Home' The Bunyip : May 28th 2014 Contents GAWLER Central remains at
the top of the ladder after de-
feating Freeling by 92 points
in the Barossa, Light & Gawler
Football Association on the
The Redlegs are yet to win a
game and struggled to match the
pace set by the current premier-
The Tigers came out firing in
the first quarter, piling on 10 goals
to set up a 60-point quarter-time
They had all the momentum,
with on-ballers Daniel Stanley and
Jason Blakemore providing plenty
of spark in the middle.
There was no shift in momen-
tum leading into the second quar-
ter, with Central continuing on
its merry way as it stretched its
lead out to 98 points at the long
Gawler Central key forwards
Brad Mercer, Casey Thomas and
Corey Solly could not be silenced,
with each player having an impact
on the scoreboard throughout the
The Redlegs struggled to have
an impact on the game and the
scoreboard, with usual goal sneak
Joel Vaneveld copping a heavy tag
from reliable Gawler Central de-
fender Jake Asher.
With the prospect of a com-
plete shellacking looking very real,
Freeling responded in the third
quarter to hold the Tigers goal-
less, while booting five majors of
The Redlegs looked the better
side and showed glimpses of bril-
liance all over the ground.
"After half-time, we went back
to the basics by settling down
when we had our hands on the
footy," Freeling coach Richard
Ball magnets Scott Williams
and Beau Jarman led by example
through the middle, while Dar-
ren Leske, Ryan Jarman and Rian
Hornhardt played pivotal roles
The Tigers hit back in the final
term, piling on nine goals to push
the lead back out past 15 goals,
but the Redlegs showed in the
second half that their best is very
"It was a game of two halves,"
"We got blown away in the first
half, but the second half was where
we want to be."
Tigers Brad Mercer and Casey
Thomas finished the game with
five and four goals respectively,
while Scott Williams, of Freeling,
kicked four majors.
Young Freeling prodigy Hayden
Robinson also chimed in with two
goals, with Jake Asher winning his
battle against Joel Vaneveld, keep-
ing him to one goal.
TANUNDA claimed its third win of
the season in nail-biting fashion in the
Barossa, Light & Gawler Football As-
sociation on Saturday, holding on for
a one-point victory against arch-rival
With seconds to go in the match and the
Tigers two points down, the ball was deliv-
ered to Nuriootpa forward Ryan Foulis who
marked 45 metres out on a tough angle.
As Foulis got back off his mark, the final
siren sounded, ensuring the fate of the game
would be decided by a single kick.
After trailing by more than five goals dur-
ing the second quarter, the scene was set
for an incredible Tiger comeback victory
as Foulis composed himself in front of the
large crowd on the mound.
But there was to be no fairy-tale finish for
the home side, as the ball sailed through for
Earlier in the afternoon, the first quarter
saw Tanunda start strongly, delivering to its
true-kicking forwards efficiently.
The Tanunda midfield used the ball ex-
ceptionally early on and Nuri was unable to
penetrate its half-forward line.
With star ruckman Luke Wells back in
the side for a one-off appearance, the Mag-
pies had first use of the ball.
The contest between Wells and Duncan
Cragg-Sapsford progressed interestingly
throughout the game, with Cragg-Sapsford
working his way into the game.
The Tigers clawed their way back with
three majors, but a goal after the quarter-
time siren from Ben Britton saw the Mag-
pies go into quarter-time with an 11-point
The second quarter was dominated by
Tanunda, as it looked to tear the game open
with a strong offensive style of play.
The Tanunda forwards continued to
dominate, with Sam Agars and Britton pro-
viding plenty of marking options for their
Lachie Agars provided plenty of rebound
and run off the half-back line, while also
doing a serviceable job on Nuriootpa's Mark
Tempers boiled over as frustration crept
in for the Tigers and a tussle proceeded in
Tanunda's forward 50.
Nuriootpa came out firing in the third
term in a bid to reduce its 29-point half-
time deficit and four quick goals saw the
home side right back in the game.
The Tigers controlled proceedings for the
rest of the quarter, eventually hitting the
They wasted chances in front of goal, de-
nying themselves a more prominent lead,
but with momentum on their side, the
home team went into the three-quarter-
time break with a three-point advantage.
The final term saw the momentum swing
on a number of occasions, but it was Ta-
nunda which took the honours.
With both teams out on their feet, the
Magpies rebounded from their back line,
with Wells dropping back into space and
taking crucial marks.
Lachie Agars took an absolute hanger late
in the final term, when he crept forward,
and kicked truly afterwards.
"It was a really important win for us in
the context of our season," Tanunda for-
ward Britton said.
"It was the first match I have ever been
involved in where it was decided by a kick
after the siren and when I saw that 'Chook'
(Foulis) had the ball, I was a bit worried.
"I thought Sam Agars was exceptional
and showed real leadership out there when
the game was in the balance."
For Tanunda it was their forwards who
were the shining lights.
Sam Agars and Britton were deadly with
their contested marks and accurate kick-
ing, while Daniel Bergen, Justin Ward and
Lachie Agars provided plenty of drive from
For the Tigers, forwards Mark Rumbelow
and Ryan Foulis continued their good form
and provided plenty of options.
Jason Rodda was electric around the stop-
pages, while Jono Gerhardy provided plenty
of run off his wing in his first A-grade ap-
pearance for the year.
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TANUNDA takes on South
Gawler this weekend in a match
that could determine wheth-
er or not it is a genuine finals
contender in 2014.
The Magpies scraped home by
one point against Nuriootpa on the
weekend and a win against an in-
form South Gawler will leave them
The Lions have met every chal-
lenge so far this season and, while
he gives his side every chance, Ta-
nunda coach Mathew Booth knows
the Magpies will have to be at the
top of their game.
"We should match up quite
well," Booth said.
"It's one that we can win if we
are switched on and play four quar-
"Our midfielders must come to
Booth identified goal kickers
Heath Lawry and Matt Naumann
as two players that must be re-
stricted, while the leg speed of the
Lions' midfield could also stretch
With Jackson Dare, Aaron Bevis
and Matthew Foldesdy all in top
form, South will be looking to its
on-ball brigade to give it the edge.
Ben Newberry is moving as well
as he has for some time and adds
another dimension to a Tanunda
attack that could stretch the South
Form suggests the Lions should
have the answers but the home-
ground advantage will favour Ta-
nunda, ensuring this will be a will-
The match between Kapunda
and Freeling will also be an inter-
esting one, with the Redlegs in des-
perate need of a win to kick-start
They showed signs of turning the
corner with a competitive second
half against Gawler Central on Sat-
urday and will be looking to build
Scott Williams returned to his
best on the weekend and could be
a match-winner for Freeling, while
the Bombers will need a big output
from their midfield, in particular
captain Matt Holding and enforcer
Barossa District hosts Nuriootpa
in a game that shapes as one-sided,
with the undermanned Bulldogs
struggling to be competitive.
They will be no match for a well-
balanced Tigers' side, although the
home-ground advantage should
help them restrict the damage.
Duncan Cragg-Sapsford and
Daniel Burgess will give Nuri the
advantage in the ruck and the likes
of Jay Nash, Tim Dimasi and Jack
Scholz will provide plenty of run.
If Barossa is to have any chance,
Nathan Emes needs to be on top
of his game in defence on either
Ryan Byrne or Mark Rumbelow,
and Adam Spencer, Paul and Matt
Stelzer and Darren Sharp must
Angaston travels to Gawler Cen-
tral to face a Tigers' side that will be
keen to play a full four quarters and
put a side away.
The Panthers will be fresh off a
bye and have nothing to lose, but
don't have the firepower to match
Jackson O'Brien, Steve Rusca
and Greg Bain do not give an inch
in the middle of the ground, but
the amount of players the Tigers
have that are capable of running
through the pivot is hard to com-
• KAPUNDA v FREELING
• GAWLER CENTRAL vANGASTON
• TANUNDA v SOUTH GAWLER
• BAROSSA DISTRICT v NURIOOTPA
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