Wisanger versus Parndana
It was the Panthers turn to host the Roosters, the sun was out and good conditions for footy with a three goal northerly favouring the club room end all day.
The U15’s was a one sided affair with Parndana running out comfortable winners 18.16 to 1.3. The bigger bodies made it hard for Wisanger but to their credit they never gave up.
The Reserves on the other hand was Wisanger’s day, with a good mixture of youth and older heads the Panthers had control most of the day.
Wisanger kicked the first three goals into the breeze before Parndana scored, then the Panthers released the illusive Turner from the bench with immediate impact scoring a goal and creating plenty of drive before returning back to the bench to save some energy for later in the game.
Billy Dunlop, Darcy Rice and Sam Florance all contributed well, Parndana applied pressure in the third term to get back into the game before Panthers settled and took back the ascendancy and ran out five goal winners 9.12 to 6.3.
What a game it was in the A Grade. Wisanger having all the control in the first quarter with a three goal lead at the first break.
Then it was Parndana’s turn in the second with Reece Johnson and David Westbrook creating havoc up forward giving Parndana the upper hand going into the main break with a couple of goals lead.
Hodgy fired up his charges at half time asking for a lift with immediate impact taking back control to see the Panthers go into the final change with a two and a half goal lead.
The final quarter was going to be tough as all players from both teams were tiring and with Parndana kicking to the scoring end you could smell a Rooster victory.
Before you knew it Parndana had kicked two goals and it was game on, for the last 15 minutes the ball went up and down the ground with both teams never giving in.
Credit to both teams on a hard fought draw 13.9 each, no one likes them but it’s better than a loss.
Good luck to all players involved in Association footy next weekend at Penneshaw. – Craig Turner
Western Districts versus Kingscote
A Grade – Kingscote have secured a come from behind, last second, 1 point victory over Western Districts in a top of the table clash.
Both teams were undefeated in the lead up to the match, and with beautiful weather and a twilight fixture, a large crowd was in attendance at Gosse.
Western Districts won the toss and kicked to the southern end, aided by a 2-3 goal breeze. Attack on the ball and body was fierce from both teams, with some players from both teams concentrating more on their opponents than the ball, leading to several scuffles breaking out.
Travis Hilder was red carded during one of these scuffles, leaving Wonks a player down for the remainder of the match. Western Districts had their chances in the first term, but couldn’t make the most of them due to the pressure applied on them by Kingscote.
With Kingscote kicking with the wind in the second term, they went for a smaller forward set up, and with Zak Siemer, Rory Lovering and Luke Faint finding plenty of the football, the Saints backline were under immense pressure.
Paul Green and Josh Graham were having an enthralling battle, with Green making the reigning Mail Medallist earn every possession and making Western Districts work hard for their forward entries.
Kingscote went in to the long break up by a point, and it would’ve been more if it wasn’t for the efforts of Cory Burr.
The third term continued on in much the same fashion as the first, with both teams smashing in and neither team being able to gain the upper hand. With scores even at three quarter time, it was well and truly game on.
Western Districts were able to etch out the first two goals of the final term into the wind to put themselves in a commanding position, before Kingscote was able to get one back.
With only a couple of minutes remaining in the match, Stuie Donaghy was able to get on the end of a good passage of play to have a set shot from 35m out straight in front, which he coolly slotted straight through the middle to tie scores.
The situation was repeated soon after, but from a tighter angle and the wrong side for a right footer. This time the kick wasn’t as accurate, just sneaking in for a behind.
While the field, goal and boundary umpires were conferring as to whether or not it was a behind, the siren sounded, with the final kick of the match being the difference between the two teams.
In a tight, low scoring contest, 2 was the most goals scored by any player, which was done by Elijah Whale, Lleyton Hedges and Burr for the Saints, while Lovering and Jack Page did so for Kingscote.
Siemer was best on ground for the winners, ably supported by Lovering, Corby and Co in the midfield, while Green took the honours in his battle with Graham, while Burr, Hedges and the Boyle brothers, Lucas and Tye, were the better players for Western Districts.
All sides take a break next week for the association game, which will see the KIFL take on a Southern League under 23 team at Penneshaw on Sunday.
The following week Western Districts take on Parndana at Parndana, while Kingscote have two weeks before they take on Wisanger.
B Grade – Kingscote have continued their undefeated start to the season, recording a 47 point victory over Western Districts. It was a tight game early, before a younger Kingscote side over ran the Saints.
Rory Davis was a dominant player all game in the midfield for Kingscote, with 3 goals to go with his approximately 80 possessions, while jack Roads also kicked 3 for the Hounds.
The far from youthful Saints forward line, with the exception of Rhys Buick, had a dangerous look about them, with people such as Short, Davis, Hammat and the comeback kid Morrison, but they were unable to get enough quality ball due to the likes of Davis, Jake Lee and Leroy Johnson, all blokes who would be playing A grade at most other KIFL clubs, in the Kingscote midfield.
Davis, Lee and Johnson were the best players for Kingscote, along with Shannon Eves up forward and young Jayden Christophers, while for the vanquished the backline stalwarts and sometime goal kickers Adam Maxwell Robson and Dale Howard led the Saints best, along with BD.
Unfortunately, Sealink celebrity Matty Grindley was nowhere to be seen!
Colts – Kingscote recorded a comprehensive victory over Western Districts, kicking 15 goals to nothing in the first half, before the mercy rule was invoked and the teams evened up.
Koby Cockshell and Jayden Christophers were dominant players for Kingscote, with Cockshell giving the Saints defenders the run around, kicking 9 goals in total, with Zac Stevens, Blake Florance and Korelle Wintinna also in the best, while for Western Districts it was the usual suspects of Caleb and Tyson Whittle and Henry Hammat who led the Western Districts best players. – Alex Laver