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Redlegs get on the board
FREELING recorded its first
win of the season in the Barossa,
Light & Gawler Football Associ-
ation on the weekend, defeating
Kapunda by 23 points.
The Redlegs claimed the Shana-
han-Mickan Cup for the first time
since 2010 and, in the process,
jumped from the bottom of the lad-
der to sixth.
Wet conditions ensured the game
was an even battle, with both teams
struggling to have a major impact in
the first half.
Kapunda made the most of its
opportunities to kick the only two
goals of a first half best described as
"Our pressure all over the ground
was good and continued the whole
game," Freeling coach Richard
"We just couldn't get the score on
the board in the first half."
A game-changing swap by Fos-
ter saw Freeling star Scott Williams
become a permanent forward af-
ter half-time, giving the Redlegs a
much-needed avenue to goal.
The game opened up after the
main break and Freeling piled on
four unanswered goals to lead the
Bombers by 13 points at the last
Wet-weather specialist Beau Jar-
man was inspirational in the mid-
field, winning a number of clear-
ances all over the ground.
The Redleg defence showed there
are plenty of positives to come, with
vice-captains Lachlan Heinrich and
Jacob Wright leading by example
and Ben Heinrich displaying plenty
of courage throughout the game.
The momentum shifted momen-
tarily in the final term, with Ka-
punda reducing the margin to five
points and looking ready to push for
Ruckman Adam Turrell began to
give the Bombers' midfielders first
use of the footy, who, in turn, sent
the ball in the direction of key for-
wards Brad Valentine and Wes Far-
ley.However, Kapunda missed a
number of opportunities and the
Redlegs' strong defensive pressure
saw them regain control and then
pull away, with captain Travis Mus-
ter icing the win with a late goal.
"It was a good relief to finally get
our first win and to get the Shanah-
an-Mickan Cup back," Muster said.
"The game was anybody's until
half-time, but we gained some mo-
mentum in the third quarter, which
set us up for the rest of the game."
Solid performers for the Bomb-
ers were Brad Valentine and Adam
Turrell, while Brad Williams kept
Freeling leading goal-kicker Joel
Vaneveld to just two majors.
Freeling midfielder Beau Jar-
man was awarded the Mark Pitman
Medal for his inspirational best-on-
NURIOOTPA and Barossa Dis-
trict slogged it out in wet and
slippery conditions at Williams
town Oval in the Barossa, Light
& Gawler Football Association
on the weekend, with the Tigers
coming away 12-point victors.
With the rain pouring down, it
was the home side underdogs who
started the better.
The Bulldogs showed an intensity
and desire for the football that has
been lacking in their previous en-
counters this season and were first to
the ball, ensuring they used the slop-
py conditions to their advantage.
Captain Adam Spencer kicked an
important set-shot goal to get the
home side's scoring under way as
his team gathered momentum and
pushed on to an 11-point quarter-
"Our first quarter wasn't great,"
Nuriootpa midfielder Jack Scholz
"We weren't intense enough at
the footy and we had a few lapses in
concentration, which we paid for."
The Tigers came out in the sec-
ond quarter determined to make
amends for their lacklustre opening
and started to show some class with
clean football around the midfield.
They began to claw their way
back into the game, with the likes
of Nat Salter, Jarrod Tregenza and
Scholz working hard in the midfield
to provide opportunities for their
The visitors suffered a blow when
big forward Mark Rumbelow left
the field with an abdominal injury,
but by going back to basics Nuri
found itself with a one-point half-
The second half saw the rain ease
and control of the football was made
a touch easier, with Spencer and Mi-
chael Baraglia providing plenty of
rebound for Barossa.
Using a third-man-up approach
around stoppages, the Bulldogs got
the ball moving forward, however
the Tigers were able to rebound on a
number of occasions and went into
three-quarter-time with a seven-
The final term saw much of the
same unattractive footy being played,
but there were some rare highlights
for the Tigers with Ryan Foulis and
Shamus Schutt producing incred-
ible marks in the conditions.
Foulis then laced out Cale Ellison
40 metres from goal, who kicked
truly to give the Tigers their biggest
lead of the match.
An opportunity went begging for
the Bulldogs, with Darren Sharp
missing from 20 metres out directly
in front, and the Tigers held on for a
"Going into the game, we knew
that Barossa were going to give it a
fair crack and we knew it was going
to be a slog," Scholz said.
"The conditions weren't really
conducive to the style of footy we
want to be playing, so we had to
work really hard for the win."
Other good contributors for the
Tigers included Charles Edwards,
who played an important game as a
small forward, and the classy Foulis.
For the Bulldogs, Spencer worked
hard through the midfield, Baraglia
provided rebound from defence and
Giles O'Driscoll played a pivotal
role as a ruckman.
Dogs in slog
Proud sponsors of the Barossa, Light
& Gawler Football Association
ABOVE: Barossa's Ryan Watson
attempts a handball as he is tackled
by Nuriootpa player Tim Dimasi at
Williamstown Oval on the weekend.
INSET: Nuriootpa big man Daniel
Burgess attempts to cling on to the
wet football as Barossa's Darren
Sharp pressures him from front-on in
the BL&GFA on Saturday.
PHOTOS: Gary Hogarth
Barossa District player Craig McAlpine bursts away from the pack in the
Bulldogs' loss to Nuriootpa on the weekend.
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