Home' The Bunyip : July 9th 2014 Contents NURIOOTPA takes on Freeling
in the Barossa, Light & Gawler
Football Association this Saturday
and is in desperate need of a win,
with a loss all but ruling it out of
Last week's defeat to Angaston
put a severe dent in the Tigers'
finals aspirations and they must
win here to get their season back
Coach Darren Reeves is hope-
ful of getting Jarrod Tregenza and,
possibly, Brett Thiele back from
injury, while Duncan Cragg-
Sapsford will return from zone
duty, but he will not take Freeling
"It's a huge game," Tigers' coach
Darren Reeves said.
"We need to win to stay in the
"It looks like it is going to be
wet, which makes it even tough-
er."Nuri has quality all over the
ground but it has found it hard to
get its guns firing simultaneously.
If the likes of Ryan Byrne, Dun-
can Cragg-Sapsford and Tim Di-
masi can all have an influence, the
Tigers will be extremely hard to
At their best, the Tigers play a
fast, direct style of football that
will make it tough for an under-
sized Freeling back line to contain
the likes of Byrne and Foulis.
The Redlegs will be keen to
produce a solid showing after a
tumultuous week following the
sacking of coach Richard Foster.
If they are to push their more
fancied opponent, they will need
big games from second-tier players
Jacob Wright and Jake Ashenden,
as well as the usual solid output
from its core senior group.
Gawler Central hosts Barossa
District in a game that the Bull-
dogs will be hoping is a lot closer
than the last time the sides met in
round three, when they were on
the end of a 149-point hiding.
It will be a huge task for the bat-
tling Dogs, with Tom Dunne, Co-
rey Solly and Charlie Molyneux
all in top form for the Tigers.
Brad Mercer is also due for a
huge haul and will no doubt be
To be competitive, Barossa will
need to stop Central's run and
carry, and hard-working mid-
fielders Adam Spencer and Ryan
Watson will be crucial in making
Willaston travels to Angaston
to take on a Panthers' side that
will be no pushover, but it should
have the answers all the same.
The game will be won and lost
in the midfield, with Jackson
O'Brien, Greg Bain and Daniel
Williamson doing battle with
Shaun Baker, Sam Walton and
Unfortunately, for the Pan-
thers, the lack of a top-line ruck-
man could see them struggle to
match it with the powerful Don-
The battle between spearheads
James Lawton (Angaston) and
Jamie Williams (Willaston) will
be entertaining, but Willaston's
wider range of scoring options
will hold it in good stead.
The final match sees Tanunda
take on Kapunda in a game that
the Magpies must win to keep
their season rolling.
Both teams have been unable to
settle their line-ups, with injuries
wreaking havoc, but the Magpies
have a little more depth than Ka-
Adam Turrell has caused head-
aches for the Magpies before and
is one that must be watched, while
Tanunda will be hoping the pace
of the likes of Leigh Westhoff and
Tom Schiller can give it the upper
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WILLASTON staked its claim as
a major premiership contender
and took top spot in the Barossa
Light & Gawler Football Associa-
tion with a pulsating 47-point vic-
tory over the previously unbeaten
Gawler Central on Saturday.
With both sides missing key
players through injury and the state
championships, the Donnybrooks
dominated from the outset, kick-
ing the first two goals of the match
through Brad Tosold and Richard
Central struck back with a neat
link of handballs that finished with
Kyle Wurst burying their first major
onto Kelly Road behind the goals.
The turning point of the first was
a massive blunder by Shane Sout-
er, who will have nightmares after
shanking his kick running into an
open goal and missing from five
From the behind, Willaston went
coast to coast as Scott White kicked
his first of two for the day, before
Brad Mercer continued his goal-
kicking streak to give Central a
two-point lead at the first change.
An evenly fought second term
showed scores level three times, as
the two powerhouses wrestled for
the lead, with Luke Edwards con-
verting after the half-time siren to
give Central a five-point lead at
the major break.
That was one of the last high-
lights of the match for Central
and as the rain poured after half-
time, so did the Willaston pas-
Tosold kicked his second of
four, before Willaston captain Sam
Walton fist pumped the crowd af-
ter nailing his first to give his side a
13-point lead midway through the
Central was nowhere to be seen
as the home side built a five-goal
lead, amassing a whopping 25-scor-
ing-shots to ten.
Willaston put the sword to their
rivals in the last, with the celebra-
tions beginning early as veteran
Shaun Baker powered into goal to
extend the lead to 36 points.
Central's Adam Cox showed the
mood of the team, scoring the last
goal of the game with minimal cel-
ebration as top place went to the
Donnybrooks to set up a frantic
ending to the season.
Willaston coach Steve O'Connor
was realistic after the win.
"With them having so many out,
we had a few out and with the zone
games, it took a bit of the gloss off
it," O'Connor said.
"I probably learnt a bit more
about them and what they do and
they probably learnt a lot about us.
"There are certain areas that we
need to work on."
Experienced heads Ash Fry and
Joel Campbell were outstanding
throughout for Willaston, while
Corey Solly continued his good
form for Central, battling admira-
bly in the ruck, and Brad Mercer
Teetering Tigers' hopes on the line
Marc Cox will play out the
season with Barossa District
after committing to the club
Cox, who has played at a num-
ber of clubs, including Virginia,
Echunga, Kersbrook and Payne-
ham Norwood Union, will play
predominantly as a wingman for
the Bulldogs and coach Roger
James hopes he will add pace to
"He's got some speed and he
can kick a footy," James said.
"He's an outside player.
"We have got enough in-and-
under blokes, we just needed
someone on the outside that can
kick a footy and can run and car-
ry."Cox's addition will help take
some of the pressure off the Dogs'
senior playing group that has had
to carry a heavy load in a tough
On top of a mass exodus at the
end of last year, the reigning pre-
miers have suffered a number of
injuries and struggled to be com-
petitive through the first half of
"We have had that many inju-
ries, we can't take a trick," James
However, the last month has
been a different story, with the
Bulldogs taking it up to finals
hopefuls South Gawler and Nu-
riootpa, despite not getting the
"If we had a full side on the day,
I think we would have won the
last few games.
"It is just one of those years."
Although Barossa is yet to add
to its round one victory and the
weekend's loss to Kapunda leaves
it as the frontrunner for the wood-
en spoon, James is positive about
where the side is heading.
"We have definitely improved,"
"The kids are getting better."
The likes of Ryan Watson and
Nathan Emes have regularly been
in Barossa's best, while Hayden
Traynor and Brent O'Driscoll
have also showed positive signs,
giving James plenty of reason to
look ahead with optimism.
-- Sam Agars
James remains positive
Redlegs sack Foster
"When combined with the cur-
rent challenge around our num-
bers in the junior grades, we must
now create the best football op-
portunities for families and play-
ers to want to come to Freeling."
Assistant coach Kym Fraser will
also depart and Shepley is hopeful
the Redlegs will have a new coach-
ing panel in place this week.
"Hopefully, by the middle of
the week, we will have a structure
that will allow us to finish the sea-
son," Shepley said.
"We ask that all the senior play-
ers step up now and play a role in
finishing the year off the best we
It is expected that the new
coaching staff will come from
within the club.
Foster took over from Mark
Tylor for the 2013 season and his
axing is another chapter in what
has been a turbulent few years for
After the departure of Scott Leal
at the end of 2008, the Redlegs
have had four senior coaches, with
Damien Prauss leading the side in
2009 and playing-coach Malcolm
Greenwood in 2010 and 2011.
Tylor took the reigns in 2012,
with Foster his assistant.
Shepley thanked Foster and
Fraser for their contribution and
remained positive about what the
future holds, urging everyone in-
volved at Freeling to stick by the
"My thanks to everyone who is
working at the club in what is a
tough year," Shepley said.
"I do hope that you continue to
be involved and work for a better
Freeling Football Club.
"This is not an enviable posi-
"There is much to be done and
we need to further develop our
football program, our players and
playing list and return as a com-
petitive and important part of the
Continued from back page
Tyson Irlam of Willaston prepares to drive his side forward in the BL&GFA on
the weekend. INSET: Willaston ruckman Jimmy Jones and Centrals player
Corey Solly ght it out in the Donnybrooks big win on the weekend.
PHOTOS: Gary Hogarth
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