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Can Tigers bust Tanunda hoodoo?
GAWLER Central travels to
Tanunda in Barossa, Light &
Gawler football this weekend
and will attempt to defeat the
Magpies at home for the first
time in more than a decade.
The Tigers are better placed than
ever to break the drought and will
enter the match confident but wary.
"It's been a while," Central coach
Damien Herzick said.
"It's been a long while.
"We have massive respect for
Tanunda and what they have done
over the years and what they have
done to us.
"It would be nice to give some
With the Tigers only one point
ahead of Willaston and two points
ahead of South Gawler on the lad-
der, it is crucial they keep winning.
Wet conditions could favour the
Magpies, but Central will be hop-
ing the likes of Charlie Molyneux
and Kalon Heintze can get on top
in the midfield.
If it is wet, Tanunda will need
big games out of in-and-under
players Ryan Bignell and Craig Un-
derwood, as well as small forward
South Gawler takes on Nurioot-
pa in another big game, with the
Tigers searching for an upset win
to boost their top-four chances.
The Lions made light work of
Nuri in round one and will be
smarting after their first loss of the
season at the hands of Willaston on
They will look to Daniel Gould-
ing and Joel Chapman to provide
their drive and, with Matt Nau-
mann under an injury cloud, will
need Heath Lawry to impact the
scoreboard if they are to kick a win-
Nuri's best will be good enough
to test South and will be fresh com-
ing off a bye.
If Duncan Cragg-Sapsford can
get on top in the ruck and Tim
Dimasi and Jay Nash can fire, the
Tigers may be some chance on
their home deck.
A red-hot Willaston hosts Freel-
ing and will be looking to extend
its winning streak to seven games.
The Donnybrooks will have one
eye on their clash with Gawler
Central the following week and
will be looking to continue their
Michael Howson returned to the
side with a bang against South on
Saturday and will be a handful for
the Redlegs to contain, while skip-
per Sam Walton is in super form.
For the Redlegs, Josh Wilson will
need to stand up in the ruck and
Sam Carmichael must continue
his form up forward if they are to
be any chance of causing a massive
The final match of the round
could well be the closest, with an
improving Angaston hosting a bat-
tling Barossa District.
Both sides have shown plenty of
fight in recent weeks and will be
desperate for a win.
James Lawton is the key for the
Panthers and if he is afforded any
space, he could well be the match-
The Bulldogs' line-up still boasts
a number of stars and if the danger-
ous Dean Cutting or Darren Sharp
can perform they will be every
SOUTH Gawler has landed a mid-season re-
cruiting coup, signing Virginia ruckman Chris
James has been an important player for Virginia for
a number of years and played in its 2011 and 2012
grand final losses.
He also played a year of junior football for Wil-
laston, but has opted to join former Rams coach Joss
DenEngelse at South.
He will be a huge 'in' for the Lions, who have lacked
a genuine ruckman since losing Mark Paget, and his
inclusion boosts their chances of matching it with
Willaston and Gawler Central come September.
"Hopefully, he will help us get some ascendancy out
of the middle," South Gawler football director Daniel
"It should give us a fair advantage and allow us to set
up a few structures on the understanding that we are
going to win a few taps.
"He is reasonably good around the ground as well
and should give us something resting forward -- he is
James played his last game for the Rams on June
14 and the Lions are hopeful he will line up against
Nuriootpa this week.
-- Sam Agars
A DOMINANT first half
helped Willaston secure a
strong 50-point win over
South Gawler for the club's
125-year anniversary cel-
ebrations in the Barossa,
Light & Gawler Foot-
ball Association on the
With South's early season
draw to Gawler Central the only
thing separating the two teams
on the ladder, plenty was at stake
heading into the match.
The Donnybrooks had the
Lions on the back foot from
the early stages and piled on
a succession of unanswered
goals, which led to a 22-point
margin at the first change.
Quick goals to Scott White
and Shaun Baker early in the
second set the tone for the
remainder of the quarter,
and when Michael Howson
snapped truly before half-time
the game seemed to be slipping
away for South.
At the major break Willas-
ton led by 44 points, with the
away team needing a big effort
to get back into the game.
Tensions boiled over late in
the third, with South's Brenton
Craig and Willaston's James
Jones being sent off after an al-
tercation in the middle of the
However, it was the Don-
nybrooks who were in control,
kicking regular goals to shut
the Lions out of the match.
Jamie Williams was danger-
ous around goal for Willas-
ton, finishing with four goals,
while Michael Howson and
Sam Walton chipped in with
Joel Chapman was best for
South, kicking three goals,
while Aaron Bevis again played
well after a best-on-ground per-
formance the previous week.
Chad Connolly and Heath
Lawry were the only other
multiple goal-scorers for the
Lions, with two each.
Willaston coach Steve
O'Connor said there was pres-
sure on his team going into the
match and that he was happy
to get the two points.
"To win against a class act
and well-coached team, like
they are, was very satisfying,"
O'Connor said there is still
plenty of improvement left,
with kicking accuracy and en-
try inside forward 50 set to be
a focus at training this week.
"We probably should have
put the game out of their way
and we didn't, so we spoke
about that at half-time," he
"The movement of the footy
into our forward line wasn't
what we wanted it to be, so
we'll take steps (to address)
that this week.
"At the end of the day, we
know we can play better than
Willaston is likely to be with-
out defender Shaun Childs for
the next few matches, after he
sustained suspected ligament
damage in the collarbone/
South Gawler's Chad Connelly sends his side forward as Willaston player Alex Barclay looks on during the
Donnybrooks' big win on the weekend.
PHOTOS: Lauren Gauci
Richard Rosewall attempts to handball as he is tackled by South
Gawler's Brenton Craig on Saturday.
Virginia ruckman Chris James has signed for South
Gawler and should play his rst game this weekend.
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