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DUAL premiership player/coach Roger
James will remain at the helm for Barossa
District Football Club's 2015 season after
re-signing with the club.
This year has been a tough ride for the Dogs;
after tasting back-to-back premiership glory in
2012 and '13, Barossa District is all but certain
to get the wooden spoon this season, having
won just one game.
The Dogs' slide down the ladder has been
largely attributed to losing key players such as
ruckman Ross Christie, forward Heath Com-
mane and midfielders Brad Coles and Michael
SMOKE from a popcorn machine, dur-
ing the intermission of the 'Annie' musi-
cal, caused a 20-minute evacuation of the
STARplex facility last Wednesday night.
The false alarm cut short the basketball and
netball games in progress, with STARplex man-
agement now deciding to give those players a
free game next week as compensation.
STARplex general manager Dale Martin
said the musical, and remaining games, recom-
menced after the 'all-clear' was given.
"We have to be a bit more careful about the
sorts of services that are made available within
theatre, because that's the area that's got the
smoke sensor it in," he said.
Magpies back to nest
TANUNDA footballers trained on their
home ground for the first time in eight
weeks last Thursday, showing positive signs
the ground will be in a suitable condition
for this year's grand final.
The Magpies were forced off their home deck
in an attempt to improve the surface condi-
tions, and had since been training on the Faith
Lutheran College oval under portable lights.
The move back to Tanunda was a relief for
coach Mathew Booth.
"Although the lights have been pretty good
down there, it's nice to have a proper set of
lights and actually be able to play around the
goals and stuff like that as well," he said.
Nottle brings up 300
WILLASTON'S Brandon Nottle notched
up his 300th senior game last fortnight
when his team played Barossa District at
The 39-year-old debuted in the A grade at
the age of 16 and went on to win a premiership
in 1999, winning the club's best and fairest in
the same year.
Nottle, now a permanent member of the
Donnybrooks' B-grade back line, began his ca-
reer as a forward winning an association lead-
ing goal-kicker award in both junior and senior
After continuing his forward role in the sen-
ior team, he was eventually moved to the back
line at the beginning of current coach Steve
O'Connor's first tenure in 2003.
The Donnybrooks were unable to get a win
for their champion, suffering a shock three-goal
loss to the Dogs.
Tough week for SA
SOUTH Australia had a tough time at the
Australian country hockey championships
in Toowomba last week, with the women
finishing fifth and the men last.
The teams played six matches against New
South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Western
Australia and the Australian Defence Force.
The women notched their sole win over the
ADF 2-1 in their second encounter, while the
men were kept winless.
The Barossa Hockey Association had four
representatives play: Josh Dutschke, Josh Han-
cock, Kim Blatchford and Laura Kingsmill,
plus former Gawler goalkeeper Will Stapleton.
"THE BUNYIP" GAWLER, SPORT, Wednesday, August 13, 2014 Page 3
with Grady Hudd
MRP needs to cop the boot
Where have you coached
before Kapunda? I haven't
coached senior netball prior
to Kapunda; I coached
some junior netball back
where I was originally from
in Naracoorte, down in the South
How have you enjoyed the senior
coaching role? This is the second year I've done
it, so you kind of learn a lot from the rst year and
you try to change things that you would change.
Obviously, sometimes they're not for the better but
you can only do your best and hope the people in
your team know that's what you're trying to do.
What improvements have you seen in the team
this season? I think, defensively, as a team, we've
been a lot better this year. We've been able to
create a lot of turnovers; the problem is we're not
scoring enough from them. We do a lot of hard
work but we just don't utilise our opportunities
that we get, so that's what we're going to try and
How did it feel to get a win for Penny Chappell
in her 300th game recently? It was excellent;
Penny's an absolute superstar, so to be able to win
for her as well as to keep our nal two spot alive
How is the side looking heading into nals?
Good; luckily we've got a semi-good run home, so
we're just trying to get the girls a lot more game
time to make our game more consistent.
Can Willaston be stopped? Anyone can be
beaten on their day, it's just a matter of getting to
that point where you know you can beat them.
Everybody's mindset needs to be in that space.
So it's just a matter of, if we get that opportunity,
pushing on and get people to believe that we can
THE BALL'S UP!
RARELY a week goes by that
footy fans aren't left scratching
their heads at the outcomes spat
out by the AFL's Monday-night
lottery, the Match Review Panel.
Last fortnight's 'Conca-gate' ex-
posed the MRP for what it is: a
flawed system that has been more
damaging, rather than benefiting, to
the game since its inception.
For those who missed it, Rich-
mond's Reece Conca was charged
with a level-four striking offence for
smacking Greater Western Sydney's
After a short scuffle, which re-
sulted in Conca's jumper being
pulled over his head, the Richmond
defender chased down an unaware
Smith and elbowed him to the back
of the head in what can only be de-
scribed as a king hit.
The football media condemned
it, with commentators right across
television, radio and print mediums
labelling it 'cowardly', 'dirty' and
'not in the spirit of the game'.
Yet, despite intense media and
public scrutiny, Conca received only
a two-week suspension, after hav-
ing his sentence reduced from three
weeks with an early guilty plea.
The same week Brisbane defender
Daniel Merrett left Melbourne De-
mon Cam Pedersen nursing a bro-
ken nose after he connected with an
errant elbow in a marking contest.
While Merrett did his best to ap-
pear to spoil, any sane person can
see that his intention was to inflict
pain on Pedersen by elbowing him
in the face.
But, as it has been made clear over
the past two years, sanity is seldom
used in the realm of the MRP; Mer-
rett received no ban, the incident
cited as an accident.
After seeing each incident, I
thought Conca would be rubbed
out for three weeks and Merrett for
Yes, Conca's initial sentence was
three weeks but why should it be re-
duced with an early plea?
Of course he's guilty; he chased a
bloke down from 15 metres away to
deliver an elbow that even Dwayne
'The Rock' Johnson would've been
proud of (for those unaware, The
Rock made famous the 'people's
elbow' during his early wrestling
As for Merrett, any football fan
with half a brain could see that his
attempt to spoil wasn't 'legitimate'.
The MRP lays charges after taking
into account three things -- conduct
(either negligent, reckless or inten-
tional), impact (low, medium, high,
severe) and contact (to the groin or
The panel grades each incident
based on these factors, each with its
own 'activation points', which then
determines the level of offence.
This is fine in theory, but in real-
ity human interpretation will always
be its downfall.
What one person may deem to be
intentional, another may find to be
reckless, and vice versa.
And how is impact determined?
I would have thought a broken
nose would occur from a high-
impact blow to the head, as a result
from negligent or reckless conduct,
exactly like the Merrett incident.
According to the system, my in-
terpretation of the incident would
result in six activation points and a
And that's the problem -- the sys-
tem that was meant to simplify the
judiciary process is only making it
Bring back the tribunal as the sole
governing body, because the sooner
the AFL turfs the MRP, the better.
Fairey flies to 300 SIXT Y SECS
with Kapunda A grade netball player/coach Stacey
Burgess, whose side is looking to pinch second
spot on the ladder and secure the double chance.
became the rst
player to play 300
A-grade games for
Nuriootpa on the
NURIOOTPA striker Brad
Fairey became the first player
at the club to play 300 A-grade
games when he took to the
field against Angaston-Moculta
United in the Barossa Valley
Hockey Association on the
Fairey, 35, has been playing in
the valley's A-grade competition
for 19 years, during which time
he has won 12 premierships
and represented South
Australia at the country
championships four times.
He has also played
in the majority of the
association teams during his
Despite being in the twilight of
his career, Fairey has shown no
signs of slowing up; he still sits
second on the goal-scorers'
table, on 17, behind team-
mate Greg Schulz, 19.
He played a crucial role
in his side's 12-2 win over
Moculta on Friday night,
scoring three goals and
having multiple assists.
Moculta was his club
of origin before
Nuri many years ago.
"I made the move over to Nuri
because Moculta weren't having
an A grade side the next year, so I
made the move and haven't looked
back since then," Fairey said.
During his early days at Nuri,
guys like Wayne 'Wal' Lehmann,
Geoff King and Phil Armstrong
had the biggest influence on him.
"Being a young guy, and coming
across, these were the experienced
blokes," Fairey said.
"To let me join a team that had
a pretty good base to start with
just made me feel at home in the
first few seasons that I came across
and played for Nuri."
Of the dozen premierships,
Fairey said the standout was
that 10 of them were won
However, he also knows what
it feels like to lose a grand final
having lost six in his career.
"In the 19 years, I think there's
only been one year that I haven't
played in a grand final, so it's been
a pretty good achievement."
"But, as I said, it's taken a long
time to happen, so there's been the
ups with the premiership wins and
the downs with the losses as well."
Being a competition veteran,
he is constantly reminded of the
tremendous talent coming through
the ranks and sees the association
having a bright future.
"The kids these days have a hell
of a lot of talent," he said.
"I look at them now and think
'wow, this is unbelievable how
good these kids are and how good
they can be'.
"Hopefully, the association keeps
strong and develops these players
into, hopefully, more players that
can go along and play the same
amount of games as I have."
Nuriootpa's A-men coach and
long-time team-mate Marty
Gallasch said Fairey has been an
essential part of the club.
"He's been monumental as far as
the impact he's made at Nuri and
the association," he said.
"The main thing I know about
Brad Fairey is that for a guy who is
that good, he's always been pretty
humble, he's not one of those guys
that big notes himself a lot, or at
"He's a very team-orientated
sort of guy, which is maybe one
of the reasons why he's been so
successful, because it's never just
been about him.
"For the Nuri Hockey Club he's
been a huge asset over the years."
Nuri also celebrated another
milestone in the B grade, with
Nuri Green goalkeeper Ben
Griffiths playing his 200th senior
game for the club.
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