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|KOWREE, NARACOORTE AND TATIARA FOOTBALL 2014|
Teams: Border Dists, Bordertown, Kaniva/Leeor, Keith, Kingston, Kybybolite, Lucindale, Mundulla, Naracoorte, Padthaway & Penola
PADTHAWAY TOO STRONG AND
WIN FIRST FLAG IN MORE THAN 20 YEARS
by Terry Willoughby, September 23, 2014
Padthaway had too much firepower for Penola in the KNTFL Grand Final at Mundulla and recorded a 55 point win, their first in 21 years. Padthaway were out of the blocks early, kicking the first five goals in a blazing start. But Penola dug in and got their game going and at the end of the first quarter the Lions were just six points in front.
Scott Welsh and midfielder Luke Harder were having a big influence for Padthaway who had more avenues to goal than Penola who relied heavily on coach Adam Merrett. The Lions defender’s Tom Edwards and Jon Orton restricted the Penola forwards as Padthaway went further ahead in the 2nd quarter, booting 8 goals to Penola’s three and hold a 33 point lead at ½ time.
Matt Willson and ruckman Will Banton were doing well for Penola but Harder and small man Ben Gunning continually drove Padthaway into attack where Welsh had good support from Tom McLennan. The scoring slowed down after ½ time but Padthaway controlled most of the play through Luke Harder. Matt Merrett at half-back, Willson and Ben McIntyre won plenty of kicks for Penola but scoring was difficult against the strong Padthaway defence and the lead blew out to 47 points near ¾ time.
The Lions were leaving nothing to chance and outscored Penola in the last quarter with 5 goals to four to win easily by 55 points. Welsh at full forward had monstered the Penola defence to boot 9 goals but he had plenty of help with Luke Harder starring all game around the midfield and stoppages where he booted 3 and McLennan who kicked 4. Ben Gunning around the packs and forward line booted 3 to be another good player for the Lions along with Tom Edwards, Will Verco and Jon Orton. Matt Willson, Will Banton in the ruck, on-baller Ben McIntyre, Matt Merrett, Jackman and Jordan Galpin tried hard and coach Adam Merrett who booted 6 goals did well for Penola.
PADTHAWAY TOO STRONG IN GRAND FINAL
Grand Final at Mundulla on September 20, 2014
Best: Padthaway – not av. Penola - M. Willson, W. Banton, B. Mcintyre, M. Merrett, J. Galpin, S. Jackman. Goals: Padthaway - S. Welsh 9, T. McLennan 4, L. Harder 3, B. Gunning 3, J. Dicker 1, J. Brice 1, J. Degabriele 1. Penola - A. Merrett 6, J. Copping 2, B. Mcintyre 1, M. Willson 1, A. Moore 1, R. Smyth 1, J. Galpin 1
PADTHAWAY v PENOLA
GRAND FINAL PREVIEW
By Angus Dearlove of The Naracoorte Herald
September 18, 2014
IT all comes down to this.
41st Naracoorte Herald "Team of the Year"
FF Daniel Burgess (Mundulla) Adam Merrett (Penola) Jake McGrice (Mundulla)
HF Ben Gunning (Padthaway) James Dixon (Naracoorte) Matt Willson (Penola)
C Ryan McInerney (Lucindale) Luke Harder (Padthaway) Grady Obst (Mundulla)
HB Tom Edwards (Padthaway) Aaron Day (Bordertown) James Turner (Kaniva Leeor Utd)
FB Kane Cuthbertson (Bordertown) Ray Jaensch (Kybybolite) Matt Merrett (Penola)
Ruck Patrick Baker (Lucindale) Dylan Williams (Kaniva Leeor United) Ben McIntyre (Penola)
Interchange - Ben Warner (Kingston ), Ben Simounds (Keith), Corey Burr (Border Districts), Matt Gill (Naracoorte)
PENOLA SURVIVE IN PRELIM THRILLER
by Terry Willoughby, September 15, 2014
Penola coach Adam Merrett would prove to be the difference between the teams in the KNT Prelim final. Merrett, well held in the previous clash in the Qualifying Final used all his strength and guile to torment the Mundulla defenders as Penola started well with silky skilled Matt Willson and Jordan Galpin winning plenty of kicks across the centre and half-forward to give the Eagles an 18 point lead at quarter time.
Mundulla struggled to find an effective forward target with Hinge being forced to cover plenty of ground for his kicks and youngster Dan Burgess well held. Virgo Medalist Ben McIntyre was good around the stoppages for Penola who still held an 8 point lead at ½ time.
Mundulla slowly gained on Penola with more players getting involved but they found Matt Merrett a stumbling block at half-back. Straight kicking put Penola in the lead during the 3rd quarter but Mundulla were having as much of the play but couldn’t find a counter to Adam Merrett at full forward for Penola. Tyne Excell had been good for the Moots along with Tom Perry and ruckman Jase Milligan but Penola still led by 5points at the last change.
Mundulla were now challenging seriously with both sides locked together but Penola’s quality on-ballers in McIntyre, Willson and veteran Tim Bailey were doing enough to keep the Eagles alive and Merrett stood out like a lighthouse near goal. Trenorden on the wing and on-baller Grady Obst continually pushed the Moots forward but Penola held their nerve to win narrowly in a high standard final to win by just 2 points but Mundulla lost no admirers with their gallant effort.Half-back Matt Merrett was named best for Penola along with Willson, Jordan Galpin, McIntyre and Tim Bailey but the 9 goals kicked by coach Adam Merrett was the match-winning factor for the Eagles. Mundulla’s best were Excell, Tom Perry who booted 3 goals, ruckman Jase Milligan, Henry Trenorden, Grady Obst and James Hinge who also managed 3 goals. Penola, through to the grand final where hot favorite Padthaway is waiting
Preliminary Final at Kaniva on September 13, 2014
Best: Penola - M. Merrett , M. Willson , J. Galpin , B. Mcintyre , T. Bailey , J. Pfitzner. Mundulla - T. Excell , T. Perry , J. Milligan , H. Trenorden , G. Obst , J. Hinge. Goals: Penola - A. Merrett 9, J. Galpin 2, M. Willson , T. Bailey , B. Mcintyre , R. Smyth , O. March. Mundulla - J. Hinge 3, T. Perry 3, H. Thorpe 2, J. McGrice , G. Obst , B. Packer , D. Burgess , L. Duell , N. Davis , H. Trenorden
PRELIM FINAL PREVIEW
By Angus Dearlove of The Naracoorte Herald
September 11, 2014PADTHAWAY are directly into the KNTFL grand final after a comfortable win against Mundulla at Frances on the weekend.
The Lions last tasted the ultimate success in 1993, finished runner-up the year after and since then have not made it to the last match of the year.
This year they have taken all before them, only losing two matches for the year, and given the people of Padthaway something to get excited about.
Against Mundulla the game was close for a while until the Lions blew the game apart in the second half, with notable contributions from their high-profile travelling players.
Scott Welsh wound back the clock in the third term with six goals for the quarter to finish with eight, while Ian Perrie was prominent both up forward and around the ground.
Padthaway earnt their qualification and now wait for the result at Kaniva this weekend to find out their opponent.
In the preliminary final it is Mundulla against Penola.
These two sides met in the first round of the Castec KNTFL finals series with Mundulla claiming the chocolates in somewhat of a surprise.
Penola had just come off defeating Padthaway in round 18 and looked to be in good form heading to the finals but a determined Moots did what they have always been likely to do and caused an upset.
This time around Penola are fresh from a big win over Bordertown last weekend.
The 2013 premiers were hardly challenged by the Roosters, who fell across the line into the finals and then had an easy win over a severely out of form Kaniva/Leeor United.
Penola meanwhile were always going to be on their game after the loss to the Moots and didn’t show any mercy to their Tatiara opponents.
Mundulla will go into this weekend’s match with a firm belief they can match it with Penola so expect a tight and tough encounter.
The midfield battle shapes up to be an absolute ripper with league medallist Ben McIntyre for Penola and Footballer of the Year Grady Obst at Mundulla.
Add in Matt Willson for the Eagles and Jake McGrice for the Moots and the excitement grows.
Penola’s backline has lost some key players but there is still plenty of talent there, with players such as Matt Merrett, Matt Ferguson and Spencer Jackman all capable of doing a role.
Daniel Burgess and James Hinge have been Mundulla’s main danger men up forward in recent weeks but won’t be getting it easy this time.
At the other end Penola’s forward line centres around coach Adam Merrett, but he’s far from the only threat.
Jon Copping, Ryan Smyth and Brodie Foster are all dangerous in front of the big sticks and could get off the leash if too much attention is paid to Merrett.
The strength of the respective forward lines places much emphasis on the midfield battle, with the team who gets on top in that having a good chance to make it count on the scoreboard and set up a date with Padthaway at Mundulla.
PADTHAWAY SHOW THEIR CLASS IN 2ND SEMI
September 8, 2014
Mundulla matched just about every Padthaway move in the 1st half of the KNTFL 2nd semi. The backlines of both teams were working hard to keep star forwards under control and goals were hard to get even though key forwards Welsh for Padthaway and Hinge for Mundulla always looked threatening. The Lions led by 5 points at quarter time but Mundulla were not over-awed with ruckman Jason Milligan doing well at the stoppages and Grady Obst making the most his opportunities around the ground.
The Moots had slightly the better of Padthaway in the 2nd quarter and took a two point lead into the ½ time break. Padthaway stepped up the intensity in the 3rd quarter, the “premiership quarter”, and piled on 9 goals to just a solitary one from Mundulla and blow the game apart. Scott Welsh at full forward hit the target several times and the Moots backline cracked under the onslaught. Midfielder Luke Harder who finished with 3 goals also had an impact as the Lions stormed to 49 point lead with a quarter to play.
Hoffman in the ruck and midfielders Marshall and Townsend had dominated the play for Padthaway. Mundulla now had a mountain to climb but all momentum was with Padthaway and despite some resistance from Trenorden, Perry and Ballinger across half-back and centre the task was too great. Mundulla salvaged some pride with 5 goals to 3 in the last quarter but Padthaway never lost control and won comfortably by 34 points to cement their spot in the Grand Final. Best for the Lions were Hoffman, Cody Marshall, Seb Townsend, Will Verco, Matt Gibbs and Scott Welsh who booted 8 goals. Mundulla now have a tough task to comeback in a Prelim final next week. Their best were James Hinge, Tom Perry, Tim Ballinger, Grady Obst, Henry Trenorden and Jase Milligan.
Second Semi Final at Bordertown - September 6, 2014
Best: Padthaway - M. Hoffmann, C. Marshall, S. Townsend, W. Verco, M. Gibbs, S. Welsh. Mundulla - J. Hinge, T. Perry, H. Trenorden, T. Ballinger, J. Milligan, G. Obst. Goals: Padthaway - S. Welsh 8, L. Harder 3, J. Brice 2, B. Gunning 1, T. McLennan 1, C. Marshall 1, W. Verco 1. Mundulla - D. Burgess 2, J. Mock 2, J. Hinge 2, H. Trenorden 1, G. Obst 1, H. Thorpe 1, J. McGrice 1, T. Perry 1
PENOLA STAY IN THE HUNT WITH FIRST SEMI WIN
Penola bounced back after last week’s loss and led all day against Bordertown in the 1st Semi final. The football wasn’t the usual high scoring, fast flowing variety associated with these teams as defences were on top at both ends with Jackman and Matt Merrett prominent for Penola against the highly rated Bordertown forwards. Likewise for Bordertown, Nick Clarke and Angus Diment made life hard for Adam Merrett and company.
Penola led by 8 points at quarter time but the Roosters had wasted many chances with wayward kicking for goal. Scoring remained difficult in the 2nd term but Penola edged a little further ahead through the polished play of on-baller Matt Willson and the craftiness of Jon Copping. Penola were 11 points up at ½ time.
Bordertown’s key forwards were having little influence on the game and Penola took control in the 3rd quarter to add 7 goals with Jordan Galpin and Copping getting away from the earlier close attention. This also freed up Adam Merrett at full forward and Penola bolted to a 39 point lead at ¾ time. Bordertown continued to be forced into error and managed only 2 goals from 7 scoring shots. Penola now had their tails up and finished strongly to again outscore Bordertown who couldn’t shake off the yips near goal. The margin at the finish was 56 points in favour of Penola who will play Mundulla in next weeks Prelim final.
Better players for Penola were Matt Willson whether on the ball or in the midfield, half forwards Galpin and Copping with 3 goals each, Matt Merrett and Jackman at half-back. Best for Bordertown were Carson Clark across the centre, Nick Clark and Angus Diment in defence, smllman Jerry Vunitabua and Josh Searle.
First Semi Final at Penola, September 7, 2014
Best: Penola - M. Willson , J. Galpin , S. Jackman , M. Merrett , J. Copping , B. Foster. Bordertown - C. Clark , N. Clark , A. Diment , J. Vunitabua , J. Searle , S. Copestick. Goals: Penola - A. Merrett 4, J. Galpin 3, J. Copping 3, B. Foster 2, M. Willson 2, K. Ransom , T. Bailey , B. McIntyre. Bordertown - S. Devitt 2, T. Harkness 2, A. Day 2, N. Hampel
PREVIEW OF WEEK TWO OF THE FINALS
By Angus Dearlove of The Naracoorte Herald
September 4, 2014
THE Padthaway machine fires back up this weekend in the semi-finals of the KNTFL.
The Lions play Mundulla on Saturday while Penola, after their upset loss to Mundulla last weekend play Bordertown - who won through after beating Kaniva/Leeor United in the elimination final.
Saturday - second semi-final at Frances (Padthaway vs Mundulla)
Before the events of last weekend the Lions would have envisaged a rematch with Penola for this game.
But Mundulla are one team who can throw up a surprise or two (like beating Naracoorte in Naracoorte in an elimination final last year) and they did it again at Bordertown in the qualifying final against the reigning premiers.
That will all be forgotten this weekend as the Moots look to upset the competition’s powerhouse.
Last time they played Padthaway were too good, although Mundulla managed to get on top in parts of the match.
Mundulla has a good group of younger players leading the charge, with Daniel Burgess and Jake McGrice two stars who have a lot of A grade football ahead of them.
James Hinge is a danger up forward while Heath Thorpe has been a consistent player over the years at either end.
Padthaway’s stars might be a little rusty heading into this game.
Ian Perrie and Scott Welsh were two big names rested for their final round encounter with Penola and then they had the bye last weekend courtesy of their top spot.
They are both quality players and will be big factors in this match and beyond, but even they might need a bit of match practice to be at their best. At full strength Padthaway should have too many weapons for Mundulla and progress to their first grand final since the 1990s, although finals are made for upsets.
Sunday - first semi final at Penola (Penola vs Bordertown)
The buck stops here for one of these two sides. Either Penola or Bordertown will end their season with a losson Sunday, something both sides would not have envisaged way back before the season started.
Preliminary finalists last year, Bordertown scraped into the five by the skin of their teeth - albeit in convincing fashion aganst Kaniva/Leeor United - after sitting in sixth at the start of the final round.
They played the Cougars again last week and played them well, coming away with a comfortable win.
A lot of Bordertown’s fate rests on the shoulders of former SANFL guns Lee Staple and Aaron Day.
Both took a lot of marks last weekend and proved their class against the faltering Cougars.
Their aerial presence will be a tough task for a Penola side missing a bit of tall timber.
Penola have a home ground advantage and will be keen to put last week’s loss behind them. Their form at “Mac Park” has been scintillating with their past two results at the ground yielding a combined margin of over 250 points to the southern Eagles.
Coach Adam Merrett has 27 goals from these two games himself and looms as the gamebreaker.
If Penola’s midfield gets on top then the goal umpire may need a bigger scorecard to keep tally if “Hogget’s” form at home continues.
Going against Penola is the ruck battle.
Will Banton has been injured while back-up Alex Moore also missed last week, leaving Phil Lambert to shoulder the load.
Bordertown’s 2012 premiership ruckman Rory Tink is a tough opponent and has support, which could stretch the Eagles. Penola have the class however and don’t often lose two games in a row, let alone three, so are more than likely to end Bordertown’s season and progress to play the loser of Padthaway and Mundulla
Elimination Final at Kingston - Sunday 31 August, 2014
Best: Bordertown - A. Day , T. Harkness , L. Staple , K. Cuthbertson , T. Wheelen , J. Searle. Kaniva Leeor - P. Adlington , M. Skrypek , D. Williams , S. Stallion , S. Vivian , L. Vivian. Goals: Bordertown - A. Day 7, T. Harkness 6, T. Devitt 2, L. Staple 2, J. Searle 2, N. Hampel 2, C. Diment , M. Hayes , S. Devitt , N. Hewett. Kaniva Leeor - D. Williams 4, T. Boyd 3, L. Ryan 2, S. Stallion 2, J. Turner 2, J. Merrett , J. Lyon
BORDERTOWN TOO GOOD IN ELIM FINAL
by Terry Willoughby - August 31, 2014
Bordertown were too strong for an injury ravaged Kaniva-Leeor United in the KNT Elimination final at Kingston.
KLU lined up with several players under a cloud but they were competitive in the 1st quarter and stayed in touch with the Roosters who had key forwards Staple, Harkness and Day in menacing touch. Bordertown skipped away to almost a 4 goal lead before KLU led by Matt Skrypek in the centre and on-baller Dylan Williams hit back strongly with a 4 goal burst to reduce the lead to just 2 points at ½ time with Bordertown ahead. Bordertown started to get on top again in the 3rd term when an injury to Skrypek robbed KLU of drive. Shane Dodson at halfback had been good for KLU and with James Turner struggling with a hamstring injury limiting their resources
The Rooster on-ballers Clint Diment, Nick Hewett and Sam Devitt relished the freedom and sent Bordertown into attack. The Roosters had a commanding 4 goal lead at ¾ time and stretched it out to nearly 10 goals late in the last quarter to win comfortably, 25-13 163 to KLU 15-12 102.Although beaten KLU battled hard against a long injury list. Best for Bordertown were Tim Harkness who booted 6 goals and Aaron Day who got 7 ahead of diment and hewett. Dodson, Williams, Skrypek and Turner battled hard for KLU.
Qualifying Final at Bordertown on August 30, 2014
Best: Penola - L. Duell, J. McGrice, J. Obst, J. Hinge, S. Luckett, T. Ballinger. Mundulla - J. Copping, B. Mcintyre, J. Galpin, M. Willson, S. Jackman, O. March. Goals: Mundulla – J. Hinge 4, D. Burgess 3, L. Wiese 3, H. Thorpe 2, J. McGrice 1, T. Ballinger 1. Penola - J. Copping 4, B. Mcintyre 3, A. Merrett 2, R. Smyth 2, J. Ransom 1, B. Foster 1
MUNDULLA UPSET PENOLA IN QUALIFYING FINAL
by Terry Willoughby - August 31, 2014
Mundulla, considered to be only an outside chance for the five early on jumped over Penola in the Qualifying final to now be a serious contender for the flag in the KNTFL. Penola made the running early and held a 15 point lead at quarter time with wily veteran and former coach Jon Copping showing he is no spent force, ably assisted by Ben McIntyre the Eagles had settled better.
The 2nd term saw the Moots regroup and defenders Josh Obst and Lachie Duell tightened their grip on the Penola forwards. Midfielder Jake McGrice and small man Sam Luckett were getting plenty of the ball and forwards Hinge and Burgess suddenly became dangerous enough to give Mundulla a 4 point lead at the main break.
Penola were still in the game and made the most of their chances near goal and the lead changed hands several times but Penola had a narrow 5 point margin at the ¾ time mark. Mundulla, keen to stamp their authority on the game now had more contributors and seemed to be constantly in attack as Penola struggled to get past the solid defence of Obst, Duell and Ballinger.
The Moots added 5 goals to just 2 from Penola to win impressively by 14 points and now challenge Padthaway for a spot in the grand final. Best for Moots were Duell, McGrice, Josh Obst, Hinge with 4 goals, Sam Luckett and Tim Ballinger. It was a different story for Penola with its goalkickers well held. Copping, McIntyre, Jordan Galpin, Matt Willson and Spence Jackman did best for Penola.
PREVIEW OF THE FIRST WEEK OF FINALS
By Angus Dearlove of The Naracoorte Herald
August 28, 2014
SIX teams have put the cue in the rack for the year and it’s now finals time in the KNTFL.
It was a dramatic end to the minor round last weekend with Bordertown trouncing Kaniva/Leeor United to take fifth spot at the expense of Keith, who could only watch on thanks to their final round bye.
Safe in top spot, Padthaway travelled down to Penola minus a few stars and were soundly beaten, held to just four goals and only four behinds after quarter time.
They still have a bye while Penola and Mundulla and K/L United and Bordertown do battle.
Qualifying final (Saturday at Bordertown) - Penola vs Mundulla
Last weekend might have not changed their position on the ladder but Penola’s big win against Padthaway certainly would have put the cat among the pigeons. The reigning premiers have spent most of the year in the pack chasing the rampant Lions so knocking them off is a big confidence boost heading into the business end of the year.
Coach and full forward Adam Merrett was again in top form for the southern Eagles on the weekend, kicking seven to end the home and away season on 120 goals.
Merrett has been backed up in the forward line at various times by the high marking Brodie Foster and the clever Ryan Smyth - creating multiple avenues for goal His midfield has been a big part of Penola’s success, with slick ball users like Matt Willson and Ben McIntyre giving Penola’s forwards silver service with veterans Tim Bailey and Jon Copping also pitching in.
Importantly, Penola’s midfield also kicks goals on top of setting them up.
Meanwhile Mundulla have enjoyed a good second half to the year.
Tipped at the start of the year to be the good team to miss the finals, the Moots proved the doubters wrong with eight consecutive wins in the run home while other challengers struggled.
The usual suspects in Jake McGrice, Boyd Packer and Grady Obst have done the job for Mundulla but it’s been the form of Daniel Burgess which has been a welcome addition.
A product of the Mundulla juniors, Burgess was playing in Adelaide until this year but has returned to the KNTFL and kicked some bags of goals to be in the top five for the league’s goalkicking award. His presence, along with that of James Hinge, has given Mundulla’s forward line even more potency.
Penola start favourites in this match but Mundulla are always capable of an upset, especially on a Bordertown deck they are more familiar with.
Elimination final (Sunday at Kingston) - Kaniva/Leeor United vs Bordertown
This game is a rematch of last weekend, which saw Bordertown win by over 100.
The stakes were high for Bordertown in that game and with this being an elimination final the pressure would not have abated one bit.
Questions remain over both sides, who have hardly set the world on fire in the back half of the year.
Injuries and poor form have been costly with first year coaches Neil Reeve (K/L) and Adrian Hayes (Bordertown) not enjoying the smoothest of rides.
Jono Hicks won’t play again this year while James Turner is in doubt, robbing Reeve of two better than average A graders.
Their absence last week was telling as Bordertown had their merry way.
Finals often change things but a 100-point turnaround in the space of a week might be too tough an ask.
Bordertown will be full of confidence heading into this game and are likely to earn one more week in the season and a chance to tackle the loser of Saturday’s game.
BORDERTOWN LEAPFROG KEITH TO PLAY IN FINALS
by Terry Willoughby - August 24, 2014
Bordertown smashed an injury depleted and out of form Kaniva-Leeor United and at the same time dumped Keith, who had a bye, out of the top five. The Roosters dominated the middle quarters, adding 17 goals to a paltry 3 from KLU, to not only win by a large margin but score in the psychological battle as both teams meet again next week in the elimination final.
The past month has been a disaster for KLU but Bordertown’s hasn’t been all that flash either. Bordertown seemed bent on proving a point as they pounded the hapless KLU defence with all their forwards lining up to score. Aaron Day headed the best players and booted 6 goals, Jarred Creaser, Steve Copestick, Tom Wheelen and Lee Staple all tuned up with strong performances. KLU will regain some of their key players for next week’s final but it might not be enough.
Mundulla led throughout to defeat a tenacious Naracoorte who matched the Moots in the 2nd half after trailing by 28 points at the main break. Josh Obst was named best for Mundulla, Henry Trenorden in the midfield, John Hinge at half forward with 4 goals, Tyne Excell and Tom Perry also played well in the 30 point win.
Naracoorte struggled to have focal point up forward against the tight Mundulla defence with Josh Cother across the centre, Tom Atkins in defence and ruckman Craig Beggs named as their best.
Kingston added to Border Districts woes with a 33 point win. Borders hindered their own chances with haphazard kicking for goal whilst Kingston made the most of theirs to race to a 38 point lead by ½ time and extend it to 47 at the last change. Matt Higgs at half forward was best for Kingston and slotted through 5 goals whilst the regular best Jamie Austin, Gluyas and Matt Williams played well. It was a dark week for Borders who lost stalwart supporter Peter Carracher during the week. He had been the major donor for the electronic scoreboard at Frances.
Lucindale also nailed another stalwart KNT club to the bottom of the ladder when they easily accounted for Kybybolite by 67 points. The dark Blues raced to a 45 point lead at quarter time and never looked back.Sam Mardling with 6 goals, Shane McGurk and even playing coach Sam Logan with 4 were too much for the Kyby backmen as Lucindale romped away.
Penola thumped Padthaway in a game that no bearing on the ladder with both teams occupying the top 2 places but it would be a confidence booster for Penola who were thumped by the Lions last time they played. Padthaway led narrowly by 9 points at quarter time but that was the last time they managed a goal. Penola seized the opportunity and conceded only 4 scoring shots to Padthaway in the last 3 quarters whilst adding 13 goals to have a somewhat hollow victory by 80 points. Both teams are likely to meet again during the finals.
Adam Merrett continued on his goal-kicking spree with 7 for Penola but as coach would be very wary of Padthaway’s form. Better players for Penola were Tim Bailey on the ball, Will Banton who gave him plenty of the ball in the ruck, Ben McIntyre and Brodie Foster at centre half forward. Sam Edwards, Keiron Hicks and Jarryd Dolling battled away for Padthaway.
Round 18 - August 23, 2014
Best: Bordertown - A. Day, J. Creaser, S. Copestick, T. Wheelen, L. Staple, T. Harkness. Kaniva Leeor - not av. Goals: Bordertown - A. Day 6, T. Harkness 4, L. Staple 3, S. Devitt 2, M. Hayes 2, S. Copestick 2, T. Devitt 2, C. Diment 1, N. Hampel 1, J. Searle 1
Best: Mundulla - J. Obst, H. Trenorden, J. Hinge, T. Excell, T. Perry, J. Milligan. Naracoorte - J. Cother, T. Atkins, C. Beggs, M. Gill, B. Gould, S. Willson. Goals: Mundulla - J. Hinge 4, D. Burgess 2, J. McGrice 1, J. Milligan 1, T. Excell 1, B. Packer 1, S. Luckett 1, H. Thorpe 1, T. Perry 1. Naracoorte - C. Beggs 2, S. Willson 1, B. Gould 1, Z. Donnelly 1, J. Dixon 1, D. Myall 1,T. Burns 1
Best: Kingston - M. Higgs, M. Williams, J. Austin, J. Gluyas, A. Matthias, A. Cunneen. Borders - C. Burr, S. Ferenci, F. Adams, D. Hannaford, D. Skinner, N. Oliver. Goals: Kingston - M. Higgs 5, S. Braidwood 2, A. Stenner 2, J. Austin 2, K. Baker 1, B. Warner 1, J. Hyland 1, S. Robertson 1. Borders - C. Barras 4, N. Thomas 2, S. Ferenci 1, F. Adams 1, N. Naylor 1
Best Lucindale - S. Graetz, P. Baker, R. Handbury, T. Ware, S. Mardling, D. McCarthy. Kybybolite - J. Mckay, C. Sandercock, R. Jaensch, S. Craig, B. Kurtzer, J. Jaensch. Goals: Lucindale - S. Mardling 6, S. Mcgurk 4, S. Logan 4, A. Branson 2, M. Snowball 1, R. Handbury 1, B. Kelsh 1. Kybybolite - S. Carberry 5, S. Shepherd 1, M. Slotegraaf 1, J. Mckay 1
Best: Penola - T. Bailey, W. Banton, B. Mcintyre, B. Foster, M. Merrett, M. Ferguson. Padthaway - S. Edwards, K. Hicks, J. Dolling, S. Townsend, B. Ettridge, T. Hindmarsh. Goals: Penola - A. Merrett 7, S. Jackman 1, W. Banton 1, J. Ransom 1, M. Ferguson 1, T. Bailey 1, B. Foster 1, D. Wenham 1, K. Ransom 1, M. Willson 1. Padthaway - T. Hindmarsh 1, T. Edwards 1, B. Gunning 1, L. Harder 1
ROUND 18 PREVIEW
August 22, 2014
BY ANGUS DEARLOVE
GET your calculators out, footy fans.
It’s the last minor round of the KNT season and fifth spot is still very much on the line.
Keith are the incumbent but they have a bye this weekend, leaving their fate in the hands of the injury-ravaged Kaniva/Leeor United.
Hot on Keith’s heels is Bordertown, just .17 per cent behind the Crows.
With Bordertown hosting K/L United, the all-important equation is this: a 12-point win will be enough for Bordertown to scrape into the five at the expense of Keith.
It’s a fall from grace for the Cougars who just weeks ago looked to be a good bet for top two.
Their drop off culminated in an upset loss to Lucindale last weekend, which could prove costly in more ways than one.
Star James Turner (hamstring) is in doubt after sustaining the injury during the loss to the Roos while captain Jono Hicks is out with a lower leg injury.
The Cougars are safe in the finals but appear to be limping towards the line.
Bordertown have had their own struggles this year under new coach Adrian Hayes but will be desperate to put that behind them this weekend to earn at least one more week.
Expect a big crowd at Bordertown for this game with maybe a few undercover Crows posing as Kaniva folk.
The weekend’s other games aren’t likely to shape too much.
Mundulla travel down to Naracoorte and are a good bet to win.
This would lock up third spot for the Moots unless they have a record-breaking win to have their percentage boosted by around nine or 10 per cent depending on the result of Penola vs Padthaway.
A loss for the Moots and a win to the Cougars would see the two sides switch places.
Naracoorte could jump ahead of Lucindale into seventh with a win if Lucindale lose to Kybybolite, but that is unlikely.
Lucindale could consign Kyby to the wooden spoon with a win but the kitchen utensil is still up for grabs.
Three teams sit on two wins - Kyby, Border Districts and Kingston.
Kyby’s percentage is the worse of the three so they need a win to get off the bottom.
This would relegate the loser of the Border Districts vs Kingston match-up at Frances to the spoon.
Kyby avoiding the spoon would be a top effort from Scott Lawrie’s men given their horror start to the year and ongoing battle with injuries.
Borders will be looking to repay the favour after a close loss to Kingston in round 13 to finish off their season on a high in front of their home crowd.
KEITH HANGING ONTO 5TH SPOT BY A THREAD
Keith needed a big win to cement a spot in the final five as they have a bye in the last round and their only challenger, Bordertown, play the out of form Kaniva-Leeor. The Crows fulfilled their part of the deal by thrashing Kybybolite by 78 points, but will it be enough? Led by veteran forward Paul Makin and Ben Simounds at full forward the Crows bolted to a 60 point lead at ½ time. Playing free flowing football enabled Keith to pile up a big score but Kyby also managed to goal regularly without actually threatening.
Best: Lucindale - D. McCarthy, S. Mardling, S. Mcgurk, T. Ware, A. Smart. Kaniva Leeor - S. Vivian, J. Hicks, S. Stallion, S. Dodson, J. Larocca, M. Skrypek. Goals: Lucindale - S. Mardling 5, S. Logan 2, D. McCarthy 2, A. Branson 1, R. Handbury 1, M. Snowball 1. Kaniva Leeor - D. Williams 2, L. Ryan 2, T. Boyd 1, J. Jarred 1, D. Stimson 1
Best: Keith - P. Makin, B. Simounds, A. Wilson, H. Gill, A. Stopp, T. Geyer. Kybybolite: J. Bittner, S. Craig, R. Jaensch, S. Carberry, M. Schinckel, T. Cooper. Goals: Keith - B. Simounds 10, G. Johnson 4, A. Wilson 2, J. Wright 2, L. Mitchell 2, J. Newton 2,
P. Makin 2, H. Wilhelm 1, N. Heinrich 1, T. Redden 1, B. King 1. Kybybolite - S. Carberry 7, J. Mckay 2, T. Cooper 2, S. Crook 1, T. Hines 1, J. Bittner 1, C. Mackinnon 1
Best: Bordertown - T. Harkness, T. Wheelen, K. Cuthbertson, L. Staple, B. Lodewyk, R. Tink. Naracoorte - M. Gill, C. Beggs, J. Dixon, J. Gilbert, S. Willson, T. Burns. Goals: Bordertown - T. Harkness 6, N. Hampel 3, C. Clark 2, T. Wheelen 2, L. Staple 2, K. Cuthbertson 1, S. Copestick 1. Naracoorte - T. Burns 6, M. Gill 3, J. Dixon 2, S. Willson 2, J. Gilbert 2, A. Leech 1
Best: Penola - B. Mcintyre, M. Willson, R. Smyth, A. Merrett, T. Bailey, K. Ransom. Borders - C. Burr, J. Sullivan, M. Lemon, F. Adams, D. Hannaford, N. Tarca. Goals: Penola - Ryan Smyth 10, A. Merrett 9, K. Ransom 3, M. Willson 3, O. March 1, W. Banton 1,
B. Foster 1, B. Mcintyre 1. Border Districts: N. Thomas 5, C. Barras 3, N. Tarca 2, D. Skinner 1, C. Burr 1, R. Oliver 1,
S. Ferenci 1
Best: Padthaway - L. Harder, W. Verco, B. Gunning, I. Perrie, S. Welsh, J. Degabriele. Mundulla - L. Wiese, H. Trenorden, J. Obst, J. Hinge, L. Duell, B. Lehmann. Goals: Padthaway - L. Harder 9, S. Welsh 7, B. Gunning 3, S. Townsend 3, I. Perrie 2, C. Marshall 2,
D. Boyanton 1. Mundulla - L. Wiese 8, J. Hinge 4, H. Thorpe 2, J. Mock 2
ROUND 17 PREVIEW
August 14, 2014
BY ANGUS DEARLOVE
ALL good things come to an end.
That’s the old saying and this week it’s Padthaway hoping to make it true when they venture up to Mundulla to take on the in-form Moots.
Spike Milligan’s men have won their past eight games to go from mid-table to potential top three, which was capped off with an upset win over Kaniva/Leeor United last weekend.
But Padthaway is an even bigger task.
Despite winning by 79 points against Kingston on the weekend, both the players and hierarchy at the Lions den were disappointed with how they played and will be out to put it behind them with a better showing on the road.
This will also be a chance for the current premiership favourites to get a run on the Mundulla oval, which will be the venue of this year’s grand final.
Although Padthaway start healthy favourites, Mundulla are perennially underrated and are always a shot to knock off some more fancied teams which makes this clash an easy candidate for match of the round.
Naracoorte return to their home ground this weekend licking their wounds after a heavy 32 goal defeat at the hands of Penola.
Not much went right for the young Demons, who were at times like traffic cones against a very slick and hungry Penola out to prove it is still a real chance of going back-to-back.
A desperate Bordertown are their opponents this weekend.
Standing on the outside looking in, Bordertown need to win their last two games to jump Keith and make the final five.
Having a superior percentage to the Crows before this weekend, Bordertown will need to win well just to make sure as Keith’s match against lowly Kyby is also a potential percentage-booster.
Keith has a bye in round 18 so the trip to Kyby is thei Crows’ last game of the minor round.
Sitting four points ahead of Bordertown they will be keen to keep that buffer.
For their opponents it’s a matter of avoiding the likely wooden spoon.
Despite having improved over the latter part of the year the Tigers are still on the bottom in a three-way tie with Kingston and Border Districts.
Keith this weekend is an unlikely win while Lucindale at home again in round 18 is a more likely, but still difficult, task.
Penola venture away from its nest to tackle one of the competition’s least envied road trips this weekend - across the border to Goroke.
With a 202-point win against Naracoorte under their belt and the sideshow of coach Adam Merrett’s ton behind them it’s back to business for the southern Eagles.
They come up against their fellow Eagles, who are longingly looking at the finish line just hoping for their season of pain to end.
No matter their position on the ladder, the northern Eagles usually put on a good showing at their second home but even this should not be enough for Penola to be too worried.
Lucindale host Kaniva/Leeor United and will need to be on their game.
The Cougars will be looking to bounce back after their loss to Mundulla at home.
A top two spot is still well and truly within their grasp so Neil Reeve and his boys will just be out to get the four points before their final match of the minor round against Bordertown which could assure second spot.
Meanwhile Lucindale is too far back to impact the finals but a good finish could allow the Roos to leapfrog rivals Naracoorte, good for bragging rights over the off season.
Sam Mardling has been in good form for the Roos up forward with another four goals last weekend, capping off a very consistent season.
His returned presence, along with that of Ryan McInerney and the acquisition of coach Sam Logan, has helped the Roos improve greatly this season with positive signs for next year.
MUNDULLA CLAIM ANOTHER BIG SCALP IN KNT
by Terry Willoughby - August 10, 2014
Mundulla have always had strong self-belief and as they move up to third on the ladder it is showing again. The Moots played strongly in the first half to have Kaniva-Leeor on the ropes at the long break. Mundulla restricted KLU to just one goal whilst they booted 8 to lead by 44 points, a nightmare number for Collingwood supporters, Grady Obst was winning handsomely around the packs and veterans Heath Thorpe, Nicky Davis and Lachlan Duell shut out the KLU goalkickers.
The 3rd quarter saw a small rise in KLU’s fortunes but Mundulla continued to hold the upper hand as the margin was only reduced to 38 points at ¾ time. KLU outscored Mundulla in the last quarter but the damage had been done and the Moots have risen to 3rd on the ladder. In a strong team effort Grady Obst was best for Mundulla along with Thorpe, Davis, Duell and Tim Ballinger. KLU have tumbled from 2nd a few rounds ago to 4th and the unpalatable prospect of the elimination final looms.
Better players for KLU were Shane Vivian, regular contributors James Turner, Williams and Steve Stallion.
Penola went on a goal-kicking rampage to completely demolish former powerhouse team Naracoorte by a whopping 202 points. Coach Adam Merrett needed 16 goals to be the 1st to reach the century in SA in 2014 and he didn’t waste the opportunity by banging through 20 as Naracoorte were overrun. He was an obvious choice as best player for Penola who were never challenged.
Keith remain in 5th spot on the ladder after a strong second half were they came from 4 points down to win by 54 points over Lucindale. Big Mark Snowball starred for Lucindale and single handedly put them in strong position but Keith took control in the 3rd quarter with forwards Ben Simounds and Ben Farmer getting 8 and 5 goals each. The Crows finished strongly with 8 goals to 2 in the last quarter as Lucindale’s resistance crumbled.
Best for Keith were Simounds, George Johnson in defence, Jordan Newton and Harry Gill. For Lucindale it was the usuals of Mark Snowball, Ryan McInerney and Sam Mardling.
Bordertown had too much at stake to waste time on Kybybolite but they should made better use of the ball near goal. Seventeen goals from 45 scoring shots was a poor return. Key forwards, Jed Jarrett and Lee Staple gave the Roosters a reliable avenue to goal and Kyby were unable to match them. Bordertown sprayed their shots at goal but were always in control and won by 70 points. Best for the Roosters were Rory Tink in the ruck, defender Angus Diment, Jarrett and Staple with 6 and 4 goals respectively.
Padthaway had an easy 77 point win over Kingston and remain on top of the ladder. They were never seriously challenged with Tom McLennan booting 6 goals and on-ballers Ben Gunning and Jason DeGabriele starring. Keith and Bordertown are now locked in a battle for 5th spot with 2 rounds to go. Keith have a bye and a relatively easy game against Kyby whilst Bordertown must win both games against KLU and Naracoorte.
Round 16 - August 9, 2014
Best: Penola - A. Merrett, B. Mcintyre, M. Willson, A. Moore, J. Galpin, T. Bailey. Naracoorte - M. Gill, J. Dixon, S. Willson, J. Cother, J. Gilbert, Z. Donnelly. Goals: Penola - Adam Merrett 20, B. Foster 5, B. Mcintyre 3, M. Willson 3, J. Copping 2, R. Smyth 2, S. Jackman 2, A. Moore 1. Naracoorte - J. Cother 3, J. Dixon 2, T. Burns 1
Best: Keith - G. Johnson, J. Newton, B. Simounds, H. Gill, A. Stopp, T. Redden. Lucindale - M. Snowball, R. Mcinerney, S. Mardling, D. McCarthy, J. Teakle, S. Mcgurk. Goals: Keith - B. Simounds 8, B. Farmer 5, P. Makin 3, T. Redden 3, B. King 2, H. Gill 1, J. Newton 1, M. Boin 1. Lucindale - S. Mardling 4, A. Smart 3, R. Mcinerney 3, T. Menz 2, S. Logan 1, S. Mcgurk 1,
J. Teakle 1
Best: Bordertown - R. Tink, A. Diment, J. Jarrett, L. Staple, N. Hewett, N. Clark. Kybybolite - M. Schinckel, J. Mckay, C. Sandercock, T. Cooper, D. Ogilvie, B. Kurtzer. Goals: Bordertown - J. Jarrett 6, L. Staple 4, T. Harkness 2, N. Hampel 1, N. Clark 1, T. Devitt 1, T. Wheelen 1, M. Hayes 1. Kyby - S. Carberry 3, T. Hines 2, S. Shepherd 1, M. Schinckel 1, C. Sandercock 1
Best: Mundulla - G. Obst, H. Thorpe, L. Duell, N. Davis, T. Ballinger, H. Trenorden. Kaniva Leeor - S. Vivian, D. Williams, J. Turner, S. Stallion, J. Hicks, J. Larocca. Goals: Mundulla - L. Wiese 3, S. Luckett 2, D. Burgess 2, B. Packer 2, J. Mock 1, H. Trenorden 1, G. Obst 1. Kaniva Leeor - L. Ryan 4, D. Williams 3, J. Merrett 1
Best: Padthaway - J. Orton, T. McLennan, B. Gunning, J. Degabriele, B. Ettridge, A. Longbottom. Kingston - T. Baker, J. Austin, R. Cunneen, M. Williams, B. Warner, J. Gluyas. Goals: Padthaway - T. McLennan 6, S. Welsh 3, B. Gunning 3, J. Brice 2, S. Townsend 2, C. Marshall 1, J. Dicker 1, T. Hindmarsh 1, J. Degabriele 1, J. Teakle 1. Kingston - B. Warner 2, S. Braidwood 2, J. Hyland 2, J. Austin 1, H. Rothall 1
ROUND 16 PREVIEW
August 7, 2014
BY ANGUS DEARLOVE - who has just completed the Kakoda track
THE final five is all but set in the KNTFL.
ROUND 15 WRAP
MUNDULLA, THE SLEEPER IN THE FINALS RACE
by Terry Willoughby - August 3, 2014
Mundulla easily accounted for fellow final’s aspirant Keith by 60 points and dispel any thoughts that they are only making up the numbers. The 1st quarter was relatively even with Moots leading by 10 points. The usual suspects of Grady Obst, McGrice and Sam Luckett were doing well for Mundulla whilst Keith struggled for any sort of consistency.
Mundulla exploded away in the 2nd quarter with 9 goals and key forwards Hinge and Gregory on top of their opponents. The Crows were showing little resistance as the Moots controlled the game through their mid field players to lead by 70 points at ¾ time. Keith booted 5 goals in the last quarter but the damage had been done.
Hinge with 6 goals was best for Mundulla along Grady Obst, McGrice, Boyd Packer and Sam Luckett. Keith are now locked in a battle with Bordertown for 5th spot.
Kaniva-Leeor were far too strong for Kingston and had the game sewn up with a 7 goal opening quarter. Star KLU forwards James Turner and Ryan each kicked 6 goals and Kingston struggled to keep in touch. KLU led by 53 points at ½ time and the game was all but over.
Kingston battled harder and matched KLU on the scoreboard at least after the main break but KLU had too much class and won by 54 points.
Coach Adam Merrett had a day out with 13 goals as Penola smashed Kybybolite 131 points. McIntyre, Tom Pearce and Willson starred for Penola. Kyby’s season of horrors can’t end soon enough.
Naracoorte defeated Border Districts by 33 points in something of a goal-fest. Neither team had much to play for and forwards on both sides relished the lack of defensive attention. James Dixon booted 8 goals for Naracoorte with Sam Willson getting 5 and Kane Donnelly 4. Borders sharpshooter Clint Barras booted 9 in a superb solo effort.
Round 15 - August 2, 2014
Best: Naracoorte - F. Day, M. Gill, S. Willson, K. Donnelly, A. Leech, T. Atkins. Borders - F. Adams, C. Barras, D. Skinner, M. Lemon, R. Oliver, J. Richardson. Goals: Naracoorte - J. Dixon 8, S. Willson 5, K. Donnelly 4, F. Day 2, J. Bettoncelli 1, M. Gill 1, R. Jacobs 1. Borders - C. Barras 9, M. Lemon 3, S. Ferenci 2, R. Oliver 1, J. Pitt 1, S. Barras 1
Best: Kaniva Leeor - J. Turner, J. Lyon, S. Vivian, J. Jarred, N. Reeve, L. Ryan. Kingston - H. Rothall, J. Austin, J. Millie, T. Baker, M. Higgs, R. Cunneen. Goals: Kaniva Leeor - L. Ryan 6, J. Turner 6, T. Boyd 2, S. Vivian 2, J. Jarred 1, S. Stallion 1, C. Larocca 1, D. Williams 1. Kingston - S. Braidwood 4, C. Baker 1, J. Gluyas 1, A. Stenner 1, J. Millie 1, J. Austin 1,
B. Warner 1
Best: Penola - B. Mcintyre, A. Merrett, T. Pearce, M. Willson, J. Copping, J. Galpin. Kyby - J. Bittner, R. Jaensch, C. Sandercock, J. Jaensch, D. Ogilvie, S. Carberry. Goals: Penola - Adam Merrett 13, R. Smyth 4, M. Willson 2, B. Foster 2, T. Pearce 1, O. March 1, T. Bailey 1, T. Clayfield 1, B. Mcintyre 1. Kyby - S. Carberry 3, C. Sandercock 1, J. Bittner 1, T. McKinnon 1, T. Hines 1
Best: Mundulla - J. Hinge, B. Packer, G. Obst, J. McGrice, S. Luckett, L. Duell. Goals: Mundulla - J. Hinge 6, D. Burgess 4, J. Mock 2, G. Obst 2, L. Wiese 2, S. Luckett 2, B. Packer 1
ROUND 15 PREVIEW
August 1, 2014
BY A SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
A SMALLER round of only four games this weekend will be the calm before the storm in the lead-up to the KNTFL finals.
Only four matches will be played, with three sides sitting it out with the bye, and only one of the games is likely to have an impact on the top five.
That game will be between Mundulla and Keith, with Mundulla (4th) looking to stay in touch with a top three spot and Keith (5th) trying to put space between itself and Bordertown (6th). After this weekend, there remain three more crucial rounds before the finals.
The match of the round this weekend is clearly at Mundulla, where the in-form home side will host a hot and cold Keith side battling some injury concerns.
Mundulla has been able to remain settled for much of the year and has an excellent spread of talent across the oval. Their versatility is one of their keys, with Luke Wiese, James Hinge, Heath Thorpe and Brett Lehmann all able to play in multiple positions, while their young on-ball contingent of the Luckett brothers, Grady Obst, Jake McGrice and Tyne Excell is one of the best in the league.
Keith has a handful of the better midfielders going around as well, particularly in Tom Redden and Jon Wilson, while Alex Stopp was a welcome replacement in the ruck last week for injured Hugo Drogemuller.
Mundulla has dropped only three games for the season and is coming off a resounding win over arch-rivals Bordertown, so the Moots deserve firm favouritism here.
Kybybolite (11th) is anchored to the bottom of the ladder but at least has a couple of things in its favour facing the strong Penola (3rd) this week.
Firstly, the Tigers had their first win for the season last week, thumping Border Districts, while secondly, Penola will have its share of injury concerns this week.
Penola suffered injuries to both Kane and Karl Ransom, Pfitzner and ruckman Banton last week, and was already without Copping. But on the flip side, the Eagles have superb depth in the reserves and will also regain Ben McIntyre from State duties this week, so they will cover any absences comfortably.
If Kyby can reproduce last week’s form they will at least be competitive, but it’s difficult to see anything but a big win for Penola happening here.
Naracoorte (8th) and Border Districts (10th) are well down the ladder, but it will be fiercely competitive when they clash at Naracoorte. When sides are struggling local derbies carry more meaning and this one will be a beauty.
Naracoorte will be a hot favourite having rested with the bye last week, while Borders had a torrid game against Kyby and suffered more injuries than they would have liked, testing their already thin depth.
Naracoorte probably has a few key players who Borders will struggle to cover, most notably mobile forward James Dixon and ruckman Craig Beggs. Borders have their own trump in strong-marking Stuart Ferenci, but with Borders’ injuries their midfield will be light on and the supply to him won’t be great.
Tall Nick Thomson and small Corey Burr will again do their best to create attack from the Borders defence, but it won’t be enough on the big Naracoorte oval and the home side - as they did in their last home game against Lucindale - will run them off the park.
The final match of the round will be a competitive battle at the seaside with Kingston (9th) hosting Kaniva/Leeor United (2nd).
United have had a tough run playing most of the other finalists over the past month and a bit and will welcome some respite from that, but the seasiders have proved themselves a competitive unit and won’t lie down.
If the Saints can start well - unlike last week against Keith - and stay in the game, they might even be an outside chance to cause an upset. They have a handy running midfield led by Jamie Austin and Ben Warner and a dangerous forward line built around Sam Braidwood.
Of course, K/L United has an even spread of stars all over the ground and the versatility to switch things up if plan A isn’t working. The Cougars should have enough strength to handle the young Saints, but you never know.
Lucindale, Bordertown and Padthaway will sit out the weekend with the bye.
THE LIONS RULE THE JUNGLE
Round 14 report - July 29, 2014
Padthaway showed just why they are team to beat for this year’s flag in the KNTFL. The Lions made a solid start and Kaniva-Leeor struggled to keep in touch, with its defence stretched to the limit. Scott Welsh was a constant danger near goal and Ben Gunning had plenty of kicks around the stoppages.
Padthaway went further ahead in the 2nd quarter as KLU couldn’t find a winner in the forward line like Welsh. The Lions by 37 points at half time. KLU ‘s problems got larger after the main break as Padthaway had many avenues to goal with McLennan, Brice and Townsend all contributing and the margin blew to 53 points. Turner and Lyon provided stout resistance for KLU but Padthaway stepped up the tempo in the last quarter with 7 goals to 3 and stamped their authority on the premiership to win by 70 points.
Scott Welsh with 6 goals, Tom Edwards, Ben Gunning, Hoffman and Archie Longbottom were best in a very strong performance by Padthaway. KLU had solid triers in James Turner, Lyon, Hicks and Steve Stallion but the rest had little impact.
Mundulla cemented their spot in the top 5 with a convincing win over archrival Bordertown. The Roosters needed to arrest a form slump but after a 1st quarter arm wrestle they fell away badly. Mundulla booted 6 goals in the 2nd quarter to set up a match-winning lead of 31 points. The Moots prime movers in McGrice, Grady Obst and Milligan were all in sparkling form around the midfield and they had goalkicking forwards in Burgess, the veteran Heath Thorpe and Luke Wiese.
Scoring was more difficult in the 2nd half as Bordertown battled hard across half-back with Cuthbertson and Nathan Clark prominent but the Roosters didn’t have a forward worth mentioning. The Moots had kicked out to a 42 point lead which Bordertown never challenged and a further 4 goals sealed the game for Mundulla.
Best for Mundulla were Tim Ballinger, Grady Obst, McGrice, Jason Milligan and Nick Davis. The disappointing Bordertown are out of the top 5 and struggling. Best for them were Clark, Cuthbertson, Angus Diment at fullback and former SANFL man Lee Staple.
Keith jumped back into 5th spot with an easy win over Kingston. The Crows stormed to a 43 point by quarter time after holding Kingston goal-less. They controlled play in the 2nd quarter but didn’t drive home the advantage but still led by 62 points. They had multiple winners around the ground especially in the forward line. Kingston battled back for awhile by kicking 6 goals in the 3rd term but their defence was as leaky as old fishing boat as Keith piled on 9 of their own to lead by 82 points at the last change.
Keith eased up a little in the final quarter but still booted 5 goals as Kington’s resolve vanished. Best for the Crows were Stopp, Gill, Steve Molineux, Mitchell and Johnson. Veteran midfielder Jamie Austin worked tirelessly for Kingston along with Ben Warner, Ty Baker and Mills.
Penola made short work of Lucindale who have trouble stringing good games together. The Eagles dominated play from quarter time onwards after an 8 goal burst put them 43 points up. Tom Pearce and Matt Merrett shut out nearly every forward move by Lucindale and forwards Ryan Smyth and Adam Merrett had too many goalkicking smarts to boot 6 and 5 respectively. Lucindale tried hard to match in the 3rd quarter but the Eagles still had a commanding 42 point lead. Penola added 6 goals in the final term as Lucindale crumbled. Best for the winners were defenders Pearce, Matt Merrett, Jordan Galpin and Dan Hackwell across the centre. Bighearted ruckman Mark Snowball, Pat Baker at halfback and Rob Handbury tried hard for Lucindale.
Kybybolite had a belated win over Border Districts and make it a race for the wooden spoon. It was a pretty meek effort from Borders who only kicked goals in the middle quarters whilst Kyby managed a consistent if not brilliant 4 quarter effort. Kyby led at every change and finished off the hapless Borders with a 6 goal burst to win easily by 59 points. Former coach Scott Carberry booted 6 goals for Kyby with Sam Craig and Ryan McKay heading the best players.
Round 14 - July 26, 2014
Best: Keith - A. Stopp, H. Gill, S. Molineux, L. Mitchell, G. Johnson, T. Redden. Kingston - J. Austin, B. Warner, T. Baker, T. Mills, M. Higgs, J. Millie. Goals: Keith - B. Lamont 3, B. King 3, L. Mitchell 3, B. Farmer 3, J. Wilson 2, A. Stopp 2, P. Makin 2, C. McMurray 1, J. Newton 1, H. Wilhelm 1, H. Gill 1, M. Boin 1. Kingston: T. Mills 4, J. Austin 2, S. Braidwood 1, T. Baker 1, B. Warner 1
Best: Mundulla - T. Ballinger, G. Obst, J. McGrice, J. Milligan, N. Davis, H. Trenorden. Bordertown - N. Clark, L. Staple, A. Diment, K. Cuthbertson, T. Wheelen, C. Clark. Goals: Mundulla - D. Burgess 3, L. Wiese 3, H. Thorpe 3, J. Mock 1, J. Hinge 1, G. Obst 1,
B. Packer 1, S. Luckett 1. Bordertown - N. Hampel 2, T. Wheelen 1, B. Lodewyk 1, C. Diment 1
Best: Penola - T. Pearce, M. Merrett, J. Galpin, D. Hackwill, M. Willson, A. Moore. Lucindale: P. Baker, M. Snowball, R. Handbury, R. Mcinerney, A. Smart, S. Graetz. Goals: Penola - R. Smyth 6, A. Merrett 5, O. March 2, S. Jackman 1, M. Willson 1, L. Gray 1, S. Merrett 1, W. Banton 1, J. Galpin 1, A. Moore 1. Lucindale - R. Mcinerney 3, S. Logan 2, A. Smart 1, S. Mardling 1
Best: Kybybolite - S. Craig, J. Mckay, B. Kurtzer, S. Davies, T. Hines, C. Mackinnon. Borders - C. Burr, M. Lemon, S. Ferenci, N. Naylor, N. Thomson, A. Wilson. Goals: Kybybolite - S . Carberry 6, J. Mckay 3, C. Sandercock 1, M. Slotegraaf 1, J. Bittner 1, D. Ogilvie 1, C. Mackinnon 1, S. Craig 1. Border Districts: C. Barras 3, S. Ferenci 2, C. Robinson 1
Best: Padthaway - T. Edwards, B. Gunning, M. Hoffmann, S. Welsh, A. Longbottom, M. Gibbs. Kaniva Leeor - J. Turner, J. Lyon, J. Hicks, S. Stallion, S. Vivian, S. Dodson. Goals: Padthaway - S. Welsh 6, J. Brice 3, S. Townsend 2, J. Dolling 2, T. McLennan 2, C. Marshall 1, T. Cox 1, D. Boyanton 1, I. Perrie 1, B. Gunning 1, T. Edwards 1. Kaniva Leeor - L. Ryan 3, D. Williams 2, S. Vivian 1, J. Larocca 1, S. Stallion 1, J. Brown 1, J. Turner 1
ROUND 14 PREVIEW
BY LEE CURNOW - JULY 25, 2014
PADTHAWAY knocked off one challenger to its claim to premiership favouritism last week - and now faces another one.
The Lions have done everything right since losing their only game of the season to Keith on April 26 and fully deserve to be on top of the ladder, particularly after dealing out a 40-point defeat to reigning premier Penola last weekend.
But their mettle will be well and truly tested this Saturday against a Kaniva/Leeor United team which has also only lost one game this season - tellingly against Padthaway in round 3.
Like Padthaway, United has done nothing wrong over the past three months and would still be clinging on to hope of knocking the Lions off the top of the ladder to earn a crucial week’s rest come finals time.
If they’re going to do it, they will have to find the right match-up for the Lions’ ex-Adelaide Crows Ian Perrie and Scott Welsh, who are starting to provide a brilliant one-two punch in attack.
But get that right, and then the Cougars have to contend with unassuming goalsneak Ben Gunning, while Luke Harder is still yet to hit his straps but is kicking his two to four goals every week as well. Tom Edwards could also switch forward if needed.
Up the other end, the United Cougars have impressive firepower with Leigh Ryan and Dylan Williams in good goalkicking form, and James Turner an ever-present danger.
Kaniva/Leeor must win the midfield to stop the flow to Padthaway’s match-winning forwards, and if Skrypek, ruckman Reeve, Stallion and Williams can do that, the Cougars could win.
Bordertown will play Mundulla in a vitally important match which could decide which of them plays finals.
Mundulla is in fourth spot on the ladder, just one win ahead of Bordertown which has the same number of wins as sixth-placed Keith. But Mundulla has a tough road home and Keith doesn’t, so if Mundulla loses this one, they are in the drop zone.
Mundulla-Bordertown clashes always have plenty of spice, so with the high stakes on offer here this could be a war for the ages. Mundulla has one of the best young midfields in the comp, with the Luckett brothers, McGrice and Obst in charge, while Daniel Burgess has been a revelation at full forward and Heath Thorpe isn’t a bad foil if he plays forward.
Bordertown would be loving Lee Staple back at the goalfront after an overseas sojourn, but the Rooster midfield will have to step up to get the ball that far up the ground. The Roosters have gone off the boil a bit and might battle to keep touch with the Mundulla runners.
Penola will enjoy a slight back-off in pressure after coming up against the Padthaway juggernaut last week, but they wouldn’t want to take it easy. Lucindale is unpredictable and last week produced a free-flowing brand of goalkicking footy to flog Kyby a week after barely giving a whimper against Naracoorte.
If the Roos are on and can get goals again from small men Mardling and McGurk as well as coach Logan and Smart, they will be a tough proposition.
Of course Penola is still a well-drilled unit placed third on the ladder, so coach Adam Merrett will have them back up for this one. The Penola midfield is the key with Willson, McIntyre and ruckman Banton all tough to top, while the defensive unit led by Pearce, Matt Merrett and Ferguson will ensure there’s no 30 goals from Lucindale this week.
Keith will be hot favourites to bank some important points in its quest for a finals spot, but again wouldn’t want to take Kingston lightly.
The Saints showed plenty of fighting spirit in downing Border Districts last week and when their youngsters get running to support veteran ball-winner Jamie Austin, they are hard to stop.
Keith’s experience and class should be too much on their home deck, but the plucky Saints will make a game of it.
The final game of the round will be fought out by the two most disappointing sides of the year, Border Districts and Kybybolite.
Kyby has never got going this year, while Borders have petered out badly after a promising start and this game could be anyone’s.
Both sides have many ins and outs each week and it’s hard to see where one might have an edge over the other. With an even midfield, it could be the goalfronts where the game is won and lost.
Clint Barras always kicks goals against Kyby, and Shaun Taylor is now there for support, while at the other end young Max Schinckel showed a bit as a lead-up forward last week, but the Tigers really need big Scott Carberry to be back from injury to kick enough goals to win. The Tigers will also have to do without strong Tom Cooper as he has headed overseas.
Naracoorte has the bye.
LIONS WIN BLOCKBUSTER CONVINCINGLY
Padthaway grabbed the lead early against premiership rival Penola and proceeded to consolidate their position in the 2nd quarter with former Adelaide Crows players Ian Perrie and Scott Welsh being prominent and livewire forward Ben Gunning creating problems near goal. Penola trailed by 22 points at ½ time but Padthaway increased the tempo in the 3rd quarter to extend the lead to 39 points with little sign of any revival from Penola.
Gunning with 5 goals was best for Padthaway along Perrie, Tom Edwards, Welsh and Cody Marshall. Penola now have plenty to work on for this year’s flag. They were best served by ruckman Wil Banton, Matt Merrett, Pearce and Willson with Adam Merrett booting 4 goals but the Lions still head ladder after winning by 40 points.
Mundulla were too strong all day for Naracoorte after a blistering start. They had Burgess in great form up forward where he finished with 9 goals, ably assisted by Sam Luckett with 4. On ballers Jake McGrice, Grady Obst and Jason Milligan had stacks possessions to continually drive the Moots forward . Willson, Matt Gill and Michael Childs tried hard for Naracoorte who were outclassed by 103 points.
Kybybolite were on the wrong end of another thrashing, this time from an ever dangerous Lucindale. Shane McGurk, Aaron Smart and Sam Mardling did as they liked on the forward line and booted 7,6 and 5 goals respectively. Lucindale led by only 18 points at quarter time but the signs were ominous and they piled on the goals from thereon to win by 131 points against the dispirited Kyby. Wilks, Sam Graetz and McGurk were best for Lucindale whilst Kyby only had battlers.
Kingston returned to the winners list with a hard fought 13 pointt win over Border Districts. There was never much between the teams although Borders seemed to going better in the middle quarters and were 16 points ahead at the last change but Kingston finished strongly with onballer Jamie Austin in good form and Sam Braidwood providing a strong target to finish with 6 goals. Straight kicking was a feature in the Kaniva-Leeor and Bordertown clash with KLU hanging to win by17 points. KLU won the game with a powerful 1st half where it seemed they just couldn’t miss everytime they were near goal. Fourteen straight at the main break had Bordertown in trouble. The Roosters slowly gained some momentum in the 3rd quarter but despite a strong finish with 7 last quarter goals KLU held on. Better players for KLU were Brown, Ryan who kicked 6 goals and ever reliable James Turner. It was a different story for Bordertown with Staple who booted 7 goals their only effective 4 quarter contributor.
Round 13 - July 19, 2013
Best: Padthaway - B. Gunning, I. Perrie, T. Edwards, S. Edwards, S. Welsh, C. Marshall. Penola - W. Banton, M. Merrett, T. Pearce, M. Willson, S. Jackman, A. Merrett. Goals: Padthaway - B. Gunning 5, L. Harder 4, S. Townsend 2, S. Welsh 2, A. Longbottom 1, I. Perrie 1, J. Degabriele 1, T. McLennan 1, C. Marshall 1. Penola - A. Merrett 4, M. Willson 3, J. Copping 2, B. Foster 1, J. Galpin 1
Best: Kingston - J. Austin, R. Clarke, J. Brown, S. Braidwood, B. Warner, W. Goode. Border Districts: A. Wilson, M. Lemon, C. Burr, S. Ferenci, N. Thomson, S. Taylor. Goals: Kingston - S. Braidwood 6, J. Hyland 2, T. Mills 2, M. Higgs 1, J. Gluyas 1, B. Warner 1, K. Baker 1, H. Rothall 1. Border Districts: S. Taylor 5, S. Ferenci 2, C. Barras 1, C. Robinson 1, C. Burr 1, K. Miller 1, R. Oliver 1, M. Lemon 1
Best: Lucindale - R. Wilks, S. Graetz, S. Mcgurk, N. Clarke, M. Snowball, R. Mcinerney. Kybybolite - B. Kurtzer, R. Jaensch, C. Sandercock, M. Schinckel, M. Pfitzner, T. Woodard. Goals: Lucindale - S. Mcgurk 7, A. Smart 6, S. Mardling 5, R. Handbury 3, S. Logan 3, R. Mcinerney 2, M. Kelsh 1, S. Graetz 1, N. Clarke 1, R. Wilks 1. Kybybolite - M. Schinckel 4, S. Craig 2, B. Munn 1, C. Mackinnon 1, M. Drury 1
Best: Mundulla - S. Luckett, D. Burgess, J. Milligan, J. McGrice, G. Obst, L. Wiese. Naracoorte: S. Willson, M. Gill, M. Childs, T. Burns, J. Gilbert, T. Atkins. Goals: Mundulla - D. Burgess 9, S. Luckett 3, H. Thorpe 3, J. Hinge 2, J. Mock 2, B. Lehmann 2,
N. Davis 1, J. McGrice 1, A. Obst 1, T. Excell 1, H. Trenorden 1, J. Hoppo-Luckett 1, G. Obst 1, T. Ballinger 1. Naracoorte - F. Day 2, M. Gill 2, J. Dixon 2, T. Burns 2, C. Beggs 1, M. Childs 1, J. Gilbert 1, K. Jacobs 1, S. Willson 1
Best: Kaniva Leeor - S. Brown, L. Ryan, J. Turner, S. Vivian, D. Williams, A. Brown. Bordertown: L. Staple, N. Clark, C. Clark, B. Lodewyk, T. Watson, J. Vunitabua. Goals: Kaniva Leeor - L. Ryan 6, D. Williams 4, J. Turner 3, S. Stallion 2, T. Boyd 1, A. Brown 1
Bordertown - L. Staple 7, J. Jarrett 3, T. Harkness 1, C. Dahlitz 1, R. Tink 1, J. Creaser 1
ROUND 13 PREVIEW
BY ANGUS DEARLOVE - JULY 17, 2014
YOU’VE heard of Christmas in July, but this Saturday is the next best thing - a KNTFL grand final in July.
Round 12 - July 12, 2014
Best: Padthaway - J. Degabriele, T. McLennan, A. Longbottom, K. Hicks, M. Hoffmann, C. Marshall. Bordertown: K. Cuthbertson, N. Clark, A. Diment, S. Copestick, M. Hayes, A. Day. Goals: Padthaway - T. McLennan 5, B. Gunning 5, S. Welsh 3, J. Brice 3, S. Townsend 3, T. Cox 3, I. Perrie 3, T. Edwards 2, C. Marshall 1, L. Harder 1, S. Edwards 1. Bordertown - T. Harkness 2, C. Dahlitz 1, T. Watson 1
Best: Naracoorte - B. Gould, M. Childs, S. Willson, M. Gill, J. Cother, T. Atkins. Lucindale - D. McCarthy, J. McRae, S. Graetz, T. Ware, R. Mcinerney, P. Baker. Goals: Naracoorte - B. Gould 4, F. Day 3, T. Scullion 2, C. Beggs 2, S. Willson 1, T. Burns 1, D. Pedler 1, J. Dixon 1, D. Myall 1, J. Cother 1. Lucindale - P. Baker 2, D. McCarthy 1, R. Wilks 1, J. McRae 1, R. Mcinerney 1, S. Graetz 1, S. Logan 1
Best: Kaniva Leeor - D. Williams, S. Brown, L. Seed, J. Turner, A. Brown, S. Stallion. Keith - T. Redden, H. Gill, B. Simounds, J. Wilson, S. Molineux, B. Lamont. Goals: Kaniva Leeor - D. Williams 4, A. Brown 3, L. Ryan 2, N. Reeve 2, J. Merrett 1, J. Lyon 1.Keith: B. Simounds 2, B. Gericke 2, H. Gill 1, B. King 1, J. Wilson 1, H. Drogemuller 1, T. Redden 1, H. McMurray 1, P. Makin 1
Best: Penola - B. Mcintyre, J. Galpin, M. Merrett, T. Pearce, W. Banton, M. Willson. Kingston: J. Austin, B. Warner, K. Baker, J. Gould, M. Higgs, J. Millie. Goals: Penola - A. Merrett 7, M. Willson 4, B. Foster 4, J. Copping 2, W. Banton 2, T. Bailey 1,
J. Galpin 1, S. Morris 1, B. Mcintyre 1. Kingston - A. Stenner 2, J. Hyland 1, S. Braidwood 1
Best: Mundulla - J. McGrice, S. Luckett, G. Obst, D. Burgess, L. Duell, J. Milligan. Border Districts - N. Tarca, N. Thomson, N. Naylor, E. Ware, C. Burr, C. Robinson. Goals: Mundulla - D. Burgess 6, L. Wiese 6, J. McGrice 3, H. Trenorden 2, B. Packer 2, G. Obst 2, D. Ridgway 1, T. Ballinger 1, J. Milligan 1. Border Districts : E. Ware 2, S. Ferenci 2, C. Robinson 1, R. Oliver 1, M. Lemon 1, J. Sullivan 1, C. Burr 1
ROUND 12 PREVIEW
BY ANGUS DEARLOVE - JULY 10, 2014
ZONE football is over for now with the best KNTFL players hopefully making returns to their clubs for round 12 of the KNTFL season.
Top of the table PADTHAWAY will be looking to consolidate their position with a trip up to BORDERTOWN.
The Roosters are snapping at the heels of the Lions so a win here is vital for both teams - for Padthaway to put some space between it and a contender and for Bordertown to keep pace with the top.
Padthaway is certainly deserving of its top placing, playing some great football with an even contribution from a healthy group of star players.
Along with their much-vaunted travelling recruits the Lions are also getting a good contribution from their local players, with Jon Brice hitting form in recent weeks and Jason Dicker also playing well.
Bordertown will be hoping to gain some players back from injury and overseas travel in the coming weeks as the season rolls on.
Until then it will be up to the likes of Steve Copestick, Jerry Vunitabua and captain Tim Harkness to keep the machine going.
In their last match against Padthaway the Lions were right in the contest until Padthaway pulled away late so this should be a good measuring point of where both teams are at.
NARACOORTE hosts LUCINDALE looking to bounce back after a shock loss last week.
The Demons regain James Dixon from zone duties, a welcome inclusion to the young side which had its colours lowered by previously winless Kybybolite.
Any loss hurts a club but a loss to bitter rivals Kyby cuts deep at Naracoorte and they will come out breathing fire because of it.
Lucindale had a good win over Border Districts last weekend and, despite losing to Naracoorte earlier in the year, deserve to start favourites this time around.
Sam Mardling has continued his goalkicking form throughout the year while coach Sam Logan has also hit the scoreboard.
The winner of this game gets a four point break on the other and, while neither will be a factor come finals barring a minor miracle, bragging rights are up for grabs.
KEITH hosts KANIVA/LEEOR UNITED looking to bounce back from a horror game last weekend.
The Crows only kicked two goals and were humbled by Padthaway.
They come up against a fellow contender in the Cougars hoping for a much better showing.
Both these sides have star quality and it should be a high-intensity encounter.
K/L are coming off a bye and will be fresher, with only coach Neil Reeve in action for the zone side.
A win here for the second placed Cougars will put them eight points ahead of Keith in two fewer games and almost assure them of a top three place.They should be too strong for the stuttering Crows.
PENOLA play KINGSTON in a match important for them to keep in the top three.
With a game in hand over fourth-placed Bordertown plus a better percentage, another percentage boost here for the Southern Eagles is vital.
Kingston have only one win for the year and are not in the same class as Penola but have looked ok in parts this year.
A good showing from their kids here will give them plenty of confidence heading into the latter part of the year, but Penola are heavy favourites.
BORDER DISTRICTS hosts MUNDULLA with only pride on the line for the home team.
Enduring a tough run, this match is also a worry for the Eagles after going down by 150 to the same team in round one.
They have been missing a few key players through injury with others out of form but need to put their heads down and battle the year out.
Mundulla is sitting a game behind Keith in sixth with two games in hand so a win is vital for the Moots.
In a season where a good team seems destined to miss the finals the tussle for fifth spot could go down to the wire and with Keith having a bye in the last round it is important for Mundulla to ensure it is in touch come that round.
Round 11 - July 4, 2014
Best: Lucindale - R. Mcinerney, S. Graetz, D. McCarthy, A. Smart, N. Clarke, T. Ware. Border Districts: S. Ferenci, N. Thomson, C. Robinson, R. Oliver, J. Burns, J. Thomson. Goals: Lucindale - A. Smart 6, S. Mardling 6, S. Logan 4, D. McCarthy 3, R. Wilks 3, R. Mcinerney 2. Border Districts: S. Ferenci 3, C. Barras 2, R. Oliver 2, K. Miller 1
Best: Padthaway - J. Brice, T. Edwards, B. Gunning, L. Harder, J. Dicker, W. Verco. Keith: B. Simounds, H. Gill, S. Molineux, T. Redden, A. Wilson, J. Wright. Goals: Padthaway - S. Welsh 4, J. Brice 3, J. Dicker 3, T. McLennan 3, A. Longbottom 1, J. Degabriele 1, B. Gunning 1, D. Boyanton 1, L. Harder 1, C. Marshall 1. Keith - B. Simounds 1, J. Wilson 1
Best: Bordertown - J. Vunitabua, A. Day, S. Copestick, N. Clark, K. Cuthbertson, N. Hampel. Kingston: J. Austin, M. Williams, S. Robertson, A. Matthias, J. Wehl, S. Braidwood. Goals: Bordertown - A. Day 4, S. Copestick 4, T. Devitt 3, N. Hampel 2, C. Diment 1, T. Harkness 1, K. Cuthbertson 1, J. Jarrett 1. Kingston - S. Braidwood 4, B. Warner 3, J. Austin 2, M. Higgs 1
Best: Kybybolite - T. Cooper, M. Slotegraaf, S. Shepherd, T. Hines, B. Kurtzer, R. Jaensch. Naracoorte: S. Willson, M. Gill, T. Burns, B. Hindmarsh, M. Childs, W. Limbert. Goals: Kybybolite - S. Carberry 4, T. Cooper 3, J. Bittner 3, R. Jaensch 1, B. Cook 1. Naracoorte - T. Burns 3, D. Myall 2, S. Willson 2, B. Hill 1, C. Beggs 1, M. Smith 1
ROUND 11 PREVIEW
BY ANGUS DEARLOVE - JULY 3, 2014
THANKS to a quirk in the KNTFL draw round 11 sees teams play each other again in a repeat of earlier clashes.
Despite all clubs not playing everyone once yet, four of the round two clashes are rematches.
After hosting Kyby back in April, Naracoorte make the trip out to Tigerland this time.
Both clubs are in the lower half of the ladder with Kyby entrenched on the bottom and Naracoorte a few places above.
Naracoorte defeated Kingston last weekend, but not without a fight, while Kyby had a big loss to Mundulla. Naracoorte has the firepower to put the struggling Kyby away and, like last time, is a good shot to win comfortably.
Padthaway has another home game this weekend against Keith.
Sitting atop the ladder, the Lions are in good form and will be out to make good after losing to Keith last time.
Tom Edwards was a surprise last week - usually a defender he swung forward in the wet for eight goals against Border Districts.
This made up for a quieter than usual performance from the star-studded Lions forward line.
Keith is hot on the Lions’ heels and convincingly beat Bordertown last week in a Tatiara showdown.
Midfielder Jon Wilson made his return from injury and resumed normal service with a host of possessions as the Crows ran away with a 50-point win. This game could go either way and is a definite match of the round.
Border Districts head west to Lucindale to face the Roos - a team that comfortably defeated them last time.
Coming off five straight losses the Eagles are struggling.
With a young team on the park and some of their stars missing through injury and suspension it has been a tough season for first-year coach Mark Good.
Last time they played Lucindale it was a Tim Walsh and Sam Mardling double punch which did most of the damage.
Although Walsh was only a cameo, Mardling has continued to play and play well, kicking his fair share of goals.
He remains a key for the Roos, with coach Sam Logan also a possibility to stretch the undersized Eagles defenders.
On their home deck Lucindale, on paper, looks slightly the better side and should win.
Kingston host Bordertown in a match that the Roosters should take comfortably, although Kingston are much improved.
Penola, Mundulla and Kaniva/Leeor United have the bye.
• The Murray SE zone side has been announced ahead of the weekend’s Country Championships in Kadina on the weekend.
Naracoorte's James Dixon, Penola trio Matt Merrett, Matt Willson and Ben McIntyre, Kyby’s Ray Jaensch and Bordertown’s Kane Cuthbertson join Western Border, Mid SE and River Murray Football League players at the prestigious carnival played over Saturday and Sunday.
Round 10 - June 28, 2014
Best: Naracoorte - S. Willson, J. Cother, J. Dixon, M. Childs, M. Gill, J. Bettoncelli. Kingston - J. Austin, R. Clarke, A. Stenner, T. Baker, J. Brown, B. Warner. Goals: Naracoorte - F. Day 3, C. Gill 2, J. Dixon 2, D. Myall 1, T. Scullion 1, M. Gill 1, C. Beggs 1, Z. Donnelly 1. Kingston - A. Stenner 3, J. Austin 2, J. Hyland 2, S. Braidwood 1, H. Lawrie 1, H. Rothall 1
Best: Kaniva Leeor - S. Brown, S. Stallion, J. Hicks, S. Vivian, J. Merrett, R. Richardson. Penola - B. Mcintyre, J. Pfitzner, T. Pearce, T. Bailey, M. Willson, S. Jackman. Goals: Kaniva Leeor - L. Ryan 2, T. Boyd 1, D. Williams 1, R. Richardson 1, J. Lyon 1, J. Turner 1. Penola - B. Mcintyre 2, S. Merrett 1, A. Merrett 1, R. Smyth 1, M. Willson 1, J. Copping 1
Best: Padthaway - S. Townsend, W. Verco, L. Harder, B. Ettridge, S. Edwards, T. Edwards. Borders - C. Burr, D. Skinner, D. Hannaford, S. Ferenci, N. Thomson, J. Thomson. Goals: Padthaway - T. Edwards 8, T. McLennan 2, L. Harder 2, W. Verco 1, J. Dicker 1, C. Marshall 1, S. Welsh 1, D. Boyanton 1. Borders - C. Barras 2, C. Robinson 1, J. Shepherd 1
Best: Mundulla - S. Luckett, J. McGrice, G. Obst, B. Lehmann, B. Packer, L. Wiese. Kybybolite - C. Sandercock, J. Fitzgerald, J. Mckay, D. Arnold, B. Munn, B. Cook. Goals: Mundulla - G. Obst 4, D. Burgess 4, J. Mock 3, T. Ballinger 2, B. Packer 2, H. Trenorden 2, J. Hoppo-Luckett 2, J. McGrice 1, S. Luckett 1, B. Milligan 1, T. Perry 1. Kyby - C. Mackinnon 3, S. Carberry 2, T. Cooper 1
Best: Keith - B. Simounds, P. Makin, J. Snajdar, L. Mitchell, H. Gill, A. Stopp. Bordertown - A. Day, B. Lodewyk, N. Clark, T. Harkness, K. Cuthbertson, J. Vunitabua. Goals: Keith - J. Snajdar 6, H. Drogemuller 3, P. Makin 2, H. Gill 1, A. Wilson 1, B. King 1. Bordertown - N. Hampel 2, A. Diment 1, A. Day 1, B. Phelps 1, T. Harkness 1
ROUND TEN PREVIEW
BY ANGUS DEARLOVE - JUNE 26, 2014
PENOLA head across the border and well north for their longest road trip of the season on Saturday.
Best: Penola - W. Banton, B. Mcintyre, J. Galpin, T. Pearce, M. Merrett, J. Pfitzner. Keith: A. Wilson, J. Wright, L. Mitchell, P. Makin, S. McMurray, T. Redden. Goals: Penola - A. Merrett 4, B. Mcintyre 2, A. Moore 1, J. Copping 1, D. Hackwill 1, S. Jackman 1. Keith - B. King 2, J. Snajdar 2, H. Drogemuller 2, J. Wright 1
Best: Padthaway - B. Gunning, T. Edwards, L. Harder, B. Ettridge, W. Verco, S. Townsend. Naracoorte - M. Gill, M. Childs, D. Pedler, R. Jacobs, J. Cother, J. Macdonald. Goals: Padthaway - S. Welsh 6, B. Gunning 3, T. McLennan 3, L. Harder 3, T. Edwards 2, A. Longbottom 2, J. Degabriele 1, I. Perrie 1, C. Marshall 1, J. Brice 1, S. Townsend 1. Naracoorte - J. Dixon 3, J. Bettoncelli 2, F. Day 1
Best: Kaniva/Leeor - T. Boyd, S. Brown, J. Turner, S. Stallion, B. Hawker, S. Dodson. Border Districts - S. Ferenci, R. Oliver, K. Miller, N. Naylor, C. White, N. Oliver. Goals: Kaniva Leeor - B. Hawker 7, S. Stallion 2, N. Reeve 2, J. Lyon 2, D. Williams 2, T. Boyd 1, R. Richardson 1, T. Dickinson 1, E. Torkkola 1. Border Districts - C. Barras 6, K. Miller 2, S. Ferenci 1, M. Lemon 1, C. Robinson 1
Best: Kingston - B. Warner, J. Austin, M. Williams, T. Baker, J. Gluyas, S. Robertson. Kybybolite: R. Jaensch, J. Fitzgerald, C. Sandercock, S. Carberry, D. Arnold, M. Slotegraaf. Goals: Kingston - S. Braidwood 4, J. Hyland 4, A. Stenner 4, B. Warner 4, T. Mcgovern 2, R. Williams 1, T. Baker 1, J. Austin 1. Kybybolite: S. Carberry 6, C. Sandercock 3, M. Drury 1, M. Pfitzner 1, T. Cooper 1, T. Hines 1, J. Tidy 1
Best: Mundulla - L. Duell, J. McGrice, B. Packer, A. Obst, S. Luckett, T. Perry. Lucindale: R. Mcinerney, T. Ware, R. Handbury, M. Snowball, B. Kelsh, S. Mardling. Goals: Mundulla - D. Burgess 3, L. Wiese 2, T. Perry 2, J. Mock 2, H. Trenorden 1, S. Luckett 1, G. Obst 1. Lucindale: S. Mardling 4, S. Graetz 2, S. Logan 2, R. Handbury 1
ROUND NINE PREVIEW
BY ANGUS DEARLOVE - JUNE 19, 2014
ROUND nine of the KNTFL will throw up some interesting clashes this Saturday, starting with the rematch of the 2013 grand final.
PENOLA host KEITH and the home side are rightfully favourites this time around, the same as they were when they claimed last year’s decider.
Both teams come into the game in form - Penola faced a quality Bordertown side in their last start and defeated the equally well-credentialled team by blowing them away in one quarter.
Adam Merrett has 49 goals already this season with this weekend marking the halfway mark.
He is tracking well for a second consecutive ton of goals this year.
Keith on the other hand had essentially a training run last weekend as they piled on 30 goals to three at home to Border Districts.
All players contributed and that even spread will serve them well this weekend, but Penola at home is sure to be a tough ask.
PADTHAWAY travel down the highway to face NARACOORTE.
Recent history between these teams has seen the Demons with an advantage, something which burns with the Lions.
Although hit with injury Padthaway are still a quality side and start firm favourites, although Naracoorte aren’t to be underestimated.
Much centres on the performance of Padthaway’s dynamic forward line.
Led by former AFL forward Scott Welsh, the Lions have been able to hit the scoreboard regularly and were particularly effective last weekend with 23.7.
Naracoorte’s backline is inexperienced and will be hard-pressed to stop the class of the Lions.
KYBYBOLITE play KINGSTON at home in a battle of the foot of the ladder.
This is a genuine chance for either side to claim a much-needed victory with both currently winless.
Kyby looked a little better against Padthaway last weekend but were still comfortably beaten, while Kingston over the year have pushed good teams but are still susceptible to heavy defeats.
An interesting battle in this match will be between Kingston recruit Matt Williams, who battled admirably against Mark Snowball last weekend, and interleague ruckman Cam Sandercock.
With both teams propped up by young players it should be an exciting, free-flowing contest.
LUCINDALE claimed the Wilks Cup over Kingston last weekend but now face a stronger opponent in MUNDULLA at Roo Park.
The Roos were bolstered by coach Sam Logan playing last weekend with the big man hitting the scoreboard well in his side’s win with six goals while the ever-present Sam Mardling had four of his own.
A much-improved team this year, the Roos are still developing and will get there but at this minute the Moots probably have their number.
Fresh off a bye Mundulla are still well and truly in the race for the top three and will see this game as a chance to solidify that position if they can get a good win.
BORDER DISTRICTS return to their second home in Goroke, hosting KANIVA/LEEOR UNITED for the day.
The Cougars are one of the top teams while Borders are a long way off - as shown by their performance against Keith last weekend.
Goals have been hard to come by at the Eagles, with Clint Barras’s bag of nine in their stirring win against Naracoorte at Goroke seeming like an age ago.
The club will be hoping their usual strong form across the border continues but working against them is Kaniva’s close proximity to the venue.
Most teams don’t like travelling to Goroke but it isn’t much of a trip for Kaniva/Leeor so Borders will need something special to come up with the win.
Bordertown have the bye.
Round 8 - June 14, 2014
Best: Penola - B. Mcintyre, A. Merrett, J. Pfitzner, J. Galpin, T. Pearce, S. Jackman. Bordertown: M. Hayes, A. Day, B. Lodewyk, J. Jarrett, A. Diment, T. Harkness. Goals: Penola - A. Merrett 6, J. Copping 4, B. Mcintyre 3, T. Clayfield 2, J. Galpin 2, K. Ransom 1, D. Hackwill 1. Bordertown: J. Jarrett 4, A. Day 4, M. Hayes 3, J. Vunitabua 1, T. Devitt 1, T. Wheelen 1, J. Searle 1, L. Eats 1
Best: Kaniva Leeor - N. Reeve, J. Turner, D. Williams, P. Adlington, R. Richardson, T. Boyd. Naracoorte: M. Gill, J. Dixon, T. Burns, J. Macdonald, D. Pedler, B. Hill. Goals: Kaniva Leeor - L. Ryan 6, D. Williams 4, T. Boyd 4, N. Reeve 2, S. Dodson 1, P. Adlington 1, J. Turner 1, S. Stallion 1, R. Richardson 1. Naracoorte: S. Cox 5, J. Dixon 3, T. Burns 1, K. Jacobs 1, B. Hill 1, C. Gill 1
Best: Keith - H. Gill, T. Redden, B. King, J. Newton, H. McMurray, B. Simounds. Border Districts - C. Burr, S. Ferenci, M. Good, M. Lemon, D. Hannaford, S. Barras. Goals: Keith - J. Snajdar 7, B. Simounds 5, T. Redden 4, B. King 3, L. Mitchell 2, H. Drogemuller 2, H. Wilhelm 2, A. Wilson 2, P. Makin 1, J. Wright 1, H. Gill 1. Border Districts: C. Barras 2, K. Miller 1
Best: Lucindale - M. Snowball, J. Teakle, S. Mardling, T. Ware, A. Smart, R. Wilks. Kingston: M. Williams, T. Baker, J. Austin, B. Warner, R. Cunneen, A. Stenner. Goals: Lucindale - S. Logan 6, S. Mardling 4, A. Smart 2, R. Mcinerney 2, P. Baker 1, J. Teakle 1, R. Wilks 1. Kingston : A. Stenner 4, S. Braidwood 3, T. Baker 2, J. Hyland 1, B. Warner 1
Best: Padthaway - S. Townsend, J. Degabriele, J. Brice, T. McLennan, M. Gibbs, S. Edwards. Kybybolite : C. Sandercock, J. Fitzgerald, T. Cooper, M. Slotegraaf, D. Hines, D. Arnold. Goals: Padthaway - J. Brice 4, S. Welsh 4, J. Degabriele 3, B. Gunning 3, T. McLennan 3, J. Dicker 2, C. Marshall 2, L. Harder 2. Kybybolite : D. Hines 4, S. Carberry 2, M. Schinckel 2, D. Ogilvie 1, T. Cooper 1, M. Slotegraaf 1
ROUND EIGHT PREVIEW
BY ANGUS DEARLOVE - JUNE 12, 2014
INTERLEAGUE is done and dusted and the KNTFL can now claim to be the best of the SE leagues - but it’s back to reality this weekend for round eight.
The league’s best players may have banded together for the Knights’ win but now they are pitted against each other once again.
Match of the round has Bordertown hosting Penola.
Both sides are at the head of the table and in good form, as expected from the start of the season.
Before the interleague break Bordertown had a big win against Border Districts and showed excellent ball movement.
Their transition from attack to defence was exemplary and will be a weapon for them this weekend.
Penola had a bye before the interleague break but before that also had a comfortable win against Borders.
Adam Merrett has been in spectacular form this year with 43 goals and is looking very short odds to notch up his second consecutive 100-goal season.
His name will be on the top of the list of players Adrian Hayes will need to counter in order for the Roosters to be successful.
Padthaway host Kyby in what they’d expect would be a big percentage-boosting win.
Kyby have yet to win a game and their closest losing margin has been 54 points, while Padthaway have had a good start to the year on the back of some quality recruits mixing with good local talent.
Former coach Scott Carberry has been in form for the Tigers with two consecutive bags of seven goals but he needs more help.
Interleague representatives Ray Jaensch and Cam Sandercock will do their bit but need support from an under-performing midfield.
Padthaway will be hoping Scott Welsh makes a return to the line-up to further stretch Kyby’s defence but if he doesn’t get up there are plenty of options to cover him with Ben Gunning, Ian Perrie and Luke Harder all proven goalkickers.
Border Districts make the trip up to Keith looking to get back on track.
Two consecutive heavy losses have brought the young Eagles back to reality and it doesn’t get any easier for them.
Keith are solidly entrenched in the finals race while Borders are in “the rest” category - with the Crows having an advantage on almost every line.
If star ruckman Hugo Drogemuller shakes the injury which ruled him out of interleague he would be too mobile for Borders counterpart James Sullivan, which would put Keith’s already good midfield in even better stead.
Borders will be hoping Clint Barras returns to form after a couple of lean weeks up forward if they are to be any chance of causing a major upset.
Naracoorte have the unenviable trip to Kaniva to face the K/L United Cougars.
Similarly placed to Borders, Naracoorte have struggled to keep the pace as they refresh their list and are long odds to make the finals but will continue down the development path.
Kaniva/Leeor United on the other hand are fighting hard for a top three place and won’t be taking the Demons lightly.
With six teams at the top half of the ladder having legitimate finals claims one good team won’t be playing at the pointy end of the year so percentage does matter.
Dylan Williams has been in good form for the Cougars and is an early tip for the medal, hitting the scoreboard regularly as well as collecting plenty of leather around the ground.
Lucindale have the trip to the seaside to face their nearest neighbours.
Both Lucindale and Kingston have improved on last year, with the Roos at this stage improving more.
The two sides are competitive every week with Lucindale capable of being more so depending on who takes the field, so this could be a tight encounter.
Sam Mardling has been a welcome return to Lucindale and his goalscoring ability is well regarded while ruckman Paddy Baker was just named the KNTFL’s best under 21 at the interleague carnival. These two players continuing their form would go a long way to a Lucindale win.Mundulla have the bye.
KOWREE, NARACOORTE & TATIARA
WINS INTER-LEAGUE at MT GAMBIER
June 7, 2014
Western Border 7.3 (45) def Mid South East 1.3 (9)
Best: WB - E. King, B. Howard, B. Egan, N. Blachut, M. Redman. Mid SE - B. Mules, T. Edwards, C. Gallio, J. Dawe, W. Macdonald. Goals: WB - B. Egan 2, B. Exelby 2, B. Bryant , E. King , C. Haggett. Mid SE - J. Dawson
Kowree Naracoorte & Tatiara 4.7 (31) def Western Border 2.4 (16)
Best: KNT - J. McGrice, R. Jaensch, T. Pearce, T. Harkness, N. Reeve. Western Border - S. Duldig, N. Robbins, B. Currie, S. Berkefeld, D. Ryan. Goals: KNT - J. McGrice , N. Reeve , M. Gill , T. Harkness. Western Border - N. Blachut , B. Exelby
Mid South East 6.2 (38) def Kowree Naracoorte & Tatiara 5.6 (36)
Best: Mid SE - B. Mules, D. Bromley, J. Wood, J. Dawe, M. Fatchen. Goals: Mid SE - D. Bromley 2, G. Gascoyne , S. Telfer , J. Williams , J. Agnew
Kowree Naracoorte Tatiara 5.6 (36) def Western Border 5.3 (33)
Best: KNTFL - R. Jaensch, K. Cuthbertson, M. Gill, D. Williams, J. Dixon. Western Border - D. Ayton, B. Bryant, E. King, S. Berkefeld, S. Duldig. Goals: KNTFL - J. Dixon , D. Williams , B. Mcintyre , N. Reeve , G. Obst. Western Border - E. King , B. Exelby , N. Blachut , S. Berkefeld , B. Howard
Round 7 - May 31, 2014
Best: Keith - H. Drogemuller, G. Johnson, B. King, S. Molineux, L. Mitchell, T. Redden. Naracoorte: M. Childs, M. Smith, B. Gould, K. Jacobs, T. Atkins, R. Jacobs. Goals: Keith - H. Drogemuller 4, J. Snajdar 4, B. King 2, J. Newton 1, H. Wilhelm 1, M. Boin 1, T. Redden 1. Naracoorte: T. Scullion 3, T. Burns 2, C. Beggs 1, J. Bettoncelli 1, J. Dixon 1, B. Gould 1, M. Gill 1
Best: Bordertown - J. Searle, S. Copestick, C. Diment, S. Devitt, M. Hayes. Border Districts: C. Burr, C. Robinson, S. Ferenci, J. Richardson, N. Naylor, C. Barras. Goals: Bordertown - J. Jarrett 5, A. Day 4, J. Searle 2, S. Copestick 2, T. Devitt 2, S. Creaser 1, T. Harkness 1, C. Diment 1, N. Clark 1, M. Hayes 1, T. Wheelen 1, S. Devitt 1. Border Districts: E. Ware 4, D. Skinner 2, R. Oliver 1, C. Robinson 1
Best: Kaniva Leeor - P. Adlington, S. Brown, T. Boyd, D. Williams, N. Reeve, S. Stallion. Kybybolite: C. Sandercock, R. Jaensch, D. Ogilvie, J. Bittner, S. Craig, S. Carberry. Goals: Kaniva Leeor - D. Williams 5, N. Reeve 4, M. Skrypek 3, P. Adlington 3, L. Ryan 3, T. Boyd 2, D. Stimson 2, J. Salt 1, J. Lyon 1, D. Hawker 1, B. Hawker 1, J. Brown 1, J. Turner 1. Kybybolite: S. Carberry 7, M. Drury 2, T. Cooper 1, J. Bittner 1
Best: Mundulla - J. McGrice, N. Davis, J. Obst, B. Packer, J. Milligan, L. Duell. Kingston: M. Williams, S. Robertson, J. Brown, R. Clarke, B. Warner, G. Shuttleworth. Goals: Mundulla - B. Packer 4, D. Burgess 3, J. Mock 2, M. Staude 1, W. Packer 1, N. Davis 1, J. McGrice 1, R. Braybrook 1, T. Excell 1. Kingston: J. Hyland 1, A. Stenner 1, R. Clarke 1
Best: Padthaway - W. Verco, S. Brown, A. Longbottom, J. Degabriele, S. Townsend, M. Hoffmann. Lucindale: R. Mcinerney, R. Handbury, D. McCarthy, R. Wilks, H. Cox, S. Mcgurk. Goals: Padthaway - B. Gunning 5, C. Marshall 3, T. Cox 2, J. Brice 2, T. McLennan 2, M. Hoffmann 1, L. Harder 1, W. Verco 1, I. Perrie 1. Lucindale 2014 : P. Baker 3, R. Wilks 3, S. Mardling 2, R. Handbury 1, H. Cox 1, A. Smart 1, M. Snowball 1, R. Mcinerney 1
ROUND SEVEN PREVIEW
by Angus Dearlove - 29 May 2014
ROUND seven of the KNTFL is shaping as one of the most one-sided so far this season.
All the matchups have a clear favourite and, with a few teams going down by around 100 points last weekend, the gap between the league’s top and bottom appears to be widened.
An injury-hit NARACOORTE welcome a hard-to-read KEITH side to Demonland.
Since their bye Naracoorte have gone 0-3 with two hefty losses against Penola and Bordertown in their last two starts.
Injuries and overseas trips to key personnel meaning more kids have come into the side at once, which has impacted the Demons’ ability to stay competitive.
One positive is these kids are getting senior football which in recent years players of their type would not have given Naracoorte’s recent successes.
Their opponents Keith are coming off a big win against Kybybolite but for the rest of the season haven’t quite set the world on fire.
Narrow wins over strugglers Kingston and Lucindale and losses to Kaniva/Leeor and Mundulla have shown a bit of an up and down season for the Crows, althought they scored a big notch in their belt with a win over star-studded Padthaway in round two.
Ruckman Hugo Drogemuller was a welcome return against Kyby and his presence allowed the athletic Ben Simounds to move back forward - with nine goals to his name on the weekend an ominous sign for Naracoorte’s defence.
BORDER DISTRICTS welcome BORDERTOWN to Frances looking to right the ship after a big loss to Penola.
Sitting at 2-3, the young Eagles have been up and down so far, definitely down last weekend, and might find it hard against a bigger, classier Bordertown.
They struggled to get a hand on the ball against a slick Penola and when they did there was not much on offer up forward with Clint Barras kept quiet.
Bordertown put Naracoorte to the sword last weekend and are looking like real contenders.
Under new coach Adrian Hayes the Roosters have been able to put big scores on the board despite losing gun forward Nathan Frederick in the off-season, with captain Tim Harkness enjoying another good season.
KYBYBOLITE must already be wondering when their season can end as they play KANIVA/LEEOR UNITED at Kyby.
With their season on the canvas the Tigers have been the league’s easybeats so far, yet to get within 50 points of an opponent in 2014.
Selection nights have been a revolving door for them with a fair few kids and periphery players getting the nod, with varying effect.
The Cougars on the other hand are looking dangerous.
They have recruited well and their size across the field has been a standout.
Playing coach Neil Reeve, along with Leigh Ryan and Dylan Williams, have all hit good form and will be a nightmare for Scott Lawrie and his coaching staff.
PADTHAWAY trek west to LUCINDALE with another four points on their mind.
The Lions have enjoyed their key recruits hitting form and the scoreboard, although last weekend their accuracy was a slight issue with 10.19 for the day.
They are looking to solidify their spot in the upper tier of the league and a win against Lucindale would certainly help.
The Roos are another up and down side - with a narrow loss to Keith and a big win over Borders the highlights and the big losses to Kaniva/Leeor United and Bordertown the lowlights. Sam Mardling has been a welcome return for Lucindale, kicking goals regularly and providing a spark.
KINGSTON come off the bye and head to the swamp to face MUNDULLA.
The Moots have cooled off after a hot start to the year but still pose a finals threat and would expect an easy run against the seasiders.
Penola have the bye.
The KNTFL has advised the result between Penola and Kybybolite’s has been reinstated.
Kyby initially forfeited due to lack of numbers but it has been found they had 12, meaning statistics from that game now count.
Round 6 - May 24, 2014
Best: Keith - P. Makin, B. King, J. Newton, A. Wilson, H. Drogemuller, T. Geyer. Kybybolite: J. Bittner, C. Owen, S. Craig, T. Hines, S. Carberry, B. Cook. Goals: Keith - B. Simounds 9, B. King 6, J. Snajdar 3, T. Redden 3, H. Drogemuller 2, J. Newton 2,
M. Boin 1, P. Makin 1, H. Wilhelm 1. Kybybolite: S. Carberry 7, B. Cook 4, J. Bittner 1, A. Kinnersley 1
Best: Bordertown - C. Diment, S. Copestick, J. Jarrett, N. Hewett, B. Lodewyk, T. Devitt. Naracoorte: J. Cother, T. Burns, T. Atkins, C. Beggs, R. Jacobs, J. Macdonald. Goals: Bordertown - . Jarrett 6, T. Devitt 4, T. Harkness 3, S. Copestick 3, A. Day 1, S. Devitt 1, R. Tink 1, J. Creaser 1, T. Wheelen 1, M. Hayes 1. Naracoorte: T. Burns 3, J. Dixon 2, D. Myall 1, M. Gill 1, S. Willson 1, T. Scullion 1
Best: Penola - A. Merrett, S. Jackman, B. Mcintyre, J. Pfitzner, A. Moore, O. March. Border Districts: D. Skinner, C. Burr, C. Robinson, M. Lemon, R. Oliver, N. Naylor. Goals: Penola - Adam Merrett 15, B. Foster 4, S. Morris 2, T. Bailey 2, S. Jackman 2, O. March 1, J. Galpin 1, B. Mcintyre 1, M. Willson 1. Border Districts: S. Ferenci 2, N. Thomson 2, C. Robinson 2, K. Miller 2, C. Barras 2, E. Ware 1, N. Thomas 1
Best: Kaniva Leeor - J. Turner, L. Ryan, D. Williams, P. Adlington, D. Hawker, S. Stallion. Lucindale: R. Mcinerney, D. McCarthy, R. Handbury, S. Rogers, H. Cox, R. Wilks. Goals: Kaniva Leeor - L. Ryan 7, D. Williams 5, N. Reeve 3, R. Richardson 3, D. Hawker 2, T. Boyd 2, J. Salt 1, S. Stallion 1, J. Lyon 1, J. Brown 1. Lucindale: A. Smart 4, S. Mardling 2, D. McCarthy 1, W. Moloney 1, N. Digiorgio 1, S. Rogers 1, H. Cox 1, R. Wilks 1
Best: Padthaway - S. Welsh, S. Edwards, I. Perrie, A. Longbottom, T. Edwards, W. Verco. Mundulla: H. Trenorden, J. McGrice, L. Duell, D. Burgess, N. Davis, T. Perry. Goals: Padthaway - S. Welsh 6, J. Degabriele 1, D. Boyanton 1, T. Edwards 1, B. Gunning 1
Mundulla - D. Burgess 4, J. Mock 1, G. Obst 1, J. McGrice 1, T. Perry 1, B. Packer 1
ROUND SIX PREVIEW
Friday 23 May 2014
AFTER a big win against Kingston last week Padthaway comes into this Saturday’s KNTFL round 6 match of the round in good touch.
With all their big names firing at once at the seaside the Lions were too big and strong for the young Saints and now will return to their home patch to test their mettle against a similarly placed side.
Former AFL players Scott Welsh (eight goals) and Ian Perrie (best on ground) and ex-Port Magpie Luke Harder (six goals) all stood up for the Lions last week and similar output from those three again would spell trouble for Spike Milligan’s men.
Mundulla had a great start to the year with two big wins (one big in margin over Border Districts, the other big in context over Penola) but have lost two and won one since then - going down to Kaniva/Leeor United on the weekend.
Padthaway at their home ground is another tough ask and one which Mundulla will need to bring their A-game to succeed in.
Following a week to cool their heels Border Districts get the unenviable trip to Penola to face the rampant reigning premiers in the showdown between the Eagles of the north and south..
After a diabolical start to the season - losing their opening two games by over 200 points combined - Borders clawed their ledger back to par with a big win over Kybybolite followed by a nail-biter against Naracoorte.
Coach Mark Good would be happy with his side’s progress thus far but Kyby and Naracoorte have also been vanquished by Penola this year - with around 100 points more added to each margin on top of what Borders could achieve.
If Penola forwards Adam Merrett and Brodie Foster maintain their form it could get ugly quickly for Borders, who will need to pull off a massive upset to get the points.
Naracoorte head to Bordertown in a clash of the two biggest regional centres of the league.
After two opening wins, Naracoorte have lost their last two and have felt the brunt of injury and player unavailability.
With their line-up refreshed by kids and missing some key components it looks like it will be a little while before the Demons get up and running and their triple-digit loss to Penola last weekend gave evidence of that.
Missing some height from their backline last weekend the Demons were hit hard by a couple of in-form big men.
Bordertown don’t quite have two of the quality of Adam Merrett and Brodie Foster but there is enough up forward for the Roosters to pose a great risk.
A so-so Keith host a struggling Kybybolite.
This match comes at the right time for the spluttering Crows, who will see it as an opportunity to get some confidence against a weakened opponent.
Minus injured ruckman Hugo Drogemuller Keith had a tough battle with Lucindale last weekend and if he returns then Kyby have some headaches.
Beware the wounded Tiger though, with Kyby hoping to regain some players and try to get their season off the mark.
It’s been a baptism of fire for new coach Scott Lawrie, with two consecutive 100-point losses in the past two weeks and their other two games slight improvements on that.
Keith will by no means be locking this one in but they start heavy favourites.
Lucindale make the long road-trip across to Kaniva to face the in-form Cougars.
After a couple of bigger losses, Lucindale looked much better last weekend against Keith and were unlucky to go down in what was a high quality game of football.
Sam Mardling kicked six to continue what has been a great season so far for the little man, while coach Sam Logan kicked a few of his own in his playing debut for Lucindale.
Those two are quality forwards and with guys like Ryan McInerney feeding them they will continue to hit the scoreboard.
Their opponents, Kaniva/Leeor United, have recruited well over the off-season and hit their straps against Mundulla last week.
Across the ground they have the quality to beat teams lower on the ladder like Lucindale so coach Neil Reeve will be imploring his charges not to be complacent.
Their height is a big factor which saw them comfortably account for Mundulla on the weekend, and if their big men can make an impact it will spell danger for the Roos.
Round 5 - May 17, 2014
Best: Penola - B. Foster, K. Ransom, B. Mcintyre, A. Merrett, S. Jackman, J. Copping. Naracoorte - D. Myall, A. Leech, C. Beggs, J. Cother, J. Macdonald, T. Atkins. Goals: Penola - Adam Merrett 10, B. Foster 6, B. Mcintyre 5, J. Copping 4, D. Hackwill , S. Jackman , A. Moore , K. Ransom , M. Willson , T. Bailey. Naracoorte - T. Scullion 4, F. Day 2, J. Cother 2, M. Gill , S. Henschke , J. Dixon
Best: Keith - B. King, P. Makin, T. Geyer, T. Redden, M. Boin, J. Forrest. Lucindale - S. Mardling, R. Mcinerney, T. Menz, M. Snowball, J. Teakle, J. Weaver. Goals: Keith - T. Redden 4, B. Simounds 4, J. Snajdar 3, M. Boin 2, B. King 2, P. Makin 2, J. Forrest 1, J. Newton 1, H. Wilhelm 1, L. Mitchell 1. Lucindale: S. Mardling 6, S. Logan 4, H. Cox 3, P. Baker 2, R. Wilkin 2, D. McCarthy 1, W. Moloney 1, P. Marshall 1
Best: Bordertown - T. Harkness, K. Cuthbertson, T. Wheelen, S. Copestick, N. Hewett, C. Clark. Kybybolite: J. Bittner, R. Jaensch, C. Owen, T. Hines, D. Arnold, D. Ogilvie. Goals: Bordertown - T. Harkness 6, T. Wheelen 4, S. Copestick 4, A. Day 3, B. Phelps 3, J. Jarrett 3, T. Devitt 2, J. Creaser 2, M. Hayes 1. Kybybolite - J. Bittner 3, S. Carberry 2, T. McKinnon 1, M. Drury 1, B. Cook 1
Best: Kaniva Leeor - J. Lyon, S. Stallion, P. Adlington, D. Williams, S. Brown, J. Jarred. Mundulla: T. Ballinger, L. Duell, J. Obst, G. Obst, H. Trenorden, C. Wiese. Goals: Kaniva Leeor - D. Williams 5, R. Richardson 2, B. Hawker 2, P. Adlington 2, L. Ryan 2, E. Torkkola 1, D. Stimson 1, J. Lyon 1, N. Reeve 1. Mundulla: J. Mock 3, J. Hoppo-Luckett 2, Z. Digby 1, D. Burgess 1, B. Packer 1, T. Perry 1, T. Ballinger 1
Best: Padthaway - I. Perrie, C. Marshall, S. Edwards, B. Ettridge, L. Harder, S. Brown. Kingston: B. Warner, J. Austin, M. Williams, R. Cunneen, T. Baker, S. Braidwood. Goals: Padthaway - S. Welsh 8, L. Harder 6, D. Boyanton 5, T. McLennan 3, C. Marshall 2, J. Degabriele 1, S. Townsend 1, M. Hoffmann 1, K. Hicks 1. Kingston: D. Richardson 2, A. Stenner 2, J. Brown 1, J. Austin 1, J. Gluyas 1, M. Williams 1
ROUND FIVE PREVIEW
NARACOORTE will look to atone for a loss last weekend when they return to their home oval on Saturday.
Round 4 - May 10, 2014
Best: Borders - C. Burr, D. Moore, K. Miller, C. Barras, N. Thomas, M. Good. Naracoorte: B. Gould, K. Jacobs, C. Beggs, R. Jacobs, J. Macdonald, F. Day. Goals: Borders - C. Barras 9, M. Good 3, D. Moore 2, E. Ware 2, K. Miller 1, C. Burr 1. Naracoorte: F. Day 4, B. Gould 3, J. Dixon 3, T. Burns 2, C. Gill 1, D. Myall 1, K. Jacobs 1
Best: Mundulla - S. Luckett, G. Obst, T. Ballinger, J. Obst, J. Hoppo-Luckett, B. Packer. Keith: T. Redden, P. Makin, G. Johnson, B. Simounds, B. King, M. Boin. Goals: Mundulla - S. Luckett 4, J. Hoppo-Luckett 3, J. Mock 3, J. Obst 2, D. Burgess 2, J. McGrice 2,R. Williams 1, T. Ballinger 1, G. Obst 1. Keith: B. King 5, G. Johnson 2, T. Redden 2, B. Simounds 1, P. Makin 1
Best: Bordertown - N. Hewett, S. Devitt, A. Day, K. Cuthbertson, C. Diment, N. Clark. Lucindale: R. Mcinerney, R. Handbury, D. McCarthy, P. Baker, H. Legoe, A. Smart. Goals: Bordertown - A. Day 5, T. Wheelen 4, B. Phelps 3, S. Copestick 2, T. Harkness 2, R. Tink 1, T. Devitt 1, N. Clark 1. Lucindale: T. Ware 1, R. Handbury 1, S. Mardling 1, P. Baker 1
Best: Penola - B. Foster, K. Ransom, J. Galpin, J. Copping, M. Merrrett, T. Pearce. Kybybolite: S. Davies, R. Jaensch, T. Cooper, C. Sandercock, D. Arnold, J. Bittner. Goals: Penola - J. Copping 5, K. Ransom 4, B. Foster 4, A. Merrett 4, M. Willson 2, P. Lambert 2, T. Bailey 2, T. Pearce 1, O. March 1, S. Jackman 1, J. Galpin 1, D. Hackwill 1, S. Morris 1. Kybybolite: D. Arnold 1
Best: Kaniva Leeor - D. Williams, J. Jarred, S. Stallion, R. Richardson, N. Reeve, P. Adlington. Kingston: B. Warner, J. Austin, M. Williams, J. Brown, H. Rothall, J. Gluyas. Goals: Kaniva Leeor - N. Reeve 5, L. Ryan 4, T. Boyd 3, P. Adlington 3, M. Skrypek 2, S. Stallion 2, J. Jarred 1, R. Richardson 1, D. Williams 1, J. Hicks 1, E. Torkkola 1, B. Hawker 1. Kingston: S. Braidwood 3, A. Stenner 2, T. Gardner 2, B. Warner 2, J. Hyland 2, J. Austin 1, M. Williams 1, K. Baker 1, J. Brown 1, T. Mills 1
ROUND FOUR PREVIEW
With Angus Dearlove - 8 May 2014
GOROKE comes alive this weekend as Naracoorte rolls into town for their clash with Border Districts. The next generation Dees are pulling their weight with Drew Myall and Keenan Jacobs heading the list of some serious up and coming talent. For the home side, they were smashed in round one and flogged in round two but responded in style in round three - dishing out the punishment to Kybybolite.
Similarly to Naracoorte, Borders have a lot of young players filtering through their side along with some top level talent taking charge.
Kybybolite travel down to Penola looking to get that first win on the board. With a developing side they have struggled to match more experienced teams and this looks like being a continued theme for the season. Last week all it took was two good forwards with decent delivery in to do major damage and this week it gets even harder with the Penola pairing of Brodie Foster and Adam Merrett.
Merrett, officially announced as the 2014 KNTFL interleague coach following his 2013 success, kicked eight goals against Lucindale last week and centre half forward Foster was named best on ground in the same match.
At the other end, former coach Scott Carberry kicked two goals on return for Kyby and would have been better for last weekend’s run.
Lucindale play Bordertown looking to get back on the winner’s list after a not unexpected loss to Penola on the weekend. Minus Tim Walsh, who made a cameo the week before, Lucindale lacked a big marking target in their forward line and struggled when getting the ball into attack. Bordertown possess at least one player on every line who could lay claim to being one of the best in their position in the league and they play well as a team.
Lucindale will need to pull out all stops to get over the line and as such Bordertown will start hot favourites. Keith were pushed to the limit by lowly Kingston last weekend and return to their home patch to play Mundulla this round. Both sides are finals contenders and will be looking to get another four points banked as teams try to settle into 2014.
The Crows were well held by the Saints and Mundulla had a disappointing loss so both sides have room to improve from round three. Ben Simounds has been a standout so far for Keith but failed to trouble the scorers last weekend and will be looking to rectify that with a good showing against the Moots.
Meanwhile surprise packet Daniel Burgess sits on 19 goals from three games for Mundulla, proving to be a handful.
Kingston have the unenviable trip across the border to Kaniva to face K/L United to round out the weekend. Despite an improved showing last weekend Kingston are still 0-3 while the Cougars were disappointing last week and due to bounce back. Padthaway has the bye.
Round 3 - May 3, 2014
Best: Keith - S. McMurray, T. Redden, P. Makin, H. Gill, C. McMurray, G. Johnson. Kingston: J. Austin, T. Baker, B. Warner, A. Cunneen, R. Cunneen, S. Braidwood. Goals: Keith - P. Makin 5, A. Wilson 2, B. King 2, J. Wilson 1, H. Gill 1, L. Mitchell 1, H. Drogemuller 1, C. McMurray 1, J. Newton 1, T. Redden 1. Kingston - A. Stenner 3, T. Gardner 3, J. Hyland 2, T. Mills 1, T. Baker 1, H. Lawrie 1, J. Gluyas 1, S. Braidwood 1
Best: Bordertown - T. Harkness, R. Tink, S. Devitt, S. Copestick, K. Cuthbertson. Mundulla: L. Duell, T. Ballinger, G. Obst, J. Obst, H. Thorpe, N. Davis. Goals: Bordertown - T. Harkness 5, T. Devitt 3, A. Day 2, S. Copestick 1, J. Jarrett 1, J. Searle 1, C. Diment 1, N. Clark 1, C. Dahlitz 1. Mundulla: D. Burgess 3, J. Obst 2, C. Wiese 1, L. Wiese 1, J. Milligan 1, J. Hoppo-Luckett 1, J. Mock 1, R. Williams 1
Best: Penola - B. Foster, M. Willson, S. Jackman, A. Merrett, B. Mcintyre, J. Copping. Lucindale: R. Mcinerney, P. Baker, S. Mardling, B. Kelsh, S. Mcgurk, N. Clarke. Goals: Penola - A. Merrett 8, B. Foster 5, K. Ransom 2, J. Galpin 2, B. Mcintyre 2, S. Jackman 1, M. Willson 1, J. Copping 1, J. Anderson 1, R. Smyth 1. Lucindale: S. Mardling 5, R. Mcinerney 2, H. Legoe 1, R. Handbury 1, D. McCarthy 1
Best: Borders - N. Thomas, C. Burr, C. Barras, E. Ware, C. Robinson, J. Richardson. Kybybolite: T. Cooper, R. Jaensch, J. Mckay, M. Schinckel, J. Bittner, C. Owen. Goals: Borders - C. Barras 9, E. Ware 6, S. Ferenci 3, K. Miller 3, D. Hannaford 1, S. Barras 1, F. Adams 1. Kybybolite: S. Carberry 2, C. Ireland 2, J. Kelson 2, R. Jaensch 1, J. Bittner 1, T. Cooper 1, B. Cook 1, T. Hines 1
Best: Padthaway - T. Edwards, J. Degabriele, L. Harder, S. Welsh, B. Gunning, M. Hoffmann. Kaniva Leeor United: D. Williams, M. Skrypek, R. Richardson, J. Lyon, S. Dodson, P. Adlington. Goals: Padthaway - S. Welsh 3, L. Harder 3, C. Marshall 2, J. Brice 2, B. Gunning 2, J. Dolling 1, J. Dicker 1. Kaniva Leeor United: D. Williams 2, R. Richardson 2, M. Skrypek 1
ROUND THREE PREVIEW
LUCINDALE returned to the KNTFL winner’s list for the first time since 2012 last week. With a 52-point away win against Border Districts under their belt, the Roos welcome the league’s other Eagles to their patch on Saturday.
The reigning premiers Penola were defeated at home by Mundulla on the weekend and will be looking to bounce back, but this year’s Lucindale outfit will be a different task.
Former KNTFL footballer of the year Tim Walsh returned on the weekend from a stint at Glenelg and wreaked havoc on an undersized Border Districts defence with five goals.
Small man and fellow returning player Sam Mardling matched his taller teammate on the scoreboard and those two will create headaches for Penola coach Adam Merrett if both play.
Matt Ferguson or former Kyby and Robe defender Tom Pearce may get the job on Walsh and look to curb his influence. The question after the first two rounds is when will Mark Snowball be back? The big ruckman has missed Lucindale’s first two games and his presence will offer a lot more firepower to coach Sam Logan’s arsenal.
Padthaway host K/L United in an important clash. Last weekend Padthaway travelled to Keith in the most difficult of circumstances and gave a good showing, however they couldn’t quite get a win.
The tragic death of Peter Featherston just two days before the game would have weighed heavily on the minds of the Lions, and such was his impact on the club as a player and a person it is likely to continue to be a factor. The top-line players at Padthaway are the equal of any in the league and with Luke Harder (six goals in round two) and Scott Welsh (three goals) hitting the scoreboard they are more than capable of kicking a score.
The Cougars got up in round one and then had the bye so will be fresh for this encounter. James Turner has continued from where he left off in 2013 and looks to be firing early, while Dylan Williams opened up his season with a bag against Keith and will be looking to add to that.
Kybybolite welcome Border Districts to Tigerland as the two sides do battle for the Barney Mueller Cup. Both are similarly placed early this season, struggling with a host of outs from last season and new coaches in charge. Borders were improved last weekend against Lucindale but still had periods where they did not look like scoring. With two heavy defeats from two games they must get the points over their 2013 bogey side Kyby.
Despite Borders having the better year last year the Tigers absolutely smashed them at home and then repeated the dose at Frances in two of the darkest days for the Eagles for the season. Kyby opened their season last Friday with the Anzac clash at Naracoorte and were comfortably beaten. Coach Scott Lawrie will be hoping for a better showing against their northern neighbours. The Tigers may be without centre half forward Cody Ireland, who faced the KNTFL tribunal last night. His loss will place more pressure on the high-leaping Cam Sandercock, who was adjudged Kyby’s best last week.
In the round’s other games Kingston host Keith. With more firepower up forward and a star ruckman in Hugo Drogemuller the Crows, who are probably going to be one of the contenders again, should be too strong for a Saints side still developing.
The big game up in the Tatiara is Mundulla vs Bordertown. Mundulla are flying on top of the table with a top win against 2013 premier Penola last week. Youngster Daniel Burgess has 16 goals from his first two starts on return for the Moots and will need to be paid respect by his Rooster counterparts. Bordertown are 1-1 and are just warming up, looking to make a statement against their bitter rivals.
Round 2 - April 25 & 26, 2014
Best: Keith - J. Newton, H. Drogemuller, B. Simounds, L. Mitchell, T. Redden, H. Gill. Padthaway: T. Edwards, M. Gibbs, W. Verco, C. Marshall, A. Longbottom, S. Brown. Goals: Keith - B. Simounds 7, H. Drogemuller 3, J. Wilson 3, H. Wilhelm 1, A. Wilson 1, P. Makin 1, M. Boin 1. Padthaway: L. Harder 6, S. Welsh 3, M. Hoffmann 1, C. Marshall 1, K. Hicks 1, R. Hoffmann 1
Best: Bordertown - M. Hayes, T. Harkness, L. Staple, A. Diment, S. Copestick, R. Tink. Kingston: T. Baker, S. Braidwood, B. Warner, J. Austin, A. Cunneen, R. Clarke. Goals: Bordertown - T. Harkness 4, L. Staple 3, S. Copestick 2, A. Day 1, L. Eats 1, J. Searle 1, T. Devitt 1, T. Wheelen 1, N. Clark 1, M. Hayes 1. Kingston : A. Stenner 2, B. Warner 2, A. Cunneen 1, M. Higgs 1, J. Hyland 1, S. Braidwood 1, A. Matthias 1
Best: Mundulla - J. Milligan, T. Excell, J. McGrice, L. Duell, G. Obst, T. Ballinger. Penola: M. Merrrett, T. Pearce, M. Willson, B. Mcintyre, A. Merrett, S. Jackman. Goals: Mundulla - D. Burgess 4, J. Hoppo-Luckett 2, J. Obst 1, L. Wiese 1, W. Packer 1. Penola: A. Merrett 6, M. Merrrett 2, R. Smyth 1
Best: Lucindale - P. Baker, T. Ware, T. Walsh, R. Mcinerney, A. Smart, R. Handbury. Border Districts : C. Burr, C. Robinson, N. Naylor, S. Ferenci, B. Adams, J. Thomson. Goals: Lucindale - S. Mardling 5, T. Walsh 5, R. Handbury 2, P. Baker 2, S. Mcgurk 2, T. Ware 1, H. Cox 1, D. McCarthy 1, R. Mcinerney 1. Border Districts: C. Barras 4, S. Ferenci 3, N. Thomas 2, R. Oliver 1, E. Ware 1, S. Barras 1
Naracoorte 19.13 (127) def Kybybolite 10.13 (73)
Best: Naracoorte - J. Dixon, S. Patterson, B. Gould, S. Henschke, K. Jacobs, D. Myall. Kybybolite - C. Sandercock, J. Bittner, J. Mckay, S. Davies, T. Cooper. Goals: Naracoorte - B. Gould 5, J. Dixon 4, F. Day 4, S. Henschke 2, D. Myall 2, M. Gill , B. Hindmarsh. Kybybolite - T. Cooper 4, J. Bittner 2, C. Sandercock 2, M. Schinckel , S. Hunter
ROUND 2 PREVIEW
23 April 2014
ANZAC Day footy is upon us with the traditional Naracoorte versus Kybybolite clash on Friday.
With the Johnson Cup up for grabs, the Tigers will make the short trip into town to face the Demons.
Both sides are putting their faith in their youth this year although the Demons still have a host of top-line experienced talent.
The Tigers also have some quality experience guiding the kids but they are just pipped by names such as Dixon, Gill, Gould and Hartree.
The A grade game will be a twilight encounter, with junior colts at noon, followed by B grade, then A grade and senior colts to finish the day.
Border Districts host Lucindale at Frances on Saturday.
The two sides are coming off a loss although it was the Eagles who suffered worse with a 150-point shellacking at the hands of Mundulla.
With plenty of kids in both sides they may take some time to adjust to senior football and this game will be another step in that process.
The quality of Ryan McInerney and Sam Graetz was a welcome return for the Roos and they will again be key for their side.
For the Eagles young Joel Thomson performed admirably in defence against Mundulla but weight of numbers proved too much.
He will be hoping things are much more cohesive up the ground this weekend as the Eagles look to bring dangerous forwards Clint Barras and Elijah Ware into the game.
There will be a minute’s silence before the A grade game with Borders paying tribute to six club people who died during the off-season: Charles Koch, Matthew “Rowdy” Bartlett, former president Neil Hart, Brian Montgomery, Noel Pretlove and Barbara Hicks.
Keith host Padthaway in what is expected to be a tough encounter. The Crows have enjoyed a good few years near the top of the table while Padthaway is looking to jump up the ladder on the back of some smart recruiting.
Padthaway defeated Bordertown in round one with their new recruits prominent.
Scott Welsh kicked five and Luke Harder three while Ian Perrie was a force around the ground.
Keith had a loss at Kaniva and will be looking to bounce back at home.
After a big loss at home last weekend Kingston have the unenviable trip to Bordertown.
The Roosters pushed the star-studded Padthaway for most of the game in round one and are almost assured of a win if they keep up that form.
Kingston is still developing and looked like it had improved against Penola last weekend but still lacked enough goalscoring power to be a threat to the reigning premiers.
Penola host Mundulla for their first home game of their year.
It is their first time back playing in Penola for points since winning the premiership last year and the game looks like going right down to the wire.
Both sides had massive wins first up and are ready to go.
The Southern Eagles will be hoping coach Adam Merrett can return to playing as his presence up forward adds so much to their set-up, and more often than not their scorecard.
Mundulla’s forwards had a day out against Borders in round one but come up against a much more experienced side this weekend which will be a stern test.
Kaniva/Leeor United has the bye.
Round 1 - April 12, 2014
Best: Padthaway - A. Longbottom, T. Edwards, P. Featherston, S. Townsend, W. Verco, C. Marshall. Bordertown: A. Day, N. Hewett, N. Clark, S. Devitt, M. Hayes, R. Tink. Goals: Padthaway - S. Welsh 5, B. Gunning 3, L. Harder 3, C. Marshall 2, J. Dolling 1, I. Perrie 1, T. McLennan 1. Bordertown: T. Devitt 3, M. Hayes 2, C. Diment 2, L. Eats 1, M. Dahlitz 1, J. Searle 1, H. Paech 1, T. Harkness 1
Best: Kaniva Leeor - D. Williams, J. Turner, S. Dodson, L. Ryan, S. Brown. Keith: B. Simounds, T. Redden, L. Mitchell, H. Wilhelm, J. Wilson, C. McMurray. Goals: Kaniva/Leeor - D. Williams 6, L. Ryan 5, S. Stallion 3, E. Torkkola 2, D. Stimson 1, T. Boyd 1, J. Lyon 1. Keith: B. Simounds 5, P. Makin 3, S. McMurray 1, H. Drogemuller 1, S. Gurr 1, M. Boin 1, G. Johnson 1
Best: Penola - S. Merrett, S. Morris, M. Willson, B. Mcintyre, T. Pearce, K. Ransom. Kingston: B. Warner, J. Austin, T. Baker, M. Higgs, A. Cunneen, J. Gluyas. Goals: Penola - R. Smyth 7, J. Copping 4, K. Ransom 3, B. Foster 3, M. Willson 2, B. Mcintyre 2,L. Gray 1, S. Merrett 1, W. Banton 1. Kingston: J. Austin 3, S. Braidwood 2, M. Higgs 1, H. Lawrie 1
Best: Mundulla – not av. Borders - J. Thomson, R. Oliver, E. Ware, J. Sullivan, C. Burr, M. Good. Goals: Mundulla - Daniel Burgess 12, L. Wiese 4, G. Obst 3, J. Hoppo-Luckett 3, J. Obst 2, B. Packer 1, A. Obst 1, W. Packer 1, R. Williams 1, S. Luckett 1, J. McGrice 1, J. Milligan 1. Border Districts: C. Barras 3, E. Ware 2, N. Thomas 1, R. Oliver 1
Best: Naracoorte - J. Dixon, C. Beggs, M. Gill, R. Jacobs, Z. Donnelly, D. Doecke. Lucindale – not av. Goals: Naracoorte - B. Gould 4, J. Dickson 4, T. Burns 3, F. Day 3, J. Cother 2, B. Hindmarsh 1, Z. Donnelly 1. Lucindale: S. Mardling 4, S. Graetz 3, S. Mcgurk 2, R. Mcinerney 2, N. Digiorgio 1, T. Ware 1, M. Kelsh 1, J. McRae 1, P. Baker 1
ROUND ONE PREVIEW
Thanks to The Naracoorte Herald's Angus Dearlove
KNTFL action returns to football ovals around the district this weekend.
For most clubs it has been a busy off-season as personnel move on, new players come in and new coaches look to make their mark.
LUCINDALE plays NARACOORTE at Lucindale for the Teys Bros Cup to open up the year.
Last year this match would have been seen as a likely walkover for the Dees but Lucindale have been bolstered with some handy recruits.
Ryan McInerney, Sam Graetz and Sam Mardling are back in Roo country while the man now pulling the strings at Lucindale used to be the man kicking the goals at Naracoorte.
Sam Logan will be relishing his coaching debut against his old side and brother-in-law Dean Woosnam, with the loser supplying the snags for the next family barbecue.
Naracoorte is going down the developing route - with a host of young kids expected to get more game time in the seniors this year.
These youngsters will be complemented by some of the best experienced players in the league such as James Dixon, Brett Gould and Mitch Hartree.
PADTHAWAY meets BORDERTOWN with big things expected from the Lions this year.
They will unveil their big name recruits against a Bordertown side also welcoming some star additions.
Ex-AFL forwards Scott Welsh and Ian Perrie make their debut for Padthaway, along with a host of others.
The Roosters are likely to name ex-SANFL stars Aaron Day and Lee Staple (both Woodville-West Torrens).
Those four names alone are worth the entry fee in what should be a great preview for a potential finals encounter.
BORDER DISTRICTS head up the road to MUNDULLA in what many at the club would see as the ideal time to visit swamp country.
The oval is fresh, dry and green and the Moots are primed to again be a factor come finals time - as they are more often than not.
Under a new coach Mark Good and with a host of new faces the young Eagles will want to impress, but they have a task ahead of them.
Their new recruits will be looked upon to provide a spark and keep the kids on the right track.
PENOLA starts off its premiership defence with a seaside trek to face KINGSTON.
Most pundits would say Penola’s premiership hangover would need to be of Zach Galifianakis proportions to lose to Kingston, but it’s a new year and it is round one.
Despite losing a few high-profile players there is still a wealth of talent down in Cabernet Sauvignon country.
On a good day Penola coach Adam Merrett can kick more goals than an entire opposition side manages some weeks and stopping his supply will be the major headache for Tim Richards as he picks his side.
He will be hoping the fitter-than-ever Sam Braidwood can equal Merrett and bob up with a few goals, and maybe a few kicks and hitouts up the ground.
KEITH travel to Kaniva to battle KANIVA/LEEOR UNITED.
After a lacklustre 2013 the K/L Cougars have brought in some top quality talent, much like they did in 2012, to look to jump up the ladder.
New coach Neil Reeve knows the club and the league well and provides a solid tall option at either end while big name recruit James Turner is still at Cougarland and is without a doubt one of the most talented footballers in the league.
The Crows have lost a couple but gained a couple from their grand final side with James McEntee and Dion Stratford the most notable outs.
Hugo Drogemuller and Jon Wilson loom as key players for Brad Richardson’s men as they look to go one better in 2014.
PENOLA WIN HIGH QUALITY GRAND FINAL OVER KEITH
by Terry Willougby - 16 September 2013
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
Round 1 April 12th
K/L United v Keith
Padthaway v Bordertown
Kingston v Penola
Mundulla v B/Districts
Lucindale v Naracoorte
Round 2 April 25 & 26th
Naracoorte v Kybybolite (Twilight - 25th)
Keith v Padthaway
Bordertown v Kingston
Penola v Mundulla
B/Districts v Lucindale
K/L United Bye
Round 3 May 3rd
Kingston v Keith
Mundulla v Bordertown
Lucindale v Penola
Kybybolite v B/Districts
Padthaway v K/L United
Round 4 May 10th
Keith v Mundulla
Bordertown v Lucindale
Penola v Kybybolite
B/Districts v Naracoorte
K/L United v Kingston
Round 5 May 17th
Lucindale v Keith
Kybybolite v Bordertown
Naracoorte v Penola
Mundulla v K/L United
Kingston v Padthaway
Border Districts Bye
Round 6 May 24th
Keith v Kybybolite
Bordertown v Naracoorte
Penola v B/Districts
K/L United v Lucindale
Padthaway v Mundulla
Round 7 May 31st
Naracoorte v Keith
B/Districts v Bordertown
Kybybolite v K/L United
Lucindale v Padthaway
Mundulla v Kingston
Round 8 June 14th
Keith v B/Districts
Bordertown v Penola
K/L United v Naracoorte
Padthaway v Kybybolite
Kingston v Lucindale
Round 9 June 21st
Penola v Keith
B/Districts v K/L United
Naracoorte v Padthaway
Kybybolite v Kingston
Lucindale v Mundulla
Round 10 June 28th
Keith v Bordertown
K/L United v Penola
Padthaway v B/Districts
Kingston v Naracoorte
Mundulla v Kybybolite
Round 11 July 5th
Padthaway v Keith
Kingston v Bordertown
Lucindale v B/ Districts
Kybybolite v Naracoorte
Mundulla, Penola, Kaniva Leeor Bye
Round 12 July 12th
Keith v K/L United
Bordertown v Padthaway
Penola v Kingston
B/Districts v Mundulla
Naracoorte v Lucindale
Round 13 July 19th
K/L United v Bordertown
Padthaway v Penola
Kingston v B/ Districts
Mundulla v Naracoorte
Lucindale v Kybybolite
Round 14 July 26th
Keith v Kingston
Bordertown v Mundulla
Penola v Lucindale
B/Districts v Kybybolite
K/L United v Padthaway
Round 15 August 2nd
Mundulla v Keith
Kybybolite v Penola
Naracoorte v B/Districts
Kingston v K/L United
Lucindale, Bordertown, Padthaway Bye
Round 16 August 9th
Keith v Lucindale
Bordertown v Kybybolite
Penola v Naracoorte
K/L United v Mundulla
Padthaway v Kingston
Border Districts Bye
Round 17 August 16th
Kybybolite v Keith
Naracoorte v Bordertown
B/Districts v Penola
Lucindale v K/L United
Mundulla v Padthaway
Round 18 August 23rd
Bordertown v K/L United
Penola v Padthaway
B/Districts v Kingston
Naracoorte v Mundulla
Kybybolite v Lucindale
LUCINDALE SEASON PREVIEW
by Angus Dearlove -11 April 2014
A CHANGE of scenery has Sam Logan swapping the red and blue of Naracoorte to the blue and white of Lucindale.
The former Demons spearhead will coach the Roos this season, and he is relishing the move west.
“It’s been good,” he said. “I’ve enjoyed the change and the new club...there’s a good support network out there.”
After a winless season in 2013, a lack of morale could be excused but the Lucindale boys have started turning out on the track - albeit after a slow start.
“Numbers were a bit light on early,” Logan said. “Which is the challenge in a small town sometimes...people are busy with harvest or shearing etcetera, but they’ve picked up now.”
The club has welcomed back some big names - including Ryan McInerney (Glenelg), Sam Mardling (Canberra) and Sam Graetz (CMS Crows), while Kane McCarthy has impressed on the comeback trail from serious injury. Graetz will be an assistant coach to Logan.
Powerhouse ruckman Mark Snowball has recommitted to the club - fresh from finishing runner-up in the Virgo Mail Medal last year.
Logan is hoping the returning players, along with Hamilton’s Shannon Jaeschke who is working in the district, will help the once mighty Roos hop back up the ladder.
“They struggled a bit last year, didn’t they?” the coach said about Lucindale in 2013.
“You’ve got to get a consistent side on the park - I figured out pretty early you have to get a couple of guys in.”
Logan himself spent a large part of last season leading the league’s goalkicking and would be a handy target for the Roos midfielders, but he didn’t think he’d be pulling on the boots early.
“Starting off with I’ll just focus on coaching,” he said.
The Roos played an informal trial match against Robe early in the pre-season on a night and then played CMS Crows in Adelaide on March 29 with a diminished squad.
As with a lot of small clubs, the Roos will be looking for contributions from their younger players coming up through the colts.
Darcy Fogarty was named to played in the trial match against CMS and although Logan said he might still be a little young, he’d be one to watch in the future.
“You do get to see the senior colts a bit because they train with the seniors to make up numbers,” Logan said. “Which is good to see.”
Logan’s first league game in charge of the Roos will be against his old side at home - a game which sees Logan pitted against his brother-in-law Dean Woosnam in the opposite coaches box.
But the Lucindale mentor said he is looking forward to the game more for getting the first game as coach out of the way rather than any sentiment or family rivalry.
He drew comparisons between the two rival clubs.
“Both playing groups are very tight-knit,” he said. “The clubs are well supported and look after their players.”
He said the tightness of the Lucindale community around their football club showed out more, with the players basically doing everything together and the support network built around that.
Logan said he hoped his side would push for finals this year but knows they have a job in front of them.
“The reason, or at least one of the reasons, you play footy is to play finals,” he said. “That’d be one of our major goals.
“But a minor goal would be just for the team to gel and just get off the mark and go from there.”
MUNDULLA SEASON PREVIEW
APRIL 10, 2014 by Benn Gransden
MUNDULLA is looking similar to last season, with very little change to the team’s A grade make-up.
The northern Tigers finished fourth last year, having defeated Naracoorte in the elimination final but going down convincingly to Keith in the first semi-final.
They will be reliant on returning local players including Josh Obst, Henry Trenorden, Adam Obst and Jack Luckett.
Coach Alan “Spike” Milligan will again be the non-playing coach of the side, hopeful just like other league coaches are to firstly reach the finals.
From there, he will be looking for the Moots to put up their hand as potential premiers for the first time since 2004.
Milligan is confident the side will develop through the season, relying on clean possession and movement of the ball, while also maintaining a side of average height.
Reserves coach is local and second-year coach Huk Scown.
Senior colts coach is Andrew Digby who in the past has coached Mundulla U17.
Junior colts coach is second year coach Dave Evans.
Looking at the trial games over recent weeks, Milligan was quite pleased with the most recent game against Pinnaroo.
“It was quite pleasing, we are using a lot of youngsters, 7-8 out of the side,” Milligan said. The club will have its first game at Mundulla against Border Districts this weekend.
KANIVA/LEEOR SEASON PREVIEW
by Benn Gransden (Border Chronicle) - April 9
KANIVA/LEEOR United is hoping a new playing coach and new recruits will plug the holes which kept them to only five wins last season.
Ruckman Neil Reeve, 28, and a 2011-12 Kaniva/Leeor player, will make his coaching debut this season and will be one of the youngest coaches in the league.
He will be supported by experienced bench coach Alan Bennett, who led the Cougars in his own right in their grand final year, 2012.
Reeve said he felt confident with the outlook of the season after promising trial games.
The side is looking strong with good recruits to fill last year’s troublesome positions on the field, particularly in the ruck.
New players to fill those voids are ruckman Ryan Richardson of Reynella, who will work in tandem with Reeve, and player Leigh Ryan of Victor Harbor.
Other recruits include Victor resident and midfielder Tim Boyd, 20-year-old former Geelong district midfielder Lachlan Seed and Willunga wingman Scott Brown.
“We went through the list and picked out areas where we lacked last year and filled those spots,” Reeve said. “The ruck is key in this league, and the last five or six years the majority of the league medal winners have been ruckmen.”
Big things are also expected from the reserves who are being coached by Travis Lannin, and they’ll be hoping to build on their six wins of last season.
The senior colts have taken on boisterous coach “Chipper” Gordon who won’t have a lot of numbers to work with, and the junior colts are working with last year’s coach, Royce Taylor.
Looking forward to getting back into playing with the Cougars, Reeve hoped to bring on-field value to the side with his versatility.
“For the grand final year (versus Bordertown in 2012), I played centre half back, but finals played forward. So I can sort of swing by both ends and that’s what I’ll try to do, make it difficult for other players.”
On his coaching, Reeve said experience in working with Ben Holland, a former AFL player with Richmond and Melbourne, would help.
He will get an early chance to test both himself and his team’s likely standing this year first-up in round one, when the Cougars host last year’s losing grand finalists Keith at Kaniva.