It was a workman-like team effort from Parndana, with Kingscote playing brave, and maybe a bit unlucky in a really entertaining match.

A Grade action: Photo: Josh Munro.

A Grade action: Photo: Josh Munro.

A Grade 

A Grade action: Photo: Josh Munro.

A Grade action: Photo: Josh Munro.

Kingscote were hosting Parndana on Saturday June 10 in search of their first win and believing they were in with a big show. Parndana, however had other ideas and with the inclusion of four hand permit players looked a bigger, more experience outfit.

A Grade action: Photo: Josh Munro.

A Grade action: Photo: Josh Munro.

The first quarter was an even affair, with Parndana a little inaccurate. Both sides were tackling and chasing, but the younger Hounds seemed to be getting first to the footy and winning the frees. Goals to Rhys Lovering and Jack Hinton for Kingscote and Trad McMulkin and one on the buzzer to Thomas, saw Parndana with a narrow lead.

K: 2-3, P: 2-5.

A Grade action: Paul Green goes up for the mark. Photo: Josh Munro.

A Grade action: Paul Green goes up for the mark. Photo: Josh Munro.

The second quarter was a low scoring affair as both sides continued to tackle and chase well. The Hounds had some good passages of play but couldn’t find a goal. Parndana had plenty of the ball with Brad May having a big influence, but inaccurate kicking let them down.

Halftime: K: 2-3, P: 3-9.

The Hounds started well in the third quarter, with some good passages of play resulting in a goal to Rhys Lovering and then a point to Dan Florance, who was really showing the way for the young Hounds on ballers. Great tackling and pressure across the ground kept the crown on their toes as both teams tried to gain the ascendancy.

A series of points at both ends with kicking errors cost the Hounds at times, before Faint goaled. Parndana kept bullocking the ball forward and were soon back in charge with a quick reply, then another to Brad May late.

Third Quarter score: K: 4-6   P: 5-12.

It wouldn’t have surprised many if Parndana finally ran over the inexperienced Hounds, but the tight, entertaining game continued to the end.

Kingscote fought hard early in the last as Parndana tried to end it. Eventually Kingscote broke out of defence and quickly moved the ball forward for Rhys to goal.

Shortly after, Rory Lovering had a trademark running, weaving shot but narrowly missed. Suddenly the Hounds were doing all the attacking. Great defensive rebounding from Grimes, Green and co, resulting in an inspirational Sparks goal, and a Jake Lee snap shot goal to put the Hounds in front.

It seemed the younger runners for Kingscote were starting to get on top as Frank Colman narrowly missed a set shot that may have sealed it.

The last part of the quarter was played deep in Parndana’s forward line as some sloppy play failed to clear the ball. The relentless Parndana pressure finally paid off as Zac Trethewey goaled with seconds to go to seal Kingscote’s fate.

It was a workman-like team effort from Parndana, with Kingscote playing brave, and maybe a bit unlucky in a really entertaining match

Final scores: K: 7-8, P: 6-16.

KIFL goes blue for National Men’s Health Week

As I sit here staring at a blank screen, I’m thinking, “Why am I even attempting to write about men’s health?” As a female and Secretary of the KIFL, I really want to raise awareness but how exactly do we do that for our men and boys who are playing one of the island’s most popular sports? Turning our week blue is a start, of course, and we know the boys will all be enjoying ‘Movember’, but being able to talk to a mate is what is really going to help our guys to open up about health, head and heart issues.

I raised girls, but one of my girls has had a little boy, and as I watch him grow, carefully nurtured by her, I just know how much we love him and how much of a ‘best ever life’ we want him to have.

So how do we do this? I guess as girls, we nag men: “Don’t drink so much, quit smoking, eat healthier, go to the doctor’s for goodness sake”, but we leave the man-flu well alone! The list goes on.

As we watch the blokes we know, we ladies get confounded as to why they never say when they’re seriously feeling bad, and least of all seek help, sometimes when it is too late.

The next generation seems to have it a bit better - showing your feelings, talking and getting help is now more acceptable, but at the end of the day men are still expected to be towers of strength, never vulnerable and always in control of their destiny.

Watching our family’s little boy grow up, my hope for him is that he is surrounded by many positive men in his life; men who talk, men who’ll watch out for him, men who’ll be team mates and friends, men who will be around when he needs them.

So, in this short message for the theme of National Men’s Health Week, the question is this - if we can talk about all sorts of other things, man to man, why not talk about what bothers you, mind and body? If you’re worried about someone on your team, in your club, find a minute to ask the question, “Are you OK? Do you need some help?” Over to you, fellas!

The League will start local radio footy talkback on Sunday June 18 around 2pm – the theme for this week will be Men’s Health and there’ll be a mix of male perspectives. I hope you can join us then on KIxFM.

If you’re a KI man, enjoy your week, but if there’s a little niggling something you’ve been worried about – take a big, positive step and seek out some help.

- Cathie Tydeman.

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