Home' The Bunyip : May 13th 2015 Contents Page 10 “THE BUNYIP” GAWLER, SPORT, Wednesday, May 13, 2015
can’t help Lions
Dominant start brings Gawler win
Kennedy lit up from beyond
the three-point line to spear-
head a determined Lions’ of-
fence against the West Adelaide
Bearcats on Saturday night, but
it was not enough to claim vic-
Despite Kennedy’s outstanding
score of 38 points, including mak-
ing 11 of 16 attempts from beyond
the arc, the Lions’ men’s team suc-
cumbed to a taller Bearcats’ team
The Bearcats’ superior height,
through veteran centres Blake
Truslove and Peter Crawford,
allowed them to almost dou-
ble the Lions’ rebound count
The increased pace of the game
meant coach Scott Whitmore had
to go to the bench early and give
minutes to some of the younger,
developing, big members of the
Thiele did a good job keeping
pace, and though they didn’t
score many points, they competed
well against their bigger players,”
“I’m happy for Tyler (Kennedy),
he’s been working hard and his
shot just hasn’t been dropping.
“When he plays well, he gives
the team a lot of confidence, and
us pushing the ball ahead got him
a lot of those opportunities.”
Even though West Adelaide
dominated the boards, the fast
pace of the Lions, combined with
Kennedy’s superior shooting, kept
the visitors within reach through-
out the game.
Central was without team cap-
tain Luke Frost, who had work
commitments, and Matt Atkins,
who is battling ongoing foot and
Achilles injuries, though both are
tipped to return next round.
With five minutes left in the
game, the Lions found themselves
seven points down, before a clutch
three-point shot from West’s Dan-
iel Phillips put the Bearcats ahead
by 10 points.
Despite a further two three-
pointers from Tyler Kennedy, and
strong post play from Lions’ big
man Chris Clausen, the lead was
never again in the single digits.
Tonight the Lions play Whit-
more’s old club, and current table
leaders, Woodville, which will be
without star player, and Adelaide
36er, Mitch Creek.
“It’s going to be a fast up and
down game with neither team
getting settled in the half-court,
and that’s what we’re preparing
for,” Whitmore said.
The Lions’ women’s team
started well, but injury concerns
limited their roster to only seven
players, and the Bearcats’ deeper
bench soon showed through in
the 37-83 loss.
“Amy Onaca played a hard
game with nine rebounds and six
points,” Lions’ women’s assistant
coach, Kyla Whiting, said.
Lion Amy Onaca received the coach’s praises for her six points and nine
rebounds against West Adelaide on Saturday night. PHOTOS: Tanya Fielding
Chris Clausen attempts a lay-up
while being defended by West
Adelaide’s David Sturner on
A DOMINANT start
Gawler secure its first A-men’s win of
the Barossa Valley Hockey Association
season, downing a winless Clare United
The Strikers piled on four goals in the
opening half, two coming from the stick of
Jordan Rhind, to all but sink United’s hope
The second half was more contested, with
neither side adding to the scoreboard.
“It was absolutely frenetic,” Gawler coach
Matt Kingsmill said.
“One of the really encouraging things was
that it was the first week that Clare had actu-
ally been kept scoreless.
“We defended really well and had some re-
ally good ball movement.
“The boys played without fear; they were
prepared to take risks and they paid off.”
Sam McHugh and Mark Cruickshank
were Gawler’s remaining goal-scorers.
Nuriootpa prevailed in a tight 4-3 contest
with Tanunda to open up a two-game buffer
in second spot.
The first half saw Nuri edge 2-1 ahead at
the main break, before both teams piled on
a further two goals each in a frantic second
Greg Schulz was dangerous around goal
for Nuri, scoring two goals.
In the remaining match, AM United com-
fortably accounted for Trinity 7-0.
United started strongly with a two-goal
opening half, before adding a further five
goals after the break to put the result beyond
Jon Gibson was prolific, scoring four
Gawler has continued its A women’s pre-
miership defence in style, beating Nuriootpa
3-0 on Saturday.
Scores were locked at nil-all at the break,
before the Strikers rallied to score three sec-
“It was a very tight first half, we probably
had a few chances that we could’ve put away,”
coach Lisa Johnson said.
“We didn’t panic when those goals weren’t
going in, we still just kept to our game plan,
in keeping it basic, and eventually the goals
managed to come.”
Jessica Mensforth, Georgia Hall and Janette
Galmesa were Gawler’s goal-scorers.
In the other match, a fast-starting AM
United scored its first win of the season by
upsetting grand finalist Tanunda 4-2.
United leapt out the blocks to be 2-1 up
at half-time, before maintaining its lead until
the final whistle.
RESULTS: A MEN
Nuriootpa 4 (G. Schulz 2, C. Schulz, D. Falkenberg) d
Tanunda 3 (J.Hancock, D. Gogoll, N. Dry); Gawler 4 (J.
Rhind 2, M. Cruickshank, S. McHugh) d Clare United 0;
AM United 7 (J. Gibson 4, D. Wall) d Trinity 0.
Gawler 3 (J. Galmesa, G. Hall, J. Mensforth) d Nu-
riootpa 0; AM United 4 (K. Graetz 3, N. Burzacott) d
Tanunda 2 (S. Dolan, E. Frost).
Nuriootpa Gold 5 (T. Bishop, S. Falkenberg 2, S.
Lovell) d Tanunda White 2; AM United 4 d Nuriootpa
Green 1 (J. Longo); Tanunda Black 2 (W. John 2) drew
Clare United 2 (J. Shepherd 2).
Clare United 5 (R. Tiller, J. Price, M. Heslop, S.
Haines, E. Donato) d Gawler 0; Tanunda 4 (S. Dinnison,
L. Laycock 2) d Nuriootpa 0; AM United v Trinity
Nuriootpa 3 (C. Longo 2, R. Daniel) d AM United 2
(A. Schenk, C. Munchenberg); Tanunda 4 (L. Osborne,
Tamsyn Pfeiffer, Tristan Pfeiffer, E. Schultz) d Balaklava
Tanunda White 6 (Tristan Pfeiffer 3, L. Osborne 2, N.
Evans) d Nuriootpa Green 2; Tanunda Black 2 (J. Bent-
ley 2) d Nuriootpa Gold 0.
Tanunda Black 6 (S. Bentley 3, H. Brown 2, J. Golder)
d Nuriootpa 1 (J. Longo); Tanunda White 6 (Tristan
Pfeiffer 5, L. Tonkin) d Trinity College 0.
Gawler’s Cheryl Williams (centre) battles with Clare United’s Jayne Price in their BVHA B-grade
match on Saturday.
PHOTO: Sue Stephen
It was a very tight first
half, we probably had a few
chances that we could’ve put
It was a very tight first
It was a very tight first
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