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Tiger cubs make it perfect day
Proud sponsors of the Barossa, Light
& Gawler Football Association
GAWLER Central took out the under
15 Barossa, Light & Gawler Football
Association grand final by 38 points over a
gallant Tanunda, which fought hard until
the end on the weekend.
After finishing top of the ladder, and winning
their second semi-final comfortably, the Tigers
started the game as hot favourites, however
Tanunda was not without a chance.
The Magpies entered the contest having won
nine on the trot, with the side having plenty
of self-belief to cause an upset and playing on
their home turf.
It was Gawler Central which came out firing
to kick the opening goal in the first two min-
utes, however the positive start was short-lived
as the Magpies went on to dominate the rest of
Tanunda ruckman Ryan Falkenberg got on
top and gave his midfielders first use, while
Centrals' Sam Dowden was dangerous with the
However, early nerves may have got the bet-
ter of the young Magpies as they struggled to
take advantage of this early ascendancy, kicking
1.4 for the quarter to trail by three points at
The Tigers settled first in the second and
were cleanest with the ball, putting on a bril-
liant display, kicking four goals to Tanunda's
one for the term.
Brandon Acton continued his excellent finals
series and really showed his class around the
At the main break the Tigers had opened a
22-point lead, but that would soon be extended
in the third quarter.
The flag favourites continued the onslaught
in the premiership quarter and all but put the
result beyond doubt with an accurate five goals
straight to Tanunda's two behinds. The young
Tigers really flexed their muscles in the third
term and just didn't allow the Magpies any time
or space with the football, while creating dam-
aging run going the other way.
With the lead standing at 50 points in favour
of the Tigers at the final change, the Magpies
could have had reason to drop their heads.
However, Tanunda fought on gallantly in the
final term, and kept Centrals goal-less, but the
damage had already been done.
Patrick Mudge and Jez McLennan were pro-
lific for the Magpies through the midfield and
worked well with ruckman Falkenberg, but it
was too late.
Jake Billing was phenomenal all day for the
Tigers and was awarded the Mickan Medal
for best on ground, while Brodi Mathews and
Brandon Hubbard were a formidable duo up
forward, kicking two goals each and setting up
Better players for Tanunda were Falkenberg
in the ruck and the on-ball brigade of Mudge,
McLennan and James Madden.
While the loss was hard to take for the Mag-
pies, there were plenty of positives to take away
from the year; coming from fourth to make a
grand final is a huge effort.
WILLASTON brought home
the flag in the Barossa, Light &
Gawler Football Association un-
der 17 grand final by demolish-
ing South Gawler by 40 points
at Tanunda on Saturday.
The Donnybrooks dominated the
competition all season, managing 15
wins to earn top spot on the ladder.
The win makes it Willaston's
first senior colts premiership since
its back-to-back wins in 2006 and
A shaky start from both teams in
the first quarter saw countless skill
errors and turnovers, but it wasn't
long before Willaston's Jarrod Day
kicked the opening two goals of the
match to settle his side's nerves.
South hit back, kicking two be-
fore quarter-time, but still had some
work to do around the ground with
Willaston dominating most of the
At the first change the Lions
trailed by eight points, but things
soon took a turn for the worse.
The Donnybrooks came out fly-
ing in the second term, booting four
unanswered goals on their way to
establishing a threatening 34-point
lead at half-time.
The Lions fought hard to peg back
the margin, with Joshua Crowe,
Luke Torkington and Ben Greatorex
doing their best to lift their side.
However, it wasn't enough, as
Willaston took the reins to pile on
six goals to one in the third quarter
to open up a commanding 45-point
lead at the last change.
South continued to fight to the
final siren, winning the last quarter,
but it was too little, too late, as the
Donnybrooks coasted home to a
Willaston's Bryn Parsloe was
awarded the Tobitt Medal for best
on ground, a well-deserved achieve-
ment for the youngster who had an
outstanding second half of the sea-
son leading up to finals.
Day, Brayden Coombs and Jayden
Walsh were also sensational for the
Donnybrooks, finishing with four,
three and one goal, respectively.
For South, Crowe battled strongly
all day to be the Lions' standout
player, Brayden Matthews was his
side's only multiple goal-scorer, fin-
ishing with two.
The Willaston victory was the
only premiership not won by
Gawler Central on the day.
Gawler Central 2.1 6.3 11.3 11.4 (70)
1.4 2.5 2.7 4.8 (32)
Gawler Central- Goals: B. Hubbard, C. Slate, B. Mathews 2,
J. Dento, L. Sutton, J. Billing, B. Pilkington, B. Kemp. Best: J.
Billing, S. Dowden, B. Acton, T. Mason, B. Lane, B. Pilkington.
Tanunda- Goals: J. May 2, N. Burton, P. Mudge. Best: R.
Falkenberg, P. Mudge, J. McLennan, J. Madden, N. Burton,
UNDER 15 RESULTS
ABOVE: Gawler Central gets the
day o to a good start, winning
the under 15s premiership, the
rst of three won by the club
on the day.
Willaston demolishes young Lions
UNDER 17 RESULTS
3.3 7.8 9.13 11.16 (82)
South Gawler 2.1 2.4 3.4 6.6 (42)
Willaston- Goals: J. Day 4, B. Coombs 3, B. Parsloe 2, M. Spirritt, J. Walsh.
Best: B. Parsloe, B. Coombs, J. Walsh, J. Day, B. Pasin, H. Crossman.
South Gawler- Goals: B. Matthews 2, B. Dankiewicz, J. Martin, D. Dankiewicz, J. Crowe.
Best: J. Crowe, L. Torkington, B. Greatorex, B. Matthews, S. Trenorden, B. Dankiewicz.
ABOVE: Willaston nished o a dominant
season in style, winning the under 17s grand
nal by 40 points.
INSET: Donnybrook Bryn Parsloe (left), with
Gawler Central Football Club secretary Dean
Tobitt, after being awarded the Tobitt Medal
for his best on ground performance in the
under 17 grand nal. PHOTOS: Mary Ackers
INSET: Gawler Centrals' Jake
Billings (right) was presented
with the Mickan Medal, on
behalf of the Mickan family, for
his outstanding best on ground
performance in the under 15s
grand nal.PHOTOS: Mary Ackers
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