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Teams: Border Dists, Bordertown, Kaniva/Leeor, Keith, Kingston, Kybybolite, Lucindale, Mundulla, Naracoorte, Padthaway & Penola
PENOLA TOO STRONG FOR KYBY IN GRAND FINAL
Report by Terry Willoughby - September 18, 2016
Kybybolite kicked with the wind in the first quarter and needed a good start against the powerful Penola outfit whose winning form returned last week. Adam Merrett looked set to impose himself on the game when he kicked the first goal before veteran Scott Carberry put Kyby on the board but the Penola defence led by Scott Merrett repeatedly turned Kyby back and Spencer Jackman also made many intercepts. Adam Merrett and Foster goaled for Penola but clever small man Nathan Stark goaled to keep Kyby in touch but they hadn’t made any use of the wind and trailed by four points. Penola exploded into action in the second quarter when Adam Merrett and Dylan Williams ran riot around the goal-front. The Eagles slammed on 6 goals in the first 12 minutes and rocketed to a big lead and leave Kyby with a mountain of work to do. Mid-fielder Tom Cooper and ruckman Dave Arnold were battling hard against the odds for Kyby but Stark was their only goal-kicker for the quarter before Cooper got one right on half-time. Penola had burst the game open with their nine goal effort when the third quarter started but Kyby were not done with yet.
Both teams lost key players to injury. Carberry goaled immediately on resumption and McPherson followed soon after before Carberry again put life into the game. Kyby held Penola to a solitary point for the third quarter and booted five goals to give themselves an outside chance at three quarter-time but the Eagles still led by 11 points and would come home with the wind.
Foster, Matt Willson and the menacing Merrett all goaled early and put the game beyond Kyby’s reach but the Tigers battled on for Carberry to boot his fourth goal. Merrett iced the game with his eighth before little men Skrypek and the elusive Dylan Williams sealed the deal. Kyby continued to battle away and goals to Munn and Cooper averted a rout but Penola ran out convincing winners by 34 points and plunge Kyby into another year’s wait for that elusive premiership. Adam Merrett was adjudged best on ground for Penola with his eight match-winning goals but was closely pressed by Scott Merrett in defence, Spence Jackman on the ball played well, Matt Willson used his pace and trusty left foot to good effect and injury ravaged Ry Richardson did well when shifted to defence. Kyby’s better players were the hard-working Tom Cooper, ruckman Dave Arnold, Carberry booted four good goals, Nathan Stark, Munn and Dave Warren all had good moments, just not enough of them.
Grand Final at Kaniva on September 17, 2016
Best: Penola - A. Merrett, S. Merrett, S. Jackman, M. Willson, R. Richardson, J. Pfitzner. Kyby – T. Cooper, D. Arnold, S. Munn, D. Warren, N. Stark, J. Bittner. Goals: Penola - A. Merrett 8, D. Williams 4, B. Foster 2, M. Willson 1, S. Berkefeld 1, B. Lindner 1, M. Skrypek 1, K. Ransom 1. Kybybolite: S. Carberry 4, T. Cooper 3, N. Stark 2, C. McPherson 1, S. Munn 1, M. Schinckel 1
GRAND FINAL PREVIEW
The Naracoorte Herald - September 14th, 2016
Both sides will be at virtually full strength, with Penola almost certain to have coach Adam Merrett back in action after missing last week with a calf strain, with Jacob Pfitzner the only other injury concern. Kyby, under non-playing coach Tim Leehane, has been without defender Joe FitzGerald for the second half of the season but has everyone else available.
The conditions at Kaniva look set to have a say in the outcome of the game. It looks like being slippery and a little heavy which might suit the more mature Penola side. Kyby has light, quick outfit and would love a dry day to showcase their fast ball movement.
But the conditions in the second semi-final were also wet and slippery and Kyby prevailed. The last two times they’ve played, Kyby has led well at three quarter time but Penola has come back hard, so if the Eagles are within touching distance at the last change they will take confidence from that.
Both sides are chock full of talent, with a great mix of experience and youth.
Penola’s line-up is full of established stars. The forward line is ominous, with coach Merrett and Brodie Foster in the two key positions, surrounded by experienced danger men Matt Skrypek, Brett Lindner, Kane Ransom and Dylan Williams.
They have one of the better midfields around with Matt Willson and Simon Berkefeld in the top half dozen players in the league. Their defence is rock solid, with Tom Pearce at full back, Scott Merrett great in the back pocket and experienced Spencer Jackman and Matt Ferguson on the back flanks.
Kyby in comparison is almost a side of no names. The Tigers are nearly all locals, but have added outstanding recruits in midfielders Nathan Stark and Cam McPherson and defender Dave Warren. The key for the Tigers has been no injuries, allowing the squad to play near its full potential the whole year.
Kyby is solid over the whole ground and will also hold an edge in pace, so if they are able to get out the back of Penola they will be hard to stop. Penola will be aggressive and will try to knock the enthusiasm out of the Kyby runners and it will be fascinating to see if it can be done.
PENOLA WINS WELL IN PRELIM FINAL
September 11, 2016
Penola were shock losers last week and Lucindale impressed over Keith, but the Prelim Final was just the opposite. Both teams suffered injury blows before the game but Penola were more able to cover their loss than Lucindale. Adam Merrett was out for Penola and 2016 Mail/Virgo medallist Ryan McInerney was an uncoverable loss for Lucindale. Goals were hard to come by in the first term but Matt Willson and Jordan Galpin were already under notice around the stoppages for Penola despite the power of work Mark Snowball was doing for Lucindale but the Eagles led by 7 points.
Scott Merrett and Alex Moore were strong in defence for Penola as the Lucindale forwards struggled to have any impact. Penola were more efficient ahead of centre and had more avenues to goal through Brodie Foster and Matt Skrypek and went to half-time with 22 point lead. Scoring, which had been restricted earlier suddenly freed up in the third quarter with Penola getting right on top through Willson, Galpin and Dylan Williams they added six goals but missed chances to sew the game up as Lucindale also booted five to keep in touch but theirs were hard-earned and Penola still led by 34 points with a quarter to play.
Penola finished off strongly with another four goals but again misfired around goal but Lucindale’s efforts had faded badly with too much left to just a few whilst Penola had plenty willing helpers in the 55 point win. Best for Penola were Scott Merrett, Matt Willson, Galpin, Williams, veteran defender Phil Lambert and Alex Moore whilst Foster and Skrypek booted four and three goals each. Mark Snowball stood out for Lucindale and worked tirelessly trying to lift his team but to no avail, Tim Mackenzie, Sam Graetz and Boschen battled hard all day. Penola now meet Kybybolite in the Grand Final where Kyby will be trying to end a 43 year old premiership drought, and not the one which broke last Thursday.
Preliminary Final at Bordertown on September 10, 2016
Best: Penola - S. Merrett, M. Willson, J. Galpin, D. Williams, P. Lambert, A. Moore. Lucindale - M. Snowball, T. Mackenzie, S. Graetz, T. Logan, J. Boschen, D. Justin. Goals: Penola - B. Foster 4, M. Skrypek 3, B. Lindner 2, O. March 2, B. Maney 2, D. Williams, M. Ferguson. Lucindale - M. Kelsh 2, T. Logan 2, M. Snowball, A. Smart, R. Handbury, S. Teakle
PRELIMINARY FINAL PREVIEW
The Naracoorte Herald - September 9th, 2016
Penola will attempt to sidestep the fate of being knocked out of the finals in “straight sets” in this Saturday’s all-important KNTFL A grade preliminary final.
The minor premiers were shock beaten favourites in both the A grade and reserves second semi-finals, and the southern Eagles should come out full of fire this week.
There’s no reason for the Eagles to panic. They were only really beaten in one quarter last week by Kyby, and in fact it could have been that “loss they had to have”.
Coach Adam Merrett will be demanding improvement this week as second sub-par performance will see the Eagles in trouble against a Lucindale side which showed great signs last Sunday.
The Roos were down in personnel but their best players were great and if the likes of Snowball, Smart, Graetz and Mackenzie can reproduce their best, they will be hard to beat.In the reserves, Penola will be firm favourites but don’t discount the experienced Naracoorte, going for their sixth straight grand final.
FINAL WEEK TWO REPORTS WITH TERRY WILLOUGHBY
LUCINDALE REDEEM THEMSELVES BY THRASHING KEITH FIRST SEMI
September 5, 2016
Lucindale were keen to atone for last week’s shock defeat and made a good start against the Keith Crows to lead by 20 points at quarter time. Sam Graetz and Sam Mardling had been in form around the goals and proved a headache to the Crow defenders. Luders, back after injury, got Keith’s first goal after a minute in the second quarter but Graetz again found the major opening for Lucindale. Keith were finding it hard to get any momentum without the injured Harry Gill and Lucindale went further ahead with goals to Tom Logan and newly-minted medalist Ryan McInerney and put their team 28 points up at half-time.
The third quarter saw the Keith defence working over-time to hold Lucindale but goal-sneak Mardling booted two goals to have alarm bells ringing for Keith. Lachlan Wilhelm and Luders gave them a rough chance with goals but former coach Aaron Smart and Graetz snuffed out that hope with late goals and the margin blew out to 46 points at three quarter-time. Keith now required a miracle but it wasn’t to be as Lucindale continued to dominate the play and added another six goals before allowing themselves a little rest whilst Keith got some late goals. Better players for Lucindale were Mardling and Graetz who booted four and four goals each, Tom Logan with his AFL experience and McInerney. Keith struggled to keep with Lucindale had only two effective forwards in Luders with four goals and Lachlan Wilhelm with three but generally were outplayed in most positions. Lucindale will now play Penola in next Saturday’s Preliminary final.
First Semi Final at Frances on September 4, 2016
Best: Lucindale - M. Snowball, T. Logan, T. Mackenzie, S. Graetz, S. Mardling, D. McCarthy. Keith - J. Wilson, A. Dunstan, T. McAllister, C. Woolford, S. Luders, N. Hunt. Goals: Lucindale - S. Graetz 5, S. Mardling 4, T. Logan 2, S. Logan, R. Mcinerney, D. McCarthy, L. Kelsh, A. Smart, S. Mcgurk. Keith - S. Luders 4, L. Wilhelm 3, J. Wilson
GLASS-JAW KYBY SHATTER THE GLASS CEILING TO DEFEAT PENOLA
The weather conditions at Lucindale were a sharp contrast to earlier days in the week but warm favorites Penola were anything but, as play started. Kybybolite have been annual disappointments in recent years when finals have been mentioned and very few fancied their chances against the powerful Penola. Scoring was extremely difficult in the windy and heavy under foot conditions but it was Penola who scored the only goal of the first quarter as most players scrambled their way around, gone was any semblance of quality football in the attritional conditions.
The second quarter was marginally better for those watching when the scoreboard cranked into gear at the sight of Kyby managing two goals to Penola’s solitary one which good enough to keep them in front by a point. Kyby defenders Tom Hunter and Jason Jaensch were doing a man-size job in keeping the dangerous Penola forwards under control and the on-ball brigade of Arnold, Bittner and Tom Cooper were getting plenty of the ball even if their effectiveness was reduced in the conditions. Penola also had strong performers behind centre in Moore and Spencer Jackman. The third quarter brought a sudden change, almost as if the sun had broken through, and Kyby took control with a burst of six goals and have a foot firmly on the throat of the league leaders and another in the Grand Final.
Small men Nathan Stark, Sean Munn and company made the most of chances as Kyby stormed, no pun that, to a 28 point lead at the last change, a big margin in a low-scoring game. Penola would have the wind advantage if it was any help but Kyby had their tails up. The last quarter was a battle of defences as Kyby held firm but Penola battled the play forward relentlessly through Simon Berkefeld and Matt Willson and with the ominous strength of Adam Merrett to aim at the gap slowly closed but several shots went astray to leave Penola seven points adrift at the finish. The jubilant Kyby players and supporters now have a fortnight to rest and contemplate the opportunity to break a very long premiership drought. Best for Kyby were Tom Hunter and Jason Jaensch in defence, Jamie Bittner, Dave Arnold and Tom Cooper on the ball and around the mid-field and Sean Munn. Penola’s best were Alex Moore, Matt Willson, Spence Jackman, Simon Berkefeld and Adam Merrett with 4 goals but it is now the Eagles who have some thinking to do.
Second Semi Final at Lucindale on September 3, 2016
Best: Kybybolite - T. Hunter, J. Bittner, S. Munn, J. Jaensch, D. Arnold, T. Cooper. Penola - A. Moore, M. Willson, S. Jackman, S. Berkefeld, J. Galpin, S. Merrett. Goals: Kybybolite - N. Stark 2, J. Bittner 2, J. Mckay, S. Munn, S. Shepherd, S. Carberry. Penola - A. Merrett 4, O. March, M. Ferguson
WEEK TWO FINALS PREVIEW
The Naracoorte Herald - September 1st, 2016
Minor premier Penola will have to be at its sharpest to hold off 2016 surprise packet Kybybolite in this Saturday’s second semi-final at Lucindale.
Penola has done little wrong this year and deserves premiership favouritism, but Kyby beat the southern Eagles last time they played in round 16 and handled Lucindale in last week’s qualifying final so must be respected.
Penola has had a week’s rest and should be close to full strength, while Kyby didn’t get any injuries in Saturday’s solid win and should match up well.
On Sunday at Frances, Lucindale will try to avoid going out of the finals in straight sets in the first semi-final against an up-and-about Keith.
Lucindale’s depth is being tested at the moment with a handful of players unavailable and Duncan Ogilvie now ill as well, while Keith will be without knee injury victim Harrison Gill but would fancy its chances of causing an upset.
Lucindale does have new league medallist Ryan McInerney and it will be interesting to see if Keith pays him extra special attention after Wednesday night's win.The Crows thrashed Lucindale by 71 points in round 17 and can beat them again.
KEITH OVER RUN GALLANT MUNDULLA IN ELIMINATION FINAL
Finals reports by Terry Willoughby
Mundulla signalled their intent with quick goals to skipper Luke Wiese and James Hinge and show that they were no whipping boys in finals after a hard journey to get there. The Keith Crows after a horror run of injuries in mid-season struck with three quick goals before Moots veteran Boyd Packer put his team in front at quarter time by just 2 points. Harry Gill, a constant threat near goal for Keith and Wilson put the Crows ahead again before Hinge steadied for Mundulla but the irrepressible Gill bobbed up with another as Mundulla struggled to stay in touch. Two late goals to Keith gave them an 11 point lead at half-time.
Scoring dried up at the start of the second half and it was Packer again for Mundulla who goaled to revive their hopes but Keith responded with three goals in a row to put the Crows 22 points in front at the last change. Boyd Packer playing a lone hand on the forward line for Mundulla slotted through an early goal before Keith rattled on four goals in a burst that put the result beyond Mundulla’s reach. Packer tried to rescue Mundulla with a goal but Keith were too strong and ran out winners by 48 points and now pose a big threat to Lucindale in next weeks’ first Semi-final. Gill, George Johnson and Jonny Wilson had been good for Keith and contributed 10 of the 18 goals. Boyd Packer made the most of his opportunities with four goals for Mundulla against the tight defence of Keith.
Elimination Final at Mundulla on Sunday August 28, 2016
Best: Keith - P. Makin, J. Wilson, T. McAllister, A. Dunstan, J. Lush, S. Molineux. Mundulla - H. Thorpe, B. Packer, J. Milligan, B. Mehaffey, T. Ballinger, T. Perry. Goals: Keith - G. Johnson 4, H. Gill 4, A. Burns 3, H. McMurray 2, P. Makin 2, J. Wilson 2, L. Wilhelm. Mundulla - B. Packer 4, J. Hinge 2, J. McGrice, L. Wiese
KYBYBOLITE SPRING SURPRISE IN TOPPLING LUCINDALE IN QUALIFYING FINAL
The first quarter was a testing time for both teams with the strong wind making scoring difficult. Kyby had more scoring chances but Lucindale made the most of theirs with greater accuracy and led narrowly by two points at quarter time. Dave Arnold was doing well in the ruck for Kyby but on-ballers Ryan McInerney and Tom Logan were under notice for Lucindale. The pattern of play remained the same in the second term with conditions aiding defenders on both sides with Jason Jaensch and Dylan Brodie doing well for Kyby and Dan McCarthy and Boschen reciprocating for Lucindale and the Roo’s clung on to their narrow lead at the half-time siren.
The third quarter saw Kyby get on top through Dave Arnold and Tom Cooper in the centre and with goals hard to come by the Tigers managed to get four while keeping Lucindale to just two pts for the quarter and head into the last quarter with a 20 point lead, it was the biggest margin of the game but not insurmountable for the normally free-scoring Lucindale. The Roos’ mounted a last quarter charge but the Kyby defence held firm whereas previously they might have crumbled and they also maintained some forward movement of their own. Lucindale closed the gap with five last quarter goals but Kyby responded strongly and had plenty of shots at goal for three in reply to run out winners by 12 points.
Better players for Kyby were Jason Jaensch and Dylan Brodie in defence, Tom Cooper and Dave Arnold on the ball and around middle, and clever small men Nathan Stark and Sean Munn. Lucindale, not at their best had Handbury, Tom Logan, Dan McCarthy, Boschen and Ryan McInerney as their best. Kyby now meet Penola in next weeks’ second Semi-final whilst Lucindale head into the cut-throat first Semi.
Qualifying Final at Kingston on August 27, 2016
Best: Kybybolite – J. Jaensch, T. Cooper, D. Arnold, S. Munn, N. Stark, D. Brodie. Lucindale - R. Handbury, D. McCarthy, J. Boschen, T. Logan, T. Menz, R. Mcinerney. Goals: Kyby – S. Carberry 2, S. Munn 2, S. Shepherd 2, N. Stark 1, J. Bittner 1, T. Cooper 1, D. Schinckel 1, T. Hunter 1. Lucindale - M. Kelsh 2, R. Mcinerney 2, S. Mardling 2, T. Logan 2, A. Smart, T. Mackenzie
WEEK ONE FINALS PREVIEW
The Naracoorte Herald - August 26th, 2016
The KNTFL finals focus turns to Kingston on Saturday and Mundulla on Sunday this weekend.
On Saturday, Lucindale would have to enter the qualifying final as warm favourites against Kybybolite. The Roos have been solid all year despite a recent hiccup with an upset loss to Keith and will have close to its best line-up available.
Kyby had a great win over top team Penola three games ago but has been below par since, losing to Mundulla last week. However the Tigers should have the likes of key players Jack McKay, Ray Jaensch and David Warren available this week.
The elimination final at Mundulla on Sunday could go either way, with the home team playing Keith. Keith found form with a great win over Lucindale last week and would be rested after the bye, but Mundulla had a big win of its own last week against Kyby and will come into the game full of confidence.
Mundulla will have gun on-baller Jake McGrice back and he might be the difference.
MUNDULLA STEAL FIFTH SPOT
REIGNING PREMIERS PADTHAWAY MISS OUT
Terry Willoughby - August 22, 2016
Last week three teams were in a race for fifth spot and a place in finals. Bordertown had a tenuous hold on it but faced a tough challenge against second placed Lucindale, Padthaway had the easiest task against Kaniva Leeor United but had the worst percentage and Mundulla had to play away against third placed Kybybolite. It was a tantalizing prospect for the KNTFL.
Mundulla, the third team in the race for finals action also faced a tough task to win over third place Kybybolite. The Moots charged out of the blocks and stunned Kyby with six goals to nil and almost secure the fifth spot by quarter time. The Moots defence was mean and never allowed the Kyby forwards any space to work in. Kyby scored the only two goals of the second quarter but the Moots squandered chances to sew the game up. Scoring was difficult with a heavy ball but Mundulla looked much more dangerous up forward with Luke Wiese and Sam Luckett bobbing up with goals to stretch the lead to 37 points at three quarter-time. It would be an unlikely victory now for Kyby who needed seven goals just to get on terms with the determined Moots who sniffed finals action for the first time in a few seasons. Mundulla kept a tight hold on proceedings in the last quarter and ran out winners by 41 points. Best for Mundulla were Perry, Ballinger, Luke Wiese, Grosser, Ridgway and Luckett. Kyby had little incentive but it was hardly morale boosting to lose with finals next week.
MUNDULLA 11-10 76 TOO GOOD, KYBYBOLITE 4-11 35
Bordertown had the home ground advantage over Lucindale but it would little help in the end. The Roosters started slowly and even though not swepoint aside by Lucindale they didn’t really threaten. Lucindale took control through big-man Mark Snowball and ex-Port Power Tom Logan in the second quarter and Bordertown’s finals hopes started to falter with Lucindale ahead by 27 points at the main break. The Roosters couldn’t break away from tight marking Lucindale who had McInerney and Handbury in top form and Lucindale went further ahead to lead by 44 points. Bordertown’s season looked over at the start of the last quarter and despite finishing strongly with seven goals and narrow the margin to 14 points they never really threatened. Rob Handbury with four goals, Snowball, McInerney, Tom Logan and Graetz were best for Lucindale. It was a disappointing end for Bordertown who were in the top five for greater part of the season, their best were Clark, Searle, Gene Robinson whose six goals won him the leading goal-kicker award.
LUCINDALE 16-10 106 DEFEATED BORDERTOWN 14-8 92
Padthaway made short work of KLU when they raced to a six goal lead by quarter time with Tom Edwards, Keiron Hicks and Scott Welsh working over the KLU defence. It was much the same in every quarter as the Lions had plenty of incentive and KLU had none. By half-time the margin was 60 points and Padthaway had to keep their focus on winning by as big a margin as possible to offset other results. The steady flow of goals continued in the third quarter with another six to a solitary one from KLU and a 93 point lead at the last change. The percentage boost was never going to be enough however. With the last quarter starting and the possibility that it would be Kaniva-Leeor United’s last in the KNTFL loomed large, not quite a Fitzroy re-visit though. Padthaway again goaled easily but other scores had filtered through which would leave them stranded in sixth spot, a long way from Premiers in 2015. Tom Edwards booted eight and Hicks five goals to be high in the Lions best along with McCarthy, Brown and Noles. Where to now for Kaniva-Leeor United?
PADTHAWAY 23-12 150 EASILY KANIVA-LEEOR UNITED 3-5 23
Penola piled on the goals right from the start against season wearied Border Districts to win by 160 points and showed just why they are the team to beat for the premiership. Ball-magnet Simon Berkefeld ran his opponents ragged and booted 5 goals into the bargain as Penola were never seriously challenged. The rout continued in every quarter as Borders watched on helplessly. Adam Merrett, Berkefeld and Matt Ferguson each booted five goals only to be out-scored by Matt Skrypek who kicked six. Obviously all were high in the best players. Little can be said for Border Districts who also face an uncertain future.
PENOLA 27-23 185 THRASHED BORDER DISTRICTS 4-1 25
Naracoorte finished their season with a win over wooden spooner Kingston by 57 points. Kingston were again competitive for a large part of the game but never had the talent to get in front. Naracoorte set up the win with a five goal first quarter and maintained the lead throughout before running away with a seven goal to zip last quarter. Naracoorte steadily improved in the second half of the year but Kingston only showed glimpses of form.
NARACOORTE 17-7 109 TOO GOOD, KINGSTON 7-10 52
Round 18 - August 20, 2016
Best: Lucindale - R. Handbury, M. Snowball, R. Mcinerney, T. Logan, S. Graetz, M. Kelsh. Bordertown - N. Clark, J. Searle, G. Robinson, H. Fromm, B. Paech, C. McCarthy. Goals: Lucindale - R. Handbury 4, M. Kelsh 3, S. Mardling 3, S. Teakle 2, S. Graetz 1, T. Menz 1, R. Mcinerney 1, H. Cox 1. Bordertown - G. Robinson 6, C. McCarthy 3, L. Eats 2, H. Fromm 1, K. Cuthbertson 1, C. Clark 1
Best: Penola - S. Berkefeld, B. Lindner, J. Galpin, M. Skrypek, M. Willson, B. Maney. Borders - D. Papazoglov, D. Skinner, O. Gabbe, B. Keast, B. Nolan, N. Tarca. Goals: Penola - M. Skrypek 6, S. Berkefeld 5, M. Ferguson 5, A. Merrett 5, M. Willson 2, B. Lindner 2, J. Galpin 2. Borders - O. Gabbe 2, J. Shepherd 1, D. Hargraves 1
Best: Naracoorte - K. Jacobs, M. Gill, J. Macdonald, J. Cother, S. Willson, C. Myall. Kingston - B. Warner, S. Robertson, B. Major, K. Lohde, B. Kilsby, T. Baker. Goals: Naracoorte - T. Burns 3, C. Myall 2, R. Pendle 2, F. Day 2, S. Willson 2, B. Hill 1, S. Patterson 1, K. Jacobs 1, J. Kelson 1, M. Gill 1, G. Mc Waters 1. Kingston - B. Warner 3, R. Clarke 2, K. Lohde 1, G. Brice-Marwood 1
Best: Mundulla - T. Perry, T. Ballinger, L. Wiese, J. Grosser, D. Ridgway, S. Luckett. Kybybolite - D. Schinckel, J. Jaensch, S. Munn, D. Brodie, C. McPherson. Goals: Mundulla - L. Wiese 3, S. Luckett 3, B. Packer 2, J. Hinge 1, B. Douglas 1, D. Ridgway 1. ybybolite - S. Craig 2, S. Carberry 1, M. Pfitzner 1
Best: Padthaway - J. Mccarthy, T. Edwards, S. Brown, K. Hicks, I. Noles, B. Leahy. Kaniva Leeor - L. Vivian, A. Brown, B. King, C. Ash, J. Larocca, H. Bennett. Goals: Padthaway - T. Edwards 8, K. Hicks 5, S. Welsh 3, C. Marshall 2, L. Sutton, J. Teakle, M. Loft, B. Leahy, J. Hazel. Kaniva Leeor - N. Murphy, J. Jarred, S. Little
ROUND 18 PREVIEW
The Naracoorte Herald - August 18th, 2016
A fascinating KNTFL season is poised on the edge for this Saturday’s last minor round.
The top four are set, but three teams are fighting for the last finals spot and any of them could get.
The equation is this: if Bordertown (5th) defeats Lucindale (2nd), Bordertown will play finals.
Mundulla (6th) plays Kybybolite (3rd) and if Bordertown lose and Mundulla win, Mundulla will play finals.
Padthaway (7th) plays Kaniva/Leeor United (10th). If Bordertown and Mundulla both lose, Padthaway just needs to beat KLU to leapfrog the other two into fifth spot, and Padthaway will play finals.
The likely scenario is that both Bordertown and Mundulla will lose, meaning that Padthaway’s bid to win a third straight premiership will stay alive.
In other games that won’t affect the make-up of finals, Naracoorte (8th) will host Kingston (11th) and Penola (1st) hosts Border Districts (9th). Keith has the bye but will finish fourth regardless.
ROUND 17 REPORT
KEITH SEAL A SPOT IN THE TOP FIVE
Terry Willoughby - August 16, 2016
The Keith Crows needed something special to retain their finals hopes and they produced it. The Crows led from start to finish. Keith were switched on early whilst Lucindale struggled to have much impact. Robertson in the ruck provided the spark for the Crows and Dunstan and Harry Gill sent the ball forward where Johnson and Hamish McMurray finished off to give Keith a 12 point lead. Lucindale were just off the boil as Keith stretched the lead to 21 points at the long break. Mardling was Lucindale’s only effective player ahead of centre and Keith delivered the killer blow with a seven goal burst in the third term as Lucindale were outplayed. Leading by 57 points at the start of the last quarter. Keith showed no signs of letting up and gained a psychological advantage over Lucindale heading into finals. Best for Keith were Robertson in the ruck, Dunstan in the mid-field, McMurray, Harry Gill with five goals and defenders Woolford and Molineux. A different story for Lucindale with only Sam Mardling, Mackenzie and Daniel McCarthy showing out. Keith by 71 points and a bye next week to contemplate.
KEITH 17-14 116 EASILY, LUCINDALE 6-9 45
Bordertown got an early fright from Kaniva-Leeor United who booted eight goals in the first term to lead by 18 points. Bordertown swung in to action at the start of the second term and KLU’s resistance faded quickly as Clint Diment and Gene Robinson dominated across the middle and up forward. The Roosters raced to a 15 point lead and had all the momentum heading into the second half. Goals continued to flow for the Roosters with KLU now offering only token resistance and Bordertown had the game wrapped with a 42 point lead at the last change. Bordertown kept their foot on the pedal as they are locked in a battle for final five spot and percentage will be vital. They added another six goals in the last quarter to win by 63 points. Best for the Roosters were Clint Diment with five goals, Heath Caldwell, Robinson with seven goals, Josh Searle and Jed Jarrett. KLU’s best were Salt with six goals, Bennett, King and Ash.
BORDERTOWN 24-18 162 EASILY OVER KANIVA-LEEOR UNITED 15-9 99
Kybybolite made short work of near neighbour Border Districts after a slow start. Borders came out firing and raced on five goals to lead at quarter time by 14 points. The Borders effort faded quickly as Kyby slammed on seven goals to recover the lead by half-time and pressed home the advantage in the third term with another seven. Scott Carberry was strong at full forward and small forwards in Stark, Craig and McPherson picked up whatever he missed. Kyby were never in danger after qtr time and won easily by 78 to lock down third spot and the double chance. Best for Kyby were Shepherd, Warren in defence, Sean Munn, McPherson and Ray Jaensch. For Borders, coach Cam Sandercock, Underwood, Nolan and Skinner tried hard from the start.
KYBYBOLITE 21-10 136 SWAMPED BORDER DISTRICTS 9-4 58
Padthaway, another team locked in a battle for finals action, nearly saw the hopes disappear against wooden-spooner Kingston. The Saints playing for nothing but pride took the game right up the reigning premier who needed to win to stay in contention. Led by the “Fabulous” Baker boys, Tyler and Tyson, Kingston matched almost everything the Lions produced and led early before slipping behind by 12 points at half-time. Kingston still thinking and playing their best football for the year swept past Padthaway in the third quarter with seven goals to one and hold what could have been a match-winning 24 point lead. Austin in the centre and Harrison on the ball and around goal led the charge. Padthaway saw their season going down the gurglers and responded strongly to keep Kingston scoreless in the last quarter whilst slamming on eight goals to win by 26 points. Padthaway after the shock had good players in Brown, Marshall, Tom Edwards back from overseas, Marks and Welsh with five goals. Kingston, gallant for three qtrs were best served by the Baker boys, Austin, Harrison and Robertson.
PADTHAWAY 18-6 114 RELIEVED AT THE END TO BEAT KINGSTON 14-4 88
Mundulla, the other team locked in a battle for finals action looked anything but, when Naracoorte made every kick count in the first half and had Mundulla in deep trouble at the long break when they led by 21 points. Mundulla were forever chasing as Naracoorte used the ruck work of George McWaters to advantage. The Moots only had a few goers keeping them in touch, as Hinge looked the only one likely to kick goals. Something must have shaken them at half-time because it was a different Mundulla that emerged in the third term when they brushed Naracoorte aside to boot seven unanswered goals and lead by 25 points, with a quarter to play. Previously unsighted players suddenly bobbed up everywhere. Hinge relished the greater opportunities and Duell, Grosser and Jake McGrice ran amok. Leaving nothing to chance the Moots added another five goals in the last quarter to win by 50 points and edge ahead of Padthaway on percentage. Hinge booted nine goals to be the match-winner for Mundulla, Duell, Grosser, McGrice and Sam Luckett came good in the nick of time. It was all Naracoorte early and nothing after. Mundulla have the tougher task next week against Kybybolite whilst Padthaway play Kaniva-Leeor United in what may be their last game in the KNTFL.
MUNDULLA 17-8 110 AFTER AN EARLY SHOCK NARACOORTE 9-6 60
Round 17 - August 13, 2016
Best: Padthaway - S. Brown, C. Marshall, T. Edwards, D. Marks, S. Welsh, I. Noles. Kingston - T. Baker, J. Austin, M. Harrison, S. Robertson, T. Baker, B. Warner. Goals: Padthaway - S. Welsh 5, J. Kahl 3, C. Marshall 3, T. Edwards 2, K. Hicks 1, M. Loft 1, J. Teakle 1, B. Leahy 1, L. Rochester 1. Kingston - M. Harrison 5, R. Clarke 2, R. Werchiwski 2, C. Spurling 1, J. Austin 1, T. Baker 1, H. Rothall 1, B. Warner 1
Best: Kybybolite - S. Shepherd, D. Warren, S. Munn, C. McPherson, R. Jaensch, B. Hindmarsh. Borders - C. Sandercock, T. Underwood, B. Nolan, D. Skinner, C. Burr, D. Papazoglov. Goals: Kybybolite - S. Carberry 6, C. McPherson 3, S. Shepherd 2, N. Stark 2, S. Craig 2, D. Schinckel 1, S. Munn 1, B. Munn 1, D. Arnold 1, J. Bittner 1, B. Hindmarsh 1. Borders - J. Watson 2, C. Robinson 2, O. Gabbe 1, C. Sandercock 1, N. Thomas 1, D. Hargraves 1, L. Craig 1
Best: Bordertown - C. Diment, H. Caldwell, J. Searle, G. Robinson, J. Jarrett, B. Shuttleworth. Kaniva Leeor - J. Salt, H. Bennett, B. King, C. Ash, S. Little, A. McFarlane. Goals: Bordertown - G. Robinson 7, C. Diment 5, C. McCarthy 4, H. Caldwell 3, J. Jarrett 2, H. Fromm 1, D. Inglis 1, R. Tink 1. Kaniva Leeor - J. Salt 6, V. Thach 4, C. Ash 3, B. King 1, N. Murphy 1
Best: Keith - J. Robertson, A. Dunstan, H. McMurray, C. Woolford, H. Gill, S. Molineux. Lucindale - S. Mardling, T. Mackenzie, D. McCarthy, M. Kelsh, T. Menz. Goals: Keith - H. Gill 5, G. Johnson 3, H. McMurray 3, L. Wilhelm 2, N. Hunt 1, L. Mitchell 1, J. Robertson 1, P. Makin 1. Lucindale - S. Mardling 3, S. Logan 1, S. Mcgurk 1, R. Handbury 1
Best: Mundulla - J. Hinge, L. Duell, J. Grosser, J. McGrice, S. Luckett, N. Davis. Naracoorte - G. Mc Waters, R. Jacobs, R. Pendle, J. Cother, S. Willson, T. Burns. Goals: Mundulla - J. Hinge 9, J. Grosser 3, L. Wiese 2, T. Perry, L. Duell, S. Luckett. Naracoorte - J. Sellars 3, J. Bell 2, S. Willson 2, J. Gilbert, S. Patterson
ROUND 17 PREVIEW
The Naracoorte Herald - August 11th, 2016
Three of the sides fighting for finals spots will sit out of this weekend’s KNTFL round with byes.
Keith has its finals destiny in its own hands this week.
The Crows are currently in fourth spot, 6 points clear of three other teams, but the Crows play Lucindale (2nd) this week and then have the bye in next week's final round, so they are a big chance to miss out on finals.
They could potentially beat Lucindale this week as they did back in round 6, but they would have to be at their best. A loss will put them at the mercy of other teams on the ladder.
Each of the three teams chasing Keith – Bordertown, Padthaway and Mundulla – are all favoured to win their games this weekend, meaning they will close the gap to two premiership points.
Bordertown (5th) travels to K/L United (10th), Padthaway (7th) travels to Kingston (11th) and Mundulla (6th) will host Naracoorte (8th).
If all of those three win, then only two of them have to win next week to knock Keith out of the top five.
Border Districts (10th) will host Kybybolite (3rd) in this weekend’s other game. Penola (1st) has the bye.
ROUND 16 REPORT
Terry Willoughby - August 8, 2016
Kybybolite had the biggest test of the day when they faced top side Penola. Even though Kyby are placed third on the ladder they are still vulnerable and they’ve been better known for their glass jaw performances in recent years in big games than big wins, could they rise to the occasion? Only nine points separated the teams at quarter-time with Kyby ahead and already Penola’s inaccurate kicking was showing up. Kyby also had the kicking yips near goal but they at least had much more of the play in the second term with defenders Warren, Jaensch and Craig tying down the power forwards of Penola and setting up chances for dangerous forwards in Stark, Carberry and Munn. Penola’s poor finishing continued in the third quarter when they goaled only once from seven shots at goal whilst Kyby found the major opening four times to lead by 44 points and relative safety at ¾ time. Penola were persistent if inaccurate and finished strongly in the last quarter but the damage had been done with poor kicking, two goals from eight attempts again haunted them and Kyby held their nerve to win by 22 points. Best for Kyby were Warren, Munn, Arnold , Jaensch and Bittner. Maney, Brett Lindner, Simon Berkefeld and Matt Skrypek and Merrett battled hard for Penola.
KYBYBOLITE 12-18 90 MORALE BOOSTED OVER PENOLA 8-20 68
Bordertown were put to the test early by Kingston but the Seasiders couldn’t maintain the momentum and the Roosters kicked away in the second quarter to lead by 26 points. Influential mid-fielders Gene Robinson and Clint Diment were in earlier season form and Kingston were unable to contain them. Bordertown put the game beyond Kingston’s reach with a burst of six goals in the third term and at least be in the top five for this week. Kingston with little to play for rallied in the last quarter and booted five goals as Bordertown began to play safety first football before winning by 37 points. Rory Tink, Gene Robinson with 6 goals, Diment and SA Country rep Heath Caldwell were best for Bordertown. Kingston who could have easily rolled over after quarter time were best served by Major, Austin, Baker and Lohde.
BORDERTOWN 15-13 103 COMFORTABLY, KINGSTON 10-6 66
Keith were another team that needs to keep winning and they had an easier task than most against the nomadic thinking Kaniva-Leeor United. The return of key players Luders and Harry Gill have given the Crows a more formidable look and they ran all over KLU after quarter time. Leading by 38 points at the start of the 2nd half the Crows piled on 8 goals to a solitary one from KLU and seal the result by three quarter-time with a lead of 85 points. They nursed their way through the last quarter without any worries to win by 90 points. George Johnson and Jono Wilson continued their good recent form with Makin, Woolford and Dunstan also among the best players. Notably, Luders with six and Gill with four goals signalled their value to the team. It was the same old story for KLU and their battlers included King, Brown Jarred and Stribling. Keith now have their toe-hold on fourth spot and for KLU a move east.
KEITH 21-15 141 THRASHED KANIVA-LEEOR UNITED 7-9 51
Naracoorte’s late season improvement continued when they easily disposed of Border Districts by 64 points. The Demons led at every change but really raced away after the half-time break with veteran Jeff Sellars having his own party on the forward line where he booted 12 goals against the hapless Border Districts defence. Players on both sides were allowed much greater freedom in the second half with Naracoorte booting 13 goals and Borders eight as the game wound down. Best for Naracoorte were Cother, a good Border Districts name there, Sellars with 12 goals, Burns and the Jacobs brothers. Clint Robinson with 6 goals stood out for Borders along with Sandercock, another Cother and Papazoglov.
NARACOORTE 20-11 131 EASILY BORDER DISTRICTS 10-7 67
The need to keep winning in the last two rounds keeps the spotlight right on Mundulla, Keith, Kybybolite, Bordertown and Padthaway. Two last round games between Bordertown and Lucindale and Kybybolite and Mundulla are likely to decide the composition of the top five which is how all leagues would like to have it!
Round 16 - August 6, 2016
Best: Bordertown - R. Tink, G. Robinson, C. Diment, H. Caldwell, C. Clark, M. Dahlitz. Kingston - B. Major, J. Austin, T. Baker, K. Lohde, M. Harrison, T. Baker. Goals: Bordertown - G. Robinson 6, H. Caldwell 3, M. Ward 2, C. Diment 1, D. Inglis 1, J. Searle 1, R. Tink 1. Kingston - R. Clarke 3, M. Harrison 3, H. Rothall 2, C. Baker 1, B. Kilsby 1
Best: Naracoorte - J. Cother, J. Sellars, T. Burns, R. Jacobs, K. Jacobs, C. Myall. Borders - C. Robinson, C. Sandercock, G. Cother, D. Papazoglov, M. Palma. Goals: Naracoorte - Jeff Sellars 12, S. Willson 2, J. Bell 1, S. Patterson 1, C. Stokie 1, F. Day 1, J. Cother 1, M. Gill 1. Borders - C. Robinson 6, M. Palma 1, C. Burr 1, G. Cother 1, T. Underwood 1
Best: Kybybolite - D. Warren, S. Munn, D. Arnold, J. Jaensch, J. Bittner, S. Craig. Penola - B. Maney, B. Lindner, S. Berkefeld, M. Skrypek, S. Merrett, L. Walker. Goals: Kybybolite - S. Munn 3, N. Stark 3, S. Carberry 2, S. Shepherd 2, B. Hindmarsh 1, D. Arnold 1. Penola - S. Berkefeld 3, D. Williams 2, O. March 1, L. Walker 1, B. Lindner 1
Best: Keith - G. Johnson, J. Wilson, J. Robertson, C. Woolford, A. Dunstan, P. Makin. Kaniva Leeor - B. King, A. Brown, J. Jarred, T. Stribling, L. Vivian, J. Wagg. Goals: Keith - S. Luders 6, H. Gill 4, H. McMurray 3, P. Makin 3, J. Wilson 2, S. Laubsch 1, J. Robertson 1, G. Johnson 1. Kaniva Leeor - J. Salt 3, J. Wagg 1, H. Bennett 1, C. Ash 1, V. Thach 1
ROUND 16 PREVIEW
The Naracoorte Herald - August 4th, 2016
Three of the sides fighting for finals spots will sit out of this weekend’s KNTFL round with byes.
Lucindale (2nd) is well entrenched in the top two, but fellow bye sides Padthaway (6th) and Mundulla (5th) are locked in a fierce battle for fifth spot and will watch Bordertown (7th) get past them both with a win over Kingston (11th) this weekend.
The match of the round this weekend is undoubtedly Penola (1st) visiting Kybybolite (3rd). Kyby hasn’t even got close to Penola in recent years but if the Tigers are going to challenge for the premiership this year they need to at least be competitive this weekend.
Otherwise the season looks destined to be a two horse race between Penola and Lucindale, with the other sides in the top five merely making up the numbers.
In other games this weekend, Naracoorte (8th) will host Border Districts (9th) in a local derby, while Keith (4th) will host Kaniva/Leeor United (10th) in a game Keith must win to keep hold of its top five spot.
ROUND 15 REVIEW
ROLLER COASTER RIDE FOR TOP
FIVE TAKES ANOTHER TURN
Terry Willoughby - August 1, 2016
The most important clash of the round was between arch-rivals Bordertown and Mundulla and again the Moots were the spoil sports. Mundulla needed to win to stay in the finals race and they started brilliantly with six goals to just two from the Roosters and hold a 22 point lead at quarter time which would prove to be crucial. Bordertown clawed their way back before the main break but wayward kicking for goal hindered them whilst Mundulla made the most of limited attacks on goal. Hinge and veteran Nick Davis were dangerous every time Mundulla went forward whereas Bordertown struggled to find a reliable avenue to score. Mundulla sill held a 17 point advantage heading into the second half and goals were becoming harder to get. Both teams managed only two goals each in the 3rd term but Mundulla always looked more dangerous in attack. Bordertown needed a big last quarter effort but it was Mundulla who did better to run out winners by 26 points and send Bordertown tumbling to 7th and maybe out of the finals. Hinge (five goals) and Davis (four) were best for Mundulla ahead of Duell and Luckett. Shinnick, Searle, Robinson with three goals, Clark and youngster McLellan battled hard for Bordertown.
MUNDULLA 14-8 92 INTO THE TOP FIVE, BORDERTOWN 9-12 66
Top side Penola were forced to work hard for the points against the improving Naracoorte before coming away with a 16 point win. Goals were hard to come by in the windy, heavier than usual conditions but Penola always had their noses in front. Penola led by 15 points at quarter time but Naracoorte went goal for goal in the second term but couldn’t close the gap. Sid Patterson and Pendle were doing well for Naracoorte and kept their team in touch but Penola’s greater depth of quality players was always going to be a problem and the Eagles went further ahead in the third term to lead by 27 points. Naracoorte made a last ditch effort to get on terms with Penola and booted four goals to two from the league leader but it wasn’t enough and Penola scrambled home by 15 points in a lack lustre game. Maney, Jackman and Walker handled the conditions better than most to be Penola’s best. Patterson, Pendle and burns led the way for Naracoorte.
PENOLA 10-15 75 HELD OFF NARACOORTE 9-5 59
KEITH 12-13 85 HAPPY TO WIN OVER KINGSTON 6-7 43
Reigning premiers Padthaway have had a violently swinging season and have tumbled to seventh recently but they had a battling 32 point win over Border Districts to move up the ladder to sixth and also keep their finals hopes alive. Border Districts, playing for bragging rights only took the game right up to the under-manned Lions and led by a goal at the first change. Padthaway started to get on top in the second term but they still couldn’t shake off Border Districts who trailed by just 11 points, an unthinkable margin weeks ago. Goals were getting harder to score in the third term but Padthaway increased their lead to 16 points with good work from Leahy and Hoffmann. Borders earlier efforts now started to wane and Padthaway kept their season alive when they added three last quarter goals to eke out a win by 32 points. Loft, Leahy, Hoffmann and Noles were best for the lions. Borders battlers were Nolan, Tarca, Thomas and Palma.
PADTHAWAY 13-14 92 SCRATCHILY OVER BORDER DISTRICTS 9-6 60
Lucindale thrashed Kaniva-Leeor United in a game that held little relevance to the ladder but may well have helped from opinions of the KLU faithful as their team contemplates a move elsewhere in 2017. Lucindale were in no benevolent mood however and after a relatively sluggish start took complete control in the second term. With Sam Mardling dominating around the forward line the Roo’s raced to a 50 point lead by half-time. KLU were battling to stay in touch but worse was to follow when Lucindale stepped on the gas and rammed on eight goals in the third term with Mardling again running riot and the classy Ryan Mcinerney joining in. The lead had exploded to 96 points at the last change and Lucindale powered on in the last. Another eight goal burst and a token three from KLU saw Lucindale romp in by 129 points. Sam Mardling was the star for Lucindale and finished with 11 goals.
LUCINDALE 26-15 165 CRUSHED KANIVA-LEEOR UNITED 6-6 36
Keith kept their finals hopes intact with a not all too convincing 42 point win over wooden-spoon candidate Kingston. Without the goal-kicking skills of Luders with seven goals and veteran Paul Makin who got three, it might have been a different story. The Crows made the most of a good start and quickly built a big lead before half-time. Kingston’s season may have been a disaster but no team craves the wooden-spoon and although trailing by 50 points at the main break they showed some resolve and kept Keith to just two goals in the second half whilst they added four but respectability is one thing, a win is another and Keith have moved into fourth spot on the ladder. Best for Keith were George Johnson, Makin, Jono Wilson and Luders. For Kingston it was Robertson, T Baker, Kilsby and Austin.
Round 15 - July 30, 2016
Best: Mundulla - N. Davis, J. Hinge, L. Duell, S. Luckett, M. Schilling, D. Mosey. Bordertown - B. Shinnick, J. Searle, G. Robinson, N. Clark, Z. McLellan, B. Paech. Goals: Mundulla - J. Hinge 5, N. Davis 4, L. Wiese 2, J. Grosser 1, J. McGrice 1, R. Williams 1. Bordertown - G. Robinson 3, C. McCarthy 2, M. Ward 2, N. Clark 1, B. Shinnick 1
Best: Keith - G. Johnson, P. Makin, J. Wilson, S. Luders, J. Robertson, C. Woolford. Kingston - S. Robertson, T. Baker, B. Kilsby, J. Austin, B. Smith, C. Spurling. Goals: Keith - S. Luders 7, P. Makin 3, G. Johnson 1, J. Wilson 1. Kingston - B. Kilsby 3, B. Warner 2, R. Clarke 1
Best: Padthaway - M. Loft, B. Leahy, M. Hoffmann, I. Noles, D. Koch, J. Kahl. Borders - B. Nolan, M. Palma, N. Tarca, N. Thomas, D. Papazoglov. Padthaway - K. Hicks 3, C. Marshall 2, J. Kahl 2, M. Hoffmann 1, M. Loft 1, A. Longbottom 1, J. Teakle 1, B. Leahy 1, L. Rochester 1. Borders - D. Hargraves 3, T. Underwood 2, B. Nolan 1, C. Burr 1, O. Gabbe 1, J. Shepherd 1
Best: Penola - B. Maney, S. Jackman, L. Walker, B. Lindner, M. Ferguson, J. Skeer. Naracoorte - S. Patterson, R. Pendle, T. Burns, T. Atkins, K. Jacobs, R. Jacobs. Goals: Penola - D. Williams 2, A. Merrett 2, S. Jackman 1, J. Pfitzner 1, B. Maney 1, K. Ransom 1, S. Merrett 1, J. Anderson 1. Naracoorte - J. Sellars 4, S. Patterson 2, S. Bates 1, S. Willson 1, B. Gould 1
Best: Lucindale - S. Mardling, R. Mcinerney, M. Kelsh, H. Legoe, T. Mackenzie, S. Mcgurk. Kaniva Leeor - J. Salt, L. Vivian, L. Keller, V. Thach, A. Brown, J. Jarred. Goals: Lucindale - Sam Mardling 11, R. Mcinerney 3, T. Logan 3, P. Baker 3, R. Handbury 2, S. Graetz 1, H. Legoe 1, N. Maloney 1, L. Kelsh 1. Kaniva Leeor - T. Hawker 2, J. Salt 2, J. Brown 1, J. Wagg 1
ROUND 15 PREVIEW
PADTHAWAY ON THE SKIDS BIG TIME
The Naracoorte Herald - July 28th, 2016
The stakes could hardly be higher when traditional arch rivals Mundulla and Bordertown meet in the KNTFL’s match of the round this Saturday.
There are still three rounds to go after this one, but the loser of this game will find it very hard to make the finals. Both are locked on the same points, although Bordertown (5th) has a game in hand, so a Mundulla (6th) loss would just about be terminal to their finals hopes.
Bordertown is still a chance to finish third, but need to win games like this for sure.
Most other games are expected to be fairly predictable, with finals hopefuls playing against sides in the bottom half of the ladder.
Border Districts (9th) are a chance of causing an upset against a Padthaway (7th) side which has lost a lot of players and confidence over the last fortnight.Penola (1st) should handle Naracoorte (8th), Lucindale (2nd) will be hot favourites against K/L United (10th) and Keith (4th) should beat Kingston (11th).
July 24, 2016 - Terry Willoughby
Penola smashed Padthaway, whose season now hangs by a thread, by a whopping 109 points. The Lions, only a shadow of the team that won last year’s flag were in trouble from the start. Penola had match-winning forwards and mid-fielders that ran amok around the stoppages and centre. Simon Berkefeld was at his ball magnet best along with Matt Willson and Brett Lindner and together they provided a swag of chances for the Penola forwards. The Lions were never closer than 12 points which was the margin at quarter time. The Eagles were on top in just about every position and extended their lead to 40 points at the long break and things were not getting any better for Padthaway. They contained Penola somewhat in the third term but could not make any inroads into the Eagles margin which was now 57 points. The Lions were now in disarray and Penola brushed them aside in the last quarter to add seven goals from 18 scoring shots which suggests they should have won by much more than 109 points. Berkefeld, Willson and Walker headed Penola’s best but big games were had from Foster with 5 goals, Galpin and Brett Lindner. Keiron Hicks was the only Padthaway player to stand up whilst Welsh, Hoffman and Stevens had their moments. The Lions have now tumbled to 7th on the ladder.
PENOLA 21-21 147 CRUSHED PADTHAWAY 6-2 38
Lucindale kept Kingston anchored to the bottom of the ladder with an easy 102 point win. The Roos raced to 31 point lead early and never let up, well maybe a little in the last quarter. Ryan McInerney was in top form for Lucindale and Kingston were unable to contain him at any stage. Mardling with 5 goals was good on the forward line and Lucindale had many avenues to goal whereas Kingston had none. Lucindale careered further ahead after the main break with 7 goals in the third quarter before easing down at the finish.
LUCINDALE 22-14 146 THRASHED KINGSTON 6-8 44
Keith’s erratic season took another turn when the fell to the resilient Mundulla by 13 points and have their season prospects placed in doubt. After an even first quarter where the teams were only two points apart with the Moots ahead Keith fell off the pace. The consistent Luke Wiese was the most influential player on the ground and caused constant headaches for the Keith defenders who did well to keep others in check. Mundulla went into half-time with a handy 18 point lead in the trying conditions. The third quarter was crucial for both teams but it was Mundulla who made the most of their chances with Schilling and Ballinger defending well and Mosey looking dangerous at half-forward and giving great help to Wiese the Moots kicked away to a 28 point lead. Keith were now firmly behind the eight-ball and fought back strongly with Luders at full forward and McAllister and Woolford leading the way. The Crows made steady progress on the Mundulla lead but couldn’t keep them out entirely. Despite outscoring Mundulla in the last quarter Keith fell 13 points short. Luke Wiese with six valuable goals, 50% of the Moots score, was best for Mundulla ahead of Schilling, Mosey, Ballinger and Obst. McAllister, Woolford and veteran Paul Makin worked valiantly for Keith and Luders booted five goals to be Keith’s best.
MUNDULLA 12-5 77 HELD OFF KEITH 9-10 64
Kybybolite were another team that had to work hard for points before overcoming potential king-makers Naracoorte by 18 points. The win consolidated Kybys third place on the ladder but they have a couple of tough games ahead. The scores were never more than a few points apart and Naracoorte challenged strongly throughout the first half with on-ballers Jacobs and the untidily brilliant Matt Gill in everything. Kyby defenders Warren and Munn worked hard to keep Naracoorte out and Kyby led by just four points at the half-time interval. Both teams struggled to gain a break in an even third quarter but Kyby had the more dangerous forwards in Carberry and Nathan Stark. Leading by three points at the last change Kyby had plenty to play for and quickly extended their lead when they booted four goals to only two from Naracoorte and win by 18 points. Best for Kyby were Warren in defence, Carberry with five and Stark with three goals always looked likely to score, Munn and McKay. Jacobs, Sid Patterson, Matt Gill, Cother and Pendle were good for Naracoorte.
KYBYBOLITE 12-11 83 TOO SOLID FOR NARACOORTE 10-5 65
Round 14 - July 24, 2016
Best: Kybybolite - D. Warren, N. Stark, S. Carberry, S. Munn, J. Mckay, J. Jaensch. Naracoorte - K. Jacobs, S. Patterson, M. Gill, J. Cother, R. Jacobs, R. Pendle. Goals: Kybyblite - S. Carberry 5, N. Stark 3, C. McPherson 1, S. Munn 1, S. Shepherd 1, J. Mckay 1. Naracoorte - S. Patterson 3, S. Willson 2, J. Bell 1, K. Jacobs 1, R. Pendle 1, J. Gilbert 1, R. Jacobs 1
Best: Lucindale - R. Mcinerney, T. Menz, H. Legoe, S. Mardling, P. Baker, S. Mcgurk. Kingston - B. Smith, T. Baker, B. Kilsby, R. Clarke, B. Warner, T. Baker. Goals: Lucindale - S. Mardling 5, R. Handbury 3, H. Legoe 3, P. Baker 2, A. Smart 2, T. Menz 2, R. Mcinerney 1, T. Fisher 1, S. Teakle 1, S. Mcgurk 1, S. Graetz 1. Kingston - S. Robertson 2, B. Warner 1, G. Shuttleworth 1, B. Kilsby 1, H. Labastida 1
Best: Mundulla - L. Wiese, M. Schilling, D. Mosey, T. Ballinger, J. Obst, N. Davis. Keith - T. McAllister, C. Woolford, P. Makin, A. Dunstan, S. Luders, G. Johnson. Goals: Mundulla - L. Wiese 6, S. Luckett 1, B. Douglas 1, N. Davis 1, J. Grosser 1, N. Milligan 1, D. Mosey 1. Keith - S. Luders 5, P. Makin 2, T. McAllister 1, S. Schreiber 1
Best: Penola - S. Berkefeld, M. Willson, L. Walker, J. Galpin, B. Foster, B. Lindner. Padthaway - A. Stevens, K. Hicks, J. Mccarthy, S. Welsh, D. Fraser, M. Hoffmann. Goals: Penola - B. Foster 5, B. Lindner 4, J. Pfitzner 3, D. Williams 2, K. Ransom 2, J. Galpin 2, M. Willson 1, M. Skrypek 1, B. Walker 1. Padthaway - K. Hicks 3, D. Fraser 1, M. Hoffmann 1, J. Teakle 1
ROUND 14 PREVIEW
The Naracoorte Herald - July 21, 2016
Only four games are set down for round 14 of the KNTFL this weekend, but all four will carry great interest.
Mundulla (7th) really needs to beat Keith (4th) to remain a chance for finals, while a win is almost as important for Keith. Both sides are precariously placed, and while a loss for Mundulla would be terminal, a Crows loss would make things very hard for Keith.
Padthaway (6th) has been decimated by mid-season player losses and would have to pull one out of the hat to beat Penola (1st). If the Lions lose, it will make it very hard for them to make the top five, with Bordertown (5th) having a far superior percentage.
Naracoorte (8th) will host Kybybolite (3rd) in a clash of traditional rivals which always has plenty of feeling. Naracoorte can’t make the finals, but would love to knock their fierce rivals out of the top three.
Lucindale (2nd) will host Kingston (11th) in the western derby. The sides are poles apart on the ladder but Kingston always lifts for this one.Bordertown, Kaniva/Leeor United and Border Districts all have a bye this weekend.
FINAL FIVE PLACES UP FOR GRABS
AS PADTHAWAY STUMBLES
Terry Willoughby - July 17, 2016
Lucindale had a hard fought 7 point win over Mundulla and maintain second spot on the ladder. The Moot’s despite the narrow loss remain within striking distance of the top five but will need other results to help their cause. Lucindale were always in front but former Mundulla coach Heath Thorpe and fellow defenders Schiiling and Duell made the Lucindale forwards work hard for their goals. The Roos’ led by 10 points at quarter time but Mundulla continued to make them battle and scoring for both teams was at a premium in the second quarter with Lucindale’s lead reduced to 8 pts. The third quarter was productive for both teams with Mundulla battling to stay in touch whilst Lucindale stretched only narrowly to 11 points. Former Port Power player Tom Logan was a tower of strength for Lucindale and defenders Boschen, Clarke and Kelsh were strong in keeping Mundulla from goaling. The last quarter was again a battle of the defences but Lucindale held their nerve to win by just 7 points. Best for Lucindale were Tom Logan, Boschen, Clarke, Ogilvie, Kelsh and McCarthy, most of them defenders. A similar story for Mundulla with Mehaffey, Thorpe, Schilling, Duell and Luckett named best.
LUCINDALE 11-14 80 NARROWLY, MUNDULLA 11-7 73
Kybybolite struck a major blow in the KNT by thrashing last year’s premiers Padthaway by 77 points. Kyby started confidently and led by 10 points at quarter time with McPherson an ever present threat on the forward line. Kyby quickly put Padthaway to the test in the second quarter when they raced on eight goals to just two in reply from the Lions and hold a big lead of 51 points at half-time. In recent seasons the Lions would responded strongly but this time it was the previously fragile Kyby who stormed further ahead with defenders Warren and Munn shutting down Padthaway’s road to goal and Tom Cooper starring in the middle. Kyby added another three goals and only deadly kicking from minimal chances kept Padthaway in touch, albeit 49 points in arrears at three quarter-time. Kyby now had a chance to redress some previous thrashings from the Lions and they rammed home their dominance with six last quarter goals to bolt to a 77 point win and take a tenuous hold on third spot on the ladder. Best for Kyby were McPherson with seven goals, defenders Warren and S Munn, Tom Cooper in the mid-field and Bittner. Padthaway were reduced to a bit a rubble with only Marshall, Hoffman, Archie Longbottom and Hicks showing much fight.
KYBYBOLITE 21-15 141 THUMPED PADTHAWAY 10-4 64
Penola nudged Bordertown into the vulnerable fifth position with a hard fought 29 point win. The Roosters led throughout most of the first half with Lachy Eats providing a reliable target on the forward line. The defence of Caldwell, Paech and Jarrett had kept the strong Penola forward line in check and Searle was winning plenty of kicks around the packs. The Penola defence was also on top and scoring was difficult with Bordertown ahead by just three points at the main break. Penola were quickly among the goals in the third quarter and kept Bordertown goal-less in the process. Brodie Foster and Walker were lively across half-forward and on-baller Willson was heavily involved in many attacks. Penola had turned a narrow deficit into a lead of 27 points in a low scoring game which now looked out of Bordertown’s reach. Both teams goaled twice in the last quarter but Penola had too much experience to let Bordertown back in and won by 29 points. Walker, Richardson, Willson and Foster with 4 goals were Penola’s best and Caldwell, Searle, Shuttleworth and Paech battled hard for Bordertown.
PENOLA 12-11 83 TOO SOLID FOR BORDERTOWN 8-6 54
Keith returned to something like their early season form when they swamped Border Districts with a ten goal burst in the last quarter. For the first three quarters Borders had harassed Keith without ever looking likely to cause an upset despite the Crow’s recent poor form. Keith always had their noses in front but not convincingly. Veteran Paul Makin and mid-fielder Capurso provided most of the drive but Border’s defenders nullified many attacks whilst Tarca and Watson counter attacked to an under-manned forward line. Leading by 36 points at the three quarter-time break Keith suddenly broke away and dominated the last quarter scoring with ten goals and bolted to an 85 point win.
KEITH 22-13 145 SWAMPED BORDER DISTRICTS 8-12 60
Kaniva-Leeor United returned to the winner’s list with a battling 23 point win over Kingston who now seem likely to gain another wooden spoon. Kingston had much the better of KLU in the firstquarter and led by 16 pts but from there on KLU was much the better team. KLU went to half-time with a 10 point lead and consolidated in the second half. Nick Murphy with 6 goals provided the main avenue for scoring whilst ruckman Bennett and on-baller Toby Stribling continually pushed the play forward. Kingston had good players in Harrison, Clarke, Austin and Baker but just not enough of them.
KANIVA-LEEOR UNITED 15-13 103 DEFEATED KINGSTON 11-14 80
Round 13 - July 16, 2016
Best: Kaniva Leeor - H. Bennett, J. Salt, A. Brown, T. Stribling, B. King, J. Jarred. Kingston - M. Harrison, R. Clarke, J. Austin, T. Baker, B. Smith, T. Baker. Goals: Kaniva Leeor - N. Murphy 6, V. Thach 3, J. Salt 2, B. Clark 1, H. Bennett 1, C. Larocca 1, A. Brown 1. Kingston - B. Kilsby 2, B. Warner 2, G. Grant 1, J. Austin 1, B. Smith 1, R. Werchiwski 1, S. Robertson 1, H. Labastida 1, R. Clarke 1
Best: Lucindale - T. Logan, J. Boschen, N. Clarke, D. Ogilvie, M. Kelsh, D. McCarthy. Mundulla - B. Mehaffey, H. Thorpe, D. Mosey, S. Luckett, M. Schilling, L. Duell. Goals: Lucindale - S. Mardling 5, S. Graetz 2, L. Kelsh 1, P. Baker 1, T. Menz 1, T. Mackenzie 1. Mundulla - L. Wiese 3, J. Hinge 2, D. Mosey 2, J. Grosser 1, B. Packer 1, R. Williams 1, S. Luckett 1
Best: Keith - P. Makin, P. Capurso, L. Wilhelm, J. Wilson, S. Molineux, N. Hunt. Borders - J. Watson, D. Papazoglov, N. Tarca, T. Underwood, J. Shepherd, B. Nolan. Goals: Keith - L. Wilhelm 5, S. Schreiber 3, P. Makin 3, A. Burns 3, G. Johnson 2, A. Dunstan 2,
B. Farmer 1, P. Capurso 1, H. Wilhelm 1, S. Johnson 1. Borders - T. Underwood 2, C. Sandercock 2, B. Keast 1, D. Guttilla 1, J. Watson 1, C. Robinson 1
Best: Penola - L. Walker, M. Willson, R. Richardson, B. Foster, A. Moore, J. Pfitzner. Bordertown - H. Caldwell, J. Searle, B. Shuttleworth, B. Paech, L. Eats, J. Jarrett. Goals: Penola - B. Foster 4, D. Williams 2, M. Willson 2, S. Jackman 1, J. Pfitzner 1, B. Lindner 1, L. Walker 1. Bordertown - L. Eats 4, G. Robinson 2, B. Shinnick 1, H. Fromm 1
Best: Kyby - C. McPherson, D. Warren, S. Munn, T. Cooper, B. Munn, J. Bittner. Padthaway - C. Marshall, M. Hoffmann, A. Longbottom, D. Marks, K. Hicks, J. Deipiaz. Goals: Kyby - C. McPherson 7, T. Cooper 3, S. Carberry 3, S. Munn 3, S. Craig 2, D. Arnold 1, S. Shepherd 1, N. Stark 1. Padthaway - C. Marshall 3, M. Loft 3, S. Welsh 2, J. Hazel 1, B. Leahy 1
ROUND 13 PREVIEW
The Naracoorte Herald - July 13, 2016
Two big games will vie for match of the round status when KNTFL teams return to local ovals after the country championships break this Saturday.
With just six rounds remaining, there is a ladder logjam from third place down to seventh, with Penola and Lucindale ahead of the pack but then five teams separated by just one win.
The best quality game of the round will probably be between Penola (1st) and Bordertown (3rd), although Penola will be heavily favoured to win its 11th game in a row. The southern Eagles have been brilliant since losing their opening round game to Keith, while Bordertown has also been excellent of late but Penola and Lucindale seem a cut above.
Just as interesting will be the result between Kybybolite (5th) and Padthaway (4th), with one of them to drop out of the top five with a loss. Kyby has had two losses and a draw in its last three, while Padthaway has only lost to Lucindale and Bordertown since round 5.
The game between Kingston (10th) and Kaniva/Leeor United (11th) could decide which club claims the wooden spoon at season’s end.
In other games, Border Districts (9th) might be a chance of upsetting Keith (6th) when they host them at Goroke, while Mundulla (7th) will host the in-form Lucindale (2nd) Mundulla needing to win to stay in touch with the top five.
Naracoorte (8th) has the bye this weekend.
BORDERTOWN SURVIVE IN TIGHT FINISH
KEITH STUMBLE OUT OF FIVE AGAIN
Terry Willoughby - July 2, 2016
Penola plunged Keith’s season into further darkness with a comfortable 43 point win to keep top spot. The Keith Crow’s season has been a real roller-coaster ride in recent weeks, going from top spot to sixth and then back into the five but only courtesy of a drawn game last round. Penola looked a better side from the start and quickly raced to a 21 point lead by quarter-time with Brodie Foster playing strongly on the forward line and Simon Berkefeld running all over the ground to gather possessions. Keith were in serious trouble by the long break when Penola had a 35 point lead. George Johnson, Hunt and Jon Wilson were trying hard for the Keith Crows but lacked the support that Penola’s prime movers had and the Eagles went further ahead in the third quarter with Willson and Berkefeld unstoppable around the mid-field and half-forward. Keith trailed by 48 points at three quarter-time and outscored Penola in the last quarter but the damage had been done earlier. Best for Penola were Berkefeld, Foster with five goals, Willson, Galpin, Moore and Pfitzner. Keith again dropped out of the top five and their best were Johnson, Hunt, Wilson and Schrieber.
PENOLA 18-17 125 DEFEATED KEITH 12-10 82
Bordertown struggled for three quarters against a determined Kybybolite who held what should have been match-winning leads at various stages. The Roosters were not far away at quarter-time but Kyby were already showing signs of control and with Shepherd and Craig elusive on the forward line and Tom Cooper winning plenty of touches around the mid-field the Tigers raced to a 31 point lead at half-time. Bordertown looked to be in serious trouble and needed a lift to get back in the game. Paech, Jarrett and Clark provided a spark and the Roosters closed the margin to 16 points at the last change but Kyby still looked likely winners. Bordertown goaled quickly to close the margin even more and Kyby started to get the shakes. Consistent performers in Dahlitz and Fromm for Bordertown were conspicuous and the Roosters were now crowing and they added five last quarter goals to win by five points to avoid tumbling down the ladder. McCarthy booted 4 goals for the Roosters and better players included Paech, Jarrett, Dahlitz, Fromm and Clark. Kyby’s early efforts petered out late and their best were Warren, Shepherd, Hunter, Hindmarsh and Cooper.
BORDERTOWN 12-5 77 NARROWLY DEFEATED KYBYBOLITE 11-6 72
Mundulla kept their slim finals hopes alive with a 105 point win over cellar dweller Kaniva-Leeor United. The first half was relatively even but that has been a regular trait for KLU. Mundulla began to get away during the second quarter when they added five goals to just two from KLU and increase their lead to 32 points at half-time with Luke Wiese and veteran Nick Davis providing reliable targets around goal. Mundulla pushed hard in the third quarter and booted six unanswered goals to have the game sewn up by three quarter-time. They just had too many good players for KLU who had dropped away badly. The last quarter was a repeat of the third with KLU unable to goal at all whilst the Moots slammed on a lazy seven to win easily. Luke Wiese bagged six goals for his second big return in two weeks whilst Milligan, Ballinger, McGrice and Sam Luckett played well. Not much went right for KLU who firmly anchored to the bottom.
MUNDULLA 23-8 146 THRASHED KANIVA-LEEOR UNITED 6-5 41
Lucindale cemented second place on the ladder with 77 point win over Border Districts. The Roo’s rattled on six goals to zip and whilst Borders’ were competitive after that they were no match for the better players of Lucindale. Graetz with seven goals and Sam Mardling with caused havoc around the forward line for Lucindale whilst McInerney and Mackenzie dominated across the mid-field. Borders battled hard in the middle quarters. But were no match for Lucindale who finished strongly with six last quarter goals to win comfortably.
LUCINDALE 21-14 140 EASILY, BORDER DISTRICTS 9-9 63
Naracoorte’s improvement was still evident against Padthaway but the Lions were not about to surrender the top five spot easily. They defended strongly and kept Naracoorte’s key players under control, particularly in the first half. Longbottom and Hoffman were providing plenty of drive around the stoppages and Welsh was always dangerous on the forward line. Padthaway led by 28 points at the long break and this was significant in a low-scoring game. Naracoorte matched Padthaway in the third quarter but the Lions kicked with deadly accuracy to maintain their advantage. Naracoorte again challenged in the last quarter but the Padthaway defence stood firm and although outscored still managed to win by 24 points. Archie Longbottom, Hoffman, Welsh with four goals, Marks and Leahy were best for Padthaway. Naracoorte, still a work in progress, were best served by Jacobs, Pendle, McWaters and Craig Gill.
PADTHAWAY 12-2 74 TOO GOOD, NARACOORTE 7-8 50
Round 12 - July 2, 2016
Best: Mundulla - J. Milligan, T. Ballinger, J. McGrice, S. Luckett, N. Davis, L. Wiese. Kaniva Leeor - J. Salt, H. Bennett, T. Stribling, A. Brown, B. King, D. Raynor. Goals: Mundulla - L. Wiese 6, N. Davis 4, D. Burgess 4, B. Milligan 3, M. Schilling 1, S. Lewin 1, D. Ridgway 1, R. Williams 1, A. Obst 1, J. Milligan 1. Kaniva Leeor - V. Thach 2, J. Salt 2, J. Jarred 1, A. Brown 1
Best: Lucindale – S. Graetz 7, S. Mardling 4, T. Fisher 3, A. Smart 2, M. Snowball 2, H. Cox, N. Clarke, H. Legoe. Borders - F. Adams, J. Watson, C. Sandercock, N. Naylor, R. Oliver, T. Underwood. Goals: Lucindale – R. Mcinerney, T. Mackenzie, S. Graetz, N. Clarke, T. Fisher, D. Ogilvie. Borders - C. Robinson 3, T. Underwood 2, D. Hargraves 2, F. Adams 2
Best: Penola - S. Berkefeld, B. Foster, J. Galpin, M. Willson, A. Moore, J. Pfitzner. Keith - G. Johnson, N. Hunt, J. Wilson, S. Schreiber, A. Burns, J. Robertson. Goals: Penola - B. Foster 5, S. Berkefeld 3, A. McIntyre 3, B. Walker 2, J. Skeer 1, M. Ferguson 1, P. Lambert 1, B. Lindner 1, K. Ransom 1. Keith - G. Johnson 4, P. Capurso 2, A. Burns 1, T. McAllister 1, N. Hunt 1, B. Farmer 1, J. Wilson 1, A. Dunstan 1
Best: Bordertown - B. Paech, N. Clark, J. Jarrett, M. Dahlitz, H. Fromm, R. Tink. Kyby - D. Warren, S. Shepherd, T. Hunter, B. Hindmarsh, T. Cooper, D. Schinckel. Goals: Bordertown - C. McCarthy 4, G. Robinson 3, H. Fromm 2, L. Eats 1, J. Searle 1, N. Clark 1. Kyby - S. Shepherd 3, S. Craig 3, N. Stark 2, C. McPherson 1, D. Arnold 1, M. Pfitzner 1
Best: Padthaway - A. Longbottom, M. Hoffmann, S. Welsh, D. Marks, B. Leahy, L. Sutton. Naracoorte - R. Jacobs, R. Pendle, G. Mc Waters, C. Gill, S. Bates, F. Stephan. Goals: Padthaway - S. Welsh 4, I. Noles 2, T. Edwards 1, S. Brown 1, A. Longbottom 1, J. Kahl 1, L. Rochester 1, C. Marshall 1. Naracoorte - J. Bell 2, F. Day 2, S. Patterson 1, B. Gould 1, M. Gill 1
ROUND 12 PREVIEW
The Naracoorte Herald - July 1, 2016
A crucial round 12 promises to add to the intrigue around which teams might qualify for the KNTFL finals in 2016.
NARACOORTE GIANTKILLERS AGAIN
AS BORDERTOWN HAVE SURPRISE DEFEAT
by Terry Willoughby - June 26, 2016
There were three tight games over the weekend, with three matches decided by a goal or less. Naracoorte’s mid-season resurgence continued when they held on by six points to defeat Finals aspirant Bordertown. The lead changed hands several times throughout the game with neither team able to stamp the authority on the game. Bordertown led for most of the first half but Naracoorte, led superbly by the untidy but brilliant Matt Gill kept snapping at their heels. Only three points separated the teams at half-time but Naracoorte got a mini-break in the third quarter when they added four goals to only one from Bordertown and lead by 16 points at the last change. George McWaters had played strongly around the stoppages with Sid Patterson up forward proving a reliable avenue to goal. Bordertown’s prime movers had been well held and the Rooster’s needed a lift if they were to get a win. The last quarter was a real arm-wrestle as Bordertown fought their way back and kept Naracoorte goal-less but the Demons were not to be denied and went forward often enough to keep Bordertown on the defensive. Naracoorte’s backmen stood firm and the Demon’s held on to win by 6 points and thus have a hand in reshaping the top five. Best for Naracoorte were Matt Gill, McWaters, Patterson and Cother. A different story for Bordertown with only Paech, Jarrett, Dahlitz and Fromm showing out for four quarters.
NARACOORTE 10-17 77 IN A BATTLE OVER BORDERTOWN 10-11 71
It has been a disastrous few weeks for Keith, what with three big losses and tumbling from top to sixth and another loss would just about finish them in 2016. This was a danger game for the in form Kybybolite and the the first half wasn’t going to script. Kyby led by 20 points at quarter-time with McPherson, Schinckel and Munn in good touch. Things improved for Keith in the second term when they booted five goals but Kyby still led by 14 points and hadn’t done much wrong with Scott Carberry looking dangerous near goal. Keith slowly improved in the third quarter with Burns, Dunstan and Hunt leading the way and they peppered the goal to hit the front late in the term to lead by just two points, it was the Crows best form in a month. Both teams traded goals in the last quarter and the lead changed hands before the final siren sounded with the scores locked together on 83 points each. For Keith it might not have been a win but it wasn’t a loss either and it enabled them to sneak back into the top five.
KEITH 12-11 83 DREW WITH KYBYBOLITE 12-11 83
Penola, after Matthew Lloyd’s 14 goal guest appearance, had a much tougher opponent in Lucindale who but for poor finishing might well have been in a winning position at three quarter-time. The game was closely fought in the first-half although Penola held the lead for most of the time. Matt Willson and ball-magnet Simon Berkefeld had been the driving forces for Penola but strong work from Mackenzie and ex-Power Tom Logan had kept Lucindale in touch. Lucindale controlled play for most of the third term but two goals from ten scoring shots was a poor reward and scores were level at the last change. Penola regained their earlier form and Lucindale wilted under the onslaught as the Eagles rammed on eight goals to swamp Lucindale by 40 points and Penola now have a game clear on top spot. Lucindale would rue the missed chances from the third term but bad kicking is bad football. Best for Penola were Willson, Berkefeld, Galpin and Williams whilst Wenham surprised with 6 goals. Lucindale’s better players were Mackenzie, Tom Logan, Menz, Cox and Legoe.
PENOLA 17-11 113 DEFEATED LUCINDALE 9-19 73
Border Districts won the battle between wooden-spoon candidates with a last gasp one point win over Kaniva-Leeor United. Borders should have had the game wrapped by quarter-time but wasted chances near goal and conversely KLU kept in touch with pinpoint accuracy. Borders still led by 20 points at the long break but KLU still kept in the game through Larocca and ex-SANFL player Nick Murphy. KLU got a boost with five goals in the third term as Borders began to fade and the margin was just 3 points at three quarter-time. Predicting a winner was difficult as both teams had disappointed often. Three goals each in the final term showed the even-ness of the game but it was Border Districts ahead by a solitary point at the final siren. Skinner, Nolan, Nic Tarca, Burr and Keast were best for Border Districts. KLU were better after last week’s mauling and had Larocca, Creaser, Jarred, Vivian and Murphy as their best.
BORDER DISTRICTS 14-12 96 BY A WHISKER, KANIVA-LEEOR UNITED 15-5 95
Mundulla kept their faint hopes of final’s action alive with an easy 84 point win over Kingston. Mundulla started brightly with Luke Wiese having a day out on the forward line. Kingston’s early promise faded after quarter-time and the Moots were well in control with a 33 point lead at half-time. Wiese and Hinge were dominating near goal for Mundulla who went further ahead with seven goals to just two from Kingston in the third quarter and it was game over by then. The Moots’ played out time at the finish and Kingston couldn’t do any better. Luke Wiese finished with ten goals to be best for Mundulla ahead of Hinge, Lachlan Duell, Milligan and Mehaffey. Labastida, Major and Austin battled hard for Kingston.
MUNDULLA 21-15 141 EASILY, KINGSTON 8-9 57
Best: Naracoorte - M. Gill, K. Jacobs, R. Jacobs, G. Mc Waters, S. Patterson, J. Cother. Bordertown - B. Paech, J. Jarrett, M. Dahlitz, H. Fromm, H. Caldwell, K. Cuthbertson. Goals; Naracoorte - J. Sellars 2, S. Patterson 2, J. Bell 1, S. Willson 1, J. Gilbert 1, T. Burns 1, F. Day 1, R. Jacobs 1. Bordertown - G. Robinson 3, R. Tink 2, C. Diment 2, H. Fromm 1, L. Eats 1, J. Jarrett 1
Best: Mundulla - L. Wiese, J. Hinge, L. Duell, J. Milligan, B. Mehaffey. Kingston - H. Labastida, B. Major, J. Austin, J. Gluyas, J. Armfield , K. Lohde. Goals: Mundulla - Luke Wiese 10, J. Hinge 3, D. Burgess 2, J. Wiese 2, N. Davis 1, B. Mehaffey 1,
J. McGrice 1, R. Williams 1. Kingston - C. Baker 2, B. Warner 2, J. Steele 1, J. Austin 1, J. Armfield 1, H. Rothall 1
Best: Borders - D. Skinner, B. Nolan, N. Tarca, C. Burr, B. Keast, R. Oliver. Kaniva Leeor - J. Larocca, J. Creaser, J. Jarred, L. Vivian, N. Murphy, C. Ash. Goals: Borders - D. Hargraves 4, B. Keast 3, T. Underwood 2, J. Watson 2, C. Sandercock 1, C. Burr 1, L. Craig 1. Kaniva Leeor - N. Murphy 5, C. Ash 3, B. King 1, H. Bennett 1, L. Vivian 1, A. Brown 1, V. Thach 1, T. Stribling 1, J. Creaser 1
Best: Penola - M. Willson, J. Galpin, S. Berkefeld, D. Williams, S. Merrett, O. March. Lucindale - T. Mackenzie, T. Logan, T. Menz, H. Cox, H. Legoe, A. Smart. Goals: Penola - D. Wenham 6, M. Willson 3, R. Richardson 1, M. Ferguson 1, B. Walker 1, K. Ransom 1, B. Foster 1, J. Galpin 1, O. March 1, J. Copping 1. Lucindale - T. Logan 2, A. Smart 2, S. Logan 1, S. Mardling 1, T. Menz 1, L. Kelsh 1, R. Mcinerney 1
Best: Keith - A. Dunstan, N. Hunt, A. Burns, W. Sandford, T. McAllister, P. Makin. Kyby - C. McPherson, D. Schinckel, S. Munn, R. Jaensch, D. Warren, J. Bittner. Goals: Keith - A. Burns 6, G. Johnson 2, N. Hunt 1, L. Wilhelm 1, L. Mitchell 1, P. Makin 1. Kyby - S. Carberry 6, C. McPherson 1, J. Bittner 1, D. Schinckel 1, M. Schinckel 1, R. Jaensch 1, M. Pfitzner 1
ROUND ELEVEN PREVIEW
The Naracoorte Herald - June 23, 2016
A surprising week of results has set up a tantalising round 11 of KNTFL football this weekend.
The much-anticipated clash between top teams Penola and Lucindale will be the obvious stand-out match, with both sides having lost only one game for the season.
Penola looks all powerful at the moment and embarrassed K/L United last week, but Lucindale also had a good win over third-placed Kyby so won’t be a pushover.
Keith will play Kyby with both sides desperate to bounce back from a loss to stay in touch with the top teams, while a rejuvenated Naracoorte will take confidence into its game with the in-form Bordertown after a win over Keith.
Kingston opened its account last week and would rate itself a chance against a Mundulla side still on the cusp of the top five.
In the final game, K/L United and Border Districts will both get a chance to notch up their second win of the season. Padthaway has the bye.
NARACOORTE UPSTAGES KEITH, MATTHEW LLOYD SINKS KLU WITH 14 GOALS FOR PENOLA
Terry Willoughby - June 20, 2016
Naracoorte enjoyed their ten year Premiership reunion celebrations as they punctured another one of Keith’s tyres, smashing their 2006 rivals by 57 points. It was Keith’s third big defeat in a horror run which has seen them tumble from top spot to sixth in the space of a month. Naracoorte’s improved form saw them in control almost from the first bounce and they led by 11 points at quarter time. The Demon’s continued to play strongly in the second quarter with a multi-pronged attack causing big problems for the Keith defence they charged to a 40 point lead at the main break and looked sure winners, but this was Naracoorte against last year’s runners-up or was it?? Keith made some inroads into Naracoorte’s lead with 4 goals to two in the third term to trail by 31 points at three quarter-time but it was not enough and now Naracoorte sniffed a chance to cause a huge upset where previously they would have retreated from victory. The Demon’s surged again as Keith fell away badly. Adding five goals to just one in the final quarter sealed a very good win for Naracoorte and whilst not likely to play in finals they could have a big say in who does and it might not be Keith on current form. Best for the improving Naracoorte were Bell, Atkins, Jacobs, Bates and Willson. Keith, in a rut were best served by George Johnson, Hunt, McAllister and Wilhem.
NARACOORTE 18-10 118 BELTED KEITH 9-7 61
Penola with “Guess who’s coming to dinner” Matthew Lloyd, the former Essendon glamour forward patrolling the forward line completely demolished Kaniva-Leeor United by 242 points, ironic really because many former Essendon stars started their football at Kaniva. KLU never got a look in as all play seemed focussed on Lloyd who didn’t disappoint. With 14 individual goal-kickers Penola provided an exhibition for their supporters and those who journeyed there to see a bit of AFL nostalgia. Lloyd, who was no doubt paid handsomely for his appearance, treated them to a goal-kicking display they’ll long remember, he booted 14 whilst hapless KLU didn’t hit the target once. All the spectators went home happy. KLU, in free-fall hit the bottom with a thud!
PENOLA 39-16 250 CRUSHED KANIVA-LEEOR UNITED 0-8 8
Kingston got off the bottom rung of the ladder with a 50 point win over Border Districts, their first for the season. After an even first half where both teams had plenty of chances to make a case for victory it was Kingston who led by just six points. Hargraves was a danger near goal for Border Districts but Kingston had a bigger spread of good players with the consistent Lohde and Baker leading the way. An eight goal burst in the third quarter put the game beyond Border’s reach despite the efforts of coach Sandercock to lift his team. Both teams booted four goals in the last quarter but it was Kingston’s day. Lohde, Baker, Austin and Kilsby with 4 goals played for Kingston. Border’s best were Sandercock, Naylor, Nolan and Hargraves booted 6 goals.
KINGSTON 20-12 132 TOO GOOD FOR BORDER DISTRICTS 12-10 82
Bordertown opened the race for the double chance with a narrow hard-fought win over the erratic Padthaway by just four points. The Roosters were clearly the better team in the first half and had enough scoring power to lead by 27 points at the long break. Gene Robinson and fellow on-baller Clint Diment were an ever present danger around the packs whilst Welsh was being starved of opportunities by the tight Bordertown defence. Padthaway surged back in the third term with six goals to three and suddenly it was game on for Bordertown who still led by 11 points at the last change but the Lions were looking for a quick kill. Normally Roosters would be no match for Lions but Bordertown kept their head when seriously challenged by the reigning premier and although narrowly outscored in the finish they had just enough composure to get home by four points.
BORDERTOWN 11-11 77 FELL IN, PADTHAWAY 11-7 73
Lucindale’s blistering first quarter where they booted nine goals severely dented Kybybolite’s chances of an upset. Mark Snowball was dominant around the ground and stoppages and gave his small men in Mardling and Aaron Smart a truckload of chances which they used to great effect. Leading by 37 points at quarter time Lucindale went further ahead in the second quarter to lead by 51 points with Kyby now in damage control. Kyby made some progress in the tthird quarter with five goals but Lucindale were still in charge with Sam Graetz doing well around the mid-field. The last quarter was something of a formality and even though Kyby outscored Lucindale the result was never in doubt with the Roo’s winning 36 points. For Lucindale, snowball became an avalanche that Kyby couldn’t stop and he was best on ground, Graetz, Mardling with six goals and Smart with five were other good players. Schultz, Schinkel, Tom Cooper and McPherson tried hard for Kyby.
LUCINDALE 19-10 124 COMFORTABLY OVER KYBYBOLITE 13-10 88
Best: Naracoorte - J. Bell, T. Atkins, K. Jacobs, S. Bates, S. Willson, G. Mc Waters. Keith - G. Johnson, N. Hunt, T. McAllister, H. Wilhelm, S. Schreiber, C. McMurray. Goals: Naracoorte - J. Bell 3, S. Willson 3, B. Gould 3, F. Day 3, C. Gill 2, J. Sellars 1, C. Stokie 1, T. Burns 1, J. Cother 1. Keith - G. Johnson 4, B. Lamont 2, L. Wilhelm 1, J. Robertson 1, K. Barber 1
Best: Kingston - K. Lohde, T. Baker, J. Austin, B. Kilsby, S. Robertson, T. Baker. Borders - C. Sandercock, N. Naylor, B. Nolan, N. Tarca, N. Thomas, D. Papazoglov. Goals: Kingston - B. Kilsby 4, C. Baker 3, H. Labastida 3, B. Smith 2, B. Major 2, S. Robertson 2, A. Stenner 1, J. Gluyas 1, J. Austin 1, K. Lohde 1. Borders - D. Hargraves 6, T. Underwood 2, C. Burr 2, B. Keast 1, F. Adams 1
Best: Penola - M. Willson, S. Berkefeld, J. Galpin, M. Lloyd, L. Walker, A. Moore. Kaniva Leeor - L. Vivian, J. Jarred, B. King, J. Brown, J. Lyon, A. Geeves. Goals: Penola - Matthew Lloyd 14, M. Willson 4, A. Merrett 3, J. Galpin 3, D. Williams 2, M. Ferguson 2, O. March 2, A. Moore 2, B. Maney 2, B. Foster 1, S. Berkefeld 1, P. Lambert 1, L. Walker 1, R. Richardson 1
Best: Lucindale - M. Snowball, S. Graetz, S. Mardling, A. Smart, H. Legoe, S. Mcgurk. Kyby - J. Schultz, D. Schinckel, T. Cooper, C. McPherson, M. Schinckel, R. Jaensch. Goals: Lucindale - S. Mardling 6, A. Smart 5, H. Legoe 3, R. Mcinerney 3, H. Cox 1, S. Mcgurk 1. Kyby - C. McPherson 3, T. Cooper 3, S. Carberry 3, D. Warren 1, D. Arnold 1, M. Pfitzner 1,
S. Craig 1
Best: Bordertown - C. Diment, H. Caldwell, J. Jarrett, N. Clark, R. Tink, K. Cuthbertson. Padthaway - T. McNamara, B. Leahy, S. Townsend, L. Rochester, T. Edwards, A. Stevens. Goals: Bordertown - G. Robinson 3, C. Diment 2, C. McCarthy 2, T. Devitt 1, M. Ward 1, J. Searle 1, N. Clark 1. Padthaway - S. Welsh 3, L. Rochester 3, T. Edwards 2, C. Marshall 2, E. Mulvihill 1
PADTHAWAY SMASH KEITH, PENOLA JUMP TO TOP SPOT
Report - June 6, 2016 - Terry Willoughby
Keith crashed to a big loss against last year’s premiers Padthaway by 75 points. The Crows bcame road-kill very early as the Lions won in just about every position. All part of a “cunning plan” said a Keith spokesman but it all sounds a bit “Blackadderish” and the Crow hierarchy have some thinking to do. Boyanton, when he wasn’t talking, Rochester and Cody Marshall were all very good for Padthaway whilst Steve Molineux performed strongly for Keith and kept power forward Scott Welsh to just two goals.
PADTHAWAY 19-13 127 SMASHED KEITH 8-4 52
After a relatively even first quarter when Kingston matched Penola in scoring shots but trailed on the scoreboard everything went downhill for the Saints. Penola ramped up the action with 12 goals to two in the second term and a further 15 in the third and in almost no time at all led by a whopping 162 points. Kingston were reduced to somewhat of an irrelevance as Penola continued to pile on the goals in the last quarter until fatigue set in and the final siren souded with the final margin of 200 points. Ball magnet Simon Berkefeld racked up possessions at will to be best for Penola whilst Adam Merrett booted 12 goals against token opposition. Dylan Williams also booted 7 for Penola but couldn’t make the best players. Lohde and Austin battled hard for Kingston against overwhelming odds.
PENOLA 38-14 242 THRASHED KINGSTON 6-6 42
Mundulla’s roller-coaster form came good with a win over struggling Border Districts to the tune of 79 points and stay within reach of the top five but only mathematically. Borders started brightly and led by five points at quarter time but their efforts waned in the second term as Mundulla’s better players took control. The Moots should have been further in front at ½ time but wayward kicking for goal kept the margin to 21 points and Borders were still within touch. Mundulla kept on the attack in the third quarter and booted six goals as Border Districts fell away badly and any chance of a revival was gone with the Moots now 49 points in front. Boyd Packer and Burgess had been active around goal but many others bobbed to frustrate Borders. Saving their best for the last quarter, Mundulla rattled on 8 goals to finish with a 79 point win. Best for the Moots were Weise, Milligan, Lachlan Duell whilst Boyd Packer booted five goals. Borders’ best were Sandercock, Naylor, Nolan and Watson.
MUNDULLA 22-17 149 EASILY OVER BORDER DISTRICTS 11-4 70
Kybybolite sent Kaniva-Leeor United further into the doldrums when they took control from the start to completely outplay the home side. With Ray Jaensch in top form in defence and Tom Cooper winning handsomely around the stoppages Kyby raced to a 56 point lead by the half-time break. The Kyby forwards were embarrassed by opportunity and many players contributed to the score where Scott Carberry led the way with six. KLU momentarily halted the flow of Kyby goals in the third quarter but the margin was still 47 points at the last change. Kyby weren’t about to slacken after some earlier narrow losses and slammed on 8 goals to one in the last quarter to win convincingly by 93 points. Jaensch, Tom Cooper, Jamie Bittner and McPherson headed the best for Kyby. Brown, Bennett and Vivian tried hard for a disappointing KLU.
KYBYBOLITE 24-13 157 ROMPED IN OVER KANIVA-LEEOR UNITED 9-10 64
Lucindale defeated Naracoorte by a relatively comfortable margin of 31 points but probably that doesn’t tell the full story because Naracoorte had more scoring shots but sprayed them everywhere. The Demons had shown improved form in recent games and challenged strongly at the start and could have been further than nine points ahead at quarter time but got little reward in front of goal. Lucindale had their most productive quarter in the second with 6 goals which proved to be Naracoorte’s undoing when they added only one goal from four shots. Lucindale’s accuracy continued to be a factor in the third term with the wasteful Demon’s again squandering chances whilst the Roo’s booted five goals with Lucindale had been pressed hard by Naracoorte and it was only the good play of classy Ryan McInerney and Sam Graetz that kept them ahead. Naracoorte again challenged in the final quarter but the yips had set in by now and Lucindale maintained a strong grip on the game to win by 31 points.
LUCINDALE 15-6 96 TOO GOOD, NARACOORTE 8-17 65
Round 9 - June 4, 2016
Best: Padthaway - D. Boyanton, L. Rochester, C. Marshall, J. Kahl, I. Noles, M. Pakula. Keith - S. Molineux, T. McAllister, P. Capurso, N. Hunt, J. Wright, A. Dunstan. Goals: Padthaway - L. Rochester 4, C. Marshall 4, T. Edwards 3, S. Welsh 2, D. Boyanton 2, J. Kahl 2, E. Mulvihill 1, T. McNamara 1. Keith - G. Johnson 2, L. Wilhelm 2, H. McMurray 1, S. Schreiber 1, K. Barber 1, J. Wright 1
Best: Lucindale - R. Mcinerney, S. Graetz, T. Menz, T. Mackenzie, N. Clarke, P. Baker. Naracoorte - R. Pendle, K. Jacobs, N. Boon, J. Bettoncelli, J. Bell, S. Willson. Goals: Lucindale - P. Baker 3, S. Logan 1, S. Mardling 1, A. Smart 1, M. Snowball 1, T. Menz 1, T. Mackenzie 1, D. Ogilvie 1, S. Mcgurk 1, S. Graetz 1, R. Handbury 1, H. Legoe 1, R. Mcinerney 1. Lucindale - J. Bell 1, S. Willson 1, C. Gill 1, J. Sellars 1, S. Patterson 1, S. Bates 1, T. Hindmarsh 1, M. Gill 1
Best: Penola - S. Berkefeld, A. Merrett, M. Willson, A. Moore, M. Skrypek, O. March. Kingston - K. Lohde, J. Austin, R. Werchiwski, C. Baker, H. Rothall, H. Labastida. Goals: Penola - Adam Merrett 12, D. Williams 7, R. Richardson 3, K. Ransom 3, B. Foster 3, S. Berkefeld 3, M. Skrypek 2, O. March 2, B. Lindner 1, M. Willson 1, M. Ferguson 1. Kingston - C. Baker 2, B. Tapfield 2, H. Rothall 1, R. Werchiwski 1
Best: Mundulla - J. Wiese, J. Milligan, L. Duell, S. Lewin, B. Packer, D. Mosey. Borders - C. Sandercock, N. Naylor, B. Nolan, J. Watson, O. Gabbe, N. Thomas. Goals: Mundulla - B. Packer 5, D. Burgess 4, W. Packer 3, J. Hinge 2, N. Davis 2, S. Lewin 2, B. Milligan 1, B. Mehaffey 1, J. McGrice 1, R. Williams 1. Borders - C. Robinson 3, C. Sandercock 2, D. Hargraves 2, O. Gabbe 2, G. Cother 1, B. Keast 1
Best: Kyby - R. Jaensch, T. Cooper, J. Bittner, C. McPherson, D. Warren, D. Arnold. Kaniva Leeor - A. Brown, L. Vivian, H. Bennett, J. Brown, J. Wagg, C. Ash. Goals: Kyby - S. Carberry 6, S. Shepherd 4, C. McPherson 3, T. Cooper 3, M. Schinckel 2, D. Warren 1, B. Munn 1, D. Arnold 1, S. Craig 1, W. Russell 1, J. Bittner 1. Kaniva Leeor - T. Stribling 3, V. Thach 2, J. Brown 1, J. Jarred 1, A. Brown 1, N. Murphy 1
ROUND NINE PREVIEW
The Naracoorte Herald - June 3, 2016
The KNTFL’s round 9 match of the day this week will be the grand final rematch between Keith and Padthaway.
Both teams are in the running for finals spots, but are both coming off last round losses and need this win. Keith wants the points to stay in the top three after slipping from top spot last week, while Padthaway has dropped out of the top five after losing to Lucindale last week.
In what will be a great game, Keith will fancy its chances of winning at home, especially if Padthaway’s gun forward Scott Welsh is still out with injury.
Lucindale will host an improving Naracoorte in another game of high interest, with Naracoorte coming off two wins in a row but Lucindale having lost only one game for the season.
The other games could be one-sided, with the Mundulla v Border Districts likely to be the closest. Kyby should be too strong travelling to play Kaniva/Leeor United, while Penola will be supremely confident of bringing back the points from Kingston.
BORDERTOWN ENDED KEITH’S UNBEATEN RUN, LUCINDALE TOP ON PERCENTAGE
May 29, 2016 – by Terry Willoughby
The Roosters scattered the Crows to all parts when the demolished the league leader by a whopping 89 points which sent the Keith Crows to third on the ladder. Leading by just 12 points at quarter-time Bordertown faced little resistance in the middle quarters. Keith were kept goal-less in the second term and added only one goal in the third whilst Bordertown bolted to 74 point at the last change courtesy of a seven goal burst. Clarke, Sam Devitt, McConnell and Shuttleworth had shut out the opposition and mid-fielders Clint Diment and Gene Robinson provided the finishing polish. The Roosters finished off strongly with another five goals as Keith misfired everywhere.
BORDERTOWN 19-11 125 THRASHED KEITH 5-6 36
Padthaway succumbed to the pumped up Lucindale after half-time by 28 points. The Lions started well and had a good second term where they added five goals to two from Lucindale and overcame a two point deficit at quarter-time and lead by 17 at the half but all that changed quickly when play resumed. Lucindale were the only team to score in the third quarter when they outplayed Padthaway comprehensively. Lucindale continued to control play for most of the last quarter and again outscored Padthaway to win by 32 points and it could have more. Graetz, Mackenzie, Clarke, former coach Aaron Smart and Snowball were best for Lucindale in a strong team effort which sees them move on top of the ladder. Leahy, Boyanton, Hoffman and Noles were best for Padthaway.
LUCINDALE 15-14 TOO GOOD FOR PADTHAWAY 12-4 76
Naracoorte kept their winning form intact with an easy 98 point win over the disappointing Kaniva-Leeor United. KLU were in the game during the first half but never in the lead and after the main break Naracoorte just careered away with an eight goal third quarter. The regular best for Naracoorte in Gilbert, Jacobs and Matt Gill relished the chance to have big win and dominated play against the hapless KLU. The margin blew out to bigger proportions in the last as KLU’s resolve disappeared.
NARACOORTE 20-15 135 MONSTERED KANIVA-LEEOR UNITED 5-7 37
Kybybolite kept Kingston firmly anchored to the bottom of the ladder with an easy 76 point victory and moved into the top five as a consequence. Kyby had strong forward targets in Craig with six goals and Carberry with four to keep any Kingston defenders busy whilst Jamie Bittner and Tom Cooper provided the mid-field drive. Kingston stopped completely in the last quarter when Kyby added six goals to a paltry behind.
KYBYBOLITE 16-21 117 EASILY OVER KINGSTON 6-5 41
Penola all but shattered Mundulla’s chances of playing in this years finals with a comprehensive belting by 84 points. The Eagles increased their lead at every change and never looked threatened with Williams and Matt Skrypek alert to every loose ball on the forward line. They pounced on Mundulla’s mistake riddled and rattled defence and with Brodie Foster starring at half-forward Penola bolted to a 49 point lead by half-time. The trend continued in the third term with Penola controlling all facets and the Moot’s only offered token resistance. Foster was best for Penola ahead of Moore, Brett Lindner, Kane Ransom and Williams who booted five goals. Not much to be said about Mundulla, Boyd Packer booted three of their six goals but many were unsighted.
PENOLA 19-13 127 CRUSHED MUNDULLA 6-7 43
Round 8 - May 28, 2016
Best: Naracoorte - J. Gilbert, R. Jacobs, M. Gill, J. Bell, R. Pendle, J. Bettoncelli. Kaniva Leeor - L. Vivian, L. Keller, A. Brown, H. Bennett, N. Pitt, C. Maddern. Goals: Naracoorte - M. Gill 4, J. Sellars 3, F. Day 3, J. Bell 2, C. Gill 2, S. Willson 2, K. Jacobs 1, F. Stephan 1, T. Burns 1, J. Cother 1. Kaniva Leeor - J. Wagg 1, C. Maddern 1, A. Brown 1, R. Slape 1, N. Murphy 1
Best: Kyby - J. Bittner, S. Craig, B. Hindmarsh, T. Cooper, S. Munn, C. McPherson. Kingston - J. Austin, T. Baker, J. Gluyas, T. Baker, H. Rothall, C. Spurling. Goals: Kybybolite - S. Craig 5, S. Carberry 4, M. Schinckel 2, C. McPherson 1, T. Cooper 1, S. Munn 1, S. Shepherd 1, T. Hunter 1. Kingston - J. Armfield 1, C. Baker 1, J. Gluyas 1, S. Watts 1, T. Baker 1, G. Brice-Marwood 1
Best: Penola - B. Foster, A. Moore, B. Lindner, K. Ransom, M. Willson, M. Skrypek. Mundulla - L. Duell, B. Mehaffey, J. Milligan, D. Mosey, J. Wiese, J. McGrice. Goals: Penola - D. Williams 5, M. Skrypek 4, R. Richardson 2, S. Berkefeld 2, M. Ferguson 1, L. Walker 1, A. Merrett 1, B. Foster 1, J. Galpin 1, M. Willson 1. Mundulla - B. Packer 3, J. McGrice 2, J. Hinge 1
Best: Lucindale - S. Graetz, T. Mackenzie, N. Clarke, A. Smart, M. Snowball, D. Ogilvie. Padthaway - B. Leahy, D. Boyanton, M. Hoffmann, I. Noles, A. Longbottom, T. Edwards. Goals: Lucindale - T. Logan 3, S. Mardling 3, A. Smart 3, P. Baker 2, R. Mcinerney 1, D. Ogilvie 1, H. Legoe 1, R. Handbury 1. Padthaway - T. Edwards 5, J. Kahl 3, M. Hoffmann 1, J. Hazel 1, D. Boyanton 1, E. Mulvihill 1
Best: Bordertown - N. Clark, S. Devitt, B. McConnell, B. Shuttleworth, G. Robinson, H. Caldwell. Keith - A. Dunstan, N. Hunt, L. Mitchell, W. Sandford, T. McAllister, P. Capurso. Goals: Bordertown - G. Robinson 5, R. Tink 3, C. McCarthy 2, M. Ward 2, L. Eats 2, C. Diment 1, J. Searle 1, N. Clark 1, H. Caldwell 1, B. Shuttleworth 1. Keith - A. Dunstan 3, G. Johnson 1, S. Luders 1
ROUND EIGHT PREVIEW
The Naracoorte Herald - May 27, 2016
The KNTFL is set for the most intriguing round of the season so far this weekend.
Three of the five matches involve possible finalists facing off, and any of them could be match of the round.
Probably the standout is the Ryan Cup clash between Padthaway and Lucindale. Padthaway is still a big show this year but will need to beat the second-ranked Lucindale to stay in touch with the top three.
Bordertown will face unbeaten arch-rivals Keith, with the Roosters needing to win to stay in the top five. Keith effectively killed off Bordertown’s promising 2015 season with a smashing in the second semi-final, which could still be fresh in Bordertown minds.
In the other big one, Penola will host Mundulla. Penola sits third on the ladder, while Mundulla slipped back to a 3-4 record last week and can’t afford another loss.
In the other games, Kyby should move into the top five with a win over bottom side Kingston, while Naracoorte and K/L United should have a close game. Border Districts have the bye.
DEMONS FINALLY ON THE BOARD
Naracoorte left Kington on their own at the bottom of the ladder when the led all game before winning by 68 points. The Demons have been very disappointing this season but more so Kingston and this game reflected the status of both. Naracoorte steadily increased their lead in every quarter with Craig Gill and Bell giving them good targets close to goal. Whilst Naracoorte are unlikely to threaten any of the top teams Kingston are firmly anchored to the bottom with little short term hope. Naracoorte led by 37 points at the long break and kicked further ahead with six goals in the third quarter with Jacobs and McWaters showing out. The last quarter was hardly inspiring but a win is a win and Naracoorte got their first for the year. Craig Gill booted five and Bell 3 goals for Naracoorte. Baker, Lohde and Armfield headed the best for a poor Kingston.
NARACOORTE 17-13 115 EASILY, KINGSTON 7-5 47
Kybybolite won a hard battle with Mundulla where their straight kicking was the major difference. Seven goals without a miss set the tone for Kyby who kept their 22 point lead and more throughout. Play see-sawed all day but Kyby seemed to goal with every forward move whilst Mundulla squandered some of theirs. Six goals in the third quarter sealed Mundulla’s fate despite the kick winning ability of Jake McGrice and the goal-kicking threat posed by James Hinge. Scott Carberry, the veteran full forward for Kyby made the most of every kick and booted six with good support from Pfitzner with four. Kyby ‘s winning margin was the biggest of the game at 32 points. Best for them were Dave Arnold in the ruck, Loechel, Munn, defender Ray Jaensch and Tom Cooper. Hinge with five goals was best for Mundulla ahead of McGrice, Boyd Packer, Grosser and Ballinger.
KYBYBOLITE 19-4 118 SOLIDLY OVER MUNDULLA 12-14 86
Penola put Border Districts to the sword with a seven goal blitz in the first quarter and hold a match winning 48 point lead. Borders watched on helplessly as Penola continued to dominate play with another 8 goals before the ½ time siren gave them some respite. Simon Berkefeld was in top form for Penola and Borders could contain him. Borders had their best quarter in the third but the margin was an impossible 71 points. Coach Sandercock and Clint Robinson had added some life to Borders forward line but Penola had eased a little. Normal service resumed in the last quarter with Penola running out easy winners by 81 points. Best for Penola were Simon Berkefeld with six goals, Brodie Foster, Brett Lindner, Matt Willson and Williams. Sandercock stood out with five goals for Border Districts ahead of Nolan, Keast and Skinner.
PENOLA 24-10 154 THRASHED BORDER DISTRICTS 11-7 73
Kaniva-Leeor United started brightly against Padthaway and led by 12 points at quarter time before the Lions shook of the cobwebs and booted 5 goals to nil in the second term. The game went to something of a holding pattern in the third quarter with only three goals scored but Padthaway still led easily by 27 points. KLU ‘s efforts fell away badly as Padthaway slammed on seven last quarter goals to win easily by 59 points. The Lions may not be the power team of 2015/16 but they are safely entrenched in the top five which a marked contrast to the struggling KLU. Best for the Lions were Rochester, Kahl, Townsend, Teakle and Tom Edwards with seven goals. Ash, Geeves, Murphy and Bennett battled hard for KLU.
PADTHAWAY 17-12 114 TOO STRONG, KANIVA-LEEOR UNITED 8-7 55
Lucindale overcame a determined Bordertown in the second half to win by 33 points and retain second place on the ladder. The Roosters matched most Lucindale moves in the first half with Paech and Cuthbertson strong in defence and Robinson was always a threat near goal. Lucindale took control in the third quarter when Mark Snowball marked strongly around the ground and eclipsed Lachy Eats at the stoppages. Tim Walsh, a welcome inclusion for Lucindale and Tom Logan were constant dangers around goal and Bordertown were unable to restrict them. The lead was 27 points in favour of Lucindale at three quarter-time and they had Bordertown’s measure. Another six goals to finish by Lucindale was too much for Bordertown. Snowball was best for Lucindale, Dan McCarthy and Ryan Mcinerney had the better of the mid-field contests and Walsh booted six goals. Bordertown’s best were Paech, Clark, Kane Cuthbertson and Shuttleworth.LUCINDALE 18-11 119 OVERCAME BORDERTOWN 12-12 84
Round 7 - May 21, 2016
Best: Naracoorte - K. Jacobs, G. Mc Waters, R. Pendle, J. Bettoncelli, M. Brighton, M. Gill. Kingston - T. Baker, K. Lohde, J. Armfield , G. Grant, B. Major, R. Clarke. Goals: Naracoorte - C. Gill 5, J. Bell 3, J. Sellars 2, M. Gill 2, Z. Donnelly 1, J. Gilbert 1, C. Stokie 1, F. Day 1, J. Cother 1. Kingston - S. Robertson 2, H. Labastida 1, G. Shuttleworth 1, J. Gluyas 1, B. Smith 1, S. Watts 1
Best: Kyby - D. Arnold, H. Loechel, B. Munn, R. Jaensch, S. Craig, T. Cooper Mundulla - J. Hinge, J. McGrice, B. Packer, J. Grosser, J. Wiese, T. Ballinger. Goals: Kyby - S. Carberry 6, M. Pfitzner 4, T. Cooper 2, S. Shepherd 2, J. Mckay 2, S. Craig 1, B. Munn 1, M. Schinckel 1. Mundulla - J. Hinge 5, J. McGrice 2, J. Grosser 1, L. Wiese 1, B. Packer 1, W. Packer 1, N. Milligan 1
Best: Penola - S. Berkefeld, B. Foster, B. Lindner, M. Willson, D. Williams, D. Bunnik. Borders - C. Sandercock, B. Nolan, B. Keast, D. Skinner, N. Naylor, C. Burr. Goals: Penola - S. Berkefeld 6, D. Wenham 5, B. Lindner 2, B. Walker 2, B. Foster 2, J. Galpin 2, M. Willson 2, R. Richardson 1, M. Skrypek 1, K. Ransom 1. Borders - C. Sandercock 5, C. Robinson 4, G. Cother 1, H. Pretlove 1
Best: Padthaway - L. Rochester, J. Kahl, S. Townsend, J. Teakle, T. Edwards, D. Boyanton. Kaniva Leeor - C. Ash, A. Geeves, N. Murphy, H. Bennett, J. Brown, T. Carter. Goals: Padthaway - T. Edwards 7, J. Kahl 3, D. Boyanton 2, W. Brown 1, S. Welsh 1, J. Teakle 1, E. Mulvihill 1, C. Marshall 1. Kaniva Leeor - N. Murphy 4, J. Wagg 1, J. Jarred 1, V. Thach 1, T. Stribling 1
Best: Lucindale - M. Snowball, D. McCarthy, R. Mcinerney, J. Boschen, T. Walsh, T. Logan. Bordertown - B. Paech, C. Clark, K. Cuthbertson, B. Shuttleworth, B. McConnell, C. Dahlitz. Goals: Lucindale - T. Walsh 6, T. Logan 4, S. Mardling 3, R. Mcinerney 2, A. Smart 1, M. Snowball 1, R. Handbury 1. Bordertown - G. Robinson 4, J. Jarrett 3, C. McCarthy 1, L. Eats 1, C. Diment 1, C. Barras 1, N. Clark 1
ROUND SEVEN PREVIEW
The Naracoorte Herald - May 20, 2016
Second on the ladder plays third in this week’s KNTFL match of the round. Lucindale, fresh off its first loss for the season, will host Bordertown, which has now won four in a row, in what will be a very competitive game.
Lucindale only went down to top team Keith narrowly last week, while Bordertown hasn’t beaten a side in the top five yet and needs a big scalp to prove itself.
Finals aspirants Mundulla and Kybybolite will clash at Mundulla in the fight for the Tiger Cup, with both sides poised just outside the top five. Mundulla has hit form after a down period, while Kyby has been up and down but was good against Border Districts last week.
Either Kingston or Naracoorte will open their account for the season, with the two sides filling the bottom two spots on the ladder and neither having a win yet.
In other games, Border Districts will host Penola at Goroke and K/L United will host Padthaway, with wins expected to go to Penola and Padthaway. Keith has the bye.
MOOTS TOO CLASSY AT NARACOORTE
ROUND SIX - MUNDULLA 22.9 (141) BEAT NARACOORTE 13.6 (84) BY 57 POINTS AT NARACOOTE
By Country Footy editor, Lawrie Colliver
Mundulla won an entertaining clash at Naracoorte by 57 points, in fine conditions on an excellent surface. Naracoorte went into the clash around ten players down on their full list, having also made a number of changes from last week. Mundulla kicked the opening goal of the game and after an early reply from the Demons, the Moots shot a couple clear, as James Hinge (three goals), Wade Packer and Jake McGrice were causing problems for the undermanned Naracoorte defence.
The Demons then had a good patch with Craig Gill kicking a couple of goals, but toward the end of the term, the Moots with a little more polish to their play, extended their lead to 15 points at the first change.
Boyd Packer had a great second quarter kicking four goals off his own boot as Mundulla looked set to take control, as they led by 27 points early in the term. But the Demons fought back brilliantly, thanks to some great work in the centre of the ground from ruckman George McWaters and the rugged, hard working and feisty Matty Gill. Stephan went from defence to attack to kick a goal and with Zak Donnelly snapping a beauty, the Demons kicked four in a row, to almost level things up as the teams entered the time-on period. As in the first term, the Moots finished the quarter out a bit stronger, kicking the last three of the quarter, to lead by 20 points at half time, with Hinge having five goals to the main break.
The third term saw Mundulla extend its lead, but again more through bring slightly more polished in attack. The effort of the Demons was still there, but they couldn’t finish off on the scoreboard. For Mundulla, Jake McGrice was showing his class, with Nick Davis, Boyd Packer getting a lot of the ball. For the Demons, Matty Gill was still battling hard in the middle and with Jamie Bettoncelli mopping up in defence, the home team were hanging there. At the three-quarter time, the Moots were in front by 33 points.
Conor Stokie was showing plenty of fight for the Demons, but with McWaters off with a sore left ankle, Naracoorte lost a big advantage in the centre of the ground. James Hinge did pretty much as he liked in the final term, finishing with nine goals, in a best on ground performance. At the other end, veteran Jeff Sellars did well to kick four, while Craig Gill snared three, but missed some easy ones and could easily have ended up with half a dozen. All in the all, it was an entertaining clash, between a team on the verge of the five, and a side that are working hard, and are not far their first win of the season.
Best: Mundulla - J. Hinge, N. Davis, J. McGrice, B. Packer, D. Ridgway, J. Obst. Naracoorte - M. Gill, K. Jacobs, J. Bettoncelli, F. Day, R. Jacobs. Goals: Mundulla - J. Hinge 9, J. McGrice 4, B. Packer 4, W. Packer 2, N. Davis 1, J. Grosser 1, J. Wiese 1. Naracoorte - J. Sellars 4, C. Gill 3, Z. Donnelly 1, F. Stephan 1, C. Stokie 1, N. Block 1, F. Day 1, J. Bell 1
Terry Willoughby reports on other games in Round Six
Keith remain the only undefeated team in the KNTFL after holding off Lucindale by 11 points. The result may have even altered had Lucindale managed a better scoring ratio than one goal from nine scoring shots in the last quarter. The Roos led throughout the first half but Keith were never far away with the margin just 3 points at the long break. Both teams had good forward targets in Graetz for Lucindale and Luders for Keith but the Crows had a little more support up the ground. Keith took a grip on the game in the third quarter when they booted 6 goals to three from Lucindale and have a 14 point margin heading into the last quarter. Lucindale had a greater share of play in the last quarter but could only manage a solitary goal in a flurry of chances whilst Keith could also only add one to their score. Better players for Keith were Dunstan, the Wilhelm brothers, Molineux and Wright whilst Scott Luders booted six goals. A similar story for Lucindale with Graetz booting six with Ryan Mcinerney, Dan McCarthy, Sam Mardling and Kelsh among the best.
KEITH 15-8 98 NARROWLY, LUCINDALE 12-15 87
Bordertown turned up the heat on Kaniva-Leeor United with a 9 goal burst in the second quarter to have a match-winning lead of 52 pts at half-time. Lachie Eats with six, Gene Robinson five and Searle four had too much class for the KLU defence and dominated play for most of the game. KLU were never in the hunt and when they did stagger their way forward the strong defence of Bordertown turned them out with ease. Best for Bordertown were Lachie Eats, on-baller Clint Diment, Shuttleworth, Clark, Searle and Dahlitz. Harder to find better players for KLU were Brown, Jarred, Carter and Belfield.
BORDERTOWN 22-17 EASILY OVER KANIVA-LEEOR UNITED 8-7 55
Padthaway rebounded strongly after last rounds thrashing to easily account for winless Kingston by 57 points. The Lions were always in control even if not as convincingly as in recent seasons. Scott Welsh was in good form at the goal-front and relished the good work of his on-ball brigade led by Seb Townsend. The Lions increased their lead in every quarter even though Kingston made them work for it. Best for Padthaway were Townsend, Leahy, Scott Welsh with eight goals, Pakula and Brown. Kingston’s battlers were headed by Lohde, Warner, Grant and Shuttleworth.
PADTHAWAY 20-6 126 TOO GOOD FOR KINGSTON 10-9 69
Kybybolite had too many players contributing to the score-line to be threatened by Border Districts and won easily by 69 points. Border Districts were competitive early and trailed by just four points at quarter-time. Kyby were on top around the stoppages through ruckman Dave Arnold and the defence led by Ray Jaensch cut off most forward moves after quarter time. Kyby had 12 goal-kickers which made life difficult for the Border’s defence which was seldom able to stop the Kyby forwards from scoring. McKay, Jaensch, Shepherd, Arnold and McPherson were best for Kyby. Nolan, Adams, Tarca and Skinner tried hard for Border Districts.
KYBYBOLITE 22-16 148 DEFEATED BORDER DISTRICTS 11-13 79
Best: Padthaway S. Townsend, B. Leahy, S. Welsh, M. Pakula, S. Brown, J. Hazel. Kingston – not av. Goals: Padthaway - S. Welsh 8, C. Marshall 3, J. Hazel 3, M. Hoffmann 2, W. Brown 1, J. Teakle 1, B. Ryan 1, E. Mulvihill 1. Kingston - G. Grant 3, S. Robertson 2, J. Steele 1, K. Lohde 1, G. Shuttleworth 1, B. Major 1, B. Warner 1
Best: Kyby - J. Mckay, R. Jaensch, S. Shepherd, D. Arnold, C. McPherson, D. Warren. Borders - B. Nolan, F. Adams, N. Thomas, J. Watson, N. Tarca, D. Skinner. Goals: Kyby - S. Shepherd 4, J. Mckay 3, S. Carberry 3, C. Masters 2, D. Arnold 2, D. Warren 2, C. McPherson 1, S. Munn 1, J. Fitzgerald 1, B. Munn 1, T. Cooper 1, M. Pfitzner 1. Borders - T. Underwood 2, B. Keast 2, D. Papazoglov 2, J. Pitt 2, J. Watson 2, O. Gabbe 1
Best: Bordertown - L. Eats, C. Diment, B. Shuttleworth, C. Clark, J. Searle, C. Dahlitz. Kaniva Leeor - J. Brown, J. Jarred, T. Carter, N. Belfield, V. Thach, C. Maddern. Goals: Bordertown - L. Eats 6, G. Robinson 5, J. Searle 4, C. McCarthy 3, N. Clark 2, C. Barras 1, H. Caldwell 1. Kaniva Leeor - R. Slape 3, N. Belfield 2, T. Hawker 1, N. Murphy 1, T. Stribling 1
Best: Keith - A. Dunstan, H. Wilhelm, S. Molineux, J. Wright, L. Wilhelm, P. Capurso. Lucindale - R. Mcinerney, D. McCarthy, S. Graetz, S. Mardling, M. Kelsh, S. Teakle. Goals: Keith - S. Luders 6, P. Makin 3, H. Gill 2, A. Burns 1, J. Wilson 1, A. Dunstan 1, H. McMurray 1. Lucindale - S. Graetz 6, S. Mardling 3, S. Logan 1, A. Smart 1, R. Mcinerney 1
ROUND SIX PREVIEW
The Naracoorte Herald - May 12, 2016
Undefeated top teams Keith and Lucindale will clash in this weekend’s KNTFL match of the round. Keith has won five from five, while Lucindale won its first four games on the trot, losing a couple of key players to injury, but had last weekend off with the bye to help prepare for this one. Neither side has looked unbeatable, and Lucindale hasn’t played any side ranked in the top five, so the result will be a great indicator as to where they sit in the pecking order.
None of the other games are between top teams but all will be very interesting. Padthaway is stumbling and will face a young and capable Kingston team in a game which could go either way, while Kybybolite will need to bounce back from a thumping from Penola to play a Border Districts team coming off its first win for the season. A rejuvenated Mundulla will look to build on its win over Padthaway when it travels t0 visit a struggling Naracoorte, while Bordertown should be too strong for K/L United. Penola has the bye.
by Terry Willoughby - May 9, 2016
The Moots lead from start to finish to record their second win of the season, to be on the edge of the top five. They hit the ground running in the first term, adding five goals to one, to forge a handy quarter-time lead. Things tightened in the second, but after the long break, Mundulla added ten goals to two to win easily.
Jake McGrice (five goals) was best, with James Hinge (four) also dangerous up forward. Hoffman, Leahy and Rochester were the best of a disappointing punch from Padthaway.
MUNDULLA 18-14 122 CONVINCINGLY, PADTHAWAY 9-10 64
Bordertown thrashed Kingston by 128 points and had eleven different goal-kickers with Gene Robinson leading the way with six. Kingston had no answers to Bordertown’s greater talent and teamwork and were chasing opponents all day. The Roosters went further ahead in every quarter as the game became a rout after half-time when they added 16 goals to just three from Kingston.
BORDERTOWN 25-19 169 THRASHED KINGSTON 6-5 41
Disappointing teams Naracoorte and Border Districts stood at the precipice to see which one would fall and still be without a win so far in 2016, and the winner was Border Districts. Borders led throughout but were never very convincing but Naracoorte were worse. The powerhouse team of a few seasons ago were lamentable but Borders were not good enough to punish them and only led by 16 points at ½ time. In a low scoring game Naracoorte crept to within 3 points at the last change but Borders steadied in the final term to win by 15 points and move up the ladder to an exalted ninth. Naylor, Nolan and Underwood were best for Border Districts. Gilbert, Stephan and Jacobs battled hard for Naracoorte.
BORDER DISTRICTS 8-11 59 DEFEATED NARACOORTE 5-14 44
After an even 1st term where Kybybolite led narrowly 2 points Penola clicked into gear and dominated the final three quarters. to win easily by 75 points. Penola’s multi-faceted attack and powerful mid-field and on-ball brigade was a marked contrast to Kyby’s which had only two goal-kickers for the day, Scott Carberry with five and McKay with three. Penola surged clear in the 2nd quarter with 7 goals to one with Matt Ferguson, Pfitzner and Brodie Foster in great form and a number of forwards able to kick goals. It was the same story in the 2nd half with many others bobbing up with goals against a fairy floss defence provided by Kyby. Simon Berkefeld was racking his usual bag of possessions for Penola and Kyby’s forwards were being starved of goals. Kyby went goal-less in the last quarter whilst Penola cruised home.
PENOLA 20-14 134 EASILY OVER KYBYBOLITE 8-11 59
Kaniva-Leeor United looked likely to cause an upset and bring Keith’s winning run to an end when they bolted to a 29 point lead at quarter-time with former SANFL player Nick Murphy in electric form around goal but the fairy-tale was soon to end. Keith, roused from their slumber, slammed on eight goals to one before half-time and raced to a 19 point lead with Luders doing a Murphy at his end of the ground while the KLU defenders looked on. For Keith it wasn’t just Luders however and others chipped in with timely goals and the Crow’s lead blew out to 51 points at three-quarter time. The last quarter was a bit of a formality and Keith should have won by more than the 61 point margin indicated. Luders booted 11 goals to be best for Keith ahead of Nick Hunt, Burns and Molineux. Murphy’s 10 goals would usually inspire a victory but not this time but he was KLU’s best along with Brown and Stribling.
KEITH 22-25 157 RAN OVER KANIVA-LEEOR UNITED 15-6 96
Round 5 - May 7, 2016
Best: Borders - N. Naylor, B. Nolan, T. Underwood, B. Keast, D. Skinner, C. Burr. Naracoorte - J. Gilbert, F. Stephan, R. Jacobs, M. Gill, S. Willson, J. Bettoncelli. Goals: Borders - D. Hargraves 3, C. Robinson 2, B. Nolan 1, B. Keast 1, N. Naylor 1. Naracoorte - B. Gould 2, J. Bell 1, S. Willson 1, F. Day 1
Best: Bordertown - C. Clark, C. Diment, J. Eats, B. McConnell, B. Shuttleworth, J. Jarrett. Kingston - J. Austin, K. Lohde, G. Grant, T. Baker, J. Wiseman, B. Warner. Goals: Bordertown - G. Robinson 6, L. Eats 5, C. Barras 3, B. McConnell 2, J. Jarrett 2, A. Diment 2, C. Diment 1, J. Searle 1, H. Caldwell 1, H. Fromm 1, K. Cuthbertson 1. Kingston - J. Austin 2, G. Grant 1, K. Baker 1, S. Robertson 1, B. Warner 1
Best: Mundulla - J. McGrice, T. Ballinger, T. Perry, L. Duell, B. Mehaffey, B. Douglas. Padthaway - M. Hoffmann, B. Leahy, L. Rochester, T. McNamara, D. Boyanton, J. Teakle. Goals: Mundulla - J. McGrice 5, J. Hinge 4, J. Grosser 2, T. Perry 1, N. Davis 1, L. Wiese 1, B. Packer 1, A. Obst 1, J. Wiese 1, D. Burgess 1. Padthaway - L. Rochester 2, M. Hoffmann 2, B. Leahy 2, D. Boyanton 1, J. Teakle 1, J. Kahl 1
Best: Penola - M. Ferguson, J. Pfitzner, B. Foster, O. March, S. Berkefeld, A. Moore. Kybybolite - D. Warren, S. Munn, B. Munn, H. Loechel, T. Cooper, S. Carberry. Goals: Penola - D. Williams 4, A. Merrett 4, M. Skrypek 2, B. Walker 2, S. Berkefeld 2, O. March 1,
B. Lindner 1, K. Ransom 1, B. Foster 1, M. Willson 1, M. Ferguson 1. Kyby - S. Carberry 5, J. Mckay 3
Best: Keith - S. Luders, N. Hunt, A. Burns, S. Molineux, N. Heinrich, L. Wilhelm. Kaniva Leeor - N. Murphy, J. Brown, T. Stribling, B. King, N. Belfield, V. Thach. Goals: Keith - S. Luders 11, H. Gill 3, J. Wilson 2, S. Laubsch 1, A. Burns 1, N. Hunt 1, L. Wilhelm 1, J. Robertson 1, J. McMurray 1. Kaniva Leeor - N. Murphy 10, T. Hawker 2, V. Thach 2, B. King 1
ROUND FIVE PREVIEW
Either Border Districts or Naracoorte will break their season duck in this weekend’s KNTFL round 5 action.
The two sides have both been competitive without being able to register a win in the first four rounds – but that will change when Borders host their fierce rivals at Frances on Saturday. Both sides have had a rough draw and this is their first legitimate chance for a win, and it could be a toss of the coin.
There are several other games of high interest, including Penola versus Kybybolite, with both sides only suffering one loss so far.
Penola has only lost to Keith so far and looks to be running into some awesome form, while Kyby has been good but might not be the top three material that Penola represents.
The other three games also hold plenty of interest, with Mundulla hosting Padthaway in a danger game for Padthaway. K/L United will host undefeated Keith in a tough game, while Bordertown will travel to the seaside to take on Kingston, who are winless but playing well. Lucindale has the bye.
LUCINDALE MAINTAIN THEIR UNBEATEN RUN
May 2, 2016 - by Terry Willoughby
Lucindale asserted themselves early and led by 26 points at quarter-time before piling on nine goals in the second to have Kaniva-Leeor United on the canvas by half-time with a lead of 82 points. Former Port AFL player Tom Logan used his experience well and Ryan Mcinerney dominated across the mid-field. KLU momentarily halted the onslaught in the 3rd quarter but Lucindale ran away with seven more goals in the last quarter to win by 111 points. Logan with six and Sam Mardling five headed the goal-kickers with Mcinerney, Clarke and Higgins among the best. KLU’s best were always battling with Pitt, Bennett and Ash the best of them.
LUCINDALE 26-13 169 EASILY, KANIVA-LEEOR UNITED 8-10 58
Padthaway rebounded strongly after last week’s thrashing to easily dispose of Border Districts by 58 points. Never in danger, the Lions led comfortably at every break. They piled on nine goals in the 3rd quarter with Marshall, Rochester and Tom Edwards starring around the forward line. The Lions might have eased up a little in the last quarter but Borders just didn’t have the talent to threaten. Best for the Lions Bere Marshall with six goals, Tom Edwards with five, Rochester, Boyanton and McNamara. Clint Robinson battled hard for Border districts along with Sandercock, Naylor and Guttilla.
PADTHAWAY 19-8 122 TOO GOOD, BORDER DISTRICTS 9-10 64
Penola saw off a competitive Naracoorte after quarter time to win easily by 66 points. The Demons made a contest in the first quarter but kicked inaccurately when having an equal number of scoring shots. Penola then took control and booted 14 goals to six in the last three quarters against only spasmodic efforts from Naracoorte. Willson booted four goals and was best for Penola with Ollie March, Walker, Matt Skrypek and Moore. Jacobs, Day and Josh Cother battled without much help for Naracoorte.
PENOLA 19-17 131 DEFEATED NARACOORTE 9-13 67
Kingston threw away another chance to cause an upset with poor goal-shooting against the Keith Crows. They were always in touch with the more highly-rated Keith, leading early and only 9 pts down at the ¾ time break. Keith had Luders in good touch around goal and veteran Nick Hunt doing well all round the ground. Kingston scored a miserable two goals from eight scoring shots in the last quarter whilst Keith kicked five match-winning goals. Luders booted six for Keith to be high in their best along with Hunt, Burns, Sandford and Wilhelm. Baker, Kilsby, Austin and Lohde headed Kingston’s best.
KEITH 15-9 99 COMFORTABLY, KINGSTON 9-15 69
Bordertown blitzed arch-rival Mundulla with an eight goal burst in the first quarter to lead by 41 points. The Moots roller-coaster form was again at the bottom rung as Bordertown won just about every position with Rory Tink starring. Mundulla narrowed the margin by just three points at half-time but Bordertown surged again with six goals to nil in the third term with Gene Robinson and Clint Barras doing pretty much as they liked near goal. The Moots scored a couple of token goals late but Bordertown eased down to win by 72 points. Tink, Clark, McConnell, Caldwell and Clint Diment played well for Bordertown whilst Robinson booted six goals. A case of the usual best for Mundulla, McGrice, Wiese, Nicky Davis and Milligan.
BORDERTOWN 19-8 122 EASILY, MUNDULLA 7-8 50
Round 4 - April 30, 2016
Best: Keith - N. Hunt, S. Luders, A. Burns, W. Sandford, L. Wilhelm, J. Wilson. Kingston - T. Baker, B. Kilsby, J. Austin, K. Lohde, H. Labastida, B. Warner. Goals: Keith - S. Luders 6, L. Wilhelm 3, P. Makin 2, J. Forrest 1, A. Dunstan 1, H. McMurray 1,
S. Schreiber 1. Kingston - B. Warner 2, K. Lohde 2, B. Kilsby 2, S. Robertson 2, J. Austin 1
Best: Bordertown - R. Tink, C. Clark, B. McConnell, H. Caldwell, C. Diment, C. Barras, Mundulla - J. McGrice, J. Wiese, N. Davis, J. Grosser, N. Milligan, B. Packer. Goals: Bordertown - G. Robinson 6, C. Barras 3, A. Diment 2, L. Eats 2, C. McCarthy 1, C. Diment 1, J. Jarrett 1, J. Searle 1, H. Caldwell 1, K. Cuthbertson 1. Mundulla - J. McGrice 3, J. Wiese 2, J. Grosser 1, D. Ridgway 1
Best: Padthaway - C. Marshall, L. Rochester, S. Edwards, D. Boyanton, T. McNamara, J. Kahl. Borders - C. Robinson, C. Sandercock, N. Naylor, D. Guttilla, T. Underwood, B. Nolan. Goals: Padthaway - C. Marshall 6, T. Edwards 5, L. Rochester 4, K. Hicks 1, J. Deipiaz 1, D. Boyanton 1, S. Edwards 1. Borders - D. Hargraves 3, B. Keast 2, O. Gabbe 1, C. Sandercock 1, C. Robinson 1, N. Tarca 1
Best: Penola - M. Willson, O. March, L. Walker, M. Skrypek, A. Moore, M. Ferguson. Naracoorte: R. Jacobs, F. Day, J. Cother, R. Pendle, F. Stephan, T. Burns. Goals: Penola - M. Willson 4, S. Berkefeld 3, B. Walker 3, O. March 3, A. Merrett 2, R. Richardson 1,
D. Williams 1, B. Foster 1. Naracoorte - M. Gill 3, F. Day 2, S. Bates 1, M. Hartree 1, J. Gilbert 1, J. Cother 1
Best: Lucindale - R. McInerney, T. Logan, N. Clarke, G. Higgins, S. Mardling, D. McCarthy. Kaniva Leeor - N. Pitt, H. Bennett, C. Ash, A. Brown, V. Thach, J. Brown. Goals: Lucindale - T. Logan 6, S. Mardling 5, P. Baker 4, R. Mcinerney 2, M. Snowball 2, H. Legoe 2, T. Fisher 1, G. Higgins 1, T. Menz 1, S. Graetz 1, S. McGurk 1. Kaniva Leeor - T. Hawker 2, R. Slape 2, J. Brown 1, N. Murphy 1, V. Thach 1, J. Wagg 1
PENOLA AND KYBY HAVE BIG WINS ON ANZAC DAY
April 25, 2015 - Terry Willoughby
Kybybolite had an easy win over Naracoorte by 63 points. Strengthened by the inclusion of Billy Laurie Kyby extended their lead at every change. Scott Carberry booted four goals and best players were Tom Cooper, Hunter and Mckay. Naracoorte were lethargic and never looked likely. Their best were Sid Patterson, Atkins and Jacobs.
KYBYBOLITE 16-10 106 EASILY, NARACOORTE 5-13 43
Penola trailed early against Padthaway and a tight game looked likely but Penola hit the lead before half-time and all the bite went out of the Lions. Adam Merrett was too strong on the forward line for Penola who led by 10 points at the min break. Penola dominated the third quarter and bolted to a 55 point lead with Matt Skrypek and Willson running amok across the midfield. Padthaway couldn’t find enough of the ball to have any impact and Penola increased the margin to 68 points at the finish. Best for Penola were Willson, Williams, Skrypek and Merrett who booted seven goals. Brown, Noles, Stevens and Boyanton battled away for the Lions.
PENOLA 17-15 117 THRASHED PADTHAWAY 5-11 41
Best: Penola - M. Willson, T. Williams, M. Skrypek, A. Merrett, L. Walker, A. Moore. Padthaway - S. Brown, I. Noles, A. Stevens, D. Boyanton, A. Longbottom, C. Marshall. Goals: Penola - A. Merrett 7, M. Skrypek 3, R. Richardson 2, S. Berkefeld 2, O. March, L. Walker, M. Willson. Padthaway - C. Marshall 2, L. Rochester, A. Longbottom, B. Leahy
Best: Kyby - T. Cooper, T. Hunter, J. Mckay, S. Munn, J. Jaensch, D. Warren. Naracoorte - S. Patterson, T. Atkins, R. Jacobs, M. Gill, S. Bates, N. Boon. Goals: Kyby - S. Carberry 4, B. Laurie 3, J. Mckay 2, T. Lawrie 2, T. Cooper 2, B. Hindmarsh, S. Craig, D. Warren. Naracoorte - J. Bettoncelli, C. Gill, M. Gill, S. Willson, T. Burns
KEITH JUST OVER MUNDULLA, BIG DEFEATS FOR KINGSTON AND BORDERS
April 24, 2016 - Terry Willoughby
The Keith and Mundulla clash was a marked contrast to the other KNT matches with Mundulla leading the highly rated Crows well into the third quarter before a burst of goals saw the Crows hit the front just before three-quarter time. Keith now had some momentum but Mundulla were not about to rollover and the last quarter was a real battle. Just when Keith looked likely to win comfortably but not convincingly the Moots challenged with 4 late goals. Keith were glad to hear the final siren with the scoreboard showing a 3 poit margin. Dunstan, Harry Gill and Nick Hunt headed Keith’s best and Luders booted four goals. Jake McGrice stood out for Mundulla ahead of Hinge, Milligan and Douglas.
KEITH 11-9 75 NARROWLY, MUNDULLA 11-6 72
Top team Lucindale crushed nearest rival Kingston by 118 points and were never in danger. With Mark Snowball in the ruck and around the ground, dominating play, Lucindale piled on the goals from the start. Henry Legoe was an unlikely beneficiary and booted six and Sam Mardling got four. Kingston lacked the quality of Lucindales’ on-ball brigade with Ryan McInerney and Rob Handbury starring across the midfield. Kingston’s best were Lohde, Lasbastida and Ben Warner.
LUCINDALE 22-17 149 THRASHED KINGSTON 4-7 31
Border Districts suffered a similar fate at the hands of Bordertown. The Roosters raced to a 35 point lead by quarter-time and never looked back. Gene Robinson was at his goal-kicking best for Bordertown and finished with 11 goals to be best afield. Border Districts were lamentable and had only 2 goals at three-quarter time. Bordertown banged on another seven goals in the last term to win by 131 points. Robinson, Shuttleworth, Caldwell, Paech and Lachlan Eats all played well for Bordertown whilst Border Districts scarcely had a good player.
BORDERTOWN 24-17 161 DEMOLISHED BORDER DISTRICTS 4-6 30
Round 3 - April 23, 2015
Best: Lucindale - T. Mackenzie, M. Snowball, R. Mcinerney, D. Ogilvie, R. Handbury. Kingston - K. Lohde, H. Labastida, T. Baker, B. Warner, C. Spurling, J. Armfield. Goals: Lucindale - H. Legoe 6, S. Mardling 4, A. Smart 3, T. Logan 2, P. Baker 2, R. Handbury 2, R. McInerney 1, S. Clothier 1, T. Menz 1. Kingston: J. Wiseman 1, S. Robertson 1, B. Warner 1, G. Grant 1
Best: Keith - A. Dunstan, H. Gill, N. Hunt, A. Burns, C. Woolford, P. Makin. Mundulla: J. McGrice, J. Hinge, J. Milligan, B. Douglas, T. Ballinger, J. Wiese. Goals: Keith - S. Luders 4, H. McMurray 3, P. Makin 2, J. Robertson 2. Mundulla D. Burgess 4, N. Davis 2, J. Hinge 1, S. Lewin 1, J. McGrice 1, B. Packer 1, J. Wiese 1
Best: Bordertown - G. Robinson, B. Shuttleworth, H. Caldwell, B. Paech, L. Eats, C. Dahlitz. Border Districts: N. Naylor, N. Thomas, O. Gabbe, C. Burr, A. Pitt, N. Tarca. Goals; Bordertown - Gene Robinson 11, L. Eats 3, J. Jarrett 3, C. Barras 2, K. Cuthbertson 2, B. Shuttleworth 1, J. Eats 1, J. Searle 1. Border Districts: T. Underwood 1, B. Keast 1, D. Hargraves 1, C. Burr 1
ROUND THREE - SPLIT ROUND PREVIEW
It will be a split round of KNT football this weekend. Three matches will be played on Saturday and two on ANZAC Day, Monday.
Saturday's games will be Border Districts v Bordertown at Goroke, Kingston versus Lucindale and Mundulla versus Keith - all should be competitive. Borders and Bordertown are still both winless this season, which would be cause for some concern for Bordertown as the Roosters finished third in 2015. Borders would fancy their chances of causing an upset but Bordertown needs to get rolling now or it will miss the finals for sure.
Lucindale has two wins from two starts and will travel to Kingston with supreme confidence despite missing at least three key players with injury and unavailability. Kingston opened its 2016 season last week with a hard-fought loss to K/L United, and while Kingston has probably improved, it won't be enough to upset the Roos.
Mundulla versus Keith should be a top game, with a capable Mundulla side going down to impressive Lucindale last week, while Keith had to battle hard to overcome an unheralded Border Districts side.
On ANZAC Day, Kybybolite will host Naracoorte and Penola will host Padthaway. Kyby will be confident of a win after downing Bordertown in round 1 and nearly getting over Padthaway last week, while Naracoorte lost to Padthaway by a large margin in round 1 before sitting out round 2 with the bye.
The game between Penola and Padthaway could be the best game of the season so far, with both sides expected to be right up there this season. Penola already has one loss this season, in round 1 to Keith, and won't want another early one, but Padthaway remains one of the benchmarks after winning the last two premierships. K/L United has the bye this weekend. ANZAC Day action will start at noon. Kaniva/Leeor United has the bye this week.
KINGSTON DAY OF POOR KICKING PROVES COSTLY
April 18, 2016 - Round Two report from Terry Willoughby
Kaniva-Leeor United made Kingston pay dearly for their inability to convert their many chances into goals. Kingston led for the majority of the first 3 quarters but failed to put KLU away. The scores were close with little more than a goal separating them with KLU 2 points up at the half-time break. Kingston booted just two goals from trn scoring shots to lead by just five after KLU added three goals. Kingston’s woes continue in the last when they kicked another one goal whilst KLU raced away with 5 to win by 21 points. Best for KLU were ex-SANFL players Toby Stribling, Vivian, Murphy and Brown. Disappointed Kingston were best served by Lohde, Robertson, Clarke and Baker.
KANIVA-LEEOR UNITED 16-12 108 OVER KINGSTON 11-21 87
Lucindale were another team to be wasteful near goal but they dominated play around the ground throughout to easily Mundulla by 64 points. Their wayward kicking kept the Moots in the game but only on the scoreboard. Leading at every change with Mark Snowball controlling the rucks and providing chances for forwards where Ryan Mcinerney starred with five goals was too much for the Mundulla defence. Lucindale slammed on eight goals in the last quarter and won easily. Best for Lucindale were Rob Handbury, Mcinerney, Trav Menz, Snowball and ex-AFL’s Tom Logan. Mundulla’s best were harder to find but Hinge, Obst, Ballinger and Williams battled hard all game.
LUCINDALE 19-22 136, EASILY OVER MUNDULLA 10-12 72
Keith endured a tough battle against Border Districts for three quarters before running out winners by 52 points. Borders led early and took the game right up to the more highly rated Keith Crows. They led by 16 points at quarter time and were level at the main break. Keith had more of the play in the 3rd quarter but Borders clung on and only trailed by 9 pts at three-quarter time. Keith lifted their work-rate early in the last and put the result beyond Border District’s reach with 6 unanswered goals to win comfortably by 52 points. Keith had nine goalkickers contribute in the win, which was difficult for Borders to combat. Best for Keith Crows were Laubsch, Burns, Jon Wilson, Wilhelm and McMurray. Borders best were Sandercock, Keast, Skinner and Nic Tarca but many were unsighted in the last quarter.
KEITH 16-16 112, TOO STRONG FOR BORDER DISTRICT 9-6 60
Penola raced to an early lead and then withstood a resurgent Bordertown in the second quarter to win by 19 points. Looking good with a 24 point lead at quarter time Penola were shocked when Bordertown slammed on 8 goals to hit the front before half-time with Cuthbertson and Clint Diment leading the way. Penola regained their composure after the main break and dominated play to lead by a match-winning 32 points at ¾ time. Bordertown tried hard to get back into the contest in the last quarter but Penola matched almost everything they tried and ran out winners by 19 points.
PENOLA 19-11 125 DEFEATED BORDERTOWN 16-10 106
Padthaway looked every bit the premiership team of 2016 when dominating Kybybolite early to lead by 40 points at quarter time, with Kyby kept scoreless. The Lions had winners everywhere with Tom Edwards, McNamara and Marshall on fire. Kyby regrouped in the second quarter and fought back strongly with five goals but the Lions still led by 17 points at half-time. Ruckman Dave Arnold and defender Ray Jaensch had led the revival for Kyby. Padthaway again got away with a big lead, keeping Kyby to a solitary point in the third quarter whilst adding another 3 goals to lead by 40 points with a quarter to play. The game would have been all over for Kyby in recent years but maybe things could change. The Tigers kept Padthaway scoreless in the final quarter and steadily reduced the margin on the scoreboard. Kyby added 5 goals but the siren sounded with Padthaway still 8 points clear. Tom Edwards with 5 goals was best for Padthaway along with Mcnamara, Marshall with 3 goals, Stevens and Fraser. The improving Kyby’s best were Munn, Arnold, Jaensch and Brodie.
PADTHAWAY 10-13 73 NARROWLY OVER KYBYBOLITE 10-5 65
Round 2 - April 16, 2016
Best: Kaniva Leeor - T. Stribling, L. Vivian, N. Murphy, A. Brown, C. Ash, B. King. Kingston - K. Lohde, S. Robertson, R. Clarke, T. Baker, H. Lawrie, G. Grant. Goals: Kaniva Leeor - T. Hawker 3, J. Wagg 3, J. Jarred 2, V. Thach 2, B. King 2, H. Bennett 1, J. Brown 1, B. Hawker 1, T. Stribling 1. Kingston - S. Robertson 4, G. Grant 3, K. Lohde 1, T. Baker 1, J. Austin 1, B. Warner 1
Best: Lucindale - R. Handbury, R. Mcinerney, T. Menz, M. Snowball, T. Logan, T. Mackenzie. Mundulla - J. Hinge, J. Obst, T. Ballinger, R. Williams, B. Packer, S. Lewin. Goals: Lucindale - R. McInerney 5, H. Legoe 4, T. Logan 3, S. Mardling 2, H. Cox 1, D. McCarthy 1, P. Baker 1, A. Smart 1, R. Handbury 1. Mundulla - S. Lewin 2, J. McGrice 2, J. Hinge 1, J. Obst 1, B. Packer 1, R. Williams 1, J. Milligan 1, S. Luckett 1
Best: Keith - S. Laubsch, A. Burns, J. Wilson, H. Wilhelm, H. McMurray, G. Johnson. Borders - C. Sandercock, B. Keast, D. Skinner, N. Tarca, H. Carslake, F. Adams. Goals: Keith -- H. McMurray 3, S. Laubsch 2, B. Read 2, J. Wilson 2, J. Robertson 2, S. Luders 2, H. Gill 1, C. Woolford 1, P. Makin 1. Borders - D. Hargraves 3, B. Keast 2, C. Sandercock 2, M. Lemon 1, D. Papazoglov 1
Best: Penola – M. Willson, D. Bunnik, S. Berkefeld, L. Walker, M. Skrypek, B. Foster. Bordertown - K. Cuthbertson, H. Fromm, C. Diment, N. Clark, R. Tink, J. Eats. Goals: Penola - S. Berkefeld 5, A. Merrett 4, B. Lindner 3, B. Walker 2, B. Foster 2, M. Willson 1, J. Copping 1, M. Skrypek 1. Bordertown - G. Robinson 4, K. Cuthbertson 3, L. Eats 2, H. Caldwell 2, C. Barras 1, J. Eats 1, S. Devitt 1, J. Searle 1, R. Tink 1
Best: Padthaway - T. Edwards, T. McNamara, A. Stevens, D. Fraser, C. Marshall, S. Brown. Kybybolite - S. Munn, D. Arnold, R. Jaensch, D. Brodie, T. Cooper, D. Warren. Goals: Padthaway - T. Edwards 5, C. Marshall 3, A. Longbottom 1, J. Teakle 1. Kybybolite - T. Cooper 2, J. Mckay 2, S. Craig 2, C. McPherson 1, S. Carberry 1, M. Schinckel 1, M. Pfitzner 1
PADTHAWAY OPEN SEASON WITH SOLID WIN
Round one report with Terry Willoughby - April 11, 2016
Naracoorte started well against reigning premier Padthaway but could not sustain the effort as the Lions slammed on 8 goals in the second quarter to bolt to a 37 point lead. Naracooorte had the better of the first quarter and led by 6 points but the Lions burst in the 2nd quarter sank them. Padthaway became a bit cruisey in the second half but Naracoorte could not make any inroads with both teams seeming to run out of legs in the last qtr. Have Naracoorte improved or have Padthaway declined, only time will tell.
PADTHAWAY 15-9 99 COMFORTABLY TO NARACOORTE 8-10 58
Kybybolite with straight kicking and a dominant forward in Scott Carberry who booted 9 goals outlasted Bordertown to win by 6 points. Both teams had good moments and booted 5 goals each as Kyby led by 2 points at quarter-time. Carberry was the target for Kyby but Gene Robinson posed a danger for the Roosters. Kyby had much the better of the second quarter and kicked away to a three goal lead with Tom Cooper and Jamie Bittner doing well. The 3rd quarter saw play tighten considerably and Bordertown narrowed the margin to 15 points with mid-fielder Clint Diment and defender Nic Clark doing well. Bordertown outscored Kyby in the last quarter, but the sharp-shooting Carberry proved decisive in the finish. Best for Kyby were Tom Cooper, Warren, Carberry and Bittner. Bordertown’s best were Jarrett, Clint Diment, Clark, Mccarthy and Robinson with 4 goals.
KYBYBOLITE 16-7 103 JUST, BORDERTOWN 14-13 97
Lucindale piled on the goals to completely outplay Border Districts. Sam Mardling picked up where he left off last year and booted eight goals for the Roos and veteran Matt Handbury got four. Borders never threatened at any stage with only Daniel Hargreaves looking likely to kick a goal but the ball was hardly in his zone against the Lucindale mid-field and defence. Graetz, Teakle, Mardling and Kelsh played well for Lucindale whilst Borders scarcely had a winner.
LUCINDALE 22-18 150 CRUSHED BORDER DISTRICTS 6-7 43
Mundulla had an easy 75 point win over Kaniva Leeor United. The Moots raced to a 38 point lead with star on-baller Jake McGrice bobbing up as a goal-kicker. Luke Wiese was another to have an impact on the scoreboard as he and McGrice each booted six and KLU couldn’t keep them under control. Mundulla led by 53 points at ¾ time and even though KLU added 6 goals they couldn’t stop the Moots onslaught because Mundulla slammed through nine. Best for Mundulla were Luke Wiese, McGrice, Mehaffey and veteran Heath Thorpe. KLU had their moments but nobody stood out for the entire game.
MUNDULLA 23-11 149 EASILY, KANIVA-LEEOR UNITED 11-8 74
Penola took the game right up to Keith but it wasn’t quite good enough to deliver the knockout blow. Scores were locked together at quarter-time and the second term was an arm wrestle as the Keith Crows edged to a 4 point lead. Coach Adam Merrett looked dangerous at full forward for Penola but the Keith defence did well enough to limit his chances. Keith got a small break in the third quarter and lead by 16 points with Luders making the most of his chances. The last quarter was a battle but Keith kept Penola out and won by 9 points. Veteran Paul Makin, Wilhelm,Woolford, Mcmurray and Jon Wilson were best for Keith.
Simon Berkefeld recruited from South Gambier, Matt Willson, Simon Merrett and Bunnik played well for Penola.
KEITH 11-11 77 NARROWLY, PENOLA 10-8 68
Round 1 - April 9, 2016
Best: Mundulla - J. McGrice, L. Wiese, B. Mehaffey, H. Thorpe, J. Grosser, D. Burgess. Goals; Mundulla - J. McGrice 6, L. Wiese 6, D. Burgess 3, J. Grosser 2, J. Hinge 2, T. Perry 1, J. Obst 1, B. Packer 1, W. Packer 1. Kaniva Leeor - V. Thach 2, D. Hawker 1, L. Keller 1, J. Brown 1, J. Salt 1, L. Vivian 1, N. Murphy 1, B. King 1, T. Hawker 1, H. Bennett 1
Best: Lucindale - S. Graetz, S. Teakle, S. Mardling, M. Kelsh, H. Legoe, R. Handbury. Border Districts: B. Nolan, H. Carslake, G. Cother, F. Adams, N. Thomas, C. Robinson. Goals: Lucindale - S. Mardling 8, R. Handbury 4, S. Teakle 2, P. Baker 2, R. Milne 2, S. Graetz 1, A. Smart 1, T. Menz 1, T. Mackenzie 1. Border Districts: D. Hargraves 3, T. Underwood 1, B. Keast 1, D. Papazoglov 1
Best: Keith - P. Makin, L. Wilhelm, C. Woolford, H. McMurray, J. Wilson, A. Burns. Penola: M. Willson, S. Berkefeld, S. Merrett, D. Bunnik, O. March, T. Pearce. Goals: Keith - S. Luders 5, N. Hunt 1, L. Wilhelm 1, H. McMurray 1, L. Mitchell 1, J. Robertson 1, H. Gill 1. Penola - A. Merrett 4, B. Walker 2, O. March 1, J. Copping 1, S. Merrett 1, J. Galpin 1
Best: Kybybolite - T. Cooper, D. Warren, S. Carberry, J. Bittner, S. Craig, J. Mckay. Bordertown - J. Jarrett, C. Diment, N. Clark, C. McCarthy, C. Clark, R. Tink. Goals: Kybybolite - S. Carberry 9, J. Bittner 2, S. Munn 2, J. Mckay 2, C. McPherson 1. Bordertown: G. Robinson 4, C. Barras 3, J. Eats 3, H. Fromm 2, H. Caldwell 1, C. Diment 1
Best: Padthaway – not av. Naracoorte - J. Bell, J. Bettoncelli, F. Stephan, J. Cother, K. Jacobs. Goals: Naracoorte - M. Hartree 3, B. Gould 2, T. Burns 1, M. Childs 1, C. Stokie 1
ROUND 1 PREVIEW - THANKS TO THE NARACOORTE HERALD
Thursday April 7, 2016
After six months of waiting, the siren will finally blow on Saturday to signal the start of the 2016 KNTFL football season.
Weeks of pre-season training and many months of off-season recruiting will come into focus when the local footy and netball sides turn out for their first round match-ups at five different venues on Saturday.
Padthaway will start its journey towards a third straight premiership with an away assignment against Naracoorte. The Lions have lost a lot of players in the off-season but are still confident they will be competitive.
Last year’s runner-up Keith will start its quest for redemption with a tough match-up against Penola, which has picked up several new players and is regarded as an early premiership threat.
Border Districts will host Lucindale in the other game, with Lucindale one of the early fancies after recruiting ex-AFL player Tom Logan and ex-SANFL player Riley Milne. However Logan is expected to be unavailable for round one. Mundulla will host Kaniva/Leeor United, with both A grade football sides having new looks with quite a bit of player turnover.
Bordertown, also with heavy player turnover and a new coach, Naracoorte’s Simon Cox, will travel to play Kybybolite which will also have a new look and a new coach. Kingston has the bye.
PADTHAWAY BEATEN BY EVENTUAL WINNER REYNELLA
IN AUSTRALIAN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Scores from March 12, 2016
Padthaway 3.8 (26) def Hahndorf 2.2 (14)
Reynella 4.11 (35) def Padthaway 0.3 (3)
MURDER OF THE CROWS BY PADTHAWAY IN UPSET GRAND FINAL WIN
by Terry Willoughby - September 21, 2015
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, 2015
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
NARACOORTE HERALD TEAM OF THE YEAR:
F: S. Mardling (Luc), S. Carberry (Kyby), G. Robinson
HF: C. Diment (Btown), B. Foster (Pen), C. Sandercock (BD)
C: S. Berkefeld (Pen), J. McGrice (Mun), C. Marshall (Pway)
HB: T. Mackenzie (Luc), R. Jaensch (Kyby), H. Caldwell
B: T. Cooper (Kyby), S. McMurray (Keith), N. Hunt (Keith)
Rucks – M. Snowball (Luc), M. Willson (Pen), R. McInerney
Inter – J. Hinge (Mun), D. Warren (Kyby), T. Stribling (KLU),
M. Gill (Ncte)
Coach – A. Merrett (Pen)