Home' The Bunyip : September 17th 2014 Contents MALLALA is into the grand
final after beating a determined
Long Plains by 10 goals in the
Adelaide Plains Netball As-
sociation A1 preliminary final
clash on Saturday.
The Magpies now play Hum-
mocks-Watchman, which they
narrowly lost to by one goal in the
second semi-final, this Saturday
in what promises to be a riveting
United entered the match full of
confidence, having defeated Two
Wells the week prior, and took it
right up to Mallala.
Tracey Kennett stood tall for the
Magpies and played a big part in
getting her side over the line, while
Leah Tynan did her best to ensure
the Tigers went down fighting.
In other grades, Two Wells pro-
gressed through to face Mallala in
the A2 decider following its 13-
goal win over Hamley Bridge.
The Roosters were heavily fa-
voured going into the match, and
will need to be at their absolute
best to snatch a win over the Mag-
pies in this weekend’s grand final.
Trisha Beere put in a dominant
performance for the Roosters,
with Tania Knott playing a solid
game for the Bombers.
In the A3s Mallala will face Two
Wells in the grand final after de-
feating Hummocks-Watchman by
A1: Mallala 52 (T. Kennett) d Long Plains
42 (L. Tynan)
A2: Two Wells 57 (T. Beere) d Hamley
Bridge 44 (T. Knott)
A3: Mallala 61 (J. Algar) d Hummocks 40
A4: Hummocks 29 (S. Wolf) d Mallala 27
A5: Two Wells Away 41 (R. Cameron) d
Long Plains 27 (M. Smith)
17 & Under: Long Plains 36 (J. Tregea-
gle) d Two Wells 24 (L. Oakley)
15 & Under: Mallala 42 (R. Dunstan) d
Balaklava 25 (B. Smith)
13 & Under A: Balaklava 34 (R. Lawless)
d Hamley Bridge 15 (T. Coles)
13 & Under B: Hummocks 15 (A. Ottens)
d Balaklava 11 (I. Pagadut)
MALLALA is through to the Adelaide
Plains Football League grand final for
the second consecutive year after beat-
ing a gallant Balaklava by 38 points on
The Peckers refused to succumb to the Mag-
pies’ pressure, and remained within two goals
of the reigning premiers at the final break, but
were unable to sustain their effort in the last
Magpies’ coach Steve Lubcke was “rapt”
with his side’s fighting win, and attributed the
result to its tackling pressure.
“I think it was just our persistence and, ob-
viously, during the course of the game, and
leading up to that last quarter, we were start-
ing to build a little bit,” he said.
“They had their clearance ratios in front of
us in the first half, and we squared that and
then we actually won it quite easily in the last
“Winning the contested ball, I think, was
probably the difference, in the end; we actu-
ally got our hands on it first, and I think that’s
what eventually set up our win.”
Mallala hit the ground running, slotting the
first goal through forward Brent Harris inside
the opening two minutes, but the Peckers
kicked back, through majors to Ben Catford
and Jason McPharlin, to take a two-point lead
Runner-up league medallist Lachy Michael
looked set for a big game for the Peckers, and
made his presence felt around the packs, while
Mallala’s Joel Montgomerie and Jordan Cle-
ments battled hard at the contest.
By half-time the reigning premiers had
opened up a 14-point advantage, but Balak-
lava was far from throwing in the towel.
Balaklava ruckman Justin Walker began im-
posing himself on the contest, while Harris
and Daniel Feeley loomed dangerous around
goal for Mallala.
Troy Algar goaled late in the term for the
Magpies to make the margin 10 points at the
Despite the Peckers’ gutsy performance,
it was Mallala that had the legs in the final
quarter, booting five goals to one to run out
“It was a really defensive game, to a degree,”
“I would’ve thought the previous week’s
finals quality would have been better than
Saturday, but Saturday was just a classic finals
“The guys just hung in there, and just per-
severed, and we were lucky enough to get over
the line in the end.”
Clements and Montgomerie were out-
standing for Mallala through the midfield,
while up forward Harris booted three goals,
and Feeley and Brian Montgomery slotted
Michael was the clear standout for the
Peckers, while his side’s key forwards Stuart
Lamond and Glenn Dawson were both held
goal-less, a credit to the Magpies’ defence.
Catford booted two as the Peckers’ only
In the B grade, Virginia comfortably ac-
counted for Mallala, winning by 29 points, to
book itself a spot in the grand final.
Steven Lioulios snagged a five-goal haul
for the Rams, with Peter Mylonopoulos and
Michael Catanzariti also instrumental in the
Kale Jameson did his best for the Magpies,
while team-mate Derek Tiller was the only
multiple goal-scorer, finishing with two.
Balaklava progressed through in the under
17s, beating Two Wells by 33 points, while
in the under 15s Hamley Bridge upset Two
Wells to win by three goals and secure a grand
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Magpies aim for t wo straight
1.4 5.4 7.4 12.10 (82)
2.0 3.2 5.6 6.8 (44)
Mallala - Goals: B. Harris 3, B. Montgomery, D.
Feeley 2, J. Clements, J. Good, T. Algar, D. Griffiths,
J. Wildbore. Best: J. Clements, J. Montgomerie, T.
Algar, J. Wildbore, S. Angus, B. Harris.
Balaklava - Goals: B. Catford 2, J. Butterfield, J.
McPharlin, R. McPharlin, C. Ruiz. Best: L. Michael,
J. Walker, T. Michael, A. Cocks, D. Storic, G. Daw-
3.4 4.5 10.6 11.7 (73)
1.4 3.6 5.7 5.14 (44)
Virginia - Goals: S. Lioulios 5, C. Stronach 2, T. Lio-
ulios, D. Mitchell, D. Oliver, T. Smith. Best: P. Mylo-
nopoulos, M. Catanzariti, B. Farrugia, D. Oliver, C.
Worden, S. Lioulios.
Mallala - Goals: D. Tiller 2, D. Cawrse, J. Speck, M.
Bennison. Best: K. Jameson, S. Bayliss, S. Malycha,
D. Jennings, B. Jenkin, J. Speck.
2.2 5.12 9.12 12.13 (85)
2.2 2.2 5.4 8.4 (52)
Balaklava - Goals: D. Michael 3, J. Harkness, J.
Wehr 2, K. Foord, S. Michael, L. Speissegger, W.
Dixon, C. Arbon. Best: L. Speissegger, J. Wehr, J.
Butterfield, J. Michael, C. Arbon, J. Harkness.
Two Wells - Goals: J. Kerin, D. Kotsano 2, J. Game-
au, J. Ludewig, J. Brander, J. Pellizzari. Best: J.
Pellizzari, J. Kerin, J. Borlace, N. Barnett, B. Lee.
Hamley Bridge 0.5 5.6 7.6 8.7 (55)
0.0 2.1 5.1 6.1 (37)
Hamley Bridge - Goals: W. Stockman, A. Hudson
2, H. McCabe, K. Rosenzweig, H. Bubner, L. Ellis.
Best: H. McCabe, P. Kluth, P. Lowe, H. Bubner, Z.
Two Wells - Goals: S. Brander 3, J. Kotsano, A. Bill-
ington, M. McFarlane. Best: L. Barnett, B. Poynter,
B. Cannizzaro, D. Oakley.
HAMLEY Bridge’s Toby Strib-
ling was voted the Adelaide
Plains Football League best and
fairest player at the league medal
count in Two Wells on Saturday
Stribling, 22 votes, finished just
ahead of Balaklava’s Lachy Michael,
19, and Bombers Ben Dowdell and
Virginia’s Caleb Howell, who both
tied for third with 16.
The midfielder has become an in-
tegral part of the Bombers’ line-up
since arriving at the club this year,
featuring in the best players on all
but three occasions and booting 13
goals in the home-and-away sea-
The result came as a surprise to
Stribling, who rated his team-mates
as good chances of winning.
“I thought a few of us would steal
a few votes off each other, obviously
having ‘Duncs’ (Ashley Duncan)
and Ben Dowdell there, so I wasn’t
too sure, to be honest,” he said.
“I was pretty nervous leading into
the final rounds...probably from
about halfway on because there was
a period where I had about four or
five threes in a row and the heart
started stomping a bit there.”
With the personal accolades out
of the way, Stribling now has his
sights set firmly on this week’s grand
final against reigning premiers
Mallala, as his side looks to end a
10-year premiership drought.
“I haven’t got a premiership yet...
that’s what we play for, so I need to
get one of those for the season to be
a success,” he said.
Hummocks’ Sarah Young was the
APNA’s best and fairest medal win-
ner for the second consecutive year,
beating team-mate Bonnie Nicholls
and Mallala’s Michelle Harwood by
The star Eagle finished the count
with 22 votes, the same number as
her win in 2013.
Young has been the standout in
a Hummocks’ side that will look
to cap off its stellar season with a
grand final win over Mallala this
Mallala into GF
Long Plains’ centre Leah Tynan smashes the ball away from her Mallala
opponent in Saturday’s preliminary final clash.
Mallala’s Troy Algar does his best to bring
down Balaklava midfielder Dean Storic in
Saturday’s preliminary final, with Peckers’
Tate Michael watching on in anticipation.
PHOTOS: Gary Hogarth
Adelaide Plains GF
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