Home' The Bunyip : February 11th 2015 Contents Page 28 "THE BUNYIP" GAWLER, Wednesday, February 11, 2015
with Grady Hudd
How did it feel to win the nal?
It's obviously a good feeling,
they've had a bit of the wood
over us for the last couple
of years in big games, but
yesterday (Sunday) it was nice
to get one back.
Was it a good feeling to beat
Freeling, given last year's grand nal
was awarded to them due to the heat
rule? I said in my speech after the
game that we're now one and
one with them in the one-day
format; they won last year but
that was through the heat
policy, there wasn't (sic) any balls
bowled. In games actually played
we're one-all now, over the last
three years, and now it's about
trying to get one back on them
later on in the year, in the two-
Greg Bain has been important
for the side this season, was it
good to see others make runs on Sunday after he was
dismissed early? (He's) probably seen, from the outside,
as our best batsman. He's only come into the side this year,
and this is our sixth one-day nal in a row, so we've been
around the mark for the last ve or six years without him in
the team. But with him failing yesterday, it was just good
that the other boys picked up the slack. Shaun Woodards'
innings was crucial for us to win.
Were there any nervous moments throughout the
match? They obviously lost a couple of wickets early, and
then Raed Hannun and Ben Parish settled them down a
little bit. I must admit you're always nervous when those
two are batting because they can take the game away from
you pretty quickly. There were a couple of little nervous
moments, but I felt like we had control of it for the majority
of the day.
You mentioned in your speech that the side has a lot of
respect for Freeling and enjoy the tough games against
them. Do you look forward to potentially meeting them
in the two-day nals? Yes, for sure, you want to play the
best teams and Freeling have been the best team. We look
forward to the challenge.
SIXT Y SECS
with Angaston A1 cricket captain
Brett Burgess, who spoke further with
The Bunyip about his side's impressive
B&LCA one-day nal on Sunday.
Another Donny gone?
WILLASTON may enter 2015 without
all three of its leading goal-kickers from
last season, with forward Mark McCallum
applying for a clearance back to his club
of origin, Kilburn.
Should McCallum depart, it would only
further destabilise the Donnybrooks' forward
line, which has already lost superboots Jamie
Williams and Brad Tosold.
McCallum, who arrived at the club in 2014,
played in all 18 of Willaston's games, booting
Dogs to reunite
BAROSSA District's Matt Stelzer looks
set to join his former team-mate Heath
Commane at Rostrevor for 2015.
The gun on-baller's clearance was lodged in
early February and approved only a few days
He leaves the Bulldogs as a multiple-
premiership player, having been an integral
part of the club's several title successes over the
South's new year Yves
SOUTH Gawler's favourite son Yves
Sibenaler will return home to the Lions'
den for 2015 after the club confirmed the
move last week.
seven-time premiership de-
fender with Central District retired
from the SANFL in 2013 citing a
degenerative hip condition, but will
add a wealth of experience to the Lions' back
With Sibenaler down back, it will
again allow the dangerous Heath Lawry, a
fellow premiership player with the Bulldogs,
to play up forward, which is dangerous for
any opposition and a big advantage for
The heat is on
TEMPERATURES soared on Saturday
prompting the cancellation of all Baros-
sa & Light and Para Districts cricket
It is the first time this season that heat has
prevented play, with all other abandoned
matches thus far a result of rain.
High temperatures were prominent
this time last season, so it was always expected
that the mercury would climb at some stage.
Early forecasts have temperatures
creeping into the high 30s for this weekend
but, as with all weather, a lot can change in
THE BALL'S UP!
Is the 100-goal forward finished?
LAST week Adelaide Crows'
football manager Phil Harper
made the outlandish statement
that newly appointed captain,
and power forward, Taylor
Walker is one of only two cur-
rent players that could kick 100
goals in a regular season.
Harper's other candidate was the
mercurial Lance 'Buddy' Franklin
-- who was the last player to achieve
the feat when he kicked 102 goals in
the 2008 home and away season.
First of all -- Adelaide, cool your
There is great uncertainty as to
how the Crows will perform in
2015 -- how will they respond to
Phil Walsh's coaching? Will the
Dangerfield and Sloane contract de-
bates cause disharmony among the
After finishing 10th last year,
the foremost thing at the front of
Adelaide's agenda should be to win
more games, rather than talking up
their star forward, who is is still only
in his second year back from a seri-
ous knee injury.
But Harper's comments do raise
an interesting question -- is it still
possible for a player to kick 100
goals in football's modern age?
As a footy lover, I would love the
answer to be yes.
There was nothing better than
when Franklin and Carlton's
Brendan Fevola entered the final
round of the 2008 season, ironically
against each other, on 98 and 92
'Buddy' brought up his 100th goal
in the second quarter, in the process
becoming the first player to do so in
a home and away season since Tony
Lockett in 1998, and to see the fans
flood the ground in celebration
is something that will forever be
etched in football folklore.
After going goalless in the first
half, 'Fev' came to life after half-
time to boot seven majors and fall
just short, stranded on 99 at the fi-
The Hawks thumped Carlton by
78 points, but no-one really cared
about the result -- for once it was less
about the team, and more about two
extraordinary footballers attempting
an extraordinary feat.
Sadly, however, the legacy of the
super forward is diminishing with
each passing season.
The way the game is played these
days -- with all 36 players pushing
up the ground and then breaking
back towards the attacking 50 -- has
virtually removed the Tony Lockett-
types from the game.
Forwards can't just perch in the
goal-square all game and demand
the football anymore; instead, they
have to push up the ground to create
space behind them for team-mates
to run into.
Plus, more goals are being kicked
from the midfield and from half-
It's a trend that is slowly filtering
down to grass roots levels, too.
In the BL&GFA Willaston's Jamie
Williams topped the goal-kicking
chart with 69 majors last year, well
down on the 109 slotted by Gawler
Central's Brad Mercer in 2013.
Mercer had booted 52 goals last
season before a knee injury in round
12 ended his home and away sea-
son -- but even if fit, Mercer would
needed to have kicked six goals in
each of the Tigers' remaining six mi-
nor round games, and two finals, to
again surpass 100.
It seems that the days of 100-goal
seasons, particularly at AFL, could
be a thing of the past -- however,
I would love for that to be proven
Like father, like son
LOCAL BMX rider Harry Sanders will
follow in his father Chris' footsteps this
weekend when he competes at the 2015
BMXSA state championships in Gawler.
Chris raced in the championships the last
time they were held in Gawler, 32 years ago,
managing a creditable seventh-place finish.
Coincidentally, Chris was 17 years old
at the time -- the same age that Harry is
"I'm very proud, absolutely stoked, and
I think he'll go all right," Chris said about
Harry's entry in the championships.
Chris remembers racing at the titles and
recalled it being a big step up from regular
"For me, it was my first state titles and it
was all a bit of a new experience to go from
a club meeting of 60 riders to 400 riders for
the state titles," he said.
"But the level of competition hasn't
changed; it's always on for young and old."
Harry, who first started BMX at the young
age of four, will compete in the 17 to 24 age
group against riders as much as seven years
Chris, who also coaches Harry, said they
have been working to fine-tune Harry's
gate starts, which are a crucial part of BMX
"The gate start in BMX is critical," Chris
"If you blow your gate, you may as well say
you're out of it because you're immediately
behind seven other riders.
"If you, at least, make sure you're up there
with them...then you've got that edge."
Harry has made it to the finals, in his
age group, at previous state titles and Chris
believes he has the strength and capability
to do so again, despite being in an older age
"He's a good size, even though he's only
17," Chris said.
"I'll be pretty happy if he makes the top
eight, given that he's up against guys as old
Gawler's Harry Sanders (right) will follow in his father Chris' footsteps when he
races at the 2015 BMXSA state championships in Gawler this weekend.
PHOTO: Alec Urquhart
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