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ANGASTON will be looking
to upset Gawler Central this
weekend to keep its Barossa,
Light & Gawler Football Asso-
ciation finals hopes alive.
The Panthers will go into the
match with fresh legs after coming
off the bye, and will be bolstered
by the return of star forward James
Lawton, and gun midfielders Jack-
son O'Brien and Steve Rusca.
Coach Matt Herrmann said his
team will be focusing solely on
beating the Tigers, and not look-
ing any further ahead than Satur-
"Unfortunately, our loss against
Freeling is going to hurt us a bit,
but we've got three games to worry
about now and, obviously, the first
one is Gawler Central this week,"
"We need to play exactly the way
we did against South and Willas-
ton, with that intensity and pres-
sure early on, hit the scoreboard
and then really put some pressure
"Hopefully, we'll give it a big
tilt and have a real crack at Gawler
O'Brien and Rusca will have
their work cut out in their return
to the midfield as they come up
against the in-form duo of prime
mover Charlie Molyneux and tal-
ented Danny Stanley.
Tanunda must produce a win
against South Gawler this weekend
to remain in the top four and gain
some momentum heading into the
crunch end of the year.
With an in-form Nuriootpa
breathing heavily down its neck,
and facing bottom-placed Barossa
District this week, the Magpies
face a big challenge that could
shape their season.
The match shapes to be a bat-
tle of the midfields, with South's
engine room of Jackson Dare and
Matt Foldesdy and ruckman Chris
James set to fight it out against the
class of Tanunda's Tom Schiller,
Nick Schmidt and ruckman James
Magpie Matt Westhoff has
shown he is capable up forward,
kicking two goals in the absence
of star forward Sam Agars, while
Lion Matthew Trzeciak will be full
of confidence after his three-goal
performance last week.
Nuriootpa will host Barossa Dis-
trict at home in another must-win
match for the club.
The Tigers have to win every
game from here to have a chance
of playing finals.
Duncan Cragg-Sapsford has
been in red-hot form for Nuri,
while forwards Ryan Foulis and
Mark Rumbelow will be key to the
For the Bulldogs, utility Darren
Sharp is coming off a solid two-
goal performance, Paul and Matt
Stelzer will need to get plenty of
the footy, while dashing defender
Ben Bussell must continue provid-
ing run off half-back.
The match between Freeling
and Kapunda will be a tough con-
test, with both sides playing some
good footy of late.
The Bombers will be looking to
get a win for club-favourite Adam
Turrell, who plays his 150th game,
while the Redlegs want to win as
many games as possible to finish
the season on a high.
Wes Farley may well be the dan-
ger man for Kapunda, after coming
off a five-goal haul against South
Gawler last week, while Turrell
will be out to perform in the ruck
for his milestone match.
The midfield battle between
Kapunda's Mark Cussadia and
David Leslie, and Freeling's Scott
Williams, Beau Jarman and Travis
Muster looks set to be a good one,
and could well dictate the result.
Angaston looks for an upset
continues to firm
as the league's
performance in his
side's win over Freeling on the weekend.
Molyneux has been hugely important to
the Tigers' success so far this season since he
returned to the club from Kilburn in the South
Australian Amateur Football League.
But the 22-year-old said he's just enjoying
being back playing footy with his mates.
"It's a lot more lackadaisical, which is good for
me because I'm pretty lazy myself," he joked.
"I just love running out and having a fun
time, mucking around while I'm out there, so it's
Molyneux played just a season and a half of
A grade for the Tigers before spending a year
playing for Central District and two for Kilburn.
He said Tiger president Rod Knight, who he
has played cricket with for many years, was one
of the 'main culprits' in getting him back to the
"They said they needed another on-baller,
which sort of suited me a bit, with them giving
me a lot of time in the middle," he said.
Knight said the club was "over the moon" to
have Molyneux back, but added it took some
convincing to make the move happen.
"As a club, we were very supportive of him
going and having a crack at league footy at
Centrals, but he decided that wasn't for him,"
"So went he went to Kilburn (and) we were
probably a bit disappointed because, if he wasn't
going to continue with his league career, we
would've like to have seen him back with us.
"So as soon as last season finished we were on
to him pretty early."
Knight said he rates the midfielder as "one of
the best he has seen" at this level.
"What he's done so far this year has been
outstanding but it doesn't surprise me one bit,"
"Not only is he a great footballer but he's a
great kid; the blokes love him, he just fits really
well into the group."
Molyneux said with the double chance locked
away, the team's sights would now be set on rival
Willaston, which sits atop the league ladder.
"Now we just have to concentrate on
Willaston," he said.
"It should be very interesting come finals
GAWLER Central continued its run
home to the Barossa, Light & Gawler
Football Association finals by defeating
Freeling by 57 points on the weekend.
Freeling celebrated club legend, and past
captain, Darren 'Ozzy' Leske's 219th game,
which takes him to the most A grade games
ever played at the club.
However, the Redlegs were unable to fin-
ish with a third consecutive win at home to
give Leske the perfect day.
Coach Damien Herzick said it was a
pleasing win and gave full credit to Freeling
for its effort.
"It was pretty pleasing, we stuck with our
guns," he said.
"Freeling were really competitive and re-
ally took it up to us.
"They probably don't have the numbers
to use through the middle like we do, guys
like (Beau) Jarman and (Scott) Williams do
The Tigers were given a shock as the re-
juvenated Redlegs matched it with the pre-
miership contenders early in the game.
Both sides struggled to get easy clearances
from the middle, with Gawler Central's on-
ball brigade of Daniel Stanley, Charlie Mo-
lyneux and Jason Blakemore slightly over-
powering Freeling's Scott Williams, Beau
Jarman and Travis Muster.
Tiger Daniel Stanley found the ball early
and managed a two-goal first quarter, while
Freeling's Daniel Cook looked dangerous
up forward and created a few scoring op-
At quarter-time the Redlegs trailed Gawl-
er Central by only three points, a major im-
provement compared to the last time these
two sides met.
The second quarter was a similar story,
with the Tigers failing to break open the
game due to missed scoring opportunities.
After the main break, the visitors looked
to take control of the game, however a lapse
in the last 10 minutes of the quarter saw the
Tigers just 24 points up heading into the
Molyneux set the scene in the final quar-
ter, winning much-needed contested footy
to ensure the Redlegs wouldn't make a last
"Charlie was unbelievable, and Daniel
(Stanley) as well," Herzick said.
"They kicked four goals each plus (had)
plenty of footy, which sort of made up for
no (Brad) Mercer and no (Tom) Dunne."
An injury filled bench and fatigued bod-
ies slowed Freeling down in the dying min-
utes of the game, letting the margin blow
out to a disappointing 63 points before a
last-minute goal from midfielder Scott Wil-
Tyson Foreman was praised for his re-
bound efforts off half-back for the Tigers,
while Paul Bova was recognised for his of-
fensive efforts in his return game.
Freeling's Dan Horsnell found some form
in his new role across half-back, while Rian
Hornhardt continued to find the footy de-
spite playing in unfavourable conditions.
Gawler Central midfielders Stanley and
Molyneux finished the game with four goals
each, with tall utility Corey Solly chiming
in with a three-goal performance.
Freeling's Daniel Cook kicked two first-
half goals, while key targets Sam Carmichael
and Joel Vaneveld failed to shake their de-
fenders, scoring just one goal each.
Next week the Tigers face a competitive
Angaston outfit desperate to make amends
for its last-start loss against Freeling, while
the Redlegs take on Kapunda in its final
home match this season.
Freeling's Ryan Jarman looks to get a kick away as he is tackled by Gawler Central's Kyle Wurst (right).
PHOTO: Lauren Gauci
Comfortable Centrals' win
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