WESTERN BORDER FOOTBALL - 2015
WESTERN BORDER FOOTY PREVIOUS SEASONS
all reports by Terry Willoughby unless otherwise mentioned
Teams: Casterton, East Gambier, Millicent, North Gambier, South Gambier and West Gambier
LEAGUESBEST TEAM EVER
SOUTH GAMBIER WIN IN EXTRA-TIME IN GRAND FINAL THRILLER
by Terry Willoughby - September 27, 2015
In warm conditions North Gambier made a good start in the chase for four flags in a row when coach Justin McConnell marked and goaled at the 4th minute. Both teams had settled well but North made better use of the ball and in a brilliant burst rattled on five goals to have South in danger of being blown away. Norths’ small men were giving the South defenders the run around and McConnell slammed through four goals in 10 minutes and Close got another to give the Tigers a five goal lead.
Handball and speed were North’s weapons and South needed to slow the game and Brett Exelby’s long-pass found big Scott Fleming who put South on the board. North still had plenty of play but Fleming marked again to get South’s 2nd and when Exelby goaled from deep in the pocket the Demons narrowed the margin to 14 points. South had arrested Norths earlier dominance when Fleming kicked his 3rd goal for the quarter.
It had been all North in the early stages but South fought back strongly to trail by just 8 points. A goal just into the 2nd term followed by several misses saw the scores all tied up before a Brad Bryant snap put South in front for the 1st time. This was the catalyst for North to again charge back and Mitchell found the running Nic Blachut who sent the ball forward and McConnell’s long handpass found Egan running in for a goal. South continued to apply pressure but Moretti snaffled a loose ball and cleverly found McConnell who kicked his 5th. Flett marked strongly and goaled to put North 15 points ahead and South again found themselves chasing but mistakes caused turnovers by North and a strong Exelby mark resulted in a goal for South.
A saving mark to Brad Bryant enabled South to find Simon Berkefeld within range for a goal and again reduce the margin to 10 points. The see-sawing play gave fans a great spectacle and when Jak Ryan marked strongly for South and goaled it was game on. North went forward again after the ball-up and Hamish Telford marked strongly but well out but a silly 50m penalty gifted him and North a goal right on the ½ time siren and a 10 point lead.
The warmer weather was taking its toll as play resumed in the 3rd quarter and South, with the added week’s rest, started well and goaled through Luke Foran who had been hardly sighted. The open football of the 1st half had now become tougher with more mistakes being made but South full-back Chris Oliver found himself in foreign territory but his chance for a goal missed the target before McConnelll again goaled for North. He had given Oliver a torrid time. Fatigue was noticeable in many players and umpires but North’s ruckman Sam Whelan got the ball to Nick McInerney who goaled from a sharp angle to give North a break of 16 points.
Play continued race from one end to the other and Moretti missed a chance to put North further ahead. South went forward from the kick-out and found Carl Slape who goaled. North led by 10 points at three-quarter time in what had been an even battle with both teams scoring two goals for the quarter.
The cooler breeze was good for the fans but play was still hotly contested and Brad Stafford’s miss was costly for North who made the early running in the last quarter. Scott Flett marked strongly about 50m out but his long kick was touched on the line and North’s lead was 13 points.
South again brought the play around the scoreboard wing and a long pass found Slape again within range and he made no mistake and cut the margin to just 7 points. Brent Howard was in everything around the packs for South but they wasted chances near goal. North’s defence was battling hard to keep South out but when Simon Berkefeld snapped truly the Demons were in front for just the second time but only by a point. South had kept North’s running defender Nic Blachut isolated for a long period but he as he broke clear late in the quarter looking for McConnell the South full-back was caught holding on and the resulting free gave North a chance to snatch victory with only seconds remaining. From 45m out McConnell’s long kick looked true but faded to the right and levelled the scores just before the final siren thus forcing the game into extra time.
Both teams were exhausted but North looked slightly worse. McConnell put his team in front narrowly when his snap just missed but now South capitalised on a North error and Fleming again entered the picture and marked close to goal and put South ahead. Both teams played desperately but turnovers were costly and South again went forward but missed but the margin was now more than a goal. The 2nd half of extra time was agonizing but South kept a tenuous hold on the game and when league medallist Bret O’Neil goaled for South the margin was 14 points with little time left. South were jubilant as the siren sounded to give them the Premiership in the best Grand Final seen for many years. It was South’s first flag since 2009 and thwarted North’s aim of four in a row but they lost no admirers.
Best on ground went to nuggety South on-baller Brent Howard and other good players were Brad Bryant, Bret O’Neil, Scott Fleming with 4 crucial goals and elusive Josh Ransom. For the gallant North none were better than Jake Schutz at half-back, Brad Stafford, Michael Quirk at full-back, Nic Blachut in defence and Justin McConnell whose “white hot” form in the 1st quarter nearly derailed South’ completely, he finished with 6 goals.
Grand Final (went to Extra-time) on September 26, 2015
Best: South - B. Howard, B. Bryant, B. O''Neil, S. Fleming, J. Ransom. North - J. Schutz, B. Stafford, M. Quirk, N. Blachut, T. McInerney, P. Perry. Goals: South - S. Fleming 4, B. Exelby 2, C. Slape 2, S. Berkefeld 2, J. Ryan, L. Foran, B. Kain, B. O''Neil. North - J. McConnell 6, S. Flett 2, B. Close, B. Egan, N. Mcinerney, H. Telford
HUNGRY TIGERS DEVOUR EAST BULLDOGS IN PRELIM FINAL
by Terry Willoughby - September 21, 2015
North Gambier quickly made their intentions known with a 6 goal to nil first quarter which blew East Gambier apart. The Tigers were keen to erase last week’s loss from memory and they ran harder, used the ball better, found space and produced devastating hand-ball to set up play. Coach Justin McConnell may have missed with his first shot at goal but from there-on normal service resumed. North’s mid-fielders and on-ballers won just about every loose ball and big Sam Whelan dominated at the stoppages.
North led by 39 points at quarter time and East had hardly been inside their own 50 metre arc. The second term was a replica of the first and North continued to control every passage of play against a completely inept East who were slow, indirect and hesitant when they managed to have the ball. North rotated players on and off the bench with frantic speed and East barely had a chance to realise who their direct opponent was. Brock Egan, Nick McInerney, Symonds, Brad Close and Munn racked up possessions easily as North raced to a 69 point lead at half-time. East had at least managed to score a lone goal for the half and coach Matt Scanlon had plenty to work on but very little to work with.
McConnell was again in white hot touch at the start of the 3rd quarter as North went on their merry way. Eight goals without a miss was the reward as North’s lead expanded rapidly to beyond 100 points. East had a brief purple patch with coach Matt Scanlon goaling twice before north again took over. Scanlon goaled for East at the start of the last quarter but nobody seemed to notice as North pushed the go button again with youngster Brad Mitchell snapping truly over his head and Nick McInerney joining in the goal spree. Another 8 goals were piled on before the siren ended East’s agony.
All played well could have been easily applied to North but best named were Brock Egan, McConnell with 9 goals after much time in the mid-field, Nick McInerney, Close, running defender Nick Blachut, Sam Whelan in the ruck and Leigh Symonds. For East Jacob Langdon in defence stuck to his task, Matt Scanlon with 3 goals and Matt Dempsey. North meet South Gambier in next week’s Grand Final at Vansittart Park after winning by 145 points.
Preliminary Final on September 19, 2015
Best: North - B. Egan, J. McConnell, N. Mcinerney, B. Close, N. Blachut. East - J. Langdon, M. Scanlon, M. Dempsey. Goals: North - J. McConnell 9, N. Mcinerney 3, D. Munn 2, M. McInerney 2, B. Egan 2, N. Moretti 2, S. Flett, N. Blachut, P. Perry, H. Telford. East - M. Scanlon 3, M. Kieselbach, M. Dempsey
SOUTH EMERGE AS FLAG FAVORITES
AFTER TOPPLING NORTH IN SECOND SEMI
September 14, 2015
South Gambier started impressively against North Gambier and made the most of their chances with 3 goals to nil and lead by 16 pts at quarter-time. South won well around the stoppages and delivered the ball better and deeper in attack. North in contrast were indirect, loose and tackled poorly as well as missing gettable goals. North started positively in the 2nd quarter when Close tackled well to earn a free and goaled but Justin McConnell continued to spray his chances and South goaled through Exelby. North had a dominant period but couldn’t make it count and Ash Bryant and Brayden Kain both goaled to give South a handy 25 point lead. North had been wasteful near goal with South punishing them on the rebound.
Jake Tentye got South of to a flying start in the 3rd quarter when he goaled to put the Demons 31 points ahead and Saffin marked strongly to keep them in attack. The margin blew out to 37 points for South before Moretti gathered off hands to give North some hope but South were still in control. Several misses by South could have been costly but North couldn’t capitalize and McConnell snapped truly on his left for North. Big Jak Ryan and coach Brett Exelby, both good for South, goaled to put the margin out to 29 points at ¾ time.
Lack of talk cost North a goal but a good passage of play on the scoreboard side saw North goal and get to within 4 goals. South goaled twice through Fleming and Bryant to again lead by 35 points before Moretti pulled one back for North. North had a good period where Mitchell goaled and Moretti took a screamer and closed the margin to just 17 but South’s Matthew Berkefeld found space to mark and goal before Patrick Glynn snapped truly to seal South’s passage into the Grand Final. They had been the better team all day, kicking longer and more directly, making good use of their height advantage and strength around the packs. Their best were Saffin, Carl Slape, Ryan, Howard, Exelby with 5 goals and Bret O’Neil. By contrast North had few solid 4 qtr contributors with only Jake Schutz, Pat Perry, Jenner and Brock Egan having much impact whilst Justin McConnell had probably his worst day when kicking for goal.
Second Semi Final on September 12, 2015
Best: South - B. Saffin, C. Slape, B. O'Neil, J. Ryan, B. Howard, S. Fleming. North Gambier : J. Schutz, P. Perry, J. Jenner, B. Egan. Goals: South - B. Exelby 5, J. Tentye 2, P. Glynn 1, S. Berkefeld 1, J. Ryan 1, M. Berkefeld 1, B. Bryant 1, A. Bryant 1, B. Kain 1, C. Slape 1. North Gambier : N. Moretti 3, M. McInerney 2, B. Close 1, D. Munn 1, N. Mcinerney 1, J. McConnell 1, B. Mitchell 1, B. Egan 1
EAST GAMBIER WIN AS WEST SINK IN FIRST SEMI
West Gambier may have been first to goal but from there-on they were outplayed for most of the day in the First Semi-final. On the wide open expanses of Blue Lake Sports Park East gained the upper hand late in the 1st quarter with quicker ball movement, longer kicking and defenders who were willing to run-off opponents and create forward chances. Full back Luke Thomson completely shut out west forward Tyson Ploenges and mercurial small man Jarrod Ryan was rarely sighted whereas East’s forwards presented mobile targets and ran the West defence around.
The East lead was 23 points at quarter time and West already needed some inspiration but despite the hard work of Tom Holmes, Brad Wilson and Daron McElroy they made little impression during a scoring drought in the 2nd quarter and East still led by 23 points. West made a good start in the 3rd quarter with big Nic Allen marking strongly near goal and bringing the margin closer but East defender’s continued to nullify the opponents with the untidy looking Pat Hatch and dreadlocked Martin Coote making timely interceptions. East replied to West’s earlier goals with two of their own and the margin was still 21 points at three-quarter time.
West raised their hopes when Garret Ha goaled early in the last quarter but East responded and the lead was out to 28 points. Both sides missed chances before a tired looking Wilson goaled for West to show that they still had a pulse. Holmes got another for West and the margin was down to 16 points but East remained composed and Matt Dempsey’s goal sealed the deal for East. West finished a very tired looking team whilst East were jubilant at winning their first final since 2009 by 26 points and move on to the Prelim Final. They were quicker to the ball, kicked longer and had more players willing to be involved. West, in contrast left too much to too few. Best for East were defenders, Luke Thomson, Jacob Langdon, Hatch and Coote whilst Peter Bury, youngster Conor Lloyd-Fox and Nick Lock also had good games. For West it was a different story with the usual culprits of Brad Wilson, Tom Holmes and Daron McElroy doing the heavy lifting with sporadic help from Pfitzner, Rowan Fox and Sam Robson.
EAST GAMBIER 12-12 84 TOO GOOD FOR WEST GAMBIER 8-10 58
First Semi Final on September 5, 2015
Best: East - L. Thomson, J. Langdon, P. Hatch, C. Lloyd-Fox, J. Eldridge, T. Balshaw. West Gambier : B. Wilson, T. Holmes, D. McElroy, J. Pfitzner, R. Fox, S. Robson. Goals: East - M. Scanlon 3, S. Balshaw 2, J. Eldridge 1, T. Lockwood 1, D. Howard 1, M. Dempsey 1, T. Balshaw 1, B. Gibbs 1. West Gambier : N. Allen 3, J. Ryan 1, G. Ha 1, T. Ploenges 1, B. Wilson 1, T. Holmes 1
JUSTIN MCCONNELL BOOTS 15 GOALS TO REACH THE CENTURY
by Terry Willoughby, September 1st, 2015
North Gambier blitzed Casterton/Sandford after quarter time to win by 165 points. The under-manned Cats played defiantly in the 1st quarter against the top team and held a narrow lead for most of the 1st quarter when kicking with the wind. Cat’s coach Dylan Ayton and Josh Searle made the Tigers work hard for their kicks and youngster Stephen Tomkins chipped with a clever goal but the Tigers went to quarter-time with a 5 point advantage. North clicked into gear in the 2nd term with Sam Whelan winning at the stoppages and Nic Blachut chasing down every loose ball like an obedient dog across half-back. Nick Moretti and Brad Close on the forward line were far too clever and elusive for a succession of opponents and Justin McConnell was giving the full-back a torrid time as North piled on 9 goals to one and lead by 54 points. Casterton/Sandford started the 3rd quarter with a goal and again looked set to give stiffer opposition but North quickly got back on track 7 unanswered goals with McConnell breaking free of the Cat’s defence to kick a bag of 7 by ¾ time and have North up by 82 points. The goal for North in the last quarter was quite simple on paper, get the ball to McConnell often enough for him to kick a century for the season, after all he only needed 8 in a quarter of football. At the 12 minute mark he had only added one and the task looked too great. Enter his team-mates who delivered spectacularly, Close, Matt McInerney, Blachut, Brock Egan and Blachut ran brilliantly and delivered faultlessly as McConnell goaled 5 times in a clinical display but the clock was running down. Casterton/Sandford were powerless as North swepoint forward for McConnell’s 14th goal and 99 in all as the celebrations started. The 100th came shortly after when Cats coach Ayton marked a short pass just 30 metres from North’s goal and was caught holding the ball when playing on by his opposite number in McConnell, goal 100 and more high fives as North bolted in. Best for North were Blachut, Josh Jenner, Matt McInerney, Close, Buckley, Moretti and many others who provided their coach with enough chances to kick 15 goals especially as he missed three relatively easy shots in the 3rd term. Casterton/Sandford battled hard against a far stronger outfit and their better players were Ayton, Searle, Forbes, Wombwell and Alex O’Connell.
NORTH GAMBIER 31-13 199 EASILY OVER CASTERTON/SANDFORD 5-4 34
South Gambier cleared away from a competitive Millicent after half-time when they led by 26 points. Youngsters Hamish Nitschke, home from school, Tom Hutchesson and Mitch Gordon gave their much vaunted opponents something to think about with their constructive ability in the 1st half but lacked help to press home their good play. South cleared away after half-time as Millicent’s resolve faded and added 12 goals to just two from Millicent and win easily in the end by 92 points. Exelby and Brayden Kain each booted 6 goals for South whilst Bret O’Neil, Oliver, Saffin and Brad Bryant played well. Millicent’s best were Nitschke, Hutchesson, Gordon, Hobbs and Joe Walker.
SOUTH GAMBIER 23-11 149 EASILY MILLICENT 9-3 57
West Gambier and East Gambier went head to head in a preview of next week’s 1st semi- final with West gaining the points psychcologically and physically. Strongman Steve Wenman led the way for West who had much more of the play in the middle quarters to lead by 29 points. It was never a very inspiring game but West’s quality players in Brad Wilson and Tom Holmes used their many possessions better than their opposition. East’s lack of a winning forward cost them any chance of a win and West were content to win by 35 points. Best for West were Wenman, Wilson, Holmes, McElroy and Dolan. East were best served by Dylan Howard, Matt Dempsey, Janeway, Bury and Nic Lock.
WEST GAMBIER 12-11 83 DEFEATED EAST GAMBIER 7-6 48
Round 17 - August 29, 2015
Best: West - T. Dolan, S. Wenman, D. McElroy, T. Holmes, B. Wilson, H. Lofts. East - J. Eldridge, P. Bury, D. Howard, R. Janeway, M. Dempsey, N. Lock. West - B. Wilson 3, G. Ha 2, J. Ryan 2, N. Allen 2, H. Lofts, T. Holmes, B. Stratman. East - M. Dempsey 2, M. Scanlon, D. Howard, S. Balshaw, C. Anderson, P. Bury
Best: North - N. Moretti, N. Blachut, B. Close, M. McInerney, J. Jenner, C. Buckley. Casterton Sandford - D. Ayton, D. Wombwell, I. Forbes, J. Searle, A. O''Connell. Goals: North – Justin McConnell 15, N. Moretti 6, B. Close 3, D. Munn 2, J. Schutz 2, C. Buckley, B. Egan, B. Stafford. Casterton Sandford - S. Tomkins, I. Forbes, D. Ryan, T. Nesbitt, J. Searle
Best: South - H. Stevens, B. Saffin, B. O''Neil, B. Kain, C. Oliver, B. Bryant. Millicent - C. Saint, C. Hobbs, H. Nitschke, M. Gordon, T. Hutchesson, J. Walker. South – B. Exelby 6, B. Kain 6, J. Ransom 2, B. O''Neil 2, A. Bryant 2, S. Berkefeld 2, B. Bryant, D. Stratford, J. Tentye. Millicent - H. Nitschke 3, T. Hutchesson 2, J. Pratt, C. Saint, T. Pratt, M. Gordon
EAST GIVE NORTH A TOUGH BATTLE UNDER LIGHTS
by Terry Willoughby
August 22, 2015
Despite having no bearing on finals places East made North earn every kick before the Tigers kicked away in the last quarter to win by 23 points. Light showers made conditions slippery and East harassed North into errors constantly with strong tackling. Both teams kicked poorly and many opportunities went begging. North’s disposal let them down badly in conditions that demanded a more direct style of play. Solid defence by Lock and Janeway picked off North forward moves and big Mark Kieselbach used his strength to match Sam Whelan. East had plenty of chances but they lacked a good forward and North defenders Quirk, Tim McInerney and Blachut tidied up, often. East led narrowly by at each change but were never comfortable against the top team. North’s quality showed out in the finish when they booted five goals in the last quarter to win unconvincingly by 23 points in a game that never rose to any great heights. Best for North were Quirk, Blachut, Tim McInerney, Pat Perry, Jenner and Close. For East, Kieselbach, hard-working Eldridge, Tully Balshaw, Scanlon and Nic Lock.
NORTH GAMBIER 10-11 71 DEFEATED EAST GAMBIER 6-12 48
South Gambier crushed a spiritless Casterton/Sandford by 125 points. The Demons kept the Cats goal-less for 3 quarters and obviously dominated against scarce opposition. They allowed Casterton/Sandford a couple of token goals in the last quarter but were content to fine tune their own game by then. Best for South were Bret O’Neil, Oliver, Tentye, Slape and Stevens whilst coach Bret Exelby booted 6 goals. For the Cats only coach Ayton, first gamer Stephen Tomkins and Wombwell played with much passion.
SOUTH GAMBIER 20-18 138 THRASHED CASTERTON/SANDFORD 2-1 13
Millicent had one of their better games but it still wasn’t enough to topple West Gambier. Seven goals in the 2nd quarter sealed West’s win when they led by 49 points. The 2nd half again proved something an Achilles heel again for West as they were outscored 8 goals to six as Millicent forced their way back into the game. The standard was never good let alone great but Millicent made West fight for every goal. In the end West had a greater spread of talent, if not the fitness to Millicent at bay. Best for a wobbly West were Dale Robbins, Lofts, McElroy, Rowan Fox and Holmes. Steve Duldig booted 4 goals to be best for the struggling Millicent ahead of Saint, Nat Robbins, Tom Hutchesson and Reilly.
WEST GAMBIER 15-15 105 DEFEATED MILLICENT 10-6 66
BIG MARGINS IN ROUND 15
by Terry Willoughby
August 17, 2015
East Gambier booted 11 goals in the second quarter against Casterton/Sandford who collapsed in a heap of poor discipline. From there-on the result was never in doubt as East continued play all over the depleted Cats with another 6 goals to one in the third quarter. Jayden Eldridge racked up plenty of possessions whilst Pat Hatch continued his run of good form in defence for East. With a lead of 100 points at ¾ time East coasted in with 5 more goals to win by 116 points. Best for East were Eldridge, Hatch, Peter Bury, Lockwood with 4 goals and Nick Lock. For Casterton/Sandford it was a different story, Stephenson tried hard and coach Dylan Ayton booted 4 of his team’s five goals.
EAST GAMBIER 24-9 153 EASILY, CASTERTON/SANDFORD 5-7 37
North Gambier were always going to be too good for the winless Millicent and so it proved, going further ahead in each quarter. Coach Justin McConnell booted ten goals to keep the century in sight but for him it is more than that. With only one serious challenger in sight for a 4th flag his task is keeping his team focussed on good team football. Better players for North were classy youngster Brad Close, Brad Stafford, ruckman Sam Whelan, Blachut, Buckley and McConnell. The usual suspects of Tom Hutchesson, Joe Walker, Robbins and Facey battled hard for Millicent.
NORTH GAMBIER 22-17 149 TOO GOOD, MILLICENT 4-3 27
West Gambier made a game of their clash with South Gambier in the 1st half but gradually South’s greater depth of talent took over. West looked sharper in attack and around the clearances but South were stung into action after a goal-line scuffle and took a 13 point lead by quarter-time. Loose disposal by West let South in for goals to Exelby, Ryan and Kain and South broke clear to lead by 23 points. South were now on top around the stoppages and West’s better players lost impact. South took complete control in the 3rd quarter, winning handsomely across the midfield through O’Neil, Saffin and Ransom they ran the ball forward quickly and brushed the West defence aside to add 8 goals and lead by 57 points. West fell away badly as South reduced most to bystanders. The last quarter was much the same with West struggling to go forward against the strong South defence where Weistra and Oliver stood firm. Youngster Hamish Stevens picked many uncontested possessions but used them well as South finished strongly to win by 80 points. Best for South were Saffin, O’Neil, Ransom, Howard and Stevens whilst coach Exelby booted five goals. West’s best in Wilson, Holmes and McElroy were mostly under notice in the 1st half were far less effective in the 2nd..
SOUTH GAMBIER 23-7 145 EASILY OVER WEST GAMBIER 10-5 65
Round 15 - August 15, 2015
Best: East Gambier - J. Eldridge, P. Hatch, P. Bury, T. Lockwood, N. Lock , G. Janeway. Casterton Sandford : J. Stephenson, D. Ayton, J. Galpin, A. O'Connell, I. Forbes, D. Wombwell. Goals: East - T. Lockwood 4, B. Gibbs 3, J. Eldridge 3, S. Balshaw 3, P. Bury 2, D. Howard 2, M. Kieselbach 1, J. Ransom 1, C. Anderson 1, T. Haseldine 1, M. Scanlon 1, N. Lock 1, M. Dempsey 1. Casterton Sandford : D. Ayton 4, J. Galpin 1
Best: North - B. Close, B. Stafford, S. Whelan, M. Ashby, N. Blachut, C. Buckley. Millicent : T. Hutchesson, J. Facey, J. Walker, N. Robbins, T. Chant, J. Grimes. Goals: North - Justin McConnell 10, M. McInerney 3, S. Flett 2, H. Telford 1, D. Munn 1, N. Mcinerney 1, B. Close 1, B. Stafford 1, C. Buckley 1, S. Whelan 1. Millicent : T. Chant 1, J. Grimes 1, N. Robbins 1, M. Gordon 1
Best: South - B. Saffin, B. O'Neil, J. Ransom, B. Howard, H. Stevens, S. Fleming. West Gambier : B. Wilson, T. Holmes, D. McElroy, R. Lindner, S. Wenman. Goals: South - B. Exelby 5, J. Ryan 3, B. Saffin 2, B. Bryant 2, J. Ransom 2, A. Bryant 2, B. Kain 2, M. Berkefeld 1, B. Howard 1, M. Weistra 1, D. Stratford 1, J. Tentye 1. West Gambier : T. Ploenges 3, J. Ryan 1, G. Ha 1, D. McElroy 1, B. Wilson 1, T. Holmes 1, S. Zeitz 1, N. Allen 1
NORTH GAMBIER TOY WITH WEST
August 10, 2015
West Gambier started well against league leader North Gambier but it all started to unravel in the 2nd term. McElroy was doing well around the ground for West and Ploenges looked threatening up forward and North led by just 4 pts at quarter time. They quickly took control with 6 goals in the 2nd term as West’s defence collapsed under the North onslaught with Nic Blachut’s run out of defence creating huge problems for West. Brock Egan and Nick McInerney were dominating around the stoppages where big Sam Whelan won most of the hit-outs. North led by 28 points and West were looking down the barrel. North started the 3rd term in even better touch as they swept West aside. Egan, McInerney’s Nick and Matt plus Brad Stafford all did well as Blachut ran amok across half-back and through the centre. North’s precision foot and hand skills were brilliant with hardly a mistake being made and coach Justin McConnell relished the excellent delivery. Goals to Flett and Matt McInerney stretched North’s lead but West managed two late goals and trailed by 38 points at ¾ time. North stepped on the gas again and tore through the West defences with 8 goals to nil in the last quarter. They found targets with every kick and handball whilst West fumbled and stumbled when in possession and turned the ball over constantly. McConnell, never needing much space, led the West full-back a merry dance to finish off most North attacks. Best for North were Blachut, Brock Egan, Nick and Matt McInerney, Sam Whelan, Stafford, Quirk and McConnell with 8 goals. West’s better players, mostly in the 1st half, were Pfitzner, McElroy Robbins and Holmes.
NORTH GAMBIER 21-12 138 TOYED WITH WEST GAMBIER 6-13 49
Casterton/Sandford always had control of the game against winless Millicent. The game never rose to any great heights and the Cats never dominated to any great extent but they had a reliable forward in Rick Killey and coach Dylan Ayton won many kicks around the ground. Millicent’s youngsters in Tom Hutchesson and Mitch Gordon were doing well across the centre and they reduced the margin to 16 points at half-time. Casterton/Sandford kicked away in the 3rd quarter as Millicent’s efforts started to fall away. The Cats with Nesbitt and Cowland doing well increased their lead to 26 points. Millicent went scoreless in the final quarter and play petered out with the Cats booting the only two goals to win by 40 points.
CASTERTON/SANDFORD 14-4 88 COMFORTABLYOVER MILLICENT 7-6 48
Round 14 (rest of split round) - August 8, 2015
Best: North - N. Blachut, B. Egan, N. Mcinerney, B. Stafford, M. Quirk, M. McInerney. West Gambier : J. Pfitzner, D. Robbins, A. Kamara, D. McElroy, T. Holmes, L. Lean. Goals: North - J. McConnell 8, M. McInerney 3, S. Flett 3, B. Egan 2, B. Stafford 1, M. Quirk 1, B. Close 1, P. Perry 1, J. Mansell 1. West Gambier : T. Ploenges 2, A. Kamara 1, D. McElroy 1, B. Wilson 1, N. Allen 1
Best: Casterton - T. Nesbitt , M. Cowland , D. Ayton , J. Galpin , J. Searle , K. Zippel. Millicent - T. Hutchesson , M. Gordon , J. Pratt , N. Robbins , J. Walker , M. Reilly. Goals: Casterton - R. Killey 5, D. Ayton 3, J. Galpin 2, J. Stephenson , K. Stark , J. Searle , J. Gibbs. Millicent - M. Reilly 3, T. Hutchesson 3, J. Pratt
SOUTH GAMBIER SEE OFF DETERMINED EAST GAMBIER
by Terry Willoughby, 3 August 2015
Goals were hard to come by as East kept a tight rein on highly rated South Gambier in the only game of Western Border football. Despite not scoring, East’s defensive work restricted South to a solitary goal by quarter time. Coach Matt Scanlon and fellow defenders Pat Hatch and Jacob Langdon played a possession game that denied South much use of the ball but also prevented themselves from attacking. South forwards and mid-fielders were well covered and with Mark Kieselbach winning at the stoppages and marking strongly for East the game was reduced to an arm wrestle.
East were kicking to the scoring in the 2nd term but that meant little with only one goal on the board. East continued to hold South out but lacked the kicking skills to score. Saffin had been South’s shining light and constantly cut off East attacks until East suddenly kicked long into the forward line and added 3 quick goals and hit the front. South struggled for good players but Oliver at full-back had kept East forward Toby Haseldine kickless.
East led by 11 points heading into the 3rd quarter and a long goal from Todd Lockwood put them further ahead but South suddenly looked sharper and goals to Exelby and Ash Bryant changed them game. East defenders started to make errors and the earlier run out of defence went missing as Exelby again goaled and South took a 7 point lead to ¾ time. East’s better players were now struggling and South led by Saffin, Oliver and Brad Bryant, who made several good interceptions, kept attacking. East couldn’t find a way forward and when Ryan goaled South were 18 pts up. East’s only goal came from a long bomb but it was South who got home by 19 points. Better players for South were Saffin, Oliver, Luke Foran, Brad Bryant and Bret O’Neil. East’s best were coach Matt Scanlon, Eldridge, Hatch, Kieselbach and Langdon.
SOUTH GAMBIER 7-11 53 DEFEATED EAST GAMBIER 5-4 34
Round 14 - August 1, 2015 (Split Round)
Best: South - B. Saffin, C. Oliver, L. Foran, B. Bryant, J. Ransom, B. O'Neil. East Gambier : M. Scanlon, J. Eldridge, P. Hatch, M. Kieselbach, J. Langdon, S. Balshaw. Goals; South - B. Exelby 3, A. Bryant 2, B. Saffin 1, J. Ryan 1. East: M. Dempsey 2, T. Lockwood 2, P. Bury 1
SOUTH GAMBIER INFLICT FIRST LOSS ON NORTH GAMBIER
July 27, 2015
South Gambier led all day against unbeaten North Gambier to win by the narrowest of margins. South kicked with a strong wind but steady defence from Tim McInerney and Jake Schutz restricted the scoring whilst North managed a valuable goal against the trend of play. The 2nd term saw South maintain a tight rein on the North on-ballers with Weistra and Howard winning at the stoppages of which there were many. North’s coach Justin McConnell moved onto the ball in a bid to lift his team but it was South who had the better result on the scoreboard to lead by 22 points at ½ time. Youngster Jake Tentye had been a surprise packet good player for South and continued to bob up in the 3rd term as South went further ahead and Patrick Glynn had blanketed North’s Flett at half-back. South had disrupted Norths run out of defence and many kicks were intercepted across half-back as South extended their lead to 31 points at ¾ time.
North struggled for good players and had no one to kick goals with McConnell playing up the ground. Heavy rain made the task even harder as the last quarter began and North threw everything at South in a bid to remain unbeaten. South had all players back as North peppered the goal. Defender Michael Quirk provided the impetus with two goals for North and McConnell another as the margin slowly closed. South coach Brett Exelby made several crucial saves as South forced many stoppages to keep North out. Ball-ups soaked up the time and North missed narrowly on several occasions and South held on by just a solitary point. Best for South were Jake Tentye, Weistra , Exelby, Brad Bryant and Howard. South had handled the conditions better than North with many players taking telling marks in the wind and rain. North’s best were harder to find. Defenders Jake Schutz and Tim McInerney were consistent, Nick McInerney around the stoppages and Stafford in the 2nd half but many were below par.
SOUTH GAMBIER 8-8 56 HELD ON, NORTH GAMBIER 8-7 55
Scoring goals in just one quarter of football doesn’t win many games and Millicent were again on the receiving end of a loss. East Gambier sprayed many chances in the first quarter with 2 goals from 10 scoring shots but Millicent hadn’t scored at all. Millicent rattled on four goals in the 2nd quarter but East managed one against the wind and despite inaccuracy still led by 2 points at ½ time. East again held Millicent scoreless in the 3rd term and piled on 6 goals to lead by 43 points at the last change. Millicent couldn’t find a way to score and neither team goaled in the last quarter. Jayden Eldridge, Tully Balshaw, Howard and coach Matt Scanlon were best for East. Youngsters Joe Walker, Tom Hutchesson and Clay Reilly again battled hard for Millicent.
EAST GAMBIER 9-17 71 DEFEATED MILLICENT 4-4 28
West Gambier survived a serious challenge from Casterton/Sandford who led for much of the day. Rick Killey gave the Cats a reliable target at full forward whilst Garret Ha provided most of West’s goals. Playing for pride only, Casterton/Sandford kept West on the defensive throughout the first half with Stephenson in the midfield and Searle in defence doing well. McElroy was again trying to lift West but it was unfashionable Garrett Ha who goaled to keep them in touch. Casterton/Sandford still held a 6 point lead at ½ time with Killey always looking likely to goal when the ball was in their forward line. The Cats outscored West in the 3rd quarter and an upset looked likely with the margin 12 points in their favour. West slowly reined in the deficit and with heavy rain falling went onto win by 13 points. Better players for West were Ha with 4 goals, McElroy around the ground and in the ruck, ever consistent Tom Holmes and Robbins. Best for Casterton/Sandford were Searle, Stephenson, Nesbitt and Killey with 5 goals.
Round 13 - July 25, 2015
Best: East - J. Eldridge, T. Balshaw, D. Howard, M. Scanlon, S. Balshaw, L. Thomson. Millicent : J. Walker, T. Hutchesson, C. Reilly, N. Robbins, A. Allen, J. Pratt. Goals: East - J. Eldridge 3, N. Walters 2, M. Scanlon 2, M. Dempsey 1, T. Balshaw 1. Millicent - J. Pratt 1, T. Pratt 1, J. Facey 1, S. Duldig 1
Best: South - J. Tentye , B. Bryant , M. Weistra , B. Exelby , A. Bryant , B. Howard. North - J. Schutz , T. McInerney , N. Mcinerney , M. Ashby. Goals: South - B. Exelby 2, S. Fleming 2, S. Walker , C. Slape , B. Howard , A. Bryant. North - M. Quirk 2, M. McInerney , B. Egan , B. Stafford , P. Perry , T. McInerney , J. McConnell
Best: West - G. Ha , D. McElroy , D. Robbins , J. Pfitzner , T. Holmes , R. Lindner. Casterton Sandford - J. Searle , T. Nesbitt , J. Stephenson , R. Killey , A. O''Connell , K. Zippel. Goals: West - G. Ha 4, T. Ploenges 2, D. McElroy , T. Holmes , D. Robbins , N. Allen. Casterton Sandford - R. Killey 5, B. Galpin , T. Nesbitt , J. Galpin
BIG MARGINS IN ALL GAMES
July 20, 2015
South Gambier routed a turmoil riddled Casterton/ Sandford with a 9 goal blitz in the first quarter, with small forward Brayden Kain running his own goal-kicking clinic. The game as a contest was over with South ahead by 51 points. Casterton/Sandford had no answers as South went further ahead in the 2nd term which was marred by a sickening incident where South on-baller Bronson Saffin was knocked out and took no further part in the game. Tempers were on edge for the rest of the 1st half but South went further ahead to lead by 78 points with Kain still running riot on the forward line. Casterton/ Sandford showed more determination in the 3rd quarter and added three goals whilst keeping South to a modest four. On-ballers O’Neil, Wiestra and Brent Howard won handsomely around the stoppages as South led by 81 points. The last quarter was a formality as Casterton/ Sandford’s resistance collapsed whilst South piled on 11 goals to a solitary behind to win by 147 points. South’s 2nd half discipline was commendable in light of the earlier incident. Best for South were Brayden Kain who booted 12 goals in a great display, prolific kick-winner Bret O’Neil, Weistra, Howard, Ash Bryant and youngster Jake Tentye. The less said about the Cat’s efforts the better.
SOUTH GAMBIER 28-12 180 THRASHED CASTERTON/SANDFORD 4-9 33
West Gambier looked a much better outfit with the return of classy ruckman Dylan McElroy after injury. Against the hapless Millicent West shot to a 45 point lead at quarter time. Tyson Ploenges gave West a good target at full forward and others chipped in with goals as West went further ahead by the main break. Millicent were powerless to stop them but at least made a better effort in the 2nd half but had no one to kick goals. The game was lack lustre as West won easily by 104 points. West’s better players were Hayden Lofts, Tom Holmes, Robbins, Wenman and McElroy. The usuals of Tom Hutchesson, Steve Duldig, Allen and Saint were Millicent’s triers.
WEST GAMBIER 18-16 124 EASILY OVER MILLICENT 2-8 20
After a competitive first quarter, North Gambier outplayed East Gambier in just about every position on the ground. East battled hard against the undefeated North and got within a kick when they kicked the first goal of the 2nd quarter but from there on it was a one horse race. Big Sam Whelan gave the on-ballers in Buckley, Egan and Nick McInerney an armchair ride and key forwards Scott Flett and Justin McConnell out marked and outplayed the East defence. Seven goals to one in the 2nd quarter gave North a commanding lead. East again goaled early in the 3rd term, but that was just the signal for North to again dominate. North sometimes over finessed but the margin got even bigger in the 3rd quarter with Blachut, Schutz, Buckley and Brock Egan running amok across the centre and half-back. East struggled to get the ball inside their 50 metre arc at all before North raced it to the other end, usually finishing with a goal. The last quarter was the same as North added another 7 goals to win easily by 97 points. North hardly had a poor player but Whelan, Buckley, Blachut, McConnell with 8 goals and Flett with 4 stood out. For East it was a different story and they might not have scored at all but for coach Matt Scanlon’s 3 goals.
NORTH GAMBIER 22-6 138 THRASHED EAST GAMBIER 5-11 41
Round 12 - July 18, 2015
Best: South - B. Kain, B. O'Neil, M. Weistra, B. Howard, A. Bryant, J. Tentye. Casterton Sandford : J. Stephenson, J. Searle, I. Forbes, T. Nesbitt, A. O'Connell. Goals: South - B. Kain 12, J. Tentye 3, J. Ryan 3, B. Howard 3, C. Slape 2, B. O'Neil 2, B. Exelby 1, L. Foran 1, S. Fleming 1. Casterton Sandford : D. Ryan 1, J. Stephenson 1, J. Galpin 1, M. Cowland 1
Best: West - H. Lofts, T. Holmes, D. Robbins, L. Bradley-Brown, S. Wenman, D. McElroy. Millicent : S. Duldig, T. Hutchesson, A. Allen, J. Facey, C. Saint. Goals: West - T. Ploenges 5, J. Schapel 2, G. Ha 2, B. Wilson 2, H. Lofts 2, J. Coombe 1, R. Fox 1, D. Robbins 1, T. Holmes 1, N. Allen 1. Millicent : C. Saint 1, J. Grimes 1
Best: North - C. Buckley , N. Mcinerney , S. Whelan , M. Ashby , N. Blachut , S. Flett. East - L. Thomson , J. Eldridge , M. Scanlon , P. Bury , S. Balshaw , R. Janeway. Goals: North - J. McConnell 7, H. Telford 3, S. Flett 3, M. McInerney 2, D. Munn 2, J. Mansell , J. Jenner , L. Symons , B. Kennedy , N. Mcinerney. East - M. Scanlon 3, M. Kieselbach , J. Eldridge
Round 11 - July 11, 2015
Best: North - N. Blachut, B. Close, N. Mcinerney, T. McInerney, S. Whelan, C. Buckley. Casterton Sandford : T. Clode, K. Carlin, D. Gray, A. O'Connell, T. Nesbitt, M. Cowland. Goals: North - J. McConnell 7, S. Flett 2, M. McInerney 1, C. Buckley 1, B. Mitchell 1, S. Kenny 1. Casterton Sandford : J. Stephenson 1, A. O'Connell 1, K. Stark 1
Best: South - B. Howard, B. O'Neil, M. Weistra, J. Ransom, J. Tentye, B. Bryant. Millicent : T. Hutchesson, M. Gordon, J. Walker, A. Allen, C. Gysbers, J. Grimes. Goals: South - B. Howard 3, J. Ryan 2, D. Stratford 2, J. Tentye 1, C. Oliver 1, M. Weistra 1, B. O'Neil 1, J. Ransom 1, B. Kain 1. Millicent : C. Reilly 1, M. O'Loughlin 1
Best: East – J. Langdon , J. Eldridge , L. Thomson , M. Scanlon , S. Balshaw , G. Janeway. West - S. Wenman , J. Pfitzner , A. Kamara , R. Fox , R. Lindner , M. Jokic.. Goals: East – M. Scanlon 3, S. Balshaw , C. Anderson , N. Seager , T. Balshaw , T. Lockwood. West - T. Ploenges 3, N. Allen , H. Lofts , J. Schapel
NORTH GAMBIER TOY WITH MILLICENT
June 30, 2015
Flag favourites North Gambier made short work of an extremely under-manned Millicent to win by 167 points. North had winners everywhere as the goals piled up in rapid succession. Forty points in front at quarter time, North showed no signs of relenting in the 2nd term against a powerless Millcent. Long-kicking Tom Hutchesson and Joe Walker were battling hard but North ran in overwhelming numbers. Scott Flett was having his best game since returning from injury and coach Justin McConnell saw off a variety of opponents to boot 9 goals. North slammed on 10 goals in the 3rd term and rubbed salt into the Millicent wounds with another 7 in the last. Nearly every North player made a contribution to the win. Unfortunately not the same could be said of Millicent.
NORTH GAMBIER 32-16 208 THRASHED MILLICENT 6-5 41
South Gambier were quickly into stride against West Gambier and goals to Fleming and Simon Berkefeld exposed the flimsy defence. Ploenges snapped truly to restore some hope for West but South had too many players making contributions and took a 15 point lead to quarter time. West were battling hard with Brad Wilson and Tom Holmes winning plenty of kicks but they were mostly on the defensive. Ash Bryant chimed in with a purple patch of goals midway through the 2nd term and West were struggling to stay in touch. Jak Ryan had dominated at the stoppages and nuggety small man Brent Howard won at ground level. South extended the margin in the 3rd quarter with Bret O’Neil starring and using his kicking skills to great effect. Youngster Jake Tentye also made West pay whenever he had the ball. Ploenges continued to be West’s only winning forward as South led by 37 points at ¾ time. West were unable to make any ground on South who cruised home by 42 points. Best for South were classy midfielder Bret O’Neil, Ryan, Simon Berkefeld, Tentye and Saffin. The usual best for West were tireless Brad Wilson, Tom Holmes, Ricky Lindner and Tyson Ploenges who booted 5 goals.
SOUTH GAMBIER 18-14 122 DEFEATED WEST GAMBIER 9-9 63
Casterton/Sandford’s slim finals hope vanished when they went down to East Gambier by 19 points in a hard fought game. Goals were hard to get early on with defences doing well for both teams. Casterton /Sandford held a narrow 7 point lead with Mark Cowland playing well at half-back. East had the better method in the 2nd quarter as it was their defence that kept the Cats out with Nic Lock and dread-locked Martin Coote doing well. East led by 5 points at ½ time. The arm wrestle continued in the 3rd term as both teams went goal for goal. Late inclusions Cameron and Cleary for Casterton/Sandford were adding spark to the forward line but Matt Dempsey and coach Scanlon were playing well for East who still led by 4 points at the last change. East, with just a little more depth edged clear with 5 goals to 3 from the Cats in the last qtr to win by 19 points. Better players for East were Matt Dempsey, Lock, Coote, Matt Scanlon and ruckman Mark Keiselbach. Casterton/Sandford’s best were Cleary, youngster Billy Galpin, Mark Cowland and Trent Nesbitt.
EAST GAMBIER 15-10 100 DEFEATED CASTERTON/SANDFORD 12-9 81
Round 10 - June 27, 2015
Best: East - M. Dempsey , M. Kieselbach , G. Janeway , D. Howard , N. Lock , M. Coote. Casterton Sandford – A. Cleary , B. Galpin , T. Nesbitt , M. Cowland , A. Cameron. Goals: East - M. Scanlon 3, B. Gibbs 3, M. Dempsey 2, P. Bury 2, C. Anderson , T. Balshaw , S. Balshaw , G. Janeway , J. Eldridge. Casterton Sandford - A. Cameron 4, A. Cleary 3, A. Galpin , H. Carlin , A. O''Connell , J. Searle , D. Wombwell
Best: South - B. O''Neil , J. Ryan , S. Berkefeld , J. Tentye , B. Saffin , L. Foran. West – B. Wilson , T. Holmes , R. Lindner , J. Pfitzner , T. Ploenges , S. Robson. Goals: South - A. Bryant 3, S. Fleming 2, S. Berkefeld 2, B. Saffin 2, B. Exelby 2, B. Kain 2, J. Ryan , B. Howard , B. O''Neil , D. Stratford , B. Bryant. West - T. Ploenges 5, B. Wilson 2, J. Schapel , H. Lofts
Best: North - S. Flett , M. McInerney , B. Close , D. Munn , N. Blachut , B. Stafford. Millicent - T. Hutchesson , M. Gordon , J. Walker. Goals: North - Justin McConnell 10, M. McInerney 5, S. Flett 5, S. Stafford 3, B. Close 3, B. Egan 2, B. Stafford , C. Buckley , J. Schutz , B. Mitchell. Millicent - J. Reilly 2, J. Grimes , H. Reilly , J. Pratt , C. Saint
NORTH AND SOUTH GAMBIER MAINTAIN STRANGEHOLD ON COMPETITION
by Terry Willoughby - July 22, 2015
North Gambier kept its unbeaten record intact with a 48 point win over a still undermanned West Gambier. North threatened to blow West away when they led by 34 points at quarter-time with Justin McConnell on fire around the goal-front and on-baller Brock Egan running amok through the midfield. West defence was being worked over trying to stop the flow of goals as North’s dominance across the centre continued and what they missed was cleaned up by defenders Tim McInerney and the under-rated Jake Schutz. North’s lead blew out to 55 points at ½ time. Tireless Brad Wilson was battling hard and youngster Liam Beckman lent support along with Tom Holmes but North continued to win the ball on the outside and give their forwards plenty of chances. Scott Flett was starting to mark strongly and added to West’s woes. The loss of Ploenges and Schapel to injury hindered West as North went further ahead to lead by 69 points at ¾ time. West were battling hard with Wilson and Holmes winning kicks but the North backmen were often in the way. Wenman was now getting kicks as North’s intensity fell away and late goals improved the scoreline. McConnell kicked his tenth after the final siren courtesy of a needless 50 m penalty but he could have finished with many more but for wayward kicking as North won easily by 48 points. Best for North were Tim McInerney, Brock Egan, Nic Blachut, Schutz, Buckley and McConnell. West’s goals late in the game flattered them but they, at least, battled it out. Best for West were Brad Wilson, Beckman, Wenman and Tom Holmes.
NORTH GAMBIER 19-10 124 TOO STRONG FOR WEST GAMBIER 11-10 76
East Gambier had two goals on the board before South Gambier realised what was happening but from there on the Demons dominated the play. They piled on 7 unanswered goals to race to a 30 point lead at quarter-time. East battled hard and kept South out for most of the 2nd term but were unable to goal themselves and two quick goals took the wind out of their efforts. Jak Ryan was winning at the stoppages and also around the ground whilst class players Simon Berkefeld and Bret O’Neil punished East everytime they had the ball, which was plenty. Dylan Howard was trying hard for East but his poor finishing aided South more. Scanlon and Eldridge were also working hard for East but South extended the margin to more than 6 goals at ¾ t ime. East had their best quarter in the last but still couldn’t make any advancement on the scoreboard as South also kicked 5 goals in the quarter to win by 42 points. Best for South were Ryan in the ruck, Simon Berkefeld, O’Neil, Brad Bryant and Fleming. East’s better players were Howard who needs to tidy up his disposals, Grady Janeway, Scanlon, Eldridge and Peter Bury.
SOUTH GAMBIER 18-7 113 DEFEATED EAST GAMBIER 11-7 73
Millicent looked set for another belting when Casterton/Sandford raced to a 30 point lead by quarter-time. The Cats had good players around the midfield in Nesbitt and Stephenson near goal. Tom Hutchesson sparked Millicent in the 2nd term when slammed on 6 goals to get right back in the contest and only trail by 4 points at ½ time. The Cats now had a battle on their hands as Millicent defended strongly and kepoint the scoring to manageable levels but couldn’t add much themselves. Casterton/Sandford still led by more than two goals and Millicent were still in with a chance. Millicent’s last quarters haven’t been their best all season and Casterton/Sandford finished strongly with 6 goals to one and win comfortably by 39 points and keep the slimmest of final’s chances alive. Best for the Cat’s were Stephenson ,Trent Nesbitt in the ruck, Cowland, Kev Stark and defender Dan Gray. Long-kicking Tom Hutchesson stood out for Millicent ahead of Joe Walker, Mitch Reilly and Cam Saint who booted 3 goals.
CASTERTON/SANDFORD 16-7 103 DEFEATED MILLICENT 9-10 64
Round 9 scores - June 20, 2015
Best: Casterton Sandford - J. Stephenson , T. Nesbitt , M. Cowland , K. Stark , D. Gray , C. Howlett . Millicent - T. Hutchesson, M. Reilly, J. Walker, C. Saint, J. Murphy, J. Pratt. Goals: Casterton Sandford - R. Killey 3, J. Stephenson 3, J. Galpin 2, D. Ayton 2, T. Nesbitt 2, D. Wombwell 2, A. O''Connell , I. Forbes. Millicent - C. Saint 3, T. Hutchesson 2, J. Facey 2, C. Reilly 1, J. Reilly 1
Best: South – J. Ryan , S. Berkefeld , B. O''Neil , B. Bryant , S. Fleming , C. Oliver. East - D. Howard , G. Janeway , M. Scanlon , J. Eldridge , P. Bury , N. Lock. Goals: South – B. Exelby 4, B. Kain 4, B. Howard 3, J. Ryan 2, B. Saffin 2, A. Bryant , S. Fleming , S. Berkefeld. East - M. Scanlon 3, T. Lockwood 2, M. Dempsey , T. Haseldine , D. Howard , J. Eldridge , P. Hatch
Best: North - T. McInerney , B. Egan , N. Blachut , J. Schutz , C. Buckley , S. Flett. West - B. Wilson , L. Beckman , S. Wenman , T. Holmes , M. Kipping , S. Robson. Goals: North - Justin McConnell 10, B. Egan 3, S. Flett 2, C. Buckley , M. McInerney , B. Stafford , M. Quirk. West - B. Wilson 3, N. Allen 3, S. Wenman 2, T. Ploenges , G. Ha , S. Zeitz
NORTH HOLD ON AGAINST SOUTH IN THRILLER
Round Eight report with Terry Willoughby, June 15, 2015
North Gambier wasted many chances early with poor goal-kicking which left the door open for South Gambier to challenge. One goal from eight scoring shots was a poor return and the same could be said for the 2nd quarter. North runners Nick Blachut and Brock Egan were damaging but Bret O’Neil was just as good with his precise kicking for South. North led by 21 points at the main break but South were still well in the game. Both sides went goal for goal in the 3rd term and South only reduced the margin by a point to 20 at ¾ time but North had used plenty of gas. Coach Brett Exelby had been a focal point for South and he loomed as an even bigger threat in the last quarter as they mounted a serious challenge. The margin slowly closed but North steadied with goals to McConnell and Moretti everytime South closed in. It was now South’s turn to be inaccurate and it’s last four scoring shots only produced minor scores which enabled North to hang and win narrowly by 11 points after South twice closed to within a kick. Better players for North were Blachut, Brock Egan, Dylan Munn, clever small forward Brad Close and Hensel whilst McConnell kicked 5 valuable goals. Coach Brett Exelby booted 6 specially crafted goals to be best for South along with O’Neil, strong man Bronson Saffin, Weistra and Brad Bryant.
NORTH GAMBIER 13-17 97 HELD OFF SOUTH GAMBIER 12-14 86
East Gambier demolished an inept Millicent by 154 points to record its biggest win in years. Millicent’s only moment of joy came late in the 1st quarter when they kicked two goals in a minute. The rest of the game was a procession for East. Shem Balshaw and coach Matt Scanlon each booted 5 goals for east and Jacob Langdon 4 as East piled on 10 last quarter goals to add to Millicent’s woes. Classy Dylan Dempsey was a late inclusion for East and after a rusty start he also kicked 3 goals. Millicent did just about everything poorly and very little effectively. Playing poorly is one thing, playing without spirit and teamwork is another and only coach Steve Duldig and Nat Robbins appeared up for the game it must be a despairing job to be coaching for Duldig.
EAST GAMBIER 28-18 186 SMASHED MILLICENT 5-2 32
Casterton/Sandford appeared heading for an upset win when they led West Gambier throughout the first half at Casterton. Forwards Jacob Galpin and Rick Killey were a handful as the Cats, minus suspended coach Dylan Ayton played their best football for the year. They extended a 7 point lead at quarter time to 13 at the long break and West looked in trouble. They had only one effective forward in Tyson Ploenges and the perpetual motion man brad Wilson worked overtime around the packs. After half-time the West defence tightened up and Casterton struggled to have the same impact as earlier. West piled on 9 goals to one as the Cats fell away badly. Ploenges was on fire near goal and Wenman and Dolan controlled play at half-back. West now led by 6 goals in an amazing turnaround. Casterton/Sandford regained some of their 1st half form but the horse had bolted. West were now in control and despite being outscored by 3 goals in the last quarter and went on to win by 19 points. Wenman and Brad Wilson led the revival and Ploenges with 9 goals finished it off. Mark Cowland and fellow defender Daniel Gray headed Casterton/Sandford’s best along with Galpin who booted 5 goals and Josh Stephenson.
WEST GAMBIER 17-8 110 NARRWLY CASTERTON/SANDFORD 14-7 91
Round 8 - June 13, 2015
Best: West – S. Wenman , B. Wilson , T. Ploenges , B. Stratman , T. Dolan , S. Robson. Casterton Sandford - M. Cowland , D. Gray , J. Galpin , J. Stephenson , H. Carlin Goals: West - T. Ploenges 9, N. Allen 3, J. Schapel 2, G. Ha , T. Holmes , B. Wilson. Casterton Sandford - J. Galpin 5, R. Killey 3, J. Stephenson 2, H. Carlin , K. Carlin , D. Wombwell , K. Stark
Best: East – S. Balshaw , D. Howard , M. Scanlon , D. Dempsey , P. Bury , B. Pannenburg. Millicent - S. Duldig , N. Robbins. Goals: East - S. Balshaw 5, M. Scanlon 5, J. Langdon 4, D. Dempsey 3, D. Howard 3, J. Whaites 2, P. Bury 2, T. Balshaw , L. Thomson , T. Haseldine , N. Lock. Millicent - C. Saint 2, H. Reilly , N. Robbins , J. Grimes
Best: North - N. Blachut , B. Egan , D. Munn , B. Close , M. Hensel , S. Egan. South - B. Exelby , B. Saffin , B. O''Neil , M. Weistra , B. Bryant. Goals: North - J. McConnell 5, N. Moretti 3, S. Flett 2, M. McInerney 2, H. Telford. South - B. Exelby 6, B. Kain 3, B. O''Neil , B. Saffin , S. Berkefeld
RESULTS GO AS EXPECTED IN ROUND SEVEN
June 1, 2015
Millicent displayed some improved form but it wasn’t enough to cause an upset over a still under strength West Gambier. In damp and blustery conditions Millicent could have led at quarter time but errant shooting for goal had West 8 points up. West kept Millicent goal-less in the 2nd term to safely have the game in their keeping by ½ time. The Millicent of recent games would have rolled over but they showed more resilience and kept West to a solitary goal in the 3rd quarter but unfortunately couldn’t find a way to score more than one themselves. West had a valuable spearhead in Tyson Ploenges whose 7 goals was the difference in the two teams. Millicent battled hard and outscored West in the final quarter but West had enough talent to win by 30 points. Ploenges, Brad Wilson, Tom Holmes and battling defender Tom Dolan stood out for West. Long-kicking Tom Hutchesson, Reilly, Joe Walker, Nat Robbins and Steve Duldig played well for Millicent.
WEST GAMBIER 13-12 90 DEFEATED MILLICENT 8-12 60
North Gambier’s greater spread of good players was the undoing of East Gambier in their 55 point win. In the strong crosswind North used the ball much better and punished East for almost every skill error they made. North led by 23 points after kicking to what was possibly the more difficult end. McConnell was back in the team for North and he was a handful for the East defenders. The strong crosswind made scoring and field kicking difficult but North’s smaller running brigade in Brock Egan, Munn and Hensel constantly outran their opponents and drove the play forward. East had only one goal on the board at half-time and trailed by 30 points. Coach Matt Scanlon was working hard to lift his team but North had too many quick players willing run and carry. North kicked away in the 3rd quarter with 7 goals and although East improved their work-rate they stilled trailed by 49 points at ¾ time. East closed the margin early in the last quarter with 3 goals as Scanlon got some help from Kieselbach and Langdon but North quickly regained the ascendancy with goals to McConnell and Egan to win comfortably by 55 points. Brock Egan, Hensel, Nick Blachut running out of defence, Munn and Schutz were good players for North and Justin McConnell booted 5 goals. East’s better players were Scanlon, Jacob Langdon, Kieselbach and Howard.
NORTH GAMBIER 16-12 108 DEFEATED EAST GAMBIER 8-5 53
Second placed South Gambier slammed on 10 last quarter goals to completely out-play Casterton/Sandford by 90 points. South led throughout but Casterton/Sandford’s physical approach kept the scores relatively close in the 1st half with South ahead by 25 points. South coach Brett Exelby was at his clever best for the season when the Demons kicked away in the 3rd term. The key South prime movers in O’Neil and Simon Berkefeld were doing as they liked and Bronson Saffin was having his best game in South colour’s. Casterton/Sandford lost coach Ayton to a yellow card offence and their game unravelled from there. South ran all over Casterton/Sandford in the last quarter to pile on 10 goals to four with coach Exelby finishing with 7. South’s best were Saffin, O’Neil, Simon and Matt Berkefeld, Jenkin and Brad Bryant. Jacob Galpin, Wombwell, Trent Nesbitt and Todd Clode battled hard for Casterton/Sandford.
SOUTH GAMBIER 22-10 142 TOO GOOD FOR CASTERTON/SANDFORD 8-4 52
Round 7 - May 30, 2015
Best: South - B. Saffin , B. O''Neil , S. Berkefeld , N. Jenkin , M. Berkefeld , B. Bryant. Casterton Sandford - J. Galpin , D. Wombwell , T. Nesbitt , T. Clode , B. Galpin , I. Forbes. Goals: South - B. Exelby 7, J. Ryan 3, B. O''Neil 2, B. Saffin 2, S. Berkefeld 2, B. Howard , B. Bryant , B. Kain , N. Patzel , D. Stratford , M. Berkefeld. Casterton Sandford - R. Killey 5, H. Carlin 2, J. Galpin
Best: North – B. Egan , M. Hensel , N. Blachut , D. Munn , S. Kenny , J. Schutz. East - M. Kieselbach , J. Langdon , M. Scanlon , D. Howard , R. Janeway , M. Coote. North – J. McConnell 5, B. Egan 4, M. McInerney 3, N. Moretti 2, B. Close , S. Kenny. East - B. Gibbs 2, M. Dempsey 2, J. Langdon 2, R. Janeway , M. Scanlon
Best: West – T. Ploenges , B. Wilson , T. Holmes , T. Dolan , S. Zeitz , N. Lewis. Millicent - T. Hutchesson , M. Reilly , J. Walker , N. Robbins , S. Duldig , C. Hobbs. Goals: West – T. Ploenges 7, B. Wilson 2, S. Zeitz , G. Ha , J. Schapel , N. Allen. Millicent - C. Saint 2, N. Robbins , C. Gysbers , C. Hobbs , C. Thomson , T. Hutchesson , H. Reilly
WEST GAMBIER WIN IN DOUR BATTLE OVER EAST GAMBIER
In a game that never rose to great heights West Gambier led throughout to win by 8 points. West’s quality on-ballers Brad Wilson and Tom Holmes have struggled without dominant big man Daron McElroy but still won enough possessions to keep their team ahead on the scoreboard. East Gambier lacking depointh of talent, tackled hard and with key defender Luke Thomson stifling any influence from West’s Tyson Ploenges the game became a battle of attrition. Holmes and Wilson were productive around the centre for West with Ricky Lindner lively at the stoppages but they got little reward for their efforts. East had a reliable goal-kicker in Mitch Gray who booted 5 and coach Matt Scanlon who worked very hard to lift his team but not much else.
Best: North - D. Munn , M. McInerney , L. Symons , H. Telford , J. Schutz , M. Quirk. Casterton Sandford - D. Gray , T. Nesbitt , D. Wombwell , J. Stephenson , J. Galpin , K. Stark. Goals: North - N. Moretti 4, M. McInerney 3, S. Sochacki 2, B. Stafford , J. Jenner , D. Munn , H. Telford. Casterton Sandford - R. Killey 4, J. Stephenson 2, D. Ryan 2, T. Clode 2, J. Galpin
Best: South - B. O''Neil , M. Weistra , S. Berkefeld , B. Saffin , B. Bryant , L. Denton. Millicent - C. Saint , A. Allen , T. Hutchesson , N. Robbins , B. Grosser , J. Walker. Goals: South - B. Exelby 4, B. Kain 3, B. Saffin 3, S. Berkefeld 2, A. Bryant 2, B. O''Neil 2, S. Fleming , J. Ryan , B. Howard , D. Stratford , L. Foran. Millicent - C. Saint 2, N. Robbins , M. Gordon , S. Duldig
Best: West - T. Holmes , R. Lindner , S. Wenman , B. Wilson , L. Bradley-Brown , T. Dolan. East - M. Scanlon , L. Thomson , M. Kieselbach , N. Lock , J. Langdon , M. Gray. Goals: West - J. Schapel 2, S. Wenman 2, J. Dobie 2, B. Wilson , T. Ploenges , T. Holmes. East - M. Gray 5, M. Scanlon 2, K. Thomson
CASTERTON/SANDFORD BREAKTHROUGH FOR FIRST WIN IN 2015
May 18, 2015
Casterton/Sandford outplayed a disappointing Millicent after an even 1st quarter where the scores were level. Rick Killey was a strong focal point up forward for the Cats as they booted 5 goals to nil in the 2nd term and open up a match-winning lead of 34 points. Coach Ayton and Alex O’Connell were in everything for the Cats as they increased their lead to 50 points after again keeping Millicent goal-less. Tom Hutchesson and coach Duldig were battling hard for Millicent but had little support. An all-in brawl involving livened up a cold Saturday afternoon but it was the Cats who powered away in the last quarter with another 6 goals whilst Millicent added a token two. The Cats got the cream and Millicent were left licking their wounds after the 12 goal drubbing. Best for the Cats were Ayton, O’Connell and Cowland whilst Killey booted 6 goals. None tried harder for Millicent than Tom Hutchesson, Steve Duldig and Mitch Gordon but they many non-contributors
CASTERTON/SANDFORD 16-9 105 THRASHED MILLICENT 4-9 33
South Gambier had too much depth in talent for East Gambier and increased their lead at every change to win by 44 points. Bret O’Neil and Simon Berkefeld were constantly on the move despite East playing a strongly defensive game. Steadily South broke down the East negative play through better skill and more productive forwards. South led by 14 points at quarter-time and 25 at the half-time break. Nick Lock and Grady Janeway battled hard in defence for East, repelling many south forward moves but kept being turned over through the midfield and at half-back where Oliver and Brad Bryant closed out the East forwards. South again outscored East in the 3rd term with Ryan winning at the ball-ups and feisty small-man Brent Howard winning the ball at ground level when he wasn’t talking the opposition silly. O’Neil and Simon Berkefeld continued to run free through the centre and South finished strongly to win by 44 points. Best for South were O’Neil, Berkefeld, Oliver, Ryan and Howard. East’s best were mostly in the back-half, Lock, Janeway, coach Matt Scanlon and Kieselbach.
SOUTH GAMBIER 16-8 104 TOO GOOD FOR EAST GAMBIER 9-6 60
West Gambier may have been under-manned but they challenged top team North Gambier strongly in the 1st half. North without star forward and coach Justin McConnell had plenty of the play but West stayed in touch through the work of Tom Holmes and Dale Robbins. Nick Moretti at full forward for North was a constant danger and ran rings around the West defenders and Brock Egan picked up a stack of kicks across the mid-field to give North a 19 point lead at ˝ time. West again challenged in the 3rd term with Ploenges goaling after marking strongly. North kept them out early in the quarter but West closed the margin to 12 points before a flurry of goals to Moretti, Matt McInerney and Brad Close late in the quarter saw the margin blow out to 42 points. North were killing West on the outside with Egan, Nick McInerney, Schutz and Jenner outplaying their opponents. North continued to power ahead in the last quarter as West’s challenge faded. Moretti ran riot on the forward line for North and booted 7 goals whilst Brock Egan, Schutz, heavyweight ruckman Sam Whelan and Nick McInerney all played well. West had good players in Holmes, Robbins, Nic Allen and Rick Lindner. North booted 10 of the last 12 goals of the game to win by 56 points.
NORTH GAMBIER 19-12 126 TOO STRONG FOR WEST GAMBIER 11-4 70
Round 5 - May 16, 2015
Best: Casterton Sandford - D. Ayton , A. O''Connell , M. Cowland , T. Nesbitt , K. Stark , D. Gray. Millicent - T. Hutchesson , S. Duldig , M. Gordon , C. Saint , J. Murphy. Goals: Casterton Sandford - R. Killey 6, J. Stephenson 3, D. Ayton 2, T. Nesbitt 2, K. Stark , I. Forbes , D. Ryan. Millicent - C. Saint 2, J. Grimes , T. Hutchesson
Best: North – N. Moretti , T. McInerney , S. Whelan , D. Munn , B. Close , B. Stafford. West - D. Robbins , N. Allen , T. Holmes , B. Wilson , R. Lindner. Goals: North - N. Moretti 7, B. Close 4, M. McInerney 3, J. Jenner 2, H. Telford , B. Egan , B. Kennedy . West - T. Ploenges 3, T. Holmes 3, N. Allen 2, J. Schapel , B. Wilson , G. Ha
Best: South - B. O''Neil , S. Berkefeld , C. Oliver , J. Ryan , B. Bryant , B. Howard. East - G. Janeway , N. Lock , M. Scanlon , M. Kieselbach , M. Dempsey , M. White. Goals: South - . Ryan 3, B. Kain 2, B. Exelby 2, S. Fleming 2, S. Berkefeld 2, M. Berkefeld , D. Stratford , C. Williams , A. Bryant , L. Foran. East - M. Scanlon 2, P. Hatch 2, N. Walters 2, M. Dempsey , B. Gibbs , T. Lockwood
EAST GAMBIER WIN SECOND GAME ON THE TROT
East Gambier steadied and survived an early goal burst from Casterton/Sandford to win their second match in a row. The Cats slammed on three goals before East had time to think with Damien Ryan in imposing touch up forward. Gradually, East regained some composure and goals late in the 1st quarter proved crucial. East took the lead early in the 2nd term but weather conditions were making scoring difficult. East maintained a narrow lead at ½ time with Grady Janeway finding the conditions to his liking and big Mark Kieselbach doing well at the stoppages. Defences of both teams held up as strong winds made marking difficult and goals were hard to come by. Late goals in the final qtr sealed the win for East by 20 points. Casterton were good at the start but just 2 goals after quarter time were never going to be enough. Better players for East were Janeway, Kieselbach, Shem Balshaw and Peter Bury with 3 goals. For the Cats, Ayton, Todd Clode, Nesbitt and Cowland.
SOUTH GAMBIER 20-10 (130) defeated WEST 3-6 (24)
EAST GAMBIER 15-7 97 COMFORTABLY OVER MILLICENT 7-12 54
East Gambier led by the narrowest of margins at quarter-time after Millicent had wasted scoring opportunities. The ground conditions were slippery after early rain. East made the most of a strong breeze and booted 5 goals in the 2ndterm to open up a handy 26 point lead at the main break. Coach Matt Scanlon was providing a good target near goal and the Balshaw boys , Tully and Shem also became prominent. Millicent would have been dirty on missed chances earlier but got back in the game after ½ time with Nat Robbins and Mitch Gordon doing well. Goals against the flow hurt Millicent however and East still held a 14 point lead at the last change. East dominated the scoring in the final quarter by adding 6 goals to Millicent’s one to record their first win in 2015 by 43 points. Better players for East were Tully Balshaw, Grady Janeway, strong defender Luke Thomson and coach Matt Scanlon who finished with 5 goals. For Millicent none tried harder than Mitch Gordon, Nat Robbins , Hobbs and Steve Duldig.
WEST GAMBIER 15-12 102 DEFEATED CASTERTON/SANDFORD 7-15 57
West Gambier quickly set about controlling the game against Casterton/Sandford when they led by 29 points at quarter-time. Stout defence by Tom Dolan and Kane O’Brien reduced any influence of Casterton mid-fielder Trent Nesbitt and follower Damien Wombwell. Ricky Lindner was lively and around the stoppages and prolific kick-winner Brad Wilson did just that. West put the game beyond Casterton’s reach in the 2ndquarter with 6 goals with Nic Allen, Garrett Ha and Josh Schapel all bobbing up to score and give West a 47 point lead. It was the second time in 2 games that the Cats had started poorly. The 3rd term was a battle of defences with each side only managing a goal each. Cat’s coach Dylan Ayton blocked many West attacks but Casterton couldn’t get past the tight West defence led by Dolan and O’Brien. The margin was still 47 points in West’s favour at three quarter time. Casterton finally had some joy in the last quarter when they outscored West narrowly by 3 points but it was never going to be enough and West ran out winners by 45 points in a lack lustre game. West Gambier’s best players included Rick Lindner, Brad Wilson, Dolan, O’Brien and youngster Liam Beckman. Trent Nesbitt, Ayton, defender Dan Gray and Damien Wombwell tried hard.
Rest of Round 3 scores, May 2, 2015
Best: West - R. Lindner , B. Wilson , T. Dolan , D. Robbins , L. Beckman , K. O''Brien. Casterton Sandford - T. Nesbitt , D. Ayton , D. Gray , D. Wombwell , J. Gibbs , J. Galpin. Goals: West - N. Allen 3, R. Lindner 2, B. Wilson 2, G. Ha 2, J. Schapel 2, L. Beckman , J. Ryan , S. Zeitz , T. Holmes. Casterton Standford - D. Ryan 4, T. Nesbitt 2, D. Ayton
Best: East - T. Balshaw , G. Janeway , L. Thomson , M. Scanlon , J. Eldridge , P. Bury. Millicent - M. Gordon , N. Robbins , C. Hobbs , S. Duldig. Goals: East - M. Scanlon 5, T. Balshaw 3, S. Balshaw 2, N. Lock , B. Gibbs , S. Clark , T. Lockwood , J. Nunan. Millicent - N. Robbins 3, M. O''Loughlin , T. Hutchesson , C. Saint , S. Duldig
NORTH HAVE HARD FOUGHT WIN OVER SOUTH GAMBIER
Windy and slippery aided the defences of both sides in WBFL’s annual Anzac Day clash at Vansittart Pk. Play was even early before North coach Justin McConnell got on the end of a chain of handpasses to open the scoring. O’Neil continually cut off North attacks but South struggled to find the goals. Small forward Brad Close goaled and McConnell marked cleverly for another to give North a 10 point lead but Ash Bryant eluded the North defence to keep South in touch.
Best: North - N. Mcinerney , T. McInerney , J. Jenner , N. Blachut , D. Munn , J. Schutz. South - B. O''Neil , C. Oliver , A. Bryant , B. Howard , B. Saffin. Goals: North - J. McConnell 4, B. Close 2, N. Blachut , T. McInerney , B. Kennedy. South - A. Bryant 2, B. Howard 2, S. Berkefeld , L. Denton , B. Exelby , B. Kain
THREE TEAMS ALREADY HAVE A BREAK AFTER TWO ROUNDS
Round Two report - April 20, 2015
West Gambier completely outclassed Millicent after quarter time. Heavy rain and strong winds had made conditions difficult but Millicent failed to make use of the wind early. West took control in the 2nd quarter through Tom Holmes and Dylan McElroy, at full forward Ploenges provided a mobile target and Millicent just couldn’t clear the ball from the backlines. They were under constant attack and surprisingly only trailed by 6 goals at the long interval. Coach Steve Duldig was working overtime for Millicent but disposal mistakes let West in.
West completely dominated the 2nd half against a team that was missing many from the previous week but constant turnovers are no excuse. West added 11 goals to just two from Millicent to win easily by 100 points.
South Gambier had their game against Casterton/Sandford all but wrapped up when they led by 43 points at ½ time. Brayden Kain and coach Brett Exelby had been good on the forward line and ruckman Fleming gave his on-ballers plenty of chances. The Cats backline were unable to stop the flow of play as South streamed forward.
A rejuvenated Casterton fought back strongly in the 3rd quarter with coach Ayton winning plenty of kicks across half-back and Jacob Galpin giving them somebody to kick to up forward. Whilst never looking likely to win they at least made a contest in the 2nd half. Any semblance of an unlikely win disappeared when coach Ayton needlessly conceded a 50 metre penalty in the last quarter to gift South Gambier a goal.
North Gambier were quick to assume control against East Gambier in the best playing conditions of the day, this being a twilight game. Matt McInerney and Justin McCconnell were a constant threat on North’s forward line despite close attention from the East defence led by Luke Thomson. North maintained more than a 20 point margin but East were now playing a restricting game and scoring became difficult. East closed the gap even more in the 3rd quarter but struggled to find a winning forward even though they trailed by just 14 points at the last change. North stepped on the pedal in the final term and kepoint East scoreless whilst piling on 9 goals to win quite easily by 74 points. The final margin might have flattered North a little as East had a player stretchered off in the last quarter as well having Peter Bury yellow carded for abuse. North’s better players were the clever Matt McInerney who booted 5 goals, Ciaran Buckley against his old team, Tim McInerney in defence and Brock Egan. East were best served by Jayden Eldridge, Josh Whaites, Luke Thomson in defence and youngster Todd Lockwood.
Round 2 - April 18, 2015
Best: South - B. O''Neil , B. Saffin , Z. King , S. Fleming , B. Kain , A. Bryant. Casterton Sandford - D. Ayton , T. Nesbitt , M. Cowland , D. Gray , J. Stephenson , J. Galpin. Goals: South - B. Kain 5, B. Exelby 3, B. Saffin 3, D. Stratford 2, D. Ridding 2, S. Berkefeld> Casterton Sandford - J. Galpin 3, R. Killey 2, B. Galpin , I. Forbes , D. Ryan
Best: North - M. McInerney , C. Buckley , T. McInerney , B. Egan , D. Munn , B. Close. East - J. Eldridge , J. Whaites , L. Thomson , P. Bury , T. Lockwood , D. Howard. Goals: North - M. McInerney 5, J. McConnell 4, B. Close 2, B. Egan 2, J. Stafford , D. Munn , N. Mcinerney , N. Blachut. East - J. Whaites , M. Scanlon , N. Lock , P. Bury , S. Balshaw , M. Dempsey , J. Eldridge
Best: West - R. Lindner , T. Holmes , D. McElroy , H. Lofts , T. Ploenges , K. O''Brien. Millicent - T. Hutchesson , B. Kenny , B. Davis , C. Reilly , C. Gysbers , J. Grimes. Goals: West - T. Ploenges 5, H. Lofts 2, T. Holmes 2, J. Schapel 2, J. Ryan 2, D. McElroy , G. Ha , R. Fox , J. Dobie. Millicent - T. Pratt , M. Gordon , M. Reilly
Round 1 report - April 11, 2015
North Gambier began their journey towards four flags in a row with an emphatic display overpowering Casterton by 148 points. The Tigers piled on the goals from the start and led by 42 points at quarter time with coach Justin McConnell generalling his team with a burst of goals. The result was the same in the 2nd term as North went further ahead and the Cats couldn’t stem the flow. Ruckman Kennedy was making the most of his senior opportunities and Hamish Telford and Pat Perry gathered a stack of possessions but North scarcely had a poor player.
Best: North - A. Anderson, C. Birks, S. Kenny, J. Brooks, L. Downs-Woolley. Casterton Sandford : J. Carlin, A. Jarrad, J. Clode, J. Smith, B. Dobbs, J. Forbes. Goals: North - L. Downs-Woolley 8, M. Silvy 5, J. Brooks 4, S. Kenny 3, J. Yeates 3, Y. Akita 2, L. English 1, C. Hatt 1. Casterton Sandford : J. Forbes 2, J. Smith 1
Best: South - N. Patzel, H. Stevens, J. Wilson, J. Patzel. Millicent : J. Malthouse, C. Davis, D. Shanks, B. Davis, B. Smith, J. Hales. Goals: South - J. Patzel 4, N. Patzel 4, J. Wilson 2, R. Franchetto 2, R. Attiwill 2, S. Patzel 1, /H. Stevens 1, J. Capewell 1. Millicent : C. Davis 1, J. Hales 1, M. O'Loughlin 1
WESTERN BORDER GETS UNDERWAY
Best: West - B. Wilson , T. Holmes , D. McElroy , T. Ploenges , J. Ryan , J. Schapel. East - P. Bury , M. White , S. Balshaw , R. Janeway , M. Dempsey. Goals: West - T. Ploenges 6, J. Schapel 3, D. McElroy 2, B. Wilson , J. Ryan. East - P. Bury , S. Clark , T. Lockwood , M. Scanlon , K. de Wit
WEST GAMBIER SHINE UNDER LIGHTS
April 7, 2015
West Gambier with a strong core of quality midfielders were too strong for East Gambier in the WB leagues first game of 2015. East under new coach Matt Scanlon had plenty of the play early on but couldn’t put any scoreboard pressure and West were able to goal twice through opportunist forwards Schapel and Mcelroy. East were tackling hard and winning plenty of the ball but poor disposal constantly saw West back in possession. Tom Holmes was a damaging player across the centre and half-back and along with Mcelroy who was the best big man on the ground whether in ruck or across the forward line. Brad Wilson was another good player for West and Jarrod Ryan was lively at half forward in his return to football.
West extended their lead to 22 points at ½ time and appeared a much better outfit. East struggled to stay in touch with only Matt Dempsey, Matt White in defence and Peter Bury providing much drive. Tyson Ploenges, another returnee for West was causing problems at full forward with his midfielders pumping the ball in. West kicked away in the 3rd term as East’s lack of skill became more evident and West added another 4 goals to a solitary one from East to lead by 28 pts at three quarter-time. West were now in total control and piled on 6 goals in the last qtr with Ploenges running rings around the East defenders to finish with 6 goals and give new East coach Scanlon some early season headaches. West won easily by 52 pts and looked quite good with strong performances from Brad Wilson, Tom Holmes, Brad Mcelroy and Ploenges. Ryan and Schapel also gave them some potency on the forward line. It was a different story for East with only Matt Dempsey, Matt White and Peter Bury showing much form, coach Scanlon made some useful contributions and moved forward late in the game but overall would have been disappointed especially with his team’s inability to find team-mates when in good positions.
NORTH GAMBIER SMASH WEST TO WIN GRAND FINAL IN A ROW
by Terry Willoughby - 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
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
April 18 ** Night match
SE Inter-League on June 6
Sept 5 - First Semi
Sept 12 - Second Semi
Sept 19 - Prelim
Sept 26 - Grand Final