Home' The Bunyip : September 3rd 2014 Contents THE Gawler Eagles has finished its
state premier league season on a high
after upsetting Adelaide Olympic 4-3 at
Ferryden Park on Saturday.
Olympic, which was positioned fourth
on the table compared to the second-to-
bottom Eagles, entered the match seeking
an easy win to finish the season but were
confronted by an invigorated Gawler out-
fit.Eagles' striker Armstrong Gaye was bril-
liant, repeatedly dancing his way through
Adelaide's defensive line to finish with a
Coach Ray Deeley was extremely pleased
with his team's performance, and said the
whole side was firing right from the open-
"When we came out, we came out all
guns blazing; it was unbelievable," he said.
"It was pressure from the word 'go', but
we had them on the ropes from word 'go'
The Eagles started perfectly when a
lobbed through-ball from midfielder John
Kaminski allowed Gaye to score his first
goal inside the opening five minutes.
A back-and-forth contest ensued for the
remainder of the half, with neither side
adding to the score.
Gawler emerged from the main break
ready to improve on its one-goal lead, but
suffered a setback when Olympic scored
against the run of play.
Both sides went goal for goal for the rest
of the half, before a scorching 35-yard strike
from an Olympic defender, who had pushed
forward, beat Gawler keeper Sasa Trbovic to
tie the game 3-all in the dying stages.
With only minutes remaining Gaye again
rose to the occasion, weaving through three
defenders and around the goalkeeper to seal
a great team win.
"We didn't have a passenger, actually,"
"John Kaminski played well in the middle,
I brought on young James Jakubowski from
the 18s and he had a serviceable game.
"Cam Gliese had another serviceable
game, he's probably the top player of the
year, I reckon, and Ahmed (Yakoub) at the
back played a good captain's game."
The club has reappointed Deeley for the
2015 season and he said the main goal now
is to re-sign players and recruit well to bol-
ster the list for next year.
"It was a good end to the season; we were
second to bottom last year with five points,
this year we ended up with 19," he said.
"So you look at it and think there's some
"That's the only thing we can do, sign
the players we've got and hopefully pick up
some more and be a lot more competitive
THE Gawler Strikers' inaccuracy in
front of goal contributed to a narrow
1-0 win over Nuriootpa in the Barossa
Valley Hockey Association's A-women
competition on Saturday.
Playing against the lower-ranked Nuri, the
Strikers could not find the goals, despite plen-
ty of opportunities.
Coach Lisa Johnson said her side would
need to work on its goal-shooting in the lead-
up to this week's semi-final against Tanunda.
"I think we've got a lot to improve on," she
"Obviously, our switching off is a big one,
because you don't win matches by not scoring
"So that's something we need to work on
Gawler came out full of run and attack in
the opening half, and went a goal up inside
the first 20 minutes after captain Jessica Mens-
forth converted a penalty corner.
Sensing the pressure, Nuri flooded its for-
ward half to reduce Gawler's scoring, which
left it lacking firepower up forward.
"We dominated in attack and they put all
their effort into defence so they had no-one
up front, unless it was a big hit to one of the
high forwards," Johnson said.
The Strikers had numerous shots on goal in
the second half but were unable to beat the
Nuri goalkeeper, who made a number of great
saves, with the score remaining unchanged for
the rest of the match.
In the other game, Tanunda delivered a bru-
tal thumping to bottom-placed Trinity, beat-
ing it 12-0.
Trinity finishes the season without a
win, while Tanunda's victory secured
the minor premiership.
Tanunda was given a scare in the A-men's
match against Trinity but escaped with a 1-0
Both sides found it difficult to breach the
other's defence and it wasn't until the second
half that Tanunda's Ryan Muirhead scored a
goal and broke the deadlock to get the Mag-
pies the win.
In the other match, Nuriootpa scored a
convincing 4-1 win over Angaston-Moculta
After scores were locked at 1-1 at half-time,
Nuri shifted up a gear in the second to break
clear for the victory.
Jai Lowke finished with two goals for Nuri,
with Ben Parbs and Craig Schulz both getting
RESULTS: A MEN: Nuriootpa 4 d AM United 1;
Tanunda 1 d Trinity 0.
A WOMEN: Tanunda 12 d Trinity 0; Gawler 1 d
B MEN: Nuriootpa Green 4 d Tanunda White
2; Nuriootpa Gold 2 d Tanunda Black 1.
B WOMEN: Tanunda 11 d Gawler 0; AM United
3 d Nuriootpa 1.
UNDER 17: Nuriootpa 4 d AM United 3.
UNDER 14: Nuriootpa drew Trinity College
nil-all; AM United 6 d Tanunda Black 0; Tanunda
White 2 d Gawler 0.
Page 10 "THE BUNYIP" GAWLER, SPORT, Wednesday, September 3, 2014
SPORTInaccuracy costs Strikers
"When we came out, we
came out all guns blazing; it was
unbelievable. It was pressure
from the word 'go', but we had
them on the ropes from word 'go'
Gawler's Tara MacLeod is ready to pounce on the ball being guarded by Nuriootpa's Courtney
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NURIOOTPA product Tra-
vis Schiller has won the SANFL's
2014 Star Search award for his
outstanding year with Central
He is the fourth consecutive Bull-
dog to win the award, with his broth-
er Jarrod winning in 2011, followed
by current South Gawler player Paul
Marschall (2012) and AFL-bound
Josh Glenn (2013).
Schiller, 20, was consistently dam-
aging across half-back and through
the midfield in his first year at senior
level this season and was nominated
after his eye-catching performance
against South Adelaide in round four,
where he collected 26 disposals and
had seven clearances.
The on-baller has toiled away tire-
lessly in the reserves for the past three
years and, after winning the reserves
Magarey Medal with West Adelaide's
Nick Homburg last season, earned a
start in the senior side in 2014.
"I had played three years of reserves
so it was my goal to at least play one
(league) game during this season,''
"It was good to be able to hold my
spot every week and feel like I was
able to contribute."
Like all good players, Schiller said
he was determined to keep improving
on the weaker aspects of his game.
"I have got a lot of areas I still need
to develop but the clearances were
one of the stronger sides of my game
this year," he said.
"My defensive game and my goal-
kicking are what I will be focusing on
The Star Search was first intro-
duced in 2007 and rewards the
SANFL's most outstanding emerging
talent, with one player nominated
during each minor round.
Players are only eligible for the
award if they are under the age of 21,
as of January 1 this year, and must not
have played more than eight league
matches at the start of the season.
-- Grady Hudd
THE Gawler Strikers A wom-
en's hockey team is determined
to improve on last year's finals
campaign and is well poised
to do so, having secured a
double chance after finishing
five games clear in second spot
on the Barossa Valley Hockey
The Strikers slipped from second
to fourth position just one week
out from finals last season, but a
better mindset and more consis-
tency has seen the team position it-
self strongly to contest this season's
A-grade captain Jessica Mensforth
said the team is excited to be play-
ing finals and attributes much of
the success to coach Lisa Johnson.
"I think it's mainly the mindset
and it's come around from Lisa, our
coach, who's really driven and really
enthusiastic and always got new drills
(for us to practise)," she said.
"Everyone's been really positive
and raring to go this year.
"So, I think, we're all pretty
confident about the finals, not re-
ally stressed or anything, just really
keen for it."
Gawler's main rival looks to be
top-of-the-table Tanunda, which
has had the better of the Strikers all
Of their four encounters, the
Magpies have won three, with
one resulting in a draw, however
no matches have been decided by
more than two goals.
Johnson said the most recent
contest, in which Gawler was
beaten 1-3, was probably her side's
worst game for the season and pro-
vided a wake-up call to her players.
"They outplayed us and they did
everything right and we did every-
thing wrong," she said.
"With our full-strength team in,
I think we can give it a crack."
As finals draw closer, Johnson
said the team will hopefully be bol-
stered by a number of players that
have been playing in the city this
She said to achieve the ultimate
success, the team needs to convert
more penalty corner opportunities
"We've had so many this year and
we just haven't been able to execute
them well," she said.
"Even though we practise it at
training, on game day it doesn't
seem to come off...if you convert
zero out of 12 that doesn't really
"We're, obviously, getting it into
the circle and winning those cor-
ners but we need to put some away
to give us the best chance."
Gawler travels to Stockwell this
Saturday to play Tanunda un-
der lights in a second semi-final,
with the victor progressing through
to the grand final on September
-- Grady Hudd
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Eagles' soaring nish to season
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