by Terry Willoughby, September 16, 2018

Strong winds and showers also affected the Grand Final at Keith where the Keith Crows started as favorites, slightly ahead of Mundulla. The conditions made scoring difficult but the Keith Crows made the early breakthrough with Simounds goaling and the signs looked ominous. Mundulla struggled against the wind and key forward James Hinge was being well covered by Keith’s master minder Billy Laurie. The Crows led by 15 points at quarter time, a big lead in tough going.

Mundulla continued to struggle for goals and it was the midfielders in McGrice and McIntyre who got them. Both players were involved in most of the Moots forward entries but Hinge and Little had no impact near goals. Nick Mosey was Mundulla’s best forward but he was being forced further up the ground. Keith were defending stoutly and the wind played havoc with kicking for goal but Mundulla hit the front by just two points at the long break. Keith had good players across the centre with Henry Wilhelm and Wilson picking up kicks and Thring guiding play.

Scoring was down to a minimum in the third term and play was held up for some time when Keith forward Albert Dunstan was stretchered off and Mundulla just couldn’t find a forward target. McGrice goaled again and he and McIntyre had all of the Moots goals. Ballinger at full back had cut Simounds out since quarter time but Paul Makin goaled late in the quarter to give Keith a 16 point lead. The wind had shifted to across the ground which made Mundulla’s task greater but they weren’t done just yet but Keith led by nine points at three quarter time.

Keith started to get on top early in the last quarter when they seemed to collect all the loose balls around the packs and when Will McMurray goaled after Simounds got rid of two Mundulla opponents to push the margin out to 16 points. Play travelled up and down the ground with the wind causing kicking errors. McGrice and McIntyre continued pushed Mundulla forward but with no result. Boyd Packer had taken some timely marks in defence and Ballinger was rock solid at fullback. As the clock ticked past 16 minutes and Keith had Simounds in the backline as a loose man but Mundulla couldn’t kick a goal until Dylan Mosey popped one through from close range to reduce the margin to ten points. Play was now constantly in Mundulla’s front half and in another scrubby passage of play Gregurke got another for Mundulla as the clock was past the 20 minute mark. Keith were fighting hard to hold onto the lead with Laurie now in the centre but McGrice continued to drive Mundulla into attack with the gap now just three points.

Boyd Packer, a good player all day in defence now found himself in Mundulla’s forward line and fortuitously gained possession in heavy traffic and managed to steer a mongrel punt through for a goal and put Mundulla in front with little time to play. Mundulla bottled up play in the dying seconds and players were jubilant on the siren with the scoreboard showing them as three point winners.

Best for the wildly celebrating Mundulla were Jake McGrice in the centre, onballer Tim McIntyre, roaming forward Nick Mosey, miracle goalkicker Boyd Packer, Riley Brayrook and fullback Tim Ballinger. For the shattered Keith Crows none were better than Billy Laurie, coach George Thring, Andrew Wilson on the ball, Woolford, Will McMurray up forward and Henry Wilhelm on the wing.       


Grand Final at Keith on September 15, 2018

Keith3. (53)
Mundulla1. (56)

Best on ground award: Jake McGrice (Mundulla)

Best: Mundulla – J. McGrice, T. McIntyre, N. Mosey, B. Packer, R. Braybrook, T. Ballinger. Keith – B. Laurie, G. Thring, A. Wilson, C. Woolford, H. Wilhelm, W. McMurray. Goals: Mundulla – J. McGrice 3, T. McIntyre 2, B. Packer, D. Mosey, N. Gregurke. Keith – B. Simounds 3, W. McMurray 2, P. Makin, H. Wilhelm, A. Wilson.

The Naracoorte Herald previews Grand Final Day

September 13, 2018

Will Mundulla come all the way from the elimination final – as Lucindale did last year – to win a record 10th KNTFL A grade premiership on Saturday?

Or will Keith cap off a superb year, where they’ve been widely tipped to be premiers, with their third premiership?

All will be revealed at the Keith oval on Saturday when the KNTFL season winds up with a huge day of grand finals.

Any of the top five sides would have been worthy grand finalists this year, but Keith and Mundulla have definitely looked good enough to take out the flag. They both have very solid structures and impressive depth with strong reserves sides backing them.

Some of the match-ups for this game are tantalising, none more so than the two joint league medallists George Thring from Keith and Tim McIntyre lining up in the centre square.

Looking up the field, the Keith spine is imposing, starting with Seamus McMurray at full back, Steve Molineux at CHB, coach Thring in the middle and Alby Dunstan and Ben Simounds in the key forward positions.

Similarly, Mundulla has a settled spine with Tim Ballinger, Matt Schilling and Darcy King sharing the key defensive spots, McIntyre or Jake McGrice in the middle, then a few options up forward but revolving around the marking talents of James Hinge.

Keith is a very well drilled side which plays a zone marshalled by Thring and with defenders like Dave Coghlan and Cody Woolford important in the set-up. Simounds up forward is a key target but young Will McMurray provided a spark in the second semi, while veteran Paul Makin can still take a grab.

The ruck battle will be interesting, with Keith led by James Pitchford whose strength is winning taps, while Mundulla’s lead ruckman Ben Douglas could cause some damage around the ground. 

They will both be supported by excellent midfields who have pace, strength and skill to burn. Mundulla’s McGrice, McIntyre, Nankivell, Gregurke, Wiese, Ridgway and Mosey are all good ball-getters.

Keith’s drive will be generated by Thring and fellow midfield jet Bill Laurie, who was given a role at full back in the second semi but will be released back into the midfield for this one unless he plays on Hinge. Keith midfielders Wilhelm, the two Wilsons, Lehmann and Geyer are also very handy players.

Where will the game be won? The obvious keys are Simounds for Keith and Hinge for Mundulla – two brilliant forwards – but in truth it could be which side has a more even contribution.

Keith’s home ground advantage won’t hurt either, and the Crows will enter the game as narrow favourites.


By Terry Willoughby, September 9, 2018

Kaniva Leeor United’s chances took a turn for the worse when coach and goal-kicker Nic Murphy was unable to take his place in the team. This unsettled the top team and necessitated several position with Cam De Visser moving forward. Mundulla looked the better team from the start with Hinge and McIntyre dangerous around goal. Ben Douglas was giving Mundulla a lift with his work around the stoppages and Schilling was typically reliable in defence. The Moots booted 5 goals (McIntyre two of them) to lead by 13 points at quarter time.

KLU tightened up in defence and Hitchcock and Stribling started to get more of the ball and Mundulla found it harder to get goals as KLU booted three to hold a narrow lead by halftime. KLU had been on top of the ladder for almost all season but they sorely missed Murphy’s experience in the third quarter where Mundulla took control. The Moots put a strangle hold on KLU’s forwards with Douglas on top in ruck and McIntyre and Gregurke winning possessions around the ground. Five unanswered goals gave Mundulla the game’s biggest lead of 31 points and KLU looked in trouble. KLU weren’t about to hoist the white flag just yet and Hitchcock and Stribling were still playing well with De Visser also getting among the goals. The Moots still looked to be going like winners but KLU continued to close in as play became more desperate. With the game in the balance, McIntyre again showed his class to score a goal against the run of play, to get Mundulla’s lead out to eight points, as the final siren loomed.

KLU weren’t done and goaled immediately from the bounce and were deep in attack when the siren sounded, the Moots hanging on by two points to progress through to the big dance. Mundulla’s best were Douglas, McIntyre with 4 goals, Nick Mosey, Gregurke, Jaeschke and Schilling. KLU, on top early season exited the finals in straight sets. Their best were Hitchcock, Stribling, Jesse Salt, Cam De Visser and Alex Brown.


Preliminary Final at Bordertown on September 8, 2018

Kaniva Leeor3.16.66.711.8  (74)
Mundulla5. (76)

Best: Mundulla – T. McIntyre, B. Douglas, N. Mosey, N. Gregurke, E. Jaeschke, M. Schilling. KL United – C. Hitchcock, T. Stribling, J. Salt, C. De Visser, A. Brown, S. Snook.  Goals: Mundulla – James Hinge 4, Tim McIntyre 4, N. Gregurke, W. Nankivell, S. Little, E. Jaeschke. Kaniva/Leeor – Cameron De Visser 4, Cam Hitchcock 3, C. Thiele 2, J. Maddern, A. Brown.

The Naracoorte Herald previews Prelim Final Day

September 6, 2018

All eyes will be on the Bordertown oval when Kaniva/Leeor United take on Mundulla in Saturday’s A grade preliminary final.

Kaniva/Leeor United is looking very susceptible to being sent out of the KNT finals in straight sets after being A grade minor premiers.

Coming off a second semi-final loss, the Cougars will face a fit and fired up Mundulla, who have won two finals in a row and still have the pain of last year’s grand final loss driving them.

Kaniva/Leeor were beaten comfortably by Keith last week and will need to recover some confidence quickly, with the added concern of coach Nick Murphy having a knee injury to contend with.

The Cougars left it until late to try something different last week but the move of Cam De Visser up forward could be their trump card.

Whatever they do, they will have to be at their best to hold off a Mundulla side which has produced a quick, skilful brand of footy to win two finals and could do what Lucindale did from the elimination final last year – win all the way to a premiership.

KLU needs to find a match-up for Mundulla gun forward James Hinge and needs to capitalise on the dominance of ruckman Nathan Bowles.

KLU have never won a KNTFL premiership, while Mundulla has won nine, but you can bet the Moots won’t be doing KLU any favours when it comes game time.

In the reserves, minor premiers Mundulla will play Naracoorte. Mundulla lost badly last week to Keith, while Naracoorte played quite well to beat Bordertown.

Mundulla will be favourites and will be determined to make it to the grand final to defend the reserves premiership they won last year.

But Naracoorte has a lot of finals experience in this grade and will come out firing in search of yet another grand final appearance.

In the senior colts, Kingston will play Penola for the right to play Kybybolite in the grand final, while Naracoorte will play Padthaway/Lucindale in the junior colts. Their opponent in the grand final will also be Kybybolite.


by Terry Willoughby – Monday 3 September, 2018

Mundulla had too much strength and class for Penola after an even first quarter where they had a nine point lead. In a high standard game the Moots had more of the play but Penola didn’t let them have it all their own way. Foster at full forward made the most of limited opportunities whilst Williams was defending strongly. The Moots had good players around the midfield and stoppages in Tim McIntyre and McGrice whilst Gregurke and Hinge loomed as big threats near goal. Rain in the second quarter did not lessen the standard but Mundulla started to get on top across the centre through Luke Wiese and McGrice while Penola’s Simon Berkefeld still appeared to showing the effects of a recent heavy clash. Mundulla took a 17 point lead into the long break. Mundulla continued on their merry way in the third quarter as they stretched Penola to the limit and added 5 goals to just two to extend the lead to 30 points. The Moots had five players with multiple goals which made life harder for the weary Eagles who had only one, Brodie Foster. The last quarter saw Mundulla in control and they never let Penola back in at any stage and went on to win by 29 points. Nick Gregurke was best for Mundulla who had many good players including McGrice, McIntyre, Jaeschke and Hinge who booted 6 goals. For the gallant but battle scarred Penola, Alex and Tom Moore, Williams, Luke Walker and Brodie Foster with six goals.

MUNDULLA 17-9 111 DEFEATED PENOLA 12-10 82   

KOWREE NARACOORTE & TATIARA – First Semi Final at Lucindale

Penola5.18.210.612.10 (82)
Mundulla6.411.715.917.9 (111)

Best: Mundulla – N. Gregurke, T. McIntyre, J. McGrice, E. Jaeschke, L. Wiese, J. Hinge. Penola – A. Moore, B. Foster, S. Merrett, L. Walker, T. Williams, T. Moore. Goals: Mundulla – J. Hinge 6, N. Gregurke 3, L. Wiese 2, J. McGrice 2, E. Jaeschke 2, W. Nankivell, D. Mosey. Penola – B. Foster 6, T. Moore, S. Berkefeld, H. Porter, S. Merrett, J. Mansell, M. Berkefeld


by Terry Willoughby – Monday 3 September, 2018

In a game where defences made every goal hard earned Keith slowly but surely got the upper-hand over Kaniva Leeor United. Keith had some interesting match-ups with Billy Laurie assigned to KLU coach Nic Murphy in particular. Injuries also played a part with key players, George Johnson missing for Keith and Tarquin Brown for KLU. Goals were hard to come by in the first quarter and KLU took a narrow 5 point lead. Keith started to get on top in the second quarter with Billy Laurie cutting Nic Murphy out and surprise packet Dave Coghlan closing down the direct route to goal at half-back. Simounds was always threatening for Keith but the KLU defence led by Stribling and Josh Jarred maintained tight control and neither team was able to get a break clear with Keith now leading by 7 points at halftime.

Slightly built forward Will McMurray looked to have injury problems late in the second term but returned to play a big part in Keith’s third quarter surge along with Wilhelm across the centre and Dunstan at half-forward. KLU were still battling hard but Keith got a mini-break and went to ¾ time with a 17 point lead, the biggest of the game. The breeze had dropped right away as KLU fought hard to get on terms and De Visser, a good player in defence earlier now bobbed up in the forward line and kicked two goals. Keith steadied and despite not winning at the stoppages had enough good performers elsewhere to maintain their lead. Nic Murphy limped off late in the game for KLU but had been well held for most of the game. George Thring outstanding throughout the season but quiet by his usual standards but effective all the same. KLU had a set shot which would have brought them within a goal with only minutes remaining but missed and Keith raced the play away to score and win by 15 points. Better players for Keith were Laurie in an unfamiliar role at full-back, Coghlan at half-back, Will McMurray at half-forward with three goals, Wilhelm, Ryan Menz and Dunstan. For KLU, Cam De Visser, Sam Williams-Bale at half forward, Nathan Bowles in ruck, onballer Alex Brown and Stribling.




Tim McIntyre (Mundulla) and George Thring (Keith) 19 joint winners

Simon Berkefeld (Penola) 18

Bill Laurie (Keith) 18

Kurtis Phillips (Border Districts) 17

Nick Gregurke (Mundulla) 16

Luke Harder (Padthaway) 15

David Warren (Kybybolite) 15


GOALKICKING: A grade – Ben Simounds (Keith) 91goals, reserves – Tom Clayfield (Penola) 56 goals

FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR: Simon Berkefeld (Penola) 73 votes

GOLDEN WHISTLE AWARD (Best umpire): John Langdon 140 votes

300 game presentation: Nick Hampel (Bordertown), Jeff Sellars (Naracoorte), Shawn Menz (Lucindale)

JOHNSON MEDAL, RESERVES BEST AND FAIREST: Andrew Pitt (Border Districts) 18 votes, Adam Obst (Mundulla) 15

BEST BACKMAN: Ray Jaensch (Kyby)


F: Luke Harder (Pad), Ben Simounds (Keith), Tom Logan (Lucindale)

HF: Nick Gregurke (Mundulla), Nick Murphy (KLU), Matt Tonkin (Kyby)

C: Simon Berkefeld (Penola), Bill Laurie (Keith), Liam Vivian (KLU)

HB:  Tate Michael (Pad), Ray Jaensch (Kyby), Scott Merrett (Penola)

B: George Thring (Keith), Seamus McMurray (Keith), Brad Maney (Penola)

Rucks – Kurtis Phillips (B/D), Tim McIntyre (Mun), Jake McGrice (Mundulla) 

Inter – Rory Tink (Btown), Sam Robertson (King), Keenan Jacobs (Ncte), Ben Warner (King)

Coach – Nick Murphy (KLU)


MAIL/VIRGO MEDAL voting updates:

Round 6: David Warren (Kyby) 9, Henry Wilhelm (Keith) 9, Simon Berkefeld (Pen) 8, Sam Graetz (Luc) 6, Jake McGrice (Mun) 6, Tim McIntyre (Mun) 6, Nick Murphy (KLU) 6

Round 13: Bill Laurie (Keith) 16, David Warren (Kyby) 15, Simon Berkefeld (Pen) 14, Nick Gregurke (Mun) 13

Final result: Tim McIntyre (Mundulla) 19 votes, George Thring (Keith) 19 joint winners, Simon Berkefeld (Penola) 18, Bill Laurie (Keith) 18 joint runners-up, Kurtis Phillips (Border Districts 17, Nick Gregurke (Mun) 16, Luke Harder (Pad) 15, David Warren (Kyby) 15.

Second Semi-Final at Kaniva on September 1, 2018

Kaniva Leeor2. (64)
Keith1.45.69.612.7 (79)

Ben Simounds (Keith) kicked his 100th goal for the season in the third term

Best: Keith – B. Laurie, D. Coghlan, W. McMurray, H. Wilhelm, R. Menz, A. Dunstan. Kaniva Leeor – C. De Visser, S. Williams Bale, N. Bowles, A. Brown, T. Stribling, J. Jarred. Goals: Keith  – B. Simounds 4, W. McMurray 3, A. Dunstan 2, S. Lehmann, G. Thring, A. Wilson. Kaniva Leeor  – N. Murphy 2, C. De Visser 2, S. Vivian, J. Wagg, A. Brown, C. Hitchcock, J. Jarred


August 30, 2018

The two most in-form sides in the A grade competition will do battle in this Saturday’s second semi-final at Kingston.

Minor premiers K/L United will take on Keith, which pummelled Penola in last week’s qualifying final. United has had a week’s rest and will have a full squad to choose from, with strength on every line starting with Tarquin Brown and Cam DeVisser in defence, ruckman Nathan Bowles, quality on-ballers and coach Nick Murphy the spearhead.

But Keith were ultra impressive last week and despite missing injured George Johnson, with the likes of ball-winners George Thring and Billy Laurie and dangerous goalkicker Ben Simounds, they would fancy their chances of winning straight through to the grand final.

In Sunday’s first semi-final, Penola coming off a loss should get back playmaker Simon Berkefeld but will be without Jordan Galpin, and they will face a rampant Mundulla which looked fit and firing in winning last Sunday’s elimination final.

In the reserves this weekend, Mundulla will play Keith on Saturday and Naracoorte will play Bordertown in the knockout final on Sunday.


by Terry Willoughby, August 27, 2018

Mundulla, more potent in attack, always had Lucindale’s measure in the elimination and led from start to finish. Making the most of every forward entry the Moots booted four goals straight to lead by 11 points at quarter-time. James Hinge and speedy small man Will Nankivell were a constant danger whenever Mundulla went forward. Lucindale looked like a tired team after a tough draw and players carrying injuries. Mundulla continually worked them over and added another four goals to just one in reply with the lead blowing out to 29 points. Lucindale came out determined to erase the deficit in the third term and even though they booted five goals with more spirited football they were unable to restrict the Moots who added another four goals to remain 24 points ahead.  Prolific possession winner Jake McGrice was iin everything for Mundulla and had strong support from Schilling and Jaeschke in defence who had reined in dangerous the Lucindale forwards. The Lucindale efforts faded in the last quarter and Mundulla again kicked clear with three goals to one to win quite easily by 37 points. The Moot’s best were McGrice, Schilling, Jaeschke, Gregurke and King. Harder to find best for Lucindale were F Fielke, Tristan Menz, Ogilvie and Boschen.  

Elimination Final at Kaniva on August 26, 2018

Mundulla4.08.212.615.8 (98)
Lucindale2. (61)

Best: Mundulla – J. McGrice, M. Schilling, E. Jaeschke, N. Gregurke, D. King. Lucindale – A. Fielke, T. Menz, D. Ogilvie, J. Boschen, S. Teakle, B. Kelsh.  Goals: Mundulla – James Hinge 4, Will Nankivell 4 S. Little 2, J. McGrice 2, D. Mosey, R. Braybrook, T. McIntyre. Lucindale – N. Cane 2, S. Teakle 2, T. Logan 2, S. Spriggs, R. Mcinerney, A. Fielke


by Terry Willoughby, August 26, 2018

Penola’s chances of winning the game took a nosedive with prolific kick-winner Simon Berkefeld unable to line-up but it was not realised until late in the game how crucial this would be. Defences of both teams worked hard to restrict the opposition forwards and the scores were level at quarter time. Brad Maney had effectively smothered the Crow’s goal-kicking machine Ben Simounds but scoring was just as difficult at the other end where Laurie, Menz and Woolford tied down the Penola forwards. The second term saw the dour struggle continue but Keith appeared to be getting on top but wasted chances with appalling inaccuracy and only led by 12 points at the long interval. It had been a battle of attrition so far and the third quarter produced more of the same although Penola were struggling to stay in touch as its forwards were being completely blanketed. Keith’s goal-kicking horrors continued however and only one goal from seven scoring shots was a poor return. The three quarter-time margin of 22 points gave no indication of what was to come. It was now that Berkefeld’s absence showed out as Keith brushed aside the mean Penola defence and piled on ten goals to a solitary one with Simounds casting off his opponent and Henry Wilhelm winning kicks across the midfield. Pitchford in the ruck for Keith dominated at the stoppages and Billy Laurie continued to rack up kicks wherever he went. Penola were stunned by the avalanche of goals as Keith stormed in by 73 points. Laurie, Ryan Menz, Woolford and Wilhelm all played well for Keith whilst Simounds finished with seven goals. For the shell-shocked Penola, Scott Merrett, Brad Maney, Alex Moore and veteran defender Spencer Jackman battled strongly until over-run.

KEITH 15-19 109 SWAMPED PENOLA 5-6 36

Qualifying Final at Mundulla on August 25, 2018

Penola2. (36)
Keith2.44.105.1615.19 (109)

Best: Keith – B. Laurie, C. Woolford, R. Menz, H. Wilhelm, S. Molineux, J. Pitchford.  Penola : S. Merrett, L. Walker, B. Maney, A. Moore, S. Jackman, J. Galpin. Goals: Keith – B. Simounds 7, A. Dunstan 2, S. Laubsch 1, B. Laurie 1, A. Wilson 1, G. Thring 1, J. Wilson 1, S. Lehmann 1. Penola : B. Foster 3, J. Currie 1, J. Mansell 1

The Naracoorte Herald Thursday Preview

August 23, 2018 – Week One of the Finals

It promises to be a brilliant opening weekend of KNTFL football finals this weekend, with Saturday at Mundulla and Sunday at Kaniva.

Thankfully grounds should be drier and the standard of play higher than recent weeks.

In Saturday’s qualifying final, Keith has finished the year with a flourish and will present a great threat to Penola. Penola has done nothing wrong this year and has been top-two the whole year, but there is no doubt the likely absence of gun midfielder Simon Berkefeld after a heavy hit last week will rob them of much drive.

They have managed to overcome adversity time and time again this season and could do it again, however the Keith system seems to be rolling well and the Crows will probably be favourites.

In the knockout final on Sunday, Lucindale is battling injuries and has had three straight losses. The Roos came from this position to win the flag last year, but it would be an extreme effort to repeat that, and Mundulla might be favourites to survive into week 2 of the finals.

Radio 5tcb will be doing live calls of both the Saturday and Sunday A grade finals


by Terry Willoughby – August 19, 2018

Mundulla with key forwards Hinge and McIntyre in good form finished strongly to defeat Lucindale after earlier surrendering the lead. The Moots always held the lead in the first half but never by much although seemed to be the better team. Lucindale charged back into the game with a burst of seven goals with Sam Mardling and follower Alex Tregoweth leading the way but the Moots weren’t about to rollover just yet and four goals reduced Lucindale’s lead to just five points at the last change. The Moots steadied in the last quarter with McGrice winning plenty of kicks and the forwards again rising to the occasion to boot 5 goals to two from Lucindale and win by 15 points. Both teams had looked like winners at various stages but Mundulla had more scoring power when it mattered.


The battle for the wooden spoon was only decided in the dying stages of the Bordertown and Kington clash with Kingston edging out the Roosters by the narrowest of margins. The scores were never more than a few points apart with the lead changing hands regularly. Four points Kingston’s way at the quarter time break and one in favour of Bordertown at half-time. Kingston took the lead again in the third quarter with two goals whilst Bordertown’s earlier accuracy deserted them when they posted four behinds. The game may never have been high class but it was high stakes at play with Kingston leading by eight points with a quarter to play, the dreaded wooden spoon! Rob Starling had been a strong goal target for Kingston and ever reliable Ben Warner finished his around the ground work with three goals. Bordertown however, would not be denied and outscored Kingston in the last quarter but fell agonizingly short by a solitary behind.


Keith walloped the extremely disappointing Kybybolite by 142 points to end Kyby’s inglorious year. The Crows won every position on the ground and were never challenged at any stage. Ben Simounds had a good day to boot 7 goals but barely made a ripple in the best players as Keith’s midfield brigade honed their skills nicely in readiness for next week’s qualifying final. Tom Geyer, Georges, Thring and Johnson faced little opposition and Billy Laurie racked up his usual bag of kicks. Nothing much can be said of Kyby.


Penola, possibly the most vulnerable team in the race for the double chance, had an easy 57 point win over Naracoorte who managed only one goal in the first half and trailed by 27 points. Penola kicked right away in the third quarter when they slammed on 8 goals to one and Naracoorte were done and dusted. Forwards, Luke and Dylan Walker, Brodie Foster were too good for their opponents and the irrepressible Simon Berkefeld again had a mountain of possessions. Naracoorte, unlike Kyby, at least booted 6 face saving goals in the last quarter but Penola, in cruise control, booted a lazy four to win easily.


Kaniva Leeor United led all day to thrash Padthaway by 74 points. The top side tuned up nicely for finals action and led by 12 points at the long break. In the second half they really put their foot down and completely outclassed the Lions with 13 goals to just three. Joel Wagg was an unlikely benefactor and he booted seven goals whilst coach Nic Murphy chimed in with three.


Round 18 – August 18, 2018

Bordertown3.08.18.512.7 (79)
Kingston3.47.69.712.8 (80)

Best: Kingston – S. Branson, L. Exton, B. Warner, S. Robertson, C. Healy, R. Werchiwski.  Bordertown :  T. Underwood, R. Tink, C. Sandercock, B. Shuttleworth, N. Dahlitz, L. Weatherald. Goals: Kingston – R. Starling 6, B. Warner 3, L. Exton 1, M. Wakefield 1, S. Foutoulis 1.  Bordertown :  C. Sandercock 4, N. Hampel 3, J. Searle 2, S. Devitt 1, L. Weatherald 1, S. Copestick 1

Keith4.18.1013.1423.20 (158)
Kybybolite1. (16)

Best: Keith – T. Geyer, G. Thring, G. Johnson, B. Laurie, H. Wilhelm, W. McMurray.  Kybybolite :  S. Munn, T. Woodard, R. Jaensch, T. Cooper, J. Bittner, S. Bell. Goals: Keith – B. Simounds 7, G. Johnson 4, H. McMurray 3, A. Dunstan 3, B. Laurie 2, L. Wilhelm 2, A. Wilson 1, G. Thring 1. Kybybolite : W. Russell 1, B. Munn 1

Lucindale1.13.310.512.7 (79)
Mundulla2.45.59.614.10 (94)

Best: Mundulla – J. Hinge, J. McGrice, N. Gregurke, E. Jaeschke, T. McIntyre, T. Ballinger.  Lucindale :  S. Mardling, N. Clarke, T. Logan, A. Tregoweth, A. Fielke, S. Spriggs. Goals: Mundulla – J. Hinge 5, T. McIntyre 3, S. Little 2, W. Nankivell 2, J. McGrice 1, D. Mosey 1. Lucindale :  S. Mardling 4, N. Clarke 2, R. Mcinerney 1, T. Logan 1, N. Cane 1, L. Kelsh 1, H. Legoe 1, S. Spriggs 1

Naracoorte1. (57)
Penola3.45.713.1017.12 (114)

Best: Penola – L. Walker, A. Moore, J. Galpin, D. Walker, S. Berkefeld, B. Maney.  Naracoorte :  R. Pendle, J. Macdonald, J. Cother, N. Davey, K. Jacobs, Z. Walker. Goals: Penola – B. Foster 3, S. Merrett 3, L. Walker 3, J. Mansell 2, J. Galpin 1, M. Berkefeld 1, B. Maney 1, P. Lambert 1, J. Currie 1, D. Walker 1. Naracoorte : J. Cother 3, D. Myall 3, S. Bates 1, S. Willson 1

Padthaway1. (47)
Kaniva Leeor3.36.311.319.7 (121)

Best: Kaniva Leeor – not av. Padthaway – J. Teakle, T. Edwards, T. Moyle-Read, J. Richards, D. Obst, T. Brown. Goals; Kaniva Leeor – J. Wagg 7, N. Murphy 3, C. Hitchcock 2, C. Thiele 2, S. Williams Bale 1, N. Bowles 1, J. Hicks 1, B. Clark 1, J. Jarred 1. Padthaway :  J. Dicker  2, T. Brown 1, F. Freeman 1, L. Harder 1, A. Longbottom 1

The Naracoorte Herald Thursday Preview

August 16, 2018

The make-up of the KNTFL’s top three hinges on the result of this week’s Lucindale Mundulla clash in the 18th and last minor round.

Mundulla is third on the ladder, but only just in front of Keith on percentage. Keith should beat Kyby, meaning Mundulla needs to beat Lucindale (fifth) to hold third spot.

Mundulla has been in great form, winning its last five, while Lucindale has now lost its last two with injuries having an impact, so Mundulla might be favourites.

Bordertown will host Kingston in the clash of the bottom sides, and while one of Bordertown’s two wins came over Kingston in round 7, Kingston should be too good this time.

Naracoorte will be a handful for Penola, which needs to win to guarantee a top three spot and should do it.

Padthaway will host K/L United in the other game, with United set to finish on top of the ladder and likely to be too strong in this game.

Border Districts have the bye.


by Terry Willoughby – August 12, 2018

Lucindale controlled play for most of the first half against Penola in a bid to move up the ladder but it was all to no avail and they went under by 15 points. Heavy conditions made good football difficult but Lucindale took an early lead with Sam Mardling and Tom Logan using their football “smarts” to advantage whilst defenders Dan McCarthy and Jack Boschen restricted the Penola forwards to give Lucindale a six point lead. In worsening weather both teams managed only a goal each in the second quarter and Lucindale went to halftime with a seven point lead. A wet surface and heavy ball made for many errors but Penola struck some telling blows in the third quarter when they booted four goals and raced to the lead after keeping Lucindale scoreless. In the conditions Penola now had a match-winning 19 point lead. Brodie Foster and prolific kick winner Simon Berkefeld along with Scott Merrett and Jacob Pfitzner were on top for Penola. Lucindale’s earlier good players in Mardling and Logan were not as prominent and even though Lucindale clawed back the margin Penola still managed another goal to have their noses in front at the finish.


Mundulla made short work of Bordertown and romped to a big win by 130 points which saw them move up to third place on the ladder. In conditions not nearly as bad as further south the Moots charged to a big lead after an eight goal opening burst. Darcy King was starring for Mundulla and Hinge and wingman Will Nankivell ran riot around goal as Bordertown were brushed aside. The Bordertown forwards were starved of opportunities and the Roosters managed only a single goal in the first 3 quarters as Mundulla outplayed them all over the ground. The last quarter was a formality as Mundulla slammed on another 7 goals against little resistance to romp in.


Kybybolite’s disastrous season continued as the hot’n’cold Tigers were cold in more ways than one as arch-rivals Border Districts easily accounted for them by 52 points. Border Districts led narrowly by just six points at quarter time but that was as close as Kyby got. They stretched the lead to 26 points at the long break with Starr and Mansell always dangerous near goal. Borders went further ahead in the third quarter encountering little resistance from the dis-spirted Kyby and finished in cruise mode to win easily.


Keith maintained the chance of a top three spot with a 115 point thrashing of Kingston. The Keith Crows started slowly and lead by just 12 points at quarter time but stepped on the gas in the second and booted seven goals to nil from Kingston and the game was over by halftime. Kingston had their most productive quarter in the third when they booted three goals to Keith’s two but it was just false hope and Keith shot ahead in the last. Ben Simounds was unbeatable on the forward line for Keith and booted 8 goals whilst George Thring starred in the midfield and bobbed up with three goals.


Kaniva Leeor United encountered stiff opposition from the improved Naracoorte in the first half and only led by 19 points. Snook in the centre and ruckman Bowles provided plenty of chances but Naracoorte defended strongly. A more dominant KLU added four goals in the third quarter and the lead blew out to 48 points. Naracoorte continued to battle hard but just couldn’t match the more talented KLU outfit. KLU added only two goals in the final term but Naracoorte went scoreless. Hitchcock and Murphy each booted 3 goals for KLU.


Round 17 – August 11, 2018

Penola3. (62)
Lucindale4. (47)

Best: Penola – B. Foster, S. Berkefeld, S. Merrett, J. Galpin, A. Moore, J. Pfitzner.  Lucindale :  D. McCarthy, S. Mardling, A. McCarthy, J. Boschen, T. Logan, N. Cane. Goals: Penola – B. Foster 3, W. Clayfield 2, M. Berkefeld 2, D. Wenham 1, S. Berkefeld 1

Lucindale : A. Eckermann 2, N. Cane 1, H. Legoe 1, S. Mardling 1, T. Logan 1, T. Menz 1

Mundulla8.410.814.1321.16 (142)
Bordertown1.01.02.0 (12)

Best: Mundulla – D. King, N. Mosey, T. McIntyre, W. Nankivell, J. Hinge, J. McGrice.  Bordertown :  T. Underwood, B. Paech, L. Weatherald, R. Tink, B. Shuttleworth, R. Tink. Goals: Mundulla – J. Hinge 6, W. Nankivell 6, J. McGrice 3, S. Little 2, L. Wiese 1, T. McIntyre 1,  D. Mosey 1, J. Wiese 1.  Bordertown :  N. Hampel 2

Border Districts3.36.89.1311.16 (82)
Kybybolite2. (30)

Best: Borders – G. Hampton, K. Phillips, Z. Edwards, D. Starr, J. Baron, B. Denmead. Kybybolite :  J. Mckay, S. Munn, T. Woodard, S. Bell, W. Russell, L. Crossling. Goals: Borders – D. Starr 5, S. Mansell 2, N. McIver 2, B. Denmead 1, N. Naylor 1.  Kybybolite :  B. Munn 3, T. Cooper 1

Keith2.29.411.717.13 (115)
Kingston0. (28)

Best: Keith – G. Thring, B. Laurie, B. Simounds, A. Wilson, T. Geyer, C. Woolford.  Kingston :  J. Armfield , L. Exton, T. Baker, B. Warner, J. Gluyas, M. Wakefield. Goals: Keith – B. Simounds 8, G. Johnson 3, G. Thring 3, H. Wilhelm 1, L. Wilhelm 1, C. Woolford 1.  Kingston :  M. Wakefield 3, T. Baker 1

Kaniva Leeor3.56.910.1312.14 (86)
Naracoorte2. (35)

Best: Kaniva Leeor – S. Snook, N. Bowles, A. Brown, J. Jarred, C. De Visser, C. Meyer.  Naracoorte :  J. Moss, J. Bettoncelli, S. Patterson, R. Pendle, K. Jacobs, J. Bell. Goals: Kaniva Leeor – C. Hitchcock 3, N. Murphy 3, J. Wagg 2, J. Maddern 1, A. Brown 1, S. Snook 1, J. Larocca 1.  Naracoorte :  J. Bell 2, S. Patterson 2, J. Cother 1

The Naracoorte Herald previews the weekend ahead

August 9, 2018

Penola and Lucindale are effectively fighting for a top three spot in this weekend’s KNTFL match of the round.

Penola is second on the ladder, but so close are the top five that if they lose this week, they could slip all the way back to fifth, behind Lucindale which is currently fifth.

Penola has been top two for much of the year but has an inferior percentage to the other top five sides and is now in real danger of missing the top three and the finals double chance. Lucindale came within a kick of beating top team KLU last week and will be confident against Penola.

Naracoorte sprung a real surprise back in round 6 when they became the only side to beat Kaniva/Leeor United his year, and it will be fascinating to see if they can reproduce the goods in a game which KLU is expected to win comfortably.

Mundulla will host arch-rival Bordertown and will be red hot favourites to thrash the Roosters and enhance their chances of sneaking in to a top three spot. Percentage will be important and they should get some.

Kingston will host Keith at the seaside and would have confidence after winning last week, but Keith needs to win its last two and win them well to claim top three and should do it.

Loose ball: Lucindale coach Ryan McInerney, pictured against K/L United last weekend, will again be providing midfield drive in this week’s match of the round.Kybybolite will host Border Districts for the Tigers’ annual cancer fundraising “Pink Day”, and their clash should be a beauty with both sides keen to move well away from the bottom tier of teams on the ladder.

Padthaway has the bye this week.


by Terry Willoughby, August 5, 2018

Kaniva Leeor United secured the top spot on the KNTFL ladder with a nail-biting three point win over a gallant Lucindale. Lucindale started brightly and quickly gained the upper-hand to lead by 18 points. Tom Logan was again showing the way for Lucindale and he had good support from Menz and Eckermann. Lucindale knew that a win would lift them to the double chance but equally KLU sensed a loss would make them vulnerable. KLU fought back in the second term but missed vital chances to have a substantial lead. Lucindale’s two goals for quarter meant they retained the lead by just three points at half-time. Both teams battled for supremacy in the third quarter but now KLU’s accurate finishing became a telling factor. Cam Hitchcock was elusive around goals for KLU but Tom Logan was still going strongly for Lucindale but KLU had their nose in front by just five points. Neither team was giving an inch as play went from end to end without either able to strike a telling blow as the clock wound-down. Lucindale narrowly outscored KLU but the siren beat them. Former Power team-mates Tom Logan and Cam Hitchcock booted five goals for their respective teams but the KLU man, Hitchcock went away happiest! KLU’s best were Bowles, Joel Wagg, Jarred, Salt and Sam Williams-Bale. Tom Logan stood out for Lucindale ahead of Menz, Eckermann, Spriggs and the McCarthy’s Dan and Anthony.


Naracoorte won the battle of the best team outside the top five with a 40 point win over Padthaway courtesy of a seven goal haul from coach Chris Ladhams. It was a fairly even game until halftime with Naracoorte leading by seven points but a dominant second half paved the way for the win. Scoring 11 goals to six in the second half saw Naracoorte race ahead. Nathan Davey and Sid Patterson provided drive around the ground and Ladhams put on the finishing touches. Veteran Tom Edwards, Jarryd Dolling and Luke Harder battled hard to keep Padthaway in the game but Naracoorte were better when it counted.


In a game that had no bearing on the top five Kingston came from behind at three quarter-time to defeat Border District’s by just two points. Borders had chances to sew the game up in the third quarter but squandered most of them whilst Kingston were just hanging on by a thread. Kingston reeled in the 17 point deficit with four last quarter goals and stole the game from Border Districts in the closing minutes.


The race for the double-chance was again up for grabs between Mundulla and Keith with the Moot’s defeating the Keith Crows impressively by 40 points. Mundulla looked the better team early on and held a 15 point lead at quarter time. James Hinge was looming as a big threat near goal for Mundulla with McIntyre and Jaeschke also prominent. Keith hit back in the second term with experienced George Thring winning plenty of kicks to bring others into the game. Ben Simounds was Keith’s only forward of note and the Mundulla defence was doing a good job in restricting him. The crucial third quarter saw Mundulla double their score and hold Keith to a solitary goal. The Mundulla defence stood firm and with Hinge proving a strong target they now led by 32 points. Keith continued to battle hard but Mundulla seemed to have all the answers and played out the game strongly to win by 40 points. It was probably Keith’s most disappointing game since early in the season but they remain in the race for the coveted double-chance as do Mundulla. Tim McIntyre was best for Mundulla ahead of Jaeschke, Hinge with six valuable goals, Ballinger and Dylan Mosey. George Thring was again Keith’s best with Simounds booting four goals from limited chances and Woolford.


Round 16 – August 4, 2018

Border Districts3. (70)
Kingston3.35.76.910.12 (72)

Best: Kingston – T. Baker, S. Robertson, L. Exton, B. Warner, S. Branson, R. Werchiwski.  Border Districts : K. Phillips, H. Pretlove, J. Baron, Z. Edwards, D. Starr, B. Keast. Goals; Kingston – M. Wakefield 3, S. Robertson 2, B. Warner 1, S. Foutoulis 1, T. Baker 1, R. Clarke 1, C. Healy 1.  Border Districts :  D. Starr 4, S. Mansell 4, H. Pretlove 1

Keith1. (52)
Mundulla3.55.510.1013.14 (92)

Best: Mundulla – T. McIntyre, E. Jaeschke, J. Hinge, T. Ballinger, D. Mosey, M. Schilling.  Keith :  G. Thring, B. Simounds, C. Woolford, P. Makin, A. Wilson, G. Johnson. Goals: Mundulla – J. Hinge 6, T. McIntyre 2, J. McGrice 2, D. Mosey 2, W. Nankivell 1. Keith – B. Simounds 4, G. Thring 1, B. Laurie 1, A. Dunstan 1

Lucindale5.57.910.1412.17 (89)
Kaniva Leeor2.56.1211.1313.14 (92)

Best: Kaniva Leeor – N. Bowles, J. Wagg, J. Jarred, S. Williams Bale, J. Salt, C. Meyer.  Lucindale : T. Logan, T. Menz, A. Eckermann, D. McCarthy, S. Spriggs, A. McCarthy. Goals: Kaniva Leeor – C. Hitchcock 5, C. Thiele 3, S. Williams Bale 2, J. Jarred 1, T. Brown 1, N. Murphy 1.  Lucindale :  T. Logan 5, N. Cane 2, T. Menz 2, R. Mcinerney 1, H. Tregoweth 1, L. Kelsh 1

Naracoorte1.43.109.1314.16 (100)
Padthaway1. (60)

Best: Naracoorte – N. Davey, S. Patterson, K. Jacobs, D. Albrecht, J. Cother, S. Bates.  Padthaway :  T. Edwards, K. Tucker, J. Kovatseff, J. Dolling, L. Harder, T. Michael. Goals: Naracoorte – C. Ladhams 7, J. Cother 2, S. Patterson 2, S. Willson 1, N. Davey 1, S. Bates 1.  Padthaway :  L. Harder 4, A. Longbottom 3, T. Brown 1, R. Williams 1

ROUND 16 PREVIEW via The Naracoorte Herald

August 2, 2018

A fantastic round of local footy awaits this weekend, with all four match-ups potentially being 50-50 calls.

Match of the round is a toss up between two great games – Kaniva/Leeor United (1st) versus Lucindale (4th), and Keith (3rd) versus Mundulla (5th).

The in-form Lucindale will like its chances of upsetting KLU at Lucindale, and the result of this game could have big implications. If KLU lose they could become susceptible to losing top spot, while if Lucindale loses, it will damage their hopes of making top three.

Neither Keith or Mundulla will miss the finals, but both are still a chance to finish top three and claim the finals double chance, so that is also a vital game.

Focus: Keith’s Andrew Wilson will be a midfield key this weekend.The game between Naracoorte and Padthaway features traditional rivals who will both be desperate to finish higher than the other on the ladder.

Similarly, Border Districts and Kingston don’t have anything bar pride for play for, but this will be a very competitive game between two capable sides.

Kybybolite, Penola and Bordertown all have byes this weekend.


by Terry Willoughby, July 29, 2018

Border District’s “gypsies” may have improved recently but Mundulla were in no mood for fun and after an even first quarter the Moots dominated play. Eight goals to one in the second term sealed Border District’s fate. Mundulla had many goalkickers to share the spoils. The Moots again dominated play after half-time and Border Districts had no answers. Gregurke, McIntyre and Dylan Mosey were plying the forwards with multiple chances and Little, Hinge, McGrice and Wil Nankivell duly obliged. Never relenting Mundulla, finished strongly with another seven goals to win easily by 99 points.


Former Power-AFL forward Angus Monfries lined up with Kybybolite and booted 6 goals in their 65 point win over cellar dweller Kingston but it hardly mattered as both teams are closer to the bottom than the top. Kyby always looked the better team and led by 46 points at half-time with Kingston booting only one goal. Kingston fared better in the third quarter with four goals but Kyby maintained a strong grip on the game with a 29 point margin. With pride only to play for Kyby slammed on six goals to nil from Kingston to win easily. Regular best players McKay, Bill Munn, Jaensch and McGregor were prominent for Kyby.


Lucindale were given a tough workout from a disappointing Padthaway who led narrowly by two points at the main break after a five goal to two second quarter. Lucindale struggled to get any momentum in their play at any stage and the Lion’s led by Daniel Obst and Luke Harder looked likely to cause an upset. Lucindale had more of the play in the third quarter but Padthaway hung in to trail by seven points. The game changed markedly in the last quarter when Lucindale threw off the determined challenge of Padthaway had earlier. It rained goals at one end as previously unsighted players for Lucindale exploded into action. Henry Legoe, a good player all game was best for Lucindale ahead of Dan and Anthony McCarthy, Tom Logan and Lachie Jones. For the shell-shocked Padthaway Obst, Tom Edwards, Harder with five goals and Tate Michael battled hard.


Kaniva-Leeor United maintained their grip on top spot with a comprehensive belting of Bordertown by 115 points. KLU went about their game methodically and were never challenged at any stage. Coach Nic Murphy was in top form and finished with nine goals as KLU went further ahead at every change. KLU had many good players with Murphy, Sam Williams-Bale, Brown and Liam Vivian leading the way. The white flag went up early for Bordertown with only Cam Sandercock, Underwood and Copestick showing much resistance.       


Penola suffered a heavy defeat from premiership rival in Keith and now only have a shaky grip on the double chance with some hard games ahead. Penola may have been without the prolific Simon Berkefeld, on state duties but Keith were also missing powerhouse forward Ben Simounds. With conditions not ideal neither team was able to gain a break and each goaled once in the first quarter. Play was much the same in the second term and a winner was still well hidden with Penola just 1point ahead. Keith broke the shackles in the third quarter and booted 5 unanswered goals to get a stranglehold on the game. Led by consistent performers in Tom Geyer, George Johnson and Albert Dunstan, Keith had the game under complete control and booted another five goals albeit from 15 scoring shots to win easily by 59 points but it could been much more. eight players stepped up to share the goal-kicking load for Keith and that bought Penola undone.

KEITH 12-17 89 EASILY PENOLA 4-6 30

Round 15 – July 28, 2018

Mundulla4.312.818.1125.16 (166)
Border Districts4.15.47.610.7 (67)

Best: Mundulla – N. Gregurke, T. McIntyre, D. Mosey, E. Jaeschke, L. Wiese, S. Little. Border Districts :  K. Phillips, B. Keast, S. Mansell, H. Pretlove, B. Denmead, Z. Edwards. Goals: Mundulla – S. Little 5, J. Hinge 4, J. McGrice 4, W. Nankivell 4, J. Dolling 2, N. Gregurke 2, N. Mosey 2, D. King 1, D. Mosey 1. Border Districts : S. Mansell 6, D. Starr 2, B. Denmead 2

Kybybolite3.38.109.1315.16 (106)
Kingston1. (41)

Best: Kybybolite – J. Mckay, B. Munn, R. Jaensch, A. Monfries, J. Bittner, L. Mcgregor.  Kingston :  L. Exton, T. Baker, B. Warner, J. Wiseman, J. May, J. Del Olivera. Goals: Kybybolite – A. Monfries 6, L. McGregor 4, B. Munn 2, C. Mattner 1, S. Carberry 1, J. Mckay 1. Kingston : T. Baker 2, R. Clarke 1, H. Wright 1, M. Wakefield 1

Keith1.22.57.712.17 (89)
Penola1. (30)

Best: Keith – T. Geyer, A. Dunstan, D. Coghlan, G. Johnson, H. McMurray, J. Pitchford.  Penola : A. Moore, L. Walker, H. Porter, J. Mansell, J. Martin, B. Maney. Goals: Keith – A. Dunstan 2, A. Wilson 2, L. Mitchell 2, G. Johnson 2, T. Geyer 1, L. Wilhelm 1, McMurray 1, S. Lehmann 1. Penola : B. Foster 3, D. Bunnik 1

Lucindale3.25.78.1218.14 (122)
Padthaway1.26.38.510.5 (65)

Best: Lucindale – H. Legoe, D. McCarthy, A. McCarthy, T. Logan, L. Jones, S. Mardling.  Padthaway :  D. Obst, T. Edwards, L. Harder, T. Michael, T. Brown, B. Leahy. Goals: Lucindale – A. Fielke 3, R. Mcinerney 3, A. Eckermann 3, H. Legoe 2, S. Mardling 2, T. Logan 2, M. Kelsh 1, N. Cane 1, S. Spriggs 1. Padthaway : L. Harder 5, L. Eats 3, T. Brown 2

Kaniva Leeor5.412.1017.1123.13 (151)
Bordertown1. (36)

Best: Kaniva Leeor – N. Murphy, S. Williams Bale, A. Brown, L. Vivian, N. Bowles, T. Brown.  Bordertown : C. Sandercock, T. Underwood, S. Copestick, J. Lusher, B. Paech, S. Creaser. Goals: Kaniva Leeor – N. Murphy 9, J. Jarred 3, S. Williams Bale 2, C. Hitchcock 2, S. Snook 2, J. Brown 2, N. Bowles 1, A. Brown 1, J. Wagg 1.  Bordertown : N. Hampel 3, S. Copestick 1, M. Douglas 1

ROUND 15 PREVIEW via The Naracoorte Herald

July 26, 2018

One of the games of the season this weekend will go a long way to deciding the make-up of the KNTFL’s top three.

Penola (2nd on ladder) will host Keith (3rd), with both sides desperate to stay inside the top three and within striking distance of top spot.

Penola is one win clear at the moment but has a lower percentage than the sides below and could drop to fourth if it slips up in the run home.

Last time the teams met in round 4 they played out a classic while Penola won by five points – this one could be as close.

The other games this weekend don’t feature finals combatants against one another.

Most will have firm favourites, with Lucindale expected to beat Padthaway and K/L United likely to be too good for Bordertown.

Mundulla could have its hands full against a Border Districts side that nearly upset Penola last week, while the game at the seaside between Kingston and Kybybolite could be a toss of the coin.

Naracoorte has the bye this weekend.



by Terry Willoughby – July 22, 2018

Border Districts led for almost all of the first three quarters before Penola snatched victory from the jaws of defeat by an unconvincing five points. It seems as though travel sickness hasn’t worried the Border’s foreign legion and they quickly raced to the lead with 4 early goals. Penola hit back strongly in the second term and the game was very much up for grabs once again even in poor playing conditions. The third quarter was very much an arm wrestle or maybe a mud wrestle with both teams managing a goal each but Border Districts missed a huge opportunity by booting 8 behinds as well and only held a small seven point lead. Penola now had a battle on their hands with many players not contributing much. Scoring was obviously difficult but Penola gradually reduced the gap whilst also suffering the inaccuracy problems that Border Districts had earlier but they scored two goals which were crucial in the end. Best for Penola were Brad Maney, Luke Walker, Simon Berkefeld and Scott Merrett. Border Districts just couldn’t hold on, their best were Phillips, Adams, Starr and Denmead but it is difficult to say where they will be next year.


Mundulla made short work of the flaky Kybybolite and won easily y 84 points. The Moots were never in danger and increased their lead in every quarter. They bolted away in the second term when Kyby went goal-less and slammed through eight goals of their own to effectively kill off any thoughts of a contest. Mundulla were far too strong around the mid-field and had more goal-kicking options up forward with Hinge, Schilling and Boyd Packer doing very much as they liked. Kyby gained a little respect in the third quarter but Mundulla turned up the heat in the last and booted 10 goals with little opposition. Gregurke, Nick and Dylan Mosey, Hinge with seven goals and Schilling with five did all the damage for Mundulla. The usuals of Tom Cooper, McKay, Tonkin and Sean Munn tried hard for Kyby.


Lucindale were another team to consolidate a place in the top five when they easily accounted for Naracoorte by 57 points. They led by 52 points at half-time but wasted many chances in the secondhalf with inaccurate kicking, finishing with five goals from eighteen scoring shots. Naracoorte at least made the most of their opportunities but they never looked like winning. Key players in Fielke, Tom Logan, Mardling and Spriggs played well as they tuned up for finals football.


Padthaway salvaged some pride after last weeks’ debacle and comfortably defeated Bordertown by 35 points. Bordertown made a game of it in the first half but their efforts petered out after that and Padthaway eased further ahead thereafter. Lachlan Eats booted five goals to be best for Padthaway just ahead of Archie Longbottom and Daniel Obst. Josh Searle was best for Bordertown with four goals.


Round 14 – July 21, 2018

Bordertown1.26.37.810.9 (69)
Padthaway2.57.513.516.8 (104)

Best: Padthaway – L. Eats, A. Longbottom, D. Obst, T. Edwards, K. Tucker, T. Moyle-Read.  Bordertown : J. Searle, T. Underwood, S. Sandercock, B. Foulds, C. Sandercock, D. Ware. Goals: Padthaway – L. Eats 5, B. Leahy 2, T. Brown 1, S. Townsend 1, N. McCarthy 1, T. Michael 1, W. Hayes 1, L. Harder 1, J. Dolling 1, A. Longbottom 1, J. Teakle 1.  Bordertown : J. Searle 4, N. Hampel 2, J. Eats 2, A. Diment 1, O. Butler 1

Border Districts4. (55)
Penola1. (60)

Best: Penola – B. Maney, L. Walker, S. Berkefeld, S. Merrett, J. Martin, B. Foster.  Border Districts : K. Phillips, F. Adams, D. Starr, B. Denmead, S. Mansell, B. Keast. Goals: Penola – B. Foster 3, L. Walker 3, L. March 1, J. Currie 1.   Border Districts : S. Mansell 3, D. Starr 2, F. Adams 1, T. Leechman 1

Kybybolite2.22.76.812.8 (80)
Mundulla5.213.416.526.8 (164)

Best: Mundulla – N. Gregurke, N. Mosey, J. Hinge, M. Schilling, D. Mosey, B. Packer.  Kybybolite : T. Cooper, J. Mckay, M. Tonkin, S. Munn, S. Bell, M. Black. Goals: Mundulla – J. Hinge 7, M. Schilling 5, B. Packer 4, W. Nankivell 3, T. McIntyre 2, S. Little 1, J McGrice 1, N. Mosey 1, D. Mosey 1, B. Douglas 1. Kybybolite : T. Cooper 5, J. Mckay 2, B. Munn 2, L. Black 1, S. Shepherd 1, S. Munn 1

Lucindale5.313.816.1418.21 (129)
Naracoorte3.25.48.611.6 (72)

Best: Lucindale – A. Fielke, S. Mardling, S. Spriggs, T. Logan, A. Eckermann, A. McCarthy.  Naracoorte :  N. Lacey, D. Myall, F. Stephan, S. Patterson, K. Jacobs, D. Albrecht. Goals: Lucindale – T. Logan 4, A. Eckermann 3, S. Mardling 3, A. Fielke 3, R. Mcinerney 1, H. Tregoweth 1, J. Watson 1, D. Ogilvie 1, T. Menz 1.  Naracoorte :  D. Myall 2, F. Day 1, C. Myall 1, J. Bettoncelli 1, J. Macdonald 1, S. Patterson 1, J. Moss 1, S. Willson 1, K. Jacobs 1, F. Stephan 1


July 19, 2018

All four games in this week’s round 14 are likely to be highly competitive. All have a firm favourite, but all four are also a chance for an upset.

Kybybolite v Mundulla. Kyby has had a down season but had its best win of the year against Mundulla in round 3. Unfortunately the Tigers have lost at least half a dozen of their key players from that day since then, so an upset win would be a big surprise.

Border Districts v Penola. Borders are one of the better sides outside the top five and can cause an upset here at home. Penola is entrenched in the top three, but will need to be on here or Borders could pounce.

Lucindale v Naracoorte. Lucindale will be hot favourites here after a week off, but Naracoorte loves a rivalry game and will be up for this. 

Bordertown v Padthaway. There’s only one win between these sides, with Padthaway slumping after a strong start. While the Lions will be favourites, Bordertown is a big chance.

Keith, K/L United and Kingston all have byes.



Keith Crows quickly took control over Padthaway with a six goal opening burst whilst keeping the roar-less Lions scoreless. Padthaway battled harder in the second term but still couldn’t manage a goal and Keith led by 51 points with Simounds in top form up forward and Laurie and George Johnson virtually unchallenged. Keith sealed the Lions fate with a nine goal blitz in the third quarter and it was game over for Padthaway who hadn’t managed a goal in three quarters, something that hadn’t happened in many seasons. Keith strolled on to win by 116 points with Simounds booting six goals. It was Padthaway’s poorest performance in many years but Keith are very strong contenders for the flag.


The improved Naracoorte notched up another win, this time over lowly Bordertown who have had a very poor season. It was not a great game by any stretch but Naracoorte were better when it counted. They outscored Bordertown in every quarter to win comfortably by 43 points. Veteran and former captain Robbie Jones showed fans a glimpse of the past glory days to boot three goals and be high in Naracoorte’s best.


Penola were put to the test early by a competitive Kybybolite who tackled and harassed them at every turn in the first quarter. Kyby’s persistence was rewarded with five goals in the second term and they led narrowly by six points at the long break. Simon Berkefeld was again leading the way for Penola and Brodie Foster was an ever present danger around the goal-front but Kyby wouldn’t go away. Penola burst into action after half time and slammed on six unanswered goals to race ahead by three quarter-time and have the game under control. Kyby had little to play and Penola went on to win by 30 points. Berkefeld and Foster with seven goals were the major players in the win with Maney, Luke Walker and Nysten also good. Tonkin, the consistent McGregor with three goals and Sean Munn tried hard for Kyby.


Mundulla charged into action and crushed any opposition from Kingston to lead by 32 points at quarter time. Kingston who had some recent good form had no answers to the superior work of the Moot’s who rocketed further ahead with a 10 goal burst in the second term to lead by 89 points, James Hinge was unstoppable at full forward and finished with 11 goals and saw off many opponents. Mundulla continued to toy with Kingston in the second half, keeping them goal-less in the third quarter as they extended their lead to 132 points. The goal-kicking spree was not over yet for Mundulla who piled on another eight goals in the last quarter to win by 181 points which left Kingston floundering. Hinge had a day out with 11 goals to be best for Mundulla just ahead of McGrice who booted five and Tim McIntyre. Kingston offered little in opposition.


Kaniva-Leeor United survived some scary moments before notching up another win to remain on top of the ladder. Border Districts, another improved team, took the game right up to the premiership favourite and led by eight points at quarter time. KLU shook off the cobwebs in the second term and booted five goals to nil to race to the lead by 25 points. The potency of their forward line showed with Murphy and Cam Hitchcock getting among the goals. Both teams went goal for goal in the third quarter with Border Districts matching every challenge that KLU offered but the margin was still 27 points with a quarter to play. KLU and Border Districts went goal for goal but Borders couldn’t get any closer. Josh Jarred, Jesse Salt and Alex Brown headed KLU’s best whilst Murphy and Hitchcock contributed five and four goals respectively. Best for the Border District nomads were Edwards, Hampton, Cother and Phillips.


Round 13 – June 14, 2018

Kaniva Leeor2.27.512.716.12 (108)
Border Districts3.43.48.413.5 (83)

Best: Kaniva Leeor – J. Jarred, J. Salt, A. Brown, C. Hitchcock, L. Vivian, N. Bowles, Border Dists – Z. Edwards, G. Hampton, G. Cother, K. Phillips, B. Denmead, J. Baron. Goals: Kaniva Leeor – N. Murphy 5, C. Hitchcock 4, S. Snook 2, A. Brown 2, T. Stribling, L. Vivian, B. Dodson. Border Districts – N. McIver 3, S. Mansell 3, H. Pretlove 2, B. Keast, D. Starr, T. Leechman, B. Denmead, G. Hampton

Mundulla7.417.523.1331.20 (206)
Kingston2. (25)

Best: Mundulla – J. Hinge, J. McGrice, T. McIntyre, N. Gregurke, E. Jaeschke, B. Douglas. Kingston – L. Exton, T. Baker, S. Robertson, J. Wiseman. Goals: Mundulla – James Hinge 11, J. McGrice 5, T. McIntyre 4, N. Gregurke 3, S. Little 3, D. Mosey 2, E. Jaeschke, W. Nankivell, L. Wiese. Kingston – B. Warner, M. Wakefield, J. Del Olivera

Naracoorte2.37.611.1013.13 (91)
Bordertown1. (48)

Best: Naracoorte – K. Jacobs, N. Davey, R. Jones, F. Stephan, J. Macdonald, J. Reeves. Bordertown – B. Paech, S. Devitt, S. Creaser, J. Searle, S. Sandercock, O. Butler. Goals: Naracoorte – R. Jones 3, J. Sellars 2, F. Day 2, B. Foster 2, B. Hill, S. Willson, C. Myall, S. Patterson. Bordertown – N. Hampel 2, B. Jarrett, J. Searle, C. Sandercock, T. Underwood, B. Paech

Padthaway0.40.43.4 (22)
Keith6.68.717.1021.12 (138)

Best: Keith – H. Wilhelm, B. Simounds, G. Johnson, B. Laurie, W. McMurray. Padthaway – D. Obst, L. Harder, I. Noles, T. Michael, T. Edwards, A. Longbottom. Goals: Keith – B. Simounds 6, L. Wilhelm 2, G. Johnson, L. Mitchell, G. Thring, H. Wilhelm, H. McMurray, W. McMurray, A. Wilson, A. Dunstan. Padthaway – T. Edwards, K. Tucker, L. Eats

Penola3.44.710.713.12 (90)
Kybybolite1. (60)

Best: Penola – S. Berkefeld, B. Foster, B. Maney, L. Walker, J. Nysten, D. Walker. Kybybolite – M. Tonkin, L. Mcgregor, S. Munn, J. Mckay, T. Lawrie, J. Bittner. Goals: Penola – B. Foster 7, S. Merrett 2, J. Currie 2, S. Merrett, D. Walker. Kybybolite – L. McGregor 3, W. Stewart 2, J. Mckay 2, W. Russell, T. Cooper


July 11, 2018

The top teams are likely to pull further away from the rest of the pack in this weekend’s round 13 of KNTFL football.

Four of the top five teams are all heavily favoured to win, while fourth-placed Lucindale has the bye but is well entrenched in the five.

KL United v Border Districts

United have been the top team for several weeks and have done nothing to suggest they won’t be there until the season’s end. They are playing consistent, confident football and kicking plenty of goals while using a strong defensive system to slow down their opponents.

Borders have been much improved over the past six weeks or so, and have had some excellent wins. They might consider themselves an outside chance to win this, but it would be a huge upset if eight beat first.

Mundulla v Kingston

Mundulla can virtually shut the gate to the finals for all the other sides outside the top five with a win here. Kingston have been competitive at times, and went close to Penola last start, but the Saints might struggle to handle Mundulla’s midfield might.

Naracoorte v Bordertown

Naracoorte has been one of the most impressive sides in the bottom half of the ladder, and but for a last-kick loss to Kybybolite, they would be just one win out of the top five.

The Demons play an organised brand of footy on their home deck and if coach Chris Ladhams is able to return from injury, they should score enough goals to hold off the capable but inconsistent Roosters.

Padthaway v Keith

Padthaway has fallen off the pace a bit after a promising start, while Keith seems to be improving all the time. Keith has a tight defence, powerful midfield and a dangerous forward line led by full forward Ben Simounds, and the Crows should keep their top three plans intact with another win.

Penola v Kybybolite

Last time these two teams met it was a memorable clash where Penola came from 50 points down at three quarter time to win a thriller by five points. That character-building win set up their season, and they are now second on the ladder whereas Kyby is back in seventh.

Kyby would love to turn the tables, but the Tigers are missing some of their top players including major ball-winner David Warren, so Penola will be warm to hot favourites.

Lucindale has the bye.


By Terry Willoughby – July 1, 2018

Kaniva-Leeor United overcame the goal-kicking yips and Kybybolite to maintain a strong grip on top spot. The erratic Kyby showed some of their best form and had KLU struggling in the first half when they led by seven points with Jack McKay, Elijah Owen and veteran defender Ray Jaensch restricting the high possession winning KLU stars but the burning question was for how long? Not long it seemed, KLU burst free in the third quarter and despite appaling kicking for goal they raced to a 30 point lead. Fifteen scoring to just two from Kyby should have seen Kyby is disarray but they were still showing a pulse. KLU outplayed Kyby in the last quarter without needing a rush of goals to win easily by 42 points. Better players for KLU were Jesse Salt, Brown, Bowles, Snook and de Visser with four goals, what no Murphy!! Well he did kick three goals. For the fading Kyby, McKay, Owen, Jaensch and McGregor with three goals.


The travelling circuses of Border Districts and Padthaway have met with varying degrees of success in recent years mostly success for the Lions and spoons for Border Districts, wooden ones! Neither team will figure in this years’ finals but both had pride on the line. Padthaway trailed early against the determined foreign brigade of Border Districts but had a purple patch in the second term when they booted five goals to one and raced to a 19 point lead. Borders regrouped in the third quarter and Padthaway’s earlier form all but vanished. Defending resolutely, Borders banged on four goals to nil and regained the lead by three quarter-time. The last quarter was a dour battle with Borders not allowing Padthaway any room and they slogged away to win by 17 points. Borders’ best were Bowd, Pretlove the token local, Adams and Keast. Michael, Obst and McNamara particularly in the first half for Padthaway.


Keith were in complete control from the start against Naracoorte with Ben Simounds unstoppable on the forward line and George Thring toying with the opposition. Naracoorte were simply outclassed and never looked likely as the Keith Crows continued to pile on the goals, especially after the halftime break. The other George, Johnson, Wilson, Geyer and Henry Wilhelm added to Naracoorte’s woes as Keith led by 71 points with a quarter to play and they never let up, winning by 104 points. Simounds booted a lazy ten goals but Thring was named as best for Keith who had many good players. Naracoorte on the other hand had few.


A sluggish first half from Lucindale saw Bordertown stay within striking distance, only five points in arrears at half-time. Lucindale recharged their batteries and bolted clear in the third quarter having deflated the Bordertown tyres in the process. Tom Logan continued on his merry goal-kicking way and had many others getting in on the act. Bordertown faded completely as Lucindale piled on another 10 goals in the last quarter to complete the rout and win by 100 points. Twelve individual goal-kickers tells the tale for Lucindale with Logan getting eight.


Penola had a tough battle against a revitalised Kingston, who displayed their best form for the year, before winning by 39 points. Both teams went goal for goal from the start with Penola having just a little more scoring power on the forward line. Kingston hung in tenaciously throughout the first half and Penola just couldn’t break free. Ben Warner was inspirational for Kingston and Wakefield seemed to score with every kick. The third quarter was more of the same with both teams booting six goals in a scoring orgy, Brodie Foster and Simon Berkefeld were running their opponents ragged but Wakefield and Starling were just as effective for Kingston who were still in the game at three quarter-time where Penola led by 13 points. Penola’s greater playing depth now came to the fore as Kingston’s earlier efforts started to take their toll and the Eagles booted seven goals to three in the last quarter of an entertaining game to win running away by 39 points. Simon Berkefeld was at his kick-winning best for Penola and Foster booted nine goals and they were well matched by Max Wakefield with eight goals and Ben Warner for Kingston.


Round 12 – June 30, 2018

Bordertown2. (43)
Lucindale3.15.612.922.11 (143)

Best: Lucindale – J. Teakle, S. Spriggs, D. Ogilvie, S. Teakle, T. Logan, N. Cane.  Bordertown : B. Paech, R. Tink, B. Jarrett, S. Creaser, J. Searle, A. Diment. Goals: Lucindale – T. Logan 8, S. Mardling 3, H. Tregoweth 2, R. Mcinerney 1, S. Teakle 1, N. Cane 1, D. McCarthy 1, A. Eckermann 1, S. Spriggs 1, L. Kelsh 1, J. Teakle 1, T. Menz 1. Bordertown : N. Hampel 2, J. Searle 1, A. Diment 1, B. Jarrett 1

Border Districts4.05.19.511.6 (72)
Padthaway3. (55)

Best: Borders – L. Bowd, H. Pretlove, F. Adams, B. Keast, D. Starr, K. Phillips. Padthaway :  A. Longbottom, T. Michael, D. Obst, T. McNamara, L. Harder, T. Edwards. Goals: Borders – D. Starr 3, N. McIver 2, S. Mansell 2, T. Leechman 2, G. Hampton 1, B. Denmead 1.  Padthaway :  L. Eats 3, C. Francis 3, T. Brown 1, L. Harder 1

Keith6.39.617.1024.13 (157)
Naracoorte0. (53)

Best: Keith – G. Thring, B. Simounds, G. Johnson, A. Wilson, H. Wilhelm, T. Geyer. Naracoorte : K. Jacobs, J. Bettoncelli, D. Albrecht, C. Gill, J. Moss, F. Stephan. Goals: Keith – Ben Simounds 10, L. Wilhelm 3, A. Wilson 3, G. Johnson 2, B. Laurie 2, S. Laubsch 1, A. Dunstan 1, G. Thring 1, H. Wilhelm 1. Naracoorte – C. Gill 3, W. Walker 2, F. Day 1, S. Willson 1, J. Sellars 1

Kingston4.58.614.617.8 (110)
Penola6.110.516.723.11 (149)

Best: Penola – S. Berkefeld, B. Foster, J. Galpin, S. Merrett, J. Currie, S. Jackman. Kingston : M. Wakefield, B. Warner, R. Werchiwski, S. Branson, T. Baker, C. Healy. Goals: Penola – B. Foster 9, M. Berkefeld 4, S. Berkefeld 3, S. Merrett 2, J. Robbie 1, J. Nysten 1, D. Walker 1, L. Merrett 1, J. Currie 1.  Kingston : M. Wakefield 8, R. Starling 4, J. Del Olivera 3, B. Kernahan 1, J. Armfield  1

Kybybolite2. (44)
Kaniva Leeor2.33.88.1811.20 (86)

Best: Kaniva Leeor – J. Salt, T. Brown, N. Bowles, S. Snook, C. De Visser, A. Brown. Kybybolite : J. Mckay, E. Owen, R. Jaensch, L. Mcgregor, T. Cooper, T. Woodard. Goals: Kaniva Leeor – C. De Visser 4, N. Murphy 3, C. Hitchcock 2, J. Wagg 1, T. Stribling 1.  Kybybolite : L. Mcgregor 3, B. Munn 1, W. Stewart 1, T. Cooper 1


June 28, 2018

The KNTFL’s top five will become even more set in stone after this weekend’s 12th round.

Four of the top five sides are heavily favoured to win their games, while the fifth, Mundulla, has the bye.

One interesting game will be Kybybolite hosting K/L United. United is on top of the ladder and will be firm favourites to win, but Kyby wasn’t far away from the Cougars in round 1, and coming off a morale-boosting win over arch-rivals Naracoorte, could produce another big performance.

Border Districts versus Padthaway will be a hard-to-pick game, with Padthaway having suffered a loss to previous bottom side Kingston last week. Borders are a solid unit on their day and might cause an upset.

Kingston could be an outside chance of causing an upset over Penola, which is coming off the bye.

In the other two games, Keith will be a firm favourite at home against Naracoorte, and Lucindale should bring back the points from Bordertown.


Terry Willoughby reports – June 24, 2018

Kaniva-Leeor United had too much strength and goal-kicking power for Mundulla and scored a comfortable 30 point win. Scores were never far apart during the first half but KLU always looked were dangerous when going forward with coach Nic Murphy and Cam Hitchcock always threatening. Dylan Mosey and veteran Boyd Packer were playing well for Mundulla and Hinge bobbed up with valuable goals but KLU led by 14 points at the long break. Defences again limited the scoring in the third quarter but KLU edged further ahead but wasted many chances with only two goals from nine scoring shots to lead by 24 points. KLU were now too strong in most positions and finished powerfully with 5 goals to four from Mundulla. Best for KLU were Larocca, Toby Stribling, de Visser, Liam Vivian and Bowles whilst Murphy and Hitchcock were ever present dangers near goal. Dylan Mosey, Packer, Marcus Young, the consistent Gregurke and James Hinge tried hard for Mundulla.


Keith made short work of Bordertown who fell to the bottom of the ladder after the resounding defeat. With Ben Simounds in top form around the goal-front Keith outplayed Bordertown in all facets of the game. The Crows led by 33 points at quarter time and by 59 at the half and Bordertown had no answers. The experienced George Thring directed almost every forward move that Keith made and he must surely be a strong candidate for the Mail Medal. Nothing went right for Bordertown as Keith continued to dominate play in the second half many players joining in the goal kicking spree. Simounds booted 10 goals to be named best for Keith ahead of Thring, Andrew Wilson, Dunstan, Mcmurray and Woolford. Not much can be said for Bordertown now forlornly in last place.


Kingston’s early season form was promising but then fell away badly whilst Padthaway’s form has at times been good or horrible, sometimes on the same day. Padthaway looked good early but Kingston battled hard to keep in touch with big Rob Starling presenting a strong target up forward. Only three points separated the teams entering the second half with the Lions ahead. Kingston had the better part of play and added three goals whilst Padtahway managed only one and now found themselves nine points in arrears. The last quarter became a battle with both teams looking likely winners at various stages. Luke harder and Lachlan Eats were constant threats when Padthaway went forward but Kingston refused to rollover and despite missing vital chances had their noses in front on the final siren, albeit  by just one point. Rob Starling starred with seven goals for Kingston and the consistent Borrillo played well. Jason Dicker, Longbotham, Eats and Harder just couldn’t get Padthaway over the line.


The erratic Kybybolite started well against the improving Naracoorte and led by 20 points at quarter time but when the Demon’s surged before half-time all the old nightmares returned. Kyby responded strongly in the third quarter with McKay and veteran defender Ray Jaensch showing out and consistent goal-kicker Lachlan McGregor getting busy. The Tigers led by 7 points as the last quarter started but Naracoorte were still up to the challenge and both teams traded blows, Naracoorte goaled three times but Kyby finished the better with a goal on the siren to win by 3 points.


Lucindale led throughout in their match against Border Districts before winning by 22 points. The margin was a much as 39 points in the third quarter and Lucindale looked set for an easy win. Tom Logan used all his AFL experience to boot seven goals for Lucindale and Border Districts were unable to stop him. The foreign legion of Border’s have improved the short term prospects of the team and they lifted in the last quarter but four goals from 10 scoring shots was a poor reward and Lucindale still got the win. Logan with seven goals was the standout for Lucindale with Teakle, Tregoweth and Fielke rounding out the best players. Border Districts better players were Phillips, Keast, Adams and Denmead. 


Round 11 – June 23, 2018

Bordertown1. (32)
Keith6.411.718.923.15 (153)

Best: Keith – B. Simounds, G. Thring, A. Wilson, A. Dunstan, C. Woolford, H. McMurray.  Bordertown :  T. Underwood, S. Devitt, T. Devitt, R. Tink, S. Creaser, L. Weatherald. Goals: Keith – Ben Simounds 10, G. Thring 3, C. Woolford 2, G. Johnson 1, R. Menz 1, H. McMurray 1, A. Innes 1, A. Dunstan 1, L. Wilhelm 1, B. Laurie 1, C. McMurray 1. Bordertown :  A. Diment 2, L. Weatherald 1, J. Searle 1

Kaniva Leeor2.57.69.1314.15 (99)
Mundulla2.25.46.710.9 (69)

Best: Kaniva Leeor – J. Larocca, T. Stribling, C. De Visser, L. Vivian, N. Bowles, S. Williams Bale.  Mundulla : D. Mosey, B. Packer, M. Young, N. Gregurke, J. Hinge, D. King. Goals: Kaniva Leeor – N. Murphy 4, C. Hitchcock 3, J. Brown 2, S. Snook 1, L. Vivian 1, C. De Visser 1, J. Jarred 1, A. Brown 1.  Mundulla :  J. Hinge 3, B. Packer 3, T. McIntyre 2, N. Gregurke 1, D. King 1

Lucindale4.38.610.1212.13 (85)
Border Districts3. (63)

Best: Lucindale – T. Logan, J. Teakle, H. Tregoweth, A. Fielke, J. Watson, D. Badman.  Border Districts :  K. Phillips, B. Keast, F. Adams, B. Denmead, L. Bowd, D. Starr. Goals: Lucindale – T. Logan 7, R. McInerney 1, S. Spriggs 1, S. Teakle 1, N. Cane 1, J. Watson 1.  Border Districts :  S. Mansell 3, K. Phillips 1, B. Keast 1, Z. Edwards 1, F. Adams 1, L. Bowd 1

Naracoorte3.08.411.814.8 (92)
Kybybolite6.27.412.914.11 (95)

Best: Kybybolite – J. Mckay, R. Jaensch, T. Woodard, J. Clark, T. Cooper, C. Mattner.  Naracoorte :  J. Bettoncelli, N. Davey, J. Bell, J. Sellars, J. Cother, R. Pendle. Goals: Kybybolite – L. Black 4, L. Mcgregor 3, B. Munn 2, J. Mckay 2, S. Shepherd 1, J. Clark 1, T. Cooper 1. Naracoorte : J. Bell 4, S. Patterson 3, S. Willson 2, N. Lacey 2, C. Gill 2, J. Cother 1

Padthaway3.26.37.412.7 (79)
Kingston1.25.68.711.14 (80)

Best: Kingston – T. Borrillo, C. Healy, R. Starling, T. Baker, S. Branson, R. Werchiwski.  Padthaway : J. Dicker , A. Longbottom, L. Eats, T. Michael, L. Harder, C. Francis. Goals: Kingston – R. Starling 7, M. Wakefield 2, B. Warner 1, S. Branson 1.  Padthaway : L. Harder 5, L. Eats 4, J. Dicker 1, C. Francis 1, I. Noles 1


The Naracoorte Herald – June 21, 2018

Kaniva/Leeor United and Mundulla will clash in the KNTFL’s match of the round this Saturday.

KLU is on top of the ladder and Mundulla is in a fight for a top three spot, but needs to win this one or risk falling behind in the race. It’s a toss of the coin with KLU favourites but Mundulla capable of winning.

Arch rivals Naracoorte and Kybybolite will do battle with both sides coming off thrilling wins. Finals seem out of the question for both teams, but bragging rights are up for grabs and this will be a fierce clash.

Bordertown is coming off two weeks’ rest, but faces a Keith side that will be keen to atone for a last start loss to Lucindale. Keith is in a battle for a top three spot and needs the percentage, so will be looking for a big win.

Lucindale has been in great touch in recent weeks and will be hot favourites to handle the improved Border Districts.

Padthaway suffered a close loss last week but should bounce back with a home win over Kingston.

Penola has the bye.


by Terry Willoughby – June 17, 2018

Rain lashed almost all of the South East and nearly every team had difficulty in kicking big scores with only the Nic Murphy inspired Kaniva-Leeor United bucking the trend. KLU encountered some early resistance from Kingston who battled hard in the first half before being blown away in the second, no pun intended! KLU with a far greater spread of talent appeared to do just enough early in the game but always had Kingston’s measure to lead by 22 points. The usual suspects of Ty Baker, Ben Warner and Robertson were trying very hard for Kingston but were constantly being forced into error. KLU took Murphy, fresh from coaching the KNT to Inter-league success, booted seven goals and was ably assisted by Alex Brown with three and ex-Power player Cam Hitchcock with two goals. Brown, Murphy also featured highly in the best players for KLU along with Nathan Bowles, Snook and Vivian.


The difficulty in scoring affected all other games but Naracoorte came from 15 points behind at halftime to defeat an inaccurate Border Districts by five points. Naracoorte coach Chris Ladhams led the way with four goals which put his team ahead for the first time in the third quarter whilst Border Districts could manage only behinds. The slog continued in the last quarter as Border Districts tried to get on terms with Naracoorte but were unable to kick the necessary goals as several shots missed the target and Naracoorte held on. Bates, Bettoncelli and Josh Cother stood out for Naracoorte whilst two locals in Grant Cother and Harrison Pretlove played well for Border Districts’ foreign legion.


The erratic, unpredictable Kybybolite got over the top of the equally frustrating Padthaway after trailing most of the game. The first quarter was the most productive of the game and it was Padthaway who looked the better team with Daniel Obst, Luke Harder and Tom McNamara showing the way. The Lions led by 16 points early in the second term but Kyby chipped away and closed to within nine points at the long break. Dave Warren, defender Ray Jaensch and new coach Tom Cooper worked hard to get Kyby back in to the game. Goals were now much harder to get and Kyby scored the only two for the third quarter and the margin was now two points in their favour. Both sides slogged it out in the final term but Kyby had more of the play and outlasted the Lions.


Finals aspirants Keith and Lucindale were two other teams to battle adverse conditions in a low scoring game. Heavy rain and a poor surface added to the scoring difficulty. Lucindale led at every change but a strong third term where they booted three goals and gained the biggest lead of the game was crucial. Bridging the gap in the last quarter was always going to be huge task for Keith and although the held Lucindale to just two behinds they were unable to score enough to get a win. Experienced players in both teams such as Tom Logan, Lucindale and George Thring, Keith were outstanding for their teams but Lucindale had more helpers and won by 16 points.


Another game with top teams was Penola and Mundulla and they also battled the poor weather and a heavy ground. Mundulla squandered early chances which allowed Penola to lead by nine points at quarter time. The Moots lifted in the second quarter and booted three goals but still missed several gettable ones and scores were level at halftime. Penola took a tight hold on the game with four goals in the third quarter with key forwards Brodie Foster and Adam Merrett always threatening. Penola led by 17 points entering the last quarter but Mundulla were not done with yet. Slowly they pegged back Penola’s lead but still missed vital chances. Brad Maney, Pfitzner and Moore were resolute in defence for Penola as Mundulla continued to close in before the final siren. Despite having eight more scoring shots Mundulla fell two points short. 


Round 10 – June 16, 2018

Border Districts2. (38)
Naracoorte1. (43)

Best: Naracoorte – S. Bates, J. Bettoncelli, J. Cother, K. Adams, J. Moss.  Border Districts :  G. Cother, G. Hampton, H. Pretlove, K. Phillips, N. Rayner, T. Leechman. Goals: Naracoorte – C. Ladhams 4, J. Cother 1, N. Davey 1.  Border Districts :  D. Starr 2, H. Pretlove 1, S. Robinson 1

Keith1. (32)
Lucindale3. (48)

Best: Lucindale – A. Fielke, T. Logan, A. McCarthy, D. Ogilvie, S. Spriggs, S. Mardling.  Keith : B. Laurie, G. Thring, T. Geyer, N. Van Den Berg, S. McMurray, P. Makin. Goals; Lucindale – T. Logan 3, S. Mardling 1, J. Teakle 1, S. Graetz 1.  Keith :  B. Simounds 3, G. Johnson 1

Kybybolite3. (65)
Padthaway5. (59)

Best: Kyby – D. Warren, R. Jaensch, M. Tonkin, T. Cooper, T. Hunter, T. Woodard. Padthaway : D. Obst, L. Harder, T. McNamara, J. Dicker , A. Stevens, T. Brown. Goals; Kyby – L. Mcgregor 4, J. Mckay 2, S. Carberry 1, T. Cooper 1, D. Warren 1.  Padthaway : C. Francis 2, J. Kovatseff 2, L. Harder 1, S. Townsend 1, L. Eats 1, I. Noles 1

Kingston1. (39)
Kaniva Leeor3.16.312.418.7 (115)

Best: Kaniva Leeor – A. Brown, N. Bowles, N. Murphy, S. Snook, L. Vivian, J. Jarred.  Kingston :  T. Baker, B. Warner, T. Borrillo, S. Robertson, L. Exton, W. Goode. Goals: Kaniva Leeor – N. Murphy 7, A. Brown 3, C. Hitchcock 2, J. Wagg 1, N. Bowles 1, J. Jarred 1,

  1. Snook 1, L. Vivian 1, J. Larocca 1. Kingston : S. Branson 2, B. Warner 1, M. Wakefield 1, S. Robertson 1
Mundulla0. (58)
Penola2. (60)

Best: Penola – B. Maney, B. Foster, L. Walker, J. Pfitzner, J. Galpin, A. Moore.  Mundulla : L. Wiese, T. Ballinger, N. Gregurke, N. Mosey, J. McGrice, B. Packer. Goals: Penola – B. Foster 3, A. Merrett 3, J. Currie 1, S. Berkefeld 1, M. Berkefeld 1.  Mundulla : J. Hinge 1, B. Packer 1, N. Gregurke 1, J. McGrice 1, R. Braybrook 1, T. Ballinger 1, L. Wiese 1


June 15, 2018

The KNTFL will resume after the long weekend with a great round of match-ups on Saturday.

Of the five round 10 games set for decision, only one of them would have a clear favourite, with league leader Kaniva/Leeor United playing bottom side Kingston.

Border Districts v Naracoorte

A great match-up of traditional rivals. They are right next to each other on the ladder on three wins each and both have been much improved after a slow start to the year.

For Naracoorte it has been the players learning how to implement a new game plan from coach Chris Ladhams, while for Borders it has been about the Eagles’ many recruits starting to gel as a team.

This could go either way, with home ground advantage maybe tipping it in Borders’ favour.

Keith v Lucindale

What a match this one promises to be. These two sides were touted as possible grand finalists at the start of the year and while both have been a bit up and down, they are fourth and fifth on the ladder and looking to launch an assault on the top three.

Keith still probably haven’t hit 100 per cent yet but have only lost two games for the year and have a number of players ready to resume from injury. Lucindale has also had injury worries and dropped a couple of games last month but is still in great nick if a 29-goal effort in round 9 is any guide.

With Graetz and McInerney likely to come in to that side this week, Lucindale will travel well and might get the points.

Kybybolite v Padthaway

Finals are probably unlikely for both these sides but they can keep the flame of hope flickering with a win here. It will be a highly competitive game with Padthaway having the better form but Kyby having a home ground advantage.

Kyby has been unsettled by injuries and a constantly changing team, and Padthaway has done some impressive things including a win over the undefeated Penola in round 8, so the Lions should be favourites here.

Kingston v Kaniva/Leeor United

Kingston has been highly competitive at times this year and might benefit from the Kaniva/Leeor crew having to travel two hours to the seaside, but realistically this shoulbe a solid win for KLU.

The Cougars are on top of the ladder with only one loss, while Kingston is on the bottom with just one win, so those stats suggest a comfortable win to KLU.

Mundulla v Penola

Another great clash between two likely finalists. Penola was undefeated until two rounds ago but has now lost two on the trot and won’t want to make it three.

Mundulla has flown under the radar after making the grand final last year but is now 6-2 including a thumping win over major contender Lucindale in round 7, so they are on the improve.

These sides have had some great contests over the years and this could be another one, with Mundulla maybe coming out on top.

Bordertown has the bye this week.

Round 9 – June 2, 2018

Mundulla1.24.59.1313.16 (94)
Padthaway2. (55)

Best: Mundulla – J. McGrice, E. Jaeschke, M. Young, T. McIntyre, M. Schilling, T. Ballinger  Padthaway : T. McNamara, A. Longbottom, T. Michael, I. Noles, C. Dolling, C. Williams. Goals: Mundulla – T. McIntyre 5, J. Hinge 2, N. Mosey 2, J. McGrice 2, W. Nankivell 1, J. Dolling 1.  Padthaway :  L. Eats 3, T. Brown 2, L. Harder 2, C. Francis 1

Penola5.110.513.617.7 (109)
Kaniva Leeor5.59.816.1317.19 (121)

Best: Kaniva Leeor – N. Murphy, S. Williams Bale, C. De Visser, A. Brown, T. Brown, L. Vivian.  Penola :  S. Berkefeld, A. Merrett, S. Merrett, M. Berkefeld, D. Walker, J. Nysten. Goals: Kaniva Leeor – N. Murphy 8, S. Snook 3, C. De Visser 2, A. Brown 2, J. Jarred 1, L. Vivian 1.  Penola : A. Merrett 8, J. Pfitzner 2, S. Berkefeld 2, J. Galpin 1, M. Berkefeld 1, S. Merrett 1,  J. Mansell 1, D. Walker 1

Border Districts5. (87)
Bordertown3. (62)

Best: Border Dists – D. Skinner, F. Adams, B. Denmead, T. Robinson, S. Mansell, D. Starr.  Bordertown : S. Devitt, S. Creaser, J. Verco, J. Searle, C. Sandercock, A. Diment. Goals: Border Dists – S. Mansell 5, D. Starr 4, B. Denmead 2, N. Rayner 1, F. Adams 1, K. Phillips 1.  Bordertown :  A. Diment 2, N. Hampel 1, L. Weatherald 1, S. Copestick 1, B. Foulds 1, J. Eats 1, C. Sandercock 1, S. Devitt 1

Kybybolite2.37.410.512.7 (79)
Lucindale7.313.521.829.13 (187)

Best: Kybybolite :  D. Warren, M. Tonkin, L. Mcgregor, B. Munn, W. Russell, J. Clark Kybyoblite – L. Kelsh, H. Tregoweth, A. Fielke, S. Mardling, T. Logan, J. Teakle. Goals: Lucindale – T. Logan 8, J. Teakle 6, S. Mardling 4, S. Spriggs 4, A. Fielke 3, L. Kelsh 1, H. Tregoweth 1, J. Watson 1, N. Cane 1.  Kybybolite : L. Mcgregor 6, B. Munn 2, W. Russell 1, S. Carberry 1, J. Clark 1, J. Rainsford 1

Kingston5. (59)
Naracoorte2.46.713.1217.13 (115)

Best: Naracoorte – J. Macdonald, K. Jacobs, J. Bettoncelli, N. Lacey, S. Bates, J. Moss.  Kingston : S. Robertson, B. Warner, T. Baker, S. Branson, T. Baker, L. Exton. Goals: Naracoorte – C. Ladhams 7, S. Willson 3, N. Lacey 2, J. Bell 1, N. Davey 1, J. Cother 1, D. Myall 1, F. Stephan 1. Kingston : M. Wakefield 2, R. Clarke 2, B. Warner 1, C. Healy 1, J. Del Olivera 1, S. Branson 1, S. Robertson 1


May 31, 2018

One of the matches of the season so far will take place in round 9 of KNTFL football on Saturday.

Penola v KL United. Top team versus number 2 team, this will be a vital result for the shape of the top three. Penola suffered a shock loss last week and won’t want to make it two in a row, but KLU will probably be favourites.

Mundulla v Padthaway. Another cracking game, particularly after Padthaway’s win over Penola last week. Mundulla has been very solid though and still might deserve favouritism at home.

B/Districts v Bordertown. A real toss of the coin this one. Bordertown have been solid, but Border Districts have been consistently good in recent weeks and should get the points.

Kyby v Lucindale. These sides always have a great battle and this will be no different. Lucindale will be favourites but are missing several players, while Kyby played better last week and will run it right up to the Roos.

Kingston v Naracoorte. Both of these sides have proven themselves capable, but Naracoorte is in the better form at the moment and should win. Keith has the bye.


May 27, 2018 – by Terry Willoughby

Padthaway stunned Penola with their reversal of form and led early with Cody Marshall and Luke Harder in great form. Tom Edwards has led the Lion’s attack recently but now had plenty of help as Padthaway led by eight points at quarter time. Penola hit back strongly in the second term and scores were only a few points apart with Padthaway ahead by three. Scoring was much more difficult in the third quarter as defences of both teams got on top. The irrepressible Simon Berkefeld was in everything for Penola whose accurate kicking was vital but Harder and Marshall were just as effective for Padthaway. The Lions surprised with a powerful finish in which they slammed on seven goals and Penola wilted under the onslaught. Marshall and Harder with 6 goals were the stars for Padthaway ahead Michael, Obst and Bartlett. For Penola Berkefeld was tireless in his efforts, Pfitzner, Galpin Simon Merrett and Maney also played well.  


Keith had too much fire power for the improving Border Districts and won by 64 points. The Border Districts foreign legion held the lead by a narrow margin of two points at quarter time but from there on Keith steadily upped the ante and went further ahead at every change. The Crows led by 16 points at half time with experienced George Thring leading the way and  Wilhelm, Johnson and Simounds bobbing up with goals almost at will. It was more of the same in the third quarter as Borders couldn’t find a way forward as the Crows lead blew out to 33 points. Thring was involved in nearly every forward move and Laurie was also a valuable contributor. Keith dominated the final term with a nine goal burst whilst Border’s were allowed in for four just to save face but it was all Keith in the end by 64 points. Thring, probably the most valuable recruit of the year was best for Keith along with H Wilhelm, Laurie and Makin. Not too many locals amongst Border District’s best with Denmead, Skinner, Phillips, Naylor and Pretlove the local.


Lucindale, disappointing of late, returned to the winners list with an easy 78 point win over seaside or should that be seasick Kingston. Wayward kicking for goal in the first half cost Lucindale the chance of a big lead but Kingston were never able to punish them for it. That Kingston were only 26 points in arrears at the main break was flattering because they managed only one goal after as Lucindale put through nine with Tom Logan with five goals leading the way, the Sams, Mardling and Graetz also bobbed up with three each as Kingston fell apart. Watson, McCarthy, Tom Logan and Nic Cane headed Lucindales’ better players. Kingston remain anchored to the bottom of the ladder.


Mundulla tightened their hold on a spot in the top five with an unimpressive ten point win over Naracoorte. The first half was reasonable with both teams having good periods of play. Veterans Sid Patterson and Jacobs were doing well and restricted the normally free-scoring Moot forwards. The prolific McGrice and consistent Gregurke were generating plenty of chances for Mundulla but few were taken. Scoring became difficult after halftime as play was a battle of defence and scrimmages. Mundulla had the bulk of play, not very attractive play at that and led by 22points, the biggest of the game, at ¾ time. Scoring was no easier in the last quarter and Naracoorte threatened on several occasions but inaccuracy thwarted their chances. Mundulla bulldozed their way to a win.


Disappointing teams Bordertown and Kybybolite went goal for goal in the first three quarters with neither able to break free. Kyby after a series of crushing defeats held a narrow lead throughout the first half but never looked convincing whilst Bordertown stayed in touch through the efforts of Underwood, Rory Tink and Searle. The Roosters had their best quarter in the third when they booted six goals to Kyby’s 4 and trail by just a solitary point at ¾ time. The last quarters have been Kyby’s downfall in all but one game but that was all put on hold for now as they lifted appreciably to boot seven goals and hold Bordertown to just one as they careered away to a much needed 34 point win and maybe slay a few demon’s in the process. Billy Munn booted six goals and Shepherd four in the win and Tonkin, Warren, McGregor and replacement coach Tom Cooper headed the best players for Kyby.  Searle and Rory Tink were again high in Bordertown’s best along with Creaser and Underwood.


Round 8 – May 26, 2018

Bordertown3.16.312.813.12 (90)
Kybybolite4.28.712.919.10 (124)

Best: Kyby – M. Tonkin, D. Warren, L. Mcgregor, T. Cooper, L. Black, J. Mckay.  Bordertown :  J. Searle, R. Tink, T. Underwood, S. Creaser, Z. McLellan, J. Eats. Goals: Kyby – B. Munn 6, S. Shepherd 4, L. Mcgregor 3, B. Castine 2, C. Borg 1, S. Munn 1, J. Mckay 1, D. Warren 1.  Bordertown :  T. Underwood 4, J. Eats 2, O. Butler 2, N. Hampel 1, C. Sandercock 1, J. Searle 1,  L. Weatherald 1, R. Tink 1

Keith4.19.713.722.9 (141)
Border Districts4.37.38.412.5 (77)

Best: Keith – G. Thring, B. Laurie, H. Wilhelm, P. Makin, R. Menz, S. Laubsch.  Border Districts :  B. Denmead, D. Skinner, K. Phillips, N. Naylor, H. Pretlove, G. Cother. Goals: Keith – L. Wilhelm 5, G. Johnson 4, B. Simounds 4, A. Wilson 3, L. Wade 2, H. Wilhelm 2, B. Laurie 2.  Border Districts :  S. Mansell 5, S. Palma 2, B. Keast 2, L. Bowd 1, H. Pretlove 1, N. McIver 1

Padthaway5.310.511.1016.11 (107)
Penola4. (83)

Best: Padthaway – C. Marshall, L. Harder, D. Bartlett, T. Michael, D. Obst, T. Edwards.  Penola :  S. Berkefeld, J. Pfitzner, J. Galpin, S. Merrett, B. Maney, A. Merrett. Goals: Padthaway – L. Harder 6, T. Edwards 4, T. Brown 2, C. Marshall 1, J. Dicker  1, T. Michael 1, D. Bartlett 1.  Penola :   A. Merrett 4, J. Galpin 2, B. Foster 2, S. Merrett 2, P. Lambert 1, J. Currie 1, S. Merrett 1

Lucindale3.76.1011.1315.16 (106)
Kingston1. (28)

Best: Lucindale – J. Watson, A. McCarthy, T. Logan, N. Cane, D. Badman, T. Menz.  Kingston :  S. Robertson, R. Clarke, B. Warner, M. Wakefield, J. Gluyas, W. Goode. Goals: Lucindale – T. Logan 5, S. Graetz 3, S. Mardling 3, J. Teakle 2, S. Logan 1, A. Eckermann 1. Kingston :  C. Healy 1, B. Smith 1, S. Robertson 1, M. Wakefield 1

Naracoorte3. (59)
Mundulla4. (69)

Best: Mundulla – N. Gregurke, L. Wiese, J. McGrice, T. Excell, D. Mosey, T. Ballinger.  Naracoorte :  K. Jacobs, S. Patterson, S. Bates, J. Macdonald, J. Bettoncelli, R. Pendle. Goals: Mundulla – J. Hinge 2, H. Thorpe 2, T. McIntyre 2, E. Jaeschke 1, D. Mosey 1, J. McGrice 1.  Naracoorte :  C. Ladhams 2, J. Bell 1, S. Patterson 1, F. Stephan 1, N. Lacey 1, J. Cother 1, S. Willson 1


May 24, 2018

The top five teams could pull away from the rest of the pack if this weekend’s KNTFL round 8 games go according to favouritism.

If fifth-placed Lucindale wins and other sides below the Roos lose, the top five will be two wins plus percentage clear of sixth spot – making Penola, KLU, Keith, Mundulla and Lucindale all safe for now in the top half of the ladder.

Padthaway v Penola

Penola continue to lead the way this season with an unbeaten record and playing some great footy. The Eagles have hard games over the next two weeks which will test that record, but they will be warm favourites for this one.

Padthaway have been a little inconsistent this year with some good performances mixed with a surprise loss or two, and while the Lions have been competitive in every game, it would be a shock if they knocked off Penola here.

Keith v Border Districts

Borders have turned things around after a slow start to the year, winning their last two before getting a well-earned rest with the bye last week.

They are playing with plenty of confidence, but they’ll need it against a very capable Keith side. Borders have beaten Kyby and Kingston, but they are both in the bottom part of the ladder while Keith is near the top, and the Crows should win this one.

Bordertown v Kybybolite

Here’s a great chance for one of these sides to win and get clear of the bottom spot on the ladder where neither would want to be. Both have been a it hard to read – Bordertown is vastly improved on last year but has suffered some heavy losses, while Kyby’s best was enough to beat Mundulla but their worst has been quite ordinary, especially in final quarters.

Kyby would be favourites, but if Bordertown is within striking distance at the last change, they would be confident of running over the top.

Lucindale v Kingston

Lucindale was well beaten last week by Mundulla in a surprise, but that result means they will probably be more switched on this week and won’t put in two in a row like that. Kingston will try hard in this “local derby” and could possibly cause an upset, but Lucindale wants to lock down a top five spot.

Naracoorte v Mundulla

Naracoorte has improved out of sight in recent weeks with two wins and then a gallant performance against Penola last week, and the Demons could realistically look at causing an upset here. Their structures under coach Ladhams have tightened up and the side is playing with a lot more confidence.

Mundulla is also playing good footy though and a win over major player Lucindale last week would have given them a boost. Mundulla will be favourites but on the expanses of the Naracoorte oval they’ll have to be wary of the Naracoorte spread.

Kaniva/Leeor United has the bye.


Terry Willoughby – May 20, 2018

Kaniva-Leeor United bounced back from last week’s defeat when they saw off an early Padthaway challenge with a seven goal burst in the second quarter and raced to a 34 points lead. All the stars seemed aligned for KLU in that, de Visser, Stribling, Hitchcock and Murphy, who racked large numbers of possessions and goals with Padthaway powerless to stop them. Three goals apiece in the third quarter fleetingly revived Padthaway but to no avail as KLU again stormed away in the last quarter. The Cougars finished with six last quarter goals to romp in by 63 points whilst the Lions now have a big task ahead to get back in contention. De Visser and Hitchcock with five goals each, Stribling, Larocca and Vivian starred for KLU. Michael, McCarthy, Leahy and Townsend tried hard for Padthaway.


Disappointing Bordertown defeated the more disappointing Kingston by 23 points in a lack lustre game. Kingston’s earlier promise has now gone and Bordertown’s may be on the rise. The Roosters led from almost start to finish but were never that far ahead to feel safe. They had more avenues to goal than Kingston and some quality players in Searle and Copestick.


Kybybolite’s fall from grace is almost complete as they now share the wooden spoon position with the hapless Kingston. Kyby made a game of it in the first half by making the most of limited chances  to trail by just 11 points with McGregor lively around goal and Woodard and Tonkin battling hard against strong competition. Keith started to get away in the third quarter with Simounds and veteran Paul Makin bobbing up with goals to extend the Crows’ lead to 23 points at three quarter-time. Kyby’s Achilles heel has been the last quarter and so it was again as Keith outplayed them with ease and raced to a 41 points, win and signal themselves as a genuine threat for the flag. Laurie, Makin with four goals and Simounds with seven provided the bulk of scoring whilst Thring and George Johnson again played well for Keith. For Kyby it was another dirty day and only McGregor with four  goals, Tonkin, Woodard and Munn who made much effort for four quarters.


Mundulla and Lucindale looked set for close finish when they traded goals in the first half with the lead changing hands several times. Tom Logan looked set to be a major player for Lucindale but former coach Heath Thorpe was just as dangerous at the other end for the Moots and he had more assistance. Mundulla led by five points at halftime but it should have been more. Lucindale were outplayed completely in the third term when Mundulla slammed through eight goals to just three and bolt to a 38 point lead. Mosey and McGrice were on top around the midfield and peppered the forward line with opportunities which now had extra contributors in Hinge and McIntyre. The wheels had come off for Lucindale who only had Tom Logan as a threat near goals, his brother and coach Sam was trying everything but Mundulla tightened the screws and went further ahead to win by 58 points. Better players for Mundulla were N Mosey, McGrice, Thorpe with six goals, young and Will Nankivell. For Lucindale who dropped to fifth, it was Sam Logan, Ogilvie, Mardling and Graetz whilst Tom Logan booted five goals.


Penola outplayed the improving Naracoorte in the middle quarters to win comfortably by 35 points. Naracoorte made Penola work hard in the opening quarter but the ladder leader flexed their muscles in the second term by booting seven goals to two and hold a commanding 37 point lead at the main break. Brodie Foster and ball magnet Simon Berkefeld ran riot around the goal-front and further afield and the game was out of reach for Naracoorte.  The Demons battled hard to the finish and outscored Penola in the last quarter but the result had been long decided. Berkefeld, Foster, Walker, Galpin and Jackman all played well for Penola. Bettoncelli, Willson, Foster and Cother tried hard for Naracoorte.


Round 7 – May 19, 2018

Kaniva Leeor2.39.512.1018.15 (123)
Padthaway2. (60)

Best: Kaniva Leeor – C. De Visser, T. Stribling, J. Larocca, S. Vivian, N. Bowles, L. Vivian.  Padthaway :  T. Michael, J. Mccarthy, B. Leahy, S. Townsend, A. Longbottom, D. Koch. Goals: Kaniva Leeor  – C. Hitchcock 5, C. De Visser 5, N. Murphy 4, T. Stribling 1, D. Natt 1, J. Jarred 1, A. Brown 1.  Padthaway :  T. Edwards 3, C. Marshall 1, D. Bartlett 1, L. Harder 1, S. Townsend 1, T. Moyle-Read 1

Kingston2. (51)
Bordertown3.06.57.1210.14 (74)

Best: Bordertown – J. Searle, S. Copestick, R. Tink, B. Foulds, L. Weatherald, B. Lodewyk.  Kingston :  S. Robertson, J. Branson, W. Goode, B. Warner, L. Exton. Goals: Bordertown – J. Searle 3, N. Hampel 2, T. Underwood 2, B. Foulds 1, L. Weatherald 1, T. Devitt 1.  Kingston :  B. Warner 2, F. Murdock 1, H. Lawrie 1, M. Wakefield 1, C. Healy 1, S. Robertson 1

Kybybolite3.16.18.410.5 (65)
Keith5.07.611.916.10 (106)

Best: Keith – B. Laurie, P. Makin, B. Simounds, G. Thring, G. Johnson, T. Geyer.  Kybybolite :  T. Woodard, L. McGregor, B. Munn, M. Tonkin, D. Warren, E. Owen. Goals: Keith – B. Simounds 7, P. Makin 4, L. Wilhelm 3, B. Laurie 1, H. Wilhelm 1.  Kybybolite : L. McGregor 4, B. Munn 2, M. Tonkin 1, B. Castine 1, S. Shepherd 1, W. Stewart 1

Mundulla2.25.913.1319.15 (129)
Lucindale3. (59)

Best: Mundulla – N. Mosey, J. McGrice, H. Thorpe, M. Young, W. Nankivell, D. Ridgway.  Lucindale :  S. Logan, D. Ogilvie, S. Mardling, S. Graetz, D. McCarthy, A. McCarthy. Goals: Mundulla – H. Thorpe 6, J. Hinge 3, T. McIntyre 3, N. Mosey 2, J. McGrice 2, L. Wiese 2, N. Gregurke 1.  Lucindale : T. Logan 5, N. Cane 2, S. Mardling 1, S. Graetz 1

Penola2.19.314.615.7 (97)
Naracoorte1. (62)

Best: Penola – S. Berkefeld, B. Foster, L. Walker, J. Galpin, S. Jackman, J. Mansell.  Naracoorte :  J. Bettoncelli, S. Willson, B. Foster, J. Cother, J. Moss, K. Jacobs. Goals: Penola – B. Foster 4, S. Berkefeld 3, J. Nysten 2, J. Mansell 2, S. Jackman 1, S. Merrett 1, B. Gartner 1, D. Hackwill 1. Naracoorte : C. Ladhams 3, S. Willson 2, J. Macdonald 1, J. Bettoncelli 1, J. Sellars 1, D. Albrecht 1


May 17, 2018

The football gods are smiling on this week’s round 7 of KNTFL football, with five great match-ups.

There could be a number of matches of the round, but the nod might even go to Penola v Naracoorte. Penola remains undefeated on top of the ladder, but Naracoorte has grown an extra leg with two wins on the trot, including beating the high-flying KL United last week, so this will be a highly competitive game.

Another ripper will be Mundulla v Lucindale, with both top five teams on the same points and the loser of this one possibly to fall out of the five. Lucindale has now lost two on the trot and will be desperate to reassert its standing as one of the front-runners for the flag.

Kingston v Bordertown will also be a beauty, with both sides near the bottom with only one win, but both playing some very competitive footy at times this year. The winners have the added motivation of lifting themselves away from the dreaded wooden spoon position.

The game between Kybybolite and Keith at first looks like it will be a one-sided contest, considering Kyby’s consistent capitulations in final quarters. Keith will definitely be warm favourites, but it’s been a funny season for upsets and Kyby’s best football is good enough to match it with most sides so it’s not a foregone conclusion.

Kaniva/Leeor United v Padthaway is yet another beauty, with Padthaway desperately clinging on to a potential top five spot, while KLU suffered a first loss for the year last week in a major surprised. The KLU Cougars will be primed to bounce back here, but Padthaway will be rested coming off the bye and could possibly spring a surprise.

Border Districts have the bye this week after winning their past two.


Terry Willoughby, Sunday May 13, 2018

Penola remain the only undefeated team in the KNTFL when they snatched a narrow five point win over Lucindale in a see-sawing contest where the lead changed hands often. Sam Graetz was in everything for Lucindale with Boschen providing good support and veterans Nic Cane and Sam Mardling looked dangerous up forward. Lucindale led by 10 points at quarter time but Penola bounced back strongly despite the absence of Adam Merrett. The Eagles turned to another Merrett for inspiration as they took the lead just before halftime. Simon Merrett was more than a handful for Lucindale but Cane and Mardling continued to bob up with much needed goals and the lead again changed hands yet again with Lucindale ahead by nine points at the last change. Penola had wasted many chances with poor goal-kicking whilst Lucindale had made the most of theirs. Both teams went goal for goal early in the last quarter as Penola started to gain a little control but Lucindale weren’t about to lie down as the scores again changed hands. Simon Merrett was the match-winner for Penola and he booted seven goals. He was ably assisted by Galpin, Moore, Spencer Jackman and Simon Berkefeld whilst Foster chipped in with four valuable goals. The not disgraced Lucindale had good players in Graetz, Boschen, Spriggs and Eckermann whilst Cane and Mardling booted five goals each.


Naracoorte pulled the rug out from under Kanvia-Leeor United and scored a huge upset with a six point win. KLU started in normal fashion and led by 11 points at quarter time. Regular good performers in Bowles, Dodson and Brown were doing well and Hitchcock and Murphy looked threatening around goal. The no-frills Naracoorte veterans Patterson and Jacobs kept high profile opponents quiet whilst Bell and Ladhams did some damage up forward. KLU now had a battle on their hands and although they outscored Naracoorte in the third term they still trailed by 10 points with a quarter to play. KlLU didn’t have quite the spark of five recent wins and the resurgent Naracoorte withstood every challenge and held on to win narrowly. The rising confidence of Naracoorte was evident after several barren seasons. Best players for Naracoorte were Sid Patterson, Jacobs, Bell, Bates and Foster. For KLU, Bowles, Brown, Stribling and Dodson played well but was it just an off-day after five straight wins or did they get ahead of themselves?


Mundulla had too much class for long-time rival Bordertown and won easily by 81 points. The Moots bolted clear in  the first quarter with 9 goals and the result was a forgone conclusion. Prolific kick-winner Jake McGrice was unstoppable for Mundulla along with Jaeschke, Mosey and Will Nankivell. Mundulla eased up in the second quarter but Bordertown were simply not good enough to make any ground and the margin was 57 points at the half. Bordertown went goal-less in the third quarter as Mundulla stepped on the gas and slammed on seven goals with veteran forwards Luke Wiese and Heath Thorpe relishing the task as the lead blew out to 100 points. Never in danger, Mundulla cruised through the last quarter and allowed Bordertown in for five junk-time goals. Eats, Paech and Tink tried hard for Bordertown but Mundullas’ class was outstanding


Kingston’s promising early season form appears to have deserted them as they were crushed by Keith who are now looming as a serious threat for the premiership. Kingston began well enough and led early but the Keith Crows put a stop to that and ran to a 29 point lead at half-time and never looked back. Simounds and George Johnson were too good for the Kingston defence and what they missed Wilhelm and Mcmurray got. George Thring’s excellent recent form continued and Kingston had no answers as the lead increased steadily to 50 points at three quarter-time. Kingston were unable to contain any of Keith’s better players and the Crow’s charged to the final siren with a nine goal burst which completely sank Kingston. Thring, Johnson four goals, Laurie and Simounds seven goals all starred for Keith. For Kingston, Warner, Wakefield and Goode battled hard but it’s back to the drawing board for now.


The wheels have really fallen for Kybybolite as they were swamped in the last quarter by “up the road” rival Border Districts. It was Border Districts’ second win in a row and it’s been a long time since that has occurred. In a game of not very high standard football Kyby took the lead early and still led at half-time by 8 points but they were not at all convincing. Border Districts had been little better but started the second half more positively and booted four goals to two from Kyby and get on almost level terms at the last change. It was here that Kyby fell apart, they failed to score in the final term as Border Districts slammed on 7 goals and score a runaway win by 41 points. It may not have a win for the purists but at least it gets Border Districts away from the bottom of the ladder and where to for Kyby? No details from Borders’, probably celebrating and nothing worthwhile from Kyby!


Round 6 – May 12, 2018

Naracoorte2.27.98.1111.11 (77)
Kaniva Leeor4.14.47.710.11 (71)

Best: Naracoorte – S. Patterson, K. Jacobs, J. Bell, S. Bates, J. Foster, N. Davey. Kaniva Leeor – N. Bowles, T. Brown, T. Stribling, B. Dodson, J. Jarred, S. Williams Bale. Goals: Naracoorte – J. Bell 3, C. Ladhams 2, D. Myall 2, S. Patterson, J. Cother, S. Willson, R. Jones. Kaniva Leeor – N. Murphy 3, C. Hitchcock 2, S. Williams Bale, T. Stribling, B. Dodson, J. Merrett, J. Jarred

Bordertown1. (49)
Mundulla9.211.518.820.10 (130)

Best: Mundulla – J. McGrice, E. Jaeschke, D. Mosey, W. Nankivell, N. Gregurke, L. Wiese. Bordertown – B. Paech, J. Eats, R. Tink, R. Tink, B. Foulds, S. Copestick. Goals: Mundulla – L. Wiese 5, H. Thorpe 4, J. Dolling 2, J. McGrice 2, W. Nankivell, N. Gregurke, S. Lewin, J. Wiese, E. Jaeschke, D. Mosey, N. Mosey. Bordertown – J. Eats 3, N. Hampel 2, J. Searle, J. Searle

Border Districts0.32.76.813.10 (88)
Kybybolite3. (47)

Best: Borders – not av. Kybybolite – D. Brodie, T. Cooper, B. Munn, T. Woodard, S. Shepherd, B. Castine. Goals: Borders – not av. Kybybolite – D. Warren 2, S. Shepherd, S. Carberry, B. Munn, B. Castine

Keith3.38.714.823.10 (148)
Kingston4. (57)

Best: Keith – G. Thring, G. Johnson, B. Laurie, B. Simounds, L. Mitchell, S. McMurray. Kingston – B. Warner, M. Wakefield, W. Goode, C. Healy, L. Exton, H. Lawrie. Goals: Keith – B. Simounds 7, G. Johnson 4, L. Wilhelm 3, H. McMurray 3, B. Laurie 2, C. Woolford 2, P. Makin, G. Thring. Kingston – M. Wakefield 3, B. Warner 2, B. Tapfield 2, B. Kernahan

Lucindale4.18.311.415.10 (100)
Penola2.38.79.1315.15 (105)

Best: Penola – S. Merrett, J. Galpin, A. Moore, S. Jackman, S. Berkefeld, B. Foster. Lucindale – S. Graetz, J. Boschen, S. Spriggs, A. Eckermann, L. Kelsh, J. Watson. Goals: Penola – S. Merrett 7, B. Foster 4, S. Jackman, D. Walker, S. Berkefeld, J. Galpin. Lucindale – N. Cane 5, S. Mardling 5, L. Jones 2, M. Kelsh, H. Tregoweth, S. Spriggs

Round Six preview – The Naracorte Herald

10 May 2018

Lucindale will take on Penola in another huge game of KNTFL footy this weekend.

The match-up is clearly the game of the round with Penola still undefeated and Lucindale only suffering its first loss for the season last week.

Penola will more than likely be without key goalkicker Adam Merrett who limped off last weekend, but both teams will line up strongly and it’s a toss of the coin on who will come out on top. Penola would love to add the scalp of Lucindale to the one it grabbed against Keith in round 4.

Naracoorte v K/L United

Naracoorte opened its account for the year last week, but unfortunately now comes up against the top team, undefeated KLU. The KLU Cougars have not set a foot wrong and knocked off one of their main challengers last week in Lucindale, so they will be supremely confident here.

Bordertown v Mundulla

The clash of the old Tatiara rivals will as always be a feisty affair. Mundulla will be warm favourites after starting the year fairly, while Bordertown is still improving after a disappointing 2018 and the Roosters will be competitive without probably causing an upset.

Keith v Kingston

Both of these sides have been a bit unpredictable. Keith is now rolling along a little better with an excellent last three-and-a-half quarters last week against Mundulla, and they can now start to build a bit of momentum with some slightly easier games over the next three weeks.

The Saints would be rueing last week’s loss to Border Districts and if they can channel a bit of that frustration this week they will be very competitive against the highly favoured Keith side.

Border Districts v Kybybolite

Who knows what will happen here? A fortnight ago Kyby would have been firm favourites, but since then the Tigers have capitulated against Kingston, then Borders came out and dominated Kingston the very next week.

On that form, Borders now assume favouritism, but if Kyby can repeat the sort of form that produced a match-winning nine-goal final quarter against Mundulla in round 3, they’ll be hard to beat.

Padthaway has the bye this week.


Terry Willoughby reports, May 6, 2018

A scoreline of only four behinds to nil gave no indication of the impending result as Kaniva-Leeor United and Lucindale went at each other. Things changed dramatically in the second term when the Nic Murphy led KLU piled on nine goals to four from Lucindale. From a dour goal-less start to a goal-scoring feast. Murphy six and Salt three goals were unstoppable for KLU as their lead blew out to 37 points. Lucindale outscored KLU in the third quarter with Tom Logan’s AFL experience proving invaluable and with Sam Mardling and Henry Legoe’s goals they clawed the margin back to 26 points. Lucindale had chances early in the last quarter but KLU were not about to rollover with Murphy, Bowles, Dodson and Stribling all doing well. Legoe, McCarthy, Logan and Graetz fought hard for Lucindale but it was KLU’s day and they won by 30 points.


Border Districts caused a boil-over when they overcame a five goal deficit at quarter time to defeat last week’s giant-killers Kingston by 26 points. Border’s , who had not won a game so far this season didn’t look likely to do it again when Kingston shot to a big lead early on. Border Districts looked their usual untidy selves when the booted only six behinds in the opening quarter. Kingston were carrying on from last week but the tables turned in the second quarter as Border Districts hit back strongly to hold a narrow five point lead at the long break. Kingston sensed the danger but Border District’s sniffed a win and pressed ahead to lead by 10 points with Mansell booting four goals. Phillips, Hampton and Edwards had all lifted for Border Districts. Kingston’s form now looked like a flash in the pan as Border Districts held them goal-less in the final term to win by 26 points. Phillips, Edwards and Hampointon were best for Borders. Lawrie, Armfield and Vertudaches, an old, old Norwood name, battled hard for Kingston.


Penola had the easiest of wins when they belted Bordertown by 96 points. They increased their lead throughout and Bordertown just couldn’t match them at any stage. Walker and Gartner each booted four goals but they had a long line of players up the ground providing chances. Bordertown’s defence was under siege from the start with Pfitzner, Galpin, Merrett and Moore all wining multiple possessions for Penola. Shuttleworth, Copestick and Rory Tink battled hard for Bordertown but were overwhelmed in the end. Penola also remain undefeated along with Kaniva-Leeor United.


Naracoorte also caused something of an upset when they outplayed the disappointing Padthaway after trailing by seven points at quarter time. The Demon’s form has been patchy at best and poor at worst so far this season but they got it together against the Lions. Naracoorte quickly erased the early deficit with coach and former Crows forward Chris Ladhams kicking goals. Padthaway’s Luke Harder, who six goals, and Tom Edwards were working overtime to keep the Lions in the game but Naracoorte had more willing to contribute. The Demons kicked away in the third quarter with five goals and seemed to have a win in sight with a lead of 28 points. Padthaway continued to battle away but Naracoorte weren’t about to let this game slip and they played strongly to the finish. Davey, Bell and veteran Sid Patterson all played well for Naracoorte and Ladhams booted five goals. Former SANFL player Luke Harder booted six goals and was in everything for Padthaway but they fell away after Edwards, Leahy and Williams.


Finals aspirants, Keith and Mundulla went goal for goal in the first quarter of their clash with the likely winner well concealed. Simounds was proving a handful for the Mundulla defence but prolific ball-winning McGrice was also an obstacle for Keith. Goals were much harder to get in the second term as defences of both teams were on top. Once again George Thring’s SANFL experience stood out for Keith and they led narrowly by 10 points at the half-time break. The Keith Crows maintained their lead throughout the third quarter with Simounds proving to be the match-winner. The Crows ahead by 25 points as the last quarter started. Mundulla battled back into the game with former coach Heath Thorpe and Will Nankivell goals but Keith maintained a tight grip on the game and held on to win by 15 points. Simounds with 7 goals was outstanding for Keith along with Laurie, Thring and Geyer. Mundulla’s best were Young, McGrice, Jaeschke and Gregurke.


Round 5 – May 5, 2018

Kaniva Leeor0.49.712.916.10 (106)
Lucindale4.09.112.4 (76)

Best: Kaniva Leeor – N. Bowles, B. Dodson, N. Murphy, A. Brown, S. Williams Bale, T. Stribling. Lucindale – D. McCarthy, H. Legoe, T. Logan, S. Graetz, L. Kelsh, J. Watson. Goals: Kaniva Leeor – N. Murphy 6, J. Salt 3, A. Brown 2, J. Jarred 2, S. Williams Bale, S. Snook, C. Hitchcock. Lucindale – S. Mardling 4, H. Legoe 3, S. Spriggs 2, N. Cane, A. Eckermann, T. Logan

Kingston5. (51)
Border Districts0.65.118.1210.17 (77)

Best: Borders  – K. Phillips, Z. Edwards, G. Hampton, N. Rayner, D. Skinner, J. Baron. Kingston – H. Lawrie, J. Armfield , D. Vertudaches, J. Wiseman, M. Wakefield, L. Exton. Goals: Borders – S. Mansell 4, J. Baron, N. McIver, N. Rayner, L. Nicholas, L. Bowd, K. Phillips. Kingston – M. Wakefield 3, H. Lawrie 2, R. Starling, C. Healy

Mundulla5.16.18.311.5 (71)
Keith5.17.511.1012.14 (86)

Best: Keith – B. Simounds, B. Laurie, G. Thring, T. Geyer, C. Woolford, A. Wilson. Mundulla – M. Young, J. McGrice, E. Jaeschke, N. Gregurke, T. Ballinger, W. Nankivell. Goals: Keith – B. Simounds 7, G. Johnson 2, P. Makin, B. Laurie, J. Jones. Mundulla – H. Thorpe 4, W. Nankivell 2, N. Mosey 2, D. Ridgway, J. McGrice, T. McIntyre

Padthaway3.26.39.412.7 (79)
Naracoorte2.18.313.815.9 (99)

Best: Naracoorte – N. Davey, J. Bell, S. Patterson, R. Jones, F. Stephan, J. Cother. Padthaway – L. Harder, T. Edwards, B. Leahy, C. Williams, K. Tucker. Goals: Naracoorte – C. Ladhams 5, S. Patterson 3, F. Stephan 2, D. Myall 2, J. Bell, S. Willson, J. Bettoncelli. Padthaway – L. Harder 6, A. Longbottom 2, C. Williams 2, T. Moyle-Read, J. Dicker

Penola5.511.816.1519.17 (131)
Bordertown1. (35)

Best: Penola – J. Pfitzner, S. Merrett, J. Galpin, A. Moore, J. Currie, B. Foster. Bordertown – B. Shuttleworth, S. Copestick, R. Tink, C. Sandercock, S. Sandercock, N. Hampel. Goals: Penola – S. Gartner 4, L. Walker 4, A. Merrett 3, D. Bunnik 2, B. Foster 2, J. Galpin 2, T. Moore, D. Hackwill. Bordertown – N. Hampel 3, T. Underwood, J. Searle


The Naracoorte Herald, 3 May 2018

One of the most vital games of the early part of the season will take place at Mundulla this week where the reigning grand finalists take on pre-season flag hopeful Keith.

Both teams would be planning on playing finals this year but both are placed precariously at the moment, Keith with a 2-2 win-loss record and Mundulla 2-1. Keith in particular needs to win to keep its major round plans intact.

K/L United versus Lucindale is another huge game, with both undefeated at the moment and flying. United would love to claim another big scalp to go with its win over Keith, while Lucindale will just want to keep on winning in its quest for back-to-back premierships.

Kingston will be looking for a second straight win and will be favourites against Border Districts, but this should be a very competitive game.

Padthaway will host Naracoorte and Penola will host Bordertown in the other games.

Kybybolite has the bye this week.


Terry Willoughby, Sunday April 29, 2018

Bordertown had shown some signs of improvement recently and matched Kaniva-Leeor United early on to trail by just nine points at quarter time. Josh Eats and Copestick were doing well and Cam Sandercock gave drive around the stoppages. The second quarter was all KLU as they piled on nine goals and Bordertown wilted under the onslaught. Salt was in electric form around the forward line and had plenty of support from Jarred and coach Nic Murphy. The KLU lead blew out to 49 points at the long break and they weren’t done with yet! KLU continued run riot and brushed Bordertown aside with another 9 goal burst to lead by 91 points at three quarter-time. KLU took the foot of the pedal a bit in the last quarter as Bordertown were allowed in to kick a face-saving six goals. Salt with eight goals was best for KLU along with de Visser, Brown, Vivian and Snook. Eats, sandercock and Copestick tried hard for the Roosters and Hampel booted 4 goals.


Penola and Keith went goal for goal throughout with the lead changing hands regularly before Penola scraped in by just five points. Penola had the better of Keith early but not by much and led by eight points with Adam Merrett lurking dangerously around goal. The Berkefeld boys, Simon and Matthew were also heavily involved around the midfield. Keith curbed the Penola midfielder’s in the second term and ran to the lead with Ben Simounds getting among the goals, George Thring’s SANFL experience showed out on many occasions. The game tightened in the third quarter with Penola closing to within a point at the last change. Play transferred from one end to the other rapidly in the last with Keith appearing likely to hold on several times but their earlier accurate goal-kicking now deserted them as Penola made the most of their chances to boot three goals from limited shots to sneak in by just five points. Keith could manage only one goal from 8 attempts in the last quarter. Best for Penola were Galpin, Simon and Matthew Berkefeld, Foster and S Merrett. For the despondent Keith Crows it was Wilhelm, Laurie, Thring and Geyer.

PENOLA 14-6 90 JUST OVER KEITH 12-13 85            

Border District’s battlers were never going to match it with Mundulla’s classy on-ballers and the Moots were able to do very much as they liked after quarter time. The margin continued to build in the remaining quarters. With Mundulla in complete control around the stoppages and mid-field through Gregurke, King, Mosey and McGrice. Veteran forward Heath Thorpe and McIntyre received gold-plate service and they booted six and four goals respectively. Border Districts managed only one goal after half-time whilst Mundulla did it easily with ten to win by 93 points. A fourth straight loss leaves Border Districts on the bottom of the ladder.


Lucindale took a while took shake off a determined Padthaway who wasted early chances and trailed by 13 points after posting just five minor scores. Lucindale started to get on top in the second term with Tom Logan and Sam Graetz prominent but Padthaway hung in there with McNamara and Luke Harder fighting hard the margin remained within reach at 22 points. Lucindale had more of the play after half-time but couldn’t quite put the Lions resistance down. Padthaway kept in touch with four straight goals for the quarter but the scores didn’t reflect the true picture. Lucindale went on a goalkicking spree in the last quarter as Padthaway folded, they booted eight goals to nil and bolted to a 77 point win. Tom Logan booted four goals but it was his work further up the ground that did the damage for Lucindale, Ogilvie, Graetz and Spriggs also stood out. McNamara, Harder and Marshall battled hard for Padthaway.


Kingston have threatened several good teams recently but couldn’t put four good quarters, together to get a win. It appeared that it wouldn’t happen again against Kybybolite who always looked to be going better but allowed Kingston to remain in touch. Kyby had many goal-kickers but no one really dominated. The second term appeared to have sealed Kingston’s fate when they only booted a solitary goal and fell 21 points in arrears by half-time. Kingston matched Kyby on the scoreboard in the third term but still remained 21 points adrift. The last quarter was a complete turnaround and Kyby’s questionable recent form reared its ugly head as Kingston swamped them with an eight goal burst they couldn’t match. Kingston had winners everywhere, around the packs and up forward as Kyby fell apart once again when in a winning position but all credit to Kingston who notched up their first win for the season. Starling and Wakefield headed the goalkickers with four and four whilst Robertson, Warner and Gluyas joined them in the best players. Better players for the stunned Kyby were Bittner, Warren, Cooper and Munn.


Round 4 – April 28, 2018

Bordertown3.15.37.413.5 (83)
Kaniva Leeor4.413.422.525.7 (157)

Best: Kaniva Leeor – J. Salt, C. De Visser, A. Brown, L. Vivian, S. Snook, J. Merrett.  Bordertown :  J. Eats, C. Sandercock, S. Copestick, L. Weatherald, N. Hampel, R. Tink. Goals: Kaniva Leeor – J. Salt 8, J. Jarred 3, N. Murphy 3, S. Snook 2, K. Councillor 2, C. Hitchcock 2, A. Brown 1, C. De Visser 1, S. Vivian 1, L. Vivian 1, B. Dodson 1.  Bordertown :  N. Hampel 4, L. Weatherald 2, J. Verco 2, C. Sandercock 2, B. Shuttleworth 1, T. Underwood 1, A. Diment 1

Border Districts4. (51)
Mundulla6.113.218.523.6 (144)

Best: Mundulla – N. Gregurke, D. King, D. Mosey, T. Gaden, S. Lewin, E. Jaeschke.  Border Districts :  J. Baron, K. Phillips, B. Denmead, N. McIver, Z. Edwards, B. Keast. Goals: Mundulla – H. Thorpe 6, T. McIntyre 4, R. Braybrook 4, D. Mosey 3, S. Lewin 2, N. Gregurke 2, N. Mosey 1, J. McGrice 1.  Border Districts :  N. McIver 3, B. Keast 2, L. Nicholas 1, F. Adams 1

Keith3.18.311.612.13 (85)
Penola4.36.411.514.6 (90)

Best: Penola – J. Galpin, S. Berkefeld, B. Foster, M. Berkefeld, S. Merrett, T. Moore. Keith – H. Wilhelm, B. Laurie, G. Thring, T. Geyer, B. Simounds, J. Jones. Goals: Penola – A. Merrett 6, B. Foster 2, D. Walker, S. Berkefeld, D. Bunnik, S. Merrett, L. Walker, M. Berkefeld. Keith – B. Simounds 5, G. Johnson 2, A. Dunstan, L. Wilhelm, B. Laurie, G. Thring, H. McMurray

Kybybolite5.58.812.914.13 (97)
Kingston4.15.59.617.8 (110)

Best: Kingston – S. Robertson, M. Wakefield, B. Warner, J. Gluyas, W. Goode, R. Starling.  Kybybolite :  J. Bittner, B. Munn, D. Warren, T. Cooper, M. Tonkin, B. Castine. Goals: Kingston :  R. Starling 5, M. Wakefield 4, T. Baker 2, H. Lawrie 2, B. Warner 1, R. Werchiwski 1, C. Healy 1, B. Kernahan 1.  Kybybolite :  E. Owen 2, S. Shepherd 2, T. Cooper 2, S. Carberry 2, L. McGregor 2, S. Munn 2, D. Warren 1, J. Bittner 1

Lucindale2.66.910.1318.18 (126)
Padthaway0. (49)

Best: Lucindale – D. Ogilvie, T. Logan, S. Graetz, S. Spriggs, S. Hinze, M. Kelsh.  Padthaway :  T. McNamara, L. Harder, C. Marshall, K. Tucker, C. Williams, N. McCarthy. Goals: Lucindale – T. Logan 4, S. Spriggs 3, S. Graetz 2, S. Mardling 2, R. Mcinerney 1, D. Ogilvie 1, S. Teakle 1, H. Legoe 1, A. Eckermann 1, N. Cane 1, H. Tregoweth 1.  Padthaway :  T. Edwards 3, T. Brown 3, T. Moyle-Read 1


Friday April 27, 2018

A couple of telling match-ups this Saturday will help in sorting out this year’s likely KNTFL finalists.

Keith versus Penola will be one of the games of the year so far, with Penola undefeated after three rounds and Keith suffering its first loss for the season last week.

The Crows will be very keen to bounce back against a fellow finals hopeful, while Penola would love to make it 4-0 and further stamp its mark on the competition.

Another big game is Lucindale v Padthaway, with both sides currently inside the top five. Reigning premiers Lucindale have won two from two, while Padthaway’s only loss came against the highly rated Keith in round 2.

The new top team Kaniva/Leeor United will do battle with Bordertown. KLU has had a great start to the year and is playing some very good football, while Bordertown has improved a lot from last year but will find this assignment tough.

Mundulla will be looking to bounce back after last week’s disappointing loss to Kyby with a win over Border Districts. 

Borders haven’t registered a win yet but have been competitive every week, and Mundulla will want to play its best football to make sure of victory.

Kyby hosts Kingston in the final game of the round. The Tigers would still be up and about after their morale-boosting comeback win over Mundulla last week and would be keen to get consecutive wins.

The Saints are winless but are playing competitive footy and won’t be a pushover, especially coming off last week’s bye.

Naracoorte has this week’s bye.


By Terry Willoughby, April 22, 2018

Kaniva-Leeor United and Keith shared the play in the first quarter but the straighter kicking KLU led by nine points. Led by the ball-winning efforts of coach Murphy, KLU stormed ahead in the second quarter with six goals to two and have Keith playing catch-up football for the rest of the game. KLU led by 34 points at the start of the second half which proved a very handy buffer as Keith out-played them in the third term and added seven goals to be within striking distance at the last change. George Johnson and Ben Simounds were constant threats around goal with Laurie and former north Adelaide man George Thring also lifting but KLU still led by nine points. Warmer conditions saw players tiring but Murphy relentlessly drove his team on along with Brown, Dodson and Wagg for KLU to win by 13 points. Laurie, Thring, Makin and Johnson couldn’t quite get Keith over the line.


Kybybolite stung by last week’s fade-out produced their own finishing fireworks to blitz Mundulla by nine points. The Moots were much the better team in the first half with McIntyre, McGrice and Gregurke involved in most forward moves and only Kyby defender Ray Jaensch prevented the Mundulla lead from being greater than 30 points. Kyby matched Mundulla in the third quarter but were never able to make inroads to the margin which was 33 points at three quarter-time. Kyby now seized the moment and banged on nine last quarter goals to over-run the stunned Mundulla. Munn with five and Carberry three suddenly became unstoppable Jaensch still rock solid in defence, Tonkin and warren also bobbed up with crucial possessions as Kyby erased last week’s nightmares. Mundulla trudged off the ground after having the lead for more than ¾ of the game, from chocolates to boiled lollies in 20 minutes.


Lucindale controlled the game from outset against Naracoorte. They met little opposition early and led well at each change. Thirty-four points was Lucindale’s advantage at quarter time and they continually increased it in the remaining quarters. It was very much a team effort and no one player dominated. Graetz, Kelsh, Spriggs and Mccarthy all played well for Lucindale whilst Naracoorte only had battlers in Macdonald, Foster and Davey. With straighter kicking Lucindale’s winning margin would have been greater than 54 points.


Padthaway were quick to put down any challenge from Bordertown after a poor first quarter when they trailed by four points. The Lions slammed on nine goals without a miss the second term and shrugged off the battling Roosters and lead by 27 points. Bordertown, easybeats in recent years, wasted many chances in the third quarter with wayward kicking and the margin was still 27 points at the three quarter-time siren. Padthaway with a greater spread of good players had their own goal-kicking woes in the last quarter but Bordertown had run out of puff by then and the Lions won quite easily in the finish by 46 points. Eats, a former Bordertown player booted five goals for Padthaway whilst Harder, Leahy, McCarthy and Michael headed the best players. Bordertown’s better players were Rory Tink, Underwood and Cam Sandercock.


Penola led by ball-magnet Simon Berkefeld had too much talent for Border Districts and won by 29 points without ever appearing under threat. They steadily increased their lead throughout in a game that never rose to great heights.


Round 3 – April 21, 2018

Kaniva Leeor4.210.513.616.12 (108)
Keith2.54.711.914.11 (95)

Best: Kaniva Leeor – N. Murphy, T. Brown, B. Dodson, J. Wagg, N. Bowles, J. Brown. Keith – B. Laurie, G. Thring, P. Makin, G. Johnson, J. Wilson, C. McMurray. Goals: Kaniva Leeor – N. Murphy 5, C. Thiele 2, J. Hicks 2, S. Snook 2, A. Brown 2, S. Vivian, J. Salt, K. Councillor. Keith – G. Johnson 4, B. Simounds 4, P. Makin 3, G. Thring 2, A. Wilson

Mundulla4.410.613.1015.10 (100)
Kybybolite1.15.68.717.7 (109)

Best: Kybybolite – R. Jaensch, M. Tonkin, D. Warren, S. Munn, N. Belfield, T. Woodard. Mundulla – T. McIntyre, J. McGrice, N. Gregurke, T. Ballinger, M. Schilling, T. Gaden. Goals: Kybybolite – S. Munn 5, S. Carberry 3, L. Mcgregor 2, D. Warren, B. Munn, T. Cooper, S. Shepherd, B. Castine, J. Mckay, W. Stewart. Mundulla – T. McIntyre 4, L. Wiese 3, J. McGrice 2, D. Mosey 2, N. Mosey 2, W. Nankivell, J. Wiese

Naracoorte1. (49)
Lucindale6.49.913.1114.19 (103)

Best: Lucindale – S. Graetz, B. Kelsh, S. Spriggs, D. McCarthy, S. Mardling, J. Boschen. Naracoorte – J. Macdonald, J. Foster, N. Davey, J. Bettoncelli, F. Stephan, J. Cother. Goals: Lucindale – T. Logan 2, R. Mcinerney 2, S. Mardling 2, N. Cane 2, J. Teakle 2, J. Watson 2, H. Tregoweth, A. Eckermann. Naracoorte – F. Stephan 2, J. Cother, C. Ladhams, S. Patterson, B. Foster, D. Myall

Padthaway1.710.714.718.14 (122)
Bordertown2.36.49.1011.10 (76)

Best: Padthaway – B. Leahy, L. Harder, N. McCarthy, T. Michael, T. Brown, S. Brown. Bordertown – R. Tink, T. Underwood, C. Sandercock, J. Eats, J. Searle, S. Sandercock. Goals: Padthaway – L. Eats 5, T. Brown 3, T. Edwards 2, L. Harder 2, C. Francis 2, N. McCarthy, A. Longbottom, D. Bartlett, B. Leahy. Bordertown – N. Hampel 3, T. Underwood 3, C. Sandercock 2, J. Searle, O. Butler, S. Copestick

Penola6.39.512.815.10 (100)
Border Districts4.05.28.311.10 (76)

Best: Penola – S. Berkefeld, S. Merrett, P. Lambert, B. Maney, J. Galpin, J. Pfitzner. Borders – G. Hampton, F. Adams, Z. Edwards, J. Baron, R. Oliver, G. Cother. Goals: Penola – A. Merrett 4, S. Merrett 3, D. Walker 2, B. Foster 2, D. Hackwill, A. Moore, J. Pfitzner, B. Gartner. Borders – S. Mansell 4, B. Keast 2, N. McIver 2, R. Oliver, L. Bowd, Z. Edwards


 The Naracoorte Herald – April 19, 2018

There are some fantastic match-ups set down for round three this weekend.

Match of the round would be K/L United v Keith, with both sides undefeated and looking like top three material.

Both sides have started with two good wins, but would love to underline their finals credentials by claiming a big scalp.

Mundulla will host Kyby in another important game, with Kyby possibly saying farewell to any finals hopes if they drop to 0-3. Last week’s final quarter capitulation should be a motivator for this week, but Mundulla looks strong again and will be hard to beat at home.

Padthaway will host Bordertown with the Lions keen to bounce back from a loss last week, while Bordertown had a good win over Naracoorte and would be keen to make it two in a row. 

Penola should be too strong for Borders, while traditional rivals Naracoorte and Lucindale will battle at Naracoorte, with the visitors very firm favourites to take the points.

Kingston has the bye.


By Terry Willoughby, April 16, 2018

Naracoorte used the wind to race to an early lead over Kybybolite with Sid Patterson and former Adelaide Crow and playing coach Chris Ladhams showing out. The change of ends proved decisive for Bordertown in the second quarter when they piled on nine goals and kept Naracoorte to just two and hold a narrow 10 point lead. Copestick and Rory Tink led the fightback and Hampel provided a target up forward. Scoring was difficult in the third quarter and a big lead was needed by Naracoorte if they were to have any chance but it didn’t eventuate as Bordertown clung to a six point lead at three quarter-time. Now with the wind advantage the Roosters finished strongly with five goals to run out winners by 18 points.


Kaniva-Leeor United made excellent use of the gale force winds with eight goals to nil in the opening quarter against Border Districts and have the game well under their control. Borders regained some lost ground in the second quarter but it was never going to be enough and KLU got away again in the third quarter. Borders battled hard in the last term but KLU had greater playing depth and experience and cruised on to win by 43 points with Murphy and Snook each booting four goals. KLU on top of the ladder, when did that last happen? Wow!


Keith and Padthaway were locked together at quarter time and goals were hard to come by. The Keith Crows broke the game open in the second quarter with seven unanswered goals and held what would prove a match-winning lead of 42 points. Keith held Padthaway to a solitary behind in the third quarter and added five more goals with Ben Simounds and Dunstan always threatening on the forward line. Padthaway closed the margin with four late goals but Keith were never in danger and won as easily as the conditions allowed by 46 points.


Kingston battled hard against higher rated Mundulla who were well served by the goal-kicking of Mcintyre and veteran Heath Thorpe who each booted five. The Moots missed chances to have a big lead at quarter time through wayward kicking and the battling hit the front late in the second term and led by just a point at the long break. Mundulla again surged to the lead and kept Kingston scoreless in the third quarter before finishing off evenly in the final term to win by 23 points. Gregurke, Will Nankivell and Jake McGrice played well for the Moots whilst Baker, Lawrie and Warner battled hard for Kingston who will make life difficult for most teams at home.


Kybyboite and Penola made hard work of scoring early and defences of both teams made life hard for opposing forwards. Only a point separated the teams at quarter time with Kyby ahead. They shot away in the second quarter, keeping Penola scoreless whilst they booted six goals to lead by 38 points. Cooper and McGregor were handy around goals and evergreen Scott Carberry was also involved. Penola failed to goal again in the third quarter and Kyby slipped in for two very valuable goals which extended their lead to 50 points at three quarter-time and have their supporters on very good terms with themselves but somehow this hadn’t registered in the Penola huddle. The Eagles swepoint all Kyby opposition aside with a barn-storming performance in the last quarter, booting 10 goals to just one in reply from Kyby and win in dramatic fashion by five points and leave Kyby in disbelief. Throughout the last quarter players previously unsighted for Penola bobbed up and kicked goals. The irrepressible Simon Berkefeld was best for Penola ahead of S Merrett, Luke Walker and Galpin. McGregor, Ray Jaensch, Tonkin and Munn were best for a shell-shocked Kyby.


Round 2 scores – April 14, 2018

Bordertown0.19.210.614.6 (90)
Naracoorte5.47.49.612.8 (80)

Best: Bordertown – S. Copestick, R. Tink, C. Sandercock, S. Sandercock, B. Paech, J. Eats. Naracoorte – S. Patterson, K. Jacobs, J. Cother, J. Macdonald, F. Day, J. Bettoncelli. Goals: Bordertown – N. Hampel 4, O. Butler 3, J. Searle 2, J. Searle 2, S. Copestick, S. Barras, R. Tink.  Naracoorte –  C. Ladhams 5, S. Patterson 2, S. Willson 2, F. Stephan, J. Moss, B. Gould

Kaniva Leeor8.38.314.915.11 (101)
Border Districts0. (58)

Best: Kaniva Leeor – A. Brown, N. Bowles, T. Brown, S. Vivian, S. Snook, C. De Visser. Border Dists  – Z. Edwards, G. Hampton, J. Baron, B. Denmead, N. Naylor, S. Ryan. Goals: Kaniva Leeor – N. Murphy 4, S. Snook 4, S. Williams Bale 2, J. Hicks 2, T. Brown, C. De Visser, C. Hitchcock. Borders – S. Mansell 4, L. Nicholas 2, B. Adams, S. Palma, L. Craig

Mundulla4.75.910.1212.13 (85)
Kingston2. (62)

Best: Mundulla – N. Gregurke, W. Nankivell, J. McGrice, E. Jaeschke, H. Thorpe, T. Ballinger. Kingston – T. Baker, H. Lawrie, B. Warner, M. Wakefield, S. Robertson, R. Starling. Goals: Mundulla – T. McIntyre 5, H. Thorpe 5, W. Nankivell, L. Wiese. Kingston – B. Warner 2, T. Baker 2, H. Lawrie 2, M. Wakefield 2, S. Robertson

Penola2.32.32.712.9 (81)
Kybybolite2.28.510.911.10 (76)

Best: Penola  – S. Berkefeld, S. Merrett, L. Walker, J. Galpin, T. Moore, J. Pfitzner. Kybybolite – R. Jaensch, L. Mcgregor, M. Tonkin, S. Munn, N. Belfield, B. Munn. Goals: Penola – A. Merrett 3, B. Foster 2, S. Merrett, J. Pfitzner, J. Mansell, S. Berkefeld, D. Walker, S. Merrett, L. Walker. Kybybolite – T. Cooper 3, L. Mcgregor 3, S. Carberry 2, S. Shepherd, B. Munn, N. Belfield

Keith2.39.412.713.10 (88)
Padthaway2. (42)

Best: Keith – P. Makin, A. Dunstan, B. Laurie, J. Wilson, C. Woolford, N. Van Den Berg. Padthaway – T. McNamara, J. Mccarthy, L. Harder, T. Edwards, T. Moyle-Read, J. Munn. Goals: Keith – B. Simounds 4, A. Dunstan 3, H. McMurray 2, G. Johnson, L. Wilhelm, B. Laurie, J. Wilson. Padthaway – T. Edwards 3, L. Harder, K. Tucker, C. Francis


The Naracoorte Herald – April 12, 2018

There’s a prospect of some much closer games in round 2 of KNTFL football on Saturday.

Round 1 was somewhat one-sided, but round 2 has at least a couple of very good match-ups.

Keith will host Padthaway in a battle of first-round winners, with Keith one of the early flag favourites and Padthaway impressive in the opening round.

Both sides were expected to win against Naracoorte and Border Districts, but both were impressive in the way they cast their rivals aside in hot and difficult conditions.

Keith will again be favourites this week but Padthaway will be classed as a real contender if the Lions can get close.

Another hotly contested game could be between Kybybolite and Penola, with the home side needing a win to get its season going, but Penola coming off a round 1 win and always determined to keep the upper hand in their intense rivalry.

Bordertown v Naracoorte should also be a good one, with both sides expected to be improvers this year but both copping heavy losses in round 1. Bordertown has a long way to build back up after a disappointing 2017, but Naracoorte’s new coach Chris Ladhams would be very keen to get his side’s first win to keep the pre-season momentum going.

The other game sees the 2018 debut of Mundulla, which dominated last season but fell at the final hurdle in losing the grand final to Lucindale.

Mundulla will travel to the seaside to take on a Kingston side which fell to Penola in round 1.

Lucindale has the bye.


By Terry Willoughby, Sunday April 8, 2018

Kaniva-Leeor United delivered the first shock result of the season when they outplayed Kybybolite from the start to record a convincing 66 point win. KLU started impressively with recruits Salt and Hitchcock in good form around the stoppages and near goal to lead by 21 points. Their dominance was maintained in the second quarter and their lead blew out to 41 points by half time. Kyby battled hard in the third quarter and outscored KLU but still trailed by 36 points with a quarter to play, Tom Cooper battled hard around the packs for Kyby but lacked support. KLU surged right away in the last quarter and booted 8 goals to just two from Kyby and ran out easy winners by 66 points. Salt booted 5 goals to be best for KLU and coach Murphy booted 4.


Padthaway had too much class for Border Districts and led all day to win easily. The Lions kept the enthusiastic Borders at bay to lead by 19 points at quarter time. Borders threatened briefly in the second quarter but lions kicked clear to lead by 29 points with Lachy Eats and Mark Edwards proving more than a handful around goal. Padthaway took complete control after half time and added a lazy 13 goals to just two from Borders to win by 93 points. Eats booted 8 goals and Edwards 6 with Michael and Leahy named as best players for the Lions. Bowd, Oliver and Mansell tried hard for Border Districts.


Ex-Port Power player Tom Logan booted 10 goals for Lucindale who went on a goal-scoring rampage against Bordertown. They booted 9 goals to nil in the first quarter and the contest was over. Bordertown showed more spirit in the second quarter and marginally outscored Lucindale but the floodgates burst open in the second half when Lucindale slammed on 19 goals against feeble opposition to win by 150 points and give new coach Ryan Mcinerney a dream start.


Penola had too much goal-kicking power for Kingston and stormed to an 8 goal lead by quarter time and have Kingston on the back foot. The Saints fought back strongly in the second quarter but were always playing catch-up football and trailed by 29 points at the long break. Kingston kepoint battling away in the third quarter but Penola always found a way to goal with Adam Merrett and Brodie Foster proving difficult to contain, they both finished with 4 goals. Penola took over in the last quarter with 7 goals as Kingston’s efforts petered out and won comfortably by 68 points. Prolific kick-winner Simon Berkefeld  was best for Penola and Armfield, a name from the past, best for Kingston.


Keith easily accounted for Naracoorte, the first half was the difference, adding 11.13 to just 3.1 with the Demons matching them in the second. Ben Simmounds kicked five and Dunstan four, while Bell kicked three for the Dees, with playing coach Chris Ladhams kicking one on debut.

Round 1 – April 7, 2018

Keith6.711.1314.1918.19 (127)
Naracoorte1. (64)

Goals: Keith – B. Simounds 5, A. Dunstan 4, L. Wilhelm 3, L. Mitchell 2, B. Laurie 2, A. Wilson, J. Wilson. Naracoorte  – J. Bell 3, D. Myall 2, K. Jacobs, J. Moss, C. Myall, C. Ladhams

Kaniva Leeor5.511.912.1220.14 (134)
Kybybolite2. (62)

Best: Kaniva Leeor – A. Brown, B. Dodson, S. Vivian, J. Salt, B. Crouch, L. Vivian.  Kybybolite :  T. Cooper, M. Tonkin, N. Belfield, D. Warren, L. Mcgregor, J. Moyle. Goals: Kaniva Leeor – J. Salt 4, N. Murphy 4, C. Hitchcock 3, T. Stribling 2, S. Williams Bale 1, B. Crouch 1, C. De Visser 1, S. Snook 1, J. Brown 1, J. Wagg 1, J. Creaser 1.  Kybybolite :  L. Mcgregor 3, S. Carberry 2, S. Munn 2, O. Peltz 1, S. Shepherd 1

Penola9.211.216.423.6 (144)
Kingston1.26.310.511.10 (76)

Best: Penola – S. Berkefeld, J. Galpin, B. Maney, D. Hackwill, J. Pfitzner, D. Wenham.  Kingston : J. Armfield , S. Branson, S. Robertson, H. Lawrie, B. Kernahan, T. Baker. Goals: Penola – S. Merrett 4, B. Foster 4, A. Merrett 4, J. Mansell 3, D. Hackwill 2, S. Berkefeld 2, J. Currie 1, M. Berkefeld 1, S. Merrett 1, J. Pfitzner 1.   Kingston : B. Tapfield 3, T. Baker 2, J. Branson 2, S. Robertson 2, M. Wakefield 1, R. Werchiwski 1

Lucindale9.112.421.731.11 (197)
Bordertown0. (47)

Best: Lucindale – T. Logan, D. Ogilvie, R. Mcinerney, S. Graetz, H. Tregoweth, L. Jones.  Bordertown :  B. Paech, S. Sandercock, M. Leigh, R. Tink, S. Devitt, T. Underwood. Goals: Lucindale – T. Logan 10, N. Cane 4, L. Jones 4, S. Mardling 3, A. Eckermann 3, D. McCarthy 2, M. Kelsh 1, S. Graetz 1, R. Mcinerney 1, J. Higgins  1, S. Spriggs 1.  Bordertown :  T. Underwood 2, J. Eats 1, R. Tink 1, J. Searle 1, B. Jarrett 1

Padthaway4.29.414.722.9 (141)
Border Dists1. (48)

Best: Padthaway – T. Michael, B. Leahy, L. Eats, T. Edwards, T. McNamara, D. Bartlett.  Border Districts :  L. Bowd, R. Oliver, S. Mansell, G. Cother, T. Robinson, S. Ryan. Goals: Padthaway – L. Eats 8, T. Edwards 6, T. Brown 3, A. Longbottom 2, L. Harder 2, C. Marshall 1.  Border Districts :  S. Mansell 4, D. Starr 1, L. Craig 1