Home' The Bunyip : September 24th 2014 Contents Meulendyks 'mo' the go
GAWLER Centrals' Glenn Meulendyks
lays claim to possibly one of the best pre-
miership photos ever.
Channelling the look of a 1930s strongman,
Meulendyks has played the year with an im-
The lip-warmer, as evident in the photo, is
thick in the middle, before being twirled at
the ends so that it protrudes from his face.
Perhaps like the biblical character, Sampson
(who gains incred-
ible strength from
his long hair) Meu-
lendyks sources his
ess from his mous-
That's fairly un-
likely, but whatever
it is, it's working; he
played an important
role for the Tigers
in Saturday's grand
final victory against
Edwards makes a statement
GAWLER Central's Luke Edwards would
have been bitterly disappointed at missing
the cut for A-grade selection for Saturday's
But that didn't stop the exciting youngster
putting on an absolute clinic in his club's re-
serves premiership clash with Willaston.
The Donnybrooks had no answers as Ed-
wards marked, dodged and tackled his way to
a six-goal haul to be named best on ground.
Oval gets rave remarks
WELL done to the Tanunda Football
Club for getting its oval in tip-top shape
and hosting a great grand final.
There were big concerns late in the season
about whether the oval would be fit to hold
the decider, after it had fared badly during the
wet winter months.
However, there were no signs of deteriora-
tion on Saturday.
The oval had a full covering of grass, and
was relatively soft underfoot, making it perfect
for playing, as was evident by the high-quality
football on display.
The Ball's Up heard numerous comments
praising the ground, which is a credit to the
THE Willaston senior one netball side
finished the year without a loss, follow-
ing its grand final win against Kapunda
The result caps off a remarkable season for
the Donnybrooks, which has seen them a cut
above the rest of the competition.
The side was made to earn the win; the
Bombers started well to take the lead at quar-
ter-time but, as all good sides do, Willaston
rallied to take command and notch a memo-
rable premiership win.
O'Hara a happy Tiger
FORMER Gawler Central junior Brayden
O'Hara has, like his ex-clubmates, cel-
ebrated winning a premiership with the
yellow and black on Saturday.
O'Hara has played the year with the Al-
bury Tigers in the Ovens and Murray Foot-
ball League, and capped off a stellar season by
beating the Brendan Fevola-led Yarrawonga
Pigeons by seven points over the weekend.
The star midfielder played a number of sea-
sons with Gawler Central during his junior
years, while also playing for Trinity College,
before becoming an important part of the
Central District league team, where he won
flags in 2008, '09 and '10.
"THE BUNYIP" GAWLER, SPORT, Wednesday, September 24, 2014 Page 3
with Grady Hudd
Tigers' planning reaps rewards
How does it feel to
have won the ag?
It's a pretty great
it a little more
It made it much
into it, having that
pressure of being
undefeated, but it's
that bit sweeter now.
Did you feel that
Kapunda pushed you
at any stage of the match?
Yeah, in the beginning we were
a few goals down at quarter-time
which was, sort of, tough for us, we've
never been in that situation all year, so it
was a real credit to the girls to come back from that.
When was the moment you knew you had done
enough to win?
We had an amazing second quarter but, obviously, you
know it doesn't end at half-time.
But that second quarter, the girls really played our
netball and that was, sort of, the beginning of it there.
Who were the standout players for you on the day?
Lisa Wilson, best on court, was absolutely amazing
all day but de nitely 'Jaz' (Jasmin Gobbett), our
goalkeeper, just absolutely owned the circle and got all
the rebounds. She was awesome.
Did last year's loss spur you on?
There was de nitely, throughout all our preparation
(and) through all nals, that feeling still there, that hurt,
and I think that was what drove a lot of us on Saturday.
Who has been best on ground in the celebrations?
It would have to be our chief, Jess Wilson.
THE BALL'S UP!
IT was the result that Gawler
Central has strived so hard for,
and on Saturday it reaped the
Its 34-point victory against South
Gawler at Tanunda on the weekend
was the culmination of two-and-a-
half years of planning, preparation
and execution that saw the Tigers
rise from eighth position in 2012,
to ending a 13-year premiership
drought four days ago.
From the beginning of the season,
the Tigers were tipped as this sea-
son's flag favourites.
After narrowly losing to Barossa
District by just five points in 2013,
the side entered the competition this
year full of new talent and a desire
Not surprisingly, it was its new
recruits that shone brightly during
Saturday's grand final clash with the
Home town heroes Charlie Mo-
lyneux and Casey Thomas returned
to the line-up at the beginning of
the year as two huge inclusions that
would subsequently prove vital in
Centrals' premiership push.
Molyneux has been extremely
important to the Tigers' midfield,
and again stood tall on Saturday,
while Thomas has been a rock down
back as he showed on the weekend
by keeping South's Chad Connolly
The Tigers lost key personnel in
ruckman Luke Howard at the end
of 2013, but his replacement, Craig
Jamar, has been a fantastic fit to the
He has battled strongly in the
ruck through the minor rounds,
concluding with a stellar perform-
ance against South's Chris James in
Following last year's grand final,
it was clear Centrals needed another
dangerous forward to share the load
with superboot Brad Mercer, after
the key forward's eight goals against
Barossa weren't enough to get his
side the win.
The Tigers sought out Central
District's Tom Dunne, who has
proven to be the perfect partner to
Mercer, kicking 36 goals for the year,
including five in the grand final.
Lastly, the dashing Andrew Wright
has given Centrals the extra run it
strived for; his season was so impres-
sive it earned him the association's
rookie of the year award.
In summary, the recruiting was
The football committee identi-
fied the kind of players they needed
to go one better this year, and they
signed them accordingly.
Sure, there were some hiccups
along the way (Mercer injuring his
knee in round 12 looked to throw a
huge spanner in the works), but the
side stuck to the plan that had been
put in motion some two-and-a-half
Word has it that president Rod
Knight, in a commitment to his
players, enacted his own self-
imposed drinking ban for the five
weeks leading up to the grand fi-
nal; it's fair to assume that the beers
would have tasted pretty sweet on
SIXT Y SECS
with Willaston netball young gun Rebekah
Parker after her side went through undefeated
in 2014 to win the BL&G senior one premiership.
King nishes atop throne
GAWLER Central veteran Aaron King
has decided to end his playing career
on a high following his side's fighting
BL&G grand final win over South
Gawler on the weekend.
King retires as a true legend of the club,
having played 316 games and winning
premierships in 2001 and, now, 2014.
With the club in a strong position, and
some good talent coming through the
ranks, King felt the timing was right to
hang up the boots.
"I haven't done heaps of thinking about
it, I suppose, but it's silly if you don't go
out, really," King said.
"There's no point hanging on for an-
"We've got a few young boys coming
through now, so I'll step aside and let those
guys have a crack at it; the club's in a great
King, along with Shane Souter
and captain Clint Hill, are the
only members of the current
side to have also played in
the 2001 premiership.
Having won his first flag
as a 21-year-old, the Tiger
stalwart had to wait another
13 years before again tasting
"I suppose, when you win
one early you think they're
going to come around
reasonably all the time, but
it's taken 13 years to get it
(again)," King said.
"When you get older, I
suppose you're more happy
for the other guys and the
club to win one."
With the Tigers making fi-
nals in all football grades, and
winning the under 15s and
B-grade flags, the future is certainly bright,
and there is no reason why they won't be
around the mark again next year.
"We might lose one or two (players from
the A grade), but there are some good kids
about," King said.
"Obviously, our B grade's very strong
at the moment, and we've got some good
colts coming through, so, who knows,
hopefully, the boys can back it up again
Centrals' coach, Damien Herzick,
praised King for his long-serving commit-
ment to the Tigers.
"He's been a great servant of the club,"
"I sent him a message on Friday just say-
ing 'all the best for tomorrow, 300 games
and dual premiership player sounds a lot
"And that's a real reward for being such a
great servant of the club."
King can now turn his focus to winning
an elusive cricket premiership with Gawler
Gawler Central stalwarts Clint
Hill, Shane Souter and Aaron
King hold the coveted
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