Home' The Bunyip : July 30th 2014 Contents WILLASTON continued its impressive
Barossa Light & Gawler Football Associ-
ation season with a hard-fought 66-point
win over a young Tanunda on Saturday.
Going into the match with nine players
under the age of 21, it was always going to
be a tough ask for the Magpies away from
When Sam Walton got the first clear-
ance and bombed the first goal from out-
side the 50 metre arc within 15 seconds
of the opening bounce, it looked grim for
However, the young Magpies showed a
lot of fight and, with help from Willaston’s
inaccurate kicking, the deficit was only 15
points at the first break.
The second term was an open, running
affair where the Donnybrooks dominated
the scoreboard but once again could not
kick truly, booting 3.7 for the quarter to
Tanunda’s three goals.
It wasn’t all going the Donnybrooks way,
though, with a sickening collision between
Tanunda’s Leigh Westhoff and Willaston’s
Brad Tosold leaving the latter to be stretch-
ered off with a broken leg.
A 22-point lead to the home side at half-
time could’ve been more had they kicked
straight but, instead of a commanding
lead, it let the Magpies stay in touch.
The Donnybrooks reacted brilliantly
following Tosold’s injury and after half-
time kicked seven goals to Tanunda’s two
for the quarter.
Ash Fry and Sam Walton were starting
to pick up a lot of possessions through the
midfield and were giving their forwards
plenty of opportunities, while Tyson Irlam
was damaging off half-back, providing lots
of run and setting up numerous forward
Willaston coach Steve O’Connor said
the third term could’ve gone either way
after the Tosold injury but was happy with
how the players reacted and was happy
with the emotional win despite the injury
leaving a sour note.
“Considering Brad Tosold’s broken leg,
we could’ve gone two ways but to react
the way we did and kick seven goals in
the third quarter was a credit to the boys
and it was good to get a win, even though
the gloss was taken off it because of the
injury,” he said.
“I’ve been around football a long time
and I haven’t seen anything so emotional...
to see the boys go sing the song around
Brad in the ambulance.
“It was a character-building win and one
that really bonded the club.”
The Donnybrooks had contributors all
over the ground, including their midfield
brigade of Walton, Fry and Jarrad Day,
while ruckman Jimmy Jones was good,
giving them first use of the footy.
For the visitors, Tom Schiller was one of
few shining lights, dominating the mid-
field in what Magpie coach Mathew Booth
labelled “one of the best individual per-
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Nuri losing-streak ends
NURIOOTPA has ended its five-game
Barossa, Light & Gawler football los-
ing streak with a 21-point victory over
a fast-finishing Kapunda on the week-
The Tigers started well, dominating pos-
session for the first quarter with their mid-
field showing plenty of composure around
The inclusion of Ryan Byrne and high-
marking forward Mark Rumbelow gave
Nuri two good targets up forward, however
they failed to capitalise on early opportuni-
ties in front of goal.
Kapunda gained quality possession late in
the term to score two quick goals to narrow
the margin to 20 points at quarter-time.
The Bombers were more resilient in the
second quarter, and began to get their hands
on the contested footy.
Adam Turrell’s game was building in the
ruck and Sam McKinnon was proving to be
an integral component to Kapunda’s success
with his hardness around the ball.
A number of free kicks in the Bombers’
forward line gifted them numerous scoring
opportunities, but they were unable to con-
vert them into goals.
At half-time Nuri clung to a five-point
lead, but the Tigers soon rallied in the third
to take the game away from Kapunda.
Clean possession and good run and car-
ry from Nuri midfielders Nat Salter, Jack
Scholz and Jason Rodda helped swing mo-
mentum in their team’s favour.
The Tigers’ forward line also began to gel
and they booted five majors to gain a 35-
point lead heading into the final quarter.
Nuri looked the clear winner early in
the last, but as the minutes passed Tiger
fans had reason for concern with Kapunda
starting to gain possession around the stop-
Bombers Mark Cussadia and Daniel
Johncock gained quality possession to send
the ball forward and give their forwards
premium opportunities, who converted to
close the gap.
A brain-fade, and resultant yellow card,
from Kapunda forward Wes Farley swung
momentum back in Nuri’s favour.
Two important goals to Tim Dimasi put
an end to the Bombers’ fight back, the Ti-
gers running out eventual winners.
Nuriootpa’s Ryan Foulis was pleased with
the win, but noted the need for improve-
“It was good to get back on the winners’
list and keep our season alive,” he said.
“We played some really good patches, but
we can’t afford to keep having lapses in our
“Turnovers cost us and changed momen-
tum; if we are going to compete with the
best we need to eradicate that out of our
Scholz was prolific for the Tigers, while
Rumbelow and Byrne made good returns to
Turrell worked tirelessly for the Bombers,
with Cussadia and Johncock both putting
in solid performances.
FREELING notched up its first back-to-
back win of the Barossa, Light & Gawler
Football Association season after defeating
Angaston by 58 points on the weekend.
The home side, Freeling, celebrated its cap-
tain Travis Muster’s 100-game milestone match
in style, easily overrunning the Panthers in the
muddy conditions at Freeling Oval.
The Redlegs were dominant early with gun-
midfielder Scott Williams scoring the opening
goal within the first minute of the game.
The momentum was with Freeling in the
first quarter as it piled on another three con-
secutive goals without scoring a behind.
However, it was a different story for An-
gaston which had more scoring shots than
Freeling but failed to make an impact on the
Freeling caretaker-coach Beau Jarman said it
was another good team-effort from his charg-
“We were more hungry for the ball and will-
ing to do the team things,” he said.
“Scotty’s (Williams) first clearance and goal
got us up and about and after that we just nev-
er looked back.”
The Redlegs carried their momentum into
the second quarter and kept Angaston to just
one goal for the first half, thanks to some great
defensive efforts by veteran Darren Leske and
Freeling’s key-forwards Sam Carmichael and
Joel Vaneveld were damaging and gave Freel-
ing a comfortable 40-point lead at half-time.
Angaston on-ballers Greg Bain and Daniel
Williamson found plenty of the footy after the
main break, but with no real key-forwards the
Panthers struggled to make the most of their
goal-kicking opportunities inside 50.
Jarman re-sparked his troops late in the
third quarter through some individual efforts,
while Rian Hornhardt again showed that un-
der the right coach he can be a matchwinner
when playing on the wing.
The Redlegs maintained their lead through-
out the game with no sign of a comeback from
Freeling’s Sam Carmichael and Joel Van-
eveld finished the game with four and three
goals respectively, while Ian Mcmillan snagged
two majors before leaving the ground due to
Angaston’s inexperienced forward line failed
to make a real impact in the conditions with
Brett Woodards finishing the game with one
goal, while Greg Bain kicked one major from
The Panthers were unlucky to lose star play-
ers Jackson O’Brien and James Lawton in such
a crucial game due to state country duties,
however the duo are expected to return for
their clash against Gawler Centrals after the
bye next week.
Freeling plays a third consecutive home
game next week, in what should be another
good scrap against a quality side in Gawler
Central, which will put Freeling coach Beau
Jarman’s new structure to stern examination.
Donnybrooks roll on
formances he’s seen,” while the youth of Lach-
lan Kemp and Parker Neldner were also solid.
However, the Magpies just didn’t have enough
contributors and were simply outclassed by a
very impressive Willaston outfit.
Tanunda’s Dan Sleber does his best to bring down
Willaston ruckman James Jones.
Willaston’s Mark McCallum
goes for a run against Tanunda.
INSET: Tanunda’s Aron Fechner
competes with Willaston’s Luke
Turner. PHOTOS: Mary Ackers
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