by Terry Willoughby – September 16, 2019

Lucindale made a bold start to the Grand Final, perhaps in a bid to be back in Lucindale for a night to savour as Triple j’s one night stand got under way. They booted four goals to one from Mundulla and looked to be the better team with a 17 point lead. Lucindale coach Ryan McInerney won plenty of possessions around the stoppages with Spriggs and Watson prominent across the centre. The Moot’s defence had held up reasonably well with Gaden and Duell on top in the key positions. Mundulla hit back strongly in the second quarter and erased the deficit to draw level when they booted 5 goals with Nic Mosey at half forward playing strongly and McGrice starring in the centre. Gregurke on the ball for Mundulla countered Lucindale’s on-ballers as Mundulla reached the lead close to halftime.

Lucindale now had an uphill battle as its key forwards were blanketed and McGrice and Mosey continued to give the defence a hard-time. Scoring became difficult against the strong defensive work of both teams but Mundulla had more attacking opointions and stretched their lead to 10 points at the three quarter-time break. Lucindale were close enough if good enough but they needed some inspiration against a team who thrives on these big games. Gregurke continued to be the catalyst around the packs for Mundulla and Hinge was improving the further the game went and also had an influence around the goal-front. Lucindale looked spent force when Mundulla goaled early in the final term and with Gaden and Duell still playing mean defensive football the road ahead looked closed. Mundulla added another three goals and gave away nothing to Lucindale to win by 32 points after overcoming a slow start, their “local” defence had done a great job on highly rated opponents and Gregurke, McGrice and Nic Mosey polished the premiership cup.


Grand Final at Penola on September 14, 2019

Lucindale4. (51)
Mundulla1.16.39.513.5 (83)

Best:   Mundulla – N. Mosey, N. Gregurke, T. Gaden, J. McGrice, L. Duell, J. Hinge. Lucindale – R. Milne, R. Mcinerney, A. Laurencic, S. Spriggs, J. Watson, T. Menz. Goals: Mundulla – J. Hinge 3, N. Mosey 3, J. McGrice 2, J. Dolling 2, D. Mosey, B. Packer, L. Wiese. Lucindale – R. Milne 2, S. Spriggs 2, R. Mcinerney, H. Tregoweth, N. Cane, T. Logan

GRAND FINAL PREVIEW – The Naracoorte Herald

September 12, 2019

Lucindale and Mundulla will meet in this Saturday’s KNTFL A grade grand final for the second time in three years.

Lucindale defeated Mundulla in an upset in the 2017 grand final. Mundulla then backed up last year to cause its own upset to win the flag over Keith.

At the conclusion of the KNTFL’s most even season ever, Lucindale and Mundulla stand as the most in-form teams and both deserving grand finalists.

In the second semi-final, they put on an epic see-sawing game which Lucindale just won by two points. Spectators at Penola will be hoping for a game that scales the same heights.

Lucindale fielded a strong side that day but in fact has the luxury of possibly three returning players for the grand final, all of them potential match-winners.

Small forward Sam Mardling, long-time local and key utility Sam Graetz and ex-AFL player Paul Stewart will all be up for selection if they have recovered from their ailments.

Mundulla on the other hand has a settled and cohesive looking side with few injury worries and an effective structure. In key forward James Hinge they have a trump card, while their on-ball division led by Nick Gregurke and Jake McGrice is elite, and their unsung defence led by Lachie Duell and Tom Gaden is hard to crack.

However a strong argument could also be made that Lucindale has the strongest midfield in the comp.

In fact the Roos probably have it hands down, with new league medallist Scott Spriggs, coach Ryan McInerney, Aaron Fielke and young Henry Tregoweth very hard to beat.

Lucindale also has a multi-pronged forward line with Mardling and Graetz back, strong-leading Gus Eckermann at CHF and smalls like Nick Cane lurking, with the added option of moving Riley Milne from defence.

Tom Logan is certain to have an impact either on the ball or as a small forward.

Neither side has a dominant ruckman which makes the midfield battle even more interesting.

Both sides have been here multiple times in recent years and nerves on the big stage won’t be a factor. There has been no more than two or three goals between them each time they’ve met this year and this one is sure to be close as well.

With those returning players, Lucindale will be stronger than when it won the second semi-final, particularly up forward, and the Roos will have to go in as favourites.


by Terry Willoughby – September 8, 2019

Spring was again interrupointed by winter as all finals were affected by wind, rain and biting cold. Mundulla battled their way past the hopeful Kaniva-Leeor United, and the weather to reach another KNT Grand Final, this time by 27 points and who would deny them when it comes to grand finals. The Moots  started slowly and KLU looked intent on getting to next week’s game with a quarter time lead of 10 points. Creaser was doing well in the ruck against Hinge and Jarred was lively on the forward line. Vivian was winning kicks in the midfield but McGrice was just as effective for Mundulla. The Moots shifted up a gear in the second term and slotted through four goals whilst restricting KLU to a solitary minor score. Veteran small man, Boyd Packer, a finals specialist, was making the most of his chances around goal and defenders Duell, Gaden and King blocked KLU’s path to goal. Gregurcke for the Moots negated KLU’s ruck advantage and pushed his team to a 14 point lead by half time.

KLU opened the second half needing goals in a hurry but the resolute Mundulla defence held them up time and again which sparked forward moves that resulted in goals and extended the lead to 19 points in a low –scoring contest. KLU were now looking down the barrel with a quarter to play but try as they might Mundulla seemed to have all the answers not to mention the experience. Wundke and Jarred were KLU’s only hope up forward but getting the ball there often enough was the problem as Mundulla were more effective going forward. They booted four last quarter goals to three from KLU who never gave up the fight but never looked like closing the gap. Mundulla, the small Community that thrive on finals had reached another Grand Final, this time against Lucindale.


Preliminary Final at Kybybolite on September 7, 2019

Mundulla1.15.27.711.11 (77)
Kaniva Leoor2. (50)

Best:   Mundulla – N. Gregurke, L. Duell, T. Gaden, D. King, J. McGrice, B. Packer. Kaniva Leeor – J. Creaser, J. Jarred, L. Vivian, R. Barnes, C. Maddern, C. Meyer. Goals: Mundulla – B Packer 3, J. Hinge 2, N. Gregurke 2, D. King, J. Dolling, J. McGrice, D. Mosey. Kaniva Leeor – M. Wundke 3, J. Jarred 2, C. Hitchcock, N. Murphy.

Mundulla plays Lucindale in GF at Penola next Saturday


The Naracoorte Herald

September 5, 2019

Kaniva/Leeor United will attempt to keep alive its chances of winning a first ever KNTFL premiership in this Saturday’s preliminary final.

They will be facing a Mundulla side which has been there before – they won last year’s grand final and have won a total of 10 A grade premierships.

It will be interesting to see which factor has more impact – KLU’s desperation to finally win the big one, or Mundulla’s quiet confidence about having done it all before.

The sides will match up well against one another, with both boasting big key forward weapons. Mundulla has James Hinge plus a goalkicking midfield, while KLU is very reliant on twin towers Michael Wundke and Nick Murphy.

In what should be a great game at Kybybolite, Mundulla’s experience and midfield talent will make them favourites to win the right to play Lucindale.

In the reserves, minor premiers Mundulla will attempt to bounce back from a second semi-final loss, playing Penola.


by Terry Willoughby, September 3, 2019

Mundulla lookedset to stamp their authority early in the second semi-final with James Hinge in good form in the ruck and around the ground. Nic Mosey is also a threat to Lucindale, whose defence  battled hard to contain the Mundulla forward moves. Lucindale had early chances but their forwards were wasteful. Spriggs and Fielke were winning kicks in the second quarter but Mundulla went further ahead through the efforts of McGrice and Gregurke around the midfield and stoppages and the Moot’s lead had been extended to 27 points by halftime.

The third quarter signalled a big momentum shift for Lucindale with Tom Logan winning many possessions and Kelsh and veteran Cane getting among the goals. Lucindale piled on 6 goals for the quarter and the Mundulla backline was under siege and the forwards starved of chances. Lucindale were now playing with added confidence and a 12 point lead at three quarter-time. Mundulla threw out a strong challenge in the last quarter but Lucindale were equal to the task as both teams booted three goals with Lucindale eventual winners by 11 points and headed straight for the Grand Final.



by Terry Willoughby, September 3, 2019

Powerful winds had a marked effect on all football over the weekend and Kaniva–Leeor United made the most of it early. They raced to a 20 point lead over a flat-footed Penola who used a lot of gas in chasing. Stung by a tongue lashing at quarter time Penola battled hard to overcome the deficit before halftime. Meyer and de Visser had been very good in defence for KLU. The key Penola forwards struggled to have any impact and KLU still held a 12 point lead at the long break.

Neither team had a match-winning forward but Wundke looked the more dangerous for KLU who stretched their lead to 15 points at the last change. Goals were hard to get but Penola also had accuracy issues against the mean KLU defence. Nysten had been good in the ruck for Penola but Liam Vivian negated his influence at ground level for KLU. Penola could see their season slipping away and fought on strongly with Simon Berkefeld running relentlessly to lift his team but all to no avail in the end as KLU went onto win by 10 points. The experience of Nic Murphy and Toby Stribling was crucial at the finish but local products Vivian, Jarred and Meyer stood tall when it counted.


First Semi Final at Padthaway on Sunday September 1, 2019

Penola1. (56)
Kaniva Leoor4. (66)

Best:   Kaniva Leeor – C. De Visser, R. Barnes, C. Meyer, L. Vivian, J. Jarred, T. Stribling. Penola – J. Currie, J. Nysten, S. Berkefeld, A. Moore, J. Galpin, D. Hackwill. Goals: Kaniva Leeor – M. Wundke 3, B. Dodson 2, N. Murphy 2, L. Vivian, C. Hitchcock. Penola – H. Porter 2, J. Galpin 2, J. Currie 2, S. Berkefeld

Second Semi Final at Frances on Saturday August 31, 2019

Mundulla4.18.58.711.10 (76)
Lucindale1.63.89.1312.15 (87)

Best:   Lucindale – S. Spriggs, A. Fielke, L. Kelsh, T. Logan, D. Ogilvie, R. Milne. Mundulla – J. McGrice, N. Gregurke, J. Hinge, E. Jaeschke, N. Mosey, D. King. Goals: Lucindale – R. Milne 3, N. Cane 3, A. Fielke 2, L. Kelsh, J. Walker, S. Teakle, A. Eckermann. Mundulla – J. Hinge 4, J. Dolling 2, N. Mosey 2, D. King 2, B. Packer


The Naracoorte Herald

August 29, 2019

Minor premiers Mundulla will take on Lucindale in a possible grand final preview in this Saturday’s second semi-final at Frances.

The two sides are the form teams of the competition, with Mundulla sitting on top for most of the year and Lucindale having won its last nine games straight.

Lucindale has a couple of injury worries after last weekend’s qualifying final win, while Mundulla with a week off to rest will go into the game at close to full strength and should be regarded as the favourites.

In Sunday’s knockout first semi-final at Padthaway, Penola will probably enter as favourites against Kaniva/Leeor United.

The teams only met a few weeks ago and were involved in a hard-fought game which Penola eventually won by 16 points.

If United can use the ball well like they did against Naracoorte last weekend, there’s no reason why they can’t defeat the Eagles, although they do have a handful of injury concerns and will certainly be missing tall Austin Smith with concussion.

Elimination Final at Kaniva, August 25, 2019

Naracoorte0. (36}
Kaniva Leeor4.45.66.710.8 (68}

Best:  Kaniva Leeor – C. De Visser, N. Murphy, J. Creaser, R. Barnes, B. Dodson, T. Stribling. Naracoorte – J. Gregg, K. Jacobs, D. Albrecht, J. Macdonald, J. Koennecke, J. Bettoncelli. Goals Kaniva Leeor – M. Wundke 4, N. Murphy 2, S. Snook, S. Vivian, W. Braunstein, L. O’Connor. Naracoorte – S. Willson 2, D. Myall, J. Koennecke


by Terry Willoughby  August 26, 2019

On the wind-swept Kaniva oval where the strong gale seemed never to favour one end or the other for more than a quarter Lucindale, heavily infused with AFL/SANFL experience held off a gallant Penola to win by two points. The prevailing conditions made scoring difficult and both teams goaled twice in the opening quarter with Penola ahead by a solitary behind. Lucindale made better use of the fluctuating gale with four goals to one in the second term and it was remarkable that both teams were so accurate in front of goal although scoring opportunities were not great. Nysten was good in the ruck for Penola but Lucindale’s midfield led by Fielke were doing well and had solid support in defence from McCarthy and Menz. Lucindale led by 18 points at the half and in a low scoring game they appeared a little better. The strong Penola backline was also under notice but the forwards were having a tough time. Nysten continued to provide chances in the third quarter for Penola and with Simon Berkefeld and Brock Egan gathering possessions across the midfield the Eagles fought back to hit the front just before three quarter time and the stage was set for a fight to the finish. The wind continued to frustrate as both teams battled their way forward as goals continued to be hard earned. Penola had their nose in front for much of the quarter but Lucindale with 4 last quarter goals to three edged them out in the closing stages to win by two points and move into the second semi-final next week against Mundulla whilst Penola play in a do or die first semi-final. Better players for Lucindale were Tom Logan, McCarthy, Fielke, Luke Kelsh whose goal was crucial and Tristan Menz. Jason Nysten in the ruck, prolific Simon Berkefeld, Jordan Galpin, coach Brock Egan and Merrett played well for Penola who will rebound strongly.


Qualifying Final at Kaniva, August 24, 2019

Lucindale2.06.16.310.5 (65)
Penola2. (63)

Best: Lucindale – T. Logan, D. McCarthy, L. Kelsh, A. Fielke, T. Menz, S. Graetz. Penola – J. Nysten, S. Berkefeld, J. Galpin, B. Egan, J. Currie, S. Merrett. Goals: Lucindale – A. Fielke 3, N. Cane 2, S. Graetz 2, L. Kelsh, T. Logan, P. Stewart. Penola – B. Merrett 3, J. Currie 2, D. Walker, J. Galpin, S. Merrett, S. Gartner, A. Merrett.


The Naracoorte Herald

August 23, 2019

Two great match-ups will feature in this weekend’s opening round of KNTFL A grade finals.

In Saturday’s qualifying final (double chance) at Kaniva, the resurgent Lucindale will take on Penola.

All the stars have aligned for Lucindale, with key players returning from injury to the point that the Roos now have close to their best line-up available. They have won their last eight games.

Penola has stumbled a little in the second half of the year but has a powerful line-up and should also be close to full strength for this one. Winning form is winning form though, and Lucindale might be favourites for this one.

In Sunday’s elimination final at Naracoorte, the home side will take on Kaniva/Leeor United with the loser to exit the finals.

KLU has been consistently in the top 3-4 all year but Naracoorte has had a strong finish to the year and the Demons would fancy their chances at home despite being without injured midfielders Andrew Cheer and Brad Mitchell.


by Terry Willoughby, August 19, 2019

Kaniva Leeor United were the biggest loser in the final round of KNT football when they tumbled from a double chance to fifth spot and are now set for a knock-out Elimination final against Naracoorte next week. Starting slowly as they usually do KLU found themselves playing catch-up football most of the game against top-side Mundulla who led by 19 points at quarter time. KLU clicked into gear with six goals in the second quarter and appeared to have Mundulla on the ropes but the Moots booted three goals to hold the narrowest of leads at the main break. KLU continued to play well with coach Nic Murphy leading the way but leading goal-kicker Wundke was well covered by the Mundulla defence led by Duell and Ballinger. Mundulla held a two point lead heading into the last quarter and KLU had used a lot of gas after a slow start. Whilst Mundulla had no one kicking a bag of goals they did have many more contributors than KLU. strong defensive work by Mundulla enabled them to boot five last quarter goals and ease away to win by 20 points.


Keith salvaged some pride for the season with a strong win over Kybybolite by 50 points. Kyby stayed in touch in a competitive first half where there was little separating the two teams as play went back and forth constantly. Kyby led narrowly by three points at quarter time but Keith Crows had a four point advantage at the long break. It was hardly the much vaunted premiership quarter when play resumed but the Keith Crows bolted ahead and led by 45 points at three quarter time with Irwin and McDonough starring on the forward line. The last quarter was a non-event as Keith had the game in their keeping and went on to win by 50 points. Kyby so resolute in the last half of the season can at least look forward to next year when they will start on a level playing field.


Kingston also finished the season with win, albeit over a limp effort by Padthaway who fell away badly when they dropped out of final’s contention. Kingston led at every change in a lack-lustre game and finally won by 21 points. The consistent Fisher led the way with four goals.


Lucindale dominated play throughout the first half against Naracoorte and ensured that they would have the double chance in next week’s finals. Patterson, Bettoncelli and Gregg battled hard in defence for Naracoorte against the potent AFL experienced Lucindale forward line but they couldn’t stop everything and Lucindale led by 18 points. The Naracoorte forwards had their own problems as Tregoweth and Menz blocked most attacks with strong defence by restricting Naracoorte to just one goal for the second term and the margin had extended to 37 points. Fielke and Spriggs across the midfield were a constant source of drive for Lucindale even though Naracoorte had Myall bobbing up with some timely goals. Naracoorte continued to make inroads into the Lucindale lead but the poor first half was impossible to overcome.


Border Districts needing to win against early season premiership favorite, Penola fell agonizingly short and missed the finals by one game. Penola led narrowly in the first half but Border Districts were playing with great determination and defenders Baron and co held a tight rein on the star Penola forwards. Simon Berkefeld was winning possessions all over the ground in his relentless effort to put Penola ahead but it was Border Districts who were in front at three quarter time albeit by just a point. Goals hadn’t been easy to get but Penola with Berkefeld and coach Brock Egan leading the way and Moore at half-back stopping many Border’s forward moves edged clear to win by 12 points, the biggest margin of the day.


Round 18 – August 17, 2019

Kaniva Leeor (77)
Mundulla3.26.310.515.7 (97)

Best: Mundulla – N/A. Kaniva Leeor – N. Murphy, C. Meyer, L. Vivian, A. Brown, S. Snook, C. Maddern. Goals: Mundulla – J. McGrice 2, H. Dowling 2, N. Gregurke 2, D. King 2, J. Hinge, B. Packer, N. Mosey, D. Mosey, E. Jaeschke, L. Wiese, B. Douglas. Kaniva Leeor – N. Murphy 4, C. Hitchcock 3, S. Snook 2, A. Brown, J. Creaser, M. Wundke.

Keith3.57.813.1415.19 (109)
Kybybolite4. (59)

Best: Keith – T. Geyer, M. McDonough, G. Johnson, J. Starke, J. Irwin. Kyby – M. Tonkin, J. Mckay, T. Woodard, W. Stewart, C. Borg, T. Curnow. Goals: Keith – J. Irwin 4, M. McDonough 4, J. Starke 3, P. Makin 2, C. Blake, R. Menz. Kyby – B. Munn 3, S. Carberry 2, T. Curnow, F. Hill, J. Mckay, K. Rodgers.

Kingston1. (65)
Padthaway1. (44)

Best: Kingston – W. Goode, B. Simpson, T. Rogers, J. Siviour, J. Gluyas, H. Martin. Padthaway – NA. Goals: Kingston – J. Fisher 4, B. Simpson 2, B. Warner, J. Armfield , D. Richardson. Padthaway – J. Eats 3, J. Scott, L. Harder, J. Vandermeer.

Lucindale4. (67)
Naracoorte1. (59)

Best: Lucindale – A. Fielke, A. Tregoweth, T. Menz, S. Spriggs, R. Jones, L. Kelsh. Naracoorte – J. Gregg, S. Patterson, J. Bettoncelli, D. Myall, C. Gill, N. Boon. Goals: Lucindale – N. Cane 2, R. Mcinerney, R. Jones, P. Stewart, T. Logan, S. Spriggs, S. Graetz, A. Fielke. Naracoorte – D. Myall 4, J. Gregg, J. Koennecke, W. Walker, B. Gould.

Penola2.24.66.710.11 (71)
Border Districts1. (59)

Best: Penola – S. Berkefeld, B. Egan, A. Moore, B. Bryant, H. Porter, D. Hackwill. Borders – J. Baron, B. Helyar, M. Quinn, B. Keast, F. Adams, J. Helyar. Goals: Penola – S. Berkefeld 3, B. Egan 2, A. Merrett 2, B. Merrett 2, J. Currie. Borders – S. Mansell 3, F. Adams 2, M. Quinn, G. Hampton, B. Keast.


August 15, 2019

All five games could go either way in a fascinating final round of KNTFL football this Saturday.

In a perfect finish, three of the games will see the six finals hopefuls facing off, with nearly all top five finals positions up for grabs.

KLU (5th) plays Mundulla (1st), and while Mundulla is guaranteed top spot, KLU could finish as high as third, but could miss the finals with a bad loss.

Lucindale (2nd) plays Naracoorte (4th), with Lucindale needing to win to stay in the top three, while Naracoorte could make top three with a win, but could drop out of the five with a loss.

Penola (3rd) hosts Border Districts (6th). Penola needs to win to make sure it stays in the top three, while Borders need to win and rely on either KLU or Naracoorte losing to sneak into the top five.

Padthaway (7th) hosts Kingston (9th) and Keith (8th) hosts Kybybolite (11th) in what are both expected to be even clashes.

Phone lines will be running hot around the league at 5pm Saturday to find out who has made the finals.


Terry Willoughby – August 12, 2019

It hasn’t been the best of seasons for last years’ Grand finalist Keith who have suffered many an injury during the year. They put that aside and struck a major blow to Border District’s finals hopes with an upset 13 points win in a low-scoring contest. With goals as rare as hen’s teeth the Keith Crows led by 11 points at the first change. George Johnson, McDonough and Wil McMurray were heavily involved for Keith whether defending or attacking and Border Districts were struggling to make any impact as Keith clung tenaciously to the lead in the second quarter. Mansell looked the only Border District forward likely to goal but he had little assistance. In a battle of attrition the Keith Crows held out to lead by 4 points at three quarter-time. Adams and Keast were battling hard to keep Border Districts relevant in the contest but Keith with little more than pride on the line held them out and won by 13 points, the biggest margin of the game. Johnson, McDonough and Wil McMurray played well for Keith and Blake booted three goals. Adams, Keast and Edwards tried hard for Border Districts and Mansell booted all of their 5 goals.


Kybybolite striving hard to erase the pain of minus points on the ladder took all day to defeat a battling Kingston by 10 points. The lead changed hands several times in the first half but Kingston seemingly were able to kick goals when most needed and were 11 points ahead at the long break. Richardson, Hill and the ever reliable Warner were in everything for Kingston who were also desperate for a win. Kyby slowly gained more of the play with McKay and the Tonkin brothers gathering many kicks across the mid-field and Rodgers posing a threat near goal but Kingston still led by four points at three quarter-time. Kyby had the better of Kingston in the last quarter and hit the lead early and went onto win by 10 points.   


Naracoorte maintained their place in the top five with an easy 66 points win over lowly Bordertown and stay in a mini-battle for the double chance. Bordertown never threatened Naracoorte who had more dangerous and productive forwards in Willson and Gould who booted five and four goals respectively. Leading by 22 points heading into the third quarter Naracoorte dominated their opponents and the lead blew out to 55 points at the last change. Gregg, Boon, Cother and Lacey had all been good for Naracoorte whilst Bordertown struggled for any winners around the ground.


Mundulla struck a timely blow when they defeated Penola by five points in a hotly contested battle for top spot. Aain conditions had a bearing on the play, heavy conditions always seem to favour defenders and this was no different. Mundulla held a narrow nine points lead at quarter time with Duell, Gregurke and the prolific McGrice doing well and also Ballinger defending strongly. Simon Berkefeld led a Penola fightback in the second term along with fellow on-baller Brad Bryant and this enabled penola to reach a two points lead by halftime. Goals were extremely hard to get in the heavy going but Mundulla again hit the front through Hinge and Luke Wiese and held a 13 points advantage which was big in the conditions, very crucial as players tired. Penola again mounted a challenge but Mundulla withstood it and ran out winners by five points which sees Penola locked in a four way fight for the double chance.


Padthaway maybe out of the finals race but this did not stop them from putting the wind up Lucindale, figuratively of course, after trailing by 21 points at halftime. Anything more than 10 points lead is tough to overcome in low-scoring conditions and Lucindale always appeared to going comfortably when they stretched that lead to 21 points by halftime. Fielke was a constant threat around goal for Lucindale and McInerney and Spriggs won many possessions across the midfield and at the stoppages. With Jaensch, McCarthy and Moyle-Read playing well the margin was reduced to seven points at three quarter time and suddenly Padthaway looked threatening. Vandermeer, around goals and Raitt lifted their work-rate as Lucindale fell away a little. Lucindale, with plenty to play for held their nerve when challenged and eked out a 9 points but not convincing win.


Round 17 – August 10, 2019

Border Districts1.54.55.5 (35)
Keith1. (46)

Best:   Keith – G. Johnson, M. McDonough, W. McMurray, T. Geyer, S. McMurray, C. Blake. Borders – F. Adams, B. Keast, Z. Edwards, B. Denmead, S. Mansell, J. Baron. Goals: Keith – C. Blake 3, G. Johnson, J. Robertson, W. McMurray. Borders – S. Mansell 5

Kybybolite3.25.48.812.12 (84)
Kingston3.17.39.611.8 (74)

Best:   Kybybolite – J. Mckay, M. Tonkin, S. Tonkin, J. Clark, K. Rodgers, T. Woodard. Kingston – D. Richardson, J. Hill, B. Warner, T. Rogers, T. Baker. Goals: Kybybolite – J. Mckay, M. Tonkin, S. Tonkin, J. Clark, K. Rodgers, T. Woodard. Kingston – J. Fisher 3, B. Kennedy 2, T. Rogers, J. Armfield , B. Warner, B. Simpson, D. Richardson, I. Hewson

Mundulla3. (60)
Penola2. (55)

Best:   Mundulla – L. Duell, N. Gregurke, J. McGrice, J. Hinge, T. Ballinger, T. Gaden. Penola – S. Berkefeld, S. Merrett, B. Bryant, J. Pfitzner, J. Galpin, B. Merrett. Goals: Mundulla – J. Hinge 2, L. Wiese 2, B. Packer, N. Mosey, D. King, D. Mosey. Penola – A. Merrett 2, B. Egan, S. Gartner, B. Merrett, S. Merrett, S. Merrett, D. Wenham

Naracoorte3.46.711.1114.12 (96)
Bordertown1. (30)

Best:   Naracoorte – J. Gregg, S. Willson, N. Boon, N. Lacey, J. Cother, Z. Walker. Bordertown – R. Tink, B. Lodewyk, L. Makin, T. Pepper, B. Jarrett, L. Weatherald. Goals: Naracoorte – S. Willson 5, B. Gould 4, C. Gill 2, N. Lacey, J. Gregg, C. Myall. Bordertown – S. Devitt 2, R. Tink, J. Searle

Padthaway2. (58)
Lucindale3.47.48.510.7 (67)

Best:   Lucindale – R. Mcinerney, S. Mcgurk, S. Spriggs, L. Jones, A. Fielke, J. Watson. Padthaway – R. Jaensch, J. Mccarthy, T. Moyle-Read, M. Raitt, J. Richards, J. Teakle. Goals: Lucindale – A. Fielke 3, L. Jones 2, T. Logan 2, S. Spriggs, S. Mcgurk, N. Cane. Padthaway – J. Vandermeer 5, L. Harder, M. Raitt, J. Richards


August 8, 2019

A potential grand final match-up is the game of the day in this Saturday’s second-last round of KNTFL football.

Top team Mundulla will host second-ranked Penola in a vital game which could decide which team finishes on top of the ladder. 

Mundulla is a game clear at the moment, but a loss would see Penola go top, while if Mundulla win, they are all but guaranteed the minor premiership with only one round remaining.

Penola arrested a minor form slump with a fighting win over top three challenger K/L United last week, while Mundulla just keeps on setting the pace and would have to have premiership favouritism at the moment.

Finals challengers should have the upper hand in most of the other games in round 17.

Border Districts and Naracoorte could both move above fourth-placed K/L United if they have solid wins as expected.

Borders should be too good for Keith, although the Crows have been very competitive of late, while Naracoorte will be firm favourites at home to Bordertown.

Lucindale should continue its excellent run of recent form with a win over Padthaway to strengthen its hold on a top three spot. Padthaway is actually a sneaky chance to scrape into the finals if they win both of their games and two of Lucindale, K/L United and Borders don’t get a win in the last two rounds.

Kybybolite will host Kingston looking for its third win of the season in the other game, but the seasiders will be favourites.

K/L United has the bye and will be watching the results with interest.


Terry Willoughby – August 5, 2019

Mundulla started slowly against last week’s giant-killers, Keith, but were never in any danger of defeat there-after. The Moots increased their lead at every change before winning easily by 44 points. Dolling booted five and was lively around goals whilst ever reliable Luke Wiese bobbed up with three. Straighter kicking would have settled the result much earlier as Mundulla had 29 shots to Keith’s ten which gives some indication of their dominance.


Padthaway, out of finals contention had an easy 32 point win over Bordertown who have struggled for most of the season. Bordertown started positively but the Lions quickly retrieved the situation in the second quarter with 4 goals to one and led by 16 points at half time. Bordertown were scoreless in the third quarter as Padthaway brushed them aside with Harder and Vandermeer took control up forward. Raitt, around the stoppages and Jaensch in defence cut out Bordertown’s earlier good players. Leading by 45 points Padthaway eased up in the last quarter and Bordertown slipped for five goals but the Lions still won easily.


Lucindale strengthened their position in the top five with an emphatic win over Kybybolite. They charged to a big lead with a seven goal burst in the first quarter and never eased up from there-on. Kyby’s recent form has been quite good but they were no match for AFL experienced Tom Logan and Paul Stewart and it was game over for Kyby, now 49 points in arrears. Lucindale showed no signs of stopping and went further ahead in the last term as Kyby fell away. The winning margin was 83 points. Spriggs, Fielke, Kelsh and Logan were among Lucindale’s best. Tonkin, McKay and Woodard battled strongly for Kyby.


Finals contenders Penola and Kaniva Leeor United traded blows for three quarters. before Penola eased ahead in the finish to win by 16 points. The lead changed hands several times with Penola leading by a goal at quarter time and KLU up by 13 points at the long break. Simon Berkefeld was gathering possessions all over the ground for Penola but Hitchcock was also influential for KLU. Moore and Klemm were outstanding for Penola in the third quarter and they stopped most KLU forward moves and instigated many of Penola’s who added 4 goals to one and regained the lead by two points at three quarter time. The game was still in the balance but Penola had the best forward in Brad Merrett and that was enough for them to go on and win by 16 points. KLU went goal-less in the last quarter whilst Penola booted two. Brad Merrett booted 6 for Penola, Berkefeld, Galpin, Klemm and Moore were excellent. KLU were best served by Hitchcock, Brown, De visser and Jarred.


Round 16 – August 3, 2019

Bordertown3. (58)
Padthaway2.36.810.1312.18 (90)

Best: Padthaway – M. Raitt, L. Harder, J. Vandermeer, R. Jaensch, F. Freeman, J. Heading. Bordertown – N. Dahlitz, S. Sandercock, B. Jarrett, H. Shuttleworth, B. Paech, L. Makin. Goals: Padthaway – L. Harder 5, J. Vandermeer 4, J. Scott, M. Caire, M. Raitt. Bordertown – G. Twigden 3, S. Devitt 2, C. Sandercock 2, B. Foulds, N. Dahlitz.

Keith1. (40)
Mundulla2.26.58.1611.18 (84)

Best: Mundulla – D. Mosey, J. Dolling, N. Gregurke, J. McGrice, T. Gaden, L. Wiese. Keith – J. Starke, T. Geyer, S. McMurray, W. McMurray, M. McDonough, C. Blake. Goals: Mundulla – M. McDonough 2, J. Jones, P. Makin, J. Starke, W. McMurray. Keith – J. Dolling 5, L. Wiese 3, D. Mosey, J. McGrice, B. Douglas.

Lucindale7.311.717.1022.17 (149)
Kybybolite2. (66)

Best: Lucindale – S. Spriggs, A. Fielke, L. Kelsh, D. Ogilvie, T. Logan, J. Walker. Kybybolite – M. Tonkin, J. Mckay, T. Woodard, T. Curnow, C. Borg, J. Clark. Goals: Lucindale – T. Logan 5, P. Stewart 3, A. Fielke 3, H. Tregoweth 2, S. Spriggs 2, A. Laurencic 2, R. Mcinerney, L. Kelsh, A. Eckermann, S. Mcgurk, L. Jones. Kybybolite – B. Munn 2, K. Rodgers 2, J. Bittner, W. Russell, J. Mckay, S. Tonkin, S. Shepherd.

Penola4.26.410.412.9 (81)
Kaniva Leeor United (65)

Best: Penola – S. Berkefeld, J. Galpin, B. Merrett, S. Klemm, A. Moore, S. Merrett. KLU – C. Hitchcock, A. Brown, C. De Visser, J. Jarred, C. Meyer, J. Maddern. Goals: Penola – B. Merrett 6, A. Merrett 2, W. Clayfield, S. Berkefeld, B. Bryant, L. Walker. KLU – A. Brown 2, M. Wundke 2, S. Snook 2, C. Hitchcock, T. Stribling, R. Barnes.


August 1, 2019

The KNTFL ladder is so tight that the combatants of this week’s match of the round between Penola and Kaniva/Leeor United could finish on top of the ladder, or could miss finals altogether.

The two sides are in second and third on the ladder, and with the top six teams separated by only one win, the loser of this game will be under pressure to hold their spot in the top three.

If KLU wins this week, it will stay level with Mundulla on top of the ladder. If Penola wins, it will move to second on the ladder. Whichever side loses is likely to slip to fourth by Saturday night.

Lucindale has been playing good football and quietly stalking the top three, and if the Roos beat bottom side Kyby this week, they will move into the top three.

The other game of real interest this week is Keith v Mundulla. Mundulla is on top of the ladder and hot favourites to win, but Keith knocked off Penola in a big surprise last weekend and would love to get revenge for last year’s grand final loss to Mundulla.

Bordertown hosts Padthaway in the other game this weekend, with Kingston, Border Districts and Naracoorte all having byes.


by Terry Wiloughby, July 28, 2019

Injury riddled Keith, the biggest disappointment in 2019 knocked a big dent in Penola’s flag hopes with a fighting 13 point win. Only the most optimistic Crow supporters could have predicted this! Keith have not made many good starts this season but they chose a good day for one and raced to a 24 point lead by quarter time. Penola with key players on SA Country duty never really recovered. George Johnson up forward was a constant thorn in Penola’s side as the Keith Crows stared down every challenge. Penola fought back strongly in the third quarter but McMurray and his fellow defenders held firm to keep Keith in front. Keith scented a win in the last quarter and held their nerve when Penola again threatened. The loss sees Penola fall to third place amidst the traffic jam for top five places where six teams are separated by just one game.


Border Districts, another team in the traffic jam took no chances with lowly Bordertown and led all game to win easily by 75 points. They had many more good players and a good forward target in Mansell who booted six goals whereas Bordertown had battlers only. Border Districts started slowly but changed up a gear from quarter time on and Bordertown had no answers. The consistent Quinn was best for Border Districts ahead Helyar, Skinner and Naylor. Ex-Border Districts player Cam Sandercock was best for Bordertown.


Kaniva-Leeor United had a comfortable if not exciting 26 point win over Kingston and now share top spot with Mundulla which may be short-lived with several teams having byes in this and the next round. KLU should have sealed the game early but were sloppy around the goals whilst Kingston made the most of every opportunity. Coach Nic Murphy was in good form for KLU and had strong support from Jarred and Dodson. KLU went further ahead in the third quarter but were again inaccurate but Kingston were now almost out of the contest, trailing by 24 points.


Kybybolite, trying hard to erase the minus sign on their season led for much of the game before Naracoorte gained the upper-hand late in the third quarter. Scores were never far apart with goals hard to come by as Kyby defended strongly. Neither team had any convincing winners and skill mistakes saw the ball turned over many times. Naracoorte with a little more playing depth hit the front late in the third term as Kyby started to fall away and the lead was seven points. Regular best player Jacobs continued to push Naracoorte forward and they had much more of the play in the last quarter to win by 18 points but remain outside the top five on percentage.


Round 15 – July 27, 2019

Bordertown1. (57)
Border Districts3.38.712.1020.12 (132)

Best:   Border Districts – M. Quinn, B. Helyar, D. Skinner, N. Naylor, F. Adams, S. Mansell. Bordertown – J. Searle, S. Sandercock, G. Twigden, R. Tink, B. Lodewyk, B. Paech. Goals: Border Districts – S. Mansell 6, F. Adams 3, M. Quinn 3, J. Zeuner 2, Z. Edwards 2, B. Helyar 2, B. Keast, J. Helyar. Bordertown – J. Searle 2, S. Devitt 2, G. Twigden 2, B. Foulds, T. Leigh

Keith5.66.98.1112.15 (87)
Penola2.04.18.611.8 (74)

Best:   Keith – G. Johnson, W. McMurray, J. Starke, S. McMurray, M. McDonough, R. Menz. Penola – J. Galpin, J. Nysten, B. Egan, H. Porter, B. Bryant, D. Hackwill. Goals: Keith – J. Irwin 3, W. McMurray 2, J. Robertson 2, C. Blake, S. Laubsch, J. Jones, W. Sandford, A. Dunstan. Penola – B. Bryant 3, B. Egan 2, D. Hackwill 2, S. Merrett, J. Galpin, S. Gartner, L. Walker

Kingston3. (62)
Kaniva Leeor3.68.810.1412.16 (88)

Best:   Kaniva Leeor – N. Murphy, J. Jarred, B. Dodson, L. O”connor, S. Vivian, S. Snook. Kingston – T. Rogers, S. Robertson, J. Fisher, T. Baker, H. Martin, J. Hill. Goals: Kaniva Leeor – N. Murphy 4, M. Wundke 3, J. Wagg, C. Hitchcock, L. O”connor, S. Snook, C. Maddern. Kingston – J. Fisher 4, B. Kennedy 2, B. Simpson, J. Armfield , J. Siviour

Naracoorte0. (68)
Kybybolite2. (50)

Best:   Naracoorte – K. Jacobs, J. Cother, J. Gregg, S. Gurney, N. Songuilay, R. Palma. Kybyoblite – O. Peltz, T. Hunter, M. Tonkin, B. Carberry, J. Mckay, D. Brodie. Goals: Naracoorte – Z. Walker 2, C. Myall 2, J. Cother, J. Gregg, S. Willson, S. Gurney, B. Gould. Kybybolite – S. Bell 2, B. Munn 2, K. Rodgers, O. Peltz, B. Carberry, S. Shepherd


July 25, 2019

Only four games are set down for decision in the KNTFL this weekend, with three sides sitting out the round with byes.

None of the games involve two finals aspirants, so the game with the most interest is probably between arch-rivals Naracoorte and Kybybolite.

Naracoorte is in the running for finals and needs to win for that reason, but Kyby has had two wins in three weeks and is now sighting some light at the end of a dark season. 

The Tigers will fancy their chances of causing an upset against the old foe but Naracoorte will be favourites.

In the three other games, finals hopefuls will be firm favourites in each.

Border Districts should stay in the hunt for top five with a win over Bordertown, Kaniva/Leeor United will travel as favourites to Kingston, and Penola will make the long trip to Keith expecting to get the points and reclaim top spot on the ladder.

Lucindale, Mundulla and Padthaway will all sit out this week with byes.


Terry Willoughby – July 22, 2019

Penola had the bye and were able to watch on as their rivals set about consolidating a spot in the top five which at the end of the round proved still inconclusive! Lucindale overcame Border Districts in the final quarter after being locked in a tight struggle for three quarters. Scores were never more than a few points apart with defences on top for nearly all game. Lucindale turned a 5 point deficit into a 14 point lead at half-time with Spriggs and Watson doing well across the centre and Fielke dangerous up forward. Scoring dried up in the third quarter with Border Districts kicking the only goal to draw within six points at the last change. Lucindale held firm and outscored Border Districts with four goals to two in the last quarter to win by 18 points and move a game ahead of Border Districts on the ladder.


Kaniva-Leeor United had a battling win over Keith in conditions which made any semblance of good football difficult in the extreme. Leading goal-kicker Wundke had little influence on the game and it was former Port Power small forward Cam Hitchcock who was the most damaging player on the ground. KLU, notoriously slow starters belied that with five goals in the first quarter to lead by 13 points. Keith hit back strongly in the second term as KLU went goal-less. The wind was playing havoc with kicking and ball-handling. KLU gained the upper hand with three goals in the third quarter whilst restricting Keith to a solitary behind and now led by 17 points. The difficult conditions had a major hand in neither team being able to goal in the last quarter although Keith had quite a few chances but missed all of them. It is a strange game where both teams kicked goals in only two quarters of the match, KLU winners by 11 points.


Kyby had 33 scoring shots to Bordertown’s 17 but only fell in by six points. Inaccuracy has always featured in adverse weather but Kyby really plumbed the depoinths against Bordertown. That Kyby led by 12 points wasn’t surprising given the amount of play they had but that they trailed by 11 points at halftime was, largely due to the Roosters making the most of every chance they had. Kyby were back in front in the third quarter but again the goal-kicking yips were there as Bordertown should have trailed by much more than the three points showing on the scoreboard. Kyby’s dominance of play around the ground was only diminished in front of goal especially when Bordertown went forward. Hill, Tonkin, McKay and Bittner had enough possessions to ensure Kyby notched their second win of the season although they are stuck on the bottom of the ladder which would be cold comfort to Bordertown.


Mundulla had the biggest win of the day when they easily accounted Kingston after quarter time to win by 38 points. After a slow start the Moots booted six goals to two in the second quarter and lead by 21 points. Defenders Ridgway and Perry had repelled most Kingston forward moves with Dolling, Boyd Packer and Luke Wiese providing goals whenever Mundulla were in attack. Kingston struggled against the more talented Mundulla who went further ahead in the third quarter with Hinge dominating. Kingston battled hard but Mundulla went on to win easily and retain top spot. The consistent Fisher with 6 goals stood out for Kingston.


Naracoorte stayed in finals contention with a 19 point win over Padthaway whose finals hopes seem to have gone now after allowing the Demons held a six goal lead at quarter-time. It was another game affected by buffeting winds but booting early goals was again a determining factor. Naracoorte were scoreless in the second quarter but still led by 15 points and now had the wind assistance in the third term even if it was difficult. Naracoorte booted four goals to lead Padthaway by 27 points. Padthaway had plenty of chances as Naracoorte were forced to defend grimly but just one goal from nine shots was poor and thus engineered their demise. Naracoorte remain outside the top five on percentage but Padthaway’s hopes look forlorn.


Round 14 – July 20, 2019

Padthaway0. (51)
Naracoorte6.26.210.411.4 (70)

Best:  Naracoorte – K. Jacobs, J. Foster, J. Gregg, F. Day, S. Gurney, C. Gill. Padthaway – M. Raitt, T. Moyle-Read, N. McCarthy, J. Vandermeer, J. Heading, D. Obst. Goals: Naracoorte – B. Gould 4, C. Gill 2, J. Cother, C. Myall, F. Day, B. Mitchell, S. Willson. Padthaway – J. Vandermeer 2, J. Vandermeer, N. McCarthy, M. Raitt, J. Eats

Mundulla2.28.612.1015.13 (103)
Kingston3.15.38.410.5 (65)

Best:  Mundulla – D. Ridgway, T. Perry, J. Hinge, L. Wiese, N. Gregurke, J. McGrice. Kingston – T. Baker, J. Fisher, T. Rogers, I. Hewson, D. Richardson, S. Robertson. Goals: Mundulla – J. Dolling 3, B. Packer 3, L. Wiese 3, N. Mosey 2, J. Hinge, J. McGrice, B. Douglas, N. Gregurke. Kingston – J. Fisher 6, T. Rogers, J. Siviour, B. Warner, S. Mazzone

Kybybolite3. (68)
Bordertown2. (62)

Best:  Kybybolite – F. Hill, M. Tonkin, J. Mckay, J. Bittner, B. Munn, B. Carberry. Bordertown – B. Lodewyk, J. Searle, N. Dahlitz, L. Makin, B. Lodewyk, R. Tink. Goals: Kybybolite – B. Munn 2, T. Curnow, K. Rodgers, S. Tonkin, F. Hill, S. Shepherd. Bordertown – S. Devitt 4, J. Searle 2, N. Dahlitz 2, B. Foulds

Kaniva Leeor5. (57)
Keith3. (46)

Best:  Kaniva Leeor – C. Hitchcock, B. Dodson, C. De Visser, C. Meyer, S. Snook, T. Stribling. Keith – G. Johnson, M. McDonough, W. McMurray, Z. Martin, A. Dunstan, S. McMurray. Goals: Kaniva Leeor – C. Hitchcock 5, B. Dodson, W. Braunstein, M. Wundke. Keith – A. Dunstan 2, J. Robertson 2, C. Blake, J. Starke

Border Districts3. (56)
Lucindale2.27.47.611.8 (74)

Best:  Lucindale – S. Spriggs, A. Laurencic, D. Badman, A. Fielke, J. Watson, T. Menz. Borders – H. Pretlove 2, F. Adams 2, B. Helyar, O. Gabbe, S. Mansell, Z. Edwards. Goals: Lucindale – A. Fielke 3, J. Teakle 2, R. Mcinerney 2, S. Mardling 2, S. Spriggs, A. Eckermann. Borders – H. Pretlove 2, F. Adams 2, B. Helyar, O. Gabbe, S. Mansell, Z. Edwards


July 17, 2019

The big games keep coming in the KNTFL, with two vital clashes between finals hopefuls in this week’s round 14.

Borders will host Lucindale at Goroke, placed fourth and fifth on the ladder and in the logjam of sides fighting for finals spots. Both are in good form but with Lucindale regaining injured players and including former AFL player Paul Stewart last week, the Roos look to be building.

The other big one is Padthaway v Naracoorte, with both sides now on the brink of the top five and needing this one to stay in touch. Naracoorte has lost two in a row after beating the top two sides, while Padthaway has lost four in a row.

Mundulla will be favourites at home against Kingston, while Kaniva/Leeor United should get a stronger hold on a top three spot with a win over Keith.

In the only game of the round which won’t impact finals, Kybybolite will go looking for its second win of the season against Bordertown.

Penola has the bye this week.

Round 13 – July 13, 2019

Padthaway2. (53)
Mundulla4.16.87.1011.13 (79)

Best:  Mundulla – J. McGrice, N. Mosey, E. Jaeschke, H. Dowling, B. Packer, L. Duell. Padthaway – L. Harder, J. Dolling, M. Raitt, J. Vandermeer, J. Eats, T. Redigolo. Goals: Mundulla – J. Dolling 5, N. Mosey 3, T. Gaden, L. Wiese, B. Douglas. Padthaway – J. Vandermeer 3, J. Scott, L. Harder, R. Williams, M. Raitt

Naracoorte3. (58)
Kaniva Leeor3. (64)

Best:  Kaniva Leeor – L. Vivian, N. Murphy, C. Meyer, S. Vivian, C. Maddern, S. Snook. Naracoorte – K. Jacobs, K. Adams, S. Willson, S. Patterson, J. Foster, J. Jones. Goals: Kaniva Leeor – W. Braunstein 3, S. Snook 2, C. Hitchcock, N. Murphy, S. Vivian, M. Wundke. Naracoorte – S. Willson 4, W. Walker 3, J. Cother, Z. Walker

Bordertown1. (29)
Penola3.55.1010.1214.13 (97)

Best:   Penola – J. Galpin, H. Porter, A. Moore, J. Currie, J. Nysten, L. Walker. Bordertown – B. Lodewyk, B. Paech, J. Searle, S. Devitt, L. Murch, N. Dahlitz. Goals: Penola – L. Walker 3, B. Egan 2, S. Merrett 2, J. Galpin 2, J. Currie 2, S. Gartner, D. Hackwill, J. RobbieBest Players:. Bordertown – C. Sandercock 2, J. Searle, B. Foulds

Kybybolite3.35.45.8 (38)
Border Districts2.36.69.1113.16 (94)

Best:  Borders – E. Holland, M. Quinn, F. Adams, N. Naylor, J. Baron, R. Oliver. Kybybolite – J. Mckay, T. Cooper, T. Jennings, T. Woodard, T. Hunter, J. Bittner. Goals: Borders – E. Holland 3, J. Helyar 2, S. Mansell 2, M. Quinn 2, B. Helyar 2, R. Oliver, H. Pretlove. Kybybolite – K. Rodgers 3, F. Hill, J. Bittner

Lucindale4.28.312.7 (79)
Keith2. (56)

Best:  Keith – W. Schreiber, J. Jones, B. Woodall, S. Schreiber, L. Johnson, M. McDonough. Lucindale – D. Ogilvie, R. Jones, S. Spriggs, S. Mardling, L. Kelsh, J. Walker. Goals: Keith – M. McDonough 3, J. Irwin, W. Schreiber, A. Dunstan. Lucindale – A. Fielke 3, L. Kelsh 3, R. Mcinerney, S. Spriggs, T. Logan, L. Jones, P. Stewart, S. Mardling


July 11, 2019

Every one of this week’s five KNTFL matches could have an impact on the top five.

Two games will pit two prospective finalists against one another – Naracoorte v K/L United and Padthaway v Mundulla.

All four of those teams will want to win to keep their spots in the top five, with Padthaway particularly keen having dropped out of the five with two losses in a row.

Lucindale has now climbed back into the top five but has a tough game against a capable Keith unit, while Border Districts are also on the fringe of the five but have a massive danger game against the improving bottom side Kybybolite.

Bordertown hosts Penola in the other game, with Penola likely to strengthen its hold on top spot with a win.

Kingston has the bye this week.


Terry Willoughby, July 7, 2019

Naracoorte looking to extend their winning sequence to eight started in great fashion to lead Border Districts by 16 points at quarter time. They faltered in the second term when Borders lifted their work-rate to draw level and then lead narrowly at the main break by 5 points. In a low scoring game Naracoorte surged again in the third quarter and appeared to have Border’s measure. In what is often referred to as the premiership quarter they had raced to 24 point lead. Borders had wasted chances with poor finishing around the goal-front but much of that was due to the stout defence of Patterson, Bettoncelli and Foster. Still plagued by poor goal-kicking Borders rallied strongly and led by Helyar in the midfield and Baron at half-back they added 3.7 to snatch a win that seemed unlikely earlier.


Lucindale, another team in the race for finals action, had a good win over third placed Kaniva Leeor United by 27 points. Leading narrowly by four points at quarter time Lucindale started to get on top before half-time with defenders Menz, Milne and Laurencic not  allowing the KLU forwards much to work with. The third term saw both teams score three goals but Lucindale had a more active forward line with Sam Mardling bobbing up with four valuable goals. KLU coach Nic Murphy was trying very hard to lift his team but Lucindale defended strongly. KLU went goal-less in the last quarter whilst Lucindale added 3 to score a valuable win.


Mundulla had a comfortable but not impressive 28 point win over bitter rivals Bordertown who are hugging bottom of the ladder. It was another game where goals were hard to come by and Bordertown battled hard to stay in touch. Searle was providing plenty of drive for Bordertown but they didn’t have the forwards to take advantage. Mic Mosey was and ever present danger to Bordertown and Hinge also. Mundulla were always in front but Bordertown continued to harass them and the lead was never more than about 14 points which was the margin at three quarter-time. Mundulla broke the stifling play of Bordertown in the last quarter when they added three goals to one to run out winners.


Penola got back the winners list after three consecutive losses but it was at the expense of lowly Kingston. The Eagles stormed to a 40 point lead by quarter time and never looked under threat. The Merretts were again to the fore with Brad booting four goals and Adam 3. Mazzone was doing a great job for Kingston but Penola had too much firepower on every line. Penola swept Kingston aside in the third quarter when they slammed on nine goals to just one from Kingston and the lead blew out to 77 points and it was game over. Penola showed their softer side in the last quarter when Kingston were allowed to slip in and boot seven junk-time goals which added respectability on the scoreboard. The ever consistent Brad Bryant was best for Penola along with Nysten, Walker and Porter. Fisher booted six and Warner 3 for Kingston.


Kybybolite languishing at the foot of the table with minus 16 points because salary cap indiscretions caused an almighty upset when they bettered Padthaway by 14 points. Kyby have looked  a reasonable team at various stages of the season but have been weighed down by out of season events. Padthaway have been impressive many times and are locked in the race for finals action but today wasn’t theirs. The first quarter was a battle of attrition with the Lions slightly in front on the scoreboard but Kyby were looking much more determined. They seemed to sense that this may be their day when they booted five goals and maintained the pressure on Padthaway, not allowing their gun players in Harder, Raitt and Vandermeer to dominate. Holding their nerve in the last quarter, Kyby fought on doggedly to win by 14 points and whilst they can’t rise up the ladder it was a big morale booster. Cooper, Hill, McKay and Hunter were high in Kyby’s best.


Round 12 – July 6, 2019

Border Districts1. (60)
Naracoorte4. (59)

Best:  Borders – B. Helyar, H. Pretlove, F. Adams, J. Baron, R. Oliver, B. Keast. Naracoorte – J. Bettoncelli, K. Jacobs, B. Foster, S. Patterson, J. Foster, B. Gould. Goals: Borders – M. Quinn 2, E. Holland, H. Pretlove, S. Mansell, B. Helyar, R. Oliver. Naracoorte – B. Mitchell 3, D. Myall 2, F. Day, W. Walker, B. Gould, C. Gill

Kaniva Leeor1. (48)
Lucindale2.25.78.711.9 (75)

Best:  Lucindale – J. Walker, R. Milne, A. Eckermann, A. Laurencic, T. Menz, S. Spriggs. Kaniva Leeor – B. Dodson, N. Murphy, L. Vivian, C. De Visser, C. Meyer, S. Snook. Goals: Lucindale –  S. Mardling 4, A. Fielke 2, T. Logan 2, R. Milne, S. Spriggs, A. Eckermann. Kaniva Leeor – M. Wundke 2, N. Murphy 2, C. Hitchcock, L. Feder

Kybybolite2.17.89.911.10 (76)
Padthaway2. (62)

Best:  Kybybolite – T. Cooper, T. Hunter, F. Hill, J. Mckay, T. Jennings, M. Tonkin. Padthaway – M. Raitt, D. Obst, L. Harder, S. Townsend, J. Scott, J. Mccarthy. Goals: Kybybolite – F. Hill 3, K. Rodgers 2, S. Shepherd 2, B. Carberry, B. Castine, W. Russell, J. Bittner. Padthaway – J. Scott 2, M. Raitt 2, J. Vandermeer 2, R. Jaensch, L. Harder, D. Obst

Mundulla2.44.88.1211.17 (83)
Bordertown1. (55)

Best:  Mundulla – J. Hinge. Bordertown – R. Tink, J. Searle, D. Inglis, B. Paech, L. Makin, B. Lodewyk. Goals: Mundulla – N. Mosey 3, J. Hinge 2, H. Thorpe 2, N. Gregurke, J. McGrice, B. Douglas, L. Wiese. Bordertown – J. Barras 2, G. Twigden 2, N. Hampel, C. Sandercock, A. Day, S. Devitt

Penola7.510.719.1320.17 (137)
Kingston1. (96)

Best: Penola – B. Bryant, S. Merrett, J. Nysten, L. Walker, H. Porter, B. Egan. Kingston – S. Mazzone, T. Baker, S. Robertson, B. Warner, J. Fisher, T. Rogers. Goals: Penola – B. Merrett 4, S. Merrett 3, A. Merrett 3, L. Walker 3, J. Currie 2, J. Galpin 2, B. Egan, D. Hackwill, B. Bryant. Kingston – J. Fisher 6, B. Warner 3, J. Siviour 2, J. Armfield , S. Robertson, B. Kennedy, I. Hewson


July 4, 2019

The big games keep coming in the KNTFL’s very even season, with two important clashes between prospective finalists this weekend.

The two standout matches of the round are KL United v Lucindale and Border Districts v Naracoorte.

All four of the sides are locked in the battle for top five spots, and the competition is so even that they are all well in the race for top three positions as well.

However, Border Districts and Lucindale are both one win behind the leading pack and a loss would put them another win plus percentage outside the top five.

The other three games are also full of interest.

Penola hosts Kingston desperately needing a turnaround in form after three losses in a row, while Mundulla is also coming off a loss and needs to beat arch rival Bordertown to get back on track.

In the last game, Padthaway travels to Kybybolite needing a win to stay in the top five, and while Kyby still hasn’t won a game, the Tigers are getting closer.

Keith has the bye this week.


by Terry Willoughby, June 30, 2019

Naracoorte’s winning streak is now at seven after an emphatic win over Mundulla by 10 points. Early goals were the key to the win and Naracoorte booted four to lead by 18 points at quarter time. Goals were had to get in the prevailing conditions and both teams only managed one for the second quarter. McGrice and Gregurke were doing plenty of work for Mundulla but the Naracoorte defence led by Sid Patterson and Bettoncelli held them up repeatedly and the Demons still led by 22 points at the last change. Hinge and Luke Wiese raised Mundulla’s hopes in the last term but Naracoorte, arguably the most improved team in the KNTFL, were not for rolling and held on to win by 10 points and be one of four teams sharing the top spot.


Lucindale stayed in the finals race with a morale boosting win over top side Penola by 11 points lead with Spriggs and Tom Logan winning across the midfield and Daniel McCarthy and Walker defending resolutely. Penola struggled to get forward with Berkefeld below his best and no Brad Merrett. Lucindale stretched their lead to 22 points by the long break and looked to have Penola’s measure. They went further ahead in the third term as Spriggs and McCarthy continued to dominate. Logan and Spriggs each booted 4 goals as Lucindale were now 30 points in front. Penola rallied in the last quarter and slowly reduced the margin but Lucindale were still playing strongly and won by 11 points. Adam Merrett was pivotal in Penola’s fightback and booted six goals but it wasn’t enough.


Border Districts were another team who needed to topple a top five team to stay in the finals race and they did so with 35 point belting of Padthaway. A switched-on Borders raced to an early lead with 5 goals to one which had the Lions in serious trouble, trailing by 23 points. Border Districts were playing strongly and had curbed the influence of Padthaway’s previous match-winners with strong defence from Denmead and Robinson. Padthaway couldn’t find a way to goal and had only two on the board by three quarter-time whilst Border’s had 10 and were powering along with an unbeatable 47 point lead. Border District’s may have eased down a little in the last quarter and allowed Padthaway for three token goals but the damage had been done.


Keith, a longshot for finals, had a solid if not inspiring win over lowly Kingston by 33 points. Keith’s form has been unconvincing for most of the season and Kingston took advantage to lead by 7points at quarter time. The Crows shook of their lethargy in the second term and booted five goals to one from Kingston and that was just about enough to guarantee a win on a low scoring day. Robertson and George Johnson gave the Keith Crows a reliable avenue to goal, something that Kingston never had! The longer the game went the more difficult scoring became. Keith had something to play for and went further ahead in the last quarter with 3 goals and held Kingston to just 4 behinds.


Kaniva-Leeor United were far too strong for struggling Bordertown and won easily by 69 points. Bordertown never seriously challenged and KLU are one of four teams engaged in a race for top spot. Wundke at full forward was again amongst the goals and he booted five and Murphy three to polish up KLU’s performance.


Round 11 – June 29, 2019

Naracoorte4. (58)
Mundulla1. (48)

Best:  Naracoorte – C. Gill, K. Jacobs, J. Bettoncelli, W. Walker, S. Patterson, F. Day. Mundulla – J. McGrice, N. Gregurke, N. Mosey, L. Wiese, E. Jaeschke, D. Mosey. Goals: Naracoorte – W. Walker 3, S. Willson 2, C. Myall, B. Mitchell, J. Gregg, D. Myall. Mundulla – J. Hinge 3, L. Wiese 3, N. Gregurke

Padthaway1. (39)
Border Districts5.27.410.711.8 (74)

Best:  Borders – J. Baron, N. Naylor, B. Denmead, T. Robinson, M. Quinn, B. Helyar. Padthaway – L. Harder, N. McCarthy, T. Moyle-Read, R. Jaensch. Goals: Borders – S. Mansell 3, B. Helyar 2, J. Helyar 2, G. Hampton, M. Quinn, F. Adams, B. Major. Padthaway – J. Scott, R. Jaensch, M. Caire, N. McCarthy, C. Williams

Bordertown1. (29)
Kaniva Leeor4.55.911.1613.20 (98)

Best: Kaniva Leeor – A. Brown, S. Snook, R. Barnes, B. Dodson, A. Smith, N. Murphy. Bordertown – B. Paech, B. Lodewyk, D. Inglis, J. Searle, Rory Tink, Reagan. Tink. Goals: Kaniva Leeor – M. Wundke 5, N. Murphy 3, S. Snook, A. Brown, C. Hitchcock, B. Dodson, S. Vivian. Bordertown – J. Searle 2, B. Lodewyk, B. Foulds

Kingston3. (46)
Keith2.27.58.711.13 (79)

Best:  Keith – S. Schreiber, J. Jones, W. Schreiber, B. Woodall, E. Dunstan, G. Johnson. Kingston – S. Mazzone, J. May, T. Rogers, J. Armfield , I. Hewson, B. Simpson. Goals: Keith – J. Robertson 4, G. Johnson 3, J. Irwin 2, Z. Martin, W. McMurray. Kingston – B. Simpson 3, J. Hill, B. Warner, S. Robertson

Lucindale3.46.69.1011.13 (79)
Penola2.23.25.410.8 (68)

Best:  Lucindale – S. Spriggs, D. McCarthy, J. Walker, S. Mardling, A. Tregoweth, A. Eckermann. Penola – B. Bryant, D. Hackwill, H. Porter, J. Pfitzner, S. Merrett, J. Currie. Goals: Lucindale – S. Spriggs 4, T. Logan 4, R. McInerney, S. Mardling, N. Cane. Penola – A. Merrett 6, B. Egan, S. Merrett, D. Walker, J. Nysten


June 28, 2019

Another weekend of excellent match-ups awaits in round 11 of KNTFL football.

There are finals implications hanging on virtually all five games. Lucindale (6th) really needs to upset Penola (1st) to firm up its finals claims, while Penola will be desperate to win after losing two in a row.

Naracoorte (5th) has the chance to claim another big scalp after beating Penola last week, this time against Mundulla (2nd). In such an even season, a loss to either Naracoorte or Mundulla would hurt their plans to finish in the top five and top three respectively.

Padthaway (3rd) v Borders (7th) is another great match-up, with only one win separating the two on the ladder. Borders have had a fortnight off and will be fresh and keen to get back in the top five.

Bordertown (10th) v KLU (4th) looks like a win for United, but Bordertown can’t be underestimated.

The other game will have no bearing on the top five, with Kingston (9th) hosting Keith (8th), but should still be a top contest.

Kyby has the bye.


By Terry Willoughby – June 24, 2019

The Merrett factor for Penola was of little consequence to Naracoorte who matched the league leader almost everywhere. Without Adam Merrett, Penola looked vulnerable and Naracoorte quickly exploited this with a six goal burst which sent them to a 29 point lead, ultimately a match-winning one. Naracoorte managed only one goal in the third term but Penola couldn’t make a great inroads into the margin which was still 23 points. Penola were in serious trouble but Naracoorte were not stopping to sniff the flowers and matched every move as both teams added 3 goals. Naracoorte caused a boilover to win by 25 points which helped them stay in the top five. Cheer, Gregg, Lacey and Jacobs all starred for Naracoorte, who have now won six straight to be the form team in the competition.


Kingston made a bold bid to upset local rival Lucindale when they booted five first quarter goals to lead by 17 points entering the second term. A sharper Lucindale hit back strongly as the sting went out of Kingston’s game. Lucindale’s on-ballers gained much more of the ball and goals followed, Spriggs, Mardling and Jones put their team in front just before half-time. Lucindale now had some momentum and kicked four goals to one from Kingston in the third quarter to hold a 23 point lead. All the fire had gone out of Kingston as Lucindale pushed further ahead in the last as Kingston were goal-less. The margin was a comfortable 43 points.


Disappointing Keith held on for a narrow and possibly lucky win over lowly Bordertown. The game never rose to great heights but was close all day. The Keith Crows led by just five points at quarter time and six at the half. The defences of both teams were on top as goals became harder to get for both. Bordertown were always within reach of the lead but Keith clung to a 5 point advantage at the last change. The last quarter was a struggle as Bordertown pushed for a win but some wayward goal-kicking hindered their chances as Keith seemed to goal whenever threatened. At the final siren Keith prevailed by 8 points.


Kybybolite, anchored to the bottom, did everything but win against reigning premiers Mundulla whilst the Moots did everything but lose the unlosable. In a low scoring contest the lead changed hands often but Mundulla were in front by four points at quarter time and just twoat the long break. Kyby players showed a large amount of self-belief and hit the front in the third quarter as Mundulla got the yips in front of goal. Munn with four goals was more than a nuisance around goal for Kyby who started the last quarter with an eight point lead. Mundulla were now in unfamiliar territory and the yips continued but the Moot defence now shut down many Kyby forward moves. Mundulla booted two goals from seven scoring shots to pip Kyby by a solitary behind. Luke Wiese, Duell, McGrice, Gregurke and Noll were good for Mundulla who almost kicked themselves out of the game. Woodard, McKay, Tonkin, Russell almost got Kyby over the line.


In another close call Kaniva Leeor United came from a 13 point deficit to defeat Padthaway by nine points. The goal-kicking stars of both teams were contained mostly which meant lower scores. KLU made a better start than usual and led by 18 points at quarter time but it could have been much more. Padthaway quickly erased the deficit with six goals in the second quarter whilst holding KLU to just one goal. KLU stirred again at the half-time break came out strongly and now they reined in the Lions to level the scores at three quarter-time. The last quarter was a survival of the fittest and it was KLU who held their nerve to win by nine points. Only three goals were kicked in the final term but it was KLU who got two of them. Brown, Vivian, Jarred and Hitchcock, three goals were best for KLU. Moyle-Read, McCarthy, Josh Eats and Jaensch were good for Padthaway.


Round 10 – June 22, 2019

Penola2. (59)
Naracoorte2.48.59.712.12 (84)

Best:   Naracoorte – A. Cheer, J. Gregg, N. Lacey, K. Jacobs, J. Cother. Penola – S. Merrett, H. Porter, D. Wenham, J. Pfitzner, S. Berkefeld, A. Moore. Goals: Naracoorte – S. Willson 2, B. Mitchell 2, J. Gregg 2, A. Cheer, Z. Walker, D. Myall, W. Walker, S. Gurney, C. Myall. Penola – S. Berkefeld 2, L. Walker 2, B. Merrett, M. Merrett, S. Merrett, G. Merrett

Kaniva Leeor4.65.710.812.11 (83)
Padthaway2.08.210.711.8 (74)

Best:   Kaniva Leeor – A. Brown, L. Vivian, J. Jarred, C. Hitchcock, W. Braunstein, J. Creaser. Padthaway – T. Moyle-Read, J. Mccarthy, J. Eats, R. Jaensch, M. Raitt, J. Heading. Goals: Kaniva Leeor – M. Wundke 3, C. Hitchcock 3, N. Murphy 2, J. Maddern, B. Dodson, J. Wagg, J. Jarred. Padthaway – J. Vandermeer 3, J. Scott 2, F. Freeman, J. Eats, J. Heading, M. Raitt, T. Redigolo, M. Diestel-Feddersen

Keith3. (61)
Bordertown2. (53)

Best:   Keith – M. McDonough, B. Woodall, G. Johnson, W. McMurray, A. Scott, T. Geyer. Bordertown – B. Lodewyk, S. Devitt, L. Makin, L. Murch, D. Inglis, J. Pepper. Goals: Keith – M. McDonough 2, W. Sandford 2, A. Dunstan 2, J. Irwin 2, J. Robertson. Bordertown – J. Barras 3, T. Underwood 2, N. Hampel, G. Twigden

Kingston5. (54)
Lucindale2.27.711.914.13 (97)

Best:   Lucindale – S. Mardling, L. Jones, J. Watson, S. Spriggs, D. Ogilvie, A. Laurencic. Kingston – T. Baker, B. Kennedy, J. Hill, S. Robertson, S. Mazzone, J. Harding. Goals: Lucindale – S. Spriggs 3, L. Jones 3, S. Mardling 3, L. Kelsh 2, R. McInerney, H. Tregoweth, T. Logan. Kingston – J. Fisher 2, T. Rogers, B. Kennedy, R. Clarke, C. Watts, B. Warner, B. Simpson

Mundulla4. (72)
Kybybolite3.46.69.910.11 (71)

Best:   Mundulla – L. Wiese, L. Duell, J. McGrice, N. Gregurke, D. Noll, E. Jaeschke. Kybybolite – T. Woodard, J. Mckay, M. Tonkin, W. Russell, F. Hill, D. Brodie. Goals: Mundulla – J. McGrice 2, T. Perry, D. Noll, D. Mosey, D. Ridgway, H. Dowling, N. Gregurke, L. Wiese. Kybybolite – B. Munn 4, S. Shepherd 2, B. Castine 2, W. Russell, K. Rodgers


June 20, 2019

All five of this week’s KNTFL round 10 matches carry plenty of interest.

Match of the round would be K/L United (4th) v Padthaway (3rd), with Padthaway’s shock win over Penola last week injecting new life into the battle for top three spots.

A Padthaway win could send them two games clear in third spot, but a KLU win would keep the race for the finals double chance wide open.

A rebounding Penola (1st), coming off its first loss, will host Naracoorte (5th), which entered the top five for the first time last week and needs a win to stay there.

Kingston (8th) hosts Lucindale (7th), and whichever side loses will have their finals chances hurt. Lucindale will be hoping some of its injured players are back.

Keith (9th) will host Bordertown (10th) in what will be a highly competitive clash of old rivals, while Kybybolite (11th) will travel to Mundulla (2nd) still seeking its first win for the year, and the chance to reclaim the Tiger Cup.

Border Districts have the bye.


Terry Willoughby – June 17, 2019

The steadily improving Padthaway had Penola on the defensive from the outset when they led by 18 points at quarter time. Penola were struggling ahead of centre where Jaensch was leading a resolute Padthaway defence. The usual array of Merrett’s were unable to have their normal impact as Raitt around the stoppages and goals caused more than a few headaches for Penola and Vandermeer at half forward continued his recent excellent form, both finished with 4 goals. Padthaway held a more than handy 35 point lead at the long break. Penola were in serious entering the second half and unable to contain Raitt and Vandermeer but also not able  to gain any traction up forward as the Lions extended their lead to 41 points at three quarter-time. Obst in the ruck for Padthaway had given his on-ballers a great ride and Moyle-Read in defence gave Jaensch valuable assistance. It was a timely reminder to Penola that this year’s premiership is more open than expected and Padthaway posed more questions with their 30 point win.


The Keith Crows started well with Will McMurray and George Johnson lively across half forward and Woodall winning in the mid-field. Naracoorte trailed by 18 points at the start of the second quarter and booted five goals to get on terms with Keith who still led by 10 points. Cheer and Gill became prominent for Naracoorte and Gregg at half-back was difficult to pass. The game tightened up considerably in the third quarter but Keith still held a narrow lead despite Naracoorte’s challenge. Some of Keith‘s better players were not as productive as earlier and Naracoorte now had some momentum. With a greater proportion of the play Naracoorte outscored Keith with seven goals to four in the final stages to win by 15 points and virtually end any chances of a Keith revival.


Mundulla bounce back after some wobbly form to defeat Border Districts’ easily by 55 points. The game was as good as over in a twinkling as the Moots piled on nine opening quarter goals to just two from Borders and lead by 45 points. Although the tempo slowed from there Mundulla were never threatened with Nic Mosey and Hinge winning handsomely on the forward line and Duell at half-back. Border Districts closed the gap marginally in the third term but Mundulla were still playing strongly all over the ground. The Moots showed no signs of relenting and again outplayed Border Districts in the last quarter to win by 55 points. Hinge booted 6 goals for Mundulla and Nic Mosey three to head a long list of best players. Border Districts were tipped out of the top five and  now have some thinking to  do!


Kybybolite, without a win, displayed their best form and led final’s aspirant Kaniva-Leeor United for almost three quarters. before succumbing at the finish.  With Bittner in the middle and Tonkin and Brodie at half-back Kyby shut down KLU’s movers and shakers early and belied their lowly position on the ladder, salary breach induced of course! Hitchcock and Nic Murphy were trying very hard to keep KLU in the game but lacked help whereas Kyby, doing well team-style, led by 19 points at half-time. A shaken up KLU hit back strongly in the third quarter, as Kyby started to wilt, and levelled the scores at the last change. Kyby lacked the composure of earlier and KLU with more fire-power on the forward line hit the front and went onto win by 20 points but not without a few jitters!


Kingston won a lack lustre game against fellow cellar dweller Bordertown by 30 points to ease away from wooden spoon status. Fisher was the surprise for Kingston and booted six goals whilst ever-reliable Ben Warner played with typical determination. The under-strength Bordertown had only the Tink brothers, Paech and Lodewyk pressing the case for a win.


Round 9 – June 15, 2019

Bordertown1.24.45.710.11 (71)
Kingston3.37.712.915.11 (101)

Best:  Kingston – B. Warner, J. Fisher, J. Siviour, T. Rogers, I. Hewson, B. Simpson. Bordertown – R. Tink, B. Paech, R. Tink, B. Lodewyk, G. Twigden, D. Inglis. Goals: Kingston – J. Fisher 6, T. Rogers 2, B. Kennedy 2, B. Warner 2, R. Clarke, J. Armfield , B. Simpson. Bordertown – L. Makin 3, N. Hampel 2, G. Twigden 2, N. Dahlitz, S. Devitt, J. Barras

Border Districts2.04.77.910.9 (69)
Mundulla9.312.615.819.10 (124)

Best:   Mundulla – N. Mosey, L. Duell, D. Noll, T. Ballinger, J. McGrice, J. Hinge. Border Dists – Z. Edwards, N. Naylor, M. Quinn, J. Baron, B. Helyar, E. Holland. Goals: Mundulla – J. Hinge 6, N. Mosey 3, D. Noll 3, J. Dolling 2, T. Burgess 2, E. Jaeschke, B. Douglas, N. Gregurke. Borders – B. Helyar 3, J. Helyar 2, S. Mansell 2, J. Baron, B. Denmead, Z. Edwards

Kybybolite3. (65)
Kaniva Leeor2.34.78.912.13 (85)

Best:   Kaniva leeor – N. Murphy, W. Braunstein, C. Hitchcock, J. Creaser, B. Dodson, J. Maddern. Kyby – J. Mckay, J. Bittner, M. Tonkin, D. Brodie, T. Hunter, T. Cooper. Goals: Kaniva Leeor – M. Wundke 5, C. Hitchcock 4, N. Murphy 2, A. Brown. Kyby – B. Munn 3, S. Shepherd 2, T. Cooper 2, B. Castine, K. Rodgers

Naracoorte1.46.810.817.12 (114)
Keith4.58.611.715.9 (99)

Best:  Naracoorte – A. Cheer, B. Mitchell, J. Gregg, K. Jacobs, C. Gill, S. Willson. Keith – W. McMurray, R. Menz, B. Woodall, G. Thring, G. Johnson, A. Dunstan. Goals: Naracoorte – S. Willson 5, M. Gill 3, W. Walker 2, B. Mitchell, R. Palma, S. Gurney, J. Reeves, Z. Walker, C. Gill, D. Myall. Keith – J. Robertson 3, J. Irwin 2, A. Dunstan 2, W. McMurray 2, P. Makin 2, G. Johnson, J. Jones, T. Geyer, R. Menz   

Padthaway4.39.813.1214.16 (100)
Penola1.34.37.710.10 (70)

Best:  Padthaway – M. Raitt, R. Jaensch, J. Heading, D. Obst, T. Moyle-Read, J. Vandermeer. Penola – J. Galpin, J. Pfitzner, B. Bryant, S. Merrett, B. Egan, A. Moore. Goals: Padthaway – M. Raitt 4, J. Vandermeer 4, J. Scott 3, L. Harder, C. Williams, T. Redigolo. Penola – B. Merrett 3, D. Walker 2, J. Currie 2, S. Berkefeld 2, A. Merrett


June 12, 2019

After a weekend off for representative footy, the local KNTFL will be back in action this Saturday for the start of the second half of the season.

There are some vital games in determining possible finalists for 2019, with probably match of the round between reigning premiers Mundulla and surprise packet Border Districts.

Mundulla is sitting pretty in second spot and will be favourites to win this, but Borders are in fourth spot with a 5-3 record and would love to claim a big scalp to underline their major round claims.

Padthaway (third) v Penola (first) is another candidate for match of the round with both sides definitely eyeing off a top three position this year. Penola has been the top side for sure this year and Padthaway would win much admiration with a win over the Eagles.

It’s make or break for last year’s losing grand finalist Keith, who are just holding on to finals hopes with a 2-5 record and need to beat Naracoorte (4-3) to have any chance of playing in September.

Bordertown v Kingston will be a very competitive game, with both sides on two wins each and looking to lift themselves into the middle order of the ladder.

Kaniva/Leeor United has had some tough games of late and will be looking for a good, solid win over the struggling Kybybolite to get back in form and further consolidate a spot in the top five.

Lucindale has the bye this weekend.


Terry Willoughby, June 2, 2019

Penola had an easy win over last placed Kybybolite who are yet sniff victory after a heavy-handed punishment for salary cap breaches. Penola quickly asserted their dominance with six goals to one in the opening quarter and it appeared a matter of how big would the margin be? Kyby, to their credit, made Penola work harder in the remaining three quarters. but were never likely to be winners. Brad Merrett with 7 goals was the match-winner for Penola and Kyby were powerless to stop him. Inaccuracy in the third quarter restricted Penola but Kyby plugged away and forced the Eagle’s into error. Five goals to one in the final term sapped Kyby’s efforts and Penola steadied to win by 61 points.


Padthaway may well have closed the door on Keith’s finals hopes with a commanding 62 point win. The Lions opened brightly with five goals with Vandermeer in red-hot form around the goals and elsewhere. Keith had no one that could curb him although McDonough and Menz were trying on Keith’s backline. Scoring dried up in the second term but Keith were no closer at the long break, 19 points down. Padthaway stormed clear in the third quarter when they slammed on seven goals to nil and have the game sewn up at three quarter time.  Harder and Josh Eats had joined in the goal-kicking and Longbottom in defence shut Keith out. The Keith Crows booted four token goals in the last quarter but the damage had been done earlier. Vandermeer with 8 goals was the stand-out for Padthaway with Harder and Eats also good.


Lucindale, needing a win to consolidate their place in the top five, were humbled by the lowly Bordertown whose accuracy around goal bought them down. Lucindale wasted chances from the outset when they sprayed goal-kicking chances everywhere. Bordertown on the other hand made all of theirs count with Josh Barras returning to his best goal-kicking form of past seasons. The errant kicking of Lucindale continued in the secondquarter and they trailed by 22 points at half time. Bordertown seemed to kick a goal whenever they went into attack whilst the goal-kicking yips still plagued Lucindale although they were still within striking at three quarter time where Bordertown led by 13 points. The question now was could Bordertown hold on. Well, they did better than that and matched everything Lucindale threw at them, maintaining their un-erring accuracy in the process. Rory Tink, Dahlitz, and Makin had been very good players for Bordertown but it was the eight goals from Barras that made the difference. Lucindale slowly reduced the lead to less than a goal but just couldn’t find the much needed goals often enough! Mardling, Ogilvie and Spriggs were best for Lucindale.


Naracoorte continued their improvement with a 20 point win over Kingston who blew their chances with shocking inaccuracy in the first quarter. Only two goals from 10 scoring shots was a poor reward and Naracoorte were able to get back in the game with five goals before halftime and trail by just three points. Kingston had used up plenty of gas by the time the third quarter started and now Naracoorte stepped up with eight goals to three from Kingston and what earlier had looked like a Seasiders win now very much went the other way. Kingston had runout of steam and Naracoorte finished them off. Naracoorte veteran Brett Gould  had a good day and booted five goals, Limbert, Gregg, Jacobs and Bettoncelli all made solid contributions.  


Border Districts had a good win over the inconsistent Kaniva-Leeor United by 18 points. Play was shared evenly in the first quarter with Borders ahead by four points. The alarm bells started ringing for KLU when Border District’s fifo brigade got working and added five goals to one and raced to a 31 point lead. Quinn in the midfield and Naylor were good for Borders whilst Denmead at half-back defended strongly. KLU’s unhealthy reliance on Wundke’s ability to kick a bag of goals was again their undoing as Borders extended the lead to 36 points at three quarter time and showing no signs of stopping. KLU rallied strongly in the last quarter but couldn’t restrict Border’s forward moves effectively and fell 18 points short at the finish. Quinn, Baron, Naylor and Denmead stood out for Border Districts. Barnes, the reliable DeVisser and Meyer were best for KLU.


Round 8 – June 1, 2019

Kaniva Leeor2.43.66.913.13 (91)
Border Districts3.28.712.916.13 (109)

Best:  Borders – M. Quinn, N. Naylor, J. Baron, B. Denmead, F. Adams, J. Helyar. Kaniva Leeor – R. Barnes, C. De Visser, C. Meyer, M. Wundke, B. Clark, J. Jarred. Goals: Borders – S. Mansell 4, G. Hampton 3, B. Helyar 2, F. Adams 2, Z. Edwards 2, J. Baron, H. Falkenberg, M. Quinn. Kaniva Leeor – M. Wundke 5, R. Barnes 2, C. De Visser 2, C. Hitchcock 2, J. Jarred, S. Vivian

Keith2. (57)
Padthaway5.27.514.918.11 (119)

Best:  Padthaway – J. Vandermeer, A. Longbottom, J. Eats, L. Harder, J. Scott, M. Raitt. Keith – W. McMurray, R. Menz, J. Jones, A. Dunstan, J. Robertson, M. McDonough. Goals: Padthaway – J. Vandermeer 8, J. Scott 3, L. Harder 3, M. Raitt 2, A. Longbottom, J. Eats. Keith – G. Thring 2, J. Robertson 2, M. McDonough 2, J. Irwin, W. McMurray

Kingston2.85.128.1311.14 (80)
Naracoorte1.26.314.815.10 (100)

Best:  Naracoorte – W. Limbert, J. Gregg, K. Jacobs, J. Bettoncelli, J. Macdonald, S. Willson. Kingston – J. May, S. Mazzone, J. Armfield , B. Warner, T. Baker, J. Fisher. Goals: Naracoorte – B. Gould 5, F. Day 2, S. Willson 2, B. Mitchell 2, D. Myall, L. Kelson, S. Gurney, J. Gregg. Kingston – D. Richardson 3, C. Healy 2, R. Clarke, B. Kennedy, B. Warner, B. Simpson, T. Baker, S. Robertson

Lucindale2.64.118.1613.19 (97)
Bordertown5.29.312.516.6 (102)

Best:  Bordertown – R. Tink, N. Dahlitz, L. Makin, J. Barras, J. Verco, J. Searle. Lucindale – S. Mardling, D. Ogilvie, S. Spriggs, L. Kelsh, J. Watson, H. Tregoweth. Goals: Bordertown – J. Barras 8, J. Searle 2, S. Devitt 2, G. Twigden 2, N. Hampel, T. Underwood. Lucindale – R. Milne 3, L. Kelsh 2, S. Mardling 2, R. McInerney, S. Spriggs, A. Eckermann, L. Jones, D. Ogilvie, J. Teakle

Penola6.17.59.1214.15 (99)
Kybybolite1. (38)

Best:   Penola – L. Walker, B. Maney, S. Merrett, B. Bryant, H. Porter, S. Berkefeld. Kybybolite – K. Rodgers, B. Castine, T. Cooper, T. Hunter, M. Tonkin, T. Woodard. Goals: Penola – B. Merrett 7, A. Merrett, M. Berkefeld, S. Klemm, B. Bryant, S. Berkefeld, J. Currie, S. Merrett. Kybybolite – K. Rodgers 4, B. Castine

The Naracoorte Herald Previews Round Eight

May 30, 2019

An even season of KNTFL football will continue in round 8 this Saturday with five more competitive games.

There is no stand-out for match of the round, but one very competitive game will be Kaniva/Leeor United versus Border Districts in a clash of fourth versus fifth.

Borders have been the surprise packet this year but need to win these sorts of games to be taken seriously, while KLU knocked off Mundulla last week which could launch a campaign for a top three spot.

Keith v Padthaway could also be very competitive with both sides in the race for finals spots and both coming off wins.

Kingston will host Naracoorte, with both on the outside of the top five but potential finalists if all goes right.

Lucindale has slipped outside the top five and needs a morale-boosting win over Bordertown to get back on track.

Top team Penola plays bottom team Kyby and the Eagles are unlikely to show any mercy to their old rivals.

Mundulla has the bye after suffering consecutive losses.



Terry Willoughby – May 27, 2019

Inclement weather also played a part in KNT football with lower than normal scores recorded in all games. Border Districts improvement this season has been against mostly lower teams and their game against Penola bears this out. Borders were in touch with the league leaders in the first quarter and but for errant kicking should have been in front. The Merretts’ Brad and Adam were again proving to be a huge challenge to Border Districts especially hard on this occasion. Penola held a two point lead going into the second term and extended it to 13 but Borders were still right in the game. With conditions still testing Penola were a little further ahead and appeared to have Border District’s measure by three quarter-time. Penola again outscored Border’s in the last quarter with four goals to two and won comfortably by 33 points.  Brad Merrett with six match-winning goals stood out for Penola along with Walker and Bryant. Border Districts have improved but they still haven’t defeated a top team.


After four straight losses the Keith Crows found their mojo again and defeated Kybybolite by 51 points. The Crows quickly took control of the game and never allowed Kyby any latitude. George Johnson around the forward line was again Keith’s avenue to goal and he booted five. Kyby had a better second quarter but the Crows weren’t about to let this game slip after a disastrous previous 4 rounds. They charged away in the third quarter with McDonough and the veteran Makin in sparkling touch. Both teams booted three goals in the last quarter but it was Keith who heaved a big sigh at the finish.


Mundulla looked to redeem themselves after last week’s loss and probably thought they were doing all right at quarter time when they led by 15 points as Kaniva-Leeor United had only one minor score on the board. The game changed dramatically in the second quarter for KLU when Cameron Hitchcock, maybe it was his famous namesake Alfred being channelled, because KLU slammed through nine goals and carved up the Mundulla defence to lead by 21 points, a six goal turnaround! Hitchcock was the catalyst but goal-kicking Michael Wundke wasn’t about to be upstaged as KLU extended the lead to 29 points at three quarter-time. Mundulla were very much in catch-up mode and not doing it very well with many players unsighted. KLU may have slowed down in the last quarter but they were never threatened to win by 40 points and cast a few doubts over Mundulla. Hitchcock booted six goals to inspire KLU to victory and Wundke booted four. The consistent Nic Mosey, King and Duell battled hard for Mundulla.


Naracoorte, improved but still inconsistent, had the better of Lucindale from start to finish.  Naracoorte’s defence worked hard and limited nearly every forward move. The Demons led by 11 points at quarter time with veteran Sid Patterson in good form. Naracoorte pressed home the advantage before half-time and now led by 20 points but probably looking over their shoulder expecting a Lucindale fightback which never eventuated.  Naracoorte cemented their win in the third quarter with four goals to just one from Lucindale who got nothing from their key players.  Naracoorte played steadily but unspectacularly throughout to win by 40 points. Lucindale disappointed greatly and now sit precariously in the middle of the ladder.


Padthaway battled hard for a 24 point win over Kingston who were looking to cause another upset. The Lions were not at all convincing ahead of centre and it was Ray Jaensch in defence who stood out. Kingston also struggled for any stand out contributors but managed to scramble a couple of goals to stay close at halkf-time with Padthaway in the lead by just nine points. The play never rose to any great heights after the long break but Padthaway still held the lead. The Lions had their most productive quarter in the last when they booted 4 to Kingston’s two to win by 24 points and creep into the top five.


Round 7 – May 25, 2019

Border Districts2. (53)
Penola3.17.39.413.8 (86)

Best:  Penola – B. Merrett, S. Merrett, L. Walker, B. Bryant, S. Berkefeld, A. Moore. Borders – D. Skinner, R. Oliver, B. Helyar, T. Robinson, M. Quinn, F. Adams. Goals: Penola – B. Merrett 6, A. Merrett 3, D. Hackwill, L. Walker, D. Walker, D. Wenham. Borders – Z. Edwards 2, H. Pretlove 2, B. Denmead, M. Quinn, B. Helyar

Kybybolite1. (58)
Keith5.58.713.916.13 (109)

Best:  Keith – M. McDonough, P. Makin, G. Thring, S. Schreiber, W. McMurray, G. Johnson. Kyby – M. Tonkin, S. Tonkin, K. Rodgers, D. Warren, J. Bittner, E. Owen. Goals: Keith – G. Johnson 5, J. Forrest 2, G. Thring 2, P. Makin 2, E. Dunstan, S. Schreiber, J. Pitchford, J. Robertson, A. Scott. Kyby – B. Munn 4, M. Tonkin 2, T. Curnow, B. Castine, D. Warren

Mundulla2. (58)
Kaniva Leeor0.19.413.715.8 (98)

Best: Kaniva Leeor – C. Hitchcock, J. Creaser, R. Barnes, A. Smith, A. Brown, C. De Visser. Mundulla – N. Mosey, D. King, L. Duell, W. Packer, T. Perry, B. Douglas. Goals: Kaniva Leeor – C. Hitchcock 6, M. Wundke 4, N. Murphy 2, S. Snook, J. Jarred, R. Barnes. Mundulla – W. Packer 2, N. Gregurke 2, J. Hinge, L. Wiese, J. Dolling, N. Mosey

Naracoorte3.35.79.1111.11 (77)
Lucindale1. (37)

Best:  Nuriootpa – S. Patterson, D. Myall, B. Mitchell, J. Bettoncelli, W. Limbert, D. Albrecht. Lucindale – R. Milne, L. Kelsh, D. McCarthy, T. Menz, D. Ogilvie, H. Tregoweth. Goals: Naracoorte – S. Gurney 3, S. Willson 2, B. Mitchell 2, B. Foster 2, J. Cother, D. Myall. Lucindale – L. Kelsh 3, T. Logan, L. Jones

Padthaway3.24.66.710.11 (71)
Kingston1. (47)

Best: Padthaway – D. Obst, R. Jaensch, L. Harder, J. Dicker , A. Stevens, J. Vandermeer. Kingston – J. Armfield , J. Fisher, J. Hill, J. May, H. Wright. Goals: Padthaway  – J. Dicker 4, J. Scott 2, M. Raitt 2, J. Eats, J. Vandermeer. Kingston – H. Wright 2, T. Baker 2, B. Kennedy, D. Richardson, S. Robertson

The Naracoorte Herald Previews Round Seven

May 23, 2019

A series of very important games this weekend will see the KNTFL ladder continue to take shape.

Mundulla, coming off a loss to Penola, will host Kaniva/Leeor United with both sides in the running for finals spots. Mundulla will be firm favourites, but KLU are rested from the bye and have ace goalkicker Michael Wundke in great form.

Border Districts (3rd on ladder) will host undefeated Penola in a true test of how good Borders are. Borders haven’t claimed a big scalp yet, but with a 4-1 record would be confident of matching the dynamic Eagles.

Naracoorte will host Lucindale, with both sides on the fringe of the top five and wanting a win to hold their spots.

Padthaway v Kingston will also be a very competitive game, with Padthaway just inside the five and Kingston just outside it, wanting to get in.

Kybybolite will host Keith, with the two sides only having one win between them for the year. Keith will be firm favourites.

Bordertown has the bye.


Terry Willoughby, May 20, 2019

Penola with two outstanding forwards burst the Mundulla bubble to win by 10 points. All teams have struggled to curb the influence of Adam and Brad Merrett for Penola and Mundulla were no different. Penola went to the lead early on but the Moots were never far away. Penola led by 11 points at quarter time with defences on top for both teams. Mundulla clawed their way back in the second term and scores were all locked up at the main break.

The Moots had no match-winners ahead of centre whilst Penola had Simon Berkefeld pumping the ball forward regularly. The third quarter was again a tight battle with neither team able to gain ascendancy and the margin was just one point with Penola ahead. The Merrett’s, Adam and Brad now had a major part as Penola goaled whilst restricting Mundulla and fought their way to a 19 point lead which was enough in the top of the ladder clash, a good but not conclusive win! Best for Penola were Simon Berkefeld, Adam and Brad Merrett with four and three goals each and on-baller Brad Bryant, a more than handy recruit. Not disgraced, Mundulla were best served by Ridgway and Duell in defence, Noll and Perry.



Kingston recorded their second win in a row with a 23 point margin over the embattled Kybybolite. Kyby stayed in touch with Kingston in the first half, trailing by just 8 points at quarter and halftime. Kingston gained some measure of control in the third quarter through Ben Warner with Simpson and Hewson bobbing up with much needed goals to push the margin out to 27 points. Kyby continued to battle hard but Kingston, no great shakes themselves, had a few more players contributing and recorded a 23 point win.

Bordertown had a chance to climb a few rungs on the ladder against Naracoorte when the held a four point lead at quarter time but from there the wheels wobbled until they fell off by three quarter-time. It was hardly an inspiring spectacle and Naracoorte could and should have won by much more, having 29 scoring shots to 11 from Bordertown but only winning by 48 points is not a testament to skill. Neither team appears likely to threaten the top five in the short term.  Few players would put this game on their highlight reel but the name of Gurney appeared in the Naracoorte goal-kickers with three, a name that is synonymous with past Naracoorte teams.


The “FIFO” inspired Border Districts notched a big scalp when they broke clear of the under-performing Keith Crows to win by 18 points. It was a tight battle throughout the low-scoring game with Border Districts in front most of the game. With goals hard to come by the difference was only nine points at quarter time with Borders ahead. Keith were hanging on tenaciously after three straight losses and whittled the margin back to seven points at the long break even though Dunstan and McDonough were bobbing up everywhere and George Johnson was a target up forward. Border’s weren’t exactly dominant but were doing enough to keep their noses in front even with Keith challenging strongly in the third quarter. Mansell was crucial for Border Districts and he seemed to find his way to goal whenever Keith drew close. Borders kicked clear in final term as the Keith challenge faltered. Baron, Skinner and the Helyars played well for Border’s whilst Mansell booted five valuable goals. The Keith Crows best were Dunstan, Mcdonough and Woodall whilst Johnson booted four of their six goals but the lowly spot on the ladder would be worrying!


Lucindales’ fourth place on the ladder was very much up for grabs when Padthaway challenged strongly in the first half at the picturesque ground. The Lions have been steadily improving but Lucindale looked to have better credentials and led by four points. Tom Logan was posing a big threat for Lucindale and Sam Mardling was dangerous near goal. Padthaway had much more play in the second term with Ray Jaensch, ex Kyby, defending well with Moyle-Read and Heading doing well on the wing and they were in front by nine points at half-time. Tom Logan continued to win possessions all around the ground but importantly when near goal as Lucindale fought back. Mardling and Spriggs were also prominent as Lucindale took the lead by three quarter-time. Jaensch was still Padthaway’s best but Lucindale managed to play past or over him and steadied in the last quarter to win by 19 points. Lucindale had only three goal-kickers for the game but fortunately they were Logan with five, Mardling with four and Graetz three.     


Round 6 – May 18, 2019

Bordertown3. (36)
Naracoorte2.45.610.1011.18 (74)

Best: Naracoorte – J. Gregg, J. Macdonald, J. Bettoncelli, B. Mitchell, W. Limbert, S. Gurney. Bordertown – R. Tink, J. Searle, S. Devitt, R. Tink, J. Barras, L. Makin. Goals: Naracoorte – S. Gurney 3, B. Mitchell 2, J. Cother, D. Myall, W. Walker, C. Gill, S. Willson, W. Limbert. Bordertown – J. Searle 2, C. Sandercock 2, T. Leigh

Keith2. (48)
Border Districts3. (68)

Best: Border Districts – J. Baron, D. Skinner, B. Helyar, J. Helyar, F. Adams, S. Mansell. Keith – E. Dunstan, M. McDonough, B. Woodall, J. Pitchford, T. Geyer, W. McMurray. Goals: Borders – S. Mansell 5, E. Holland 2, M. Quinn, B. Denmead. Keith – G. Johnson 4, J. Robertson, G. Thring

Kingston4.36.510.913.13 (91)
Kybybolite3.15.36.610.8 (68)

Best: Kingston – B. Simpson, B. Warner, B. Kennedy, I. Hewson, T. Rogers, S. Mazzone. Kybybolite – T. Woodard, M. Tonkin, D. Warren, B. Castine, O. Peltz, C. Borg. Goals: Kingston – I. Hewson 3, B. Simpson 3, S. Robertson 2, T. Baker 2, B. Kennedy 2, T. Rogers. Kybybolite – B. Castine 3, S. Shepherd 3, W. Russell 2, T. Cooper 2

Lucindale2.53.79.812.11 (83)
Padthaway2. (62)

Best: Lucindale – T. Logan, S. Spriggs, S. Mardling, L. Jones, L. Kelsh, H. Kroemer. Padthaway – R. Jaensch, J. Heading, T. Moyle-Read, J. Eats, S. Townsend, J. Vandermeer. Goals: Lucindale – T. Logan 5, S. Mardling 4, S. Graetz 3. Padthaway – J. Eats 3, J. Vandermeer 3, L. Harder 2, C. Williams

Penola4. (64)
Mundulla2. (54)

Best: Penola – S. Berkefeld, A. Merrett, B. Merrett, B. Bryant, S. Merrett, A. Moore. Mundulla – D. Ridgway, D. Noll, L. Duell, T. Perry, B. Douglas, L. Wiese. Goals: Penola – A. Merrett 4, B. Merrett 3, W. Clayfield, S. Berkefeld. Mundulla – N. Mosey 3, J. Dolling 2, L. Duell, D. Noll


May 16, 2019

It might be too early to call, but this Saturday’s game between Penola and Mundulla could potentially be a KNTFL grand final preview.

Both sides are undefeated and have been ultra-impressive this season, sitting head and shoulders above the rest of the competition.

Both have excellent midfields, while Penola in particular has a potent forward line with Adam and Brad Merrett kicking 15 goals between them last week. For Mundulla, James Hinge is also in great touch with 27 goals for the year.

The winner of the game will pull a game clear on top of the ladder and become the premiership favourites.

Lucindale v Padthaway will be another very interesting outcome with both sides on the finals fringe, as will Keith v Border Districts, with both finals hopefuls losing last week.

Kybybolite will travel to the coast looking for its first win of the year against Kingston, while Bordertown will host Naracoorte in what should be a competitive game. 

KL United has the bye.


by Terry Willoughby, May 13, 2019

Kingston, whose form has been patchy to say the least, looked to have little chance of beating the improved Border Districts who had claimed some good early wins. The Seasiders started boldly and ran to an early lead whilst Border’s squandered many chances when near goal, one goal from seven scoring shots was a poor reward. Kingston continued to call the tune although scoring became much more difficult but the goal-kicking yips still plagued Border Districts with Kingston 19 points ahead at half-time. The second half which has been a problem for Kingston so far in 2019 loomed large but they kept up their momentum and again outscored Border Districts with three goals to two and extended the lead to 24 points at the last change. Kingston were now in unfamiliar territory but they showed no signs of fading and with Border Districts unable to do any better the Saints got home by 26 points in a morale boosting team effort.  


Padthaway had too many good players to be threatened by Bordertown who haven’t quite the easybeats they were expected to be. The Lions started slowly and Bordertown battled hard to hold a small four point lead at quarter time. Padthaway went on the attack early in the second term and slammed on five goals while keeping the Roosters scoreless and the game was as good as over. Vandermeer and Harder caused havoc around goal for Padthaway and Bordertown had no answers. The Lions continued to dominate play after the long break when the continually outclassed Bordertown by booting eight goals to have a match-winning 69 point lead at three quarter-time. On-baller Scott and defender Archie Longbottom were starring for Padthaway who eased up at the finish to win by 70 points. Vandermeer with seven goals and Harder with five did all the damage up forward. Searle, Rory Tink and Paech battled hard for Bordertown.


Mundulla dealt Keith another crushing blow with a 24 point win over last year’s grand finalist. It was Keith’s third loss in a row and they look nothing like the team of recent years. Mundulla led narrowly at quarter time by four points and appeared a better balanced team than the struggling Crows. Keith found something like their good form in the second quarter and booted four goals to one from the Moots to reach the lead before half-time and it could have been more than the 18 points with some greater accuracy. Mundulla bounced back strongly after the main break and quickly regained the lead with Gaden in defence, Noll and McGrice across the midfield winning many possessions. Keith struggled to get forward and when they did the Mundulla defence harassed them into error. Mundulla now had control of play and added three more goals in the final quarter whilst Keith continued to struggle and ran out comfortable winners by 24 points. Gaden, Noll, Nic Mosey, Perry and McGrice all played well for Mundulla whilst Will McMurray, Dunstan, George Johnson, Geyer and Thring tried hard for Keith but they fell away after them.


Penola, the major threat to Mundulla, had another very Merrettorius win, this one at the expense of Kaniva-Leeor United by 45 points. The combined goal kicking powers of Adam and Brett Merrett proved too big a hurdle for KLU to overcome especially when they started slowly as usual. Penola banged on six first quarter to hold 25 point lead and the warning bells were already ringing for KLU. KLU’s unhealthy reliance on Michael Wundke to kick a bag of goals was again in play but he would have to kick a huge tally to keep KLU alive. They slammed on eight in the second term but were unable to contain the goal leakage at the other end where Penola booted seven of their own to maintain a 20 point buffer. Nothing that KLU did could stem the flow of Merrett goals it seemed. Penola kicked clear again after half-time although not quite as prolifically as earlier but it appeared as though KLU had fired their best shot. The three quarter-time margin had extended to 34 points with no let up in sight fo KLU. Penola could have eased a little this late but they were intent on making a statement and piled on another five goals before the merciful final siren came to KLU’s rescue. Best for Penola were Merrett’s M,B and S, ahead of Berkefeld and Bryant, Adam Merrett had to be content with sixth best with a paltry eight goals. Obviously Wundke stood out for KLU with nine hard earned goals, Devisser and Vivian battled hard all game but many others need to step up!


Lucindale were too good at Kyby winning by 82 points. The damage was done in the first term when the visitors ran rampant kicking eight goals to nothing. Kyby managed just six goals for the game, with Lucindale’s Sam Mardling matching Kyby’s goal tally off his own boot.

Round 5 – May 11, 2019

Mundulla3.14.29.712.12 (84)
Keith2. (60)

Best: Mundulla – T. Gaden, D. Noll, N. Mosey, T. Perry, J. McGrice, R. Braybrook. Keith – W. McMurray, A. Dunstan, G. Johnson, T. Geyer, G. Thring, E. Dunstan. Goals: Mundulla – J. Hinge 3, T. Burgess 2, J. Dolling 2, L. Wiese 2, N. Gregurke, N. Mosey, D. Noll. Keith – A. Dunstan 3, P. Makin 3, G. Johnson, J. Wilson.

Padthaway2.28.816.1219.15 (129)
Bordertown4. (59)

Best: Padthaway – J. Scott, J. Vandermeer, A. Longbottom, D. Obst, L. Harder, T. Redigolo. Bordertown – J. Searle, R. Tink, B. Paech, D. Inglis, R. Tink, B. Lodewijk. Goals: Padthaway – J. Vandermeer 7, L. Harder 5, J. Scott 3, M. Caire, J. Dicker , J. Eats, C. Dolling. Bordertown – D. Inglis 3, J. Searle 2, N. Hampel, R. Tink, L. Weatherald, T. Leigh.

Kaniva Leeor2.110.312.415.7 (97)
Penola6.213.517.822.10 (142)

Best: Kaniva Leeor – M. Wundke, C. De Visser, L. Vivian, A. Brown, R. Barnes, S. Snook. Penola – M. Merrett, B. Merrett, S. Merrett, M. Berkefeld, B. Bryant, A. Merrett. Goals: Kaniva Leeor – M. Wundke 9, S. Snook 3, J. Maddern, J. Jarred, A. Brown. Penola – A. Merrett 8, B. Merrett 7, M. Berkefeld 2, A. Moore, J. Currie, S. Merrett, B. Bryant, S. Klemm.

Border Districts1. (56)
Kingston4.36.59.912.10 (82)

Best: Kingston – not av. Borders – F. Adams, J. Baron, M. Quinn, N. Naylor, R. Oliver, J. Helyar. Goals: Kingston – H. Wright 4, T. Baker 2, B. Warner, B. Simpson, I. Hewson, T. Mills, C. Healy, B. Kennedy. Borders – S. Mansell 2, B. Helyar, D. Starr, Z. Edwards, J. Helyar, H. Pretlove

Kybybolite0. (45)
Lucindale8.510.1112.1318.19 (127)

Best: Lucindale – L. Kelsh, S. Mardling, H. Tregoweth, N. Clarke, S. Spriggs, D. Badman. Goals: Lucindale – S. Mardling 6, L. Kelsh 3, S. Spriggs 2, S. Graetz 2, R. McInerney 2, A. Fielke, H. Tregoweth, R. Milne. Kybybolite – S. Shepherd 3, E. Owen 2, S. Bell


May 9, 2019

A series of excellent match-ups are on the cards in the KNTFL’s round 5 this Saturday.

A rematch of last year’s grand finalists Mundulla v Keith is probably match of the round, with Mundulla undefeated and Keith battling to stay in touch with the top sides with a record of 1-2 so far. Another loss will be a blow for the Crows.

Another very important clash is K/L United v Penola, with both sides vying for a top three position. Penola is undefeated and KLU have lost only once, so both would go into the game confident.

Border Districts are a good chance to further improve their excellent win-loss record of 3-1 against the winless Kingston, but the Saints are not as bad as their 0-4 record suggests.

Lucindale can stay in touch with the top sides with a win over struggling Kybybolite, while Padthaway v Bordertown will be an even contest with both sides looking to remain on the fringe of the top five.

Naracoorte has the bye this week.


With Terry Willoughby, May 6, 2019

The closest game of the round was between Lucindale and Border Districts who are presently in the top five, somewhere they haven’t been for some time! Scores were always close with neither team able to gain any sort of ascendancy over the other. Lucindale led narrowly at every change but Border Districts were always in touch. The margins were four, seven and 13 points, and the game was finely balanced. Lucindale, heavily reliant on Tom Logan so far this season now found other avenues to goal with Sam Graetz and Sam Mardling stepping up. The foreign legion that is Border Districts outscored Lucindale in the last quarter but not by enough and they fell five points short at the final siren of a close and entertaining game.

LUCINDALE 16-13 109 HELD ON, BORDER DISTRICTS 15-14 104        

Keith squandered an opportunity when the kicked poorly in the first quarter of their clash with Kaniva Leeor United and only led by 17 points despite having seven more scoring shots. KLU quickly erased the deficit in the low scoring contest and with Wundke always a threat at full forward they reached the lead by half-time, albeit by just three points. Play was a dour struggle in the third quarter as Keith again hit the front but KLU scored a valuable goal against the flow of play and only trailed by a solitary behind at three quarter-time. With goals very hard to come by KLU edged ahead in the final quarter with Brown and Wundke combining with goals to give KLU a 12 point win. It was Keith’s second loss in a row and the now sit precariously in the bottom half of the ladder.


Bordertown, more competitive than first thought, had a 31 point win over Kybybolite who are yet to register a win. The tough conditions made scoring difficult but the Roosters had a handy 16 point lead at half-time after a scrappy but even first quarter. No players were outstanding but Hampel for the Roosters was the most important forward on either side. Bordertown extended their lead in the low scoring game to 29 points which was an insurmountable margin in the context of the game. The last quarter was agonising with Kyby unable to goal and Bordertown managed just two to win by 31 points.


 Mundulla were quickly into action and always had control against Kingston who have been disappointing so far in 2019. With Hinge, Nic Mosey and Luke Wiese doing all the damage on the forward line and McGrice and Gregurke winning handsomely across the midfield the Moots raced to a 49 point lead by half-time. Kingston showed more fight in the third quarter and matched Mundulla on the scoreboard at least but they never really threatened. Mundulla eased up in the last quarter but still won by 49 points to remain on top of the ladder.


Padthaway’s recent form hasn’t been convincing but they appear to be on the rise after defeating Naracoorte by 29 points. The Lions, another team with many imports, shook off the determined Naracoorte after quarter time and were never headed. The dangerous Luke Harder booted five goals and was a constant threat to Naracoorte who lacked the manpower to threaten Padthaway as the lead steadily increased to 18 points at three quarter-time. Padthaway had the better portion of play as Naracoorte’s efforts dropped away.


Round 4 – May 4, 2019

Bordertown2.26.58.610.8 (68)
Kybybolite2. (37)

Best: Bordertown – Bradley Paech, Reagan Tink, Brent Shuttleworth, Rory Tink, Lachlan Makin, Tyson Leigh.  Kybybolite : Jack Mckay, Thomas Woodard, Jamie Bittner, Scott Tonkin, Matthew Tonkin, Thomas Hunter. Goals: Bordertown – Nicholas Hampel 4, Josh Barras 2, Joshua Searle 1, Lincoln Weatherald 1, Brent Shuttleworth 1, Dustin Inglis 1.  Kybybolite : Will Russell 1, David Warren 1, Kane Rodgers 1, Brad Castine 1

Keith2. (49)
Kaniva Leeor0. (61)

Best: Kaniva Leeor – Alex Brown, Blake Dodson, Joshua Jarred, Michael Wundke, William Braunstein, Austin Smith.  Keith : Benjamin Woodall, Albert Dunstan, Seb Schreiber, William McMurray, Tom Geyer, David Coghlan. Goals: Kaniva Leeor – Michael Wundke 4, Alex Brown 2, Jock Maddern 1, Cameron De Visser 1.  Keith : Slade Laubsch 2, Henry McMurray 2, Jordan Robertson 1, William McMurray 1

Kingston1.33.57.710.8 (68)
Mundulla5.411.615.1117.15 (117)

Best: Mundulla – Jake McGrice, Nicholas Gregurke, Thomas Perry, Nicholas Mosey, Tom Gaden, Timothy Ballinger.  Kingston : Tyler Baker, Scott Mazzone, Brett Simpson, James Siviour, Jacob Fisher, Thomas Rogers. Goals: Mundulla – James Hinge 6, Nicholas Mosey 4, Luke Wiese 3, Jonte Dolling 3, Darcy King 1.  Kingston : Tyler Baker 4, Brett Simpson 1, Brock Kennedy 1, Dylan Richardson 1, Tyson Mills 1, Isaac Hewson 1, Jarryd Hill 1

Lucindale4.17.812.1016.13 (109)
Border Districts3.36.710.915.14 (104)

Best: Lucindale – Lachie Jones, Luke Kelsh, Angus Eckermann, Aaron Fielke, Justin Watson, Henry Tregoweth.  Border Districts: Zak Edwards, Mark Quinn, Daniel Skinner, Ezrah Holland, Blake Helyar, Nathan Naylor. Goals: Lucindale – Sam Graetz 3, Samuel Mardling 3, Ryan McInerney 2, Robert Jones 2, Lachie Jones 1, Justin Watson 1, Nathan Clarke 1, Aaron Fielke 1, Henry Tregoweth 1, Scott Spriggs 1.  Border Districts : Shawn Mansell 3, Harrison Pretlove 3, Daniel Starr 2, Zak Edwards 2, Ezrah Holland 2, Blake Helyar 1, Fraser Adams 1, Mark Quinn 1

Naracoorte2. (63)
Padthaway4.18.310.614.8 (92)

Best: Padthaway – Daniel Obst, Matthew Raitt, Jacob Eats, Luke Harder, Archie Longbottom, Jason Dicker. Naracoorte:  Andrew Cheer, Jamie Bettoncelli, Sam   Bates, Josh Cother, Keenan Jacobs, William Walker. Goals: Padthaway – L. Harder 5, M. Raitt 3, J. Vandermeer 2, J. Scott, M. Diestel-Feddersen, J. Eats, J. Dicker. Naracoorte – S. Willson 4, D. Myall 3, S. Gurney, C. Myall


May 2, 2019

There are some real crunch games for potential finalists in this week’s KNTFL round.

Match of the round would probably be Keith v Kaniva/Leeor United – a rematch of the 2018 second semi-final. Both sides have definite finals claims again this year and 50-50 games like this could be the difference between them finishing in the top 3, or missing out on finals altogether.

KLU’s Michael Wundke has kicked 21 goals in three weeks and could be the difference, and it will be interesting to see how Keith rebounds from last week’s big loss to Penola.

Another big game is Lucindale v Border Districts, with Borders surprisingly undefeated and Lucindale, a pre-season flag fancy, having one win from three games. Will Borders prove their strength with another win, or will Lucindale bring them back to earth?

Kybybolite will travel to Bordertown with both sides seeking their first wins for the year.

The game between Naracoorte and Padthaway will be eagerly watched, with both sides on one win apiece.

Kingston has the tough task of travelling to Mundulla looking for its first win. Penola has the bye.


Terry Willoughby – April 27, 2019

Penola swept aside last year’s grand finalist Keith by 59 points after a battle for supremacy in the first half. Injury weakened Keith were right in the game with defenders Albert Dunstan and McMurray turning many attacks before half-time but the Crows’ couldn’t find a winner ahead of centre whereas Penola had ball magnet Simon Berkefeld in top form. The floodgates break open in the third quarter with Keith’s defence unable to stop the momentum. The Merrett’s again came to the fore with Adam booting 4 and Brett 4 as the lead blew out to 30 points at three quyarter-time. Penola were unrelenting in the last term and went on to win easily by 59 points. Simon Berkefeld headed the best players for Penola but the nightmare for opposition teams are the Merrett’s of whom there maybe six.

PENOLA 14- 18 102 OVER-RAN KEITH 6-7 43

Naracoorte defeated Kybybolite by 16 points in a dour low-scoring contest marked by scrappy skills and heavy defensive work. Naracoorte were in front at every change but never by much but Kyby were never able to construct enough scoring chances to win. It was a largely uninspiring affair but at least the Demons got their first win of 2019.


Kaniva-Leeor United’s flaky form continued, this time in a good way as they had too much class for Kingston and won comfortably by 48 points. In front from the opening bounce KLU never appeared under threat but Kingston battled hard despite the difference in quality players, most of them fifo’s like the mining industry. Former SANFL leading goal-kicker Wundke again stood out with a bag of seven goals which was just about the difference in the scores. Kingston fought on to the end but KLU were too good.


Mundulla were quick in asserting themselves over Lucindale and led by 16 points at quarter time with key forward John Hinge in good form. Lucindale slowly started to work back into the game before half-time through the efforts of Menz, Eckermann and Tom Logan and reduced the margin to 10 points. Mundulla were now being seriously challenged but Lucindale could never put together enough passages of play to hit the front. Ballinger led a tight defensive unit for Mundulla and McGrice in the centre was as prolific as ever. Mundulla steadied in the last quarter and went on to win by 17 points.


Border Districts, another team that survives on imports as opposed to recruits defeated a battling Bordertown by 38 points but only after a big second half revival. The Roosters called the tune throughout the first half and an upset looked very much like happening. Showing their best form in ages Bordertown outplayed Border Districts early and raced to a 21 point lead with Josh Barras, Butler and Cam Sandercock involved in most forward moves. Border Districts slowly got back into the game in the second quarter but Bordertown hung onto a lead of 15 points. Border Districts shook of the lethargy in the third term and slammed on five unanswered goals among a pile of behinds and quickly over-powered Bordertown who now looked as unlikely winners as Border Districts did earlier. Border Districts maintained the momentum in the last quarter with another six goals to four from Bordertown to win easily by 38 points but only after a big wake-up call.


Round 3 – April 25 & 27, 2019

Borders1.34.69.1515.17 (107)
Bordertown5.17.37.311.3 (69)

Best: Borders – Ezrah Holland, Daniel Starr, Mark Quinn, Daniel Skinner, Brad Keast, Fraser Adams. Bordertown – Josh Barras, Owen Butler, Cameron Sandercock, Thomas Underwood, Bram Whittlesea, Bradley Paech. Goals: Borders – Daniel Starr 5, James Baron 2, Shawn Mansell 2, Harrison Pretlove 2, josh shepherd 1, Brad Keast 1, Brayden Denmead 1, Fraser Adams 1. Bordertown – Josh Barras 4, Nicholas Hampel 2, Joshua Searle 2, Cameron Sandercock 1, Brent Shuttleworth 1, Thomas Underwood 1

Kaniva/Leeor3.46.511.715.10 (100)
Kingston0. (52)

Best: Kaniva Leeor – Shannon Snook, Liam Vivian, Cameron De Visser, Michael Wundke, Tyson Hawker, Braden Clark.  Kingston – Conor Healy, Jacob Fisher, Scott Mazzone, Jarryd Hill, Jack  Armfield , Brett Simpson. Goals: Kaniva Leeor – Michael Wundke 7, Cameron De Visser 2, Cameron Hitchcock 2, Jock Maddern 1, Sam Vivian 1, Shannon Snook 1, Alex Brown 1. Kingston – Tyson Mills 3, Ben Warner 1, Conor Healy 1, Sam Robertson 1, Brett Simpson 1, Hagan Wright 1

Mundulla4.67.109.1513.15 (93)
Lucindale2.26.69.611.10 (76)

Best: Mundulla – Timothy Ballinger, Travis Wagenknecht, Jake McGrice, James Hinge, Nicholas Mosey, Tom Gaden.  Lucindale – Tristan Menz, Daniel Badman, Angus Eckermann, Lachie Jones, Alex Tregoweth. Goals: Mundulla – James Hinge 3, Boyd Packer 2, Leyton Hinge 2, Elliot Jaeschke 2, Luke Wiese 2, Nicholas Mosey 1, Nicholas Gregurke 1. Lucindale – Thomas Logan 4, Angus Eckermann 2, Ryan McInerney 1, Scott Spriggs 1, Lachie Jones 1, Luke Kelsh 1, Aaron Fielke 1

Penola3.24.69.1014.18 (102)
Keith2. (43)

Best: Penola – Simon Berkefeld, Bradley Bryant, Scott Merrett, Adam Merrett, Bradley Merrett, Jacob Pfitzner. Keith – William McMurray, George Johnson, Albert Dunstan, Tom Geyer, Benjamin Woodall, Nathan Heinrich. Goals: Penola – Adam Merrett 4, Bradley Merrett 4, Brock Egan 2, Simon Berkefeld 2, Daniel Hackwill 1, Dylan Walker 1.  Keith – James Irwin 2, Tom Geyer 1, William McMurray 1, George Johnson 1, Jordan Robertson 1

Kybybolite2. (42)
Naracoorte3. (58)

Best: Kybybolite – M. Tonkin, B. Munn, T. Jennings, O. Peltz, B. Castine, S. Tonkin. Naracoorte – W. Limbert, J. Gregg, D. Myall, A. Cheer, B. Mitchell, J. Cother. Goals: Kybybolite – B. Munn 2, T. Rogers, K. Rodgers, B. Castine. Naracoorte – D. Myall 2, B. Mitchell 2, C. Myall, Z. Walker, W. Walker, W. Limbert.


The Naracoorte Herald – April 18, 2019

A big crowd is expected to roll out to Kyby today when the KNTFL’s round 3 kicks off with a classic ANZAC Day clash between Kyby and Naracoorte.

The games have become a tradition when ANZAC Day falls on a suitable day, with the clubs splitting the recent spoils of victory. Last year’s game wasn’t played on ANZAC Day but provided a memorable finish with Kyby winning on the last kick of the day.

The interest in this one will also be sky high with neither side yet to record a win in the first two rounds. The order of football matches has been altered for the day to have the A grade starting at 3.15pm and senior colts playing under lights.

The other four matches for the round will be played on Saturday, with some excellent and important match-ups to take place.

They include two of the games of the season so far, with Mundulla to host Lucindale, and Penola hosting Keith – all four of them being finalists in 2018.

Lucindale is 1-1 and wouldn’t want to lose another early one to the reigning premiers, who are undefeated, while Penola has started the year in top gear and would like to make a statement by knocking off last year’s losing grand finalist.

In the other games, Border Districts will be looking for their third win to start the year against Bordertown at Goroke, while the KL United v Kingston game also promises to be very competitive between two new-look sides. Padthaway has the bye.


Terry Willoughby – April 14, 2019

Lucindale thrashed in the first round provided a big form reversal when they led all game to defeat Kaniva-Leeor United by 17 points. Ex-Port Power player Tom Logan was in good touch from the start as Lucindale took an early lead. KLU struggled to get the ball forward often enough for leading goal-kicker Wundke to do any damage. Lucindale maintained a three goal quarter time lead at the half-time break and appeared to have KLU’s measure but slowly the wheel turned and KLU reduced the margin with both Wundke and small man Cam Hitchcock getting among the goals. Lucindale were still playing strongly and withstood every  challenge KLU made in an even last quarter. Former Naracoorte skipper Rob Jones was best for Lucindale and Wundke finished with five goals for KLU.


Naracoorte were by far the better team in the first half with veteran Sid Patterson leading the way. The Demons booted four goals in the first quarter as Border’s struggled up forward. Naracoorte continued to outplay their opposition in the second term and extended their lead to 27 points with a half to play. Borders started the third quarter more determinedly with Quinn, Edwards and Pretlove lifting their efforts. Naracoorte maintained the lead but were now being seriously challenged and forced into error. Their lead was reduced to 18 points as the last quarter began. Borders again lifted and Naracoorte started to fade under the onslaught when Borders booted five unanswered goals and run over Naracoorte at the finish.


Penola were challenged strongly early by Kingston and led by just four points at quarter time. The Merrett family were again making a major contribution for Penola with Adam back and kicking goals. Penola skipped clear of the battling Kingston to lead by 17 points at the long break. With ball-magnet Simon Berkefeld in good touch around mid-field and Adam Merrett unstoppable near goal the Eagles drew further ahead by three quarter-time before running all over a ragged Kingston to win by 55 points. The Merretts, A and B contributed 12 goals for Penola’s win, just as well there was no C.


Kybybolite’s early efforts belied their plight of losing points for salary cap breaches when the led Padthaway throughout the first half. Playing spirited football Kyby had Padthaway in trouble, especially in the second quarter when they led by 15 points. Munn had been lively on the forward line with Hunter and Castine winning many touches to keep Padthaway on the defensive. The Lions hit back strongly after the break and booted 6 goals to one from Kyby and raced to the lead by 19 points. Vandermeer and Harder got among the goals and Scott and Longbottom won plenty of possessions.

Padthaway maintained their lead in the last quarter and Kyby couldn’t  do any better as the Lions won by 25 points.


Reigning Premiers were too good at Bordertown winning by 45 points. The Moots led by 16 points at quarter time and took control in the second term adding five goals to two to have a six goal lead at the long break. Bordertown had scoring chances in the second half but could only manage 3.10 while the visitors kept the scoreboard ticking adding 5.7 to run out 45 point winners. James Hinge was the best forward on the day with seven goals.


Round 2

Bordertown1. (48)
Mundulla3.48.811.1113.15 (93)

Best: Mundulla – E. Jaeschke, D. Noll, N. Mosey, J. Hinge, M. Young, T. Ballinger. Bordertown – B. Paech, S. Devitt, R. Tink, C. Sandercock, D. Inglis, B. Jarrett. Goals: Mundulla – J. Hinge 7, N. Gregurke, W. Packer, E. Jaeschke, D. Mosey, R. Braybrook, N. Mosey. Bordertown – C. Sandercock 3, B. Fischer 2, N. Hampel

Kingston4. (64)
Penola5.29.412.818.11 (119)

Best: Penola – S. Berkefeld, J. Nysten, A. Merrett, S. Merrett, D. Wenham, B. Bryant. Kingston – T. Rogers, I. Hewson, J. Fisher, J. Armfield , S. Mazzone, H. Wright.  Goals: Penola – A. Merrett 8, B. Merrett 4, S. Berkefeld 2, D. Walker 2, L. Walker, L. Merrett.Kingston – T. Baker 2, I. Hewson 2, S. Robertson 2, C. Healy, H. Wright, J. Siviour. 

Lucindale4.36.59.1013.13 (91)
Kaniva/Leeor1.03.37.611.8 (74)

Best: Lucindale – R. Jones, T. Logan, S. Spriggs, A. Fielke, J. Teakle, S. Mardling. Kaniva Leeor – C. De Visser, B. Clark, B. Dodson, S. Snook, J. Jarred, A. Brown. Goals: Lucindale – T. Logan 5, S. Mardling 3, R. McInerney, R. Jones, L. Jones, D. Ogilvie, L. Kelsh. Kaniva Leeor – M. Wundke 5, C. Hitchcock 3, S. Snook, A. Brown, C. De Visser.

Naracoorte4.38.711.1111.13 (79)
Border Districts2.34.49.514.8 (92)

Best: Border Dist – M. Quinn, Z. Edwards, H. Pretlove, B. Denmead, E. Holland, B. Helyar. Naracoorte – S. Patterson, K. Jacobs, W. Limbert, J. Bettoncelli, B. Foster, J. Gregg. Goals: Naracoorte – B. Mitchell 3, J. Gregg 2, Z. Walker 2, C. Gill, A. Cheer, S. Willson, D. Myall. Border Dist – H. Pretlove 5, S. Mansell 4, T. Leechman 2, E. Holland, M. Quinn, B. Helyar.

Padthaway2.34.610.1212.14 (86)
Kybybolite3. (61)

Best: Padthaway – J. Vandermeer, J. Scott, A. Longbottom, J. Dicker , R. Jaensch, J. Teakle. Kyby – T. Hunter, B. Munn, B. Castine, T. Woodard, M. Tonkin, F. Hill. Goals: Padthaway – J. Vandermeer 3, L. Harder 3, J. Scott 2, A. Longbottom, C. Williams, M. Raitt, J. Eats. Kyby – B. Munn 3, L. Black 2, B. Castine 2, F. Hill 2.

Round Two Preview – April 11, 2019

Thanks to The Naracoorte Herald

Round 2 of KNTFL football this Saturday promises to be just as interesting as round 1.

Padthaway will host a Kyby side making its debut for 2019, starting the year with minus 16 premiership points because of player payment breaches. Padthaway had a round 1 loss and will be desperate to get a win, while it will be interesting to see how Kyby has dealt with its penalties.

Naracoorte v Borders will be a very keenly fought game with Borders getting a first round win and Naracoorte disappointing after having a promising pre-season.

Lucindale v KL United will be match of the round, with both likely to be finals contenders. Lucindale started the year with a loss and KLU with a win, but the strength of opposition was different and this should be a hotly contested game.

Bordertown will really be up against it facing potent looking arch rivals Mundulla, while Kingston has been dealt a tough hand with a match-up with Penola following their first round loss to Keith.

Keith has the bye this week.

Round 1 – April 6, 2019

Lucindale0. (28)
Penola2.45.118.1515.20 (110)

Best: Penola – S. Merrett, B. Bryant, M. Merrett, S. Berkefeld, H. Porter, S. Klemm. Lucindale – A. Laurencic, T. Logan, J. Walker, T. Menz, L. Jones, R. Jones. Goals: Penola – B. Merrett 3, A. Merrett 3, S. Gartner 2, D. Walker 2, S. Berkefeld, J. Nysten, M. Berkefeld, S. Merrett, B. Bryant. Lucindale – D. McCarthy 2, L. Jones, D. Sherwin

Mundulla7.313.521.727.12 (174)
Naracoorte0.34.66.611.8 (74)

Best: Mundulla – N. Gregurke, E. Jaeschke, L. Duell, J. McGrice, J. Hinge, L. Wiese. Naracoorte – J. Foster, W. Walker, K. Jacobs, S. Willson, J. Gregg, J. Bettoncelli. Goals: Mundulla – J. Hinge 8, L. Wiese 6, N. Mosey 4, D. Mosey 2, J. McGrice 2, W. Packer 2, D. Noll, N. Gregurke, B. Packer. Naracoorte – B. Mitchell 4, W. Walker 3, S. Willson 2, J. Gregg, A. Cheer

Border Districts0.17.39.412.8 (80)
Padthaway3. (54)

Best: Borders – J. Baron, B. Keast, G. Hampton, F. Adams, M. Quinn, E. Holland. Padthaway – A. Longbottom, T. Redigolo, R. Jaensch, T. Moyle-Read, J. Scott. Goals: Borders – S. Mansell 2, B. Helyar 2, j. shepherd 2, H. Pretlove 2, M. Quinn, R. Oliver, B. Keast, F. Adams. Padthaway – L. Harder 4, L. Eats, C. Williams, M. Raitt, M. Caire

Kaniva/Leeor5.49.912.914.12 (96)
Bordertown2.16.310.512.9 (81)

Best: Kaniva/Leeor – M. Wundke, R. Barnes, B. Clark, B. Dodson, C. Meyer, L. Vivian. Bordertown – R. Tink, R. Tink, J. Barras, T. Underwood, C. Sandercock, S. Devitt. Goals: Kaniva/Leeor – M. Wundke 9, C. Hitchcock 2, J. Jarred 2, S. Williams Bale. Bordertown – N. Hampel 4, J. Searle 3, J. Barras 2, B. Whittlesea, B. Fischer, C. Sandercock

Keith6.612.817.1520.18 (138)
Kingston3. (55)

Best: Keith – G. Thring, J. Robertson, M. McDonough, A. Dunstan, W. McMurray, J. Jones. Kingston – B. Simpson, T. Baker, S. Mazzone, J. Siviour, D. Richardson, S. Robertson. Goals: Keith – M. McDonough 7, J. Robertson 7, G. Thring 2, G. Johnson, A. Dunstan, S. Schreiber, B. Woodall. Kingston – B. Simpson 2, S. Robertson 2, R. Werchiwski 2, T. Baker, T. Mills

ROUND ONE PREVIEW – April 4, 2019 Thanks to The Naracoorte Herald

Round 1 of KNTFL football is on this weekend, and straight up there are some great match-ups.

As mentioned in the season preview, which can be read by clicking here, there is going to be an influx of ex-SANFL players arriving at locals clubs this season, and virtually all of them will be on show in round 1.

Border Districts v Padthaway

There will be plenty of new faces on the Frances oval when these two teams run out. Both have traditionally recruited a lot of travelling players, and this year have stepped it up a level to target many SANFL credentialled recruits.

Padthaway will be led by new non-playing coach Tarak Redigolo, backed by a number of Adelaide-based players as well as key local backman Ray Jaensch from Kyby and promising forward Jacob Eats. The Lions should be improvers for sure.

Borders also have some exciting new names under non-playing coach Darrin Wilson, with Blake and Jack Helyar, Ezrah Holland and Mark Quinn all coming with solid reputations. They will also be improved on last year so calling a winner from this game is tough, but Padthaway might be favourites.

Mundulla v Naracoorte

Naracoorte has shown great promise in the pre-season with some very encouraging performances against good opposition, and all four of their main recruits Cheer, Gregg, Mitchell and Gurney showing plenty.

However they start the season with a daunting task against last year’s premiers, who have lost joint league medallist Tim McIntyre but will line up just as strongly as last year. Naracoorte will give a good show but it’s a tough ask up at Mundulla.

K/L United v Bordertown

KLU have lost a few key players from the side that nearly made the grand final last year, but they’ve added a few too. Ruckman Bowles is the biggest loss, but they will have the most dangerous looking 1-2 punch forward line in coach Nick Murphy and ex-SANFL goalkicking winner Michael Wundke.

The young Bordertown side will find that pair really hard to cover, and while they have picked up some handy players, it appears that depth will again be the big issue for the Roosters as they have lost a handful of fringe A graders who would have held down flanks and pockets. It might be a KLU win to start the year. 

Penola v Lucindale

This would clearly be match of the round, between two early premiership hopefuls. Penola will only be stronger after finishing fourth last year with two Merretts and two WBFL interleague players coming aboard. The Eagles have had 60 on the training track by all accounts and look like being very solid.

Lucindale also looks like being an improver with a handful of promising recruits to top up their consistent local list. With a fair few travelling players, the Roos wouldn’t have trained as a full squad as much as Penola and this might tip the scales in the home side’s favour this week.

Keith v Kingston

Kingston has gone on an impressive recruiting spree, and they’ll get an excellent early test of how their new-look side will go in round 1. The Saints have a lot of new names with good CVs and they will almost certainly improve.

Keith made last year’s grand final under playing coach George Thring and only just missed out, but the Crows have lost a large number of players from that GF side and it will be interesting to see how they go without them. Some new players have arrived and the strong reserves squad will provide depth, but this clash will provide a real test and the outcome will be followed closely.

Kybybolite has the bye in round 1.



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.