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MURDER OF THE CROWS BY PADTHAWAY IN UPSET GRAND FINAL WIN

by Terry Willoughby - September 21, 2015

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Football history is littered with teams going undefeated before Grand Finals only to crash on the big stage and so it was that the Keith Crows became one of them. Padthaway cast off doubts about their form with a 7 goal to two first quarter which stunned Keith to near inertia. The Lions intensity around the contest and their system when in possession proved too much for Keith. All the big guns fired for Padthaway with Welsh leading the way on the forward line and Hoffman starring in the ruck to give his mid-field brigade first use of the ball. Keith were completely outplayed as Marshall, Cicolella, Rochester and Degabrielle raced the ball forward relentlessly and Welsh, Cox and Gunning booted the goals.

Leading by 32 points at quarter-time the Lions showed no signs of stopping and Keith were reduced to chasers as Padthaway added another 5 goals to a solitary point to have a ½ time lead of 64 pts. Scott Welsh had four goals as the Padthaway forward line took control.

Padthaway continued to apply the blowtorch on Keith’s key players and that and the perception of pressure caused many mistakes as the Crows tried to get back in the game. Padthaway again outscored the normally high-scoring Keith in the 3rd qtr and scarcely had a poor player, extending their lead to 67 points at ¾ time. McNamara in defence had reduced the influence of Keith’s forwards and Townsend joined in the party at half-forward as Padthaway had the 2015 Grand Final flag all but unfurled.

Keith added 3 token goals in the last term whilst Padthaway got ready to celebrate with a 79 point victory. Best for the Lions were Hoffman, Rochester, Marshall, Welsh with 7 goals, McNamara in defence, mid-fielders Cicolella and Degabrielle along almost everybody else. A different story for shell-shocked Keith Crows, veteran Paul Makin, Luders, wingman Jon Wilson, Nick Hunt and Simounds with 3 goals tried hard but many went missing.

Grand Final at Kybybolite on September 19, 2015e

Padthaway

7.2

12.5

17.7

19.11 (125)

Keith

2.0

2.1

5.6

8.8 (56)

Best: Padthaway - M. Hoffmann, T. McNamara, J. Degabriele, S. Townsend, J. Cicolella, C. Marshall. Keith - P. Makin, S. Luders, J. Wilson, N. Hunt, T. McAllister, B. Simounds. Goals: Padthaway - S. Welsh 7, B. Gunning 3, T. Cox 3, D. Boyanton 2, J. Dicker, J. Degabriele, B. Longbottom, L. Rochester. Keith - B. Simounds 3, H. Gill 2, G. Johnson, S. Luders, J. Wilson

GRAND FINAL PREVIEW THANKS TO THE NARACOORTE HERALD

September 17, 2015

THE dream match-up we all imagined throughout season 2015 has become a reality. Padthaway, the reigning premier, will take on Keith, the new bosses of the KNTFL, in this Saturday's grand final at Kybybolite.

The reigning premiers have come through the hard way from the cut-throat preliminary final, but that probably won't worry coach Adam Jeffries as his men will be match-hardened and now know what it's like to lose a final after being so dominant last year.

Keith has been brilliant all year and has played only once throughout the finals series while Padthaway has played every week. Which side will be better off with those conflicting preparations? Only time will tell.

There's little doubt that Keith will be a warm favourite to win the grand final. The Crows have been great all year and were just awesome in brushing Bordertown aside in a crushing second semi-final performance.

The Crows have recruited sensationally this year and now have enviable depth with the addition of such players as ruckman Toby McCallister, on-baller Alek Kangur and defender Pat Capurso. They also have the league's leading forward and Mail/Virgo medallist Ben Simounds at the goal front with over 100 goals to his name, a miserly defence led by Seamus McMurray and Nick Hunt and a midfield featuring pace, youth and strength with names like Wilson, Gill, Johnson and Lehmann.

They also appear to be very well drilled and their structures simply overwhelmed Bordertown in the second semi. With their physical size and pace, they will also be an imposing figure to Padthaway.

But this Padthaway side is not a one trick pony. The Lions looked ordinary against Bordertown in the qualifying final, but in their last two finals they have been a different side. They have been able to get more of their own ball in the midfield and give their dangerous forward line a chance. Ruckman Michael Hoffman will again be a key in servicing the likes of the wily Justin Cicolella and Jason DeGabrielle, who in turn set up runners like Darcy Boyanton, Ben Gunning, Cody Marshall and Luke Rochester.

But the biggest factor in this game is what Keith will do to fill the space in front of Padthaway's clever full forward Scott Welsh. The former Adelaide Crow will have a tough opponent in McMurray, but he is deceptively quick off the mark and can take leading marks with only the smallest amount of room to work in.

The Padthaway players have become very good at hitting him in tight spots and if Welsh kicks six or seven goals, it will spell danger for Keith. His teenage sidekick Tobin Cox has been a revelation in the finals with seven goals last week, so he will need attention too, while Jarryd Dolling and Tom McLennan provide good lead-up targets at half forward and midfielders like Gunning and even half back Tom Edwards love to drift forward and kick a goal.

The bottom line is that Keith has a superb side across the ground and if the Crows can dominate the midfield and get first hands on the ball, they will win. If Padthaway's Cicolella and DeGabriele can set their side up and Welsh gets enough looks at the goals, Padthaway can definitely win. What a superb match-up this promises to be. It will be a great advertisement for country footy whichever way it goes.

PADTHAWAY PREVAIL OVER GALLANT BORDERTOWN IN PRELIM FINAL

September 14, 2015 - by Terry Willoughby

Padthaway battled their way to next week’s grand final with a hard fought 12 point win over Bordertown. The Roosters looked vulnerable early when the Lions had more of the play through Seb Townsend and last week’s surprise packet Tobin Cox.

Gene Robinson, the Roosters’ gun recruit was playing but clearly hampered by injury but they got on top with 5 goals to 2 from the Lions and lead by 6 points at the half-time break. Cuthbertson at halfback was holding Welsh for the Lions but Cox and Townsend continued to keep Padthaway in the game. Bordertown worried the Lions with their pace around the midfield and Billy and Maddy Hayes constantly won possessions to keep the Roosters ahead. Hoffman in the ruck had come strongly into the game for Padthaway who trailed by 6 points at ¾ time. The Lions experienced players now stepped up with Welsh and Cicolella having valuable touches and Archie Longbottom making some timely saves at half-back. Bordertown started to lose their edge in pace as Padthaway were surer with their ball-handling and booted 5 goals to two in the last quarter to win their way into next week’s Grand Final at Kybybolite against the powerful Keith Crows. Best for Padthaway were Townsend, Cox with 7 goals, Cody Marshall, Longbottom, Dicker and Hoffman. Bordertown’s best were Billy and Maddy Hayes, Cuthbertson, Carson Clark, Wheelen and Dahlitz whilst a clearly restricted Robinson booted 3 goals.

Preliminary Final on September 12, 2015

Padthaway

4.5

6.7

10.9

15.11 (101)

Bordertown

2.2

7.7

11.9

13.11 (89)

Best: Padthaway - S. Townsend, T. Cox, C. Marshall, A. Longbottom, J. Dicker, M. Hoffmann. Bordertown - B. Hayes, K. Cuthbertson, M. Hayes, C. Clark, T. Wheelen, M. Dahlitz. Goals: Padthaway - T. Cox 7, S. Welsh 3, T. McLennan 2, J. Cicolella 1, J. Dicker 1, J. Dolling 1. Bordertown - G. Robinson 3, T. Harkness 3, C. Clark 3, M. Hayes 2, N. Clark 1, C. Dahlitz 1

PRELIMINARY FINAL PREVIEW THANKS TO THE NARACOORTE HERALD

September 10, 2015

THE premiership defence of Padthaway is gathering steam and Bordertown must be hearing the approaching storm about now.

Bordertown jumped Padthaway a fortnight ago to cause a shock upset in the KNTFL's qualifying final, but one senses the Lions found their finals mojo last weekend and it is now Bordertown which will be the hunted.

The two sides will meet again in this Saturday's knockout preliminary final at Keith, with the winner qualifying to go on and play the red hot favourites Keith in the grand final at Kybybolite the following week.

Padthaway looked badly off the pace in the qualifying final when Bordertown jumped out of the blocks and led all game to inflict what could have been a soul-destroying loss.

But just one week on, Padthaway will now be coming off a heartening 10-goal win over Penola in the first semi-final, while Bordertown went down by that same margin to the rampaging Keith in the second semi-final.

Momentum is a big thing in finals and the way Padthaway played last week, the momentum will be all with them this Saturday.

When the whips were cracking last Sunday, it wasn't Padthaway's vaunted runners who set up their win, it was the steady hands of Justin Cicolella and Jason Degabrielle who handled the heavy conditions best.

While that duo will again be important this week, they will need the quick Jason Dicker, Cody Marshall, Sam Edwards, Archie Longbottom and Darcy Boyanton to lift their game and break the Bordertown lines.

When they played in the qualifying final, it was Bordertown which dominated the running game, with the young Hayes brothers, Clint Diment, Ty Devitt, Searle and Shuttleworth who cut Padthaway up.

Bordertown's key forward Tim Harkness was also unstoppable and Padthaway backman Tom McNamara will have to be a lot better on him, while Lochie Eats and resting ruckman Matt Tober will have bigger roles to play if goalkicking on-baller Gene Robinson doesn't come up from a hamstring injury sustained in the second semi.

Padthaway wasn't able to generate enough run from the backline in the qualifying final so the likes of "quarterback" Tom Edwards and his support crew of brother Sam, Longbottom and Kieron Hicks will need to get creative.

If they can get some quality ball movement going in the forward line, Padthaway will be very hard to beat. Ex-AFL player Scott Welsh is one of the best lead and grab players in the competition and with dangerous forwards around him such as young Tobin Cox, Ben Gunning and hard-working targets Tom McLennan and Jarryd Dolling, the Lions can kick a big score.

The problem in the qualifying final was that they didn't see enough of the ball to kick the goals. So again, the game will be won in the midfield, where Padthaway will have to get its hands on the ball first to dictate the play - not the other way round as it was a fortnight ago.

Reserves - Naracoorte v Keith.

Keith has come from fifth spot on the ladder after making a late season rush and it would be a remarkable effort for the Crows to make the grand final.

They only just fell in over Mundulla in the first semi-final last week and that game in heavy conditions would have sapped plenty of energy. With the A grade side having the week off the Crows might have some fringe A graders available, but it's unlikely any of them will be risked.

Naracoorte on the other hand doesn't have A grade to worry about and will have a settled side with plenty of senior experience. The Demons were comfortably beaten by Penola in last week's second semi-final but wouldn't be too worried by that.

In 2014 league reserves medallist Jeff Sellars, Craig Gill, Nick Maxted, Sam Henschke and Zack Donnelly, they have plenty of winning finals experience and they will be ready to hit the contest hard and lead their side to yet another grand final appearance.

KEITH CROWS FLY INTO GRAND FINAL AFTER CRUSHING BORDERTOWN

The delicious prospects of a close game with Virgo-Mail Medallist and runner-up, both century goal-kickers and many other high vote getters came to nought when Bordertown’s star on-baller Gene Robinson limped off after 10 minutes with a leg injury and the Rooster’s chances went with him. Keith had already made a good start and led by 18 points at quarter time. The Crows blew the game apart in the 2nd quarter by adding 9 straight goals to just two from Bordertown and race to a match-winning 10 goal lead. Keith’s powerful midfield took control with Jon Wilson in sparkling form and defender Steve Molineux closing down Bordertown’s direct route to goal. Virgo medallist Ben Simounds again caused nightmares for defenders with strong marking and goal-kicking as Keith stole a march on Bordertown.

The 3rd quarter saw Keith maintain their dominance even though the scoring was somewhat less than earlier. On-ballers McAllister and Mitchell had the better of their Bordertown opponents, especially without Robinson and this made scoring difficult for the Roosters. The result was a formality with Keith ahead by 71 points at three-quarter time. Bordertown outscored the Crows narrowly in the last quarter but never threatened an opposition that was bigger, stronger and quicker. Keith’s best were Jon Wilson, Callum McMurray, Molineux, Mitchell, Lehmann and McAllister whilst Ben Simounds booted 7 goals. Bordertown now have to lick their wounds and move on to the Prelim Final. Their better players were resolute defender Kane Cuthbertson, Billy and Maddy Hayes, battling midfielders Clint Diment and Nick Hewett.

KEITH 19-9 123 EASILY OVER BORDERTOWN 8-6 54

Second Semi Final at Penola on September 5, 2015

Keith

4.3

13.3

17.5

19.9 (123)

Bordertown

1.3

3.3

5.6

8.6 (54)

Best: Keith - J. Wilson, C. McMurray, S. Molineux, L. Mitchell, S. Lehmann, T. McAllister. Bordertown - K. Cuthbertson, B. Hayes, M. Hayes, N. Hewett, C. Diment, N. Clark. Goals: Keith - B. Simounds 6, S. Luders 3, L. Mitchell 3, H. Gill 3, S. Lehmann 2, P. Makin 1, A. Kangur 1. Bordertown - T. Harkness 3, J. Searle 2, M. Hayes 1, D. Feder 1, T. Devitt 1

PADTHAWAY END PENOLA’S SEASON IN KNOCKOUT SEMI-FINAL

Padthaway controlled throughout against Penola in the 2nd semi-final. Putting last week’s shock loss behind them, the Lions quickly got on top in the wetter than usual conditions with Welsh again among the goals and Tobin Cox providing the surprises, for Penola that is. Leading by 20 points at quarter time. Padthaway continued to restrict the Penola playmakers and added 2 more goals as rain disrupted any open football with Jarryd Dolling , Degabriele and Cicolella all having an influence. Penola were unable to get any movement forward with only Kane Ransom across the centre and Bunnik in the ruck showing much fight. Padthaway went further ahead with Tobin Cox and Welsh able to kick goals when the opportunities presented and the Lions led by 42 points at ¾ time. The last quarter petered out as the Lions booted another 4 goals to a token one from Penola to win by 64 points. Best for Padthaway were Dolling, Cox with 5 goals, Degabriele, Cicolella and Luke Rochester which gave the Lions a dominance across the midfield whilst Welsh finished with  4 goals. Penola’s better players were harder to find with only Ransom, Bunnik, Simon Merrett, Jordan Galpin and veteran Jon Copping showing much.

PADTHAWAY 13-14 92 EASILY PENOLA 4-4 28

First Semi Final at Lucindale on September 6, 2015

Padthaway

5.2

7.6

9.9

13.14 (92)

Penola

2.0

2.2

3.3

4.4 (28)

Best: Padthaway - J. Dolling, T. Cox, J. Degabriele, J. Cicolella, L. Rochester, J. Dicker. Penola - K. Ransom, D. Bunnik, S. Merrett, J. Galpin, J. Copping, M. Merrett. Goals: Padthaway - T. Cox 5, S. Welsh 4, J. Dicker, J. Degabriele, J. Dolling, J. Cicolella. Penola - J. Copping, B. Lindner, A. Merrett, J. Pfitzner

FINALS WEEK TWO PREVIEW THANKS TO THE NARACOORTE HERALD

September 3, 2015

ANOTHER great weekend of KNTFL football finals action looms, with just four sides now left in the premiership race.
All the focus will again be on the southern half of the league, with Saturday's games at Penola and Sunday's at Lucindale.
Second semi-final: Keith v Bordertown
It's something of a surprise for reigning premier Padthaway not to be here, but there's no doubt based on last week's qualifying final that Bordertown is the form side of the competition apart from the undefeated Keith.
If Bordertown can replicate last week's performance, it will really take it up to Keith. Bordertown impressed with its pace and just cut the Padthaway lines to shreds with the likes of the Hayes brothers, Clint Diment, Searle, Robinson, Hewett and the Devitt brothers too quick.
Tim Harkness was an immense target up forward and with Lochie Eats and Gene Robinson also sliding forward to kick goals, the Roosters looked the real deal. If they can generate that sort of run and carry again, Keith will have its hands full.
The Keith Crows didn't finish on top for no reason though. The Crows have just dominated opposition sides this season and handled Bordertown comfortably at both of their meetings this year, by seven goals in round 4 and five goals in round 15.
Century goalkicker Ben Simounds kicked seven goals in both of those games and Scott Luders chipped in with three in both games, so they will obviously be the forward line keys for the Crows.
It's the supply that will be the issue though, and the midfield will be asked to step up big time to counter that Bordertown pace. Gill, Wilson, Lehmann, Kangur and Mitchell have been too good for their midfield counterparts this year and will do some damage if they're allowed.
The game could be a shootout, with both sides having a player who has kicked 100 goals for the year - Simounds for Keith and Robinson for Bordertown - and both having great second options in Luders for Keith and Harkness for Bordertown.
But in a nutshell the game will be decided by which side can capitalise on its area of strength - Keith in the key positions with its excellent spine of McMurray, McAllister, Gill, Simounds and Luders, or Bordertown with its run and gun pace.
Bordertown can cause a big upset with a performance like last week's.
First semi-final: Padthaway v Penola
Last year's grand final combatants meet here and unfortunately one of them will bow out of the premiership race. It's hard to pick which it will be, as Padthaway was mostly poor last week while Penola was mostly excellent, yet Padthaway will still probably be favourites to win.
The Lions just struggled to get anything going in the first half last week. Their midfield lacked penetration and their forward line didn't look dangerous, while the defence had holes in it and Tom McNamara was not tight enough on mobile Bordertown full forward Tim Harkness.
Their vaunted midfield was too slow for Bordertown, and to rectify this the likes of Marshall, Boyanton, Gunning, DeGabrielle, Cicolella and Rochester will have to get on their bikes this week. They need to get first hands on the ball with a big performance from ruckman Hoffman.
Penola will really fancy its chances after an impressive elimination final effort, which they achieved without big ruckman Will Banton. It will only help if he is back in this week, although Dale Bunnick was an able replacement and the midfielders McIntyre, Galpin, Jackman, Ransom, Lindner and co didn't seem to miss Banton.
Penola's obvious trump is coach and full forward Adam Merrett, who will be very tough for McNamara to match and it might be McCarthy or even Mr Fix-It Tom Edwards who end up on him.
It's almost a toss of the coin this one - has reigning premier Padthaway run its race and is on the way out, or have the Lions got one more roar left in them? Penola is very capable of bringing their season to an end and going on to next week's preliminary final.

BORDERTOWN PULL-OFF STUNNING UPSET IN QUALIFYING FINAL

PENOLA TOO STRONG AND ELIMINATE LUCINDALE

Week one finals wrap with Terry Willoughby

Bordertown caused a major re-think in the KNTFL when they played all over the highly rated Padthaway in the qualifying final to win by 33 points. From the outset the Roosters were faster, used the ball better and restricted the influence of most of the Lion’s stars. Defenders Cuthbertson and Paech kept a tight rein on Welsh and company and forced many errors to keep Padthaway goal-less in the 1st quarter whilst on-ballers Robinson, Clark and Tink out-paced the tired and sluggish Padthaway on-ballers.

The 2nd quarter was much the same with Bordertown going further ahead with 5 goals to another blank sheet from Padthaway. Lachlan Eats, Robinson and Tim Harkness all looked dangerous when near goals for Bordertown whilst Padthaway’s forwards missed all of the chances they had. The margin had blown out to 58 points by ½ time and there appeared no way back for Padthaway.

The game tightened considerably in the 3rd term with the Lions now getting some reward for their efforts. They goaled three times and kept Bordertown to a solitary one but again wasted chances to be even closer. Bordertown led by 41 points with a quarter to play. The Lion’s outscored Bordertown in the last quarter but the gap was too great and Bordertown continued to worry the slower moving Padthaway. Bordertown came away to win impressively by 33 points. Better players for the Roosters’ were Billy Hayes, ruckman Rory Tink, Kane Cuthbertson, Clark, Paech and Devitt whilst Eats and Robinson kicked 4 and 3 goals each. For the disappointing Padthaway none tried harder than Mcnamara in defence, Rochester, Tom Edwards and Longbottom.

BORDERTOWN 12-12 84 UPSET PADTHAWAY 7-9 51

Penola’s greater depth of talent became more obvious as the game wore on in Sunday’s Elimination final. Leading by 11 points at quarter time, the Eagles better players in Jackman and Foster were already showing out and ruckman Dale Bunnik emerged as the key big man. Adam Merrettt used his strength to manufacture goals and create openings for his team-mates as Penola went further ahead by ½ time. Lucindale were battling to stay in touch with Sam Mardling playing a lone hand near goal but Penola led by 30 points.

Lucindale lifted in the 3rd quarter and matched Penola on the scoreboard but closed the margin only by 2 points. Penola still looked more dangerous going forward with Adam Merrett and Brodie Foster in control of the key forward positions and Bunnik going well at the stoppages. Lucindale continued to battle away but couldn’t put a sequence of goals together and put pressure on Penola. The Eagles kicked away to a 40 point lead midway through last term and the game was over. Lucindale booted a couple of token goals late but the lead was too great and Penola advance to next week’s 1st semi-final against Padthaway. Better players for Penola were Dale Bunnik, Foster, Jackman, Pearce, Ollie March and Adam Merrett booted 6 goals. Sam Mardling with 5 goals was a standout best for Lucindale ahead of Ogilvie, Fogarty, Mackenzie and Menz.  

Qualifying Final at Naracoorte on August 29, 2015

Bordertown

4.3

9.6

10.7

12.12 (84)

Padthaway

0.2

0.2

3.8

7.9 (51)

Best: Bordertown - B. Hayes, R. Tink, K. Cuthbertson, N. Clark, H. Paech, S. Devitt. Padthaway - T. McNamara, L. Rochester, T. Edwards, A. Longbottom, T. Hindmarsh. Goals: Bordertown - L. Eats 4, G. Robinson 3, T. Harkness 2, J. Searle 1, A. Diment 1, B. Hayes 1. Padthaway - S. Welsh 2, B. Gunning 2, T. Cox 1, J. Dicker 1, T. McLennan 1

Elimination final at Padthaway on August 30, 2015

Penola

4.1

10.4

15.9

18.14 (122)

Lucindale

2.2

5.8

10.9

14.10 (94)

Best: Penola- B. Foster, D. Bunnik, S. Jackman, T. Pearce, O. March, M. Merrett. Lucindale - S. Mardling, D. Ogilvie, D. Fogarty, T. Mackenzie, T. Menz, R. Mcinerney. Goals: Penola - A. Merrett 6, S. Merrett 2, S. Jackman 2, B. Mcintyre 2, B. Foster 2, O. March, B. Lindner, J. Galpin, J. Pfitzner. Lucindale - S. Mardling 5, D. Fogarty 2, E. Gill 2, R. Handbury, M. Snowball, S. Logan, S. Mcgurk, P. Baker

FINALS WEEK ONE PREVIEW THANKS TO THE NARACOORTE HERALD

August 27, 2015

TWO top quality match-ups will feature in this weekend's opening round of KNTFL A grade football finals.

Supporters from the southern half of the league will be out in force on Saturday and Sunday, with the two finals being played at Naracoorte and Padthaway and mostly southern-based sides taking part - in the A grade football at least.

Big crowds are expected with a great variety of clubs to be represented.

Qualifying final: Padthaway v Bordertown (at Naracoorte on Saturday)

These two sides have met twice this season and Padthaway has a 2-0 record, with a 10-goal win back in round 6 and a four-goal win only a fortnight ago in round 17.

Padthaway was well beaten by Keith last week, but that result should be taken with a grain of salt as full forward Scott Welsh, midfielders Justin Cicolella and Darcy Boyanton and back-up ruckman Joe Teakle were all out. The Lions should be back close to full strength for this one.

Versatility, flexibility and pace are three keys to the Padthaway game and this could be where they shade Bordertown this week. They have a number of players who can swing back or forward where needed, with Tom Edwards the obvious trump, and in the likes of Dicker, Marshall, Hicks, Sam Edwards and Boyanton, they have a very quick midfield.

Welsh and Tom McLennan are an excellent 1-2 forward set-up, while Tom McNamara gives nothing away at full back.

Bordertown is a more predictable side with a set formula which has worked superbly this year.

They have received magnificent service from recruit Gene Robinson, who kicked his 100th goal last week despite spending quite a bit of time in the midfield in an excellent achievement. But he will have to work extra hard this week to shake his virtual second skin in Padthaway tagger Seb Townsend and if his output is down, Bordertown will suffer.

If Robinson's not in the goals, full forward Tim Harkness and the strong Rooster midfield will be asked to contribute more, and that won't be easy when they'll have one eye on their Padthaway midfield opponents.

Bordertown has a strong defence led by Kane Cuthbertson and Thomas Wheelen, but the supply will be heavy and it will be up to the Rooster midfield to make sure there's not too much quality ball going in.

Regardless, Welsh is a marking machine and it will take a remarkable effort from Diment, Paech or Wheelen to keep him in check. Welsh will be good for half a dozen goals and the Lions will be favourites to win by about that margin.

Elimination final: Lucindale v Penola (at Padthaway on Sunday)

Looking at Penola's side on paper, it's hard to believe the Eagles are lining up in the first knockout final.

They definitely had the side to make the top three, but had a shocking start to the year and then were unable to generate enough momentum to make up the necessary ground.

Their opponents for the elimination final are coming from the other side of the coin, just consistent through the whole year and finishing about where they were expected to on the ladder.

To the game itself: as mentioned, Penola has a very strong side on paper, but Lucindale has also got close to its best side on the park after pushing through some injuries and will be no pushover.

Penola has a very strong midfield with a lot of options. Ruckman Will Banton gets no smaller the longer the game goes and he puts the ball in the lap of on-ballers including Spencer Jackman, Ben McIntyre, Kane Ransom and Brett Lindner.

Up forward, there is the burly form of coach Adam Merrett at full forward and Brodie Foster at half forward, with handy crumbers around them, while a solid running defence is marshalled by Matt Merrett and Tom Pearce across half back. It's a quality line-up.

Lucindale probably has less depth, but its best players are as good as Penola's. In Ryan McInerney, Sam Graetz, Aaron Smart and Duncan Ogilvie, it has some of the better on-ballers going around, it has great rucking or key position options in Ethan Gill, Mark Snowball and Patrick Baker, and the forward line of coach Sam Logan, goalsneak Sam Mardling and the likes of resting Smart, Graetz, Tristan Menz and Rob Handbury is star-studded.

Penola's best would win this game well, but Lucindale thumped the Eagles by 42 points back in round 8 and would be confident of repeating the dose. That was a long time ago though, and with Penola having made the grand final last year, that experience could be invaluable come Sunday.

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August 24, 2015

Bordertown had one goal in mind when they thrashed Kingston by 94 points and that was to get goal-kicking on-baller Gene Robinson over the century. Kingston had little to play for as Bordertown quickly asserted their dominance to lead by 28 points and Robinson’s target was already in sight. He needed 11 goals to get there and the Roosters added another 7 goals to 4 and lead by 45 at half-time. All year Kingston have been well served by Warner and Austin but Bordertown had many more willing helpers with Angus and Clint Diment as well as Devitt, Wheelen and Paech looking to help Robinson, not that he has needed much when he near goal. Bordertown continued to power ahead after ½ time and added 8 goals in the last quarter when Kingston’s resistance halted. Robinson finished with 12 goals to pass 100 for the season and be named best for Bordertown ahead of the Diment brothers, Devitt and Wheelen.

BORDERTOWN 24-10 154 THRASHED KINGSTON 8-12 60

Kybybolite led throughout against a lack-lustre Naracoorte to win by 75 points. Kyby had shown good form at various times but were hard hit by injury at times and fell away during the season but this time they had a something to play for, a chance to climb above Naracoorte on the ladder. They led at the main break by 25 points and finished strongly with 13 goals in the 2nd half to win easily. Tom Cooper, McKay, Ray Jaensch, Billy Laurie with 5 goals were best for Kyby. Mulvihill, a name synonomous with KNT football, was best for Naracoorte along with Bell, McDonald and Boon.

KYBYBOLITE 20-13 133 DEFEATED NARACOORTE 9-4 58

Lucindale weren’t about to let an improved Border District upset their finals plans with a 120 point thrashing. The Roo’s set a punishing pace with 9 goals to four and lead by 32 points at quarter time. Sam Mardling and Ryan McInerney around the midfield and near goal provided great drive for Lucindale and big man Mark Snowball marked strongly. Borders showed more determination in the middle quarters but Lucindale had many good players doing well with Fogarty the surprise packet. Lucindale piled on 11 goals and kepoint Borders scoreless in the last quarter to romp in. Fogarty with 6 goals and Mardling 5 were best for Lucindale along with Mcinerney, Snowball and Baker. Borders best were Robinson, Sandercock, Thomson and Skinner but most had headed for the showers at ¾ time.

LUCINDALE 29-12 186 THRASHED BORDER DISTRICTS 10-6 66

Pride driven Mundulla gave Penola a torrid time before fading in the last quarter to allow the southern Eagles to win by 33 points. Injury hit Mundulla surprised Penola and led by 21 points at quarter-time and continued be well in the game at ½ time although trailing by 2 points. Penola had the better of the 3rd term but still couldn’t shake the resolute Mundulla who made the most of their chances. Packer was lively around the goals and ball magnet Mcgrice bobbed up all over the ground along with Tom Perry. Penola had edged to a lead of 8 points at ¾ time with strong forwards in Adam Merrett and wily Jon Copping looking dangerous. Penola surged ahead in the last quarter with Jackman, Ben McIntyre and Oliver March dominating across the centre. Mundulla faded in the finish.

PENOLA 19-11 125 DEFEATED MUNDULLA 13-14 92

Keith and Padthaway went goal for goal in what looked like a grand final preview with Keith getting home by 32 points after a big last quarter. Little separated the teams in the 1st half where the lead changed hands often. Padthaway, without Welsh and Ciccolella looked a little bare in attack but half forward Jason Dicker stepped up with 5 goals and Hoffman in the ruck had an easier task with Sandercock out for Keith. Sam and Tom Edwards in defence were doing well against the powerful Keith forwards in Simounds and Luders but they still looked dangerous. Padthaway held an 8 point lead at halftime and continued to match Keith in the 3rd quarter but now trailed by 5 points. Keith’s big guns were now coming into play strongly with Gill, Hunt and Kangur all prominent and Simounds and Luders finishing well near goal. Keith powered home with 7 goals to three from the Lions to win by 32 points but maybe Padthaway still have something up their sleeve. Best for Keith were veteran Nick Hunt, Gill, McAllister, Wilson and Kangur whilst goal-kicking ace Simounds finished with 5. For the Lions, Dicker was best with 5 goals, Hoffman, Sam and Tom Edwards, McCarthy and McNamara. Stayed tuned for the next episode.

KEITH 17-14 116 DEFEATED PADTHAWAY 13-6 84

Round 18 - August 22, 2015

Kybybolite

5.6

7.8

13.11

20.13 (133)

Naracoorte

2.1

4.1

8.2

9.4 (58)

Best: Kybybolite - T. Cooper, R. Jaensch, D. Brodie, J. Mckay, B. Laurie, S. Craig. Naracoorte - E. Mulvihill, J. Bell, J. Macdonald, N. Boon, C. Gill, J. Bettoncelli. Goals: Kybybolite - B. Laurie 5, J. Mckay 4, S. Shepherd 3, T. Cooper 3, M. Schinckel 2, S. Carberry 2,  S. Craig 1. Naracoorte - T. Burns 4, N. Boon 2, J. Bettoncelli 1, T. Atkins 1, S. Willson 1

Keith

3.3

5.8

10.9

17.14 (116)

Padthaway

3.4

7.4

10.4

13.6 (84)

Best: Keith - N. Hunt, H. Gill, S. McMurray, T. McAllister, J. Wilson, A. Kangur. Padthaway - J. Dicker, M. Hoffmann, T. Edwards, S. Edwards, J. Mccarthy, T. McNamara. Goals: Keith - B. Simounds 5, S. Luders 4, H. Gill 3, N. Hunt 3, J. Forrest 1, G. Johnson 1. Padthaway - J. Dicker 5, T. McLennan 2, L. Rochester 1, A. Stevens 1, C. Marshall 1, J. Dolling 1, S. Townsend 1, T. Hindmarsh 1

Lucindale

9.3

14.8

18.10

29.12 (186)

Border Districts

4.1

6.4

10.6

10.6 (66)

Best: Lucindale - D. Fogarty, S. Mardling, R. Mcinerney, M. Snowball, P. Baker, N. Clarke. Borders - C. Robinson, C. Sandercock, J. Thomson, D. Skinner, N. Naylor, D. Hargraves. Goals: Lucindale - D. Fogarty 6, S. Mardling 5, S. Graetz 4, T. Menz 4, S. Mcgurk 2, R. Mcinerney 2, P. Baker 2, T. Mackenzie 1, D. Ogilvie 1, P. Marshall 1, W. Gould 1. Borders - D. Hargraves 4, R. Oliver 2, C. Sandercock 1, M. Lemon 1, L. Craig 1, B. Keast 1

Penola

4.1

10.4

15.8

19.11 (125)

Mundulla

7.4

9.8

13.11

13.14 (92)

Best: Penola - O. March, B. Mcintyre, S. Jackman, J. Pfitzner, K. Ransom, J. Galpin. Mundulla - T. Perry, J. McGrice, A. Obst, B. Packer, D. Ridgway, D. Burgess. Goals: Penola - A. Merrett 5, J. Copping 3, S. Merrett 3, S. Jackman 2, B. Lindner 2, M. Merrett 1, O. March 1, B. Mcintyre 1, B. Foster 1. Mundulla - B. Packer 4, B. Douglas 2, H. Thorpe 2, J. McGrice 2, R. Williams 1, A. Obst 1,

T. Perry 1

Bordertown

6.2

13.3

16.4

24.10 (154)

Kingston

1.4

5.6

6.11

8.12 (60)

Best: Bordertown - G. Robinson, A. Diment, C. Diment, S. Devitt, T. Wheelen, H. Paech. Kingston - J. Austin, J. Gluyas, C. Holloway, B. Warner, T. Baker, K. Lohde. Goals: Bordertown – Gene Robinson 12, A. Diment 3, M. Hayes 2, C. Diment 2, J. Searle 1, K. Cuthbertson 1, B. Hayes 1, S. Devitt 1, J. Searle 1. Kingston - T. Mcgovern 4, W. Farrer 2, J. Austin 1, S. Robertson 1

FINAL ROUND PREVIEW THANKS TO THE NARACOORTE HERALD

August 20, 2015

FOOTY followers will be spoiled this weekend with a possible grand final preview in the last week of the KNTFL minor round.
Undefeated Keith will travel just down the highway to Padthaway to take on the second-ranked Lions in a match-up which many believe will be repeated in the Grand Final at Kybybolite on September 19.
Locally, there will also be plenty of interest in the fight for bragging rights between fierce rivals Kybybolite and Naracoorte.
That day will have added interest with a premiership reunion, sponsors day and special “Pink Day” fundraiser for cancer research.
Padthaway v Keith
When these two teams last played back in round 7, it was an epic that Keith won by just one point. That has turned out to the closest anyone has got to the rampant Crows, and this one promises to be just as competitive.
Padthaway has only lost two games for the season and has looked every bit a contender to make it back-to-back premierships in the second half of the season.
On form, they would almost be favourites to beat Keith. Added to that is the fact that Keith’s in-form ruckman Tom Sandercock has gone down with a season-ending knee injury, stretching
the Crows’ resources in that department.
But they handled his absence without a problem last week, belting a capable K/L United side, and the quality of their midfield is such that they should still win their share of the ball
around the middle whether it’s being tapped down to them or not.
That being said, Padthaway also has a very strong midfield and will like its chances of producing quality clearances from the hand of ruckman Michael Hoffman. With Scott Welsh in great form up forward and Tom McNamara playing tightly down back, the Lions also have excellent book-ends, and they will be very hard to toss in this game on their home ground.
Kingston v Bordertown
Last time they met Bordertown kicked 36 goals, and forwards Gene Robinson and Tim Harkness will be licking their lips about this one as well. Robinson needs 11 goals in this game to reach the magical 100 mark - not likely but not impossible.
Bordertown lost last week but is still playing high-scoring, running football which will be far too much for Kingston to handle. The Saints are just battling to get to the end of the season now and their two goals for the game last week was a season low point. A very big Bordertown score looms
and Robinson will have double figures firmly in his sights.
Lucindale v Border Districts
Borders have showed plenty in the last fortnight with a couple of hard-fought wins and they have now lifted themselves well away from the bottom of the ladder. Their eight-goal win last week over Mundulla was full of merit and if they can repeat that sort of footy they are a real chance to upset Lucindale.
The Roos are finals-bound and are playing solid footy, so they are firm favourites to win this one, but they wouldn’t want to take their eye off the ball and be thinking about preserving themselves for next week’s major round. Borders have proved themselves capable and with nothing to lose in their last game of the year, they will like the idea of going out in a blaze of glory.
Kybybolite v Naracoorte
Naracoorte finished over the top of Kyby in their round 6 clash and the Tigers will be hoping to avenge that result with a much-needed win here.
The Tigers actually have a bit to play for, as they could climb from 10th on the ladder all the way up to seventh if they beat Naracoorte, while Naracoorte is seventh at the moment and will want to stay there. Naracoorte definitely has history on its side, as the Demons have ruled this local rivalry hands down for the past decade and will think again that they have the edge mentally.
Kyby seems to be able to produce good football but has run out of legs badly in the last half of the year and has lost games it shouldn’t have, so running this game out will be high on coach Mark Kruger’s list of priorities.
His opposing mentor Simon Cox will be drumming into his charges that they have dominated Kyby clashes in recent years and should take that winning mindset in again, but with both sides now near full strength and Kyby coming off a rest for the bye, it really is a 50-50 game.
Mundulla v Penola
Penola and Mundulla fought out a sensational game that Penola won by just one goal back in round 6, but the southern Eagles will be looking for a more convincing margin this time around.
The Eagles will play in next week’s elimination fi nal and will want to go into that game against Lucindale with some solid form from this week.
Mundulla is just marking time until the end of the season and could finish as low as 10th on the ladder if results go against them, so they should be no match for the strong Eagles this week. They are likely to be without stars Luke Wiese and Heath Thorpe who were both injured last week and that won’t help at all.
Kaniva/Leeor United has the bye to finish the season.

BEN SIMOUNDS FIRST TO THE CENTURY MARK

by Terry Willoughby, August 17, 2015

Keith blew Kaniva-Leeor United slim finals hope out of the water with a comprehensive 142 point thrashing and sent a frightening message to other top five teams. The Crows raced to an early lead with key forwards, Simounds and Luders, dominating the KLU defenders. The thrashing continued in the 2nd quarter with on-baller Alex Kangur running rings around the opposition and veteran Nick Hunt adding drive across half-forward. The Crows went further ahead and KLU were powerless to stop them. Not content with a 54 point lead at half time time the Crows piled on another 10 goals in the 3rd quarter as KLU looked on. Simounds and Luders goaled with almost every kick but many others chimed in to keep the scoreboard ticking over. The margin just kept blowing out and finished at 142 points after Keith booted a lazy 5 goals in the last quarter. Kangur, Hunt, Simounds with 9 goals and a century for the season, uders with 5 and Alex Bowley stood out for Keith. The feeble effort from KLU belies their earlier form and they are out of the finals race.

KEITH 27-16 178 THRASHED KANIVA-LEEOR UNITED 5-6 36

Penola also dealt out a thrashing, but only to bottom placed Kingston who surrendered meekly after improved form in recent weeks. The Southern Eagles booted 12 goals to one in a powerful display in the 2nd term to lead by 109 points at half time against scant opposition. Thirteen Penola players contributed to the scoreboard mayhem which continued in the 3rd quarter when they slammed on another 10 goals. Winning in every position on the ground, Penola went on to win by 199 points, with another point they could have enforced the follow-on but that would heaped more pain on Kingston. Ben McIntyre with 6 goals was best for Penola whose long list of good players included Kane Ransom, Ferguson and Spence Jackman. Ben Warner, Brice-Marwood and Ty Baker tried hard for Kingston but it has been a sorry season for any team wearing red, white and black in all southeast leagues in 2015.

PENOLA 33-17 215 THRASHED KINGSTON 2-4 16

Lucindale made sure of their spot in the top five with a strong 82 point win over Naracoorte. The Roo’s swept aside Naracoorte in the first  term to lead by 38 points. Sam Mardling returned to his early season form and booted six goals and bigman, Ethan Gill, back after injury slotted through five. Naracoorte showed little zest for the contest and Lucindale led by 52 points at the halfway mark. Lucindale may have eased up a little in the second half but were never in danger and won easily by 82 points. Best for Lucindale were Sam Pemble, Cox and Ryan McInerney across the midfield, Mardling and Gill. Naracoorte’s better players were Sid Patterson, McWaters, Limbert and Bettoncelli.      

LUCINDALE 20-16 136 EASILY OVER NARACOORTE 8-6 54

In a battle of the disappointing, Border Districts comfortably accounted for Mundulla by 48 points after an even first half. Borders rattled on 12 goals to just five from Mundulla with Clint Robinson and Brad Keast making the most of their chances around goal. Best for Borders were Dan Skinner, Matt Ellis, Keast with 5 goals and Sandercock. Marra, Jaeschke, Boyd Packer and Craig Wiese battled hard for Mundulla.

BORDER DISTRICTS 18-10 118 COMFORTABLY OVER MUNDULLA 10-10 70 

Padthaway made a strong start to set up a battling win by 24 points over third placed Bordertown. The Lions shot to 25 point lead at quarter-time with Rochester and Degabriele in good touch across the centre and Hoffman winning in the ruck. Bordertown closed the gap in the second term but couldn’t quite get on level terms with the Lions who still led by 26 points. Both teams booted five goals in the third quarter but Padthaway seemed to be always one step ahead of the Roosters, goal kicking onballer Gene Robinson was doing plenty of work and kicking goals in a bid to keep Bordertown in it but Padthaway’s key forwards Welsh and McLennan were a constant threat. Bordertown again outscored Padthaway but they were always playing catch-up football. Best for Padthaway were Rochester, Hoffman, Degabriele and Gunning, whilst Welsh and McLennan booted 6 and 4 goals each. Bordertown’s best were Maddy Hayes, Clint and Angus Diment, Robinson with 8 goals and Lodewyk.

PADTHAWAY 18-14 122 DEFEATED BORDERTOWN 15-8 98

Round 17 - August 15, 2015

Border Districts

4.2

6.5

12.7

18.10 (118)

Mundulla

3.1

5.2

6.7

10.10 (70)

Best: Borders - D. Skinner, M. Ellis, B. Keast, C. Sandercock, N. Naylor, C. Burr. Mundulla - B. Marra, E. Jaeschke, C. Wiese, B. Packer, D. Burgess, S. Lewin. Goals: Borders - C. Robinson 6, B. Keast 5, C. Barras 2, M. Lemon 1, C. Burr 1, C. Sandercock 1, S. Barras 1, D. Skinner 1. Mundulla - B. Packer 4, S. Lewin 2, D. Ridgway 1, A. Obst 1, B. Marra 1, D. Burgess 1

Padthaway

6.3

9.8

14.11

18.14 (122)

Bordertown

2.2

5.6

10.6

15.8 (98)

Best: Padthaway - L. Rochester, M. Hoffmann, J. Degabriele, B. Gunning, T. McLennan, S. Welsh. Bordertown - M. Hayes, C. Diment, G. Robinson, A. Diment, B. Lodewyk, S. Devitt. Goals: Padthaway - S. Welsh 6, T. McLennan 4, J. Dicker 3, B. Gunning 2, L. Rochester 1, C. Marshall 1, J. Teakle 1. Bordertown - G. Robinson 8, T. Harkness 2, M. Hayes 1, M. Tober 1, H. Fromm 1, C. Diment 1, J. Searle 1

Keith

6.4

12.10

22.13

27.16 (178)

Kaniva Leeor

3.2

4.4

5.4

5.6 (36)

Best: Keith - A. Kangur, N. Hunt, B. Simounds, S. Luders, A. Bowley, J. Wilson. Kaniva Leeor - J. Lyon, R. Richardson, J. Jarred, J. Wagg, N. Reeve, T. Stribling. Goals: Keith - B. Simounds 9, S. Luders 5, H. Gill 3, L. Mitchell 2, N. Hunt 2, A. Kangur 2, J. Forrest 2, B. Lamont 1, H. McMurray 1. Kaniva Leeor - A. Duncan 2, M. Skrypek 1, N. Reeve 1, D. Williams 1

Penola

6.3

18.9

28.13

33.17 (215)

Kingston

0.2

1.2

1.2

2.4 (16)

Best: Penola - B. Mcintyre, S. Jackman, K. Ransom, M. Ferguson, M. Merrett, B. Foster. Kingston - B. Warner, G. Brice-Marwood, T. Baker, C. Holloway, A. Cunneen, T. Mcgovern. Goals: Penola - B. Mcintyre 6, R. Smyth 5, J. Copping 4, B. Foster 3, M. Merrett 3, B. Lindner 2, W. Banton 2, D. Bunnik 2, J. Galpin 2, O. March 1, J. Pfitzner 1, S. Jackman 1, J. Anderson . Kingston - T. Mcgovern 1, B. Warner 1

Lucindale

7.4

12.6

14.13

20.16 (136)

Naracoorte

1.2

4.2

5.4

8.6 (54)

Best: Lucindale - S. Pemble, H. Cox, R. Mcinerney, S. Mardling, E. Gill, A. Smart. Naracoorte - S. Patterson, G. Mc Waters, W. Limbert, J. Bettoncelli, B. Hill, N. Boon. Goals: Lucindale - S. Mardling 6, E. Gill 5, A. Smart 3, R. Handbury 2, H. Cox 1, R. Mcinerney 1, D. McCarthy 1, T. Menz 1. Naracoorte - R. Jacobs 2, S. Patterson 2, J. Cother 1, B. Hill 1, S. Willson 1, M. Harvie 1

ROUND 17  PREVIEW THANKS TO THE NARACOORTE HERALD

August 13, 2015

THE top five is all but sealed, so this weekend's penultimate round of KNTFL football will be all about one game - a preview of the qualifying final.

There is no doubt that the qualifying final at Naracoorte on August 29 will be played between Padthaway and Bordertown, who will do battle this week.

None of the other four games set down for this weekend are between two finalists.

Keith v Kaniva/Leeor United

This will be a highly competitive game, but there's no doubt that Keith will win it. The Crows have been irrepressible this year against every side they've played, so a KLU team which won't make the finals is not likely to inflict their first loss.

United have played some impressive football at times but they will really struggle to contain the Crows big men and their bottom half dozen players will be no match for their Keith counterparts either.

Bordertown v Padthaway

This should be a cracking game with both returning to something approaching their best line-ups.

For Bordertown, Tim Harkness has been a welcome return at the goalfront and his combined 13 goals with Gene Robinson last week was a throwback to their early season form. With those two fit and firing, kicking goals won't be the problem for Bordertown this week and deeper into the finals - it will be stopping them.

Padthaway has a very versatile forward set-up with Scott Welsh a marking machine at full forward but various others able to chip in, including Tom McLennan, Tom Edwards and Jason Dicker, while the on-ballers love a goal as well.

With Michael Hoffman a very welcome returnee in the ruck last week, the Lions midfield benefited greatly and they will be hard to clamp down on for their Bordertown opponents. Padthaway love to control the ball once they get it, and Bordertown will find it hard to win its share.

It would inject some serious interest into the finals series if Bordertown was to beat Padthaway here, but it's hard to see it happening.

Penola v Kingston

If there's one prediction for this game, it's that whoever lines up at full back for Kingston is in for a torrid day. Penola coach and gun forward Adam Merrett only kicked two goals in a losing side last week and would not be happy.

The Eagles need to be better than they were against Padthaway to make an impact in the finals and they will be intent on dominating this game to regain some confidence. Merrett will demand a ruthless win and should get it.

Border Districts v Mundulla

Both of these sides had thrilling wins last week that lifted them well away from the bottom of the ladder and they'll be very keen to build on that with another win.

Mundulla is actually going for three wins in a row and is now getting consistent output from young forwards Douglas and Burgess to capitalise on the ongoing stellar form of on-ballers McGrice and Marra.

Borders showed plenty in a fighting win over Kingston last week, with Clint Robinson turning the clock back with six goals, but Mundulla is on a roll and might make it three on the trot.

Naracoorte v Lucindale

It won't mean anything to the two sides' seasons, but there's always plenty of interest in this clash, with the extra spice of ex-Demon Sam Logan leading the Lucindale Roos.

Logan would be comfortable with where his adopted side is at, with the Roos slowly building towards an elimination final appearance with most of their key players back from injury.

Add Sam Graetz back into the Roo midfield and it will look hard for Naracoorte to match up on, although the Demons' young on-ball contingent of Jacobs, Burns and Bell, added to the experience of Gould, Cother and Gill, has enjoyed a good year.

Naracoorte's biggest problem will be stopping the Lucindale talls such as Snowball, Legoe and Baker, and that full forward line of Logan, Snowball and Mardling looks capable of kicking a big score.

With McInerney, Ogilvie, Smart and the McCarthys driving it in there regularly, the Roos should be able to generate enough chances to win the game.

Kybybolite has the bye this weekend.

BORDERTOWN HOLD ON AGAINST FAST FINISHING KANIVA-LEEOR

August 10, 2015 - By Terry Willoughby

Another slow start by Kaniva-Leeor was costly at the finish against Bordertown. The Roosters shot to a 25 point lead at quarter time with goal-kicking on-baller Gene Robinson starring. KLU hit back in the second term but Bordertown matched every move and still led by 28 points. Dylan Williams and Ash Duncan were coming into the game for KLU but Harkness was resuming for Bordertown after an overseas trip and took up his early season form around the goals. The Roosters again outscored KLU in the 3rd quarter and looked set for a comfortable win but KLU had other ideas. Robinson had been brilliant for Bordertown with Tober strong in the ruck. KLU’s season would be over in a flash but they rebounded strongly with Richardson playing well and experienced Murphy and Skrypek lifting their game. Duncan and Williams seemed to goal everytime KLU went forward and the margin closed rapidly. Bordertown managed three valuable last qtr goals to hang on and win by 7 points in a quality high scoring game. Robinson with 8 goals was best for Bordertown ahead of Maddy Hayes, Tober, Wheelen and Feder. For KLU, Richardson, Murphy, Skrypek played well whilst Williams and Duncan each booted 6 goals.

BORDERTOWN 20-19 139 JUST OVER KANIVA-LEEOR UNITED 20-12 132

Border Districts were another team to survive a last quarter challenge when they held on to win by 14 points over Kingston. Borders steadily built a strong lead throughout the first half and went into the ½ time break 33 points up. Burr in defence and Rod Oliver on the forward line were doing well for Borders whilst Kingston had only Farrer firing near goal to keep them in the game with Austin effective in the midfield. Kingston had a better third term but made little headway but Austin had good support from Labastida and Vallejo. Borders led by 30 points but Kingston wouldn’t  go away and booted 6 last quarter goals and put the wind up Borders who managed three to hold onto the lead. Burr, Oliver, Clint Robinson with 6 goals, Naylor and  Clint Barras played well for Borders. Austin, Labastida, Mills and Vallejo played well for Kingston and Farrer booted 7 goals.

BORDER DISTRICTS 17-15 117 DEFEATED KINGSTON 16-7 103

Straight kicking kept Naracoorte in the game in the first half against Mundulla. Both teams have had somewhat disappointing seasons so they were playing for bragging rights more than anything. The margin at each change was five, one, 14 points with both teams having the lead at stages but Mundulla were ahead at the last change. Naracoorte’s accuracy  continued to aid them and they slowly eroded the deficit but Mundulla were doing just enough. Ball-winning magnet Jake McGrice was in everything for Mundulla whilst Nathan Milligan and Nick Davis stood tall in defence. Boon, Gilbert, Atkins and Josh Cother played well for Naracoorte but they fell 3 points short.

MUNDULLA 11-13 79 DEFEATED NARACOORTE 12-4 76

Lucindale almost had their finals hopes derailed by Kybybolite who surged to a 16 point at ¾ time. Both teams went goal for goal in the first half and nothing separated them at the main break. Kyby got away in the 3rd quarter to add 6 goals and lead by 16 points with Carberry and Tom Cooper providing strong goal-kicking targets. Lucindale now had a task ahead but coach Sam Logan kept at his team to be positive. Defenders Kane McCarthy and Tim McKenzie rebounded well and kept the Kyby forwards to a solitary goal and Lucindale mid-fielders Cox and Ryan McInerney continually sent the ball forward where Logan was their only multiple goal kicker. Ten scoring shots for 4 goals might be a poor return but it was enough for Lucindale to win by 8 points. McInerney, McCarthy, Cox and Logan with 5 goals played well for Lucindale. Billy Laurie, Dave Arnold, Brodie and Carberry with 5 goals battled hard for Kyby.

LUCINDALE 14-15 99 NARROWLY KYBYBOLITE 14-7 91

Padthaway’s strong 69 point win over Penola suggests the premiership race has narrowed down to just two with Keith favourites ahead of the Lions. Padthaway led from the start and Penola were always on the defensive. Ex-AFL forward Scott Welsh booted 6 goals, Jason Dicker 4 to be constant threats whenever Padthaway went forward whilst Hoffman in the ruck an Marshall across the middle gave plenty of drive. The lead had blown out to 28 points by half time and  clearly Penola were in trouble. The same trend continued in the 3rd quarter and the Lions forged ahead by 53 points. The last quarter was a formality and Penola could not make any ground as Padthaway went further ahead to win by 69 points. Better players for Padthaway were Marshall, Darcy Boyanton,  McNamara, Hoffman and Dicker. Jackman, Pfitzner, Jordan Galpin battled hard for Penola.

PADTHAWAY 16-20 116 TOO STRONG FOR PENOLA 7-5 47                 

Round 16 - August 8, 2015

Mundulla

2.3

4.7

8.10

11.13 (79)

Naracoorte

3.2

5.2

7.2

12.4 (76)

Best: Mundulla - J. McGrice, N. Milligan, C. Wiese, B. Marra, N. Davis, B. Douglas. Naracoorte - N. Boon, J. Gilbert, T. Atkins, J. Cother, W. Limbert, T. Burns. Goals: Mundulla - B. Douglas 3, D. Burgess 2, J. McGrice 2, R. Williams 2, N. Davis 1, N. Milligan 1. Naracoorte - S. Willson 4, T. Burns 3, S. Henschke 2, G. Mc Waters 1, K. Jacobs 1, J. Gilbert 1

Lucindale

3.4

6.5

10.9

14.15 (99)

Kybybolite

3.2

6.5

13.7

14.7 (91)

Best: Lucindale - K. Mccarthy, H. Cox, R. Mcinerney, S. Pemble, S. Logan, T. Mackenzie. Kyby - B. Laurie, D. Arnold, D. Brodie, S. Carberry, T. Cooper, W. Miles. Goals: Lucindale - S. Logan 5, T. Menz 1, S. Mcgurk 1, H. Cox 1, M. Kelsh 1, S. Pemble 1, H. Legoe 1, P. Baker 1, A. Smart 1, S. Mardling 1. Kyby - S. Carberry 5, B. Laurie 3, T. Cooper 3, J. Mckay 1, I. Noles 1, S. Craig 1

Bordertown

6.4

12.10

17.15

20.19 (139)

Kaniva Leeor

2.3

8.6

12.7

20.12 (132)

Best: Bordertown – G. Robinson , M. Hayes , M. Tober , T. Wheelen , D. Feder , S. Devitt. Kaniva Leeor - R. Richardson, A. Duncan, N. Murphy, M. Skrypek, J. Jarred, H. Bennett. Goals: Bordertown – G. Robinson 8, T. Harkness 5, J. Eats 2, H. Fromm 2, B. Hayes , J. Searle , N. Hewett. Kaniva - D. Williams 6, A. Duncan 6, M. Skrypek 3, N. Murphy 3, N. Reeve 1, T. Stribling 1.

Border Districts

5.4

10.6

14.11

17.15 (117)

Kingston

3.2

5.3

10.5

16.7 (103)

Best: Borders - C. Burr, R. Oliver, C. Robinson, T. Naylor, C. Barras, T. Watson. Kingston - J. Austin, H. Labastida, T. Mills, I. Vallejo, S. Robertson, A. Cunneen. Goals: Borders - C. Robinson 6, B. Keast 3, M. Lemon 2, R. Oliver 2, J. Pitt 1, F. Adams 1, T. Underwood 1, S. Barras 1. Kingston - W. Farrer 7, S. Robertson 4, I. Vallejo 3, T. Mills 2

Padthaway

4.4

7.11

12.18

16.20 (116)

Penola

2.0

4.1

6.1

7.5 (47)

Best: Padthaway - C. Marshall, D. Boyanton, T. McNamara, M. Hoffmann, J. Dicker, S. Edwards. Penola - S. Jackman, J. Pfitzner, J. Galpin, T. Pearce, M. Merrett, K. Ransom. Goals: Padthaway - S. Welsh 6, J. Dicker 4, C. Marshall 2, B. Gunning 1, T. McLennan 1, J. Cicolella 1, T. Cox 1. Penola - A. Merrett 2, S. Jackman 2, J. Copping 1, J. Pfitzner 1, J. Galpin 1

ROUND 16 PREVIEW THANKS TO THE NARACOORTE HERALD

August 6, 2015

THE pointy end of the KNTFL football season has definitely arrived for some teams, with three rounds left. Six teams are still fighting for five finals spots, and only the top two are sure to finish in their current positions.

Two matches in particular this weekend will be crucial to the make-up of the top five - if KLU was to beat Bordertown and Penola beat Padthaway, it would throw both the top three

and the top five wide open.

K/L United v Bordertown

This is it for KLU, the last chance at keeping finals hopes alive. The Cougars have a tough draw to finish the year while its finals rivals don’t, and they also have a poor percentage so

winning this game and probably next week against top team Keith are imperative.

The Cougars were handled easily by fellow finals hopeful Penola last week, but again fronted up without giant ruckman Seb Guilhaus. If he is out again this week, quite simply, KLU will not win.

Bordertown fell well short in a big test against Keith last week, but the Roosters are a top three side and deserve to be there. They will need to be near their best to comfortably account

for KLU but should be able to do it.

Padthaway v Penola

Early in the season you might have expected these two sides to be facing off as 1 v 2 at this time of year, yet they are 2 v 4. But that is misleading, as on their day they can be the

best two sides in the competition.

Padthaway continues to struggle with injuries and seemingly has fill-in players most weeks, but they just keep winning. Penola on the other hand has had a very strong run since losing its first three games, but actually got its season started with an 18-point win over Padthaway in round 5.

And the Eagles would back themselves to replicate that result this week. They were very good in trouncing KLU last week and they look to be running into form at the right time of the year.

The big difference between the sides, if any, is that Penola has a superb reserves side to draw from and has excellent depth. Padthaway’s reserves have struggled and can’t provide the same back-up, and in the heat of a tight contest that could be telling. Penola might cause an upset here to keep their top three window open.

Kingston v Border Districts

This is a match-up of the two bottom sides, but what it might lack in class this game won’t lack in spirit. Both of these sides have some impressive young talent who on their day can produce some energetic footy.

Kingston in particular can produce some excitement with the likes of high-flying William Farrer up forward, Vallejo, Labastida and locals Warner and Austin moving the ball quickly

and efficiently.

Borders have played some good games as well and when they can spot up big forwards Hargraves and Underwood, they are hard to stop. If those two can get free and Clint Barras

can snag a few as well from the pocket, Borders have the weapons to win.

Mundulla v Naracoorte

Mundulla’s up and down season continued last week with a good effort to beat a capable Kyby side, and playing for a second week in a row on their home deck they would be confident of repeating the dose against Naracoorte.

But the Demons would be well rested after the week off and would be keen to atone for a 10-goal loss to Padthaway last start.

They kicked only one goal in the first half of that game and coach Simon Cox will be desperate to get more out of his charges here. He should get it, as a fresh ruckman George McWaters, midfi elders Matt Gill and Nigel Block and forwards Brett Gould and Sam Willson will be eager to get back on the winner’s list.

Lucindale v Kybybolite

Kyby had a somewhat surprising win over Lucindale the first time they played this season, but it would be a brave tipster to go against the Roos this time. Lucindale hasn’t been

ultra-impressive but has been winning games while dealing with some significant injuries to key players. Most of the big names are back now and having last week off with the bye would have helped a couple more so Lucindale will hit this game with close to a full list.

Kyby also has recovered from most of its injury woes but is still struggling to put four quarters together like it was earlier in the season. Kyby hasn’t won at Lucindale for several

years and will be very hard pressed to change that this Saturday.

Keith has the bye this weekend.

BORDERTOWN AND KANIVA-LEEOR UNITEDS FINALS HOPES TAKE A HIT

Round 15 report with Terry Willoughby, 3 August 2015

Bordertown made a brilliant start against the top team Keith and raced to a 27 point lead at quarter time. Onballers Clint Diment and Robinson were giving the Roosters an edge around the stoppages but Keith quickly got back into the game in the second term with Simounds and Luders having an impact near goal. The Crows led by 2 points at the long break and looked ominous. The 3rd term was more like Keith’s earlier form but Bordertown managed three goals to remain in touch. The Crow’s quickly put the game beyond Bordertown’s reach with 6 goals in the last quarter and outlined why they are flag favorites. Ben Simounds starred again with 7 goals, Luders and Makin were dangerous on the forward line and Alex Kangur continued his good form for Keith. Bordertown’s best were Tober, Clint and Angus Diment, Cuthbertson and Billy Hayes.

KEITH 16-12 108 COMFORTABLY OVER BORDERTOWN 12-6 78

Mundulla and Kybybolite went goal for goal in the first half with the lead changing regularly. Brodie was the surprise packet for Kyby but it was Mundulla ahead by just 2 points at ½ time. Boyd Packer and Jake McGrice were doing the finishing as well as providing opportunities for Mundulla. The Moots kicked away from Kyby with 5 goals to four in the 3rd quarter with Thorpe and Marra doing well, Pfitzner, Carberry and Davies were working hard to keep Kyby in  the game but Mundulla now had a 23 point lead. Mundulla again had more of the play whilst Kyby kept in touch with accurate kicking but Mundulla finished ahead by 25 points in a game that had no bearing on the ladder. Packer booted 5 goals to be best for Mundulla along with Thorpe, McGrice and Marra. Kyby’s best were Pfitzner, Carberry, Davies. Tom Cooper and Dave Arnold. Strangely, Brodie couldn’t be in the best with 8 goals.

MUNDULLA 15-12 102 DEFEATED KYBYBOLITE 12-5 77

Penola fought off a determined Kaniva-Leeor United after ½ time to win easily by 63 points and seriously damage KLU’s finals hopes. Coach Adam Merrett and wily veteran Jon Copping were too strong and skilful on Penola’s forward line whilst KLU had only one dangerous forward in Dylan Williams. KLU kept in touch throughout the first half with the experience of Nick Murphy and Toby Stribling showing out but Penola had many more avenues to goal. Penola started to control the game in the 3rd quarter with Jackman and Lindner doing well. Jarred and Lyon were battling hard for KLU but Penola had many more contributors and stretched their lead to 26 points at the last change. An 8 goal final term crushed KLU and Penola now loom as a genuine threat to Keith. Jackman, Jordan Galpin, Lindner and Adam Merrett with 6 goals were best for Penola. Jarred, Lyon, Murphy, Reeve and Stribling battled hard for KLU.

PENOLA 20-15 135 TOO GOOD FOR KLU 10-12 72

Round 15 - August 1, 2015

Mundulla

3.3

8.4

13.8

15.12 (102)

Kybybolite

4.0

7.3

10.3

12.5 (77)

Best: Mundulla - B. Packer, H. Thorpe, J. McGrice, B. Marra, N. Davis, L. Wiese. Kybybolite - M. Pfitzner, S. Carberry, S. Davies, T. Cooper, D. Arnold, B. Laurie. Goals: Mundulla - B. Packer 5, J. McGrice 3, B. Douglas 3, N. Milligan 1, J. Richards 1, D. Burgess 1, L. Wiese 1. Kybybolite - D. Brodie 8, J. Fitzgerald 1, B. Laurie 1, S. Shepherd 1, J. Bittner 1

Keith

2.2

6.7

10.12

16.12 (108)

Bordertown

6.6

6.5

9.5

12.6 (78)

Best: Keith – M. Tober , C. Diment , B. Hayes , K. Cuthbertson , A. Diment , B. Shuttleworth. Bordertown – not av. Goals: Keith - B. Simounds 7, S. Luders 3, P. Makin 2, S. Lehmann 1, A. Bowley 1, J. Forrest 1, L. Mitchell 1. Bordertown  - G. Robinson 4, J. Searle 2, C. McCarthy 2, J. Eats 2, C. Dahlitz 1, B. Hayes 1

Penola

4.5

8.6

12.12

20.15 (135)

Kaniva Leeor

2.4

6.8

8.10

10.12 (72)

Best: Penola - S. Jackman, J. Galpin, B. Lindner, A. Merrett, M. Merrett, T. Pearce. Kaniva Leeor - J. Jarred, J. Lyon, N. Murphy, N. Reeve, T. Stribling, J. Preston. Goals: Penola - A. Merrett 6, J. Copping 3, J. Galpin 2, B. Mcintyre 2, B. Lindner 2, B. Foster 2, M. Merrett 1, O. March 1, S. Jackman 1. Kaniva Leeor - D. Williams 4, N. Murphy 1, R. Richardson 1, T. Stribling 1, J. Wagg 1, A. Duncan 1,  H. Bennett 1

ROUND 15 PREVIEW THANKS TO THE NARACOORTE HERALD

IT might be a smaller round of only three matches in the KNTFL this weekend, but two of them will carry a huge amount of interest.
The game between Keith (first on the ladder) and Bordertown (third) will be a mouth-watering preview to the finals, while the one between Kaniva/Leeor United (sixth) and Penola (fifth) could decide which of them plays finals.
Keith v Bordertown
Keith continues to power along, knocking off yet another challenger in Penola last weekend to maintain its unbeaten run. The Crows had put that game to bed after just 30 minutes with a withering eight-goal burst in the first quarter, and their best football is simply too good for all other sides at the moment.
Bordertown haven't done much wrong either with only three losses for the year so far, but they were well beaten by Keith the first time they met in round 4, and might be worried that their best is not good enough to match it with them.
On that day, Keith forwards Ben Simounds and Scott Luders combined for 10 goals, and they will really stretch the likes of Kane Cuthbertson, Angus Diment and Tom Wheelen.
The midfield battle will be a beauty as both sides have quality on-ball set-ups and rucking options. It will be fascinating to see if Keith run someone with Bordertown on-baller Gene Robinson, who regularly runs forward to kick bags of goals.
The result would be harder to pick if Bordertown full forward Tim Harkness was back from injury and playing at his best, but even if he was there it looks like Keith have the key players to control this one and the Crows should be able to continue their undefeated streak.
Kaniva/Leeor United v Penola
Kaniva/Leeor are proving very resilient this year - every time it seems their list of unavailable players will cripple them, they manage to get over the line and stay in finals contention. Can they do it one more time?
This is their best and probably only chance to stay in contention for finals, as their draw in the run home is more difficult than Penola's and they need to get one up here.
That will not be at all easy. Penola will have a raft of key players back, most notably coach and gun goalkicker Adam Merrett and on-baller Ben McIntyre, both returning from State duties. They also have Hackwill, Skeer and another Merrett or two likely to be available.
It will help Kaniva/Leeor if big ruckman Seb Guilhaus is back, as they need him giving first use of the ball to quality on-ballers Murphy, Stribling, Duncan and Skrypek, but even if he's playing, Penola would still be a hot favourite to win.
Mundulla v Kybybolite
Disappointing seasons for the two Tiger teams with only seven wins between them. But there is something to be gained from this one, with both clubs enjoying the chance to fight for the title of being the "real Tigers".
Form-wise, both sides have been OK in recent weeks, with Kyby very competitive in losses to K/L United and Padthaway, then beating Kingston last week. Mundulla had a good win over Kingston a fortnight ago and then went down fighting to Lucindale, a likely finalist, last week.
So it should be a good, competitive game. Kyby will regain the services of star midfielder Billy Laurie from State duties and he will provide some of the polish that was missing in last week's scrappy win.
His inclusion and a game under the belt of ruckman Dave Arnold will be keys to Kyby improving further, while Mundulla is still missing a handful of key personnel and might just go down in a close one.
Padthaway, Border Districts, Kingston, Naracoorte and Lucindale all have a bye this weekend.

ROUND 14 REVIEW -
THE RACE FOR 5th SPOT HOTS UP

By Terry Willoughby, July 26 2015

aniva-Leeor United kept in the race for 5th spot with a narrow 8 point win over lowly Border Districts. Once again the experience and class of Nick Murphy came to the fore for KLU when they piled on 8 goals in the 1st quarter and opened up a 36 point lead. Borders hit back strongly in the 2nd term when kicking with the gale and hit the front by 9 points at the ½ time break. Suddenly KLU looked vulnerable. Scoring became difficult after the break but Murphy’s experience continued to be a factor and along with Toby Stribling and Skrypek KLU regained the lead before the ¾ time. Borders were kicking to the scoring end in the last quarter but it was KLU who kicked the only goal of the term to win by 8 points. Murphy with 4 goals was best for KLU along with Stribling, Duncan, Skrypek and carter. Borders best were Burr, Pitt, Clint Robinson, Sandercock and Clint Barras.

KANIVA-LEEOR UNITED 12-8 80 DEFEATED BORDER DISTRICTS 11-6 72

Top team Keith piled on 8 goals to nil from Penola and race to a commanding 53 point lead at quarter time and have the game well under control. Leading goalkicker Ben Simounds and fellow forward Scott Luders monstered the Penola defence and midfielders Alex Kangur and Jon Wilson provided plenty of chances. Keith’s defence held firm in the 2nd quarter but Penola edged back into the game with 5 goals but still trailed by 31 points at ½ time. Keith again controlled play in the 3rd quarter with Simounds’ using his SANFL experience to great advantage as the Crow’s increased their lead to 56 points. Penola battled hard in the last quarter but were unable to match Keith who managed two goals against the wind to win by 46 points. Tom Sandercock in the ruck, Simounds with 6 goals, Nick Hunt, Kangur and Luders were best for Keith. Penola’s best were Pfitzner, Williams, Banton, Scott Merrett, but they have dropped to 5th spot after the loss.

KEITH 15-10 100 TOO GOOD FOR PENOLA 8-6 54

Lucindale kept a dangerous opponent in Mundulla under wraps for most of the game to win by 15 points. The win lifted them to 4th spot on the ladder as the race for finals action hots up. Lucindale had the better of the 1st half with former coach Aaron Smart having his most productive day in ages around goal. His unlikely bag of 6 goals surprised the Moots as Lucindale held a 34 point lead by halftime. Mundulla slowly bridged the gap in the 3rd term with Graetz, Jason Milligan and Tom Perry leading the way but Lucindale still led by 12 points. Both teams scored two goals in the last quarter but Lucindale always looked more likely in attack and won by 15 points. Best for Lucindale were Tristan Menz, Mackenzie in defence, Smart with 6 goals and Pat Baker. Henry Graetz headed Mundulla’s best from Perry, Jason Milligan and Ridgway.

LUCINDALE 10-14 74 DEFEATED MUNDULLA 8-11 59

Kybybolite led throughout to defeat Kingston by 9 points. A poor 3rd quarter put paid to any chance Kingston had when they allowed Kyby to boot 4 goals and lead by 40 points at ¾ time. Scott Carberry was always dangerous and booted 5 gaols for Kyby whilst Jack Mckay gave valuable assistance to kick 4. Kingston finished strongly to add 6 goals in the last quarter but the margin was too great to cover. Will Farrer booted 7 goals in a fine solo effort for Kingston and Vallejo and Ben Warner played well as usual. Ironically the 3 teams in the South East that play in St Kilda colours all sit on the bottom of the ladder with just one win between them.

KYBYBOLITE 14-10 94 DEFEATED KINGSTON 13-7 85

Padthaway snuffed out any chance Naracoorte had with a dominant first half where they kicked 10 goals to just one and lead by 54 points. Welsh 5 goals, Marshall and Cox 3 each were always a threat with Padthaway constantly in attack. Naracoorte had a better 2nd half but never threatened the multi- talented Lions. Naracoorte’s finals hopes disappeared with the loss whilst Padthaway appear the biggest threat to Keith.

PADTHAWAY 17-10 112 TOO GOOD FOR NARACOORTE 7-8 50

Round 14 - July 26, 2015

Kaniva Leeor

8.1

8.2

11.8

12.8 (80)

Border Districts

2.1

9.5

11.5

11.6 (72)

Best: Kaniva Leeor - N. Murphy, T. Carter, A. Duncan, T. Stribling, C. Maddern, M. Skrypek. Borders - C. Burr, J. Pitt, C. Robinson, C. Sandercock, C. Barras, F. Adams. Goals: Kaniva Leeor - N. Murphy 4, T. Hawker 3, A. Duncan 1, M. Skrypek 1, J. Larocca 1, J. Wagg 1, B. King 1. Borders -  D. Hargraves 2, F. Adams 2, T. Underwood 1, B. Keast 1, R. Oliver 1, C. Barras 1, S. Barras 1, N. Thomas 1, C. Burr 1

Keith

8.5

9.8

13.10

15.10 (100)

Penola

-

5.1

5.2

8.6 (54)

Best: Keith - T. Sandercock, B. Simounds, N. Hunt, A. Kangur, S. Luders, J. Wilson. Penola - J. Pfitzner, T. Williams, W. Banton, S. Merrett, T. Pearce, T. Bailey. Goals: Keith - B. Simounds 6, S. Luders 2, A. Kangur 2, N. Hunt 1, J. Wilson 1, H. McMurray 1,  L. Mitchell 1, H. Gill 1. Penola - B. Foster 3, S. Jackman 1, J. Copping 1, K. Ransom 1, M. Merrett 1, O. March 1

Lucindale

3.2

7.8

8.10

10.14 (74)

Mundulla

1.2

2.4

6.10

8.11 (59)

Best: Lucindale - T. Menz, T. Mackenzie, A. Smart, P. Baker, H. Cox, D. McCarthy. Mundulla - H. Graetz, J. Milligan, T. Perry, D. Ridgway, B. Marra, N. Milligan. Goals: Lucindale - A. Smart 6, S. Logan 3, M. Kelsh 1. Mundulla - D. Ridgway 3, B. Packer 2, J. McGrice 2, D. Burgess 1

Kybybolite

4.5

9.7

13.9

14.10 (94)

Kingston

2.1

6.3

7.5

13.7 (85)

Best: Kybybolite - M. Pfitzner, J. Mckay, S. Craig, R. Jaensch, T. Cooper, J. Fitzgerald. Kingston - I. Vallejo, B. Warner, W. Farrer, J. Gluyas, G. Brice-Marwood, T. Baker. Goals: Kybybolite - S. Carberry 5, J. Mckay 4, S. Craig 2, W. Miles 1, J. Fitzgerald 1, R. Jaensch 1. Kingston - W. Farrer 7, C. Baker 2, B. Kennedy 1, T. Mills 1, H. Labastida 1, B. Warner 1

Padthaway

6.2

10.6

12.10

17.10 (112)

Naracoorte

0.3

1.6

4.8

7.8 (50)

Best: Padthaway - C. Marshall , T. Edwards , T. Cox , S. Welsh , B. Gunning , J. Degabriele. Goals: Padthaway - S. Welsh 5, C. Marshall 3, T. Cox 3, J. Cicolella 2, J. Dolling , T. McLennan , J. Dicker , B. Gunning

ROUND 14 PREVIEW WITH THE NARACOORTE HERALD

July 23, 2015

ONE of the KNTFL matches of the season will unfortunately be seriously impacted by State representative duties this weekend.

The resurgent Penola will take on undefeated Keith in what will be a belter of a game, but the Eagles' task will be made that much harder by the absence of their coach and gun goalkicker Adam Merrett and midfielder and reigning league medallist Ben McIntyre.

Both players are almost certain to miss the match after being picked in the SA country team to take on Western Australia this weekend.

Kybybolite's Billy Laurie is the other KNTFL player to have been picked in the State team.

Penola v Keith

A full strength Penola side would attack this game with plenty of confidence considering their excellent form, but the absence of Merrett and McIntyre will hurt. The Eagles have excellent depth, but it will be hard to replace players of that calibre.

They did do some planning for Merrett's absence last week with the move of regular defender Matt Ferguson up forward, which worked, so he could be a key position option up there. But they will have to make sure they've got Keith's forward guns covered first, and containing Ben Simounds and Nigel Luders will be tough.

Penola probably matches up with Keith as well as anyone, and they are a chance to cause an upset, but they'll be a better chance if they run into the Crows in the finals with Merrett and McIntyre back in the side.

Border Districts v K/L United

K/L United just keep injecting intrigue into the competition with surprise wins and losses, but it would be a real surprise if they dropped th one. They lost to Naracoorte last week to keep the Demons' finals chances alive, but they will pretty much end their own if they lose this one, considering their very tough run home.

Borders would love to be the cause of United missing the finals, but if United have ruckman Seb Guilhaus and one or two others back, they should win comfortably.

Kybybolite v Kingston

The form of both of these sides is a bit hard to read, and both were in winning positions late last week against good sides before dying badly.

There is a bit to play for here. Kyby would love a win to pull away from the bottom group on the ladder, where it probably feels it doesn't belong, while Kingston can still avoid the wooden spoon if it wins this one and then beats Border Districts in a couple of weeks.

That is a big incentive for a young side looking for positives out of another long season and the Saints are a real chance of taking home the points from Kyby.

Lucindale v Mundulla

Lucindale is still battling player absences, but did enough to win last week and will do enough this week. Mundulla had a win at its last start, over the same opponent Lucindale beat last week, but the Moots are only just going and have far less to play for than Lucindale.

The Roos are in prime position to claim fifth position on the ladder and the last finals spot, and will know they need to win games like this to hold off K/L United and Naracoorte.

Naracoorte v Padthaway

Naracoorte just continues to hold on to a finals chance, and has a vital game against Lucindale in round 17 which could decide their fate,.

However they could help themselves significantly by causing an upset here. It is not out of the question, not by a long shot.

Padthaway keeps winning games, but an undermanned Kyby proved last week that it is possible to put pressure on the Lions for extended periods and the Demons are a better performed side than Kyby of late.

Padthaway is still sweating on the return of a handful of key players and is doing a good job with the squad it has at the moment, but if they're not switched on when they arrive at the Naracoorte oval, the home side might just jump them and with their young legs they'll be hard to catch.

Bordertown has the bye this weekend.

THE BATTLE FOR 5TH SPOT CONTINUES

July 20, 2015

Keith showed Border Districts just why they are the top team at  present with a comprehensive 112 point thumping. Rarely out of second gear, the Crows, went further ahead at every change. Twenty-one points at quarter time quickly became 43 at the long break. Gill and Kangur were simply too good around the midfield and stoppages and Ben Simounds was always dangerous at half-forward. Borders had only a few battlers to keep Keith honest. Stepping on the gas in the 2nd half saw Keith bolt to an 83 point lead by ¾ time. Anytime Borders went forward the Keith defence led by Seamus McMurray repelled easily. The last quarter was a formality as Keith added another six goals to win by 112 points. Harry Gill, Alex Kangur, Mcmurray and veteran Nick Hunt headed Keith’s best and Simounds finished with six goals. For Borders only Clint Barras, Burr and Oliver showed much heart.

KEITH 21-20 146 THRASHED BORDER DISTRICTS 4-10 34

After an even first half where the inconsistent Kaniva-Leeor wasted chances with poor finishing near goal Naracoorte gained the upperhand. Leading by just a point going into the 2nd half Naracoorte booted 5 goals to two from KLU and open up a gap of 23 points. Bettoncelli in defence, Cother, Block and Sam Willson up forward were all influential in this quarter. KLU made a concerted effort to get back in the game in the last quarter by booting 6 goals but Naracoorte matched them with six as well and ran out winners by 24 points and tip KLU out of the top five. Best for Naracoorte were Bettoncelli, Cother, Block and Willson with 5 goals. KLU may well rue the loss in the run towards finals. Their best were Duncan who booted 6 goals, Stribling, Lyon, Vivian and Skrypek.

NARACOORTE 19-14 128 DEFEATED KANIVA-LEEOR 15-14 104

Lucindale, a finals contender got a major fright from bottom placed Kingston before scraping home by 21 points. Kingston made a great start and had Lucindale on the back foot for most of the first half. Holloway in defence and Ben Warner on the ball led the way and Kingston led by 25 points at quarter time. Lucindale slowly got back into the game during the 2nd term but Kingston held on to a 7 point lead. The 3rd quarter was all square with Kingston’s accuracy a factor in scores being level at the last change. Mardling was proving hard to contain for Lucindale and coach Sam Logan was also dangerous near goal. McKenzie in defence and Menz across the centre had also stepped up for Lucindale. The last quarter saw Lucindale’s better players get into the game as Kingston’s efforts started to fade and with 5 goals to  two Lucindale steadied for an unsteady win and moved back into the top five. Best for Lucindale were Menz, McKenzie, McCarthy and Baker.     

LUCINDALE 14-15 99 DEFEATED KINGSTON 12-6 78

Padthaway were another top team made to battle for a win against a bottom four placed team. Kybybolite led for most of the first half against the highly rated Lions in a low scoring game. Defending tenaciously against the powerful Padthaway forwards was always going to be difficult but Kyby did just that and also restricted the Lion on-ballers to lead by 4 points at half-time. Goals were hard to come by though and slowly Padthaway edged ahead with 3 goals to one from Kyby and take a 7 point lead close to ¾ time. Padthaway’s key forwards McLennan and Welsh were now getting more than enough touches to make Kyby’s task harder. The Lions kept Kyby scoreless in the last quarter and added 4 goals to win unconvincingly by 35 points. Marshall, Tom Edwards, Koch and McLennan were amongst Padthaway’s best and Welsh booted 4 goals. Kyby’s best were Brodie, Schinkel, Tom Cooper and Bill Laurie.

PADTHAWAY 12-10 82 DEFEATED KYBYBOLITE 7-5 47

Penola and Bordertown had a tight battle in the 1st half before Penola kicked away in the 3rd quarter. Defences were on top for both teams in the first half with the lead changing hands several times. Penola led by just two points at quarter time but Bordertown battled their way to a 5 point lead at half-time. The Rooster’s leading goalkickers in Eats and Robinson were kept under tight control. Pearce and Matt Merrett were doing well for Penola but defensive counterparts Clark, Cuthbertson and Angus Diment were just as effective for Bordertown. The 3rd quarter saw Penola get away from the dogged Bordertown with Adam Merrett, Matt Ferguson and Pfitzner having an impact to give the Eagles a 26 point lead. Penola maintained the momentum in the last quarter and added another 3 goals to Bordertown’s one and win by 37 points. The win exposed Bordertown’s frailty against quality opponents. Best for Penola were Pearce, Pfitzner, Matt Merrett, Anderson and Wenham. For Bordertown, Clark, Cuthbertson, Clint Diment, Robinson with 4 goals and Angus Diment were most effective before halftime.

PENOLA 13-13 91 TOO STRONG, BORDERTOWN 7-12 54  

Round 13 - July 18, 2015

Padthaway

1.3

5.6

8.6

12.10 (82)

Kybybolite

3.2

6.4

7.5

7.5 (47)

Best: Padthaway - C. Marshall, T. Edwards, D. Koch, T. McLennan, T. Hindmarsh, T. McNamara.  Kybybolite: D. Brodie, M. Schinckel, T. Cooper, B. Laurie, J. Rainsford, J. Jaensch. Goals: Padthaway - S. Welsh 4, T. McLennan 3, S. Townsend 1, B. Gunning 1, J. Cicolella 1, T. Cox 1, J. Dolling 1. Kybybolite - B. Laurie 3, S. Carberry 1, C. Mackinnon 1, S. Craig 1, T. Cooper 1

Penola

2.4

4.7

10.9

13.13 (91)

Bordertown

2.2

5.6

6.7

7.12 (54)

Best: Penola - T. Pearce, J. Pfitzner, M. Merrett, J. Anderson, S. Merrett, D. Wenham. Bordertown - N. Clark, K. Cuthbertson, C. Diment, G. Robinson, A. Diment, B. Shuttleworth. Goals: Penola - A. Merrett 3, M. Ferguson 3, J. Pfitzner 3, K. Ransom 1, S. Merrett 1, S. Jackman 1, B. Lindner 1. Bordertown - G. Robinson 4, L. Eats 1, J. Searle 1, M. Tober 1

Naracoorte

5.4

8.7

13.13

19.14 (128)

Kaniva Leeor

4.6

7.12

9.14

15.14 (104)

Best: Naracoorte - J. Bettoncelli, J. Cother, N. Block, S. Willson, S. Bates, S. Henschke. Kaniva Leeor - A. Duncan, J. Lyon, T. Stribling, L. Vivian, M. Skrypek, J. Jarred. Goals: Naracoorte - S. Willson 5, B. Gould 3, J. Cother 2, S. Henschke 2, S. Patterson 2, S. Bates 1,  R. Jacobs 1, B. Hill 1, W. Limbert 1, K. Jacobs 1. Kaniva Leeor - A. Duncan 6, N. Reeve 2, J. Wagg 2, T. Hawker 2, M. Skrypek 2, B. King 1

Keith

4.4

8.9

15.15

21.20 (146)

Border Dists

1.1

2.2

3.4

4.10 (34)

Best: Keith - H. Gill, A. Kangur, S. McMurray, N. Hunt, S. Lehmann, J. Wilson. Borders - C. Barras, C. Burr, R. Oliver, J. Richardson, F. Adams, C. Sandercock. Goals: Keith - B. Simounds 6, S. Lehmann 3, S. Luders 3, H. Gill 3, S. Laubsch 2, G. Johnson 1, N. Hunt 1, J. Wilson 1, J. Forrest 1. Borders - D. Hargraves 2, C. Barras 1, N. Thomas 1

Lucindale

1.2

5.8

9.10

14.15 (99)

Kingston

5.3

7.3

10.4

12.6 (78)

Best: Lucindale - T. Menz, T. Mackenzie, S. Mardling, K. Mccarthy, P. Baker, H. Cox. Kingston - C. Holloway, B. Warner, H. Labastida, J. Austin, B. Kennedy, W. Farrer. Goals: Lucindale - S. Mardling 5, S. Logan 3, D. Fogarty 3, S. Mcgurk 1, M. Kelsh 1, P. Baker 1. Kingston - W. Farrer 5, B. Kennedy 2, H. Labastida 1, B. Warner 1, J. Wiseman 1, T. Mills 1, B. Major 1

ROUND 13 PREVIEW WITH THE NARACOORTE HERALD

July 15, 2015

THE results of two pivotal round 13 matches this weekend will go some way towards determining the make-up of the KNTFL finals.
In those match-ups, Penola has the chance to keep the race for the top three alive - or Bordertown can shut the gate - while Kaniva/Leeor United and Naracoorte will put their aspirations for earning fifth spot on the line.
Keith v Border Districts
Borders took it right up to top three side Bordertown last week, and they'll be aiming at the same sort of effort this week. Anything less will be capitalised on by Keith, which has proven itself ruthless and relentless this season.
The Crows just did enough to hold off Naracoorte last week but in the wet conditions a six-goal win was comfortable. As the second highest scoring side (behind only Bordertown), the potential is there for them to kick a big score, so Borders will have to get plenty of the ball forward for their keys Underwood and Hargraves to kick a big score of their own.
Borders will be brave but Keith is packing too many guns at the moment to drop a game to anyone outside the five.
Bordertown v Penola
This should be an absolute cracker and will either give Penola an outside sniff of stealing third spot from Bordertown, or shut the gate altogether.
Penola is still winding up after a poor start to the year and will really want to win this one before having to face league leaders Keith next week without guns Adam Merrett and Ben McIntyre, who will be on State country duties.
The Eagles are coming off two consecutive weeks off and will be hungry for the contest against Bordertown. They know their best football is good enough to match anyone, and if ruckmen Bunnik and Banton can feed McIntyre, Jackman, Ransom, Bailey and Lindner in the centre square, the Eagles will get enough of the ball up to Adam Merrett and Brodie Foster to do some real damage.
Veteran Jon Copping could be an inclusion after a couple of reserves games and he would add another forward option.
The Eagles will assign a mean run-with player to clamp down on goalkicking midfielder Gene Robinson and if he's shacked and Tim Harkness is still out, much will fall on the shoulders of young Lochie Eats, who will have the likes of Tom Pearce or Matt Ferguson to negotiate.
The Penola machine is starting to roll and the Eagles could get a surprise win here.
K/L United v Naracoorte
United has now won four on the trot, and still has a handful of top players to come back in, so things are looking up for the Cougars. The addition of former South Adelaide captain Nick Murphy to the centre square has complemented Stribling and Duncan perfectly and ruckman Guilhaus now has an embarassment of riches to tap down to.
They will be up against a younger and more slightly built on-ball contingent with the likes of Burns and Jacobs building their experience and trying to help out Gould, Gill, Block and Cother. They will have their work cut out this week.
United has struggled to put together an effective forward line with travellers Williams, Thach, Skrypek and Stallion all missing games, but coach Reeve can pinch hit up there and Hawker has provided a target, so they can still kick a winning score.
Naracoorte continues to get games into young developing players and they have been able to get up for a number of unexpected wins, but United seems on a path to the finals at the moment and it would take a very good Naracoorte performance to deny them their fifth straight win.
Padthaway v Kybybolite
Kyby's finals chances were finally extinguished for sure last week and how the Tigers respond to that will be interesting. They could drop their bundle and cop an awful pasting from a much stronger Padthaway team here, or they could commit to getting something out of the remainder of the season.
That aside, Padthaway will still be red hot favourites to handle whatever's thrown at them. The Lions don't seem to have that nuch depth, but they have been covering the absence of half a dozen good players every week and still winning well, so they are doing something right.
Kyby should now be aiming to have an influence on the finals even if they can't be part of it themselves, but Padthaway just looks too settled and confident to drop this one.
Kingston v Lucindale
There's plenty of recent history between these sides and they always have spirited battles. As has been the case for some years, Lucindale will enter the game favourites, and on current form they should win.
The Roos were nudged out of the top five last week but they could conceivably win every game from now, and with KL United facing Penola, Bordertown and Keith in consecutive weeks, Lucindale would be odds-on to steal fifth spot back.
But they shouldn't take Kingston for granted. The Saints have produced some very good performances with their youthful enthusiasm topped off with a bit of athletic class from recruits Labastida, Vallejo, Farrer and Lohde, and they are capable of causing an upset.
Lucindale however is starting to rebuild towards having its best side on the park, with Graetz, McKenzie and Baker back in last week. Now they just need Snowball, Gill and Ware in as well, and they'll be getting close.
Lucindale has more to play for and should win.
Mundulla has the bye this week.
Round 12 - July 11, 2015

Bordertown

3.1

7.2

10.6

10.7 (67)

Border Districts

0.4

5.5

7.5

8.8 (56)

Best: Bordertown - L. Eats, N. Clark, R. Tink, B. Shuttleworth, G. Robinson, A. Diment. Borders - C. Robinson, M. Ellis, C. Sandercock, F. Adams, N. Thomas, D. Hargraves. Goals: Bordertown - L. Eats 5, G. Robinson 3, A. Diment 1, N. Hampel 1. Borders - D. Hargraves 3, C. Barras 2, T. Underwood 2, F. Adams 1

Kaniva Leeor

6.2

7.4

10.8

11.9 (75)

Kybybolite

2.1

6.2

9.4

10.4 (64)

Best: Kaniva Leeor - N. Murphy, T. Stribling, L. Vivian, N. Reeve, C. Larocca, J. Lyon. Kybybolite - I. Noles, J. Bittner, T. Woodard, J. Jaensch, T. Lawrie, B. Laurie. Goals: Kaniva Leeor - T. Hawker 2, J. Larocca 2, N. Murphy 1, T. Stribling 1, B. King 1, A. Duncan 1, C. Larocca 1, J. Jarred 1, S. Dodson 1. Kyby - B. Laurie 2, I. Noles 2, S. Carberry 2, M. Schinckel 1, S. Craig 1, J. Bittner 1,

B. Munn 1

Keith

2.1

5.5

8.8

10.9 (69)

Naracoorte

1.3

2.4

2.4

4.4 (28)

Best: Keith - N. Hunt, B. Simounds, L. Mitchell, A. Kangur, S. Lehmann, S. Laubsch. Naracoorte - K. Jacobs, J. Macdonald, G. Mc Waters, N. Block, M. Harvie, T. Atkins. Goals: Keith - B. Simounds 5, A. Kangur 1, J. Wilson 1, S. Lehmann 1, P. Makin 1, T. McAllister 1. Naracoorte - S. Willson 2, S. Patterson 1, J. Cother 1

Mundulla

4.3

6.7

9.12

12.16 (88)

Kingston

5.1

8.6

9.6

9.7 (61)

Best: Mundulla - J. McGrice, B. Marra, A. Obst, L. Wiese, B. Packer, T. Perry. Kingston - B. Warner, J. Brown, K. Baker, K. Lohde, J. Gluyas, J. Austin. Goals: Mundulla - B. Marra 3, B. Packer 1, A. Obst 1, N. Milligan 1, B. Douglas 1, T. Perry 1, D. Burgess 1, E. Jaeschke 1, S. Lewin 1, L. Wiese 1. Kingston - B. Warner 3, J. Austin 1, H. Labastida 1, I. Vallejo 1, K. Lohde 1, B. Kennedy 1,

T. Mills 1

Padthaway

3.3

4.7

8.9

9.13 (67)

Lucindale

0.4

1.5

4.5

7.5 (47)

Best: Padthaway - S. Edwards, T. McNamara, T. Edwards, T. McLennan, D. Boyanton, K. Hicks. Lucindale - D. Ogilvie, A. Smart, R. Handbury, W. Gould, S. Graetz, H. Cox. Goals: Padthaway - S. Welsh 3, T. McLennan 2, D. Fraser 2, J. Dicker 1, J. Cicolella 1. Lucindale - W. Gould 2, S. Mardling 1, T. Mackenzie 1, R. Handbury 1, D. Fogarty 1, D. McCarthy 1

WINTER ARRIVES WITH A VENGEANCE
The free-wheeling , high scoring football that marks KNT football was rudely interrupted in all games with strong winds, lashing rain and bitter cold reducing scorelines dramatically. Bordertown led all day against a determined Border Districts to win by 11 points. The roosters kept borders goal-less in the 1st quarter but a rejuvenated borders booted 5 goals to keep the game in the balance at ½ time. Lachie Eats golden form continued for Bordertown and he provided a reliable path to goal whilst on-baller Gene Robinson ‘s 3 goals kept him up with the leading goalkickers. Bordertown led by 7 points going into the 3rd quarter but scoring was more difficult but the Roosters edged further ahead through the work of ruckman Rory Tink and defenders Clark and Angus Diment. Borders trailed by 19 points at the start of the last quarter and they outscored Bordertown but were unable to get any closer than the 11 point final margin. Best for the roosters were Lachlan Eats with 5 goals, Clark, Tink, Shuttleworth and Robinson. Border Districts better players were Clint robinson, Ellis, Sandercock and Adams.
BORDERTOWN 10-7 67 DEFEATED BORDER DISTRICTS 8-8 56
Kaniva-Leeor united tightened their grip on 5th spot with an 11 point win over Kybybolite. KLU set up the win with a strong 1st quarter in which they booted 6 goals to two and lead by 25 points. Former South Adelaide skipper Nick Murphy again made his presence felt along with former SA capain Toby Stribling. Kyby got the game back to more even terms before ½ time with Isaac Noles on the forward line and Jamie Bittner across the midfield doing well and KLU led by just 8 points. The arm wrestle continued in the 3rd quarter with both teams kicking 3 goals each but KLU extended their lead to 10 points. Reeve and Vivian had given good support to Stribling and Murphy for KLU but Kyby were kept in touch through the work of big-man Woodard and Jaensch in defence. The conditions reduced scoring to just a goal each in the last term and KLU eked out a win crucial win.
KANIVA LEEOR UNITED 11-9 75 DEFEATED KYBYBOLITE 10-4 64
The low scores continued at Naracoorte where the home team succumbed to the greater spread of talent in the the Keith crows line-up. The 1st quarter was tight with neither team able to gain any sort of break. Veteran defender nick hunt was a stumbling for Keith and held up Naracoorte repeatedly and Ben Simounds was constantly under notice at centre half forward. Naracoorte’s defence stuck to its task strongly but Keith gradually got on top before ½ time to lead by 19 points. The Crows kept Naracoorte scoreless in the 3rd quarter and added 3 goals to have a match-winning 40 point lead at the last change. Naracoorte could make no impression against the league leaders and Keith were content to keep them out to the final siren and win by 41 points.
KEITH 10-9 69 TOO STRONG FOR NARACOORTE 4-4 28
Mundulla’s woes looked set to continue when Kingston led for most of the 1st half in search of their second win for the season. Ben Warner was in everything for Kingston and defender Jake Brown stood out. The moots struggled to stay in touch but prolific kick winner Jake Mcgrice was tirelessly working to keep them in the game. Kingston held an 11 point lead at the long break. Mundulla gained some control in the 3rd term when they kept Kingston to a solitary goal whilst adding 3 themselves and snatch a 6 point lead entering the last quarter. McGrice was still the driving force for Mundulla and fellow on-baller Ben Marra provided valuable assistance around the goals. The moots kicked away in the final term, adding another 3 goals to Kingston lone point and record a 27 point win.
MUNDULLA 12-16 88 DEFEATED KINGSTON 9-7 61
Padthaway got off to a good start and lead by 17 points at quarter time against Lucindale. Once again weather conditions made scoring difficult and Lucindale were kept to just one goal in the 1st half. The lion’s defnce led by Sam Edwards and talkative Darcy Boyanton kept a tight rein on the Lucindale forwards and McNamara was strong at centre half-back. Padthaway led by 20 points at ½ time. Lucindale started the 3rd quarter in positive style with Ogilvie and former coach Aaron Smart lifting and with Handbury coming into the game Lucindale goaled three times but Padthaway withstood the challenge and again goaled to lead by 28 points. Lucindale again goaled three times in the last quarter but Padthaway were never really going to lose and steadied to win by 20 points.
PADTHAWAY 9-13 DEFEATED LUCINDALE 7-5 47
Round 12 - July 11, 2015

Bordertown

3.1

7.2

10.6

10.7 (67)

Border Districts

0.4

5.5

7.5

8.8 (56)

Best: Bordertown - L. Eats, N. Clark, R. Tink, B. Shuttleworth, G. Robinson, A. Diment. Borders - C. Robinson, M. Ellis, C. Sandercock, F. Adams, N. Thomas, D. Hargraves. Goals: Bordertown - L. Eats 5, G. Robinson 3, A. Diment 1, N. Hampel 1. Borders - D. Hargraves 3, C. Barras 2, T. Underwood 2, F. Adams 1

Kaniva Leeor

6.2

7.4

10.8

11.9 (75)

Kybybolite

2.1

6.2

9.4

10.4 (64)

Best: Kaniva Leeor - N. Murphy, T. Stribling, L. Vivian, N. Reeve, C. Larocca, J. Lyon. Kybybolite - I. Noles, J. Bittner, T. Woodard, J. Jaensch, T. Lawrie, B. Laurie. Goals: Kaniva Leeor - T. Hawker 2, J. Larocca 2, N. Murphy 1, T. Stribling 1, B. King 1, A. Duncan 1, C. Larocca 1, J. Jarred 1, S. Dodson 1. Kyby - B. Laurie 2, I. Noles 2, S. Carberry 2, M. Schinckel 1, S. Craig 1, J. Bittner 1,

B. Munn 1

Keith

2.1

5.5

8.8

10.9 (69)

Naracoorte

1.3

2.4

2.4

4.4 (28)

Best: Keith - N. Hunt, B. Simounds, L. Mitchell, A. Kangur, S. Lehmann, S. Laubsch. Naracoorte - K. Jacobs, J. Macdonald, G. Mc Waters, N. Block, M. Harvie, T. Atkins. Goals: Keith - B. Simounds 5, A. Kangur 1, J. Wilson 1, S. Lehmann 1, P. Makin 1, T. McAllister 1. Naracoorte - S. Willson 2, S. Patterson 1, J. Cother 1

Mundulla

4.3

6.7

9.12

12.16 (88)

Kingston

5.1

8.6

9.6

9.7 (61)

Best: Mundulla - J. McGrice, B. Marra, A. Obst, L. Wiese, B. Packer, T. Perry. Kingston - B. Warner, J. Brown, K. Baker, K. Lohde, J. Gluyas, J. Austin. Goals: Mundulla - B. Marra 3, B. Packer 1, A. Obst 1, N. Milligan 1, B. Douglas 1, T. Perry 1, D. Burgess 1, E. Jaeschke 1, S. Lewin 1, L. Wiese 1. Kingston - B. Warner 3, J. Austin 1, H. Labastida 1, I. Vallejo 1, K. Lohde 1, B. Kennedy 1,

T. Mills 1

Padthaway

3.3

4.7

8.9

9.13 (67)

Lucindale

0.4

1.5

4.5

7.5 (47)

Best: Padthaway - S. Edwards, T. McNamara, T. Edwards, T. McLennan, D. Boyanton, K. Hicks. Lucindale - D. Ogilvie, A. Smart, R. Handbury, W. Gould, S. Graetz, H. Cox. Goals: Padthaway - S. Welsh 3, T. McLennan 2, D. Fraser 2, J. Dicker 1, J. Cicolella 1. Lucindale - W. Gould 2, S. Mardling 1, T. Mackenzie 1, R. Handbury 1, D. Fogarty 1, D. McCarthy 1

ROUND TWELVE PREVIEW WITH THE NARACOORTE HERALD

July 10, 2015

THE race for the last couple of spots in the top five will heat up when the KNTFL resumes after the country championships weekend this Saturday.

Four sides are separated by only two wins from fourth to seventh spot, with Border Districts and Kybybolite only one win further back, and this weekend's games will prove vital in the wash-up.

Penola (24 points) is one win clear of the pack but has the bye this weekend and then plays four tough games in a row against contenders.

Fellow contenders Lucindale (20 points) and Naracoorte (20) have games against top two sides this week, while K/L United (20) takes on Kyby (12) in a game which could hurt United's finals chances, or end Kyby's altogether.

Naracoorte v Keith

Naracoorte has done well to win four games but hasn't been able to match it with the very top teams and Keith is certainly that. The Crows are flying on top of the ladder and have been able to put away middle of the road sides like Naracoorte comfortably.

In Ben Simounds they have a damaging forward in top form (13 goals last start), their midfield is big and strong and their other key position players can have a side built around them.

The Demons continue to get good service from ruckman George McWaters and on-ballers Matt Gill and Nigel Block, but they will be fighting a losing battle this week.

B/Districts v Bordertown

Border Districts have been very good against sides in the lower half of the ladder, but they've been opened up by the real front-runners and Bordertown falls into that category. The Roosters are the highest scoring side in the competition with twin targets Gene Robinson and Tim Harkness (who has missed the past two games) on fire and a midfield in good form.

Borders have their own forward trumps in Daniel Hargraves and Clint Barras, but the supply they get will be poles apart from Bordertown's this week unless the Borders midfield can play out of its skin.

Sandercock, Tarca, Naylor, Burr and Keast will hold their own, but Bordertown's own midfield will run rampant and lead their side to a solid win.

Kybybolite v K/L United

Kyby has had plenty of "last chances" to keep its sputtering finals hopes alive, but surely this is the last one. After a promising start to the year, including a win over United in round one, they suffered a few losses in winnable games and have been thumped by the top sides as injuries and dented confidence took their toll.

They can match it with United, they proved that in round one, and will get some handy players back from injury this week, but United has improved in recent weeks and the addition of SANFL midfielder Nick Murphy in their last start win over Lucindale proved crucial.

United will sneak into fifth spot with a win, while Kyby can start planning for 2016 if it loses, so there is a lot on the line and the result might be determined by how much the Tigers want it on their home ground.

Lucindale v Padthaway

Lucindale has been cruelled by injury in recent weeks after building a good record and looking a good chance to cement a finals spot. The Roos will have to get several key players back this week and even if they can get back one of their ruckmen in Ethan Gill, Mark Snowball or Paddy Baker, they will have something to build on.

The Roos also missed stars Tim McKenzie, Ryan McInerney and Sam Graetz last round, so if all of them are back, the Roos will be a lot stronger.

They will need to be, as Padthaway continues to cover the loss of several of its good players admirably. The Lions are fielding several players who started the year in the reserves, but have a strong enough structure to keep winning.

Lucindale at full strength and at its best could be a chance for an upset, but Padthaway will still be firm favourites.

Mundulla v Kingston

This is basically a clash for the wooden spoon. If Mundulla wins, Kingston will be stuck with the spoon again, but if the Saints get up, they will draw level with Mundulla on two wins and it will come down to percentage.

The form of the two sides has been moving in different directions. Mundulla started the year quite well, but has fallen away badly with a series of injuries and big losses, while Kingston has been competitive throughout and broke the duck a couple of weeks back with a surprise win over K/L United.

On form, Kingston would be favourites, but much will depend on how the two sides come out after the break. Kingston has had two weeks off now which might work against them, but even so the young Saints should have enough legs to run over Mundulla.

Penola has the bye this weekend.

GOALS, GOALS, GOALS AND KEITH REMAIN UNDEFEATED
June 30, 2015 - by Terry Willoughby

Key forwards played crucial roles in all KNTFL games with Adam Merrett and Ben Simounds bagging double figure tallies for Penola and Keith respectively. Penola booted 7 goals straight in the 1st quarter against a competitive Border Districts and led by 20 points. The southern Eagles then turned the game into a clinic as and Borders unravelled under the onslaught. Adam Merrett was superb around goal as he bounced off the opposition to kick goals easily as Penola raced to a 68 point lead at half-time. Penola appeared to be getting a little bored and booted only 5 goals in the 3rd quarter but Borders efforts were feeble and the margin blew out to 92 pts. Revved up again at the start of the last quarter, Penola continued on their merry way to add another 6 goals to win by 127 points. Adam Merrett was outstanding for Penola and booted 14 goals whilst mid-fielder Spence Jackman, on-baller Ben McIntyre and Matt Merrett also had dominating games. Better players were non-existent for Border Districts.
PENOLA 26-17 173 DEMOLISHED BORDER DISTRICTS 6-10 46
BORDERTOWN TOO STRONG IN FINAL TERM

By Lawrie Colliver

Bordertown saw off an early challenge from Naracoorte who led by four points at quarter time and went on to win by 66 points. The on-ball combo of McWaters and Matt Gill led the charge for Naracoorte as they had plenty of Inside 50s early, but wasted some chances. The Roosters however took theirs, with Lachy Eats kicking the first three goals for Bordertown. Naracoorte were playing the slightly better footy early and deserved a bigger quarter-time lead.
Bordertown bounced back in the 2nd term with Clint Diment and Gene Robinson taking control around the stoppages and midfield. Robinson was a class above, as he kicked four goals in the second term, to completely dominate the quarter, after being quiet early. The ruck duel between Rory Tink and McWaters was a good one, as the lead changed hands, before Bordertown pulled away to lead by 29 points at the long break.
Naracoorte had a good third term, but again couldn’t finish their attacks, adding 3.4, when it should have been much better. Bordertown did what they had to and lead by four goals with a term to go.
After three behinds early in the term to the Demons, the Roosters then jumped up a gear and dominated the last quarter with Robinson and Diment heavily involved in most attacks. Eats kicked two in the last and that sealed Naracoorte’s fate.
Best for Bordertown were on-ballers Clint Diment and Gene Robinson who booted 7 goals, Clark, Eats with 5 goals and Maddy Hayes. Matt Gill was easily best for the Demons, while Sid Patterson, McWaters and Block tried hard for Naracoorte who faded badly in the last term.

BORDERTOWN 18-13 121 TOO STRONG FOR NARACOORTE 7-13 55

Keith kept its unbeaten record intact with an easy 108 pt win over an outclassed Kybybolite. The Crows had far too much talent and with Ben Simounds dominating on the forward line and Aleks Kangur starring around the stoppages, Kyby had no answers. A 27 point lead at quarter time quickly blew out to 72 points at the main break and Kyby were powerless to stop the carnage. The 2nd half saw more of the same as Keith went forward against little resistance as the Kangur/Simounds show rolled on. Kyby rarely made entries into its forward line and when it did veteran defender Nick Hunt turned them back for Keith. Keith piled on 7 goals and allowed 4 to Kyby in the last qtr but were never threatened. Kangur and Simounds with 13 goals were outstanding for Keith ahead of Hunt, Harry Gill and Mitchell. Kyby’s finals hopes sank without trace.
KEITH 25-10 160 THRASHED KYBYBOLITE 8-4 52
Padthaway outplayed Mundulla in every quarter to win easily by 86 points. Former AFL and SANFL stars Scott Welsh and Justin Cicolella used their experience and skills to great effect against Mundulla who battled hard against the multi-talented drive-in Lions. The margin got bigger in each term as Padthaway tuned up their teamwork for the business half of the season. Jake McGrice played something of a lone hand for Mundulla but had little assistance on many occasions. Welsh and Cicolella booted 7 and 4 goals respectively to be high in Padthaway’s best along with Tom Edwards, Degabriele and Kieron Hicks. McGrice was Mundulla’s standout and Marra, Ballinger and Graetz chipped in at times.
PADTHAWAY 20-15 135 EASILY MUNDULLA 7-7 49
The erratic Kaniva-Leeor United kept its hopes of finals alive with a hard fought 7 point win over Lucindale. Whilst their goal-kicking wasn’t very good in the first half Lucindale’s was much worse. The Roos’ mangled many chances early on and paid dearly for it, despite coach Sam Logan’s 7 goals. KLU were never in front by much but always appeared to have the game under control and led at every change. Both teams booted five goals in the 3rd quarter but again KLU met every challenge that Lucindale raised. On-baller Travis Wware and veteran Aaron Smart were trying to lift Lucindale along with defenders Boschen and Ogilvie but KLU had the SANFL experienced pair Toby Stribling and deposed Souh Adelaide captain Nick Murphy doing well. Lucindale made a valiant effort to get on terms and outscored KLU in the last qtr but it wasn’t enough and KLU held on to win by 7 points. Reeve, Murphy with 3 goals, Vivian, Stribling and Dodson were best for KLU. Ware, Smart, Ogilvie and Sam Mardling who booted 4 goals to compliment coach Logan’s 7 were best for Lucindale whose hold on 5th spot looks shaky.

KANIVA/LEEOR UNITED 14-16 100 NARROWLY OVER LUCINDALE 13-15 93

Round 11 - June 27, 2015

Bordertown

3.1

9.5

11.10

18.13 (121)

Naracoorte

3.5

4.6

7.10

7.13(55)

Best: Bordertown - C. Diment, N. Clark, G. Robinson, M. Hayes, L. Eats, B. Shuttleworth. Naracoorte - M. Gill, S. Patterson, G. Mc Waters, N. Block, S. Willson, J. Bell. Goals: Bordertown - G. Robinson 7, L. Eats 5, B. Shuttleworth 2, C. McCarthy 2, C. Dahlitz 1, H. Paech 1. Naracoorte - J. Gilbert 2, T. Burns 2, N. Block 1, M. Gill 1, S. Willson 1

Penola

7.0

15.6

20.10

26.17 (173)

Border Districts

3.4

4.4

5.8

6.10 (46)

Best: Penola - A. Merrett, S. Jackman, B. Mcintyre, M. Merrett, K. Ransom, M. Ferguson. Goals: Penola - Adam Merrett 14, S. Jackman 3, B. Mcintyre 2, K. Ransom 2, S. Merrett 1, M. Merrett 1, M. Ferguson 1, J. Pfitzner 1, T. Bailey 1

Padthaway

4.6

12.9

16.11

20.15 (135)

Mundulla

2.3

4.3

6.4

7.7 (49)

Best: Padthaway - T. Edwards, J. Cicolella, S. Welsh, J. Degabriele, K. Hicks, J. Dicker. Mundulla - J. McGrice, B. Marra, T. Ballinger, H. Graetz, L. Wiese, D. Mosey. Goals: Padthaway - S. Welsh 7, J. Cicolella 4, J. Degabriele 3, J. Dicker 2, L. Rochester 2, D. Boyanton 1, T. McLennan 1. Mundulla - J. McGrice 4, S. Lewin 1, L. Wiese 1, D. Mosey 1

Kaniva Leeor

3.6

6.8

11.12

14.16 (100)

Lucindale

1.5

4.11

9.12

13.15 (93)

Best: Kaniva Leeor - N. Reeve, N. Murphy, L. Vivian, T. Stribling, A. Duncan, S. Dodson. Lucindale - T. Ware, A. Smart, D. Ogilvie, S. Mardling, J. Boschen, T. Menz. Goals: Kaniva Leeor - N. Murphy 3, B. King 2, T. Hawker 2, A. Duncan 2, L. Vivian 2, R. Richardson 1, T. Stribling 1, N. Reeve 1. Lucindale - S. Logan 7, S. Mardling 4, W. Gould 1, H. Cox 1

Keith

7.3

14.7

18.9

25.10 (164)

Kybybolite

3.0

3.1

4.2

8.4 (52)

Best: Keith - A. Kangur , B. Simounds , N. Hunt , H. Gill , L. Mitchell , P. Makin. Kyby - T. Hunter , T. Woodard , T. Lawrie , B. Laurie , J. Fitzgerald , J. Williams. Goals: Keith - Ben Simounds 13, S. Luders 4, A. Kangur 2, P. Makin , L. Mitchell , C. Hender , J. Forrest , S. Laubsch , H. Gill. Kyby - S. Carberry 3, B. Laurie 2, T. Cooper , J. Fitzgerald , B. Munn

ROUND 11 PREVIEW THANKS TO THE NARACOORTE HERALD

June 25, 2015

IT might be too early to call, but the KNTFL's top five could be set for the year at the end of this weekend's round 11 matches.  If results go according to favouritism, the top five sides will all win and the fifth-ranked side will pull two wins ahead of the challengers ranked from sixth and below.  Penola and Lucindale are both on 20 points and should win this weekend, while Naracoorte and K/L United on 16 points will be the underdogs in their matches. The most important result of the round will come from the Lucindale v K/L United clash. Everyone in the bottom half of the league will be hoping K/L United can win to keep the finals door ajar for them.

Keith v Kybybolite

Kyby has improved significantly from last year, but has suffered a series of injuries, which led to narrow defeats, which have now led to two significant thrashings. Another one looms here against the undefeated top team.

The Tigers showed good signs in being competitive at times against Bordertown last week, but they have found it hard to sustain high standards and it would take nothing less than their best to be a chance this weekend.

Unfortunately they have too many injuries and not enough confidence to be hopeful of causing an upset. against a Keith side which is flying.

Bordertown v Naracoorte

Naracoorte continues to be hard to pick - the Demons have been excellent at times, but then also have gone missing as they did against Penola in the last quarter last week.

Bordertown has hardly put a foot wrong this year and didn't even miss gun goalkicker Tim Harkness last week, although he will be a welcome inclusion if he's back this week. In Gene Robinson and Lochie Eats though (12 goals between them), they have admirable back-up so goalscoring power is not an issue.

Naracoorte is competitive because it is getting a lot of ball forward from the middle through ruckman McWaters and on-ballers Gill, Block, Gould and Myall, while Burns has had a good year up forward and Boon and Gilbert are marshalling the backline.

If they can again win the centre and give Burns, Willson and Gould goalkicking chances, the Demons could possibly cause an upset here, but it's impossible to pick against Bordertown when the Roosters are likely to continue their average of kicking 25 goals.

Penola v Border Districts

Penola is still sputtering a little but is continually improving after a shocking start to the season. The Eagles are nearing full strength with the return of injured players and mid-ladder sides like Borders should really be handled comfortably.

But Borders have been a real handful for some more fancied opponents, and coming off the bye will have them fresh and ready to cause a possible upset.

Borders have been getting great service from midfielders Sandercock, Keast and Burr, and full forward Hargraves might be a little older than his AFL days but he still knows how to mark and goal. If they can win the middle and Hargraves can have an impact, they could match it with Penola, but anything less than their best and Penola will win well.

K/L United v Lucindale

Put simply, if Lucindale wins this game, the finals race is just about over. With a win, the Roos would go two wins ahead of the sixth-placed team and apart from playing Padthaway in the first round after the bye, all of their remaining games are very winnable.

So it's up to KLU to keep the season alive with a win. Easier said than done when last week their absent players included guns Guilhaus, Williams, Skrypek and Stallion.

If they've got them back, it will help, but they would need to play at their best and Lucindale's injuries will have to be bad to allow the result to go their way. Lucindale has injury concerns over ruckman Ethan Gill and Mark Snowball, as well as gun on-baller Ryan McInerney, but even if they are all unavailable, their depth should just be enough to get them the points.

Padthaway v Mundulla

This would have been a classic if it was played last year, but since then the two sides' fortunes have gone in the opposite direction, with Padthaway still flying high and Mundulla looking for the finishing line at the end of the season already.

Mundulla made the preliminary final last year but has fallen far from those heights, while the reigning premiers are building nicely towards having another legitimate shot at the premiership.

Mundulla just has too many injuries and not enough depth to cover them, and Padthaway will win this game handsomely.  Kingston has the bye this weekend.

ROUND TEN WRAP

by Terry Willoughby - June 20, 2015

A week after celebrating their 150thPenola appeared flat-footed against a resurgent Naracoorte. Trailing narrowly at quarter time, the Demons got on top in the 2nd term with forwards Burns and Willson giving good support to Sid Patterson they took an 8 point to the long break. Naracorte continued to hold the upperhand in the 3rdterm and many players added to the goal tally as they added 7 goals to Penola’s four and lead by 25 points. The Naracoorte defenders had done well to restrict the dangerous Penola forwards in Adam Merrett and Brodie Foster. Trailing by more than four goals, Penola lifted their work-rate with mid-fielders Jackman and Lindner playing dominant roles and slammed on 7 goals to a solitary point and swamp Naracoorte by 19 points. Better players for Penola were Brett Lindner, Spence Jackman, McIntyre and the usual number of Merrett,s, Simon, Matt and Scott. For Naracoorte, Gilbert, Limbert, Bettoncelli and Broadstock battled hard but were over-run at the end.

PENOLA 16-15 111 DEFEATED NARACOORTE 14-8 92

Mundulla returned to some sort of form but it was not enough to defeat Kaniva-Leeor United who have also been struggling. KLU again started slowly but Mundulla didn’t take its chances to press home the advantage and led by just 8 points at quarter-time. KLU started to get moving in the 2nd quarter as the Moots again wasted chances. Prolific kick-winner Jake McGrice was in everything for Mundulla and Wade Packer gave strong support but only a point separated the teams at ½ time. Straight kicking by KLU was Mundulla’s Achilles heel as the Moots had plenty of play but trailed by 7 points at the last change. Richardson and former SANFL star Toby Stribling were doing well for KLU and Hawker gave them an avenue to goal. KLU edged further ahead in the last quarter to win by 14 points. Richrdson, stribling and Dodson were best for KLU whilst T Hawker booted 6 goals. Mundulla had the unusual scoreline of 3 goals 4 behinds each quarter. Their best were McGrice, Wade Packer, Milligan and Luke Wiese.

KANIVA-LEEOR UNITED 15-12 102 DEFEATED MUNDULLA 12-16 88

Padthaway burst Kingston’s one game winning streak with a 117 point thrashing. The Lions were never in trouble after booting 10 goals to one in the 1st quarter and cruised to victory from there-on. Livewire Ben Gunning returned to his best form and booted 7 goals along with Tom Edwards. Padthaway dominated play from start to finish with Rochester and Jason Degabrielle winning handsomely around the packs and midfield. Kingston’s recent good form now seemed like a dream as Padthaway did as they liked.

PADTHAWAY 24-15 159 THRASHED KINGSTON 6-6 42

Keith kept Lucindale to just one goal in the 1st half whilst booting 11 to have their game all wrapped up. Defenders, Capurso, McAllister and Molineux shut out the Lucindale forwards and midfielders Jon Wilson and Bowley gave plenty of drive. Lucindale improved in the 2nd half but never threatened as Keith still led by 58 points at ¾ time. Key forward Ben Simounds was the star for Keith and booted 5 goals as did Harry Gill. The undefeated Crows exposed the gap between the top 3 teams and the rest as Lucindale are fourth on the ladder. Keith cruised home to win by 57 points. Best for Keith were Capurso, Bowley, Gill, and Molineux. Lucindale battled hard, particularly in the 2nd half but were simply outclassed. Their best were Legoe, Ogilvie, Handbury and Kelsh.

KEITH 20-10 130 TOO GOOD FOR LUCINDALE 10-13 73

Bordertown’s greater spread of talent was too much for Kybybolite to overcome despite an avalanche of goals in the last quarter. The Roosters were without leading forward Tim Harkness but it made little difference as Lachlan Eats filled the breach nicely and booted 7. Kyby made a promising start with Billy Laurie doing well in the centre and Tom Hunter in defence. Bordertown took control in the 2nd quarter  with Gene Robinson and Matt Tober doing well. Bordertown started the 3rd quarter with a 39 point lead and kept Kyby to just two points for the quarter whilst extending their lead to 60. The last quarter was a complete contrast to the first three as both teams piled on the goals in a free-wheeling display of attacking football. Kyby booted 11 goals in what would be a match-winning effort on most occasions but Bordertown also kicked 9 to still win by 50 points as the ball was bounced from one end to the other like a pinball machine. Tober, Robinson with 5 goals, Eats with 7 and Nick Hewett were best for Bordertown. Billy Laurie, Tom Hunter, Taylor Lawrie and Tom Cooper played well for Kyby.

 

BORDERTOWN 23-18 156 DEFEATED KYBYBOLITE 16-10 106

Round 10 - June 20, 2015

(Corrected from origin results received)

Penola

2.4

5.9

9.12

16.15 (111)

Naracoorte

2.2

7.5

14.7

14.8 (92)

Best: Penola -  B. Lindner , B. Mcintyre , S. Jackman , S. Merrett , M. Merrett , S. Merrett.  Naracoorte - J. Gilbert, W. Limbert, J. Bettoncelli, W. Broadstock, S. Patterson, T. Burns. Goals: Penola - S. Merrett 4, A. Merrett 4, O. March 2, B. Lindner , T. Pearce , J. Anderson , S. Jackman , B. Mcintyre , B. Foster. Naracoorte - T. Burns 3, S. Willson 3, B. Gould 1, D. Myall 1, J. Gilbert 1, M. Gill 1,  J. Cother 1, W. Limbert 1, B. Hill 1, S. Patterson 1

Kaniva Leeor

2.2

7.3

11.7

15.12 (102)

Mundulla

3.4

6.8

9.12

12.16 (78)

Best: Kaniva Leeor - R. Richardson, T. Stribling, S. Dodson, T. Hawker, D. Hawker, J. Jarred. Mundulla - J. McGrice, W. Packer, N. Milligan, L. Wiese, B. Marra, H. Graetz. Goals: Kaniva Leeor - T. Hawker 6, J. Lyon 2, A. Duncan 2, N. Reeve 1, J. Merrett 1, T. Stribling 1, D. Hawker 1, B. King 1. Mundulla - L. Wiese 4, B. Douglas 2, D. Burgess 2, B. Packer 2, J. McGrice 2

Padthaway

10.7

14.9

22.11

24.15 (159)

Kingston

1.0

3.3

5.6

6.6 (42)

Best: Padthaway - J. Degabriele, L. Rochester, B. Gunning, T. Edwards, A. Longbottom, T. McLennan. Kingston - K. Lohde, S. Robertson, B. Warner, J. Brown, B. Kennedy, C. Holloway. Goals: Padthaway - B. Gunning 7, T. Edwards 7, T. McLennan 6, S. Welsh 2, S. Edwards 1, L. Rochester 1. Kingston - B. Warner 2, J. Gluyas 1, H. Labastida 1, G. Brice-Marwood 1, W. Farrer 1

Bordertown

3.4

10.9

14.14

23.18 (156)

Kybybolite

4.2

5.6

5.8

16.10 (106)

Best: Bordertown - M. Tober, G. Robinson, L. Eats, N. Hewett, M. Hayes, N. Clark. Kybybolite - B. Laurie, T. Hunter, T. Lawrie, T. Cooper, J. Jaensch, S. Johnson. Goals: Bordertown - L. Eats 7, G. Robinson 5, R. Tink 3, T. Wheelen 2, C. McCarthy 2, M. Tober 2,

N. Clark 1, T. Devitt 1. Kybybolite - S. Carberry 4, S. Johnson 3, S. Craig 3, T. Cooper 2, T. McKinnon 2, B. Laurie 2

Keith

6.1

11.6

15.7

20.10 (130)

Lucindale

1.1

1.7

5.9

10.13 (73)

Best: Keith - P. Capurso, A. Bowley, H. Gill, S. Molineux, J. Wilson, T. McAllister. Lucindale - H. Legoe, D. Ogilvie, R. Handbury, M. Kelsh, T. Mackenzie, K. McCarthy. Goals: Keith - H. Gill 5, B. Simounds 5, L. Hender 4, N. Hunt 2, A. Kangur , H. McMurray , B. Lamont , J. Wilson. Lucindale - M. Kelsh 3, P. Baker 2, R. Handbury 2, S. Graetz 1, S. Mardling 1, R. Mcinerney 1

 

THE NARACOORTE HERALD PREVIEWS ROUND 10

June 18, 2015

THE top five could finally make a break on the chasing pack in a decisive round of KNTFL football this weekend.
There's been a huge logjam in the middle of the ladder as finals contenders have continued to beat one another in the first half of the season, but if results go as expected this Saturday, that might start to sort itself out.
The game between Penola and Naracoorte will be telling - the winner of that game will go one win clear in fifth spot, and will keep touch with the top teams, while the loser will be cast back into the chasing pack.
The other big game is between top team Keith and fourth-placed Lucindale, while each of the other three games also holds plenty of interest.
Lucindale v Keith
This one is match of the round for sure, and while the undefeated Keith will be hot favourites, Lucindale is just half a chance on its home deck. The Roos have had an impressive season and sit a clear fourth on the ladder, with a top win over Penola just a fortnight ago
What's not in their favour is that ruckman Ethan Gill injured himself last week, and if he's out this week it means either Paddy Baker or Mark Snowball will have to be moved from another key position where they've been a luxury.
Keith have no such personnel troubles, with all of their key recruits fit and firing, from ruckman Tom Sandercock and on-baller Aleksander Kangur in the middle to key forward Ben Simounds who kicked 13 last week and has 49 for the year.
Lucindale can't be underestimated, but Keith has done nothing wrong to this point and will be very hard to knock off.
Kybybolite v Bordertown
Kyby's horror month or so doesn't seem set to end just yet - with Bordertown this week and then Keith the week after. The Tigers have lost four of their last five and are only just clinging on to finals hopes - those hopes will be gone if they lose both this week and next.
At least they should get some players back from their long injury list this week, with Darcy Munn, Craig and Bittner likely to be back, but they would need a full squad on deck to match it with Bordertown.
The Roosters are flying with goalkicking pair Tim Harkness and Gene Robinson cutting sides apart and their midfield running rampant. Kyby won't have the midfielders or key defenders to plug all the holes and a solid loss looms.
Naracoorte v Penola
Penola is starting to roll now that players are returning from injury. The Eagles' depth is underlined by the fact they dropped four players on form last week and their reserves had names like long-time A graders Zadow and Lambert, former league medallist Jon Copping and young up-and comers Jack Anderson and Tom Moore.
Naracoorte has been good as well with a couple of solid wins over local rivals Border Districts and Kyby in the past two rounds, and the Demons are within touching distance of the top five.
To get a spot, they will have to win games like this, and that won't be easy. The clash between Penola coach and full forward Adam Merrett and Naracoorte defender Nic Boon will be worth watching, and will have some impact on the outcome, but Penola should be packing too many guns overall.
Mundulla v K/L United
Both of these sides are at a low ebb, Mundulla coming off a fearsome thrashing from Keith and United succumbing to Kingston's first win of the season.
Both have been missing key players and have seen promising seasons go by the wayside after hopeful pre-seasons, and now it's just a matter of winning enough games to stay away from the bottom of the ladder.
It's hard to pick a winner, such is the form of the two sides, but Mundulla seems to be really struggling and Kaniva/Leeor might just have enough strength to win, particularly if ruckman Guilhaus is back in the side.
Kingston v Padthaway
The Saints would be on a high after winning their first game of the season last week, and they will hit their home ground with plenty of enthusiasm this week.
If the game follows the script, Kingston will be ultra competitive in the first half and throw everything at the much more favoured Padthaway, but then class will prevail and the Lions will pull away in the second half.
The Lions have had a good two-week rest with last week's bye after the interleague weekend, and they will be fresh and ready to rip into it. They should have a good win in what will be a very competitive game.
Border Districts have the bye.

UPSETS AND MASSACRES IN ROUND NINE

by Terry Willoughby, June 15, 2015

Border Districts paid dearly for a slow start against Naracoorte. The Demons got out to  a 26 point lead by quarter time and and despite Border’s efforts they maintained their advantage throughout. Border’s one man forward line of Daniel Hargraves kept them in the game and Naracoorte’s wayward kicking in the 3rd term gave them scoreboard respectability. Naracoorte led by 21 points at the last change and held on to win by 15 points despite being outscored in the last quarter. Naracoorte defenders Will Limbert, Jacobs and Broadstock played well along  with former Border District’s ruckman George Mcwaters. Best for Border’s were Fraser Adams, Clint Robinson and Hargraves whose heroics netted 8 goals.

NARACOORTE 12-18 90 DEFEATED BORDER DISTRICTS 11-9 75

 Penola celebrated their 150th anniversary with a 111 point demolition of Kybybolite. The Merrett family were on fire wherever they were playing with coach Adam leading the way with 11 goals. Kyby were never in the hunt as Penola piled on the goals after leading by 30 pts at quarter time. The Merrett’s seemed to have their own ball for most of the game and Kyby were powerless to stop them as the lead blew out to 100 points by ¾ time. The Eagles coasted home with 6 goals in the last quarter and have sneaked into the top five for the 1st time this year. Best for Penola were Adam Merrett with 11 goals, on-baller Brett Lindner, Matt and Simon Merrett, Brodie Foster and Pfitzner. Not much joy for Kyby whose battlers included Tom Cooper, Jason Jaensch and Max Schinkel.

PENOLA 27-12 174 THRASHED KYBYBOLITE 8-7 55

 Keith gave Mundulla their biggest thrashing in decades when they crushed the Moot’s by 197 points. The contest was over by quarter time when the Crows led by 51 points. The goal-fest continued all day with Mundulla reduced to rubble in the onslaught. Ben Simounds booted 13 goals as a key forward to head the 12 Crow goalkickers and be the obvious best on ground. Others to do well for Keith were Gill, Johnson, Jonno Wilson and Henry McMurray. Mundulla barely gave a yelp.

KEITH 31-28 214 DEMOLISHED MUNDULLA 2-5 17

 Bordertown’s goal-kicking twins, Harkness and Robinson were too much to overcome for Lucindale who trailed all day before going down by 46 points. Bordertown outscored Lucindale in every quarter with the Roo’s only getting on terms in the 3rd when the margin was reduced to 27 pts. The Roosters responded with 6 last quarter goals to win comfortably. On-baller Clint Diment was best for Bordertown ahead of Gene Robinson who booted 7 goals, Cuthbertson and Paech, Harkness slipped in for 5 goals. Lucindale’s best were defenders Tim Mackenzie, Nathan Clarke, mid-fielder Ryan Mcinerney and Sam Mardling got his customary 5 goals.

BORDERTOWN 19-12 126 COMFORTABLY OVER LUCINDALE 11-14 80

 Kingston caused a boilover when they led all day against Kaniva-Leeor United to win by 25 points. They set up the win with a 9 goal burst in the 2nd term to lead by 26 points. They made the most of every chance with very accurate kicking as both teams had the same number of scoring shots.

KINGSTON 21-6 132 JUST KANIVA-LEEOR UNITED 16-11 107

Round 9

Naracoorte

4.5

5.6

8.14

12.18 (90)

Border Districts

0.3

4.4

6.5

11.9 (75)

Best: Naracoorte - W. Limbert, R. Jacobs, W. Broadstock, J. Bettoncelli, G. Mc Waters, C. Gill. Borders - F. Adams, C. Robinson, D. Hargraves, T. Underwood, C. Sandercock, D. Skinner. Goals: Naracoorte - B. Gould 4, S. Willson 2, S. Patterson 2, M. Gill 2, N. Block 1, J. Cother 1. Borders - D. Hargraves 8, C. Barras 1, M. Lemon 1, N. Tarca 1

Bordertown

3.2

8.7

13.8

19.12 (126)

Lucindale

1.5

4.9

8.11

11.14 (80)

Best: Bordertown - C. Diment, G. Robinson, K. Cuthbertson, H. Paech, R. Tink, C. Dahlitz. Lucindale - T. Mackenzie, N. Clarke, A. Smart, R. Mcinerney, R. Handbury, M. Kelsh. Goals: Bordertown - G. Robinson 7, T. Harkness 5, J. Searle 1, N. Clark 1, R. Tink 1, M. Hayes 1, C. Dahlitz 1, T. Wheelen 1, T. Devitt 1. Lucindale - S. Mardling 5, H. Legoe 2, M. Kelsh 2, M. Snowball 1, P. Marshall 1

Penola

7.2

12.5

21.8

27.12 (174)

Kybybolite

2.2

3.4

5.4

8.7 (55)

Best: Penola - A. Merrett, B. Lindner, M. Merrett, S. Merrett, B. Foster, J. Pfitzner. Kybybolite - T. Cooper, J. Jaensch, M. Schinckel, T. Lawrie, M. Schinckel, B. Laurie. Goals: Penola – Adam Merrett 11, R. Smyth 3, S. Merrett 2, B. Foster 2, B. Lindner 2, T. Bailey 1, K. Ransom 1, S. Merrett 1, J. Pfitzner 1, O. March 1, B. Mcintyre 1, D. Bunnik 1. Kybybolite - T. Cooper 3, S. Carberry 2, J. Garrod 1, B. Laurie 1, M. Schinckel 1

Keith

8.5

15.14

23.22

31.28 (214)

Mundulla

0.2

1.4

2.4

2.5 (17)

Best: Keith - B. Simounds, H. Gill, G. Johnson, J. Wilson, H. McMurray, T. Sandercock. Mundulla - L. Wiese, C. Crane, A. Obst, B. Marra, D. Burgess, T. Ballinger. Goals: Keith - Ben Simounds 13, S. Luders 5, H. Gill 2, S. Lehmann 2, L. Hender 2, L. Mitchell 1,  A. Kangur 1, T. Sandercock 1, J. Forrest 1, P. Makin 1, J. Wilson 1, H. McMurray 1. Mundulla - B. Marra 1, W. Packer 1

Kingston

5.2

14.2

19.4

21.6 (132)

Kaniva Leeor

3.3

9.6

13.8

16.11 (107)

Best: Kingston - S. Robertson , T. Baker , B. Warner , K. Lohde , K. Baker , J. Brown. Kaniva Leeor - T. Stribling , R. Richardson , J. Larocca , J. Lyon , J. Preston , D. Williams. Goals: Kingston - B. Warner 6, T. Mcgovern 4, W. Farrer 4, I. Vallejo 3, H. Labastida 2, K. Lohde , S. Robertson. Kaniva Leeor - D. Williams 4, T. Hawker 3, S. Stallion 2, R. Richardson 2, J. Lyon 2, H. Bennett , T. Stribling , S. Little

THE NARACOORTE HERALD PREVIEWS ROUND NINE

June 11, 2015

THE Kowree-Naracoorte Tatiara Football League will mark the first week after the interleague break with another round of unpredictable and vital matches.
A case can be made for either side to win in all five of the matches scheduled for this Saturday, with finals aspirants involved in every game.
The match of the round is probably between third and fourth-placed Lucindale and Bordertown, but all the other matches hold plenty of interest as well.
Penola will be under pressure to perform against an up-and-down Kybybolite, with Penola hosting a big weekend celebration of its 150 years as a football club.
Keith v Mundulla
These two sides are a direct contradiction in consistency this season - Keith has just kept performing every week and remains undefeated, while Mundulla looked set for a big year after an excellent win over contender Kybybolite in round 4, but since then has lost four in a row.
The key for Keith has been its canny recruiting. The Crows have got great service from ruckman Sandercock, forward Luders backman McAllister and others all year, then put the cherry on top with ex-SANFL on-baller Kangur a fortnight ago.
The Crows are belting teams with their high-scoring style of play and their relentless pressure will be too much for Mundulla, which at the moment is missing ruck and key position strength and doesn't look up to causing an upset result.
Bordertown v Lucindale
There's little doubt about the key to this game - Lucindale stopping Bordertown from scoring.
The Roosters are averaging a very high 140 points per game at the moment, with twin forward dynamos Tim Harkness and Gene Robinson kicking a phenomenal 92 goals between them in the first seven rounds.
Lucindale's Sam Mardling has kicked 39 of his own, but it's at the other end where unlikely key defender Aaron Smart and his fellow defenders Nathan Clarke and Paddy Baker will have to do the job.
Lucindale probably has the edge in the midfield where McInerney has been on fire and Graetz, Menz, Ware and the McCarthys can feed off the ruck work of Ethan Gill, and it could be here that they win it.
If Bordertown gets enough midfield ball, it will spell trouble for the Lucindale defence.
Penola v Kybybolite
Penola has been pretty unpredictable so far, but on their home ground, in front of a passionate 150th anniversary crowd against a side they have had some fierce battles with, coach Adam Merrett will not be able to accept a loss in this one.
And there's no reason why they should lose. Penola has one of the best sides on paper in the league, but just needs a bit of luck with injury and other factors to get a roll on. It's games like these that could spark the Eagles into action for the latter half of the year.
Kyby is just hanging on to a spot in the five, but after losses in three of its last four, the wins had better start coming soon or coach Mark Kruger might threaten to throw away the knee reconstruction recovery gear and pull the boots on prematurely.
Border Districts v Naracoorte
Borders v Naracoorte clashes are always fierce, down to the wire affairs where ladder positions are largely irrelevant. This time, the sides are on the same number of wins and are both knocking on the door of the top five, so it's definitely going to be on.
It's impossible to pick a winner on form. Both have been excellent of late after being ordinary early. There haven't been any significant player ins or outs - it seems as though the improvement has come from within.
So where will it be won? Borders have got great service of late out of key forward recruits Hargraves and Underwood, so they'll have to be watched, while on the other hand, former Borders ruckman George McWaters will have to be nullified or he will serve the ball to the Naracoorte runners on a platter.
Toss of the coin to the home team?
K/L United v Kingston
United is well ahead of the winless Kingston on the ladder, but this game is no pushover. Kingston has been showing some very promising signs, with its recruits Farrer, Vallejo and Lohde leading the way, and the Saints pushed top side Keith all the way before the interleague game.
If United goes into this game at anything less than 100 per cent, it could easily be an upset result. The Cougars are still around the mark in the hunt for a finals spot, but need to win games like this - and help their cause with a percentage boost if possible - if they're going to play in the major round.
Padthaway has the bye this weekend.

South East Zone Carnival played June 6, 2015

Kowree Naracoorte Tatiara

2.1

7.3

(45)

 

Mid South East

1.4

2.6

(18)

 

Best: KNT - J. McGrice, M. Gill, S. McMurray, B. Foster, B. Laurie. Mid SE - C. Gallio, Z. Cocks, C. Mules, N. Ham, B. Mules, J. Casey. Goals: KNT - M. Gill 2, B. Foster 1, M. Merrett 1, T. McLennan 1, G. Johnson 1, B. Laurie 1. Mid SE - C. Gallio 1, J. Gregory 1

Western Border

4.3

9.7

(61)

 

Mid South East

1.2

3.5

(23)

 

Best: Western Border - B. Saffin, S. Fleming, J. Stephenson. Mid SE - C. Mules, C. Gallio, J. Casey, S. Wallis, C. Williams, B. Mules. Goals: Western Border - S. Fleming 2, B. Saffin 2, J. Stephenson 2, R. Killey 1, B. Close 1, T. Ploenges 1. Mid South East - J. Agnew 1, A. Lyon 1, J. Gregory 1

Kowree Naracoorte Tatiara

2.1

7.3

(45)

 

Western Border

2.0

4.1

(25)

 

Best: KNT - T. Baker, B. Warner, B. Foster, B. Laurie, M. Merrett, B. Marra. Western Border - B. Egan, B. O'Neil. Goals: KNT - T. Baker 2, B. Laurie 2, A. Merrett 1, B. Warner 1, M. Gill 1. Western Border - S. Berkefeld 1, T. Holmes 1, B. Saffin 1, B. Egan 1

Mallee

4.4

8.10

9.14

14.16 (100)

Hills Div 2

3.1

5.2

8.9

11.12 (78)

Best: Mallee - J. Richardson, P. Gabb, J. Keller, D. Hare, T. Rigney, L. Richardson. Hills Div 2 - D. McAvoy, T. Jenkin, W. Hancock, J. Zadow, R. Davies. Goals: Mallee - T. Rigney 7, J. Richardson 2, M. Vanloon 2, B. Quinn 1, L. Richardson 1, J. Ridgway 1. Hills Div 2 - W. Hancock 3, T. Jenkin 2, J. Groutch 1, J. Lewis-Burns 1, F. Clements 1, J. Male 1, J. Zadow 1, R. Davies 1

PADTHAWAY ROUT KANIVA-LEEOR

by Terry Willoughby

June 1, 2015

Padthaway showed little mercy to Kaniva-Leeor United after some recent indifferent form. Inaccurate kicking near goal kept the margin to just 36 points at quarter-time but the signs were ominous. The Lions crushed their prey with eight 2nd quarter goals and led by a huge margin of 86 points at ½ time. It was an insipid effort by KLU who scarcely had a good player. Padthaway continued on their merry way in the 2nd half with little resistance from KLU and the margin blew out to 122 pts at the last change. The result was academic as Padthaway did as they liked. Jason Dicker and Scott Welsh booted 5 goals each with Gunning, Cicolella, Edwards and Seb Townsend named as best. The less said about KLU the better

PADTHAWAY 28-22 190 IN A CANTER OVER KANIVA-LEEOR UNITED 6-6 36

Kingston gave their supporters glimpses of hope against top team Keith for a brief period when they piled on 8 goals to 6 after ½ time to trail by just 3 pts with a quarter to play. Keith had played a little cruisily in the 1st half but still did enough to lead by 17 points but the 3rd quarter efforts of Kingston rattled the Crows. Led by Karl Lohde and Jamie Austin, Kingston stormed back into the game in the 3rd term and although Keith also booted 6 goals it was Kingston’s form turnaround that took fans by surprise. Normal service was resumed in the last qtr however when the Crows were stung into action. Led by Kangur and veteran Nick Hunt, the Crows slammed on 9 goals to Kingston’s two to snuff out any chance of an upset. In the finish it was all Keith by 46 points. On-baller Kangur, veteran Nick Hunt, Tom Sandercock, Forrest and Simounds with 6 goals were best for a shaken Keith. Lohde, Austin, Baker and Ben Warner were best for Kingston

KEITH 20-12 132 DEFEATED KINGSTON 13-8 86 

Penola’s erratic form continued when they went down to Lucindale by 42 points. Lucindale started well and led by 4 goals at quarter-time with McInereny and Cox doing well across the mid-field and half-backs Mackenzie and Clarke keeping the Penola forwards under control. Menz was lively around the goals for Lucindale and finished with 5 whilst Sam Mardling was also dangerous. Lucindale broke clear in the 3rd quarter with Penola struggling for winners ahead of centre to lead by 26 pts. Penola couldn’t keep McInerney quiet and Lucindale maintained their grip on the game to win comfortably. Penola minus coach Adam Merrett are clearly not as threatening. Lucindale’s best were Tristan Menz with 5 goals, Tim Mackenzie, Ryan McInerney and Aaron Smart. Pfitzner, Matt Merrett, Pearce and Bailey battled hard for Penola.

LUCINDALE 15-5 105 TOO STRONG FOR PENOLA 9-9 63

Close rivals Kybybolite and Border Districts appeared evenly matched on paper and so it proved. Kyby led throughout most of the 1st half whilst Borders did better in the 2nd. Both teams had forwards who played key roles with Hargraves for Borders doing slightly better than Kyby’s Scott Carberry to finish with 8 goals. Carberry was the focal point for Kyby and his finishing gave Kyby a one point lead at ½ time. Border’s better kicking around the ground proved a difference in the 3rd quarter when they capatilised on Kyby turnovers to boot 6 goals and lead by 16 pts. Kyby fought back strongly in the last quarter but momentum had shifted earlier and they fell short by 6 points. Former AFL forward Daniel Hargraves booted 8 goals for Borders whilst Scott Carberry slotted through 7 for Kyby. Better players for Borders were Underwood, Naylor, Sandercock and Adams. Kyby’s best in a good effort were Tom Cooper, Smith, Miles in defence and Carberry.

BORDER DISTRICTS 15-8 98 NARROWLY OVER KYBYBOLITE 14-8 92

Bordertown took control over Mundulla in the 2nd quarter to lead by 25 points at the long break before completely over-running the Moots in the last qtr to win by 67 points. It was a fairly typical clash early on with scores level at quarter-time. But from thereon Mundulla had no answers to the twin pronged attack of Bordertwon. Harkness and Gene Robinson again monstered an opposition defence. Ruckman Rory Tink and fellow on-baller Clint Diment won handsomely around the stoppages to have Mundulla’s defence under constant pressure. The margin was only 21 points at ¾ quarter-time but Bordertown piled on 10 goals to swamp Mundulla in the last. Harkness finished with 9 goals and Robinson 7 for the Roosters and Tink, Diment and Shuttleworth were good for the winners. Wade Packer, McGrice, Luke Wiese and Ballinger played well for Mundulla whilst Boyd Packer booted 5 goals.

BORDERTOWN 25-6 156 TOO GOOD FOR MUNDULLA 13-11 89

Round 8 - May 30, 2015

Keith

2.3

5.9

11.9

20.12 (132)

Kingston

1.3

3.4

11.6

13.8 (86)

Best: Keith - A. Kangur, N. Hunt, T. Sandercock, J. Forrest, H. Gill, B. Simounds. Kingston - K. Lohde, J. Austin, T. Baker, C. Paige, B. Warner, W. Farrer. Goals: Keith - B. Simounds 6, A. Kangur 3, S. Luders 3, J. Forrest 2, G. Johnson 1, J. Wilson 1,

L. Mitchell 1, H. Gill 1, T. Sandercock 1, N. Hunt 1. Kingston - I. Vallejo 4, W. Farrer 3, T. Mills 3, J. Austin 1, T. Mcgovern 1, B. Warner 1

Padthaway

5.8

13.15

21.18

28.22 (190)

Kaniva Leeor

0.2

1.2

3.4

6.6 (42)

Best: Padthaway - B. Gunning, J. Cicolella, J. Dicker, T. Edwards, S. Townsend, J. Degabriele. Goals: Padthaway - J. Dicker 5, S. Welsh 5, T. Edwards 4, T. Cox 3, B. Gunning 3, T. McLennan 3, J. Cicolella 2, J. Degabriele 1, S. Townsend 1, L. Rochester 1. Kaniva Leeor - N. Reeve 2, D. Williams 2, V. Thach 1, S. Stallion 1

Border Districts

2.2

6.5

12.8

15.8  (98)

Kybybolite

3.1

7.2

10.4

14.8 (92)

Best: Borders - T. Underwood, N. Naylor, C. Sandercock, D. Hargraves, F. Adams, C. Burr. Kybybolite - T. Cooper, M. Smith, W. Miles, S. Carberry, B. Laurie, L. Black. Goals: Borders - D. Hargraves 8, C. Barras 2, M. Lemon 2, T. Underwood 1, C. Sandercock 1, N. Naylor 1. Kybybolite - S. Carberry 7, J. Bittner 2, J. Mckay 2, I. Noles 1, T. Cooper 1, J. Williams 1

Lucindale

5.1

6.4

11.10

15.15 (105)

Penola

1.1

4.4

7.8

9.9 (63)

Best: Lucindale - T. Menz, T. Mackenzie, R. Mcinerney, A. Smart, N. Clarke, H. Cox. Penola - J. Pfitzner, M. Merrett, T. Pearce, T. Bailey, T. Williams, J. Galpin. Goals: Lucindale - T. Menz 5, S. Mardling 4, R. Mcinerney 2, H. Legoe 2, K. Mccarthy 1, S. Graetz 1. Penola - B. Lindner 2, S. Merrett 2, J. Skeer 1, J. Pfitzner 1, A. McIntyre 1, T. Bailey 1, B. Foster 1

Bordertown

3.2

10.5

15.6

25.6 (156)

Mundulla

3.2

6.4

11.9

13.11 (89)

Best: Bordertown - R. Tink, C. Diment, T. Harkness, G. Robinson, B. Shuttleworth, C. Dahlitz. Mundulla - W. Packer, J. McGrice, L. Wiese, T. Ballinger, B. Marra, N. Milligan. Goals: Bordertown - T. Harkness 9, G. Robinson 7, M. Tober 2, T. Wheelen 2, J. Searle 2, R. Tink 1, M. Hayes 1, C. Clark 1. Mundulla - B. Packer 5, T. Ballinger 2, N. Milligan 1, B. Douglas 1, D. Burgess 1, J. Mock 1,

J. McGrice 1, W. Packer 1

THE NARACOORTE HERALD PREVIEWS ROUND EIGHT

MAY 28, 2015

THE big games just keep coming in the KNTFL, with a host of important clashes this Saturday before the week's break for the interleague weekend. 

This weekend's round features a couple of games between close rivals, as well as top teams battling for important traction on the premiership table. 

Kingston v Keith 

This is one game that doesn't excite the imagination and probably won't impact the ladder. The two teams are at opposite ends of the table and an upset is very unlikely. 

Keith will enter the game red hot favourites despite having to travel to the seaside, and the Crows will have far too much strength across the whole ground for the home side Saints. 

Mundulla v Bordertown 

Bordertown will revel in this situation - playing good football and riding high on the ladder, matched up against hated rivals Mundulla. 

Mundulla has been up and down this year and actually played well last week against Penola, but just dropped away when it mattered most which you can't do against the good teams. 

Bordertown is one of those good teams and the Roosters really should win this one running away.

Lucindale v Penola

Lucindale has proved itself capable this year and is a big chance to cause an upset here. The Roos have several guns in red hot form, most notably young ruckman Ethan Gill, centreman Ryan McInerney and small forward Sam Mardling, and Penola will have to put some time into them.

The Eagles will have their coach and full forward Adam Merrett back from suspension which will help, but they really need reigning medallist Ben McIntyre to get over his niggles and all the other bit players to step up so they can rediscover their form from last year.

Penola should still have enough weapons in the arsenal to get the points here, but anything less than their best could be seized upon by Lucindale.

Kybybolite v Border Districts

Which Kyby and which Border Districts will turn up this week? Both sides were disappointing last week, but both were impressive in the couple of games before that, so it's almost a 50-50 proposition.

Kyby's main problem is the lack of a ruckman, although Borders are also struggling in that department, but the Tigers also seem unable to kick a winning score.

The weather has had something to do with that, but the Tigers will need to find more ways to goal if they're going to progress any further than the minor round this year. Borders on the other hand have Hargraves and Barras as dangerous forwards and if they can get off the leash - as Barras has done to Kyby before - the Tigers could be looking at a second consecutive unwanted surprise loss.

Padthaway v K/L United

This will be the match of the round, between the sides that are second and seventh on the ladder - but there's only two wins between them. Padthaway suffered its second loss for the year last week against undefeated Keith, while United sat out the bye and rested up some injuries, which will help their cause.

The Lions worryingly have started games slowly, struggling to kick goals at all in the first half, but on the plus side they have been able to flick the switch when needed and pile on numerous goals to get back into contests.

This could be where United will battle. They might hold the Lions for a while - or even a majority of a game - but when they cut loose they really bang on the scores. United would have to produce its best effort and hope Padthaway wasn't too badly stung by last week's loss, and an upset may be possible.

Padthaway will be firm favourites though and should go into the interleague break with a win.

Naracoorte has the bye this week.

KEITH CROWS COME FROM BEHIND TO WIN OVER PADTHAWAY
NARACOORTE UPSETS KYBYBOLITE

May 24, 2015 - by Terry Willoughby

Keith made an impressive start against reigning premiers Padthaway to lead by 4 goals at quarter time with Mcallister, Kangur with local veterans Bowley and Hunt having an influence. The Lions hit back in the 2nd term with Welsh getting among the goals and Seb Townsend doing well in the midfield. Despite Padthaway’s 5 goal quarter Keith maintained their lead with 3 goals and went in to the long break with a 10 point advantage. Padthaway increased their work-rate in the 3rd term and hit the front with 6 goals to just two from Keith and appeared to be heading for another win with Welsh and former SANFL star Justin Cicolella starring around the goal-front. Keith were in some trouble starting the last term 12 points in arrears.The Lions allowed them in as they responded strongly with 4 goals and grabbed a well deserved win by a solitary point and remain on top of the ladder. Mcallister, Kangur, Mitchell, Capurso, Alex Bowley and Hunt were best for the Crows but many others made valuable contributions in the win. Padthaway’s best in a spluttering performance were McNamara, Seb Townsend, Scott Welsh with 6 goals, Longbottom and Cicolella.
KEITH 13-6 84 JUST OVER PADTHAWAY 13-5 83
Naracoorte’s improved form continued when they defeated Kybybolite by 17 points after a 2nd half fightback. The Demon’s led by 12 points at quarter-time but got on top during the latter stages of the 2nd when they led by 23 points. Burns, Sid Patterson and S Willson were all doing well for Naracoorte and Kyby were struggling to keep in the game. After ½ time Kyby’s defence tightened and forwards Craig and Carberry found some space as the margin was reduced and it was Naracoorte’s turn to struggle. Kyby’s 3rd quarter fightback gave them a one point lead at ¾ time with the game in the balance. Both teams battled hard in the final quarter with the lead changing hands before Naracoorte ran out winners by 17 points. It was a good win for Naracoorte who could have folded after being headed in the 3rd quarter. Best for the Demons were Burns, Patterson, Willson, Gilbert and Jacobs. Kyby’s better players were Craig, the Jaensch boys and Miles.
NARACOORTE 15-15 105 DEFEATED KYBYBOLITE 13-10 88
In another nail-biter Penola held off a resurgent Mundulla to win by 6 points. Mundulla had been very disappointing in recent games but challenged Penola strongly in the 1st half as both teams went goal for goal. Mcintyre provided a reliable goal-kicking opointion for Penola in the absence of Adam Merrett and Brodie Foster starred as a key forward. Penola led by 8 points at quarter-time but Mundulla were right in the game with prolific ball-getter Jake McGrice having his best game for the season. The battle continued in the 2nd term but Penola held their 8 point lead despite the determined efforts of Mundulla. Brett Lindner and Kane Ransom were doing well around the mid-field for Penola but Boyd and Wade Packer were kicking goals everytime Mundulla and Douglas was also dangerous. Penola increased the tempo in the 3rd quarter and edged away to a 15 point lead with S Merrett starring for Penola. They appeared to going a little better at this stage but the Moots weren’t done with just yet. Milligan and McGrice continued to drive Mundulla forward but Penola held them out to win narrowly in a good standard game. Best for Penola were S Merrett, Foster, Brett Lindner, Ransom and Mcintyre with 7 goals. Mundulla’s best were McGrice, Milligan, Boyd Packer and Douglas with 6 goals.
PENOLA 18-9 117 DEFEATED MUNDULLA 17-9 111
Lucindale had too much class for the improved Border Districts and won easily by 81 points. Border’s recent good form was tested severely by class players Ryan McInerney who starred in the mid-field for Lucindale and goal-kicking forward Sam Mardling who booted a lazy 6 goals. Borders looked good in patches but Lucindale cut holes through the defence to win every quarter. Best for Lucindale were Baker who booted 6 goals, Ryan McInerney, Gill, Legoe, Mcgurk and Mackenzie. Borders’ battled hard but were no match for Lucindale. Their better players were Adams,Thomson, Sandercock and Tarca.
LUCINDALE 27-8 170 EASILY OVER BORDER DISTRICTS 14-5 89
Bordertown went on a goal-kicking rampage against defenceless Kingston to win by 150 points. Amazingly Kingston managed to outscore the free scoring Roosters in the 3rd quarter but then watched as Bordertown piled on 12 goals in the last. Robinson and Harkness each booted 9 goals for Bordertown. Ben Warner again battled hard for Kingston.
BORDERTOWN 36-17 233 THRASHED KINGSTON 12-11 83
Round 7 - May 23, 2015

Lucindale

4.4

11.6

18.8

27.8 (170)

Border Dists

3.0

6.1

10.3

14.5 (89)

Best: Lucindale - R. Mcinerney, E. Gill, P. Baker, H. Legoe, S. Mcgurk, T. Mackenzie. Borders - F. Adams, J. Thomson, C. Sandercock, N. Tarca, T. Underwood, C. Robinson. Goals: Lucindale - P. Baker 6, S. Mardling 6, T. Ware 4, D. McCarthy 2, T. Menz 2, S. Mcgurk 2,  H. Legoe 2, S. Logan 1, A. Eckermann 1, R. Mcinerney 1. Borders -  C. Robinson 4, C. Sandercock 3, C. Barras 3, M. Lemon 2, T. Underwood 1, S. Barras 1

Bordertown

5.4

18.7

24.10

36.17 (233)

Kingston

2.4

3.7

10.9

12.11 (83)

Best: Bordertown - G. Robinson, T. Harkness, R. Tink, C. Diment, M. Hayes, K. Cuthbertson. Kingston - B. Warner, T. Baker, B. Kennedy, S. Robertson, G. Shuttleworth, A. Cunneen. Goals: Bordertown - G. Robinson 9, T. Harkness 9, J. Searle 3, N. Clark 3, M. Hayes 3, K. Cuthbertson 2, C. Diment 2, C. Clark 1, M. Dahlitz 1, R. Tink 1, L. Eats 1, T. Wheelen 1. Kingston - W. Farrer 3, B. Kennedy 3, H. Labastida 2, T. Mcgovern 2, G. Shuttleworth 1, K. Baker 1

Keith

4.1

7.2

9.4

13.6 (84)

Padthaway

0.1

5.4

11.4

13.5 (83)

Best: Keith - T. McAllister, A. Kangur, L. Mitchell, P. Capurso, A. Bowley, N. Hunt. Padthaway - T. McNamara, S. Townsend, S. Welsh, A. Longbottom, J. Mccarthy, J. Cicolella. Goals: Keith - S. Luders 3, J. Forrest 2, H. Gill 2, G. Johnson 1, N. Hunt 1, A. Kangur 1, J. Wilson 1, L. Mitchell 1, P. Makin 1. Padthaway - S. Welsh 6, J. Cicolella 2, B. Gunning 2, T. McLennan 1, S. Townsend 1, J. Teakle 1

Penola

6.2

11.4

15.8

18.9 (117)

Mundulla

5.0

10.2

13.5

17.9 (111)

Best: Penola - S. Merrett, B. Foster, B. Lindner, K. Ransom, A. McIntyre, J. Anderson. Mundulla - J. McGrice, N. Milligan, B. Packer, B. Douglas, L. Wiese, T. Wiese.  Goals: Penola - A. McIntyre 7, S. Merrett 4, J. Galpin 3, B. Lindner 2, B. Foster 2. Mundulla - B. Douglas 6, B. Packer 4, W. Packer 3, J. Richards 2, T. Ballinger 1, J. Mock 1

Naracoorte

4.2

9.5

10.5

15.15 (105)

Kybybolite

2.4

5.6

10.9

13.10 (88)

Best: Naracoorte - T. Burns, S. Patterson, S. Willson, J. Gilbert, R. Jacobs, W. Limbert. Kybybolite - S. Craig, J. Jaensch, W. Miles, R. Jaensch, T. Hunter, D. Munn. Goals: Naracoorte - S. Willson 3, N. Block 2, B. Foster 2, B. Hill 1, S. Patterson 1, D. Myall 1,  J. Gilbert 1, T. Burns 1, M. Gill 1, R. Jacobs 1, S. Henschke 1. Kybybolite - B. Laurie 3, S. Craig 3, S. Carberry 2, D. Munn 1, J. Bittner 1, D. Brodie 1,  S. Johnson 1, J. Mckay 1

ROUND SEVEN PREVIEW WITH THE NARACOORTE HERALD

May 21, 2015 - by Terry Willoughby

IT seems a little premature to be talking about a grand final preview in only round 7, but this weekend's KNTFL match of the round could be just that.
Undefeated Keith will take on reigning premiers Padthaway in a top-of-the-table clash, with the winners probably claiming early premiership favouritism.
Once again in this very even and unpredictable season, there is plenty of interest in the other games as well.
Summing up the evenness of the competition is the fact that the leading tipster in the Herald competition has only 19 of a possible 30 tips correct from the first six rounds.
Keith v Padthaway
Keith's bone fides as a genuine premiership contender will be tested here. The Crows have done nothing wrong, with their wins including victories over Bordertown, Penola and KL United, but until they beat Padthaway they will remain slightly unproven.
Everything points to them continuing their good run. They came off a week's rest with the bye last week and put on a convincing show against KLU and they continue to get great service from their big name recruits, most notably Tom Sandercock, Ben Simounds and Toby McAllister.
The Crows also introduced another newcomer last week, Aleksander Kangur, who made an immediate impact in the middle. He now joins a serious on-ball brigade also featuring Simon Lehmann, Jon Wilson and Harrison Gill which will give Padthaway some headaches.
The Lions have their own weapons, though, and even though their depth is being tested with several injuries at the moment, they continue to produce the goods. Justin Cicolella stepped up for his best game of the year last week, Tom Edwards continues his impressive season and Scott Welsh is worth more at the goalfront than the majors he kicks.
Both teams covered the absence of their main ruckmen last week, with Padthaway's Michael Hoffman and Keith's Sandercock both missing, and favouritism for this one could swing on which of them is available.
Bordertown v Kingston
Kingston is really struggling to field its best team at the moment, particularly when travelling for away games, but the Saints showed last week that when their star indigenous recruits are in the side and playing well, they can make a big difference. Farrer, Vallejo and Labastida all shone last week, and if they can get Lohde stringing some games together as well, it will help their cause.
Even if they are all in and playing well this week, the Saints will be up against it. Bordertown is a good side but was ordinary in the second half last week and back on their home patch coming off a loss, the Roosters will be wanting to bounce back with a good win. They should get it.
Penola v Mundulla
Mundulla is proving hard to read at the moment, with a top win over Kyby followed by very average losses to Naracoorte and Borders in the past fortnight. If they are anywhere below their best this week, Penola will jump on them for sure.
Despite being without suspended coach Adam Merrett, the Eagles are gathering pace after losing the first three games of the year. This will be their third win on the trot and they should do it comfortably on their home ground.
Border Districts v Lucindale
Borders have had a great fortnight with two impressive wins and they might even be confident of winning this one. The Eagles have come from nowhere to kick 42 goals in two weeks and outgun their opponents, with Hargraves, Barras and Underwood forming a dangerous forward line.
But Lucindale will have its own plans for a win here. The main worry for the Roos will be the availability of key ruckman Mark Snowball, who didn't finish last week's game, although young Ethan Gill proved an able replacement.
Lucindale should have too much depth, and while Borders can be hard to beat on their second home ground over at Goroke, the visiting Roos should be up to it.
Naracoorte v Kybybolite
The local derby will carry plenty of feeling with the teams more evenly matched than they have been in recent years, and with both aiming for a potential top five finish.
Naracoorte have dominated Kyby in these games for probably the last 10 years, and there would be few players in the Kyby side who would have tasted victory on the Naracoorte ground. But if recent results are a good guide, that should change this weekend.
Naracoorte really struggled last week with a raft of players in and out, and while the Demons will have a few of them back this week, including ruckman George McWaters, they might still struggle for depth.
Kyby is coming off a week's rest with the bye and will have most players available apart from ruckman Dave Arnold, so the Tigers will be confident of overcoming their Naracoorte hoodoo and claiming back the "Spasso" Johnson cup.
Kaniva/Leeor United has the bye this weekend.

BORDER DISTRICTS CAUSE UPSET WITH WIN OVER MUNDULLA
BY TERRY WILLOUGHBY, MAY 18, 2015

Border Districts caused another upset with a 42 point win over Mundulla when they charged away with an 8 goal burst in the 3rd quarter. Mundulla had looked a better team throughout the 1st half but hadn’t put the game beyond Border Districts reach. Trailing by 13 points at ½ time Borders broke the game apart in the 3rd term with 8 goals to Mundulla’s one and race to a 31 point lead. Recruits Hargraves and Underwood booted 5 and 4 goals each as Borders swarmed all over the Moot’s defence. Sandercock, Thomas and Clint Robinson had come strongly into the game and Borders pressed home their advantage with another 6 goals in the last quarter. Mundulla uncharacteristically faded badly in the 2nd half as Borders surged to a big win. Best for Border’s were Sandercock, Thomas, Underwood with 4 goals, Robinson and Burr. Mundulla’s best were Milligan, Boyd Packer, McGrice and Wade Packer but that was mostly before half-time.
BORDER DISTRICTS 18-14 122 UPSET MUNDULLA 11-14 80
Poor starts have been a feature of Kaniva-Leeor’s play and despite trailing by just 5 points at quarter-time they were swamped by Keith in the 2nd quarter as the Crow’s piled on 11 goals in a powerful display. Dominating just about every position, the Crow’s swept KLU aside with Harry Gill and Wilson winning handsomely across the midfield and Johnson and Simounds marking everything near goal. KLU played much tighter in the 3rd quarter but the horse had bolted. Keith still led by nearly 8 goals at the last change and were not in danger of defeat. KLU fought the game out to the finish and reduced the margin to 34 points but it was all too late. Simounds and Johnson booted 6 goals each for Keith and Gill, Wilson, McAllister and Kangur also featured strongly. Dylan Williams again booted 6 goals for KLU whilst Thach, Guilhaus and Skrypek were always trying to lift their team.
KEITH 21-12 138 TOO SOLID FOR KANIVA-LEEOR UNITED 15-14 104
Lucindale were too good for Naracoorte and piled on 14 goals in the middle quarters to win easily by 85 points. Forwards, Sam Mardling and Sam Logan booted 5 and 4 goals respectively and star mid-fielder Ryan McInerney also posted 4. Naracoorte lacked the class players to stop the strong Lucindale mid-fielders and on-ballers and trailed from start to finish.
LUCINDALE 22-18 150 THRASHED NARACOORTE 10-5 65
An improved Kingston took the game right up to Penola in the 1st half and trailed by just 13 points. Jamie Austin, Ben Warner and Cuneen were all doing well for the Sea-siders and Shuttleworth was kicking goals almost everytime he got the ball. Penola minus coach Merrett needed someone else to stand-up and Brodie Foster did just that as Penola surged ahead in the 3rd term to lead by 30 points. Kingston’s better players were now facing a challenge but lacked support as Penola again booted 6 goals in the final quarter to win by 51 points. Foster booted 7 goals for Penola with Pfitzner, Hackwill, Bunnik and March also playing well. For an improved Kingston, Austin, Cuneen, Shuttleworth with 7 goals and Warner led the way.
PENOLA 22-14 146 COMFORTABLY OVER KINGSTON 14-11 95
Padthaway put last week’s shocker behind them and were too strong for Bordertown. The Lions had too many good players and kepoint the much vaunted Bordertown forwards quiet to win easily by 60 points. Details were hard to come by but better players for Padthaway were former Woodville Eagles star Justin Ciccolella, Teakle in the ruck, Rochester and Darcy Boyanton who nagged his opponent to death. Nic Hewett and Nathan Clark were Bordertown’s best in a poor performance.
PADTHAWAY 18-8 114 EASILY OVER BORDERTOWN 8-8 56

Round 6 scores - May 16, 2015

Lucindale

3.8

10.14

17.17

22.18 (150)

Naracoorte

2.1

4.3

8.4

10.5 (65)

Best: Lucindale – not av. Naracoorte - W. Limbert, S. Patterson, B. Foster, K. Jacobs, J. Cother, T. Burns. Goals: Lucindale - S. Mardling 5, R. Mcinerney 4, S. Logan 4, E. Gill 3, R. Handbury 2, H. Legoe 1, D. McCarthy 1, T. Menz 1, S. Mcgurk 1. Naracoorte - J. Cother 4, J. Bettoncelli 2, J. Gilbert 1, T. Burns 1, B. Foster 1, S. Willson 1

Penola

5.3

10.5

16.9

22.14 (146)

Kingston

5.2

8.4

11.9

14.11 (95)

Best: Penola - J. Pfitzner, B. Foster, D. Hackwill, D. Bunnik, O. March, T. Pearce. Kingston - J. Austin, A. Cunneen, G. Shuttleworth, B. Warner, H. Labastida, C. Holloway. Goals: Penola - B. Foster 7, O. March 3, J. Pfitzner 2, B. Lindner 2, A. McIntyre 2, K. Ransom 2, S. Zadow 1, D. Hackwill 1, D. Bunnik 1, T. Bailey 1. Kingston - G. Shuttleworth 7, T. Baker 2, J. Austin 2, T. Mills 2, B. Warner 1

Keith

3.4

14.6

18.9

21.12 (138)

Kaniva Leeor

2.5

6.8

10.11

15.14 (104)

Best: Keith - H. Gill, J. Wilson, G. Johnson, T. McAllister, A. Kangur, B. Simounds. Kaniva Leeor - V. Thach, S. Guilhaus, M. Skrypek, A. Duncan, D. Williams, J. Merrett. Goals: Keith - G. Johnson 6, B. Simounds 6, H. Gill 3, J. Wilson 2, K. O'Loughlin 1, S. Gurr 1,  A. Kangur 1, S. Lehmann 1. Kaniva Leeor - D. Williams 6, V. Thach 2, N. Reeve 2, M. Skrypek 2, J. Merrett 1, S. Stallion 1,

A. Duncan 1

Border Districts

2.5

4.8

12.11

18.14 (122)

Mundulla

3.2

6.9

7.10

11.14 (80)

Best: Borders - C. Sandercock, N. Thomas, T. Underwood, C. Robinson, C. Burr, F. Adams. Mundulla - N. Milligan, B. Packer, J. McGrice, W. Packer, C. Wiese, C. Crane. Goals: Borders - D. Hargraves 5, T. Underwood 4, C. Burr 2, B. Keast 2, M. Lemon 2, F. Adams 1, C. Barras 1, J. Pitt 1. Mundulla - W. Packer 3, T. Ballinger 2, B. Packer 2, J. Richards 1, J. Wiese 1, B. Douglas 1,

B. Marra 1

Padthaway

3.2

6.3

13.6

18.8 (116)

Bordertown

1.3

4.5

5.6

8.9 (57)

Best: Padthaway - S. Townsend , J. Teakle , T. Hindmarsh , K. Hicks , S. Welsh , B. Ettridge. Bordertown - T. Wheelen , R. Tink , G. Robinson , M. Dahlitz , N. Hewett , M. Hayes. Goals: Padthaway - S. Welsh 9, B. Gunning 4, T. McLennan , J. Degabriele , L. Rochester , J. Cicolella , D. Boyanton. Bordertown - T. Harkness 3, G. Robinson 3, C. Dahlitz , C. Diment

ROUND SIX PREVIEW WITH THE NARACOORTE HERALD

May 14, 2015

ANOTHER tight round with several candidates for match of the round will be fought out in the KNTFL this weekend.
The stand-out game will be between reigning premiers Padthaway - coming off its first loss for the season - and third-ranked Bordertown.
But matches between K/L United (5th) and Keith (1st), and Lucindale (6th) versus Naracoorte (7th), will also hold plenty of interest.
• In a major piece of news from the league tribunal on Tuesday night, Penola coach Adam Merrett - also the KNTFL interleague coach - was suspended for two matches for an incident in the Eagles’ match against K/L United in round 4.
He was charged with engaging in rough conduct against an opponent which was considered unreasonable.
Kaniva/Leeor United v Keith
United started the year with a surprise loss but has been in good form ever since, winning three on the trot before going down to Bordertown last week. Keith has taken all before it and remains undefeated, with wins over both Bordertown and Penola to its credit.
The Keith Crows appear to have very good depth this year, although their reserves are struggling, and that’s where they will have an edge this week. United’s best players are among the best in the league, but its last half dozen fall off the pace.
Keith has the big key position players to dominate and the depth to hold sway on the flanks and pockets and should win comfortably.
Padthaway v Bordertown
One senses that Padthaway is still to reveal its full hand this season. The Lions had been doing just enough to win games before going down last week to Penola, and only kicking five goals with a pretty much full strength side would be a slight concern for coach Adam Jeffries.
But one narrow loss doesn’t ruin a season, and if the Lions can bounce back with a good performance this week, all will be well in the den. But they will have to bounce back or the Bordertown Roosters will be all over them.
The Roosters have been very impressive this year and are the highest scoring side in the competition with an average of more than 20 goals a game. Key forwards Tim Harkness and Gene Robinson have kicked 52 goals between them for their four games.
Padthaway though has a miserly defence with an average of less than 60 points per game conceded this year, so it will be fascinating to see if Bordertown’s scoring power can still shine through.
Bordertown is looking good at the moment with ruckmen Rory Tink and Matt Tober giving first use to the on-ballers, and Padthaway’s Michael Hoffman will have to work hard to nullify them as well as helping out on-ballers Cicolella, Rochester and DeGabrielle.
It’s a toss of the coin and Padthaway will use a tight zone at its own ground, but Bordertown might be able to overcome it.
Kingston v Penola
Kingston is trying hard but is dealing with a lot of ins and outs and is struggling to put the same team on the park two weeks in a row. Bringing in recruits from up north has its upside, but it can also have an unsettling impact when they’re not available and that’s what the Saints are facing now.
Penola just started to get rolling last week with a good, hard-fought win over Padthaway, and it would be a surprise to see the Eagles not string together half a dozen wins on the trot now to get themselves back where they should be near the top of the ladder. They will have to deal with the absence of coach and gun goalkicker Adam Merrett, but they’ll cover that.
Penola will win this one easily.
Mundulla v Border Districts
Mundulla has been up-and-down over the last fortnight, beating top five fancy Kybybolite but then being unceremoniously smashed by Naracoorte last week in a major surprise with much the same side on the park.
Whichever Mundulla turns up this week will decide the result. Borders belted Kingston with a super-impressive second half last week, but the Saints were badly undermanned and Borders really should be no match for the top sides.
If Mundulla is to be considered a top side, it must win matches like this with some authority.
Lucindale v Naracoorte
This clash of local rivals has been spiced up by Lucindale suffering a surprise loss and Naracoorte having a surprise win last week. A week ago Lucindale would have been hot favourites for this one, but now it’s not so clear cut.
Naracoorte produced a brilliant performance to blow Mundulla off the park last week and it’s hard to see where the dramatic improvement came from. Nigel Block stepped up with his best game for several years and the Demons followed suit, playing the sort of footy that could see them challenge for a top five spot.
Lucindale was slightly off its game last week with a few of its main playmakers out, and the Roos would love to have Aaron Smart, Patrick Baker and Rob Handbury back in this week.
If the Roos are closer to full strength and can get full value out of on-ballers McInerney and Graetz and forward Mardling - and if defender Travis Ware comes up from a knee injury - the Roos should be able to get over the line.
Kybybolite has the bye

PENOLA CAUSE BOILOVER IN ROUND FIVE
May 10, 2015

Penola caused a major upset in the KNTFL with an 18 pointt win over glamour team Padthaway. Penola had been unable to put four consistent quarters together recently and remained winless until yesterday. In a low scoring contest where strong winds and some heavy rain made scoring difficult the Eagles finally had a win. They kept Padthaway to a solitary goal in the 1st three quarters and slowly increased their lead at every change. Coach Adam Merrett used his strength and guile to kick 5 vital goals whilst Foster had his best game for the season. Penola, playing not so pretty football extended the lead to 22 points at halftime. Padthaway struggled to have any impact on the scoreboard as the Penola defence frustrated them at every turn whilst Merrett looked dangerous whenever Penola went forward. The Eagles led by 24 pts at ¾ time and looked likely. Padthaway rallied in the last qtr but Penola matched everything they tried to record an 18 point win. Foster, Will Banton, Galpin and Pfitzner played well for Penola and Adam Merrett booted 5 match-defining goals. It was a different story for the Lions, only one goal in 3 quarters hardly wins any game. McNamara, Longbottom, and Mccarthy tried hard for Padthaway.
PENOLA 8-7 55 UPSET PADTHAWAY 5-7 37
Border Districts had their biggest win in a long time with a 109 point demolition of Kingston. With Barras and recruit Hargraves on fire near goal Borders got an early break to lead by 16 points. Kingston had their moments in the 2nd term and with ever reliable Ben Warner doing well they closed the margin to just three points at ½ time. The floodgates burst in the 2rd quarter when Borders piled on 10 goals to nothing and the game was all over by ¾ time. Kingston failed to score after halftime and Borders powered away to win by 109 points. Barras and Hargraves booted 8 goals each. Tarca, Sandercock and Robinson also played well for Borders. Kingston’s 2nd half was lamentable and only Warner and Gluyas made much effort.
BORDER DISTRICTS 24-14 158 THRASHED KINGSTON 8-1 49
Naracoorte displayed their best form in quite a while to completely outplay the normally reliable Mundulla by 105 pts. The Demons were on top from the start and booted 7 goals in each of the 1st two quarters to have a commanding 52 point lead at ½ time. From there on they were never threatened which was something unusual from the normally competitive Mundulla. Naracoorte outscored the Moots in every quarter to build on their good start. Best for them were Block, Jacobs, Gilbert and Broadstock.
NARACOORTE 25-9 159 CRUSHED MUNDULLA 8-6 54
Key forwards Robinson and Harkness led the way in Bordertown’s big win over final’s aspirant in Kaniva-Leeor United. The game was relatively even in the 1st half but the Roosters had a more potent forward set-up. Reeve and lively small man Dylan Williams were keeping KLU in touch but Cuthbertson in defence and Hewett across the centre provided plenty of drive for Bordertown whilst Robinson and Harkness seemed to goal every time they went near the ball. The Roosters broke the game apart with a nine goal burst in the 3rd qtr with Clark and Cuthbertson dominating. Thach, Richardson were trying hard for KLU along with ex South Adelaide skipper Toby Stribling but their forwards were well held. KLU made little headway in the final term and Bordertown recorded a convincing 49 point win. Clark, Cuthbertson, Hewett and Dahlitz starred for Bordertown. Robinson with 9 and Harkness with 6 goals struggled to make the best players. For KLU, Thach, Stribling, Richardson and Duncan played well whilst Williams and Reeve each booted five.
BORDERTOWN 22-10 142 CONVINCINGLY OVER KLU 14-9 93
Kybybolite trailed Lucindale almost all game before finishing strongly to win by 10 points on a sad day for supporters who had attended the early morning funeral of club stalwart, John Herold who passed away after a battle with ill health. Lucindale had the better of contests early with big Mark Snowball doing well in the ruck and around the ground. He continued to provide chances for his team mates and Ryan McInerney and Sam Mardling looked threatening near goals to keep Lucindale ahead by 20 points at ½ time. Cooper and the Jaensch brothers were working hard to keep Kyby in touch and with Carberry looming as a threat near goal they reduced the lead to just 7 points at the last change. Kyby now sniffed a chance of an emotion charged win and outscored Lucindale in the last qtr to win narrowly by 10 points in a low scoring battle. Tom Cooper, the Jaensch boys and Pfitzner played well for Kyby and Carberry booted 5 strong goals. Snowball, Ogilvie, Damien McCarthy and Travis Ware were best for Lucindale. Vale, John Herold.
KYBYBOLITE 11-8 74 NARROWLY OVER LUCINDALE 9-10 64

Round 5 scores - May 9, 2015

Border Districts

6.4

8.5

18.11

24.14 (158)

Kingston

4.0

8.1

8.1

8.1 (49)

Best: Borders - N. Tarca, D. Hargraves, C. Sandercock, C. Robinson, B. Keast, F. Adams. Kingston - J. Gluyas, B. Warner, C. Paige, J. Austin, A. Matthias, B. Major. Goals: Borders - C. Barras 8, D. Hargraves 8, C. Robinson 3, T. Underwood 3, T. Watson 1, C. Burr 1. Kingston - B. Warner 3, T. Mcgovern 2, J. Austin 1, S. Robertson 1, T. Mills 1

Bordertown

5.2

11.4

20.7

22.10 (142)

Kaniva Leeor

3.2

7.4

10.6

14.9 (93)

Best: Bordertown - C. Clark, K. Cuthbertson, N. Hewett, C. Dahlitz, L. Eats, G. Robinson. Kaniva Leeor – V. Thach , R. Richardson , T. Stribling , A. Duncan , D. Williams , J. Merrett. Goals: Bordertown - G. Robinson 9, T. Harkness 6, A. Diment 2, M. Hayes 1, C. Dahlitz 1, T. Devitt 1, C. Diment 1, T. Wheelen 1. Kaniva Leeor - D. Williams 5, N. Reeve 5, M. Skrypek 2, S. Stallion , J. Lyon

Kybybolite

2.1

4.4

8.7

11.8 (74)

Lucindale

4.4

7.6

9.8

9.10 (64)

Best: Kyby - T. Cooper, R. Jaensch, J. Jaensch, M. Pfitzner, S. Shepherd, D. Munn. Lucindale - M. Snowball, D. Ogilvie, D. McCarthy, T. Ware, T. Menz, S. Graetz. Goals: Kyby - S. Carberry 4, S. Craig 2, B. Laurie 1, M. Schinckel 1, D. Munn 1, T. Cooper 1,

D. Brodie 1. Lucindale - S. Mardling 3, R. Mcinerney 3, S. Graetz 1, P. Marshall 1, E. Gill 1

Penola

2.2

4.3

5.6

8.7 (55)

Padthaway

0.2

0.5

1.6

5.7 (37)

Best: Penola - B. Foster, W. Banton, J. Galpin, J. Pfitzner, K. Ransom, B. Mcintyre. Padthaway - T. McNamara, A. Longbottom, J. Mccarthy, B. Ettridge, J. Teakle, J. Degabriele. Goals: Penola - A. Merrett 5, M. Ferguson 1, B. Lindner 1, A. McIntyre 1. Padthaway - J. Cicolella 2, T. Edwards 2, L. Rochester 1

Naracoorte

7.0

14.3

18.7

25.9 (159)

Mundulla

3.3

5.5

6.6

8.6 (54)

Best: Naracoorte - N. Block , K. Jacobs , J. Gilbert , W. Broadstock , S. Patterson , L. Munro. Mundulla - J. McGrice , N. Milligan , C. Wiese , B. Marra , T. Ballinger , A. Obst. Goals: Naracoorte - N. Block 6, M. Gill 3, S. Patterson 3, B. Gould 2, J. Bell 2, S. Willson 2, J. Gilbert 2, G. Mcwaters 2, J. Cother , L. Munro , B. Hill. Mundulla - A. Obst , J. Mock , B. Douglas , W. Packer , T. Ballinger , T. Perry , J. McGrice , L. Wiese

THE NARACOORTE HERALD PREVIEWS ROUND FIVE

May 7, 2015

WHOEVER puts the KNTFL draw together is a genius for the round 5 matches they’ve programmed
All five matches in this Saturday’s round are genuine 50-50 prospects, with one match-up standing above all others as one of the most important of the season thus far.
That is the rematch of the 2014 grand finalists Padthaway and Penola, with the season of one of the combatants very delicately poised.
Penola came into 2015 with record numbers on the training track, a strong A grade list and celebrating its 150th year as a club - but the Eagles are shockingly languishing without a win after three matches.
A loss to the reigning premiers this weekend might not be terminal for Penola’s season, but would probably put paid to a top three spot, considering Mundulla finished third last year with four losses, and Penola would have that many after just four games this year.
Bordertown v K/L United
United started the year with a surprise loss to Kyby, but since then the Cougars have regained confidence with a couple of good wins and then an upset of their own over Penola last week.
They’ve now climbed to third on the ladder, leapfrogging this weekend’s opponent in the process. Bordertown lost to undefeated Keith last week and will want to bounce back here.
The Roosters beat Penola in round 2 but are still largely unproven and would love to make a statement by knocking off United here. They will need key forwards Robinson and Harkness to get loose, but will also have to shackle the dangerous United midfielders in Williams, Thach, Duncan and ruckman Guilhaus.
That won’t be easy, but the Roosters should have the depth to do that and launch enough of their own attacks to win.
Penola v Padthaway
What an absolute ripper this one will be. Penola will be beyond desperate to open their account for 2015 or they run the risk of leaving too much to do later in the season.
The Eagles just haven’t been able to get their best side on the park, with several Merretts coming in and out and reigning league medallist McIntyre also battling niggles, and coach Adam Merrett has been their only consistent winner with 21 goals in three losing games.
Padthaway on the other hand just continues to build steadily, remaining undefeated while not really getting out of a trot. Recruits McNamara and Rochester have slipped in seamlessly and the Lions are purring along nicely.
Padthaway will also be comfortable in the knowledge that when the two teams last met in a big game, they were far too strong for Penola, winning the 2014 grand final comfortably.Penola will surely bring its best game in an attempt to kick-start its 2015 season, but it would be a brave man to tip against Padthaway considering the formline of the two sides.
Naracoorte v Mundulla
These two sides appear set to be among the top five fringe-dwellers so wins in games like this are gold. Mundulla has been a little up and down, flogged by Lucindale but then too good for fellow top five aspirant Kyby, so they’re hard to get a handle on at this stage.
Naracoorte has been thereabouts and had a confidence-boosting win over Kingston last week, so the Demons would be looking at this as a possible win on their home ground.
On the expanses of the Naracoorte oval, running will be a key, and Mundulla has plenty of that around the middle and from defence. That could be the main difference between the sides.
Kyby v Lucindale
A couple of things tip this game in Lucindale’s favour - the Roos will come into this one rested from the bye, and they also had a big win over Mundulla in their last game, before Mundulla went on to beat Kyby.
On that basis, you’d think Lucindale would be warm favourites for this one, and the Roos will definitely fancy their chances with the spread of talent they have across every line. Small forward Mardling has been unstoppable, Snowball in the ruck unbeatable and McInerney in the middle untaggable.
Kyby will struggle to cope in at least one of those areas, with key ruckman Dave Arnold out injured, and the other two will take some doing too. Lucindale might have too many weapons and can win on the road to Kyby.
Border Districts v Kingston
One of these sides will break their season duck for 2015 here. Both have showed promise at times but in most cases they have faded after competitive first halves.
It will be interesting to see which side runs out the game better this week and the winner will probably be determined by that. Kingston seem to have a greater spread of talent and their Darwin recruits Lohde, Labastida, Vallejo and Farrer will certainly be a handful.
Borders are not without a chance but would have to be at their best for the full four quarters to get the points.
Undefeated Keith will sit out the weekend with the bye.

KEITH KEEP WINNING RUN INTACT

Round Four report - May 5, 2015

Bordertown held a narrow at quarter-time with defenders Cuthbertson, Clark and Tober keeping the powerful Keith forwards under control. The Keith Crows gained the upper-hand early in the 2nd term with Harry Gill, Johnson and Sandercock all playing well and Ben Simounds did the finishing well at full forward. The Crows shot to a 27 point lead as Bordertown’s better players had less impact. Both sides went goal for goal in the 3rd quarter but Keith were able to extend the margin to 31 points. Simounds continued to torment the Bordertown defence and now Luders, Mitchell and Johnson got in on the goal scoring. Keith showed no signs of stopping and outscored Bordertown in the last term to win impressively by 42 points. The Crow’s best were Gill, Johnson, Sandercock and Ben Simounds with 7 goals. Bordertown’s best were Rory Tink, Clark, Cuthbertson, Hewett and Paech.

KEITH 19-12 126 DEFEATED BORDERTOWN 12-12 84

Padthaway made short work of Border Districts after an uninspiring 1st half. Borders, to their credit kept the glamour side on the back-foot most of the time but couldn’t capitalize. The Lions led by just 9 points at half time but any thoughts of a monumental upset were quickly swept aside when Padthaway booted 6 goals to zip in the 3rd term and shoot to 45 point lead. The Lion’s shrugged off the earlier lethargy with Dicker, Tom Mclennan and Ben Gunning active around the goal front. The trend continued in the last quarter as Borders added their only goal since half-time but Padthaway piled on another 6 to win easily, albeit a little lazily by 76 pts. Dicker and Mclennan each kicked 4 goals with McNamara , Ettridge and Orton among the better players for Padthaway. Border’s battlers were Clint Robinson, Underwood and Nick Tarca whilst much-vaunted recruit Hargraves contributed little other than 2 goals.

PADTHAWAY 18-15 123 DEFEATED BORDERS DISTRICTS 7-5 47

Naracoorte, with deadly accurate kicking shook off a determined Kingston in the 2nd half to win by 50 pts. The Demons had an almost faultless record in front of goal for three qtrs whilst Kingston had a similar number of chances but trailed throughout. Naracoorte led by 27 pts at the last change but dominated the last qtr  to win by 50 pts. Boon with 6 and Jacobs with 5 goals led the goal kickers for Naracoorte.

NARACOORTE 21-13 139 DEFEATED KINGSTON 12-17 89

Mundulla prevailed over Kybybolite in an entertaining game where the widest margin was19 pts in favour of the Moots at qtr-time. From there on it was goal for goal with both teams appearing to look likely winners at various stages. Mundulla led by just 3 points at half time with veterans Jon Mock, Nick Davis and prolific kick-winner Jake McGrice doing well. Equally Kyby had Billy Laurie and Jaensch in good form with Scott Carberry threatening around goal. Mundulla maintained the lead at ¾ time with both teams scoring 3 goals during the qtr and the game was set for a close finish. Neither team took a backward step as the play went from end to end with Mundulla a little steadier at the finish to win by 9 points. Mock, Davis and Luke Wiese each kicked 3 goals for Mundulla with Davis, Marra and McGrice as best players. For the gallant Kyby, Laurie booted 5 goals and was best ahead of Jaensch, Carberry  and Jamie Bittner. It had been a sad week for Kyby with the passing of stalwart supporter and administrator John Herrold and sympathies are extended to the family.

MUNDULLA 16-11 107 NARROWLY OVER KYBY 15-8 98

Last seasons’ runners-up Penola continued their horror start to 2015 with a narrow loss to Kaniva-Leeor United. Penola led nearly all of the first half with coach Adam Merrett playing like a one man wrecking ball on the forward line. KLU kept in touch with ruckman Seb Guilhaus and small man Dylan Williams doing well. Penola edged away to a 16 point lead at half time with Zadow and Pfitzner lending good support to Merrett. KLU had the better of proceedings in the third qtr when good players in James Turner and Dodson came into the game. Penola kept in touch but appeared to be running out of gas and KLU took a lead of 9 pts at ¾ time. Both teams went goal for goal in the last qtr but Penola couldn’t regain the earlier ascendancy and KLU maintained their lead to the end. Livewire Dylan Williams booted 4 goals for KLU whilst Duncan, Guilhaus, Turner and Jarred were named as best. Adam Merrett booted 8 good goals to nearly lift his team to a win but it wasn’t to be, other good players for Penola were Zadow, Pfitzner and S Merrett.

KANIVA-LEEOR UNITED 17-8 110 DEFEATED PENOLA 16-5 101           

Round 4 scores - May 2, 2015

Keith

2.3

10.8

14.10

19.12 (126)

Bordertown

3.5

6.5

9.9

12.12 (84)

Best: Keith - H. Gill, G. Johnson, T. Sandercock, B. Simounds, S. Laubsch, S. Luders. Bordertown - R. Tink, N. Clark, K. Cuthbertson, N. Hewett, H. Paech, M. Tober. Goals: Keith - B. Simounds 7, S. Luders 3, L. Mitchell 2, G. Johnson 2, J. Wilson 1, J. Forrest 1, H. Gill 1, T. Sandercock 1, T. McAllister 1. Bordertown - T. Harkness 4, G. Robinson 3, L. Eats 1, J. Searle 1, R. Tink 1, K. Cuthbertson 1, C. Dahlitz 1

Kaniva Leeor

4.1

7.4

13.7

17.8 (110)

Penola

5.1

10.2

12.4

16.5 (101)

Best: Kaniva Leeor - A. Duncan, S. Guilhaus, J. Turner, J. Jarred, V. Thach, S. Dodson. Penola - S. Zadow, A. Merrett, J. Pfitzner, S. Merrett, J. Skeer, J. Anderson. Goals: Kaniva Leeor - D. Williams 4, J. Lyon 3, R. Richardson 3, T. Stribling 2, A. Duncan 2, M. Skrypek 1, S. Little 1, J. Turner 1. Penola - A. Merrett 8, B. Lindner 2, D. Hackwill 2, S. Zadow 1, J. Pfitzner 1, A. McIntyre 1,J. Anderson 1

Mundulla

6.1

9.6

12.11

16.11 (107)

Kybybolite

3.0

9.3

12.6

15.8 (98)

Best: Mundulla - N. Davis, B. Marra, J. McGrice, N. Milligan, B. Packer, T. Ballinger. Kyby - B. Laurie, J. Jaensch, S. Carberry, J. Bittner, J. Mckay, M. Schinckel. Goals: Mundulla - J. Mock 3, L. Wiese 3, N. Davis 3, J. McGrice 2, W. Packer 2, D. Burgess 1, H. Thorpe 1, T. Ballinger 1. Kyby - . Laurie 5, S. Carberry 3, J. Mckay 3, S. Shepherd 2, M. Pfitzner 1, S. Craig 1

Padthaway

5.4

6.10

12.12

18.15 (123)

Border Dists

2.0

6.1

6.3

7.5 (47)

Best: Padthaway - T. McNamara, B. Ettridge, J. Orton, A. Longbottom, J. Mccarthy, T. Hindmarsh. Borders - C. Robinson, T. Underwood, N. Tarca, N. Thomas, C. Sandercock, F. Adams. Goals: Padthaway - J. Dicker 4, T. McLennan 4, B. Gunning 3, T. Edwards 3, D. Boyanton 2, M. Gibbs 1, J. Degabriele 1. Borders - D. Hargraves 2, D. Hannaford 1, C. Sandercock 1, M. Lemon 1, T. Watson 1, T. Underwood 1

Naracoorte

6.1

12.3

16.5

21.13 (139)

Kingston

3.5

8.8

10.14

12.17 (89)

Best: Naracoorte - B. Gould , S. Patterson , W. Limbert , J. Gilbert , R. Jacobs , N. Boon. Kingston - J. Austin , B. Warner , S. Robertson , B. Kennedy , K. Lohde , A. Stenner. Goals: Naracoorte - S. Willson 6, B. Gould 5, T. Burns 2, D. Myall 2, J. Cother , N. Block , S. Patterson , J. Gilbert , G. Mcwaters , M. Gill. Kingston - T. Mcgovern 3, B. Warner 2, S. Robertson 2, I. Vallejo 2, A. Oddy , J. Brown , T. Baker

ROUND FOUR PREVIEW

The Naracoorte Herald - April 30, 2015

THREE of this weekend's five round 4 matches will be crucial in deciding the make-up of the 2015 KNTFL finals.
Of this weekend's round, only the games between Border Districts and Padthaway, and Naracoorte and Kingston, are not likely to have a big impact on the ladder. The other three games will be highly anticipated match-ups which will reveal more of where each team stands in the finals race.
Bordertown v Keith
Keith finds itself in the match of the round for the second week in a row, and it's obviously not a situation which worries the Crows after their impressive win over Penola last week.
The Crows have surprised the league with their improvement this year, to the point where they sit undefeated on top of the ladder, but this will be their biggest test. Bordertown has also not lost a game, and has also beaten Penola, so the Roosters can be equally confident of getting a win.
It's hard to see where the game might be won and lost so early in the year, but both forward lines look very potent. They have spearheads in Keith's Ben Simounds, and Bordertown's Gene Robinson and Tim Harkness, so it could be a case of which side can restrict the other's scoring capacity will be the winner.
Penola v K/L United
Penola was touted for another big year but is now lagging at 0-2 after two weeks and just needs a win to get going. That won't be easy against a KL side which also started slowly but kicked more than 30 goals last week which might have been the tonic they needed.
The difference here should be depth. Penola has a long list and a good reserves side and should put 21 A grade ready players on the park, while KL have some of the best players in the league but fall away after the first 15 or 16.
Penola at home will surely get a win behind goalkicking machine Adam Merrett to get their season rolling.
Border Districts v Padthaway
Borders are struggling at the moment - coming off a 20-goal beating - and the task doesn't get any easier this week.
Padthaway has just been doing enough to win games, with three narrow victories, but one senses the Lions are about ready to unleash a big performance. They have too many good players not to kick a big score one day soon and there's every chance it could be this week on the smallish Goroke oval.
Borders will battle hard as they do, and they have been known to record the odd upset at Goroke, but they'd be at fantastic odds to do that this week.
Naracoorte v Kingston
The outcome of this one is unlikely to affect the top end of the ladder, but it will be a highly competitive game. Both of these sides are winless but have shown positive signs and don't seem far away from producing good performances.
Naracoorte pushed Padthaway all the way last week, while Kingston was well beaten but showed enough with new recruits Farrer, Labastida and Lohde to suggest they could keep improving. Naracoorte at home is harder to beat and they might just get up.
Kyby v Mundulla
The battle of the Tigers will be ultra competitive this year after Kyby has struggled in these clashes the past few years. Kyby is perhaps the most improved side in the competition, while Mundulla has slipped a little from the heights of last year but is still possibly a finals side and will travel well to Kyby.
The home side is getting great service from its goalkicking on-ballers in Billy Laurie, Jack McKay and Jamie Bittner, and ruckman Dave Arnold is feeding them well to control the middle.
Despite being smashed last week, Mundulla has strength all over the ground but will need to stop that run from the midfield to keep the leash on - and that might be a tough assignment on Kyby's home ground.
Lucindale has the bye this weekend.

LUCINDALE SHOCK MUNDULLA  IN  ROUND THREE

Monday 27 April, 2015

Lucindale started in blistering fashion against Mundulla and raced to a 38 point lead before the dust had settled. Big man Mark Snowball was giving his fellow on-ballers and midfielders an armchair ride as Lucindale continued to run rings around the Moots. The demolition continued in the 2nd term and the game was over as a contest before ½ time when Lucindale piled on another 9 goals with Sam Mardling, Ryan McInerney and Aaron Smart all too good for the Mundulla defence which was under constant siege. The margin had blown to a whopping 71 points by the main break. Mundulla needed a miracle but Lucindale continued to control play even though the scoring rate slowed down appreciably. Jake McGrice and veteran Heath Thorpe were trying hard to lift Mundulla but Lucindale seemed able to score whenever they went forward and now the other forwards were getting in on the spree.

After a relatively quiet 3rd quarter in which they added only 3 goals Lucindale again surged forward relentlessly to boot 6 goals to 4 in the final term and run out impressive winners by 97 points, their most convincing win in a long time. Mundulla now have plenty of work to do as they were beaten in just about evert position. McInerney was best afield for Lucindale who had plenty of good players including Mackenzie, Snowball, Menz and Kane McCarthy. Sam Mardling finished with 6 goals and Aaron Smart 4. Mundulla’s best were McGrice, Thorpe and Ballinger but the rest were outclassed.

Keith overcame a slow start against Penola and trailed by 16 points at quarter time but took control in the 2nd term and were never headed. Adam Merrett was causing problems near goal for Penola but once Keith took over through midfield his chances dried up. The Crows defence restricted Penola’s forwards and Simounds,  Johnson and Hender made the most of their opportunities as Keith took a 13 point lead into ½ time. Both sides had their moments in the 3rd quarter but Keith edged further ahead through Sandercock and Gill. The Crows led by 19 points going into the last quarter but Penola were not out of it. Galpin and Adam Merrett were still doing well for Penola but Keith again outscored them and had just too many contributors to allow Penola back into the game. The Crows added 4 goals to Penola’s 3 to win by 31 points. Sandercock, Gill, Johnson and the McMurrays were best for Keith. Galpin, Adam Merrett with 6 goals and Williams tried hard for Penola.

Kybybolite shook off a determined Kingston to win by 64 points. After aan even 1st quarter Kyby took control and booted 5 goals to zip in the 2nd term and open up a lead of 38 points. Prolific possession winner Billy Laurie was dominating for Kyby and continually drove his team forward where Scott Carberry and Mackinnon finished the work. Kingston were battling hard but Kyby in Jaensch and ruckman Dave Arnold were in good touch. Ben Warner was Kingston’s chief playmaker but lacked the numbers that Kyby had around the contest. Kyby were scoring at almost 2 goals to one from Kingston and ran out easy winners in the finish by 64 points. Billy Laurie was best for Kyby ahead of Ray Jaensch, Craig and Mckay. Warner , Lohde and Lawrie battled strongly for Kingston.

Naracoorte gave glamour side Padthaway a run for their money with a much improved performance. Scores were almost even at quarter time with the Lions ahead by just a solitary point. Greater depointh of players enabled Padthaway to get away to an 18 point lead just near ½ time and it appeared that Naracoorte’s day was done. The Lions went further ahead in the 3rd term as Naracoorte struggled to have winner on their forward line and they trailed by 32 points with a quarter to play. Coach and former star Simon Cox sought a big effort form Naracoorte and they fought back strongly in the last quarter and give Padthaway something of a scare when they reduced the margin to 12 points at the end.

Round 3 - April 25, 2015

Lucindale

8.2

17.3

20.7

26.10 (166)

Mundulla

2.0

5.4

6.8

10.9 (69)

Best: Lucindale  - R. Mcinerney, T. Mackenzie, M. Snowball, T. Menz, K. Mccarthy, D. Ogilvie. Mundulla - J. McGrice, H. Thorpe, T. Ballinger, T. Perry, L. Wiese, R. Williams. Goals: Lucindale - S. Mardling 6, R. Mcinerney 4, A. Smart 4, S. Logan 3, R. Handbury 2, D. Fogarty 2, S. Graetz 2, T. Menz 2, M. Snowball 1. Mundulla - T. Perry 3, B. Douglas 3, T. Ballinger 1, J. McGrice 1, B. Marra 1, D. Burgess 1

Keith

2.0

7.6

11.6

15.12 (102)

Penola

4.4

5.5

8.5

11.5 (71)

Best: Keith - T. Sandercock, H. Gill, G. Johnson, C. McMurray, S. McMurray, S. Lehmann. Penola - J. Galpin, A. Merrett, T. Williams, M. Merrett, S. Merrett, D. Bunnik. Goals: Keith - G. Johnson 4, B. Simounds 3, L. Hender 2, S. Luders 2, T. Geyer 1, J. Wilson 1, H. McMurray 1, L. Mitchell 1. Penola - A. Merrett 6, B. Lindner 2, B. Foster 1, S. Jackman 1, B. Merrett 1

Kybybolite

5.2

10.9

17.10

23.13 (151)

Kingston

4.4

4.7

8.14

12.15 (87)

Best: Kyby - B. Laurie, R. Jaensch, S. Craig, J. Mckay, D. Arnold, J. Jaensch. Kingston - B. Warner, K. Lohde, H. Lawrie, J. Brown, A. Oddy, W. Goode. Goals: Kyby - S. Carberry 5, B. Laurie 4, C. Mackinnon 4, J. Mckay 3, S. Craig 2, T. Cooper 2, M. Schinckel 2, J. Kelson 1. Kingston - W. Farrer 3, T. Baker 2, A. Oddy 2, S. Robertson 1, B. Warner 1, G. Shuttleworth 1, J. Austin 1, H. Lawrie 1

Kaniva Leeor

7.0

16.7

24.10

31.13 (199)

Border Dists

2.3

4.3

8.5

11.8 (74)

Best: Kaniva Leeor - T. Stribling , A. Duncan , J. Turner , B. King , D. Williams , J. Jarred. Borders - C. Burr , N. Thomas , T. Underwood , N. Naylor , T. Watson , C. Sandercock. Goals: Kaniva Leeor - D. Williams 8, N. Reeve 5, A. Duncan 4, S. Stallion 4, V. Thach 4, J. Turner 2, B. King , R. Richardson , T. Stribling , J. Lyon. Borders - C. Barras 4, C. Burr 3, T. Underwood 2, M. Lemon 2

Padthaway

4.4

8.6

11.9

14.9 (93)

Naracoorte

4.3

5.6

6.7

12.9 (81)

Best: Padthaway - T. McLennan , J. Degabriele , T. Edwards , B. Gunning , D. Boyanton , T. Cox. Naracoorte - G. Mcwaters , D. Myall , M. Gill , N. Boon , J. Gilbert , B. Gould. Goals: Padthaway - T. McLennan 4, T. Cox 3, B. Gunning 2, J. Degabriele , T. Edwards , C. Marshall , L. Rochester , S. Welsh. Naracoorte - T. Burns 2, M. Gill , S. Willson , D. Myall , W. Limbert , B. Foster , B. Gould , N. Block , S. Patterson , C. Gill , J. Gilbert

ROUND THREE PREVIEW

The Naracoorte Herald - April 23, 2015

PENOLA will enter the second week of a horror draw this Saturday, smarting from an unexpected first-up loss.
Grand finalists last year, the Eagles sat out the first round with a bye, then went down to a rampant Bordertown in their first game for the year in round 2.
This week, they face Keith - one of the early season top three fancies - followed by Kaniva/Leeor United, Padthaway, Kingston and Mundulla.
That means the Eagles will have faced all four of last year's other finalists plus one of the top hopes for this year in the first six rounds.
So a loss this Saturday against undefeated Keith would not please playing coach Adam Merrett as he attempts to guide the side to the top in the club's 150th year.
Keith v Penola
With such a strong pre-season behind them and hopes high of a successful 150th anniversary year, the Penola Eagles would not have been planning for a first-up loss to Bordertown last week. They would be smarting, and will be expected to bounce back hard this weekend.
Playing coach Adam Merrett showed he's lost nothing in the off-season with seven of his team's nine goals, but many of the Eagles' highly rated players were slow to start the year and will be looking to lift this week.
Keith on the other hand has hit the ground running, with recruits Sandercock and McAllister dominating and Simounds kicking plenty of goals. The Crows are a chance to send Penola to 0-2, but surely the Eagles will turn up this week.
K/L United v Border Districts
United really want to get the points here, as they face three tough games after this one and can't afford to drop three or four games this early in the season if they're going to make finals.
They'll welcome back big ruckman Seb Guilhaus after he had flight troubles from Darwin last week and missed the game, while most of their travelling recruits stepped up last week after starting the year quietly. In fact, all of United's best players and goalkickers last week were travelling players.
Border Districts are battling at the moment having lost to two good sides, but they might not be as bad as their 0-2 record suggests. Against a side like United where they might be able to win some of their own ball, if they can supply enough chances to their dangerous forwards Barras and Hargraves, they could kick a winning score.
Padthaway v Naracoorte
Padthaway is just doing enough at the moment and it's hard to tell if the Lions are a little weaker than last year or they're just taking their time to click.
Back at home against an honest Naracoorte side, they really should have a convincing win this week.
But they might not, as Naracoorte will battle the game right out and if they're within striking distance they could possibly cause an upset. It would take the Demons' best effort, but it's not out of the question.
Kingston v Kybybolite
Kingston has had a tough draw with a couple of hard ones followed by this match-up against an improving Kyby side. The Saints have reportedly had some trouble convincing their recruits from up north to stay at the seaside, meaning they are again fielding a team of young locals. They are going to need a win very soon to get their season moving.
Unfortunately it's unlikely to come this week, as Kyby ran Padthaway close last week and should have too much toe and class for the home side on the wide expanses of Gall Park.
Mundulla v Lucindale
Close to match of the round this one, with Mundulla as solid as ever this year and coming off a bye, while Lucindale is firing with a close loss to Padthaway followed by a big win over Kingston.
Lucindale forward pocket Sam Mardling is having a huge year at the goalfront, while ruckman Mark Snowball and on-baller Ryan McInerney are giving heaps of drive from the middle.
Mundulla is still fielding a strong looking side despite losing some handy players in the off season and they will give the Roos a real workout. But Lucindale hit top gear in demolishing Kingston last week and might enter this game as favourites.
Undefeated Bordertown has the bye this week.

LOW SCORES THE ORDER OF THE DAY IN ROUND TWO

Round Two  report - April 20, 2015

Key forwards Tim Harkness of Bordertown and Adam Merrett, Penola, shone the brightest in Bordertowns 34 point win. The first half was an even contest with Bordertown narrowly in front by just 4 points. Six golas to just two from Penola opened the margin to 27 at ¾ time and the Roosters were never headed, adding another in the last quarter to win comfortably. Tim Harkness was the star with an 11 goal haul out of Bordertown’s 15. Maddy Hayes, Rory Tink and the Diment boys, Angus and Clint also played well. Best for Penola were Pfitzner, Adam Merrett with 7 goals, Brodie Foster and Spencer Jackman.

Kybybolite took the game right to reigning premiers Padthaway but weather conditions made scoring difficult. The Lions were always in front but just couldn’t shake off the determined Kyby. They snatched a 15 point lead at ½ time, a lead which they held onto for the remainder of the game. Kyby did well to restrict the star studded Lions but just didn’t have the class to get a win. Newcomer Rochester was named best for Padthaway along with Tom Edwards, Kieron Hicks, Hoffmann and talkative Darcy Boyanton. For Kyby it was Jaensch, Tom Cooper, ruckman Dave Arnold and Sam Shepherd.

 Dynamic on-baller Dylan Williams was the difference between winning and losing for Kaniva-Leeor against Naracoorte. Williams was in everything from the start and Naracoorte just didn’t have a match-up. KLU got any early break with 4 goals in the 1st quarter and extended their lead to 30 points at the main break. Naracoorte fought on strongly in the 3rd quarter and reduced the margin to 14 points but Williams continued to be the stand-out player for KLU. Scoring was very difficult with both teams only goaling once in the last quarter to give KLU a 14 point win. Williams was best afield for KLU and booted 5 goals in a complete display, Thach, Richardson, Steve Stallion and ex South Adelaide recruit Toby Stribling played well. Broadstock, Sid Patterson, Willson and George McWaters were best for Naracoorte.

Keith were too strong for Border Districts and won by 37 points in another weather affected game. Early goals again made a difference and it was Keith who made the best start to lead by 26 points at quarter time. They never gave up that lead and with Ben Simounds a constant  threat near goal had the game sewn by ¾ quarter time. Despite not scoring a goal in the last term they were never in danger of defeat. Simounds finished with 5 goals and Alex Bowley, Sandercock and Geyer were among the best for the Crows. Nick Tarca, Clint Robinson and Thomson headed Border’s best. Lucindale booted the highest score of the round to demolish Kingston by 122 points. Sam Mardling was in great form at the goalfront and booted 11 majors on the hapless Kingston defence. Lucindale dominated from the start and held a 67 point lead at half-time. Class performers in Ryan McInerney, Kane McCarthy won just about every contest around the mid-field and had plenty willing helpers in Clarke, Menz and Mackenzie. Kingston were powerless to stop the rot with only token resistance coming Austin, Goode and Cunneen.

Round 2 scores - April 18, 2015

Bordertown

3.1

5.2

11.4

15.6 (96)

Penola

2.0

4.4

6.7

9.8 (62)

Best: Bordertown - T. Harkness, M. Hayes, R. Tink, A. Diment, N. Hewett, C. Diment. Penola - J. Pfitzner, A. Merrett, B. Foster, S. Jackman, J. Galpin, J. Anderson. Goals: Bordertown – Tim Harkness 11, G. Robinson 2, J. Searle 1, N. Clark 1. Penola - A. Merrett 7, T. Bailey 1, J. Galpin 1

Padthaway

3.3

5.5

6.6

8.7 (55)

Kybybolite

1.2

3.2

4.5

6.5 (41)

Best: Padthaway - L. Rochester, T. Edwards, K. Hicks, M. Hoffmann, M. Brown, D. Boyanton. Kybybolite -  J. Jaensch, T. Cooper, S. Shepherd, D. Arnold, M. Pfitzner, J. Mckay. Goals: Padthaway - L. Rochester 2, J. Dicker 1, S. Welsh 1, B. Gunning 1, D. Boyanton 1, T. McNamara 1, C. Marshall 1. Kybybolite - J. Bittner 2, B. Munn 1, B. Laurie 1, J. Mckay 1, S. Craig 1

Kaniva Leeor

4.1

7.5

8.8

9.10 (64)

Naracoorte

1.3

2.5

6.6

7.8 (50)

Best: Kaniva Leeor - D. Williams, V. Thach, R. Richardson, S. Stallion, T. Stribling, A. Duncan. Naracoorte - W. Broadstock, S. Patterson, S. Willson, G. Mcwaters, J. Macdonald. Goals: Kaniva Leeor - D. Williams 5, S. Stallion 1, R. Richardson 1, V. Thach 1, T. Stribling 1. Naracoorte - B. Gould 3, S. Willson 2, N. Block 1, Z. Donnelly 1

Keith

4.4

6.7

10.12

10.15 (75)

Border Dists

0.2

2.6

2.6

5.8 (38)

Best: Keith - T. Sandercock, A. Bowley, B. Simounds, T. Geyer, T. McAllister, B. Lamont. Borders - C. Robinson, N. Tarca, J. Thomson, T. Watson, T. Underwood, C. Sandercock. Goals: Keith - B. Simounds 5, P. Makin 2, J. Wilson 1, A. Bowley 1, T. Geyer 1. Borders - C. Barras 2, T. Underwood 2, C. Sandercock 1

Lucindale

6.4

13.4

19.10

23.14 (152)

Kingston

1.2

2.3

3.4

4.6 (30)

Best: Lucindale - S. Mardling, R. Mcinerney, T. Mackenzie, K. Mccarthy, N. Clarke, T. Menz. Kingston - J. Austin, W. Goode, A. Cunneen, T. Baker, B. Warner, T. Baker. Goals: Lucindale – Sam Mardling 11, R. Mcinerney 3, D. McCarthy 2, P. Baker 2, S. Logan 2, K. Mccarthy 1, T. Ware 1, S. Pemble 1. Kingston - S. Robertson 2, G. Shuttleworth 1, T. Baker 1

ROUND TWO PREVIEW

The Naracoorte Herald - April 16, 2015

WE haven't had to wait long for the first big blockbuster game in the KNTFL's 2015 season.This Saturday's round 2 dishes up a beauty, with a rested Penola coming off the first-round bye to face a rampant Bordertown, which destroyed Border Districts in round 1. 

Both sides played finals last season, with Penola going all the way only to lose to Padthaway in the grand final, and this will a revealing encounter as to which side can lay an early claim to a top three spot.

There are at least a couple of other very interesting match-ups in round 2.  Kybybolite will get to prove that its first-round upset win over Kaniva/Leeor United was no fluke when it faces reigning premier Padthaway, while Naracoorte and K/LUnited will face off in another match featuring sides possibly duelling for a fringe finals spot.

Then there's the "western derby" between fierce rivals Lucindale and Kingston, with both coming off losses but showing promising signs in round 1.

Border Districts v Keith

Borders really struggled in round 1 and won't find it much easier here. As was the case against Keith, Borders will struggle to contain the opposition forward line, with Gene Robinson doing the damage with 10 goals for Bordertown last week, and Ben Simounds and Scott Luders licking their lips about the prospect of doing it for Keith this week.

It's hard to make a case for Borders, except perhaps to claim that it will take the Eagles' new players a few weeks to settle into their new side.

Keith's recruits on the other hand looked like they slipped straight into top gear, and the Crows will again be hitting the ground running this week on their way to a big win.

Penola v Bordertown

Comfortably match of the round, this one pits two top three fancies against one another. Penola has again had an impressive pre-season to build on the first and second placings of the last two years, while Bordertown had a massive round 1 win to show off their credentials.

Penola appears set to line up similarly to last year, minus gun on-baller Matt Willson, but will cover his loss with a couple of recruits, while Bordertown has really only added versatile goalkicker Gene Robinson and ruckman Matt Tober but looks to have improved.

Penola's ace will be coach Adam Merrett, who will be gunning for yet another goalkicking title, but Bordertown has a few options to cover him, including Angus Diment, Mitch Dahlitz and possibly Thomas Wheelen.

He only needs a handful of chances to kick a bag though, and with other goalkicking options such as Jon Copping, centre half forward Brodie Foster, reigning league medallist Ben McIntyre and Ryan Smyth, Penola looks potent.

Bordertown is a chance to give it a shake, but the long trip down the highway is likely to be fruitless as Penola starts 2015 with a win.

Naracoorte v K/L United

Both of these sides were first-round losers and will be desperate to open their accounts here. United would be especially keen, as they have a raft of big name players who didn't really fire a shot in round 1, and if that keeps up some hard questions might need to be asked.

United were off the pace for most of last week's game against a Kyby side which wasn't expected to be one of the top sides, so they need to have a serious look at things this week and bounce back hard.

Naracoorte on the other hand is a team of locals who took it right up to Keith in the first half and showed some promising signs for coach Simon Cox.

The Demons will be playing for each other perhaps more than K/L and might have a more even spread of talent, so they are a chance of sending K/L to an unwanted 0-2 record here. Ruckman George McWaters will need to match United giant Seb Guilhaus and if he can do that, it will help the home side's prospects no end.

Kyby v Padthaway

Could Kyby cause a second consecutive upset? It's unlikely against the reigning premiers, but if the Tigers can reproduce the frantic, pressure-filled footy they played against K/L United last week, it's possible.

Kyby has only picked up a handful of new players, led by athletic utilities Billy Laurie and Darcy Munn, but they appear to have greater depth of fit personnel with fewer weak spots which brought them undone last year. They would be hoping to win more games than they lose.Padthaway of course is still the team to beat after taking out last year's premiership and then starting the year with an impressive grinding win over Lucindale.

The Lions had a lot of good players who didn't play a major role in round 1, so there is definite improvement potential there. They also look to have good depth all over the ground and will send out a strong side this week that will be a firm favourite on the Kyby ground.

Lucindale v Kingston

This game could be a beauty. These two sides have a fierce rivalry and this clash for bragging rights could go down to the wire.

Lucindale has recruited well and has coach Sam Logan fit and playing at the goalfront, with goalsneak Sam Mardling alongside him.

Ruckman Mark Snowball and ballwinner Ryan McInerney in the middle are the ideal base for an engine room.

The great unknown in this game will be the Kingston line-up. The Saints landed a late pre-season recruiting coup with several signings from Darwin, and names like Farrer, Labastida and Vallejo could become household by the end of the year if they can stay fit and keen. Former Dimboola gun Karl Lohde has also won a clearance to the Saints.

All that said, Lucindale might be a little more settled and be able to handle the smaller confines of the Lucindale oval better than the young Saints.

Mundulla has the bye this week.

KYBY START SEASON WITH BIG WIN

Kybybolite started with a bang over Kaniva-Leeor United. The first half was relatively even with Kyby in front by 25 points at half time. Veteran Scott Carberry and Billy Laurie were strong forward targets for Kyby and defender Ray Jaensch cut KLU’s supply lines. Kyby put the game beyond KLU’s reach in the third term when they extended the lead to 54 points and again played strongly in the last quarter to run out convincing winners by 65 points.

Carberry and best player Laurie each booted 6 goals and newcomer Mackay booted 5. KLU’s best were bigman Seb Guilhaus, ever reliable James Turner and Vivian.

Bordertown smashed Border Districts by 180 points and sent the other teams a message. Gene Robinson with 10 goals and Tim Harkness with 7 had a picnic at the expense of the hapless Border District defenders. The prospects look good for the Roosters but the same can’t be said for Border Districts. 

Keith also had a resounding win over Naracoorte by 69 points. Former SANFL player Ben Simounds booted 9 goals for the Keith Crows who were never in danger of defeat.

Padthaway started 2015 as strongly as the finished last year. They had too many quality players for Lucindale and won comfortably by 45 points. Former AFL player Scott Welsh again figured strongly with 6 goals with regular stars of recent years in Gunning, Degabrielle and McLennan all scoring multiples along with a new recruit in former Eagle Justin Ciccolella. Better players in the star studded line-up were relative unknowns in Ettridge, Darcy Boyanton and Kieron Hicks. Best for Lucindale were veteran ruckman Mark Snowball, Ryan McInerney, Ogilvie and Sam Mardling booted 4 goals. Mundulla were too strong for Kingston and despite inaccuracy in front of goal still won by 73 points. The disparity in scores is a worry and is not just isolated to the KNTFL.

Round 1 scores, April 11, 2015

Bordertown

9.3

18.4

27.11

33.17 (215)

Border Dists

-

3.1

4.2

5.5 (35)

Best: Bordertown - C. Clark , G. Robinson , J. Searle , B. Damin , T. Wheelen , N. Clark. Border Dists - N. Naylor , C. Burr , B. Keast , S. Barras , F. Adams , N. Tarca. Goals: Bordertown - G. Robinson 10, T. Harkness 7, J. Searle 5, C. Diment 3, A. Diment 2, C. Dahlitz , M. Hayes , N. Clark , C. McCarthy , R. Tink , C. Clark. Border Dists - D. Hargraves 3, N. Thomas , B. Keast

Kybybolite

7.1

12.5

18.12

24.18 (162)

Kaniva Leeor

3.2

8.4

10.6

14.7 (91)

Best: Kybybolite - B. Laurie , R. Jaensch , J. Mckay , J. Bittner , B. Hindmarsh , D. Munn. Kaniva Leeor - S. Guilhaus , L. Vivian , J. Turner , V. Thach , S. Dodson , J. Lyon. Goals: Kybybolite - B. Laurie 6, S. Carberry 6, J. Mckay 5, B. Munn 2, S. Craig , C. Mackinnon , T. Cooper , J. Bittner , M. Drury. Kaniva Leeor - J. Turner 3, T. Stribling 2, S. Dodson 2, D. Williams 2, J. Merrett , D. Hawker , R. Richardson , J. O''Connor , A. Duncan

Keith

2.5

5.9

14.12

21.15 (141)

Naracoorte

4.0

8.2

9.4

11.6 (72)

Best: Keith - T. McAllister, B. Simounds, T. Geyer, P. Makin, H. McMurray, H. Gill. Naracoorte - B. Gould, S. Willson, M. Gill, B. Foster, J. Gilbert, G. Mcwaters. Goals: Keith - B. Simounds 9, S. Luders 4, S. Molineux 2, J. Wilson 2, H. Gill 2, B. Farmer 1,

S. McMurray 1. Naracoorte - S. Willson 5, B. Gould 2, F. Day 2, M. Smith 1, J. Bell 1

Mundulla

4.6

8.9

12.19

17.24 (126)

Kingston

0.2

4.4

5.7

7.11 (53)

Best: Mundulla - J. McGrice , L. Wiese , B. Marra , T. Ballinger , A. Obst , B. Packer. Kingston - A. Stenner , A. Oddy , J. Wehl , A. Cunneen , B. Warner , C. Holloway. Goals: Mundulla - D. Burgess 4, A. Obst 3, W. Packer 2, J. Mock 2, J. McGrice 2, B. Packer , R. Williams , L. Wiese , N. Davis. Kingston - J. Wehl 3, I. Vallejo , T. Baker , B. Kennedy , K. Baker

Padthaway

2.4

5.5

13.9

18.11 (119)

Lucindale

1.1

5.1

8.5

11.8 (74)

Best: Padthaway - B. Ettridge, D. Boyanton, K. Hicks, S. Welsh, T. McNamara, T. McLennan. Lucindale - M. Snowball, R. Mcinerney, D. Ogilvie, T. Mackenzie, H. Legoe, D. McCarthy. Goals: Padthaway - S. Welsh 6, J. Dicker 3, B. Gunning 2, T. McLennan 2, J. Degabriele 2, L. Rochester 1, T. Edwards 1, J. Cicolella 1. Lucindale - S. Mardling 4, H. Legoe 2, P. Marshall 2, S. Pemble 1, M. Snowball 1, R. Handbury 1

ROUND ONE PREVIEW

The Naracoorte Herald - April 9, 2015

SEVEN months of waiting will finally come to an end on Saturday when KNT football sides run onto the ground for round 1 of the 2015 season.

Another fascinating off-season will be left behind and clubs will get to show off the fruits of their hard work over summer.

Round 1 tosses up some interesting match-ups, and while there are no real blockbuster games, each of the five contests will be keenly followed by local football supporters.

Keith v Naracoorte

The Keith Crows appear to have recruited well again and will be supremely confident of opening their 2015 season with a win against a Naracoorte side predicted to finish mid-ladder.

Keith was the best side to miss out on the finals last year and with the addition of some topline recruits in the off-season, the Crows look primed for a return to the major round.

Non-playing coach Brad Richardson has got a good pre-season into the Crows' nest of young up-and-coming stars who are two or three years into their A grade football, and with the arrival of some handy new players to top up the list, things look bright.

Naracoorte has not done as well in the off-season, losing more players than they've gained, with the late departure of interleague star and leading goalkicker James Dixon to Cairns.

New coach Simon Cox will have his hands full planning how to cover all of Keith's dangerous players and all signs point to a Keith win first up.

Bordertown v Border Districts

Bordertown made an impact in the finals last year, and while the Roosters' two best forwards Lee Staple and Aaron Day are no longer at the club, they still have high hopes for this year.

The Roosters have again recruited well and with a good base of fit young locals, they will be aiming at starting their season with a strong win at home.

Border Districts look like they've picked up some good new players, with Kyby ruckman Cam Sandercock and forward Daniel Hargraves looking to stiffen up their spine, but their main problem will probably be depth. Borders' best players will be able to match the best in the league, but their bottom half dozen might not be as strong.

Bordertown should get a win to open its 2015 account.

Kaniva/Leeor United v Kybybolite

Last year's fifth placed side against the bottom placed side would seem to suggest that a win here is a formality for K/L United.

The Cougars have been up for several years, while Kyby's last two or three have been ordinary, so they are coming from a long way back.

But the Tigers have renewed hope under new coach Mark Kruger. Kruger will miss the season as a player but he has installed a new running game plan and has some handy new players including midfielder Billy Laurie and utility Darcy Munn to help out.

The Tigers will be better, but how much better will really be tested this weekend. KLU has been consistently good in recent years and will have huge ruckman Seb Guilhaus back to dominate the centre square, which will be important.

KLU deserve firm favouritism but Kyby might test them.

Padthaway v Lucindale

Probably the match of the round. Padthaway as reigning premier has again recruited superbly, with former SANFL star Justin Cicollela and ex-Melbourne draftee Tom McNamara joining the ranks, and the Lions will undoubtedly be the team to beat again.

Non-playing coach Adam Jeffries has a game plan which works for his team and they have overcome the challenges of having several players travelling from Adelaide each week.

Lucindale has also recruited well and coach Sam Logan will have a stronger list to work with in 2015. It might not be strong enough to knock over the Lions this weekend, but the Roos will be competitive and could be a smokey for one of the top spots come September.

Kingston v Mundulla

How far Mundulla will slip after the departure of several of its topline local players will be the big question from this game. The biggest loss is midfield general Grady Obst but the Luckett brothers leaving will also hurt and the Moots will have to call on their depth to replace them as they haven't recruited anyone of note.

But they do have admirable depth, so the Tigers could still be a chance to emulate last year's third place finish if they can avoid injuries.

Kingston has a good list of young players who are maturing each year but the Saints will be hurt by the departure of several experienced players including Sam Braidwood and Josh Gould, who have added stability in recent seasons.

New coach Alby Gluyas will have the seasiders fit and firing, but the visiting Mundulla side will be intent on going home with the points.

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

Padthaway

6.2

14.4

17.9

22.11 (143)

Penola

5.2

8.7

9.10

13.10 (88)

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

 

 

 

 

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2015 PROGRAM

Round 1 April 11th

Keith v Naracoorte

Bordertown v B/Districts

K/L United v Kybybolite

Padthaway v Lucindale

Kingston v Mundulla

BYE Penola

Round 2 April 18th

B/Districts v Keith

Penola v Bordertown

Naracoorte v K/L United

Kybybolite v Padthaway

Lucindale v Kingston

BYE Mundulla

Round 3 April 25th

Keith v Penola

K/L United v B/Districts

Padthaway v Naracoorte

Kingston v Kybybolite

Mundulla v Lucindale

BYE Bordertown

Round 4 May 2nd

Bordertown v Keith

Penola v K/L United

B/Districts (G) v Padthaway

Naracoorte v Kingston

Kybybolite v Mundulla

BYE Lucindale

Round 5 May 9th

Bordertown v K/L United

Penola v Padthaway

Naracoorte v Mundulla

Kybybolite v Lucindale

B/Districts v Kingston

BYE Keith

Round 6 May 16th

K/L United v Keith

Padthaway v Bordertown

Kingston v Penola

Mundulla v B/Districts

Lucindale v Naracoorte

BYE Kybybolite

Round 7 May 23rd

Keith v Padthaway

Bordertown v Kingston

Penola v Mundulla

B/Districts (G) v Lucindale

Naracoorte v Kybybolite

BYE K/L United

Round 8 May 30th

Kingston v Keith

Mundulla v Bordertown

Lucindale v Penola

Kybybolite v B/Districts

Padthaway v K/L United

BYE Naracoorte

Interleague, June 6th

@ Mid South East

Round 9 June 13th

Keith v Mundulla

Bordertown v Lucindale

Penola v Kybybolite

B/Districts v Naracoorte

K/L United v Kingston

BYE Padthaway

Round 10 June 20th

Lucindale v Keith

Kybybolite v Bordertown

Naracoorte v Penola

Mundulla v K/L United

Kingston v Padthaway

BYE B/Districts

Round 11 June 27th

Keith v Kybybolite

Bordertown v Naracoorte

Penola v B/Districts

K/L United v Lucindale

Padthaway v Mundulla

BYE Kingston

Country Champs, July 4th

Round 12 July 11th

Naracoorte v Keith

B/Districts (G) v Bordertown

Kybybolite v K/L United

Lucindale v Padthaway

Mundulla v Kingston

BYE Penola

Round 13 July 18th

Keith v B/Districts

Bordertown v Penola

K/L United v Naracoorte

Padthaway v Kybybolite

Kingston v Lucindale

BYE Mundulla

Round 14 July 25th

Penola v Keith

B/Districts v K/L United

Kybybolite v Kingston

Lucindale v Mundulla

Naracoorte v Padthaway

BYE Bordertown

Round 15 August 1st

Keith v Bordertown

K/L United v Penola

Mundulla v Kybybolite

BYE

Padthaway, B/Districts,

Kingston, Naracoorte &

Lucindale

Round 16 August 8th

K/L United v Bordertown

Padthaway v Penola

Kingston v B/Districts

Mundulla v Naracoorte

Lucindale v Kybybolite

BYE Keith

Round 17 August 15th

Keith v K/L United

Bordertown v Padthaway

Penola v Kingston

B/Districts v Mundulla

Naracoorte v Lucindale

BYE Kybybolite

Round 18 August 22nd

Padthaway v Keith

Kingston v Bordertown

Lucindale v B/Districts

Kybybolite v Naracoorte

Mundulla v Penola

BYE K/L United

(G) = Goroke Games

KNTFL Junior Medal Count

Sunday, August 23rd

KNTFL Senior Medal Count

Wednesday, September 2nd

Finals

Qualifying Final 29th August

Elimination Final 30th August

2nd Semi Final 5th September

1st Semi Final 6th September

Preliminary Final 12th September

Grand Final

September 19th at Kybybolite