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NORTH MAUL WEST IN GRAND FINAL DECIDER

by Terry Willoughby

Chief South-East Football correspondent

North Gambier made a good start in defence of their 2012 Premiership in the 1st quarter, but wasted many of the opportunities with sloppy finishing in front of goal. David Nulty was winning at the ball ups for North but mobile West ruckman Daron McElroy was influential around the ground and constantly drove his team forward.
North continued to spray the ball about and coach McConnell was one of the culprits even though he slotted through a couple. West’s prime movers Wilson and Holmes were under notice but North’s Richie O’Grady and Kurzman were making life difficult for them.
North got away to a 17 point lead but three well constructed goals to West, two to Allen and one to Wenman pulled the margin back to just 5 points at quarter time.
McConnell was looming as the game breaker for North when he kicked his 4th early in the 2nd quarter after clever positioning and strong leading. West’s Wenman showed some frustration and Ferguson-Lane was switched to mind the dangerous North coach. West again clawed back the margin when North got away to a 3 goal lead. Late goals reduced the margin to just 7 points at ½ time and West were right in the contest despite North having more of the play.
On-baller Troy Hosking was good at the stoppages for North and Brock Egan and Nic Moretti’s outside run also caused problems for West. Sam Robson had done well in defence for West and Tom Holmes got plenty of kicks across the mid-field.
North started the 3rd quarter positively but West clung on. North got early goals before West replied but when Brad Wilson’s miss-kick was marked on the goal-line without a West forward in sight North seized the moment. The Tigers quickly slammed on five goals with slick play-on football where Justin McConnell turned the West defence inside out to kick his 5th and 6th goals
With Moretti, Kurzman and O’Grady joining in as the lead suddenly blew out to 36 points. West were powerless to halt the onslaught as North piled on ten goals to one for the quarter and hold a match-winning 60 points lead at the last change.
North were on top almost everywhere with West trying to limit the damage. McElroy, Robson and Holmes continued to battle hard for West but undisciplined play from Wenman and Rowan Fox gifted goals to North and saw Fox yellow carded for an incident 150 m behind play which reduced West to 17 men for a vital 15 minutes.
Brad Wilson was now getting valuable touches for West as the last quarter began but many West players had no impact against fierce North Gambier tackling. West were now playing for pride but North still went forward easily with Flett roaming wide from half forward to take strong marks and Hudson closing West out at centre half-back.
Nic Allen, starved of chances in the middle quarters for West found space on the lead and kicked two goals and Wilson another as West outscored North but never threatened. North cruised to a 45 point win and secured their 2nd flag in two years, 18-12 to West Gambier 10-15.
North had many good players with coach Justin McConnell winning the inaugural Mick Ryan medal for best on ground for his 7 goal effort at full forward where he tortured the West defence, Richie O’Grady won many kicks all over the ground and used them well, Cal Hudson at half-back, Kurzman, Hosking and Nulty were also strong performers. For West it was a different story. Their best were Sam Robson in defence, Daron McElroy for his tireless work around the ground, Tom Holmes in the mid-field, Brad Wilson who never stopped giving against tough opposition and Nic Allen with 4 goals. The senior premiership capped a big day for the Tigers who also won the Reserves and Under 17 flags.

Grand Final - September 21, 2013

North

3.6

6.6

16.9

18.12 (120)

West

3.1

5.5

6.9

10.15 (75)

Best:  North - R. O''Grady, B. Egan, T. Hosking, A. Kurzman, J. McConnell, C. Hudson. West - L. Morton, S. Robson, N. Allen, T. Holmes, L. Collins, S. Wenman.  Goals: North - J. McConnell 7, A. Kurzman 2, N. Moretti 2, B. Egan , R. O''Grady , G. Soper , N. Blachut , S. Flett , A. Kilsby , L. Symons. West - N. Allen 4, T. Holmes , J. Ryan , B. Wilson , D. McElroy , S. Wenman , E. King

PRELIM GOES TO WEST GAMBIER IN CLOSING MINUTES

by Terry Willoughby - 16 September 2013

West Gambier had the better of the 1st quarter of the Prelim final even though scoring was difficult with dour defence by both teams. South looked dangerous with Exelby threatening at full forward but West’s prime movers in McElroy and Brad Wilson were giving plenty of drive around the mid-field despite Jak Ryan’s dominance at the stoppages.

South again had key playmaker Bret O’Neil playing too much behind centre which West exploited through the penetrative kicking of Doug Lloyd and Tom Holmes. West’s forwards had trouble breaking clear of South’s Jed Mullen and Josh Wilson and it was Wests’ Wilson and Rowan Fox who provided goals from long-range to give West a 13 point lead.

 South got on top in the 2nd term with Brent Howard playing strongly on the ball and Carracher using his pace to break into the clear. South bombarded the goals but lacked some precision in their play which enabled West to stay in touch and a late goal saw West only trailing by 5 points at ½ time. South had dominated most of the play in the 2nd quarter but had little to show for it.

West started the 3rd quarter looking much better with Wilson and McElroy having a strong influence in nearly all forward moves. The South defence became ragged and turned the ball over repeatedly as West challenged. The South forwards were starved of chances as Wenman and under-rated defenders Kamara and Dolan cut off many attacks. Four 3rd quarter goals gave West an 11 point lead at the last change and they looked to be going stronger.

South made a brilliant start to the last quarter and looked likely to gone on with the game when Brett Exelby kicked two quick goals to give South the lead. Play went back and forth as defenders at both ends beat off many attacks. West leveled the scores and the South then did likewise. Wenman stood out at full-back for West and even though he wasn’t best on ground he certainly was a matchwinner or matchsaver depending on your outlook. He saved West several times with strong marks whilst South just bombed away and saw chances go begging.

West resisted everything South threw at them and scoring dried up completely until West’s Rowan Fox goaled with only minutes remaining to give West a 6 point lead. Another point followed to make South’s task even harder with time running out. Exelby again marked close to goal but missed what he should have kicked. Only a goal separated the teams as West hung on grimly to win and enter their 3rd Grand final in 4 years. Best players for West were Daron McElroy for his tireless work around the ground, Brad Wilson, Tom Holmes, Doug Lloyd, Steve Wenman and Dolan in defence. South’s better performers were Exelby, Jak Ryan at the stoppages, Howard, Jed Mullen and Brad Cordy. West Gambier 11-13 defeated South Gambier 10-13.           

Preliminary Final - September 14, 2013

West

5.5

6.10

10.11

11.13 (79)

South

3.4

7.9

8.12

10.13 (73)

Best:  West - L. Collins, D. McElroy, B. Wilson, D. Lloyd, T. Holmes, R. Fox. South – B. Exelby, J. Ryan, B. Howard, B. Cordy, B. Bryant, J. Wilson.  Goals: West - B. Wilson 3, R. Fox 3, T. Holmes 2, E. King , D. McElroy , S. Wenman. South - B. Exelby 4, J. Ryan 2, B. Cordy , B. Bryant , L. Duncan , T. Currie

NORTH GAMBIER SMASH SOUTH IN SECOND SEMI-FINAL

by Terry Willoughby - 9 September 2013

North Gambier assumed control early in the Western Border 2nd Semi with 4 goals to one, with better disposal and outside run a feature. South Gambier appeared to have a defensive plan from the start and struggled to get any drive around the mid-field despite Jak Ryan doing well at the ball-ups. It was the North on-ballers doing the damage with Richie O’Grady prominent and Kurzman also after coming off the interchange bench.

North’s outside runners in Nick Moretti and Brock Egan were cutting South apart across the centre and carried the ball deep into attack where North coach Justin McConnell was giving the South defenders the runaround. South coach Luke Duncan was battling hard but lacked support and his team’s kicking was often ill-directed which gave the clever Exelby little chance although he managed South’s only goal with North ahead by 21 points.

It was much the same in the 2nd term and South persisted with key playmaker Bret O’Neil playing behind centre to add an extra defender but North continued to find a way through. Many South players were missing in action as North went further ahead with goals to Stafford, Egan and Moretti whose pace was killing South. The Demons scarcely had anyone breaking even let alone winning although Duncan was still in there battling and Jake Dowdy had his moments. North were winning in nearly every position and raced to a 43 point lead at the ½ time break.

South made some early inroads into Norths’ lead but quick goals to McConnell and Moretti restored the lead. South could make no impression and they now had Exelby on the ball to get some drive but they were badly beaten on the forward line where Brad Cordy provided the only highlight with a great mark and goal. South’s inability to win around the stoppages was causing some frustration for feisty Brent Howard and he tangled with Norths’ Troy Hosking on several occasions but the Tigers forged to a 41 point lead at ¾ time.

North controlled play all day, holding it up when necessary and running South ragged when in the open spaces. Their defenders spoiled any marking contests and the ball carriers, Egan, Kurzman, Moretti and Hosking swepoint aside the South tacklers. South needed to take all the risks entering the last quarter and got the 1st goal through Exelby, their only forward but still trailed by 35 points. North stung, roared back into action with McConnell running riot on the forward line between occasional runs around the mid-field. The Tigers piled on the last 8 goals of the match to completely over-run South who had their worst day of the season whilst North made an emphatic statement of what might in store for the Grand Final. South now have to re-group quickly to fend off next weeks challenge from West Gambier in the Prelim final. Norths’ best were easy to find with Moretti, Brock Egan, Hosking, Kurzman, O’Grady and McConnell all prominent and hardly a poor performer anywhere. For a despondent South it was a different story and only Luke Duncan, Dowdy, Ryan and Exelby with 4 goals showed much fight. North through the Grand Final by 87 points, 20-15 to 7-6.

Second Semi Final - September 7, 2013

North

4.3

9.9

12.11

20.15 (135)

South

1.0

3.2

6.6

7.6 (48)

Best:  North - T. Hosking, A. Kurzman, N. Moretti, R. O''Grady, B. Egan. South -  L. Duncan, B. Cordy, J. Dowdy. Goals: North - J. McConnell 5, N. Moretti 5, B. Egan 3, B. Stafford 2, G. Soper , M. Chapman , T. Hosking , A. Kurzman , S. Flett. South - B. Exelby 4, T. Currie , L. Duncan , B. Cordy

WEST GAMBIER A THREAT AFTER LICKING THE CATS IN FIRST SEMI

by Terry Willoughby - 2 September 2013

West Gambier easily accounted for an over-awed Casterton in the Western Border League 1st semi final. West kicked against the breeze in the first quarter but dominated the early play with Rowan Fox bobbing up as an unlikely goal-kicker with two before Casterton managed to get some forward movement.

West looked sharper around the mid-field where slightly built James Waugh won plenty of kicks and used them well. Casterton struggled for good players with only coach Dylan Ayton and ruckman Adam McKenzie being up for the contest.

Every time the Cats went forward they were repelled by the tight defence of West with both Steve Wenman and under-rated Tom Dolan doing well. Two late goals eased the tension for Casterton but West took control in the 2nd term with Brad Wilson and Tom Holmes outclassing all-comers around the mid-field and stoppages. West had a strong target up forward in Nic Allen who was giving the Cat’s defence the run around. The Casterton back-line was under constant siege and costly mistakes allowed West in for goals to lead by 42 points at ½ time.

The 3rd quarter was tighter as Casterton battled hard to get back in the game but wayward kicking hindered their work and West again outscored them. Ayton and McKenzie were trying very hard and Alex Richardson repelled many West attacks but the lead blew out to 48 points at the last change. Wilson and Holmes continued to win stacks of kicks and the erratic Jarrod Ryan took a screamer when he almost crashed into the sky deep in the forward pocket. West had the game in their keeping as Casterton’s frustrations started to bubble over. West added seven goals in the last quarter with Allen finishing his good day with 6 goals.

The Cats also booted five in the last quarter but it was all too late. Better players for West were Brad Wilson, Tom Holmes, Tom Dolan in defence, Daron McElroy in the ruck, Waugh and Allen but most played a part. For Casterton it was a different story, coach Dylan Ayton ran himself ragged trying to lift his team, McKenzie battled hard in the ruck, Alex Richardson in defence and later up forward, Gus Cleary and Luke Griffin but only in patches. West, easy winners by 62 points, 20-12 to 10-10. 

First Semi Final - 31 August 2013

West

4.2

10.8

13.9

20.12 (132)

Casterton

2.2

4.2

5.9

10.10 (70)

Best: West - N. Lewis, B. Wilson, T. Holmes, T. Dolan, D. McElroy, L. Collins. Casterton - A. Richardson, D. Ayton, B. Currie, M. Cowland, A. Cleary, L. Griffin.  Goals: West - N. Allen 6, R. Fox 3, J. Ryan 3, B. Wilson 2, A. Cram 2, J. Carter , M. Smith , D. Lloyd , D. McElroy. Casterton - L. Griffin 2, A. Richardson , T. Macmichael , A. McKenzie , B. Currie , A. O''Connell , D. Ayton , J. Clode , A. Cleary

CASTERTON HOLD ONTO 4TH SPOT DESPITE LOSS
by Terry Willoughby - 25 August 2013

Bottom placed Millicent caused an upset in defeating Casterton by 30 points. The Saints, who haven’t won since Round Four led for most of the game but never by enough to make the game safe. The extremely heavy ground made good football difficult but the physically stronger Millicent used them to advantage. On-ballers Robbins, Jon Agnew and Joe Walker won plenty of possessions around the stoppages and talented youngster Hamish Nitschke was lively on the forward line and booted 4 goals.
Casterton battled their way to a narrow two point lead at ½ time after trailing by five at the first change. Goals were hard to get in the sodden conditions but Millicent edged away with 3 goals in the 3rd quarter and lead by 9 points.
Dylan Ayton was trying valiantly to get his team on terms but Millicent’s defence was proving a big stumbling block with veteran Steve Duldig leading the way. Both teams were very leg weary in the last quarter but Millicent were playing confidently and added 4 goals to Casterton’s one to run out winners by 30 points.
Millicent’s best were Nat Robbins, Jon Agnw, Steve Duldig and Joe Walker. Coach Dylan Ayton was best for Casterton ahead of Brandon Currie, Alex Richardson, Kyle Carlin and Gus Cleary.
South Gambier led all day against an inaccurate West Gambier to win by 15 points. The 1st quarter was riddled with mistakes but South made fewer of them. South defenders Paul Ellis and Jed Mullen defended strongly and forced West into error with wayward kicking. Brohdi Carracher provided the highlight for South with a long run down the clubroom wing and delivered perfectly to the leading Foran for a goal.
South extended their quarter time lead of 10 points when they added 4 more goals in the 2nd term and kept West to just one for a 26 point lead. Jak Ryan was winning the hit-outs for South and Brent Howard forced the ball forward but big Daron McElroy marked strongly around the ground to give West a target at half forward. Brad Wilson lifted for West in the 3rd term and Eliot King won plenty of kicks in the mid-field but poor finishing continued to hurt West as South edged further ahead with Exelby proving hard to control on the forward line for South.
South led by 29 points entering the last quarter but West started the term positively and quality palyers Wilson and Holmes kept pushing West forward but South’s defence held up strongly. Exelby was now being used in defence for South and he made some timely intercepointions to hold West out. West had most of the play in the last quarter but couldn’t put the score on the board and South got home by 15 points. Better players for South were Ellis, Exelby, Brad Cordy, Mullen, Ryan, Howard and coach Luke Duncan who is getting valuable match practice after injury. West’s best were Brad Wilson, McElroy, Leigh Collins, King, Holmes and Wenman.
East Gambier looked set to redeem themselves after last weeks goal-less effort when they led topside North Gambier throughout the 1st half with strong work around the stoppages. They moved the ball quickly into the forward line and had several avenues to goal through Kev Thomson, Povey and Anthony Wilson. North appeared a little disinterested and trailed by 8 points at ½ time but East impressed the faithful and an upset was possible.
North played much better in the 3rd quarter with on-ballers O’Grady and Troy Hosking winning around the packs and bringing others into the game and the Tigers added 5 goals to East’s two and lead by 12 points at ¾ time. East had good players in former South Adelaide recruit Todd Pfieffer and Shem Balshaw but the forwards were now being harassed strongly by the North defenders. North again outscored East in the last quarter with Moretti and Kilsby being menacing near goal and they ran out winners by 21 points, 15-13 to East Gambier 12-10. Best for North were Hosking, O’Grady, Moretti, Michael Quirk at full-back and Nick McInerney. East’s best were Pfieffer, Balshaw, Kev Thomson,Wilson and Matt Dempsey.

RAIN LASHED GAMES IN THE MOUNT AS EAST DON’T SCORE A GOAL
Terry Willoughby - 19 August 2013

Heavy rain and gale force winds made good football impossible in the lower South East and lower than average scores were the norm. Millicent won the toss and kicked to the South Pole end but were unable to prevent South Gambier from booting four match winning goals. Ash Bryant cleverly worked his way through the Millicent defence and proved a constant threat as South won the ball around the stoppages.
Millicent goaled twice through hard working skipper Jon Agnew and tireless Nat Robbins but South were using the ball much better with Bret O’Neil and Brent Howard particularly good as they set up chances with almost every possession. Defenders Jed Mullen, Brad Bryant and Josh Wilson combined effectively time and again to stop Millicent as South went to ½ time with a match-winning lead of 31 points. Agnew and Robbins continued to battle hard for Millicent and young defenders Shaun Withers and Mason Redman showed some of their more experienced team-mates some resilience.
Neither side scored a goal in the heavy rain in the 3rd quarter, as the ground now resembled a swamp and the football was reduced to mud wrestling. Both sides were near exhausted as the last quarter began with no improvement in the weather. South were now in control almost everywhere but could only goal twice in the slush and Redman and Withers battled to hold them out. Millicent were unable to kick a goal after quarter-time and South won comfortably by 44 points. Best for South were O’Neil who bobbed up all over the ground, clever Ash Bryant up forward, Mullen, Wilson and Brad Bryant in defence, coach Luke Duncan also got better as the game wore on. For Millicent, their best were Nat Robbins, Jon Agnew, skinny Mason Redman and Shaun Withers in defence and Cam Haggett.
East Gambier, much improved in the 2nd half of the season, let it all slip when they failed to score a goal against 3rd placed West Gambier. Very heavy conditions took their toll on players as West’s on-ball brigade of Brad Wilson, Daron McElroy and Tom Holmes had too much class and wet weather know-how for East. Always in and under at the stoppages the trio pushed West forward time and again and they led by 25 points at the long break, which was never going to be long enough. East just couldn’t breakthrough and West went further ahead with two goals in the 3rd quarter to lead by 41 points, a big lead any day but insurmountable in the trying conditions. West scored the only goal of the final term to win easily by 50 points. Wilson, McElroy, Holmes were best for West along with youngsters James Waugh and Jaymie Dobie. Only Anthony Wilson, Shem Balshaw and Toby Case showed much resistance for East.
Casterton confirmed their place in the top 4 despite going under, no pun intended, to topside North Gambier in the wet. North Gambier had more, bigger bodied players around the stoppages with ruckman Nulty and mid-fielder Leigh Symonds prominent. They were able to get the ball forward often enough for experienced targets in Flett, Kilsby and McConnell to score. Casterton just didn’t have the strength around the goal-front when their chances came despite the hardwork of Adam McKenzie and coach Dylan Ayton. North gradually increased the margin, which was within the Cat’s reach for three quarters to 36 points at the finish. Best for North were David Nulty in the ruck, defenders Tim McInerney and Callum Hudson and Symonds. For the battling Cats, McKenzie, Ayton, Brandon Currie and Mark Cowland.

Round 14 - August 17, 2013

South

4.4

6.9

6.9

8.12 (60)

Millicent

2.2

2.2

2.4

2.4 (16)

Best: South - B. O''Neil, A. Bryant, J. Mullen, J. Wilson, B. Howard, B. Bryant. Millicent  - N. Robbins, J. Agnew, P. O''loughlin, C. Haggett, M. Redman, S. Withers.  Goals: South - S. Enderl 2, A. Bryant 2, B. O''Neil 2, B. Exelby , B. Howard. Millicent - J. Agnew , G. Gascoyne

North

5.1

6.5

8.8

11.8 (74)

Casterton

1.1

3.4

5.5

5.8 (38)

Best: North - D. Nulty, T. McInerney, L. Symons, C. Hudson, M. Quirk, N. Mcinerney. Casterton - A. McKenzie, D. Ayton, B. Currie, M. Cowland, M. Jarrad, K. Carlin. Goals: North - S. Flett 3, A. Kilsby 2, R. O''Grady 2, J. McConnell 2, A. Kurzman , N. Moretti. Casterton - A. McKenzie 3, A. Cleary , T. Clode

West

3.0

4.2

6.7

7.10 (52)

East

-

0.1

0.2

0.2 (2)

Best: West - B. Wilson, D. McElroy, T. Holmes, J. Waugh, J. Dobie, N. Lewis. East - A. Wilson, S. Balshaw, T. Case. Goals:  West - N. Allen 2, L. Morton 2, B. Wilson , J. Dobie , D. McElroy

CASTERTON BACK IN THE FOUR AFTER GOOD WIN IN WBFL

11 August 2013

Coach Dylan Ayton starred for the Cats in their best win of the year against 3rd placed West Gambier. The game was even from the start but Ayton threw himself into every contest for Casterton and was ably assisted by Brandon Currie as the Cats matched the higher ranked West. Only a few points separated the teams at qtr-time with West ahead. The 2nd quarter was just as tight with Nic Allen playing a strong hand up forward for West and Steve Wenman and Daron McElroy doing well in the ruck but Casterton led by a goal.

Luke Griffin, a surprise inclusion for Casterton was proving his value and versatility in only his 3rd game for the year and he booted 5 goals as the Cats edged out to an 8 point lead at ¾ time. West continued to threaten with Leigh Collins and Eliot King, another surprise inclusion doing well. Ayton continued to be in everything for Casterton, loose in defence, on the ball and the wing, he booted 5 goals as the Cats kicked clear to win by 13 points. Casterton climbed back into 4th spot after the win. Coach Ayton with 5 goals was best for Casterton ahead of Currie, Alex Richardson, Zac Michau at full-back and youngster Angus Cleary. Luke Griffin, a wildcard booted 5 goals. West didn’t do much wrong and their best were Wenman, McElroy, Collins and King.

 Bottom placed Millicent belied their place on the ladder when they took the game right up to topside North Gambier in the 1st half. Big Glen Gascoyne was handful at full forward and youngsters Mason Redman and Shaun Withers were doing well. The goals dried up after half  time when North took control in the rucks and mid-field through David Nulty, Pat Perry and Leigh Symons. The ball was pumped forward and coach Justin McConnell and Anthony Kilsby gave the Millicent defence a headache as they booted 6 and 3 goals each. The Millicent forwards were shut out as North ran out easy winners by 81 points.

Better players for North were Troy Hatt, Perry, Nulty and Michael Quirk at fullback. Jon Agnew, Redman, Withers and Nat Robbins tried hard for Millicent.

South Gambier stormed to a 4 goal lead before East Gambier got warm. East slowed the scoring late in the quarter but South again surged further ahead in the 2nd. Ruckman Jak Ryan controlled the stoppages and Bret O’Neil and Brent Howard won the clearances to put South 32 points up at half time. Overweight Ash Bryant was giving the East defenders a hard time with clever play around the goal-front and coach Luke Duncan won plenty of kicks for South.

East stormed back into the game in the 3rd quarter with good play from Toby Stribling who used his experience wisely, Chris Anderson and Chris Povey each caused havoc on the East forward line as South struggled to get hold of the ball and when they did they made kicking mistakes that aided East who reduced the margin to just 2 points at ¾ time. The break allowed South to regroup and stalled East’s momentum.

The last quarter was a rugged affair but South got away early through Bryant and Brett Exelby but lost Simon Berkefeld with a shoulder injury. East lost Shem Balshaw after some undisciplined play but they again goaled through Povey and Anderson to claw back the margin before Bryant’s goal sealed the 12 point win for South. East were gallant in defeat but are again out of the top four, best for South were Bryant with 5 goals, Jak Ryan,half-backs Josh Wilson and Brad Bryant, Duncan and O’Neil. Povey and Anderson with 5 and 7 goals headed East’s best from Nick Lock, Stribling, Toby Case and George Beck.       

Round 13 - August 10, 2013

Casterton

4.1

8.4

13.8

17.12 (114)

West

4.3

7.4

12.5

15.5 (95)

Best: Casterton - D. Ayton, B. Currie, Z. Michau, Z. Howlett, L. Griffin, A. Richardson. West - S. Wenman, D. McElroy, L. Collins, E. King, A. Cram, B. Wilson. Goals: Casterton - D. Ayton 3, B. Currie 3, A. McKenzie 3, A. Richardson 2, L. Griffin 2, S. Penfold. West - N. Allen 7, A. Cram 2, D. McElroy 2, N. Lewis , L. Morton , S. Wenman , J. Ferguson-Lane

South

4.2

10.7

11.8

16.10 (106)

East

1.3

5.5

11.6

14.10 (94)

Best: South - A. Bryant, J. Ryan, J. Wilson, B. O''Neil, B. Howard, B. Bryant. East - C. Anderson, C. Povey , N. Lock , T. Case, G. Beck. Goals: South - A. Bryant 5, B. Exelby 3, J. Ryan 2, L. Duncan 2, S. Berkefeld , B. O''Neil , B. Howard , T. Currie. East - C. Anderson 7, C. Povey 5, K. Thomson , M. McCallum

North 19.12 (126) def Millicent 7.3 (45)

Best: North - T. Hatt, P. Perry, D. Nulty, M. Quirk, B. Stafford, L. Symons. Millicent - J. Agnew, M. Redman, S. Withers, N. Robbins, C. Thomson, H. Nitschke. Goals: North - J. McConnell 6, A. Kilsby 3, B. Egan 2, N. Moretti 2, T. Hatt , T. Hosking , L. Symons , M. Ashby , R. O''Grady , P. Perry. Millicent - G. Gascoyne 3, H. Nitschke 2, J. Hales , C. Haggett

EAST GAMBIER SNEAK INTO TOP 4

Terry Willoughby 4 August 2013

Millicent booted three early goals in heavy conditions to lead East Gambier by 8 points but then failed to register another goal until the last quarter. East Gambier through the work of South Adelaide recruits Toby Stribling and Todd Pfieffer went to the lead before ½ time and increased the margin to 21 points at the last change, a match winning lead in the conditions.

Ruckman Cam Haggett was trying to lift his team and defenders Withers and Duldig worked hard as Millicent battled back with two late goals but East held on to win by 10 points. Stribling, Pfieffer, Shem Balshaw and Anthony Wilson were best for East who climbed into the top 4 for the 1st time this season but have three tough games to come. Haggett, Withers, Nat Robbins and Thwaites battled hard for Millicent in the heavy going.

Torrential late morning rain made conditions difficult but North Gambier shot to an early lead with goals to Nick Moretti and Troy Hosking before West tightened up and scoring became difficult. Nulty and McElroy were having a battle in the ruck with many ball-ups due to the heavy ground. North gradually increased their lead as West lacked a winning forward. Both teams wasted chances with poor disposal but North edged out to a 13 point lead at ½ time.

Richie O’Grady used his strength around the packs to push North forward in the 3rd quarter but Brad Wilson did similar for West who stayed in touch as scoring increased markedly. Joe Ferguson-Lane and old fashioned defender Tom Dolan held North up on many occasions Moretti and Justin McConnell both goaled to put North 24 points ahead at the last change.

West now had the wind to finish and they had most of the play in the last quarter but trying to kick goals from near the boundary line is always hard and the under siege North backmen continually forced play to the defensive side. North wasted a couple of easy chances and West wouldn’t lie down but couldn’t kick goals. Nic Allen and Steve Wenman goaled as West closed in but North held on to win by 10 points. Best for North were Nulty, O’Grady, Leigh Symons and Moretti. McElroy, Brad Wilson around the ground, Ferguson-Lane and Dolan in defence played well for West whilst Tom Holmes made nearly every kick count. South Gambier and Casterton slogged it out in heavy going with only a few points separating the two in the 1st half. Mudlark Brent Howard relished the going for South and classy Bret O’Neil used his skill to good effect as South held a 4 point lead at ½ time. Feisty Casterton Dylan Ayton led by example and Alex Richardson and Brandon Currie tried to keep the Cat’s alive but South added two goals to none in the 3rd quarter to lead by 18 points. Casterton lifted in the last quarter and closed the margin to within a couple of goals with Adam McKenzie providing a spark of hope but South managed to goal twice and despite Casterton’s fightback they held on to win by 6 points and tip the Cats’ out of the top 4. Brent Howard, O’Neil, Jack Primer on the wing, Josh Wilson in defence and Brett Exelby were best for South. Dylan Ayton tried valiantly for Casterton along with McKenzie, Currie , Richardson and Michael Jarred but the Cat’s now face a tough battle to get back in the top 4 with only 3 games remaining.

Round 12 - August 3, 2013

South

1.4

3.8

5.12

7.13 (55)

Casterton

2.2

3.4

3.6

7.7 (49)

Best: South - B. Howard, B. O''Neil, J. Primer, J. Wilson, B. Exelby. Casterton - D. Ayton, A. McKenzie, B. Currie, A. Richardson, M. Jarrad, H. Beauglehall. Goals: South - A. Bryant 2, S. Fleming 2, J. Ryan , B. O''Neil , J. Dowdy. Casterton - A. McKenzie 3, Z. Michau , T. Macmichael , J. Harvey , C. Perry

North

3.4

4.8

9.10

9.12 (66)

West

1.3

2.7

5.10

7.14 (56)

Best: North - D. Nulty, R. O''Grady, L. Symons, B. Colliver, N. Moretti, M. Quirk. West - D. McElroy, B. Wilson, J. Ferguson-Lane, N. Lewis, R. Fox, T. Dolan. Goals – North: N. Moretti 3, A. Kilsby 2, J. McConnell 2, T. Hosking , P. Perry. West - N. Allen 2, S. Wenman 2, D. Lloyd , B. Wilson , D. McElroy

East

1.4

4.8

5.11

5.14 (44)

Millicent

3.0

3.0

3.2

5.4 (34)

Best: East - T. Stribling, T. Pfeiffer, S. Balshaw, A. Wilson, T. Case. Millicent - C. Haggett, S. Withers, N. Robbins, D. Thwaites, J. Agnew, S. Duldig . Goals: East - C. Povey 2, T. Pfeiffer , D. Howard , M. Dempsey. Millicent - A. Allen 2, H. Nitschke , J. Hales , J. Martin

SOUTH GAMBIER INFLICT FIRST LOSS ON NORTH GAMBIER

28 July 2013 - Terry Willoughby

A fired up South Gambier brought a halt to North Gambier’s unbeaten run in resounding fashion. The Demons kicked 2 extremely valuable goals against the wind through winning rucks and hard-running on-ballers and mid-fielders in Brent Howard, Brodhi Carracher and Jack Primer. North just couldn’t gain any traction with it’s forward line under constant pressure. Full-back Jed Mullen was a stumbling block time and again and got able assistance form Bret O’Neil and Paul Ellis.

South extended their lead to 30 points at ½ time and looked impressive. North made many changes starting the 2nd half but still struggled to kick goals as South continued to tackle strongly and find time and space to attack. They only managed one goal for the 3rd quarter but North only reduced the margin to 27 points. Tim McInerney had battled hard in defence for North and Scott Flett was forced wide for his kicks but South were not slowing down at all. They continued to run and harass and the North changes had no impact. Brett Exelby goaled twice in the last quarter to snuff out any chance of a North come back and South went on to win by 30 points. It was a great team effort by South who exposed some holes in the North game.

Best for South Gambier were Bret O’Neil, Jed Mullen, Carracher on the wing, Jak Ryan in the ruck and round the ground, Primer and dogged Brent Howard. North struggled for good players but Tim McInerney in defence, Scott Flett, Richie O’Grady and Troy Hosking battled hard. 

East Gambier spoilt Casterton’s 50th reunion of 4 flags in a row from 1960-3 by defeating the Cats by 23 points and plunging their finals chances into the melting pot. Although there was never much between the two teams East had the nose in front by a point at ½ time. Coach Dylan Ayton was trying very hard to lift his charges but East kicked away with 3 goals to nil in the 3rd quarter with good play from Jesse Fry, Matt Dempsey and on-baller Chris Anderson.

Casterton were still a chance at the last change but East were playing confidently. Wayward kicking for goal hindered Casterton’s chances in the final quarter with East booting 4 goals from five shots but the Cats’ could only manage 2 from 7 shots at goal. Only one game separates 4th and 5th spots on the ladder with both teams having some tough games in the last 4 rounds. East’s best were Fry, Dempsey, Anderson and Simon Tulak for the 1st time in senior footy. Ayton, Brandon Currie, Carlin and Michau were best for Casterton. West Gambier were the other winner in this split round.

Round 11(COMPLETION OF SPLIT ROUND) - July 27, 2013

South

2.4

6.9

7.9

10.9 (69)

North

0.3

1.3

3.6

5.9 (39)

Best: South - B. O''Neil, J. Mullen, J. Ryan, B. Carracher, J. Primer, B. Howard. North - T. McInerney, S. Flett, R. O''Grady, T. Hosking.  Goals: South - B. Exelby 3, A. Bryant 2, J. Ryan , B. O''Neil , J. Primer , T. Currie , M. Weistra. North - S. Flett 2, M. Ashby , T. Hatt , J. McConnell

East

4.2

5.4

7.10

11.11 (77)

Casterton

3.1

5.3

5.7

7.12 (54)

Best: East - J. Fry, M. Dempsey, C. Anderson, S. Tulak, T. Pfeiffer. Casterton - D. Ayton, B. Currie, K. Carlin, Z. Michau, T. Macmichael, Z. Howlett . Goals: East - C. Povey 3, A. Wilson 2, C. Anderson 2, J. Fry , T. Stribling , T. Pfeiffer , T. Case. Casterton -  A. McKenzie 2, P. Kleemann , Z. Michau , T. Macmichael , D. Ayton , J. Currie

WEST GAMBIER HOLD ON AGAINST MILLICENT

by Terry Willoughby - July 22, 2013

Despite poor under foot conditions and rain falling in many other areas West Gambier took advantage over a slow starting Millicent. After two inches of rain had made the ground very heavy West made the most of fresh legs and a relatively dry ball to surge to a match-winning lead by ½ time. Defenders Joe Ferguson-Lane and Sam Robson shut out the Millicent forwards which enabled West to push through for Steve Wenman and Nic Allen to score goals, at least enough of them to have a stranglehold on the game. West led by 15 pts at quarter-time and sealed the result with a 5 goals to three second quarter and extended their lead to 31 pts. Glen Gascoyne and Cam Haggett were going strongly in the ruck for Millicent but McElroy was just as effective for West and had the class of Tom Holmes to put the finishing touches on. Goals became harder to get after the ½ time hail burst over the ground to make conditions more difficult but Millicent slowly reduced the margin whilst West remained scoreless in the 3rd quarter. The margin was only 12 points at the last change but players were very tired and Millicent could only manage one goal in the final term and West held on to win by 9 pts, having kicked only 4 pts in the 2nd half. The remaining two games of this split round, North v South Gambier and Casterton v East Gambier will be played next week.

Round 11(SPLIT ROUND) - July 20, 2013

West

2.3

8.4

8.4

8.8 (56)

Millicent

-

3.3

6.4

7.5 (47)

Best: West - L. Collins, J. Ferguson-Lane, S. Robson, T. Holmes, N. Lewis, D. McElroy. Millicent - G. Gascoyne, J. Reilly, C. Haggett, S. Withers, D. Thwaites, J. DeJong. Goals: West - S. Wenman 3, N. Allen 2, L. Collins , D. Lloyd , J. Ryan. Millicent - J. Hales 2, G. Gascoyne , P. O''loughlin , J. DeJong , C. Haggett , J. Martin

LATE BURST GETS SOUTH GAMBIER HOME

15 July, 2013

A big crowd was in attendance for the reunion of the East Gambier premiership teams of 1973 and 1983 and they saw the home side battle hard against a determined Millicent to win by 13 points. East, with something to celebrate didn’t come to the party until it was almost too late. Millicent led for most of the 1st half where goals were hard to score in the constant rain. Gascoyne was the most effective forward for Millicent and the Saints looked a bit steadier in the conditions and went to ½ time with a 12 point lead.

East started a challenge through big Jake Turner and South Adelaide recruit Toby Stribling as Millicent began to struggle. Three goals and several misses saw East hold a narrow 5 point lead at the last change. It wasn’t a pretty game by any standards and both teams lacked skill but East maintained enough play to have their noses in front at the finish. Better players for East were Turner, Toby Stribling around stoppages, Matt Dempsey , Toby Case and on-baller Chris Anderson. Long-kicking Nat Robbins, on-baller Jon Agnew, Darcy Thwaites and Josh Martin were best for Millicent and Glen Gascoyne booted 5 goals.

Undefeated North Gambier started slowly and trailed West Gambier by 19 points at quarter-time. North had much the better of the 2nd quarter but had wasted plenty of chances as West battled to stay in touch. Mid-fielders Kurzman and O’Grady were getting plenty of kicks for North but Brad Wilson and Tom Holmes were keeping West competitive and North led by 13 points at the main break. West goaled early in the 3rd quarter but that was where the challenge ended as North kicked the next 9 goals to nil and win comfortably by 77 points.

West became quite ragged in the last quarter and failed to score whilst North peppered the goals but finished with just 4-13 for the quarter, a poor reward in the circumstances. Kurzman, Nick McInerney, defender Nick Mark, O’Grady and ruckman David Nulty were North’s best and coach McConnell booted 5 goals. The regular suspects of Brad Wilson, Tom Holmes and Daron McElroy were West’s best along with small wingman James Waugh.

South Gambier withstood a strong challenge from a determined Casterton to win by 26 points. The Cats started well with the breeze on the heavy ground but a leaky defence allowed South in for 4 goals late in the 1st quarter. Casterton had good players around the packs in Chris Perry and Callum Currie but only led by 13 points. South used longer kicking tactics and better teamwork to boot 5 goals to nil in the 2nd term with Bret O’Neil and Simon Berkefeld doing well. Brad Cordy was elusive around the goals and found space several times to boot goals as South took a 24 point lead at ½ time.

Heavy conditions made scoring difficult but Casterton coach Dylan Ayton was involved in some good play along with Chris Perry who booted 3 goals for the 3rd quarter which saw the Cats hit the front just on ¾ time. O’Neil was outstanding in defence for South in this quarter and restricted Casterton to just a 1 point lead. Ayton again worked hard for Casterton and kicked cleverly to Zac Michau for an early goal in the last quarter to give Casterton a 7 point lead and an upset seemed possible but South’s defenders in Brad Bryant and Josh Wilson made some timely intercepointions and pushed South forward for a late burst of goals, two of which came from stoppages when Matt Weistra snapped truly and Tyson Currie kicked one out of mid-air from the goalsquare to make the game safe. O’Neil, Simon Berkefeld, Brad Bryant, Cordy and hard- working Chris Williams were best for South. Casterton’s best were Callum Currie, on-baller Chris Perry, coach Dylan Ayton and Brandon Currie. 

Round 10 - July 13, 2013 

South

4.1

9.8

9.9

14.12 (96)

Casterton

6.2

6.2

10.4

11.4 (70)

Best: South Gambier - B. O''Neil, S. Berkefeld, B. Bryant, B. Cordy. Casterton - C. Currie, C. Perry, R. Cleary, B. Currie, D. Ayton, A. Richardson. Goals: South Gambier - B. Cordy 4, A. Bryant , B. Exelby , M. Weistra , B. O''Neil. Casterton - Z. Michau 3, C. Perry 3, G. Coxon 2, D. Ayton , L. Griffin , A. Richardson

East

3.3

4.5

7.11

9.14 (68)

Millicent

4.2

6.5

7.6

8.7 (55)

Best: East - J. Turner, T. Stribling, M. Dempsey, T. Case, C. Anderson, S. Balshaw. Millicent - N. Robbins, J. Agnew, D. Thwaites, J. Hales, J. Martin, C. Gysbers. Goals: East - T. Stribling 2, K. Thomson 2, N. Lock , J. Eldridge , R. Carman , C. Anderson , C. Povey. Millicent - G. Gascoyne 5, D. Thwaites , J. Agnew , J. Pratt

North

1.2

7.5

13.6

17.19 (121)

West

4.3

5.4

6.8

6.8 (44)

Best: North - A. Kurzman, N. Mcinerney, N. Mark, R. O''Grady, D. Nulty, B. Stafford. West - B. Wilson, J. Waugh, T. Holmes, D. McElroy, J. Ferguson-Lane, G. Tucker. Goals: North - J. McConnell 5, S. Flett 3, A. Kurzman 3, N. Mcinerney 2, J. Stafford 2, L. Symons , A. Kilsby. West - N. Lewis , T. Holmes , J. Ryan , G. Tucker , N. Allen , R. Fox

WEST GAMBIER RUN ALL OVER POOR CASTERTON

July 1, 2013

West Gambier started brilliantly and booted 5 goals in the 1st ten minutes against finals rival Casterton before winning convincingly by 63 points. Daron McElroy played a super game in the ruck for West and gave his on-ballers an armchair ride. Winning clearly at the centre clearances through nuggety youngster Doug Lloyd who used his powerful left foot to advantage West broke through the Casterton defences time and again to lead by 32 points at quarter-time. Class players Tom Holmes and Brad Wilson had also made valuable contributions as Casterton looked completely outclassed. Rain made conditions difficult and play deteriorated in the 2nd quarter with several crude tackles resulting in send-offs for both teams.

Casterton made no progress and West still led by 32 points. McElroy was easily the best player on the ground as he marked strongly and also won the ball at ground level as West added another 6 goals to have the game wrapped by ¾ time. Casterton’s efforts were very poor with no teamwork or leadership evident. They became even more ragged in the last quarter with coach Dylan Ayton also sent-off for some off the ball incident. West continued to dominate play but only added one goal in the last quarter but Casterton had been well beaten before the finish. Daron McElroy was the star for West ahead of Brad Wilson, Holmes, Lloyd, Nic Allen with 5 goals and Abdullah Kamara. Casterton had no players who performed with any distinction in a game that became a little spiteful at the end.

North Gambier conceded a couple of early goals to Millicent but still won every quarter before emerging with a 50 point win to stay on top of the ladder. Straighter kicking would have seen Millicent stay in touch longer but North had coach McConnell in good form at full forward where he booted 9 goals, seemingly one almost every time they went forward.

Skipper Jon Agnew had his best game for weeks and youngster Mason Redman impressed once again for Millicent but North had greater depth. Scott Flett and on-baller Adam Kurzman headed North’s best from Matthew McInerney, Brock Egan and Michael Quirk.

East Gambier included two newcomers in Toby Stribling and Todd Pfeiffer from South Adelaide for the 1st time against South Gambier and they made a difference to the battling Bulldogs. It was a low-scoring affair after showers of rain reduced the skill factor of both teams. High class South Gambier mid-fielders Bret O’Neil and Simon Berkefeld continually won possessions to put their team in attack and defenders Brad Bryant and Jed Mullen cut out the East forwards. South’s Brad Cordy was the most effective forward in the game and booted 4 goals as South extended their ½ time lead of 16 points to 27 at the last change. The experience of Stribling and Pfeiffer was beginning to stand out as East mounted a final quarter challenge and closed within two kicks but South still had O’Neil and Berkefeld doing well and they held on to win by 9 points. East certainly benefited from the injection of experience and will be all the better for it in the short term.                 

Round 9 - June 29, 2013

West

6.3

7.4

13.9

14.14 (98)

Casterton

1.1

2.2

4.2

5.5 (35)

Best: West - B. Wilson, T. Holmes, D. McElroy, A. Kamara, D. Lloyd, N. Allen. Casterton - K. Carlin, K. Forbes, B. Currie, A. Richardson, S. Penfold, J. Schill. Goals: West - N. Allen 5, B. Wilson 3, T. Holmes , R. Fox , L. Collins , J. Carter , J. Ryan , G. Tucker. Casterton - R. Smith 3, B. Currie , D. Ayton

South

3.3

5.6

7.11

9.13 (67)

East

3.0

3.2

4.2

9.4 (58)

Best: South - Brett O'Neil, Simon Berkefeld, Bradley Bryant, Brodhi  Carracher, Jed Mullen.  East Gambier : Toby Stribling, Nick Lock , Todd Pfeiffer, Grady Janeway , Anthony Wilson. Goals: South - Bradley Cordy 4, Taylor Laube 2, Jak Ryan 1, Ashley Bryant 1, Simon Berkefeld 1.  East Gambier : Toby Stribling 2, Chris Povey  2, Frazer Scanlon 1, Shem Balshaw 1, Jesse Fry 1, Christopher Anderson 1, Anthony Wilson 1

North 16.9 (105) def Millicent 7.13 (55)

Best: North - S. Flett, A. Kurzman, M. McInerney, B. Egan, M. Quirk, L. Symons. Millicent - J. Agnew, M. Redman, N. Robbins, C. Gysbers, J. Martin, S. Withers. Goals: North - A. Kilsby 9, J. McConnell 9, G. Soper 2, B. Stafford , M. McInerney , L. Symons. Millicent -  J. Martin 2, J. Hales 2, C. Haggett , M. Gordon , P. O'Loughlin

NORTH GAMBIER STILL UNDEFEATED

by Terry Willoughby - 24 June 2013

Casterton matched North in the first quarter with big forward Zac Michau looking dangerous and coach Ayton also having telling touches. North were getting plenty of drive from Nick Blachut on the wing and Kilsby was dangerous near goal.

North began to get on top in the second quarter although goals were hard to get. Kilsby again found space to get a couple and Quirk had kept Michau under control at fullback. North crept out to a 30 point lead late in the second quarter but Casterton bounced back with goals to Perry and Michau to keep the game open as North led by just 16 points.

North again threatened to run away in the third term but McKenzie at centre half back had shut out North forward Flett and mid-fielders Mark Cowland and Brandon Currie were getting plenty of kicks along with Alex Richardson and Tim Macmichael.

North booted 5 goals to four as Casterton fought doggedly to stay in touch with coach Justin McConnell as a threat at full forward and Richard O’Grady winning around the stoppages of which there were plenty. North led by 24 points at ¾ time but Casterton still appeared a chance. They were undone by a bit of undisciplined play however and reduced to 17 men which gave North the chance to kick away with late goals and win by 56 points.

Better players for North were Blachut, Quirk, Hudson, Nick McInerney and O’Grady whilst McConnell booted 6 goals and Kilsby 4. The Cats were certainly not disgraced in defeat and their best were McKenzie, Mark Cowland, Brandon Currie, MacMichael and Richardson and with a little more directness Michau will be a real threat at full forward.

South Gambier led throughout against Millicent who put up a much better performance than recent form suggested. South with more talent around the packs and mid-field steadily increased their lead to 20 points at ½ time with Bret O’Neil and centre half forward Brad Cordy doing well. Millicent wasted chances with errant kicking near goal as South went further ahead in the third term but youngsters like Mason Redman who looks like he needs a good feed and Jayden Reilly were doing their bit. Millicent outscored South in the last quarter but the damage had been done earlier.  South with straighter kicking got home by 22 points.

Better players for South were O’Neil, Cordy, feisty on-baller Brent Howard and Josh Wilson at half-back. Millicent got good games from the consistent Josh Martin, Mason Redman, Jon Agnew, Cam Haggett and Jayden Reilly booted 3 goals.

East Gambier were looking to get their second win for the season when they were opposed to West Gambier but it wasn’t to be. West had much more of the play in the first quarter but failed to capitalize when they had 12 scoring shots to four but led by just 18 points. East slowly eroded the lead but West continued to spray their kicks near goal.

Heavy Kevvy Thomson was playing a lone hand up forward for East and seemed to boot a goal every time he got the ball whilst his brother Luke defended grimly at the other end. West were getting great drive from class players Tom Holmes and Brad Wilson and Jarred Ryan always looked menacing near goal. East finished solidly in the last quarter but the margin was too great and West held on to win by 10 points. Holmes, Wilson, Daron McElroy and Nathan Lewis were best for West. Matt Dempsey, reliable Chris Povey and the Thomson brothers were East’s best with Kevin Thomson booting 7 goals.           

Round 8 - June 22, 2013

West 12.15 (87) def East 12.5 (77)

Best: West - Thomas Holmes, Bradley Wilson, Daron McElroy, Nathan Lewis, Adam Cram, Doug Lloyd.  East Gambier : Matt Dempsey, Chris Povey , Luke Thomson, Kevin Thomson, Grady Janeway , Anthony Wilson. Goals: West - Jarrod Ryan 4, Thomas Holmes 2, Rowan Fox 2, Nicolas Allen 1, Clinton Cowell 1, Bradley Wilson 1, Doug Lloyd 1.  East Gambier : Christopher Anderson 2, Shem Balshaw 1

North

3.3

7.7

12.9

18.13 (121)

Casterton

2.2

5.3

9.3

10.5 (65)

Best: North – N. Blachut, M. Quirk, C. Hudson, N. Mcinerney, N. Mark. Casterton - Adam McKenzie, Mark Cowland, Brandon Currie, Tim Macmichael, Alexander Richardson, Kane Forbes. Goals: North - Justin McConnell 6, Anthony Kilsby 4, Steven McInernery 2, Nick Blachut 2, Brock Egan 1, Adam Kurzman 1, Bradley Stafford 1, Patrick Perry 1.  Casterton : Dylan Ayton 3, Zachary Michau 3, Christopher Perry 2, Brandon Currie 1, Jason Harvey 1

South

4.3

8.5

15.7

19.8 (122)

Millicent

1.3

4.9

9.11

14.16 (100)

Best: South – not av. Millicent - Joshua Martin, Mason Redman, Jonathan Agnew, Cameron Haggett, Nathaniel Robbins, Steven Duldig. Goals: South – not av. Millicent - Jayden Reilly 3, Joshua Martin 3, Phillip O'loughlin 2, Joseph Pratt 2, Glen Gascoyne 2, Darcy Thwaites 1, Jonathan Agnew 1

CARMAN’S EAST BREAKTHROUGH FOR THEIR FIRST WIN

East Gambier had their first win of the season after threatening form in recent weeks. The Bulldogs trailed after some poor kicking for goal gave finals contender Casterton a 12 point lead at quarter time. Phil Carman’s young team were getting the right message and battled their way to a narrow 2 point lead at ½ time with Jesse Fry and lesser known Toby Case and Grady Janeway doing well.

Small man Alex Richardson and ruckman Adam McKenzie were working hard for Casterton but East had a sniff of victory and outscored Casterton in the 3rd quarter to lead by 11 points. This has been where it has come unstuck in the past for East but not this time. With their tails up, the East youngsters booted 4 last quarter goals to just three from the Cats to win by 18 points with maybe more wins to come.

Fry, Case, Janeway and hard working Jayden Eldridge headed East’s best players but more importantly most made a contribution. Richardson, McKenzie, Pete Kleeman and rugged Chris Perry were best for the disappointing Casterton whose assistant coach Tim Macmichael was appointed an AFL Development officer during the week.

West Gambier returned to the winners list with a 99 point win over a limp Millicent. West went further ahead in every quarter against a very passive Millicent. Ex-Glenelg player Tom Holmes was available and he provided lots of drive and 4 goals as West dominated play after the ½ time break.

West booted 7 goals in each of the last 2 quarters whilst Millicent could only manage two. Nic Allen returned to earlier form and booted 6 to be a good forward target for West, nuggety youngster Doug Lloyd, midget on-baller Gabe Tucker and Abdullah Kamara were other good players for West . 

Shaun Withers headed a despondent Millicent list of triers from Gysbers, Haggett and Duldig. 

North Gambier shook off a determined South Gambier late in the 3rd quarter to win by 33 points. South, impressive winners last round, took the game right up to the unbeaten North and led by 8 points at quarter time with Jake Dowdy doing well in defence, Bret O’Neil around the stoppages and Scott Fleming in ruck and up forward. North lacked system early and South bolted to a 3 goal lead early in the 2nd quarter before North clicked into gear. The Tigers slammed on 6 goals in a hurry to lead by 12 points at ½ time.

South again reached the lead early in the 3rd term but didn’t capitalize with North stifling their forwards. The Demons led narrowly but North surged again with 5 goals and raced to a 22 point lead at ¾ time. South had early chances but all missed the mark and they now had to take risks with handball which repeatedly came unstuck as North tackled and harassed to force errors. Better players were Nick McInerney on the wing, clearly in honour of his recently deceased grandfather Jim Hennessy, Troy Hosking around the packs, Brock Egan and Tim McInerney. South battled hard but just lacked the finishing touch. Their best were Clay Von Duve in mid-field, Dowdy, Matt Weistra, O’Neil and Fleming until he ran out of steam.              

Round 7 - June 15, 2013

West

4.2

6.7

13.13

20.18 (138)

Millicent

2.1

3.3

4.5

5.9 (39)

Best: West - D. Lloyd, G. Tucker, A. Kamara, N. Allen, T. Holmes, L. Collins.  Millicent : S. Withers, C. Gysbers, C. Haggett, S. Duldig, D. Thwaites, J. Martin. Goals: West - N. Allen 6, T. Holmes 4, N. Lewis 3, B. Wilson 2, J. Ryan 1, N. Martin 1, J. Dobie 1, D. Lloyd 1, L. Morton 1. Millicent - G. Gascoyne 2, J. Reilly 1, J. Martin 1, D. Thwaites 1

East

1.6

4.10

7.14

11.17 (83)

Casterton

3.4

4.8

6.9

9.11 (65)

Best: East - J. Fry, T. Case, G. Janeway , J. Eldridge, N. Lock , B. Creek.  Casterton : A. Richardson, A. McKenzie, P. Kleemann, K. Brooker, C. Perry, B. Currie. Goals: East - H. Walters 2, S. Balshaw 2, J. Eldridge 2, K. Thomson 2, J. Dawe 1, L. Cates 1, R. Carman 1.  Casterton : D. Ayton 2, J. Harvey 2, C. Perry 1, J. Smith 1, P. Kleemann 1, Z. Michau 1, B. Currie 1

North

1.1

8.3

13.5

15.7 (97)

South

2.3

6.3

9.7

9.10 (64)

Best: North - Nick Mcinerney, Troy Hosking, Brock Egan, Tim McInerney, Mayson Ashby, Leigh Symons.  South Gambier : Clay Von Duve, Jake Dowdy, Mathew Weistra, Brett O'Neil, Scott Fleming. Goals: North - Justin McConnell 4, Nick Blachut 3, Liam Downs-Woolley 2, Mayson Ashby 1, Brock Egan 1, Anthony Kilsby 1, Bradley Stafford 1, Scott Flett 1, Patrick Perry 1.  South Gambier : Ashley Bryant 2, Scott Fleming 2, Jak Ryan 1, Clay Von Duve 1, Brodhi  Carracher 1, Brett Exelby 1, Tyson Currie 1

WEST GAMBIER WILT AGAINST CLASSY SOUTH

Round 6 report with Terry Willoughby, 3 June 2013

After a fairly even 1st quarter South were too strong for West Gambier. Play raced up and down Malseed Park but South had more forward options and they moved around cleverly to give the Demons a 17 point lead.  More South players were doing well as they went further ahead with 6 goals to nil in the 2nd term through the work of Jak Ryan who was dominating at the stoppages and on-ballers Bret O’Neil and running machine Simon Berkefeld. On the forward-line Brett Exelby was giving the West defenders a torrid time by making the forward line work around him not just for him.

West still struggled in the 3rd quarter with only Brad Wilson, Gabe Tucker and Abdullah Kamara having much impact but even they were always under the pump. West started the last quarter with 2 quick goals but South put a stop to that and banged home another 5 to win easily by 89 points and look the only threat to unbeaten North Gambier. Bret O’Neil, defender Brad Bryant who held a tight rein on Wests’ Jarred Ryan, Berkefeld, Jak Ryan and Exelby with 5 goals, it could have been many more, were South’s best. Brad Wilson was Wests’ best by far, Tucker and Kamara tried hard but most were outclassed. Millicent re-grouped strongly against Casterton but not enough to get the points. The Saints led at quarter-time but lost their way a bit in the middle quarters as the Cats gained the upper hand. Ruckmen Haggett and Craig Thomson were giving Millicent’s small men in Agnew and O’Loughlin plenty of chances but Angus McKenzie was also influential for the Cats who led by 9 points at ½ time and 14 at the last change.

Millicent outscored Casterton in the last quarter but it wasn’t enough and the Cats held on to win by 8 points. Coach Dylan Ayton booted 4 goals for Casterton and better players were Dale Bunnik, McKenzie and Tim MacMichael.

For Millicent Cam Haggett, Josh Martin, on-baller Jon Agnew and Phil O’Loughlin played well and Gascoyne booted 4 goals.

The lighting was spectacular for the North v East clash but the weather wasn’t so good. Undefeated North looked more than a touch sloppy as East, without a win so far, forced many errors. Slippery conditions and a tricky crosswind made scoring difficult but mobile forward Shem Balshaw and Anthony Wilson  were working hard for East who trailed by only a point at quarter time. East again had more of the play and hit the front briefly in the 2nd quarter but that stung North into action and a burst of goals saw the league leader race to a 21 point lead at ½ time.

Conditions were made for strong bodies and low to the ground players as North kicked away in the 3rd quarter and held a 41 point lead at the last change but East were not done with just yet. North goaled early in the last quarter but East fought the game out strongly as goals to Chris Anderson and Brad Creek narrowed the margin. North was leaving too much to too few with many showing little relish for the contest. East edged closer but a late goal to North’s Kilsby sealed the game and they held on to win by 22 points but it was East’s best effort so far. Better players for North were defenders Quirk and Hudson, small men Troy Hosking and Brad Stafford. For East Shem Balshaw, on-baller Anthony Wilson, Jayden Eldridge and Brad Creek.             

Round 6 - June 1, 2013

South

5.3

11.6

15.8

20.11 (131)

West

2.4

2.8

3.10

5.12 (42)

Best: South - Brett O'Neil, Bradley Bryant, Simon Berkefeld, Jak Ryan, James Paprotny, Brett Exelby.  West Gambier : Bradley Wilson, Gabriel Tucker, Abdullah Kamara, Daron McElroy, Sam Robson, James Waugh. Goals: South - Brett Exelby 5, Bradley Cordy 3, Ashley Bryant 3, Simon Berkefeld 2, Brett O'Neil 2, Tyson Currie 2, Clay Von Duve 1, Brodhi  Carracher 1, Scott Fleming 1.  West Gambier : Joshua Schapel 2, Bradley Wilson 2, Gabriel Tucker 1

Casterton

3.3

7.6

9.9

12.11 (83)

Millicent

5.2

6.3

7.7

11.9 (75)

Best: Casterton - Dale Bunnik, Adam McKenzie, Tim Macmichael, Dylan Ayton, Brandon Currie.  Millicent : Cameron Haggett, Joshua Martin, Jonathan Agnew, Phillip O'loughlin, Craig Thomson, Glen Gascoyne. Goals: Casterton - Dylan Ayton 4, Tim Macmichael 2, Adam McKenzie 1, Kane Forbes 1, Alexander Richardson 1, Peter Kleemann 1, Zachary Michau 1, Brandon Currie 1.   Millicent : Glen Gascoyne 4, Phillip O'loughlin 2, Cameron Haggett 2, Joshua Martin 1, Hamish Reilly 1, Jonathan Agnew 1

North

2.2

7.5

10.8

12.9 (81)

East

2.1

4.2

4.3

8.5 (53)

Best: North - M. Quirk, B. Stafford, T. Hosking, C. Hudson, P. Perry. East – S. Balshaw, A. Wilson, J. Eldridge, B. Creek, D. Howard. Goals: North - A. Kilsby 3, J. McConnell 3, B. Stafford 2, A. Kurzman , T. Hosking , S. Flett , P. Perry. East - R. Carman 2, C. Anderson 2, B. Creek 2, S. Balshaw , J. Fry , A. Wilson

North Gambier showed just why they are flag favorites with a crushing win over Millicent. The Tigers charged out of the blocks in the 1st quarter when kicking with the breeze to lead by 38 points. Key forwards Flett, Kilsby and McConnell were causing havoc on the Millicent defence forcing repeated turnovers.

Adam Kurzman was winning handsomely around the packs despite the competitiveness of Craig Thomson in the ruck for Millicent. Kurzman repeatedly won the ball to put his team into attack. Some positional changes at quarter-time and a more cohesive Millicent made the game more of a contest when they booted 6 goals in the 2nd quarter to reduce North’s lead to just 20 points at the long break. Josh Martin and Glen Gascoyne combined to push Millicent forward and Steve Duldig repelled many North forward moves.

North opened the floodgates in the 3rd term and piled on 11 goals to a solitary point from Millicent with winners all over the ground. Millicent’s resistance collapsed as they goal tally rose. North were so dominant that Kilsby was able to mark whilst lying down in the goal square. The lead blew out to 87 points by ¾ time as Millicent became more undisciplined and ragged. They would have three players sent off by the finish and were powerless to stop North’s goal-kicking forwards.

The last quarter was a formality with even North backman Michael Quirk roaming upfield to kick a goal. The margin could have been much greater but inaccurate goal-kicking which North score 4-10 in the term. Kurzman beat all comers to be best afield for North ahead of Callum Hudson, Scott Flett at centre half forward, Nick McInerney and coach Justin McConnell who booted 7 goals.

Millicent who managed to score only one point in 3 quarters aside from the 2nd had only Steve Duldig who played with any purpose which prompted him to speak to his team at the games end about their lack of discipline.

Casterton regained 3rd spot on the ladder when they overcame West Gambier after quarter-time. West started well and led by 15 points with star on-baller Brad Wilson and young defender Sam Robson providing support at full-back. Casterton gathered momentum in the 2nd term with rugged Chris Perry and Brandon Currie doing well.

The Cats went further ahead in the 3rd term as West’s work rate dropped away. Mark Cowland and Tim MacMichael were also doing well for Casterton who held a 22 point lead at ¾ time. Casterton had their tails up went further ahead in the last quarter with 6 goals to West’s four and win by 37 points.

Better players for Casterton were Perry with 4 goals, Cowland, Currie, MacMaichael and Pete Kleeman. Jockey sized Gabe Tucker battled hard all game for West ahead of Brad Wilson, Robson and nuggetty youngster Doug Lloyd.

South Gambier dominated last nights game against a player depleted and injury ravaged East Gambier to win by 133 points. South were in complete control from the start and East were unable to prevent the avalanche of goals. South’s on-ballers Simon Berkefeld and Brent Howard  knocked up winning possessions again token opposition. Clever Brett Exelby and Brad Cordy were too good for the East defence and booted 8 and 7 goals respectively. Jayden Eldridge and Shem Balshaw were trying hard but were constantly overwhelmed by South’s numbers around the ball. South piled on twelve last quarter goals for a comprehensive win.  

Round 5 - May 25, 2013

North

6.3

9.4

20.8

24.14 (158)

Millicent

0.1

6.2

6.3

6.3 (39)

Best: North - A. Kurzman, D. Nulty, S. Flett, C. Hudson, B. Stafford, B. Egan. Millicent - S. Duldig, A. Allen, C. Thomson, C. Reilly, C. Robinson, S. Withers. Goals: North - J. McConnell 6, S. Flett 5, A. Kilsby 4, M. Chapman 2, A. Kurzman 2, P. Perry 2, M. Quirk , R. O''Grady , B. Stafford. Millicent - G. Gascoyne 2, T. Wilson 2, P. O''loughlin , J. Hales

South

8.3

13.7

17.11

29.12 (186)

East

2.1

5.3

6.4

8.7 (55)

Best: South - B. Exelby, B. Howard, S. Berkefeld, B. Cordy, J. Ryan, C. Von Duve. East - J. Eldridge, S. Balshaw, T. Case, M. Dempsey. Goals: South - B. Exelby 8, B. Cordy 7, S. Berkefeld 5, L. Duncan 2, B. Howard , A. Bryant , M. Weistra , B. Carracher , C. Von Duve , C. Williams , B. O''Neil. East - J. Ransom 3, M. Dempsey 2, H. Walters , R. Carman , B. Creek

Casterton

3.1

7.4

10.9

16.13 (109)

West Gambier

5.4

5.6

6.11

10.12 (72)

Best: Casterton - Christopher Perry, Mark Cowland, Brandon Currie, Tim Macmichael, Peter Kleemann, Dale Bunnik. West Gambier : Gabriel Tucker, Bradley Wilson, Sam Robson, Doug Lloyd, Rowan Fox, Daron McElroy. Goals: Casterton - Christopher Perry 4, Peter Kleemann 3, Dylan Ayton 2, Richard Smith 2, Jason Harvey 2, Zachary Michau 1, Brandon Currie 1, Jake Currie 1. West Gambier : Clinton Cowell 3, Bradley Wilson 3, Jarrod Ryan 1, Joel Carter 1, Gabriel Tucker 1, Daron McElroy 1

NORTH TOO STRONG IN STAND ALONE GAME

Final game of Round 4 - report Sunday 19 May 2013

North Gambier were too good for West Gambier in the stand alone game to complete the 4th round. The game was pumped up during the week but West failed to deliver and North had their measure throughout. West looked to their tall forwards and mercurial Jarred Ryan for goals but their failure to move and provide opointions played into North’s hands as the defenders continually swept the ball away. North, conversely had mobile forwards and on-ballers to carry them forward.

At half-back, Callum Hudson for North, marked strongly and cleared without much opposition. Tom Holmes and Brad Wilson tried hard against greater numbers around the mid-field but Adam Kurzman and Brock Egan were more effective for North. A goal on the ½ time siren gave West a glimmer of hope but North controlled play to lead by 50 points at ¾ time. West again had some chances in the last quarter but North surged away with coach Justin McConnell booting four goals late to boost his tally to 8 and his team’s lead to 69 points at the finish. Kurzman, Scott Flett at centre half forward, Hudson and the Egan brothers Brock and Sam were best for North. Young backman Sam Robson battled hard for West along with Holmes, Wilson and Abdullah Kamara.

North

5.3

9.7

14.8

20.9 (129)

West

1.1

5.5

6.6

8.12 (60)

Best: North - Adam Kurzman, Scott Flett, Callam Hudson, Patrick Perry, Brock Egan, Sam Egan.  West Gambier : Sam Robson, Tom Holmes, Bradley Wilson, Abdullah Kamara, Gabriel Tucker, Doug Lloyd. Goals: North - Justin McConnell 8, Brock Egan 2, Nick Blachut 2, Richard O'Grady 2, Bradley Stafford 2, Mayson Ashby 1, Matthew Chapman 1, Adam Kurzman 1, Patrick Perry 1.  West Gambier : Jarrod Ryan 2, Nathan Lewis 1, Clinton Cowell 1, Tom Holmes 1, Bradley Wilson 1, Josh Ransom 1,

Adam Cram 1

SOUTH GAMBIER HOLD ON AGAINST REBOUNDING CASTERTON

Round 4 report - Monday 13 May 2013

Casterton made a gallant bid for victory after the previous weeks thrashing, with a strong effort against South Gambier. South held the lead throughout the 1st half with small forward Tyson Currie and clever Brett Exelby causing problems for Cat defenders. On-ballers Brett O’Neil and James Paprotny and defender Jed Mullen were also prominent for South.

Casterton bounced back with a strong 3rd term through on-ballers Alex Richardson and coach Dylan Ayton. They held South goal-less in the quarter and added three to hold a narrow 7 point lead. Both teams defences were on top and goals were hard to get.   Casterton were standing up to the pressure. Slowly South found a way through and won narrowly by 5 points. There was “curry” all round with Tyson Currie best for South and Jake and Callum Currie high in Casterton’s best.

In the other game Millicent shot to a 25 point lead by quarter-time and East were forced to play catch-up for the rest of the day. Millicent had a distinct height advantage in ruck and across half-forward which they exploited through Gascoyne and Craig Thomson. Everytime East looked threatening Millicent  steadied with goal with youngster Joe Pratt and veteran Chris Denton prominent in the 1st half.

Jake Harrap was trying very hard to lift East but lacked support and when Josh Martin exploded with a solo 4 goal effort in the 3rd quarter the game looked headed for a one-sided finish for Millicent who held 39 point lead. Defender Chris Robinson and on-baller Hamish Gordon were others to play well for Millicent.

East started the last term positively with Jayden Eldridge at full forward and Chris Povey at half forward. Quick goals to Harrap and three to Eldridge bought East right back into the contest but they couldn’t stop goals leaking at the other end and Gascoyne lazily snapped his 4th to keep East at arm’s length. East battled hard in the last term but fell 24 points short.

Veteran defender Steve Duldig marked strongly all game to be Millicent’s best ahead of Thomson, Josh Martin with 5 goals, Robinson and Gordon. Jake Harrap who stood up to heavy punishment, Jayden Eldridge with 5 goals, on-baller Dylan Howard and defender Luke Thomson were best for East. West Gambier play North Gambier next week to complete the round.

Round 4 - May 11, 2013                 

South

3.2

7.7

7.10

11.11 (77)

Casterton

1.6

5.8

8.11

10.12 (72)

Best: South - Tyson Currie, Jed Mullen, Brett Exelby, Brett O'Neil, James Paprotny.  Casterton : Jake Currie, Alexander Richardson, Mark Cowland, Dylan Ayton, Callum Currie, Christopher Perry. Goals: South - Ashley Bryant 3, Brett Exelby 3, Simon Berkefeld 2, Bradley Bryant 1, Brett O'Neil 1, Tyson Currie 1.  Casterton : Christopher Perry 2, Peter Kleemann 2, Zachary Michau 2, Callum Currie 2, Alexander Richardson 1, Jake Currie 1

Millicent

6.3

7.8

13.10

16.14 (110)

East

2.2

5.4

7.7

13.8 (86)

Best: Millicent - Steven Duldig, Craig Thomson, Joshua Martin, Cameron Haggett, Chris Robinson, Hamish Gordon.  East Gambier : Jayden Eldridge, Jake Harrap, Chris Povey , Toby Case, Shem Balshaw. Goals: Millicent - Joshua Martin 5, Glen Gascoyne 4, Joseph Pratt 3, Christopher Denton 2, Jeremy Hales 1, Jonathan Agnew 1.  East Gambier : Jayden Eldridge 5, Jake Harrap 3, Rhys Carman 1, Chris Povey  1, Christopher Anderson 1, Anthony Wilson 1, Grady Janeway  1

TIGERS TOO STRONG FOR CASTERTON - Round 3 report

Sunday 5 May 2013

North Gambier clashed with improving Casterton but after an entertaining 1st quarter which saw both full forwards Zac Michau and Justin McConnell dominate it was all one way traffic for the Tigers. Coach Ayton berated his team at ¼ time but to no avail. Casterton’s short game got shorter and North capitalized on every mistake. O’Gady, Nulty, Egan and Kurzman were far too strong in the mid-field and at the stoppages for North and Michau was starved of opportunities at full forward for Casterton.

North led by 47 points at ½ time and went further ahead with Anthony Kilsby joining the goal-kicking spree. North piled on 13 goals in the last term whilst Casterton added four to win by 131 points and remain undefeated. Casterton got a lesson in what they need to be a serious challenger. Kilsby, McConnell and O’Grady all kicked 6 goals for North.

South Gambier bounced back from the Anzac Day loss to easily defeat a very soft Millicent by 74 points. Young ruckman Jak Ryan played well for South and on-ballers Simon Berkefeld and Brent Howard carted the ball forward. Millicent trailed by 29 points heading into the 2nd half but showed little fight as South went further ahead. The Demons had plenty of forwards lining up to kick goals as Millicent failed to man-up or chase at any stage.

For Millicent only Josh Martin on the forward line with 5 goals and veteran defender Steve Duldig showed any fight. South kicked further ahead with 6 goals to two with only token opposition from Millicent. The usual suspects of Berkefeld, Howard, Paprotny were high in South’s best along with Jak Ryan, Tyson Currie and Brad Cordy.

West Gambier bolted to a 6 goal lead by ¼ time under lights against East Gambier and this proved decisive in the end. East slowly edged their way back into the contest but poor disposal hampered their efforts and they still trailed by 31points at ½ time. West had more firepower on the forward line with Jarred Ryan, quick, clever and unpredictable, booting 5 goals. East had the better of the 3rd term with Shem Balshaw and Dylan Howard winning around the mid-field but they still lacked a winning forward. West newcomer Nick Lewis was impressive with 4 goals but East were now more competitive. Dogged backman Tom Dolan and classy Brad Wilson still gave West the edge and they steadied to win by 38 points. Lewis, Dolan, Wilson and youngster Mark Smith led the best players for West. Shem Balshaw, Howard, Anthony Wilson and Jayden Eldridge tried hard for East who will be rueing the slow start.

Round 3 scores - May 4, 2013

South

4.2

9.4

13.9

19.11 (125)

Millicent

3.0

4.5

5.7

7.10 (52)

Best: South  - James Paprotny, Jed Mullen, Jak Ryan, Scott Fleming, Simon Berkefeld, Bradley Cordy.  Millicent : Steven Duldig, Cameron Haggett, Joshua Martin, Taylor Redden, Phillip O'loughlin, Nathaniel Robbins. Goals South  - Simon Berkefeld 3, Brett O'Neil 2, Brett Exelby 2, Bradley Cordy 2, Ashley Bryant 2, Mathew Weistra 1, Brent Howard 1, Luke Foran 1, Scott Fleming 1, Clay Von Duve 1, Jake Dowdy 1, Christopher Williams 1, Tyson Currie 1.  Millicent :  Joshua Martin 5, Glen Gascoyne 1, Travis Wilson 1

North

6.2

11.6

18.6

31.9 (195)

Casterton

3.0

4.1

6.3

10.4 (64)

Best: North - Richard O'Grady, David Nulty, Scott Flett, Brock Egan, Nick Mcinerney, Adam Kurzman.  Casterton : Tim Macmichael, Mark Cowland, Dale Bunnik, Jason Harvey. Goals: North - Richard O'Grady 6, Anthony Kilsby 6, Justin McConnell 6, Nick Blachut 3, Matthew Chapman 2, Adam Kurzman 2, Scott Flett 2, Patrick Perry 1, Glen Soper 1, Brock Egan 1, Nick Moretti 1.  Casterton : Zachary Michau 3, Dylan Ayton 1, Christopher Perry 1, Alexander Richardson 1, Todd Clode 1, Brandon Currie 1, Zachery Howlett 1, Jason Harvey 1

West

6.0

8.0

11.2

15.8 (98)

East

0.3

2.5

6.8

8.12 (60)

Best: West - Nathan Lewis, Tom Dolan, Bradley Wilson, Mark Smith, Nicolas Allen, Jarrod Ryan.  East Gambier : Shem Balshaw, Dylan Howard, Anthony Wilson, Jayden Eldridge, Christopher Anderson, Nick Lock. Goals: West  - Jarrod Ryan 5, Nathan Lewis 4, Mark Smith 2, Clinton Cowell 2, Adam Cram 2.  East Gambier : Chris Povey 2, Grady Janeway  2, Matt Dempsey 2, Joel Ransom 1, Jayden Eldridge 1

CATS AND DOGS SCRAP IN WESTERN BORDER - Round 2 news

April 29, 2013

Western Border’s annual Anzac Day game between North and South Gambier took place in front of a bumper crowd at Vansittart Park on Thursday. After a goal-less 1st quarter  North Gambier booted 6 goals to lead by 24 points.

North went further ahead early in the 3rd quarter before South Gambier made a solid challenge mid-way in the 3rd term through clever forward Brett Exelby but North snuffed out the challenge. It was the only time south managed to put consecutive goals together. South continued to battle hard but only Brent Howard and Exelby presented any danger and North repelled nearly all moves and with Justin McConnell adding goals they kicked away to be comfortable winners by 51 points.

North’s Brock Egan won the Tony Casadio Medal for best on ground, Callum Hudson stood out at half-back and Kurzman and O’Grady did well around the stoppages of which there were too many. South hardly had a consistent performer but Howard worked relentlessly against the odds and Exelby was their only forward.

In other games Phil Carman’s East Gambier remain winless after Casterton defeated them by 7 points. East led by 27 points at the first change but Casterton kicked accurately with 7 goals in the 2nd term to lead at ½ time by 8 points. Cat forward Zac Michau marked spectacularly and booted two great goals to provide a highlight.

The second half was more tight football with neither side able to gain a break but the Cats accuracy was vital. They also had a height advantage which they exploited well and held on to win 12-2 74 to East 9-13 67.

West Gambier narrowly defeated Millicent in the remaining game by 3 points in a wind affected contest. West kicked with a strong but flukey wind and led by 23 points with Daron McElroy and Nic Allen looking dangerous on the forward line. Defenders Joe Ferguson-Lane and Steve Wenman were strong for West and forced errors on the Millicent forwards as the home side still trailed by 8 points.

West raced away in the 3rd quarter, adding 7 goals to three through McElroy and Allen to lead by 37points. Ruckman Cam Haggett and on-baller Jon Agnew lifted around the packs and Gascoyne and Josh Martin provided goal –kicking options as Millicent stormed back into the game with 6 last quarter goals but also some agonizing misses. West managed one crucial goal but it was enough to give them a 3 points win. McElroy 5 goals and Nic Allen 6 proved too difficult for Millicent to contain to be West’s best along with Wenman and Ferguson-Lane. Darcy Thwaites, Haggett, Agnew and Byron Pickett were among Millicent’s best.

Round 2 - April 27, 2013

West Gambier

4.5

6.5

13.12

14.13 (97)

Millicent

1.0

4.9

7.11

13.16 (84)

Best: West Gambier - Daron McElroy, Joe Ferguson-Lane, Steven Wenman, Nicolas Allen, Gabriel Tucker, Tom Dolan. Millicent - Darcy Thwaites, Cameron Haggett, Jonathan Agnew, Phillip O'loughlin, Byron Pickett, Joshua Martin. Goals: West Gambier - Nicolas Allen 6, Daron McElroy 5, Jarrod Ryan 1, Bradley Wilson 1. Millicent - Glen Gascoyne 5, Joshua Martin 4, Joseph Pratt 1, Byron Pickett 1, Travis Wilson 1, Jonathan Agnew 1

Casterton

1.0

7.1

10.1

12.2 (74)

East

4.5

5.6

9.11

9.13 (67)

Best: Casterton - A. McKenzie, R. Smith, D. Ayton, Z. Michau, P. Kleemann, R. Killey. East - C. Povey , A. Wilson, J. Fry, J. Dempsey, M. Dempsey, S. Balshaw. Goals: Casterton – not available. East - J. Fry 5, M. McCallum , M. VanSchaik , M. Dempsey , B. Creek

Round 2 - April 25, 2013

North

0.1

6.4

9.6

15.10 (100)

South

1.2

2.4

5.4

7.7 (49)

Best: North - B. Egan, C. Hudson, S. Egan, M. Ashby, A. Kurzman, N. Blachut. South - J. Paprotny, B. Howard, J. Ryan, S. Berkefeld, J. Wilson. Goals: North - J. McConnell 4, A. Kilsby 2, N. Blachut 2, S. Flett , R. O''Grady , M. Ashby , A. Kurzman , M. Chapman , B. Egan , G. Soper. South - B. Exelby 4, T. Currie 2, L. Duncan

NEW LOOK SEASON BEGINS - ROUND 1

April 22, 2013

After 6 months of waiting and three teams departing to the Hampden League the 1st round of Western Border football kicked off with the 6 remaining teams. Reigning premiers North Gambier were opposed to arch-rival East Gambier and both teams had plenty of changes in personnel from last year. After a slow start North shook off a determined East and race to 23 point lead at quarter-time. Strong marking forwards in Flett and McConnell were causing headaches for the East defenders and Nulty was winning nearly every hitout. North maintained their lead throughout the 2nd term but East were hanging on tenaciously but poor finishing was costly as North led by 19.

East goaled quickly in the 3rd quarter to reduce the margin to two goals and a close finish looked possible with North not looking particularly impressive. They were stung into action by the challenge and took complete control across the mid-field and half-back to give the forwards plenty of chances but 5-8 and some out of bounds was a poor reward but the margin blew out to 45 points. East looked a tired outfit in the warm conditions and North raced on another 5 goals with coach Justin McConnell booting 4 in a burst to finish with 7 for the game and lead his team to 72 point win.

Nulty was North’s best in the ruck, Hudson at half-back closed East’s road to goal, Brock Egan around the mid-field and Flett were others to play well. For East Chris Anderson and Jayden Eldridge battled hard  but lacked support.

Casterton and Millicent fought out the closest game with the Cats hanging on by 10 points. Millicent were hampered by inaccuracy as they had more scoring chances but Casterton used the ball more efficiently. Simon Sealey, Bunnik, Currie and rugged on-baller Chris Perry were best for Casterton.

The old reliables of Steve Duldig in defence, long-kicking Nat Robbins and hard-working on-baller Jon Agnew were best for Millicent who included Byron Pickett for the 1st time.

South Gambier took a longtime to shake of a re-building West Gambier. The demons should have had a bigger lead than 12 points but sprayed plenty of chances wide whilst West got full value for limited shots at goal. Both teams had many newcomers but West had several premiership players returning to bolster their ranks which also included many youngsters. West kept South honest throughout the 2nd quarter but lacked the scoring power of experienced Simon Berkefeld and Bret O’Neil who kicked 5 goals each.

The 3rd quarter saw the margin close with West hitting the front briefly before South booted late goals to lead by 21 points. South’s experience enabled them to kick away in the last quarter as West faded and record a 50 point win.

Better players for South were quality contributors Simon Berkefeld and Bret O’Neil, Brad Bryant in defence and James Paprotny. Capointain Steve Wenman and star on-baller Brad Wilson stood out for West ahead of youngster Nic Allen who booted 3 goals and Daron McElroy.  

Round 1

SATURDAY NIGHT GAME – April 20, 2013

Casteron

9.4

9.4

11.5

11.5 (71)

Millicent

5.4

8.9

8.13

8.13 (61)

Best: Casterton - Simon Sealey, Dale Bunnik, Jake Currie, Christopher Perry, Kyle Carlin, Peter Kleemann.  Millicent : Steven Duldig, Nathaniel Robbins, Jonathan Agnew, Cameron Haggett, Jeremy Hales, Shaun Withers. Goals: Casterton - Zachary Michau 3, Peter Kleemann 2, Tim Macmichael 2, Adam McKenzie 1, Dylan Ayton 1, Mark Cowland 1, Jock Cleary 1.  Millicent :

Glen Gascoyne 3, Nathaniel Robbins 2, Tyson Lindsay 1, Hamish Gordon 1, Jeremy Hales 1

DAY GAMES

South

4.6

9.7

13.8

19.13 (127)

West

3.0

7.2

10.3

12.5 (77)

Best: South - Brett O'Neil, James Paprotny, Simon Berkefeld, Bradley Bryant, Mathew Weistra.  West Gambier : Steven Wenman, Bradley Wilson, Nicolas Allen, Daron McElroy, Nathan Lewis, Gabriel Tucker. Goals: South - Simon Berkefeld 5, Brett O'Neil 5, Scott Fleming 2, Brent Howard 2, Brett Exelby 2, Bradley Cordy 1, Luke Foran 1, Tyson Currie 1.  West Gambier : Nicolas Allen 3, Jarrod Ryan 2, Nathan Lewis 2, Joshua Schapel 1, Clinton Cowell 1, Bradley Wilson 1, Daron McElroy 1, Keanu Hawke 1

North

6.1

9.2

14.10

19.14 (128)

East

2.2

5.7

7.7

8.8 (56)

Best: North - David Nulty, Callam Hudson, Brock Egan, Troy Hosking, Scott Flett, Nick Mcinerney.  East Gambier : Flynn Balshaw, Christopher Anderson, Jayden Eldridge, Matt Dempsey, Jake Cairns, Rhys Carman. Goals: North - Justin McConnell 7, Scott Flett 4, Brock Egan 2, Anthony Kilsby 2, Matthew Chapman 1, Adam Kurzman 1, Nick Blachut 1, Jacob Galpin 1.  East Gambier : Anthony Wilson 2, Matthew McCallum 1, Chris Povey 1, Shem Balshaw 1, Jake Cairns 1, Blake Lynch 1, Brad Creek 1

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

North Gambier

2.4

6.10

10.12

17.16 (118)

South Gambier

3.1

4.2

8.3

9.5 (59)

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

 

2013 PROGRAM

Round 1

West Gambier South Gambier 20/4/13
Casterton Millicent
North Gambier East Gambier NIGHT

Round 2

North Gambier South Gambier 25/4/2013 ANZAC DAY
Millicent West Gambier 27/4/2013
East Gambier Casterton

Round 3

East Gambier West Gambier 4/5/2013 NIGHT
Casterton North Gambier
South Gambier Millicent

Round 4

West Gambier North Gambier 11/5/2013
South Gambier Casterton
Millicent East Gambier

Round 5

Casterton West Gambier 25/5/2013
East Gambier South Gambier NIGHT
North Gambier Millicent

Round 6

West Gambier South Gambier 1/6/2013
Millicent Casterton
North Gambier East Gambier

Round 7

West Gambier Millicent 15/6/2013
Casterton East Gambier
South Gambier North Gambier

Round 8

East Gambier West Gambier 22/6/2013
North Gambier Casterton
Millicent South Gambier

Round 9

West Gambier Casterton 29/6/2013
South Gambier East Gambier
Millicent North Gambier

Round 10

North Gambier West Gambier 13/7/2013
Casterton South Gambier
East Gambier Millicent

Round 11

Millicent West Gambier 20/7/2013 SPLIT ROUND
Casterton East Gambier 27/7/2013
South Gambier North Gambier

Round 12

West Gambier North Gambier 3/8/2013
Casterton South Gambier
Millicent East Gambier

Round 13

Casterton West Gambier 10/8/2013
East Gambier South Gambier
North Gambier Millicent

Round 14

West Gambier East Gambier 17/8/2013
Casterton North Gambier
South Gambier Millicent

Round 15

South Gambier West Gambier 24/8/2013
Millicent Casterton
East Gambier North Gambier

Finals Series - August 31, Sept 7, 14 & 21