WESTERN BORDER FOOTBALL 2017
WESTERN BORDER FOOTY PREVIOUS SEASONS
THE 2017 BRIAN HENNESSY MEDAL
WON BY BRETT O'NEIL (for 3rd time)
All reports by Terry Willoughby unless otherwise mentioned
Teams: Casterton, East Gambier, Millicent, North Gambier, South Gambier and West Gambier
LEAGUESBEST TEAM EVER
EAST GAMBIER END A 29 YEAR DROUGHT TO CONVINCINGLY WIN GRAND FINAL
By Terry Willoughby, September 25, 2017
East Gambier may have considered themselves the underdogs but that wasn’t how they played. Winning the toss was the first positive and they had the better part of play in the early stages as the North defence withstood the challenge.
North counter attacked late in the first quarter and also had plenty of time inside their 50 metre zone but couldn’t score a goal against the determined East defence led by Frazer Scanlon and Jayden Eldridge who continually frustrated the North forwards and what they didn’t clear they bottled up. Two late goals to East’s Kevvy Thomson gave them a 13 point lead under heavy, threatening skies. East were quick to take some control of play in the second quarter with Jesse Fry playing an outstanding game around the midfield and stoppages. McCallum goaled early in the term for East as North struggled to go forward with heavy rain falling. Moretti put Norths’ first goal on the board but they were being forced into constant error by the willingness of East to chase and tackle.
East goaled again and had now opened up a three goal lead in the difficult conditions. North had wasted chances with poor finishing and decision making and East again punished them with a goal in the dying stages of the quarter to lead by 25 points at the long break. Jesse Fry continued to be the star for East along with Kieselbach in the ruck, Tully Balshaw and Frazer Scanlon. North’s running brigade led by Brock Egan, Nic McInerney and Brad Stafford were finding it hard to get into the open and turned the ball over under pressure.
The second half started in bright sunshine, a marked contrast to earlier and again it was East Gambier who made the better start with McCallum getting his second goal to put the margin beyond 5 goals. North attacked relentlessly but still couldn’t find the goals until Sam Stafford, a quiet player, goaled after a free to bring the margin back to 28 points. East continued to tackle strongly and harassed North at every turn before goaling again and the game was fast slipping away from North who were unable to link up play at any stage. Tom McLennan goaled late in the third quarter for North who were now only four goals in arrears but they had managed only three for the game and also looked tired.
East on the other hand were combining well and started the last quarter with another change in conditions, strong winds, were making play difficult as North, with many players up the ground tried to mount a challenge. The East defence easily cut off most forward moves with Eldridge and Scanlon outstanding. North could only manage a series of behinds which summed up their day. East on-baller Jack Dawe missed a sitter in the goal-square but made amends moments later and East were jubilant. Matt McInerney got a token goal for North as the clock wound down but it was East Gambier’s day and they won their first flag in 29 years. Jesse Fry was adjudged best on ground for East who had many good players led by Frazer Scanlon at full-back, Mark Keiselbach in the ruck, Eldridge, Tully Balshaw, Matt Dempsey and Dawe. It was a despondent and tired North Gambier at the finish. Their better players were Nic McInerney, Brad Stafford, Tim McInerney in defence, Jake Schutz and Egan.
Grand Final on September 24, 2017
Best: East – Not available. North - N. McInerney, J. Schutz, T. McInerney, F. Marshall. Goals
Goals: East - Kevin Thomson 3, Jack Dawe 2, Matthew McCallum 2, Matt Dempsey 1, Patrick Hatch 1, Jesse Fry 1. North - Sam Stafford 1, Matthew McInerney 1, Tom McLennan 1, Nick Moretti 1
EAST WIN THROUGH TO GRAND FINAL OVER
By Terry Willoughby, September 18, 2017
East Gambier, after a tough battle the previous week looked vulnerable against a confident Casterton/Sandford who had the benefit of a weeks rest. However, it was East, who were quickly into stride with Kieselbach on top in the ruck and Jesse Fry around the stoppages and midfield. The Casterton defence was being stretched to breaking point with Matt Scanlon already among the goals as East raced to a four goal lead before the Cats hit the target.
Casterton/Sandford suffered a bad piece of luck when Josh Stephenson was stretchered off with an ankle injury before quarter time. East again surged forward and Scanlon was on fire in the forward line as he booted four goals in a burst that had Casterton/Sandford reeling. Travis Robertson who had been so good previously for the Cats in defence hardly touched the ball as East swept Casterton aside easily with further goals to Dempsey and Dawe with the margin blowing out to 54 points at halftime and East Gambier were as good as home.
Scoring became more difficult in the third quarter and play also fell away with many packs forming as Casterton tried to get back into the contest. Tempers became frayed as many heavy clashes occurred but East still held a big lead despite a couple of goals to Casterton. The Cats forward entries were haphazard and East picked them off with ease. Fry, Kieselbach and Frazer Scanlon at full-back, nicely bookending his brother, were excellent for East whereas Casterton barely had a good player and trailed by 49 points at three quarter-time. The game had lost most of its sting but not its physicality as the last quarter began and spot fires still flared but East were content to run down the clock. Casterton/Sandford managed some late goals through Matt Killey but Matt Scanlon burst back on to the scene with another two goals for the quarter but Casterton had been clearly outplayed from the start as East Gambier went onto win by 51 points.
Matt Scanlon was clearly the standout performer for East and with 8 goals he smashed the Cat defence to pieces, Jesse Fry around the ground and stoppages, Mark Kieselbach in the ruck, Eldridge and Matt Watson were good for East who had many good players. For Casterton/Sandford it was a different story with many players unsighted. Youngster Tynan Shannon, Trent Nesbitt, Michael Jarrad and Todd Clode battled hard but lacked assistance for the Cats. East Gambier now play North Gambier in the Grand Final next Saturday in Casterton.
EAST GAMBIER 15-10 100 THRASHED A DISAPPOINTING CASTERTON/SANDFORD 7-7 49
Preliminary Final on September 16, 2017
Best: East - Matthew Scanlon, Jesse Fry, Mark Kieselbach, Frazer Scanlon, Jayden Eldridge, Matthew Watson. Casterton Sandford: Tynan Shannon, Trent Nesbitt, Michael Jarrad, Todd Clode, Dylan Ryan, Dylan Ayton. Goals: East - Matthew Scanlon 8, Kevin Thomson 2, Jack Dawe 1, Mark Rumbelow 1, Jesse Fry 1, Matthew McCallum 1, Matt Dempsey 1. Casterton Sandford: Matthew Killey 2, Tynan Shannon 1, Dylan Ryan 1, Billy Galpin 1, Dylan Ayton 1, Joshua Stephenson 1
NORTH WITHSTAND FIERCE EAST OPENING QUARTER TO ADVANCE TO GRAND FINAL
By Terry Willoughby, September 12, 2017
Top team North Gambier withstood a fierce, physical East Gambier, whose recent form was anything but convincing, to advance to the WB Grand Final. The game started at a furious pace and tempers became frayed early as East attempted to stamp some authority over North who struggled to break free of the fierce tackling. Both teams turned the ball over and East held a narrow lead after North lost classy youngster Declan Carmody to a heavy collision. East continued to apply heavy tackling but a speccy by North’s Brad Close had a lifting effect and late goals for North’s Moretti and Matt McInerney gave them a 13 point lead after kicking against a slight breeze.
East attacked relentlessly in the second term and the North defence was under siege but holding together. Only minor scores resulted for East and North absorbed all the pressure and counter attacked with Moretti and Close combining to outplay the East defenders with McLennan also chipping in with a goal as the lead blew out to 33 points. North had seen off the East attacks and were now well on top with a half to go. Kieselbach had done well in the ruck for East and Tully Balshaw gained plenty of kicks but used them poorly, Jesse Fry and Matt Willson had also been good for East.
The third quarter was a reversal for East who now sought to get on level terms with North who had good players in Telford on the wing and long-kicking defender Jake Schutz. East booted 7 goals for the quarter with Matt Scanlon and Thomson the beneficiaries as North turned the ball over through over use. It was North’s turn to miss scoring chances but they still goaled often enough to keep East more than two goals in arrears. Matt McInerney marked on the lead and goaled but tangled footed ruckman Brett Kennedy’s brilliant back turn and flying shot missed as North led by 13 points at the last change. East had spent a lot of petrol and still trailed with North now to finish with the breeze. Ciaran Buckley took a rare high mark but North failed to capitalise and only extended their lead with behinds. They again had a period of overuse as East tried to get on terms but Schutz and Tim McInerney combined well to repel any danger. McCallum’s goal on the run gave East a glimmer of hope as the margin was again 15 points. A good passage of play with Close, McLennan and Egan all involved resulted in a goal to Matt McInerney and North got away again. A last gasp shot from East’s Jack Dawe missed and Close and Sam Stafford both goaled for North who led by 32 points as the siren sounded.
North had many good players but none better than Brad Close who booted four goals, Moretti who booted 5 as he mesmerised the East defence, Telford, Egan, Schutz, Sam Stafford and Kennedy. East who fought hard to stay in touch had good players in Fry, Willson, Kieselbach, Matt Scanlon who booted five goals and Tully Balshaw who had many kicks but didn’t always use them effectively. East Gambier will now face a tough contest with Casterton/Sandford in next week’s Prelim Final at Millicent.
NORTH GAMBIER 17-17 119 QUICKER AND MORE SKILFUL DEFEATED EAST GAMBIER 12-15 87
Second Semi Final on Saturday September 9, 2017
Best: North - B. Close, J. Schutz, B. Stafford, B. Kennedy, B. Egan, N. Moretti. East - T. Balshaw, M. Kieselbach, M. Willson, J. Fry, N. Forrest, M. Scanlon. Goals: North - N. Moretti 5, B. Close 4, M. McInerney 2, S. Stafford 2, H. Telford, J. Schutz, F. Marshall, B. Stafford. East - M. Scanlon 5, K. Thomson 4, M. Rumbelow 2, M. McCallum
CATS GET THE CREAM IN SEMI FINAL
A fine spring day returned to bleak midwinter by the time of starting the first Semi with Casterton/Sandford winning the toss and kicking with the wind. The game was quite physical and the Saints had done well in difficult conditions as rain made ball-handling difficult. Smith and Duldig foiled many Casterton/Sandford forward moves but Robertson was doing equally well at half-back for the Cats. Millicent would have been pleased with their efforts until late in the quarter when Casterton/Sandford suddenly broke free and goaled twice to race clear and then followed up with two more goals and finish the quarter with a 27 point lead. The Cats were on top around the midfield and stoppages with Ayton and dreadlocked youngster Billy Galpin gathering plenty of kicks. Millicent’s lack of pace and unwillingness to play in front was a problem as the Cats continued to tackle and harass. Hamish Nitschke single-handedly responded and two goals and suddenly Millicent were within striking distance but they had failed to make good use of the wind and trailed by 14 points at the long break.
Casterton/Sandford peppered the goals early in the third quarter but registered only minor scores but they already looked the better team. Millicent’s fitness was questionable and Casterton/Sandford had many more contributors to outrun the lumbering Saints and were much more efficient when the ball was on the ground. Quick goals again pushed the Cats out to beyond a 30 point lead before Duncan’s long range kick against the wind dribbled through an unattended goal before the desperate Cat defenders could touch it but Millicent still trailed by 27 points. Casterton/Sandford had maintained that margin since quarter time and had finished each quarter much better than the plodding Saints. Robertson at half-back had seemingly without an opponent all game and repeatedly stopped Millicent from scoring whilst Trent Nesbitt made the most of every scoring chance that came his way. Millicent needed quick goals and although Duncan again goaled twice they didn’t come fast enough and Casterton/Sandford responded with two and put the game beyond Millicent’s reach. A stupid 50 metre penalty on the wing summed up Millicent’s day as Casterton/Sandford had made all the answers. A token late goal improved Millicent’s scoreline but they had made no advance since quarter time. Casterton/Sandford had good players in Ryan, Billy Galpin, Ayton, Robertson in defence and Nesbitt. Better players for Millicent were harder to find but Smith, Hamish Nitschke, veteran defender Steve Duldig and Weir battled hard all game. In the end 24 Casterton/Sandford scoring shots to just 12 from Millicent tells the story.
CASTERTON/SANDFORD 9-15 69 TOO STRONG FOR MILLICENT 7-5 47
First Semi Final on September 2, 2017
Best: Casterton Sandford - D. Ryan, B. Guthrie, T. Robertson, D. Ayton, T. Nesbitt, B. Galpin. Millicent - L. Smith, H. Nitschke, S. Duldig, J. Weir, B. Gibbs, J. Walker. Goals: Casterton Sandford - T. Nesbitt 4, H. Jarrad 2, D. Ryan 2, N. Upton. Millicent - P. Duncan 3, H. Nitschke 2, T. Hutchesson, D. Bromley
LAST ROUND OF PRODUCES SHOCK LOSS TO EAST GAMBIER AT HANDS OF WEST GAMBIER
By Terry Willoughby, August 28, 2017
West Gambier delivered a stunning blow to East Gambier’s premiership hopes with a slogging three point win. In conditions that fluctuated between wind and rain West Gambier quickly showed that they weren’t about to just play out the last game and head to the bar. West had three goals on the board early and led by 11 points at quarter time. East had few genuine contributors as West continued to lead in the race for the ball and extended their lead to 19 points at the long break. Whilst the game was not of great standard the conditions played a part as West bottled up play whenever possible with Kipping and Pfitzner in defence continually harassing the East forwards.
Rain showers aided West in the third quarter but they again outscored East who looked anything but a premiership contender, trailing by 22 points at the start of the last term. In a low scoring game that looked a huge deficit but West contrived to shoot themselves in the foot early in the quarter with two 50 metre penalties gifting East a goal and another mistake in the goal square enabled East to cut the margin to 10 points. West missed a golden opportunity when coach Steve Wenman missed a sitter from close range which would have sealed the game before another shower fell. Play was very scrappy as East tried to get on terms and they goaled again with time running out to close within 3 points but West battled hard to hold on by that margin amid jubilant scenes. Tom Zietz, Kipping, Pfitzner and Giddings were gutsy performers for West whilst East coach Matt Willson battled strongly to lift his team. That West failed to score for the last quarter and a bit must be embarrassing for East.
WEST GAMBIER 8-3 51 HELD ON, EAST GAMBIER 7-6 48
South Gambier with very little to play against ladder leader North Gambier did just that! North did very much as they liked when they piled on seven goals to nil in the first quarter and lead by 47 points. The Tigers were far more efficient with the ball and moved it quickly to enable many players to score. South on the other hand were slow, lacking direction and wasteful. North also became wasteful also in the second term but regained composure late with three goals to lead by 66 points at half-time with South having failed to kick a goal.
The third quarter was much the same as before with North on top everywhere. Josh Jenner, across half back and Sam Stafford up forward were winning handsomely with solid support from Nick McInerney and Brock Egan around the stoppages. South’s solitary goal came from Dion Stratford in this quarter. North played out the game with a solid last quarter in which South again failed to score. Twelve individual goal-kickers got on the score list for North, a luxury in the conditions. It was South’s worst day in many a season.
NORTH GAMBIER 18-16 124 THRASHED SOUTH GAMBIER 1-7 13
Casterton/Sandford and Millicent met in the first semi you have when you aren’t yet into the finals. Millicent were competitive early and held a narrow two point lead at quarter time but it was all downhill from there-on. The cats raced on six unanswered goals in the second term with Upton dangerous on the forward and youngster Tynan Shannon, Todd Clode also doing well. Lyndon Smith was Millicent’s best but he had little support as Casterton/Sandford went further ahead in the third quarter with another four goals, Millicent at least made a game of it but were unable to bridge the gap which was 40 points at three quarter-time. Millicent struggled to have any impact as Casterton/Sandford again outscored them in the last quarter to win by 56 points and appear the only genuine threat to North Gambier for the premiership.
CASTERTON/SANDFORD 15-10 100 FAR TOO GOOD FOR MILLICENT 6-8 44
Round 16 on August 26, 2017
Best: North - J. Jenner, S. Stafford, B. Egan, N. McInerney, B. Stafford. South - T. Vassallo, N. Jenkin, T. Opie, B. Bryant, D. Ridding. Goals: North - B. Close 3, M. McInerney 2, S. Stafford 2, D. Carmody 2, F. Marshall 2, J. Schutz, T. McLennan, B. Egan, N. McInerney, N. Blachut, B. Stafford, T. Edwards. South - D. Stratford
Best: Casterton Sandford - T. Clode, T. Shannon, N. Upton, M. Rogers, D. Ryan, S. Broomby. Millicent - L. Smith, J. Weir, T. Hutchesson, D. Bromley, J. Grimes, H. Nitschke. Goals: Casterton Sandford - N. Upton 4, T. Clode 3, D. Ayton 2, J. Stephenson 2, S. Broomby, D. Ryan, M. Cummings, T. McArlein. Millicent - H. Nitschke 3, P. Duncan 2, D. Bromley
Best: West - L. Lean, T. Zeitz, K. Giddings, A. Pfitzner, M. Kipping. East - M. Willson, M. Ferguson, F. Scanlon, T. Balshaw, S. Balshaw, M. Rumbelow. Goals: West - J. Schapel 2, D. Robbins 2, J. Coombe, S. Zeitz, S. Wenman, T. Zeitz. East - M. Scanlon 2, J. Dawe, M. Rumbelow, M. Kieselbach, M. Willson, J. McKeon
UNINSPIRING LAST ROUND AS SUN SHINES
FOR FIRST TIME IN DAYS
Report by Terry Willoughby, Sunday August 20, 2017
East Gambier took almost all of the first quarter to establish a lead despite kicking with a handy breeze. South Gambier enduring an unusual long losing streak kept East busy throughout but couldn’t find an effective target around goal. East again goaled early in the second term but South displayed some positive signs and quickly closed the gap in scoring with six goals and trailed by just nine points at halftime. East again kicked away in the third quarter with Matt Scanlon among the goals after suffering a heavy knock earlier and Jack Dawe picking up plenty of kicks around the stoppages courtesy of Matt Keiselbach’s ruckwork. South were kicking with the breeze in the last term but it was East who had the momentum and they raced clear with five goals to just two from the under-strength South to win by 48 points. Keiselbach, Dawe and the Scanlon brothers and Matt played well for East. South’s best were the ever-reliable Brad Bryant, Ty Opie and Saffin.
EAST GAMBIER 16-14 TOO STRONG FOR SOUTH GAMBIER 9-8 62
North Gambier were anything but sharp despite defeating an uninspiring Millicent by 34 points. North were never seriously challenged and put a gap in the scores early in the first quarter. Millicent battled hard to stay in touch and North obliged them by turning the ball over on numerous occasions but the Saints were unable to inflict any great damage on the scoreboard. The game rarely reached any great heights and would not win a beauty contest but North crept further ahead in the third quarter with McLennan and Brock Egan kicking goals and the consistent Hamish Telford winning kicks all around the midfield. North led by 36 points entering the last quarter and despite Millicent adding four goals they saw off the challenge to win comfortably and remain in top position. McLennan was best for North and booted four goals, Egan, Telford, Marshall and Sam Stafford rounded out the best players. Bromley with five goals, Smith, Gibbs and Duncan battled strongly for Millicent.
NORTH GAMBIER 16-14 110 COMFORTABLY OVER MILLICENT 11-10 76
Casterton/Sandford looked set for a big win when they booted five goals to just two from West Gambier to lead by 18 points at quarter time. West’s defence, which had been resolute for so long now looked decidedly shaky. Play never rose to any great spectacle as West bottled up play and continued to frustrate Casterton/Sandford’s key players with only Dylan Ayton gathering his usual number of possessions. West closed the margin to 16 points by halftime and continued to frustrate Casterton/Sandford throughout without having the scoring power to make inroads into their lead. Scoring seemed almost impossible in the best weather conditions seen for weeks. Casterton/Sandford goaled quickly in the last quarter and again threatened to kick clear but West again shut them down and had more of the play and goaled twice to draw within 13 points but couldn’t get another as Casterton/Sandford repelled many late attacks. Ayton, Wombwell, Stephenson and Guthrie were best for Casterton/Sandford but it was a lack-lustre performance. Sam Zietz with three goals, Lachy Jones, Attard and Ferguson-Lane stood out for West.
Round 15 - August 19, 2017
Best: North - H. Telford, T. McLennan, B. Egan, F. Marshall, S. Stafford. Millicent: L. Smith, D. Bromley, B. Gibbs, P. Duncan, T. Hutchesson, B. Kenny. Goals: North - T. McLennan 4, B. Egan 3, M. McInerney 2, M. Lewis 1, J. Jenner 1, N. Blachut 1, H. Telford 1, L. Symons 1, F. Marshall 1, D. Carmody 1. Millicent - D. Bromley 5, H. Nitschke 3, T. Hutchesson 2, P. Duncan 1
Best: Casterton Sandford - D. Ayton, D. Wombwell, J. Carlin, J. Stephenson, B. Guthrie, T. Shannon. West: S. Zeitz, L. Jones, J. Attard, J. Ferguson-Lane, L. Lean, A. Pfitzner. Goals: Casterton Sandford - T. Nesbitt 2, D. Ayton 2, T. McArlein 2, T. Shannon 1, M. Cummings 1, H. Jarrad 1, M. Killey 1. West: S. Zeitz 3, L. Jones 1, T. Zeitz 1, J. Blackwell 1, T. Lewis 1, S. Wenman 1
Best: East - M. Kieselbach, J. Dawe, F. Scanlon, M. McCallum, M. Scanlon, T. Balshaw. South: B. Bryant, T. Opie, T. Saffin, N. Jenkin, J. Schleter, T. Vassallo. Goals: East - M. Scanlon 4, J. Dawe 2, K. Thomson 2, M. McCallum 2, T. Balshaw 1, S. Balshaw 1, L. Thomson 1, M. Dempsey 1, J. Fry 1, M. Willson 1. South : J. Capewell 2, B. Bryant 2, B. Kain 2, S. Fleming 1, J. Tentye 1, J. Patzel 1
CASTERTON/SANDFORD UNDERLINE PREMIERSHIP CHANCES IN WIN OVER NORTH GAMBIER
By Terry Willoughby, August 14, 2017
In a first quarter almost devoid of scoring Casterton/Sandford booted the solitary goal to lead narrowly by four points. The second term was only slightly better with the Cats registering two to North’s three with the Tigers holding a four point advantage. Neither team had been able to break into the clear with the slow ground conditions enabling defences to keep a tight rein on their opposing forwards. The Cats greater physical strength around the stoppages and midfield saw the Cats race clear in the vital third quarter when they booted six goals to just two from and hold a 21 point lead which was big in the context of the game. Michael Cummings continued his impressive form since arriving in Casterton and he was ably supported by experienced Trent Nesbitt and Dylan Ayton. North had a big task ahead with recent good performers notably down, only slightly built Declan Carmody and Marshall were having much impact but Casterton/Sandford again had the better part of play and added another four goals to just two in the last quarter to win, well, almost easily in the end by 33 points. The win will surely have all finals candidates thinking sharply in the remaining games.
CASTERTON/SANDFORD 13-8 86 TOO STRONG FOR NORTH GAMBIER 7-11 53
Millicent were looking likely to notch a valuable win against second placed East Gambier when they held a 14 point lead at quarter time. Dylan Bromley around the goal front and Lyndon Smith in defence were doing well and the Saints looked good but East hit back strongly in the second term and piled on six goals to one and quickly snuff out the earlier challenge. Matt Scanlon and youngster Jack Dawe were giving plenty of drive and “heavi-kevi” Thomson livened up the forward line.
The third quarter was a bit of wrestle as Millicent battled to restrict the East output but they couldn’t make much advance on the scoreboard and still trailed by 18 points at the last change. The last quarter was all East as they took complete control and over ran Millicent with an eight goal burst to win easily 59 points.
EAST GAMBIER 16-14 110 OUTGUNNED MILLICENT 7-9 51
South Gambier and West Gambier were looking to end long losing streaks and for much of the game it likely that it would end in a draw. At no stage were either able to gain a substantial lead in a low-scoring affair with West ahead by a solitary one point at quarter time. The battle continued in the second term with the South young brigade supported by Fleming and Brad Bryant trying to break down the defensive West lines led by Joe Ferguson-Lane. South now held a narrow lead of three points.
Scoring was hardly at breakneck speed in the heavy conditions as each team managed only a goal apiece in the third term and still South hung-on by just one point. West suddenly realised they were a chance to win and started the last quarter positively with two goals to have South on the ropes. South regained the lead with two hard fought goals and the game was all tied-up once more as players slogged it out around the outer wing. South’s run appeared over with play bogged down inside West’s forward line but unable to score until the last minute when a behind put them in front. Realising the state of urgency South quickly attacked along the clubroom wing and were in the open but 60 metres from goal when the siren blew.
WEST GAMBIER 6-9 45 SCRAPED IN, SOUTH GAMBIER 6-8 44
Round 14 - August 12, 2017
Best: Casterton Sandford - M. Cummings, T. Nesbitt, D. Ayton, N. Upton, T. McArlein, S. Broomby. North - D. Carmody, F. Marshall, B. Kennedy, J. Jenner. Goals: Casterton Sandford - H. Jarrad 3, M. Killey 3, J. Stephenson 2, J. Carlin 2, D. Ayton 1, T. McArlein 1, T. Nesbitt 1. North - B. Kennedy 2, M. McInerney 2, S. Stafford 1, H. Telford 1, T. McLennan 1
Best: West - T. Lewis, J. Ferguson-Lane, L. Lean, R. Kuller, L. Jones, K. Giddings. South - B. Bryant, T. Saffin, T. Opie, N. Jenkin, J. Tentye, D. Ridding. Goals: West - S. Wenman 4, J. Attard 1, K. Giddings 1. South - J. Capewell 4, B. Bryant 1, B. Kain 1
Best: East - M. Scanlon, J. Dawe, M. Dempsey, K. Thomson, N. Forrest, B. Rathjen. Millicent - D. Bromley, B. Gibbs, L. Smith, J. Grimes, R. Duncan, T. Hutchesson. Goals: K. Thomson 5, M. Scanlon 3, J. Dawe 2, M. Dempsey 2, J. Fry 1, M. Rumbelow 1, L. Thomson 1, M. Willson 1. Millicent - D. Bromley 4, M. Reilly 1, H. Nitschke 1, R. Duncan 1
CASTERTON/SANDFORD ROLL EAST GAMBIER TO OPEN PREMIERSHIP RACE
By Terry Willoughby, August 6, 2017
Casterton/Sandford stole a march on East Gambier early with former coach Dylan Ayton relishing the trying conditions. The Cats ran to a 21 point lead at quarter time with Trent Nesbitt looking dangerous up forward along with Dylan Ryan and Billy Galpin. East struggled to find any winners ahead of centre as Casterton/Sandford went further in front by the long break. The Cats exposed East’s limitations and led by 40 points after keeping East goal-less in the second quarter. Casterton/Sandford continued to restrict East’s ability in the third quarter whilst they added another three goals to have the game well and truly in their keeping with a 55 point lead at three quarter-time. Dylan Ayton continued to pick up kicks all around the ground and had great assistance from Matt Killey, Ryan and youngster Tynan Shannon. East got a little scoreboard joy with 4 belated goals but the game was over by then and Casterton/Sandford cruised in by 35 points and signal that they be a bigger threat than thought earlier. East may be safe in second spot but they look vulnerable right now.
CASTERTON/SANDFORD 11-12 78 TOO GOOD FOR EAST GAMBIER 6-7 43
North Gambier raced to a 6 goal lead by quarter time against West Gambier who again thought more about damage limitation than kicking goals. Small forward Declan Carmody was in terrific form for North and West had no one to quieten him. North were heading for huge win early in the second term but in five minutes of positive play West booted three goals to enliven the contest but it was short-lived as North again put their feet down and led by 44 points at halftime. West’s earlier challenge had died and North added five goals to zip in the quarter with Carmody taking marks and booting goals with ease. McLennan, Jenner and Tom Edwards whether on the ball or up forward had too much class for West and enabled North to control play all over the ground. Wests’ plight was emphasised with Kamara making several timely interceptions in the last quarter after having earlier played a full game in the reserves. Carmody finished with seven goals to be best for North who dominated for all but five minutes in the second quarter.
NORTH GAMBIER 19-12 126 OUTPLAYED WEST GAMBIER EVERYWHERE, 6-5 41
Millicent trailed by only two points at quarter time after restricting South to just two goals but more importantly showed that they could score against the strong, swirling winds and heavy rain. That South could score only one more goal for the game underlined the difficult conditions. Millicent’s greater physical strength enabled them to push often enough to lead by 14 points at the main break as South fought hard to stay in touch. The undermanned and inexperienced South battled their forward for another goal in the third term but Millicent also goaled to maintain a 13 point margin at three quarter-time, and they would finish with the wind advantage. South failed to score in the last quarter as the weather worsened but Millicent pushed on with another three goals to win comfortably by 37 points. Duncan, Bromley and Tincknell played well for Millicent in weather conditions that nobody enjoyed and tall youngster Dylan Ridding battled hard for South along with Ty Opie, Jenkin and Brad Bryant.
MILLICENT 8-11 59 COMFORTABLY, SOUTH GAMBIER 3-4 22
Round 13 - August 5, 2017
Best: North - D. Carmody, T. McInerney, T. Edwards, J. Jenner, F. Marshall. West - A. Pfitzner, J. Ferguson-Lane, T. Zeitz, L. Bradley-Brown, D. Robbins. Goals: North - D. Carmody 7, F. Marshall 3, T. McLennan 3, B. Close 2, T. Edwards 1, J. Jenner 1, N. Blachut 1, H. Telford 1. West - A. Hentschke 2, D. Robbins 2, J. Schapel 1, S. Wenman 1
Best: Millicent - R. Duncan, D. Bromley, D. Tincknell, L. Smith, J. Walker, B. Gibbs. South - D. Ridding, B. Bryant, T. Opie, N. Jenkin, B. Whicker. Goals: Millicent - J. Weir 2, D. Bromley 2, M. Reilly 2, H. Nitschke 1, T. Hutchesson 1. South - D. Ridding 2, B. Kain 1
Best: Casterton Sandford - D. Ayton, M. Killey, D. Ryan, B. Galpin, T. Shannon. East - P. Hatch, T. Balshaw, J. Dawe, J. Forster, M. Willson. Goals: Casterton Sandford - T. Nesbitt 3, D. Ryan 2, T. Shannon 1, B. Galpin 1, T. Clode 1, J. Stephenson 1, J. Searle 1, J. Carlin 1. East - J. Dawe 2, M. Dempsey 2, K. Thomson 1, M. Scanlon 1
HEAVY RAIN REDUCES WB GAMES TO MUD WRESTLING
By Terry Willoughby, Sunday 30th July 2017
Millicent needed a win badly to revive their flagging season and fortunately they got it against bottom placed West Gambier. Rain started falling before the game and got progressively heavier throughout the day. Millicent made a positive start while the ball was relatively dry and raced to an early lead with four goals to nil by quarter time. As in previous games West defended stoutly but couldn’t find a way forward. Millicent with skipper Tom Hutchesson leading the way booted the only goals for the quarter to hold a match winning lead of 36 points at half-time.
The strength of Dylan Bromley for Millicent was again evident as west struggled to go forward and had failed to register a goal in the first three quarters. Scoring became almost impossible in the last quarter and players were unrecognisable. Millicent now led by 46 points but West belatedly succeeded in scoring their only goal for the game when Schapel nudged one past the defence. Hutchesson booted three and Bromley five goals, a big effort in the conditions as Millicent won by 47 points.
MILLICENT 9-10 64 OUTSWAM WEST GAMBIER 1-11 17
Early goals were also crucial for Casterton/Sandford against South Gambier as pouring rain reduced the ground to a swamp. Tom McArlein was the man as the Cats dominated play early and he booted three extremely valuable goals to give them an unassailable lead by quarter time. Undermanned South battled hard in the second term but several very gettable shots went wide and Casterton/Sandford punished them on the rebound to lead by 40 points at the long break. Ironically the rain eased during the break but returned as soon as play resumed. South had most of the play in the third quarter but managed only a solitary goal through Jack Capewell whilst Casterton/Sandford went scoreless. Scott Fleming was giving a lion-hearted display in ruck for South but they just couldn’t take advantage. Mistakes were plenty in the treacherous conditions and the Cats goaled twice in the last quarter with McArlein again in the play for his fourth goal. Cummings and Ayton were also good players for the Cats who tightened their hold on fourth spot. South battled strongly all day but just couldn’t find a goal when needed.
CASTERTON/SANDFORD 9-5 59 IN THE MUD, SOUTH GAMBIER 1-11 17
Top position was up for grabs in the East Gambier versus North Gambier clash and unfortunately it was another game reduced to a slog because of the heavy rain. Conditions may have suited East a little better and they looked good early on and booted three goals to two and led by eight points at quarter time. Even though the margin was small it would prove difficult to overcome in the testing weather. North scored the only goal of the second quarter as players slipped and slithered their way around the ground and scores were level at halftime with nobody able to predict the outcome. Each goal was viewed with great hope but it was North who managed two for the third term and hold a narrow 6 point lead at three quarter-time. Normal football skills were non-existent as both teams splashed their way towards the finish. This time it was East that scored two goals for the quarter but it wasn’t enough as North also managed one among a trio of misses to win narrowly by three points and displace East Gambier on top of the ladder although the result should be seen as inconclusive in the conditions. Nic McInerney was good for North along with Declan Carmody who booted three goals and the consistent Hamish Telford. Matt Scanlon, Mark Kieselbach and Jesse Fry battled hard for East.
NORTH GAMBIER 6-9 45 OUTPADDLED EAST GAMBIER 6-6 42
Round 12 - July 29, 2017
Best: Casterton Sandford - M. Cummings, T. McArlein, D. Ayton, B. Guthrie, D. Ryan, T. Nesbitt. South - B. Bryant, R. Broome, D. Ridding, C. O'Reilley, T. Saffin. Goals: Casterton Sandford - T. McArlein 4, H. Jarrad 1, J. Carlin 1, K. Carlin 1, B. Galpin 1. South - J. Capewell 1
Best: Millicent - T. Hutchesson, D. Bromley, D. Tincknell, C. Hutchesson, B. Gibbs, B. Kenny. West - J. Ferguson-Lane, K. Giddings, L. Jones, L. Bradley-Brown, M. Kipping, A. Pfitzner. Goals: Millicent - D. Bromley 5, T. Hutchesson 3, P. Duncan 1. West - J. Schapel 1
Best: North - N. McInerney, D. Carmody, H. Telford, F. Marshall, B. Kennedy, J. Schutz. East - M. Kieselbach, M. Scanlon, T. Balshaw, J. Fry, J. McKeon, P. Hatch. Goals: North - D. Carmody 3, T. McLennan 2, B. Close 1. East - K. Thomson 2, F. Scanlon 1, J. Fry 1, M. Dempsey 1, S. Balshaw 1
NORTH GAMBIER EYEING ANOTHER FLAG
By Terry Willoughby, Sunday 23rd July 2017
North Gambier confirmed their right to be premiership favourite with a dominant display against fourth placed South Gambier. The Tigers quickly put their stamp on the game against the injury ravaged and confidence battered South Gambier and raced on 8 goals to one in the first term. Close, Carmody, Moretti and McLennan all posed big threats to South around the goal front. South held North for a period in the second quarter but Nic McInerney’s long goal was a sign for North to get moving again. Dion Stratford was an unlikely goal-kicker for South who fought for some relevance in the third quarter but they still could not rein North in. The Tigers running game and more precise skills allowed them to lead by 65 points. South battled on in the last quarter but North were able to score frequently and ran out easy winners by 84 poits. Multiple goalkickers were again a feature of North’s performance
NORTH GAMBIER 22-10 132 EASILY, SOUTH GAMBIER 8-10 58
A seven goal burst in the second quarter enabled top team, East Gambier to get away from a tactically negative West Gambier and win by 59 points. West Gambier, who are very much short on scoring power have restricted better teams by clogging up their forward lines but aren’t able to stop them completely. East led by 43 points at halftime but managed only three goals in the second half. Willson, Jesse Fry and Frazer Scanlon won plenty of possessions but the West defence fought hard to limit the damage.
EAST GAMBIER 12-11 83 TOO GOOD FOR WEST GAMBIER 3-6 24
Millicent had plenty to play for with the opening of their new change-rooms and a chance to return to the winner’s list. Casterton/Sandford also had a strong incentive, a place in the top four beckoned. In a low scoring contest, only 13 goals for the day, Casterton/Sandford scored the first five goals and virtually have the game in their keeping by quarter time. Todd Clode, Ryan and Michael Cummings were all in good touch for the Cats and Millicent just couldn’t hold them. The tightness of the game was significant in the third quarter when Millicent failed to score but Casterton/Sandford managed two very valuable goals and hold a match-winning lead of 39 points at three quarter-time. Scoring was no less difficult in the last quarter but the Cats’ were too strong and the win puts them in the top four. Despite holding third spot on the ladder Millicent’s recent poor form leaves them precariously placed, somewhere near the edge of the cliff actually!
CASTERTON/SANDFORD 9-11 65 INTO THE TOP 4, DEFEATED MILLICENT 4-5 29
Round 11 - July 22, 2017
Best: North - Nicholas McInerney, Bradley Close, Brett Kennedy, Fraser Marshall, Tom McLennan, Bradley Stafford. South - Dion Stratford, Nicholas Jenkin, Henri Capewell, Kaleb Bowd, Alex Harkness. Goals: North - Bradley Close 5, Tom McLennan 4, Declan Carmody 3, Nick Moretti 3, Fraser Marshall 2, Sam Stafford 2, Nicholas McInerney 2, Tom Edwards 1. South - Dion Stratford 4, Jack Capewell 1, Brayden Kain 1, Henri Capewell 1, Jake Tentye 1
Best: East - Matt Willson, Jesse Fry, Frazer Scanlon, Shem Balshaw, Kevin Thomson, Mark Kieselbach. Goals: East - Kevin Thomson 3, Matt Willson 2, Jesse Fry 2, Shem Balshaw 2, Nathan Forrest 1, Mark Kieselbach 1, Matt Ferguson 1
Best: Casterton Sandford - Todd Clode, Dylan Ryan, Michael Cummings, Brandon Currie, Ben Guthrie, Trent Nesbitt. Millicent - Jonah Grimes, Tom Hutchesson, Mitchell Reilly, Dylan Bromley, Clay Reilly, Hamish Nitschke. Goals: Casterton Sandford - Dylan Ryan 2, Matthew Killey 2, Trent Nesbitt 2, Tynan Shannon 1, Michael Cummings 1, Ricky Killey 1. Millicent - Dylan Bromley 2, Mitchell Reilly 1, Hamish Nitschke 1
NORTH RUTHLESS, MILLICENT TOOTHLESS
By Terry Willoughby, Monday July 17, 2017
North Gambier must surely be favorites to win another flag after demolishing Millicent by 87 points, which was their third loss in a row. North kept Millicent scoreless in the first quarter and went on a scoring rampage to have the game wrapped up by quarter time when the led by 52 points. The Tigers were dominating almost everywhere with on-ballers Marshall, Nick McInerney and small forwards Close and Carmody running riot.
Millicent players were reduced to witches hats again in the second term when North continued on their merry way with another seven goals to lead by 90 points at the main break. Millicent’s small joy was that they had actually scored, but only behinds. North could hardly be expected to keep up this momentum and scoring slowed after half time with the Tigers only adding three goals to Millicent’s solitary one amidst the Bronx cheering but the margin blew out to 103 points. Belatedly, Millicent did manage four largely irrelevant goals in the last quarter but North were probably showered and changed by then. North had twelve individual goalkickers which indicated their dominance.
NORTH GAMBIER 20-10 130 SMASHED MILLICENT 5-13 43
Casterton/Sandford stayed in the finals race with a 61 point win over bottom placed West Gambier but it wasn’t as easy as the scores suggest. The Cats had to battle hard in the first half as West applied negative tactics which made scoring difficult. Casterton/Sandford led by 14 points at quarter time and were matched by West in the second term and only extended the margin to 16 points by half time. They had the greater portion of play but West continually frustrated them but didn’t have any forwards to take advantage. The Cats kicked away in the third quarter as West began to tire and more Casterton players came into the game. The last quarter was a formality as Casterton/Sandford raced away to kick seven goals and run out easy winners.
CASTERTON/SANDFORD 16- 10 106 EASILY OVER WEST GAMBIER 6-9 45
Recent form suggested the South Gambier versus East Gambier should have been much closer but it wasn’t to be. Top side, East raced to a big lead early and knocked the confidence out of an under-manned South to lead by 37 points. South were battling hard to limit the scoring and East seemed to lose their way during the second quarter but still led by 45 points. East on-ballers Jesse Fry and Matt Dempsey were have a field day against the depleted South brigade. Scott Fleming and the Bryant brothers were battling hard for South but East had winners all over the ground and went further ahead to lead by 65pts at the last change. East never let up and piled on another six goals in the last quarter with Matt Dempsey booting five.
EAST GAMBIER 19-17 CRUSHED SOUTH GAMBIER 6-3 39
Round 10 - July 15, 2017
Best: East - J. Fry, M. Dempsey, J. Forster, T. Balshaw, M. McCallum, M. Kieselbach. South - S. Fleming, A. Bryant, H. Capewell, K. Bowd. Goals: East - M. Dempsey 5, S. Balshaw 2, K. Thomson 2, M. McCallum 2, M. Kieselbach 2, M. Willson 2, J. Dawe, G. Cooper, J. Fry, M. Ferguson. South - C. Williams, A. Bryant, J. Capewell, D. Ridding, B. Kain, R. Broome
Best: Casterton Sandford - D. Ayton, D. Wombwell, B. Guthrie, T. Clode, B. Currie, H. Jarrad. West - L. Bradley-Brown, S. Zeitz, J. Ferguson-Lane, T. Lewis, J. Blackwell, J. Schapel. Goals: Casterton Sandford - H. Jarrad 3, D. Ayton 2, M. Cummings 2, T. Nesbitt 2, T. Shannon, K. Carlin, T. McArlein, R. Killey, B. Currie, B. Galpin, M. Rogers. West - J. Schapel 3, S. Zeitz 2, T. Zeitz
Best: North - F. Marshall, N. McInerney, B. Kennedy, D. Carmody, B. Close. Millicent - D. Tincknell, B. Gibbs, R. Duncan, J. Verbena, L. Smith, D. Bromley. Goals: North - S. Stafford 3, D. Carmody 3, T. McLennan 3, B. Close 2, F. Marshall 2, M. Ashby, C. Birks, T. Edwards, N. McInerney, B. Egan, B. Stafford, N. Blachut. Millicent - L. Smith, P. Duncan, D. Tincknell, M. Reilly, H. Nitschke
SOUTH SEE OFF SERIOUS CHALLENGE FROM WEST
Tuesday July 4, 2017
West Gambier’s defensive tactics nearly brought South Gambier undone when the underdog led for almost all of the first half. South won plenty of the ball across the midfield and halfback but failed to capatilise, with erratic kicking for goal against the miserly West defence led by youngster Mitch Kipping. West repeatedly cut off South’s errant forward moves and counter attacked in the second term to lead by 7 points at halftime.
Scoring was difficult for both teams in the fluky breeze and Kain was the only dangerous forward in the game, which gave South an edge. Only a solitary point separated the teams at three quarter-time with West’s deadly accuracy keeping them in front. South, with a greater spread of good players now took control and West were unable to stop them with Kain ever dangerous at full forward. Talented youngsters in Jack Capewell, Dylan Ridding and Broome along with Ash Bryant pushed past the West defence to give sSuth a hard fought 16 point win. The win strengthened their grip on fourth spot.
SOUTH GAMBIER 9-11 65 AFTER A BATTLE, WEST GAMBIER 8-1 49
East Gambier controlled play for most of the first half against Millicent and kept the Saints goal-less until well into the second quarter. At one stage they led by more than six goals. Millicent battled hard but lacked the cohesion to score goals when it mattered, East on the other hand were more workmanlike than brilliant but continually managed to find a way to goal.
From late in the second term Millicent matched East on the scoreboard but couldn’t sustain the effort to reduce East’s big lead and still trailed by 26 points entering the last quarter. A couple of early chances only resulted in minor scores for Millicent before East took complete control of play and booted the last four goals of the game to win easily by 54 points. East Gambier continue to hold onto top spot but not convincingly whilst Millicent have some injury woes but more importantly, some teamwork problems! Willson, Kev Thomson and Tully Balshaw, hardly frighteningly good, were East Gambier’s best. Lyndon Smith, Bromley and Hobbs battled hard for Millicent.
EAST GAMBIER 14-17 101 EASILY OVER MILLICENT 6-11 47
North Gambier started in blistering form against Casterton/Sandford and their supporters could be excused of dreaming of a twenty-five goal win. The Tigers set the ground alight with nine goals to one and Casterton/Sandford were reduced to mere spectators. North dominated almost every position on the ground and led by 48 points. Whilst the North were busy patting themselves on the back Casterton/Sandford regrouped and set about retrieving the situation. Their defences tightened and their work-rate lifted around the stoppages and whilst they didn’t bombard the goals like North did earlier, they did make inroads and put the game back on an even keel to trail by 24 points at half-time.
North coach Winis Imbi justifiably ripped into his players behind closed doors in the break for playing like millionaires when they should have been 15 goals in front. North goaled quickly at the start of the third quarter but Casterton/Sandford continued to make every possession hard earnt. North led by 39 points at three quarter-time, a far cry from it might have been.
Casterton/Sandford outscored North in the last quarter but the damage had been done in the first quarter and North ran out winners by 32 points. Brad Close and Nick McInerney were good for North whilst Hamish Telford continued his consistent good form on the wing. Casterton/Sandfords’ best after a disastrous start were mop-haired Billy Galpin, Cummings and Clode.
NORTH GAMBIER 14-11 95 DEFEATED CASTERTON/SANDFORD 9-9 63
Round 9 - July 1, 2017
Best: South - R. Broome, J. Capewell, D. Ridding, A. Bryant, D. Stratford. West - M. Kipping, N. Taylor, J. Pfitzner, S. Zeitz, K. Giddings, A. Hentschke. Goals: South - B. Kain 3, D. Ridding 2, A. Bryant 2, R. Broome 1, H. Capewell 1. West - K. Giddings 2, A. Hentschke 2, S. Wenman 2, S. Zeitz 1, T. Zeitz 1
Best: East - M. Willson, K. Thomson, T. Balshaw, J. Eldridge, P. Hatch, K. Rodis. Millicent - P. Duncan, B. Gibbs, D. Bromley, C. Hobbs, L. Smith, T. Hutchesson. Goals: East - K. Thomson 3, M. McCallum 3, M. Rumbelow 2, B. Clark 1, M. Dempsey 1, T. Balshaw 1, J. Fry 1, J. Eldridge 1, M. Willson 1. Millicent - L. Smith 1, T. Hutchesson 1, C. Hobbs 1, M. Reilly 1, P. Duncan 1, D. Bromley 1
Best: North - B. Close, N. McInerney, H. Telford, J. Mansell, C. Buckley, L. Symons. Casterton Sandford - B. Galpin, M. Cummings, T. Clode, S. Broomby, N. Upton, J. Stephenson. Goals: North - D. Carmody 3, T. McInerney 3, B. Close 2, S. Stafford 2, J. Jenner, T. McLennan, N. Blachut, H. Telford. Casterton Sandford - R. Killey 3, T. Clode 2, D. Ayton, T. Nesbitt, J. Stephenson, B. Galpin
CASTERTON/SANDFORD SQUANDER CHANCES
AND DRAW WITH EAST GAMBIER
Sunday 25 June 2017
Casterton/Sandford were the better team for most of the game against league leaders East Gambier but only came away with a share of the points. After an even first quarter when both teams traded goals the Cats led by three points. East had several chances in the second term but the Casterton defenders harassed the East forwards into error whilst the Cat forwards made the most of theirs to boot five goals and race to a 28 point lead at the halfway mark.
Cummings and Josh Stephenson won plenty of kicks around the midfield but also gave solid support to the defence. East needed a big effort in the third quarter but the Cats again matched them on the scoreboard and looked to be going like winners when they still led by 25 points at the last change. Slowly but surely East closed the gap and with Casterton/Sandford playing like a team who thought they had the game won at three quarter-time were now forced to save it. The Cats missed two very gettable goals which would have put East out of reach but many of Casterton/Sandford’s earlier contributors had now gone missing. Stephenson took several strong marks to hold East up and Cummings still won kicks but East levelled the scores in the dying stages and the siren sounded with play inside the East forward line and the scores locked together on 71 points.
CASTERTON/SANDFORD 11-5 71 DREW WITH EAST GAMBIER 10-11 71
SOUTH GAMBIER RETURN TO WINNERS LIST AGAINST MILLICENT
South Gambier, disappointing in recent games, bounced back strongly and stunned Millicent in the first quarter to lead by 17 points at quarter time. The Demons big men in Ryan and Fleming and provided many chances for the on-ballers. South continued to dominate the play in a spiteful game and went further ahead in the second term to lead by 37 points. Kain, Slape and Ash Bryant had all been dangerous around goal for South whilst Jenkin had curbed Duncan’s influence at the other end. Millicent finally got into the game in the third quarter but South still had plenty of the play. Bromley, Dylan Tincknell and Tom Hutchesson battled hard to reduce South’s lead to just 17 points at the last change. The last quarter was an arm wrestle with only one goal scored as defences of both teams forced play from one end to the other but only points resulted. South defenders Brad Bryant, O’Neil and Jenkin played strongly to keep Millicent out and the margin was only 12 points in South’s favour at the finish.
SOUTH GAMBIER 10-9 69 NARROWLY DEFEATED MILLICENT 8-9 57
West Gambier harassed, tackled and frustrated North Gambier throughout the first quarter but with most players in their back half they were unable to put scoreboard pressure on North. North started to out class West in the second quarter but played a bit like millionaires and sprayed goal-kicking chances everywhere but still held a match-winning lead of 40 points at the halftime break. Wenman, Robson and Kipping had battled hard for West but the North forward line was being peppered with chances. Josh Jenner had starred in defence for North and continually drove them forward whislt mobile tall men Sam Stafford and Kennedy dominated across the midfield and half-forward line. North continued on their merry way in the second half and kept West to a solitary point in the last quarter to win easily by 74 points.
NORTH GAMBIER 15-18 108 TOO GOOD FOR WEST GAMBIER 5-4 34
Round 8 - June 24, 2017
Best: South - J. Ryan, S. Fleming, B. Bryant, N. Jenkin, B. O''Neil. Millicent - T. Hutchesson, D. Tincknell, D. Bromley, B. Gibbs, H. Nitschke. Goals: South - A. Bryant 2, C. Slape 2, B. Kain 2, C. Williams, R. Broome, B. O''Neil, J. Schleter. Millicent - D. Bromley 3, S. Willis 2, T. Hutchesson 2, H. Nitschke
Best: North - J. Jenner, S. Stafford, T. McLennan, B. Kennedy, T. Edwards. West - N. Taylor, S. Robson, B. Hosking, A. Hentschke, S. Zeitz, M. Kipping. Goals: North - T. McLennan 5, B. Close 3, T. Edwards 3, N. Moretti 2, S. Stafford, H. Telford. West - L. Lean 2, S. Zeitz, A. Hentschke, D. Robbins
Best: East - N. Forrest, M. Ferguson, J. Eldridge, M. Rumbelow, J. Fry, P. Hatch. Casterton Sandford - M. Cummings, J. Stephenson, D. Wombwell, K. Carlin, B. Guthrie, T. Clode. Goals: East - M. Rumbelow 5, M. Dempsey, M. McCallum, P. Hatch, J. Fry, S. Balshaw. Casterton Sandford - J. Stephenson 3, D. Ryan 2, T. McArlein 2, H. Jarrad, T. Clode, B. Galpin, R. Killey
EAST GAMBIER’S UNBEATEN RUN ENDS WITH THRASHING
June 18, 2017 - Terry Willoughby reports
After a tight first 10 minutes North Gambier split the game with a burst of six goals in which forward Nic Moretti mesmerised the East defence with some individual brilliance. East who were minus coach Matt Scanlon and a couple of others were completely rudderless. Trailing by 40 points early in the second term they hit back with three goals but North steadied and slammed through three of their own and the margin was out to 38 points. North were much quicker, better skilled and used the centre corridor well to exploit east’s lack of effort and poor teamwork.
The third quarter was more of the same with North’s small men feeding off the strong ruck-work of Kennedy and sending the ball forward where Tom McLennan and Moretti continued to torment the East defenders. North’s lead blew out to 60 points at the last change and East were in disarray. The Tigers conceded two early goals in the last quarter but any East challenge was quickly snuffed out as North piled on another six goals to win impressively by 86 points and really give other teams something to think about.
NORTH GAMBIER 20-12 132 THRASHED EAST GAMBIER 6-10 46
Casterton/Sandford proved their form of recent games was no flash in the pan when they defeated South Gambier. South maybe in something of a rebuild but are still have a nucleus of good players but the Cats jumped to lead early and kept their noses in front all game. With josh Stephenson leading the way the Cats increased the margin to 25 points at half-time in a low scoring and not very pretty contest. Goals were hard to get as South battled to stay in touch but Casterton/Sandford stretched their lead to 27 points atthree quarter-time. The Cats with Dylan Ayton back after injury winning plenty of kicks continually blocked South’s way forward and despite scoring only two goals in the final term they won comfortably by 33 points and elbowed their way into the top four.
CASTERTON/SANDFORD 11-13 79 TOO STRONG FOR SOUTH GAMBIER 7-4 46
West Gambier had thoughts of causing an upset when they led narrowly against Millicent but saw those hopes fade rapidly when the Saints rattled on five goals to just one in the second quarter and race to a 20 point lead. Hamish Nitschke and Joe Walker were in good touch for Millicent and long-kicking Tom Hutchesson was also doing well. West again bounced back in the third term when they kept Millicent goal-less whilst making the most of their own limited opportunities to close the margin to just 4 points with just a quarter to play. Millicent’s better players again led the way and despite West’s tenacity they battled their way to a 17 point but unimpressive win.
MILLICENT 9-17 71 DEFEATED WEST GAMBIER 7-12 54
Round 7 scores - June 17, 2017
Best: Casterton Sandford - J. Stephenson, K. Carlin, J. Gibbs, T. Shannon, M. Cummings, N. Upton. South - S. Fleming, C. Slape, A. Bryant, L. Bull, T. Saffin. Goals: Casterton Sandford - J. Stephenson 3, D. Ayton 2, H. Jarrad 2, D. Ryan, T. Clode, T. Nesbitt, J. Searle. South - A. Bryant 3, C. Slape 2, B. Kain 2
Best: Millicent - H. Nitschke, J. Walker, T. Hutchesson, C. Hobbs, D. Tincknell, M. Gordon. West - K. Giddings, A. Gibbs, T. Zeitz, S. Zeitz, L. Bradley-Brown, J. Pfitzner. Goals: Millicent - S. Willis 2, D. Bromley 2, H. Nitschke 2, D. Tincknell, M. Gordon, M. Reilly. West - L. Lean 2, J. Schapel, K. Giddings, A. Gibbs, T. Zeitz, A. Hentschke
Best: North - F. Marshall, M. Ashby, N. McInerney, T. McLennan, B. Egan, N. Moretti. East - J. McKeon, J. Dawe, P. Hatch, M. Ferguson, B. Clark, K. Rodis. Goals: North - T. McLennan 5, N. Moretti 4, F. Marshall 3, N. McInerney, H. Telford, B. Close, D. Carmody, B. Stafford, J. Jenner, S. Stafford, N. Blachut. East - J. Dawe 2, K. Thomson, T. Williams, M. McCallum, J. Fry
CASTERTON/SANDFORD CAUSE UPSET AND GET OFF THE BOTTOM
June 4, 2017 - Terry Willoughby reports
Casterton/Sandford, narrow losers on several occasions this year, chose a good time to please their supporters when they outplayed second placed Millicent all game to have their first win of the season. Whilst their recent form hasn’t been all that poor, their kicking for goal has, but they made amends against the Saints in emphatic style. The Cats ran to an early lead and never looked back with recruit, Cummings winning handsomely around the centre and Matt Killey providing a forward target. Millicent didn’t appear sluggish, they were just outplayed by a more polished team who stretched their lead to 28 points at half-time. Millicent lifted a little after the long break with coach Clint Gallio and Bromley trying to rouse their team-mates but Casterton continued to maintain their hold on the game with strong play from Daniel Wombwell and Stepthenson. The Cats sniffed a chance to win and finished well with 4 goals to Millicent’s solitary one and win well by 40 points.
CASTERTON/SANDFORD 15-6 96 TOO GOOD FOR MILLICENT 8-8 56
Last years grand finalists North and South Gambier again lined up but with not all together convincing form so far this season. Both teams were coming off losses and had something to prove. The first term was relatively even with North leading by just seven points. North’s tall forwards in Stafford and McLennan were proving a handful for the South defenders and Kennedy in the ruck gave his on-ballers plenty of chances. North got away to a good lead at the half-time break when they held South to just a single point. North started the third quarter with a 33 point lead and had much more of the play but scoring became difficult with Bret O’neil and Conner O’Reilley defending stoutly. North had a touch of the yips around goal and South scored twice late in the term through Brayden Kain who was their only effective forward. The last quarter was the most free-scoring of all but was North who raced away to win quite easily by 52 points. Their more precise skills was a telling difference between the teams.
NORTH GAMBIER 16-7 103 EASILY SOUTH GAMBIER 8-3 51
East Gambier always had their game against West Gambier under control although West had their moments, there were just not enough of them. Rugged defence by West early on contained the East forwards but West didn’t move the play on quickly enough and wasted opportunities as a result. East always attempted to open up play with quick ball movement and had doubled West’s score by half-time. Tempers became a little frayed in the second term when West coach Steve Wenman was yellow-carded following a crude attempted tackle. East increased their lead in the third quarter with Kev Thomson and Rumbelow providing goals and the Bulldogs led by 31 points. East again asserted their dominance early in the last quarter and put the game beyond West’s reach. A couple of late goals to West improved their score-line but East remain unbeaten and on top of the ladder.
EAST GAMBIER 13-17 95 COMFORTABLY OVER WEST GAMBIER 9-6 60
Round 6 - June 3, 2017
Best: North - Sam Stafford, Fraser Marshall, Brock Egan, Tom McLennan, Brett Kennedy. South - Brett O'Neil, Brayden Kain, Connor O'Reilley, Ashley Bryant, Bradley Bryant. Goals: North - Tom McLennan 4, Bradley Close 2, Declan Carmody 2, Brett Kennedy 2, Nicholas McInerney 1, Sam Stafford 1, Brock Egan 1. South - Brayden Kain 5, Jake Tentye 1, Jake Schleter 1, Scott Fleming 1
Best: Casterton Sandford - Michael Cummings, Daniel Wombwell, Joshua Stephenson, Tynan Shannon, Jackson Gibbs, James Boulton. Millicent - Dylan Bromley, Clinton Gallio, Reece Duncan, Tom Hutchesson, Lyndon Smith, James Weir. Goals: Casterton Sandford - Ricky Killey 4, Tynan Shannon 2, Joshua Stephenson 2, Trent Nesbitt 2, Hamish Jarrad 2, Dylan Ryan 1, Tom McArlein 1, Michael Cummings 1. Millicent - Peter Duncan 3, Hamish Nitschke 1, Ethan Glass 1, Mitchell Reilly 1, Clinton Gallio 1, Joe Walker 1
Best: East - S. Balshaw, J. Eldridge, M. Dempsey, M. Ferguson, N. Forrest, M. McCallum. West - A. Pfitzner, S. Zeitz, K. Giddings, M. Kipping, S. Robson, J. Blackwell. East - K. Thomson 3, M. Rumbelow 3, S. Balshaw 2, F. Scanlon, T. Balshaw, M. Ferguson, M. Willson, M. Scanlon. West - J. Schapel 2, T. Lewis, A. Pfitzner, J. Ferguson-Lane, L. Bradley-Brown, K. Giddings, R. Kuller, R. Hosking
WEST GAMBIER BREAKS THROUGH AS ELECTRICAL STORM THREATENS IN ROUND FIVE
Best: Millicent - Clinton Gallio, Dylan Bromley, Hamish Nitschke, Sam Willis, James Weir, Mitchell Gordon. North - Brett Kennedy, Bradley Close, Nicholas McInerney, Declan Carmody, Tom Edwards, Leigh Symons. Goals: Millicent - Peter Duncan 3, Dylan Bromley 3, Sam Willis 3, Mitchell Gordon 2, Lyndon Smith 1. North - Declan Carmody 4, Bradley Close 3, Tom Edwards 2, Sam Stafford 1, Brock Egan 1
Best: West - Lawrence Bradley-Brown, Sam Robson, Sam Zeitz, Jesse Pfitzner, Kyle Giddings, Joe Ferguson-Lane. Casterton Sandford - Matthew Killey, Dylan Ryan, Mark Cowland, Tynan Shannon, Tom McArlein, Michael Cummings. Goals: West - Todd Lewis 2, Tomas Zeitz 2, Steven Wenman 2, Joshua Schapel 2, Kyle Giddings 1, Alex Hentschke 1. Casterton Sandford - Dylan Ryan 2, Joshua Searle 1, Tom McArlein 1, Kyle Carlin 1, Hamish Jarrad 1, Todd Clode 1
Best: East - Shem Balshaw, Jayden Eldridge, Mark Rumbelow, Matt Willson, Matt Dempsey, Kevin Thomson. South - Dylan Ridding, Taylor Saffin, Nicholas Jenkin, Brett O'Neil, Jak Ryan. Goals; East - Kevin Thomson 3, Mark Rumbelow 3, Jesse Fry 2, Matthew Scanlon 2, Shem Balshaw 2, Matt Willson 2, Jack Dawe 1. South - Brayden Kain 3, Brett O'Neil 2, Ashley Bryant 2, Mason Hein 1, Scott Fleming 1
Round 4 - May 20, 2017
Best: South - B. Bryant, B. O''Neil, J. Tentye, J. Foster, B. Kain. West - R. Fox, T. Zeitz, S. Zeitz, L. Bradley-Brown, T. Lewis, A. Pfitzner. Goals: South - J. Capewell 4, B. Kain 4, B. O''Neil 3, S. Fleming 3, A. Bryant 2, T. Vassallo, D. Ridding, D. Stratford, B. Glynn. West - T. Zeitz 4, J. Schapel, S. Zeitz, S. Wenman
Best: North - N. McInerney, B. Kennedy, D. Carmody, T. Edwards, N. Mark. Casterton Sandford - T. Nesbitt, J. Stephenson, T. McArlein, B. Galpin, K. Carlin, J. Boulton. Goals: North - D. Carmody 3, T. McLennan 3, B. Close 2, S. Stafford 2, H. Telford 2, F. Marshall, B. Stafford, T. Edwards. Casterton Sandford - T. McArlein 5, T. Nesbitt 4, M. Cummings, K. Carlin, J. Boulton, H. Jarrad, B. Galpin
Best: East - K. Ransom, M. Dempsey, M. McCallum, S. Balshaw, K. Thomson, J. Eldridge. Millicent - T. Hutchesson, C. Gallio, S. Duldig, B. Gibbs, L. Smith, J. Grimes. Goals: East - K. Thomson 3, M. Scanlon 3, M. Rumbelow 2, K. Ransom 2, M. McCallum, G. Cooper, J. Fry. Millicent - M. Reilly 3, C. Gallio 2, D. Bromley 2, S. Duldig, B. Gibbs, P. Duncan, S. Willis
Round 3 - May 6, 2017
Best: East - M. Dempsey, M. Ferguson, J. Dawe, J. Eldridge, M. Kieselbach, P. Hatch. Casterton Sandford - T. Shannon, M. Rogers, J. Stephenson, M. Killey, B. Guthrie, N. Upton. Goals: East - M. Dempsey 4, J. Dawe 3, K. Thomson 2, M. Rumbelow 2, G. Cooper 2, M. Willson, M. Scanlon, N. Forrest, M. Ferguson, J. Fry, T. Balshaw. Casterton Sandford - J. Stephenson 3, T. McArlein 2, T. Clode, H. Jarrad, M. Cummings
Best: North - B. Stafford, B. Close, D. Carmody, N. McInerney, D. Munn, N. Blachut. West - T. Lewis, T. Zeitz, J. Pfitzner, S. Robson, B. Hosking, D. Robbins. Goals: North - B. Close 2, A. Costin 2, D. Munn 2, T. McLennan 2, S. Stafford 2, T. Edwards, D. Carmody, B. Stafford, B. Kennedy. West - J. Pfitzner 2, T. Lewis, T. Zeitz, A. Hentschke, J. Coombe, R. Hosking
Best: Millicent - C. Hobbs, R. Duncan, J. Weir, P. Duncan, H. Nitschke, T. Hutchesson. South - B. O''Neil, J. Ryan, J. Capewell. Goals: Millicent - P. Duncan 4, H. Schultz, S. Willis, E. Glass. South - B. O''Neil, T. Opie, A. Bryant
Round 2 - April 29, 2017
Best: East – not av. North - D. Munn, N. McInerney, B. Stafford, B. Close, T. McLennan. Goals: East - M. Rumbelow 6, M. Scanlon 3, J. Dawe 2, K. Thomson 2, M. McCallum, M. Dempsey. North - T. McLennan 3, B. Close, H. Telford, M. Lewis, D. Carmody, S. Stafford, W. Lewis
Best: South - A. Bryant, B. O''Neil, B. Bryant, D. Stratford, N. Jenkin. Casterton Sandford - T. Nesbitt, J. Stephenson, M. Cowland, D. Ryan, T. Shannon, M. Killey. Goals: South - A. Bryant 5, B. Kain 2, J. Ryan, T. Vassallo, B. Glynn. Casterton Sandford - J. Stephenson 3, T. Nesbitt 2, B. Guthrie, D. Ryan, M. Cummings, T. McArlein, J. Shepherd
Best: Millicent - C. Hobbs, C. Gallio, T. Pratt, H. Nitschke, S. Duldig, M. Gordon. West - R. Hosking, L. Bradley-Brown, L. Lean, S. Robson, J. Pfitzner, J. Coombe. Goals: Millicent - P. Duncan 4, D. Tincknell 2, D. Bromley 2, T. Hutchesson 2, C. Gallio 2, M. Gordon 2, M. Reilly, B. Gibbs, H. Schultz, H. Nitschke. West - J. Blackwell 2, A. Hentschke, T. Zeitz, L. Morton, L. Lean
Round 1 - April 25, 2017
Best: North - H. Telford, N. Blachut, B. Close, N. McInerney, M. Ashby, J. Jenner. South - B. O''Neil, D. Ridding, B. Miller, J. Foster, A. Bryant. Goals: North - T. McLennan 3, B. Close 2, W. Stafford 2, S. Stafford, N. Blachut, H. Telford, D. Carmody, N. McInerney, B. Kennedy. South - B. Kain, J. Ryan, B. Glynn
Saturday April 22, 2017
Best: East - K. Thomson, J. Fry, F. Scanlon, T. Williams, S. Balshaw, M. Rumbelow. West - T. Lewis, L. Bradley-Brown, J. Pfitzner, T. Zeitz, R. Fox, J. Coombe. Goals: East - K. Thomson 5, M. Scanlon 3, J. Fry 3, M. Rumbelow 2, J. Dawe, T. Williams, M. Dempsey, S. Balshaw, J. McKeon. West - J. Schapel 3, R. Hosking, A. Gibbs, A. Hentschke
Best: Millicent - C. Gallio, H. Nitschke, D. Bromley, S. Duldig, C. Gysbers, D. Tincknell. Casterton Sandford - M. Cummings, M. Jarrad, T. McArlein, J. Stephenson, T. Shannon, S. Broomby. Goals: Millicent - D. Bromley 5, P. Duncan 4, J. Grimes, M. Reilly, S. Willis, T. Hutchesson, C. Gallio. Casterton Sandford - K. Carlin 2, M. Cummings 2, T. Shannon, J. Gibbs, J. Searle, T. McArlein
NORTH REVERSE SEMI RESULT TO WIN FLAG
Grand Final report with Terry Willoughby
South Gambier won the toss in swirling windy conditions against crosstown rival North Gambier and kicked to the Velodrome end. The wind did the crowd no favours with play concentrated on the outer wing. North were first to goal through Brad Close but defences on both sides maintained a strong grip on forward moves and goals were hard to come by. Brayden Kain was dangerous at full forward for South as both teams sought to gain control. There was plenty of feeling in the game and players had a bonding session in the northern end goal-square before North got their second major and they led narrowly at quarter time and South hadn’t made the most of a small scoring advantage.
North started the second quarter well but South resisted strongly and the margin between them rarely got beyond two goals. North had more of the play through Nick McInerney and Brock Egan around the stoppages where Brett Kennedy was doing a great job for North whose speed around the big ground suited their runners and tight defence by Buckley and Blachut cut of many South forward moves. Kain again stepped in and goaled for South to keep them in close touch before the main break but North appeared to be going better although leading by just 13 points.
South needed a big effort to get on terms in the third quarter but North held them for a long time before Ash Bryant and Kain goaled to bring them right into the game, Bronson Saffin crashed heavily after a great mark but he hadn’t been a significant player. North also goaled to keep the margin beyond two kicks. North had opportunities go begging and South responded with a late goal to finish the quarter only 3 points in arrears. There was still plenty of feeling in the game as played raced up and down the ground as both defences worked overtime to keep the forwards under control and only minor scores were registered. South were battling hard with coach Brett Exelby doing everything to lift his team, he set up numerous forward moves only to see them breakdown when chopped of by Tim McInerney and Nic Blachut who used the ball more efficiently than two weeks ago. Neither team could get the break they were looking for but North managed a goal to go seven points clear but South got it back through Kain and the arm wrestle continued.
North found Hamish Telford on the wing and he provided plenty of drive in the last quarter as South struggled to get forward. North overdid the handball on several occasions and coughed the ball up but South were unable to capitalize on the mistakes. Play again switched to the outer wing and Buckley broke up a South forward in front of the scoreboard and forced the ball to half forward where Sam Stafford, a more than useful player all day, ran around his opponent and kicked long to the forward pocket where Matt McInerney used his pace to outpoint South’s Dion Stratford and race in for a goal which put North two goals in front with little time remaining in a low scoring contest. South again had the chance to go forward but siren sounded with North Gambier twelve points ahead and now premiers for 2016 and four flags in the last 5 years. South Gambier were gallant in defeat and lost no admirers in the large crowd. Better players for North, in a low scoring but highly entertaining game, were Nick McInerney around the packs, Brad Close on the ball and near goal, Brett Kennedy for his work in the ruck, Blachut and Buckley in defence, Brock Egan, Sam Stafford and Matt McInerney for their significant contributions late. South, also had many good players but they just couldn’t string good enough passages together, Brayden Kain was a constant threat on the forward line and booted five goals, Brett Exelby got plenty of possessions across the mid-field, Ash Bryant had his moments and booted a team lifting goal, Brad Bryant was useful but not as prolific as usual and Hamish Stevens picked up plenty of kicks.
Best on ground was Nick McInerney, North Gambier.
Grand Final on September 17, 2016
Best: North - T. McInerney, B. Close, B. Egan , F. Marshall, M. McInerney, N. Blachut. South - B. Kain, B. Exelby, B. Bryant, H. Stevens, A. Bryant, N. Jenkin. Goals: North - B. Close 3, S. Stafford 2, N. Moretti, M. McInerney, B. Stafford. South - B. Kain 5, J. Schleter, A. Bryant, H. Stevens
April 22 Round 1
Millicent V Casterton Sandford
East Gambier V West Gambier
North Gambier V South Gambier (Anzac Day)
April 29 Round 2
East Gambier V North Gambier
West Gambier V Millicent
South Gambier V Casterton Sandford
May 6 Round 3
North Gambier V West Gambier
Millicent V South Gambier
Casterton Sandford V East Gambier
League Bye - Mount Gambier Gold Cup
May-20 Round 4
Casterton Sandford V North Gambier
South Gambier V West Gambier
Millicent V East Gambier
May 27 Round 5
North Gambier V Millicent
West Gambier V Casterton Sandford
East Gambier V South Gambier
Jun 3 Round 6
South Gambier V North Gambier
Casterton Sandford V Millicent
East Gambier V West Gambier
Bye - SE Zone Championships - Host WBFL
Jun 17 Round 7
North Gambier V East Gambier
Millicent V West Gambier
Casterton Sandford V South Gambier
Jun 24 Round 8
West Gambier V North Gambier
South Gambier V Millicent
East Gambier V Casterton Sandford
Jul 1 Round 9
North Gambier V Casterton Sandford
West Gambier V South Gambier
East Gambier V Millicent
Bye - SA State Championships
Jul 15 10
Millicent V North Gambier
Casterton Sandford V West Gambier
South Gambier V East Gambier
Jul 22 Round 11
North Gambier V South Gambier
West Gambier V East Gambier
Millicent V Casterton Sandford
Jul 29 Round 12
East Gambier V North Gambier
West Gambier V Millicent
South Gambier V Casterton Sandford
Aug 5 Round 13
North Gambier V West Gambier
Millicent V South Gambier
Casterton Sandford V East Gambier
Aug 12 Round 14
Casterton Sandford V North Gambier
South Gambier V West Gambier
Millicent V East Gambier
Aug 19 Round 15
North Gambier V Millicent
West Gambier V Casterton Sandford
East Gambier V South Gambier
Aug 26 Round 16
Casterton Sandford V Millicent
West Gambier V East Gambier
South Gambier V North Gambier
Sep 2 First Semi Final
Hosted By South Gambier
Sep 9 Second Semi Final
Hosted By West Gambier
Sep 16 Preliminary Final
Hosted By Millicent
Sep 23 Grand Final
Hosted By Casterton Sandford