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NORTH GAMBIER SMASH WEST TO WIN GRAND FINAL IN A ROW

by Terry Wolloughby - September 23, 2014

North Gambier won the toss and kicked with a slight breeze but it was West Gambier who made the better start with mobile bigman Daron McElroy marking strongly and goaling. North made some basic ball handling errors gave away some silly frees early and West capitalized on them. McElroy was again prominent around the ground and pushed West forward several but Allen was no target at all and the North defence held them up.

Brad Wilson and Tom Holmes both had their moments for West but Blachut on the wing and Pat Perry were winning plenty of kicks as North started to get moving. Coach McConnell missed two shots before Richie O’Grady, not 100% fit, kicked North’s 1st goal. They were now having more of the play.

West were tackling strongly but they were conceding more ground as North led in the race for the ball and when Perry sharked a McElroy hit out to goal North hit the front late in the 1st quarter to lead by just 3 points. West now had an opportunity with the breeze and Eliot King missed early on. Youngster Josh Jenner goaled on the run after a Moretti handpass freed him up. Nic Allen on the lead took a strong mark and goaled from the 50 m line to reply for West but Moretti was causing havoc on North’s forward line and got the ball to O’Grady for another goal. McConnell playing around the midfield took several strong marks before Perry again goaled . O’Grady marked in the goal square for another before Blachut extended the margin to 25 points.

Wenman made some crucial mistakes for West but a poor tackle by Munn of North held them up. Moretti’s free for an off the ball error saw O’Grady deliver another goal to put North further in front. McElroy had run himself into the ground trying to lift West but big Sam Whelan was now on top at the stoppages. West continued to tackle hard but they also turned the ball over regularly and North made them pay.

North’s running brigade of Stafford, Blachut, Brock Egan and Perry were cutting West apart across the centre whilst O’Grady was tormenting the defence. North were very much on top and led 24 points at ½ time. North’s speed and ball use was very good whilst West were hesitant and slow and Wenman’s move forward weakened the backline greatly. North took complete control in the 3rd term and Wenman was yellow carded after a heavy but late collision left North’s Nic Mark groggy.

West forced several stoppages before Brad Wilson cleared only to have North race the play forward again. A poor kick-in allowed Blachut to goal but West battled the ball forward for Dobie and Wilson to combine for a goal. O’Grady marked powerfully in the square to boot his 5th goal. Moretti and McConnell’s cleverness and mobility continued to cause problems for West and the North coach goaled with his team dominating. O’Grady marked again to boot his 7th goal as the North lead blew out to 61 points. Whelan was now dominating at the stoppages as McElroy dropped out.

The game was over as a contest as the last quarter began but West goaled through Kamara running from half-back and Brad Wilson but O’Grady replied for north after Perry and Symons combined. McElroy, Wenman and Wilson kepoint battling on for West but North went end to end through McConnell, Hamish Telford and Perry for O’Grady to boot his 9th goal.

North’s intensity began to drop off and West booted some cheap goals through Brad Wilson to reduce the margin to 29 points at the finish but the margin was very flattering. North Gambier dominated from midway through the 1st quarter to record their 3rd Grand Final in succession. Pat Perry won the Mick Ryan medal for best a field for North who had many good players. The best were O’Grady, Brad Stafford, Justin McConnell, Sam Whelan, Tim McInerney, Moretti and Brock Egan but the “All palyed well” tag could easily apply. For West it was a different story. McElroy, Tom Holmes and King battled hard whilst Stratman and Brad Wilson had their moments but many were simply outplayed or unsighted. Millicent Football Club hosted their 1st Grand Final in sparkling fashion.

THREE IN A ROW FOR NORTH

Grand Final on September 20, 2014

North

2.5

8.6

15.10

17.13 (115)

West

2.2

4.6

5.9

12.14 (86)

Best: North - B. Stafford , R. O''Grady , J. McConnell , S. Whelan , T. McInerney , B. Egan. West - B. Wilson , D. McElroy , T. Holmes , A. Kamara , K. O''Brien. Goals: North - R. O''Grady 9, P. Perry 3, N. Blachut 2, B. Close , J. McConnell , J. Jenner. West - B. Wilson 4, S. Wenman 2, N. Allen , D. McElroy , A. Kamara , T. Holmes , E. King , L. Morton

DEJAVU FOR WEST GAMBIER AS SOUTH KICK AWAY GRAND FINAL DREAM

by Terry Willoughby, September 15, 2014

Defences were on top early in the Prelim final but it was South who made better use of the ball with gritty on-baller Brent Howard in everything. Jak Ryan was winning handsomely at ball ups but West’s McElroy was prominent around the ground. South’s runners in Simon Berkefeld and Bret O’Neil were cutting West up across the middle good use of handball enabled the Demons to lead by 12 points at 1/4 time.

Brad Wilson was doing well for West but mostly behind centre where his effectiveness diminished. Howard continued to win just about every clearance at stoppages for South as well as kicking goals and cleverly again allowed Cordy to put his team further ahead. West were struggling to find a winner in attack and South wasted chances to put them away just before ½ time. South led by 26 points at the long break and looked to be going like winners.

West made some changes to start the 3rd quarter with versatile Steve Wenman moving to the forward line where had an immediate impact with 2 goals as the Roo’s closed the gap. South still had plenty of chances but Robson and Pfitzner in defence for West held them out on many occasions. McElroy was constantly under notice for West as South couldn’t find a way to goal. Five goals in the 3rd quarter got West right back in the game with the scores almost locked together at ¾ time with South now only ahead by 1 point.

Controversially, West had 19 players on the ground for a significant time during the 3rd quarter but it went undetected by South until it was too late. South started the final term well but couldn’t hit the target and only points resulted before West rebounded around the outer wing for Nic Allen to mark and goal from 40m and put his team in front for the 1st time. South continued to have more of the play but set shots again went wide and the gap closed only slowly before Allen goaled again. The goal kicking yips continued for South who kicked 8 behinds in arrow before youngster Sam Walker goaled from a strong mark to keep South in the game. They were constantly in attack but the West defence withstood the barrage well into time-on with the lead a shaky 3 points. Ash Bryant took a one-handed mark next the behind and played on for a goal to put South 3 points ahead with only 2 minutes remaining.

South went forward again but turned the ball over for West to again race it down the outer wing and into the goal-square where Steve Wenman took a strong to put West back in front. With only seconds left South went forward and had the ball in the scoring zone but the siren went with West 3 points ahead and into the Grand final. Best for West were McElroy, Brad Wilson, defenders Jesse Pfitzner and Sam Robson, Kane O’Brien and speedy winger Al Kennedy. South were shattered after leading most of the game and then kicking 2-8 to Wests’ 4 goals in the last quarter and lose the unlosable. Best for South were tough on-baller Brent Howard, Bret O’Neil, Simon Berkefeld and Jak Ryan.         

Preliminary Final on September 13, 2014

South

4.1

7.6

8.8

10.16 (76)

West

2.1

3.4

8.7

12.7 (79)

Best: West -  D. McElroy , B. Wilson , J. Pfitzner , S. Robson , K. O''Brien , A. Kennedy. South - B. Howard , B. O''Neil , S. Berkefeld. Goals: West - N. Allen 4, S. Wenman 3, D. McElroy , G. Ha , B. Wilson , A. Kennedy , L. Morton. South --  B. Howard 3, B. Cordy 2, B. Exelby 2, S. Fleming , S. Walker , A. Bryant

NORTH GAMBIER WIN NARROWLY IN SECOND SEMI

by Terry Willoughby, September 8, 2014

North Gambier were quick to dispel any form worries after two recent losses and the absence of key on-baller Richie O’Grady. They started well with heavyweight ruckman Sam Whelan giving his fleet footed midfielders first use of the ball. Coach McConnell was giving the South defenders the run around with 2 early goals and youngster Jake Schutz was excellent at half-back where he rebounded strongly.

Blachut and Brock Egan were winning plenty of touches for North and South‘s defence was stretched to the limit. Dion Stratford made some timely saves and gritty Brent Howard worked hard in the stoppages.

South started the 2nd quarter 14 points in arrears but immediately made some changes with Matt Weistra coming on and having an impact as South goaled twice. Troy Hatt’s wobbly kick eluded hands as North steadied but South now had more of the play with the Berkefeld brothers, Simon and Matthew, doing well. Carl Slape marked strongly on the lead and goaled to put South in front and youngster Sam Walker came off the bench with immediate effect. Chances went begging on both sides with errant disposal but South were up by 14 points at ½ time.

North’s earlier good players had dropped out as South surged to the lead. North started brightly in the 3rd quarter but it was Slape again who goaled for South. Ball-handling mistakes by Matt Berkefeld and Scott Fleming for South allowed North back in the game and they had a purple patch with quick goals from Scott Flett and McConnell.

Howard missed a set shot for South as North pressed hard with the previously unsighted Moretti and Hamish Telford winning valuable kicks. North slammed on 6 goals to 2 from South but now had Flett off with a leg injury. At 3/4 time they were 13 points ahead. Telford goaled early to give North a handy lead but South now had Slape in the ruck and Howard’s snap goal reduced the margin to just 6 points. Loose play and overdone handball by North enabled Exelby to mark and goal for South and the scores were level. North had several chances as McConnell missed set shots before Brock Egan goaled. South were still in the race but the turning point came when Brent Howard’s kick was spoilt and Blachut dashed away down the outer wing. North now had a two goal buffer and soaked up time before winning narrowly by 9 points. Better players for North were Jake Schutz at half-back, ruckman Sam Whelan, Tim McInerney, Brock Egan, Brad Stafford and McConnell who should have had more impact but for inaccuracy, he booted 4 goals from 10 shots. South’s best were Simon and Matt Berkefeld, Matt Weistra, Braden Kain whilst Slape and Howard had their moments.               

Second Semi Final on September 8, 2014

North

3.4

4.5

10.11

12.15 (87)

South

1.2

6.7

8.10

11.12 (78)

Best: North - J. Schutz , B. Stafford , T. McInerney , S. Whelan , B. Egan , N. Mark. South -  S. Berkefeld , M. Berkefeld , M. Weistra , B. Kain. Goals: North - S. Flett 4, J. McConnell 4, H. Telford , P. Perry , T. Hatt , B. Egan. South - C. Slape 3, B. Exelby 2, B. Howard , S. Berkefeld , S. Walker , S. Fleming , L. Pearce-Raisin , J. Ryan

WEST GAMBIER BLITZ ELIMINATES CASTERTON/SANDFORD

1 September 2014

West Gambier came out with guns blazing especially its big guns and Casterton/Sandford were unable to stop them. High quality performers Tom Holmes, Brad Wilson, Daron McElroy and Eliot King relished the finals atmosphere as West piled on 9 goals in a 1st quarter onslaught to just 2 from the Cats. The game was virtually over at quarter time when West led by 48 points.

Wilson ran unchecked in the 1st quarter and booted three goals as well as having a hand in others whilst Holmes picked kicks at will around the ground despite receiving some unwarranted attention. Josh Stephenson was the Cats only effective forward and although their defence tightened up they were unable to put any scoreboard pressure on West.

Casterton mad several changes at ½ time with fullback Nick Upointon going to full forward where he at least gave the Cats some competitiveness. West still had control with Holmes and Wilson winning around the stoppages and mid-field but Casterton had stemmed the flow of goals.

West held a 47 point lead at the last change and were in no danger. Casterton/Sandford continued to battle it out with Alex Richardson across the centre being prominent and Stephenson, Upointon and coach Dylan Ayton all added goals but West matched anything that the Cats did. Brad Wilson got his 4th goal and Nic Allen also got into the act as West won easily by 40 points. West’s best were easy to see and could have been in any order, they were Wilson, Tom Holmes, Eliot King and McElroy in the ruck. Adam Gibbs, Robbins and Kane O’Brien also had good moments. It was a big learning curve for Casterton/Sandford who well beaten. Their best were Upointon, Richardson, Todd Clode and Stephenson but many struggled with the extra demands of finals footy.

First Semi Final - August 30, 2014

West

9.6

11.8

15.12

18.15 (123)

Casterton Sandford

2.0

4.5

8.5

12.11 (83)

Best: West - T. Holmes , D. McElroy , B. Wilson , A. Gibbs , N. Lewis , E. King. Casterton Sandford - N. Upton , D. Bunnik , T. Clode , P. Milich , E. Currie , A. O''Connell. Goals: West - N. Allen 4, B. Wilson 4, J. Schapel 3, K. O''Brien 2, D. Robbins , R. Fox , G. Ha , E. King , T. Holmes. Casterton Sandford - J. Stephenson 4, N. Upton 3, D. Ayton 2, J. Harvey , M. Jarrad , J. Searle

MILLICENT CELEBRATE A WIN AT LAST

August 24, 2014

Millicent, winless for 16 rounds found a way to win and end their season with some hope. Goals were hard to score with a strong cross-wind and rain arriving to further lessen the conditions and West Gambier scored the only goal of the 1st term. Millicent got on top with a strong 2nd quarter as West lost key player Tom Holmes to injury but the young Saints sniffed the breeze and slammed on 6 goals to hold a 13 point lead by ½ time. Smooth moving Mason Redman and dogged defender Joe Walker led the way for Millicent who didn’t add a goal in the 3rd quarter but restricted West to just 2 and have both teams level at the last change.

Conditions weren’t getting any better but the Saints had victory in sight when they kicked the only goal of the final quarter along with a handful of behinds to secure a much heralded win by 12 points. Redman, Walker, veteran on-baller Nat Robbins, another youngster in Mitch Gordon were high in Millicent’s best. It was a dirty day for West who now limp into next weeks 1st semi-final 

Casterton/Sandford started in spirited fashion against 2nd placed South Gambier and led by 10 points at quarter time but goals were hard to get with

Coach Dylan Ayton battled very hard for the Cats but his play was constantly forced wide and most of his team were well covered by the rugged if not polished South defence. Hard running half-back Dion Stratford had managed to go forward and boot 2 goals for South who ran out comfortable winners by 34 points and would be surprisingly minor premiers just 2 hours later.

The twilight game between North and East Gambier endured the worst conditions of the day when very heavy rain turned Vansittart Park into a swamp and the football into mud wrestling. North were the first to goal but were unable to push home their early ascendency and East goaled each time they went forward. North lost key playmaker Richie O’Grady but still managed to have the lead through most of the 2nd quarter but goals were rare. The slog through the rain continued after ½ time and North led narrowly with players almost unrecognizable in the mud. North held a narrow 4 point lead at the last change. The last quarter was much like the 3rd and East battled strongly, almost relishing the mud to gain the lead, albeit by just 2 points. North had a chance late in the last quarter but managed only a behind and with almost every player at scrimmages East held on to win by a solitary point. Best for East were veteran Jason Dunn in his retirement farewell, valiant ruckman Sam Clark, Mark Kieselbach and Jake Harrap and Tom Douglas goaled 3 times to give his team the edge. For North, who lost their last 2 games, it was a different story. Coach McConnell went goal-less but fought strongly when forced onto the ball by O’Grady’s injury, Bartetzko in defence, Stafford and Moretti.

Round 17 - August 24, 2014

Millicent

0.3

6.5

6.6

7.13 (55)

West

1.4

4.4

6.6

6.7 (43)

Best: Millicent - M. Redman , J. Walker , N. Robbins , M. Gordon , J. Facey , B. Kenny. West - L. Sierp , K. O''Brien , J. Dobie , R. Fox , B. Wilson , G. Ha. Goals: Millicent - M. Redman 2, N. Robbins 2, C. Hobbs , J. Facey , S. Duldig. West - G. Ha 2, J. Schapel , N. Lewis , B. Wilson , L. Sierp

South

0.2

4.4

7.6

9.6 (60)

Casterton Sandford

2.0

2.0

3.2

4.2 (26)

Best: South - J. Wilson , B. Howard , S. Berkefeld , J. Ryan , C. Williams , B. Bryant. Casterton Sandford - N. Upton , D. Ayton , T. Clode , E. Currie , J. Searle , I. Forbes. Goals: South - S. Berkefeld 3, D. Stratford 2, S. Walker , M. Berkefeld , S. Fleming , B. Exelby. Casterton Sandford - J. Harvey , J. Stephenson , M. Rogers , D. Ayton

East

3.0

3.4

4.6

6.7 (43)

North

1.3

4.3

5.4

6.6 (42)

Best: East - J. Dunn , S. Clark , M. Kieselbach , J. Harrap , N. Lock , J. Eldridge. North - N. Bartetzko , J. McConnell , B. Stafford , N. Moretti , M. Quirk , D. Munn. Goals: East - T. Douglas 3, J. Harrap , S. Balshaw , T. Case. North - N. Moretti 2, P. Perry , N. Blachut , S. Flett , L. Symons

SOUTH TO GOOD FOR NORTH

August 17, 2014

The only result that went true to form in Western Border was Casterton/Sandford’s defeat of Millicent ensuring the Saints the wooden spoon. The Cats weren’t in any mood for benevolence and quickly asserted themselves by keeping Millicent scoreless in the1sr quarter. They stretched their lead to 36 points at ½ time and then piled on 10 goals in the 3rd quarter before running out easy winners by 92 points.

East Gambier have endured some topsy-turvy form without winning in recent games but they put it altogether and brought 3rd placed West Gambier undone at McDonald Park. The 1st quarter was even and only 5 points separated the 2 teams with East in front. East edged ahead before ½ time with straight kicking but in-form forward Kev Thomson was being well held. On-baller Jake Harrap and veteran Jason Dunn were in many good passages of play for East but Wenman was a stumbling block for West. The 3rd quarter saw a change in patterns of play as both teams broke free of defensive tactics and goals became easier to get. East added 8 for the quarter but West also managed 5 but the margin had blown out to 29 points. Wests’ better players in Wilson , Holmes, Wenman and co were winning many kicks but their team-mates were mostly squandering the chances. East on the other hand were playing with plenty of confidence, defending strongly and able to goal when threatened. They matched everything West could do and ran out comfortable winners by 28 points to further dent West’s finals hopes.

Better players for East were Harrap who booted 4 goals, McCallum, nuggety Jason Dunn, Dylan Howard and ruckman Mark Kieselbach. Best for the disappointing West were Jesse Pfitzner, Wenman, Wilson, Holmes and McElroy.

South Gambier charged out of the blocks to have North Gambier reeling in the 1st quarter. The Demons capitalized on the ruck dominance of Jak Ryan and with long kicking on-ballers Bret O’Neil and Simon Berkefeld seemingly without opponents they slammed on 7 goals to one and lead by 35 points. Brett Exelby was brilliant at full forward and gave the North defenders nightmares as he kicked goals and gave them away with ease. North’s recent stars were unsighted and had no defensive skills as South continued to run amok through the midfield. South used long kicking to isolate the North defenders and despite North getting 4 goals for the 2nd quarter South matched them everywhere. O’Grady was battling hard around the stoppages for North but South’s fierce tackling made life difficult and the Demons still had a lead of 33 points at the long break. North got 2 quick goals to start the 3rd term but they were hard fought and South regained composure with unheralded players in Franchetto, Dowdy and Pierce-Raisin all appearing in the goal-scorers to push South to an unassailable 47 point lead at ¾ time.

Coach Justin McConnell had been North’s only multiple goal-kicker but his kicking had also been wayward against the tight South defence. North added 5 goals in the final quarter but the final margin of just 24 points was somewhat flattering as South dominated the game from the 1st bounce. They ran harder, kicked long and created chances, forced errors with strong tackling and exposed North’s defensive efforts. Best for South were Simon Berkefeld and Bret O’Neil, both allowed to run free nearly all game, Jak Ryan in the ruck, Exelby for his 5 goals and many assists, Franchetto and feisty Brent Howard who continually got under the skin of opponents. For North it was a different story, O’Grady battled hard against close attention, Jake Schutz, Quirk when switched to rucking duties and Blachut on the wing

Round 16 - August 16, 2014

South

7.2

11.4

15.7

16.11 (107)

North

1.3

5.7

7.8

12.11 (83)

Best: South - S. Berkefeld , B. Bryant , B. O''Neil , J. Ryan , B. Kain , R. Franchetto. North - R. O''Grady , J. Schutz , M. Quirk , N. Blachut , H. Telford. Goals: South - B. Exelby 5, L. Pearce-Raisin 2, B. Cordy 2, S. Berkefeld 2, R. Franchetto 2, B. O''Neil , J. Dowdy , B. Kain. North - J. McConnell 4, B. Close 2, M. Hensel , S. Sochacki , R. O''Grady , P. Perry , N. Blachut , B. Egan

East

3.1

6.1

14.2

17.4 (106)

West

2.2

4.3

9.3

12.6 (78)

Best: East - M. McCallum , J. Dunn , J. Harrap , D. Howard , M. Kieselbach , C. Smith. West - J. Pfitzner , S. Wenman , B. Wilson , T. Holmes , D. McElroy , R. Fox. Goals: East - J. Harrap 4, K. Thomson 2, M. McCallum 2, S. Balshaw 2, D. Howard 2, C. Anderson 2, M. Kieselbach , C. Smith , N. Lock. West - N. Allen 3, G. Ha 2, J. Dobie , J. Schapel , A. Kamara , D. McElroy , N. Lewis , B. Wilson , E. King

Casterton Sandford

4.2

8.5

18.5

22.8 (140)

Millicent

-

3.0

6.0

8.0 (48)

Best: Casterton Sandford - D. Ayton , K. Carlin , I. Forbes , D. Wombwell , J. Harvey , T. Clode. Millicent - J. Grimes , J. Walker , J. Hales , J. Pratt , B. Kenny , H. Reilly. Goals: Casterton Sandford - J. Stephenson 4, M. Killey 4, J. Harvey 4, D. Ayton 3, M. Jarrad 2, T. Clode 2, A. Richardson , I. Forbes , K. Carlin. Millicent - J. Facey 3, J. Pratt , N. Robbins , S. Duldig , J. Hales , T. Pratt

SOUTH AND NORTH GAMBIER UNCHALLENGED AT TOP LADDER

August 10, 2014

North Gambier showed another finals aspirant in Casterton/Sandford just what a top team looks like with a comprehensive 101 point thrashing. The Tigers took control from the start and were only matched briefly in the 3rd quarter when the Cats booted 5 goals. North had many good players with Brock Egan again allowed to run free and Brad Stafford picking up kicks easily across the centre. Big ruckman Sam Whelan continued his good form and gave his on-ballers an arm-chair ride. The lead was out to 64 points by ½ time and North showed no signs of stopping.

Coach Justin McConnell and hard-running Nick Moretti ran amok near goal with 9 and 5 apiece, in McConnell’s case it could have been many more but for inaccuracy. Casterton failed to score in the last term which started to get a little spiteful as North slammed on another 6 goals to win easily. Best for the Tigers were Egan, Stafford, Whelan, Matt McInerney and McConnell. Coach Dylan Ayton was again best for Casterton but his lack of discipline hurts his game, Dylan Ryan with 4 goals and Alex O’Connell.

West Gambier were keen to erase the memory of last week’s thrashing when they led early against 2ndplaced South Gambier. Brad Wilson was again West’s leading light and he set up most of West’s chances as well as kicking goals himself. South clicked into gear in the 2nd quarter and slammed on 8 goals to a solitary one from West to completely split the game apart. Ball magnets Bret O’Neil and Simon Berkefeld took over around the midfield and stoppages as South outclassed the West defence.

Exelby was again a thorn in the side of West with 4 goals and his generalship of a forward line is a skill worth watching. West clawed back a little ground in the 3rd term but South still held a 35 point lead. Wilson continued to gather kicks for West and speedy Al Kennedy also bobbed up but West’s haphazard kicking turned the ball over too often. South conceded a couple of early goals in the last quarter but West still wasted chances and in the end South made them pay by scoring the last 4 goals late to run out easy winners by 46 points. South’s better players were Bret O’Neil, Simon Berkefeld, gritty on-baller Brent Howard, Brayden Kain, Stratford and Jak Ryan in the ruck.

South’s win was soured a little by injury to coach Luke Duncan.

For West it was the usual story with a huge reliance on Brad Wilson. Others to play well were Nathan Lewis, Kennedy, Abdullah Kamara and Pfitzner. Millicent have had little to celebrate all year so the 1984 Premiership reunion was a useful distraction.

East Gambier weren’t in any mood to join in and led throughout to win comfortably by 47 points which was a huge change for Millicent from the previous game. “Hevvy” Kevvy Thomson put on a private clinic at full forward for East and booted 10 goals out of 14 and improve on his recent good form. Matt McCallum on the wing, ruckman Mark Kieselbach and Nick Lock were others to play well for East. Millicent’s best were again youngsters in Mason Redman, Hamish Gordon, Blake Kenny and Joe Walker.        

Round 15 - August 9, 2014

East

4.4

9.6

11.9

14.12 (96)

Millicent

1.0

1.3

5.4

7.7 (49)

Best: East  - K. Thomson , M. McCallum , M. Kieselbach , C. Smith , N. Lock , C. Anderson. Millicent - M. Redman , H. Gordon , B. Kenny , C. Denton , J. Walker , C. Thomson. Goals: East - Kelvin Thomson 10, S. Balshaw , C. Smith , M. McCallum , N. Lock. Millicent - H. Gordon 3, H. Nitschke 2, J. Grimes , D. Shanks

North

7.3

14.4

19.7

25.10 (160)

Casterton Sandford

2.5

3.6

8.11

8.11 (59)

Best: North - B. Egan , B. Stafford , S. Whelan , M. McInerney , M. Quirk , N. Bartetzko. Casterton Sandford - D. Ayton , D. Ryan , A. O''Connell , D. Wombwell , J. Stephenson. Goals: North - J. McConnell 9, N. Moretti 5, B. Egan 2, P. Perry 2, N. Blachut 2, R. O''Grady , B. Stafford , M. Chapman , H. Telford , M. Walmsley-Pace. Casterton Sandford - D. Ryan 4, A. Richardson 2, N. Upton 2

South

4.2

12.7

13.10

16.14 (110)

West

5.2

5.6

7.11

9.16 (70)

Best: South - B. O''Neil , S. Berkefeld , B. Howard , B. Kain , D. Stratford. West - B. Wilson , N. Lewis , A. Kennedy , J. Pfitzner , A. Kamara , D. Robbins. Goals: South - B. Exelby 4, S. Walker 3, S. Berkefeld 2, M. Berkefeld 2, B. Cordy , B. Howard , J. Tentye , B. O''Neil , B. Kain , M. Weistra. West - B. Wilson 3, J. Schapel 2, K. O''Brien , N. Lewis , S. Wenman , A. Gibbs

NORTH GAMBIER DEMOLISH WEST

Report - August 3, 2014

After 10 minutes of the 1st quarter scores were level but by the quarter time siren North had moved out to a 21 point lead. The Tiger forward line and midfield brigade asserted great influence in the 2nd quarter with O’Grady winning around the stoppages and coach McConnell kicking goals at full forward in between having time around the centre. Youngsters Brad Close and Brad Stafford also joined in the goalkicking as West were unable to stem the flow.

Last weeks match-winners for West were getting kicks but they were ineffectual as North ran in numbers and over whelmed the West defence. At the long break North led by 47 points, giving the West coaching hierarchy plenty to worry about. North powered away in the 3rd quarter when they piled on 9 goals to a solitary one from West who were completely demoralized as McConnell, O’Grady, Stafford and Perry ran amok.

Big ruckman Sam Whelan had played a big role in the dominance by reducing  West’s star Daron McElroy to an average game. More North players joined in the goal fest as the margin blew out to 94 points at ¾ time. West goaled early in the last term but that was just the signal for North to again take control which they did emphatically by bombarding the hapless West defence by adding another 7 goals. West’s class players in Wilson, Holmes and McElroy were now in unfamiliar territory trying to limit the damage as North bolted to a 125 point victory. McConnell with 7 and Pat Perry 6 goals did as they liked near goal whilst O’Grady, Whelan, Brad Stafford, Brock Egan and Brad Close all played well in an ominous display. West scarcely had a good player but Wilson, Holmes and Jesse Pfitzner battled on.

South Gambier turned their game against Millicent into a training run when they kept the Saints goal-less for 3 quarters. South piled on 21 goals in the 2nd half against feeble opposition from Millicent who were further undermanned with youngsters away with Glenelg.

Ruckman Jak Ryan gave his on-ballers in Brent Howard, Bret O’Neil, Simon Berkefeld and almost anyone who wanted a kick an armchair ride as the goal tally rose steadily each quarter. Brett Exelby booted 8 for the winners in a team that had 14 goalkickers. Millicent’s solitary goal came from veteran defender Chris Denton. South, in a percentage booster by 199 points.

East Gambier have mixed some respectable losses with some shockers but they thoroughly tested Casterton/Sandford in a bid to keep their slim finals chance alive. They shot out to a 27 point lead in the 1st quarter with Kev Thomson providing a focal point near goal and his brother Luke blocked the Cats direct routé to goal at the other end. Coach Ayton was doing everything to lift Casterton but East maintained a tight grip on the game throughout the 1st half to lead by 21 points.

Casterton struggled to find a winning forward but Ayton, Jedd Clode and recruit Josh Stephenson kepoint pushing them forward as East started to fall away. Casterton added 5 goals to 3 in the 3rd term but East were playing with plenty of determination and still led by 10 points. The Cats kepoint coming in the last quarter but East kepoint them out through Luke Thomson and veteran Jason Dunn in defence. Slowly Casterton closed the gap and got home by just 3 points with a goal in the dying stages. Better performers for Casterton were tireless Dylan Ayton, Jedd Clode, the Wombwell’s, David and Daniel and Stephenson. East salvaged some lost pride but still didn’t get a win. Their best were Luke Thomson, Howard, Shem Balshaw, Jason Dunn and Chris Anderson.

Round 14 scores - August 2, 2014

South

6.8

10.12

21.16

31.22 (208)

Millicent

-

0.1

1.1

1.3 (9)

Best: South - J. Ryan , B. O''Neil , B. Exelby , B. Howard , M. Weistra. Millicent - B. Kenny , N. Robbins , H. Reilly , C. Thomson , B. Smith , A. Allen. Goals: South - B. Exelby 8, B. Kain 4, S. Berkefeld 3, L. Duncan 3, S. Walker 3, B. Howard 2, A. Bryant 2, M. Berkefeld , L. Pearce-Raisin , Z. King , S. Fleming , M. Weistra , R. Franchetto. Millicent - C. Denton

North

5.3

12.7

21.9

28.11 (179)

West

2.0

5.2

6.5

7.10 (52)

Best: North -  B. Stafford , S. Whelan , B. Egan , R. O''Grady , P. Perry , N. Moretti. West -  J. Pfitzner , A. Gibbs , D. McElroy , B. Wilson , N. Lewis , A. Kennedy. Goals: North -  J. McConnell 7, P. Perry 5, B. Close 3, N. Moretti 2, R. O''Grady 2, J. Schutz 2, M. Chapman 2, B. Stafford 2, M. Walmsley-Pace , S. Flett , H. Telford. West - K. O''Brien 2, L. Morton 2, A. Kamara , G. Ha , J. Schapel

Casterton Sandford

0.2

3.5

8.6

11.9 (75)

East Gambier

4.5

6.6

9.10

10.12 (72)

Best: Casterton Sandford - D. Ayton , J. Clode , J. Stephenson , D. Wombwell , A. O''Connell , D. Wombwell. East Gambier -  L. Thomson , D. Howard , J. Dunn , S. Balshaw , C. Anderson , T. Douglas. Goals: Casterton Sandford - D. Wombwell 2, T. Clode 2, D. Ryan 2, A. Richardson 2, J. Stephenson , J. Harvey , M. Killey. East - K. Thomson 4, T. Douglas 2, M. McCallum , M. Kieselbach , C. Anderson , N. Lock

WEST GAMBIER SEND A TIMELY REMINDER IN WBFL

Round 13 Report - July 29, 2014

After a slump in form, West Gambier have bounced back into flag contentions. They may have only beaten the bottom sides but the way they disposed of East Gambier would have given supporters plenty of hope. They charged to a 41 point lead in the 1st quarter against East Gambier and never looked back. Their powerful midfield of McElroy, Brad Wilson and Tom Holmes repeatedly won the across the centre and gave many chances to forwards Eliot King, Kane O’Brien and others.

They treated the East backmen like witches hats and nearly every West forward got on the score sheet. East had very few contributors in the 1st half as West continued to play all over and around them. Holmes set up many attacks with handball and precise kicking which East couldn’t match. The Bulldogs started better in the 3rdterm but West quickly regained the ascendancy with McElroy dominant in the forward line when supposedly resting. The dominance of West’s power players brought many others into the game with the likes of Robbins, Schapel and Gibbs getting valuable kicks. East gained some scoreboard respectability in the last quarter with 6 goals but West also booted 5 to win easily by 61 points.

Any one of several could have been named best for West but McElroy, Wilson Holmes, Kennedy and O’Brien stood out. For East only “hevvy” Kevvy Thompson with 6 goals, Dylan Howard after ¼ time and Shem Balshaw showed much fight. The win was soured a little for West with the report of key defender Steve Wenman for striking. Casterton/Sandford secured their finals berth with an easy 81 point win over winless Millicent. The Cats were solid rather than brilliant and Millicent just fell apart at the finish. Casterton led all day and slammed on 7 goals to none in the last quarter. Better players for the Cats were Josh Stephenson who booted 4 goals, Nick Upton, Jedd Clode and coach Dylan Ayton. The usuals of Robbins, Haggett and Joe Walker stood out for Millicent. 

Top sides North and South Gambier fought out an entertaining battle with both sides looking like winners at various stages. North led at every break but the margins between the teams rarely exceeded 10 points. Both teams looked dangerous in attack with McConnell getting 4 goals for North and ruckman/forward Slape getting 4 for south. Experienced Pat Perry won plenty of kicks around the centre for North who couldn’t break free of South. They had Brett O’Neil and Brad Bryant providing drive and it was South who goaled late in the 3rd quarter to keep the margin to just 7 points. Both teams kicked 4 goals in a tight last quarter but North held on by 9 points and earn a two game break on the premiership ladder. Youngsters Brad Close, son of former star Andrew slipped under South’s guard to be North’s best with 4 goals, Pat Perry in the centre, Matt McInerney, Brad Stafford and Tim McInerney also contributed strongly. South minus Simon Berkefeld on state duties lost no admirers with their efforts. Better players for them were Carl Slape who booted 4 goals, Brad Bryant, O’Neil, dashing halfback Dion Stratford and feisty Brent Howard.  

Round 13 - July 26, 2014

Casterton Sandford

5.4

8.9

12.11

19.15 (129)

Millicent

3.1

5.4

7.4

7.6 (48)

Best: Casterton Sanford - J. Stephenson , N. Upton , J. Clode , D. Ayton , K. Carlin , D. Wombwell. Millicent -  N. Robbins , J. Walker , C. Haggett , C. Thomson , B. Kenny , M. Redman. Goals: Casterton Sandford - J. Stephenson 4, C. Perry 3, B. Gill 2, N. Upton 2, D. Ryan 2, A. O''Connell 2, J. Harvey , J. Clode , C. Talbot , D. Ayton. Millicent -  N. Robbins 3, J. Walker , C. Haggett , H. Gordon , J. Pratt

North

3.2

9.3

12.4

16.8 (104)

South

2.5

7.6

10.9

14.11 (95)

Best: North  -  B. Close , P. Perry , B. Stafford , M. McInerney , T. McInerney , B. Egan. .South -  C. Slape , B. Bryant , B. O''Neil , D. Stratford , B. Howard. Goals: North -  J. McConnell 4, B. Close 4, R. O''Grady 2, P. Perry 2, B. Stafford 2, M. McInerney , J. Schutz. South - C. Slape 4, B. Exelby 3, B. Kain 2, M. Berkefeld 2, B. Bryant , B. O''Neil , Z. King

West

7.5

10.9

14.14

19.17 (131)

East

1.0

3.3

5.4

11.4 (70)

Best: West - D. McElroy , K. O''Brien , E. King , B. Wilson , M. Hunter , R. Fox. East -  K. Thomson , M. Kieselbach , S. Balshaw , M. White , J. Dunn. Goals: West  - D. McElroy 4, J. Schapel 3, K. O''Brien 2, E. King 2, A. Kennedy , S. Wenman , A. Gibbs , B. Wilson , M. Hunter. East - K. Thomson 6, D. Howard 3, B. Nash , C. Anderson

NORTH GET RUGGED CONTEST FROM EAST

Round 12 report - July 21, 2014

Top team North Gambier looked good early against East Gambier who were badly beaten last week but it was East who tackled harder and in numbers to force North into uncharacteristic errors in the first term and lead narrowly by 4 points which should have been more but for poor finishing near goal.

Kev Thompson was strong at full forward for East but McConnell was hard to contain for North. East continued to press North strongly but poor skills hindered them although Thompson had four goals by ½ time. North got on top late in the 2ndquarter when Matt McInerney had a brilliant burst when he read the play cleverly to boot 3 goals in 5 minutes to leave East defenders bewildered. Holiday maker Richie O’Grady also had a strong hand in play as North got on top to lead by 19 points although East had plenty of chances but still blew most of them in front of goal. East again applied strong tackling in the 3rd term but their skill level was deplorable as many chances went begging as they trailed by 8 points at ¾ time. Jake Harrap and Jayden Eldridge had been good for East and Pat Perry was prominent for North but it was quality use of the ball by McConnell that kept North in front. North had the big guns in the centre to start the last quarter but East continued to worry them with the scores less than 2 kicks apart. McConnell was having a big say in proceedings with many effective possessions in the last quarter which resulted goals coming quickly from the 10 minute mark through Brad Close, Perry and Jake Schutz. North raced away to a 25 point lead as East heads began to drop.

North finished strongly but East were not disgraced to go down by 32 points. Better players for North were Justin McConnell, Pat Perry in the centre, O’Grady, Scott Flett when on the ball and a terrific cameo performance form Matt McInerney with 4 goals and Brad Close with 3. East’s best were Jake Harrap despite errant disposal, Sam Clark battled hard in ruck, Jayden Eldridge and Shem Balshaw.

West Gambier quickly stamped their authority over wooden spooner Millicent to lead by 18 points at quarter time. Millicent battled to stay in touch and the efforts of youngsters Mason, Redman, Hamish Nitschke and Jayden Reilly gave them some faint hope but West had too much experience and pushed the lead out to 30 points by ½ time with Josh Schapel proving a headache around goal. Ruckman Daron McElroy was giving plenty of drive and ball magnet Brad Wilson continually drove West forward. The lead blew out to 53 points at the last change but Millicent continued to battle on and outscored West in the last quarter with 4 goals to one but West maintained their grip on the game to win by 35 points. McElroy, Wilson and Steve Wenman stood out for West and Schapel booted 5 goals. Youngsters Redman, Nitschke and Hamish Reilly did well for Millicent who remain winless this year.

Casterton/Sandford  thought they had a strong chance against 2nd placed South Gambier but were blown away early when South raced to a 30 point lead by quarter time. South’s powerful midfield brigade of Simon Berkefeld, Brent Howard and Brett O’Neil were doing all the damage and they continued to dominate throughout the 1st half as the lead got out to  54 points. The Cats made some ground in the 3rdquarter but South became wasteful near goal registering only one goal from 7 scoring shots as Casterton posted four to trail by 41points at ¾ time. South maintained their grip on the game in the last quarter and won easily by 48 points at the final siren. Quality players Simon Berkefeld, Brent Howard and Brett O’Neil headed South’s best just in advance of Brad Bryant and ruckman Carl Slape. The Cats’ let themselves down badly when needing a win over a top side and only Josh Stephenson, Matt Killey and coach Dylan Ayton showed much resistance.

Round 12 - July 19, 2014

South

7.6

11.8

12.14

16.16 (112)

Casterton Sandford

3.0

3.2

7.3

10.4 (64)

Best: South - S. Berkefeld, B. Howard, B. Bryant, B. O''Neil, C. Slape, J. Ryan. Casterton Sandford - J. Stephenson, M. Killey, D. Wombwell, D. Ayton, N. Upton, C. Talbot. Goals: South - S. Berkefeld 4, C. Williams 2, C. Slape 2, B. Exelby 2, J. Ryan 2, M. Berkefeld , J. Primer , B. Howard , B. O''Neil. Casterton Sandford - C. Perry 3, M. Killey 2, J. Stephenson 2, D. Ryan 2, T. Clode

West

4.2

8.9

13.15

14.18 (102)

Millicent

1.2

4.3

6.4

10.7 (67)

Best: West  -  D. McElroy, B. Wilson, S. Wenman, J. Schapel, K. O''Brien, T. Dolan. Millicent - M. Redman, H. Nitschke, B. Kenny, C. Denton, H. Reilly. Goals: West -  J. Schapel 5, T. Badman 2, B. Wilson , A. Kennedy , J. Lock , D. McElroy , T. Holmes , T. Dolan , E. King. Millicent - N. Robbins 3, J. Reilly 2, M. Redman 2, H. Nitschke , C. Haggett , J. Walker

North

3.2

10.3

11.4

17.5 (107)

East

3.6

6.8

8.14

10.15 (75)

Best: North -  P. Perry, R. O''Grady, N. Bartetzko, S. Flett, B. Close, M. McInerney. East - J. Harrap, S. Clark, S. Balshaw, J. Eldridge, N. Lock , G. Janeway. Goals: North -  J. McConnell 4, M. McInerney 4, B. Close 3, P. Perry 2, B. Egan , J. Schutz , B. Stafford , N. Moretti. East - K. Thomson 4, J. Harrap 3, A. Wilson , C. Anderson , M. Dempsey

Round 11 - July 12, 2014

South

5.2

9.4

14.5

20.8 (128)

East

2.1

3.3

5.5

6.10 (46)

Best: South -  J. Ryan, S. Berkefeld, D. Stratford, B. O''Neil, B. Bryant. East - S. Balshaw, J. Eldridge, M. White, S. Clark, N. Lock , G. Janeway. Goals: South - S. Berkefeld 4, B. Exelby 3, C. Slape 2, B. Bryant 2, J. Dowdy 2, B. Howard 2, L. Duncan , A. Bryant , J. Ryan , D. Stratford , M. Berkefeld. East - T. Younghusband 2, K. Thomson 2, N. Walters , J. Harrap

Casterton

3.1

7.1

10.5

13.5 (83)

West

2.0

4.2

6.6

10.14 (74)

Best: Casterton -  C. Talbot, M. Killey, D. Ryan, J. Stephenson, B. Currie, N. Upton. West - S. Wenman, D. McElroy, B. Wilson, T. Holmes, A. Kennedy, K. O''Brien. Goals: Casterton - D. Ryan 5, J. Stephenson 3, R. Killey , C. Talbot , D. Wombwell , B. Currie , M. Killey. West -  T. Holmes 2, B. Wilson 2, S. Wenman 2, J. Schapel , E. King , J. Lock , A. Kennedy

North

5.0

10.6

14.8

16.9 (105)

Millicent

1.2

3.3

6.5

8.6 (54)

Best: North -  P. Perry, S. Flett, T. McInerney, N. Bartetzko, B. Close. Millicent - N. Robbins, J. Walker, M. Redman, D. Shanks, S. Duldig, C. Thomson. Goals: North -  J. McConnell 3, B. Egan 2, S. Flett 2, B. Close 2, N. Moretti 2, S. Whelan , T. Hatt , P. Perry , D. Munn , B. Stafford. Millicent - N. Robbins 3, J. Hales , J. Reilly , B. Zalme , M. Gordon , B. Tilley

Round 10 - June 28, 2014

South

1.1

3.5

4.7

5.13 (43)

West

5.5

5.5

5.10

5.10 (40)

Best: South - J. Wilson, J. Ryan, D. Stratford, A. Bryant, B. Exelby. West - S. Wenman, T. Holmes, B. Wilson, D. McElroy, A. Kennedy, J. Schapel. Goals: South - J. Ryan , B. Exelby , B. Cordy , D. Stratford , B. Bryant. West - J. Schapel 2, S. Wenman , B. Wilson , R. Fox

North

2.0

4.2

5.3

5.4 (34)

Casterton

2.4

2.4

4.5

4.6 (30)

Best: North - T. McInerney, S. Whelan, H. Telford, N. Bartetzko, M. Chapman, T. Hatt. Casterton - D. Ayton, D. Ryan, J. Stephenson, K. Carlin, D. Wombwell, D. Bunnik. Goals: North - S. Flett 2, M. Hensel , H. Telford , J. McConnell. Casterton - D. Ryan 2, D. Ayton , A. Cleary

East

5.4

6.4

9.6

11.7 (73)

Millicent

1.0

2.1

2.2

2.2 (14)

Best: East - K. Thomson, M. McCallum, S. Balshaw, J. Eldridge, G. Lines, M. White. Millicent - J. Walker, C. Haggett, M. Gordon, N. Robbins, S. Duldig, J. Hales. Goals: East - K. Thomson 8, M. McCallum , S. Balshaw , G. Lines. Millicent - C. Haggett , H. Nitschke

Round 9 - June 21, 2014

South

2.2

4.7

11.8

18.13 (121)

Millicent

3.0

5.1

8.1

8.2 (50)

Best: South - L. Duncan, A. Bryant, C. Slape, B. Bryant, J. Wilson. Millicent - N. Robbins, H. Reilly, J. Walker, S. Duldig, C. Thomson, J. Grimes. Goals: South - B. Exelby 3, L. Duncan 3, J. Dowdy 2, S. Berkefeld 2, A. Bryant 2, C. Slape , B. O''Neil , B. Bryant. Millicent - J. Grimes 3, N. Robbins 3, P. Duncan , R. Duncan

Casterton

4.1

8.2

12.2

14.6 (90)

East

1.3

3.6

6.7

8.12 (60)

Best: Casterton - D. Ayton, M. Killey, R. Killey, A. Richardson, D. Ryan, B. Currie. East - J. Eldridge, D. Howard, M. Kieselbach, M. McCallum, C. Anderson, L. Thomson. Goals: Casterton - R. Killey 6, D. Ayton 2, J. Stephenson 2, I. Forbes , D. Wombwell , D. Ryan , B. Currie. East - M. McCallum 2, G. Lines 2, N. Walters , C. Anderson , S. Clark , K. Thomson

North

5.2

7.4

11.8

14.11 (95)

West

2.2

4.5

5.6

10.11 (71)

Best: North - P. Perry, B. Egan, B. Stafford, D. Munn, H. Telford, N. Blachut. West - D. McElroy, A. Kamara, B. Wilson, T. Holmes, E. King, T. Dolan. Goals: North - J. McConnell 7, N. Moretti 2, S. Flett 2, B. Close , P. Perry , R. O''Grady. West - E. King 2, J. Schapel 2, M. Bourchier , D. McElroy , T. Holmes , B. Wilson , A. Kennedy , J. Dobie

Round 8 - June 14, 2014

South

3.6

9.12

14.12

21.17 (143)

East

2.1

2.1

6.3

6.3 (39)

Best: South - S. Berkefeld, B. Howard, A. Bryant, B. O''Neil, B. Bryant. East - M. Kieselbach, M. McCallum, S. Balshaw, J. Eldridge, D. Howard, J. Harrap. Goals: South - B. Exelby 5, S. Berkefeld 4, B. Howard 4, J. Ryan 2, H. Stevens , L. Duncan , A. Bryant , B. O''Neil , C. Slape , R. Franchetto. East - K. Thomson 3, D. Howard , R. Janeway , J. Harrap

North

5.3

9.6

13.9

18.14 (122)

Millicent

0.3

0.4

1.6

1.8 (14)

Best: North - J. McConnell, S. Flett, B. Egan, S. Egan, N. Blachut. Millicent - S. Duldig, C. Haggett, B. Tilley, B. Kenny, M. Redman, M. Gordon. Goals: North - S. Egan 4, J. McConnell 3, J. Schutz 3, N. Moretti 3, N. Mark , S. Flett , M. Hensel , N. Mcinerney , D. Munn. Millicent - P. O''loughlin

Casterton

2.2

6.7

13.8

17.12 (114)

West

5.4

5.7

6.8

10.11 (71)

Best: Casterton - D. Ryan, B. Currie, T. Clode, C. Jarrad, D. Wombwell, N. Upton. Goals: Casterton - D. Ryan 6, J. Stephenson 3, R. Killey 2, N. Upton , D. Ayton , B. Currie , C. Jarrad , J. Clode , T. Clode. West - B. Wilson 3, S. Wenman 2, A. Gibbs 2, J. Dobie , R. Fox , K. Hawke

Round 7 - May 31, 2014

North

2.4

4.7

7.11

10.15 (75)

South

4.3

5.5

8.7

11.9 (75)

Best: North - B. Stafford, R. O''Grady, M. Quirk, P. Perry, S. Egan, S. Flett. South - D. Stratford, L. Foran, J. Wilson, A. Bryant, S. Berkefeld, C. Slape. Goals: North - N. Moretti 4, B. Stafford 2, J. McConnell 2, J. Schutz , M. Quirk. South - B. Exelby 3, C. Slape 2, S. Berkefeld 2, J. Dowdy 2, L. Duncan , B. Bryant

East

2.5

3.7

9.8

12.9 (81)

West

0.1

3.3

3.6

6.8 (44)

Best: East - N. Lock , S. Balshaw, C. Anderson, F. Balshaw. West - A. Gibbs, S. Wenman, D. McElroy, B. Wilson, T. Dolan. Goals: East - K. Thomson 7, N. Lock , M. McCallum , F. Balshaw , C. Smith , D. Howard. West - S. Wenman , E. King , B. Wilson , J. Dobie , N. Allen , D. McElroy

Casterton

2.5

3.6

5.12

8.16 (64)

Millicent

4.1

6.2

8.3

8.5 (53)

Best: Casterton - D. Ryan, M. Killey, B. Currie, J. Stephenson, D. Bunnik, T. Clode. Millicent - N. Robbins, C. Haggett, B. Tilley, C. Hobbs, C. Thomson, B. Davis. Goals: Casterton - D. Ryan 2, R. Killey , D. Ayton , B. Gill , J. Smith , I. Forbes , M. Killey. Millicent - C. Hobbs 2, N. Robbins 2, R. Love 2, C. Denton , M. Gordon

Round 6 - May 24, 2014

West

3.5

10.8

15.12

19.17 (131)

Millicent

1.1

5.2

5.4

6.4 (40)

Best: West - T. Holmes, D. McElroy, B. Wilson, E. King, K. O''Brien, C. Wehl. Millicent - N. Robbins, C. Haggett, C. Thomson, C. Hobbs, J. Walker, P. O''loughlin. Goals: West -  N. Allen 5, T. Holmes 3, B. Wilson 3, E. King 2, C. Wehl 2, S. Wenman , J. Waugh , J. Schapel , D. McElroy. Millicent - R. Love 2, M. Gordon 2, J. Grimes 2

North

5.2

10.6

19.10

22.14 (146)

East

0.1

4.2

6.2

8.6 (54)

Best: North -  N. Blachut, B. Stafford, R. O''Grady, T. McInerney, S. Flett, M. Chapman. East - M. Kieselbach, M. White, C. Anderson, K. Thomson, J. Dunn. Goals: North - J. McConnell 7, N. Moretti 5, N. Blachut 4, M. Chapman , J. Schutz , D. Munn , M. McInerney , B. Egan , B. Stafford. East - J. Dunn 2, M. McCallum , D. Howard , T. Case , M. Dempsey , C. Anderson , K. Thomson

South

6.5

10.7

14.15

23.18 (156)

Casterton

2.0

5.4

5.8

5.9 (39)

Best: South - D. Stratford, B. Cordy, B. Bryant, B. Exelby, J. Wilson, L. Foran. Casterton -  B. Currie, J. Stephenson, N. Upton, D. Ryan, M. Killey. Goals: South - B. Exelby 7, D. Stratford 2, B. Bryant 2, B. Cordy 2, B. O''Neil 2, J. Ryan , A. Bryant , M. Berkefeld , Z. King , J. Dowdy , S. Berkefeld , M. Weistra , S. Fleming. Casterton - J. Stephenson 3, R. Killey , B. Currie

Round 5 - May 17, 2017

West

2.6

3.9

7.10

14.15 (99)

South

4.1

7.5

9.8

10.13 (73)

Best: West - T. Holmes, B. Wilson, A. Kamara, D. McElroy, N. Allen, A. Gibbs. South - B. Bryant, D. Stratford, S. Berkefeld, J. Wilson. Goals: West -  N. Allen 6, B. Wilson 2, A. Kamara , G. Ha , A. Kennedy , J. Waugh , A. Gibbs , L. Morton. South - B. Exelby 4, C. Slape 2, M. Weistra , A. Bryant , J. Ryan , J. Dowdy

East

4.3

4.5

7.7

13.9 (87)

Millicent

1.2

5.6

7.7

8.8 (56)

Best: East - M. Dempsey, J. Eldridge, K. Thomson, T. Case, S. Balshaw, C. Anderson. Millicent - C. Haggett, N. Robbins, C. Thomson, S. Duldig, J. Walker, M. Gordon. Goals: East - K. Thomson 4, T. Case 3, S. Balshaw , M. VanSchaik , J. Eldridge , M. McCallum , N. Lock , C. Anderson. Millicent - R. Love 5, J. Pratt , S. Duldig , J. Grimes

North

3.2

7.3

14.3

19.6 (120)

Casterton

5.3

7.6

9.7

13.9 (87)

Best: North  - N. Bartetzko, J. McConnell, T. McInerney, N. Mcinerney, N. Blachut, N. Moretti. Casterton - J. Stephenson, E. Currie, T. Clode, D. Ayton, A. Richardson, N. Upton. Goals: North - N. Moretti 6, S. Flett 3, J. Schutz 2, M. McInerney , J. McConnell , R. O''Grady , H. Telford , M. Mcpherson , N. Blachut , B. Stafford , N. Mcinerney. Casterton - J. Stephenson 6, T. Clode , M. Killey , D. Ryan , R. Killey , J. Harvey , D. Ayton , J. Clode

Round 4 - May 10, 2014

East

2.1

3.2

7.7

12.10 (82)

Casterton

4.3

7.5

8.8

12.9 (81)

Best: East - C. Anderson, J. Eldridge, S. Balshaw, J. Dunn, T. Case, M. Dempsey. Casterton - D. Ayton, B. Currie, D. Ryan, R. Killey, M. Killey, A. Richardson. Goals: East - J. Eldridge 3, M. McCallum 2, M. Kieselbach 2, K. Thomson 2, J. Dunn , M. White , C. Anderson. Casterton - R. Killey 5, J. Harvey 2, A. Richardson , B. Currie , M. Killey , J. Stephenson , D. Wombwell

South

6.5

12.9

17.11

21.18 (144)

Millicent

2.1

3.1

6.4

8.4 (52)

Best: South - B. Howard, D. Stratford, B. Bryant, S. Berkefeld, N. Jenkin. Millicent - B. Tilley, M. Redman, N. Robbins, C. Haggett, J. Grimes, S. Duldig. Goals: South  - B. Howard 7, B. Exelby 5, C. Slape 3, S. Berkefeld 3, J. Dowdy 2, B. Bryant. Millicent - R. Love 2, A. Dixon-Short 2, N. Robbins , J. Hales , J. Reilly , M. Redman

West

2.3

3.4

8.5

12.11 (83)

North

1.0

5.2

7.6

8.10 (58)

Best: West - E. King, T. Holmes, S. Wenman, C. Wehl, N. Allen. North - D. Munn, R. O''Grady, T. McInerney, J. Mansell. Goals: West - N. Allen 5, B. Wilson 2, C. Wehl 2, T. Holmes 2, J. Dobie. North - N. Moretti 3, J. McConnell , J. Schutz , H. Telford , S. Flett , B. Stafford

Round 3 - May 3, 2014

West

3.2

5.10

7.12

11.14 (80)

Casterton

3.2

6.2

10.4

11.7 (73)

Best: West - S. Robson, D. McElroy, T. Holmes, B. Wilson, J. Pfitzner, E. King. Casterton - K. Carlin, D. Ryan, M. Killey, T. Clode, J. Harvey, E. Currie. Goals: West - N. Allen 4, B. Wilson 2, J. Schapel 2, S. Wenman , G. Ha , K. O''Brien. Casterton - J. Stephenson 4, D. Bunnik 2, J. Harvey 2, B. Currie , T. Clode , M. Killey

North

7.2

12.5

14.7

17.12 (114)

Millicent

1.2

1.5

1.8

4.10 (34)

Best: North – T. McInerney, L. Downs-Woolley, N. Moretti, H. Telford, S. Egan, N. Bartetzko. Millicent - M. Redman, C. Haggett, C. Hobbs, C. Thomson, H. Gordon, S. Duldig. Goals: North - J. McConnell 9, N. Moretti 3, R. O''Grady 2, N. Blachut , S. Flett , B. Stafford. Millicent - R. Love 2, P. O''loughlin , M. Redman

South 18.15 (123) def East 12.8 (80)

Best: South -  B. Exelby, B. Howard, D. Stratford, S. Berkefeld. East -  J. Harrap, J. Dunn, M. Dempsey, S. Balshaw, C. Smith , N. Lock. Goals: South - B. Exelby 7, B. Cordy 4, J. Ryan 2, A. Bryant 2, S. Berkefeld , M. Weistra , M. Berkefeld. East - K. Thomson 3, S. Balshaw 3, M. Kieselbach , F. Balshaw , R. Janeway , D. Howard , M. McCallum , J. Harrap

Round 2 - Split Round over April 18, 25 & 26, 2014

West

1.6

6.10

10.11

13.13 (91)

East

2.1

4.3

7.4

9.4 (58)

Best: West -  T. Holmes, E. King, B. Wilson, S. Wenman, R. Fox, L. Morton. East -  N. Lock , T. Case, M. McCallum, C. Smith , L. Thomson, F. Balshaw. Goals: West - N. Allen 3, B. Wilson 2, J. Dobie 2, L. Morton 2, A. Kennedy , D. McElroy , S. Wenman , E. King. East -  K. Thomson 3, M. McCallum 3, D. Howard 2, M. White , S. Balshaw

Casterton

5.2

8.11

9.14

13.19 (97)

Millicent

1.3

1.3

3.5

5.8 (38)

Best: Casterton - C. Talbot, A. Richardson, D. Bunnik, I. Forbes, D. Ryan, M. Rogers. Millicent -  C. Haggett, N. Robbins, J. Hales, S. Duldig, J. Walker, B. Tilley. Goals: Casterton - J. Stephenson 3, A. Richardson 2, J. Harvey 2, A. Cleary , J. Clode , M. Killey , I. Forbes , D. Ayton , R. Smith. Millicent - J. Pratt 2, M. Redman , J. Walker , P. O'Loughlin

North

3.5

5.7

12.10

17.11 (113)

South

3.4

8.6

13.7

13.10 (88)

Best: North - R. O''Grady, S. Flett, H. Telford, M. Hensel, P. Perry, T. McInerney. South - J. Ryan, B. Exelby, S. Berkefeld, B. O''Neil, J. Wilson, B. Bryant. Goals: North - J. McConnell 5, N. Moretti 4, M. McInerney 2, S. Flett 2, N. Blachut , J. Schutz , R. O'Grady , H. Telford . South - B. Exelby 4, A. Bryant 2, M. Weistra , B. Howard , B. O''Neil , J. Ryan , M. Berkefeld , B. Cordy , S. Berkefeld

Round 1 - April 12, 2014

West

3.0

11.3

14.6

16.8 (104)

Millicent

1.9

2.9

8.10

12.14 (86)

Best: West - R. Fox, T. Holmes, B. Wilson, S. Wenman, C. Wehl, S. Robson. Millicent - H. Gordon, S. Duldig, N. Robbins, M. Redman, P. O''loughlin, C. Haggett. Goals: West - J. Schapel 4, C. Wehl 3, T. Holmes 3, N. Lewis , D. McElroy , S. Wenman , A. Kennedy , N. Allen , B. Wilson. Millicent - H. Gordon 3, H. Nitschke 2, M. Redman 2, R. Love 2, A. Allen , A. Dixon-Short , A. Abdulla (Jnr)

South

3.6

12.9

17.11

21.17 (143)

Casterton

1.0

1.1

7.1

7.4 (46)

Best: South - S. Berkefeld, B. Howard, A. Bryant, B. Exelby, M. Weistra, J. Wilson. Casterton - N. Upton, M. Killey, D. Ryan, M. Rogers, J. Harvey. Goals: South - B. Exelby 6, B. Howard 5, B. Bryant 2, C. Slape , B. O''Neil , M. Weistra. Casterton - J. Stephenson 3, J. Harvey 2, K. Forbes , A. Richardson

North

5.4

9.5

15.8

22.11 (143)

East

2.2

3.4

3.7

4.8 (32)

Best: North - S. Flett, R. O''Grady, M. Hensel, N. Moretti, N. Bartetzko, H. Telford. East - J. Eldridge, C. Smith , J. Dunn, S. Clark, N. Seager, F. Balshaw. Goals: North - J. McConnell 7, M. Chapman 5, N. Moretti 4, N. Blachut 2, J. Schutz , M. McInerney , T. Madigan , P. Perry. East - F. Balshaw , S. Clark , J. Eldridge , A. Wilson

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

2014 PROGRAM

Round 1 April 12
Millicent v West
South v Casterton
East v North  6pm
Round 2 (split) April 18
West v East
April 25
South v North
April 26
Casterton v Millicent
Round 3 May 3
West v Casterton
North v Millicent
East  v South 6pm
Round 4 May 10
Millicent v South
Casterton v East
North v West
Round 5 May 17
East v Millicent
South v West
Casterton v North
 
Round 6 May 24
West v Millicent
North v East
Casterton v South
 
Round 7 May 31
North v South
East v West
Millicent v Casterton
 
Round 8 June 14
South v East
Millicent v North
Casterton v West
 
Round 9 June 21
Millicent v South
East v Casterton
West v North
 
Round 10 June 28
West v South
North v Casterton
East v Millicent
Round 11 July 12
Millicent v North
South v East
Casterton v West
Round 12 July 19
East v North
Casterton v South
West v Millicent
Round 13 July 26
Millicent v Casterton
North v South
West v East
 
Round 14 August 2
South v Millicent
North v West
Casterton East
Round 15 August 9
Millicent v East
Casterton v North
West South
Round 16 August 16
South v North
East v West
Casterton Millicent
Round 17 August 23
Millicent v West
South v Casterton
North East  6pm