.“We’re pretty happy with where we are at,” he said. “We’ve just got to do the hard yards on the training track.”

LUCINDALE has lost the services of 2012 KNTFL footballer of the year Tim Walsh and star midfielder Ryan McInerney, both signing with SANFL side Glenelg. Playing coach Todd Price also departs for Adelaide and will play for his home club Paskeville in the Yorke Peninsula Football League. Defender Ant Laurencic will also not be returning, opting to stay in the city. Josh Walker is travelling overseas and young rising star Kyle Press has moved to Darwin, robbing the Roos of their services.Defender Nathan Clarke, who previously coached the side before Price, will return to the top job to lead the 2011 premiers, and further on the plus side, the Roos should have the services of Robe goalkicker Ben McLeod.

KYBYBOLITE has been getting good numbers for pre-season trainings at Naracoorte’s Wortley Oval in the past fortnight.The Tigers endured a tough season in 2012 but have reappointed key forward Scott Carberry to the senior coaching role.Carl Slape (Glenelg) and Kelvin Cook (retired) will not return to the club this season and Mount Gambier-based brothers Ciaran and Caolan Buckley are unlikely.PENOLA has reappointed Tony Porter as senior coach after a good first-up showing leading a young side in 2012.The side is only getting younger with at least three senior colts coming through who are “genuine starters” according to Porter.He named 2012 senior colts captain Damien Wenham, leading goalkicker Brad Merrett and Tom Williams as senior colts ready to step up to A grade football.Former medallist Luke Duncan has left the club to coach South Gambier this season and Jarrod Ryan has gone back to West Gambier.

KNTFL 2012 best under 21 player Matt Willson has moved south from Naracoorte to play for Penola. Former South Gambier playing coach and ex-Penola star and premiership coach Jon Copping has returned to the club.“His experience will be vital,” Porter said.

KINGSTON, KEITH, MUNDULLA and BORDERTOWN have all retained their 2012 coaches with Tim Richards, Brad Richardson, Alan Milligan and Simon Fidge - all non-playing coaches - continuing.

KANIVA/LEEOR UNITED has a new coach from Nhill, Trevor Albrecht, with Alan Bennett not returning to coach the side he took to the 2012 grand final as a non-playing leader.The Cougars are rumoured to have lost a number of their high-profile travelling recruits from last season.

YM 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

Bordertown

5.5

8.6

11.10

13.13 (91)

Kaniva Leeor

2.2

6.7

8.9

12.12 (84)

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

 

2013 PROGRAM

Round 1 April 13

K/L United v Mundulla

Padthaway v Naracoorte

Kingston v Keith

Penola v Lucindale

B/Districts v Bordertown

Bye Kybybolite

 

Round 2 April 20                              

Mundulla v Kybybolite

Naracoorte v K/L United

Keith v Padthaway

Lucindale v Kingston

Bordertown v Penola

Bye B/ Districts

 

Round 3 April 25

Kybybolite v Naracoorte

Penola v B/Districts

April 27

K/L United v Keith

Padthaway v Lucindale

Kingston v Bordertown

Bye Mundulla

 

Round 4 May 4

Keith v Kybybolite

Lucindale v K/L United

Bordertown v Padthaway

B/Districts (G) v Kingston

Naracoorte v Mundulla

Bye Penola

 

Round 5 May 11

Kybybolite v Lucindale

K/L United v Bordertown

Padthaway v B/Districts

Kingston v Penola

Mundulla v Keith

Bye Naracoorte

 

Round 6 May 18

Bordertown v Kybybolite

B/Districts v K/L United

Penola v Padthaway

Lucindale v Mundulla

Keith v Naracoorte

Bye Kingston

 

Round 7 May 25

Kybybolite v B/Districts

K/L United v Penola

Padthaway v Kingston

Mundulla v Bordertown

Naracoorte v Lucindale

Bye Keith

 

Round 8 June 1

Penola v Kybybolite

Kingston v K/L United

B/Districts (G) v Mundulla

Bordertown v Naracoorte

Lucindale v Keith

Bye Padthaway

 

INTERLEAGUE: June 8

KNT Knights v River Murray at Naracoorte

 

Round 9 June 15

Kybybolite c Kingston

K/L United v Padthaway

Mundulla v Penola

Naracoorte v B/Districts

Keith v Bordertown

Bye Lucindale

 

Round 10 June 22

Padthaway v Kybybolite

Kingston v Mundulla

Penola v Naracoorte

B/Districts v keith

Bordertown v Lucindale

Bye K/L United

 

Round 11 June 29

Kybybolite v K/L United

Mundulla v padthaway

Naracoorte v Kingston

Keith v Penola

Lucindale v B/Districts

Bye Bordertown

 

Round 12 July 6

Naracoorte v Kybybolite

Keith v K/L United

Bordertown v Kingston

B/Districts v Penola

Bye Mundulla, Lucindale, Padthaway

 

Round 13 July 13

Kybybolite v Mundulla

K/L United v Naracoorte

Padthaway v Keith

Kingston v Lucindale

Penola v Bordertown

Bye B/Districts

 

Round 14 July 20

Mundulla v K/L United

Naracoorte v padthaway

Keith v Kingston

Lucindale v Penola

Bordertown v B/Districts

Bye Kybybolite

 

Round 15 July 27

Kybybolite v Keith

K/L United v Lucindale

Padthaway v Bordertown

Kingston v B/Districts

Mundulla v Naracoorte

Bye Penola

 

Round 16 August 3

Lucindale v Kybybolite

B/Districts (G) v  Padthaway

Penola v Kingston

Keith v Mundulla

Bye Bordertown, K/L United, Naracoorte

 

Round 17 August 10

Kybybolite v Bordertown

K/L United v B/Districts

Padthaway v Penola

Mundulla v Lucindale

Naracoorte v keith

Bye Kingston

 

Round 18 August 17

B/Dstricts v Kybybolite

Penola v K/L United

Kingston v Padthaway

Bordertown v Mundulla

Lucindale v Naracoorte

Bye Keith

 

(G) = Goroke games

 

KNTFL Junior Medal Count - Sunday August 18

KNTFL Senior Medal Count - Wednesday August 28.

Finals

Qualifying Final August 24

Elimination Final August 25

2nd Semi Final August 31

1st Semi Final September 1

Preliminary Final September 7

GRAND FINAL September 14 at Lucindale.