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WESTERN BORDER FOOTBALL - 2010......
(Teams: Casterton, East Gambier, Hamilton, Heywood, Hamilton Imperials, Millicent, North Gambier, Portland, South Gambier and West Gambier)
LEAGUESBEST TEAM EVER
RECORD CROWD WATCHES WEST GAMBIER WIN FIRST FLAG SINCE 1971
by Terry Willoughby (our faithful correspondent since 2007)
Monday 20 September 2010
Supporters came out of the woodwork to see West Gambier and Millicent in the WB Grand Final. Both teams had endured long periods in the football wilderness and had never met before in a grand final. The conditions were cool and breezy with occasional light drizzle and West had 1st use of the breeze, kicking to the motel end of McDonald Park.
Only their 2nd premiership in WB football and their 1st since 1971, they were jubilant with supporters running everywhere to celebrate. Millicent players were likewise devastated, so close and yet so far. Brad Wilson, West Gambier, won the VCFL Medal for best a-field in a in a terrific performance, Josh Ransom, Adam Schultz, young defender Josh Jones, long-kicking mid-fielder Luke Davey and classy Kayne O’Brien played well for the Premiers. Cam Haggett gave another lion-hearted performance in the ruck and around the ground for Millicent, Steve Duldig and Matt Bryant defended resolutely, Nat Robbins, Jack Sullivan and Glen Gascoyne also played well.
West Gambier 6.2 9.3 10.6 11.6 (72)
Millicent 1.1 3.3 7.6 10.9 (69)
MILLICENT WIN BRUISING BATTLE TO REACH GRAND FINAL
SAINTS INTO FIRST GRAND FINAL SINCE 1988
BY TERRY WILLOUGHBY - SEPTEMBER 13, 2010
Saturdays’ WB preliminary final was played in fine, cool conditions, ideal for fast, open football but this was hardly that. Millicent had been hugely disappointing the previous week and needed to redeem themselves whilst South Gambier had shown good form in dispatching Portland.
The 1st qtr was all hard tackling, large packs with many ball-ups and no goals from either team. Everytime South tried to break clear Millicent players tackled ferociously, they stifled South Gambier’s ability to run and create. Millicent’s tall men in the ruck and ahead of centre were a constant threat and they provided a great amount of chances around the stoppages which were taken by strong work from Rehn, Contin and Hosking. The experience of Matt Bryant and Andrew Nitschke in defence forced the South forwards to play far and wide for kicks. Goal-scoring was reminiscent of the drought with scores level at ½ time but both sides had only one goal each.
Millicent broke the scoring deadlock early in the 3rd qtr with goals to ruckman Cam Haggett, full forward Chris Murray and small men Ridley and Allen. Suddenly the game was opening up and South were struggling to stay in touch against the relentless and strong tackling applied by Millicent. Haggett, Gascoyne and Murray controlled the marking contests with South unable to match them. Only unfashionable, unsung battler Chris Williams and Cam Milich were showing much resistance for South who now trailed by almost 6 goals near ¾ time.
Millicent kicked long at every opportunity, specially getting the ball to Nat Robbins and his lethal left foot, they piled on 7 unanswered goals for the term. South needed a miracle but they looked tired after a bruising 3 qtrs. They managed two goals only in the last qtr which weren’t nearly enough and Millicent matched them easily. Milich, Williams and Ben McGregor battled hard for South but many others were unsighted or wilted under the mountain of Millicent tackles.
The Saints march into their 1st Grand Final since 1988. Their better players were many, Haggett, Justin Rehn, Nat Robbins, Troy Hosking and Joe Contin although many others made valuable contributions.
Preliminary Final - September 11, 2010
Best: Millicent - C. Haggett, G. Caelli, J. Rehn, N. Robbins, T. Hosking, J. Contin. South Gambier - C. Williams, C. Milich, B. McGregor, P. Harten. Goals: Millicent - C. Murray 4, D. Dunn 2, C. Haggett 2, D. Ridley 1, A. Allen 1. South Gambier - C. Murray 4, D. Dunn 2, C. Haggett 2, D. Ridley 1, A. Allen 1
WEST INTO GRAND FINAL, PORTLAND GONE
Review by Terry Willoughby - September 6, 2010
Top side Millicent were opposed to a very confident West Gambier in the WB 2nd semi final but were never the hunt. Very wet and slippery conditions made any semblance of systematic football difficult. Millicent were first into attack but couldn’t goal against the strong West defence. Nick Martin used his strength to advantage for West and Mark Bouchier cut off Millicent’s sloppy forward moves easily. West looked a lot better then their one goal lead suggested. Further rain was falling and Millicent were in serious trouble when Jarrod Ryan, Matt Scanlon and Josh Ransom goaled. West were playing with as much precision as the conditions allowed whilst Millicent had no method at all. West held a match-winning lead of 27 pts at halftime, their on-ball brigade of Ransom, Brad Wilson and Luke Davey had been very good. Millicent scarcely had a good player with only Cam Haggett in the ruck, Justin Rehn around the packs and Nitschke at half-back having any impact. West went further ahead with 2 more goals in the 3rd qtr with their better skilled players dominating. They led by 41 pts at the last change. Millicent had sunk, almost without trace, an early West goal further widened the margin and the major interest was now whether Millicent would score a goal at all. West had eased up a little and although Millicent had the ball on their forward line for most of the qtr it took them almost 15 minutes to score their 1st goal, a scrambled shot by Jeremy Hales floated through to the sound of Bronx cheers from the crowd. Big Glen Gascoyne added another for Millicent but they were soundly beaten, the final margin was 32 pts. Better players for West were Rowan Fox, Josh Ransom, Luke Davey and Tim O’Brien but most West players could have been named such was their dominance. Millicent didn’t have anyone who won their position but Cam Haggett, Justin Rehn, Andrew Nitschke and Gascoyne tried hard. Millicent were very exposed for lack of pace and also for a lack of skill and a credible game plan.
What a difference a days makes! Sunday sunshine, even an almost good ground for South and Portland. The 1st qtr was a tight battle with both defences on top, South got a valuable goal against the flow but Portland led by 3 pts. Play opened up in the 2nd qtr and Copping goaled for South which paved the way for Joe Noonan to mark strongly and goal again for South. Jarrod Holt was a danger at full forward for Portland and he goaled. South were winning around the stoppages through Bryant and Stringer and Portland were hanging on grimly but South took a 10 pt lead at ½ time. Play again tightened in the 3rd qtr with Milich and Wilson strong for South. Portland narrowed the margin when Holt got his 3rd goal to bring Portland within 6 pts with a qtr to play. Both sides threw everything into the game but neither could gain a real break. Bryant, Copping, Capewell and Joe Noonan all played vital roles which resulted in goals for South and crushed the life out of Portland’s challenge. Chris William’s rare goal near the end saw South career away to win by 44 pts. Ash Bryant was best for South in a strong running display, Pat Noonan, Lyndon Smith and Leigh Capewell were also good players for the winners. Jarrod Holt finished with 5 goals to be Portland’s best, Rhys Egan and Jason Saunders fought on to the end.
Second Semi Final - Saturday September 4, 2010
Best: West Gambier - R. Fox, J. Ransom, L. Davey, T. O'Brien, O. O'Donovan, T. Holmes. Millicent - C. Haggett, A. Nitschke, J. Rehn. Goals: West Gambier - J. Ryan 2, J. Ransom 2, K. O'Brien 1, B. Wilson 1, M. Scanlon. Millicent - J. Hales 1, G. Gascoyne 1
First Semi Final - Sunday September 5, 2010
Best: South Gambier - A. Bryant, P. Noonan, L. Smith, L. Capewell, T. Stringer. Portland - J. Holt, R. Egan, J. Saunders, A. Leishman, D. Falcone, J. Imbi. Goals: South Gambier - A. Bryant 3, J. Copping 3, J. Noonan 3, L. Capewell 2, P. Noonan 2, L. Foran , C. Williams. Portland - J. Holt 5, H. Brown 2, J. Imbi , J. Stiles
FINALS VENUES FOR WEEK 2
Saturday 4 September - 2nd Semi Final Seniors 1.45 pm (SA time)
West Gambier v Millicent at Blue Lake Sports Park Mt Gambier (Sth Gambier FNC host club)
South Gambier v Portland Malseed Park Mt Gambier (West Gambier FNC host club)
WINS FOR WEST AND PORTLAND IN FINALS
Week one of Finals Actions with Terry Willoughby
West Gambier blitzed South Gambier in the 1st qtr of the WB qualifying final and charged to a 38 pt lead before 2 late goals restored some balance for South. West had been much quicker and more direct which put great strain on the South defence. Brad Wilson was in dynamic touch for West and the ever dangerous Jarrod Ryan was kicking goals. South slowed the game down in the 2nd qtr and denied West the ball as they slowly closed the margin. Inaccuracy plagued South who were now controlling most of the play but could not make it count. They reached a 6 pt lead late in the qtr but West hit back immediately with a goal to level the scores at halftime. South’s experience had been a big factor in their revival. West regained the initiative though Brad Wilson who was the dominant player on the ground and they threatened to burst away when they booted 7 goals but South kept in touch with strong work from Cam Milich at half-back, Tim Stringer and Ben McGregor in the mid-field but West held a 25 pt lead at ¾ time. South needed quick goals early in the last qtr and Ash Bryant booted two from sharp angles to reduce the margin to 13 pts but West steadied and some wayward kicking saw attacks cut off by Josh Jones and Luke Davey. A couple of South shots missed narrowly and West went on to win by 17 pts in a high quality game. Their leg speed and penetrating kicking had been crucial in the win. Brad Wilson was easily best a-field for West and South never countered him. Youngster Josh Jones shone in defence, Tom Holmes, Josh Ransom and Luke Davey all used the ball well for West. That South survived the early West onslaught was due to Cam Milich in the back-line, solid on-ball work by Ben McGregor and Heath Sims, Tim Stringer and Pat Noonan were useful but forced to roam far for kicks. The Victorian Tigers and SA Tigers in Portland and North Gambier looked evenly matched on paper but one team played like tigers, the other like kittens. Portland started brilliantly and were direct and positive. Jarrod Holt was a strong target and had 4 goals to his name by qtr time when Portland led by 29 pts. North struggled to make any impression and many players were found wanting, some even appeared disinterested. Portland’s defence lead by Hockley was resolute and forced North wide on many occasions. Scoring was difficult, especially on the outer wing which was very heavy but Portland had no difficulty keeping North out. They had many more players willing to do the extra bit for the team. North looked in need of a miracle even though coach McConnell booted a goal after the ¾ time siren to reduce the margin to 23 pts. Both sides were very tired but Portland continued to call the tune and went on to win easily by 27 pts. Jarrod Holt booted 8 goals in a brilliant performance but even without him Portland would have won, so better around the ground were they. On-ballers Rhys Egan and Daniel Falcone won many possessions and ruckman Shane Keegan was good in being able to take saving marks across the centre and in defence. North scarely had a good player, Adam Kurzman won plenty of kicks but didn’t do much damage with them and reliable backman Sam Griffiths tried very hard. Many of the North interchanges were questionable which played right into Portlands’ hands but the margin flattered North who fell away too easily.
Qualifying Final - Saturday August 28, 2010
BEST, West Gambier : B. Wilson, J. Jones, T. O'Brien, T. HOLMES, J. Ransom, L. Davey. South Gambier : C. Milich, P. Noonan, B. McGregor, T. Stringer, H. Sims. GOALS, West Gambier : J. Ryan 5, B. Wilson 4, J. Ransom 2, T. HOLMES 2, J. Ferguson-Lane 2, O. O'Donovan 1, M. Bourchier 1, M. SCANLON 1. South Gambier : J. Copping 4, A. Bryant 3, L. Capewell 3, J. Noonan 2, P. Noonan 1, C. Fox 1
Elimination Final - Sunday August 29, 2010
Best: Portland - J. Holt, R. Egan, D. Falcone, L. Van Heugten, J. Van Heugten, C. Mather. North Gambier - A. Kurzman, S. Griffith, A. Creek, J. Yeates, K. Opperman, J. McConnell. Goals: Portland - J. Holt 8, S. Keegan , J. Saunders , J. Imbi , D. Finnigan , L. Van Heugten. North - J. McConnell 3, A. Kurzman 3, M. Chapman , S. Brook
SOUTH STUMBLE AS CATS GET SOME CREAM
Western Border leader South Gambier took an unexpected fall as 8th placed Casterton kept challenging them all game. South were never able to break free from the Cats who shot to a 15 pt lead at halftime. South regained the lead, but only narrowly by ¾ time. They had many players down on form or just going through the motions. The Cats goaled quickly in the last term and immediately had South in trouble and with good players in Coxon, Howard and Ryan leading the way they sensed a chance of an upset. South were struggling to find a way forward and Casterton held an 8 pt lead late in the qtr which they tenaciously defended to the final siren. Best for Casterton were Grant Coxon whether on the ball or around the ground, Brent Howard against his former team and Dylan Ryan up forward, Emmerton and Jarrod Milich also made big contributions. South’s better players were hard to find but Tim Stringer had his usual high possession tally, Ben McGregor and Brodie Foster tried hard.
Heywood might have been out of the finals race but they gave North Gambier a tough contest until ½ time and held a narrow 4 pt lead. They were quicker around the ground and backed up well with Mal Michael providing a target at centre half-forward. North swung into action in the 3rd qtr when Scott Flett took charge in the forward line and booted 5 goals as the Heywood challenge faded. Tempers flared briefly as North booted 7 goals to two and race to a 30 pt lead at the last change. All the fire and run had gone from the game as North piled on 10 goals in the last term to win easily by 94 pts. Scott Flett was best afield for North ahead Adam Kurzman, Michael Quirk and coach Justin McConnell. Tom Gordon, Shane Mirtschin and youngster Charlie Woodford battled hard for Heywood.
West Gambier had comfortable 84 pt win over Hamilton to tune up nicely for the finals. They were never seriously threatened and built strongly on their 39 pt lead at halftime. Matt Scanlon had a rare day out to be leading goal-kicker with 5, skilful little men Josh Ransom and Tom Holmes were far too good for their opponents. The consistent Aaron Gepp and Dylan Gunning were best for Hamilton. Portland had a 32 pt win over Imperials in heavy conditions in a game that never rose to great heights.
Millicent and East Gambier also had difficult scoring conditions. East’s inability to goal against the breeze was a telling factor and although Millicent only goaled twice against it they controlled play for long periods. Millicent sewed up the result with 5 goals in the 3rd term to hold a match-winning break of 41 pts and went on to win by 34. Cam Haggett in the ruck was best for Millicent ahead of long-kicking Nat Robbins and solid on-ballers Jon Agnew and Troy Hosking. Unfashionable 2 weeks ago George Beck was again high in Easts’ best, just ahead of Carl Slape and Dion Cownie.
Round 18 - August 21, 2010
Best: Casterton - G. Coxon, B. Howard, D. Ryan, T. Emmerton, J. Schill, J. Milich. South Gambier - T. Stringer, B. McGregor, B. Foster, P. Harten. Goals: Casterton - D. Ryan 3, J. Cammarano 2, M. Killey , R. Killey , A. Meyer. South Gambier - H. Sims 2, B. Foster 2, B. McGregor , P. Noonan , T. Stringer , L. Capewell
Best: Portland - R. Egan, D. Falcone, H. Brown, J. Saunders, S. Keegan, J. Stiles. Hamilton Imperials - D. Jenkinson, M. Newell, R. Jaroszczuk, B. McIntosh, B. Forsyth. Goals: Portland - J. Holt 4, M. Huppatz 2, J. Stiles , J. Saunders , H. Brown , C. Mather , J. Bell. Hamilton Imperials - R. Newell 3, J. Clark , L. Purcell , N. Curtis
Best: Millicent - C. Haggett, N. Robbins, J. Agnew, G. Gascoyne, T. Hosking, J. Rehn. East Gambier - G. Beck, C. Slape, D. Cownie, T. Eldridge, C. Anderson, S. Balshaw. Goals: Millicent - M. Bryant 2, G. Gascoyne , D. Ridley , C. Haggett , M. Duff , C. Murray , J. Hales , J. Egan , J. Agnew. East Gambier - S. Balshaw 2, R. Povey 2, T. Eldridge , R. Carpenter , J. Fry
Best: West Gambier - J. Ransom, N. Martin, T. Holmes, O. O''Donovan, S. Wenman, J. Jones. Hamilton - D. Gunning, A. Gepp, J. Kearney, J. Holmes, R. Brewster, B. McNeil. Goals: West Gambier - M. Scanlon 5, J. Ransom 3, T. HOLMES 3, J. Ryan 3, S. Wenman 2, D. Walsh , C. Cowell , L. Davey. Hamilton - R. Brewster 4, G. Waldron , J. Holmes , B. Ross
Best: North Gambier - S. Flett, A. Kurzman, D. Nulty, J. McConnell, M. Quirk, L. Downs-Woolley. Heywood - T. Gordon, S. Mirtschin, C. Woodford, B. Nash, B. Dunn, J. Vaughan. Goals: North Gambier - S. Flett 6, L. Downs-Woolley 5, A. Creek 3, J. McConnell 2, A. Kurzman 2, M. Silvy , M. Quirk , M. Chapman , N. Blachut. Heywood - C. Johns 2, B. Fuller 2, C. Woodford 2, M. Sailor , J. Vaughan
LATEST ON ROUND 17 FROM TERRY WILLOUGHBY
Poor playing conditions made scoring difficult in most WB games. Millicent struggled to shake off a determined Casterton after leading by 38 pts at halftime when neither had managed a goal in the 1st qtr. Casterton battled on strongly in the 3rd qtr to trail by 8 pts at the last change but couldn’t control the bigger bodied Millicent forwards in the finish. Glen Gascoyne booted 6 goals to be Millicent’s best and Jeremy Hales relished the wet to boot 4. Jon Agnew and Justin Rehn were solid all day around the stoppages for Millicent who kicked away in the last qtr to win by 54 pts as Casterton stopped to a walk. Jarrod Milich and Grant Coxon were best for Casterton. Heywood quickly established a big lead against Hamilton and maintained it to the finish but despite the win will finish in 6th place. Hamilton had many chances in the last qtr but sprayed most of them and Heywood made them pay everytime they went forward by goaling. In the end Heywood won by 50 pts. Nicholas Johnstone played a fine captains game for Heywood and was strongly supported by Shane Mirtschin, Charlie Woodford and Tom Gordon. Hamilton’s best were consistent Aaron Gepp, youngster Brandon Ross and Will Collins. Imperials made top side South Gambier battle hard for victory when they led early before South’s greater talent took over. Imps again drew to within a goal at ¾ time but it was South who kicked clear in the finish to win by 28 pts in desperate conditions. On-baller Ash Bryant, ruckman Mick Ryan and talented forward Brodie Foster were best for South. Matt Newell, Adrian Linke and veteran Dean Jenkinson tried valiantly for Imps. East and North Gambier were locked together at half-time but condtions worsened as the game wore on and North took a lead of 15 pts into the last qtr despite poor kicking for goal which netted 1 goal 9 in the 3rd qtr. East could do no better in the last and North confirmed a finals berth with a 21 pt win. No player stood out for either side in the treacherous conditions but Scott Flett, Dean Watson and Simon Brook were better players for North. Youngsters Jake Dempsey and Nick Jenkin battled hard for East along with ruckman Sam Clark. West Gambier kept Portland at bay all day after keeping them goal-less in the 1st qtr and hold a 27 pt lead. Portland were competitive for the remaining three qtrs but the damage had been done in tiring conditions. Forwards found it difficult to score and West put the result beyond doubt with 5 goals in the 3rd qtr. Portland could only manage one goal in the last and fell short by 29 pts. West should retain the double chance despite traveling to Hamilton next week. Their best were Josh Ransom around the packs, Joe Ferguson-Lane and solid defender Mark Bourchier. Vaughan Hockley in defence, Daniel Falcone and Rhys Egan played well for Portland.
Round 17 scores - August 14, 2010
Heywood 6.2, 9.5, 12.8, 15.8 (98)
Hamilton 0.1, 4.6, 5.7, 6.12 (48)
BEST, Heywood : N. Johnstone, S. Mirtschin, C. Woodford, T. Gordon, B. Fuller, B. Nash. Hamilton : A. GEPP, B. Ross, W. Collins, J. Riddle, D. Gunning, C. Vallance .GOALS, Heywood : C. JOHNS 5, B. Fuller 2, N. Johnstone 2, W. Bell 1, C. Woodford 1, K. Bunworth 1, T. Holland 1, A. Barr 1, B. Firebrace 1. Hamilton : R. Brewster 2, C. Vallance 1, S. Fiora 1, B. McNeil 1, B. Ross 1
Millicent 0.3, 7.7, 7.9, 13.18 (96)
Casterton 0.3, 1.5, 6.7, 6.8 (44)
BEST, Millicent : G. Gascoyne, J. Agnew, B. Tilley, J. REHN, M. BRYANT, C. Haggett. Casterton : J. Milich, G. Coxon, M. Cowland, B. Howard, D. Ryan, S. Dishon. Goals: GOALS, Millicent : G. Gascoyne 6, J. Hales 4, M. Duff 1, D. Ridley 1, J. Meek 1. Casterton : D. Ryan 2, G. Widdicombe 1, R. Smith 1, G. Coxon 1, J. Schill 1
South Gambier 0.1, 4.6, 5.7, 9.13 (67)
Hamilton Imperials 2.1, 2.5, 4.9, 5.9 (39)
BEST, South Gambier : A. Bryant, B. Foster, M. Ryan, P. Noonan, J. Wilson, T. Stringer. Hamilton Imperials : M. Newell, A. Linke, D. Jenkinson, M. Block, B. Forsyth. GOALS, South Gambier : L. Capewell 3, A. Bryant 2, B. Foster 2, S. Berkefeld 1, J. Copping 1. Hamilton Imperials : T. Meulendyks 1, H. Waldron 1, D. Jenkinson 1, D. McGinlay 1, S. Picken 1
North Gambier 1.3, 4.9, 6.18, 8.19 (67)
East Gambier 2.5, 4.9, 5.9, 6.10 (46)
BEST, North Gambier : S. Flett, D. Watson, S. Brook, A. Kurzman, D. Nulty, A. Creek. East Gambier : J. Dempsey, S. Clark, N. Jenkin, R. Povey, M. Coote, D. Cownie. GOALS, North Gambier : D. Watson 2, L. Downs-Woolley 1, A. Creek 1, A. Kilsby 1, S. Brook 1, S. Flett 1. East Gambier : R. Povey 3, R. Carpenter 2, J. Dunn 1
West Gambier 4.3, 5.5, 9.13, 9.14 (68)
Portland 0.0, 3.4, 4.7, 5.9 (39)
BEST, West Gambier : J. Ransom, J. Ferguson-Lane, M. Bourchier, K. O'Brien, M. SCANLON, A. Kennedy. Portland : V. Hockley, D. Falcone, R. Egan, J. Stiles, N. Bennett, H. Brown. GOALS, West Gambier : C. Cowell 2, L. Davey 2, J. Ryan 1, T. Badman 1, T. HOLMES 1, S. Wenman 1,
M. SCANLON 1. Portland : J. Stiles 2, R. Egan 2, M. Huppatz 1
ROUND 16 REPORT FROM TERRY WILLOUGHBY
Sunday August 8, 2010
Casterton upset East Gambier’s slim finals hopes with a goal after the final siren to snatch victory by 6 points in WB footy. East appeared to be in control early in the game but couldn’t put Casterton away. The Cats pegged back East in the 2nd quarter and led narrowly by 2 points at half-time. East again reached the lead in the 3rd quarter but Casterton fought on strongly to remain in touch and they only trailed by 5 pts at the last change. Jamie Cammarano had been terrific for the Cats and booted 5 goals, Grant Coxon was another who starred in a team who were now growing in confidence. The last quarter was a battle with East struggling to keep the lead and the scores being leveled deep into time-on. Enter Callum Currie who marked as the final siren sounded and calmly goaled after to put the Cats in front. It was their best win for the season which had promised much but was ultimately disappointing. Coxon, Cammarano, Scott Dishon and youngster Liam Gill were best for the jubilant Cats. East were found wanting in the end with only a few contributing for 4 quarters. Dion Cownie with 4 goals was best ahead youngster Nick Jenkin , unfashionable George Beck and ruckman Sam Clark.
Millicent easily accounted for Imperials to the tune of 69 points. The Saints big-man power was too much for Imps to handle and solid defenders Matt Bryant, Brad Tilley and Grant Caelli cut out any Imperials forward moves. Jack Sullivan was best for Millicent along with Tilley, Nat Robbins and Joe Contin. For Imperials nobody did better than ultra consistent Richard Jaroszczuk.
Portland all but ended Heywood’s challenge for the finals with an 18 point win at home. Heywood were good early and took a 9 pt lead by half-time. Portland gradually took over in the 3rd term by adding 5 goals to one and hold a 17 pt margin at the last change. The clever James Imbi and lively Jason Saunders were in everything for Portland with ruckman Shane Keegan playing a valuable role against his old team. Talented mid-fielder Erik Stewart and tall defender Vaughan Hockley who restricted Courtney Johns to one goal were instrumental in the win. Heywood wasted a few chances to close the gap in the last qtr but wayward kicking let them down. Ben Millard, Clint Foster, Ben Nash and Nicholas Johnstone battled hard and kept their team in the game for most of the game.
North Gambier consolidated 5th spot against a very soft Hamilton. North started well with Garth Willoughby very effective at the stoppages and ball-ups early. The Tigers led by 38 pts at qtr-time and although Hamilton got 5 goals in the 2nd qtr they still trailed by 37 at ½ time. North blew them away with 10 goals in the 3rd qtr as Hamilton fell away badly. North were allowed to run freely and mark without any pressure. The lead blew out to 95 pts at the last change and North added a lazy 5 goals in the run home to win by107 pts. Steve Hunter, suspect with injury, booted 6 goals, most in the 1st half for North, Adam Kurzman, Cameron Campbell and Anthony Kilsby all played well but not much can be said for the opposition.
The game of the day between South and West Gambier was one worth watching. Wily campaigners South managed the windy conditions well in the 1st qtr and restricted West to just 3 goals whilst kicking 4 of their own with limited forward movements. West also did well to contain South in the 2nd term but were unable to make any headway on the scoreboard and trailed by 15 pts at half-time. Players of both sides had trouble breaking free but Bret O’Neil had been good for South until injured. Brad Wilson was doing everything to lift West but their forwards were well held. West burst into action with 9 goals in the 3rd qtr including 5 in 5 minutes to take what appeared to be stranglehold on the game. South got a couple of late goals to stay in touch but all the momentum seemed to be with West. The last qtr started with West leading by 11 pts but South had what was left of the breeze to finish with. West still appeared in control but some undisciplined play by the mercurial but fiery Jarred Ryan for West resulted in a yellow card send-off and 50 metre penalty which resulted in a goal to South and bought the margin to less than a goal. From there on South took over and finished strongly with West a man short unable to contain them. South remain on top with the 28 pt win. James Paprotny at half-back used his pace well to cut off many West attacks, Ben McGregor was solid on the ball and Marcus von Duve maintained his recent good form. Coach Jon Copping returned from injury to boot 4 goals for South but looked in need of the run. Brad Wilson was best afield for West and drove them forward on many occasions, Adam Schultz was very good in restricting South’s Tim Stringer and Josh Ransom was dangerous whenever he had the ball.
Round 16 - August 7, 2010
Round 15 report from Terry Willoughby (August 2, 2010)
Despite losing to South Gambier and after a week of turmoil Heywood are still an outside chance to play finals but cannot rely on others to help them out. With heavily paid Mal Michael and Courtney Johns back in the side they were competitive in the 1st half but trailed by 18 pts. South had many chances early in the game but sprayed most of them with Leigh Capewell being the worst offender. In the 3rd qtr Tim Stringer led the charge in the midfield and South romped to a 59 pt lead. There was no coming back for Heywood and they only reduced the final margin to 55 pts with little return from Courtney Johns and Mal Michael. Youngster Brodie Foster booted 5 goals in an excellent
effort up forward and Marcus von Duve continued his consistent form for South ahead of James Paprotny and Bret O’Neil. Heywood’s regular battlers Nick Johnstone, Aaron Barr and Ben Nash were always in the action but lacked support.
North Gambier returned to the winners list and retained their tenuous hold on 5th spot with 77 pt win over disappointing Casterton. After an even 1st qtr North blew the Cats away with an 8 goal burst and led by 38 pts at ½ time. They pressed home the advantage in the 3rd qtr with
coach Justin McConnell dominant around the goals, he booted 9. The game petered out with no real challenge coming from Casterton but North got a bit of valuable form and percentage from the win. Others to do well were Cameron Campbell who has rarely been in the best all season and Stephen Hunter back from injury to kick 3 goals, Nick Blachut and defender Jamie O’Neil also played well. It was the same old story for Casterton with too few having to do too much. Grant Coxon, Dylan Ryan and coach Matt Patzel tried
East Gambier ended Imperials 2 game winning streak emphatically when they booted 11 goals to 2 in the 1st qtr which ended any hopes of another Imps upset. Forwards Ross Carpenter with 7 goals and Chris Povey with 5 destroyed the Imperials defence and led East to a 57 pt lead. That both sides each kicked 7 goals for the last 3 qtrs probably says more for Imps dogged desire to stay in the game but they could make little impression on the scoreboard and wayward kicking in the last qtr by East may have saved them further torment. Ruckman Carl Slape was outstanding and small men Dion Cownie and Chris Anderson gathered many possessions to be East’s best. Sam Brewer, Adrian Linke and Tim Meulendyks worked hard all game for Imperials but East won comfortably by 64 pts.
Portland, whilst not impressive had a regulation 32 pt win over Hamilton in less than ideal conditions. Even though Hamilton were within touch most of the game it was the greater man-power of Portland that saw them kick away in the finish. Clever James Imbi was best for Portland and kicked 4 goals, Daniel Falcone, Rhys Egan and Jason Saunders were also productive. Hamilton again relied on Aaron Gepp, Will
Collins and Jamie Dowsley.
Millicent charged to a 35 pt lead at qtr-time against top team West Gambier and it proved to be crucial to victory. West Gambier fought back strongly to close the margin to just 6 pts at ½ time but torrential rain in the 3rd qtr made scoring difficult and Millicent moved out to an 8 pt lead at the last change. West could only manage 2 pts in the tiring conditions and Millicent kicked a vital one goal to hang on to
the lead and get home by 10 pts. Glen Gascoyne was a big threat early and finished with 3 goals for Millicent and Jon Agnew and Justin Rehn did well around the packs with star defender Steve Duldig repelling many West forward moves. West’s normally open forward line failed to fire and even though mercurial Jarrod Ryan played well his goal kicking was missed, Rowan Fox returning to the team was best along with Tim O’Brien and Luke Davey.
Round 15 scores - July 31, 2010
Portland 4.4, 5.7, 7.11, 10.15 (75)
Hamilton 1.2, 3.4, 5.6, 6.7 (43)
BEST, Portland : J. Imbi, D. Falcone, R. Egan, J. Saunders, M. England, L. Van Heugten. Hamilton : J. Dowsley, A. GEPP, W. Collins, J. Kearney, J. Holmes, D. Brown. GOALS, Portland : J. Imbi 4, M. Huppatz 2, E. Stewart 1, L. Sartori 1, C. Mather 1, T. Bunworth 1. Hamilton : R. Brewster 2, B. Ross 2, W. Collins 1, S. Fiora 1
South Gambier 4.7, 7.8, 14.13, 16.15 (111)
Heywood 3.1, 5.2, 6.2, 9.2 (56)
BEST, South Gambier : B. Foster, M. Von Duve, J. PAPROTNY, B. O'Neil, C. Milich, T. Stringer. Heywood : N. Johnstone, A. Barr, B. Nash, T. Gordon, A. Hann, W. Bell. GOALS, South Gambier : B. Foster 5, L. Capewell 4, J. Copping 3, B. O'Neil 2, S. Berkefeld 1, A. Bryant 1. Heywood :
N. Johnstone 2, C. JOHNS 2, J. Nash 1, A. Martin 1, A. Rose 1, M. Michael 1, J. Walker 1
North Gambier 4.3, 12.5, 18.8, 22.12 (144)
Casterton 3.2, 6.3, 9.4, 10.7 (67)
BEST, North Gambier : J. McConnell, C. CAMPBELL, N. Blachut, J. O'NEIL, A. Kurzman, M. Quirk. Casterton : G. Coxon, D. Ryan, M. PATZEL, A. RICHARDSON, M. Killey, C. Perry. GOALS, North Gambier : J . McConnell 9, N. Blachut 3, S. Hunter 3, C. CAMPBELL 2, L. Norman 1, A. Kilsby 1, M. HENSEL 1, S. Brook 1, A. Kurzman 1. Casterton : C. Perry 3, D. Ryan 3, S. Dishon 1, J. Cammarano 1, J. Schill 1, R. Killey 1
East Gambier 11.4, 14.6, 16.9, 18.17 (125)
Hamilton Imperials 2.1, 7.3, 7.5, 9.7 (61)
BEST, East Gambier : C. Slape, D. Cownie, C. Anderson, R. Povey, R. Carpenter, C. Povey. Hamilton Imperials : S. Brewer, A. Linke, T. Meulendyks, S. Bell, D. Jenkinson. GOALS, East Gambier : R. Carpenter 7, C. Povey 5, J. Phillips 3, D. Phillips 1, S. Balshaw 1, D. Cownie 1. Hamilton Imperials : S. Brewer 2, L. Polaski 1, T. Meulendyks 1, H. Waldron 1, L. Purcell 1, D. Jenkinson 1, R. Jaroszczuk 1, M. Dunn 1.
Millicent 6.5, 7.6, 9.6, 10.8 (68)
West Gambier 1.0, 6.6, 8.8, 8.10 (58)
BEST, Millicent : G. Gascoyne, J. Agnew, J. REHN, S. Duldig, B. Tilley, N. Robbins. West Gambier : R. Fox, T. O'Brien, J. Ryan, L. Davey, T. HOLMES, T. Dolan. Goals: Millicent : G. Gascoyne 3, C. Murray 2, J. Weir 1, C. Haggett 1, J. Hales 1, B. Tilley 1, J. Agnew 1. West Gambier : R. Fox 2, T. BYRNE 2, J. Ryan 1, L. Davey 1, J. Jones 1, A. Shultz 1
NORTH AND HEYWOOD GO DOWN
Round 14 report from Terry Willoughby
Vulnerable teams North Gambier and Heywood both suffered losses in WB football which keeps East Gambier in the race despite them losing to top side West Gambier. Heywood were without big name players Mal Michael and Courtney Johns for pecuniary reasons and Brad Smith because of injury but Millicent were missing star defender Steve Duldig. Millicent led throughout with the margin 27 pts at half-time. The lack of forwards severely hampered Heywood whilst Chris Murray was always dangerous for Millicent and booted 7 goals. Heywood fought on strongly to the finish but Millicent held them safely to win by 26 pts. Ranga rover Jon Agnew was in everything for Millicent and key forward Glen Gascoyne was too strong in the air for the Heywood defence. Ben Dunn, Aaron Barr and skipper Nick Johnstone tried hard for the under-manned Heywood. North Gambier made a good start over Portland and held a 4 goal lead at the halfway point. From there on it was all Portland as Marcus England again dominated around the stoppages and Jarrod Holt booted goals up forward to give their team a 17 pt lead at ¾ time. North continually made unforced errors which aided Portland. Portland went further ahead in the last qtr to win by 30 pts. England, Holt, Jason Stiles and Mark Huppatz were Portland’s best. North’s early good form deserted them with only veteran backman Michael Silvy and coach Justin McConnell sustaining their games. South Gambier made short work of lowly Hamilton to win easily to win by 94 pts. They were rarely troubled and led by 10 goals at ½ time. Hamilton battled on in the 2nd half but South were far too strong.Imperials had their 2nd win in a row when they came from 7 pts down at ½ time to win by 10 pts. The return of Matt Dunn and the addition of several others has strengthened the team and they could worry some more fancied teams before the season ends. Coach Brett Forsyth starred for Imps, Matt Dunn also excelled along with newcomer Dan McGinlay who has given them some depth. Dylan Ryan finished with 6 goals for Casterton, Tom Murrell and veteran Adrian Meyer battled hard. West Gambier looked to have East Gambiers’ measure when they got away to a big lead early in the 2nd qtr before East mounted a strong fightback. The Bulldogs booted 4 late goals to trail by only 13 pts at ½ time. They looked to be getting right on top in the third term when they booted 5 goals to one and hold a 12 pt lead at the last change. They reckoned without mercurial West little man Jarrod Ryan however and he turned the game upside down by booting 5 goals in the last term to bring West a victory by 13 pts. The lead changed hands several times and scores were level twice in the last qtr of a high standard game watched by the biggest crowd seen at West in years.
Round 14 - July 24, 2010
Portland 2.2, 3.4, 10.8, 13.12 (90)
North Gambier 4.3, 7.4, 7.9, 8.12 (60)
BEST, Portland : M. England, J. Holt, J. Stiles, J. Imbi, M. Huppatz, D. Falcone. North Gambier : M. Silvy, J. McConnell, D. Nulty, S. Brook, A. Kurzman, D. Watson. GOALS, Portland : J. Holt 5, E. Stewart 3, J. Bunge 2, M. Huppatz 1, J. Stiles 1, J. Saunders 1. North Gambier : S. Flett 2, C. CAMPBELL 2, N. Blachut 2, M. Chapman 1, L. Norman 1
Hamilton Imperials 4.5, 7.8, 11.11, 16.13 (109)
Casterton 3.4, 8.9, 10.13, 14.15 (99)
BEST, Hamilton Imperials : B. Forsyth, M. Dunn, D. McGinlay, S. Picken, L. Purcell, B. McIntosh. Casterton : D. Ryan, T. Murrell, A. Meyer, J. Harvey, M. Rogers, S. Sealey. GOALS, Hamilton Imperials : M. Dunn 4, D. McGinlay 2, S. Picken 2, B. McIntosh 2, S. Koenig 1, N. Curtis 1,
B. Forsyth 1, K. Quinn 1, D. Jenkinson 1, L. McDonald 1. Casterton : D. Ryan 6, M. Killey 3, J. Cammarano 1, S. Dishon 1, J. Harvey 1, R. Killey 1,
B. Howard 1
West Gambier 4.2, 10.4, 11.6, 18.8 (116)
East Gambier 2.2, 8.3, 13.6, 16.7 (103)
BEST, West Gambier : J. Ryan, T. Badman, T. HOLMES, L. Davey, B. Wilson, J. Jones. East Gambier : C. Slape, N. Jenkin, D. Phillips, J. Phillips, J. Fry, S. Balshaw. GOALS, West Gambier : J. Ryan 9, T. BYRNE 3, T. O'BRIEN 2, T. HOLMES 1, J. Ransom 1, A. Kennedy 1, B. Wilson 1. East Gambier : J. Phillips 4, C. Povey 3, R. Carpenter 3, S. Balshaw 2, B. Creek 1, J. Fry 1, J. Dunn 1, M. Dempsey 1
Heywood 1.2, 4.4, 7.6, 10.11 (71)
Millicent 3.3, 8.7, 12.11, 14.13 (97)
BEST, Heywood : B. Dunn, A. Barr, N. Johnstone, B. Millard, A. Hann, B. Fuller. Millicent : J. Agnew, B. Tilley, G. Gascoyne, J. Sullivan, J. Contin, C. Murray. GOALS, Heywood : N. Johnstone 2, B. Millard 1, B. Nash 1, T. Gordon 1, K. Bunworth 1, L. Malseed 1, F. Saunders 1, C. Foster 1, B. irebrace 1. Millicent : C. Murray 7, D. Ridley 2, G. Gascoyne 1, B. Tilley 1, J. Meek 1, J. Sullivan 1, J. Agnew 1
South Gambier 5.2, 12.10, 15.16, 21.20 (146)
Hamilton 2.4, 2.6, 5.8, 7.10 (52)
BULLDOGS BARKING AFTER FIRST WIN
Round 13 report from Terry Willoughby
Imperials broke through for their first win of the season in WB football when they defeated an uninspiring North Gambier by 11 points. The Bulldogs led most of the game, only trailing momentarily in the last quarter before regaining the lead. This was a meritorious win as Imps had only managed to kick one goal the previous week. North’s finals hopes have taken a savage blow and they have tumbled to 5th with a tough game next week. Imps were jubilant and let it show. Veteran Dean Jenkinson booted 4 goals for the winners, Luke Purcell, Sam Brewer and newcomer McGinlay were high amongst the best players. For North it was a different story, Flett, Nulty and coach McConnell again led the better players in a poor effort. Portland were another team to cause an upset when they controlled play nearly all game against top side South Gambier. The Victorian Tigers led to the ball all day with tireless Marcus England racking up possessions at will. Portland should have been further in front such was the dominance but the put the game out of South’s reach with a 6 goal burst in the 3rd quarter. England was best afield for Portland ahead of Jarrod Holt who 5 goals and Jason Stiles. South’s better players were Leigh and Marcus von Duve and Cam Milich at half-back. East Gambier celebrated Jason Dunn’s 200th game with a dogged 15 pt win over an undisciplined Heywood. The Lions should have sewn up the game by half time but kicked atrociously around goal and East hit back with 2 late goals to trail by just 3 pts at half-time. East ran to an 18 pt lead at ¾ time but Heywood goaled just on the siren to keep the game alive. Two quick Heywood goals brought them within a kick but East weren’t done with yet and Dunn goaled from the square. Heywood’s game fell apart with several late tackles resulting in free-kicks and poor kicking to a deserted forward line, it was a lazy performance by some of Heywood’s big-name players but East were justifiable winners and keep in the finals race. Big men Sam Clark and Carl Slape were best for East along with Jake Dempsey and Jason Dunn. Nick Johnstone tried to lift his team along with Jeremy Cameron, a recent GWS signing but too much was left to them alone. Millicent had an easy 89 pt win over Hamilton with youngster Dylan Ridley excelling near goal to boot 7. The Saints killed of any ideas of a contest by leading by 52 pts at qtr-time. Millicent’s win moved them back to 3rd on the ladder. West Gambier had trouble breaking clear of a competitive Casterton in a fiery game. They extended a 21 pt lead at ½ time to a match winning 35 pts at the last change. Casterton rallied strongly with a 7 goal burst in the last qtr but it wasn’t able to restrict West who booted 5 and won by 21 pts. Joe Ferguson-Lane stood out for West along with on-ballers Luke Davey and Brad Wilson especially after they were reduced to 17 men when Nick Martin was red-carded. Dylan Ryan was best for the Cats at booted 4 goals and Brent Howard was in everything around the packs. The passion overflowed onto the outer with the police called to calm the spectators. The erratic form near the top of the ladder has again changed to top 5 and only two games separate top and seventh teams with all involved in crucial games before the end of the minor round.
Round 13 scores - July 17, 2010
Best: Portland - M. England, J. Stiles, J. Holt, J. Imbi, R. Egan, D. Falcone. South Gambier : L. VonDuve, M. Von Duve, C. Milich, B. McGregor, H. Sims. Goals: Portland - J. Holt 5, E. Stewart 1, M. England 1, J. Van Heugten 1, J. Stiles 1, J. Imbi 1, J. Saunders 1, M. Huppatz 1, D. Falcone 1. South Gambier : J. Noonan 3, B. O'Neil 2, B. Foster 1, A. Bryant 1, L. VonDuve 1
Best: Hamilton Imps - D. McGinlay, L. Purcell, S. Brewer, D. Jenkinson, S. Bell, B. Forsyth. North Gambier : S. Flett, D. Nulty, J. McConnell, J. Yeates, S. Griffith. Goals: Hamilton Imps - D. Jenkinson 4, B. Taylor 2, A. Walkenhorst 1, D. McGinlay 1, R. Newell 1, M. Dunn 1, K. Quinn 1, B. Forsyth 1, S. Brewer 1. North Gambier : J. McConnell 5, M. HENSEL 2, N. Blachut 2, S. Flett 2
Best: West Gambier – J Ferguson-Lane, O O’Donovan, L Davey, M Bourchier, T Dolan. Casterton - D. Ryan, B. Howard, C. Currie, R. Smith, S. McKenzie, M. Cowland. Goals: West Gambier – D Ryan 4, R Killey 3, J Cammarano2, C Currie, S Dishon, J Schill. Casterton - D. Ryan 4, R. Killey 3, J. Cammarano 2, C. Currie 1, S. Dishon 1, J. Schill 1
Best: East Gambier - S. Clark, C. Slape, J. Dempsey, J. Dunn, C. Anderson, J. Fry. Heywood : N. Johnstone, J. Cameron, B. Fuller, W. Bell, B. Dunn, T. Gordon. Goals: East Gambier - R. Carpenter 5, J. Dunn 2, C. Povey 2, J. Fry 1, J. Phillips 1, S. Balshaw 1, C. Anderson 1. Heywood : C. Johns 2, M. Sailor 1, C. Brown 1, T. Gordon 1, N. Johnstone 1, C. Foster 1, J. Cameron 1, B. Firebrace 1
Best: Millicent - D. Ridley, N. Robbins, S. Duldig, R. Duncan, A. Nitschke, B. Tilley. Hamilton : A. Gepp, W. Collins, D. Brown, J. Riddle, J. Kearney. Goals: Milicent - D. Ridley 7, C. Murray 5, G. Gascoyne 3, B. Tilley 2, J. Weir 1, J. Hales 1, J. Sullivan 1, J. Rehn 1. Hamilton : J. Dowsley 2, S. Fiora 2, C. Vallance 1, J. Holmes 1, J. Riddle 1
LOW SCORING GAMES IN ROUND 12
REPORT BY TERRY WILLOUGHBY (Mon 12.7.10)
Winter conditions came with a vengeance in WB football, strong winds and heavy rain made scoring difficult with only two teams kicking more than 10 goals. Millicent were in danger of falling out of the finals race following recent losses. Trailing by 10 points at qtr-time the Saints booted 5 goals to race to a 14 point lead at the long break. Little men Jon Agnew and Jeremy Hales relished the conditions and made the most of Cam Haggett’s ruck dominance. Strong defenders Matt Bryant and Brad Tilley closed down the Portland forwards and youngster Dylan Ridley bobbed up with 4 goals. Millicent maintained control of the game and extended their lead to 27 pts at ¾ time. Portland could do no better and although Marcus England and Daniel Falcone had plenty of kicks they lacked effectiveness. Millicent’s win by 33 pts actually saw them drop to 5th on percentage.
Heywood easily accounted for Casterton by 57 pts. Giant ruckman Brad Smith dominated at the ball-ups, Matt Sailor and Corey Brown were good opportunist small forwards to kick 3 goals each. Dylan Ryan and Ricky Smith battled hard for Casterton who seem to have written of the season.
West Gambier outslugged Imperials in desperate conditions by 54 pts. West only managed 8 goals but Imps scored their only goal in the 3rd qtr. Quality players Tom Holmes and Josh Ransom gathered many possessions and wasted few of them for West and Jarrod Ryan was the only multiple goal-scorer with 4.
East Gambier had a narrow 6 pt win over recently improved Hamilton to keep their slim finals chance alive. A strong 3rd qtr effort turned a 5 pt deficit into an 8 pt lead at the last change for East. Goals were extremely hard to get in the heavy conditions but East had a greater spread of talent and held to win. Ruckmen Carl Slape and Sam Clark dominated for East and ball-getters Chris Anderson and Jake Turner relished the conditions. Aaron Gepp, Jayden Riddle and Jesse Hawkins battled on strongly for Hamilton.
South Gambier easily accounted for North Gambier for the 2nd time this season at Vansittart Prk. They led all day and although Nrth were within striking distance they never looked threatening. South were quicker to the ball and had players running to take a handpass, they tackled better and kicked longer. North were McConnell conscious and South picked them off with ease, Ben McGregor doing a good job of nullifying the North coach. Forwards Leigh Capewell and Brodie Foster were able to slip in behind the North defence and kick goals, Marcus von Duve, Heath Sims and Bret O’Neil were clever around the many packs that slowed up play. Cam Milich at half-back closed down North’s forwards and made scoring difficult. Pathetic efforts by Campbell, Watson and Hensel for North allowed South to capitalize with goals in the 3rd qtr and poor match-ups played into the league leaders hands. North goaled twice late in the 3rd qtr but South looked clearly better. North needed a miracle but when Foster and Capewell again slipped in behind the defence and goaled it was allover. South won by 42 pts but it was a comprehensive victory that gives North plenty of homework. They need to rethink their placements and tactics. Nulty and Flett worked hard for North but it was an uninspiring effort.
Round 12 scores - July 10, 2010
Best: Millicent : J. Agnew, M. BRYANT, B. Tilley, C. Haggett, D. Ridley, J. Hales. Portland : M. England, D. Falcone, J. Van Heugten, S. O'Brien, L. Van Heugten, V. Hockley. Goals: Millicent - D. Ridley 4, G. Gascoyne 2, C. Slape 2, J. Sullivan 1, C. Haggett 1, N. Robbins 1, J. Agnew 1. Portland : J. Holt 1, D. Falcone 1, J. Van Heugten 1, J. Stiles 1, T. Huppatz 1, V. Hockley 1
Best: East Gambier - C. Slape, B. Creek, J. Turner, S. Clark, D. Cownie, C. Anderson. Hamilton : A. GEPP, J. Riddle, J. Hawkins, J. Kearney, D. Brown, J. Pye. Goals: East Gambier : C. Povey 3, S. Phillips 1, M. Coote 1, R. Povey 1, D. Cownie 1, C. Slape 1. Hamilton : R. Brewster 2, C. Vallance 1, G. Waldron 1, D. Andrivon 1, J. Dowsley 1, W. Collins 1
est: Heywood - B. Smith, M. Sailor, N. Johnstone, A. Hann, C. Brown, T. Gordon. Casterton : D. Ryan, R. Smith, M. Jarrad, M. Rogers, G. Coxon, J. Schill. Goals - Heywood : C. Brown 3, C. JOHNS 3, M. Sailor 3, B. Smith 1, B. Nash 1, N. Johnstone 1, C. Foster 1. Casterton : J. Schill 2, D. Ryan 1, R. Killey 1
est: West Gambier - T. HOLMES, J. Ransom, S. Wenman, L. Davey, K. O'Brien, T. Dolan. Hamilton Imperials : J. Meulendyks, R. Jaroszczuk, D. Jenkinson, L. Purcell, S. Brewer, M. Dunn. Goals - West Gambier : J. Ryan 4, L. Davey 1, S. Wenman 1, N. Martin 1, B. Wilson 1. Hamilton Imperials : M. Dunn 1
Best: South – n/a. North - D. Nulty, S. Flett, M. McRAE, J. O'NEIL, J. McConnell, G. Willoughby. Goals: South – n/a. North - S. Flett 3, D. Watson 1, D. Nulty 1, S. Brook 1, N. Blachut 1
HEYWOOD BACK INTO THE TOP FIVE – Round 11 update with Terry Willoughby
Heywood climbed back into the top five with an easy 80 pt win over wooden spoon Imperials. Heywood were in complete control after qtr time against the under-manned Imps. Courtney Johns booted 8 goals for the winners, Ben Nash and Hann twins Alex and Adrian played well along with William Bell. Casterton looked well set to celebrate a great reunion of past premiership glories when they led Hamilton by 22 pts at 1/2time but it wasn’t to be. Hamilton sparked into life after the break and reached a narrow 2 point lead by ¾ time. The Cats were in trouble and never recovered as Hamilton with all the momentum finished strongly to add a further 7 goals to run away by 32 pts. Scott Fiora was a constant threat up forward and booted 8 goals whilst former Casterton star Jamie Dowsley rubbed salt into the Cats to finish with 4, Dylan Gunning was another to stand out for Hamilton. Casterton faded badly at the finish and only Brent Howard stood up for the whole game.
Round 11 - July 3, 2010
Heywood 2.4, 8.6, 13.9, 19.13 (127)
Hamilton Imperials 1.2, 2.3, 3.8, 6.11 (47)
BEST, Heywood : B. Nash, W. Bell, A. Hann, C. Johns, T. Gordon, C. Brown. Hamilton Imperials : R. Jaroszczuk, R. Newell, S. Brewer, B. Taylor, L. McDonald. GOALS, Heywood : C. Johns 8, T. Gordon 3, C. Brown 2, M. Sailor 2, S. Gordon 1, A. Hann 1, A. Hann 1, M. Michael 1. Hamilton Imperials : R. Newell 2, M. Dunn 1, B. Taylor 1, M. Newell 1, L. McDonald 1
Hamilton 4.2, 5.3, 10.4, 17.7 (109)
Casterton 4.3, 8.7, 9.8, 11.11 (77)
BEST, Hamilton : D. Gunning, S. Fiora, J. Hawkins, A. Gepp, W. Collins, J. Dowsley. Casterton : B. Howard, J. Smith, S. Penfold, S. Sealey, M. Killey, D. Ryan. GOALS, Hamilton : S. Fiora 8, J. Dowsley 4, R. Brewster 3, W. Collins 1, J. Hawkins 1. Casterton : D. Ryan 4, R. Bleumink 2, C. Perry 2, B. Howard 2, J. Milich 1
NORTH AND SOUTH GAMBIER BOTH WIN, MILLICENT SLUMP CONTINUES
ROUND 11 SPLIT ROUND REPORT BY TERRY WILLOUGHBY
In a split round of all South Australian teams played ahead of the country championships next weekend. East Gambier’s outside finals chance took a hit when Portland defeated them by 33 points. Shocking inaccuracy by East aided Portland but they had too many good players to allow East back into the game. Led by Marcus England on the ball and Jarrod Holt in the forward line the Tigers held a 32 point margin at ½ time. East narrowed the gap to 18 points at the last change but they still couldn’t kick straight. The atrocious kicking continued for East who booted just 5 behinds in the last quarter while Portland added 3 goals to win comfortably. Holt bagged seven majors for Portland, England again ran his opponents ragged, Daniel Falcone and Cam Mather also played well. Follower Sam Clark, youngster Jake Turner and veteran Jason Dunn battled hard for East.
Millicent’s mid season slump continued when South Gambier shot to an early lead and never looked in danger. The Demon’s led by 44 points at the long break and although outscored in the 3rd quarter they still had a big lead. Any Millicent challenge faded out and South jumped to the top of the ladder with the 50 point win. Leigh Capewell booted 5 goals in his 300th game for South, Cam Milich starred in defence and shut out Millicent’s key forwards, on-ballers Heath Sims and Tim Stringer had plenty of possessions. Full-back Matt Bryant stood out for Millicent, Cam Haggett and Nat Robbins tried hard but many were out of form.
North and West Gambier had a tight battle throughout before North got on top to win by 18 points. West had the majority of play in the 1st half but the North defenders held up well and restricted West trump cards Ryan and Martin. Late 2nd quarter goals gave North a 13 point lead at half-time. Scott Flett and Anthony Kilsby looked dangerous but hadn’t finished off their work. West dominated play in the 3rd quarter but North’s defence led by Jamie O’Neil resisted strongly and West only had a 7 point lead at ¾ time. North finished strongly with coach Justin McConnell booting 4 last quarter goals to get home narrowly. West tumbled to 3rd on the ladder but they remain a strong finals prospect. McConnell was the difference at the finish and booted 5 goals, O’Neil, Flett and ruckman David Nulty gave strong performances. West’s best were Steve Wenman, classy Tom Holmes, backman Mark Bourchier and on-baller Josh Ransom.
Round 11 - June 26, 2010
North Gambier 1.3, 5.7, 7.8, 11.12 (78)
West Gambier 2.5, 3.6, 7.11, 8.12 (60)
BEST, North Gambier : J. McConnell, J. O'NEIL, S. Flett, J. Yeates, D. Nulty, M. Chapman. West Gambier : S. Wenman, T. HOLMES, M. Bourchier, J. Ransom, A. Shultz, B. Wilson. GOALS, North Gambier : J. McConnell 5, A. Kilsby 2, S. Flett 2, N. Blachut 1, A. Kurzman 1. West Gambier :
J. Ryan 3, N. Martin 3, A. Shultz 1, J. Ransom 1
Portland 4.5, 7.6, 9.9, 12.11 (83)
East Gambier 1.3, 1.10, 5.15, 5.20 (50)
BEST, Portland : M. England, D. Falcone, J. Holt, C. Mather, V. Hockley, M. Huppatz. East Gambier : S. Clark, J. Turner, J. Dunn, R. Povey, J. Phillips, J. Eldridge. GOALS, Portland : J. Holt 7, M. Huppatz 2, E. Stewart 1, J. Stiles 1, V. Hockley 1. East Gambier : D. Cownie 1, J. Dunn 1, R. Carpenter 1, S. Balshaw 1, C. Anderson 1
South Gambier 6.3, 8.9, 13.11, 16.14 (110)
Millicent 2.1, 2.1, 8.2, 9.6 (60)
BEST, South Gambier : C. Milich, H. Sims, L. Capewell, T. Stringer, P. Noonan, L. Foran. Millicent : M. BRYANT, D. Dunn, C. Haggett, N. Robbins, J. REHN. GOALS, South Gambier : L. Capewell 5, B. O'Neil 2, L. VonDuve 2, C. Fox 2, S. Berkefeld 1, A. Bryant 1, H. Sims 1, C. Williams 1, N. PEARCE 1. Millicent : D. Dunn 3, G. Gascoyne 2, J. REHN 1
TOP SIDE MILLICENT FALL IN A HOLE
BY TERRY WILLOUGHBY
Western Border ladder leader Millicent suffered an embarrassing 100 pt thrashing from another finals contender in North Gambier. North started well against the sluggish Saints and led by 4 goals at qtr time. They strengthened their grip on the game by restricting Millicent to just 2 goals by 1/2 time and had a healthy 39 pt lead. Defenders Jamie O’Neil and Sam Griffith had held the big Millicent forwards almost kickless and the on-ballers Garth Willoughby, Justin McConnell and David Nulty were dominant around the stoppages, Millicent gave up many frees with sloppy tackling and undisciplined play. North put the result beyond doubt in the 3rd qtr when they added 7 goals to two. They were in control allover the ground with players backing up and tackling strongly. The last qtr was a formality with North adding another 6 goals. Better players for the Tigers were rugged on-baller Garth Willoughby who relished the less than perfect conditions, Justin McConnell around the ground and near goal, ruckman David Nulty and high marking Jamie O’Neil but just about every player made a contribution. Jon Agnew and Joe Pratt in his 1st game were Millicents only 4 qtr triers and the Saints crashed from top to fourth with some tough games to come. North moved up to 3rd. West Gambier always had the measure of Heywood and raced to a 41 pt lead at the long break. Jarrod Ryan back from suspension was a constant threat and finished with 6 goals. Heywood made some changes at the start of the 3rd qtr but were unable to close the gap. West’s dangerous forwards received plenty of chances from mid-fielders Tom Holmes and Al Kennedy but youngster Kayne O’Brien was named best along with Steve Wenman. Heywood were always playing catch-up with big stars Johns and Michael off the boil it was left Brad Smith, Ben Nash and Alex Hann to try and stem the tide but West had too much talent. The win sees them rise to the top with a games break over South. West by 37 pts. South Gambier appeared to be in some trouble against the speedy East Gambier who shot out of the blocks to lead by 19 pts at qtr time. South gradually got back into the game through veterans Heath Sims and Tim Stringer around the packs and solid half-back Josh Wilson and took a narrow 5 pt lead at ½ time. East had a chance to regain the lead early in the 3rd qtr but missed and South swept them aside with forward Leigh Capewell booting 4 goals for the qtr to give them a 20 pt lead at the last change. South continued to control the play and went further ahead to win by 40 pts in a game that ruckman Mick Ryan became the WB League’s games record-holder. Portland had a stroll in the park with a 110 pt win over Casterton with Jarrod Holt booting 6 goals in a best on ground display. Imperials chances of avoiding the wooden spoon took a serious blow when arch-rival Hamilton finished strongly with 6 last qtr goals to win by 32 pts. Imps performance was good until ¾ time when they only trailed by a goal but they faded at the finish.
Round 10 - June 19, 2010
West Gambier 5.2, 10.7, 14.12, 17.15 (117)
Heywood 1.5, 3.8, 7.9, 11.14 (80)
BEST, West Gambier : K. O'Brien, S. Wenman, A. Kennedy, T. HOLMES, J. Ryan, N. Martin. Heywood : B. Smith, B. Nash, A. Hann, N. Johnstone, B. Dunn, C. JOHNS. GOALS, West Gambier : J. Ryan 6, N. Martin 5, T. O'Brien 2, S. Wenman 2, T. BYRNE 1, B. Wilson 1. Heywood : C. Brown 2, C. JOHNS 2, S. Keiller 2, B. Smith 1, K. Bunworth 1, J. Nash 1, A. Hann 1, B. Williams 1
Hamilton 1.6, 8.9, 11.14, 17.20 (122)
Hamilton Imperials 2.3, 9.5, 12.6, 14.6 (90)
BEST, Hamilton : D. Brown, C. Vallance, G. Crawford, J. Kearney, W. Collins, G. Waldron. Hamilton Imperials : T. Lenehan, B. Hicks, L. McDonald, L. Polaski, J. Polaski. GOALS, Hamilton : J. Dowsley 3, J. Holmes 3, S. Fiora 3, J. Hawkins 2, M. Carter 2, G. Crawford 1, J. Riddle 1, D. Gunning 1, W. Collins 1. Hamilton Imperials : R. Newell 3, B. McIntosh 3, S. Brewer 3, D. Jenkinson 2, A. Walkenhorst 1, L. Kalms 1, K. Quinn 1
Portland 2.3, 9.8, 13.8, 24.11 (155)
Casterton 1.5, 3.5, 5.6, 6.9 (45)
BEST, Portland : J. Holt, V. Hockley, J. Saunders, E. Stewart, D. Falcone, B. Bailey. Casterton : D. Ryan, M. Cowland, R. Smith, T. Murrell, J. Gartlan, S. McKenzie. GOALS, Portland : J. Holt 6, B. Bailey 4, J. Saunders 4, M. Huppatz 3, E. Stewart 3, C. Mather 1, J. Stiles 1, K. Spencer 1, T. Huppatz 1. Casterton : J. Milich 1, G. Coxon 1, D. Ryan 1, R. Killey 1, B. Howard 1, M. Killey 1
South Gambier 1.2, 5.5, 10.9, 14.13 (97)
East Gambier 4.3, 4.6, 7.7, 8.9 (57)
BEST, South Gambier : T. Stringer, H. Sims, J. Wilson, M. Von Duve, C. Williams, L. VonDuve. East Gambier : J. Phillips, S. Clark, F. Balshaw, D. Phillips, J. Dunn, D. Cownie. GOALS, South Gambier : L. Capewell 6, L. VonDuve 4, A. Bryant 2, T. Stringer 1, B. O'Neil 1. East Gambier : J. Dunn 3, R. Carpenter 2, S. Balshaw 2, J. Fry 1
North Gambier 4.3, 8.7, 15.13, 21.15 (141)
Millicent 0.3, 2.4, 4.4, 6.5 (41)
BEST, North Gambier : G. Willoughby, J. McConnell, D. Nulty, J. O'NEIL, S. Flett, A. Kilsby. Millicent : J. Agnew, J. Pratt. GOALS, North Gambier : A. Kilsby 4, J. McConnell 4, S. Flett 4, A. Kurzman 2, M. McRAE 2, K. Opperman 1, M. HENSEL 1, M. Chapman 1, N. Blachut 1, G. Willoughby 1. Millicent : J. Meek 1, B. Tilley 1, D. Ridley 1, B. Grosser 1, C. Murray 1, C. Denton 1
WEST CONTENDERS FOR 2010 FLAG
West Gambier passed one of the big tests of their season in WB football when they withstood everything South Gambier threw at them and scored an impressive 27 pt win.
The game was played in front of a big crowd and it was South who made a better start but West pegged them back and the margin was just 2 points in South’s favour at ¼ time. The 2nd quarter saw South with early goals extend their lead but West stormed back through mid-fielders Tom Holmes, Luke Davey and Josh Ransom. Winning the ball around the centre they drove West forward with penetrating kicks which resulted in goals to give West a handy 14 point lead at ½ time. South started the 3rd quarter well but were unable to shake West’s grip on the game and the Demons were showing signs of distress. West had many players running harder and testing South’s stamina. The South defender’s were under pressure as West charged forward. West answered every last quarter challenge South offered and the game was sealed with goals from back-pocket man Mark Bourchier who scored from a throw-in and an exuberant Al Kennedy who raced into an open goal from the wing, he celebrated with a spectacular back-flip to entertain the West fans. They won by 27 points. West ‘s win was their best in many years and everyone contributed with Josh Ransom, Tom Holmes, Luke Davey and Brad Wilson leading the way. South struggled for 4 quarter good players, but Peter Harten, Luke Foran and Cam Milich stuck to their task but were lacking in support.
Heywood overcame a recent slump in form by bouncing back to win over arch-rivals Portland. The Lions quickly asserted their superiority and charged to a big 41 point lead at1/2 time. Courtney Johns was proving a strong target and finished with 7 goals at full-forward but it little men Alex Hann, Richard Bamblett and Tom Gordon around the ground were doing the damage with help from Nick Johnstone. Portland made no impression in the 3rd quarter and Heywood were safe with a 47 point lead. The last quarter was even and Heywood cruised in by 43 points, their first win over Portland in many years.
Millicent climbed back to the top of the ladder with a solid but not commanding win over winless Imperials. A strong 6 goal 2nd quarter set up the win but Imps at least saved some face with a battling effort in the 2nd half. Millicent were never in danger but may have missed a chance to boost their percentage. Jon Agnew was dangerous around the packs and big Glen Gascoyne marked strongly at centre half-forward. Nat Robbins and defender Matt Bryant also played well. Matt Dunn, Luke McDonald and coach Brent Forsyth tried hard for the under-manned Imps. North Gambier started sluggishly against lowly Hamilton who led throughout the 1st half. Recent recruit Scott Fiora gave the Magpies a target in attack and finished with 4 goals. The Tigers got going in the 3rd quarter and cut out Hamilton’s attack to add 4 goals and hold a handy 14 point lead at the last change. They finished strongly with Justin McConnell, Scott Flett and ruckman David Nulty taking control at the stoppages and around the ground. Hamilton’s challenge had stalled and North won by 38 points. East Gambier easily accounted for an injury weakened Casterton who had early chances but couldn’t find a match-winning forward. East had many impressive contributors up forward, none more so than Shem Balshaw who marked powerfully to kick 7 goals, what he missed Chris Anderson mopped up and he got five, Carl Slape in the ruck, Matt Dempsey and Jason Phillips also did well but Casterton never threatened. East led at every change to win by 78 points.
Round 9 scores - June 12, 2010
BEST, Heywood : A. Hann, R. Bamblett, N. Johnstone, T. Gordon, M. Sailor. Portland : D. Falcone, M. England, C. Mather, E. Stewart, J. Holt, J. Stiles. Goals: Heywood - C. Johns 7, F. Saunders 4, M. Sailor 3, B. Nash 2, A. Hann 2, M. Michael 2, A. Hann , T. Gordon. Portland - J. Holt 5, D. Falcone , M. Huppatz , D. Finnigan , J. Imbi , J. Saunders , J. Stiles , E. Stewart , M. England , S. O''Brien
Best: North Gambier : J. McConnell, S. Flett, D. Nulty, S. Griffith, M. Quirk, A. Kilsby. Hamilton : L. Crawford, M. Ross, S. Fiora, D. Brown, J. Pye, S. Weston. Goals: North - S. Flett 3, J. McConnell 3, A. Kilsby 2, C. CAMPBELL , M. Silvy , S. Brook , K. Clark , A. Kurzman. Hamilton - S. Fiora 4, W. Collins , R. Brewster
Best: Millicent : J. Agnew, J. Sullivan, G. Gascoyne, N. Robbins, M. BRYANT. Hamilton Imperials : M. Dunn, L. McDonald, B. Hicks, B. Forsyth, J. Polaski. Goals: Millicent - G. Gascoyne 3, D. Ridley 3, N. Robbins 3, C. Murray 3, J. Agnew , J. Sullivan , S. Duldig. Hamilton Imperials - B. McIntosh 2, A. Linke , K. Quinn
Best: East Gambier : S. Balshaw, C. Anderson, J. Phillips, C. Slape, M. Dempsey, J. Dempsey. Casterton : S. McKenzie, A. Meyer, T. Murrell, M. Cowland, J. Gartlan, M. Killey. Goals: East - S. Balshaw 7, C. Anderson 5, R. Carpenter 3, J. Phillips 3, J. Dunn 2, C. Povey 2, S. Phillips , D. Cownie. Casterton - B. Howard 2, L. Gill 2, R. Killey , G. Widdicombe , J. Harvey , R. Bleumink , A. Meyer , T. SULLIVAN , M. Killey
LOSSES FOR TOP TEAMS IN ROUND 9
More from Terry Willoughby
The structure of the Western Border top five again underwent a reshuffle after Millicent and Heywood suffered losses. South Gambier showed Heywood how a consistently good team goes about winning big games when they booted 8 goals to nil in the 1st qtr at Blue Lake Sports Park. The Demons had loose men everywhere, backed up brilliantly and controlled play at the stoppages. Strong running players Simon Berkefeld, Joe and Pat Noonan and Tim Stringer exploited and exposed their opponents lack of pace as South put the game beyond Heywood’s reach. Heywood needed a big lift from star recruits Mal Michael and Courtney Johns but got nothing. Youngster Alex Hann was a solid trier around the packs but he and his small team mates were under constant pressure as South tackled strongly. Michael was ineffective as a forward and should have been used to shore up the defence. South dominated all over the ground and Heywood never got closer than 49 pts at qtr time. South eased down at the finish having totally demolished Heywood by 87 pts. They had no passengers with every player doing his bit in a powerful team performance. Heywood never threatened and will need to re-think their tactics. Portland made short work of Hamilton with 11 different goal-kickers contributing to the 83 pt win. Running his opponents into the ground, Marcus England was best a-field, Daniel Falcone, Erik Stewart and Jason Saunders were others to dominate for the Tigers. Will Collins, Jamie Dowsley and Lachie Crawford were the only Hamilton players to show any resistance. East Gambier kept Imperials goal-less in the 1st half but only led by 39 pts. Imps struggled to have any impact from there-on as East did as they liked in the 2nd half to win by a whopping 110 pst. Ross Carpenter, 6 goals and Chris Anderson 4 starred to keep East in touch with the top five but Imperials reached a new low point. Casterton started well against North Gambier and led by 17 pts at ¼ time but were blown away in the 2nd qtr as North took control in the key forward positions through Scott Flett and Anthony Kilsby. David Nulty and Justin McConnell won the stoppages as North took over in the middle quarters. Casterton folded badly after such a promising start and North won easily by 62 pts and sneak into 5th place. West Gambier bounced back to the winners list with a hard fought 11pt win over top side Millicent. The 1st half was even with West’s straight kicking giving them a narrow lead. West looked steadier in the 3rd qtr and with more players contributing they held a 9 pt lead. Millicent were rattled early in the last qtr and conceded many elementary frees with poor tackling. West broke clear and when Millicent went forward its big forwards were out-played by a determined West defence. New ruckman Daron McElroy was impressive for West and mid-fielders Tom Holmes, Luke Davey and Brad Wilson won many possessions to seal the win by 11 pts. Millicent only stayed close because of the efforts of Cam Haggett in the ruck and Matt Bryant at full-back, they were exposed again on the bigger ground.
Round 8 - June 5, 2010
Hamilton 1.1, 1.1, 2.3, 4.7 (31)
BEST, Portland : M. England, D. Falcone, J. Saunders, E. Stewart, L. Van Heugten, J. Bell. Hamilton : W. Collins, J. Dowsley, L. Crawford, J. Kearney, J. Riddle, S. Weston, M. Carter. GOALS, Portland : J. Bell 3, H. Brown 3, D. Finnigan 2, M. Huppatz 1, J. Stiles 1, E. Stewart 1, M. England 1, K. Spencer 1, L. Sartori 1, J. Saunders 1, D. Kinghorn 1. Hamilton : R. Brewster 2, J. Dowsley 1, A. GEPP 1
West Gambier 4.2, 7.2, 10.4, 13.9 (87)
Millicent 3.2, 5.8, 7.13, 10.16 (76)
BEST, West Gambier : T. HOLMES, L. Davey, D. McElroy, B. Wilson, A. Shultz, M. Bourchier, K. O'Brien. Millicent : C. Haggett, M. BRYANT, C. Murray. GOALS, West Gambier : T. O'Brien 2, L. Davey 2, J. Ransom 2, B. Wilson 2, J. Ferguson-Lane 2, N. Martin 1, T. BYRNE 1, T. HOLMES 1
Millicent : C. Murray 4, G. Gascoyne 1, D. Ridley 1, C. Viney 1, J. Sullivan 1, D. Tilley 1, J. Agnew 1
East Gambier 3.3, 6.9, 14.17, 18.22 (130)
Hamilton Imperials 0.5, 0.6, 1.7, 2.8 (20)
BEST, East Gambier : C. Anderson, J. Fry, R. Povey, C. Povey, J. Phillips, R. Carpenter. Hamilton Imperials : R. Jaroszczuk, D. Jenkinson, M. Dunn, N. Curtis, A. Linke, B. Forsyth. GOALS, East Gambier : R. Carpenter 6, C. Anderson 4, S. Balshaw 3, J. Dempsey 1, J. Dunn 1, J. Phillips 1, C. Povey 1, D. Cownie 1. Hamilton Imperials : R. Jaroszczuk 1, M. Newell 1
South Gambier 8.3, 12.6, 19.14, 21.16 (142)
Heywood 0.2, 4.4, 6.4, 8.7 (55)
BEST, South Gambier : S. Berkefeld, C. Milich, J. Noonan, P. Noonan, J. Wilson, T. Stringer. Heywood : J. May, A. Hann, K. Bunworth, B. Dunn, T. Gordon, B. Nash. GOALS, South Gambier : S. Berkefeld 5, J. Copping 3, J. Noonan 3, B. Foster 2, H. Sims 2, C. Fox 2, J. PAPROTNY 1, A. Bryant 1, B. O'Neil 1, B. McGregor 1. Heywood : A. Hann 3, C. JOHNS 2, B. Fuller 1, B. Dunn 1, M. Sailor 1
North Gambier 1.0, 8.6, 14.10, 17.16 (118)
Casterton 3.5, 4.5, 7.6, 8.8 (56)
BEST, North Gambier : J. Mc Connell, S. Flett, M. Chapman, A. Kilsby, D. Nulty, C. CAMPBELL. Casterton : B. Howard, T. Murrell, K. Forbes, D. Ryan, R. Bleumink, S. Taylor. GOALS, North Gambier : A. Kilsby 5, S. Flett 3, J. O'NEIL 2, M. Chapman 2, J. Mc Connell 2, S. Brook 2, C. CAMPBELL 1. Casterton : J. Cammarano 3, S. Taylor 1, R. Bleumink 1, J. Gartlan 1, M. Killey 1, L. Gill 1
TOP THREE CRASH TO LOSSES - the latest from Terry Willoughby, May 31, 2010
Three of the top five teams in WB football were defeated which injected further interest into the race for the finals. Millicent sent Heywood tumbling to 3rd after restricting the Lions match-winners Mal Michael and Courtney Johns to average games. Rugged on-baller Justin Rehn relished the tougher conditions and was very good around the stoppages and kicked 3 goals, Matt Bryant stood out on the backline and Chris Murray starred at full forward to kick 6 goals. Millicent led at every change to win by 32 pts but Heywood were wasteful by kicking 1-7 in the last qtr. Millicent are now a game clear on top of the ladder.
East Gambier relished the wet conditions to defeat West Gambier by 34 pts. Ruckmen Carl Slape and Sam Clark controlled the stoppages and marking contests to give East’s on-ballers first use of the ball. Small forwards Ross Carpenter, Shaun Phillips and Todd Eldridge used their mobility to break open the West defence and kick goals. Martin Coote marshalled the defences and shut out Wests’ dangerous forwards. West trailed by 28 pts at ½ time and never got closer, the loss saw them drop to 4th spot. Brad Wilson was again best for West but lacked enough support, O’Donovan and Josh Ransom tried hard in a patchy performance. East remain in 7th place but are still a dangerous if inconsistent chance to claim 5th spot.
South Gambier thrashed Hamilton after an explosive 10 goal first qtr. Simon Berkefeld, 6 and Bret O’Neil 7 goals ran amok as South toyed with the opposition. South continued to pile on the goals although Hamilton managed some respectability in the 2nd half but never seriously threatened South who coasted in by 103 pts.
After an even 1st qtr North Gambier took a stranglehold on the game with 6 goal burst in which coach Justin McConnell and forward Michael Silvy were prominent. North held a 34 pt lead heading into the 3rd qtr and continued to play all over Portland to increase the margin to 50 pts at one stage. Portland fought back late in the term and reduced the gap to 36pts. The lack of a genuine ruckman hurt Portland badly and North’s David Nulty continually farmed the ball out to team-mates. The last qtr was played in conditions so dark that play was difficult to see until the lights were switched on but Portland’s run had petered out and North gave Luke Norman something to celebrate in his 200th game. The 39 pt win has North in 6th place but level on points with Portland. Coach Justin McConnell finished with 6 goals in a good performance, Jamie O’Neil excelled in defence with strong marking and clearing dashes and David Nulty controlled the rucks. Rhys Egan, Cam Mather and Daniel Falcone battled hard for an under-strength Portland.
Casterton kept their season hopes alive with 61 pt win over bottom side Imperials. The Cats held a 32 pt lead at quarter-time and never looked back although they squandered a chance to boost their percentage with poor kicking for goal. The 61 pt winning margin is good but only 11 goals from 33 shots is not. Dylan Ryan, Jamie Cammarano and veteran Adrian Meyer were the Cats best. The injury riddled Imperials are still looking their first win but it’s hard to see where they’ll get it.
Round 7 - May 29, 2010South Gambier 10.6, 14.12, 18.19, 25.23 (173)
Hamilton 1.1, 3.2, 6.6, 10.10 (70)
BEST, South Gambier : S. Berkefeld, B. O'Neil, H. Sims, D. Stratford, C. Milich, C. Fox. Hamilton : D. Gunning, M. Carter, J. Hawkins, J. Gunning, J. Kearney, D. Brown. GOALS, South Gambier : B. O'Neil 7, S. Berkefeld 6, J. Noonan 4, C. Fox 4, B. Foster 2, M. Ryan 1, C. Williams 1. Hamilton : D. Gunning 3, R. Brewster 3, M. Ross 1, J. Holmes 1, A. GEPP 1, M. Carter 1
Millicent 3.2, 7.2, 11.6, 13.11 (89)
Heywood 1.3, 4.6, 6.8, 7.15 (57)
BEST, Millicent : J. REHN, M. BRYANT, C. Murray, R. Duncan, M. Duff, J. Contin. Heywood : J. May, B. Smith, A. Hann, J. Saunders, M. Michael, B. Dunn. GOALS, Millicent : C. Murray 6, J. REHN 3, C. Denton 1, M. Duff 1, D. Tilley 1, J. Agnew 1. Heywood : C. Johns 4, B. Nash 1, M. Michael 1, A. Barr 1
North Gambier 2.4, 8.7, 13.8, 15.12 (102)
Portland 2.2, 3.3, 7.8, 9.9 (63)
BEST, North Gambier : J. Mc Connell, J. Yeates, D. Nulty, D. Watson, M. Quirk, J. O'NEIL. Portland : R. Egan, C. Mather, D. Falcone, M. England, J. Saunders, J. Bell. GOALS, North Gambier : J. Mc Connell 6, M. Silvy 3, C. CAMPBELL 2, A. Kilsby 1, M. Chapman 1, D. Watson 1, S. Flett 1. Portland : J. Imbi 2, J. Bell 1, J. Stiles 1, K. Spencer 1, J. Saunders 1, D. Finnigan 1, P. Mahon 1, M. Huppatz 1
East Gambier 4.6, 8.10, 12.12, 13.15 (93)
West Gambier 2.4, 4.6, 8.9, 8.11 (59)
BEST, East Gambier : C. Slape, M. Coote, C. Povey, S. Clark, F. Balshaw, S. Phillips. West Gambier : B. Wilson, O. O'Donovan, J. Ransom, T. HOLMES, T. O'Brien, L. Davey. GOALS, East Gambier : R. Carpenter 4, S. Phillips 3, T. Eldridge 2, J. Dempsey 1, T. Younghusband 1, J. Phillips 1, C. Povey 1. West Gambier : O. O'Donovan 3, M. SCANLON 2, N. Martin 2, L. Davey 1.
Casterton 5.4, 7.12, 9.15, 11.22 (88)
Hamilton Imperials 0.2, 3.2, 4.2, 4.3 (27)
BEST, Casterton : D. Ryan, J. Cammarano, A. Meyer, C. Perry, T. Murrell, B. Howard. Hamilton Imperials : R. Newell, L. McDonald, R. Jaroszczuk, D. Jenkinson, B. Forsyth. GOALS, Casterton : J. Cammarano 3, G. Widdicombe 2, D. Ryan 2, S. Taylor 1, A. Richardson 1, C. Perry 1, B. Howard 1. Hamilton Imperials : L. McDonald 1, R. Newell 1, S. Tilka 1, J. Franklin 1
WEST CONTINUES TO WIN - ROUND 6 REPORT FROM TERRY WILLOUGHBY
West Gambier continued on its winning way in WB football with a 63 point victory over lowly ranked Hamilton. They crushed the opposition to lead by 9 goals at ½ time with new full forward Nicholas Smith from the Gold Coast on fire. Replacing the suspended Jarred Ryan, he finished with 10 goals to be best a-field. West slumbered a little in the 3rd quarter and Hamilton closed the margin to 31 pts before West kicked into gear again and finished off with a 7 goal last term. Tim Byrne also kicked 5 goals for West who were best served by Brad Wilson, Josh Ransom and Al Kennedy. Hamilton had good triers in Dylan and Josh Gunning, Will Collins and Josh Kennedy. Heywood came from a 19 point deficit at ½ time to win narrowly by 4 points over North Gambier. North took a healthy lead early with Anthony Kilsby doing well in the forward line and Scott Flett around the ground but Heywood’s giant forwards Mal Michael and Courtney Johns, 5 goals, couldn’t be contained. Heywood’s big 3rd quarter effort of 6 goals gave them a 4 point lead which they held at the end. Michael, giant ruckman Brad Smith and Nick Johnstone played well for the winners and gave many smaller players chances to kick goals. Justin McConnell had plenty of touches for North and Kilsby got 4 goals but was closely attended after ½ time, Flett and Jamie Yeates played well.
Portland demolished Imperials by 127 pts with 13 players kicking goals. Imperials were competitive to ½ time but were swamped from then on as Portland piled on 18 second-half goals. South Gambier jumped to a big lead at ¼ time and were never seriously threatened despite a stronger 2nd half effort by Casterton. The Cats outscored South after ½ time but South were always able to respond when threatened. Younger players James Paprotny and Josh Wilson were among South’s better players as was veteran Mick Ryan who became the WB leagues’ games record holder in his 383rd game, a mighty effort by this highly respected man.
East Gambier kept Millicent honest throughout the 1st half by quick and good use of the ball and only trailed by 3 pts at the main break. After half-time however, Millicents’ on-ballers Justin Rehn, Joe Contin and Jon Agnew began to have a big say in proceedings, long kicking Nat Robbins kept driving East out and Chris Murray was dominating at full forward and booted 8 goals. Millicent raced to a 40 point lead at ¾ time and although East fought on strongly the margin was too great. Millicent home by 23 points. Carl Slape, Brad Stephens and Flynn Balshaw were East’s best.
Round 6 scores - May 15, 2010
Heywood 3.1, 6.4, 12.9, 16.11 (107)
Hamilton 3.5, 5.8, 11.11, 13.12 (90)
BEST, West Gambier : B. Wilson, N. Martin, J. Ransom, A. Kennedy, T. HOLMES, M. Bourchier, T. BYRNE. Hamilton : D. Gunning, W. Collins, J. Gunning, J. Kearney, M. Ross, D. Brown. GOALS, West Gambier : N. Martin 10, T. BYRNE 5, T. HOLMES 3, T. Badman 2, B. Wilson 1, D. Walsh 1,
J. Ransom 1. Hamilton : J. Holmes 3, J. Dowsley 2, C. Vallance 2, R. Brewster 2, J. Gunning 2, D. Gunning 1, J. Hunter 1
South Gambier 7.2, 10.3, 14.9, 17.10 (112)
Casterton 1.4, 3.9, 9.11, 12.13 (85)
BEST, South Gambier : J. PAPROTNY, J. Wilson, C. Milich, N. PEARCE, A. Bryant, M. Ryan. Casterton : A. Meyer, R. Bleumink, J. Harvey, B. Howard, J. Cammarano, D. Ryan. GOALS, South Gambier : M. Von Duve 3, A. Bryant 2, B. O'Neil 2, H. Sims 2, J. PAPROTNY 2, B. Foster 1,
J. Primer 1, P. Harten 1, M. Weistra 1, S. Berkefeld 1, N. PEARCE 1. Casterton : B. Howard 4, J. Cammarano 3, C. Currie 2, D. Ryan 2, J. Gartlan 1
Portland 4.4, 7.11, 15.17, 25.19 (169)
Hamilton Imperials 3.1, 4.1, 5.2, 6.6 (42)
BEST, Portland : M. England, D. Falcone, J. Holt, M. Huppatz, E. Stewart, J. Van Heugten, L. Van Heugten. Hamilton Imperials : D. Jenkinson, D. Overall, L. McDonald. GOALS, Portland : J. Holt 5, M. Huppatz 4, E. Stewart 3, D. Finnigan 2, K. Spencer 2, L. Sartori 2, J. Bell 1, H. Brown 1, M. England 1, J. Amor 1, J. Stiles 1, D. Beavis 1, D. Falcone 1. Hamilton Imperials : D. Jenkinson 2, M. Block 2, J. Dawson 1, T. Lenehan 1
Millicent 4.2, 5.5, 11.11, 13.13 (91)
East Gambier 2.1, 5.2, 5.7, 10.8 (68)
BEST, Millicent : C. Murray, J. REHN, J. Sullivan, M. BRYANT, N. Robbins, J. Contin. East Gambier : C. Slape, B. Stephens, F. Balshaw, J. Turner, C. Povey, C. Anderson. GOALS, Millicent : C. Murray 8, B. Tilley 2, J. Hales 1, J. REHN 1, J. Agnew 1. East Gambier : T. Younghusband 3, J. Dunn 2, M. Coote 2, B. Stephens 1, R. Carpenter 1, L. Morton 1
ROUND 5 WRAP WITH TERRY WILLOGHBY
North Gambier overcame a persistent East Gambier after ½ time. East wasted many chances with poor disposal and inaccuracy in front of goal. Inexperience accounted for their inconsistency as North took control after ½ time with a dominant centerline and winning rucks, they moved the ball quickly and put East defence under enormous pressure. Coach Justin McConnell was best afield , Cam Campbell and David Nulty also played and Anthony Kilsby finished the work efficiently with 4 goals. Martin Coote, Jake Turner and Matt Dempsey battled away but couldn’t stem the tide for East as they went under by 63 points. Millicent had too much height for Casterton and although the Cats battled hard they couldn’t find a forward capable of kicking goals to keep them in the game. Millicent only did enough in the 1st three qtrs to keep the lead but doubled their score in the last to win comfortably by 47 points. Jeremy Hales fed off the big men’s dominance around the ground to be best, Justin Rehn and talented youngster Dylan Ridley played well. Matt Killey, Liam Gill and Dylan Ryan were always under pressure but kept at it for Casterton. South Gambier handed out another thrashing to an under strength Imperials with a 120 point win. The game was played almost solely in South’s half with more than half the team kicking goals. Glamour side Heywood had an easy win over Hamilton. It was Heywood’s 4 th win in a row, a notable streak after 43 losses on end. Courtney Johns was again a major factor and booted 8 goals, Matt Sailor finished with 6. Brad Fuller and Tom Gordon had plenty of possessions to finish on a good note. Hamilton had only one goal to half-time and barely had a good player. West Gambier journeyed to Portland which has been a nightmare for them in recent years. However 2010 was a different story with West charging to an early lead and playing all over the league leader. Jarred Ryan was a constant threat and finished with 7 goals but Ollie O’Donavan, Mark Bourchier in defence and Brad Wilson in the midfield giving West plenty of drive. Portland fought back strongly in the 3 rd quarter to close the margin to 3 points and the stage was set for a great finish. Both sides kicked 4 goals but West held on to a 2 point margin to win. Self-belief , something that West haven’t had for a while is very strong at present. The league ladder bears a completely different look to recent years with Heywood, West and Millicent holding the top 3 spots.
Round 5 - May 8, 2010
North Gambier 2.1, 7.3, 12.3, 19.11 (125)
East Gambier 3.3, 4.7, 6.10, 8.14 (62)
BEST, North Gambier : J. MCCONNELL, C. CAMPBELL, D. Nulty, J. O'NEIL, L. Downs-Woolley, M. Quirk. East Gambier : M. Coote, J. Turner, M. Dempsey, F. Balshaw, T. Eldridge, J. Fry. GOALS, North Gambier : J. MCCONNELL 4, A. Kilsby 4, N. Blachut 3, A. Kurzman 3, L. Downs-Woolley 2, A. Creek 1, M. Chapman 1, C. Hedwards 1. East Gambier : R. Carpenter 2, S. Balshaw 2, J. Dempsey 1, J. Phillips 1, R. Povey 1, C. Anderson 1
Millicent 2.2, 5.6, 6.9, 12.13 (85)
Casterton 0.3, 2.5, 4.7, 5.8 (38)
BEST, Millicent : J. Hales, J. REHN, D. Ridley, G. Gascoyne, B. Tilley, M. BRYANT. Casterton : M. Killey, L. Gill, D. Ryan, R. Bleumink, G. Widdicombe, A. Meyer. GOALS, Millicent : G. Gascoyne 3, J. Hales 3, D. Ridley 2, A. SIMS 1, J. REHN 1, B. Chant 1, C. Murray 1. Casterton :
J. Cammarano 2, R. Killey 1, G. Widdicombe 1, J. Gartlan 1
South Gambier 4.3, 9.5, 17.6, 24.12 (156)
Hamilton Imperials 0.0, 3.1, 3.4, 5.6 (36)
BEST, South Gambier : C. Walmsley, B. O'Neil, A. Bryant, N. PEARCE, J. PAPROTNY, S. Berkefeld. Hamilton Imperials : B. Hicks, B. Forsyth, R. Jaroszczuk, T. Lenehan, M. Dunn. GOALS, South Gambier : J. Noonan 5, J. Copping 3, A. Bryant 3, J. PAPROTNY 3, B. O'Neil 3, L. Capewell 2, M. Von Duve 2, B. McGregor 1, B. Foster 1, C. Walmsley 1. Hamilton Imperials : J. Meulendyks 1, B. Taylor 1, K. Quinn 1, N. Curtis 1, M. Block 1
West Gambier 2.6, 8.10, 10.10, 14.12 (96)
Portland 1.3, 2.9, 9.13, 13.16 (94)
BEST, West Gambier : O. O'Donovan, M. Bourchier, B. Wilson, J. Ransom, J. Ryan, L. Davey. Portland : D. Falcone, M. England, C. Mather, J. Bell, J. Holt, E. Stewart. GOALS, West Gambier : J. Ryan 7, J. Ransom 2, O. O'Donovan 1, T. Badman 1, L. Davey 1, T. BYRNE 1, T. HOLMES 1. Portland : J. Bell 3, N. Bennett 3, D. Finnigan 2, J. Stiles 1, K. Spencer 1, H. Brown 1, C. Mather 1, D. Falcone 1
Heywood 5.3, 13.8, 19.10, 25.13 (163)
Hamilton 1.4, 1.8, 4.10, 6.15 (51)
BEST, Heywood : B. Fuller, C. Johns, T. Gordon, M. Sailor, M. Michael, B. Dunn. Hamilton : D. Andrivon, J. Kearney, J. Dowsley, J. Hawkins, J. Gunning, C. Vallance. GOALS, Heywood : C. Johns 8, M. Sailor 6, M. Michael 3, A. Hann 2, B. Dunn 2, B. Nash 1, B. Fuller 1, N. Johnstone 1, C. Foster 1. Hamilton : J. Dowsley 2, D. Gunning 1, C. Vallance 1, J. Hawkins 1, M. Carter 1
ROUND 4 WESTERN BORDER REPORT FROM TERRY WILLOUGHBY
West Gambier’s winning form continued in the WB when they had too much talent for a disappointing Casterton who may have some internal disruptions worrying them. West led by 30 pts at half-time but burst the game apart in the 3rd qtr and then poured on the goals again in the last to win easily by71 pts. Casterton only trailed by 40 pts at ¾ t but all resistance collapsed at the finish. The talented forwards of Jarrod Ryan, Tom Holmes and Matt Scanlon each finished with 4 goals after feeding of the ball winning drive from Brad Wilson who was best on ground for West. Jamie Cammarano played a lone hand for Casterton, the rest only played in patches. No Heywood player would have played in a winning side against East Gambier but that all changed yesterday. East had plenty of chances but kicked poorly early and Heywood steadily gained control to lead by 16 pts at the long break. East reduced the margin to 11 pts by ¾ time but Heywood stormed home with the breeze to win by 37 pts and chalk up 3 wins on end. Courtney johns used his considerable size to boot 6 goals and Nick Johnstone stood out, Mal Michael created a pa th-way to the ball for Ben Dunn, Tom and Scott Gordon. East will rue the missed early chances but lack of a goal-kicker was crucial. Their better players were mostly little men battling the odds, Jesse Fry, Jason Dunn and Chris Anderson and youngster Jake Turner. Millicent scored a rare away win in Hamilton when they quickly assumed control over the Magpies to lead by 29 pts at qtr time. Hamilton only matched them briefly in the 2 nd qtr before Millicent kicked right away in the third. Brad and Darren Tilley both played big roles in the win, finishing with 3 and 6 goals apiece in a rare a grade appearance together. James Weir, Justin Rehn and “Jockey” Hales kept driving Millicent forward. For Hamilton it was a different story with only Mark Bradley and Will Collins showing much resistance. North Gambier had a percentage boosting win over an injury ravaged Imperials. The game never rose to any great standard and North just went further as the game wore on. Imps had quite a number of chances early on but had no forwards at all to take them. North on the other hand had players lining up to kick goals and they were under less and less pressure throughout the 2nd half. Coach Justin McConnell finished with 5 goals amid the 11 individual goalkickers. Jamie O’Neil, Matthew Chapman and David Nulty played well but not too much should be read into the win. Imperials had only battlers and even they turned over the ball on numerous occasions as North cantered home by 125 pts. South Gambier started well against Portland to lead by 25 pts at ¼ time but that was the end of their day. From then on Portland took complete control and despite wayward kicking for goal were never in danger. They booted 7 goals to one to have any 18 pt margin at ½ time and then held South in the third qtr before finishing strongly to win convincingly by 49 pts, a really good effort as they were reduced to 19 fit men by half-time. Marcus England ran his rivals into the ground and the clever James Imbi bagged 5 goals, Cam Mather and Steve O’Brien were also excellent players for Portland. South struggled to find solid 4 qtr contributors with only Josh Wilson, veteran Dion Stratford and Chris Walmsley named .
Round 4 scores - May 1, 2010
Portland 1.3, 8.10, 10.13, 15.21 (111)
South Gambier 5.4, 6.4, 8.7, 9.8 (62)
BEST, Portland : M. England, J. Imbi, C. Mather, S. O'Brien, J. Holt, N. Bennett. South Gambier : J. Wilson, D. Stratford, C. Walmsley. GOALS, Portland : J. Imbi 5, S. O'Brien 3, M. England 2, C. Mather 1, J. Amor 1, J. Saunders 1, D. Finnigan 1, D. Falcone 1. South Gambier : M. Von Duve 3, J. Copping 3, L. Capewell 2, A. Bryant 1
North Gambier 4.3, 10.5, 17.6, 24.9 (153)
Hamilton Imperials 1.3, 2.6, 2.8, 3.10 (28)
BEST, North Gambier : J. O'NEIL, J. MCCONNELL, M. Chapman, D. Nulty, K. Opperman, C. CAMPBELL. Hamilton Imperials : R. Jaroszczuk, B. Forsyth, D. Overall, D. Jenkinson, K. Quinn. GOALS, North Gambier : J. MCCONNELL 5, C. Hedwards 3, S. Flett 3, L. Downs-Woolley 3, M. Arthurson 2, A. Creek 2, C. CAMPBELL 2, N. Blachut 1, M. HENSEL 1, A. Kilsby 1, A. Kurzman 1. Hamilton Imperials : D. Jenkinson 1, N. Curtis 1, J. Franklin 1
West Gambier 4.4, 7.6, 12.7, 21.10 (136)
Casterton 2.2, 2.6, 5.9, 9.11 (65)
BEST, West Gambier : B. Wilson, T. HOLMES, J. Ransom, M. SCANLON, O. O'Donovan, C. Cowell. Casterton : J. Cammarano, L. Gill, M. Killey, A. Meyer, J. Gartlan, S. Taylor. GOALS, West Gambier : J. Ryan 4, T. HOLMES 4, M. SCANLON 4, T. Badman 3, O. O'Donovan 2, C. Cowell 2,
T. O'Brien 1, T. BYRNE 1. Casterton : S. Taylor 2, J. Gartlan 2, J. Cammarano 1, K. Forbes 1, D. Ryan 1, B. Howard 1, L. Gill 1
Heywood 0.3, 4.7, 7.9, 14.13 (97)
East Gambier 1.8, 1.9, 5.10, 8.12 (60)
BEST, Heywood : N. Johnstone, C. Johns, M. Michael, B. Dunn, T. Gordon, S. Gordon. East Gambier : J. Turner, J. Fry, J. Dunn, C. Anderson, T. Eldridge, C. Slape. GOALS, Heywood : C. Johns 6, T. Gordon 3, M. Michael 3, B. Nash 1, M. Sailor 1. East Gambier : T. Younghusband 3, D. Phillips 1, R. Carpenter 1, T. Eldridge 1, C. Povey 1, C. Anderson 1
Millicent 6.1, 9.7, 15.10, 19.12 (126)
Hamilton 1.2, 5.5, 6.6, 9.13 (67)
BEST, Millicent : J. Weir, B. Tilley, D. Tilley, J. REHN, J. Hales, N. Robbins . Hamilton : M. BRADLEY, W. Collins, D. Brown, D. Gunning, J. Kearney, J. Riddle. GOALS, Millicent : D. Tilley 6, B. Tilley 3, G. Gascoyne 3, J. Weir 2, D. Ridley 1, J. Egan 1, C. Murray 1, J. REHN 1, J. Agnew 1. Hamilton : J. Dowsley 3, D. Andrivon 2, C. Vallance 2, R. Brewster 1, B. Ross 1
Round 3 Sunday Game - April 25, 2010
Best: South - C. Walmsley, B. McGregor, B. O''Neil, J. Paprotny, J. Wilson, D. Stratford. North - D. Nulty, L. Norman, C. Campbell, S. Flett, J. McConnell, M. Quirk. Goals: South - L. Capewell 5, J. Copping 4, J. Paprotny 2, B. O''Neil 2, M. Von Duve , A. Bryant , B. McGregor , C. Fox. North - L. Downs-Woolley 3, J. McConnell 2, C. Campbell 2, A. Creek , D. Nulty , S. Flett
MILLICENT CAUSE UPSET AND HEYWOOD WI N AGAIN by Terry Willoughby
Keen to prove the form wrong, Millicent jumped to a 21 pt lead at quarter-time over undefeated Portland. The Victorian Tigers slowly closed the gap but Millicent still had plenty of the play and maintained a 10 point margin at half-time. Some torrid training during the week looked to have paid off as Millicent kicked away in the 3rd qtr to lead by 31 pts. Portland weren’t about to fold and they fought back strongly in the last qtr and closed the gap to just 4pts with Millicent battling to hold on. The clock came to the home teams’aid to give them a narrow win. Key forwards Gen Gscoyne and Chris Murray , 5 goals proved difficult to contain and speedy little men Dylan Ridley and Jon Agnew had a big influence around the midfield. Marcus England and James Imbi stood out for Portland who seem to be relying more on the efforts of a few than a whole team. The first qtr between East Gambier and Hamilton was a lack lustre affair with each team only managing a goal. East piled on 7 goals in the 2nd qtr to have the game under control by half-time. Hamilton threatened only briefly in the 3rd qtr and East again outscored them . East maintained the margin easily to the end to win by 48 points. They won just about every stoppage and centre break through Chris Anderson, Todd Eldridge and Brad Stephens. Jason Phillips used his pace to win many possessions across halfback. Matt Dempsey impressed with his use of limited opportunities. Overall, the experienced players blended well with the young. Hamilton struggled to make any headway, they kicked poorly, went to ground too easily and had no targets up forward. Imperials made a good start over West Gambier and held 28 pt lead heading into the 3rd qtr. They moved the ball quickly and backed up to keep West on the defensive. West bounced back strongly with 6 unanswered goals in the 3rd qtr and once in front were never seriously threatened. They kept Imps to 2 goals in the last and added another 4 to win by 23 pts. Al Kennedy blitzed the opposition with his speed and ball winning ability, Luke Davey, Joel Carter and Steve Wenman played well in an even performance. Imps better players faded in the 2nd half but Richard Jaroszcuk, Trent Lenehan and Ryan Newell battled on. Heywood charged to a 6 goal by ¼ time over Casterton and were never in danger from there on. Play was in a holding pattern until half-time but Heywood burst into life again with 7 goals to lead by 69 pts at the last change. Casteron managed to outscore the Lions in the last qtr but it was a disappointing effort from them to lose at home by 61 pts. Courtney Johns with 5 goals led the way for Heywood. The Anzac Day match was a one sided affair with South Gambier dominating from the start. They were first to the ball, played in front and delivered the ball with precision. North were the reverse. South smashed North around the centre and at the stoppages. The margin was 44pts at ¼ t and the game looked beyond North already. They managed a burst of goals early to get the margin back to 19 pts but that was as close as it would get. South again controlled the play after half-time and stretched the lead out to 55 pts before North managed another goal. South held sway throughout the last qtr to win easily by 44 pts, a margin that flatters North. Chris Walmsley won the Casadio medal for best afield but any number of South players could have. North scarcely had a good player.
Round 3 scores - April 24 & 25, 2010West Gambier 3.3, 4.5, 10.9, 14.13 (97)
Hamilton Imperials 3.1, 9.3, 9.5, 11.8 (74)
BEST, West Gambier : A. Kennedy, J. Carter, L. Davey, S. Wenman, M. Bourchier, O. O'Donovan. Hamilton Imperials : R. Jaroszczuk, T. Lenehan, R. Newell, A. Walkenhorst, B. Forsyth, L. McDonald. GOALS, West Gambier : M. Scanlon 2, B. Wilson 2, C. Cowell 2, S. Wenman 2, T. Badman 1, T. Byrne 1, J. Ransom 1. Hamilton Imperials : N. Curtis 3, B. McIntosh 2, B. Forsyth 2, L. McDonald 1, J. Boxer 1, J. Meulendyks 1, R. Jaroszczuk 1
Heywood 6.2, 7.4, 14.9, 17.10 (112)
Casterton 0.3, 1.4, 3.6, 7.9 (51)
BEST, Heywood : T. Gordon, C. Johns, N. Johnstone, B. Smith, A. Hann, M. Michael. Casterton : M. Cowland, M. Killey, J. Cammarano, M. Rogers, C. Perry, S. Dishon. GOALS, Heywood : C. Johns 5, A. Rose 3, N. Johnstone 3, B. Nash 2, M. Michael 2, B. Fuller 1, M. Sailor 1. Casterton : J. Cammarano 2, D. Ryan 2, S. Dishon 1, C. Perry 1, B. Howard 1
East Gambier 1.6, 8.8, 14.10, 17.13 (115)
Hamilton 1.3, 2.4, 6.7, 10.7 (67)
BEST, East Gambier : C. Anderson, J. Phillips, R. Povey, M. Dempsey, S. Phillips, J. Dempsey. Hamilton : J. Hawkins, W. Collins, J. Pye, D. Gunning, J. Holmes. GOALS, East Gambier : S. Phillips 3, C. Anderson 3, J. Dunn 2, T. Younghusband 2, T. Eldridge 2, C. Povey 2, R. Carpenter 1, S. Balshaw 1, M. Dempsey 1. Hamilton : J. Holmes 4, R. Brewster 2, J. Hawkins 2, L. Crawford 1, M. Ross 1
Millicent 4.6, 7.6, 12.10, 13.10 (88)
Portland 1.3, 5.8, 7.9, 12.12 (84)
BEST, Millicent : G. Gascoyne, D. Ridley, J. Agnew, J. Egan, J. Rehn, N. Robbins. Portland : M. England, J. Imbi, C. Mather, J. Holt, D. Fry, D. Falcone. GOALS, Millicent : C. Murray 5, J. Egan 3, J. Agnew 2, D. Ridley 1, C. Haggett 1, D. Tilley 1. Portland : J. Imbi 4, J. Holt 3, H. Brown 3, J. Bell 1, R. Egan 1
NORTH AND WEST HAVE TIGHT STRUGGLE by ABC's Terry Willoughby
Archrivals North and West Gambier went toe to toe for the Tom Hall trophy. West with only one win in 35 games over North, started well but did not get the rewards. Jarred Ryan was a headache for the North defence with 2 early goals but several North attacks resulted in goals that gave them a narrow lead at qtr time. They turned up the heat in the 2nd and 3rd quarters and several times threatened to run over West but then went into negative. West stayed in touch through the efforts of Ryan who finished with 9 goals. North led by 39 points at the last change but West wouldn’t lie down, everytime the game looked safe for North Ryan would bob up with a goal. The last quarter was played almost entirely on West’s forward line but they never quite made it. North held on by 3 points with newcomer Matt Hensel heading the best with coach Justin McConnell racking up plenty of possessions whilst Anthony Kilsby and Liam Downs-Woolley with 6 goals were effective forwards. Jarred Ryan was the standout for West but others need to do more. South Gambier were too quick and skilful for a disappointing Millicent. The Demons used the wide open spaces to great advantage and went further ahead at every change. Clever forwards Jon Copping and Bret O’neil, 4 goals each, benefited from the ballwinning ability of Simon Berkefeld and Tim Stringer, young ruckman Nick Pearce gave his on-ballers many chances. Millicent rarely challenged and only Brad Tilley, Glen Gascoyne and C Wall displayed any consistency. South, comfortable winners by 57 points. Heywood won their 1st game since 2008 with a 68 point victory over Imperials. The Essendon recruits, Courtney Johns, 11 goals and Mal Michael were too powerful for an undermanned Imperials. Only inaccuracy stopped Heywood from a bigger win. Imperials saved a little face with 7 late goals but it was allover by half-time. Casterton raced to a 5 goal by qtr time over Hamilton and were never seriously threatened after that. Former Portland star Jamie Cammarano was outstanding for the Cats, Callum Currie, 4 goals and Brent Howard were also too good for their opponents. Hamilton relied heavily on too few and W Collins and Dylan Gunning did well but lacked support. Jamie Dowsley kicked 4 goals against his former side. Portland flexed their muscles and belted last weeks surprise winners, East Gambier by 84 points. After an even 1st qtr they piled on 8 goals to lead by 40 pts at the main break. They had many good players and East just couldn’t plug the gaps. Marcus England was at his ball-winning best and ran his opponents ragged, Jason Saunders had his best game in ages, Cam Mather and Erik Stewart were also very good. East’s best were harder to find but Jarred Dempsey and Martin Coote battled hard in defence.
Round 2 - April 17, 2010
BEST, Heywood : C. Johns, B. Smith, T. Gordon, M. Michael, A. Rose, N. Johnstone. Hamilton Imperials : D. Jenkinson, B. Forsyth, A. Walkenhorst, R. Jaroszczuk, K. Quinn. GOALS, Heywood : C. Johns 11, A. Rose 6, M. Michael 2, F. Saunders 1, B. Fuller 1, M. Sailor 1. Hamilton Imperials : N. Curtis 5, B. McIntosh 2, B. Forsyth 2, J. Boxer 1, D. Jenkinson 1, L. McDonald 1, J. Franklin 1
BEST, North Gambier : M. HENSEL, J. MCCONNELL, M. Chapman, A. Kilsby, S. Griffith, D. Nulty. West Gambier : S. McLaughlin, J. Ryan, O. O'Donovan, M. SCANLON, L. Davey, B. Wilson. GOALS, North Gambier : L. Downs-Woolley 6, S. Flett 3, J. MCCONNELL 2, S. Brook 2, M. McRAE 2, J. O'NEIL 1, M. Chapman 1, D. Nulty 1, N. Blachut 1. West Gambier : J. Ryan 9, J. Carter 2, M. SCANLON 2, B. Wilson 1, C. Cowell 1, D. Whitehorn 1, L. Davey 1, T. BYRNE 1
BEST, Casterton : J. Cammarano, C. Currie, B. Howard, T. Murrell, D. Ryan, L. Gill. Hamilton : W. Collins, D. Gunning, C. Vallance, M. Ross, J. Dowsley, J. Hawkins
BEST, Portland : M. England, J. Saunders, C. Mather, D. Fry, E. Stewart, J. Amor. East Gambier : J. Dempsey, M. Coote, J. Fry, C. Povey, B. Stephens, T. Younghusband
Round 1 - April 10, 2010
Hamilton 2.0, 5.4, 5.5, 7.9 (51)
West Gambier 3.2, 10.4, 14.8, 16.13 (109)
Heywood 4.0, 5.6, 7.8, 12.11 (83)
BEST, West Gambier : L. Davey, S. Wenman, J. Carter, J. Ryan, B. Wilson, O. O'Donovan. Heywood : B. Smith, C. Johns, T. Gordon, A. Rose, M. Michael, S. Gordon. GOALS, West Gambier : J. Ryan 7, M. SCANLON 2, O. O'Donovan 1, T. Badman 1, D. Whitehorn 1, M. Bourchier 1, J. Carter 1, J. Ferguson-Lane 1, A. Shultz 1. Heywood : C. Johns 5, A. Rose 4, B. Nash 1, M. Sailor 1, M. Michael 1.
Portland 3.1, 9.2, 13.6, 17.10 (112)
Casterton 0.1, 2.2, 3.2, 4.3 (27)
BEST, Portland : J. Holt, S. Keegan, D. Falcone, M. England, D. Fry, C. Mather. Casterton : M. Killey, A. Murrell, T. Murrell, A. Meyer, R. Smith, R. Killey. GOALS, Portland : J. Holt 6, D. Finnigan 4, W. Imbi 3, D. Falcone 2, D. Fry 1, H. Brown 1 Casterton : A. Murrell 1, R. Smith 1, C. Perry 1, R. Killey 1
East Gambier 4.4, 12.7, 13.8, 19.9 (123)
South Gambier 3.4, 6.6, 11.10, 16.16 (112)
BEST, East Gambier : C. SLAPE, C. Povey, M. Coote, S. BALSHAW, J. TURNER. GOALS, East Gambier : C. Povey 4, S. BALSHAW 3, S. Phillips 2, R. Carpenter 2, T. Younghusband 2, C. Anderson 2, D. Cownie 1, T. Eldridge 1, R. Povey 1, J. Eldridge 1
Millicent 2.1, 8.3, 10.5, 13.11 (89)
North Gambier 2.2, 4.3, 7.5, 7.5 (47)
BEST, Millicent : C. Haggett, J. REHN, S. Duldig, B. Tilley, D. Ridley, J. Hales. North Gambier : J. MCCONNELL, D. Watson, S. Flett, M. HENSEL, M. Arthurson. GOALS, Millicent : G. Gascoyne 3, D. Ridley 3, C. Murray 3, N. Robbins 1, J. Egan 1, J. Hales 1, S. Duldig 1. North Gambier : S. Flett 4, J. MCCONNELL 1, M. Chapman 1, S. Hunter 1
28 January 2010
WESTERN BORDER FL NAMES INTERLEAGUE COACH
South Gambier FC premiership coach Jon Copping will lead the WBFL Interleague side in 2010.
“The Board of Directors is very pleased that Jon has accepted the invitation to coach our Interleague team” says League CEO David Heard. “He is an outstanding candidate who is very passionate about representative football.”
The WBFL is scheduled to play the Sunraysia FL on 22 May 2010, in a proposed VCFL Interleague ‘double header’ in the Wimmera.
“Our Board is fully committed to senior interleague football“ says Heard. “We are also firmly focussed on improving the recent disappointing record of the Western Border at that level.”
For further comment please contact WBFL president Jim May on 0412 995 789
25 January 2010
Western Border Football League Pre Season Competition:
The 2010 Elastoplast Cup
The WBFL Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Heywood FNC will host the League’s 2010 Elastoplast Cup pre season competition.
The ‘round robin’ event will be held at Heywood Recreation Reserve on Saturday 27 March. A junior and senior netball lighting premiership is also scheduled for the day.
League CEO David Heard says the Board is delighted to have Beiersdorf Australia Ltd, through the Elastoplast brand of medical supplies, continue its sponsorship of the event.
“This is the fifth year of the partnership between the WBFL and the Elastoplast brand, and we are very grateful for the ongoing support” says Heard.
The annual event has firmly established itself as one of the highlights on the Western Border Football League calendar.
“The flexible format allows clubs to experiment with playing new and existing players in different positions” says Heard. “The Elastoplast Cup also provides junior players with an opportunity for some exposure at senior level, making the event the perfect lead in to the WBFL home and away season opener on April 10th.”
PROGRAM - 2010
Round 1: April 10-11
Round 2: April 17
Round 3: April 24–25
Round 4: May 1
Hamilton v Millicent
Round 5: May 8 (Pink footy round)
Round 6: May 15
May 22: WBFL v Sunrayasia FL at Horsham
Round 7: May 29
Round 8: June 5
Round 9: June 12
Round 10: June 19
Round 11: June 26 & July 3 (split round)
SA Country Championships: July 3–4
Round 12: July 10
Round 13: July 17
Round 14: July 24
Round 15: July 31
Round 16: August 7
Round 17: August 14
Round 18: August 21
Elimination final: August 29