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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

North

8.4

12.7

8.8

22.10 (142)

South

1.2

3.7

7.9

8.10 (58)

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

East

2.3

9.4

10.8

12.11 (83)

West

1.2

2.3

3.5

3.6 (24)

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

Casterton Sandford

5.4

6.6

8.8

9.11 (65)

Millicent

0.3

2.5

2.5

4.5 (29)

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

South

1.1

2.2

4.2

6.3 (39)

East

6.8

9.8

13.13

19.17 (131)

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

Casterton Sandford

3.2

5.6

9.8

16.10 (106)

West

1.0

3.2

4.5

6.9 (45)

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

Millicent

-

0.6

1.8

5.13 (43)

North

8.4

15.6

18.9

20.10 (130)

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

South

2.2

3.6

5.6

9.11 (65)

West

3.1

5.1

6.1

8.1 (49)

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

East

2.5

9.9

10.11

14.17 (101)

Millicent

0.6

3.6

6.9

6.11 (47)

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

North

9.1

9.4

12.9

14.11 (95)

Casterton Sandford

1.1

5.2

6.6

9.9 (63)

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

South

4.1

9.3

10.3

10.9 (69)

Millicent

1.2

3.2

7.4

8.9 (57)

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

West

2.2

2.3

5.3

5.4 (34)

North

3.5

7.13

11.14

15.18 (108)

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

East

3.3

3.5

6.8

10.11 (71)

Casterton Sandford

3.0

8.3

11.3

11.5 (71)

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

Casterton Sandford

3.2

6.9

8.11

11.13 (79)

South Gambier

0.1

3.2

5.2

7.4 (46)

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

Millicent

1.6

6.9

6.12

9.17 (71)

West

2.4

3.7

6.8

7.12 (54)

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

North

5.5

9.7

14.9

20.12 (132)

East

0.1

3.6

4.9

6.10 (46)

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

North

4.1

8.4

9.7

16.7 (103)

South

3.0

3.1

5.2

8.3 (51)

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

Casterton Sandford

4.2

9.3

11.4

15.6 (96)

Millicent

1.3

4.5

7.6

8.8 (56)

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

East

3.4

6.10

9.12

13.17 (95)

West

1.2

3.5

5.5

9.6 (60)

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
West Gambier matched Casterton/Sandford early and probably should have been ahead at quarter-time but for some basic skill errors which the Cats failed to capitalise on. West sneaked away in the second quarter but Casterton/Sandford kept in touch but were contained by inaccuracy and some solid defending by Wenman and Fox for West as the darkening storm approached.
The third term started with heavy rain falling but the storm had passed. Casterton /Sandford better realised the danger if the game was halted and did all the attacking early but continued to be plagued by poor finishing and could only manage to level the scores by midway through the quarter. West hadn’t had the ball inside their forward for 15 minutes but then booted two late goals to regain the lead and bring the Cats’ work undone and lead by four points at three quarter-time with further heavy weather coming. West continued to cough the ball up when seemingly going well but the Cats could not profit and only booted one last quarter goal from four attempts whilst West managed two in the darkness to notch their first win for 2017 by nine points and severely dent Casterton/Sandford’s finals hopes.
WEST GAMBIER 10-5 65 DEFEATED CASTERTON/SANDFORD 7-14 56
North Gambier started well against Millicent when kicking to what appeared the disadvantage end. . Kennedy in the ruck was giving his on-ballers plenty of chances and they used their leg speed to break clear and with Close and Carmody always dangerous near goal the Tigers led narrowly at quarter-time. North continued to call the tune in the second term as Millicent wasted chances near goal. Clint Gallio was trying hard to lift his team but North still held an 11 point lead at half-time where again the severe storm threatened.
Both teams were finding goals hard to get in the third quarter as rain fell and defenders kept a tight rein on proceedings. North were clinging to the lead but Millicent’s greater physical strength was beginning to be a factor in the gloomy conditions. The Saints booted four goals for the term and briefly hit the front before North goaled late to regain the lead by five points at three quarter-time. An early goal to Carmody in the last quarter put North 12 points ahead and they looked in control but started playing a keepings off game a bit early and a kick out of bounds on the full by Nic Mark gave Millicent a sniff and they regained momentum through Gallio and Bromley who goaled to get the scores back to even. Now Millicent’s strength became crucial as North were wilting. Two more goals gave the Saints a 13 point buffer which was enough despite a last minute goal from North and Millicent salvaged an 8 point win which had looked unlikely early in the last quarter.
MILLICENT 12-11 83 NARROWLY OVER NORTH GAMBIER 11-9 75
Top team, East Gambier struggled to shake off long-time rival South Gambier in the first quarter and led by just six points at the first change. Both team’s defences had been on top in the low-scoring game but the second quarter saw a change as East piled on the goals but South went close to matching them but East had more attacking options with Shem Balshaw playing one of his infrequent good games. East slammed on eight goals to South’s five and led by 21 points at the long break. Weather also played a part in this game as scoring became very difficult and East kept South to just 2 points for the quarter but extended their lead to 34 points with two goals. The hard fought battle continued in the last quarter but South were behind the 8-ball and East kept a tight grip on the game and went on to win by 39 points.
EAST GAMBIER 15-10 100 TOO STRONG FOR SOUTH GAMBIER 9-7 61

Round 5 - May 27, 2017

Millicent

2.5

4.7

8.9

12.11 (83)

North

3.3

6.6

9.8

11.9 (75)

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

West

2.3

6.3

8.3

10.5 (65)

Casterton Sandford

2.3

4.6

6.11

7.14 (56)

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

East

2.1

10.5

12.8

15.10 (100)

South

1.1

7.2

7.4

9.7 (61)

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

South

4.2

7.5

11.8

20.12 (132)

West

3.1

5.5

6.6

7.8 (50)

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

Casterton Sandford

3.4

7.7

9.9

14.9 (93)

North

4.1

11.3

13.4

15.5 (95)

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

Millicent

2.1

4.5

7.7

11.11 (77)

East

8.5

9.8

11.12

13.13 (91)

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

East

5.0

9.2

12.4

19.5 (119)

Casteron Sandford

2.4

3.5

6.6

8.8 (56)

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

North

1.1

6.9

9.15

14.22 (106)

West

5.2

5.2

7.3

7.5 (47)

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

Millicent

0.3

2.5

3.8

7.11 (53)

South

1.0

2.1

2.4

3.5 (23)

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

East

2.4

4.7

8.10

15.12 (102)

North

-

6.5

8.9

9.12 (66)

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

South

 

 

 

10.10 (70)

Casterton Sandford

 

 

 

10.8 (68)

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

Millicent

6.4

10.8

14.14

18.16 (124)

West

1.1

2.4

3.4

6.9 (45)

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

North

4.3

4.5

8.11

13.12 (90)

South

0.1

0.7

1.8

3.9 (27)

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

East

3.3

9.6

14.8

18.14 (122)

West

1.3

2.4

6.7

6.9 (45)

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

Millicent

1.1

7.3

10.3

14.6 (90)

Casterton Sandford

46

5.7

7.10

8.11 (59)

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

South

2.1

4.1

7.3

8.4 (52)

North

2.4

5.8

6.12

8.16 (64)

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

2017 PROGRAM

April 22     Round 1     

Millicent V Casterton Sandford

East Gambier V West Gambier

April 25

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

 

May 13               

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

 

Jun 10                

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

 

Jul 8                

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