Home' The Bunyip : September 3rd 2014 Contents THE Barossa, Light & Gawler Football As-
sociation's 'night of nights' is on this Mon-
day, with the league's best and fairest player
to be presented with the Schluter Medal.
As with the majority of medal counts, the
Schluter has typically been awarded to mid-
fielders, with a rare exception coming in 2012
when Tanunda forward Sam Agars tied with
team-mate Luke Wells and Kapunda big man
Jason Mackenzie, both ruckmen.
Historically, the medal winner has polled
strongly in the second half of the year and with
the competition getting closer in the back half
of the season (with Freeling, Nuriootpa and
Angaston all picking up form), the race could
be closer than expected.
We take a look at each club's best chance to
win this year's Schluter Medal.
GREG BAIN: The Panther midfielder has
been a solid performer all year, and played a
large role in his side's mid-year surge towards
Bain has featured in the best in all but two
of his side's seven wins, but could have votes
pinched by fellow on-baller Jackson O'Brien.
Verdict: While he's had a solid year, the Pan-
thers probably haven't won enough games for
Bain to challenge.
ADAM SPENCER: Probably the Bulldogs'
standout, the skipper has toiled away endlessly
despite his side's lack of success.
Featuring in the club's best in 10 of his 14
games reflects Spencer's stellar year, however
the Doggies' lack of victories will work against
Verdict: The Dogs simply haven't won enough
games to see Spencer poll terribly well, despite
the good performances for his side.
CHARLIE MOLYNEUX/DANNY STAN-
LEY: The two Tiger prime movers are difficult
to separate, as both have been instrumental in
Central's success so far this year.
Molyneux has been dominant since return-
ing from Kilburn to bolster the Tiger engine-
room, racking up big possessions, plus booting
Stanley has been equally as good, piling up
touches across half-back and through the mid-
field, also kicking 25 goals and featuring in the
best a whopping 13 of a possible 16 times.
Verdict: If you had to split them, Molyneux
would edge in front simply because of his impact
in the second half of the season.
SCOTT WILLIAMS: The Redlegs' star mid-
fielder built on his impressive first season to fin-
ish in the best 11 times for his side this year.
Freeling rallied to win four of its last six
games, with Williams playing an important
part, highlighted by his six-goal haul against
Tanunda in round 17.
Verdict: As is the case with Barossa District and
Angaston, Freeling's lack of wins in comparison
to the top teams will be a disadvantage.
ADAM TURRELL: While it may seem
strange to select a ruckman, Turrell's numbers
are hard to ignore.
Shouldering the majority of the ruckwork
this season, the undersized 'big man' has been
among the Bombers' best on all but three occa-
sions in his 16 games this year.
Verdict: While it is rare for a ruckman to win
the Schluter, Turrell's form this year warrants a
look; however, with the plethora of quality mid-
elders in the competition it's hard to see him
polling that strongly.
RYAN FOULIS: The danger forward has
had an impressive year with the Tigers, booting
Foulis has kicked goals in every match this
year, with a five-goal haul against Kapunda in
round five, and has produced some solid per-
formances in the last seven games when Nuri's
finals chances were on the line.
Verdict: With the Tigers having won eight
games this year, securing a nals chance, Foulis
has featured in the best on nine occasions, how-
ever only four were during wins, which could go
against him. South Gawler
JACKSON DARE: The Lions' captain has
led by example and played a big part in his
side securing third place and a finals berth this
Using his lightning pace, Dare has been
damaging around the contest and also kicked
Verdict: Players that can break away from a
contest are always eye-catching; that, coupled
with South Gawler winning 12 games this year,
gives Dare a great shot at the medal.
NICK SCHMIDT: Just as the Tanunda cap-
tain has been leading his side all year, Schmidt
is also heading the Magpies' Schluter chances.
The skipper has been a rare constant as Ta-
nunda's season has fluctuated, featuring in the
best an impressive 11 times.
ASHLEY FRY: Probably the best challenger
behind Molyneux and Stanley, Fry is a proven
ball magnet and a vital part of the Donny-
The on-baller has racked up an impressive
five best-afield performances, four in wins,
which will see him right up there in the votes.
Verdict: Willaston has been a force to be reck-
oned with this year. That, coupled with Fry's
ability to clock up big numbers, sees him a great
chance at taking home the medal.
1. Charlie Molyneux
2. Ashley Fry
3. Danny Stanley
Page 6 "THE BUNYIP" GAWLER, SPORT, Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Proud sponsors of the Barossa, Light
& Gawler Football Association
Tiger pair head medal chance
TENSIONS will be high this Saturday
when Gawler Central takes on rival Willas-
ton for a spot in the 2014 Barossa, Light &
Gawler Football Association grand final.
Gawler Central enters the contest as the form
team having played some brilliant football over
the past month, while Willaston hopes to re-
capture the form that saw it demolish teams
throughout the middle of the season.
The Tigers are hopeful forward Brad Mercer
will pass a fitness test at training on Thursday
night, which would see him return to the side
from a serious knee injury.
Central's coach Damien Herzick said his side
could not be any more prepared to face the
"We started planning this finals series two
and a half years ago," he said.
"I don't think we could be in any better posi-
tion; we've lost one game for the year and had
"We should be pretty well full strength, with
everyone to choose from, providing 'Merc'
(Mercer) gets through, so I can't see how we
could be in a better position."
The match boasts talent across every line,
which should see the ball moved at a break-
neck speed across the Freeling Oval.
Central's back line is filled with class play-
ers, like Corey Solly, Casey Thomas and the
dashing Jake Asher, who will have to compete
with the potent Willaston forward line of Jamie
Williams, Mark McCallum and Luke Turner.
The midfield contest is brimming with talent,
with the Tigers boasting the likes of Schluter
Medal hopefuls Charlie Molyneux and Danny
Stanley, and guns Jason Blakemore and Kalon
Willaston's engine-room is equally imposing
with the silky Ashley Fry heading a formidable
unit of Sam Walton and Shaun Baker and is
likely to attract attention for Tiger tagger Brad
Tom Dunne looks to be the 'X factor' up for-
ward for Central and should benefit if Mercer
returns to the side, with Shaun Brading also
handy around goal.
Shaun Childs will be a key figure in the
Donnybrook back six and will need to be well
supported by fellow tall Alex Barclay and small
defender Joel Campbell.
Willaston coach Steve O'Connor said his
side is ready to take the fight to the Tigers.
"They're a very good side and deserve to be
favourite; they've had a great couple of years,"
"We're the new boys on the block this year,
compared to South and them, so we'll do our
thing the best we can and see what happens."
Last time they met -- Willaston won by 48
Willaston and Gawler Central will also meet
in the B grade to determine who will progress
to the grand final.
The Donnybrooks have been a force to be
reckoned with in the reserves this year, hav-
ing finished three games clear at the top of the
ladder with 14 wins.
Willaston's Joshua Carter has had a ripping
year and looms large as the danger man, while
Rhys Kalic is one to watch for Centrals.
Donnybrook player-coach Max Bornholdt
finished the year as the league's leading goal-
kicker, and will attract plenty of attention up
forward, with Tiger Arran Fox needing to kick
a big bag to help his side over the line.
Last time they met -- Willaston won by 64
points. Under 17s
Willaston and Barossa District are ready to
do battle in the under 17s to secure a spot in
the premiership decider.
The match shapes as a tight contest, with
only one win separating the two sides in the
The Donnybrooks have an imposing for-
ward line, consisting of superboot Todd Stans-
borough and Brayden Coombs, with Barossa
needing to limit their output.
Doggies star Riley Allington will have a big
say on proceedings, while forward Harrison
Tuck will need to convert in front of goal.
Last time they met -- Willaston won by 49
Tensions high in local battle
BL&G SECOND SEMI-FINAL PREVIEW
WITH Willaston being a dominant
force in the B grade this year, win-
ning 14 games in the home-and-away
season, it is highly possible that a
Donnybrook could take home the
league best and fairest. However, it is
anything but guaranteed.
Willaston's Joshua Carter has been a
clear standout for the Donnybrooks this
season, and could go close, however there
are a number of players from other sides
right in contention.
Despite Barossa District's lack of suc-
cess, Ryan Hales and Matt Harris have had
stellar years, as has team-mate and 2013
winner Jeffrey Woods, while Kapunda's
Andrew Adams, Gawler Central's Rhys
Kalic and Freeling pair Ashley Selleck and
Ben Darwin have all been solid.
South Gawler's hopeful looks to be Jack
Greatorex, while Tyler Phillips, Angaston,
David Goern, Tanunda, and Brad West,
Nuriootpa, are outsiders.
Barossa District's young gun Riley
Allington looks the one to beat in the
under 17 best and fairest this year.
Allington has been in the best for each
of his 16 games this season, with the Dogs'
14 wins for the year only working to his
Nuriootpa's Shane Dearlove should
also be right up there, while Angaston's
Dylan Schmidt, Tanunda's Jayden Hage,
Freeling's Corey Coleman and Gawler
Central's Brandon Downie are expected
to poll well.
The under 15 best and fairest shapes to
be a tight race, after a handful of young-
sters had impressive seasons.
Angaston's Ryan Humphries-Carnelly
and Kapunda's Conor White will likely be
at the forefront, while Tanunda duo Ryan
Falkenberg and Jez McLennan are also in
Gawler Central's Bradley Pilkington
and South Gawler's Hudson Eeles should
also be in with a red-hot crack, as are
Barossa District's Shaun Hunt and Nuri-
ootpa's Harvey Crawford.
Tips in other
Links Archive August 27th 2014 September 10th 2014 Navigation Previous Page Next Page