Home' The Bunyip : August 27th 2014 Contents PLAYERS from the Virginia
Football Club's 1984 premiership
side will return to the club this
Saturday for a 30-year reunion.
The Rams face Two Wells this
weekend, the club they beat to clinch
the grand final victory three decades
The players will wear commemora-
tive guernseys for the match, which
will include the names of the players
from the premiership side.
Premiership captain Arthur Girgo-
las looks back fondly on the planning
that went into winning the '84 flag.
Having finished the year as minor
premiers, in the then Gawler Football
Association, the Rams played their
first final (a second semi) against arch-
rival Two Wells at Gawler Central.
The Roosters won that match by
less than a kick, after storming to a
six-goal lead at the first change.
"They always seemed to get a jump
on us; they got a jump on us that day,"
Virginia then went to Williams-
town to play Gawler Central, which
it beat convincingly.
And so it would be that the two
nemeses would face off again, this
time in the premiership decider.
Girgolas said the team placed a great
emphasis on ensuring it started well to
avoid conceding a big early lead.
"What we worked on was our start,
making sure that we actually stayed
with them early, which we did," he
"(After that) we were just confident
that we would hang on."
After a brutal match that featured
an all-in brawl on the half-time siren,
spectators included, Virginia emerged
the victor by 17 points.
Girgolas said the win was very spe-
cial because the majority of the team
were locals, who had played all their
footy together from juniors through
"Most of the boys in that team were
locals, probably four or five were from
out of town," he said.
"I think that was the thing that
meant the most to us, that we grew
up playing colts and seniors footy
together and we finally got a really
tough premiership win."
The celebration is a positive end to
the home-and-away season for Vir-
ginia, which has endured a tough year
following the departure of its club
president and sacking of its A-grade
Caretaker coach Stephen Papano-
tis, who himself has tasted premier-
ship success with the Rams in the Ad-
elaide Plains Football League in 1998,
said he will be using the reunion as a
motivator for the match against Two
"Being a heritage week, I'm prob-
ably looking at getting one or two of
the blokes into the changerooms be-
fore the game to talk about what the
club means to them," he said.
"It might just give us that little bit
of an edge and get us over the line."
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Rams ready for reunion
Mallala 5.1 9.5 13.6 17.10 (112)
Balaklava 4.2 7.4 11.6 12.9 (81)
Mallala- Goals: B. Harris, D. Feeley, B. Parish, B.
Montgomery 3, T. Algar 2, L. Whitwell, A. Sparks,
D. Griffiths. Best: J. Clements, J. Earl, B. Hardie, L.
Whitwell, B. Parish, T. Algar.
Balaklava- Goals: S. Lamond, G. Dawson 3, T.
Michael 2, D. Storic, J. Butterfield, C. Ruiz, J.
McPharlin. Best: B. Catford, T. Michael, J. Walker,
D. Storic, T. McPharlin, L. Guy.
Virginia 7.6 13.13 22.18 34.28 (232)
HW Eagles 5.1 5.2 6.5 7.7 (49)
Virginia- Goals: B. Niklaus 7, B. Russel, C. Howell,
T. Smith, R. Perre, T. Lioulios 3, A. Seccafien, J.
Trask, C. Stronach, B. Robertson 2, P. Mylonopou-
los, E. Tsimiklis, J. Stoyanoff, D. Oliver. Best: B.
Robertson, B. Russel, C. Howell, D. Oliver, A.
Seccafien, D. Kerr.
HW Eagles- Goals: T. McNamara, T. Rowe, T. For-
rest 2, P. Williams. Best: T. Forrest, P. Williams, S.
Baker, T. Rowe, D. Guthberg.
Two Wells 3.2 8.8 11.12 16.14 (110)
United 4.1 5.2 8.4 14.6 (90)
Two Wells- Goals: E. Fetherstonhaugh, T. Leigh-
ton, N. Rose 3, B. Spiteri, S. Slattery 2, N. Sec-
cafien, B. Hart, A. Hardiman. Best: N. Seccafien,
A. Pontt, D. Wise, E. Fetherstonhaugh, R. Hooper,
United- Goals: K. Ettridge, P. Valle 5, J. Solly, R.
Thomas, J. Rundle, B. Brown. Best: T. Beard, R.
Sharer, P. Valle, H. Pym, J. Solly, J. Chapman.
Mallala 1.1 3.3 3.3 5.4 (34)
Balaklava 0.2 1.2 1.4 2.6 (18)
Balaklava- Goals: L. Williams, B. Heaslip. Best: J.
Davey, C. Cram, K. Ruiz, C. Marshall, L. Williams,
Mallala- Goals: C. Bilney 2, B. Edwards, R. Russell,
D. Tiller. Best: B. Start, D. Jennings, N. Work, S.
Bayliss, K. Jameson, B. Tucker.
Virginia 5.3 10.6 15.11 21.16 (142)
HW Eagles 1.2 4.3 4.3 4.3 (27)
Virginia- Goals: J. Platt 5, R. Miller 4, C. Campbell,
D. Mitchell 3, S. Lioulios, M. Sergi, A. Nicholas, J.
Owen, B. Farrugia, L. Begetis. Best: R. Miller, M.
Catanzariti, C. Worden, D. Mitchell, C. Campbell,
HW Eagles- Goals: N. Young 3, B. Manners. Best:
J. Zilm, A. Nankivell, P. Cook, B. Wallis, D. Smith.
Two Wells 3.6 8.10 10.13 15.16 (106)
United 1.0 3.0 6.1 9.3 (57)
Two Wells- Goals: S. Wise 5, M. Abdilla, B. Daly,
B. Calvett 2, J. Becker, B. Arnold, J. Osborne, C.
Lamont. Best: M. Crook, D. Hardiman, B. Daly, M.
Sincock, M. Hardiman.
United- Goals: J. McArdle 4, L. Connor 2, C.
McIntyre, C. Sharer. Best: T. Stephens, J. McArdle,
L. Michalanney, C. Sharer, L. Connor, N. Starr.
Balaklava 2.2 5.4 9.6 11.8 (74)
Mallala 1.1 2.3 2.3 5.4 (34)
Balaklava- Goals: J. Michael 3, W. Dixon, C. Arbon
2, D. Michael, J. Harkness, S. Michael, J. Butter-
field. Best: J. Harkness, J. O'Mahoney, C. Arbon, J.
Michael, R. Wandel.
Mallala- Goals: B. O'Leary 4, A. Kearns. Best: Z.
Day, A. Clothier, A. Coe, T. Elliott, R. Manuell, L.
HW Eagles 3.4 7.7 10.8 13.10 (88)
Virginia 0.1 1.4 1.6 4.8 (32)
HW Eagles- Goals: T. Nottle 5, B. Taylor 4, J. Stud-
ham 3, D. Irrgang. Best: W. Angel, T. Nottle, Q.
Mackay, B. Taylor, N. Studham, D. Irrgang.
Virginia- Goals: J. Owen, H. Ploumidis, J. Sans-
bury, C. Jones. Best: J. Owen, C. Jones, T. McKeon,
J. Trask, C. Jeerasak, J. Ranaldo.
Two Wells 5.4 10.6 16.8 19.11 (125)
United 1.3 2.3 5.5 7.11 (53)
Two Wells- Goals: J. Ludewig 7, J. Pellizzari, D.
Kotsano 3, J. Gameau, J. Brander, J. Stankevicius,
S. Stringer, D. Simmons, A. Kemp. Best: L. Brand-
er, D. Kotsano, J. Ludewig, J. Borlace, J. Brander,
United- Goals: C. Lane 2, R. Curnow, H. Green,
J. Pratt, D. Coombe, E. Pepe. Best: R. Curnow, D.
Coombe, C. Lane, M. Waddell, E. Pepe, J. Gordon.
Balaklava 1.2 4.4 6.4 10.7 (67)
Mallala 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.19 (19)
Balaklava- Goals: T. Lamond, L. Greenslade 2, E.
Brownlie, M. Freebairn, A. Cross, B. Easlea, S.
Michael, A. Lawless. Best: W. Dixon, L. De Roma,
S. Michael, A. Cross, L. Greenslade, B. Easlea.
Mallala- Best: R. Machell, C. Norris, J. Tiller, C.
Curnow, J. Baker, T. Forst.
Virginia 2.5 5.7 9.12 9.12 (66)
HW Eagles 0.0 0.1 0.1 0.18 (18)
Virginia- Goals: T. McLeod 5, J. Willemsen 2,
J. Tipouikidis, J. Roberts. Best: J. Roberts, T.
McLeod, C. Jones, J. Thomas, J. Tipouikidis, L.
HW Eagles- Best: J. Studham, C. Cicolella, B.
Guerin, J. Fullston, J. Pennycuick.
Two Wells 5.2 9.2 11.7 11.7 (73)
United 0.0 2.0 2.13 2.13 (25)
Two Wells- Goals: B. Calvett 3, L. Barnett, J.
Brewin 2, S. Brander, J. Kerr, M. McFarlane, B.
Poynter. Best: L. Barnett, B. Poynter, B. Calvett,
M. McFarlane, I. Sparnon, D. Oakley.
United- Goals: A. Standish 2. Best: J. Van Dijk, J.
Green, J. Purdie, R. Michalanney, J. Warrior, L.
AGRADE PWLDBF A % PTS
Mallala 15 11 3 1 3 1491 1024 59.28 23
Hamley Bridge 15 11 4 0 3 1911 1113 63.19 22
Virginia 15 9 6 0 3 1735 1102 61.16 18
Balaklava 16 9 7 0 2 1239 1326 48.30 18
TwoWells 15 8 7 0 3 1489 109757.58 16
United 15 4 101 3 1125 139344.68 9
HWEagles 15 0 150 3 560 249518.33 0
BGRADE PWLDBF A % PTS
Virginia 15 14 1 0 3 1599 656 70.91 28
TwoWells 15 11 3 1 3 1338 595 69.22 23
Mallala 15 11 4 0 3 1122 554 66.95 22
Balaklava 16 7 9 0 2 910 865 51.27 14
Hamley Bridge 15 4 11 0 3 882 1138 43.66 8
HWEagles 15 0 150 3 297 214812.15 0
Balaklava 16 14 2 0 2 1157 505 69.61 28
Mallala 15 11 4 0 3 1086 539 66.83 22
TwoWells 15 10 5 0 3 1183 822 59.00 20
HWEagles 15 10 5 0 3 1056 786 57.33 20
Virginia 15 5 10 0 3 908 1159 43.93 10
Hamley Bridge 15 2 13 0 3 574 1349 29.85 4
United 15 1 140 3 529 133328.41 2
Balaklava 16 16 0 0 2 954 255 78.91 32
TwoWells 15 11 4 0 3 717 426 62.73 22
Hamley Bridge 15 7 8 0 3 576 499 53.58 14
HWEagles 15 2 130 3 334 876 27.60 4
United 15 0 150 3 254 890 22.20 0
Brendon Niklaus Virginia
Kirk Heberle Hamley Bridge 0
Daniel Feeley Mallala
Brent Harris Mallala
Valor Thach Hamley Bridge 0
Jamie Solly United
Ashley Duncan Hamley Bridge 0
Glenn Dawson Balaklava 3
Tallan Leighton Two Wells 3
Shane Hanson Hamley Bridge 0
Justin Platt Virginia
Daniel Ellis Hamley Bridge 0
Terry Lioulios Virginia
Jason Becker Two Wells 1
Adam Pratt United
Myles Bennison Mallala
Christopher Bilney Mallala
Travis Wake Two Wells 0
Tyson Smith Virginia
Benjamin Arnold Two Wells 1
Brandon Taylor HW Eagles 4
James Gameau Two Wells 1
Tait Nottle HW Eagles 5
Joshua Studham HW Eagles 3
Charlie Arbon Balaklava 2
Dillon Michael Balaklava 1
Samuel Michael Balaklava 1
Tyson McLeod Virginia
William Dixon Balaklava 0
Cameron Curnow Mallala
Angus Hudson Hamley Bridge 0
Brayden Calvett Two Wells 3
MALLALA has taken Balaklava's
finals fate out of its hands after
beating the Peckers by 31 points
in the Adelaide Plains Football
League over the weekend.
The Peckers, who have the bye,
will now be sweating on the out-
come of the match between Vir-
ginia and Two Wells to see if they
will play in September.
A win to the Rams will secure
Balaklava a finals berth, while a
Rooster victory will see it drop to
The Magpies went into the
match missing seven players from
its best 21, blooding a number of
Mallala coach Steve Lubcke was
extremely impressed at his young
players' ability to perform at A-
"We had a couple of injury con-
cerns so we certainly threw a few
new players into the mix, as well as
changing a few positions around to
cover our guys that were out," he
"I was really pleased in how the
guys stepped up to fill the void we
had on Saturday, so that was one of
the best things about it."
The match was a roller-coaster
affair for the first three terms.
An injury to Mallala's Tim
Cawrse before half-time saw young
defender Jake Birchmore move
onto the dangerous Glenn Dawson
and his performance drew praise
from his coach after keeping him
"That was a huge ask for him
and he did a sterling job," Lubcke
By the long break the Magpies
had grafted a 13-point lead, but
Balaklava refused to give in and
fought to stay just two goals down
at the final change.
However, Mallala showed why it
is a top-two side and pulled away
in the last, booting four goals to
one to secure a hard-fought win.
Mallala's forward duo of Brent
Harris and Daniel Feeley was again
dangerous, finishing with three
goals each, while Ben Parish and
Brian Montgomery also chimed in
with three each.
"I was really pleased with that
spread," Lubcke said.
For the Peckers, Catford was the
clear standout, while Dawson and
Stuart Lamond both booted three
In the other matches, Two Wells
kept its finals hopes alive after beat-
ing United by 20 points, and will
need to beat Virginia this week to
climb into fourth position.
The Roosters have been playing
great footy of late, taking it right
up to reigning premiers Mallala last
round, and could be a danger side
should they make finals.
Ned Seccafien was dominant
through the midfield for the Roost-
ers, while Koby Ettridge bagged
five goals for the Tigers.
Virginia easily accounted for
Hummocks-Watchman by 183
The Rams have the chance to
keep Two Wells out of the finals
should they win this week.
Brendon Niklaus was again the
danger man up forward for Vir-
ginia, booting seven goals.
Virginia's 1984 A-grade
caretaker coach Stephen
Papanotis and current
A-grade captain Caleb
Howell are hopeful the
Rams can beat arch-rival
Two Wells this Saturday.
PHOTO: Alec Urquhart
VIRGINIA Football Club in-
terim A-grade coach Stephen
Papanotis said he will be
"putting up his hand" to con-
tinue coaching the Rams into
next year, after taking over
from Joss DenEngelse mid-
Papanotis said the year had been
a "bit of a roller-coaster" since
stepping into the senior coaching
role around nine weeks ago, but it
had been an enjoyable experience.
"It's something I've always
wanted to do, so, yeah, definitely
looking forward to go on next year
with it," he said.
"You never know, there might
be a bloke that's got a better
resume than what I've had, but I'll
definitely be putting my hand up
to do it again next year and hope-
fully it will go in my favour."
Having played A grade for many
years, he also took up the assist-
ant coaching position under Greg
Phillips in 2009 when he was un-
able to play due to a knee injury.
Papanotis said that experience
meant the transition into senior
coach was an easier step than it
might have been.
"It's not like I've gone to a new
club and started fresh; I was pretty
much in the loop and knew what
was going on before, so it made it
an easier transition walking in like
that," he said.
"But when you're the main man
there it's not just the coaching
side, it's ringing players, making
sure everyone's happy," he said.
Papanotis won a senior premier-
ship with the Rams in 1998, as
well as playing in three consecu-
tive losing grand finals in 2010,
2011 and 2012, retiring after the
most recent defeat.
Playing alongside many of the
guys that remain in the squad has
given him the advantage of know-
ing how his players tick, and where
they play their best footy.
"I've got an understanding of
most of the players there, how
they are personally, how they play
their football and what positions
best suit them," Papanotis said.
"You've just got to know how
to approach certain players before
"Some blokes you've got to rev
them up, some blokes you've got
to make sure they keep their top
and don't blow it when they're
"Just keep everyone happy,
that's the main thing; as long as
the blokes are happy and enjoying
their footy, they'll play their best."
-- Grady Hudd
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