WESTERN BORDER FOOTY PREVIOUS SEASONS
WESTERN BORDER FOOTBALL - 2012 (all reports by Terry Willoughby unless otherwise mentioned)
(Teams: Casterton, East Gambier, Hamilton, Hamilton Imperials, Millicent, North Gambier, Portland, South Gambier and West Gambier)
LEAGUESBEST TEAM EVER
NORTH WINS FIRST FLAG SINCE 1989
TIGERS TRIUMPH IN LAST WB GRAND FINAL
By Terry Willoughby - September 24, 2012
North and South Gambier met at McDonald Park in the last Western Border FL Grand Final as we know it. The conditions were warm and breezy and South kicked to the highway end with the breeze. It was a tight, hard tackling start with neither team conceding an inch but South were 1st to goal when veteran Leroy Capewell cleverly knocked the ball from a boundary throw-in to Brent Howard for a goal.
North were having some influence at the stoppages through Nulty in the ruck and O’Grady and Kurzman at ground level but they wasted the good work with indifferent goal-shooting. South were trying to make use of their long-kicking but Jamie O’Neil was in terrific touch across the North backline and took some great marks to hold South up. The tackling had been very strong by both teams but North seemed to be getting more players around the contest but trailed by 3 points at quarter-time.
North were quickly on the attack in the 2nd term and took the lead with goals to McConnell, Soper and Kilsby but continued to spray their kicks which kept South in touch. South captain Simon Berkefeld was running everywhere in a bid to lift his team but many others had the fumbles as North applied the pressure.
Jed Mullen was solid at half-back for South as well but North had many more contributors around the stoppages with Hosking and Woodall linking up the close-in work of Kurzman and O’Grady. North stretched the margin to 20 points at ½ time but hadn’t put South away, but the signs were ominous. The Demons needed a big lift from their on-ballers such as Bret O’Neil and Howard who were being well held and put under pressure when they did get the ball. Goals to Berkefeld and Foster reduced the margin for South but North were able to match them with long goals from Flett and O’Grady.
The 3rd quarter was even on the scoreboard but North looked a stronger team with many South players looking tired. North led by 21 points at the last change and were kicking with the breeze. The Tigers confidence was riding high when Flett and Kilsby goaled early to extend the lead beyond 30 points. South were battling hard but just couldn’t find a way to goal and North were on top almost everywhere. The Tigers piled on 7 goals to a solitary one from South in the last term to win their 1st flag since 1989.
It was a poignant moment in WB football as North had won the 1st premiership back in 1964 and the last of the league in this, 2012. North had controlled play from quarter-time onwards to win by 59 points.
Better players for the Tigers were Richie O’Grady as best on ground, captain Adam Kurzman on the ball, Troy Hosking, Doug Hudson and Jamie O’Neil at half-back and youngster Josh Woodall, but they had many others who made valuable contributions. Whilst it was South’s heaviest loss in sometime they didn’t give in at any stage. Their better players were tireless captain Simon Berkefeld, defender Jed Mullen, recruit Brett Exelby, Luke Foran and Jack Primer on the backline and on-baller James Paprotny.
Grand Final on September 22, 2012
Best: North - R. O'Grady, A. Kurzman, T. Hosking, D. Hudson, J. O'Neil, J. Woodall. South: S. Berkefeld, J. Mullen, B. Exelby, L. Foran, J. Primer, J. Paprotny. Goals: North - J. McConnell 4, R. O'Grady 3, S. Flett 3, A. Kilsby 2, G. Soper 2, A. Kurzman 1, N. Blachut 1, P. Perry 1. South Gambier : B. Foster 3, S. Berkefeld 3, B. Howard 1, B. Exelby 1, L. Capewell 1
BIG FORM REVERSALS IN PRELIM FINAL
by Terry Willoughby - September 17, 2012
Picking winners in the WB finals has been a difficult with erratic form shown by all teams, especially the two in the Prelim final, North Gambier and Portland. Last week Portland were impressive and North Gambier woeful! In perfect conditions North made a better start with Nulty doing well in the ruck but centre clearances were even as both teams battled against strong defensive work.
Coach Justin McConnell, minus the headgear of the previous week, looked dangerous for North at full forward as did O’Grady and Kurzman across the mid-field and North held a 17 point lead at quarter-time. Portland had some chances but the normally reliable Jarrod Hayse missed several times. Tim Chester tried the aggressive tactics of last week but they fell flat as North went further ahead in the 2nd term with McConnell goaling almost every time he had the ball, he used his body to mark cleverly which boosted the confidence of his team.
Portland were struggling to keep in touch with Hayse their only forward having any influence and last week’s good players were largely unsighted, the gamble to play Marcus England after a broken keg hadn’t been successful. North led by 44 points at the long break and Portland looked in serious trouble. North continued to win around the stoppages and this enabled Kilsby at centre half forward to get into the game for North. Woodall and Pat Perry also picked many kicks whether going forward or linking up across the centre. Portland managed 4 goals for the 3rd quarter but North again outscored them. Sam Fleming was trying very hard on the ball for Portland but North continued to win around the stoppages through Kurzman and O’Grady. North led by 49 points with a quarter to play.
Portland kicked 3 quick goals at the start of the last quarter to close the margin to 32 points but North quickly regained the advantage and repelled the challenge as tempers flared between North’s Herring and Chseter for Portland. Flett and McConnell again goaled for North who went on to win by 51 points. Richard O’Grady and Adam Kurzman starred around the mid-field for North and fed off Nulty’s ruck work, Woodall and Perry used their possessions effectively, McConnell finished with 7 good goals and Kilsby 3 in the win.
Portland ended their time in WB football disappointingly. Better players for them were Sam Fleming on the ball, Jarrod Hayse with 4 goals marked strongly but had little support and Beau Bentley tried hard but was under constant pressure. North Gambier now meet arch rival South Gambier in next week’s grand final at East Gambier.
Preliminary Final - September 15, 2012
Best: North – Richard O'Grady, Joshua Woodall, Mayson Ashby, Lachlan Herring, Jamie O'Neil, Patrick Perry. Portland - Sam Fleming, Jarrod Hayse, Beau Bentley, Ben Malcolm, Hamish Withers, Jaron Quinlivan. Goals: North – J. McConnell 7, A. Kilsby 3, R. O'Grady 3, M. Ashby , A. Kurzman , L. Herring , T. Hosking , S. Flett. Portland - Jarrod Hayse 4, Marcus England 2, Sam Fleming 1, Jaydon Stiles 1, Jarrod Holt 1, Joshua Chapman 1.
PAPER TIGERS BURNT BY RED-HOT DEMONS IN WESTERN BORDER
Second Semi Final Report - September 10, 2012
North Gambier and South Gambier battled out a 2nd Semi final in what could be best described as swamp-like conditions at Millicent. Topside North had coach Justin McConnell back after a serious facial injury but his presence didn’t have the desired effect. South started well but the heavy conditions saw skills reduced and many ball-ups slowed play and goals were hard to get but Matthew Berkefeld got the first with an off the ground effort after about 12 minutes. North were winning around the stoppages through O’Grady and Nulty but the South defenders worked in numbers to restrict the North forwards.
Kilsby cleverly snapped the Tigers first goal and McConnell lifted his team when he kicked truly to put North 3 points ahead at quarter-time. South lifted their work-rate in the 2nd term with Bret O’Neil and Simon Berkefeld taking over around the mid-field and stoppages of which there were plenty. Strong work at halfback by Brad Bryant, Dion Stratford and Luke Foran kept North out and veteran Leigh Capewell created openings up forward. But inaccuracy stopped South from being further ahead with Matt Berkefeld being the main offender but the Demons got goals from Copping, Exelby and Capewell to hold a 13 point lead at ½ time, significant but not insurmountable in the conditions.
South continued to use long kicking with telling effect in the 3rd term which gave their forwards plenty of chances whilst North barely entered their front 50m zone where the South half-backs were almost impassable. North’s earlier good players were now quiet with unsung Matt Weistra winning in the ruck and picking up valuable kicks around the ground. James Paprotny got better as the game wore on and Jed Mullen drove the ball away from North’s forward line with long kicks as South stretched their lead to 28 points at ¾ time. Many North players were unsighted and clearly didn’t relish the conditions but South had their tails up and went further in the last quarter with every player making valuable contributions as opposed to North, who despite positional changes made no impression.
The number of scoring shots, 25 to 7 tell the story of South’s dominance and expose the lack of alternatives for North. South are the first team into the grand final after the 38 point win whilst North have plenty of work to do. All played well could easily apply to South but Simon Berkefeld, Paprotny, Weistra, Mullen and rugged on-baller Brent Howard stood out. North scarely had an effective player but Richard O’Grady battled hard, Jamie O’Neil was useful and Kurzman had many kicks but the rest were very ordinary.
NO BARK OR BITE IN IMPS LAST WESTERN BORDER GAME
First Semi Final Report - September 10, 2012
The WB 1st Semi final started in aggressive fashion with Imps coach Jake Myles leaving the ground after the 1st bounce, under the blood rule, with a gash above the eye and several scuffles broke out as Portland unsettled the young Imps players. The Tigers settled quickly and untidy ruckman Denis O’Loughlin kicked the 1st goal. There was plenty happening around the ground and the dangerous Jarrod Hayse goaled again for Portland before Imps hit the target through Tom Waters. It was a tight, physical quarter with scores level.
The strong marking of Hayse was a problem to Imps when he goaled twice to put Portland ahead. Hugh Douglas was marking strongly at the other end for Imps but sprayed his kicks everywhere. Portland’s tackling pressure forced Imps into error but former coach Brent Forsyth was having an influence for Imps when he assisted in a goal to Brady McDonald. Portland coach Jarrod Holt goaled with a snap and Hayse again got involved as the Tigers went to ½ time with an 11 point lead.
Portland’s on-ballers Chapman, Egan and Fleming were doing well and brought others into the game with handball and accurate passing and Tim Chester, an earlier aggressor, won stacks of effective kicks along the club-room wing.
Holt goaled twice for Portland early in the 3rd quarter as they extended their lead to 25 points. Douglas continued to mark powerfully for Imps but racked up minor scores only and Hayse goaled on the rebound to rub salt into the wound. Myles and Forsyth continued to battle hard for Imps but Portland, with more good players, led by 32 points at ¾ time.
Imps reputation for big last quarters would be tested but it wasn’t to be. O’Loughlin goaled twice for Portland who were in no danger. Douglas drew the “bronx cheers” when he again marked strongly and goaled for Imps but the game was over with Portland through to the Prelim final after the 49 point win. Best for the Tigers were Sam Fleming, Rhys Egan, Tim Chester, veteran Jaron Quinlivan, Josh Chapman and the twin forwards, Hayse and Holt who kicked 6 and 4 goals respectively. Imps faded after ½ time but Forsyth, Myles, Jason McIntosh in defence and Hugh Douglas for his marking display but his kicking was woeful. Portland now play North Gambier at South Gambier in next week’s Prelim final.
First Semi Final - Sunday September 9, 2012
Best: Portland - S. Fleming, J. Quinlivan, R. Egan, T. Chester, D. Falcone, J. Chapman. Hamilton Imperials - B. Forsyth, J. Myles, J. McIntosh, J. Meulendyks, A. Martin, H. Douglas. Goals: Portland - J. Hayse 6, J. Holt 4, D. O''Loughlin 3, D. Falcone. Hamilton Imperials - H. Douglas 2, R. Morris , B. McDonald , T. Waters , J. O''Brien
Second Semi Final - September 8, 2012
Best: South - Simon Berkefeld, James Paprotny, Mathew Weistra, Jed Mullen, Brent Howard, Jackson Primer. North Gambier : Troy Hosking, Lachlan Herring, Richard O'Grady, Sam Egan. Goals: South - Brodie Foster 3, Brett Exelby 2, James Paprotny 1, Brent Howard 1, Matthew Berkefeld 1, Jonathon Copping 1, Leigh Capewell 1. North Gambier : Anthony Kilsby 2, Scott Flett 2, Michael Quirk 1, Justin McConnell 1
SOUTH GAMBIER TOO QUICK FOR PORTLAND IN QUALIFYING FINAL
Portland had early chances against South Gambier in the WB qualifying final but South harassed, tackled strongly and forced errors before mounting their own challenge which netted 3 goals before the Tigers got one. Exelby got South’s first and Simon Berkefeld another as the Demons got a break late in the 1st term. South used the ball better than Portland and held a 9 point lead. Scoring was difficult as defenders on both teams battled hard but South were getting on top with better teamwork. Pearce-Raisin was doing well on the ball and across half-back for South and Dion Stratford used his pace to break up many Portland attacks. Quality players, O’Neil and Howard were winning around the stoppages and driving South forward but inaccuracy kepoint Portland within touch. Brodie Foster was marking cleverly at half-forward and Exelby was giving the Portland defence plenty to think about at full forward as South went to ½ time with a 15 point lead but they hadn’t delivered the knockout blow.
Exelby put South further ahead early in the 3rd quarter with 2 quick goals and Portland looked to be in trouble. They struggled ahead of centre where only Bentley and Hayse looked threatening. South pushed the margin to beyond five goals before Portland got a couple in a mini fightback. The tempo lifted appreciably as Portland battled to get on terms but South got steadying goals from coach Jon Copping and Brett Exelby to lead again by 32 points at ¾ time.
Portland needed quick goals but it was South who got them through Brodie Foster and Copping. The lead blew out to 42 points before Portland goaled and they looked spent. They managed to kick another two but South always replied and recorded an impressive 42 point win. The Demons had many good players but blue-collar Lloyd Pearce-Raisin stood out with a gold star performance, Dion Stratford ran and carried brilliantly from half-back, Jack Primer used long-kicking to good effect on the wing, Brodie Foster excelled with bodywork and marking at half-forward and Brett Exelby booted 6 valuable goals in his best game for South. Portland in contrast had hardly any 4 quarter performers, ruckman Ben Malcolm toiled hard, Beau Bentley and Jarrod Hayse flashed in and out of play up forward but were generally starved of chances, Justin van Heughton and veteran Jaron Quinlivan were best of the rest.
NORTH TOO STRONG IN ELIMINATION FINAL
In the Elimination final Imperials looked to get a break when they scored the opening goals with coach Jake Myles showing out strongly. Imps handled the ball better and were quicker around the packs. Millicent’s big men took a while to get into the game but late goals to Gascoyne gave the Saints a two lead at ¼ time. Strong tackling forced errors and turnovers were commonplace and neither side could capitalize. Both teams goaled 3 times in the 2nd term with Millicent a point ahead. Gascoyne loomed as a big threat at full forward for Millicent but Imps made some telling changes with Newell moving forward and Thomas Waters at full forward. It was still a battle but Imps had more of the play with goals from Newell and Waters but Millicent stayed in touch through Gascoyne and strong defence by Duldig and Tlley. Jon Agnew and Robbins kept pushing Millicent forward but the Imps defenders Forsyth and Kenoniuk held their nerve to give Imps a 6 point lead. Imps leg speed worried Millicent and became a key factor when they won the ball out of centre and quickly got it to Thomas who was a match-winner. Millicent struggled to get inside their 50m zone and Imps were dominant almost everywhere. Duldig and Bryant were battling big odds as Imps ran away in the last quarter to win by 35 points. Tom Waters starred with 6 very good goals, his mobility and marking was excellent, Matt Newell had many valuable touches in the 2nd half, Cal Kanoniuk defended strongly and Tim Meulendyks was consistent over the 4 quarters for Imps. Millicent’s better players were Steve Duldig at centre half back and Matt Bryant in the back pocket, Nat Robbins and Jon Agnew were effective on the ball. Imps now play Portland in the 1st semi and North Gambier play South Gambier in the 2nd semi.
Qualifying Final - September 1, 2012
Best: South Gambier - L. Pearce-Raisin, D. Stratford, J. Primer, B. Howard, B. Foster. Portland : B. Malcolm, B. Bentley, J. Van Heugten, S. Fleming, J. Quinlivan, D. O'Loughlin. Goals: South Gambier - B. Exelby 6, B. Foster 3, J. Copping 3, J. Dowdy 1, B. Howard 1, S. Berkefeld 1, B. Carracher 1. Portland : D. O'Loughlin 3, S. Fleming 2, J. Holt 1, J. Mirtschin 1, J. Hayse 1, B. Bentley 1, T. Chester 1
Elimination Final - September 2, 2012
Best: Hamilton Imperials - Thomas Waters, Matt Newell, Callum Kanoniuk, Tim Meulendyks, Jake Myles, Brent Forsyth. Millicent : Steven Duldig, Nathaniel Robbins, Matthew Bryant, Bradley Tilley, Jonathan Agnew, Cameron Haggett. Goals: Hamilton Imperials - Thomas Waters 6, Jake Myles 2, Matt Newell 2, Hamish Waldron 1, Tim Meulendyks 1. Millicent :
Glen Gascoyne 4, Michael Bennett 1, Cameron Haggett 1, Justin Rehn 1, Tom Hutchesson 1
MINOR CHANGES IN WB TOP FIVE
August 27, 2012
East Gambier, who needed a miracle to sneak into the top five started with a lack of desire and were kept in the game by Portland’s overuse of the ball in conditions that demanded more direct play. The Tigers kept East scoreless in the 1st term but led by only 17 points. Jordan Kane and Rhys Egan were winning around the packs and Beau Bentley and Sam Fleming were dangerous across the forward line but skill errors enabled East defenders Martin Coote and Jesse Fry to keep them out. East suddenly found some desire for the job and with deadly accuracy booted 6 goals to hit the front. Big Scott Fleming marked strongly for East and the game turned quickly.
Portland still had plenty of the play but failed to convert their chances and East led by 5 points at ½ time. Sensing the danger, Portland found another gear and took control in the 3rd term, booting 5 goals to one and lead by 20 points, which was the biggest margin of the game. Bentley, Egan and Kane continued to play well but Malcolm and Tim Chester added valuable support. East’s miracle was now out of reach but they fought on strongly in the last quarter and closed the final margin to just 7 points.
Portland didn’t appear to relish the conditions but got the win and now play South in the qualifying final. Their best were Bentley, Kane, Egan and Sam Fleming. East will rue last week’s narrow loss and finish in 6th place. After a slow start their better players were Chris Povey, Sam Clark and Martin Coote.
Millicent returned to the winners’ list with and easy 79 point win in very heavy conditions against West Gambier. West challenged strongly early but Millicent with 2nd use of the wind kicked 4 goals in the 2nd quarter and lead by 31 points. Millicent’s height advantage was too much for West to overcome although scoring came to a standstill in the 3rd tem but West were now playing for time. Nat Robbins around the mid field and beanpole ruckman Michael Bennett were vey good players for Millicent and Tom Hutchesson again impressed on the wing. Millicent slammed on 7 last quarter goals as West’s dismal season closed and won easily to advance to the elimination final next Sunday.
Top side North Gambier booted 7 goals in the 1st term against Hamilton who were playing their last game in the WB before merging and heading to the Hampden league in 2013. Moving the ball quickly enabled key forwards Kilsby, Flett and Quirk plenty of space to kick goals and North raced to a big lead at half-time. The game slowed after the main break but North were never in danger with O’Grady dominating around the mid-field and small men Chapman and Hosking winning at ground level. North added 4 more goals in the last quarter as Hamilton’s fire went out and won easily by 64 points. Richard O’Grady, Kilsby with 4 goals and Leigh Symons were best for North. The Crawford boys, Lachie and Gareth were best for Hamilton, their last game in black and white. South Gambier and Imperials, another team leaving the WB, had a terrific struggle where there was never more than a couple of goals between then with the lead changing hands several times. Imps coach Jake Myles was in everything and forwards Meulendyks and Douglas were threatening but South had good players in Brodie Foster at centre half forward and Jack Primer on the wing. South led narrowly by a goal heading into the 3rd quarter but Imps quickly wiped out the lead and raced to a 12 point break with Myles and Hamish Waldron getting plenty of possessions. South restored the balance with quality players Bret O’Neil and Simon Berkefeld getting valuable touches to lead by 3 points at ¾ time. A couple of early goals pushed South to a 15 point lead but Imps were not to be denied and raised another challenge to close the margin to a goal but South kept them out with clever possession football to win by 9 points. Brodie Foster with 4 goals was South’s best ahead of Primer, Matt Weistra on the ball, Brent Howard and Jed Mullen. Jake Myles led his team well to be best for Imps along with Roger Morris,Waldron and Cam Whyte.
Round 18 - August 25, 2012
Best: South Gambier - Brodie Foster, Jackson Primer, Mathew Weistra, Brent Howard, Jed Mullen. Hamilton Imperials : Jake Myles, Roger Morris, Hamish Waldron, Cameron Whyte, Tim Meulendyks. Goals: South Gambier -- Brodie Foster 4, Simon Berkefeld 3, Matthew Berkefeld 1, Brett Exelby 1, Leigh Capewell 1. Hamilton Imperials : Matt Newell 3, Thomas Waters 3, Hugh Douglas 2, Tim Meulendyks 2
Best: Portland - Beau Bentley, Jordan Kane, Rhys Egan, Sam Fleming, Timothy Chester, Ben Malcolm. East Gambier : Chris Povey, Samuel Clark, Dwayne Phillips , Martin Coote, Christopher Anderson, Jesse Fry. Goals: Portland - Jarrod Hayse 3, Ben Malcolm 2, Dennis O'Loughlin 2, Beau Bentley 2, Jordan Kane 1. East Gambier : Scott Fleming 4, Frazer Scanlon 3, Shem Balshaw 2, Jason Phillips 1
Best: Millicent - Nathaniel Robbins, Michael Bennett, Tom Hutchesson, Tyson Lindsay, Cameron Haggett, Ryan Hutchesson. West Gambier : Alan Kennedy, Tom Dolan, Nicholas Martin, Steven Wenman, Joel Carter. Goals: Millicent - Glen Gascoyne 4, Tyson Lindsay 2, Timothy Milera 2, Michael Bennett 1, Joseph Pratt 1, Justin Rehn 1, Nathaniel Robbins 1, Joe Walker 1, Hamish Gordon 1, Cooper Hamilton 1. West Gambier : Tyson Ploenges 1, Daron McElroy 1, Abdullah Kamara 1
Best: North - Richard O'Grady, Anthony Kilsby, Leigh Symons, Matthew Chapman, David Nulty, Troy Hosking. Hamilton : Lachlan Crawford, Josh Gunning, Gareth Crawford, Eli Barker, Damien Logan, Jayden Riddle. Goals: North - Anthony Kilsby 4, Michael Quirk 3, Scott Flett 3, Nick Blachut 2, Matthew Chapman 1, Nick Mcinerney 1, David Nulty 1, Joshua Woodall 1, Richard O'Grady 1, Glen Soper 1. Hamilton : Jayden Riddle 2, Justin Coote 1, Damien Logan 1, Brad Thomas 1, Peter Downs 1, Joel Riddle 1
FINALS RACE STILL WIDE OPEN
Report - Terry Willoughby, August 20, 2012
Hamilton were eliminated from the finals race when they succumbed to West Gambier by 22 points. With off-field events consuming most football conversations during the week Hamilton appeared distracted and West seized a chance to finish the season on a high note. They kept the Magpies scoreless in the 1st quarter and took a lead of 22 points with Tyson Ploenges in excellent touch at full forward. The playing conditions were difficult and West forced the ball forward in any ugly way they could . Hamilton closed the gap but Ploenges continued to be the best forward on the ground. Dour defence by Tom Dolan restricted Hamilton and Joel Carter at half-back shut out the way to goal and West led by 25 points at ¾ time. Hamilton threatened early in the last quarter but West had enough momentum to win. Ploenges was outstanding for West and booted 7 goals to be best a-field ahead of Dolan, Lloyd and Waugh. Ty Ross, Gareth and Lachie Crawford battled hard for Hamilton.
Top placed North Gambier swept aside wooden spooner Casterton to win by 125 points in an uninspiring game. The Tigers had too much talent and kept Casterton goal-less in the middle quarters. North dominated across the mid-field through Pat Perry and Richard O’Grady and had Kilsby, Flett and Quirk up forward to kick goals. Casterton rarely entered their forward line after quarter-time.
East Gambier looked likely to return to earlier good form when they led Imps throughout the 1st half of a crucial game for finals aspirants. Team leaders Chris Povey and Chris Anderson showed the way and young on-baller Jake Harrap followed as East stretched their lead to 19 points at ½ time. Imps were being held together by veteran Brett Forsyth and mid-fielder Hamish Waldron. East still appeared to be going strongly and again outscored Imps to lead by 22 points at the last change. Imps need a lift and for the 2nd game in a row they finished strongly and kepoint East to just a solitary point and added 4 goals to win narrowly by 6points. Forsyth, Waldron and Hugh Douglas with 4 goals were among Imps better players and youngsters Cam Whyte, Lowe and Kanoniuk lifted at the finish. Povey, Anderson, Jake Dempsey and Harrap almost got East over the line. Both teams have tough last round games next week.
Millicent, after surrendering meekly last week, needed a win to cement a top 5 place. They went goal for goal with Portland who were missing coach Jarrod Holt. Nat Robbins was starring for Millicent and Glen Gascoyne seemed to goal every-time he had the ball but Portland had plenty of good players with Sam Fleming and Jarrod Hayse always dangerous near goal and Rhys Egan around the packs. Millicent led by a point at ½ time and the arm wrestle continued in the 3rd quarter. Scores changed hands after almost every goal but Millicent’s big men Haggett and Bennett appeared to be getting on top and Tom Hutchesson was starring on the wing. Portland raised another effort in the last term and got a couple of goals in front but Gascoyne booted some miracle goals to bring Millicent right back but Portland held on to win by 6 points. Fleming, Joel Mirtschin, Beau Bentley and O’Loughlin were Portland’s best and Hayse booted 4 valuable goals. Robbins, Gascoyne with 8 goals and Hutchesson stood out for Millicent.
Three teams, South, Millicent and Imps are all on 36 points and East on 32. East and Imps have very hard games against Portland and South in next week’s last round and Millicent face a somewhat rejuvenated West, so the final five remains in the balance.
Round 17 - August 18, 2012
Best: Ham Imps - B. Forsyth, H. Waldron, H. Douglas, C. Whyte, M. Lowe, C. Kanoniuk. East Gambier : C. Povey, C. Anderson, J. Dempsey, J. Eldridge, J. Harrap, S. Clark. Goals: Ham Imps - H. Douglas 4, B. Forsyth 2, J. Myles 1, R. Morris 1, H. Waldron 1, T. Waters 1, T. Meulendyks 1. East Gambier : J. Phillips 4, F. Scanlon 2, K. Thomson 2, J. Cairns 1, J. Langdon 1, M. Coote 1
Best: West - T. Ploenges, T. Dolan, D. Lloyd, J. Waugh, J. Carter. Hamilton : T. Ross, G. Crawford, L. Crawford, I. Watt, E. Barker, M. Ross. Goals: West Gambier - T. Ploenges 7, T. Weaver 1, J. Schapel 1, N. Allen 1, J. Ferguson-Lane 1, J. Carter 1, D. McElroy 1
Hamilton : T. Ross 3, D. Andrivon 2, S. Horne 1, G. Crawford 1, J. Riddle 1
Best: North Gambier - P. Perry, R. O'Grady, L. Herring, T. Hosking, S. Egan, J. O'neil. Casterton : G. Coxon, B. Currie, S. Penfold, S. Koch, K. Brooker, D. Wombwell. Goals: North Gambier - A. Kilsby 5, M. Quirk 4, R. O'Grady 4, S. Flett 4, N. Blachut 2, L. Herring 1, L. Symons 1, P. Perry 1. Casterton : D. Ryan 2, J. Clode 1, G. Coxon 1
Best: Portland - S. Fleming, J. Mirtschin, B. Bentley, D. O''Loughlin, L. Van Heugten, J. Hayse. Millicent - N. Robbins, G. Gascoyne, T. Hutchesson, S. Withers, C. Haggett, M. Bennett. Goals: Portland - J. Hayse 4, S. Fleming 3, D. O'Loughlin 3, M. Bunworth 2, J. Mirtschin 2, B. Bentley , D. Kinghorn. Millicent - G. Gascoyne 8, T. Hutchesson 3, T. Milera 2, C. Gysbers , H. Gordon , B. Grosser
DRAMATIC LOSSES FOR MILLICENT AND EAST
DELIGHT FOR SOUTH AND IMPS
August 13, 2012
A round of upsets has thrown the premiership in WB football into complete disarray. North Gambier had the bye and could only watch on with amazement. Millicent, 3rd were at home to Imperials, 6th. The game was a tight, goal for goal battle from the outset with straight kicking a feature early. Millicent led by 5 points at quarter-time as both teams sought to gain a break. Youngster Tom Hutchesson across the centre was doing well for Millicent and bigman Cam Haggett controlled the stoppages but they couldn’t stop Imps who got great games from Tim Meulendyks and Hugh Douglas up forward. Imps had the better of the 2nd term and went to ½ time with a 2point lead. Millicent took control in the 3rd quarter and looked likely winners after adding 5 goals to nil and lead by 32 points. Nat Robbins was very good around the packs and used his long kicking to great effect for Millicent. The game looked to be over for Imps and their finals dream in tatters but they suddenly found a spark. Two quick goals from Meulendyks ignited them and youngsters Cam Whyte and Roger Morris joined in as Imps slammed on 9 goals to one to record a stunning victory. Millicent were simply outplayed almost everywhere as Imps players dominated. The loss sees Millicent drop to 4th with tough away game at Portland next round. Imps have climbed into the top five, albeit on percentage. Better players for Imps were Meulendyks who booted 4 goals, ever reliable Hamish Waldron, Whyte, Morris and big Hugh Douglas with his 5 goals. Millicent fell away badly in the last quarter and only Hutchesson, Haggett and Robbins showed much heart.
West Gambier recorded their 3rd win and avoided the wooden spoon with a battling 32 point win over Casterton. The Cats were determined not to go down without a fight and matched West in the 1st half and trailed by just 4 points. West got on top in the 3rd quarter through Tory Weaver in the mid-field and Joel Carter at half-back to take a 22point lead into the last quarter. Youngster Dale Robbins was another to impress for West as they went further ahead with 5 goals in the last quarter even though the under manned Cats battled it out. Weaver, Carter, Robbins and Nick Martin headed West’s better players. Luke Cates and future star Brandon Currie tried hard for Casterton and Dylan Ryan finished with 4 goals.
Hamilton needed to defeat 2nd placed Portland to keep a slim finals chance alive and a good 2nd quarter looked promising. They conceded an early lead and booted 5 goals to Portland’s one and lead by 10 points at ½ time. Veteran on-baller Gareth Crawford and rugged David Andrivon provided the drive and defenders Coote, Riddle and Downs kepoint the Tiger forwards quiet with only Jarrod Hayse looking a threat. Portland started to take control in the 3rd quarter with Hayse a constant danger near goal. Hamilton trailed by 9 points at ¾ time and needed quick goals but it was Portland who got them and kicked away to a 27 point lead and the game looked over. Hamilton had other ideas and mounted a late challenge with 6 late goals to steal a 10 point win deep into the last minutes. The Magpies best were Crawford, Andrivon, Sam Horne, Justin Coote and Riddle. Portland dropped the ball at the vital stage of the last quarter with only Hayse with his 7 goals, Beau Bentley, on-baller Rhys Egan and Luke van Heughton in defence showing out.
Local derbies have a habit of providing the unexpected and the East v South clash was no different. East who had been in good form despite a recent loss to Millicent took a 12 point lead at quarter-time but did not look convincing. South scored three valuable goals into the wind and employed clever tactics with coach Jon Copping roaming across half-back. South kepoint East goal-less in the 2nd term with strong play from Chris Williams, Bret O’Neil and Jake Dowdy on the ball and in the mid-field. South continually looked for and found team-mates in the open with precise and penetrating foot skills. They led by 17 points at ½ time and East looked very shaky. Going into a stiffening breeze in the 3rd quarter, South took complete charge of the game and added 6 goals against an undisciplined East who constantly turned the ball over against a slick moving South. The Demons had a match-winning 46 point lead with a quarter to play. East scarcely had a good player and were out-thought and played everywhere. South continued to dominate and went further ahead in the last quarter to win by 58 points and jump to 3rd spot and the double chance. They have improved rapidly in recent weeks and have a couple of good players to come back. It was a terrific team effort with on-baller O’Neil outstanding along with under-rated Chris Williams, Copping, Jack Primer and Jake Dowdy who gets better each week. East, never looked likely after the 1st quarter, with only Chris Anderson, Sam Clark and Chris Povey showing much resistance. East have now dropped down to 6th and are another to face tough opponents in the last 2 rounds. The race for top five places and the double chance looks wide open and with only 2 rounds to play is unlikely to be known until the very end.
Round 16 - August 13, 2012
Best: South - C. Anderson, S. Clark, C. Povey , J. Dempsey, J. Phillips. South Gambier : B. O'Neil, C. Williams, J. Copping, J. Paprotny, J. Primer, B. Howard. Goals: South - F. Scanlon 2, J. Phillips 1, S. Balshaw 1, J. Fry 1, J. Langdon 1, C. Anderson 1, S. Fleming 1. South Gambier : B. Exelby 4, J. Paprotny 3, M. Berkefeld 3, C. Williams 2, B. Foster 2, J. Copping 2, B. Howard 1, B. O'Neil 1
Best: Hamilton - G. Crawford, D. Andrivon, S. Horne, J. Coote, J. Riddle, P. Downs. Portland : B. Bentley, J. Hayse, R. Egan, L. Van Heugten, J. Mirtschin, J. Van Heugten. Goals: Hamilton - D. Andrivon 3, S. Horne 2, T. Wardle 2, G. Robertson 2, D. Logan 1, B. Thomas 1, G. Crawford 1, M. Ross 1, J. Gunning 1. Portland : J. Hayse 7, J. Holt 3, D. O'Loughlin 2
Best: West Gambier - T. Weaver, J. Carter, D. Robbins, N. Martin, D. Lloyd, J. Schapel. Casterton : L. Cates, B. Currie, S. Penfold, K. Forbes, J. Shannon, D. Ryan. Goals: West - J. Schapel 3, N. Martin 3, T. Ploenges 2, B. Sutherland 2, D. Lloyd 2, M. Smith 1, N. Allen 1. Casterton : D. Ryan 4, G. Coxon 2, R. Smith 1, J. Galpin 1, S. Penfold 1, J. Harvey 1
Hamilton Imperials 16.10 (106) def Millicent 13.9 (87)
Best: Ham Imps - T. Meulendyks, H. Waldron, C. Whyte, R. Morris, J. O''Brien, H. Douglas. Millicent - C. Haggett, N. Robbins, T. Hutchesson. Goals: Ham Imps - H. Douglas 5, T. Meulendyks 4, T. Waters 3, R. Morris 2, J. Myles , C. Kanoniuk. Millicent - G. Gascoyne 3, T. Milera 3, N. Robbins 2, C. Haggett 2, M. Bennett , H. Gordon , C. Hamilton
SOUTH GAMBIER SQUEEZE INTO 4TH SPOT
August 6, 2012
South Gambier, with their season in WB footy hanging by a thread, produced a big effort and defeated 3rd placed Millicent by 52 points. The Demons, who have a Geelong-like hold over the Saints, started brilliantly and dominated play throughout the 1st quarter but didn’t get the rewards for their work and led by only 15 points. They used their speed and skill to advantage with Brodie Foster prominent at half-forward and Bret O’Neil doing well around the mid-field. Millicent conversely, looked slow and were constantly out-manned at the contest. South pushed further ahead in the 2nd term but inaccuracy continued to keep them from sewing up the game. Coach Jon Copping was dangerous when South went forward and Bryant solid at half-back. Millicent trailed by 40 points heading into the 3rd quarter but produced their best football to boot 5 goals and make a contest of it. The margin was only 12 points in South’s favor at ¾ time but they had the wind advantage in the last quarter. They regained control and quickly swept Millicent aside to boot 7 goals and win easily. They had more players contributing with standout games from Brodie Foster, Bret O’Neil, Brad Bryant and Simon Berkefeld whilst Copping booted 5 good goals. Millicent were most disappointing. South have leap-frogged into 4th spot on percentage courtesy of East Gambier having the bye.
Portland made short work of lowly Casterton to win by 82 points. The Tigers showed some sparkling form after last week’s disaster and booted 9 goals to one in the 1st quarter with coach Jarrod Holt and co-forward Jarrod Hayse running amok near goal. The Cats were outclassed all over the ground and made only rare journeys into their forward line. Portland piled another 7 goals in the 3rd quarter to lead by 103 points but eased up in the last to allow Casterton in for 4 goals. Holt and Hayse booted 7 and 5 goals respectively with Dan Falcone starring around the mid-field and ruckmen Malcolm and O’Loughlin dominating the stoppages. Damien Ryan, Brandon Currie and Kane Forbes tried hard for the Cats.
North Gambier struggled to break free from an under-manned but pumped up West Gambier. West tackled hard early and forced the ball forward where Tyson Ploenges was proving a handful for the North defenders. The 2nd quarter was much the same but West started to make errors and North capitalized with late goals and take a 15 point lead by ½ time. The SA Tigers took control in the 3rd term with Pat Perry winning plenty of kicks across the mi-field and Woodall became more prominent. West couldn’t find a way forward and were giving up plenty with sloppy skills and poor tackling. North’s lead was out to 32 points at the last change. They started the last quarter with goals before West replied with 2 quick ones from Ploenges but some undisciplined play by Walsh and Martin saw North take control and boot 4 goals to win comfortably, but not as impressively as the previous week, by 61 points. Better players for North were Perry, Woodall, stand-in coach Richard O’Grady and Tim McInerney. West’s best included on-baller Josh Ransom, defender Steve Wenman and Tyson Ploenges who booted 5 goals.
Round 15 - August 4, 2012
Best: South - B. Foster, B. O'Neil, B. Bryant, S. Berkefeld, J. Dowdy. Millicent – not av. Goals: South - J. Copping 5, B. Foster 3, R. Horsfall 2, B. Howard 2, B. Exelby 1, S. Berkefeld 1. Millicent : G. Gascoyne 2, T. Lindsay 1, S. Withers 1, H. Gordon 1, S. Newchurch 1, T. Hutchesson 1.
Best: Portland - D. Falcone, B. Malcolm, J. Van Heugten, D. O'Loughlin, J. Hayse, S. Fleming. Casterton : D. Ryan, B. Currie, K. Forbes, A. O'Connell, D. Wombwell, J. Shannon. Goals: Portland - J. Holt 7, J. Hayse 5, S. Fleming 2, D. Falcone 2, D. Kinghorn 2, M. Bunworth 1, D. O'Loughlin 1, B. Bentley 1. Casterton : J. Galpin 3, D. Ryan 3, B. Currie 1, S. Penfold 1
Best: North - P. Perry, J. Woodall, A. Kilsby, M. Quirk, T. McInerney. West Gambier : N. Martin, S. Wenman, J. Waugh, J. Ransom, T. Ploenges. Goals: North - A. Kilsby 4, S. Flett 3, G. Soper 2, P. Perry 2, A. Kurzman 1, N. Blachut 1, M. Quirk 1, R. O'grady 1, B. Stafford 1. West Gambier : T. Ploenges 5, M. Smith 1, D. Lloyd 1
NORTH RECOVER FROM LOSS OF COACH TO BEAT PORTLAND
Reports from Terry Willoughby - July 30, 2012
North Gambier made an impressive statement against league leader Portland with an emphatic 41 point win in tough, very heavy and tiring conditions. The SA Tigers were without coach Justin McConnell who sustained a serious facial injury last round. North dominated around the ball-ups and mid-field with O’Grady, Woodall and Kurzman showing the way. They played relentless, committed football and kepoint Portland scoreless despite having a wind advantage in the 1st quarter. Portland were not allowed any time or space to work in and North played the conditions well by kicking longer and having more players at the contest. Portland went to the ½ time break without a goal on the board and North added 4 to lead by 33 points which could have been greater. Portland needed goals quickly but it was Woodall who got the 1st for North and seemingly put the game out of reach for the Victorian Tigers. They managed two further goals to outscore North but they still trailed by 26 points, a huge margin in the conditions. Woodall again got North away with an early last quarter goal and the result was a forgone conclusion. North added another 3 goals and with most players very tired came away for an impressive win. Coach Jarrod Holt was disappointed with Portland’s effort but said north had more desire and teamwork. Stand-in coach Richard O’Grady thought it was one of North’s best efforts for the season. Mid-fielders Josh Woodall, Adam Kurzman and O’Grady played well for North along with backmen, McInerney and Bartetzko. Portland were never in the hunt after a goal-less 1st half which won’t win many games but the van Heughton boys, Luke and Justin battled hard along with Jordan Kane and Beau Bentley.
Imperials had an easy 78 point win over bottom placed Casterton in WB football to maintain a shaky hold on 5th spot. They charged to a 38 point lead by quarter-time by making good use of the dry ball. Casterton struggled to get inside their 50 m arc with Imps right on top across half-back. Imps kept Casterton goal-less in the 2nd half and gradually increased their lead to win comfortably. Tim Meulendyks, Roger Morris and Tom Waters each kicked 3 goals and figured in Imps better players along with Adrian Linke and Jarrod O’Brien. Casterton’s depth was again sorely tested with Simon Sealey, Rohan Cleary, Matt Cowland and 300-gamer Jason Harvey leading their best.
Hamilton and South Gambier had plenty to play for with the loser likely to be out of finals contention. South were quicker into stride and took a 10 point lead at ¼ time. In the 2nd quarter they completely shutdown the Hamilton forward line and added another 4 goals to have a commanding 42 point margin heading to 1/2 time. More potent forwards in the heavy conditions told the story but they received plenty of drive from key on-ballers Simon Berkefeld, Remy Horsfall and blue collar ruckman Lloyd Pearce-Raisin. A dominant 3rd quarter ended any Hamilton chances and although they kept South goal-less in the final quarter and booted 4 themselves the damage had been done. South probably eased up a little but still won by 38 points. The cleverness and strength of Brent Howard and Jon Copping saw them kick 3 goals each but Berkefeld, Horsfall, Pearce-Raisin and Brett O’Neil were the driving forces in the win but South remain just outside of the top 5 on percentage. Youngster Sam Horne was best for Hamilton with Gareth Crawford and Tyrone Ross battling hard for 4 quarters.
Millicent and East Gambier went goal for goal throughout the 1st half in very heavy conditions with the Saints leading narrowly. The game had a bit of feeling in it as Millicent started to get on top in the 3rd term with ruckman Cam Haggett giving his mid-fielders and on-ballers plenty of chances. Jake Turner and Chris Povey were defending strongly for East but the Saints youngsters Tom Hutchesson and Hamish Gordon starred around the centre. Millicent were having more of the play and increased their lead to 13 points at ¾ time. When Scanlon missed an easy set shot for East early in the last quarter Millicent were home. They were stronger in the packs and outscored East with 3 last quarter goals to win by 16 points. Veteran Bronte Grosser headed the better players for Millicent with good games from Gordon, Hutchesson, Haggett and Cooper Hamilton who kicked 3 goals. Jake Turner was a strong defender all day for East along with Povey, Nick Lock and Jake Harrap.
Round 14 - July 28, 2012
Best: North - J. Woodall, A. Kurzman, N. Bartetzko, D. Nulty, T. McInerney, R. O'Grady. Portland : J. Van Heugten, L. Van Heugten, J. Kane, B. Bentley, J. Hayse, D. Falcone. Goals: North - S. Flett 4, J. Woodall 3, A. Kurzman 1, A. Kilsby 1, P. Perry 1 Portland : J. Holt 1, H. Withers 1, J. Chapman 1, D. O'Loughlin 1
Best: Hamilton Imperials - T. Meulendyks, A. Linke, J. O'Brien, J. McIntosh, R. Morris. Casterton : S. Sealey, R. Cleary, M. Cowland, J. Harvey, B. Currie, P. Milich. Goals: Hamilton Imperials - R. Morris 3, T. Waters 3, T. Meulendyks 3, J. Manson 1, T. Cogger 1, A. Pepper 1, M. Lowe 1, H. Waldron 1. Casterton : D. Wombwell 1, B. Currie 1
Best: South Gambier - S. Berkefeld, R. Horsfall, L. Pearce-Raisin, B. O'Neil, B. Foster. Hamilton : S. Horne, G. Crawford, T. Ross, L. Crawford, D. Andrivon, D. Logan. Goals: South Gambier - B. Howard 3, J. Copping 3, B. Foster 2, L. Capewell 2, C. Williams 1, S. Enderl 1, S. Berkefeld 1, B. O'Neil 1. Hamilton : D. Andrivon 3, B. Thomas 2, S. Weston 1, T. Wardle 1, D. Logan 1
Best: Millicent - B. Grosser, C. Haggett, H. Gordon, T. Hutchesson, C. Hamilton, S. Withers. East Gambier : J. Turner, C. Povey, N. Lock , J. Harrap, D. Phillips , C. Anderson. Goals: Millicent - C. Hamilton 3, G. Gascoyne 2, H. Gordon 2, J. Pratt 1, J. Rehn 1, B. Grosser 1, T. Milera 1, S. Newchurch 1. East Gambier : F. Scanlon 3, C. Anderson 2, G. Janeway 2, J. Phillips 1, S. Balshaw 1, S. Fleming 1
NORTH GAMBIER LOSE TOPSPOT AND COACH
report by Terry Willoughby - July 23, 2012
Imperials kept North Gambier goal-less in the 1st quarter of their crucial clash in WB football. The conditions were typically winter-like and Imps handled them better. Imps went further ahead in the 2nd term despite North playing better and scoring 4 goals but the telling factor was the loss of North’s playing coach Justin McConnell to a broken jaw in an off the play incident. The margin at ½ time was 25 points in Imps favour and they deserved the lead by having more contributors near goal in Hugh Douglas 4, Roger Morris and Tim Meulendyks 3 goals each. North struggled to stay in touch in the 3rd quarter when Imps added another 4 goals to one and lead by 39 points. The last quarter saw North add 3 goals but it was vital win to Imps by 26 points which keeps their finals hopes alive in a tight battle for 5th spot. Better players for Imps were Hamish Waldron, Callum Kanoniuk and Jason McIntosh but many others contributed. North reeling from the loss of coach McConnell face a tough battle against Portland next week. Best for them were defenders Tim McInerney, Nick Bartetzko and Scott Flett.
South Gambier also stayed in the finals race when they crushed Casterton by 94 points. The Demons booted 7 goals without a miss to sew up the game by quarter-time. Youngster Scott Enderl impressed for South to kick 4 goals as they went further ahead at each change and the recently recruited Exelby again showed his ability near goal to boot 4 also. Casterton rarely threatened as South dominated play all over the ground and gained some valuable percentage. Brodie Foster, Bret O’Neil and Brad Bryant were best for the Demons. The regular battlers, Brandon Currie and Matt Cowland tried hard for Casterton.
East Gambier kept Hamilton scoreless in the 1st quarter but never managed to get a big break in the wet, slippery conditions. Hamilton broke down continually across half-forward where the bigger East defenders stopped most attacks. Good football by Hamilton’s brad Thomas got the magpies 1st goal but East’s strong on-ball brigade responded quickly. Drizzly rain made the game more difficult, but Hamilton goaled twice to keep in touch but East were having much more of the play. East again kept Hamilton scoreless in the 3rd term and added 3 goals to lead by 32 points and have the game under control. The last quarter was a grind to the end and despite two late Hamilton goals the result was never in doubt. Youngster Jake Harrap was best for East and gathered kicks all over the ground, Dion Cownie was lively and booted 3 goals, Sam Clark dominated the ruck contests and Nick Lock defended strongly. Hamilton’s best were Wayne Lenehan, Gareth Cawford and gangly Ian Watt.
Portland, with key forwards Jarrod Holt and Jarrod Hayse creating havoc raced away from West Gambier to lead by 52 points at ½ time. After winning their 1st game only last week, West expected more, but were outplayed completely. Portland had good players everywhere with on-ballers Rhys Egan and Dan Falcone starring along with Luke van Heughton and Dennis O’Loughlin. Portland jumped to top spot on the ladder with the 80 point win.
Round 13 - July 21, 2012
Best: Hamilton Imperials - H. Waldron, C. Kanoniuk, J. McIntosh, C. Whyte, A. Pepper. North Gambier : T. McInerney, S. Flett, N. Bartetzko, M. Quirk, A. Kilsby. Goals: Hamilton Imperials - H. Douglas 4, R. Morris 3, T. Meulendyks 3, B. McDonald 1, M. Lowe 1, T. Waters 1. North Gambier : N. Mark 2, S. Flett 2, L. Symons 2, A. Kilsby 1, T. Currie 1
Best: South Gambier - B. Foster, B. O'Neil, B. Bryant, R. Horsfall, S. Enderl. Casterton : B. Currie, S. Sealey, R. Cleary, M. Cowland, J. Harvey, J. Shannon. Goals: South Gambier - S. Enderl 4, B. Exelby 4, B. Foster 3, C. Williams 2, B. Howard 2, M. Berkefeld 2, B. Bryant 1, L. Capewell 1, B. O'Neil 1. Casterton : D. Ryan 2, R. Smith 1, J. Shannon 1, S. Koch 1
Best: East - J. Harrap, D. Cownie, S. Clark, N. Lock , D. Phillips , C. Anderson. Hamilton - W. Lenehan, G. Crawford, I. Watt, J. Coote, D. Andrivon, M. Ross. Goals: East - D. Cownie 3, S. Balshaw 2, J. Eldridge , J. Fry , J. Langdon , J. Harrap. Hamilton - D. Logan 2, G. Robertson , D. Andrivon , A. Brown
Best: Portland - L. Van Heugten, D. O''Loughlin, D. Falcone, J. Hayse, R. Egan, S. Fleming. West Gambier - J. Ransom, D. McElroy, N. Allen, J. Ferguson-Lane, T. Dolan, J. Waugh. Goals: Portland - J. Holt 7, S. Fleming 3, J. Hayse 3, R. Egan 2, D. O''Loughlin 2, H. Withers , M. Bunworth , D. Kinghorn , T. Chester. West Gambier - S. Easterbrook 3, M. Bourchier 2, T. Ploenges , M. Smith , J. Schapel
WEST BREAKTHROUGH FOR FIRST WIN
Round 12 report - July 9, 2012
West Gambier broke through for their first win in 2012 after some team sheet dramas pre-game. A delayed start because they had not submitted a team sheet almost caused an unusual forfeit for West Gambier, which would have been the last straw in their horrible season so far, turned to triumph later in the day. Imperials made a solid start in very heavy conditions but inaccuracy kept West in touch. Trailing by 27 points at quarter-time, West slowly clawed their way back with on-baller Josh Ransom and speedy Al Kennedy getting plenty of touches but Imps Hamish Waldron and key defender Matt Newell were keeping the West forwards under control and they held a 21 point lead at ½ time. West were playing more positively in the 3rd term and closed the gap with Tyson Ploenges goaling and Joe Ferguson defending strongly but Imps still led by 8 points in tiring conditions. West quickly goaled to start the last term and Imps were in trouble as West sniffed a win. They added a couple more goals and held Imps to just one to record a 9 point win and damage Imps finals hopes.
East Gambier battled the conditions, as well as Casterton, to win by 50 points and cement a place in the top 5. Casterton were held scoreless in two quarters whilst East had too many better players with Shem Balshaw at half forward and youngster Jake Harrap leading the way, Jason Phillips with 3 goals and Chris Anderson around the packs gave solid support. Mark Cowland, Brandon Currie and Sam Penfold tried hard for the under-manned Cats.
Hamilton caused a boilover when they booted 5 last quarter goals to run over Millicent who led by 17 points at the last change. Millicent were another team to score in only two quarters but they appeared to be going better than Hamilton who managed only two goals in three quarters. The ground and weather made scoring extremely difficult but the Magpies got a run on in the last quarter with Lachie and Gareth Crawford winning kicks around the stoppages and bustling David Andrivon giving some spark on the forward line. Millicent struggled to hold them out despite strong defence from Joe Pratt and Steve Duldig, ruckman Cam Haggett was another to play well but the small men were ineffective and Hamilton recorded a gutsy win and hold onto 5th spot.
South Gambier did well to keep North Gambier quiet for most of the 1st quarter but late goals to Kurzman and Flett gave the Tigers a 25 point lead. South responded quickly in the 2nd term and goals to Exelby and Matt Berkefeld closed the gap. Clever play by South coach Jon Copping resulted in another goal before Brad Stafford replied for North. The quality of football belied the heavy conditions as South crept to within a point. North lost Jamie O’Neil after a heavy collision and South should have grabbed the lead but for lack of talk. Scoring was difficult and some horrible mistakes by North allowed Exelby to kick his 3rd goal. A narrow miss by South allowed North to go coast to coast for Justin McConnell to goal and he should have kicked another after a clever kick found him straight in front. North stretched their lead to 12 points at ¾ time and were having more of the play than South. Both teams were making mistakes with Kilsby having a dirty day for North. Several close shaves by South allowed McConnell to goal and give North breathing space with time running out and they held on to win by 12 points. Bigman Scott Flett marked strongly around the ground to be best for North ahead of Josh Woodall, Blachut and Tim McInerney. South were gallant in defeat with their better players being veteran Heath Sims, ruckman Jake Dowdy and smooth moving Bret O’Neil.
It was an unusual round of football with no team scoring more than 9 goals.
Round 12 - July 14, 2012
Best: West - A. Kennedy, J. Ransom, D. McElroy, J. Ferguson-Lane, T. Ploenges. Hamilton Imperials - H. Waldron, M. Newell, A. Pepper, A. Linke, C. Kanoniuk. Goals: West - T. Ploenges 4, R. Fox 2, S. Easterbrook 1, J. Schapel 1, A. Kennedy 1. Hamilton Imperials : A. Pepper 2, J. Myles 1, J. Meulendyks 1, H. Douglas 1, T. Meulendyks 1, J. McIntosh 1
Best: North - S. Flett, J. Woodall, N. Bartetzko, T. Hosking, M. Ashby, T. McInerney. South Gambier : H. Sims, J. Dowdy, B. O'Neil, L. Capewell, R. Horsfall. Goals: North - B. Stafford 2, J. McConnell 2, S. Flett 2, A. Kurzman 1, P. Perry 1. South Gambier :
B. Exelby 3, M. Berkefeld 2, B. Howard 1, J. Copping 1
Best: East - S. Balshaw, J. Harrap, J. Phillips, C. Anderson, D. Cownie, J. Eldridge. Casterton : M. Cowland, B. Currie, S. Penfold, R. Cleary, J. Shannon, W. Richardson. Goals: East - J. Phillips 3, F. Scanlon 1, J. Cairns 1, J. Fry 1, J. Harrap 1, D. Cownie 1, G. Janeway 1. Casterton : M. Cowland 1, D. Ryan 1
Best: Hamilton - L. Crawford, G. Crawford, B. McNeil, D. Logan, D. Andrivon, M. Lambevski. Millicent : J. Pratt, S. Duldig, C. Haggett, B. Grosser. Goals : Hamilton - D. Logan 2, D. Andrivon 2, S. Weston 1, G. Robertson 1, J. Riddle 1. Millicent : B. Grosser 2, M. Bennett 1, G. Gascoyne 1, J. Hales 1
EAST UPSET NORTH
Round 11 report - July 9, 2012
East Gambier caused an upset when they held on to win by 3 points over North Gambier in WB football. It was East‘s best 4 quarter performance for the season with North being kept alive by Justin McConnell’s goal-kicking. North were playing lazy unaccountable football and East defenders kept a tight rein on the North forwards with Jayden Eldridge and Jesse Fry outstanding. Shem Balshaw roamed far and wide at half forward for East and this allowed Scanlon and Fleming plenty of space to work in near goal. North were kept in touch by good play from O’Grady and Soper but many were unsighted. East continued to hold the lead although McConnell always seemed to goal to keep North in touch.
East led by just 4 points at ¾ time and North had a slight wind advantage in the last quarter. Play raced up and down the ground and McConnell again goaled to put his team ahead by 3 points but East hit back strongly with goals to stretch the margin to 15 points and maybe victory. North wouldn’t go away and O’Grady led from half back but goals were hard to get but Kurzman snapped truly to keep the game in limbo. East were just about exhausted when the siren went with the ball inside North’s 50m arc but they held on by 3 points.
Eldridge, Fry, Balshaw and Dwayne Phillips played well for East in a good team effort. North’s better players were Richard O’Grady, McConnell with 8 goals and Glen Soper.
Millicent won a tough battle over lowly Casterton by 33 points. A big 2nd quarter by Millicent when they kicked 5 goals to nil set up the win. The 2nd half was even on the scoreboard but the damage had been done. Elusive small forward Tim Milera booted 4 goals for Millicent and ruckman Cam Haggett dominated the stoppages and aerial contests whilst young wingman Tom Hutchesson impressed. Casterton’s best were Mark Cowland, Sam Penfold and Dylan Ryan who booted 3 goals. Millicent now share a 3-way battle for top spot.
Imperials caused a big upset when they defeated Portland by 7 points. The Bulldogs tried hard not to win with shocking inaccuracy, their 2nd and last quarter efforts being the worst. There was never much between the two teams but Portland looked to be going a little better when they booted 4 goals to one to lead by 10 points at ¾ time. Coach Jake Myles was in everything for Imps and full-back Matt Newell defended strongly as Imps mounted a last quarter challenge but still sprayed shots everywhere as Portland held on. Imps slowly reached the lead but 8-24 from 32 scoring shots was a poor reward but a wins a win. Myles, Newell and Jon Manson headed the better Imps but most played a part in the win. Denis O’Loughlin, Sam Fleming and Van Heughton boys, Luke and Justin were best for Portland.
South Gambier slammed on 9 goals in the 1st quarter before got West got wind of a game. Mid-fielder Bret O’Neil and veteran Heath Sims racked up kicks all over the ground and kicked some goals as well. West were a dispirited bunch and made little impression in the 1st half with South dominating everywhere to lead by 51 points. Last years’ premiers West, looked out of condition and out of ideas. South forged further ahead in the 3rd quarter with good players everywhere and a well functioning forward line where Leigh Capewell was setting up goals for team-mates. West appeared to have too many on the field at one stage and South called for a count of players but the correct number were there and a free and 50m penalty resulted in a goal to West, a costly reminder!! South were never in danger and cruised to victory by 78 points, even allowing West 5 goals in the last quarter. O’Neil, Heath Sims, Jed Mullen and hard running half-back Dion Stratford were best for South. Daron McElroy and youngster Mark Smith tried hard for West.
Round 11 - July 7, 2012
Best: Hamilton Imperials - J. Myles, M. Newell, J. Manson, J. O'Brien, C. Kanoniuk, T. Meulendyks. Portland : L. Van Heugten, D. O'Loughlin, S. Fleming, J. Van Heugten, B. Koenig, T. Chester. Goals: Hamilton Imperials - H. Douglas 3, J. Myles 2, T. Meulendyks 2, T. Waters 1. Portland : D. O'Loughlin 2, J. Hayse 2, B. Bentley 2, D. Kinghorn 2, T. Chester 1
Best: South – B. O'Neil, H. Sims, J. Mullen, D. Stratford, J. Paprotny, R. Horsfall. West - D. McElroy, M. Smith, J. Carter, S. Easterbrook, J. Ferguson-Lane, R. Fox. Goals; South - B. O'Neil 4, B. Exelby 4, L. Capewell 3, B. Foster 3, M. Berkefeld 2, D. Stratford 2, B. Bryant 1, B. Howard 1, S. Berkefeld 1, J. Copping 1. West - S. Easterbrook 4, T. Ploenges 2, M. Smith 1, J. Carter 1, M. Bukovskis 1
Best: East - J. Eldridge, J. Fry, S. Balshaw, D. Phillips , T. Case, F. Scanlon. North - R. O'Grady, T. Hosking, J. Woodall, D. Nulty, N. Bartetzko, G. Soper. Goals: East -F. Scanlon 4, S. Balshaw 2, J. Fry 2, S. Fleming 2, J. Phillips , C. Anderson, J. Harrap . North - J. McConnell 8, J. Woodall 2, A. Kurzman 1, R. O'Grady 1, S. Flett 1.
Best: Millicent - C. Haggett, T. Hutchesson, S. Duldig, J. Rehn, S. Newchurch, H. Gordon, Casterton - M. Cowland, S. Penfold, D. Ryan, B. Currie, M. Jarrad, R. Smith. Goals: Millicent - T. Milera 4, H. Gordon 2, J. Hales 2, M. Bennett 1, J. Pratt 1, G. Gascoyne 1, S. Newchurch 1, T. Hutchesson 1. Casterton - B. Currie 3, D. Ryan 3, K. Brooker 1, S. Penfold 1, A. O'Connell 1
SOUTH CAUSES NEAR UPSET
Round 10 report - June 25, 2012
South Gambier went within a point of causing a major upset when they led Portland for more than 3 quarters. Kicking with the wind in the 1st quarter, they raced to a four goal lead on the back of strong on-ball work by Brent Howard and ruckman Jake Dowdy. They restricted Portland to just 3 goals and added a valuable one of their own before ½ time to lead by 14 points. Key forwards Holt and Hayse were dangerous but only had limited supply. Goals were hard to get in the heavy conditions and South’s defence led by Stratford and Bryant held up well but Portland had also slowed scoring at the other end. South increased their lead near ¾ time to 19 points but Portland now had the wind to assist. The last quarter was a tight struggle as Portland challenged but South kept their nose in front. Portland hit the lead midway through the quarter but South regained it quickly. The quarter seemed to go forever and Portland goaled again to hit the front but South snatched it back. Portland managed to edge ahead in closing stages and with both sides very tired held on to win by a point. Beau Bentley, Josh and Luke van Heugton and Denis O’Loughlin were best for Portland and coach Jarrod Holt kicked 5 extremely vital goals. South were gallant in defeat with Howard, Dowdy, Dion Stratford and mid-fielder Bret O’Neil their best.
Hamilton crept within striking distance of the top 5 with a battling 41 point win over Casterton minus guest player Max Rooke. With heavy conditions everywhere, goals were at a premium. Hamilton made good use of the ball to lead by 15 points at quarter-time. They had more system going forward and a strong mid-field to make the Cats job harder. Dylan Ryan was trying very hard to lift his side but Hamilton with stronger bodied players increased the lead to 23 points at the last change. Will Lenehan and fellow mid-fielder Jesse Hawkins were good 4 quarter players for Hamilton, Brown in defence and rugged David Andrivon booted 3 goals. Ryan, Michael Jarred and Brandon Currie battled hard for Casterton. Hamilton are now level with South in 5th spot after the win.
Winless West Gambier took the game right up to east in the 1st half with strong games from Joel Carter at half-back and Josh Ransom around the stoppages. Kicking goals was difficult in the slippery conditions and several shots went wide. East led narrowly at quarter-time but couldn’t break clear at any stage and Ransom and Mark Smith on the wing kepoint West in attack. Ruckman Sam Clark continually won the rucks and was even good on the ground and fed the ball to Jake Harrap and Chris Anderson but West held a 1 point lead at the main break. East took control in the 3rd quarter as many West players dropped out of the game. Shem Balshaw used his mobility to gain kicks at half forward and Fleming was strong in kicking goals. East booted 6 goals to win in the quarter to hold a match-winning lead of 32 points. Poor field kicking cost West dearly and East cut off many chances and added another 4 goals in the last quarter to win by 35 points and move up to 4th spot. Sam Clark won the Phil Muhovics Medal, struck in honour of a stalwart contributor to both clubs and football in general who lost his battle against cancer in 2010.
Injuries affected both North Gambier and Millicent in their clash at Vansittart Park. North were able to cover their losses better and led at every change. Strong defence by Steve Duldig and good ruck-work by Cam Haggett kepoint Millicent in the contest but North had more players doing well around the ground. Josh Woodall and Adam Kurzman across the centre were prominent for North and O’Grady good at half-back. Millicent kepoint within striking distance in the 3rd quarter but North always had their measure. Millicent again crepoint closer early in the last quarter but North again kicked away, Kilsby and Flett providing marking targets on the forward line. North with a greater number of scoring opointions maintained their lead and finished 28 points up at the final siren. Woodall, Kurzman and O’Grady were best for North. Millicent struggled for good players after Duldig and Haggett.
Round 10 - June 23, 2012
Best: Portland : B. Bentley, J. Van Heugten, D. O'Loughlin, S. Fleming, D. Falcone, L. Van Heugten. South Gambier : B. Howard, J. Dowdy, D. Stratford, B. O'Neil, B. Foster, B. Bryant. Goals: Portland - J. Holt 5, J. Hayse 2, S. Fleming 1, D. O'Loughlin 1, T. Chester 1. South Gambier : B. Foster 3, J. Copping 2, S. Berkefeld 2, R. Horsfall 1, B. Exelby 1, L. Capewell 1
Best: North - J. Woodall, A. Kurzman, R. O'Grady, L. Herring, S. Flett, D. Nulty. Millicent : S. Duldig, C. Haggett, R. Hutchesson, T. Hutchesson. Goals: North - A. Kilsby 4, M. Ashby 2, A. Kurzman 2, S. McInernery 1, N. Blachut 1, B. Stafford 1, S. Flett 1, D. Nulty 1. Millicent : T. Milera 3, N. Robbins 1, M. Bennett 1, C. Haggett 1, J. Pratt 1, H. Gordon 1, B. Grosser 1, C. Hamilton 1
Best: Hamilton - W. Lenehan, A. Brown, J. Hawkins, S. Weston, G. Robertson, D. Andrivon. Casterton : D. Ryan, M. Jarrad, B. Currie, J. Cleary, S. Sealey, J. Smith. Goals: G. Robertson 3, D. Andrivon 3, J. Kearney 1, L. Crawford 1, B. Thomas 1, J. Riddle 1, J. Hawkins 1, N. Ross 1, M. Lambevski 1. Casterton : D. Ryan 3, K. Forbes 1, B. Currie 1, G. Widdicombe 1
Best: East – Not av. West - A. Kennedy, J. Ransom, J. Carter, D. McElroy, A. Kamara. Goals: East – Not av. West - T. Ploenges 3, T. Weaver 2, M. Smith , J. Schapel , J. Ransom , D. McElroy
PORTLAND'S WINNING RUN COMES TO AN END
News on Round 9 - Monday 18 June 2012
Heavy rain played a part in WB footy, with the top of the ladder clash between Millicent and Portland an arm wrestle. Both sides were missing key players to injury and the very heavy conditions made good football difficult. Portland had a more potent forward set-up but Millicent were first to goal. Portland slowly gained some control with Holt and Hayse looking very threatening they went to quarter-time with 22 point lead. Goals were hard to get but Portland still looked a better side for most of the 2nd quarter but failed to make the most of their chances and Millicent with Nat Robbins using his long kicking to good effect crepoint into the game, Justin Rehn was strong around the packs and also went forward to kick valuable goals. Scoring was difficult in the 3rd term with rain adding to the heavy going but Millicent restricted Portland’s forwards and kepoint in touch. Haggett was good in the ruck and jockey sized Jeremy Hales relished the conditions but Millicent trailed by 5 points. Sam Anson in defence and Sam Fleming in the mid-field were good for Portland who were now going into the wind and Millicent had more players contributing. The Saints finished over the top of Portland with 4 goals to two and won by 8 points to have a share in top spot. Rehn, Robbins, Haggett and young backmen Joe Walker and Shaun Withers played well for Millicent. Portlands’ best were Anson, Fleming, Marc Amor and Josh Chapman.
The rain poured down at East Gambier where they and Imperials are locked in a battle for 5th spot and the 1st quarter showed it with only 3 points separating the teams, Imps just ahead. The scoring almost dried up in the 2nd term, or should that be washed away. The wet conditions made goals hard to come by with players slipping and sliding all over. East splashed their way to the front with ground level players Dwayne Phillips and Dion Cownie doing well. The big men on both sides were rendered ineffective as the 2nd half was a slog. East managed the only goal of the 3rd quarter and held a match-winning lead of 7 points at ¾ time. Both teams only kicked a goal each in the swim to the end but East moved back into 5th spot. Phillips, Jacob Langdon and Cownie were best for East. Matt Lowe, Callum Kanoniuk and Jon Manson were best for Imps.
Hamilton extended West Gambier’s winless run with a battling 7 point win. West held a 5 point lead at quarter time but were held scoreless in the 2nd term and this was crucial in the end. Hamilton kicked two vital goals and held a 10 point lead at ½ time with veteran Gareth Crawford and youngsters Jayden Riddle and Charles Murrie doing well. Hamilton again outscored West in the 3rd term but the game was still anybody’s as the margin was only 12 points at ¾ time. Josh Ransom and Brett Sutherland were trying hard to get West up and Steve Wenman was playing a good captains game but Hamilton sniffed an opportunity and held on to win by 7 points.
Casterton had all the publicity they wanted with former AFL stars Max Rooke, Matthew Lappin and Duncan Kellaway expected to line-up against North Gambier. In the end only Rooke took the field and North charged to big lead after a 9 goal 1st quarter. The crowd’s around the quarter and ¾ time huddles were bizarre with almost nobody near North who held a commanding lead and people hanging on every word in the Casterton group. North were too good all day with runners Adam Kurzman and Nick Blachut racking up possessions at will, Scott Flett marked everything that came his way and McConnell finished the work with 10 goals as North strolled in by 81 points but Casterton still had their moments. Matt Thurkle, Dylan Ryan and Matt Cowland tried hard and Max Rooke did kick a goal so the big local crowd got something to cheer about.
Round 9 - June 16, 2012
Best: Millicent - Justin Rehn, Nathaniel Robbins, Cameron Haggett, Jeremy Hales, Joe Walker, Shaun Withers. Portland : Samuel Anson, Sam Fleming, Marcus Amor, Joshua Chapman, Zane Wakely, Joel Mirtschin. Goals: Millicent - Hamish Gordon 3, Michael Bennett 2, Justin Rehn 2, Bronte Grosser 1, Timothy Milera 1, Tom Hutchesson 1. Portland : Jarrod Holt 4, Jarrod Hayse 3, Matthew Herbertson 1
Best: Hamilton - G. Crawford, J. Riddle, C. Murrie, B. McNeil, W. Lenehan, G. Robertson. West Gambier : J. Ransom, B. Sutherland, S. Wenman, D. McElroy, M. Smith, T. Ploenges. Goals: Hamilton : C. Murrie 3, J. Kearney 2, G. Robertston 2, D. Andrivon 2, B. Thomas 1. West Gambier : T. Ploenges 4, T. Weaver 2, D. McElroy 1, R. Fox 1, T. Dolan 1
North Gambier 23.7 (145) def Casterton 10.4 (64)
Best: North - A. Kurzman, S. Flett, N. Mark, N. Blachut, R. O'Grady, M. Quirk. Casterton : M. Thurkle, D. Ryan, M. Cowland, S. Sealey, K. Brooker, G. Coxon. Goals: North - J. McConnell 10, S. Flett 5, A. Kurzman 3, A. Kilsby 3, R. O'Grady 1, G. Soper 1. Casterton : G. Coxon 4, D. Ryan 2, L. Cates 1, M. Rooke 1, J. Smith 1, B. Currie 1
Best: East - Dwayne Phillips , Jacob Langdon, Dion Cownie, Jason Phillips, Matt Dempsey, Nick Lock. Hamilton Imperials : Matthew Lowe, Callum Kanoniuk, Jonathon Manson, Brent Forsyth, Jarrod O'Brien, Thomas Waters. Goals: Shem Balshaw 1, Jesse Fry 1, Jacob Langdon 1, Scott Fleming 1, Kevin Thomson 1, Dion Cownie 1, Matt Dempsey 1. Hamilton Imperials :
Thomas Waters 2, Tim Meulendyks 2, Jake Myles 1, Jordan Murphy 1
THREE MOUNT GAMBIER TEAMS LOSE
Round 8 update - June 11, 2012
The rarity of three Mount Gambier teams losing on the one day occurred for the first time in years when North, South and East were defeated and West had a bye. A bolstered Hamilton took control over South Gambier after ½ time and won by 16 points and opened up the race for top 5 places. South held a narrow lead at quarter-time but the danger signs were showing. Hamilton bolstered by the inclusion of several Ballarat Rebels who had a bye matched South in all departments and gradually gained the ascendancy and led at ½ time by 3 pts. South were playing lazily with poor tackling and failed to man up which allowed Hamilton to take control in the 3rd term by adding 4 goals to hold a handy 15 point lead with a quarter to go. The Magpies were now playing confidently with Gareth Crawford doing well in the midfield and youngsters Charles Murrie and Jesse Hawkins giving plenty of drive. South had only one winner on the forward line where Capewell managed 5 goals but Hamilton’s defence was tight and able to create enough chances to keep the lead. Both sides booted 4 last quartergoals but once Hamilton sensed a win they had no trouble holding South out. Crawford, Murrie and Hawkins with 4 goals were best for Hamilton whose win has opened up the middle section of the ladder. Better players for South were Jake Dowdy in the ruck, on-baller Brent Howard and defender Luke Foran but many were well below par.
Imperials smashed Casterton by 156 points to keep their finals chances alive. The Cats form hadn’t been too bad recently but Imps were in no mood for fun, particularly after quarter-time. They bolted to 58 point lead with big forward Hugh Douglas marking everything that came his way and kicking goals as well. He was well aided by coach Jake Myles and Matt Newell who relished the freedom away from full-back to boot 6 goals.The massacre continued all through the 2nd half with Imps adding another 20 goals including 12 in the last quarter to have percentage boosting win. Hugh Douglas finished with 11 goals to be best on ground ahead of Matt Newell, Jon Manson and Andrew Pepper but everyone made a contribution. Casterton were simply outplayed.
East Gambier started well against Millicent with Scott Fleming doing well in the ruck to provide chances for little men Chris Anderson and Dion Cownie. The East forwards looked threatening and early goals to Kev Thomson and Balshaw saw East lead by 9 pts. Millicent’s match winner from last week, Michael Bennett was having to battle against the East defence and missed several marks. Slowly Millicent started to get more of the ball with Withers and Thwaites playing strongly across half-back. Better field kicking by Millicent saw them take a narrow lead when Tim Milera goaled after the ½ time siren from the boundary line. The Saints were now playing better and kicked further ahead in the 3rd quarter with long-kicking Nat Robbins winning plenty of the ball through the centre. East keptwithin reach with a late goal but trailed by 9 pts at ¾ time. Early goals in the last term put Millicent 20 pts ahead before East hit back with two of their own but the Millcent defence led by Matt Bryant closed down the challenge and two late goals saw the Saints home by 20 pts. Shaun Withers, Darcy Thwaites and Bryant were strong all day for Millicent, Nat Robbins and Tom Hutchesson were good across the centre and Milera and Bennett dangerous near goal. East struggled to have players good for the whole game but Chris Anderson, Anthony Wilson and Scott Fleming battled hard.
Portland got of to flying start with 7 goals to nil in the battle of the undefeated Tiger teams. Goal kicking forwards such as Jarrod Holt, Beau Bentley and Tim Chester made the life difficult the North defence and the North forwards were starved. Portland suffered 2 crucial losses when England was stretchered off and Chapman was injured and North got some momentum with McConnell getting goals to pull the margin back to 9 pts at ½ time. Portland continued to have more of the play with Sam Fleming and Daniel Falcone doing well and they went further ahead in the 3rd quartereven though North had more shots at goal. North were unable to control the goal-kicking power on the Portland forward line and Jarrod Hayse now also came into the game and finished with 3 goals. North gave Portland a gimme with two 50 metre penalties but Portland booted 6 goals to 5 in the last quarterto win well by 26 pts and remain the only undefeated team in the comp. Better players for Portland were Sam Fleming, Falcone, Sam Anson, Tim Chester and youngster Jordan Kane. Josh Woodall and Nick Blachut across the centre played well for North and coach McConnell booted 7 goals but again their game was exposed.
Round 8 - June 9, 2012
Best: Hamilton Imperials - H. Douglas, M. Newell, J. Manson, A. Pepper, B. Forsyth, H. Waldron. Casterton : B. Currie, D. Ryan, S. Sealey, M. Cowland, G. Coxon. Goals: Hamilton Imperials - H. Douglas 11, J. Myles 6, M. Newell 6, T. Meulendyks 3, J. Murphy 2, T. Waters 2, J. Franklin 1, H. Waldron 1, A. Pepper 1, J. McIntosh 1. Casterton : J. Smith 2, E. Currie 2, R. Killey 1, G. Coxon 1, T. Killey 1, D. Ryan 1
Best: Hamilton - G. Crawford, C. Murrie, J. Hawkins, T. Ross, D. Logan, A. Brown. South Gambier – not av. Goals: Hamilton - J. Hawkins 4, B. Thomas 2, P. Downs 2, D. Logan 1, T. Hogan 1, J. Riddle 1, J. McArthur 1.
Best: Millicent - S. Withers, N. Robbins, D. Thwaites, T. Hutchesson, M. Bennett, J. Hales. East Gambier : C. Anderson, S. Fleming, A. Wilson, J. Phillips, D. Cownie, D. Phillips. Goals: Millicent - T. Milera 4, M. Bennett 3, H. Gordon 2, J. Agnew 1, T. Hutchesson 1. East Gambier : J. Dempsey 1, S. Balshaw 1, J. Fry 1, C. Anderson 1, K. Thomson 1, D. Cownie 1,
M. Dempsey 1
Best: Portland - S. Fleming, D. Falcone, S. Anson, T. Chester, M. Amor, J. Kane. North Gambier : J. Woodall, N. Blachut, D. Nulty, R. O'grady, T. Hosking, A. Kurzman. Goals: Portland - J. Holt 5, J. Hayse 3, B. Bentley 3, T. Chester 3, D. O'loughlin 2, S. Fleming 1, J. Stiles 1, D. Falcone 1, B. Malcolm 1. North Gambier : J. Mcconnell 7, A. Kurzman 3, R. O'grady 2, S. McInernery 1, J. Woodall 1, S. Flett 1
PORTLAND STAYS UNBEATEN
Round 7 Report – June 4, 2012
Portland remain undefeated in WB football after a tight battle most of the day against East Gambier. The first quarter saw both sides kick 3 goals and only a point separated them. Slippery conditions kept the ball at ground level most of the time and Josh Chapman, Rhys Egan and co used their skill to advantage for Portland in the second quarter to provide chances for coach Jarrod Holt to kick goals. The East defence was battling to contain him as Portland took a 20 point lead at ½ time.The 3rd quarter was again even but Portland maintained the margin despite the efforts of East skipper Chris Anderson and young Nick Lock, Jesse Fry was another to win plenty of kicks but Portland kept strong control of the East forwards. Holt continued to test the East defenders and finished with 8 goals as Portland withstood a challenge in the final term to win by 16 points. East had more of the play in the last quarter but needed a bit more composure in front of goal. Best for Portland were Anson, Chapman, Tim Chester, Josh van Heugten at full-back and Holt. Anderson, Lock and Fry kepointat it to the end for East but they lack mobile key forwards when Balshaw is held.
South Gambier defeated Imperials in a scrappy game that never rose to great heights. Slippery conditions hindered the skills with backmen of both teams having strong games. Difficulty in scoring kept the scores in touch with South only 12 points in front at ½ time. Imps had only two goal kickers for the game with coach Jake Myles booting 5 of his teams seven after making the most of his opportunities. South had more good players around the stoppages with Brent Howard and Remi Horsfall with Simon Berkefeld also effective. Imps started the last quarter 17 points in arrears but South were too strong across half-back and went on to win by that margin. South’s better players were Brodie Foster at full-back, Howard, Dion Stratford at half-back and Berkefeld. Imps are still outside the top five and need to string some wins together if the hope to play in finals. Best for them were Matt Newell, Andrew Pepper, Myles and Hugh Douglas.
West Gambier looked all over winners against Millicent when they led by almost 4 goals midway through the last term but couldn’t hold on. The game had been close in the 1st half with a touch of physicality thrown in. Riordan Walker played strongly in defence as West held a narrow lead, Josh Ransom was terrific around the stoppages and McElroy provided a marking target ahead of centre. Millicent had only Tim Milera keeping them in touch with 4 goals as West edged ahead near ¾ time. Millicent were struggling to keep in touch and Michael Bennett was moved forward in the last quarter with his team trailing and he booted the last 4 goals of the match to put his team in front right on the final siren by 3 points and deny West their 1st win of the season. Walker, Ransom, McElroy and Steve Wenman were best for West but all to no avail. Bennett was the obvious matchwinner for Millicent with his 4 crucial goals and Milera for his earlier 4.North Gambier had a comfortable 74 point win over an under-manned, under-sized and under-skilled Hamilton. They kept in touch early only because North’s turnover rate but made some appalling mistakes themselves. The lack of key forwards had them playing so wide they could have been hit by cars in Wehl St. North’s better players started to have an impact near ½ time and they led by 4 goals. The sting went right out of the game in the 3rd term as North kicked 6 goals to 2 and lead by 50 points. Anthony Kilsby was dominant at half forward and finished with 7 goals after crashing into the goal-post earlier, Adam Kurzman and Quirk also played usefully as North cruised in by 74 points. Hamilton were barely effective in the 2nd half as they fumbled repeatedly and kicked atrociously.
Round 7 - June 2, 2012
Best: North Gambier - A. Kilsby, D. Nulty, A. Kurzman, M. Quirk, L. Symons, N. Bartetzko. Hamilton : L. Crawford, J. Hawkins, J. Riddle, G. Crawford, D. Logan, C. Murrie. Goals: North - A. Kilsby 7, A. Kurzman 2, J. McConnell 2, S. Flett 2, M. Chapman 1, N. Blachut 1, N. Mark 1, P. Perry 1. Hamilton : J. Kearney 1, B. Thomas 1, P. Downs 1, J. Riddle 1, J. Hawkins 1
Best: South - B. Foster, B. Howard, S. Berkefeld, D. Stratford, B. O''Neil, R. Paterson. Hamilton Imperials - M. Newell, A. Pepper, J. Myles, H. Douglas, J. O''Brien, T. Lenehan. Goals: South - L. Capewell 3, B. O''Neil 2, H. Sims , R. Horsfall , B. Howard , J. Copping , S. Berkefeld. Hamilton Imperials - J. Myles 5, J. Franklin 2
Best: Portland - S. Anson, J. Chapman, T. Chester, R. Egan, J. Van Heugten, S. Fleming. East - C. Anderson, N. Lock , J. Fry, R. Clarke, J. Phillips, J. Dempsey. Goals: Portland - J. Holt 8, D. O'Loughlin 2, T. Chester 2, R. Egan , B. Bentley , D. Kinghorn. East - K. Thomson 3, J. Phillips 2, S. Balshaw 2, C. Anderson 2, N. Lock , D. Phillips , S. Fleming
Best: Millicent – not av. West Gambier - R. Walker, J. Ransom, D. McElroy, S. Wenman, A. Kennedy. Goals: Millicent - D. McElroy 3, S. Wenman 2, T. Ploenges , A. Kennedy , R. Fox , J. Ransom , N. Martin , B. Sutherland , M. Smith , M. Bukovskis. West Gambier - M. Bennett 4, T. Milera 4, J. Hales 2, J. Pratt , B. Chant , B. Tilley , T. Hutchesson
ROUND 6 WRAP - May 21, 2012
Portland ended Casterton’s one game winning streak with an easy 79 point win. The Cats tried hard but Portland’s greater spread of talent was too great. Beau Bentley was again in top form around goal and booted 7 with coach Jarrod Holt getting 4 against a harassed Cat defence. Portland continually broke Casterton attacks with ball-magnet Marcus England in dominating form. Simon Sealey and Dylan Ryan worked hard to lift Casterton but without much help.
Imperials held a 22 point lead over arch-enemy Hamilton and kicked away to 39 points ahead by ½ time. Coach Jake Myles starred for Imps and kicked 5 goals, Brady McDonald also booted 4 to be a thorn in Hamilton’s side. The Magpies worked their way into the game in the 3rd quarter but still trailed by 31 points. The outscored Imps in the last quarter but the margin was too great. Myles, McDonald and Hamish Waldron were best for Imperials whilst Gareth Crawford, Peter Downs and Sam Beavis played well for Hamilton.
Millicent were too quick and strong for South Gambier who barely made a tackle and had their forwards well covered. Ruckman James Bennett and Cam Haggett at centre half forward dominated at the ball-ups and provided plenty of chances for crumbing little men Hamish Gordon, Tom Hutchesson and Jon Agnew who in turn were dangerous near goal. James Paprotny was giving South an avenue to goal but Duldig and and Bryant smothered Capewell and co to make the Demons job difficult. On baller Nat Robbins was influential for Millicent who kicked away to a match-winning lead of 43 points at ¾ time. The height advantage of Millicent was telling and the Saints confirmed their improvement to win by 47 points. Joe Pratt and Hamish Gordon each kicked 4 goals for Millicent, Robbins, Steve Duldig and Joe Walker were best. James Paprotny headed South’s better players from Dion Stratford and Brad Bryant.
West Gambier started like reigning premiers, playing direct long kicking football with Josh Ransom starring around the stoppages. They had 3 goals on the board before North swung into action. Scoring early goals against the flow proved valuable for North, particularly in the 2nd quarter, when West were restricted. North had plenty of shots at goal but were spraying them everywhere. Scott Flett was having his best game for the season and Leigh Symons became effective on the ball as North went to half-time with a 16 point lead. North continued to pepper the goals but didn’t get much reward whilst West hung on doggedly through straight kicking with Tyson Ploenges goaling with almost every kick. McConnell got the 1st goal of the last term but West hit back quickly with 3 in two minutes but that was the end of the road for them. North dominated the last half of the quarter and belted through another 10 goals to win by 68 points, a decepointive margin. West’s earlier teamwork deserted them and they kicked out defence with little method or thought and North punished them for it. Key forwards McConnell and Kilsby booted 9 and 7 goals respectively to which West had no answer. Flett, Symons, Pat Perry played well for North. Ploenges kicked 6 good goals to best for West ahead of Daniel Richardson on the wing and damaging on-baller Josh Ransom, spiderlike ruckman Matt Bukovskis did well at the hit-outs but did little around the ground. North remain undefeated but Portland are on top by percentage.
Round 6 - May 19, 2012
Best: Ham Imps J. Myles, B. McDonald, H. Waldron, T. Meulendyks, J. O'Brien. Hamilton : G. Crawford, P. Downs, S. Beavis, J. Hawkins, J. Coote, N. McMahon. Goals: Hamilton Imperials : J. Myles 5, B. McDonald 4, H. Douglas 2, B. Forsyth 1, H. Waldron 1, C. Whyte 1. Hamilton : P. Downs 3, S. Beavis 2, B. Thomas 2, J. Hawkins 2, J. Riddle 1, I. Watt 1, A. Bunting 1
Best: Millicent - N. Robbins, S. Duldig, J. Walker, J. Agnew, M. Bryant, M. Bennett. South Gambier : J. Paprotny, D. Stratford, B. Bryant, J. Mullen, L. Foran. Goals: Millicent - J. Pratt 4, H. Gordon 4, T. Hutchesson 3, T. Milera 2, B. Tilley 2, N. Robbins 2, J. Walker 1, J. Hales 1, J. Agnew 1, B. Chant 1. South Gambier : J. Paprotny 4, H. Sims 2, B. O'Neil 2, C. Williams 1, J. Dowdy 1, B. Howard 1, J. Copping 1, S. Berkefeld 1, L. Capewell 1
Best: Portland - M. England, B. Bentley, S. Fleming, J. Chapman, D. Falcone, D. Kinghorn. Casterton : S. Sealey, D. Ryan, J. Broad, M. Cowland, B. Currie, J. Harvey. Goals: Portland - B. Bentley 7, J. Holt 4, J. Chapman 3, D. Kinghorn 3, S. Fleming 2, D. Falcone 2, B. Malcolm 1, J. Hayse 1, N. Haylock 1. Casterton : D. Ryan 3, M. Thurkle 2, G. Coxon 2, J. Schill 2, T. Enscoe 1, J. Clode 1
Best: North - S. Flett, L. Symons, M. Quirk, K. Opperman, A. Kilsby, P. Perry. West Gambier : T. Ploenges, D. Richardson, J. Ransom, A. Kennedy, M. Bukovskis, M. Smith. Goals: North - J. McConnell 9, A. Kilsby 7, M. Ashby 1, A. Kurzman 1, S. McInernery 1, S. Flett 1, L. Symons 1, P. Perry 1. West Gambier : T. Ploenges 6, S. Wenman 3, J. Schapel 1, B. Sutherland 1, J. Carter 1, J. Ransom 1
WEST GAMBIER IN FREEFALL TO BOTTOM
Monday 14 May, 2012
West Gambier’s fall as reigning premier took another hit when they were soundly beaten by previously winless Casterton. The Cats who had been savaged the previous round were switched on from the start and raced to a 22 point lead by ¼ time with spearhead Dylan Ryan playing inspired footy. Buoyed with confidence the Cats left a disjointed West in their wake with a dominating 2nd term in which they added 6 goals to two and lead by 42 points at the long break. Rohan Cleary, ruckman Julian Schill and Ryan continued to play allover their opponents. West mounted a revival with 5 goals in the 3rd term and closed the gap to 19 points when Tory Weaver, Daron McElroy and wingman Al Kennedy lifted the workrate. Casterton steadied in the last quarter as West’s run faltered allowing the Cats to win by 24 points. Ryan booted 6 goals in a best afield display for Casterton and Cleary, Schill, Richard Smith and Brandon Currie gave plenty of support. West struggled for better players after Weaver, McElroy and Kennedy.
Portland appeared to have the game against all but wrapped at ½ time when they led Hamilton by 38 points. Beau Bentley was a big winner on the forward line and Marcus England was gathering possessions at will, Daniel Falcone was also continuing his good form. Hamilton had other ideas however and slowly worked their way into the game without ever looking like winners. Bustling David Andrivon, four goals, Michael Ross and Jesse Hawkins provided more drive although the margin was still threethree points in favor of Portland at ¾ time. The Victorian Tigers were in cruise mode and Hamilton perservered and outscored them in the final term but it was all too late and Portland won by 2three points. Bentley booted 6 goals and Marcus England dominated to be Portland’s best. Ross, Gareth Crawford, Hawkins and Andrivon give some future hope for Hamilton.
South and East Gambier met in a local derby that fell short on quality but had closeness of scores, especially in the 1st half when both sides had only 2 goals each on the board. The skill level was down and turnovers were a feature, even from the highly skilled such as Jon Copping, Simon Berkefeld for South and Chris Anderson for East. South gradually drew clear in the 3rd quarter to lead by 9 points at the last change. They were making slightly fewer errors than East and goals to veteran Heath Sims and classy Bret O’Neil sealed East’s fate late in the last quarter as South came away to win by 20 points in a low scoring game. South defenders Brad Bryant, Brodie Foster and Jed Mullen played well for South and likewise Nick Lock, Chris Povey and Martin Coote for East.
Millicent won a danger game against improving Imperials by 15 points. Imps wasted chances with poor finishing in the 1st quarter whilst Millicent scored three valuable goals against the flow. Tim Milera was giving Imps defenders nightmares as the Saints kepoint Imperials almost scoreless and raced to four goal lead at ½ time. Imps hit back strongly in the threerd term with Jake Myles, Tim Meulendyks and Hugh Douglas active on the forward line. Millicent trailed by 5 points but had the wind to finish and that’s what they did. Keeping Imps at bay and adding four goals the Saints caused something of an upset to win by 15 points. Steve Duldig and fellow defender Reece Duncan were amongst the better players ahead of clever forward Tim Milera who kicked 5 goals. Jason McIntosh, Callum Kanoniuk and Matt Newell were best for a disappointing Imps.
Round 5 - May 12, 2012
Best: South - B. Bryant, J. Mullen, B. Howard, B. Foster, D. Stratford, L. Foran. East Gambier : N. Lock , C. Povey, A. Wilson, M. Coote. Goals: South - H. Sims 2, S. Berkefeld 2, L. Capewell 2, B. O'Neil 2, B. Howard 1. East Gambier : S. Phillips 1, N. Lock 1, C. Anderson 1, K. Thomson 1, M. Dempsey 1
Best: Portland - M. England, B. Bentley, D. Falcone, L. Van Heugten, S. Fleming, S. Anson. Hamilton : M. Ross, G. Crawford, J. Hawkins, D. Andrivon, W. Lenehan, C. Murrie. Goals: Portland - B. Bentley 6, J. Holt 3, J. Blacksell 1, M. Herbertson 1, D. O'Loughlin 1, J. Van Heugten 1, K. Spencer 1. Hamilton : D. Andrivon 4, S. Picken 2, J. Riddle 2, T. Wardle 1, G. Robertson 1, B. Thomas 1
Best: Casterton - D. Ryan, R. Cleary, J. Schill, R. Smith, B. Currie, J. Clode. West Gambier : T. Weaver, D. McElroy, A. Kennedy, R. Walker, A. Kamara, B. Sutherland. Goals: Casterton - D. Ryan 6, M. Cowland 2, J. Clode 2, J. Schill 2, R. Cleary 1, T. Killey 1. West Gambier : J. Schapel 2, N. Easterbrook 2, T. Weaver 1, L. Collins 1, N. Allen 1, B. Sutherland 1, R. Walker 1, D. McElroy 1, A. Kamara 1
Best: Millicent - S. Duldig, R. Duncan, B. Tilley, T. Milera, J. Walker, S. Withers. Hamilton Imperials - J. McIntosh, C. Kanoniuk, M. Newell, H. Waldron, L. McDonald, J. Meulendyks. Goals: Millicent - T. Milera 5, M. Bennett , C. Haggett , J. Rehn , H. Gordon , B. Tilley , J. Agnew , T. Hutchesson. Hamilton Imperials - T. Meulendyks 3, J. Myles 2, H. Douglas 2, J. Meulendyks , B. McDonald , H. Waldron
ROUND 4 WRAP - May 7, 2012
South Gambier took winless Casterton to the cleaners with veterans Leigh Capewell (11 goals) and Heath Sims (six) reviving memories of their younger days. Centerman Bret O’Neil was another to star for South and defender Luke Foran cut off any Casterton forward moves. The Cats tried hard but were just outclassed. Dylan Ryan, Brandon Currie and Mark Cowland kepoint battling to the end but South won by 115 points.
East Gambier defeated Hamilton in what was something of a danger game. The SA Bulldogs were quickly into stride and led by 5 goals at quarter-time with mobile forward Shem Balshaw in top form. East kept Hamilton goal-less in the 1st half and had the game well under control with a 49 point lead. Hamilton showed more fight in the 2nd half but the damage had been done and East again kicked away in the last quarter to win by 58 points. Balshaw booted six goals and was best on ground for East, speedsters Jason and Shawn Phillips and Jayden Eldridge all played well.
Hamilton paid dearly for a poor start and only salvaged pride in the 2nd half. Former umpire Ian Watt was Hamilton’s best along with Angus Brown and Charles Murrie.
West Gambier matched Portland in the 1st half and showed glimpses of last seasons form. The scores were even at ½ time but Portland edged ahead in the 3rd quarter with Marcus England and Daniel Falcone starting to dominate. Young defender Joel Mirtschin shut out West’s forwards but the game was still in the balance at ¾ time. Portland stormed home with 9 goals to three as West faded badly. Portland won comfortably by 58 points and remain undefeated whilst West are still looking for their 1st win in 2012 but it may not be far away. Mark Bouchier, speedy Al Kennedy and defender Joel Carter played well for West.
North Gambier overcame a spirited Imperials who may have got a win but for sloppy finishing near goal. Imps failed to take advantage of the breeze and North kicked six goals in the 1st quarter and lead by 17 points. The 2nd quarter was riddled with poor disposal on both sides with the ball being turned over constantly. Both teams booted 3 goals but North maintained their 17 point lead. Imps got on top in the 3dr quarter and kepoint North goal-less and exposed some holes in their game. Jarrod O’Brien had done a great tagging job on North’s O’Grady until an unseemly belt in the guts stopped him and allowed O’Grady to goal and give North a handy break in the last quarter. North stretched their lead to 30 points deep into the game but Imps kepoint at them and closed the margin to 20 points at the finish. North’s better players were patchy with defenders Quirk, Tim McInerney and Callum Hudson doing well along with on-baller Adam Kurzman. O’Brien was Imps best ahead of veteran Brent Forsyth, Brady McDonald and Josh Meulendyks. Coach Jake Myles finished with 4 goals but he and Hugh Douglas were wasteful inside 50 and missed at least six very gettable chances.
Round 4 scores - May 5, 2012
Best: North Gambier : M. Quirk, T. McInerney, C. Hudson, L. Herring, T. Hosking, J. Woodall. Hamilton Imperials : J. O'Brien, B. Forsyth, B. McDonald, J. Meulendyks, A. Pepper, H. Waldron. Goals: North Gambier - J. McConnell 3, A. Kurzman 2, A. Kilsby 2, G. Soper 2, N. Blachut 1, R. O'Grady 1, D. Hudson 1, T. Hosking 1, J. Woodall 1. Hamilton Imperials : J. Myles 4, J. Meulendyks 2, B. Forsyth 1, H. Douglas 1, B. McDonald 1, J. Franklin 1
Best: South - L. Capewell, B. O'Neil, L. Foran, H. Sims, J. Mullen. Casterton : D. Ryan, B. Currie, M. Cowland, R. Cleary, J. Shannon, G. Coxon. Goals: South - L. Capewell 11, H. Sims 6, S. Berkefeld 4, B. Carracher 3, J. Paprotny 2, C. Williams 1, R. Horsfall 1, B. Howard 1, B. Bryant 1. Casterton : D. Ryan 3, K. Forbes 2, G. Coxon 2, D. Wombwell 1, B. Currie 1, J. Shannon 1, J. Schill 1
Best: East - S. Balshaw, J. Phillips, J. Eldridge, S. Phillips, C. Anderson, M. Coote. Hamilton : I. Watt, A. Brown, C. Murrie, W. Lenehan, D. Logan, T. Wardle. Goals - East Gambier : S. Balshaw 6, S. Phillips 2, J. Phillips 2, J. Fry 2, S. Fleming 2, J. Harrap 1, K. Thomson 1. Hamilton : T. Wardle 3, D. Logan 2, B. Thomas 1, S. Picken 1, J. Riddle 1
ROUND THREE report from Terry Willoughby
April 30, 2012
The 3rd round was completed on Saturday when East Gambier had an easy 69 point win over Casterton who clearly lack the depth of the better teams. Casterton fought hard to limit East but broke down across half-forward where the East defenders, Nick Lock, Chris Povey and Frazer Scanlon cleared repeatedly. East were also missing key players Coote and Roscow but it made little difference. East forced Casterton to play very wide where their skill level was sorely tested and resulted in many kicks going out on the full. Jason and Shaun Phillips used their speed to find the open spaces and each booted 3 goals. Youngster Jason cowland, Rohan Cleary and Julian Schill battled manfully against the odds but East were too good.
Millicent withstood a serious 3rd quarter challenge from Hamilton who trailed 34 points at ½ time. The Saints had clever Tim Milera to boot 4 goals and Michael Bennett 3 to cause problems for Hamilton’s defenders. Hamilton stormed back into the game with 6 goals to one and trail by only 4 points at the last change. Rugged David Andrivon booted 4 goals to give Hamilton a chance but their challenge faded and Millicent regained poise to win by 20 points. Joe Walker, Brad Tilley, on-baller Jon Agnew and ruckman Cam Haggett were best for Millicent. Hamilton tried hard but needed more players to contribute.
West Gambier’s disastrous season continued when Imperials charged to a 7 goal lead by quarter-time and effectively sew up the game. Erratic kicking for goal took some gloss of the win but Imps were never in danger with coach, ex Sturt player Jake Myles booting 7 goals and big Hugh Douglas 6. West with only 7 premiership players were never in the game. Matt Newell continued his good form to be best afield for Imps, Brady McDonald and Jarrod O’Brien also played well. It was a forlorn day for West as Imps strolled to a 69 point win.
Round 3 - April 28, 2012
Best - East Gambier : Chris Povey, Jason Phillips, Jayden Eldridge, Nick Lock , Christopher Anderson, Frazer Scanlon. Casterton : Mark Cowland, Rohan Cleary, Dylan Ryan, Julian Schill, Simon Sealey, Brandon Currie. Goals: East Gambier : Shaun Phillips 3, Jason Phillips 3, Christopher Anderson 2, Todd Eldridge 2, Travis Younghusband 1, Jayden Eldridge 1, Frazer Scanlon 1, Scott Fleming 1, Kevin Thomson 1, Matt Dempsey 1. Casterton : Dylan Ryan 3, Ricky Killey 2, Grant Coxon 1, Sam Penfold 1
Best: Millicent : Joe Walker, Bradley Tilley, Jonathan Agnew, Cameron Haggett, Tom Hutchesson, Michael Bennett. Hamilton : David Andrivon, Ian Watt, Billy McNeil, Gareth Crawford, William Lenehan, Andrew Bunting. Goals: Millicent - Timothy Milera 4, Michael Bennett 3, Nathaniel Robbins 1, Justin Meek 1, Joseph Pratt 1, Joe Walker 1, Jonathan Agnew 1. Hamilton : David Andrivon 4, Damien Logan 1, Brad Thomas 1, Gareth Crawford 1, Charles Murrie 1
Best: Hamilton Imperials : Christopher Quinn, Christopher Huggins, Matthew Wishart, David Glare, Jack Goss, Brad Cameron. West Gambier : Niall Easterbrook, Steven Easterbrook, Joshua Schapel, John Barnes, Yuki Akita. Goals: Hamilton Imperials : Christopher Huggins 6, Benjamin Taylor 2, Matthew Wishart 2, Steve Hurley 2, Paul Cleaver 1. West Gambier : Steven Easterbrook 2, John Barnes 2, Joshua Schapel 1, David Haskins 1, Niall Easterbrook 1, Jack Marsden 1, Luke Patching 1, Ryan Judd 1
NORTH GAMBIER WIN ANZAC CLASH
The annual ANZAC Day clash between South and North Gambier attracted a very good crowd despite the indifferent weather. Both sides were missing key players because of injury.
The first quarter was very even and South kept a tight watch on key North players such as McConnell, Kurzman and co but the loss of Peter Harten to injury was a cruel blow. North led by just 6 points. North slowly gained the ascendancy as South were forced to recast positions. Careless field kicking turned the ball over at crucial times as South went forward and North made them pay although they continued to battle hard with Simon Berkefeld and Bret O’Neil winning many possessions around the stoppages and mid-field. Richard O’Grady and Callum Hudson were strong across half-back for North and Matt Berkefeld struggled to get into the game at full forward for South and North held an 8 point lead.
North went further ahead in the 3rd quarter with goals to Soper and McConnell and South struggled to stay in touch but a late goal to James Paprotny kepoint North’s lead to 18 points at ¾ time.
North were now on top in most areas and stretched the margin 32 points. They had more effective forwards and a strong defence that repelled most South attacks. Better players for North were Tim McInerney at full back, Richard O’Grady who was awarded the Casadio Medal for best afield, Kilsby and Kurzman. James Paprotny was South’s only winning forward and booted 4 goals, Dion Stratford was strong and reliable at half-back
ANZAC DAY SCORES
Best: North - T. McInerney, R. O'Grady, D. Nulty, A. Kilsby, A. Kurzman, J. Woodall. South - J. Paprotny, B. O'Neil, D. Stratford. Goals: North - J. McConnell 3, G. Soper 3, A. Kurzman 2, A. Kilsby 2, J. Woodall 2, P. Perry 2. South - J. Paprotny 4, R. Paterson , J. Dowdy , J. Primer , B. Howard , B. O'Neil
SOUTH GIVE IT TO THE PREMIERS
FROM TERRY WILLOUGHBY
APRIL 23, 2012
West Gambier unfurled their 2011 Premiership flag in front of the faithful against South Gambier in WB but that’s where the celebration ended. The local derby looked likely to provide a close finish when South led only by 3 points at quarter time and by a point at the long break. West had plenty of chances but couldn’t capitalize and South had only Matt Berkefeld on the forward line as the difference. Star on-baller Simon Berkefeld was constant problem for West and linked many passages of play for his brother to finish and returnee Brent Howard relished playing with freedom after battling the odds for Casterton. South edged ahead by a couple of goals at ¾ time and West looked in trouble. South turned up the heat in the last quarter with Paprotny on the ball and Williams across half-back having a big influence. The Demons stormed home to win by 57 points.
Portland were given a huge fright by Imperials. The Victorian Tigers looked comfortable when leading by 13 points at quarter-time with on-ballers England and Rhys Egan playing well and forward Beau Bentley lively near goals. Imps took control with a 7 goal burst in the 2nd term when coach Jake Myles and big Hugh Douglas got going in the forward line along with Matt Newell and Hamish Waldron. Portland now had a real battle on their hands and goals were hard to get in the 3rd quarter with Imps still ahead narrowly by 3 points. The lead changed several times in the last quarter but Imps wouldn’t lie down. Portland coach Jarrod Holt had been useful with 4 goals and now he steadied his team in the final minutes to win by 3 points. Best for Portland were Marcus England, Egan and Luke van Heughton. Imps will rue the loss as a missed opportunity but the future looks better. Best for them were Matt Newell, Andrew Pepper, Callum Kanoniuk and Hamish Waldron.
Millicent shook off a battling Casterton after scores were level at quarter-time. They restricted Casterton to just one behind in the middle quarters and added 12 goals to have the game wrapped up at the last change. Ruckman Cam Haggett dominated around the stoppages and marking contests giving small men Joe Walker, Tim Milera and Tom Hutchesson plenty of chances. Steve Duldig dominated the backlines and Millicent slammed another 8 goals in the last quarter to win by a massive 107 points. The Cats had only battling better palyers in Jedd Clode, Brandon Currie and Mark Cowland.
In the other local derby North Gambier overcame a determined East after ½ time. The SA Tigers were always in front but again wasted chances and East with solid work by defenders Martin Coote and Frazer Scanlon kepoint East in touch. North broke clear in the 3rd term when Justin McConnell booted 3 of his 6 goals and the Tigers shot to a 37 point lead. Just when the game looked over for East they hit back with quick goals Kev Thomson and Shem Balshaw to close the gap. A goal after the ¾ time siren gave East some chance but the challenge faded in the last quarter and North held on to win by 28 points. Wingman Nick Blachut did well for North as did former Glenelg recruit Richard O’Grady and Anthony Kilsby. Big Scott Fleming played strongly in the ruck for East, Jason Phillips and Shem Balshaw tried hard to lift East but the rest played in patches.
Round 2 scores - April 21, 2012
BEST, Portland : M. England, R. Egan, L. Van Heugten, J. Kane, D. O'Loughlin, B. Bentley. Hamilton Imperials : M. Newell, A. Pepper, C. Kanoniuk, H. Waldron, J. Myles, J. McIntosh. GOALS, Portland : J. Holt 4, D. O'Loughlin 3, B. Bentley 3, D. Falcone 1, R. Egan 1, J. Mirtschin 1, M. England 1. Hamilton Imperials : J. Myles 3, H. Douglas 3, T. Meulendyks 3, B. Forsyth 2, R. Morris 1, S. Hasell 1, J. McIntosh 1
BEST, North Gambier : N. Blachut, R. O'Grady, A. Kilsby, A. Kurzman, D. Nulty, M. Chapman. East Gambier – S. Fleming, J. Phillips, S. Balshaw, T. Younghusband, K. Thomson, C. Povey Goals, North Gambier : J. Mcconnell 6, A. Kurzman 2, M. Quirk 2, A. Kilsby 2, N. Blachut 1, C. Hudson 1, P. Perry 1. East Gambier :
BEST, Millicent : C. Haggett, S. Duldig, J. Walker, T. Hutchesson, S. Withers, J. Rehn. Casterton : J. Clode, B. Currie, M. Cowland, S. Sealey, J. Galpin, J. Smith Goals, Millicent : J. Meek 3, T. Milera 3, J. Weir 3, J. Pratt 3, M. Bennett 2, J. Rehn 2, T. Hutchesson 2, M. Reilly 1, J. Agnew 1, C. Haggett 1, S. Duldig 1. Casterton : P. Milich 2, D. Ryan 2, J. Smith 1, J. Schill 1
EAST BEATS WEST IN LOCAL DERBY
April 16, 2012
by Terry Willoughby
West Gambier and East Gambier clashed in the 1st local derby of Western Border football for 2012. The reigning premier has lost plenty of quality players including its powerful midfield and livewire forward Jarrod Ryan. The game was riddled with mistakes and scarcely a passage of play was complete without a turnover. West s’ forwards were outpointed continually by East defenders Martin Coote and Matt Roscow and East got an early couple of goals to lead by 11 points. The scrambly play continued and mistakes were plentiful and goals hard to come by. East slowly stretched the lead to 18 points at the last change but West were still in touch in a very low scoring game. Fitness was starting to show with players tiring in the warm weather and West looked a little stronger but wasted many chances with poor kicking and fell 12 points short at the end. Chris Povey was East’s best, Anthony Wilson, Jesse Fry and Matt Roscow all played usefully. West had good service from Riordan Walker, Nicholas Martin and Abdullah Kamara but no effective forwards.
Hamilton and Casterton are both favored for the wooden spoon but one of them at least started with a win and it was Hamilton. The game was closely fought with the lead changing hands each quarter and only 10 points between them at ¾ time with Hamilton just ahead. The Magpies with superior fitness finished strongly with 4 last quarter goals to win by 18 points although the margin could have been greater. Pete Downs, Angus Brown and David Andrivon were best for Hamilton whilst Charles Murrie and new coach Brad Thomas booted 4 and 3 goals respectively.
South Gambier started well against Portland and held an 11 point lead at quarter time. Portland with greater depointh started to gain control in the 2nd term and when veteran South forward Leigh Capewell was yellow carded for 15 minutes the game changed. South flooded back and held the Tigers up for some time but 3 late goals gave them a 17 point lead at ½ time. Portland threatened to take over completely in the 3rd term but South always managed a goal to keep in touch but never quite got on terms. Portland coach Jarrod Holt put the game beyond South’s reach with a burst of 3 goals which gave him 7 for the day and his team cruised in by 33 points. Ball magnet Marcus England was best afield for Portland and booted 4 goals, bustling Tim Chester and new skipper Rhys Egan also played well. Tireless South midfielder Brett O’Neil, James Paprotny and Brodie Foster did well for south.
North Gambier started brilliantly against Millicent and stormed to an early 5 goal lead. Millicent regrouped and gradually clawed their way back with 5 goals to two and trailed by just 10 points at the ½ time break. North skipped away again in the 3rd term but wasted many chances that should have sealed the game by ¾ time but 6-9 was a poor return. Millicent’s 2 goals kepoint them in touch but North’s superior fitness was crucial as they kicked away at the end to record a 30 point win. Former Millicent utility player Troy Hosking was best for North, Josh Woodall and Adam Kurzman played well whilst coach McConnell booted 4goals. Cam Haggett was the best bigman afield for Millicent and Tim Milera booted 3 goals.
Round 1 scores - April 14, 2012
East Gambier 2.2, 4.3, 6.4, 8.4 (52)
Hamilton 2.5, 6.8, 9.9, 13.15 (93)
Best, Hamilton : Peter Downs, Angus Brown, David Andrivon, Charles Murrie, Sam Weston, Michael Ross. Casterton : Dylan Ryan, Mark Cowland, Grant Coxon, Matthew Thurkle, Daniel Wombwell. Goals, Hamilton: Charles Murrie 4, Brad Thomas 3, David Andrivon 3, Damien Logan 2, Guyatt Robertson 1.
Best, Portland : Marcus England, Timothy Chester, Marcus Amor, Daniel Falcone, Rhys Egan, Samuel Anson. South Gambier : Brett O'Neil, James Paprotny, Brodie Foster, Dion Stratford, Luke Foran. Goals, Portland : Jarrod Holt 7, Marcus England 4, Joshua Chapman 2, Beau Bentley 2, Daniel Falcone 1, Dennis O'Loughlin 1, Justin Van Heugten 1. South Gambier : Matthew Berkefeld 4, Leigh Capewell 4, Simon Berkefeld 3, James Paprotny 1, Brent Howard 1
Best – North: Troy Hosking, Joshua Woodall, Adam Kurzman, Glen Soper, Richard O'grady. Millicent - Cameron Haggett, James Weir, Joe Walker, Justin Rehn, Ryan Hutchesson. Goals: North - Justin Mcconnell 4, Adam Kurzman 3, Nick Blachut 2, Troy Hosking 2, Mayson Ashby 1, Anthony Kilsby 1, Joshua Woodall 1, Scott Flett 1. Millicent - Timothy Milera 3, Cameron Haggett 2, Tyson Lindsay 1, Justin Meek 1, Justin Rehn 1, Hamish Gordon 1, Matthew Bryant 1, Jonathan Agnew 1
WEST MAKE IT BACK TO BACK
by Terry Willoughby - September 19, 2011
West Gambier won its second flag in a row in Western Border football with a strong display against North Gambier.
North Gambier won the toss and kicked with the aid of a 2-3 goal breeze. It was a tough start with neither side conceding an inch but North were the first to score but defences had held firm at both ends before Kilsby marked and goaled from 35 metres.
North were having plenty of the play but broke down ahead of centre when sloppy kicking turned the ball over and West capitalized through the mercurial Jarrod Ryan who goaled twice and loomed as a big danger. Daniel Richardson was reported for striking for West and sent off which enabled North to assume some sort of control but they only kicked points when goals were desperately needed.
The powerful West midfield runners started to have an influence but Tom Holmes goal was disallowed and North attacked from defence where Ferguson-Lane made a shocking error that let Kilsby in for a North goal and they led by 5 points at ¼ time. The play had been fast and furious but North should have been further ahead.
West quickly asserted their influence after McConnell missed a very gettable goal. Martin goaled for West after an earlier miss and Ransom was dynamic with several long runs around the outer wing that finished with piercing left foot kicks. West were having trouble finding the target but North couldn’t get past the 50m arc as West controlled play around the midfield and stoppages.
Bromley’s mark and goal put West 9 points up as North lost Cam Campbell in a heavy clash. West could have sewn the game up but for bad kicking but they were causing North all sorts of problems as Weaver took a screamer but another miss resulted. Ryan bobbed up again to goal near the quarter’s end and Ploenges snapped truly to give West a 28 point lead at half-time.
North needed quick goals but they had very few goalkickers or effective forwards whilst West had plenty of players willing to run into space and provide targets. Despite having the breeze West outscored and outplayed North but were still plagued by inaccuracy but the result was an all but forgone conclusion as North were looking a tired team and trailed by 36 points.
The last quarter was something of a formality as West were in complete control. Goals to Cowell, Bourchier and Ryan put the margin out to nearly 10 goals but belated goals to McConnell and Stafford for North gained a little respectability. McConnell scored his 100th goal for the season but barely anyone noticed as West charged forward again for the elusive Ransom to goal and West coast home by 49 points. They had been too quick and skilful with a depth of midfield talent that couldn’t be contained.
Luke Davey was chosen as best afield for West and they had many fine players including Dylan Bromley and Tim O’Brien who marked strongly around the ground and rucked well, Josh Ransom and livewire forward Jarrod Ryan who kicked 4 goals.
North’s better players showed out early but were worn down by numbers. Adam Kurzman won plenty of kicks despite a heavy knock, Pat Perry also tried hard but lacked effectiveness, Cameron Campbell cut off many attacks and Justin McConnell booted 5 goals which should have been more but for inaccuracy.
West Gambier were clearly the best team throughout the season and deservedly won the premiership in convincing fashion, plenty of jubilation was shown but not a lot of handshakes were exchanged, maybe humility is a thing of the past!
Grand Final - September 17, 2011
GOALS, West Gambier : Jarrod Ryan 4, Nicholas Martin 2, Mark Bourchier 2, Dylan Bromley 2, Tom Holmes 2, Clinton Cowell 1, Josh Ransom 1, Jamie Croker 1, Tyson Ploenges 1. North Gambier : Justin McConnell 5, Anthony Kilsby 2, Patrick Perry 1, Bradley Stafford 1. BEST, West Gambier : Dylan Bromley, Tim O'Brien, Luke Davey, Joel Carter, Josh Ransom, Jarrod Ryan. North Gambier : David Nulty, Adam Kurzman, Justin McConnell, Patrick Perry, Lachlan Herring, Cameron Campbell