Home' The Bunyip : July 2nd 2014 Contents GAWLER Central and Wil-
laston lock horns this weekend
in the most anticipated clash
of the Barossa, Light & Gawler
Football Association season so far.
With top spot on the line, it
promises to be a cracking hit-out,
but Tigers' coach Damien Her-
zick is expecting a different style
of game to the shoot-out that
developed between the sides in
"With the weather the way it
has been and with Willaston Oval
apparently chopped up pretty
badly, I expect it to not be as free-
rolling as last time," Herzick said.
Both sides will be missing key
players, with Tigers Charlie Mo-
lyneux and Brad Hunt, and Don-
nybrook Jamie Williams all in the
Willaston could also be without
key defender Shaun Childs, who
is under an injury cloud, while
Central is unlikely to regain ruck-
man Craig Jamar, Shane Souter or
With Jamar missing, the ruck is
one area where the Donnybrooks
could get on top, but Herzick is
preparing to have his hands full
all over the ground.
"I think they are really evenly
spread across the field," Herzick
"They are not too dissimilar to
us, so they match up really well."
At the other end of the ladder,
Barossa District hosts Kapunda
in the match that could decide
which team ends up with the
The Bombers will be fresh from
the bye and will enter the match
confident of posting their second
win of the season.
With the possibility of more
wet weather this week, the likes
of Sam McKinnon and Leigh
O'Donohue will be important
around the packs and will need
to provide Kapunda with plenty
Barossa will be keen to go one
step further and notch a win after
a number of competitive perform-
ances, with Dean Cutting the sort
of key forward that can still have
an impact on a wet day.
Nuriootpa and Angaston clash
in a match that is crucial to the
Tigers' finals hopes, while a win
to the Panthers would ensure it is
still mathematically possible for
them to make the four.
Angaston loses James Lawton
and Jackson O'Brien to the zone
squad, its two most important
players, and will struggle to cover
On the other hand, Nuri has
enough depth in its big-man
stocks to cover Duncan Cragg-
Sapsford and Mark Rumbe-
low and should be too strong for
Freeling travels to South Gawl-
er for the final match of the round
and will be seeking a much-
improved performance after a
poor showing against Willaston
The Lions, while they have been
winning, have not been overly
impressive during the past month
and will go into the clash without
key playmaker Heath Lawry, who
is also on zone duties.
If Freeling is to be a chance it
will need big games from ruck-
man Josh Wilson and spearhead
Joel Vaneveld, but it is unlikely it
will get over a well-drilled South
GAWLER Central contin-
ued its undefeated Barossa,
Light & Gawler season on
the weekend and broke an
11-year drought at Tanunda
Oval, defeating the Magpies
by 32 points in cold, wintry
With the oval in shocking
condition and with more rain
coming down as the sides ran
onto the field, it was evident it
was going to be a tough day.
This gave you the feeling that
if either side could kick six or
seven goals, that may just be
enough to come away with the
In conditions that could eas-
ily have been mistaken for a
cow's paddock, it was the home
side that adapted better early,
kicking the opening goal and
controlling the first part of the
However, Gawler Central
lifted its intensity and started
to gain more possession around
the stoppages, booting three
quick majors to take a 15-point
lead into quarter-time.
In what was going to be a
crucial on-ball battle, the Ti-
gers' midfield, led by raging bull
Charlie Molyneux, began to get
on top and give their team op-
portunities to score.
The second term brought
much of the same scrappy foot-
ball and with neither team able
to gain any good, clean posses-
sion it again came down to the
Gawler Central midfielders be-
ing able to provide more oppor-
This helped the Tigers to
a 22-point lead at the main
break, leaving the home side
The visitors came out in the
third term and were quick to
put the game to bed, keeping
the Magpies to just one goal for
the quarter and booting three
majors of their own.
With conditions not getting
any better, the Tigers took a
dominant 38-point lead into
the final change and the result
was beyond doubt.
In what was a tough day for
football, Gawler Central veter-
an Aaron King was happy with
how his side went.
"It wasn't a great day for it
but we got the job done," King
"Charlie Molyneux was good
again inside and Solly (Corey)
rucked well for us.
"It was good to see the young
fellas, like Kyle Wurst, stand up
in a tough match."
Although the Magpies fought
out the match well and kept the
Tigers scoreless in the last term, the
damage had already been done.
For the home side, Craig Un-
derwood was his usual fearless
self and thrived in the condi-
tions, while Sam Agars, in his
100th game, battled hard on a
tough day for a tall.
Midfielders Tom Schiller and
Nick Schmidt were also service-
able, however Tanunda simply
did not have enough contribu-
tors on the day.
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Tigers win in mud-bath
Top spot right on the line
Tanunda's Matt Westho res o
a handball as he is grabbed by
Gawler Central player Adam Cox
in the mud at Tanunda Oval on
Saturday. PHOTOS: Mary Ackers
Brad Hunt, of Gawler Central, and Tanunda's Luke Boehm ght for
position during the Tigers' big win on the weekend.
THE Eastern squad has been selected
for this weekend's Zone Championships
at Kadina, with 16 Barossa, Light &
Gawler Football Association players
The squad currently contains 25 players and
three emergencies and will be finalised later in
The squad will be coached by two-time
Blanchetown/Swan Reach premiership coach
Kevin Roberts, with former Border Downs
Tintinara coach Todd Butler his assistant.
The pair has coached the Mallee Football
League side with success over the past two
years and Roberts is confident of an improved
showing from Eastern this year.
"I don't want to be any lower than the three
v four final," Roberts said.
"I'm hoping to play off in one v two, I think
we are good enough to do it."
The side will be captained by Tanunda's Nick
Schmidt, with Angaston's Jackson O'Brien and
Nuriootpa's Mark Rumbelow his deputies.
It looks to be an attacking line-up, with
Rumbelow, Angaston's James Lawton and Wil-
laston spearhead Jamie Williams all commit-
ting to the side.
"We have got more scoring power than last
year," Roberts said.
South's Heath Lawry, the AFL-experienced
Matt Westhoff, from Tanunda, and Gawler
Central young gun Charlie Molyneux com-
plete the nucleus of what is sure to be a strong
Others to be selected from the BL&G are
Paul Stelzer (Barossa), Beau Jarman (Freel-
ing), Brad Hunt (Gawler Central), Mark
Cussadia (Kapunda), Duncan Cragg-
Sapsford (Nuriootpa), Daniel Goulding (South
Gawler) and Lachlan Agars and Luke Boehm
The Central Zone, which includes the
APFL, will finalise its squad at a training ses-
sion tonight (Wednesday) and coach Andrew
Michael, who led the side to the title last year,
is confident of fielding a strong team.
"On paper, it should be as strong a side as
last year," Michael said.
Michael is confident that Central will put in
another good showing, but is well aware of the
fickle nature of the carnival.
"In that short format, you can have a really
good side, but if you don't gel for 40 minutes
of footy you can get nailed pretty easy," Mi-
"If we were good enough to win it last year
we should be good enough again, but you have
just got to play well on the day."
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