Home' The Bunyip : September 24th 2014 Contents GAWLER Central power-forward
Sean Brading received the Hurn
Medal for his outstanding best-on-
ground performance against South
Gawler in the BL&GFA grand fi-
nal on Saturday.
Brading was dominant across half-
forward, imposing himself through
the air and marking strongly, and was
rarely beaten when the ball hit the
He formed an important part of the
potent Tiger forward line, alongside
the damaging Tom Dunne and Brad
Mercer, and contributed well by boot-
ing two goals, including the first of the
"Sean's a bit of an enigma at the
club," Tigers' coach Damien Herzick
"He's super talented, but you're not
100 per cent sure what you're going to
get every week.
"He obviously brought his A-grade
game on Saturday; I thought he was
"For such a big bloke, he's really
good on the ground, which is where
he gets away from most of his oppo-
Herzick said the award could quite
easily also have gone to ruckman Craig
Jamar, who put in a huge effort.
"Personally, I thought Craig Jamar
was our best player," Herzick said.
"I thought he was outstanding, he
just jumped in the ruck all day for
"They probably put three or four
ruckmen through there, he just
jumped into them all day.
"But 'Brades' was definitely in our
best few, no doubt."
Brading has been a solid performer
for the Tigers all year, booting 17 goals
from 14 games.
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Brading brings his best
GAWLER Central notched a dominant
74-point victory over Willaston in the
Barossa, Light & Gawler Football Asso-
ciation reserves grand final at Tanunda
to claim the 2014 premiership.
A magical six-goal performance from
young gun Luke Edwards ensured the Ti-
gers ran away with a comfortable victory
and, in the meantime, wiping the memories
of last season's grand final loss away forever.
Coach Darren Pratt said he was always
confident his side had what it took, but
could see his players were still a little ner-
vous at the start of the match.
"Our first quarter we were really fumbly,
but once they settled and they started to use
their run and their skill they were always go-
ing to get away from them," Pratt said.
"We just needed to grind out the first
quarter and then come over the top from
there, and I thought they did that pretty
As expected, the first quarter was a physi-
cal affair, with both sides applying strong
Willaston stunned Centrals with its in-
tensity, and looked the goods early, but was
unable to capitalise in front of goal, before,
finally, scoring with a set-shot goal from a
tight angle by Jarrod Smoult.
The Tiger midfield's run-and-carry was
being denied by a hungry Willaston outfit,
but a long set-shot right on the quarter-time
siren by Todd Lamont meant the Tigers were
only one point down at the first break.
Centrals started to win the ball out of the
middle in the second term, with midfielder
Kyle Wurst starting to have an impact as the
game opened up.
Edwards popped up in the forward line,
taking the first of many spectacular marks
for the day, and the class of the impressive
Tiger outfit was starting to show.
In warm conditions, Willaston could not
maintain the defensive pressure of the first
quarter, allowing Centrals to generate run
from the middle, and it was 18 points down
The Tigers began to rip the game away
from the Donnybrooks in the third, boot-
ing four quick goals to further extend their
Arran Fox was raking up possessions as
the Tigers' midfield got on top.
Willaston stalwart Brandon Nottle was
rebounding well from defence, but the
Donnybrooks were running out of other
Willaston had its opportunities late in the
third term, but only capitalised on one oc-
casion, through a set-shot goal from Jason
Despite being up by 37 points at the final
change, Pratt admits he was still very ner-
"I was still nervous...you just want to get
it done and keep going, then they just put
their foot on the gas again and blew them
away," he said.
The final quarter saw Centrals move to a
comfortable victory, booting seven goals to
one, as party time had well and truly set in.
For the Tigers, Edwards was unbelievable
floating around the forward line, with his
contested marks and composure in front of
goal making him the clear standout for best
on ground, while Fox and Wurst were also
solid all day.
For the Donnybrooks, veteran Nottle was
solid in defence, while Troy Bennie also had
a serviceable match.
B GRADE RESULTS
Gawler Central 1.1 6.3 10.6 17.8 (110)
1.2 3.3 4.5 5.6
Gawler Central- Goals: L. Edwards 6, A. Fox, A. Cox,
K. Wurst 2, M. Mercer, I. Naulty, J. Neat, C. Maher, R.
Kalic. Best: L. Edwards, R. Kalic, C. Maher, S. Gladigau,
R. Wenham, I. Naulty.
Willaston- Goals: T. Bornholdt 2, T. Bennie, J. Rozman,
J. Smoult. Best: B. Nottle, T. Bennie, L. Pederson, J.
Stephens, B. Rendell, R. Boswell.
RIGHT: Gawler Central's Sean
Brading receives the Hurn Medal
from West Coast star Shannon (left)
and his father William Hurn.
The triumphant Gawler Central reserves side following its emphatic win over Willaston on Saturday.
PHOTOS: Mary Ackers
Willaston's James McGuire ghts to keep the ball in
bounds against Gawler Centrals' Adam Cox.
Peter Dunstan presents Gawler Centrals' Luke
Edwards with the Leske Medal for his best on
ground performance in Saturday's reserves grand
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